Carnegie Primary Newsletter

10 December 2019
Issue Nineteen

Our mission is to inspire the self -belief and motivation in students that will enable them to achieve and grow

Diary Dates
From the Principal, Linda Jones
What's happening
Students of the Week
Grade 6-Just One day
Technology News
PFA  News
Aftercare News
Carnegie Primary School
(03) 9571 2662
51 Truganini Road
Carnegie, Victoria, 3163

Diary Dates


Wednesday  11th December

Junior School Council Dress Up Day for Helping Hand Helping Hearts-come dressed as a doctor, nurse or wear a touch of pink or something to do with hearts.

Year 5 excursion-Koornang Rd Shopping Centre

School Council Meeting 7pm


Thursday  12th December

Year 4 Open Morning

Grade 6 Graduation


Friday  13th December

House Rewards Day


Monday 16th December

Second Hand Uniform Shop 3.15-3.45pm


Tuesday 17th December

Morning Concert 9.15am-9.45am

Junior athletics at school Prep-Year 2 - 11.30am-1.30pm

End of Year Picnic- Koornang Park 5pm-7pm



Wednesday  18th December

Year 6 Excursion to Luna Park


Thursday  19th December

Whole School Tabloid Sports


Friday  20th December

Last day of Term-early dismissal at 1.30pm

Assembly 1pm


Thursday 30th January 

Years 1-6 commence


Friday 31st January

Preps commence 

From the Principal,
Linda Jones


It seems hard to believe I am writing the final fortnightly newsletter for 2019. Just where have the weeks gone? As I reflect on the year, I know we have every reason to be proud of our school and its students. I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very safe and happy holiday with your family and friends.



Strong, positive partnerships are pivotal at Carnegie Primary School. Each and every day there is much to be proud of as we work together to ensure a rich and rewarding learning community. Thank you :-

  • To all the staff, for their professionalism and dedication to our students throughout the year. As we look back on what has once again been a very busy year we can reflect on many successes in all learning team and specialist programs. CPS is certainly blessed with such a wonderful team of teachers and support staff. I would like to pay special thanks to Karen Bentata-Grimm, our Assistant Principal. Karen works tirelessly each and every day to support me personally and all at CPS.
  • To our students, for working so well in their learning teams throughout the year. You should be very proud of yourselves throughout many areas of school life. We are proud of your efforts in developing independence as the year has progressed and particularly proud of the older children’s reflections on their learning and commitment to their personal learning goals
  • To the School Councillors, for their input and support in running our school
  • To all members of Parents and Friends, for their amazing community building and fundraising efforts throughout 2019 - the many, many hours of personal time given by PFA members is much appreciated. Special acknowledgement needs to be made of all associated with our fantastic fete earlier this term.
  • To the parents and members of the school community, who have once again supported our school in many positive ways throughout the year

Special acknowledgement needs to be made to:-

  • The helpers in classroom programs, excursions and incursions, working bees as well as our junior grades for book bags and classroom assistance. We value your support highly
  • Leesa Needham, our amazing Parents and Friends Committee president
  • Susan Harper, our hard working School Council President and all School Councillors.
  • Donna McNamara and Effie Volakakis, for their efforts coordinating this year’s school banking program.
  • Miranda Welham, for overseeing our 2nd hand uniform sales.
  • Emma, Ben, Stefan, Shani and Judy, for their passion and support for our instrumental music programs.


I have acknowledged Leesa and the efforts of our PFA in the above section but it is with much sadness we actually say farewell to Leesa Needham from CPS, at the end of the year. Izzy, her youngest daughter is off to Secondary College.


Leesa and her family have been such a pivotal part of our community for many years. Leesa has   tirelessly volunteered for numerous tasks, small and large. The largest one obviously being our PFA President.


I know you will join me in thanking her for all she has given to our community. Her skills, kindness, patience and care for all at CPS are second to none and she will be greatly missed.



I am sure you will join me in congratulating Kate Lawerson and her partner Luke on the safe arrival of their beautiful daughter, Alma.

