Highvale Happenings

14 March 2019
Issue Six
School Values
Diary Dates
Leadership Report
Engagement & Wellbeing
School Defibrillator
Year 4-6 Optional BYOD Program
Assembly / Co-operative Learning
Aussie of the Month
PBL Stars
Student News!
What's On ... Special Lunch Days / Events  & Fundraising programs
HPS Communication
Uniform Shop
Robotech / Weather Station
Before & After School Care
Extra Curricular Activites / Advertisements
Highvale 50th Anniversary
Highvale Primary School
(03) 9887 8000
33 Ashton Street
Glen Waverley, Victoria, 3150

School Values

Positive Behaviour for Learning Purpose Statement

At Highvale Primary School, we aim to develop students who are resilient, caring and connected to each other. Our goal is to establish and maintain a positive and supportive community, where we are inclusive and mindful of others. We are committed to child safety in all school environments at all times. Within this safe environment, students are encouraged to fulfil their social, physical, emotional and academic potential.

School Values

Our school values are communicated at each assembly, explicitly taught in classrooms and we encourage all members of the school community to demonstrate these values in all interactions.

Student Oath

I live in Australia. 

I honour my country and respect its laws. 

I am a Highvale student. 

I uphold its high quality and standards.

I will try to learn all I can with the help of my teachers, parents and classmates.

Diary Dates


14 March

Year 5 / 6 Camp

Book Fair - Viewing only

15 March

Year 5 /6 Camp

Book Fair - viewing only

18 March

Book Fair - held in MPC - open to purchase 

19 March

Book Fair - held in MPC - open to purchase

20 March

9.00 - 11.00 - Maths for Parents Presentation held in MPC

Book Fair - held in MPC - open to purchase 

21 March

Harmony Day - students encouraged to wear orange clothing

'I Sea, I Care' Ambassador Program - selected Yr 6 students only

22 March

Prep - Year 2 - Team Building Incursion

Year 3 - 6 - District Athletics Day

27 March

Year 3 /4 Excursion - Immigration Museum

5.00 - 7.00pm - Twilight Sports



29 March

Easter Feast morning tea



3 April

Hot Cross Bun fundraiser delivery

5 April

1.45pm - End of Term Assembly

2.30pm - Students dismissed for end of term

23 April (Tuesday)

Term 2 commences


2019 Term Dates

Term 1 - concludes Fri 5th April at 2.30pm

Term 2 - Tues 23rd April to Fri 28th June

Term 3 - Mon 15th July to Fri 20th September

Term 4 - Mon 7th October to Fri 20th December

Leadership Report

Leadership Report


Dear Parents, Students and Friends,


Year 5&6 Camp

The Senior School students left early Tuesday morning headed for Campaspe Downs camp. It’s always great to see the excitement generated by these kinds of school events and all looked very enthusiastic as they headed to the buses. I know I’ve been looking forward to camp for the last few months, having come down late on Tuesday night. The accommodation and food have been well received and the activities - which include Abseiling, the Giant Swing, Ropes Courses, the Flying Fox and Raft Building as well as many others - have been great fun. Testing out the rafts on the Campaspe River has been a highlight! Please keep an eye on Flexibuzz for all the updates about the camp and for information on the expected return time tomorrow afternoon.

Learning Pit

You may have seen some Learning Pit images around the school. As a school, we’ve started using ‘I can’ and ‘I will’ statements to help student identify what they can do and what they need to work on next in their learning as part of their goals. The Learning Pit is a concept made famous by James Nottingham and helps students understand the different challenges they face when learning something new and difficult. If students always find something easy, they won't develop the required persistence and resilience to complete a demanding task as they'll just 'jump over' the Learning Pit. As students begin to set their goals and work towards them, we want them to be able to know that it will be a challenge but, with determination and a good attitude, they have every chance of succeeding.

I found this YouTube clip which is a useful way to understand the idea of the Learning Pit and one I’ve used at school and also at home with my son: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7LainMw-pY – worth a look.


