Upcoming Events

Monday 12th August

Parent Survey due

Wednesday 14th August

Foundation students
Celebrating 100 days of

Year 1-6 Athletics Day

Thursday 29th August

Year3/4 Scienceworks

Monday 2nd September

Curriculum Day - No school

Tuesday 10th September

International Day

Thursday 12th September

Jump Rope For Heart

State Schools Spectacular Rehearsal

Friday 13th September

State Schools Spectacular Rehearsal

Saturday 14th September

Victorian State Schools Spectacular – Melbourne Arena


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Issue 12 Friday 9th August

Dear Ardeer South families,

It has been another two busy weeks with lots of learning and opportunities for our students.

Retirement of Mr Peter Guest
As I indicated into a letter to the community, Mr Peter Guest has retired from education.
Peter will be missed for his leadership and sense of community. He leaves a legacy of leadership that reflects the community spirit and support of each and every student.
As I undertake the role of acting principal I can see the impact that Peter has had on Ardeer South Primary School.
The school will continue to communicate with Peter to celebrate his achievements in a long standing career as an educator.
I will keep you all informed of any events or opportunities for the community to express their gratitude and thanks.
I am pleased to be continuing in the role as Acting Principal of Ardeer South this term and will also take this opportunity to thank the community for their support and understanding of the current journey of the school.

SPECIAL Assembly
On Friday 2nd August we held a special assembly outside to celebrate ‘National Tree Day. This was a great opportunity to recognise how important trees are to our environment. It also provided the opportunity for every student to contribute to the planting of the ‘Ornimental Pear Tree’ by placing a spoonful of soil into the hole. It has been great to see the excitiment this has created in the students, already this week many students have shown me the flowers that are starting to appear on the tree.
This activity would not have been possible without the generosity of our local nursery Westlake Nursery who donated the tree and soil. If you are looking for a place to buy items for your garden please consider Westlake Nursery at 614 Ballarat Rd, Ardeer or 1-13 Keating Rd, Rockbank or telephone; 0401 886 366. They’re also open 7 Days a week from 9am – 5pm.

School Sign
Some of you may notice that we have a new sign at the front of the school advertising our wonderful facility and encouraging families to enrol. I would like to thank one of our parents – Natasha – for supporting me in the design of the sign. It looks great!

Athletics Day - Postponed
On Thursday 8th August we were due to have our Athletics Day. We made a call early in the morning to cancel the event due to the forecast weather conditions being so miserable. The Melbourne weather tricked us and it was a rain free day! Unfortunately we had already postponed the event and were unable to modify the activity once the weather cleared up. Mr B will be developing an alternate plan for a different day to ensure that the students still get an opportunity to do the event. Please keep an eye out for more details.

2019 Parent Opinion Survey
I would like to say a big thank you to families who have completed the 2019 Parent Opinion Survey. The more families that complete this survey, the better! Please take 15 minutes to complete it and return in the supplied envelope. The survey officially closes on Sunday 11th August, but we will still accept surveys Monday 12th August until 9:00am. If you are interested in completing the survey, please have it back by this time. Thank you.

School Facebook
At School Council this week I proposed the introduction of two Facebook platforms for our school. The purpose of the Facebook page(s) has been created with a view to ensuring that both platforms serve their role in strengthening the school community and enhance the wellbeing and connectedness of all community members in a positive and united way. These pages have been introduced to support regular communication, daily happenings, reminders and has the capacity to alert the community to any events.
How will the two Facebook platforms work?
The Ardeer South Primary School ‘Page’ (https://www.facebook.com/ArdeerSouthPS/) is designed to promote the school to the wider community. It is a Public space that can be viewed by anyone. Images used in this space will only be for students who have consent from parents or guardians. It will also deliver ‘news’ to the community who are interested in the school parents, grandparents, friends, relatives or prospective families.
The Ardeer South Primary School Community ‘Group’ https://www.facebook.com/groups/402506947029831/ is a ‘closed’ group and only accessible by parents/guardians with ‘currently’ enrolled children at the school. Those parents wanting to gain access to this group will need to request access to the Group Administrator and answer the two prompting questions. This request will be checked against school records to determine eligibility. This will be a regular platform for delivery and sharing of school items, students work, student achievement, events, emergency alerts, excursions, activities, reminders etc. Images used in this space will only be for students who have consent from parents or guardians.
To ensure that all families are aware of the expectation of use, I have included the Facebook Guidelines and Code of Conduct with todays newsletter to ensure we all use this space in a positive, collaborative way.
The spaces are now live. It would be great to see all our families with Facebook accounts ‘Like’ these sites and start engaging.

