Carnegie Primary Newsletter

25 June 2019
Issue Nine
Diary Dates
From the Principal, Linda Jones
Parenting Ideas by Michael Grose
What's happening
Students of the Week
Year 5 Literacy News
Junior School Council News
Lost Property
PFA News
Aftercare News
Carnegie Primary School
(03) 9571 2662
51 Truganini Road
Carnegie, Victoria, 3163

Diary Dates


Wednesday June 26th

Year 4 Open Afternoon 3pm


Thursday June 27th

Footsteps Concert Rehearsal-whole school

Footsteps Concert at Monash University, Clayton


Friday June 28th

Last day of term-early dismissal 2.30pm


Monday  July 15th

Term 3 commences


Monday  July 22nd

PFA Meeting - staffroom 7.30pm


Wednesday July 24th

School Council Meeting


Monday 29-Wednesday 31st July

Year 4 Camp


Wednesday 31st July-Friday 2nd August

Year 3 Camp


Saturday  August 3rd

PFA Trivia Night


Monday 2nd September - Curriculum Day- please note this was originally planned for Friday 30th August but has now been changed

From the Principal,
Linda Jones

We are here to support the academic, social and emotional development of our students to enable them to be resilient to the 
challenges of a rapidly changing society.


Once again, the first semester has rushed by and students and staff look forward to a well-earned break to re-charge the batteries. What a way to end the semester with our fabulous “Moving At The Movies” performance in front of a full house at Robert Blackwood Hall this Thursday night. I know that the looks on the children’s faces at key moments on stage will be priceless. Our thanks go to the Footsteps staff for the spirit in which they prepared the children and for their great support on the night. I’m sure you will all agree that the learning experience for the children over the whole term has been a very positive one. There is a great sense of community on these occasions and it is wonderful how the Carnegie families and friends always support our important events. Thanks, once again for your support and encouragement, and special thanks to our queen of Arts, Ms Suzy Bolger, for her amazing coordination.

On the sporting front, both the House Swimming Carnival and House Cross Country were very successful events and a number of children moved onto the next level of competition and beyond. The senior students have enjoyed their interschool team competition during term 2. Thanks to our P.E. team of Amy Travers and Dallas O’Brien for their super organisation.
We enjoyed meeting our prospective 2020 prep families at our annual Prep Expo during term 2. Congratulations to all our grade 6 students who did a fantastic job as tour guides and school leaders on the day. There was a similar attendance to recent years and we look forward to all those considering Carnegie next year completing the enrolment process. 
During term 1, our grade 6 students attended Camp Manyung, Mt Eliza and it proved to be another successful event. A great time was had by all and there was much learning by our students as they pushed their boundaries and built their confidence and resilience. There were many examples of teamwork, sharing and developing of friendships.

Tomorrow you will receive your child’s first semester student report. You will find another copy of the Work Habits rubric that was shared earlier this year. Teachers have worked diligently to develop this rubric with students in a meaningful way. We trust you have identified aspects of your child’s school performance of which you can be very proud. The grade 3 and grade 5 students also worked diligently to do their best during the annual NAPLAN tests. They should be congratulated for their hard work. 

Academic excellence is just one part of our commitment to developing all aspects of your child’s wellbeing, including their confidence, independence and their empathy and care for others. We have a strong wellbeing policy and our teachers work diligently with students when inevitable upsets occur. We are very proud of the culture that has been developed at Carnegie over many years where respect and inclusion are key pillars towards making our diverse community a happy and successful place to work and learn.

We wish to acknowledge the contribution of our staff so far. Their dedication, their sense of fun and their willingness to build such strong relationships with their students and with parents are much appreciated. They work diligently and very long hours each week. We are increasingly asking more of our teachers and are rightfully expecting continual improvement in teaching practice. Their commitment is exemplified by the extra-curricular activities they offer the students in their own time; sports practice, Technology Time, choir, Japan Club, Envirostars and Sustainability Club, lunchtime indoor games and library time. They are rightfully looking forward to a break now to re-energise for a busy term 3.

Finally, thank you to the PFA for their tireless contributions, to the School Council for their unqualified support and to all of you who support the school, the children and their learning in so many ways.

Wishing everyone a happy and relaxing term break.



Alicia Parker and her partner Dane warmly welcomed Grace into the world last weekend. We are thrilled for both Alicia and Dane.


Kate Lawerson shared the lovely news that she and her partner Luke are expecting their first child in December.

I am sure you will join me in congratulating Kate and Luke on this lovely news and we eagerly await the new addition to their family



The last day of term 2 is this Friday, 28th June. The children finish school at 2.30pm; they will be dismissed from their classrooms.  I wish everyone a very safe and happy holiday and look forward to seeing all again on Monday 15th July when we commence another great term.



Just a reminder to families that children should be wearing navy and gold uniform as outlined in our Uniform Policy. All our uniform is available at the PSW shop on North Road but it is also fine to buy suitable navy and gold clothing at local department stores. With the colder weather upon us, it is necessary to have a few more pieces on hand to see children through the as things take longer to dry. Thank you for respecting this school policy.



