College Newsletter

07 February 2020
Issue One 2020
Calendar of Events
Whole School Messages
From the Principal
Primary News
Secondary News
Community News
Lakeside College
(03) 5941 7544
2 Portobello Road
Pakenham, Victoria, 3810

Calendar of Events

Key Dates

For more details on key dates, please click this link to access PAM.

2020 School Calendar

Term 1

Tuesday 28th January 2020 - Friday 27th March 2020*

Labour Day Monday, 9 March


Term 2

Wednesday 15th April 2020- Friday 26th June 2020

Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday Monday, 8 June


Term 3

Tuesday 14th July 2020- Friday 18th September 2020


Term 4

Tuesday 6th October 2020- Friday 11th December 2020**


Student Free Day Monday, 2 November

Melbourne Cup Tuesday, 3 November


*Prep students commence attending Wednesdays from Wednesday 18th March

**Year 10 and Year 11 students finish two weeks after the final VCE exam with a date confirmed when 2020 VCE dates are released

Term 1

Week 2

Tuesday 11th February

- Primary School Information afternoon for Year 1 & 6 (3:30pm-4:30pm)


Wednesday 12th February

- Primary School Information afternoon for Year 2 & 5 (3:30pm-4:30pm)

- Prep Assessment Testing (8:45am-2:45pm)


Thursday 13th February

- Primary School Information afternoon for Year 3 & 4 (3:30pm-4:30pm)


Saturday 15th February

- PTFA Movie Night


Week 3

Wednesday 19th February 

- Prep Assessment Testing (8:45am-2:45pm)


Week 4

Wednesday 26th February

- Prep Assessment Testing (8:45am-2:45pm)

- Parent teacher interviews


Week 5

Monday 2nd March- Friday 6th March- Year 7 & 8 Camp


Tuesday 3rd March

Phonological Awareness parent information evening (2:30pm)


Wednesday 4th March

- Prep Assessment Testing (8:45am-2:45pm)


Week 6

Friday 13th March

- Newsletter released

Whole School Messages

2021 Sibling Enrolments

The College wishes to remind families to submit an application for any siblings they intend on bringing to Lakeside College in 2021 to ensure them a spot.

Please do this as soon as possible by either filling out the enrolment book  or getting in contact with our Registrar via email or phone below.


5941 7544

CSEF Reminder

The Camps, Sports and Excursion Fund (CSEF) is a State Government funded scheme to assist eligible families with payments for their child’s camps, sports and excursion activities run by the school. The main purpose of CSEF is to ensure that no student misses out on the opportunity to join their classmates on important educational and fun activities.


Please read the below reminder and application form attached for your reference.


Immunisation Cards

Just a friendly reminder that Immunisation Cards for Years 7 and 10 are due back Monday 10th Feb regardless if they choose to have their child immunised or not.


In The Know- Parenting in a digital world

On Tuesday, 24 March (6:00 – 700pm), Lakeside is hosting Luke Martin to present to the College community cyber safety and parenting strategies to help empower our students to grow responsibly with technology. The presentation is free to parents and covers material relevant for Primary and Secondary aged students. We encourage you to come along. 

About the Session:  
The generational gap between technology savvy children and their parents is bigger—and scarier, than ever. But it doesn’t have to be. In The Know is a seminar-based education service that exists to give parents the insight and tools they need to understand what their kids are doing online, and how it’s affecting their worldview. 

With more than decade of experience under his belt as a youth worker and communicator, Luke Martin delivers engaging sessions tailored to parents, groups or teens, to uncover what’s really going on behind the screen. Technology is turbulent, fun, and moving faster than ever before, but ignoring its inherent risks can vitally impact a child’s wellbeing. 


Working Bee

Who loves a working bee? We know we do.


What could be better than spending a Saturday doing a little gardening, painting or moving, all while under the direction of the ever-friendly Mr Frank?


We have our first working bee on Saturday 29th February from 9am to 1pm.


There are a number of small jobs across the Primary, Middle and Senior Schools to get stuck into. There is something for everyone and students are welcome to attend with their families.


Please indicate your interest through the link below.

Parent/Guardian Communication Checklist

There are a number of communication tools the College uses to ensure our families are kept in the loop. Have a look at the checklist below and don’t hesitate to see the front office if you need any assistance.


  1. PAM - This is our online portal for families and is a wealth of information including the school calendar and important notices. There is a link to PAM on the College website - Please see the front office if you have issues logging in or need further information.


