Kilsyth Primary School

31 March 2017
Issue Five
Principal's Report
What's Happening @ KPS
From the Office
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

Congratulations on a terrific Term 1

What an amazing start to the 2017 school year. It has been so productive and engaging for all students. We couldn't have asked for a smoother start. Plans are well underway for Term 2 to be equally dynamic and rewarding. Check out the KPS Calendar - Camp for Middle and Senior students, Bookfair, Grandparents Day, Cross Country, KPS Open Day and  transition visits are just a few things that are on there. 


Head Lice - School/Parent Managed Head Lice Program

This week the Shire of Yarra Ranges came to train some parents so that we can manage head lice at KPS. Thank you to those parents who volunteered. We still need 3 more parents to be trained. Head lice can affect us all and we are trying to minimise out breaks with regular checks. If you are able to help please see Janine at the Office. 

Statement of Values

A safe, supportive and inclusive school environment is essential for providing quality learning opportunities for all students.

The Department of Education and Training has a Statement of Values that sets our behavioural expectations of all members in our school community. At Kilsyth Primary School we endorse these values. I have attached them and hope all members of our community read them. 


Twilight Night - Acknowledgement of volunteers.

Here is an acknowledgement from the Fundraising Committee.

We would like to thank all the families and friends who attended our Twilight Market. The general consensus everyone had a good time. We would especially like to thank the following people and families for their help Kevin Gill, Jess Worland, Nichole Rosenwax, Dave Thomas, Robyn Mckelvey, Bronwyn Sutton, Sharon Sticht, Amanda Lomas, Amelia Tonkin, the Stevens, Lowe, Way, Keane, Van Beelen, Robinson, Woodworth and Davis Families. Our cake stall was a great success with all of your delicious baked goodies,  hopefully we will have figures shortly on how much the Twilight Market raised.  Thank you for your ongoing support with our fundraising activities,


The Fundraising Team


Thank you

I would like to THANK everyone for their support this term. I have thoroughly enjoyed working so closely with the KPS community.  It is a great community to be involved in.

 Daniel will be back in Term 2. Students will resume on Tuesday 18th April.

 Have a safe and restful break, Happy Easter everyone!!  



What's Happening @ KPS

Calendar of Events




30th           Girls Division AFL gala Day

                    Whole School Athletics - 9am-3pm

                                                Yarra Ranges Athletics Track

31st            Interschool Sport-Bye

                     Last day Term 1- 2.30pm dismissal



17th           Easter Monday

18th           First Day Term 2

19th           Grandparents Afternoon- 2.30-3.30pm

20th           Year 5-Yarra Hills SC-Exploration Day

21st            First aid workshops-Foun-Yr 6

                     Shrine of Remembrance-SRC reps

25th            Anzac Day-Public holiday

26th-28th   Middle School Camp

26th-30th          Book Fair

27th             Year 5-Lilydale Heights SC Discovery-9am-12pm



2nd             Whole School Cross Country

3rd              Twilight Open Day

5th              Interschool Sport-Away vs Lilydale West

12th            Interschool Sport-Home vs Manchester

15th-19th    Senior Camp



Notices sent home this fortnight


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

Middle-Camp Medical form

Foundation- Term 2 Learning Enrichment Activity Levy

Junior-Term 2 Learning Enrichment Activity Levy

Middle-Term 2 Learning Enrichment Activity Levy

Year 5-Term 2 Learning Enrichment Activity Levy

Year 6-Term 2 Learning Enrichment Activity levy

Asthma Action Plan

Free Dress Day




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

Second Hand Uniform

Second hand uniform will be available for purchase from the office on Thursday afternoons from 3-3.45pm.

We welcome any donations of uniform that are in good condition to add to our dwindling supply of second hand uniform.


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

Term One = Tick!

Well that just flew by!!! It gets me every time!

We've achieved a lot this term.  New friendships, basic reading concepts such as direction of reading, sentences, words, letters and phonemes (sounds!) and also numbers to 10.  The students have engaged well with areas of the curriculum and shown a keen interest in Maths and Reading.  We have moved away from the transition from Kinder to school and are starting to identify areas of our learning that are our favourite things to do at school which isn't just "playing on the playground".   I would like to thank each and everyone family for their support, patience and understanding with our routines and expectations.  Kylie and I are very excited with the move into Term 2 and the learning that's ahead.  

