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Minister of Education Visit

On Thursday 14th August our school will have some very special visitors.

The Hon. Martin Dixon MP Minister of Education, David Hodgett MP and Dee Ryall MP will be arriving at Eastwood in the morning. They will meet with our Principal Rukshana, Assistant Principal Marie and School Council President Robert Dark.

While they are here they will tour the classroooms and school followed by a visit to our building site.


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August Calendar

Every month we will email/post a calendar that you can print. You can stick it on the fridge and then have easy access to any important dates for that month.

August Calendar

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Online Canteen Lunch Order Service

Miss Peppercorn Online Canteen Lunch Order Service

Starting next Wednesday (23rd July) Eastwood Primary is very excited to offer our school families an online canteen lunch service.  This is a trial program for Term 3 with the possibility of an extension in Term 4 if there is enough interest. 


The welcome letter gives details of how to set up your account with Flexischools, the financial arm of the service, and then you are ready to order from their extensive list of food items.


Lunches will be delivered to the school just prior to lunch, and distributed to students from the staffroom.  Monitors from each class with lunch orders will be asked to come and collect their orders.   All monies are paid online by the family.  No money or orders are to be sent to school.


Children will be required to provide their own morning tea on the lunch order day.

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Dear Parents,

Thank you so much for your warm welcome. I am truly honoured to have been chosen as the Principal of this school and look forward to becoming a part of your community.


Since arriving this week, although surrounded by the sounds and scenes of a building site, I have noticed that Eastwood is beginning to buzz with energy and excitement as we finally see the first stage of the building program begin to take shape. There seems to be a sense amongst all of us –students, staff and parents alike — that we are a part of something big. 


Indeed, this is a special time to be a part of Eastwood. As the school continues to make exciting progress, we will be well on our way to realizing the school community vision of a 21st Century learning environment.


As part of this vision, I am committed to creating the best learning experience possible for all of your children. By integrating the immense skills of our teachers with the wonderful support of the parent body I am confident that we will be able to confront the challenges ahead and to provide an exceptional learning experience for every one of our students. 


During the following months, I hope to have the pleasure of meeting all of you. Thank you, again, for extending such a warm welcome! As my Eastwood journey continues, I look forward to seeing how, together, we can create a high quality, safe and nurturing educational environment.



Rukshana Verzijl


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Twilight Market



Eastwood will be holding our Twilight Market on Friday the

14th of November from 5-9pm.

There will be over 70 stalls, a sausage sizzle, home produce and hourly raffles.

We are looking for a diverse range of stall holders to make this night a success.

Do you know anyone or are you interested in having a stall?

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Open Night and Community Expo


What a fabulous turn out for our annual Education Week Open Night and Community Expo. It was lovely to see to see so many of our families taking the opportunity to walk through the school, visit classrooms, look at the children’s work, stop for a sausage and drink and have a chat to the various community groups who had set up their displays in the Ray Symons Centre. Many prospective families also came to ‘check us out’.

Thank you to Marie Beale for leading tour groups, all teachers for opening up their rooms, staff who were here to welcome and meet informally with our visitors and the Community Groups who participated. A final, very big thank you to our wonderful Eastwood Parents and Friends (E P & F) for superb catering.


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House Cross Country

We enjoyed perfect weather for the running of the House Cross Country yesterday. Brilliantly organised by Nadine King, the event ran very smoothly thanks to the assistance of a fabulous team of parent and staff helpers.

Congratulations to the top ten boys and girls in each age group who will now represent Eastwood at the District Cross Country on Wednesday 4th June at Domeney Reserve, Park Orchards.

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Protecting Kids Online

Protecting Kids Online - Parenting Seminar

Tuesday 10 June    6 - 7.30pm

Ray Symons Centre Eastwood Primary School - FREE ENTRY

As part of Eastwood Primary School’s commitment to supporting families to manage technology at home we are offering a free Parenting Seminar on ‘Protecting Kids Online.’

We invite you, your family and friends to join the staff at Eastwood Primary School at this important seminar. 

Kidproof Australia run seminars and workshops for parents, teachers and students across Australia and come to Eastwood highly recommended. 

Light refreshments will be provided at the commencement of the seminar. 

We look forward to seeing you there.

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Stage 2 Rebuild Eastwood Funding

Tuesday’s State Budget announcement brought fabulous news for Eastwood with the Government honouring its pledge to fund our full rebuild. We have been allocated $4.3 million, to build Stage 2, which will complete our brand new school.

Dee Ryall, the current local member for the new electorate of Ringwood, which includes Ringwood East, is coming to our school assembly tomorrow at 3:00 pm to make a formal announcement.

Work on Stage 1 is moving along. Cut and fill work is underway, preparing the ground for the foundations and slab to be poured.

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Education Week 19 -23 May, 2014

Final arrangements are being made for a number of special events to be held during Education Week. These include:

  • a special School Tour on Tuesday 20 May at 9:30 am, for anyone keen to see our fabulous students and teachers in action
  • Deaf Facility Tour on Wednesday 21 May at 10:00 am, to showcase the teaching and learning programs provided for our hearing impaired students alongside their hearing peers
  • Open Classrooms and our Community EXPO in the Ray Symons Centre on Wednesday 21 May from 5:00 – 7:00 pm featuring lots of community group displays and classrooms open to visitors
  • Oz Opera Performance of Cinderella for the whole school on Thursday 22 May


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Healthy Snack Time

Eastwood Primary School has a ‘Healthy Snack Time’ program in place across the school. This involves classroom teachers allocating 5-10 minutes per day for students to eat a fruit or vegetable snack, and the children having access to a water bottle throughout the day.

Students are asked to bring at least one piece of fruit or vegetables to eat at this time. It is often easier for children if their healthy snack is cut up into more manageable pieces and placed in a resealable container. Due to its high sugar content dried fruit and / or fruit juice are not acceptable substitutes for fresh fruit. We also ask that you provide your child with a refillable bottle of water. Please do not send cordial or juice.

The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) policy on nutrition in schools states…

‘With people increasingly eating food not prepared at home, and a high proportion of Victorian adults and children overweight or obese and not meeting the healthy dietary guidelines, it is important to provide easy access to healthier food and drink options in settings such as early childhood services and schools… Foods eaten during a child’s early years and at school contribute significantly to a child’s daily nutrient intake and also have a considerable influence on the development of their lifelong eating habits, growth patterns and energy levels.

More information on the department’s policy on nutrition in schools can be found on their website.

It is hoped that all parents and carers will join with the school in promoting and supporting this program and its lifelong benefits.

On behalf of all staff, I thank you in anticipation of your support

Meriden James

Acting Principal


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