  1. Facebook - Please like us on Facebook to ensure you see the daily celebration of the great things going on around the campus. Search ‘Lakeside College’ and hit the ‘like’ button.


  1. Lakeside College app - To receive important push notifications and have handy quick links to PAM, student absence notification and newsletters. Go to the app store on your device and search ‘Lakeside College’

German Trip

This year the school is organising our  biannual trip to Germany (Austria, Switzerland and Lichtenstein included). Spaces are still available and enrolment closes at the end of this month. For more information contact the German teacher, 

Mirjana at

From the Principal

Principal's Note

The start of the year never fails to bring excitement for those involved with education.


Last week Lakeside College welcomed 95 new students to our community coming from over 70 new families. We also welcomed 7 new staff.


Around the campus, Mr Pullen and Mr Frank have been busy. Renovations in the Senior Art Room, installation of solar panels and final approval gained for a new cover to be placed over the Secondary Basketball Court. We also benefited from the handiwork of our local Men’s Shed, who lovingly crafted a number of timber benches for our students.


We were greatly blessed as teaching staff to spend a day with Bronwyn Olsson before the students came back. You can see by the photos that ended up on Facebook, we had a great deal of fun looking at developing our ability to teach the explicit skills of thinking from Prep to Year 12.


We also rejoiced in hearing that every single member of the 2019 Year 12 class received a first-round tertiary offer. This is a wonderful result for our students and is a testament to the work of the entire College staff and Lakeside community.


My gorgeous god-daughter Isla started Prep back home in South Australia last week and I was very proud from afar seeing the pictures and videos on Facebook. There is something so very special about a child’s first day of school. Even after supporting students as a teacher through their first day of school over many years; the magic has not passed for me.


There is such a sense of excitement and wonder about a child’s first day of school. In the few short years since their birth, we have seen them go from not being able to do a thing for themselves to being able to put their bag on their back, their hat on their head and walk into the class.


As teachers, we love seeing the excitement that our youngest students have for learning. It never fails to remind us of why we chose to take God’s call into the ministry of education. 


I was reminded this week that the word ‘education’ comes from the latin word ‘educere’ which means ‘to lead or draw out’. This indeed is what good education looks like. Not to seek to fill a little one’s head with information but to support them in their journey of discovery and to lead them to develop the skills that will serve them in their future lives.


‘Educere’ reminds us of exactly how our loving Lord works with us. He walks beside us, provides us with experiences to learn from, to challenge and stretch us, all with the goal of gently molding us into the people he calls us to be.


In the Bible we hear God tell us “You are like the clay in the potter’s hands, and I am the potter.” (Jeremiah 18:6) God is indeed a great artist and seeks to see us continually grow as beautiful works of art for his glory.


Here at Lakeside College we seek first to inspire our students to love learning. We foster their commitment to care for their peers, their world and themselves. In doing these things, we know they will be excellent works of art for God’s glory. 


This core ethos brings us great joy and excitement. As our vision for teaching and learning states, we want to “empower each learner to thrive, serve and succeed, inspired by the love of Christ.” 


May God bless us richly this year as we bring this vision to life as we serve our students as College and as families.



Primary News

Welcome to Lakeside College - Primary School 2020

It is a joy to extend a warm welcome to you and your children as we step into a new decade together. We have successfully kicked off the 2020 school year and we know the term will be a rich and rewarding one for you and for your son or daughter in their learning.  So much learning already takes place in these first days and weeks of the year as students get to know their new teachers, reconnect friendships or perhaps begin new ones, learn new routines and look forward to new opportunities to grow. 

As a College, one of our focuses for the year is to build connection and increase communication as we empower each learner thrive, serve and succeed. 

We place a strong value on the partnership between teachers, parents and students. This partnership begins by forming relationships through communication. The College would love to hear your thoughts, concerns and ideas regarding your child’s learning. 

For effective communication:

  • the Homeroom teacher is the first point of contact for any assistance or advice regarding student wellbeing, academic progress or organisational matters

  • Homeroom teachers are contactable via email or telephone on 5941 7544

  • the College is always happy for you to arrange a meeting with homeroom teachers and specialist staff at any stage throughout the term

Head of Primary 

Ms Jane Wiebusch

Lakeside College Primary Staff 

We are thrilled to welcome two new teachers to our Primary School teaching team, Mrs Amy Herbert, Mrs Bec Ferguson, Mr Daniel Woolfe and Mrs Melissa Harford. Each of these teachers bring to Lakeside College a wealth of experience and expertise to enrich the learning of our students. This year, we also welcome two new Primary specialists, Mr Ben Hillard, who will take all Primary PE and Mrs Susan Arena who will teach all Primary Art classes. 


