Murrumbeena P.S. Newsletter

14 November 2018
Issue Thirty-three
Upcoming Events
From The Principal 
What's Happening
From the LOTE Room
Physical and Sport Education
Social & Fundraising News
Murrumbeena PS
03 9568 1300
Hobart Road
Murrumbeena, Victoria, 3163

Upcoming Events


(Please also refer to Compass Calendar)

Wednesday 14 November

Prep Incursion- Tiddalick


Tuesday 20 November

Year 6 Camp- Briars (all week)


Friday 23 November

Year 6 return from Briars camp

Donations for cake stall (see below) to be dropped at office


Saturday 24 November

Election Day Sausage Sizzle & Cake Stall


Monday 26 November

Prep 2019 Information Evening 7.00pm


Thursday 29 November

Prep Excursion- Playhouse Theatre (Arts Centre)


Saturday 1 December

Working Bee- Prep families


Thursday 6 December

SAKG Open Day 3.30pm - 4.30pm

Ladies Market Night


Friday 21 December

Last day of term- early dismissal 1.30pm








Please see below for online ordering information. 



Our uniform shop is located near the office and is  open on Thursday mornings from 8.30am - 9.15am.

The PSW shop in North Rd. Ormond is also open 6 days a week.

Online ordering with free delivery to the school is available. If you prefer to have your order delivered to your home, there is a fee of $8.65.


Term 4

Monday 8 October - 21 December


Term 1 2019

Wednesday 30 January (Pupil-free day)

Thursday 31 January - 5 April

From The Principal 


We are so fortunate to have outstanding students at MPS who we work with every day. This has been displayed at our Year 6 Exhibition, on the sporting field and through the work that our students complete in all of our classrooms. At the Exhibition, our Year 6 students amazed everyone with their knowledge around their inquiry unit and they should all be proud of the way they presented to their families, staff and other students.

A special congratulations this week to Cristina L. (6M) for receiving the East Malvern RSL Annual Remembrance Day Scholarship Award for the Best Australian History Project.



We are beginning to send out notices for approval on Compass and there have been some teething issues, so we thank the Year 5 parents who have started this process for their patience.

To see details in the events tab, families using the app need to go to the browser version to open the details and give permission on line.

The help booklet is available on our website under the ‘Parent’ tab and we will add more tips in the coming weeks.


Parent payment information for 2019 is being sent out this week via Compass. It includes a guide to the possible excursions and incursions that may occur next year. More details will be given each term when inquiry units are planned.

The notice will go out to give families time to plan for 2019 and follows the Department of Education guidelines which state “parents are provided with early notice of annual payment requests for school fees”.

Whilst we are already looking ahead to 2019, we would really appreciate it if families could please finalise payments for 2018 as soon as possible. Please contact the office if you need any assistance.


The school fundraising committee has organised a BBQ and a cake stall for Saturday 24 November. At this stage, we have had only 3 parents who have signed up to help. If you are able to assist, please use the link below or contact the office. 


The School Council has a Communication and Engagement subcommittee. They are looking for feedback on how we are welcoming parents and how we can reach out to more families.

We would appreciate it if you could take the time to complete the survey so we can take further action in 2019. The link will also be sent out via Compass. 


Lost property is located in the corridor near the Prep classrooms and is already overflowing. We encourage students to look for their belongings, but they find it difficult if names have worn off.

Please ensure all clothing is clearly labelled. Children are also reminded of their responsibility to look after their belongings. Hats and jumpers are left outside daily and although the Grade 5’s endeavour to return items, they can’t help if there are no names on the clothes.


We have already held our first prep orientation sessions, and will soon begin putting students into classes for their new grades.

Teachers will be helping to create new classes, based on each child’s needs and taking into consideration their academic, social and emotional wellbeing. 


This is the last week we will be able to consider any parent requests and these need to be put in writing and sent to the school email by Thursday November 15.

If you have any plans to relocate from our area and/ or enrol your children at another school, please let the office know this week. 


Lynne Foster

What's Happening



Cakes, biscuits and democracy sausages!



Time is running out to sign up to help with our state election day fundraiser on Saturday 24 November. 

MPS will again become a polling booth and it’s the perfect time to run a fundraiser with so many community members coming through the school.

