MARCH 2020

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Banyule Festival 2020 - Cancelled

We received notice today from Banyule Council that the Kids Artyfarty Fest and the Grand Parade this weekend have been cancelled. This is due to the risk of spreading the Covid-19 infection. Banyule Council have apologised for the late announcement, however the situation has been changing on an hourly basis. Health and safety is their top priority, and they have made this decision for the wellbeing of the community. We apologise for the inconvenience.

Family Fun Fiesta - Thank you!

A big ‘thank you’ to all who attended and participated in our Family Fun Fiesta. It was a successful evening with the community launch of our new school values, our band performances and the games organised and run by our House captains and vice captains. The leaders did an excellent job at explaining the games and helping out their peers. Congratulations! A big thank you to our school council parents, TheirCare staff and Luke Franklin and Annie Unger who organised and helped out with the BBQ. Couldn’t have done it without you!

Student Leadership

Our ten student leaders will head to the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre on Friday, March 20, for the National Young Leaders Day, accompanied by myself and Thom Jackson. Please follow the link for details of the day, including guest speakers.

School Athletics

Congratulations to all participants and to those who assisted in the athletics carnival at Willinda Park. The day was a huge success and the spirit of competition, sportsmanship and doing your best was echoed through all the staff. Well done Mr Peters and all the staff that made for a great day.

Prep on 2021

At this stage we already have significant enrolments for Prep next year. Next term we are looking at families enrolled for Prep in 2021, the opportunity to come along to school for Open Library time. This will allow your children to be involved in the life of RGLPS in the casual atmosphere of our library. If you know any families which have a child starting school next year, please encourage them to enrol at the office, so they are aware of upcoming events and can be formally invited to come along.

End of Term

Term concludes on Friday, March 27 with an assembly commencing at 1:30pm and dismissal at 2.30pm.

Parents want their children to thrive in the future. But how do you prepare your children when the future is constantly changing?  Recently, Michael Grose asked this question to human potential and parenting expert Nikki Bush and her answer was illuminating. 

It’s good to know that there are some signposts to follow to help us prepare our children to capitalise on the opportunities available in the changing career and social landscape ahead.

Click here to read full article.

If you require further clarification around any issue, please make an appointment with any of our below leadership staff:

Deaf Facility Coordinator- Thom Jackson

Teaching & Learning Coaches – Cathie Sutton and Kerron Worsdell

If all these steps have been taken and you still require further information, or your matter is of a serious nature, please make an appointment to see Luke Franklin (Assistant Principal) or myself.


Harmony Week

Everyone Belongs!

Harmony Week celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity. It’s about inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone. These celebrations create opportunities for all of us to think, talk about and recognise how our differences make Australia a great place to live.

Harmony Week begins on Monday the 16th March. Students will participate in special activities that link to our Respectful Relationship program as well as many other areas of the Victorian Curriculum such as English, Personal and Social Capabilities, The Humanities, Intercultural Capabilities, Languages Other Than English (LOTE), The Arts and Ethical Capabilities.

You will receive more information from your child’s classroom teacher about a special day in that week where students and families will be invited to share something special about themselves or their family. This may include special food that the children and their families like to enjoy together, or a special game, book, skill, talent or playground activity.

On Monday 16th March we will hold a special opening ceremony at 9am to celebrate the start of Harmony Week. We invite children to dress in their traditional cultural dress. Children who do not have a cultural dress or who do not wish to wear their cultural dress, may wear orange.

We will have Rhythm of Life African Drumming performing during the opening ceremony. Rhythm of Life African Drumming share their passion and experience of traditional African percussion to educate, inspire and develop cultural awareness. On this day (Monday 16th March) students will also participate in a 50 minute interactive performance. The experience is engaging and accessible to all students of all ages, backgrounds and abilities, and above all, fun! We simply ask for a gold coin donation to contribute to the cost of this experience.

On Monday 23rd March at 2:30pm we will hold a closing ceremony for Harmony Week and The National Day of Action against Bullying. Students will share their experiences and highlights of the week’s activities. Hope to see you there!

National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence

The National Day of Action against Bullying is on Friday 20th March.

 Bullying is a word that is used with a lot of meanings. Making sure everyone in your school shares the same definition of bullying is essential. Sometimes things that are called bullying are not really bullying at all. The national definition of bullying for Australian schools is the first place to look.

 Preventing bullying involves everyone talking together openly and respectfully. Bullying can have a lasting impact on everyone involved, including those who witness it, so it is important to work together to create safe school communities for everyone.

Once again this year, our students will be selling wristbands and we invite all children to wear blue.

Wristbands will be on sale for $1 at lunchtime in the Deaf Facility.


Denisse Lobos

Acting Principal



Hearing Australia Visits 2020 – MARCH DATE CHANGE

Hearing Australia date has changed for March.  The date has changed a week later, to Thursday March 12th.


Students at RGLPS are enjoying the choice they have in their writing, while they develop their Writer’s Notebooks.

They are all using a Writer’s Notebook which is a place for them to record their individual ideas for future writing; to write memories and personal thoughts, list observations and conversations, add photos of important events, to draw imaginary characters, stick in concert tickets, and to generally create a space that is theirs and is special to them as budding authors.


We have been planting ‘seeds’ in our Notebooks; our seeds are snippets of ideas that we plant in our books and one day, we may choose to help them grow by writing a piece about them, like a poem, newspaper report, narrative, information text, comic strip or descriptive paragraph, for example.


Here is an example of a ‘seed’ page from Laila’s Notebook in 3/4. She has thought about all of the things she can’t live without, and then has started to draft a piece describing the The World of Books.  


