Carnegie Primary Newsletter

25 February 2020
Issue Two

Our mission is to inspire the self-belief and motivation in students that will enable them to achieve and grow.

Diary Dates
From the Principal, Linda Jones
Parenting Ideas
What's happening
Students of the Week
Meet the Specialists
Teacher Talk- Ms Remfry
PFA  News
Aftercare News
Carnegie Primary School
(03) 9571 2662
51 Truganini Road
Carnegie, Victoria, 3163

Diary Dates



Wednesday  26th

You Tell us Sessions- Prep 2.30pm onwards



Monday 2nd 

District Swimming


Wednesday 4th 

Prep Picnic 5-6.30pm


Friday  6th

Assembly in the hall 9am

Second Hand Uniform Shop 3.15-3.45pm


Monday 9th 

Labour Day Holiday- no school


Tuesday  10th

Year 5/6 Lightning Premiership Day

Second Hand Uniform Shop 8.45-9.15am


Wednesday  11th -Friday 13th 

Year 6 Camp


Friday 20th March

Second Hand Uniform Shop 3.15-3.45pm


Tuesday 24th March

Second Hand Uniform Shop 8.45-9.15am


Wednesday  25th

School Photos- more information to follow


Friday  27th

PFA Easter Raffle

Last day of Term-early dismissal 2.30pm

From the Principal,
Linda Jones


As the weeks go by children are getting to know their new teachers and class mates. Each year presents new opportunities and challenges that we look forward to sharing with our families as the year unfolds. It was so nice to see so many year 1 to 6 parents able to attend last week’s You Tell Us afternoon. The Prep You Tell Us afternoon is tomorrow. Valuable information is shared and this home school partnership ensures the very best outcomes for your child. All parents should have now received a 2020 Information Booklet from their child’s teacher, via Compass, outlining specific details pertaining to each child’s class. If for some reason you haven’t received this information, please make contact with your child’s teacher. 

Below are some simple suggestions that will support your child/children and ensure positive relationships with our teachers:-

  1. Know what you child’s teacher is trying to achieve
  2. Keep your expectations reasonable and positive
  3. Support your teacher’s expectations and activities at home
  4. Send your child/children to school ready to learn and on time each day
  5. Inform the school of any challenges and/or changes
  6. Skill children to work with others
  7. Respectfully seek joint solutions to problems and difficulties
  8. Participate where you can in class and school activities
  9. Trust your teacher’s knowledge, professionalism and experience
  10. Talk up what happens at school

We are again looking forward to a wonderful year ahead at Carnegie Primary School.


A reminder to families that School Contribution payments are now due. Thank you to those families who have already settled this with Pip, Annie or Molly. If you are unclear about any of these payments, then please call in to the office for further details.


Nominations for 2020  School Council close today, Tuesday 25th February at 4:00pm and our new School Council will be formed prior to our next School Council meeting is on Wednesday 18th March, commencing with the Annual General Meeting at 7.00pm. Interested parents are always welcome to attend any meetings.   


Our school has children with specific health needs including some who have allergies. The most common causes of allergy in children are eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, cow's milk, soy, wheat, fish and shellfish. Other causes are bee or other insect bites.

Like most schools, we do have children who suffer from more serious anaphylactic reactions. Management plans are developed for these children and staff undertake relevant training.

Preventing an allergic reaction or anaphylaxis is very important. We minimise risks by:-

  • Knowing and avoiding the causes
  • Not allowing food sharing or swapping
  • Practising food hygiene and good food safety practices
  • Take allergies into account when preparing or cooking food at school
  • In the event of food sharing for occasions such as birthdays ensuring alternate treats are available for children with allergies.


I would like to remind all families that the Department of Education and Training values the privacy of every person and is committed to protecting information that schools collect. All staff and service providers (contractors), (whether paid or unpaid) of the Department and our school must comply with Victorian privacy law and this policy. Below is a link that can be accessed to provide families with further information:-

If you have further questions please call into the office and ask.


Throughout 2020 parents may hear their child/children about aspects of our school curriculum that focus on respectful relationships. This is a new addition to the Victorian Curriculum and the implementation of the program throughout our school has been diligently led by Mrs Jenni Spataro, our school’s Wellbeing Leader and Ms Liz Harley, our Leading Teacher. A number of resources have been purchased to support this program and staff are undertaking professional learning.

