Kilsyth Primary School

16 February 2017
Issue Two
Principal's Report
What's Happening @ KPS
From the Office
Foundation News
Junior School News
Middle School News
Senior School News
Student Wellbeing 
Student Awards
Community Notices
Kilsyth Primary School
9725 4320
Durham Road
Kilsyth, Victoria, 3137

Principal's Report

What a great start to the year….

It has been a wonderful start to the year. We had a successful ‘Start Up’ program where teachers and students got to know each other well and developed an understanding of expectations in learning environments. Research has shown that strong professional relationships between teachers and students has an enormous impact on student learning.  It is great to see such strong relationships being built at Kilsyth PS.

It was great to see so many families at Information Night.  If you need a Information Booklet please see your child’s teacher.  I caught up with many parents at the BBQ.

Parent/Teacher Interviews

Monday and Tuesday of this week saw an outstanding amount of parents/guardians meet with their child’s teacher. Parent-Teacher relationships are just as important in an effective learning community. These meetings are a great chance to share the goals you have for your child this year with their teacher and establish a strong connection that will allow open and constructive communication throughout the year.  If you missed out please see you child’s teacher to arrange another time.

Helping out @ school

One way of deepening relationships is by working together as a team.  There are many, many ways we look to partner with parents here at KPS and helping out at school is a great way for parents to get involved. 

This year we would love to see parents involved in:

  • Working Bees  - happening each term.  The first is coming up soon so keep your eye out.
  • Classroom Support - there are literally dozens of ways that parents can help out in the classroom and I encourage you to talk about options with your child's teacher
  • Sports/Excursions - there will be many opportunities for parents to attend excursions this year.  We would also love parental support in coaching our senior sport mornings or our junior/middle level sport sessions
  • School Production - We will having a school production in Term 3 this year and would love some parent support in making it  AWESOME
  • School Council - a fabulous team dedicated to effectively governing the school.  See below for more information
  • Community Fair - and of course our community fair... A notice is being sent home today explaining ways parents might become involved in our fair this year.
  • Fundraising – we have many fundraisers throughout the year that need help. Please come to the office if you would like to be involved.

The best thing to think about when considering how you might get involved is to think about what you love doing.  If there is something you really enjoy doing, let us know and we will find a way to get you involved!

School Council Elections

We have a great school council here at Kilsyth Primary School.  A group of committed parents, staff and community members who take on the responsibility of governing the school.

 At the beginning of each year we call for nominations and hold an election for new School Council Members.  The term for membership is 2 years.  This year we have 2 parent and 1 DET employ positions open for nomination.

 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 in itself and may also find that their children feel a greater sense of belonging.

 The most obvious way is to become involved is to vote in the elections. However, a ballot will only be held if more people nominate as candidates than there are positions vacant.

 I encourage you to seriously consider standing for election as a member of the school council or  encouraging another person to stand for election.

 A notice board has been out up outside the General Office and has an overview of the process and nomination forms available for parents.

 School Council Election Timeline                          

Monday 13/02/2017 -Notice of election and call for nominations

Monday 20/2/2017 - Closing date for nominations

Wednesday 22/2/2017 - list of candidates and nominators will be posted

Monday 27/2/2017 - Ballot papers distirbuted (if required)

Monday 6/3/2017 - Ballot closes (if required) 

Wednesday 8/3/2017 - Outcome announced

Outside Decking

The contruction of the outside decking (near the cricket nets) will begin next week. This will be a great asset to our school. The area will be used for outdoor concerts and outdoor learning space.

Well done to……..

