Principal's News - 17 May 2022


PFA Election Day Sausage Sizzle & Cake Stall

With Greythorn Primary School being a designated polling booth for Saturday’s Federal election, our PFA is holding a fundraising sausage sizzle and cake stall. Previous fundraising efforts on election days have been very successful and we look forward to Saturday being the same.  We do however need the assistance of everyone in our school community to make it a success. We are asking that as many families as possible donate homemade items such as cakes, slices, biscuits, jams, preserves etc. for the stall. Items can be delivered to the French room (adjacent to the stadium foyer) prior to 3pm on Friday. Additionally, we are looking for more volunteers to assist with the sausage sizzle. Please refer to yesterday’s Compass note from the PFA regarding this as there is a link attached to sign up to volunteer. Any amount of time that people can volunteer on the day will be greatly appreciated. I thank you all in advance for your support and assistance with this fundraising event.

District Cross-country Carnival

Our cross-country running team competed in the District carnival last Friday at Macleay Park. The weather was cool on the day, but fortunately remained dry for all races. Congratulations to the team for their efforts to finish third overall, an outstanding achievement. A testament to the students’ commitment and dedication to their training prior to Friday. All students represented Greythorn with pride and distinction, with several qualifying for the next level of competition at the upcoming Division final, being held on Monday, May 30 at Ruffey Lake Park. Congratulations to Tyce I (1st), Sam N (2nd), Max S (8th), Oliver N (15th), Rose C (6th), Tilly H (10th), Edward G (10th), Darren L (14th) and Jae Hao C (15th) who have qualified to compete on May 30. We wish them well for the day.

Thank you to Mrs Deckert for all of her work to prepare the team so thoroughly prior to the event, along with all of the administrative work required so that the students can attend. Thank you also to Mr Mays, Ms Danko and Ms Shepherd for attending to assist with the students. Many parents also attended on the day to support the team and I thank them for this.


All Year 3 & 5 students completed their NAPLAN tests last week. This was the first year that the tests were administered online, with the exception of the Year 3 Writing test that remained as a paper-based test. For the Year 5 students, this was their first experience of NAPLAN as it was cancelled in 2020 when they were in Year 3, due to the pandemic. I would like to congratulate all of the students for the positive way in which they approached each test and for the manner in which they managed the online format.

Preparation for the transition to the online format commenced last year and has taken many months of work, with a large number of staff involved in online learning modules along with completing a multitude of compliance tasks and checks. The work of the staff ensured that the tests were completed with minimal issues. Thank you to Claire Knell, Helen Karvela, Mary Ripepi, Max Mays, Amber Shepherd, Janice Miller, Bec Banez and Bec Birch for their hard work to ensure everything ran like clockwork. Thank you also Andrew Sinclair and Ian Clark for their invaluable tech support throughout the entire process.

PFA Mothers’ Day Stall

Congratulations to the PFA on a very successful Mother’s Day stall that they held on Friday, May 6. The students were certainly spoilt for choice when selecting items to purchase and I’m sure that all of the mothers loved receiving the gifts that were chosen for them. The PFA also made provision for the Year 4 students on camp, with online ordering and the pick-up of items when they returned to school. The PFA raised over $3000 from their sales which was an outstanding result. Thank you to the PFA for their tireless work to prepare for this and ensuring that it was so successful..

Congratulations Darren

Year 6 student, Darren L, has been competing in School Sport Victoria’s State tennis championships. Darren has won all of the games that he has competed in so far, and as a result of this, he has progressed to the State final. This is a wonderful achievement by Darren to progress so far in the competition and we wish him well for next Monday when he plays in the final. Whatever the outcome from the final is, Darren will be ranked in the top two players for his age group in the state.

Prep Alphabet Party

The Prep students and teachers celebrated Alphabet Day last Wednesday. The students (and teachers) came to school dressed in an outfit or costume representing a designated letter. They all looked amazing in their extremely creative costumes, highlighting the work that the students have completed since starting school on their knowledge and application of the alphabet. Thank you to Kat Kronish, Terry Price and Charlie Reid for facilitating this engaging and exciting celebration for the students.

Alphabet Party 



It was lovely to have the senior choir perform at Monday’s assembly after such a long hiatus (more than two years) due to the pandemic. The choir performed two songs, Bare Necessities from The Jungle Book and I’ve Lost My Homework, and they sang beautifully. The performance was thoroughly enjoyed by all in attendance. Thank you to Joy Odou for her ongoing work with the choir as it is a wonderful experience for all of the members to be trained to sing so competently and to be able to perform as a group at assembly and in other settings.

Rapid Antigen Tests

The Department is continuing to supply RAT kits to schools for distribution to families. They are recommending however from next Monday, that the ongoing protocol be that a test is only carried out if a child is symptomatic or has been a close contact of a positive person, rather than the three times a week protocol that was previously in place. Kits will be sent home when the next consignment arrives at school. 

Andrew Searle