Moorabbin Primary School

20 September 2017
Issue Ten
Principal's Message
TERRIFIC Kids & Awards
Information and Notices
Upcoming Events
Moorabbin Primary School
(03) 9555 1101
Worthing Road
Moorabbin, Victoria, 3189

Principal's Message


Our School concert! Moorabbin Mystery Inc….What a night… well done to one and all!!


An incredible amount of work has gone into this year’s concert from our teachers, parents and most importantly our students.  Preparations began early in the term to ensure that what was enjoyed last Thursday night was entertaining, show cased our talented students and gave everyone the opportunity to have fun! The script was written by Mr Leeden again this year. The teacher act is more about the staff putting themselves forward and showing the students that our school concert is about everyone “having a go” and from all accounts I heard that this years was fantastic!!! The most important acts are the performances that come from your children!

Thank you to all our parents who sewed, glued, painted, put on makeup, helped with the costumes and props. We are so grateful for all your continued help and support. I want to personally thank all the parent volunteers who were there on the doors/at the hall ushering our community through to their seats. We try something different each year so your feedback is valuable and important to me and the staff as we commence planning for 2018. We will be having a concert debrief and I welcome any suggestions for next year. Please take the time to send through your thoughts.

I have a few more words of appreciation that I need to share with our community, without this support a whole school concert isn’t possible:


To Miss Amy Howden for overseeing and directing her third concert at MPS, we know that she had spent countless hours working extremely hard with recordings, extra practise sessions with students and the choir. She worked with lots of different people both at school and behind the scenes. Along with Mrs Triplik, they produced the very popular website for the children to visualise and have a starting point for all the dance moves. To Mr Leeden for writing the script, taking all the class photos which are now ready in each classroom for you to view, including a copy in the school foyer (near the sick bay entrance). Mr Leeden also worked with our Year 6 lead roles and coordinated extra practises so they would remember their lines. To our Office Staff and Aides for the ticket collections and keeping the records of payments and who helped with the children, keeping them calm and for coming along on the night of the concert. To Mrs Triplik and Miss Howden for the extra work on the choreography…. The items and moves looked fantastic! Thanks to all the teachers and specialists who supported the students across the term and on the night. To Mrs Schmauder, Miss Manserra and Mr Corrigan for stepping in and keeping things calm and organised.


Thank you everyone!


School Council

Our Council had its monthly meeting on Monday 18th September and discussed a number of items. The membership of this group is made up of eager and active parents and staff. This month we looked at a number of Education policies which were ratified. They are:

  • Alcohol Policy
  • Asbestos Management Policy
  • Class Formation Policy
  • Collection and Receipting of Monies Policy
  • Communication Policy
  • Gifts Policy
  • Visitors, Volunteers and Working with Children Policy

These will be available on our school website early in Term 4 for you to view. Council had a presentation from a possible new provider for the Before and After Care Program along with the Holiday Program from “Team Holiday”.   Currently we are outsourcing with Kingston Council who provide the current service.  Council discussed both programs and have agreed to transition to a new provider for 2018. I will be working with Kingston and Team holiday for a smooth exit and transition and will provide information for our community in Term 4 regarding the necessary changes. We have worked to ensure that the cost will be comparable to what our community is currently paying.


Council also looked at the Parent Opinion Survey which was released to all Victorian schools yesterday. We acknowledged the participation rate which was more substantial than last year and the overall results which were quite positive. Below are the survey results. I have the break down of each of the charts for anyone who may be interested. This provides you with a snapshot of our results. Many thanks to those parents who took the time to fill in the surveys and provide this very important data for our School Council to work on  and look at strategies that we can implement to further improve on the work that we have begun. (The third bar below is Teacher Communication)


Guide to Reading Results


  • % Positive endorsement represents the proportion of parents answering 'agree' or 'strongly agree' to the full set of questions within each factor. The Survey Framework provides full details about these factors. Results for individual questions (items) within each factor are shown further below.


  • Results relating to members of small cohorts (less than 3 parents answering the question) have been suppressed (*) to prevent the possible identification of individuals.
  • Results for individual measures or factors may not add to 100% where some parents did not answer the question(s).

Spring and Sunsmart

Spring started on Friday (1st September). Our School Council policy is for students to be Sunsmart. As a Sunsmart school we expect our students to wear a school approved hat, not baseball caps, between September and April 30th each year; we will be reminding children to dust off their Sunsmart school hats so they are ready to be worn from Tuesday 10th October (beginning of Term 4) to protect against harsh UV rays and the sun. Those without a hat are to sit under the shade of the 3-4 portables during recess and lunchtimes. Hats can be purchased from the Uniform Shop which is open every Friday morning before school or you can purchase one through our QKR app. Pictures of appropriate hat wear are for you below. Please don’t send your child to school with a baseball cap.