Reports can mean anxious times for children. Will my parents be disappointed or proud? This is the main concern of most children.

Could try harder . . . always does her best . . . lacks concentration . . . easily distracted . . .

a pleasure to teach . . . 

Do these comments, taken from a batch of student reports sound familiar? Student reports bring mixed feelings for parents. Pleasure and pride if they are performing well but considerable angst when children are not progressing as you hoped.

Reports can mean anxious times for children too. Will my parents be disappointed or proud? This is the main concern of most children. Kids of all ages take their cues from their parents, so your reaction to their school report can affect the way they see themselves as learners and as people.

Here are some ideas to consider when you open your child’s report: 

Focus on strengths. Do you look for strengths or weaknesses first? The challenge is to focus on strengths even if they are not in the traditional 3Rs or core subjects.

Take into account your child’s effort and attitude to learning. If the report indicates that effort is below standard, then you have something to work on. If your child is putting in the required effort, then you cannot ask any more than that, regardless of the grading.

Broaden your focus away from academic performance to form a picture of your child’s progress as a member of a social setting. How your child gets along with his or her peers will influence his happiness and well-being, as well as give an indicator to his future. The skills of independence and co-operation are highly valued by employers so don’t dismiss these as unimportant.

Take note of student self- assessment if given. Kids are generally very honest and will give a realistic assessment of their progress. They are generally very perceptive so take note of their opinions.

Discuss the report with your son or daughter talking about strengths first before looking at areas that need improvement. Ask for their opinion about how they performed and discuss their concerns.

After reports are read and discussed celebrate your child’s efforts with a special activity or treat. In this way you will recognise progress and remind them that the holidays are just around the corner when they can forget about assessment, tests and reports for a while.



Be Happy

Be Bright

Be You

Parenting Ideas
by Michael Grose


We all want our kids to feel good. Ice cream, days at the beach and play dates may bring kids joy, but once they’re finished the good feeling often disappear.

These feel-good activities give kids a rush of euphoria, but leave them craving for more. This can lead to an addictive cycle known as ‘the hedonic treadmill’ where one cookie isn’t enough. They’ll need two. Maybe the next week, they’ll need three.

Good deeds

Doing good, however, is the key to living a more meaningful and happier existence. The ancient Greek philosophers Plato and Aristotle knew it was true, and modern research bears out the fact altruistic behaviours are associated with better wellbeing, health and longevity. In short, we feel good when we do good.

Kind Kids

Every parent wants happy kids. The easiest way to help kids attain happiness is to encourage them to be kind.

Many studies show that our kids want to be kind. They know it makes them happy! Research shows that children from as young as fourteen months want to help others achieve individual goals and cooperate with others to achieve shared goals. This desire to help is something they’re born with – even that child of yours who doesn’t seem to want to help anyone!

A recent landmark study showed even very young kids find helpful and kind acts to be intrinsically rewarding. Two year olds showed greater happiness when they gave treats to others, compared to when they received treats themselves.

Teaching Our Kids to Do Good

If kids want to help because it helps them feel great, it’s our job to help fulfill this natural inclination by guiding them to age-appropriate opportunities to do so.

Here are 5 ways to do just that:

  1. Role model helpfulness and kindness. Children and teenagers learn to be helpful and kind by copying the significant adults in their lives.
  2. Encourage them to perform small acts of kindness. Being kind, giving a compliment, helping to tidy up- these small acts are just as powerful and effective as larger tasks such as mowing the lawn for a neighbour.
  3. Make helping a family project. Get your kids involved when you take a meal to a family who have just had a new baby, or visit a sick friend in the hospital.
  4. Be a good neighbour. Help your kids learn to keep an eye on others, whether it is a neighbour, or a boy on their sports team. Teaching your kids to notice what’s going on in the lives of people in their community promotes awareness and empathy.
  5. Be grateful. Expressing gratitude is one of the best ways to do good. In fact, nothing can improve your life (and the life of others) like gratitude.

Doing good deeds is what makes us human. It lifts burdens from others, and lifts us by activating the joyful part of our brains. Teaching your kids to do good is the best way to help them have lasting ‘feel good’ feelings. Of course, they should eat cake too. Even better, share it with a friend for a lasting feel-good effect.


Visit: for more ideas from Michael Grose


What's happening


Maya B


“Pippi Goes Aboard”

Maya M


“Winnie-the-Pooh, Happy Birthday to You!”

Christopher R


“Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor”

Isabelle H

Prep A

“Who Am I?”


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



Congratulations to Trisha K  who attended a special event at Government House in Sydney last week. Trisha was one of 40 finalists who received a certificate for their participation in the Bullying, No Way! poster competition. Well done Trisha!



Save your plastic bottle caps from milk and drink bottles etc until June 30th and pass them onto Miriam, the crossing lady. She is collecting them for a charity who recycles them to build prosthetic hands and arms for children in Third World countries. So start collecting! 


At C.P.S., we want to help students make friends and feel that they belong. During a recent Monday morning assembly, Tayla and I told the school about the location of the four friendship seats we have in our playground. One  is located in the magic garden next to the sandpit and three are around the big tree next to the spider web and half-court basketball.

