Huntingdale Primary School

29 June 2017
Issue Eleven
Principal and Assistant Principal's Page
Bulletin Board
Jenny's Chatroom
Dates to Remember 
Huntingdale Primary School
03 9544 2318
Grange Street
Oakleigh South, Victoria, 3167

Principal and Assistant Principal's Page

Acting Principal's Report

It’s hard to believe that it’s the end of the term! So many exciting events have happened- Year 4 John Monash Little Mathematicians Program, Seasons for Growth, ANZAC Day Ceremony, cross country, Winter Gala Day, the Jarrod Hoare performance, Education Week, reports and learning folders, parent/teacher interviews, Play is the Way parent session, Year 6-7 Transition, Children’s Day celebrations, Tanabata Festival, ICU Week, interschool sport, Mothers’ Day morning tea, school photos, the working bee, Box Hill Festival, and crazy hair day! Phew!

I have greatly enjoyed the role of Acting Principal this term. It’s been wonderful working with our School Council, seeing more parents in the school office and continuing to work with students particularly our school leaders.


Exciting News for Kate Gray

Kate and her husband James are expecting their first child in October! Details of Kate’s replacement and the timing are not yet known and we will keep the school community informed as details come to light. We hope the school community joins us in celebrating this wonderful news!


Parents and Friends Group- Watashi Mo!

Huntingdale Primary School’s community has moved from strength to strength over the last 10 years.  Enrolments have increased significantly over this time and the community’s engagement in the school has strengthened with regular working bees, class representatives, classroom volunteers and increasing participation in the now annual Trivia Night fundraiser.


This is an exciting time for our community and with this in mind, we believe the natural next step is forming a Parents and Friends Group at Huntingdale Primary School.  The proposed name is ‘Watashi Mo’ which literally means ‘Count me in’. With a larger and more vibrant parent community which we want to link together, ‘Watashi Mo’ is a suitable name. We hope to ‘count in’ as many parents as we can to help support the educational outcomes for students at the school.


A letter was sent home about this and we hope many parents will be interested in being a part of this group. Please see the school office or email the school at [email protected]   to express your interest.


Student Leadership Council- Crazy Hair Day Fundraiser- 30 June

Our Student Leadership Council are having their first fundraiser of the year. They are holding a ‘Crazy Hair Day’. Students are encouraged to come to school with their craziest hair and bring a gold coin donation. We will have a parade on the basketball court at 9.10am. Monies raised will go towards finishing replacing the table tops in the art room. We look forward to seeing you all there! Thank you to our SLC for organising this event. School uniform still required. It is not a casual clothes day.


Curriculum Day- Change of Date to Friday 28 July 2017

Just a reminder that our Term 3 Curriculum Day has changed to Friday 28 July 2017. The focus of our Curriculum Day is Bilingual Teaching and Learning. If you have any questions about this please come and see me. 


Homework Survey- LAST CHANCE!

Thank you to the many families who have completed the homework survey. This is your last chance until the end of the term to complete the survey at:


Resilience Survey Results

Back in Term 1, students from Years 3-6 completed a very long survey to measure resilience. The school now has the results, which I shared with the 3-6 grades last week.

There are 10 domains of resilience that were measured by the survey- there are three pathways- safe, fulfilling and healthy.

Our results were very interesting and can be shown in the diagrams below:

Year 3 Results

Year 4 Results

Year 5 Results

Year 6 Results

The survey results show that our strong areas are the domains of health mind and school belonging. The two lowest areas from 3-6 are positive identity and positive values.

What are we going to do to address this?

Next term for the first two weeks all students from F-6 will complete a range of activities to focus on positive identity. Positive identity is understanding and knowing your strengths and being able to use them in your daily life. Many students do not know what their positive strengths are. Students might know they are good at a particular subject area but don’t recognise strengths such as honesty, humour, working in team, creativity, fairness or forgiveness to name a few. Have you ever thought about or discussed personal strengths with your child? If children have a good sense of their personal strengths this contributes to their overall resilience. Hence, why we think it is so important that we work on this with our children.


