Pakenham Springs Newsletter

07 September 2018
Issue Thirteen
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 J05
Learning in M28
Learning in S32
Year 4 Camping Adventures!
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.

Crazy Hair and Out of Uniform Day

Today was 'Crazy Hair and Out of Uniform Day.  This day always shows the creativity of our school community.  Thank you for your support.  The Student Representative Council (SRC) have decided that the money raised today will go to playground equipment.   We raised approximately $850.00.

Year 2 Sleep Over

Tonight is our annual Year 2 sleep over - an exciting night is planned with many activities and pizza for tea.   Hopefully they will all get some sleep!! 

Father's Day Stall

Thank you to our team of parent helpers who worked with Renee Cotterell to hold another successful Father's Day Stall.  I hope all our Dad's enjoyed their gifts especially chosen with much thought. The stall raised $1312.70 which will go to our yard improvements.  As you will have seen, our newest playground and fitness equipment opened last week and is being enjoyed by all students. 


Just a reminder of the final Curriculum Day for 2018.  It will take place on Monday 8th October 2018 which is the first day of Term 4.  Teachers will be continuing to learn new ways of teaching Literacy.  Students will not be required to attend school on this day.

Year 4 Phillip Island 

What a fabulous time our year 4 students had at Phillip Island last week. Below are some highlights and funny moments from students in M25 and M26.


Crossing Supervisor

At the end of Term 3 our crossing supervisor on Henry Rd, Mr Ian Paddock will be retiring. I would like to thank Ian for keeping our students safe for the past 3 and a half years.  Ian's friendly welcome to school each morning will be missed by many.  This year Ian was nominated for the Crossing supervisor of the Year awards which was a highlight of his career and a very worthy nomination.  We wish Ian all the best as he enjoys time with his family. 

District Athletics

Congratulations to our wonderful students who competed at District Athletics last Friday held at Casey Fields.  50 of our students competed in cold and rainy conditions to the best of their abilities. We are super proud of their efforts and the sportsmanship shown on the day.
A massive congratulations to the 6 students who qualified to represent our school at the Division Athletics championships on Wed 19th Sept.
Good luck to the following students:
Harry :  80Om & 1500m
Melisa: 800m & 1500m
Chloe:   Shot Put
Hunter: 100m
Prezance: 100m & 200m
Zahri:    80m hurdles



Kerryn Baillie


Year Prep - Year 2
Assistant Principal's Report

Junior School News

Hello again after what has been a much, much warmer week!  It has been wonderful to be outside in the sunshine, seeing the students enjoying the warmth and seeing them enjoying our new playground equipment which has been most popular. 


This week has seen us run another Step-into-Prep session, that has again gone incredibly smoothly, with our 2019 Preps appearing very comfortable and relaxed as they familiarise themselves with school life.  Our 2018 Preps are looking more and more like Year Ones each day, and showing that they are getting ready to make that big step up as well.  Students have been learning about sharing collections out equally in Numeracy and learning all about how different families celebrate special events, so make sure that you ask them about this exciting learning at home.


Year Ones have continued to learn all about local history and are very excited to be attending Coal Creek for their excursion this coming Monday. Teachers have been busily planning and organising this excursion and are just as excited as the students.  In Numeracy, having learned about addition, and then having learned about subtraction, students are now learning all about how these are 'opposite' operations.  Students have been discussing fact families and how we can use 3 numbers to make addition and subtraction equations ie 5 + 7 = 12 and 12 - 7 =5.  The teachers reliably inform me that students have particularly enjoyed their current writing unit which has been all about poetry.  Students have been involved in a lot of sensory experiences so that they can write about the 5 senses and created some fantastic shape poems.


There also seems to be a real air of excitement in the Year Two corridor this week as the Year Two sleepover is upon us! In fact, this will be taking place as this newsletter is released. Staff have planned a number of fun experiences for the students with cup painting, lego jumping castles, movies and of course, pizza for dinner.  There are sure to be some very tired Year Two students, and teachers, on Saturday morning!  Over the past fortnight, Year Two students have also taken a real shine to our unit of work on poetry, and some of their shape poems look incredible.  Some students are even attempting free verse poems which is a fantastic effort


This will be our last newsletter prior to our Spring holiday break, so I hope that everyone has a happy and relaxing break. It's hard to believe that Term Four is almost upon us, but the improving weather has been most welcome! 


