Marlborough Primary School

30 August 2017
Issue 28
Principal's Report
Dates to remember
Pupils of the Week
School News
Parent's Association
Out of School Hours Care
Class Blogs
Community News
Marlborough Primary School
03 9870 3468
Hardy Crescent
Heathmont, Victoria, 3135

Principal's Report

STEAM Lab and Library Conversion

Too often we give children answers to remember rather than problems to solve.

                                                                                                                                       (Roger Lewin)


The school leadership team, Buildings and Grounds Sub-committee and the School Council have spent significant time over the last 12 months planning improvements to the school buildings that will have a direct and sizeable impact on the way our students learn. School Council has committed to investing $100,000 in major buildings and grounds updates over 2017-2018. One of the major projects that we have identified, planned and will complete by the end of 2017 is the construction of a STEAM Lab and conversion of our School Library.


STEAM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths. This is often also referred to as STEM (without the Arts) and the development of skills, engagement and learning capacity in these subject areas is a priority for Marlborough and for education across our state. Developing strong foundational skills in these subjects provides our students with the ability to succeed in secondary and post-secondary education as well as equipping our students to be entrepreneurial, creative, collaborative thinkers.



Our vision for STEAM learning at Marlborough is one where the work is student-led, highly engaging, challenging and fun. We will improve our learning outcomes in the key subject areas of maths and science by ensuring the students are not just learning core skills and practising them through repetition, but they get the opportunity to apply and test their skills and knowledge in a meaningful and authentic way.


Walking in to our STEAM Lab next year you will see students involved in all manner of exciting tasks that could include (but are not limited to):

  • coding lego robotics and other programmable robots
  • solving engineering problems such as constructing bridges, vehicles, machines
  • working with electronic circuitry
  • exploring the use of renewable energy sources such as solar and wind-power
  • looking at the properties of aerodynamics and testing and re-testing to make improvements
  • experimenting with chemical science to test and prove hypotheses
  • testing water samples taken from our Frog Bog and collating data from these tests
  • creating works of art that incorporate skills from maths, science, engineering and technology
  • building things that fly, float, slide, roll, etc

We identified that we will need quite a large space in order to have room to store technical equipment, room to keep unfinished projects and room for different groups of students to work on projects. The space we are planning to convert into the STEAM Lab is where our current library is situated. The library will have a custom hard floor, storage cabinets and bench spaces, a lego wall, flexible furniture options that allow for different grouping arrangements and audio-visual displays for instruction and sharing of work.

Whilst we need a large space for our STEAM Lab, many of us at school have also identified for a long time that our library has too much empty space. When engaging a classroom in shared story time or discussion about a book, it is not ideal to have a huge empty space for students to spread themselves out in. Our plan is to move our library into the Meeting Room which is currently situated next to it. In order to this we will be extending the wall from the edge of the meeting room to extend the size of this space, moving all the Fiction Shelves into the new library space, installing soft lighting and colourful and comfortable furnishings, using the extended space as a 'book pantry' to store chapter books and organising our non-fiction books into categories that are tied to our curriculum and then moving them into the classrooms .


With this complete, our library will be a much more inviting, warm and exciting place for reading to the class, borrowing books and discussing literature. In this electronic information age, many of our non-fiction books are now largely redundant and our library will be used less for reference and  more for developing a love of reading.


We have created a vision board, which includes the plans for this upgrade. This is located on the wall outside the library and will be able to give you a better picture of what the rooms will look like.


Significant Professional Development for all of our teaching staff will support the development of learning in our STEAM Lab.  We will further develop our capacity in delivering high impact STEAM education in order to improve learning outcomes across these vital curriculum areas.


As with any changes in the school, I welcome any members our community with questions or concerns about these changes to send me an email, give me a call or make an appointment to come and have a chat.


2018 Foundation Students Transition Sessions

Transition sessions for our 2018 Foundation students will begin on the 11th of October. Please see the attachment below for all of our transition dates, times and information.