House/Tabloid Sports

Last Thursday was a real highlight so far of Term 1 for me. I was lucky enough to be involved in the House Sports and loved the effort and commitment of all the students that took part. The Tabloid Sports in the afternoon for the Prep to Year 2 students was also very successful and I heard many positive comments about the behaviour and effort of our junior students. Thanks to all the staff who were involved in organising and running the events, including our wonderful PE teachers Kathy McDonald and Michelle Hayward for their outstanding preparation. Here is Lucy from Waratah House, one of our very excited Tabloid Sports participants!


From the Performing Arts Desk…

We have now started our ‘Drama Practice’ and ‘Perform and Present’ unit in Performing Arts (Drama) this week. I’m thrilled at the response and engagement to this new unit of learning. The Preps and Level 1/2 students will be working on various drama games (individually, small group and whole group) to learn about mime, communicating verbally and non-verbally as well as using the voice and expression. Our Level 3/4 students will be working in small groups on a play called ‘Losing Leaves a Bad Taste in My Mouth’ that they will perform to their class as part of their assessment. Level 5/6 students will be working in small groups on a play called ‘Staying Healthy is a Piece of Cake’ that they will perform to their class as part of their assessment. These assessments will be provided on SeeSaw as part of their portfolio.

A couple of articles have come through our Performing Arts Team that we have found relevant and enjoyed reading so I thought I’d share them with you. This first article is called ‘Classical Meets Techno in Melbourne Carpark’ and shares how the changing audience needs have brought together classical musicians with DJs to create some fun concerts this month in a Collingwood Carpark. Check the link out here: https://musicaustralia.org.au/2019/02/classical-meets-techno-in-underground-melbourne-carpark/

The next article discusses how current research confirms the benefits of playing music help your brain more than any other activity. It also lists 8 key ways that learning an instrument strengthens your brain. The link to this article is here: https://www.inc.com/john-rampton/the-benefits-of-playing-music-help-your-brain-more.html?fbclid=IwAR2p1dFk0VMcqsmm3msXLXv0gYmlnayFzhcrPNt4JV_FBaze43LyawqW8wM


Remember that we have a strong instrumental program here and currently have vacancies in Trombone this year. If you are interested in finding out more about lessons then please ask. You can contact me on [email protected]


If you have some spare time, then check out ‘Don’t Stop the Music’ on ABC iView if you didn’t get to see it when it was aired late last year. It looks like they are doing another series this year so I will keep you posted about that. There has been an overwhelmingly positive response to this show filmed in schools in Perth. Do check it out if you haven’t already!


School Tours for 2020 Enrolments

Tours are very heavily booked each Wednesday for families interested in their child attending Highvale Primary School.  Bookings are essential.  Please call Rebecca or Elissa in the office on 9887 8000 to confirm your tour date and time.


Enjoy the rest of your day

Joshua Crozier

Assistant Principal

[email protected]



Engagement & Wellbeing

Engagement & Wellbeing

Term 1 School Values

Focus: All School Values

In class, students will be exploring what each of our school values mean to them and what they might look like in the classroom. 

Each class will list their own classroom expectations by asking for student input (student voice) and then display them in their rooms.


Term 1 Cooperative Learning

Focus: Helpful Behaviours

During Cooperative Kids lessons this term, students will learn about the importance of giving and receiving feedback, reflecting on their efforts, setting group work goals and celebrating their successes and hard work.


Work will be structured to their ability levels and will build on the skills learnt last year in our Cooperative Kids lessons. 


Next Cooperative Kids Session: Monday 25th March

National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence

On Friday 15th March, Highvale Primary School are again taking part in the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence. This initiative is now in its ninth year and is a great opportunity to talk to students about bullying, cyberbullying and keeping young people safe.


What is Bullying?

The national definition of bullying for Australian schools says:

Bullying is an ongoing and deliberate misuse of power in relationships through repeated verbal, physical and/or social behaviour that intends to cause physical, social and/or psychological harm. It can involve an individual or a group misusing their power, or perceived power, over one or more persons who feel unable to stop it from happening.

