$25 per head. Purchase individually, or get your friends, families and neighbours together as a table of 10.

Please contact if you have any questions.


We hope to see you there!



All students will be travelling by bus to the production for both the Monday and Tuesday day performances. It is important that students arrive at school on time by 9am as there will be no teachers to supervise late students who miss the bus.  


Please note that during Monday and Tuesday's day performances there will NOT be anywhere to purchase food or drink. Please send students with snacks, lunch and water for the day.   


If you have any questions regarding your ticket allocation please contact the Plenty Valley Arts & Convention Centre directly on 03 9217 2317


Finals - Friday 9th September


Greenhills (A Division)

9.30am-10.30am approx.Aussie Rules Football - 3V4VS Yarrambat/Laurimar Anthony Beale Reserve
Netball (A) - 3V4VS Diamond Creek EastDiamond Valley Sports & Fitness Centre
Soccer Boys - 1V2VS Apollo ParkwaysEltham North Reserve
Softball Girls - 3V4VS Apollo ParkwaysApollo Parkways PS


If your child achieves something special (grand final win, most valuable player award, best and fairest etc.), please email me ( through photos and an overview of the achievement to post in Contact. It is important to celebrate and recognise such successes with the school community




Greenhills Primary School is involved in the Rebel Community Kickbacks Program


What can you do to help Greenhills primary School benefit from this program?


Staff, family and friends can link the school to their Rebel Active Loyalty Program account and instantly start earning credits.     


Thank you, 

Jordan Daley



Is Playtime Dead? 


For anyone driving around their neighbourhoods after school or during the holidays, it might seem as though playtime has vanished from our children’s lives. Many parents and grandparents nostalgically recall games of cricket on the street with all the neighbourhood kids or fighting for space on the monkey bars on the local playground. But now the playgrounds regularly stand mostly empty, the streets devoid of children. We have clearly moved past the golden age of outdoor play of the 1960s. But is play time dead?

Maybe not.

Data shows that many parents no longer feel comfortable letting their kids play outside unsupervised, but this doesn’t mean that children aren’t playing at all. It’s just that play has undergone a shift.

Humans are naturally drawn to play. It’s a vital part of our human experience. Play time begins at birth when babies play with their hands and feet and discover how their bodies work. From there they move through solitary play at 2 years, and then begin playing with other children at around 4 years old. Much play in the early years is not about bonding. In fact, it often occurs with limited interaction – and it’s known as parallel play. As children grow older, play may look less like a game of superheroes, and more like playing board games or video games. It may look like trying out new tricks on a skateboard, strumming a guitar, or experimenting with new painting techniques. Even as adults, we may say that we’re “playing around with the data”, or “toying with an idea”. Play is simply defined as any activity that is intrinsically motivated and done for enjoyment. Many things fall under the umbrella of play.

So maybe play time isn’t dead. But the kinds of play that we associate with childhood are in decline.

While it is hard to quantify how much play has declined over the last few decades, 85% of mothers agree with the statement that their children play outside less than they themselves did as children. And in the 15 years leading up to 1997, the time children spent playing decreased by 25%. While we don’t know how much it has decreased since then, we do know that opportunities for play are shrinking.

Many kids go to school for 6 hours a day, then spend their afternoons and evenings bouncing around various highly structured (and often expensive) extra-curricular activities. While we may enrol our children in these activities with the best of intentions, they are being told what to do and how to do it for large parts of each and every day. They’re missing out on engaging in intrinsically motivated activities that are done just for enjoyment. Even if they enjoy these activities, competition and excellence often supplant connection and mastery as the reason for the activity.

Why does this matter?

Over the same period that opportunities for free play have declined, we’ve seen a corresponding increase in childhood and adolescent psychopathology. Children today are more anxious, more depressed, and more narcissistic than they were 50 years ago.

While we can’t say conclusively that decreased play has caused this increase in mental health challenges in our children, we do know that play time encourages children to develop their interests, practice making decisions and solving problems, learn to regulate their emotions, assess and respond to risk, develop socially, and most importantly, facilitates access to joy. All of which contribute to good mental health and wellbeing.

So how can we encourage our kids to play more? Here are three goals for what you can aim for:

1. Have one moment of roughhousing/physical play each day

Roughhousing not only helps kids to be physically active (and builds strength), it also encourages emotional intelligence, boosts confidence, and teaches boundaries. For pre-schoolers, you might play a game of airplane and fly them around the room. With your school-aged kids, you might engage them in a game of wrestling (make sure you lose spectacularly, your kids will think it’s hilarious!). And with your teens you could challenge them to a game of touch rugby. The idea is to get the heart rate up and get them laughing.