All our of Homeroom teachers are looking forward to meeting you at our Year Level Information Sessions next week.


Head of Primary Ms Jane Wiebusch 

Learning Enhancement Coordinator Mrs Deidre Priebbenow

Wellbeing Leader Coordinator Mrs Ann Skinner

Teaching and Learning Coordinator Ms Jane Wiebusch

Curriculum/Learning Coordinator Mrs Rebecca (Bec) Ferguson

Digital Technologies/eLearning Coordinator Ms Anita Karnakowski

Prep A Mrs Bec Ferguson

Prep B Mrs Amy Herbert

Year 1 Mrs Ann Skinner 

Year 2A Mrs Deidre Priebbenow

Year 2B Ms Leah Kelly

Year 3 Ms Anita Karnakowski

Year 4 Ms Michelle Taylor

Year 5 Mr Daniel Woolfe

Year 6 Mrs Melissa Harford


Additional Primary Teaching Staff

Learning Leader Release Mrs Rebecca Robilliard

Wellbeing Leader Release Mrs Samantha Semple


Primary Specialist Staff

PE and Sport Mr Ben Hillard 

Art Mrs Susan Arena

German Mrs Barbara Wiegandt

Music Mrs Brigitte Fox


Learning Support

Mrs Christina Christofides

Mrs Kate Foot

Mrs Vanessa Reece

Mrs Christine Smythe


Head of Primary 

Ms Jane Wiebusch


Primary Year Level Information Sessions

We invite all parents and guardians to attend our Primary Year Level Information Sessions. These sessions provide the opportunity for families to:

  • meet their child’s homeroom teachers 

  • gain specific information about the learning programs, expectations and organisation for the specific year level 

  • understand digital platforms teachers will be using and preferred communication modes 

These events will be held at the following times:

Feb 11th 3:30pm - 4:30pm Prep, Year 1 and 6 

Feb 12th 3:30pm - 4:30pm Year 2 and 5

Feb 13th 3:30pm - 4:30pm Year 3 and 4 


We are looking forward to working with you in partnership to guide your child along their learning journey which will assist them to reach their full potential academically, socially, emotionally and spiritually. There will be staff on hand to supervise Primary-age siblings while their parents attend sessions.


Head of Primary 

Ms Jane Wiebusch


Many thanks to our families for ensuring that students take pride and are well presented in the correct uniform to commence the new year. Students are required to wear summer uniform in Term 1 & 4. This includes the correct Lakeside College Primary hat, socks and footwear. Socks with logos or other colours are not permitted. Primary hats are either the legionnaire or bucket style hat. The College cap is for Secondary students only. There are usually some hats available for purchase at reception. All uniform may be purchased through Noone Uniform Shop.


As partners in the education of your children, classroom teachers will email home a reminder if students are out of uniform. If there are special circumstances which require a student to be out of uniform, please do not hesitate to contact your classroom teacher. Could you please assist us to help facilitate the speedy return of mislaid property by ensuring all your child’s uniform and personal items are clearly named. 

Hot weather, Bushfires and Smoke Hazard 

The devastating fires that have ravaged nearly all States and Territories over the last few months have profoundly affected all Australians. The significant loss of precious people, of not just property but whole townships and settlements, the incredible toll on animal life, and the extensive destruction of habitat and ecosystems, have and continue to be profound. Our prayers go out to all those who have experienced loss or trauma. 

The following procedures are in place at Lakeside College in the case of either extreme heat or poor air quality alerts for Victorian Schools: 

  • Recess and Lunch - Primary students will either remain in their classrooms supervised by duty teachers (extreme conditions) or be directed to restricted undercover play areas. Duty staff will remind students to seek shaded areas, drink plenty of water and have rest breaks during any warmer weather. 

  • PE, Sport and Outdoor Education – PE staff will amend planned lessons for the day to reflect the higher temperatures and to ensure that students are not exposed to more than 30 minutes in direct sun during the lesson.