Bullying can happen in person or online, via various digital platforms and devices and it can be obvious (overt) or hidden (covert). Bullying behaviour is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time (for example, through sharing of digital records)

Bullying of any form or for any reason can have immediate, medium and long-term effects on those involved, including bystanders. Single incidents and conflict or fights between equals, whether in person or online, are not defined as bullying.


Behaviours that do not constitute bullying include:

  • mutual arguments and disagreements (where there is no power imbalance)
  • not liking someone or a single act of social rejection
  • one-off acts of meanness or spite
  • isolated incidents of aggression, intimidation or violence.

However, these conflicts still need to be addressed and resolved.


At Highvale Primary School, we strive to build a culture where all students feel safe and included. We do this through our Postive Behaviours for Learning (PBL) approach which includes:

- explicitly teaching our school values through our PBL Matrix of Expectations

- the use of Circle Time

- Restorative Practices approach to minor incidents between students

- School Wide Positive Behaviour Supports resources which includes Acknowledgment Cards.

- developing teacher-student relationships which is shown to increase feelings of safety for students through such events as Buddies Day.


If your child ever has any concerns, please talk to your child's classroom teacher or contact me through the School Office or via email: [email protected]


Other Resources Available:

The Australian Government has recently created the Australian Student Wellbeing Framework which is designed to build and maintain safety, positive relationships and wellbeing in school communities. It's a new initiative and one that we will look at as a school in more detail in the coming months but there are also parent and student resources and information. I would highly recommend having a look at their website: www.studentwellbeinghub.edu.au



The Government's Office of the eSafety Commissioner has an established website that provides support to schools and families. If you know of someone who has experienced cyberbullying, this is a useful resource:



Parenting Ideas

This week's article looks at some of the ways parenting has changed over the years. Certainly in my time in education, the conversations I have now with parents are very different than when I began my career. It's worth a read - my favourite part is is 8. Conversations that Influence and how UK families have embraced the conversation with positive effects.


2019 Parenting Trends You Should Know

Parenting Ideas always keeps a close eye on parenting trends so we can help keep you ahead of the curve. With this in mind Parenting Ideas founder Michael Grose will guide you through eight new parenting trends for 2019.

1. The normalisation of anxiety

Amazingly, when Australia conducted the first Child and Adolescent Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing in 1998 anxiety wasn’t listed in the list of disorders that impacted kids. It wasn’t on the radar in the same way that major depressive disorders and ADHD were. With one in seven Australian kids in the 4-18 age group experiencing a mental health disorder, it’s fair to say anxiety is on the radar now.

The last few years have seen the rise in the normalisation of anxiousness across all strands of the community. People from all walks of life are talking about it and there’s more knowledge about its management. There’s so much to learn and Parenting Ideas have a lot to share about this parenting trend, beginning with my Managing your child’s anxiety webinar in May.

2. Unearthing kids strengths

The Positive Psychology movement has been a strong influencer on school wellbeing practices for many years, but it’s struggled to have cut-through with parents – until now. The huge success of Professor Lea Waters’ book ‘The Strength Switch’ has seen parents start to embrace the strength-based approach with their families.

The holistic nature of this approach appeals to parents who are able to use knowledge of their children’s strengths to motivate, boost confidence and better manage their behaviour. We’re thrilled to have presented Prof. Lea Waters in her webinar on this topic recently – Switching on your child’s strengths .

3. Integrating digital technology into family-life

The rise of digital technology has been biggest game-changer in my three decades in parenting, bringing problems to families such as cyber-bullying, online safety and kids’ overuse. We know that parents want knowledge and information about children’s digital technology use beyond mere cease and desist tactics that many experts present.

Successful integration of children’s technology use into family-life is trending as a topic. Parents want kids to experience the benefits of digital technology, while staying safe. They also want to know how digital technology approach can enriching family-life rather than detract from it.

