Malvern Primary School Newsletter

30 October 2019
Issue Two
Principal's News
School Council News
School News
PE & Sports News
Merit Certificates
Parents' Association News & Events
Camp Australia
Important Diary Dates
Malvern Primary School
(03) 9571 6281
17 Tooronga Road
Malvern East, Victoria, 3144

Principal's News

Farewell Mike Funke

Mike Funke is resigning from the Department of Education effective from Thursday this week.  Mike has accepted a position at RMIT.


Mike has worked at Malvern Primary School since 2009 in the Leading Teacher position, as a classroom teacher and ICT specialist.  He has supported staff and students in the use of ICT, including coding, the Bring Your Own Device program in Years 4 to 6, introduction of COMPASS and network/cyber security.  More recently he has undertaken more administrative roles supporting the daily organisation and curriculum mapping of the school and assisting the Communication Committee with the development of the new website.


The students farewelled Mike at the assembly on Monday morning.


We thank Mike for his service to the Department of Education and Malvern Primary School and wish him all the best in his future endeavours.







School Council News

Meeting Report

At the meeting on Monday night School Council discussed the Parent Opinion Survey results and NAPLAN results for 2019.



The 2019 NAPLAN results were outstanding.  


The school has had a strong focus on reading over the last two years and it is pleasing to see that 86% of Year 3 students and 73% of Year 5 students are performing above the expected level in Reading.  This is a 10% increase in Year 3 and a 20% increase in Year 5 on the 2018 results.


In every area of the test at both Year 3 and Year 5, we performed better than similar, network and state schools.  Malvern Primary School is one of few schools in the state to ‘buck the trend’ by showing positive growth in all six key indicator areas (Reading, Writing, Numeracy / Relative Growth and Top Two Bands).

Based on our data we have identified Writing as the area we will focus our efforts in 2020.


Parent Opinion Survey

The Parent Opinion Survey results indicated improved parent opinion in a majority of areas in the survey, with the General Satisfaction remaining strong. 


Many of the areas we will focus on next are areas where there was a high ‘neutral’ response, indicating that we need to continue our work around improved communication.  These include information for parents around our strategic planning, curriculum, extension and support for students, assessment and student wellbeing. 


Bullying is a focus for all schools and Malvern Primary School will continue to address and monitor student safety and all forms of behaviour.  Malvern Primary School has a range of curriculum programs that are currently used. These programs will continually be reviewed and improved, to ensure our school values (Respect Ourselves and Respect Others) are demonstrated.

Next Working Bee

Sunday 17th November @ 8.30am to 12.30pm

School Council Meetings

The dates and times of the next School Council and Committee Meetings are as follows:


Traffic Working Party: Wednesday 6th November (6.30pm)

Buildings, Grounds and Sustainability: Thursday 7th November (6.30pm)

Education and Policy: TBA

Finance: Tuesday 12th November (5.45pm)

Parent Association: Tuesday 12th November (7.30) 


School Council: Monday 18th November – 7.30pm

Jim Giannopoulos

School News

Grades Placements for 2020

Within the next month or so staff will begin the process of allocating our students to their grades for 2020. This is an extremely complex process where staff use their knowledge of the students to ensure the placements are successful for all concerned. If parents have requests regarding the placement of their children (social and emotional considerations) could they please put these in writing and forward them to Robyn James by 4.00pm Friday the 8th November, emails to are preferred. Verbal requests will not be considered.


Parents are advised that not all requests can necessarily be met, however where possible we will take the requests into account.


Parents are asked not to request a certain teacher for their child as the decision of staff placement is a separate and equally complex process and final decisions on staff placement for next year have not yet been made.


Any request made after the 9th November may not be able to be considered.

Melbourne Cup Day

Tuesday 5th November is a public holiday for Melbourne Cup Day and therefore the school will be closed. Monday 4th November is a normal school day; we will be operating as usual.

RSL Writing Competition

Congratulations to the following six finalists from Grade Six, whose writing has been chosen to represent Malvern Primary School at the  East Malvern RSL annual scholarship:

Sam W, Chase H, Dylan W, Archer K,Mia N and particular congratulations go to Millie D whose piece won the scholarship prize for Malvern Primary. 


