Pakenham Springs Newsletter

10 August 2018
Issue Eleven
Principal's Report
Year Prep - Year 2 Assistant Principal's Report
Year 3, 4 and 5 Assistant Principal's Report
Year 6 Assistant Principal's Report
Upcoming Events
Community News
Learning in J08
Learning in M23
Learning in S40
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.

School Wide Positive Behaviour

Over the past few weeks, students have been learning what respect looks like in the classroom, the yard and when moving around the school. We are so proud of our students for learning our new school values and displaying them in all aspects of their schooling.   

This week we held our first Step into Prep session and we were pleased to hear how our incoming students are learning our values and using them at home too. 


We have seen lots of work happening in the playground this term with the senior students beginning to work on the STEM garden and our new playground equipment arriving.  We have also put in additional seating throughout the yard to ensure students have lots of places to spread out and be with their friends.  The new equipment is only possible with the generous voluntary contributions from our families. Thank you to those who have contributed. 

Parent Opinion Survey

Just a reminder that our school is conducting a survey to find out what parents think of our school so we can continually improve.  If you received an email from the school you were randomly selected to participate.  The survey will only takes 10-15 minutes to complete and we encourage you to give us feedback. 

The survey results will be reported back to the school at the end of September.



This week we have seen the roll out of 175 new devices across the school giving our students access to better laptops and iPads to enhance their learning.  Teachers are working hard to engage students in their learning and provide great opportunities for them. 


Kerryn Baillie


Year Prep - Year 2
Assistant Principal's Report

Junior School News

Hello again to our Pakenham Springs community, after what has been a very wet and particularly cold fortnight! Long pants and jackets have certainly been a necessity in recent times. However, with the calendar ticking over into August, at least we know that the end of winter is just around the corner.


Last week was a particularly exciting week for our Prep students as it marked their 100th day of school!  Tuesday saw a big celebration with a number of fun activities planned to mark the occasion. It was a pleasure to spend some time in the Prep corridor, celebrating with them and popping their 100 balloons, with students counting along, was a great thrill.  It's hard to believe that it's already been 100 days but really is evident in the growth they have made, both academically and physically!


The Year Ones have been very busy over the last two weeks, learning all about mini-beasts and writing information reports about these.  In Numeracy, there has been a big emphasis on identifying, ordering and adding Australian coins.  All students should now be 'coin experts', so please make sure you ask them about the different Australian coins when out shopping next!


In Year Two, students have just started exploring time on analogue clocks. The focus at this point is on telling o'clock, half-past, quarter-past and quarter-to times. Walking through the Year Two classrooms, it is also exciting to see students completing their very own research for their latest information reports. The arrival of brand new laptop computers this week, which has staff and students very excited, will certainly help with this in future.


It has been very exciting to see, right across the school, students proudly wearing their new wristbands with our new Pakenham Springs values. Even more exciting has been the way that students can explain what these values mean, and the way that they are now being regularly referred to in conversations that take place around the school. Visitors to the school may have noticed our new posters on display, showcasing the handy work of Mr Rook, and outlining exactly how we demonstrate these in different areas of the school.  We are certainly very proud of the work that has been done to date to implement a 'School-Wide Positive Behaviour Support' framework within our school.


Let's hope that when I write next, that the weather has started to warm up! By then we will nearly be in Spring.


Take care

Danny Forster

Acting Assistant Principal in Junior School



Year 3, 4 and 5
Assistant Principal's Report

Middle/Senior School News

It is great to be back!  Having been a part of the Pakenham Springs School Leadership Team since 2013, it really feels like home, stepping back into the role this term.  Over the previous three terms, I have had the honour of leading two other schools in an Acting Principal capacity.  I met some great people and learnt new skills.  I was also able to reflect and appreciate the wonderful staff, students and parents we have here at PSPS along with the high impact teaching and learning we have in place.

What has been happening in Year 3/4/5?

Our energetic Year 3 students have been focusing on Multiplication and will have the opportunity to showcase all they have learnt with a follow-up assessment check-in.  This will provide an excellent moment for celebration and personal reflection for all students.  Please ask your child about this assessment and the improvement they have made over the mathematical unit of study.  The team are also getting ready to publish and display the student’s information reports and from all I have seen, I am equally excited to view the display boards.

