Kilsyth Primary School

16 May 2017
Issue Seven
Principal's Report
What's Happening @ KPS
From the Office
Foundation News
Senior School News
Student Wellbeing 
Student Awards
Community Notices
Kilsyth Primary School
9725 4320
Durham Road
Kilsyth, Victoria, 3137

Principal's Report

It's all happening here at Kilsyth PS!

So many things have been going on since our last newsletter.  NAPLAN, Twilight School, Cross Country, Camps, Book Fair... just to name a few!  And there is more to come in this action packed term.


This week our students in Year 3 and 5 participated in NAPLAN.  These assessments provide excellent data for us as a school.  We can see areas we are teaching well and areas we can improve our practice in.   Our Yr 4 and 6 students completed past papers at the same time and we will also be drawing on this assessment to analyse our practices as a school.We also track student growth over time.  It is a very valuable part of our data collection.  


It also provides a point in time assessment of your child's learning.  Some people in the media have commented on the high stakes nature of the testing.  We don't approach NAPLAN that way.  It is important to remember that this assessment provides a snap shot of what your child was able to demonstrate they know and can do.  A piece of information amongst many others.  We draw on six months worth of observation and assessment before making judgements on student learning as part of our reporting process.  The end of semester report provides a much more detailed and accurate view of a child's learning than one test on one day.



Last week we held our annual Twilight School. The day was well attended again this year. We found that student attendance on the day followed a consistent pattern to previous years with almost 90% of students attending at the beginning of the day and a gradual decline in the late afternoon sessions.  All the students that I have spoken to have told me how much they enjoyed the experience of being at school into the evening. It was great to see so many families come for the Sausage Sizzle and thanks must go to the Davis family for their great work in making that possible.  The prospective parents that came to tour the school were very appreciative that they were able to visit the school outside of their working hours.  I also had the opportunity to talk to a number of parents who were able to share in their child's learning for the first time because they can't get here during normal school hours.


We know that the day can disrupt the routine for some students and families and we are very grateful to those who rearranged things to make the day possible.


School Council are reviewing the effectiveness of the day and would value your feedback. We have constructed a survey that we would really appreciate you taking a moment to fill in.  You can access it here:  .  The survey will close on Friday 19th May.


Results from the survey will be shared in the next news letter.



KPS in the Great Outdoors

We held out School Cross Country races last week. This was a fabulous event organised by the awesome Mrs Molnar.  Students from Foundation to Year 6 raced in age-based events around Elizabeth Bridge Reserve.  It was wonderful to see so many parents come along and support their children.  The day had a fanastic community feel.  Thank you to all who made it such a success.  Good luck to those students from Years 3-6 who earned a place in the District Event in a few weeks time.


Our Middle School students enjoyed a wonderful adventure camp at Gundiwindi Lodge in Wandin a couple of weeks ago.  Although the weather was a little colder and wetter than hoped for, it was a terrific experience for our students and they learned a great deal.


Senior Camp leaves next week to Coolamatong Farm in Paynesville.  This is a major highlight in our camps program, being our longest camp and the furthest from home.  We are sending a stellar team to supervise the camp and I wish all campers all the best for a safe and exhilarating  experience!


Attitudes to School Survey



We value student voice as a means to improving student engagement, wellbeing and quality instruction and are conducting a survey to find out what your child thinks of our school. The Attitudes to School survey is an annual student survey offered by the Department of Education and Training to assist schools in gaining an understanding of students' perceptions and experience of school. Our school will use the survey results to plan programs and activities to improve your child's schooling experience.

The Department has updated the survey for 2017 to include important new measures that are known to influence student engagement and performance. Students from Year 4 to  6 at our school will participate in the survey. Your child will complete the survey online during school hours using a purpose built secure online survey tool.  It is important to note that we are not in any way “testing” your child. Your child has the right to refuse or withdraw from the survey at any point before, during, or after completion of the survey.


