Pakenham Springs Newsletter

19 October 2018
Issue Fourteen
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
Learning in J09
Learning in J10
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.

Welcome Back to Term 4!

We hope everyone in the Pakenham Springs Community enjoyed a happy and safe holiday break - there has been lots of happy faces around the school yard, with many stories about holiday adventures being told! 

Our students have come back with a renewed focus on our values of Respect, Responsibility and Resilience. The introduction of our new Schoolwide Positive Behaviour Support (SWPBS) acknowledgement system has been received extremely well.  The race is on to collect Froggy Dollars (given out by staff as an acknowlegdgement of behaviour in line with our values) so that they can be used in the SWPBS 'Shop' and traded for prizes such as extra technology time, time sitting on the teacher's wheely chair and other special treats!  

Footy Celebration Day

Our footy celebration day on the last day of Term 3 was, as always, a big hit!  Our footy parade was capped off with our presentation to Mr Rhys Davie, who undertook a huge task of riding solo from Pakenham to Sydney Harbour over the school holidays to raise funds and awareness around Fabry and other rare diseases.  Our School donation of $500 was matched by student and parent contributions - we added $1000 to Mr Davie's overall fundraising total.

Our annual staff v students footy game was also a big hit!  Thank you to all community members who came down to cheer the staff and students on and to help us celebrate the end of another term at PSPS.

Respect, Responsibility & Resilience

In our school, we have our values of Respect, Responsibility and Resilience - we encourage all parents and community members to be role modelling these values at all times within our school boundaries.  This includes around the toilet areas - we are happy for parents and siblings to use the toilets at 'pick up' time - however please be respectful and observe the signs asking for no foreign items to be flushed down the toilets.

Bunnings BBQ Fundraiser

This weekend we have our fundraising Bunnings BBQ - come down and have a chat, buy a sausage and support our school!  This is at the main Bunnings store (near Officeworks, etc).  It would be wonderful to see lots of our students and families coming down to support the fundraising efforts of our PSPS community.

Looking forward...

With a super busy Term 4 coming up, we urge all parents to make sure they are keeping themselves up to date with events happening - please remember to check Compass regularly, keep in regular contact with the classroom teacher and ask the office if you feel that you have missed a note or any information.

Please also have a chat with your child about setting themselves some goals for the term - what are they aiming to achieve?   What will help them achieve their goals?  What challenges may they have to overcome to be able to achieve their goals?  By having a clear and determined focus for the term, we are aiming to have all students displaying the expected attitudes and behaviours of our school for the entire term.


Kerryn Baillie


Year Prep - Year 2
Assistant Principal's Report

Junior School News

Hello again and welcome to Term Four!


It's hard to believe that we are now into Term Four, and planning ahead for 2019!  This year has gone so quickly, but it has also been a very exciting year with many positive changes and exciting initiatives taking place at Pakenham Springs. 


Term Three finished on a great note, with our footy celebration day on the final day that the students thoroughly enjoyed.  It was fantastic to see such a great parent turn-out too at our school assembly and footy parade, to share in the fun and excitement.  Our staff versus students football match was again a highlight, especially for those Year Six students that participated, and we had a very excited and respectful crowd come along to watch the teachers showcase their sublime skills in winning comfortably!  All participants should be commended for the way that they participated, and as always, the game was played in the right spirit.

The students have settled back into school beautifully this term and the excitement around our new 'Froggy dollars', that the students can earn by displaying our school values of respect, responsibility and resilience is really evident.  I have had several conversations with students about what they are saving their froggy dollars for, and how they plan on earning enough. 


Our Prep students haven't missed a beat coming back after holidays. It's fantastic to see how far they have come in their first three terms of school and I'm sure there will continue to be further exciting growth throughout Term Four, as they get ready to transition into Year One.  Now that students have learned all of their letters and sounds, there is a strong emphasis on putting this knowledge together to read slightly more difficult texts and start to develop their comprehension skills.  This is their ability to understand the texts that they are reading and students have been taught to ask questions about things that they don't understand, and to listen to themselves read so that they can identify when something doesn't sound right.  When reading at home, make sure you take time to discuss what is happening in the story, for example; who the main characters are and what they have done so far.


