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March 2020 Newsletter


Welcome to Silverton Primary School's March e-Newsletter.

Dear Parents

I know there is a lot of talk in the media and on social networks about the Coronavirus. It is a very complex and unprecedented situation. We are very aware of the emotions of families in wanting to protect children and family members. Schools are receiving advice from the Department of Education, who is being advised by the Department of Health and Human Services regularly.

The advice of the Chief Health Officer remains at present that our schools should stay open, except in the case of a confirmed case of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The full advice can be found here on the Department's website.

This week staff are preparing student learning for a possible school closure. Families who decide to keep their child home prior to a school closure, their weekly home learning will be made available to them.

Support Letter

Last week I sent a support letter to our Sister School in China, Yan Cheng Number One Primary School on behalf of our school community. They were very appreciative of our letter.
Click here to see the letters


Grade 3 and 5 students must make sure they have their laptops and headphones at school on Monday 23 March as we have a National Naplan Online Practice Test.

Annual privacy reminder

Our school collects, uses, discloses and stores student and parent personal information for standard school functions or where permitted by law, as stated in the Schools’ Privacy Policy.

Please take time to remind yourself of the school’s collection statement, found on our website Collection Statement


For more information about privacy, see: Schools’ Privacy Policy – information for parents. This information is also available in nine community languages.

House Day

On Monday it was great to see happy and smiling students enjoying the activities. Congratulations to our Captains for organising and running the day. Student voice, agency and leadership at its best.


There will be no school assemblies until further notice. Starting time on Mondays remain the same, 8.45am.

Interschool Sports for Grade 5 and 6 students are currently postponed.

Kimandas' Canteen have cancelled their Birthday lunch on Monday due to lack of supplies. They will be open as usual for Lunch Orders and window sales.

Early finish on March 27, at 2.30pm and Term 2 starts on Tuesday 14th April at 9am.

Again, I thank you for your understanding and continued support as we navigate through this evolving situation. Please look after yourselves and each other.


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Upcoming/Postponed Events



Thurs 19th

State School Spec Rehearsal - CANCELLED

Inter School Sport - POSTPONED

Fri 20th FUSE Cup - eSports - POSTPONED
Mon 23rd School Assembly - CANCELLED
Kimamdas' Lunch - CANCELLED
25th - 27th Grade 4 Camp - POSTPONED
Fri 27th End Term 1 - 2:30pm Finish


Tues 14th Start of Term 2 - 9am

Full school calendar can be found here

The following local events have been postponed

Wellington Secondary College Open Night and ALL School Tours
Nazareth Celebration Day
Noble Park Secondary College Open Night

News Articles


Silverton at the Division Swimming Trials

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Book Fair

Our annual BOOK FAIR is on Monday 16th to Thursday 19th March before and after school.
It will also be open during Open Night, Tuesday 17th 5-7pm.

Anxiety around Covid-19

For any children (or parents!) who are feeling anxious in response to the talk and media coverage about Covid-19 (corona virus), Beyond Blue have provided some great advice around maintaining positive mental health at this time. Link included in article. ...Read More

Harmony Day

On House day some of our Captains planned activities for us all to do for the entire day. We worked in our specific house colours. We did some sport outside, a scavenger hunt, some Harmony Day activities and a wellbeing activity about strengths.

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Notice from CommBank School Banking

The health, safety and wellbeing of our communities and our people is our first priority. Due to the rapidly developing situation with coronavirus, School Banking has been temporarily paused from 20 March 2020 until the start of Term 2. Please don’t bring your deposit book with your weekly banking into school and we will notify you when banking will recommence.

I Sea I Care Marine Ambassador Excursion

Two of our Marine Ambassadors have written an article about their first excursion for the I Sea I Care Marine Ambassador Program. ...Read More

Working Bee

A big THANK YOU to the 13 people that helped at our Working Bee. ...Read More

Grade 6 Camp

Our Grade 6 students are currently enjoying Camp Kookaburra.
They have been rock climbing, absailing, on the zip line and today have been to a gold mine and museum.
They are due to arrive home about 2:30pm on Friday. ...Read More

Autonomous Vehicle Challenge - 2020 Formula 1 Grand Prix

As part of the Autonomous Vehicle Challenge, two Grade 6 students were given the opportunity to present their pitch idea in front of expert judges on Day 1 at the Australian 2020 Formula 1 Grand Prix. These Silverton students were chosen alongside 4 other schools in all of Victoria! Click on the link below to discover more about their exciting experience! ...Read More

2019 Grade 5 and 6 STEM Showcase

Come watch what the 2019 Grade 5 and 6 students did in STEM by clicking on the link below! ...Read More

COVID-19 update

At Silverton, we are following the guidelines provided by the Department of Education and Training regarding COVId-19 and Remote Learning.

Click here for the latest update from DET 13th April 2020 ...Read More

Vacation Care

Vacation Care will run during the holidays. Click here for full details.

Parking around school and Crossings

Please be aware of the street signs around the school when parking and abide by the rules. Also be mindful of our neighbours and do not block their drive ways.


We see many families cutting across Silverton Drive rather than using the crossing. The Crossing is there for your safety, so please make sure you use it.


Parents Association News

Our AGM was held in February and our new committee appointed. Thank you to all who have taken on positions and become involved in helping out. It’s never too late to get involved, come and say hello and let us know if you would like to help.


Last year’s fundraising total was $20 000.  This is allocated to upgrade the outdoor area behind LC1 and LC2.  It was great to see the shade sails installed in the little kid’s playground, another project the parents association has been involved with. We thank you all for your continued support.

This term we are holding our usual hot cross bun drive and Easter raffle.  These will be coming home soon if you haven’t received already. 

The hot cross bun orders are due back this Friday 20th March and buns will be distributed on Thursday 26th March.

Raffle tickets are due back by Thursday 26th to be drawn Friday the last day of school.


Stay tuned next term for mother’s day stallcross country sausage sizzle and other fun events.