We have Anzac activities in week one, followed by our Theatre Excursion in week 3!  The best things that you can be doing to support your child's learning at home over the break is reading, reading and more reading! We are trying to establish and maintain that love for literacy.  There is also Reading Eggs, the app!


Jump Disco

What a fantastic turnout to our first Jump Disco!  So great to see students coming to have fun!  We all had a ball! We look forward to the next one in June!


Happy Easter!

Wishing you all a wonderful break and relaxing Easter!  Hope you do something where you get to treat yourself and your loved ones! Maybe lots of chocolate and chilling out!  Please do take good care of each other and we look forward to seeing you back in April for Term 2 - TUESDAY 18th!

Junior School News

Holidays are here!

What a great first term we have all had in Junior! Students are now ready for a well deserved two weeks off. It has been wonderful to see students develop and grow these past few months. They have all settles into Junior School very well and have taken on all the new responsibilities.  

Have a wonderful and safe holidays!


Footy Clinic

Junior students were lucky enough to have a footy clinic this week with AFL Auskick. It was great to see how athletic our students. 


Big Thank you

All of Junior would like to say a big Thank you to Mrs Day for filling in for Mrs Black while she has been away. Everyone has loved having her in Junior!

Middle School News


Well done to all the boys and girls of Middle School for a fantastic first term! We've achieved so much already in just nine short weeks.

In the first week of Term 2 stay tuned for final camp information notes. This will include important information about any special dietary requirements your child may have. A big thank you to those parents who have already returned the medical forms as these are vitally important. Please return those as soon as you are able in Week 1 of Term 2, if you have not already done so.

Athletics Day proved our school motto of 'Be the Best You Can Be' is very much the focus of all students in Middle School. They all tried their absolute hardest yesterday in difficult weather conditions and when the day was ultimately cancelled our students stayed calm and sensible while awaiting the bus. Mrs Molnar is working towards a solution to complete Athletics and we look forward to seeing the students being able to showcase their skills again.

We would like to wish everyone a fabulous holiday and Easter celebrations with their family and friends and we look forward to seeing you all again, ready for another fantastic term of learning.

Senior School News

End of Term 1

What a fabulous start to the year we have had in the Senior Building in Term 1! We are loving the feel of working with such a cohesive collection of students! We have settled in well and are all looking forward to Term 2 and CAMP!




To support our senior students in getting the most from our technology we request that, from the beginning of Term 2, each student in senior school has their own set of headphones at school. Student headphones should be clearly named and like any other stationery item, if students damage or misplace them they will be required to replace the item. Headphones can be found in stores like Officeworks starting at $6.50. We would appreciate it if students could bring their headphones to school at the beginning of term 2.


Please enjoy this accidental selfie from Senior A who were investigating some bugs living on the other side of the window to our classroom.

Have a safe and happy holidays. See you in Term 2!


Information night



Easter fast approaches 

A big thank you to everyone for a great term. Have a wonderful Easter break and I look forward to an exciting Term 2 which brings our focus to the Chemical science and is always a favourite subject among our students. 

Science donations 

Mrs Molnar and I are collecting bottle caps and plastic lids and large glass jars. If you can help out with any of these items we would greatly appreciate this. 

Easter Science Experiments at home

If your looking for some science based activities to do at home, why not google and do the following activities. 

*make an egg bounce

* make an egg float 

* jelly bean toothpick towers 


STEM week

Senior school have a wonderful session solving our STEM challenges last week. The water slides that were created show just how creative they are. They are on display in the library so please come through and have a look at them. 


Congratulations to Matthew and Catherine for being so helpful to their lab groups this week and Alex and Candace for being Super Scientists in everything they do. 



Visual Arts News

It has been another busy and productive term in the Art room. The students continue to amaze me with their creativity and imaginations. I hope everyone has a fun and relaxing break and an enjoyable Easter.


