Huntingdale Primary School

06 February 2019
Issue One
Principal and Assistant Principal's Page
Student Achievements 
Dates to Remember 
Huntingdale Primary School
03 9544 2318
Grange Street
Oakleigh South, Victoria, 3167

Principal and Assistant Principal's Page

Principal's Report

Welcome to the 2019 school year! I trust everyone had a fabulous holiday break and enjoyed some of this glorious summer weather!


I had a lovely break. I spent almost 2 weeks in Apollo Bay and Robe and camping with friends. I also spent time in Phillip Island, watched movies and Netflix and caught up with lots of family and friends.


It is wonderful to be ‘back on board’. Our staff have come in over the holidays to prepare for the school year and ensure that things have been ready for students on their first day. We spent our first two curriculum days completing curriculum planning as well as Department of Education and Training (DET) updates and anaphylaxis and CPR training.


I visited each classroom over the last week and students were well settled and happy to be back at school. Thank you to all parents for preparing your child for the new school year and making it a smooth transition for all.


2019 Staff

I am very pleased to confirm our staff the school year:

Principal - Ruth Biddle

Assistant Principal - Naomi Mori- Hanazono

5/6W - Rebecca Wood & Yukiko Shoya

5/6M - Pete Magart & Yukiko Shoya

5/6K - Nozomi Koyama & Yukiko Shoya

5/6J - Sarah Jang & Yukiko Shoya

3/4P - Maria Perrella & Eiji Nishikubo

3/4G - Erin Green & Eiji Nishikubo

3/4H - Brett Herskope & Eiji Nishikubo

3/4B - Anita Buccieri & Eiji Nishikubo

2W - Alyson Wakely & Moe Osugi

2O - Amelia Olsson & Moe Osugi

2M - Maria Mathews & Moe Osugi

1S - Annika Matchan & Tomoko Smith

1M - Annika Matchan & Tomoko Smith

1JK - Keiko Harada & Jo Ewart

FJK - Keiko Harada & Jo Ewart

FH - Hisae Hatigan & Dan Thomas

FT - Dan Thomas & Hisae Hatigan

5/6 Music, Taiko & Junior PE - Tadashi Hanazono

Arts - Mariko Hioki-Walker, Akiko Collins and Ryoko Yamaoka

Student Support - Nick Tolliday


The teaching staff will be supported by ES staff Wakana Karchnak, Mayumi Cake, Honami Ando, Mayu Harada, Francesca Smith and Jenny Celle. Gill Penfold will continue as Office Manager, Rosella Dossi as Business Manager and Brendan Ariens as DET ICT support.


We warmly welcome our new staff - Sarah Jang, Erin Green, Anita Buccieri, Amelia Olsson, Moe Osugi, Akiko Collins, Mayu Harada and Ryoko Yamaoka. Please introduce yourself if you see them in the school.


School Uniform

After consultation, our current Dress Code Policy was endorsed in November 2016. Our school uniform top colour changed from sky blue to teal blue as outlined in this policy. School Council decided to give parents a three- year window to be able to change to the new colour top. By the end of 2019 all students are expected to be in the new teal blue colour top. The exemption, of course, is the Year 6’s who choose their own colour shirt in consultation with the Principal as a memento of their final year at school. Many parents purchase uniform at the start of the school year and it is an excellent opportunity to change to the teal blue top.


2019 School Captains

Our 2019 Captains at Huntingdale are:

They will provide some newsletter updates to keep you informed about what is happening in each of their roles.


Watashi Mo

Watashi Mo is Huntingdale Primary School’s Parents Association.  Watashi Mo plan and implement school activities and fundraising in the school. They usually meet once a month. We encourage all our school community to consider joining - even if you can only help out here and there, every bit counts!


On Monday 11th February at 9.00am  we are having our Annual General Meeting for our Parents’ Association ‘Watashi Mo’. We will be electing new office bearers for the roles of:





We would like to see as many members there on this day. It only costs $1 to join.


Communication and Key Dates 2019

Have you connected to our school communication tool ‘Flexibuzz’?


