Last week I had the pleasure of attending the Rotary Public Speaking competition. After a competitive school-based process involving students from year 5 and 6, Peter and Heidi represented the school. Students worked with Mr Teague Rook to prepare for and write speeches on a range of topics.
Both Peter and Heidi presented their speeches in front of a large audience of Rotarian's, students, teachers and parents from neighbouring schools. Peter and Heidi did the Springs proud, speaking with such confidence.
Plans are well underway for the 2020 school year. This week, teacher interviews have been completed. The leadership team have been impressed with the high quality applicants we have received and are confident that we have employed a well-balanced, enthusiastic and knowledgeable staffing profile for 2020.
Thank you to our parent and staff helpers who worked on the Bunnings BBQ. We managed to raise $1369.51. At Pakenham Springs, we are lucky to have a small but dedicated group of volunteers to assist us in our fundraising endeavours. If you would like to help out with our fundraising and community activities, please join our school Facebook page or look out for opportunities notified through Compass.
On Tuesday we saw 85 students, some staff and parents join our PE teachers for our first Run Club. Mr Davie and Mr Holmes are keen to add this extra-curricular activity as an additional way to encourage physical activity and engage all members of the school community. Please get behind it and come along at 8:20am next Wednesday morning (after Cup day, normally Tuesday mornings).
Beleza Uniforms are doing some store renovations in December which means the store will be shut for December. They are offering 20% off all uniform from Monday 11th November through to Saturday 16th November. The store will reopen at the start of January 2020 for any uniform needs that may arise. I thought you might like to get in early and take advantage of the sale in November.
Term 4 is a hat term and most students have done well to remember them. If your child is needing a new one they are available through Beleza. Please note that caps and hoods are not considered to be 'Sun Smart' alternatives under our Sun Protection Policy and are therefore not appropriate for outdoor activities at Pakenham Springs.
Hello and welcome back to Week Four!
What a busy period these past few weeks have been at Pakenham Springs. We have seen Stage One of our garden construction completed and the temporary fencing come down, our Step-into-Prep sessions have continued to run, our Early Years Evaluations have commenced with our 2020 Preppies as well as incursions and excursions running in different year levels.
Our Preps this week have been to the Casey Safety Village learning about bike and pedestrian safety as well as fire safety within the home. From all reports, a great time was had by all and the students found the experience to be very informative. In coming weeks too they will, along with all other year levels, complete a unit of work on sun and water safety which is particularly important as the weather starts to warm up and the beaches and swimming pools become increasingly popular.
Since writing last, the Year Ones have also attended their Coal Creek excursion to learn about the history and how our day-to-day lives have changed over time. Speaking with the students, they all enjoyed their visit to the old schoolhouse and learning about what school was like 100 years ago, with limited resources and a cane for students who misbehaved! Learning about recreation and the types of games that people played was also fascinating, with many finding it hard to imagine a time without the technologies we have readily available today!
Year Two students have also been very lucky, having participated in a science incursion last week with many fun experiments to complete, linking with their inquiry topic at the moment. Again, the feedback was really positive and the students seemed to really enjoy the day. Having been in classes lately, I have noticed how much students are enjoying the topic, completing several experiments in class themselves and learning about the difference between physical reactions and chemical reactions. Be sure to ask your children what these differences are!
Teachers too are very busy at the moment, completing assessments, writing student reports and planning for 2020. It's hard to believe that there are only 7 weeks left of 2019! We have a number of fun and exciting events coming up in that time so please make sure to check our calendar so that you are aware of these as well as other important dates.
Until next time, take care.
Assistant Principal in Junior School
Weeks 3 and 4 have already passed, it is hard to believe how fast the term is going.
Our writing focus is 'recount' and across Years 3-5 the standard of drafting and planning is most impressive and I am greatly enjoying the variety of recounts, from factual to narrative. Having a consistent approach to writing across the school supports students to explore genre types and methods of writing in a more complex way. It also supports our teachers in their planning and differentiation to meet our student's individual needs.
In Maths, students are building their knowledge and skills in using multiple strategies and reasoning through problems that have more than one answer. When we use open-ended problems we are asking our students to think at higher levels. An example of this may look like:
Which number is the odd one out 16, 25, 27, 61?
Stage 1 of the garden area has been completed and whilst the gates are not yet open, many classes have taken the opportunity to visit the space during the day. Stage 2 includes artificial turf spanning across the majority of the area and will hopefully be completed before the end of the term. Below are some of our Year 5 students exploring the space.
Congratulations to all parents, staff and students for embracing our school values of Respect, Responsibility and Resilience. I have had to stock up on my froggy dollars due to the many students displaying our values to a high standard.
Looking ahead to the next fortnight, it is certainly shaping up to be another busy term with learning, student assessment and reporting to be completed, not to mention the end of term fun and celebrations.
Until next time,
Year 3 - Year 5 Assistant Principal
It's hard to believe that we're heading towards the middle of Term 4 already! It's such a busy time in the Senior School and we have so many different things going on that it feels like we never stop!
