Carnegie Primary Newsletter

06 August 2019
Issue Eleven
Diary Dates
From the Principal, Linda Jones
Parenting Ideas by Michael Grose
What's happening
Students of the Week
Numeracy News
Arts News
PFA News
Aftercare News
Carnegie Primary School
(03) 9571 2662
51 Truganini Road
Carnegie, Victoria, 3163

Diary Dates


Tuesday 6th August

Second Hand Uniform Shop 3.15-3.45pm


Wednesday 7th August

Student Led Conferences 3.45-5.00pm


Thursday 8th August

Student Led Conferences 2-7.30pm


Friday 9th August

Assembly in hall 9am

(Year 5s performing)




Monday 12th-Friday 23rd August

Swimming Program-Preps, Years 3, 4, 5 and 6


Friday 16th August

Second Hand Uniform Shop 8.45-9.15am


Monday 19th August

PFA Meeting 7.30pm in staffroom


Wednesday 28th August

House Athletics Day Years 3-6

at Duncan Mackinnon Reserve


Monday 2nd September

Curriculum Day- no school

From the Principal,
Linda Jones

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


Congratulations and a big thank you to Leesa and the PFA who organised the Trivia Night that was held on Saturday evening. As always, the costumes were incredible and the questions tricky! Thank you to the parents and friends who supported the evening, as well as to the teachers who attended.



We are sad to notify you that Miss Lucy Hallmark has decided to leave Australia and return to teaching in the UK. Whilst Lucy’s decision has come as a surprise, we sincerely wish her all the best for the future. Lucy’s last day at CPS is 23/8/19. Mrs Natalie Jones will teach Prep B for the remainder of this term whilst a permanent replacement is sought for term 4.


Next week we commence the first section of our 2019 Intensive swimming program at the Glen Eira Swim Centre for the Prep, 3, 4, 5 and 6 students. Our school promotes the importance of children learning to swim and it will be wonderful to see our children gaining in confidence and improving their skills over this fortnightly program. Thank you, in advance, for ensuring your child/children are organised for this program each day. Special thanks to Amy Travers for overseeing this valuable program.


As I mentioned at assembly on Monday morning last Friday was ‘Principals’ Day’. This is a day historically organised by the Principals’ Association and wasn’t something Karen and I had given attention to.

Saying this, we were made to feel so exceptionally special throughout all of Friday. Our offices were adorned with kind words with all the students writing heartfelt messages to us, presented in many creative ways. We have read these quietly over recent days.

On top of this our beautiful staff showered us with a morning tea, card and gift.

Karen and I are absolutely sure this wasn’t happening at other schools. How very lucky we are to have such beautiful souls with us here. We are very grateful for all Carnegie brings to us each and every day. 



As you are all aware our Student led Conferences, also known as Parent Teacher Interviews are occurring tomorrow afternoon and Thursday afternoon and evening. We are certainly looking forward to seeing as many parents as possible as such opportunities promote a strong home / school partnership. 

Our students will play a significant role in their interviews. At Carnegie Primary School, we aim to give our students increasing responsibility and ownership for their learning so they can develop into independent, life-long learners. We strongly believe one of the best ways we could involve the students in their own learning is to have them conduct and participate in a ‘Student-Led Conference’.  This means that students in years 3 to 6 will lead most of the discussion between themselves, their teacher and a family member or members. Students in Prep to year 2 will also participate but in a lesser capacity.

A ‘Student-Led Conference’ is an authentic way to encourage the students to take responsibility for their own learning, actions and decisions.  This process also demonstrates to the students that we positively support their learning and acknowledges the value we place on their views and the respect we have for their opinions.  It also clearly demonstrates that, together, we will support their learning and celebrate their achievements. Time is made, if necessary, were there some matter that parents particularly want to discuss without their child’s presence. 


Last week a number of families received the Department of Education annual Parent Opinion Survey to complete. This is a computer generated confidential survey carried out each year as part of our Annual Reporting process. It is useful for School Council and teachers when working together to continually improve the programs and services we offer our families. It is a random survey. For those families who received a survey, we appreciate you taking the time to complete this. If you have any question please see Karen or myself.


