Pakenham Springs Newsletter

22 March 2019
Issue Four
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
National Day of Action against Violence and Bullying
Parking Restrictions Around the School
Learning in J02
Learning in M21
Learning in LOTE
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.


We are all saddened by the events that occurred in Christchurch last Friday.  Our thoughts are with all families and those affected by this tragedy.  At times like these it can be difficult to know how to support our children.  Here is a link to help families with “talking about scary stuff in the news”.  I hope the tips in this article will be useful to you. 

Safety at School

Over the past fortnight,  we have had a big focus on safety.  We recently had an Occupational Health and Safety Audit. The auditor was very impressed with our high standards of safety and management at Pakenham Springs.  Safety is our first priority and it is reassuring to know we are compliant in all areas thanks to a hardworking and professional team. 


We also held our first emergency evacuation drill this week and I was so proud of our students for the level of respect they showed as they practised and took note of what to do to ensure their safety.  Our preps and the kindergarten children also participated and all learnt what to do.  Throughout the year we will continue to hold different drills and improve our procedures. 

Term 1 Open Afternoon

We are looking forward to our first Open Afternoon next Wednesday (27th March) - students have had a very busy term working towards their learning goals and reaching great results. Open afternoon allows you to see their work and classrooms and have an informal chat with the class teacher.  Of course, you can also enjoy a freshly cooked sausage in bread as well. 

Out of Uniform Day

Thank you to those who supported our Out of Uniform Day this week.  Approximately $900.00 was raised which will go towards the prizes for the Easter raffle.  Our fundraising team work hard to raise funds to provide resources for students.  Already we have been able to provide new maths trolleys to all classrooms to ensure all students have 'hands on' materials to support their learning of different mathematical concepts. 


Today I met with one of the friendly managers of OshClub who shared the plans for the holiday program.  If you need Vacation Care please see the details in this newsletter and in the attachment below.  It looks like a great program to keep your children amused in the holiday period. 


Worlds Greatest Shave

One of our staff members, Tanjil-Lea Delport, is taking part in this year’s WORLDS GREATEST SHAVE.  On April 5th she will be braving the razor and shaving her locks. 

If you want to support Tanjil-Lea please visit and make a donation. 

Every dollar goes towards fighting Blood Cancer. 


It's hard to believe there are only two weeks of term 1 left!  Please make sure you keep an eye on the 'Upcoming Events' page of the newsletter for all the important dates, including camps and Curriculum Days for 2019.


Kerryn Baillie


Year Prep - Year 2
Assistant Principal's Report

Junior School News

Welcome back to week 8!  And what an eventful and productive fortnight it has been.  Last Friday saw us run our first house event for 2019, which was a tug-of-war between the students and staff in each house.  Whilst our Preps, Ones and Twos weren't actually able to participate, they were certainly cheering on their houses enthusiastically from the sidelines and a great time was had by all.  This Tuesday also saw us conduct our first emergency evacuation drill for 2019.  All students and staff should be commended on the way that they calmly evacuated their classrooms and assembled in an orderly manner out on our grassed area.


Preps this week also had some special visitors into their classrooms as a part of our Responsible Pet Ownership program.  By participating, students were able to learn about the needs of household pets and how they can take care of them properly.  It was also wonderful this week for me to teach one of our Prep classes for a morning session. The school values of 'respect', 'responsibility' and 'resilience' were well known already, but also evident in their behaviours.  The excitement around learning was really pleasing too, and all students approached their learning enthusiastically. 


Year One students have been learning all about number patterns and sequences in Numeracy this week, counting forwards and backwards by different numbers and starting at different starting points.  Walking along the Prep/One corridor today, I couldn't help but notice the Year One writing display board which is looking incredible, in no small part due to the fantastic writing that has been completed in class about the different seasons of the year.  I would strongly encourage parents to come along and have a look during our Open Afternoon next week.


Year Two students have maintained a strong place-value focus in Numeracy so far this term, but are about to shift their focus to addition and subtraction, whilst linking this with money and measurement. Teachers in Year Two have been working hard at fine-tuning their approach to running our Reader's workshops.  On learning walks, it is really evident that students know exactly what a 'good-fit' book is, what the expectations are during independent reading time and there is real evidence of them thinking about and responding to the texts they read in their Reader's Notebooks.