Year 4 students are hard at work meeting personal goals in both Multiplication and Division.  The understanding of these life skill mathematical concepts will certainly be needed in the up and coming Perimeter and Area unit of study.  I am excited to see each Year Four student’s information publication coming to life and have particularly enjoyed reading information report booklets. The team have created a uniformed approach to homework, setting high expectations that include 3-4 nights of reading, a reading comprehension response and 3 spelling activities to complete with individual spelling words.  The camp is well and truly in the depths of organisation and only two and half weeks away!

Information Reports are on the writing menu across the school and the Year 5 team are confident their display of student’s published work will be worth the visit.  Please speak to your child’s teacher about where to find this display.  Our next unit of writing will focus on the Descriptive text type and is sure to be just as engaging.  In mathematics, it is all about ‘thinking, thinking and more thinking’.  Whilst division is the concept, how to solve division problems using a range of strategies that students can articulate, is the power of gaining lifelong learning.  I have been super impressed to hear (and learn) the many different strategies and the reasoning behind them when visiting each class.

Whilst it certainly it a windy old day today, I wish all the Middle and Senior school students a wonderful time at the athletics carnival.

Kindest Regards

Jane King

Years 3-5 Learning Community Leader.

Year 6
Assistant Principal's Report

Senior School News

This fortnight our Year 6 students have been working hard on getting their Information Reports ready to publish. They have been learning to use resources to strengthen their written pieces by backing up what they say with facts. They've investigated the authenticity and reliability of information from various sources - for example, sites that allow anyone to edit information (Wikipedia) and discovered how to use the information from these sources, but put it into their own words to avoid plagiarism. Using a bibliography has been an explicit learning focus so that students understand the importance of crediting their research sources.


It's been great to see the Year 6 students embracing the focus on our new School Values and participating enthusiastically in their classroom Values lessons. Through these lessons, the students unpack what each value looks like in the context of a specific area of the school, for example on the oval, in the playground or moving around the school. We rely on our Year 6 students to set a good example for our younger students, and I am pleased to say that they are doing a brilliant job of demonstrating our values to the school community.


All students have been patiently awaiting the completion of our new playground and fitness equipment. Using money raised by the school community over the past couple of years, we were able to have this fantastic equipment installed - we are just waiting for the mulch to be blown in and then we're all ready to go! All students will be able to demonstrate how well they understand our values when this new playground is open.


Finally, with 2019 Secondary School Placements being announced this week, we start to head into a super busy time of the year. Individual secondary school's will begin to send out information about transition sessions and other opportunities for students (and their families) to begin familiarising themselves with their next school.  We do ask you to please keep the office informed if you decide to go to a different Secondary School.  It's really important that we have our records up to date and accurate so we can ensure the relevant information is passed on.


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 14th August:

  • S31 and S32 Melbourne Museum excursion
  • Finance and School Council Meeting

Wednesday 15th August:

  • J01, J02, J03 - Prep Cranbourne Botanic Gardens Excursion

Thursday 16th August:

  • S34, S35 & S36 Melbourne Museum excursion

Friday 17th August:

  • Springers Celebration - 2.30pm Staffroom

Tuesday 21st August:

  • Step Into Prep - Group 1 - Session 2 - 9.00am-10.00am

Wednesday 22nd August:

  • J04, J05, J06 - Prep Cranbourne Botanic Gardens Excursion

Thursday 23rd August:

  • Book Week Parade - 9.00am


Advance Notice:

Wednesday 29th August - Friday 31st August:

  • Year 4 Phillip Island Camp

Friday 7th September/Saturday 8th September:

  • Year 2 sleepover




Monday 16th July 2018 — Friday 21st September 2018


Monday 8th October 2018 — 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

Year 2 Sleepover information

Middle School

Year 4 Phillip Island Camp - Final payment due today

Year 4 Camp clothing and personal equipment list

Year 4 Homework expectations

Year 3 & 4 - Boxes for STEM

M27 - Letter to parents

Senior School


Whole School

Canteen closed on Friday 10th August

Book Week Parade - Advance Notice

Assistant Principal Roles

Working Bee cancelled for Saturday 11th August

Family Portrait fundraiser information



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 J08

Junior School King JO8 is sharing the learning taking place in their class…

In J08 the students have been working extremely hard learning how to write an information report. Last week they chose someone in the class to research and worked out what questions they wanted to ask them.


