Highvale Happenings

21 September 2018
Issue Thirty
Diary Dates
Principal's Report
Engagement & Wellbeing
Assembly / Co-operative Learning
PBL Stars
Student News!
Uniform Shop
What's On ... Special Lunch Days / Events  & Fundraising programs
Robotech / Weather Station
Before & After School Care
Extra Curricular Activites / Advertisements
Highvale Primary School
(03) 9887 8000
33 Ashton Street
Glen Waverley, Victoria, 3150

Diary Dates


Friday 21st

1.40pm - End of Term Assembly

2.30pm - Students dismissed


Monday 8th

9.00am - Term 4 commences

Thursday 11th

2.00 - 3.00pm - Prep Transition Session 4 for 2019 Prep students

Friday 12th

2.30pm - Evacuation Drill

Closet Cleanout Recycled Clothing fundraiser bags to be returned

Monday 15th

7.30pm - PFA meeting

Friday 19th

Year 5 & 6 - SDSSA Summer Sports Round 1

Friday 25th

2.00 - 3.00pm - Prep Transition Session 5 for 2019 Prep students


Friday 2nd

Year 5 & 6 - SDSSA Summer Sports Round 2

Wednesday 7th

Loud Lunchtime

Thursday 8th

2.00 - 3.00pm - Prep Transition Session 6 for 2019 Prep students

Friday 9th

Year 5 & 6 - SDSSA Summer Sports Round 3

Monday 12th

7.30pm - PFA meeting

Friday 16th

Year 5 & 6 - SDSSA Summer Sports Round 4

Thursday 22nd

2.00 - 3.00pm - Prep Transition Session 6 for 2019 Prep students

Friday 23rd

Year 5 & 6 - SDSSA Summer Sports Round 5

Wednesday 28th

Yr 6 Graduation Photos 


Thursday 6th

Carols Evening

Tuesday 11th

Prep Orientation morning for 2019 Prep students

Transition session for 2019 Yr 1 - Yr 6 students (students will be in their 2019 year levels)

Thursday 13th

Year 6 Graduation Evening

Tuesday 18th

9.10am - 11.30am - 2019 Yr 1 - Yr 6 students Orientation morning (students with their 2019 class and teacher)

Friday 21st 

12.45pm - Assembly

1.30pm - End of Term 4


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

Principal's Report

Principal's Report

Dear Parents, Students and Friends,


School Production - 'Game On'

Congratulations to everybody involved in our production of ‘Game On’, especially our students who executed a superb collective performance.  The evening was full of highlights, which produced many special memorable moments.  

Our lead cast members were exceptional and were supported superbly by every student who sang, danced and played their role so well.  There was a tremendous excitement on stage and it was wonderful to see all of the preparation and hard rehearsal work come to fruition.  Congratulations girls and boys! 


Thank you to Mr Anthony Pearsall (Matti) who generously provided his time and expertise to produce the ‘Game On’ Program booklet.  As mentioned on the evening, it provides another special memento of the evening. 

Thank you to our amazing staff, family, and friends who attended on the evening.   Our staff deserve very high praise.  On behalf of our school community, I would like to thank each of them for their creativity, endless enthusiasm, commitment and teamwork to lead and provide such a wonderful opportunity for our students and their families.   

Thank you to Tim Arendshorst and Brooke Simpson for your hours and hours of work to produce such an amazing, original and humorous script.  The story line certainly kept our audience engaged.   

As well, thank you to our incredibly dedicated production working party members and helpers Anne St Clair, Dot Tang, Angelique Both, Caisha Williamson, Pereena Sinclair, Ashton McDermott, Jane Shaw, Fiona Pringle, Nat Yencken, Michelle Cheong, Lisa Veitch, Kim Bennett, Elissa Gasson and Rebecca Webb.

A friendly reminder that a professional DVD of the production will be available for purchase in Term 4.  Details shall be provided early in Term 4.


Thank you

At our final assembly today (Friday) we will acknowledge, say thank you and farewell to Toni Mifsud (Riley and Devyn) as they start the next phase of their lives beyond Highvale.  Toni has been a wonderful support to our school, leading the PFA for several years and introducing many new events, fundraising projects and ideas to support our students.  Toni and her family will be missed by our community and on behalf of all staff, students, School Council and our PFA - Thank you for your wonderful contribution to our school.

