Carnegie Primary Newsletter

10 March 2020
Issue Three

Our mission is to inspire the self-belief and motivation in students that will enable them to achieve and grow.

Diary Dates
From the Principal, Linda Jones
Helping Kids Identify and Express Feelings
Fixed vs.Growth Mindset
What's happening
2020 School Leaders
District Swimming
PFA  News
Aftercare News
Carnegie Primary School
(03) 9571 2662
51 Truganini Road
Carnegie, Victoria, 3163

Diary Dates


Wednesday  11th -Friday 13th 

Year 6 Camp


Monday 16th March

PFA AGM and monthly meeting-7.30pm in staffroom


Wednesday  18th 

School Council AGM and monthly meeting 7pm in staffroom




Friday 20th March

Second Hand Uniform Shop 3.15-3.45pm


Tuesday 24th March

Second Hand Uniform Shop 8.45-9.15am


Wednesday  25th

School Photos-see 'What's Happening' page for more information


Friday  27th

PFA Easter Raffle

Last day of Term-early dismissal 2.30pm

From the Principal,
Linda Jones


The school congratulates Catherine S, Monique F, Cooper A and Venkata T on being elected as our School Leaders for 2020. These students are excited about this responsibility and are looking forward to supporting the students, parents and staff throughout the year in many ways. Our other school leaders for 2020 are listed below:-









Truganini  - Blue

Neerim  - Red 


Kokaribb -  Yellow

Koornang  - Green

Danielle W

Will R

Rosa M

Lila M

Lucas K

Max C and Grace M

Anderson E

Angelina Z

Zara M and Abbie T


Saanvi H & Gautham S

Georgia M and Royce T

Polly M and Cade D


We support an open door policy at Carnegie Primary School.  A strong partnership between home and school is a priority for us. Our staff do make themselves available formally and informally to parents on a daily basis. Saying this, we would appreciate it if parents respected the need for classes to commence promptly at 9am. If parents wish to talk to their child’s teacher before school, please do so between 8.45 and 8.55am rather than at bell time. In the mornings we ask all students to be in their class line by the second bell, ready to move inside promptly with their teacher.


On Monday 2nd March, 28 Year 3 to 6 students keenly represented Carnegie Primary School at the District Swimming Carnival after achieving fine results at our school swimming sports the previous week.  All members of the team are to be commended for their efforts. A special thanks to Mrs Travers for coordinating this event as well as our 3 to 6 staff for their support. Please take the time to read Mrs Travers’ article a little later in the newsletter.



Our School Council AGM will be held on Wednesday 18th March. At this meeting elections will be held and positions of responsibility organised.  School Council meetings are held monthly.

The parent members on school council for 2020 are Susan Harper (Dan’s mum), Verity Walker (Flynn, Eamonn  and Will’s mum), Karen Phillips (Kate’s mum), Joshua Stuart (Kobi and Jasmin’s dad), Sandra Michela (Lucas, Martin, Max and Camila’s mum) , Larissa Casamento, (Cara’s mum), Kanika Chauhan (Atharv’s mum), Catherine Lopes (Ava and Arthur’s mum) and Viren Dholakia ( Vaibhav’s dad)

The staff members on School Council are Karen Bentata-Grimm, Steve Miller, Liz Harley and Anna Remfry.

Interested parents are always welcome to attend. I wish to thank these staff, parents as well as other PFA members for so generously volunteer volunteer their time to support to these committees and  our school in many ways throughout the year.


We promote an ‘Open Door’ approach at CPS and now term 1 is well underway Karen and I thought it may be nice to once again offer a ‘Coffee and Chat’ opportunity to parents. We will be available on Monday 16th March, after our morning assembly, we invite any interested parents to the staffroom for a cuppa and a chat.  At this time we are available to answer general questions, further discuss our school programs and practices, our goals and priorities and our hopes for the future.




Linda Jones, Karen Bentata-Grimm

Helping Kids Identify and Express Feelings

Learning to identify and express feelings in a positive way helps kids develop the skills they need to manage them effectively.

Here are some tips on how to encourage your child to express their feelings.

Understanding feelings in kids

Kids deal with many of the same feelings adults do


Kids experience complex feelings just like adults. They get frustrated, excited, nervous, sad, jealous, frightened, worried, angry and embarrassed.

