Buninyong PS Newsletter

06 February 2019
Term 1, 2019
Term 1
Principal's Report
Engagement and Wellbeing
Teaching & Learning
Scotsburn News
Admin News
Physical Education 2019
BYOD Information night
Music News
BASE 1270
Community Notices
Buninyong Primary School
(03) 5341 3560
202 Simpson Street
Buninyong, Victoria, 3357

Term 1


Feb 6   - No Preps

Feb 12 - Meet and Greet - EARLY FINISH 1PM

              - Scotsburn Family Picnic 5 - 7pm

Feb 13 - No Preps

               - Division Boys Tennis

Feb 14 - Division Girls Tennis

               - Grade 1 Ecolinc

               - BYOD Info Night 6pm

Feb 15 - Prep Teddy Bears Picnic

Feb 20 - No Preps

Feb 22 - PLP Meeting

Feb 25 - Open Day 9am - 1pm

               - School Council


Feb 27 - No Preps

Feb 28 - Open Day 9am - 1pm

Mar 4   - Preps first full week

Mar 6   - Athletics Yr 3-6

Mar 7   - Cold Write

               - Division Lawn Bowls

               - Yr 5 VSEC

Mar 8    - Division Swimming

               - Yr 5 VSEC

Mar 11 - Labour Day - NO SCHOOL

Mar 13 - GRIP Leadership Conference

Mar 14 - Grade 4 Camp

Mar 15 - Grade 4 Camp

Mar 19 - Cross Country P - 6

Mar 22 - Regional Swimming

               - SCHOOL FETE

Mar 25 - School Council

Mar 29 - PLP Meeting @ 2:30pm in the Staffroom

Apr 1    - District Athletics

Apr 5    - Last Day of Term 2:30pm finish


Term 2

April 23 - Term 2 begins

(Please note the first day of Term 2 is Tuesday 23rd April due to April 22 being Easter Monday)


Feb 8   - Whole School Assembly (Family Groups)

Feb 15 - P - 3 Assembly

Feb 22 - 4 - 6 Assembly

Mar 1   - Whole School Assembly (Family Groups)

Mar 8   - P - 2 Assembly

Mar 15 - 3 - 4 Assembly

Mar 22 - No Assembly

Mar 29 - 5 - 6 Assembly

Apr 5    - Whole School Assembly

Principal's Report


Welcome back to everyone and hope your family enjoyed a good break.   The weather was certainly very warm and it sounds like most families took the opportunity to spend time down at the beach.


We’re very pleased with the success of our very first Vacation Care Program.  Typically there were low 20s in attendance and the students involved had a great time.  Well done to Liam and the Base 1270 Team for doing such a good job in planning and running the program.

We had quite a bit of work done at the school over the break.  This included:

  • Landscaping was completed around the new stage, which is now looking amazing and has been very popular during the first few days of school.
  • Quite a bit of painting has been done, which some will have noticed on external walls of the prep/library building.  This work will continue in the easter break.
  • All grade 1 classrooms have had new carpet installed.
  • A new kitchen has been installed in the gym kitchenette.
  • Work commenced on converting 2 storerooms into office spaces in the admin building.

We had hoped for work to commence on the Scotsburn student toilets, but unfortunately that work has been delayed.


We’ve had a lovely start to the school year, so thanks to everyone (staff, parents & students) for contributing to that.  The book packs flew out the door on the 2 collection days, as did lots of uniform items.  Thanks to everyone for making sure your children are in full uniform.  To make life easier for all parents, we’re keen to make a concerted effort to encourage uniform compliance this year.


We have had quite a few new families join our school, with quite a few families moving into the area and of course lots with their eldest child starting in prep….a special welcome to you all.

We had 94 preps start with us last Thursday, 88 of those at Buninyong and 6 at Scotsburn. Our preps have settled in very nicely and have been supported very well by their grade 6 buddies.


We welcome 7 new teachers to the team this year, those being Kate McKenzie (prep), Kirsty Nankivell (gd 2), Derick Micallef (gd 3), Celeste Vermeend (gd 4), Chelsea Connor (gd 5), Lou Marr (gd 6) & Liz Morgan (Specialist at Scotsburn).  Each has made an excellent start to their time at Buninyong PS and look set to make a valuable contribution to our school.


