Principal's News - 27 February 2024


Dear Parents,

PFA Twilight Festival

The warm and fine weather on Sunday made for ideal conditions for this year’s PFA Twilight Festival. The school was buzzing between 4 and 8pm with large numbers of people attending during these hours. Everyone took full advantage of all that was on offer, and it was great to see so many people enjoying themselves and socialising in the festive atmosphere. The children were able to participate in a variety of activities and clinics and I would like to thank the following organisations for their involvement and what they had on offer.

  • Koonung Comets Basketball Club
  • Hot Shots Tennis
  • Beginner to Black Belt Goju Karate
  • Balwyn Rotary Club
  • TheirCare
  • Balwyn Tigers Football Club

Entertainment was provided by the Bollywood dance troupe who put on a wonderful performance which was followed by their fun dance lesson. Our Taiko drum group performance was also a highlight, with Mr Price and the 6 students delighting everyone with their drumming skills. The beautiful artwork created by the students that decorated the school grounds also provided a lovely aesthetic appeal for everyone to enjoy as they moved around the site.

The online silent auction was once again a huge success with 89 items on offer. The success of it was due to the very generous donations of the many families, businesses and organisations in our community and I sincerely thank everyone who made donations. The auction raised close to $8000, which was an outstanding result. I would like to sincerely thank Nikki Wheeler for her tireless work to secure a huge number of the donations prior to the auction, along with managing the online auction site and then the final distribution of items to the successful bidders.

All members of the PFA did an outstanding job with the preparations prior to Sunday, along with managing the event throughout the day, including the bar sales. They worked tirelessly to ensure everything ran smoothly and the festival provided something for everyone. A huge thank you to, Lina Kim, Rae del Tondo, Nikki Wheeler, Sally Kane, Erajh Gunaratne, Cleo Murphy, Samayeh Dianati, Paquita Duggin, Laura Hahn, Vivian Shao, Shelley Qian, Vittoria O’Brien and Dani Herlihy. A brilliant job from them all. They were ably assisted by many parent volunteers who assisted with a multitude of tasks including set-up, bar sales and pack-up. Thank you to, Bridget Duns, Sheree Soon, Jonathan Trautman, Helen Nguyen, Pauline Tiang, Maya Huang, Nicole Tan, Cam Sherry, Cherry Jia, Jason Sayer, Julia Wang, Maoyin Dou, Joanne Mejia Hooi, Vincent Tseng and Niki Dominique Grenfell. A fantastic team effort!   

District Swimming Carnival

We wish Mrs Deckert and our swim team all the best for this week’s District Swimming Carnival which is being held at the Boroondara Sports Complex on Thursday. I’m sure that all members of the team will be wonderful competitors in their respective races and as always, outstanding ambassadors for Greythorn Primary School. We look forward to hearing of their achievements. Students who do qualify for the next level of competition will be required to compete the next day in the Division final which is being held at the Monash Aquatic Centre.

School Council Election

Information regarding the school council election for parent member vacancies will be sent home this week. Completed ballot papers must be returned to school by 4pm, Friday March 8. This year, 5 nominations have been received for 3 vacant positions. The names of the candidates are as follows.

  • Lou Maiolo
  • Erajh Gunaratne
  • Hania Hryckiewicz
  • Christopher Walker
  • Alan Chiang

Andrew Searle