Kilsyth Primary School

27 June 2017
Issue Ten
Principal's Report
What's Happening @ KPS
From the Office
Foundation News
Middle School News
Student Wellbeing 
Student Awards
Community Notices
School Council
Kilsyth Primary School
9725 4320
Durham Road
Kilsyth, Victoria, 3137

Principal's Report

Disco, Donuts and Days off...

Well we are ending another school term this week and our students are looking forward to a well earned winter break.  As I have been out an about with the students over the week our conversations have centred around discos, donuts and days off.  

We enjoyed a wonderful disco on Friday evening last week.  DJ Matt was spinning out the tunes and a great time was had by all.  It was terrific to see so many students having such a great time.  On behalf of all those students that attended I would like to thank the dedicated team of parents who worked tirelessly to make the night amazing.  Thanks also to Ms Hubbard, Miss Vaughan and Mrs Meilak for dancing the night away with the students and I.  It was a terrific night.


Another big talking point is the Milo and Donuts morning tea being sold on Wednesdays.  Such a lovely thing to have something warm on a cold winter's day.  Thank you so much to Kylie VB for all you support in making this happen each week and to Jerusha PA for generously donating the milk or the program. All monies raised from the Milo and Donuts goes to our Year 6 Graduation celebrations at the end of the year.


With only a few days to go many of us are looking forward to the holidays next week.  We have such a great team of staff and some AWESOME students here at KPS .  It is a privilege to work with such a wonderful community.  I wish everyone a safe and enjoyable break and look forward to seeing you all on Monday 17th July for a fresh and exciting semester of learning.

Walk a day in my Wheels

As you are aware we have had a student join us this year who is wheelchair bound.  As a part of supporting his transition into our school community and as way of addressing a part of the new Victorian Curriculum that focuses helping all of our students to build empathy, understanding and resilience, we are developing the ‘Walk a Day in My Wheels’ program.


This program will involve students across the senior school spending a school day in a wheelchair.  We have hired two wheelchairs from Disability Sport and Recreation.  These chairs are specifically designed for active sports and are exceptionally stable and safe for use by inexperienced young people.  The chairs have seatbelts and extra stability wheels for safety.


Students will spend the entire day in the chair, both in the classroom and in the yard.  Whilst we understand some students will find this a challenging, the purpose of the activity is for students gain an understanding of these challenges and develop their problem solving and resilience skills.


Students will be given a choice as to when they participate in this activity.  All Year 5 & 6 students will have had an opportunity to spend a day in the wheelchair before the end of Term 3.


To supplement this program, all senior students will participate in a wheelchair basketball event early next term, more details of this activity will be provided next term.


I was the first to take part, spending the entire day in the chair.  It was a very interesting experience - sometimes hard, mostly enjoyable - especially dancing at the disco in the wheelchair. I was surprised at how many slopes there are in our school and I learned that it is very important to respect the person in the wheelchair's personal space.  The chair is really like an extension of their body and I didn't like people touching it without asking.  I was very pleasantly surprised at all the offers of help I received from our students, however I liked trying to do things independently.  I know that in the future I will not just presume someone in a wheelchair wants or needs my help.  I will always ask and offer my assistance, but with respect and acknowledging their ability to be independent.  I learned that I was much more capable than I expected and, although I was in a chair, I was still me.  I was still a person.  I know that will much more easily look beyond the chair and see the person in the future.


There are many more things that I learned, and I spoke of some of them at our school assembly.  I won't go through them here as I know that the senior students will discover many of them themselves as they take part in the program over the next term.

Student Reports

This Friday all students will receive their end of semester reports.  Student reports provide students, teachers and parents with a clear and concise picture of a student’s achievement and progress at a point in time. Teachers make informed and consistent decisions about student progress against the achievement standards using a variety of assessments and observations to inform their judgement. They map the student’s learning against the achievement standards, and place the student on the learning continuum, that best reflect the student’s level of performance and progress.


You may notice some changes to our student reports this semester in line with the implementation of the new Victorian Curriculum in all government and Catholic schools from the beginning of 2017. The Victorian Curriculum replaces the previous AusVELS curriculum.


The Victorian Curriculum is structured as a single developmental learning continuum and is organised by levels not years of schooling. The curriculum consists of Towards Foundation Levels A to D and Levels Foundation to 10. All curriculum areas have achievement standards, describing what students are able to understand and do.


