Kilsyth Primary School

25 August 2017
Issue Fourteen
Principal's Report
Assistant Principal's Report
From the Office
What's Happening @ KPS
Foundation News
Junior School News
Middle School News
Senior School News
Student Awards
Community Notices
Kilsyth Primary School
9725 4320
Durham Road
Kilsyth, Victoria, 3137

Principal's Report

Book Week @ KPS

What a fantastic week it has been at Kilsyth Primary School this week.  We have seen pirates and princesses, dragons and doctors, wizards and Wallys... all in the name of encouraging reading as we partipated in the Children's Book Council of Australia Book Week.   


On Tuesday morning we celebrated our passions for reading with a dress up day and Book Week parade.  This was once again a fabulous event with such a great response from students and staff putting  a huge effort and thought into their costumes.  Thanks to all the parents and carers who helped make these costumes possible and to those who were able to come along and cheer on the parade.  The day continued on Tuesday with students working in mulit-level Tribes teams to take part in a special day of literacy and reading based challenges and learning activities.


If you have walked through any of our school buildings this week you will have noticed the wonderful makeover our doorways are sporting.  So much effort has been put in by our students to design, plan and decorate their classroom doorways to reflect one of the CBCA Book of the Year Award nominated books.  We have some fantastic creative people in our school.


Bedtime stories are a big part of reading in my family, and I hope in yours too.  The week culminated today in our Pyjama Day with staff and students alike arriving at school in the PJs with their favourite bedtime story.  


Thank you so much to all staff and students for working together so well to make this day such a success and especially to Ms Lisa Hubbard for taking in the lead and pulling the program for the week together.  It has been a huge team effort, capably led and resulting in a wonderful week that will last in memories for a long time.

School Production

Overture, curtain, lights.... this is it the night of nights...


We are only 4 weeks away from our School Production and our students are rehearsing up a storm.  Miss Sara-Jane Vaughan has been working hard behind the seens to keep all the many plates spinning as we continue prepare for the performance on Wednesday 20th September.  I know there are still quite a few things on the to-do list... if you are available to help outin anyway, please just contact the office.

Trivia Night

I have been watching Hard Quiz, the Chaser, Who wants to be a Millionaire, Spicks and Specks and even old videos of Sale fo the Century as I prepare for our upcoming Trivia Night.  


I hope you and your team are studying hard and ready for the big night on Saturday 2nd September.


This is a key fundraiser this year and we would love to see you there.  Come along with friends and family members and be ready to play hard, laugh loud, bid on the silent auction and just have a great social time.  Call the office to get your tickets now!

Have a great weekend everyone...



Assistant Principal's Report

Our Education Sub- Committee is up and running. Our focus is to review and write school policies. This group of parents and teachers meet with me every three weeks to write and review policies. At present we are looking at School Camps and School Attendance. If you would like any input in these policies, they are most welcomed. I have attached them below. 

Sabrina George


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


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.

The office is unable to provide change, and please hand orders into the class at 9am.

  • Subway Order form


Outgrown Uniforms

As winter is now here we are in urgent need of second hand Bomber Jackets and Windcheaters especially size 10 & up. If you have any items that your children have outgrown please drop them off to the office any time.  Thank you

What's Happening @ KPS

Calendar of Events



31st      Senior -Family Life



1st        Foundation-Father's Day Brekky


              Junior-Tribes sleepover


6th        Fun Run

6th       Middle- Hooptime

12th    Foundation-Responsible Pet's program

13th    Kinder Transition-Art with Kym

15th    KPS Disco

20th     KPS Production

22nd    Last Day Term 3- 2.30pm dismissal



Notices sent home this fortnight

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


Father's day stall notice

Bookweek notice

Junior- athletics invite

Production  costume notices

Production tickets


Production tickets are now on sale


Trivia Night coming up


Woolworths Earn & Learn


When you shop at Woolworths, make sure to collect your Earn & Learn stickers. Every $10 you spend will earn one sticker – it’s amazing how quickly they add up with a hungry family!

Sticker sheets are available from the office. Fill in your sheets and return them to the office or the collection box outside Woolworths in Kilsyth. Every sticker helps our school earn resources for our classrooms.

Foundation News

A fab few weeks

With an action packed few weeks we have been busy! Kew Traffic School, Production Rehearsal, Book Week and Kinder visits!  

