Principal’s Report

A reminder to any families with Prep students starting in 2024 that Enrolment Forms are due by Friday 28th July. Please contact the Office on 5968 4311 or by email : to ask for a form. Please also contact us if you have any queries. It would be great if you could pass this information on to any families you know of who may wish to enrol their Prep child for next year. Families will be advised by Friday 11th August regarding confirmation of their placement at EPS.

EPS families will be asked soon to participate in the 2023 Parent/Caregiver/Guardian Opinion Survey (previously known as the Parent Opinion Survey). Each year the school conducts an opinion survey with the school community. While previously a random sample of approximately 30 per cent of parents/caregivers/guardians have been selected to participate, this year, all families are invited to participate in the survey. Results will be used to inform and direct our future school planning and improvement. I ask you to please take the time to complete the survey as your opinions are important to us and will contribute to the future management and organisation of our school. The survey will be conducted online and should take 20 minutes to complete. The survey can be completed on any internet enabled device (iPad, Desktop or Laptop, Smartphone) and is compatible with most browsers and will be open from Monday 7th August to Friday 8th September. The link will be sent home to families via Compass next week.

Stay tuned for more details on:

  • Junior School Talent Show – lunchtime on Wednesday 2nd August (Students can put their names down on the sheets on the noticeboard outside front office)
  • Senior School Talent Show – lunchtime on Wednesday 9th August (Students can put their names down on the sheets on the noticeboard outside front office)
  • Book Week Celebrations – starting Monday 21st August, culminating in a Favourite Book Dress-up Day and the Whole School Read-In on Friday 25th August
  • Colour Fun Run – Wednesday 6th September

Emma Clark

I am so excited to announce that Monday, 14th to Friday 18th August is Science Week! This year’s theme is “Innovation: Powering Future Industries”. To celebrate we are going to be holding a Science Fair. During Science Week we will be displaying experiments and students will be able to run demonstrations of their inventions at lunchtimes. Participation is completely voluntary. There will be a sign up sheet at the Science/Food lab if you are interested in joining in.

I can’t wait to see all your amazing inventions!

Mrs Kirkby

Dear Families,

It’s time for EPS to celebrate children’s literature with the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book Week! The CBCA Book Week is a fantastic event that promotes the joy that reading can bring to young minds! The theme for 2023 is “Read, Grow, Inspire. Primary schools and libraries across Australia join in the fun celebrating literature with Book Week activities and Book Character Parades.

As part of the fun planned in Book Week, E.P.S. will be having a whole school Book Dress-Up Day on Friday 25th August. We would love to see all students coming dressed up as a character from their favourite book. It would be great if they can also bring in the book their character is from to share with their class. Costumes don’t have to be elaborate; we just want to celebrate our love of reading!

On Friday 25 August, EPS will host a range of fun activities across  the whole school:

9:15am a Special Assembly will see a Parade of every grade level showing off their costumes and favourite books! Followed by a whole staff Performance of the classic ‘We’re Going on a Bear Huntby Michael Rosen. We are very excited to have our Emerald Preschool join us for this special assembly!

11:15am Read-In’. This will consist of the entire school meeting for a period in the stadium to do 15 minutes of silent reading together! This is a special moment as over 500 students and teachers are simultaneously immersed in their books. The atmosphere is goosebump inducing!

We are all really looking forward to celebrating reading and enjoying our fun Book Week activities with the students!

Katie Weerasinghe and Eden Byron-Thomsen

Literacy Leaders

On Tuesday 25th of July, EPS sent two senior soccer teams, a girls and boys team, to compete in the Divisional Soccer Tournament at the Monbulk Regional Soccer Centre. The weather was kind and the facilities were amazing! The Girl’s team played three matches, while the boys team played five.

Both teams showed sensational sportsmanship – it truly was lovely to witness – and developed their game sense and structures quickly as each game progressed, resulting in many wins for both teams!

The Girl’s team went undefeated and won the competition, moving onto the next round! The Boy’s team won four from five games, just getting pipped by St Joes to place second in the division. Both teams were disciplined with their roles and positions and had the joy of scoring goals, showing that it takes a team to perform well!

Fabulous effort Soccer Stars!

From your

Soccer Coach, Team Manager, and Event Organiser

(Mr Appleby, Gabby and Mr Stella)



The Smile Squad team from EACH are coming to

our school from 21st August 2023.

Smile Squad is the Victorian Government free

School  dental program.

This means all students can get a free dental

Check-up, preventive services and treatment at school.

How to access free dental care

We need your consent before we can provide services.

Consent  is usually provided by a parent or guardian.

Sign up to Smile Squad at:

OR use the below QR code:

           USB order form

          The Island That ROCKS

         Yr 6 Production 2023

        You’ve seen the show,

           ………….now get the real story!

With this special edition, Credit Card USB, you receive a copy of this remarkable production with full credits!

But wait, that’s not all!!!

You will also receive special, behind the scenes footage of:

rehearsals, stunt development, chocolate eating, as well as hundreds of photos of your children in costume both on and off stage.

Not only does this fabulous keepsake make for outstanding Christmas presents to family members, it is also pure gold come your child’s 18th birthday party.


“I can’t wait to see the show………..again.” – Emma Clark.

“These kids are amazingly talented.” – Lisa Ward.

“I wish I had thought of doing the show like this.” – S.Titford.

“Not as many car chases as I would normally like, but it was good”– Carice D’Rozario


USB Cards are $15 each

                         Order forms available from the Office  or  order via email


                You can pay direct to the Bendigo Bank  BSB 633 000

                  Emerald Primary School            Account No 143975712

                                  Reference : your surname and USB

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Breaking up is hard to do!!!!!!!!

It’s time for the canteen to break up with single use straws, these will not be available in 2023

More than 8 million tonnes of plastic enters the world’s ocean every year and over 90% is single use plastic.

So let’s say bye bye to straws and hello to BYO. We highly recommend reusable options over all disposables. Students can purchase a reusable silicone straw in its own case with the school Emblem for $4 from the canteen (over the counter or via online) or uniform shop.


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