Inside Ivanhoe

19 March 2020
Issue Eight

Confidence, Independence, Persistence, Resilience, Respect



From the Principal
Italiano at Ivanhoe
Music News
Study habits & how to support childrens learning
Community Connect and ...
Privacy Collection Statement
Stars of the Week
Ivanhoe Primary School
(03) 9499 1880
124 Waterdale Road
Ivanhoe, Victoria, 3079

From the Principal

Welcome to IPS

Dear community, 

Whilst there has been a lot of uncertainty around the COVID 19 updates and advice that seems to be bombarding us at the moment, we are ensuring students at school have an emotionally safe haven by providing structure, routine and engaging learning.


Focus on Literacy

This week I caught 3C flying paper planes as part of their literacy activities.  The students loved working on their comprehension by connecting text to self with authentic learning experiences.




The grade 6s have also been working on Literacy. They have been using discussions to improve their writing practices.  This week their discussions focused on persuasive writing techniques. They also reviewed and celebrated their previous work.  Look at the fabulous writing pieces they did last week.



The Foundation students were also working on Writing.  They have been creating houses with pictures of their family members in the windows and writing  about who makes up their family.



School Banking 


Please be aware that the Commonwealth Bank has closed School Banking until further notice.  See the notice below.


Notice from CommBank School Banking

The health, safety and wellbeing of our communities and our people is our first priority. Due to the rapidly developing situation with coronavirus, School Banking has been temporarily paused from 20 March 2020 until the start of Term 2. Please don’t bring your deposit book with your weekly banking into school. We will notify you when banking will recommence.

Victorian Premier's Reading Challenge


The Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge is now open and Ivanhoe Primary School is excited to be participating. A new application is being used this year that offers a range of exciting features including:
 access to a library catalogue (including book images and blurbs)
 a modern user-friendly interface
 rewarding students with badges as challenge milestones are achieved
 the option for students to mark books as a favourite, give them a star rating or complete a book review
The Challenge is open to all Victorian children from birth to Year 10 in recognition of the importance of reading for literacy development. It is not a competition; but a personal challenge for children to read a set number of books by 4 September 2020.
Children from Foundation to Year 2 are encouraged to read or ‘experience’ 30 books with their parents and teachers. Children from Year 3 to Year 10 are challenged to read 15 books.
All children who meet the Challenge will receive a certificate of achievement signed by the Victorian Premier and former Premiers.
To read the Premier’s letter to parents, view the booklists and for more information about the Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge, visit:

New Building Progress

The new building work is progressing very well.  This week the footings have been completed and the concrete poured for the building foundations.  School Council President, Kelly Toghill and I did a site inspection this week.



Friendship Friday

Tomorrow, IPS will recognise the National Day Against Bullying and also Harmony Day 2020, through Friendship Friday.


Students will be participating in related activities and will then join with their buddies to create a No-Sew buddy bag. 

They will also work with their buddies to create a friendship fence. When students have finished decorating it, the fence will be placed around our beautiful gardens to complement the friendship rocks we decorated in 2019.


It promises to be an exciting day and we are all looking forward to it!

Coronavirus. Covid 19 updates

The current advice from the Government is that schools will remain open. As a school community we are working hard to minimise risk. Teachers are ensuring students are educated on hygienic practices such as coughing and sneezing into elbows and making sure we all wash hands regularly.   

We have a good supply of tissues and toilet rolls.  Staff are rostered to ensure there is a continual supply of soap and paper towels in toilets and we continue to have hand sanitiser available through out the school as well as encouraging regular hand washing. Additionally,  Carmel from Hygienic has been out to school twice this week to sanitise and deep clean drinking troughs, toilets and tables.    

At school we will continue to be vigilant and if a student presents with  symptoms such as a fever, cough, sore throat, tiredness or fatigue and shortness of breath  we will err on the side of caution and may ask you to collect your child so that you can seek medical advice. 


If you are concerned about any member of your family and want clarification of the current situation nationally, please call the National Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080 or you can go to for the latest advice and information.

Talking to children about COVID 19

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by everything you’re hearing about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) right now.


It’s also understandable if your children are feeling anxious, too. Children might find it difficult to understand what they are seeing online or on TV – or hearing from other people – so they can be particularly vulnerable to feelings of anxiety, stress and sadness.   We have a work pack that we are using to support younger children with understanding COVID 19 and their own emotions.    If you'd like to do some work on this at home, you can access it here..


UNICEF also have accurate and reassuring advice on how to talk to your children about COVID 19.


If you would like be more informed before you speak with your children then you can view the clip below. 

A collague of our School Council Vice Prresident who is Head of Infectious Diseases at the Austin has created this excellent clip that he has allowed us to share.  



Stay safe


Pam Wright

Acting Principal

Italiano at Ivanhoe

Look what our students are doing in Italian

The Italiano program is abuzz with chatter and small group work as students refine their knowledge and use of everyday words and phrases to create authentic conversations.

“Ciao.” “Come stai?” and “Arrivederci” can be heard as students practise their pronunciation. All students are in the process of publishing their conversations in different ways. The Foundation – 4 students have made hand puppets and are filming each other. Levels 5 and 6 students have decided to present their conversations in many different ways, from role play to ‘puppetpals’ and green screen.

An enjoyable time is being had by all. Students will self-reflect and receive feedback from peers. They look forward to sharing their pieces.


