Marlborough Primary School

02 May 2017
Issue 20
Principal's Report
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

Start with the Why

Motivational speaker Simon Sinek speaks in his Ted Talk about "Starting with the Why" as they way that great leaders motivate their organisations. His talk is quite inspirational and gives a new perspective on how to look at leadership. You can watch it by following this link.


His approach makes sense in the business world, but it is also very relevant within the context of education. As a Principal it is very important that I continue to focus on the 'why' of everything we do, that drives the 'how' and the 'what'. It is also crucial that teachers are able to do the same in the classrooms they lead, in order to motivate, engage and inspire their students.


21st century students are far greater critical thinkers, discerning consumers and controllers of their own destinies than any students that have gone before them. In an online, connected world, our students have enormous options when it comes to entertainment, areas of interest, research materials or anything else they are involved in.


Therefore it is crucial that in the classroom we are able to capture student attention, engagement and motivation in order to gain rich learning outcomes. Students don't want to just know what they are learning or how they will learn it, they need to know why.


The 'why' of each individual learning task or unit of work can vary, but as a staff we are wholly committed to providing a 'why' that is meaningful. One of the most powerful ways we can do this  is by using 'I can' statements with the students. This breaks the curriculum down into student-friendly statements (ie 'I can order 2 digit numbers from smallest to largest'). This gives the student context for their learning, it helps them to set their goals and it gives them context for the next stage of their learning. When they see the goals that lie ahead, it gives an explanation for why they are doing their current task. At the moment we have introduced this use of 'I can' statements in Numeracy and this will be expanded into other curriculum areas ove time.

2018 Enrolments

If you have a younger child that you are planning on enroling at Marlborough in 2018 please download an enrolment form from here or  collect one from the office. The sooner that we receive enrolments, the easier it is to begin planning for next year.


If you have any friends or family members in the area with children beginning school next year, please let them know that we have tours available at these times:


Wednesday 3rd May 6:30pm

Tuesday 9th May 10:00am

Tuesday 16th May 10:00am

Saturday 20th May 11:00am

Wednesday 24th May 10:00am (Open Day)

Wednesday 24th May 2:30pm (Open Day)

Wednesday 24th May 6:00pm (Open Day)

Thursday 1st June 10:00am


To book in for one of these tours please contact the school on 9870 3468 or at


If you are unable to make it to one of these times, please contact the school and we can make an alternative booking.

Pupils of the Week

Last week's pupils of the week


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

Monday 8th May

Willow J (PA) - For being a wonderful role model to others.  She always demonstrates initiative and shows her Personal Best with her learning.  You're a superstar, Willow!

William A (PB) - For always doing your Personal Best work! I loved how many rhyming words you could think of for our rhyming wall! Well done, Will!

Ryan B (34A) - For his lovely manners, enthusiasm and his respectful behaviour when working with parent helpers in our unit.  It was lovely to hear a parent 'sing his praises' this week and see Ryan taking pride in his work.

Nika F (34B) - For making such an outstanding start to her new school.  Nika displays terrific Attentive Listening skills in class and she always tries her Personal Best.  Welcome and well done, Nika!

Indigo B (34C) - For her outstanding effort she puts into her homework each week!  Indigo goes above and beyond the required homework weekly tasks.  She presents her work neatly and clearly.  Keep it up, Indigo - you're a star!

Jamie C (56A) - For the fantastic ethusiasm he showed during the Cluster Leadership program.  Jamie is developing some great reflection skills towards his leadership role.

Erica Griffin (56B) - For demonstrating leadership qualities in the classroom.  Erica is always willing to help anyone in need.  Thank you, Erica.  You are a great role model.

Monday 15th May


Seth S (PA) - For trying his Personal Best with his learning. He is doing a fantastic job at spotting the rhyming words with our 'Rhyme Time' topic.  Seth is also doing a great job of being an excellent friend. Keep it up!

Amelia M (PB) - For your incredible counting-on skills. I am so impressed at how quickly you have learnt this new skill! You're a star, Amelia!

Jordan M (34A) - For the way Jordan handled a difficult situation with some of his peers this week. Jordan did himself proud, using his TRIBES agreements and demonstrating restraint.  What a good role model, Jordan!

Shureya N (34B) - For bringing such  a positive and friendly attitude to school every day.  This, along with the Mutual Respect that she shows her peers has enabled her to make lots of friends at her new school.

