The View

02 April 2019
Issue Five
Dates to Remember
Principal's Report
Wellbeing & Engagement
From the Office
Student of the Week
First Aid Room
ICAS 2019
Visual Art
  Outside School Hours Care
Physical Education - P.E
Parents & Friends
Rangeview Animal Roster
Happy Birthday to You!
Level 1/2
Level 3/4 
Level 5/6 
Community News/ Advertising
Rangeview Primary School
(03) 9874 6381
27 Churinga Avenue
Mitcham, Victoria, 3132

Dates to Remember


Monday 1st

Junior School Assembly - 2:50 pm in the hall


Wednesday 3rd

Foundation Family Dress Up Day 

Rangeview Parents & Friends meeting 7:30 pm 

School Council AGM - Community members welcome to attend from 7:00 -7:30 pm


Friday 5th

Whole School Assembly - 2:00 pm in the hall

Last Day of Term 1 - Early Dismissal at 2:30 pm

Term 2

Tuesday 23rd 

Pupil Free Day - Students do not attend school


Wednesday 24th 

Students commence Term 2


Thursday 25th 

ANZAC Day Public Holiday  - Students do not attend school


Monday 29th

Whole School Assembly - 2:50 pm in the hall



Wednesday 1st

Foundation Excursion to Myuna Farm

L5 & 6 Science Club Commences 1:10 pm Library (Selected Students)


Monday 6th

Senior Assembly - 2:50 pm in the hall


Tuesday 7th

Level 4 Scienceworks Excursion


Wednesday 8th

District Cross Country - Selected Students


Friday 10th

RPF Mothers Day Stall


Monday 13th 

Junior Assembly - 2:50 pm in the hall


Tuesday 14th - 16th

L3-L5 Naplan Testing


Wednesday 15th

L5 & 6 Science Club Commences 1:10 pm Library (Selected Students)


Thursday 16th

Foundation 2020 Information Night 


Friday 17th 

L6 to L7 Applications to Secondary School Due


Monday 20th 

Senior Assembly - 2:50 pm in the hall


Tuesday 21st

Education Week Open Morning - Classes open 9:15 am to 11:00 am


Wednesday 22nd 

L5 & 6 Science Club Commences 1:10 pm Gallery (Selected Students)


Thursday 23rd

Education Week Open Evening - Classes open 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm


Monday 27th

Junior Assembly - 2:50 pm in the hall


Wednesday 29th

L5 & 6 Science Club Commences 1:10pm Gallery (Selected Students)


May 30th

Foundation Peter Puppy PJ Party


Monday 3rd

Senior Assembly - 2:50 pm in the hall

L6 Camp "The Summit" Departs  (3rd-7th June)


Friday 7th 

L6 Camp "The Summit" Returns


Monday 10th 

Queens Birthday Public Holiday - Students do not attend school


Wednesday 12th

L3 & 4 Skylab Incursion


Friday 14th

Winter Interschool Sports


Monday 17th

Junior Assembly - 2:50 pm in the hall

L1 & 2 Swimming Program Commences  (17th -27th)


Wednesday 19th

L5 & 6 Science Club Commences 1:10 pm Library (Selected Students)


Friday 21st

Winter Interschool Sports

Reports available on Sentral Parent Portal from 3:30 pm


Monday 24th 

Senior Assembly - 2:50 pm in the hall


Tuesday 25th 

Parent Teacher Interviews


Thursday 27th

Parent Teacher Interviews


Friday 28th June

Whole School Assembly - 2:00 pm in the hall

Last Day of Term 1 - Early Dismissal at 2:30 pm

Principal's Report

Harmony Day- We Belong

Our peace symbol from Harmony Day on Thursday March 21. We Belong! 

608 students formed the symbol of hope on our dry and dusty oval on Thursday. The orange colour flooding the landscape- it was a sight to behold. (Hopefully we have rain in term 2 to bring back the green.)  

