Sub School Newsletters

01 November 2018
Issue One
Dates to remember
Acting Principal's Report
Acting Assistant Principal's Report
Curriculum News
Parents and Friends Report
News from the Office
Library News
Visual Arts
Performing Arts
Physical Education
Sustainability Report
Play is the Way
Community News
Chelsea Heights Primary School
(03) 9772 4139
194 Thames Promenade
Chelsea Heights, Victoria, 3196

Dates to remember


Thursday 1 November

Level 3 and 4 Scienceworks


Friday 2 November

Curriculum Day


Tuesday 6 November

Melbourne Cup Day


Wednesday 7 November

2019 Foundation Transition Session 3

9:15 – 11am

Wilson McCaskill Parent Info Session

9:15am in the Gym


Monday 12 November

School Council Meeting

8pm in the Conference Room


Friday 16 November

Whole School Colour Fun Run


Thursday  22 November

Parent Helpers' Morning Tea

10:30am - 11:30am


Friday 23 November

2019 Foundation Transition Session 4

9:15 -10:45am


Saturday 24th November

Christmas Market at CHPS

9am - 2pm


Thursday 29th November

Level 5 Leadership Speeches

9:30am - 12pm









Tuesday 11 December

State-wide Transition Day

9:15am – 12pm


Wednesday 12 December

End of year Christmas Concert



Thursday 20 December

Level 6 Graduation and Disco


Friday 21 December

Last day of Term 4

1:30pm dismissal






Acting Principal's Report

Welcome back to Term 4

As communicated throughout this term Ms Satchwell has been on leave. Ms. Satchwell’s husband suffered a serious mountain bike injury whilst overseas which has impacted on his ability to fly back to Australia. Unfortunately during this period Ms Satchwell has also been diagnosed with pneumonia. I have been in the Acting Principal role until she returns hopefully in the near future.


Mr Tudball also had an unfortunate holiday period. Mr Tudball was involved in a major car accident which has resulted in a period of time in hospital and a number of complications. Mr Tudball is a very enthusiastic and dedicated staff member and is exceptionally keen to be back at work but unfortunately his condition was worse than expected. Mr Tudball is gradually returning to full time work and he will be at school for a couple of hours a day throughout the week. Ms Emma Hickey will remain in his class until he returns.

Outstanding Primary Principal

In July this year Jane was notified that she was shortlisted as a finalist for the Outstanding Primary Principal for the Victorian Education Excellence Awards (top 4).


As you know, Jane is still overseas therefore she was unable to attend the ceremony at the Regent Theatre so Cate (her daughter) and I went along. To describe it as ‘outrageously fancy’ is an understatement and to be honest it felt like we were at the Academy Awards with the ‘it’ crowd of the teaching profession. 


On behalf of our school, I would like to congratulate Jane as she was announced as the Outstanding Primary Principal of the year for 2018. She absolutely deserves this award and we are exceptionally proud of her. Being a Principal is a challenging task and what she has been able to achieve in her time is unbelievable. This is an excerpt from her nomination and link to the associated video which also features a number of our students:


Chelsea Heights Primary School principal Jane Satchwell says she is proud of her journey with the school community to achieve her vision: 'High Standards, High Expectations'.

The vision aims for clarity and simplicity. It ensures strong understanding and application across the whole school.

Jane took the school from disadvantage to creating a culture where everybody believes that all students can succeed.  Data indicated a need for the school to change its social climate. The first challenge was to transform the belief that demographics led to low performance.

Jane led a whole-school transition guided by the Professional Learning Communities' core principles. She enhanced staff collaboration, community cohesion and student-centred learning.

To achieve new targets for student success, Jane developed a learning environment that was safe and conducive to learning. This includes clear and focused teaching instructions with frequent monitoring and intervention. The results have been outstanding.

Over Jane's eight years with Chelsea Heights Primary School, the culture has changed. Before, the school was underperforming and reactive. Today, the school is collaborative, professional and adaptive to changing educational needs.


The school has achieved and sustained medium to high literacy and numeracy growth. Student behaviour has significantly improved. The school culture promotes inclusion and collective responsibility to support all student achievement.


To view the video go to the link below and type the password. Note our video is second last on the list.

Password: VEEA


I’d like to also point out that these awards have been conducted over the last 14 years. Jane is the ONLY recipient to have won two awards (not in the same year), as Jane won the Lindsay Thompson award in 2006 which is the highest honour in the profession.


As Jane missed out on being at the ceremony due to the circumstances she is currently facing, I think it’s important that we make this something special for her when she returns and celebrate as a school community.

