# From the Principal's Office

Dear Parents,

The last newsletter for Term 1 and I know we probably say this every term, but the weeks have certainly flown by!

It has been a busy start to the year with many events and achievements this term:
Our Preps settled into school; Prep Welcome Barbeque; Information Nights; Parent-Teacher meetings; Swimming carnivals; Year 5/6 summer sport; Evening on the Green; Working Bee; Classroom incursions & excursions; GIPS Classic and finally school photos.

We are now accepting enrolments for 2020 and particularly ask current families with a student due to begin school next year to complete an enrolment form and drop it into the office as soon as possible. Thank you for your help with this matter. If you have friends or neighbours who have a 2020 Prep student, they should telephone the office and book into a school tour on (03) 9885 3624.

School tours for prospective Prep parents have commenced and are held on alternating Mondays and Thursdays during Terms 1, 2 & 3. The tours begin at 9.45am in the school office and usually take approximately 45 minutes. Tour dates can be found on the website at School Tours. It is essential that bookings are made so that tour groups are not too large, so please RSVP to the office at glen.iris.ps@edumail.vic.gov.au.


Thank you to all parents who took part in the recent election for our School Council. As I have mentioned previously, we are fortunate at GIPS to have an involved and supportive parent community. I would like to acknowledge and thank Katie Slater-Temby, Claire Mustchin and Kristina Dalgleish for nominating for this year’s council.
Our first meeting of the new School Council occurred last Wednesday night. In that meeting, office bearers were elected for 2019 and subcommittees formed.

This year’s School Council members are:

James Kelly – President
Flip Connell – Vice President
Mathew Kilgour – Treasurer
Oded Van Ham
Ran Hao
Fiona Holbeach
Emma Teoh
Alex Smith
Mal Osborne-Smith – PA President

After some rescheduling due to the extreme heat, we had an excellent turn out for our annual Evening on the Green. Approximately 300 people enjoyed the beautiful weather, convivial surrounds and the opportunity to get together as a community. A huge thank you to Kelly Greeves and her committee of helpers for organising the event, including the gelati truck, pizza van, raffles and jelly bean competition, etc. Thanks also to Peter Dafinis who provided the children with hours of enjoyment at the inflatable Dart Wall.

There is great excitement amongst our students leading up to our inaugural GIPS Classic event. The COLOUR Run, organised by our Parents Association, will be held on Tuesday 2 April. It is one of our major fundraisers for the year and we have less than a week to go to collect as many donations as possible. The funds raised will go towards two new interactive Promethean panels for our classrooms.

A huge thank you to Kerryn Aikman who has overseen the organisation of this event. Kerryn has gone ‘above and beyond’ as she kindly volunteered to continue in the role as the event organiser for this year despite the fact that Millie, her youngest child, is now in Year 7. Thanks also to Robin Borchard, father of Jai in Year 2, who has also helped with planning of the course for the students. We also have many volunteers for the day of the event but it is not too late to be involved. All the GIPS Classic information, including links to the fundraising page and volunteer signup, can be found here.

Students who display our school values: Gratitude, Empathy, Respect, Resilience and Honesty are recognised by being awarded with a Tea Pot ticket. They then have a chance to participate in a morning tea with the Principal hosted by members of the SALT – Wellbeing Team. Well done to the following students drawn out of the Tea Pot and will be enjoying a morning tea next Monday:

Charlotte K – PM         Etta T – 2B              Abbey H – 4TJ                        
Billy G – PG                Grace L – 2J             Chloe N – 56H
Lachlan T – 1SP          Matilda S – 2H          Kylan D – 56H
Annabelle – 1C           Holly H – 3O             Ruby S – 56H              
Alex L – 1LG               Amelia W – 3O         Michael T – 56K          
Xavier O – 2B             Lisa A – 4TJ              Zoe N – 56K
Catiane D – 4TJ                                  

Our Library is a very busy and exciting place with lots of great books in circulation. Each week students visit the library with their class. During these sessions, students browse the collection, borrow books and learn library skills. Thank you for your ongoing support of Scholastic Book Club and the Book Fair at the end of 2018.  The points accumulated from our commission go directly into buying new and wonderful resources for our library and the classroom.  So far this year the library has already acquired over 250 new and exciting titles for all ranges on the reading spectrum.

