The HEPS 'Aim High' Newsletter

21 February 2020
Issue Two
Looking ahead
Our Vision and Values
Principal's Page
   Assistant Principal ​​​​​​​Student Wellbeing 
News & Reminders from the Office
School Council
Parent Association
Student of the Week
School News
Community News  
Heathmont East Primary School
(03) 9729 5439
Louis Street
Heathmont, Victoria, 3135

Looking ahead

Dates to Remember

Parent Helper Sessions

  • Wednesday 4th March, 3:45pm-4:30pm in library


Monday 24th  – 28th              Level 6 Canberra Camp

Wednesday 26th                     Working Bee 3.30pm – 5.00pm

Friday 28th                                Interschool sport –BYE


Monday 2nd                             Division swimming Trials 9.00am – 2.00pm Aquanation

Wednesday 4th                       Parent Helper Training 3.45pm – 4.30pm in Library

Friday 6th                                   Interschool Sport HEPS V Kalinda PS

Monday 9th                               LABOUR DAY HOLIDAY

Thursday 12th                         Multi Age Day Appreciative Inquiry

Friday 13th                                National Ride2School Day

                                                       Connect Group #2

                                                       Region Swimming Championships Aquanation

                                                       VSSS – Dance Rehearsal

                                                       Interschool Sport HEPS V Antonio Park PS




Our Vision and Values

Our Vision Statement

All students are empowered to learn and achieve success; to be curious, engaged, collaborative, empathetic and critical thinkers.


At HEPS, we believe that learning is a lifelong journey of growing knowledge and skills through exposure to new information, ideas and concepts across a wide range of curriculum areas. As learners, we need the ability to apply, process, make significant connections, critically reflect and articulate across differing situations to develop as individuals within a community. We work together with parents to empower all students to embrace learning, achieve their personal best and build their emotional, social and physical well-being.

We strive to provide an engaging environment that underpins the development of learning and understanding for our students. Through our values of Respect, Resilience, Teamwork and Growth, we support and challenge the development of a growth mindset; enabling our students to be intrinsically motivated, curious, critical thinkers with the ability to reflect on their own learning and beliefs.


Respect - Respecting self others and property.


Resilience - Flourishing in the face of everyday and challenging situations.


Teamwork -  Working collaboratively and effectively with others to achieve our best.


Growth - Recognising and celebrating social, emotional and academic growth.

Principal's Page

Connect groups to begin this week.


Our newly formed Connect groups will meet together for the first time on Friday afternoon. Students and teachers will come together in multi-age groups to develop a connect group who will learn together and form strong, supportive relationships throughout the year. Our focus will be in providing a timetabled opportunity for all to develop connections across the school, exploring our strengths, values and the ways in which we apply these to form a strong learning environment in which everyone is able to thrive.


Thank you to all members of our community who adopted a positive and sensible approach to the flooding across our school in last Friday’s deluge. In particular, Dale Blythman, who worked late into the night and the weekend to ensure that the wheels were put in motion to enable our school to be back at its best on Monday morning.  The Department of Education have been very supportive, sending a large team to repair any damage on Sunday. This team is continuing to work with us, repairing damage to our back oval stairs and putting in place flood preventative strategies should we experience such a vast amount of rain again.


All classes have been undertaking assessments with their students over the last couple weeks. This enables teachers to develop a deep understanding of students individual strengths and areas of improvement. Learning activities are planned using this data to ensure students’ learning is targeted to their individual point of growth. We encourage students to understand what they are learning and how they will know when they have been successful in their learning. This assists children in their understanding of why and how they learn and encourages the development of agency in their own growth.


It is both a pleasure and with a tinge of sadness that I am letting you know Kathryn Moss, a highly valued member of our office team, has secured a position at Balywn High School. Kathryn has been actively involved in professional learning over the past 12 months, and I am proud that she has been successful in securing her new position.  And while we will miss her, we wish her the best in her new role.

Our school nurse, Michelle Brown, is also moving to a new role and will finish at HEPS on the 4th March. We thank Michelle for the amazing care that she has provided for our students over the last 7 years and wish her well in her new role.

