Pakenham Springs Newsletter

18 June 2018
Issue Nine
Principal's Report
Junior Assistant Principal's Report
Middle/Senior Assistant Principal's Report
Upcoming Events
Community News
Learning in J02
Learning in M21
Learning in S37
OSHClub News
Pakenham Springs Primary School
(03) 5945 7400
Livingstone Boulevard
Pakenham, Victoria, 3810

Principal's Report


Pakenham Springs Primary School acknowledge and pay respect to the Traditional Owners of the land on which the School stands.

First Aid


Last week all our staff participated in our annual CPR first aid refresher course.  We also had staff from across the school complete or update their Level 2 training.  This ensures we meet and exceed the department requirements and most importantly are able to give your child the best level of care. 


Please make sure your mobile number is up to date - if your number has changed it is important that you notify the office.  As I mentioned in the last edition of Spingers there are some changes coming to attendance policies across the state.  As a  result we will be sending text messages to you if your child is not present in the morning session.  We have appreciated many parents already notifying us through Compass when children are away, it ensures their safety.  Thank you for your support.

Step into Prep

Last Tuesday night we held our first Step into Prep Session for our 2019 prep parents. Classrooms in Action are being held this Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning for parents to visit classrooms. If you know someone who may be interested in attending the sessions and enrolling a prep for 2019 please encourage them to book into one of the sessions.  It is a great opportunity to see the Prep program in action.

Open Afternoon

As we are coming to the conclusion of another term we invite you to come to our Open Afternoon this Wednesday 20th June. Classrooms will be open from 3-4pm.  This is a great way to share in your child's learning and see some of their achievements this term. 

Bucks for Bubs - Out of Uniform Day

Thank you for supporting our recently held out of uniform day.  Our SRC decided to support the charity 'Bucks for Bubs' and with your support they proudly raised $925.  All donations have gone directly to the worthy cause.


Kerryn Baillie


Junior Assistant Principal's Report

A busy time of year in Junior School

What a busy, but exciting time of year it is at Pakenham Springs.  It feels like just yesterday that we were welcoming new Prep students into the school, and now we are planning for our new 2019 Prep cohort!  Last week we hosted our first Parent Information Session, and this week we will be opening up our Prep classrooms as a part of our 'Preps in Action' sessions', so that prospective parents can get a feel for the learning environment here, at Pakenham Springs.  We are proud to showcase what we do here, and it is always nice to present to parents because it encourages us to reflect on all of the fantastic initiatives that we have in place. 


One of these is the new phonics program that we have introduced this year in Prep.  This program is called Little Learners Love Literacy, and the Prep students have loved going on adventures with 'Milo the Monkey',  as he meets new friends and they are introduced to new letters along the way. By the end of this week, Prep students will have been introduced to all of Milo's friends, and in doing so, learned all of the letters and sounds of the alphabet! From here, they will start to explore digraphs such as 'ch', 'sh' and 'th'.


In Year One classrooms this week, I have noticed that students have been completing a lot of hands-on learning, creating and constructing a number of different things that they are able to then write procedures about. Procedural writing can be a lot of fun as it lends itself to these types of experiences and the students certainly seem to have been engaged!  I look forward to seeing the new writing display boards once they have been updated!


In Year Two, students have been learning all about native Australian animals as part of their unit of inquiry.  In doing so, they have each completed their own projects that are almost ready to be presented.  These also look fantastic, and the students should be very proud of the hard work that they have put in.


This Wednesday, sees us open up our classrooms again to showcase the awesome learning across the school to our parents, as part of our open afternoon for Term Two.  I would strongly encourage you to all come along from 3pm to 4pm to see this for yourselves.   As usual, we will have a 'crack the code' competition for those of you who would like to participate by going around and observing the wonderful writing display boards that we currently have in place. 


Until next time, take care. 



Danny Forster

Acting Assistant Principal in Junior School



Middle/Senior Assistant Principal's Report

Hands-on Learning in the Middle and Senior School!

This fortnight in the Middle and Senior School there has been so many hands-on, exciting learning taking place.


The Year 4 students recently completed a day dedicated to 'Procedures'.  This was a fabulous way of having all students immersed in learning, prior to them beginning their instructional learning around Procedure writing. Throughout the day, students followed a number of procedures - including making craft items, playing board games, cooking and playing sports games.  All students were thoroughly engaged in their learning. I'm looking forward to seeing the awesome Procedural writing pieces that are published shortly.  Don't forget to check out our display boards regularly to see the ever-changing writing pieces being completed at Pakenham Springs!


At the moment, we have the Life Education Van on-site at Pakenham Springs. It's always a fun experience for students to visit the van and experience the sessions (and meet Harold the Giraffe!).

Although having fun is a great outcome, the educational benefits of the visits to the van are so valuable.


This year our Year 3 students are taking part in a session about 'Mind Your Medicine' where they will learn about the safe use of prescribed medicines and other alternative ways to keep themselves well.