Congratulations to Brett Nathan and Amy Carhart for organising last week’s exciting camps for our 3/4 students. The camp was held at Mt Evelyn. Hopefully your child shared their adventures with you on their return. From the flying fox to bush camping, students enjoyed a range of activities led by the YMCA and CPS staff. The students were wonderfully behaved and a credit to their families and our school. Our camping program is much anticipated by our students each year and when away from home and their regular pursuits, it is wonderful to see our children making new friendships, supporting one another and thoroughly enjoying the challenges. 

Camps provide an important opportunity for the personal development of our students in a safe and caring environment. My thanks to all staff involved and to the staff back at school that supported the camp by shuffling their normal timetables and yard duty around. ☺ 


CURRICULUM DAY - NO SCHOOL – Monday 2nd September

As previously advised there will be a pupil free day on Monday 2nd September. This day will provide professional training sessions for our teachers led by educator Mr Glenn Pearsall. Before and After Care are offering a program for interested parents on this day.


August 24th – Working Bee at school between 10am and 12 midday

December 17th – Whole school picnic to be held after school at Koornang Park. Further details will be shared during term 4.

2019 Prep Orientation Sessions

  • Wednesday  6th  and 13th  November – 2.30 till 3.30pm
  • Wednesday 20th  and 27th  November – 11.45 till 1.15pm


At these sessions our 2020 preps will visit our prep rooms and participate in special activities as well as meet new prep friends.  Information sessions are also offered to parents at these times. Further details will be available closer to the dates.


Term Dates for 2020 

Term 1 – Thursday 30th January 2020 till  Friday 27th March 2020

Prep students – begin on Friday 31st January 2020


Term 2 – Tuesday 14th April 2020 till Friday 26th June 2020

Term 3 – Monday 13th July 2020 till Friday 18th September 2020

Term 4 – Monday 5th October till Friday 18th December 2020 




Parenting Ideas
by Michael Grose

Help your child ACHIEVE!

One way to help your child achieve at school is to work together with your child’s teacher. The parent-teacher partnership takes work from both sides to become a reality. Here are some ideas that will help.

There’s no doubt that the best outcomes for kids happen when teachers and parents work together to support children’s learning. Here are 10 ways you can work with your child’s teacher to maximise your child’s chances of school success.

1. Know what your child’s teacher is trying to achieve.

Like children, every teacher is different with their own specific expectations, goals and interests. Get to know your child’s teacher and gain an understanding of their approach and aspirations for your child’s class.

2. Keep your expectations reasonable and positive.

If your expectations are too high they may give up. Too low and they will meet them! The trick is to keep your aspirations for your child in line with their ability and their interests. Also be realistic about what your child’s school can deliver. Sometimes our expectations of schools are not in line with their capabilities of their roles.

3. Support your teacher’s expectations & activities at home.

One practical way of supporting your child is to take a real interest in their home-based learning tasks and follow the guidelines laid out by teachers.

4. Send kids to school ready to learn and on time.

Maximise your child’s chances of success by sending them to school in a good frame of mind, with plenty of sleep and a good breakfast. Also make sure they get to school on time. It’s estimated that many kids miss up to two weeks of school a year when they are routinely late by just five minutes a day.

5. Inform teachers of your child’s challenges and changes.

Life’s not always smooth sailing for kids. Family circumstances can alter. Friends move away. Illness happens. These changes affect learning. Make sure you keep your child’s teacher up-to-date with significant changes or difficulties your child experiences, so he or she can accommodate their emotional and learning needs at school.

6. Skill children to work with others.

Schools are social places requiring children to work and play with each other much of the time. Teaching manners to kids, as well as encouraging them to share their time, space and things with others are practical ways to help kids with their social skills. Talk through any social challenges they may have, helping them develop their own strategies to get on with others.

7. Respectfully seek joint solutions to problems and difficulties.

Resist the temptation to solve all your children’s problems or think you have the only solution. Most learning and social problems can be resolved when teachers and parents work together in the best interests of the child.