Dates to remember


Friday 1st

  • Gr 5/6 Geology Talk

Monday 4th

  • Hooptime - selected Gr 5/6 students
  • PA Meeting 7.30pm

Wednesday 6th

  • District Athletics (Grade 5/6s and selected 3/4 students)

Friday 8th

  • Sports Expo Morning (Gr 3/4/5/6)
  • Grade 1/2 Grandparents Day and Fairytale Ball

Monday 11th

  • Prep/1/2 Woodwork Incursion

Tuesday 12th

  • School Council Meeting

Wednesday 13th

  • Gr 3/4/5/6 Netball Clinics (during normal PE classes)
  • Whole School African Drumming Performance (evening)

Thursday 14th

  • Anxiety Forum for Parent Community (evening)

Wednesday 20th

  • Gr 3/4/5/6 Netball Clinics (during normal PE classes)

Thursday 21st

  • Gr 5/6 Invention Convention
  • Grade 2 Sleepover
  • Grade 1/2 BBQ Dinner

Friday 22nd

  • Prep Breakfast
  • Last day of Term 3 - Early dismissal at 2.30pm

Pupils of the Week

These students will be awarded their certificates at the following assemblies:

Monday 4th September 

Tayeb L (PA) - For the wonderful effort he has been putting into his reading.  I am super proud of how amazing he is doing.  Keep it up, Tayeb.

Ava J (PB) - For doing an amazing job learning about sharing equally during Maths.  Way to go, Ava!

Isaac M (12A) - For trying his Personal Best with his fractions project.  Isaac was very focused and even completed more challenging questions.  Great job!

Ewan B (12B) - For developing a fantastic drumming rhythm on your bongos.  It was great to see you enthusiastically participating in the session.

Jeremy J (12C) - For showing so much enthusiasm and energy in Drumming.  It's great to see you demonstrating your Personal Best.

Taiyo F (34A) - For doing his Personal Best while being the gardening monitor.  Taiyo got a spade and cleaned up after a dog had visited our school.  Thanks, Taiyo!

Devlin E (34B) - For working hard and doing his Personal Best with his puppetry inquiry project.  Devlin has also put in extra effort to ensure that his partner is well prepared.  Great work, Devlin!

Caitlin G (34C) - For her wonderful story whe wrote in our Daily 5 time.  Catilin tried her Personal Best to challenge herself with writing.  She included interesting words and engaged her reader.  Well done, Caitlin!

Adam E (56A) - For being  a great Sports Captain.  Adam is so responsible in his duties as Sports Captain. We truly appreciate all that he does.

Teig J (56B) - For his amazing drawing of his Onomatopoeia VROOM car. It was fantastic -  well done!

Monday 11th September

Lenka W (PA) - For the amazing effort she is putting into her reading.  Lenka is a superstar reader and I am so proud of her.  Keep it up, Lenka.

Gabriel L (PB) - For his fantastic computer skills.  He is always the first to offer help to those who ask during computer sessions.  You're a gem, Gabe!

Liam H (12A) - For always showing Attentive Listening to others.  Liam always listens for important information and adds his own knowledge of topics to discussions.

Archie C (12B) - For challenging yourself when working with money.  It was great to see you working out change.  Keep up the excellent work.

Harley C (12C) - For your amazing persistence and Personal Best when writing your letter.  Your handwriting was fabulous!

Thomas R (34A) - For his Attentive Listening during a lesson on angles.  Thomas was able to asist the teacher in editing an anchor chart to clearly show how to represent degrees on a right angle.  Well done, Thomas.

Yarra A (34B) - For working cooperatively with his partner to produce a combined play and script for his puppetry project.  Yarra showed terrific persistence with making his puppet.

Will T (34C) - For the magnificent effort his puts into his homework each week.  Will got a Principal's Award last week - he always goes above and beyond the homework requirements.  Great job, Will!

Brodie R (56A) - For being a fantastic role model.  Brodie always helps others and shows great leadership.

