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31st March


									                                                                                                 Issue 08 - 31st March 2011

Calendonia Drive, Eltham North 3095 Ph: 9431 1599 Fax:9431 0686 YRC Ph: 9431 2503 Office Hours: 8.15am– 4.00pm Email:

                                                                                         problem at St Helena is the fact that many of
                                                                                         their year 12 students get their licence and
                                                                                         hence they need somewhere to park their
                                  What a fantastic time everyone had at the              car too. Consequently there is plenty of
                                  discos last Friday afternoon/evening! The              pressure on limited car parking spaces so
THURS. 31ST MARCH                                                                        one way parents can help out is to not park
Exploring Time at GK for          Prep/One disco got underway at 4.30pm
2012 Prep students 3.30—          followed by the 2/3 disco at 6pm and then              in either school’s car park. Please support
4.30 pm                           finally, the 4-6 disco started at 7.30pm.              us with this request.

FRI. 1ST APRIL                    Each disco had at least 125 children in
Gr 3/4 Wheel Talk School          attendance and from beginning to end,                  Weather permitting, we will hold our first
Awareness Program                 everyone danced and had a fantastic time.              working bee for 2011 on Sunday (9am—
                                  Our new MPB (multi purpose building)                   12noon). We hope to do some preparatory
Working Bee                       provided a very functional and practical               work for the laying of turf later next week.
9.00 am—12.00 noon                space to hold the discos in and certainly              Our main area of focus will be the area
                                  reinforced how functional this building is.            between the path near the gazebo and the
Mon. 4th April                    Students attending the Yr4-6 disco were                MPB. We hope to have this area looking
Grade1 /2 Boost Program           fortunate to have an am azing                          green and lush by the time we return after
Information Night                                                                        the school holidays. This is stage one of our
                                  demonstration of break dancing—wow!
Wed. 6th April                    How talented were the dancers!! Thankyou               landscaping works around the new MPB.
Colour Day                        to one of our parents Kylie Rodgers who                We have a number of other maintenance
                                  organized this very skilled and entertaining           tasks to undertake too including raking the
Thurs. 7th April                  demonstration.                                         soft-fall material under the play equipment,
Ladies Night 7.30 pm                                                                     spreading mulch, pruning and weeding.
                                  Once again, we are all very appreciative of            Families are very welcome and the more
Fri. 8th April                    the work of the PFA mums who organized
Exciting Easter end of Term                                                              people who attend, the more we can
1 Special Lunch
                                  the discos and say a very BIG THANKYOU                 achieve. A BBQ will follow which is a great
                                  for ensuring that everything went according            opportunity for new families to meet other
                                  to plan. To the parents who volunteered                members of the GK community. Please
End of Term 1                     and helped out, we say a BIG THANKYOU                  come and help out if you can. You could be
                                  to you too. Special thanks also to those
2.30 pm        New                teachers who came along and joined in the
                                                                                         the lucky winner of the family raffle which is
families     please                                                                      4 tickets to the movies.
                                  disco mania. There is no doubting the fact
note early finish                 that a very active and tiring time was had
                                  by all! And…. finally, our grateful thanks to We were all very disappointed to see the
TERM 2                            one of our dads, Steve, who did a super graffiti that was written on the MPB and
Wed. 27th April                   job in running the disco, yet again!          canteen area over the weekend. Defacing
Day 1 of Term 2 8.40 am.                                                        the walls of our buildings in such a public
                                                                                way shows a complete lack of respect for
Mon. 9th May                      All parents are reminded that the St Helena GK, something that has been commented
Gr 6 Camp Coonawarra              Secondary College car park is out of on by many of our students. The tags were
                                  bounds for parent parking as is the GK the same as those that were all over our
                                  staff car park. Both schools have car park buildings on the last day of the 2010 school
                                  space that is barely enough for staff and year. The police are involved and hopefully
                                  visitors (eg trades people, visiting staff it’s only a matter of time before the vandals
                                  such as casual replacement teachers, are caught.
                                  student teachers, speech pathologists,
                                  psychologists etc.). Compounding the

                   Our values:                                                                               and
Linkletter Issue 08-2011                                                                                Page 2

