Highvale Happenings

07 June 2018
Issue Seventeen
Diary Dates
Principal's Report
Engagement & Wellbeing
Assembly / Co-operative Learning
PBL Star
Student News!
Uniform Shop
Special Lunch Days
Robotech / Weather Station
PFA Events & News
Before & After School Care
Extra Curricular Activites / Advertisements
Highvale Primary School
(03) 9887 8000
33 Ashton Street
Glen Waverley, Victoria, 3150

Diary Dates


Thursday 7th

Year 3 to Year 6 selected students - Monash Waverley Division Cross Country (Norton's Reserve)

Friday 8th

NO SCHOOL - Staff Professional Development Day

Monday 11th

NO SCHOOL - Queen's Birthday Public Holiday

Tuesday 12th

Prep Incursion - Meet Mr Bones 

Wednesday 13th

ICAS (Spelling) - registered students only

Thursday 14th

ICAS (Writing) - registered student only

Prep - Yr 6 students - Water Water Everywhere Music incursion

9.00am - 11.00am - Yr 5 selected students - 3D Printing with Highvale Secondary College students

Friday 15th

School Disco

Monday 18th

7.30pm - PFA Meeting

Wednesday 20th

9.00 - 12.30 - Year 5/6 - Prime Sci Incursion

Friday 22nd

Year 5/6 - SDSSA Soccer Round Robin

Wednesday 27th

8.00am - 10.00am - Concert Band Incursion

Buddies Day

Friday 29th

1.30pm - End of Term Assembly

2.30pm - Students dismissed


Monday 16th 

NO SCHOOL - Staff Professional Learning day

Tuesday 17th

School resumes for Term 3

Friday 20th

Moonhack - Worldwide Coding Event

Sunday 22nd

Bunnings sausage sizzle

Monday 23rd

Year 1 / 2 - Healesville Sanctuary excursion

7.30pm - PFA meeting

Tuesday 31st

ICAS (English) - registered students only


2018 Term Dates

Term 1 - 31 January to 29 March (Thursday)

Term 2 - 16 April to 29 June

Term 3 - 16 July to 21 September

Term 4 - 8 October to 21 December

Student Free Days for 2018

Friday 8th June - Staff Professional Learning - School Council Student Free Day - Assessment and Curriculum Development

Monday 16th July - Staff Professional Learning - School Council Student Free Day - Teaching ESL (EAL) Students in Mainstream Classrooms

Principal's Report

Principal's Report

Dear Parents / Carers,


Reminder - Student Free Day and Queen’s Birthday

There will be no school for students on Friday 8th June.  This is a School Council approved day for our teachers to work collaboratively on our school assessment and curriculum planning. 

Monday 11th June is a public holiday.  The school is closed on this day.


Math Walkthrough

On Monday and Tuesday all class teachers as well as several of our specialist teachers joined me on observation visits, known as ‘Walkthroughs’.  Our focus for these visits was Mathematics.  Every class from Prep to Year 6 was visited during the two days by a team of teachers with me.  The purpose of a Walkthrough is to observe the transfer of knowledge (professional learning) to actual practice in the classroom.  During the past two years, our teachers have worked with Ryan Dunn from Melbourne University to support our professional learning.  Ryan also presented at our Parent Math night last year.          

During the Walkthrough, the visiting teachers and I look for specific ‘Conditions’ we expect to see in each classroom as a result of our collective professional learning.  These include specific elements such as ‘particular planning processes’, ‘lesson structure’, ‘evidence based elements of effective teaching’, ‘differentiation with a focus on quality learning tasks’ and ‘student work samples’.  Teachers and I also have a great opportunity to engage in conversations with students about the way they are taught and their learning.

All of this information is compiled and analysed further to inform the phase of professional learning.  I would like to thanks all teachers involved in our Walkthrough for their professional approach to collaborative learning, in particular Miss Veitch who has done a superb job leading this process.

‘Victorian Government Tram’ Opportunity and ‘Pick My Project’

Members of our School Council sub-committees and the Parents and Friends Association are currently preparing applications for two separate projects.  They include an application for a retired tram.  You may have read about this in the media.  https://victrack.com.au/trams   As part of this process, we are currently gathering ideas from students, which will be used, in our application.   

The second application is ‘Pick My Project’ https://pickmyproject.vic.gov.au/  This is a grant initiative to fund local projects to make our community an even better place to live.    


Highvale Primary School is Turning 50

Next year on the 7th May is our school’s 50th birthday.  To assist with planning for this milestone we are interested in gathering ideas for the celebration from members of our school community – both past and present.  If you have an idea, please email it to our school email address [email protected] with the Subject HPS 50th Birthday idea.  We look forward to receiving your input before the end of term.  Prior to finalising arrangements School Council, together with the Parents and Friends Association (PFA) will be seeking volunteers to lead and assist with elements of the celebration.  Please give this some thought, as it will be an important consideration for planning.    