    • Where possible, Middle and Upper Primary classes will be moved to the Stadium, or to other enclosed spaces; Junior Primary classes will be conducted in either an enclosed space or classroom.

    • Staff are to ensure that students take regular breaks out of the sun, no longer than 10 minutes apart and are encouraged to drink plenty of water. 

As part of being a SunSmart school, please note that all students are required to wear a Primary College hat for PE, Sports, outdoor education and recess and lunch play in Term 1 and 4. Parents may supply their children with sunscreen for personal use. It is recommended that sunscreen be applied to younger children prior to the commencement of school. Classroom teachers will remind students to apply sunscreen before breaks.


Head of Primary 

Ms Jane Wiebusch

School day structure Lakeside College





Students move to class




Period 1


Period 2




Period 3


Period 4


Lunch 1


Lunch 2


Period 5


Period 6



Individual student timetables can be accessed through PAM under the Timetable option.

Nude Food and Healthy Eating

Holistic education at Lakeside College includes a focus on the environment and sustainability. We are keen to minimise waste around the College and therefore encourage Nude Food. We ask that wherever possible food brought to school be in recyclable containers. Other types of wrapping and packaging are to be avoided. Please ensure that all containers are clearly labelled. Thank you in advance for supporting this policy and sending a message to your child about the importance of caring for our environment.

Restorative Practices in the Primary

The most profound learning occurs when there is a healthy relationship between all members of our community. Restorative Practices assists teachers, students and parents to build, maintain and restore relationships. Restorative Practices helps build capacity to enable students to self-regulate behaviour and contributes to the improvement of learning outcomes.

At our school we aim to be


who build, repair and maintain healthy relationships.

This mantra is broken down into practical statements in our Learning Code of Cooperation which are explicitly taught and underpin conversations with students in the Primary to ensure we are safe, respectful learners who build, repair and maintain healthy relationships. Our Code of Cooperation is a practical tool that assists all in the community to communicate clear values and practices and to focus on what is important.

  • We enter the classroom ready to learn

  • We try our best

  • We speak positively and with respect

  • We care for everyone’s safety

  • We respect the learning of others and their belongings

  • We take responsibility and make things right

Head of Primary 

Ms Jane Wiebusch


Due to school growth, Wellbeing has a new home in Room P5, combining with German. I am currently going through our resources and equipment. If you have an hour or so and would like to give me a hand, please pop in and talk to me or email me-

I would love and appreciate your help.


Ann Skinner.

Seperation Anxiety 

While the beginning of the new school year is fun and exciting for many children, for others it can be a time of anxiety, particularly when it means being away from the comforts of home and family.

There is much that can be done to support children when teachers and parents work in partnership. Providing structures to help children deal with this challenge teaches them valuable life skills about managing uncomfortable emotions and situations.


Separation anxiety is a challenge some parents face and managing it requires a balance between a child’s need to be close to their parents and the expectation that children will become more independent with age. 


 Positive Ways to Support Your Child:

  • Develop a comfortable (but short) ritual for separations. Some children like to have a special blanket, sing a song, or get a set number of kisses.

  • Talk to children about why they are anxious. Young children may have trouble articulating their fears, but older children can often explain them. You may find that the problem is not separation, but something else may be going on.

  • Explain departures in language children can understand. (Early Childhood Australia)

  • Be honest and keep promises. Don’t say you won’t leave, that you will only leave when the child gives permission, or that you will be back in just a minute, if these things aren’t true.

  •  Practice separations in low-stress contexts. Try dropping a child off at a grandparent’s house for an hour or inviting a beloved uncle or aunt to take them on an outing. This gets the child used to separations and can help with preparing for the transition to school.

  •  Don’t spend lots of time talking about the separation before it happens. This can build anxiety.

  • When your departure draws near, talk about the fun things your child can do while you are gone.

  • Be loving and affectionate, not distracted or frustrated, during departures.

  •  Make and Practice a Goodbye Ritual for school- Plan how you and your child will say goodbye. Maybe it’s a big hug followed by a high five. Maybe it’s a quick secret handshake. Practice your goodbye ritual so it is familiar when it’s time for school.

  • Do a Practice Run - make the walk or drive to school so that your child can see what the drop off will look like.

Strategies that are not always helpful:

  • Avoid about separations - ie sneaking out of the house after promising not to leave can erode trust.