 ROSTER:                                noon today. NO LATE ORDERS
                                                                               HOUSE FUN RUN
                                        WILL BE ACCEPTED as all final
 Mon. 4th       T Scott, J. Sedawie                                            Glen Katherine hosted its annual Fun
                                        ordering for the day has been done.
 April                                                                         Run on Wednesday, 23rd March. It
                                        Thank you to everyone who has put
 Tues. 5th      K. Dumbrell, L.         their name down to assist us with      was great to see the enthusiasm and
 April          Slingsby                serving.    You should receive a       effort from students of all levels from
 Wed. 6th       J. Ellis, C. Ludwick,   confirmation phone call; however, if   prep right up to Grade 6. Our school
 April          M. Trainor              you don’t could you please be at       values of persistence, resilience,
                                        school by 11.00 am (normal 10.00       encouragement and excellence were
 Thurs. 7th     D. Friedrichsen, P.     am start for our 2nd Friday rostered   certainly evident throughout the day.
 April          Neilan, G. Enayati      ladies).
 Fri. 8th       J. Naismith, F. Da-
 April          vies, T. Russell, J.    Handy Hint for the Week : If you       Thank you to the many parents who
                Watts                   has misplaced our Canteen Price        assisted on the day as course
                                        List, you can access it on our         marshalls. Great to see so many GK
 New Product—We now have for                                                   staff running with the students. Thank
                                        school website or grab a copy
 sale the vanilla ice cream cup that                                           you to the GK staff who supported this
                                        from the office.
 everyone enjoyed so much in their                                             event by preparing the students in their
 special lunch a few weeks ago—                                                training for the past 4 weeks and
 125ml Golden North Lite Vanilla Ice                                           assisting with the set up and
                                        Suzi Cunningham
 cream Cup for $1.00.                                                          supervision on the day. An excellent
                                        Canteen Manager
                                                                               job was done by our House Captains—
 Our exciting Easter End of Term 1                                             Ellie B, Ben Q, Lochie H, Aine C, Tahlia
 Special Lunch is next Friday, 8th                                             M. Adam T and Stephanie B. School
 April and orders were due in by 12                                            Captain Tyler R and Sports Monitors
                                                                               Harley P, Lochie H, Ebony G and
                                                                               Sienna W. The final score saw Acacia
                                                                               house win for the second year running:

                                                                               1st Acacia (yellow)     281
Mon. 4th April Fundough                                                        2nd Grevillea (red)     259
Tues. 5th April Peer Leader Activity                                           3rd Correa (green)      224
                                                 !   #
                                                     "                   $
Wed. 6th April Ojo de Dios                                                     4th Eucalypt (blue)     160
                                        %        &        '
Thurs. 7th April Finger Puppets
                                        (    #                                 District Cross Country training has
Fri. 8th End of Term Party
                                                                               commenced for 10, 11, 12/13 year old
Narelle Seivers                                                                students on Monday, Wednesday and
CO-ORDINATOR                                                                   Thursday mornings at 8.00 am in
                                                                               preparation for the District Carnival
                                                                               next term. Results and further photos
                FETE                                                           will be posted on the Gk website.
                                                                               David Blackburn
                ORGANISERS                                                     SPORT / PE / PPS LEADER
Planning for our MEGA FETE is well
under way. It is essential to our
planning schedule to fill the
coordinator positions as quickly as
possible. Would YOU be interested
in coordinating a stall or              #$
activity?       Further information
regarding all vacant positions and a
brief description of the roles are
available for you to view on the GK
W ebsite under the Parents
REQUEST! The Fete Committee is
committed to helping all volunteers
with their role. The MEGA FETE is a
team effort.
Linkletter Issue 08-2011                                                                                                            Page 3

GK Ladies Pampering
Evening.                                                 WHAT IS A LEARNING
Thursday 7th April, 2011                                 IMPROVEMENT PLAN                                                  REMINDERS:
7:30pm until 9:30pm
                                                         (LIP)?                                                            TERM 1
You are invited to our GK                                %                                                        & "
Ladies Pampering Night.                                                                                                    Fri. 1st April
Expect to be pampered from head to toe. We                                                                                 PFA Ladies Night—
                                                                           !                                               tickets sent home
have foot spas, reflexology, massage, hair tricks,
mini manicures, beauty tips, reikii, kinesiology,
tarot, aromatherapy, retail therapy, Yarrambat                                                                             Gr 5 Camp deposit
estate, flower remedies & much, much more.                                         & "                                !    due.
Expect to be entertained & have a fun fantastic
time with a fashion parade by Gigliolia’s and                                                                              TERM 2
                                                                                          '       %(      "
beautiful singing by our talented Michelle &
Zumba.                                                             !                                                       Fri. 29th April
                                                                                                                           Payment for Bulk
Lots of prizes to be won. Invite your friends.                                                                             Billing excursions due
Come along & make new friends. Have a great
night out locally.