The Year 4 students are taking part in 'bCyberwise' which will teach them about keeping themselves safe on the internet, including having secure passwords, making sure online relationships are healthy and also about managing their time in the 'cyberworld' so that it does not take over their lives.


Our Year 5 & 6 students are taking part in a new program this year called "Respect, Relate, Connect' which focuses on building safe and respectful relationships with others, as well as ensuring that students have a healthy self-esteem and vision of themselves. 


Please make sure that you discuss your child's visit to the Life Education Van with them - it's a great way of starting conversations about topics that are so important to the growth and development of our students.


With the school holidays approaching, I want to take this opportunity to thank the Pakenham Springs Community for a fabulous first half of the year.  Have a safe, relaxing and enjoyable holiday break and I'll see you back here after the holidays for a busy term 3!


Have a great week!

Renee Cotterell

Assistant Principal (Middle & Senior School)

Upcoming Events

Term 2:

The following events are scheduled for the next few weeks.  Make sure you are aware of the ones which are applicable to you:


Monday June 18th - Thursday June 28th:

  • Life Education Van (Year 3 to Year 6)

Tuesday June 19th:

  • Preps in Action (2019 enrolments)

Wednesday June 20th:

  • Preps in Action (2019 enrolments)
  • Term 2 Open Afternoon - 3pm-4pm

Thursday June 21st:

  • Preps in Action (2019 enrolments)

Friday June 22nd:

  • Springers Celebration 2.30pm
  • School Disco

Monday 25th June - Friday 29th June:

  • 2019 Prep enrolment week

Friday 29th June:

  • Final Day of Term - 2:30pm dismissal
  • House Event - Dodgeball Tournament
  • Reports available on Compass



Monday 16th April 2018 — Friday 29th June

Monday 28th May 2018 - Curriculum Day

Monday 11th June — Queens Birthday Public Holiday (No students attend this day)


Monday 16th July 2018 — Friday 21st September 2018


Monday 8th October 2018 — Friday 21st December 2018

Upcoming Fundraising Activities:

To continue to add to our fundraising efforts this year (funds going towards playground updates and additional outdoor activity options for all students) we currently have the following fundraising activities happening:


Shopping Tour - Bookings are now being taken for our first ever Pakenham Springs Shopping Tour! Come and shop til you drop with us on Saturday October 27th.  Please see the flyer posted on Compass for booking form and details of the outlets we are visiting.  Lunch is included, as is plenty of laughs!  Tickets are limited! 


SAVE THIS DATE.... Saturday 10th November!

Stay tuned for information regarding our upcoming 'Bogan Trivia and Games Night'!  More details to come early next term.


Entertainment Book Sales - Books can be purchased for $70 and have over $22,000 value in discount vouchers, special offers, etc.  Display book is up at the office if you wish to view.  Digital or hardcopy books can be purchased online through:     



Notices recently published:

The following notices have been distributed over the  last fortnight.  If you missed them copies are available from Compass or the school’s website 


Some new resources have been added to the school website, check them out by clicking here

Junior School

Year 2 Healesville Sanctuary

Middle School


Senior School


Whole School

School Disco

Shopping Tour

Open Afternoon



The Education Department will continue to offer CSEF (Camps, Sports and Excursion Fund) for families who are entitled to a Health Care or Pension Card.


If you hold a current Health Care or Pension Card and would like to apply for CSEF please see the ladies in the office.


Please note these funds can ONLY be used for School Camps, Sports or Excursions.  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the school.



Contact the school office to obtain a CSEF application form or download from


NEW FOR 2018

If you applied for the CSEF at your child’s school in 2017,  you do not need to complete an application form in 2018 unless there has been a change in your family circumstances.

You only need to complete an application form if any of the following changes have occurred:

  • New student enrolments;  your child has started or changed schools in 2018 or you did not apply in 2017.
  • Changed family circumstances; such as a change of custody, change of name, concession card number, or new siblings commencing at the school in 2018.

Check with the school office if you are unsure.


Community News

Cardinia Shire Council News:


Beleza School Uniforms:


Learning in J02

Junior School J02 is sharing the learning taking place in our class…..

In Prep, we have been working very hard to learn new letters, hear and record the sounds we hear in words and sound out words when reading.


J02 has been working hard to learn some new letters of the alphabet. We have been learning to say the name and sound of the letter Q, Z, J and U and created some pretty cool crafts to help us remember them.

We have also been working very hard to sound out words when we are reading and use our pointer finger to track the words we are reading.  Miss Bakker is very proud of the hard work that is occurring during reading groups and how much effort J02 has put into the work they are completing.






Here is Gideon, Willow, Elijah and Kyle sharing what they have created. How awesome!!







For inquiry, all the Preps were lucky enough to head to the Melbourne Museum, where we learnt lots about living and non-living things.  We got to hold some stick insects and see the Bugs, Bugs, Bugs exhibition. In J02, we loved seeing the dinosaur bones, the bones of the Blue Whale and getting to see the Giant Squid. 

