Pakenham Springs Newsletter

04 May 2018
Issue Six
Principal's Report
Junior Assistant Principal's Report
Middle/Senior Assistant Principal's Report
Upcoming Events
Community News
Learning in J03
Learning in M20
OSHClub News
Pakenham Springs Primary School
(03) 5945 7400
Livingstone Boulevard
Pakenham, Victoria, 3810

Principal's Report


Thank you to our Community team who organised the Pakenham Springs Primary School float in the local Yakkerboo  Festival.  This was a great opportunity for some of our students to get involved in this community event.  The students represented our school and did our school proud. 

An event like this can only be done with staff going above and beyond and giving up their time.  We are so lucky to have teachers who are more than willing to do this to provide opportunities for our students. 

Have Your Say - School Wide Positive Behaviour

As I mentioned in the last newsletter we will be having a Curriculum Day on Monday 28th May.  Part of the day staff will be revisiting our school values. We are seeking input from staff, students and of course our parent community. Please take a couple of minutes to let us know what your main values are for your child's education at Pakenham Springs. Click here to have your say.

Parent Teacher Interviews

As you will be aware, Parent Teacher Interviews will be held on Tuesday 8th May.  We have had a great response to our booking system in Compass. If you haven't made a time please do so on Compass as soon as possible. 

Lunch Time Activities

As I spent time in the playground this week I watched the students taking part in some of the lunchtime activities. Junior students are having a wonderful time with the new equipment purchased with last year's Woolworth's Earn and Learn stickers.  All those fiddly stickers were well worth the effort.  Thank you to all our families who collected for us.   Our students appreciate it. 


I also watched some of our structured basketball matches taking place in the gym.  The students are very keen to take on the staff and have some fun together. 





Pakenham Springs Primary School acknowledge and pay respect to the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation, and their Elders, as the Traditional Owners of the land on which the School stands.


Kerryn Baillie


Junior Assistant Principal's Report

What a busy beginning to Term Two it has been at Pakenham Springs.

It has been a pleasure to get into all of the classrooms to see the enthusiastic and positive manner in which the students are approaching their learning.  As you would all be aware, we have a Narrative writing focus at the moment, across the school, and it is exciting to see some of the entertaining, detailed and descriptive pieces that are being produced.

The Prep Team of late have been rolling out a new phonics program called 'Little Learners Love Literacy' in 2018 and are very pleased with the results to date.  The students have learned 14 letters to date and working through 2 more each week.  They will be expert readers and writers before we know it! The Prep team are also very excited about our upcoming 'Responsible Pet Ownership' incursion this Tuesday, May 8th. 

The Year One Team have been learning about patterns in Numeracy and explaining that a pattern is something that repeats. Students have been making and continuing different patterns, containing shapes, colours and different numbers. They will soon be moving on to telling the time and describing duration of time.


The Year Two Team are very excited to be learning more about Addition and Subtraction, developing a range of different strategies to solve these problems and exploring money amounts.  They will also be looking at revising their understanding of 2-dimensional shapes and exploring some 3-dimensional shapes, using terms such as cube, sphere, cone and prism.


We look forward to seeing a great turnout at our Parent-Teacher Interview evening on this Tuesday, May 8th. It is a fantastic opportunity to showcase and celebrate the fantastic learning that is happening across the school.  There is so much to be proud of and I look forward to dropping by throughout the evening.  In the meantime, I hope everyone is able to make the most of this warmer weather that has hung around longer than expected,  before the colder winter days begin. 



Danny Forster

Acting Assistant Principal

Middle/Senior Assistant Principal's Report

This week I want to celebrate the leadership, respect and responsibility we witness from our students each and every day.

We are lucky to have such a strong Student Leadership program at Pakenham Springs - from our Student Representative Council as well as from our elected School leaders.  My message to all students is that the badge doesn't make you a leader - it is the values, behaviours and example to others that we see in you each and every day that makes you a leader.


At the end of last term, I was lucky enough to accompany 6 of our Year 6 Student Leaders to the National Young Leaders Conference at the Exhibition Centre in Melbourne. The stories the students heard as well as the activities they participated in had a great impact on our leaders.


Some of their comments after the day included:

My most favourite part of National Young Leaders Day was listening to Cosentino and John Coutis. They both told us about their difficulties in life and how to solve their issues. Their message to us was to be yourself, be creative and be unique.  I was really motivated by their message.  I’m 100% sure that I will use everyone’s advice from National Young Leaders Day.