Until next term, I hope that everyone stays safe.



Danny Forster

Acting Assistant Principal in Junior School



Year 3 - Year 5
Assistant Principal's Report

Middle School News

Welcome everyone to another fortnight of news and information.  I must say, I am excited about the weather warming up and the outdoor learning opportunities that come with it.


I would like to give a huge welcome to the newest member of our team this term, Miss Lenie Vamvesos who is taking over the teaching and learning in Year 4 - M30 for Mrs Ashtyn Price.  It was wonderful to be able to offer transition time between the two teachers as I am confident this will be supportive to all parties.  The classroom expectations and routine will remain the same and Ms V. has already been involved in team meetings and planning.


Across the Year 3 classrooms, the team are placing reading under the spotlight with a focus on all students reaching the standard.  You can support your child by continuing to read with them each night.  Children in Year Three are still developing fluency, decoding and comprehension in their reading and benefit from reading aloud to their parents.  Do not be fooled into thinking reading each night is only for our junior school students!  Students in Year 3 are also focusing on learning and improving their multiplication skills.  This is different to ‘skip counting’ and requires students to use a variety of strategies that will ultimately support automatic recall of multiplication facts.


Our Year 4 students are back from camp with some great stories to tell.  Thank you to the teachers and the education support staff that gave up their time to be with and share this experience with our wonderful students.  Be sure to check out the photos included in this edition.

Poetry is currently the writing focus across the school and the Year 5 students are loving it! Across the Year 5 classrooms, you will find strong examples of descriptive poetry presented as:

  • Free verse
  • Ballads and
  • Raps

It is really wonderful to see the student voice behind each piece and the support teachers are giving to ensure all students achieve success to a high standard. Please support your child by asking them about their writing at home.


Enjoy the next two weeks everyone,

Kind Regards


Jane King

Assistant Principal in Middle School

Year 6
Assistant Principal's Report

Senior School News

This fortnight our Year 6 students have again been working hard on building the skills and knowledge they will need to be a successful learner next year in Secondary School. 


Resilience has been a huge focus for the whole Pakenham Springs community this year - the inclusion of 'Resilience' as one of our School Values caused great discussion between staff and parents when we were going through the process to select our Values.  What does Resilience mean in children?  Why is it such an important personal skill to possess?  How will our children cope in the 'real world' without having built up a resilient character?  How do we instill a resilient character trait in all of our students at PSPS?  


A resilient child has social and emotional competencies for their age that help them to name their feelings, manage their emotions, be aware of other people, solve problems, and make good decisions (  At Pakenham Springs, we understand that our Year 6 students, in particular, are about to experience a huge change in their lives - not only are they physically growing up and developing, they are also about to trade in the comfort and predictability of primary school for the unknown demands of secondary school.  It's a scary time!

We are working closely with our local secondary schools to provide a smooth and supportive transition for all students. This includes passing on information regarding academic progress and areas for improvement, as well as social and emotional factors which may indicate that a student needs some extra support when entering secondary school.  Please come and have a chat with your classroom teacher, or myself, if there is anything more that we can do to make this transition smoother and easier for your child and family.


Developing resilience is also being addressed in our Year 6 classrooms - not only through our weekly values lessons but also by the guest speakers and presentations we organise for our senior students.  This week, S38 and S40 participated in the RAW program (Resilience Awareness Workshops) run by the  Youth Services Officers from Cardinia Shire Council (S37 and S39 will have their session in week 9).  This session focused on building self-esteem and self-worth, resilience and peer pressure, developing coping strategies and problem-solving and also raised an awareness of services available for young people. The program aims to build resilience, increase self-esteem and improve young peoples’ ability to develop strategies to cope and problem solve.  Some of the feedback from our students in S38 & S40 included:

