Moorabbin Primary School

17 May 2019
Issue Seven
Principal's Message
TERRIFIC Kids and Awards
Happy Birthday
Around the School
Community Notices
Upcoming Events
Moorabbin Primary School
(03) 9555 1101
Worthing Road
Moorabbin, Victoria, 3189

Principal's Message

Congratulations To Us!

On Monday I received a call from Sustainability Victoria to inform me that our school has been nominated for two categories and are finalists to be announced June 13 at an awards ceremony celebrating all the schools involved.


Here is a small snippet from the media release. I am both proud and extremely excited that we have been nominated, all our hard work is paying off. Well done to everyone!


On behalf of Sustainability Victoria, we would like to thank Moorabbin Primary School for entering your achievements in the ResourceSmart Schools Awards 2019 – Victoria’s largest sustainability awards for schools.


As we celebrate the eleventh year of this program, we are incredibly proud to have received so many high-quality entries.


After rounds of shortlisting and judging, we are pleased to inform you that Moorabbin Primary School has been nominated as a finalist in the following category:


• Curriculum Leadership School of the Year (Primary) • Student Action Team of the Year



Cyber Safety Message

Over the course of this year I have had a number of parents who are dealing with their child and their interaction with what can sometime be deemed as disturbing/annoying content. As recently as last week we had a report from a couple of parents regarding “Momo”. I have taken the liberty to access our esmart safety modules and found this article to be of value and easy to read with quick information and relevant tips for parents about general safety online. I hope you find it useful and as always please feel free to see your child’s teacher or myself with any further assistance that you may require.


How does Momo come in contact with children? Recent reports indicate that Momo is seen through social media platforms including Whatsapp, Facebook and Youtube – even Youtube Kids. Quite often cartoons on Youtube can start out innocently enough but halfway through, the character will appear, frightening and distressing children.


Even though Youtube monitor and remove videos that are inappropriate for children, the rate at which the cartoons are uploaded onto the platform makes it difficult. Often cartoons may be watched thousands of times by children before they get reported and removed.


Also, video apps such as YouTube have an ‘up next’ feature whereby similar videos are automatically uploaded one after another. So your child may be watching an official Peppa Pig video, then a hacked version featuring inappropriate content may follow on automatically. This is how many children have ‘accidentally’ seen the Momo character on Youtube or YouTube Kids.


How do I protect my children online?


1. Tell them it’s not real. Much like any other monster or fictitious character, it’s important that your child understands that Momo is not a real person and cannot control them, tell them what to do or harm them. Also, tell your child not to go openly searching for this content online as it is only going to upset them and cause them distress.


2. Be present. While it’s not always possible to be with your child 24/7, it’s important that you are close to them when they are watching videos or playing with devices so you can monitor what is going on. Also, talk with your child about how they use devices and watch for any signs of behavioural changes.


3. Talk regularly with your child. Have frequent open and honest conversations with your child about screen time and let them know that they can talk with you about anything and everything. Encourage your child to feel confident about having discussions with you about issues and concerns they have related to the online world.


4. Set parental controls on all devices. Set up parental controls for your devices at home to help restrict the types of content

that your child can view, as well as help you monitor their activity. On YouTube, turn off the ‘suggested auto-play’ on videos to stop your child from viewing content they may not have selected.


5. Talk to your child about peer pressure. Trends and challenges can be tempting for kids to take part in regardless of how scary they seem and especially if ‘everyone else is doing it.’ Talk to your child about how they don’t need to bow to peer pressure or do anything they are not comfortable with, either online or offline. If they are unsure, encourage them to talk to you or another trusted adult.


6. Do your research. As a parent it’s natural to feel worried for your children’s safety, in the online or offline world. However remember not everything you see online is true. Check the validity of the source and be mindful of what you share as it may cause unfounded worries.


7. Report and block. Flag and report any material you deem to be inappropriate or harmful as soon as you come across it. You should also block the account/content to prevent your child from seeing it.


