The View

03 September 2019
Issue Fourteen
Dates to Remember
Principal's Report
Parent Portal
Wellbeing & Engagement
Student of the Week
Premiers' Reading Challenge
Visual Art
Parents & Friends
Happy Birthday to You!
Level 1/2
Level 3/4 
Level 5/6 
Rangeview Animal Roster
Community News/ Advertising
Rangeview Primary School
(03) 9874 6381
27 Churinga Avenue
Mitcham, Victoria, 3132

Dates to Remember


Monday 2nd

Junior Assembly - 2:50 pm in the hall

District Athletics Carnival

L3 'ADANAC' Camp Departs (2nd - 4th)

e-Smart week (2nd - 6th Sept)


Tuesday 3rd 

P&F Meeting - 7:30 pm in the staff room

L4 'Chemical Science' Incursion

L3 'ADANAC' Camp (2nd - 4th)


Wednesday 4th

L3 'ADANAC' Camp Returns (2nd - 4th)

Level 5/6 Party


Thursday 5th

Walk to School Day

ICAS Science Testing- selected students

Foundation Grandparents & Special Persons Day - 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm in foundation class rooms


Friday 6th 

Whole School Disco; Foundation - L2 5-6pm & L3-L6  6.30-8pm

Level 5/6 Summer Interschool Sports


Monday 9th 

Senior Assembly - 2:50 pm in the hall

Foundation Swimming Program Commences (9th - 19th)

L3 Swimming Program Commences (9th - 19th)


Tuesday 10th 

Foundation & L3 Swimming

ICAS Writing Testing - selected students

L2 'All Mixed Up' Science Incursion

Foundation & L3 Swimming


Wednesday 11th

Foundation & L3 Swimming

L1 'All Mixed Up' Science Incursion

Foundation & L3 Swimming

L4 La Trobe Wildlife Sanctuary


Thursday 12th

Foundation & L3 Swimming

Walk to School Day

ICAS Spelling Testing - selected students


Friday 13th

Foundation & L3 Swimming


Monday 16th

Whole School 'Professions without Gender' Assembly - 2:50 pm in the hall

Foundation & L3 Swimming


Tuesday 17th 

ICAS English Testing - selected students only

Foundation & L3 Swimming


Wednesday 18th

School Council Meeting

Foundation & L3 Swimming


Thursday 19th 

Walk to School Day

ICAS Maths Testing - selected students

Final Foundation & L3 Swimming Sessions


Friday 20th

Footy & Billy Cart Day

Whole School Assembly - 2:00 pm in the hall

Last Day of Term 3 - Early Dismissal at 2:30 pm



Monday 7th 

First day of Term 4

Whole School Assembly 2:50 pm in the hall

Walk to School Month


Tuesday 8th

P&F Meeting - 7:30 pm in the staff room


Wednesday 9th

L1&2 Minibeast Incursion 


Thursday 10th 

L1&2 Minibeast Incursion 


Monday 14th 

Junior Assembly - 2:50 pm in the hall

Walk to School Month


Tuesday 15th 

Foundation Transition #3 , 11:45 am to 12:45 pm with Specialist Teachers - meet in the school hall


Thursday 17th

eSmart 'Brainstorm Productions'


Friday 18th 

Oktoberfest Day


Monday 21st

Senior Assembly - 2:50 pm in the hall

Walk to School Month


Thursday 24th 

Whole school 25th Anniversary Assembly & official opening of the Enchanted Tree and Paving


Friday 25th

P&F Colour Run 2:00 pm -3:30 pm


Sunday 27th

Diwali Festival of Lights


Monday 28th

Junior Assembly - 2:50 pm in the hall

Foundation-L2 SEDA Cricket Inflatables Incursion

Walk to School Month


Thursday 31st

L3-4 Colonial Show Incursion 


Friday 1st

L3-6 SEDA Cricket Inflatables Incursion


Monday 4th

No assembly


Tuesday 5th 

Melbourne Cup Public Holiday - students do not attend school


Wednesday 6th

P&F Meeting - 7:30 pm in the staff room


Thursday 7th 

Foundation Transition # 4 11:45 am to 12:45 pm held in current Foundation rooms

Music Count Us In Celebration Day


Monday 11th 

Senior Assembly - 2:50 pm in the hall


Wednesday 13th

Foundation Royal Botanic Gardens Excursion


Monday 18th 

Junior Assembly - 2:50 pm in the hall

Body Safe Parent Information Night 7:00 - 8:00 pm


Wednesday 20th

L1&2 Museum Excursion


Thursday 21st

Foundation 2020 Information Night 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm 


