Buninyong PS Newsletter

19 March 2019
Term 1, Issue 7
Term 1
Principal's Report
School Fete
Teaching & Learning
Scotsburn News
Admin News
Physical Education 2019
ICT News
BASE 1270
Community Notices
Buninyong Primary School
(03) 5341 3560
202 Simpson Street
Buninyong, Victoria, 3357

Term 1


Mar 22 - Regional Swimming

SCHOOL FETE 5:00 - 8:00pm

Mar 25 - School Council

Mar 29 - PLP Meeting @ 2:30pm in the Staffroom

Apr 1    - District Athletics

Apr 5    - Last Day of Term 2:30pm finish



Term 2

April 23 - Term 2 begins

(Please note the first day of Term 2 is Tuesday 23rd April due to April 22 being Easter Monday)


Mar 22 - No Assembly

Mar 29 - 5 - 6 Assembly

Apr 5    - Whole School Assembly

Principal's Report


The excitement is building now that it’s just a few sleeps until the fete.  Everyone has done a fabulous job in preparing for the event and the weather forecast is looking good, so it should be a great night. 


Previous fetes have been very successful and this year’s will be no different.  The 2019 Fete will have something for everyone, with lots on offer for both children and adults.  A fantastic range of food will be on offer, so tell everyone you know to come along and save themselves the job of cooking for the night.


Attached to this newsletter is a map, which tells you where all of the various stalls and activities are located……that will give you a sense of the scale of what’s on offer on Friday night.

Silent Auctions Link

A Silent Auction catalogue and bidding tickets link will be posted on Compass later today or feel free to call into the office to collect a copy from Wednesday morning.

Grade 4 Camp

Last week I had the pleasure of accompanying our grade 4s on their Anglesea Camp.   The camp provides a perfect opportunity for students to try new things and challenge themselves and I was certainly impressed with the willingness of the students to give everything a go.  Overall the attitude shown by the students was great, which was pleasing.  Well done to the staff who were very well prepared and to our parent helpers who did a great job in supporting the kids along the way.


School Fete

School Fete - March 22, 5:00 - 8:00pm


All of our classes are busy this week preparing for Friday’s fete.  Thanks to the many parents who have been working behind the scenes helping us to prepare as well. 


Finding Your Way Around – We will have programs being handed out at the main entrances, so grab one of those as you arrive.  The programs include a map to help guide you on the night.  A map is also included in this newsletter.


Raffles and Silent Auctions - On Wednesday we hope to be ready to send home a catalogue of goods appearing in raffles and silent auctions.  That will give you the opportunity to target the packages you’d most like to win.  Having said that, they all look pretty good.  A massive thank you to the many parents and local businesses that have donated items for the raffles and silent auctions.


Food and Drink – We have a great range of food on offer for the night, so tell all of your friends and extended family to come along for their Friday night meal.  For sale will be paella, pulled pork rolls, baked potatoes, pizza, hot dogs, sausages and hamburgers.  The bulk of food sales will be happening in the court yard and at the front entrance. 


There will also be plenty for those with a sweet tooth, including pancakes, fairy floss and the cake stall.  For the adults who would like a little time to relax, there will be wine and craft beer tasting out the front on the synthetic turf.


We know lots of adults will be looking for a coffee.  Coffee and hot chocolates will be on sale from the canteen.


Silent Auctions Link

A Silent Auction catalogue and bidding tickets link will be posted on Compass later today or feel free to call into the office to collect a copy from Wednesday morning.


The Fete Busking Schedule

Students will be performing near the front entrance to the school during the fete. Come along to support the wonderful talent we have at the school.