Congratulations also to Desiree Oh and her husband, Daniel, who are awaiting the arrival of baby number 2 in 2020.



As always our school budgets have been diligently spent to ensure the very best learning environment for our students and we can reflect on 2019 and be proud of our achievements. Some of our more significant purchases are :-

  • Front and centre is the completion of our $5.5 million capital works project
  • The wonderful landscaping surrounding our new oval including the ‘bush kinder’ area at the rear of our school funded by the Glen Eira Kindergarten Association. Such a sensational shared facility.
  • Shade sails/umbrellas installed outside our gym and learning centre. Solely funded by PFA monies.
  • This year we have continued our commitment to a strong and rich ICT and Digital Technologies area. We have upgraded 42 laptops to new touchscreen laptops, added an additional 26 iPads throughout the school and installed 5 new interactive projectors in our new Prep building. Every classroom is now equipped with an iPevo document camera, allowing students and teachers to share work, books and many more things instantly on the classroom projectors. We have bought a class set of Makey Makey kits for the upper school, allowing students to become inventors with circuit boards and alligator clips to control computers. All students throughout the school also have access to Reading Eggs, Mathletics and the Typing Tournament platforms.
  • $50 000 of new furniture to support our capital works upgrade
  • New air conditioners to replace older units
  • In excess of  $10 000 worth of  literacy and numeracy resources purchased to support the delivery of classroom programs

Many of the extras would not be possible without the amazing support of the school community via our PFA fundraising efforts.

GREAT NEWS – Telstra Kids Grant

We are delighted to announce our success in applying for a $1,200 grant from Telstra. Telstra Kids helps kids thrive in their connected world. Our Telstra Kids grant, along with monies raised from our second hand uniform sales, will allow us to purchase some additional construction equipment to add to the play boxes out on our Prep veranda and outside the entrance to our Learning Centre. This equipment will enhance the choices we offer our students to learn through play. As the size of the school has grown, the need to cater for children with diverse interests and needs also has grown.

Huge thanks to Karen Phillips from Telstra, who is the referrer, for applying for the funding for us. We are very excited to share in the million dollars the Telstra Foundation provides each year to help kids connect to a digital future.


Staff are currently busy writing student reports reflecting on your child/children’s achievements throughout 2019. For organisational purposes, these will be sent home on Thursday 19th December (not Wednesday 18th as written in our last newsletter). On this day, the children will also ‘Step-Up’ to their next year’s class for a short while and will meet the students that will be in their class in 2020 on this day. A list of all our classes and staffing structures will be shared with families on this day.

For those families who are choosing to take holidays prior to this date your reports will remain at school and can be collected on your return. Reports will not be made available prior to this date. 


As in previous terms the attached rubric has been used in all year levels to assess students. CPS students are familiar with this rubric and it is prominent in all classrooms and the focus of discussions and reflections.



Term 4 ends on Friday 20th December at 1.30pm. There will be a final assembly, in our gym, at 1.00pm on this day so we can farewell those leaving us.

School commences for year 1 to 6 students on Thursday, 30th January. We are looking forward to seeing everyone back as we commence another great year at Carnegie Primary School. Prep students commence on Friday 31st January.


Term 1:     Year 1 to 6 students – Thursday 30th January to Friday 27th March, 2020

Preps – Friday 31st January (in two groups – one am and one pm)

Term 2:       Tuesday 14th April to Friday 26th June, 2020

Term 3:       Monday 13th July to Friday 18th September, 2020

Term 4:       Monday 5th October to Friday 20th December, 2020


Each year the St Anthony’s Parish in Glen Huntly hosts a traditional Christmas Day Dinner for people who will not be celebrating Christmas with family and friends. The dinner, which is for everyone, will be held at midday on Christmas Day in the St Anthony’s Hall opposite the church.

If you know anyone who would like to attend, please let them know of this special celebration. There are invitations at our office.

If any of our Carnegie families might like to assist, on the day or with donations please call into the office too as there is a form that outlines how you can assist this very worthy cause. What a lovely way to spread some Christmas cheer to members of our community.