Recently our staff did the VIA character strengths survey to gauge the strengths we have as a staff. We will be unpacking this further next term.


Student Achievements

Congratulations to Zac Nathan (3/4N) and Jamie Leffler (2E) who won the Under 10 Boys “3 on 3” Improvised Hip Hop Battle in the “Back to Skool” Hip Hop competition on Sunday 18th June. Over 8 hip hop schools competed against each other and the 2 boys and their fellow team member battled hard in front of over 150 people to win 2 heats, the semi-finals and then the grand final.

On Saturday 17th of June, Eunjee from 3/4B graded to blue striped belt in her Taekwondo club grading event. Also, she got a best curriculum trophy that is for one who is best in 16-count motions, sparring and board breaking. She has been joining in Taekwondo club for one year. What a great achievement!

A reminder that we ask that any parents who have a child who has achieved something special at any time to please take a photograph and write a short sentence or two about what the child did, when it happened and what it means to the child and send this through to the school account at [email protected]   Achievements could be getting an award from the local footy team or ballet performance or library book club or gaining their Grey Wolf Award at Scouts or any other hobby your child pursues we’re here to celebrate Personal Best in whatever form that takes.   


Save the Date- Annual Huntingdale Trivia Night- 28th October

Preparations for the Annual Trivia Night are well underway……the theme is Disney Meets Anime…..start getting your team together and watch the newsletter for more information!


Survey Results

Language Profile of Hutningdale PS

Early in the term we invited our parents to complete a language profile survey for each of their children that attended the school. The purpose of this survey was to build an understanding of the languages our children are exposed to and use at home and with different people and for the school to have an understanding of where our families originate from. Next term at our Curriculum Day teachers will be discussing our Bilingual Program and also build an understanding of how languages are used in different contexts.


We had 190 responses to the survey which was great! Our results show that 31 different languages are spoken by the families who responded. The dominant first and second languages are English and Japanese. (Please click on the Table to enlarge)

Students speak the languages in a range of percentages, again with English and Japanese being the most dominant.

Our children have been educated in a range of education systems across the world

It was a really interesting survey and it highlights how multi-cultural our school is. It’s with great pride that I walk around our school and see our children, who come from all over the world, work together and also learn from one another. There is still more we can do to promote the multiculturism in our school, understand each of our cultures and celebrate successes.

Have a safe and relaxing holiday break….and keep warm! I know I will be!

Please enjoy reading the Environment Captains report on the following pages of the newsletter.

Ruth Biddle

Acting Principal

Acting Assistant Principal's Report

I had a great parent teacher interview last night. I was able to catch up with many parents and celebrated their children’s learning and shared the understanding of the setting for the next semester. It was lovely to have some students attend the interview together with their parents and to see them talking about their goal. Thank you very much to all of our parents who came for interviews. It was a great opportunity to work as partners with your children. I hope you can make a time with your children to celebrate their learning by taking a look through their learning folder.


Foundation Children’s Bilingual Performance

I was so pleased to receive the invitation from our Foundation children for their performance. It was an amazing achievement for all children to stand up in front of a large audience and talk about their learning. I really enjoyed listening to the audience feedback. It was a testimony of our bilingual education. It was nice to see ex- students as parents and grandparents.


ICU Week

We celebrated Inter-Cultural Understanding week (ICU) last week from 19th to 23rd of June. Our focus was ‘Art’ and ‘Environment’. We linked it to ‘Tanabata’, the story of stars.

Thank you very much to Maria. M and Wakana for cutting the bamboo branches for each class. There were beautiful decorated bamboo branches in front of each class. Please come up to the class before and after school to write your wish card and hang it on the bamboo branches.


SBS National Languages Competition

We have the perfect school holiday project for your children!

SBS National Languages Competition is running 24 July – 1 September 2017.

To enter, students will need to upload a video (maximum 30 seconds long) describing ‘What learning a language means to you?’ Remember, the video is to be in any language other than English and the more creative, the better!

