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I would like to acknowledge the entire school community for once again demonstrating what a great school we have by paying their respects at the ANZAC Service at the end of last term. I was very proud of everyone involved and received a lot of wonderful feedback as to the quality of the service.

Thanks to Mrs Elsegood for all of the work she put in to organising the service and to everybody who contributed to make it such a moving ceremony.


NAPLAN Online will start next week for Year 3 and 5 students. Students have been prepared with practice tests and should feel confident that they are able to achieve the results they are capable of. 

Again I would like to state that it is important that we do not over emphasise the tests as this can create undue stress for the students. It has been my observation that the students are very comfortable with the online version and will more than likely cope better with this than we expect.  We need to remember that it is ‘one test on one day’ and does not determine overall grade, rather act as consolidation for staff for the assessments already completed in class. In my experience there are very few surprises when it comes to NAPLAN with most students performing at the level we would expect them to be at.

It will be important however, to ensure that students are present each day for testing as due to it being online, there is an order in which the tests can be taken and students cannot progress to the next test unless the previous one has been completed. This will mean if they are absent they may have to be on a catch-up schedule that is different to that of their classmates. The testing will occur primarily in Week 3 with a test scheduled for each day.

Students are encouraged to continue using the NAPLAN Public Demonstration site which is available online. Parents can also access this site by going to;


This week I have met with Department of Education and the Architects to discuss the plans for the new Science Lab in the Cooke Room. I am expecting that construction will take place early in Term 3 with completion by the end of the year.  It was exciting to see the initial plans for the fit out that will turn the room into a fantastic space for Science and Technology and enable classes to conduct experiments in a fully fitted out laboratory.

I am also progressing the Outdoor STEM Building that will be located between B block and the Brookes room. This will be a covered outdoor space that will allow the messier and more adventurous science and STEM activities to take place and will also create a link to the vegetable garden and fire pit allowing for some environmental science opportunities. I am expecting a concept plan by the end of the week.

Tomorrow, Ms Nicholson and myself will go to Curtin University to learn about the First LEGO Challenge and explore the opportunity of a regional tournament being hosted at GHPS. This is part of the Bendigo Bank STEM grant and initiative that will bring other schools from the network together for the competition. Ms Nicholson and Mrs Bebbington will also be starting a STEM Club during lunch times to provide opportunities for students to explore and develop their skills in a variety of STEM activities.

This is all very exciting news for the students and GHPS as we continue to provide the best possible opportunities for them. Any parents who have expertise or are interested in being part of our STEM community, please do not hesitate to contact the school to offer your assistance.


With the cold weather upon us, the usual coughs and sniffles have already started to arrive. At this time, it is really important that good hygiene is maintained and students wash their hands regularly so as to prevent the spread of bacteria. Also coughing or sneezing into your elbow, helps with maintaining good clean hands.

If students are sick, please do not hesitate to keep them away from school for one or two days, as this can not only prevent the spread of the virus, but also assist in recovery. Sick students also often equates to sick staff, which then has a detrimental effect on the entire learning program.


There are several changes to staffing this term with a number of teachers returning and others taking leave. Mrs Taylor will remain in Room 6 whilst Mrs Barnett and Mrs Bosley are on leave. Mrs Stevens has returned in Room 8 and we thank Mr Blackburn for coming out of retirement to help us out in Term 1. Mrs Halicki is currently on leave and we are hopeful she will return very soon. The Chaplaincy program will remain on hold until her return.

We welcome back Mrs O’Reilly who is returning to work in a reduced capacity as she rebuilds her voice. Miss Miller will continue to assist her until she is at full fitness.

We also welcome several education assistants who have been appointed to assist teachers and students for both short and long term appointments. Mrs Kirstie Burns and Mrs Wendy Ball have both joined the team at GHPS.




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