This assists you with organisation and information about the school.  This tool aids with home school communication particularly for those families who are unable to make drop off or pick up on a regular basis which limits face to face networking opportunities.  A major benefit of Flexibuzz is that it links directly to our website, so when calendar dates are updated on the website or the newsletter is posted you will receive a push notification.  Please refer to our website or Flexibuzz for key dates for 2019. 


Parents in Years 1-6 need to make sure they connect to their child’s new class as it has been updated for 2019.


Parents of Foundation or new students to the school should download the app and register.


If you have any difficulties please see Gill or Rosella at the office.


We have also updated our flow chart of communication between home and school, so you know and understand who to go for different questions.

We have placed a copy of this in each child’s diary and they are also around the school.


2019 Curriculum Days

School Council have met this month and endorsed the following days:

Tuesday 29th January

Wednesday 30 January

Friday 24th May

Friday 26th July


OHSC Club have been informed of the dates and are confident they will be able to provide a service for us on these dates.


Notification re: Measles and Chickenpox Reminder

Each term there is a reminder in the newsletter regarding Measles and Chickenpox.  As you may or may not be aware, there are currently children in our school community who are receiving medical treatment.  The children participate in the normal school program without any major limitations when they are well enough to be here.  A major concern, however, is if these students develop measles or chickenpox, they can become seriously ill.  I seek your cooperation in preventing this situation.  If your son/daughter has or may have measles or chickenpox or is unwell, I request that you do not send them to school during this period and notify your class teacher and the office as soon as possible.  Thank you for your support in keeping our school a safe place for all of our children.


Anaphylaxis and Allergies

We have a number of children in the school with anaphylaxis and allergies to a range of things.  We ask that all parents avoid packing nuts or nut related products in their child’s lunch.  This will assist us all in keeping our environment safe for all of our children.   


Medical Plans and Update contact details

At school we often need to contact parents for a variety of reasons. Over the break many families’ telephone numbers, home address and email addresses have changed. If you do change telephone numbers, email, and/or home address or there is an update on personal/medical/family situation, it is most important that you contact Gill in the school office to let us know so we can update the school records. An early reminder that we must have your correct email address as school reports will be emailed this year to parents. We thank you for your cooperation with this.


Working With Children Checks

Just a reminder to all parents that you must have a valid Working With Children Check when working with students in classrooms, on excursions, working bees, camps and sporting events. You can apply for one online at:

Once you have the card, please bring it to Gill in the office so she can take a copy of it for our records. If you have any questions, please see Gill.


Education Tip of the Week

Each week we will send out a tip to help parents support their child’s learning and connect with the school.

As school is back it is important to set a good routine so children and the family are organised. You can do this by:

  • Helping your child to organise their uniform, hat and shoes the night before.
  • Ensuring your child packs their school bag with their lunchbox with a fruit snack, lunch and a refillable drink bottle (so they can top it up with water at school), their hat and diary.
  • Ensure you alert them if there is something in their bag that they need to hand to the office or teacher e.g. excursion money, a note in their diary
  • Put sunscreen on your child in the morning if it's needed.
  • Making sure your child knows who will pick them up from school (and where) or if they are required to go to OHS Club.
  • It is also advisable that you place a spare pair of underpants and a change of clothes in a plastic bag. Let your child know these clothes are in their bag in case of any accidents at school.

Don’t forget the school bell rings at 8.50am. Students can go into class, unpack their bags and get ready for learning to start at 9.00am.


Student Achievements

A reminder that we ask that any parents who have a child who has achieved something special at any time to please take a photograph and write a short sentence or two about what the child did, when it happened and what it means to the child and send this through to the school account at [email protected] 


Achievements could be getting an award from the local footy team or ballet performance or library book club or gaining their Grey Wolf Award at Scouts or any other hobby your child pursues we’re here to celebrate Personal Best in whatever form that takes.   


We look forward to a fabulous 2019 school year.


