Kilsyth Primary School

21 October 2016
Issue Fifteen
Principal's Report
What's Happening @ KPS
From the Office
Foundation News
Junior School News
Middle School News
Senior School News
Student Wellbeing 
Student Awards
Community Notices
Kilsyth Primary School
9725 4320
Durham Road
Kilsyth, Victoria, 3137

Principal's Report

was officially...


... Thank you to everyone who helped to make it such a success!!  


Although the weather was a little windy, the sun shone throughout the day and hundreds of people from our local community joined us for a fabulous day of exciting rides, delicious food, fun activities and terrific stalls.


It seemed the whole community came out to share in the day with us.  It was great to see so many people enjoying the fair with family and friends.  As I walked around through out the day I had many, many conversations with current families, past students and their families, new families who will be joining our school community in the next year or two and other locals from the Kilsyth Community.  First and foremost this is why we run our fair - to bring our community together. And from this perspective it was a huge success!!


We are finalising our analysis of the income and expenses associated with the fair and will be announcing the outcome of the fundraising side of the day at our assembly next week.  All signs are pointing to a highly positive result!!


I had hoped to have some photos of the day ready to share with you today, however there has been a slight delay and we will have the official photos ready early next week. We will be sending out a special edition of the newsletter next week with heaps of photos of all the fun and frivolity of our fair.


It takes a huge effort to bring an event like this together and make it such a success. There are many, many people who have made valuable contributions to the fair this year.  To everyone who helped out we say - THANK YOU.


Thank you to our stall holders and the businesses who provided prizes and other other goods.  We appreciate your support.


Thank you to the parents, students and families who donated goods to our stalls.  Your generosity made the whole day possible.


Thank you to those families who delivered fliers to over 2000 houses in our local community.


Thank you to the teachers who prepared food, set up stalls, and worked on stalls all day.  We love your commitment to our school and enthusiasm for providing great experiences for our students.


Thank you to Carolyn, Janine and Kiralee who worked in the office all day keeping the admin side of the day flowing so smoothly.


Thank you to the parents who arrived at 5.45am to set-up, worked on stalls all day and then packed up at the end of the day.  Your stamina and positive attitide is an inspiration.  You are all legends!


Thank you to the small, dedicated and hard working Fair committee who worked tireless for over twelve months to pull the day together. So many things happened behind the scenes that most of us will never know.  You are appreciated more than you realise!


Thank you to Mel Cooper and Amy Davis who really led our entire school community with grace and style and pulled us together as a team on the day.  You are the classic ducks on the pond, calm and graceful on the surface and working madly and chaotically.  Once again you have gone well above and beyond we could even hope for in your willingness to support our school community.




Have a great weekend !



What's Happening @ KPS

Calendar of Events



24th            State Athletics

25th            Year 5- Visit to Mooroolbark College

27th            Senior-Walmsley Village visit-1.50-2.50pm

                     Foundation 2017-Transition visit- 2.30-3.15pm



1st              CUP DAY-Public Holiday

3rd             Rotary Speech Contest-selected students 7-9pm

10th           Foundation 2017-Transition visit- 2.30-3.15pm

11th           Seniors-Community Sports Day

15th           Multicultural Day

16th           Schoool Council 4pm

24th           Senior-Walmsley Village visit-1.50-2.50pm

                    Foundation 2017- Parent Information night 7.30pm

25th           "All the Fun at the Fair"-Seniors

                     Jump Disco

28th           Seniors-Kmart Wishing Tree



2nd            Year 6-Amazing Race

5th             STUDENT FREE DAY-Curriculum Day

6th             Scientist in schools program

7th             Foundation-Mornington Beach Excursion

                    Middle-City Excursion

8th              Scientist in schools program

13th            Orientation Day-Foundation 2017

                         Year 6 to Secondary Schools

14th            Junior-Elizabeth Bridge Reserve Excursion

19th            Year 6  Graduation

20th            Year 6 Pool Day

                      Last Day of Term 4-1.30pm dismissal







Notices sent home this fortnight


Click on the link below to download copies of the notices:

  • Icy Poles
  • Foundation Term 4 Newsletter
  • Middle Term 4 newsletter
  • Senior Term 4 Newsletter
  • Middle- City Excursion-Change of Date


Kids Club is on!!





