The View

20 February 2019
Issue One
Dates to Remember
Principal's Report
From the Assistant Principal's Desk
2019 Student Leaders 
From the Office
Lego Club
Rangeview Animal Roster
Happy Birthday to You
                    Parents & Friends
Flora & Fauna
Ph. 1300 395 735
Community News/ Advertising
Rangeview Primary School
(03) 9874 6381
27 Churinga Avenue
Mitcham, Victoria, 3132

Dates to Remember


Monday 4th

Whole School Assembly - 2:50 pm in the hall


Tuesday 5th

Safer Internet Day 


Wednesday 6th

Notice coming home regarding Choir/Band

Foundation Students do not attend school 


Monday 11th

Junior School Assembly - 2:50 pm in the hall


Tuesday 12th 

Getting to Know Your Teacher Interviews Levels 1-6 3:40 pm to 4:50 pm


Wednesday 13th  

Foundation Students do not attend school

Getting to Know Your Teacher Interviews Levels 1-6 3:40 pm to 7:30 pm

Foundation 'Open Rooms'  Night 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Monday 18th

Senior School Assembly - 2:50 pm in the hall

District Swimming (Aquanation - Selected Students)


Tuesday 19th 

Twilight Family Picnic


Wednesday 20th

Pupil Free Day - Foundation to Level 6 do not attend school


Monday 25th

Junior School Assembly - 2:50 pm in the hall


Wednesday 27th

Foundation Students do not attend school 




Friday 1st

Clean Up Australia Day Activities 


Monday 4th

Senior School Assembly - 2:50 pm in the hall


Tuesday 5th

SchoolPix Whole School Photo Day


Wednesday 6th

Foundation Students do not attend school 


Friday 8th

SEDA Cricket Clinic


Monday 11th

Labour Day Public Holiday - Students do not attend school


Wednesday 13th

Foundation Students do not attend school 


Friday 15th 

National Day of Action Against Bullying & Violence


Monday 18th

Junior School Assembly - 2:50 pm in the hall


Wednesday 20th

Foundation Students do not attend school 

School Council Meeting


Thursday 21st

Harmony Day


Friday 22nd 

SEDA Cricket Clinic


Monday 25th

Senior School Assembly - 2:50 pm in the hall

Foundation Students First Full Week of School


Tuesday 26th

House Cross Country Levels 3-6


Friday 29th

SEDA Cricket Clinic




Monday 1st

Junior School Assembly - 2:50 pm in the hall


Friday 5th

Whole School Assembly - 2:50 pm in the hall

Last Day of Term 1 - Early Dismissal at 2:30pm

Principal's Report

What a great start to 2019 we have had!

Welcome back everyone and a warm welcome to all our new families starting at Rangeview this year. On Wednesday last week, it was great to see students and families return to start the 2019 school year. This year we welcome 101 new Foundation students and 12 new students from Levels 1-6 to the school.

We have 3 new teachers starting in 2019: Mitchell Clark in Level 4, Amber Somerville in Level 1 and Vikki Tzimos in Foundation. Lynette Ellis has joined the ES (Educational Support) team as the Library Technician. Welcome back to returning staff who have been on extended leave: Tania Balderston in support and Flora and Fauna and Khay Le in Level 3.  Staff returned to work last Tuesday. I hope families and staff have had a chance to enjoy the summer holidays. 2018 was a highly productive year and 2019 is looking to be an equally exciting and productive school year.


New Newsletter Format- A Face Lift!

Our newsletter has had a facelift with a new format that is more compatible to smart phones and other devices. The View will be available through the Rangeview website fortnightly.  You will see over the next weeks pages allocated to all the specialist areas (Performing Arts, Visual Arts, PE and Health, German) Library, Level teams from Foundation to Level 6 and Wellbeing.  And contributions from RP&F, staff, Assistant Principals Kate McLeod and Marika Ferguson, OSHCLUB and so on. This is an exciting innovation with relevant information about what is happening in our great school.