On our visit to Kew Traffic School, students listened attentively to new information that they learnt on the day. We were very lucky with the weather! Students were able to ride on the bikes enjoying the sun as they stopped at traffic lights, crossed zebra crossings and rode in the left lane.  We always assume that our children know about road safety if they have been told once about something. It's so important to keep reinforcing the road safety messages of 'Stop, Look, Listen, Think' before they cross roads. Also the importance of being a passenger and the legal age to ride in the front seat.  Helmet and seat belt safety were big talking points. You can always rely on five and six year old's for honest answers! If you are looking for something to do in the September holidays, I highly recommend going to Kew Traffic School.  So much to learn in a fun and engaging environment! Not to mention the improvement in our students as they gained confidence in riding a bike! 


Kinder Visits

This week we have gone out to visit our four local kinders: Palm Grove, Hansen Park, Ladybug and Kilsyth Kids.  This forms a part of our Transition program from kinder to school.  It's so lovely to see the look on the faces of the kinder kids when we arrive.  The interactions between all children is lovely to be a part of. Next term the Year 4 students will be visiting in preparation for the Big Buddy program.  We are very grateful to our kinders for allowing us to visit and being so flexible with the times.  We were again lucky with the weather and were able to walk there and dodge the rain!

Our next Transition session for kinder students is on Wednesday 13th September at 2.30pm!


Book Week!

We are loving literacy! Every day new books and new explorations! Our decorated doorway looks fantastic thanks to the work of Miss Morton and our students! Go Home Cheeky Animals was our book. A fabulous book written by Johanna Bell and illustrated by Dion Beasley.  It's about cheeky dogs living at Canteen Creek.  Then cheeky goats, donkeys, buffaloes and camels make mischief in the camp and the dogs aren't impressed. The pesky animals go too far and the cheeky camp dogs roar into action.  Our students have enjoyed pretending to be cheeky animals.  We have answered questions about the text and made predictions before and during our reading.  Discussions about books before, during and after reading is such an important part of your child's comprehension. It also helps them to develop a love for reading and enjoyment with characters and topics.  

Dress up day was fantastic! Hearing the students talk about their favourite books and characters was great! We saw our students move throughout different classes engaging in a variety of literacy activities such as making puppets, drawing pictures, creating online stories and creating buffaloes! The ideas are just endless! Thanks to our families for going to such a big effort for our students! Thank you!

Happy Reading! Today a reader, tomorrow a leader!



Next Tuesday is our Father's Day stall.  Please ensure your child has some small change to purchase something for a special dad, grandpa, uncle or a friend.  We will be having a father's day brekkie in our Foundation room next Friday the 1st September from 8am to 8.45am.  Invitations will be going home about this tomorrow.

Production.... please can you organise your child's costume - black pants/jeans/leggings with a white t-shirt and place it in a named bag. This needs to be brought to school ASAP.  We are collecting them and will be beginning dress rehearsals in the coming weeks.  Please come and see me if you have any questions regarding this.  Put the date in your diary - WEDNESDAY 20TH SEPTEMBER!



Thank you and goodbye!

Sadly, Miss Ellen Morton finishes her placement here at Kilsyth on Friday.  It's been a wonderful positive experience with Ellen teaching our students. She has engage our students with lots of singing and funky movement activities that we can continue on with.  She has put so much time and effort into our students and we are so grateful.  She has personalised a gift for every student! She gave them a book with a well wish in it and gave them a little treat.  So thoughtful during our celebratory book week.  We wish her well in her teaching career and hope that we see her again! Thanks Miss Morton! xxx


Junior School News

Book Week

This week we have had lots of fun!! We have read and voted on all of the shortlisted children's books. We have spent lots of time decorating our doorways, we have dressed as our favourite book characters, created bookmarks and are coming dressed in our pyjamas. It has been an exciting week.

Junior school had a fabulous range of costumes on Tuesday. We had witches, cowboys, Cat in the Hat, Matilda, unicorns and much more. It was great to see the effort everybody put in. 


Important Dates

Father's Day Stall: 29th August

TRIBES Dinner and Sleepover: 1st-2nd September

Trivia Night: 2nd September

TRIBES DAY (Health and PE): 6th September

Disco: 15th September

Production: 20th September

Last day of Term: 22nd September

Middle School News


What a fantastic fortnight we’ve had in Middle School!


Book Week preparations have created a fantastic buzz in our area of the school. We are very proud of all the doorway presentations and original work the students have worked so hard on. Our representations of ‘Gary’, ‘Mechanica’ and ‘Home in the Rain’ are the result of a lot of hard work and great imagination by our students. Come by and have a look!


Tribes Day was a lot of fun too. With multiple activities all based around Book Week shortlisted books the students had a ball. From making bird masks to giraffe puppets it was fabulous! The costumes worn by the students all looked fantastic too! Such a colourful and creative bunch.


