Marlborough Primary School

16 May 2017
Issue 22
Principal's Report
Pupils of the Week
Dates to remember
School News
Parent's Association
Out of School Hours Care
Class Blogs
Community News
Marlborough Primary School
03 9870 3468
Hardy Crescent
Heathmont, Victoria, 3135

Principal's Report

Striving for your Personal Best -
On the track and in the classroom

With all of our students participating in the House Athletics Carnival today it made me think about what a great sport athletics is and how it is a great metaphor for education.


More so than almost any other sport, athletics is all about continual improvement and aiming for your Personal Best. At the end of an athletics event it is not uncommon to see an athlete walking off with a big smile and high-fiving their coach even though they may have finished 7th. This is not something you see at the end of a tennis match or a game of football (even if you did give your best ever performance). In athletics the focus is narrowed to working on what you can control; which is your own effort and performance. This aligns with the mindset we try to build in our students at school. It doesn't matter how you perform compared to the others in the class, it just matters that you are able to work on your own self-improvement to achieve your personal best.


Developing sound fundamental skills before specialising  is a key to success in athletics and in academic pursuits. Without correct technique, applying a huge amount of effort will never result in maximal results. At Marlborough we know that developing fundamental skills in numeracy, literacy and science build the foundation for future learning in all our students. By differentiating the curriculum and teaching each child at their point of need, we aim to ensure that students have mastered basic fundamental skills before moving on to more complex learning.


At school and in athletics there are several factors that make a huge difference in the success of each student and athlete:

  • persistence
  • hard work
  • quality coaching and support
  • having the right conditions
  • measuring achievement, setting goals and striving for your Personal Best

At Marlborough we are continually aiming to improve our own perormance in order to meet the diverse needs of all of our students. Our aim is that all our graduating students can leave here with the fundamental skills and mindset to strive for their Personal Best in life. 

Pupils of the Week


These students will be awarded their certificates at the following assemblies:

Monday 22nd May

Sakura F (12A) - For making an effort to do her Personal Best in class.  Sakura has been very focused in class and tries hard to finish all of her work.  Great job!

Jairav S (12B) - For showing leadership skills when working in a group and with others.  You do your Personal Best and support others to do theirs.

Tamieka G (12C) - For showing your Personal Best in all areas of your school work.  You have been working extremely hard and you should be very proud of yourself.

Liam B (12C) - For his excellent 'Welcome to my Special Place' writing.  His writing was thoughtful and very welcoming.  Congratulations, Liam.

Jacob S (34B) - For showing outstanding Attentive Listening skills in all of his lessons.  Jacob also always tries his Personal Best in everything he does.  Well done on being such a wonderful student!


Monday 29th May

Nate H (12A) - For doing his Personal Best to make sure his sotires include great detail and are exciting for his audience.  Keep it up, Nate!

Abby H (12B) - For working hard on your reading and focusing on your reading goal.  You have made wonderful improvements in your fluency and accuracy.  Well done.

Lincoln H (12C) - For the improvement he has shown in his behaviour.  Lincoln has been trying his Personal Best at being respectful.  Well done.

Sophie B (12C) - For showing excellent improvement in your behaviour in our classroom.  It's great to see you so focused on tasks.

Kaden I (34B) - For doing his Personal Best in everything he does.  Kaden is working hard in class and staying focused on his learning.  Well done, Kaden, keep up the good work!




Dates to remember


Tuesday 16th

  • Whole School Athletics Carnival

Wednesday 17th

  • Crochet Night - 7pm

Friday 19th

  • Gr 5/6 Inter School Sport

Wednesday 24th

  • MPS Open Day and Information Night - 6pm
  • District Cross Country

Friday 26th

  • Gr 5/6 Inter School Sport

Monday 29th

  • Gr 5/6 Rookys Workshop 2

Tuesday 30th

  • School Council Meeting - 7.30pm

Wednesday 31st

  • Gr 3/4/5/6 EFL Football Clinic


Monday 5th

  • PA Meeting
  • Gr 3/4 Camp (to 7/6)

Tuesday 6th

  • Gr 5/6 Somers Camp (to 14/6)



School News

House Athletics

Congratulations to Jones House - today's winners of the Whole School Athletics Carnival!


