Buninyong PS Newsletter

12 February 2019
Term 1, Issue 2
Term 1
Principal's Report
Engagement and Wellbeing
Teaching & Learning
Scotsburn News
School Fete
Admin News
Physical Education 2019
BYOD Information night
Music News
BASE 1270
Buninyong Primary School
(03) 5341 3560
202 Simpson Street
Buninyong, Victoria, 3357

Term 1


Feb 13 - No Preps

               - Division Boys Tennis

Feb 14 - Division Girls Tennis

               - Grade 1 Ecolinc

               - BYOD Info Night 6pm

Feb 15 - Prep Teddy Bears Picnic

Feb 20 - No Preps

Feb 22 - PLP Meeting

Feb 25 - Open Day 9am - 1pm

               - School Council


Feb 27 - No Preps

Feb 28 - Open Day 9am - 1pm

Mar 4   - Preps first full week

Mar 6   - Athletics Yr 3-6

Mar 7   - Cold Write

               - Division Lawn Bowls

               - Yr 5 VSEC

Mar 8    - Division Swimming

               - Yr 5 VSEC

Mar 11 - Labour Day - NO SCHOOL

Mar 13 - GRIP Leadership Conference

Mar 14 - Grade 4 Camp

Mar 15 - Grade 4 Camp

Mar 19 - Cross Country P - 6

Mar 22 - Regional Swimming

               - SCHOOL FETE 5:00 - 8:00pm

Mar 25 - School Council

Mar 29 - PLP Meeting @ 2:30pm in the Staffroom

Apr 1    - District Athletics

Apr 5    - Last Day of Term 2:30pm finish

Term 2

April 23 - Term 2 begins

(Please note the first day of Term 2 is Tuesday 23rd April due to April 22 being Easter Monday)


Feb 15 - P - 3 Assembly

Feb 22 - 4 - 6 Assembly

Mar 1   - Whole School Assembly (Family Groups)

Mar 8   - P - 2 Assembly

Mar 15 - 3 - 4 Assembly

Mar 22 - No Assembly

Mar 29 - 5 - 6 Assembly

Apr 5    - Whole School Assembly

Principal's Report

Report from Mr Conlan

Thanks again to everyone for helping us get away to such a smooth start.  All of the classes are looking really settled, with students and staff making excellent use of the first couple of weeks to build relationships and set expectations and routines.


Thanks to all those who are coming along to the Meet and Greet tonight.  This event presents a great opportunity to check in with your child’s teacher, chat about how the year has started and make sure the teacher has the information they need to meet the needs of your child.  All those who are unable to make it tonight are invited to contact their child’s teacher to find an alternative time to catch up.


Preliminary planning for the fete is now underway and all teachers have been thinking about the activity or stall they would like to run.  Remaining newsletters for this term will include a feature on the Fete.  Reading this page will keep you informed and enable you to spot opportunities to help out. 


Our Fete Team, which is made up of both staff and parents, has its first meeting next Monday at 3:45pm.  If you would like to join that team, please let me know.


Following are some important start of year reminders for all parents


As always at this time each year, we have been reminded that the Department does not provide personal accident insurance cover for students.  Parents also need to understand that we as a school don’t purchase cover for our students. 


As such, parents and guardians are responsible for paying the cost of medical treatment for injured students, including any transport costs.


Reasonably low cost student accident insurance policies are available from some commercial insurers. These cover a range of medical expenses not covered by Medicare or private health insurance. 

For Information regarding accident insurance is available at www.studentcover.com.au


At this time each year the department asks us to give our parents and students the following reminder.

  • Personal property is often brought to school by students, staff and visitors. This can include mobile phones, ipads, electronic games, toys, musical instruments, sporting equipment, and cars parked on school premises.
  • The Department of Education and Training does not hold insurance for personal property brought to schools and it has no capacity to pay for any loss or damage to such property.
  • This is something we all need to be aware of and heightens the need for us to take the steps needed to keep property as secure as possible.


Obviously it’s best if parents are able to collect their students from school on or close to 3:30pm. However we understand that this is not always possible and there are times when parents get held up….that’s fine. 


To keep students safe whilst they are in our care, any students who are still at school at 3:45pm and their parents are not on the premises are asked to go to the office where they can be supervised and kept safe.   

If you have any queries about this, please give me a call.