Thank you to the many families who provided food to share on the day and the generous donations to World Vision. We raised $580 through the gold coin donations collected on the day.

The students and staff joined in the fun with family heritage costumes from a wide range of countries and cultures. We are a such a wonderfully diverse community but the message of this experience is that we all belong. We want all of our children to learn and play together and treat each other fairly with tolerance and acceptance.

Bearing the very tragic events in New Zealand in recent times, our thoughts are with families in Christchurch and world-wide impacted by this tragedy. May the peace symbol send a message of harmony and hope.



I will be on leave for the last week of term 1. Kate McLeod will be acting principal during my absence. I am travelling to China with my husband Ian Barr and I am looking forward to the experience and other Asian adventures.

Thank you to all the teaching and non-teaching staff who work exceptionally hard to provide the best educational opportunities for our students and your children.

Tuesday 23rd April is a pupil free day and staff will be attending a combined professional learning day at Park Orchards PS with Wonga Park PS. We will be exploring Character Strengths as the focus is student well-being led by Maria Ruberto.



During the holidays, a further 4 classrooms will have new carpet tiles installed. The vinyl in the main foyer is to be replaced due to maintenance error by one of the floor cleaning companies subcontracted by Spotless.

Other works are in planning stage for term 2 and I anticipate School Council will approve the Capital Expenditure for 2019. During term 1 many of the vegetable patches were replanted by our students with guidance from Ian Barr. Vinyl was laid in the junior boys’ toilets.

A team of experts have conducted a site visit representing DET (Department of Education and Training) facilities to begin the investigation of the roof leaks, flooring bearers and drainage issues in our buildings. A submission will be presented from this investigation. There has been an indication that there are recognised common problems with similar schools built as LTCs (Light Timber Constructions) in the 1960s.


GRIP Conference

Inspired by the GRIP city conference our student leaders are working on projects around our school. Our student voice leaders Tori and Jordy are leading our Junior School Council with Walk/Ride to School Day. The data collected is the baseline data with the goal to have more students and families walking or riding to school.


Save Our Crossings Update

All four crossings remain in place for 2019. An audit is planned for term 4 2019 or term 1 2020. The school will be consulted through the audit process conducted by Vic Roads. Whitehorse City Council will keep the school informed of the results and indicate if we are meeting the magic number to keep all 4 crossings surrounding the school.

Our first survey of riding and walking to school data was collected on Friday 22 March. This is our baseline data. Tori and Jordy as our Student Voice Leaders will lead JSC reps to help promote safe walking and riding to school. I hope to make contact with Whitehorse City Council for support with the improved active travel to school over this year.

At the senior assembly on Monday I read a number of WOW writing pieces about how important our school crossings are. Please park away from the school and use our crossings and I remind families that the staff carpark is restricted access. Students should be dropped off outside the school grounds for events before school like band rehearsals or choir practice. No parents should be entering the car park after 8.15am and before 4pm. The staff need to be able to park their cars at their workplace.


Cross Country

On Tuesday we held our annual house cross country run. The close winner this year was HYDRO! Well done to all the competitors and to Mr Sacchetta for the smooth running of the day. We sometimes have to step out of our comfort zone for the success of the team (our value Teamwork comes to mind) and participate in the challenge of a cross country race. Every team member who finishes the race contributes to the overall success of their team. 

Many staff and parents appreciated the coffee van on such a brisk morning.


Ballot for School Council

All families have received an envelope with a ballot form/s for voting. Voting closed on Monday 1 April at 4:00 pm. The result for 2019 Ballot is: Rebecca Garland and Rob Kennedy.


End of Term – Early Finish

Have a safe holiday break. Students finish on Friday April 5th at 2.30 pm and return on Wednesday 24th April as the first day for students in term 2. 


