Murrumbeena P.S. Newsletter

12 February 2020
Issue Two

Excellence Through Endeavour 

School Information
What's Happening
From The Principal
School Council 
Cyber Safety
From the Sick Bay
Physical Education & Sport
Class Representatives
Out of School Hours Care
Advertisements & Community Notices  
Murrumbeena PS
03 9568 1300
Hobart Road
Murrumbeena, Victoria, 3163

School Information


Tuesday 11 February

Safer Internet Day


Wednesday 12 February

Swimming Carnival - Years 3-6

Information Evening- Prep, Years 1 & 5

6.30pm - 7.30pm Parents only


Friday 21 February

Prep Parents Welcome Drinks


Tuesday 25 February

Bentleigh District Swimming


Friday 28 February

School Photo Day


Tuesday 3 March - Friday 13 March

Life Skills Dance Program - all students


Monday 9 March 

Labour Day Holiday - no school


Friday 13 March

School Picnic  5.30pm - 7.30pm


Monday 16 March

Harmony Day


Monday March 16 - Wednesday March 19

Parent Teacher Interviews


Friday 20 March

Halogen Young Leaders' Day - School Captains


**Please refer to Compass Calendar for other term dates and events


*8.55am - 10.40am

10.40am - 11.10am (Recess)

11.10am - 1.00pm

1.00pm-1:50pm (Lunch)

1.50pm - 3.30pm

*Please note that school begins at 8.55am.

Children who arrive after this time will need to come via the office and accompanied by a parent to collect a late pass from the Compass kiosk. 



Our canteen is open Tuesday - Friday.

It is closed on Mondays.


Please see below for online ordering information. 



Our uniform shop is located near the office and is  open on Thursday mornings from 8.30am - 9.15am. 

The PSW shop in North Rd. Ormond is also open 6 days a week.

Online ordering with free delivery to the school is available.

If you prefer to have your order delivered to your home, please note that there is a fee of $8.65.


Please ensure that all children's belongings are clearly labelled with their name (not just initials) and grade. Sometimes items are not returned to their rightful owner because they are not labelled correctly or clearly. If you find named belongings in your child's possession could you please return them to the school office.

Our lost property is stored in colored bins near Room 6. 


Term 1

28 January - 27 March

Tuesday 14 April - Curriculum Day


Term 2 

14 April - 26 June

Term 3 

13 July - 18 September

Term 4 

5 October - 18 December



What's Happening


Issue #1 of Book Club catalogues have been handed out last week!  Keep an eye out for some great value for money books starting at just $2.00. 


Issue #1 ordering online will close by Monday 17 February 2020

Parents can order and make payments online using the LOOP System (Linked Online Ordering & Payment)

All orders are to be made online. 

If you have any questions about this, please speak to Amanda in the IRC.


Scholastic Book Club is very important to our library as it provides us with thousands of dollars in reward money to spend on books for our collection. 

At the 'Order Review' step, LOOP customers will now be advised how much they have saved (Price versus RRP) and how much in rewards their order has earned the school. A hover message appears to explain how your savings are calculated.  It is always nice to know how much you have saved, and lovely to know how much you have helped out the school with rewards points!

Another change is having an option to have gift items shipped to your home for a $4.95 handling charge, even if the school order has not been placed or is still open. So if you are planning for birthdays and Christmas, this could be a great option.

On behalf of our school, we would like to thank students and families for supporting our Scholastic Book Club that the school provides throughout the year.


Amanda Daemen


If you are wanting your child to have a lunch order this year, could you please ensure that you have updated your child's details (new class for 2020) on the Qkr app.


Many thanks,

Sue Hunt


The CSEF is an annual payment to the school to be used towards camps, sports and/or excursion expenses for the benefit of eligible students. 

Primary school student rate: $125

Please read the notice below to check on your eligibility. 

CSEF forms are available at the office and should be returned by 30 June 2020.

Please note:

Parents (including guardians) no longer need to submit a new application form each year in most cases.

