Kilsyth Primary School

25 November 2016
Issue Seventeen
Principal's Report
What's Happening @ KPS
From the Office
Foundation News
Student Wellbeing 
Student Awards
Community Notices
Kilsyth Primary School
9725 4320
Durham Road
Kilsyth, Victoria, 3137

Principal's Report

Heading toward the end of the year!

At this time of year people often say to me ... "Well you must be starting to wind up for the year, are things slowing down?" 


The end of a school year is actually one of the busiest! Teachers are finalising assessments, writing reports, preparing the curriculum for next year, planning Graduations and Transition programs, and setting up students for a great finish to the year.

At Kilsyth PS we believe how you leave sets up how enter.  If you leave class well before recess, you are more likely to have a great recess break.  If you leave our school to attend another, we want you to leave well so you have a great start at your new school.  If you finish the year on a high, you are best placed to start the new year with a fresh and positive attitude.  This is why we work so hard to make the end of the year great.


I know our staff are all working very hard to set up a great end of 2016, so we head into 2017 with our eyes focussed on great things ahead.


Report writing


A key thing in preparing for next year, is knowing what has been achieved this year.  This week teachers have been focussed on writing academic reports for all students.  These will be sent home at the end of the year.  These will be a good reflection of what your child has achieved in their learning this year.  I am looking forward to reading them all and encourage you to begin talking with your child about what they feel they have achieved and what might be some of the highlights in their report.


2017 Classes


Over the next week or two we are finalising our class placements for 2017.  We are planning to run 10 classes in 2017.  One class in Foundation and three classes in each level of Junior, Middle and Senior.


Thank you to those parents who communicated specific concerns to me in writing by last week's deadline, these have been taken into consideration.  


The placement of students is a complex process with many factors to work through.  We will be announcing classes and 2017 teachers towards the end of the school year.



Transition Program


Over the past six months we have been running our Foundation Transition program for students starting school. This is an important support as students make the big step into school life.  


Our Year 6 students have also been involved in a wide variety of transistion activities as they get ready to make the move to secondary education.  


As we head toward the end of the year we are beginning to involve all students in making the transition into their next step of learning.  Whether it is moving up a year within a level (such as Yr 3 to Year 4), or moving to a new level within the school (such as Junior to Middle) making this step is significant in the life of a young person.


In the last few weeks of term we will be giving the students an opprotunity to work together in their new classes and with their new teachers.  More information will be available closer to the end of term.


I encourage you to talk with your child about the changes that will occur for them and remember that some people embrace change quickly and others take a little longer to settle into the idea.  Having timely dicussions can help your child feel supported and heard.


Carols Night


Please join us for our traditional Carols Night on

Tuesday 13th December.



We will meet on the oval at 5.30pm for picnic dinners.  The Carols will begin at 6pm and should finish by 7pm.  


Please remember that as this is a school event, alcohol is not permitted.

KPS Choir & Band rock!!

We are so proud of our Choir and our Bands!!

Our choir sang up a storm at the Chelodina Festival last week and will be performing again tonight at the Hansen Park Preschool Fete.

I have heard the rehearsals of our choir joining with out senior band in readiness for our Carols Night on December 13th.  Sounding Sensational!!! Can't wait for the big night!

All the fun of the Fair!

We had a fantastic morning (in the rain) for "All the Fun of the Fair"  - a great event organised by our senior students.  Be ready for a special edition of the newsletter next week with stories from the fair from our senior students.


Thanks to everyone who helped make this such a  great success.

Building our Stage/Shade area


We are still working to have our Stage/Shade area ready for our  Carols Night on December 13th.  


We have had a structural engineer assess the frame and provide a report on the next steps of construction. We have a few parents ready to help with decking, however would love to hear from anyone who might be able to give us a hand. We are planning to do most of the work during the week if possible, as many people are commited during the weekends in the lead up to Christmas.


If you are able to help us out, please contact the office on 9725 4320.

Have a great weekend!


