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Principal’s Report

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Improving children’s writing skills

We have some budding authors at our school!

A big focus for us over the last few years has been on improving the writing skills of our students. This begins in Prep where they learn how to hold a pencil correctly, form letters accurately, understand that strings of letters join together to make words, and when words join together they make meaning. As the children progress through school, they are exposed to new words to build their vocabulary, learn basic grammar rules and punctuation marks such as commas, full stops and question marks. Writing is not only about the mechanics, it’s also about generating ideas and communicating them through the written word.

The best writers are those who are creative, imaginative and can engage their readers. One such student has excelled in this area, and that Ava B in Year 5. Ava has been recognised for her creative writing skills by receiving the Boronia and The Basin Young Writers Initiative Award. Her short story titled An Octopus “All at Sea” was in the September edition of the local Boronia & The Basin Community Newspaper. If you haven’t read it yet, I’d encourage you to grab a copy of the paper so you can enjoy the story as much as we did. A huge congratulations to Ava on receiving this award – we are all very proud of her.

Excitingly, Mr Jackson Taylor MP will be visiting the school this afternoon to present the winners of his annual Writing Award, of which there were 67 amazing entries from our school. Please feel free to attend assembly on Friday to celebrate the achievements of our students.

The future of our writing curriculum looks very promising. Mrs Wheeler and Mrs Hodgson are currently undertaking “The Writing Revolution” professional development to build their understanding of leading writing improvement across the school. Their learnings will be passed on to teachers, who will then implement plans and activities in classrooms so that the children can become more proficient writers.

Regular attendance at school

Attending school every day is a fundamental aspect of improving your child’s academic, personal and social development. It sets them up for success throughout their educational life. Being a parent, I understand there may be circumstances where your child can’t attend school, such as illness or family emergencies. However, we urge you to prioritise school attendance over things like going out on your child’s or a family member’s birthday, shopping, or family holidays. These are all important, but they can be done on weekends, after school hours or during term breaks.

Part of our next School Strategic Plan will focus on improving attendance, particularly those children who have 20 or more days absent during the year. Our data from 2022 was not good – we had 46% of students missing 20 or more days of school. Of these, 106 students (20%) missed 30 or more days, and 139 (26%) missed between 20 and 30 days. Our goal will be to reduce this number to 30% or less by 2027. It’s achievable – data from 2019, which was the most recent comparable pre-COVID year, showed 25% of students with 20 or more days absent. I think this is something worth aiming for, and I ask for your support with improving student achievement through regular school attendance.

Referendum Day

Boronia Heights PS will be a polling booth on Referendum Day, which is Saturday 14th October. Access to the gymnasium will be via Landscape Drive.

Father’s Day

I hope all our dads and grandfathers had an enjoyable day last Sunday for Father’s Day. I enjoyed a special time with my wife and kids in the morning, followed by a catch-up with my dad, grandfather and extended family in the afternoon. It was a lovely day for me, and I hope your children showed their gratitude and love to their fathers, grandfathers and special father figures in their life too. I’d like to extend my thanks to the many mums who helped us last Thursday afternoon in running the Father’s Day stall. Your time spent volunteering at our school is greatly appreciated!

Parking near bins on Phipps Ave

There continue to be issues with people parking in the bin area on Phipps Ave. I understand that parking around the school can be a headache at drop off and pick up times as there’s never enough parking for everyone. It’s the same with every school in metropolitan Melbourne. However, I’m asking for your help in trying to prevent a serious accident from occurring. We’ve already had a car damaged by someone parking in the bin area and reversing out. I urge you, for the safety of all school community members, please DO NOT use the bin area for parking, dropping off or picking up your child from school.

Footy Day and End of Term 3

It’s hard to believe that we’re nearly at the end of third term! I really look forward to the end of Term 3 because we get to celebrate Footy Finals time by wearing our team colours to school. While the Cats haven’t done too well this year, I’ll still come to school dressed in my Cats gear on Friday and cheer them on. We’re also having a special Footy Lunch, so please ensure you’ve got orders in by Friday 8th September so we can order the right amount.

Just a reminder that students will be dismissed at 2:30pm on Friday next week. I hope you enjoy the school holiday break and I look forward to seeing everyone when school resumes on Monday 2nd October.

Have a great week.

