Huntingdale Primary School

18 October 2017
Issue Seventeen
Principal and Assistant Principal's Page
Trivia Night
Jenny's Chatroom
Dates to Remember 
Huntingdale Primary School
03 9544 2318
Grange Street
Oakleigh South, Victoria, 3167

Principal and Assistant Principal's Page

Acting Principal's Report

I hope everyone had a nice break and enjoyed the time with their families.

Our last term has started! I hope it will be exciting and a great celebration for our children’s learning.

Kate’s News

I wanted to pass on the wonderful news that Mrs Gray had her baby during the school holiday. This is the message we received below:


It is with utmost delight that we welcome the arrival of Matilda Elizabeth Gray at 9:48 AM, Thursday 28th September, 49.75 cm long, 33.5 cm head circumference and 3.46 kg. 

Mother has recovered well and daughter has enjoyed some time socialising in the special care nursery. 
Matilda, every time we hug you or squish your tiny hands you will experience a transfer of love, simultaneously intensified and shared. 

Our vow is to guide you with peace, hope and love to meet your potential and we thank you for helping us meet our dreams. 

We thank our family and friends for their love and support over this journey, and offer our prayers and support for others chasing similar dreams. 

Japan Trip

Our Japan Trip team arrived safely in Japan on Thursday on 12th October. They travelled to Kyoto by Shinkansen (bullet train), staying at a Ryokan (Japanese traditional hotel) as part of their  adventure. The students are staying with a host family and enjoying the school life at Kuramochi Primary School. They are having an awesome time exploring the Japanese culture using their Japanese language skills. It is a great and real opportunity for them to use their skills after learning Japanese at school for so long. We are looking forward to hearing about their exciting journey and their courage in being away from their parents and family.


I am writing to advise you that our school currently has a student who is receiving medical treatment for cancer. The student is actively involved in the school community and recovering from treatments and their side effects.


As this student has a compromised immune system and is more vulnerable to disease, it is important that you do not send your children to school if they are unwell. For example, if your child has an infectious disease (such as the measles, chickenpox or flu), your child should stay at home until they are no longer contagious. For more information about how long an illness is contagious, please contact your GP.


I would also appreciate it if you would notify the school immediately if your child has an infectious disease. This will allow us to notify the parents of our student with cancer, if necessary.


We appreciate your cooperation. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.


Footy Day Fundraising Outcome

We had Footy Day Fundraising on Friday 22nd September. SLC (Student Leadership Council) organized the event and $374 was raised. The money raised is to go to the Monash Children’s Hospital for cancer research.  Thank you to Miss Caitlin Webb and her student council for organizing a great day.


Student’s Achievement

Nathan has performed a solo violin concert at the

Victoria Music Teachers Association (VMTA). He has got the good critique from an adjudicator.

Nathan also participated in a church orchestra. He enjoys both solo and group performances. Music has enhanced him in terms of confidence,

persistence, determination and dedication. Well Done, Nathan!


Katelyn had an exam last Wednesday (11/10/2017)

 in the class of classical piano, 4th grade.  She received an 'A' (pass with Honours). Well Done, Katelyn!


On 16th September, Chiara (5/6M) competed in

the 2017 National Club Gymnastics competition in Bendigo in Acrobatic Gymnastics.

Acrobatic Gymnastics incorporates elements of flexibility, balance, strength, tumbling, and dance.

Chiara competed as part of a trio in 2 choreographed routines (Balance and Dynamic) against 22 other trios from around Australia.

This was Chiara’s first major competition and it was an amazing achievement especially as her trio had worked together for less than one term.

Chiara started doing Acrobatic Gymnastics at the beginning of this year and was quickly promoted up to National Junior Squad level.

This week she has been invited to join the Senior State Squad. Well done Chiara!


On Friday 13th October, Zac Nathan (3/4N) was

very proud to be invited to a ceremony at Government House with his grandfather Peter Leffler who was recognised for 47 years of service with St John Ambulance.

After the ceremony, Zac was very excited to meet the Governor of Victoria, Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AC, who was very friendly and asked him lots of questions about school and what he wants to be when he grows up.

Hats On!

As the weather has become quite summery, it is a timely reminder that all students and staff need to have a sunsmart hat for all outside activities during this Term.

Have a lovely weekend

Naomi Mori-Hanazono

Acting Principal

Acting Assistant Principal


We are pleased to announce that Kohen Umezu(5/6K) and Kai Burke(5/6M) made it to the Regionals in athletics! Kohen came first in triple jump and Kai came second in 100m hurdles.

Well done and good luck!



The lunchtime activities are back!

ICT – Coding club

The ICT room will be open on Wednesday during lunch time to provide children in Grades 3 to 6 the opportunity to learn about “Coding”. This is one of our most popular lunch time activities with children queueing outside the ICT door eagerly waiting to learn how to code.


Lego Club

The lunchtime Lego club keeps our young creative brains at work and provides the opportunity for the students to build their own creations. This activity always creates active discussion among the children and also helps develop creative thinking by allowing the children to solve problems in teams. If you’re into creative play, come along to Lego club.


