Buninyong PS Newsletter

31 July 2018
Term 3, Issue 3
Term 3 Dates
Principal Report
Student Wellbeing
Teaching & Learning
Concert News
Physical Education
Scotsburn News
Science Day
Sovereign Hill
Student Awards
School Uniform
Community Notices
Buninyong Primary School
(03) 5341 3560
202 Simpson Street
Buninyong, Victoria, 3357

Term 3 Dates



  • 2 August - Grade 3 camp information session @ 7pm
  • 3 August - Jenes for Genes Day
  • 10 August - Science Day (Dress Up)
  • 10 August - PLP Meeting @ 2:30pm
  • 13 August - Inter school Golf Competition
  • 17 August - Mt Clear Transition and concert bands @ 9:30am
  • 22 August - School Concert (10:30am Rehearsal)
  • 23 August - School Concert 10:30am Matinee & 6:00pm Evening
  • 24 August - Delayed School Start 12:00pm
  • 24 August - School Concert 6:00pm Evening 
  • 27 August - School Council Meeting 7:00pm
  • 31 August - Fathers Day Stall
  • 2 - 7 Sept - Snow Trip
  • 5 - 6 Sept - Grade 3 Camp (Group 1)
  • 6-7 Sept - Grade 3 Camp (Group 2)
  • 6 Sept - PLP Meeting 2:30pm
  • 7 Sept - Maths Challenge Day
  • 11 Sept - SC3 to Ecolinc
  • 12 Sept - SC2 to Ecolinc
  • 12 Sept - Celebration of Learning Evening (5 - 7pm)
  • 13 Sept - SC1 to Ecolinc
  • 13 Sept - Blue Light Disco in the Gym (6-8pm)
  • 14 Sept - Division Athletics
  • 19 Sept - Solar Boat Challenge
  • 19 Sept - SC2 to EarthEd
  • 20 Sept - Grade 6 Earth Ed (Group 1)
  • 21 Sept - Grade 6 Earth Ed (Group 2)
  • 21 Sept -  End of Term 3, (2:30pm dismissal)



  • 3 August - P - 2 Assembly
  • 10 August - 3 - 6 Assembly
  • 17 August - No Assembly
  • 24 August - No Assembly DELAYED SCHOOL START 12pm
  • 31 August - Whole School Family Group Assembly
  • 7 September - P - 2 Assembly
  • 14 September - 3 - 6 Assembly
  • 21 September - Whole School Assembly

Principal Report


Around this time each year we know that some parents are looking ahead to plan holidays and would like to know school start dates.  We can confirm that the 2019 school start date for all year levels will be Thursday January 31. 


In last week’s newsletter we had an explanation of the Parent Opinion Survey process which is currently underway.  Invitations to participate have been sent via the post and we greatly appreciate your time in providing us with some feedback.  The survey system closes on Sunday August 26.


Normally we send home a school events calendar, however with Compass being our main communication platform all school activities can be seen on your compass schedule. 

See the diagram below to see where to access the School Calendar.


Student Wellbeing

Jeans for Genes Day

Next Friday is Jeans for Genes Day and as such our school is taking part in raising awareness about the importance of finding cures for genetic diseases in children.

As part of this awareness, we are inviting students to come along in their jeans (normal school tops) and bring a gold coin donation. As a school, we will then provide this donation to the Jeans for Genes foundation in recognition of the support that they provide to researching children’s diseases.

The ladies in the office will also have some small blue lolly bags available to purchase from the office for $1 for those who may be interested. Please note that all proceeds raised go to the cause.


Hours of Supervision

A reminder to parents/carers that the school yard is supervised before school between  8:45 - 9am and after school between 3:30-3:45pm).


During the afternoon, any children that are still in the yard beyond 3:45, will be taken to the office for collection.

PLP Meeting Reminder

A reminder to all of our PLPs that there is a meeting scheduled for next Friday the 10th of August at 2:30pm. If you are unable to make the meeting, we ask that you please organise another representative to share your class’ views. We look forward to seeing you there!

Year 7 (2018) Student Transition Survey – Please complete

Last week we sent out letters to all of our families who had students in year 6 last year. These letters asked all of our families to complete a brief survey to help us understand how well (as a school) we prepare students for a successful secondary transition experience.


If you did not receive this letter, please contact Scott who will be more than happy to assist you in accessing the survey.

Peer Mediation Update

A reminder that we have peer mediators (Trained student helpers) helping out in the yard on Monday / Wednesday and Fridays to work with the kids in resolving small (low level) problems. The team have been doing a fantastic job and have been exceptional in helping our younger students to compromise and come up with solutions. If your child may need some assistance with this, please encourage them to see a peer mediator (wearing an orange vest) or a yard duty teacher who will be able to support them.

Teaching & Learning

Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge

Well done to the following students who already met the Premiers Reading Challenge targets. What a great effort!!

Piper S(Prep), Spenser S (Year 3), Sophie J, Luke T, Cooper G (Year 4)  and Lucy G (Year 5)


Kath in the library has organised books from the Premiers Reading Challenge list to be available for students to borrow.


