The View

25 March 2020
Issue Four
Dates to Remember
Principal's Report
Wellbeing & Engagement
Parents & Friends
From the Office
Science Club
Student of the Week
Happy Birthday to You!
Level 1/2
Level 3/4 
Level 5/6 
Rangeview Animal Roster
Community News/ Advertising
Rangeview Primary School
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Mitcham, Victoria, 3132

Dates to Remember



*  Times/dates may be subject to change according to the Department of Education Guidelines in relation to COVID-19.


Tuesday 14th 



Monday 20th - 24th 

CANCELLED - Level 1 & 2 swimming


Tuesday 21st 

Cancelled - 5/6 IMAX Excursion


Wednesday 22nd

School Council Meeting @ 7.00pm - 8.30pm


Wednesday 29th

Science Club - lunchtime 1.10pm - 2.00pm


Thursday 30th

TBC - Foundation Myuna Farm Excursion            9.00am-3.30pm



Friday 1st 

TBC- Pizza Hot Food Day


Wednesday 6th

Science Club - Lunchtime 1.10pm - 2.00pm


Friday 8th 

TBC - Mother's Day Stall


Tuesday 12th 

CANCELLED - NAPLAN Language Conventions



Wednesday 13th 


TBC - Science Incursion- Level 4 The Matter of Matter

TBC - Foundation Peter Puppy Pyjama Day


Thursday 14th 


TBC - Foundation Information Night @ 7pm-8.30pm


Monday 18th-22nd

TBC - Education Week


Tuesday 19th

TBC - Cyber Safety project Student Sessions


Wednesday 20th 

Science Club @ Lunchtime

TBC - Possible Schwerkolt Cottage Excursion Level 4 

School Council Meeting @ 7.00-8.30pm


Principal's Report

 When writing my comment for our school newsletter I have been guilty of looking back at previous years to be reminded of the various important events that we would have celebrated at Rangeview during term 1. Normally I would be heralding the twilight sports day or Harmony day, or the students going to the leadership conference in the city.


But how has our world changed. Words like self isolation, COVID  19, cough etiquette, social distancing are now common place. 2020 will be known for many things – some not so great like toilet paper mania.


How we respond to challenging situations can bring out the best in people. I am immensely proud or our staff and their can do attitude to make a difference. The teachers have worked in teams preparing for a potential school closure with on line learning resources and materials for students to use at home. They have supported staff on sick leave or carers leave. You have thanked them for keeping going and supporting your children.


Teachers and our educational support staff have been learning to video call and use Seesaw to upload learning tasks, videos and give feedback to students. There was a hive of activity as our aides practised this today.

Thank you to our students and to you, our parents. I cannot predict whether students will be at home learning or at school on Wednesday 15 April, but I know that the staff have prepared a warm welcome to all students – remotely or face to face.


Our children are looking to the adults in their world to help them interpret this new and unpredictable time. As we are bound to home and families, find the joy in this precious time spent together as it will go relatively quickly.


I will continue to send out updates to our families as they come through and I appreciate your feedback.

Many families have collected these learning  packs already. The office will be open for this week to collect them if you have not.


Be safe and well and I look forward to welcoming you back on Wednesday 15 April.


Wellbeing & Engagement

Wellbeing Update

It is difficult to know what to write this week in this wellbeing page of our newsletter… We want to recognise all of the lovely parents and carers that have extended their thanks to us for the ongoing education of our Rangeview students. It is so important that we all continue to work together to maintain some sense of normality in such difficult times.


The covid19 pandemic is at the forefront of all our minds. We have been using age appropriate resources to support the student’s understanding and to assist with managing concern and anxiety. Please find below two resources that support our understanding of the coronavirus. The first is presented by Dr Michael Carr-Gregg – Child and Adolescent Psychologist. The second is a webinar presented by Dr Pat Charles -  Head of Infectious Diseases at Austin Health.


We have included a list of support agencies for your information. It is our understanding that most of these will operate in the coming months as ‘essential services.’


Please take care of yourselves and your families over this period. Encourage your children to have Brain Breaks and be active. Look into mindfulness (Insight Timer is a great App) and consider family board games. Remember to focus on what you can control and not get weighed down by what you can’t.  We hope you all have a safe and restful holiday period and we look forward to welcoming you back very soon.







Helping with Literacy in the Classroom

Parent helpers are valued & encouraged in our School community. Assistance in the classroom contributes to the children’s learning.


Many parents assist in their child’s class at times designated by the class teacher. A roster is drawn up by the class teacher and distributed to parents. Please let your class teacher know if you are unable to make a session that you are rostered on for. Class teachers endeavour to inform you if changes are made to the timetable which may affect you.



