From the Principal

Dear Families

Thank You afternoon tea: Reminder that our “thank you” afternoon tea is set down for 3pm tomorrow in the
Library. We would love the opportunity to thank all parents and relatives who have assisted in our school throughout the year at this time. The time and effort that is so freely given to our school, students and staff is a real strength.

Graduation:  Last night we celebrated 7 Years of Primary Education with our 2018 year 6 Graduation. This is also an event where we thank children and families for their contribution to our school. The children both reflected on their time at Chilwell and spoke of their future. The opportunity to share these moments are special for staff and families. We are all proud of the children we have at Chilwell.

Thank you to Jason and Stephanie who organised, practised, supported and cheered on our students. Howard Dandy taught the children the dances, and to the parents who decorated the rooms , please accept my thanks.

School Captains 2019: Congratulations to our school captains for 2019.
Semester 1 Captains:, Alina Shand and Sawithu Dharmasena Vice Captains: Eliza Cullen and Liam Biddiscombe.

Semester 2 Captains: Chloe Adams and Harvey Marles Vice Captains: Neve Van Der Sant and Aleksandar
Atanasovski. Badges will be presented at assembly on Friday at 2pm.

Lost Property:  We have a large amount of lost property crying out for an owner!  Please have a look at the shelves in the South Wing (near the middle door) and claim your items.

Holidays: Over the holiday period we encourage as many of our families as possible to utilise the grounds. Please be vigilant if you see any misuse of the facilities. If you are uncomfortable reminding people of the correct manner in which to use our grounds, please ring the police who will assist.

Staff: We have just been notified that Matt Limb has been offered a position at Geelong Grammar. This is a great opportunity for Matt, but a loss for our school. We all wish him well with this new challenge.

Again we are most fortunate to have a readymade replacement. Nikki Robertson, who is a current year 5 teacher, has accepted the position in year 5.

This is a perfect solution to the necessary change of staff.

Moving:  We need to conduct a few moves between now and the end of the year so the corridors may look a bit messier than normal. This will be good practise for next year’s building program.

Building program: We are currently awaiting a meeting to discuss where we are with the building program. Council is keen to have the meeting with relevant participants and have requested the review/meeting occur asap. We have had the undertaking from both our local member and the Department’s building authority that a meeting to discuss and clarify issues will be held.

Christmas: Once again, the end of the school year has “snuck” up on us!  It has been an extremely busy year for parents, students and staff. Later in this newsletter I am thanking some individuals for their work throughout the year, however, could I take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank all our families for the wonderful support which our community freely gives.

A real strength of this school is the amount of time and effort we all put into the children and their development. We have a great group of children who are active learners and are well on the way to being constructive and positive
influences on our community. This is not easy and requires all to provide support and a nurturing environment in which each child can reach their potential. Thank you to Mums, Dads, Grandparents, Relatives, friends and all who have supported this journey. As last night’s Graduation reflects, it has been a very fruitful and fun filled journey.


First day 2019: The first day for our classes Years 1 to 6 is Wednesday January 30th. The Preps for 2019 will join us on the Thursday. This is timely as it allows our returning children to settle into their classes before our new students arrive.

For our returning students we will try to make the beginning of the day as normal as possible .55am first bell will go which is the signal to take bags into classrooms. The 9 o’clock bell will signal the start of the day.


Holiday Program: Team Holiday will once again be operating a program from our school over the holidays.

Thank You.

Thank you to the many volunteers who contribute to the operation of our school.

* A special thank you to our school crossing supervisor Wendy Brough who greets our parents and children each day.

* Thank you to Jai for his attention to detail in maintaining our school grounds and buildings.

* Thank you to all our Out Of School Hours Care staff, especially our Co-ordinator, Cheryl.

* Student Banking – Amanda Vague/Natalie Lee

* Uniforms – Jodie Bliss/Lesley Dandy.

* Annette Drummond who has worked tirelessly in a multitude of jobs.

* Parents who have assisted with Fairs, Excursions, classroom help etc, etc

* ​Team of Headlice checkers led by Michelle Rixon

* A huge thank you to Sara and Helen for the work they do in operating a very busy administration area.

Farewells. Could I acknowledge the following families who are leaving Chilwell and wish them all the best for the future.   I am sure the memories of Chilwell are fond.​  Thank you to : Alexander, Bain, Boode, Burke, Clark-Fernandes, Copic, Cross, Ellis, Friswell, Grigg, Hill, Hindson, Howley,
Jarman, Jarczak, Jarvis, Jimmieson, Knight, Lindsay, Morris, Nadorp-Goddard, Nation, Pendlebury, Phipps,
Rixon, Sayle-Zanos, Stephens, Turner, Ward and Wright.


Gavan Welsh, Principal


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