Marlborough Primary School

13 June 2017
Issue 23
Principal's Report
School Council
Pupils of the Week
Dates to remember
School News
Parent's Association
Out of School Hours Care
Class Blogs
Community News
Marlborough Primary School
03 9870 3468
Hardy Crescent
Heathmont, Victoria, 3135

Principal's Report

Our School Camp Program

Last week I had the pleasure of visiting our yr 3/4 students at Camp Manyung and a selection of our 5/6 students at Somers Camp. It was great to see what a fantastic time the students, staff and parent volunteers were having at camp. Observing the student involvement in activities and the interactions between the students and between the students and the teachers, it was clear to see the important role camps play in the social and emotional development of our students.

School camps play a vital role in challenging students, getting them out of their 'comfort zone' and putting them into stressful situations. As we become more aware of our students' mental health, we also need to be conscious of the positive role that stress can provide. Research shows that stress can be both a cognitive and a physical enhancer. Stress develops our ability to focus, improves our problem solving ability, increases our bodies reflexes and can improve our endurance.


The benefits of a quality school camp program can also include:

  • Development of social skills
  • Development of independence skills
  • Development of decision-making skills
  • Increased environmental awareness
  • Increased levels of resilience
  • They are heaps of fun

Whilst our students don't go away to camp until Yr 3, we run a camp program from Foundation to Yr 6 that provides increasingly challenging and independent experiences for our students.

  • Foundation: breakfast at school, followed by a day of camp activities
  • Yr 1: dinner and night-time camp activities at school
  • Yr 2: sleep-over at school
  • 3/4: 2 night camp each year
  • 5/6: 2 night camp each year and the opportunity for a group of students to attend Somers Camp (8 nights) or Woorabinda Camp (4 nights)  with students from our neighbouring schools 

At Marlborough we pride ourselves on providing an engaging, holistic education that provides opportunities for students to develop skills and capacities to set them up for a successful life ahead. I would like to thank the staff and parent volunteers who attended these camps and provided these great learning experiences for our students.


School Council

Over the past two months, the MPS School Council has been finalising its 2017 work plan under the Council's four strategic focus areas, namely: education excellence; environmental sustainability; financial sustainability; and student health and wellbeing. 


Each focus area includes 1-3 priority actions or projects that will be progressed by the Council in 2017. These each have a nominated project lead and are being supported by sub-committee members. 


There are some exciting projects that I am keen to communicate to the broader school community. As these projects progress, Council will include updates in the MPS newsletter for your information and feedback. The first such progress report below is from our student health and wellbeing focus area and includes an update on the Canteen - healthy choices and achievement program projects.


Council welcomes your feedback on these projects and any other school policy matters that you would like to raise.


I can be contacted on 0407 325 102 or [email protected] any queries, comments  or feedback.




James Todd


MPS School Council

Student Health and Wellbeing Committee

Thank you to those who responded to our recent Health and Wellbeing Survey, we received 74 responses.  The information provided will be valuable as the H&WB team prioritise areas that you think are important. 


We have just completed phase one (Coordinate) of the Achievement Program, which allowed us to engage the community and settle on our first 2 health and well-being priorities. We are commencing the next phase (Create) where we have chosen the following 2 areas to work towards:

  • Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Healthy Eating and Oral Health

The overwhelming response from the survey is for more focus on mental health: Resilience, Self Esteem and Stress Management (including dealing with anxiety and sleep). There were a lot of good ideas on how to manage these mental health issues, such as meditation, yoga, mindfulness and other relaxation techniques. Working through the program has shown us that MPS already provides many wonderful resources and opportunities to help our children but there is so much more we can do.


We are well underway with the Healthy Eating priority area with the work being done on the Canteen.


For further information on the Achievement Program please visit or if you would like to be involved in any part please contact Joy Veith, Rebecca Bennett or Kathy McVeigh.


To keep you up to date with what is happening with the canteen:

  • We are currently working towards a menu that meets the School Canteens and other School Food Services Policy.
  • The aim is to work on a traffic light system where more than 50% of food offered on the menu falls into the GREEN ‘Everyday’ food items, with the balance being AMBER ‘Select Carefully’ Foods.
  • More information about this can be found on the Healthy Eating Advisory Service website
  • If you would like to get involved with this committee, please either contact Joy Veith or Rebecca Bennett.

