OGPS Newsletter

17 May 2019
Issue Seven
Key Dates
Principal's Message
Principal Awards
Whole School News
Foundation News
Library News
Spanish News
PE News
Parent's Fundraising Committee News
Canteen/Uniform Shop News
Orchard Grove Primary School
(03) 9894 3400
101 Orchard Grove
Blackburn South, Victoria, 3130

Key Dates


Wednesday 15th - 17th May
Year 4 Camp


Friday 17th May
Assembly 2.40pm


Sunday 19th May
Working Bee 9.00 - 12.00pm


Monday 20th May
Naplan - Language - Year 3


Monday 20th - 28th May
Scholastic Book Fair


Tuesday 21st May
Naplan - Language - Year 5
OGPS Open Night - 6.30 - 8.30pm


Wednesday 22nd May
Naplan - Maths - Year 3


Thursday 23rd May
Naplan - Maths - Year 5


Friday 24th May
Assembly 2.40pm


Monday 27th May
Sushi Day


Wednesday 29th May
Hands on Science Incursion - 1LC, 1ND, 1CP


Thursday 30th May
Hands on Science Incursion - 1TK, 1KG


Friday 31st May
Assembly 2.40pm



Friday 7th June
Curriculum Day


Monday 10th June
Queen's Birthday public holiday


Friday 14th June
Winter Interschool Sport - Year 5 & 6
No Assembly


Friday 21st June
Winter Interschool Sport - Year 5 & 6

No Assembly


Friday 28th June
Last Day Term 2 - 2.30pm dismissal
Assembly (time to be advised)

2019 Term Dates

Term 1   31st January – 5th April   

        (29th & 30th January - curriculum days)

Term 2   23rd April – 28th June

        (7th June - curriculum day)

Term 3   15th July – 20th September

Term 4   7th October – 20th December

        (20th December - curriculum day)

Save the Date - Friday 25th October

OGPS Fiesta & Fireworks



Principal's Message

School Philosophy

Orchard Grove Primary School is committed to providing a safe, nurturing environment that engages curiosity, promotes learning, personal growth and wellbeing for all students. We strive to develop adaptability and resilience so students can become valued members of the local and global communities and be prepared for future life experiences.

From the Principal

I hope all our families had a fabulous Mothers' day celebration last Sunday. It is a great opportunity to stop and celebrate the special people in our lives.  I particularly enjoyed spending time with my little grandson who is nearly 2 and is now trying to communicate and attempting to say my name - that melts your heart.

What a great day we had last Friday with the Cinco de Mayo celebrations. Later in the newsletter you will see Natalia's report. However, we would like to thank Natalia and the specialist team for all their work in putting together the celebration and of course the delightful Year 1s with their Mexican Dance, not to mention those yummy churros. What a great way to finish the week.    



Naplan started this week for our Year 3s and 5s. Lee King has a report in this newsletter, so suffice to say we are very pleased how the testing has gone so far and proud of how our students have handled the experience.

School Crossing 

I am very disappointed to tell you that the Whitehorse Council has suspended work on our new supervised school crossing on Orchard Grove. I was informed on Wednesday that the project would not be going ahead as planned, due to complaints from other schools who were going to be losing their crossings. It has been decided by Whitehorse Council that they will commission new surveys of all schools across the municipality over the rest of this year and reconsider our eligibility and their priorities next year.  Our School Council is very upset by this decision, as OGPS has been eligible for a supervised school crossing for many years now, and due to inadequate funding,  they have not installed a crossing for us.  Please direct any concerns to the Whitehorse Council directly, our Ward Councillors and our School Council.

Year 4 Camp

Our year 4 Campers are up at ADANAC at Yarra Junction and having a fabulous time. The weather has been very kind and they have been able to participate in wonderful activities such as  archery, canoeing, riding on the flying fox and hut building, just to name a few.  Once again a huge thank you to the staff and parent helpers who have given of their time to give our Year 4 students such an unforgettable experience. We will welcome back some tired but happy campers this afternoon.  Check out our Facebook page if you would like to see more.

Open Night - 21st May - 6.30 - 8.30pm

This Tuesday night,  we have our annual OPEN NIGHT. We have lots of activities planned to showcase what we are doing at OGPS. We would love for you all to come and we need your children here too, so they can present their activities, work and for any performances that they may be involved in. School uniform is preferred but not compulsory for the night. If your child is in a performance they must wear school uniform on the night.  Please come along and celebrate Education Week and the great work that is going on in our school.  There will be a tour for prospective parents, so if you know of anyone that is interested, it may be a good opportunity to have a tour with Lee, Michelle or myself. 

