Education Week & Open Night

Education Week 2016 

Each year we are very proud to show our community what our school is all about.

Wednesday 25th May: ‘Open Morning’ 9:00-10:00am

Parents, friends, grandparents invited to visit our classrooms while children are working.

Thursday 26th May: ‘Teddy Bears Playdate’  2.30-3.15pm. 

Our 2017 Foundation students will be attending a Teddy Bears play date, having games and songs with some of our current Foundation students. 2017 Foundation parents are invited to partake in a tour with Matthew during this time 2.30-3.15pm.

Thursday 26th May: ‘Open Night’ 6:30-8:00pm 

Our last two years Open Nights have been a huge success and we are sure that this will be again. Our focus last year was history and this year it’s going to all about the whole curriculum. Families will get a booklet with a question related to each grade (they have to visit every classroom to find the answer and then submit their booklet to have the chance to win a prize).

Choir will perform at 7:45 in the multi purpose room and we will end the night at 8:00. Tea/coffee and biscuits/cake will be available in the multi purpose room. We will have a café set up for families to sit and have a break if they wish before the choir starts.

2016 School Leaders

Very pleased to have our local Member for Monbulk, Deputy Premier and Minister for Education James Merlino at assembly today to speak to the school and present our weekly awards. Most importantly he also presented this year’s school leaders with their badges.

According to James, Ferny Creek assemblies are among the most fun in the state!! We think so too!! Congratulations once more to our school captains and house captains!

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Fundraising Fun! Mountain Bush Dance : 19th March

MBD-Square-A4Ferny Creek Primary & Mount Dandenong Primary Schools are Co-hosting a big fun night of dancing and music for the whole family – from little ones to grownups – come and enjoy a social, relaxed night of entertainment that your kids will remember for years to come. All are welcome – please invite other friends and families along too!

We encourage families to buy your tickets now – available online here.

Whilst not included in the ticket price, there is inexpensive and fantastic food available on the night. Vegetarian choices alongside the mountain’s best hot beef rolls. Plus yummy barbecue delights and freshly crafted salads en-masse – all delectable dishes!

A variety of excellent beers, wines & soft drinks on offer too (no BYO please).

The funds will go to very good use towards both schools’ respective fundraising programs.

Whole School Picnic : Friday 12th Feb

A whole school picnic is happening on Friday 12th February! It’s a wonderful way to get the school ‘together’ so soon in the school year. Last year’s picnic is featured in the photo we use on this website!

Parent helper/s from each grade are wanted to accompany and assist us on our walk to the reserve from school on Friday 12th February. Please let your child’s teacher know if you can help us. Please also note that if you would like to leave the reserve early with your child, please make sure you notify your child’s class teacher.

Foundation children need to be picked up from the reserve. A separate notice will have been sent home with Foundation students.

school-picnicRemember to pack:

  • School hat
  • A labelled water bottl
  • Snacks and a packed lunch
  • All in a small backpack to carry to the reserve.

Hope to see as many of you as possible at this Whole School celebration.



Welcome to all of our new families in Foundation and out other grades – and welcome back to all of our returning students & staff!

Christmas Concert : Thurs, 10th December


Another fun filled evening is heading our way! It’s the annual Ferny Creek Primary Christmas Concert. All grades perform, as do the class bands. It’s a rocking Rudolph kinda night! Look out for jingles, tinsel & sizzle…

5:00pm : Evening kicks off with food / drinks and catching up with one & all!

6:15pm : Kids to be ready to perform…

6:30pm : Class performances begin!

See you there with your sleigh bells on!

Production Photos Available!


pirates+fcps-logoPhotos from Pirates of the Curry Bean are now available.

Orders can be placed from 14th September through until 9th October.
All prints will be sent home via your children or available for collection from the office later in Term 4.
Pay using PayPal or Offline (bring payment to the office).
Thanks again for supporting the production and fund raising at Ferny Creek Primary


See Tiqbiz for login details – or ask at the office.


A Piratical Thank You

pirates-thankyouThank you everybody for your wonderful efforts, not only over the past few days, but for the long journey since around this time last year. I mentioned some key people on Wednesday night but I want to reiterate their efforts, and the efforts of many others, in writing.

The work Doug McKay and Cheryl Martin have done with sets and props has been remarkable. Cheryl has always also been thinking of the so many obvious things that need doing that I don’t think of! Thank you both of you for your late nights and weekends working up at school this term! Not too many of us know about the number of hours you have put in! Thanks also to Jim and Elizabeth Green for the beautiful beach box! Stunning.

We started costuming with Karlene Banfield late last year and she set us on the path to complete this huge task. As circumstances changed we welcomed Becky Barlow on board. Their work with Emma Jenning’s creative ideas and their team of dedicated sewers, cutters, gluers, etc. has again surpassed all expectations. Weren’t the actors’ faces so well made up? Another brilliant effort from Mal Gajdek and Karina Phillips and their team of helpers!

Emma Jennings. What a creative genius! Thank you for your inspired designs for both our costumes and sets. Thank you for the whispers in my ear to ensure everything was ‘shipshape’!

coby-thankyouThankyou to Coby Beatson for her wonderfully warm and creative directing of our senior cast. It was wonderful to see the students enjoy themselves and be so willing to step out of their comfort zones. To watch their growth over the term was very satisfying.

