Highvale Happenings

26 April 2018
Issue One
Diary Dates
Principal's Report
Engagement & Wellbeing
Assembly / Co-operative Learning
PBL Star
Student News!
Uniform Shop
Special Lunch Days
Robotech / Weather Station
PFA Events & News
Before & After School Care
Extra Curricular Activites / Advertisements
Highvale Primary School
(03) 9887 8000
33 Ashton Street
Glen Waverley, Victoria, 3150

Diary Dates


Thursday 26th

7.00pm - 8.00pm - Family Life Parent Information Evening

Friday 27th

Year 5/6 SDSSA  Winter Sport Round 1

Monday 30th

Silver coin fundraiser finishes - PFA

Husk Cups fundraiser finishes - PFA

3.45pm - 4.45pm -  Year 6-7 Transition Parent Information Session

Prep Chickens Arrive! Please Cheep us out!


Wednesday 2nd

All year levels - Family Life session 1

Thursday 3rd

Crazy Hair Day - PFA

Friday 4th

Year 5/6  SDSSA Winter Sport Round 2

Wednesday 9th

Year 1 & 2 students - The Circus Crew Incursion

All year levels - Family Life session 2

9.00am - 11.00am - Yr 3-6 Basketball Incursion

Thursday 10th

9.00am - 11.00am - Yr 3-6 Basketball Incursion

Friday 11th

1.30pm - 3.30pm - School Fun Run

7.30am - 8.45am - Mother's Day Breakfast in the Performing Arts room

Monday 14th
7.30pm - PFA meeting

Wednesday 16th 

Loud Lunch 

Year 3 to 6 students - Family Life session 3

Friday 18th

12.00pm - Year 3-6 SDSSA Cross Country Jells Park

Monday 21st

Whole School - School Photos

Friday 25th

Year 5/6 SDSSA Winter Sport Round 3


Friday 1st

Year 5/6 SDSSA Winter Sport Round 4

Thursday 7th

Year 3 to Year 6 students - Monash Waverley Division Cross Country (Norton's Reserve)

Friday 8th

NO SCHOOL - Staff Professional Development Day

Monday 11th

NO SCHOOL - Queen's Birthday Public Holiday

Tuesday 12th

All Prep -  Incursion - Meet Mr Bones MPC

Monday 18th

7.30pm - PFA Meeting

Friday 22nd

Year 5/6 SDSSA Soccer Round Robin

Friday 29th

2.30pm - End of Term

2018 Term Dates

Term 1 - 31 January to 29 March (Thursday)

Term 2 - 16 April to 29 June

Term 3 - 16 July to 21 September

Term 4 - 8 October to 21 December

Student Free Days for 2018

Friday 8th June - Staff Professional Learning - School Council Student Free Day - Assessment and Curriculum Development

Monday 16th July - Staff Professional Learning - School Council Student Free Day - Teaching ESL (EAL) Students in Mainstream Classrooms

Principal's Report

Principal's Report


Steve Richardson is currently on leave and is expected back next week.


Engagement & Wellbeing

Engagement & Wellbeing

Positive Behaviour For Learning

Individual Accountability

During Cooperative Kids in Term 2, students have been participating in a number of group tasks with a particular focus on ‘Individual Accountability’ - one of the five aspects of collaborative learning that we are teaching here at Highvale Primary School.

Individual Accountability is the belief that during a group task, everyone will undertake their own role to the best of their ability to ensure the group completes the goal. Students are assessed on their specific roles and this is shared within the group.

In Cooperative Kids, students are explicitly taught what Individual Accountability means (appropriate to their age) and are then given opportunities to practise through a quality learning task. Teachers will regularly refer back to these skills when students are working in groups during class time to help consolidate their understanding.

Our next Cooperative Kids session is on Monday 7th May.


Michael Grose - Parenting Ideas

This week’s Parenting Ideas article discusses the importance of taking the time to hold conversations with our children. In today’s hectic world, it’s sometimes a challenge to find quality time with our children but as Michael Grose points out, it is vital for their development.


