Mullum Matters

07 February 2019
Issue One
From the Principal
Dates for your diary
2019 Whole School Production - Porridge
In Other News
Parent's AssociationNews
Advertisements & Community Noticeboard News
Mullum Primary School
(03) 9870 2120
18 Panfield Avenue
Ringwood, Victoria, 3134

From the Principal

By Marie Beale, Principal

Welcome to 2019

We have had an outstanding start to the school year!  I would like to congratulate staff, students and parents on the extremely successful commencement to 2019.   We welcome all new families across the school and invite you to a special morning tea on Friday 15 February, invites have been sent out via the classroom tubs.


Staffing for 2019

Our teaching teams have already spent extensive time planning and preparing for the commencement of the year and look forward to working with your child.  The teams are as follows:


Principal - Marie Beale

Assistant Principal - Jenny Verheijden

Foundation - Year 1  - Lauren Caceres, Narelle Sencek, Kate Hickingbotham, Simone Williamson

Year 2 - Margaret Taylor, Marnie Ross

Year 3/4 - Natalie Burley, Elizabeth White, Fiona Pumpa, Ros Hill

Year 5/6 - Sharon Moloney, Sam Younes, Clare Carmichael, Emily Murcott

Specialists - Deanne Lawn (Visual Art), Mark Nunis (Performing Art), Angela Zerella (Italian)

Education Support - Helen Reed, Kate Raaymakers, Louise Brooks, Mary D'Aloisio, Helen Mason

Administration - Kelli Heriot (Business Manager), Adielle Murray (Office Manager / First Aid)


Landscaping and Netball Court

Over the Christmas holiday break there has been extensive ground work undertaken on the embankments and netball court.  These spaces are starting to look amazing and will soon be open for children to play on.  We are looking forward to planting in March / April when the weather is better.  Our concrete ramp and playground are still in the planning stages and we are awaiting the start of these projects over the next few months. 


The photo below is the new embankment with rock walls and dry creek bed for children to play on.  This embankment will link onto the netball court via platforms enabling easy access.


Let's Meet at Mullum - 12 February

On Tuesday 12 February from 5:30-7:00pm we will be opening up the classrooms for you to meet and greet your child's classroom teacher, check out where your child spends their day and share in a social BBQ.  This is the perfect time to put a name to a face and celebrate the start of the year with us.  We hope you can join us. 

Bendigo Bank Grant

Late in 2018, Mullum Primary School received a $3000 grant from the Bendigo Bank, Ringwood East Branch.  The money is to be used for the refurbishment and maintenance of our Visual Art Room kiln and the provision of a fence for the safety of all concerned.  Deanne is currently working with suppliers to have this work completed as soon as possible and then we can look forward to a ceramic extravaganza.  


Mullumites Playgroup - Starts 13 February

This year we are starting a new community playgroup for families in Ringwood.  The group will operate on Wednesday mornings from 9:30-11:30 during school term, starting 13 February, the cost per family $35 per term.  The group is open to anyone with a pre-school child and will be run by Nicole Younes and Katy Smith.  We currently have 18 families enrolled.   Please call the school office if you and / or your friends are interested in joining this group. 

Student supervision 

Every year it is important to remind families about the supervision of students at school.  Everyday, children are supervised from 8:45am - 3:45pm.  We have staff on duty before school from 8:45 and up until 3:45pm,  and each recess and lunch break.  If children need to be at school before or after these hours we do offer a comprehensive Before and After School Program through Camp Australia.  The program opens at 7am and closes at 6:30pm.  It is a good idea to register your children onto their data base so you can take up a casual booking at short notice if your circumstances change.  Information sheets are available at the office or visit


Lunchtime activities

During the term we will be offering free activities for students in the second half of the lunch break.  The purpose of these activities is to encourage positive social interaction, provide respite from the school ground if needed and to encourage friendships.  This term we are offering:

Monday - Lego Club, Running Club, Production Rehearsal

Tuesday - Games, Kitchen Garden, Library

Wednesday - Library, Lego Club, Junior School Council meeting

Thursday - Karate (Year 3/4), Library, Lego Club

Friday - Karate (Year 3/4), Mindful Colouring, Kitchen Garden

Posters about these activities are on the windows of the library and the Science Room for easy reference.  Along with these activities we will continue to offer paid tennis and dance lessons for students during lunch, please see the office for information about these paid activities.


