Buninyong PS Newsletter

07 August 2018
Term 3, Issue 4
Term 3 Dates
Principal Report
Science Day
Student Wellbeing
Teaching & Learning
Physical Education
Scotsburn News
eSmart Focus
Student Awards / News
School Uniform
Buninyong Primary School
(03) 5341 3560
202 Simpson Street
Buninyong, Victoria, 3357

Term 3 Dates


  • 10 August - Science Day (Dress Up)
  • 10 August - PLP Meeting @ 2:30pm
  • 13 August - Inter school Golf Competition
  • 17 August - Mt Clear Transition and concert bands @ 9:30am
  • 22 August - School Concert (10:30am Rehearsal)
  • 23 August - School Concert 10:30am Matinee & 6:00pm Evening
  • 24 August - Delayed School Start 12:00pm
  • 24 August - School Concert 6:00pm Evening 
  • 27 August - School Council Meeting 7:00pm
  • 31 August - Fathers Day Stall
  • 2 - 7 Sept - Snow Trip
  • 5 - 6 Sept - Grade 3 Camp (Group 1)
  • 6-7 Sept - Grade 3 Camp (Group 2)
  • 6 Sept - PLP Meeting 2:30pm
  • 7 Sept - Maths Challenge Day
  • 11 Sept - SC3 to Ecolinc
  • 12 Sept - SC2 to Ecolinc
  • 12 Sept - Celebration of Learning Evening (5 - 7pm)
  • 13 Sept - SC1 to Ecolinc
  • 13 Sept - Blue Light Disco in the Gym (6-8pm)
  • 14 Sept - Division Athletics
  • 19 Sept - Solar Boat Challenge
  • 19 Sept - SC2 to EarthEd
  • 20 Sept - Grade 6 Earth Ed (Group 1)
  • 21 Sept - Grade 6 Earth Ed (Group 2)
  • 21 Sept -  End of Term 3, (2:30pm dismissal)


  • 10 August - 3 - 6 Assembly
  • 17 August - No Assembly
  • 24 August - No Assembly DELAYED SCHOOL START 12pm
  • 31 August - Whole School Family Group Assembly
  • 7 September - P - 2 Assembly
  • 14 September - 3 - 6 Assembly
  • 21 September - Whole School Assembly

Principal Report


Ticket Sales - A reminder to parents to get in quickly to book your concert tickets.  To get an indication of ticket availability, the number of tickets left are:

  • 476 for the Thursday Matinee
  • 156 for the Thursday Evening Performance
  • 58 for the Friday Evening Performance

So get in quickly to avoid disappointment. Families are able to purchase up to 5 tickets in total for evening performances and unlimited tickets for the Thursday Matinee. 


Parent Helpers at Performances – Each concert we have a team of parents helping out with a range of jobs.  That enables staff to concentrate on looking after the kids, which is obviously important.  Attached is a doc showing the jobs we need filled.  Please call the ladies in the office if you are able to take on one of those roles.


Day Care on August 24 - A reminder that Kelly Sports will be providing a day care service on the Friday morning of concert week (remembering school starts at midday on Friday Aug 24).  The cost for this service will be $30 per child.  Call the ladies in the office to book a place and make payment.  Bookings for this service need to be in by Friday August 17.


Parent Information Booklet - A reminder to everyone that we have put together a Concert Parent Information Booklet, the latest version of which is attached to this page. 

Your class teacher will be sending home information specific to your child’s class.


Prep Health Questionnaires

Attention Prep families:


Please look out for the 2018 Student Entrant Health Questionnaire which will be sent home with your child this week. This is to be completed by the parent/carer(s) of all prep students and returned to the school no later than 20th August 2018:


The Primary School Nursing Program (PSNP) is a free service offered by the Department of Education and Training, to all children attending primary schools and English Language Centre schools in Victoria.


Primary school nurses visit schools throughout the year to provide children with the opportunity to have a health assessment; provide information and advice about healthy behaviours and link children and families to community based health and wellbeing services


The PSNP is designed to identify children with potential health related learning difficulties and to respond to parent/carer concerns and observations about their child's health and well-being. Parent/carer(s) complete the School Entrant Health Questionnaire (SEHQ) which is distributed during the first year of school. With parent/carer consent, follow up health assessments are conducted by the school nurse as indicated.