Despina S & Ella C


Anna O & Piper T, Zaihret T & Chelsea M


Azalea W, Jasmine G & Darci A


Emilia J & Missy D, Anabelle S


Rachel G


Chloe L


Lily R


Olivia M


Pathryn B-C, Poppy H & Izzy C


Chantelle M, Tess G, Isobel J, Ruby S


Izzy C


Ruby H, Sophie C, Ella G, Neve P


Scarlett D & Ivy D


Lucy G & Sadie J


Lucy G


Sadie J


Emma L & Sadie J


Emma L


Kaylee E


Kaylee E & Sadie J


Blake A & Sadie J


Imogen E


Abbey M


Maxdon W


Tess W & Mahli O


Pip G


Mackenzie B & Ayva J


Emily H


Amy C


Bella D



WANTED: Donations of jars. All shapes and sizes to 5RE by Thursday if able.  Looking for jam jars/ mason jars (clean preferably). Thank you.



Plans for Proceeds from the 2019 Fete

It’s always good to enter a major fundraising event with targets for the money raised.  Over the past few weeks we have been considering options for funds raised through the 2019 fete and School Council last night approved 2 projects, those being:

  • At Scotsburn we’re looking to build ourselves an outdoor BBQ area.  For a school community that is tight and has lots of gatherings, an outdoor gathering space will be brilliant.


  • At Buninyong we plan to create a home economics room, by undertaking a minor renovation of the meeting room in the admin building.  The room will be expanded and include a number of ovens, sinks and decent bench spaces.  This will be well used on a number of fronts, including:
    • Cooking with a whole class is a great learning opportunity and we can’t really do that at the moment.  We think lots of teachers would take the opportunity to do some cooking with their class if we had the required facilities in place.
    • The facility would allow the grade 3 team to take the next step in their work with the chickens and vegetables.  That is, to actually use what is produced to cook with the kids…..a real Kitchen, Garden Program.
    • The Base 1270 Team would use the facility, particularly during Vacation Care.  
    • The facility would be brilliant for the fete or any other time catering is required.


We think both of these projects would benefit all students at the school for years to come.  So let’s get behind the fete and work together to see if we can make it something special.

Teaching & Learning


International Competitions and Assessments for Schools

Once again this year we will be offering students the chance to participate in ICAS. These assessments are an ‘opt in’ opportunity that have a cost associated with them. Detailed reports are provided once the assessments have been completed that give another opportunity to identify established skills and those that need further attention. The reports are provided for both parents and teachers.

This Year the University of NSW, who coordinate the tests, have reimagined these assessments into two categories; ICAS and REACH. We have chosen to participate in the REACH assessments as it will give more students an opportunity to participate. Reach Assessments provide knowledge to educators and are a powerful diagnostic tool for future planning. The assessments are based on the curricula for the student’s relevant year. Items range from recall and routine application, through to more demanding questions.


Registration forms are included below.


Registrations close on Tuesday 26th March. 




Harmony Week



Scotsburn News


School Fete

We are looking forward to an action packed school fete on Friday (5pm-8pm). Please make sure that you buy a ticket in the wood raffle and grab yourself a hot dog and sausage in bread! A big thanks to those that are able to help out on the night. The roster is below:

Grade 4 Camp

The Grade 4’s had an amazing time on camp last week. It was great to hear how well they all participated in the activities and that they made some new friends. Special thanks also to Ms Geddes who also attended the camp.

Gr 6 Grand Prix Excursion

Our Grade 6 students had an incredible experience at the Grand Prix on Friday. Special thanks to Mr Morgan for organising the excursion for the students. One that they certainly won’t forget.



As part of the Sporting Schools Program, we had the first of 4 clinics last Thursday. The students all had a great time learning the skills of Softball.


Hansel & Gretel

As part of the Gr P-2 unit on Fairy Tales and Fables, SC1 is attending a pantomime performance of Hansel and Gretel on Wednesday 20th March at the Buninyong Town Hall. Students will then spend the day at the Buninyong campus where a range of educational activities will complement the performance. Students will need to be dropped off at the Buninyong Campus at 8:45am and collected at the end of the day from Buninyong campus at 3:30pm. Buses and after hours school care will operate as normal.