The development of a whole-school approach to Literacy at PSPS has been a massive focus over the previous 3 years - driving our staff's professional learning and the focus for all areas of the school. In our Year 6 classrooms during our Writers Workshops, students are producing high-quality recount texts that really showcase the development of skills that our students have achieved. Reading through these pieces, the sophistication of the vocabulary and the tight structure of each recount makes me so proud of our students and what they are able to produce.
Our Readers Workshops are still going strong, with students independently carrying out the roles required in their groups to make these such effective learning experiences. As the range of reading material within our school increases, it's wonderful to see our Senior Students choosing material as a group to really explore and use their critical thinking skills to deeply analyse the techniques used by the authors to engage the readers.
Over these next couple of weeks, you will begin to receive information about our Yr 6 Graduation and Celebration plans for the end of the year. Please make sure you check your Compass notifications for important information as it is distributed. We are also off on Camp in a week and a half - please speak to your child about maintaining the high expectations that we have seen consistently throughout this year when on our Camp. It's a wonderful experience with so much rich learning, however we do rely on our students showing a high level of Respect, Responsibility and Resilience throughout the entire journey.
Wishing you all a fabulous fortnight ahead!
The following events are scheduled over the next few weeks. Make sure you are aware of the ones which are applicable to you:
Monday 4th November:
Tuesday 5th November:
Wednesday 6th November:
Friday 8th November:
Monday 11th November - Friday 15th November:
Tuesday 12th November:
Thursday 14th November:
Friday 15th November:
Saturday 23rd November:
Monday 7th October 2019 - Students return
Tuesday 5th November 2019 - Melbourne Cup Day Public Holiday
Monday 11th November -Friday 15th November - Year 6 Canberra Tour
Friday 20th December 2019 - End of Term 4
(Students dismissed at 1.30pm)
Tuesday 28th January 2020 - Teachers resume
Thursday 30th January 2020 - Students resume
Friday 27th March 2020 - End of Term 1 - Students dismissed at 2.30pm
Tuesday 14th April 2020 - Students resume
Friday 26th June 2020 - End of Term 2 - Students dismissed at 2.30pm
Monday 13th July 2020 - Students resume
Friday 18th September 2020 - End of Term 3 - Students dismissed at 2.30pm
Monday 5th October 2020 - Students resume
Friday 18th December - End of Term 4 - Students dismissed at 1.30pm
The following notices have been distributed over the last fortnight. If you missed them copies are available from Compass.
Some new resources have been added to the school website, check them out by clicking here
It is an absolute pleasure to know that so many students are following our school expectations and demonstrating a keen understanding of the school values. It's great to see so many students on the list below receive their Gold Awards this week. Congratulations and keep up the fantastic work.
Prabhjot - J41
|Ibrahim - J42|
|Tauranga - J12|
|Skye - J12|
|Ashton - J41|
|Jackson - J41|
|Eden - J41|
|Harper - J41|
|Abbey - J41|
|Shahbaz - J07|
|Camryn - J03|
|Amine - J08|
|Billy - J42|
|Tyler - J42|
|Riley - J42|
|Max - J44|
|Bushra - J11|
|Harley - M26|
|Ava - M27|
CRAZY CHEMICALS IN J41
The Year Two students in J41 have been very excited this term to jump into our unit about Chemical Science! We have conducted many experiments to discover how materials can change.
J41 have wondered…
You might have spotted us around the school in the last few weeks, exploring answers to these questions and more!
On Monday, 21st October we were lucky enough to have our very own Science Day, complete with the Crazy Chemicals incursion! The scientist there showed us lots of different ways to experiment with materials, including making slime, firing tiny rockets with vinegar and bi-carb, exploring magnetism, and using UV light from the Sun to make Solar Prints.
A major part of our learning has been around using the scientific method. We ask ourselves a question, create an experiment to find out, make predictions (hypotheses), observations and find out answers.
VINEGAR AND BI-CARB EXPERIMENT
Jasper: "How do scientists make an explosion?"
Jackson: "What happens when we put vinegar and bi-carb soda together?"
Alex: "How do you make gas?"
Dean: "What happens if we mix powder and a liquid?"
Eden: "I think that I might make an explosion of a bubbly,
Daniel: "I think it is going to blow up."
Ash K: "I think it is going to explode."
Dean: "When Billy and Dean were partners, we put in so much vinegar and it exploded everywhere. It was so cool when it overflowed like a volcano."
Harper: "Firstly when we put the baking soda to the vinegar it made a big, soapy bath bomb. Secondly, when Ms Schollar put the vinegar in, it spread all over the grass. Then when Ms Schollar put some more in, it spread all over the grass again."
M30 has been working hard in all areas of our learning this term.
Our Writing has seen us focusing upon recount structures including sizzling starts, chronological order, correct tense, time connectives, paragraphing and interesting content. Within our Reading we have had a focus upon figurative language, author’s purpose, finding the main idea and summarising what we have read. In Numeracy we have been learning about fractions and decimals; with the students learning to investigate equivalent fractions, count by fractions (including mixed number and improper fractions), recognise decimals between one and zero and convert fractions into decimals.