Kristy Foskett and Beth Byrne were always with us when needed. Beth has always been such a great help during all previous productions and continued to be so through this production. Kristy has lived through her first Ferny Creek production and survived. Her assistance with direction on Coby’s ‘days off’ was also a factor to the show’s success.

Tracey Hedger was also with us from the start with prompting the kids and letting us know when and where improvement could be made. Your work as prompt on the nights was again so valuable Tracey. Thanks.

Melody Peterson. Wow! Two days a week as Performing Arts teacher and you prepared our students so well. You created two songs yourself and taught all of the others to every grade. Your choreography of items and arranging ex student Mitch Chapman and Mums Cassie O’Sullivan and Cassandra Waker to choreograph others is another task you completed with terrific results. Thanks choreographers! You managed to form the show band and have them ‘trained’ up beautifully! Music teachers Dean Moore, Evan Lineham, parents Grant Cummerford and Jamie Saxe, and Don Laughton again proved that a live band adds so much to the show. Thank you all.

Carly Massey and Karlee Code and their team of photographers have produced another brilliant ‘album’ reflecting all stages of the production. I have had teachers from our local high school and a local primary tell me that the photography on display was better than anything they have, or ever could, produce. And that was only with viewing the photos in the theatre foyer! Wait until they see all the rehearsal, costuming, backstage and show pictures. We have such a wonderful photographic archive of another great show. We can’t wait for the DVD to be completed. Another wonderful parent in Brian Baker has taken this on board for us again. Thank you Brian.

As we got closer to show week, the pace quickened. Jill was calmly managing the office area with many enquiries and demands. Jane Marsden stepped in to manage the printing of fantastic Paul Gilliot designed souvenir program for no cost to the school. Thank you Jane. Sets and props slowly began to be completed, costumes were tried on, restyled, resewn and tried on again. The kids continued to work hard and we continued to be so pleased with their positive attitude. We had full rehearsals without costumes, dress rehearsals, rehearsals with the band, long all day rehearsals and short sharp rehearsals. We pulled out grades to work with the senior cast, we spent Monday at the theatre. We pushed on to our first

performance on Tuesday night. We packed all the sets and props, loaded them onto the truck and set up for the shows. Costumes were also carefully packed and transported to various dressing rooms at Burrinja.

I set this scene because I don’t think we recognise enough all of the background people who now stepped up and worked flat out so tirelessly for the next two days and nights.

No one would have seen Anna Moulday hidden up the back in the control room doing all the sound effects and working with our lighting director, especially on the wonderful – student designed- backdrops. Thank you Anna.

Bec Cranmer has quietly liaised with Burrinja Café for all our restaurant and kiosk needs. Thanks Bec.

Rhian Jessup, with help from Lynda Russell and others, setting up the wonderful foyer display I have mentioned before.

The teams of helpers backstage – that’s all the Mums and teachers and student teachers.

Then we have Beth Byrne, Katrina Lockett, Doug McKay, Cheryl Martin helping Coby and I at side stage, Nat Bates, Allen Kropp, Adam Crotty, Kristy Foskett and Helen Ainsworth in the senior dressing-room areas and Heather Pickett, Rhian Jessop, Natalie Wood, Kelly Jacob, Alison Allison, Toshi Takahashi and our student teachers willingly taking on the hardest role of all – managing all F-4 students in the black box change rooms upstairs Thankyou!!!

We had over 100 parents, grandparents, older siblings and school staff on our helpers list. Many of these also contributed on at least one night upstairs in the black room, in the main dressing rooms, and backstage during the shows.

What an example of community working together to create something of such high quality. Enough said, except thank you, thank you and thank you!

Matthew Coyle


Working Bee : 8th August

We are having an all school Working Bee to prep the grounds for Spring. There are also plenty of indoor jobs to be attacked with vigour! Please spare an hour or two and help keep the school humming!



Holidays are upon us…

The year is whizzing by…!

Term 2 – ends
Friday 26th June – school finishes early at 2:30
(after school care is available from 2:30)

Term 3 – starts
Monday 13th July – enjoy your holidays everyone!

Music Soirée Night!

Jam packed and tunes aplenty! Our students learning guitar, piano, drums, voice and violin performing for family and friends!  Thanks to our wonderful music team Dean, Melody and Evan for organising.

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Japanese Day! Wed 17th June.

ImpositionFive different workshops across the day.
Students can wear any Japanese costume.
Or red & white – the colours of the Japanese flag.
Sushi is available on the lunch order menu, or maybe you could bring ramen noodles? Either way it will be oodles of fun!

70’S Disco Fever!

70s-discoFriday 19th June 2015

Junior Disco – 5.00pm – 6.30pm (Prep to Grade 3)
Senior Disco 7.00pm – 9.00pm (Grade 3 to Grade 6)

NB: Grade 3 students can choose which disco they’d prefer to go to!

Pre-purchased tickets are
$6.00 for one child OR ;
$12.00 per family
Tickets will be $7.00 each on the night.

A letter has been sent home to enable tickets to be bought. Primary school aged family and friends may also attend.

Drinks & small treats will be available for purchase on the night.

Trivia Night Success!

THANK YOU to the generosity of all of our supporters, donors, families & guests – what a night – it was so much fun. We SMASHED our target and have raised a staggering figure of just over $7,000 towards our playground upgrade later in the year. Thank you once more, and see you again next year!

Remember to support our wonderful supporters!

Here are some happy snaps from the night showing the some of the people, prizes and games!

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