During the day, the Monash Teddy Bear hospital will visit our Foundation students in the PAC. This is always a wonderful event, so engaging and a lot of fun for all.  Hope to see you there.

Book Fair - 20th - 28th May

Our wonderful Book Fair is on again at the moment and the children are very excited and love perusing all the books on display. This is a great fundraiser for the school and enables us to buy many new books for the school.  Please come along and have a look for yourself, I'm sure you will be able to find some great reading material for your children and maybe even some presents for other little ones in your life.

We are very lucky to still have a functioning educational library at our school that is run by educators. Libraries such as ours are very rare now, so we want to continue to be able to provide a fabulous array of literature for our students.  Please support this initiative.

Building update

Our playground in the Meadow is progressing well and looks so much fun. I can't wait to have a jump on that trampoline.  The accessibility ramp between the main building and the toilet block in the Meadow is now complete and everyone is appreciating using it. The canopy over the original deck in the Meadow has now commenced, as has the storage room to the west side of The Wicking Gym. Both of these structures will be a fabulous addition to those spaces.  In addition, another shed is being constructed in the Meadow, to act as a storage solution for that space. The Department of Education did pay for and build the accessibility ramp, but all other building projects are school funded and we are thrilled that we as a school have been able to self fund these projects to improve our facilities in this way.  

The other very exciting news is that the plans for the Level 3 area upgrade was approved by School Council on Wednesday night. This project is also school funded and will give us a fabulous refurbished space, as well as an extra classroom, meeting room, staff amenities and storage space. What a difference this will make. To be able to facilitate this project ourselves as a school, is something we should be very proud of.  The project will now go out to tender and we are hoping that it will begin in the next holidays, this will minimise disruption to the classes in this area. We are planning for a 3 week period that we may have to move the Year 3 classes to alternative spaces while the build is happening.  We will keep you updated and share with you the plans in the coming weeks.  

We are also fencing the school on the Holland Rd side. This has become a necessity after constant vandalism and inappropriate behaviour occurring on our site after school hours.  Contrary to popular belief, Government schools are not public property for free public access, but rather, access should be restricted to approved personnel only. The new fence will enclose the Holland Rd side of the school, allowing access to key doors for hirers of our facilities only. We will also be installing a boom gate which will block off the staff car park area and ensure student safety  for crossing into the school grounds.  This work is scheduled to begin next week and we are hoping it will be operational by the end of the term.

Foundation enrolments

We are currently taking Foundation enrolments for 2020, if that applies to your family, could you please come in as soon as possible and fill in an enrolment form.  We are conducting regular tours which have been well attended and spots are filling fast. The Department of Education have now allocated each school a zone, ours is shown below.  We are now only allowed to take 30% of students outside our zone, so once our quota is full, we are not able to accept students from outside the zone.  If you would like to know more about this, visit the 'Find my school' web site and all will be revealed.


Hip Hop Dancing

SDS School of dance is now offering Hip Hop Dancing lessons at the school on Wednesday lunch times.  The group came to assembly and performed a demonstration dance, which was a lot of fun and the children loved it. It was also great to see our own Jayden 4JM joining the team and dancing away. If your child is interested in joining these lessons, come to the office and have a chat to our staff.

Dealing with students from other schools

From time to time we all come across children behaving badly in our community. If they are identifiable by a uniform, we would encourage you to report the behaviour directly to the school involved rather than trying to confront the students or deal with them directly yourself.  We have had a couple of incidents lately that have been handled extremely well by the schools involved, so the process can be trusted. 

Working Bee

The second Working Bee for the year is on this Sunday morning between 9-12. Please come along and help. We need as many people as possible to come and lend a hand, even if you can't stay for the whole time.  Often it is the same people who support our Working Bees and we really need everyone to do their part.  When we all help, it makes such an incredible difference and saves the school a significant amount of money that we can then spend in other area.

Take care and talk soon.

Glenda Harry


Principal Awards

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Whole School News

Forms/Payments Due

  • Hands on Science Incursion - Year 1 - $16.00 - due 17th May
  • Sushi Day orders - due 17th May - no late orders will be accepted

Online NAPLAN progress

As you are aware, the Online NAPLAN for our Year 3 and 5 students began on Tuesday 14th May.

As of today, all students have completed Writing and Reading. All tests have been completed online, with the exception of Writing for Year 3 students, which was a paper based test.

