Carnegie Primary Newsletter

28 May 2019
Issue Seven
Diary Dates
From the Principal, Linda Jones
Parenting Ideas by Michael Grose
What's happening
Students of the Week
Numeracy News
Music News
Cross Country News
Year 2 Happenings
Premiers' Reading Challenge
PFA News
Aftercare News
Carnegie Primary School
(03) 9571 2662
51 Truganini Road
Carnegie, Victoria, 3163

Diary Dates


Wednesday 29th May

Curriculum Day- no school


Friday 31st May

Assembly in hall  9am

Australia's Biggest Morning Tea 9.30am

Cupcake Day at recess

5/6 Sport Round 3 

Second hand uniform shop 3.15-3.45pm


Wednesday 5th June

Second hand uniform shop 8.45-9.15am


Friday  7th June

Year 5/6 Sport  Round 4


Monday June 10th

Queens Birthday holiday-no school


Saturday  June 15th

Student Movie Night- 'The Lego Movie'


Thursday June 27th

Footsteps Concert at Monash University, Clayton



Saturday  August 3rd

PFA Trivia Night

From the Principal,
Linda Jones


We are here to support the academic, social and emotional development of our students to enable them to be resilient to the 

challenges of a rapidly changing society.



We are very proud of our school and it is with pride that I have seen and been involved in so many terrific activities and programs over recent weeks a couple that particularly stand out are :-

 🙂Thank you to the parents who so generously gave their time to support the election day BBQ. Volunteers worked tirelessly from very early on the day to cook delicious egg and bacon rolls and sausages for those visiting our school to vote. Special thanks to Sandra Rowlands and Leesa Needham for overseeing the organisation.


🙂Seeing the enjoyment surrounding last week’s literacy and maths morning activities organised in conjunction with Education Week. On Wednesday the children joined the National Simultaneous Storytelling session. All classes in the school were involved in reading this year’s story, Alpacas with Maracas, at 11am. We were reading along with thousands of other Australians in schools, kinders and libraries. Classes completed craft activities with partner grades after reading the story. On Thursday, families were invited to join their children for maths games. Many different games were shared and it was lovely to hear laughter and maths learning being communicated whilst the games were being played. Thank you to Cate Allan, our Literacy leader and Brittany Hudgell, our Numeracy leader for leading these activities.


🙂 Enjoying the opportunity to take some time to see bookwork from year 3, 4 & 5 students. Much learning in a school day is supported by Digital Technologies and whiteboards but the more traditional book work still has a place. Each week, I try to take the time to see students’ work and provide a little feedback to them. The students often choose what they’d like to share and the older students often write a reflection on their learning to me asking me to focus on a particular area of their learning. Their thoughts are very well considered and it’s terrific to see then challenging themselves appropriately and setting purposeful learning goals.


🙂 Watching our year 3 – 6 students training for the District Cross Country event that was held today. Thanks to both Amy Travers and Dallas O’Brien, for arranging the before school training runs as well as to the students who chose to participate in order to do their best on the day of the event. We are proud of the achievements of all of our students in all sporting areas.


🙂 Seeing the enthusiasm last Friday when the year 5 and 6 students participated in the District Lightning Premiership. Students represented Carnegie in T.Ball, Netball, Soccer and AFL. Thank you, to the teachers who have assisted to form teams and to support skill development in our students. As always, we were proud of the way our students represented our school.


It is wonderful to see so many smiling faces each day, enjoying learning together. At Carnegie Primary School we value the opportunity to provide a rich, engaging curriculum for our students. It is extremely important we acknowledge the efforts of staff and parents, many of whom put in hours of their personal time to ensure such terrific programs and activities occur. How lucky we are to have so many amazing people at CPS!


Just reminding parents that during the morning session, classes have a ‘Brain Food’ break. This usually occurs at about 10am. Brain food snacks consist of fruit, cut up vegetables or cheese. Nutritional non packaged food is the best option for this time as it allows children to fill the gap from breakfast to recess. We find this practice extremely valuable and thank families for their support. This also fits with our environmental commitment to Nude food, (food without packaging).



In many schools a tradition in classrooms has been many children choosing to share a small treat with their classroom peers when it is their birthday. I think this is a lovely token and is a nice touch should families/children wish to celebrate in this way. If this is something you and your family wish to do, we ask that you keep the treats small. Treats can be small savoury or sweet items. Some children choose to eat such treats at school. If you would prefer such treats to be bought home, please make sure you have shared your thoughts with your child’s teacher for future celebrations.



Just a reminder that tomorrow, Wednesday, 29th May is an approved Curriculum Day. There will be no school for children on this day.  Youth Leadership will be offering a program on this day, bookings are essential.



A good beginning makes a good ending.

 Linda Jones & Karen Bentata-Grimm


Parenting Ideas
by Michael Grose


Assertiveness is a skill that children can young people can learn. An assertive response helps them to stick up for their rights and avoid being teased or bullied. Assertiveness involves the use of a firm voice and strong body language, including body positioning and eye contact.
Assertiveness indicates control and implies an expectation of compliance. Aggression, on the other hand, shows lack of control and involves a raised voice, the use of insults and body language which can inflame a situation, inviting further aggression or provocation.