Just a reminder about our Open Afternoon this coming Wednesday, March 27th.  Classrooms will be open from 3.00pm and I look forward to seeing plenty of families there to celebrate the learning that has been taking place throughout Term One.  Our Easter raffle continues to run and will be drawn at our Open Afternoon.    Again, I look forward to seeing plenty of families in attendance.


Until next time, take care!



Danny Forster 

Assistant Principal in Junior School


Year 3 - Year 5
Assistant Principal's Report

Middle School News

It is an exciting time in our first term of learning for 2019 with the holidays fast approaching, celebrations, feedback and reflections together with planning days, arrangements and organisation for the new term ahead.


With students well and truly settled into their 2019 classroom timetables and routines, it is important to note that change to these timetables and routines can cause some concern to some students.  Research shows that being proactive and forthcoming in information supports these students to be productive and calm each school day.


Planning days for all teacher/year level teams will occur in week 10 of this term.  These planning days are a critical component for ensuring Pakenham Springs Primary School continues to differentiate the learning and ensure all students are targeted at their point of need.  During planning days, teachers analyse student learning results and use this to inform future teaching and learning.   We have high expectations of all students and we know that ‘failing to plan, is the same as planning to fail’.   Here at ‘The Springs’ we plan for SUCCESS.


During planning week, students will not have their normal specialist timetable running.  All specialist subjects (PE, STEM, Media and Visual Arts) will be held on the same day as the teachers' plan.  For example:

The Year 3 team will be planning on Thursday 4th April.  This means the students in Year 3 will attend all specialist classes for that day.  The classroom teacher will still be onsite however ‘locked’ away planning term 2 with the team. The Year 4 team will have their planning day on Wednesday 3rd April and the Year 5 team have their planning day on Tuesday the 2nd April.  All students will have this information prior to week 10, however, if you are aware that your child may need extra details and/or information, please touch base with myself and I will ensure they are provided with the additional support.


NAPLAN will be held in term 2.  A practice test system has been developed and students will be given adequate time to learn the new on-line system.  In the past NAPLAN has been completed using pen and paper.  In 2019, NAPLAN has moved to an online assessment tool, although Year 3 students will continue to use pen and paper for the NAPLAN writing component.  Having begun looking at the new platform, I am confident our students will do great.  Please note that two of our Year 3 and two of our Year 5 classes will complete a ‘technical’ test on Thursday.  This IS NOT assessed and will not provide these classes with extra benefits.  NAPLAN authorities require a sample from all schools to participate in this ‘technical’ test, purely to ensure that the system is strong enough to handle multiple students across Australia logging in and to prevent ‘system crashes’ during the planned NAPLAN assessment period.  Further information will be sent home closer to the date.


Good luck and have a wonderful two weeks ahead.


Kindest Regards

Jane King

Assistant Principal in Middle School

Year 6
Assistant Principal's Report

Developing our Student Leaders

One of the things I love most about my position as Assistant Principal in the Year 6 area at Pakenham Springs, is working with our students to develop their social and emotional skills and their capacity to show leadership and make a difference in their world.  Although the confidence and drive of some students astounds me, the knowledge that we have students who need extra support and guidance in order to let their amazing potential shine through is really what drives me to do my best for all students at PSPS every day.  


This week I was fortunate enough to take 6 of our student leaders to the National Young Leaders Day conference at the Melbourne Convention Centre.  This day is designed to give our future leaders the inspiration, and some handy hints, they may need to assist them in their leadership journey. 

This year we heard from 4 amazing speakers with some wonderful stories to share.  Cal Wilson (comedian and author) spoke about being open to new experiences and to always 'SAY YES'.   When stepping out of our comfort zone, into our 'courage zone' we can learn so much.


Tim Diamond (founder of the Cotton On Foundation) spoke about finding a passion and a way to turn that passion into action to make a difference.  His overall message was around collective impact - by working together, change can be made.


Leisel Jones (Australian Olympic swimmer) spoke about how talent and good timing do not guarantee success.  She examined the 10,000-hour mastery rule and encouraged students to have crazy goals!  By breaking down goals into tiny parts, she showed us how we could achieve so much more than we originally thought we were capable of.  She also encouraged us all to enjoy the ride and take the first step - 'you don't have to see the whole staircase to take the first step'.