  • Say things that might trigger anxiety. If a child is showing no signs of separation anxiety, don’t reassure them or tell them how brave they are to go off on their own.

  • Make goodbyes not last too long. It’s natural to want to comfort a crying child, but long goodbyes and long build-ups may actually prolong a difficult situation.

  •  Panic or look distressed. Parents love their children and do not want to see them sad. But when parents express sadness or fear about separations, this can make the child think there is a real danger.    

Read about It:

Pick up some books to talk about the feeling surrounding separation. Llama Llama Misses Mama is a great story that illustrates some of the worries and panic associated with separation.       

 The Kissing Hand provides a sweet strategy for families to use to help kids with separation anxiety. A kiss on the palm and a palm to the heart can remind kids that families love them even when they are apart! Stick to a Routine.


Regular routines 

Regular bedtimes? Important. Predictable morning routine? Super important. Stick to a routine to give your child a comfortable schedule leading up to school. Make sure your child is on time for school so they can participate in morning routines too. Missing morning structure or instructions can leave your child feeling lost and more anxious. Finally, fill your child in on the daily schedule. Let them know when they can expect to see you again.

  • Pack a Transitional Object - Pack a small, familiar object to help ease the transition. Tuck a family photo in your child’s backpack or small pocket heart in your child’s pocket as a reminder that they’re still loved and connected, even when you’re apart.

  • Show Excitement - When you talk about school and the changes ahead, show your child that you’re excited! Instead of focusing on the separation with statements like, “I’m really going to miss you while you’re at school,” say things like, “It’s going to be so cool to get to do science experiments at school!” or “I can’t wait to hear about all the things you learn!” to let your child know that school experiences will be exciting and fun.

  • Validate Feelings - If your child expresses some sadness or worry about going to school, validate their feelings and let them know it’s okay to feel that way. Redirect the conversation to things they can do if they feel worried at school, like looking at that transitional item

  • Model a Positive Goodbye - Finally, when it’s time to say goodbye, do your goodbye ritual and then model a positive goodbye. Give your child a big smile with a confident posture, tell them you can’t wait to hear about their day, and then head out! Your child will pick up on your positive energy!

Mrs. Ann Skinner,

Primary Wellbeing Co-ordinator.      


Building Friendships

“A friend is someone who understands your past, believes in your future, and accepts you just the way you are.” (Unknown)


Friendship is a wonderful thing. One Swedish study found that, along with physical activity, maintaining a rich network of friends can add years to your life and plays a major role in impacting health and wellbeing. It can double our joy and divide our grief. We need to teach children the importance of friendships in their lives and that developing and nurturing these friendships takes time and effort. 

Your child’s world gets bigger when he starts school. Relationships with other people, like the children in class at school, become more important.

School-age children feel a sense of belonging, they build self-esteem, learn many social skills such as how to communicate, co-operate, and solve problems.

Friendships help children develop important life skills like getting along with other people and sorting out conflicts and problems. Children with these skills are less likely to have social and emotional difficulties later in life.

Play is a big part of how children connect with others and make friends at school. Being involved in games can help your child settle into school more easily. Inviting friends over to your home, even for one hour, can be a great way to encourage new friendships. Build up to having sleepovers. Look for extracurricular activities where your child can meet others of similar age and interests.

There are five stages that influence the formation of friendships:

  1. Stage one (three to seven years) involves momentary friendship with whoever is  close by

  2. Stage two (four to nine years) involves one-way friendship with someone who can help us achieve our own goals

  3. Stage three (six to 12 years) involves reciprocal friendship, but only under specific conditions

  4. Stage four (11-15 years) involves mutually close and supportive friendship

  5. Stage five (12 to adulthood) involves friendship which respects the rights and interests of each individual. 

Young children enjoy playing with their friends, but they still need their parents. The care and love you give your child at home helps your child manage other relationships.

If your child is upset at being left out, or has had a fight with a friend, he knows that you’re still there for him. And you can help him work it out by talking with him about what happened and how he felt. For example, ‘How did you feel when Jack wouldn’t let you play?’ This helps your child learn about his feelings and how to handle them. Sometimes just listening or giving your child a hug can be enough.

Getting to know your child’s friends helps you find out about:

  • some of the important people in your child’s life

  • who your child is talking about and their personalities

  • what kind of influence friends have on your child

  • how your child gets along with their friends

  • who to invite for playdates and birthday parties

  • other families with children of a similar age.

