CHPS eNewsletter 2019

14 February 2019
Term 1 Week 3
Dates to remember
Acting Principal's Report
What's happening at CHPS
Canteen & Uniform News
For our students....
Mia's MessageBoard
Community News
Croydon Hills Primary School
(03) 9725 1206
47-75 Campaspe Drive
Croydon Hills, Victoria, 3136

Dates to remember

2019 Important Dates


Preps do not attend school on Wednesdays

Friday 15th    -    Interschool Sport, 9am

Friday 15th    -    Team Assemblies, Preps (PAC) & Seniors (Stadium)

Monday 18th    -    District Swimming Sports

Wednesday 20th    -    Getting to Know You Interviews, Y1-6

Friday 22nd    -    Interschool Sport, 9am

Friday 22nd    -    Presentation Assembly, Leadership Badges 2.40pm


Friday 1st    -    Interschool Sport, 9am

Friday 1st    -    Team Assemblies, Juniors (PAC) & Middles (Stadium)

Monday 4th    -    The Resilience Project Parent Info Night, 7pm

Tuesday 5th    -    Canteen Pancake Day

Thursday 7th    -    100% Hope Ugandan Children's Choir

Friday 8th    -    Interschool Sport, 9am

Monday 11th    -    Labour Day Holiday

Tuesday 12th    -   Pupil Free Day

Friday 15th    -    Interschool Sport, 9am

Friday 15th    -    Team Assemblies, Preps (PAC)& Seniors (Stadium)

Friday 22nd    -    Interschool Sport, 9am

Friday 29th    -    Celebration Assembly, 2.40pm


Monday 1st    -    Kew Traffic School Exc, Preps

Monday 1st    -   Canteen Hot Cross Bun Day Y1-6

Tuesday 2nd    -    Canteen Prep Hot Cross Bun Day

Wednesday 3rd    -    Preps attend school today

Friday 5th    -    Term 1 Ends, 1.30 dismissal

Tuesday 23rd    -    Term 2 Begins

Monday 29th - May 3rd    -    Y6 Canberra Tour

Notices sent home this week

Prep Term 1 Newsletter

Student Behaviour Code - on Compass & Hardcopy to youngest child

Literacy Support Notices - selected students, all levels

Acting Principal's Report

From Carol's desk....


I have included some photos of the huge structure which has been erected over one of our basketball courts.  The roof will be put on soon and will provide shade from the sun, as well as protection from the rain.  During the next school holidays synthetic  turf will be laid.  This will provide an excellent area for our students and we are looking forward to its completion.

The Resilience Project

Croydon Hills Primary School uses The Resilience Project in all areas of the school. The program provides strategies for positive mental health.

The statistics regarding mental health are quite concerning:

  • 1 in 5 adults will experience a mental illness in their life
  • 1 in 4 adolescents have a mental illness
  • 1 in 7 primary school students have a mental illness
  • 65% of adolescents do not seek help for a mental illness
  • 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 5 boys suffer from an anxiety disorder

Why we think resilience training is important for our students ……

  • Resilience is the ability to learn from experiences. To bounce back and beyond.
  • Resilience leads to happiness and increased abilities to cope with situations.
  • Resilience fosters a growth mindset.
  • Increased confidence and self-belief helps with decision making.

On Monday March 4th, we have a Resilience Project Parent Forum at 7pm in the PAC.  Babysitting will be provided.  We hope to see as many parents as possible attend the Forum, as this is such an important topic of discussion. It is important that parents and teachers work in partnership so your attendance at the Forum will help you support the work of the Resilience Project at home.

If you are planning to attend The Resilience Project Forum please email Carol at [email protected] to let me know how many people are attending and if you require babysitting and if so how many children there will be.

Looking forward to seeing you on the night. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Behaviour Expectations at CHPS

Last week you would have received a copy of the class expectations that the students have created with their teachers through Compass.  Today the youngest child in each family will bring home a copy of our  school-wide Student Behaviour Code.  We ask that you talk to your child about the code.  Our aim is to provide a safe and secure environment for every child when they are at school.

Drop Off Zone

The drop off zone is exactly what the name implies:  it is an area for students to be quickly and efficiently dropped off at school in the morning.  It is not a parking area and we ask that students be out of the car in 30 seconds - there should be no need for adults to get out of the car.  If the student’s bags are ready then they can get out of the car and walk into the school grounds.  If your family cannot manage this in 30 seconds, the drop off zone is not for you.  Holding up the traffic flow is unsafe and results in traffic snarls in Campaspe Drive, making it extra difficult for others who are also trying to drop their children at school.

We thank you for your co-operation in this matter.

Carol Wyatt  -  Acting Principal

What's happening at CHPS

Sports News

Interschool Sport

Last Friday, our 2 pools of teams played against each other in the first round of Interschool Sport.  It was a good practice for both teams to work out which pool they were in and to make sure they turned up to their correct team.  We only had one student turn up to the wrong team, and it was easily fixed, so well done kids.  There has been a lot of organisation, uniforms, notices etc and it all came together on the day.  Thank you also to the parents who are assisting with the teams and we also have a couple of ex-students who are now studying, who have come back to assist.