  • Make eye contact; stand in a balanced, comfortable position about a metre from the person provoking the aggression.
  • Using a firm voice, ask the other person to stop what he or she is doing. Use the person’s name if possible.
  • Repeat the response if the behaviour doesn’t stop.
  • If the provocation continues he or she should walk away, ignoring the aggressor or seeking an adult if they feel in danger.


  • Attract the person’s full attention
  • Be polite and use the person’s name
  • Make good eye contact and use a strong stance
  • State the request or statement using a firm voice
  • Give the other person an opportunity to respond if appropriate. Ask questions to clarify the other person’s position. Be polite but firm and avoid personal insults or using a whining voice.
  • Encourage your child to practise assertiveness in low risk situations – in front of the family or even in front of a mirror.


Visit: for more ideas from Michael Grose


What's happening

Parent Information Evening

Dear families 

A parent information session will be held on Tuesday the 11th of June at 6pm in the staffroom. This session will provide further information for families that may be interested in their child participating in the Seasons For Growth Program. If you do wish to attend could you please email Jenni Spataro at 


The Junior School Council are collecting food to help fight the hidden hunger in Melbourne.

Please bring in one of the following staples:

Penne pasta, tinned tomatoes or plain flour

Please put them in a box in your classroom and we will come around to collect the food in the coming weeks.

Ben F, Will R and Sylvia B (JSC)



Glen Eira Council is hosting a series of events to celebrate National Reconciliation Week between May 27th and June 1st. I would encourage families to get out into the community and participate in events that are happening around our area. 

Here is the link for the Glen Eira City Council National Reconciliation Week Events:


Here is the City of Port Phillip event calendar


There's also an event at Prahran Market


Last Wednesday morning our whole school stopped work, classes buddied up and we joined thousands of other Australian schools in reading, ”Alpacas with Maracas” for 2019’s National Simultaneous Storytime. It was fabulous to share this event across the school, particularly to enjoy seeing our year 3, 4, 5 and 6 students supporting our Preps, Years 1 and 2. 

We can look forward to making this an annual CPS event-bigger and better in 2020.

Well done everyone!

Ms Allan


Harper S   3A    "Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid"

Gabe S     3C  "The 26-Storey Treehouse"


Thank you for these great books and many happy birthday wishes from all at Carnegie Primary School.



Friday 31st May   3.15-3.45pm

Wednesday 5th June  8.45-9.15am


Our friends at Carnegie Kinder are part of the 'Local Matters' program at Grill'd until the end of May. 


Students of the Week

May 6th, 2019

Jagger M  Prep       For impressing us with your Goldilocks and the Three Bears writing.

Goni A  Prep            For an excellent attitude to learning and consistent good manners.

Ilan K   Prep             For a really good go at your letter writing and sounding out. Keep up the wonderful


Slava K   Prep         For having a positive attitude to all areas of his learning. In particular your Maths

                                     knowledge and counting! Well done.

Ava Q  1                     For being a creative and engaging writer with fabulous writing stamina. What a great


Evelyn R  1               For being a superstar writer! Evelyn it is wonderful to see how much effort you put in

                                     to make your writing interesting and exciting!

Atharv H  2               For being a motivated and independent student with a great love of learning. Well

                                     done, Atharv!

Arjun P  2                 For being such an independent and enthusiastic member of Year 2. Thank you for

                                     spreading your positivity everywhere you go.

Gabe S  3                  For always being focused and trying his best in writing sessions. Your writing is

                                    exciting, engaging and enthralling.

Astrid L  3                For being an absolute legend in Maths. For never giving up and reaching great heights.

Jackson D  4           For your incredible effort and enthusiasm across all subjects and for being a proactive

                                     class mate.

Lola K   4                  For being a proactive classmate, always demonstrating a great mindset and hard

                                    working attitude.

Owen Z  4                For your enthusiastic and fantastic mapping knowledge and skills in Maths.       

Chiara R   5             For showing wonderful enthusiasm and focus when using the Ba Da Bing strategy

                                    during writing. Well done, Chiara.

Cooper A  5            For his positive attitude and contribution to 5/6 Sport and for always helping other                                              students  and organising drills.

Patrick R  6             For his amazing effort and persistence during problem solving. Well done, Patrick!

Numeracy News

Maths Morning

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Marvellous Maths Morning last Thursday 23rd of May. Our students loved having special visitors into the classroom and it was a fabulous time of sharing our learning  spaces with the community. Your support is much      appreciated!





Music News


Do you love drawing and designing? The Choir needs you. We are looking for an excellent

design/logo for a T-shirt for our fabulous Carnegie Choir to wear when performing. If you would like to submit a design for this, please do so by Friday June 7th to Mrs Dell, Ms Bourke or Ms Bolger. There will be a prize for the winner as well as the best prize of all- seeing your artwork on the Choir T-shirts!