New Toys for the Sandpit

Many of our sandpit toys are coming to the end of their usable life and we will soon be looking to replenish them with new or pre-loved toys that are in great condition.  Prior to the school purchasing toys, we would appreciate the donation of any pre-loved toys that your children may have outgrown.  They should have had minimal use, be suitable for the outdoors and use in our school sand pit.  Donations must be brought to the school office for drop off and a safety check please.  We appreciate your consideration of this request.   


Division Cross Country

Congratulations to our cross country runners who competed in Division Cross Country today.  Well done Ella.R, Cherise.N, Ryan.L, Jett.P, Cameron.W, Anna.P, Jaslene.O, Scully.E-S, Ollie.S, Matti.P and Amir.  I look forward finding out more about their participation during next week.


Principal Class Conference

On Monday and Tuesday, Mr Crozier attended a conference to discuss the progress our state is making against current Victorian education targets, and to celebrate what is happening in government schools. Please see the ‘Engagement and Wellbeing’ section of our newsletter to read Mr Crozier’s reflections from the conference.


I look forward to seeing you around our school.

Steve Richardson




Engagement & Wellbeing

Engagement & Wellbeing


Our focus for the rest of this term is: We are Honest and Show Integrity

In each classroom we have a Positive Behaviours For Learning (PBL) matrix.

In the eLearning section (when using iPads or computers), we show honesty and integrity by: 

- Only posting things that are constructive and positive

- Sharing relevant information that helps with our learning



In our Cooperative Kids lessons, we are continuing to look at Individual Accountability.

During Cooperative Kids in Term 2, students have been participating in a number of group tasks with a particular focus on ‘Individual Accountability’ - one of the five aspects of collaborative learning that we are teaching here at Highvale Primary School.

Individual Accountability is the belief that during a group task, everyone will undertake their own role to the best of their ability to ensure the group completes the goal. Students are assessed on their specific roles and this is shared within the group.

In Cooperative Kids, students are explicitly taught what Individual Accountability means (appropriate to their age) and are then given opportunities to practise through a quality learning task. Teachers will regularly refer back to these skills when students are working in groups during class time, to help consolidate their understanding.

Our next Cooperative Kids session is on Monday 25th June.


Regional Leadership Conference

On Monday and Tuesday, I was fortunate to take part in the North-Eastern Victoria Regional Leadership Conference at the Melbourne Conference and Exhibition Centre. Over the two days, I was listened to a number of world-renowned educators and took away some great information and ideas that I will share with the staff. While many of these relate to schools, I think some of the following might be of interest to our community.



This is important but only if it is effective feedback. If a child answers a challenging question and the feedback provided is about how 'intelligent' or 'smart' they are, then this can have quite a negative effect. When facing more difficult questions, children may be less likely to attempt them because the answer should be 'easy' and that they won't want to get an answer wrong otherwise they may appear 'dumb'. The best feedback will focus on the effort and determination that the child has put in to the task and comments like, "Congratulations on getting a great mark, we're so proud that all your hard work has paid off" will have more beneficial effects. 


The Home > School Connection

The ongoing relationship between home and school is a critical factor in helping students achieve to the best of their ability. Schools currently do this through Parent Teacher Interviews, Semester Reports, phone calls, notes in diaries and the informal chat after school but we are constantly looking for ways to improve. Similarly, we hope families are able communicate with us so that we can continue to work together to help students fulfil their potential.


Socio-economic Status Doesn't Affect Student Learning

Socio-economic status and the home environment does not affect a child's potential or their natural ability to learn. With quality teaching, good role models, opportunity and support, all students, no matter where they come from, can be successful.


Have a great long weekend!


Joshua Crozier

Assistant Principal

[email protected]

Assembly / Co-operative Learning

Assemblies will continue to be held on Monday afternoons commencing at 2.40pm (unless stated below). All parents are most welcome to attend assembly each week they are on and enjoy the variety of performances that will be delivered by our students.

Please note that there will be NO assembly in the weeks of Co-operative Kids sessions.


Term 2 Assembly Dates are as follows:


Monday 18th June - 2.40pm - Yr 5&6 Performance


Friday 29th June - 1.30pm - Final Term Assembly - Yr 3 - Yr 6 Presentation

PBL Star

Positive Behaviour for Learning (PBL) Stars

Congratulations to the following students:

Prep Arendshorst

Elaine - For the incredible way that you take on feedback. When you are given advice, you always make a huge effort to use this to improve your learning. It shows wonderful commitment!

