Moreland Mail

13 March 2020
Issue Four
Upcoming Events
Latest news
Learning Areas
Community News
Moreland Primary School
(03) 9386 2510
Cnr De Carle St and Blair St
Coburg, Victoria, 3058

Upcoming Events


Monday 16 March

PnC Association AGM (Elections) - 6.30pm

PnC Association Meeting - 7pm


Friday 20 March

Footsteps program


Thursday 26 March

Footsteps program


Friday 27 March

Footsteps program


Friday 27 March

Last day of Term 1 - 2.30pm finish



Tuesday 14 April

First day of Term 2


Wednesday 15 April

3/4 Camp


Thursday 16 April

3/4 Camp


Friday 17 April

3/4 Camp


Monday 20 April 

5/6 Camp


Tuesday 21 April

5/6 Camp


Wednesday 22 April

5/6 Camp


Friday 26 June 

Last day of Term 2 - 2.30pm finish



Monday 13 July 

First day of Term 3


Friday 18 September 

Last day of Term 3 - 2.30pm finish



Monday 5 October

First day of Term 4


Friday 18 December

Last day of Term 4 - 1.30pm finish



Latest news

Latest news


Extend - Earlier start time


This week the Premier, Minister for Health and Victorian Chief Health Officer announced that preparations are well underway to manage the growing risk of an emerging COVID-19 pandemic outbreak in Victoria.

Victoria is well-prepared to deal with an outbreak, and the Department of Education and Training is working closely with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to plan for and respond to the likely impact on our schools.

If a staff member or student at our school is in one of the categories below, we must contact DHHS for advice on what to do next.

Categories for contacting DHHS:

  • The person is a confirmed case of COVID-19
  • The person is a close contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days 

‘Close contact’ is defined by DHHS as someone who has had at least 15 minutes of face-to-face contact with a confirmed case, or shared a closed space with someone for more than two hours with a confirmed case.

Good hygiene practices are the most effective means of minimising the spread of COVID-19, and schools should continue to encourage these practices. Schools have a responsibility to help stop the spread of infection by providing soap and other hygiene consumables to support good hand hygiene. We remind staff, students and families that everyone can protect against infections by practising good hand and respiratory hygiene.

Here are some tips that everyone at can follow:

  1. Cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing with a tissue, or cough into your elbow.
  2. Dispose of the tissue into a bin and then wash your hands afterwards.

Wash your hands regularly, using soap and water, including after using the toilet, and before eating. Alcohol-based sanitiser (greater than 60 per cent alcohol) is a good back-up if soap and water is not readily accessible. Hand sanitiser is one of the products people across the world have been panic buying in the hope of protecting themselves against the spread of the virus, but experts warn the product is far from a silver bullet. Professor Marylouise McLaws, an expert in infectious disease control at University of New South Wales, said that hand sanitiser may not kill the germs associated with the virus. "If you have a sanitiser that doesn't have an anti-bacterial and an anti-viral it won't work in this particular situation," she said.

Most hand sanitisers are anti-bacterial and the coronavirus is a virus.


Building Update

The toilets upstairs and downstairs adjacent to the playgroup and science area will be completed next week and soon after work will begin on the DeCarle Street toilets upstairs and downstairs. At the same time work will begin on the staff toilets. All toilets are being refurbished by being totally stripped, painted, new vinyl and new fittings and partitions. They should be completed by week three of term two.


Parking over driveways

Please be considerate of residents in the area and not blocking their driveway by parking across it. 



Playgroup is open to all families in our community with children 0-5 years of age. We meet every Tuesday and Thursday 9-11am during school term in the Playgroup room (between the Kindergarten and the Prep area). New families are welcome! The program is $5 per session per family. We offer indoor and outdoor play activities and an opportunity to socialise, meet new families and have fun.


Family Cooking

The Cooking Project is open to all Moreland Primary School students and parents. In small groups of four, students and their parents come to school, shop for ingredients and prepare a meal of their choice. Cooking is arranged during school hours. The school allows $25 per group to buy ingredients. The purpose of the program is to engage in learning, to meet new families and to have fun. Students can choose their own group or we can arrange a group with new families.


If you would like to participate in Playgroup and/or Family Cooking, or would like more information, please email Gosia at: or text 0432088016 - look forward to hearing from you!

Thank you,



Parents and Carers Association AGM & March Meeting

Monday 16 March

Annual General Meeting: 6.30pm

March PnC Meeting: 7.00 - 8.30pm


The time has come for our annual general meeting of the Parents Club. At this meeting, all of the office bearer positions are spilled and nominations are called for to fill the positions. After this meeting we will have our regular monthly meeting, at which we will discuss fundraising, parent engagement, upcoming dates and activities and of course, have a few laughs with other MPS parents.


All parents and carers are welcome to attend, new members will need to bring $1 to join, and this time around existing members will also need to bring $1 to renew their membership.


Hope to see you there!

Pip Carroll

Outgoing 2019 President


Coffee Cart - coming soon to MPS

The PnC recently purchased a professional grade coffee machine that will be used to fund raise at events and also set up every Friday morning in the courtyard. If you have coffee making skills and some free time on Friday mornings, please email and we will add your name to the list of volunteers to receive training. It should be a lot of fun!

Pip Carroll


Merri Creek Mural

Hello MPS community,

Following from our Merri Merri Creekulum program last year, we will be making a big mural in one of the walls facing out to Moreland Rd. This mural will be a way of sharing with the wider community about the stories that we shared along the Merri Merri maybe short-finned eels, rain moths, tardigrades, nematodes and tawny frogmouth stories?