Your design needs to: 

Include the words “Carnegie Choir”

Be completed in black (No colours)

Be no larger than A4 portrait or landscape

Include your name and grade on the back of your design



Cross Country News

District Cross Country

Today, 58 of Carnegie’s finest cross country runners headed to Caulfield Park to compete against competitors from 8 other schools in our district.

I was extremely proud of everybody’s efforts on the day and the fabulous Carnegie spirit that was on display as we cheered on our runners around the course.

We had an impressive 9 students who finished in the top 10 in their age group and now progress through to the Kingston division event on the 6th June.

Eamonn W finished his great run in 3rd place

Georgia M came 2nd and Grace M came 4th in their age group

Holly M finished 7th. A huge achievement in her first year competing in the cross country against competitors a year older than her!

Gigi W paced herself nicely to finish 2nd

Cade D finished in 4th place

Cooper A finished 9th in a great effort with a broken arm!

Angus B and Noah W both blitzed ahead of the field in their age groups and came 1st!

What a super effort! Congratulations again and we wish you lots of luck in the next stage.

Amy Travers

P.E. Teacher



Year 2 Happenings

Light Incursion

This week we have been lucky enough to have Hamish's dad, Barry share his expertise in our discovery focus, Light & Sound. We explored both natural and artificial lighting and how these can be altered through various materials. The students thoroughly enjoyed this experience and we thank Barry for his time and generosity




Year 2 Poetry

Check out our Haikus

 Five, seven, five syllables

You can write one too!




Premiers' Reading Challenge

Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge

The Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge is now open and Carnegie Primary School is excited to be participating.


The Challenge is open to all Victorian children from birth to Year 10 in recognition of the importance of reading for literacy development. It is not a competition; but a personal challenge for children to read a set number of books by 6 September 2019.


Children from Prep to Year 2 are encouraged to read or ‘experience’ 30 books with their parents and teachers. Children from Year 3 to Year 10 are challenged to read 15 books.


All children who meet the Challenge will receive a certificate of achievement signed by the Victorian Premier and former Premiers.


To read the Premier’s letter to parents, view the booklists and for more information about the Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge, visit:


To log on and enter your books, see your classroom teacher for your username and password.

Happy Reading!



PFA News


Thank you to all our wonderful helpers who helped at the Election Day BBQ. It was a very successful day where we raised $1,745-a fantastic result! Thanks to Sandra Rowlands for organising all the food for the day. You're a star!

We were even lucky enough to have a visit from Bill Shorten and his big red bus on the day!



Our next meeting is on Monday 24th June in the staffroom at 7.30pm


If you buy a an Entertainment Membership before June 1st you will receive a bonus $10 Priceline eGift Card! 

There is a display copy of the book at the office for anyone who wants to have a closer look at all the offers available.

For more information please contact Michelle McCurdy on

0430 288 250

To order go to:



Don't forget to mention Carnegie PS when you go to Bakers Delight Carnegie as they donate 5% of all sales directly to the school. But you must mention our school! 

at CPS

This Friday, 31st May we will be holding our own 'Australia's Biggest Morning Tea' to raise funds for the Cancer Council.

We will be hosting it in the hall after assembly so please join us for a cuppa and bring along a donation!  We will also be running a mini raffle at the morning tea so bring along some gold coins!

 Cupcake Day will take place at recess where the students can buy a cupcake for $2.

All funds raised from the day will go to the Cancer Council.

If you are able to bake a batch of cupcakes or something for morning tea, please email me and let me know. Thank you!



We are planning a movie night for the students on Saturday 15th June. We will be screening  'The Lego Movie' in the hall at 6pm. 

A note will go home on Compass later this week with all the details. Tickets will be $5. This night will be open for Preps-Grade 6



Leesa Needham

Ph: 0408 556 669

Aftercare News

Youth Leadership Victoria

Carnegie Primary School OSHC

Opening Hours:  Before School Care 7am-8.45am

           After School Care 3.30pm-6.30pm

Vacation Care 7am-6pm




email: /

A copy of the enrolment and booking form can be downloaded through our website on:

Prices for the Program:

Before School Care

Permanent Booking: $14

Casual Booking: $17

After School Care

Permanent Booking: $15

Casual Booking: $20


Dear Parents

The service has recently been granted a licence from the department to be able to take a maximum of 100 children at a time at any particular session that the service provides

Due to the high demand that we experienced over the last holiday program

We have put measures in place in order to guarantee the smooth running of the program and to ensure that we are compliant and not going over our limit of our licence of 100 children

To guarantee a spot in our program over the July holidays, we are requesting that families book and pay for their days allocated before the Holiday Program commences

We will not accept any walk ins on the day, or bookings made on the week end prior to the program commencing

Last day of guaranteeing a spot in the July holiday program is Friday 28th June 2019


Any bookings made after Friday 28th June need to be approved by the service prior by either phoning us on 0402043810

 or by our email at:


No online bookings to head office will be accepted after the last day of the term which is Friday 28th June

Thank you for your understanding in this very important matter

















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