Newsletter 19/11/2014


To Our Families,
I presented the proposed 2015 school structure to School Council meeting at our meeting on Monday night. Council discussed and endorsed the proposed structure, which has also been endorsed by staff. Both staff and School Council are very enthusiastic about its capacity to meet the educational needs of our school for 2015 and onwards.

The 2015 school structure is a continuation of our transition to a team teaching model, but will also differ from our current structure in a number of key ways:
1. In 2015 one of the school’s existing teachers will be responsible for student welfare and special support programs.
2. An additional classroom teacher will be employed in the Year 3/4 level to relieve the new welfare teacher from classroom responsibilities. This teacher will introduce bilingual Spanish into the Year 3 to 6 levels.
3. A second Spanish-speaking teacher will work as a team teacher in the Year 1/2 level. This teacher will be responsible for introducing Spanish in the Foundation to Year 2 level.
4. An existing teacher will implement both a Performing Arts program and Physical Education program. This is a fantastic opportunity for Newlands to harness the marvelous talent of our current and new teachers.
These changes will set Newlands on a new course and provide an opportunity to really develop a broad and comprehensive Performing Arts program across the school.

Staffing Structure

School structure table


The following teachers will not be returning in 2015. These teachers are not returning because:
Maddie: Has made the decision to apply for full-time positions.
Tanya: Will be continuing to work closer to where she now lives.
Ella: Has elected to continue on Family Leave for another year.

I would like to acknowledge all of Maddie’s hard work and commitment to the children at Newlands PS. She has been a wonderful addition to our staff during 2014. The school she goes to will be richer having her as part of their staff.

Curriculum Structure
Our educational vision for 2015 and beyond is to continue the development of our cross-age learning program. This will see individual teachers take multi-age groups for learning activities that are needed to be covered under AusVELS, but require expert knowledge, for example, ICT, Performing Arts, Humanities or Science.
This is the most exciting element to the change because it will free teachers to teach an area of the curriculum where they can share their knowledge, skills or passion with all students across the school. It also gives students the opportunity to work with different teachers on a regular basis.

Student Placement Policy
One final point I must also include with this newsletter is in relation to specific teachers operating with specific grades. The policy of the school is that children will not be placed with specific teachers based on parent or student requests. We will continue to place teachers at a specific grade level or a teaching team for a range of educational reasons.

As I have mentioned, all teachers have endorsed this new model, as have the School Council, and I can report the teachers are already thinking and planning out what this new direction will look like for 2015. More detail and updates will be made available as we move toward the start of 2015.

I hope this newsletter goes some way towards explaining the ‘why and the how’ around the 2015 model. I’m sure there will be questions from the community about this new model of learning. To hopefully address these I would ask that you email the school address with your question marking ‘Attention Ross’ by Wednesday 4th December.
Once I have compiled the questions I will then provide answers in the form of a FAQ sheet and distribute it by Monday 9/12/2015.

If you wish for clarification from a parent perspective you can always ask the school councillors for their interpretation and understanding of the model.

Kind Regards

Ross Dudgeon Principal

Dates to Remember – Term 4

Thu 20 Orientation-Foundation 10-12pm / 2015 Foundation parent evening 6.30-7.30pm
Fri 21 Newlands Comedy Gala
Mon 24 Uniform Shop open 3-4pm
Sat 29 State Election Fundraising
Mon 1 Uniform Shop open 3-4pm
Thu 4 Foundation family picnic 5.30-7pm
Mon 8 Uniform Shop open 3-4pm
Tue 9 2015 Secondary Transition Day
Mon 15 Uniform Shop open 3-4pm
Thu 18 Official Last Day Term 4, 2014
Fri 19 Pupil Free Day


The Newlands Comedy Gala 2014
Friday 21 November, 7pm
Get your tickets now! A dazzling lineup featuring: 
* Stella Young * Dave O’Neil * Josh Earl * Damian Callinan *
* Tina Del Twiste * Simon Palomares * George MacEncroe *
Hosted by Nelly Thomas 

