16th December 2003 - Serpell Primary School

8th August, 2017

FROM THE PRINCIPAL A WARM WELCOME TO JIN CHANG This week we are really pleased to welcome nine students and their teacher, Miss Li, from our sister school, the Jin Chang Foreign Language Experimental School, Suzhou. The group left China on Thursday, stopped off in Sydney for some tourist highlights and are now experiencing a school week here at Serpell. Thank you to the generous families who are home staying the students. Later in September, we will have a return group travelling to Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing and Suzhou for the return experience. This is an amazing opportunity for our two schools and we are most grateful to the Jiangsu Province and the Victorian Government for their ongoing financial and logistic support that allow these experiences to happen.

ICAS SCIENCE RESULTS As promised, today we are publishing the results for the 2017 International Competition and Assessment for Schools – Science. Overall our school performed exceptionally well with 26 High Distinctions, 69 Distinctions, 121 Credits, 55 Merits and119 Participation Certificates. Congratulations to everyone who took up the challenge to improve their skills. The top achievers were:

Year 6 High Distinction Charan Sukumar Alyssa Wong Jiayi Li Distinction Jaeydon Cho Ashton Lu Roy Fleming Marven Wijesiriwardena Christian Modoran Year 5 High Distinction Logan Cox Anson Chan Yikai Yao Distinction Ravindu Katugampala Eugene Teo Anita Birchall Gaurang Dhir Nikki Oo Yi Chao Wang Year 4 High Distinction Tommy Chu Zhanyi Li Sylvan Owen Distinction Ivy Hu Kishen Lew Rocco Spinley Abbey Eng Haylie Lau Isabella Sein Alicia Baik Alex Ren Shuhan Tang Year 3 High Distinction Hazel Chan Jack Lauder Olivia Ho Distinction

Jessica Soo Patrick Zhou Sairan Sukumar Michael David William Morrison Lucas King Rose Fegan

Olivia Kwei Hayden Li

Isaac Rakuscek Yazid Achary-Khan Sophie Coleman Dowon Lee Henry Shen William Yang

Joshua Loh Maya Morad Sunny Sun Christelle Kong Yefeiah Lui Evalyn Tai Tatiana Fazio Yufeng Li Ron Tan Thomas Hu Darren Suhady

Fiona Fang Willa Ran Xichen Yang

Mark Birchall Sophie Holt-Ye Clarisse Lim Ethan Tho Samantha Harianto Rumaysa Syed Lara Yin Megan Chiu Zachary Kwei Year 2 High Distinction Olivia Cheng Cato Cheung Distinction Davi Ko Kate Ong Minsung Shin Xavier Chan Yuriko Iida Jia Qi Tan

Emily Franco Hansel Tan Jowdy Moh Emily Gao Owen Lim Edilyn Wong Kaia Bieber Hilary Fu Nathan Lim

Malhar Bhatol Ellie Yuen Aidan Kong Arunavo Paul Sophia Borovnicar Dorsa Haghi Asli Candace Lau Damien Tey

2017 PARENT OPINION SURVEY Online links have been sent to 30% of our families for the 2017 Parent Opinion Survey. The feedback from these surveys is really important to the school in tracking our performance and improvement. We do appreciate your time and assistance in completing the survey. .

FROM THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL Australian Girls' Choir On Tuesday the 29th of August the Australian Girls' Choir will be coming to Serpell to run a workshop with girls from Prep to 6. If you would like your daughter to participate, please return the form to your teacher by Friday the 18th of August. Interested girls will be assessed as a group by one of their tutors and each will be sent an encouraging written report following the assessment. Costa KOTSIRAS SENIOR SCHOOL SPORT Year 4 & 5 Standardised Sports Day What a fantastic day we had yesterday at the Standardised sports day. Well done to all the students and a huge thank you to the parents that helped. We managed to avoid the rain and keep warm! Times will now be looked at, and we will continue training towards the district competition on 14th September. Lola Hughes & Graham Matthews BOY’S SOCCER

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On the 1st of August, our Serpell boys’ soccer team played against Templestowe Valley Primary in the Manningham Divisional Final. This followed their recent District Final win against Templestowe Park 2-1. After full time and extra time, the score was still levelled at 0-0. It came down to penalties, where our boys demonstrated great skill and composure to win 4-3. The boys are now scheduled to play in the Regional Finals on the 15 th of August at Mirrabooka Reserve, Blackburn South. Congratulations to all the boys involved for their effort to date, and we wish the team all the best in the Regional Finals. Kris Sais – Coach

DIARY Mixed Teeball Divisional Finals Well done to our boy’s teeball team, who recently defeated Templestowe Vally PS to win the Manningham Division final 28-1. Excellent fielding and batting proved too much for the opposition. The boys will now compete in the Eastern Metropolitan Regional Finals, to be held on Monday August 28th at Waverley Softball Centre. Good luck boys!!