Our Year Ones have been learning all about chance in Numeracy, using terms such as 'likely', 'unlikely', 'impossible' and 'certain' to describe the likelihood of certain events occurring.  In reading they are looking now at applying their skills to make inferences from books that they read. This involves using clues in the text to answer questions where the answer might not be directly stated, such as 'How do you think the character is feeling?' and 'Why do you think that the character chose to do that?'  Be sure to ask your child about what that term 'inference' means and asking questions when doing their home-reader that requires them to infer meaning from the story.


Year Twos have hit the ground running this term, and have a strong emphasis on learning about division in Numeracy.  In what is another exciting, and very recent initiative in 2018, they have recently completed a CFAT (Common Formative Assessment Task) online, using a program called Essential Assessment Online. This is a program that we have invested in to further refine and improve Numeracy assessment at Pakenham Springs.  Teachers are very excited about what this new program has to offer and all students completed the task using our brand new laptops.


I hope that everyone had a fun holiday break. I look forward to celebrating further learning achievements throughout Term Four and supporting our students as they get ready to transition into a new year level.  It is certainly an exciting time of year, and this warmer weather also seems to put that little bit of extra 'spring in people's step'.


Until next time, take care.


Danny Forster

Assistant Principal in Junior School


Year 3 - Year 5
Assistant Principal's Report

Middle School News


Welcome back to another exciting term at ‘The Springs’.


This term's focus on writing sees a whole school approach in learning the text type of Recounts. These include the ‘5 W’s’ (who, what, when, where and why).  All students in Years 3/4/5 will delve deeper into the structure of Recount Writing including first, factual then moving to imaginary recounts.  Of course, our whole school approach ensures high teaching and learning in all classrooms for all students and includes a focus on paragraphing, spelling and rich word choice.

In these first two weeks of Term 4, students have been introduced to our ‘Froggy Dollar’ acknowledgement program.  This is the next step in our Whole Schoolwide Positive Behaviour Approach, which was initiated at the beginning of Term 1.   I can already tell you that it has been a huge success and I have been extremely proud of our Year 3/4/5 students in their excellent display of Respect, Responsibility and Resilience.

I would like to put a spotlight on Reading as it often drops off a little after the junior years, yet remains a vital skill in learning for life.  As children advance in their reading; comprehension demands grow.  Thinking about the author’s purpose, the target audience, the author’s word choices and the feelings they evoke, are needed skills in order to gain a full understanding of the texts we are asking children in Years 3/4/5 to read.  Picking up inferences and applying these reading skills to improve writing is also a much-needed skill and expectation in later primary school.


What can you do to support this development in your child?

Read with them, ask them about their reading, and/or visit the local library.  Just talking about what they read and how your child felt about the characters, supports this learning in the classroom.


Can I remind parents to use ‘Compass’,  our school online communication system, for all absences and to access information including excursions and school events?   If you are logging future absences, please ensure you tell the classroom teacher.


Have a great weekend everyone,

Kindest Regards

Jane King

Assistant Principal in Middle School

Year 6
Assistant Principal's Report

Senior School News

This fortnight in the Senior School we have really focused on setting ourselves up for a really successful Term 4.   We have an extremely busy term ahead of us and it will take a huge effort by all students to ensure we are continuing to set a high standard of expected behaviour so that we can be positive role models for the rest of the school.

Our positive role models certainly had a chance to shine on Wednesday as they presented the speeches they had prepared for the chance to be selected to compete at the Rotary Public Speaking Competition next week.  I was blown away by the quality of the speeches (all written by the students themselves) and the confident manner in which they presented.  Speaking in front of an audience is an extremely daunting prospect - with an audience of parents, friends and staff members, our Year 6 students did an amazing job of stepping out of their comfort zone.  Watching the joy and pride (and relief!) on their faces as they stepped off the stage made me so proud to be a member of our school community - we should feel secure that Pakenham Springs is being represented by some extremely responsible, respectable and resilient members of our community. 


Congratulations to all students who participated, and to Shaylan Cole and Grace Groves who will go on to represent PSPS next week at the Rotary Public Speaking Competition.  A special thank you also to Mr Teague Rook who gave up countless hours of his own time to work with these students in refining speeches, exploring breathing techniques and strategies for presenting in an effective manner - we are so lucky at PSPS to have staff that give up their own time for the benefit of our students.