However young kids usually don’t have the vocabulary to talk about how they are feeling. Instead they communicate their feelings in other ways.

Kids can express their feelings through facial expressions, through their body, their behaviour and play. Sometimes they may act out their feelings in physical, inappropriate or problematic ways.

From the moment kids are born, they start learning the emotional skills they need to identify, express and manage their feelings. They learn how to do this through their social interactions and relationships with important people in their lives such as parents, grandparents and carers.

Being a parent means you’ve got a really important role to play in helping kids understand their feelings and behaviours. Kids need to be shown how to manage their feelings in positive and constructive ways.

When kids learn to manage their emotions in childhood it leads to positive attitudes and behaviours later in life.
Kids who learn healthy ways to express and cope with their feelings are more likely to:


Be empathic and supportive of others

Perform better in school and their career

Have more positive and stable relationships

Have good mental health and wellbeing

Display less behavioural problems 

Develop resilience and coping skills

Feel more competent, capable and confident

Have a positive sense of self

What you can do to help your child develop their emotional skills

Here are some of the ways you can help your child learn about and express their feelings:

  • Tune into cues - Sometimes feelings can be hard to identify. Tune into your child’s feelings by looking at their body language, listening to what they’re saying and observing their behaviour. Figuring out what they feel and why means you can help them identify, express and manage those feelings better.
  • Behind every behaviour is a feeling - Try to understand the meaning and feeling behind your child’s behaviour. You can help your child find other ways to express that feeling once you know what is driving the behaviour.
  • Name the feeling - Help your child name their feelings by giving them a label. Naming feelings is the first step in helping kids learn to identify them. It allows your child to develop an emotional vocabulary so they can talk about their feelings.
  • Identify feelings in others – Provide lots of opportunities to identify feelings in others. You might ask your child to reflect on what someone else may be feeling. Cartoons or picture books are a great way discuss feelings and helps kids learn how to recognise other people’s feelings through facial expressions.
  • Be a role model - Kids learn about feelings and how to express them appropriately by watching others. Show your child how you’re feeling about different situations and how you deal with those feelings.
  • Encourage with praisePraise your child when they talk about their feelings or express them in an appropriate way. Not only does it show that feelings are normal and it’s ok to talk about them, it reinforces the behaviour so they are likely to repeat it.
  • Listen to your child’s feelings - Stay present and resist the urge to make your child’s bad feelings go away. Support your child to identify and express their feelings so they are heard. When feelings are minimised or dismissed, they will often be expressed in unhealthy ways.

Sometimes kids don’t have the words to express how they feel and may act out these feelings in ways that are problematic

Your child might hit or throw toys when angry or frustrated. They might have a hard time settling down after an exciting day. Use this as a learning opportunity to teach your child to express their feeling in a positive way. Teach your child to act on feelings by:

Taking some deep breaths

Asking for help or support

Walking away and taking time out

Finding a different way to do things

Taking time to relax before trying again

Trying to solve the problem with words

Saying what they feel instead of acting it out 

Talking with a grown-up about what is happening 

Spending time with a loved one or asking for a hug or cuddle

Describing what they are feeling or reactions in their body



You play an important role in your child’s emotional development

Helping your child identify their feelings is the first step in helping them manage them.

Fixed vs.Growth Mindset

Fixed vs. Growth: Understand the two basic mindsets that shape our lives

Have you ever wondered why some children shy away from challenges and crumble at the first sign of a struggle? Maybe your child has a history of quitting activities, sports, or school work when they didn’t immediately excel. Maybe years of struggle or a few bad experiences have convinced your child that “I’m just not good at that.” Learning about fixed and growth mindsets will help you to change destructive patterns, allowing your child to lead a happy and fulfilled life full of lifelong learning and limitless potential.

What is a growth mindset?

Through decades of research, Dr. Carol Dweck, a Stanford University Psychologist, found that people’s beliefs about their intelligence differ. Some people believe that their intelligence and abilities are unchangeable. In other words, you have a certain amount of intelligence, and you can’t do much to change it. This is called a “fixed mindset.” Think about the phrase, “I’m not a math person.” This statement indicates a fixed mindset about math, because it attributes math ability to an unchangeable quality.