Buy your ticket now & receive entry on the night, a      (
free refreshment of your choice, a free ticket in the
door prize & a beautiful chocolate rose.                                                                      )
Ticket purchase invitations are still available at the                                                *
school office & on the GK PFA website. Just ask
for a new one to be sent home if you please. All                                      '
Pre Purchased Tickets will be sent home this                                                                      (
Friday 1st April, 2011. Please Note: To save time                                         )
we would like all tickets sales finalised by Tuesday                                                   ! #
the 5th of April. You are welcome to invite friends
                                                                                          *           & "
& extended family.
Penny Atkins

                                                                               & "$

Thank you to those people who have kindly                                             !                                    Working     Bee
donated items to our Mothers’ Day stall and to                                                                             Sunday,     3rd
those who have offered help with our stall. We           (                            +                                !
are very grateful to all of you and thank you in                                                                           April 9.00 am—
anticipation. We would not be able to offer our                                                                            12.00 noon.
children this service if it were not for the parent
volunteers.                                                                                           (
                                                                                                          %        +
We are still seeking donations of small soaps and                      +                      ,
individually wrapped chocolates.      If you can
donate some, please place in the large blue box at
the office (no later than Thurs. 7th April) so we
can pack on the holidays!                                                      *      -
                                                                                              & "
We also require help to assist on the day of the                                               .                  %
stall and on the Friday after the stall. If you would    (             %
like to help in any way (can be for as little as one
                                                               $       &
hour or more) please contact Josie on 0419 870
495 or email and leave                           %   #
your name and contact details. Thanks.
Josie Minnelli, Margie Haynes and Maxine                 %
Mothers’ Day Co-ordinators
                                                                                                  *                    *
PS KIDS!!! Don’t forget to start saving your                                     &&
money to buy your special mum a lovely gift from           (       + %         #"
the stall. Gifts range from $1 to $5 (no 50c gifts)      ,           - .
Maximum two gifts per child.
                                                         /          ( %                       0 1
Linkletter Issue 08-2011                                                                                     Page 4

Lower Plenty Primary School, Sunday, 3rd April 9.00                  !            "
am—2.00 pm. Lots of white elephant stalls, cakes, BBQ,                           &   $$
                                                                          #$ $ % &' % &      )
                                                                                         ( $ $
kids activities, mini golf, crockery smash and lots more. $20           *  '        $ $
                                                                                + % )& , , $
per site if paid by 18th March. Lower Plenty Primary
                                                                     ) &   (     '   '  (- )& .
School, Cnr. Main & Prosperity Roads. Bookings and
enquiries 9435-2585.                                              

                                                                     /        '                       .
                                                                                                     " ,       .
                                                                                                              * , .
NATIVE PLANT SALE                                                                                       !
Sunday, 1st May, 10.00 am—3.00 pm Cnr Brougham Street                                         "
& Main Road Eltham. Propagation demonstrations from
12.00 noon. Seeds / cuttings / division / grafting. Bookings      

                                                                              '                0.                     "
preferred 9439-7228. Tube stock and advanced plants.                 #                  %    '
                                                                                        $ & & ( )
Indigenous plants. Australian Plants Society Yarra Yarra                              "   !

                                                                     1    ,,          $       2
Slides, kids rides, hampers, craft & cake stands, fairy floss,
plants, inflatable rock climbing, fun, music, side show alley,

                                                                         $                             *
Devonshire tea, pony rides, silent auction, amusements &             "    +                          % &&'
games, face painting, spit roast, white elephant sale, scout
display, mystery jars, great food and show bags. Great fun
for the whole family. Saturday, 2nd April, 2011 10.00
am—4.00 pm. Research Primary School 1570 Main Road,
                                                                 ,-./01                   *       2,)!/ ,1
DIAMOND CREEK BASEBALL CLUB                                                       *
Come & Try / Registration Day
Saturday, 2nd April, 2011      10.00 am—12.00 noon at
Campbell Street Reserve, Diamond       Creek. Entry via
Campbell Street to Challenger Street (Map 11, K7). Under
11, 13, 15, 17 players required) Boys and girls most
welcome. Enquiries Rick Campbell, President 9239-3553
(work) 0438 721 962.

NET SET GO NETBALL                                               NELSON HOME MATHS TASK
Never played netball but would like to learn the basics and      (MEDIUM)
aged      between 5—10 years old then come along
a n d       j o i n     i n     N E T      S E T       G O       Playing Around
(netball's version of footies Auskick) Eltham Betball club       Many childhood games involve lots of maths. Games
will be running the 10 week course at Eltham Primary             with dice and cards often involve adding or
running the 10 week course at Eltham Primary School on           subtracting. When playing such games talk about the
Tuesday nights from 4.00—5.00 pm starting on 3rd May,            maths being used. Encourage your children to check
2011. Registrations are now being taken so check our             each other’s working out. Take turns to keep score.
website         at                  Annette Rough
for details or contact Julie on 0433 786 506 email:              On behalf of the Maths VELS team

Wednesday, 4th May tours departing 9.00 am, 9.30 am and
11.00 am. Visit Year 7 home rooms, followed by College
Tours. Booking essential 9438-1411.