Below is an overview of this program taken from Department of Education website. The topics focused on for each year level at Carnegie Primary are well considered and targeted to the needs of our students at any given point in time. If families have any specific questions please ask your child’s teacher or come and see Karen or myself.

What is Respectful Relationships education?

Respectful Relationships education focuses on building and promoting gender equity in relationships and challenging of gender stereotypes. The Victorian Curriculum F-10 includes learning about respectful relationships in both Health and Physical Education and Personal and Social Capability.


Health and Physical Education

In Health and Physical Education, students develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to strengthen their sense of self, and build and manage safe and respectful relationships.


The following focus areas provide the context for teaching about respectful and safe relationships.

Relationships and sexuality focuses on establishing and managing respectful relationships. Students develop knowledge, understanding and skills in relation to strategies for respectfully relating to and interacting with others as well as strategies for dealing with relationships when there is an imbalance of power such as bullying, harassment, discrimination and violence (including discrimination based on race, gender and sexuality).


Safety addresses safety issues that students may encounter in their daily lives, including those in the home. Students develop knowledge, understanding and skills to make safe decisions and behave in ways that protect their own safety and that of others, including strategies for dealing with unsafe or uncomfortable situations, managing personal safety and safety in relationships and dating.


Within the Personal, Social and Community Health Strand content descriptions relevant to preventing violence can be found across all levels from Foundation to Year 10. The sub-strands contain the following themes:


Being healthy, safe and active

  • Development of personal identity, including gender and sexual identity
  • Help seeking strategies, including protective behaviours
  • Physical, social and emotional changes and the impact of these on relationships
  • Services and strategies that promote health, safety and wellbeing

Communicating and interacting for health and wellbeing

  • Social skills necessary for respectful relationships
  • Emotional responses and how these impact on relationships
  • The media’s influence on attitudes, beliefs and behaviours.

Contributing to healthy and active communities

  • Strategies to promote health, safety and wellbeing in the community
  • Factors that influence health and wellbeing within the community, including challenging attitudes and behaviours such as homophobia, sexism, prejudice, violence, discrimination and harassment.

Personal and Social Capability

In the Personal and Social Capability curriculum, students learn to recognise and regulate emotions, develop empathy for others and establish and build a framework for positive relationships.


Self-awareness and management

  • Exploring emotional responses and the links between emotions and behaviour
  • Acknowledgement of personal strengths.


Social awareness and management

  • Diversity within the community, including the importance of empathy and respecting human rights
  • Factors that influence the expression of positive and respectful relationships
  • Conflict and strategies to address or manage conflict.


Through teaching and learning in Health and Physical Education and the Personal and Social Capability areas of the Victorian Curriculum, students will develop the ability to:

  • Identify and practise strategies to promote health, safety and wellbeing
  • Recognise that conflict occurs and distinguish between appropriate and inappropriate ways to deal with conflict
  • Describe factors that can positively influence relationships and personal wellbeing
  • Describe the characteristics of respectful relationships and suggest ways that respectful relationships can be achieved
  • Investigate personal, social and cultural factors that influence the ability to experience positive and respectful relationships and explore the rights and responsibilities of individuals in relationships





Linda Jones, Karen Bentata-Grimm

Parenting Ideas

by Micahel Grose, Parent Educator

Kids can be picky about who they play and mix with. Popularity should not be confused with sociability. A number of studies in recent decades have shown that appearance, personality type and ability impact on a child’s popularity at school.

Good-looking, easy-going, talented kids usually win peer popularity polls but that doesn’t necessarily guarantee they will have friends.

Those children and young people who develop strong friendships have a definite set of skills that help make them easy to like, easy to relate to and easy to play with.