  • I really liked how Dan and Natalia communicated with us.  One of the activities we participated in made us think about our strengths and how to acknowledge our strengths (Blake).  
  • I learnt that I always need to be strong and use my 5 senses in different ways.  I also learnt that you don’t always have to have one person to talk to.  There are many people that we can talk to when we are feeling down (Tegan).
  • Today's RAW session reassured me about how I can be a resilient person.  It’s about getting back up and trying harder to achieve your goal (Josh).
  • I learnt that there are a lot more places you can go and people you can talk to when you are having a bad day.  We learnt that we need to accept people's compliments (Olivia).  
  • I enjoyed the tunnel game and I learnt that if you aren’t feeling great you have a place to go to talk to people and chill out (Noah).
  • In RAW, I learnt that you don’t always have to talk to parents about things. I enjoyed that everything was hands-on and we did fun activities (Jye).
  • I enjoyed the compliment ribbons.  I learnt who I can talk to and that is also something I can take away from this session (Melisa).
  • I learned what my strengths are.  I enjoyed the compliment ribbons and I now know who I can talk to when I’m upset or having a bad day (Bronwyn).

Top tips for parents to help build resilience in children:

1.  Avoid solving all their problems. Engage children as active participants in family/group problem-solving, let them contribute meaningfully to discussions and any solutions.

2. Model a positive 'can do' attitude. Encourage children to take decisive action rather than detaching from problems, and wishing they would just go away.  Help them to see every experience as an opportunity.

3. Build positive relationships. Encourage children to develop relationships with positive people who offer mutual support and who are not 'dream stealers' or 'energy zappers'.

4. Embrace change. Flexibility is an essential part of resilience so teach children how to be more adaptable and to accept that change is a part of living and can bring new opportunities.

5. Encourage goal setting. From an early age, encourage children into the habit of developing realistic goals and making small yet regular progress towards accomplishing them, or adapting them as things change. 

6. Be optimistic. Encourage children to visualise what they want from themselves, rather than worrying about what they fear.

7. Be responsible for personal wellbeing. Teach kids to listen to their own mind and body, to know when they need to engage in some relaxation, to eat nutritious food and exercise regularly. Feeling energetic and healthy will keep them primed to deal with tough situations (

There are some other fabulous resources for parents and children around building resilience on the Kids Matter, Beyond Blue, Kidspot and the Victorian Department of Education websites.

Have a great week!

Renee Cotterell

Assistant Principal 

Upcoming Events

Term 3:

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


Friday 7th September/Saturday 8th September:

  • Year 2 sleepover

Monday 10th September:

  • Family Portrait Fundraiser (Monday - Wednesday)
  • Year 6 RAW session (S37 & S39)
  • Year 1 Coal Creek excursion

Wednesday 12th September:

  • Term 3 Open Afternoon
  • Student Leader Conference (selected leaders attending) 

Friday 14th September:

  • Springers Celebration 2.30pm staffroom

Thursday 20th September:

  • Year 1 Olden Days celebration

Friday 21st September:

  • Footy Celebration day
  • Whole school assembly
  • Footy Canteen lunches
  • Final day Term 3 - 2.30pm dismissal


Monday 8th October (First day of Term 4)


Tuesday 9th October:

  • Year 6 - Health, Sexuality and Relationships Education
  • Step Into Prep Evening Session - 6.00pm - 7.00pm - For parents unable to attend the day Parent Information Sessions, this session will be held to ensure all parents have the opportunity to be informed about the important steps from Kindergarten to Prep.

Thursday 11th October:

  •  School Photo day

Friday 12th October:

  • Springers Celebration 2.30pm - Staffroom

Tuesday 16th October:

  • Year 6 - Health, Sexuality and Relationships Education

Tuesday 23rd October:

  • Year 6 - Health, Sexuality and Relationships Education




Monday 16th July 2018 — Friday 21st September 2018


Monday 8th October 2018 (Curriculum Day)

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:


Shopping Tour - Bookings are now being taken for our first ever Pakenham Springs Shopping Tour! Come and shop til you drop with us on Saturday October 27th.  Please see the flyer posted on Compass for booking form and details of the outlets we are visiting.  Lunch is included, as is plenty of laughs!  Tickets are limited! 