Every day, people use Facebook to share their experiences, connect with friends and family, and build communities. As we know, this platform allows people to freely express themselves across countries and cultures and in dozens of languages.

A positive aspect of this is the terrific way it allows families to keep informed and share information with other CPS families.

It is disappointing to hear that there are times when parents/carers have taken the liberty to express though parent instigated Facebook, links that may be read as critical of staff, practices, protocols or procedures.

We are all entitled to our opinions and from a school perspective we realise that organising events that please all isn’t always possible. We do always endeavor to do our very best. We are a very large community with diverse views.

We do ask that if parents have issues, concerns or suggestions for enhancement the best way to discuss these ideas are personally. Making time to talk, so that all relevant information can be shared and opinions respected, is what we prefer and encourage.


Linda Jones, Karen Bentata-Grimm

What's happening


The Junior School Council will be holding their final fundraiser for the year tomorrow Wednesday, 11th December. We have chosen to support the Helping Hand Helping Hearts Foundation.

This not-for-profit charity was co-founded by our very own Ms. McGregor. They raise funds to help with support, health and education for disadvantaged children, young people and communities both here in Australia and overseas.

On Wednesday we will be having a dress up day and ask that you please come dressed up as a doctor or a nurse, wear a touch of pink or something to do with hearts. Please bring a gold coin donation.

If you would like further information on this wonderful charity please visit

Thank you for your continued support of all of our fundraising events this year.



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




Arjun P

2 C

“Dog Man”

“Dog Man, A Tale of Two Kitties”

Falak S

2 A

“The Lion King”

Adventures Collection

Arnav S

1 C

“Song of the Last Miguel”

Mrudaanee S

2 B

“Exactly Like Me”

“Catch Me If You Can”

“Big Nellie”

Eliza A

2 C

“The Animal Awards”





SAVER PLUS-a free community program

Saver Plus is Australia's first financial education and matched savings program. The program provides free financial training and support and motivates participants to save by matching their savings dollar for dollar up to $500 to spend on their children's education.

To be eligible for this program:

  • you have to have a current health care card or pension card and receive a Centrelink payment
  • you or your partner have some income from paid employment
  • you are over 18 and intending to attend accredited vocational training yourself, or are a parent/guardian of a student attending school or starting school bext year.

For more information, pick up a flyer from the school office or go to

Students of the Week

December 2, 2019

Audrey G  Prep                 For always speaking so confidently during our Discovery Show and Share     

                                                sessions! We are so proud of you!

Liam C-J  Year  1              For your proactive approach towards ypour learning and always having a big

                                                smile on your face.

Flynn W   Year 1                For his excellent insights during our Discovery learning sessions. Your general

                                                knowledge blows us away!

Falak S Year 2                   For your positivity, friendly nature and can-do attitude! You're an inspiration for


Aayush D Year 2               For your positive attitude in all that you do. Your dedication to your learning

                                               inspires us all.

Mohammed S  Year 3    Showing a great attitude to your learning this semester. It's been great having

                                               you and wish you all the best in your new school. 

Sienna W  Year 4             For being focused and hardworking in all areas of school life. Keep it up, Sienna.

Lucas L  Year 4                 For his enthusiasm and passion towards all aspect of school! You inspire us all,


Abby S  Year 4                   Your determined attitude during math and for always giving everything your

                                               personal best.

Elsie B  Year 4                   Always being a proactive classmate who is kind and helpful. Thank you for

                                              making our classroom a better place!

Monique F  Year 5         For her kind and compassionate approach when working with our Grade 5 team.

                                              You bring a smile to our faces everyday.

Sheldon Q Year 5          For your dedicated approach towards all areas of your learning. You always give

                                             100% and you inspire others to do the same.

Marko N  Year 6             For his amazing efforts during our Grade 6 Production. You were so brave!

Ronith M  Yr 6                For being super involved during our indigenous media arts unit and for basically

                                            just being an amazing person!