Holly Ferling (Melbourne Stars WBBL player) spoke about leaving a legacy - she posed the question 'what  will people remember YOU for'?   We spoke about our Year 6 students currently being the 'big fish in the little pond' and Holly encouraged us all to 'Embrace the scary but exciting.'  The benefit of now being the little fish in the HUGE pond of Secondary School means that we have the capability to grow more than we ever knew was possible.


Personally, I know that I took in so much from all four speakers, as well as from hearing the conversations and reflections of our students. I hope our student leaders found this day beneficial and that they now have the confidence to share their new discoveries with other students at PSPS.


Have a great week!

Renee Cotterell

Assistant Principal 

Upcoming Events

Term 1:

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


Friday 22nd March:

  • Easter Raffle tickets due back
  • Year 6 Interschool Sport 
  • SRC Meeting 2.30pm
  • Springers 2.30pm

Tuesday 26th March:

  • School Tours for prospective families - 9.30am

Wednesday 27th March:

  • Term One Open Afternoon and Community Picnic 
  • Easter Raffle Drawn

Friday 29th March:

  • District Lightning Premiership

Friday 5th April:

  • Whole School Assembly 9.00am
  • House Fun Run
  • End of Term 1 - Students dismissed at 2.30pm



Tuesday 29th January 2019 - Teachers return

Thursday 31st January 2019 - Students return  

Monday 11th March - Labour Day Public Holiday

Friday 5th April - End of Term 1

(Students dismissed at 2.30pm)



Tuesday 23rd April 2019 - Students return

Thursday 25th April 2019 (ANZAC Day Public Holiday)

Friday 26th April 2019 - Curriculum Day - no students attend on this day

Monday 10th June 2019 - Queens Birthday Public Holiday

Friday 28th June 2019 - End of Term 2

(Students dismissed at 2.30pm)



Monday 15th July 2019 - Curriculum Day - no students attend on this day

Tuesday 16th July 2019 - Students return

Wednesday 28th August - Friday 30th August Year 4 Phillip Island Camp

Friday 20th September - End of Term 3

(Students dismissed at 2.30pm)



Monday 7th October 2019 - Students return

Tuesday 5th November 2019 - Melbourne Cup Day Public Holiday

Monday 11th November -Friday 15th November - Year 6 Canberra Tour

Friday 20th December 2019 - End of Term 3

(Students dismissed at 1.30pm)




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

  • Responsible Pet Ownership incursion reminder

Middle School

  • Year 4 Phillip Island Camp

Senior School:

  • Information regarding enrolment at St Paul's Anglican Grammar Warragul
  • Year 6 Buddy Breakfast
  • 2020 Accelerated Pathways at Drouin SC information
  • Year 6 Canberra Tour 

Whole School:

  • Free Dress Day - Thursday 21st March 2019 - Gold coin donation for Easter Raffle prizes
  • House T-Shirts
  • Evacuation Drill



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.

If you hold a current Health Care or Pension Card and would like to apply for CSEF please see the ladies in the office.

Please note these funds can ONLY be used for School Camps, Sports or Excursions.  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the school.


Contact the school office to obtain a CSEF application form or download from


If you applied for the CSEF at your child’s school in 2018, you do not need to complete an application form in 2019 unless there has been a change in your family circumstances.

You only need to complete an application form if any of the following changes have occurred:

  • New student enrolments;  your child has started or changed schools in 2019 or you did not apply in 2018.
  • Changed family circumstances; such as a change of custody, change of name, concession card number, or new siblings commencing at the school in 2019.

Check with the school office if you are unsure.


Applications for 2019 CSEF funding close on Friday 28th June.




Community News



Pakenham Playgroup

All are welcome to come along and join in the fun at:

Pakenham Play Group

Lily Pond House

62 Duncan Drive



For a small fee of $ 4.00 for 1 Child and $5.00 for 2 or more Children.

Pakenham Play Group is held on every Tuesday morning during school terms .


Starts at 10 am Finishes at 12 mid day.

First hour is set craft {Mum , Dad, Nan or Granddad to assist}.

11.00 to 11.30am we all sit together and have lunch {bring your own}

11.30 to 12.00 is story time singing and dancing.