8. Participate fully in class & school activities.

There is a huge body of research that points to the correlation between parent involvement in a child’s schooling and their educational success. Quite simply, if you want your child to improve his learning then take an interest in his learning, attend as many school functions as you can, and follow the lead provided by your child’s teacher. This simple strategy will have a massive, long-term impact.

9. Trust your teacher’s knowledge, professionalism and experience.

Your child’s teachers are your greatest allies. Their training, their experience around kids and their objective professionalism puts them in a strong position to make judgement calls about your child.

10. Talk up what happens at school.

Your child will take their cues from you about how they see their school. If you want your child to value learning, and enjoy their time at school then you need to support your school and make sure he or she hear positive messages about learning, teachers and the school itself. You can set a strong educational agenda at home by talking up your school.

This type of 10 point plan is easy to read but hard to put into practice, particularly when you get busy or your child has significant difficulties. Choose two or three ideas from this list to really focus on and you’ll find that the rest will fall into place.


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What's happening





Aditi V


“Aesop’s Fables”

“Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”

Neil Y


“Wild Animal Series”

Harvey F

Prep C


Brannan L

Prep C

“Pig the Star”

Sylia L

Prep B

“Doc on the Go”

“Word Doctor’




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



Koby, a student at Caulfield South PS is focusing on screen addiction for a school project and has asked if we could include in our newsletter this ad he created. It is promoting 'Screen Free Saturday", a movement he is trying to start.

The reason for this movement is to stop kids having;

·         Gaining weight

·         Lack of sleep

·         Bad communication skills

·         Exposure to potentially harmful information

·         Neck and back strain

·         Eye health


This is how the meatless Monday movement started- let's spread the word.


Koby M


Students of the Week

July 29th, 2019

Aarnima E  Prep          For using amazing adjectives in your 'Dear Zoo.'  You are a star.

Lillo J  Prep                   For lighting up the Prep C classroom. Lillo, we love how you always have such a big

                                           smile on your face. You are a joy to have in the classroom.

Letitia H  Prep              For your fantastic start to the term. Keep up the super effort Letitia.

Sreshtha V  Year 1       Her excellent attitude to life at school. We have loved your positive approach to


Felix Z  Year 1                For showing great improvement with his attitude towards learning.

Ranadheer S  Year 2   For always being  proactive and helpful towards your teachers and peers.

                                            You are a superstar!

Kiki J  Year 2                 For always showing enthusiasm towards your learning and kindness to those

                                           around you. What a great role model!

Tully M Year 3               For outstanding work on her information report.

Sophie L  Year 3            For your incredibly positive attitude towards all of your learning.

Mackenzie M  Year 5    For making such a positive start to term 3. We are so impressed with your focus

                                             and effort.

Daniel S  Year 6              For being a kind, caring and inspirational grade 6 leader and buddy.

Numeracy News

This week’s focus is


Well done to everyone who entered our last problem solving challenge. The previous senior question was extra challenging and no one found a correct solution. We have decided to put it in for one more week and hope there is a fantastic mathematician in our community who can find the answer. Hint: There are 2 possible solutions!


This week’s focus is




Theo’s a thinker. He thinks to himself, “What do I already know that can help me with this problem?”


This week we are back looking for another junior and senior Problem Solver of the Week. 



Hi, I am Mack and I am your 2019 Numeracy Captain. This week the questions are:    


Junior Question (Prep – Grade 2)

Jeremy starts with 80 watermelons in his car. He gives half of them to Greg and then gives half of the remaining watermelons to Jane. How many watermelons does he have left?



Senior Question (Grade 3 – Grade 6)


   + IMO

=  JMO

Each of the letters have a numerical value. What are the values of I, M, O and J?

There are two possible answers. Can you find one or both?



Please place your entry into the calculator box at the office by the 17th of August and include your name and grade.    


Arts News

Wall Mural

A very big thank you to Bianca (Hunter Year 6) for referring artist, Michael Fikaris to CPS.

Michael Fikaris is a Community project artist who will be collaborating with our students in the last week of August to create a mural on the brick wall on Kokaribb Road.

