SKiPPS newsletter 2020

18 February 2020
Issue Two

Welcome to the SKiPPS Newsletter. Our newsletter is released fortnightly and is our primary source of communication to our community. Please take five minutes to stay up to date with what is going on at our fantastic school.

A message from the Principal
Important Notices
SKiPPS School Fete
Events and birthdays
School Council Elections
Curriculum and policies
SKiPPS Orchestra
Year 6 Leaders
Kitchen garden
Community Adverts
St. Kilda Park Primary School
(03) 8598 6444
68 Fitzroy Street
St Kilda, Victoria, 3182

A message from the Principal

Getting involved at SKiPPS

Of all the features that contribute to making our school such a special place, the active and supportive parent community is without doubt one of the most important. Without our parents giving so generously in time and resources, we wouldn’t be able to offer such a varied, interesting and supportive curriculum in our classrooms, such a wide range of extra-curricular activities or to raise vital funds through our many excellent activities throughout the year.


As schools are constantly changing and evolving communities that welcome and farewell families on a regular basis, we are always in need of new parents and community members to become involved in the school, donating time, expertise, ideas and resources to allow us to continue to thrive and provide such a welcoming and effective learning environment.

 As many of the parents who have previously been heavily involved in these activities have left the school, we really need an injection of new faces into these roles to ensure they can continue to happen in the future.


This support and involvement can come in many different forms, both major and minor and, as we start the new school year, we ask all of our parents and carers to consider whether they are able to get involved at school to ensure we can continue to be such a wonderful environment for our students.


As Catherine Sharples, our outgoing School Council president, outlines later in this newsletter, we are currently looking for four parents to join our School Council. There are further details about what this important role involves and nomination forms are available from the school office.


 All parents are invited to join our School Council Sub-committees. These groups meet at the school once a month and are a vital part of the organisation and day-to-day running of our school. Sub-committees discuss key issues for the school and make recommendations which are then taken to School Council for decisions to be made. All parents can attend any meetings of our sub-committees and we especially welcome any community members with a passion or expertise relating to the work of that group. The details of our sub-committees can be found below;



Buildings and Grounds sub-committee

Buildings and Grounds Sub-committee (BAGS) monitors the condition of and needs of the school buildings, furniture and grounds. They formulate proposals to School Council on major and minor works, urgent works submissions for the DET, health and safety submissions to the DET and  School Council contracts. We would be especially interested to hear from parents with a background in trades or building maintenance who could share their expertise with the group.

Next meeting: Wednesday 11th March

Time: 6pm

Location: Staff Room

Convenor: Neil Scott


Finance sub-committee

The role of finance sub-committee is to examine and consider the financial statements as prepared by the Business Manager each month, monitor and review budget performance regularly and prepare draft budgets for consideration of School Council by November of each year.

Next meeting: Thursday 12th March

Time: 8:15am

Location: Principal’s Office

Convenor: Neil Scott


Education and Policy sub-committee

 The job of Education and Policy sub-committee is to support the development of a comprehensive and inclusive curriculum in accordance with the Department of Education and Training guidelines. They discuss and develop the policy documents that set out key directions for the school and monitor and evaluate progress against our strategic documents and goals.

Next meeting: Monday 9th March

Time: 5pm

Location: Staff Room

Convenor: Michelle Bove


Fundraising Sub-committee

Fundraising sub-committee provides a representative body to coordinate the major fundraising projects in the school. In conjunction with SKIPPA (our parents’ Association) they organise fundraising/social functions with the school community both to raise funds for the school and also to provide an opportunity for the school community to meet in a social context.

Next meeting: Tuesday 10th March

Time: 8:15am

Location: Principal’s Office

Convenor: Neil Scott


Our Parents’ Association (SKIPPA)  are always very keen to welcome new faces to support us to run the many SKiPPS social events each year and to build stronger connections between parents. 

