Pakenham Springs Newsletter

24 August 2018
Issue Twelve
Principal's Report
Year Prep - Year 2 Assistant Principal's Report
Year 3 - Year 5 Assistant Principal's Report
Year 6 Assistant Principal's Report
Upcoming Events
Community News
Learning in J41
LOTE - Japanese
OSHClub News
Pakenham Springs Primary School
(03) 5945 7400
Livingstone Boulevard
Pakenham, Victoria, 3810

Principal's Report


Pakenham Springs Primary School acknowledge and pay respect to the Traditional Owners of the land on which the School stands.


Please note that School Council has approved the final Curriculum Day for 2018.  It will take place on Monday 8th October 2018 which is the first day of Term 4.  Teachers will be continuing to learn new ways of teaching Literacy.  Students will not be required to attend school on this day.

Book Week

Thank you to our families who supported with our dress up day yesterday as part of Book Week celebrations. Wow, we have creative families, students and staff. Our parade highlighted such a variety of characters and was enjoyed by all. 

Thanks to Samantha for some of the fantastic photos.

Parking- Safety

We have been asked by the Coles management to remind our community of the safety risks of parking in the loading bay. Please be aware that this is not designated parking and potentially very dangerous. We understand parking is very tricky at pick up and drop off times and we appreciate parents parking in the designated parking areas.

Year 3 Party on a Budget


Today I received a lovely surprise, our year 3 students have been working hard to plan and prepare a surprise birthday party for me. The students budgeted, conducted surveys to plan, prepared the shopping lists, made decorations and some even got to go shopping.  A big thank you to the year 3's from myself for making my birthday extra special. 

Term 3 Parent payments 

Just a reminder to our families on payment plans, term 3 payments are now due. 


On the 10th of August our year 3-6 students braved the winds to compete in our annual athletics carnival. Despite the winds stopping the hurdles, all went smoothly and as a committed Edward supporter I couldn't have been prouder of the team for overall win of the day. 


A huge thank you to our PE team, Scott, Rhys and Lucy for the hours of extra work they put in and their commitment to providing a great opportunity for our students. 

1st      Edward      3889 

2nd     Henry         3773

3rd     Jamieson   3759

4th     Toomuc      2959         


Individual awards

Intermediate (Year 3 & 4) Champion

Boys          Noah M27

Girls           Alyssa M28


Senior (Year 5 & 6) Champion

Boys          Harry S34

Girls           Melisa S40


Kerryn Baillie


Year Prep - Year 2
Assistant Principal's Report

Junior School News

Hello again after what has been another busy fortnight at Pakenham Springs. It's hard to believe that we are now over half way through Term Three. The weeks just keep on flying by, with plenty of achievements to celebrate along the way. This week has seen a change in Writing display boards across the school to showcase the work that students have been doing around Information Report writing. These again look amazing and I would encourage all parents to have a look at the work on show, right across the school. 


These past two weeks have been particularly exciting in Prep, as all classes have been on an excursion to Cranbourne Gardens. Students learned all about traditional Aboriginal ways, making paint from rocks and lemon myrtle tea whilst getting to see boomerangs, eel catchers and traditional baskets. Ashton Sewell from J05 said, 'I really liked looking at the plants', whilst Fabien Huet, also from J05, said 'I really liked drinking the lemon tea because it tasted good'. Also exciting in the Prep corridor has been the presence of our 2019 Prep students, with one of our groups attending their first in-class Literacy session this week. Miss Dougall, Mrs Warn and Miss Bartlett were all very excited to be meeting these 'Future Springers' and were very pleased by how smoothly the session ran and how quickly the students adjusted to their new surrounds.


The Year One Team have been busy this week, exploring poetry as our next Writing text type. This is their first exposure to poetry at school and the Teachers have been setting up a gallery walk in their corridor, containing lots of different types of poems for the students to explore. In coming weeks they will begin to write different types of poems, with an emphasis on writing about things 'past and present' which is our Inquiry topic at the moment. This, of course, is why students will be visiting Coal Creek in a couple of weeks, which they are most excited about! 


Year Two students have also been busy studying history, but more specifically, the history of the Pakenham area. It has been fascinating to learn from the students that there are so many sites of historical significance close by and how our surrounding area used to be predominantly farms. The Year Two team are also busy exploring poetry in it's different forms, through Reading and Writing sessions as this is a relatively new text type for them, also.


It was really pleasing to see such a great turn-out for our book week parade on Thursday. The students looked amazing and the amount of work that the parents had put into costumes was evident and the event was something for the school to be truly proud of. Thank you to those parents who were able to attend as well. We know that events like these create lasting memories for students and will be recalled with great fondness for many years to come.


Next time I write will be Springtime, so hopefully we will begin to see much more weather like we have had of late. The sunshine we have had in recent days has been most welcome! Everyone seems to have that extra skip in their step. 


Until then, take care.

Danny Forster

Acting Assistant Principal in Junior School



Year 3 - Year 5
Assistant Principal's Report

Middle School News

What an exciting time we are having in the Middle School at the moment! 


It was wonderful to see so many of our Middle School students enjoying the Book Week parade - the effort that the parents and students went to with their costumes was amazing! At Pakenham Springs, we aim to instil a love of reading in all students - the joy of getting lost in a book should be shared with everyone. Thank you also to our Middle School parents for coming and cheering all students (and teachers!) on in the parade.

Our Year 4 students have an exciting week coming up, with us departing for our Phillip Island camp next Wednesday.  This camp offers a fabulous variety of adventure activities to push our students out of their comfort zone and allow them to build some important social and emotional skills. Through experiencing time away from home, our students are able to develop their independence, self-regulation and self-management skills, not to mention participating in some fabulous, fun activities!  We take part in canoeing, flying fox, ropes courses, camp cooking, team initiative games and the giant swing. We are extremely lucky to have such a great campsite available to us, and we thank all staff that give up their precious family time to help us create such a valuable experience for all of our Year 4 students.  I look forward to sharing some photos and camp stories with you in the next edition of the newsletter. 


Year 6
Assistant Principal's Report

Senior School News

This fortnight our Year 6 students have been working hard on building the skills and knowledge they will need to be a successful learner next year in Secondary School. 


We were lucky enough to have some Year 11 VCAL students from Pakenham Secondary School visit our Year 6 students last week to help them develop some important skills ready for next year.  Bronwyn and Hayley from Year 6 said 'it was great to learn about teamwork and how to all work together in the games we played' and they also mentioned that it was great when they learnt 'about what high school would really be like'. Some very enthusiastic games were being run by the Year 11 students on the basketball courts, while other Year 11 students conducted sessions about the little important things that help make it easier once you get to Secondary School (like making sure you wear deodorant every day and wash your uniform regularly!). In the build up to 2019, we will be conducting more sessions that explore how to make the transition from Primary to Secondary school in a smooth, successful and fun manner.


One of the important highlights about being a Year 6 student at Pakenham Springs is that you receive a 'staff buddy' for the year. Each term we run a Buddy Breakfast where the staff supply sausages and drinks for our buddies. This is a great opportunity for us to connect with our student buddy and have a chat with them about how they are going at school. Having a special buddy at school is also useful to help students feel connected with our school and it also gives them another avenue to explore should they be having any concerns. Having student buddies is just one more thing I love about being a staff member here at Pakenham Springs!  


Have a great week!

Renee Cotterell

Assistant Principal 

Upcoming Events

Term 3:

The following events are scheduled for the next few weeks.  Make sure you are aware of the ones which are applicable to you:

Tuesday 28th August:

  • Fathers Day Stall

Wednesday 29th August:

  • 2nd chance Fathers Day Stall

Wednesday 29th August - Friday 31st August:

  • Year 4 Phillip Island Camp

Friday 31st August:

  • District Athletic Carnival - Select students
  • Springers Celebration 2.30pm staffroom

Sunday 2nd September:

  • Fathers Day

Tuesday 4th September:

  • Step Into Prep - Group 2 - Session 2 - 9.00am - 10.00am

Friday 7th September:

  • Springers Celebration 2.30pm staffroom

Friday 7th September/Saturday 8th September:

  • Year 2 sleepover


Monday 8th October (First day of Term 4)




Monday 16th July 2018 — Friday 21st September 2018


Monday 8th October 2018 (Curriculum Day)

Tuesday 9th October 2018 (Students return)— Friday 21st December 2018

Upcoming Fundraising Activities:

To continue to add to our fundraising efforts this year (funds going towards playground updates and additional outdoor activity options for all students) we currently have the following fundraising activities happening:


Shopping Tour - Bookings are now being taken for our first ever Pakenham Springs Shopping Tour! Come and shop til you drop with us on Saturday October 27th.  Please see the flyer posted on Compass for booking form and details of the outlets we are visiting.  Lunch is included, as is plenty of laughs!  Tickets are limited! 


SAVE THIS DATE.... Saturday 10th November!

Stay tuned for information regarding our upcoming 'Bogan Trivia and Games Night'!  More details to come.


Entertainment Book Sales - Books can be purchased for $70 and have over $22,000 value in discount vouchers, special offers, etc.  Display book is up at the office if you wish to view.  Digital or hardcopy books can be purchased online through:     



School Wide Positive Behaviour



Notices recently published:

The following notices have been distributed over the last fortnight.  If you missed them copies are available from Compass or the school’s website 


Some new resources have been added to the school website, check them out by clicking here


Junior School


Middle School

  • Year 3 newsletter
  • Year 3 - Party on a Budget
  • Year 4 Camp Behaviour Agreement

Senior School


Whole School

  • Enrolment 2019 Update
  • Canteen Special - Footy Lunch - Friday 21st September.    (Reminder that all orders must be completed via the QKR app.  No orders will be accepted at the school office or canteen).
  • Crazy Hair Day - Friday the 7th of September
  • Family Portrait Bookings - Form and payment due by Friday 31st August
  • Fathers Day Stall



Payments can be made for your 3rd Term instalment either by cash or EFTPOS at the school office.



The Education Department will continue to offer CSEF (Camps, Sports and Excursion Fund) for families who are entitled to a Health Care or Pension Card.

Please remember to write CSEF on the bottom of your permission form for any camps, incursions, excursions coming up for the remainder of 2018.   The office girls can print your permission notices at the office if you are wishing to pay using the CSEF funding.




Community News


Nominations are now open for the annual Australian GRANDPARENT OF THE YEAR AWARD.


The GRANDPARENT OF THE YEAR AWARD (GOTYA) has been designed to raise the profile of Grandparents in Australia by recognising the extraordinary contribution by a Grandparent to the family and the community.


Entry is via the Official Entry Form, which can be found on the Grandparents Day Magazine website – and should be the original work of the author, consisting of 500 words or less about “Why (my) Grandparent should be Australia’s Grandparent of the Year OR Community Service Grandparent Of The Year”.   A brief overview of the nominee, highlighting their outstanding attributes along with examples citing the long-term benefits of the nominee’s contribution to the family and the community should be included.


(A ‘Grandparent’ is defined as any older adult who fulfils a Grandparenting or senior citizen mentor role for a child. A familial relationship is not necessary to meeting this requirement.)


Anyone can nominate a suitable candidate. 


NOMINATIONS are now OPEN and will be received no later than midnight on Thursday 27 September 2018 (AEST) at  


Winners will be announced on Wednesday, 31 October 2018. 

Learning in J41

Junior School Lane J41 is sharing the learning taking place in their class…

The 3 R’s take over PSPS!


Every class has been working towards understanding our new school values and what they mean for different areas around the school.


Here in J41, we have been working through and discovering all aspects of Respect, Responsibility and Resilience across the school to ensure we are all working towards a fabulous school community that we are proud of.  

J41 have some ideas about how we show these values in our school:

  • Showing respect in the schoolyard is letting others play their games and not to use physical contact or bad language that is not appropriate for school regardless of how angry you may be. It is never ok to hit someone!
  • Showing responsibility on the playground is not destroying the property so everyone can play, going down the slide to make sure no one gets hurt and playing on the correct playgrounds.
  • Showing resilience in the sandpit is waiting your turn for the equipment you would like to use, bounce back if someone else has something you would like and giving everything your best shot, even if you can’t make what someone else has.


We show respect, responsibility and resilience:

  • In the classroom: not running, not yelling, putting up our hands and listening to the person talking.
  • In the library: Be patient while you are waiting to find a book, sitting and reading quietly and using the books correctly.
  • Moving around the school: lips zipper, two straight lines, walking sensibly.
  • At the canteen: waiting in line, if they don’t have what you would like bounce back and choose something else and saying please and thank-you.
  • At the office: waiting our turn, accepting what the office ladies have to say, walking not running and by using our inside voice.


It has been great to see all students at Pakenham Springs Primary School using these new values for this term and we here in J41 look forward to seeing how we can continue to use them next term and for the years to come!

LOTE - Japanese

Junior School Japanese is sharing the learning taking place in class…

2018 has been an exciting second year for our Japanese LOTE Program. Junior School students have built on their communication skills and have explored a variety of cultural traditions through the Japanese incursion and several classroom festival celebrations.

Here is a snapshot of some of their amazing learning so far this year.

Cultural Diversity Week

Earlier in the year students celebrated Cultural Diversity Week by listening to stories and designing beautiful crafts for play and display.


Oni Masks for Setsubun

Prep students created oni (ogre) masks to celebrate the changing of the seasons. In Japan, Setsubun welcomes the Spring season in February but we decided to welcome our Australian Autumn instead. Traditionally children and families keep away the bad luck by throwing roasted soybeans outside the door of their house, to chase out the oni. They shout “Oni wa soto!” (oni out!) and “Fuku wa uchi!” (happiness and good fortune in).


Koi Fish Artwork

Our Year One and Two students brightened up the school with their fabulous oil pastel, watercolour and salt artwork. Koi means carp in Japanese and is a culturally significant symbol of strength, courage and success. Koi often feature in traditional artwork and children’s stories, such as The Legend of Kintaro.

Japanese Incursion

On March 16th our Prep, Year One and Year Two students were treated to a feast of cultural delights. They enjoyed a wonderful Asia inspired performance, including a range of music, dance, martial arts and theatre from Japan, China, Indonesia and Thailand. Traditional dance and Taiko drum workshops allowed our students to experience these art forms first hand and an amazingly fun time was had by all involved. Sadly we eventually had to say “sayounara” to our lovely presenters from Asia Raya, but we also say “arigatou” for all the wonderful memories!


Students dressed in red and white to represent the Japanese flag.













Year One students wore kimonos and waved their fans to the Sakura (cherry blossom) dance.



YearTwo students played the Taiko drums with great enthusiasm.


Cherry Blossom Festival

Spring is a glorious time of year in Japan as the beautiful Sakura (cherry blossom) trees come to life. This year, Prep students celebrated by painting a Sakura tree and drawing themselves having a lovely picnic underneath.

Children’s Day

In May, Prep students acknowledged Children’s Day by making their own Koi Nobori (carp streamer) to fly. They talked about what colours their fish were… aka, ao, kiiro, midori, there were so many beautiful ones to admire!


Koi Nobori


Rain Dolls for Winter

Teru Teru Bozu

Winter came with June and our Year One students made glorious Teru Teru Bozu (rain dolls) to keep away the bad weather. Despite hanging them hopefully in the window, we’re not sure if they worked!


Students also made season trees and snowflake crafts to learn the season words, especially “fuyu” which means winter.


Catching snowflakes in fuyu


Star Festival

We looked to the stars in July, to see if we could spot Vega and Altair and learnt all about their love story. Students enjoyed making crafts to celebrate Tanabata (the star festival) and made a wish upon a hoshi (star) when they hung their personalised Tanzaku (paper wishes) up at home.


Tanabata crafts


Tanzaku wishes


Body & Face

More recently, students have danced along to “Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” in Japanese. The Preps made class flip books to discuss the words for each body part, whereas Year Ones used their Visual Arts skills to draw cartoon faces and label the eyes, ears, mouth and nose using the Japanese words.


Prep flip book characters

Year One cartoon faces with labels


The rest of the year promises to bring more fun and exploration as students experience the many wonders of Japan and continue to practise their LOTE skills in engaging and challenging ways.


Please come and visit us on our Open Afternoon on Wednesday 12th September to see everything we’re doing in Room 43.












OSHClub News



Hello Everyone 


Welcome back to another wonderful week at OSHCLUB


Vacation care is approaching in as little as 5 weeks - if you’re interested in booking in your child please feel free to come into the service or give us a call, you can also pop in to pick up a flyer to see what’s on these school holidays.  


This week at OSHClub the children have been enjoying our sensory play with coloured rice and lavender, playdough and shaving cream.


We have had fun doing straw painting, making a mess with goop, grass heads to add to our garden and an attempt at a fairy garden. We have been missing outdoor play due to the cold and rain, however, have been getting out there every chance we get. 


We have really been enjoying doing our gardening, although we really need some more supplies and knowledge. If any parents have any gardening equipment or seeds or knowledge to share with us we would really appreciate it.  


We would also just like to say a huge thank you to all of the parents who help out at the service and bring us supplies to keep our service going, you’re all amazing.  


Just a few reminders 

  • Please ensure that your details are current on your accounts. Current details are important if we are required to contact you for any reason regarding your children 
  • We have had quite a few families enquiring about lost clothing. Please ensure that your items are named as this gives us a much better chance of returning them to you if we find them. 
  • Lost property is overflowing so please come in and have a look and see if we have any of your children’s jumpers, toys, watches etc.  


Hope you all have a great week. 

Kristen, Courtney, Zubaria and Debbie  


Coordinator: Kristen Askew

Assistants: Courtney Dodson, Angela McLachlan

Program Phone: 0438 564 038

OSHClub Head Office: 03 8564 9000


All families must be enrolled to attend the program, remember this is free to enrol!   Please create an account online at - all bookings and cancellations can also be managed via

your online account.   For on the day bookings please contact the Coordinator direct at the service.












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