Skip to content

Principal’s Report

Read Time: ( words)

My Vision for the School

I am so honoured and privileged to have been selected as the Principal of Boronia Heights Primary School. From the day I started as Acting Prin back in late April, I felt this was the place for me. My collaboration with the staff, students and School Council over the last six months has reassured me that I made the right decision in applying for the Principal position, and to be given the job made me so pleased.

As part of the selection process, I was asked to prepare a 15-minute presentation to the panel about my vision for the school, my priorities in the first two years and what challenges I envisage. I’d like to share with everyone a summary of my presentation so you can get an idea of what my vision is for the school.

Firstly, I want to acknowledge and celebrate the tremendous work of the staff and leadership team over the past 5 years. Boronia Heights PS wouldn’t be the great school we know and love without the tireless efforts by all involved. I’ve seen photos and heard stories about what the school was like prior to the rebuild project, and it’s clear that it was a very different place to what we see now. The school is in a strong financial position, the students are achieving good results in comparison to similar schools, and we have dedicated team of teachers, ES and parents who are committed to helping children grow in all facets of their education.

Boronia Heights PS should be a “Shining Light” in the community. Under my leadership as Principal, the school will aim to achieve three overarching goals:

  1. All teachers commit to becoming expert practitioners, developing their skills and abilities through professional learning and ongoing reflection of practice.
  2. The students are motivated to learn new things, grow their knowledge base and experience success.
  3. The parent community is proud to say their child was a student at Boronia Heights PS.

The work we are currently doing to achieve these goals is significant. Here are some highlights related to learning and wellbeing that will help us succeed in the future:

  • NAPLAN scores are above network and similar schools in most areas;
  • Our structures and processes are well established, with teachers using data to drive planning and teaching;
  • There is an evidence-based teaching and learning model, driven by teachers who work in Curriculum Action Teams;
  • Specialist subject areas are taught by expert, passionate teachers;
  • The Berry Street Education Model is embedded into the school’s wellbeing practices;
  • Our School Welfare Officer, Sarah McIntosh, provides ongoing support to kids and families;
  • A team of staff and para-professionals are dedicated to improving inclusive practices;
  • A range of lunchtime clubs to support children to improve social skills and have choice over activities are offered.

Whilst there are lots of highlights and positive things happening at the school, there is always room for improvement. The two areas I see most worthy of a “laser-like focus” over the next two years are Writing and Student Engagement in Learning. Let’s look at Writing first.

My Theory of Action in respect to Writing is:

  • If we focus on improving teacher skills and knowledge about the process of writing and how we teach it to children,
  • First we will see improved confidence and self-efficacy by teachers to employ effective instructional strategies of the writing process,
  • So that later we will see students displaying improved writing skills, including better organisation, coherent structure, grammar, spelling, and vocabulary usage.

Work has already begun to improve teacher knowledge and skills of how students learn to write using The Writing Revolution as a professional reading resource. The Literacy team is leading this work and will develop a program of professional learning to upskills all teachers.

With respect to Student Engagement in Learning, my Theory of Action is:

  • If we investigate what motivates and stimulates students to want to learn, then develop a learning program to reflect this;
  • First we will see improved effort and persistence so that students realise their skills and knowledge are improving over time;
  • So that later we will see students being self-motivated and driven to do well at school, finding personal relevance and meaning in what they’re learning.

An example of the work we’re currently doing to improve student engagement is the multi-age activities that are happening alternate Friday afternoons this term. These sessions involve classes of students from all year levels coming together to do fun, stimulating learning activities that focus on problem solving, celebrating special events, social interactions and collaboration. We will also be developing a consistent approach to student goal setting so the children can improve learning confidence.

In finishing my presentation, I used a quote from May Angelou that says, “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” This is what I want all staff and students to strive for so that we can honestly say that Boronia Heights Primary School is the best school ever!

New drinking fountains

During the school holidays we installed three new drinking fountains to replace the original troughs. These new fountains have two faucets, one is a regular faucet and the other lets the kids fill up their drink bottles. They’ve also got a very striking aboriginal artwork design in colours very similar to the school’s colours. I’d encourage you to check them out next time you wander through the school grounds.

Playground updates

If you’ve wandered over to the playground areas recently, you may have seen the junior and middle playgrounds nearing completion. They are just finishing off the synthetic turf surrounding the playgrounds, and once that’s done we should get handover and the kids can start having fun on the playgrounds again. Safe Play have done an amazing job!

Bayswater Primary Schools Writing Competition Winners

We welcomed Jackson Taylor MP once again to present the awards in his local writing competition. A big congratulations to Jasmine & Audrey in Year 3.