Canteen Helpers Needed


Help wanted!!

Any handy people out there who would like to help assemble a small garden shed on MPS grounds please contact Alison at the school office.


Heathmont College Sausage Sizzle Fundraiser

On Thursday 4th of May, we - Amy, Charlotte and Maddie, had the privilege of holding a sausage sizzle at Marlborough Primary School to fundraise for our World Challenge expedition to Thailand.  Off the bat we were overwhelmed with amazing support.  Staff, students and parents gave us many words of encouragement and even helped us prepare the sausages for the students as well as hand them out.  A special congratulations to Lenka from Prep A who won the jellybeans from the jellybean challenge!


A huge thank you to Mr McClare for giving us the permission to hold the sausage sizzle and for being so supportive of us!  All together the amount raised was $372!  An astounding amount that we cannot be more grateful for!  Your support and encouragement means so much to us.


Thank you to all who helped out - you've given us motivation we couldn't have received without you.


Amy, Charlotte and Maddie

School Sports Victoria Trials

Congratulations to Siobhan E and Tom M who competed at the Basketball Trials and Sasha A who competed at the Netball Trials.  Competition was fierce - you did us all proud!!


The Importance of Sleep


Sayembara Lisan- Indonesian Speaking Competition

Last week we had over 50 students enter Sayembara Lisan, an Indonesian Oral Competition, run in conjunction with VILTA (Victorian Indonesian Language Teachers’ Association) and the Asia Institute, University of Melbourne. It was an amazing effort to have so many students compete and congratulations to all of them. We had two visiting teachers, Bu Devathas from Heathmont College and Ibu Breen, from Great Ryrie Primary School, visit our school to judge our students as part of the Maroondah region. The competition included simple questions and the students either sang a song, recited a poem or read a passage in Indonesian.


I am very proud to announce that we have 10 students who have made it through to the finals. Congratulations to the following students:

Level 1

Scarlett B - Grade 2
Dove A - Grade 2

Oliver A - Grade 2

Ava D - Grade 1
Level 2
Indigo B - Grade 4

Oscar C - Grade 4
Level 3
Zoe L- Grade 6
Jasper E - Grade 6
Kaela V - Grade 5
Sasha A - Grade 5

 The finals will be held on Saturday 3rd June at Sydney Myer Asia Centre, University of Melbourne. We wish all our students “Semoga sukses” in the finals.

Terima kasih (Thank-you),


(Bu) Mary-Ellen Dowling

Casserole Bank

We are in urgent need of more volunteers to:

  1. contribute a meal
  2. to take over the coordination at the end of 2017 & beyond

The Casserole Bank aims to have a store of meals kept at the school in the canteen deep freeze to assist families that may be struggling, going through a challenging time, have a new baby etc it is a wonderful way to support fellow Marlborough families.


Please consider if this is something you would like be involved with -  it is an amazing community service in our school.


For any questions please contact me, Naomi Foster  [email protected] Or 0425 770 526

Crochet Night

Alison will be running another Crochet Night on Wednesday 17th May (7 to 9pm) in order to raise money for the new chess/games area in the school playground.  Cost will be $10 per person. Supper provided. Come and learn how to make a simple, chunky crochet cowl and have some fun with the school community.  This night will be for adults only - please let Alison know if you would like to attend.  

Bring your own crochet hook and scissors if you have them already.



Premier's Reading Challenge


Bendigo Bank School Banking

Just a reminder that School Banking is every Thursday.

If you would like an information pack/application form please collect one from the school office.


Parent's Association





Movie Tickets

Discount Movie tickets are now available online!!  No need to fill out forms or wait for your tickets to be printed  - you can go straight the website and get your tickets instantly (and our school still receives the commission!).



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