For more information about the Primary School Nursing Program including details about privacy see: Primary School Nursing Program brochure (PDF - 3.5Mb)  http://www.education.vic.gov.au/healthwellbeing/health/schoolnursing/primschool/

Science Day

Science Day

What: Science Show, Science Activities, Science Cinema and Dress Up Day.

When:  Friday 10th August

Cost: $5


Please ensure your permission note and payment is made by Thursday 9th August.

Also note that the specialist classes will not be affected by this event.


This promises to be a fantastic day to help us celebrate how Science impacts our lives.


The theme of National Science Week is Game Changers and Change Makers which has been developed using the following inspiration:

  • The 200th  anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (genetic engineering, biotechnologies, prosthetics, bionics, genetic modification, brain enhancement and ethics);
  • The 40th anniversary of the birth of the first IVF baby (genetic engineering, biotechnology, nanotechnology);
  • The International Year of the Reef (coral reefs and the scientists who study them).


As our Science Day kicks off the Science Week celebrations we have a number of activities planned in the courtyard at lunchtime during Week 5.




Student Wellbeing

Jeans for Genes Day

Last Friday was Jeans for Genes Day and our school participated to raise awareness and funds to support research into children’s genetic diseases.

It was great to see so many kids in their jeans on the day and the discussions that were being held around the school that linked to empathy, optimism and perseverance.

Together, we raised a total of:


A special thanks to our VOTS kids who helped collect the money that was raised and our office staff who went to that extra effort to sell special goodies on the day. We will now be sending a cheque off to the Jeans for Genes Foundation.

Congratulations and thanks to everyone involved!


Teaching children to regulate their emotions.

Teaching children how to regulate their emotions is probably one of the hardest tasks as a parent. It has the challenges of noticing that a child is too connected to an emotion (or not connected enough). What we do know about emotional regulation is that we need to control the emotion and not the other way around. For those that are interested, there is a great (easy-to-read) resource on emotional regulation (linked below) for your reference.



As a school, we are taking a close look at this area and working on whole school approaches to help students identify their body signals and to utilise various strategies to support them to remain in a calm and positive state. One of the resources we are looking into is the Zones of Regulation (Seen below). Stay tuned for some more updates on this progress.


Lunch Time Clubs

Lunch Time Clubs are in full swing, providing our students with the opportunity to engage in structured activities during the lunch break. We generally see about 40-60 children attending on a daily basis (which is great) and they engage with staff and other students to build friendships, develop social play skills and generally have a bit of fun. If your child is interested, they can come along to the BER (New Building) on Monday to Thursday at lunch time. Activities offered include:

  • Monday – Lego Time
  • Tuesday -
  • Wednesday – Tech and ICT
  • Thursday – Games, Craft and Drawing

Another great opportunity regarding Lunch Time Clubs is that our VOTS students are currently working to find out what other activities students would like to be run. From there, the kids will vote and we will spend some of the allocated funds to support the development or replacement of a new session.

Expectation focus of the fortnight

This week we are focusing on the expectation of:

This links in with our current B+ Theme, ‘Responding to Bullying’, where we are asking to students to make sure that they take notice of others and work together to support each other in the yard and in class.

PLP Meeting Reminder

A reminder to all of our PLPs that there is a meeting scheduled for this Friday the 10th of August at 2:30pm. If you are unable to make the meeting, we ask that you please organise another representative to share your class’ views. We look forward to seeing you there!


Families with 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 to discuss.


Scott will be able to help those families in understanding the Department of Education’s support framework and provide information on how our school and support 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.

Teaching & Learning


Last week we had 8 teams from Buninyong PS (6 from Buninyong and 2 from Scotsburn) compete in the South Street Debating Championships. The day provided students an opportunity to develop their confidence in public speaking and learn the fundamental skills of debating.  Students worked collaboratively within groups of 4 to develop their speech on a specific topic. Overall, we were very successful on the day with 3 out of the 6 Buninyong teams winning their debate.  

The students thoroughly enjoyed the day and all of them came away more confident with their public speaking, their ability to work within a team and thinking on the spot with their rebuttals!

We were also very thankful to the Pre Service Teachers, Elise, Ash and Zoe who assisted with preparing our students for their debates.


Below are some thoughts from just some of our debaters:


Freya Palmer

Debating was a great opportunity to experience something new. It was a very close debate and we came out as the winning team. I plan on being involved in debating at Secondary School.


