Archived: Issue #7 27/06/2018

Principal’s Report

As we conclude an especially satisfying and fulfilling Semester One at school, I cannot help but reflect on the ingredients that helped us achieve some wonderful outcomes. The introduction of the PE Program each Friday with a focus on Athletics and AFL to develop students’ gross motor skills, the Tennis Program, Swimming and Indoor Sports Programs, I believe, helped inspire some of our students to appreciate the benefits that physical activity provides them. I would like to think it helped them in both the Athletics and Cross Country Carnivals, where this year we improved markedly on previous results. We have observed increased participation in sport both at school and away from school and take great joy is seeing our students participate so actively, happily and with sportsmanship that has been admired by many.

Next term, as outlined to you earlier this year in our planning for 2018, the Classroom Music Program returns with Ms. Wilson-O’Brien. Although this replaces the weekly PE classes, plans are in place for regular and continued sporting classes and opportunities with events such as the KPDSA Basketball and Indoor Soccer Tournaments at Reservoir HS during Term 3. We participated in these round-robin tournaments for the first time last year and the students are looking forward to these events once again with great enthusiasm and anticipation.

In Term 3 our school focus will shift to drama and the school production. We are finalising some aspects of the program and will announce our production schedule early in Term 3.

On behalf of the staff of the school, I wish you all a safe and relaxing school holiday period with your children and hope you get to spend valuable and quality time with each other.

Short-Term Study Program

At the beginning of Term 3, we will be welcoming 10 students from China who will spend between 7-12 days with us at Maharishi School. The students will be arriving on Monday 16th (Student-Free Day for our students) to have their induction session and tour of the school. It will give us an opportunity to share our expectations for their stay with us. On behalf of our school community we look forward to welcoming them at a “Welcome Assembly” on the first day of Term 3 – Tuesday 17th July. The Group will be immersed in the life of our school, also joining us on our excursion to Melbourne Museum on Wednesday 25th July.

Maharishi School is embracing the opportunity that such programs offer our students, staff and school community. It is important that our school continues to develop its focus on being outward-looking and community-minded, while also enabling us to influence the thoughts and beliefs of others when they see a school such as ours in action. I am especially proud when promoting our school and even more proud when others show their appreciation and a better understanding for the personal development and strong foundation our school’s philosophy promotes for young children.

As part of the group’s time at Maharishi School, they are offering up to 30 of our students an opportunity after school on Thursday 19th July to participate in a “Lantern-Making Class”. This will be a wonderful opportunity for our students to work with the Chinese students and adult helpers to learn this craft. Student places for this activity should be secured by contacting Suzi at our school office to register your child’s participation. We will send you a reminder on FlexiBuzz.

Key Dates

Wednesday 27th June              Lunch Order Day

School Boite Choir (3.30 – 4.30pm)

Thursday 24th June          Emeralds Classroom Visit for Parents (2.15 – 3.15pm)

Friday 29th June                   Footy Colours Day & AFL Activities Program

Sports Program-Bundoora Action Indoor Sports

End of Term 2

Monday 16th July Staff Planning Day (Student-Free Day)

Tuesday 17th July Begin Term 3

Short-Term Study Program begins (Chinese students)

Wednesday 18th July Traditional Aboriginal Smoking Ceremony to commemorate NAIDOC Week (9.00am)

Lunch Order Day

School Boite Choir (3.30 – 4.30pm)

Thursday 19th July Chinese Lantern Making Class (3.30-4.30pm)

Sunday 22nd July Boite “Polish Rehearsal” – Abbottsford (2.00-4.00pm)

Monday 23rd July Term 3 Homework Club Program begins (3.30-5.00pm)

Parent Information Session – Classroom Sexuality Education Program (4.00 – 5.00pm)

Wednesday 25th July Whole-School Excursion to Melbourne Museum

Semester One Student Reports

The Semester One Student Reports will be emailed to parents during the school holiday period. It is important that the school has up-to-date personal contact details for each parent so, if unsure, please check with Suzi to ensure the Student Report is sent to your preferred email address.

Parents will have the opportunity to discuss their children’s Report and the Semester Two goals that will be set for each student during Parent/Teacher Interviews on Tuesday 7th August.

Sunday Combined-School Choir Rehearsal – Polish Rehearsal

All students in our school’s Boite Performance Choir must attend the following Combined-Schools Choir rehearsal. Parents will be required to drop off and pick up students from the rehearsal venue.

Date:     Sunday 22nd July

Time:   2.00pm – 4.00pm

Venue: Rosina Auditorium within the grounds of the stunning Abbotsford Convent,

St Heliers Street, Abbotsford

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.