4. Wellbeing as a way of life, not merely a fad

The wellness industry has been thriving for years now and it’s beginning to make its mark on families. ‘Find a balance’, ‘Don’t over do your studies’, ‘Make sure you choose at least one subject you enjoy.’ The language kids hear is beginning to reflect the move toward mental health practices as a normal part of life, for happiness and wellbeing, and not just for optimal school success.

Parents will continue this year to look for the latest research, information and strategies to support the mental health and wellbeing of their families. Schools, as a trusted source of information, have a significant role to play in educating parents about this trend.

The rise of digital technology has been biggest game-changer in my three decades in parenting, bringing problems to families such as cyber-bullying, online safety and kids’ overuse. We know that parent want knowledge and information about children’s digital technology use beyond mere cease and desist tactics that many experts present.

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5. Balancing extra-curricular activities

Has the student extra-curricular activity trend reached its nadir? Has kids’ busyness peaked? For many years the benefits of kids being involved in extra-curricular activities has been spruiked, while ignoring the cost in terms of overworked kids, frantic parents and stretched family time.

Now get ready to hear the word ‘balance’ replace the terms ‘benefits’ when extra-curricular activities are considered. The potential stresses that student overload can cause on family-life and parent wellbeing is now a common concern. In this increasingly competitive educational climate parents are yearning for more balance. This year Parenting Ideas well-being expert Dr. Jodi Richardson is conducting a practical webinar to help parents strike the right balance between kids’ activity, their mental health and family-life.

6. Healthy rites of passage

As a community we’ve struggled for many years to create rites of passage for young people. Once a young person’s first job, or their twenty-first birthday were significant markers of maturity, offering a sense that they were entering into the adult world. Community changes have largely eradicated these traditional markers, which makes it harder for a young person to know when they’ve become an adult.

There are many healthy ways to recognise a young person’s growing maturity and mark their journey into adulthood. Many families are now creating their own to mark events such as the end of primary school, the move into the teenage years, and different stages of adolescence. This year Dr. Arne Rubenstein will show parents how to create 21st Century rites of passage in a webinar he’s conducting at Parenting Ideas. We hope this trend is here to stay.

7. Understanding the body clock

Sleep has been high on most school’s ‘must reinforce with parents’ lists for the last few years. And rightfully so, as Australian kids haven’t been getting enough of this performance-enhancing, mental health-boosting activity. Most sleep messages provided to parents have focused on the development of good sleep habits, with regularity and routine being the major strategies. These are slim picking indeed in the light of recent sleep findings from the world of neuroscience.

The 24-hour body clock (circadian rhythm) until now has been thought to regulate feelings of sleepiness and wakefulness over a 24-hour period. Recent findings show that the body clock drives the timing for so much of our bodily and brain functions as well. Working with the body clock means not only does a child or teen get a good night’s sleep, but it also helps them maintain optimum body and mental performance. Work against it and not only is their mental health affected but daily tasks are more difficult to perform. The most remarkable finding though, is that we can reset our body clocks every day. That’s exciting as it’s easier than we first thought for kids to get the proverbial good night’s sleep. It’s a matter of making the body clock work with them, rather than against them.

8. Conversations that influence

A decade ago the British did something simple yet profound. Realising that parents needed to converse with their kids if they were to influence their behaviour and thinking they conducted a nation-wide campaign to encourage parents to regularly share meal times with their children. So successful was this campaign that it saw a significant increase in shared mealtimes, and has been attributed to giving back to parents the ability to have influence, which was previously considered to be lost, over their children’s behaviour.

In Australia, parent-child conversations have been promoted as a relationship-builders, rather than ways to impact on children’s and young people’s behaviour and thinking. As our world is becoming increasingly chaotic and fast changing, parents are once more seeing the benefits of two-way exchanges with children about a range of issues. The meal-table, something so central to traditional Australian parenting, and in later years somewhat neglected, is now making a comeback. And we’re thrilled about that.

Awareness of trends influences our work at Parenting Ideas, and we believe it should influence the reading and learning of parents. It’s our observation that the most savvy and confident parents are those that keep one step ahead rather than always playing catch-up with what children and teenagers are thinking and doing.

