Principal’s Report

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 this week.

Stay tuned for more details on:

  • Junior School Talent Show – lunchtime on Wednesday 2nd August
  • Senior School Talent Show – lunchtime on Wednesday 9th August (Students can put their names down on the sheets on the noticeboard outside front office)
  • 100 Days of Prep – Wednesday 9th August
  • 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
  • Japanese Sister School Principals visiting EPS – Friday 25th August
  • Smile Squad Dental Service visiting – Monday 21st August to Friday 8th September
  • Colour Fun Run – Wednesday 6th September

Emma Clark

Star of the week!

For showing amazing persistence to improve your handwriting and cutting skills. You’re a super STAR!

For being a kind, respectful and hard-working student all week long.

For always talking every learning task with a growth mindset and consistently trying your best! What a shining star!

For your great effort you’ve put into adding extra details into your pictures. You are a drawing STAR!

For settling back into class after her exciting holidays!

For settling so well into your new grade. We are lucky to have you!

For being such a positive and happy member of our class. She also has lovely manners. Well done, Sav!

For her fabulous contributions during our weekly book club discussions about “Malala”. What a STAR!

For remaining focused in his work despite many close distractions. Awesome job Charlie.

For outstanding effort and progress in her Mathematics!

For contributing great ideas and always displaying an excellent work ethic!

For his focused, positive attitude towards his schooling, and for being a dependable helper. Top job, Jayden!

For her amazing manners, can do attitude and her phenomenal work ethic. What a STAR!

For her sensational reading and writing. I love your zest for learning.

For working hard to achieve her writing goal of putting spaces between her words. Wow!

For your outstanding recount writing that includes lovely detail and impeccable handwriting! What a writing STAR!

For his excellent, exemplary, extraordinary alliteration poetry.

For being so engaged during class time, contributing to class discussion and asking questions—such a valuable member of 2W!

For your excellent effort and focus towards your work. Keep it up!

For being a respectful and caring member of our class. She always tries her best in every task. Well done, Scarlett!

For using awesome vocabulary on his “The One and Only Ivan” diary work. What a STAR!

For his amazing work in Mathematics lessons, setting goals and being enthusiastic to take on challenges.

For higher order thinking during our Science unit on biomes.

For taking action in his learning and having many successes this term. Awesome!

For being an all-round legend, all of the time! You are a fantastic role model in our class and school.

For always caring about all members of our class and always being so thoughtful and helpful.

For his sensational thinking and having such a wonderful mindset to learning.

For being a kind, considerate and inclusive member of our class. What lovely qualities to have! You are a sparkling star!

For your hard work and focus in Maths this week. You’ve worked hard to use Linus the Minus and Gus the Plus. You are a Mathematical STAR!

For working hard on his reading this week!

For trying hard and working hard, being super helpful and respectful. You’re a superstar!

For making such a great start at Emerald Primary School. Welcome to 3C Aiden!

For her constant kindness and dedication to being the best version of herself, every day. What a SUPERSTAR!

For giving everything 110% despite having a broken finger. You are a legend Huddy.

For his enthusiasm during Inquiry lessons, diving into new learning confidently and producing brilliant quality work.

For always showing great enthusiasm in everything you do! What a star!

For diving into the Learning Pit head first, when performing his script reading in front of the whole class. Superstar!

For the fantastic effort you have put into improving your focus in the classroom. Keep it up legend!

Are you joining us for this year’s Science Fair?

 A reminder that our Science Fair is coming up in a couple of weeks’ time, beginning Monday, 14th August. I’m so looking forward to seeing all of the creations made by our extremely clever students! Submissions could be made using anything you have lying around the house. Think marble runs made out of toilet rolls, tornado in a bottle, bicarb soda and vinegar creations – the possibilities are endless! If you would like more information or need a little inspiration please feel free to email:

 Happy Sciencing!!


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


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

Last Thursday our talented boys and girls football teams competed at the Dandenong Ranges Division Football championships. Both our sides performed well, it was great to see the students enjoying themselves and displaying fantastic teamwork. Both sides finished 2nd on the day which was a great achievement. Due to the fact that the Basin PS are not in the Dandenong Ranges Division (only participated due to missing the Knox Division event) the girls team progress to the Regional Finals which will be held next Tuesday 8th August at Wantirna Sth.

Thanks to Kerryn S, Jamie G and Taylah G for coaching the teams. We wish the girls well next week!

Matt Stella

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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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