The View

25 February 2020
Issue Two
Dates to Remember
Principal's Report
Wellbeing & Engagement
School Photo Day
Mobile Phones at School
Physical Education - P.E
Science Club
Parents & Friends
Working Bee
Flora & Fauna
Art Room
Performing Arts 
Student of the Week
Happy Birthday to You!
Level 1/2
Level 3/4 
Level 5/6 
Rangeview Animal Roster
Community News/ Advertising
Rangeview Primary School
(03) 9874 6381
27 Churinga Avenue
Mitcham, Victoria, 3132

Dates to Remember


Monday 24th

Junior Assembly - 2:50 pm in the hall


Tuesday 25th

Class Ambassador Meeting - in the staff room 9 am


Thursday 27th 

School Photo Day


Friday 28th

Clean Up Australia Day


Monday 2nd

Senior Assembly - 2:50 pm in the hall


Thursday 5th

Classroom Helpers Session 9.30 am


Friday 6th

Foundation Harry Hat Man Parade 2:45 pm

SEDA Cricket Clinics


Monday 9th

Labour Day Public Holiday - Students do not attend school


Friday 13th

SEDA Cricket Clinics


Monday 16th

Junior Assembly - 2:50 pm in the hall


Tuesday 17th 

Foundation Family Dress Up Day 9:10 am


Wednesday 18th 

School Council Meeting


Thursday 19th

House Cross Country Day


Friday 20th

National day of action against bullying & violence 

SEDA Cricket Clinics


Saturday 21st 

Working Bee 9 am - 12 pm


Thursday 26th

Harmony Community Twilight Picnic 5.30 - 7 pm on the oval

Friday 27th

Whole School Assembly - 2 pm in the hall

Early dismissal 2.30 pm 


*  Times/dates may be subject to change

Principal's Report

School Council Election and Nominations -Result 4 Nominations


We have 4 nominations to fill the 4 vacancies, therefore we do not need to go to a ballot. Congratulations to: Fiona Hall, Lloyd Lazaro, Chris Roche as existing members, and we welcome our newest member Christine Robinson to our 2020 School Council. Chris Roche has moved from the Community Member to a Parent Member.  At the March meeting our school council members will select a community member to fill the vacancy.

I would like to acknowledge our retiring school council members: Niccy Farrow and Mayank (Mark) Seth. Thank you for your contributions and participation. We are privileged to have hard working families who contribute to a range of activities and committees to ensure our school continues to improve.

At the recent February school council meeting the 2020 AIP (Annual Implementation Plan) was approved with actions and targets.


Projects underway or in planning:

  • Boom gate at Churinga Ave (completed in January 2020)
  • Awning and landscaping around the newest portable for grade 3 and 4
  • Creative play area based on grade 3 STEM unit near the biggies equipment
  • Cooling the hall (March 2020)
  • Carpeting classrooms in the 2 main buildings (completed in January 2020)
  • Convert the computer lab/resource room into a possible STEM complex with grade 3 kitchen
  • Enclose the grade 2 hub with doors, floor covering and ceiling
  • Maintenance painting and murals in the senior girls and boys toilets (January – March 2020)


Working Bee on Saturday March 21st 9.00am-12.00pm

Rangeview PS relies on Working Bees to help to maintain the extensive grounds that we’re very fortunate to have.


We are asking that each family attend at least one Working Bee during the year to help keep the playgrounds and surrounding areas safe and well maintained for our children.


Not only are Working Bees an opportunity to contribute to your children’s school, but they are also a great opportunity to meet other parents at the post-Working Bee barbeque.


We have scheduled 4 Working Bee dates for 2020, including Saturdays or Sundays to provide flexibility to families who may have weekend commitments. Working Bees start at 9am and run for approximately 2- 3 hours. Children are very welcome to attend. We finish with a barbeque.


Nude Food

There has been a collective effort to reduce the litter in our school yard and it is working because students are eating inside and only permitted to take nude food outside. There are grey plastic food bins for lunch boxes near classroom doors for the students who need more time to eat.

Thank you for helping educate our children on how to reduce the waste we generate. We continue to look at projects that reinforce this message because together we can make a difference.


Class Ambassadors Meeting

If you are interested in supporting your child’s classroom teacher, please complete the online form in the Parents & Friends page of this newsletter. The first class ambassadors meeting was postponed to allow time for the list of classes and parents to be finalised and will now be held on Tuesday, 3rd March in the staff room, commencing at 9.05am.