Creative is what we do best in Middle School and this was at full tilt on Monday of this week when the Drama Toolbox incursion was on. The students learned about different ways to explore the features of a plot and its dramatic interpretation. This will certainly help in the students’ skills when they begin filming their own Explorers adventures.


Lastly, we’d like to extend big congratulations to all Middle students who competed so well at Athletics this week. We’ve heard nothing but positive comments about the way the students represented the school with their wonderful sportsmanship as well as the actual sports skills displayed on the day. Everybody gave his or her event a red-hot go and we couldn’t be prouder!


A quick reminder that we need costumes ASAP for the production. The performance date is creeping up very fast and we’d love to have this all finalised very soon.


Yours in Teaching,

Middle School

Senior School News


As usual, this week has been busy.  We are working towards our production deadline.  The students have been rehearsing during their lunchtimes and preparing in their eating breaks - all is going well.  the next two weeks will also be very busy with all the upcoming events listed below.


- Father's Day stall will be held on Tuesday 29th of August 

The last session of our Family Life incursion is next Thursday 31st of August.  

- Hooptime is next Friday the 1st of September

- Graduation Trivia Night will be held on Saturday the 2nd of September

- On Wednesday the 6th of September we will be holding our TRIBES Health day and school fun run (more detail on this will be provided closer to the date).


Students in our Senior School will be participating in the local Kilsyth Hooptime event.  Students will be playing basketball across seven different teams. We will be playing other schools and at the Kilsyth Basketball centre. 

Family Life 

This Thursday will be our last Family life lesson.  We encourage you to have a conversation with your child about this topic.   


Our challenges are shaping up.  This week our students finalised their plans for the 'Action' component of their Challenges. This means that they will need to come up with a solution for their problem.  The challenge centres around the concepts of Natural Disasters, Community, and Survival.  


Hot potato, hot potato!

Seniors had enormous fun and learnt another aspect of circuit building through the use of potatoes to make a clock work. It was great to see students persist when their hypothesis didn't make the clock work. We have focused on using correct scientific vocabulary and using all the evidence to write up our explanations. 


Marble runs

Junior school students have begun creating marble runs using the STEM approach of solving a problem using science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills.  I was impressed with the persistence when an idea didn't work. I look forward to seeing the finished products next week and and completing each others track. 


Science Week

I was lucky enough to be invited back to host a range of physical science activities with my son's childcare for science week. It was wonderful to see all the children so excited about science. 


Book Week 

The Science Hub was full of creativity this week for our dress up day and literacy activities. We focused on the book "The three little pigs". Students worked in small groups to create a straw, stick or brick house using our STEM skills. Students took great delight when we used a hair dryer to act as the big bad wolf to see if their structure held up or not. 



WOW what a day!  On Wednesday we were very lucky with the weather and 34 students travelled to the Mount Evelyn Athletics track to compete in the District Athletics day.  The weather was very kind to us and we got through all events with only a couple of drops of rain.  The students were amazing.  They all tried their best and showed great sportsmanship.  

I would like to thank Ms Donnelly and Beck for all your help on the day.  We also had two amazing parents who help on the day.  Thank you Kerry and Sharon.  Also thanks to all the parents that came down and supported the students on the day. 


Shot Put    Jake     4th
Shot Put    Cooper     2nd
Shot Put    Jayden    5th
Shot Put    Jordan    4th
Shot Put    Hailey    6th
Discus    Jake     2nd
Discus    Jack     5th
Discus    Joshua    2nd
Discus    Alysha     6th
Long Jump    Kohan    6th
Long Jump    Jed    6th
Long Jump    Josh     6th
Long Jump    Talia     3rd
Long Jump    Erika     7th
Long Jump    Megan     4th
               STUDENT    PLACE
Triple Jump    Jason     4th
Triple Jump    Josh     7th
Triple Jump    Jordan     5th
Triple Jump    Ruby     4th
Triple Jump    Rachel     3rd
High Jump    Dylan     5th
High Jump    Jarred    5th
High Jump    Ben     1st
High Jump    Jordan    5th
High Jump    Ashalyn     Injured
High Jump    Rachel     3rd
Hurdles    Kobe     6th
Hurdles    Michael    4th
Hurdles    Kaylee     4th
Hurdles    Erika     5th
100m    Jackson    5th
100m    Jack     6th
100m    Yassin    1st
100m    Kaylee    4th
100m    Hailey     6th
200m    Mitchell     5th
200m    Jed     5th
200m    Jayden    6th
800m    Mitchell    2nd
800m    Kohen     13th
800m    Yassin    1st
800m    Michael    
800m    Riley     
800m    Ben     
800m    Tahli    6th
800m    Sarah     Injured
800m    Azalia    
800m    Ashlyn    
800m    Alyssa     
10yo Boys    Jackson     6th
10yo Boys    Jason     Injured
11yo Boys    Jarred    7th
11yo Boys    Riley     2nd
12yo Boys    Amos    3rd
12yo Boys    Tahli    5th
10yo Girls    Talia     
10yo Girls    Alyssa    7th
Boys Relay     7th

Boys Relay    7th


Boys Relay    5th


Girls Relay    6th




Our swimming program will begin in Week 2 Term 4.   We are all looking forward to swimming in a bit warmer weather.  Learning to swim is part of the Health and PE program.  It is such an important skill especially with our Australian weather.  


