Buninyong PS Newsletter

20 November 2018
Term 4, Issue 7
Term 4 Dates
Principal's Report
Student Wellbeing
Teaching & Learning
Inglenook Dairy Excursion
Scotsburn News
Physical Education
ICT News
BASE 1270
Student News/Awards
Community Notices
Buninyong Primary School
(03) 5341 3560
202 Simpson Street
Buninyong, Victoria, 3357

Term 4 Dates


Nov 21 - Prep Swimming

Nov 22 - BIG WRITE

Nov 26 - 30 - Yr 3 & 4 Swimming

Nov 28 - Yr 6 Ecolinc

Nov 30 - Reports go home

Dec 3 & 7 - Yr 1,2 & Scotsburn Swimming

Dec 3 - Yr 6 Biocats (Gp 1)

Dec 4 - Yr 3 Sovereign Hill

Dec 6 - Parent Teacher Interviews (1pm finish)

Dec 7 - Sausage Sizzle

Dec 10 - Yr 6 Bio cats (Gr 2)

Dec 11 - Prep Orientation Day
Dec 11 - Yr 7 (Public schools) Orientation Day

Dec 12 - Parent Teacher Interviews (4-6pm)

Dec 12 - SC1 to Sovereign Hill

Dec 13 - Blue Light Disco (6-7:30pm)

Dec 14 - Preps to Sovereign Hill

Dec 18 - Yr 4 Sovereign Hill

Dec 18 - Scotsburn Christmas Breakup (6pm)

Dec 19 - Prep, Yr 2, Yr 4 Movies

Dec 19 - Yr 6 Pool Breakup

Dec 20 - Scotsburn Pool Breakup

Dec 20 - Yr 6 Graduation Evening (6pm)



Nov 23 - P-3 Assembly

Nov 30 - 4-6 Assembly

Dec 7 - Whole school /Family Group Assembly

Dec 14 - No Assembly

Dec 21 - Whole School Assembly

Early Dismissal Day

Thursday 6th December all students will be dismissed at 1:00pm for Parent Teacher Interviews. 



Base 1270 will be running from 1:00pm (at the same cost as a normal afternoon). 

Get in quick to book your spot!


With an abundance supply of eggs at the moment, they are currently at the bargain price of $2.00 for half dozen. 


Sausage Sizzle


It is a huge task to cater for a school of our size, and many hands make light work… we appreciate every set of hands!


  • 10.00—11.30 (set up & cook)
  • 11.30—1 (cook & clean up)

Times are approximate and help welcome at any stage!

Please sign up to help via this link, email Narelle Sullivan  [email protected] or see the office staff.   


Principal's Report


Quite a bit has been happening behind the scenes this term as we prepare for 2019.  Selection panels have been running to fill vacancies and in the coming fortnight we will be able to communicate our class structure and teacher allocations for 2019 which will be of interest for many of you. Don’t expect any surprises, as things will look very similar to this year.


Teachers have commenced the process of sorting students into class groupings for next year, ensuring we develop truly balanced classes and with student friendship groups in mind.  A big thankyou to parents who have been very considerate with their classroom placement requests. This makes it possible for us to meet those requests, whilst still being able to develop class groupings that will work.


Students will find out who their teacher is for 2019 and which classroom they will be in on the last Tuesday of term (December 18).  End of year reports will become available on Compass from the evening of Thursday November 29.  Support in terms of accessing reports through Compass will appear on next week’s newsletter.


Parent Teacher Interviews (with or without their child….your choice) provide teachers with the opportunity to provide additional information on your child’s year.  These will be held on December 6 and 12….see the Learning and Teaching page for details. 


Please note that school finishes at 1pm on December 6.  Base 1270 will run from 1-6pm on this day, with the cost being the same as a regular after school session.  Contact Mel in the office to enrol your child.


A big thank you to the Eddy family who donated a cubby which has been relocated in to the P-2 playground.  It’s terrific now having 2 cubbies in that area, providing double the fun for the kids. 


For many years we have implemented a range of strategies to ensure our new preps start school feeling confident in their new environment.  From early this year we have made a concerted effort to improve the way we prepare grade 6 students for their transition to secondary school. 


Most of our students transition to Mt Clear College or Damascus, so we have been working with the staff and leadership of those schools to better understand what our children will experience at their schools. 


Last term our grade 6 teachers and Mr Young spent a morning at Mt Clear College and last week they did the same at Damascus.  These visits have included visiting classroom and talking to year 7 teachers, ex-Buninyong PS students and school leadership.


This has been a valuable experience as we work towards improving the way we prepare our grade 6s for the transition to secondary school.




