HPV & Pushcart Program 2015

Term 4 has been an extremely busy term from a Human Powered Vehicle point of view.

The 19 Senior School students involved in the program, along with their parents and Mr Wells and I have been readying ourselves for the big Maryborough event from November 18th – 21st .

Below is an update of the upcoming event and what our troops have been up to……………..

KPS has 2 HPV teams entered into this year’s RACV Energy Breakthrough Challenge at Maryborough from November 18th – 21st (made up of Year 5 and 6 students) – the event involves a play/presentation and display boards the kids develop detailing their training, their community, their vehicle and environmental issues. It also includes a 2 hour time trial and then 14 hours of endurance riding over 2 days for teams of ten riders. Approximately 90 HPV teams from around Victoria, interstate and overseas compete in the event. This is the 4th year our school has been involved in the program.

The students have been training during lunchtimes and after school including at Casey Fields, Stony Creek Go Kart track, an upcoming Lap-a-Thon (Stony Creek) and night ride at the Korumburra Caravan Park. Improving their fitness levels, ability to successfully use a geared bike, safety features of the HPV, knowledge of significant environmental issues and being part of a team are all part of the program.

Local businesses have embraced our school’s involvement in the program and have assisted financially which has enabled us to purchase a brand new Tri Sled Kestrel faring and vehicle for this year’s event. This will compliment the team’s 4 year old vehicle that is of the same make and model.


Aquatic Education Program

A reminder that the Junior Aquatic Education program begins on Friday 6th November for all students in TK1, SR1, RC2 and EZ2. Times are as follows:

10.00-11.00am SR1

11.00-12.00noon TK1

12.30 – 1.30pm RC2 + ½ LD2

1.30 – 2.30pm EZ2 + ½ LD2

Thank-you to all those parents who have volunteered to help in the water or to dress students!

Don’t forget your bathers and towel!


Parent Opinion Survey

Thank you to the parents that participated in the annual Parent Opinion Survey in Term 3. These parents were randomly selected by the Department of Education and Training. I am proud to announce that our parents have ranked Korumburra Primary School at or above the state in some very key areas. These include: Stimulating Learning, Learning Focus, Extra-Curricular Activities, Homework as well as Student Connectedness to Peers and School.

As a school staff, we are exploring ways of addressing the feedback from our parents. Helping parents feel comfortable in coming into our school and communicating with our staff has been and will continue to be a high priority. We are always striving to have good two-way communication. We have received feedback that parents would like to be offered more formal opportunities to meet with their child’s teacher. In response to this we have made the decision to timetable a formal Parent Teacher Interview at the end of Semester 1 (this has traditionally been a Student-Parent-Teacher Conference). Our school acknowledges that these are important interviews for parents to discuss progress and set goals for the second part of the year. Student -Parent -Teacher Conferences will continue to be held at the end of the year as a way of highlighting and celebrating student learning.


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Michael’s Supa IGA Big Cheque Presentation

During the holidays, our School Captains Jorja and Jordan joined Mr. Gray at Leongatha’s Memorial Hall for Michael’s Supa IGA Annual Big Cheque Presentation. KPS again received a huge cheque ($2050) due to the generosity of our many school community members who donate their points to KPS when they shop at Michael’s IGA. A big ‘thank you’ to Jorja and Jordan who gave up part of their school holidays to represent KPS at this important event.

We also received another special cheque as a result of grant applications put in on behalf of the HPV Program and the Year 6 Yearbook project. The grant for these projects was a massive $6050 which will go a huge way to supporting these 2 fantastic programs. We hope to have John Markham, IGA’s Marketing Manager, attend one of our upcoming assemblies to thank him for this generous donation to our school.

Melbourne Cup Day


In keeping with recent years we will be taking Monday November 2nd (the Monday before our Melbourne Cup Day public holiday) as a pupil free Curriculum Day. This day will be used for Professional Development with teachers and / or Report Writing preparation as there is no other formal Report Writing day prior to the December reports.

Students are NOT expected at school on this day, Monday 2nd November.