16 March 2018
Issue Seven
From the Principal
 Important Notices 
The Lakes South Morang P-9 School
Middle Years: (03) 9401 3919 Early Years: (03) 9404 9000
80 Jardier Terrace
South Morang, Victoria, 3752

From the Principal

School News

I hope you all enjoyed the Labour Day long weekend! Last Friday our teachers completed a professional day on High Impact Teaching Strategies which is a key part of the DET’s Framework for Improved Student Outcomes.  The staff worked collaboratively and completed a number of sessional workshops on evidenced based learning and teacher strategies using numerous visible learning tools.  In the afternoon, the focus turned to the use of student data and effective ways of analysing and applying the information to student planning, learning styles and assessment. The feedback from the day was extremely positive and the beneficiaries of the day will ultimately be our students.


I would like to welcome the following new members of our staff to our family:


  • Amanda Cassar, Education Support –Early Years
  • Janine Hanson, Education Support – Middle Years Year 5 team Integration Aide
  • Nella Mangan, Education Support – Middle Years Science Lab Assistant
  • Matthew Hoyne, Instrumental Music – Middle Years
  • Jemma Craig, Dance – Middle Years
  • Peter Williams, Education Support – Grounds.

I am confident that they will each make a wonderful contribution to our school and enhance the learning opportunities for our students. In addition, there are still two parent vacancies available on School Council and would encourage you to consider applying through the General Office.


Our Year 9 students have been engaged in a series of excursions, expos and information seminars in transition week learning about senior school options, experiencing life on tertiary campuses and listening to interesting guest speakers discuss their journeys through school and work. This purposeful and targeted program is designed to motivate students into thinking about future studies and careers, how to access opportunities and to live their dreams. Thank you to Annette for coordinating the program and to the staff who led and managed the days throughout the week. The feedback is that the students were courteous, excited and responsive to the challenges of the week.


 Please ensure that your children are in school uniform for excursions unless specified as this is critical for identification and management, especially when the students are on public transport or mixing with students from other schools.  Please avoid requesting changes to your child’s excursions by calling the office to alter departure points or times as this only adds to the logistical challenges faced by staff to manage and run the programs effectively.  It also creates legal complexities that we would like to avoid at all costs.


A reminder that the Early Years Campus will be having an onsite jumping castle in the last week of term on Tuesday, 27 March. This initiative has been a School Council decision to acknowledge the excellent play and cooperation of the children in the playground and their leadership in staying away from the playground equipment that was tagged 'out of bounds'.  Student participation will be based on having a minimum of four school values cards during term one and teachers have been encouraged to ensure that the children have ample opportunities to demonstrate the values and to access the cards.


This day is also our Parent Teacher Evening for term one.  This is a change from past years when the evenings were held on a Thursday night.   It is really important that you make appointments to see teachers for an update on your child’s academic and developmental progress. Bookings are available through SENTRAL and open on Monday morning 19 March. Please contact the general office if you cannot access the portal. Student Reports will be available from Wednesday, 26 March.  Over 80% of families are now on the system and we encourage all families to join this important communication link.


We are hosting a Working Bee on the Early Years Campus on Saturday morning 24 March between 9am - 12:00 pm.  We will focus on planting in our new vegetable garden, bedding down our mosaic pavers, topping up on bark around the playgrounds and general tidiness.  All families are welcome to assist this venture by registering their interest at the general office prior to the morning.


And the most exciting news: I am very excited to announce plans to develop our oval on the Middle Years Campus to a full size synthetic soccer pitch and simultaneous three quarter football playing oval.  This is a significant project and will require the appointment of a Project Manager from the Department of Education, a tendering process and a comprehensive implementation plan.  The project has been approved by School Council and is expected to begin in second semester.  The facility will be a terrific facility for our PE/Sports Programs and will be marketed to our community sporting clubs for use.


Aesthetically, the area will be transformed to a sporting hub and combined with the covered basketball surface, this will complete an initiative that is realised as a result of excellent financial school management.  We will post prospective designs and keep you updated as the project unfolds during the year.  We will also embark on the next stage of our internal painting maintenance program over the next school holidays with the Year 5-6 Pod on Middle Years and Years 3-4 Pod on Early Years.


