Kilsyth Primary School

11 August 2017
Issue Thirteen
Principal's Report
From the Office
What's Happening @ KPS
Foundation News
Junior School News
Middle School News
Senior School News
Student Wellbeing 
Student Awards
Community Notices
Kilsyth Primary School
9725 4320
Durham Road
Kilsyth, Victoria, 3137

Principal's Report

They are here...

... and we are so excited!!


Thanks to parents Richard Henry, Nick Fontana, and Adam Davis and Peter May of MayDay Maintenance our football goals are now installed, fully functional and awesome fun!  After an early start on Saturday morning these dedicated dads dug holes, poured cement and sweated over making everything straight.  We are so grateful for your efforts Richard, Nick, Adam and Peter.  They have been a long time coming, but have been a huge source of enjoyment this week.  It is wonderful to see our students loving their footy on the oval once again.


Trivia night - Satuday 2nd September

This year our Yr 6 Graduation Committee are holding a trivia night.  This promises to be a wonderful night of fun and games. Tickets can be purchased at the school office.  Join a team or put together a team of your own and book your table ASAP!!! I look forward to seeing you there.


Who will prove themselves to be the greatest trivia buff of all time?


Bragging rights are up for grabs people, get studying and be there to prove your brilliance!



Parent Opinion Survey



Our school is conducting a survey to find out what parents think of our school. The Parent Opinion Survey is an annual survey offered by the Department of Education and Training that is conducted amongst a sample of randomly selected parents at each school.


It is designed to assist our school in gaining an understanding of parents’ perception of school climate, student engagement and relationships with our parent community. Our school will use the survey results to help inform and direct future school planning and improvement strategies.

The survey will be conducted online by ORIMA Research Pty Ltd and only takes 15 minutes to complete. The survey can be accessed via desktop computer, laptop, tablet or mobile at any convenient time within the fieldwork period from Monday 7th August to Sunday 27th August.


Approximately 60 per cent of parents will be invited to participate in this year’s survey. All responses to the survey are anonymous.


The online survey is available in English, Arabic, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Chin (Hakha) and Hindi.


The survey results will be reported back to our school at the end of September.  I will include a summary of the results in the newsletter when we receive the data.


So far 8 out 75 families have completed the survey - Thank you.  It is very important that we get as many responses as possible. If your family is one of those that was randomly selected, please complete the survey as quickly as possible.  If you would like to use a school iPad to complete the survey, please contact the office.

For further information, please speak to you child’s teacher or visit:

Shared practices

On Wednesday afternoon this week our entire teaching staff visited schools in our local network as part of a program of collaboration and sharing of best practices.  It was a great opportunity for our teachers to showcase the great teaching and learning and program we provide here at KPS, and hear about what others are doing.  We focussed our conversations on Maths learning and assessments.  I was very proud to host teachers from 6 local schools and share with them our Junior school maths program.


Our Senior school teachers visited Lilydale High School to discuss how Maths teaching and data sharing crosses the divide between Primary and Secondary School and how we can support secondary schools in providing a learning program to meet the individual needs of our students attending their schools.

Looking forward to a great weekend!



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.

  • Subway Order form


Outgrown Uniforms

As winter is now here we are in urgent need of second hand Bomber Jackets and Windcheaters especially size 10 & up. If you have any items that your children have outgrown please drop them off to the office any time.  Thank you

What's Happening @ KPS

Calendar of Events




10th     Senior -Family Life

11th     Whole School - Messenger Dog incursion

14th     Senior Wheeltalk Incursion

15th     ICAS Mathematics exam

16th     Kinder transition-2.30-3.15pm "Stories with Blair"

17th     Senior -Family Life

18th     Foundation-Kew Traffic School

21st  -25th        BOOKWEEK

21st      Middle-Drama Toolbox Incursion

22nd    Tribes Day-Literacy

23rd     Foundation-Fire visit

              District Athletics-selected students

30th     Foundation-Fire visit

31st      Senior -Family Life



1st        Foundation-Father's Day Brekky


              Junior-Tribes sleepover


6th        Fun Run

6th       Middle- Hooptime

12th    Foundation-Responsible Pet's program

13th    Kinder Transition-Art with Kym

15th    KPS Disco

20th     KPS Production

22nd    Last Day Term 3- 2.30pm dismissal



Notices sent home this fortnight

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


Choir notice

Senior School- Family Life

Senior- Wheeltalk incursion


Trivia Night coming up


Woolworths Earn & Learn


When you shop at Woolworths, make sure to collect your Earn & Learn stickers. Every $10 you spend will earn one sticker – it’s amazing how quickly they add up with a hungry family!

