Pakenham Springs Newsletter

08 February 2019
Issue One
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
School Council
Upcoming Events
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.

Welcome back


Welcome everyone to the new school year and a very warm welcome to our new families joining the school community for the first time.  We welcome 104 students to their ‘first’ year of school and an additional 33 students to other year levels.   I would like to extend a warm welcome to our new families and encourage you to become involved in school activities.   We look forward to a happy and productive year and having a strong home and school partnership to support your child’s academic and personal development.


We also welcome our new teachers, Natalie Coxon, Amanda Lyons and Carla Rosenkotter.  We also have two new learning support assistants Ailsa McDonald and Leah Haramoana. 

Over the holiday our facilities underwent lots of upgrades, painting occurred inside and outside the buildings, each class was fitted out with brand new furniture along with other routine maintenance items. 

As we start the new year our teachers have been revisiting our school values of Respect, Responsibility and Resilience.  They have also spent time this week explicitly teaching students how to display and use these values in the classroom.  Teachers have also focused on setting up strong expectations for learning, especially in reading and writing. 


In 2019 we have two large focuses in our Annual Implementation Plan and the are to improve the teaching and learning of reading and continue to work on our School Wide Positive Behaviour. Students are already being acknowledged for showing our values with Froggy Dollars and they are striving to achieve their bronze, silver and gold certificates. 

School Council

School Council nominations will open on Monday 12th February 2019.  School Councils play a key role in Victorian government schools.  Participating as a school council member is a rewarding and challenging experience.  The school council supports me as the principal to provide the best possible educational outcomes for students.  I encourage you to consider nominating to be a member of the Pakenham Springs School Council.  We have 4 parent vacancies for 2-year positions and 2 positions for school staff to nominate.  More information on the role of a school councillor can be found on the 'School Council' page of this newsletter.  Nomination forms are available at the office.


Just a reminder that we use Compass as our main method of communication across the school. Compass is also used to monitor and report absence, report student academic progress twice a year, book parent-teacher interviews, paying for school activities and communicating with school staff.  If you need assistance with logging in,  please contact the office staff. 


Just a reminder that there is a new canteen menu this year with some price changes for hot food and yogurt.  Please click below if you wish to view the 2019 menu.


Kerryn Baillie


Year Prep - Year 2
Assistant Principal's Report



Welcome back to Pakenham Springs in what is sure to be a  tremendous 2019.  And welcome, for the first time, to all of our Prep families!  It has been incredibly pleasing to get into classrooms this week and see the way that students have returned to school and really hit the ground running. There has been a real air of enthusiasm and excitement, moving through all classrooms and some high-quality learning is already evident.


As students settle into their 2019 classrooms, the teachers will be placing a strong emphasis on getting to know their students and building relationships with them. In addition to this, there is a real focus on outlining very clear expectations for 2019, revising our school values of 'respect', 'responsibility' and 'resilience' and how we can demonstrate these in different settings of the school.  It has been very pleasing to hear returning students speak about these values, why they are important and how we can demonstrate these on a daily basis.  


Our new Preppies have settled in beautifully, and whilst a few tears initially when beginning school is natural, it has been great to see, and to hear back from teachers, that any anxiety has been short-lived and that all students are quickly adjusting to the expectations that go along with being at school.  Prep students this week learnt all about the letter 'M' and met 'Milo the Monkey' as a part of our  'Little Learners Love Literacy' program. 


Year One and Two students have been busy discussing expectations for our 'Writers Workshop' as well as our 'Readers Workshop' which is new to Pakenham Springs in 2019.  This is a new approach to teaching reading, to ensure a level of consistency across the school and teachers have been busy completing some professional learning in the early stages of the year.  Both year levels have been completing some personal writing, which is a school-wide text type focus in the early stages of the year which further supports the teachers and students getting to know one another. 


Just a reminder that in Term One at Pakenham Springs, all students are expected to be wearing sun-smart hats outside as part of our sun-smart policy, and will be asked to play undercover in the shade if they do not have one. 


I look forward to seeing you all around the school throughout 2019.  With new initiatives, such as our Readers Workshop model, new resources and equipment to come, and plenty of new learning to occur, 2019 promises to be another year of great excitement at Pakenham Springs.


Until next time, take care.



Danny Forster 

Assistant Principal in Junior School


Year 3 - Year 5
Assistant Principal's Report

Middle School News



Firstly,  I’d like to welcome all our new families to Pakenham Springs Primary School.  Across Years 3, 4 and 5, we have a total of ten new families and thirteen new students who have begun with us in 2019.   I am positive that all families have received a very warm welcome and all children are successfully settling into this great school.


The students have begun their new year by building their familiarity with our school’s values and goals.  All classes are developing class mission statements and defining what makes a great learning environment.   At Pakenham Springs we pride ourselves on building strong relationships. It was fantastic to see the students giving their thoughts about what makes a great teacher and brainstorming what makes a focused learner.   Research shows that starting the year with clear expectations provides learning success and powerful teacher–student relationships.