Pakenham Playgroup

Lilypond House, 62 Duncan Drive, Pakenham

[email protected]

Moonlit Sanctuary Keeper Club

Kids enjoy environmental activities, animal encounters and native animal care.

Day includes: interactions with dingo, python, off-limits animals, feeding animals & food prep, animal enrichment activities. Learn about our animals, their conservation and the environment. For ages 7-14 years.


Autumn 2019 school holiday dates:

  • Week 1: 8 April, 9 April, 10 April, 11 April, 12 April
  • Week 2: 15 April, 16 April, 17 April, 18 April



$80.00 per day, or $220 for 3 days (pro rata for additional days).

Maximum 16 children per day.


Bookings essential as spaces are limited

Dress for the weather and wear closed-toe shoes, long pants and remember your hat or raincoat. BYO lunch or purchase at the café.


Moonlit Sanctuary

550 Tyabb-Tooradin Rd, Pearcedale

Phone 5978 7935


Open daily between 10am and 5pm


National Day of Action against Violence and Bullying

Pakenham Springs Primary School says NO!

At PSPS we take the health, safety and well being of our students and staff extremely seriously - bullying in any shape or form is unacceptable. 


In 2019, we will again join in the National Day of Action against Violence and Bullying - this will see Pakenham Springs take part in activities and discussions relating to issues around bullying and violence.


All students will receive a Bullying, No Way! wristband early in the week and will be encouraged to wear this all week to show that they are against bullying and violence. We will be sharing information around defining bullying, parent tips on how to deal with situations where you think your child may be getting bullied, or conversely, where you think your child may be participating in bully-like behaviour.  Students will be given tips on how to identify and take action against bullying and also on how to stand up and help if they witness someone else being bullied.


The is a fabulous source of information for parents around bullying, also including links to sites such as Beyond Blue and Kids Help Line for support if required.



Parking Restrictions
Around the School


The parking and traffic regulations are enforced around the school. 







The indented parking in this street is restricted to

two minutes only.


This means you can park and get out of your car to walk your child into the school (if it takes no longer than two minutes), but if possible to maximise turn over it would be great if it was used as a ‘stop and drop’ zone.



The indented parking in this street is restricted to

ten minutes only.

This means you can park and get out of your car to walk your child into the school.


The indented parking in this street is restricted to not restricted.

This means you can park here longer term.


Parents driving children to or collecting children from school are asked not to park in the school's car park.  The Department does not provide on-site parking for parents.  The on-site car park is restricted to staff, handicapped parking, official school visitor use and allocated parking for the kindergarten and maternity centre users.  It should be noted that the number of spaces for kindergarten and maternity centre users is limited to 21.  These spaces are clearly marked.  If these spaces are full then other spaces in the car park cannot be used as these are allocated for staff. 


Complex legal and insurance issues arise if parents park in incorrect car parking spaces should an accident occur.  To avoid these issues parents are strongly advised to follow these parking restrictions.  If all the kindergarten and maternity centre allocated car parks are full, the only other option is to park in the street.


The car park and car park entrance is not a public entrance to the school.   Please do not use this entrance as a pedestrian entrance to the school as this presents safety issues for our students.


Learning in J02

Junior School J02 Bakker is sharing the learning taking place in their class…

In J02 we have loved learning the letters in the alphabet.  We have continued to read ‘Milo’s Birthday Surprise’ and been introduced to some awesome characters to help us learn the name and sound for each letter.  We’ve made some cool crafts to help us learn some words that start with each letter.  Take a look!


We have also learnt about Personal Writing and have begun to share about ourselves.  We made self-portraits to share what we look like and did some writing to share our name, our age and our favourite colour.  We have put some of our writing up on display in the Prep corridor for everyone to enjoy.


We have also been learning to write a retell and share the important parts of a story.  Miss Bakker has read some great books and then we share the important things that happen in them through talking about it, drawing a picture and writing about it.



Learning in M21

Middle School M21 Kotzur is sharing the learning taking place in their class...

M21 would like to share their favourite parts about themselves with their personal writing…..


My Elbows

I love my pointy elbows because they help me eat and write.  If I had no elbows I wouldn’t be able to lean on the table when I write.  If the fans were on everything would fly away.  I love my elbows!