Curriculum Day
At our recent School Council meeting it was endorsed that we will be holding a Curriculum Day on Monday 2nd September. This will be student free day and children will not be expected at school on this day.

Working Bee
The Buildings and Grounds Sub Committee of School Council are working on holding a ‘Working Bee’ on October 12th at 10.30am. We ask that parents write this date in to their diaries/calendars now to hold the date. We are hoping it’s a good opportunity for members of our community to work together to maintain our school. School Council will also be providing a BBQ to say thank you on the day.

Welcoming new students
Since I have been at Ardeer South Primary School we have welcomed a number of new students into our community. I just wanted to share with you all how inspiring and humbling it has been to witness the number of our current ASPS students who are trying hard to support the new students in our school.

2020 Prep Enrolments
Prep enrolments for next year are now being taken. Thank you to our current families who have already enrolled their children for 2020. Knowing our enrolment numbers for Prep next year is really important – even at this time of the year! It would be greatly appreciated if you have any children beginning Prep in 2020 that you collect an enrolment form from the office and complete at your earliest convenience. Children must celebrate their fifth birthday by 30th April 2020 to be eligible for school. Parents are required to supply the following information when enrolling:
• Proof of residence
• Proof of age (birth certificate or passport)
• Immunisation certificate

School Values
Our School values are important to us. Remember to Respect, Be Responsible and always put in Effort.

With Book Week quickly approaching, our Book Week dress up day is Wednesday 21st August. I think it’s time to start searching for my outfit for the day! What will I dress up as this year?

Stuart Telford
Acting Principal


National Tree Day Friday 2nd August


SMS Text Messaging Service - has commenced at Ardeer South PS
Please ensure you let the school know if any contact details have changed. It is very important that we are able to contact parents in the case of illness or accident. The school will now begin contacting parents via SMS messaging system. This will be used to contact parents for student absences, first aid and any other messages that need to be passed on to families. If you have not provided the school with a current mobile number, please ensure you update this at the office.                                 


Book Week Parade
To celebrate Book Week and to encourage students to read for enjoyment, we are holding a whole school ‘Character Dress Up Day’ on Wednesday the 21st of August. Students are encouraged to dress up as their favourite book character, for example, The Cat in the Hat, Peter Pan, Cinderella or an animal character. The parade will take place in the John Evans Room at 9am.
Parents and families are invited to join us for our school parade. Please note that the costume does not need to be elaborate.


Breakfast Club now Monday to Friday at Ardeer South PS!

Healthy food helps stimulate a child's brain so they can work to their fullest potential. Reports show that one in seven children are coming to school each day without breakfast. With the connection between diet, nutrition, learning and development, we believe it is important to ensure that all children have access to a healthy breakfast and positive start to each school day.Breakfast Club at Ardeer South Primary School is available to all students and is completely free. I am happy to announce that Breakfast Club will now be held every morning. The program will run between 8.10 am to 8.40 am.

Students meet in the John Evans room, where they are able to choose and prepare their own breakfast. There are a healthy selection of foods available e.g. toast, cereal, fruit.
I hope to see many of the students at Breakfast Club next week.

Ms Boja

Head Lice
As head lice are easily transmitted from one child to another, it is advisable to thoroughly
check your child's hair regularly. If lice or eggs are present, please treat and remove live lice before sending your child back to school.
Preventing head lice
There is no product available that prevents head lice. However, tying long hair back, not sharing hats and checking hair weekly can help prevent the spread.


School Athletics Day - Rescheduled
Our School Athletics Day has been rescheduled to Wednesday 14th August.

Grade 3 - 6 students will be competing in their events from 9:15am - 2:45pm, followed by the House Championship trophy presentation.

Grade 1 - 2 will be participating in a Tabloid Sports rotation from 11:30am - 1pm.

Students may come in their House colours and sensible sporting attire. Drink bottles are also recommended.

Families are welcome to come along to support the students as they participate in their events.