Student of the Week (SOW) information is currently being explored on how to best alert families about up-coming assembly presentations with junior and senior assemblies. A letter will be sent home outlining the changes.  



All Victorian Government schools are allocated 4 pupil free school days per year.

The first pupil free day was Tuesday 29 January which allowed staff time to look at their targets and goals set in the AIP (Annual Implementation Plan), student wellbeing, start-up processes in schools and team meetings and classroom preparation for the start of the term. It is an invaluable learning time together and has also allowed a smooth transition for new and returning students over Wednesday and Thursday.

The second pupil free day is on Wednesday 20 February. We will be working on aspects of quality questioning by teaching staff to improve student engagement and learning. This will be off site at Park Orchards PS as part of the FISO network of schools.  There are two remaining pupil free days for 2019 yet to be confirmed in term 2 and 3.



The school was a busy place in January with a number of projects undertaken. The massive clean-up of the grounds and veggie patches needed to be done in readiness for the start of the year. The installation of the new play equipment was completed and made ready for the first day of school. New carpet was laid in the corridors of the 2 main buildings and 4 classrooms. Carpet tiles will replace old carpet in the remaining classrooms over the year.  The hall floor was re-coated and maintenance painting program completed.  Unfortunately the replacement of junior boys’ toilet flooring impacted by flooding in November 2018 has not been approved by The Department of Education therefore Rangeview is now funding this necessary work. The work should be completely in the near future.



On Thursday 31 January we hosted the ‘Cheers & Tears’ morning tea for Foundation parents, grandparents and other family members in the library. This important milestone was celebrated by parents and gave them the opportunity to introduce themselves to other families and ask any questions they still may have had. There certainly was more cheers than tears to celebrate the start of the year and the years ahead as members of our school community.


Due to individual testing, Foundation students don’t attend school on the following dates: Wednesday 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th of February & Wednesday 6th, 13th & 20th of March.


Choir, Band, Lego and Chess 

At Mondays' assembly staff informed students of the start-up of these extra activities offered at Rangeview. Information will be distributed over the coming weeks in relation to each activity regarding commencement date and times.  Note the Lego Club Notice is included in this edition of The View.


School Banking

Rangeview Primary School has decided not to continue with the School Banking through the Commonwealth Bank this year.  A couple of reasons for this decision is due to both our local branches at Brentford Square Vermont and Mitcham have closed and the number of students using the school banking has significantly declined over time.



Sentral is an online portal for parents to approve absences, message their child’s teacher or teachers, book parent teacher interviews, receive notifications, access your child’s report. Foundation and new families to Rangeview will receive a letter with their access details shortly.


Parent Teacher Interviews

The ‘Getting to Know You Interviews’ will be held on Wednesday 13th February from 3.40 to 7.40pm (7.30pm last interview time slot) with a 30 minute dinner break.  Families are required to book interviews online through the schools’ online system, Sentral. Information will be sent home with times and access information. New families to Rangeview will receive their unique access number to log onto the Sentral Parent Portal.  ‘Getting to Know You Interviews’ are valued by parents, students and teachers. If you do not have internet access, please contact the school office on 9874 6381 for alternative arrangements to be made.


Foundation Families - Please note: there will be no Foundation interviews due to the interviews undertaken earlier in the year but an ‘Open Rooms’ will be held in the 5 Foundation class rooms on Wednesday 13th February between 6.00pm and 7.00pm at which time you are most welcome to attend.



Last year we introduced a modified twilight picnic on the oval with food trucks and entertainment. RP&F are working on plans for the evening so watch this space.  More information will come home over the next few weeks. If you wish to help please contact the office.



Please be aware of the various parking restrictions around the school. The local council do enforce restrictions with infringement notices. The school car park off Churinga Ave., is for staff only, except for Out of School Hours Care usage or disabled parking.