  • Alysha and Connor for organizing Sweetheart day  on Tuesday 14th February
  • Our wonderful Year 6 TRIBE leaders who ran their first TRIBES session this week.
  • Kev the BBQ king…… Amy , Kelly and Melinda for helping out on Information Night.
  • Another wonderful parent, Luke for building and installing the new lockers for our JUnior classrooms. They look amazing THANK YOU

Have a great weekend,



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What's Happening @ KPS

Calendar of Events






17th         Interschool Sport- Home vs Billanook

20th         School Council-4pm

21st          Hockey Clinic-Yrs 1-4

24th         Grip Leadership Conference

                   Interschool Sport-Home vs Lilydale West



3rd            Interschool Sport-Away vs Oxley

6th-10th    School Nurse visits

10th          Interschool Sport-Away vs Manchester

17th          Interschool Sport-Away vs Lilydale

                   Market Night 5pm-8.30pm

20th          Division Lawn Bowls event

23th          School Photos

24th          Interschool Sport-Home vs Chirnside Park

                    KPS Jump Disco

29th           School Council

30th           Girls Division AFL gala Day

                    Whole School Athletics - 9am-3pm

                                                Yarra Ranges Athletics Track

31st            Interschool Sport-Bye

                     Last day Term 1- 2.30pm dismissal



17th           Easter Monday

18th           First Day Term 2

19th           Grandparents Afternoon- 2.30-3.30pm

21st            First aid workshops-Foun-Yr 6

25th            Anzac Day-Public holiday

26th-28th   Middle School Camp

26th-30th          Book Fair

27th             Year 5-Lilydale Heights SC Discovery-9am-12pm



2nd             Whole School Cross Country

3rd              Twilight Open Day

5th              Interschool Sport-Away vs Lilydale West

15th-19th    Senior Camp



Notices sent home this fortnight


Click on the link below to download copies of the notices:


  • Foundation- Learning Enrichment Levy term 1


  • Junior-Learning Enrichment Levy-Term1
  • Middle- Learning Enrichment Levy-Term 1
  • Senior-Learning Enrichment Levy-Term 1
  • Brekky Club 2017
  • Senior Camp 2017
  • Foundation Term 1 newsletter




Sweet Heart Day

On Tuesday the 14th of February the SRC ran a free dress day to raise funds for the Heart kids Foundation. 

Heart Kids is a support group for families of children with heart disease. They help to improve the lives and futures of those affected by Childhood Heart Disease, by providing high quality, caring support, and information for families.

Students wore blue, red or love hearts to show their support. Thank you to everyone who donated a gold coin on the day.





From the Office

Direct Deposit details:

Payments can be made via internet banking directly into the schools Bank account.


Acc Name:  Kilsyth Primary School Council

             BSB: 313 140 
             Account Number: 23183981
             Reference: (Family Surname)

Please also send an email to the school  notifying us that you have made the payment, and to which program/event it should be allocated. The email confirms your payment and states:



Child’s name, 

Amount paid

What the payment is for eg: Level 3 camp


Monday- Friday:  8.30am -4.00pm

Absences -Tiqbiz:

Please notify the office of your child's absence using the Tiqbiz app.



Download the app:

  • Apple App Store (iOS - iPhone or iPad)
  • Google Play (android phone or tablet
  • Windows (Phone or Tablet)
  • Mac or PC

Second Hand Uniform

Second hand uniform will be available for purchase from the office on Thursday afternoons from 3-3.45pm.

We welcome any donations of uniform that are in good condition to add to our dwindling supply of second hand uniform.


Please note that if you have ordered Subway and your child is absent on Friday, please organise to come and collect it from the office at 12.30pm. Unfortunately we are unable to cancel your order.

Student Accident Insurance


Camps, Sport, and Excursion Fund (CSEF)

This is a state government grant available to parents who hold a valid Healthcare or Centrelink card, and provides $125.00 per eligible child for payment of excursion, incursion, camp or other school activity expenses. It cannot be used for fees or uniforms. Application Forms are available from the office and we will need to take a copy of applicable Healthcare or Centrelink cards. To be eligible, parent cards must valid on 30/01/2017. Applications must be returned to school no later than February 23rd.

Foundation News


Welcome to Term 1 of Foundation!  For some of you it's back into the routine and for others it's the beginning of a new routine.   Starting this Thursday we are going to be lining up outside the classroom door that is closest to the car park.  We ask that families dropping students off say goodbye at the other end of the room outside where the purple line is.  A quick goodbye is necessary in order to give your child the most positive start to their day.  We thank you for your support with this.  Check out the pictures for the kiss and wave area and the lining up area. 



