EPSOM PALM PRESS Strive for Excellence Take Pride Act Responsibly Respect Our Community EPSOM PRIMARY SCHOOL NEWSLETTER TERM 2 NO 2– 27/04/17

Phone Number: 03 5448 4318 Email: [email protected]

School Fax Number: 03 5448 3334 Website: www.epsomps.vic.edu.au

Principal’s Report

I am so excited to be back to work. Thank you to everyone who worked so hard while I was absent. And what a lot happened! The new school is certainly under way now and news is spreading far and wide. The plans that Mrs McKenna put up on Facebook last week has already had over 2,000 views and 250 shares. From the many conversations I have had with a number of students since returning it sounds like everyone had an enjoyable and busy time over the holidays. The weather was wonderful and the Easter celebrations seemed to be a highlight of the holidays. All students looked happy to return to school and to catch up with their friends and teachers. We welcome Mr Plathe to the Prep room. Mr Plathe will being team teaching with Mrs Hayward. Term 2 will be another busy term with NAPLAN occurring in week 4 for the grade 3 and 5 students and reporting at the end of the term. We will have the very new and exciting school Athletics Sports (Thursday 18th May) and the Mother’s Day stall (Friday 5thMay) also on the agenda. There is so much to look forward to. ANZAC CEREMONY On Monday the ANZAC ceremony for Epsom was conducted by a group of Student Leaders in the Multi Purpose room. The students worked with Mr Mayes and did an outstanding job in their presentation. Mr Burdon was the guest speaker. He spoke thoughtfully about what Anzac Day means to him. On Tuesday, our school was represented by Mr Saddlier and Ah- Dore, Grant, Harvey, McConnell and Stone families at the Huntly ANZAC Day service. Thank you to the families who attended and to Jorja and Eli who placed the school wreath on the cenotaph from the Epsom community in remembrance of all who have served our country in the ADF. RUNNY NOSE SEASON Thank you to those families who have donated boxes of tissues. We still need many more boxes so if you have not yet donated any, we would greatly appreciate it. A reminder that it is getting wet outside and it might be a good idea to pack some spare clothes in your children’s bag, just in case. Socks, pants and underwear are always good. Just remember to have them clearly labelled so we know who they belong to!

HOME READING Well done to all students who are continuing to keep a good home reading routine. Reading at home is an expectation. It is the easiest thing parents can insist on that will help your child’s learning. Lyn Coulter EDUCATION WEEK ACTIVITIES MONDAY 22ND MAY —FRIDAY 26TH MAY On Wednesday 24th May Epsom PS will have “Open Classrooms” from 9.15-10am. Please pop into your child’s room for some special activities. A Prep 2018 information session will be held from 9.15am til 10am. Our fabulous Night School is happening on Thursday 25th May, 6-7.30pm. A Prep 2018 information session will also be taking place from 6-7pm on Thursday 25th May. Watch this space for more information! BREAKFAST TOMORROW We have just had our Term 2 delivery of breakfast foods. Make sure you bring a bowl and spoon for some cereal and fruit. SUBWAY LUNCHES ARE ON TOMORROW If your child is having a lunch order, please write your child’s name, grade and order items on the order form and forward the correct money in a named & sealed envelope. Your child then needs to place his/her lunch order in the Subway envelope at the general office before 9am on a FRIDAY MORNING MOTHERS DAY STALL DONATIONS Our fundraising committee are kindly asking for donations for the Mothers Day Stall. Please leave items at the Office. The Mothers Day Stall will be held on Friday 5th May 2017. MOTHERS DAY RAFFLE TICKETS HAVE BEEN SENT HOME. 50c per ticket and a book is worth $5. Raffle winners will be announced at assembly on May 12th. More tickets are available from the Office.

May 2017 Mon









3 All Secondary 4 Minecraft

5 Mothers Day

Colleges Information Night @ 7pm @ the Colleges




12Gr 3-6 Cross Country—Division




18 Whole School 19 Athletics Carnival @ Flora Hill



24 2018 Prep In- 25 Night School

Education Week


formation session 9-10am


6-7:30pm 2018 Prep Information session 6-7pm

26 Trivia Night @All Seasons


June 2017 Mon




1 Team China







8 5/6 Night of the Notables evening
















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EPSOM PS SUPPORTED PLAYGROUP We have spaces in our playgroup at the moment. It runs Thursday mornings between 9:30-11:00 in the Multipurpose room. All families with children younger than school age are welcome to attend, and if you know someone outside the school community who might like to come along please feel free to invite them too. This is a great way to connect with other families, get support around any parenting concerns you may have, and to develop your child's social skills. Please contact Vicky Limbrick on 0484923778 if you would like more information, or call in and visit us on a Thursday morning.

