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Year 6 Vs Teachers Dodgeball

Classes in 2024

Teachers have been working on the 2024 classes for many weeks, and I’m pleased to say that grade lists have now been confirmed for next year. This is a very difficult task that requires a lot of careful consideration, particularly when there are many parent requests that we try our best to factor in.

In 2024 we will have 23 classes – 4 x Prep, 3 x Grade 1, 3 x Grade 2, 4 x Grade 3 all other year levels have 3 classes. Our enrolment numbers are expected to increase slightly next year to 510 students.

Staffing 2024

As typically happens every year, teachers look for opportunities or promotions at other schools, take extended leave, have babies, and even try a career change. Next year is no different for us, although I will say that there have been a lot more babies amongst our teaching staff than I would normally expect!

Here are the staff members we are saying “farewell” to:

  • Mrs Taylah Smith has recently given birth to her baby boy, Albie, and will be taking family leave for all next year.
  • Mrs Sarah Weichert and Ms Allanah Searles will continue their family leave after having their babies in September and October.
  • Ms Sajani Gammampila is due to have her baby in January and will therefore be on family leave next year.
  • Mr Carlos Milan will be taking paternity leave for the first four weeks of term 1, with his baby due to be born in the next week or two.
  • Mr Simon Butler has accepted a position at Lyndhurst PS to be closer to home.
  • Miss Georgia Antoniou will be taking up a teaching position at Heatherton Christian College.
  • Mrs Mirella Irving has accepted a promotional position as Learning Specialist at Narre Warren South P-12 College.
  • Ms Jessica Lane is moving to Horsham and will look to take up a teaching position in that area.
  • Ms Eliza Hansen is moving to the UK for 12 months so she can explore the world of teaching in another country.
  • Ms Ellie Stait will be exploring other career opportunities.

I’m excited to welcome the following staff members who will be joining us next year:

  • Mrs Kirsten Lighfoot is joining the Year 3 team as team leader. Kirsten is currently teaching at Essex Heights PS in Mount Waverley.
  • Ms Lisa Maxwell is also joining the Year 3 team. Lisa is currently teaching at Upper Ferntree Gully PS.
  • Mrs Narissa Farrell is joining the Year 6 team. Narissa is currently teaching at Yarra Road PS.
  • Mr Shae Warren will be teaching Phys Ed next year. Shae is currently the PE teacher at Courtenay Gardens PS.
  • Mrs Lisa Reiner will be joining the Year 5 team as team leader. Lisa has done CRT work for us this year, so it’s great to have her with us in a more permanent capacity.
  • Ms Amber Carr will be joining the Year 1 team. Amber is currently working at Regency Park PS.
  • Charlie O’Neill and Holly Paris will be joining us as part of our ES team.

To those staff who are leaving us, I’d like to thank them for their commitment to the students and community of Boronia Heights. I wish them all the very best as they move on to other schools or job opportunities. To those people joining our school, welcome to a fantastic learning community. We look forward to working with you.

Farewell to our 2023 Year 6 Students

The Year 6 students attended their Graduation Celebrations last Monday afternoon. I’d like to extend my heartfelt congratulations to these exceptional young people who are embarking on a new chapter in their educational journey.

To our Year 6 graduates, you have accomplished so much during your time at Boronia Heights PS. Your hard work, determination, and unique talents have not only contributed to your personal growth but have also enriched our school community.

As you prepare to transition to secondary school, remember the friendships, experiences, and lessons that have shaped you along the way. You are a remarkable group of young individuals, and I have full confidence that you will continue to excel and make us proud in the years to come.

A special thank you to the dedicated teachers, supportive parents, and everyone who played a role in nurturing and guiding these students. Teamwork truly makes the dream work, and your collaborative efforts have contributed to the success of these children.

The organisation that staff and parents put into celebrating the end of year graduation is huge. I would like to thank staff and parents who have worked with absolute passion and enthusiasm to support our graduation day. I have never seen a group of parents so invested in making the graduation ceremony as special as it was. Hours and hours of time and effort went into creating the “Disco” themed event. Thank you to our parent committee who have supported Year 6 staff and Vicki Cook for her leadership and organisation for the day.

BHPS Artist Legacy Award

Every year a BHPS artist is awarded the Artist Legacy Award.  This student is chosen from our Monet of the Week award winners.  Their artwork is purchased by the school to keep on display as inspiration for future artists to aspire to.

Our winning recipient for 2023 for this award goes to Luke Beggs from 6C for creating an incredible Elemental Mask using Modroc, cellophane, felt and paint.

Congratulations Luke.

Christmas Concert

A very special congratulations to all of our students who performed in our Christmas concert, singing their hearts out with their amazing collection of Christmas songs. A huge thank you to Mr. Fox and classroom teachers who worked with their students. I’d also like to send a special “Ho Ho Ho” to Santa who so graciously came down from the North Pole to pay us a visit. Good on you Santa! Thanks to everyone involved, for your involvement and your participation on the night it was great to have our community altogether.

End of year message

As this is the last newsletter for the year, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our staff for making this school the amazing educational environment that it is. I am very fortunate to be the Principal of this wonderful school.

All students will be dismissed from the front of the school on the netball court on Wednesday 20th December at 1:30pm. School will resume for students in Years 1 to 6 on Tuesday 30th January. Preps will complete assessments and interviews at the beginning of the year and will attend school full time on Monday 5th February.