All students progress along the learning continuum at their own rate and from their own starting point. Students are taught at the level that suits their needs, rather than being taught to the year level and age group they are in. Teachers provide learning opportunities to support the learning for all students, including those students with additional learning needs or a disability.


Please keep in mind that as this is a new curriculum this report is not designed nor should be compared to previous years’ reports. We can, however, show your child’s progress in English and Mathematics in Semester 1 as these learning areas were introduced and taught in 2016. For all other curriculum areas being introduced with the new curriculum, student progress can only be shown in reports from Semester 2, 2017 onwards.


This year your child's achievement growth will be shown like this:

Whilst there are some similarities to previous year's reports, this year we are reportingt to Levels and there is no "Rating" of students.  The inclusion and layout of teacher comments has not change, nor has the way report on student personal and social development.


Further information about the Victorian Curriculum can be found online at: or by contacting the school on 9725 4320.

Thumbs up to...

... Yassin H who very graciously held open a door for a member fo the public entering our school last week.  Your manners and polite attitude was mentioned to me, you were a great ambassador for our school.

... Ally W who showed wonderful leadership and compassion when helping a Foundation student who was out of sorts to settle down, feel cared for and re-enter their learning activity.  A fantastic example from our School Captain.  Thanks you Ally.

... our SRC executive.  a small group of our SRC members who are meeting with me regularly to provide student voice in the decisions we are making as a school.  It is terrific to have your input.



Have a great holiday everyone!  See you next term.


What's Happening @ KPS

Calendar of Events



28th             Foundation 2018 Transition 2.30-3.15 pm Science

30th             Last day: Term Free dress-Gold coin donation-

                                          World Vision sponsor 

                                          2- 2.30pm dismissal



17th           Term 3 commences

19th          Foundation 2018 transition 2.30-3.15pm 

24th           Senior- Street Art excursion

28th           Basketball clinic-whole school

31st                     Curriculum Day-student free



1st               ICAS English exam

2nd             Family Life-Senior-Parent Infomation 7-8pm

4th              Junior-Hooptime

Notices sent home this fortnight


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

Jump Disco

Free Dress day- Friday 30th June

Production notice

Foundation Term 3 Levy

Junior - Year 1 Term 3 Levy

Junior- Year 2 Term 3 Levy

Middle Term 3 Levy

Senior Term 3 Levy

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


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.

  • Subway Order form


Outgrown Uniforms

As winter is now here we are in urgent need of second hand Bomber Jackets and Windcheaters especially size 10 & up. If you have any items that your children have outgrown please drop them off to the office any time.  Thank you

Foundation News

Everyday Experiences

We are having a ball learning about everyday experiences.  Connecting learning to real life is what it's all about.  So much of our shapes unit has been exploring 2D shapes in our environment and this week we've explored 3D objects.  Our box construction is happening so thanks to everyone for your donations! We will be constructing next week! After this task, we are keen to keep collecting boxes but no more large ones thank you. To further enrich our exploration of 3D objects (being able to stand up on themselves) we are going to do a local community walk next week. Given fine weather on Monday, we will walk to Woolworths in Kilsyth.   There will be a notice indicating the times we are out for, however, there is no permission form required.  The end of the year expectation is that students are able to name, describe and sort familiar 2D shapes and 3D objects in their environment.  Spending a lot of time on the playground has allowed students to see representations of shapes.  Time permitting at home, you may like to explore these shapes and objects further with your child.  Some helpful information directly from the Education Department.

Turning maths into a story

By presenting mathematics as a story children can make links to their everyday life. Begin by reading books to your child that include numbers and counting. Turn everyday events or objects into a maths story:
Count the fruit in the fruit bowl. 

Cut fruit into six pieces.  

Count the pieces of toast you cooked at breakfast. Add the total of cutlery at the table. 

Count the number of people travelling in the car or the bus.

Encourage your child to draw and talk about the number of things in the pictures they have drawn.


Please spread the word about our upcoming Transition session - next Wednesday 28th June. It's a Science session! Will be great with Mrs.Sceberras.  I will be running the parent session on what our English program looks like.


A phoneme is a sound that comes out of our mouth!

