Kilsyth Primary School

07 October 2016
Issue Fourteen
Principal's Report
Kilsyth Primary School
9725 4320
Durham Road
Kilsyth, Victoria, 3137

Principal's Report

Welcome Back

Welcome back to school for the final term of the year.  We hope everyone has had a fantastic, exciting and restful break and preparing for a great time of learning between now and the end of the year.


Just a brief newsletter this week with a few reminders about the great things we are doing here at Kilsyth Primary School.  A full newsletter will be published in a fortnight, following our Fair.


A special welcome to Tahlia S, who joins us in Year 2 this term.  Great to have you and your family a part of our school community Tahlia!

Kilsyth Community Fair



It is only one week until the Kilsyth Community Fair!  Thank you so much to our team of organisers, who have put hundreds of hours into planning and preparing for what promises to be an AWESOME day.  Thank you also to everyone who has donated items for stalls and to the families who have delivered fliers to our local community.


There is still a lot to be done as finalise arrangements.  Please speak to your child's teacher about how you might be able to help out in the lead up next week, or times you are available to volunteer to work on a stall for a few hours on the day of the fair.

We still need lots of volunteer support to make the day a success.  We will begin setting up for the day at 6am and pack up should be completed by about 6pm.  If you are able to spare an hour or two at any stage between these times please contact the office or your child's teacher.  Many hands make light work as the saying goes, and working alongside other parents is a great way to get to know new people.


This is a major fundraiser for our school and a great opporunity for you to join in with our members of our school community and contribute to your child's educational experiences in a meaningful way. 




Our community fair is an event for the whole family.  There will be something for everyone on the day - animal farm, rides, stalls, devonshire tea - it is going to be HUGE.  So encourage your friends and neighbours to come along, invite your family and bring Grandma along.  We are going to have a great time together!  See you there!!


Free Range Kids

Today your child will be bringing home a notice about a new program we will begin next week in partnership with Yarra Ranges Council. 

The program is called Free Range Kids and is aimed at encouraging young people to walk to school. School council has endorsed the program and we will be trialling it over this term. A review will be conducted at the end of the trial.


The image below shows the chicken foot prints whixh have been painted in footpaths near the school to show the best walking routes.


Please carefully read the information your child brings home, and decide whether or not you would like to be involved.  


If you have any queries about the program please give us a call on 9725 4320

Child Safe Standards

As I have mentioned in previous newsletters, new Child Safe Standards are in place for all schools across the state.  These have required us to modify some of our practices as we work to ensure our school environment is a safe, supportive and inclusive place for all students.  Over the next few newsletters I will be outlining these changes, and promoting these standards.




This school has a commitment to zero tolerance of child abuse.

We support and respect all children as well as our staff and volunteers.

We are committed to the cultural safety of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, the cultural safety of children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, and to providing a safe environment for children with a disability.

We want children at this school to be safe, happy and empowered.

We have legal and moral obligations to contact authorities when we are worried about a child’s safety, which we follow rigorously.


Every person involved in Kilsyth Primary School has a responsibility to understand the important and specific role he/she plays individually and collectively to ensure that the wellbeing and safety of all children and young people is at the forefront of all they do and every decision they make




As part of meeting the Child Safe standards, we have written a Code of Conduct.


This  Code of Conduct aims to:

  1. To promote child safety in the school environment
  2. To establish a common understanding and clear expectations of the standards of behaviour expected of all school staff, volunteers and visitors in relation to children enrolled as students of the school.
  3. To take into account the interests of school staff (including other professional or occupational codes of conduct that regulate particular school staff) and the needs of all children
  4. To be consistent with the school’s child safety strategies, policies and procedures


The Code of Conduct applies to school staff in all school environments


School staff means:

An individual working in a school environment who is:

  • Employed under Part 2.4 of the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 (ERT Act) in the government teaching service or
  • Employed under a contract of service by the school council under Part 2.3 of the ETR Act or
  • A volunteer or a contracted service provider (whether or not a body corporate or any other person is an intermediary)

School Environments:

School environments include, both during and outside of school hours, any physical or virtual place made available or authorised by the School Council or the Principal including:

  • All on site locations both indoors and outdoors
  • All other locations provided by the school for a child’s use (including, without limitation, locations used for school camps, sporting events, excursions, competitions and other events as well as bus travel)
  • Online school environments (including email and intranet systems)

It is a condition that any person working or volunteering at our school sign their agreement to this Code of Conduct.


If you are volunteering to attend an excursion, help out in class, or any other activity involving students at our school you will be provided with and asked to agree to the Code of Conduct.


After a trial in our Middle School classes we will be rolling SeeSaw out across the school this term.  Available as an app on your smart phone, or on your computer, SeeSaw allows your child to share their learning with you in a timely and innovative way.  Students will be using the platform to capture their learning each week and collect artefacts of their experience for their digital portfolio.  More information about how to set up the app and access this fabulous resource will be coming home soon.  If you need any support, or have any questions, please ask your child's teacher.

Yarra Ranges Museum Presents Questacon Science on the Move

Yarra Ranges is offering a free science exhibition. Become part of the experiment with Science on the Move! Kids and adults alike can enjoy, discover and explore principles of light, music and sound, human biology, force and motion, ecology, electricity, magnetism, population and genetics.


Developed by Questacon, Science on the Move engages both mind and body. Turn yourself  into a battery, crank up a tornado in a bottle, escape from handcuffs, predict the outcome of chaos, build a food chain, measure your fitness and much more in this hands-on science experience.


Dates: Sat 29 October - Sun 29 January, 2017

Venue: Yarra Ranges Regional Museum


35-37 Castella St Lilydale

Suitable for: Children  Families  G (General)  


Cost: FREE


Any queries - please contact Mrs Sceberras

Great things ahead...

Reginal Aths, Excursions, Multi-Cultural Day, All the FUN of the Fair, Year 6 Graduation, Carols Night, Jump Disco, Final Assessments and School Reports and a fantastic classroom based curriculum planned... There are so many great learning experiences ahead this term for our students.  I am looking forward to each and every one!


Have a great weekend end everyone, and here is to a TERRIFIC TERM FOUR!