Mansfield Primary School Newsletter

No.1 February 4th, 2022

Principal's Message

Dear Families,

What a great start to 2022!  I am grateful that we can have staff and students onsite this year.  There is a commitment from the Department of Education to keep schools open as much as possible which is great news for our school community.  Students are settling in well, particularly our new Preps.  Thank you to our Grade 4 Big Buddies who are helping their Prep buddies out each day.  It is great to see their leadership and kindness. 

Exposure Notifications

We are sending home Exposure Notifications each day, in line with government regulations.  From today you will see a slight change.  The cases will be split into newly reported and previously reported cases.  Thank you to those families who have promptly reported a positive case.  I strongly encourage families to test children on Monday and Thursday evenings.

Welcome New Staff

Welcome to our new staff for 2021.  Olivia Cowie (Prep B), Emily Waddington (Prep C), Stephen Franklin (2B), Thi Thi Hong (4B), Justine Miller (5B), Hannah Dundas (6B) and Rebecca McCallion (Tutor Learning) have all joined our team this year.  It is great to have them all on board.  If you see someone in the yard with a staff badge on who you don’t recognise, please introduce yourself.

Welcome New Families

Welcome to our new families, it is great to see your kids making friends and settling into Mansfield Primary School.  We are hoping to be able to run our New Families Pizza Night this term.  It is a great opportunity for families to meet other new families to MPS.  If you are a new family to MPS please keep an eye out for a date.


The values that I would like all staff and families to base their communication on are:

·         Listen

·         Be kind, everyone is doing their best.

·         Communicate early and often

·         In person is best, then phone, then email.

One piece of communication that families appreciated from remote learning was weekly messages letting you know what is happening in your child’s class each week.  We will continue to send these out in 2022.  We will also be attaching an Isolation Learning Plan each week to support those students who are required to isolate.  This is not ‘remote learning’ as we have been used to, but a way for students to stay engaged with what is happening in class.  Please contact your classroom teacher if you have any questions.

Tutor Learning Initiative

The Department of Education has continued the funding for the Tutor Learning Program.  Amy Jacob and Rebecca McCallion will work with small groups of students throughout the year. This will allow us to support those students whose learning has been significantly impacted by remote learning in 2020 and 2021.

Arriving at School

Please be aware that Students are not able to be at school prior to 8:30am.  Staff are on Yard Duty from 8:30am until the start of school.  Students who arrive earlier than this will be asked to wait in the office until 8:30am and parents will be called as a reminder.


Alongside ventilation and other vital COVIDSafe steps such as regular rapid antigen testing, supporting as many students as possible to be vaccinated will help make our school as safe as possible.

Bookings for children aged 5 to 11 to receive the paediatric Pfizer vaccine are open and we encourage parents and carers to get your child vaccinated if you haven’t already done so. The Pfizer vaccine is safe and recommended for children. The vaccine will help protect your child from getting sick from COVID-19, help to reduce the spread of COVID-19, and help ensure kids can have more time at school and playing with their friends.

Vaccinations for children aged 5-11 years old are delivered at 2 appointments, 8 weeks apart. Children with specific medical vulnerabilities can access their second dose 3 weeks after their first dose.

If you’d like more information about this, you can read a recent statement from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI):

To book an appointment you can book at your local GP or pharmacy:

You can also book at a family-friendly vaccination centre by calling the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398.

You can also make vaccination centre bookings for your children online, though you will need to use an email address that has not been used in the system before:


Like always, please get in touch with us with any questions or concerns.  Call or email your classroom teacher, call the front office or email me

Have a lovely weekend.

Take Care,



Important Dates

February 9th - District Swim Trials

February 23rd - Division Swimming - Seymour 

March 2nd - Regional Swimming Shepparton

March 11th - Curriculum Day

March 18th - Whole School Buddy Day 

March 21st - Grade 6 GRIP Leadership Conference  

April 8th - Last Day Term 1

Notes from the Office

A reminder to families that the school day finishes at 3.30pm. Please ensure your child/children are collected from school in a timely manner. If you are running late please notify the front office. 