Grade 6-Just One day

Just One Day

As part of our ‘Social Justice’ unit the Grade 6 students were involved in the Just One Day Challenge. The Just One Day Challenge asks primary school students and their families to live simply for Just One Day, learn about global poverty and raise money to ensure children in developing countries can access primary education. Just One Day is an International Needs Australia ( INA ) community education and fundraising event and we are so proud of the way our Year 6’s embraced this challenge and raised money for  under privileged countries.

Below is the email we received from our charity contact and celebrates all that our Year 6’s collectively achieved.


Hi guys,


Thank you so much for everything and make sure to thank the kids for all their fund-raising. In total you collected $3128.20 and per students your school had the highest average of all schools that did fund-raising for INA this year! Most of that money will go to our education projects in Uganda, India or the Philippines and all the schools and children there will be very grateful!


Thanks again,



Technology News


We had a wonderful turnout to our Technology Open Afternoon a couple of weeks ago. It was great to see so many parents come in and use our technology with the students. There were laptops, iPads, Bee Bots, Sphero Robots, Lego MindStorms, Makey Makey kits and dSLR cameras working overtime! We hope you enjoyed learning with us.




PFA  News


A reminder that our fortnightly Icy Pole Day is happening this Friday. Icy poles will be available after the second bell at lunchtime for $1.



As one last fundraiser for the year we are selling a great cookbook called "Smart Snacks" by Flip Shelton and Michael Carr-Gregg. They are $25 each and  the school receives $5 for every book sold.

Orders re due this Thursday and then will be delivered to your eldest child at school next week.

Order via trybooking:



We had a few more entries to the competition this week, so thank you to those students/parents who sent in images of their healthy nude food lunches.  There are some wonderful inspirational lunches in the galleries below!

We had 2 winners this week which were drawn randomly from the entries. The first one was Shanum T from 3C who won an packet of reusable produce bags and the first prize winner was Audrey G from Prep A who won a copy of the Smart Snacks Cookbook along with a packet of delicious Muesli donated by Flip Shelton, the book's author.

We will be drawing another winner on Monday 9th December which will be our LAST DRAW so send your photos to: by Sunday 8th December and we will announce it in the next newsletter.  









As many of you know, this is my last year as PFA President as my youngest daughter is off to high school next year. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Carnegie PS and as head of the PFA for the last 8 years. I have made some life long friends and I will certainly miss the wonderful community we are so lucky to have here at CPS.

We have a wonderful PFA committee who are well organised for the events we run throughout the year but we are still yet to find someone to be the President for 2020. I'm sure someone will step up and take on the role, but if you're interested please let me know!

I wish everyone a very happy and relaxing holiday. Enjoy the time with your families and friends.



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: /

Service Mobile Number: 0402043810

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



Parents please note bookings do not roll over for the new year.

To book your child into our service for 2020 please email head office with your request at:


For the January Holiday Program we will be running from Monday 6th Jan, until Wednesday 29th January.

Please note that the first week of the holiday program from:  

 Monday 6th Jan until Friday 10th of Jan the program will be running from a different location

The Program for the first week of Jan will be run from

St Peter’s Anglican Church-371 Neerim Rd Carnegie

Then from Monday 13th January until Wednesday 29th Jan the program will be running again from Carnegie Primary School


Last day of term Friday 20th December the service will run at the earlier time of 1.30pm to accommodate with the school’s early dismissal


Lastly wishing all our families a Merry Christmas & a happy and safe New Year



Click on the image below for all the details of the upcoming holiday program.




Mini Maestros Music & Movement classes for 0-5s is offering Tuesday and Wednesday classes in Murrumbeena in 2020! 

Enrol today and receive a complimentary “At Home” Educational Activities ePack.

Visit now or call 9850 5566 to ask about our special 3 week trial offer!



Tuning in to Kids® is a parenting program that aims to teach parents ways of identifying and responding to children’s emotions that has been found optimal for healthy emotional development. We are researching different methods of delivery of the program (Group, Private Sessions, and Online Program), and would like to offer our program free of charge to any interested parents of children 4-10 years of age.



















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