Kyneton Primary School Newsletter

07 February 2019
Issue One
Principal's Message
School News
Community News
Kyneton Primary School
(03) 5422 1855
49- 79 Edgecombe St
Kyneton, Victoria, 3444


Term 1




11th - 15th

Cultural Dance Program


Parent & Friends Meeting 7:00pm Albion Hotel


Cultural Dance Program Presentation 2:25pm

CDSSA Tennis Competition


School Council



Labour Day Public Holiday


KSC pre-orientation day for all Year 5/6 students


School Council


3 Way Chats



Last day Term 1 - Early Dismissal 2:30pm.

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Principal's Message

From the Principal

Welcome to the start of the 2019 school year at Kyneton Primary School. I hope our students enjoyed a wonderful summer break and have returned re-energised and ready to start the new school year. A very warm welcome to all members of our school community, particularly to a number of new students and staff who have commenced at KPS. The new school year promises to be successful and positive. It was a joy for me to see so many happy and smiling faces as I addressed the community at our first assembly on Monday.


At the assembly, I spoke about one of the school’s high-level actions from our 2019 Annual Implementation Plan aimed at improving all of our students writing outcomes.  The action involves whole school implementation of the Big Write VCOP program.

Big Write and VCOP is an evidence-based program designed to bring the fun back into writing, to make the children want to write and to be continuously challenged throughout the writing journey. Through games, activities, writing tasks, conversations and discussions, our students will learn not only where their abilities lie in a fun and engaging way, but also the steps they need to take, in order to continue to improve.


Big Write and VCOP is a methodology for raising the standards in writing across all ages and ability levels. Based on the premise that ‘if they can’t say it, they can’t write it’, we scaffold the learning to allow children to become articulate thinkers and speakers, who will then become articulate writers. It is a differentiated approach suitable for pre-writers, all the way through secondary school.


What is Big Write?

​Big Write is just one, of our many, writing sessions in the week- ideally towards the end of the week. At KPS, this will most likely be a Thursday. It’s a special start/stop piece of writing, where the students ‘show off’ and celebrate all the skills they have been learning from the English and Mappen/Inquiry Curriculum that week. It has a special atmosphere to promote calm and creative writers and encourages students to reflect on their learning and how they can improve.


What is VCOP?

VCOP stands for vocabulary, connectives, openers and punctuation. These four elements quickly and easily enhance writing by creating the writer’s voice. Together with GHaSP (grammar, handwriting, spelling and punctuation)- the building blocks to correct and clear writing, VCOP adds the icing on the cake- excitement, pizzazz and flow to keep the audience engaged throughout the piece.

The implementation of Big Write/VCOP is a carefully staged and scaffolded process and teachers will be introducing the different elements of the program each week in their classrooms.  The first Big Write session will be towards the end of Term 1 and this is where families will be asked to contribute via the Big Talk Home Learning Task.


The BIG TALK Home Learning Task!

This is where you can help! Every Thursday before a BIG Write, your child will bring home their BIG Talk Home Learning Task. This will simply be a short note explaining the topic of the next day’s BIG Write. As the title suggests, this task needs no writing, just talking.  More information with suggestions on how to make this an effective and positive conversation will follow later in the term.


Cultural Team Building Dance Program

Next week our students will be involved in a Cultural Dance Program in the Multi-Purpose Space. During this program, our students will learn four dance routines that they will be able to present at the end of the program to family and friends on Friday 15th February at 2:25pm. These workshops aim to introduce students to various aspects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture through dance. They are inspired by cultural dance moves blended with hip-hop to create a fusion piece. Students while learning this dance will also be exposed to information regarding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander life. The time for this presentation will be confirmed closer to the date. Two of these lessons will include indigenous inspired dances moves and two routines will include dance moves inspired by the Torres Strait Islander community. The children will receive one dance lesson each day for the week as per the timetable below. There will not be a Monday morning assembly in Week 3, as we will assemble for the performance on Friday.

The cultural dance teacher, Pieta, grew up in the Northern Territory and has also studied at NAISDA, which is a dance college for Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander children. She is very knowledgeable in these areas and the lessons are educational and lots of fun for all involved. They are a fusion of culture and hip-hop, which will be very engaging for students of all ages.


9am - 10am: Year 5/6

10am - 11am: Year 3/4


11.30am - 12.15pm: Year 1/2

12.15pm - 1pm: Foundation 


Alistair Rayner


School News

Canteen News

The canteen will only be open for recess tomorrow - Friday 8th February 2019.  Canteen lunch orders will not be available, however, students can place a Subway order for lunch tomorrow.  We apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Anaphylaxis in our school

Kyneton Primary School is concerned about the safety and well-being of all students. Many of you will know someone who is affected by anaphylaxis, a life threatening allergic reaction. Our school does its best to be an allergy aware school. Kyneton Primary School does a risk assessment prior to each school year. The safety of all students whilst at school and on excursions is critical and we do what we can to prevent any incident that causes harm to any student.
Students at a range of year levels at KPS have an anaphylactic food allergy and the school asks for your support in helping make the school year a safe and fun learning experience for everyone.
Please consider the children with food allergy when packing lunch for your child. Remind your child not to share food and to wash their hands after eating.
Children with food allergy are learning to care for themselves but we need to assist with management in ways we can. Kyneton Primary School asks that foods containing nuts are not sent to school.
If you have any queries or concerns on management of those at risk of anaphylaxis in the school setting, including on excursions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Thank you for assisting us in caring for students at risk of anaphylaxis.

