Carnegie Primary Newsletter

23 July 2019
Issue Ten
Diary Dates
From the Principal, Linda Jones
Parenting Ideas by Michael Grose
What's happening
Discovery News with Year 1
Arts News
Numeracy News
PFA News
Aftercare News
Carnegie Primary School
(03) 9571 2662
51 Truganini Road
Carnegie, Victoria, 3163

Diary Dates


Wednesday July 24th

School Council Meeting


Friday July 26th

Assembly in hall 9am


Monday 29th-Wednesday 31st July

Year 4 Camp


Wednesday 31st July-Friday 2nd August

Year 3 Camp


Wednesday 31st July and Thursday 1st August

Year 2 Excursion to Ripponlea




Saturday  August 3rd

PFA Trivia Night


Monday 5th August

- Year 4 Excursion to Koori Heritage Centre, NGV & Federation Square

- Coffee and Chat with Linda and Karen 9.30am


Wednesday 7th August

Student Led Conferences 3.45-5.00pm


Thursday 8th August

Student Led Conferences 2-7.30pm


Friday 9th August

Assembly in hall 9am


Monday 2nd September

Curriculum Day- no school

From the Principal,
Linda Jones


At CPS we embrace a comprehensive curriculum with a strong emphasis on academic development along with social, emotional and physical development.

The Victorian Curriculum is based on eight learning areas and four general capabilities. The Learning Areas are – English, Mathematics, Science, Health & PE, Languages (ours being Japanese), The Humanities, The Arts and Technologies. The Capabilities are – Critical and Creative Thinking Capability, Intercultural Capability, Personal and Social Capability and Ethical Capability.

The Capabilities Unpacked a little further 

As part of every child’s education, schools in Victoria are required to incorporate the four curriculum capabilities into what they teach. Let’s take a closer look at what these capabilities are and why they are so important.

  • The critical and creative thinking capability teaches learners the ability to question, discern information (including fake news) and develop thinking strategies such as organising ideas, and recognising patterns and solutions. These skills are extremely important to a child’s education and well-being as they help young people to recognise choices and identify opportunities, and to develop passions, interests and goals.  It allows young people to negotiate through the myriad of content uploaded to the web or published and communicated in the media, to ask the questions that will assist them to make growth in their learning, and to negotiate through difficult problems they may encounter. 
  • The ethical capability focuses on preparing students to make good decisions and understand consequences, and to consider the perspectives of others.  This sets learners up to make better life choices and participate in and contribute to issues impacting on society at large e.g. global warming, homelessness in a more informed way.
  • Personal and social capability prepares our children to be collaborative, develop resilience and manage relationships so that they can foster positive friendships and relationships and feel happy and secure.  In Australia, 1/3 of marriages end in divorce, domestic violence is reported in 17% (1/5) of homes, and mental disorders (depression and anxiety) are on the increase in children and youth.  Respectable friendships, a supportive social network, healthy communities and empathy as well as the ability to develop a strong personal identity prepares our young people to thrive but importantly stand up to bullying and to negative temptations, and to persist in the face of adversity i.e. to cope.
  • Ethical capability – includes understanding of local and global cultures. It is there to support our learners to nurture social cohesion and the benefits that come from pooling together diverse strengths and perspectives, and to embrace globalisation and the opportunities it affords.  With 1/3 of the Australian population born overseas, a functional multicultural society and a recognition that future study and work opportunities will have international associations and affordances is vital.

The capabilities are extremely important to all aspects of a child’s life and prepares them for success in their schooling, and for participation in society, future study and employment. A recent analysis by the Foundation for Young Australians of 4.2 million jobs advertisements revealed that the demand for critical thinking skills has increased by 158% over the past 5 years, likewise creativity, presentation (of ideas) and problem solving skills were in high demand. 


This is not to say that existing subjects such as English and Mathematics should be put aside, on the contrary, the capabilities are part of, complementary and transferable across all areas of study and life.  They include not only knowledge but skills and dispositions - they are a way of thinking, behaving, and learning that becomes part of the every child’s ‘toolbox for life’.


At Carnegie Primary school we are continuing to ensure the Capabilities are integral part of our school’s scope and sequence documents from Prep (Foundation) to Year 6. 


More detailed information is available at: 


Karen and I would like to invited interested parents to the staffroom for a cuppa and a chat on Monday 5th August after our Monday morning assembly.  At this time we are available to answer general questions, further discuss our school programs and practices, our goals and priorities and our hopes for the future.


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


As you are all aware our Parent Teacher Interviews will be held on Wednesday 7th August & Thursday 8th August. Parents will once again be able to select a suitable time via the Compass online booking platform. Booking information was provided via Compass last week.

Year 1 to 6 students will play a significant role in their interviews. At Carnegie Primary School, we aim to give our students increasing responsibility and ownership for their learning so they can develop into independent, life-long learners. We strongly believe one of the best ways we can involve the students in their own learning is to have them conduct and participate in a ‘Student-Led Conference’.  This means that students in years 1 to 6 will lead most of the discussion between themselves, their teacher and a family member or members. Students in prep are invited to share some of their learning during their Parent Teacher Conference and therefore should be present for the first 5 minutes. There will be a space available for your child to wait while you finish your parent teacher conference.