Please come along to assembly (1.40pm start) to join us in saying thank you and farewell tomorrow.


Riding to Fight Kid’s Cancer

This year, as in other years, various forms of cancer have affected several students in our school community and their families.  This has motivated me to participate in the ‘October’ Great Cycle Challenge to fight kid’s cancer.  I aim to raise at least $500 to support the Children’s Medical Research Institute to find a cure for childhood cancer.  If you are able to, you can make a donation by clicking on the link below.


Thank you for your consideration and support.


Congratulations Adsaran – Great Writing

We have another writing star.  Congratulations to Adsaran (1/2S) for his amazing effort and achievement in the Tamil Writing competition.  Adsaran was awarded a bronze medal.  He achieved the highest score in Victoria for Year One and was third in the whole of Australia.  Keep up the wonderful work Adsaran.


Pick My Project

Voting has now closed.  Thank you once again to Narelle Altamore who instigated and led our application for this project.  Thank you also to everyone who voted for our project.  We have been informed that there has been an overwhelming response to the voting process across Victoria.  Votes are now being assessed and projects that received the most public votes within each designated area will be announced in October.     


ThinkUKnow Presentation for Adults – 25th October 7.00pm

This week we received confirmation that our school has been selected to host an information session for adults only about Cyber Safety.  All parents, carers and teachers are encouraged to attend.

ThinkUKnow Australia is a cyber safety education program that educates parents, carers and teachers about how people are using technology, the challenges they may face online, and how to help them overcome these in a safe and ethical way.

ThinkUKnow Australia is a partnership between the Australian Federal Police, Microsoft Australia, Datacom and the Commonwealth Bank. The program is delivered in collaboration with policing partners as well as Neighbourhood Watch Australasia.

The presentation will be delivered by a local law enforcement member and an industry volunteer. The presentation covers issues relating to children and young peoples’ privacy and security online, their relationships with other users and their online reputation. It provides insight into the devices young people are using, as well as the popular websites, apps and social networking sites they’re accessing.

This is a fantastic opportunity for you to learn more about young people and the online environment, and how you can help them to be safe and responsible users of technology.

For more information, you can visit www.thinkuknow.org.au.


Term 4 Swimming Program

Planning for the 2019 Prep – Year 6 Swimming program is underway.  Details, including participation, dates and parent payments will be made available as early as possible to parents in Term 4.


Term 4 Start and School Facilities Update

A reminder that the first day of Term 4 is Monday 8th October.  During the holiday period, we are expecting the new Modular building installation to commence.  Please be aware that there will be heavy equipment and machinery entering and exiting the school grounds at this time.


Capital Works Project – Year 3&4 Learning Community

Today I met with the Victorian School Building Authority (VSBA) and our architects to discuss and proceed to the final cost planning phase of the project prior to going out to tender to builders.  The goal is to appoint builders next term in preparation for initial works over the summer holiday break.  This is great news for our students.

Plans for the Year 3&4 Learning Community project are now on display.  Please see the board in the corridor outside the School Office.   As part of the project, the staff room will be relocated to the eastern end of the building to provide a flexible learning space for science and technology in the Year 3&4 Learning Community area.  We encourage all parents and students to have a look at these plans. 


Happy Holidays

Thank you to all of our staff, parents and students who have made Term 3 such a memorable one! I hope that you are able to share some quality time together with your families during the next two weeks and return rested, refreshed and ready for a super Term 4!


I look forward to seeing you around our school.

Steve Richardson




Engagement & Wellbeing

Engagement & Wellbeing

It's hard to believe that Term 3 is now finished. While I haven't got any plans for these holidays, I'm looking forward to spending a bit of time with the family. We had a really positive end to the term which included the wonderful "Game On" Whole School Production and also our Buddies Day which was led by our talented Year 6s. We will be presenting the coveted Buddy Bears to those students nominated by teachers on the Buddies Day which is always a highlight of our final term for each assembly.


Term 4 is shaping up to be very busy and will include a cybersafety parent session (see below), swimming, Year 5/6 interschool sports as well as a host of other events. Enjoy a safe and relaxing break and see you back ready and refreshed for another exciting term!



Our school will be hosting a ThinkUKnow presentation on Thursday 25 October at 7.00pm and all parents, carers and teachers are encouraged to attend.

ThinkUKnow Australia is a cyber safety education program that educates parents, carers and teachers of how people are using technology, the challenges they may face online, and how to help them overcome these in a safe and ethical way.