Joyce W (56B) - for the hard work she puts into her designs and creations in Topic for our Invention Convention project. Amazing Joyce, well done.


School News

Earn & Learn 

Please remember to collect your Earn and Learn stickers when you shop at Woolies!!

Sticker sheets are available at the school office.

Sound of Africa Drumming Performance

Don't forget to get your tickets for the Whole School Drumming Performance on Thursday September 13th!!

The costume required for the performance will be a black top, black pants/leggings and a touch of yellow, red or green (sash, belt, headband, etc).




Eastern Metropolitan Regional Teeball Final

On Monday 28th August our mixed Tee ball team competed at the Regional Final at Jells Park.  In an outstanding effort the team won all 3 of their lead up games, qualifying for the Grand Final.  The Final was an intense game - in the end the team lost by only 2 runs!  The entire team were stars, with special mentions for Sam, Cade, Aysha, Atticus and Jamie.


What was really wonderful to  see and  hear were all the great words of encouragement and sportsmanship from our players to each other and all other players.  Well done!


Many thanks to all players, Brodie (Assistant Coach), Beth Allen (Team manager, scorer and driver) and Tanya Dearsley (first aider and driver), Marie Mucha  (driver, provider of special treats and resident feel good) and Naomi Foster and co (chief cheerleaders).


Congratulations to our magnificent Teeball team - Sam, Jamie, Cade, Atticus, Aidan L, Lewis, Jaxon, Adam, Aysha, Rodney, Grace C, Erica, Evie and Brodie.  We are so proud of you all!


Bonny Chisholm

Heathmont College Asia Day

What a great day our grade 5 students had at Heathmont College for Asian Day on Wednesday 16th August!  Four local primary schools attended and the students participated in four workshops which included students creating their own Indonesian masks inspired by the story of Ramayana. Students then experienced martial arts and self-defence, followed by an Indonesian dance session complete with traditional dress and music. Students also took a class in Japanese origami, attempting a tricky raccoon design. Flying Woks provided a delicious lunch of chicken fried rice and Japanese vegetables for all students and staff. The day ended with a question and answer session with Heathmont College students who are currently studying Indonesian, and a video created by a student who attended the College’s Indonesian study tour.

Thanks to Bu Devathas and Heathmont College for such a fantastic day!

Terima kasih,


Bu Dowling

Music News

Congratulations to Brodie R (34C) and Adam E (56A) who both obtained an A on their Preliminary Piano Exams last week.  Keep up the great practising!


Literacy and Numeracy Week

On Monday 4th of September Marlborough is going Maths Crazy.  As part of Literacy and Numeracy week everyone can dress up in something mathematical. 

The theme for this year is Discover.   What mathematical facts will you discover?



Hot Shots

Thank you to Rob Peterson from Heathmont Tennis Club who once again volunteered his time to teach our Grade 3/4s in a three week Hot Shots Program.  Among other things, students were coached on ready position, forehand, back hand and volley.  


For those who would like to continue to develop their tennis skills, Rob runs a Hot Shots session from 11.30am to 12.45pm every Sunday  morning (except school holidays and Father’s Day) at the Heathmont Tennis Club on the corner of Waterloo and Cuthbert  Streets, Heathmont.


Contact Rob Peterson: 0412 722 348.


Yours in sport,

Bonny Chisholm


Bendigo Bank School Banking

Just a reminder that School Banking is every Thursday.

If you would like an information pack/application form please collect one from the school office.


Parent's Association


There is still a chance to purchase a gift from the stall this Friday 1st September before school outside the OSHC room.


School Disco


The Jams and Preserves stall at the Car Boot Sale needs you!!

How can you help?

  • cooking: jam, marmalade, chutney, relish, cordial, pickles, sauce
  • donations of fresh fruit
  • glass jars

100% of profits will go to our school!


Please contact Robyn Revell 0404 440 711.



Movie Tickets

Discount Movie tickets are now available online!!  No need to fill out forms or wait for your tickets to be printed  - you can go straight the website and get your tickets instantly (and our school still receives the commission!).



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