Then they interviewed that person and wrote notes on their plan. After that they wrote an information report on their special person.

Some students even interviewed a family member at home.

This week the students are researching a chosen mini beast so they can write an information report on it.

Here are some of the finished Information Reports…


Butterflies are insects.

Butterflies have wings and are colourful.

Butterflies drink nectar. They are herbivores.

They live in the open areas, meadows and fields.

Butterflies are nice.



House Flies

Flies are insects.

They have six legs and two wings and two eyes.

They eat decaying matter and faeces.

They live anywhere close to organic waste and humans.

House flies are able to move their wings - 200 times per second.

They always like to annoy people.









Ladybirds or Ladybugs are insects.

Ladybugs are red and have black spots.


Ladybugs eat plants and other insects.


Ladybugs live in grasslands.


Ladybugs can be girls or boys.




Praying Mantis

What am I?

Praying Mantis’ are insects.

What do they look like?

They have two large eyes and three other eyes to look behind them.

What do I eat?

Praying Mantis eat other insects.

Where do they live?

They live in rainforests, grasslands and meadows.

What eats me?

Bats, birds, frogs, spiders, fish and aquatic insects eat me.

Female Praying Mantis’ can lay hundreds of eggs.



J08 have also been learning about money and who doesn’t love
money – right?

The students have been learning to identify each coin by its colour, size, shape, number and picture.  They have also learnt the value of each coin and discovered that the lowest value coin is not the one with a one on it, like a lot of students thought.  Apparently, $1 is actually worth 100 cents.  It took a long time to glue down each one cent coin to show each coin’s value, but the $2 coin took the longest as it needed 200 one cent coins.


The students also learnt that skip counting by 5s and 10s helps us to add coins.


Next week we will be making a shop so we can show our understanding of money in a realistic shopping situation.
The Coles mini products will come in handy then.

Learning in M23

Middle School Little is sharing the learning taking place in their class…

On the 25th of July 2018, we went to the Royal Botanical Gardens and the Shrine of Remembrance.

My favourite part of the excursion was when we got Ohka to make paint.  We needed one big rock and a piece of Ohka, medium sized rock and a bowl of water as well.  We made the paint by getting the big rock and the Ohka and crushing it up to a fine dust. Then mix the dust with water and mixing it up with your fingers.



On Wednesday the 25/7/18 the grade 3’s all went on an excursion to the Shrine of Remembrance and Royal Botanical Gardens. We all went to our teachers to hand in our snacks and lunches. When we arrived, we got to eat our snacks and then lined up to walk to the Gardens first.  We saw all kinds of beautiful flowers.  My favourite was the pink flower with the big, bright, green leaves. There were many plants and old and new trees. We got to see the Paper Bark tree and touch its bark.  It was very cool!  I learned lots about the aboriginals from our guide whose name was Ella.


On the 25th of July 2018 we went on the best excursion for me. We went to the Botanical Gardens and the Shrine of Remembrance.  There was a flame at the Shrine and it was called the eternal flame -eternal means never goes out.  We were able to put poppies on the wall so we could remember some of the men and women that died in the War.  We were lucky because we got to see a secret passageway into the Shrine.   We called it the ‘bat cave’.

We also got to pretend we were hiding in the trenches.  In the war, they hid in the trenches.  But my favourite part was when we went into the Botanical gardens and hid under the Bunya Tree.  We also painted with Ohka.  We learned about all of the aboriginal countries that made up Australia.



Yesterday, on Wednesday the 25th of July 2018, we went on an excursion to the Royal Botanical Gardens and the Shrine of Remembrance in the city.   All of the year 3’s, teachers and parent volunteers came.