With the competition opening early in term 3, why not get your child to start preparing their videos during the school holidays?

There will be four grand prize winners who will each receive:

  • iPad Pro 12.9 inch 256GB for the winner and one for his/her school
  • Trip to Sydney to attend the awards ceremony in SBS Headquarters (travel and accommodation included)
  • Full days pass to Luna Park in Sydney for two!

So what are you waiting for? Encourage your child to start working on their videos now by visiting for all the latest information and resources.


Japanese Book Fair

We are planning to have a Japanese Book Fair during Literacy week (28th August to 1st September) in Term 3. I hope many parents can come and help for this event as much as successful as this one. Please see Gill in the office or myself if you can help out at any time during the week.


Artists in Schools Project

We have a very exciting project starting in Term 3 - a whole school art project around the concept of SUSTAINABILITY. As part of this project, we want to create a sustainable connection with our wider school community - which includes our FAMILIES!


Donation required

We would like to ask for donations (materials such as old sheets, ribbons and ropes and plants). Any of these materials will help our children to be creative and also to create their imaginary cubby. If you are able to donate any of these items, please bring them to the office. Thank you for your support.


HPS is very fortunate to be part of the Artists in Schools Project - A Victorian Government Initiative, and we hope that you can come and join the first step of our collaborative project!


If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to talk to Hanazono sensei or Miss Koyama.


I hope you have a lovely time with your children during the school holidays.


Naomi Mori-Hanazono
Acting Assistant Principal






Hello everyone, this is the environment captains, Sean and Matthew and we will be talking about what we are doing at the moment to make this school more sustainable.

  1. Since the start of the year, we have encouraged the idea of Nude Food every Wednesday. Nude Food is when students and teachers try not to bring in any wrappers, chip packets, etc. Instead, we try to bring our lunch in reusable containers. On Wednesdays at lunchtime, we visit classrooms to check which class has the most number of students who have participated in Nude Food. The winning class receives the Nude Food trophy for the week!
  2. We are now going to explain about the “Waste Warriors”. The Waste Warriors are a group of grade 2 students led by Miss Herrmann who spend time on a Tuesday at lunchtime checking classroom bins to see whether students and teachers are disposing of their rubbish in the right bin. These grade 2s have been doing a great job educating the school community about what kinds of waste can be recycled or can be used as compost for our worm farm.  
  3. Thank you to 3/4M, 3/4S and 2E who participated in Clean Up Australia Day back in March. We need to continue working together to keep our school clean by disposing of our rubbish appropriately. Thank you to the teachers who set a great example by picking up rubbish during their recess and lunchtime duties in the school grounds.
  4. The Gardening team of students from grades 3 and 4 led by Hatigan Sensei have been working together on Mondays at lunchtime on our planter boxes. The group have been researching and looking at what plants are appropriate for our climate and location. They are entering a competition of growing unique plants. We thank the wonderful parent support as without your knowledge and guidance, this would not be possible. We ask all students, teachers and parents to be careful around the planter boxes and not step on the growing plants!
  5. Finally, we are really excited with the choice of next term’s whole school Inquiry concept: Sustainability. We are beginning to collect plastic bottle caps, milk bottle caps, lids or tops throughout Term 3. We are going to use these to design and create an artistic mural for our school. The caps/lids/tops can be of any colour and we encourage everyone in the Huntingdale Primary School community to spread the word so we can collect enough caps for the artwork. Every classroom will have a collection container from the beginning of next term.
    Thank you for reading this text!                                                                Sean and Matthew


Bulletin Board

Woolworths Earn & Learn 2017

Dear Parents,

This year we will be participating in the Woolworths Earn & Learn program. Through this program we will be able to get new educational resources for our school/early learning centre – and all we need you to do is shop for your groceries at Woolworths.