Hayley – School Vice Captain 
National Young Leaders Day was so much fun and I learnt so much from all of the different speakers. The speaker that I learnt the most from was Cosentino (and not just because he is a great illusionist!).  He told us about when he was a young child and about the struggles that he overcame. It made me think that you don’t have to change to become a leader, because you are you!
Jessica – School Captain


I quite enjoyed this experience because I got the chance to learn, take notes and listen to the awe-inspiring stories.

Grace – Community Leader
I really enjoyed going to the National Young Leaders Day because of the things we got to learn.  I loved getting to listen to other people's stories.  My favourite part was doing the three handshakes to people from other schools.
Jemma - Community Leader



Upcoming Events

Term 2:

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

Tuesday 8th May:

  • Parent/Teacher interviews 3.30pm - 8.00pm

Thursday 10th May:

  • Mothers Day Stall (Refer note below for details)

Friday 11th May:

  • 2nd Chance Mothers Day Stall
  • Springers Celebration - 2.30pm Staffroom

Sunday 13th May:

  • Mother's Day

Tuesday 15th May:

  • Finance and School Council Meeting

Friday 18th May:

  • Springers Celebration - 2.30pm Staffroom

Monday 28th May:

  • Curriculum Day - No students attend school today

Tuesday 29th May:

  • School Tours - 9.30am



Monday 16th April 2018 — Friday 29th June

Monday 28th May 2018 - Curriculum Day

Monday 11th June — Queens Birthday Public Holiday (No students attend this day)



Monday 16th July 2018 — Friday 21st September 2018



Monday 8th October 2018 — 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:


Mothers Day Stall - next Thursday 10th May.  Spoil mum with our huge range of special presents! Gifts range from $2 - $5 - multiple gifts may be purchased.  The 2nd chance stall will be held on Friday 11th May.


5c Coin Collection - send all those pesky 5c pieces into your child's class. The class that collects the highest total of 5c pieces in our 4 week collection period will WIN a pizza party!  Coins collected from 23rd April - 25th May - updates and running total each week!


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:     



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 web site:  www.

Junior School

  • Wild Animals Incursion — Year 1
  • Responsible Pet Ownership Incursion - REMINDER

Middle School

  • NAPLAN information

Senior School

  • NAPLAN information
  • Year 6 Interschool Sport - REMINDER

Whole School

  • Entertainment Book Fundraiser
  • Parent/Teacher interviews — booking online
  • Term 2 Calendar
  • Curriculum Day - Monday 28th May


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


NEW FOR 2018

If you applied for the CSEF at your child’s school in 2017,  you do not need to complete an application form in 2018 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 2018 or you did not apply in 2017.
  • Changed family circumstances; such as a change of custody, change of name, concession card number, or new siblings commencing at the school in 2018.

Check with the school office if you are unsure.


Community News


Learning in J03

Junior School J03 is sharing the learning taking place in our class…..

In Numeracy we have been learning how to sort objects. We have been learning that there are lots of different ways of sorting.  In class, we have been practising sorting objects by colour, shape, size and pattern.  We have practised using lots of different objects, such as pasta, squishy toys and buttons.


Last week, we brought toys from home to share with the class.  In Inquiry, we have been learning about the different ways that things move.  We have talked about how animals, humans and objects, such as balls move.


Everyone shared how their toy moved with the class and then we made a class graph to see which way was the most popular type of movement.  



In Writing, we have been learning about the parts of a narrative.  We have read lots of stories and so far we have learnt about the characters and settings.



We have also created and named our own character and given them a super power.  Next week, we will be learning about problems and resolutions in stories.

Learning in M20

Middle School M20 is sharing the learning taking place in our class…..

M20 contributes to a positive learning environment by…

Ruby – Being quiet and learning, using a whisper to talk to the person next to me.

Bethany – Listening to the speaker while sitting on the floor.

Chelsey – being respectful to everyone.

Sienna – Taking turns with our equipment and when we are talking.

Paige – Letting someone else take a turn.

Riley – Raise your hand when you have a question or comment.

Mitchell – Being nice to everybody, respecting them and treating them the way you would like to be treated.

Cooper – Being safe in the classroom with the equipment.

Blake – Following our basic beliefs.


Jett – Stay focused on our learning and don’t be distracted or distract others.  Only call out if it’s an emergency.

Noor – Being tremendous.

Michael – Respect people who are doing a test.

Jasnoor – Don’t interrupt when somebody else is speaking.

Porche – Be a good helper to your friends.

