Photo: Year 6 visit to the War Memorial in Canberra

Inside Ivanhoe

08 November 2019
Issue 25

Confidence, Independence, Persistence, Resilience, Respect

Get ready for the Fair.

From the Principal
Student News - a gallery from Yr 6 Canberra Camp
Term 4 music
Community Connect Diary
Dunk us at the fair
IPS Fair - Get excited!
Term 4 Calendar
Stars of the Week
Ivanhoe Primary School
(03) 9499 1880
124 Waterdale Road
Ivanhoe, Victoria, 3079

Photo: Canberra National Gallery

From the Principal

Photo: Canberra National Gallery

Dear Parents & Community


With only a week to go before our school fair it has been all hands on deck by members of the fair committee who have been planning and strategizing for many months. The format was changed from twilight to afternoon this time to be more family friendly and flexible allowing those with younger children to enjoy the day and those of us who are a little older to get home at a decent hour.

We have been very fortunate to have the help of so many committed parents, community partners and staff. The organization that goes in to a fair, particularly that which goes on behind the scenes is paramount to the success of such an event. To this end there is a Working Bee this Sunday 10th to prepare the grounds, drinking fountains and facilities for what will be a truly spectacular day.

Mr Bull and friends have a list of tasks to be carried out between 9am and 12pm so if you can help, even for an hour, your efforts would be very much appreciated.


Late breaking request...


**We desparately need helpers for fair setting up Friday 15th from 2:30pm - 6pm, and Saturday 16th from 8am-12noon.  Please contact Cat  on 0421 176 673. Many hands make light work but zero hands could spell catastrophe.

Working Bee 10th of November
(Pre fair clean up)

We have found over the years that attendance at Working Bees has dropped off for many reasons. Sporting commitments, swimming and other extra curricular activities make it difficult for many so this semester we have combined them so there is generally one per term and this has made a difference to numbers.

Whilst fundraising and careful budgeting allows us to employ Leo our handyman / jack of all trades each week our old school still requires the commitment of community members to help keep our facilities as fresh as they can be given our large population.

Technology and Year 6 Camp

It was a privilege to have been able to go with our Year 6s on Camp to Canberra and how wonderful to have the technology at hand to share parts of the trip with our community. Your Digital Learning Contribution which we ask of each family early in the school year enables us to have access to iPads, cameras, coding and communication tools such as COMPASS, School and Class DoJo.

The students used the iPads to document the trip and we were able to share some of our experiences with you all back in Melbourne. At the Canberra Discovery Centre students learned about 3D printing and experimented building robots to clean the sea of plastics and rubbish in an engaging simulation activity.

A precious aspect of these types of experiences is to give opportunities to students to refine, fail, unlearn and learn new ways to do, create, problem solve and innovate in their learning journey.

At the War Memorial / museum we located the names of ex Ivanhoe Primary School students who had fought and died in war. For many this link with IPS lent a solemnity to the visit and gave it more meaning.

Although we went rock climbing, Canberra Camp is less about the physical and more about the academic with mock role plays in the Senate, an opportunity to speak with an inspiring young politician, innovating at Questacon among many other engaging activities. It was an action packed agenda that will live in the memories of each student as a highlight of their final year at primary school.

My heartfelt thanks on behalf of the school to the teachers Ms Cook, Mrs Harvey and Mr Pearce for their organizational and leadership skills and a huge thank you to parent volunteers Katti Williams, Matt Crewe, Jo Anderson and Matt Roberts who gave up their week to make Canberra Camp fantastic.

We could not have managed with you all.


It was lovely to receive a letter from a student the other day inquiring about increasing the number of bike racks available further down the hill - off Ailsa Grove. This prompted me to look at the bicycle traffic and I believe that we should be able to accommodate a limited number of bike racks in an area other than the front of the school. This will need some further research but we are onto it. Stay tuned.

The other observation I made, was that students are cycling and riding scooters up and down Ailsa Grove and this must stop because it is very dangerous particularly during peak times of drop off and pick up. Bikes must be walked in Ailsa Grove. Parents please ensure your child understands that this is a school rule for their safety. It is not about them being careful it is about the fact that the driver does not always see the rider.

As a motorcyclist I understand all too well the dangers of mixing two wheels with four wheels. Please help us get this safety message out. NO CYCLING IN AILSA GROVE!

Congratulations Finn Mc

Let's acknowledge Finn Mc's huge achievement at Victorian State Championships. Finn placed 10th in Victoria with a time of 5.19 over a distance of 1500m. Well done from the IPS community!


Bebras Challenge

Did you you know that the idea of the  Bebras Challenge was created by CSIRO?

Here is the answer to last week’s Bebras questions 


Raffle tickets are due back today

People will still be able to buy raffle tickets on the day however the stubs from sold tickets are due to be returned to school today.

IPS fair silent auction now open 

An integral part of the Fair is the Silent Auction – accounting for a large portion of all funds raised with each fair. These funds go towards updating school facilities and educational opportunities and experiences for our students. Many thanks to local businesses and community members for their generous donations.

Competition to encourage reading and writing

Let's read and write!

Come on families, get together and read a chapter of The World’s Worst Teachers by David Walliams with your children. Mrs Wright has it downloaded on her iPad and is really enjoying it,  Students, write a short chapter review for a chance to win a book voucher, a chance to read your review at assembly and a chance to get it published in the newsletter.

Submit your chapter review before the end of November, either at the office or to your teacher.

Good luck!


Photo: Morning briefing at Year 6 Camp in Canberra

Student News - a gallery from Yr 6 Canberra Camp

Photo: Morning briefing at Year 6 Camp in Canberra

Year 6 Camp to Canberra

Each year as part of the curriculum and camping program our Year 6s visit Canberra for a week. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn about Australia's Capital City and its importance to every Australian. In the coming weeks the students will share some of their insights and learnings in the newsletter. In the meantime we hope you enjoy a few photographs from the experience.


Term 4 music

Photo: Year 6 visit (AIS) Australian Institute of Sport Canberra

Community Connect Diary

Photo: Year 6 visit (AIS) Australian Institute of Sport Canberra

It's almost here.


Dunk us at the fair

All you need to know to have a great day.

Download the poster for your fridge.


IPS Fair - Get excited!


Term 4 Calendar

Term Four Dates 

Please be mindful that dates and events may change or are yet to be included. Keep an eye on COMPASS and contact the office if something is missing or unclear. This document can be downloaded and printed at the following link. 


Stars of the Week

Our IPS Stars

The Stars of the Week are students who demonstrate our school values. 


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