Others have different ideas about their intelligence and abilities. Some people believe that it is possible to grow your intelligence through effort. This is called a “growth mindset.” Think about the phrase, “Math was really confusing at first, but I’ve studied hard all year and I understand it a lot better now.” This indicates a growth mindset, because it shows a willingness to dig in deep.

‘If parents want to give their children a gift, the best thing they can do is to teach their children to love challenges, be intrigued by mistakes, enjoy effort, and keep on learning. That way, their children don’t have to be slaves of praise. They will have a lifelong way to build and repair their own confidence.” - Carol S. Dweck

Why is it important?

Holding a fixed or a growth mindset has huge implications when it comes to motivation. If children have a fixed notion of intelligence, they probably believe that success has a lot to do with talent. They may think that some are born with the ability to succeed, and others just aren’t. They might view successful people as possessing some unattainable, innate gift. The side effect of the fixed mindset is a helpless or apathetic attitude toward effort — especially when it comes to challenging tasks.

The simple belief that intelligence is malleable can better equip children for challenging tasks and difficult subject matter. If they know that they can develop their abilities, that effort and dedication make a difference in the formula for success, and then children won’t become paralysed by challenge. The growth mindset creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for achieving goals.

How will it help my child?

Research has shown that children with a growth mindset do better in school. In a study with middle school students, Dr. Lisa Blackwell found that students with a growth mindset earned higher math grades when compared to students with a fixed mindset. Students in Washington, D.C. who were taught a growth mindset outperformed all of their peers on standardized tests in the district. Many studies show that children who have a growth mindset behave differently when confronted with a challenge, and end up learning from their mistakes instead of being paralysed by them.


Stay tuned for the next newsletter article on growth mindset where you can learn how to promote a growth mindset in your child to compliment the work we are doing in our classrooms at CPS!

What's happening


Thank you for these great books and many happy birthday wishes from all at Carnegie Primary School





Audrey B

3 C

“The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell”

Jaishnavi Goud S

3 A

“Lulu Belle’s Best Friends Ever”

“Magic Animal Friends”

Alana M

3 D

“Ella Diaries: Goal Power

Katya B

Prep D

“Dr Seuss-A B C”

“Green Eggs and Ham”



Please see below for important instructions you need for BEFORE photo day on March 25th.



Parents and carers, please remind your children that when they are arriving and leaving school they use the school crossings under the supervision of the school crossing supervisors. We are lucky enough to have several manned crossings servicing our school and we encourage all students to cross carefully following directions of the supervisors.



International Women’s Day takes place every year on March 8th. This year the teachers of CPS chose to acknowledge and celebrate all that women do at present and have done in the past. The focus for our staff dress up was Rosie the Riveter. Rosie the Riveter was a cultural icon of World War II, representing the women who worked in factories and shipyards. These women sometimes took entirely new jobs replacing the male workers who joined the military. Discussions took place at Carnegie last Friday about the opportunities available for women in work and how this has evolved over the past 60 years. Imagine what the future holds for all of our students!



Glen Eira City Council is currently recruiting relief school crossing supervisors. We are looking for people who are willing to travel across the whole of the municipality, have their own transport and have availability to be called on at short notice in the mornings and in the afternoons. Applicants must have excellent communication skills, enjoy working with people, be reliable and hardworking.

If you are interested in applying for the role, visit

For further information, contact School Crossing Business Support Officer Sandra on 9524 3333 or email


See attached for AJ Bakery's lunch order menu for 2020. (please note it is unchanged from 2019)


2020 School Leaders

2020 School Leaders


Sports Leaders
















Truagnini House


Neerim House


Koornang House


Kokaribb House


District Swimming

Swimmers Do Carnegie PS Proud

On Monday 2nd March, 28 of Carnegie’s finest swimmers competed in the 2020 Caulfield District Swimming Carnival.  

The team spirit was high and our Carnegie students did a super job of representing our school with a great display of sportsmanship. Each student was cheered on in their event and everybody performed exceptionally well. We were very proud of the efforts displayed on the day. Carnegie PS finished second overall and this was a fantastic reward for all the hard work of students in the lead up and on the day.

We are excited to announce that we have 8 students who have progressed through to the Kingston Division event to be held on Wednesday 11th March:

Maia N. in backstroke,

Lotte T., Patrick M. and Abbie T. in breaststroke,

Jessica B. in butterfly

and Chiara R., Grace M., Abbie T. and Zara M. in the girls freestyle relay!