As you've probably discovered, your child may be coming home telling you the new phonemes that they are learning.  So far, we have learnt 16 phonemes and this week we've introduced another 8. They are:       k, j, n, v, e, y, w, z, 

Complimenting our Synthetic Phonics program is our camera words.  We are working on Unit 4 words which does overlap with the Magic Words. As your child continues to make progress with their words, please take the time to revisit previous words for continued exposure and consolidation.  We don't want to instill a habit that we can practise the night before, remember the word (rote learning) and then pass the next day which means we can then forget those words. Our goal is to create a love for learning and that means practising in various ways and often many times. Ask your child things like can we identify the vowels? Is it a tricky vowel making that sound or a consonant? Can we spell the words? How do we say it in a sentence? Is there a rhyming word that goes with it? Students revisit previous words during Literacy Group activities. Playing games together certainly allows for discussion of words and provides a context for learning.  Here are some snaps of our word and letter activities. We've played a lot of hangman in class and the students are loving it! Always a great game for the holidays with limited resources needed!


Big Buddies

A great session with our big buddies this week saw us getting our paint on!  The focus was to incorporate letter knowledge in a creative, fun and meaningful way. The big buddies loved the creative idea and supported their younger buddies with such maturity and care. To watch their interactions was so rewarding.  




Cooperative Play

We have tried a variety of different opportunities for students to engage in cooperative play with their peers.  Recently the focus has been on board games and puzzles! Students are learning lots about turn taking, sharing, being patient and listening.  I'm so proud of their efforts!


Almost Holidays!

Thank you again to all of our families for their support and involvement.  This term has flown by! Please consider play dates for your child these holidays to build social skills and inclusion. We are still working on resilience skills however the interactions are developing more widely across everyone in the class. Don't forget the disco is this Friday @ 6pm!  Next Friday 30th on the last day, if the weather is fine, we will have our end of term celebration down at Elizabeth Bridge.  Middle of the day would be the preferred time slot where we take our lunch.  Keep an eye out for Flexibuzz updates. 

See you in Term 3 ready for the production!


Middle School News

Middle School News

As the term draws to a close we’ve realised just how much we’ve managed to pack in! It’s been a fantastic term with lots of fun activities and meaningful learning all along the way.


This week we’ve had the last in our series of Environmental Science lesson lessons. We’ve taken a look at the rubbish and how it impacts on the environment. We’ve used data collection methods in a real life application. Last week we were down at Elizabeth Bridge Reserve for our second visit and the data we collected about macro invertebrates is being used by Melbourne University! We’re very proud of our students and their enthusiastic participation throughout this program.


We’d like to congratulate Emilee  on her sterling performance in the recent Division cross-country. Emilee ran 24th in some fierce competition. Well done to Emilee!


One of the fantastic things we sometimes experience in Middle School is the cute pets that are owned by our students. In the last week we’ve been lucky enough to meet Cinnamon, the rabbit. Kaylee W brought her in and the students loved seeing her. Then we were lucky enough to meet Squirtle the turtle, who is owned by Olivia. It’s a great opportunity for the kids to learn about different animals, particularly as we are completing information reports about various animals.


Next week is the last week of the term and we hope that everyone has a relaxing holiday and is ready for more learning in Term 3.


Science awards 

Congratulations to the following students on their science awards. Keep up the fabulous efforts everyone. Jovi, Olivia, Cooper, Yassin, Riley and Megan.


Chemical and Physical Science

I was very impressed with Seniors abilities to work out what reactions were chemical or physical. Students had to work in their lab groups to create a poster based on their thinking and back it up with reasons why and present this to the class. A great job all round. 


So what's a Fair Test?

In science we often talk about our investigations in terms of what made it a fair test. So here's the break down on the term. A fair test is when there is only one change in a variable is changed and the other variables are kept the same. 


Last week we had 42 students that attend the Lilydale lake for our District Cross Country.   The weather typical Melbourne weather. 4 season in one day! The results are as follows


Brock - 62nd

Sarah - 58th

Ruby - 23rd

Kobe - 78th

Talia - 18th


Tierone - 79th

Stralia - 59th

Sharnie - 63rd

Courtney - 62nd

Tahli - 14th

Mitchell - 42nd

Emilee - 7th

Sophie - 12th


Jackson - 32nd

Jake - 69th

Kohen - 80th

Kaylee - 40th



Jed - 31st

Jack - 38th

Erica - 49th

Sienna - 32nd

Lucas - 36th

Cooper - 64th

Azalia - 40th

Amos - 26th

Hailey - 44th

Cooper - 35th

Riley - 6th

Rachel - 40th


Jarred - 29th

Tayah - 48th

Ashalyn - DNF

Alana - 50th

Jayden - 39th

Michael - 24th

Ryan - 19th

Alyssa - 17th

Riley - DNF

Megan - 43rd


Mia - DNF

Kaleb - 67th

Sam - 32nd

Josie - 45th

I would like to congratulate everyone who competed.  