ThinkUKnow Australia is a partnership between the Australian Federal Police, Microsoft Australia, Datacom and the Commonwealth Bank. The program is delivered in collaboration with policing partners New South Wales Police Force, Northern Territory Police, Queensland Police, South Australia Police, Tasmania Police, Western Australia Police, as well as Neighbourhood Watch Australasia.

The presentation will be delivered by a local law enforcement member and an industry volunteer. The presentation covers issues relating to children and young peoples’ privacy and security online, their relationships with other users and their online reputation. It provides insight into the devices young people are using, as well as the popular websites, apps and social networking sites they’re accessing.

This is a fantastic opportunity for you to learn more about young people and the online environment, and how you can help them to be safe and responsible users of technology.

For more information, you can visit www.thinkuknow.org.au or contact the school office.



The article this week looks at how we interact with our children when we get home from work. Worth a read if you get some time.


How do you show up for your kids?

Every now and again a meme pops up on social media from a mum who delights in sharing the joys of her trip to the shops alone. No kids. Just her and her handbag. The caption always reads something along the lines of ‘You know you’re a mum when going to Target alone feels like a holiday’. I always chuckle when I see those, because I can relate. A lot of us can. And not just the mums.
Parenting is incredibly fulfilling and the most important ‘job’ any of us will ever do, but it can also be demanding, frustrating and exhausting.
I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve arrived home only to be bombarded with requests, questions, stories of what I missed – or all three – before I’ve even taken my key out of the door. I’m not joking. I tried to implement some sort of buffer for myself so I didn’t feel so stretched within the first minute of getting home but it never worked. They’d always be so happy to see me and it didn’t seem fair to not be immediately available, despite the fact that it was quite overwhelming. It’s not as though I was ever gone that long either. I wasn’t even working. I’d only ever been to the supermarket, or Target, lol.
I always found the contrast of time alone and all of the quiet that comes with that, and the – is chaos too harsh? – of walking in the door really difficult to manage, especially because the kids always had stuff absolutely everywhere by the time I got back. I knew they’d always had heaps of fun because the family room always resembled a toy shop. There was never any "Let’s put things away as we’re finished with them" on Dad’s watch!
Whether our kids are little and jump on us the minute they see us or they’re that bit older and don’t necessarily even come to the door when we get home, it’s worth taking time to think about how we want to show up when we see them. It never occurred to me all those years ago that I could better prepare myself for the homecoming. Not once. Sometimes we were just taking each day moment by moment. What I know now is that if we use the time between leaving one place and arriving at another, it can make an astounding difference to how we feel, and to what we bring to our family at the same time.
The Third Space
Dr Adam Fraser calls it the ‘Third Space’. It’s the space between two places or spaces such as between work and home, between being home alone and the kids arriving home after school, or even between going to the supermarket and home. Tuning into the Third Space is also a brilliant practice to incorporate into a work day, say between your desk and a meeting, or a meeting and an interview.
In the Third Space, we can do three things to ensure we show up the way we want to, every time: reflect, rest and reset.
Reflection is time spent looking back over the day and contemplating what you’ve achieved and what went well. It could be that you accomplished something you’re proud of, or ticked off a few things on your list. It could be something big or small you reflect upon. It really doesn’t matter, it’s just about reflecting on a handful of good things about your day.
Rest is downtime. You can spend it how you like! You might have a long commute and decide to rest by listening to music, watching a movie, reading the paper or a book. Your rest time might be brief on some days and longer on others. It doesn’t matter what you do or for how long, it’s just about doing something that recharges your batteries and helps you feel relaxed.
Reset is all about how you’re going to show up. How do you want to feel and act when you walk through the door to your home?
When Dr Fraser taught people to use the Third Space model as part of a research project, he measured a huge 41 per cent improvement in behaviours in the home, inevitably having a wonderful impact on relationships and the family as a whole.
In a recent presentation I heard Dr Fraser deliver, he told a story of a dad whose kids would make themselves scarce whenever they heard him come home. He was always like a tornado ripping through the house and they didn’t want anything to do with him. When he found out, he was understandably devastated. He made a change and put the Third Space model into practice and turned things around.
It’s so easy to let the events of the day affect our time with our family, but they don’t have to. Our relationships with our kids and our partners play an important role in our kids’ development, happiness and mental health. Let’s do what we can to show up for them as our best possible selves. They deserve it, and we do too.