By Michael Grose

School Defibrillator

The New School Defibrillator is Here!

Thanks to the brilliant fundraising efforts of our Highvale Primary Community Group (HPCG) over the last few years, we have been able to purchase an automatic external defibrillator (AED) for the school community at a cost of $2,500.


While we hope such equipment will never need to be used, we know that sudden cardiac arrest can occur without warning and the chances of survival are significantly improved when a defibrillator can be accessed quickly.  The majority of staff are already trained on using defibrillators but will also receive additional training on this specific machine.


The defibrillator can be found in the first aid room. 

Thank you again to the Highvale Primary Community Group!

Year 4-6 Optional BYOD Program

Year 3 - 6 Optional BYOD Program

A friendly reminder that the LWT parent purchase portal is open for the purchase of BYOD devices.  Devices can be ordered at http://highvaleps.orderportal.com.au/


To view the HPS Digital Technologies policy, which includes information about the BYOD optional program please visit our school website at https://highvaleps.vic.edu.au/parent-information/ under ‘Policies’.


Look under the ‘School Documents’ menu  under ‘Digital Technologies’ to access information regarding the ‘HPS Personal Device Enrolment Application’.  This process is required for any device not purchased through the LWT portal.     


Under the same menu you can view a copy of both the Year P-2 and Year 3-6 Digital Technologies Acceptable Use Agreements.  Students complete this process at the start of each new school year with their teacher.  

Assembly / Co-operative Learning

Term 1 Assembly Dates:

Monday 18 March - 2.40pm


Friday 5 April - 1.45pm - End of Term Assembly


Aussie of the Month

Aussie of the Month - February

Congratulations to our worth Aussies of the Month for February. Both Abigael and Ivy are in Year 5 and were presented with their certificates and badge on Monday's assembly. Congratulations!




The Highvale Aussie of the month for February is going to someone who always brings a friendly and happy attitude to school. This person always works their hardest and gives new things a go with a positive attitude. They are committed to their learning and additional responsibilities throughout the school.


Our February Aussie of the month is a reliable student who shows initiative in helping around the classroom. This person always shows respect to others and treats others fairly and with a happy disposition.

Congratulations Abigael!



The Highvale Aussie of the Month for February goes to someone who is a kind and selfless person. They never fail to put a smile on your face as they walk by and has a positive attitude to school at all times.


This student persists in all that they do across all learning areas and always bounces back from tough situations in and out of the classroom. They are very respectful to all their peers and teachers and can be seen as a role model to all.


Our February Aussie of the Month is someone who you can always count on and succeeds in all that they put their mind to.

Congratulations Ivy!




PBL Stars

Positive Behaviour for Learning (PBL) Stars

Look out for next week's PBL award winners:


Student News!

House Sports and Tabloid Sports

On Thursday 7th March, all students engaged in a day of fun and movement.

Our Prep - 2 students participated in the annual Tabloid Sports event and the Year 3-6 students participated in the House Sports event. Students rotated through a range of activities, which aimed to develop fundamental movement skills and promoted teamwork and co-operation with others.

The Year 3-6 students demonstrated resilience, perseverance and determination as they rotated through a series of athletic events. Results from the House Sports event will be used to determine a team, which will participate in the upcoming District Athletics competition. 

The Prep – 2 students were enthusiastic and eager to have a go at the various activities on offer at the Tabloid Sports event.

The Year 6 leaders led the different activities and did an amazing job of providing clear instructions, support and encouragement to our younger students.

The students worked with a partner and practised their catching skills using the launch boards, further developed their underarm throwing technique as they utilised the rebound nets, demonstrated teamwork and cooperation as they worked in teams performing the hula-hoop challenge and enjoyed a laugh or two during the sack race event.

It was a successful day with all students having a go and trying their best!


Michelle Hayward and Kath McDonald

PE Coordinators

ICAS dates - 2019

Please see the ICAS test dates and costs below.  Your child may like to participate in only specifically chose assessments or all of these listed. Orders and payments for your child must be received by Friday 2nd August.  UNFORTUNATELY, NO LATE PAYMENTS CAN BE ACCEPTED

All ICAS assessments will be conducted online this year, except for Year 3 and 4 ICAS Writing, which is available in paper-based format.