Class Structure and Student Placement

This time of year teachers are beginning to look at class placements for 2019. This process is quite extensive and teachers consider the academic, social, emotional, gender and other relevant factors when developing these compositions. The policy for Class Structure and Students Placement is available on the website and states that we will NOT be accepting requests from the end of October.


Pia Licciardo

Acting Principal

Acting Assistant Principal's Report

Breakfast Club

Since joining the School Breakfast Clubs program, Chelsea Heights Primary School has received the following free, healthy, nutritious breakfast foods:

  • Vita Brits = 121 kilograms
  • Wholegrain Cheerios = 37 kilograms
  • Milk = 720 kilograms
  • Oats = 69 kilograms
  • Muesli = 10 kilograms
  • Baked beans = 276 kilograms
  • Canned fruit = 317 kilograms
  • Fruit cups = 61 kilograms
  • Apples = 0 kilograms

That's an estimated 5799 healthy breakfasts for students! Also, we're thrilled to have added Vegemite and honey to the menu this term. 


Thank you to Nicole McDonald who co-ordinates our Breakfast Club. If you would like your child/ren to join in, please sign up using the form below: 


PSW Uniform shop is moving

Our uniform shop that has previously been in Frankston has moved to 22/13 Gateway Drive, Carrum Downs. See flyer below for more details:


Booklists for 2019

Booklists for 2019 have been finalised and we will be sending out the paper versions next week.

Cross School Transition

Cross School Transition Number 1            

Friday 16th November


Cross School Transition Number 2            

Friday 23rd November


Cross School Transition Number 3            

Friday 3rd December


State-Wide Transition Day                           

Tuesday 11th December


Travis Stevenson

Acting Assistant Principal


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Curriculum News

Assessment and Reporting

As you may have been aware, we are looking into how we can improve our current reporting format and cycle.

Schools have a lot more control over deciding how to report student achievement to parents, as a single report format is no longer mandated by the Department. Schools can decide the timing and frequency of reports, in accordance with the basic guidelines set by the Department.  Schools also decide how student progress and achievement will be displayed – either as a written or graphical representation. These decisions should be made in consultation with the school community, hence the reporting surveys that were completed by staff and parents earlier in the year.

We had a great response, with just over 151 surveys completed by parents.

Some of the most common feedback responses:

·         More regular, succinct reporting would be beneficial and enable parents to better support the learning of their child.

·         Information about student effort and behaviour is valued.

·         Written comments are often very long and can appear generic.

·         Comments are often out of date by the time reports go home.

·         Areas that parents would most like reported on more regularly: Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening, and Number and Algebra.


As a school leadership team, we have discussed the pros and cons of different options and report formats and also sought feedback from other schools in our network. We are currently working with a software provider to develop suitable methods to display student progress and achievement, and to be able to communicate this to parents more regularly.

There are a number of steps we need to take as a school in order to transition to more regular reporting of student achievement. At this stage we are aiming to commence this at some stage in 2019.


Semester Two Reports

Some slight adjustments will be made to the Semester Two reports based on the feedback from both teacher and parent report surveys.

Progression points will be completed for all areas of learning that have been covered in Semester Two.

Written comments will be completed for the following areas:

·         Reading

·         Writing

·         Speaking and Listening

·         Number and Algebra

·         General comment

Comment length will be consistent from Foundation to Year 6.

Attitudes to Learning statements will be completed.

Specialist subjects will also have a written comment. This comment will consist of 1-2 sentences on each student's effort, attitude, and/or behaviour in each of these classes, followed by a short list of the most important skills attained.

Thank you to everyone who completed the report survey. Information regarding this process will be communicated to parents as progress continues in 2019.


Bec Garrow

Curriculum Leader


Parents and Friends Report

Art Show

We had a terrific start to kick off term 4 for the school and PFA with the Art Show. This is the school's major fundraising event that is held every second year. Lead by Mrs. Raelene Brown, our wonderful Art Teacher, and Miss Emily White (helping co-ordinate volunteers), it was a fantastic night with our Tea Party Theme. The weather was great, especially for sitting outside to have bite to eat from the BBQ or food van. So great watching the children play games like tug of war and bean bag throw. Inside was the amazing artwork display, cake stall, face painting, biscuit decorating, music, raffles and silent auctions. Thanks to all the parent helpers and teachers for pulling together to create such a great night!

Trivia Night

Saturday 27th October was the school's annual Trivia Night - our third trivia night held at the school. It was a Halloween theme and there were some great costumes! We had lots of fun and laughs to make a successful night, with games, raffles and silent auctions throughout the night.

