Buninyong PS Newsletter

17 April 2018
Issue One
Principal Report
Student Wellbeing
Teaching & Learning
Physical Education
Scotsburn News
Student News
Term 2 Events
Buninyong Primary School
(03) 5341 3560
202 Simpson Street
Buninyong, Victoria, 3357

Principal Report

Welcome To Term 2

What amazing weather we had over the break, but it’s back to normal now as we head into the cooler months.  As always, there’s lots happening in the term ahead, including:

  •  the Maestro And Me Program (on Mondays, Started Yesterday) And The Music On The Mount Event (Saturday June 2)
  • our Inter-house Cross Country (this Thursday)
  • the Story Of Buninyong Project For The Grade 4s, Culminating In The Performance On June 14
  • Japanese Festival Day (may 5) And The Mother’s Day Stall On May 11
  • Naplan For Our 3s & 5s And School Photos In Week 5
  • bike Ed & Gymnastics Programs For Our Scotsburn Students
  • a Guest Speaker (Willie Green) From The USA To Speak To The Grade 3-6 Kids About Bullying (may 23)
  • inter-school Winter Sports On May 30
  • mid-year Reports And The Usual Follow Up With 3 Way Conversations And Parent Teacher Interviews
  • grade 5 Camp In Week 10

Included in this edition of the newsletter is an activities calendar for the term.

Updated Newsletter Format - Taking our Newsletter into the 21st Century


For quite some time now we have been researching how our newsletter can be more interactive, easier to read on the different technological devices and provide a chance to include the content that celebrates all things great about Buninyong PS. Our new newsletter format is called iNewsletter and is used by many schools as a way of communicating effectively with parents and the wider school community.


The benefits of moving to iNewsletter include:

  • The format being web based and accessible on all devices. This newsletter will format to what ever device you are using.
  • Many photos can be included in photo galleries within the newsletter instead of just the token shot.
  • The front page of the newsletter allows you to scan the contents and skip straight to your chosen article or page.
  • The school can gain feedback from our school community based on what parts of the newsletter are effective.
  • This newsletter is printable for those who still like a hard copy. Simply press the print button.
  • The format of the articles is easy to read and links to relevant pictures.


Accessing the Newsletter

The way you access the newsletter will not change. A link and attachment will be sent out via your Compass Portal every Tuesday.

Simply click on the link for the iNewsletter or the Attachment for the PDF version.

In order for us to move to the iNewsletter format we will provide access to both the new version and PDF version of the newsletter for the first 3 weeks of Term 2. In Week 4 we will be only sending out the new iNewsletter link to families.  

Links to our newsletter will continue to be uploaded to the school website.


It is our hope to be completely paperless in our production of the newsletter but  do understand that some families have no access to the internet, in which case we will continue to provide printed copies to these families.


Every 2nd year the Ballarat region is invited to send grade 5 & 6 students to Somers Camp and later this year is our next turn.  The camp will run from July 17-25 (first 2 weeks of term 3) and there will be 160 students from the Ballarat region attending.

This week we are speaking to all grade 5 and 6 students to explain the Somers experience and let students know how to submit an expression of interest.  Interested students have been supplied with a print-out containing the relevant information, which you can look through and discuss at home.  That print-out includes an expression of interest form, which must be returned by the end of next week (April 27). 

We have been allocated 16 places for Somers 2018 (8 girls and 8 boys), but previous experience tells us we will receive upwards of 30-40 expressions of interest. Grade 5 and 6 teachers and specialist teachers will sit down with Mr Young, Mr McGlynn and myself to select which students will get to attend.  Outcomes of the selection process will be made known to students and parents on May 4th. 

Student selections will be based on the same criteria used in previous years as follows: 

  • Students who would most benefit from the boost in self-esteem that is likely to result from attending Somers Camp.
  • Students who always give their best and are willing to give anything a try. 
  • Students who have a reasonable level of physical fitness which is required for the outdoor activities.
  • Children who are tolerant, get along with others and are most likely to make the best of the many group activities and challenges that come with Somers Camp.
  • Children who are resilient, will cope with being away from home for 9 days and will cope with living in a large dormitory environment.
  • Children who are good role models and are seen upholding our values of Compassion, Honesty, Commitment, Optimism & Respect.
  • Children who are most likely to embrace the guiding principles of Somers Camp, those being Living Sustainably, Challenge, Making Friends, Learning About Yourself & Reflection.
  • Children who attended Woorabinda Camp in the previous year will only be selected if allocated places have not been filled by other students.