Twilight Community Harmony Day Picnic

Save this date for our twilight picnic to celebrate Harmony Day on Thursday 26th March


Chess Club

At assembly this week Dark Horse Chess Club came and awarded students with their trophies

Vegetables for Sale

Please come and visit us in the office foyer on a Tuesday after school to purchase some of  the vegetables and herbs the children have been growing.  They are as fresh as you can get them and I guarantee you can taste the freshness.  


Corona Virus

Extension of travel restrictions

The travel restrictions for foreign nationals travelling to Australia from mainland China have been extended for a further week. These restrictions will now remain in place until 29 February, at which time they will be reviewed by the Commonwealth.


There are no changes to the existing advice regarding anyone who has returned from mainland China – that parents/guardians/carers should ensure that any child returning from mainland China (not including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) on or after 1 February 2020 is isolated at home and should not attend school until 14 days after they were last in mainland China.


This same advice applies to any impacted staff.


As per previous advice, all students should be attending school, except those in the categories identified by the Commonwealth’s Chief Medical Officer and Victoria’s Chief Health Officer as requiring self-isolation.



Staff Changes

Unfortunately  Jo Davidson who has been working in the office for a number of years will be leaving us shortly to take up a new and exciting position.  We wish Jo every success in her new venture and will miss her smiling face in the office.   Thank you Jo for all your hard work and your positive contribution to Rangeview.


Wellbeing & Engagement

RRRR – Rangeview Lead School

At Rangeview Primary School we teach the Department of Education’s Rights, Resilience and Respectful Relationships (RRRR) curriculum from Foundation to Level 6. This curriculum has been designed to develop students' social, emotional and positive relationship skills. Efforts to promote social and emotional skills and positive gender norms in children and young people has been shown to improve health related outcomes and subjective wellbeing from childhood, through adolescence and into adulthood.

The Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships (RRRR) learning materials cover eight topics of Social and Emotional Learning across all levels of primary and secondary education:

Emotional Literacy
Personal strengths
Positive Coping
Problem Solving
Stress Management
Help Seeking
Gender and Identity
Positive Gender Relationships.

This year we have been awarded the role of Lead School in the RRRR program for 2020. We are working to support the following Primary Schools through their implementation of this wonderful initiative.

  • Antonio Park Primary School
  • Vermont Primary School
  • Albany Rise Primary School
  • Milgate Primary School
  • Warrandyte Primary School

We are very proud of our work in this wellbeing field and look forward to developing our partnership with these partner schools.

More information can be found at;


Meet the Peer Mediators

Each year at Rangeview we have a wonderful team of grade 6 student leaders called Peer Mediators. They – together with the School Captains – walk around the playground at lunchtime in a pair, offering support and assistance to other students in need. We held a training session with our Peer Mediators and School Captains in week 2 where we workshopped the type of issues they can assist with, and the help they can offer. We also discussed the problems that must always be taken to a teacher to resolve. So from week 3 – armed with a supply of band aids, dressed in their purple hi-vis and full of good will – out peer mediators began their work in the playground.


It is so lovely to see them engaging with the junior students in such a positive and beneficial way.



Whitehorse City Council’s Parenting Information Forum – Importance of Play in Childhood Development (Birth – Age 7)

In an ever changing and risk-averse world, our society is becoming increasingly fast paced. As a result, children’s spontaneous play is being replaced by more structured indoor activities, which can contribute to children’s increased anxiety and challenging behaviour.

Play encourages children to learn the skills required to build resilience and effectively manage their emotions, behaviour and relationships with others.


This forum will help parents/carers to:

• Understand the importance of social and emotional learning

• Manage risks rather than eliminate them

• Provide environments that promote resilience and self-regulation in children

• Understand the benefits of play as the foundation of lifelong learning.


Date: Wednesday 18th March

Time: Registration and tea and coffee from 7pm. Information session commences at 7.30pm sharp

Venue: Whitehorse Centre, 397 Whitehorse Road, Nunawading (rear of Nunawading Library)

Bookings: Registering your attendance is essential. Please book online on Council’s website,

Cost: $2 gold coin donation payable on the night.

Other Information: To request additional access support including interpreting please contact Council’s Parenting Resource Officer on 9262 6175 or

Please note that unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate children in this forum.


