Jells Park News

28 June 2019
Issue Ten
Mission and Values
Dates to Remember
Principal's Report
Success Stories
Curriculum Matters
Community News
Term 2 Highlights 
Jells Park Parent Committee
Community Events
Community Advertising
Jells Park Primary School
03 95606494
Petronella Avenue
Wheelers Hill, Victoria, 3150

Mission and Values

Our Mission

To nurture and develop individuals to become adaptable in a changing environment and to acquire a lifelong love of learning and the skills and attitudes necessary to function successfully in a sustainable global society.

Our Values

Respect, Honesty, Excellence and Resilience.

Student Oath

I am Proud to be an Australian

I will honour the flag

Obey the laws

Respect the community and

Care for the environment

Commitment to Child Safety

Jells Park Primary School is committed to safety and wellbeing of all children and young people. This will be the primary focus of our care and decision-making.

Jells Park Primary School has zero tolerance for child abuse.


Jells Park Primary School is committed to providing a child safe environment where children and young people are safe and feel safe, and their voices are heard about decisions that affect their lives. Particular attention will be paid to the cultural safety of Aboriginal children and children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, as well as the safety of children with a disability.


If there are any concerns or questions regarding Child Safety procedures, please see one of the following staff members: Mr Kevin Oakey (Principal), Mrs Kellie Stewart (Assistant Principal), Melissa McLeod (Leading Teacher - Wellbeing)

Acknowledgement of Land

Jells Park Primary School acknowledge the Woi Wurrung  people of the Kulin nation,

as the traditional owners and custodians of the land on which our school is situated, and we pay our respects to their Elders both past and present. 


Dates to Remember

Term Dates 2019

Term 2 - 23 April to 28 June

Term 3 - 15 July to 20 September

Term 4 - 7 October to 20 December

July 2019

Monday 15 July - Term 3 commences 9.00am

Friday 19 July - Trivia Night

Monday 22 July - Friday 26 July - Level 5 Camp Coonawarra

Tuesday 23 July - Level 1 & 2 Market Fresh Incursion

August 2019

Thursday 1 August - Level 3 The Lab Incursion

Friday 2 August - Foundation 100 Days of School Celebration

Monday 5 August - Foundation Fire Education

Tuesday 6 August - Level 5 Healesville Sanctuary

Wednesday 7 & Thursday 8 August - Foundation Craft Power Incursion

Monday 12 August - Friday 23 August - Swimming Program F-L5

Thursday 19th August - Father's Day Stall

Friday 20th August - School Fun Run

Tuesday 27 August - Level 4 Legoland Excursion

Wednesday 28 August - Foundation 2020 Information Night

Friday 30 August - School Fun Run

2019 Camp Dates

Level 2       15 October

Level 3        7 - 8 November

Level 4        30 October - 1 November

Level 5        22 July - 26 July

Level 6        3 June - 7 June

2019 Student Free Days

Report Writing Day      Monday 4 November - Melbourne Cup Weekend


Principal's Report

Jells Park Primary School



Principal:                         Kevin Oakey

                                             [email protected] 





Assistant Principal:     Kellie Stewart

                                            [email protected]


Trivia Night on 19th July

Get to the Trivia Night - not only is it a fun night, but the Parents Association have a mass of outstanding prizes and auction items.

So reserve your tickets, better still arrange a table, and book on the TryBooking site.

Helping Hand Bottle Cap drive

The caps keep rolling in and I know that Helping Hands are extremely grateful for the contribution. We have collected over 20,000 caps. When you consider that one 'hand' needs approximately 500 caps, we have helped make 40 new hands for disadvantaged children. Let's keep going!!

I will be continuing the drive in Term 3 but won't be continuing with the class competition. Caps can still be donated in the boxes in the classroom or in the office.

Beanies, Scarves & Jackets

I know it is cold and some students like to keep warm, particularly at recess and lunchtime. Having additional beanies and jackets is fine, however PLEASE provide them in red or blue colors to match the school uniform. We would prefer that scarves not come to school as they can be a hazard if not used properly. Thank you.

Screen time

How much is too much??

An interesting question. I was provided an article from DET that addresses this matter.  We have made this article available on the website:

There were a couple of points that stood out to me:

          * Digital Technology can support learning

          * Limit screen time to encourage play

          * Parents - lead by example!!