Your child will be provided with a unique login to complete the survey. The student login is an assigned identifier that may be used by the Department to combine data for research purposes only. Your child’s privacy and the confidentiality of your child’s survey responses will be protected at all times. No identifiable personal data is included in the survey response file.


The survey results will be reported back to the school in term 3. No student can be identified in the results reported to schools or in any other report of the data. We use this data to guage our teaching and learning programs, our wellbeing responses and the general climate amongst the students.  Based on our analysis of the data, we plan strategies to 


This year the Attitudes to School survey will be conducted at our school over the period Monday 29th May to Friday 9th June. The survey only takes 20-30 minutes to complete and occurs during your child's class time.

Please speak to your child’s teacher if you would like more information or visit the Department of Education and Training website:

Happy Mothers Day

Best wishes to all of the mothers, grandmothers, aunts and other special people in the lives of our students. The love you show and the effort you go to is so important in the lives of young children.  Thank you for all that you do.  I know we should show you our appreciation every day - we try to, but sometimes we forget - however it is great to take a special day to focus our attention on you and remind us that we need to say it out loud!


Thumbs up to...

...  Our Middle School students who did an outstanding job in tidying our yard yesterday.  You showed such  great pride in our school.

... The Breakfast Club team!  We have such a dedicated team of volunteers from a local church who come along each Thursday to help us run our Breakfast Club.  We really appreciate the hard work and effort that they put in each week to provide something awesome for our students.  Breakfast club is open to all and begins at 8am on Thursday mornings each week.  See you there.

... Ryan C-E-D and Josh B who have been doing a stellar job role modelling how to walk scooters through the school each day.  Great to see your example boys.


What's Happening @ KPS

Calendar of Events






12th            Interschool Sport-Home vs Manchester

                     Junior- Museum excursion

15th-19th    Senior Camp

23rd             Scientist in schools    

                       ICAS- Digital Technologies exam

24th              Scientist in schools

26th              Interschool Sport-Away vs Billanook

29th              ICAS-Science exam

30th              District Cross Country-Lilydale Lake 9am-12noon



2nd               Interschool Sport- Away vs Oxley

9th                Interschool Sport- Home vs Lilydale

12th             Queens Birthday-Public Holiday

13th             Curriculm Day-student free

14th             ICAS- Writing exam

14th             ICAS-Spelling exam

16th             Interschool Sport-Away vs Chirnside Park

23rd             KPS Disco

30th             Last day Term 2- 2.30pm dismissal



Notices sent home this fortnight


Click on the link below to download copies of the notices:


Mother's Day Stall

Senior Camp-Final reminders

Book Fair-Thank you

Thank you for supporting out 2017 Book Fair. Through your generosity we were able to purchase $570 of new books for our school library.  I would like to congratulate all of our 10 raffle prize winners.


1st Place was Hayley  from JRC

2nd Place was Tahli  from MDB

3rd Place was Andrea JRA


A successful appearance by Cranky Bear was enjoyed by all.


Camp Australia-OSHC

Hello from Camp Australia!


Caitlin, Sarah and the children have been enjoying cooking activities galore over the last couple of weeks – Anzac biscuits, Singapore Noodle, Banana Smoothies, Thursday morning Pancakes and many more healthy recipes to come...

This week our focus has been on making sure our Mum’s and other special people in our lives are going to be feeling spoilt with all the goodies we are making them in OSHC!


Reminder – please book your children in to OSHC if you know they are attending as usual – walk in’s are for emergencies only! This ensures we have enough resources (including food) and the correct staff:child ratios.

Kids Club


From the Office

Direct Deposit details:

Payments can be made via internet banking directly into the schools Bank account.


Acc Name:  Kilsyth Primary School Council

             BSB: 313 140 
             Account Number: 23183981
             Reference: (Family Surname)

Please also send an email to the school  notifying us that you have made the payment, and to which program/event it should be allocated. The email confirms your payment and states:



Child’s name, 

Amount paid

What the payment is for eg: Level 3 camp


Monday- Friday:  8.30am -4.00pm

Absences -Tiqbiz:

Please notify the office of your child's absence using the Tiqbiz app.