Prep McDermott

Bella - For showing commitment to your learning tasks. It is wonderful to see you putting in your best effort to practise the skills we have learnt. You're a superstar Bella!

Prep Cheong

Andy - For being a responsible member of our class. It's fabulous that we can trust you to do all of your learning tasks and that you can figure out challenges using your own strategies. Keep it up!

1/2 St Clair

Kiran - Congratulations Kiran on your commitment to your writing this week. You have worked hard on creating 'endings with impact' on the narrative pieces we have looked at. Well done Kiran.

1/2 Kelaart

Dylan - For demonstrating a responsible attitude to your learning by choosing to sit next to positive learning partners so that you do not get distracted. It is fantastic to see you making such great choices Dylan!

1/2 Williamson

Rex - For the commitment you show towards your work by always trying your best and your superb listening while on the floor. Thanks Rex!

1/2 Bennett

Daniel - For your commitment to your learning. You have produced an excellent video about the difference between the short and long 'oo' sound, and you have taken on Maths challenges enthusiastically. Keep up the hard work!

3/4 Scully

Zi Meng - For demonstrating a respectful and inclusive attitude during recent class discussions. You encouraged others to take a turn and were happy to wait for your own turn until others had taken part. Your generosity of spirit is appreciated in a busy classroom environment.

3/4 Tate

Hassaan - For a wonderful summary of the science video regarding Plasma during literacy groups. You showed commitment and persistence to understand a tricky concept. Well done Hassaan.

3/4 Gill

Zyva - For making an excellent start at Highvale. You have made some excellent connections with your peers already. We are very lucky to have you as part of our 3/4G team. Welcome Zyva!

3/4 Drew

Rishan - For your commitment towards your Maths tasks in our unit on Location and Direction. I was pleased to see you try your personal best when creating your treasure map. You included all the BOLTSS and used coordinates to give directions. Well done!

5/6 Simpson

Alan - For being a wonderful representative of our school by showing the values at our Year 5/6 CERES excursion. It was great to see you asking and answering questions after respectfully listening to the scientific content the presenters were sharing. Well done!

5/6 Phan

Jesse - For being so persistent in his learning over the past week, and putting in 100% effort into his work. We were especially impressed with your inquiry about whether a lemon was a solid or a liquid. Keep it up Jesse!

5/6 Veitch

Nisu - For always leading by example when showing our school values of honesty and integrity. You area always fair and trustworthy with your friends and classmates and set a fantastic example. Well done!

Student News!


This week's congratulations goes to all of our students who worked hard on their Maths tasks during our staff Walkthroughs.

Curriculum Day / No Lego Club - Friday 8 June

Just a reminder that Friday 8 June is a Curriculum Day therefore students are not required to attend school and afternoon Lego Club will not be operating. Enjoy the extra long weekend!

Thank you to our PFA

Thank you to the wonderful Parents & Friends Association for running a successful Book Fair this year. As a result of their hard work, our school was lucky enough to receive boxes and boxes of brand new books for our library. Thanks!


Year 5 / 6 Round Robin

Interschool Sports updates to follow.

In the meantime, we hope you enjoy this photo of our footy team :)


Youth Art for Reconciliation

Congratulations to Chloe Lim for receiving an award for her artwork which was submitted as part of the Spirit Country Youth Art for Reconciliation project. Well done Chloe!


Chess Tournament - Tues 12th June

Northern Star Chess is proud to be conducting the following Chess Victoria zonal event for Primary School students.

Date:   Tuesday the 12th of June – The Knox School – Open Primary Zonal

Venue: 220 Burwood Hwy, Wantirna South

Time:   9:30am - 2:30pm

Cost:   The cost per student is $20 – which you can pay to the school when returning the permission slip.

Due to the small number of students attending, Highvale Primary School is unable to provide travel or supervision for this event. Parents will be responsible for taking their own child to and from the event, as well as supervising them while they are there.

If you would like a permission form, please drop into the office to pick one up.

Production Update ...

Aaaaannnnndddddd action! 

This term, rehearsals have started for the 2018 Highvale Primary School production and this year's theme is coding! 

The play opens on the morning of Highvale's STEAM night. One student has made a video game that encompasses the different types of technology used at Highvale. Four other students become trapped in the game and must complete each level to make their way back out! 

While we are still in the early days of rehearsing, the students involved are showing wonderful promise (and comedic talent).  Watch this space for updates and competitions YOU can get involved in! 


Uniform Shop

Uniform Shop Opening Hours - Term 2

The uniform shop will be open on the following mornings from 8.45am until 9.30am

Tuesday 12 June (Monday 11 June is Queens Birthday public holiday)

Monday 25 June

Uniform Shop Order Form

Please click on the link below to access a copy of our uniform shop order form. These can be filled out and handed in to the office at any time. The uniform shop volunteers will fill the orders at their earliest convenience and uniforms will be sent home with your child.