Many of you will have already met with the relevant classroom teachers, but if not, hopefully you will get an opportunity to come along on the ‘meet and greet’ evening next week (see details on page 9 of this newsletter). 


We have lots to look forward to this year and encourage parents to look for and take advantage of opportunities to get involved with the school and your child’s education. 


Last week we received brilliant news that the Buninyong Community Bank will give us $8,200 to help fund the construction of our new stage.  This is an amazing contribution and is the latest of a number of generous donations we have received from them.  We intend holding an official opening of the stage, which will give us an opportunity to officially thank the Community Bank.



The final assembly in any given year is a big event and presents a nice way of celebrating the year and thanking everyone for helping to make Buninyong PS a special place.  This always includes a focus on our grade 6 students who are heading off to secondary school.  The grade 6s had a formal graduation earlier in the week, but assembly closes with the opportunity for everyone to thank them for their efforts, to say farewell and to give them a chance to say goodbye. 


Attached are some photos which give a sense of the occasion. 



Catherine King came along to our final assembly of 2018 to announce the winner of her Community Service Award, which was awarded to Melinda Stewart.  Melinda was a worthy winner and has made a strong contribution to our school over a number of years in a variety of ways. 


Melinda has been a PLP and has provided terrific support for her childrens’ teachers in this role.  She rarely misses PLP meetings and contributes in an informed, thoughtful and constructive way.  She is on School Council and takes this responsibility very seriously, contributing where she can.


She always responds to a call out for help, whether that be contributing to morning teas for special events such as Grandparents Day or helping out in the canteen.  During 2018 Melinda spent many hours covering library books for Kath and brought the family along at the working bee to landscape around the gym.


Melinda has done a great deal to help raise funds for the school.  This year she did an amazing job with the concert, liaising with the university to organise our use of their facilities, but also planning and running a BBQ almost single handed.  She also rallied the troops (her children) to do lots of watering at school over the summer break.

As mentioned above, Melinda is a worthy winner of this award and we greatly appreciate the contribution she makes to our school.


Our new preps have settled in beautifully at both campuses and each of the classrooms is looking very settled.  Our grade 6s are doing an excellent job as buddies.

Photos by Leila Haddad, Jaspar Lee and Toby Taylor.



On December 20 we had our Grade 6 Graduation evening.  Due to the size of the group, the event was held in the canteen at Fed Uni.  It was lucky that we chose a larger venue, as the crowd was enormous.


As always the event was very successful and provided a nice opportunity to acknowledge the efforts & achievements of that group of students and to wish them well. 


A number of students were recipients of scholarships provided by the school, a range of community groups, businesses and individuals. 

The formalities were followed by the students having an opportunity to enjoy some snacks and dancing.  Well done to the grade 6 team and the band of energetic parents who organised and ran this successful event.

FETE (March 22, 5-8pm)

We hold one major fundraiser each year, that being a fete in odd years and a concert in even years.  Last year’s concert was a huge success, both in terms of a community event, but also as a fundraiser.  As a result, we’ve been able to embark on some significant projects, such as the stage and a new shade sail for the 5/6 play equipment.


Planning for this year’s fete is about to commence in earnest.  As always, the fete is coordinated by a team made up of parents and staff.  If you would like to join that team, please contact Mel in the office. 


As with previous fetes, each class will run an event or stall, so please look out for a call for help from your child’s teacher.

Engagement and Wellbeing

Upcoming parent information session with renowned guest speakers Michael Grose and Dr Jodi Richardson

Buninyong Primary School has acquired award-winning author and speaker, Michael Grose, who will be accompanied by mental health expert, Dr Jodi Richardson, to provide parents and their families with the knowledge to better understand anxiety and how to work with it to develop resilient kids.


You may have seen Michael on,

About the session:

Anxiety amongst children and young people is on the rise. Research informs us that anxiety left unmanaged in childhood will almost always recur in adulthood. Fortunately, there’s so much we can do to help kids turn their anxiousness into real, lifelong resilience.