A reminder that MOTM 2019 scholarships are now open.  Please fill out the form attached to this newsletter and have that in to the general office by Wednesday 5th December.  The three winners of the scholarships will be announced at the final assembly this term.  


MOTM DVDs will be ready to purchase just in time for Christmas.....great present for the grandparents.  If you would like to purchase a DVD @ $25, contact the office.


Student Wellbeing

Blue Light Disco


Preps in 2019 with Additional Needs

Families who have new Prep students coming to school in 2019 and have been identified as having additional needs (e.g. Speech therapy, paediatric investigation, Autism, significant medical condition, etc), are encouraged to make a time to talk to Scott.


Scott will be able to help those families in understanding the Department of Education’s support framework and provide information on how our school supports the transition into Prep and also any additional resourcing that we may have access to.

To arrange a meeting with Scott, please call the office to book in a time.

Congratulations Rachel Gerada

A big congratulations goes to Rachel Gerada, 3rd Ballarat Cub Pack, has earned the Grey Wolf!  


To attain the top award in each of the five sections in Scouting reflects initiative in tackling this challenge, sustained effort over many months and years, plus self-discipline, teamwork and leadership.


Only a small percentage reach this level.  These are the top achievers among Scouting's 47 million members globally.


Well done Rachel!

Teaching & Learning

Reporting & Parent Teacher Conference Process - Term 4 2018

Parent-Teacher Conference bookings will open at 5pm today. You will notice that there are two booking opportunities on your Compass portal. Please take the opportunity to book your conferences early to avoid disappointment.

  1. Classroom teachers – 15 minute conferences
  2. Specialist teachers – 10 minute conferences

Parents are encouraged to book interviews with their classroom teacher and specialist teacher by choosing the relevant booking options.


Please see the instructions below to assist in making your bookings.

The purpose of the Parent-Teacher Conferences are to:

  • provide further explanation about report comments,
  • elaborate on the level of achievement and level of progress,
  • elaborate on effort and work habits,
  • elaborate on social/emotional aspects, and
  • provide an opportunity for parents to ask questions.

Booking a Parent-Teacher Conference on Compass

Step 1: Log on to your Compass portal. (If you have lost your login details please use forgot password options on Compass website)




Step 2: Click on ‘Book Parent Teacher Conference’ or on the Conference tab.


Step 3: There are two conferences; Classroom teacher conference and Specialist teacher conferences. Click on conference for classroom teacher and follow instructions on screen. Please note you will need to repeat process for the Specialist Teachers.


Step 4: Check date and time of conferences booked and add to your calendar. These times will be noted on Compass portal in case you forget.


If you are unable to access the internet, please contact the school office at the Buninyong campus and the admin team will be able to make bookings for you.

Interviews with Scarlett and Millie

Today Scarlett and Millie tracked down Hayden and Issac who are new additions to Buninyong PS. Scarlett and Millie have received some feedback on their interview technique and have made some changes for this week’s edition.


Focus on Academic Behaviours.

Last week we started looking at ways in which parents can promote discussions with their children about the many facets of learning. We will make our way through a number of behaviours that are directly related to Academic performance.


This will be particularly important around this time of year when written reports are made available to parents. Today we start with Academic Behaviours.


Academic Behaviours are those behaviours commonly associated with being a “good student.” These include regularly attending class, arriving ready to work (with necessary supplies and materials), paying attention, participating in instructional activities and class discussions, and devoting out-of-school time to studying and completing homework. It is easy to see how these behaviours would directly relate to how well one does in a class. Academic behaviours are the visible, outward signs that a student is engaged and putting forth effort to learn. Because they are observable behaviours, they are also relatively easy to describe, monitor, and measure. Academic behaviours are quite often an outcome of interest in evaluating interventions designed to improve students’ school performance. Many programs, policies, and even curricula could reasonably be considered effective if they lead to an increase in student attendance, homework completion, studying, or class participation.

Inglenook Dairy Excursion

Prep EK Excursion


Scotsburn News

Scotsburn News

Planning For 2019

We have begun some early planning for 2019. To help us with this, please inform Shaun ASAP if you will not be returning to the Scotsburn campus in 2019.


Woorabinda Camp

Last week, Quinn and Logan experienced a wonderful opportunity to attend the Woorabinda Camp. They thoroughly enjoyed the experience and certainly gained plenty from the camp.


Scotsburn PJ Day

On Wednesday 21st November, we encourage students to come along to school dressed in their PJ’s. Please also bring along a favourite teddy. We will be having a teddy competition, a parade, fun activities and a movie in the afternoon. A fun day planned and run by our Grade 6 Leaders.


Gr 2-4 Inventions Projects

This Friday, the Gr 2-4’s will be presenting their projects. If you would like to come along to watch, presentations will be from 9.30am-11am.