Special Lunch Days

PFA Special Lunch Days

Find below the dates for the special lunches that will be held during 2018. Please order your children's lunches through the QKR app (see details below on how to install QKR on your smart phone). Lunch orders close the Thursday prior to the lunch being held.

If you have any queries, feel free to contact us in the office.


Loud Lunch Dates

The Instrumental Music Program, in conjunction with the PFA will be running a Loud Lunchtime on the following dates:

Wednesday 1st August

Wednesday 7th November

Please find order form below:


Instructions on how to download QKR are found in the attachment below. If you have any queries, feel free to contact us in the office.


Friday Lunch Orders

Lunch orders are available on a Friday and can be ordered online at http://www.balancedlivingcatering.com.au.

Robotech / Weather Station

Just letting everyone know that the Robotics students, together with their teachers have rebranded Robotics to now be called ROBOTECH! They have a logo and all! See attachment below.

The reason for this change is because they are stepping outside of just EV3 robotics and now also tapping into coding and design and tech areas such as the 3D printer, Snap and the Weather Station.

Don't forget to log into the website below to get weather updates from the Highvale Weather Station:



Stay tuned for regular updates from our STEM captains :)


Our school banking is done every Tuesday morning. Please make sure you send your bank books on the day :)

You can visit the following webpage to get more information about school banking and register your child: https://www.commbank.com.au/personal/kids/school-banking.html



PFA Events & News

PFA Fundraising Programs

Events Calendar

Wednesday 13th June - Subway Lunch

Friday 15th June - School Disco - Helpers Required

Wednesday 20th June - Bakers Delight Lunch 

Wednesday 27th June - Sushi Lunch


Volunteers are still required at the Kids Only Disco on Friday 15th June.  General help is required at both sessions.  In addition we need helpers for Set Up from 2.30-3.30pm and a volunteer at the front gate to redirect traffic to ensure students can walk safely up the driveway.  If you can assist please:

1. Go to www.schoolinterviews.com.au

2. Enter the event code 865fz

3. Choose a task that suits you :)


Supporting your school when you shop online program:


School Disco - Friday 15 June

You are invited to the annual Highvale School Disco  

Friday 15th June  

Juniors - Preps – Year 2 at 6.15-7.30pm  

Seniors - Year 3 – Year 6 at 7.45-9pm  

** Please note prompt pick up is appreciated after each session.  


Entry cost is $6 and will include a drink & packet of chips. 

Bring your dancing shoes and funky moves!! 


Glow products will be available for purchase before your session.  


Please pay via Qkr! by Wednesday 6th June 


Parent Helpers are required at each session of the disco, if you can assist please go to: 

www.schoolinterviews.com.au and enter code 865fz

Upon booking a confirmation email will be forwarded with further details. 


Scout Raffle

Dear Parents/Guardians,
Scout “Monster Raffle” tickets will be coming home tonight with your child.  The tickets sell for $2 each and Highvale Primary School will receive $1.50 for every ticket sold.  This money will be used to purchase a new defibrillator for the school.
The top two prizes are: 

Kia Sportage SUV valued at $32,990 (including on-road costs)

A family holiday to the Gold Coast including five nights’ accommodation and flight vouchers for four people valued at $2,955


One booklet will be issued per family, but if you prefer not to participate, simply return it to the school (in the envelope provided) as quickly as possible. These tickets can then be made available to other families.  All tickets must be accounted for (sold or unsold), so please take care not to lose them!!


Colgate Community Garden Challenge!


Before & After School Care

Academy for Kids School Care

Curriculum Day - Friday 8th June

Academy for Kids will be open from 7.00am until 6.30pm on Friday 8th June. To book in, please contact Vivien on 0405 323 357.


For all enquiries regarding Before and After School Care, please contact Vivien on 0405 323 357 or via email at [email protected]

Enrolment forms are available from the After School staff in the MPC building during after school care hours or from the school office.

Extra Curricular Activites / Advertisements

Activities held at Highvale Primary School


After School / School holiday activities held off campus


Highvale Happenings
uniform order form.pdf
Loud Lunchtime 16th May 2018.docx
QKR for parents.pdf
Your Change Flyer - PFA.pdf
Scout Raffle notice.pdf
Prep - Yr 2 Lego Challenge - Term 2.pdf
Yr 3 - Yr 6 LEGO Robotics - Term 2.pdf
Chess Form Term 2 2018.pdf
Sporty Stars Term 2 2018.pdf
Tutoring - Edworks.pdf
Swim World.pdf
Speaking and Drama program.pdf
RoboTech HPS.jpg