School assemblies are an important part of the Mulllum Primary School day.  Gathering together as a whole school to meet, greet and provide reminders ensures everyone feels part of our community.  This year we will continue to have five assemblies, with a change to the sit down assemblies in the hall, the assemblies are as follows:

Monday - 8:55am - Full assembly with Student of the Week, National anthem, awards, presentations.

Tuesday - Friday - 8:55am - Flagpole assemblies where general reminders are made and children welcomed for the day.

Panfield Ave - School pick up / drop off time

Panfield Ave can be very congested at key times in the day.  The Maroondah Council  parking officers frequent the street and issue parking fines to people who are in breach of the restrictions.  I encourage you to read carefully the signs and note the line markings on the road to avoid a fine.

There has been an unwritten rule with current and past families that travelling north on Panfield Ave during these key times helps with the flow of traffic and managing the drop off points.  We encourage you to continue this practice.

With older children I encourage you to park a little further away from the school and teach your child to safely use the supervised crossings on Mullum Mullum Rd, Panfield Ave and Wonga Road. This is good for their independence and traffic congestion.


Dates for your diary

Friday 8 February- Grade 5/6 Summer Interschool Sports


Monday 11 February- Parent's Association AGM, 7 pm


Tuesday 12 February- Let's Meet at Mullum, 5.30 - 7 pm


Wednesday 13 February- Mullumites Playgroup (9.30 -11.30 am each Wednesday in the Hall)


Monday 18 February- District Swimming


Friday 15 February- Grade 5/6 Summer Interschool Sports


Wednesday 20  February- Mullumites Playgroup (9.30 -11.30 am each Wednesday in the Hall)


Friday 22 February- Grade 5/6 Summer Interschool Sports 


Tuesday 26 February- Photo Day


Wednesday 27  February- Mullumites Playgroup (9.30 -11.30 am each Wednesday in the Hall)


Friday 1 March- Grade 5/6 Summer Interschool Sports


Friday 8 March- Grade 5/6 Summer Interschool Sports


Monday 11 March- Labor Day Public Holiday


Tuesday 12 - Friday 15 March​- Grade 5/6 Phillip Island Coastal Discovery Camp


Wednesday 13 - Friday 15 March​- Teeth on Wheels


Wednesday 6 March- Mullumites Playgroup (9.30 -11.30 am each Wednesday in the Hall)


Wednesday 13 March- Mullumites Playgroup (9.30 -11.30 am each Wednesday in the Hall)


Wednesday 20 March- Mullumites Playgroup (9.30 -11.30 am each Wednesday in the Hall)


Thursday 21 March- Twilight Sports


Friday 22 March- Grade 5/6 Summer Interschool Sports


Wednesday 27 March- Mullumites Playgroup (9.30 -11.30 am each Wednesday in the Hall)


Friday 29 March- Grade 5/6 Summer Interschool Sports


Term 2

Wednesday 8 May

- House Cross Country


Term 3

Monday 15 July

- Pupil Free Day


Monday 29 - Tuesday 30 July

- Whole School Production - Porridge

2019 Whole School Production - Porridge

Save the Dates - July 29th & 30th 2019

We are excited to present our 2019 Whole School Production - Porridge! 

'When a crime wave hits Happy Valley, there's a caseload of mysteries to be solved! Who's stolen Ma Hubbard's recipe book? Who's kidnapped Marigold the cow? And what dirty secret is Papa Bear hiding behind his Porridge empire? It's down to Private Detective Jack Spratt to uncover the terrifying truth in this tale of mystery, mayhem and breakfast cereal!