Download the app:

  • Apple App Store (iOS - iPhone or iPad)
  • Google Play (android phone or tablet
  • Windows (Phone or Tablet)
  • Mac or PC


Please note that if you have ordered Subway and your child is absent on Friday, please organise to come and collect it from the office at 12.30pm. Unfortunately we are unable to cancel your order.

The office is unable to provide change, and please hand orders into the class at 9am.

Foundation News

Happy Mother's Day & Lovely Ladies Day!

We can't wait to see the lovely mums, grandmas, nonnies and lovely ladies, who spread love in our families, come to our classroom for a visit!  We welcome you for a bite to eat, a healthy raw treat and a cuppa tea or coffee.  Students are excited to share some special time with you doing activities where you can chat and smile together.  This week we've been busy making cards, painting, hand printing and practising our writing to create our cards for you!  We hope you like them : )

Happy Mother's Day - May you enjoy a relaxing Sunday doing things with loved ones to share laughter and good times.  Look forward to hearing about it all on Monday!


We're going on a bear hunt

What a terrific excursion to the Drum Theatre last week! Although it was a mad rush in to our seats, the students loved the excitement of the story! We had read the book numerous times in class and completed many activities to explore the themes and purpose of the story.  Students activated their schema (prior knowledge) to explain what they knew about going on an adventure.

Throughout the show students were out of their seat singing and gazing at the stage.  Of course the highlight was the big brown bear!  This has been a great discussion point for when we begin our school production next term!  If you are interested, the Drum Theatre are showing 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' this July!


What are we learning?

In Maths, we have been working on addition! This is working in well with our mental maths program which is 5 minutes each day before our maths lesson.  Mental maths is designed to improve students basic number facts so they can respond quickly and accurately to allow their working memory to focus on more challenging concepts and parts within problems.   

Each student has a particular goal outlined in our classroom for reading, writing and maths.  Most of our counting goals relate to counting to 10 and matching quantities and digits to numbers initially up to 10 and beyond.

We have made the most of the sunshine this week.  We were able to practise our writing goals outside on the concrete! Chalk is so exciting! We have been focusing on using lower-case letters within words and forming them with correct sizing.  Students have been using their phonics and word knowledge skills to blend known sounds to spell words.  We have just begun learning about persuasive writing!  Did you know that dogs are better than cats because they run faster!  Did you know that cats are better than dogs because they are cutter than dogs!  


Support with home reading

Kylie and I have put together some support for home learning for some of our students.  If you would like some additional games and alphabet charts to use when engaging with your child at home, please don't hesitate to come and see me .  We are more than happy to provide you with support and games to play.  It's great to hear of the families that are playing games and continuing to make learning at home a priority.   Thank you again for your support!


Cross Country

Thank you to those parents who came to support us at Elizabeth Bridge for our cross country run.  Students had a ball and they all ran the whole race! I was proud! It was a great achievement to have up to 10th place rewarded.  

Well done Kiralee on your great organising!


Happy Weekend!

Enjoy the sunshine and see you all Monday!

Senior School News

Camp is finally here!

A final reminder notice about Camp has gone home. Key things to note are:

1. Students required at school by 8:45 on Monday 15th May

2. Students must bring a snack and lunch on Monday (but no other food items)

3. Please also pack a clearly named drink bottle

4. We expect to return between 3:00pm-3:30pm on Friday 19th May

The weather is looking good (fingers crossed) and we cannot wait until we are on our way!


For the past couple of weeks our focus in Maths has been on Time. Students in Year 5 and Year 6 work on converting between 12 and 24 hour time, measuring elapsed time, and reading timetables (useful for our Year 6s heading off to high school next year!) We encourage you to help your child practise these skills at home. Have them plan a journey allowing for travel time, ask them how many days, hours or minutes there are to go until a special event. These little conversations go a long way to help consolidate what we do in the classroom.