If you have any questions relating to Somers, please contact your child’s teacher or myself.

Student Wellbeing

Student Wellbeing Update!

Below are some key updates from our student wellbeing team around supporting positive behaviour and information around the Be Positive (B+) program.

Peer Mediation Program Begins Next Week!

After some intensive training last term, next week sees the launch of our Peer Mediation Program at both campuses and is another step that we are taking to reduce small incidents in the yard before they become bigger ones.


As of next week, the kids will notice two grade 6 Peer Mediators in the P-2 and 3-4 playgrounds. These students have been trained in identifying body language, conflict resolution and will assist students to work through their problems positively. Of course, if a problem is a little larger than they thought, the kids have also been trained in how to refer the problem to an adult.


We look forward to a great start and ask parents to encourage your child to use this program if they are having small issues in the yard. Our aim will to make play as fun as possible and to reduce smaller conflicts.


Congratulations Heidi and Xander!

At our final Easter assembly, we had Des Hudson (Leading Senior Constable from Victoria Police) come along and award Heidi and Xander with an award for positive contributions to school. Congratulations Heidi and Xander! We’re all proud of your efforts to become the first recipients at our school for such a wonderful award!


This award is a monthly award, whereby students can be nominated by staff members for great attendance, positive attitudes and commitment to education and our community. If successful, recipients receive a medallion and free tickets to the Blue Light Disco which is held every month by Ballarat Police.


Be Positive Theme Update: Emotional Intelligence (Weeks 1 & 2)

This week is the first week of our B+ theme on emotional intelligence with the kids.

As a parent, you can support the program by:

  • Helping your child to recognise and verbalise their feelings and emotions.
  • Supporting your child to notice the feelings in others.
  • Discuss actions that your child can do when they notice someone has a particular feeling.

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.

Decreasing Stress in Your Child through Smiling Minds

As part of our commitment to creating calm kids and calm classrooms, the students participate in daily mindfulness in the classroom after lunch.

If your child is a little anxious at times or needs to give their mind a rest before bed, feel free to download the Smiling Minds app from the app stores. It will guide your children through meditation and is proven to reduce stress and improve sleep over time.


ANZAC Assembly This Friday

At this week’s assembly we will be making the whole focus on ANZAC Day and remembering those who have served, as well as those that are currently serving in conflict around the world.

With special guests from the Buninyong RSL sub-branch and student presentations, we aim to educate students on understanding the importance of ANZAC Day. We will start off in the gym, before finishing the ceremony by laying a wreath, playing the last post and raising the flag at the front of the school.

After the ceremony, students will then return to their classes to continue learning about World War 1 by participating in a range of activities with their teachers.

We have asked all staff to have a chat with the kids about being respectful, grateful and empathetic, and if time permits, we’d appreciate you taking the time to do the same.

Please note that this assembly will run from 9am through to approximately 10:15.

Next Wednesday, we also have a delegation attending the ANZAC ceremony at the RSL and invite as many of our families to come along as possible. Last year, there were lots of kids there, which the RSL saw as a great way of continuing the memory and teaching the students about sacrifices made by present and past servicemen and women. Hopefully we can see you there!


Teaching & Learning

Young Authors’ Program

On Wednesday 28th March the 20 chosen students from Buninyong joined with other students from across Ballarat to launch the 2018 Young Authors’ Program.

The launch was held at Ballarat High School where 2017 participants told of their experiences and we heard from local author Doug Bradby about his journey as an author. Well done to Indigo Davies who so confidently shared her thoughts from 2017 in front of a huge crowd.

The 2018 Young Authors will be involved in 3 workshops throughout terms 2 and 3 with authors sharing their experiences and the skills required to write effectively for an audience.

A major part of the program is for students to share their love of writing with each other on Showbie, a secure online platform. This will allow each student to learn from each other and provide valuable feedback to support the development of other students’ writing.

We look forward to sharing the journey of these young authors with you over the next two terms.


Academy 1270

The Academy 1270 will once again be a part of the curriculum for terms 2 and 3. This academy is about offering extended maths problem solving challenges for students who have been identified as excelling in Maths.


This year we will be dividing into two groups:


Maths Olympiad Team: This team will involve students in years 5 and 6 meeting once per week to think about, discuss and solve multiple step problems. During terms 2 and 3 this group will participate in 5 Maths Olympiads which allow students to pit their knowledge against other like minded students from across the country.