Hooptime for our 3/4 students and 5/6 students is coming up soon.  If you are able to help out on the day can you please let your child class teacher know. 

Art News

Another busy couple of weeks in Visual Arts. The foundation students have been busy making photo frames. You can look forward to them coming home next week.

The junior students have been learning about different textures and media in creating a beach piece.

Middles have spent a number of weeks sewing pillows and they are looking terrific.

The seniors have been using their knowledge of street art, and are decorating their skateboards.

Thanks for your continued support and kind donations.


Student Awards

Friday 11th August

Foundation      Tayla

Congratulations Tayla on the way you are responding to maths questions. You are really thinking about the words you use to describe your thinking. Keep it up!



Great job with your concentration when you are writing. We love it when you share your thinking. What a super effort!


Junior B            Charlie

 Well done on a fantastic week Charlie. You are such a wonderful helper both in the playground and the classroom. Your positive attitude is contagious! Keep up the super work!


Junior C                   Catherine

 Congratulations on finishing all 300 magic words and all the list words in spelling! You are such a hard worker and a fabulous role model to your peers. Keep up the great work!


Middle A             Kristy

What a fantastic role model you are Kristy! We are super impressed with the way you stepped up to keep our school clean and beautiful throughout this week. Thanks so much for your awesome help!


Senior A      Cooper

Cooper, what a great effort you have been putting into your writing pieces. It has been great to see you take on board feedback and make appropriate changes to improve your writing. Keep up the great work.


Senior B              Ben

It has been great to see you using your learning time to focus on the task at hand. Your willingness to get straight to work is to be admired. You should be proud of your efforts in this area!


Senior C             Ella

 Congratulations Ella, you have been working hard with your Helix writing. Keep up the good work!



 Tilli faces every challenge with enthusiasm and always sets a good example for her peers. Well done!



 Charlie has done an amazing job with his writing this week. Good job setting your goals!


Science             Patrick

I am so proud of the independence you have shown during our investigations this term. Keep putting in the efffort.


Friday 18th August

Foundation    Milly

Thank you for always showing attentive listening in our class. We love the way you listen and are enthusiastic in new learning activities.


Junior B     Jack

You should be proud of the achievements you are making Jack. You are flying through the spelling of all your magic words. You also are continuing to try hard in all areas of your learning. Keep up the super effort!


Junior C          Matthew

Matthew, you have been doing fantastic narrative writing this week. Your story about being at school in the olden days was really well thought out and written. Keep up the great work!


Middle C      Jake

For creating an awesome Poetry PowerPoint presentation. You're such a fantastic poet Jake and a whizz on the computer too. You should be proud of your impressive work! Well done!


Senior C     Sam

This is for putting an exceptional effort into his homework and for working hard on his division skills in Maths.


Physical Education      Regan

Regan I'm really proud of how you bounced back during our target game activities. You have worked really hard on your resilience and it is paying off. Congratulations.



Jarred you have really worked hard during our Striking and Fielding unit. You have been engaged and focused in every PE lesson. Keep up the great work.



Community Notices

Lots happening...


Kilsyth Primary School
Subway-Sub_Order_Form new 2016.pdf
Wk 03-Choir Elizabeth Bridge permission form.pdf
Wk-03 FLV Senior School.pdf
Wk 03- Senior Wheeltalk Incursion.pdf
Wk-04 Fathers Day Flyer.pdf
Wk 05-2017 Bookweek Letter To Parents .pdf
Junior Athletics Event 2017.pdf
Wk 05-Foundation Production.pdf
Wk 05-Year 1 Production .pdf
Wk 05- Year 2 Production .pdf
Wk 05- Year 3 Production.pdf
Wk 05- Year 4 Production.pdf
Wk 05- Senior- Production .pdf
Wk 06-Production tickets notice.pdf
Wk 06-Production tickets notice.pdf
2017 KPS Policy - Safety and Welfare of Students with External Providers.pdf
2017 KPS Policy - Student Engagement Policy.pdf