Valkstone Weekly Newsletter

20 February 2019
Issue Three
Upcoming Events
Principal's Report
valkstone Information
Valkstone Primary School
(03) 9570 3986
44 Valkstone Street
East Bentleigh, Victoria, 3165

Upcoming Events




Wednesday 20th

Getting to Know You Interviews

Thursday 21st

Parent Helper Course 9.15 am

Grade 3 Incursion

Tuesday 26th

Parents Helper course 9.15 am

Prep picnic  5.30 pm

Thursday 28th

Parent Helper course 2.30 pm


Monday 4th

District Swimming

Tuesday 5th - 8th

Grade 3 Swimming

Thursday 7th

Hands on Science

Friday 8th

Hands on Science

Tuesday 12th - 15th

Grade 3 Swimming 

Tuesday 19th -22nd

Grade 4 Swimming

Tuesday 26th- 29th

Grade 4 Swimming

Wednesday 27th

Grade 2 Melbourne Zoo

Sunday 31st

Fun Run Fundraiser


Principal's Report

Term 1


On Monday 18th February, student leaders were presented with their badges.

Along with the teachers responsible for the various roles, Nick Staikos MP for Bentleigh officiated at the presentation. Nick talked to the children about the responsibility of student leaders being good role models for the school community.

Our leaders have been elected by their peers for displaying the qualities expected of our students to a high level and having the respect of students and staff.

Student Leaders

School Captains:  Kayla Morgan and Finn Graham         

House Captains

Acacia: Connie Everiss and Cody Freeman

Banksia: Ella Yang and Dylan Galgut

Grevillea: Bella Kaminsky and Liam Spiteri

Waratah: Grace Woodhouse and Miller Leech

Junior School Council: Linh Vu, Michaela Knobel,

Jake Lasnitzki, Ioan Robinson, Noah Jury,

Harley Karro, Sara Filisan, Sofia Lazo-Rodriguez, Jamie Maltz, Thomas Harper, Arielle Gabay,

Felicity Constance, Yael Laznitski, Jemma Wittels, Ruby Shepherd, Luke Min Fa, Cara Ong,

Sarah Halperin, Justin Jeong, Miranda Sacks, Zoe McGrane, Alfie Sellyn, Belle Boon and Sine Levin.

Environment Team:  Tara Nair, Olivia Quiney, Harel Kent, Blake Harcourt, John Padalka, Rhys Peel,

Kennedy Marks, Sasha Zhevelyuk, Cindy Levy, Branden Kosher, Alana Bryden,  and Jake O'Donnell.

Multimedia: Montana Aloi, Ava O'Leary, Charlie Redman and Roger Yan.

Music/Performing Arts: Milana Gavrilenko, Evie Skliar and Eyal Sharon.

Science: Dionne Tran, Ashley Fridman and AJ Jang.


School Council Elections

Schedule 4: Notice of election and call for nominations

An election is to be conducted for members of the School Council of Valkstone Primary School.

Nomination forms may be obtained from the school Office and must be lodged by 4:00 pm on Wednesday 27th February 2019.

The ballot will close on Wednesday 13th March, 2019.

The terms of office, membership categories and number of positions in each membership category open for election are as follows:

Membership category

Parent member

Term of office

From the day after the date of the declaration of the poll in 2019

to and inclusive of the date of the declaration of the poll in 2021

Number of positions:   3

Membership category

DET employee member

Term of office

From the day after the date of the declaration of the poll in 2019

to and inclusive of the date of the declaration of the poll in 2021

Number of positions:   2

Following the closing of nominations, a list of the nominations received will be posted at the school.

If the nominations received are less than the number of vacancies, a notice to that effect and calling for further nominations will be posted in a prominent position at the school.


Sunday 31st March Fun Run 

Our major fundraising event for this year is a Fun Run to be held at Valkstone on Sunday 31st March from midday to 3:00 pm. Children received their information packs yesterday and are able to register online.

School Activities

Yoga - lunchtime on Tuesdays.

Hot Shots Tennis - lunchtimes Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Art - Tuesdays after school 3:30 pm beginning Tuesday 12th February.

Chess - Wednesdays after school beginning Wednesday 6th February.