Parents attending Camps and Excursions - Working With Children’s Check (WWCC)

Parents are reminded that it is School Council Policy that all accompanying adults (camps and excursions) require a current WWCC.    Parents can apply for a WWCC, renew (they are current for 5 years) or check their existing status by clicking on the following link http://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/ .  Voluntary WWCC do not incur a cost.

Engagement and Wellbeing

Upcoming parent information session with renowned guest speakers Michael Grose and Dr Jodi Richardson

Buninyong Primary School has acquired award-winning author and speaker, Michael Grose, who will be accompanied by mental health expert, Dr Jodi Richardson, to provide parents and their families with the knowledge to better understand anxiety and how to work with it to develop resilient kids.


You may have seen Michael on,

About the session:

Anxiety amongst children and young people is on the rise. Research informs us that anxiety left unmanaged in childhood will almost always recur in adulthood. Fortunately, there’s so much we can do to help kids turn their anxiousness into real, lifelong resilience.


In this practical 2 hour presentation, Michael and Jodi:

  • explore the origins of anxiety and why we are in the grip of an epidemic

  • show a new research-based approach to working with kids with anxiety

  • introduce the tools to develop self-regulation in kids

  • explain the importance of resilience promotion in kids and the critical traits and parenting style that contributes to resilience.


Details of the event:

Date:   February 26

Time:  6-8pm

Location:  School Gym

Cost:  Free for families of Buninyong PS

Booking: To assist with our organisation, please book your tickets via



We look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible!

Primary School Attendance


Going to school every day is the single most important part of your child’s education. Students learn new things at school every day – missing school puts them behind.


School is better when your child is there

Why it’s important:

We all want our students to get a great education, and the building blocks for a great education begin with students coming to school each and every day.

If students miss school regularly, they miss out on learning the fundamental skills that will set them up for success in the later years of school.

There is no safe number of days for missing school – each day a student misses puts them behind, and can affect their educational outcomes.

Each missed day is associated with progressively lower achievement in numeracy, writing and reading.


Getting in early:

Attendance patterns are established early – a child regularly missing days in kindergarten or in the early years of school will often continue to miss classes in the later years, and receive lower test scores than their classmates.

It’s vital that students go to school every day – even in the early years of primary school.


In Victoria school is compulsory for children and young people aged 6 -17 years


Student Absences

The main reasons for absence are:

Sickness – There are always times when students need to miss school, such as when they’re ill. It’s vital that they’re only away on the days they are genuinely sick, and developing good sleep patterns, eating well and exercising regularly can make a big difference.


Family holidays - It's vital that holidays are planned during school holidays where possible, and not during the term. If you are planning to go on holiday during term time, make sure that you talk to your child’s school in advance, and work with them to develop an absence learning plan.


“Day off” – Think twice before letting your child have a “day off” as they could fall behind their classmates – every day counts.


Truancy – This is when students choose not to go to school without their parent’s permission. There can be many reasons for truancy. The best way to address this is for schools and parents to work together.


School refusal - School refusing children will experience significant emotional distress not only when going to school but also at the thought of going to school; they may be absent from school for weeks or even months at a time. School refusal differs from truancy as children generally stay home with the knowledge of the parents and despite their best efforts to encourage their child to go to school. See: My child or teenager has anxiety


Being away from school for one day a fortnight equals missing 1.5 years over 13 years of school


If your child is away:

If for any reason your child must miss school, there are things you can do with your school to ensure they don’t fall behind:

  • Inform the school

  • Speak with your child’s classroom teacher and find out what work they need to do to keep up.

  • Develop an absence learning plan with your teacher and ensure your child completes the plan.

  • Remember, every day counts. If your child must miss school, speak with your classroom teacher as early as possible.


Openly communicating with your child's school about all absences is a good way to prevent attendance issues being escalated to a School Attendance Officer. A School Attendance Officer is a Department of Education and Training Regional Director who has authority to follow up attendance issues. Chronic or ongoing attendance issues that are escalated can lead to an Infringement Notice being issued to parent/s.


If you’re having attendance issues with your child, please let your classroom teacher know so we can work together to get your child to school every day.

Top attendance tips for parents

  • Schools want to work in partnership with parents – act early if you have any concerns by contacting your child’s school and asking for advice and support

  • Remember that every day counts

  • There is no safe number of days for missing school – each day a student misses puts them behind, and can affect their educational outcomes and their social connectedness

  • Talk positively about school and the importance of attending every day

  • Open and prompt communication with your child’s school about all absences is a good idea

  • Avoid making routine medical and dental appointments during the school day or planning family holidays during the term

  • Seek help from your school if you are concerned about your child’s attendance and wellbeing. Schools want to work in partnership with parents to support student attendance and wellbeing.

