School News

Excursion Levy and School Fees

The due date for all fees was the 31st  January, we would appreciate parents paying these as soon as possible.

Excursions and Incursions are being charged each term in 2020.  The Term 1 Fees have been sent home  and cover only the activities that students are attending in Term 1.

Curriculum Day

The next Curriculum Day is Tuesday 10th March. On this day staff will be continuing their work on Literacy.  Students do not attend school on the 10th March.

Bringing Valuable Items to School

Parents, students and staff are reminded that personal property brought to school (including mobile phones, iPods, calculators, toys, sporting goods, stationary) are not insured for loss or damage. Students are discouraged from bringing anything to school that is particularly valuable or special. All student electronic devices, including mobile phones, are to be turned off and secured in school bags during school hours.

Student Accident Insurance

Parents are reminded that the school does not hold ambulance or accident insurance for injuries to students. Parents are generally responsible for paying the cost of medical treatment for injury to students, including any transport costs. There are a number of companies who provide accident insurance policies, please contact the office for their details if interested.

Later Arrivals and Early Leavers

There are times when students arrive at school late or need to leave school before 3.30pm. In these situations we ask that parents come to the office to either sign the child in to school or sign them out through the electronic system. There are two important reasons for this:

1. The late arrival will be entered automatically on COMPASS and

2. If we have an emergency on site we know who to account for.


An important note to this is that children cannot sign themselves in late or out early, they must be accompanied by an authorised adult.


Parents are asked to avoid late arrivals or early dismissal where possible as the students can often miss out on important instruction, which may impact on their ability to complete or fully engage in learning tasks.

Reporting Absences

Parents are asked to go to the COMPASS Portal to enter the reason for their child’s absence before 9.30 am the day of their absence. If parents have not recorded the reason by 9.30am you will receive an automated text, requesting that you go to the COMPASS Portal to record your child’s absence. If parents know in advance that their child will be absent or that the absence will be over several days, it can be entered in advance.

We ask that parents do not email their child’s teacher as sometimes the emails are not read before school.

Harmony Day

As part of Malvern Primary’s Harmony Week celebrations, we are very lucky to have celebrated children’s author Amal Abou-Eid visit our classrooms to read from her books, My Muslim Mate and Why does Mum wear a Hijab? Visits by authors such as Amal offers our students the opportunity to examine the complex processes that have shaped the modern world while recognising that everyone plays a role in our community. This visit during Harmony Week is a wonderful opportunity for our students to gain an insight into different societies and cultures within our community.

Amal Abou-Eid

Passionate educator Amal Abou-Eid is an Australian mother of three boys with a strong connection to her Lebanese heritage. Inspired by her faith, and her wish for people to live harmoniously and without fear, Amal has turned her hand to writing. Supported by her family, and with these values firmly at its core, Amal’s writing is honest and kind, and she hopes to spread acceptance and tolerance through her work. When she’s not busy with her young family or her career, Amal has been known to thoroughly enjoy that Aussie staple, BBQ Shapes, and she has an adventurous streak too – she bungee jumped in New Zealand!