Pupils of the Week


These students will be awarded their certificates at the following assemblies:

Monday 19th June

Ben R (PB) - For trying his Personal Best with writing during our writing sessions.  Ben has been doing a great job at learning the correct letter formations.  Way to go, Ben!

Luke H (12A) - For always showing Mutual Respect and Appreciations to his class mates.  It is wonderful to have such a supportive student in our class.

Charlotte W (12B) - For drafting and editing 3 fantastic poems for your poetry book.  You did your Personal Best and made excellent word choices.

Kian M (12C) - For showing such wonderful Mutual Respect. It's so lovely to hear you give warm appreciations to your peers on their efforts.  Well done!

Maddy S (34A) - For going beyond her comfort bubble on her second turn on the giant swing at Camp Manyung.  Maddy decided to try to go right to the top, overcoming her fears.  Well done, Maddy!

Ebony S (34B) - For being an Attentive Listener in class and during student speeches.  She also did a wonderful job with her own speech about her favourite moments at camp.  Great work, Ebony!

Spencer E (34C) - For putting in a great effort at our 3/4 Camp Manyung last week.  Spencer gave most things a go and had a great time with his friends.  Well done, Spencer!

Thomas E (56A) - For the flexibility and integrity he demonstrates in our class.  Thomas has a big heart and is admired by all of us.

Nathan R (56B) -  For an outstanding research project about the Bipolar condition.  Nathan spoke clearly, looked at the audience and had interesting information.  Excellent work!

Monday 26th June

Gabriel L (PB) - For his amazing journal writing.  He has been working hard on sounding out his words and using capital letters and full stops.  You're a star, Gabe!

Alec R (12A) - For always showing Attentive Listening and Mutual Respect.  You are a fantastic role model for all students in our unit.  Great job!

Ryan P (12B) -  For working persistently to improve your handwriting.  During your poetry writing you wrote very neatly and improved the length of your writing.  Well done!

Harley C (12C) - For being an absolute superstar in Maths!!  Well done for showing your Personal Best in concentrating and when completing work.

Gemma S (34A) - For her excellent use of speech marks when writing about cucumbers that come to life. Well done, Gemma!  You have achieved your personal goal.

Kira S (34B) - For showing her Personal Best in class by staying focused on her work and ignoring distractions.  Kira has also improved her resilience by staying strong when she is feeling a bit down.

Brodie R (34C) - For trying his Personal Best with his joined writing.  Brodie was successful in getting his Pen Licence this term and has been doing a fantastic job writing in pen!

Grace D (56A) - For trying so hard during Maths - Grace has figured out how to use the BODMAS rule for extended maths problems.  SUPER EFFORT!

Hannah B (56B) - For doing her Personal Best in Maths.  Hannah made an extra effort to understand BODMAS by choosing to do extra tasks in her own time.  Well done!


Dates to remember


Wednesday 14th

  • Somers Camp arrive back  ***Please note the pick up time has changed to 11.45am***

Thursday 22nd

  • Community Kids to MPS
  • Gr 5/6 Mental Health and Wellbeing Expo

Friday 23rd

  • Preps to Community Kids
  • AFL Clinic

Tuesday 27th

  • Gr 5/6 boys - AFL Gala Day

Wednesday 28th

  • Parent Teacher Interviews
  • Gr 5/6 girls - AFL Gala Day

Friday 30th

  • Last day of Term 2 - Early Dismissal at 2.30pm


Monday 17th

  • Student Free Day

Tuesday 18th

  • First day for students - Term 3





School News

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Games Area Update and Naming Competition

We are nearly ready to officially open our outdoor games area outside near the staffroom.  We have tables, stools and games ready and now a shed to store it all.  A huge thankyou to David (Nika’s dad) who gave up his time on the long weekend to put the shed together and soon it will be bolted to the cement. We greatly appreciate you supporting the school in this way.


As a celebration of the opening of the games area we are running a competition to name the area and the winner will get to cut the ribbon at the opening ceremony! All students are welcome to enter the competition and forms will be available in each classroom.


Gr 3/4 Camp Manyung


Parent Teacher Interviews

Term 2 Parent/Teacher interviews will be held on Wednesday 28th June.  You will be able to log on to Compass from Thursday 15th June to book in a time.