For more information, please refer to the note that has been sent home or visit the EAA website at www.eaa.unsw.edu.au or email [email protected].



Sitting Date


Digital Technologies                     

Tuesday 3rd September                                         



Thursday 5th September



Tuesday 10th September



Thursday 12th September



Tuesday 17th September



Thursday 19th September





What's On ...
Special Lunch Days / Events 
& Fundraising programs

Upcoming Highvale Primary Community Group (HPCG) Events

Term 1

The Highvale Primary Community Group have organised the following special lunches for Term 1. Orders and payment can be made by Qkr! Information on how to install the Qkr! app can be found below.

Wed 20th March - Bakers

Wed 27th March - Sushi

Wed 3rd April - Subway



Please note that there will be a price increase on Subway lunches from Term 2 of 50 cents, bringing the lunch to a total of $6.50. Subway advised this is the first increase in the last three years and they haven't taken the decision lightly, but unfortunately increasing cost of overheads have left them with no option.


Balanced Living Catering

School lunches are provided every Friday from Balanced Living Catering.

Our lunch order provider is an online only lunch ordering system.  The online system allows parents and/or students to place orders from home, or work, at any time. This method also makes it more efficient for the school as well as being convenient for parents - the online orders are much faster and easier.

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Payment is made online, so you no longer need to send cash or a paper order to school.

Registering online is done in a couple of simple steps.   CLICK HERE.  This takes you to the online service provider FlexiSchools. Click on the ‘Register’ option if you have not already registered.  Complete your email address in the boxes and click ‘Register’.  You will be sent an email with a link to set up your account.  Follow this link and complete the registration details requested.  

Once registered, you are able to place orders by visiting FlexiSchools - you can also access via the shortcut button on the front page of our website.  Login and work your way through the ordering process.

If you have any questions or wish to discuss your child’s specific dietary requirements, please call Uaina on 0481 044 800 or email her at [email protected].


Upcoming Highvale Events - help wanted


The Highvale Primary Community Group are looking for parents to volunteer some time at the following events:

Book Fair - 14th March until 20th March

Twilight Sports - 21st March - 5pm until 7pm

If you are able to assist, please register at www.schoolinterview.com.au using the following codes:

Book Fair code: tjqm7

Twilight sports code:  mhznb

If you need any help, or further information, please contact the office on 9887 8000.


Book Fair - 14th March to 20th March

The Highvale Primary Community Group (HPCG) is holding their annual Book Fair from

Thursday 14th March to Wednesday 20th March 2019.


Reading for pleasure inside and outside of school has real and long-lasting benefits. It unlocks the power of information and imagination and helps children discover who they are.

Our Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that brings to school the books kids want to read. It’s a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. Please make plans to visit our Book Fair and be involved in shaping your child’s reading habits.

The students and teachers will have a chance on Thursday 14th and Friday 15th March to view the books and make wish lists of the titles they are interested in which they will bring home with them.

On Monday 18th, Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 20th parents will have a chance to view and purchase books. Parents and families will also have the opportunity to donate books to the library or classroom libraries.

Location: Highvale Primary School (room to be advised closer to the time)

Book Fair dates: 14th March to 20th March

Student and Teacher Viewing:

Thursday 14th and Friday 15th March

Parent Viewing and Purchasing:

Monday 18th, Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 20th from 8.45am to 9.30.am and 3.15pm to 4.00pm


We look forward to seeing you and your family at our Book Fair!

Harmony Day - 21st March

At Highvale, we are proud of our multicultural community and want to celebrate it across the school. In class, students will take part in Harmony Day activities and students are encouraged to wear orange - the colour that represents freedom of ideas, meaningful conversations and mutual respect - on the day.

To involve families in our Harmony Day celebration, we ask that you work with your child to draw a flag from your family background (on a sheet provided by school). We will then create a display highlighting the diversity of Highvale Primary School.

