Buninyong PS Newsletter

16 October 2018
Term 4, Issue 2
Term 4 Dates
Principal's Report
Teaching & Learning
BASE 1270
Physical Education
Scotsburn News
Student News/Awards
Community Notices
Buninyong Primary School
(03) 5341 3560
202 Simpson Street
Buninyong, Victoria, 3357

Term 4 Dates


Oct 16 - Yr 3 Black Creek Farm

Oct 17 - Pre school Program

Oct 17 - Yr 6 Solar Boat Challenge

Oct 18 - P-2 Sports Day

Oct 18 - Yr 5 Quantum (5PD & 5DS)

Oct 19 - Pre School Program

Oct 19 - Yr 5 Quantum (5AC & 5JM)

Oct 19 -  Yr 3/4 Blast Cricket

Oct 19 - Yr 2 Sleepover

Oct 23 - Yr 3 Black Creek Farm

Oct 23 - Yr 6 Earth Ed (incursion)

Oct 24 - Pre school Program

Oct 24 - Prep Swimming

Oct 25 - BIG write

Oct 26 - Pre school Program

Oct 31 - Pre school Program

Oct 31 - Prep Swimming

Oct 31 - SC3 Earth Ed Incursion

Nov 1 - Yr 6 Graduation Photos

Nov 1 - PLP Meeting 2:30pm in staff room

Nov 2 - Pre school Program

Nov 6 - Life Education @ Scotsburn

Nov 7 - Scotsburn P-2 Sleepover

Nov 7 - Prep Swimming

Nov 7 - COLD Write

Nov 8 - Grandparents and Special Friends Day

Nov 9 - Ballarat Show Day - NO SCHOOL PUBLIC HOLIDAY

Nov 13 - Yr 5/6 Blast Cricket

Nov 14 - Prep Swimming

Nov 19 - Yr 6 Sovereign Hill

Nov 21 - Prep Swimming

Nov 22 - BIG WRITE

Nov 26 - 30 - Yr 3 & 4 Swimming

Nov 28 - Yr 6 Ecolinc

Nov 30 - Reports go home

Dec 3 & 7 - Yr 1,2 & Scotsburn Swimming

Dec 3 - Yr 6 Biocats (Gp 1)

Dec 4 - Yr 3 Sovereign Hill

Dec 6 - Parent Teacher Interviews (1pm finish)

Dec 10 - Yr 6 Bio cats (Gr 2)

Dec 11 - Prep Orientation Day
Dec 11 - Yr 7 (Public schools) Orientation Day

Dec 12 - Parent Teacher Interviews (4-6pm)

Dec 12 - SC1 to Sovereign Hill

Dec 13 - Blue Light Disco (6-7:30pm)

Dec 14 - Preps to Sovereign Hill

Dec 18 - Yr 4 Sovereign Hill

Dec 18 - Scotsburn Christmas Breakup (6pm)

Dec 19 - Prep, Yr 2, Yr 4 Movies

Dec 19 - Yr 6 Pool Breakup

Dec 20 - Scotsburn Pool Breakup

Dec 20 - Yr 6 Graduation Evening (6pm)



Oct 19 - P-3 Assembly

Oct 26- 4-6 Assembly

Nov 2 - Whole School Assembly


Nov 16 - Whole school /Family Group Assembly

Nov 23 - P-3 Assembly

Nov 30 - 4-6 Assembly

Dec 7 - Whole school /Family Group Assembly

Dec 14 - No Assembly

Dec 21 - Whole School Assembly

Car Boot Sale


Principal's Report


Term 4 is slipping by and next month the process of organising students into classes for next year will begin.  If there are significant issues we need to be aware of when allocating your child to a class, please make sure they have been made known to Bernie, Dave or Scott by Monday, November 12th.   Teachers are meeting soon after to begin sorting children into classes.


It is not our intention to provide parents with the opportunity to select a teacher of choice.  We have developed a very strong teaching team and parents can be confident the needs of their child will be met by any member of our team. 


Developing well-balanced classes is best for everyone and that can be made difficult if there are large numbers of requests – as such, it is important that  placement requests be founded on significant reasons and not related to specific teachers. 


We try to accommodate parent requests with regard to student placements, but you will understand this is not always possible.