Well done to our students, Sean, Damon, Luke and Abbey, who recently competed in the Regional Swimming event in Ringwood. It is a fantastic achievement to have four students represented in individual events. The standard of swimming at this level is very strong and each of our students were very competitive in their respective events. Sean finished second in the breaststroke, Damon came fourth in freestyle and fourth in breaststroke, Luke finished fifth in breaststroke and Abbey came first in freestyle and second in butterfly. Abbey now qualifies for the State Swimming Carnival at the Melbourne Sports Aquatic Centre, 24th April 2019. If Abbey wins this race she will qualify for the Victorian Girls 9/10 Swim Team. We wish Abbey all the best!

Students in Year 4 headed to the Werribee Open Range Zoo as part of their integrated topic, ‘Endangered Animals and Habitats’. They had the opportunity to go on a Safari surrounded by rhinos, giraffes and other endangered animals to learn more about the ways to protect these species and conserve their natural habitat. Below is Artwork produced by Olivia, Rachel, Estelle, Sarah and Ella from Year 4 on the topic:


Prep students, as part of their Integrated Studies topic, ‘It’s All About Me’, had a visit from some theatre performers. The interactive performance celebrated everyone’s unique capabilities and had valuable lessons about self-esteem, friendship and diversity. “Marvellous Me!” encourages students to explore:

  • Their own uniqueness

  • Their special skills and qualities

  • Self-esteem

  • The importance of friendship

  • Acceptance and diversity

  • Cooperation and teamwork


On Monday 29 April, there will be a transition information evening for interested parents of students moving from Year 6 to Year 7. This will take place at Solway PS in the Wilkinson Learning Centre from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Principals from Ashwood High School, Auburn High School and Camberwell High School will give a 25-minute presentation about their respective schools. More details about this event has been sent out via Compass to Year 4, 5 & 6 parents.
We celebrated Harmony Week last week in the classrooms. The week celebrates Australia’s multiculturalism and is about inclusiveness, respect and belonging for all Australians. Here are some interesting facts about Australians today:
  • Since the end of World War II in 1945, more than seven million migrants have made Australia their home
  • Around 45 percent of Australians were born overseas or have at least one parent who was born overseas.
  • People from more than 200 countries make up the Australian community.
  • The top ten countries of birth in Australia are Australia, United Kingdom, New Zealand, China, India, Italy, Vietnam, Philippines, South Africa and Malaysia.
  • Australians identify around 300 ancestries.
  • Australians practise more than 100 religions including Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism.
  • More than 300 languages are spoken in Australian homes.
  • More than 60 Indigenous languages are spoken today.
  • Apart from English the most common languages spoken in Australia are Mandarin, Italian, Arabic, Cantonese, Greek, Vietnamese, Tagalog/Filipino, Spanish and Hindi.

Below are some examples of different activities that took place:


Just a reminder that school photos will be held on Wednesday 3 April. More details can be found here.

Please can you take the time to label all uniform items. We regularly sort and return as much lost property as possible during the school year. It is always disappointing to see the huge amount of unclaimed uniform that is in excellent condition in lost property. The lost property box is located in the main building, just inside the doors near the Year 4 rooms.

Just a reminder that the final day of Term 1 is Friday 5 April. We will have an assembly on this day at the earlier time of 1.50pm and school will be dismissed at 2.30pm.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish all the Glen Iris families a great holiday break and an enjoyable Easter. I look forward to welcoming back all of our school community on Tuesday 23 April.

Garry Collins