We will be employing a new staff member to undertake office and first aid duties in our school office over the next couple of weeks. I will announce the name of the person once an appointment has been made.

Assistant Principal - Student Wellbeing

Connect Groups

Today we had our first Connect Groups.  Students enjoyed coming together across the school sharing what is unique about themselves to each other and learning about group members.  It was wonderful to have a number of parents join in the discussion and activity, staring to make new connections too.


All students now belong to a multi-age Connect Group to provide them with further student and teacher connections beyond the classroom.  Connect Groups build a sense of belonging and connection to the school community, (building a support network), while promoting student wellbeing and engagement within a supportive environment. Groups will engage in a range of activities with a focus on Positive Education through the school values of: Respect, Resilience, Teamwork and Growth.  


Positive student teacher relationships are strongly linked with student learning. There is compelling evidence that student engagement and a sense of connection to the school and community is optimal for effective learning.


If you would like to support by joining in a Connect Group, please let us know and we will assign you a group.  Please inform the office staff or email:

Assembly and Connect Group dates for term 1:

Group 1

Group 2



1A, 1B

1C, 1D, 1E

2A, 2B, FC

2D, 2E

3/4A, 3/4B, 3/4C

3/4D, 3/4E, 3/4F, 3/4G

5A, 5B, 5C

5A, 5B, 5C

6A, 6B, 6C

6A, 6B, 6C




7th Feb


14th Feb


21st Feb

Connect Groups - All

28th Feb


6th March


13th March

Connect Groups - All

20th March


Appreciative Inquiry

We invite you to HEPS’ Appreciative Inquiry on Thursday 12th March, 9-3:30pm

A friendly reminder that you are invited to attend this special event.  Please register your attendance at the front office, we will then place you in a group.

The Parents Association are organising a lunch order on this day.  It is anticipated that we will once again come together for a whole school picnic on our new oval.  We would really like parents to join in this lunch too.  The PA will advertise the lunch soon with instructions on how to place your and your child's order. 

From 3:45 to 4:15pm, you are invited to join in an afternoon tea with Justin Robinson, this is an opportunity to have a chat with Justin.  Camp Australia are kindly donating coffee from a Coffee Van that will be at the front of school, and our PA are kindly providing afternoon tea. 


Parent Helper Training Sessions

We value parent helpers in the classroom to support student learning.  We require all parent/carer helpers to undertake a training session prior to supporting in the classroom and other student programs. All volunteers must also have a current Working with Children’s Check. If you did not complete the parent helper training during second semester last year, and would like to help this year, please attend the session:

  • Wednesday 4th March, 3:45-4:30pm in library

News & Reminders from the Office

** NEW - Compass Terminal **

We now have a Compass terminal available in the office foyer.  If you require assistance with navigating Compass or need to print out Course Confirmation or Event details, parents and guardians are welcome to use this terminal.

CSEF Camps, Sports & Excursions Fund (CSEF)


Do you hold a valid means-tested concession card?;

Are you a temporary foster parent?; OR

Is your family on a bridging visa, temporary protection visa, or are an asylum seeker family?


The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) provides payments for eligible students to attend activities like:

  • school camps or trips
  • swimming and school-organised sport programs
  • outdoor education programs
  • excursions and incursions.

Payments are:  $125 per year for eligible primary school students.  Payments are made directly to the school and are tied to the student. Most payments start from March onwards.

Applications are available from the office or on Compass.




If you applied for the CSEF at Heathmont East PS in 2019, you DO NOT need to complete an application form in 2020 unless there has been a change in your family circumstances. Heathmont East PS will apply for the CSEF on your behalf.

IMPORTANT:  you will need to submit an application form in 2020 if any of the following changes have occurred:

  • new student enrolments: your child has started or changed schools in 2020 or you did not apply at the same school in 2019;


  • changed family circumstances: such as a change of custody, change of name, concession card number, or new siblings commencing at the school in 2020.

If any of the above change in conditions apply to you please complete an application form and return it to the school office where you will need to present your current concession card for copying. 



If you would like to pay for your foundation child's excursions/incursions for the year upfront payment payment is due Friday 21st February.


