Pakenham Springs Newsletter

22 February 2019
Issue Two
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
New and Returning Staff
Learning in J10
Learning in S35
OSHClub News
District Swimming Carnival
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.


It has been wonderful to walk around the school over the past few weeks and observe how beautifully our students are settling into the new school year.   Our focus these first few weeks has been on setting our high expectations for learning and building a positive learning climate. 


In writing lessons, students across the school have been focusing on personal writing during their writing sessions.  Starting next week the whole school writing focus will be on persuasive writing.  Families who were part of the Springs over the last two years will remember our large focus on writing and our strategic whole school approach.  This will continue in 2019 while teachers also begin to work on a consistent approach to reading.  Already students across the school have been learning our high expectations about their reading and reading lessons. 

School Council

We have seen lots of interest throughout the nomination period for the School Council and will announce the 2019 School Council members in the next newsletter.  Some parents have opted to nominate for school council while others prefer to help out the parents group.  If you are interested in helping out throughout the year please let the office know.  If you are interested in School Council please make sure your nomination form is in before nominations close at 4pm Monday 25th February.

Yard supervision

Whilst there are often staff present at Pakenham Springs PS from approximately 7.30am to 6pm each day, they are not on duty for all of this time.  Students are supervised in the yard before and after school from 8.45am-9.00am and then from 3.15pm-3.30pm.  If you need to drop off or pick up your children outside these times please use the Out of School Hours Care program.  Please visit the OshClub website for further information.


Please name your child’s school uniform.  The students are very good at finding items of clothes and bringing them to lost property however if unnamed it is difficult to find an owner amongst our eight hundred students!   All named items are returned directly to the classroom.


Just a reminder that it is school policy that hats must be worn outside during Term 1 and 4.  Students without hats have restricted undercover areas to play in.  Please make sure your child has a correct hat.  Thank you in advance for supporting this and keeping your child safe in the sun.


Parents are reminded that the Department of Education does not hold insurance for personal property brought to schools and it will not pay for loss or damage to such property.  This means that if a child brings something to school which is then subsequently stolen or misplaced, the school is not liable for replacing this property.  As such, parents need to consider carefully what items (i.e. mobile phones, computer games, ipods, bicycles, skateboards, scooters etc) that students bring to school.  Many household insurance policies allow parents to nominate “portable” items which are taken out of the household


We have had a request from local residents regarding parking in the local streets surrounding the school.  Can parents please be mindful of not parking across driveways - blocking residents from leaving their houses.   We thank you for your understanding with regards to this matter.


Kerryn Baillie


Year Prep - Year 2
Assistant Principal's Report

Junior School News

What a fabulous time of year it is currently. The weather is beautiful and there is a real air of excitement about the school having come back from a relaxing break and settling into new year levels.  Once again, it has been a wonderful experience getting out into classrooms and hearing all of the talk about the school's 3 core values of 'respect', 'responsibility' and 'resilience'. The large number of students who have earned certificates already, to be traded in at the Froggy Dollar Shop, also reinforces my observations that they are indeed being demonstrated consistently across the school.


Our new Preppies continue to step up to the expectations in place at school, and teachers, both Classroom Teachers and Specialist Teachers, have been blown away by just how settled and school-ready they have been. Our Prep assessments are all complete, as of this Wednesday, and the team have all of the data required to now plan a comprehensive program that meets the needs of all students. 


Year One's and Year Two's have both commenced personal writing as a part of our whole-school writing focus, and it has been great to get into classrooms to share in the learning with the students. Their personal texts have enabled the Classroom Teachers to get to know more about their students and for the students to showcase their writing talents.  In Numeracy, place-value has been a strong focus across both year levels as they develop their understanding of larger numbers; reading, writing, ordering and modelling these in class. Developing this strong understanding of numbers and the place-value of their digits (ie. understanding that 327 is made up of 3 x hundreds, 2 x tens and 7 x ones) will really assist them throughout the year when they start exploring concepts such as addition and subtraction with larger numbers.

