Dates for the Diary

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Term Dates

TERM 3                                                    July 11th – September 16th (2.30pm dismissal)

TERM 4                                                    October 3rd – December 20th (1.30pm dismissal)

School Camps

Fathers Community Run Camp                October 14th – 16th

Level 2 Sleepover at School                     November 18th


Level 5 & 6                                               November 28th – December 2nd

Curriculum Days (Pupil Free Days)

Term 3                                                          Friday September 9th

Artsfest 2016 and 85th SEPS Birthday      Friday October 21st

Dads Footy


A big thank you to all those that attended the Dad’s Footy game on the Father’s Day weekend. Despite the loss, it was great to see all the families and friends supporting their Dads and School on the day and again, showed how great the Sandy East community really is.

A special mention to the Dads that played, coached and volunteered on the day. I’m sure you were all feeling a little sore last week, some more than others, but you all played in great spirits and I really hope you’ll be back again next year.

I hope everyone had a great Fathers Day. Go Sandy East!

Aurie De Santis – SEPS Team Manager

Footy Colours Day – THURSDAY

Don’t forget that Thursday is Footy Colours Day! Come to school dressed in your team’s colours and bring along a gold coin donation. Our traditional Footy Lunch will be served for those who have pre-ordered (please note that lunch orders for the special lunch are now CLOSED).


Sandy East Mums & Friends Pink Ribbon Event – Tickets Now Available

We’re very excited to be hosting our annual Mums & Friends Pink Ribbon event to raise money for breast cancer research.  It’s going to be a fantastic morning so rally your friends and come along!

A lovely girls morning out including a scrumptious brunch (jam & cream scones, ham & cheese croissants and corn fritters), a glass of pink bubbles, a tea or coffee, fantastic venue and fabulous company. Great lucky door prizes and amazing raffle prizes (jewellery, beauty vouchers, homewares etc).

Ticket sales are now open on TryBooking ( and tickets are strictly limited so don’t miss out.  It’s a seated event so we won’t be able to increase numbers, so please book early to avoid disappointment!

Please note that this is a child-free event.

Email us at if you have any questions.

Thank you for supporting this very worthy cause.


** Please note that this event has been organised by the parent community and is not associated with SEPS, its Principal, Assistant Principal or its School Council **

Father & Child Camp – Book Your Place Now!

Bookings are now open for the popular Father & Child camp! Secure your place at the fun weekend via

father-child-camp-flyer** Please note that this event has been organised by the parent community and is not associated with SEPS, its Principal, Assistant Principal or its School Council **


Artsfest is almost upon us and we are gearing up in preparation! It all happens on the 21st October from 5pm-7pm. Please mark the date in your diaries and be sure to invite extended family and friends.

We are also calling on our parent community to help out, whether it be sparing an hour to man a stall or donating an item towards our handicrafts, vintage books and clothes stalls. Please see attached flyers for further information and where to sign up.





What’s Been Happening at Sandy East this Week


Congratulations to the 67 athletes who represented SEPS at the Seaside District Athletics Carnival last Tuesday. We were well represented across all events and as usual, our sportsmanship and camaraderie were second to none.


Well done to those going on the Kingston Division Athletics Carnival on Wednesday 5th October – again at Duncan McKinnon Oval.

Those students are:

  • 9/10yo Boys Discus – Ben C
  • 11yo Girls High Jump – Jade D
  • 12/13yo Girls High Jump – Lily M
  • 12/13yo Girls Discus – Ally B
  • 12/13yo Girls 4x100m relay: Ally B, Dakotta H, Lily M, Jess R

athletics-photo-2I would also like to congratulate the 12/13yo Girls relay team on setting a new Seaside District record with a run of 58.84! Well done girls – all that practise paid off!!!

Dave Richardson – PE Specialist


The highlight of last week was our ‘Learning By Doing’ woodwork incursion. This wrapped up our Science unit on materials – What Is It Made Of? No doubt you’ve heard about it and seen the finished rockets. Here are some photos from the day.

On Tuesday, whilst the children had a full day of specialist classes, the Foundation teachers spent the day organising lots of engaging learning experiences for Term 4, including our Science focus which will be all about animals. We have some exciting incursions and excursions planned too! With just a few days left of Term 3, we wish all of our Foundation families a happy and safe holiday. Can you believe there is only one term to go? It might sound cheesy, but they grow up so fast!


We are interested in your feedback of the recent Swimming Program. If you could spare a few minutes, please visit before September 16th. Thank you.

Level 1 & 2

Well, this week Spring has certainly sprung! Talk around the JLC has been centered on floral dresses and strapless shoes, although Mr Klvac had little to say regarding this topic. He managed though to direct conversation to the Spring Racing Carnival. It was also great to hear during the week some of your positive feedback regarding the writing task sent home.