This Friday the teams will be heading out in 2 directions:


Blue Team will be playing against Kalinda.  These Blue teams will be playing at CHPS:    Teeball Boys, Teeball Girls, Hot Shots and Volleybounce.

Kalinda:  Basketball Boys, Basketball Girls, Sofcrosse, Cricket Boys, Cricket Girls


Red Team will be playing against Great Ryrie.

CHPS:  Basketball Boys, Basketball Girls, Cricket Boys, Cricket Girls, Sofcrosse

We wish all the teams the best of luck and hope they have a lot of fun.

District Swimming Competition

Next Monday 18th February, the District Swimming Sports will be on.  Thank you to those who have expressed interest and got their times to me.  We have a few of our students competing at the sports and we wish them the best of luck.  They will be competing against other students in our District.

Team Vic Trials

Today we started the Cricket Trials and will continue these next week as there are some very talented students.  We can only put 3 students through to the trials in each sport so we have to make sure that we see the best of what they can do.  The other sports which we will be running trials for in the next few weeks will be Basketball, Football, Soccer and Netball.  The nominations close on March 1st.

Noreen McMenaman  -  PE / Sport

Library News

Welcome back and to all those who have just joined our community – welcome. I hope you all got time to read some great books over the break.

Just a few reminders as we settle into the new school year.  All children are expected to have a library bag before they can borrow from our library.  It does not need to be anything fancy – a plastic bag is ideal and I am even prepared to accept the blue satchels that some students have (as long as the book fits inside).  If your child has a cloth library bag it is a good idea to put a plastic bag inside.  Most of the damage done to our library books is caused by leaking drink bottles or squashed food (the natural enemies of the book).

We have a great selection of books in our library and we are constantly adding new titles to try and keep the library as exciting and fresh as possible.  Relaxing with a good book, either reading it  yourself or reading to someone special, seems to be overlooked sometimes in our busy lives but with reading comes so many opportunities. 

For those of you with students in the Junior level – please remember that library books are meant to be shared – your child will probably not be able to read these books on their own. Remember that reading is more than being able to recognise the words on a page. Comprehension is vital!  It is often a good idea to ask your child about the book they have just read or that you have just read to them.  If they can’t tell you much about it the book may be above their level.  If they enjoyed it, and was a book they read on their own, you may like to read it yourself!  I have read some great books that were recommended by students!   The reading books that they take home from the classroom are aimed at their reading level. These children – and those in the Middle level (and higher) still enjoy having books read to them and this is an important part of learning to read and comprehend.  It also has other proven benefits such as improving speech, grammar and vocabulary and providing shared times between children and adults.

Students get to borrow the books for two weeks; Seniors now have four weeks. 

Overdue notices are first sent home when a book is overdue for 2 – 3 weeks.  Follow up letters and emails are also sent home fortnightly after this.  If you receive a notice and are sure that the book has been returned, please ask your child to see me in the library.  A book is not considered returned until it is in the library.  Sometimes books seem to get as far as the classroom and get stuck there.  Please encourage your child to do a thorough check at home and in the classroom if they receive an overdue notice.

Please work with us to keep reading a priority in our children’s busy lives.  This includes reading to them and discussing the books that they are reading. 

If you notice that a book is damaged please do not attempt to repair it yourself. I have better equipment here for repairs.

Also please note that if your child had an overdue book at the end of last year it will still be out in their name – it does not magically disappear over the holidays.

Happy reading!

Sue Offer  -  Library Technician

Getting to Know You Interviews

There have been some booking problems for families with more than one child.  If you are experiencing an error when attempting to book an interview, please call the office and they can help out.

CSEF - Camps, Sports & Excursions Fund

Families who hold a current  (valid at January 29) Centrelink or Healthcare card are eligible to receive a State Government grant of $125 per child, to be used for expenses incurred through camps, sports, excursions and and related school activities (not fees, canteen or uniform costs).

This year, the process has been streamlined.  If you received CSEF in 2018 and your card is still current, you will automatically be rolled over into this year's grants.

If you have not previously applied and are eligible, please collect an application form from the office.  Cards must be in the parent's name and completed forms must be returned to the Office as soon as possible.

100% Hope Ugandan Choir

The visit and performance of this amazing and inspirational group of young Ugandans is getting closer.

If you haven't already done so, please consent to this event and pay on Compass ($& per student).

If your family would be interested in hosting two or more of these young singers, please contact Robyn in the Office by tomorrow (Friday 15/2).

Canteen & Uniform News

Canteen News


Prep & Junior Students will be served at lunchtime, Middle & Senior Students at Recess.

Orders can be placed via Flexischools or alternatively, print and return the order form available on Compass by 3pm Wednesday 27/2.  NO LATE ORDERS.  Order forms are attached below and can also be collected from the office.


This service is available from Monday to Friday via the Flexischools website. Lunch orders can be placed online until 9am each day, we do however have a “late orders menu” which is a very limited menu and will be open for 1 hour from 9am -10am. This option is solely for emergencies and not for regular lunch orders.  Due to limited help we would not be able to accommodate a large volume of late orders.  Please plan ahead and place orders early. 