Further information

For more information and resources to help address attendance issues, visit:


Parent Liaison Person (PLP)

At Buninyong we developed the PLP program with the aim of strengthening the partnership between home and school, increase the effectiveness of communication and to opportunities for our parents and families to contribute to the school.


Our teachers are now seeking the support of at least 1 PLP for their classes and if this is something that may interest you, please read a bit more about the program below and contact your child’s teacher.


More about the program:

The Parent Liaison Program will include:

  • At least 1 parent representative from every grade in the school

  • 2 meetings each term (usually a Thursday and Friday in week 4 and 8) with members of the principal team.

  • Providing the class with a contact list of consensual families and a photo of the PLP for the class door

  • Assisting to organise certain events that run throughout the school year.


Role Description:

The main roles of the PLP are to:

  • Welcome new parents and families and assist with them to connect to their grade.

  • Assist with whole-school event management (e.g. Fete, Grandparents and Special Friends’ Morning, etc.)

  • Work closely with the classroom teacher to build and maintain positive relationships.

  • Attend the PLP meetings as an advocate for your child’s class. If you are unable to make meetings, that’s ok, just ask someone else to come along.

  • Support the classroom teacher with various activities:

    • Providing assistance to families in need

    • Developing parent helper rosters

    • Supporting the supervision of events and excursions (please note: you don’t have to go to every excursion)

Be Positive (B+) Upcoming Theme

Next week sees the start our B+ program being implemented across the school. Our B+ (Be Positive) Program is a key strategy in building each child’s social and emotional wellbeing through targeted themes and tailored lessons across the school. Throughout the following fortnight, students and teachers will be participating in a range of activities around acceptance and bullying, including defining what bullying actually is and how it can impact a variety of people.

To help with our aims, we encourage all parents to discuss the importance of accepting others and to explore the notion of difference (and what it can add) with their children.

If you are looking for a story to start the conversation, try one of the ones below…  Hopefully they will lead to some great discussions with your child.

If you’re running short of time, you can have a chat about difference in the car and talk to your child about accepting others by putting themselves in others shoes. The following questions may help.


Zones of regulation strengthen student ability to manage emotions

Last year our school tipped their toes in the water with the Zones of Regulation curriculum which is aimed at educating our kids on how to understand their emotions (and regulate these with success). It’s pleasing to report, that these small trials showed a significant improvement in those who took part and we have decided to implement this across the whole school.


As the year unfolds, please take the time to talk to your kids about the Zones and we’re confident we will have a large proportion of our students managing their emotions effectively to improve their general wellbeing.


What are the Zones?

The Zones is a systematic, cognitive behavioural approach used to teach self-regulation by categorizing all the different ways we feel and states of alertness we experience into four concrete colored zones.  The Zones framework provides strategies to teach students to become more aware of and independent in controlling their emotions and impulses, manage their sensory needs, and improve their ability to problem solve conflicts.


The Red Zone is used to describe extremely heightened states of alertness and intense emotions.  A person may be elated or experiencing anger, rage, explosive behavior, devastation, or terror when in the Red Zone.

The Yellow Zone is also used to describe a heightened state of alertness and elevated emotions, however one has more control when they are in the Yellow Zone.  A person may be experiencing stress, frustration, anxiety, excitement, silliness, the wiggles, or nervousness when in the Yellow Zone.

The Green Zone is used to describe a calm state of alertness. A person may be described as happy, focused, content, or ready to learn when in the Green Zone.  This is the zone where optimal learning occurs.

The Blue Zone is used to describe low states of alertness and down feelings such as when one feels sad, tired, sick, or bored.  

The Zones can be compared to traffic signs.  When given a green light or in the Green Zone, one is “good to go”.  A yellow sign means be aware or take caution, which applies to the Yellow Zone.  A red light or stop sign means stop, and when one is the Red Zone this often is the case.  The Blue Zone can be compared to the rest area signs where one goes to rest or re-energize.  All of the zones are natural to experience, but the framework focuses on teaching students how to recognize and manage their Zone based on the environment and its demands and the people around them.  For example, when playing on the playground or in an active/competitive game, students are often experiencing a heightened internal state such as silliness or excitement and are in the Yellow Zone, but it may not need to be managed.  However, if the environment is changed to the library where there are different expectations than the playground, students may still be in the Yellow Zone but have to manage it differently so their behavior meets the expectations of the library setting.