Friday 22nd

School Pix L6 Graduation Photo


Monday 25th

Senior Assembly - 2:50 pm in the hall


Thursday 28th

L5/6 Body Safe Program 


Friday 29th

L1&2 Museum Excursion


Monday 2nd

Junior Assembly - 2:50 pm in the hall


Tuesday 3rd

L6 Marvel Stadium


Wednesday 4th

P&F Meeting - 7:30 pm in the staff room


Thursday 5th

L5/6 Body Safe Program 


Monday 9th

Senior Assembly - 2:50 pm in the hall


Tuesday 10th

Final Foundation Transition # 5 1:.45 am to 12:45 pm 

L6 Secondary School Orientation Day


Thursday 12th

L5/6 Body Safe Program 


Tuesday 17th

L6 Graduation


*  Times/dates may be subject to change

Principal's Report

SunSmart School- HATS are Back!

You may have already noticed Victoria’s UV levels are steadily rising so it’s time to dust off that school hat and get into full SunSmart mode! The weather may still be cold and grey some days but please don’t be fooled. It’s the UV that can damage our skin and eyes. We can’t see or feel UV but at this time of year it starts to increase in intensity. New hats are available at the office for purchase.


New Synthetic Turf around the Buddy Bench


Off on our first grade 3 camp

On Monday Grade 3 students, accompanied by 9 staff members, travelled to Camp Adanac near Yarra Junction for a two-night camp. The weather has been kind to us. There are a wide variety of challenging outdoor activities presented by the camp staff. The students return as more resilient people, as they've had to cope with unfamiliar situations, including taking care of themselves and their belongings, and sleeping away from home. They will try new things, make new friends and really come out of their ‘shells’.


I would like to acknowledge the staff who leave families to attend camp and ensure the successful camp experience for our students. The camp program cannot run without the dedicated staff support- thank you to Khay Le, Kirilee Bell, Chloe Tomkins, Karen Holmes, Tania Balderston, Deirdree Geilings, Kate McLeod, Amber Somerville and James Roche for attending. I also attend camp as I believe it is an invaluable way to know our students in a very different environment from home or school.


Grade 5 & 6 Production Ali Baba and the Bongo Bandits

Simply stunning performances over 2 nights with 2 casts- an outstanding accomplishment.

Our teachers have reminded these students that this was a chance to shine as individuals and as a team. It has been an outstanding performance that our audience have appreciated. And on behalf of everyone I would like to acknowledge our students hard work, perseverance and team work.


For some students this may be their only opportunity for such a performance experience and for others tonight may herald the start of an exciting career!  Regardless -all have gained from the experience.

Nothing like this just happens. This event is the result of the hard work and vision by a group of dedicated staff and parents and friends of the Rangeview community. The jobs are varied and listed in the wonderful programs. They range from the lighting and sound, scenery and props, makeup and hair, back stage and front of house, photos, tickets and so on. All coming together on the night to make this possible. 


Our Production team is made up of teaching and non-teaching staff and parents and friends- some hiding in the wings, up in the light and sound booth or sitting amongst you in the audience – on behalf of the Rangeview community, I thank them for their efforts on the night and in the months leading up to the performances.

Special mention to

•             Deirdree Geilings and Megan Campbell for leading the production

•             Ryan Evans and Shirley van Den Tooren- back stage and props

•             Meg Hubbard– stage management

•             Sabreena Dowell and Tracy Beckter– with a team of workers creating costumes, doing makeup                      and making props


Special mention to the other members of the grade 5&6 team- Faye Natoli, April Warfield, Lisa O’Connor, Natalie Bellis and Jackie Moran.