Last but not least, our Inquiry focus this term is ‘War on Waste’...
M30 has particularly enjoyed our Inquiry investigations, with the students taking a deep interest in using sustainable resources to power vehicles. Due to this interest, M30 followed a student-led Inquiry cycle, whereby the students have researched, brainstormed, planned, constructed and began to evaluate models of their wonderings and theories.
There has been so much learning occurring within Inquiry! The students have needed to use higher order thinking to problem solve, collaborative skills to work within their chosen groupings, strong creativity to design a workable model and resilience to keep trying when initial plans did not work as hoped. Here are some thoughts from a few of M30’s students about our Inquiry Cycle:
"I’m learning to think outside the box."
"I love working in a group and experimenting by building
"Inquiry is so much fun, we get to create our own designs."
"I’ve liked creating things in Inquiry."
"Inquiry is so great, you get to use your imagination."
"I like working in a team and working things out together."
"Inquiry is the best subject ever!"
"Inquiry is fun."
The students in S34 have been working extremely hard throughout the term. They wanted to share some of the learning that has taken place in Writing lessons. In particular, they want to showcase their Writers Notebooks!!
My Writers Notebook inspires me when I am writing comics
I use my Writers Notebook to store my ideas. I can use these ideas for reference in the future
I keep ideas and thoughts in my Writers Notebook. This helps me to create better writing pieces
My favourite activity in my Writers Notebook was the keyhole piece. It was fun and creative to do. It gives me many ideas for my work
My Writers Notebook helps me to write better stories as I am able to use the ideas, vocabulary and connections I have put in there
My Writers Notebook helps me with my writing when I am struggling to think of ideas
I enjoy creating ideas for my Writers Notebook, as I can then use it for my writing pieces
I have used my Writers Notebook for inspiration and ideas when I have written stories
I like the ideas that I can get from my Writers Notebook
I use my Writers Notebook for getting character ideas for my narratives
WELCOME BACK TO TERM 4
Please ensure all children needing to use the service are enrolled and booked in using the online booking system. For any children with medical conditions, please come and see us before your first visit to ensure all necessary documents are completed and medication is dropped off before your child's first session.
If your child is at school before 8:30 am, they will need to be attending our Before School Care.
As we are in term 4, we have entered the Sun Smart term of the year. As per Sun Smart guidelines and OSHClub's Sun Smart Policy, all children wishing to participate in outside play will need to apply sunscreen and wear a wide-brimmed hat. We do supply sunscreen (Coles brand 50+), however, if your child has a sensitivity to sunscreens and needs a specific brand, please ensure they have a tube packed in their bag for use at aftercare.
This term we are sticking with our theme selection throughout the week:
Monday - Dance
Tuesday - Athletic Challenges
Wednesday - Cooking Class
Thursday - Science Experiment
Friday - Music Lessons
We also have homework time every afternoon from 3.30pm. This is a great opportunity for your children to complete their homework while in our care.
Please ensure that your account details are up to date. It is a requirement that there are
3 contact details on your account in case of an emergency. If you have changed employment,
moved to a new house or changed phone numbers it is very important that these
details are up to date.
It would also be much appreciated if your child is not going to be attending After School Care,
that you send a text to the service mobile, 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 in the event of not being able to contact you.
Program's Direct Contact Number: 0438 564 038 OSHClub Head Office: 1300 395 735
Program Coordinator: Deb Program Assistant: Shrima
The parking and traffic regulations are enforced around the school.
FINES ARE ISSUED WHEN THE RESTRICTIONS ARE BREACHED
ALWAYS PULL IN AND OUT OF PARKING SPACES SLOWLY
The indented parking in this street is restricted to
two minutes only.
This means you can park and get out of your car to walk your child into the school (if it takes no longer than two minutes), but if possible to maximise turn over it would be great if it was used as a ‘stop and drop’ zone.
The indented parking in this street is restricted to
ten minutes only.
This means you can park and get out of your car to walk your child into the school.
The indented parking in this street is restricted to not restricted.
This means you can park here longer term.
Parents driving children to or collecting children from school are asked not to park in the school's car park. The Department does not provide on-site parking for parents. The on-site car park is restricted to staff, handicapped parking, official school visitor use and allocated parking for the kindergarten and maternity centre users. It should be noted that the number of spaces for kindergarten and maternity centre users is limited to 21. These spaces are clearly marked. If these spaces are full then other spaces in the car park cannot be used as these are allocated for staff.
Complex legal and insurance issues arise if parents park in incorrect car parking spaces should an accident occur. To avoid these issues parents are strongly advised to follow these parking restrictions. If all the kindergarten and maternity centre allocated car parks are full, the only other option is to park in the street.
The car park and car park entrance is not a public entrance to the school. Please do not use this entrance as a pedestrian entrance to the school as this presents safety issues for our students.