Golden Words & Take Home Reading

We understand that your child may not be quite ready to read and understand all of the golden words.  At this point, two weeks into term, we just ask that you expose your child to the words by you reading them.  You can explain how it would be used in a sentence so there is context and meaning.   During literacy activities I usually have the opportunity to work with each student and test their knowledge of the words.  There is no rush to learn them but the responses do need to be automatic in order to move to the next level of words. 

The take home books are used initially to establish a routine where we take things home and then pack our bag with the things that we need for our day at school.  The other obvious reason is to establish and maintain a love for literacy and reading.  We encourage you to read to your child daily.  They can point to the words as you read and talk about the pictures.  Soon this will lead into them being able to identify and read words within the book.  It's an exciting time to begin the reading process!

In our reading program next week we are learning the following:

- selecting a 'just right' book

- how to identify a letter/word

- how to read the golden words

- the letters used in books (upper and lower case letters)

- to share our thinking after reading a book.


I cannot stress the importance of encouraging you and your child to enjoy literacy each day.  Its' fun, relaxing and entertaining!  Let's build up their vocabulary and oral language so that we can create lovers of literacy!  Each year we  have a book fair. The date is TERM 2 - THURSDAY 27th APRIL to TUESDAY 2nd MAY.

Throughout Maths activities we have been sorting shapes and objects.  Next week we will be exploring ways to write the numbers to 10 and matching quantities to numbers.



There are still many families with outstanding levi payments.  These are the activities and excursions that we have each term.  I would not want any student to miss out on the activities that are planned!  We have our Melbourne Zoo excursion booked

- TUESDAY 14th March

We have whole school Athletics Day

- THURSDAY 30th March

Please visit the office to sign the necessary permission form and make a payment!

Thank you for your cooperation :)


Breaky Club

Come and join us for a free breakfast in the hall each Thursday from 8.15am.  This is a terrific service that we provide and a great opportunity for your child to build social relationships with other students.  Hope to see you there! 

Any questions....

Please don't hesitate to ask anything that you are wondering.... the best time of the day is after school.  Otherwise you can email me [email protected]

We will be sending home a telephone list with student names and parent names with contact details.  This is especially handy come birthdays and holiday time.  Play dates are the best thing for social development!



Tribes Time

Each day is getting better with building our resilience and getting to know the routines of school.  We have had Tribes Time this week. Each student has worked with their buddy in a multi-age group from Foundation to Year 6 with an allocated teacher.  This will remain their tribe for the year.  Talk to your child about our Tribes agreements (our school rules)

- Mutual Respect

- Attentive Listening

- Appreciating Others & No Put Downs

- The right to participate & pass

We refer back to these each and every day.  


Looking Ahead!

I'm really looking forward to the year ahead. It really does go so fast! Each week you will receive a Tiqbiz with a few snaps from our week.  Thanks to all our families for their patience with SO MUCH paperwork.  I really do appreciate your efforts.  Our office ladies to a wonderful job of ensuring everything is up to date.  Have a relaxing weekend!!

BB :-)




Junior School News

Welcome Back!

Welcome back to school in 2017. Junior’s have come back to school with ready to learn attitudes. We have a fantastic year ahead of us with new things to learn and new activities to experience. In the first week back students started with getting to know each other and their teachers. We spent some time discussing the expectations of the classroom and setting up a positive happy classroom environment.


The second week of term students started learning the exciting curriculum. They have been building their reading skills and writing skills in literacy blocks every morning. Miss May’s class have been busy in maths learning about capacity in a very hands on way.

In Maths students have been learning about place value and how numbers are made up of tens and ones. It is challenging for them but they are all doing well with the challenge. 


In writing students have been writing some wonderful recounts making sure to include details such as who, what, when and were. 


In reading students are making sure they are choosing 'just right' books to read and setting expectation for when they read to a partner and read to self. 


We have started the year making sure to use the computers and iPads weekly to improve students technology skills.


