Highvale Happenings

17 October 2019
Issue Twenty-seven
Diary Dates
Leadership Report
Engagement & Wellbeing
Assembly / Co-operative Learning
PBL Stars
Student News!
What's On ... Special Lunch Days / Events  & Fundraising programs
Uniform Shop
Robotech / Weather Station
Activities / Advertisements
Highvale Primary School
(03) 9887 8000
33 Ashton Street
Glen Waverley, Victoria, 3150

Diary Dates


Thu 17 Oct

7pm - Instrumental Concert - Yr 5/6 - Performing Arts room

Fri 18 Oct

Year 3/4 students return from camp (around 3.30pm)

Mon 21 Oct

9am-2.30pm - Foost Healthy Eating incursion - Yr 5/6 - MPC

Woolworths excursion - Yr 1/2S & 1/2WD

Tue 22 Oct

Woolworths excursion - Yr 1/2W & 1/2K

Wed 23 Oct

9am-11am - Tennis Clinic - Yr 3/4

9am-3.30pm - Lacrosse Clinic - Yr 3-6

Thu 24 Oct

2pm-3pm - Prep 2020 Transition Session 5: STEAM Visual Art

Fri 25 Oct

T20 Cricket Blast - Selected Yr 5 & 6 students

Tue 29 Oct

9.30am-10.30am - Prep incursion - MPC

Wed 30 Oct

9am-11am - Tennis Clinic - Yr 3/4

9am-12.30pm - Lacrosse Clinic - Yr 3-6


Fri 1 Nov

9am-11am - Summer Sports - Yr 6 & Selected Yr 5 students (away)

Tues 5 Nov

Melbourne Cup public holiday - NO SCHOOL

Wed 6 Nov

9am-11am - Tennis Clinic - Yr 3/4

9am-12.30pm - Lacrosse Clinic - Yr 3-6

Thu 7 Nov

2pm-3pm - Prep 2020 Transition Session 6: Environmental discovery

Fri 8 Nov

3.45pm - Working Bee

Mon 11 Nov

Taskworks Excursion - Yr 1/2

Wed 13 Nov

FREE DRESS DAY - LAMP Team Fundraising Initiative

9am-11am - Tennis Clinic - Yr 3/4

9am-12.30pm - Lacrosse Clinic - Yr 3-6

Fri 15 Nov

9am-11am - Summer Sport (home)

Mon 18 Nov

9am-2.30pm - Yoga Incursion - Yr 5 & 6 - MPC

Wed 20 Nov

12.30pm - Year 6 Graduation photos

9am-11am - Tennis Clinic - Yr 3/4

9am-11am - Lacrosse Clinic - Yr 3/4

Thu 21 Nov

2pm-3pm - Prep 2020 Transition Session 7: PE / Parent Information

Fri 22 Nov

9am-11am - Summer Sport (home)

Tue 26 Nov

12.30pm-2.30pm - John Monash Annual Science Fair - Selected 5/6 students



Wed 27 Nov

Taskworks Excursion - Year 3 & 4

Thu 28 Nov

Mindfulness Incursion - All day - Yr 3/4

Fri 29 Nov

10.45am - Parent Helpers/School Council/HPCG Morning Tea

1.30pm-3pm - Summer Sports (away)


Mon 2 Dec

Swimming - Senior students

Tue 3 Dec

Swimming - Junior students

Wed 4 Dec

Swimming - Junior students

5.30pm-6.45pm - Carols Evening Concert

Thu 5 Dec

Swimming - Senior students

Fri 6 Dec

Swimming - Senior students

Mon 9 Dec

Swimming - Senior students

Tue 10 Dec

9am-11am - Whole school transition - Yr 1 to Yr 6,  2020

9.30am-11am - Prep 2020 Orientation morning

Swimming - Junior students (From 11.15am)

Year 6 - Statewide transition to Year 7 day

Wed 11 Dec

Year 6 Graduation Ceremony (evening)

Swimming - Junior students

Thu 12 Dec

Swimming - Senior students

Fri 13 Dec

Swimming - Junior students

Community Sports Day - Yr 6 students

Mon 16 Dec

Swimming - Senior students

Tue 17 Dec

9.10am-11.30am - Orientation Morning (Yr 1-Yr 6, 2020 classes)

Swimming - Senior students (Departing 12pm)

Wed 18 Dec

Year 6 Celebration Day

Swimming - Junior students

Thu 19 Dec

Swimming - Senior students

Fri 20 Dec

Last day of school - 1.30pm finish

2019 Term Dates

Term 1 - concludes Fri 5th April at 2.30pm

Term 2 - Tues 23rd April to Fri 28th June

Term 3 - Mon 15th July to Fri 20th September

Term 4 - Mon 7th October to Fri 20th December

Leadership Report

17 October 2019


Dear Parents, Students and Friends,

Learning Update

We have enjoyed a smooth start to Term 4 with students and teachers commencing their new Term 4 units of work promptly.  Earlier this week the Term 4 ‘Student Learning Bulletin’ was distributed to families through Flexibuzz together with the Term 4 ‘Parent Curriculum Planner’ for each Learning Community.  These documents provide an overview of the learning plans for Term 4.

