7 February 2018



Dear Parents,


I would like to begin by extending my congratulations to everyone for the smooth start to 2018. After both enjoyable and relaxing holidays all students have returned ready to begin what promises to be an exciting year of learning and discovery at Mentone Park. The classrooms are buzzing and the students are smiling and my morning walk through the school makes me extremely proud of our entire community.

As I am sure you all know by now Miss Justine Arentz is now Mrs French after her beautiful wedding to Scott over the break. I know the students have made her feel very special.



The wonderful news keeps coming with the announcements that Jo Bon and Gilly O’Connor are expecting beautiful new additions to their families during the first half of this year. Jo will be with us for Term 1 and Gilly will begin her leave later in Term 2.



This year we welcome 4 new staff members to our amazing education team at MPPS. Danielle Kruger is teaching in the Senior School, Christina Savva in the Junior School and Revere Beynon and Melinda Mitchell-Daws bring their expert knowledge and experience to our Integration and Student Support team.  


Last year School Council ratified and we published our revised uniform policy. Red MPPS polos, black shorts or pants and a girls summer dress are the staple of what is a smart, casual and functional uniform and I would like to thank all families for ensuring students arrive every day looking neat and tidy.

As per the policy, could I please request that student hair accessories be either black, red or white and neatly keep hair back. If a student’s hair length (Boys or Girls) is past the collar it should be tied back neatly. Socks should either be plain black or white.

Lastly student school bags should be MPPS or a plain dark colour. When worn correctly school bags are designed to support young back bones and muscles.

By now many of you would have heard the positive reviews of our new school lunch order service. Yesterday staff and students enjoyed a healthy lunch that was delivered fresh to their rooms. Registering only takes a few minutes and you can then choose from a large variety of items. You can order up till 8:30am on the day or in advance if you choose. Orders are available on Wednesdays and Fridays.


What an amazing group of new students we have this year. Every day the classroom is full of smiling faces and happy students. In only the first few days of school you have made us all very proud of you.

















Thank you to all families who have either paid their school fees or made arrangements to pay by instalments. Here at Mentone Park we would never let finance get in the way of a quality education for every child so if you would like to discuss a payment plan that suits your family’s needs please come and talk with us. 


Communication is vital to ensure that your child is given the opportunity to achieve their very best. Whilst all of our staff are always open to discuss any issues that may present themselves, we would like to invite you to attend the following sessions in the coming weeks. Shortly you will receive a Flexibuzz with login details to select an interview time with your child’s teacher as well as let us know if you are able to attend an Information Evening with general information about the coming year.


Our new website is nearly ready to launch. Myself and some tech savvy staff will be meeting with the web developer on Monday Feb 12, to go over the new site and ensure it is everything we want it to be.

Once it goes live we will have the ability to add, change or remove content easily, thus ensuring it is a valuable resource for school communication.

Stay tuned for a launch date.


Its only February but we are already conducting tours and taking enrolments for 2019. We would ask that families with children commencing in 2019 contact the office for an enrolment form as soon as possible, as this will enable us to plan for future growth and help prevent large classes through ‘late’ enrolments. If you have any questions about enrolling your child, I am more than happy to answer them; so feel free to drop by.

As I did last year I will be attending Kindergartens, Early Learning Centres and Child care Centres to promote our wonderful school so if you know of anyone looking I would be more than happy to give them a personalized tour.
Best wishes

Cameron Agars


Welcome back everyone! So great to see everyone again and to meet our new families over the past week.  I am sure everyone is keen to learn about the exciting things happening in each year level during 2018, especially if you are a new parent to that area of the school. Information Nights will be held this month where you can learn about the curriculum, special events, learning spaces and expectations of each area of the school. We will also be conducting 1:1 Parent-Teacher Get to Know You Interviews whereby you can inform your child's teacher of any information that is important for them to know regarding your child's individual needs. Please see the links below to book your interview time and also to RSVP your intention to attend one or more of the information sessions.
Click the link above and enter the code 4k2k7
Information evening 27th February
Junior 6pm - 6.45pm
Middle 6.45pm - 7.30pm
Senior 7.30pm - 8.15pm
Click the link above and enter the code p5zsm
Have a great week!

Alison Lough

Assistant Principal


Dear Parents,

Welcome back to all our families both new and existing.

Thank you to the families who have already  returned their Student Enrolment Information Forms, please return the forms as soon as possible. It is important to advise the school when there are any changes to your family details.

Thank you,

Patti, Jane and Trish
Administration Team







Welcome back all, for another year at Mentone Park and at OSHClub!
This week's goal is to share acts of kindness to one another. With many new students at the beginning of the year, particularly from prep. t's an important part in helping them feel a part of our community. OSHClub kids will be focusing on inclusiveness, friendship and appreciation.

Next Week (12th Feb – 16th Feb )

Healthy choices and why we make them is the theme of next week. Including aspects from not only eating healthy, but exercise and sun smart behaviours to name a couple.

David Quinn
OSHClub Co-ordinator


School banking will resume on Wednesday February 14.


Dear Mentone Park Families,
Welcome to another year at school and the beginning of a new issue of Scholastic Book Club catalogues! Issue one orders are due in by 16th February. Orders can be left with the office or please order via the online ordering system called  “LOOP”  - details are in the catalogue. When ordering there is an option to mark as a gift if you would like your order sent to the office instead of to class for your child to take home.

To families new to our school the Scholastic Book Club generates reward points which we claim back throughout the year as new books and resources for teachers to use in class. Each book club order earns 20% in rewards points – they soon add up! Scholastic often have some great books on special for as little as $2, so look out for their “gold coin books” in the catalogue
If you need any assistance please don’t hesitate to contact me via the school office or call the Scholastic Customer Service number 1800021233.
Best wishes
Jenny O – Book club coordinator


Dear Parents,

If you are interested in purchasing second-hand school uniforms,

please send Megan and Jess a text to arrange to meet.

Megan (0404 228 320) and/or Jess (0411 031 589) on Tuesday mornings (9am) or Friday afternoons (3.30pm).

Thank you

Megan & Jess
Working With Children Check Reminder

All parents/guardians, visitors & volunteers to the school MUST sign in & out of the school and display their WWCC in a lanyard, which is available at the school office.
The Department of Education requires any person involved in an activity where children may be present to have a current WWCC or have supplied proof that they have applied for a WWCC with the Department of Justice. All schools are required to comply with the Working with Children Act 2005.
Volunteers are expected to carry the WWCC card on their person at all times when working or volunteering at the school or during school related activities.

There is no fee for this check. Apply now by visiting: www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au


The Department of Education & Early Childhood Development and Mentone Park Primary School do not endorse the products or services of any private advertiser. They accept no responsibility for accuracy of information contained in advertisements or claims made by them.

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