Rowville Primary School Newsletter

19 September 2018
Issue Eighteen
From the Principal
From The Assistant Principal
What's ahead
Visual Arts
21st Century Learning Space​ / STEM
21st Century Learning Space​
Physical Education 
Rowville Kids Cafe
Rowville Kids Cafe Online Ordering
Before and After School Care 
Community Noticeboard
Rowville Primary School
(03) 9764 1955
Paratea Drive
Rowville, Victoria, 3178

From the Principal

Dear Parents / Carers,

Term two will come to a close on Friday 21 September.  We are pleased to report that we have had a very successful term three. We have been pleased with our NAPLAN results.  Our internal monitoring has shown that students have made significant growth in their learning during the term.


A highlight of the term has been the performance of our students in the Arts. Fourteen year six students have had their work selected for the Zart Art Exhibition featuring a Steampunk Unit that was completed in term two this year. Our student’s work was selected through a very competitive process. Their work will feature in the Zart Art Catalogue 2019. This is considered to be a prized achievement and raises our Visual Arts profile to the greater public and fellow educators who use this catalogue. 

At our last Monday morning assembly, I used a text titled, What Can a Citizen Do? (Eggers and Harris: 2018) to provoke our students to think about what it means to be a citizen who makes a positive impact in the world.

The students in years three and six gave the following responses:

A citizen who makes a positive impact in the world shows good values for their whole life.

A citizen who makes a positive impact in the world is kind, helpful and respectful of others.

A citizen who makes a positive impact in the world always shows help to someone who needs help.

A citizen who makes a positive impact in the world is respectful of the environment and garden.


A citizen who makes a positive impact in the world is nice and kind and follows all the laws.

A citizen who makes a positive impact in the world is a law abiding thoughtful and respectful person.

A citizen who makes a positive impact in the world helps other people and is kind to everything and everyone in general.


Our final assembly for the term will be held at  on Friday 21 September at 1.45pm. At this assembly we will present our awards for the Citizens of the Term for each class.


At our final assembly we will say farewell and celebrate the extraordinary contribution Bronwyn Richards has made to Rowville Primary School. Bronwyn has supervised the preparation of food at our school canteen since the third of March 1990. 


Bronwyn always greeted students and staff with a happy smile each and every day. Her interactions with children were characterised by gentleness and kindness.  Patiently she provided many a student with the options of what they could purchase with as little as five cents.  Generations of children have benefitted from her care. She made sure that every student had a lunch every day.

Our community has been blessed to have had Bronwyn working with us over the past twenty eight years. We thank her for her contribution and wish her a happy retirement.

At the August School Council meeting, a decision was made to replace the sky blue/navy bomber jacket with embroidered logo, with a navy bomber jacket with light blue embroidered logo. The change of uniform will come into effect in 2019. However families will have a two year window to replace the existing bomber jacket.


I wish all families a wonderful term three break.  Term three will conclude at 2.30pm on Friday 21 September. Term four will commence at 8.45am on Monday 8 October.


Anne Babich


From The Assistant Principal

Dear Parents/Carers,

This week we will celebrate our Term 3 Citizenship Award winners from each class at our end of term assembly on Friday afternoon at 1.45pm.  These students will be recognised for consistently displaying the school values, being respectful to their peers and teachers and caring about our school environment.

On Friday 7th September, I was honoured to represent our school along with our School Council President Reiha Ternes and School Council member Camilla Worsnop at the Aston Community Awards Evening.  These awards recognise individuals and community groups that have made an outstanding contribution locally to helping others.  The Rowville Primary School School Council nominated Lorraine Gardiner for her dedication and commitment to Rowville Primary School and the wider Rowville community.  Lorraine’s sister, Linda accepted the award on behalf of Lorraine’s family.

During our daily Writer’s Workshop sessions, our teachers model to our writers how to find great ideas for writing lying deep inside themselves, before writing about them.  As the expert writer, teachers encourage our writers to think deeply about what they are writing and to write about the things that matter most to them and their lives.  Here is writing piece by a year two student with a powerful message for all of us in this rapidly changing digital age.

Be a Safe Digital Citizen by India

To be a good, safe and kind citizen you need to:

*Not share personal stuff

*Ask before posting someone else’s post

*Not answer when someone starts saying weird stuff to you

*Do not answer trolls

*Do not become a troll

*Ask for parent or teacher for permission to post a photo


‘Writing is like physical exercise, the more we do it the easier it becomes. Writing is thinking and thinking is exercise for the mind.'   Alan Wright



As a member of the Cancer Council of Victoria SunSmart Schools Program, all students are required to wear sun protection from September through to the end of April. 