If you would like to find out more about SKIPPA, please email them on


Also helping to build social connections are our Class Reps - a parent within each class group who helps to share important information, organise occasional social functions, pass on requests from the teachers and to help all of our parents and carers feel connected to the school. later in this newsletter Michelle provides more details about these key roles and we would love to get a rep for each class in place asap so this important work can begin.


Later in the newsletter you will also read about our wonderful SKiPPS orchestra. This is a parent-led group which sees our students and parents playing together at a range of events each year. Any musically-minded parents are encouraged to join up and further details are available later in the newsletter.


 We understand that most families are very time poor and may not be able to take on major roles in organisation of events but there are many smaller roles and other ways that you can support this work. 


At events such as our upcoming fete, our annual Parent's Trivia Night and at Celebration of the Arts , we are always in need of parent volunteers to give up an hour or two of their time to ensure theitr success.


Finally, we are holding two Working Bees on;

  • Saturday 2nd May
  • Saturday 24th October

These events will take place at school from 8am through until lunchtime and there will be a range of jobs to help keep our school looking great. We hope that you can put these in your calendars now so we get a great turnout on the days.


Neil Scott, Principal

Important Notices

School Fees

You would have recently received a family statement containing details of our 2020 'Essential Student Learning Items’ School Fees.


Amongst other things, this one payment covers;

· all booklist materials,

· classroom resources and materials,

· books,

· excursion and incursion payments

· Mathletics subscription.


All government schools require an annual financial contribution to cover the cost of Essential Student Learning Items. SKiPPS chooses to purchase everything your child needs throughout the year (stationery, text books, equipment and other classroom requisites) at discounted prices. This allows us to keep school fees below what is asked by other schools and provide consistency of materials that all students can access. It is compulsory that all families make this payment.


As a school, we always try our hardest to keep these Essential Student Learning Fees as low of possible and we are happy to confirm that we have been able to find savings and set our 2020 fees lower than they were last year. 


Please note the Swimming Program will be charged separately ilater in the school year and we expect all of our students to participate in this.


We ask that parents make this fee payment via Compass and payment plan options are available for families on the site.

Jazz in the Park

Thanks to everyone who came along to Jazz in the Park 2020 last week. We were blessed with a beautiful evening and, with the fete so close, ran a more relaxed evening to allow our parent community to direct their volunteering efforts towards the 29th February.

We would like to thank the wonderful team at TheirCare for running the sausage sizzle on the night to ensure that no one went hungry.

Life Education Victoria 

You would have noticed a new arrival in the school yard this week - the Life Education Victoria van.


Over the next couple of weeks, each of our classes will have a session in the van to meet 'Healthy Harold' and to learn age-approprate ways that they can make safer and healthier choices. For our youngest students this will focus on hygiene, nutrition, physical activity, and safety at home, school, and in the community. in the older years the students will talk about cybersafety, respectful relationships and an understanding of the dangers of alcohol, tobacco and illegal drugs.


The van will be open for parents during Parent Teacher interviews between 2pm - 3:30pm on Wednesday 19th February. Come along, meet Harold and find out more about this important program.

A request from the Art Room

Your child will be taking part in a weekly session of Visual Arts this year with our Art specialist Chantel.

As these sessions can get messy, please ensure you send them to school with a named art smock to wear if they are painting. These will be kept in their classroom.


The Art room is also always looking for donations of newspaper and magazines - if you have any to spare, please drop them off to Chantel or at the school office.

SKiPPS School Fete

SKiPPS Fete 2020

So What is this fete all about?

Our SKiPPS Fete is a huge community affair. We are set up to have fun in three main areas. The school grounds; the oval and behind the playground. On the day we open the fete with a wonderful Foundation performance at 11am. Then we have so much on offer to keep everyone entertained until the 6pm close.



What is the stage entertainment?

Our stage is super exciting this year. Over the morning we will have a number of student performances followed by the Orchestra. We will then have an African Drumming ensemble; NICA circus workshop; Primal Scream (St Kilda Primary School Parents band and our own  Parental as Anything to take us to the close of the day.


What rides are there?