Carnegie PS Swimming Team

Emily C

Maia N

Lara D

Asha H

Lotte T

Juliet N

Jessica B

Sasha B

Jasmin S-L

Abbie T

Grace M

Zara M

Chiara R

Bliss V

Elliot M-P

Johnny P

Baden V

Charlie B

Arthur L

Patrick M

Luca C

Julian F

Angus B

Jonah C

Cooper A

Grady K

Nicholas C

Lucas K


We wish everybody all the best at the next level!


Amy Travers & Dallas O’Brien

Sports Co-ordinators

PFA  News


We would be grateful if any parents interested in attending PFA meetings, and/or being placed on the distribution list for information about the PFA committee, complete this form before the AGM on 16th March.  You can do this by:

  • Printing and completing the form below, and returning the hard copy to the office, or a scan/photo by email to
  • Completing the form in Microsoft Word, and returning it by email to
  • Completing an electronic version of the form on trybooking clicking on 'Book Now' above and completing the fields requested (it refers to purchasing a ticket, but there is obviously no cost involved!)



The next PFA meeting is on MONDAY 16th March at 7:30pm in the staffroom. This meeting is both our Annual General Meeting (AGM) and a General Meeting.  At the AGM we will be seeking nominations for roles on our 2020 committee (President, Secretary, Treasurer and School Council Representative).  Please consider if you would like to put your hand up for one of these roles and / or feel free to come along. 


2020/2021 Entertainment Books are now on sale and the early bird offers are available if purchased in March.  20% of the membership sales goes directly to our school.  To purchase your membership using the CPS code, head to the Entertainment Book website using this link -Entertainment Book CPS Link



A note went home this week about our Hot Cross Bun fundraiser. Bakers Delight Carnegie is generously supporting our fundraiser again and will donate $2 per 6 pack of Hot Cross Buns – packs at $7:50 each.  A copy of the order form can be downloaded here. Orders, together will full payment, is to be returned to your student’s teacher or to the PFA mailbox in the office by FRIDAY 20th March, in a sealed envelope marked “PFA Hot Cross Buns”.  Remember to ask your family and friends!



A note will go home next week about our annual Easter Raffle.  We are again requesting donations of Easter Eggs, Easter toys and goodies from families as prizes.  All donations are to be delivered to the box in your child’s classroom or to the front office by WEDNESDAY 25th March.  We are hoping for lots of prizes to make this the best Easter Raffle ever. Our friends at Lizzy’s Chocolates are once again kindly donating a giant egg for our first prize!
Each family will receive 5 Tickets @ $2.00 each to be sold.  Ticket stubs and money are to be returned to your student’s teacher or to the PFA mailbox in the office by WEDNESDAY 25th March, in a sealed envelope marked “PFA Easter Raffle”.  Additional Tickets are available at the office.
The Raffle will be drawn on Friday March 27th at 9am.  Good Luck!!!!


Our last icy pole day for Term 1 is Friday 20th March! Icy Poles for $1 and lunchtime.


Aftercare News

Youth Leadership Victoria

Carnegie Primary School OSHC

Opening Hours: 

Before School Care 7am-8.45am

After School Care 3.30pm-6.30pm

Vacation Care 7am-6pm


CONTACT DETAILS FOR SERVICE                                                                          HEAD OFFICE CONTACT DETAILS:                                                                                      Email: 

Service Mobile Number: 0402 043 810                                                                  Phone: 03 8790 6511



Parents can enrol and book their child into the program through our website:


Prices for the Program:

Before School Care

Permanent Booking: $14

Casual Booking: $17

After School Care

Permanent Booking: $15

Casual Booking: $20

Vacation School Care

Permanent Booking: $55

Casual Booking: $60



  • YLV’S April School Holiday Program is now open for bookings.
  •  Please visit our website at: to register. A hard copy of the program is also available from the service
  • Cost per day is $55 with an additional cost if an incursion/excursion has been planned. The extra cost is highlighted on the flyer (attached below)
  • Holiday program operates from 7am till 6.30pm
  • Children will also need to bring for the day morning/afternoon tea/lunch & a refillable bottle
  • Days where excursions are scheduled children need to arrive at the service by 9am  


April Holiday Program















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