Toilet Update

We now have some confirmed dates for the works that are to be done on our toilets. A set of portable toilets will be on site for student use during this time. The timeline for works is as follows:

  • March 27 – Contractors arrive and put up temporary fencing.
  • March 30 – Tree trimmed next to the Old Building
  • March 30 & 31 (weekend) – asbestos is removed…..please ensure that you keep away from the campus over this weekend.
  • April 1-5 – Toilets demolished and removed.

All going well, the contractors will then get the slab poured the following week and the toilets in place the week after. So all going well, the new toilets will be ready for use at the start of term 2.


Zooper Doopers

Axel will be selling Zooper Doopers this Thursday for $1.


Friday Rotations

Our next rotation for Term 1 will be on the (15th March). Our groups will be doing the following:

Term 1 - 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!

ABC & ROCCH Awards

Gr P-2 – William L

Gr 2-4 – Tully M

ROCCH Award – Lexie K

Specialist Award – Jack S


Term 1 - Important Dates & Extra-Curricular Events

19th March - P-6 Cross Country

20th March - SC1, Hansel & Gretel Performance

22nd March - School Fete

5th April - Term 1 Finishes

Admin News

Camps, Sports & Excursions Fund


Qkr App

Using Qkr allows you to purchase lunch orders, pay excursion/camps, school fees, special food orders, uniform etc.  


Attached is a 'How to' form

If you are having any trouble with the App, please don't hesitate to contact the school and we will help you with the process



Physical Education 2019

Term 1 Calendar Events 2019

  • 20 March - Encouragement Swim Meet

  • 22 March – Regional Swimming

  • 1 April – District Athletics

  • 1 April – Active April

Term 2 Calendar Events

  • 1 April – Regional Lawn Bowls
  • 1 May – State Lawn Bowls
  • 8 May – District Cross Country
  • 17 May – Division Cross Country
  • 29 May – District AFL, Netball and Soccer
  • 7 June – Division AFL, Netball and Soccer

Term 3 Calendar Events

  • 7 June – District Basketball Gala Day
  • 4 September – Division Basketball
  • 13 September – Division Athletics

Interschool Athletics

Thank you to all the students who attended last week’s catch up sessions for various events.  As a result we have finalised the events, scores and District team.

Click here to view results of each event.


If any student who is placed 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th in any event did not receive their ribbon on the day of competition, please come and see Ms Morris to collect it.

If you would like a copy of your child’s individual results, please contact Claire Morris.

Click here to view the District Athletics Team.


A reminder that the house winners and age group champions will be announced at the last whole school assembly of Term 1.

Photos from the day can be found here.

Division Swimming

Results from the day can be found here.


Congratulations to Will Balazic, Meg Howard, Macey McQuie, Matt Stanczak and Tri Tran who have progressed through to the Greater Western Region Swimming Championships on 22 March, 2019 in Horsham.  We wish you all the best.



Congratulations Lawn Bowls Team

Buninyong Primary Schools’ “Cracker Jack” Bowls team participated in the School Sport Victoria Division Bowls event on Thursday 7th of March 2019.


The event drew a fantastic crowd with parent supporters and members of several Ballarat and Buninyong bowls clubs. Games consisted of five ends.


The following students represented Buninyong Primary School:


Team 1 Rowan Hollingsworth (Skipper), Jac Howard, Lachlan McVeigh and Isabelle Channon

Team 2 Matt Ockwell, Aaron Jew (Skipper), Andrew Gittins and Mieke Dekok

Team 3 Cameron Lucas, Thomas Ross (Skipper), Thomas Reichman and Charlee O’Malley

Team support included Miss Kirsty Nankivell (Teacher) Poppy Harris (Photographer and Team Manager).


Buninyong Primary School had tough competition with three other school teams: Pleasant Street Primary School (Team A and Team B) and Mount Blowhard Primary School.


Results were as follows:


“Cracker Jack” bowls team convincingly came third overall with wins in all three teams.

Very special thanks to the support of the Buninyong Bowls Club. Particularly David Draffin, Bill Bridges and Rob Ockwell. These highly skilled gentleman provided training for the team and incredible support and coaching on the day.


Photos from the day can be found here.