Here are twelve essential skills that children have identified as being important for making and keeping friends:

1. Ability to share possessions and space

2. Keeping confidences and secrets

3. Offering to help

4. Accepting other’s mistakes

5. Being positive and enthusiastic

6. Starting a conversation

7. Winning and losing well

8. Listening to others

9. Starting and maintaining a conversation

10. Ignoring someone who is annoying you

11. Cooperating with others

12. Giving and receiving compliments

Friendship skills are generally developmental. That is, kids grow into these skills given exposure to different situations and with adult help. In past generations ‘exposure to different situations’ meant opportunities to play with each other, with siblings and with older and younger friends. They were reminded by parents about how they should act around others. They were also ‘taught’ from a very young age.

The NEW CHILD grows up with fewer siblings, fewer opportunities for unstructured play and less freedom to explore friendships than children of even ten years ago. A parenting style that promotes a high sense of individual entitlement rather than the notion of fitting in appears to be popular at the moment.

These factors can lead to delayed or arrested development in these essential friendship skills, resulting in very

unhappy, self-centred children. Here are some ideas if you think your child experiences developmental delay in any of these essential skills or just needs some help to acquire them:

1. Encourage or insist that kids play and work with each other: Allowing kids the freedom to be kids is part of the message here but parents have to be cunning with the NEW CHILD and construct situations where kids have to get on with each other. For some kids “Go outside and play” is a good place to start!!

2. Play with your kids: Interact with your kids through games and other means so you can help kids learn directly from you how to get on with others.

3. Talk about these skills: If you notice your kids need to develop some of these skills then talk about them, point out when they show them and give them some implementation ideas. Kids are quite ego-centric and need to develop a sense of ‘other’ so they can successfully negotiate the many social situations that they find themselves in. As parents we often focus on the development of children’s academic skills and can quite easily neglect the development of these vitally important social skills, which contribute so much to children’s happiness and well-being.







What's happening


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




Saba P

1 B

“The Whales’ Song”

“The Second Sky”

“New York, New York!”




Last week I had the privilege of attending VCE Top Talks 2020 held in the Conversation Quarter at the State Library Victoria. Top Talks highlighted exceptional research presentations by VCE extended investigation students from 2019. Extended investigation is a unique VCE subject designed to foster student directed learning. Students develop their own research question, complete a 4000 word thesis, and present and defend their findings in an oral presentation. The event was moderated by journalist Maxine McKew. One of the 4 students selected to present her talk was an ex-Carnegie PS student, Eliza Griffiths, who is currently completing year 12 in Bendigo. Eliza’s topic was Fiction vs real: The male reaction to female empowerment. This study asked how the female trajectory of Naomi Alderman’s The Power correlates to the #MeToo movement. Eliza eloquently made her arguments and presented her investigation to a large audience. In her conclusion Eliza spoke about equality and empathy, two characteristics we certainly aim to foster at Carnegie PS. I was thrilled to attend as a representative of CPS and as Eliza’s prep and year 5 teacher!

Karen Bentata-Grimm


As kids come to and from school it’s important for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists to be aware and take extra care during these busy times. Even a small reduction in speed could save a child’s life.

To help keep our kids safe, it’s important for drivers to:

  • slow down in school speed zones during school times
  • be extra cautious around schools
  • be aware that young children can be unpredictable and difficult to see.

Kids can stay safe by:




Students of the Week

February 24, 2020

Shais S  Prep                   For making such a wonderful start to prep. Shais, you are a kind and helpful class

                                             member and we love having you at CPS

Rishita M  Prep               For having a great first week, settling in well and making new friends

Nivaan N  Prep               For having a fantastic start to Prep and for always having a smile on your face-

                                             you're a superstar!

Madeline W  Prep         For having a wonderful start to school. You are a kind, helpful and responsible

                                             student who makes everyone smile!

Niharika N  Prep            For having a wonderful start to her prep year. Your smile makes everyone happy!

                                             Keep up the great work!

Azalia S  Prep                 Making a wonderful start to the school year. You are always so organised and

                                             present your best work.

Chloe S  Year 1               Being such a wonderful member of Grade 1. Your friendliness, good manners and

                                             helpfulness make you a star in Grade 1.

Ava Y  Year 1                    For a fabulous start to term 1 and for being a kind and helpful grade 1

                                             class member.

Elise W  Year 1                Having a wonderful start to her Year 1 school year. Your positive attitude shines


Asher D  Year 1               For being such a lovely member of our "Clever Cats" class. Asher has also shown

                                             great persistence in our maths challenge tasks.