In recent years we introduced the Class Ambassadors scheme for Rangeview Primary School.  If you are interested in supporting your child’s classroom teacher, please complete the form in this newsletter and return it to the office by Friday, 15th February 2016.


From the Assistant Principal's Desk

We are so thrilled to be beginning another wonderful school year here at Rangeview in 2019. The new Foundation students have had such a great start with both classroom teachers and specialist teachers commenting on their engagement and enthusiasm. We both spent some time in the Library with Foundation T as they borrowed their first books. What a great beginning to their literary journey.


We look forward to meeting you all at drop off / pick up or at the next Rangeview event!




Kate McLeod & Marika Ferguson



2019 Student Leaders 

 At the Monday assembly this week, the 2019 School Captains, Caitlin and Lucas led their first school assembly.  They had worked on the first Rangeview News for 2019 with Sam and Caitlin, the Technician Leaders, filming the well-used new play equipment and interviewing students. This was shown at assembly and the 2019 student leaders were also presented with their badges by the new local State Member for Ringwood, Dustin Halse MP.


The student leaders will meet as a team regularly to develop a greater understanding of their role and set their own personal goals. Throughout the year there will be further opportunities for other students to lead, such as Billy Cart Day, the eagerly awaited Foundation Buddies program, the Level 5 & 6 production or on the sporting field.



From the Office


Office hours are:   8:30am - 4:00pm

Telephone: 9874 6381

Parents/Guardians should always make contact with the School Office first when visiting the school or trying to make contact with their children.


In order to minimise disruption to class and maximise learning opportunities for our students, we would like to remind you of the school policy regarding late arrival to school.  Students are expected to be at school at 8:45am class begins punctually at 9:00am.  If your child is late for any reason a parent/guardian is required to sign the student in at the School Office.


Student absences should be reported to school before 9:00am via the Sentral Parent Portal.



Parents/Guardians wanting to contact their child's teacher can do so through the Sentral Parent Portal.





Safer Internet Day is an annual, worldwide event which is held on Tuesday 5th February 2019 to help encourage a better internet, with this year's theme—'Together for a better internet'.

It encourages individuals to create a better internet by developing four, critical skills.  We call these skills the 4Rs: Respect, Responsibility, Reasoning and Resilience.

View the link for more information

Watch out next week to see how our students celebrated Safer Internet Day!


Lego Club

Hello again from Rangeview Lego Club!

It’s a new year and with that, Lego Club is returning for all levels! Last year was yet another great success with many new and returning students enjoying building up ideas, learning new techniques and, best of all, making new friends along the way.

A few students from grades 3-6 also had the pleasure of displaying their creations at Brickvention, the premier LEGO exhibition in Australia.

If your child wants to participate in Rangeview’s Lego Club this year, please fill in the form below and forward it to the office along with a $10 contribution by Friday, February 15th so that groups can be organised. This contribution means we can continue to expand the school’s Lego collection, allowing for larger and more creative building opportunities as well as keeping more models built for display. Finally, please keep an eye out for any unwanted Lego from family and friends. We will happily accept any donations – old and new. Students love discovering strange and wonderful pieces, as many have come from these donated collections. Looking forward to building more amazing things this year! Mr Evans


Rangeview Animal Roster


Happy Birthday to You


                    Parents & Friends


2019 Class Ambassadors

Parent Class Ambassadors

Each year we ask 1 or 2 parent/guardians, per class, to be Class Ambassadors.  The Class Ambassador helps other parents, the class teacher and the Rangeview Parents & Friends (RP&F) by doing things such as: compiling the class contact list, forwarding class emails, sending out reminders by text/email, co-ordinating class parties, encouraging parent participation in school activities (class room reading, hot food days, money counting etc.) and answering general questions.  



Student Class Ambassadors

Each year we ask 1 or 2 parent/guardians, per class, to be Class Ambassadors.  The Class Ambassador helps other parents, the class teacher and the Rangeview Parents & Friends (RP&F)

The role isn’t very time consuming, but is very important for the children in your class, their parents, and the wider Rangeview Community.