End of Term

Here we are in the last week of Term 3; I can’t believe that I am actually writing this!  The year is going at such a fast pace and we have all achieved so much this term. I look back and reflect on the amazing School Concert, the Athletics Day outcomes, our Working Bees which were always so well represented and achieved so many wonderful physical outcomes for our school. I was blown away by the stage around the tree which has been so well received by the children as they play and dance on it. Thank you to the incredible hard work from our P&F where they have worked so tirelessly raising money, making sure there were a few social events for students and parents to attend.


We will be building more Garden Beds in the front area of the school near the basketball courts and the recycled garden tyres are still to come in Term 4. On behalf of our community I can’t thank everyone enough for all that we have achieved this term. For those travelling please do so safely and I hope that you are able to have some time with your children as I appreciate not all our working parents will have time off. We hope the children rest and recharge for the final term commencing Tuesday October 10th. A reminder that Monday 9th of October is a Curriculum Day.


I would like to personally thank Mrs Debbie Schmauder for running the school in the Acting Principal role in my recent absence, she is to be commended for her hard work and ensuring everything continued to run so smoothly. I thoroughly enjoyed my time away even though I am suffering from a bit of jet lag. I am still in Greek time! We were reunited with so many family members and met some new ones and were lucky enough to welcome two new babies to our growing families. The Acropolis was a personal highlight for me and visiting the island of Crete where my family is from.

Reminder that school finishes at 2:30pm on Friday with our final assembly in the School Hall.

Have a great holiday and I look forward to working with everyone for our last term.

Some Special Achievements

I would like to acknowledge these children for their outstanding efforts in some external competitions and exams. Well done - we are so proud of you all:

  • Maddie 56C: who received Honours for her Grade 1 exam with a score of 91.5/100 completing the ANZCA Modern Pianoforte exam.
  • Sarah 34L : who received First Class Honours for her Preliminary exam with a score of 98.5/100 competing the ANZCA Modern Pianoforte exam.
  • Mali from 56S, Sandringham Bullits AMBER U12 girls, won their grand final! This is the first time that Mali has played in the finals after playing basketball for 6 seasons…
  • Jasmine Perry also won her grand final with her Sandy Saints team over the weekend.
  • Congratulations to Sam, Marcus, Munir, Alex , Harry , Lachlan  and Vance for winning their grand final with the Sabres.


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TERRIFIC Kids & Awards

Week 9's  value was Thoughtful

Prep R                        Ellie

Prep S                        Rosie

1/2B                             Luka S

1/2D                             Andrew

1/2H                             Luka A

3/4B                             Viha

3/4L                             Tomas 

3/4M                            Eddie

5/6S                             Oscar 

5/6C                             Connor

5/6T                             Ben


ICAS English Certificates were presented


Information and Notices


If your child is going to be absent from school and you have advised the school via email/note or Konnective app, there is no reason to call the absence line.


Please note, that all student absences require an explanation via an email, note or message via Konnective app.




Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events


Friday 22nd                            Footy Dress Up Day - No donation required

Friday 22nd                            Term 3 ends - 2.30pm finish



Monday 9th                              Curriculum Day - No pupils to attend

Tuesday 10th                           Term 2 begins






Book Bugs

Kingston Libraries monthly Book Bugs program for children in grades prep to 3 is on next week! This is a free after-school program and includes snacks, crafts and games, as well as the chance to see the new junior books before anyone else. This month our theme is ‘Roald Dahl’ in celebration of Roald Dahl Day. Book Bugs is being held at the following library branches:


Chelsea Library – Tuesday 12th September 4-5pm

Parkdale Library – Tuesday 12th September 4-5pm

Cheltenham Library – Wednesday 13th September 4-5pm

Clarinda Library – Thursday 14th September 4-5pm


There is no need to book, just turn up and enjoy the fun!

Clarinda Art & Craft Market

Saturday 23 September…10am – 2pm… the Clarinda Community Hall right next to the library.

We have herbs, jewellery, fretwork, jams, pickles, knitting, goldfish, eggs and much much more.

Veeda  9544 1161  for enquiries.

Free Caulfield Cobras Soccer Clinic


Moorabbin Primary School