Twilight Sports - Wednesday 27th March 5pm - 7pm


5.00pm Families Arrive
5.15pm Welcome
5.25pm -6.52pm Event Rotations                                                                                       
7.00pm Close


Embracing our Term One whole school concept, ‘Identity’, we have restructured the events/activities to be showcased during the Twilight Sports evening.

This year, students will rotate through a series of traditional sporting games and activities, which are popular among different cultures. In doing so, students will be offered the opportunity to participate in a range of engaging games from around the world!

We will be discussing this concept with students during PE lessons. If you have a suggestion for a simple, traditional game, which requires minimal equipment, please encourage your child to approach their PE teacher by Wednesday 20th March to share their idea.

Students will be rotating around various events and activities for the duration of the evening. Parents are encouraged to follow their child/ren to each activity, also taking the opportunity to socialise and connect with other parents and Highvale P.S staff.


Twilight Sports Essential Information

  • Students to have named water bottles
  • Students are encouraged to dress in their house colours

The emphasis for the Twilight Sports is having FUN.

Encourage your child/ren to have a go and try their best!


The Highvale Community Parent Group

The Highvale Community Parent Group will be selling food, drinks and accessories from 5pm onwards during the Twilight Sports event.

Easter Feast Morning Tea - Friday 29 March

Order your favourite hot cross bun for our Easter Feast morning tea by 21st March on Qkr!

Hot Cross Bun fundraiser - Wednesday 3 April

Bakers Delight Vermont South would like to offer you the opportunity to purchase delicious Hot Cross Buns and make a profit for your school.  Bakers Delight Vermont South will donate $1.50 from every 6 pack purchased.  

Simply order and pay by midnight on Thursday 28th March on Qkr!

Fundraising Events

There are some great fundraising ideas listed below to help you get involved and support Highvale Primary School. We appreciate your assistance in making these a success.


Hello World Travel, Forest Hill

For every holiday that you, your Grandparents or even your friends book through our store, we will give a percentage back to your school as fundraising to say thank you for booking through us. Drop into Hello World Travel which is located at Shop 104, Forest Hill Chase Shopping Centre, 270 Canterbury Road, Forest Hill. You can phone us on 9887 2444 or email us at [email protected]

Don't forget to mention your school when booking!


Also, don't forget to support our regular fundraising programs (as listed below) by mentioning Highvale Primary School at the point of sale and our school will receive cash donations. Tell your friends and family so they can make easy cash for the school as well!



Bakers Delight, Vermont South

10% of your total sales will be donated back to the school





Air Stream Cafe, Century City Walk, The Glen

You will receive a 5% discount on your bill plus 5% will be donated to the school when you present your fundraiser card (available at the office) 

Education Experience

www. edex.com.au

Highvale Primary School will receive 20% of the total sales.

HPS Communication

See below the various ways we communicate with the Highvale Primary Community


Highvale Happenings Digital Newsletter

Our digital newsletter is the primary form of communication to all families.   The email address you provide at enrolment is used to subscribe each family to our newsletter. 

 The newsletter is emailed weekly to your email address.  If any of your contact details change

they must be updated through the school office.  Please contact the school office on  9887 8000

for  assistance. 


The newsletter can be read in many languages.  It contains key dates, events, important information, opportunities for parent input and links to surveys.  


Highvale Primary School websites and level blogs

Information about our school including policies and other school documents can be located at https://highvaleps.vic.edu.au/ 


Level Blogs show class examples of activities and are updated twice each term.



This app is the key means of day to day communication of important events, reminders, follow ups or messages. 

Sign up information is available at the school office and in the Highvale Happenings Newsletter. 

Student Attendance & Absence  - If your child will be absent please send a message to the school before 9.00am using FlexiBuzz (Option 1) or call the school office to report (Option 2). If your child is absent and the school has not been informed you will receive an SMS by 10.00am.  You will be required to respond before 11.00am with the reason for the absence.