Farewell to Miss Searles

From all of us at Boronia Heights PS, I’d like to wish Miss Searles all the very best as she takes maternity leave in preparation for the arrival of her baby in November. Miss Erin Ascenzo has been working in 2A this week to transition into the role.


Have a great week.

Mat Anderton

Dates to Remember

Read Time: ( words)


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!!


Term Dates 2024

Term 1 29 January – 28 March
Term 2 15 April – 28 June
Term 3 15 July – 20 September
Term 4 7 October – 20 December

Achievements and Awards

Read Time: ( words)

CARE Ticket Winners


Term 3 Week 10


Eva – 1B Lachlan – 1D
Zach – 1C Zach – 1C
Chloe – 2A Zac R – 2C


Aster – 4B Cleo – 4A
Charlotte Gr – 4B Olivia – 6A
Tarrant – 6B Lucas – 6C

Student of the Week

Term 3 Week 9

Prep A Forrest Prep B Liam
Prep C Nora Prep D Jackson
1A Taelur 1B Laylah
1C Anuk 1D Olivia
2A Izzy 2B Sophie
2C Ben 2D Alyssa
3A Dustyn 3B Lili
3C Jaiden
4A Ben 4B Serenity
4C Caiden
5A Alaina 5B Will C
6A Maya 6B James S
6C Maddie  
Maestro of the Week Sportsperson of the Week Finn P – 3B
Inventors COG Award Tanya – Prep B German Award Finn – 1B
Monet of the Week German Award All of Year 4!!
Monet of the Week Monet of the Week



Student Welfare

Read Time: ( words)

On Tuesday this week our School Captains, Mitchell, Charlotte, Avril and Jackson, together with our Koorie students, met with Vanessa Murdoch (EACH Aboriginal Health Promotion Officer), Angela Thurbon (Knox Council and Lea Jones (Koorie Engagement Support Officer), Tara Henstock (BHPS Art teacher) and myself to work on a BHPS-specific Acknowledgement to Country. As an ice breaker we talked about the character strengths that each of us had as well as what we each felt was a strength that we could see in our school community. These were some of the strengths that we came up with: adventurous, hardworking, open, committed, capable, strong, curious, different, patient, generous, caring, creative, fair, friendly, humorous, kind, hopeful, confident, happy, organized, encouraging, understanding, relaxed, loyal, energetic and helpful.

We then, as a group, read through our current school’s Acknowledgement to Country (see below) and brainstormed how we might like to adapt the wording to make it more meaningful and significant to our school situation. How could we include our school values (Community Achievement, Respect and Engagement), or care for country, or the exact Kulin nations that our school is physically located on?

We look forward to gathering together again in a couple of weeks’ time to continue having a yarn about our Acknowledgment to Country. The Koorie kids are also enjoying spending time getting to know one another better, learning and sharing about First Nations’ culture and meeting other First Nations’ people from our local community.


Boronia Heights Primary School Acknowledgement of Country

Boronia Heights Primary School would like to acknowledge the traditional owners of the land, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We pay respects to their elders past and present, and pay respects to the Elders of all nations. In the name of true reconciliation, we would like to acknowledge all people from all nations and nationalities.


Sarah McIntosh
Student Welfare





Tech Corner

Read Time: ( words)

Integrating iPads in Year 3

Throughout the year, the students in Year 3 have been consistently integrating their iPads into all aspects of their learning. This week, students have used technology to consolidate their understanding of the Numeracy Curriculum with flip, slide, turn and symmetry!

Students used various apps to demonstrate their learning. These have included:

  • playing the game Tetris – this prompted discussion on the geometrical features of the shapes in the game, as well as how the shapes can be manipulated to fit together
  • the Scratch app –  this allowed students to use their creative skills to flip, slide and turn their chosen character, with the view to making an animation. The program also teaches the students coding skills and directions
  • the Sketches app – to create digital symmetrical artwork and explore Indigenous pieces as well

Kim Hindmarsh
Year 3 Teacher & Learning Specialist

Cyber Safety Project

Cyber Safety Project’s fourth and final parent webinar for 2023 is coming up on Tuesday October 17th from 7:30-8:30pm. Don’t miss it! The topic of the webinar is Digital Balance and Wellbeing.

To learn more and register, follow this link.

Missed the previous webinars?

Webinar 1: Plan, Prevent, Protect

Webinar 2: Safety on the Socials

Webinar 3: Gaming and Your Family

They are all available to view here –


Sports News

Read Time: ( words)

Interschool Sports

Day 2 of Interschool Sports went wonderfully. The sunshine was out and about for us all and BHPS hosted Volleyball again. A huge thank you to the following helpers for assisting on the day; Danny Brueckner, Karen Nagel, Caillin & Jess Williams, Kitty Brunner, and Jackie Gould. We appreciate your help immensely! A big well done to the Girls Cricket team who will be competing on the 20th of October at Kings Park at the Division Finals.