Sticker sheets are available from the office. Fill in your sheets and return them to the office or the collection box outside woolworths in Kilsyth. Every sticker helps our school earn resources for our classrooms.

Foundation News

Week #4

What a fantastic week had by all of us here in Foundation! Our team keeps growing with our student teacher, Miss Ellen Morton, taking much of the teaching load! Ellen has brought a fresh pair of eyes to our classroom and introduced some very cool classroom management strategies such as Quiet Critters. These critters only come out when the room is quiet and only survive in a quiet environment. The students will create their own quiet critter to be part of a classroom set that we can use when Ellen finishes up at the end of week 6.  



Our rehearsals are well underway! Each week we have an external dance instructor come to our school. We practise on a Monday morning and have shown we can memorise most of the dance moves to 'A Sailor went to Sea'. We have been practising in class throughout the week. Thank you to Rebecca West who has put her hand up to contribute to some of the handy work that goes into making our costume supplies such as our sailor scarves - thank you! Please see me if you have misplaced the notice regarding costumes for the production.  We need black pants/jeans/leggings and a white t-shirt.  Students can wear their 100 days t-shirt.  We will just turn it inside out! These need to be brought to school ASAP in a plastic bag or zip lock bag CLEARLY NAMED.  Thank you again for your co-operation!



Book Week - Monday 21st-25th August

This week at KPS creates such a buzz around the school community.  Next week we will begin decorating our doorways - an annual tradition at Kilsyth! Students have been introduced to our chosen book 'Go Home Cheeky Animals'.  We will read the shortlisted books for Junior Primary and vote on our favourite one!  Students will explore literacy comprehension strategies throughout book week.  The week will look like this: Tuesday 22nd Dress Up day (favourite book character), Friday 25th is pyjama day! Students will be asked to bring along their favourite book and teddy bear, on Friday, as we may be having a picnic - TBA.  Please keep an eye out for Flexibuzz updates and notices regarding this week.  Thank you.  



In Maths, we've been exploring numbers to 20.  I know we automatically think of how easy that is for some of our students and children however, we work to further develop skills and knowledge around reasoning and problem solving.  Students are using hands on materials to explore subitising, numbers before and after, counting from any random starting point and ordering numbers.  

In Reading, we have introduced the strategy of inferring! This is where we use our schema and search for clues in the text to make a prediction about what we think is happening.  Students are using their own selected books from their book box to work through reading workshops. 

In Writing, we are exploring narratives! Students are focusing on familiar stories, such as Little Red Riding Hood, to familiarise themselves with the structure of narrative writing.  They are composing a story that includes, who, wanted, but, so, then.  We look forward to sharing these stories with you when we've finished them!


100 Days!

Thanks to everyone for such a successful 100 days at school celebration! The students had a wonderful day singing, counting, reading, writing, jumping and sharing stories of our time at Kilsyth so far!


Important Dates & Upcoming

Friday 18th Aug - Kew Traffic School - please let us know if you can come ! Students will need a helmet.

Monday 21st & Wednesday 23rd Aug - Local Kinder visits during the morning sessions. 

Tuesday 22nd Aug - Whole school Tribes Day - roving activities with a Literacy focus.

Wednesday 23rd August - Fire Safety visit from MBF community members.

Wednesday 30th August - Fire Safety visit from MBF community members.

Friday 1st Sept - Father's Day Breakfast 8am

Wednesday 6th Sept - Whole school Tribes Day & Fun Run - roaming activities with a PE focus.

Tuesday 12th Sept - Responsible Pet's Ownership incursion.

Friday 15th Sept - Jump Disco 6pm - 7.15pm

Wednesday 20th Sept - PRODUCTION!

Friday 22nd Sept - End of Term 3.


Have a great weekend!

Something that I came across upon reflection of the good times we are having in Foundation!


Junior School News

A busy 2 weeks...

It has been a busy two weeks in Junior school! We have been writing narratives, making inferences in our reading, developing subtraction strategies, learning about coding, playing basketball and have time travelled back to the 1800's. There has been lots of learning and adventure!

Basketball Clinic & Hooptime

Junior School has been developing their basketball skills. On Friday the 28th of July we were lucky to have some students from the SEDA school come and teach us some passing, dribbling and shooting skills. We were able to use these new skills on Friday the 4th of August at Junior Hoop Time. All of Junior School made the big walk down to Kilsyth Basketball Stadium for the day. The morning involved another clinic and then in the afternoon our grade 2's competed against other primary schools in 4 x 10 minute rounds. We are so proud of how all of Junior School represented Kilsyth Primary on the day!