If you are a regular helper assisting with Literacy activities at Rangeview you will need a WWCC. If you have completed the WWCC please make sure you have shown your card or receipt at the school office.

When you arrive at school to help…

Sign In- Please log in as a helper at the School office when you arrive.



During your reading time with the children you will be assisting children in choosing a new book, introducing the book and hearing the child read some of the new story. The children will be at different stages in reading development. Always be positive about the children’s attempts and praise wherever possible.

Beginning Readers

-Look at the front cover & talk about what the book might be about.

-Read the story together & discuss the pictures. Beginning readers rely on pictures.

-Show the child how to follow the text with their finger.

-Encourage a have ago approach to difficult words and then tell the child the word.

Early Readers

-Look at the front cover & talk about what the book might be about.

-Encourage child to follow the text.

-Encourage child to predict.

-The child should be taking notice of punctuation so they can read pause at appropriate spots.

Developing Readers

-Children can be encouraged to self-correct if they make a mistake.

-Work out words using the story line, picture and sounds in the word.

-Encourage the child to use expression.

-Encourage the child to back-up and re-read if the story doesn’t make sense.

Fluent Readers

-Encourage good expression.

-Discuss unusual words, especially in non-fiction.

-Talk about the story line, characters and information.



You won’t be able to do everything. These are some tips. You will come to know how much assistance and prompting to give individual children. There are some children who do not read at home.


Prompting in reading & Correcting mistakes

As children develop in reading they will use more reading strategies. You can encourage the children to use appropriate reading strategies by asking questions.

When children are reading and make an error you could try the following prompts. Remember to give a little time for the child to self-correct their error. You could ask the child to try that again.

Reading is about meaning – we expect what we read to make sense.

You could ask-

Does that make sense?

If the mistake makes sense, as in a misreading of house for home, let the child continue to the end of the sentence. Then go back and ask “What word is that?”

If the child makes an error with grammar you could ask-

Does that sound right?

The word must then match the letters on the page-

Does that look right? Draw the child’s attention to the word.



Class teachers organise the learning activities and materials. Class helpers then follow the teacher’s instructions as they supervise and guide individuals and small groups of children learning activities. Class helpers may be listening to children read their ‘just right’ books during independent reading time.

Supervising Small Groups – some tips

  • Ensure children understand the task- rephrase, ask a child to explain the activity
  • Know the aim of the activity and continually ask the children to tell what they are learning.
  • Pause – wait for answers
  • Give a prompt- How will we do this?
  • Encourage the group to stay on task
  • Remind group to keep noise at minimum. Do not talk over the children. If you are talking, they must listen. One person speaks at a time.
  • Model social courtesies
  • Control of the group is important. If you have difficulties speak to the classroom teacher.
  • Time watch
  • Give praise –that’s great, well done, terrific work.
  • Extend understandings and vocabulary
  • Use open-ended questions
  • Children must pack up & respect the materials
  • Keep an eye on the time so that all children have a chance to contribute in the activity. The children usually rotate activities every

     15 – 20 minutes.


Managing a small group

  • Stop and restate the rules for the group if necessary.
  • One person speaks at a time.
  • Children should not touch the equipment until you have established the task.
  • Draw attention to good behaviours, say – I like the way that John is taking his turn.
  • Ask for help from the teacher if you are unsure.

Confidentiality -some points to consider:

  • All children are unique and so are their families, problems, health, natural abilities & experiences. Occasionally you will become aware of private information. If you are concerned tell the teacher or Assistant Principal.
  • Classroom Helpers are there to help all children. Your own child may not be working in your group some days.
  • Treat every child with friendliness, respect, honesty & integrity. It is important not to compare students.
  • Confidentiality must be maintained. Never discuss other children in the class with anyone but the teacher. Even a comment to a parent telling them that they’re child is a great reader is a breach of confidence.
  • Children should not be touched in any way. Do not stay in rooms alone with a child. Always work with the group in an open area.
  • If a child wants to go to the toilet refer them to the teacher.
  • Maintain the class teacher’s rules & routines.

At Rangeview we expect the children to give our classroom helpers the same respect as they give the teachers. If you are finding a child difficult to work with let the class teacher know. We want the time you spend with us to be enjoyable. Thank-you again for helping.