In addition to these acknowledgements:

The talented Sound and Lighting Crew with James Roche, Scott Carse, and in particular - Jason Sherwood, Peter Lyons, Mark Grummidge – a special thank you for your long service for Rangeview and the productions. So ably assisted by Jack Sherwood and Johnno Roberts.

A big thank you to the teams of ninjas (students) on both nights working in the wings and flying across the stage.



Walk to School - Save our Crossings 

Every Thursday for the remainder of the term is Walk to School Day to collect our data and encourage families to park away from the school, use our crossings and walk to school!


Parent Portal

Sentral for Parents App

Dear Families,


Sentral is an online secured parent portal that provides families with 24/7 access to different aspects of their child's education.  

Currently parents at Rangeview Primary School utilise the portal to send absence notifications, view/access school reports, receive email notifications, schedule parent teacher interviews and view attendance data. 


Rangeview Primary school will be introducing more features of the Parent Portal overtime such as;


  • Instant messages/push notifications via the ‘Sentral for Parents’ APP (see below)
  • Online Parent Consent for Excursions – coming later
  • Online Payments – coming later


The ‘Sentral for Parents’ APP has replaced Updat-ed. The app will enable you to access the portal on your device. It will also enable the school to communicate important instant messages such as reminders, newsletter notification and event cancellations. When signing up to the app, please ‘allow notifications’ to ensure you are alerted of any messages from Rangeview Primary School.


We strongly recommend that you download the APP.


Click on the link below to view a video on how to link the ‘Sentral for Parents’ APP to your existing web platform portal account.


If you have any problems please contact the school office and speak with our Administration team on 9874 6381.

Wellbeing & Engagement


We have opened our new Junior GaGa Pit to the obvious delight of the Foundation to Grade 2s. The structure was finished with grassphalt on Wednesday last week and the students began games on Thursday. The pit is open for Foundation at recess and Grade 1 & 2 at lunchtime. It was lovely to see so many students playing in it – both boys and girls – and learning the rules.


We have had several Grade 5 & 6 students assisting with refereeing the junior games and  I commend them on their warm, supportive approach. The popularity of this new game is a great example for the senior students of how strongly their games and interests are a model for the junior students. Another good reason to always set the right example.



Student of the Week

Due to the whole School 'Professions without Gender' Assembly on Monday 16/9 there will be no Senior Student of the week awards


Premiers' Reading Challenge


Many Rangeview students are participating in the Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge. Congratulations to the students who have already finished the Challenge. Some students have read over 100 books! Way to go!


Please log your books on to the website

The username is name & surname in lowercase with no space ie. johnsmith

The password is:    rangeview1


Please let your teacher know if you are having difficulty logging on. (There are a few passwords across the school that are different).  


The Challenge will finish on September 6th.


All books will need to be logged on before this date. No data can be entered after this date.

Marita Horvath

Learning Specialist


Deutsch für die Zukunft
(German for the Future)

State Final German Poetry Competition

On Saturday, 17th August three students from Rangeview P.S. participated in the State Final German Poetry Competition.

Congratulations to Emma (Level 5), Christian (Level 5) and Kimberly (Level 6), who confidently recited their poems in front of two German-speaking judges and a small audience at the Austrian Club in Heidelberg that morning.

Students were judged according to their:

  • Pronunciation
  • Dictation and Phrasing, and
  • Delivery of the poem – that is, how well students were able to express the meaning of their poem through their facial expressions, eye-contact, body language and tone of voice.

I am truly delighted with the achievements of each of these students. They have all enhanced their German language skills, grown in self-confidence and in their ability to express themselves in meaningful ways. A special mention to Tess (Level 5) for also qualifying for the State Final, even though she was unable attend on the day.

It gives me great pleasure to announce that Emma received 6th place at the State Final for her poetry performance.

Fantastisch, Emma!

Emma received a trophy, framed certificate and a small bag of prizes for her wonderful achievement.