SAVE THIS DATE.... Saturday 10th November!

Stay tuned for information regarding our upcoming 'Bogan Trivia and Games Night'!  More details to come.


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

  • Reminder - Coal Creek excursion information
  • Year 1 Olden Days Past and Present
  • Year 2 Sleepover Medical Form (only needed if medication is to be administered on the night)

Middle School


Senior School

  • Somers Camp Opportunity
  • Year 6 Relationships and Sexuality Education - parent session

Whole School

  • Magpie Alert
  • Gastrointestinal Illness
  • Enrolment 2019 Update
  • Canteen Special - Footy Lunch - Friday 21st September.    (Reminder that all orders must be completed via the QKR app.  No orders will be accepted at the school office or canteen).



Payments can be made for your 3rd 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

Beleza Uniform Shop



Nominations are now open for the annual Australian GRANDPARENT OF THE YEAR AWARD.


The GRANDPARENT OF THE YEAR AWARD (GOTYA) has been designed to raise the profile of Grandparents in Australia by recognising the extraordinary contribution by a Grandparent to the family and the community.


Entry is via the Official Entry Form, which can be found on the Grandparents Day Magazine website – and should be the original work of the author, consisting of 500 words or less about “Why (my) Grandparent should be Australia’s Grandparent of the Year OR Community Service Grandparent Of The Year”.   A brief overview of the nominee, highlighting their outstanding attributes along with examples citing the long-term benefits of the nominee’s contribution to the family and the community should be included.


(A ‘Grandparent’ is defined as any older adult who fulfils a Grandparenting or senior citizen mentor role for a child. A familial relationship is not necessary to meeting this requirement.)


Anyone can nominate a suitable candidate. 


NOMINATIONS are now OPEN and will be received no later than midnight on Thursday 27 September 2018 (AEST) at  


Winners will be announced on Wednesday, 31 October 2018. 

Learning in J05

Junior School Bartlett Jo5 is sharing the learning taking place in their class…

In J05 we have been learning addition.


We met Andy Addition and he has been helping us to add 2 groups together and find the total.


We have learnt different ways to solve addition which include, drawing addition, using a number line, using our fingers or counters and using the counting on strategy.

We have explored Friends of 10 by using the Rainbow to 10.


All the Preps were lucky enough to visit the Cranbourne Gardens, where we learnt lots about Aboriginal history and culture.  We got to explore the beautiful gardens, make paint using rocks, play some musical instruments and taste Lemon Myrtle tea.

In J05, we loved making paint by using Ochre and water. We then enjoyed painting our faces and rocks around the gardens with the paint.

Here is Ashton making and mixing up his paint using Ochre and flat rock and some water.

Here is Aaliyah leaving the mark on the Cranbourne Gardens by leaving her handprint on a rock.

Learning in M28

Middle School Marki M28 is sharing the learning taking place in their class…

Springers Expectations – School Matrix

M28 have been reviewing the three R’s in the classroom and talking through each expectation. During our lessons, the students have been very creative.  They all re-created new lyrics to the song “Hurt Somebody” by Julia Michaels, Noah Kahan.  We have also designed posters for the 3’Rs and what the expectations are around the toilet areas.  The students have also made booklets on how we play around the garden and play areas correctly.

M28 Gardening club

The students have been very keen this year to start weeding some garden beds and get them prepared for planting.

The students have been weeding once a fortnight on Fridays.  They have taken on this new task with such enthusiasm that we are now almost ready to start planting seedlings.

In week 9 we will be spreading some new soil down and mulching the top.  We will let the soil rest over the holidays and start planting the first week back term 4.


Learning time

This term our inquiry topic has been focusing on the first fleet.  M28 have embraced this topic and integrated all our reading and writing around it.  This term the students have learned about the life of a convict.  Each student designed their own information report about a convict.  Some students created posters, others made booklets and some students even put together PowerPoint presentations.