From the Office

Direct Deposit details:

Payments can be made via internet banking directly into the schools Bank account.


Acc Name:  Kilsyth Primary School Council

             BSB: 313 140 
             Account Number: 23183981
             Reference: (Family Surname)

Please also send an email to the school  notifying us that you have made the payment, and to which program/event it should be allocated. The email confirms your payment and states:



Child’s name, 

Amount paid

What the payment is for eg: Level 3 camp


Monday- Friday:  8.30am -4.00pm

Absences -Tiqbiz:

Please notify the office of your child's absence using the Tiqbiz app.



Download the app:

  • Apple App Store (iOS - iPhone or iPad)
  • Google Play (android phone or tablet
  • Windows (Phone or Tablet)
  • Mac or PC

Second Hand Uniform

Second hand uniform will be available for purchase from the office on Thursday afternoons from 3-3.45pm.

We welcome any donations of uniform that are in good condition to add to our dwindling supply of second hand uniform.


Please note that if you have ordered Subway and your child is absent on Friday, please organise to come and collect it from the office at 12.30pm. Unfortunately we are unable to cancel your order.

Foundation News

I've missed you!

Well I must say, as lovely as my holiday was I did miss seeing 27 gorgeous faces each day! I received a warm welcome back and it's nice to return to a happy place!  I did bring back a little treat for the students so when they bring their gift home it is for them to keep!

So nice to see SOME sunshine however I know this won't last!  We did make the most of this and head outside for some of our learning and to make up for Friday's rain forecast!

Today in Science, students have received a pet cloud! This is to create some enthusiasm about concepts they are learning both in Science and in the classroom.  Next week for News this may come in handy! Read on.



There has been some slight changes to our timetable:

Science is now at 11.40am on a Thursday and PE is moved to the end of the day at 2.30pm on a Thursday.  Please ensure your child has appropriate footwear for PE and also PMP which is on a Wednesday morning.  We welcome any parents to this session from 9.10 to 9.40am.  The students really seem to be enjoying this!  Thank you again to the parents that have volunteered their time to make this possible.

Library is now on a FRIDAY!  A bit easier to remember to bring the library books throughout the week and then take them home on a Friday! Please make sure your child brings a bag so they can borrow! LITERACY OPENS DOORS!!!!!



Next Wednesday we are having our RESPONSIBLE PET OWNERSHIP session.  I'm really exicted to see our students learn about how to be safe and responsible with and around pets.  Also to build their confidence and knowledge about animals.  This is a free session so no paperwork required - yay!

Notices have gone home regarding our Multicultural Day which is on TUESDAY 15th November.  Students will need to come dressed in the colours of their Tribes country.  If you are unsure please come and see me.


Next week our News topic is a Weather Report! With Melbourne's wild weather it would be great to have these discussions with your child.  A few suggestions are:
* Watch the 7 day weather report on the news or on the internet and draw the forecast.  

* Google the education site FUSE and search for some weather information.

* Use the newspaper to look at the weather information and forecast

* Use an iPad/tablet or phone to look at weather apps.

Some reading and information searching followed by a rich discussion is a great way for students to gain an understand of what a forecast is, different types of weather and typical Melbourne weather! 


Some student news is that we welcome our new student, LEVI! What a kind hearted boy we are lucky to have with us in Foundation!

Loving Learning

I can't believe we are just 9 weeks away from the end of the term and Christmas!   We have many concepts to still explore and new maths topics to discover.  The students are showing signs of excellent learning in our class.  We welcome you at any stage to visit or work with a small group.  