Have a great week!

Renee Cotterell

Assistant Principal 

Dance Success - Jessica Chilver

During the school holidays Grade 6 student, Jessica Chilver, competed in the Theatrical Dancing competition at the Latrobe Valley Eisteddfod in Traralgon.  Jess competed in both solo and troupe sections and received a number of fantastic awards for her performances. At the end of the 10-day Eisteddfod, she received the overall Age Aggregate award for gaining the most points in the 10 years and Under 12 Open category.  Congratulations Jess!  Jess attends Dance Stream Victoria in Pakenham and has been dancing there since she was 6.   She is pictured below with her dance teacher, Rebecca Bickerton. 



Upcoming Events

Term 4:

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


Saturday 20th October:

  • Bunnings BBQ

Monday 22nd October:

  • Year 5/6 All Stars Hoop Time Final

Tuesday 23rd October:

  • Step Into Prep session - Group 2 - 9.00am - 10.00am
  • Year 6 - Health, Sexuality and Relationships Education

Wednesday 24th October:

  • Zumba - 2.30pm Basketball courts - Students, Parents and families all welcome to attend

Friday 26th October:

  • Springers Celebration - 2.30pm Staffroom for select students and families

Saturday 27th October:

  • Shopping Tour

Wednesday 31st October:

  • Walk to School Day

Friday 2nd November:

  • T20 Blast - Year 5 & 6




Tuesday 9th October 2018 (Students return)— Friday 21st December 2018

Upcoming Fundraising Activities:

To continue to add to our fundraising efforts this year (funds going towards playground updates and additional outdoor activity options for all students) we currently have the following fundraising activities happening:

  • Saturday 10th November - Trivia Night - Information available on Compass
  • Entertainment Book Sales - Books can be purchased for $70 and have over $22,000 value in discount vouchers, special offers, etc.  Display book is up at the office if you wish to view.  Digital or hardcopy books can be purchased online through:     



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


Middle School

  • Year 3 Newsletter

Senior School

  • 2019 Year 6 Hoodies and Polo Shirts
  • Canberra Camp
  • Super Secret Year 6 Parent Information

Whole School

  • Trivia Night - Saturday 10th November 2018 
  •  Shopping Tour Payment Reminder
  •  Term 4 Calendar



Payments can be made for your 4th Term instalment either by cash or EFTPOS at the school office.



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.

Please remember to write CSEF on the bottom of your permission form for any camps, incursions, excursions coming up for the remainder of 2018.   The office girls can print your permission notices at the office if you are wishing to pay using the CSEF funding.




Community News


School Crossing Supervisor - Relievers
Job No: CSC559
Location: Various locations around Cardinia
Employment Status: Casual
No. of Vacancies: 6
Closing Date: 3 Nov 2018
Cardinia Shire Council is putting out an expression of interest to recruit for enthusiastic and reliable School Crossing Supervisors to fill gaps at crossings around the Cardinia Shire. 
If you:
  • Are physically fit;
  • Can work school days between the hours of 8:00am and 9:00am and 3:00pm - 4:00pm, Monday to Friday
  • Enjoy dealing with school aged children and families
  • Want to make a positive contribution to your local community
  • Are willing to work in all weather
Please apply today - we would love to hear from you!
There will be a group information / interview session held on 8th November starting at 2.20pm at the Cardinia Shire Council Office (20 Siding Avenue, Officer 3809)
During this session, we will provide you with details about the role, and what to expect. We will also conduct short one on one interviews with candidates that are wishing to pursue their application at this point.
To learn more about our school crossing service, you can visit
Applications can be submitted by completing the online form at, by emailing a resume and cover letter to [email protected] or mailing a resume and cover letter to Jess Fruend, PO Box 7, Pakenham, 3810. The closing date of the advertised position is 2nd November 2018. 
All successful applicants will be required to undertake a National Police Check, pre-employment medical and obtain or hold a valid Working With Children Check
For further information, please contact Jess Fruend on 1300 787 624.
Cardinia Shire Council is an Equal Opportunity and Child Safe employer who supports inclusiveness and diversity. We welcome applications from people from a diverse background, including but not limited to, those identifying as LGBTIQ, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, people from cultural and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds, and people with a disability.


