Numurkah Primary School

31 January 2019
Issue One
From the Principal's desk
What's Happening?
Numurkah Primary School
(03) 5862 1426
10 Quinn Street
Numurkah, Victoria, 3636

From the Principal's desk

Welcome to 2019

Although we have only been back a few days, it is great to see that the children have settled into their learning so quickly. I am also glad that the heat has relented a little and that it is not 40 plus this week! We welcome three new staff members to our school this year. Shae Montgomery and Sarah Titchmarsh are our new trainees who will be assisting in the office and in our literacy intervention program. Also Rohan Lelliott has joined us and will be leading the Student Wellbeing Team and teaching Science.  Over the coming weeks Rohan will be making contact with our families and generally supporting the wellbeing of all our students. Please see below for a full list of our staffing.

Staffing 2019

Principal – Debbie Oliver

Business Manager – Ann Shephard

Administration – Danielle Sullivan(Communication Co.ordinator)

Student Wellbeing Co-ordinator - Rohan Lelliott

Speech Pathology –  Elizabeth Ruscoe

Intervention Coordinator– Denise Riordan

Intervention/Office Support - Trainees – Sarah Titchmarsh& Shae Montgomery

Intervention ES Staff – Kylie Jones, Deb McKeown & Jane Corso

Koorie Literacy Numeracy Intervention – Krystin Mynard

Chaplain: Tamara Joyce


Classroom Teachers

Prep - Sue Herlihy

Prep/1 -  Shantelle Hives (Junior Team Leader)

Year 1/2 - Mikaela Cottingham

Year 2/3  - Narelle Robertson

Year 3/4 - Rob Smith, Julie Wilkinson

Year 4/5 - David Jenner (Leading Teacher)

Year 5/6 - Jenny Sartoria (Senior Team Leader), Jacqueline Hope (Learning Specialist)


Specialist Teachers

Science – Rohan Lelliott (Wellbeing Co.ordinator)

Art/Music – Michelle Davis

Library (Years 5 & 6)  - Debbie Oliver


This week it is only a short newsletter but a more detailed newsletter will be published next week. We will also include a regular feature in our newsletter for our school policies. These were all updated and approved by school council last year and can be found on our website.



School Statement of Values


Numurkah Primary School recognises the importance of the partnership between schools and parents to support student learning, engagement and wellbeing. We share a commitment to, and a responsibility for, ensuring inclusive, safe and orderly environments for children and young people. 

This Statement of Values sets out our behavioural expectations of all members in this school community, including the principal, all school staff, parents, students and visitors. It respects the diversity of individuals in our school community and addresses the shared responsibilities of all members in building safe and respectful school communities.

Discrimination, sexual and other forms of harassment, bullying, violence, aggression and threatening behaviour are unacceptable and will not be tolerated in this school.

Our Statement of Values acknowledges that parents and school staff are strongly motivated to do their best for every child. Everyone has the right to differing opinions and views and to raise concerns, as long as we do this respectfully as a community working together.  To help us achieve our values, we promote and practice the following school wide positive behaviours of learning, caring, being responsible and respectful.

Please read the below the full document which can also be found on our web site along with all our other school policies.


What's Happening?

Term 1 2019

Friday 1st February - First Assembly 2:50pm in the Prep-2 Open Learning Area

Wednesday 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th Feb - Preps do not attend school

Monday 11th Feb to Friday 22nd Feb - Swimming Program

Friday 22nd February - Pool Picnic

2019 Term Dates

Term  1         

  • Tuesday 29th January:  Staff commence (no students)
  • Wednesday 30th January:  Years 1-6 Students commence school
  • Wednesday 30th January: Prep attendance for a short interview time (by appointment)
  • Thursday 31st January: Preps commence school
  • Wednesday 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th Feb:  Preps do not attend school
  • Friday 5th April:  End of Term One

Term  2

  • Tuesday 23rd April:  Start of Term Two
  • Friday 28th June:  End of Term Two

Term  3

  • Monday 15th July:  Start of Term Three
  • Friday 20th September:  End of Term Three

Term  4

  • Monday 7th October:  Start of Term Four
  • Thursday 19th December: Final Day of Term Four for students
  • Friday 20th December: End of Term Four (Pupil-Free Day)

Sunsmart & Hydration


Students must have bucket hats at school at all times (this will be “officially policed” from next Monday onwards). Children are allowed to access their water-bottles from their bags during the class-time day. (Drinks other than water during class-time are not accepted). Sunscreen is available in all rooms but children can also use their own familiar brands from home. Sun-glasses (UV & safety approved) are also accepted as part of the Sunsmart program. Please make sure all items are labelled.

Swimming Program


Today all students received their permission form and information about the 2019 Swimming Program. Please ensure all permission forms and payment are returned by Thursday 7th February. 


The continued success of our Swimming Program depends upon the valuable support from parents. Being involved as a helper is a rewarding experience. It is not a necessity that you are able to swim yourself. Should you have any queries, please contact your class teacher or the school office. All helpers are required to have a current Working With Children's Check which is available at no charge for volunteers. If you are able to help out please fill in the form attached to the Swimming Permission note or let the office know.




Weekly school assemblies will now be held on Friday afternoons at 2:45 pm in the Prep-2 Open Learning Area. All families are invited to attend our assemblies.



Compass is a vital tool for communication between the school and families. Notifications about upcoming events, the school calendar, schedules etc are all available on Compass. This is also where families will book Student/Parent/Teacher Interviews and print Student Reports. Most of our families have logged onto and are using Compass. For families that have not yet logged on a letter with your username and temporary password has been sent home today. If you have any questions about Compass please see Danielle in the office next Monday. 


Students are expected to attend school every day. We request that absences are kept to a minimum where possible. Scheduling of appointments, family holidays etc should be done outside of school hours/days if possible. We understand that students will be absent when unwell, staying home to get better is much better than risking the student becoming more unwell or spreading the illness to classmates. When students are absent please notify the school by entering an approval on Compass or phoning the school. We are required by the Education Department to follow up all unexplained absences on the same day that they occur.  If a student has been marked not present with no explanation an automatic text message will be sent to families asking you to notify the school of the reason. Ongoing absences with no explanation will then be followed up with a phone call and/or letter home. We ask all families to assist us with this by notifying the school as soon as possible when a student is absent. 


Canteen Helpers

Volunteers required for 2019 -

Our school canteen, selling ice creams and icy poles,  is opened by parent and staff volunteers. If you would like to assist in the school canteen, a volunteer is required each day from 1:30pm - 2:10pm. Please consider helping out in 2019. All volunteers require a current Working With Children Check, these are available free for volunteers. If you do not have a current check please visit the following website and apply for a check -


Canteen Menu

Our Canteen items and prices have remain the same as last year. A price list is attached below.


Lunch Orders

Please see the attachment below for the updated price list. 



Numurkah Primary School
Numurkah statementofvalues.docx
Numurkah statementofvalues.pdf
Numurkah statementofvalues.pdf
Canteen Prices.pdf
School Lunch Summer Menu .pdf
2019 School Lunch Summer Menu.pdf
Numurkah statementofvalues.pdf