23 August 2018


Dear Parents,

School newsletters are a great way to keep up to date with all of the exciting events happening around our school but if you’re looking for a more immediate update then check out our Facebook Page. Photos and updates are added there regularly so it’s a great way to stay up to date. Share it with family and friends so that everyone can see what a great school we are all lucky to be a part of.

It’s now less than 2 weeks until our performance of Under the Big Top at the Kingston Arts Centre. If you haven’t purchased your tickets yet please click on the link below and grab them whilst you can. Our afternoon session starts at 12:45 and the evening performance kicks off at 7. For more information please see the attached flyer.

  • Tickets for ‘UNDER THE BIG TOP’ go on Sale TUESDAY 21st AUGUST
at Kingston Arts Centre.
  • Two performances:
MATINEE: Tuesday 4th Sept 12.45pm
EVENING: Tuesday 4th Sept  7.00pm  (90 min Approx.) – No Interval
  • Tickets are ALLOCATED (numbered) seats.  Consequently it is a good idea to know exactly how many tickets you require at the time of booking.  Booking extra tickets at a later date means there is no guarantee that all your seats will be together
  • Ticket Prices are ONE PRICE $12, CHILD 2-5 $6
  • Children under 2 years are free on an adult’s knee
  • Children performing in the show do not require a ticket.
Booking Options:
  • INTERNET SALES:  Bookings can be made online at www.kingstonarts.com.au under the SCHOOL section which patrons can choose their own seats.   Please note that there is a charge of $1.30 per ticket for this service.  Tickets will be posted Tuesday and Thursday of each business week.
  • COUNTER SALES: at Kingston Arts.  The Box Office is located in the ground floor foyer of the Kingston City Hall, 985 Nepean Highway Moorabbin (Cnr South Road) Payment options:   cash, credit cards, cheques or eftpos at the counter.
  • PHONE SALES – Box Office number is 9556 4440 (press 1 for the Box Office) Please have your credit card ready.  Please note that credit card bookings over the phone incur a $3 booking fee and tickets are posted out the same day.
  • BY POST: Using cheque or money order.  Tickets can be reserved over the phone and held for 3 working days, in which time Kingston Arts Centre must receive a cheque or money order for the tickets.  Cheques or money orders should be made out to Kingston Arts Centre and posted directly to them at 979-985 Nepean Highway, Moorabbin 3189.
  • PLEASE NOTE: All tickets purchased within 10 business days will be held at the box office for collection prior to or on the day of the concert.
  • PLEASE NOTE: That a $5 fee will apply for any lost tickets that require reprinting (at the discretion of the Box Office).
  • Box Office hours:  Monday to Friday 9am – 4.30pm.
The Grade 3 and 4 students arrive back today from 3 days at Sovereign Hill and the Log Cabin Camp in Creswick. I spent Wednesday with them as they explored Sovereign Hill, panned for gold, toured an old mine and relived life in the 1850’s. We then headed off to camp where the students found their rooms and enjoyed some free time before dinner. Thursday and Friday morning was full of activities and as I write this the students will be packing up and getting ready for the ride home.

Thank you to all of our staff who have come together to make this a memorable camping experience for everyone.


Thank you to our entire community who joined in with our Book Week celebrations on Monday. Many of you have seen and commented on the photos on our Facebook page and I must thank you for your positivity and enthusiasm. The students had a ball and I know the staff did too.

We have also displayed all entries for the Book Week Colouring Competition outside my office so come and check out our budding artists and illustrators.

Thank you to everyone involved with Saturday's Trivia Night success. It was a great night of fun, laughs and community spirit. Special thanks must go to Dana Pritchard for her wonderful hosting as well as Stacey Buchanan, Vicki Warner-Sheers and the entire PFA for putting the night together. Your collective efforts are greatly appreciated.

Mentone Park PS is proud to offer a number of lunchtime and after school clubs for our students to enjoy and expand their many and varied talents. If your child would like to try Grasshopper Soccer, Star Academy Tennis, Limelight Drama or Art Smart please see the office for more information.

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



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.



Get ready, Get excited, Get your white clothing ready as MPPS are hosting a Kingston Community Colour Run on Sunday November 18, 2018 it is going to be SO MUCH FUN!!!!
More details to come in Term 3.

Save the date, spread the word and get ready to have a lot of fun with your family and friends. This event will be the major fundraiser for our school in 2018! One of the best parts is, it will be open to the local community to participate in! This event is going to give our amazing school incredible exposure and will really highlight what we are capable of!  

Would you like to get a sneak preview of the fun?

 Take a look at this short  YouTube clip https://youtu.be/vQtVOQy3jrI

 From Amber Whalan and Kate Porter





This week OSHClub’s focus is on problem solving where we will have activities like Charades, obstacle courses, tallest tower competition and other various strategy games. We will also be introducing some mini debating rounds for the kids teaching them how to present an argument, to persuade an audience and to offer solutions to a problem.
Next Week (27th – 31st August)
Next week’s theme will be communication, various fun activities where we will play around with methods of communicating with one another. Also an emphasis this week on how to express ourselves to others so they know how we feel.
David Quinn
OSHClub Co-ordinator


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


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