Mrs Sargood

On Wednesday the 9th of August Junior School  were transported back to the 1800's! We came dressed for school in olden day clothes and were lucky to have Mrs Sargood come and visit us. Mrs Sargood took the students through an olden day lesson in our classroom. Juniors learnt about how different school was back in the olden days and had the opportunity to write their names using an ink pot and pen. We also played some olden day games. It was a fun and engaging day! 


Narrative Writing

Junior school has been doing some creative narrative writing in the last few weeks. We have learnt about a range of different narratives including folktakes, myths, legends, Dreamtime stories and more! Junior school have taken pride in their writing and have enjoyed opportunities to share. 


Hour of Code

Over the last few weeks Junior School has been looking at coding (The language of a computer). We have been exploring hour of code. During hour of code, students choose one of the programs and follow the sequential instructions they are given. Students have the opportunity to practice coding through Minecraft, Moana, NBA and more. Coding is a key part of the digital technologies curriculum and it is great to see the students engaged in the sessions.  


Important Dates

Book Week - 21st-25th August

TRIBES sleepover - 1st-2nd September

Disco - 15th September

Production - 20th September

Middle School News

Term 3

Term 3 is shaping up to be loads of fun!


Of course the really big item is our whole school production. The students are looking forward to their part and we are looking forward to helping them reach their performance goals and aspirations. The students have begun learning their dances and for those in the choir rehearsals for songs are well under way.


Our inquiry learning focus this term is Australian Explorers. Later this term we’ll be working with students to teach filming techniques and script writing skills in order for the students to perform and film a short play. So far students have been looking at various explorers and the role they played in the early development of Australia.


This week we are having an incursion called Messenger Dogs. This is a travelling show visiting Victorian primary schools and uses puppetry and story telling to teach students about the ANZAC story and the role that dogs played.


In Middle School we use SeeSaw as a sharing platform for students to showcase their work to parents and family. You can see your child’s teacher for a code to view their work, if you’ve misplaced the one sent home earlier in the year. It’s a great way to keep in touch with what’s going on at school in your child’s learning!

Senior School News


As usual, this week has been busy.  We are working towards our production deadline.  The students have been rehearsing during their lunchtimes and preparing in their eating breaks - all is going well.  the next two weeks will also be very busy with all the upcoming events listed below.


- Father's Day stall will be held on Tuesday 29th of August 

The last session of our Family Life incursion is next Thursday 31st of August.  

- Hooptime is next Friday the 1st of September

- Graduation Trivia Night will be held on Saturday the 2nd of September

- On Wednesday the 6th of September we will be holding our TRIBES Health day and school fun run (more detail on this will be provided closer to the date).


Students in our Senior School will be participating in the local Kilsyth Hooptime event.  Students will be playing basketball across seven different teams. We will be playing other schools and at the Kilsyth Basketball centre. 

Family Life 

This Thursday will be our last Family life lesson.  We encourage you to engage and have a conversation with your child about this topic.  


Our challenges are shaping up.  This week our students finalised their plans for the 'Action' component of their Challenges. This means that they will need to come up with a solution for their problem.  The challenge centres around the concepts of Natural Disasters, Community, and Survival.  

Book Week celebrations 

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Some exciting news to start with. Throughout June and July Tyler one of our senior boys has been competing in try outs against 50 children to gain a position in the State Championship team for in Baseball for Ringwood District. Only 12 players were chosen.

This required enormous effort and commitment for him as the team had to train up to 4 times a week along with playing in his team on Saturdays.

Two weeks ago Tyler travelled to Bendigo where 7 teams from across Victoria competed.

Tyler's team came 3rd in the Championship overall. They played 6 games across the 2 days and trained between every game. All up, the team trained and competed in 18 hours of baseball in 2 days.

The team lost 3 games, had a draw in 1 game and 2 very successful wins on the second day.  All players had field positions and also had to bat in every game. Tyler did an outstanding job in right field and on 3rd base, where he assisted in a number of outs. 

The competition was intense, but the learning, and the team encouragement and support was amazing. All teams that competed had a fantastic time and great friendships were made.

This Summer season, Tyler will try out for the National team.  Good Luck Tyler!



We are working with our peers and learning how to give feedback.  We are looking at skills such as kicking, two handed strike, catching and throwing. We are working on giving positive comments ie great that you stepped forward when you threw that ball. We are also working on comments to help our partner improve. ie remember when you catch to make sure your hands are a nest shape. It is great to hear students encouraging others and giving positive feedback.    