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


As a new term begins, there are concerns with a small number of students arriving late for school on a fairly regular basis.  Mrs Bentata-Grimm and I have been consistent in asking children to come to the office and fill in a late arrival on the Compass Kiosk and then taking a ‘late pass’ to their teacher when arriving after the 9am bell. We would prefer not to have to do this but we do feel we need to set consistent expectations that school and learning commence at 9am.

What impact does being late have on the student? 

Students who are late miss instructions and information about what is happening, not to mention important learning sessions. This means that they have to catch up somehow. Students also miss out on catching up with their friends in the playground before school. Students can feel unsettled and disorganised and it can take them some time to complete and understand the work that they have missed. It’s similar to being late to see a movie and not being able to understand what’s happening because you have missed out on who the characters are and what the plot is. 

How does it affect the other students in the class? 

Students who are late have an unsettling effect on the rest of the class. Because not all late students arrive at once, the interruptions go on until the last student is settled. Students who are late often have things that need to be done prior to them joining the class and this causes even more disruption. Sometimes other students have to wait to get the teachers attention and important issues can be forgotten. 

Why does student lateness cause difficulties for the teacher? 

The teacher has a certain amount of material and activities to cover each lesson. Also, organisational issues are usually dealt with at the beginning of the day. Teachers can become increasingly frustrated when late students continually and repeatedly interrupt their planned routines, as they have to stop teaching to deal with the issues involved. 

We are all human. Cars can break down and unexpected situations can occur. We know that family morning routines are not always straightforward. If you are experiencing problems, speak to us, as we may be able to offer suggestions to help. We are happy to accept that students will be late on the odd occasion because of unforeseen circumstances. However, arriving late on a regular basis is not acceptable 


Our final 2019 Curriculum Day is Monday 2nd September. There will be no school for students but Before and After Care will operate a program for interested families. This day will provide professional training for our teachers led by educator, Glen Pearsall in the area of student feedback and assessment. It will complement other professional development staff have been focusing on this year. 


  • The rope fence adjacent to our oval has been extended to divide the oval from the tan bark and trees a little easier
  • An additional sand pit has been built in the Kokaribb corner of our yard to provide further play options for our students. Thank you to our PFA for funding this. The sand in our Truganini Road side of our school was topped up at the same time.
  • Timber edging will be placed around the garden beds outside the portables near our oval to give the trees and plants planted the best chance to thrive.




Parenting Ideas
by Michael Grose


Few right-minded people want children or young people to experience hardships or difficulty. However growing up generally means that kids will experience their fair share of hardships, frustrations and challenges which lead to uncomfortable feelings.

Exercising their discomfort muscles

Tolerating discomfort is an important resilience skill. It refers to an ability to sit with an uncomfortable or emotionally painful feeling such as disappointment, apprehension, nervousness or fear. These emotions can be brought about as a result of not being picked for a team; getting lower than expected marks for an assignment; or going into new, unfamiliar situation such as school camp. These are the sorts of every day situations that can make some kids feel uncomfortable. It’s helpful to think of discomfort as a ‘muscle’ that gets stronger with training. Each time a child or teen successfully tolerates discomfort they’re reinforcing their ability to do so and cementing the knowledge that they can overcome emotional challenges.


Opportunities to practise tolerating discomfort

Opportunities for practice are plentiful and are found in common situations such as when a child or teen is: feeling hungry; wanting something they can’t have; having to end screen time; contributing to household chores when they don’t feel like it; missing out on a job interview; asking someone on a date or not receiving a party invitation.


It’s not toughing it out

Tolerating discomfort doesn’t mean toughing out an unbearable situation. It’s teaching your anxious child to notice how they’re feeling, naming their emotions, and practising acceptance of difficult feelings as they occur. This is done in the knowledge that what they’re experiencing is temporary and that they’re lovingly supported by a warm and comforting adult. Couple tolerating discomfort with social rewards (such as words of praise or shared fun activity) for coping behaviours and you’re helping to build their personal resilience.


Visit: for more ideas from Michael Grose




Important Information for Compass Login

With all of our communication occurring through Compass, it is vital that families have access to Compass through the app and on their web browsers.

We have noticed that different phones behave differently through the app, even when you select ‘Open in Browser’. Therefore it is important that parents know their username and password, so they can access Compass on different devices. If you are having issues on your phone to complete tasks (e.g. interview bookings), please login on a tablet, laptop or desktop computer.

If you have forgotten your username or password, go to:

Then select ‘can’t access your account?’.

Using your phone number or email address, you will then be able to access your account.

What's happening


Angus B ran 2km in 6:56 minutes coming in 5th at State Cross Country on Thursday 18 July.

He has been selected for the Team Vic State Cross Country Team to represent School Sports Victoria (SSV) at the School Sport Australia Cross Country Championships to be held in Woollongong Friday 23 August – Monday 26 August.

Angus is proud to be representing CPS and his State and we wish him all the best in Woollongong.






Aayush D.