In this practical 2 hour presentation, Michael and Jodi:

  • explore the origins of anxiety and why we are in the grip of an epidemic

  • show a new research-based approach to working with kids with anxiety

  • introduce the tools to develop self-regulation in kids

  • explain the importance of resilience promotion in kids and the critical traits and parenting style that contributes to resilience.


Details of the event:

Date:   February 26

Time:  6-8pm

Location:  School Gym

Cost:  Free for families of Buninyong PS

Booking: To assist with our organisation, please book your tickets via



We look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible!

Koorie Kids welcome new flags from Cathine King (MP)

Our Koorie Kids’ club has been a huge success over the past 12 months and has been a great opportunity for our indigenous students to connect to their culture and educate others about their past, present and future. The passion of this group has been fantastic and they have come up with many ideas as to how to increase the awareness of Aboriginal culture within the Buninyong community.


Pictured above is the result of their hard work to try and get new flags and flagpoles for the front of the school. The kids wanted to ensure that the Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Australian flags could all be flown together to show our unity. With such passion, the kids wrote a letter to Catherine King (MP) to see if there was anything they could collaborate on to make this happen and Catherine kindly donated a large Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flag. Thank you Catherine!


As we keep working on this project, we’re wondering one question…? Does anyone know where to get a good flagpole?

Zones of Regulation strengthen student ability to manage emotions

Last year our school tipped their toes in the water with the Zones of Regulation curriculum which is aimed at educating our kids on how to understand their emotions (and regulate these with success). It’s pleasing to report, that these small trials showed a significant improvement in those who took part and we have decided to implement this across the whole school.


As the year unfolds, please take the time to talk to your kids about the Zones and we’re confident we will have a large proportion of our students managing their emotions effectively to improve their general wellbeing.


What are the Zones?

The Zones is a systematic, cognitive behavioural approach used to teach self-regulation by categorizing all the different ways we feel and states of alertness we experience into four concrete colored zones.  The Zones framework provides strategies to teach students to become more aware of and independent in controlling their emotions and impulses, manage their sensory needs, and improve their ability to problem solve conflicts.


The Red Zone is used to describe extremely heightened states of alertness and intense emotions.  A person may be elated or experiencing anger, rage, explosive behavior, devastation, or terror when in the Red Zone.

The Yellow Zone is also used to describe a heightened state of alertness and elevated emotions, however one has more control when they are in the Yellow Zone.  A person may be experiencing stress, frustration, anxiety, excitement, silliness, the wiggles, or nervousness when in the Yellow Zone.

The Green Zone is used to describe a calm state of alertness. A person may be described as happy, focused, content, or ready to learn when in the Green Zone.  This is the zone where optimal learning occurs.

The Blue Zone is used to describe low states of alertness and down feelings such as when one feels sad, tired, sick, or bored.  

The Zones can be compared to traffic signs.  When given a green light or in the Green Zone, one is “good to go”.  A yellow sign means be aware or take caution, which applies to the Yellow Zone.  A red light or stop sign means stop, and when one is the Red Zone this often is the case.  The Blue Zone can be compared to the rest area signs where one goes to rest or re-energize.  All of the zones are natural to experience, but the framework focuses on teaching students how to recognize and manage their Zone based on the environment and its demands and the people around them.  For example, when playing on the playground or in an active/competitive game, students are often experiencing a heightened internal state such as silliness or excitement and are in the Yellow Zone, but it may not need to be managed.  However, if the environment is changed to the library where there are different expectations than the playground, students may still be in the Yellow Zone but have to manage it differently so their behavior meets the expectations of the library setting.


What do the Zones look like?


Anaphylaxis plans and management meetings

Over the next couple of weeks, our administration team will be holding meetings with families with students to discuss the management of their child’s anaphylaxis and context. Whilst our school has a strong culture of managing anaphylaxis and plans are already in place, we like to review each child’s needs on an annual basis to ensure the partnership between home and school is aligned to support the safety of each of our students.


Please note: As part of our school’s Anaphylaxis policy, each student that is at risk of anaphylaxis, is required to have:

  • a current ASCIA action plan signed by a doctor (Have you sent yours to Mel in the office yet?)