Our foundation students have been learning how to kick.  They are learning to squish the ball and then kick using their toes to start with.  We are working on making sure they have their toes pointing their target so they kick straight to it.

Junior School

We have been working on our two handed strike.  using tennis racquet, cricket bats, baseball bats.  Catching and throwing has also been a big part of this unit making sure they step forward on the opposite foot to their throwing arm.  

Middle School 

Have enjoyed using cricket bats and balls, learning to strike the ball with two hands.  We have introduced baseball, t-ball and softball into the mix of bats we might use.  Our fielding techniques are improving with practice. 

Senior Students

Are working on their fielding strategies.  We have worked with cricket bats and baseballs. This week has seen and introduction of the baseball glove and ball and bat.  It was great to see the determination on students faces to learn to catch with a glove and on the non preferred hand.  

Science Awards

Congratulations to Jordan, Bella, Carter and Levi for their efforts to complete well thought out explanations to this weeks investigation on heat. 


Push and Pull

Juniors are really enjoying this terms work on how objects such as toys can be pushed and pulled. We enjoyed a rare bit of sunshine last week to test what happens with different balls when pushed into water. We thought the basketball was the best, as it nearly bounced right out of the tub. Students provided spot on explanations from their observations. We also had fun catching air on the oval and seeing the trees move and how the air felt on our faces as we ran around. 


Heating up

I am extremely impressed with Middle schools efforts to ensure their thinking is explained fully and really listening to feedback to improve their science skills. We have talked at length about what produces heat. Our favourite investivgation so far was using the hot water bottles on a particularly cold day. 


Let there be light

Seniors are busy creating circuits and finding out what materials will finish a circuit to power a small light globe. Why not try this at home. A quick google search will direct you to many student friendly circuits you can build at home. Australian Geographic also have fantastic science kits which make for a great weekend or holiday activity. 


Plastic free July

Thank you to all the students who supported my plastic free July challenge. 

Student Wellbeing 

Chaplain’s Chat
Find your Love Language

Lots of family therapists have many, varied ideas and practises to enhance the quality of our family life and our relationships with those we care for.

One of these theories is often referred to as “The Five Love Languages” and it works on the principle that each of us responds more powerfully to one type of experience of demonstrated love than another. In order to allow the person we care about to know how we feel, we need to try to determine their specific love language. These love languages can be identified as 1. Words of Affirmation, 2. Quality Time, 3. Receiving Gifts, 4. Acts of Service and 5. Physical Touch.

If we are not sure what is likely to impact the person we care about we may be missing out on really showing them how we feel and leaving them feeling undervalued, this can be very challenging when letting our children know that they are loved and precious.

 Possibly the deepest human need is the need to feel appreciated. Words of affirmation will meet that need in many individuals. Words of affirmation are words that ‘build up’ and focus on strengths rather than deficits.   These could include things like-: “It’s so good to spend time with you”, “I love the way you stuck at that even when it got hard”, “Thanks for just being you”

Quality time is giving someone your undivided attention, this needs to be a ‘device free’ space where you can fully engage with the other person.  It could be playing a board game, riding bikes or walking together, teaching a skill that they are keen to learn or allowing them to engage you in an activity they value like craft or Lego and letting them be in charge.   Life is always busy and there are multiple competing demands on our time but the value of time spent like this is incalculable.

The Love Language of Receiving Gifts gives the person you care about a tangible object or experience that allows them to feel valued and special.  There is a big difference between giving gifts and spoiling your child, gifts need not cost very much at all but may remind them that you were thinking of them while you were apart. It may be a simple token from an outing, it might be something you know they value and are collecting or it may be a funny note or letter that they discover when you are apart.

An Act of Service may sound a bit strange with our children when it feels like every waking hour is directed to doing things for them, but there are still responsibilities that children have to fulfil and these can sometimes be overwhelming, just quietly stepping alongside them and offering to support them as they deal with a challenge like tidying their room or doing the dishes can help them to feel that they are valued. This is as a spontaneous act not as a result of the pressure of whinging.

 Physical Touch; Hugs and kisses are the most common way of speaking this love language, but there are other ways, too. When a child is tossed in the air, spun round and round laughing wildly, being tickled and reading a story with the child on their lap. It is always lovely to watch a small child patting the back of the person giving them a hug, this shows me that they have learned the love language of physical touch.

All these need to be practised regularly but if you focus you may be able to identify your child’s specific love language.  They have strange ways of showing us what they need; always getting into our physical space if they respond to touch, repeatedly seeking approval if their need is words of affirmation, or dragging out things to do with you that will take all your focus.  Trying to keep a balance in your life between children’s competing needs and our own and our partners needs means that it is never simple but it is still helpful to be able to keep in our mind as we try to rein in the wild chaotic life that is family.