What's Happening @ KPS

Calendar of Events





24th           Scientist in schools program 

                   Senior-Walmsley Village visit-1.50-2.50pm

                    Foundation 2017- Parent Information night 7.30pm

25th          Jump Disco

28th           Seniors-Kmart Wishing Tree



2nd            Year 6-Amazing Race

5th             STUDENT FREE DAY-Curriculum Day

6th             Year 6 to Secondary Schools Orientation

7th             Foundation-Mornington Beach Excursion

                    Middle-City Excursion

8th              Volunteers Thank you morning tea- 11am

13th            Orientation Day-Foundation 2017

                      Carols night 

14th            Junior-Elizabeth Bridge Reserve Excursion

                     School Council

15th            Choir performance-Walmsley Village

19th            Year 6  Graduation night

20th            Year 6 Pool Day

                      Last Day of Term 4-1.30pm dismissal


January 2017

30th             Student free day-Curriculum Day

31st              First student Day of Term 1 2017




Notices sent home this fortnight


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


  • Choir notices
  • Letter to parents re student accident
  • Fundraising-Christmas Raffle
  • Jump Disco


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

Multicultural Day

Thank you everyone for your efforts with Multicultural Day! We had a ball! It was great to see so many of our students volunteering to perform as part of the African Dancing. Students were really engaged, excited and willing to participate.  Great job on the food front, the dressing up in colours and overall involvement!

Another memorable day @ KPS!


Check them out!

Another Random Act of Kindness that our students are carrying out.  With no direction from teachers or adults, they willingly asked for a bag and gloves to kindly collect rubbish from our school environment so they can avoid polluting our drains and waterways for the benefit of dolphins and sea life.  The world is a better place with these gems in in! I'm so proud!


Fun at the Fair!

Check us out! What a great day!

We had such a wonderful experience at All the Fun of the Fair! Thanks to all of our families who supported our Senior School students and provided funds for us to spend! We certainly felt the sugar high at about 3pm! The rain didn't get in our way of eating, spending, throwing sponges at teachers and big buddies or walking through the puddles! A great learning experience on top of fun, our students learnt ideas on how to spend money! And that there isn't a lot to buy for 20 cents!!! They were exposed to real life experiences such as budgeting, receiving change, bargains, expensive items and cheap items.  It really was a highlight of the week. 


Foundation in 2017

Last night Daniel and myself ran the Foundation Information Night for parents and families starting in 2017.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank our current families with children already at Kilsyth who attended.  A lot of families assume that the information will remain the same each year but with these days things change so frequently it's always great to stay up-to-date with information.  We were very pleased with the turnout. With over 15 families attending, it's always great to see families becoming involved with school.  Thank you all for taking, and making, time within your busy schedules to attend.  I look forward to maintaining contact with all of our families here at Kilsyth in 2017.

Christmas is Coming

With the lead up to the big man coming, we will be starting some Christmas activities next week.  This includes our song practise for School Carols Night on Tuesday 13th December.  We encourage you to practise with your child at home (although it's rather cute when they fade in and out from verse to chorus through not knowing the words). We will be singing 2 songs on the night.  One all on our own and one with our buddies.  We hope you've got this date in your diaries as we look forward the community getting together.  



Community Sports Day

The Year 5/6 Students had a fantastic day on Friday at the Community Sports day.  They competed in a 8 activities for the day, from Bowlerama through to goal kicking, super quoits and even a basketball shootout.  There was lots of positive reports about the day.  Thank you to the Year 5/6 Teachers Mr Rosco and Mrs Seeman for helping on organising the day and supervising the students.  Also a big thanks to Beck and Rhonda for also supporting a group.  Without your help these days wouldn't go ahead.  


Starting on the 29th of Novemeber we will be learning some basic gymnastics skills like log roll, forward roll, scorpian kicks, motorbike, and lots more.  As mentioned in the last newsletter there is a few housekeeping rules to remember:

*Long hair must be tied back

*No Jewellery please

 *Shoes are taken off so not stockings

*Comfortable clothes no jeans please.


Gymnastics is the foundation of all sports. This is true whether it be traditional sports or the newer "extreme sports." Training in gymnastics leads to a more well-rounded athlete, and those with a background in gymnastics naturally excel in other sports. The following sections outline the benefits of gymnastics training.

Developing an optimum level of strength will make all athletes better at their discipline. The sport of gymnastics is responsible for developing some of the strongest and most agile athletes in the world! Men AND women alike!

Too many athletes overlook the importance of flexibility in relation to their particular sport. Gymnasts cannot afford to do so, as every event hinges on this ability. Those athletes who do recognize the benefits of a flexible body have a true edge over the competition.