There is a variety to appeal to differing ages. Try the Giant Slide, have a go at the basketball shoot out. Be brave and jump on the bungee trampoline. Relax on the chair-o-plane or the Cha Cha and rid yourself of any excess energy in the Zap zone. Can’t decide then get an all-day ticket to ride.

It is possible to buy single rides on the day or a ‘ticket to ride’ that gives unlimited access. Don’t forget if you purchase a ‘ticket to ride’ wristband prior to the day it is a little cheaper. Follow this link to buy yours now. The wrist bands will be sent home in the week of the fete.

What stalls are there?

There is so much to choose from. Most things are $1 or $2 or free there should eb something for everyone – not just the kids.

  • Coconut shy – Test your skills knock over the coconuts win a prize
  • Dig for a treasure – hidden gems can be found in the sand for the determined hunter.
  • Crazy Hair & Nails – Want an update, fancy a new hairstyle or nail colour this stall is for you
  • Lucky Jars – a lucky dip a small donation for hours of fun
  • Toys and books – Looking for a gift, what a bargain this is the stall for you. Fabulous items at a great price.
  • Artera – free arts and crafts stall
  • Ask the philosopher – we are lucky to have our very own philosopher and a comfy chair – come along and have a chat.
  • Chocolate Toss – test your skill tossing a gold coin at a block of chocolate. See if you can win!
  • Photo booth – Want a great keepsake – a fun photo with your friends. Dress up, use some props get a digital photo to keep.
  • Face Painting – Looking for a new look, every face is a canvas…
  • Ping Pong – Get that ball over the net, test your skills, win a prize have some fun.
  • Dunk a teacher – yep test that throwing arm, watch your favourite teacher squirm while you see who  you can dunk!

There are also other fun activities to let off steam while you exercise. Test your handball with South Melbourne Junior Sports Club; Have a go at the Hockey Victoria or the Cricket Victoria area and buy an all-day arm band to play Bubble soccer courtesy of Team Kids.

It sounds exhausting, What if I am hungry, thirsty, tired?

There is some much to choose from. What’s a SKiPPS event  without a sausage sizzle or some sushi? Add to that Fairy floss, a dim sim, Indian Food from Babu Ji; Vegan dishes from Plant and Soul. Then there is coffee on offer from Staple. Bring your own water bottle or grab a fruity drink or a cuppa. For the adults the bar will open in the afternoon.

Of course, there are also cakes. All the wonderful treats everyone is going to bring along. AND a cake competition as well.  


We will have lots of seats and there is plenty of grass.


We are very excited and hope you are too. We need everyone to volunteer via this link – no special skills required and we need you all to turn up and have fun. Looking forward to seeing you there.

Events and birthdays

Upcoming events and programs

Please also refer to the Calendar on our website for further details of events



Mon 17th - Fri 21st

Parent Teacher interviews

Tue 18th

Foundation Parent Information Night

5:30pm - 6:30pm

Tue 18th - Thu 20th 

Life Ed Van

Tue 25th - Thu 27th

Life Ed Van

Sat 29th 





Mon 2nd - Fri 6th 

Yr 5/6 Camp

Mon 9th

Labour Day Holiday- students not required at school

Wed 11th

Division Tennis - Boys

Thu 12th

Division Tennis - Girls



Fri 13th

Curriculum Day - students not required at school
Fri 20th

Yr 3/4 Soccer Gala Day

Wed 25th 

School Photos

Fri 27th 

Last day Term - 2:30pm finish

February/March birthdays




















School Council Elections

Council Meets on February 17th for the first council meeting of the year which is also the final council meeting prior to AGM. We have a number of items on the agenda including sign off of the Annual implementation Plan and review of the Team kids contract.


At the AGM in March, three councillors finish their 2 year term. Kirstin Donaldson; Malcolm Sheil and Myself. There is also a current vacancy. This means there are 4 places to be filled for the next council. I hope you will consider standing for election.


Why would I put my name in? I hear you shudder. Well there are many reasons the most important are the children you care for.