  • an Individual Anaphylaxis Management Plan (different to the one above and school-based)

  • an in-date adrenaline auto-injector

Also, it is around this time, where we often get queries as to whether or not we are a nut-free school. To answer this… Our school operates in accordance with the Royal Children’s recommendations around supporting students to develop the capacity to learn how to live with anaphylaxis in a real-life situation and hence we are not a nut-free school. We do however work closely with families to scaffold the learning involved in this process and may have nut-free classrooms and other risk minimisation strategies in place. We appreciate the support of those classrooms (often early years classrooms) in supporting our strategies as the littlies begin to learn more about the management of anaphylaxis.

Asthma Plans (Please ensure your child’s Asthma plan is in date)

Our school is also requesting that those families who have students who are at risk of Asthma, to please provide a current (2019) Asthma Action Plan from Asthma Victoria as soon as possible (in line with our school’s Asthma policy). If you have indicated that Asthma is a medical condition on your child’s enrolment, please expect to receive some correspondence soon as to ensuring all of your child’s medication and plan is in date.


Did you know?

That allergies to rye grass can make people susceptible to thunderstorm asthma? If you would like to have your child tested for asthma and allergies, you can do so by contacting UFS Bridge Mall and asking for a bulk-billed asthma allergy test.


If you are unsure of your child’s current plan and its expiry, please contact Mel in the office who can advise if you need to make any changes.

Parent Liaison Person (PLP) -  Are you interested in being your class contact?

At Buninyong we developed the PLP program with the aim of strengthening the partnership between home and school, increase the effectiveness of communication and to opportunities for our parents and families to contribute to the school.


Our teachers are now seeking the support of at least 1 PLP for their classes and if this is something that may interest you, please read a bit more about the program below and contact your child’s teacher.


More about the program:

The Parent Liaison Program will include:

  • At least 1 parent representative from every grade in the school

  • 2 meetings each term (usually a Thursday and Friday in week 4 and 8) with members of the principal team.

  • Providing the class with a contact list of consensual families and a photo of the PLP for the class door

  • Assisting to organise certain events that run throughout the school year.

Role Description:

The main roles of the PLP are to:

  • Welcome new parents and families and assist with them to connect to their grade.

  • Assist with whole-school event management (e.g. Fete, Grandparents and Special Friends’ Morning, etc.)

  • Work closely with the classroom teacher to build and maintain positive relationships.

  • Attend the PLP meetings as an advocate for your child’s class. If you are unable to make meetings, that’s ok, just ask someone else to come along.

  • Support the classroom teacher with various activities:

    • Providing assistance to families in need

    • Developing parent helper rosters

    • Supporting the supervision of events and excursions (please note: you don’t have to go to every excursion)

Craft Donations


Teaching & Learning

Meet and Greet

Next Tuesday 12th February is our Meet and Greet session. The purpose of this session is to provide an opportunity for:

  • Teachers and parents to meet
  • Teachers to explain routines and what to expect for their children
  • Parents to ask questions
  • Teachers to get to know more about the student

On this day there is an earlier dismissal time of 1pm to allow for interviews to take place throughout the afternoon and early evening.


Bookings for the Meet and Greet will open on your Compass Portal at 4pm today.

Should you require some assistance with booking a Meet and Greet time please feel free to contact the office or your child’s classroom teacher.


Scotsburn campus will conduct a slightly different version of the Meet and Greet this year. Parents will have the opportunity to meet casually with their child’s classroom teacher between 5 and 6pm and then stay for the family BBQ to welcome in the new school year.


Due to complications with buses Scotsburn students will finish at the same time as Buninyong Campus. Staff will spend the afternoon in professional learning.

Prep – Wednesday Testing

On Wednesdays throughout February the Prep students have a rest day that allows them to get used to the rigours of life as a primary school student. On these days parents of Prep students have booked their child into a Prep Entry Assessment interview during which teachers can gain valuable information about literacy and numeracy skills that will help inform their teaching and learning program.

