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Student Leaders in 2024

A few weeks ago, I was lucky to hear from thirteen year 5 students who presented for school captain in 2024. They all did such an amazing job and I, along with the year 5 teachers, specialist teachers and APs, were extremely proud of their bravery in putting themselves forward for a leadership role. We have now finalised our process for selecting our 2024 Student Leaders. It was a very comprehensive process, and I would like to congratulate all the students who were involved. It was wonderful to see the students standing up in front of their peers, teachers and leadership delivering well-prepared and rehearsed speeches. The hard part was selecting the students for the positions as the calibre of students who applied was so high – we could easily have given school captain roles to all thirteen kids. These children are a credit to themselves, their families and the staff at our school.

It gives me great pleasure to announce that our 2024 Student Leaders are:

Weeding Bee

You may have noticed that some busy bees have been helping around the school with mulching during recess times. These kids have done an incredible job, especially on the embankment near the netball court. Whilst the gardens are looking much better, there’s still a lot of weeding to be done and we would greatly appreciate some help. If you can spare 30 minutes of your time on Monday 4th December at 3pm to pull out a few weeds, it would go a long way to beautifying our gardens even more.

Many thanks to those of you who have already volunteered your time to help. Many hands make light work!

Colour Run

The Colour Run that took place on Wednesday last week was another special event. It was made even more special due to the efforts of a group of parent volunteers, lead by the incredible Tracey Vervoort. Tracey organised everything and we are all so thankful for her commitment to the school. We were lucky to have a lovely afternoon for the kids to have a bit of fun and a run around.

The total amount of funds raised for the event is still being calculated, but regardless of the amount, I’d like to thank the entire school community for getting behind this event and supporting our school once again.




Parking around the school

Unfortunately, I must talk about parking around the school once again. I understand that parking is problematic at drop off and pick up times. Everyone seems to want the parking spot right near the school gate, but with 500 students at the school, it’s simply not possible to get the perfect spot every time. Please be patient. I hear regularly from disgruntled neighbours and other parents about people using the disabled car park spaces on Landscape Drive, parking across driveways and using the area in front of the dumpsters on Phipps Ave. Please help me and the school by behaving sensibly – the last thing anyone wants is an accident that could have been avoided if only people had parked correctly.  Thank you.

Christmas Concert night and Raffle

Just another reminder to say that we are looking forward to welcoming our school community to our Christmas concert on the Tuesday 5th of December. The evening will begin at 6pm and should go through to around 7:30pm.  Our very talented students will be performing on the night in grade items. You are most welcome to bring a picnic dinner on the night, however, please note that NO ALCOHOL is allowed to be brought into and consumed at the school. In the interest of keeping our school clean, we ask that all rubbish be taken home with you at the end of the night.

The Community Hub will have once again organised a Christmas Raffle, with all tickets selling for $1 each. This raffle will be drawn at our Christmas Concert night. There will be 3 major prizes. Raffle tickets will be sent home next week with your children.  This is our final fundraiser for the year, and we thank you in advance for your continued support of our school.

School Council update

As the year draws to a close, I want to express my sincere gratitude to our School Council members for their exceptional contributions to our school community. Their dedication, passion, and tireless efforts have truly made a positive impact on the school and our community.

I would also like to extend a special thank you to the school council members whose terms are expiring in 2024: James Burrows, Sarah Kiss, Serge Tolmachev, Jessica Petchell, Saascha Cargill and Lisa Baker. Their commitment and valuable insights are appreciated not only by me, but the entire council.

My final thanks go to our retiring School Council President, Sharon Walker, whose work on School Council as a parent member and President for the last seven years has been exceptional. Sharon has had a particularly busy year, considering she was part of two Principal selection panels and the school review. These aspects of the President’s role as crucial in the operations of the school, so for Sharon to volunteer many weeks of her time to undertake these tasks is admirable. From all of us at Boronia Heights Primary School, we say “Thank You”.

Have a great week,

Mat Anderton

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