Newsletter – 12 September 2019



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I want to emphasise that selecting a particular teacher does not fit within the realm of special circumstances. At no stage will teacher preferences be considered. Furthermore, the leadership team are passionate about every single staff member at Golf Links and what they can bring to our team. Every single staff member has been recruited for a reason and everyone is unique and different and we value their input into every child. It takes a village as they say and I can assure you that these differences are what make Golf Links an extraordinary team. We place value on every link in that chain that finishes the link in year 6.

Letters/emails regarding ‘rumours’ and requests about which teachers ‘not to have’ will not be considered. It is also highly inappropriate to talk to teachers about their colleagues and friends. Our team have exemplary collegiality and collective efficacy. It saddens our staff when their fellow workmates are spoken of disrespectfully.

Child Safe

Children have the right to be safe and protected, including at school. Rosanna Golf Links is committed to keeping children safe. Child abuse, and arrangements that allow it to occur, will not be tolerated at our school. Please take the time to read our relevant policies and information surrounding Child Safe Standards, which can be found on our public website. Please be aware that you can contact Denisse Lobos (Acting Assistant Principal in charge of Student Welfare) or me as Principal at any time through the office. In our role as the schools Child Safety leaders, it is our responsibility to ensure that we provide authoritative advice, raise awareness and ensure all staff have the relevant training.

Planning Week


Throughout this week all classroom teachers have and will be timetabled to spend a whole day planning for Term 4, along with the other teachers in their team. Specialist teachers also receive time throughout the week to plan for the following term. Teachers meet together to reflect and provide feedback on the learning that has occurred across this term, discuss student data that has been collected and use this information to inform future planning.

The teaching and learning for Term 4 will be discussed and planned, with planners being developed for English and Mathematics. Inquiry units will be also be reviewed and planned. Common assessment tasks will be documented and excursions and in school activities researched and booked.

Planning Week allows our staff the opportunity to engage in professional discussions and develop the rich, differentiated learning programs that allow our students to engage fully in their learning.


Learning to read, enjoying reading and establishing regular reading habits are all extremely important parts of literacy learning for children of all ages.

To support the development of these skills and habits, we encourage children to read every day, particularly as school holidays are just around the corner J 

Children learn to read at school through regular and explicit reading instruction and practise, yet reading books at home provides an important learning link between home and school.

While you’re enjoying reading at home with your child over the school holidays, you might like to consider the following questions you can be asking them, to help support their comprehension of texts.

Questions to ask before you read

  • Can you look at the pictures and predict what you think will happen in this book?
  • What makes you think that?
  • What characters do you think might be in our story?
  • Do you think there will be a problem in this story? Why or why not?
  • Does the topic/story relate to you or your family? How?

Questions to ask during the reading

  • What do you think will happen next?
  • What can you tell me about the story so far?
  • Can you predict how the story will end?
  • Why do you think the character did _______?
  • What would you have done if you were the character?
  • How would you have felt if you were the character? (use different characters)
  • As I read____________, it made me picture________ in my head. What pictures do you see in your head?
  • As you read, what are you wondering about?
  • Can you put what you’ve just read in your own words?

Questions to ask after reading

  • Can you remember the title?
  • In your opinion, was it a good title for this book? Why or why not?
  • Were your predictions about the story correct?
  • If there was a problem, did it get solved?
  • What happened because of the problem?
  • Why do you think the author wrote this book?
  • What is the most important point the author is trying to make in his writing?
  • What was your favourite part of the story?
  • If you could change one thing in the story, what would it be?
  • Can you retell the story in order?
  • If you were __________, how would you have felt?
  • What is the most interesting situation in the story?
  • Is there a character in the story like you? How are you alike?
  • Why did you like this book?

The value of familiar reading
Children will often bring home books that are a little easier than the ones they are reading at school during reading instruction sessions.  Home reading is designed to offer practice and enjoyment over challenge and teaching new skills.
If your child selects books that have been borrowed before, or which you think are too easy for your child, remember,
* Children increase their fluency by re-reading familiar books,
* Children discover more about reading every time they read, and
* Reading familiar books helps your child build on what they already know about language, plot, character etc.


The following staff will also be taking leave in Term Four:

  • Susan Gorham – week one and two, replaced internally
  • Anne Spencer – week one to three, replacement Kristina Yanuli
  • Michael Brunelli – week one and two, replaced by Adam Ibbetson
  • Lauren Scott – week one, replaced by Michelle Hildebrand
  • Helen Hodson – week one, replaced internally

Reading Homework

As the Literacy Strategic Team have reinforced in their updates, reading at home is paramount to our children’s language development. It is important that the children are filling in their reading logs and regularly returning the logs to school. Please discuss this with your child and if you have any questions, please speak to your child’s teacher.