Please Note – Sustainable Bags are NOT suitable for online ordering. A paper bag will be provided.

DAILY MEAL DEALS  (Available online only)

Monday Meal Deal $5.00 - Cheese & Bacon Roll, Oak Flavoured Milk & Anzac Cookie

Tuesday Meal Deal $5.00 – 3 Steamed Dims Sims, Juice Box & 2 Homemade Cookies

Wednesday Meal Deal $6.50 – Chicken Schnitzel Roll with lettuce, cheese & mayo, Juice Box & 2 Mini Muffins.

Thursday Meal Deal $6.00 - Nachos with cheese, salsa & sour cream, Oak Flavoured Milk & Honey Joy

Friday Meal Deal $5.50 – Warm Cheesymite Scroll,Juice Box & 2 Mini Muffins


The Canteen will be open Wednesday to Friday after school for sales of frozen items and drinks only, from 3.30-3.45 for the remainder of Term.1.


Friday 15th February – Joanne Duo

Friday 22nd February  –  Serrin Phyland.

Karen Cyster  -  Canteen Manager

Uniform News

Sustainable Lunch Bags

Due to the increase of online lunch orders, we do NOT stock these any more.  If you do want one you can purchase directly from Stickybeaks

2019 Uniform Shop Opening Hours: 

Monday 8.30am to 10am

Thursday 2.30pm to 4pm

Orders can be placed any day through  Your order will be processed during normal opening hours and delivered home via your child’s classroom. Order Forms can also be left at the office.

Orders and enquiries can be made by phoning the Uniform Shop during our opening hours.

All orders will be sent to your child’s classroom, unless otherwise specified.

Jo Lovell  -  Manager

For our students....

This Week's Birthdays

Monday 11th  -  Dane PKT, Jesse JEC, Madison JTC, Kaden MSB,

                                Matty SDB, Spencer SSY

Tuesday 12th  -  Henry MBJ. Sophie MKU, Marley MKU, Mitchell SNR

Today  -  TBilly PDR, Emily JKG, Noah MBJ, Jordan SRT

Tomorrow - Ava MSH, Madii SLD

Sunday  17th --  James MBJ, Ben SDB


Congratulations!  We hope you had or will have a wonderful day!

We also hope all those who celebrated their birthdays over the holidays had a really special birthday day!

We're Waste-Wise!


Mia's MessageBoard

Wellbeing & Transition

Welcome back after the holiday season

Going back-to-school or to work after the holiday period can be difficult for everyone and especially tough for children, young people and adults who are currently managing other life challenges that impact their abilities to adapt to change – Good Grief 2019

Here are some great resources to assist you and your child if they are struggling with returning to school;

Mia Sartori  -  Student Welfare Officer




Hi Families & Friends of CHPS,

The CHAPS team have had to unfortunately postpone our Barefoot Bowls Event, due to lack of numbers. We would have loved to run this event for you as great fun way to kick of 2019 and get to know you.

To the small group of families who have purchased tickets, we thank you for your support and we will be contacting you in the next day or two.  If you have paid cash, please visit the Office and they will look after you.

THE GOOD NEWS is we plan to do a Facebook poll very soon to plan another great social fundraising event for you later in the year or reschedule Barefoot Bowls and Karaoke.   All we ask, when this comes out, please give us your ideas and we will make this event better than ever J

The donated goods will be auctioned off at the next event!

CHAPS fundraising focus is all about making our school an even better place for our children, including upgrades and equipment, so we need your support by joining in the fun at the next event.  We look forward to organising another one !

CHAPS - All things exciting for 2019!

We had our 1st meeting last week and it was great to see some new faces!  Here is a quick snapshot of what we are planning to do this year.

·         Social Movie Nights

·         Mother’s Day & Father’s Day Stall

·         Easter Raffle

·         Cadbury Chocolate Drive

·         Famous Fun School Disco

·         Our Colour Run -  Everyone loves it

·         Christmas Raffle with Great Prizes

If you have any ideas, please join our Facebook page and or come along to the next meeting. Dates will be published next week. 

CHAPS Team 😊



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CHPS eNewsletter 2019
School Council Call for Nominations.pdf
PANCAKE DAY 2019.pdf
Fussy Eaters Workshop.pdf
Transitioning Tips.pdf
CHPS Invite for Barefoot Bowls & Karaoke 23.2.19.pdf
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Sue Saliba Term 1 Tennis Coaching.pdf
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Become A Karate Kid!.pdf
Wonga Park Scout Group.pdf
Kilsyth East Netball Club.pdf
Yarrunga Junior Ballroom Dancing.pdf
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East Ringwood FC Junior Rego Day.pdf
Fortnightly Skills Clinic - Montrose Netball Club 2019.pdf
Aust Girls' Choir- February Open Classes.pdf
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Try Rugby Day - Box Hill Rugby Club.pdf
Carers Acting Up - Yarrunga.pdf
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Raising Autistic Teenage Girls.pdf
Open Day 2019 Whitefriars College.pdf
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PEP - Thriving Families Workshop.pdf