We are happy to report that everything has gone very smoothly. The students have been focused and it appears that many of them have actually enjoyed the experience!! They have taken the testing seriously and have been supportive and respectful of their peers, which is commendable. The teachers have worked hard to ensure the students are well prepared and willing to give everything a go.

Over the past few years, OGPS has funded extensive (and expensive!) upgrades of our Network and wireless access. This has really paid off this week as we have experienced very few technical issues. Chris Lockhart, our local technician has gone above and beyond with helping us to prepare the devices and equipment. Thank you Chris!

The testing will continue into next week, with the final one being Friday 24th May.

Leeanne King

Assistant Principal

Woolworths Earn and Learn

Woolworths Earn and Learn is on again.  Collect the stickers, put them on a sheet and drop them in the box in the office foyer.   Please don't put any loose stickers in the box.  Spare sticker sheets are available at the office.

Foundation News

Mother's Day Morning Tea

On Friday, the Foundation students treated their mothers and special people to a morning of pampering. They decorated cupcakes, gave massages, painted nails and drew portraits for their special people. Thank you to all who attended, it was a beautiful morning. 



Library News


Spanish News

Cinco de Mayo Celebration

Last week on Friday the 10th of May, the students at Orchard Grove Primary School celebrated Cinco de Mayo. The very popular and exciting Mexican celebration caused sensation as students, staff and families had the opportunity to be a part of the event. Cinco de Mayo is Spanish for “The 5th of May” and it marks the day in which the Mexican people from the city of Puebla defeated the French invaders in 1862. It became a widely known celebration both in Mexico and in the United States of America. Today, people all around the world celebrate Cinco de Mayo with fiestas, food and music.

As part of the Spanish program, students are exposed to different Hispanic and Latin-american cultures, teaching them the importance of cultural understanding and how we can connect with other people through language. Throughout the specialist program, students from Foundation to Year 4 have been involved with learning all about Mexico and its Cinco de Mayo celebration. In Art, Mexican culture was introduced through the making of papel picado, sombreros, maracas and mandalas. In Music, students were exposed to traditional Mexican music and dance. Finally, in Spanish, the Mexican history and the story of Puebla was taught to explain why Cinco de Mayo is celebrated.

On Friday, the day began with the preparation of the much anticipated churros, cooked by our wonderful family helpers and volunteers. The churros were then delivered to each classroom for all students to enjoy, and for some students it was their first time ever trying a spanish doughnut. Finally it was time for the assembly, and what a celebration it was to witness! The Spanish captains, Amiya and Cameron, told us all about the history of Cinco de Mayo and how the Mexican culture influences our own. We then had the privilege of being introduced to a Mariachi Band called Sin Frontera who performed some incredible songs in front of the whole school. The Mariachi band were talented, vibrant and engaging as they roamed around the Wicking allowing us a good view of their fabulous costumes and instruments. The winners of the Foundation colouring competition were announced and were given some great prizes. The Year 1 students impressed the crowd with their amazing performance of the Mexican hat dance while wearing colourful Mexican scarves, and they even got to perform again with the Mariachi band!

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo has been the highlight of the Spanish program so far, with all the students still buzzing about the delicious churros and fun Mariachi band. A big thank-you to everyone who was involved in making the celebration extra special. We cannot wait to do it all again next year!


PE News

House Cross Country

On Friday, 26th April, the students braved the cold and windy weather to compete in our annual house cross country.  Congratulations to Wurundjeri for coming out on top at the end of the day (see below for the scores).  A special thank you to the specialist team for helping to set up and run the day.  A full list of placegetters can also be seen below.


House Cross Country Final Results


















Parent's Fundraising Committee News

Volunteers needed

If you would like to help with any events we have coming up, please either leave your details with Kathy in the office or email us at [email protected] 

Entertainment Books

Entertainment Books have arrived!  This is a great fundraiser for OGPS , with the school receiving $14.00 from each book sold. 

You can order the entertainment books or online memberships  at http://www.entbook.com.au/187r730. 

Books can be collected from the school office once your order is placed.  


Canteen/Uniform Shop News


Canteen is not open on the first day and last day of each Term.

Canteen Menu - winter menu


Uniform Shop

The Uniform Shop is open Thursday mornings from 9.00am - 9.30pm.  

Uniform orders can also be placed at the school office and they will be processed and sent home with students on Thursdays.

Uniform Order Form




To find out more, register or book, go to:  https://teamkids.com.au/venues/orchard-grove-primary-oshc/





OGPS Newsletter
Canteen Winter Menu Term 2 2019.pdf
2019 Uniform Price List.pdf