Pia Licciardo, Travis Stevenson, Emily White and John Sheill were amongst some of the teaching staff that came along. Travis Stevenson won Best Dressed male on the night. Narelle Fairlie won Best Dressed female.


Upcoming Events

Friday 16th Nov  - Colour Fun Run

Held on the school oval in the afternoon.

Foundation -  Level 2 will go first.

Level 3 - Level 6 will go next.

More details will be sent home soon.


Saturday 24th November - Christmas Market

Come along to our outdoor market and vote at the same time! PFA is running a BBQ throughout the day as it is also Election Day


2019 Twilight Fete

Saturday 16th March 3pm-8pm 


Thank you everyone for being so supportive of all events and activities held throughout this year. It's been such a busy year and hopefully our wonderful principal, Jane Satchwell, who took out Outstanding Primary Prinicpal recently, will return to us soon. Best wishes to both her and her husband.

News from the Office

Student Absences

It is vital that you let the office know (not just the teacher) when your child does not attend school. The easiest way to let us know is to SMS our mobile number 0455 070 159 with your child’s name, grade and reason for absence. Please let us know before 9am.

NOTE: this is for SMS only and cannot receive calls.

You can also call the school and leave a message on 9772 4139 if the office is not attended.

Staff Car Park

The staff car park is designated for teachers, staff and school business related visitors. It is also there for school members that have approved disabled parking permits. Due to limited spaces, PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS ARE NOT TO PARK IN THIS CAR PARK OR EVEN USE IT AS A DROP OFF ZONE from 8:30am until 9:30am and then from 3:00pm – 4:00pm unless specific arrangements have been made with the Principal.

Collecting children early

If you are collecting your child early, report to the school office, tell office staff the arrangements and sign-out your child in the Early Leavers Book. Monitors will bring your child to the office.

Parent Contact Details

It is vital we have up to date phone numbers for families. In emergency situations and if your child is sick, it is crucial that we can contact you easily. If you have changed your phone number or your Emergency Contacts have altered, please either use the Sentral Parent Portal to update these or send the school an email mailto:[email protected].

Parent Payments Due

Parent Payments are important in enabling us to provide the best learning environment for the children at Chelsea Heights Primary School. Thank you to the families who have already paid their contributions. Parent Payments are now due. These can be paid via QKR! or by calling the office with a credit card or over the counter. If you are experiencing financial difficulties please contact our Business Manager, Anne Leggett, to discuss a payment plan.

CSEF for 2019

If you already receive CSEF (Camp, Sports, Excursion Funding) you do not need to re-apply next year. You will only need to re-apply if you have a new child starting school or there are any changes to your Health Care Card.


This year, excursions, incursions, swimming and camps will be on a ‘user-pays’ basis and information will be sent home electronically (NO PAPER) before each event with permission forms available on QKR! We currently have numerous excursions and Foundation Swimming that are all on QKR! Relevant notices are on the Notices webpage. Payment must be made by due date in order for your child to attend.

And the winner is....

Congratulations to Aydin Z, Greta R and Linett R who won a TeamKids voucher in our competition we ran for all those families who have paid their school fees for 2018. We hope you enjoy a day at the TeamKids Holiday Program that runs at CHPS.


TeamKids at CHPS

Below is some information about the Spring Holiday Program.


Library News


We regret to inform our story dogs families that due to Bonnie’s severe injury, Cheryl and her beloved whippets Bonnie and Charlotte are no longer able to be a part of our story dogs program. We have found a replacement with Lola the lovely Golden Retriever and her owner Jodie who will be with us until the end of the year. We wish Bonnie, Charlotte and Cheryl all the very best and thank them for everything they have done for our story dogs students.


Book club is another major fund raiser for our library and due to a positive response to our new supplier we are going to continue with Redgum Book club. Catalogues are available from the office, the library and students will be bringing some home this week. Orders must be completed online and will be delivered to your home address. Orders for this catalogue cannot be delivered to the school. These books will make great Christmas gifts!


Lamont Book Fair

It is that time of year again! Our school library is hosting our annual book fair which is our library's biggest fundraiser of the year. This is your chance to stock up on some books for Christmas while raising some much needed funds for our library. The book fair will be held on November 19 – 24 and will be open both before and after school. 


Kym Allsep

Library Manager


Visual Arts

Art Show 2018

What a wonderful start to Term 4 celebrating the amazing artworks created by our students over this year. It was exciting to see so many families wandering through the exhibit, listening to their child talk about the work they created. I am sure you agree that the level of work completed by the students was of the highest standard -  it certainly provided a wonderful pop of colour when you entered the exhibit.