Talking to kids makes them smart

by Michael Grose


The links between school achievement and parents’ ability to talk with kids from a young age are now well established. The language stimulation children receive when they talk with parents is one factor. But engagement in conversation with parents benefits kids in a far broader sense. In many ways it is through conversations that kids get a real sense of us as parents. It is through talking with kids that we impart some of our knowledge, ideas, wisdom and thoughts while also gaining access to a window into their worlds and the way they think.


In the current age of digital distraction, talking with children and young people can be a challenge. Busy schedules, homes designed for individual enjoyment rather than group living, a plethora of screens competing for attention and kids that clam up at the first sign of a chat are some of the conversation blockers parents must overcome. You need to be cunning, proactive and inventive to get some chat going at home. These are some ideas that will help.


1. Turn screens off. Are you competing with televisions, computers and electronic games for your kids’ attention? If so, take control of the screens to create some conversational space. Start with a screen-free day each week or screen-free hour each day if you have a home full of young hard-core screen junkies.


2. Turn screens on. If you can’t beat them, join them. Some television programs provide great conversational fodder, particularly for older children and teens. Topics can range from “Who’s going to win My Kitchen Rules?” or “What happens to the winners of My Kitchen Rules?” to “What is the point of My Kitchen Rules?”


3. Have regular mealtimes. The family that eats together talks together. Meals are great social occasions – more than just refueling stops. They provide terrific opportunities for families to get together and talk. It’s no coincidence that families who enjoy and appreciate food generally enjoy close relationships as well. However, for this to work it’s important that meals are screen free, so turn off the television and ban phones at the table.


4. Move more. If sitting and chatting is not your child’s thing then try to get some action happening. Boys, in particular, tend to talk more when they are playing, walking or involved in activity with an adult.


5. Talk with kids on their own turf. Many children will open up in the privacy of their own bedroom where they tend to feel more relaxed and secure. If you have something important to discuss then choose a comfortable place and a time that promotes good conversation.


6. Try shoulder-to-shoulder parenting. Travelling together in a car with the radio off, washing the dishes together or playing a game can all provide opportunities for talk. Paradoxically, many teenagers will talk more when they don’t have to concentrate or make eye contact with the other person. That’s why cars can be great conversation catalysts for parents.


Every family has their own way of getting the talk happening. Figure out what works for you and make sure it happens. The best communication in families happens when no one is working at it, however busy modern families need to work on their communication rather than leave it to chance.



Have a great week!

Joshua Crozier

Assistant Principal

[email protected]

Assembly / Co-operative Learning

Assemblies will continue to be held on Monday afternoons commencing at 2.40pm (unless stated below). All parents are most welcome to attend assembly each week they are on and enjoy the variety of performances that will be delivered by our students.

Please note that there will be NO assembly in the weeks of Co-operative Kids sessions.

Term 2 Assembly Dates are as follows:

Monday 23rd April - 2.40pm

Monday 30th April - 2.40pm


Monday 14th May - 2.40pm - Yr 1&2 Performance

Monday 21st May - 2.40pm


Monday 4th June - 2.40pm - Yr 3&4 Performance


Monday 18th June - 2.40pm - Prep Performance


Friday 29th June - 1.30pm - Final Term Assembly

PBL Star

Positive Behaviour for Learning (PBL) Stars

Prep Arendshorst

Jet - For showing commitment towards your learning by giving tasks a try before seeking help. You're a superstar!

Prep Cheong

Lory - For always showing respect towards your peers, our classroom and every teacher. We love how you think of others' feelings, pack up everything you use and listen to the teachers. We are so lucky to have you in Prep C :)

Prep McDermott

Judy - For your commitment and persistence when completing your writing about your holidays. It was great to see you take on feedback and include further details about your event. Your writing was interesting and you had a go at spelling tricky words. Keep up the outstanding work Judy!

1/2 St Clair

Alex - Congratulations Alex on showing commitment in class during the Deakin Science lesson. You listened well and gave a fantastic summary of the experiment at the end of the session. Well done Alex.

1/2 Bennett

Krishan - For your commitment to improving your handwriting. It is obvious you are really taking care with ensuring your handwriting is easier to ready, so keep working hard on making it as neat as possible!