As most of you would be aware, the situation regarding Covid-19 has shifted rapidly as this week progressed, and Banyule Council has made this decision this morning to cancel Kids Artyfarty Fest and the Grand Parade this weekend.


We are all devastated about this – we were very excited for this weekend as I’m sure you were as well. Many apologies for the late announcement.  However, things have been changing on an hourly basis. Health and safety are our top priorities and we have made this decision for the wellbeing of the community.


Lauren Scott

Visual Arts Teacher



Developing Oral Language in the Home:

Speaking and listening are key aspects of literacy which are often overlooked in favour of reading and writing. Research indicates that strong proficiency in speaking and listening supports all aspects of literacy, as well as the development of interpersonal skills, thinking skills and overall general knowledge.

As teachers, we endeavour to give students regular opportunities to

  • form and voice their own opinions and share ideas
  • use their vocabulary in spoken contexts (not just written ones)
  • develop active and respectful listening skills and
  • develop confidence speaking clearly and engaging a range of audiences.


Here are some quick ideas to practice oral language in your home:

  • Look at photos or videos of when children were young and discuss the memories and events.
  • Read a book, magazine, newspaper or watch a news story or film and share your personal opinions about it. Practice building on other people’s ideas and recognising and valuing other points of view.
  • Alert your child to an article or picture in the newspaper that may interest them.
  • Retell a favourite story or one from your childhood.
  • Share a story from your own experiences or from when your children were little. For example: the day you lost your first tooth
  • Share highlights from the day. Be careful not to dwell on any negative aspects of your day. Perhaps offer a topic such as ‘Three highlights of  my day.’
  • Play talking/memory games such as ‘I went to the zoo and I saw …’
  • Start a question box for family discussion with a range of topics. The best movie of all time is… Someone I admire is … A place I would love to visit is…
  • Play cards or board games as a family. Give the children opportunities to explain the rules and organise the games.


Essential Learning updates on Continuum

A reminder to all parents to check for Essential Learning updates around student progress on ‘Continuum’ in Compass.


An instructional guide for parents on ‘Continuum’ is located on Compass to help you navigate and locate this information on your child.

See School Documentation -> Essential Learnings -> 2020 Essential Learnings -> Parent Guide to Progress Reports in Continuum.


Portfolio tasks on Seesaw

Portfolio samples are regularly uploaded to Seesaw to enable parents to see samples illustrating student progress and achievement. Remember to check Seesaw regularly to see all the wonderful learning your child is engaged in and leave a comment. It really does make the child’s day and gives them an authentic audience for their learning.


Maths Olympiad 2020

The 2020 Maths Olympiad Team has now met twice to practise for this year’s competition. There are twenty seven RGLPS students from Year 4-6 participating in the National Maths Olympiad this year. So far, I have been very impressed by the willingness of the group to display a growth mindset, persist when faced with challenging maths problems and learn and share strategies from their peers. We have often found three or four different ways to solve the same problem and have been learning from others about different approaches that might help us in maths.


Olympiad #1 will be held on Wednesday March 25th. There are two Olympiads scheduled for Term 2 and another two Olympiads in Term 3. Good luck to participating students on their first Olympiad for 2020.


Kerron Worsdell

Teaching and Learning Coach


Additional tickets are available for sale in the school office.



House Athletics


Coronavirus (COVID-19)

We would like to keep you up to date with the Department of Education’s information and advice regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

  • Australian residents returning from mainland China, Italy, Iran and Korea are subject to a 14 day quarantine.
  • The Department of Education is promoting good hygiene practices as the most effective means of minimizing the spread of coronavirus.
    • Students and staff, at RGLPS, have access to soap for handwashing in all bathrooms to support good hand hygiene and to stop the spread of infection.
    • Staff, students and families are reminded that everyone can protect against infections by practicing good hand and respiratory hygiene.
    • Students at RGLPS have been reminded of the principles of good hand and respiratory hygiene and posters supporting this have been placed in all bathrooms and classrooms.  These include:
      • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing with a tissue, or cough into your elbow.
      • Dispose of the tissue into a bin and then wash your hands afterwards.
      • Wash your hands regularly, using soap and water, including after using the toilet, and before eating.
    • Parents are welcome to provide a small bottle of hand sanitizer for their child’s use.  Please advise your child on how and when to use hand sanitizer.
  • If a staff member or student at a school is positively diagnosed with COVID-19, the school will advise the Department of Health and the Department of Education’s Incident Support Service who will then manage the situation as deemed appropriate by Victoria’s Chief Health Officer.


Over the Canteen Counter

We have over the counter sales for students at recess and lunch, with prices ranging from $0.80 – $2.80.  Please send your child with enough money to avoid disappointment.

Summer Specials

Tropical Chicken Burger   $6.00

 – a crumbed chicken burger served with cheese, pineapple & coleslaw

– add mayo  $0.30



Their Care (after and before care)


Just a quick note to ensure that you have checked your booking and details are all up to date,  if you haven’t already completed a their Care enrolment for this year, please visit

Please note we also have a new email address and mobile.

Service Mobile: 0408 136 169


Their Care support: 1300 072 410.


A friendly reminder for families with outstanding 2019 OSHC accounts.  Your account is now overdue and needs to be paid in full ASAP please.

Payment can be made at the school office or OSHC or via direct deposit into the school account.

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.

2020  Their Care invoices will be processed through the Their Care head office, please ensure you have added the necessary banking details to your family profile.

If you have any concerns are questions please let me know or call the Their Care support during office hours

Many thanks =)




Disclaimer: Rosanna Golf Links Primary School (RGLPS) does not endorse any product or service advertised in this newsletter. RGLPS takes no responsibility for the content of advertisements or the quality and reliability of products or services offered in the advertisements

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