Stay tuned to watch and listen to some exciting converstaions!

Senora Garzarella

Photo: Strings Program - early morning tune up.

Music News

Photo: Strings Program - early morning tune up.

IPS Music


I regret to inform you that we will no longer be able to run choir sessions on Thursday mornings until further notice. With 60 children all singing in close proximity to one another it is a risk in our current health awareness environment.

Due to COVID-19 advice our Night of Music Concert has been postponed and a tentative date of September 5th 2020 is when we are looking to stage this event.

Whilst singing has proven to be a great morale booster in other parts of the world I would love our children to keep practicing the choir songs and these can viewed online.

As soon as we are free to gather in large numbers we will resume choir rehearsals.

Stay safe.

Kind regards,

Marie Morrow


Strings Program

GRADE 2 STRINGS- Yr 2+  a group for beginning violin and cello players

Mondays and Thursdays 8:15

Will be in music room (violins) and RL5 (cellos) for a few weeks and thereafter in Hall


CORELLI STRINGS – Yr 3+ a group for violin, cello and bass players who have played for a year

Fridays 8:05am




Wednesdays 7:50am



INDIVIDUAL LESSONS. Instrumental teachers will send timetables to families and class teachers soon.


Study habits & how to support childrens learning

Supporting and engaging with learning and teaching.

Often parents will ask "What can we do at home to support the work done at school?"

Here you will find a collection of ideas and thought provoking tools that might help you on your child's educational journey. 

Of course only a few of these ideas may be relevant to your circumstances but check back here from time to time and you may find some engaging ideas to try.


Want to help your child? Create a literacy-rich home

Cut down the screen time and create a literacy-rich home and give your child every opportunity to engage in reading, writing, speaking and listening. This kind of environment encourages your child to see these skills as an important and normal part of every day.


Here are some tips to create a literate home:


Books. Lots of books. With lots of books your child will see reading as a normal activity and will always have something new to read.


Create a language-rich bedroom and home for your child, with alphabet and word posters, and labels.


Organise a bookshelf to display your child’s books.


Create a comfortable space for your child to read, perhaps with cushions and blankets, to encourage your child to see reading as a relaxing and fun activity.


Provide writing materials and a writing desk. Having different pens and pencils, and a place to write, encourages your child to write more often. Creating a special ‘writing box’ to store your child’s pens and pencils helps your child see writing as an important activity.


Set aside a time each week for ‘family reading time’ when every family member is reading, either individually or together.

Regularly discuss what your child is reading or writing.

Very importantly, read yourself. One of the most important ways to get your child reading is to model reading for your child. Children are encouraged to read – and to see reading as a normal part of the day – if they see their parents reading often. Siblings, grandparents, and other relevant persons in a child’s life can also be reading role models.

Photo: Our community is great!

Community Connect and ...

Photo: Our community is great!

Andrew's Bookshop is closing down.

Sadly after over 36 years Andrew's Bookshop is closing its doors. Drop in and say farewell to Andrew and Helene and possibly pick up a last book or two. Our Librarian, Janet Waldron has ventured up to the village looking for books to seed out "Street Libraries" - coming soon.


Issue Two

*The issue can also be downloaded for your fridge below.


Privacy Collection Statement

PRIVACY INFORMATION for parents and carers

During the ordinary course of your child’s attendance at our school, school staff will collect your child’s personal and health information when necessary to educate your child, or to support your child’s social and emotional wellbeing or health in the school context. Such information will also be collected when required to fulfil a legal obligation, including duty of care, anti-discrimination law and occupational health and safety law. If that information is not collected, the school may be unable to provide optimal education or support to your child, or fulfil those legal obligations.


For example, health information may be collected through the school nurse, primary welfare officer or wellbeing staff member. If your child is referred to a specific health service at school, such as a Student Support Services officer, the required consent will be obtained. Our school also collects information provided by parents and carers through the School Entrance Health Questionnaire (SEHQ) and the Early Childhood Intervention Service (ECIS) Transition Form.


Our school may use online tools, such as apps and other software, to effectively collect and manage information about your child for teaching and learning purposes, parent communication and engagement; student administration; and school management purposes. When our school uses these online tools, we take steps to ensure that your child’s information is secure. If you have any concerns about the use of these online tools, please contact us.

School staff will only share your child’s personal or health information with other staff who need to know to enable the school to educate or support your child, or fulfil a legal obligation.


When our students transfer to another Victorian government school, personal and health information about that student will be transferred to that next school. Transferring this information is in the best interests of our students and assists that next school to provide optimal education and support to students.


In some limited circumstances, information may be disclosed outside of the school (and outside of the Department of Education and Training). The school will seek your consent for such disclosures unless the disclosure is allowed or mandated by law.


Our school values the privacy of every person. When collecting and managing personal and health information, all school staff must comply with Victorian privacy law. For more information about privacy including about how to access personal and health information held by the school about you or your child, see our school’s privacy policy:


Throughout this notice, ‘staff’ includes principals, teachers, student support service officers, youth workers, social workers, nurses and any other allied health practitioners and all other staff at our school. This includes employees, agents and service providers (contractors) of the Department, whether paid or unpaid.


Mark Kent

Stars of the Week

Our IPS Stars

Stars of the Week are students who demonstrate our school values. 


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