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Port Melbourne Primary School Newsletter

- 17th October 2019, Issue 32

Term 4 Dates
Oct 14-18        Year 3-4 Camp
                        Prep Swimming
Oct 17             Regional Athletics (selected students)
Oct 19             Diwali Festival
Oct 22             School Council
Oct 25             Year 3/4 Soccer Gala Day
Oct 28             State Athletics (selected students)
Oct 29             Education Sub-committee
Nov 1              Junior School Sports Morning
Nov 4              Cup Eve   (Modified Timetable)
Nov 5              Cup Day
Nov 6              Prep Zoo Excursion
Nov 7              Year 5 Sofcrosse Gala Day
Nov 8              Year 6 Sofcrosse Gala Day
Nov 13            Arts Day Concert (2.30pm)
Nov 14            2020 Prep Orientation Session 1
Nov 12            School Council
Nov 17            Fete
Nov 21            2020 Prep Orientation Session 1
Nov 28            2020 Prep Orientation Session 2
Dec 5              2020 Prep Orientation Session 3               
Dec 5              Prep Pyjama Party
Dec 10            Year 6/7 Transition Day
                        School Council (Dinner Meeting)
Dec 12            Year 6 Graduation
Dec 16            Reports Distributed
Dec 16            Christmas Concert
Dec 20            Term finishes at 1.30pm

19 OCTOBER, 3-6pm

Come along and celebrate the wonderful celebration of light that is Diwali.

There will be food and market stalls, music, dancing and performances from our own PMPS students and games to play - learn to play Housie!!


Year 3 & 4 Camp
Congratulations to our Year 3 & 4 students who
experienced a very successful stay at Forest Edge Camp this week.

Our students participated in a range of outdoor activities including rock climbing, abseiling, a high ropes course, hut building, bush cooking and of course the annual Talent Quest.  Thank-you to Miss Jodie, Miss Maddy and all the staff who looked after the children so well on camp.
Education Sub-Committee Update
At its October 29 meeting the Education Committee will review our progress against our 2019 Annual Implementation Plan which is based on our School Strategic Plan and commence discussions about our 2020 Annual Implementation Plan.
School Grounds Update
Building Program Latest
At its October 22 meeting, Council will discuss the latest architects’ recommendations for the design of our new classroom block as well as our plans for the new Passive Play area to be constructed along the Clark St frontage of the school.  We will also be discussing the plans for the final stage of our oval upgrade which will involve resurfacing the area between the gymnasium and the Mod 10s and basketball court.
2020 Planning
Planning for next year is based on a number of variables, principally student enrolment numbers. Enrolments influence class structures, class sizes, staffing allocations and resource budgeting. At present, we have just under 750 students on our books for next year, and this number is expected to remain relatively stable for the foreseeable future.  At this stage, we are likely to have 31 classes, with an average class size of 24 students.  We are unlikely to be able to confirm our 2020 class arrangements until the end of November.
If you have any special requests for the placement of your child based on educational grounds, you are welcome to email the school by Friday 8th November. Parents are reminded that requests for specific teachers will not be considered as part of this process. This information from parents is considered alongside teachers’ views and the needs of particular groups of students so that there are positive class placements for every student. The final decision about class placement is vested with the Leadership team. 
Our transition program, which begins in November, will ensure a smooth transition for our students to their new class and provides an opportunity for students to get to know their classmates and their teachers for next year
Artists for Kids Culture (AKC)
Each year, up to one hundred artists donate their work to be auctioned in order to raise money to help disadvantaged children.  These monies (which can total over $100 000) pay for things like participation in school camp as well as sporting and art based activities.
This year, our Preps and some Year 6’s have painted the paddles for the auction.  You can view the "artists’’ work at Chapman and Bailey Gallery in Collingwood and at The auction is next Thursday evening and details are on the AKC website.
Sports Update
Vic Health’s walk to school campaign runs throughout October and we encourage as many students as possible to walk, bike or scoot to and from school to build healthy habits for life. On Friday 11th October, we celebrated our schools walk to school day and saw many decorated shoes and students kick starting their day with fruit. We thank our student helpers, who actively handed out stickers and raffle tickets, as well as our Port Philip Council helpers who attended our day. Keep on tracking your active month by recording your travel on your classroom calendars