Join Jack, Goldie Locks and a cast of crazy characters including barmy billy goats, loopy lumberjacks, a potty police squad and a runaway cow in this brand new side-splitting musical comedy. It's a familiar tale, told like you've never heard before with familiar fairytale folk brought to life as you've never imagined!


Auditions will begin Friday  8th February!  

Students wishing to audition can sign up on the board near the office.


District Swimming Carnival
By Fiona Pumpa


2019 Sporting Dates:
By Fiona Pumpa

District Swimming            Monday 18th February                   For qualifying students who turn 10 or above this year.

Division Swimming          Monday 4th March                           For qualifying students.

Region Swimming            Friday 15th March                             For qualifying students.

State Swimming                Wednesday 17th March                  For qualifying students.

(Parents transport and supervision required at all swimming carnivals.)


Grade 5/6 Interschool Sport – Ms Murcott will provide information to participating students and their families.


Twilight Sports                  Thursday 21 March                          For all students and families.


House Cross Country      Wednesday 8th May                        For all students.

District Cross Country    Tuesday 28th May                             For qualifying students. 

Division Cross Country   Tuesday 4th June                              For qualifying students.

Region Cross Country     Tuesday 18th June                            For qualifying students

State Cross Country        Thursday 18th July                            For qualifying students

(Parent transport and supervision required for Division, Region and State cross countries.)


House Athletics                                 Wednesday 7th August                   For all students.

House Athletics back up                Thursday 15th August                     Date used if it rains on the 7th August.

District Athletics                               Thursday 29th August                     For all Grade 5/6 students plus qualifying Grade 3 and 4 students.

Back up dates for District Aths – Thursday 5th August or Monday 9th August or Tuesday 10th August.

Division Athletics                              Tuesday 8th October                       For qualifying students.

Region Athletics                                Thursday 17th October                   For qualifying students.

State Athletics                                   Monday 28th October                     For qualifying students.

(Parent transport and supervision required for Division, Region and State athletics.)


**Please note these dates may change due to unforeseen circumstances.  We apologise for any inconvenience this causes.***

In Other News

Friday Lunch Orders 
Supplied by Norwood Secondary College Canteen

Friday lunch orders are available to order from Norwood SC Canteen each week.


Orders need to be dropped into the black tub at the office on Thursday morning for lunch the following day (not the classroom tubs); before school is recommended as late orders cannot be placed.
Please write lunch orders on a paper bag ensuring you have your child's name and class marked clearly on it and the correct payment (in cash) inside.

CSEF Applications Now Open

Recipients of Camps Sports and Excursion Fund (CSEF) in 2018 will be reapplied for automatically in 2019.  If there is any problem with your application you will be contacted by the office. 

New families or families with new students to Mullum PS can apply by filling in the attached form (also available from the office).  Please ensure you provide a copy of your eligible Centrelink Card along with your application.


Parent's AssociationNews

Next PA Meeting - Annual General Meeting


The PA AGM will be held next MONDAY, 11 February 7pm IN THE STAFF ROOM

Save the date in your diary. 

All welcome!  We would love to see new faces, please come along if you are free on Monday evening from 7 pm.


Icy Pole Friday is back !


$1 in the Hall at lunchtime each Friday

Helpers needed, please pop your name on the roster near the front office if you can help out on any Friday this term between 12.50 and 1.30 pm.


Advertisements & Community Noticeboard News

Advertisments & Community Noticeboard News


See our Community Notice Board for more information about;

Croydon City Arrows Soccer Club - Registration day Feb 10

Maroondah  Council - School Crossing rules & Vicroads Safe to School brocure.

EACH - 2019 Group Programs

Anglicare - Parentzone Eastern, Growing Resilient Kids

Yarrunga Community Centre - Workshop - Carers Acting Up

Diana Matthews Keyboard / Piano Lessons - 2019 Enrolments open

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