We are all excited to see what 2017 has in store for all of Junior at Kilsyth Primary!


Diaries and Homework

Please remember students need to read their take home reader each night and write the reading in their diary. 

Students have been given their spelling words. Some are reading them and others are spelling them, please make sure you are practising their words with them so they can continue to grow and achieve. 

Grade 2's have been given homework which is due on a Monday and given back on a Wednesday.


Important Dates

13th March- Labour Day

23rd March- School Photos

24th March- School Disco

30th March- Whole School Athletics Day

31st March- Last Day. 2:30 Dismissal

18th April- First Day of Term 2 (Tuesday)


Middle School News


Welcome to Middle School for 2017! We are so excited to embark on a fantastic year of learning and opportunities. We have some brilliant activities and experiences in the pipeline over the course of the year. We are really looking forward to it all!


This year Ms Hubbard continues her teaching role in Middle School and has also taken on extra duties as the Level leader. We welcome Mrs Seemann to the team as she joins us from her time in Senior School and we would like to extend a very warm welcome to Miss Rennick to KPS as she takes the reins in Middle C.


We have set the year off to a cracking start with a variety of fabulous learning experiences. In Start Up Week we learnt lots about ‘Values’. We chose the values of participation, mutual respect, excellence in learning and caring and explored what these look like in different areas around our school. We look forward to applying what we’ve learnt! We’ve also been practicing our design skills, building marshmallow towers. We’ve been setting personal goals for the year ahead and really thinking about what we’d like to achieve. Ask your child about their personal goals – We’re sure they’d love to tell you!


Senior School News

Welcome to Term 1!

What a great start to the year we have had in Senior School. It has been great to see such a great group of students working together. 


To start off this year our focus is really getting our reading habits established at home.

We are expecting students to complete home reading at least 5 times a week for a minimum of 15 minutes each reading session. The students then need to record this in their diaries and have it signed by a parent, acknowledging that they have read for the day. 


Important Dates

13th March- Labour Day

23rd March- School Photos

24th March- School Disco

30th March- Whole School Athletics Day

31st March- Last Day. 2:30 Dismissal

18th April- First Day of Term 2 (Tuesday)


Visual Arts News


It has been a great start to the year in Visual Arts. The students have enjoyed a variety of activities and it looks to be a fun filled and creative term.


The Foundation students are concentrating on ‘self’ and ‘identity’. Most of the activities will focus on the students physical appearance and what makes them individuals. Their likes and dislikes, family and friends will be the focus of most sessions.


The junior students will be focusing on ‘self’. They will also be making penguins, working with oil marking and creating a collage.


The middle students will be making sea creatures, modelling with clay, mark making and manipulating wire.


The senior students will be focusing on ‘self’. They will also be involved in life drawing, modelling with clay, create a Yen Garden and work on perspective drawing.


Creativity and imagination is always the most important skill needed in Visual Arts. Indonesian will be linked in all sessions.

Thank you for all the wonderful donations. Please keep them coming. Please remember that we cannot use toilet rolls or alcohol labelled boxes in class. Any other boxes, trays, cylinders are always greatly appreciated.

Feel free to drop by the Visual Arts room at any time . You are always welcome.

Kym Wallace

Scientific Method

It was wonderful to meet everyone at information night. As promised, I have included a snap shot of the Scientific Method steps we focus on during out investigations.  I really enjoyed speaking to parents during our parent teacher meetings. If you missed the opportunity and want to chat to me about anything, please do so. I have a parent wish jar in the Science Hub which is a great way to let me know what your wishes are for Science this year, please feel free to grab a wish slip whenever you like and pop it in the jar. I value your feedback. 


Science Contracts 

I'm really impressed with the effort students have put into their contracts and working on the TRIBES agreements and what is important to us. I have enclosed a copy you. 

