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On Sunday October 29th, from 12pm - 3:30pm, Gardenvale Primary School hosted a fun-filled whole school event on the Senior School campus. Lead by the incredible Jodie Holthouse, who had the vision and who spent hours planning and overseeing everthing, the Family Fun Day event and Colour Run was a huge success.

The Grand Final of ''GARDENVALE'S GOT TALENT'' was held and the students who participated, showcased their amazing singing and dancing talents.

In the Multi-Purpose Centre, there was also a whole school ART EXPO, celebrating the amazing accomplishments of students from Prep to Year 6. Throughout Term 3, the students completed tasks showcasing their skills in threads and textiles, painting, clay, collage, drawing, printing and mixed media on the theme, “LET'S FACE IT!” There were over 900 pieces of artwork on display and the level of excellence had to be seen to be believed!  Families unable to attend the event, had the opportunity to come in on Monday and view the display.

Performances by the amazing GPS Dance Troupe, Rhythm Nation and the Senior Choir, also took place and there was an array of stalls including cake, lolly, colour and plant stalls, as well as lucky dips and a fabulous sausage sizzle! The weather could not have been more stunning and it was fantastic to see so many students, parents and friends come out to support this fundraiser!

The day of course finished with a giant colour bang!  Registered participants competed in a crazy obstacle course around the school grounds, whilst being bombarded with coloured bombs. The only rules were to wear a white T-shirt at the starting line and to finish plastered in an array of colours!

Participants received a pair of coloured sunglasses to wear in the race and there were additional prizes for those raising the most funds via sponsorship.  

Thank you to everyone who attended, participated, offered their services, donated, sponsored students, volunteered and assisted in the organisation of this fabulous whole school event. These events just cannot take place without the dedication and passion shown by our school community. It is your effort and presence that makes our school the fabulous school that it is. 

Thank you to all the students who participated in the Colour Run and who helped raise an outstanding amount of money for our school. It will certainly be put to good use. 

Congratulations Gardenvale Primary School, under the leadership of Jodie Holthouse, on presenting such an amazing whole school event. The happiness, commradory and wonderful memories will stay with us for ever.  Onwards and Upwards!


This year, Book Week was celebrated on the Senior Campus underneath the COLA. Students from the Junior School walked up from their campus to join the Year 3 - 6 classes. All students and teachers dressed as their favourite book character and parents also came along to join in the fun. Each class was given the opportunity to come out to the centre and form a parade while everyone clapped and cheered. The Children's Book Council of Australia annual shortlisted books were on display in the school library for classes to read during their library sessions and the winners of these awards were announced in late August.


The Respectful Relationships program currently being undertaken at Gardenvale Primary School, is about embedding a culture of respect and equality across our entire community, from our classrooms to staffrooms, sporting fields, fetes and social events. The Respectful Relationships program supports schools to promote and model respect, positive attitudes and behaviours and teaches our students how to build healthy relationships, resilience and confidence.


On Tuesday June 14, a whole school, multi-age event took place on both campuses as part of our annual Herrrby Week celebrations and Respectful Relationships Program. Herrrby, our school values mascot, is an acronym for Honesty, Empathy, Resilience, Respect, Responsibilty and Being Yourself.  Throughout the week, a variety of activities were planned, including a fun whole school homework task, a staff verses student netball match, a whole school in-house performance and a 'Dance Off"under the COLA to name a few.


Working in mixed aged groups, our students were asked to create and decorate a Gardenvale student character, to be displayed around the school, who depicted their own personal strengths.


During Visual Arts sessions, students also decorated a pebble with their name and face, as well as writing one of their strengths on it. Over 630 pebbles were used to create a "Strength Garden" on the Junior School Campus. 


At 10am this morning, Tuesday 26th April, a whole school commemorative Anzac Day ceremony was held under the COLA on the Senior Campus. In the school’s Centenary year, our neighbour, Jim, an army veteran who also turned 100 earlier this year, was our special guest of honour.

The Flanders poppy has long been a part of Remembrance Day, the ritual that marks the Armistice of 11 November 1918, but it is also being used as part of Anzac Day observances. During the First World War, red poppies were among the first plants to spring up in the devastated battlefields of northern France and Belgium. In soldiers' folklore, the vivid red of the poppy came from the blood of their comrades soaking the ground. The sight of poppies on the battlefield at Ypres in 1915 moved Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae to write the famous poem “In Flanders fields”.

Today during the ceremony, every child in the school held a paper Flanders poppy in memory of all the lives lost in wars, past and present, while our Year 6 students recited part of the poem, “In Flanders Fields” by Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae.

Hopefully it was a very memorable day for Jim and it gave our school the opportunity to reflect and be thankful for the quality of life that we have today.