Uniform is to be ordered through Spartan School Supplies.

We now have a full range of uniform on display at the front office for you to view before making your purchases online. 


A reminder to families that students need to have a suitable art smock for their art lessons.


Please note we cannot return items that have no name. Please ensure uniform & drink bottles are clearly labelled with your child's name. 


A reminder to pack spare clothes including underwear for your child. We have a small supply of spare clothing if needed. If your child has come home in a change of clothing we ask that you please wash & return to school. Thank you. 


Any changes to your afternoon bus travel arrangements are to be made by 2.30pm of the day of travel. This can be made via the Skoolbag App under E-Forms, email or by phone. 

Voluntary Contributions 2022

Thank you to families who have paid funds towards the voluntary contributions 2022. These contributions will enable us to provide valuable curriculum experiences in both the classroom and wider specialist programs.

Payments will continue to be accepted via Bpay, Eftpos, Cheque or Cash.

If you have misplaced your unique family Bpay biller code please contact the school office.

Applications for Camps, Sports & Excursions Fund (CSEF)

Applications for Camps, Sports & Excursions Fund

CSEF is provided by the Victorian Government to assist eligible families to cover the costs of school trips, camps and sporting activities.

If you hold a valid means-tested concession card or are a temporary foster parent, you may be eligible for CSEF. A special consideration category also exists for asylum seeker and refugee families. The allowance is paid to the school to use towards expenses relating to camps, excursions or sporting activities for the benefit of your child.

 The annual CSEF amount per student is:

•     $125 for primary school students


School Crossing Reminder

1.    Wait behind the yellow line.

2.    Only start to cross when the crossing supervisor blows the whistles twice.

3.    One whistle means Stop.

School Crossing Supervisors - Ongoing & Relief Positions

School Crossing Supervisors have a much-valued role in our community, helping students and members of the public cross the road safely during peak school times.

Council is seeking friendly, reliable and flexible people to maintain a high level of alertness and observance to staff the regular and relief positions of supervisor at school crossings in accordance with Vic Roads’ “Instructions for School Crossing Supervisors”.

To be successful, you will also need to undergo a police and working with children check and undertake a short training course.  Council will meet the cost of these.

Remuneration will be based on Band 1A classification of the Mansfield Shire Council Enterprise Agreement 2019 which is $28.7458/hour ( ongoing) and $35.9323/hour ( casual rate).

For all the details, please refer to the Position Description and Work With Us page of Council’s website

Written applications close at 5:00pm on Monday 7 February 2022.  For a confidential discussion regarding the position contact James Brown- Local Laws Officer on  03 5775 8596.

Performing Arts news

The Performing Arts classroom has moved for 2022 and we are getting used to moving around our new space and how to find and pack away instruments safely. Mrs Sketcher has started creating an outdoor music free play area for students to use during lunchtimes. We had lots of students play the outdoor marimba on day one.  What fun!  

The new year 6 Leadership team this year includes Lachlan, Reiley, Molly, Ella, Holly and Scarlett. 

Mrs Monica Sketcher 


Sushi is delivered to School by Sushi Field on Tuesday's and Thursday's around 11am (refrigerated until lunch break).  Orders must be placed no later than 5pm the day before delivery.

 To place your order please send a text message to 0429 467 881, including your child's name and class number.  Payment's will need to be made by bank transfer to the below account, using your child's name as a reference number.  (Note that this is a new account, so if you have ordered previously, please update any saved account details prior to payment.)


If you would like an on-going order for the term, please note this in your text message.  Invoices will be sent at the end of term for on-going orders.

Menu, pricing and further info attached (correct as at 04/02/2022, but subject to change).

Account name: Sushifield BSB: 063711 A/C: 10193512


Autism workshops for parents


Positive Parenting Flyer


Wangaratta Term 1 Programs


Term 1 Programs 2022


Term 1 2 Hour sessions 2022


North East Health Disability Support