  • Listen carefully and follow all teacher directions
  • Do not touch, taste, eat, drink or smell lab materials without permission.
  • Use all Science Hub tools and materials correctly
  • Follow and uphold the TRIBES agreements in everything we do
  • Report all accident, emergencies or spills to the teacher
  • Wash your hands after Science Hub activities
  • Do your part while working and when cleaning up
  • Act responsibly in the Science Hub at all times
  • Always speak appropriately to your Lab group and others

Biological Science 

This term we focus on our Biological science. Junior school will focus on the growth and change of living things and we have some very cute caterpillars to help us out with our "watch it grow unit".


Middle School will learn to explore features of living things, and ways they can be grouped together. Through hands-on activities, students will explore how living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from non-living things.


Seniors will learn about micro-organisms and develop an understanding of the role of micro-organisms in food and medicine. We will investigate the conditions micro-organisms need to grow, learn about yeast and the bread-making process and learn about penicillin.



In Science I would greatly appreciate donations of any unwanted white shirts you may have. I'm also after small shoe boxes. 

Science Contracts

All classes have been really busy working on safety aspects we need to follow. I thought it would be a great idea to put an example in the newsletter for you all. 

  • Listen carefully and follow all teacher directions
  • Do not touch, taste, eat, drink or smell lab materials without permission.
  • Use all Science Hub tools and materials correctly
  • Follow and uphold the TRIBES agreements in everything we do
  • Report all accident, emergencies or spills to the teacher
  • Wash your hands after Science Hub activities
  • Do your part while working and when cleaning up
  • Act responsibly in the Science Hub at all times
  • Always speak appropriately to your Lab group and others

Science Awards

Congratulations to Mia and Bryan on their science awards this week. 



We have started our year in PE really well, we have made out PE wall in the foyer of the gym of all the words of what we think PE is and what we might see or hear.  Also you will find a What's happening board which has what is going on for the year.  I will add to this board as the year goes on. 


This term will be very busy with Inter-school Sports with our Senior students and Hockey clinic for the Year 1 - 4 students.  An After school Soccer Clinic for the Foundation to year 2 students and our Whole School Athletics day.   


During our PE sessions the Middle and Senior school have been lucky enough to have Matt from Platinum Tennis Coaching who has worked with the students to improve their tennis skills.  It's also great for the Senior Students as they will be playing Hot Shots Tennis for Inter-school Sport.


Our Foundation and Junior school are continuing to develop their throwing and catching skills using a range of activities to continue to practices these skills. 

At the end of this term we will have our Whole School Athletics  where they students will participate in many of the disciplines  ie long jump, shot-put, high jump etc.  We will learn more about these disciplines during our PE sessions.



Are you free on the 30th March.  We are having our Whole School Athletics day.  If you are able to help on this date please leave your name at the office and I will be in contact with you about where you can help.

Thanks in advance. 


Calling all basketballs or students who would like to to have a go and learn a new sport.  We are looking for student in Year 1, 2 or 3.  so if that's you please see Sharon Stitch. ASAP


Student Wellbeing 

Chaplain’s Chat
The Big Steps

Remember what it was like when your child took their first steps, they look up at you with a sense of surprise and delight, not really quite sure whether or not they have actually done it and very much feeding off your reaction to gauge how they should feel about it.  Like in so many different settings how we choose to respond will make such a profound difference to how your child perceives themselves and their place in the world they are trying to make sense of.

For so many of our students at Kilsyth this year there a multitude of new ‘first step’ experiences. These will range from learning routines in Foundation and dealing with all the challenges that throws up, learning new concepts, dealing with disappointments, sporting skills to achieving lots exciting milestones. In subsequent years, taking on new responsibilities, heading off on camp,   Our children are still looking to us to gauge our response and just as it mattered with that milestone first steps our responses continue to help our growing children form a perception of who they are and how they are progressing.

Inevitably there will be successes, challenges and choices that result in mixed outcomes, this is all a part of that journey.  The choices that we as parents make are so valuable; we have the opportunity to encourage, grow hope, build self-respect, nurture kindness, celebrate persistence and a share a sense of gratitude.  These are life-giving choices that will take those first steps all the way through to fulfilment and peace.

For some who may not have experienced those positive supports as they grew up it can be quite challenging but choice is our key to feeling empowered toward making a positive change.