“The Lion King”

Santhoshi K.


“The Crazy Cousins”

“The Big Adventure”

Willow K.


“The Princess and the Wizard”

Sai P.


“The Meltdown”

Freya D.

Prep D

“Hansel and Gretel”

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



Connect Health & Community is a not-for-profit community health service, helping residents in the south eastern Melbourne Bayside and Glen Eira areas.

The dental health program operates a modern dental clinic at 2a Gardeners Road, Bentleigh East offering quality dental care.

Who is eligible?

  • Any child under the age of 13
  • Youth aged 13-18 years eligible for the Medicare Child Dental Benefits Schedule, or have a Health Care or Pension Card
  • Adults who hold a Health Care or Pension Card
  • All refugees and asylum seekers living in Australia for less than 5 years


Children under 13 years, with no concession card and not eligible for Medicare funding

  • General dental treatment - $33.50 per course of care, payable at first visit
  • Emergency appointment – free of charge

Children under 18 years with a concession card or Medicare funding – free of charge.

To make an appointment call 9575 5333 or email

Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 8.00 am – 5:00 pm
Monday & Wednesday:           8.00 am – 7:30 pm


For more information follow this link:


Discovery News with Year 1

Year 1 History Day

During Discovery the Year 1s have been learning about History. We have explored life in the past. 

On Wednesday the 19th of June the Year 1s stepped back in time and dressed up in olden days clothes. The children took part in some rotations. We had an olden day classroom where the students learned cursive handwriting. They also had to call their teachers ‘Maam’ all day, We learned how to play a range of indoor and outdoor games that children played in the past. We danced a Waltz, The Nutbush and some other crazy dances. What a fun day!



Arts News

Year 4 David Hockney Inspired iPad Art


Preps painting their Mister Seahorse Environment



This years Threatened Species Art Competition,  is now open for 5-12 year olds in Victoria. Entries are open until August 2nd, so nows a great time for kids to get involved drawing their favourite threatened Australian plant or animal, with a chance to win some amazing prizes and have their work featured in an exhibition in September. Humane Society International is coordinating the competition this year to help raise awareness about Australias native species and the threats they face.


They’d love to invite the kids in our school to take part in this – it’s completely free and a great way for them to learn about threatened species and express their creativity in a meaningful way.  For more information, check out our website at



Numeracy News

This week’s focus is


Welcome back to Term 3! Here is the first set of problem solving questions for the term.


This week’s focus is




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


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



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


Junior Question (Prep – Grade 2)

Eddy can go swimming, to the zoo, or to the circus. It is too cold to swim. Eddy likes animals, but he is tired of going to the zoo. Where does Eddy go? 


Senior Question (Grade 3 – Grade 6)


   + IMO

=  JMO

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

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



Please place your entry into the calculator box at the office by the 2nd of August and include your name and grade.    


PFA News


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


Our annual Trivia Night is in less than 2 weeks on Saturday August 3rd. We will be holding it at St Anthony's Parish Hall from 6.30-10.30pm


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!

Tickets must be purchased via trybooking;

You can nominate who you wou;ld like to sit with when you book and the sign up board will be out in the quadrangle later this week for you to finalise tables.



We are looking at participating in the Relay for Life again this year on October 26th at Duncan Mackinnon. This event raises money for cancer research by teams participating in sponsored laps around the track, relay style. This year the event will only run from 12noon- 10pm, not overnight as in previous years. If you are interested in being part of a CPS team can you please email Jodi Murray-Freeman at We will only enter a team if there is enough interest.



We are now putting the call out for donations of books, toys and children's clothes for our pre-loved stalls. Can I please ask that we only receive GOOD QUALITY items in good working order.

We also need medium to large sized CLEAN glass jars for our Lucky Jar stall. We will be filling these later on with novelties and lollies.

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



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

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



Our next meeting for our Fete committee will be next Monday 29th July after assembly. Feel free to come along if you'd like to be involved.



Saturday August 3            Trivia Night 

Thursday August 29         Fathers' Day Stall                                                 

Friday August 30                Crazy Hair / Crazy Socks Day 

Friday September 13        Community Spring Breakfast 8am

                                                   (details to follow soon)

Saturday September 14   Vision Portrait Fundraiser



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






Welcome back to a new term. Please advise the service if your contact details need updating.

If you need to amend your child’s booking days, please email head office at:


If you would like to book your child on a casual basis please advise the service prior, by either emailing us at: OR by mobile on: 0402 043 810


There is also a scheduled Curriculum Day on Monday 2nd September. Proposed activities for the day will be advertised shortly, through the service.

  • For this day the service will be operating from 7am-6.30pm. 
  • Cost for the day is $50 with an additional cost for any planned activities. If you need to book your child, please advise the service







Coding Class is starting Tuesday, 23rd of July 1:30-2:30pm.

Currently, there are 6 students and 2 trials enrolled. It would be great to boost the numbers. We will email the parents already registered with us but if you could share the flyer attached with your school community that would be great.









Priceline at Carnegie Central has come on board as one of our sponsors for this year's Fete. They are having their Grand Opening this Saturday so pop on down for some special deals!


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