STUDENT ABSENCES It is an Education Department requirement that absences are explained/reported to the school. This can be done via a phone call (54484318) or a note to the teacher.

BREAKFAST CLUB ROSTER We are lucky to have breakfast 3 times a week at Epsom which is run by a small group of volunteers, who we thank very much. I would like to call for more volunteers to help our with breakfast. You might get your own group of volunteers together and run a different sort of program than the current one. YEAR 7, 2018 It’s a great way to get to know students, staff and If your child is going into year 7 in 2018, please note other parents. Please let Deanne know in the office there is an information evening being held at all second- if you are keen to get involved. Breakfast operates ary colleges at 7pm on Wednesday 3rd May, 2017. from 8.15am and finishes around 8.45am so please There is an flyer attached to the electronic version of consider putting your hand up. this newsletter.


VISITING SPEECH PATHOLOGIST This year in our literacy block, Grace Thompson, our visiting Speech Pathologist, will be working in the Prep—2 rooms with the classroom teachers on a fortnightly basis targeting oral awareness and early literacy skills. If you have any questions, or do not wish for your child to participate in theses sessions, please contact the school.

I am interested in volunteering for the Breakfast Club. NAME___________________________ PH. NO. __________________________

PARENT HELPERS FOR WHOLE SCHOOL ATHLETICS—THURSDAY 18TH MAY Please fill in the form below if you are able to help out SAVE THE DATE FOR OUR TRIVIA NIGHT at the Whole School Athletics to be held at the Bendiog It’s back…..the Epsom Primary School Trivia Night. Athletics Track in Retreat Road, Flora Hill. Friday 26th May…….mark it on you calendar and get a table together for a fun night. WHOLE SCHOOL ATHLETICS HELPER To be held at All Seasons again. More information to come closer to the date. I CAN HELP ON THURSDAY 18TH MAY JUNIORS 9.30—1.30 SENIORS 9.30— 2.30(APPROX) NAME:______________________________

ZONE CROSS COUNTRY—FRIDAY 12TH MAY All Grade 3 – 6 students will be expected to participate in the Zone Cross Country at the racecourse on May 12th. The cost will be $5 per participant and should be paid at the Office. Several notes were sent home with each child this week. Please ensure they are returned ASAP.

MINECRAFT TERM 2 Minecraft starts tonight Thursday 27th April.

MUSIC TRIVIA NIGHT FRIDAY 26TH MAY, 2017 Please book a table for _______ people NAME:____________________________ Money enclosed @ $25 per head. $______________

ANZAC COMMEMORATION AT EPSOM PRIMARY SCHOOL I’d like to thank all the parents and guests as well as the students for attending and showing the greatest respect during our ANZAC commemoration on Monday morning. It was great to hear from Mr. Burdon in relation to what ANZAC Day means to him. The Grade 3 and 4 students did a wonderful job in creating and laying their wreaths. All students were exceptionally respectful and it clearly showed that they understood the importance of the occasion. Mr. Mayes FUNDRAISING [email protected]

Please use this email address if you would like to communicate with the Fundraising Committee.

EPSOM PRIMARY SCHOOL’S INTERNET RADIO SHOW – ON AIR! The Epsom Internet Radio team are excited to announce that we have completed our first episode and that it will be available to stream or download for free by early next week! The hardworking team of Grade 5 and 6 students have written, recorded, edited and produced all the segments and they are already working on the next show. You can listen to the show for free by visiting the Epsom Primary School’s Facebook page and we will eventually have it available on YouTube and iTunes. We will publish a URL link where people who do not have those social media platforms can access it also. So whether you are in the car, going for a walk or just relaxing at home, you are able to access our show whenever you like. Our aim is to produce a high quality, entertaining show and we can’t wait to hear the feedback regarding our first episode. As you can appreciate, there has been a lot for them to learn in creating this and the students have given up many lunchtimes to make it happen. We can’t wait to hear what you think! Mr. Mayes and the EPS Internet Radio Team


The school supplies most materials that your child will need. The only things parents are asked to supply are:  Large box of tissues. Please send to your child’s class teacher.  School bag large enough to hold a lunch box, reader cover and general belongings.  Library book bag for Grades 1-6. Please ensure you name clothing, bags, drinking containers, lunch boxes and other personal items. Small children often fail to recognise their belongings.