Additional information about the AGTV Poetry Competition:

Up to 500 students, teachers and families attended the State Final at the Austrian Club on 17th August 2019. The first State Final was held in 1993, making this the 26th anniversary of this event. Congratulations to all 149 state finalists, who had won Gold, Silver or Bronze medals at their respective Regional Final held throughout Victoria. This competition was supported by the AGTV (Association of German Teachers of Victoria) and the Victorian Government.


Rangeview Oktoberfest 2019

Our annual Oktoberfest celebration will be held on Friday, 18th October, 2019.

This whole-school celebration of German language learning will immerse students in German cultural and language-based activities, give students the opportunity to sample German foods and take part in German songs and performances.

Students are invited to come dressed in either the German flag colours (black, red, gold/yellow) or in the traditional Bavarian costumes (Dirndlkleid und Lederhosen). We look forward to a ‘fantastisch’ day for all students, parents and teachers.

Should you have any queries about our upcoming Oktoberfest or German language learning at Rangeview, please feel free to contact us.


Liebe Grüße,

Frau Ulrike Lindner, Frau Helga Shaw & Frau Kyla Petrilli



Visual Art

We have had a very busy term with Art activities.


The first part of the term has been taken up with preparing all the scenery and props for the level five six production. A big thank you to all the families that donated items and or helped with the working bees. It was fun to create some amazing items that helped the show come to life.


Joanne A our Art Captain, has been busy designing a beautiful stained glass window for our Magical Tree. (You may have seen the roof starting to take shape on the trunk of a gum tree near the Munro street entrance.) This should be coming together as the term progresses with the completion and opening early in term four.


There has been much activity in classes with the development of skills in drawing, painting, textiles, and construction.


Foundation students have been have developed their cutting, painting and drawing skills, creating book week characters and creatures from the production.


Level one and two have carefully painted and cut colourful feathers to make a mobile. It was certainly challenging knotting each one to the mobile.  This idea was based on a short listed book Feathers by Margaret Wild.


Level three and four have used natural items such as leaves and twigs to create an imaginary insect.


Level five and six have been working with a textile artist Bea Tanner Burgoine, to learn how wool is spun and create their own small piece of weaving. This has been a great experience for all the students and it has been a very enjoyable relaxing activity.



Parents & Friends

The P&F have had another busy few weeks with the Pie Days and Fathers Day Stall.

Thank You:

Thanks to those who helped with the Junior and Senior Pie Days; Kylie, Nicole, Geeta, Min, Jennifer and Heather as well as those who helped with the Fathers Day Stall; Jennifer, Min, Mandy, Tim, Emma, Kylie.


Whats coming up:


Pop Up Shop - Thursday 5th September - 3 - 4pm - in the Gallery - All items $1.00

In conjunction with the Foundation Students Grandparents Day, the P&F are holding a Pop Up Shop selling lots of cakes and other treats for an after school treat.  All items $1.00

We are also looking for volunteers to bake cakes, slices, jelly, popcorn etc and also to help out at the Pop up Shop. Please sign up at


Whole School Disco - Friday 6th September - $5.00 Paid to P&F on the night 

Volunteers are needed (with current Working with Children Check) to help at the Disco.  Please sign up your availability here


Term 4

The Colour Explosion Course - Friday 25th October

Later this term more information and sponsor forms will be given for this “colour” filled day.

In preparation for this event keep an eye out for a white or light coloured t-shirt to wear. Kmart have them for $3-$4


Oktoberfest Lunch Day - Friday 18th October



School Disco Permission Form


Entertainment Book 

Purchase an Entertainment Membership for Dad for Father’s Day and not only will you be supporting our fundraising but you will also go in the draw to WIN the Ultimate Father’s Day Prize - 2 tickets to the 2019 Toyota AFL Grand Final + a $400 flight voucher!

Get your Membership today

Happy Birthday to You!



Visual Art News: The Foundation students have been working hard at developing their fine motor skills, and in developing and creating patterns. In keeping with the theme of the school Production 'Ali Baba and the Bongo Bandits' we have made paper snakes that have enlisted the practice of the skills that we are focusing on. Look out for these! Mrs Geilings and Mrs Van Der Tooren.