This week the foundation students have been exploring what happens when wax crayon and food dye mix. Their pictures have been outstanding.

The junior students have finished their penguins and the middle students have been making Easter pictures from paper mosaic,

The senior students have started working on perspective and designing their names.


The Visual Arts room is in need of more egg cartons and shoe boxes. Thank you again to all parents for your wonderful donations.

Selamat Hari Paskah (Happy Easter)

Kym Wallace



We have had an extremely busy term and to finish it off with our Whole School Athletics.  Unfortunately the weather wasn't kind to us and we had to cancel, but in great Kilsyth spirit we were able to get some of the program done.  It was great to see everyone in their house colours and with a great smile on their faces despite the weather.  We are hopefully going to finish off our Athletics day back at school late next term. 

A very big thank you to all the parents that came and braved the weather and help with the set up and pack up of the equipment.  

Also I would like to thank the teachers for supporting the day. 


We have our Cross Country next term so will be looking for helpers on the day from 11:30-1.50 we are going to be running around Elizabeth bridge.  So here is hoping for some nice weather.   

Enjoy your holidays looking forward to another busy term.

Student Wellbeing 

Chaplains Chat
Safety in a ‘Digital Age’

Digital communication, social media and cyber-technologies are advancing at such a rapid pace that young people who were at school a decade ago are already feeling left behind.  No wonder that as parents and grandparents we feel like we have landed on an alien planet at times. 

Just as this technology is an amazing asset giving us access to a world we had never even dreamed of 10 years ago, it comes with drawbacks too.  It is not possible to shut ourselves and our precious families away from it in order to eliminate the harmful effects but it is necessary to be ready to navigate its treacherous challenges.

Some of the situations I have come across in my chats with students have included; targeted ‘hate’ campaigns, the spreading of lies and gossip, threats to release compromising images, blackmail, spiteful messages (not something that you would say to someone directly), public judgements and hurtful statements.  I have also unfortunately met with a student who was unwittingly being ‘groomed’ online and had sent highly compromising images of themselves, an experience which has negatively impacted the student.  Fortunately, in this situation the parent was alert and checked their child’s device, so intervention was enacted before any more serious damage occurred.  

These incidents happen so quietly and are often unseen until the situation erupts in a fairly dangerous way. 

As parents, we carefully monitor our children’s interactions with the wider world, we might check to see that there was an appropriate adult present, that you had clear time boundaries, that you would go with them to certain events, check movie ratings or in some cases deny them access as it did not meet your expectations for safety or propriety.

Despite this I find that many parents do not necessarily exercise the same monitoring with their students access on social media, perhaps it is because it occurs within the home environment.

Yet with young people exploring the internet and social networking it is to some extent equivalent to consenting to them wandering through a foreign city on their own, or hanging out with a large group of strangers (some of whom may have less than a caring interest in them). 

Many child psychologists and paediatricians recommend that all electronic devices are switched off and located in a central point in the family home by a designated time, this will vary depending on the age of the child.  It is also important to have regular conversations with them about the programs/apps they are accessing, have them show you how they work so that you can evaluate them yourself. It is important to check the age recommendations, they are there for very good reasons, all children though will tell you that it is okay because their friends use it, but you are the parent you set the boundaries.  A condition of owning a device is that your child gives you their password, this is not a privacy issue it is a security issue.     Armed with this information you need to check regularly and build this into family routine.  Parents I know have access to their children’s social apps (don’t forget that games are often social too) in order to observe both incoming and outgoing interactions that occur on their own devices.   Finally, you need to teach them how to respond if they are a recipient of inappropriate behaviour.   Create an environment where it is safe to share distressing or uncomfortable interactions, coach them not to respond in any way, take a ‘screen shot’ of the interaction and then, if possible, quit the site altogether.  


This is our world now let’s make it as safe as it is exciting.

Gill Van Der Ende



Student Awards

Friday 17th March

Foundation   Maxwell

Maxwell, what awesome writing about the zoo! You put a lot of thought into writing your words using the sounds you know. You're a great writer and we're so proud!