School Photo Day

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Mobile Phones at School

Mobile Phones at School in 2020

The Victorian Government takes the safe and responsible use of digital technologies, student safety and wellbeing, and the development of social skills and positive behaviour, very seriously. On this basis, the Hon.James Merlino MP, Minister for Education, announced that a new mobile phone policy would take effect from Term 1 2020.


Students who choose to bring mobile phones to school must have them switched off and securely stored during all school hours at the school office. They can then be collected at the end of the school day. Phones cannot be in classrooms, bags or carried by the student.






Classroom Helpers Parent
Information Session Thursday 5th March

RSVP by 3rd March


Physical Education - P.E

District Swimming


Last Monday the Rangeview swimming team competed at the Nunawading district swimming carnival


All students represented Rangeview extremely well and we should be proud of all their efforts, overall coming 5th in the district.


Mr. M Sacchetta



Cross Country Training


At the end of Term 1 Rangeview will be having its annual house cross country day. In preparation for the house cross country a lot of students enjoy training & running laps around the track, which is located in the school grounds.


On Tuesday & Thursday mornings of Term 1 students from levels 3-6 are given the opportunity to run supervised laps around the school from 8.30 am onwards (if a student is in grade 2 or below, they’re more than welcome to join).


Students do not have to commit to every session, but if it’s something they’re passionate about they can. If any parents would like to help out in the mornings, you’re more than welcome to stay around to help motivate the students.


If there are any concerns or questions please don’t hesitate to contact me,


Mr. Michael Sacchetta.

Science Club

Wanted - Science Club parent helpers

Looking for some way to fill in a handful of Wednesday lunchtimes?


Eager to join a small but awesome team of wonderful, supportive, fun, charismatic and humble parents?  


Have a passing interest in science (or simply happy to pretend to)?  


Science Club is a parent-run, optional, lunchtime activity that operates in Terms 2 & 3 for interested Level 5 & 6 students. We have a lot of fun and the kids enjoy learning.


We are currently planning for Term 2 activities and would love a couple of extra pairs of hands. Please express your interest via the office - we’d be happy to answer any questions you might have.  


Julie S, Emma R-W, Sally S-S, Kyla P, Heather S. 

Parents & Friends


Parents and Friends Annual General Meeting

Tuesday 3rd March 2020

7.30pm - in the Staff Room at School


The Parents and Friends Committee are a group of Volunteer Parents who work together to organise

  • Social, (Parent nights, Disco Bingo)
  • Fundraising, (Okka Pies, Vision Portraits)
  • Community, (Twilight Picnic, Fete)
  • And Student events (food days, icy pole days, Mothers and Father’s Day Stall)

Being on the Parents and Friends Committee gives parents an opportunity to get involved, get to know other Parents and work closely with Staff at the School.


If you want to join the P and F, there is no expectation for you to get involved in all aspects of the Running the Committee. You can put in as much or as little time as you have/want to.

There are plenty of different roles that need filling to make the Committee run successfully.


Some of the Roles include: 

  • President / Liaison with Principals 
  • Secretary - takes minutes of meetings / read mail
  • Treasurer / Liaison with School Office
  • Co-ordinate major event – Fete
  • Co-ordinate an event like cupcake day, sausage sizzle, pizza roll day, pie drive, vision portraits
  • Help with collecting donations for major event
  • Laminating and hanging up posters for events
  • Sending emails to Class Ambassadors / Voluntheroes
  • Setting up Silent Auction
  • Helping with Mother’s Day and Father’s Day Stall Preparation
  • General Member

There are many more big and little roles that you may like to do.


Being on the Parents and Friends Committee is one of the ways we as Parents get to have a say in making improvements and changes within our School.


Agenda for Meeting


Welcome by P and F Representative – Tracy Beckter
•    Introduction of Principal – Liz Barr
•    Introduction of School Council Representative – Sabreena Dowell 
•    Sum up of 2019 events and money raised 

1.    Outline of Positions on Committee


2.    Ask for nominations to join Committee and role.
•    Accept nominations 


3.    Close Annual meeting 

Please RSVP to Annual General Meeting below.

If you would like to nominate yourself to join the Committee before the Annual General Meeting 
Click the link below.




Parents and Friends Nomination Form

2020 Class Ambassadors Meeting

Tuesday 3rd March 9.00am in the Staff Room.  