Josh Hicks

Debating was really good and it will help me a lot with public speaking. It was nerve-wracking but also really fun!


Scarlett Menhenett

Debating was really fun and I enjoyed it a lot. It was very scary but it helps me to become more confident when talking in front of people.


Will Reichman

I really enjoyed having my first go at public speaking. I was a bit nervous at the start, however the nerves eased a bit. Overall I enjoyed the win and working with my team.

Tashi Petrov 

Debating was really fun! I learnt a lot about how you form a debate and how you deliver it. I also really enjoyed listening and watching all the other debaters.


Debating Photo Album

Young Authors

Our Young Authors are off again on Tuesday to take part in the next workshop to further learn the craft of writing. This workshop is a day of contrasts as students will be focusing on 21st Century Communication while at Sovereign Hill for the day.  We wish our authors well and can’t wait to hear about their stories.

Chess Club Success

Well done to our Chess Team who have achieved success at yesterday’s Chess tournament in Melton.

Our school Chess Club has grown this year to include 20 students from years 2 – 6 with a good mix of male and female participants. The club meets every Thursday lunchtime and includes a beginners club as well as a more advanced group. The more advanced group participates in several tournaments throughout the year and has experienced a lot of success in recent times. This advanced group also mentors newer students helping them to gain new strategies while consolidating their own.  

Normally the program only runs during Terms 2 and 3, however due to the popularity we are considering running a program again in Term 4 should the numbers remain strong.

If you would like to join, please contact Paula DeKok at school.


Physical Education


Term 3 Calendar Events:

Every Wednesday Lunchtime – Lawn Bowls

13 August – Interschool Golf Competition

2-7 September – Snow Trip

14 September – Division Athletics


Term 4 Calendar Events:

12 October – Regional Athletics

18 October – P-2 Sports Day

22 Oct – 8 Nov – Life Education


Good luck golfers:

Good luck to Ash, Jackson, Riley T and Riley W who will participate in the Buninyong Golf Club Primary Schools Competition on Monday.  A big thank you is extended to Liz Lucas for supporting and supervising the team on the day!


Woolworths Cricket Blast Primary Schools Cup:

Any student in Grade 3-6 who wishes to take part in the Woolworths Cricket Blast Primary School Cup is invited to register here.  The cost is expected to be $10 (but is dependent on numbers).

Woolworths Cricket Blast School Cups (formerly known as MILO T20 Blast School Cups) gives girls and boys the opportunity to play a round robin style carnival with action packed games of modified cricket in an active and social setting – all on the one day in a gala day format. Every player gets a chance to bat, bowl and field – a real participation focus. It’s an exciting atmosphere, complete with music and dancing just like the Big Bash League. 

Woolworths Cricket Blast School Cups are super fun, social, safe and active. Best of all, it's real cricket and it's a blast!

Grade 3/4 will be mixed participation teams and is likely to run on 19 October, 2018.

Grade 5/6 will be a combination of participation and competition teams, girls and boys/mixed teams.  This is likely to run on 13 November, 2018.

Registrations close on 17 August, 2018 at 4pm.


Lunchtime Lawn Bowls:

Any student who is interested in joining in on some fun lawn bowls sessions at lunchtime on Wednesdays in Term 3 (Week 2-7), meet Ms Morris in the gym at lunchtime and we’ll walk across to the Buninyong Bowls Club for some indoor challenges.


Jump Rope for Heart Prizes:

Please be advised that anyone who earned a prize for Jump Rope for Heart in Term 2 will receive them after their relevant assembly either this Friday (P-1) or next (3-6).  An acknowledgement of their efforts will also be made during assembly.

A big thank you to all the families who got involved and helped raise funds for a wonderful cause.


Kelly Sports:


P.E. Shoes:

A reminder as the weather starts to set in 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.


Scotsburn News

Scotsburn News

Congratulations Preps

This week marks the 100th Day of school for our Preps. They have all settled into the campus so well and are having lots of fun. Well done Rhylee, Roxy, Aidan & Summer! The students in Miss Woods class certainly had a great time celebrating the occasion.

Science Day

This Friday is Science Day. The Scotsburn students will join the students at the Buninyong campus, meeting in the courtyard at the start of the day. Students are encouraged to dress up in the science theme for what is sure to be lots of fun.