2. Allow at least 45 minutes of uninterrupted free play each day

You might have noticed that when your kids enter a new space, they are often quietly exploring at the start, and then arguments start to break out. Ignore your instinct to intervene. If you allow them to argue, just for a bit, you’ll notice that they’re trying to define the rules for play. Soon enough they’ll be happily playing together and will have learnt about cooperation and compromise along the way. To enable these 45 minutes of free play, leave out some open-ended toys for your pre-schooler to find, re-think enrolling your school kid in an afternoon activity to give them more free time in the afternoon so they can ride to a friend’s place or the skate park, and encourage your teen to have at least one homework free night a week so they can hang out with real people.

3. Spend two hours outside daily

While this may seem like a huge challenge, over 80% of teens and 60% of kids exceed the screen time recommendation of two hours per day. If we could replace that time (or at least some of it) with outdoor time, they will be reaping huge intellectual, social, physical, and emotional benefits. Nature is fuel for the soul, and it provides a platform for relationship building and physical activity.

In closing

While these goals may seem lofty and unattainable, remember that “If you’re trying and failing, you’re still getting one step closer to success than if you’re doing nothing.” (Jeanette Coron). Any play time is better than none at all.



Term 3 Week 9 - Presented at assembly Friday 15th September 2022 






Seren Prep BHFor always showing a positive attitude towards your learning. I love how you try so hard to record the letters for all the sounds you can hear in words and then re-read your writing to ensure it makes sense. Keep up the AMAZING effort Seren.
Ruby LPrep NDFor always trying her hardest in every learning session. Ruby works tirelessly to perfect her reading, writing and maths tasks and has made amazing progress this year. Well done Ruby!
Thomas DPrep SMFor showing so much GRIT in his learning. I love the way you are sharing your ideas with the class and having a go even when you are not always sure of the answer. Keep up the amazing work Thomas!
Lucy M1GCWell done Lucy for showing the school value of GRIT by working VERY hard on your reading. You are a reading machine, keep up the amazing work!! Superstar!!
Aki N1JCFor your enthusiasm and wonderful efforts during our Production rehearsals. You have been amazing to watch!
Isla K1KOFor being a spelling superstar! Isla, the GRIT you show in investigating the letter patterns that make particular sounds is awesome. Keep up your enthusiasm!
Ever M1TSFor your wonderful efforts in writing! You try so hard to use your powerful writing devices in all your written pieces. I enjoy reading your writing. Ever, you are a writing superstar!
Jacob B2JMFor your excellent literacy work all term. For a student who loves math Jacob is really doing well with all his literacy. This includes his reading comprehension and all his writing tasks. Great job Jacob. 
Bailey K2LOFor your incredible start at Greenhills Primary and making 2LO complete! Bailey, you should be so proud of yourself with how well you have settled into our grade and the way you take on every new challenge with a big smile on your face. We are very lucky to have you!
Reed G2SHFor the effort you are showing in your writing. Reed, it's great to see you challenging yourself and thinking about the size of your letters, as well as the way you take on feedback to help edit your work. Your smile and humour make our class a great place to be. Keep on being you, Reed, because you are awesome!
Felix R3AKFelix, you are making great leaps in your reading. You are more confident and fluent, using punctuation to read with expression and flow. Keep up the GREAT reading! 
Chloe L3MHFor being such a shining star during our production rehearsals. Your effort, enthusiasm and positive participation has been contagious! Thank you for sharing your talent and encouraging others – your performance has been magical! 
Cahira H3RMCongratulations Cahira for having a positive mindset and sense of adventure to try hard things and work outside her comfort zone. Cahira is a valued class member and she helps make 3RM a GREAT place to be!
Zoe B4DSFor the EFFORT and ADVENTURE you have shown when learning multiplication facts. Zoe, it’s been great to see you recalling and applying single-digit strategies to develop your accuracy and fluency. Keep it up! 
Ari B4TWAri you are doing such an awesome job with our production item. I love your enthusiasm and the way you have not only learnt the dance but also how you perform it. Well done SUPER STAR!
Lila T5BCLila has shown great enthusiasm during our production and class dance. She displays great effort when performing and helps others around her! 
Eve5JREve has shown great effort and Grit in her maths learning, challenging herself with the Fractions mystery task. Keep up the great work Eve.
Maya M5REFor the fantastic writing you have done in your Peter Pan Diary. Maya, you have described the characters, setting and emotions really clearly, well done.
Kai L6BSI have loved seeing your leadership absolutely shine this term during production! The way you think 2 steps ahead and use your problem solving abilities blows me away. You are a star Kai!
Owen D6LRFor the effort and focus he is putting into his learning, making the most of work time. It's so wonderful to see the way he has used positivity and agency to engage in all his learning.
Sienna B 6SMFor your wonderful 'Baby Dark Emu' book creation. I loved your translation of the way that Australian Aboriginals at the time of British colonisation were not only hunter gatherers, but also people who made agricultural use of their land. I am so proud of you!
Zoe LITALIANFor your wonderful singing of many songs in Italian. Especially 'Giro girotondo'. BRAVA :)