During reading sessions, we have been reading about the life of convicts and different explorers.  We are using our Reciprocal reading skills to promote and encourage students to answer questions from the text by clarifying, predicting, summarising, and questioning.

Learning in S32

Senior School Jager S32 is sharing the learning taking place in their class…

This term S32 have been reading the book ‘A Shiver Of Snow and Sky’.  This is a book about two teenagers who are trying to save their village.  Osa goes off into the mountains to see the Goddess and Ivar stays in the village of Skane to prepare for battle.


‘I think you should read this book as it has lots of adventure.’


‘It makes me want to read the book more because it is so interesting,’


5 Stars: ‘The book is very charming but the downside is every chapter it changes between the two main characters Osa and Ivar.’


‘A Shiver of Snow and Sky makes you think a lot.’


‘The book is interesting because it doesn’t give too much information all at once.’


‘It’s an intriguing story for kids 10 and over.'


‘It keeps the reader wanting to read on. The change of point of view is exciting because it sees what they are up too!’ 4 ½ stars


Year 4 Camping Adventures!

Phillip Island - 29th to 31st August

What a fabulous time the Year 4 students (and staff members) had at Phillip Island Adventure Resort for our annual school camp.


At Pakenham Springs, we have a developmental approach to camping - beginning with our overnight Year 2 sleepover, progressing to our 2 night Year 4 Phillip Island adventure camp and concluding with our 4 night Canberra Tour in Year 6. The skills that students develop, including independence, time management, self-regulation, resilience and confidence, truly are valuable skills that will become more and more important as they grow into young adults. 


This year, 102 students joined us as we set off to Phillip Island. A highlight of our camp was our stop at Amaze'n'Things for some mini-golf, puzzles, indoor illusions and time to get lost in the outdoor maze.  The giant drop was a highlight for many (although Mrs Cotterell stayed well away from this attraction!!). 

Throughout our camp, the students rotated through 8 activities; giant swing, flying fox, photo hunt, archery, canoeing, camp cooking, ropes course and a team building rescue activity. It was wonderful to see how well all students worked together, encouraging and supporting each other when friends and classmates were pushed out of their comfort zone.


Our night time activities included a movie night and indoor tabloid sports. Participating in charades, balloon relays, egg and spoon races and musical chairs was fun, but without a doubt, the favourite activity of the evening was the Chocolate game!   


Last but not least, a HUGE thank you to the Year 4 students - your behaviour at camp was excellent and your attitude towards trying new things and having a go, even when feeling a little uncomfortable, was truly admirable. You represented the school beautifully and I hope you enjoyed the camp as much as all of us staff members did!


Renee Cotterell

OSHClub News


Hello everyone and welcome back to another wonderful week at OSHCLUB.  

Vacation care is approaching in as little as TWO weeks - If you’re interested in booking in your child please feel free to come into the service or give us a call - you can also pop in to pick up a flyer to see what’s on these school holidays.  We have two great excursions for the holidays, - first-week science works and the second week is clip'n'climb.  Get in quick. 


Please make sure that if you are booking in your children for the holiday program that you bring all their medical details and medication before your child commences the program. 


This week at OSHClub the children have been enjoying our sensory play with green rice and lots of slime.    

We have also been focusing on our spring decorations, flowers, birds and lots of fun. The children have been great with coming up with ideas and so far we have all decided on a blossom tree with the kids' faces as the flowers.    

We would also just like to say a huge thank you to all of the parents who help out at the service and bring us supplies to keep our service going - you’re all amazing.  


Just a few reminders 

·         Please ensure that your details are current on your accounts. Current details are important if we are required to contact you for any reason regarding your children 

·         We have had quite a few families enquiring about lost clothing.  Please ensure that your items are named as this gives us a much better chance of returning them to you if we find them. 

·         Lost property is overflowing so please come in and have a look and see if we have any of your children’s jumpers, toys, watches etc.  


Hope you all have a great week. 

Kristen, Courtney, and Debbie 


Coordinator: Kristen Askew

Assistants: Courtney Dodson, Angela McLachlan

Program Phone: 0438 564 038

OSHClub Head Office: 03 8564 9000


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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