Purple Fundraiser for Harley

The Junior School Council conducted a fundraiser for Harley L-G [3R] last week. The TVPS community gave generously to support Harley, who was injured in a motor vehicle accident recently. Harley’s twin brother Callum gave a heart-felt speech to thank everyone on behalf of the L-G family.

School Leaders for 2019

The school community congratulates the Grade 5 students [below] following the election for School Leader positions in 2019;

School Captains –

Girl – Katrina G, Boy – Mikael E-A

House Representatives –

Birchwood – Captains – Francesca A and Evan S

Cavendish – Captains – Reema H and Archie T

Newbury – Captains – Pamelia F and Harry W               

Thompson – Captains – Lucy R and Christian B

Head of JSC

Girl – Holly M

The Leaders elect received certificates from their current Grade 6 counterparts at the school assembly on Monday.

Sasha in State Relay

We congratulate Sasha P [6F] who has been selected to represent Eastern Metropolitan Region in the State 100m Relay Final at Lakeside Stadium on Saturday. We wish Sasha every success!               

Literacy Award to Carly

Congratulations to Carly W [6L] who was presented with the ‘Dorothy Adamek Literacy Award’ this week. Dorothy, a former pupil at TVPS was inspired to be a writer by her former Grade 6 teacher, Mr Paul McCrohan. You may recall that a school assembly was held for Dorothy to thank Mr McCrohan and make a presentation to him. We hoped that Dorothy’s words to Paul would inspire a new generation of writers.

Meet the Teacher

The first of the two ‘Meet the Teacher’ [Transition Days] took place on Tuesday. The students enjoyed the opportunity to meet their new teachers and classmates for 2019!

Class Teachers For 2019

The following are the classroom teacher appointments for 2019;

Foundation –Miss Boal [co-ord.], Miss Bombardiere, Miss Georgakopoulos

Grade 1 –     Mrs Marshall [co-ord.], Mrs McLean                                                                                                                                                                               Grade 2 –     Mrs Nikolakakis [co-ord.0.8]/Mrs O’Donnell [0.2], Mrs Bertelli/Mrs Drew, Mrs   

                    Mrs Matrakis, Mrs Gough [0.8]/Mrs O’Donnell [0.2]

Grade 3-      Miss Rossi [co-ord.], Miss Pettolino, Ms Hudson

Grade 4-      Mrs Coulson/Mrs Campbell, Mr Venables, Miss Shannon

Grade 5-      Mrs Selwyn, Mrs Bevacqua, Mrs Vasiliadis

Grade 6-      Mr Cretney [co-ord.], Miss Bisas

Specialists – Miss McCormack [Performing Arts], Mr Eagleton [PE & Sport], Mrs Koehn/Mrs St Clair [Art], Miss Winnie Wang [Mandarin], Mrs Girolami [Literacy  Support 0.6], Mrs Roussidis [Literacy Support 0.4], Mrs Ellenby [AP & Reading Support]. We wish the students and their teachers every success in 2019!

Working Bee

A big thank-you to all the families that attended the working bee last Saturday. The focus was to move a pile of mulch near the Airds Road entrance and to erect bird netting over poles in the Sustainability compound. Special thanks to the coordinators, Chris Johnson and Chris Avramopoulos, who worked tirelessly during the morning, Jordan Barker on the ride-on mower and supervisor, Ross Peters. Special thanks also to Audrey Lynikas for arranging the refreshments, including morning tea and the sausage sizzle lunch.

End-of-Year Barbecue

The End-of-Year barbecue, to be hosted by Melinda Minuzzo and the P&F, will be held on Monday 17th   December from 6pm. We hope that all families are able to come along and celebrate Christmas and the end of the school year. The School Choir, conducted by Miss McCormack and Michelle Cursio, will be singing Christmas carols. There will be barbecue food for sale and the Christmas hamper raffle will be drawn. We are hopeful that we may receive a visit from Santa and his reindeers!

Adios Amigos

This is my final newsletter as Principal of Templestowe Valley Primary School. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone connected to the school community for their friendship, loyalty and diligence over the past [12] years. I have considered it a pleasure and a privilege to be the Principal of TVPS and have admired so many aspects of the school during my time here. The highlight has been the relationships that I have made with the students, parents, staff and members of the community. The students are well mannered, respectful and get on with their work in the classroom – they do not need coercing. The result for ‘Connectedness’ on the student opinion survey is the envy of other Victorian primary schools. The students love being here – playing with their friends and working hard for their teachers. I am grateful to the many parents who volunteer their time for the school. The School Council, chaired by Chris Avramopoulos, provides a cohesive and supportive partnership with staff in governing the school. The Parents & Friends, led by Melinda Minuzzo, are instrumental in not only fundraising but also providing a service to the students with Mother’s & Father’s Day stalls, icy poles, student disco and family barbecues. In closing, I wish Ms Alison Rees every success as Principal of Templestowe Valley Primary School. To the students, I hope that all your plans and dreams come true. Best wishes to the Grade 6 students as they celebrate their Graduation on Thursday night. May TVPS continue to prosper and be an even better school in the future as we all ‘Aim High’.

Early Dismissal

All TVPS families are advised that school will dismiss for the Christmas vacation at 1:30pm next Friday December 21st – thank-you.

Merry Christmas Everyone!

I wish all families a very merry Christmas and a safe & prosperous New Year! We look forward to the students returning at 9am on Wednesday January 30th, 2019. Please note that the Foundation students commence on Thursday January 31st at 9am [until 1:30pm].


Bye for now,


Graeme Renshaw






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