It is also important when we come to organise classes that we know of students who will not be at our School in 2018. If your family is moving on, please let us know as soon as possible. 


Last week saw the 1st of 4 weeks of the Pre-Schooler Program at both campuses.  There were lots of nervous mums and dads and it was great to see so many head across to the staff room for morning tea and an opportunity to meet some of the other parents.  Quite a few of the kids were quite nervous as well, but it all went very nicely and was an important step in the transition from kinder to primary school.  As always, our big kids did a brilliant job supporting the teachers and enjoyed the experience.


Teaching & Learning

Public Speaking Competition

Last night I had the pleasure of attending the Lions Club Public Speaking competition to witness students from years 3-6 showcase their speaking skills in front of a large audience. Congratulations to Zoe K, Scarlett M, Missy D and Quinn M who represented Buninyong PS to the highest of standards. The way in which they conducted themselves both on and off the stage was a credit to their families and ensured they were wonderful ambassadors for our school.


This event was the conclusion to our Public Speaking program that involved students in:

  • Researching and writing a 3-4 minute speech on a set topic.
  • Practising, reflecting and gaining feedback from others in order to improve their delivery and content.
  • Presenting at the school level competition.
  • Further refining the speech in preparation for the finals.
  • Presenting at the Lions Club Public Speaking competition.

Buninyong and Scotsburn students competed against children from Emmaus and Napoleons PS.  The standard of competition throughout was extremely high.

In the end Quinn Moore was successful in taking out the Year 3/4 competition, which was an excellent effort. Congratulations Quinn.

Book Fair

Next week the Library will be set up as the Book Fair. There will be no student borrowing from the Library during the week while the Book Fair is set up, however students will be given the opportunity to browse all the books on display. The Book Fair will be open before school from 8.15am and after school until 4pm should parents wish to come along and purchase a book.


Please note that all purchases will earn points for the school that helps ensure our library is well maintained and stocked with new and interesting books for the students to read.



PLC Newsletters

During this week, if you have not already received them, all families will be sent copies of the year level newsletters that help outline the focus and key reminders for the term ahead. These newsletters form as a wonderful reminder of what the key learning themes will be in your child’s year level, some important information that assist with the everyday running of classrooms and details about upcoming excursions or camps.


These newsletters will be sent to all families as a Compass notification but will also be stored on the Compass Community tab under School Documentation.


Solar Boat Challenge

Unfortunately  we have had to postpone the Solar Boat Challenge due to the worsening weather this week. Although a number of schools have had to pull out, we will try again on Monday 22nd October.

I apologise for the any inconvenience.

School Magazine

It is that time of year where we work to start creating the school magazine. The magazine includes all students in the school from both campuses as well as celebrating the major events from the year.


Most of you will have already purchased this magazine as part of your fees at the start of the year. However, iF you would like to order a copy or would just like to check if you have already done so, please contact the office.

Helping your Child to Read

Last week we had a look at ways in which we can support our children to foster conversations with those around them. This week the attached document focusses on how we can support our children to develop and maintain an enjoyment of reading.

These strategies provides an excellent opportunity to model strong learning values such as persistence, enthusiasm and curiosity.


The advice is broken into two areas; Birth – Year 2 and Year 3 – Year 6 so there is support on offer for all primary school aged children.


BASE 1270


The 1st full week of Base 1270 was very successful and we’ve been getting some excellent feedback from students and parents.  Here’s what a few of the students had to say:

  • Makayla – I like how the teachers are really nice and how they take us outside every day.
  • Isabella: I like how we don’t leave our bags in the foyer for people to trip over.
  • Aiden – I’m enjoying being able to do things in the gym and out on the oval on the 1 night.
  • Jarvis – I like how we have double platters, fruit on one and biscuits, dip, celery on the other.
  • Markus – I like how we play ga ga and footy on the oval.
  • Jessica – I like how the teachers are really nice and just give kids a friendly reminder if their behaviour needs to improve.
  • Elara – I like how we get different food and we get to go out on the play equipment lots.  The teachers are really nice.
  • Shaeli – I like the muffins and how the teachers are really friendly.

BASE 1270 students are regularly engaging in activities outside and require a hat to participate.  If students can remember they are welcome to take their school hat down each day.  Parents are also welcome to send along a hat that can stay at BASE 1270.