If you have any questions regarding these documents please see your class teacher or feel free to ask Mr Crozier or myself. 


Our whole school Health concept ‘Strength & Wellbeing’ commenced, somewhat appropriately during Mental Health Week.  As part of our work, Mrs Both organised for our students to participate in a special dance session as part of our Performing Art program.  I have included a message from Mrs Both below with some information about music, singing and wellbeing as well as many of the other upcoming Performing Arts opportunities.

From the Performing Arts Desk…

Hello and welcome back to Term 4! It is going to be an awesome term in the Performing Arts Department. I have many things to share with you, all which are very exciting. Firstly though, as I write this, it is Mental Health Week and I wanted to take this opportunity to encourage you to listen to music, or sing along, for the benefit of your mental health. Numerous studies have been done and written about proving the benefits of music and particularly singing on mental health. Speaking of singing, we are focusing on singing as part of our Term 4 curriculum as we prepare for Twilight Carols. Students have started learning their class songs and various students will be invited to participate in additional ways.

So far this term we have also enjoyed a visit from Ezra who runs Dance Curriculum and he took each class for a super fun dance session. Drama Club also has commenced and Mr Arendshorst and I had a fabulous turn out for our first session back. We are focusing on audition preparation which will benefit students as we prepare for school production in 2020.

Speaking of school production, I am excited to announce that I have secured the rights for a well-known Broadway musical. In 2020, our school production will be Into the Woods Jnr!

Finally, many of you may know that I am Musical Director of a vocal ensemble called Harambee a Cappella and our next concert called Rise will be held at Box Hill Community Arts Centre on October 26. This is a family friendly concert, so come along and groove in your seat to Dancing Queen, Titanium, Dynamite and Brave. Let the a cappella vocal magic of I'll Be There, You Are So Beautiful and Stand By Me wash over you. More information and tickets are available at Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/rise-harambee-a-cappella-in-concert-tickets-66860342083?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=escb&utm-source=cp&utm-term=listing

Kind regards,

Angelique Both

Classroom Teacher – Performing Arts

Year 3 & 4 Camp

Our Year 3&4 students departed for Phillip Island on Wednesday and I was fortunate enough to be able to spend the day with them.  The camp experience is designed to support the Health – ‘Strength & Wellbeing’ understandings and Positive Behaviour for Learning (PBL) framework.  There will be a focus on the development of social skills capabilities with an emphasis on collaboration through the many team oriented tasks. 

Below are some photographs of our campers in action.  The girls and boys, parent helpers and teachers were all having an amazing time.


Chess Champs

Congratulations to Rocky L, Tommy L, Jayden L, Jitho J and Jeff H who have been selected to compete at the Chess State Semi Finals next Monday representing Highvale PS.  Well done on your selection and we look forward to hearing more about your big day next week.   

Green Team News

Last week our fabulous GREEN team delivered soft plastic recycling bins with a matching poster to all the classrooms, as well as carton buckets. The GREEN Team representative for each class explained how and why we use these bins.  Soft plastics are plastics that can be scrunched up, such as plastic bags, chip/biscuit packets or cling wrap. To begin with the bins will be emptied by GREEN Team members on Tuesdays.

Thank you also to Fiona.R and Kiruthika who spoke to the Prep and Year 1/2 classes last week and Miss Drew for her organisation of this program.

Parent Opinion Survey

The Parent Opinion Survey is an annual survey organised by the Department of Education (DET).  Last term a number of randomly selected families were asked to participate in the online survey that covered a broad range of areas as outlined in the tables below.  The table is a summary of results.  Each of the lines below has a number of sub questions which inform the percentage listed.   Thank you to the 44 families who completed the DET online survey. The feedback received across a range of areas is very timely and provides our staff and School Council with assurance that our commitment to excellence and high standards is recognised and valued by our school community. 