Early Dismissal NEXT WEEK

Students will be dismissed at 2.30pm on Friday 20 September. Lunch will be brought forward to 12.30pm for the last day and at 1.30pm children will assemble (VENUE TO BE ADVISED) for an end of term Assembly. Children will be dismissed from their CLASSROOMS at 2.30pm. Children will then have time to go back to their rooms, tidy their classrooms and be dismissed in an orderly manner from their teacher. School will resume for Term 4 on Monday 7 October.

Butterfly Badges

This year National Deaf Awarenesses week will be during the school holidays.  The 5/6 Deaf Facility students would like to sell butterfly badges to raise money for the Deafness Foundation.  
The sale will start next Monday 16th of September and finish on Friday 20th of September.
The badges will be on sale for $2.50 from the Deaf Facility during the first half of recess and lunch time each days.  
We hope to see you there to support us.

5/6 Deaf Facility students.


Have you updated your COMPASS App recently?

Compass are frequently updating the functionality of this app and I urge you to check your updates list in the app store.

Please join us.

We are excited to be keeping families informed via our Facebook group, this is a closed group and we enjoy the positive community that we are establishing on this platform. The information shared is timely and ongoing through our many moderators. You can also like our page and enjoy the photo updates of our new sporting facility at the front of the school.

We currently have 463 followers on our official school Facebook page. Please head over and ‘LIKE’ us at

We currently have 318 members in our official school Facebook group. Please head over and join this group at

Please note that like a friend’s profile, Facebook PAGES are designed to create an authentic and public presence on Facebook. On the other hand, Facebook GROUPS are the place for small group communication and for people to share their common interests. Our official GROUP is for that purpose, as mentioned in previous newsletters. You are invited and welcomed to this space to share, communicate and ask questions of others in the community. This site is moderated by selected staff across the school.

Kelly Morrow




The RGLPS Hot Dog Footy Day is on Thursday 19th September. Students are invited to wear their favourite footy clothing, be it AFL, Soccer or Rugby! There will be no gold coin donation required for the day.

There will be a goal kicking competition for junior and senior students at recess with a brand new football as the prize.

The teachers will be out to make it three wins in a row when they play the grade 6 students in a lunchtime touch football game.

Hot dog orders will be served at lunch, with all proceeds going towards supporting the school music program.


Michael Brunelli

PE & Sport Coordinator

Rosanna Golf Links Primary School

(03) 9455 4178



On the 15/08/2019, six Year 5/6’s from every class went to the Rosanna Parklands to learn about the environment. We did many activities, such as:

Cooking with trangias,

Water watch – identifying different invertebrates from the local creek and determining the health of the water depending on their presence,

Planting over 300 indigenous plants to rejuvenate the area,

And nestbox building for different animals such as possums and birds.

We learned about, and helped, the environment, as well as the animals to go with it. Each activity was under supervision by year 9’s from Brunswick Secondary College, as they were learning how to teach about this subject. As the day ended, everyone had learned about the environment. It was held from 10.00am- 3.00pm. When we came back, every class was curious about what we did. It was a wonderful experience for all of us, and it was great for our Eco- friendly knowledge. I can honestly say, that with our new knowledge, the world will be a better place. Vegetation is an amazing subject and I know that everybody should learn more about it as it is incredibly important to the earth. The Rosanna Parklands excursion was amazing and great for the environment.


 Francesca Z-E     5/6W      12/09/2019


Maths Olympiad

Congratulations to the thirty students from RGLPS who have completed the 2019 Maths Olympiad this week. The team participated in five challenging Olympiads across Term Two and Three. Each Maths Olympiad is comprised of five mathematical questions that require problem solving and application of a range of mathematical knowledge. The difficulty is often determining which piece of information to use as a starting point and what conceptual knowledge you need to apply and in what sequence to accurately solve problems. Our Maths Olympiad team have shown great persistence and a growth mindset in participating in the Maths Olympiad this year, attempting maths problems pitched at lower to mid secondary school level.

All participating members of the 2019 Maths Olympiads team will be presented with a certificate at a school assembly next term.



2019 NAPLAN results were sent home to families of Year 3 and 5 students this week.

It’s important to remember that NAPLAN results only provide a snapshot of how your child performed in each of the tests at one point in time. NAPLAN testing is often a stressful and anxious experience for students. Please remember that your child’s teachers have a more holistic knowledge of your child ‘as a learner’ and knowledge of how your child coped emotionally during the NAPLAN testing period. Often teacher insight can help explain unexpected results. Please speak to your child’s teacher, Sarah McLellan or Bay Fikri (Year 3 and 5 Team Leaders) or myself if you have any questions about your child’s 2019 NAPLAN results.


G.A.T.E.WAYS Enrichment Programs – Term 4 2019

A reminder that Term 4 G.A.T.E.WAYS programs are now open to eligible students in Year 1 – 6. Parents, if your child is eligible, please contact me as soon as possible if you wish to secure a G.A.T.E.WAYS place for your child. Places do tend to fill up quickly on popular programs.