How To Support Your Child’s School Friendships:   

Playdates and sleepovers outside school can be a great way to encourage new school friendships.

Here are some tips to help playdates at your home go smoothly:

  • Start with a snack or drink. This can help children feel comfortable with each other.

  • Talk with the children about what areas of the house or garden they can use. This can help to prevent tension about what children are allowed to do in your home.

  • Be available in case a child needs help, but give your child and his friend time and space to learn how to get along with each other.

  • Plan some activities. It could be collage, cubby houses, ball games and so on. You might not need to use these activities, but it’s good to have them ready in case you sense children getting restless.

  • If your child finds playdates tricky, try keeping them fairly short – for example, 1-2 hours.

Most children will find it hard to make friends sometimes. If your child is finding it hard, there are a few things you can try.

Sometimes a simple social reminder might help. For example, you could encourage your child to introduce themselves when meeting new children – ‘Hello, I’m Ava. What’s your name?’

Often children make friends at school through playing the same game together – but it’s hard if you don’t know the rules. You could make sure your child knows the rules of games he wants to join in with. If he doesn’t like the games other children are playing, you could suggest he starts a game that he does like by asking classmates to play it with him.

Our buddy system, where the younger students have an older student as their buddy for the year is a fantastic way to ensure younger children feel safe and secure and allows the older students to undertake some responsibility. If your child needs help finding friends or isn’t sure of what to play, suggest asking an older buddy for help.

Remember, friendships take time, effort and empathy to be meaningful and beneficial but it is worth it.


Mrs. Ann Skinner,

Primary Wellbeing Co-ordinator.

Secondary News

Middle School Parent Information Evening- 2020

Below is an outline of what was covered at the information evening on Tuesday 4th February for those who were unable to attend.


At Lakeside, we strive to work as a community to ensure students reach their potential in the spiritual, intellectual, physical, cultural, social and emotional areas of their lives. One of the key elements to successful education is the partnership between teachers, parents and students.

During the Middle Years, in order to achieve their personal best both academically and socially, students need understanding, empathy, and firm yet patient guidance from their teachers. All this needs to be nurtured in an environment where students experience a sense of belonging with their peers, and connectedness with their formal learning. 

Below is some information to help outline the year and communicate what to expect.

The Key to Success is Organisation

  • During years 7-9 we aim to help students learn how to organise themselves in a way that works for them. This is done in a variety of ways.

  • Organisational tools  ( Personal Diary, Google calendar, Graphic Organiser, etc.)

  • Timetable (two week cycle)

  • Homework / Study routine is essential!

  • Pre planning – pack bag night before, correct uniform, homework.

  • SIMON/PAM– Can be accessed from home for homework sheets, timetables, notices, feedback on assessments. etc.


At the end of each term formal feedback will be given on the following: 

  • Learner profile feedback (see last page)

  • Australian Curriculum Strands

    • Well below standard ( -12 months)

    • Below standard ( -6 months)

    • At standard

    • Above standard ( + 6 months)

    • Well above standard ( + 12 months)


Throughout the term, there will be continuous feedback on assessments completed on PAM. We encourage parents to form the habit of checking PAM once a week to review the feedback with your child. This enables parents to have meaningful discussions to help their child constantly reflect on their progress, set goals, and make improvements during the year.



Contact : 

Communication is highly valued. With any issues concerning your son/ daughter’s welfare and progress parents are encouraged to contact the Homeroom Teacher as the first point of contact. If the matter is more specific, you may contact the Subject Teacher or the Head of Secondary School. Communication is preferred via email or phone directly to the College.

Homeroom Teachers:

Year 7A Ms. Amanda Moss

Year 7A Mrs. Carolyn Neiwand

Year 8A Ms. Grace Powell

Year 8B Ms. Ruth Page

Year 9A Mrs. Brigitte Fox

Year 9B Mr. Ben Hillard


Lakeside Learner Profile

Positive learners expect themselves to achieve, have a growth mindset and are resilient. They lead their own learning.


Supportive learners use positive language, support the learning and wellbeing of others, collaborate well with peers, respect and assist school staff.


Committed learners give 100% effort to their learning, prioritise duties and tasks well, persevere to the end and meet/exceed personal goals.


Organised learners arrive on time to commitments, complete tasks by deadlines, bring correct equipment, are responsible and use learning tools (including technology) well.