As part of our work at the start of the year around establishing an orderly classroom learning environment, we have asked all classes to create a 'classroom motto' that outlines their expectations, and what they are striving to achieve in 2019.  In coming weeks, these will all be placed on our school web-site and I would encourage all parents and carers to log on to have a look and discuss these with their children.  It would be great for students to be able to explain these to their families, highlighting key words and why they were selected. 


Until next time, take care, and make the most of this beautiful weather that we are experiencing!



Danny Forster 

Assistant Principal in Junior School


Year 3 - Year 5
Assistant Principal's Report

Middle School News

It has been another fantastic fortnight with much to report.  Across the school, we are continuing our focus on nurturing and inspiring great writers whilst introducing a whole school systematic approach to Reading through the introduction of the ‘Readers Workshop’.  This approach is well researched and focuses on explicit teaching of reading strategies including comprehension and purposeful independent reading.  It has been truly terrific witnessing our students across Years 3/4/5 interact and engage with ‘just right’ books.  As parents and carers, you can show your interest in learning more about the reader's Workshop and ‘Just Right Books’ by asking your child.  At Pakenham Springs we have committed to a strong and viable curriculum of ensuring five hours a week in the subject of Reading.  There is a quote I like to recite when I hear about a child’s dislike of reading; “There is no such thing as a child who hates to read.  There are only children who have not found the right book”.

Our middle school and senior students are not simply being taught to read, rather we are teaching them to question and interact with what they read.  In Years 3/4/5 we are exploring many thinking and questioning strategies to better engage with our reading by recording in our reader's notebooks memories, connections, questions, predictions, feelings and thoughts.


In numeracy, ‘Place Value’ is being put under the spotlight across many year levels as it really is the basis of our entire number system.  Having a strong understanding of Place Value supports students (and adults) to compute and solve mathematical problems mentally. Our place value system in Australia is understood by knowing that the position of a digit in a number determines its value.  We have a base ten system where each place represents ten times the value of the place to its right. Walking through the learning sessions this week, I have greatly enjoyed hearing students explain how they can round up to the nearest ten and add or subtract numbers easily using their Place Value knowledge.


I wish everyone a very productive, happy and safe fortnight ahead.


Kindest Regards

Jane King

Assistant Principal in Middle School

Year 6
Assistant Principal's Report

Senior School News 

At Pakenham Springs, we recognise the importance of having our students feel connected to the school and feeling like they have a voice and choice in matters relating to their education.  We have implemented a guide to developing our senior students this year and will continue to roll out new student voice opportunities throughout the year.


One of these new initiatives in the Senior School this year is our Elective subjects.  Each week, our year 5 & 6 students spend an hour participating in learning, related to an area of interest.  Some of our elective offerings include netball academy, kids in the kitchen, community service, comic book making, art enrichment activities, golf, bootcamp, Japanese culture and many, many more! Students were able to select their top 3 preferences and have committed to their activity for the term.

One of our elective groups, 'It's a Mystery' are currently using their forensic science skills to solve the mystery of the missing Western Bulldogs teddy bear from my office.  The 'crime scene' was examined, with suspicious evidence bagged and photographed.  The ransom note was collected and forensic tests will be carried out throughout the coming weeks.  I hope my beloved Bulldog Bear will be found and returned unharmed!       

Have a great week!