As part of learning about living things, we have been busy planting grass heads and are learning to be responsible for them by watching them grow and watering them.  We are also learning to be patient as they take time to grow.  We used our procedural writing on “how to grow a grass head” to help us plant them and followed the important steps.

Here is Joshua, Ryder, Levi, Arabella, Hailey, Isabelle and Ember having an awesome time using their magnifying glass to look closely at some creatures and decide if they are insects or not.

Learning in M21

Middle School M21 is sharing the learning taking place in our class…..

In M21 we have been learning about RESPECT.

We have discussed what we think respect is and how we can show it.



Respect is being kind to others.


Respect is being kind to the teacher.


Respect is saying please and thank you.


Respect is helping someone with their work.


Respect is listening to someone when they speak.


Respect is treating others the way you want to be treated.


Respect is sharing with others.


Respect is saying nice things.


Respect is being nice.


Respect is accepting everyone.

Learning in S37

Senior School S37 is sharing the learning taking place in our class…..

Our Year 6 class has been working with a persistent and determined attitude to become self-regulated learners before the end of the year. Over the past few weeks, students have worked really hard on their ‘Narrative’ writing and have now began our new writing focus of ‘Procedural’.



In procedure writing so far, students have learnt to build their WILF. Students participated in an interactive session that focused on a recipe procedural text making chocolate balls. Students wrote the recipe as a class and created their success criteria for procedural writing. 

In narrative writing, students were given ‘free choice’ for their narrative writing piece.  Students worked really hard on learning the structure and characteristics of narratives.  Students put a lot of effort into ‘showing’ not telling their audience using action, over words.  This enables the reader to experience their story through actions, words, thoughts, senses, and feelings.


Here are a few snapshots of the  ‘Sizzling Starts’ students wrote with the aim of engaging their reader through the use of descriptive language used to describe their setting and characters.


The Bang

The sound of the sizzling thunder woke me.  I hid under my doona, as my silky brown hair touched the pillow and my bright blue eyes closed.  I tried to go back to sleep.  I heard the window swing back and forth.  My apartment was upset.  It was grey.  It needed a lot more colours as the wall cried of no life.  Really, it was just dull and grey, that was all.  I woke up with a bang!  My hands started to tremble.  I got butterflies in my stomach and the worst thing was that I didn’t know whether it was coming upstairs or downstairs, since it is a ten-story building.  I live right in the middle.  Unfortunately, I suddenly heard another bang!  Fluffy growled, her big paws hit the ground as her stomach rolls jigged.  She had a soft, silky white coat with big brown dots.  Her crystal, shiny blue could bubble up like a volcano in the matter of two seconds.  “Well, I guess that could help me out, I guess?” I thought to myself.  The sound of the window started to creak, and it really started to creep me out! 

by Zahri




The Magical World

It was a stormy dark night.  Belle was sound asleep with her beautiful doll Clara as usual.  All of a sudden, Belle woke up with a shock. There was a slight movement.  Her doll moved.  She sat up in her bed a quick as lightning.  Belle heard a voice.  A very small squeaky voice.

The doll spoke, “Belle…Come with me”.

The doll started to walk.  Belle’s heart was beating at a million miles p/h.  Belle had never second-guessed herself before so much. 

“Do I go? Do I not go? I’ll go.’’

by Shaylan



OH MY GOD! I never win at this game.  I suck!  One more match and I’ll go to bed.  20 matches later, I came second... SECOND!

Alright, I’m going to bed but I’m going to leave my pc on so I can go on it as soon as I wake up… meanwhile… the pc starts glowing at 2:55 in the morning.  I get a little tickle on my arm.  I look and what I see is that my arm is DISAPPEARING.  I start to black out when I only see nothing but black darkness.

by Cooper



In Numeracy, students have begun fractions, percentages and decimals, which has followed on from fractions as a part of our learning continuum learning focus in year 6.


Students are learning to track the progress of their skills and making tools to assist them.  A lot of our numeracy sessions in S37 are kinaesthetic focused (hands-on learning), as this is how we have identified ‘how we learn best’.

In this picture, students made a flipbook with rules to remember how to convert and compare percentages, decimals and fractions to each other.

OSHClub News

Flyer attached for School Holiday Program.




Where are they ????

It would also be much appreciated if your child is not going to be attending ASC  that you either cancel them online or  send a text to the service mobile on the following number

0438 564 038.   This saves a lot of time when signing the children in the afternoon and

 means that we do not have to go through the process of contacting families or in the

 event of not being able to contact you, having to put our missing child policy (contacting police) into place which we are required to do within 30 minutes of being unable to find 

your child.


Thanks, Kristen, Courtney and Angela.


Coordinator: Kristen Askew

Assistants: Courtney Dodson, Angela McLachlan

Program Phone: 0438 564 038

OSHClub Head Office: 03 8564 9000


All families must be enrolled to attend the program, remember this is free to enrol!   Please create an account online at - all bookings and cancellations can also be managed via

your online account.   For on the day bookings please contact the Coordinator direct at the service.












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