Next week we are:

- Exploring Poetry and syllables

- Developing our understanding of Number Patterns

- Exploring technology and weather apps

- Continuing to ask questions as we read

- Continuing to read our Magic Words and camera words

- Consolidating our knowledge of phonemes and how to spell new words.


You should be really proud of your child's effort as they continue to show a love for learning. Thank you for your support with their home routine.  With a quick lead up to Christmas I encourage your child to have many play dates with other students as friendships are still being moulded as they grow and develop and will help them as they move towards Junior school next year.  I look forward to enjoying Term 4 with you and your child.  


Junior School News

Arts Centre Excursion

In the final week of Term 3, students from the Junior classes had an amazing experience when they attended a performance of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie at the Arts Centre.

From the opening scene our students were captivated as these familiar characters were brought to life on stage. After the show we were extremely lucky to be given a tour of the backstage area thanks to Carissa and her Dad (thanks Peter!). Our students particularly enjoyed the view from behind the stage and seeing the cosumes and props up close.

A big thank you to our parent helpers on the day: Penny, Sharon, Kristy & Fiona


Free Range Kids

We have had a great response to this initiative from the Shire of Yarra Ranges. It has been lovely to hear about students who might normally be dropped at school being dropped a few blocks away so that they can walk some of the way to school. 

Please note that the map sent home provides suggested drop off points only. Students will still earn a 'point' if they walk a different route. The decisions about where students are dropped off and whether they walk with a parent, with friends, or on their own can only be made by each family with their own circumstances in mind. 


Middle School News

Welcome back to Term 4

Wow! Term 4 is here, where has the year gone? With Christmas around the corner we have a lot to cover before our Year 3s become 4s and our Year 4s become 5s. We have started the term with a bang. Students in science were given rocks and they loved painting and creating their own individual Pet Rocks. Students have been busy learning about fractions in maths and trying out their poetry skills in writing. In reading, students are able to use their opinion when they are analysing and critiquing different books and characters. We are all looking forward to a busy, fun filled term. 


Preparation For Fair

Middle were given a request on Thursday last week that they couldn't pass up. As Middle students are so reliable they were given the job to clean the school grounds of all rubbish for the fair on Saturday. 

It was fantastic to see the team work from all the middle strudents while they did an amazing job helping clean the school for the fair. 


Kindergarten Reading Programs 

Students have been loving going to Hansen Park Pre-School and Palm Grove Pre-School each week and reading to the kindergarten students. Both kindergarten students and our students have been thoroughly enjoying the time and the experience. 



WOW! What an amazing day. The fair didn't disappoint with some fantastic stalls and awesome rides. It was wonderful seeing all the student having a ball on a beautiful, sunny day. 

Important Dates

Kilsyth Community Fair- 15th October

National Bandanna Day- 28th October

Melbourne Cup Day- 1st November

Multicultural Day- 15th November

Student Free Day- 5th December

Middle Excursion- 7th December

Last day of Term 4- 20th December


This term we have our regular homework where students complete one task a week. We also have an exciting personal task where student will be researching cultural diversity and exploring how we are similar and different to other people in the world. 

Free Range Kids

In Middle we have had a fantastic response to the council initiative of free range kids. Students should have come home with a parent information booklet and a map with drop off points. It is important to note that if students have walked different routes to those proposed on the map they will still earn points towards their overall class reward. 

Senior School News


Welcome back to our Senior School news! As usual, we've been extremely busy up in the Senior building. Our learning so far this term has largely focused on angles and shapes, persuasive advertising, Economics and Geography.

Our students have settled well into Term 4. As most of them have probably told you, we've started our new CBL challenge 'All the Fun of the Fair', which centres around our Economics strand and will end with our Senior School fair. Our students are busily working away to design and create a product, service or form of entertainment to sell at the Fair. 


What's coming up

Our students have been offered two very exciting opportunities for next week:

Monday 24 October: Representatives from Yarra Hills Secondary College will be coming to Kilsyth to meet and greet students who will be attending the College next year.