A great article with some sound advice - recommended reading for all parents.

Success Stories

Student Awards

Congratulations to the following students who received awards in weeks 9 & 10:

Foundation - Sage F, Thomas R, Chelsea S, Alexis Z, Sarah P, Leo D, Max S, Lily S, Daniel y, Jett T, Jill Y, Rhys H

Level 1 - Jessie A, Janice K, Vivienne H, Emilie K, Scarlett R, Hanna C, Ishani M, Vivienne H

Level 2 - Bailey M, Violet S, Jaxon M, Lucy C, Ari G, Ethan W

Level 4 - Mikayla L, Vanshika C, James M, Valentin G, Darcy W, Ben R

Level 5 - Kevin B, Alex W, Madison VM, Isaac P, Oliver W, Andy C, Nathan K, Chern Sze C, Eliott M, Cooper P, Sarah B

Level 6 - Breyden L, Matilda W, Janey R, Hunter S, Martin C, Ben M

Specialists - Darcy W (art), Sienna M (PA), Owen O (ICT), Mingru L (ICT), Hugh W (ICT), Zak C (ICT), Javian T (ICT), Amy Y (ICT), Hamish S (ICT), Noah D

Savannah K - off to Vegas!!

We like to celebrate excellence at Jells Park Primary School and over these school holidays, one of our Level 6 students is on the trip of a life time, to Las Vegas, to compete in an International Dance Competition.


Along with 13 other dancers from Next Generation Dance Studio, Savannah K is flying to Las Vegas on June 27th to compete at the Kids Artistic revue (KAR) National Finals!


Savannah has worked tirelessly for the opportunity. She was the overall winner for the Melbourne Regional in the 9-11 category last year, and was runner up Miss Junior Dance, which means she can also compete one of her 4 solos for the chance to be crowned Miss Junior Dance America. This performance is at a special invitation only gala evening.


She will be competing 4 solos, 1 duo and 5 group routines with dancers aged 10-16. At school, Savannah was part of last years National Award winning Wakakirri competition and is performing at State School Spectacular next term.


Congratulations Savannah, we are very proud of you and all the best.

Regional Cross Country

Congratulations to the students who represented Jells Park at the Regional Cross Country Event 2 weeks ago. Madison M, Jezabel T, Matthew G, Kiera W and Sienna H braved the cold and wet conditions to complete their events to the best of their ability. The students came up against some extremely tough competition but persevered to finish their events with impressive times and placings.


Scott Zachariassen

Sports Coordinator

Winter Interschool Sports

Last Friday saw the completion of our Winter Interschool Sports competition. Our Football and Netball A team finished on top of our pool and competed in the District final at Caulfield Grammar. Unfortunately our netball team did not come away with the win but it was an awesome effort by the girls to make it through to the finals. The Football team came away victorious and will now compete at the Divisional championships next Term.


Thank you to all the parents who came along to support the teams throughout the competition and we wish the football team the best of luck next Term.


Scott Zachariassen

Interschool Sports Coordinator

Curriculum Matters


It has been a busy term for all Foundation students and staff.  We have worked really hard in Literacy and it is great to see the students learning their sight words, writing about their weekend and engaging in discussions around shared stories. Students have explored concepts such as addition and subtraction, length and capacity and words to describe location.


On Wednesday mornings, students have enjoyed participating in PMP (Perceptual Motor Program) and BrainGym. There are developing an awareness of how their body moves and the space it uses as well as team work, listening skills and having fun. We would like to thank the parents who have helped us on these mornings. Without your help we would not be able to run this program. We also send a big thanks to the grade 6 students who have helped fill in when we have not had enough parent helpers. If you would like to help with PMP, or are unable to attend your timetabled day, please email [email protected].


Our scheduled excursion last week to the Botanic Gardens was postponed due to inclement weather.   As all students and staff were looking forward to the excursion, we decided to have a special event in it’s place. On Friday morning we treated the students to an impromptu movie in the gym. We watched Disney’s “A Bug’s Life” which linked to our Inquiry unit all about living and non-living things and mini beasts.  We have also been growing our own Grass Heads. Students have been looking after their Grass Heads, making sure they have enough water and sunlight.

Level 6 Canberra Camp

Dear Diary,

We went on the bus and toured the Embassy’s and High Commissions today. The American Embassy was like a fort. We went to Old Parliament House and played in the park. By 3:00pm we went to the Mint and it was awesome. There were coins everywhere and I bought 2.



