Virginia Primary School Newsletter

Issue 9, 17/06/2021

From the Principal

Dear Families,

Hope you had a lovely long weekend. Whilst we are fast approaching the end of term, teachers have been busy writing student reports which they are looking forward to sharing with you. I would like to acknowledge the work and effort teachers have put into preparing and writing your child’s report.


It is with great pleasure that I announce and congratulate Thuy Tran on winning the Deputy Principal role for the next 3 and half years here at VPS. Thuy is a passionate and dedicated leader who upholds our school values and high quality expectations. We are thrilled to have someone who exhibits strong qualities. She has a strong connection with the community and is committed to further supporting our children and families. 

Congratulations Mrs Thuy.

Parent Interviews/Student Progress Reports

We trialed and replaced 3 way parent interviews with teachers sharing student progress reports. Over the last couple of years, we have received overwhelming positive feedback from families expressing how useful it has been to be able to go through your child’s school report with the teacher present. Once again, we will continue with this.

Teachers have been assessing children across all areas of the curriculum to inform both their reporting but future planning. To support the assessment processes, teachers use a range of tools and methods. Assessment teachers use may include some or all of the following;

-          Student self-assessments which is an important part of the teaching and learning process

-          Anecdotal records kept by the teacher from observations made

-          Formal assessments

-          Teacher designed tests

It is important to note that reporting is an ongoing process. If you have any questions about your child’s next area for improvement or areas for growth please don’t hesitate to speak with their teacher at the interview.  At Virginia we acknowledge and highly value parents as the primary educators in their child’s lives. Please make sure that you book in for a parent interview and don’t hesitate to see the front office staff if you require assistance with this.

Written reports will NOT be sent home without a parent interview – we are aiming for another 100% attendance.


There were lots of smiles and sharpened haircuts ready for school photos. Once again, we continue to seek feedback from our parents and went with traditional group photos. We look forward to seeing the photos when they arrive.


The past few weeks have been very busy for our students involved with SAPSASA sport. Congratulations to Grace Trimboli who was selected to represent the Playford District Girls Netball Team, participating in the three day state championships in week 6. Well done as well to Leehi Connolly, Tarniya Jaffari, Zoe Dunne, Alli Goodwin, Kayla Connelly, Mitchell Craig, Jonathan Teurer and Frank Musolino. These students represented the Playford District at the State Cross Country Championships last Thursday.

Team Sports 6/7 Girls Netball through to next round after defeating Gawler College 38 - 1 6/7 Girls Soccer through to next round defeating St Mary Mackillop 8 - 0 5/6/7 Boys Soccer unfortunately knocked out, losing 2 - 1 against St Mary Mackillop

In the near future 6/7 boys football and girls football coming up, matches to be played in week 9, day/time TBA 6/7 Basketball Carnival coming up on Tuesday of Week 10 6/7 boys netball to be played early next term I would like to thank Mr Yates for all his hours of work and organisation around SAPSASA. Shout Outs also to Mr Romeo and Ms Watts for assisting with coaching as well - a real team effort. Thank you also to Jack Cafcakis who volunteered his time to referee both soccer matches – we appreciate Virginia Soccer Club’s ongoing support.

As a school, we like to provide our students with a wealth of opportunities to engage in and experience; SAPSASA, Kitchen Garden, STEM activities, 3D printing, Art Club, Choir and Rock and Water are a few. We continue to strive to build upon these opportunities. If you have nominated to be a volunteer and have a special skill or hobby that you would like to share with us and help run a lunch time pro-active activity, please don't hesitate to come and speak to leadership.

With two weeks remaining, it is still business as usual here at VPS with students achieving their goals and setting new ones for next term. I couldn't be prouder of the teaching and learning taking place. Well Done everyone!

Learning Together, Learning For Our Future.

Warmest Regards,

Voula Pounendis

Parent / Teacher Interviews 2021

Between Monday 21st June and Thursday 1st July parents are asked to book in a time for an interview time with your child’s teacher. The interview will be based around providing further depth to the mid-year student report which will be sent home at the end of the term. Your child’s teacher will talk to you about your child’s ‘next steps’ in learning to support the second half of the year.

Our late night for interviews will be on Wednesday the 23rd of June. On this night we will have Vietnamese and Khmer interpreters available. 

Please follow the link

Use booking code: 7vekx



2022 Reception and new Student Enrolment Information is required as soon as possible as we need to finalise numbers for next year.

If you have any siblings, neighbours, familiy members or acquaintances  that are due to start school in 2022 please see our Front Office staff for a registration of interest form, these forms need to be returned asap. 

Please note that your child will need to turn 5 by the 1st May 2022 to begin Reception in January 2022.

Disabled Car Park

It has been brought to our attention that people are parking in the disabled car spaces in the Parent carpark. To park in these spots, you must have a Disability parking permit and this MUST be displayed.

Permits are only to be used when:

  • the vehicle is being used to transport the permit holder
  • the vehicle is being used by an organisation providing transport services to people with a disability
  • the permit is displayed so the permit number and expiry date are clearly visible from the exterior of the vehicle.

Hang the permit from the rear vision mirror or display on the passenger side of the dashboard for clear visibility.