Mat Anderton

Dates to Remember

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Term Dates 2023

Term 1 30 January – 6 April
Term 2 24 April – 23 June
Term 3 10 July – 15 September
Term 4 2 October – 20 December





September 8 Face to Face Assembly
September 11 Year 6 Photo Day
September 13 Year 2 Maths Day
September 14 School Disco
September 15 Last day of Term 3 – Early dismissal at 2.30pm
September 15 Footy Dress Up & Lunch Day
October 2 First day of Term 4
October 6 Prep 2024 Transition No.1  (2.30-3.30pm)
October 6 Face to Face Assembly
October 9 Weeding Bee
October 12 Year 5 Market Manoeuvres Incursion
October 13 Face to Face Assembly
October 16 Year 2 Mont De Lancey Incursion (2A & 2B)
October 17 Year 2 Mont De Lancey Incursion (2C & 2D)
October 20 BHPS Market Night – 4pm
October 20 Prep 2024 Transition No.2 (2.30-3.30pm)
October 27 Face to Face Assembly
October 30 Year 1 History of Toys Incursion
November 3 Prep 2024 Transition No.3 (2.30-3.30pm)
November 6 Curriculum Day
November 7 Melbourne Cup Day Public Holiday
November 8 Year 6 Metro Incursion
November 13 Weeding Bee
November 15 Year 5 Surfing Excursion
November 16 Year 6 Surfing Excursion
November 17 Face to Face Assembly
November 21 Prep 2024 Information Night 7pm-8pm (Library)
November 21 Year 5 & 6 Talking Money Incursion
November 22 Colour Run
November 23 Year 3 Queen Victoria Market Excursion
November 24 Year 5 Market Day
November 28 Year 5 & 6 Talking Money Incursion
November 30 Year 6 German Graduation
December 1 Face to Face Assembly
December 4 Weeding Bee
December 5 Christmas Concert
December 11 Year 6 Graduation
December 12 Whole School Transition Day
December 12 Prep Transition No.4 (9.30am-10.30am)
December 15 Face to Face Assembly
December 19 Year 6 Big Day Out Excursion
December 20 Year 6  Final Assembly
December 20 Last day of School – dismissal at 1.30pm
Enjoy your summer break!!


Fill your cup with Kindness

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Spotting Kindness

The Year 2’s have been spotting kindness and celebrating it in their classrooms. Students have been filling out slips when they spot kindness at school through explaining the act that they witnessed. For example, Ryder spotted Zak being kind by passing the ball and working with others to score a goal. These acts of kindness are then shared and celebrated at the end of each day as a class to encourage and congratulate students on spreading kindness.

Student Welfare

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Holidays are fast approaching! And the warmer, sunny days with blossoms on the trees and bright flowers in people’s gardens are lovely to see.

Spring gives families greater scope and opportunity to explore the great outdoors, be it the local park and playground or further afield to the beach or a bushwalk in the Dandenongs. I also enjoy a visit to Ferntree Gully Quarry Reserve or an ice cream or cuppa in Ferntree Gully North and a walk up the Kokoda Trail steps! Here are a few suggestions of activities that are on over the coming weeks:

A Plastic Ocean Film

Come along for an informative and thought-provoking free movie event where a team of international scientists reveal the causes and consequences of plastic pollution and share solutions. Also featuring Sir David Attenborough.

Enjoy pre-event tea and coffee and door prizes. Bring your own re-usable drink bottle with drink and receive a bag of lollies for the movie!

  • Thursday 28 September
  • 6.30 – 9pm
  • Knox Community Arts Centre
    790 Mountain Hwy, Bayswater
  • FREE, bookings essential

Remake Remodel School Holiday workshop

Join us for a workshop to turn an old skateboard deck into a seat, then decorate it using stencil art. Pizza lunch provided!

  • Monday 18 September
  • 30am – 2pm
  • KnoxSkate & BMX Park, Gilbert Rd, Ferntree Gully
  • FREE for those aged between 12-25 who live, work, study or have a connection to Knox

Other Knox Council events can be found at

Mamma Knows East is always full of family ideas and their Facebook page provides regular updates

A train ride to the city is a fun day activity. Here is a website showcasing what’s on in our CBD:

Or a little closer to home, there are lots of things on in the Dandenongs or Yarra Ranges

Whatever you decide to do, enjoy some quality time with one another.

