Marlborough Primary School

24 October 2017
Issue 31
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

Welcomes and Farewells...

During Term 4 each year, we begin welcoming in new staff members and farewelling others. Some of these are expected and then some come as a shock.


Last week we farewelled Tess, and this was certainly unexpected. Tess had the opportunity to pursue another career path and we are very pleased that she can follow her passions in a new field. Tess has left a great legacy at Marlborough, having worked here for the last decade and being the OSHC co-ordinator for most of that. Tess provided a great service to the families who used the OSHC program and the entire school community will certainly miss her.


Last week we also had the opportunity to appoint a new Assistant Principal and a new Music Teacher for 2018.  Neil Butler had been appointed as Assistant Principal. Neil is currently working as Acting Principal at Hoddles Creek Primary School after spending several years as a Leading Teacher at Old Orchards Primary School. Neil has great experience and expertise in leading educational change within schools and he will be a great asset to Marlborough as we continue to improve teaching and learning practices in the years ahead.


Megan Richter was the successful applicant for the Music Teacher positon at Marlborough. Megan has a great deal of experience as a Music, Performing Arts and Classroom Teacher and we are sure she will add a great deal to our school. Having the opportunity to broaden our curriculum by employing a Music specialist is going to be of great value to all of our students.

Planning for 2018

We are currently planning our classes for 2018. We will maintain the same structure as this year and it is our intention to maintain this structure consistently year after year. We will have the following classes in 2018:

  • Foundation: 2 classes
  • Grade 1/2: 3 classes
  • Grade 3/4: 3 classes
  • Grade 5/6: 2 classes

If you have any specific requests regarding class placement for your child for next year, please email me, [email protected], by Friday 3rd November. We cannot guarantee that we will be able to meet all class requests, but we will certainly consider them in our planning.

Car Boot Sale and Walkathon - Thank you

Thank you to everyone who contributed to making the Car boot sale and craft market such a successful day.  The PA made $3,000 profit for this event and this money has been spent on a set of 12 Sphero SPRK+  Robots that will be used in the STEAM Lab by all year levels next year. Sphero SPRK+ Robots are a great tool that students can use to develop coding, mathematics and problem-solving skills.



I would also like to thank all community members who have contributed to the Walkathon last week.  All proceeds raised from the Walkathon will also go towards equipment for the STEAM Lab.


Long Weekend

Please note that as per previous years, the Monday before Melbourne Cup Day (Monday 6th November) is a Student Free Day.  Our teachers will be using this time to prepare end of year reports.

Dates to remember


Tuesday 24th

  • Icy pole fundraiser for Grade 6 Graduation
  • Music Soiree - 7.00pm (in the Early Learning Centre)

Wednesday 25th

  • PA Meeting

Thursday 26th

  • Triple R Program - Session 3
  • 2018 Prep Transition - 9.30am to 11.00am

Friday 27th

  • Walkathon money due back today


Thursday 2nd

  • Tastepoint Meat Tasting Fundraiser - Grade 6 Graduation
  • Triple R Program - Session 4

Monday 6th

  • Student Free Day 

Tuesday 7th

  • Melbourne Cup Public Holiday

Wednesday 8th

  • 2018 Prep Transition - 9.30am to 11.00am

Thursday 9th

  • Triple R Program - Session 5

Wednesday 15th 

  • Grade 5/6 Sovereign Hill Camp (until Friday 17th)

Monday 20th

  • Grade 1/2 Melbourne Zoo Excursion

Pupils of the Week

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

Monday 30th October

Benny B (PA) - For the super learning he has been doing.  He is flying along with his reading and I am so proud of all the hard work Benny has been putting in.

Ava J (PB) - For doing your Personal Best when colouring and cutting out your ordinal numbers kite!  Way to go, Ava!

Maxx W (12A) - For doing his Personal Best to blend sounds when reading.  Maxx has shown a great improvement in his reading accuracy.  Great job, Maxx!

Charlotte S (12B) - For working hard to improve your understanding of division.  It has been wonderful to see you remain focused and use concrete materials to solve problems.

Nash M (34A) - For always being prepared to have a go and extend himself.  Nash listens and applies new learning to achieve his Personal Best.

Rubee P (34B) - For being so dedicated to improving her writing.  Rubee's writing includes lots of interesting twists and turns with plenty of expression.  Well done, Rubee, we're so proud of you!

Caitlin G (34C) - For working really hard on her personal goals.  Caitlin is aiming to achieve her goals by the end of the year.  She is trying her Personal Best to improve her concentration in class.

Tom M (56A) - For his persistence in improving his Maths understanding.  Tom is currently developing his division knowledge and appreciates he needs to work through the problems step by step.  Well done, Tom.

Bhavya C (56B) - For being so diligent when helping in the office for Office Duty.  Well done, Bhavya!  It is great to see you taking your House Captain duties seriously.

Monday 13th November 

Thomas S (PA) - For being a super role model for others.  He is displaying excellent initative and is really developing his independence.  Keep it up, Thomas.

Gabriel L (PB) - For the way you have extended your knowledge of money during our maths unit.  You're a star!

Dove A (12A) - For always doing her Personal Best, no matter the task.  It is very impressive how you stay focused and dedicated to your work.  Great job!

Nick R (12B) - For showing Attentive Listening during mini lessons.  We have all been so impressed by how focused and determined you have been this term.

Maddy S (34A) -  For her terrific personal writing.  Maddy has continued to expand her understanding of the writing traits to produce some entertaining writing pieces.