Science awards 

congratulations to Jake, Kohen, Edward and Tenille for their excellent work this fortnight. 


solids and liquids

Seniors have explored chocolate and milk and how these cooking ingredients can be reversed from liquid to solid and back again. We certainly enjoyed smelling the chocolate throughout the lab during our investigation. I was very impressed by the range of ideas on how to melt our milk ice blocks. 


Testing packages

In middle school we have been comparing different types of packaging and what stands the test. We also had a rich discussion on recycling and what packaging can be recycled and is made out of natural materials. 

Crazy Mixtures 

We had so much fun this week making different mixtures in Junior school out of rice bubbles, cocoa powder and icing sugar. Students came up with some great vocabulary to describe different mixtures. 


Think GREEN appreciation

A big thank you to the wonderful students who came back to school after the ANZAC day excursion and had collected everyone's plastic ponchos for me to take to Coles. These ponchos will now be turned into bench seats for schools and saved from ending up in landfil where they will not break down. 

Visual Arts 

A huge thank you to that wonderful parent who left a bag of newspapers for me. They are very much appreciated.

The Foundation have been having fun with creating butterflies. They have been hand painting, using glitter and sequins and having a very messy but enjoyable time.

The juniors have been looking at nature. We have depicted the colours of a sunset using food colouring as well as creating a tree out of textured paper.

The middle school students have been experimenting with warm and cool colours. They are using their hands as a focus and creating pattern, line and shape in their work.

The senior students have been completing their 3D name tags and have also been making dream catches.

Thanks again for all your generous donations to the art room.


This fortnight sees our Whole School Cross Country completed in great fashion.  The day it's self was cold, but no rain thankfully.  It was great to see the whole school down at the track cheering others on.  Everyone did an amazing job and I would like to congratulate all the students that competed.  

The winner are as follows.


