Message from the Principal 

James Penson 


It has been such an exciting time across Greenhills this week. Curiosity Creek has officially opened and what a joyous day. Hearing and watching the students in this space will be something that stays with me for a long time and we are really happy with how the project was delivered.


Tuesday was also International Book Giving Day and what better way to mark the occasion than with a whole school reading session on our greenhills. The morning weather was perfect and our school communities love of reading was celebrated and enjoyed by all. Gold coin donations will be sent through to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation and with a little more work our total will reach $500. This amount ensures that stories can be translated in First Nation languages.


Next week I will be hosting some more Parent Helper Inductions. All helpers at our school must complete this process each year.  The inductions take approximately 15 minutes and will be held in the staffroom on:

  • Monday 20th February at 3pm
  • Tuesday 21st February at 9am
  • Friday 24th February at 9am 


Our school is such as active place to learn and work and we know how challenging it can be to keep up with everything going on. Last year we implemented a "Mid-term meeting with the Principal Team" and we will continue with this in 2023.  The sessions will be held each term with the first being on Wednesday 8th March at 7.30pm via Webex which means that you can attend from the comfort of your own home. It also provides us with an opportunity to connect with parents and carers who are unable to attend on-site each week and say hello. I will send out the link before the day. The plan will be to outline some of the events and activities that are coming up over the remainder of the term and share some details about what we do at Greenhills Primary School. If there is any topic you would like us to cover, please let me know; This will be an open forum and we will be happy to answer any questions you have and also be very keen to listen to any suggestions and feedback you have. 


Thank you to Rosita Zakaria, Caroline Bennett, Jessica Allen, Katrina Purcell and Brad Ryan for nominating and joining our School Council for the next two years. They join our existing members Sam Redman, Adam Laws, Jaime McCowan, Irina Fainberg, Brooke Connane, Victoria Harris and Janine Hough.


Our first School Council meeting will be held on Tuesday 7th March at 6.45pm in the staffroom.  At this meeting, we will elect our School Council office bearers including our School Council President. We will also organise the membership of our sub-committees. The actual core work of our School Council is achieved via our sub-committees and we encourage parents to become involved with these each year. I will outline the role of each sub-committee and the meeting schedule after this first School Council meeting.


Next week I will start hosting school tours at 9.30am each Tuesday. If you know of anyone with a child ready to start school next year, please direct them to our school website or have them make contact with our school office so that they can join me on a tour and see what our school has to offer. 


I need to remind parents and carers that our official school opening hours are from 8.45am through until 3.45pm each day.  At times we have students who arrive well before this time and also some who stay in the school grounds after that time. There is no adult or teacher supervision of students outside of these times and I request that you make the appropriate arrangements to ensure the safety and well- being of your child.   


We are fortunate to have OSHClub available to provide before and after school care for those families that need it. 


Our school collects, uses, discloses and stores student and parent personal information for standard school functions or where permitted by law, as stated in the Schools’ Privacy Policy.

Please take time to read our school’s collection notice, found on our website Schools privacy policy English (

We ask parents to also review the guidance we provide on how we use information at the school and what parents can do to further protect their child’s information. If after reviewing the guidance, you have any questions or concerns please contact me:

For more information about privacy, refer to: Schools’ Privacy Policy — information for parents. This information is also available in other community languages.



James Penson