Part of our Sun Smart Policy at Rowville Primary School is that students are to wear the official school uniform, wide brimmed hat everyday, when outdoors from 1st September to the 30th April.  Students are also encouraged to apply sunscreen (SPF 30 + or above,  20 minutes prior to outdoor activity) provided by parents. Please place the students name on the sunscreen container.

Please ensure your children to have their hat at school each day. Hats are available from our uniform supplier Klad Sport, 8 Macro Court, Rowville.


I wish every family a relaxing school holiday break


Mrs Tiffany Bamford
Assistant Principal

What's ahead

September 2018

Monday 17th September to               Year Two Swimming

Friday 21st September                         

Friday 21st September                         Last day of Term 3 - Assembly starts at 1.45pm

                                                                        School finishes at 2.30pm

October 2018

Monday 8th October                             First day of Term 4 - school commences at 8.45am

Wednesday 10th October                   Knox Division Athletics- selected students

Monday 15th October                           Pets in Schools Incursion - Foundation Students

Monday 22nd to                                      Foundation Swimming and Year One Swimming

Friday 26th October

Friday 26th October                               FORPS School Disco - after hours

Monday 29th to                                       Year Five and Year Six Swimming

Friday 2nd November




Visual Arts

Year 5 and 6

For the last couple of weeks the year 5 & 6 students have been busy in the Art Studio designing and creating props and costume elements for the school production. The students are learning about how props and costumes are created and used to enhance the viewing experience for the audience. The excitement is building and it has been so much fun working towards ensuring the success of the production across different curriculum areas.


21st Century Learning Space​ / STEM

Frog Bog

We are thrilled to announce that our school has been selected to receive a Junior Landcare Biodiversity Grant to fund the construction of a frog bog in our garden and local revegetation projects.

Our students will plan, build and maintain a frog bog within school grounds, providing a learning space to complement their studies on habitat, lifecycles and biodiversity.

We also plan to have frog expert David DeAngelis visit our school to educate students about waterway health, macroinvertebrates and their role in supporting other species in an aquatic wetland habitat.

As part of our local revegetation project, our school community will plant over 500 indigenous seedlings at the local Starlight Reserve in Rowville as part of Knox City Council's One Tree per Child Project. On our planting days the Knox Biodiversity Team will engage students in nature walks and habitat themed games and activities in addition to the main task of planting the seedlings. We look forward to parents and families participation in this project.

As part of this project we will encourage our wider school community to make their home gardens more attractive to wildlife with help from Knox City Council's 'Garden's for Wildlife' program. We will be working in partnership with Knox Environment Society Community Nursery who will provide local indigenous plants for the frog bog.

Students will participate in the Melbourne Water Frog Census at home with their families, mapping frog species over a wider local area. Families can start recording frog data right now – just download the Frog Census App by Melbourne Water on your device and start listening out for our bouncy friends in the evenings or after rain!

This week in STEM

During the last fortnight, our Year 3 students built a race car in STEM. Our race car was powered by a belt transmission and students discovered that by adjusting the size of the drive pulley they were able to alter the speed of their race car. They had the opportunity to improve their design by changing the aerodynamics of their race car.

In the 21st Centruy Learning space next week, Year 3 students will learn about air resistance and the effects of lift and drag on race cars. Students will watch a Formula One development race car in a wind tunnel to see aerodynamics at work.

Year 4 students enjoyed building a conveyor belt to move lego pieces. Using a series of belt transmissions students experimented with changing the speed of their conveyor belts by adjusting the size of their drive pulleys and changing the direction of the belts by twisting their belts into a figure 8. Students also had the opportunity to improve the design of their machine adding catching trays and elements to controls the movement of the objects along the belt – well done to the Year 4 students.

To reinforce their understanding of conveyor belt technology, next week our Year 4 students will learn about the original conveyor belts developed by Henry Ford for use on assembly lines when building the Model T Ford. They will also investigate how they experience this technology in their everyday life – such as at the supermarket.


21st Century Learning Space​


Congratulations to all of our students who completed the 2018 Victorian Premiers` Reading Challenge. Our Foundation, Year 1 and Year 2 students read 30 books with their classroom teachers.  The students in Years 3 to 6 read 15 books to complete the challenge.  Many students read more than the required 15 books – well done. It was interesting to see that a total of 10,377 books were read by students this year which was approximately 1200 more than last year!  That’s a lot of reading! For your information the Reading Challenge certificates will arrive for distribution in November.

