Welcoming new Prep students and their families is one the real joys we get at the start of each school year. This year we were pleased to welcome 50 new preps and their families to our school community. Preps bring something special to the school environment, their bright shining faces lighting up each day. Our Preps are split across 3 classes in 2020, and our Prep Teachers, Miss Renwick, Miss Wall and Miss Tapper, are very excited about the Prep learning program for 2020. During first term our preps are all settling in to school, learning the routines of school life, and building up their learning stamina. They will also be getting started on learning their letters and sounds through our multi-sensory phonics program. We are looking forward to watching them learn and develop all across 2020.
We are very proud to announce that Amsleigh Park was recently awarded the best primary school project between $5-10 Million for 2019 at this year’s Victorian School Building Authority awards. The award was presented by the Minister for Education, Mr James Merlino, who acknowledged the very high standard of projects from all across Victoria competing for VSBA awards. Our school modernisation project commenced in 2017 and was completed at the end of 2018. The success of our project was made possible through a very effective partnership between the Amsleigh Park PS school community, Architects, Baldasso Cortese and the Builder, Newton Manor. The outcomes for our students and staff are outstanding, and we now have a contemporary learning environment that will encourage and support learning for all of our students for many years to come. I want to acknowledge the outstanding work from both our, Architect Baldasso Cortese, who translated our educational vision into an inspired design, and Builders, Newton Manor and Vallack Construction, who then made this design a reality. After two very challenging years we can now see and enjoy the benefits of this project in our fantastic school, that is also now an award winner!
Our Grade 2s enjoyed a fantastic night at their 2019 sleepover. Kicking off at 5.30pm on Friday night we all enjoyed lots of fun and games including an aerobics session and the traditional game of poison ball with our giant ball. Following a delicious feast from our local Pizza shop, we enjoyed a disco then a night walk, discovering lots of tiny magical ‘unicorns’ living all around our school grounds. After a busy night everyone was tired and settled in for a movie before it was time to ‘hit the sack’. The Grade 2 sleepover is part of our School Camping (Outdoor Education) Program, and is an important stepping stone for our students that prepares them for their first overnight camp in Grade 3. Huge thanks to the many staff who made this event such a great success, generously giving up a Friday night to provide this opportunity. Well done to our awesome Grade 2s who have now conquered their first night of school camp.
Last night’s school production ‘The Magic Faraway Tree’ was a wonderful success, our students dazzling on stage in their performances. The spectacle was wonderful, the colourful costumes, vibrant dances and singing providing great entertainment for the sell-out audience. Our main cast of Grade 6’s were terrific, with lots of funny gags and dialogue to keep the story moving along. As a whole community event our school production showcases the ‘Amsleigh Difference’, with students, teachers and parents all coming together to make it such as success. Who knows, in one of those performances we may have also seen a future star in the making. Huge congratulations to Miss Hayes, Miss Carr and Mrs Kennedy for their directing and producing skills, it’s another hit!
Amsleigh Park have added another National Title to our previous three, winning gold at this year’s School Aerobics Nationals. Team Adrenaline travelled to the Gold Coast for the event, many months of hard work and commitment behind them, and achieved an outstanding performance. Team coaches, Miss Carr and Miss Hayes, said that this team had really brought it all together in recent practice sessions, and were outstanding on the day. Their collaboration and team spirit were great, and they really enjoyed themselves. Well done to our students and staff, we are so proud of you, and thanks to the parents who provided huge support to the team all throughout the year. Awesome Amsleigh!
The sun’s out at Davies Reserve for our annual House Athletics sports day. Our Grade 4-6s are all competing and participating in the full range of Athletics including 100m sprint, Hurdles, Discus, Shot Put, Long Jump, Triple Jump, 800m and 100m relays. Plenty of ribbons are already on show, as our students show off their athletics skills. It’s great to see all of our students, staff and parents enjoying this event. Special thanks to Miss Hayes and the teachers for organising it and for the parents and ex-students who came along to help out. Go Amsleigh!
Our wonderful Parents and Friends (PFA) were hard at work last Saturday getting our Bike Shed reorganised. The Bike Shed had been used to store materials from recent building works, and was in need of a good clean out. Improving our Bike Shed is also a special project for our Student Representative Council (SRC), who have raised money for some additional bike racks. Linking both our PFA and SRC is a great way to achieve a result. On behalf of everyone at Amsleigh Park PS I want to say thanks to the PFA for their great support of this worthwhile project, and congratulate our SRC for achieving this important student led goal. Awesome work Amsleigh Park PS!
Anyone visiting our school in the past couple of days would have seen our students enjoying our new friendship garden, which opened on Friday. This new space offers lots of different play options, both passive and active, and we can already see our students enjoying rolling down the grass hills, exploring the musical pipes and constructing in the sand pit. The central feature, the walking labyrinth will be completed when we have better weather, and promises to look sensational. We are looking forward to a special visit by the Minister for Education, the Hon. James Merlino, on Wednesday this week who will officially open the garden on behalf of our school.
Welcome to Education Week at Amsleigh Park Primary School. This week we are highlighting both the wonderful work done at Amsleigh Park PS, and also the fantastic State Education system we belong to. The theme for this year is ‘Celebrating Careers’ and today we are looking forward to a special careers expo by our parents. On Wednesday we have ‘Open Night 2019’ commencing at 5.30pm with a special focus on Science in our classrooms, followed by special performances at 7.00pm in the Gym. There will also be tours for prospective families by our student leaders. On Thursday the annual Grandparents day is always a great highlight for our students and staff, starting from 12.00noon. It’s going to be another great celebration of Education Week in 2019, hope you can make it along.
Last week the Grade 4 classes set off with excitement to visit Melbourne Aquarium and Albert Park Lake. We were greeted by brilliant sunshine for our visit to the Lake, and enjoyed exploring this environment, and the abundant bird life. Our aim was to further our understanding related to our Term 2 Inquiry question: How do living things survive in changing environments? Our students were amazed and mesmerised by the marine creatures within the Aquarium, and it was a delight to watch their faces light up. Our guides were fantastic at keeping our students engaged, answering many thoughtful and curious questions. These experiences are now being utilised in the classroom and have generated many questions and interests that the students will look into further. A huge thank you to the parents who volunteered their time – these special excursions are only possible with your help!
2020 BOOK LISTS
2018 Term Dates
Wednesday 31st January (Grades 1 – 6)
Thursday 1st February (Preps) – Thursday 29th March
Monday 16th April – Friday 29th June
Monday 16 July – Friday 21st September
Monday 8th October – Friday 21st 22 December