Maths Games: This group will involve students from year 4 working on challenges that will introduce different problem solving strategies. The year 4 teachers will be working to include this opportunity as part of their regular maths sessions. The chosen Maths Game students will participate on 5 occasions throughout terms 2 and 3 against schools from all over Australia.


Students who are involved in this program will receive a letter this week.


We look forward to keeping everyone up to date with the progress of these teams.

Learning Partnership with Alfredton Primary School

Over the coming two terms we are very pleased to be joining with Alfredton PS on a project that will focus on building reading abilities for students in years 3-6. During this project all year 3-6 staff will be provided with extra learning opportunities that will further challenge the reading abilities of all students in the middle and upper school.

This project will also provide Buninyong Primary School with valuable teacher resources and rich reading materials for students. From time to time staff from Alfredton P.S will be working alongside Buninyong staff to implement the programs.

Physical Education

Welcome Back to Term 2!

Term 2:

17 April – Division Netball Try Outs

18 April – State Swimming

18 April – Division AFL Try Outs

19 April – Interhouse Cross Country

20 April – Division Soccer Try Outs

27 April – State Tennis

4 May – District Cross Country

18 May – Division Cross Country

30 May – Division Netball, AFL and Soccer

District Athletics Team

Congratulations to our 47 strong District Athletics Team who competed against seven other schools in the last week of Term 1.  Our students performed amazingly, not only getting a showcase full of ribbons, but the biggest smiles were seen regardless of the result.  For the 4th year in a row, Buninyong took out the shield for most point.  Well done to all our athletes.  Those who finished first or second in their events will progress through to Division Athletics on 14 September.  A big thank you to Liz, Alex, Katelin, Zoe, Ms Hunter and Ms Cummins for supporting the team on the day!


Lawn Bowls

Congratulations to Lawn Bowls team who competed in the Regional Lawn Bowls competition on the last day of Term 1.  After many practice sessions during Term 1 with Buninyong Bowls club volunteers, 12 Buninyong PS students headed to the Sebastopol Bowling dome to represent the school in the Division Lawn Bowls Championships.


The 12 students formed teams of 4 to compete against others schools from across the western district.

The competition was hot and the artificial greens fast on the day which saw mixed results for the Buninyong teams. As we saw at the Commonwealth Games, the art of lawn bowling requires precise thinking and a gentle hand… it was amazing to see the students adapt as the day went on.

Our thanks goes to David Draffin from Buninyong Bowling Club for all the time and effort put into making this opportunity available to our students.

Well done to all the students on their exceptional behavior and representing their school to the highest level.


Sport Tryouts

Tryouts this week (Grade 5+6):

  • Tuesday – Division Netball
  • Wednesday – Division AFL
  • Friday – Division Soccer

Lacrosse is on!!!

For any interested students there are some free lunchtime Lacrosse sessions.  Below are the days for each year group:

  • 3 May – Grade 1
  • 10 May – Grade 2 + Grade 3
  • 17 May – Grade 4 + Grade 5
  • 24 May – Grade 6
  • 31 May – Prep



Please bring in the last of your vouchers before 20 April  so we can send them off and see what our final tally is!!!

A survey will be sent to classes to determine what sport equipment is in high demand before we purchase them.  A big thank you to all the families who have brought in their vouchers to date!  What a team effort!


Sport Shoes

Reminder that clean, dry, sports shoes are required in P.E.  Particularly during Term 2+3 we recommend bringing a separate pair of sports shoes to school to wear just for P.E.


Japan Festival - Friday 4th May 2018

Please click on the above pdf for full details.


Grade 6 Art Team


New Outdoor Blackboard


Scotsburn News

Welcome Back

The staff at Scotsburn would like to welcome back all of our families and extend a big welcome to our new families. We hope that you all had a wonderful break and enjoyed the glorious weather. We would also like to thank the many families who watered the gardens and looked after the animals over the break. It is greatly appreciated.


Welcome to our new students

We would like to welcome Harry Brown & Jack Smith to the Scotsburn campus. Both of these boys are in Grade 1 and will be in Miss Woods class. We would also like to welcome Lucas Murphy from the Buninyong campus. Lucas is in Grade 3 with Mr O’Loughlin.


