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Thornhill Park PS News #8

18th August 2023

Our newsletter is published on a fortnightly basis and is an effective medium of informing students and parents about various school activities, achievements, and events.

We also have a Facebook page and use Compass and ClassDojo to communicate between the school, and parents, students, and staff.

Upcoming Events

Term 3 – Student Free Day – Monday 15th of July
Jul 15 all-day
Rugby league – Incursion (Year 1 & 2s – Mon & Wed) / Year 3 & 4s Fridays
Jul 15 @ 3:15 pm – Jul 29 @ 4:15 pm
Term 3 Starts on Tuesday 16th July till 20th September
Jul 16 – Sep 21 all-day
Year 1/2 Melbourne Zoo
Aug 2 all-day
Year 5/6 Camp Weekaway
Sep 2 – Sep 4 all-day

Principal’s Message

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We are accelerating towards the end of Term 3 with many exciting events taking place over the next few weeks.

Book Week

We will have our first ever Book Week Parade on Friday 25th August at 9am.  We are excited to see the many costumes that students will wear to celebrate this occasion.  Parents are most welcome to attend the parade.  Our students will also be participating in a live show in our gym based on the book ‘Jorn’s Magnificent Imagination,’ which is a shortlisted book in the 2023 Children’s Book Awards.  Further to these two exciting events, we will be holding a Book Fair in our Wellbeing space.  It promises to be a wonderful week.


We are super excited that our canteen will be opening this coming Tuesday 22nd August.  There will be counter service at recess and lunch time every Tuesday and Thursday.  You can order meals up to 4 weeks in advance using the QuickCliq App.  Check out the posters around the school or head to Class Dojo or Compass to see the menu.  We are still in the process of putting in a coffee machine, so we will let you know when this service will be available.


We have received our first 4 relocatable buildings to increase the capacity of our school.  These buildings are a welcome addition and will provide us with enough space to cater for the continued growth of Thornhill Park Primary School.  They are now ready for use.


Our current enrolment for 2024 is around 405 at this stage.  We are expecting a number of new students to attend our school next year either as Preps or from other schools, where people are moving into the area or are perhaps moving their children to our school after having them at other local schools, but they reside within our zone.  We welcome all new enrolments and would appreciate if you spread the word within the community to ensure we are able to adequately staff any sharp increases in enrolments.  Enrolment forms are available online or at the front office.

Matildas and our School Values

I’m sure many of you have been watching the Fifa Women’s World Cup with interest.  As someone who comes from a footballing family where my sisters and mother all played when I was younger and I coach a girl’s Under 16 team, I am not surprised by the efforts of the Matildas.  It has been a long time in the making.  It is a shame that they couldn’t make it to their first World Cup Final, however they have showed amazing persistence and resilience by getting to this point in the tournament after losing early on and having to endure a grueling penalty shoot out.  The players have given their all and remained respectful of their opposition by showing dignity in defeat and by congratulating the winners, whilst also consoling those who they have beaten thus ensuring their opposition’s wellbeing.  The team has shown remarkable integrity by representing their country with pride , despite the pressure that they must feel.  They have tanked the crowd after each game and have tried their best.  There are huge lessons to be learnt from this experience.  Australia has come together to support a team of wonderful individuals who have given their all to represent their country, their families and themselves.  Go Matildas!


A reminder that Term 4 is once again a term where hats are required.  Please ensure your child has a school hat with their name on it.  Hats are available from Dobsons.

Hoodies – issues

We have noticed that the logos have been coming off some of the hoodies that students are wearing to school.   If you are not satisfied with the logo on your hoodie and think that it is falling off, we would ask that you take the hoodie to Dobsons and they will endeavour to put a new logo on your child’s top.  I would appreciate any feedback you have on any uniform items because I keep in constant contact with the uniform supplier and want to ensure our uniform remains at a high quality standard.


On Thursday 17th August, we had out first ever students competing in the District Athletics at Cobblebank Athletics track.  We are sure our students had a great day and represented our school with pride.


Please ensure that your children wear a helmet when riding a bike to school.  There are far too many students putting themselves at risk by not wearing helmets to school, not to mention that wearing a helmet when riding a bike is a law in Victoria.


We still have a number of parents parking in the ‘drop off’ zones at the front of the school.  Please observe the signs to assist in traffic flow.  It is not essential for you to park at the very front of the school to pick up your children if you have a clear routine for pick up and drop off.  Failure to follow signs can result in hefty fines from the Melton Council.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Darryl Spiteri


From the Office

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Our school is conducting a survey to find out what parents / caregivers / guardians think of our school. The Parent / Caregiver / Guardian Opinion Survey is an annual survey offered by the Department of Education that is designed to assist schools in gaining an understanding of families’ perceptions of school climate, student behavior, and student engagement. The survey is optional, but we encourage all families to participate. Our school will use the survey results to help inform and direct future school planning and improvement strategies.

All families are invited to participate in the survey.

The Parent / Caregiver / Guardian Opinion Survey will be open from Monday 7 August to Friday 8 September 2023.