Active April

Premier’s Active April encourages Victorian families to get healthy and active by participating in 30 minutes of physical activity a day for the month of April and beyond. Jump on board and support our school.  Register online and link up to the Buninyong Primary School group (buninyong-primary-school).


You will also receive:

  • 10 free passes at your local YMCA or access to a local government recreation facility
  • 30% discount at SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium and LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Melbourne
  • One 2 for 1 ticket offer for Otway Fly Treetop Adventures
  • 10% discount at Sovereign Hill
  • 15% discount at Sportsmart in store and online
  • Free experiences at participating Parks Victoria parks
  • 15% discount for a Coasting: Stand Up Paddleboarding session
  • 15% off Rock Up Netball Train and Youth Programs
  • 20% discount for Netball Victoria community clinics
  • One 2 for 1 green fee offer at participating Golf Victoria courses
  • 10% discount on term 2 My Golf Junior Programs
  • One hour free tennis court hire at Melbourne Park or Albert Reserve
  • Five free group dance lessons at a participating DanceSport Victoria centre
  • Entry into the draw to win tickets to 2020 Australian Open Tennis Finals*
  • One free Cardio Tennis trial at participating Tennis Victoria courts
  • One hour free tennis court hire at Melbourne Park or Albert Reserve
  • Entry into the draw to win tickets to 2020 Australian Open Tennis Finals* 

For more information visit www.activeapril.vic.gov.au

Encouragement Swim Meet

Registrations have now closed for the Encouragement Swim Meet.  We wish the following students the best of luck on 20 March:


Ballarat Minors Lunchtime Clinics

A reminder that the Ballarat Minor Basketball Clinics will be running every week until the end of term.  Grade P-2 are on Mondays (see schedule below)


Prep – 2 Girls – Monday 25/3

Prep – 2 Boys – Monday 18/3

Prep – 2 mixed – Monday 1/4   


Grade 3-6’s will continue to run each Thursday until the end of term.  If your child is interested in attending, please remind them on the day and for them to bring appropriate footwear

BDSA Soccer Clinics

Preps to Grade 4’s will be spoiled with some special Soccer clinics run during their P.E. lessons in Week 9 + 10 as part of the Ballarat District Soccer Associations drive to encourage children to take part in soccer.  A big thank you to Kelly Sports for providing the program to us.

P.E. Shoes

A reminder 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.

ICT News

Screen Time & Compass Parent Session

It was great to see a few parents along for our Compass and Screen Time sessions which were run over the last couple of weeks.


These are both really great tools and the parents who came along learnt some useful skills and tips.

If you missed these sessions but are still interested in learning more about either Compass or Screen Time, please ring the office and you can make a time to catch up with Dave Young or Aaron Coulter.


The grade 6’s had a blast at the F1 Grand Prix last week learning all about STEM and Innovation, as well as getting to see the amazing F1 cars in action during Friday’s practise session.

The students all spent the morning visiting the Innovation and Technology Hub where exhibitors such as RMIT, Tesla, Swinburne, BAE Systems, Careers with STEM and many others had a range of activities for the students to get involved in. There were lots of VR headsets that immersed kids in experiences such as flying, racing and lightsaber fights. They also saw 3D printers, Drones, Spheros, Electric race cars, and much more.


The innovations they experienced also linked well with the work the students are currently doing on their Shark Tank projects. Seeing the innovations at the grand prix has excited students about what they are creating in their projects and how they then market this to a wide audience.


After lunch there was some time for students to sit and watch the F1 cars in action and to experience first-hand the speed and noise of those amazing machines.


It was a great experience for all the students and a fantastic way for them to see the connections between STEM at school and STEM in the real world and how that technology is used by F1 teams.


Grade 6 Art Team

Our Grade 6 Art team working hard on some colourful new improvements in our arts precinct



Two great exhibitions to check out:

Next Gen 2019 at the Ballarat Art Gallery features 5 of our past students chosen to exhibit their year 12 art-works.