More Athletics Successes
Two of our best athletes competed at the Regional Athletics finals today at Casey Fields with places at the State Championships at stake.
I’d like to thank Miss Annah who went to her 4th school camp for the year. This allowed me to help coach and facilitate these sporting events and opportunities.
Year 5/6 Boys All Stars Hoop Time
PMPS had to fight for a wild card entry to get a second team to the Region Finals and neither team disappointed. During our final lunchtime  practice at school the two teams played a draw 28-28. The same result would occur at the Region Finals in what was one of many tense games for the day, the PMPS teams drew 13-13. 
An incredibly exhausting day for all players, coaches and spectators. Both teams played epic grand finals with the PMPS ‘A’ (coached by Ben Allen) defeating the favourites SKiPPS 21-19. In the other final play-off game the scores were tied again and the end of regulation (our 3rd draw for the day). Three minutes of extra time was required and PMPS prevailed by 1 point. 
Both teams are through to the State Finals on November 26, more details to come. Tuesday was  an incredible achievement for the school and everyone should be very proud of their efforts and the team first mentality displayed.
Beachside Division Hot Shots Tennis
16 students competed at the Beachside Division Hot Shots Tennis tournament at Tennis World, Albert Reserve. The teams format required 8 singles games and 4 doubles matches. The school with the most wins over the 12 matches is declared the winner. This opportunity provides our students to showcase the incredible skills and talents we have amongst our tennis players at PMPS. The Region Finals are November 6. More details to come please check Compass.
Lastly, I want to commend the behaviour of our students in the tennis team because we had to face a number of obstacles with protesters in the city, multiple packed trams, connecting buses and plenty of walking to and from the venue. 
Junior School Sports Morning

The P.F.A is supporting the sports department and will be selling house t-shirts for the Prep - Grade 2 Junior Sports Day. Tops will be sold via Qkr until noon on the 28th October. The tops are $10 each and will be delivered to the classroom in time for the 1st November. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the PFA.

Our first ever Arts Week is coming to Port Melbourne Primary School.  Please note the dates in your diary – Wednesday 13th November, Thursday 14th November & Friday 15th November (Week 6).  Okay, so it’s not a whole week, but it’s what we’re calling ARTS WEEK.

Now is a great time to start reminding your students to think about their costumes and saving a gold coin donation for it. Each year we do a whole school song that is sung by all students as part of our Arts Day celebrations.  This year’s whole school song is called “We Are” and can be found online at You are welcome to learn and practice it at home!

More details will follow over the coming weeks, so keep watching this space for more!
A number of families have already indicated to the school that they will not be in Melbourne on Cup Eve.  To enable us to run an effective program for those students who WILL be attending school on November 4th, please advise your child’s class teacher as to whether or not he/she will be attending school on Cup Eve
On 11th November each year at the eleventh hour, a minute’s silence is traditionally observed to remember those who have died or suffered in wars and conflicts.  We will observe a minute’s silence shortly before the recess bell rings at 11am on Monday 11th November.
Is your child here next year?
To assist staff in developing our 2020 class structure, we urgently need the names of any students from Years Prep - 5 who will NOT be returning to our school next year.  If your child is leaving us in December, please ring Juanita at your earliest convenience to advise her of your 2020 plans.
Hats On!
If your child does not have a school hat (with brim) please purchase one as soon as possible.  Children not wearing hats are not permitted to play in non-sheltered areas of the school yard at recess or lunchtime.
Staff are not permitted to apply sunscreen to students.  You may wish to apply sunscreen to your child before he/she comes to school on hot sunny days.
Assembly Schedule