We are planning to hold a sausage sizzle and cake stall with funds raised going towards playground and bike facility upgrades. However, we do not currently have enough parent volunteers to run the event. 
As election day runs from 8am until 6pm, we have divided the day into easy two-hour shifts. Please grab a friend and nominate a time that you can volunteer on either the sausage sizzle or cake stall. Grade 5 and 6 students  are more than welcome to help with a parent with some of the duties.
You can sign up on the attached link, or e-mail your preference to Amanda Sinclair at [email protected] or leave your details at the office.

Thank you!

Social and Fundraising Committee


“Get your bake on”

MPS will be running a cake stall alongside a sausage sizzle on election day Saturday 24 November.  Funds raised will go towards upgrading playground and bike facilities.

It's time to pull out that apron!

We hope our school families can help make the bake sale a success by baking cakes, loaves, cupcakes, slices, cookies and other treats (jams, chutneys, preserved goods etc.) that we can sell to the local community.

We were blown away by the support and generosity shown by the goods that were donated to last year’s carnival.

Election day will bring a similar, if not increased, number of people to Murrumbeena Primary and we are hoping we can match last year’s efforts.

Ideally, we would like all donations brought to the office by Friday 23 November by 5pm. This is so that we can spend adequate time wrapping, presenting and pricing your goods for purchase prior to election day.

However, we will also accept late donations at the stall, no later than 10am on Saturday 24 November.

***Please note we cannot accept baking that contains raw eggs.****

We also cannot accept baking that requires refrigeration prior to consuming.

Please also complete the form attached to this notice and remember to drop it off with your culinary creation.

Please note we are still looking for volunteers to donate their time to help packaging and selling the goods to the public. 

We welcome any grade 5 and 6 student who would like to help out on Saturday (with adult supervision).

Signing up can be done on the link below:

Or by contacting me on: [email protected]

Thank you in advance and be sure to drop by the stall on Saturday.

Philippa Holland



During the spring season, people may notice an increase in asthma and hay fever due to a high grass pollen count. This also brings the chance of thunderstorm asthma.

Please refer to the following attachment for some important information.



Happy birthday to all of our November birthday children!


Concert DVDs are still available to order, but will be sent to your home, instead of the school and will incur a postage cost.


Stagefright Concert Productions
PO Box 354, Dingley, VIC 3172
P: 3 9551 8381   |  M: 0411 642 030



Last week, Murrumbeena Primary celebrated Diwali, along with our Indian community.

Diwali is a Hindu festival held in honour of Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth. It is the most important celebration in the Hindu calendar and symbolises the spiritual victory of “light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance”. The festival is held over 5 days and at Murrumbeena Primary, we chose to celebrate it on Friday 9 November.

The festivities during Diwali are marked by vibrant colours, as well as the themes of light and illumination, so students were able to wear clothes that reflect the joy and excitement of Diwali.

Many Indian parents helped to decorate the school with beautiful rangoli, an art form in which patterns are created on the floor or the ground using materials such as coloured rice, dry flour, coloured sand or flower petals.

At lunchtime, there were activities in the hall, including mindfulness colouring of traditional Diwali images, as well as lantern making. After lunch, all the classes in the school learnt about the story of Diwali and some of the traditions of the celebration. Students were able to connect Diwali to their current units of inquiry, such as through the exploration of the impact of Indian migration or through the many ways Diwali is celebrated through the Arts.

Finally, there was a special assembly in the hall. The whole school came together to see the range of ways people had made Diwali decorations, as well as to parade their colourful outfits.

It was a wonderful day to celebrate an important cultural tradition within our community. We would especially like to thank our wonderful parent helpers, including Disha, Lavanya, Minu, Sudha and Nandini,  who helped make the day a success.



In the final year of the PYP, students, carry out an extended, in-depth, collaborative project known as the PYP Exhibition.  Arguably the most important assessment-based event of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP), the Exhibition represents over eight weeks' work for the students, who have each chosen their own subject area to investigate. The Exhibition requires students to engage in a collaborative inquiry process that involves them identifying, investigating and offering solutions to real-life issues or problems in the context of their local and global communities.

It provides the platform for students to display the skills, attitudes and behaviours, developed throughout their schooling experience in the IB PYP.