In addition to these activities run by outside providers, Valkstone teachers supervise:

* Gardening Club organised by the Environment Leaders

* Years  4/5   Boys' Soccer - 5 a side starting next week

* JSC meetings and activities

* Choir Friday lunchtime

* Ukulele Years 5 & 6 Monday lunchtime

* Library is open every lunchtime from 1:25 pm - 1:45 pm

Parent Class Convenors

Every year parents volunteer to assist the school staff as class convenors.

Assistance may be required in all or some of the following areas: -

  1. Working with the class teacher to obtain parent assistance e.g. excursions, reading, maths tasks.
  2. Enlisting help from class parents for working bees, school activities and fundraising events.
  3. Co-ordinating the morning tea for class working bee (liaise with Marilyn Koolstra / Office Staff regarding the purchasing process).
  4. Rostered collection and washing of bed linen from the sick bay.
  5. Welcoming new families to your class.
    If you would like to volunteer for the role this year in your child's class, please see the teacher.



valkstone Information


Uniform orders are filled on Mondays.

Completed order forms need to be at the school by Friday in order to be returned to your child by Monday.

Size 4 uniforms are available in all items of clothing. 

Lunch Orders

Lunch orders are on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Please try to have the correct money.

Order forms are available from the office. 

School Banking

School banking day is Tuesday.  Bank books will be collected and returned the next day.  New application forms are available from the office.



The Japanese Word of the Fortnight

とても (pronounced ‘totemo’) which means ‘very’, is the Japanese Word for Week 2 & 3. You can use ‘とても’ (‘totemo’) before any adjectives. For example, if you would like to say ‘very hot’, you can say とてもあついです (‘totemo atsuides’). Thank you / ありがとうございますfor your continuing support for our Japanese program.  


Muldeary Sensei & Steph Sensei


House Badges

House badges are on sale at the office for $3.50 each.


Cardboard tubes
Cardboard boxes (small) for example muesli bar boxes, tea boxes, cracker boxes, biscuit boxes)

old tea towels


Thank you


The scores last week were very close.  In fourth place with 34 points was Acacia.  In third place with 37 points was Banksia.  In second place with 39 points was Waratah.  With an outstanding score of 42 points was Grevillea.

Well done to all the houses.


Sophie & Kate


Reading Helpers Information Sessions are offered to families new to the Valkstone community and/or those with children in Grades Prep, One or Two. If you are interested in becoming one of our valued classroom reading helpers, or just learning how to help your child at home, please join Mrs Blandy in Out of School Hours Care (OSHC) Servery on:


Thursday 21st February at 9:15 AM                OR

Tuesday 26th February at 9.15 AM                  OR

Thursday 28th February at 2:30 PM    


 You only need to attend one of these sessions.











3.00pm - 3.45pm  


If you have any good quality uniforms that you would like to donate to the sale please leave them at the school office.


Rubbish Free School Initiative


Over the last few years Valkstone has been working towards operating as a Rubbish Free School. This is a practical, real and positive way to teach waste reduction and sustainability and encourage healthy eating.


Food scraps

All of our food scraps are collected and used to feed our worms and for composting.


Snack Wrappers/Soft Plastics

Unfortunately we cannot recycle soft plastics at school and these are our biggest waste issue.

We encourage students to bring their snacks and lunch in reusable containers and will be suggesting to all students that they take home any soft plastics to be recycled at their local supermarket. Both Coles and Woolworths offer these services.



Thank you for helping us work towards wiping out waste and becoming Waste Warriors!


School Sport Victoria


State Try outs for Basketball, Soccer, Netball and Australian Rules football.

Dear Parents,


School Sport Victoria State Team Trial Registrations are open for Australian Rules Football, Netball, Basketball, Football (Soccer).  These trial registrations close Friday, 1 March 2019 for a selection process in term 2.  You can find all the details via School Sport Victoria’s website. . If you are looking for a document that details the process please download the “Team Vic Online Registrations Process. This will give you all the information you need to know before registering.


If you wish to register your child for the opportunity to represent the State in the above sports you will need to be aware of the following criteria:

  1. This is NOT a “come and try” day.
  2. Your child must be playing in a high level representative team currently, NOT in a domestic team AND
  3. You must have a letter signed by me and the Principal (with a School Stamp) to enable you to register online.
  4. There is a $25 cost to register

State tryouts for Tennis

Please contact me at school if your child plays in Section 5 or better. Your child cannot be nominate unless they play in the aforementioned section or better.


Kind regards,


Kate Walker

PE and Sport co-ordinator









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