Dr. Jodi Richardson


I hope you get a chance to spend some quality time with your family over the next two weeks.

This link has some ideas you might like to have a look at: https://www.finder.com.au/school-holidays-activities-in-melbourne.


Hopefully the weather is warm and pleasant and the Demons win the flag! 


Have a great break!

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 3 Assembly Dates are as follows:

Friday 21st September – 1.40pm - Final term assembly



PBL Stars

Positive Behaviour for Learning (PBL) Stars

Congratulations to the following students for being awarded the PBL Stars

Prep Arendshorst:  - Lana - For the commitment you showed when completing your goal reflection! You really though about what you have achieved and what your next steps are!

Prep Cheong: - Charlotte - For your commitment towards your writing! It's fabulous to see you using the Magic Words to help you spell. You can also use some of the sounds we have learnt to sound out tricky words. Keep up the effort!

Prep McDermott:  -  Niaamat - For consistently displaying our school values in the classroom, in the playground and when walking between learning areas. Thank you for setting a wonderful example for your peers. Well done Naamat!

1/2 St Clair:  - Hepburn - You are star Hepburn for showing resilience by trying very hard to learn the names of your new classmates. You listen carefully to instructions and try to complete every task. Welcome to Highvale Hepburn, keep up the great work.

1/2 Kelaart:  - Evan - For demonstrating a responsible attitude to your learning. You have been making excellent choices, especially when choosing a sensible spot to sit on the floor so that you do not get distracted. Keep it up, Evan! 

1/2 Williamson:  - Austin - For the persistence you demonstrated when writing poems. They were creative, humorous and followed the correct structure. Thanks Austin!

1/2 Bennett: - Raymon - For showing great commitment to helping others when using computers. You were a great 'navigator' and helped others understand the correct steps to open and save their work. Thanks for your assistance!

3/4 Gill: - Gawain - For doing an excellent job presenting to the class your electric circuit. It was great to see the circuit board, your explanation of how electricity works and show the code you use to get the board working. Well done!

3/4 Drew:  - Chloe - For demonstrating commitment to production rehearsals and the performance. You always showed enthusiasm and worked hard to learn the words and steps. Great work, Chloe!

3/4 Scully:  - Abigael - Congratulations on an excellent Term 3 Abi. You are a terrific role model in our classroom as you always find ways of going above and beyond with your learning and have a generous and happy spirit which you share with your classmates.

5/6 Phan:  - Run - For a successful performance during the 'Game On' understudies show. You showed great commitment to the production by attending rehearsals throughout the term. Congratulations Run!

5/6 Simpson:  - Ella - For showing commitment to our school production 'Game On' by committing to your role as the Teacher. You attended all rehearsals and were entertaining and impressive to watch on the night. I hope you continue participating in productions in high school. Well done!

5/6 Veitch:  - Divyana - For always showing our school value of 'Respect' by listening carefully to both teachers and her peers and setting a fantastic example to younger students. Keep it up Divyana!

Student News!

Looking forward to seeing you all back in Term 4!

We look forward to seeing you all back at 9.00am on Monday 8th October. Enjoy your break!



Swish went the basketball as Cameron got a three pointer.

On Friday the basketball team had a 30 minute walk while Hugh had a luxurious ride in a car. The boys had an extremely close game only losing by 3 points. The girls ended up only getting two points to 22 so it wasn’t a great game.

The day went well and both teams tried their best. There was great shooting by Cameron, Ella and Hugh and great teamwork from the whole team. Congrats to Cody and Ella for getting the All Star award.

Good job Highvale!

By Cameron and Ella




FlexiBuzz Communication

We are always looking for ways to improve communication to our school community, and have recently added groups to FlexiBuzz to ensure families are receiving information most relevant to their children’s year level.

In order for you to receive information that will be distributed to individual year levels, we ask that you log into your FlexiBuzz account and follow the instructions below.


Click on the three horizontal bars (as circled in the picture below)


This will take you to Boxes page (as shown below), where you can add your children’s year levels to your news feed.

Once selected, you will receive information this being sent to 'Year level' groups only.


Attendance feature in FlexiBuzz

A convenient way to notify us of your child's attendance is to select the 'absence' icon on FlexiBuzz (as shown below).  This will take you to a short form that needs to be completed, which is automatically sent to your child's teacher and the school office. 