Tuesday 25 October (Year 6): our Year 6 students have been offered places at the John Monash Science School Science Fair. This is an amazing opportunity to experience and explore the world of science through Melbourne's most respected specialist science school. 

Tuesday 25 October (Year 5): On the same day, our Year 5 students will be heading off to Mooroolbark College for their annual Red Earth Day. This day is an all-rounder activity day which is designed to immerse Year 5 students in the world of high school, regardless of which school they will end up attending.

Thursday 3 November: Our students have been working hard to prepare speeches on a range of topics over the last two weeks, and are currently participating in heats for our speech competition. The two selected finalists will attend the Rotary Club of Montrose & District's Speech Night on 3 November.

Friday 11 November: Senior School community sports day


JMSS Science Fair

Our Year 6 students have been lucky enough to be offered the opportunity to attend the John Monash Science School Science Fair on 25 October. There is no cost to attend, and it will be a fantastic day for our curious scientific minds!

We will be departing Kilsyth PS at 11:30am and returning at approximately 3:30pm. 

Permission forms are due to be returned by Monday 24 October 2016. Please make sure that forms are returned by this date so that none of our students miss out on this fantastic opportunity.

Red Earth Day

Our Year 5 students will be attending Red Earth Day at Mooroolbark College on 25 October. This day has proven to be extremely popular in the past, and we are excited to be attending this year. There is no cost for the day, as transport is provided by Mooroolbark College. Students will leave Kilsyth PS at 9am, arriving at Mooroolbark by 9:15am. Please make sure that your child is at school in plenty of time for a 9am departure. We will return to school by around 3pm.

Permission forms are due to be returned by Monday 24 October.

Rotary Speech Contest

Our students have been composing and practising speeches this term as part of their Speaking and Listening development. Each student is preparing a 3 minute speech on a given topic, which must be presented to the class. They have shown amazing creativity and, not surprisingly, we have some fantastic speakers in our cohort! 

The students are in the process of participating in the heats of the Rotary Speech Contest, with the two best speeches to be selected for the final held by the Rotary Club of Montrose & District, where they will compete against students from other local schools.

Mooroolbark College sports at Kilsyth

This week, we were lucky to have Year 9 students from Mooroolbark College start their sports program with our seniors. The Year 9 students are training in sports leadership, and they are working with our senior students on Wednesday afternoons doing a variety of different athletic sports. There are three more Wednesday afternoons coming up.

CBL: 'All the Fun of the Fair'

Students are now well into creating their business plans and have all decided on the product, service or entertainment that they will offer on the day of the market. I'm sure you've all heard much excited talk about this at home! 

So far, students are showing excellent creativity and teamwork skills, while learning about important economic concepts such as supply and demand.

Notes have gone home with details of the task, market day and Kmart shopping evening. Don't forget, students are not producing their product, service or entertainment at school, so they will need to be working on it at home. It will more than likely require some coordination to arrange for groups to meet at someone's house, etc. Students should be starting this now.

Any purchase that students make in regards to their CBL task will need to have a stored receipt for proof of purchase. This is very important as we will be learning about profit and loss.



We have started back with our Term 4 homework. We are now into our second week of homework. Students are required to complete one Thinkers' Key, one spelling task, one Mental Maths task, and one hour's reading. There will be weeks as the fair draws closer where CBL becomes the main part of their homework. This may look like one hour's reading, spelling words and CBL work.


Excellent science experience at Yarra Ranges Regional Museum

Become part of the experiment with Science on the Move! Kids and adults alike can enjoy, discover and explore principles of light, music and sound, human biology, force and motion, ecology, electricity, magnetism, population and genetics. Developed by Questacon, Science on the Move engages both mind and body. Turn yourself  into a battery, crank up a tornado in a bottle, escape from handcuffs, predict the outcome of chaos, build a food chain, measure your fitness and much more in this hands-on science experience. 