Canteen Helpers Needed


Casserole Bank

We are in urgent need of more volunteers to:

  1. contribute a meal
  2. to take over the coordination at the end of 2017 & beyond

The Casserole Bank aims to have a store of meals kept at the school in the canteen deep freeze to assist families that may be struggling, going through a challenging time, have a new baby etc it is a wonderful way to support fellow Marlborough families.


Please consider if this is something you would like be involved with -  it is an amazing community service in our school.


For any questions please contact me, Naomi Foster  [email protected] Or 0425 770 526

Bendigo Bank School Banking

Just a reminder that School Banking is every Thursday.

If you would like an information pack/application form please collect one from the school office.


Parent's Association


At  Marlborough Primary, our goal is to make sure that every child learns to the best  of their ability. As we are a small community school, allocation of government funding is not always enough to provide all opportunities and resources for our students. We have provided additional facilities, enhanced our student resources by our continuous fundraising efforts Whilst I have been part of the Parents Association, I would like to say that I appreciate the support from the school community for the efforts in our fundraising activities.. This is my 4th year as President and am so grateful for all the new friendships created and with assisting in providing our great school with extra.

Several parents have raised questions as to what and where the funds of the fundraising events contribute to. In the years, I have been president some of the items purchased have been computers, air conditioning unit, new basketball rings, iPads and new Blinds.

The funds we raised in 2016 are going towards providing “Fruit for Kids’ in the classroom as well as getting a specialized music teacher for Term 3. The students will have a specialist teacher once a week learning African drumming and dancing. This is a great way to broaden the curriculum for our children.

The 2017year has started well and we have decided that the funds we raise will go to the following items:

  • An entire set of Guided Readers for the 1-2 unit, (684 books) following the CAFÉ reading program.
  • Fountas and Pinell Assessment tool for the Prep, 1-2 units
  • Building our resources for a STEAM Lab – robotics/3D printer

I would like to personally thank all the team in our PA for all their hard work and continuous support. To the families that help with fundraising, your time and effort is also very much appreciated.

Without the support of the school community we would not be able to raise much needed funds to provide updated and new items for our children.

Thank you. Dora

Looking forward to a really fun night this Saturday for the Beauty and the Geek Trivia Night. Just to remind you of a few things:

  • The first round of trivia begins at 7:30pm, doors open at 7pm. It’s at the Heathmont Scout Hall, Barrow Drive. The night will finish up around 10:30-11pm.
  • Bring along plenty of loose change for the games, raffle and photo booth.
  • There are over 25 silent auction items, including an Acheron fire pit, a 3 month membership to Aquanation and a full term of swimming lessons from Healthways Aquatic Centre plus plenty of other items with bidding starting at $15. There will be an eftpos facility available for payment of the silent auction items but cash is preferable.
  • BYO drinks and nibbles.
  • There will be a small prize awarded to the best dressed male and female geek/beauty.
  • There are six rounds of trivia, including topics such as famous faces, sport, general knowledge and music. There will be a two fundraising games between rounds with fabulous prize packages up for grabs.
  • If you are able to help with either setting up on Saturday from 11am or on Sunday from 11am, please let me know.
  • The money raised from this event is allocated to purchasing an entire set of Guided Readers for the 1/2 Unit, following the CAFÉ reading program. That is around 680 books at a cost of roughly $5,000.

Sarah Riedel

Event Coordinator



Movie Tickets

Discount Movie tickets are now available online!!  No need to fill out forms or wait for your tickets to be printed  - you can go straight the website and get your tickets instantly (and our school still receives the commission!).



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In an exciting move for Melbourne’s network of Community Bank branches, we kick off next week with a 9 week radio campaign on the NOVA radio network, to specifically promote our very unique Community Bank® model.  Part of this promotion we are funding is “Browny’s Community Chest”, and includes significant cash rewards for clubs or community groups with worthy projects - $3,000 a day for two weeks and a grand prize of $10,000.  We would LOVE to see this cash land in our community here in Heathmont, so encourage you to jump on and enter, when the competition goes live next Monday 29 May.  To enter, all you will need to do is go to the NOVA win page and write in 25 words or less why your club/community group/project deserves to win this $3,000 or $10,000.  And the more people from your club who enter, the greater chance you have to win.  So please circulate this to your members and get them on board!







Marlborough Primary School
Booking form for Beauty and the Geek .pdf
Reimbursement Form.pdf
Term 2 Newsletter.pdf
OSHC Information Booklet.pdf
OSHC Enrolment Form.pdf
Permanent booking form2017.pdf