Huntingdale Primary School

29 November 2018
Issue Eighteen
Principal and Assistant Principal's Page
Working Bee
Student Achievements 
Dates to Remember 
Huntingdale Primary School
03 9544 2318
Grange Street
Oakleigh South, Victoria, 3167

Principal and Assistant Principal's Page

Principal's Report

It is a busy time of year here at Huntingdale. Teachers are busy finalising assessments, writing reports, working on grade lists, preparing for the Christmas concert and normal classroom teaching duties!


2019 Planning and Grade Structure

The Leadership Team have looked at our enrolments for 2018. Based on our numbers, provision for the introduction of a 50/50 Bilingual Program in Foundation and Year 1, room allocation, student learning needs both educationally and socially and our Student Resource Package, we will be having the following class structures in 2019:

  • Foundation- 3 classes
  • Year 1- 3 classes
  • Year 2- 3 classes
  • Year 3 & 4- 4 classes
  • Year 5 & 6- 4 classes

If you are planning on moving interstate, to another country or away from Huntingdale and are yet to notify the office please do so as soon as possible.  Numbers have a significant bearing on our planning and we appreciate early notification where possible.   If you hear of anyone wishing to attend Huntingdale in 2019 please send them to the office to enrol.  


Last Day of School- 21 December

I wanted to remind the school community that school will finish at 1.30pm on Friday 22 December at Huntingdale, as has happened in previous years. OHSC Club will be open from 1.30 for parents who need to use this service.


Volunteers Morning Tea

Each year we celebrate the great work from our parent volunteers in the school. We are holding our annual Volunteers Morning Tea in the staffroom from 11.00-11.30am on Thursday December 6th to thank you for your contributions to the school. Whether it’s participating in literacy sessions, volunteering on camps or excursions, attending sports days or participating in ICU Weeks, you enrich the experiences of the children at our school. If you are able to attend the morning tea, please let Gill know at the office.


Year 6 Captains

On 16th November many of our Year 5 students presented their speeches to become a captain for 2019. The calibre of the speeches was excellent and we congratulate all students for putting in their personal best and showing courage in applying for a position. I am pleased to announce the following students have gained a captain position in 2019:

School Captains: Emerson & Kimi

Multimedia Captains: Sara, Sam G & Livia

Environment Captains: Tysei, Wendy, Sam B & Amy

Community Captains: Zach & Daisy

House Captains: 

-Honshu:  HonshGabriella & Emily

- Hokkaido: Tamsyn & Hasiru

- Kyushu: George & Kiara

- Shikoku: Robbie & Noa

All of our Year 6 students will have a leadership role. This will be decided next year.


Carols in the Park

Just a reminder that the Oakleigh ‘Carols in the Park’ is on Friday 7 December 2018:
7pm - 9.30pm
Warrawee Park

Cnr Drummond Street & Atherton Road, Oakleigh

(Wet weather venue - Sacred Heart Girls College, Latrobe Street, Hughesdale)

Our choir and taiko group will perform at the event.


Reports- Portal

Teachers have been busy writing reports. Just a reminder to parents that reports will be available on the Grade Xpert portal. All parents should have received an email from Grade Xpert about this to register and log in. If you have any questions about please see the school office.


Have a great fortnight

Ruth Biddle

Assistant Principal's Report

It’s almost December! Children are staring to practice their items for our upcoming Christmas Concert and sharing their learning in many ways such as visiting different year levels to share their experiences. 


2018 Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge

Mrs Perrella handed out the certificates for Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge at this week’s assembly. The “Challenge” encourages children to read a set number of books over the year and record their efforts online.

Well done to  all children who participated in this year’s Challenge. Regular reading from an early age is vital for success at school and has lifelong benefits. The Challenge encourages children to read more and promotes a love of reading.


Junior Bilingual Choir

Our Junior Bilingual Choir started this year by Annika Matchan and Tomomi Wakiya. Foundation to Grade 3 children are enjoying this club during lunchtime each Friday. They performed their song at the assembly. They are so confident and enjoyed singing in front of a big audience.

Thank you for a beautiful performance, Junior Bilingual Choir! Thank you Annika and Tomomi for leading the choir this year.


Grade 5’s Engineering Expo

Our Grade 5 students were invited to an Engineering Expo organised by Monash University on 22nd November. They learnt about a field of engineering called Mechatronics. Scientists from Monash University helped them code little robots. Students from our school, Clarinda PS and Oakleigh South PS partook in a workshop.

