Rowville Primary School Newsletter

08 August 2018
Issue Fifteen
From the Principal
From The Assistant Principal
Performing Arts
What's ahead
Physical Education 
Planet Ark Tree Planting Day
Rowville Kids Cafe
Rowville Kids Cafe Online Ordering
Before and After School Care 
Community Noticeboard
Rowville Primary School
(03) 9764 1955
Paratea Drive
Rowville, Victoria, 3178

From the Principal

Dear Parents / Carers

There are many connections between reading and writing.  Studies show that there is a correlation between success in one and success in the other. That is, students who are good at reading are often good at writing too. We want our students to read and write as much as possible.

At our Monday morning assembly I read:  If I was a Prime Minister by Beck and Robin Feiner (2018) and I asked our students the question: What would you do if you were Prime Minister? I was inundated with responses and unfortunately we could only print a sample. However I acknowledge all children who came to share with me.

My name is Martim.

If I was Prime Minister,

I would make Australia the best country in the world by banning video games and TV and making everyone active.  Then we would win all the soccer World Cups.


My name is Lauren.

If I was Prime Minister,

I would give poor children free toys.




My name is India.

If I was Prime Minister,

I would make a day called “My Day” and on “My Day”, everyone could do whatever they wanted. 


My name is Alyssia.

If I was Prime Minister,

I would give kids at school who work hard free time.




My name is Isabelle.

If I was Prime Minister,

I would make sure there were lasers around the banks so the robbers couldn’t get in.



My name is Jaxon.

If I was Prime Minister,

I would have no cars on the roads. There would be only bikes, scooters and skateboards.














My name is Jake.

If I was Prime Minister,

I would make more footballs so all people could play footy.



My name is Phoebe.

If I was Prime Minister,

I would help people who are starving and hope they have a better life.




My name is Elijah.

If I was Prime Minister,

I would let all the kids have free ice creams so they can be happy.



My name is Joshua.

If I was Prime Minister,

I would ban people from swearing and fine them if they swore. There would be no smoking, more paramedics and fire                    departments and police                                                                                                     officers.                                                  

My name is Cooper.

If I was Prime Minister,

I would make more police cars and encourage more people to be policemen.



My name is Elora.

If I was Prime Minister,

I would make sure no animals are in cages unless they are in the zoo.



My name is Madeline.

If I was Prime Minister,

I would open 2,000 hospitals because a lot of communities don’t have hospitals.  I would encourage more people to donate                                                                                                      more  blood.


My name is Bethany.

If I was Prime Minister,

I would remove plastic bags from shopping centres. That would make our environment cleaner.


My name is Tyson.

If I was Prime Minister,

I would stop people cutting down trees even on their own property.



Our children have shown that they have creative ideas as to how to make our country as good as it can be.




Anne Babich


From The Assistant Principal

Dear Parents/Carers,

As a young girl growing up in the eastern suburbs, I have fond memories of weekly visits to my local library.  As a toddler, Mum and I would walk to the library for story time and would always come home with my library bag full of new books to read together. I think my first ever membership card was for the Eastern Regional Libraries.  When I entered primary school, weekly library sessions with the Teacher Librarian, Mrs Duncan were one of my highlights.  I loved choosing new books and it was here that I discovered how books lead you into another world.  I clearly remember being introduced to authors such as; Lois Lowry, Judy Blume and Roald Dahl.  During this time, a library was the place to help us gain new knowledge and skills for learning through access to a variety of print materials including books, magazines as well as a quiet place to complete research and assignments.

The way we use libraries has evolved.  Our 21st Century Learning Space allows students opportunities to co-construct their understandings, collaborate with each other and self-direct learning.  Our 21st Century Learning Space merges the best of the physical and digital worlds – encouraging our students to explore, create, be curious, delve deeper into topics of their choice and construct new knowledge from the world around them.    







Our 21st Century Learning Space is now safe and back in action for our students, teachers and parents.  Next week will be launching our lunchtime program, which will provide opportunities for students to have some fun and interact with others, who have similar interests and passions.  Throughout this year, we have invested in new resources for our 21st Century Learning Space and our classroom libraries.

Please come in and visit our 21st Century Learning Space with your child after school.

Foundation Enrolments for 2019

Rowville Primary School is now accepting enrolments for 2019. Children who turn five by April 30th of the enrolment year are eligible to attend school. 

Enrolment forms are available online or from the school office.


Have a great fortnight.


Mrs Tiffany Bamford
Assistant Principal

Performing Arts

High School Musical JR. Wednesday 5th September and Thursday 6th September.

Tickets for the Rowville Primary School production of High School Musical JR. are now on sale via the  Trybooking website. Tickets are expected to sell out quickly!