Please be respectful for those that genuinely require these spaces.

With the changes rolling out with year 7’s moving to high school, please take a moment to watch this video on the benefits of bringing primary teachers into high school. The video features interviews with teachers and leaders from 2 of the year 7 to high school pilot schools, the video provides insights into how primary-trained teachers add value to secondary settings.

School Information Reminders


Please note that NO medication will be given to students at school without written consent from parents and clearly written Doctor’s instructions.

In most circumstances medication should be administered by parents at home prior to starting the school day and at the end of the school day, but if no practical alternative exists, please discuss this with your child’s teacher, or Front Office so that appropriate arrangements can be made. Any medication MUST be given either to the child’s class teacher or the Front Office to be kept in a safe place. All medication must have original prescription information in its original packaging

Any medication eg: ventolin or antihistamine need to be accompanied with the correct medication forms that MUST be signed by your doctor and updated every 12 months as per DfE regulations, along with a Health Care Plan also signed by your doctor is required for any other ongoing Medication to be taken at school. 


While we celebrate and acknowledge children’s birthdays, due to the healthy eating guidelines and children with allergies, we ask that cakes and treats are NOT to be brought to share at school.


It is expected that all students wear a navy brimmed Virginia Primary School hat while in the yard. Baseball hats are not appropriate sun safe hats.

The Virginia Primary hats can be purchased from the Front Office, for $10. Students not wearing a VPS hat, must sit or play in a designated shade area at break times and during outside class activities.

Dates to Remember

Term 2 2021

  • Wednesday 16th June - Governing Council meeting
  • Monday 21st June - Interviews begin
  • Wednesday 23rd June - Late night interviews
  • Friday 2nd July - Last day of term 2:15 finish

Zoo Excursion rooms 9, 10 and 11

Materials & Services charges are now over due

All materials and services charges are now overdue and should be paid asap as by the end of this term they will be a 120 days overdue. Parents/caregivers should of received their reminder statements in the mail. The materials and services charge for 2021 is $246.

If you are a low income earner, please apply for School Card online a This needs to be applied for every year as the assessment of your income is based on the previous financial year.

You can access the online forms from any device that has internet access including mobile devices, such as tablets and smart phones, as well as laptops and computers.  Applying online is easy – simply follow the steps below.

1.   Visit

2.   Select the type of School Card you would like to apply for (for example ‘Type A’) and follow the prompts

3.   Complete all mandatory fields (please note you cannot proceed to the next page unless all mandatory fields are complete)

4.   Once you have completed a page click on the ‘NEXT’ button

5.   Once you have filled out all pages click the ‘SUBMIT’ button (please note if you exit the form without clicking ‘SUBMIT’ your details will be lost)

6.   You can save the form and return to complete it at another time by clicking on the ‘SAVE’ button.

 Eligibility for School Card assistance is dependent upon the combined family gross income for the 2019-2020 financial year being within the following School Card income limits:

Number of Dependent Children

Gross Annual School Card Income Limit

Gross Weekly School Card Income Limit
















Each additional dependent child



If you wish to pay your fees directly into the school bank account, the details are:

Account Name:  Virginia Primary School

BSB: 633-000

Account Number: 109648758

Please use your child’s name as a reference.

If you wish to pay by instalments, or wish to set up a direct debit to pay your fees, please see our Finance Officer Jo Burgess 

Student Shout-outs!

We are so proud of our students in many different ways. Shout outs are a way to recognise and show appreciation for our students who demonstrate kind acts, good character, persistence and achievements.

Shout out to the following students:

Aly Ciola (room 6) - for being appreciative, saying thank you and doing random acts of kindness in the yard. Well done Aly, very proud of you!

Ilario and Angelo (room 14) - for opening the shipping container in the kitchen garden on a regular basis. They observe the safety rules and have never forgotten to open it for kitchen garden club/classes. Well done Ilario and Angelo! Your efforts are greatly appreciated!

Harrison (room 1) - for being helpful and reporting when someone was hurt in the yard. That was very responsible and kind of you! Well done Harrison!

Nathan (room 6), Angella (room 6), Giorgia M (room 5) and Holly (room 6) - for tidying up the sandpit tools at the end of lunch, even though the tools were played with and left out by other students! What a fantastic demonstration of school pride and initiative! Taking care of the sandpit even though you were not responsible for the tools --how helpful!! Well done Nathan, Angella, Giorgia M and Holly, very proud of you all!

Kim Lam (room 8) - for showing great manners and kindness to our cleaner Shivaun. Kim has been welcoming by saying hello and being friendly. Very proud of you Kim, well done!

July Holidays Vac Care Program

Parenting Ideas Articles - On time, every day

It’s a balancing act if you’re a parent as one the most important things you can do to ensure your child has a bright future is to make sure they go to school every day—and get there on time. It sounds simple, but it’s true.

The correlation between school attendance and children’s achievement levels is well established. The more time kids spend at school, the more likely they are to experience school success. Of course, most people know this intuitively, yet school absenteeism is a huge problem in Australian schools.

read more in the attached flyer by Michael Grose Australia's leading parenting and educational writer and speaker.


Term 2 Calendar 2021


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