1st - Erinn                                     1st -  Tyson

2nd – Amelia                                2nd – Archer

3rd – Tayla                                    3rd – Dane

4th –  Mary                                    4th – Kruze

5th Jasmine                                  5th Maxwell

6th – Lexi                                        6th Nate

7th – Tia                                           7th Oscar

8th – Lacey                                      8th – Max

9th – Abby                                        9th – Riley

10th – Hayley


Year 1

1st – Hayley                         1st -  Cian

2nd – Angelina                    2nd – Zel

3rd – Ruby                            3rd – Archer

4th –  Chloe                          4th – Max

5th Sienna                            5th Cooper

6th – Payton                        6th Brody

7th – Jaslyn                          7th Bilal

8th – Ashlee                        8th – Jack

9th – Andrea                       9th – Archer

10th – Envy                          10th – Ethan


Year 2

1st –Lola                                1st -  Brodie

2nd – Amber                        2nd – Matthew

3rd – Mykayla                     3rd – Luke

4th – Laila                              4th – Charlie

5th – Lallie                            5th Edward

6th – Abby’Lee                   6th Liam

7th – Sydney                       7th Joel

8th – Carissa                        8th – Jett

9th – Ava                               9th – Matthew


8/9/10 Year old


1st – Sophie                         1st -  Jackson

2nd – Emilee                        2nd – Mitchell

3rd – Talia                             3rd – Kohen

4th –  Ruby                           4th – Jovie

5th – Tahli                             5th- Brock

6th – Kaylee                         6th Jason

7th – Stralia                          7th Kobe

8th – Sarah                           8th – Jake

9th – Courtney                   9th – Makenzie

10th – Sharnie                     10th – Tierone


11 Year old

1st – Mia                               1st -  Michael

2nd – Azalia                          2nd – Cooper

3rd – Lacey                           3rd – Jack

4th –  Sienna                        4th – Jame

5th – Tayah                          5th – Jed

6th – Erika                             6th – Cooper

7th – Josie                            7th – Kaleb

8th – Alana                          

9th – Ashalyn                       


12/13 Year old

1st – Alyssa                          1st -  Riley

2nd – Rhiannon                  2nd – Amos

3rd – Rachel                         3rd – Samuel

4th –  Hailey                         4th – Lucas

5th – Alysha                         5th- Ben

6th – Megan                        6th- Ryan

7th – Josie                            7th- Jayden

                                                8th – Connor

                                                9th – Riley


I would also like to send out a very big thank-you to those parents that came and help stand on a check point on the day.  It was great to see you and we really appreciate you coming down and helping us out. With out you it makes it very hard for the event to go ahead.  

Thank you also goes out to the teachers, for you help and support on the day.  It make the event run smoothly when we have helpers.  


The student from Years 3-6 who ran in the top 8 will now go and compete at the District Cross Country on the 30th May at Lilydale lake. We wish them all the best.  


Student Wellbeing 

Chaplain’s Chat

Even at the best of times change is an awkward and difficult process to deal with.  Looking at the world around us and the wildly changing social/political dynamics leaves me somewhat incredulous.  The massive impact of government changes, the unsettling reaction to grandstanding and posturing on the world stage and uncertainty around issues like climate change and what that may mean for our way of life and the wellbeing of future generations.

We are told regularly that change is inevitable, that the only thing that remains constant in life is change, yet we are often far from adequately equipped to deal with it.

Change can be equally distressing for our children, as they grow they are learning and laying down neural pathways in response to consistent events, sudden or unexpected changes in these experiences can significantly unsettle them, leading to perhaps confusion, fear and disorientation and then often anti-social acts.

Change can fuel anger as you fight against the inevitable or you may adopt the ‘head in the sand’ approach which can leave you feeling like you are just keeping your head above water in the deep end.

It can be helpful to understand that change is a process, it takes multiple steps, each one building on the earlier one. Begin to think of change as opportunity not loss .

It is helpful to acknowledge to yourself what is happening and own your feelings, looking consciously for worthwhile aspects of the change and feel grateful for those components.

God…. grant me the serenity

to accept the things I cannot change,

The courage to change the things I can

and the wisdom to know the difference.

Throughout history resilience around change was considered to be an inherent trait, fresh research suggests that psychologists today now know that it’s one of the most important qualities parents can teach their kids (along with compassion).

 Studies have shown that children as young as two years old copy the coping, stress-management and thinking styles of the adults around them. And they can sense if parents are anxious or worried and will tend to mimic that. Other studies have found that there is strong evidence that good early relationships with carers can help make children more resilient. And the earlier this resilience-building is started the better.

Taking care of ourselves and our own stress management is the best way of taking care of our children’s resilience.

Gill Van Der Ende




Earlier this year one of our families tragically lost their mother, as she was such an integral part of the daily care and management for her children the extended family have been stretched considerably in providing the basic needs and the ongoing emotional care these young people need.

Daily meals are a constant need and to support them in managing this, one of the supporting family members has set up a  page; [email protected] which lays out a roster for the planning and provision of meals. 

If there are any families who would be happy to contribute to this occasionally it would be much appreciated and would provide very practical assistance. Meals need to be able to serve between 6-8 people. 





Earlier this year one of our families tragically lost their mother, as she was such an integral part of the daily care and management for her children the extended family have been stretched considerably in providing the basic needs and the ongoing emotional care these young people need.

Daily meals are a constant need and to support them in managing this, one of the supporting family members has set up a roster that has been established.   If there are any families who would be happy to contribute to this occasionally it would be much appreciated and would provide very practical assistance.


Student Awards

Friday 28th April

Foundation                Nate

It's so exciting to see you listening carefully and participating in the learning in our class. Your brain is tuned into the questions and you are trying very hard to explain your thinking. We are very impressed with you, Nate! Keep it up!