Pei Ting C  Year 2           For a brilliant start to year 2! We have been so impressed with your maturity,

                                             organisation and display of the 7 Habits!

Sebastian A Year 2       For having a fantastic start to the year and always having a big smile when

                                             participating in class activities.

Rakshita S  Year 3        For being such a helpful, cheerful and proactive member of Year 3. Fabulous start

                                            to the year, Rakshita!

Astrid L  Year 4               Always being a kind and caring member of Year 4 and helping others to succeed.

                                            You're a star!

Woody D  Year 4            Making an excellent start to CPS. We love how proactive you are and the

                                             relationships that you have built with your peers.

Lucas L  Year 5               Your infectious enthusiasm towards all your learning tasks!

Kelly W  Year 6               For beginning her CPS journey with positivity and proactivity.


Meet the Specialists

Welcome to Specialist classes for 2020!

Our Specialist team of teachers maintain an open door and are available to meet with our school community on the days below.

Pictured left to right above:

Josh Acklom - ICT teacher is at CPS Monday to Friday.

Dallas O’Brien - PE teacher is at CPS Tuesday to Friday.

Ingrid Jones – Music teacher is here on Wednesday and Thursday.

Amy Travers – PE teacher is at CPS on Tuesday, Wednesday and


Suzy Bolger – Arts teacher is at CPS Monday to Friday.

Tess Yoshida – Japanese teacher is here on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.


Visual arts lessons at CPS aim to develop enjoyment and confidence in our students through engagement in visual arts making. On Friday 16th of October, we will have our whole school  ARTS SHOW – MEET THE ARTISTS!

All of our student artists will have their art on display as they learn about the life and art of the following artists;

Wassily Kandinsky – Prep                    Alexander Calder – Year 4

Yayoi Kusama – Year 1                         Keith Haring – Year 5

Gustav Klimt – Year 2                           Jan Mitchell – Year 6

Amedeo Modigliani – Year 3


Music at CPS is taught through many different ways from singing, listening, moving, playing, creating, composing and presenting.  It is taught in a fun and engaging environment. Students work on instruments/voice and creating authentic musical experiences with their peers. Technique, notation and other forms of written instruction are developed through practical playing opportunities and games. Students develop skills and understanding of the musical elements: Beat, rhythm, pitch, melody, harmony, dynamics, tempo, form, tone & texture, through a variety of experiences. Students of all ages are encouraged to interpret and express their own feelings to different pieces of music.


Students attend ICT lessons for two terms a year. Right from prep they are introduced to a range of devices including touchscreen laptops, iPads and Bee-Bots. Students learn to use technology responsibly and explore the endless possibilities of creating, problem-solving and communicating. As students become more confident and familiar with these devices it is vital that their knowledge and understanding of Cyber Safety continues. The school has its eSmart accreditation and student use of technology is constantly monitored, with Cyber Safety lessons continuing through all year levels. All classrooms are equipped with iPads, laptops and robotics devices to ensure their ICT and Digital Technologies learning and exploring continues throughout the year.


  • Speaking
  • Building confidence
  • Exploring Cultural Diversity
  • Read and Write Hiragana
  • Skype and swap letters with our sister school
  • Japan Day Festival Term 3


In PE and Sport at Carnegie, students engage in and enjoy movement-based learning experiences. We seek to create a safe, inclusive and energetic environment where students learn at their level and challenge themselves in a range of physical activities. Students develop and practise new skills using different equipment, build their skills in teamwork and are encouraged to demonstrate fair play and good sportsmanship. We also aim to develop the attitudes needed for every child to have a lifelong participation in physical activity and healthy living.

Teacher Talk- Ms Remfry

Each newsletter we will be speaking to a different teacher to get to know them better and see what makes them tick! Today we speak to Grade 5 teacher, Anna Remfry.

Favourite food: dumplings, prawns, cherries, avocado and peas

Footy team: Sydney Swans

Favourite TV show: Entourage

Favourite Movie: Star Wars Saga

Siblings: Two older brothers. Angus who lives in Canada and Nick who lives in London

Children: Jasper and Isla

Pets: Dusty the cat

Hobbies: running, reading a book, seeing friends and hanging with the family


How long have you been teaching at Carnegie?