Election Day BBQ Fundraiser

Our BBQ & Bake Stall Fundraiser to be held at the Buninyong Primary School Campus Gym is just around the corner (Nov 24th). Special thanks to the following who have kindly volunteered to help, but we still require a couple more. Please contact Shaun ASAP if you are available.

A big thanks also to those that have also offered to make a slice or cake (Marita Williams, Laura Chibnall, Bek Hodge, Tanya Wiggins, Kathryn Webb, Rebecca Gray, Jayne Howard, Stephanie Gietz, Naomi Moore, Belinda Hicks, Kylie Smith, Jodie Menhenett, Vicki Plier & Rach Wenzlick). Here are a few things you need to know to ensure your item can be sold:

  • Please provide us with a list of ingredients used in your baked item – if we can’t display it we can’t sell it!
  • Please do not cut your baked item – we will do that to try and ensure all serves are similar in size.
  • Please select a recipe that is shelf stable (ie. doesn’t need to be refrigerated)
    • No cream
    • No uncooked eggs
  • Please ensure you exercise good hygiene when baking your cake 😊
  • If you send your goods in a container make sure it is sealed and named!
  • Deliver your baked goods to the Scotsburn ‘Old Building’ on Friday 23rd November before 3:45pm.

Swimming Lessons

Our Swimming Program commences on Monday 3rd December. Please return all swimming notes along with payment ASAP. There will be a slight change to our swimming program, due to the early finish for Parent Teacher interviews on Thursday 6th December. As such, the students won’t be swimming on the Thursday. Instead, they will have a makeup lesson at our Scotsburn ‘Fun Day’ on Thursday 20th December. We apologise for any inconvenience.


Library Books

If any students have library books to return, could they please return them by Friday 1st December.


Preparing for a Bushfire

With the warmer weather approaching, preparing your family and property for a possible bushfire is crucial. You could download ‘Your Guide to Survival’ along with the template from the CFA’s website www.cfa.vic.gov.au/plan-prepare/your-guide-to-survival/ as a starting point. You may like to also attend your local fire brigade for any further safety tips.


ABC & ROCCH Awards

Gr P-2 – Mia K & Jack S

Gr 2-4 – Eddy & Jett

Specialist Award – Mia K


Zooper Doppers

We will be selling Zooper Doopers for $1 on Thursday.


Canteen Helpers Required

The Scotsburn Campus will be on duty to support Tracey in the canteen on Wednesday 28/11, Friday 30/11 & Wednesday 5/12 from 11am to 1:15pm. Please contact Tracey [email protected]  if you are available to assist.


Friday Rotations

Our first rotation for Term 4 will be on the (16th November). Our groups will be doing the following:

Term 4 - 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!

Term 3 - Important Dates & Extra-Curricular Events

21st Nov -  PJ Day

24th Nov - Election BBQ Fundraiser

30th Nov - Reports Sent Home

3rd – 7th Dec - P-6 Swimming program

6th Dec - Parent teacher (1pm finish for students)

11th Dec - Orientation Day for 2019 Preps

12th Dec - Parent teacher (4pm-6pm)

14th Dec - Scotsburn Shared Xmas Lunch

18th Dec (6pm) - Scotsburn Christmas Breakup

20th Dec - Scotsburn (Fed Uni Pool) Break up


Christmas Village Display


Physical Education

Good luck Armani


This Friday, Armani will be running the 100m and 4 x 100m relay in Melbourne at the National Athletics competition. 


We wish her all the very best!

Grade 5/6 Blast Cricket

Last Tuesday, 16 Grade 5/6 students represented Buninyong Primary at the T20 Blast Cricket carnival at Victoria Park. Our participation team did an excellent job winning 2/3 of their games, losing their 3rd game by only 1 run! Our competition team had a very tough fixture, coming up against the state champions, Skipton. Overall, they won 1/3 of their games, but fought extremely hard, even losing one of their games in a super over! A big thank you to all the people who made the day a success, it was lots of fun! Thanks to Ms Cummins for organising the teams to attend the day and the parents, friends and Nathan who came along to assist and/or support the teams.


Miner’s Basketball Clinic

Last week two lucky classes joined some of the Ballarat Minors players for a basketball clinic for some basketball skills and fun. Well done to all involved and thanks to the Ballarat Hoops Program for including Buninyong in their program.


ICT News

Digital Detox

Thursday 29th and Friday 30th November


It’s fair to say we live in a world buzzing with information and technology where almost anything is only a few clicks away. While this is an amazing time to be alive and experiencing all the joys of technology, sometimes too much of a good thing can have some downsides.


Sometimes it’s good to turn off devices and remind ourselves of what life was like without technology. It often helps us to then appreciate technology and rethink how we use it effectively.