Lily – Be an upstander, not a bystander.

Amyllia – Sit nicely on the floor, in your HELLO shape.

Lexi – Don’t interrupt while the teacher is talking, or when people are doing their learning.

Lachlan – Help people when they get stuck for ideas.  Share your ideas with other people.

Benji – Listen to everyone while they are talking, be respectful and put your listening ears on.

Thomas – Use the 5 finger rule.



The Media Arts rooms have been a hive of activity and excitement with the commencement of the program across all year levels.

We have been blown away by the enthusiasm, quick grasping of concepts and the final results students are achieving.  In Term 1, all students were looking at point-of-view with each year level focusing on a different aspect.  In Term 2 we hope to use the skills they have learnt to communicate through various types of Media.


FOUNDATION year were looking at still photography, mainly portraits, and covering the concepts of close up, emotions, near and far, big and little, moving pictures and frozen moments in time.  We are now looking to creating a performed adaptation of a fairytale.





YEAR 1 focused on photography, portraits and landscapes, atmosphere/mood, emotions, close up, mid shot, long shot and using angle.  We will be using these skills to tell stories in front of the camera.


YEAR 2 focused on portraits and looking at characters (Heroes and Villains), emotions, close up, mid shot, long shot, angle, setting up a shot, creating mood.  They are now looking at how to use the Media Arts to tell a story. 


YEAR 3 is looking at telling a story using photography. They have investigated characters and how they can depict them using interesting angles, different camera shots, body language and facial expressions.  Year 3 is also learning how to tell a story focusing on details and thinking about audience response.














YEAR 4 have explored perspective and manipulating an image using interesting camera angles in photography.  They explored the skills of using angle, proportion, position, framing and rotation.

Students are thinking about the response of an audience to an image and analyzing how this was created.  Year 4 are now learning to use sound and investigate fables through radio plays. 

YEAR 5 are exploring the moving image.  In Term 1 students have been learning about camera angles, shot types, storyboarding (aspect ratio, arrows, camera movement, character movement) and basic film techniques.  In Term 2 students will be working in small groups to create a short 3-5 minute film.


YEAR 6 have been investigating stop-motion film.  Students have created a short animation of their name and explored ways of moving objects and people across the screen.   In Term 2, students will be making a short animated film based on a particular purpose and genre and investigating the use of Foley (sound effects).


We are very excited about what the students have produced so far and look forward to seeing the students develop as the year progresses.


Esther Priestley and Teague Rook

Media Arts Team















OSHClub News

Program Update 20/04/2018 

Program Update 04/05/2018 Pakenham Springs OSHCLUB


Hello everyone,


It has been an exciting start back to term two with some great changes to the program.  OSHCLUB has updated our enrolment and booking system (iPartent Portal) to make it easier to manage your OSHCLUB account and to ensure we are ready for the new Child Care Subsidy that starts on July 2nd, 2018.   I would like to thank everyone for their patience transferring over to this new system and ensure smooth sailing in the near future.


Science and cooking days have been a huge success this term with some great ideas from the students.  We are looking forward to creating some more exciting treats and experiments this term. Remember to get your ideas into the ‘Suggestion Box’.


We have also introduced homework time in the afternoons which the children are loving and really taking advantage of.   During this time we encourage the children to have quiet reading time.   Any additions to our small, yet growing book collection will be much appreciated. 


Another new addition to our service is Awards day which takes place on Thursday afternoons.  We have a small presentation and display each child's awards around our service.   We are hoping to cover the walls with all the amazing achievements from our kids and give them a chance to grab some exciting prizes at the end of the term.


Our recycling supplies are still low - if you have any items such as boxes, cardboard materials and unwanted clothes suitable for dress-ups, that would be greatly appreciated.


Just a few reminders

Our lost property is overflowing with school and personal attire.   Please ask staff where the lost property bin is when visiting our service to ensure all items are returned to their owner. 


Please ensure that your account information is up to date. It is a requirement that there are 3 contact details on your account in case of emergency.   If you have changed employment, moved house or changed phone numbers, these details are very important and need to be kept up to date to enable us to contact you or your emergency contacts should we need to.


Where are they?

It would also be much appreciated if your child is not going to be attending ASC that you either cancel them online or send a text to the service mobile on the following number 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 family members or in the event of not being able to contact you, having to put our missing child policy (contacting police) in place, which we are required to do within 30 minutes of being unable to find your child. 

Thank you,

Kristen, Courtney and Angela


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 directly.












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