I would like to take the time to thank our wonderful parent community for all their help in setting up what was a wonderful night filled with exciting activities and food! Without your support these sorts of fundraising events do not happen. A big thank you also to Emily White and all the teachers who gave up their evening to support us.

Term 4 Focus

Students this term are beginning to explore ways in which they can make choices to create art. They are taking their time to plan ideas and select mediums of their own choice to create an artwork. Students are being supported to use the techniques they have learnt over the year and incorporate this into their own style. 


Razz Brown

Visual Arts Teacher



Performing Arts

Christmas Concert

It is almost time …Christmas time!

Our annual Christmas / Holiday concert is fast approaching and this year we are embracing a Traditional theme. There will be songs and skits that come from all different traditions celebrated at this time of year by our students and their families. Plus due to popular demand, there will be the teacher number this year!!

We encourage families to bring along a picnic and PFA will be selling Zooper Doopers. Come along and sing along to some traditional songs. Meet on the grass outside the Green Zone at 5pm for a 5:30pm start  - Wednesday 12th December.


Lauren Heazlewood

Performing Arts Teacher


Physical Education

Divisional Athletics

On Thursday, 18th of October, Tulip H, Riley Gi and Sharny G represented CHPS at Casey Fields Athletics Track for the Southern Metropolitan Regional Athletics. They competed extremely hard against some really talented competitors. Well done to the three of you for representing CHPS at such a high level and you should be extremely proud of your efforts. A very special congratulations to Sharny for finishing in 1st place in the 9/10 Girls Shot Put Event, qualifying for the SSV State Track and Field Championships. What a huge accomplishment, we are so proud of you, what a champion! Here are the results from the day.



Riley Gi - Long Jump 6th Place (4.57m)

Tulip H - 100m 7th Place (14.20)

                   200m 6th Place (30.07)

Sharny G - Shot Put 1st Place (8.62m)

Bowls is the winner

If you enjoyed learning lawn bowls last year when the clinics were running at school, why not do what Shailey R has done and join the Carrum Bowling Club! Read this article for more details:


Kingston Division Golf

On Monday 22nd October, Shailey R competed at the SSV Kingston Division Golf Tournament at Cerberus Golf Club. Shailey finished first in her division which mean she is off to Southern Metropolitan Regional Golf Finals in a couple of weeks. Once again, Shailey dominating in another sport, what a champion! CHPS is so proud of you and your courage and determination to try a new sport. Great job Shai!

Travis Stevenson

Physical Education Teacher



This term the Foundation students have started to learn to say big 大(おお)きい  ookii, same 同じ onaji, small 小(ちい)さい  chiisai.  We have also begun to trace  and write the kanji character for big 大(おお)きい.


Level 1 and 2

The Level 1 and 2 students are rehearsing

  “what is it?” …..は何ですか-….. wa nan desu ka

and answer “it is a…”        …………..です-desu

A Level 1 class had the opportunity to talk with students in Japan over Skype which helps students understand and  experience the benefits of learning Japanese and having a taste of being a global citizen.


Level 3 and 4

Level 3 and 4 have been continuing  to learn the Japanese script, hiragana and checking their learning via an app called Plickers, games and using peer coaching.

Fun Fact: Did you know that the Australian rugby union team, the Wallabies, played a game in Japan last weekend in preparation for the rugby union World Cup next year to be held in Japan?


Deanna Wegman

Specialist Teacher Japanese




Sustainability Report


It has been an exciting term for Sustainability. Recycling has been one of our main targets this year and in celebration, I would like to share that we have reduced our co-mingled waste collection from 6 bins down to 3!


Big Green Schools' Conference

Our Level 5/6’s attended day 2 of the Big Green Schools' Conference at St. Louis.

Term 4 Working Bee

Sunday 18th November is our last working bee for 2018. Please come along if you can spare an hour or two. Bring the children too and they can have some fun helping or playing in the school yard.

Garden Club

Our baby plants are maturing and our veggie patch is growing. Our Junior School students who attended Gardening Club helped with tidying the grounds, we weeded, mulched and watered. Fantastic effort!

I look forward to seeing more students at Gardening Club on Thursdays 1:30-2pm. Volunteers will be warmly welcomed if you have some time to spare.


Tessa Horkings

Sustainability Leader



Play is the Way

A message from Ms Hargreaves

As you are obviously aware, Term 4 has been a very difficult term for many members of the Chelsea Heights staff. It really makes one step back and reassess what is important in life – being a good and kind person, and having good and kind people around you. This difficult time has made us all realise how fortunate we are at Chelsea Heights PS – we have a community of good and kind people, who are good and kind to each other.