8. Get support if necessary. Speak with educators at your child’s school if you have concerns regarding their online activity. If your child sees something distressing it is important they know who to turn to for support and guidance.

Head Lice/Nits...They Are About!

Check for Nits EVERY WEEK!!! Head lice spread by crawling from one person’s hair to another’s. They’re usually spread amongst people who are in close contact, such as family or school classmates. Anyone can be infested, and there is no obvious relationship to hair cleanliness. However parents who wash their children’s hair frequently will find them quicker.


Signs of head lice

Two common signs of head lice are:

*An extremely itchy scalp, especially around the nape of the neck, behind the ears, under the fringe and at the top of plaits or a pony tail

*Scratch marks or a rash on the scalp.


How to check for head lice:

* Check the person’s scalp for insects or eggs.

* Use a fine-tooth comb on wet hair, as this makes it easier to find any lice.

* Pay particular attention to the crown and the hairline – especially at the back of their neck and behind their ears.



The two most common head lice treatment methods are ‘wet combing’ and ‘chemical treatment’.

* Wet combing – wet the hair and scalp with conditioner (this makes it easier to see the head lice) then comb the lice and eggs out. It’s best to use the fine metal combs or special head lice combs you can get from a pharmacy.

* Chemical shampoo or lotion (containing insecticide) – this will kill the lice and eggs.

Always re-treat 7–10 days after the first treatment, to kill any head lice that may have hatched from eggs that survived the first treatment. Other treatments of unproven efficacy include electric combs, herbal/essential oils and enzyme treatments.



· Brush your child’s hair every day, as this can help to kill or injure lice and stop them from laying eggs. If you have long hair it is best to bend your head forward with your hair hanging down and use a firm bristled brush and it is recommended that long hair is put in a pony tail.

· Don’t share brushes, combs, headbands, ribbons, hairclips, helmets or hats – basically anything that has direct contact with someone’s head.

· Having short/long hair – or wearing your hair in a ponytail if it’s long – makes it less likely you’ll catch head lice.

· In sports or swimming pool changing rooms, it’s best for children to keep their clothes separate from other children’s.

· If you do get head lice in your family, treat everyone that has them at the same time, as this can help reduce the chance of re-infestation.

· Regularly check your children for head lice – e.g. every week.

It’s not possible to completely prevent head lice because they’re very common and breed prolifically.

Flu Season

Help keep our School healthy this flu season! It is unfortunately that time of year when communities do become more prone to infections and contract the flu virus. It is contagious and it spreads very quickly within a School setting. I ask for our community to help support us all with the flu season about to embark!


There are a few important steps you can take to reduce the spread of infection in our school, good general hygiene remains the best defence against infection.


Some key tips that we use to try and keep everyone healthy from the DET website:

* Schools encouraging children to regularly wash their hands.

* Schools encouraging children to cough or sneeze into their elbow, not their hands.

* Students with cold or flu-like symptoms encouraged to seek medical attention.

* Students exhibiting such symptoms should limit contact with others, and stay at home until the symptoms have passed.

* If a child becomes ill at school with these symptoms, schools should contact the family and arrange for the child’s collection.


DHHS has also developed some posters to support this year’s flu campaign. We have these in and around each learning area. Here they are for your information:

* Wash your hands regularly (PDF)

* Cover your cough and sneeze (PDF)

* Be a soapy hero! (PDF)


Staff had flu shots at school this week as vaccination is the most effective way of preventing the spread of influenza in the community. Health authorities are encouraging everyone who can have a flu shot to get one - children can receive the flu vaccine from six months of age.