Gill Van Der Ende


Student Awards

Friday 28th July

Foundation      Lacey

What an amazing effort you showed us with your descriptive writing about Cinderella! Your spelling and word choice showed great thinking. We are so proud!



What a fantastic week you've had Shae - your best yet! We are all super proud of your effort with your reading and learning your words! We can't wait to see this continue - go Shae!


Junior A             Jacob

We love the way you engage in your learning. Your enthusiasm for taking on challenges is contagious. Keep up the hard work!


Junior B            Jayden

What a great week you have had Jayden! You have been doing so well with your reading this week and should be proud of your achievements. All your hard work is paying off!


Junior C               Bilal

Bilal you have been making great efforts with your reading. You have been reading every night at home and have been trying so hard in class!! Keep up the awesome work!



Ashlee, you have been doing awesome work in reading this week. You have been creating interesting pictures in your mind during visualising and have been using these ideas in your writing. Keep up the great work!


Middle A               Ruby

Congratulations on a fantastic Genius Hour project. You’ve developed good skills in understanding the design process and applying that to get to your finished product. Well done Ruby.



What a fantastic understanding of division concepts you’ve developed Brock! You’ve worked hard to understand how to use place value and other strategies to divide numbers. Well done!


Senior A               Sienna

Sienna, you are working so hard on expanding your thinking and sharing your insights with the class. It is great to see you back up your reasoning with evidence and resources! Keep up the fabulous thinking Sienna.


Senior B            Swee Mee

Swee Mee you have worked hard in Maths this week and did a great job showing your understanding of factors. Your dedication and hard work have helped you make excellent progress in this area.

Senior C             Connor

Connor, your information report on trout was very insightful and it was structured correctly. I never knew that you knew so much about fish. Well done and keep it up!




Friday 4th August

Junior A            Ruby

What a terrific role model you are for all Juniors. You are a kind and caring class member who models mutual respect to everyone. Well Done


Junior B             Envy

Well done on a super week Envy! The narratives you have been writing have been interesting and entertaining. Keep up the fabulous work!


Junior C           Michael

Michael, you are a maths super star. It has been great listening to you explain your thinking about how you are using subtraction strategies. Keep up the awesome work!


Middle A           Makenzie

Well done Makenzie on your commitment to learning in Maths. You’ve really done your best in learning about division and all the different ways we can solve problems. Congratulations on your fantastic attitude to learning!


Middle B             Emily

Emily, you have shown amazing focus on all your learning tasks this year. You have gone above and beyond with your dedication to your homework and home reading! Keep up the hard work!



Well done on reaching level 19 in Mental Maths Mitchell. You used a positive growth mindset and changed your thinking from 'I can't' to 'I will try' to finally 'I can'. Well done!! Keep up the positive thinking, you can do it!


Middle C               Bella

Bella, your diamante poem about cats and dogs was awesome! You are a fantastic poet! Your writing has been improving and you should be very proud. Well done!


Senior A               Erika

Erika, your reading this week has been great. You are working hard on your decoding skills and fluency and it is lovely to hear. Keep up the great work!


Senior B            Jame

You have been doing a fantastic job as a leader in our classroom. I have been pleased to see you supporting others to do the right thing. It is also wonderful to hear a student using good manners when speaking with others. Well Done.

Physical Education                  Rachel T

Rachel your attitude in PE should be bottled. You consistently challenge yourself and your thinking making sure that you are doing your best.



For a great run on the weekend! Always working cooperatively with others, and changing your mindset when things got tough.


Science             Senior C

The positive attitude and effort you are all putting into your science work is fantastic. Keep it up.





Community Notices

What's happening;


Kilsyth Primary School
Subway-Sub_Order_Form new 2016.pdf
Wk 03-Choir Elizabeth Bridge permission form.pdf
Wk-03 FLV Senior School.pdf
Wk 03- Senior Wheeltalk Incursion.pdf
WK 09-Jump disco-.pdf
Wk 10-Free dress day term 2 2017.pdf
Wk 10-Production parent notice .pdf
Wk 11-Foundation- Learning Enrichment Levy T3 2017.pdf
Wk 11-Junior-Year 1-Learning Enrichment Levy T3 2017.pdf
Wk 11-Junior-Year 2-Learning Enrichment Levy T3 2017.pdf
Wk 11-Middle- Learning Enrichment Levy T3 2017.pdf
Wk 11-Senior- Learning Enrichment Levy T3 2017.pdf