First, we went to the Botanical Gardens and then the Shrine.  While we were walking we saw the eternal flame.  When we went inside the first thing we saw was the gallery. The gallery has many different types of pictures and models of what happened in World War 1 and 2. When we were walking we saw a really big model of a boat. It was massive!  Once we got out of the Shrine we got to have a runaround and then went back to school.


Learning in S40

Senior School Cole is sharing the learning taking place in their class…


Numeracy in S40

S40 are enjoying learning to calculate the discount cost of an item through their individual pop up shops.


During the end of the last term and throughout this term, the year sixers have been increasing their ability to convert between different representations (fractions decimals and percentages), use their place value knowledge to calculate 10% of an amount and to calculate the percentage discount of an item.  The students will apply the skills to shop for their favourite things during their pop up market. The profits they make will be added to their running Game of Life total and assets, in a bid to win the ultimate prize.

 “Calculating different percentage discounts was fun.  At first I struggled calculating the new cost of an item but then I slowly got better and I succeeded.  On my percentage fractions and decimals test, I got 30 out of 30!  I loved making the poster, shops and selling stuff.  Overall it was great fun.”


“I enjoyed the mathematical part of my poster as well as the shopping part of it.  I liked putting the percentage into an algorithm and solving it.  When I shopped, I think I did well as I got further discounts for items in other stores.”


“It was hard for me to discount on my poster so I asked Mrs Cole for help and I got how to do it.”



Reading in S40

During daily reading sessions, S40 are focusing on varying learning areas in their five groups: Red, Blue, Yellow, Purple and Green. This week we are learning to: summarise information, read and spell our SWST spelling words, develop fluency, expression and accuracy in reading aloud and respond with thought and detail to literature.


Isabella from Blue group: “I like the activities and how the activities work to help my learning.”


Indie from Green group: “I enjoy novel study because it helps me learn more about the book or remember after I have read it.”


Anzam from Purple group: “I really like reciprocal reading because we read aloud to each other and we give each other new reading goals and strategies to improve our skills.”


Jackson T from Yellow group: “I like reciprocal reading because all of the jobs help me with reading.  My favourite role is the clarifier because I can help people when they don’t know words and to understand the meaning of it.”


Keishar from Red group: “We have a group of people and we do a different task.  I like reciprocal reading. Sometimes we wobble when we become unfocused and start to laugh. We’ve worked hard to pull ourselves together to do reciprocal reading again.”



OSHClub News



Hello Everyone 


It has been very busy at the service over the last couple of weeks with the numbers growing at both Before and After School care which is fantastic to see and we thank you for your ongoing support. 


Over the past weeks, we have been getting our hands dirty and starting our very own vegetable garden.  In the garden, we are growing some carrots, tomatoes and basil and are hoping to expand our selections to not only more vegetables but also fruit and flowers.  The past few weeks we have also been focusing on sensory play with items such a goop, slime and Kinetic sand. The children have enjoyed this play so much that we hope to find something new to expand our sensory play with.  


For those of you who have not seen our new set up, we have recently moved the room around and created a lovely quiet reading and relaxing area to add to the room.  We are hoping to be able to add to it soon to make it more peaceful and relaxing to those who are using it.  


We would also like to thank the parents who have been kind enough to bring more recyclables for our construction, glitters and dress ups.  Thank you all for your support within our service.  



Please make sure your Kidsoft accounts including medical and emergency contacts are up to date.  

If you are having trouble, please feel free to give us a call or pop in and we can help fix it all up.  


Once again the lost property is overflowing - please pop in and check if anything belongs to your children.  


3 contact details on your account in case of an emergency.  If you have changed employment, moved house or changed phone numbers it is very important that these details are up to date to enable us to contact you or your emergency contacts should we need to. 


It would also be much appreciated if your child is not going to be attending ASC that you either cancel them online or  send a text to the service mobile on the following number 
0438 564 038.  This saves a lot of time when signing the children in the afternoon and means that we do not have to go through the process of contacting families or in the event of not being able to contact you, having to put our missing child policy (contacting police) into place which we are required to do within 30 minutes of being unable to find your child. 



Kristen, Courtney and Zubaria 


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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