The six entries are on display at East Malvern RSL, Stanley Grose Drive, East Malvern and can be seen alongside work from the other five competing schools from 12.00pm onwards on Mon to Wed and from 10.00am on the other days until 11th November 2109. Members of the school community are welcome to go and see the exhibits during this time. 




Toiletries Donations

Thank you to everyone who have donated toiletry items for our collection.  So far we have been able to complete 17 shoe boxes for disadvantaged women.  We are still collecting, just drop any items off at the school office.  We would love some small fabric lavender bags to pop into the boxes if anyone is able to make any. 

PE & Sports News


All students should have a sunsmart hat each day at this time of year. This is particularly important on days when they have PE or sport. We will always find a way for students without a hat to be involved in modified activities in the shade but their participation is limited to shady areas so… don’t forget the hat!


Inter school sport

Our first week of summer sport friendly matches takes place this Friday. Our grade 5 and 6 students be competing in friendly matches each week against other local schools


Sport finals
We have a busy sports program over the next month with many teams involved in finals. The upcoming finals are:

Basketball –Senior boys Hooptime finals on 8th Nov

Girls and mixed Volleyball – Kingston Division Finals on 31st Oct

Our year 3 / 4 Hooptime All Star girls and boys teams will also compete in finals on 11th November




We had a number of students qualify for the recent Southern Metropolitan Region Athletics meet.

Inez B in Discus.   

Hugo S in 800m and 1500m.

Finn C in Discus and Shot Put.

Hugo qualified for the State final in 1500m and came 8th overall. A photo of Hugo competing in the state final is below.

Well done to these students on their excellent results.

Junior House Sport – save the date

Junior House Sports will take place on 6th December. This is a fun event for all Prep, Year 1 and Year 2 students. Many parents and grandparents enjoy coming to watch and support this event each year. More information will be sent home in the coming weeks.



It’s the final week of Walk to School
Time flies when you’re having fun walking, riding and scooting to school! It’s already the last week of Walk to School so now is a great time to celebrate all of the students', and parents' fantastic efforts. In an age where it is increasingly common to lead sedentary lives one of the greatest lessons for a child’s lifelong health is to take the opportunity to do incidental exercise.

Incidental exercise is all of the little moments in a day when we do a small amount of activity as part of life, for example

  • choosing to take the stairs instead of a lift;
  • walking to the train station instead of driving;
  • parking the car a few blocks from work or school and walking the last little bit.

All of these small bits of exercise add up to healthier bodies.

Last week we celebrated Walk to School month with a special morning tea of fresh fruit provided by City of Stonnington and Prahran Market.


Nick Bugeja

PE & Sport Coordinator

Merit Certificates

This fortnight’s Merit Certificates were presented to:

Sarah S PAY

Bodhi DPAY

Isla P 


Henry S


Giselle T PKM

Amy H


Johnny B 2DH Oliver B 2DH
David W 2DH Josh Y   2DH Ashley L 2ED

Hugo D


Travis D


Ruby R


Sully M


Imogen H


Arlo M 2WP

Grace S


Patrick I


Isabella LW 3JA

Allegra B


Charlotte M 3VM

Luca M


Levi H


Gus L


Eden G


Zara K


Clementine E 4GB


Ethan S


Ollie C


Max P




Parents' Association News & Events

PA Meeting Dates

12th  November 7:30pm Tom Pockets

 4th December 9:10am Staffroom

Trivia Night

Malvern Primary TRIVIA Night

Fill up and get ready to have your brain tangled!

Friday 15th November @ Malvern Primary

Amazing prizes through silent and live auctions

 $25 p/p 




Follow @mpsevents 

Camp Australia


Important Diary Dates


6th   Traffic Working Party 6:30pm

7th   Building, Grounds & Sustainability 6:30pm

12th Finance 5:45pm

13th  Whole School Transition 9:50am


17th   Working Bee 8:30am - 12:30

28th   Whole School Transition 2:40pm

28th   School Council 7:30pm

29th   Chinese Cultural Day



10th   Whole School Transition 9:50am

18th   Christmas Pageant

20th   End of Term 4 1:30pm Students are dismissed

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