Essential Student Learning Items (ESLI)

Thank you to those families who have paid the ESLI.  For those that have not, this $190 per student payment, is now due.  This can be paid in full or by quarterly installments of  $47.50 at the start of each term.  Payments can be paid by one of the following methods -

  • CompassPay
  • Cash
  •  Visa or Debit Card
  •  Cheque
  •  Direct Bank Transfer - BSB 313-140 Account No 12074734 (Use your child’s name as the reference) 
  •  BPay - contact the school office from 30th January 2019 for your personalised identification details
  •  Centrepay - Parents/Guardians who receive welfare payments may contact the office to use this method

If you have any queries regarding payments please do not hesitate to contact the office.

Music News

Exciting news for students from grade 2-6 wishing to learn an instrument.

The instrumental program at Kyneton Primary is growing and can now offer eight different instruments for your child to learn: violin, guitar, drums, flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone and keyboard.  The school has violins, flutes, clarinets, trumpets and trombones for hire to take home.  Our new guitar teacher is a wiz at fixing up guitars if you happen to have one that needs a little TLC!  The school is also very happy to receive any instruments that you wish to donate towards the program.

Lessons will be $20 each per student and be paid on a term basis to the instrumental teacher.  Students will have one lesson per week during school time on a rotating time schedule.

If you are interested in your child learning an instrument, please fill out an expression of interest form from that can be collected from the class teacher or the office and returned to the class teacher or office.  The instrumental teacher will then contact you to arrange lessons and payment.

Further enquires: Ms Polly Christie 

[email protected].au

Gardening and Sustainability

Kyneton Primary School Gardening and Sustainability group is seeking parent volunteers. Every Wednesday morning from 9.00-10.00 a group of 8 students from grades 3-6 work on improving the school ground by weeding, growing and planting herbs and vegetables in the soon to be school vegetable garden beds. The school also has 5 chickens that need to be cared for by the group which involves feeding the chickens, collecting the eggs and mucking out the coop. In regards to sustainability, the group educates the school on matters of recycling and how to dispose of waste the preferred way. The group can only reach our goals with the help of volunteers. If you would like to be part of this wonderful group please contact our teacher Mrs Megan Matthews via email [email protected] or on the school number 54221855.


Bus Travellers

A reminder that the office must be notified if your child is not travelling on the bus on a day they are registered to travel.  The Bus Duty teacher marks children off from a list and if children do not arrive, time is spent looking for these children, which can delay buses.  Parents must ring the office or send their child with a note that they must bring straight to the office in the morning.  A child telling the teacher they are not travelling on the bus is not acceptable as we want to ensure all children are safe.

Back Gate

The back gate entrance to the school is on an automated timer.  The gate opens 7.30am - 9.30am and 2.25pm-4.30pm.

Camps, Sports & Excursions Fund

If you have not applied for the Camps, Sports & Excursions Fund (CSEF) at this school  and are eligible please contact the school office for an application form. To be eligible you must be a holder of Veterans Affairs Gold Card or be an eligible Centrelink Health Care Card (HCC) or Pensioner Concession Card (PCC) holder, OR be a temporary foster parent.  The allowance of $125 per primary school student is paid to the school to use towards expenses relating to camps, excursions, or sporting activities for the benefit of your child. 

Keyboard lessons 2019

Please return the following information to school if your child would like to have half hour weekly lessons at school. It costs $20 per lesson and is paid each term.


Childs name: ………………………………


Grade in 2018: …………………………….


Parents name: …………………………….


Phone: ………………………………………


Email: ………………………………………..


Date: ………………………………………..

Lost Property

There is a large amount of lost property so if your child is missing anything please check the baskets in each learning space kitchen area.

Students Arriving Late

Students arriving late to school should come to the office, accompanied by an adult, and sign in either on the Compass Kiosk or in the late book.  They will then be issued a late pass to take to class and their arrival at school will be updated on the roll.  This will avoid parents/guardians receiving notification that their child is not at school when they have arrived late.

Student Attendance

If your child is sick or absent, you are required to notify the school as soon as possible on the day of absence, by logging your child’s absence using our school’s Parental Portal in Compass at 

Notifying the school of your child’s absence either prior to, or on the day that they will be away, helps ensure the safety and wellbeing of children and will fulfil your legal responsibility.

From the end of Term 2 2018, all Victorian government schools are required to contact parents/carers as soon as practicable on the same day of an unexplained student absence. If your child is absent on a particular day and you have not contacted the school to explain why, the absence will be marked as unexplained.

This system also promotes daily school attendance. Going to school every day is the single most important part of your child’s education, they learn new things every day – missing school puts them behind.

The Draft Kyneton Primary School Attendance Policy which outlines the school’s processes and procedures for monitoring, recording and following-up of student absences is available by following this link:

Contact Details

There are times when we will need to contact you, including on the day if your child is absent and you have not informed the school as to why. Do we have your most up to date contact details?  If not, please contact the school by email  to [email protected] or on 5422 1855  so we can update our records. Please include parent/carers’ name, address, phone numbers, email address and emergency contact details. Please remember to contact the school if any of these details or your circumstances change.

Accessing Compass

It is important that parents access the Parental Portal in Compass at  

Using our parent portal will enable you to –

  • View up-to-date class and school attendance information
  • Approve or enter upcoming or past absences for your son/daughter
  • Update your registered email and mobile number (used for SMS alters)
  • Access information regarding upcoming events and news
  • Access your child’s Semester Reports
  • Book your Parent/Student/Teacher conferences

Welcome to Compass” booklets for parents & families is now avaialble from the school office.

2019 Uniform 

The school uniform now available for purchase online direct from A Plus Schoolwear.  

When ordering uniforms please put the room number of your child for easier delivery.  Once uniforms arrive at school they will be sent home with your child.

If you have any queries please contact the office on 5422 1855.

Thank you.

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