Term Messages

Term 1 - 2017

Welcome Back.

I would like to welcome all students and their families to the 2017 school year.  It is especially exciting to have many new students and their families join Hamlyn Banks this year, including our new preppies. Our current school enrolment is 420 students with 60 new preps. I am sure all students will enjoy and be challenged in their learning at Hamlyn Banks.


All students have quickly settled into school/class routines and are enjoying their new learning environments. It was wonderful to see the excited faces on students as they arrived at school this morning.   Obviously there have been lots of holiday stories to tell, and friendships to rekindle.   Our staff looks forward to working with all students and further developing individual talents and strengths.   I encourage all parents to become partners in the education of their child/ren and seek opportunities for school involvement.   


Acting Principal

I am delighted to be filling in for Daniel this term, having had extensive experience working with students, staff and families in the North Geelong area. I endeavour to be very accessible and visible throughout the school, so if you have any area of your child’s schooling that you would like to discuss, please do not hesitate to make a time to meet with me. I have thoroughly enjoyed my first 3 days working with Kerrie and the wonderful staff at Hamlyn Banks and my initial goal is to learn as many names of students and their families as possible.



Our first assembly will be this Friday afternoon at 2.50pm on the asphalt area of the netball/basketball courts. All parents are warmly welcome to join us for this important school event, both this week and each Friday as we celebrate a positive week of learning across classes.


School Leaders

Late last year our teachers and students undertook a comprehensive process to elect our 2017 Hamlyn Banks Student Leadership team. There were a large number of students who nominated to apply for these positions, which demonstrates the quality cohort of students we have in the upper school this year. I look forward to our Student Leaders building both their leadership skills and the profile of Hamlyn Banks throughout 2017.




We have had some staffing changes at Hamlyn Banks this year. The follow information outlines these: Physical Education Mr. Ric Thompson (3 days) – New to Hamlyn Banks.   Mrs. Sladana Devcic (2 days) – Returning from Maternity Leave.   Visual Arts Ms. Evalina Varju (Term 1) Ms. Amelia Jolly – Returning to Visual Arts from Term 2 onwards.


Other Staff News

Congratulation to Ms Jess Upton who was married over the holidays and is now Mrs. Jess Block. Our 2016 Wellbeing Teacher, Ms. Joey O’Shea welcomed the safe arrival of baby Sid over the holidays. Congratulations to Joey and her husband Ben, and we wish them all the best as they embark on an exciting new adventure.



We have introduced Chinese Language Studies into our curriculum this year. Some students will have their Chinese classes this Semester, whilst others will not participate in the program until Semester 2. Mr. Alvin Ang will be our Chinese teacher this year, and we welcome him to Hamlyn Banks.



Victoria’s peak UV months are from September to April when UV Index levels average 3 (moderate) and above. From Monday all students will need to wear a wide brimmed hat for all outdoor activity, which includes recess/lunch breaks, PE classes and Assembly. If students do not have a hat, they are required to sit in the shade during these times.



Our oval is looking fantastic and the fences surrounding this have been removed as the construction stage of the works comes to a close. Unfortunately the oval will still be out of bounds until the end of February to allow the turf to settle and for the sprinkler system to become fully established. We appreciate all students staying off the oval until further notice, despite how tempting it may look to play on. I look forward to a wonderful term ahead, working together as a whole school community to achieve shared goals and success for all students.


Toni Scott