What do the Zones look like?


Anaphylaxis plans and management meetings

Over the next couple of weeks, our administration team will be holding meetings with families with students to discuss the management of their child’s anaphylaxis and context. Whilst our school has a strong culture of managing anaphylaxis and plans are already in place, we like to review each child’s needs on an annual basis to ensure the partnership between home and school is aligned to support the safety of each of our students.


Please note: As part of our school’s Anaphylaxis policy, each student that is at risk of anaphylaxis, is required to have:

  • a current ASCIA action plan signed by a doctor (Have you sent yours to Mel in the office yet?)

  • an Individual Anaphylaxis Management Plan (different to the one above and school-based)

  • an in-date adrenaline auto-injector


Also, it is around this time, where we often get queries as to whether or not we are a nut-free school. To answer this… Our school operates in accordance with the Royal Children’s recommendations around supporting students to develop the capacity to learn how to live with anaphylaxis in a real-life situation and hence we are not a nut-free school. We do however work closely with families to scaffold the learning involved in this process and may have nut-free classrooms and other risk minimisation strategies in place. We appreciate the support of those classrooms (often early years classrooms) in supporting our strategies as the littlies begin to learn more about the management of anaphylaxis.


Asthma Plans (Please ensure your child’s Asthma plan is in date)

Our school is also requesting that those families who have students who are at risk of Asthma, to please provide a current (2019) Asthma Action Plan from Asthma Victoria as soon as possible (in line with our school’s Asthma policy). If you have indicated that Asthma is a medical condition on your child’s enrolment, please expect to receive some correspondence soon as to ensuring all of your child’s medication and plan is in date.


Did you know?

That allergies to rye grass can make people susceptible to thunderstorm asthma? If you would like to have your child tested for asthma and allergies, you can do so by contacting UFS Bridge Mall and asking for a bulk-billed asthma allergy test.


If you are unsure of your child’s current plan and its expiry, please contact Mel in the office who can advise if you need to make any changes.


Craft Donations


Teaching & Learning

Spelling Mastery

Spelling Mastery has begun this week with students grouped into Spelling teams across the school. The nature of these groupings often mean that students are in multiple aged groups. This is often a great learning opportunity for students as they form relationships with peers of different ages while taking on similar learning challenges.

The Spelling sessions are based on a mastery learning model which introduces strategies with associated learning tasks to help create a deep understanding. Sometimes this takes longer than expected which may see students repeat a level. This is ok! At Level C and D the understandings increase in number and complexity which provides a big challenge for students to deal with. Through encouragement, self motivation and reflection, students usually experience success fairly quickly.

Students who progress through to beyond Level F are involved in extended spelling, grammar and vocabulary sessions.

Spelling Mastery runs from 9am – 9.25am on Monday – Thursday every week. This week there may be swapping around of groups to ensure we get the right mix.


Curriculum Mapping – More than Literacy and Numeracy.

During Term 4 in 2018 all teaching teams spent significant time mapping the curriculum around 8 through lines. The plan is that all students will be engaged in thinking and learning around these 8 through lines at least 3 times throughout their primary school life. Through lines are big picture themes based on skills and attitudes that will assist students in being valuable members of the community.


The Through lines are:


Meet and Greet

Thanks to all those who have booked in for a Meet and Greet today. These sessions are really important for us to gather as much information as possible to help guide how we plan learning opportunities.

The purpose of the Meet and Greet is to provide an opportunity for:

  • Teachers and parents to meet
  • Teachers to explain routines and what to expect for their children
  • Parents to ask questions
  • Teachers to get to know more about the student


What to do following a Meet and Greet:

  • Discuss with your child the processes and structures of their classroom.
  • Discuss with your child how they can best meet homework requirements.
  • Help your child set some goals for first term… making these goals based on process are going to be more successful than outcomes. Ie make a focus around reading every night or talking about their book every night rather than getting an A in English.
  • Commit to building a love of learning with your child. Show interest in their learning and ask open questions about their schooling. Have discussions that promote organisation, grit, self motivation and reflection.
  • Keep in touch with your child’s teachers to discuss progress.