Face to Face Communication

Information evenings, assemblies, parent learning sessions, events and meetings are held throughout the year.  Scheduling and arrangements are communicated through the newsletter and FlexiBuzz. 

To arrange an individual meeting with a staff member at a mutually convenient time, please call the office or email your child’s teacher.  

Communication, including email etiquette is explained at the beginning of the year Parent Information Evening. 


Student Learning Progress

Student Reports - The Term 1 Summary Report is provided to parents at the end of term.  The formal Semester 1 and 2 Student Report is emailed to parents in digital form at the end of Term 2 and 4. These are supplemented regularly by digital  Student Assessment Tasks.  Face to face meetings with your child’s teacher are also scheduled in Term 1 and 3.


Student Assessment Tasks are provided to parents

through the Seesaw app each term to complement the

Student Report.  Parents are encouraged to discuss

each task with their child to further support their learning.  

 Parents can access Seesaw by downloading the ‘Seesaw Parent and Family’ app on their device or by signing in through the Seesaw website https://web.seesaw.me/platforms-parents .

 Please see the Seesaw ‘Guide for Parents’ available through the Parents Menu on the school website to complete the set up of your account.  https://highvaleps.vic.edu.au/parent-information/


Student Learning Term Bulletin

The bulletin is sent home through FlexiBuzz during the first two weeks of each term.  It provides details regarding the teaching and learning program for each level every term.


Parent Payments

The preferred method for payments to the school  is through Qkr.  Uniforms can also be ordered and paid for through Qkr. 


To register, see the Qkr pdf available through the Parents Menu on the school website or contact the school office.

 Alternatively payments can be made by cash, cheque

or eftpos at the school office.


Parent Contact Details

Please ensure the HPS Office is informed immediately of any contact changes to support effective and timely communication. You can contact the office on 9887 8000 or via email at [email protected] 


Uniform Shop

Uniform Shop Opening Hours - 2019

Monday 18th March – 8.45am until 9.30am

Monday 1st April – 8.45am until 9.30am



Uniform Sales now on Qkr!

You can now place your uniform orders via Qkr! All orders will be handed over to the uniform shop volunteers and distributed to you as soon as possible.

Uniform Shop Order Form

Please click on the link below to access a copy of our uniform shop order form. These can be filled out and handed in to the office at any time. The uniform shop volunteers will fill the orders at their earliest convenience and uniforms will be sent home with your child.


Robotech / Weather Station


Banking will be done every Tuesday. Please make sure you send your bank books on the day :)

You can visit the following webpage to get more information about school banking and register your child: https://www.commbank.com.au/personal/kids/school-banking.html.

Once you've registered, please let us know so we can arrange to get a banking book sent home with your child. Thanks!



Before & After School Care

Academy for Kids School Care

For all enquiries regarding Before and After School Care, please contact Vivien on 0405 323 357 or via email at [email protected]

Enrolment forms are available from the After School staff in the MPC building during after school care hours. Likewise, you can print of the enrolment form below.


Easter School Holiday Program

Find attached the school holiday program for the April school holidays. Bookings are essential and can be made by calling Vivien on 0405 323 357.


Extra Curricular Activites / Advertisements

Activities held at Highvale Primary School



After School / School holiday activities held off campus


Birthday ideas ...


Highvale 50th Anniversary

Highvale 50th Anniversary

Our school turns 50 in May this year. 

A celebration day, including evening activities are planned for Friday 10th May.  Further details will be communicated soon through the school newsletter, website and local paper. Please keep this date free and help us to spread the word.

Highvale Happenings
uniform order form.pdf
Lego Club - 2019.pdf
Sporty Stars - Term 4.pdf
Chess Form T1 2019.pdf
Tennis lessons.pdf
Abacus Tutoring.pdf
Number Works Tutoring.PDF
Soccer Free Trial Session Glen Waverley.png
Swim World swimming lessons.jpg
SwimWorld Easter Holiday Program.jpg
Baseball come and try.pdf
Loli's Art Balloons.pdf
After School Care Enrolment Form.pdf
Easter School Holiday Program.pdf