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It was a fantastic to see so many parents here across the 3 days last week for our Faction Carnival. Despite the rain on Thursday, we got through and the atmosphere on Friday was electric. The cheerleading at the start really summed up where we are at here at GHPS with the students choreographing it all themselves and finishing all together. Whilst I didn’t announce it on the day, I was blown away by this showing of togetherness and community and found it impossible to pick a winner from that.

Students who finished in the top 4 places in A division as well as those who were top two in field events will receive a note regarding the interschool carnival in Term 4. 

Congratulations to all of the students who competed on the day and did their best for their faction. Thanks to all of the staff for their efforts in bringing it together, especially Mr Blight who stepped up in Mr Caddy’s absence. Also thanks to the parents who helped on the day; presenting ribbons, judging and marshalling as well as helping with the quickest pack up I’ve ever seen at a carnival.

A special thanks to Steve Broadley who brought his digger over the week before the carnival to clear up the long jump pits. It was very much appreciated.


Yesterday, the school underwent the validation visit for the Public School Review, that all schools are required to submit. This is a self-assessment of where we believe the school to be at across the six domains of Teaching Quality, Student Achievement and Progress, Leadership, Relationships and Partnerships, Learning Environment and Use of Resources. All school staff have been involved in preparing this over the past year and we are very proud of where we are at as a school.

We have also identified areas of improvement which will be addressed as part of our ongoing self-assessment and school improvement. I want to acknowledge all of the work that the staff have put into developing the culture of success that we operate within. Thank you to the P&C and School Board for their input and ongoing support.

We are a very good school, with a committed staff and supportive school community all working together to create the best opportunities for our students. The entire community should be very proud of the school.


The last school Board meeting was held on Tuesday 31 August and discussed the key aspects of the review and where the Board has provided support. Current Board Chair, Brook Durling, will step down after the next meeting and will hand over to Suzanna Robertson. Suzanna and I will attend a School Board training workshop later in the year in preparation for this transition.

The Board is looking to identify several focus areas and develop a strategic plan in order to become more transparent within the school community. The next meeting on Tuesday 9 November is an open meeting that can be attended by any member of the school community. I will send out a notice closer to the date asking for anyone who would like to attend to RSVP.

I will also be looking to advertise for a new Board Member to replace Tom Atkinson who is stepping down due to his child finishing up at GHPS at the end of the year. I would like to thank Tom for his contribution to the school during his tenure.


At the end of the term we will farewell both Ms Nicholson and Mrs Wason as they take parental leave for the upcoming births of their children. We are looking forward to meeting the latest additions to our GHPS family.

Mrs Lisa Rowe will take over in Room 2. In Room 18, there will be a job share arrangement between Mrs Nathalie Dye and Mrs Vimi Dunning. These staff have all met in the weeks leading up to the end of the term to do a comprehensive handover and ensure a smooth transition.

I’m sure you will continue to support these staff and join me in welcoming them to GHPS.


As I walked around the school over the past week, it has been fantastic to see the amount of work that is on display in preparation for Open Night. As usual, the school is glowing with high quality work to show off all of the amazing things that the students do. I look forward to seeing many of you here on Thursday, please stop by for a chat at the barbecue where I will be cooking sausages as usual.

On Monday, the Year 4s from Room 10 held a Science Fair to show off all of the amazing Science they have been learning. It was brilliant to listen to the students tell us what was happening and explain the science behind it. I was really impressed with the way they had presented their scientific write-ups. It is another example of the rich quality learning that takes place at GHPS.

The Father’s day breakfast was another highlight over the past fortnight with so many dad’s and father figures joining their children for breakfast. Thanks to Christine O’Brien and her helpers in the canteen for preparing the food.

Matthew Snell

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