Marita Horvath

Learning Specialist



    “Hallo, ich bin Jayden. Ich bin elf Jahre alt. Ich komme aus China und ich wohne seid 9 Jahren in Australien. Es sind vier Personen in meiner Familie: mein Vater, meine Mutter, mein kleiner Bruder und ich. Mein Bruder ist drei Jahre alt. Wir haben keine Haustiere. Meine Lieblingsfarbe ist rot, aber ich mag auch gern schwarz. Mein Lieblingsbuch ist “Der letzte geistliche Ritter”. Meine Hobbys sind Kodierung, Fußball spielen und Probleme lösen, und ich lerne natürlich auch gerne Deutsch. In der Zukunft möchte ich zum Militär gehen.”

So ….. how much did you understand?

Here’s my English translation:


“Hello, my name is Jayden. I am eleven years old. I come from China and I have been living in Australia for 9 years. There are four people in my family: my father, my mother, my little brother and me. My brother is three years old. We don’t have any pets. My favourite colour is red, but I also like black. My favourite book is “The last Spirit Warrior”. My hobbies are coding, playing soccer and solving problems, and of course I also like learning German. In the future I would like to join the army.”


Jayden has been a keen German student for many years and we are delighted with the wonderful support and assistance he will provide for the German Program at Rangeview this year.


Last week Jayden helped to organise a special German Easter egg hunt for Foundation students. Students were delighted to each receive a German pretzel and an Easter sticker to place in their handmade German Easter baskets. Vielen Dank, Jayden!


Auf Wiedersehen Frau Steiert


Hallo! J

My name is Katarina Steiert and I’m from Mannheim, Germany. After finishing school, I did a teaching degree at the University of Freiburg and graduated last November. I was lucky enough to be offered the chance to work as a foreign language assistant here at Rangeview Primary School before starting the last part of my teacher training back in Germany. Being part of such a motivated and kind team is really inspiring, and I’m looking forward to making a contribution to the strong German program as well as the school community in general!

Liebe Grüße,

Katarina J


It has been so wonderful to have the support and assistance of Frau Steiert for the past couple of months. Unfortunately, Frau Steiert returned home to her family in Germany last week, due to the current Coronavirus pandemic. We are very grateful for the

time we had together, for her invaluable contribution and her dedication to the German program. We wish her all the best for her future teaching endeavors and hope to welcome her back to Australia in the future.

This week all students will receive a German Easter Quiz sheet, with six simple questions about Easter in Germany for students to answer.

To be in the running to win one of three ‘fantastisch’ Easter prizes, students need to place their entries in the yellow German post box (located near the entrance of the German room by Thursday, 16th April, 2020).        This is subject to change depending on when the start of Term 2 begins.

The first three correct entries drawn at the beginning of Term 2 will each receive an Easter basket, filled with special treats.


The competition is open to all students (Foundation – Level 6), but limited to one entry per student. Viel Glück! (Lots of luck!)


Wir wünschen allen Familien schöne Ferien und ein sehr frohes Osterfest. Bitte bleibt heil und gesund!

(We wish all families a nice holiday and a very happy Easter celebration. Please stay safe and healthy!)


Liebe Grüße,

Frau Ulrike Lindner & Frau Kyla Petrilli




Parents & Friends

Our Latest Update

Under the circumstances all our Term 1 events had to be cancelled. 


Hopefully later in the year we will be able to offer some fun and community based activities for our students and their families.


I hope you all stay well over the extended term break and hopefully we’ll see you sometime in Term two.


Please like  the Parents and Friends FaceBook page as we will continue to post things on there for families. 




Tracy Beckter

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From the Office

Level 1 & 2 Swimming - POSTPONED/CANCELLED

Details for Level 1 & 2 swimming are now on Sentral through the parent's portal. 

Level 6 Camp - CANCELLED

We have suspended receiving deposits for Level 6 camp.  We will endeavour to keep the level 6 community up to date with any developments.

Year 6-7 Transition

Packs will be distributed via email to all parents of Level 6 students with the enrolment forms for Year 7 2021 secondary school placements.  The form needs to be completed and returned to Rangeview by 15th May via email.  This is new system in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dates to Remember

Please remember to keep checking the dates to remember page to confirm that events are still running (subject to change).


We have been notified that many of the Rangeview emails are going to your 'junk' folder.  We are in contact with Sentral to see if this issue can be rectified.  In the meantime, if you have any Rangeview emails in your junk mail, please follow these steps:

1.  Right click on the message

2.  Select junk

3. Select never block sender

This should ensure messages will now go to your inbox.

We are trying to streamline our communication so it is mainly coming from the Rangeview account.

Science Club

Wanted - Science Club parent helpers

Looking for some way to fill in a handful of Wednesday lunchtimes?


Eager to join a small but awesome team of wonderful, supportive, fun, charismatic and humble parents?  