Parents only need to submit an application form in 2020 if any of these changes have occurred since 2019:

  • New student enrolments: students who have started or changed schools in 2020 or if the parent did not apply for CSEF at the school in 2019
  • Changed family circumstances: such as a change of custody, change of name, concession card number, or new siblings commencing at the school in 2020



From The Principal


Dear MPS Families


As the majority of notices and class memos are now posted on COMPASS we are moving to fortnightly newsletters.

Our aim is to enhance our newsletters to include more input from students. To do this we need all parents to give permission for photos to be published.

This means that the Electronic Recording and or Publishing consent form must be completed and returned to school as soon as possible. Without this permission students' photos  cannot  be published in the school newsletter

The ICT acceptable Use Agreement also needs to be completed and returned to school .


Please remember that when we publish students' photos we only include first names.

If surnames are used there is no photo.


Lynne Foster

School Council 


Nominations are now open for the 2020 School Council – a great chance to get involved and help ensure Murrumbeena Primary School continues to thrive. 

What is a school council and what does it do?

All government schools in Victoria have a school council. They are legally constituted bodies that are given powers to set the broad direction of a school in accordance with their constituting Order and the Education and Training Reform Act 2006. In doing this, a school council is able to directly influence the quality of education that the school provides for its students.

Who is on the school council?

For most primary school councils, there are a number of categories for membership:

  • A mandated elected Parent member category – more than one-third of the total members must be from this category. DET employees can be Parent members at their child’s school as long as they are not engaged in work at the school
  • A mandated elected DET employee member category – members of this category may make up no more than one-third of the total membership of school council. The principal of the school is automatically one of these members
  • An optional Community member category – members are co-opted by a decision of the council because of their special skills, interests or experiences. DET employees are not eligible to be Community members
  • A small number of school councils have Nominee members.(this category does not apply at MPS)

For all schools with a Year 7 and above cohort, there is an additional category of membership: A mandated elected Student member category, two positions. (not applicable at MPS)

Generally, the term of office for all members is two years.

Why is parent membership so important?

Parents on school councils provide important viewpoints and have valuable skills that can help inform and shape the direction of the school.

Those parents who become active on a school council find their involvement satisfying and may also find that their children feel a greater sense of belonging.

Do I need special experience to be on school council?

Each member brings their own valuable life skills and knowledge to the role. However, councillors may need to develop skills and acquire knowledge in areas that are unfamiliar to them. It is important to have an interest in your child’s school and the desire to work in partnership with others to help shape the school’s future.


Code of conduct for school councillors

School councils in Victoria are public entities as defined by the Public Administration Act 2004. School councillors must abide by the Code of Conduct for Directors of Victorian Public Entities issued by the Victorian Public Sector Commission. The Code of Conduct is based on the Victorian public sector values and requires councillors to:

  • act with honesty and integrity (be truthful, open and clear about their motives and declare any real, potential or perceived conflict of interest and duty)
  • act in good faith in the best interests of the school (work cooperatively with other councillors and the school community, be reasonable, and make all decisions with the best interests of students foremost in their minds)
  • act fairly and impartially (consider all relevant facts of an issue before making a decision, seek to have a balanced view, never give special treatment to a person or group and never act from self-interest)
  • use information appropriately (respect confidentiality and use information for the purpose for which it was made available)
  • exercise due care, diligence and skill (accept responsibility for decisions and do what is best for the school)
  • use the position appropriately (not use the position as a councillor to gain an advantage)
  • act in a financially responsible manner (observe all the above principles when making financial decisions)
  • comply with relevant legislation and policies (know what legislation and policies are relevant for which decisions and obey the law)
  • demonstrate leadership and stewardship (set a good example, encourage a culture of accountability, manage risks effectively, exercise care and responsibility to keep the school strong and sustainable).

Indemnity for school council members

School councillors are indemnified against any liability in respect of any loss or damage suffered by the council or any other person in respect of anything necessarily or reasonably done, or omitted to be done by the councillor in good faith in:

  1. the exercise of a power or the performance of a function of a councillor, or
  2. the reasonable belief that the act or omission was in the exercise of a power or the performance of a function of a council.

In other words, school councillors are not legally liable for any loss or damage suffered by council or others as a result of reasonable actions taken in good faith.

How can you become involved?