During 2017 the Homework policy was altered to reflect feedback gathered from students, parents, teachers and what current research says. During 2018 the policy was implemented with positive feedback from all parties involved. The following points summarise the homework policy:


  • At Buninyong Primary School our Homework Program aims to provide students with the opportunity to:
    • Develop effective study habits and organisational skills.
    •     Practise and revise skills learnt in class
    •     Tune-in to future learning opportunities.
  • The parental role is essentially to foster the love of learning with their child.
  • Homework will be consistently applied across the school. It will be sent out on a Friday and will be required back at school on the following Thursday.
  • Teachers will provide a dedicated Homework session to share student work, discuss strategies to assist in completing homework and provide feedback to students. A focus will be put on positive discussion to promote what effective homework practices look like.
  • Homework will be recorded as a Learning Task on your Compass portal. Parents will be able to track completion of homework throughout the year.
  • Feedback will be provided to students each week appropriate to the task set. This could include correction, stickers, stamps, signature, comment or a rubric score. If your child requires more feedback on their homework please encourage them to ask their teacher.
  • The table below is a guide as to what may be required to spend on homework on top of the expected 15 minutes nightly reading.


This week is the first Big Write of 2017. It is an opportune time to remind us all about the purpose of this writing model which was set up in 2016 to help reinvigorate student engagement in writing.

What is The Big Write?

The Big Write takes place every fortnight in every classroom across the school on a Thursday. It involves the students having dedicated and uninterrupted time to write in very special conditions that encourage concentration and creativity. Students use the prompts that have been provided to families in the days leading up to the day as a guide to write about.


During a Big Write session the lights are dimmed, soft music is played and candles are lit or displayed.


What is Talk Homework? – If you can’t say it, you can’t write it!

Your child will bring home Talk Homework as part of normal homework in the week before a Big Write session. This prompt is provided to encourage parents and children to discuss ideas for writing and strategies to use. It is designed to highlight the important role oral language plays in the development of literacy skills.

What is the parent’s role in Talk Homework?


When you receive Talk Homework we encourage parents to use some of the following strategies:

  • Encourage as many family members as possible to be involved in Talk Homework, possibly around the dinner table.
  • Switch off the TV! Try to ensure this is dedicated talking and listening time.
  • When giving your opinion, use the ‘because’ word to explain why you think that.
  • Ask others around the table to give their opinions and to use the ‘because’ word.
  • Ask your child his/her opinion and ask them to use the ‘because’ word.
  • Link the topic back to something you remember from your childhood and say why things may be different now. Project forward to how things may be different in the future.
  • Don’t write anything down! Not only are we improving oral language, but we are also improving memory links.
  • Revisit the conversation over a few nights to encourage family members to have ‘think time’ as this may change answers and opinions given.

Scotsburn News

Welcome Back

Settled Preps

Our preps are settling in beautifully thanks to the amazing environment that Mrs Anderson has created for them. They seem like they have been at school for years, which is testament to the calm and consistent routines that have been put in place.


BYOD Information Session

A reminder for parents with children in Gr 4 that there is an important information session this Thursday at 6pm in the BER Building, Buninyong Campus.  


Teddy Bears Picnic

This Friday, the Preps from the Buninyong campus will be joining us throughout the morning for some fun activities. All of the Scotsburn Prep’s, 1’s and 2’s (including Mr O’s Gr 2’s) will also be participating. It is sure to be lots of fun.


Parent Helper Program

With so many wonderful opportunities for parents to be involved with the campus, understanding and being aware of the school’s expectations is important. If you are keen to help out at the campus this year, drop in and grab a handout from Shaun. Please remember that a current Working with Children’s Check is required, with a copy to be given to Shaun to keep on site.


Toilet Update

We have received an update regarding our student toilets. There has been a delay on the manufacture side of things and their best prediction of a delivery date is April.  So hopefully that lines up nicely with at least some of the works being completed during the holidays.


Grade 4 Camp

The Grade 4 camp is approaching quickly (14th & 15th March). The students will be visiting Anglesea for the night for lots of fun and hopefully plenty of sleep! Ms Geddes will be joining the students on camp, which will ensure that the students know a familiar face. Permission and medical notes will be coming home very soon. To also help you with your planning, the cost of the camp will be approximately $180.


Thanks Ken

Ken was busy last week trimming up some dangerous branches and giving the school grounds a good tidy up. He has also got underway with the building of some Tee Pee’s which the kids are going to love. These will be added to the Playpod area as another fun place to play.