Have a passing interest in science (or simply happy to pretend to)?  


Science Club is a parent-run, optional, lunchtime activity that operates in Terms 2 & 3 for interested Level 5 & 6 students. We have a lot of fun and the kids enjoy learning.


We are currently planning for Term 2 activities and would love a couple of extra pairs of hands. Please express your interest via the office - we’d be happy to answer any questions you might have.  


Julie S, Emma R-W, Sally S-S, Kyla P, Heather S. 

Student of the Week


Happy Birthday to You!




Foundation Level Update

The Foundation children enjoyed Family Dress Up Day last week! The amount of ‘mums’, ‘dads’, ‘grandpas’ and ‘grandmas’ that showed up to school was amazing! Thank you to all the families who supported their child with this dress up day.



Music news:  The children have been learning how to sing the Australian National Anthem, or at least the beginning of it, in Auslan (Australian sign language). We look forward to seeing the children use Auslan when our Junior Assembly resumes next term.



Visual Arts news:  The children were instrumental in producing the flames in our Bushfire Gallery display. Mrs Geilings has also posted your children’s Visual Art work to their Seesaw journal. Please log in to view these.



Take care over the Easter holiday break.



All the best,

Mr Anderson, Miss Bonte, Miss Somerville, Mrs Tzimos and Ms Wilson – Foundation Team.



Level 1/2

Level 1/2

We hope everyone has had a wonderful week!


In Maths we are learning about measurement, using informal units such as Unifix to measure items around the classroom. We have discussed the importance of consistent measurement and have introduced the concept of rulers and centimetres.


In literacy we have been using our writing tool kits to expand our vocabulary and learning to self-correct our spelling. We have also been learning about the 6 + 1 traits of writing and sizzling starts to enhance our writing.  


Our inquiry subject is ‘Look, Listen’; we have been learning about natural vs artificial light and the difference between the sounds we hear inside the classroom compared to the sounds we hear in the playground.


From the Level 1 & 2 Team;

Danielle Anderson (1A), Tania Balderston & Rebecca Gordon (1B), Melissa Dann & Nicole Roberston (1D), Linda Giordino & Natalie Bellis (1G), Carmel Brown (2B), Marita Horvath (2H), Marianne Kehoe (2K), James Roche (2R) and Steph Wood (2W).




Level 3/4 

Level 3 and 4 News!

With only a few weeks left of term 1 it is a very busy time for the level 3 and 4’s. Cross country has been postponed until further notice. Mr. Sacchetta will keep us up to date with any changes in the future. In the meantime, students can still continue training if they would like, whether at school or at home.


The level 3’s and 4’s have begun presenting their Australia – Our Land projects over the past week. We’ve been thoroughly impressed with what we’ve seen so far. Others are still researching and we can’t wait to see what they create in the coming week.


On March 26th we are looking forward to the Harmony Celebrations within our classrooms. Despite changes to the program this will still be a fantastic celebration of our multicultural nation and community.


Flora and Fauna is continuing in Level 3 however cooking will be suspended for the coming weeks and start to Term 2. There has been a magnificent harvest of produce from the program in the past few weeks, so come on down to the school office and purchase some organic school grown veggies, picked and packed by the Flora and Fauna students.


From the Level 3 and 4 Team,

Kirilee Bell (3B), Khay Le (3L), Chloe Tomkins (3T), Samantha Carter (3/4C), Steve Atkinson (4A), Karen Hastie (4H), & Anju Mehta (4M)



From the Level 3 and 4 Team,

Kirilee Bell (3B), Khay Le (3L), Chloe Tomkins (3T), Samantha Carter (3/4C), Steve Atkinson (4A), Karen Hastie (4H), & Anju Mehta (4M)



Level 5/6 

5/6 NEWS!

What a whirlwind fortnight this has been!


Level 5 and 6 students have shown commendable adaptability and resilience as Rangeview made changes to regular programming in order to protect our community from the spread of coronavirus, and prepare for possible school closures. It has been wonderful to see students draw on character traits such as kindness, hope and self-control introduced during Start-up.


Students have spent plenty of time learning outside the classroom, using their Writer’s Notebooks, on gratitude scavenger hunts, or investigating perimeter and area.


Finally, a big thank you to all families who have worked with Rangeview to support students’ learning, and to keep children at home if they are feeling unwell. The Level 5/6 teachers used their planning day to prepare for the possibility of school closures in addition to planning for Term 2, and home learning packs have been readied if this becomes necessary. Until then, stay healthy, wash your hands, and keep finding reasons to smile! J





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