Who else will join the list of students who have met the challenge.

All details can be found at the following website.



Young Authors’ Workshop

Last Thursday our Young Authors group headed off for their second workshop held at Federation University. The students spent their time working with authors Michelle Smith, a journalist, to deepen their understanding of reporting on events. It was great to see how journalists are responsible for the entire writing cycle of researching, writing, editing and publishing the report.


During the the Young Authors day at Fed Uni we heard from Michelle Smith from the Courier who gave us magnificent tips on writing newspaper reports worthy of publishing in a newspaper. The one thing I remember most is that when writing quotes always include the source after the quote. It was a great day.

Toby T


On the Young Authors day we were taught about creating advertisements. A strategy we learnt was to carefully choose describing words that makes the reader want to read on. We made an advertisement about the Fed Uni. We also learnt that deadlines are really useful because it makes the reader act now and read more about it. The day was a great learning experience.

Gemma B


The journalist at our Young Authors day taught us how to write newspaper reports. An important skill is to always include who, what, when, where, why and how to create a picture in the readers head. Michelle spoke about the importance of getting the facts correct because if she doesn’t there are lots of complaints. It was fun to write the report on the Grand Canyon theme park.

Conal S


Concert News

Concert News

A reminder to parents to get in quickly to book your concert tickets.  As of midday today, just over half the tickets for both evenings have already sold, so get in quickly to avoid disappointment (particularly if its the evening concerts that you would prefer). Families are able to purchase up to 5 tickets in total for evening performances and unlimited tickets for the Thursday Matinee. 


Apologies for those that got in very early and encountered a few glitches in the system, but the online booking system is now working as intended.


Kelly Sports have come on board for those that need the day care service on the Friday morning (remembering school starts at midday on Friday Aug 24).  The cost for this service will be $30 per child.  Call the ladies in the office to book a place and make payment.  Bookings for this service need to be in by Friday August 17.


A reminder to everyone that we have put together a Concert Parent Information Booklet, a copy of which is attached below.



Concert Dates

  • Wednesday August 22 – Rehearsal, starting at 10:30am
  • Thursday August 23
    • Thursday Matinee, starting at 10:30am
    • Evening Performance starting at 6pm
  • Friday August 24
    • Evening Performance starting at 6pm

Concert Items Wanted

Do you have any of the following items lying around your home that you may wish to donate....

  • 2 giant boxes (TV or Fridge)
  • Other cardboard to make additional props
  • Rocking chair
  • footy flags
  • Pom Poms

We are very appreciative if you could you kindly drop any items off to the office if your able to donate.  Thank you in advance.


Physical Education


Term 3 Calendar Events:

Every Wednesday Lunchtime – Lawn Bowls

13 August – Interschool Golf Competition

2-7 September – Snow Trip

14 September – Division Athletics


Term 4 Calendar Events:

12 October – Regional Athletics

18 October – P-2 Sports Day

22 Oct – 8 Nov – Life Education


Lunchtime Lawn Bowls:

Any student who is interested in joining in on some fun lawn bowls sessions at lunchtime on Wednesdays in Term 3 ( Week 2-7), meet Ms Morris in the gym at lunchtime and we’ll walk across to the Buninyong Bowls Club for some indoor challenges.





Jump Rope for Heart Prizes:​

Please be advised that anyone who earned a prize for Jump Rope for Heart in Term 2 will receive them after their relevant assembly either this Friday (P-1) or next (3-6).  An acknowledgement of their efforts will also be made during assembly.

A big thank you to all the families who got involved and helped raise funds for a wonderful cause.


Kelly Sports:


P.E. Shoes:

A reminder as the weather starts to set in 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.


Scotsburn News

Scotsburn News

Jeans for Genes Day

This Friday is Jeans for Genes Day. We would like to encourage all students to wear their jeans to school on this day and to also bring along a gold coin donation to support this great cause.


Marbles in a Jar

Congratulations to Freya & Pat’s Family Group who won the Marbles in a Jar competition last week. Well done!


Pen Licence

Congratulations to Jack Plier who received his pen licence at our assembly on Monday. He has been giving his best effort during writing sessions. Fingers crossed that some more can be handed out in the coming weeks.


Congratulations Quinn

Last weekend, Quinn competed in a mountain bike competition at Lysterfield. Quinn had a wonderful time and enjoyed the challenge of competing against other students. She received a beautiful medal for finishing 3rd. Congratulations Quinn!


Grade 3 Camp

With Gr 3 camp coming up on the 6th September, permission notes will be coming home very soon. To help with your planning, it is expected that the camp cost will be approximately $190. Parents are also welcome to attend the parent information session from 7pm at the Buninyong campus on Thursday 2nd August.


Shopping Bags & Old Coats

Sylvia is collecting plastic shopping bags and old coats for the Soup Bus. She would be grateful if families could bring in any unwanted items to the Old Building.


Parent Opinion Surveys

You may have received via email and in the post, a letter inviting you to complete a Parent Opinion Survey for the Scotsburn campus. Please take the time to fill this in as the results provide us with constructive feedback on how the campus is progressing. If you have any questions relating to the survey, please drop in and see Shaun.