After listening to parent feedback on this topic, we have decided to have a 2-day digital detox. Over the two days of Thursday 29th and Friday the 30th of November, we are asking the school community to join with us in putting devices down and turning off some of those screens.


At Buninyong Primary School, we will be refraining from using iPads, laptops, TV’s and projectors in our classrooms. We are also encouraging students to put their iPads away during these two days and to not use them at home. In the video below, you will hear many suggestions for activities you can do without technology and there are lots of great ideas from our students.


We would also encourage parents to take part in the 2-day digital detox to see how you go without devices and social media.


Understandably there are some things that are legally required to happen at school and at home and in some cases, it is not practical to avoid technology. Our rolls will still be marked digitally and our office will still be running thanks to the use of technology. There will most likely be similar situations at home.


We will also be running a competition for class participation at school.


To recap:

  • Thursday 29th and Friday 30th of November
  • No iPads, laptops, TVs or projectors at school
  • Encourage students to keep devices away at home
  • Parents are invited to join with us in putting devices away.


Our aim with the digital detox is to:

  • Rethink how we use technology in class
  • Support parents in managing device use at home
  • Generate discussion on the impact of technology at school and at home.


Crossy Road!

At our whole school assembly last week, we were very fortunate to hear from Matt Hall who was one of three people who developed the game Crossy Road.


Matt launched Crossy Road in November 2014 and it has since been downloaded over 200 million times.


Matt presented a video clip of the development of Crossy Road and snippets of the 1000 different versions they worked on before they released the final product.

During his talk, Matt spoke about finding what you like to do and embracing that. He started making games at 8 years old and he loved doing it then and still loves it now.


After assembly, Matt spent an hour with our coding club students, speaking more personally with them. He showed them some of the games he developed when he was young and talked about how Crossy Road was developed. He then got the students to help him put together a basic game, which they called “Adventures of Donut”. This was fantastic for them to see at a basic level how games are made and how the graphics are developed.


We thank Matt for his time and I have no doubt that he has sparked an interest in game development for many of our students.

BASE 1270


Last week our FriYAY group decorated biscuits with crazy coloured icing, different chocolates and delicious lollies. Everybody had such a fantastic time.

This FriYAY will be a slime frenzy, don't miss out on the opportunity to create your own slime!

Don't forget to grab a copy of the Vacation Care program from the office or see attached. To secure places for the Summer Vacation Care Program, please book in through the casual booking tab in ‘My Family Lounge’.


If you have any questions or difficulty with the booking process, please contact Mel.


Please note, if there is sufficient demand, the Vacation Care program will also run on the 29th and 30th of January. Please call or email Mel to register your interest.


Base 1270 Staff.


Base Admin


Please call the office or email [email protected]du.au to notify us as soon as possible if your child will be absent. This will just assist us with staffing and making sure everyone is quickly accounted for at the beginning of the session.



Did you know that most families are eligible to claim Child Care Subsidy (CCS)?

CCS is a payment from the Australian Government to assist families who work, train or study with the cost of child care (After School Care, Before School Care & Vacation Care).


Please see the document below for more information and speak to Mel in the office if you have any questions.


Student News/Awards

Uniform Sale




Buninyong Carols


Colouring Competition


Please see the below attachment for the colouring in sheets and the Terms and conditions.

They are also available at the Buninyong Supermarket or at the school office.



Canteen Price List Term 4



Our coffee machine is up and running and open to all staff, parents and students (for a hot chocolate) every morning.  

The canteen will open every school day at 8:00 till 9:15am.               

Perfect time to get yourself a coffee while dropping the kids off at school.


Coffee $4.00

Hot Chocolate $3.00


The grade 6 canteen CAN-TEAM will now be selling frozen treats on WEDNESDAYS & FRIDAYS. There is often confusion with school lunch order days so we’re hoping this will streamline things.



Community Notices

Carols by Candlelight...Helpers Sought

Carols by Candlelight is run mainly by the Buninyong & Mt Helen Lions Club, together with a voluntary committee of both community and church locals. The choir from Buninyong Primary School performs each year at the carols.


This year the organising committee is asking for physical hands on assistance for both setting up on the Saturday 8th December morning from 8:00am for an hour or two as well as packing up after the event from 9pm onwards.


The organising committee meets almost monthly throughout each year and would  welcome new members at any time.  If you are available to help with this year’s carols, either with the set up and pack up, or by joining the organising committee, please contact Jill Spencer on  5341 3602.

Spring Fest November 25


Buninyong Community Appreciation Day


Ballarat Library


Buninyong PS Newsletter
MOTM 2019 application form.pdf
Colouring in sheets.pdf
Vacation Care Program January 2019.pdf