The most obvious way is to participate in and vote in the school council elections, which are held in Term 1 each year. However, ballots are only held if more people nominate as candidates than there are positions vacant.


In view of this, you might consider:

  • standing for election as a member of the school council or encouraging another person to stand for election. Nomination forms are attached to the newsletter or are available from the school office.

Once the nomination form is completed, return it to the principal within the time stated on the notice of election.

If there are more nominations received than there are vacancies on council, a ballot will be conducted during the two weeks after the call for nominations has closed.





Notice of election and call for nominations

Wednesday February 5, 2020

Closing date for nominations

Wednesday February 12, 2020

Date by which the list of candidates will be posted

Friday, February 14, 2020

Date by which ballot papers will be prepared and distributed

Wednesday February 19, 2020

Close of ballot

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 4.00 pm

Vote count

Thursday February 27, 2020 at 4.30 pm Principal’s Office

Declaration of poll

Friday, February 28 via Compass Newsfeed

First council meeting to elect office bearers

Wednesday, 13th March 2020 following Annual General Meeting



  • Monday February 17- this is the last meeting of the current school council.
  • Monday March 16, new councillors meet and office bearers elected followed by an Annual General Meeting at 8p.m.
  • Monday May 18
  • Monday June 15
  • Monday July 20
  • Monday August 17
  • Monday October 19
  • Monday November 16
  • Monday December 7

All meetings are conducted in the IRC or conference room and commence at 7:30p.m. All meetings are preceded by the Education Sub-committee meeting at 6:30p.m. The last meeting of the year will be followed by dinner at school.

Other subcommittees meet two weeks prior to each school council meeting as follows:

Finance- Friday morning 8am

Canteen and Uniform-Thursday morning 8am OSHC- Tuesday 5:30pm 

Social and Fundraising- at night TBC, Buildings and Grounds- TBC




Sandra Maxfield & Minh Tran 2021

Kiran Bhagat 2020

Steven Knowles 2020    

Arbel Givargis 2021

Lucy Prysten 2021

Sirinivasen Jambusayee (currently filling a casual vacancy)

Michelle Williams (currently filling a casual vacancy)


Community Member -Maria Georgeakopoulos 2021

Community Member- currently not filled



Lynne Foster              

Chellee Plumb 2021           Jeanette Baker 2021

Hannah Vesikko 2021

Tracey Nelson 2020





Cyber Safety


Today, Tuesday 11 February, was Safer Internet Day.

Millions of people around the world will unite to raise awareness about online safety issues and inspire positive change.

As a registered 'Safer Internet Day' school, MPS will promote safer internet use through conversations, activities and expectations.

This is a great opportunity to engage in conversations with your children regarding online safety and household expectations regarding technology and  online use.

If you would like to participate, please see the included links.  Attached is a 'Top 5 Tips to Online Safety' poster and a list of 'Conversation Starters', to have with your children.


Thanks for your support,


Hannah Vesikko


From the Sick Bay


Amanda is still waiting on many parents to update medical plans for their children. 

Could you please make sure that your child has an up to date Anaphylaxis, Allergy and Asthma Action Plan, as soon as possible. 


Likewise with expired medication that is left in the sick bay. Amanda cannot administer expired medication to any student. 


If you received a letter from Amanda late last year stating that plans or medication was about to expire, please make sure you make this a high priority in replacing these in sick bay as soon you can. 


As we all know, attending school is important to all students, it is also good to know when your child should not attend school due to illness.  This can be very difficult at times for parents to judge. 

This is a reminder to parents  why students should not attend the school environment while they are unwell.

As we are aiming to build resilience with all our students, we want them to learn to cope with minor health issues.   We as a school have the responsibility to care for all students by preventing the spread of  illness.  In doing this we need students to stay at home when the following has occurred;

·         If your child has vomited at home, please keep your child home from school for a full 24 hours from the last vomit.  Many students are sent home again after coming to school due to vomiting in the classroom.  

·         If you need to administer Nurofen or Panadol to your child in the morning before school, then your child is not well enough for school.  These drugs wear off around lunch time and the student starts to feel unwell again.  These drugs camouflage underlining illnesses and the germs can still spread.

