Mansfield Primary School Newsletter

No.9 June 17th, 2022

Principal's Message

Dear Families,

We are getting close to the end of term, one more week to go.  This one has felt pretty long with lots of illness, staffing challenges and the last 2 weeks of rain.  I hope everyone gets a good break at the end of next week.

There are some exciting things to look forward to next term with Bastille Day celebrations, skiing for our Grade 4s (on Mt Stirling) and our 56s (on Mt Buller), a new playground coming and athletics carnivals at the start of Spring.


Most student reports will come home with students this afternoon.  Please note that some classroom teachers are away unwell so reports for those classes will come home on Monday. 

Please take some time to read through the reports with your children.  A conversation about how they are going in each learning area and talking through the personal and social capabilities is a good way to help them reflect on their learning and set some goals for next semester.  Please contact your classroom teacher if you would like to discuss any aspects of the report.


We have had some recurring headlice in the school this term.  We are doing all we can at school to identify and inform parents and carers.  Please make sure that you are vigilant with checking, treating and following up.  

The Resilience Project - Mindfulness

Today’s presentation from The Resilience Project is all about Mindfulness. 

Mindfulness is our ability to be calm and present at any given moment. We practise this by slowing down and concentrating on one thing at a time.

Thousands of studies have proven benefits include reduced stress, reduced rumination, increased memory, increased cognitive function and physical health benefits through improved immunity.  View Part 4 of the series -  Mindfulness can be practised through meditation, yoga, flow-states and daily activities such as cooking.

Wet Days

We have had a lot of wet days over the last couple of weeks.  The grass areas on top terrace and bottom terrace struggle with lots of water and lots of feet.  We have some plans to ease pressure on the yard during winter.  These include opening the basketball court in the stadium at recess times, building another playground and creating some more undercover areas.  I am hoping to have all of these in place next term.

Prep Enrolments

A reminder that Prep 2022 enrolment applications are due on the 15th July, which is the end of the first week back next term.  If you know anyone who is planning to enrol a Prep student for next year please direct them to

Grade 5 and 6 Skiing

Grade 5 and 6 families received some information on skiing for this season.  If you have any questions regarding this, please contact the front office.

Balls at School

If your child is bringing a ball to school, football, downball etc, please make sure they have their name on them.  That makes it much easier for the balls to find their way back to the kids.  I try to get up to check gutters at the end of each week.

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 great weekend.

Take Care,



Wellbeing Journals

We have Wellbeing Journals from The Resilience Project to give away to families. If you’re interested in a journal please come and see the ladies at the front office. 

Important Dates

June 17th - Regional Cross Country - Benalla

June 24th - Empathy Day - Wear Green

June 24th - Last Day of Term 2 - 2.30pm Finish

July 11th - Start of Term 3

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


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


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. 

If your child has started a new after school activity or football/netball training please update their bus travel arrangements. 


A reminder to families (if you have not already updated)  to update their child/s year level on Skoolbag. This is done by opening Skoolbag, selecting the MPS logo then selecting groups, add/remove groups & then selecting your child/s grade including whole school. 

Jolly Joggers is back for Term 2

Jolly Joggers!

If you would like to join in & earn house points by running as many laps of Lords Oval as you can, please meet Mrs Hewitt and your house captain on top terrace Wednesday & Friday mornings at 8:40am.

Everyone is welcome!

State Schools' Relief Prep CSEF Uniform Package 2022

Applications for the 2022 Prep CSEF Uniform Package are now open & close end of Term 3.


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


Lunchtime Activities Term 2



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


MPS Division Cross Country

On Monday 6th June, 27 students from Mansfield Primary School headed down to the Yea Golf Course to compete in the Divisional Cross Country. It was a cold and wet day, but all students ran hard and pushed themselves to their max.

Well done to all Mansfield Primary and Mansfield District runners. Massive congratulations to our top MPS finishers, who will now compete at Regional in Benalla on Friday 17th June. They are:

9/10yr old Girls: Zali Hopkins 1st Rachel Mercieca 2nd & Sophie Snell 11th

11yr old Girls: Kezi Wolfe 1st & Lucy Mountain 6th

9/10yr old Boys: Zac Borg 2nd, Angus Vasey 3rd, Will Hewitt 4th, Cooper Hoebergen 5th & Levi McCoombe 11th

11yr Old Boys: Jack Clydesdale 1st & Jarrah Jackson 11th

12yr old Boys: Lenny Gardner 4th

MPS makes it to the summit of The Paps

Our bus rumbles down the hard bitumen road. Trees darted past, a blur in my mind. “Ok kids get off the bus,” boomed Miss Driessen. The doors slid shut with a bang as the last grade 6s stepped off. We stood in the drizzle, gathered around our group teachers, huddled in our coats, waiting for our hike to begin.

We opened the gate. Cows and sheep scattered in all directions. Our group were the first to start. We walked up the road. It was fifteen minutes before we reached the first gate. The trees stood tall, casting shadows down upon the grass, fogging my view of the path ahead of me. We stopped at the top of a short steep stretch for a small water break and some food while the teachers readied their groups.

And then we were off once more. We trudged through the mud; a wall of fog loomed ominously in the distance. I hesitated - the thought of stepping into the mist in front of me seemed impossible, but I walked on. I took one last step then the mist engulfed me. I looked around at the sprawling trees in the half light. Shadows emerged from the forest canopy like black smoke then the fog cleared, trailing off behind us. It took a while for my eyes to adjust to the streams of light that escaped the tree line. I gazed at the path ahead of me.

There were two steep inclines in the path. We waited a while then decided to go the long way. About half an hour later we stopped for a lunch break. Dark clouds rolled. We heard an ear-piercing crack and a streak of light shot through the sky. We walked on. Ten minutes later I heard a crash in the bushes behind me. Turning around we saw a wallaby foraging for food in the long grass. I don’t know who was most surprised – me or the wallaby! I packed up. We were about to take the final stretch to the summit. We turned a bend and gazed in awe at the scenery ahead of us. Our group were the first to make it to the summit. I walked ten or so more paces and surveyed the landscape around me. Although the peak was barren, windswept and rocky, trees flourished in the shadow of the mountain. Sunlight sparkled on the distant lake like diamonds. We had made it.

By Reiley Gibney-Schelfhout

Empathy Day

Junior School Council are holding Empathy Day on the last day of school! Wear green, demonstrate Empathy and discuss what Empathy is. Lots of house points to be won!

Murrindindi Beanie & Fibre Festival - Entry Form