Junior A       Ava

Ava, you are doing some really deep thinking. You are willing to keep working on a problem until you have a solution you are happy with. Keep thinking and you will achieve great things!


Junior C         Ethan, you have been doing awesome work in reading this week. You have been making interesting predictions using pictures, books and comic strips. Keep up the great work!


Senior A        Ally

Ally, your narrative writing piece about the war was amazing. Your storytelling skills really make the reader feel like they are there. I can't wait to see what other stories you have to share. I think we have a future author in the making! Well done!


Hailey, it is really great to see you stepping up as a role model and making choices that best suit the situation. You have taken on board feedback and applied it well. Keep up the great work!     


Senior B                 Ashalyn

Ashalyn, you were a fantastic representative of our school during the visit to Lilydale Heights this week. You gave every activity your very best and showed a willingness to step out of your comfort zone. Well done.


Senior C            Lacey

Lacey you did an amazing job with your writing task, creating interesting characters and settings. You are producing some really good work. Keep it up!


Well done on your story hill. You have shown excellent commitment with your writing tasks lately. Great to see and keep it up!


Science               Ben B

I’m very impressed with the effort, positive mind and the work you are producing in science. Keep it up!



Friday 5th may

Foundation             Abby

We are most impressed with how hard you are trying to read your words and say the phonemes we are learning. We love that you are making such a big effort! We can’t wait to hear you reading stories to us! Go Abby!


Junior A    Archer L

What a terrific job you are doing with your reading Archer. I enjoy listening to your expression when you read and the discussion we have when you are finished. Keep it up!


Junior B     Joel

You have such a positive attitude towards your learning Joel. Your predictions in reading this week have shown great use of your Schema. Keep up the great work.


Junior C            Brody

For working so hard on your mental maths this week. It has been great to see you taking the time to check over your answers and improving each day. Keep up the great work, Brody!


Middle A         Makenzie

It’s fabulous having you in our class Mak! We’ve enjoyed getting to know you and we love that you’ve already made some great friends too. Congratulations on such a positive start at KPS.


Kobe, you always have a winning smile and a fantastic attitude! I appreciate that you always follow school expectations and TRIBES agreements as well as Middle School agreements. You are caring and thoughtful friend to many of your peers here at KPS. Congratulations.


Congratulations Brooklyn, on your very positive attitude at camp. It was fantastic to see you have a go at everything that was offered. From the giant swing all the way to catching yabbies; you did it all! Your big smile told a great story!


Middle A               Middle A

What wonderful campers you were last week! I am so proud of each and everyone of you. You showed determination, daring and resilience. So many of you conquered your fears on the giant swing and flying fox. We made great new friendships and had tons of fun. Well done, and I cannot wait until next year's camp!


Middle B               Andy

Andy, you have amazed me with your Maths knowledge this week! A little focus goes a long way and you have shown that you have loads of Maths skills. Keep up the hard work because you are 'kicking goals'.


Middle C              Jordan

For showing lots of bravery over the three days at camp Gundiwindi! You participated in the activities despite some injuries and even made it to the top of the Giant Swing. Well done Jordan!


Senior A             Bridey

Bridey, what a superstar you have been with your narrative writing this week! I am so proud of the way you are pushing yourself to be a better writer and how you are taking on board feedback. Keep up the fabulous work!


Senior C             Jade

Jade, you always try your best with everything. I'm incredibly proud of how much you have progressed with your reading - well done and keep it up!


Sam, you have made an excellent effort with your writing task this week! I'm very impressed with your work on descriptive dialogue within narratives. Well done and keep it up!


Community Notices

Local events:


Kilsyth Primary School
Wk 03 - Mothers day stall.pdf
Wk 03 - Mothers day stall.pdf
Wk 04-Senior Camp final reminder note.pdf
Wk 03 - Mothers day stall.pdf
Wk 04-Senior Camp final reminder note.pdf