May you know the joy of others celebrating your positive steps too.


Gill Van Der Ende


Social Anxiety

Is your child uncomfortable in social situations? Do they worry about making a mistake or being embarrassed in front of others or are they likely to sit alone whilst others are interacting?

TREEHOUSE is a therapeutic play-based program for children who need extra support with social skills, self-esteem, managing strong feelings and developing resilience.  

TERM  ONE - Gdes 2/3's on Tuesdays 21/2-28/3 (6 weeks) from 4.00-5.30.

It is held at 10 Silver Grove Nunawading under the banner of EACH -social and community health. This is a free program and you can make inquiries with Alana Weekes on 88783805 or email @ [email protected]  (please feel free to talk about the program with me too.)

Student Awards

Friday 3rd February

Middle A         Aiden

Congratulations Aiden on the way you have begun your school year for 2017. You've been striving to follow all the TRIBES agreements, and complete all work tasks to a high standard. Well done on such a fantastic endeavour!


Middle B               Dalen T-J

What a great start to the school year Dalen! I have loved your focus and your participation in all our activities this week. Keep up the hard work, you are a great member of Middle B.




Friday 10th February

Foundation                 Milly

What a terrific start to Foundation you've made, Milly! You have listened so carefully every day. You've been a wonderful friend and shown us how caring you are. Well done!


Junior A       Jacob L

Welcome to Kilsyth P.S. we are so lucky to have you as a member of Junior A.



What a terrific start to the year, Christopher. You are organised and ready to take on any task. We love the writing you have produced this week. Keep it up!


Junior B     Charlie S

 Charlie you have started school this year with such a positive attitude. You should be proud of the effort you are putting into all your school work. Keep it up!


                          Jack B

What a fantastic first week back at school you have had Jack. You are so helpful. Keep up the great work!


Junior C           Hayley S

For making a great start to the new school year. Each day you have walked in with a smile and have been ready to learn. Keep it up Hayley!


Middle B            Luke

What a great start to the year you are having Luke. You are showing strong listening skills and impressive school work. You are demonstrating determination and willingness to learn. Keep up the great work!!


Middle C                      Bryan

For starting the new school year with bravery and a positive attitude. Well Done Bryan!


Senior A              Jed

Jed, what a fantastic start to the year you've had. It's great to see you settling so well into Senior School! Keep it up!


Senior B      Jarred D

 Jarred, you have made such a fantastic start in the Senior school. You have produced work of a high standard and have shown great initiative. Well done!


Physical Education            Luke B

For working well during out start up session in PE and coming up with some great describing words for What is PE?


                                                Mitchell H

For working well during out start up session in PE and coming up with some great describing words for What is PE?


                                            Jason B

For working well during out start up session in PE and coming up with some great describing words for What is PE?


Science              Sione

Sione, I am so proud of the positive attitude you have shown in Science. Keep up the great work.   


Community Notices

Local events:


Kilsyth Primary School
Wk 01- Student Accident Insuarance.pdf
Wk 01-Fou-Learning Enrichment Fees T1 2017 (2).pdf
Wk 01-Junior-Learning Enrichment Fees T1 2017.pdf
Wk 01-Middle-Learning Enrichment Fees T1 2017.pdf
Wk 01-Middle-Learning Enrichment Fees T1 2017.pdf
Wk 01-Senior-Learning Enrichment Fees T1 2017.pdf
Wk 02-Breaky Club 2017.pdf
Wk 02-Senior Camp 2017.pdf
Wk 03-Foundation Term 1 newsletter 2017.pdf
Wk 01-Fou-Learning Enrichment Fees T1 2017 (2).pdf
Wk 01-Junior-Learning Enrichment Fees T1 2017.pdf
Wk 01-Middle-Learning Enrichment Fees T1 2017.pdf
Wk 01-Senior-Learning Enrichment Fees T1 2017.pdf
Wk 02-Breaky Club 2017.pdf
Wk 02-Senior Camp 2017.pdf
Wk 03-Foundation Term 1 newsletter 2017.pdf