This week in Math, Level 2 have focused on division and problem solving while Level 1 have focused on addition and subtraction strategies. With regards to Writing, our focus has moved from poetry to discussion around how we come up with writing ideas, which we are referring to as ‘planting seeds’. In support of our Writing, the Spelling focus for the week in Level 2 has been the spelling choice ‘ey’ as in key although 2A have ventured beyond the norm and has focused on the spelling choice ‘ea’ as in beach. The spelling focus for the Level 1’s has been ‘tch’ as in watch. Our Reading focus has been to infer meaning from a text, either viewed or written.

We are interested in your feedback of the recent Swimming Program. If you could spare a few minutes, please visit before September 16th. Thank you.

Congratulations to 1B for winning the Tendy award!

Best of wishes, from all the teachers in the JLC.

Level 3 & 4

Another busy week at SEPS! Students in Level 3 and 4 have been working very hard on their Educational Research Projects and getting themselves ready for the ERP Expo today (Monday 12th September). Students are excited to showcase their terms learning about Health and Physical Education.

It was Level 3 and 4 planning day on Thursday so all students had their specialists in one day. The Level 3 and 4 kids had Sensei Mackenzie for Japanese this week which was a lovely surprise for them all!

Well done to all of the Level 4 students who competed at the District Athletics! They had a lovely day for it and all competed well!

Level 3’s walked over to Sandringham Secondary College on Wednesday afternoon for Science with Wilko and the year 10 students. Lots of fun was had making animals out of balloons. We can’t wait to see what Wilko has in store for the Level 3’s next term!level-3-4-photo

Level 5 & 6

The Level 5 and 6 teachers welcomed Week 9 with a flurry of activity around planning for Term 4. The term will be jam-packed full of wonderful activities for both year levels and although it is quite hectic, it is definitely exciting for us and the students to have so many exciting things to look forward to.

Meanwhile turning back our focus to the current term, students have been continuing their work on their Education Research Projects (ERPs) and very eager to present their efforts for you at the expo. We saw the arrival of many resources into the classrooms awaiting their part in the production of final artefacts and presentation props and it has made the learning spaces all the more colourful and inviting. The classrooms were also filled with resources for the Level 5 and 6 Science assessment on our solar system.


Students worked productively and harmoniously in groups to prepare their representation of our universe which included an oral presentation as well. It is great to see the consolidation of so many skills across the curriculum and to put them into context by way of projects like this. Hats off to the senior students for a job extremely well done!

Some Level 5 students had the opportunity to participate in a fun interactive Science afternoon at Brighton Secondary College whilst all of the Level 5 students were treated to a showing of ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’ at Sandringham College on Thursday morning. How lucky we are to enjoy the the genoristy of our local colleges including us in such fabulous community events?

Thank you for your continued support throughout this term and we hope you and all of your loved ones find time for some relaxing and recuperating over the holidays.

Science Afternoon at Brighton Secondary College

On Wednesday afternoon, 28 budding scientists participated in an interactive science afternoon which was very kindly hosted and organised again by Brighton Secondary College.

The students rotated between three different laboratories participating in different experiments.

First of all the students discovered how essential the functions of stems are to plant growth by experimenting with carnations and food dye. Each student was given a mini text tube and they were able to choose from different coloured dyes mixed with water to put in it. Through the pierced lid of the test tube, they placed their white carnation and as they progressed through the afternoon, they were able to see how it moves into the flower. Students continued to be amazed as they took their flower home with them and observed the changing colour of the flower’s petals.

During our visit to the next laboratory, students watched the making of ‘Elephant’s Toothpaste’ when hydrogen peroxide, food colouring, washing detergent and potassium iodide were mixed together.  The chemical reaction was awesome and students were probed as to what kind of reaction it is using their five senses as a guide.

Lastly, our young scientists spent time producing a paper chromatogram. Using the chromatography paper, students put samples of different colour inks on the paper and immersed it in a small beaker of water (the solvent). As the solvent slowly travels up the paper, the different components of the ink mixtures travel at different rates and the mixtures are separated into different coloured spots. Wow!

We reacquainted ourselves with delightful Bob the bearded dragon and even said hello to Twistie the snake (from a safe distance!).

Many kind thanks to Brighton Secondary College and their staff for providing this wonderful opportunity for the children which undoubtedly heightened their interest in all things Science.


Art Smart Exhibition

The Art Smart students had a wonderful exhibition recently at the gallery at St Nicholas Church (corner Bear St and Barkly St, Mordialloc). The exhibition was opened by Dr Catherine Crock AM, founder of the Hush Foundation, which helps children undergoing cancer treatment at the Royal Children’s Hospital.

The students’ work was for sale, with proceeds are going to The Hush Foundation. They did an amazing job and raised in excess of $1500 from sales and donations.

Extend Before & After School Care

Extend-a-Hand …. this year, Extend is coming together as a community with a goal to raise 100 blood donations by the end of October. To encourage everyone to participate, Extend Director Darren Stevenson will complete one of three possible dares when we reach 100 blood donations! We invite all Extend staff, families, school communities, friends and family to participate – EVERYONE can donate blood under Extend’s Red25 group, ‘Extend After School Care.’

Please visit for more information and to get on board!


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