As we move into weeks 3 and 4, every classroom is engaging in five hours of Reading, five hours of Writing and five hours of Numeracy as per the Victorian Curriculum requirements.  I have been super impressed with the enthusiasm of the students in Years 3, 4 and 5 and the maturity shown across the Middle and Senior School.   2019 is shaping up to be a fantastic year already.


As parents, I encourage you to continue to allocate home reading time.  Reading at home is not just for younger students.   Whether you are reading to your child, listening to your child or your child is independently reading; allocated time that remains consistent over each term will greatly support growth in reading comprehension, vocabulary, predictions and making connections.   All skills that a successful adult reader requires.


Please keep an eye on the website and calendar for the many special events and activities planned over Term 1, 2019.


Kindest Regards

Jane King

Assistant Principal in Middle School

Year 6
Assistant Principal's Report

Welcome to Year 6!

We sure have hit the ground running in our Senior School this year!


At Pakenham Springs, we are aiming to help our students develop into responsible and informed members of our local and global community.  To do this, we need to teach our students the skills they need to achieve this goal.   A new initiative at PSPS this year has been our Senior School Conference, which was held last Friday. 

A range of guest speakers were invited to present to our Year 6 students about goal setting, teamwork, resilience and motivation.


We had Cardinia Shire Youth Services speak about the range of services available to young people in the Pakenham Community and the power of giving and receiving compliments.


Aligned Leisure presented a workshop on developing leadership skills and using teamwork to achieve a goal.  Some great block towers were built, with our students using verbal and non-verbal communication to build the tallest tower possible. 


Goal setting and breaking our big goals down into little chunks was also the topic of our workshop by DELTAR Motivation (our very own Mr Harris)

We invited Mike Spears of Orange Ball Fun (ex-NBL basketballer, coach and motivational speaker) to motivate our students to work hard, keep their eyes on their big picture goals and to 'think before you quit'.   Mike was also the referee of our staff v students lunchtime basketball match, which the students took part in after enjoying their sausage sizzle lunch.


Our parents joined us for the end of the day, where we reflected on what we had taken from the day and we thought about how we would apply this new knowledge to make our Year 6 year the best ever!


I was so proud of all our Year 6 students - their participation, positive attitude and insightful reflections truly showed how privileged we are to have such a great group of role models for our school.   Feedback from students, staff, parents and all of our presenters was extremely positive, with this event now becoming an annual conference for our Year 6 students.


Have a great week!

Renee Cotterell

Assistant Principal 

School Council

School Council 2019

The Pakenham Springs School Council consists of the School Principal,  9 elected parents, 4 elected employees of the Education Department and up to 2 co-opted members.


According to regulations and the current status of councillors for 2018/2019 we now need to elect 4 parent representatives (2 years) and 2 Education Department employee representatives (2 years and 1 year).  Nominations are now called for in relation to these positions.


The guidelines for nominations are as follows:

· Persons nominated must be either parents/guardians of a student (s) at the school or employees of the Education Department.

· Persons making and seconding nominations must be either parents/guardians of students at the school or employees of the Education Department.

· Nomination forms are available at the school office (will be sent home upon request).

· The nomination and election process, if required, will follow the timeline as set out below.

· Where the number of nominations equals, or is less than, the number of vacancies in each specific category then no election will be necessary.


If further information is required regarding this process, responsibilities and expectations of councillors or any other aspect of School Council functioning please contact myself, or Sue Northover at the school.


If you are interested in specific information regarding the work of School Council and School Councillors please ask for guidelines from the Office.



Notice of Meeting and Call for Nominations:  Monday, February 11th 2019

Nominations close:  Monday, February 25th at 4:00 pm

Nominations listed outside Office, and election form, (if required) sent to parents via Compass Wednesday  6th March 2019.


Election process (if required) to be completed by 4:00pm Wednesday 13th March. Results announced via Compass on Friday, March 15th.


It is a wonderful privilege to be a School Council member.  I encourage you to give serious consideration to taking an active role in nominating a worthy candidate or standing for a position yourself.


Kerryn Baillie



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:


Monday 11th February:

  • Prep and Student Leader photos
  • School Council Meeting

Friday 15th February:

  • Springers Awards - Staffroom 2.30pm

Wednesday 20th February:

  • District Swimming - Select students

Friday 22nd February:

  • Springers Awards - Staffroom 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

Friday 20th September - End of Term 3

(Students dismissed at 2.30pm)

Term 4

Monday 7th October 2019 - Students return

Tuesday 5th November 2019 - Melbourne Cup Day Public Holiday

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:

Classroom Helpers parent/grandparent/carers session - 8th February 9.00am

Junior Visual Arts - Parent helper request from Mrs Sanderson

J11 - Letter regarding your child's teacher in 2019

Middle School

Classroom Helpers parent/grandparent/carers session - 8th February 9.00am

Senior School

Classroom Helpers parent/grandparent/carers session - 8th February 9.00am

Senior Student Conference

Senior School Electives




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.









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