Icy Pole Days

Our next icy pole is on Friday 28th Feb and continuing on Friday 6th March and Friday 13th March.

Students will be able to buy an Icy pole for $1.00 in the Gallery at Lunch time. 


Parents who’d like to help on these days (to collect money, hand out icy poles and count money) can sign up at

Scholastic Book Club 2020

This week your children will be bringing home a copy of the Scholastic Book Club Catalogue that you can order from. Inside you’ll find award winning books and bestsellers, as well as old and new favourites. Not only are there books but stationary and other activity books. They cover a wide range of interests and reading levels, and they are at a great price (some as little as $2).


Each term there will be two issues of Book Club.


Each order helps us earn free books and teaching resources for our Primary School, however there is never any obligation to order.


Orders can only be placed online via or using the LOOP app, which can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play (search for ‘scholastic loop’).

No money is taken through the Primary School for Book Club.


If you haven’t ordered before it’s easy: Please register for an account, identify Rangeview Primary School and the class your child is in. Enter the books you would like to order and your payment details.


When orders are returned to School, they will be delivered to your childs’ classroom and then given out to the children to bring home. If you’d like to order books for gifts please tick the “GIFT” box when ordering. These orders will be kept at the Office and you will be notified to collect them.


The due date for orders will be advertised in the School Newsletter / on Sentral / School Facebook page and on the Parents and Friends notice board (near the second hand uniform shop).  This first issue will be due Monday 17th February  (midnight).


Please contact Tracy at if you have any questions.


Please keep this notice as a reference on how to order.



Please Note: Each year we have to set up new Class names and number of Students in each class in the Book Club. This often takes a few issues to get sorted. So if you can’t find your Class please order under another class in that Year level  - I will be able to find you.


New Hours for Second Hand Uniform


Working Bee


Flora & Fauna

Flora & Fauna

In Flora and Fauna we continued with our rotations. This was our third rotation for this term.


In the Kitchen, the students were making zucchini muffins and going outside to look at the garden. They also learnt about the safety rules in the cooking area.  For health and safety reasons toddlers are unable to attend these sessions.


In the gardening, Mr Barr and Mr Le, are still amazed at the amount of produce the students are harvesting for the Kitchen but also for selling to the community. There’s cucumbers, zucchinis, basil, parsley and capsicum. The money from all sales go back to the program.


In Science, the students have been looking at where our food comes from and healthy eating habits.


In Science, Conversation and Environment the students have been looking at what is Flora and what is Fauna?    


Don't forget to come and buy some of our awesome produce in the office foyer, Tuesday after school.

Art Room

Art Room News


We have had an awesome start to our year in the art room. The children have begun created works based around the theme of Bush fires. Something that has touched us all in different ways.

I am looking forward to seeing the creative efforts of our very talented students!

Just a reminder that everyone needs to have an art smock! We still have students who are without one.


Deirdree Geilings.



Performing Arts 

Band Captain – Sophie Q

I'm Sophie and music has always been my passion. I've been playing violin for 4 years, viola and cello for 1 year. This is my fourth year in band. I am very lucky to be your band leader this year and hope you all have an exciting 2020!

Sophie Qiu


Choir Captain – Isabella A

I'm Isabella Argenti and I'm the Choir Leader. I have been doing Choir since I was in Grade 2 or 3.

The reason I love Choir is because is because I tend to learn new things each week, I enjoy it and because I also like singing.

Here is just a little bit about me:

I like tennis, swimming, scouting and netball as my hobbies.

The subjects I like are Writing, Maths, Art, Sport, Music, Library, English and Grammar.

I won the musicianship award because of my effort, enthusiasm and always being at every session of choir there was last year. 

I have got a big pleasure to be the Choir Leader.

Thank you Miss Campbell for giving me this big opportunity to be the choir leader.

I will do my best.


Student of the Week

Please note we will be informing families of the Student of the Week through the newsletter in advance every fortnight for both Junior and Senior Levels, make sure you keep an eye out!  


The Student of the week awards are presented at assemblies during term alternating between Junior and Senior Classes, commencing at 2:50 pm. 


You are most welcome to attend to see your child receive their award and all the other wonderful celebrations we have at our assemblies.

Please note there will be no Junior Assembly on Monday 9th March due to Labour Day Public Holiday


Happy Birthday to You!