On Thursday 1 November, the Grade 6 students of Murrumbeena Primary, launched their PYP Exhibition to the parent community. Over the course of the exhibition process, students had worked in collaborative groups to decide on their own lines of inquiry to research, using both primary and secondary resources to inquire into their topic. All of the teachers in the school worked as mentors to a group of students, supporting Exhibition as a whole-school event. On the night of the Exhibition, many adults remarked on how passionately students spoke about their topic, with an evident in-depth knowledge and understanding. Taking action is a significant part of the exhibition process and the students engaged in action in a number of ways. Through spreading awareness, supporting charities, providing interactive opportunities and offering assistance to individuals and organisations, the students in Grade 6 have made a difference to the lives of others.

Congratulations to the Grade 6 students and teachers, on a fantastic PYP Exhibition for 2018.

Claire Van Loon

PYP coordinator

From the LOTE Room


What Amazing Possibilities Does Learning A Language Open For You?


How are your entries coming along? We have had some fabulous drawings from our preps that share why language learning helps them.

If you'd like to enter the SBS National Languages competition:

Step 1: Go to
Step 2: Click ‘Upload Your Photo’.
Step 3: Upload your photo or drawing showing us ‘What amazing possibilities learning a language opens for you?’
Step 4: Include a caption written in the language you are learning (e.g. Japanese) as well as an English translation (not required for English learners)
Step 5: Submit your entry

For more information, please have a look at the webpage: 

Some specific details for entry are below, taken from the website.

  • For Entrants under 18, parents or guardians should tick the box to indicate they have read the Terms & Conditions for the competition.
  • Entry is open from 9:00am on Monday 15 October 2018 (AEST) until 11:59pm on Sunday 18 November 2018 (AEST).
  • There can only be one submission per entrant. Group entries are accepted.

The L.O.T.E.-Japanese room will be open during Friday lunchtime this week for anyone who would like to put an entry together. Your Global Citizenship team would love to help you.


Maki sensei and the Global Citizenship team




Physical and Sport Education


On Monday 29 October, Charlotte N, Angus M and Gryffin M competed at the State Track and Field (athletics) at Lakeside stadium in Albert Park. There were 929 athletes competing on the day, with 464 girls and 465 boys representing 553 schools.

There were 109 multi-class athletes competing at the state championships from both primary and secondary, which was excellent to see!

Angus competed in the 100m and 200m sprints in the 11y.o. boys age group.  There were more competitors in these races  compared to the regional finals. However, this didn’t prevent Angus from doing his best. His perseverance in the 200m  was incredible to watch, as he pushed himself right until the end of the race. All of that training and hard work certainly paid off.

In the 12/13 y.o. boys events.

Gryffin competed in both the 100m and 200m races. It was fabulous to see all the participants congratulating each other at the finish line.  Gryffin’s last event was shotput.  It was a tough competition, but Gryffin attained a personal best throw of 3.61m and was very proud of his efforts.

Charlotte had four races to run in order to qualify for the national finals. Her two events were 100m and 200m. Charlotte won her 200m heat and finished second in her 100m heat. This qualified her for both the 100m and 200m finals. Charlotte did an incredible job receiving a bronze medal in both events. As a result of her placings, Charlotte will compete for Team Victoria at the National competition on 24 -25 November at Lakeside Stadium. 

For more information, visit the School Sport Australia website:

To watch the events on the live stream, go to the following website: (Saturday events- 200m) (Sunday events-100m)




School Sport Victoria (SSV) actively promotes school sport for all Victorian school students, years 4 to 12, as a means of supporting schools in developing their students’ health and well being. SSV operates under the auspices of the Department of Education and Training. Membership of School Sport Victoria is open to all Victorian schools, providing the opportunities to participate in programs that extends from grassroots intra and inter school sport, to district, division, region, conference, state and national levels. Students attending schools affiliated with SSV are eligible for selection in Victorian Teams to compete in School Sport Australia National Championships.
Parents considering nominating a child for a state team must firstly consult with their school-based Sport Coordinator & regularly check the School Sport Victoria website: 

Nominations (girls & boys) for 2018 Netball, Basketball, AFL & Soccer teams open 1/12/18 & close 01/3/19


Tracey Nelson

PE and Sport Co-ordinator

Social & Fundraising News



Student-led tours of the kitchen and garden will be held on Thursday 6 December 3.30pm - 4.30pm

Seedlings, seeds and our delicious olives will be on sale.

Everyone welcome!


Bree and Angel








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Thunderstorm Asthma.pdf
Cake Stall Donation Form.pdf
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