Sometimes, students don’t always have a friend to play with or can’t find their friends. We want to encourage everyone to use the friendship seats if they feel lonely and  need a helping hand. So, if someone is sitting alone we hope that others will check they are okay and offer to play with them or help them find someone to play with.

We aim to make recess and lunch times enjoyable

for all children at C.P.S.

-Giaan (Truganini House Captain) and Tayla (Wellbeing Captain)




Students of the Week

June 3rd, 2019

Charlotte T  Prep      For trying hard with all her Maths learning. Well done!          

Ava L   Prep                 For having a good go at her literacy work in particular her writing! Keep it up!

Alfie L  Prep                For always being such a kind friend to others. We love hearing you encourage your


Aritro B  Prep            Trying hard to hear the sounds in the words in your writing

Esther K  Year 1         For being a persistent and creative writer. Your little book on 'The Lost Dog" is


Thet H Year  1            For your fantastic narrative story. We all loved your ideas and great use of

                                        punctuation. Keep up the great work.

Davis C  Year 2           Increasing your confidence and participation in your maths learning. Well done!

Mary D  Year 2            For your ability to beautifully express your thoughts and emotions and the way you

                                         listen  to your friends.

Izzy M  Year 4              For being a kind, compassionate and caring friend to everyone at CPS. You are

                                         simply amazing!

Will S  Year 4              For your determined attitude and willingness to give everything your best.

William J  Year 5       For using his wonderful world knowledge to create an amazing pantoum poem.

Addison H  Year 6    For displaying excellent sportsmanship during 5/6 sport competition.


Year 5 Literacy News

Pantoum Poetry

Earlier this term the year 5s went on an excursion to Docklands to work with lego mindstorms and visit ARTVO.  We had a great time and learnt so much.  We took some amazing photos at ARTVO and used this as an inspiration to create pantoum poems.



Junior School Council News

Red Apple Day and Fare Share

The Junior School Council have been busy organising events to raise awareness and help those in needs.  We dropped off the pasta, tinned tomatoes and flour to Fare Share on Monday.  Carnegie Primary School donated a huge 80kgs of food.  Please see the letter we received below!


On Wednesday 19th June we wore red and green to raise awareness and to support for Bowel Cancer Australia. Students donated a gold coin, we sold pins and raised $658.45.  We are very proud of everyone’s efforts and supports. We loved seeing the sea of red and green and the apples that were devoured at recess.

From the Junior School Council.






Lost Property


The office has aquired quite a collection of lost property recently. There is jewellery, eye glasses, fidget spinners, keys (including a car key!), watches, binoculars, hair ribbons, myki cards and lots more. If any of the items below belong to you, please come and see Molly at the office. 



PFA News


Our next meeting is on Monday 22nd July in the staffroom at 7.30pm


Our annual Trivia Night is to be held on Saturday August 3rd. We will be holding it at St Anthony's Parish Hall where we have had it before. 

We had originally thought about holding it in our new gym but we  would need to hire in chairs and tables for the night but we can't afford to risk any damage to the floor. So we've decided to go with St. Anthony's  again which is a great local and intimate venue.

This year's theme is TIME TRAVEL! You can interpret that any way you like. You go back in time or into the future, you can dress up from a certain era or even as a famous person-you choose! I look forward to seeing what our creative CPS community will come up with this year. There are always some very entertaining outfits!


We are busy preparing for our Fete to be held on October 12th. I'm excited to announce that this year we are having an Eco-Friendly Fete!  Our emphasis throughout the day will be on sustainability, recycling, upcycling and being environmentally friendly. 



We are currently finalising our sponsorship partners for the fete and are looking for anyone  from our CPS community who may have a business that would like to also to become a Fete sponsor.

If you would like some more information about our sponsorship packages please email us at






As usual we will be having a plant stall on Fete day so if are able to donate any plants or potting mix please contact us at  Maybe you can start potting things up over the holidays in preparation!



We will also be running a huge silent auction on Fete day so we are looking for items to auction off. 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!


We will have lots  more information about the Fete next term.


To continue our environmentally friendly theme this year I encourage everyone to take part in "Plastic Free July".  This is an initiative  to encourage people to get rid of single-use plastic in their everyday lives. 

For more information got to:


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








Places are filling up quickly

Limited places available


To secure a place, book online by the end of term at


We can only accept 100 children
















Launching term 3! 247 Koornang Rd - Call Melissa on 0432278961 to book in for a complimentary 15min trial lesson and studio tour.


At Sth Side Music Academy we’re changing the game.

We are a modern music school flipping the stereotype of the ‘boring music lesson’.

We want to make you fall in love with playing and practicing, not force it!


Whether you’re a child teen or adult – just starting out or been in the game for a while and looking for opportunities to perform and grow, we have something to offer.

With a range of coaches specialising in different styles we will find the perfect mentor for you.


Exams and comps are optional and we provide regular gig nights and workshops for students to gain experience and exposure.


Classes offered: -DJing/audio production/recording, Songwriting, Voice, Piano/synth, Guitar/bass/ukulele, Saxophone, Trumpet, Drums, Violin, Music Theory







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