Vincent B (34B) - For continuing to improve his conflict skills and the way that he reacts when he doesn't get his way.  This has been an important hurdle for Vincent to overcome - well done!!!

Indigo B (34C) - For being such an encouraging friend.  Indigo is always looking to help and encourage her friends.  She is a wonderful role model and is always challenging herself with new things.

Sasha A (56A) - For her fantastic commitment towards WISE Changemakers group project.  Sasha is very skilled on the computer.

Sally L (56B) - For the effort she puts into her handwriting.  Sally always tries her Personal Best and takes her time to have lovely and neat work presentation.  Well done, Sally!


School News

Please come along and help us to fill the three sessions - in order to receive the donation of $1,000 to the school we need all sessions filled!  There are only a few spots left at the 4.00pm session.


This is a market research activity only - there is no selling of products whatsoever!!


2017 Teachers Appreciation Lunch


Love cooking?
Love your teachers?
Want to say thanks in some way?
Then this is what you've been waiting for!

I'm looking for half a dozen volunteers to cook, buy or slice something to give our teachers the free lunch they deserve.
Savoury, salad or sweet - Thursday 9th November (Cup week)
Call or text me if you can help


Bev (mother of Adam, the sports captain)
0432 245 845

Heathmont Sketchbook Book Launch

The Heathmont History Group will be launching their latest book on Sunday 29th October, 2pm at Heathmont Uniting Church Hall (parking available in Busby Homes next door to the church or around the back in Stoda Street).


The book will feature sketches of current Heathmont sites/landmarks and their history, with submissions from local Primary Schools and local artists.


Four Marlborough students (Teig J, Kaela V, Sasha A and Nathan R) have their sketches of Marlborough published in the book and a number of Grade 5/6 students will also have their sketches displayed on the day.


Order forms for the book ($25) are available at the office or by emailing Gerry Robinson at [email protected]


Annual Soiree

This will be held in the MPS Early Learning Centre on Tuesday 24th October commencing at 7.00pm.

Parents, grandparents and friends are most welcome to attend.  Please bring a plate of supper to share.

Look forward to seeing you there!



Divisional Athletics Carnival

On Thursday 12th October we had several students compete at the Divisonal Athletics Carnival at Bill Sewart Reserve.  In High Jump, Carla D came away with a third ribbon and Teig J came second, qualifying him for the Regional Finals.  Congratulations to all our very talented MPS participants - getting to Divisional Athletics is a big deal and you should all be very proud of your achievements!



Regional Athletics Championships

Congratualations to Teig J who competed in Boys 11 year old High Jump at the Regional Athletics Championships on the 19th October at Bill Sewart Reserve.  The conditions were windy but Teig jumped 136 cm (a personal best!!)  and came 5th overall.  An excellent achievement. Well done Teig!


Heathmont College Astronomy Club

Heathmont College Astronomy Club is hosting the first telescope night on Tuesday 24th October.

The evening will begin at 7:00pm and  conclude at 9:30pm, however families are welcome to come and go as they see fit.


There will be a large screen setup on Heathmont College’s oval,  for viewing by all, instead of one at-a-time at the telescope via a camera on the telescope.  Various planets in the solar system will be viewed, as well as the Moon, Galaxies and Nebulae’s.


The location will be on the Oval corner nearest the main upper car park.  Please park in the main car park.  Small activities will also be organised for students to participate in to get to know their stars and their constellation star sign configurations before it gets dark.


There is no need to book, families are more than welcome to just turn up!

Art Room Request

We are on the lookout for a few items to help with some upcoming Art projects. If anyone is able to donate/collect and send in the following items, it would be greatly appreciated:-

  • Plastic tops and lids from bottles and containers
  • Plastic bottles (preferably 1.25 litre or larger, rinsed)
  • Old sheet music that is no longer needed (for collage work)
  • Small children’s and babies’ gumboots that have been outgrown – pairs or single boots (sometimes you lose one!!)
  • Clock parts, unwanted or broken jewellery pieces, zippers, old keys or padlocks

Items can be left at the Office or brought to the Art Room.


Don’t forget to check the Art Room Blog for updates on all our projects.

Thank you in advance!


Jenelle Seregin

Art Specialist

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

Car Boot Sale

Thank you to all the following families -  Riedel, Foster, Albiston, Bennett, Revell, Pamamull, Bacon and Gloria - you all made the day so much easier and contributed a large amount of your time to help organise stalls that ran smoothly through the day and made for a successful day.


With all proceeds on the day we were able to raise approx. $3000 profit which will be used to purchase items for our new STEAM lab.


Again thanks to everyone, I really appreciate all your efforts.

Shopping Tour

Forms for the shopping tour have now gone home.  Please kindly send these back asap.

Outlets we will visit include Siricco Leather, Bonds, Social Books, Ross’s Nuts, Candy Stripes, Raglan Fashion, Diana Ferrari, Bambis (homewares), Linen Factory, Converse and In Essense Aroma.


Cost is $52 pp. Morning/Afternoon Tea provided. Raffle Prizes and a Thank you gift is supplied.


This is a great day to meet other members of the school community, having a laugh and (best of all) you get to do all your Christmas shopping!  If you don’t want to shop you don’t have to! Just come along and have a day out with us mums, grandmas, friends with a glass of bubbly! Or two!


If you’re not sure about anything , please feel free to contact me and I’m more than happy to discuss the day with you.



PA President

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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