What's ahead

August 2018

Wednesday 8th August              Parent Teacher Interviews 

Thursday 9th August                  Parent Teacher Interviews

Tuesday 14th August                  ICAS - Math Assessment

Wednesday 15th August           District Basketball - Selected Students

Friday 17th August                      Science Week Library Excursion - Selected Students

Monday 20th August                   Foundation Toys in Motion incursion

Wednesday 22nd August           Year 6 CERES Excursion

Tuesday 28th August                   FORPS Fathers Day stall

September 2018

Wednesday 5th September   7.15pm High School Musical JR. Production evening perfomance

Thursday 6th September        7.15pm High School Musical JR. Production evening performance

Monday 10th - Friday 14th      Year 3 and Year 4 Swimming

Monday 17th - Friday 21st       Year 2 Swimming



Physical Education 

Football Friday

Last Friday, our Foundation to Year 4 students participated in football clinics run by a group of AFL SEDA students. The students enjoyed engaging in various activities, working on their skills and applying these in games.



Over the past two weeks the Bergin House Captains and been promoting Healthy Lunch Boxes among the Foundation and Year One students. Together with the classroom teachers they have chosen a winner from each grade who they believe has had the Healthiest Lunch Box. Our winners include Chloe 0B, Kaydee 0A, Harry 0C, Josh 1A, Maddison 1B, Angela 1C. Take a look at their healthy lunch boxes to get some inspiration!

Healthy Eating

What’s in a healthy lunch box?

By Belinda Vaughan

The Foundation and Year 1 students all participated in an interactive healthy eating session that introduced them to the concept of the ‘Traffic Light System’; classifying foods as ‘green’ (everyday foods), ‘amber’ (select carefully foods) and ‘red’ (occasional). They used this concept to help them pack a healthy lunch box with ‘green’ every day foods, which you would have seen displayed outside their classrooms.

Often very much underestimated, what we eat everyday has a huge impact on all aspects of our life. It can impact on our daily mood and how we react to social situations, our ability to concentrate, problem solve and retain information, our energy levels and motivation to exercise, our immunity and how well our body recovers from injury and illness (just to name a few).

Getting your child involved in preparing, choosing and packing their own lunch box will make them more likely to eat it. Spend time understanding why they might not be eating what you pack and work out alternatives together. You may find there is a simple, practical solution.

Packing a healthy lunch box is one of the ways that parents can help support their child’s learning and wellbeing throughout the school day. The general rule is the less packaging, the healthier. Setting healthy eating habits at this age is vital as it forms the eating habits that will continue into adulthood. The older your child gets, the harder it is to change their eating habits, so there is no time like the present! The research is clear - healthy children become healthy adults as do unhealthy children become unhealthy adults.

Most families are busy, so it’s good to look for tasty, simple, easy, ‘ready to eat’ lunch box options. You can make sandwiches or homemade snacks such as healthy muffins, fritters or pancakes the night before or on the weekend, freeze them and pop them into the lunch box each day. Check out the links below for more practical tips and recipe ideas.

Your child will follow your example, not always your advice. Therefore, the most important thing you can do to help your child develop healthy eating habits for life is to role model the behaviour yourself and go for 2 fruit and 5 veg every day. The National Health Survey suggests only 3.8 per cent of adult men get enough vegetables each day, compared to 4.5 per cent of boys. Women fare a little better with 10.2 per cent meeting guidelines versus 6.3 per cent of girls. Currently in Australia toddlers are more likely than any other group to meet their daily vegetable goal, but 80 per cent of them still aren't quite making it.

We want to hear from you! If you have a healthy lunchbox recipe that your kids love, send it to us and we will share it with other parents. Email: or

Practical information for parents:

Homemade pita chips recipe – I spend one hour every weekend to make these chips and that’s the kids snacks done for the whole week. My kids love them more than packet chips (and they are much cheaper).

Go to The Healthy Eating Advisory Service website for lunch box planners and practical ideas for healthy lunchboxes

Go to Healthy Lunch Box for an interactive website on how to build a healthy lunch box, complete with a large range of recipes and practical ideas. Use this site with your child and create ideas together to get them excited about tasting new food.

Download your free copy of the Pick’n’Mix lunchbox guide to print out and stick on your fridge

Find out what CHOICE rates as the healthier alternative packaged snacks

Planet Ark Tree Planting Day

We had a very productive two days participating in Planet Arks School Tree Planting Day this year.

On Thursday 26th July, Alyson from Bunnings Scoresby spent the day with the Foundation students and their Year 6 buddies, planting 100 native and indigenous plants that they very generously donated.  We have worked together for five years  to regenerate the areas along the boundary fences in the kitchen garden area to create a wind block for our Stephanie Alexander kitchen garden and to attract the birdlife back to the local area.

On Friday 27th July, John, Anthony and Linda from Ferntree Gully Toyota planted the garden area around the office and Stem Centre, with theYear 3 students. We planted Crepe Myrtles and other ornamental plants in honour of Lyn Furze for all of her years of dedication to our school. Ferntree Gully Toyota generously donated all the plants and their time to assist us.