BNDCE is proud to have supported the following Epsom Primary School community projects: 

Junior School Citizenship Award Honour board - $1,000

Defibrillator - $2,350

Active Communities & Walk Ride2School Day - $1,050

Chook Shed Beautification - $700

The enterprise is able to fund community projects like the above through funds provided by Bendigo Bank, Viewpoint Huntly and Bendigo Telco. These funds are generated as a commission (at no cost to individuals or businesses) because people have indicated their support of BNDCE through their banking, telecommunications or purchase of a block of land. What can you do? 

Discuss BNDCE with your local bank staff and “like” the enterprise.

Consider Bendigo Bank for your banking (or consider getting a banking comparison to your current arrangements).

Consider Bendigo Telco for your phone & internet services (email and websites).

Consider purchasing a block at Viewpoint Huntly if you are in the market.

Like the Bendigo Northern District Community Enterprise Facebook page

Visit www.bndce.com.au for more information.

We (Bendigo Northern District Community Enterprise) ABN 43 374 382 024 may receive remuneration from Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Limited (Bendigo) if you open a new account with the Bendigo Group or request an existing account to be linked to us. Remuneration is paid monthly by Bendigo. We are entitled to a commission of between 0.05% and 0.15% per annum calculated on the average monthly account balance. For example, for an account with a $50,000 balance, if commission is 0.15% we will receive a payment of $6.25 for that month. This commission is not charged directly to you. It is paid from the product fees applicable to the financial product you acquire.

You are invited to Outside the Square - Ramp Up Resilience, Thursday 27 April A gathering for community groups, clubs, individuals, businesses, authorities and not-for-profits, to connect, share ideas and get inspired about building resilience in our communities, and how we can all play a part in this. Speakers will cover a variety of angles exploring the theme resilience, showcasing local initiatives and great people doing great things. Interactive discussion will encourage new ideas, connections and collaborative solutions. Join us for a cuppa: 6.30-9.30pm, Thursday 27 April, The Engine Room, 58 View St, Bendigo More information and register: www.makeachange.org.au/events This FREE event is hosted by Make a Change Australia as part of Greater Bendigo’s Curriculum for Change


Our programs are designed to cater for the individual needs of every child so that they can develop their social skills, make new friends and be engaged and learning; while enjoying a variety of different experiences. Parents can have peace of mind knowing their children are safe in a caring, stimulating, supportive and inclusive environment.

MyGolf Junior Clinics Bendigo Golf Club

Here at Bendigo Golf Club we want to introduce juniors to the game of golf in a relaxed and fun environment. With a range of activities and games delivered through the MyGolf program we will assist junior golfers from beginners onwards in progressing their golfing skills.

When: Monday after noons fr om 4-5pm Where: Bendigo Golf Club, golf cour se r oad Epsom How Much: $35 initial r egistr ation fee (goes towar ds a par ticipation pack thr ough golf Austr alia) $10 per class for non-members and $5 for members (the extra fee for non-members pays for a junior membership over the first term) Age Group: 5 – 14 years old Includes: Structured program designed for junior inclusion and skill progression Tuition from an experienced PGA Golf Professional On course participation Please contact Bendigo Golf Club PGA professional Brad Wilson for bookings and further information as numbers are limited. P: 0421 802 337 E: [email protected]

WANTED Primary School Students for Netball

The White Hills Football Netball Club seeks 4 Primary School students to play in their Primary Grade throughout the 2017 season. The Primary Grade is a non-competitive grade of netball, focusing on fun, learning to play all positions on the court and development of the basic skills of the game. Our club is a family club, fielding both senior and junior netball and football teams in the Heathcote & District Football Netball League. Our season commences on Saturday 8 th April. If you are interested in playing with White Hills in our Primary Team please contact: WHNC President - Janene Cass

Ph: 0409 430 770 Email: [email protected]

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