Valkstone Weekly Newsletter

07 November 2018
Issue Thirty-five
Upcoming Events
Principal's Report
Valkstone Information
House Swimming
Valkstone Primary School
(03) 9570 3986
44 Valkstone Street
East Bentleigh, Victoria, 3165

Upcoming Events





Wednesday 7th

Prep Transition 2.00pm - 3.15pm

Thursday 8th 

House Swimming Grs 3-6

Tuesday 13th 

Melbourne Aquarium  Prep B & D

Wednesday 14th

Melbourne Aquarium Prep A & C

Prep Transition 2.00pm - 3.15pm

Wednesday 21st 

Prep Transition 2.00pm - 3.15pm

Grades 5&6 Movie Night - Village Cinemas Southland

Thursday 22nd

Grade 6 Bike Ride

Monday 26th - Friday 29th

Grade 4 Bike Ed.




Sunday 2nd

Year 3 Families Working Bee

Wednesday 12th

End of year Concert

Thursday 13th

Back up day for End of year concert

Principal's Report

Term 4



On Thursday 1st November, the whole school gathered at midday in the basketball stadium for 'Music Count Us In', a Australia's biggest school music initiative.  This year it was orchestrated out of Hobart, with more than half a million participants from over 3000 schools. Each year, a song is written specifically for the program. 'One Song' written by five talented students from around Australia, celebrates the joy of making music with others, uniting students across the country. Our children sang brilliantly and with enthusiasm, in two languages, English and Auslan (sign language). 

Thank you Mrs Darling for managing 'Music Count Us In' at Valkstone!



Growth Mindset

Throughout 2018, as part of the Capabilities curriculum, we have focused on Critical and Creative Thinking in all subject areas as well as developing a growth mindset. Ms Borella has led the curriculum team as all staff  incorporate the language and strategies, based on the research of Carol Dweck in their daily programs. Several presentations at Monday assemblies have  provided consistent messages for our students. A community presentation earlier this year assisted parents in understanding our purpose.

A supportive online resource for parents, at a small cost,  is


Building Works

The refurbishment of the last set of classrooms is progressing on schedule. Expected completion date is 30th November.

This week, the temporary toilets are being disconnected Wednesday and removed on Thursday, enabling landscaping and reinstatement to proceed.

Valkstone Information


Uniform orders are filled on Mondays. 

Completed order forms need to be at the school by  Friday in order to be returned to your child on Monday.

Size 4  uniforms are available in all items of clothing.

School Banking

School Banking day is Tuesday.  Bank books will be collected and  returned the next day.  New application forms are available from the Office.

All school banking deposit slips and butts MUST be filled in when making a deposit.  Failure to do so will result in your banking book being  returned.

Golden Walking Ticket:

This is an Active Schools Walking Ticket. Each time you  have either walked, biked, scootered to or from school you can ask your parents to cross out one of the stars on your ticket. 
Once you have filled out all 15 stars your ticket will be entered into a raffle for the major prize! Each ticket entered will allow the student to pick a prize from the Active School Lucky Dip!
 If your parents drive you to school you can still enter the competition by parking away from the school and walking to class. Every little bit counts! 
Parents please see Glen Eira City Council’s Terms and Conditions by visiting
 The first Lucky Dip draw was held on Monday 29th October as many children had walked, ridden or scooted 15 times. The lucky winners this week were:

Year 6     Georgia K         Year 5  Georgie C         Year 4  Aaron

Year 3     Felicity        Year 2 Jasmine   Year 1 Anri      Prep  Alon
Good Luck and have fun!


There are still tickets available for our Grade 5 and 6 Movie Night at Southland.  If you would like to purchase additional tickets, please get a form from the school office.  There is no longer a restriction on the numbers you are able to purchase.  Tickets are $15-00 each.   Tickets will be issued once all sales have been completed. 


The Poppy appeal is about honouring the soldiers who fought in World War 1.  Why are poppies used to represent the people who sacrificed their life at war?  Did you know that poppies were the first flowers to grow in the earth where the soldiers' graves lay.

We will be selling every day of the week right up until Remembrance Day.  The things that you can buy are $1.00 poppy badge, $2.00 poppy badge, $3.00 wristbands, $4.00 bag tags, $4.00 key chains and $5.00 poppy badges.  Every person who buys a poppy appeal badge, bag tag or key chain  will receive a sticker.

Remembrance Day is on the 11th November.(By Eva & Emily) 

Due to the swimming carnival
there will be NO Icy pole day this


House badges

The office is selling house badges for $3.50 each. Support your house by wearing your house colours at school and at the swim carnival on 8 November!


The Japanese Word of the Fortnight


(pronounced ‘doh itashi mashite‘) which means ‘You’re welcome’, is the Japanese Word for Week 4 & 5. You can use ‘どういたしまして’

(‘doh itashi mashite) instead of ‘You’re welcome’ when someone says ‘ありがとう‘(pronunced ‘arigatoh’ which means ‘Thank you’)to you.

Thank you / ありがとうございますfor your continuing support for our Japanese program.                                     Muldeary Sensei & Steph Sensei


House Swimming

House Swimming

The house swimming carnival will be conducted on Thursday 8th November for students in grades 3-6 at GESAC. Below is an approximate schedule for the day:


9.30 – 11.15  Grade 3 and 4 Novelty events in the shallow end


11.30 – 12.30  50m Freestyle


12.30 – 1.00   50m Backstroke


1.00 – 1.30   50m Breastroke


1.30 – 2.00   50m Butterfly


Good luck to all students. The school swimming team for 2019 will be selected from these 50m trials. Students in grades 3 and 4 who are not swimming 50m will return to school after the novelty events.


Thank you,

Mrs Walker





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