NEXT GEN 2019 Art Gallery of Ballarat

Next Gen 2019 showcases the work of students from government, Catholic and Independent schools mainly from Ballarat and its broader region, who have just completed VCE studies in Art, Studio Arts, Design and Technology, Visual Communication and Design and Media.


Next Gen 2019 acts as an inspiring introduction to VCE art for current students, and gives Gallery visitors insights into the world of young people today.

Art Smocks




Make sure to come and check out the HUGE variety of goods for sale at the Japanese Fete Shop! Priced at either $2.50 (pocky, biscuits & pink sticker items ) or $4 (everything else!)

Some of the items we have for sale!


You can also have a go at using an authentic Japanese “Pachinko” (pin ball) machine – 10 balls for $1.




Any parents or friends who would be able to help by assisting at the AMAZING Japanese Stall / Shop at fete please click HERE and add your name to the roster. As we have no class associated with specialist subjects we need all the help we can get!

Please contact [email protected] for any further information.

Japanese Fact

Not sure we’ll see this flavour at our fete!




Just a reminder that Sushi has been added to the canteen menu.

This can only be ordered on Wednesday’s via QKR.

It will be a trial until the end of term. 

Akita Sushi at DTC will make it fresh on the Wednesday and I will pick it up ready for lunches. 


At this stage there are 4 options with a few of these being gluten free. 

Please be aware that items that contain gluten are also made in their commercial kitchen. 


Cooked Tuna - GF

Chicken Teriyaki - GF

Salmon & Avocado - GF

Mix Vegetable  - GF


Unfortunately the soy sauce they provide, and the stock I have in the canteen does contain gluten.  I will try and source some over the next week. 


Over the next few weeks we are going to be adding some more gluten free items to the menu. 


Please read our gluten free statement before ordering for your children.

Our gluten free menu items are prepared, packaged and handled by our canteen manager and volunteer staff. However, we are not a gluten free kitchen and cross-contamination could occur. We are unable to guarantee that any item can be completely free of allergens. 
We ask parents / guardians to consider this information when ordering these items for their children. 


Don’t forget if you would like to volunteer in the canteen please add your name to the roster by clicking the following link and placing 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. 


PLP Roster


Thanks Tracey 

Canteen Team


BASE 1270

BASE 1270

Congratulations to Colin Keating and Abigail Ryan who are the recipients of this week’s Base 1270 positive behaviour reward. Remember that we are always on the lookout for students who are doing the right thing, displaying the school values and following our rules and expectations.


The Vacation Care program has been finalised. The program will be running in the first week of the school holidays with lots of fun, interactive and hands-on activities planned throughout the week. Excursions to Kryal Castle and Xtreme Bounce are days that you do not want to miss!


The Base 1270 captain application sheets have been finalised. If you are a grade 5 or 6 student and you are interested in becoming a Base 1270 captain, please see Liam.


A friendly reminder about our rules and expectations when you are at Base 1270.

  1. I will pack up activities and sports equipment before I get something else out to play with, and before going home.
  2. I will use the sports equipment correctly and look after it.
  3. I will not touch any of the Japanese resources, including the whiteboard, whiteboard markers, computer and chair.
  4.  I will not play on the high jump mat and blue gym mats as they are OUT OF BOUNDS.
  5. I understand that the sports equipment trolley stays in one spot.
  6. I will talk quietly to my friends on my table during snack.
  7.  I understand that if I need to go to the toilet, I need to take a friend with me.

We look forward to seeing you all this week!

Base 1270 staff.







Base 1270 Admin

Bookings for April holidays now open. Vacation Care Program coming soon, stay tuned…


Community Notices

Good Friday Appeal


Damascus College - 2019 Guest speaker event - Wed 1st May 2019, 7pm


Ballarat Canoe Club


Buninyong Music Festival




Kelly Sports


Buninyong PS Newsletter
2019 ICAS Permission Form.docx
Fete Map.pdf
csef application form 2019.pdf
Qkr Parent Brochure.pdf
Qkr Parent form.pdf
Fete Map.pdf