Dear Diary

I woke up early to discover Archer playing on my phone. Breakfast was toast, eggs, bacon, beans and cereal. The first activity was visiting Parliament. On the way we took a couple of trips looking at the different Embassies. USA was the biggest. When we arrived at Parliament House I knew this was business as we had to walk through security. Once we walked in, we realised how fancy it was. The ground felt like glass and there were cameras everywhere….

Ryan L


Dear Diary,

We arrived at our next stop which was the Old Parliament House. Inside we did the AEC voting system. There we watched a clip on how Canberra became the capital and its history. Finally the voting part came. WE had to vote on which fruit should win the election. It was average…..



Let me start with the AIS. The AIS (Australian Institute of Sport) was built in 1981, because during the 1976 Montreal Olympics, Australia only came home with one silver medal and 4 bronze. The government decided to fund the sports department to build the AIS so athletes and future athletes can train there. Now time for the review. The AIS was a very fun experience for myself and my friends. It had a great design and we experienced 3 different activities. Tour of the grounds, playing a sport and enjoying the sports centre. So I rate the AIS a 7/10.



Level 6 Students from Jells Park Primary recently took part in their Canberra Camp, an education tour of the national capital. Students were given the opportunity to participate in a variety of educational programs with a focus on Australia’s history, culture, heritage and democracy. The Australian Government recognises the importance of all young Australians being able to visit the national capital as part of their Civics and Citizenship education. To assist families in meeting the cost of the excursion the Australian Government is contributing funding of $30 per student under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate program towards those costs. The rebate is paid directly to the school upon completion of the excursion and has already been deducted from camp costs.

Somers Camp

On the 4th June 20 Jells Park students went to Somers Camp with many kids from different schools. Together there were 160 people! It was an experience of a lifetime! We did so many activities and met so many new friends. All the teachers there were super nice and caring. The food was delicious and each group had a turn to table host which was really fun. If I ever had the opportunity to go to Somers Camp again I definitely would! – Gabby R, Level 5


My experience at Somers Camp was one of the best experiences of my life. I met so many new friends and cool teachers. Somers helped me overcome many of my fears, like homesickness. It’s been about two weeks since we have come back and I still miss it! I am so grateful I got to go and if you get the opportunity to go I totally recommend it! – Lexie BC, Level 5


I had a ball at Somers Camp! It was a great experience, I even celebrated my 11th birthday there! I met some amazing great friends. I miss Somers heaps and don’t regret a second of it. It was amazing!  - Ava VS, Level 5


I went to Somers Camp, and it was a great experience! I had so much fun. It had its challenging parts like the giant swing and abseiling, but it was still fun! I really recommend going – I was scared at first, but now I want to go back! – Amelie B, Level 5

Level 5 Immigration Museum & Cultural Walk

On Thursday 13 June the Level 5 students enjoyed an Excursion to the Immigration Museum as well as a CBD Walking Tour. Students have been studying the countries in the Northern Hemisphere and the impact they have had on cultural diversity when immigrating to Australia. The Immigration Museum provided the students with an excellent background on Australia’s history and the development of our country. The children worked their way through a number of different sections of the museum, filling in a Passport full of relevant activities along the way. On our CBD walk, we learnt about the traditional lands of the Aboriginal people and the settlement areas of the English in Melbourne city. The Tour Guides were full of exciting facts and information for the kids. This excursion was a great support to our Inquiry Unit and has helped answer a lot of the children’s questions relating to this unit.  

Community News

Helping the Homeless

Dear Parents,


Hi, we are Bella, Mikayla and Zane from Grade 3M. We are working on a school project and we would like to try to help keep the homeless warm this winter.


We would like your children to donate any old or new beanies, scarfs, mittens or socks that are spare or no longer used. Please ensure that used items are still in reasonable condition.


We are going to be sending all collections to the Salvation Army who will hand them out to the homeless. This should help keep them warm.


You can put these donations in a box that will be placed in the office foyer.


Thank you!