Emilee and Riley got through to the Division Cross Country at Yarra Ranges.  Emilee and Riley both ran extremely well.  Emilee came 24th and Riley came 10th.  Congratulations Emilee. Riley competed in the Regional Event on Tuesday, it was a very tough course and he did extremely well finishing  70th.  Congratulations Riley.



Visual Arts News

The students have continued to be busy being creative in Visual Arts sessions. Our junior students have been working with collage' and looking at city scapes. Our Senior students have also been looking at city scapes but in a more 3D perspective. The seniors art will be on display early next term, so keep a look out.

The middle students have been busy making sunflowers which of course is inspired by Van Gogh. These are on display for you to look at.

Thanks again for the wonderful donations to the Art room. They are always appreciated.

Wishing you all a safe and enjoyable holiday. Looking forward to having more creative fun with the students next term.


Kym Wallace



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Student Wellbeing 

Chaplain’s Chat
The “GOOD” parent

I found this on a website; Little Boo-Teek and I didn’t think that I could improve on it in any way, so enjoy.....

If you’re a stay at home Mum your lazy.

If you go back to work you’re neglectful.

If you don’t lose the baby weight you’re frumpy.

If you lose the baby weight too quickly, you’re shallow.

If you buy lots of gifts they’re disgustingly spoiled.

If you don’t buy enough you don’t care.

If you feed them quinoa and avo, you’re a show-off.

If you feed them even a single chicken nugget, you’re damming them to a lifetime of morbid obesity.

If you say “no” frequently you’re mean and too strict.

If you don’t say “no” often enough you’re raising brats.

If you breastfeed too long. You’re a freak.

If you don’t breastfeed long enough, you’re a failure.

If you sleep-train, you’re cold hearted and cruel.

If you co-sleep you’re too soft and you need to TRY HARDER.

Cloth nappies? YOU WEIRD HIPPIE!


Big budget birthday party? STOP TRYING TO SHOW EVERYONE UP!

Quiet barbeque with the family? THEY ONLY TURN TWO ONCE, IS THAT ALL?

Mud on their knees? THEY LOOK SO UNCARED FOR!

Neat and tidy clothes? KIDS ARE MEANT TO GET DIRTY!


Welcome to the world of parenthood.

Where you’re dammed if you do and dammed if you don’t, dammed if you fail and dammed if you succeed.  Where every decision you make is nerve-wracking, not because you’re afraid it will be wrong but because you’re afraid of what people will say.  Where everyone, from your neighbour’s brother-in-law’s second cousin, twice removed to Great Aunt Beryl to some random stranger on the internet, will judge you and judge you severely. It can really get you down, sometimes.  It can really make you feel like ‘garbage’.

But you know what?

If your child is fed. If your child is clothed. If your child is warm. If you love them so much it makes you wonder how one heart can possibly contain it, even when they’re driving you absolutely cuckoo, bananas, up-the-wall crazy.

If you have ever kept going even when it’s hard, even when you’ve had nothing left to give.


You are doing good, you are doing SO GOOD! So, stop doubting yourself and own it!

You need to give yourself a little credit; You need to forgive your bad days, celebrate your great days and you need to stop being so afraid to admit how wonderful you are.

But you don’t need me to tell you how amazing you are at being a parent, because your proof is right there in front of you.

Your proof is right there in your child.


Gill Van Der Ende


Student Awards

Friday 9th June

Foundation    Tia

Tia, you are reading with great confidence! You have made a big effort to learn many of your Magic Words and can recognise them in the books you read. We look forward to hearing more of your excellent reading!


Junior B                 Jack

What a great week you have had Jack! You have been working hard on your addition and knowledge of double facts. Keep up the wonderful work.


Junior C                Chloe

Chloe, you have been doing awesome work in reading this week. You have really focused on asking thought provoking questions. Keep up the great work!


Middle A          Brock

Congratulations Brock on your fantastic book presentation! I’ve really noticed the way you are trying your absolute best to make everything you do neat and easy for others to read. I’m very proud of all the effort you’re putting in!



Well done, Maddie on your continued commitment to your reading. I’m immensely proud of the way you are tackling your skills in building fluency and accuracy when you are reading a book. You are reading with fabulous expression, which is really capturing the listener’s interest. Congratulations!