Important Attendance Information for All Parents


  • Everyday teachers will mark rolls to record student attendance.
  • If students are away we ask that parents contact the school one of the following ways:
    • Ringing the school office. 53413560
    • Use the absence function on the Compass Portal.
    • Email the school on [email protected], or
    • Dropping into see the office staff.
  • If your child is marked as absent without explanation you will receive an SMS message. If you receive a message, simply contact the school in one of the ways mentioned above so absence can be properly recorded.

Late arrivals/ Early departures:

  • If your child arrives after 9am we are asking that you sign them in at the office before going to the classroom.
  • Likewise, if you are taking your child early from school, you will be required to sign them out at the office before leaving.

Thanks to everyone for your anticipated support of these processes.

What to Expect in First Few Weeks

Our focus during the first two weeks of school this year has been to build a learning culture within the classroom. We do this through our Ready, Set, Go program which focuses on creating the routines and rituals for learning and the opportunity to create relationships with the students.

It is for this reason formal literacy and numeracy lessons will not be a regular part of our learning program in the first two weeks.


During this time you will see students taking part in: (just to name a few)

  • Team work activities.
  • Problem solving opportunities.
  • Discussions, conferences and class meetings
  • Brainstorming and creating thinking charts.
  • Activities that focus on our school values.
  • Strategising on how to be organised, self motivated and reflective learners.
  • Setting up timetables and learning how to read them.
  • Moving around the school safely including getting to and from specialist sessions.
  • Dissecting inside and outside behaviour flowcharts.

Buninyong PS Communication Strategy

As our communication processes become more and more digital the following strategy outlines the ways in which school and families can communicate during the year. Obviously face to face communication remains the most effective, however the ever increasing busyness of life means that convenience plays a big part in making sure communication avenues are open.



Class Dojo has been a reasonably new form of communication between home and school over the past few years. In an attempt to have a consistent use of this platform across the school, please see the following advice.



Scotsburn News

Welcome Back

The staff at Scotsburn would like to welcome back all of our families and extend a big welcome to our new families. We hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas break. It has been a lovely settled start with everyone contributing to a relaxed and inviting atmosphere. We would also like to thank the many families who watered the gardens and looked after the animals over the break. It is greatly appreciated.


 Whole School Assembly

This Friday we have our first whole school assembly at the Buninyong campus. We will meet in the courtyard at Buninyong (near the main office). After the assembly, a visit to the library and recess break, we’ll make our way by bus back to Scotsburn.



Please keep an eye out for the weekly newsletter. The Scotsburn section will have important dates and information regularly on it. Please make sure you have a read each week.



Don’t forget to use your personal login details to access compass. Notifications and updates will continue in this space now that the school app has been phased out.


Arrival Times

8:45am is an ideal time to arrive at school, as the classrooms and playground are not supervised until then. All children should be ready to start the day at 9am. If your child is absent on any given day, please ensure that you contact the Buninyong Primary School office to inform them.


Sun Smart

This term hats are compulsory outside at recess and lunch play. It is highly recommended that students also apply sunscreen to their face/ arms and legs to prevent any sunburn. Please also ensure that your child/children have their hat named.                               


Grade Newsletters

Hopefully your child’s Term 1 grade newsletter made it home safely in their school bag! Please keep it in a safe place for your reminders throughout the term.


Welcome to 2019 Picnic

We would like to invite all of our families on Tuesday 12th February from 5pm-7pm for our first get together of the year. This will take the place of our usual Meet & Greet (a reminder that the kids will still finish at 1pm on this day). Staff will be available for you to have a brief chat to regarding your child/children from 5pm-6pm, with a welcome picnic to follow. This is a lovely opportunity for families to catch up. A reminder for families to bring along their picnic tea. 


Welcome Preps of 2019

You may have noticed our new preps running around the school yard. They are all settling in well under the guidance of Mrs Anderson and can look forward to many fun times ahead.


2019 Positions of Responsibility

As you may be aware, our Grade 6 students will be taking on extra responsibilities this year. We are excited to announce that their roles will be: Axel Durham (Events Coordinator / Media / B+), Claire Plier (Environment), & Tom Harrison (Specialist). We know that these students will lead the campus in a very positive and respectful way and look forward to the many exciting opportunities that they will provide the students at Scotsburn.