The Top 5 Favourite books, as voted by the students in our school were:-

Matilda by Roald Dahl, Marly and the Goat by Alice Pung, Outback: The Diary of Jimmy Porter, Central Australia, 1927-1928 by Christine Harris, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle and Billionaire Boy by David Walliams.

The Top 5 Star rated books as voted by the students in our school were:-

The Bugalugs Bum Thief  by Tim Winton, The Curse of the Cheese Pyramid by Geronimo Stilton, The Mummy with No Name by Geronimo Stilton, The Witches by Roald Dahl and Uno’s Garden by Graeme Base

Well done everyone and keep reading!

Jackie Hicks, Emily Higgins (F-2), Celia Williamson (3-6)

Victorian Premiers` Reading Challenge Co-ordinators


OLIVER Library Catalogue System

Earlier this term all parents and students in Years 3 to 6 were sent a Special Edition Library News through Compass regarding our new Oliver – Library Catalogue System. As a follow up to this, I visited every Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 classroom (our students who have one-to-one devices) to give them a quick guide to the new system and to answer any questions.   When logged in to 'My Library' you can access features such as loans, reservations, renewals and news, as well as topics like ‘matching your interests,’ ‘new items’ ‘popular’ and ‘recently returned.’  A link on the Search page also takes you to Orbit where we can access over 1300 ebooks.  If you have a spare moment over the holidays please take a look at Oliver. 

Please note that all student loans have been renewed when the new system changed over. If you have any enquiries about the books on your loans list please come and see me so that we can sort it out.   

Library Borrowing Times

The library is now open recess (10.45am – 11.15am), lunchtime (1.30pm – 2.15pm) and afterschool (3.15pm – 3.30pm) for student borrowing. All welcome.


Library Lunchtime Programs

Many students have thoroughly enjoyed the lunchtime programs this term. Some of our ‘Awesome Authors’ were extremely  proud to read their work (based on Andy Griffiths Treehouse series) at assembly a few weeks ago. The Chess Champions are learning the rules and enjoying the game even though I’ve noticed that some of the players are twisting the rules a little bit! We have some great books on Chess and I’m sure that with practise and perseverance our students will improve.

Wednesdays during 'Tell Me a Story' we have had some great reading sessions. I’d like to thank Ms Babich, Mrs Connell, Mrs Higgins, Miss Quirk, Mrs Williams, Mr Gunn, and Mrs Mastorakis for sharing their love of reading with our students.  The teachers read some of our new books and

some of their favourite picture books.  I read a book called Mopoke by Philip Bunting which was

shortlisted in this year’s Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Books of the Year. I now know why this book won a silver medal as every week, for the past six weeks, students have requested that I re-read it!

Our Movie Moments during Thursday lunchtimes has been the most popular program. We are looking at the contrast between books and movies and I chose The Lorax by Dr. Seuss to commence with.  We have had some discussions on Dr. Seuss’ other books his writing style, his use of rhyme, his creative characters and themes.

Friday in the STEM Centre, we have our construction group where students are building various pieces with blocks and technix.  I’ve been impressed with everyone working together to build towers and bridges and for trying different things to make it work better. On Friday, we also have Coding with Mr Tyszkiewicz where he is guiding students

through Scratch. Everyone is enjoying learning new things.

Thank you to all the staff who have come in to assist with these activities it is very much appreciated.

Enjoy the school holidays and I hope you have time to pick up a good book, relax and read!




Jackie Hicks – Library

Physical Education 


Over the past two weeks, the LONSDALE House Captains have been promoting Healthy Lunch Boxes among the Year five and six students. The focus has been on reading the labels and analysing the sugar and salt content of drinks and foods. Students were encouraged to include the 5 food groups within their lunch boxes: dairy, meat (or alternative), fruit, vegetables and whole grains.

Together with the classroom teachers, they have chosen a winner from each grade who they believe has had the Healthiest Lunch Box.  

Our winners include, Rebecca, Sienna, Isabel, Chloe, Bailey and Ashford.

Take a look at their healthy lunch boxes to get some inspiration!


Canteen Menu and Rethink Sugary Drinks
By Belinda Vaughan

Earlier this year, Year 5 and 6 students participated in a healthy eating session, where they were shocked to find out just how much sugar is contained in drinks commonly consumed. They also learnt about the ‘traffic light’ classification system and how to read food labels to classify products. The students practised their new skills by assessing the foods commonly consumed by children and were then able to get creative and suggest some fun and healthier alternatives.

Do you have other healthy suggestions for the canteen? Email us and let us know.