Thanks Michael

Mrs Anderson’s husband was busy on Friday fixing up our kitchen cupboards. They are now all back together and look great. Thanks Michael.


Zooper Doopers

Axel will be selling Zooper Doopers this Thursday for $1.


Friday Rotations

Our next rotation for Term 1 will be on the (15th February). Our groups will be doing the following:


Term 1 - 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!


ABC & ROCCH Awards

Gr P-2 –  Josh Q

Gr 2-4 – Jack P

ROCCH Award – Maggie E


Term 1 - Important Dates & Extra-Curricular Events

14th Feb -  (Grade 4s) Info / set up iPads session -  14th Feb (time TBC)

15th Feb - Teddy Bears Picnic – 15th Feb

24th Feb - Buninyong Smart Building & Living Expo – (10am-3.30pm)

25th & 28th Feb - Open Day

26th Feb - Curriculum Day

1st Mar - Clean Up Australia Day

6th March - Gr 3-6 Athletics Sports Day

11th March -  Day Holiday

19th March - P-6 Cross Country

22nd March - School Fete

5th April - Term 1 Finishes

School Fete

School Fete - March 22, 5:00 - 8:00pm

As mentioned previously, planning for the Fete is coming along nicely.  Teachers have been discussing options for events and stalls with their students and already we have quite a few locked in.

There is going to be a great range of stalls and events, meaning there will be something of interest for everyone.  Some of the events you can expect to see include:

  • Lucky Dip
  • Sand Jars
  • Bouncy Castles, Pedal Go Karts, Chair-oplane
  • Show Bags
  • Japanese themed stall
  • Pre-loved goods
  • Spinning Wheel
  • Wine tasting
  • Raffles
  • Lolly Stall
  • Lob-A-Choc

There will be a great range of food available, some of which will include:

  • Pulled Pork Rolls
  • Paella
  • Sausage Sizzle
  • Pizza
  • Hot Dogs
  • Baked Potatoes
  • Smoothies & Juices
  • Coffee
  • Ice-Cream
  • Fairy Floss
  • Popcorn
  • Pancakes

This year we are doing all of the food ourselves, so you will know that every dollar you spend on your evening meal will be staying in the school.


A Goods & Services Auction and range of raffles are always a feature of our fete and we’re in the process of seeking donations for the auction.  If you have something to donate, please contact Mel in the office.

The Fete presents a fabulous opportunity for parents to get involved and make a contribution to the school, so talk to your child’s teacher and find out how you can help.


External stall holders were a feature of the fete in 2017 and provided something of interest for the adults.  If you would like to run a stall, contact Mel in the office.


Admin News

Camps, Sports & Excursions Fund


Working with Children Checks (WWC)

Please note that it is a Buninyong Primary School policy that all volunteers (eg Camps, canteen duty, classroom helper etc) require a current Working with Children's Check.  


Attached is an application form if you wish to print.


Compass App

Using Compass allows you to access up-to-date and meaningful information about our school and your child's progress.  Compass includes many different features including your child's attendance, school calendar, booking parent-teacher conferences, receiving communication and newsletters, student reports etc.   


If you are having any trouble with the App, please don't hesitate to contact the school and we will help you with the process



Physical Education 2019

Term 1 Calendar Events 2019

  • 12 February - Western Bulldogs Visit
  • 13 February – Boys Division Tennis
  • 15 February – Team Vic applications due to school
  • 18 February – Hockey Victoria 2019 Roadshow
  • 6 March – Interhouse Athletics (Grade 3-6)
  • 7 March – Division Bowls
  • 8 March - Division Swimming
  • 19 March – Interhouse Cross Country
  • 22 March – Regional Swimming
  • 1 April – District Athletics

Term 2 Calendar Events

  • 1 April – Regional Lawn Bowls
  • 1 May – State Lawn Bowls
  • 8 May – District Cross Country
  • 17 May – Division Cross Country
  • 29 May – District AFL, Netball and Soccer
  • 7 June – Division AFL, Netball and Soccer

Term 3 Calendar Events

7 June – District Basketball Gala Day

4 September – Division Basketball

13 September – Division Athletics

Good luck tennis players

Good luck to Jy Phelps, Andrew Wang, Andrew Gittins, Alby Donald, Nathan Battistella and Mason Trewin in this week’s tennis competition. 