Learning in J09

Junior School J09 Landolfo is sharing the learning taking place in their class…

Throughout Term 3, J09 have found fun and enjoyment in learning. 

As a part of our Inquiry Unit, we spent the term learning about what it was like to live in the 'Olden Days'.  We learnt about transport, toys, clothing, communication, jobs and how people enjoyed their leisure time.  J09 and the Year 1 cohort were even lucky enough to go on an excursion to Coal Creek where we experienced first-hand what it would be like to go to school and learned about many other aspects of the life they lived more than 100 years ago. 

J09 have very much enjoyed exploring and playing on our new Pakenham Springs playground! From climbing right to the top to practising our balancing and hanging upside down.

Throughout the last 5 weeks of Term 3, our Writing focus was Poetry. J09 students created some wonderful concrete and free verse poems using their 5 senses that were collated in an anthology.  Students' poems were about marshmallows, Coal Creek, our classroom and a subject of their choice (such as basketball, football, ice cream or the beach).  J09 also created a shape poem using similes to describe colours.

Brooke – “Yellow as a yummy banana.”

Brody H – “Yellow as the sun on a summer day.”

Abbey – “Blue as water in a swimming pool.”

David – “Red as a fire truck.”

Brielle – “Orange as a sun set.”

Summah - “Green as clean grass.”

James – “Red as sloppy tomato sauce.”

Havana – “Red as a stop sign that tells you to stop.”

Benjamin – “Orange as burning hot lava.”

Brody S – “Yellow as a sun rising or a sun flower.”

Ayden – “Red as a juicy apple.”

Braxton – “Yellow as a sun and 1 dollar.”

Agam – “Blue as the planet Earth.”

Jamie – “Yellow as a blazing sun.”

Shann – “Green as a wet leaf and grass.”

Izabel – “Red as a  fire truck zooming to a fire.”

Cameron – “Blue as an ocean.”

Georgia – “Green as a juicy, yummy apple.”

Shayla – “Red as very very very very hot lava.”


Emily Landolfo | Year One Classroom Teacher

Learning in J10

Junior School J10 Talbot is sharing the learning taking place in their class…

On Monday 10th September the Year Ones ventured out to Coal Creek in Korumburra and had the chance to make real life comparisons between “then” and “now”,  the focus of this term’s unit of Inquiry.  Through exploring and experiencing Coal Creek, we had the opportunity to “step back in time” and discover what it might have been like when our grandparents and great-grandparents were young. 



The day started off with a bush tram ride through Coal Creek, we were all very excited by the loud tram horn and seeing the old houses!


We then discussed toys from the olden days, how they are different from the toys and leisure time we experience now and we created our own peg dolls. 

Next, it was off to the school for a lesson in Reading, Writing and Arithmetic, it looked very different from our classroom in J10.  We tried to write our name in Copperplate writing and read some words from the books together.


Charlotte and Mason learned very quickly that they had to listen to the teacher after they got the (pretend) cane!! 


We spent the rest of the day exploring the General Store, Blacksmith shop, Chemist and Doctors and ended the day with a game of chess. 

We had so much fun and learned a lot of new things about life in the olden days.  Keep your eyes out for our concrete poems about Coal Creek on the Year One writing display boards! 





On Friday 10th August we held our annual House Athletics carnival at Casey Fields for all students Year 3 to Year 6.


Following a 4 week Athletics unit whereby students learned each of the events that made up our carnival, students chose their three preferred events to compete in on the day. These included both track and field events: 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, shot put, discus, long jump and triple jump.

All students participated in their House colours for their House and earned points for participating.  This carnival was also used as our qualifying event for our District Athletics team for Year 4-6 students. All place-getters received ribbons and all students who participated received points for their house.  The overall winner of the carnival was the Edward house (Green).  GO EDWARD!


The overall standings for 2018

1st             EDWARD                   3889 (House Carnival CHAMPIONS!)

2nd           HENRY                         3773

3rd            JAMIESON                3759

4th            TOOMUC                   2959



Friday 4th May saw us venture back to Casey Fields with 50 students to take on the others school in our District at Athletics for 2018.  It was a true Winter’s day with a blasting wind from the south and plenty of rain around, not perfect conditions.