Cross Country

On Thursday 19th April, the Gr P-6’s will be participating in the cross country. Event times: Prep – 9.15am (approx. 1km) Grade 1 – 9.45am (approx. 1km) Grade 2 – 10.15am (approx. 1km) Grade 3 – 10.45am (approx. 2km) Grade 4 – 11.45am (approx. 2km) Grade 5 – 12.15pm (approx. 3km) Grade 6 – 12.40pm (approx. 3km). A note has been sent home earlier this week to explain all of the details.



Please keep an eye out for the weekly newsletter. The Scotsburn section will have important dates and information regularly on it. Please make sure you have a read each week.



Don’t forget to use your personal login details to access compass. Notifications and updates will continue in this space now that the school app has been phased out.



A child’s biggest indicator for success out of school is how much time they spend at school. If your child is away from school please phone or email the Buninyong office first to let them know that your child will not be present.


Arrival Times

8:45am is an ideal time to arrive at school, as the classrooms and playground are not supervised until then. All children should be ready to start the day at 9am. If your child is absent on any given day, please ensure that you contact the Buninyong Primary School office to inform them.


Debating Support

Debating has been a huge part of the Scotsburn campus and a wonderful opportunity for students to develop their public speaking skills. With Sharon Davis and Natasha Adam now not at the campus, we are searching for a couple of parents who can assist Ms Geddes in this important and valuable opportunity. Please see Ms Geddes if you would like to become involved.


Friday Rotations

Our first rotation for Term 2 will be on the (20th April). 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!








Term 2 - Important Dates & Extra-Curricular Events

Gr P-6 X-Country – 19th April

Gr 4 SOB Mt Elephant Cultural Day - Walking Mt Derrinallum – 20th April

Gr 4 SOB Cultural Workshop Day at Buninyong Campus – 24th April

ANZAC Day - 25th April

Book Fair – 26th April – 3rd May

Japanese Theme Day – 4th May

Gr P-2 Gymnastics – 6th, 9th, 16th, 23rd & 29th May

Mother’s Day Stall – 11th May

Gr 3 & 5 NAPLAN – 15th-17th May

School Photos – 18th May

Gr P-6 Bike Ed – 21st, 23rd & 24th May

Report Writing Day – 22nd May

Music on the Mount – 2nd June

Grandparents & Special Friends Day (9am-11am) – 4th June

Gr P-6 Quantum – 6th June

Queen’s Birthday Holiday – 11th June

First Aid in Schools program at school – 12th June

Story of Buninyong performance – 14th June

Grade 5 Camp to Halls Gap – Monday 18th June OR Wednesday 20th June (Date to be confirmed asap)

Grade 5 two day Sovereign Hill experience – Mid to late June (Date to be confirmed asap)

3 Way Conversations – 21st June (4pm-6pm)

3 Way Conversations – 26th June (1pm finish for students)

SC3 to Earth Ed – 27th June

Term 2 Finishes – 29th June

Student News


Canteen is open an set to run this week.  Remember to get your orders into Qkr by Wednesday 1:00pm.

Act of Kindness


Mothers Day Stall






Book Fair

Book Fair on Thursday 26th - Wednesday 2nd May. 

Morning opening times 8:30am - 9:00am

Afternoon 3:30pm - 4:00pm


Blue Light Disco


Buninyong NetSetGo

Buninyong NEtSetGO 2018 commences 20th April from 5pm to 6pm at the Buninyong Football Netball club. All children aged 5yrs - 10yrs are welcome to come along to try the game of netball and most of all have some fun.  Registrations on line via Suncorp NetSetGO.


V.O.T.S. Porridge Day Success

Last day of term raised a whooping $1356 which will go directly to Mphatso Children’s Foundation to financially support a nursery school for one whole year.


Without the generous support of Unigrain who donated the oats, the wonderful donations of chocolate and gifts for the Easter Raffle and gold coins from our big –hearted families, our day would not have been as special as it was!


Then on the day, a big shout out to Melinda Stewart and Indrani Wells for serving and cooking all that porridge from the canteen in record time!


A special thank you to our brilliant office staff for all their organisational support and selling our raffle.


Thanks to Aaron Coulter for taking a drone photo that we sent to Maphato Children’s Foundation.


Of course lastly, behind the scenes for her inspiration and drive, Jenny Bomatali with out whom none of this would have taken off.


Congratulations and thank you to all

V.O.T.S. 2018


Term 2 Events

Term 2 Event & Assembly Calendar

Please click on the pdf at the bottom of the page for the full calendar of events and assemblies for Term 2


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