Last year’s was sensational, so don’t miss this year’s Newlands Comedy Gala packed with a stellar line-up of amazing Melbourne comedians!
Mountain Goat beer and great wines for sale at prices you’ll love, as well as soft drinks and snacks.
Individual tickets are just $35/$25 or you can book a whole table with your friends or colleagues and get a free bottle of wine.
Book now at:
Spread the word:

Monsters Gone Wild!!!!
It’s monster everything time at Newlands PS this week with the monster auction helping you to grab a bargain while helping raise money for the school at the same time, and the monster raffle giving you the chance to win a great hamper.
The monster auction items are attached to this newsletter. Bids are now open at the office and whoever bids the highest by the interval of the Newlands Comedy Gala will win the item. Even if you can’t make the comedy night, you can bid on an item now.
Raffle tickets are available at the office and will also be sold at the comedy night, with the winner drawn after the interval. Up for grabs are an adult holiday hamper, with books, food, champagne and toiletries all packed into a small trolley suitcase and a kid’s holiday hamper with books, toys and sweets. Tickets are $2 or 3 for $5.
Susie Latham

Father Christmas is coming to Newlands!
Santa has agreed to make a very special visit to Newlands Primary all the way from the North Pole. Before he sets off around the world delivering presents he will be at Newlands to say hello and be in a photo with you.
Date: Wednesday 10 December
Time: 9.30am
Forms have already been sent home. Please return them to the office with your payment if you would like to participate.

Uniform Shop
For anyone wanting to purchase new, official school uniform items, the Uniform Shop at school will be open every Monday afternoon in Term 4, and again in Term 1, 2015. In terms 2 and 3 the shop will open once a fortnight.
Uniform shop hours are 3pm to 4pm and you can find it between the library and the aftercare room.

Chocolate Drive
We are hoping to sell any left over Chocolate Drive chocolates at the Comedy Gala on Friday night. If you have any chocolates still at home that you don’t plan to sell before Friday could you please bring them back into the office, along with the money for any that you have sold.
Thank you to everyone who has supported this fundraiser.

Comedy Gala – volunteers
With just a few days until our Comedy Gala, we’re looking for volunteers to help out on the night. If you’d be happy to help with any of the following, please contact Jane (Sonny & Sky’s mum):

  • Set up from 5-7pm
  • A shift on the bar between 7.00pm and 10.30pm (we’re aiming to have enough people to run half hour shifts)
  • Pack up at the end of the show (estimated around 10.30pm)
  • Helping Susie finalise the Monster Auction at the end of the show
  • Removing things from the venue – ie. letting us load things into your car at the end of the night and picking it up from you sometime in the next few days.

And don’t forget to book your tickets at

Election Day Fundraising Stalls
Newlands will be a polling place in the State Election on Saturday 29 November. We will be running a BBQ and a few stalls on the day to raise some funds. If you can do a shift on the BBQ or another stall, or if you can bake something for us to sell on the day, please contact Adam.
Thank you!

Aussie Farmers Direct
Are you a customer of Aussie Farmers Direct, or thinking of becoming a customer? Newlands Primary School can earn 2% of your annual grocery spend with Aussie Farmers Direct. Just link your account to our fundraising account at this website (which will also answer any other questions you have). And ask your family and friends to do the same!

Safety Issue
A parent at school has reported that they received notification from their kinder about a recent event at Reservoir Leisure centre where 3 adults attempted to grab and 7yo child and put her in a car. The child is fine and the police have been notified and are handling the situation. The child was not from NPS, nor is she connected to it. The kindergarten simply wanted other parents in the area to be aware of what happened.
It is always upsetting to read or hear of this type of behaviour especially when it comes to young children. As I have mentioned the child is safe but I would like all parents to be vigilant. It is important that we act immediately by calling the police ‘000’ – better to be safe than sorry.
Ross Dudgeon

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