By Kylen


My Amazing Brain

I think that my brain helps me move quicker.  It holds information and helps me think.  It helps me to discover and have dreams.  It makes things make sense and the brain has named itself!  My brain helps me read books.

I love my brain!

By Aahil


My Amazing Legs

I love my legs!  They help me every day.  I couldn’t do gymnastics, I couldn’t walk and I wouldn’t be able to climb upstairs to get things from up high.  My legs make me happy. I like my legs they make me run, jump and skip.

This is why I love my legs!

By Emma



Learning in LOTE

LOTE is sharing the learning taking place in class...

It has been a fun beginning to the new year in the LOTE room. Students are learning more about Japan and its culture, including the national flag, geography and cultural sights.  They are also exploring greetings and making use of new language in classroom situations.


Prep students have started to learn the Japanese numbers to 10. Singing along with Jingle Jeff has been an enjoyable learning activity for them.  They also had an exciting time in Week 7, singing “Happy Birthday” to Panda and recording their own age in Kanji writing.  I was very impressed by how hard they all tried when tackling this tricky skill.


Some proud Preps sharing how old they are.


Year 1 and 2 students celebrated Cultural Diversity Week by exploring the theme “belonging”.  They discussed and shared ideas about what it means to belong and how it feels when you do.  Students also spoke about how we can make everyone feel like they belong at our school and how our differences make us special.  To show their individuality they designed and decorated a handprint.  These were showcased in a wall display intended to symbolise togetherness and to show that, although we may be different, we all belong.


Students decorated handprints to show their unique talents.


It has also been fantastic for our LOTE program to extend beyond the Junior School this year.  Year 5 and 6 students now have the option to select a Japanese elective each term.  This term, several students have enjoyed celebrating Japanese culture through festivals, such as Sakura Matsuri (Cherry Blossom Festival) and Tanabata (Star Festival), as well as traditions like hanging Teru Teru Bozu (rain dolls) to encourage sunny weather.


Students folded Sakura origami to mark the Cherry Blossom Festival.


Students made rain dolls to inspire good weather.


Students wrote Tanzaku paper wishes & created beautiful ornaments to celebrate the Star Festival.


Next term promises to be exciting, with an incursion planned for Year 1 and 2 students which will see them dancing up a storm, trying some martial arts and banging on the Taiko drums.  Later in the year, our Preps will be treated to an amazing theatre incursion where they will watch the story of Momotaro the Peach Boy unfold through puppetry and special effects.


Breadon Sensei

OSHClub News


Vacation Care is only a few weeks away and bookings are now open.  We have brochures of what’s happening on the OSHClub website or drop into the service for a copy.


Please ensure all children needing to use the service this year are enrolled and booked in using the online booking system.  For any children with medical conditions, please come and see us before your first visit to ensure all necessary documents are completed and medication is dropped off before your child's first session. 


Remember- if your child/ren are at school before 8.30am, they will need to be attending our Before School Care.  Enrolment is free and easy, visit our website  to get the process started.


Remember Term 1 is a Sun Smart term. As per Sun Smart guidelines and OSHClub's Sun Smart Policy, all children wishing to participate in outside play will need to apply sunscreen and wear a wide-brimmed hat.  We do supply sunscreen (Coles brand 50+), however, if your child had a sensitivity to sunscreens and needs a specific brand, please ensure they have a tube packed in their bag for use at aftercare.


The children have been enjoying a fun-filled term so far.  Our science experiments have been a hit, as well as our cooking lessons on Wednesdays. This term we have been working on building our relationships with one another and encouraging the children to take leadership roles within the service.


This is an exciting time for our OSHClub Coordinator, Kristen Askew as she is taking part in this year’s WORLDS GREATEST SHAVE.  On April 6 she will be braving the razor and shaving her locks. If you want to support Kristen please visit and make a donation.  Every dollar goes towards fighting Blood Cancer.


Important Notices

Please ensure that your account details are up to date.  It is a requirement that there are

3 contact details on your account in case of an emergency.  If you have changed employment,

moved to a new house or changed phone numbers it is very important that these

details are up to date.


It would also be much appreciated if your child is not going to be attending ASC that you

send a text to the service mobile, 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.


Program's Direct Contact Number: 0438 564 038   

OSHClub Head Office: 1300 395 735

Program Coordinator:  Kristen

Program Assistant: Patricia

Vacation Care


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