Sarah McIntosh
Student Welfare





Achievements and Awards

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CARE Ticket Winners


Term 3 Week 7


Izzy Prep C Finn 1B
Jordan 1D Emily 2D


Kodi 4A Millie A 4A
Liam 4B James F 6B

Student of the Week

Term 3 Week 7

Prep A Sadie Prep B Olive
Prep C Harrison Prep D
1A Stephanie 1B Archer
1C Ellie 1D Lukas
2A Lukas 2B Oscar
2C Arlo 2D Randall
3A Harper 3B Claudia
3C Lucy
4A Madeline 4B
4C Dom
5A 5B
6A Gabriella 6B Jake
6C 6C  
Maestro of the Week Arlo Prep C Sportsperson of the Week Mackenzie 2B
Inventors COG Award Isla P 4B German Award Finn 4A
Monet of the Week Johnny 2A German Award 6C
Monet of the Week Monet of the Week



Sports News

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Interschool Sports

We are still looking for helpers for the upcoming Summer Interschool Sports day on the 14/9. If you are interested in helping, please send an email to You must have a current WWCC and have signed the school Code of Conduct (this needs to be completed annually).

Day 1 of Interschool Sports went wonderfully. We had a little rain, but it held off for the majority of the day which was great! BHPS hosted Volleyball again this year. It was wonderful to see so many schools attending this Term. A huge thank you to the following parents for assisting on the day; Kylie Taylor, Danny Brueckner, Karen Nagel, Kitty Brunner, and Shirani Wright. We appreciate your help immensely! I look forward to seeing how our teams go on our second-round robin day on the 14/9. Go BHPS!


We had our amazing Hooptime days this week, starting with our Junior Day on Wednesday and our Senior Day on Thursday, both at Dandenong Stadium. A huge thank you to our helpers on both days; Krystal Hammond, Lyndal Jones, Jarrod Calamanti, Laura Cotton, Ben Carter, Leisa Beggs, Kerrie Bibby, Ella Otte, Billy Foster, Lauren Porter, Tracy Tandy, Dale Baum, Kathryn Powell, Zac Schmidtke and Jackie Gould. Another thank you to the teachers who helped run the day along side me; Kim Hindmarsh, Elly Turcinovic, Lisa Baker and Justin North. Hooptime is a big team effort with all the preparation and training leading up to the days, so thank you teachers and BHPS families.

Wonder Bread Sporting Equipment

We have purchased some sporting equipment with the points we received from the Wonder Bread program which be used during P.E lessons. A huge thank you to everyone who brought in their bread bags and supported this program.

Division Athletics

We have 9 students representing BHPS at the Division Athletics on the 13th of September. I wish them all the luck and can’t wait to hear how they went. Results will be shared on our next P.E. Newsletter next Term.


Taylah Smith
Physical Education Teacher and Sport Co-ordinator

Buildings & Grounds

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Weeding Bees










If so, we would love to see you at our Buildings & Grounds Weeding Bees!

  • Once a month on a Monday at 3.00-3.30pm
  • Small, doable areas targeted.
  • No gardening ability required – there will be someone to ensure that you pull out weeds, not plants.
  • BYO gloves, hand trowels – the school only has children’s gloves sorry.

The next date is Monday 9th October 3.00pm – 3.30pm

Future dates to calendar are:

  • Monday 13th November
  • Monday 4th December

We’d like to thank the following stars who helped with some weeding on Monday 4th September – Kitty Bucher, Jen Lawrence, Alex Barnes, Jesse Petchell and Kerrie Bibby.


Playgrounds Update

We’re excited to see the commencement of our new Year 1 & 2 and Year 3 & 4 playgrounds with removal of the old playgrounds this week.







From the Office

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COMPASS – How to Fill Out the Code of Conduct


Secondhand Uniform

We have tubs of secondhand school uniform available outside the Chaplain’s Office.

Name Your Belongings

We know you treasure your uniform and books. Please remember to label all uniform, books and belongings coming to school. Like most years, we have had an incredible amount of lost property through the year. The majority was unnamed, along with illegible tags. We would love lost items to boomerang back to your kids.

The Hubsters

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Father’s Day Stall

Many thanks to Melanie Snibson and helpers for another successful Father’s Day stall. We hope all the dads and father figures had a great day!

BHPS Market Night is a great night!

We are calling out to our community for help with donations for our up coming Market Night.
If you can help with a donation for our raffle prizes or know of a business who can help our school, that would be amazing.
Market Night is Friday 20th October from 4pm – 7:30pm
Last year was a huge success and a fantastic community event.
Please contact Leia Barrett via the BHPS Hub Facebook page here.

BHPS School Disco

We are still looking for volunteers for the Senior Disco.  Please text Shirani on 0433296786 to volunteer for Senior Disco. All parent helpers MUST have a current working with children’s check and have signed the code of conduct.

Chocolate Drive

We are now chasing the final monies and/or chocolates due. Please help us to wrap up this fundraising event. Thanks everyone!
Leia Barrett and Leah Hodgson
Boronia Heights Hubsters






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