Wellbeing & Engagement

Leigh Hobbs – Mr Chicken All Over Australia

In September last year the celebrated author Leigh Hobbs visited Rangeview and ran a writing session for students in Levels 1,2 & 3. He showed a draft copy of the cover of his new book ‘Mr Chicken All Over Australia’ Mr Hobbs then asked if any Rangeview students would like to submit letters to him for potential inclusion into his new book. Many of our Rangeview students submitted letters for consideration and it is extremely exciting to report that four of our students Archie Peters, Thomas Cullen, Ben Harrop and Molly Wong were all successful in having their letters to Mr Chicken accepted for publication. Congratulations to all four students!


The book will be published in October and the students will receive their own copy curtesy of Mr Hobbs. The school will purchase copies for our Library.  


Natalie Powell – Rangeview Social Worker

Hi, my name is Natalie Powell and I am very excited to start in the new role of Social Worker at Rangeview Primary School. I live with my husband and our two children, my daughter aged 13 and son aged 11. We have a big friendly dog and some backyard chooks. I enjoy getting outdoors bike-riding or bushwalking. I also love curling up on the couch with a good book or doing some baking. I have felt very welcomed by the students and staff at Rangeview since I arrived and I look forward to meeting more of you and becoming part of your great community.



From the Office

General Office 

Office hours are:   8:30am - 4:00pm

Telephone: 9874 6381

Parents/Guardians should always make contact with the School Office first when visiting the school or trying to make contact with their children.

Siblings Enrolments for 2020

We would like all siblings who are starting foundation in 2020 to be enrolled by Friday 10th May.  We have limited spaces available for new families and need to more accurately determine exactly how many siblings we have starting and how many places we have left for 2020.  


Please download and return completed Student Enrolment Form 2020 along with the Get to Know You Form, a copy of the childs Birth Certificate & Immunisation Records by Friday 10th May.  Thank you.



Working With Children Check 


School Attendance 

In Australia schooling is compulsory for children who are 6 to 17 years old.  Students are expected to attend their enrolled school during normal school hours every day of each term.  For primary school children, parents are responsible for ensuring their children attend school daily unless they are ill.  It is important that children develop regular attendance habits at an early age.  Daily Attendance is important so students don't fall behind socially and developmentally.


Late Arrival To School 

In order to minimise disruption to class and maximise learning opportunities for our students, we would like to remind you of the school policy regarding late arrival to school.  Students are expected to be at school at 8:45am class begins punctually at 9:00am. 

If your child is late for any reason a parent/guardian is required to sign the student in at the School Office.


Student absences should be reported to school before 9:00am via the Sentral Parent Portal.


Messaging Teachers 

Parents/Guardians wanting to contact their child's teacher can do so through the Sentral Parent Portal.


Student of the Week


First Aid Room


For children requiring medication at school please bring the medication to the office in its original packaging, your child must collect the medication at the end of each day to take home. Medication must not be left in school bags, lunchboxes. This is a safeguard for all our students. A Medication Administration form is available at the office to be completed upon handing into the office.



If children have any type of Doctor medical plans including Asthma plans, either updated or new, could you please hand these into the office asap.


Kind Regards


Melissa McCarthy

Administration/First Aid Officer


Cheerleading Dance Classes - Term 2

Enrolments for Term 2 Cheerleading will be taken outside the school office glass doors this Thursday, 4th April from 8.45am. For those parents who are unable to come up to the office personally, please let your child know to bring their completed form to the office on Thursday morning.
Full payment and the completed registration form are BOTH required at the registration morning to confirm a place in the class. You have the choice to pay in cash or provide your credit card details below. Please note that if you choose to pay by credit card, the office will not process the payment until the classes have commenced in term 2.


ICAS 2019


Visual Art

And so a new challenge begins…..

As some of you are aware we have a large gum tree stump at the Munro exit. Unfortunately this tree had to be partly removed due to falling limbs. We could remove the stump but we have decided to use it to create something quite unique.

With the help of our level five and six students, we are going to design and create an enchanted tree house. With fond memories of Enid Blyton’s “Magic Faraway Tree” we want to create a home for some wonderful mythical creatures, which will bring pleasure and inspire the imagination of all students.