The results overall are extremely positive, however we will continue to attend all areas with a focus on improving facilities and gathering more information from parents regarding student organisations skills to inform our work.   We note in particular the feedback regarding the ‘Physical environment’.  Whilst School Council, together with the School Leadership Team and members of our parent community continue to work on projects such as the rejuvenated Year 3&4 Learning Community, School Council and its sub committees continue to advocate consistently for further investment by the decision makers external of the school.  In some good news we are expecting the final quote for the running track and civil works project this week.  School Council will then be able to work through the remainder of the procurement process to appoint a contractor.

Feedback from parents regarding ‘Student agency and voice’ totalled 89% positive.  Whilst this is very positive the three sub question scores were as below:

In regards to student organisation skills, we would be interested in understanding more about parent perceptions regarding this skill. We welcome your insights into this area through either email to our school address highvale.ps@edumail.vic.gov.au or feel free to give me a call at school during the day. Please use the subject 'Organisational Skills'.

The overall summary results are included in the table below:

Facilities Update

Reminder -  We ask our school community to please stay off the running track.  Due to the wet weather and mud from building works the surface is still very slippery.  School Council are currently exploring options for the redevelopment of this facility.  Thank you.

We expect our final quote for the running track project by the end of this week and will then examine with School Council to appoint a contractor.

Reminder - Student Safety

Parents are requested to note that the rear gate adjoining the Grantley Drive laneway will be locked at 9.00am each morning effective immediately.  It will not be unlocked until 3.25pm.  This is required as part of a safety plan to support student needs.  Thank you for your understanding.

2020 Class Placement Requests

A reminder that parents have previously been invited to write to Mr Richardson about any concerns they may have for their child’s educational needs for 2020.  Requests for particular teachers will not be considered as the best interests of all of the children and the effective school management must be taken into account.

Letters will be considered up until Friday 1st November. Letters received after this date will not be accepted. Letters are to be addressed directly to Mr Richardson.

Please see the previous communication in ‘Highvale Happenings’ Issue 25, 19th September for further information.

Prep 2020 Preschool to Prep Transition

Thank you to the many 2020 prep students and parents who attended transition last Thursday afternoon.  Our next 2020 Prep Transition session in on Thursday 24th October between 2.00-3.00pm.  The focus of this session will be ‘STEAM – Visual Arts’.  We look forward to seeing all of our 2020 Preps and their parents then.

School Tours for 2020 Enrolments

I look forward to meeting parents for school tours.  Tours are very heavily booked each Wednesday for families interested in their child attending Highvale Primary School.  Bookings are essential.  Please call Rebecca or Andrea in the office on 9887 8000 to confirm your tour date and time.

Community Fundraising Initiatives


Our Year 5 Leadership And Multicultural Program (LAMP) leaders have been learning about the multicultural perspectives through the lens of refugees.  Through this inquiry our students have determined that they would like to try and aid refugees through a fundraiser to support the work of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).  The LAMP team are preparing some more information about their event which will be shared through the newsletter and promoted through posters they are designing.  The fundraiser will take place on Wednesday 13th November and will involve a ‘Free Dress Day’.  Thank you to Mrs. Hayward for supporting our LAMP Team. 


 Thank you to our HPCG for their organisation of our participation in the annual Closet Cleanout – clothing recycling fundraiser.  Thank you to everyone who participated as these funds support our school and Red Nose to continue to provide safe sleeping education and vital research.


This year, as in other years, various forms of cancer have affected several students in our school

community and their families.  Once again I am motivated by the bravery and resilience of these children to participate in the ‘October’ Great Cycle Challenge to fight kid’s cancer.  I aim to raise at least $500 to support the Children’s Medical Research Institute to find a cure for childhood cancer. 

Thank you for the very generous donations received through our students and parents already.  If you are able to, you can make a donation by clicking on the link below.


Thank you for your consideration and support.

Communications from the Department of Education (DET)

Accident Insurance
The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development does not provide personal accident insurance for students. Parents are generally responsible for paying the cost of medical treatment for injured students, including any transport costs.  Ambulance cover could be one consideration as the school will not hesitate to call an ambulance if we are concerned for a child’s wellbeing.

The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development states that reasonable low cost accident insurance policies are available from the commercial insurance sector. For those parents who seek personal cover, details of an insurer who offers individual accident insurance for $29 for the year is:

EBM Insurance Brokers and the link is https://www.ebminsurance.com.au/personal-cover/student-cover.php

Personal Goods Brought to School at Owners Risk
The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development does not hold insurance for personal property brought to schools. Principals are requested to remind students and parents/guardians of this at the beginning of each academic year and to discourage parents/students from bringing any unnecessary or particularly valuable items to school. Please, try and avoid bringing these items as it can be most upsetting for all concerned when items do go missing.