Families are welcome to visit the Second Hand Uniform Shop on Tuesday or Thursday morning between 8:45 - 9:15 to purchase second hand items.




Flora & Fauna

The Flora and Fauna Program is off to a terrific start for 2019, Level 3 students got their hands dirty on Tuesday whilst planting their very own living basil plant.  Students were delighted in being able to take this masterpiece home! 

Students and staff have been busy preparing the grounds and vegetable garden in readiness for the cooking program due to commence next Tuesday.



Library is back up and running for 2019.  Students are enjoying selecting and borrowing from a variety of books!


Parent helpers are needed in the Library, Monday - Friday from 9:00 am - 9:30 am to help with covering of books, returning books to their shelf and many more fun and exciting tasks.  Training provided and all welcome, free tea and coffee!  


Ph. 1300 395 735

Program Update

Welcome back everyone! 
First off, we want to welcome back everyone to a brand new school year!  Also a big warm welcome to
all new families joining us at Rangeview!  We hope that everyone had a wonderful break over the
Christmas holidays and are feeling refreshed and ready to learn!

During the holidays, Rangeview OSHClub were very busy bee’s!  Despite the weather being hot, we
found a way to keep the children cool and entertained for the three weeks of vacation care with icy
poles and a plan put in motion with the help of the school to relocate our large group into cooler areas.
Some of the wonderfully fun and exciting things the children got up to in OSH were excursions to
Bounce, the Zoo and Task Works where they got to jump around trampolines at Bounce, view their
favourite animals and explore what the Zoo had to offer and put their brains and bodies to work in
puzzles at Task Works.

We also had some pretty cool incursions where we has endangered Australian animals visit the
program, tried our hand at coding, tie dye pillow cases, build a bear and crazy contractions with special
lego (they moved and everything!).  All I can say, we had a fun holidays here at OSH!

Week 1 back at school.  

Last week seem to be a whirlwind! Being a shorter week, but oh boy did so much happen!


We welcomed so many new prep’s who have transitioned into OSHclub with so much ease!  It has been
such a delight to watch them come in with excitement and our older children have been so
wonderful in helping us teach our “little buddies” the ropes and the rules of the program.  Being such a
large program this has been extremely helpful towards the Educators as with new preps come new
parents, and with new parents come so many questions!  This has helped Michelle and Cory have more
time to focus on helping parents who have been coming in first thing in the afternoon and to helps us
support the new changes and routines for our families which puts any nervousness at ease.

We would also kindly like to ask our parents if they can look at their enrolments and change year level
tags. Michelle has set up all new preps with theirs (to make sure they come up on our prep lists for pick
up/drop offs) and started working on removing the new grade 1’s old prep tags. Now seeing as we have
hundreds of enrolments, this is a long process, so if parents could help us out that would be amazing!

Important Information:
Michelle is working on a new medical system to make managing and maintaining medical information. If you have been contacted in regards to any medical concerns, please get back to Michelle ASAP! Unlike Epipen’s, we don’t pickup Asthma puffers from the school daily and must have them onsite at all times. This is extremely important, as we don’t want to turn children away if its on the enrolment but they don’t have one.

We love taking the children outside to get some vitamin D but this does mean we have arrived at the
“No Hat, No Play” time of year. Just like during school hours, children need to have a hat to play
outside to protect them from sun damage. The last thing we want to do is say no to outdoor play, but
safety is our main concern and sunscreen can only do so much.

Any OSHClub questions you have, feel free to give us a call or pop by the program and a staff member
will help you to the best of their ability, have a great week everyone!

Program phone:           0428 882 764                                                                           Coordinator:       Michelle

Operating Hours:         BSC 7:00am-9:00am                                                             Assistant Coordinator:       Cory

                                               ASC 3:30pm-6pm

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