Archived: Issue #11 18/09/2018

As Term 3 comes to a close, I would like to wish all of our school community a safe and healthy holiday period over the next two weeks. This term has brought much fulfilment to our school, with a broad range of activities to engage our students both during and after school, culminating with our School Production of ‘Button Box’ this Thursday.

Next term we look forward to continuing Homework Club on Mondays, the return of our Tennis Coaching Program at Keon Park Tennis Club each Wednesday and the PIT Gymnastics program every Friday afternoon. There will be excursions to look forward to, the Annual Year 6 Graduation Dinner and our end-of-year Community Celebration Evening which this year will again be a twilight event on our school grounds.

A reminder that Term 4 begins on Tuesday 9th October. Enjoy the holiday period with your family.

Leader Local Sports Star Awards

Recently we celebrated the acknowledgement of our school’s nomination of Noah Constable in the Leader Newspaper Group’s “LEADER LOCAL SPORTS STAR” Award. A couple of weeks ago I received an email to advise me that Noah is now a finalist in this award.

Tonight, Suzi Haynes (who nominated Noah) and I, as representatives of the school, will be joining Noah and his family for the Local Sports Stars Awards Gala at the MCG, hosted by News Presenter Stephen Quartermain. The evening is set to be filled with inspirational stories from guest speakers, including Dr Jessica Gallagher (dual Summer and Winter Paralympian), Matthew Richardson (AFL Champion) and Michael Klim (Olympic Swimmer)

It is an honour for Noah to be a finalist and be acknowledged for his sporting achievements in tennis. We wish him well tonight and for a successful future in his chosen sport.

2018 School Production – ‘The Button Box’

The Button Box

Thursday 20th September 2018 at 7:30pm

Preston City Hall

284 Gower Street Preston                                                    

Adult: $10.00 Child: $5.00 Maharishi Students: no ticket required

Some tickets still available at the School Office

We look forward to seeing everyone this Thursday 20th September. Students should arrive at 6.45pm. Doors will open at 7.00pm for the audience, with the performance scheduled for 7.30pm.

We would like everyone to remain after the show as the school is providing supper for everyone. It will be a lovely way for our school community to end Term 3 together and celebrate our students’ performance.

Please check the letter to parents, that was distributed last Friday, for specific details of the Performance Day.

Key Dates

Wednesday 19th September              Sporting Schools Program – Basketball (3.30-4.30pm)

Thursday 20th September              School Production at Preston City Hall (7.30pm)

Friday 21st September                  End of Term 3

Monday 8th October                       Teachers Resume for Term 4 (Student-Free Day)

Tuesday 9th October                      Term 4 Begins for students

Wednesday 10th October *Tennis Program (Keon Park Tennis Club: 3.30-5.00pm)

Friday 12th October Gymnastics Program

Monday 15th October *Term 4 Homework Club begins

Wednesday 17th October *Tennis Program (Keon Park Tennis Club: 3.30-5.00pm)

Friday 19th October Gymnastics Program

Monday 22nd October Term 4 Homework Club

*Restorative Practices Parent Seminar

Wednesday 24th October Edgars Mission Farm Sanctuary—whole school excursion

Tennis Program (Keon Park Tennis Club: 3.30-5.00pm)

Friday 26th October Gymnastics Program

* Notices and Consent/Reply forms were distributed last week and are due this week.

Hay Fever and Asthma Triggers

After recent increased incidents of hayfever and asthma, the school contacted the City of Darebin and consulted with an arborist who was able to look at our trees to determine if they had contributed to these occurrences. He told us that the two known “allergy trees” are the London Plain Tree & Melaleuca Paper Bark which we do not have.

One comment he made was that it is known that 90% of allergies come from grasses both airborne & from mowing. He suggested we are careful when we schedule the mowing at school and that it preferably occurs on a long weekend or holidays. He also mentioned that anytime the wind is blowing, it picks up the grasses very easily and distributes them which is a factor as we have a large grassed area at the school.

We have taken on this advice and will ensure we continue to do what we can to minimise exposure at the school for our students, staff and broader school community to these contributing factors.

Father’s Day Breakfast

Our traditional Father’s Day & Special Persons Breakfast was held on Monday 3rd September. We were thrilled to see the number of fathers, grandfathers, and special persons attend on the day. Thank you to our helpers and especially to Joe Agati who gave up his opportunity to be spoilt by his daughter and instead was the barista that morning.

And what great coffee he made!!

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Indoor Soccer

Congratulations to our Representative Teams at the recent KPDSA Indoor Soccer Tournament at Reservoir HS.

We had a Years 5/6 Boys Team and Years 3/4 Boys & Girls Teams.

It is evident that with each competition in which our students participate, they are improving and gaining an appreciation for the value of sport in their lives and the benefits that come with it such as teamwork, participation and increased fitness.


You may recall that in Term One, our school competed in the KPDSA District Athletics Carnival. We had many students representing our school that day in a range of events, with quite a bit of success and improvement on previous years.

One success story was Jamie Gioskos who achieved 1st Place in the 12/13 Year Old Boys High Jump.

On Tuesday 9th October, Jamie will be competing in the Divisional Athletics Carnival against many students from other districts. We wish Jamie luck as he attempts to soar to new heights!!

Meditation and the School Holiday Period

The school holiday period provides us all with an opportunity to relax and revitalise ourselves after a fulfilling term. An essential ingredient in the success of our school and the benefit it brings to children and their families is our commitment to the school’s philosophy, which includes our routine of twice-daily meditation.

Meditation for our students begins at school, but with the aim of it playing an important role in the lives of our students. It is important that the routine that the children follow when at school is continued while they are on school holidays. The daily routine of meditation, whether it be the Word of Wisdom or the sitting technique, should not be solely associated with attendance at school. It should be reinforced as a skill/technique that adds value to our lives and is done on a daily basis.

It would be appreciated if you would gently encourage your children to continue being regular with their Word of Wisdom and TM Meditation over the school holiday period.

Steve Charisis


Global Group Meditation

Our next Global Group Meditation is on Sunday September 30 at 5pm. Everyone all over the globe meditates at 5pm local time so that a wave of bliss is created over the globe. All you have to do is start your afternoon meditation at 5pm on that day and enjoy the wave of bliss in the knowledge that you are meditating with lots of others on the east coast of Australia and adding to the wave that has come to us from New Zealand and flows to South Australia and Western Australia and then on to Asia and the rest of the world! Those who have done it in the past have found that their meditation has been more blissful and deeper and that it is well worth arranging to meditate at that time! Please put the date and time in your calendar and enjoy!!

Jai Guru Dev

Lisa Barnes (National Course Office-Australia)