It’s been a busy fortnight at the school. The weather has been a real mix - typical of Melbourne!
Thank you to our parents who have been paying their school fees and expenses. If you have any questions about this, please see the office.
Year 6 Tops
The Year 6 tops and jackets have arrived. The Year 6 students I have spoken to are really happy with how the clothes look and fit. They really stand out in the school to everyone! Below is a photo of Hue and Aaliyah showing off their new uniform. Thank you to Mrs Penfold for helping organise the tops.
Parents as Partners
This year our Parents as Partners night will be held on Tuesday 25th February.
The purpose of the Parents as Partners Night is for:
- Students to show their parents their classroom and introduce their teachers.
- Teachers to share key information about the school year e.g. timetables, homework etc.
- Parents to share information about their child that would assist the school in their education.
The format has changed this year and we are going to have a ‘meet and greet’ sessions 1:1 with parents.
- Years 3-6 - 10 minute (English teachers) and 5 minute (Japanese teachers)
- Years F-2- 10 minute interviews together with the English/Japanese teachers- these will run over two nights Tuesday and Wednesday
Parents will need to access the online booking system (link below) to make an appointment time. Appointments range from 4.10-8.00pm. You must make an appointment time.
Parents can login via Flexibuzz. You can also use this link:
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During your session, the classroom teacher will give you a pack of key information about your child’s learning. In return we ask you to fill in a form detailing some basic information about your child and their learning to help build an understanding between the parents and teacher. The letter has already been sent home. We ask that you come prepared with it completed.
During the night on the basketball court we will have some tables set up with information about the school.
We hope you take this opportunity to meet your child’s teachers to develop a strong working partnership between home and school.
School Council Nominations
School Council Nominations have now opened. We are looking for 4 parent representatives and 1 DET representative. We can also co-op up to 2 community representatives. If you are interested or considering running for school council please come to the school office to grab a nomination form. If you want more information about what School Council does, please come and see me.
Once we have received nominations we will ascertain whether we require a ballot based on the number of nominations and vacancies. Please keep your eyes peeled for more updates as they come to hand on Flex Buzz.
a. Notice of election and call for nominations
Wed 12 February
b. Closing date for nominations & deciding if a ballot is required
Wed 26 February
c. Date by which the list of candidates and nominators will be posted (if needed)
Monday 2 March
d. Date by which ballot papers will be prepared and distributed (if needed)
Wed 4 March
e. Close of ballot (if needed)
Wed 11 March
f. Vote count (if needed)
Thu 12 March
g. Declaration of poll (if needed)
Fri 13 March
h. Special council meeting to co-opt Community members (the Principal will preside)
|Tue 24 March|
i. First council meeting to elect office bearers (the Principal will preside)
Tue 24 March
School Review Parent Survey
In Term 2, 2020, our school will be participating in a School Review. This occurs every four years and is a part of our School Improvement Cycle. We collect data from many sources to reflect on the last four years at Huntingdale and to help improve and inform future directions of our school.
We would greatly appreciate your feedback by answering a survey to help us prepare for our review.
Please use the following link:
This survey will close on Friday 6 March.
Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback.
Supervision of students and approaching students
Just a reminder to parents about supervision in the yard. In the morning we have a teacher on yard duty from 8.45am. Before this time, parents must supervise their own child, and be within eye sight, in the school grounds. We have noticed a number of children who are arriving early to school and are unsupervised, which is not safe. Students are not permitted to be on school grounds before 8.45am unsupervised. After school, a teacher is on yard duty until 3.45pm. After this time, it is the responsibility of parents to look after and supervise your children and ensure that they are within your eye sight. We have a before and after school care programs run by Team Kids to look after children. For more details please see the following web link:
When out in the yard before or after school, we ask that all parents be in eyesight of their child. Sometimes incidences happen between students in the yard before and after school. We ask that parents do not approach children that are not their own to sort out disputes, but come to the office to ask for assistance from a teacher.
Late last year, the teaching staff reviewed our teaching of respect. As a result we have an updated poster about how respect relates to children, parents, staff and visitors at Huntingdale. As part of our Creating Our Learning Community (COLC) students will complete activities related to respect.
We all have our part to play in modelling and teaching our children about respect. Students should demonstrate respect before school, in school and after school, when walking the street, being with your family. It is something we should do at all times.
Using terms such as ‘idiot’, ‘loser’, ‘sucks’, ‘stupid’, ‘fat’ or swearing are disrespectful to others. Swearing is unacceptable at school and in the community and I trust that all parents will remind their child of this.
Students should have respect for the school and its property - simple things such as pushing in chairs, putting rubbish in the bins, taking care of school property. This should also extend to the home and when out in the community.
We also should show respect in events such as assembly or guest speakers - by giving eye contract, clapping at the right time, sitting still, not talking to our friends.
Together parents and the school have the responsibility of building children’s understanding of respect. I ask that parents reflect on this and discuss with their children about respect and supporting the school in teaching this.
The Grade 2 Teachers have worked on Respect with their students and their work is photographed below.
Team Kids Term 1 Holiday Program
Due to building works at Huntingdale Primary School during the upcoming school holiday period, our Vacation Care program will not be able to run during the April School Holidays.
TeamKids operates programs at the following neighbouring schools/venues and encourage you to book into programs at one of these venues as an alternative option during this period:
Oakleigh Primary School
Malvern Valley Primary School
St Patrick’s Primary – Murrumbeena
McKinnon Primary School
Mount Waverley North Primary School
Please don’t hesitate to contact the school directly if you require any information regarding the building project, or TeamKids Customer Service team on 1300 035 000 for any information on booking into our neighbouring programs.
Lunch Box Tips
In the last newsletter I introduced families to www.healthylunchboxweek.org
This newsletter I have included a flyer about becoming a waste warrior. Did you know that more than half of items in school bins come from food packaging brought from home? When packing your child’s lunchbox:
- Choose foods that create less waste and minimise use of single use plastics.
- Eliminate the need for portion packing and wrapping by using rubbish free lunch boxes
Emperor's Birthday Reception
Last week Naomi and I attended a reception at the Consul General of Japan’s residence to celebrate the Emperor's Birthday Reception. Mr Matsunaga, who many of you will remember attended our school production in 2018 (and did an amazing back flip) did an excellent speech and detailed the history of the first known encounter between Australia and Japan. I have attached his speech which you may like to read.
International Mother Tongue Day
On Friday 21 February it is International Mother Tongue Day.
The aim of this day is to recognise that keeping up your ‘family’ language is as important as learning English or any other second or third language.
In fact students who know and learn more than one language are able to make connections between languages and it also helps them overall with learning. The Department of Education and Training have information for parents about language learning. Please visit the website:
Language learning at Huntingdale
Late last year, ANZUK (a teaching agency) worked with our teachers to make a short video about language learning at Huntingdale. You can see this video on our website:
Have a great fortnight!