A huge congratulations goes out to all of our students who competed in either their events.  Many of our students were competing in District competitions for the first time, while some completed personal best results and everyone involved showed fantastic endeavour, effort and sportsmanship.


A special mention to the following students who have qualified for Division Athletics championships being held on Wednesday 19th September once again at Casey Fields Athletics track.  


Melissa                    800m & 1500m Girls 12/13 yrs

Harry                        800m & 1500m Boys 11yrs

Zahri                         80m Hurdles Girls 12/13 yrs

Chloe                        Shot put Girls 11 yrs

Hunter                     100m Boys 9/10 yrs

Prezance                100m & 200m Girls 9/10 yrs


We are so very proud of our students’ efforts competing in such testing conditions and proving to exceed many expectations. Well done all.




Thursday 11th October saw our Year 3 & 4 Hoop Time Boys "All Stars" compete in the Regionals Finals held at Dandenong Basketball Stadium. With this level of competition getting harder and harder as they strive towards reaching the State Hoop Time Finals later in the year.


We started our day off with 2 convincing wins against Ballam Park P.S. and Hillsmeade P.S.   In our 3rd game of the day, we were to come up against the undefeated and impressive Rosebud P.S.   It was a really close encounter with teams going basket for basket in the hard-fought contest.   In the end, we were defeated by Rosebud P.S. by only 4 points.   Our boys fought hard but they just played slightly better than us in this match.

 Our final group stage game was against St Mary’s Sale P.S.  In another fantastic game to watch, it wasn’t to be for our "All Star" boys, going down by 2 points in controversial circumstances.  2 wins and 2 losses from our group stage games saw us finish 3rd in our pool and advance to the qualifying finals.

The qualifying final against Oatlands P.S. was grand final like with the winner progressing to the State Finals and the loser knocked out of the competition.  A very talented and well drilled Oatlands P.S. were too strong for our boys - eventual winners by 10 points.


A massive congratulations to coach Rob Mollison and his All Star team: Riley, Hunter, Divan, Noah, Blake, Nicholas and Jakeb for their overall efforts.


It was an awesome day had at Hoop time regional Finals with all of our students showing AMAZING sportsmanship, fair play and encouraging, not only their fellow students but also players from other schools.   We are proud as teachers when we take our students to days like this and watch them carry themselves in such a fine manner.


A huge congratulations to all students for participating at their full potential.  Thank you to all the parent volunteers who helped with coaching, scoring and supervising students.


We now look forward to our Year 5 & 6 Future Star team and Boys All Star team who will compete at Regional Hoop Time Finals next week.






We have a really busy term ahead in PE coming up.  Below are the tournaments and events our students will be competing in:

Wednesday 19th September - Division Athletics

Thursday 11th Oct - Hoop Time Regional Finals 

Year 3 & 4 All Star boys

Friday 12th October - Casey Cup Netball Tournament  

Selected Yr 5 & 6 students

Monday 15th October - Hoop Time Regional Finals

Year 5 & 6 Future Stars

Friday 19th October - Summer Lightning Premiership

Selected Yr 5 & 6 students

Monday 22nd October - Hoop Time Regional Finals

Year 5 & 6 All Star Boys


Looking forward to giving our students the above opportunities to compete against other schools in our region at various sports and really extended their skills in these areas.


The PE team:

Mr Holmes, Mr Davie and Mrs Hoogenboom

OSHClub News


Hello all,

I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday break.


Please remember if your child is at school before 8.30am, they need to be enrolled and attending Before School Care. Please visit to start the enrolment process.


We have an experienced, full-time team joining us this term and some exciting themes each day.

Monday- Zumba

Tuesday- Challenges

Wednesday- Cooking

Thursday- Science Experiment

Friday- Music Lessons


Our lost property box is quickly overflowing, feel free to inspect during operating hours.


Term 4 means SUNSCREEN and HAT!

Coordinator: Kristen Askew
Assistants: Caillie McFarlane, Debbie Stone, Lovernie Evangelista and Patricia Ililo
OSHClub head office: 03 8564 9000

Phone- 0498 564 038

Email- [email protected]


Hope you all have a great week. 



All families must be enrolled to attend the program, remember this is free to enrol!   Please create an account online at - all bookings and cancellations can also be managed via

your online account.   For on the day bookings please contact the Coordinator direct at the service.












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