1/2 Kelaart

Arjun - For a wonderful start at Highvale! It is fantastic to see you getting involved and contributing to class discussions. We love having you in our class! Welcome to Highvale, Arjun :)

1/2 Williamson

Jordan - For always demonstrating enthusiasm towards your work and giving all tasks a go with a smile. Thanks Jordan!

3/4 Tate

Jitho - For showing our school value of responsibility. You always work hard to complete your own work, whist generously helping and assisting classmates with technology support. Your kindness is appreciated Jitho.

3/4 Drew

Mayank - For demonstating commitment to improving your organisational skills. I was pleased to see you rise to the challenge and be one of the first ready for learning. Well done, Mayank!

3/4 Scully

Jinmyeong - For demonstrating a commitment to your maths learning by showing a Growth Mindset and taking on challenges in the maths extension program you do with Mrs Pringle. You are taking part in some amazing learning!

3/4 Gill

Samuel - For making an excellent start to Term Two. Your commitment to completing tasks and focus has been great to see. Keep up the fantastic work!

5/6 Simpson

Chloe - For making a positive start to Term 2, particularly with the commitment shown to your classwork last week when you attempted challenging tasks. Keep up the great effort!

5/6 Veitch

Ella - For demonstrating excellent leadership skills by supporting her Prep buddies to learn about making patterns by creating a wonderful friendship bracelet. Great work!

5/6 Phan

Tianna - For displaying great responsibility skills in the classroom, as you always ensure that your belongings are kept neat and tidy in your tub. You are also someone that teachers can always rely on for assistance in the classroom.

Student News!

This Week's Congratulations go to:

Our fantastic choir and presenters in our ANZAC Day ceremony on Tuesday.


ANZAC Day Ceremony

On Tuesday morning, Highvale Primary School held a ceremony commemorating ANZAC Day. The service began with our talented choir singing ‘In Flanders Fields’ led by Mrs Shaw. This was followed by a number of presenters explaining the significance of ANZAC Day and the reasons why we remember this important day. We finished on the oval by raising the flag and planting a Gallipoli oak tree.

This Gallipoli oak tree is a descendant of acorns collected by Captain William Lempriere Winter-Cooke who sent them home to Hamilton, Victoria, in 1916 while he was fighting in WW1. The planting of this tree is a way to honour the sacrifices that have been made by so many Australian men and women since that fateful landing on April 25th 1915 at Gallipoli.

Thank you to Mrs Shaw, Mrs St. Clair and Mrs Tang for organising our ANZAC Day ceremony.


Waverley ANZAC Day Service

There was a solemn feeling as the Highvale Primary School leaders represented our school at the Waverley ANZAC Day service.

ANZAC Day is such an important part of our history. So many lives were lost at war. As we were listening to the sacrifices men and women made for our country, I couldn’t help but reflect on how they were only a few years older than us but when they went off to war and what it must have been like in war, or to be the family of someone who never returned home.

Alan and I had the honour to lay the wreath and we felt really privileged to be able to pay our respects and give thanks to those that fought for our freedom.

Thank you for Mrs Tang, Miss Veitch, Miss Simpson and Mr Crozier for organising and accompanying us to such a memorable occasion. Lest we forget.

By Ella R (School Captain)


Fun Run- Friday 11th May

RUN4FUN Sponsorship Form will be sent home with all students today.

Each year we hope to create a day of fun for the students and their families with the RUN4FUN School Fun-Run and we welcome parents and family members to this event day at the school on Friday May 11th, 1.30-3.30pm to help cheer on the students.

All funds raised are to be returned to school before or on Friday 11th May.  Please make sure your child nominate their prizes.



A message from the STEAM Team:

In preparation for our Term 2 Design and Technologies unit, we would gratefully accept any donations of the following items you may have gathering dust at home!

  • Fabric scraps
  • Cardboard boxes (cereal, packing etc)
  • Paper towel/Glad wrap rolls (no toilet rolls please)
  • Clear disposable plastic cups
  • Marbles

Please leave all donations in the box located outside the STEAM room. Thanks for your support!