From Wednesday 26th July to Tuesday 19th September or while stock lasts, we are collecting Woolworths Earn & Learn Stickers.  You will get one Woolworths Earn & Learn Sticker for every $10 spent (excluding liquor, tobacco and gift cards). Place the Woolworths Earn & Learn Sticker onto a Woolworths Earn & Learn Sticker Sheet and when it’s complete, the Sticker Sheet can be dropped into the Collection Box here at the school or at your local Woolworths.

At the end of the promotion, we’ll be able to get some great new equipment. The range is extensive and offers lots of items ideal for our students – including resources for Maths, English, Science and some fantastic fun supplies for Arts & Craft, Sport and for our library. If you’d like to know more visit



Jenny's Chatroom

Teaching Kids Creativity 

Sometimes the best approach to solving a problem is to think outside the box. And what better skill to teach our kids? 
There’s a difference between being artistic and being creative. Creativity is about solving problems by looking at things 
from a different perspective. It’s a matter of learning to consider multiple solutions, and thinking through a number of 
possible outcomes. Instead of simply saying something won’t work, a creative person will usually try to figure out a way to make it work. 
And creativity isn’t something you have to be born with—it’s a skill, just like math or reading. And it’s something every child can learn. 
When your kids are ready to give up on a project, teach them to look at it from a different angle. Say to them, “What would happen if 
we tried it this way?” Then if that doesn’t work, help them try something else. 
The key is to think outside the box—and to teach your kids to do the same.

Hoping you have a wonderful term break and find amazingly creative ways to go about life with your beautiful families and children.


If you think you haven’t seen me around in the early weeks of next term; you will be right. Our second daughter is due to have her 

first baby, so my husband and I will be 'hovering and waiting’ with her during her later weeks of pregnancy. Stay tuned!


Jenny (Nanna in waiting for # 3) 


Dates to Remember 

June 2017

Fri 30 - ​ Last day of Term - Assembly 1.45pm - school dismissal 2.30pm  

Fri 30 - Student Leadership Council - Crazy Hair Day Fundraiser -

July 2017

Mon 17 - First day of term 3

Fri 28 - Curriculum Day - No students

August 2017

Tue 1 - ICAS English test 

Fri 4 - Tball finals - grade 5-6 at Jells Park

Tue 8 - Shioya Junior High School Homestay parents information session - 3pm

Wed 9 - Kinder - Foundation Transition - 1.30pm to 3pm

Tue 15 to Sat 19 - Shioya visit

Tue 15 - ICAS Maths test

Term Dates 2017

Term 1: 30 January (school teachers start)  


Term 2: 18 April (Tuesday) to 30 June

Term 3: 17 July to 22 September

Term 4: 9 October to 22 December


* The first day of Term 1 is a student-free day in all government schools to allow for appropriate planning to take place for the arrival of students. Each year government schools are provided with four student-free days for professional development, school planning and administration, curriculum development, and student assessment and reporting purposes. The remaining three student-free days are determined by each individual school, so contact your school for details

Term Dates 2018

Term 1: 29 January (Teachers start) to 29 March

Term 2: 16 April to 29 June

Term 3: 16 July to 21 September

Term 4: 8 October to 21 December

Click here to see term dates up to 2025



Coordinator- Andrew

Permanent Assistant- Nilushi

Contact us on 0429 363 990 or [email protected]

OSHClub Head Office: 03 85649000

All families must be enrolled to attend the program, remember this is Free!! Please create an account online at all bookings and cancellations can also be managed via your online account. For on the day bookings please contact the Coordinator direct at the program.








Working With Children Check

Under the new Child Safe regulations introduced last year by the Victorian State Government, any person having contact with children must present a current and valid Working With Children Check (WWC) card.   This includes visitors to schools – both presenters and parents – who are in the classroom or on an activity with the children.

As from 18th April 2017 (1st day of Term 2), all parents going in to the classroom to assist in anyway must sign in and out at the office and show their WWC.  Unfortunately without this card, we cannot allow you to go into the classroom or on the activity.


For details on how to apply for a Working With Children Check card please click here.