If you ask, each councillor will tell you what their reasons were for putting their name forward but what they all have in common is the opportunity to set key directions for the school which in turn means councillors can directly influence the quality of education provided by the school.


Contributing to council is a wonderful way to support the school’s strategic direction, to ensure the Principal and staff have the support they require and to enable diverse representation of the families in our community.


I have been lucky enough over the years of Maceo’s schooling to participate in a number of school volunteer activities that support the school. I found my participation increased his sense of belonging and enhanced his experience. It would be a lie to say it has been easy, that it didn’t sometimes take some effort to prioritise alongside work and family, but it has always been rewarding and taught me a lot.


As ever I’d like to thank all the councillors for their ongoing commitment and the subcommittees for their hard work and support of council. Stay safe and see you at the Fete.

Catherine Sharples


If you are interested in becoming a School Council member please find included in this newsletter further information regarding the role of School Council and School Council Parent Nomination Forms (one for those wishing to self-nominate and one to nominate another parent at the school). These forms are also available in hard-copy form from the school office. Please submit these to the office by 4pm on Friday 21st February. 


The timeline for the nomination and election process is as follows;





Notice of election and call for nominations


 Wednesday 12th February


Closing date for nominations


Friday 21st February  


The date by which the list of candidates and nominators will be displayed



Tuesday 25th February  


If an election is necessary, the date by which ballot papers will be prepared and distributed



On or before Friday 28th February

Close of ballot

4.00pm on Thursday 12th March


Vote count


After 4.00pm on Thursday 12th March


Declaration of ballot


Thursday 12th March


First council meeting to elect office bearers (the principal will preside)


Wednesday 18th March

School Council Elections - Information for Parents


All government schools in Victoria have a school council. They are legally constituted bodies that are given powers to set the key directions of a school within statewide guidelines. In doing this, a school council is able to directly influence the quality of education that the school provides for its students.

Who is on the school council?

For most school councils, there are three possible categories of membership:

  • A mandated elected Parent category – more than one-third of the total members must be from this category. Department of Education and Training (DET) employees can be Parent members at their child's school as long as they are not engaged in work at the school.
  • A mandated elected DET employee category – members of this category may make up no more than one-third of the total membership of school council. The principal of the school is automatically one of these members.
  • An optional Community member category – members are coopted by a decision of the council because of their special skills, interests or experiences. Department employees are not eligible to be Community members.

Generally, the term of office for all members is two years. The term of office of half the members expires each year, creating vacancies for the annual school council elections.



Parents on school councils provide important viewpoints and have valuable skills that can help shape the direction of the school.

Those parents who become active on a school council find their involvement satisfying and may also find that their children feel a greater sense of belonging.



Each member brings their own valuable life skills and knowledge to the role. Councilors may need to develop skills and acquire knowledge in areas that are unfamiliar to them.  What you do need is an interest in your child's school and the desire to work in partnership with others to help shape the school's future.



The most obvious way is to vote in the elections, which are held in Term one each year. However, ballots are only held if more people nominate as candidates than there are positions vacant.

In view of this, you might consider

  • standing for election as a member of the school council
  • encouraging another person to stand for election.



The principal will issue a Notice of Election and Call for Nominations following the commencement of Term one each year. All school council elections must be completed by the end of March unless the usual time line has been varied by the Minister.

If you decide to stand for election, you can arrange for someone to nominate you as a candidate or you can nominate yourself in the Parent category.

Department employees whose child is enrolled in a school in which they are not engaged in work are eligible to nominate for parent membership of the school council at that school.

Once the nomination form is completed, return it to the principal within the time stated on the Notice of Election. You will receive a Nomination Form Receipt in the mail following the receipt of your completed nomination.

Generally, if there are more nominations received than there are vacancies on council, a ballot will be conducted during the two weeks after the call for nominations has closed.



  • Ask at the school for help if you would like to stand for election and are not sure what to do
  • Consider standing for election to council this year   
  • Be sure to vote in the elections.

Contact the principal for further information.

Notice of Election and call for nominations


Download nomination forms


Curriculum and policies

Class Reps 2020

Are you interested in being a Class representative for your child’s grade in 2020?