The students have chosen an Environmental theme for our mural. You can learn more about Michael on the link below.

Remember the art room is always open!

Suzy Bolger

Year 4 Indigenous Inspired Art

The Year 4 students are investigating the diversity and longevity of Australia’s first peoples and the significant ways they are connected to Country and Place by designing and creating an art print. 


PFA News


Our next meeting is on Monday 19th August in the staffroom at 7.30pm


What a wonderful night we had last Saturday at our annual Trivia Night. There were some wonderfully creative costumes from dinosaurs and Vikings to the Terminator and Dr Who ! We had representatives from the 1920s, 1970s and the 80s and even some CPS Preppies made an appearance! Thank you to everyone who made such an effort  to dress up, it really makes the night such a success. Thank you also to those families who donated prizes for the raffle and to Jenny Wall who collected prizes from local businesses. Thank you too to Alicia Sometimes for organising the event-you're a star!

Congratulations to Michelle Gasgoine and her friends for proving the were the smartest cookies in the room!

Here are some photos of the wonderful  costumes on display! 



The PFA are presenting  2 wellbeing sessions for parents to help you take time to slow down and connect with yourself to enable you to be the best parent you can be. They are being run by Ingrid Jones who is a casual relief teacher at CPS and also a qualified Life Coach and are on next Wednesday August 14th and Wednesday September 11th.

The sessions are free but we do ask that you please RSVP if you would like to come along; You need to be able to attend both sessions as they are being run in conjunction with each other.

Please see flyer below for further information.



After last week's newsletter we have only had a couple of people come register their interest in joining a CPS team for the Relay for Life on October 26th 12moon-10pm. This is the last call to see if anyone else is keen. We are looking at participating in the Relay for Life again this year on October 26th at Duncan Mackinnon.

If you are interested in being part of a CPS team can you please email Jodi Murray-Freeman at We will only enter a team if there is enough interest.



We are requesting the following donations for the Fete;

- toys and games

- books

- childrens' clothes

- clean, label free jars for the Lucky jar Stall

Can I please ask that we only receive GOOD QUALITY items in good working order.

Donations can be left at the office or in the old staffroom next to the office.



We will also be running a huge silent auction on Fete day which is a huge fundraiser for us. If you have a business that  could donate an item or a service please let us know ( .)

Some examples could be: holiday house stay, landscaping services, restaurant vouchers,  basically anything people would pay money for!



Our next meeting for our Fete committee will be on Friday 9th August after assembly. Feel free to come along if you'd like to be involved.




Thursday August 29         Fathers' Day Stall                                                 

Saturday September 14   Vision Portrait Fundraiser


* Our Community Spring Breakfast has been pushed back to November 22nd (it was advertised in the last newsletter as happening on September 13th)



Leesa Needham

Ph: 0408 556 669

Aftercare News

Youth Leadership Victoria

Carnegie Primary School OSHC

Opening Hours:  Before School Care 7am-8.45am

           After School Care 3.30pm-6.30pm

Vacation Care 7am-6pm




email: /

A copy of the enrolment and booking form can be downloaded through our website on:

Prices for the Program:

Before School Care

Permanent Booking: $14

Casual Booking: $17

After School Care

Permanent Booking: $15

Casual Booking: $20







Proposed activities for the day:

  • PACKER PARK (Leila Rd, Carnegie) & SAUSAGE SIZZLE (weather permitting)




  •  For this day the service will be operating from 7am-6.30pm.
  • Children will need to bring morning/afternoon tea/lunch & a refillable water bottle
  • If you need to book your child, please advise the service






CARNEGIE NETBALL CLUB-looking for Grade 2s

Carnegie Netball Club is looking for it's next group of beginner netballers. Grade 2 students who are looking to play netball in 2020 are encouraged to sign up for our beginner program, Netsetgo at Carnegie Primary School.

Program starts on the Friday 16th of August 2019 from 3:40pm to 4:40pm

There are 11 sessions in the program across Term 3 and Term 4.

Please email the club for details







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