Renee Cotterell

Assistant Principal 

Upcoming Events

Term 1:

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


Friday 1st March:

  • Springers Awards - 2.30pm Staffroom

Tuesday 5th March:

  • Easter Raffle tickets distributed

Friday 8th March:

  • Year 6 Interschool Sport - Home
  • Springers Awards - 2.30pm Staffroom

Monday 11th March:

Labour Day Holiday - No students attend school today


Tuesday 12th March:

  • Finance and School Council Meetings

Wednesday 13th March:

  • Division Swimming Carnival

Thursday 14th March:

  • Year 6 Buddy Breakfast (Apologies for a "typo" in the Parent Calendar - the Year 6 Buddy Breakfast is listed twice.  The correct date is Thursday 14th March)

Friday 15th March:

  • Year 6 Interschool Sport - Home
  • House Meetings



Tuesday 29th January 2019 - Teachers return

Thursday 31st January 2019 - Students return  

Monday 11th March - Labour Day Public Holiday

Friday 5th April - End of Term 1

(Students dismissed at 2.30pm)


Tuesday 23rd April 2019 - Students return

Thursday 25th April 2019 (ANZAC Day Public Holiday)

Friday 26th April 2019 - Curriculum Day - no students attend on this day

Monday 10th June 2019 - Queens Birthday Public Holiday

Friday 28th June 2019 - End of Term 2

(Students dismissed at 2.30pm)


Monday 15th July 2019 - Curriculum Day - no students attend on this day

Tuesday 16th July 2019 - Students return

Friday 20th September - End of Term 3

(Students dismissed at 2.30pm)

Term 4

Monday 7th October 2019 - Students return

Tuesday 5th November 2019 - Melbourne Cup Day Public Holiday

Friday 20th December 2019 - End of Term 3

(Students dismissed at 1.30pm)




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


Middle School


Senior School:

  • Year 6 Camp - Expression of Interest

Whole School:

  • Family Holidays - Procedures to follow with regards to Absence Learning Plans
  • Book Club Issue 1
  • Term 1 2019 Calendar






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.

If you hold a current Health Care or Pension Card and would like to apply for CSEF please see the ladies in the office.

Please note these funds can ONLY be used for School Camps, Sports or Excursions.  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the school.


Contact the school office to obtain a CSEF application form or download from


If you applied for the CSEF at your child’s school in 2018, you do not need to complete an application form in 2019 unless there has been a change in your family circumstances.

You only need to complete an application form if any of the following changes have occurred:

· New student enrolments;  your child has started or changed schools in 2019 or you did not apply in 2018.

· Changed family circumstances; such as a change of custody, change of name, concession card number, or new siblings commencing at the school in 2019.

Check with the school office if you are unsure.


Applications for 2019 CSEF funding close on Friday 28th June.




Community News

Pakenham Lions Football Club


Pakenham Junior Football Club are looking for players for 2019.

U8, U9 & U10

To register visit

Enquiries email:

[email protected]

OR call Kylie: 0410 254 461






Pakenham Junior Football Club are looking for female players for our first ever U10 girls team and our U12 girls team.

To register visit

Enquiries email:  

[email protected]

OR call Kylie: 0410 254 461








New and Returning Staff

We welcome our new and returning staff to the ‘Springs’. 

Firstly we feel very fortunate to welcome back our returning staff in 2019.  In Year One J08 we have Mrs Louise Boocock returning 2 days a week.  Also in Year 1, we have Mrs Natalie Higgins returning full time in J07.  Releasing our school's Learning Specialist team on Thursdays, we have Mrs Bree McKenzie in Year 4 and Mrs Stacey Ploeg in Year 6.  It is truly wonderful to have you all back.  We certainly have seen some very excited students.


We also welcome our new staff members to our teaching and learning teams.  In no particular order we welcome:

Amanda Lyons is originally from Mildura.  She has lived in London for two years, teaching and travelling and moved to Melbourne to study.  More recently, Amanda has moved from Brunswick into our local area, making Pakenham Springs the perfect place to teach!


In 2019, Ms Lyons is super excited to be working with a large team of teachers and equally excited to form strong bonds with the students in M20.


Outside of school/working, Ms Lyons really enjoys hiking.  She finds carrying all you need to survive out in the wilderness for a few days quite exhilarating.  Ms Lyons hiked around Wilson’s Prom in September last year and clocked up 75km over 5 days.  WOW!


When Ms Lyons was at school herself, her favourite subjects were Maths and Italian. She loved playing with numbers and enjoyed ‘nutting’ out problems. The Italian language sounds beautiful and the food is amazing!


Carla Rosenkotter is a familiar face to many of our senior students who remember seeing her when she completed her teaching rounds with the Year 6 team in 2018.


In 2019, Ms Rosenkotter has a Year 4 classroom and is excited about working with all the students in M28 to inspire a love of learning and persistence. She aims to share in her student’s curiosity and questions to answer and solve problems and finally to witness their academic and social growth.


Outside of school/work, Ms Rosenkotter enjoys hiking, coin collecting, painting and reading.  Maybe our new teachers will organise a school hike one day!


When Ms Rosenkotter was a student, her favourite subjects were those in Humanities - so anything to do with History, Geography or Economics.


Natalie Coxon is working in the Year 5 Learning Community. She is a familiar face to the students of Pakenham Springs, having completed many casual /relief teaching days in 2018.


The students in Ms Coxon's class have interviewed their teacher and can tell us that Ms Coxon lives locally and has 2 pet yabbies.  She is most excited about getting to know everyone in S39 individually and she is excited to see the growth of each student in 2019. Ms Coxon is a swimmer and enjoys playing netball and going to the footy.


She is a Collingwood supporter, but we won’t hold that against her.  Her favourite subject when she was at school included maths and PE.


Leah Haramoana is working in the Year 3 Learning Community supporting the students in M23.  Ms Haramoana has recently moved to Pakenham with her family and is enjoying using her years of child care experience and wealth of qualifications in a primary school setting.


She is most excited about making a difference to our school by supporting students, teachers and families.  Away from school/work, Ms Haramoana enjoys coaching her daughter’s basketball teams.


When Ms Haramoana was a student herself, her favourite subjects included P.E, psychology, home economics and textiles.

Learning in J10

Junior School J10 Talbot is sharing the learning taking place in their class…

It’s been a big couple of weeks of firsts’ in J10!  We have been busy making new friends, learning our classroom rules and procedures and setting ourselves up for a successful year.

We have been learning all about the Reader’s Workshop, discussing what it looks like, sounds like and feels like.  During our first library session, we practiced independent reading with a ‘Just Right’ book. Independent reading means our eyes stay on our book, our voices are quiet and we sit by ourselves to focus.


When we are looking for a ‘Just Right’ book we are looking on any page and if 1 or 2 words are tricky then that’s the right fit for us.

We have also been revising our School Wide Positive Behaviour System (SWPBS) Matrix and how we can be Respectful, Responsible and Resilient students at Pakenham Springs.  Thinking about this together we created our class mission statement that we will follow each day at school.

We are looking forward to having a very successful and fun year in J10 #learningisfuninYearOne!


Learning in S35

Middle School S35 Patterson is sharing the learning taking place in their class...


WELCOME BACK for 2019!


In S35, we have started the year by learning about ‘The Power Of Yet’ and how to bring a positive mindset into our classroom expectations. We discussed that we found it easy to remember the negative things that happen to us but it was a little more challenging to remember the positive things that made us really happy and proud.

We completed a brain diary that taught us that the brain is a muscle and that if we continue to work on it and try new things it will continue to grow bigger!  We found that saying the word ‘yet’ when we couldn’t do something really helped us with working that extra bit harder to try different strategies to be able to achieve that goal.


  • Coby:  I can’t do a detailed plan in writing… yet!
  • Max: I am really bad at drawing and I can’t do it… yet!
  • Kayley: I can’t read for a long period of time… yet!
  • Isabella: Division is way too hard. I can’t do it… yet!
  • Katison: I can’t tie up my shoelaces… yet!
  • Chelsea: I don’t really understand what I read… yet!

Not only have we been changing our mindset, but we have also set SMART goals, set up our workshops and have begun showing leadership qualities transitioning into senior school.  We developed a mission statement that we are super proud of and we feel like it really tells a story about the amazing team we have in S35.  We’ll leave you with a little motto we like to remind ourselves to keep a positive mindset while at school and within our community:

‘We strive to thrive in S35’

OSHClub News


 OSHClub Newsletter
                February, 2019


Welcome back for 2019 and a big welcome to our new families.

We hope you all had a lovely break and are feeling fresh for the new year. Please check our newsletter fortnightly for our up and coming activities and any special notices.


Please ensure all children needing to use the service this year are enrolled and booked in using the online booking system.  For any children with medical conditions, please come and see us before your first visit to ensure all necessary documents are completed and medication is dropped off before your child's first session. 


Remember- if your child is at school before 0830am, they will need to be attending our Before School Care program.


As we are in term 1, we have entered the first Sun Smart term of the year. As per Sun Smart guidelines and OSHClub's Sun Smart Policy, all children wishing to participate in outside play will need to apply sunscreen and wear a wide-brimmed hat.

We do supply sunscreen (Coles brand 50+), however, if your child has a sensitivity to sunscreens and needs a specific brand, please ensure they have a tube packed in their bag for use at aftercare.


We have had a few changes to our staff this term so please feel free to drop by our service to meet our new Assistant Coordinator Patricia.


This year we are sticking with our theme selection throughout the week;

Monday- Dance

Tuesday- Athletic Challenges

Wednesday- Cooking Class

Thursday- Science Experiment

Friday- Music Lessons

We also have homework time every afternoon from 3.30pm. This is a great opportunity for your children to complete their homework while in our care.


Important Notices

Please ensure that your account details are up to date.  It is a requirement that there are

3 contact details on your account in case of an emergency.  If you have changed employment,

moved to a new house or changed phone numbers it is very important that these

details are up to date.


It would also be much appreciated if your child is not going to be attending After School Care that you send a text to the service mobile, 0438 564 038.

This saves a lot of time when signing the children in the afternoon and

means that we do not have to go through the process of contacting families in the

event of not being able to contact you.


Program's Direct Contact Number: 0438 564 038    OSHClub Head Office: 1300 395 735

Program Coordinator: Kristen          Program Assistant: Patricia


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.












District Swimming Carnival

Springers make a splash

A massive congratulations to our students who participated in the District Swimming carnival against other schools from the Pakenham and Officer area on Wednesday 20th February 2019.


Our Springer students did an amazing job, displaying great sportsmanship, endeavour and overall having an amazing time.

Congratulations to the following students and their results.  Especially Blayne and Alex who both won their A events and qualified themselves for the Division Swimming carnival being held at Noble Park pool on Wednesday 13th March.  Woohoo!


Girls 9/10 yrs

Savannah (M26)   3rd     Backstroke

Lina (M27)               3rd     Breastroke

Alyssa (M23)          2nd     Freestyle

Indiana (M30)        3rd     Freestyle


Boys 9/10 yrs

Max (M24)                2nd    Freestyle

Ethan (M30)            2nd     Freestyle

                                    2nd     Backstroke

Lachlan (M30)        3rd     Backstroke

Toby (M30)              4th     Breastroke


Girls 11 yrs

Blayne (S39)           1st       Breastroke          DIVISION QUALIFICATION

                                     1st       Backstroke

                                     3rd      Freestyle

Indiana (S39)         2nd      Backstroke

                                    3rd      Breastroke


Boys 11 yrs                

Harley (S40)             4th     Freestyle

                                      4th     Breastroke


Girls 12/13 yrs           

Jasmine (S34)         2nd     Breastroke

Skylah (S36)            2nd     Breastroke

                                     2nd     Freestyle


Boys 12/13 yrs           

Bryce (S33)                1st      Backstroke

                                       3rd     Breaststroke

                                      3rd     Freestyle

Harry (S34)               2nd     Freestyle

                                      3rd     Breastroke

Alex (S36)                    1st     Backstroke          DIVISION QUALIFICATION


Fantastic results!


Scott Holmes

PE Teacher

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