Spatial Awareness
Gymnastics teaches the fundamentals of spatial awareness that apply to ALL sports, including and especially skateboarding, snowboarding, and other extreme sports. Being aware of how your body is moving and where it is in relation to the ground is crucial, and is the key to preventing injury.

Because of gymnastics' great variety of skills, its techniques can be found in many other sports.

Gymnastics places an enormous emphasis on developing perfect form and balance in every aspect of the sport. These elements are also vital to a number of other activities such as cheerleading, dance, and the martial arts.

Multi-cultural day

What a wonderful opportunity we had in Science on Multi-cultural day to be involved in creating fireworks and paper rockets for the Fourth of July as part of looking at America. Students who moved through my activities were able to experiemnt with paper rockets. It was great to see students modify their rockets if their first attemtps to launch them into the air did not work. Our activities in Science were 100% sustainable and did not impact on the environment on the day. 


Being sustainable is all around us. 

I was extemely excited to see that our  local Aldi supermarket offer a free battery recycling service . Ay brand of AA, AAA, C, D and 9V batteries (both rechargeable and
non-rechargeable) are accepted. 


Multicultural Day

What a fantastic day was had by all. The students all dressed up and looked fantastic. The activities representing other countries were terrific and the food that students shared were delicious. A lot of creativity from both students and their parents was obvious on the day. Once again, our performers were a huge hit. The students loved dancing and clapping to the African drums. It was very noisy but a lot of fun. A huge thank you to all the teachers, parents and students for all the effort  that you put into the day.


Indonesian Fact

Did you know that there are over 800 languages spoken in Indonesia? Bahasa Indonesia is the national language and the language taught at KPS. However, children in Indonesia often first learn their local language and then Bahasa once they start attending school. 


Students in Indonesia also learn other languages at school, including English. 

Student Wellbeing 

Breaky Club Pancake Celebration

There will be a special 'Breaky Club' breakfast on Thursday the 8th of December for our final Breakfast Club of 2016.  We will be serving pancakes and juice for everyone to enjoy.

Come along, celebrate with friends, thank all our awesome volunteers from St James and St Peters and have a yummy breakfast.

See you there!

Thanks from the younger members of 'Breaky Club"

Our volunteers were delighted to receive these lovely notes from some of our regular visitors,  if you haven't visited before you will be most welcome.


'Road to Bethlehem'

I have received information regarding a  family Christmas experience . Tickets are free and can be booked online at or by phoning 92647770. The program runs from Dec 12th - 15th  


Public speaking - Taking a Chance

Rently a number of our students competed in a public speaking competition offered through Rotorary. One of our students, Ryan Chams El Dean shared his talk with me and I was so impressed by the ideas he articulated I was keen to share some of his thoughts with you as they are universal. 


His talk was called , " Its always the right time to take a chance"  In his speech he talked about the need to deal with his fears if he was to take a chance, yet how rewarding it is when you can manage that. Ryan said, " The truth is that everytime you take a big risk in life, no matter how it ends, you're always glad you took it.  Even if it turns out to be a giant failure I'll have learnt something from it. Our mistakes make us who we are, and we learn and grow with every choice we make.  In the end we will regret the chances we didn't take"  Ryan gave a terrific example from his own life about taking a chance and joining a basketball team, he explained that he almost let his fear get the better of him and how nervous he was, " Dad got my first goal on camera , and boy was I feeling proud of myself."  he went on to say, " I've been playing basketball since March and I love it. If I didn't take that chance I would never have found a sport I love so much, I would have missed out on so many new friends and opportunities." Ryan then challenged his audience to take an opportunity that came their way, "I think you  will amazed at how many opportunities come your way that you might usually ignore.  Maybe, just maybe, one of those chances will completely change your life." 


Ryan included this message in his speech;


"It's impossible", said Pride.

"It's risky", said Experience.

"I t's pointless". said Reason.

"Give it a try", whispered the Heart.


Well done Ryan, this is such a valuable message for everyone I know that I always try to remember this and encourage others to give things a go, what an excellent young example you are to your friends.


Thankyou, Gill Van Der Ende (Chaplain)

Student Awards

Friday 4th November

Foundation       Jack

We just love listening to you read, Jack! You are trying so hard with your phonemes and your effort is amazing. Keep up the great reading! Well done!


Junior A            Jovi

What a fabulous effort you are putting into your reading. Keep up the hard work. Well Done Jovi


Junior B              Levi

Wow! You are producing some great work Levi. Your concentration and focus on learning is really developing. It's great to see you showing persistence and giving your best.