During Term 4, assemblies will be held on Friday afternoons in front of the flagpole or in the gymnasium at 2.45pm on a cyclical basis: 
18th October             Senior Assembly
25th October             Junior Assembly - (Prep ABC Performing)
1st November           Whole Assembly - (1CD Performing)
8th November           Senior Assembly - (3CD Performing)
15th November         Junior Assembly - (2AB Performing))
22nd November        Whole Assembly
29th November         Senior Assembly (3AB Performing)
6th December           Junior Assembly
13th December         Whole Assembly
20th December         End of Year Whole Assembly 

Getting to know our Staff
Weekly Staff Profiles
This week, we profile two of our Teacher Aides, Phoebe Browne and Giovanni Vitale


Phoebe is a Teacher Aide mainly in Prep C and is a former PMPS student, who is currently undertaking a degree in Paramedicine. She also has a long history as a patroller and now Patrol Captain at Port Melbourne Life Saving Club and has worked with people with special needs on camp in America. Phoebe sees her prior experience supporting people with special needs, her current role as an aide, and her volunteer work as a lifesaver as important to her future role as a paramedic.  
Outside school Phoebe likes creative arts and looks forward to getting back into TaeKwonDo and surfing after recent surgery on her knee.


Giovanni was born in Ferrara , which is located in the north/east of Italy. (100km from Venice.)
Gio (pronounced Joe) came to Australia in 2013 to learn the culture and language. It was in Melbourne that he discovered a deep passion for children and their education, whilst working as a soccer coach at Port Melbourne Sharks for 3 years. Gio put this passion into practise and enrolled in a Master of Primary Teaching and is nearing completion of his course at ACU.
Currently Gio is working as a Teacher Aide in Prep. A strong family link to Education and children run in Gio’s family with his father working as a Paediatrician and his mother as a Kindergarten Teacher. To follow in their footsteps means the world to Giovanni. Gio is motivated daily by children and his ultimate goal is to see children thriving and developing as good citizens in society.
Outside of school, Gio enjoys preparing Italian pasta feasts for friends, travelling around Victoria and walking his new puppy Maley.

Parents & Friends
FETE - SUNDAY NOVEMBER 17 - weekly update
To keep up with all of the exciting activities and opportunities for the coming fete - check in with the fete website.

All day ride passes are now available through TryBooking - the Early Bird Wristbands are available for purchase until 1 week prior to the event i.e. Monday November 11 @ 11.:59 pm. Wristbands will be then available for purchase on the day at our Ticket Booth at the full price of $45 (Senior) or $20 (Junior) All wristbands purchased by students at Port Melbourne Primary will be delivered to their classrooms in labelled envelopes in the week prior to the fete. All other prepaid wristbands can be collected from our Ticket Booth on Fete Day, Sunday November 17th from 10am.

No refunds will be available for uncollected wristbands.


We are now in the process of collecting donations for our stalls. We are looking for - clothing both adult and children sizes welcome, books - both adult and children and clean soft toys which are used as prizes for the clowns. We ask that all donations are dropped to the classroom on the oval and not to the office, we currently have drop off times set for Tuesday 8:45am-9:15am, Wednesdays 8:45am-9:15am and 3:15pm-3:45pm and Thursdays 3:15pm-3:45pm. If you can volunteer to man a drop off for any day please let me know.

The face-painting stall is looking for 3 additional parents keen to learn the tricks behind face painting. If interested please let me know ASAP.

Term 4 Events

Thursday 17 October - evening meeting: 7:30pm at the HM@S Building Meeting Room, 85-95 Rouse Street
Saturday 19 October - Diwali Festival
Sunday 17 November - Fete
Wednesday 4 December - Sushi Day
Teachers thank-you lunch - date TBC


Bre McGrath: 0411 228 921

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