Junior A     Shaela

What a hard worker you are! We love the way you give your best to your learning. Keep up the fantastic attitude!


Junior B             Jack B

What a great week you have had Jack! You are such a kind and considerate friend always looking after your fellow students. Keep up the great work!


Junior C          Zel

For 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 Zel.


Middle A           Jessica

Well done, Jessica with all your efforts in creative writing. I have been super impressed not only with your natural flair for writing but also with the way you think back over what you have written and make it even better! From your sizzling start to your story solution it has been fantastic all the way! Congratulations.


Middle B       Ben

Ben, your attitude in maths is fantastic, you're always ready to learn. The extra effort that you put in to understanding out new maths concepts this week was wonderful. Well done.


Middle C     Mia

For your fantastic narrative about a picnic gone wrong! Your writing has already improved so much this year and you should be so proud of yourself! Well done Mia!


Senior B          Tayah

Tayah, you continue to impress us all with your positive attitude and wonderful work ethic. You are a fantastic role model to others in both the classroom and the playground. Well done!


Senior C           Kaleb

Kaleb, you have been working hard on using Area Model to help solve different problems.


Science                Junior School

Wow, Junior school! I was very impressed with the way everyone approached science this week. You were all hardworking and so positive. Keep up the wonderful effort.



Friday 24th March

Foundation              Bella

What a clever girl you are Bella learning to count your numbers. We are so proud when we hear your voice counting! Well done!


Foundation        Audrey

We just love the way you are concentrating in Maths, Audrey. Your counting is spot on and your participation in mental maths is great!


Junior A     Nathan

Nathan, what a fabulous effort you are putting into your maths. We love the way you are able to make and read so many numbers. Keep it up!


Junior B                Edward

Well done on a wonderful week Eddie. You have made some awesome text to self-connections when we have been reading. Keep up the super work!


Junior C          Michael

For working so hard during mental maths time! You have been improving every single week. Keep up the great work.


Middle A        Carter

Carter, you are a superstar in the athletics department! I loved watching your skills, as you threw the discus in Middle Sport. I am looking forward to seeing your skills continue to improve. Congratulations.


Middle B           Tierone

Tierone the committment you show to your learning is wonderful to see. The research you completed for your persuassive writing task was interesting and informative with great facts to backup your point of view. Well done and keep up the excellent work.


Middle C          Jayden

Tierone the committment you show to your learning is wonderful to see. The research you completed for your persuassive writing task was interesting and informative with great facts to backup your point of view. Well done and keep up the excellent work.

Community Notices

Local events:


Kilsyth Primary School
Statement of Values- Promoting Healthy, Safe and Respectful School Communities.docx
Statement of Values- Promoting Healthy, Safe and Respectful School Communities.pdf
YHSC 17 Open Night Primary Feeder - Mooroolbark PRINT.jpg
Wk 08- Middle A Confidntial Medical Information Form (Camp - 2017).pdf
Wk 09-Fou-Learning Enrichment Fees T2 2017.pdf
Wk 09-Junior-Learning Enrichment Fees T2 2017.pdf
Wk 09-Middle-Learning Enrichment Fees T2 2017.pdf
Wk 09-Year 5-Learning Enrichment Fees T2 2017.pdf
Wk 09-Year 6-Learning Enrichment Fees T2 2017.pdf
Wk 09-Year 6-Learning Enrichment Fees T2 2017.pdf
Wk 09-SPARE 1 Asthma Action Plan.pdf
Wk 09-free dress day term 1 2017.pdf
Wk 08- Middle A Confidntial Medical Information Form (Camp - 2017).pdf
Wk 09-Fou-Learning Enrichment Fees T2 2017.pdf
Wk 09-Junior-Learning Enrichment Fees T2 2017.pdf
Wk 09-Middle-Learning Enrichment Fees T2 2017.pdf
Wk 09-Year 5-Learning Enrichment Fees T2 2017.pdf
Wk 09-Year 6-Learning Enrichment Fees T2 2017.pdf
Wk 09-SPARE 1 Asthma Action Plan.pdf
Wk 09-free dress day term 1 2017.pdf