Patrick B (34C) - For the wonderful job Patrick did on his inquiry project. Patrick worked hard to make his project engaging and tried his Personal Best to present it well.  Keep it up!

Alec C (56A) - For his fantastic problem solving during Maths and STEAM.  Alec has a very inquiring mind and is ready for a challenge.

Sam V (56B) - For showing fantastic Mutual Respect and Attentive Listening druing our Topic session with our guest speaker.  Well done, Sam!



Dates to remember

Tuesday 2nd

  • School Council Meeting - 7.30pm

Wednesday 3rd

  • PA Meeting - 7.30pm

Friday 5th

  • Gr 5/6 Inter School Sports

Monday 8th

  • Mother's Day Stall
  • Gr 5/6 Rookys Workshop 1

Wednesday 10th

  • PA Meeting - 7.30pm

Friday 12th

  • Gr 5/6 Inter School Sports

Tuesday 16th

  • Whole School Athletics Carnival

Wednesday 17th

  • Crochet Night - 7pm

Friday 19th

  • Gr 5/6 Inter School Sport

Wednesday 24th

  • MPS Open Day and Information Night - 6pm
  • District Cross Country

Friday 26th

  • Gr 5/6 Inter School Sport

Monday 29th

  • Gr 5/6 Rookys Workshop 2

Tuesday 30th

  • School Council Meeting - 7.30pm

Wednesday 31st

  • Gr 3/4/5/6 EFL Football Clinic

School News

Crochet Night

Alison will be running another Crochet Night on Wednesday 17th May (7 to 9pm) in order to raise money for the new chess/games area in the school playground.  Cost will be $10 per person. Supper provided. Come and learn how to make a simple, chunky crochet cowl and have some fun with the school community.  This night will be for adults only - please let Alison know if you would like to attend.  

Bring your own crochet hook and scissors if you have them already.



Auskick Promotion Day - Thursday 27th April

The Preps and Grade 1 / 2 classes all experienced an Auskick promotion lesson on Thursday 27th April. The weather remained fine and the classes were conducted during their PE lessons. Ryan from Eastern Football league, E. F. L. had lots of fun activities and games to promote Football. All the students appeared to have a fantastic lesson. Flyers were handed out promoting Auskick. If girls and boys are interested in playing AusKick , the games are played Saturday mornings at Heathmont Reserve. Contact John Spotswood on 03 9730 1376.

Bonny Chisholm


Premier's Reading Challenge


Chaplain's Note


Scholastic Book Club

In addition to the wonderful Book Fairs held at Marlborough, the Scholastic Book Club will now be
available to families in Term 2 and 4.  A catalogue with a wonderful variety of books and more will
be distributed on Wednesday 3rd May.


Ordering is easy!

You can return your paper order form with payment to the office, use the LOOP online ordering
system or Scholastic Book Club App (see below for instructions). If you are making payment with
a cheque, please make it payable to Scholastic Australia.

Please ensure that your order is submitted either to the office or online by Friday 12th May.

Orders will be delivered to the school before the end of term.  Any items that have been ordered as
gifts can be collected from the office, all others will be distributed to classrooms.


Inter House Cross Country

On Friday 21st April,  Marlborough PS students competed in Inter- House Cross Country. It was great to see such positive attitudes and commitment despite the wet conditions. Many students dressed up in their house colours and big thank you to Marlborough staff who ran with their students. I must make a massive thank you to all the parents and Marlborough staff who so generously gave up their time to act as marshals and supporters along the course and at the finish line, especially in such wet and wintery conditions. We could not have run this event so successfully without your help. Thank you to Joel and Jane Barnes for their organisational help.


Congratulations to all competitors and to Cawley as the winning house, followed by Ford, Kenny and Jones.  The first 5 placegetters from the 9, 10,11 and 12/13 year old age group will be invited to  participate in the District Cross Country. The District Cross Country is on the 24th May at Domeney Reserve in Park Orchards.

So, get running! 9/10 year olds will be running 2km and 11/12/13 will be running 3 km.


Bonny Chisholm



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


Booking forms will be send home with students this week (or available from the school office).



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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How to order online.pdf
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Premier's Reading Challenge.pdf
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Chaplain's Note.pdf
Chaplain's Note.pdf
Booking form for Beauty and the Geek .pdf
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Reimbursement Form.pdf
Term 2 Newsletter.pdf
OSHC Information Booklet.pdf
OSHC Enrolment Form.pdf
Permanent booking form2017.pdf
OSHC Week 3 Term 2 2017.pdf
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