Pereena Sinclair, Natalie Yencken and Fiona Pringle

Premiers Reading Challenge

The 2018 Premiers Reading Challenge is now open. It would be great to see all our students participate and complete the challenge. Information about the Premiers Reading Challenge was sent home on Friday 20/4/18. If you would like to participate, please complete the form and return this to your child’s class teacher by Monday 30th April. We will then send home your user name and passwords, so that students can get onto a flying start. Ensure they note down the author and title of each book read to log this in when passwords are sent home.

The Challenge encourages students to develop a lifelong love of reading as well as developing important literacy skills. Students in Prep to Year 2 are challenged to read or ‘experience’ 30 books and students in Years 3 to 6 are challenged to read 15 books. If children are just learning to read, you can help them to ‘experience’ books by reading to, or with, them and talking about the story, text and pictures.

For more information about the Challenge, visit the website at  http://www.education.vic.gov.au/prc/

Uniform Shop

Uniform Shop Opening Hours - Term 2

The uniform shop will be open on the following mornings from 8.45am until 9.30am

Monday 30 April

Monday 14 May

Monday 28 May

Tuesday 12 June (Monday 11 June is Queens Birthday public holiday)

Monday 25 June

Uniform Shop Order Form

Please click on the link below to access a copy of our uniform shop order form. These can be filled out and handed in to the office at any time. The uniform shop volunteers will fill the orders at their earliest convenience and uniforms will be sent home with your child.


Special Lunch Days

PFA Special Lunch Days

Find below the dates for the special lunches that will be held during 2018. Please order your children's lunches through the QKR app (see details below on how to install QKR on your smart phone). Lunch orders close the Thursday prior to the lunch being held.

If you have any queries, feel free to contact us in the office.


Loud Lunch Dates

The Instrumental Music Program, in conjunction with the PFA will be running a Loud Lunchtime on the following dates:

Wednesday 16th May

Wednesday 1st August

Wednesday 7th November

Please find order form below:


Instructions on how to download QKR are found in the attachment below. If you have any queries, feel free to contact us in the office.


Friday Lunch Orders

Lunch orders are available on a Friday and can be ordered online at http://www.balancedlivingcatering.com.au.

Robotech / Weather Station

Just letting everyone know that the Robotics students, together with their teachers have rebranded Robotics to now be called ROBOTECH! They have a logo and all! See attachment below.

The reason for this change is because they are stepping outside of just EV3 robotics and now also tapping into coding and design and tech areas such as the 3D printer, Snap and the Weather Station.

Don't forget to log into the website below to get weather updates from the Highvale Weather Station:



Stay tuned for regular updates from our STEM captains :)


Our school banking is done every Tuesday morning. Please make sure you send your bank books on the day :)

Please drop into the office if you would like information on how your child can join the school banking program.

Vicki form the School Banking Program will be at assembly on Monday 14th May - Information Session for parents and students.

PFA Events & News

PFA Fundraising Programs

Supporting your school when you shop online program:


Silver Coin fundraiser - finishes Monday 30th April


Crazy Hair Day - Thursday 3rd May 


Mother's Day Breakfast - Friday 11th May 


Mother's Day Raffle - get your tickets before 9th May


Before & After School Care

Academy for Kids School Care

For all enquiries regarding Before and After School Care, please contact Vivien on 0405 323 357 or via email at [email protected]

Enrolment forms are available from the After School staff in the MPC building during after school care hours or from the school office.

Extra Curricular Activites / Advertisements

Activities held at Highvale Primary School


After School / School holiday activities held off campus


For Sale ...


Highvale Happenings
uniform order form.pdf
Loud Lunchtime 16th May 2018.docx
QKR for parents.pdf
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fundraising programs 2018.pdf
Your Change Flyer - PFA.pdf
Prep - Yr 2 Lego Challenge - Term 2.pdf
Yr 3 - Yr 6 LEGO Robotics - Term 2.pdf
Chess Form Term 2 2018.pdf
Sporty Stars Term 2 2018.pdf
SwimWorld flyer.pdf
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Tutoring - Numberworks.PDF
Hockey - come try it day.pdf
imac desktops for sale.pdf
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