Scotsburn Assemblies

This year, our Gr 6 students will be leading us in our weekly Monday morning assemblies from 9am. The first student led assembly will be on Monday 11th February. Families are most welcome to come along.


Parent Helper Program

On Tuesday 12th February from 9am-10am, our Parent Helper Program will be on in the Art room for anyone wishing to assist at Scotsburn this year. This includes helping in the classroom, attending excursions or camps, facilitating Spelling Mastery, assisting with our Friday rotations, etc. Important issues such as confidentially and how best to support teachers in and outside of the classroom will be covered. A morning tea will follow in the old building which will be a great chance to catch up and also chat about the upcoming fete. Please bring along a small plate of food to share. As always, toddlers are most welcome.


Friday Rotations

Our first rotation for Term 1 will be on the (8th February). Our groups will be doing the following:

Term 1 - Lunch Order Roster

Lunch orders need to be collected from the Buninyong campus at 12.40pm. Please ensure you organise a swap if necessary so that the students don’t go hungry!

ABC & ROCCH Awards

Gr P-2 – Harry

Gr 2-4 – Mia 

ROCCH Award – Mason


Expectations When Catching The Bus

A reminder for the students that catch the bus regarding the importance of safe and responsible behaviour. It would be great if you could also remind your children of the importance of staying in their seat, talking in a quiet voice and facing the front so as not to distract the driver.


Term 1 - Lunch Order Roster

Lunch orders will be starting again soon with a roster coming out shortly. Please ensure you organise a swap if necessary so that the students don’t go hungry!


Term 1 - Important Dates & Extra-Curricular Events

12th Feb - Parent Helper Program 

12th Feb- Welcome to 2019 Picnic (1pm Finish for Students) – (5-7pm)

14th Feb -  (Grade 4s) Info / set up iPads session -  14th Feb (time TBC)

15th Feb - Teddy Bears Picnic – 15th Feb

24th Feb - Buninyong Smart Building & Living Expo – (10am-3.30pm)

25th & 28th Feb - Open Day

26th Feb - Curriculum Day

1st Mar - Clean Up Australia Day

6th March - Gr 3-6 Athletics Sports Day

11th March -  Day Holiday

19th March - P-6 Cross Country

22nd March - School Fete

5th April - Term 1 Finishes

Admin News

Camps, Sports & Excursions Fund


Working with Children Checks (WWC)

Please note that it is a Buninyong Primary School policy that all volunteers (eg Camps, canteen duty, classroom helper etc) require a current Working with Children's Check.  


Attached is an application form if you wish to print.


Physical Education 2019

Term 1 Calendar Events 2019

  • 13 February – Boys Division Tennis
  • 15 February – Team Vic applications due to school
  • 18 February – Hockey Victoria 2019 Roadshow
  • 6 March – Interhouse Athletics (Grade 3-6)
  • 7 March – Division Bowls
  • 19 March – Interhouse Cross Country
  • 22 March – Regional Swimming
  • 1 April – District Athletics

Term 2 Calendar Events

  • 1 April – Regional Lawn Bowls
  • 1 May – State Lawn Bowls
  • 8 May – District Cross Country
  • 17 May – Division Cross Country
  • 29 May – District AFL, Netball and Soccer
  • 7 June – Division AFL, Netball and Soccer

Team Vic Applications

Registrations are open to all students turning 10, 11 or 12 in 2019 until 15 February, 2019 for Australian Football, Netball, Basketball, and Football (Soccer).  Girls Football (Soccer) will not be required to go through stages of selection. All nominees will go direct to State Trial.  Please click here for further information or on the sport specific link.


Please note that the school must nominate and endorse applicants as only a certain number of students from each school are permitted to attend and a certain standard is expected from all attendees.  Please do not pay any registration fees prior to receiving this approval.  If your child is interested in applying, please notify Claire Morris by 15 February, 2019, to be considered for nomination.  Applicants will be notified by 22 February of the outcome.


If you have any further questions, please feel free to get in touch with Claire Morris ([email protected]).