Abel Morning Tea & Cultural Dress Day

On Thursday 27 June, we celebrated our World Vision sponsor child’s birthday. Abel will be turning twelve and to recognise his special day we held a free dress day and encouraged all students to dress from their own cultural background/country of influence to celebrate diversity, embrace inclusiveness and reinforce that ‘everyone belongs’.  There were some beautiful and colourful costumes seen around the school.  Thanks to all students who dressed up and also to those that donated to the cause.  We raised over $400 which will go towards continued sponsorship of Abel.


ANZAC Day Appeal

The Principal,


Admittedly a little later than expected, I am now able to advise that the Waverley RSL was able to collect $47 235.00 during this year’s Anzac Day Appeal.


Your school’s contribution to this amount was $312.40.


The total funds raised will now be transferred to the Victorian RSL State Branch. A little later in the year, 50% will be returned to us at Waverley to fund our local assistance to veterans and their families, whilst the remaining 50% will be used for veteran welfare at a state level.


Please accept my heartfelt thanks to you, your staff, students and parents for their contributions. It almost goes without saying that without our local schools we would be unable to continue providing welfare assistance to the extent we have to date.


I look forward to your continued assistance later in the year when we conduct the 2019 Remembrance Day ‘Poppy’ Appeal.


Kind regards,


Grantley Woods

Appeals Officer

Waverley RSL

0451 425 288

Term 2 Highlights 

Term 2 Highlights

School ANZAC Ceremony

L3-6 Science Club

Level 4 IMAX Excursion

Senior House Cross Country

Education Week/Open Night

Biggest Morning Tea

Level 3 Democracy Incursion

Level 3 Chemical Science Incursion

Junior House Cross Country

NEVR Choir

Level 3 Monash City Council Excursion

Level 6 Canberra Camp

Level 4 Monash Council Recycling Incursion

Somers Camp

Level 1 Professor Bunsen Incursion

Level 5 Immigration Museum Excursion

Level 6 Immigration Journeys Incursion

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Sneak Peek!

The SWPBS team is working very hard on our school acknowledgement system. The reusable tokens are in production and should be ready to be given to those students who demonstrate a behaviour from our Matrix by week three. Students who earn 5 of the same token with the same school value (e.g 5 excellence tokens) will contribute to a whole school reward, once a student has earned 5 of each school value they will then receive an individual reward. This positive reinforcement of the behaviours that we want to see in our students should make JPPS the new happiest place on Earth!!


PAW-GUST is coming! 

Throughout the month of August, we will be taking part in Guide Dogs Australia 's fundraising event- PAWGUST. As part of this initiative, Ziggy will be walking 30 minutes a day for 30 days (which is about 2km a day). Teachers and students will be encouraged to be involved in her daily walks. To donate to Ziggy's page and to follow her walking adventures please go to the following link:



Ziggy is looking forward to some nice sleep ins and long walks during the holidays. She has had a fun time joining in all the activities this term and can't wait for the implementation of the D-PAWS club, Pawgust and some more training during term 3.


Jells Park Parent Committee


Waverley Cinema Fundraiser

If you love going to the movies and want to save money then you may be interested in the
Jells Park Primary School Movie Fundraiser.


Simply click on this link to visit the Jells Park Primary School Movie Portal.


It offers the latest movies for family and friends at only $9.00 each.  At the same time Jells Park Primary School receives $1.00 donation per admission.


You can also win Movie Passes - Popcorn and  Pepsi in the Regular Facebook Like-Share-Tag Promotion.  

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Hi Everyone!

We've had a great Term 2 at OSHClub with lots of fun and excitement. The term began with a really exciting Vacation care program with Jells Park hosting 5 other programs for a carnival which included a bouncy castle, petting zoo and a range of carnival games. We also  we had some guests visit our after school care early in the term who taught us some really cool circus tricks! The children really enjoyed balancing, creating human pyramids, and juggling. 


The children have really settled well in to the program with our new children feeling welcomed and included and our older children supporting some of our younger children in a range of activities. It's been great to see the children show their interests and skills with lots of dancing, sports and different crafts throughout the term. Our regular coordinator, Alicia is on a well deserved break at the moment and in her place, our assistant coordinator Justin has stepped up and we look forward to welcoming Alicia back in the middle of term 3.


We also look forward to seeing lots of children for our winter vacation care where we will be visiting Taskworks, doing some rock climbing, building billy karts and lots of other exciting activities. For those families having a well deserved break, enjoy the holidays and we look forward to seeing you in term 3. 


The OSHClub Team



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