20 April 2017



Dear Parents,

I would like to start my first newsletter with a big thank you to the entire Mentone Park Primary School community for the warm welcome I have received. It has been amazing for me to walk around the school and have so many students and parents come up and introduce themselves every day. Your smiling faces just reinforce what a privilege it is for me to be the Principal of such a wonderful school community. If you have not done so, already please come up and say hello.

As I met all of the classes, there were some very consistent questions from the students so I thought I would answer them here. I am married and have two wonderful children. My 7 year old daughter is in Grade 2 this year at a local school to where we live and my 4 year old son is enjoying time, either at home or kinder without his big sister. 

With term 2 well underway and school tours beginning to be booked in I look forward to talking with prospective families about just how welcoming I have found Mentone Park PS and how their families will feel exactly the same.
The answer to the second most popular question that I have been asked is... Hawthorn. Every day our teachers talk with the students about confidence, resilience and teamwork as a means to achieving their best so I definitely hope that the Hawks can show the same values as our hard working students.

I have been working in education for 19 years and feel very excited about the opportunity to work with such a wonderful community. Before that, I studied Biological Science with a focus on the Marine Sciences whilst working part time in Disability Services. I then moved into this area full time, which lead me into Education.
As I said before, please come and introduce yourself when you have a chance and I look forward to getting to know everyone in our amazing school community.


This morning I accompanied our 4 wonderful Year 6 leaders to the Chelsea Town Hall for the Kingston Junior Mayor Elections. Focusing on the topic “What are the benefits of young people volunteering in the community?" 26 schools each presented a 2 minute speech to an audience of over 200 people. Our candidate Nat along with Eliza, Sonia and Jack delivered their speech with a sense of confidence generally reserved for students much older than themselves. Congratulations team, we are all very proud of you.

Cameron Agars



Today my report is all about FUNDRAISING!! 

Being in a relatively small school has so many advantages, but also comes with a few challenges - mainly being access to funding for upgrading our school buildings and grounds, purchasing equipment and developing programs. This is where fundraising plays such an important role. I am so proud of our school community and the way everyone so willingly supports our fundraising efforts with money, time or donations of goods. 

Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who supported our school fete last term! I am proud to announce that we raised $17000 to go towards our goal of air conditioning the hall and making some upgrades to the hall kitchen.
A very big thank you to our fete committee, in particular Wendy Davis, Lyndall Russell and Nicky Edwards who were there from the start putting together every intricate detail to ensure the day ran smoothly. There were many other parents involved throughout the process and we are so thankful to you all - too many to name in one newsletter! 

Please enjoy scrolling through these fun photos from the day! 

I would like to thank and congratulate Jodi O'Sullivan for her mammoth effort to raise money for the Good Friday Appeal on behalf of Mentone Park Primary School. Jodi volunteered to shave her head to raise money and was joined by several brave students who also shaved their heads for the cause! Jodi's Everyday Hero page raised $3071.08 for the Royal Children's Hospital and another $326 was raised on Crazy Hair day at school through donations to the Good Friday Appeal Tins. 
Good news is, if you would still like to donate to the RCH, you can do so by following this link to Jodi's page: 
Everyday Hero RCH Good Friday Appeal 

Check out some of the photos from the day.

I am proud to announce that the Poppy Bon memorial page set up to raise funds for SIDS and Kids has raised $9245. Red Nose Day is coming up on the 30th June and we look forward to supporting this important cause. If you would like to make a donation, you can do so by following this link: 
SIDS and Kids Poppy Bon Memorial Page  

Have a great Term 2 everyone! 

Alison Lough

Assistant Principal 


Dear Parents & Guardians,
Thank you to the families who have already returned their Student Enrolment Information Forms and other consent forms. This is a busy time of year for everyone and we really appreciate your assistance with returning documentation to both the office and to your child/ren’s teachers.

Please note all signed permission forms and any payment must be given directly to your child/ren’s teachers. This allows the teachers to check and mark off each child’s permission form and payment.  
Spare clothing
Please ensure that you pack extra underwear and clothing for your child/ren. Due to OHS guidelines, we are no longer allowed to provide underwear.

Please feel free to phone or come into the office if you have any questions.

We are more than happy to assist with showing you how to use Qkr and tiqbiz .

Thank you
Administration Team



Year 5 & 6 Sports Tops are now available in store Retail Price $44.95


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


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