Marlborough Primary School

21 November 2017
Issue 33
Principal's Report
Dates to remember
Pupils of the Week
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

Learning from our past

I had the pleasure of spending three days on camp with our 5/6 students last week. Our camp was to Sovereign Hill and the students got to be part of an 1850s school for two days whilst we were there. The students, teachers and parent volunteers were part of the 'living museum' at Sovereign Hill and everyone took this role seriously, ensuring they acted with as much authenticity as possible.


It was a fantastic opportunity for our students to experience life on the gold fields and to gain an appreciation for how difficult life was for students in that situation 160 years ago. School work was certainly repetitive, completely teacher-led and required both discipline and concentration from the students at all times.


It is important that we take lessons from these older forms of education. Discipline, hard work and respect are all admirable qualities and ones to strive for. However, we also need to be always living in the present (and focusing on the future) as educators. With all of mankind's acquired knowledge at our fingertips in this digital age, teachers are no longer the 'font of knowledge'. Employment paths are not clearly mapped out for our students.  As educators we need to be more creative in our approach, provide the ideal environment and stimulus for students to develop a love of learning and allow opportunities for all students to explore big questions and further their skills and understanding at our pace that is relevant to them.


Thank you to the parent volunteers, Libby Crosby and Steve Reid, who attended the camp and the teachers, Mel Douglas and Michelle Mielnik, who planned and attended the camp. It was a wonderful opportunity for the students to bond with one another in a different environment, learn about history through 'living it' and also get outside of their comfort zones.

Safety at pick up and drop up

Just  a reminder to be extremely careful in ensuring the safety of all students and parents when picking up and dropping off. Please ensure that students do not cross the road without an adult, ensure you follow speed limits and that you only park in designated spots.


Thank you for your cooperation in ensuring the safety of every member of the Marlborough community.

Dates to remember


Tuesday 21st

  • School Council 

Wednesday 22nd

  • Whole School Messenger Dogs Incursion
  • Golf Clinic
  • 2018 Prep Transition - 9.15am to 12.15pm

Thursday 23rd

  • Triple R Program - Session 6 & 7

Monday 27th

  • PA AGM and Planning Meeting

Tuesday 28th

  • Whole School Asia Day 

Wednesday 29th

  • Golf Clinic

Thursday 30th

  • Triple R Program - Session 8


Tuesday 5th

  • School Council Dinner

Wednesday 6th

  • Golf Clinic
  • 2018 Prep Transition - 9.30am to 1.00pm

Thursday 7th

  • Triple R Program - Session 9

Tuesday 12th

  • 2018 Prep Transition - 12.00pm to 1.00pm
  • Pop Up Second Hand Uniform Shop - 12.00pm to 1.00pm

Wednesday 13th

  • Golf Clinic

Thursday 14th

  • Triple R Program - Session 10
  • Christmas Carols - Evening

Friday 15th

  • Pop Up Second Hand Uniform Shop - 3.00pm to 4.00pm

Monday 18th

  • Grade 6 Graduation Dinner

Thursday 21st

  • Final Triple R Session (parents invited)

Friday 22nd

  • Final Day of Term 4 - Early dismissal at 1.30pm



Monday 29th

  • Student Free Day

Tuesday 30th 

  • Student Free Day

Wednesday 31st

  • Gr 1 to 6 - First day of school


Thursday 1st 

  • Preps - First day of school

Pupils of the Week

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

Monday 27th November 

Willow J (PA) - For being a super Literacy Star.  Willow is an amazing reader, writer and speller and always tries her Personal Best to improve her learning.  Keep it up, Willow.

Mia S (PB) - For working so hard to do her Personal Best writing. She has been independently sounding out words to work out what letters she needs. Keep up the great work, Mia!

Luke H (12A) - For trying his Personal Best to improve his spelling.  Keep up the great work!

Lola R (12B) - For staying determined and focused when writing your persuasive arguments.  I'm very proud of how you've been adding detail and expanding your ideas.

Ari R (12C) - For being an absolute STAR!  You are always demonstrating every tribe agreement in the classroom and out in the playground.  You are an excellent role model!

Bailey M (34A) - For assisting his friends with their music compositions when performing their 'name' rap.  Bailey accompanied friends playing his guitar and adding panache to their presentations.  He also did a wonderful job with his own performance.