A reminder that student mobile phones must be handed in at the school office each day prior to classes commencing.  They are then collected by the student at the end of the school day.

Arrival and Pick Up Times

Thank-you to the many families who ensure their child arrives on time to school every day. Punctuality is an important life skill and a great habit to form early in life. Students should arrive at school from 8.45am and be picked up by 3.45pm.  Teachers are on yard duty from 8.45am until classes commence and then after class until 3.45pm.

Students may arrive earlier than 8.45am if they are under the supervision of their parent or carer.  Students may stay after 3.45pm if they are under supervision of a parent or carer.  Where this is not possible, students must be booked into Out of School Hours Care with Academy for Kids.   School officially starts at 9.00am when the role is marked.  Students arriving after 9.00am must be signed in by their parent or carer at the school office.

Visiting the School, Late Arrivals and Early Departures and Student Pick Up

A reminder that due to Child Safe requirements and school policy, all visitors, including parents are required to report to the school office when first entering the school if it is outside the designated drop off and pick up times.  Should you need to visit the classroom, see your child at recess or are a helper at school, please report to the office first, to sign the visitor’s register and pick up your visitor’s tag. This also ensures that in an emergency we are able to account for all people at school.

If you are having someone collect your child who is not on your emergency contact list or does not normally pick up your child, can you please send a note to your teacher. This is especially important for the junior children when they are dismissed from their class for the day.

Parent Webinar Opportunity – Social and Emotional Wellbeing and Technology

Our school has a membership with Parenting Ideas, one of Australia's most trusted sources of parenting education and support.  Great news - through this membership, you can attend all of their webinars for parents in 2019 at no cost! Here is the information about the next upcoming webinar:

Step back so kids step up
As young people spend increasing amounts of time online, their social lives, and in turn, their social and emotional wellbeing, they become increasingly entrenched in the digital world. As they journey through adolescence in this permanently public landscape, dealing with the effects on self-esteem, friendship issues, self-worth and wellbeing can be challenging to say the least.
Join Martine Oglethorpe, a technology expert who is an accredited speaker with the Office of the eSafety Commissioner, has a background in secondary education and a Masters in Counselling.
This webinar will look at how we can best equip our young people to thrive both online and in real life as they grow up immersed in online spaces.
When: Wednesday 30 October 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm AEDT.

How you can register:

  1. Click this link: https://www.parentingideas.com.au/parent-resources/parent-webinars/webinar-strengthening-kids-self-esteem-in-a-digital-world
  2. Click ‘Add to cart’
  3. Click ‘View cart’
  4. Enter the voucher code DIGITAL and click ‘Apply’. Your discount of $37 will be applied to the order. This voucher is valid until 30 November 2019.
  5. Click ‘Proceed to checkout’
  6. Fill in your account details. These are the details you will use to login to your account and access your parenting material
  7. Click 'Place Order'

I look forward to seeing you around the school.


Steve Richardson


Engagement & Wellbeing

Highvale Primary School is Committed To The Victorian Child Safe Standards

Highvale Primary School is Committed To The Victorian Child Safe Standards

Term 4 School Value Focus: RESPONSIBILITY


In class, students will explore what RESPONSIBILITY looks like throughout the first half of this term. Each day in class, students will learn how they can show responsibility, not just in their learning but in all areas of the school.

From our PBL Matrix of Expectations, to be responsible, students will:

  • Own their actions
  • Lead by example
  • Report problems to a teacher
  • Arrive at school on  time
  • Leave school promptly

Assembly / Co-operative Learning

Term 4 Assembly Dates

Monday 14 October - No Assembly - Co-operative Kids session

Monday 21 October - Assembly - 2.40pm

Monday 28 October - Assembly - 2.40pm

Monday 4 November - No Assembly - Co-operative Kids session

Monday 11 November - Assembly - 2.40pm

Monday 18 November - No Assembly - Co-operative Kids session

Monday 25 November - Assembly - 2.40pm

Monday 2 December - Assembly - 2.40pm

Monday 9 December - Assembly - 2.40pm

Friday 20 December - Assembly - 12.45pm


PBL Stars

Positive Behaviour For Learning

PBL Stars will be awarded at our next assembly on 21st October


Student News!

EAL Translators 2019

Congratulations to the students who received an EAL translator badge this week. 