Hockey Victoria Roadshow

Hockey Victoria will again come and visit our schools and take some lucky classes for a Hookin2hockey session on 18 February.  For anyone wishing to start up hockey outside of school is welcome to visit www.hookin2hockey.com.au.   Stay tuned for some photos next week! 

Western Bulldogs Visit


Some players from the Western Bulldogs visited our school today.  They spoke to our Grade 6’s on leadership and were out on the oval at recess to have a kick about with the students wanting to meet them or try their skills at AFL.

Division Swimming

Applications for the 2019 Division Swimming team are now open to children turning 9-13 in 2019.  Please complete the application form to express your child's interest in the Division Swimming Competition to be held at Eureka Aquatic Centre 50m Pool on 8 March, 2019.

There will be a cost of $20 (including entry costs and return bus transfer) for the event and students are permitted to compete in a maximum of 2 individual events, 1 freestyle relay and 1 medley relay.  Please note that students will be selected for their events as each school is limited on entry numbers.  Events and relay teams will be selected based on times provided when registering (this is compulsory) and not all students will necessarily get a place in their chosen events.  Please note qualifying times on the event information.

Age groups are based on participants' age as of 31 December 2019.

The application form must be completed by 18 February, 2019.  Permission notes and payment request will follow shortly after closing date.

More information on the event can be found here.

Ballarat Minors Lunchtime Clinics

We are very excited to announce that the Ballarat Minors will be running some clinics in Week 6-10 for any student interested.  These will run on Mondays (Prep – Grade 2) and Thurdays (Grade 3-6).  If your child is interested in attending, please remind them on the day and for them to bring appropriate footwear.

BDSA Soccer Clinics

Preps to Grade 4’s will be spoiled with some special Soccer clinics run during their P.E. lessons in Week 9 + 10 as part of the Ballarat District Soccer Associations drive to encourage children to take part in soccer.  A big thank you to Kelly Sports for providing the program to us.

Team Vic Applications

Registrations are open to all students turning 10, 11 or 12 in 2019 until 15 February, 2019 for Australian Football, Netball, Basketball, and Football (Soccer).  Girls Football (Soccer) will not be required to go through stages of selection. All nominees will go direct to State Trial.  Please click here for further information or on the sport specific link.


Please note that the school must nominate and endorse applicants as only a certain number of students from each school are permitted to attend and a certain standard is expected from all attendees.  Please do not pay any registration fees prior to receiving this approval.  If your child is interested in applying, please notify Claire Morris by 15 February, 2019, to be considered for nomination.  Applicants will be notified by 22 February of the outcome.


If you have any further questions, please feel free to get in touch with Claire Morris ([email protected]).

Interschool Lawn Bowls Teams

Buninyong will once again be putting in some teams for the Division Bowls on 7 March, 2019.  Positions will be open to Grade 4-6 students.  Tryouts will be held at the Buninyong Bowls Club on Friday 8th and 15th February with training following on the 22nd February and 1st March for those selected.  Please encourage your child to meet Mr Young in the gym at the start of lunch on 8th and 15th February if they wish be involved.

P.E. Shoes

A reminder that students need to have clean, dry sports shoes for P.E.  We recommend bringing a spare pair to school to ensure maximum participation in class.  To find out when your child has P.E., please check your Compass portal.



KAKIZOME – First Calligraphy of the Year

Students have been enjoying learning about New Year’s traditions in Japan.


This week we are looking at “kakizome”, the first calligraphy writing of the year. This is traditionally done on January 2nd and people write auspicious characters for the coming year, such as strength, courage, determination, friendship, loyalty, etc.


Check out some of our students doing their “inoshishi doshi – 亥年 -  Year of the Wild Boar” kakizome on our special water calligraphy paper!




Japanese Fact




202 days to go… stay tuned for upcoming events and ways for our whole school to be involved! Many thanks goes to Catriona Fox for designing our amazing 2019 trip logo.

BYOD Information night

BYOD Information Night


A reminder for parents of students in Grade 4 that our BYOD information evening is coming up this Thursday at 6pm in the BER. This event is intended to give parents some information regarding the BYOD program, how it is used at school and then get iPads ready to bring into school.


All parents and students in grade 4 are asked to attend this session to get their iPads setup and ready for use at school. It should take no longer than an hour all up.


Please make sure you bring your child’s device and that you have their apple ID setup already.


If you can’t make this evening, please let Aaron Coulter know so that you can arrange an alternative time to setup the device.