We hope to use recycled materials and create a strong structure that will last. The surrounding area will also be considered to enhance the tree and welcome visitors both small…… and human.

If you can help with any materials or have some wonderful ideas for the surrounding area please let us know.

 Mrs Van der Toorren & Mrs Geilings
Visual Art teachers


Outside School Hours Care


Program phone:           0428 882 764                                                                           Coordinator:       Michelle

Operating Hours:         BSC 7:00am-9:00am                                                             Assistant Coordinator:       Cory

                                               ASC 3:30pm-6pm

Physical Education - P.E

House Cross Country Day - Tuesday 26th March

Good job to everyone who did the cross country race and scored points for their house.  Also, congratulations to Hydro for coming back from a 10 point deficit last year and getting our name on the golden trophy.


I hope everyone enjoyed the day racing, having icy poles, eating sausages and having fun.


Let's keep the winning streak going for the House Sports!


Justin - Hydro House Captain



Parents & Friends

Cross Country Day

What a great day we had on Tuesday 26th March. The Coffee Van was busy and the atmosphere was buzzing with the students preparing for their Cross Country runs.

The BBQ was also run off it’s feet. Thank you to those parents (Curtis D, Tim F, Anna A, Sonya W, Shari G, Heather R, Tara M and Jasna J) for their help to feed the hungry runners and spectators. 

We do apologise for running out of juice so early in the day, we didn’t expect it to be so popular.


Book Club

Issue 2 Orders have been delivered to your childs teacher to be handed out this week.


Next Term

coming up next term we have:

  • The Mothers Day Stall
  • Foundation mums night out
  • Special lunch Day - food option TBC


The Parents and Friends meeting is this Wednesday 3rd April at 7.30 in the School Library - all welcome.


Thank you for a great first term at Rangeview with your support and enthusiasm.


Enjoy the Holiday break 

Tracy Beckter

Did you know you can assist our school with your shopping every day?

It takes little effort and no extra cost.

Grandparents, aunts and uncles, friends and teachers are able to nominate Rangeview Primary School with our fundraising partners and the school receives a percentage of each purchase!


Foundation Mums Social Night


Entertainment Books

Your support really helps our fundraising, so we’re thrilled to let you know about special bonus Early Bird Entertainment Membership Offers for loyal supporters.


Pre-order the NEW 2019 | 2020 Entertainment Membership and receive bonus

offers you can use right away!







Families are welcome to visit the Second Hand Uniform Shop on

Tuesday mornings between 8:45 to 9:15 am or

Fortnightly from 28th March on 

Thursdays between 9:00 to 9:20 am to purchase second hand items.




Rangeview Animal Roster


Happy Birthday to You!




Community News: In addition to the school-wide Harmony Day celebrations, the children enjoyed sitting down to a shared lunch with their class. It was great to see the children trying foods from other cultures that they may not have seen or tasted before.

Visual Arts News: The children have adored working in the Art room and are developing independent work habits that cater for a differential work program! The photos depict a colour test activity whereby the children explored the medium of oil pastels to develop understandings around the elements of colour, shape and pattern.

Sports News: Foundation was excited to be part of the Cross Country Day as active spectators, there to support their buddies during the races (and of course to enjoy the sausage sizzle!). 

Wishing all our families happy holidays. We look forward to welcoming the Foundation students in Term 2 ready to engage with learning and teaching, whilst having lots of fun along the way.

All the best,

Miss Bonte, Miss Clarke, Ms Wilson, Mrs Goulding and Mrs Tzimos – Foundation Team.



Level 1/2


The end of term one is nearing and we have been very busy in levels 1 and 2!

On Fridays we have had SEDA cricket running a variety of games and activities for our students. These activities are based around hand eye coordination, ball skills and team work. These are all very important skills for our students to work on and the students are enjoying having SEDA run these activities.