Interschool Lawn Bowls Teams

Buninyong will once again be putting in some teams for the Division Bowls on 7 March, 2019.  Positions will be open to Grade 4-6 students.  Tryouts will be held at the Buninyong Bowls Club on Friday 8th and 15th February with training following on the 22nd February and 1st March for those selected.  Please encourage your child to meet Mr Young in the gym at the start of lunch on 8th and 15th February if they wish be involved.

P.E. Shoes

A reminder that students need to have clean, dry sports shoes for P.E.  We recommend bringing a spare pair to school to ensure maximum participation in class.  To find out when your child has P.E., please check your Compass portal.




Welcome to inoshishi doshi (いのししどし - 亥年), The Year of the Wild Boar!


February 5, 2019 marks the beginning of the Year of the Wild Boar. Although it did not originate in Japan, the Oriental zodiac and the 12 animals that represent it have been embraced by the Japanese culture wholeheartedly. The only difference is that the last animal is the Boar in Japan but the Pig in China.


Often referred to as “Chinese New Year” it is now more commonly referred to as “Lunar New Year” to better reflect the many ethnic communities that celebrate it – it’s not just in China!


During the time of both the New Year on January first and the Lunar Calendar New Year in Japan, you will find the year’s zodiac animal on cards, decorations and more! We’ve been studying this cultural tradition in Japanese class this week.


People born are said to inherit some of the personalities of that year's animal. Those in a Boar year are said to be courageous and adventurous; they are honest, helpful, and have the spirit of pioneer. They put emphasis on fair play, and do not like play tricks.  


What’s your oriental zodiac animal? http://japanesezodiac.com/



Makoto is a past teaching assistant at Buninyong from several years ago, and her sister Yuki is now an English teacher at a school in Hokkaido, Japan. They spent their Japanese Winter vacation break over the New Year period visiting the Ballarat region.

Last year the students from Yuki’s class sent us some beautiful letters and a video, and we were very pleased to give Yuki letters from our students to take home and share with her class.


We are very excited to begin a tentative school partnership with Hananosato Nursery School, which will enable our students to gain greater cultural awareness and an understanding of life as a student in Japan!




After doing a tidy of the Japanese bookshelves over the holidays, I’ve found around a dozen books that were never covered. I’d be very grateful if there was a volunteer or two who would be interested in collecting some books to take home and cover, in order to extend the life of the books. Contact supplied. Please email [email protected] or just come by the Japanese room if you can help.


BYOD Information night

BYOD Information Night


On Thursday the 14th at 6pm, we will be running an information night for our grade 4 parents to get them ready for the BYOD program. Other new parents to the school with children in the BYOD program are also welcome to come along. To help us make the best start possible with the BYOD program, we ask that all parents please attend this evening with their child.


The session will run from 6-7pm with a short presentation to begin and then the remainder of the time will be dedicated to getting iPads connected to the schools Wifi, setting up Google drive and redeeming purchased apps.


If you wish to take advantage of our half price purchasing program for the school apps, please return your forms to the office by the end of this week. You will then receive codes to redeem these apps on the BYOD night.


If you have any questions, please contact Aaron Coulter.

ICT Acceptable Use Agreement

At the beginning of each year, we send home a copy of the ICT acceptable use agreement with each child. This is an important document for children and parents to read in order to understand the expectations of using ICT at Buninyong Primary. It provides an opportunity for parents to discuss the expectations at school as well as at home. 


This year we are using Compass for this process. In your Compass News feed, you will see a “Course Confirmation” link up the top. Click on this and follow the prompts to read and then acknowledge this agreement. You will see one for each child you have at school.


Music News

Music on the Mount Scholarships for 2019

At our final assembly last year we presented our music scholarships for 2019, made possible through our Music on the Mount program. The scholarships are presented to those students who show a keen interest in music, model our school values and give their best in everything they do. This year our students were well deserved and our Advancement Scholarship was presented to Lily Retallick, who will continue her music studies outside of school, and Emilia James and Missy Davies received our Encouragement Scholarships to help them begin instrumental lessons. Congratulations to all our recipients!