Information evening—Wed. 4th May 7.30 pm in the
auditorium followed by College tour.
                              SCIENCE NEWS
Well done to Milan from 1/2R for bring this sensational looking
lunchbox to school. Yummy! Thanks Milan for helping decrease the
rubbish in our school.

                                                       How We Compost our Food Scraps: (A GK Green
                                                       Team Article)
                                          In our school we compost our food by each class hav-
                                          ing a compost bin outside their classroom. Every class-
                                          room has a compost monitor. Every day they take the
                                          compost bucket to the compost bin either up near the
                                          office or down in the gully. Some of the food scraps get
                                          fed to the worms. None of our food scraps get put in the
skip. We also do not compost meat! It is important to compost because all of our food will soon
develop into dirt, which is good for our gardens. It is better than going into the rubbish skip and
sitting in a landfill tip!   By Georgia 4B

Thanks to everyone in the GK community who participated in Earth Hour on Saturday night. If
you forget, or you are keen to continue helping make our planet healthier, here are some green

     •      Only put as much water in the kettle as you need to boil – this will save on electricity
            and energy usage;
     •      Use compact fluorescent light bulbs – although more expensive initially, over 5 years it
            will save on average $80 electricity and 650 kilograms in green house gases;
     •      Leave the car in the driveway and walk – over half car trips are for walking distances;
     •      Encourage NUDE FOOD in your household – Australians throw away more than 3.4
            million tonnes of packaging, that’s 165 kilograms for every man, woman and child, each
            year. Less than half is recycled.

                                                   Be keen and be green
                                                   – cheers, Annemarie Webb

                                 The footy’s back – why not join
                                 our school’s tipping competition?

                                Footy Tipping’s great fun, gets us      Register         on our website to receive
                                connecting with each other and
let’s not forget about the Monday morning bragging rights. To join      notification the newsletter is available.
our school’s footy tipping competition, just click on the logo on the   Under Newsletters (Linkletter / subscribe to
left hand side of our school website and sign up.                       the mailing list) you will be able to register
Even if you miss round 1 you can join as late as round 4 – you’ll       your email address to receive an email
get      the     away      teams      results       (up     to    5).
                                                                        when our current newsletter is ready to
So who are our best footy brains, teachers, staff, students or          view. This service will commence in Term
parents?                                                                2, but you can register early.

Happy tipping!
Last Friday 360 children boogied the night away at the GK Disco. The new
MPB was a fantastic venue, Jump'n'Jive discos kept the kids on their feet
and the Bboy duo Pippillian were a HUGE hit with Gr 4,5 &6. A fantastic
night was had by all. We hope the children really enjoyed themselves. Photos
of the Disco will be posted on the notice board soon!
Thanks must go to the 51 volunteers that helped us run the disco. Without
your assistance these events would not be possible, so thank you ... Kylie Rod-
gers, Belinda Tweedale, Alison Bonham, Shannon Whelan, Sandy Brooks,
Kylie Blakeley, Rebecca Evans, Kate Arnot, Tania Kouranos, Kelly Anquetil,
Stephanie & Jerome Pearce, Melissa Parker, Marylouise Chapman, Jacqui
Naismith, Trudi Tindal, Josie Minnelli, Jodie Watts, Becky Thamotheram,
Stacey Lawler, Geoff Ward, Richard Bull, Annette Miller, Claudia Johnson,
Teresa Cullenu, Sabine Morrison, Kristi Hanley, Amanda Ciurlino, Daryl
Wade, Belinda Willemse, Diahann Ferronatto, Dale Robertson, Penny Atkins,
Amanda Luke, Dean Gorden, Michelle Kirkpatrick, Nicole Mynard, Deb
Boyle, Mary Lennon, Natalie Uwland, Leone Morris, Isabella Mignuoli,
Leanne Kelso, Paula Neilan, Amanda Fraser, Lauren Hale, Helen Giannakos
& Clint Ramaekers.
A special thank you to Mrs Ramsay who helped us supervise the disco all
night. The PFA and children really appreciated the attendance of numerous
staff throughout the evening. Thank you Lucy, Erin, Annette, Dianne, Susan,
Melinda, Liz, Cassandra, Rita, Kylie, Sally & Marg!
Dianne Northeast & Bridget Ramaekers (PFA)

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