Our Classroom Music Program returns in Term 3 with Ms Wilson-O’Brien who will resume at our school after her 12 months Family Leave. We are thrilled to be welcoming back Ms Wilson O’Brien and look forward to seeing our students once again enthused about their participation in the Classroom Music Program. This year, Music classes are scheduled each Thursday.

Instrumental Music Program

We would like to encourage even further student participation in our Instrumental Music Program.

Luke Miller, our Guitar Teacher, has a few places available for any student who wants to learn the guitar. Please contact us at the school to express your interest.

Nick Aston, our Piano Teacher, will run his classes each Wednesday and Friday from Term 3 due to the resumption of the Classroom Music Program on Thursdays. Nick will contact those families whose children are affected by any timetabling change.

We are working towards a “Soiree” in Term 4 to encourage students to perform for their family and school community.

Message from our Environmental Youth & Recreation Leader

Hi everybody

Olive, Mr Charisis, the SRC and I have come up with the idea to get a bin for our school’s soft plastics. Anyone is welcome to bring their plastic bags and soft plastics and put them in this soft plastics bin. Soft plastics include:

  • muesli bar wraps, popcorn bags, cling wrap, chip bags, bread bag wrappers “one-use” supermarket plastic bags

Olive and I will then take the collection to Coles in Summer Hill where they have a big “REDcycling” deposit station. REDcycling recycles the plastics into benches for schools, as well as play equipment and other things. Please do not put fruit scraps, tea bags, paper bags, food scraps or hard plastic in there. The bin will be on the verandah of our Administration Building, next to the benches. Please ask Olive or I, or the School Captains for help.

Thank you!

Pearl Stewart-Young

Local Community Announcements

Norther Parx Netball Club

Local Netball Club looking for boys and girls to play in Under 9’s and Under 11’s competition for July- December Season.

Training: Held at Bell Primary School – 78A Oakover Rd, Preston l: Tuesdays 4pm

Games: Played on Saturday mornings between 8:30am-10:10am at Darebin Community Sports Stadium (857 Plenty Road, Reservoir, )

For more information, please contact:

Maggie Crowe – 0400 025 333 (

Bundoora Scout Group

Try Scouting FREE for 3 weeks! See what scouting can do for your child.

Joey Scouts (Ages 5-7): Mondays 6.00-7.00pm

Cub Scouts (Ages 8-10): Mondays 7.00-8.30pm

Scouts (Ages 11-14): Wednesdays 7.00-9.00pm

Enquiries to Group Leader 0417 348 252 or

Darebin Giants Basketball Club

The Giants are recruiting school children aged 7 to 17 who would be interested in joining the club for the upcoming 2018 Summer basketball season in Terms 3 and 4. The Giants participate in the Whittlesea City Basketball Association Junior Domestic competition The Darebin Junior Giants compete in the Whittlesea City Basketball Association (WCBA) Junior Domestic competition. The competition allows for all skill levels, with teams for boys and girls from Under 8’s to Under 19’s.

Registration: $90.00 per season Late registration (from 1/7/2018) $100 Uniform (singlet and shorts): $90.00

Game Day charges: Team Sheet: $37.00 per team Door Entry: $2.50 per person (charges set by each venue)

The 2018 Summer season commences Saturday 21st July 2018. Online registration link: REGISTER NOW!

All enquiries can be directed to:

Term 2 AFL Program

This week we end our highly successful AFL Program that the students have enjoyed immensely. We thank Sam Peet, our AFL Victoria Coach who has embraced our school with great enthusiasm and commitment. A special thanks also to Emily who has attended as a School Assistant during the program.

Footy Colours Day

Class Captains and Representatives on the SRC this term have raised a range of wonderful ideas. To end Term 2, we will be having a “Footy Colours Day” when students are able to come to school dressed in their favourite footy/sporting colours. As part of the AFL Program that runs during PE classes, our AFL Coach, Sam, will be setting up a “Climb and Slide” inflatable for the students to enjoy.

Footy Colours Day is a national fundraising campaign, held during the month of September where participants are encouraged to wear their favourite team’s colours and host an event at their school, organisation, group or club to raise funds for kids with cancer. However, our school is holding the event earlier to align with the AFL Program we have been running during PE classes this term.

Students should donate a Gold Coin that the school will forward to the Fight Cancer Foundation.

Masterchef and Adriano Zumbo Come to Maharishi School

Well, maybe not for real but certainly both have influenced our budding young chefs.

As I was walking around the yard this week, my attention was taken by this amazing sand sculpture constructed by some of our students.

The croquembouche has made its way to our school!!