Noxia Angelides


TERRIFIC Kids and Awards

Week 2 Value was Thoughtful 

Prep A            Brooklyn M                                                 

Prep S            Jake C          

1/2 A               Sophia S                                                                     

1/2 B               Flynn W                                                                  

1/2 D               Olivia P 

1/2 L                Lola R                                                       

3/4 L                Steph N

3/4M                Stella B

3/4 T                James C                                     

5/6 C                Zara R                                         

5/6 M               Elektra F                                       

5/6 T                 Abi B


Week 3 Value was Enthusiastic 

Prep A              Lex L                                   

Prep S              Arda I        

1/2 A                 Elliot G                                                                   

1/2 B                 Aiden W                                                                

1/2 D                Hudson F

1/2 L                 Eddie N                                                     

3/4 L                 Georgie B

3/4M                 Scott O

3/4 T                 Lola W                                    

5/6 C                 Jeremy D                                        

5/6 M                Bailey S                                      

5/6 T                 Essie C


Premier Reader's Challenge


Aboriginal Artwork Award


Moorabbin Tigers Basketball Grand Finalists


Judo Awards


Happy Birthday


Around the School

Preps and Science

MPS students love science!

Here our wonderful Preps grouping different objects together according to what material they are made of.


Water Tips

  • Skip the shower from time to time. Do you really need a shower multiple times a day or even daily? Skipping even one shower a week adds up to big water savings.
  • Water plants early in the morning- You'll need less water since cooler morning temperatures mean losing less water to evaporation.
  • Reuse your pasta cooking liquid - drain your pasta water into a large pot and once it cools use it to water your plants.


Energy Tips

  • Shutdown your computer when not using or even better buy a laptop instead. It saves so much more electricity than a computer.
  • When going on holiday, make sure to turn off all electrical equipment at the plug.
  • Buy LED light bulbs. They use 75% less electricity than incandescent bulbs.

Waste Tips

Waste Tips:

  • Utilise old clothes for cleaning-rags instead of paper or paper towel
  •  When you go on road trips be sure to pack a picnic basket that includes reusable cups and silverware rather than using plastic ones.
  •  Remould old crayons rather than throwing them in the bin. Crush them up, place them in cool shaped cookie moulds and place in oven until melted.

Bettina Cuic


Blue Day for the Bay

Friday 14th of June is Blue Day for the Bay. To raise awareness for marine animals we ask that all students wear a shade of blue and bring a gold coin donation.



Bettina Cuic

Environmental Leader for 2019


District Cross Country

What a beautiful day for a run!! 40 students competed in the District Cross Country competition against 7 local schools on Thursday. Our students ran their best for 2 or 3 kilometres around Karkarook Park.

I am very proud of all the students as this is a difficult run and everyone completed their course with 4 students receiving ribbons. Thank you to Andrew, Sarah and Sandra for assisting at various checkpoints on the day and to Mr Leeden for coming with us.

If you would like to look where you finished in the race and your time, go into the website below. Go into MPSSA and your age group. You can also print a certificate for your participation if you wish.



Mrs Kelly

Community Notices

Team Kids News


Engage with Life - Psychological Services


Upcoming Events


Wednesday 22nd 

Year 3/4 excursion - IMAX/Melbourne Museum


Thursday 23rd May

Sushi Day (please order via Qkr by Tuesday 21st May)


Monday 27th - Friday 31st May

Year 5/6 Camp Canberra


Tuesday 28th May

 Science Incursion  - ‘The Scientific Bubble Show’

Preps to Year 4 in hall -  9.30am - 10.30am


Wednesday 29th May

JMSS (Little Scientists)

12.45pm - 3.30pm - 4 students



Monday 3rd - Wednesday 5th June

Harold the Giraffe - Life Ed - Preps - Year 4


Friday 7th June

Curriculum Day - No Students to Attend School


Monday 10th June

Queen's Birthday Holiday - School Closed


Friday 14th June

Grandparent's and Grandfriend's Day

12.30pm - 1.30pm

‘Blue Day for the Bay’- wear blue and gold coin donation

Moorabbin Primary School
Team Kids.pdf