Reflective learners readily consider their own learning and behaviour, think critically, think creatively and ponder deeply.

Senior School Information Evening

We would like to take this opportunity to invite you to attend the Senior School Information Evening, Tuesday 11, February. There will be a brief introductory session in V5 (VCE Building) at 5.30pm, followed by individual meetings with homeroom and subject teachers until 7pm. During this time, we would like to give the parents an opportunity to:


·Meet their son’s and daughter’s teachers

·Understand better how Year 10/VCE works

·Meet homeroom teachers to establish communication lines with pastoral care   

·Inform parents/students the expectations Lakeside College has of its Senior School students


We look forward to meeting with you on the evening.




A very warm welcome to new families to the College, we would love and welcome you to join the PTFA!

The PTFA plays an important role in enhancing and supporting the College’s quality education program through fundraising activities and building a sense of community among families of the College. 


The more parents who become involved in the PTFA, the more it can achieve for our students. If you wish to get involved in the PTFA please email the PTFA (contact details below) or come along to our next meeting on Wednesday 4th March, 2020 commencing at 7:30pm in the Parent Resource Room.


2020 PTFA Executive Announced

Congratulations to the following parents who were elected for a PTFA Executive position for 2020.

President: Gemma Olsen

Secretary: Bronwyn Thomas

Treasurer: Sandra Raftery

Fundraising Coordinator: Dee Thompson.


PTFA Fundraising Events/Activities

Lots of exciting events planned for this year! More information will be shared in the next newsletter. To kick start the new school year the PTFA has organised a Family Movie Night.


Family Movie Night

The PTFA invite Lakeside College family and friends to an outdoor movie night fundraiser at the College. A fun way to start the new school year! BYO picnic, but bring some pocket money as drinks, popcorn and other treats will be available to purchase on the night. Tickets $5 per person using the Try Booking link below: Saturday 15th February. Gates open at 6:30pm



Secondhand Uniform Shop

The Secondhand Uniform Shop opening hours:


TERM 1, 2020 – Opening Hours:

Mondays 8:30am – 9:30am

Wednesdays 2:30pm – 3:30pm 


More information can be found by tapping the ‘Uniform’ icon on the Lakeside College Mobile App.


How to make contact with the PTFA

If you have any questions, have ideas to share or would like to get involved in the PTFA please send an email to and a PTFA member will get back in contact with you.



Community News

AllStars Martial Arts Academy

All Stars Karate classes are divided by age groups but also taught to ensure all rank levels are learning at the appropriate level. The goal for our karate program is for students to learn self-defence but also develop critical life skills. Some of these life skills include:

  • Discipline
  • Respect
  • Confidence
  • Resilience
  • Courage
  • Wellbeing
  • Humility

For our students that are children, we also encourage parents to reinforce what the child is being taught in class by helping them practice and having them reflect on what they learnt.

We believe everyone should be learning a form of martial art, the principles that are learnt in our martial arts training will help students cope with stress, anxiety, violence or verbal abuse caused by others. 

There is evidence that proves that martial arts training improves a child’s developmental growth, learning capacity and cognitive function through its holistic training methods.

Our warm, friendly and nurturing instructors bring energy, enthusiasm and a love of teaching to the class. They have received specialised training for this unique curriculum and provide a motivating and energizing environment. We gauge our success by the achievements of our students.”



Cardinia Shire Community Fun Run

The College would like to invite you to participate in the 2020 Cardinia Shire Community Fun Run.


Sunday 1st March 2020

(10km to start approx. 8.20am, 5km to start approx. 8.30am)


Pakenham Racecourse

420 Nar Nar Goon – Longwarry Rd

Tynong 3813


The event is open to everyone; all ages and all abilities are encouraged to participate. We aim to promote physical activity and support families to have fun outdoors!


All entry fees from the event are donated directly to The Casey Cardinia Foundation, which plays a pivotal role in our local community by providing grants and financial assistance to residents of the City of Casey and Cardinia Shire. We also encourage participants to create an optional fundraising page for the foundation:


For more information about the event please see our webpage:


To register directly:

Face painting, balloon twisting, tennis activities and coffee cart for the parents will also be available to keep everyone busy and happy before/after their event!


We look forward to seeing you there!



College Newsletter
CSEF Reminder letter to parents 2020.pdf
In The Know Flyer.docx
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Karate Brochure Pakenham V2.2020.pdf