Middle A            Sione

Sione, you are becoming a super reader! There is no stopping you. Keep up the hard work, you can do it!


Middle B         Tilli

What a wonderful week you have had Tilli. You are such a kind caring friend. You should be proud of what an amazing role model you are to your fellow students. Keep up the incredible work.


Middle C             Lucas

Lucas, what an amazing author you have been this week! Your 'rock writing' sessions have been fantastic, and your focus has been great. Keep up the beautiful work!


Senior A             Ryan

Ryan, you have prepared and delivered a fantastic speech at last nights Rotary Speech night. Well done for all the hard work and effort you have put into this. Keep up the good work!


Senior B              Ally

Ally, you made us all so incredibly proud when you represented our school at the Rotary Speech competition. You spoke with confidence, clarity and passion about how you would eradicate poverty. Well done on your fantastic effort - all your hard work and preparation really paid off!


Physical Education      Jason

Jason you always participated to the best of your ability, you are very involved in the PE session and you have a good understanding of how to strike a ball.


Science          Luke

I am so proud of the positive attitude you are demonstrating in science. It’s great to see the confidence you have gained.



Friday 11th November


Foundation            Payton

We just love seeing you develop your skills on the laptop! Your work showed us how you can insert shapes and text in creative ways. Thank you for working so hard during Tech Time! Well done!


Junior A          Wilson

Welcome to Kilsyth PS, Wilson. We are so pleased to have you as a member of our class.


Middle A                 Sienna

Sienna, your book reports this week have shown great thinking in your word choices and how you describe things. Your book summaries entice the reader and your personal opinion is well thought out and clever. Keep up the great work!


Middle C          Mitchell

Mitchell, what a great week you have had! It had been great to see you participating more in class discussions. Keep up the great work!



Luke, it has been great to see you so confident with your maths work throughout this topic. I hope to continue to see more of your amazing thinking. You should be very proud. Well done!


Physical Education    Luke

You come to PE with a smile and put in 100% in every session. You are always encouraging of others and help them to do their best.

Friday 18th November

Foundation            Jack B

Jack, we love the way you participated in the performance on Multicultural Day. You are not afraid to try new things with your learning and we couldn’t be prouder of your effort. Great stuff!


Junior B                     Tierone

Tierone, you are such a wonderful role model to others in our class. I love the way you can turn your focus to learning as soon as this is needed. This shows great maturity. Well done.

Middle A                   Emma

Your PowerPoint Poetry Book looks amazing Emma. You have really thought about the placement of text and pictures. Your design looks pretty and your poems are fun and well written. Well done and keep up the great work!


Middle B            Charlie

What a great week you have had Charlie. Your positive attitude is contagious. The class always look forward to seeing your smile in the classroom each day.


Middle C                        

Jack, you are an all round classroom superstar! You are an amazing role model for all students, and always give every task your best effort. Keep up this stunning effort!


Senior A         Swee Mee

Swee Mee, you have made such a great transition into Senior A. We all love the bright and bubbly attitude you have brought to our school! Fantastic job and keep up the great work!


Senior B             Riley S

Well done Riley, on all of your fantastic work this term! You're a great all rounder, always giving 100%. I have been particularly proud of your cooperative learning in the CBL project this term. You have worked hard with your team members, always making positive contributions. Great work!


Science         Jake G

Jake, excellent diagram and observation on erosion in Science this week.Keep up the fabulous effort your putting into your work.


Physical Education         Sienna

Emma you always involve yourself in PE sessions. You participate in class discussions and come up with some great strategies.


Community Notices

Things happening in our community:





Kilsyth Primary School
Wk04-Year 5-Red Earth Day Permission Form.pdf
Wk 06-Hansen Park Twilight Fair.pdf
Wk 07-Parent letter-student accident.pdf
Wk 07-SENIOR CBL.pdf
Wk 08 - Christmas donation request 2016.pdf
Wk 07 - KPS Disco fterm4 flyer 2016.pdf
Wk04-Year 5-Red Earth Day Permission Form.pdf
Wk 06-Hansen Park Twilight Fair.pdf
Wk 07-Parent letter-student accident.pdf
Wk 08 - Christmas donation request 2016.pdf
Wk 07 - KPS Disco fterm4 flyer 2016.pdf