Community News: Grandparents Day rehearsals are coming along nicely and we look forward to seeing the Grandparents on Thursday 5th September. The children also watched their buddies perform ‘Ali Baba and the Bongo Bandits’ as well as 3L perform ‘The Ugly Duckling’. Fun was had by all!


Considering Foundation also engaged in the Toy Swap Meet, making Father’s Day cards and shopping for Father’s Day, it has certainly been a busy couple of weeks.


All the best,

Miss Bonte, Miss Clarke, Ms Wilson, Mrs Goulding and Mrs Tzimos – Foundation Team.



Level 1/2

What a busy few weeks it has been! Level 1 and 2 students enjoyed looking at and buying books from the book fair. We had a fabulous time dressing up as our favourite book characters. It was lovely to see all the students animated as their characters and see all the creative costumes that were put together. Students then enjoyed three different rotations in multi-age groups, doing a variety of book related activities. All the students reported back, sharing about the activities and their groups, and highlighted how much they enjoyed the variety.


Level 1 has been practicing and working on their fine motor skills. Students have explored a range of activities including manipulating playdough, threading, pegs, cutting, handwriting, colouring, using rubber bands, and ripping and scrunching paper. We are working on supporting students to hold and use pencils in the appropriate way, to form their letters correctly and encourage strong writing fingers.

We congratulate the Level 5 and 6 students on working so hard and putting on a fantastic production. Level 1 and 2 students enjoyed watching a sneak preview on Thursday, along with a dress up day of the theme Ali Baba and the Bongo Bandits. Thanks for a great show!

Level 3 students also put on a short show of The Ugly Duckling which F-2 students enjoyed.

Level 1 and 2 has started our new topic of Chemical Science: All mixed up! Over the next few weeks we will explore recipes, mixing ingredients and making non-editable things. Please watch your students Seesaw for updates about the exciting activities they complete over the next few weeks!

We would just like to remind everyone that Rangeview supports and encourages healthy eating. Please remember to include one serve of fruit and one serve of vegetable in your student’s lunch box each day.




Level 3/4 

Level 4

After an amazing time at Level 4 camp, the students are writing poems, show don’t tell writing, procedural writing, recounts and letters about Camp Weekaway. The students are producing fantastic work and should be very proud of their efforts.

Level 4 team Karen Hastie, Mitchell Clark, Anju Mehta



Level 5/6 

What an action packed two weeks the students (and staff) have just celebrated.

The fortnight kicked off with our annual book parade with 100% of the level 5 and 6 students arriving dressed as a book character. Imaginations and craft skills ran riot and the two levels are congratulated on their participation and enthusiasm.


Wednesday saw our top mathematicians competing in the Australian Problem Solving Maths Olympiad. This is a fabulous extension to already excellent problem solving skills and Rangeview Primary School has been competing for many years.


Our school production, Ali Baba and the Bongo Bandits, performed a full dress rehearsal for both casts on Thursday. Staff involved were delighted with the performances. Children from Foundation to level 4 were invited to attend in costumes from the play. The Foundation students in particular were immersed in the production and became involved in the dialogue.


Round 1 of inter school sport was contested on Friday. Rangeview competed in basketball, cricket, volleyball, tennis, softball and Ultimate Frisbee. Once again students displayed great sportsmanship and enjoyed the opportunity to compete with their friends.


Congratulations to the girls Tee Ball team who competed in the Regional Finals at Glen Waverley on Monday 26/8.


As usual, during the two weeks, students have attended instrumental lessons, social groups, QuickSmart Maths, various athletics and sport training and other commitments.


Ali Baba and the Bongo Bandits  - Tuesday and Thursday nights witnessed outstanding performances from both casts. Parents, friends and teachers were proud of the performances and students were left with feelings of pride and happiness.  Details elsewhere in this newsletter.


The week finished up with a yummy hot pie day and Father’s Day stall organised by the fantastic Rangeview Parents and Friends.


Just another fortnight in the exciting life of levels 5 and 6.


To celebrate the participation and teamwork of our students all classes will hold a party from 12.15 on Wednesday 4th September. It would be appreciated if children could bring some food to share at this time.




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