Mindfulness session

Practising breathing exercises helps young minds feel emotional balance through the mindfulness meditation activities. These activities are not only designed to build happier, healthier and compassionate children but also to install a positive self-awareness and esteem. Why don’t you come and join!


Chess club

Do you like playing chess? The Chess club is another popular activity at school. We have chess captains to show you how to play chess. It is another great way to develop problem solving skills. Unleash your originality and be creative with chess!



It is great to see students enjoying reading their favourite books in English and Japanese.


All activities start at 1:40pm andfinish at 2:05pm in allocated rooms and areas.


Request for the survey for OSH Club


Could you please take a minute to fill in the following survey?  This will greatly assist us in collecting the school communities’ feedback.

Here is the link below:


Have a great week

Keiko Harada

Acting Assistant Principal

Trivia Night


One of our major fundraising events of the year, the Trivia Night, is now in its third year. The date is Saturday 28 October and the venue is the Penfold Hall. The doors will open at 6pm and the Night will start at 6.15pm until approx. 10.45pm. Come and have some fun!

 Tickets $10 per team member. Teams of 5-8 people. If you’re unable to make up a full team, don’t worry, we can add you to an existing team!

 BYO food/snacks/drinks. Alcoholic beverages (beer & wine) allowed (Please ensure responsible drinking and have a designated driver).

 Theme of the evening will be “Disney Versus Anime”, time to dig out your favourite outfit from the 1980’s! Prizes will be awarded to the best dressed person.  Strictly adults only event.

 Trivia challenges will cover music, sport, history, and geography, with a twist of Japan and Australia 

 Don’t forget to bring gold coins for raffles and additional chances to win big prizes!

Over $11,500 worth of prizes up for grabs! 

How to register

You can download the paper form attached here and send it to the office or drop it off at the office

You can register online by clicking here

You can collect a registration form at the office

You can register online via FlexiBuz or from our web page

How to pay

You can pay via QKR (favourite), Bpay, EFTPOS, credit card  or cash at the office . 



Jenny's Chatroom

Brighten up someone’s day!

This morning when I arrived at work some of my colleagues were playing a light hearted trick on another friend……the result was a lot of screaming and laughter. It was such a happy way to start the day. So Huntingdale Community I wonder if the day begins with heaviness, try starting your day with a smile and see how

infectious it can be.

Then continue on with other people you see. It does not only make your day good but all the others will be thankful too!

Have a great day!


Dates to Remember 

October 2017

Sat 28 - Trivia Night - 6pm start

Mon 23 -Fri 27 - Swimming week - Found to Grade 2

Mon 30 - Fri 3 Nov - Swimming week Senior classes 3-6

Tue 31 - Grade 1 excursion to Murrumbeena Railway Station

Tue 31 - Cybersafety Parent Information Session 7pm in the Hall

November 2017

Wed 1 - Kinder-School transition - 1.30 -3pm

Wed 1 - Japanese Literacy session for 2018 parents in the Hall - 1.30pm - 3pm

Tue 7 - Melbourne Cup Day - No school

Wed 8 - Fri 10 - Dental van visit

Mon 13 -Responsible Pet ownership Incursion - Foundation classes

Wed 15 - Kinder-School transition - 1.30 -3pm

Wed 15 - English Literacy session for 2018 parents in the Hall - 1.30pm - 3pm

Sat 18 - Twilight Working Bee - 4pm to 7pm

Tue 28 - Parent Prep 2018 Information Evening - 6.30 to 7.30pm in the Hall

Wed 29 - Kinder-School transition - 9.30am -12.3pm

Term Dates 2017

Term 1: 30 January (school teachers start)  


Term 2: 18 April (Tuesday) to 30 June

Term 3: 17 July to 22 September

Term 4: 9 October to 22 December


* The first day of Term 1 is a student-free day in all government schools to allow for appropriate planning to take place for the arrival of students. Each year government schools are provided with four student-free days for professional development, school planning and administration, curriculum development, and student assessment and reporting purposes. The remaining three student-free days are determined by each individual school, so contact your school for details

Term Dates 2018

Term 1: 29 January (Teachers start) to 29 March

Term 2: 16 April to 29 June

Term 3: 16 July to 21 September

Term 4: 8 October to 21 December

Click here to see term dates up to 2025







Working With Children Check

Under the new Child Safe regulations introduced last year by the Victorian State Government, any person having contact with children must present a current and valid Working With Children Check (WWC) card.   This includes visitors to schools – both presenters and parents – who are in the classroom or on an activity with the children.

As from 18th April 2017 (1st day of Term 2), all parents going in to the classroom to assist in anyway must sign in and out at the office and show their WWC.  Unfortunately without this card, we cannot allow you to go into the classroom or on the activity.


For details on how to apply for a Working With Children Check card please click here.



Huntingdale Primary School
Trivia Night Registration Form.pdf
Japanese Trivia Night Registration form 2017.pdf