Building a sense of community relies on all of our parents/guardians being adequately informed through effective communication and having opportunities to contribute to the school community and participate in school events.

Communication, contribution and participation are therefore themes that we aspire to engender through our Class Rep program.

What do Class Reps Do?

The primary role of the class rep is to encourage and maintain a sense of class community. This is done through, organising social events and facilitating communication for the families in their class. Each class needs to have one representatives who has volunteered to do this. In many instances the class representatives work in a team and cover the whole composite year level. (I.e. four class reps may together look after all of grade 3/4)  

In order to encourage a sense of community, class reps are asked to, at a minimum, organise the following:

  • A social catch up at least once per term
  • End of term gatherings (this can be as easy as a picnic on the school oval)


Class Reps also play an important role in helping new families settle into our school and to encourage them to be involved in the school community. SKIPPA will generally inform the class rep(s) if a new family has joined their class. The Class Reps are responsible for providing all parents/guardians of children in their class group the relevant class contact list.

Class Reps are also the link between teachers and parents and may contact parents when teachers need assistance to find volunteers for class activities/excursions/events.  This provides a channel through which information can be shared and they can answer such questions as:

  • What do they need to bring for the excursion?
  • When is the next social event?
  • Which day does our class have library/music/art?


Finally, Class Reps may assist with events, acknowledgements - such as a class family member being ill or passing away, a teacher’s wedding or a new baby etc. If the Class Rep is in a position to help with organising a card or small gift and if there is time to take a voluntary collection, many parents are happy to oblige.

Any queries please contact



Financial Assistance Information for parents

SKiPPS Orchestra

SKIPPS Orchestra is open for 2020!

Can’t play an instrument? It doesn't matter.

Can play an instrument? We’ll write a part for you.


Since the orchestras inception we’ve catered for absolute beginners through to advanced students and taken them on a musical journey that’s introduced them to repertoire from classical to contemporary.


We have vacancies in glockenspiels, string section, brass section, keyboards and percussion.


Playing in an orchestra and learning about music notation, rhythm and preparation for performances will open an exciting window of opportunities. Have your child be a part of that!


Come along for a tryout on Monday mornings at 8.00am with our professional conductor Barry Luo.


Contact Michael Dolphin on 0417 014 505 or for further information.


SKIPPS orchestra is managed by parents and is funded by voluntary contributions.


Instrumental teachers are available at SKIPPS for violin, cello, piano, woodwind & brass, percussion and piano.

Year 6 Leaders

Hello, I am Liam and I am Marcelo


We are the Year Six assembly leaders for last week’s assembly. We asked the students


What are you excited About the School Fete?


Hugo from Foundation M is excited about everything


Kai from 1/2A is very excited for dunk the teacher


Brooklyn from 1/2N is excited strongly for all the rides


Atticus from 3/4L is excited about the jars and all the stuff on the oval


 Eamon From 5/6AJ is excited about dunk the teacher and he wants to dunk Neil


Stella from 5/6J is excited to bake some very good cakes for the Fete


Kitchen garden


The year 3 and 4 students have enjoyed their first kitchen Garden classes. They harvested cucumbers, herbs and tomatoes from the garden and discovered the giant zucchini which has been growing in the garden all summer. Then they came into the kitchen where they observed a food handling and a knife handling demonstration. Finally we all made Vietnamese rice paper rolls and shared them for lunch.


This week the students will enjoy cooking up a storm in the kitchen. We will finally be able to test drive the smoothie bike we won in 2019 and make hummus with it. The menu will be:

  • Rosemary Lavosh
  • Hummus
  • Raw zucchini salad
  • Summer tabbhouleh
  • Plums topped with yoghurt honey and mint


Some of the plants the students will harvest for their lunch will be:

  • Cucumber
  • Tomatoes
  • Zucchini
  • Basil
  • Mint
  • Parsley
  • Rosemary
  • Fennel seeds
  • Garlic
  • Plums


Happy cooking and gardening.








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