The survey will be conducted online, only takes 20 minutes to complete, and can be accessed at any convenient time within the survey period on desktop computers, laptops, tablets, or smartphones. The online survey will be available in English and 10 other languages including Arabic, Greek, Hakha Chin, Hindi, Japanese, Punjabi, Simplified Chinese, Somali, Turkish, and Vietnamese.

Please speak to our office staff if you would like more information.

Scholastic Book Fair

It’s about books! It’s about your children. It’s about fun! It’s our Scholastic Book Fair — a special time for our entire school community, to be held in our Library/Wellbeing area.

Please plan now to attend our Book Fair, scheduled for Tuesday 22nd, Wednesday 23rd, Thursday 24th and Friday 25th of August before school (8:15- 8:40 am) and after school (3:00-3:30pm). You’ll be glad you did! It’s a perfect time to explore the affordable books and products with your children. Plus, a portion of the sales benefits our school directly. Money raised will contribute to purchasing books for our students. We encourage you to take time for this special event. Can’t wait to see you there!

Book Week

On Friday 25th of August, at 9am in the gym, we will be holding our Book Character Parade. Students can come to school wearing their costumes based on a character from a favourite story book. Our theme is READ, GROW, INSPIRE! The costume can be anything you already have at home in the cupboard. We look forward to seeing parents and guardians joining us at the parade.


Guess the Number of Lollies in the Lolly Jar!

As part of the fundraising for the Grade 6 Graduation, the Year 5&6 students will be holding a ‘Guess How Many Lollies ae in the Jar’ competition.  The competition is open to all students, parents and the wider community. The cost is 50 cents an entry. Students will be able to enter the competition at recess and lunchtime. The competition will run for a couple of weeks. Parents and the wider school community may enter the competition during Friday assemblies. The lucky winner takes home the jar full of sweets.  Good luck everyone!



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How to: Consent & pay for events

Compass Events is a tool within Compass that allows us as a school to invite your child/ren to an incursion or excursion without sending home a physical paper notice.  You can give consent, complete medical information and enter notes within these events. 

Compass Pay is a tool that allows you to pay for incursions, excursions and camps online with a credit or debit card. 

What does this mean for you as parents? 

You will notice that your Compass account will have some different options, requests and features.

Notices, permission and payment for your child/ren to attend a school-based event (excursions, camps or incursion) will be sent to you via your current Compass account. 

  • You will receive all the information for the event, it will through your Compass account, events section.
  • You will then be able to give your consent/permission for the event and additionally provide any medical details or notes required for your child.
  • After giving permission, you will then be able to pay for the event using a credit or debit card. 

Please contact the school office if you require any assistance.


Our Learning

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Our Learning in Grade 3 & 4


This Term, students have been working on developing fluency when reading. To support them in practising their fluency, students learnt about and participated in Reader’s Theatre. This was an opportunity for students to be assigned a character in which they practised reading the words and changing their voice to match the character. Students read one of the following plays, ‘The Three Little Pigs’, ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’, ‘The Greedy Farmer’, and ‘Little Red Riding Hood’.

This Term, in Writing, we have been focusing on writing personal narratives. Students brainstormed a variety of moments that have happened to them in their life, such as camping, going to the shops or family holidays. Students then picked a small moment from their event and wrote about it, adding some made up parts to make the story more interesting and engaging for their reader.



In our 3/4 classes, we have been learning about multiplication and division. Students have been using concrete materials, diagrams, and algorithms to solve a variety of multiplication and division problems. Students have developed their abilities to use ‘groups of’, ‘arrays’ and ‘algorithms’ to solve multiplication and division problems.


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Introducing the School Leaders

Year 1 & 2 Class Captains

“A great leader is someone who helps people.  They are important because they can be kind.  A leader is a good buddy because when someone is sad you can cheer them up.  A leader can show the values.”

Enayat 1/2A                         


“A good leader is kind and follows the school values.  A good leaders helps others and does full body listening.  A good leader does not hit others and push others.  A good leader does not bully others, and make fun of others.”

Kirylls 1/2B                          

“Hi my name is Shnaya and I am honoured to be the class captain of 1/2 C.  I believe a good leader is someone who…

  • Helps others in all sessions.
  • Shows all the values all the time.
  • Solves all the problems.

A good leader is someone that guides the class TO LISTEN AND BEHAVE IN THE CLASSROOM”.

Shnaya 1/2C                    


“A good leader is when it is break time and somebody is hurt on the soccer pitch or anywhere you help them or if they are very hurt you can tell the teacher.”

Ali 1/2D                     


“A good leader is honest.  A good leader is persistent.  A good leader is smart.  A good leader is friendly.”

Indy 1/2E                       


Mental Health & Wellbeing

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Building resilience in children

Resilience … it’s a familiar word, isn’t it? But what does it really mean?

When we talk about resilience, we’re talking about a child’s ability to cope with ups and downs and bounce back from the challenges they experience during childhood – for example moving home, changing schools, studying for an exam or dealing with the death of a loved one. Building resilience helps children not only to deal with current difficulties that are a part of everyday life, but also to develop the basic skills and habits that will help them deal with challenges later in life, during adolescence and adulthood.