Hot Milo For Sale

This Thursday at recess, the students will be able to purchase a hot milo for $1.


Scotsburn PlayPod

The students are loving the PlayPod and our Grade 4’s are doing a wonderful job managing the equipment and area. We have received a small amount of equipment, but to ensure that we maximise this opportunity for the students, it would be appreciated if families could have a look around home for any of the items below that they no longer require. If you do have any of the following, please bring them into Miss Wood or Ms Geddes ASAP. Items could include sturdy trucks and match box cars, plastic toys (no furry or material types that will get mouldy when wet please), old clock (no glass), old computers /printers/keyboards and headphones, plastic tea set, cash register, old kitchen appliances, cable reels, pots, pans and muffin tins, oven trays, PVC pipes, plastic cups, small bikes and trikes, old fishing rods with no hook and line, white board / paint easel, balls / golf balls, small containers, old cutlery, play money (coins), milk and bread crates, milk bottle lids, doll pusher / cradle / high chair, tech decks, small tyres, sand / pool shell, telephones, old microphones / musical instruments and quoits.


ABC & ROCCH Awards

Gr P-2 – Henry Valent

Gr 2-4 – Mallacai Windsor

B+ Award – Ryan Lyons

Specialist Award – Bella Reid


Friday Rotations

Our next rotation for Term 3 will be on the (3rd August). Our groups will be doing the following:


Term 3 - 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!


Term 3 - Important Dates & Extra-Curricular Events

Year 3 Camp Information Session (Bun Campus) @ 7pm – 2nd August

Jeans for Genes Day – 3rd August

Book Week – 20th – 24th August

School Concert – 22nd - 24th August

Scotsburn PJ Day – 29th August

Father’s Day Stall – 31st August

P-6 Ecolinc Incursion - 5th September

Grade 3 Camp – 6th & 7th September

SC3 Excursion to Ecolinc – 11th September

Celebration of Learning (5pm-7pm) – 12th September

SC2 Ecolinc Excursion - 12th September

SC1 Excursion to Ecolinc – 13th September

SC2 EarthEd Excursion – 19th September

Term 3 Finishes – 21st September

Science Day

Science Day – Friday August 10th

Coming up on Friday 10th August we will celebrate all things Science as part of National Science Week. This year students will experience 3 different elements of scientific work. They will attend a science show from touring group Mad About Science, work like scientists to help understand different scientific concepts and research like scientists in out Science Cinema experience.


As in the past, this day is a Science Dress Up day so it is worth looking through the closets to find something that is science related. There is no need to purchase dress ups, it is more about how creative the students can be in using what they have around the house.


A permission form has been sent home as there is a cost associated with this event.


Please ensure note and payment is made by Thursday 9th August.

Also note that the specialist classes will not be affected by this event.







One of the most well-known and popular Japanese foods is sushi. We would like to offer our students the opportunity to order some sushi for lunch on THURSDAY 9th AUGUST. Cost is $3.00 per roll. Students may like to order their complete lunch, or for those who have never tried sushi before, this is the perfect chance to try some!


Choose from:

·        Teriyaki Chicken

·        Cooked Tuna

·        Vegetarian


ORDER VIA THE QKR APP ONLY. Cut off for orders is Monday 6th August at 6pm. 



Some of the great work being completed around the topic of “hanabi” – 花火はなび – fireworks.





Sovereign Hill

Grade 2 at Sovereign Hill





Student Awards

Act of Kindness




Canteen is back for term 3.  From this term we are opening twice a week on Wednesday and Friday.  Please have your orders in via Qkr on the previous day before 1.30pm.  The menu is the same at the moment but we will be introducing some new items in the coming weeks.


We have decided to trial opening up to any volunteers who may like to help out on any of these days.  If you would like to add your name to the roster please click the following link and place your name under the date you would like to come in. Ideally we will need 2 helpers per day between 11am - 1.15pm.


It doesn’t have to be the week your class is rostered on. If I have empty spaces on the roster I will then contact the PLP who class is rostered that week to try and organise some help.


Please access the canteen roster via the following link and use your gmail details to add your name.  If you have trouble please contact the office to put your name down.



Grade 6 Canteen
Can-team News - Thursday




School Uniform

School Coats

Our School uniform coats have arrived and ready for sale. 

We still have a good supply of the smaller sizes but the larger sizes are almost gone.

If you are planning on buying a coat pop in soon so you don’t miss out.


Also, If you cant get into the school during school hours, you are able to order and pay over the phone and we will send the items home with your child.  If your unsure of sizes, the ladies in the office are more than happy to assist and get your child to try on the clothing and get the correct sizing.  

Below is the latest uniform price list.


Community Notices

The Little Mermaid - August 10-12th

Featuring former Buninyong Primary School students

Chloe Taylor as Ariel, and Tiernan Somers as King Triton

BOOK NOW http://blocmusictheatre.com/



Think of me on Thursdays - 1-4 August


Buninyong PS Newsletter
Concert handbook for parents 2018.pdf
Concert handbook for parents 2018 July 31.pdf
School Uniform Prices 2018.pdf