·         If your child has a persistent, hard cough, this can disrupt other students in the classroom from learning with the sound of coughing and the teacher not being heard.  If your child is coughing persistently, this will also tire your child and they will not be at their peak to learn.

Coughing  can spread germs throughout the students and staff.  Obviously, coughs can linger after having a cold and it is reasonable for a student to come back to school with the occasional cough. 

·         No student should be at school if they have had diarrhoea within the last 24 hours. Click on the link below from the Department of Health guidelines for the full fact sheet. 

·         If your child has a temperature, 24 hours needs to pass once the high temperature stops before returning to school.                                                                                                               

·     Please get your doctors approval before attending school again.


To help reduce the spread of illness, please take the time to discuss personal hygiene with your child.  Please remind children to cover their mouth and nose when they cough or sneeze, dispose of any tissues in the bin, and wash their hands properly and regularly.

If your child has been prescribed antibiotics that are to be administered three times per day, these can be administered at home.  The first dose can be administered between 7am – 8.30am, the following dose can be administered between 3.45pm – 4.30pm.  Then the last dose can be given at 8pm or before bed.

Please be aware that the school is not allowed to provide Panadol to students.

If your child becomes unwell at school, you will be contacted and required to arrange for your child to be picked up within a reasonable timeframe.    Whilst a child may feel better at home, if they come back to school too early, they will fall into a heap quickly due to going back into a busy classroom.  

Thank you for supporting these procedures and helping to contain illnesses within our school community.


During the Summer / Spring seasons, people may notice an increase in asthma and hay fever due to a high grass pollen count. This also brings the chance of thunderstorm asthma.


Thunderstorm asthma is thought to be triggered by a unique combination of high grass pollen counts and a certain type of thunderstorm. This occurs when pollen grains from grasses get swept up in the wind and carried for long distances. Just before the storm, some burst open and release tiny particles that are concentrated in the wind, and blown down to ground, where people can breathe them in.

These thunderstorm asthma events don't happen every year, but when they do, they can happen during grass pollen season, which is normally from October through to February.

The Asthma First Aid app covers first aid in the event of an asthma emergency and provides information enabling you to review each of the four first aid steps in the training mode.

The Melbourne Pollen Count App provides real-world pollen count data during the Melbourne grass pollen season (October 1 to December 31)


What can you do to help your child manage their asthma or hay fever?

  • Notify the school if your child has asthma or hay fever.
  • Make sure you have given the school an up to date Asthma Action Plan or Allergic Rhinitis (hay fever) Treatment Plan for your child.
  • Ensure your child has their reliever medication and spacer at school.
  • Ensure prevention medication is taken at home as prescribed.
  • Ensure your child has regular check-ups with your doctor.
  • If asthma or hay fever gets worse during thunderstorms, try to stay indoors.

Need more help?

If you would like further support with managing your asthma during the high pollen season please ask your pharmacist, doctor or contact the Asthma Info Line on 1800 ASTHMA (1800 278 462) or visit


Amanda Daemen

First Aid Officer


Physical Education & Sport


Before school 8:15

Tuesday- volleyball

Wednesday- basketball and softball

Thursday- cricket (8am) and flag tag


School Sport Victoria conduct State team trials for the sports listed (below), along with other sports that can be found on their website.  AFL, netball & soccer nominations opened on December 1st and close March 1st. 

There will be no district trials; instead elite & outstanding performers in each specific sport only can apply via the School Sport Victoria website.

The expectation is that students nominating would have won at least a Best & Fairest or MVP in their chosen sport at the highest level of competition offered at their club, preferably finished high in league voting, along with being very fit, most likely in cross country and athletics teams, as well as being outstanding players in our inter-school sport program.

Any parent considering nominating should consult Miss Nelson prior to paying the nomination fee to assess the student's suitability. 