Dates: Sat 29 October - Sun 29 January, 2017

Venue: Yarra Ranges Regional Museum

Address: 35-37 Castella St Lilydale

Suitable for: Children  Families  G (General)  

Cost: FREE


Creators or Destroyers? 

Are Volcanoes creators or destroyers? That's exactly what seniors are investigating this term. What better way to start investigating then to jump right in and make some erruptions. 


Our Vegetable Garden

Mrs Day has worked wonders with the gardening club students to plant new vegetables in our garden. Mrs Day has done a wonderful job in providing the area with two benches for students to gain an outdoor classroom. Junior students were lucky this week to have our science lesson in the garden and enjoy the new outdoor learning space. We have been busy exploring what is made and natural materials and making predictions about what the garden will look like in a month. 


Coles plastic recycling 

I''ve realised that on my recent trip this fornight to Coles. That I average 8 bags of soft plastic each time.  With this in mind by the end of the year I would have dropped off about 216. 


Coles now provides soft plastics recycling program in over 500 stores across Australia our customers are recycling an average of 4 tonnes of soft plastic packaging material each week. Through thier partnership with the RED Group and Replas they have been able to recycle this material into garden seats to schools and kindergartens. These bins are located at Mooroolbark and Knox. Other locations can be found on thier wesbite if you'd like to get involved. 


Art News

Welcome back to another fun filled term in Visual Arts/ Indonesian. This term we will be having Multicultural Day. This is to be held on Tuesday 15th November. A letter will be sent home shortly with more information about this day.

This week the Foundation students will be exploring shape and pattern whilst making a Mosaic vase. The junior students will again be working on their sewing skills and making their personal bags. The middle students are making face masks. Colour and cultures will be explored during this process. The senior students are working on an animal collage and it will be great to see what amazing things they come up with.

Thank you for all your kind donations to the art room. They are very much appreciated.


Kym Wallace

Working together.

Over the next 4 weeks the Grade 5/6 students will be working with Mooroolbark Year 9 students leadership team on a skills based Athletics program.  It was great to hear the students talking about the afternoon session and how excited they were to tell me they can now do Triple Jump!

Sporting Achievements

We would also like to congratulate Cooper and Brodie S on their achievements in Archery.

The boys have just recently taken up the sport and competed in a 2 day competition.  Cooper came 2nd in B Grade and Brodie came 1st in C grade.

Cooper highest score for the day was 304 out a possible 400

Brodie highest score for the day was 208 out of a possible 400.

Congratulations boys looking forward to hearing how you go at the State Titles.

Student Wellbeing 

Chaplain’s Chat

Have you noticed how it is often easy to fall into the trap of feeling you have been hard done by.  When we get into difficult times we can also have a tendency to blame everyone else but ourselves, this is often just going to propel us nowhere and create a bigger and bigger hole to get lost in.


Malcolm Fraser famously said in the 80’s “Life wasn’t meant to be easy”, I don’t know where he came up with that but I guess what he was trying to say was that sometimes circumstances, and people can lead to less than the hoped for outcome leaving us to deal with less than anticipated options.

Health issues, employment challenges, family disagreements, financial calamities, lost opportunities and confusing expectations are some of the elements that can contribute to a sense of discontent, confirming in our mind the phrase “Life wasn ’t meant to be easy” or essentially that “Life is unfair”


With that thinking we may remain stuck there for the unforeseeable future when we need to know that we have another option, to find and celebrate the worth in our present circumstances.  Don’t stop living waiting for a better day, do what you can now in whatever circumstances you find yourselves.


People often ask me why I never buy a Tattslotto ticket, it is not because I am opposed to gambling or because I can’t afford it; the important reason I don’t buy one is because I don’t always want to be living my life in the future planning what I will do when I ‘win’ I want to be fully present in what is happening here and now, and to feel at peace with it. 


I don’t want to get caught in the loop saying “My life will be better when…..”

We perhaps need to ask ourselves “What are we doing with life?” Things can be bad but our attitude and positive, empowering actions can bring us the gift of life again.