This then was followed by an expo where students visited stations organised by the different faculties of the Engineering Department such as plastic recycling, robots and small launchable rockets.


Art Class

I visited Inuzuka sensei’s art class last week. Some children were creating animas using clay. Some of them were creating their environment using the “nature” materials. Some of them were painting their animals. They were all enjoying the creative world.

Traffic Safety and Parking

A Reminder to the Community

We request that parents DO NOT PARK their car in the staff car park. “Staff parking” is for STAFF ONLY.

There are parking available for use along Huntingdale Road.


We have many staff who come in different time or go and come back for the meeting. Even there are spots, we need to keep the staff car park free. Thank you for your understanding.


Lost Property

Lost property is mounting up again…Please check the tubs in office to see if anything belongs to your child. And, please remember, that if you put your child’s name on their lunch box, jacket, hat, etc., there is a better chance of them finding their owner. At the end of each term items left are disposed of responsibly..


Naomi Mori-Hanazono

Assistant Principal

Working Bee


What a perfect sunny afternoon we had on Saturday 17 November when over 8 families came together to help out at our Twilight Working Bee.


With hard work from all who attended it was a productive social event that enabled us to achieve the following:

  • Install a Balance Beam in the Foundation “Outdoor Classroom” – a great space for our Foundation classes to enjoy just in time for the summer!
  • Create an obstacle course with Logs and Stumps in the Foundation “Outdoor Classroom”
  • Finish off painting the Grade 5/6 Portable
  • Repair some of the chairs in the Bush Tucker Garden
  • Weeding, Watering, Weeding & more Watering

A litter-free school thanks to the wonderful job the kids did collecting all the rubbish around the yard

The children also helped with preparing a wonderful BBQ feast, lots of fresh salads, fresh fruit, corn on the cob, and wonderfully cooked sausages, burgers and chicken wings!


A big thank you to our generous sponsors Bakers Delight, Coles & Woolworths (Oakleigh) & Chester Street Fruit Market who donated the food for our feast!  


The HPS Sustainability & Grounds Sub-Committee thanks everybody for their support throughout the year and we look forward to your support again next year with new and exciting projects to come!


Student Achievements 


Siena Pinyopusarerk in 5/6M participated in The Junior Victorian Championships for artistic gymnastics which took place at Geelong Arena on 4th of November.

It was a tough competition with over 110 gymnasts participating in her level, who qualified through their regional qualifying. Even with tough scoring Siena kept her focus throughout the competition and was crowned as the state champion in the National Level 5 individual all-around! She was also the champion for both bar and beam apparatus.


Turiya & Tulasi

Turiya Nadar, from 3/4 B, has successfully completed the Grade 1 Bharatanatyam Examination, achieving Distiction.  Examinations were held in June this year and are certified by BAAVA (Bharatanatyam Acharya Association of Victoria, Australia). Congratulations Turiya and well done!


Sisters, Turiya and Tulasi (1M), had the opportunity to perform as part of their Bharatanatyam dance school, Ramana Natyalaya.  The school participated in the recent temple celebrations of Navrathri (Hindu festival celebrated over 9 nights and 10 days), in October.  The sisters performed in multiple group Bharatanatyam dances including 1 item together. They displayed courage and wonderful team work.


Dates to Remember 

December 2018

Fri 7 - Carols in the Park - Oakleigh  - Choir and Taiko performing

Fri 7 - Grade 3/4 Interschool Sports Day at Clarinda PS

Tue 11 - Southern Cross Recycling Morning - 8.30 am to 9am

Thu 13 - Christmas Raffle tickets due back

Thu 13 - Christmas Concert and Picnic 

Mon 17 - Reports available via Parent Portal

Mon 17 - No assembly

Thu 20 - Grade 6 Graduation

Fri 21  - Last day of school - assembly 12.30 - dismissal 1.30pm

CAMP 2019 - First Week of April


Term Dates 2018

Term 4: 8 October to 21 December

Term Dates 2019

Term 1: 29 January (school teachers start) to 5 April


Term 2: 23 April to 28 June
Term 3: 15 July to 20 September
Term 4: 7 October to 20 December

Term Dates 2020

Term 1: 28 January (school teachers start) to 27 March * 
Term 2: 14 April to 26 June 
Term 3: 13 July to 18 September 
Term 4: 5 October to 18 Decembe

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