Should your child ultimately be successful, there may be multiple days of trials & camps requiring parents to  transport / attend with their child in order to be involved. There are also significant monies required if selected. Parents must be committed to the entire process and understand that this is not a 'come and try' activity. Sending students without the necessary skills / talent could not only undermine their confidence, but will also increase numbers at the trial, making the selectors job a lot more difficult. If there are more than 3 students nominated in a chosen sport, a school-based trial may be required. Generally, these trials are for Year 6 students or exceptional Year 5's. (Top 3 in League B&F standard)


After consideration and consultation, if you think your child is ready for State Team selection trials, you can then Google School Sport Victoria or go to

for more information and you should monitor this website for closing dates and relevant information.

There is also a link to SSV home page on our Bentleigh District web page.


12 Years and Under Sports Sports include, but are not limited to,

Australian football (Boys/Mixed & Girls), baseball, basketball, football (Soccer), hockey, netball, touch football and cricket, which has a different process (see SSV site for details). 

Tennis is done via a Bentleigh District trial where students playing a very high level of competitive tennis can nominate by emailing  

Please include current competition level and applicable ranking. Representing the Victorian Team is done separately via the Bruce Cup - see the website for details.

Please check the website for all other sports, noting that in some years state swimming and athletic teams are selected via external competitions rather than through school-based District / Division/ Region/State Competitions. 

 Cross Country is done via Bentleigh District carnivals and beyond. When nominating your child for more than one sport, you should also note that trials for AFL, soccer, netball & basketball may be on the same day, eliminating the possibility of going through for more than one main stream sport.


Any questions please email by Friday 21 February.


Tracey Nelson

PE and Sport Co-ordinator





Class Representatives



At Murrumbeena Primary School, we traditionally have 2 parent class representatives for each grade. We hope it is not a very time-consuming role!

We have a meeting in term 1 to discuss the role and give an opportunity for you to meet each other.

Roles include:

  • Assisting the classroom teacher to organise extra helpers at times (e.g. excursions, for Grades 3 and 4, extra volunteers for the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden program)
  • Liaising with the Social/Fundraising Committee on behalf of the class and encouraging others to be involved in school events eg. Easter raffle, working bees
  • Being the class contact person for special events (e.g. Grade 6 graduation)
  • Welcoming new families to the school
  • Liaise with other class reps at your year level
  • Organising social events for families

 Please complete the attached form and return to the class teacher by Monday 10 February to volunteer for this rewarding role.

You will be notified by the class teacher soon after this date.

Class reps will then meet with Lynne Foster and Chellee Plumb for an introductory meeting.




SAKG Kitchen & Garden  classes have resumed this week and volunteer spots in both the kitchen and garden are open to parents, grandparents, family friends and community members.

No experience is necessary and all are welcome.


We use volunteer sign up for both the kitchen and garden rosters.
The link for the garden roster is:

The link for the kitchen roster is:

For those of you that have not volunteered before, please note the following:
All volunteers need a Working With Children Check card; these are free for volunteers and are valid for 5 years.

Please make sure that the office has your  Working With Children Check and that you have also signed a Child Safe Code of Conduct form (also at the office). Working with children checks can be applied for online and are processed at the post office.


Lastly, If anyone in the community has an excess of the following to donate to the kitchen, it would be much appreciated.

Clean glass jars, labels removed.

Home grown lemons

Home grown fruit

Home laid eggs

Angel Munro
SAKG Kitchen Specialist















Welcome Prep Parents!


The Grade 1 classes would like to invite you to a lovely evening of nibbles and bubbles to meet and chat with other parents in your new school community. Ask questions, meet new people and make new friends!


Friday the 21 February 


Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden (at the back of the school Hall)


Please RSVP / ASAP and no later than 19 February 

knowing numbers will help us cater accordingly! 


Please email your RSVP to Lucy Prysten at 


Nibbles will be provided by the glorious grade 1 parents and drinks will be provided by the school. 


We look forward to seeing you all there!









January Birthdays

Happy birthday to our January students!!  (Minus our Prep Students)




Out of School Hours Care


A reminder to our new families now using OSHC, to go to your MyGov account and activate your child’s enrolment to enable you to start claiming your Child Care Subsidy (CCS) entitlement.

OSHC statements will be issued next week via email.


For any enquiries about our service you can contact us on 9568 3529, at or come and see us.


 Our office hours are 8:45-9:30am and 3-3:30pm.

Have a great week!


Miranda Boulton









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