All students will have the opportunity to take part in many music activities throughout the year, which will put them in the running for next year’s scholarships. We highly encourage everyone who is interested to apply. So keep an ear out!

Left to right: Missy, Mr Skilbeck, Emilia, Lily, Gorgi Coghlan.



The first canteen for Term 1 will be Friday the 8th of February.

Orders need to be in before 1.30 on Thursday the 7th via the QKR app.

When you first log into QKR it will prompt you to change your child’s class. This will make sure that their lunch will get sent to the correct room. 




Anyone who is unsure how to order can pop in and see me in the canteen and I can show you how to. As of Tuesday this week I will be there every morning until 9.30 am and all day Friday. The following week myself or Teri will be there every morning and all day Wednesday and Friday.


I may need some volunteers to help on Wednesday and Fridays for the first few weeks until the PLP list gets set up. 


As of Tuesday the 5th of February the canteen will be open each morning from 8am -  9.15am selling coffee and hot chocolates.


Thanks Tracey

BASE 1270

Base 1270

Welcome back to another school year. We hope you all had a relaxing and enjoyable break!


There has been lots happening at Base 1270 since the end of the school year. The vacation care program over the holidays was a fantastic two weeks filled with lots of sport, art, crafts, cooking and excursions. Some of the highlights of the vacation care program were Xtreme Bounce, the Wildlife Park and lawn bowls. However, catching the public bus into the movies was the most enjoyable! If you have any suggestions for the April vacation care program, please speak to Liam.







A friendly reminder of the rules and expectations when you are at Base 1270. These are:

  1. I will pack up activities and sports equipment before I get something else out to play with, and before going home.
  2. I will use the sports equipment correctly and look after it.
  3. I will not touch any of the Japanese resources, including the whiteboard, whiteboard markers, computer and chair.
  4. I will not play on the high jump mat and blue gym mats as they are OUT OF BOUNDS.
  5. I understand that the sports equipment trolley stays in one spot.
  6.  I will talk quietly to my friends on my table during snack.
  7.  I understand that if I need to go to the toilet, I need to take a friend with me.

Lastly, please remember to bring your hats and a drink bottle with you to Base 1270 as we will be making the most of the remaining warmer weather.


We look forward to seeing you this week!

Base 1270 staff.

Base 1270 Admin

Base 1270 hats

As mentioned above, children are required to wear a hat for outdoor play in Terms 1 & 4. Just a reminder that we have the blue hats with the Base 1270 logo on for sale at the office for $15.


Early Finish – Tuesday 12 February

As school finishes at 1pm next Tuesday, Base 1270 will operate from the earlier time of 1pm. Please make sure you send a packed lunch for your child/ren to eat at Base. An afternoon snack will be provided as normal.


Please contact Mel in the office if you have any queries.

Community Notices


Ballarat Cycle Classic, Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute.


The Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute is hosting it’s largest fundraising event of the year on Sunday 17 February, the Ballarat Cycle Classic. 100% of participant registration fees goes directly to cancer research right here in Ballarat. With over 2,000 cyclists completing a variety of courses, an event village with lots of free activities, food and drink vendors and live music it’s sure to be a fantastic day. People can even bring their dogs for a walk! There is something for evenyone.


Kelly Sports Multi Sports Program



  • Mondays after school 3:40 pm - 4:40 pm
  • Week 2 (4th of February) to Week 10 (1st of April) 
  • Cricket, Tennis, Basketball & Frisbee
  • Preps to Grade 4
  • $105.60 for the 8 week program (excludes Public Holiday)

Enrol online www.kellysports.com.au

Any queries call or text Paul on 0423 335 616

Buninyong PS Newsletter
Class Dojo.pdf
Communication Strategy.docx
Uniform booklet Dec 2018.pdf
School Uniform Prices 2018.pdf
Bethany W
Vacation Care Program January 2019.pdf
Interhouse Cross Country 19 March 2019 Advert.pdf
Interhouse Cross Country 19 March 2019 Advert.pdf
Interhouse Cross Country 19 March 2019 Advert.pdf
csef application form 2019.pdf
csef application form 2019.pdf