We are so appreciative of everyone who donated and came on the day to plant a tree.




Entertainment Books

Entertainment books are for sale at the office for $70 each or you may purchase online.  The school receives $13 for each book sold. To purchase a membership  or book please go to:


Cadbury Chocolate Drive

The boxes of Cadbury Chocolates have been sent home with students. Chocolates are $1.00 each and the boxes contain 60 chocolates. Once you have sold the chocolates,  please return the payment as soon as possible to the school office.

If you received a box in error, please return the unopened box to the office.


Fathers Day Stall - Tuesday 28th August

If you are available to volunteer for the Fathers Day stall to assist students purchasing their special gift, please come to the school office on the day at 11.00am.



Attendance Matters

Fact sheet for parents/carers

If your child is sick or absent, you are required to notify the school as soon as possible on the day of absence using one of the following methods:

  1. Online: log the absence directly using Compass.
  2. Telephone: the school office and let the staff know your child’s name, class, date of absences and reason.
  3. Email: the school and provide the staff with your child’s name, class, date of absences and reason.

Notifying the school of your child’s absence either prior to, or on the day that they will be away, helps ensure the safety and wellbeing of children and will fulfil your legal responsibility.


Why do I need to notify the school if my child is absent?

Schools need to know when and why a child is absent and you need to know if your child isn’t at school.

From the end of Term 2 2018, all Victorian government schools are required to contact parents/carers as soon as practicable on the same day of an unexplained student absence. If your child is absent on a particular day and you have not contacted the school to explain why, the absence will be marked as unexplained.

This system also promotes daily school attendance. Going to school every day is the single most important part of your child’s education, they learn new things every day – missing school puts them behind.


What is your responsibility?

You are legally required to ensure your child attends school every day or you must provide an explanation for their absence. You should let the school know in advance of any upcoming absences or let them know in the morning if your child won’t be at school. In order for schools to implement the same day notification requirement, it’s essential that you provide the school with your most up-to-date contact details.

Generally one notification will be sent per family. Should there be circumstances that require both parents and carers to be notified, please contact the school to make the necessary arrangements.

Rowville Kids Cafe


Volunteers Needed

The canteen is needing some extra help from volunteers. If you are free to assist on a Monday or Friday please see the canteen staff or leave your name at the office.  Volunteers need to have a current working with children's check card.


Please click on the link to view the current Kids Cafe menu:   or visit QkR™, the online ordering app.


Thank you to following volunteers for the next two weeks

Thursday 9th August            S. Verstak

Friday 10th August                H. Haynes & L. Shore 

Monday 13th August            Help Needed

Tuesday 14th August           L Mcconnochie

Wednesday 15th August     B. Jarvis

Thursday 16th August          Help Needed

Friday 17th August                 H. Haynes & Help Needed     

Monday 20th August             Help Needed

Tuesday 21st August             L. Mcconnochie

Wednesday 22nd August     A. Diab

Thursday 23rd August          T. Challis

Friday 24th August                H. Haynes & L. Shore 

Rowville Kids Cafe
Online Ordering

We are excited to now offer online ordering for parents’ convenience using a credit card via QkR™. We are delighted that many parents have used the app and have reported back on how easy it is to use. 

QkR™ is an app developed by Mastercard (which is very secure) that can be downloaded to your Android or Apple system by following the attached instructions.

Windows based phones can access the ordering system via the website.
TIP:  When creating a password, ensure you include a number in the password. 
Orders can be placed in advance up until 9:00am of the day they are to be delivered to the classroom.

Children can still lodge their lunch orders via the classroom if you do not wish to use the online system.

​If you would like some assistance using the app, please call at the office.


Before and After
School Care


Term 3, Week 4

It is Fashion Week! For this whole week, the children will be learning about and discussing the history of fashion and its influence in culture. For our arts and craft activities, the children will be making Pokemon Plushies and doll clothing.

Term 3, Week 5

This week we will be exploring our inner Einstein during Science Week!  Next weeks theme, the children will be learning about chemical reactions and experiments! They will be making play dough, ice cream and slime! 

A note from Nicole

This week as part of our Let’s Recycle Campaign, the children of Rowville Primary School OSHC bonded together to make a pretend fridge, food and shop from recycled boxes and paper! They looked so amazing!


Community Noticeboard

Muscillo Tennis Academy would like to invite any students interested in playing tennis for a FREE trial lesson at Rowville Primary School. 

The trial lesson will run before school during week 3 at 8:00am on Tuesday 31st July for Years 2 & 3 and Thursday 2nd August for Years 4, 5 & 6.

All equipment will be provided. Any student to sign up after the trail will receive our Term 3 promotion and a free T-shirt.

Bookings are essential so, if interested, please contact us on 0478 097 377 OR email to



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