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Alexandra's visit to Worawa Aboriginal College

Year 2 student Alexandra recently attended Worawa Aboriginal College. Thank you to Alexandra and family for sharing her lovely photos with us.

Dr Lois Peeler (Director of the College) lead guests through a path commemorating famous Aboriginal people.

Coranderrk Children's Memorial - 38 Victorian tribes are represented by the memorial poles in the background.

Alexandra placed her hand on the glass plaque - an Aboriginal Elder then spoke of the history and reason for the memorial.

What's On ...
Special Lunch Days / Events 
& Fundraising programs

Term 4 Special lunch dates

23rd October - Subway

30th October - Bakers Delight

6th November - Loud Lunch

13th November - Subway

20th November - Bakers Delight

27th November - Sushi

4th  December - Subway

11th December - Bakers Delight

18th December - Sushi

Christmas Carols Raffle Request

The Highvale Primary School Christmas Carols is a wonderful celebration for the school community. We are seeking prize donations for our Carols Raffle, one of our most popular fundraising events.


If you are able to donate a prize or have a connection with a business that would be willing to donate a prize, please email highvalepcg@gmail.com or contact the school office before Friday 15th November.


The donation could be a small gift hamper or a voucher for some goods or services. Popular items include Coles Myer vouchers, restaurant/café vouchers, or hair and beauty vouchers. Any offers would be much appreciated.


Tickets for the Raffle will go on sale in November and the lucky winners will be drawn on Carols Night on Wednesday 4th December.


Thank you in anticipation of your wonderful support,
Highvale Primary Community Group

Entertainment Book

We’re fundraising with the Entertainment Book – All proceeds will go back to the school!

If you wish to purchase a membership please visit the below link, you can purchase a Digital membership or a Hardcopy book (postage only)


Thanks for your support.


Balanced Living Catering

School lunches are provided every Friday from Balanced Living Catering.

Click Here for Menu

For queries regarding ordering or child’s specific dietary requirements, please call Uaina on 0481 044 800 or email her at orders@balancedlivingcatering.com.au.


Fundraising Events

There are some great fundraising ideas listed below to help you get involved and support Highvale Primary School. We appreciate your assistance in making these a success.

Hello World Travel, Forest Hill

For every holiday that you, your Grandparents or even your friends book through our store, we will give a percentage back to your school as fundraising to say thank you for booking through us. Drop into Hello World Travel which is located at Shop 104, Forest Hill Chase Shopping Centre, 270 Canterbury Road, Forest Hill. You can phone us on 9887 2444 or email us at foresthill@helloworld.com.au.

Don't forget to mention your school when booking!


Also, don't forget to support our regular fundraising programs (as listed below) by mentioning Highvale Primary School at the point of sale and our school will receive cash donations. Tell your friends and family so they can make easy cash for the school as well!



Bakers Delight, Vermont South

10% of your total sales will be donated back to the school





Air Stream Cafe, Century City Walk, The Glen

You will receive a 5% discount on your bill plus 5% will be donated to the school when you present your fundraiser card (available at the office) 

Education Experience

www. edex.com.au

Highvale Primary School will receive 20% of the total sales.

Uniform Shop

Uniform Shop Opening Hours - Term 4, 2019

Monday 21 October - 8.45am to 9.30am

Monday 4 November - 8.45am to 9.30am

Monday 18 November - 8.45am to 9.30am

Monday 2 December - 8.45am to 9.30am


Uniform Sales now on Qkr!

You can now place your uniform orders via Qkr! All orders will be handed over to the uniform shop volunteers and distributed to you as soon as possible.

Uniform Shop Order Form

Please click on the link below to access a copy of our uniform shop order form. These can be filled out and handed in to the office at any time. The uniform shop volunteers will fill the orders at their earliest convenience and uniforms will be sent home with your child.


Robotech / Weather Station


We have been very fortunate to have Gurpreet (Mann's Mum) come in every Tuesday to process the student's banking, however, due to the family moving to Sydney we are now looking for a new School Banking Co-ordinator to start in the next few weeks.

If you are interested and have an hour to spare every Tuesday morning, we'd love to hear from you.

Thanks for considering :) 

Bec & Andrea.


Banking is collected every Tuesday. Students should bring their bank books to school on Tuesday morning.


You can visit the following webpage to get more information about school banking and register your child: https://www.commbank.com.au/personal/kids/school-banking.html.

Once you've registered, please let us know so we can arrange to get a banking book sent home with your child. Thanks!



Activities / Advertisements

Activities held at Highvale Primary School


After School / School holiday activities held off campus


Activities for Adults


Highvale Happenings
uniform order form.pdf