The past few weeks we have been learning about the seasons. We have been talking about what months are in each season, what characteristics each season has and what a tree might look like in each season. During show and tell students shared what their favourite seasons are and why. It was lovely to hear a variety of responses.

Last week we celebrated Harmony Day. It was a lovely and very successful day! Many students wore beautiful traditional outfits, and it was a fantastic opportunity to discuss where students and their parents were born. Many grades also talked about the variety of languages that are spoken within their classes, getting students to share the word for “Hello”. In some classes, we created a Harmony day garden and did some activities around the Chinese culture; writing characters and using chopsticks. We also looked at some Indigenous Australian artwork and the colours used within them, before colouring in our own artworks. Thank you to all the parents who contributed to the Big Feast! It was very enjoyable to share a meal with the students and explore a large range of food items from a variety of cultures.

We hope all parents have had a chance to log in and see their student’s Seesaw journal, as activities and work from both classrooms and specialists are being posted. Students are beginning to take responsibility for their work, and are wanting to share things with their parents. It is great to see students being proud of their work!



Level 3/4 

As we enter the final week of term one in level 3 and 4 the students are presenting their celebration projects. The students that have presented so far have done a fantastic job showcasing a celebration from around the world, this unit has tied in very well with Harmony day which the entire school celebrated on Thursday the 21st of March. Most students dressed in traditional costume or in the colour orange on the day. The Big munch in level 3 and 4 was a great success with so much delicious food on offer. Thanks again to the parents who were involved in sending food in, bringing hot food on the day and those that helped set up and clean up.

In week 9 the students participated in the school cross country, it was fantastic to see such a high level of involvement from the students, parents and teachers, a special thank you to Mr Sacchetta for organising and running such a terrific day. Congratulations to all the students in level 4 who finished in the top 8 on the day and made it into district cross country, more information will be given to you about the next stage of competition over the next few weeks.

Level 4’s have been focusing on persuasive writing with collaborative conclusions, sizzling starts being a main focus. The students have been writing on topics such as ‘Save our school crossings’ ‘all children should be getting pocket money’ and ‘all children should play sport outside of school’. We are seeing some fantastic writing and can’t wait to watch the improvement as the year progresses.  


L3 Woolworths Discovery Excursion

On Thursday the 28th of March, Grade 3L and 3B went on a terrific excursion to Woolworths, located at Brentford Square in Vermont on Canterbury Road. We had 5 extremely lovely mothers who went on the trip with my grade, 3L. At Woolworths, we discovered where all the food is stored and got our own fruit. It was amazing! By Samuel


Yesterday, we had an excursion to Woolworths. We walked there and it took about half an hour. We learnt about lots of food and how people make it. Then we got to go to the back of the milk section. There was a fridge room, a freezer room and a room where they chop food like pumpkin. We got to have a free piece of fruit at the end. I chose an apple. We also got an activity book about eating healthy. By Ava


Level 5/6 

House Cross Country

“Life doesn’t require that we be the best. Only that we try our best.” H. Jackson Brown Jnr

Sportmanship, team spirit and trying your best was strongly evident at Rangeview PS Level 3 – 6 Cross Country. Lo ts of fun was had as Level 5/6 students ran FIVE laps of the school and of course up that enormous hill!! Very proud of all competitors!


ANZAC Incursion




If your son/daughter is interested in applying for the Yr. 7 High Achievers class for 2020 at Mullauna College, testing will take place at 9am on Friday 10 May, 2019 at Mullauna College. Please complete the following online survey and you will be contacted via email regarding the testing closer to the test date.

Community News/ Advertising


The View
School Buy Introduction Flyer.pdf
School Buy Introduction Flyer.pdf
Notification of Student Absences - Sentral Parent Portal Letter.pdf
Messaging Teachers - Sentral Parent Portal Parent Letter.pdf
Student Enrolment Form 2020.pdf
Get to Know You Form Transition 2020.pdf
Cheerleading Registration Form - Term 2 2019.pdf