Students discovered items with high amounts of sugar and that those who regularly consume soft drinks, sports drinks or energy drinks are getting well over the recommended daily consumption of sugar. Tap water is always the best choice.

Include this infographic about sugary drinks:

We want to hear from you! If you have a nutrition related question or healthy lunchbox recipe that your kids love, send it to us and we will share it with other parents. Email: [email protected] or [email protected]

Practical information for parents:


Entertainment Books

Entertainment books are for sale at the office for $70 each or you may purchase online.  The school receives $13 for each book sold. To purchase a membership  or book please go to:


Cadbury Chocolate Drive

Payment for the Cadbury chocolate boxes is now due. Please return payment and any unsold chocolates to the school office as soon as possible.


FORPS Student Disco - Save the Date - The event will appear on Compass very soon.





Attendance Matters

Fact sheet for parents/carers

If your child is sick or absent, you are required to notify the school as soon as possible on the day of absence using one of the following methods:

  1. Online: log the absence directly using Compass.
  2. Telephone: the school office and let the staff know your child’s name, class, date of absences and reason.
  3. Email: the school and provide the staff with your child’s name, class, date of absences and reason.

Notifying the school of your child’s absence either prior to, or on the day that they will be away, helps ensure the safety and wellbeing of children and will fulfil your legal responsibility.


Why do I need to notify the school if my child is absent?

Schools need to know when and why a child is absent and you need to know if your child isn’t at school.

From the end of Term 2 2018, all Victorian government schools are required to contact parents/carers as soon as practicable on the same day of an unexplained student absence. If your child is absent on a particular day and you have not contacted the school to explain why, the absence will be marked as unexplained.

This system also promotes daily school attendance. Going to school every day is the single most important part of your child’s education, they learn new things every day – missing school puts them behind.


What is your responsibility?

You are legally required to ensure your child attends school every day or you must provide an explanation for their absence. You should let the school know in advance of any upcoming absences or let them know in the morning if your child won’t be at school. In order for schools to implement the same day notification requirement, it’s essential that you provide the school with your most up-to-date contact details.

Generally one notification will be sent per family. Should there be circumstances that require both parents and carers to be notified, please contact the school to make the necessary arrangements.

Rowville Kids Cafe


Volunteers Needed

The canteen is needing some extra help from volunteers. If you are free to assist on a Monday or Friday please see the canteen staff or leave your name at the office.  Volunteers need to have a current working with children's check card.


Please click on the link to view the current Kids Cafe menu:   or visit QkR™, the online ordering app.


Thank you to following volunteers for the next two weeks

Thursday 20th September      Help Needed

Friday 21st September              H. Haynes & L. Shore  

Monday 8th October                  Help Needed

Tuesday 9th October                 L. Mcconnochie

Wednesday 10th October        A. Diab

Thursday 11th October            J. Ng

Friday 12th October                   K. Hopkins   

Monday 15th October               Help Needed

Tuesday 16th October               L. Mcconnochie

Wednesday 17th October        B. Jarvis

Thursday 18th October            T. Challis

Friday 19th October                   K. Hopkins 

Rowville Kids Cafe
Online Ordering

We are excited to now offer online ordering for parents’ convenience using a credit card via QkR™. We are delighted that many parents have used the app and have reported back on how easy it is to use. 

QkR™ is an app developed by Mastercard (which is very secure) that can be downloaded to your Android or Apple system by following the attached instructions.

Windows based phones can access the ordering system via the website.
TIP:  When creating a password, ensure you include a number in the password. 
Orders can be placed in advance up until 9:00am of the day they are to be delivered to the classroom.

Children can still lodge their lunch orders via the classroom if you do not wish to use the online system.

​If you would like some assistance using the app, please call at the office.


Before and After
School Care

Term 3, Week 10

This week is all about luck! The children will be deciding their own activities for this whole week! They will be writing their own favourite activity on a piece of paper and have a lucky draw to pick an activity for the day!

A note from Nicole

During the last week of term, I would like to express my gratitude to the children, parents and staff that helped me settle  into my new  position. I could not have done it without your support. Thank you!

Happy Spring Holidays!


Spring Holiday Club

Parents please note that bookings for Spring Holiday Club is now open! If you need care for your child over the school holidays please book in now. If you have any questions in regards to the upcoming holidays please feel free to come and speak to staff.

We’re here to make after school care visits the best experience possible – for you and your child.

If you have any questions about the program – please feel free to drop by, meet the team and see what happens in after school care first hand.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

The Camp Australia Team.

Program Details

To find out more about our program, view fees and to register visit

Service mobile number -  0438 286 035


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