Ruth Biddle


Assistant Principal's Report

Welcome to the 2019 school year! I trust everyone had a fabulous summer holiday. It has been wonderful hearing about students’ holidays- many have been overseas, taking trips to the beach, watching movies and relaxing!  I had a fantastic holiday. I feel refreshed and am really happy to be back at school.


1st Children’s Assembly

We have our children’s Assembly every Monday from 2:55pm in Hall. School leaders lead the assembly in English and Japanese and celebrate Children’s learning. Parents are welcome to join in.

We had our first assembly on 4th February this year. Our new leaders lead the assembly and after the assembly, they told me that they were so nervous to stand up in front. It will be a great learning opportunity for them and they have done really well for the first one. I am looking forward to see their growth over the year as leaders.

It was the Foundation children’s first assembly. They were so ready to be in Hall for the assembly and listened well  the whole time.  It is so great to celebrate each of their stepping stones.


Creating Our Learning Community (COLC)

For the first four weeks of school all classes are completing our ‘Creating Our Learning Community’ (COLC) unit of work. This unit focuses on creating a positive learning atmosphere in the classroom which will set up learning for the year. During the unit students review our school values which are strongly linked to the ‘Play is the Way’ virtues. A key component of COLC is students working together with both their English and Japanese teachers in the same sessions to build common language and learning protocols, which will be mirrored both in English and Japanese sessions throughout the year. Our aim is for the students in each class to build a strong rapport and identity with all of their teachers which will be vital for the success not only this year but in years to come.


Student Support Services

A major part of my role as Assistant Principal is to coordinate the student support services at the school. This includes the DET speech pathology, psychology and social worker services, as well as outside agencies. I also facilitate additional programs in the school such as EAL (English as an Additional Language), Literacy, Wellbeing and Mathematics support.


If you have any concerns about your child’s education, please see the classroom teacher first. They can then discuss options.


It is also important if your child has received outside assistance such as speech pathology, psychology, occupational therapy and so on that your inform the school. The classroom teacher may ask if you have any reports so we can keep them on file at school. This will enable your child’s teachers to implement any recommendations and adjust the teaching program accordingly.


If you have any further questions, please come and see me.


Have a great fortnight.

Naomi Mori-Hanazono

Student Achievements 

Cate  B.

You may have noticed Cate from 34B sporting  a much shorter hair style on her return to school. 


A couple of years ago, Cate overheard a cousin talking about donating their hair to Variety to make wigs for children who have lost their hair through illness. 


Cate decided that this was something she could do, and so the hair growing marathon commenced! 


Cate has endured many untangling, brushing and braiding sessions (especially in the past 6 months), and was delighted her hair had finally reached the required 35.5cm of clean hair growth required for the donation so we visited the salon for her cut.


Once the hair was segmented, it took her hairdresser under 40 seconds to cut off the 2-3 years of growth. 

Cate is very  happy knowing her hair will help bring some joy to another child during what she imagines would be a difficult time. 








Dates to Remember 

February 2019

Fri 15 - Interschool Sports grade 5/6 at Sacred Heart Primary

Thu 21 - District Swimming - 7am Oakleigh Rec Centre

Thu 21 - School Council nominations open

Thu 28 - School Council nominations close - 4pm

March 2019

Fri 1 - Interschool Sports grade 5/6 at Holy Redeemer PS

Tue 5 - Division swimming at Monash Aquatic Centre

Tue 12 - Nihongo Sports night and picnic - 6pm - Davies Reserve 

Fri 15 - Interschool Sports grade 5/6 at home: Huntingdale PS vs Amsleigh Park PS


April 2019

Fist week - Camp - details to follow

Term Dates 2019

Term 1: 29 January (school teachers start) to 5 April


Term 2: 23 April to 28 June
Term 3: 15 July to 20 September
Term 4: 7 October to 20 December

Term Dates 2020

Term 1: 28 January (school teachers start) to 27 March * 
Term 2: 14 April to 26 June 
Term 3: 13 July to 18 September 
Term 4: 5 October to 18 Decembe

Click here to see Term Dates up to 2025

Huntingdale Primary School
School Captains.pdf
Communication between home and school.pdf