Have a great weekend and thank you for your continued support.


Bill Panas

Middle Years Campus Principal


 Important Notices 

​Curriculum Charges and iPads

Curriculum charges need to be paid in full by Thursday 29th March to be eligible for the $50 discount.  Curriculum charges still need to be paid even if the iPad payment has been made.  Families with outstanding Curriculum charges will have their iPad collected  from 16th April (the beginning of Term 2). Payment options are over the counter or via QKR.  You can meet with the Business Manager to arrange a payment plan if required.


Late applications for CSEF can be submitted at the Early Years or Middle Years office. Families holding a valid Health Care Card or Pension card (valid means-tested concession card) or temporary foster parents are eligible.  


If you have already applied at The Lakes you do not need to re-apply each year, unless you receive a new Health Care Card or Pension Card.   Parents new to the school this year will need to reapply at our school, as applications do not transfer from one school to another.

School Council Vacancies

There are two parent vacancies on the School Council for the 2018 - 2019 period. 


Why is Parent membership so important?

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.


Do I need special experience to be on school council?

Each member brings their own valuable life skills and knowledge to the role, councillors’ may need to develop skills and acquire knowledge in areas that are unfamiliar to them. What you do need is an interest in your child’s school and the desire to work in partnership with others to help shape the schools future.


All government schools in Victoria have a School Council.  They are legally formed bodies that are given powers to set the key directions of a school within centrally provided guidelines.  In doing this, a School Council is able to directly influence the quality of education that the school provides for its students.  Parents on school councils provide important viewpoints and have valuable skills that can help shape the direction of the school.   There are currently 2 parent vacancies on School council for the 2018-2019 period.


If you are interested please contact Kerrie Heenan on 9401 3919.

Easter Raffle - Out of Uniform Day

On Monday 19th March, The Lakes Student Leadership Team will be hosting an out of uniform day and ask that you bring along a donation for the Easter Raffle. These donations can be:

- Easter Eggs

- Chocolates

- Lollies

- Baskets

- Easter Bunnies

- Easter Themed items

Tickets are $1 each and we ask that you return them with the money by Wednesday 21st March and the raffle will be drawn on Friday 23rd March. 


Extra tickets are available from the EY and MY offices.



School Working Bee


Diversity Week

Cultural Diversity Week is being held at our school from Monday 19th - Friday 23rd March. Cultural Diversity Week is acknowledging, embracing and celebrating each other’s cultural heritage.


During the week students will participate in a variety of cultural activities, which aim to help students deepen their understanding of different cultures, including their own.


Everyone is encouraged to use the theme to help our students think about the diversity of the people of Victoria, themselves, their classmates and their family, as well as the commonality that we are all Victorian. We are all different but we also have much in common.


Important Information Regarding Cultural Diversity Week

  •   Cultural Diversity Week will amalgamate the concepts of Harmony Day and Anti-Bullying Day. This will run during Week 8 Term 1 Monday 19th - Friday 23rd March.
  •   The Early Years Cultural Diversity assembly will run on Friday 23rd March and include a cultural performance from each year level from P-4.  Early Years assembly that week may be a little longer then usual due to Year level presentations.
    • Prep to Year 4 students will be having a special Cultural Dress Day and special assembly on the Early Years campus on Friday 23rd March at 9.30am.
    • As a part of this, P-4 students and teachers are all invited and encouraged to dress in clothing and colours from their origin countries or cultural heritage. This is a great way to share and celebrate where our families have come from.
    • Families are welcome to join us at our special Cultural Diversity Assembly on 23rd March where each year level will be performing a song or dance from another culture.
    • There is no cost for this event.
    • Please note: If students are not able to participate, they will be expected to come in full school uniform.
  •   Canteen cultural diversity lunch order available for pre order. Cut off time is the 16th March to allow canteen to organise what is needed. Students and staff have the option to pre order their lunch for Week 8 of Term 1.

Thanking you in advance for your support.