Kaden I (34B) - For being so much more brave, confident and willing to have a go with any presentations, speeches or performances.  It's great to see this personal growth in Kaden!

Christina B (34C) - For always looking to improve her handwriting. Christina tries her Personal Best and always asks for feedback on her writing.  She is trying to reach her goal of achieving her Pen Licence.  Well done!

Kallarney R (56A) - For the way she participated in character at our Sovereign Hill Camp.  Kallarney truly looked like a child from the 1850s and totally immersed herself in the experiences.

All of 56B - For the amazing time we had at camp. You all represented Marlborough PS in an exceptional way and I am very proud of the way you all participated in the camp activities. Fantastic.

Monday 11th December 

Tia I (PA) - For trying her Personal Best with her learning.  She works hard to ensure her work is completed to her very best standard.  What a wonderful role model!  Keep it up, Tia.

Remy S (PB) -  for always being a fantastic role model. She always shows Attentive Listening and Mutual Respect. You’re a star, Remy!

Aiden V (12A) - For showing a great understanding of maths strategies. Well done for always doing your Personal Best!

Archie C (12B) - For being an excellent role model in 12B.  You are always setting a good example of Attentive Listening and are very helpful to your classmates.

Jaz B (12C) - For demonstrating perseverance in class time.  Even though it is near the end of the year and everyone is tired, Jaz is still working hard and putting in her Personal Best.

Zac B (34A) - For his determination to complete all of his assessment tasks to the best of his ability.  Zac persevered when his class mates were doing other activities, took his time and achieved success.  Well done, Zac!

Soha V (34B) - For being a lot more productive in class and trying her Personal Best.  Soha has also shown great improvement in her writing by adding humour into her reflections.  Well done!

Hollie N (34C) - For doing such a wonderful job on her new fabulous electric wheelchair.  Hollie has been trying so hard to navigate around the classroom and the school.  Well done!  Keep it up, Hollie!

Alec C (56A) - For the way he participated in character at our Sovereign Hill Camp.  Alec truly looked like a child from the 1850s and totally immersed himself in the experience.

Kaylah H (56B) - for the work Kaylah has done to catch up so she doesn't fall behind. You have been working extra hard and I am so proud of the effort you are putting in. Well done.


School News

2017 School Magazine

The school magazine is getting a refresh – all new design and FULL COLOUR throughout. Still only $10 a copy, it’s great value and a wonderful memento of your child’s year at Marlborough. If you haven’t already ordered your copies or would like to order more, they can still be purchased through the office and will be distributed on the last day of term.


If you have taken any great photos at school or MPS community events this year and think they would be suitable for the magazine, please email them to [email protected] with your name and any information you think is of interest about them. Please email by Friday Dec 1st.



Natalie Lanyon (Zoe 5/6 A, Thomas 3/4 A & Amber Prep A)

Cherie Mountney (Ava 5/6 A & Isaac 1/2 A)


Deakin Christmas Giving Tree

For many years, Michael Sukkar and the local community has shown the best spirit of the Christmas season by donating to the Deakin Christmas Giving Tree and supporting locals in need. This year the Deakin Christmas Giving Tree will provide much-needed support to local families through The Salvation Army in Ringwood.


Mr Sukkar is asking local residents, community organisations and businesses to support The Salvos’ important work by donating non-perishable food items, including Christmas puddings and cakes. 


As a school, we will collecting donations from today until the beginning of Week 11 (18 December) then we will take all donations to the Bendigo Bank in Heathmont so they can be presented to the Salvos before Christmas Day.


If you have any questions about the Deakin Christmas Giving Tree, please do not hesitate to contact Michael Sukkar's office on 03 9874 1711 or speak to Ms Michelle Mielnik at school.


Thank you for supporting this worthwhile local initiative.


From the MPS Junior School Council

SSV Maroondah and Manningham Division

Any swimmers aged 9,10, 11 and 12 who would like to compete in 2018 District Swimming please see Ms Chisholm. The 2018 is on Monday 19th February at Tintern Grammar.  Our division, Warrandyte South competes from 2.30 pm to 3.30 pm. Students will have to make their own way to and from the venue. For qualifying times and events please see Ms Chisholm.

Heidi Victoria Writing Competition

Congratulations to Aysha F who was the winner of the Heidi Victoria Writing Competition.  Special awards were also given to Tom M and Dove A.




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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