5 September 2018


Dear Parents,

There is only one item that deserves to lead our newsletter this week, that is our wonderful matinee and evening ‘Under The Big Top’ performance on Tuesday. Weeks and weeks of rehearsals culminated in 60 minutes of excitement, nerves, laughs and memories for every one of our amazing students, and the positive feedback has been due recognition of all the hard work.

Thank you to all of our staff for their wonderful commitment to creating this performance. Afternoon dance sessions, lunchtime rehearsals and weekend shopping trips for that perfect set of glitter vests and hats were all greatly appreciated.
A DVD was produced from the evening session and sales will begin shortly.

Thank you to Jayne O’Neill, the Green Gang and a long list of parent volunteers for their work on our new front garden. It looks amazing and is really creating a conversation throughout the street. Even the neighbours' without kids at the school have complimented the new entrance. Please see Jayne’s article below for more details and a list of our parent volunteers.

This week has been extremely busy with last Fridays postponed District Athletics Carnival taking place on Monday. Congratulations to all of our students, not only for the way they sprinted, jumped and threw, but also the way they represented themselves and our school with pride and distinction.

Yesterday the NAPLAN results for students in Years 3 and 5 were sent home to parents. Please remember that these results are just a snapshot of learning in the areas of Writing, Reading, Spelling, Grammar and Numeracy and do not display the full complement of student achievement. Since NAPLAN took place in May, teaching, learning and assessment has taken place in the classroom and all specialist learning areas.

On Tuesday morning Andrew Davis, Jayne O’Neill and I showed representatives from the Victorian School Building Authority and representatives from 2 architectural firms around our school and outlined the vision we have for substantial growth and development. These firms will present to us, probably early in Term 4 and we will then enter more detailed discussions with the preferred company.


Later this year Mentone Park PS will turn 50 and we want to celebrate. Our PFA have put together some great ideas for discussion and staff have found many old photos and memorabilia that will be on display during Term 4. Keep an eye on the newsletter and our schools Facebook page for updates and ways that you can get involved.

Friday September 21 is Footy Colours Day where students can come dressed in the team’s colours and donate a gold coin to cancer research. You may choose AFL, A League, EPL, or Rugby and wear your colours with pride. 
Our Green Gang would like to remind all families about No Trash Tuesday. Where possible all food is to come to school in a container, helping to eliminate rubbish from our yard.

Don’t forget that you can pick up an enrolment form from the office if you have a child starting Foundation in 2019. As I have mentioned previously we already have a number of new families enrolled for 2019, many of whom have heard positive feedback from the community about our wonderful school. We have also organised a special gift for our newly enrolled Foundation students.

If your child is away from school can you please either Flexibuzz or call the office to let us know as soon as possible. Many of you will remember the recent media attention around this issue and due to a change of policy, schools will be required to notify parents when a child is absent. Your assistance with this will help us make sure that all students are safe.

Best wishes

Cameron Agars


Our gorgeous front garden at MPPS is finished and looks amazing!

Many helpers have assisted the Green Gang with everyone working very hard to achieve our vision and we are very proud of the results. Students were involved in many sessions discussing, designing, choosing plants, planting and mulching.

Special thanks to Cherie and Brian Harrison, Ron Jeffries and Lisa Thomasson for their time and assistance with this project. We can’t thank them enough for their support.

I am sure you have heard about our exciting whole school pole painting project that took place last week. Pop in and have a look at your child’s contribution to their class pole.



Spare clothing

Please ensure that you pack extra underwear and clothing for your child/ren.

We are more than happy to assist with showing you how to use Qkr and Flexibuzz.
Please feel free to phone or come into the office if you have any questions.

Please check Kids Café for all lost property items.
There are a large number of unnamed containers and other items.


This event will be our major fundraising event for the year and we are all so excited about the fun we are going to have and the opportunity to showcase our school!

 Please check out our Facebook event on the Mentone Park Primary School Facebook page (& feel free to like the page while you’re there)
We would be so grateful if you could share this event on your own personal Facebook pages and we are aiming for 3,000 - 4,000 people at the event! It’s going to be MASSIVE and a seriously huge opportunity for our amazing school!!!!!!

Tickets for our school community will be discounted at $5 per person and Under 4 are free and tickets can be obtained through Qkr.

Earlybird tickets for the wider community are $15 per person or $48 for a family of 4 and can be obtained through TryBooking (link in Facebook event). 

 What is the money raised going towards?

Having had a few discussions with Cameron, Jayne and the School Council, we will be raising money for a brand new STEM Room! This is a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Room! This has the potential to be a big point of difference for our school, also is going to cost at least $50,000! All the money raised from the ticket sales and fundraising activities through this event will go directly towards the STEM Room.

If you have a business (or know a business) who would like to be a sponsor of this event,please contact Kate on 0411 643 044. There is a huge opportunity for great exposure at this event!

If you have any questions please chat with Amber Whalan or Kate Porter.
You can also email our new centralised PFA email address mentoneparkprimarypfa@gmail.com

We will be seeking extra volunteers to help in the lead up and on the day as well. If you are keen to help we would be so grateful (it won’t mean you miss out on the fun though)!

More information will be coming out in the coming days and weeks so stay tuned to find out more!

Kate and Amber 
& PFA Committee 





Dear Mentone Park Families,

Welcome to another year at school and the beginning of a new issue of Scholastic Book Club catalogues!. 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 1800 021 233.

Best wishes

Jenny O – Book club coordinator

Dear Parents,

If you have any preloved MPPS uniforms please drop these off at the office. If you would like to purchase any items for a very reasonable price, please send a text to Megan or Jess to arrange a meeting time.

We have different items coming in all the time so if we didn't have what you were after last time you checked, it might be worth trying us again.



Second hand school windcheaters in various sizes.

If you need a spare windcheater for these freezing days, please come and help yourselves.

Thank you

Megan: 0404 228 320
Jess:    0411 031 589

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.



Mentone Cricket Club – Junior Program

Mentone Cricket Club are again running the very popular Woolworths Blast cricket program (formerly Milo cricket) this coming season.

 Junior Blasters - kids new to cricket aged 4 to 7, with participants building their skills through fun, game based activities. The games are designed for small groups to ensure every child gets a go, allowing them to test and learn new skills. When they have mastered the basics they will be ready to graduate to Master Blasters where they can play modified games of cricket. Cost is $99 and sessions are run weekly at Mentone Reserve.

Master Blasters – a super fun, social, safe, cricket program for boys and girls aged 7 to 10. The program is much shorter than traditional cricket, with a maximum of 90 minutes playing time. All the equipment is supplied with games played each week. Cost is $99 and sessions are run weekly on Saturday mornings at a local centre.  

 Junior Cricket – we are again entering teams at Under 12, 14 and 16 level and welcome any new players to join us.

 All enquiries to Lachlan Quinn (mentonecricketclub@yahoo.com.au or 0400 904 206)


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