Harry Agrios

LOTE/EAL Domain Leader P-9



Instrumental Music

A reminder to students who have been enrolled in the Instrumental Music Program that the Semester One payment of $100 is due to the Middle Years office before lessons can commence.  If you have any queries regarding this please call Andrew Rogers or Alina Agaronyan on the Middle Years  campus.


Please note that Instrumental Music lessons are only available for students on Middle Years.


Andrew Rogers

Instrumental Music Coordinator 

Breakfast Club - Term 2


Child Safety


School Crossing Supervisor of the Year Awards

Every two years, School Crossings Victoria, holds an awards night to honour the dedication and hard work put into the Community by School Crossing Supervisors from all over the state.


Attached below is a nomination form if you wish to nominate one of our school crossing supervisors. 



Tips For Easing Kids Into OSHC


City of Whittlesea Community Festival


Greensborough Hockey Club - 'Come & Try' Night


Parenting Sexual and Gender Diverse Young People



Whole School


Monday 19th - Out of Uniform Day - bring an Easter donation for the raffle 

Tuesday 20th - Annual General Meeting  2018 School Council: 7:00 pm

Tuesday 20th - March School Council Meeting: 7:30 pm

Friday 23rd - Easter Raffle drawn

Saturday 24th - Working Bee - 9am - 12pm.

Tuesday 27th - Parent/Teacher Meetings: 3:30 - 8:00 pm

Thursday 29th - End of Term Assembly - last day of Term 1, students dismissed at 1:15 pm.

Both Early Years & Middle Years offices will close at 12 pm. 

- This is the last date to take advantage of the $50 discount to Curriculum Charges.

- Families with outstanding Curriculum Charges will have their iPad collected after 16th April (the beginning of Term 2) even if the iPad payment has been made.

Friday 30th - PUBLIC HOLIDAY - Good Friday


Monday 16th - school commences for Term 2

Wednesday 25th - ANZAC DAY - Public Holiday


Monday 11th June - QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY - Public Holiday

Tuesday 26th - Parent/Teachers Interviews - adjusted school day - students not required at school

Friday 29th - last day of Term  2, students dismissed at 1:15 pm 


Monday 27th - CURRICULUM DAY - students not required at school


Tuesday 18th - Parent/Teacher Meetings: 3:30 - 8:00 pm

Friday 21st - last day of Term 3, students dismissed at 1:15 pm


Friday 2nd - CURRICULUM DAY - students not required at school.


Tuesday 6th - MELBOURNE CUP DAY - Public Holiday


Friday 21st - last day of Term  4, students dismissed at 1:15 pm

Middle Years


Monday 19th - Year 8 Social Media Literacy Program

Friday 23rd - Year 7 Volleyball

Friday 23rd -  Together We Dance - 7-9 MAD

Monday 26th - Year 9: Capacity Building Program - National Gallery of Victoria

Monday 26th - Year 8 Cricket

Tuesday 27th - Year 9: Capacity Building Program - National Gallery of Victoria

Early Years

The Early Years office closes at 4 pm each day - telephone calls are not answered after this time. 


Monday 19th - Year 1 Minibeast Wildlife Incursion


Every Tuesday -  Playgroup - 9:15 am

Every Friday - Coffee & Chat - after Early Years Assembly

Camp Dates


Wednesday 30th May - Friday 1st June: Years 7/8 Phillip Island Camp


Monday 20th - Friday 24th August: Year 4/5 Woorabinda Camp (Invitation Only)


Tuesday 4th - Friday 7th September: Year 6 Warrnambool Camp

Wednesday 5th - Friday 7th September: Year 3 Gundiwindi Lodge camp


Wednesday 7th - Friday 9th November: Year 4 Ace Hi Ranch Camp  

Easter Raffle 2018.pdf
breakfast club term 2.pdf
breakfast club term 2.pdf
Tips for easing kids into OSHC-A5.pdf
greensborough hockey.jpg
Nomination & Eligibility.pdf
Nomination & Eligibility.pdf
Parenting sexual and Gender Diverse.pdf