Kerron Worsdell

Teaching and Learning Coach


Hearing Australia

Hearing Australia will be coming out next week, Wednesday September 18th.  Please inform your child’s teacher of the deaf if you require any new moulds, repairing of hearing aids or tubing, etc. before the school holidays.


Primary Deaf Sports Day

Primary Deaf Sports Day is coming up in Term Four, on Tuesday, October 29th.  Compass consent and payment will be published in Term Four.  This is one of our Deaf Facility student’s favourite days of the year.  Keep the date free!

Hi friends, family and dance lovers, 

Who said dance clubs are for adults only? I am thrilled to invite you to Mini SPIN, a deaf-led dance rave for children learning Auslan, deaf, hard or hearing, Children Of Deaf Adults (CODA) and hearing children and their families. 

Join Deaf hosts Anna Seymour, Luke King and Robbie Burrows for an hour of dancing, Deaf culture stories and making noises to the funky beats of DJ Callum Padgham on Friday 27th September in the Fringe Hub at Trades Hall, Carlton. 

Please see flyer for more details.

This is an Auslan interpreted event and wheelchair accessible. 

We can’t wait to see you there! 




Run4Fun Colour Explosion!

We’re turning our event from bland to GRAND this year by adding an explosion of colour. The more money we raise the more we can provide for the students through vital school projects, in particular the resurfacing of our new triangle.

The School Run4Fun Colour Explosion will be held on Friday, October 25th. We do ask that you bring a spare change of clothes to school, most importantly a plain white shirt as the students will be covered in powder from head to toe. The day’s focus is on fun and fitness with the added benefit of raising funds for our school.

Colour Powder

The colour powder used in our event has been sourced direct from India, the home of Holi Powder. It is made of high quality corn starch and permitted food colours. It’s non-toxic, biodegradable, skin safe and environmentally friendly. Toxicological Risk Assessment and ingredient listings can be obtained from the School Office upon request. Students with asthma are advised to be careful in their decision to participate.

How Does My Child Fundraise?

Students have now received a Sponsorship Form with instructions on how to raise money and order prizes. Students obtain donations in cash using the Sponsorship Form together with online fundraising.

Students who raise as little as $10 or more will receive an incentive prize for their efforts. But why not aim higher? You have the option to choose up to five (5) prizes and this will set your fundraising goal. Family and friends are your greatest supporters, so ask them first for your support. You will reach your fundraising goal in no time.

Student Profile Page

Create a Student Profile Page at which is unique to you. There are also some great features like recording your sponsorships and selecting your prize goal.

You can also register for online fundraising. It’s the easiest way to help your child raise money and to reach your fundraising goal sooner.

WIN A SHARE OF $200,000 WORTH OF FREE SPONSORSHIP DONATIONS. Create a Student Profile Page at and enter your unique code found on page five (5) of your Sponsorship Form to see if you’re an instant winner. Give your fundraising goal a kick start!

How to Order Prizes?

To reward your child for their efforts, they will receive incentive prizes based on the total amount of sponsorship dollars raised in cash, online, and if applicable, any FREE SPONSORSHIP DONATIONS won using the unique code on page five (5) of the Sponsorship Form. You have two options to place your prize order:

  1. Login or create a Student Profile Page at Once the fundraiser has finished, click the ‘ORDER MY PRIZE’ button and then confirm your total amount raised and order your prize/s, OR
  2. Complete the back page of the Sponsorship Form and return to the school.  

Please note, all donations need to be finalised on or before Friday, October 25th. Student prizes will be delivered shortly after.

Thank you in advance for your participation, and get ready for a BLAST OF COLOUR! Happy fundraising!   


Junior School Council will be selling popcorn to students on the following dates:

Tuesday 17th September – 3/4s

Thursday 19th September – 5/6s


Dear OSHC parents please note that account need to be finalised by next Friday the end of term 3.

Account can be payable by cash, cheque, EFT facility and direct deposit is available.

Payments can be made in OSHC during OSHC hours or at the School Office, during school hours (if you make a payment at the office (please have your invoice with you).

The Direct Deposit details are:

BSB: 063 233

Account number: 1005 3825

Please note that you must include that this is an OSHC payment and your family name when processing a payment this way. This is to ensure the payment is forwarded to the program from the office.

If you have any question please feel free to contact OSHC via email, mobile or in person




We have a few money owed notices out standing..if your child has been given lunch and a bill sent home or you get a reminder notice please pay by next Friday Sept 20.Thanks


If your child has a plastic Keep Cup they can bring it to get their Hot Chocolate. 


Thank you to all our canteen volunteers.

If you require a change to the roster please contact Margaret in the canteen. 

Thank you.

  Margaret Groves



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