I truly believe that a big mistake was made at the start of this term by communicating the message that it is ‘business as usual’ at CHPS. If it was ‘business as usual’ then that would imply that the staff members who are going through such difficult times are not important or highly valued. This is rather, a difficult time for our school and for our community. The people who are absent are important and are highly valued – important to our students, important to our teachers and staff and important to our parents.

So how do we ensure that the year finishes as wonderfully as it starts? We STAND UP! My message at assembly reminded the students about the core of CHPS and invited them to stand up for what makes CHPS community members so special. We are people of GOOD CHARACTER, who show KINDNESS and implement SELF CONTROL.

Below is the speech from assembly if you were unable to attend, including the lovely letter we received from Jane. I would encourage you to read it and have deep and meaningful discussions with your family about each of the values.

I know everyone at CHPS will STAND UP! As it deeply matters to all of us.

Kind regards,

Paris Hargreaves

Assembly Speech

As you all know, Ms Satchwell has been away because of the illness of her husband Neil. I am so excited to be able to read to you a letter we have received from her…

Letter from Jane Satchwell:

Hello boys and girls,

It’s been a long time since I’ve seen you. Can I say that I have missed you enormously – it’s like not having my family around me. Thank you so much for your kind thoughts, I am going through a very difficult time as you all know, however let me say that we are coping and that it is so much easier to cope knowing that good people have good thoughts for us.

I take comfort knowing that you will all be helping the teachers as much as you can in this difficult time when I am not there. Every school needs a leader, and I am very grateful for Ms Licciardo, Ms Garrow and Mr Jackson, who have all stood up. But they could not do that alone and I am sure they are very pleased with the way you have all been helping and behaving to make this possible.

During this period, I have had a lot of time to reflect on the year so far and about what is truly important. Sometimes you don’t find that out until you are in such difficult times… I have learnt that you need friends around you and a family and community that are there for you. That is what Chelsea Heights is for me.

I am still not sure when I will be back, but I hope the rest of the year goes on well and I will ensure that I keep in touch with you. I cannot wait to be back.

Warmest regards,

Ms Satchwell

Assembly Speech cont...

Wow – how nice is that. I think we really needed to hear from Ms Satchwell and know how she was going. Life is a crazy thing – one minute you are enjoying your holidays in Bali, and next minute… well you know what happened. The same goes for Mr Tudball. It makes us really appreciate the life we have been given and the connection we have with one another. As you have seen, losing people in our community can be destabilising. But I feel really proud that Ms Satchwell is really proud of us.

Whilst my absence was by no means as serious as Ms Satchwell’s or Mr Tudball’s or Ms Allsep’s, I too have had a week off and it was quite a lonely time. It meant so much to me to have parents and teachers message me in support and wish me a speedy recovery. It really made me reflect on our wonderful school, this community we call Chelsea Heights Primary School and the values we stand up for. Not just what we stand for, but more importantly, what we stand UP for.

So what does CHPS stand up for? I sat down and thought about it… We have all been trying to get the school through such a difficult time. Teachers are taking on lots of jobs, there are CRTs supporting the classroom, students are dealing with change and newness… so that tells me Chelsea Heights stands for CHARACTER. I have the strength to do the right thing, particularly in times of adversity.

I thought some more… During my time off, people went out of their way to help me with things, send messages of support, to make sure that I was getting proper care and enough time to heal and overall, just making me feel wanted. That tells me that Chelsea Heights also stands up for KINDNESS which keeps us all safe.

The other value I think Chelsea Heights stands up for, and Ms Satchwell also touched on it in her letter, is Self-Control. We need to show self-control as it makes us trust worthy and reliable. I knew that in my absence, my students would show self-control and could be relied upon to support the CRTs and continue with their learning. Ms Satchwell takes comfort knowing that in her absence, Ms Licciardo, the teachers, students and parents, can be relied upon to support each other and get the job done – that they would show self-control.

But boys and girls, these are just words unless we mean them. Now I am going to speak from my heart. You are all sitting down. But if you think you can stand up for Character and if you think you can stand up for Kindness and if you think you can stand up for Self-Control, I invite you to do that now.

I want you to know that I stand up for Character, Kindness and Self Control. Thank you to Foundation B for standing up to those values. Thank you to… And thank you to…

So guess what… We are standing up for our community and we are standing up for Chelsea Heights Primary School. Boys and girls, this was being recorded. The recording will be put away for safekeeping as we have just been part of a very special moment. This is part of our history. This was the day that we all stood up!

And finally now that we are all standing up, standing up for Character, Kindness and Self Control… We need to also stand up and smile. Smile because it is good for you and good for others too. Smile and shake the persons hand next to you and let us all have a good week. Thank you.


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