Artist Brendan Kennedy will lead this collaborative process and we want everyone to get involved!


On the last week of term 1, Brendan will be coming regularly to school to meet and share stories with all our MPS community. We invite everyone to make time to be part of this process. More details about specific days/times soon & for more info about what’s coming up for the Merri Merri creekulum this year come along next Monday to assembly!



Sarita (MPS mum and creekulum coordinator)



Learning Areas

News from the learning areas


Prep Learning Area

It’s been another busy 2 weeks in Prep! 


In Reading, the Preps have been continuing to develop their understanding of letters, words and sentences as well as making predictions about a story. We have also begun to introduce guided reading groups and talked about what the class expectations are during this time. 


In Maths, the students have learnt about ordering numbers to 10, comparing the length of different objects and are now investigating 2D shapes. Last week, we did an open ended investigation involving making a house for an animal using walls of different lengths and practiced using the relevant mathematical language to explain what it looked like. In an activity this week, we went outside to find 2D shapes in our playground and discovered that they are everywhere!! 


Letters and Sounds

This week we have learnt: 

Vv –

Vase in a van – v, v, v

Zz –

Zebra in a zoo – z, z, z


Next week we will be learning:

Pp –

Pretty, pink pig – p, p, p

Jj – 

Jumping jellyfish – j, j, j



The Preps have been developing their dances every week at Footsteps. They have learnt about different aspects of dance such as making shapes with their bodies and creating soft and sharp movements. We will continue Footsteps until the end of Term 1. 


Twilight Sports

Thank you to all the families who attended our Twilight Sports event last Wednesday night. The Preps had so much fun and looked fantastic dressed up in their house colours. This was a wonderful opportunity to immerse themselves in the school community and for families to have the chance to meet other families at the same time. 

Prep Courtyard

During Developmental Play time, the Preps have been really enjoying using our courtyard for various activities. The line to use the digger has been particularly long, with lots of people wanting a turn! Others have preferred to build in the sandpit or explore the tomato and herb garden. 


1/2 Learning Area




3/4 Learning Area

The 3 4 Learning Area has been exploring characters in their Reading and Writing activities and how the author paints a picture with their words. 


5/6 Learning Area

The island project is well underway in the 5/6 areas. Over the past few weeks the students have investigated a myriad of topics from animal and plant adaptations, geographical landforms and read about some very successful Australian businesses. Their challenge now will be to discover the secret or secrets behind creating and then running a successful business. 

After a much anticipated wait, there was much frenzied activity while the students began buying and selling their community products this week. All communities will attempt to maintain a balanced budget and learn many invaluable lessons along the way. Which businesses will succeed and which won’t?




Community News

Community News

Panda galaxy music lessons. 

Luke is a professional musician from octopus music and is offering music lessons after school time. 

Specializing in Guitar, Drums, Keyboard and Bass. 

Lessons are in East Brunswick in a nice big fun studio. 

Please contact Luke at:



Community Ride

Moreland Bicycle User Group are hosting a Community Ride on Sydney Rd on Sunday March 15th to highlight the need for safer cycling infrastructure in Moreland. With dangerous and inadequate detours in place while much of the Upfield Path is closed and the lack of action on improving Sydney Rd for cyclists, pedestrians and locals who want to shop, work and enjoy the street, people who choose to travel by bicycle are struggling to do so safely. Ride 2 School day is this week but for many Moreland children there is a lack of safe cycling routes to local schools. Many families want to shop on Sydney Road but are prevented from doing so by bike because of the lack of infrastructure. 

Our Community Ride will be a family ride suitable for kids, cargo bikes, the whole family and all of your friends. We will meet at Bridges Reserve in Coburg at 11:00am Sunday March 15th. After a safety briefing and a short speech we will head off lead by Victoria Police. Brunswick Police are coordinating the Victoria Police Bike Patrol to lead the ride and provide an escort. They will also ensure that we have green lights all the way down Sydney Rd. We will ride at a very chill child friendly pace down Sydney Rd to Princes Park. 

We’d love to see you there,



Cyber Safety – a focus on Primary and Secondary age children

Presented by Martine Oglethorpe

Tuesday 17 March 2020,  7pm – 9pm

Venue:  Oxygen Youth Space, 4-8 Gaffney Street, Coburg North


To register:



Pascoe Vale Girls College invites prospective students and parents to attend our Open Day on Monday 20th April 2020


Information Sessions followed by tours of the College will be held at the following times:


Morning: 9.00am – 10.30am

Evening: 7.00pm – 8.00pm


Parents and children only need to attend one session.  There is no need to register attendance.




The SEAL Program provides differentiated teaching and learning that meets the needs of gifted and talented learners.  The Program provides stimulating learning experiences that challenge, extend, and develop the gifts of students by offering acceleration and enrichment.  SEAL students will study faster paced curriculum and have the opportunity to study concepts in greater depth.  There is a greater emphasis on higher order thinking and learning skills and independent learning and research.  The SEAL program is suited to students who are capable of studying curriculum at a faster pace, have a strong passion for learning, are capable of working independently, enjoy intellectual challenges and have superior problem solving abilities.


Visit the College website for further information and to apply for the SEAL program:


If you are unable to attend our Open Day sessions, the College also conducts tours with the Principal or an Assistant Principal throughout the year.  Bookings can be made by contacting the College on 9306 2544 or online through the College website at






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