If you are yet to install the app or require any assistance with FlexiBuzz features, please drop into the office and we'll help you.


Uniform Shop

Uniform Shop Opening Hours - Term 3

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

Monday 10th September

Uniform Sales now on Qkr!

You can now place your uniform orders via Qkr! All orders will be handed over to the uniform shop volunteers and distributed to you as soon as possible.

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.


What's On ...
Special Lunch Days / Events 
& Fundraising programs

Upcoming PFA Events

Term 4

Tuesday 2nd October - Shop for School at Forest Hill promotion commences (see information below)

Wednesday 10th October - Bakers Delight Lunch

Friday 12th October - 9am Closet Cleanout Collection Bags due for pickup outside canteen

Monday 15th October - PFA meeting 7.30pm - Staff room

Wednesday 17th October - Sushi Lunch 

Wednesday 24th October - Subway Lunch

Wednesday 31st October - Bakers Delight Lunch

Wednesday 31st October - Shop for School at Forest Hill promotion ends


Closet Cleanout Clothing Recycling Drive

Dear Families 
 Every year we run fundraising activities so that we can raise money to pay for essential resources for Highvale Primary School. 

This year, we are again running a Closet Cleanout clothing recycling drive. Through this drive you are invited to bring in any unwanted clothes, shoes, handbags, linen and soft toys for re-use by people in need. It's a great way to get rid of outgrown or no longer wanted items. The more people involved and the more you bring in, the more we can do for our children. 

Please help us by filling the collection bag (to be provided shortly) and returning it to outside the canteen by 9am on Friday 12th Octoberl. Please note you are not limited to the one bag, you are welcome to bring in as many extra bags of items as you like. 
If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact: [email protected] 

Thank you for your involvement in this fundraiser. Every little bit makes a big difference and strengthens our community. 
 Kind regards  
Highvale Community Group 

Fundraising Events

There are some great fundraising ideas listed below to help you get involved and support Highvale Primary School. We appreciate your assistance in making these a success.

Please hand your recycled oral care waste in at the office.


Hello World Travel, Forest Hill

For every holiday that you, your Grandparents or even your friends book through our store, we will give a percentage back to your school as fundraising to say thank you for booking through us. Drop into Hello World Travel which is located at Shop 104, Forest Hill Chase Shopping Centre, 270 Canterbury Road, Forest Hill. You can phone us on 9887 2444 or email us at [email protected]

Don't forget to mention your school when booking!


Also, don't forget to support our regular fundraising programs (as listed below) by mentioning Highvale Primary School at the point of sale and our school will receive cash donations. Tell your friends and family so they can make easy cash for the school as well!


Bakers Delight, Vermont South

10% of your total sales will be donated back to the school



Air Stream Cafe, Century City Walk, The Glen

You will receive a 5% discount on your bill plus 5% will be donated to the school when you present your fundraiser card (available at the office) 

Education Experience

www. edex.com.au

Highvale Primary School will receive 20% of the total sales.

Robotech / Weather Station


Banking will be done every Tuesday. 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



Before & After School Care

Academy for Kids School Care

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.

September - October Holiday Program

Please refer below to the School Holiday program being run at school for the September - October school holiday break. Bookings are essential and must be made by contacting Vivien on 0405 323 357 or via email at [email protected]


Extra Curricular Activites / Advertisements

Activities held at Highvale Primary School


After School / School holiday activities held off campus


Information for Parents


Highvale Happenings
uniform order form.pdf
Prep - Y 2 Lego Challenge - Term 3.pdf
Yr 3 - Yr 6 Lego Robotics - Term 3.pdf
Chess Form Term 3.pdf
Sporty Stars.pdf
LEGO - Young Engineers Term 4.pdf
Sporty Stars - Term 4.pdf
EdWorks Tutoring.pdf
Tutoring - Foundation Learning.pdf
Legend Park Tennis Club Open Day.pdf
Legend Park Tennis Club (Mandarin).pdf
Get Active Tennis Lessons.PDF
Lunar Drive Ins holiday sessions.pdf
Legend Park Tennis Club Open Day.pdf
GW Uniting Church Fete.pdf
Strengthening Parent Support - Anglicare.pdf
SwimWorld Adult Programs.jpg
Sept - Oct school holiday program.pdf