Physical Education


Term 4 Calendar Events:

19 October (TBC) – Grade 3/4 Blast Cricket

22 Oct – 8 Nov – Life Education

25 Oct - P-2 Sports Day

13 November (TBC) – Grade 5/6 Blast Cricket

P-2 Sports Day:

2018 Prep – Grade 2 Sports Day 

25 October, 2018

Preps - 11.30am – 1.00pm

Grade 1-2’s - 2.00 - 3.15pm


Due to a bad weather forecast, the P-2 Sports Day has been postponed to run on the 25 October, 2018.  All other details remain the same.  Sorry for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your understanding.

A big thank you goes out to SEDA for being in attendance on this day and running each of the stations.

Please click here for more information.

Regional Athletics

Congratulations to Jy, Ned, Armani, Lucy, Lily, Hillary, Scarlet, Jaz, Andrew and Nathan for all their terrific efforts at Regional Athletics on Friday.  You all did a terrific job! 

A huge thank you to all the families who supported their child at the event and arranged for their transport (particularly those coming from Melbourne).


Results from the day can be found here.

Photos from the day can be found here.


An extra congratulations to Armani and Ned who have progressed through to the State Finals in Melbourne on 29 October!

Life Education

Harold and the Life Education team is visiting the school between 22 October and 8 November, 2018.  Class teachers will be sending out class dates and times.  

Life Education delivers health and drug education through a unique mobile learning centre environment which provides students a chance to develop strategies and practice the skills required to lead a healthy lifestyle.


Lessons are age appropriate and the children will be covering a wide range of health related topics, ranging from the human body and how it works, healthy eating and nutrition, medicines and drugs, bullying, resilience and social skills.


Healthy Harold, the much loved Life Education giraffe mascot is always a much anticipated element of the visit. The sessions are always fun, interactive and really extend and develop the children’s understanding of the topics covered. We will be further broadening these topics in class both prior to and after the visit with the student workbook, which is included in the cost of the visit. It is important that your child attend this session.


As a charity, Life Education relies heavily on the generosity of local organisations to keep its fleet of mobile learning centres on the road delivering positive health and life messages to over 200,000 children in Victoria alone.


The cost for this incursion is included in your excursion levy.


There will be a parent information session running on Monday, 22 October, 8.45am – 9.15am.  More information can be found here.  Please print and complete the attendance slip at the bottom of the linked document to confirm your attendance. 

Missing Buninyong Sports Kit:

It would be greatly appreciated if parents could please take a look at home for any school sports kit (including singlets, jumpers and netball dresses) as we seem to be a few short.  These may have made their way home after a competition or the school concert.  Your assistance is greatly appreciated!


Scotsburn News

Scotsburn News

Congratulations Quinn & Scarlett

On Monday evening, Quinn and Scarlett participated in the Buninyong Lions Club Public Speaking Competition. Both girls spoke beautifully with Quinn receiving an award as the winner on the night. Congratulations to you both.


Gr 6 Camp

The Gr 6’s had an amazing time in Melbourne last week as part of the Urban Camp. They visited various sight such as the MCG, Old Melbourne Gaol, Eureka Skydeck, enjoyed a river cruise and much more. Special thanks to the Grade 6 teachers at the Buninyong campus for organising and facilitating such a wonderful experience for the students.


Well Done Gr 5’s

With our Grade 6’s away on camp, our Grade 5’s stepped up to lead our assembly on Monday. They all did a wonderful job.


Congratulations Mercury

On Monday at Assembly, Mercury Wilson was presented with his pen licence. Well done Mercury, keep up the great work.


Regional Athletics

Congratulations to Lily & Scarlett who participated in the Regional Athletics competition last week. They both ran extremely well and were very proud of their efforts. Lily competed in the hurdles and relay whilst Scarlett ran in the 1500m. Well done girls.


King of the Mountain JUNIOR Challenge

A great opportunity is available to all students who would like to run in the King of the Mountain JUNIOR Challenge on Saturday October 27th. An information flyer and registration form has been sent home this week with all students. Further details can be found towards the back on this newsletter.


New Chooks

Thanks to Jo Klein and her success in entering us into a competition, we now have 2 new chooks in our chook shed. They soon grow and be providing us with numerous eggs! Thanks Jo.