** REMINDER - ICT and Photographs, Filming, Recording permission **

Please remember when completing the Photographs, Filming, Recording and ICT agreements to explicitly answer the questions with either a 'YES' or

NO' answerConsent is NOT implied from a blank field.








Due Date


Bayswater Train Park




Level 3&4




Due Date


3 & 4 Sports Extravaganza








Due Date


VSSS20 Mass Dance



School Council

School council held its first meeting for the year at the beginning of the week and it was also the last meeting before nominations for 2020.


On behalf of school council, I'd also like to thank the staff for their successful handling of the extreme weather situation last Friday and management of all the students (and parents) at pick up.  The teamwork of the staff and their calm handling of the situation kept the kids safe and avoided panic and confusion.  Thanks also to Dale Blythman for organising a speedy clean-up over the weekend of the oval and surrounding area, making sure it was safe for kids on Monday morning.


We are making progress with canteen alternatives and hope to be able to announce something in the coming weeks.  I understand it is difficult to volunteer or register for something when you don't know what it will be yet, but if you think you have some time to help in some way with a food service option, we would love you to express your interest.  It would help with confirming options if we have an understanding of the level of help available.


If you have any questions or items to discuss with school council, feel free to email - we look forward to hearing from you.


Adrian Sarris

School Council President



Parent Association

Parent's Association News

Dear HEPS families,

Welcome to the 2020 school year from the HEPS Parents Association!

Even though our children are only their first weeks at school, we are already working hard on upcoming events for our students, families and the whole school community. Here are some dates and details of meetings and events for you to add to your diaries.


Term One:

Wednesday 18th March: PA Annual General Meeting. 2.00pm – 3.30pm in the staffroom. All parents and carers are invited to attend. You are welcome to either, nominate for an Executive committee position (President, Vice-President, Secretary or Treasurer),  nominate as a general PA committee member, nominate to be added to the PA helpers list or simply come along to learn more about the HEPS PA. If you have any questions about any of the PA roles, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Saturday 21st March: Cheese and Wine evening for HEPS parents, carers and friends. An adult only event to give everyone a chance to meet other parents and carers, chat, listen to some LIVE music and sample some lovely wines and cheeses. Non-alcoholic drinks also available. More detail to follow ASAP. Tickets will be $15 per person.


Friday 27th March (last day of term one): Easter Raffle. Closer to the date information will be shared regarding, how to purchase raffle tickets, what we will be fundraising for and how to donate Easter eggs.

Term Two:

Saturday 2nd May: HEPS Community Movie Night. All HEPS families will be invited to the dusk screening of a fun, family friendly movie. More detail to follow.

Wednesday 6th May: Mother’s Day stall. An opportunity for the students to practice their money handling skills and purchase a gift for their Mum or special carer ahead of Mother’s Day.


Term Three:

Saturday 29th August: Disco Bingo. Following the successful and popular Disco Bingo event in 2019 we are bringing back the disco fun for 2020! More detail to follow closer to the date.

Wednesday 2nd September: Father’s Day stall. Time for students to spoil their Dad or special carer ahead of Father’s Day.


Term Four:

Friday 30th October: Staff Appreciation Day. A chance for HEPS families to spoil and thank our hard-working teachers with a morning tea.

Tuesday 15th December: School Disco. An opportunity for the kids to dance their way to the end of the school year! More detail to be provided closer to the date.


If you have any queries for the PA or would like more information about getting involved, we would love to hear from you! Please send an email to us at: or call me on 0402130616.


Kind Regards

Elle Moore
PA President

Student of the Week





Taking pride in all learning tasks this week. The amount of effort you have put into your Inquiry Triorama was amazing. It included detailed information about all three levels of government. Well done!




For a wonderful week in the classroom. Your beautiful temperament and desire to achieve your best are an inspiration to those around you. We are lucky to have you in 6B!

School News





HEPS Harriers - Running Club

HEPS Harriers Is Back!!!

HEPS Harrier begins 12th Feb. Runners will meet Mrs Appleby at the basketball court at 8.30am.

All welcome.






OSHC Camp Australia


Community News


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