Principal’s Message

Hello everyone and welcome to the first ever School Newsletter for the Thornhill Park Primary School Community.

We are nearing the end of the first term and we have a lot to be proud of.  We are establishing our school as a welcoming environment for all students, teachers and families and a place that will see the Thornhill Park Community thrive.

In this, my first Principal report at this brand new school, I will outline some of the wonderful things that have already been taking place at Thornhill Park.


Over the last 2 weeks, our Year 3 and 5 students have been participating in NAPLAN testing.  Students were well prepared before the test in gaining an understanding of the format and what is expected.  NAPLAN is a snapshot of student ability at one point in time and should be viewed alongside teacher judgements and other assessments.  Students are tested in their ability to complete reading, writing, grammar, spelling and mathematics tasks.  All tasks are now completed on an online platform and the test is adapted to the student’s level of ability and the answers provided.  This is the earliest that NAPLAN has ever been conducted, so we expect the results soon.

School Council

Monday was the first meeting of our new School Council.  We thank all the parents and teachers who have put their hand up to be part of this very important committee.  We look forward to doing wonderful things as a group.

Harmony week

It was great to see so many students wearing orange last week for our Harmony Week celebration.  Students across the school completed activities in their classrooms and raised some money for the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal.  We raised just under $250 for this great cause.  It is fabulous to see just how inclusive our school community is.  We have student representatives from nearly 20 countries and there are over 25 different languages spoken by students and teachers across the school.  We love how diverse our population is because it enables us to all learn from each other and gain a greater level of tolerance and understanding as a community.

Pick Up and Drop Off Safety

Thank you to all parents who have been listening to our messages about student safety during pick up and drop off.  We would ask that you stay out of the staff car park in the morning and afternoons and observe all signage at the front of the school.  We would also encourage all families to use the supervised crossing.  It has been reported to me that parents have been doing dangerous U-Turns in front of the school crossing and parking in illegal areas.  This type of behaviour will attract a fine from the Police or Traffic Officers and we will not be able to help you get out of this sanction.  Please ensure you have the student’s and there safety as your priority during these busy times.

Lateness and absences

We aim to have all students at school and on time every day.  We have noticed that many students are coming to school late every morning and several are missing days on end.  It is very important to be at school to develop continuous learning habits.  It also helps students to connect previous learning and to help develop a clearer understanding of their expectations and goals, not to mention the social implications that can be felt with constant absence.


It is an expectation at Thornhill Park Primary School that all students read each night as a homework task.  It would also be a good idea to develop mathematics skills such as multiplication tables and automatic response as these are necessary skills.  We will not be providing regular homework that will be corrected by teachers as this is not a great use of time and research suggests that homework for Primary age students has no impact on learning.  However, we will provide links at various points throughout the year that will enable parents and students to complete optional homework tasks that reinforce the work completed in class.  Some of these will be via subscriptions that we are currently acquiring and others will be tasks that promote skills linked to school work.  These tasks will not be corrected by teachers, but you may be able to have a dialogue with your child’s teacher about whether some of these tasks might help to help your children make better connections in the learning that takes place each day in class.

Class Dojo

We have lots of families already using Class Dojo.  This is a wonderful way to keep up to date with what your child is doing in class and how they are working towards their goals.  It is also a way for parents to communicate with classroom teachers and for parents to receive school communication.  Students also receive points on Dojo that link directly to our school values of Respect, Integrity, Persistence and Wellbeing.  Please sign up to Class Dojo if you are yet to do so.

School Photos

We had School Photos last week.  The students were excellent for the photographers and we are now in the process of sorting these photos out.  They will be handed out early in Term 2.  Please contact MSP at if you have any questions about the photo process.

Year 6 tops

Our Year 6s have now chosen their desired sizes and payment has now closed.  Any students who are yet to purchase these limited edition polos or hoodies are no longer able to get them.  Tops will take 4-6 weeks to manufacture, so they should be available early in term 2.

PE clinics

Students have been having a wonderful time in PE with Mrs Payton as they take part in clinics in basketball, hockey and rugby.  We will have a number of other clinics taking place later in the year and we will also participate in Lightning Premiership days with our Year 5/6 students against other schools in Melton.

School Website

We have now launched our new school website at It is another form of communication that will have the fortnightly newsletter and any forms or other information for prospective teachers, students or families.  Please let us know if there is something you would like on there or if you think we need to add a language to our language translator that would be helpful for you.  Our site is currently easily translated to Punjabi, Hindi, Vietnamese and other languages at the click of a button.  Thank you to Jade and Sharon for getting this website up and running.

Thank you for contributing to such a wonderful start to our school and I look forward to getting to know everyone as we grow as a community.

Darryl Spiteri

Thornhill Park Primary School Principal

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