Middle C             Max

Max, I love how excited and engaged you were on our excursion to Elizabeth Bridge Reserve this week. You showed our presenters so much respect, learnt lots about testing water and were a great role model for other students! Well done!


Senior A                  Regan

Regan, your Smash Writing sessions are fabulous! Your ability to make the reader feel like they are in the story is testament to your skills as an author. Keep up the fantastic work.


Senior B                      Chloe

Your explanation writing has been fantastic. You've really got the hang of writing clear, concise points when explaining how something works. Well Done!


Science              Brodie K

Brodie, you are really working hard on your investigation skills and I’m so impressed. What a super scientist you are becoming.

Friday 16th June

Foundation   Esther

We are so proud of the effort you are making at school and at home to read your letters and words. We love seeing you participate and learn. Keep up the great work, Esther!



What a great week you've had, Pippa. We love the way that you are participating so eagerly in your learning and able to take on feedback to make your learning even better. Thanks for having such a positive attitude!


Junior A      Jett

We love the way you are organised and ready to get involved in your learning. You are willing to try new things. Keep up the terrific effort next semester, Jett!


Junior B              Max

What a super week you have had Max! You have been asking some great thick questions in our reading lessons. Keep up the great work!


Middle A            Hannah

Well done to Hannah on your commitment to learning in Maths. You’ve really done your best in learning about chance and probability. Congratulations on your fantastic attitude to learning!


Middle B    Emilee

Emilee, you worked so well in a group this week. You supported other students well in Inquiry and Maths partnership situations. This shows excellent leadership potential. Keep up the hard work!



Stralia, what a wonderful member of Middle B you are! You are always willing to help other students with their learning and you try your very best with all learning tasks. You really are being the best you can be! Keep it up.


Middle C                  Sione

Thanks for bringing your positive attitude to our Environmental Science excursion this week at Elizabeth Bridge Reserve. Your patience paid off when you caught a "Mosquito Fish". Well done!


Senior A                Rhiannon

Rhiannon, your calm and quiet manner in class is fabulous. You exude calm and help those around you with this demeanour. Keep up the fantastic focus!


Senior C           Josie

Josie, you have been working incredibly hard with all your learning. Good job with your explanation poster - keep up the good work!

Community Notices

What's happening;

I Am Eleven

Complimentary Screening and Q & A Session

with the Director and Producer, Geneviève Bailey


Tuesday 1 August, 20176.45pm for 7.00pm start

Alan Ross Centre

Billanook College, 197 Cardigan Road, Mooroolbark

School Council

Presidents Report

For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Amy Davis and I have been elected to the role of School Council President. This my first attempt at the Presidents Report so please bear with me.


We were excited to learn the Football Goal Posts are being installed and this should be carried out by early term 3. There will also be landscaping works carried out throughout the school ground to increase accessibility between the Basketball Court, Frog Bog and Oval and a more direct route from the Senior Building down to asphalt area outside the hall. These works should also be completed in Term 3.


We were also excited and proud to endorse the ‘Walk a Day in My Wheels’ initiative. This will allow all senior students to spend a day in a Wheelchair to gain an understanding of what it is like. As you all saw Mr Gooding was first to have a turn on Friday 24th June. We as a school council hope you encourage your child/children to fully participate in this initiative to gain the most out of this opportunity.


We are also proud to announce Kilsyth Primary School is participating in the ‘Bring a Bag’ initiative with another local organisation. Bags will be given to the school and our school community are invited to donate non - perishable food and personal items to fill these bags for individuals and families in need.  We will then give the bags back to the local organisation for them to distribute.


Our next school council meeting is scheduled for Thursday July 20th. If you have any queries you would like to have discussed please feel free to contact one of the school council members. They are myself (Amy Davis), Melinda Woodworth, Tammy Bryson, Carla Penn or Richard Henry.




Amy Davis

School Council President

Kilsyth Primary School
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Wk 10-Free dress day term 2 2017.pdf
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Wk 10-Production parent notice .pdf
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Wk 11-Foundation- Learning Enrichment Levy T3 2017.pdf
Wk 11-Junior-Year 1-Learning Enrichment Levy T3 2017.pdf
Wk 11-Junior-Year 2-Learning Enrichment Levy T3 2017.pdf
Wk 11-Middle- Learning Enrichment Levy T3 2017.pdf
Wk 11-Senior- Learning Enrichment Levy T3 2017.pdf
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