Pre-Schooler Program

The first of 4 pre-schooler days was a great success last Wednesday. Miss Wood provided the students with lots of fun experiences, and our current students also made them feel very welcome. We look forward to them returning again on Wednesday.


ABC & ROCCH Awards

Gr P-2 – Aidan 

Gr 2-4 – Lexie

Specialist Award – Roxy


Friday Rotations

Our first rotation for Term 4 will be on the (19th October). Our groups will be doing the following:


Term 3 - Lunch Order Roster

Lunch orders need to be collected from the Buninyong campus at 12.40pm. Please ensure you organise a swap if necessary so that the students don’t go hungry!


Term 3 - Important Dates & Extra-Curricular Events

17th, 24th Oct & 31st Oct - Pre-schooler program for 2019 Preps

10th-12th Oct - Gr 6 Camp

8-12 October - Book Fair

23rd Oct - Scotsburn Community Meeting 9am

25th Oct - Grade P-2 Sports

31st Oct - Gr 4-6 EarthEd Incursion

6th Nov - Life Ed Van

7th Nov - Grade P-2 Sleepover

8th Nov - Grandparents and Special Friends Day

9th Nov - Ballarat Show

30th Nov - Reports Sent Home

3rd – 7th Dec - P-6 Swimming program

6th Dec - Parent teacher (1pm finish for students)

11th Dec - Orientation Day for 2019 Preps

12th Dec - Parent teacher (4pm-6pm)

14th Dec - Scotsburn Shared Xmas Lunch

18th Dec (6pm) - Scotsburn Christmas Breakup

20th Dec - Scotsburn (Fed Uni Pool) Break up

Student News/Awards

Walk to School

Walk to School will be up and running in the first week back of Term 4 with a Tally of students who walk/ride or scoot to school.  Please see the attached document for further information. 



Now the sun is shining we are seeing more children in shorts.  Just a reminder that our school uniform is plain black shorts with no logos.

We have three types of shorts in stock – cargo, micro fibre and rugby knit as well as the box pleat and sports skort.

Please Note: It is a requirement for students to wear plain black shorts.  When purchasing school shorts for your child, please keep this in mind.


Feel free to come in to have a look or call the office to order and pay over the phone and we will send them home with your child.

A reminder to everyone that school hats must be worn during break times during terms 1 and 4.  If your child doesn’t have a hat, please get them one as soon as possible.  It is your choice whether your child wears a broad brimmed hat or the bucket hat.  We have both in supply at our uniform shop.




Term 4 PLP Canteen Roster


Canteen Price List Term 4



Our coffee machine is up and running and open to all staff, parents and students (for a hot chocolate) every morning.  

The canteen will open every school day at 8:00 till 9:15am.               

Perfect time to get yourself a coffee while dropping the kids off at school.


Coffee $4.00

Hot Chocolate $3.00



Community Notices

Buninyong Village Market


Carols by Candle Light...Helpers Sought

Carols by Candle Light is run mainly by the Buninyong & Mt Helen Lions Club, together with a voluntary committee of both community and church locals. The choir from Buninyong Primary School performs each year at the carols.


This year the organising committee is asking for physical hands on assistance for both setting up on the Saturday morning from 8:00am for an hour or two as well as packing up after the event from 9pm onwards.


The organising committee meets almost monthly throughout each year and would  welcome new members at any time.  If you are available to help with this year’s carols, either with the set up and pack up, or by joining the organising committee, please contact the ladies in the office at school.

Saturday Morning Junior Tennis Competition





Monday's after school 3:40pm - 4:40pm

Week 2 (15th October) to Week 11 (17th December)

Basketball, Cricket, Tennis, Hockey & Frisbee

Preps to Grade 4

$132 for the 10 week program 

Enrol online www.kellysports.com.au


For any queries or assistance please contact: 

Zac Pullman: [email protected] or 0418 597 493


Buninyong Golf Club


Woolworths Crickets Blast Hero


Napoleons Enfield Landcare Group


Buninyong PS Newsletter
Term 4 2018 - Event Schedule for Families V1.pdf
Lit and Num Tips for Parents - Reading.pdf
Walk to School Fact Sheet.pdf
Woolworths Cricket Blast Hero Flyer A4 Renegades Editable.pdf