Mansfield Primary School Newsletter

No. 5 April 1st, 2021

Principal's Message

Dear Families,

Last night we had a staff meeting and reflected on successes this Term.  Our wellbeing focus, particularly at the start of the term set our students up for success throughout the term. 

We have been fortunate to have Amy Jacob and Di French working with some of our Grade 3 and Grade 5 students through the Tutor Learning Initiative and the work that these kids have put in has been amazing.  The High Ability Program has challenged our Grade 5 and 6 students in Writing and Maths.  The Mulitlit program is supporting students with reading so that they can access all areas of the curriculum. 

A whole school Buddy Day helped build relationships across our school community.  Incursions and events have helped make learning relevant and engaging.  Lunchtime activities in the Art room, Music room and Library have supported a wide range of students.  All of this made possible through the work of our wonderful staff.

I would like to thank all our staff, students and families for their energy this term.  I think we all deserve a break.  Have a safe and restful holiday.  I look forward to seeing you all next term.

Take care,



April 1st - Last Day Term 1 finish at 2:30pm

April 19th - First Day Term 2 - ALL Students

April 22nd - State Swimming

April 23rd - ANZAC Day commemoration

April 30th - District Cross Country

April 30th - P&F Meeting - Mansfield Hotel 7pm

May 4th-7th - Gd5 S2S Melb-Sea Camp

May 17th - School Council Meeting

May 20th - Grade 4 Hike - Stirling

May 21st - Division Championships Gd5&6

May 28th - Division Cross Country - Yea

May 31st - GRIP Leadership Conference - Shepparton 

Notes from the Office


Uniform Orders no longer can be taken at the office. Uniform is to be ordered through Spartan School Supplies as of Term2.  


Please note we cannot return items that have no name. Please use the school holidays as a opportunity to label uniforms.


A reminder camp payment is due Friday 23rd April. Payment can be made by Bpay or at the Front Office at the beginning of Term 2.

Junior School Council

At Mansfield Primary School the Junior School Council (JSC) is a body of students from each class in grades 3-6 as voted by their peers at the beginning of the school year. There is also one school captain representative as decided by the current captains and the principal. The JSC wants to find out from students what they are thinking around potential school improvements and will be the body that seeks to select, plan for and action improvements. 

Key Roles and Responsibilities 

Schedule, attend and conduct meetings 

Be a representative for their class  

Provide a student perspective for school improvement  

Provide student perspectives across year levels 

Report JSC business (own class, assemblies and school council) 

Event organisation - Host whole school values days across the year

Work together to act on student feedback 


Congratulations to the 2021 Junior School Council Representatives.

Grade 3 

Grade 4 

Grade 5 

Grade 6 

School Captain representative

Mia Olver 

Sophie Snell 

Tyson Parks 

Madeline Hall 

Addison Briggs 

Franzi Stumpf 

Archie Dunn 

Holly Mc Carthy 

Jacob Casey 

Addie Awty

Harper Smith 

Zed Zata 

Summer Kipping 

Isla Elliott


Junior School Council is thinking, talking and deciding on ideas and projects. Each class representative is gathering ideas from classmates and discussing which ideas are possible and achievable. Most ideas are based on facility changes and fundraising for improvements. The flying fox has recently been highlighted to be fixed because of Junior School Council. This is one of many improvements the council can make at school. Here are some examples of ideas we have: 

·         More speakers 

·         Down ball/ basketball competition 

·         New playground 

These are just some ideas none are decided upon. 

By: Jacob Casey (Junior School Council representative of 5C ?) 


Performing Arts news

We’ve had a very busy end of the term in the Performing Arts dept. 

On Saturday, the MPS show choir has their first gig performing at the NEMA Harmony Day event at the botanical gardens. 29 young singers attended choir rehearsals each day for several week to learn some songs and most attended on the day to sing for a large audience. They all looked amazing in their choir tops and sounded fantastic! Big thanks to families for helping the choir attend for a weekend event.  Well done to Poppy for singing her solo so confidently. The rain came on the final song, but our musical spirits weren’t dampened.  Well done Singers!

 At second lunches, we’ve had a lot of keen children coming to explore musical instruments in their spare play time. The students are shown how to hold and handle different instruments safely. For some, it is their first time trying the wind and brass instruments. It is noisy fun learning, but Mrs Sketcher loves it!  Some year 5s also come for extra time on their music performance projects. 

 Our year 6 music team have made an awesome start to the year. The boys have been regularly checking in to see what jobs need doing in the music room, and how they can help. We also helped with the special library book reading by adding sound effects. I look forward to seeing them lead even more in term 2! Well done Mitch, Jacob, Leo, Harry, Zac. You are all superstars! Thanks to Ruby and Scarlett for attending when they can.

Mrs Sketcher