A huge congratulations to our debating teams who were successful in winning their debate last week. They prepared and practised very hard, and should be extremely proud of themselves. We’ll keep our fingers crossed that the students make it through to the next stage of competition. Special thanks to Ms Geddes for all of the time and effort that she put in preparing the students. A big thanks also to all of the parents that went along to encourage.

Jeans for Genes Day

Last week, the students and staff from Scotsburn all contributed to raising almost $70. A big thanks to everyone.


Marbles in a Jar

Congratulations to Freya & Pat’s Family Group who won the Marbles in a Jar competition last week. Well done!


Pen Licences

Congratulations to Jackson & Sam who received their pen licence at our assembly on Monday. They have been giving their best effort during writing sessions. Fingers crossed that some more can be handed out in the coming weeks.


Concert Information for Parents

This week, you will receive a handout designed to explain the key organisational aspects of the concert. As always, please feel free to drop in to see your child’s teacher should you require any further clarification. 


Concert Help Needed

To ensure that the concert runs smoothly, we are seeking some parent help from across both campuses with the following jobs. If you can assist, please contact Shaun ASAP.


Matinee Concert

  • Ticket Collectors – 4 required between 9:50am and 10:30am
  • Ushers  – 4 required between 9:50am and 10:30am
  • Program Selling - 2 required between 9:50am and 10:30am

Thursday & Friday Evening Concert

  • Ticket Collectors – 4 required between 5:20pm and 6:00pm
  • Ushers  – 4 required between 5:20pm and 6:00pm
  • Program Selling - 2 required between 5:20pm and 6:00pm
  • BBQ – 4 required between 4:30pm and 6pm
  • Guiding Traffic in the Drop Off Zone (Chancellor Drive) – 2 required between 5:15pm & 5:50pm


Grade 3 Camp

With Gr 3 camp coming up on the 6th September, permission notes have now been sent home. Please ensure all permission notes and payments are finalised as soon as possible. Please contact the school office if you are experiencing any challenges with the payment.


Shopping Bags & Old Coats

Sylvia is collecting plastic shopping bags and old coats for the Soup Bus. She would be grateful if families could bring in any unwanted items to the Old Building.


Hot Milo For Sale

This Thursday at recess, the students will be able to purchase a hot milo for $1.


Scotsburn PlayPod

Unfortunately, the wind did some damage to our PlayPod, but fortunately, it has been fixed by our maintenance man. Thanks Rob! We have received a small amount of equipment, but to ensure that we maximise this opportunity for the students, it would be appreciated if families could have a look around home for any of the items below that they no longer require. If you do have any of the following, please bring them into Miss Wood or Ms Geddes ASAP. Items could include sturdy trucks and match box cars, plastic toys (no furry or material types that will get mouldy when wet please), old clock (no glass), old computers /printers/keyboards and headphones, plastic tea set, cash register, old kitchen appliances, cable reels, pots, pans and muffin tins, oven trays, PVC pipes, plastic cups, small bikes and trikes, old fishing rods with no hook and line, white board / paint easel, balls / golf balls, small containers, old cutlery, play money (coins), milk and bread crates, milk bottle lids, doll pusher / cradle / high chair, tech decks, small tyres, sand / pool shell, telephones, old microphones / musical instruments and quoits.


ABC & ROCCH Awards

Gr P-2 – Jack Smith & Emme Harbour

Gr 2-4 – Jack Plier

ROCCH Award – Lily Menhenett

Specialist Award – Mallacai Windsor


Friday Rotations

Our next rotation for Term 3 will be on the 17th August. Our groups will be doing the following:

Term 3 - 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

Science Day (Bun Campus) – 10th August

Book Week – 20th – 24th August

School Concert – 22nd - 24th August

Scotsburn PJ Day – 29th August

Father’s Day Stall – 31st August

P-6 Ecolinc Incursion - 5th September

Grade 3 Camp – 6th & 7th September

SC3 Excursion to Ecolinc – 11th September

Celebration of Learning (5pm-7pm) – 12th September

SC2 Ecolinc Excursion - 12th September

SC1 Excursion to Ecolinc – 13th September

SC2 EarthEd Excursion – 19th September

Term 3 Finishes – 21st September




Embark on a heart-warming adventure with Mamoru Hosoda's latest film!