Division Athletics

Well done to the 8 students who represented BHPS at the Division Athletics on the 13th of September. Congratulations to Qianna.Y, Charlotte.G & Caleb.J for making it through to Regional Athletics on the 19th of October. To everyone else, you did such a fantastic job, I am so proud of you all and your efforts. It’s not easy getting into Division so a huge well done.

Upcoming Sporting Events

  • Senior All Stars Girls team competing at the Division Finals on Friday the 13th
  • Regional Athletics team competing at the Tom Kelly Athletics Track on the 19th
  • Division Girls Cricket team competing at Kings Park on the 20th

Good luck to all teams. Results will be in the next school newsletter.

Taylah Smith
Physical Education Teacher and Sport Co-ordinator

School News

Read Time: ( words)

Weeding Bees

Do you have a spare 30 minutes once a month to help the school?

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

  • The first Monday of the month, 3.00pm – 3.30pm
  • Small, doable area 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.

Our next date is Monday 9th October.

We would love to see you!

Staff Profile – Mathew Anderton

Name: Mathew Anderton

Your Role at BHPS: Principal

Previous School: Pakenham Hills Primary School

Birthday (NOT year!): 19th July

Family: My wife, Narelle, and four daughters named Sophie, Claire, Erin and Lainey. My extended family is quite large – I have an identical twin brother, two younger brothers and a younger sister. They all have children too, which makes family celebrations quite a squeeze.

Pets: I have a golden Labrador named Ben and a cat named Blossom. Ben loves to eat socks!

Hobbies: When the weather is nice I like to play golf. I can hit the ball OK but I’m not winning the Australian Open anytime soon. I also like to coach my daughter’s netball team. When I get some “downtime” I might play a board game or the Playstation with my family.

AFL Footy team: Geelong Cats

Favourite Food: Thai food would have to be my favourite style of cuisine. I love a good Thai Green Curry with some jasmine rice and roti to dip into the curry sauce. Yum! I also enjoy a good, hot coffee and some chocolate on the side, especially on those chilly winter days.

Favourite Book or Movie: My favourite book would probably be “The Lord of the Rings” series by J. R. R. Tolkien. They’re very long books that took me ages to read, but I’d happily read them again. My favourite movie of all time is “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back”. As a kid growing up in the 1980’s, the original Star Wars movies were a big feature of my childhood, so I love all the movies and TV shows.

Favourite Colour: I support the Liverpool Football Club and they’re red, so my favourite colour is probably red.

2023 BHPS Yearbook is now on sale!

The Boronia Heights Primary School Yearbook is available for ordering now on Compass. This annual publication celebrates our school community and most of all, our wonderful students. Photos of all students and school programs are showcased in our school yearbook. It is a special keepsake for children and families to read for years to come.

The yearbook will be distributed to students who purchase it at the end of Term 4. Once we have placed numbers with the printer, no more copies can be ordered.

Orders close on Friday 20th October. Don’t miss out!

Crazy Camel Art Fundraiser

During the last term of our Visual Arts lessons, students have been hard at work creating stunning artwork for our upcoming Crazy Camel fundraiser. From Prep to Year 6, our talented students have designed eye-catching pieces that can be printed on a set of beautiful greeting cards.

Many of our young artists chose to focus on creating Christmas-themed artwork, perfect for turning into a set of festive Christmas cards.

We’re excited to announce that orders for these unique cards will be open from Friday, October 13th, until the 3rd of November. Detailed instructions on how to view and place orders for your child’s artwork will be sent out closer to the opening date. Additionally, these special cards will also be available for purchase during our Market Night.

Thank you for supporting our students’ creativity and our Crazy Camel fundraiser. We can’t wait to share their wonderful creations with you!


From the Office

Read Time: ( words)

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

Read Time: ( words)

BHPS Market Night is a great night!

We are calling out to our community for volunteers to assist with our year level stalls.
If you can help please contact your classroom teacher.
Market Night is Friday 20th October from 4pm – 7:30pm
Last year was a huge success and a fantastic community event.
Any enquiries, please contact Leia Barrett via the BHPS Hub Facebook page here.

BHPS School Disco

We would like to extend a huge thank you to all our volunteers. Especially Shirani and Rachel who co-ordinated the fun filled night.

The kids had an amazing time.

Colour Run – 22 November

Our Colour Run is fast approaching. Information coming home soon.

Leia Barrett and Leah Hodgson
Boronia Heights Hubsters






Community News

Read Time: ( words)







Skip to content