Since 2006. Although I did move overseas and teach in Singapore for a while as well as some time at RMIT University.



What do you most enjoy about being a teacher?

I enjoy teaching all the subjects and helping children to have those moments where it all clicks. I also love teaching with my friends.


Where did you grow up?

I was born in Sydney and lived in Kaula Lumpur for some time before we moved to Melbourne when I was 3 1/2.


How would your best friend describe you?

Caring, tall, snort laughter and fast.


Do you have any hidden talents you’d like to share?

I am good with navigation and getting places.


Have you done much travelling over the years?

I have lived in Singapore, traveled through many places throughout South East Asia, Europe and the Middle East and recently we went on an amazing trip to Vancouver over Christmas and then to London.


Where is your ideal holiday destination- with kids and without kids?

I love Bali with kids and I would love to go to Cambodia and Nepal.  My children have come on pretty much all of my trips so far so I am pretty sure you would see them there too!


What is something that few people know about you? 

I went to the Nationals for sailing in my teenage years and narrowly escaped a shark.


I hear you enjoy running. Have you always been a runner or is it something you took up later in life?

I have always been a runner. I grew up competing in cross country races and also made it to State finals for 200m and relays.


Any marathons for you in the near future?

I love the half marathon distance. I am not sure about the full marathon yet. Mrs Miller helped me to run a PB for the half marathon last December.


If you were left to live on a desert island-what 3 things would you choose to take with you?

My family, a book and sunscreen.

PFA  News


Whenever you make a purchase at Bakers Delight Carnegie, mention Carnegie PS and they donate 5% of all sales as a cash donation directly back to the school.

Family and friends are all welcome to mention CPS too!



The annual CPS Easter Raffle is an event all the students become very excited about! We ask families to donate an Easter egg or two or other Easter goodies and then we ask families to sell the raffle tickets to friends and family members.

From all the donations, the The PFA then create LOTS of prizes (approx. 120!) of various sizes for the huge raffle on the last day of term. 

First prize is always a huge 5kg egg kindly donated by our lovely friends at Lizzy's Chocolates in Koornang Rd.



Icy Pole Fridays - 6th and 20th March

PFA Annual General meeting- Monday March 16th

Hot Cross Bun Drive- order forms will be coming home very soon!

Easter Raffle-  March 27th (last day of Term 1.) A note will be going home shortly.


This is a last call for anyone wishing to join the PFA. You will need to fill out the attached form below and drop it in the PFA box at the office or email it to: Even if you were a member last year, you still need to fill out this form each year.

You will then be kept up to date with PFA news and events via our mailing list.



We are still looking for some PFA class reps for the following  grades:

1C- Mrs Minniece 

2B - Mr Landes

2D- Ms Oh & Ms Murtagh

 3D- Mr Nathan

 4C - Miss Macklin

 5C - Mrs Spataro & Ms Remfry

 6A - Ms Buczko

6C - Mr Miller

The class representative role involves communicating PFA events and information to your class, organising coffee mornings of something similar with your class/year level,  liaising with the teacher for any class jobs that may need parent help (this is more for the younger year levels.)

If you are able to take on one of these roles or would like some more information, please email Sandra Rowlands: 


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


CONTACT DETAILS FOR SERVICE                                                                          HEAD OFFICE CONTACT DETAILS:                                                                                      Email: 

Service Mobile Number: 0402 043 810                                                                  Phone: 03 8790 6511



Parents can enrol and book their child into the program through our website:


Prices for the Program:

Before School Care

Permanent Booking: $14

Casual Booking: $17

After School Care

Permanent Booking: $15

Casual Booking: $20

Vacation School Care

Permanent Booking: $55

Casual Booking: $60



The service has had a great start to the year. Our new preppies have settled nicely into the program and embraced their new environment.

Just a reminder to please ensure your child has a hat for outdoor play.

At this stage Tuesday afternoons are totally booked out. If you need care on Tuesday afternoons you will be placed on a waiting list and informed by the service by 12 midday if a spot becomes available.


Just a snapshot of the activities that the children have been immersed in for the week:



















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