Gill Van Der Ende



Student Awards

Friday 7th October


Foundation               Michael

We love all of your qualities that you bring to our class, Michael. You're a very kind friend. You work very hard during learning time and are doing so well with learning your magic words. Thanks for being a responsible and respectful friend in Foundation!



It’s lovely to see you sharing your ideas and thinking. 'Be the Best You Can Be' is something that you are putting into practise, Ashlee. Your confidence is growing every day and we are very proud of your effort and attitude towards your learning.


Junior A            Tahlia S

Welcome to Kilsyth Primary School, Tahlia. We are so pleased to have you as a member of Junior A.


Junior B           Junior B

What a fantastic start you have made to the term. It has been great to see so many of you working hard and applying yourselves to learning tasks. Well done! 


Middle A      Connor

Well done Connor on writing a fantastic poem this week. It was well thought and super funny, even if it was totally gross and disgusting. Keep up the good work!


Middle B          Jordan K

Jordan you have come back to school this term with a positive attitude and it is clear you are ready to work hard and achieve. Everything we have done this week you have attempted happily. Keep up the great work!


Middle C            Cooper S

Cooper, what a fantastic start to Term 4 you've had! You get your work done, while maintaining neat handwriting and focused thinking. You are most definitely prepared for Senior School! Keep it up!


Senior A               Jame

Jame, I really like how you made a significant effort with your work this week. Excellent job with your times tables and keep practising!


Senior B            Seth

Thank you for your continued steady effort across all learning areas throughout the last week. Keep up the good work!


Science            Senior A

Senior A, I was impressed with your start to the term. Your ability to carry out an investigation that demonstrated care for equipment, excellent listening skills and cooperative lab skills was excellent.


Visual Arts      Liam

Well done on all your hard work in Visual Arts Liam. It has been great to see you grow in confidence and not only explore different ideas but also sharing your thought and feelings with the rest of the class. Keep up the great work!

Friday 14th October

Foundation           Archer A

For always helping other classmates without being asked. You are a wonderful help in the Foundation classroom!


Junior A           Jett

What a fabulous job you are doing with making and reading equal groups in maths. It's great to see mathematical thinking.


Junior B       Abby

Abby, you consistently show a strong commitment to learning. Your work in Maths this week has been outstanding. You have learnt how to make equal groups and work out how many there are altogether. Well done!


Middle A                  Ruby

You are a rhyming queen Ruby! Your rhyming poetry this week has been well written and very funny. Keep up the hard work!


Middle B                Emilee

It has been wonderful to see your fraction knowledge grow these last two weeks. Your constant willingness to help other students is great to see! Keep up the awesome work.


Middle C                Madi

Madi, what a great job you have done with your poetry writing this week! It has been great to see you try new things with your writing, keep it up!


Senior A           Rachel

Rachel constantly tries her hardest to improve the quality of her work. Great effort with your writing task this week - keep up the good work!


Senior B      Megan

Megan, you have shown a positive attitude to exploring issues indoor book in our literature circles. You have taken your roles seriously and participated well in group discussions. Keep up the great work!


Science          Carter

Carter, you should be really proud of the work you are achieving in Science. It’s great to see you so positive and engaged.  


Physical Education      Erica

For helping out her fellow students during our football skills session.


Community Notices

Things happening in our community:






Wk 01 -Graduation - Icy Poles.pdf
Wk01-Foundation Term 4 Newsletter.pdf
Wk 01-Senior Term 4 newsletter.pdf
Wk03-CityExcursionChange of Date.pdf
Wk 03-Middle-termnewsletter-term4.pdf
Wk 03-Middle-termnewsletter-term4.pdf
Wk 03-Middle-termnewsletter-term4.pdf
Wk 01 -Graduation - Icy Poles.pdf
Wk01-Foundation Term 4 Newsletter.pdf
Wk 03-Middle-termnewsletter-term4.pdf
Wk 01-Senior Term 4 newsletter.pdf
Wk03-CityExcursionChange of Date.pdf