Blending time-travelling antics with delicate family dynamics, Mamoru Hosoda’s new film offers a child’s view of coping with a new sibling.

Continuing to cement his status among Japan’s best animation directors, Hosoda (Summer Wars, MIFF 2010) brings his trademark balance of gorgeous visuals and heartfelt emotions to this ingenious take on a highly relatable scenario.

For four years, train-obsessed toddler Kun has been the apple of his parents’ eyes. Then his baby sister Mirai arrives, and everything changes. Having a new playmate is hardly compensation for losing his mum and dad’s undivided attention, but Kun soon has other visitors to grapple with. Discovering a magic portal at the bottom of the garden, he embarks upon a series of life-changing adventures with older and younger versions of his family members, including Mirai as a teenager.

Follow the link for cinema locations (Village Geelong is the closest) and to watch the trailer. https://www.madmanfilms.com.au/mirai/


If you are shopping at Coles and collecting the mini items, any spares would be gratefully received. They would be a fantastic addition to our shopping and money ¥ units in Japanese. Please bring to the Japanese room or leave in the box at the office.






eSmart Focus

eSmart Focus – Passwords

This week our eSmart focus is one for the parents and guardians. Although it is something that our students can be mindful of, it is more relevant for those of us with many electronic passwords. Our focus this week is:


“Commit to changing at least one password on an online account that you know you have shared with a friend”


Are you using a secure password or is your password one of 2017’s worst passwords? According to a company called Splash Data, below are the top 10 worst passwords of 2017.

  1. 123456
  2. password
  3. 12345678
  4. qwerty
  5. 12345
  6. 1234556789
  7. letmein
  8. 1234567
  9. football
  10. admin


If you are using one of these, then now is probably a great time to change it to something a little more secure.  When coming up with a new password, here are a couple of tips from Microsoft.


Make sure your password:

  • Is at least eight characters long
  • Doesn't contain your user name, real name, or company name
  • Doesn't contain a complete word
  • Is significantly different from previous passwords
  • Contains uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols.

A suggested method for coming up with a new password is to use a reminder sentence. Think of a sentence like “Today is Valentines Day and I received twelve red roses”. Using the first letter of each word gives you “TiVDaIrtrr”, now change the and into a symbol and twelve into a number and you get “TiVD+Ir12RR”

App Review

Book creator is an app which is used extensively in classrooms at Buninyong Primary School. It is a simple way to create eBooks which can be shared with friends and teachers.


Students can create eBooks by inserting images, text and drawings into their books. The interface is simple and intuitive and students learn how to use it quickly. It has a range of backgrounds and images that can be used or students can create their own and use their own photos.


Once books are created, they can be shared via iBooks, airdrop or email. No doubt many parents have been lucky to have their students present a portfolio at three-way conversations which most likely would have been created in Book Creator.

Student Awards / News

Act of Kindness


Fathers Day Stall



ABC Award Winners

At last week’s assembly we presented the following children with ABC awards for the great work that they are doing in their classroom and around the school.

Well done superstars!


Donations Wanted

Ms Joy is looking for a comfortable rug to put in her room for the children to sit on and a plastic tub tower (see picture below), to start a worm farm. 

If anyone has either of these items they no longer want or need, Miss Joy would be very appreciative. 

Thank you.




Concert week we will be closed on the Wednesday but we will open on Friday the 24th for lunch (don’t forget to get your order in before 1.30 on Thursday).


Thank you to everyone who has helped out or popped their name on the roster to help in the canteen. The roster is full for the next few weeks but has some spots left in the last few weeks of the term.

If you would like to help click on the roster link and add your name to any time that suits




Grade 6 Canteen
Can-team News - Thursday




School Uniform

School Coats

Our School uniform coats have arrived and ready for sale. 

We still have a good supply of the smaller sizes but the larger sizes are almost gone.

If you are planning on buying a coat pop in soon so you don’t miss out.


Also, If you cant get into the school during school hours, you are able to order and pay over the phone and we will send the items home with your child.  If your unsure of sizes, the ladies in the office are more than happy to assist and get your child to try on the clothing and get the correct sizing.  

Below is the latest uniform price list.


Buninyong PS Newsletter
Concert handbook for parents 2018 July 31.pdf
Concert handbook for parents 2018 July 31.pdf
School Uniform Prices 2018.pdf