Resilience is important for children’s mental health. Children with greater resilience are better able to manage stress, which is a common response to difficult events. Stress is a risk factor for mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression, if the level of stress is severe or ongoing.

How can I build resilience in my child?

Lates research finds that there are five areas that offer the best chance for building resilience in children.


Find out more.

Helpful contacts and websites


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Going to school every day is the single most important part of your child’s education. Students learn new things at school every day – missing school puts them behind.

If your child is sick or absent, you are required to notify school as soon as possible on the day of absence using one of the following methods:

  1. Online: log the absence directly using Compass.
  2. Telephone: the school office and let the staff know your child’s name, class, date of absences and reason.

Notifying the school of your child’s absence either prior to, or on the day that they will be away, helps ensure the safety and wellbeing of children and will fulfil your legal responsibility.

Why do I need to notify the school if my child is absent?

Schools need to know when and why a child is absent and you need to know if your child isn’t at school.

If your child is absent on a particular day and you have not contacted the school to explain why, the absence will be marked as unexplained.

This system also promotes daily school attendance. Going to school every day is the single most important part of your child’s education, they learn new things every day – missing school puts them behind.

 What is your responsibility?

You are legally required to ensure your child attends school every day or you must provide an explanation for their absence. You should let the school know in advance of any upcoming absences or let them know in the morning if your child won’t be at school. Avoid making routine medical and dental appointments during the school day or planning family holidays during the term.

Recognising great attendance and punctuality.

Our attendance target is 96%.  Each week, we reward the class with the highest attendance (which includes getting to school on time!), with our school mascot, Ripwell in their classroom for the week.

Congratulations to Prep B, our first Thornhill Park Primary School weekly attendance award winners.

Week Ending: 11th August

Week Ending: 18th August

Congratulations to 5/6B, our first Thornhill Park Primary School weekly attendance award winners.

Students of the Week

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Congratulations to the following students who received awards during our assemblies!

Keep up the great work!

Students of the Week – Ending 11/08

Prep A Mrs Nicoll Rajvir S
Prep B Miss Belovitch Ridhi N
Prep C Miss Thomas
Prep D Ms Leslie Jeenawal S
Class 12A Mrs Scott Isabella H
Class 12B Miss Afxentiou Harnaaz K
Class 12D Miss Duffy Noah T
Class 12E Miss Trigueros Akaalikrat K
Class 34A Mr Micallef LJ T
Class 34C Mrs Cornock Mary Y
Class 56A Ms Fabbro Jashan S
Class 56B Mr Duffy Jasmeen K
Class 56C Mrs Hackworthy Askari A
STEM Mrs Andersen PA
ART Mrs Shoebridge 12E
PE Mr Ford PB

Students of the Week – Ending 18/08

Prep A Mrs Nicoll Kaya D
Prep B Miss Belovitch Habil M
Prep C Miss Thomas Arwa J
Prep D Ms Leslie Rafael M
Class 12A Mrs Scott Tyra N
Class 12B Miss Afxentiou Jaspreet S
Class 12C Mr Lindsay Isaac M
Class 12D Miss Duffy Yuvraj D
Class 34A Mr Micallef Adrian G
Class 34B Miss Baba Dante Q
Class 56A Ms Fabbro Bereket Z
Class 56B Mr Soumbassis Suvleen K
Class 56C Mrs Hackworthy Ellie E
STEM Mrs Andersen 12D
Art Mrs Shoebridge 56B
PE Mr Ford 12A


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Congratulations to the following students who are celebrating a birthday in August!

We hope you had a lovely day!

Nivaan  34C

Stella     56B

Harjot   12E

Ronin    PC

Aisha     12C

Xavier    56C

Triman Kaur  12A

Mya       34A

Yarna     12D

Shareya   34B

Daniel    34C

Mohammad  12C

Important Dates

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School Term 3

Friday 25th August – Years 3 & 4 – Earth Crusaders Incursion

21st August till 25th August – Book Week – Theme – ‘Read, Grow, Inspire’

Tuesday 22nd August and run until Friday 25th August – Book Fair 

Trading times for parents & students to purchase items will begin at 8:15 to 8:40am (before school) and 3:00- 3:30pm after school.

Friday 25th of August – Book Character Parade

28th August – Literacy and Numeracy Week

Wednesday 30th August – Years 5 & 6 – SES Victoria Incursion

Thursday 31st August – Father’s Day Stall

Monday 28th August at 9am –  Whole school incursion -‘Books to Life’

Friday 15th September – Last Day of Term – Casual Clothes Day (Gold Coin Donation)

School Term 4

Monday 2nd October 2023 – Wednesday 20 December 2023

Thursday 12th October – Prep 2024 Transition – 9:00am -10:45am

Friday 20th October – Prep 2024 Transition – 9:00am -10:45am

Thursday 26th October – Prep 2024 Transition – 9:00am -10:45am

Wednesday 6th December – Year 6 Excursion to Fun Fields

Tuesday 12th December – Prep 2024 Transition – 9:00am -10:45am

Thursday 14th December – Year 6 Graduation



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