Foundation Level Update

Wow! We have had a couple of very busy weeks in Foundation. The children have started their phonics programme, learning about the different sounds that letters make. Some classes made ‘Clever Cat’ masks with their Buddy grades (see photos below). A fun time was had by all.



German news:  The Level 5/6 Buddies have been busy making a Shultuten for their Foundation buddy. The Shultuten will be ready to fill soon and will be distributed to the Foundation children by their Buddies in the coming weeks. We welcome Foundation parent helpers to visit our classes to help fill the Shultuten. Please contact your class teacher if you are able to assist.


Inquiry:  The Term 1 Inquiry topic is ‘Everybody Belongs and Superheroes’. The children have been learning about their family and how their family is similar or different to other families. This will culminate in a special dress up day later this Term where the children will be asked to dress up as one of their family members. Details to follow soon. The Inquiry topics for Term 2, 3 and 4 respectively are ‘Farms’, ‘Toys and Technology’ and ‘Plants and Gardens’.


All the best,

Mr Anderson, Miss Bonte, Miss Somerville, Mrs Tzimos and Ms Wilson – Foundation Team.

First Day Welcome Notice


Level 1/2

Level 1/2

What a great start to the year we have had in Level 1 & 2!


Thank you for attending the parent – teacher meet and greet evening, it was a fantastic opportunity for us to learn more about your child.


We have jumped right in to our writing, reading and maths workshops. Students have been creating heart maps to help generate ideas for writing and thinking about what means a lot to them. In maths they have been playing maths games to revise number facts.


Thank you for all of your support over the past week with spelling words and readers going home. A friendly reminder for your child to be reading to you each night.


We have SEDA cricket starting next Friday 28th February.


From the Level 1 & 2 Team;

Danielle Anderson (1A), Tania Balderston & Rebecca Gordon (1B), Melissa Dann & Nicole Roberston (1D), Linda Giordino & Natalie Bellis (1G), Carmel Brown (2B), Marita Horvath (2H), Marianne Kehoe (2K), James Roche (2R) and Steph Wood (2W).



Level 3/4 

Level 3 News!

We have had an amazing start to Level 3 and have lots to tell you!


This term our topic is Australia – Our Land. The students are looking at different locations and landmarks around our great nation. We’ve also been loving the challenge of cross country training in the mornings. It has been fun, but tiring, learning the course and running around the school.



We made our own pledges for Rangeview’s Nude Food program to help keep our school clean and environmentally friendly.


Students have had fun choosing books from the Library for our classroom libraries. We have filled our book boxes and are loving building our stamina during independent reading. We are settling into our routines for writing and maths lessons and can’t wait to see what we learn about next!


Make sure you check out what we have been doing in Flora and Fauna!


From the Level 3 Team, Kirilee Bell (3B), Chloe Tomkins (3T), Khay Le (3L), & Sam Carter (3/4C)


Level 4 News!

On Tuesday the 11th of February the Level 4’s celebrated Safer Internet Day. We had the opportunity to take part in an online Webinar, joining a virtual classroom with 100’s of students from around Australia to take part in an active discussion around the safe and responsible use of the internet.



Tackling topics from cyber-bullying, to seeking help, and not giving out personal details in online settings (forums, games and more), students discussed and developed strategies to be safe and informed digital citizens. It was a fantastic session!




We’ve also kicked off our exciting inquiry topic for the term, Australia – Our Land. Students are loving exploring our nation in greater detail, and have each chosen and begun researching a place from around our country that they will share with their classmates later in the term. We can’t wait to learn more about this Great South Land from one another!


From the Level 4 Team, Karen Hastie (4H), Anju Mehta (4M), Steve Atkinson (4A) & Sam Carter (3/4C).

Level 5/6 

It has been wonderful to see all Level 5 and 6 students settling in to their new classes so smoothly.


Already, students have had the opportunity to try out for exciting activities such as Rock Band and the Australian Future Problem Solving Maths Olympiad.


Training for cross country and inter-school sport is also well underway.  If your child is injured and unable to participate, please send a note to your classroom teacher. Some children will experience muscle soreness. Please encourage them to continue training as this is a great chance for the entire Level 5 and 6 cohort to come together.


The buddy program has also begun. The 5/6 students have be wonderful role models for their Little Buddies as they get to know each other in buddy sessions and out in the playground.


Keep up the great work!



Rangeview Animal Roster


Community News/ Advertising



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Level 6 Printing.pdf
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