Have a safe and Happy Christmas with your loved ones and take some time to enjoy some quality time with your family. I look forward to 2024, as we have many wonderful plans already in place. We are indeed a very fortunate school and have many things to be grateful for, thank you to everyone for their partnership and support and time that you have given to the school, whether it has been in fundraising, parent helper, gardening and grounds support or going on excursions, we have thoroughly enjoyed the time and effort that you have given.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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





December 18 Last day for Canteen Orders 2023
December 19 Year 6 Big Day Out Excursion
December 20 Year 6  Final Assembly
December 20 Last day of School – early 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



January 29 Curriculum Day
January 30 Year 1 – 6 First day of 2024
February 2 Canteen Opens today
February 5 Preps First day of 2024
February 9 Curriculum Day
February  14 Year 6 Tree Top Excursion
March 11 Labour Day Public Holiday
March 29 Good Friday Public Holiday
April 26 Curriculum Day
September 11 Curriculum Day
November 4 Curriculum Day
December 20 Last day of School

Student Welfare

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As we end our 2023 school year, I wanted to say how much I have enjoyed working with and spending time with your children, supporting them to be the best that they can be, as well as connecting with you as their parents and carers. I do wish you all a very happy Christmas and New Year. May the holidays bring lots of family fun and memories and a good rest! Keep safe over these weeks and I look forward to seeing you in 2024.

Holidays! ARGH! What does one do over the long break to avoid kids getting bored and without breaking the bank?

With that, allow your kids to get bored. It’s not a bad thing. It actually makes them have to think and consider and decide what they can do without you giving them ideas all the time. It is also good for them to sometimes sit in that space of being bored and become comfortable in the ‘not doing’. Alternatively, give them a few ideas and if they don’t like your suggestions – leave it to them to decide what they can do.

It also is good to do activities with our kids, like read a book together, build a train line, play cars with them, build a sandcastle, play a boardgame, do gardening, cooking or a craft activity together. Let’s make time to do things side by side with our kids.

And what we do with our kids can be low or no cost. Go bike riding. Walk to the playground and have a BBQ or morning tea. Go for a bushwalk, especially with the Dandenong’s on our doorstep. There are Christmas lights everywhere, why not take a stroll and admire them together? Organise a playdate or two with your kid’s friends and their parents (or mind another family’s kids to give their Mum a break and vice versa!) Watch a movie at home and make popcorn. Build a fort with blankets and couches. Camp in the backyard.

A website with lots of family activities on in our area is (Mamma Knows East)

I intentionally have not mentioned computer screens here! They can also be a great joint or individual activity – but let’s not limit ourselves to them!

If you are doing it tough over the break, and need support, please keep these agencies in mind: (National Domestic Family and Sexual Violence Counselling Service) (The Orange Door) (24 hour crisis support) (24 hour counselling for kids) (mental health support)

If you need information, advice or emergency relief: (Knox Infolink) (CHAMPION) (CityLife Community Care)


Sarah McIntosh
Student Welfare





Achievements and Awards

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Student of the Week

Term 4 Week 11

Prep A Scarlett Prep B Tanya
Prep C Evie S Prep D Izzy
1A All of 1A! 1B All of 1B!
1C All of 1C! 1D Angelique
2A All of 2A! 2B All of 2B!
2C All of 2C! 2D All of 2D!
3A Milla 3B Noah C
3C Mia
4A William 4B Harper & Ash
4C Ash & Kayder
5A Lachie 5B Chris
5C All of 5C!
6A Adam 6B Tarrant
6C Rodin  
Maestro of the Week Sportsperson of the Week
Monet of the Week German Award Harper 6B & Skye 6C
Monet of the Week German Award
Inventors COG Award Monet of the Week


CARE Ticket Winners

Term 4 Week 9


Imelda Prep B Zoe B 1C
Elsie 3C Sienna R 3C


Isaac 4C Mackenzie 4A
Amber T 6B Isabella 6B

Buildings & Grounds

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Thank you

A big shout out to the wonderful members of the Buildings & Grounds Committee for your continuous hard work to improve our school grounds. We’ve had a busy year and the school looks great!

Weeding Bees!

Thank you to the Buildings & Grounds Committee and those individuals who were kind enough to volunteer. Our school is continually improving thanks to your generosity.

Inclusive Play Space Construction!

Our old senior playground is well and truly gone!

This is an exciting project that should be ready by the start of Term 1 next year.









The Hubsters

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Thank you

A big shout out to the wonderful members of the Community Hub, lead by Leia Barrett, for your continuous hard work to raise funds to improve our school. We’ve had a busy year and co-ordinated many fun events. These have the added bonus of raising money some of which went to our new playgrounds. We are now saving for our bike shed. Thank you also to our lovely community for supporting these events.

I hope you enjoyed seeing the staff getting slimed!

Entertainment Book Offer!


Leah Hodgson
Boronia Heights Hubsters






From the Office

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2024 Parent Payment Information

2024 Parent Payment information was recently sent out. Click here to access a digital copy. The COS portal for book pack orders is now open. Login information is found in the Parent Payment information packs.

Orders placed before 11th December will be delivered to your home by 24th December. Orders placed before 8th January will be delivered to your home prior to Term 1 commencement.

2024 CSEF

The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) helps eligible families to cover the costs of school trips, camps and sporting activities.

If you have a valid means-tested concession card, such as a Veterans Affairs Gold Card, Centrelink Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card, or are a temporary foster parent, you may be eligible. There is also a special consideration category for asylum seeker and refugee families.

Payment amounts this year are $150 for eligible primary school. Payments are made direct to the school to use towards expenses relating to camps, excursions and sporting activities for the benefit of your child.

You can download the form here.

Check with the school office if you are unsure, and please return completed forms to the school office as soon as possible.

Reports via Compass

Do you have a student leaving BHPS in 2023?

Please ensure you remember to print off any reports via Compass before the last week of the school year. You will lose access to Compass on the 20th December 2023. Please refer to the below image to learn where to find all reports.



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.

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