You Tell us Sessions- Prep 2.30pm onwards
Our mission is to inspire the self-belief and motivation in students that will enable them to achieve and grow.
You Tell us Sessions- Prep 2.30pm onwards
Prep Picnic 5-6.30pm
Assembly in the hall 9am
Second Hand Uniform Shop 3.15-3.45pm
Labour Day Holiday- no school
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
School Photos- more information to follow
PFA Easter Raffle
Last day of Term-early dismissal 2.30pm
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:-
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:-
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
Communicating and interacting for health and wellbeing
Contributing to healthy and active communities
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
Social awareness and management
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:
Linda Jones, Karen Bentata-Grimm
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.
Thank you for these great books and many happy birthday wishes from all at Carnegie Primary School
“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!
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:
Kids can stay safe by:
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: email@example.com. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Youth Leadership Victoria
Carnegie Primary School OSHC
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: email@example.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Service Mobile Number: 0402 043 810 Phone: 03 8790 6511
Parents can enrol and book their child into the program through our website: www.ylv.com.au
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: