Pakenham Springs Newsletter

05 April 2019
Issue Five
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
Parking Restrictions Around the School
Learning in J03
Learning in M20
Learning in S39
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.


As the term comes to an end it is a good time to reflect on the highlights of the term while we plan for the rest of the year.  Term one started with our first ever Year 6 Conference, students heard from motivational speakers and set goals.  Since then our year 6's have been great role models in their learning and behaviour to the rest of the school.


School Wide Positive Behaviour is a daily priority across the school and we continually model, teach and acknowledge our school values of Respect, Resilience and Responsibility. The Froggy Dollar Shop continues to be busy as students achieve their Gold, Silver and Bronze certificates. 


Reading has been a big focus since day one with all teachers taking on the consistent Readers Workshop approach.   We are very fortunate to have the expertise of Megan Ryan who co-presents the Cardinia schools literacy professional development.   As well as teaching at Pakenham Springs, Megan has done additional training to gain skills in current best teaching practice in literacy.  Megan is leading our teachers to ensure we are teaching reading with the most effective researched approach.


Also this term we had our classrooms fitted out with a new ergonomic chair and table for every student, teacher and Learning Support Assistant.  I have heard that our old furniture has arrived in Port Moresby but still waiting to hear if the two containers to Kiribati has arrived.  Next term we hope to coordinate a special assembly with Pacific Assist who are making a video of the whole project.  Stay tuned!



Lastly,  yesterday's highlight was our wonderful Renee Cotterell's birthday.  As a principal team, we are very lucky to have staff who work so hard yet have fun in the process and make every day great, but especially on our birthdays.

Happy birthday Renee!

Open Afternoon

Last Wednesday was a beautiful afternoon for our first Open Afternoon for the year. We had 432 families represented and celebrating the students achievements. Thank you to those who voted on the Writing Display Boards, congratulations to our Year 1 team who won with the most votes. 

A big thank you to our helpers on the BBQ and our Easter raffle ticket sellers. 

Term One Attendance

We have been closely monitoring attendance and supporting students to improve attendance.  Our 2018 attendance improved from 2017 and already we are doing better this year.  Below is a snapshot of student attendance so far this year.  A huge congratulations to our 190 students who have not missed a day.  They must be very healthy and motivated! 


Percentage of Attendance

Number of Students





90% is one day per fortnight



80% is one day per week



3 days per fortnight

Less than 70%




I will keep you updated throughout the year.


We value student voice as a means to improving student engagement, wellbeing and quality instruction and we are conducting a survey to find out what your child thinks of our school.   The Attitudes to School Survey is an annual student survey offered by the Department of Education and Training to assist schools in gaining an understanding of students' perceptions and experience of school.   Our school will use the survey results to plan programs and activities to improve your child's schooling experience.

Students from Y
ear 4 to Year 6 at our school will participate in the survey.  Your child will complete the survey online during school hours using a purpose-built secure online survey tool.   It is important to note that we are not in any way “testing” your child.  Your child has the right to refuse or withdraw from the survey at any point before, during, or after completion of the survey.

Your child will be provided with a unique login to complete the survey.   The student login is an assigned identifier that may be used to link data for statistical and research purposes only.  All responses to the survey are kept anonymous in the response file.   Personal identification data will not be recorded in the survey response file.   This ensures that the confidentiality of your child’s responses is protected at all times.


This year the Attitudes to School survey will be conducted at our school over the period Monday 6th May to Friday 10 May.   The survey only takes 20 minutes to complete and occurs during your child's class time.

The survey results will be reported back to the school before the end of term 2.   All survey data that is made available in reports are for groups of students only so that no individual student can be identified.   Data suppression rules are used for schools with low student numbers per year level.


Last year we used the survey results to plan our goals for the year and to make improvements as feedback was received.

If you would like more information, please speak to your child’s teacher or visit:


Recently I met with one of the friendly managers of OshClub who shared the plans for the holiday program.  If you need Vacation Care please see the details in this newsletter and in the attachment below.  It looks like a great program to keep your children amused in the holiday period. 


Worlds Greatest Shave

A big pat on the back goes to our STEM teacher Tanjil-Lea Delport.  This morning at assembly she took the massive step of shaving her hair as part of the WORLDS GREATEST SHAVE.  



It isn't too late to support Tanjil-Lea and the Leukaemia Foundation by sponsoring through the following link .


What a way to finish the term. Congratulations to all participants of today's Fun Run and a further congratulations to the overall winners, Jamieson Jets who took out the trophy.  




Please make sure you keep an eye on the 'Upcoming Events' page of the newsletter for all the important dates, including Parent teacher Interviews, Camps and Curriculum Days for 2019.


Kerryn Baillie


Year Prep - Year 2
Assistant Principal's Report

Junior School News

Welcome back for the final time in Term One!  It seems like only yesterday I was welcoming you all back for a new year.   What an exciting term it has been though, and it was fantastic to see so many people in attendance at our first Open Afternoon for 2019, last Wednesday.  There was a real buzz in classrooms and the hallways were very busy, with people voting on the best writing display which was ultimately won by our Year One team.  Staff on the BBQ were kept very busy too and a large number of people were participating in the tennis session run by Aligned Leisure in Pakenham.  Our Easter raffle winners were also drawn with lots of families taking home some delicious looking hampers!


This week has also been our planning week, with all Year Level teams, as well as our Specialist Team, being released to begin planning their Term Two programs.  Teams have been very busy analysing learning data and unpacking the curriculum to ensure they are creating engaging programs that are targeted at the point of need for all students. 


In Prep, students have now completed Stage Two of the Little Learners Love Literacy program, meaning they have learned 16 letters and sounds.  This also means that they have met Milo and 15 of his friends.  If you aren't sure what this means, please ask your children.  Students will continue to learn 2 letters a week in Term Two, and after having learned all of the letters and met all of Milo's friends, will have their own birthday party for him.  I know that the Prep team are particularly excited about this!


The Year One team have been celebrating after having their writing display voted the best in the school by parents at our open afternoon!  However, they are certainly not letting complacency set in and teachers are already discussing how they might go 'back-to-back' and win again in Term Two. Students have also been learning all about how water and air change things in their environment, using terms such as expand, inflate, pressure, dissolve, blow and reaction. 


In Year Two, students have been busy learning all about where water comes from, including both the natural and urban water cycles.  In addition to this, during their inquiry sessions, they have been learning all about the earth's natural resources and how we can conserve these.  We are certainly producing some environmentally friendly and savvy students in Year Two!


I do hope that everyone has a thoroughly relaxing break over the next two weeks, and enjoys a happy easter period with family.  I look forward to seeing you all back here next term, for what promises to be another exciting time at Pakenham Springs.


Until then, take care!



Danny Forster 

Assistant Principal in Junior School


Year 3 - Year 5
Assistant Principal's Report

Middle School News

The term break has reached us and with it, many accomplishments to be proud of.


Our student’s writing pieces are certainly proud worthy with the current writing displays highlighting strengths in the planning, drafting and publishing process.  The students in Years 3/4/5 are really benefiting from this whole school approach to teaching and learning.


If you haven’t already heard about Reading this year, please ask your child.  The approach to reading in 2019 includes a whole school ‘Readers Workshop’ model.  The increase in student engagement is easily measurable. At Pakenham Springs we want our students to do more than read and comprehend, we are excited about the thinking behind reading.  We want our students to make connections between texts, link their thoughts to the world and use background experiences to draw new conclusions.


The accomplishments, however, are not limited to the general classroom.  In specialist classes, the students in Years 3/4/5 have been engaging in some very proud worthy new learning.


In STEM, kaleidoscopes were researched, designed and brought to life over the weekly lesson. I had the pleasure of a surprise visit from Heidi and Jomel below, who were excited about explaining the purpose and progress that led them to successfully creating their very own Kaleidoscope.

You only need to visit the school’s podcast to hear the latest stories that have been created during our Media Arts specialist program.  Books have been brought to life with the junior classes, whilst the Year 3-6 students are learning media design techniques in animation, film and photography.  I am proud to say that Pakenham Springs Primary School is leading the way in teaching and learning in this area.   Below, we see Mr Rook supporting a team of excited students.

Stay tuned for the updates in Health and Physical Education (H/PE), Visual Arts and Japanese.  Our students really do have access to such a rich curriculum to be proud of.


Have a safe and happy holiday break, I am looking forward to more great things in Term 2.


Kindest Regards

Jane King

Assistant Principal in Middle School

Year 6
Assistant Principal's Report

Term 1... that's a wrap!

It's hard to believe that Term 1 is coming to a close after 10 weeks of fabulous learning!   When I look back at what we, as a Senior School cohort have achieved, I am so proud of each and every one of our students.

We started our term on a positive note, with our first ever Senior Student Conference and embraced the idea of Electives with enthusiasm and a passion to learn new skills.   Challenging goals were set by all students, and we spoke about how to break down these goals into achievable chunks.


Some of our Student Leaders have taken part in both national and local Student Leadership forums and have had the opportunity to contribute to matters that concern young people in our community.


In our classrooms, the focus has been on personal writing and then moving on to persuasive writing. The standard of written pieces continues to amaze me, with the varied vocabulary and vivid descriptions consistently on show.


Setting up our Readers and Writers Workshops has been a school-wide commitment this year, and the Year 6 team has been the leading force behind this.  When we walk through our classrooms during literacy times, we see students actively engaged in literature - reading, discussing, analysing, critiquing, conducting book clubs, participating in literature circles... the list is endless!


Our Numeracy focus has been on consolidating knowledge of place value and the number system, including rounding and ordering whole numbers, learning about factors, multiples, composite numbers and prime numbers, as well as analysing and interpreting data displays.




Our inquiry topic for this term has centred on values and economics, with the main focus on looking at the factors influencing the ways people work and how they affect work now and in the future.



Thank you to all senior students, and families, for making Term 1 so successful and enjoyable.  I hope you all have a relaxing and safe Easter holiday break, with lots of precious family time! 


Have a great holiday!

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 5th April:

  • Whole School Assembly 9.00am
  • House Fun Run
  • End of Term 1 - Students dismissed at 2.30pm

Tuesday 23rd April:

  • Commence Term 2
  • Thursday 25th April 2019 (ANZAC Day Public Holiday)

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

Thursday 9th May:

  • Mother's Day Stall



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

Tuesday 7th May - Parent Teacher Interviews

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

Wednesday 28th August - Friday 30th August Year 4 Phillip Island Camp

Friday 20th September - End of Term 3

(Students dismissed at 2.30pm)



Monday 7th October 2019 - Students return

Tuesday 5th November 2019 - Melbourne Cup Day Public Holiday

Monday 11th November -Friday 15th November - Year 6 Canberra Tour

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:

  • J09 - Letter to parents

Middle School:


Senior School:

  • Term 2 Senior Electives

Whole School:

  • Yearly Fundraising Calendar
  • End of term Fun Run
  • After Hours Incident 25/03/19
  • Term 1 Community Open Afternoon 
  • Early Dismissal for end of Term 1



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

Emerald Lake Park - Lakelight Cinema




Pakenham Playgroup

All are welcome to come along and join in the fun at:

Pakenham Play Group

Lily Pond House

62 Duncan Drive



For a small fee of $ 4.00 for 1 Child and $5.00 for 2 or more Children.

Pakenham Play Group is held on every Tuesday morning during school terms .


Starts at 10 am Finishes at 12 mid day.

First hour is set craft {Mum , Dad, Nan or Granddad to assist}.

11.00 to 11.30am we all sit together and have lunch {bring your own}

11.30 to 12.00 is story time singing and dancing.



Pakenham Playgroup

Lilypond House, 62 Duncan Drive, Pakenham

[email protected]

Moonlit Sanctuary Keeper Club

Kids enjoy environmental activities, animal encounters and native animal care.

Day includes: interactions with dingo, python, off-limits animals, feeding animals & food prep, animal enrichment activities. Learn about our animals, their conservation and the environment. For ages 7-14 years.


Autumn 2019 school holiday dates:

  • Week 1: 8 April, 9 April, 10 April, 11 April, 12 April
  • Week 2: 15 April, 16 April, 17 April, 18 April



$80.00 per day, or $220 for 3 days (pro rata for additional days).

Maximum 16 children per day.


Bookings essential as spaces are limited

Dress for the weather and wear closed-toe shoes, long pants and remember your hat or raincoat. BYO lunch or purchase at the café.


Moonlit Sanctuary

550 Tyabb-Tooradin Rd, Pearcedale

Phone 5978 7935


Open daily between 10am and 5pm


Parking Restrictions
Around the School


The parking and traffic regulations are enforced around the school. 







The indented parking in this street is restricted to

two minutes only.


This means you can park and get out of your car to walk your child into the school (if it takes no longer than two minutes), but if possible to maximise turn over it would be great if it was used as a ‘stop and drop’ zone.



The indented parking in this street is restricted to

ten minutes only.

This means you can park and get out of your car to walk your child into the school.


The indented parking in this street is restricted to not restricted.

This means you can park here longer term.


Parents driving children to or collecting children from school are asked not to park in the school's car park.  The Department does not provide on-site parking for parents.  The on-site car park is restricted to staff, handicapped parking, official school visitor use and allocated parking for the kindergarten and maternity centre users.  It should be noted that the number of spaces for kindergarten and maternity centre users is limited to 21.  These spaces are clearly marked.  If these spaces are full then other spaces in the car park cannot be used as these are allocated for staff. 


Complex legal and insurance issues arise if parents park in incorrect car parking spaces should an accident occur.  To avoid these issues parents are strongly advised to follow these parking restrictions.  If all the kindergarten and maternity centre allocated car parks are full, the only other option is to park in the street.


The car park and car park entrance is not a public entrance to the school.   Please do not use this entrance as a pedestrian entrance to the school as this presents safety issues for our students.


Learning in J03

Junior School J03 Lewis is sharing the learning taking place in their class…

In Numeracy, J03 have been learning about the attributes of 2D shapes and 3D objects.  We have developed our language surrounding the two concepts and have discussed the differences between them.


We enjoyed taking part in a scavenger hunt around the school grounds, identifying the various 3D objects that we could find.  We found cylinders, cubes, spheres, cuboids and triangular prisms.  We worked as a team and found many objects located in various parts of the school, including the garden area, playground and near the school buildings.



In the classroom environment, we had fun creating 2D shapes using coloured icy pole sticks.  We made rectangles, squares, hexagons and triangles.  There was also a competition to see who could make the largest rectangle.


During this unit,  we also created 3D objects using matchsticks and plasticine.   We had to be very persistent to get them to maintain their structure.  The students had a go at creating cubes, cuboids, pyramids and triangular prisms.  Some students even thought of a way to create a sphere using the materials they had.   Can you work out how they achieved this?


Learning in M20

Middle School M20 Lyons is sharing the learning taking place in their class...

In M20, we have had a wonderful Term 1 and have spent some reflecting on our learning.


In Term One I really liked learning about Maths.  I felt challenged when we did Inquiry.   My favourite subject is Writing because I have ideas in my brain. – Mabior


In Term 1, I really liked learning about Fractions and Writing.  I felt challenged when we did persuasive writing.  My favourite subject is writing because it helps me to focus and calms me down.



In Term 1, we learnt how to write a mission statement about our class.  We also learned how to write a persuasive piece.


We are looking forward to continuing our learning next term! 


Have a wonderful holiday break.


Learning in S39

Senior School S39 Coxon is sharing the learning taking place in their class...

“Bounce Back,  Everybody,  Bounce Back”


In Term 1, S39 have worked hard to understand the importance of our 3 R’s: Respect, Responsibility and Resilience; with a focus on building our resilience in social situations.  We have had lots of discussions about ‘Bouncing Back’,  learnt a very catchy bounce back song, created bounce back hot air balloons and some role-playing.   We have done a fantastic job to learn new strategies to become more resilient in the classroom, school yard and within the community.


Creating a New Country

For our Term 1 Inquiry projects, S39 students have been learning about ‘Citizenship, Diversity and Identity’.  For this unit, we have been learning to identify who can be an Australian citizen and describe the rights, responsibilities and shared values of Australian citizenship.  We created our own country which included a flag, levels of government, a statement about why people should immigrate to their country as well as rights and laws for citizens of their country. 


It was exciting to see the deep thinking that went into creating a country that represented a place they would like to live. 



OSHClub News


Vacation Care is starting next week and bookings are now open.  We have brochures of what’s happening on the OSHClub website or drop into the service for a copy.


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/ren are at school before 8.30am, they will need to be attending our Before School Care.  Enrolment is free and easy, visit our website  to get the process started.


Remember Term 1 is a Sun Smart term. 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 had a sensitivity to sunscreens and needs a specific brand, please ensure they have a tube packed in their bag for use at aftercare.


The children have been enjoying a fun-filled term so far.  Our science experiments have been a hit, as well as our cooking lessons on Wednesdays. This term we have been working on building our relationships with one another and encouraging the children to take leadership roles within the service.


This is an exciting time for our OSHClub Coordinator, Kristen Askew as she is taking part in this year’s WORLDS GREATEST SHAVE.  On April 6 she will be braving the razor and shaving her locks. If you want to support Kristen please visit and make a donation.  Every dollar goes towards fighting Blood Cancer.


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 ASC 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 or 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

Vacation Care


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