ICT Acceptable Use Agreement

A big thank you to all parents who have Confirmed through Compass that they have read the ICT acceptable use agreement with their child/ren.


If you haven’t had a chance to complete this yet, could you please complete this in Compass using the link in your news feed. It’s important that all children have read this document and acknowledge they understand the expectations of ICT at Buninyong PS.


If you are unable to access this in Compass, then please contact the Office and they can supply you with a paper copy of the agreement, or you can ask your child’s teacher


Old ICT Equipment

We are trying to build a small display of digital technology which showcases the changes we have seen in ICT equipment over time. If you have anything in the list below which you would like to donate to the school, we would certainly appreciate it and it would be a great help in putting together a display for the students. Please let Aaron Coulter know if you have anything which you could donate.


We are looking for anything that’s a bit older and a bit different, things like:

  • Floppy Disks (8inch or 5 ¼ inch would be great)
  • Older computers (anything 80s or 90s would be great)
  • Old Gaming consoles
  • Nokia Phones
  • Old Apple Products
  • Palm pilots
  • Early digital cameras



Music News

Instrumental Music at Buninyong Primary School

At Buninyong Primary School students have the opportunity to participate in instrumental music lessons delivered by private tutors. Students can choose from Guitar, Keyboard/Piano, Brass or Drums. Instrumental music lessons take place on site during the school day, so participating students do have some time out of their home classroom.


Guitar lessons are held each week in the old police station. All styles including Classical, Rock, Blues etc., are taught. 


Lessons are conducted on Wednesday’s over 30 minutes either individually or in a group of two.  


Cost – on enquiry.

Enquiries – Gregory Storer 0439 035 465.

Email: [email protected]


John Wood will again be giving drum lessons at the school this year on Tuesdays & Fridays 9:30 – 1:00pm.  Cost on enquiry.

Contact John on 5335 8994 or 0427 185 736


Keyboard/piano lessons will continue to be available at the school with lessons being held in the specially equipped “mobile keyboard studio”.


The studio integrates the benefits of modern technology with a formal approach to music offering a progressive course which is both fun and educational.


Written reports are given twice yearly and there are opportunities given for students to play for others.  Access to a sound instrument is recommended.


To reserve a placement enrol now. 

Contact Roger of Music in Motion on 0418 358 078 or 5341 2424 for more information.


Brass tuition continues to be available with Clive Meddings on Friday’s 2:00 – 3:00pm Buninyong Primary School.  Students’ fees are based on eight to ten lessons per term as required.


Contact Clive on 5330 3448 or 0409 333 890



Canteen is back in full swing. I have attached the Term 1 roster. Due to PLP’s still being worked out I may need some volunteers for the first few weeks. 


If you would like to volunteer please add your name to the roster by clicking the following link and placing your name under the date you would like to come in. Ideally we will need 2 helpers per day between 11am - 1.15pm


PLP Roster


It doesn’t have to be the week your class is rostered on. If I have empty spaces on the roster I will then contact the PLP who class is rostered that week to try and organise some help. 


Thanks Tracey 

Canteen Team


BASE 1270

Base 1270

What a fantastic first week back we have had at Base 1270 with increased numbers for before and after school care.


Tuesday the 26th of February is a pupil free day which means we will be running a vacation care program for the day. The operating hours for the vacation care program is 8am-6pm. If you have any suggestions on what you would like to do for this day, please speak to Liam.

This week at Base 1270 we have discussed and adopted the Zones of Regulation. The staff will be regularly checking in with you to discuss how you are feeling, and some strategies that we can implement to be able to regulate your emotions when you aren’t feeling yourself. We have also introduced the positive behaviour box to reward those children who are leading the way in the 5 school values. We are always on the lookout to reward those students who are doing the right thing!


Lastly, you have been introduced to your portfolios this week. These will be regularly updated throughout the year to showcase what you have been achieving during your time at Base 1270.


Here is to another great week!

Base 1270 staff

Base 1270 Admin

Vacation Care will be available on the following dates: -


8 – 12 April 2019

1 – 5 July 2019

23 – 26 September 2019


Online bookings will open closer to the dates but if you would like to book in sooner please send me an email – [email protected]

Buninyong PS Newsletter
Interhouse Cross Country 19 March 2019 Advert.pdf
csef application form 2019.pdf
csef application form 2019.pdf
Compass parent guide.pdf
VIC Schools Asthma Action Plan Puffer Alone 2017.pdf