Morgan Belbruno


Foundation Transition 2020

If our school families have students who are eligible for school next year please enrol your child as soon as possible and we would like to have all students starting school next year attend all of the four transition days where possible.

The transition days for Foundation students beginning school in 2020 will be every 2 weeks on a Tuesday morning from 9:00 to 10:30 am.

1. Tuesday 29th October 9.00am-10.30am
2. Tuesday 12th November 9.00am-10.30am
3. Tuesday 26th November 9.00am-10.30am
4. Tuesday 10th December 9.00am-10.30am

*Tuesday 10th December- Parent information discussion with school Principal and Leadership. The school nurse will also be available to assist with information. The children will be with their teachers while the parents are having the meeting.



Michael Grose is one of Australia's leading parenting and educational writers and speakers. H
e is the author of nine books for parents, including the best-selling 'Why First Borns Rule the World', which has sold more than 23,000 copies.

Michael has an education background and holds a Master of Educational Studies with research into what makes healthy families tick.

He has conducted over 1,500 parenting seminars over the last two decades.
I look forward to including articles on parenting ideas and tips by Michael Grose in Term 3.

Ms Boja


Poetry greatness!
This term 2/3A, 3/4A and 3/4B have been exploring different types of poetry. The students have created a number of poems including free-verse, diamante, concrete, couplet and ballad poems. We are really proud of the effort and creativity the students have put into making these poems. Here are some excellent work samples from 3/4B:


Name Class Award
Manoh B F1/B For always putting his best effort towards his school work.
Cohen L F/1B For improved confidence in class and trying his best during writing sessions.
Anika K 1/2A Welcoming you to 1/2A. You are settling in very well. Keep up the great work!
Ayaan M 1/2A Working hard to count and add money collections.
Nikola M 1/2B Trying his best efforts in class. Keep up the great work!
Nawal H 1/2B Always concentrating in class and participating in class discussions.
Beyonce T 3/4A For a positive start to her new school and for putting her best effort into her class work.
Linh D 3/4A For demonstrating positive work habits and for being a good role model.
JP K 4/5A For your extra efforts in homework, keep up the great work!
Liana L 4/5A For risk taking in numeracy tasks. Well done!
An L 5/6A His efforts when converting fractions to decimals and percentages, keep it up!
Oliver T 5/6A For his hard work throughout the week and good behaviour out in the yard. Well done!
Asiyah H 2/3A For being a well mannered and resourceful student.
Isa X 2/3A For showing thoughtfulness and regard for his classmates (including our visitors from F-1)
Maximus F 3/4B For writing a fantastic poem about ice cream! Great effort Maximus!
Phong N 3/4B For displaying an excellent understanding of the strategies used to solve division equations.
Ofeina T F/1A Working hard during literacy sessions and being focused when completing tasks.
Malachi D F/1A For working hard during writing sessions to include many high frequency words.
Mayaba K F/1B Settling in well to her new school and making new friends.
Maine K F/1B For always putting lots of effort into the presentation of her work.
Isa X 2/3A For showing thoughtfulness and regard for other class members.
Poasi T 2/3A For showing improvement in completing his work on time.
Naomi A 1/2A For working hard to solve subtraction problems with various strategies
Raiden P 1/2A For working hard to solve subtraction problems with various strategies
Miriam K 1/2B For being very kind and generous in 1/2B and always doing things with a smile on her face
Henry E 1/2B For being a motivated and independent student with a great love of learning
Jacob B 3/4A  For his extra effort in homework and for taking risks with new learning
Teina K 3/4A For his improvedeffort in literacy and numeracy and always trying his best
Zahra F 3/4B For working with enthusiasm and setting a very high standard for herself
Mohamed H 3/4B For alwasy smiling and taking new risks in his learning. Well done Mohamed!
Cecilia N 4/5A Your great work on our sensory garden plan, applying Cartesian plane knowledge. Well done!
Maiden G 4/5A Your great work on our sensory garden plan, applying Cartesian plane knowledge. Well done!
Cameron B 5/6A For multiplying larger numbers and providing reasoning when prompted, keep up the great work!
Adrian H 5/6A For being creative during Writer's Notebook sessions and writing poems that the class have enjoyed.
Sam S 5/6B For taking risks in his learning
Josephine L 5/6B Trying very hard to understand a new concept taught




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