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CONGRATULATIONS TO MATTHIAS LILLIS I am very excited to announce that Matthias Lillis, from 6KS, has been selected to play in the School Sport Victoria Pacific School Games Softball Championships to be held in Adelaide from the 2nd to 8th December. His team will compete against other State teams from ACT, NSW, QLD and SA. Matthias has excellent skills, coming from a baseball background. He has shown his abilities in a field of aspiring softball players to win selection. Well done Matthias!

Lola Hughes

Year 3 Melb Museum Exc – 3DB & 3CL Year 7 Government Secondary School acceptance letters sent home today with your child Year 3 Melb Museum Exc – 3RC Year 4 Melbourne Walking Tour – 4NA, 4JS Year 3 & 4 Swimming commences ICAS – Maths Boy’s Soccer Regional Final Mirabooka Reserve, Blackburn Sth Yr 2 Excursion Schram’s Cottage 2AM, 2MR, 2SK, 2SW Year 4 Camp Information Night – 7pm in the Staff Centre Author visit – Michael Wagner Prep to Year 2 Year 3 & 4 Swimming – last day Author visit – Gabrielle Wang Years 3 & 4 Australian Girls Choir tryouts Father’s Day Breakfast Further Information will come home soon! Last Day of Term – 2:30 Finish


A reminder to all parents/carers that if your child is absent from school you must send a written note upon their return explaining their absence. Please include the following:    

Their first & last name The dates away from school Their class (eg 2LF) A brief reason for their absence

PARENT’S ASSOCIATION NEWS All your fundraising efforts are much appreciated and Juvan, our resident whiz-bang number cruncher (aka “Treasurer”), informed the committee last week that we are currently on track to reach our financial goals to date. Yay to us all!!! Fundraising is a crucial function of the PA, but organising and running community events for the benefit of the parents/carers and kids of our school is just as vital. One such event coming is the Father’s Day breakfast. It’s a great opportunity for the males of the household to mingle and is not to be missed, especially as the kids love it so much! We can only run such events with the help of a team of amazing volunteers so, please lend a hand if you can. Finally, Serpell is participating in the Woolworth’s ‘Earn and Learn’ program and Rebel Sport’s Rewards Program. Please see below for more details, and happy shopping! Yvette Kwei [email protected] WOOLWORTHS PROGRAM




We are excited to be participating in the Woolworths ‘Earn & Learn’ program once again. During previous years, we were able to purchase some great educational resources for the kids through our involvement in this program. Collect your stickers at Woolworths, and for every $10 you spend you’ll receive a sticker. Your children can then place them on the special sticker sheet (provided by Woolworths or obtained from the office). Once completed, bring it to school, or you drop them into the Woolworths collection box at the Pines (our school emblem will be hard to miss!). The more stickers we collect, the more we can redeem from a choice of over 10,000 educational resources including Maths and English resources, Art &Craft materials and much more! So please keep those stickers coming in!

FATHER'S DAY IS COMING UP! This year Father's Day breakfast is on Friday, 1st September. More details to come, but in the meantime, if you’d like to help with the set up the day before (Thursday after school), or on the day itself, please contact Lillian [email protected] or 0421 212 323. A Working with Children Check (WWC) is required if helping on the day. If you need to, please apply for WWC at: www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au.

SERPELL BASKETBALL BASKETBALL RESULTS WEEK ENDING 5Th August U11 Girls Sunrays 6 Donvale Diamonds 3 U 11 Boys Coyotes 66 Milgate Comets 0 U9 Boys Sharks 24 Cubs 4 U11 boys Storm 0 Biralee Braves 41 U9 Boys Spurs 24 Milgate bullets 2 MID WEEK COMPETITION 5/6 girls Star Shooters 12 3/ 4 Sabers 13 1 /2 Sonic 8 1 /2 Swords 4 boys 3/4 Scorchers 6 1 / 2 girls Cats 4

Doncaster Gardens 1 25 Strickers 5 Templestowe Heights 0 Doncaster Gardens 2 6 Ivanhoe magic 24 St Gregs 0

SERPELL NETBALL Saturday 22nd July Comets defeated Eltham 10 – 2 Meteors defeated DYC 14 – 7 Jets lost to EDNC 10 – 11 Saturday 5th August Comets defeated Eltham Roses 2 - 0 Meteors defeated Eltham Devils 13 – 5 Jets defeated 13 - 9

REBEL SPORT – REWARDS PROGRAM Our school has a great partnership with Rebel Sport that gives bonuses to both the shopper and the school. Join the Rebel Sport loyalty card program (it’s free!) and receive benefits such as member only discount prices, VIP offers, rewards and competitions. Mention Serpell Primary School at time of your purchase, and our school receives 5% of the sale price to spend in the store. We already have a $1500+ credit from last year’s running total from Rebel to spend on our kids!

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16th December 2003 - Serpell Primary School

8th August, 2017 FROM THE PRINCIPAL A WARM WELCOME TO JIN CHANG This week we are really pleased to welcome nine students and their teacher, Miss Li, ...

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