Pakenham Springs Newsletter

30 November 2018
Issue Seventeen
Principal's Report
Year Prep - Year 2 Assistant Principal's Report
Year 3 - Year 5 Assistant Principal's Report
Year 6 Assistant Principal's Report
Upcoming Events
Community News
Learning in J12
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.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas....

Some staff at the school thought it would be a lovely idea to bring "Christmas Spirit" to my office.  I'm not sure how much work I will get done today!!



What a busy and exciting fortnight it has been since our last newsletter.  We have had some exciting events including Book Fair, our Furniture Project and of course Springfest tonight. 


The school is a hive of activity today as the finishing touches are being put together for our first ever Springfest.  We hope that you will join us this afternoon from 4.00pm - 7.00pm to celebrate the work the students have done in each of the Specialist areas throughout 2018.  A huge thankyou goes to our specialist team for your creativity and many extra hours of work to showcase our students' fabulous work.

Book Fair

Thank you for supporting our most successful Book Fair on record!!  Our team, Mrs Parnall, Mrs Varga and Mrs King created a stunning fair with such great literature for the students to choose from.  We know many Christmas presents were purchased and hundreds of happy students purchased some great books. Daily visits from Clifford were also a treat.  The book fair success has provided $2000 worth of new books for our library. 


Operation Furniture

What a fabulous response we have had to our furniture project to send our current furniture to schools in Port Moresby and Kiribati. This morning I met with the team from Pacific Assist and the transportation company. We are now expecting eight shipping containers on the 20th of December. Thank you to those who have supported our fundraising efforts to contribute to the transportation cost. We are still taking donations at the office and through the Pacific Assist website.


Christmas Raffle

Just a reminder to have your raffle tickets and money returned to the school by Monday 10th December for your chance to win some great prizes.  The prizes will be drawn at our final school assembly on Wednesday 19th December.

Staff Carpark 

Just a reminder that the staff carpark is for staff and maternal health patrons.  Please use street parking at drop off and pick up times. 

Kerryn Baillie


Year Prep - Year 2
Assistant Principal's Report

Junior School News


It has been great to return from leave to see all the fantastic work that has been taking place across the school in recent weeks.  It is a very busy but also very exciting time of year as student reports go out, highlighting the growth and successes of the students across the year.  Students begin to show that they are preparing for the step up into another year level and preparations for a new school year commence.


Our Prep students, in particular, are looking more grown up by the day, and it's hard to believe that it has almost been a year since their first day of school.  I know in recent weeks that teachers have been looking over many different forms of assessment data, in order to write reports, and are blown away by the growth that the students have made in such a short period of time.  In recent weeks, and coinciding with our warmer summer weather, students have been learning all about the weather and seasons.  In coming weeks, as will be the case for all year levels, they will begin to learn about being sun smart and safe around water as summer holidays approach.


In Year One, students have just finished learning all about fractions.  Students have learned that a fraction is a part of a whole, or a collection, and focused on modelling and representing different fractions.  In coming weeks, in addition to their sun smart and water safety units of work, they will focus on consolidating their understanding of addition and subtraction, to ensure that they are ready for the step up into Year Two. 


In Year Two, students have been revising persuasive writing, so that they can be particularly persuasive in their letters to Santa!  But also to ensure that they are ready for their first NAPLAN tests in Year Three.  Some of the persuasive devices and techniques being used are very impressive and I am sure they will be more than ready when it comes time next year.


The last three weeks of term promise to be very exciting as well with Christmas concerts, class parties, graduation ceremonies, transition sessions, plenty of exciting announcements and of course our very first Springfest tonight!  I look forward to seeing plenty of families at Pakenham Springs tonight, and in coming weeks for all of these celebrations. There has been so much to be proud of in 2018 and I am sure that this will continue into 2019. 


Until next time, take care.



Danny Forster 

Assistant Principal in Junior School


Year 3 - Year 5
Assistant Principal's Report

Middle School News

Year 3/4/5 News

What a busy fortnight it has been. With this being the second last newsletter for the year, I would like to ask that all families pay particular attention to the end of year events and the dates and times of each.  These are available in the calendar section of the newsletter.  We certainly have a lot to look forward to in these last few weeks and of course, the more parent and community involvement the better.


During this past fortnight, the Year 3, 4 and 5 teams have been working collaboratively to complete student end of year reports and complete end of year learning tasks - ready for 2019.   Myself and other members of the school leadership team have been working with all staff to ensure the classes for 2019 are balanced and productive for great relationships and outstanding student learning outcome opportunities.  Your child’s 2019 classroom teacher and classmates will be available after our first whole school transition day on Wednesday 12th December.  All students will be bringing home information that states their classroom number and teacher on this day.


In Week 10 we also have our class parties for Years 3, 4 and 5.  Please ensure you are keeping up to date through compass and checking for any notices that may be coming home via your child for further information around these.


Lastly, I would like to remind all families of the importance of reading.  Encouraging your child to read is a lifelong love and/or habit that starts now.  Just 20 minutes a day (ideally up to an hour) will support learning, self-calming and secondary school transition.


Enjoy this busy time, your Christmas shopping and hopefully the planning to catch-up with family and friends during the very fast approaching festive season.



Kindest Regards

Jane King

Assistant Principal in Middle School

Year 6
Assistant Principal's Report

Year 6 News

It's hard to believe that 7 years of Primary School is nearing to an end for our year 6 students!  With 3 weeks left of this term, we are heading into a frantic phase, with Graduation, Celebration Day and our Christmas and end of year festivities all approaching.

These Year 6 students hold a special place in my heart.  I taught some of them as prep students and have watched them progress through the school, growing and learning and becoming respectful, responsible and resilient young people.  As they've moved through the school, they've maintained their focus on learning and have worked hard to develop the social and emotional capabilities that they will require when they head into the next phase of their learning journey.


Students will soon visit their 2019 Secondary School to have their Transition Day.  This is a great opportunity to get a feel for how secondary school runs.  It's important that students attend on their allocated Transition day so they have the chance to meet other students, teachers and begin to know their way around.

Graduation is coming up - please ensure that you have sent back your ticket order form.  Tickets are in the process of being allocated and will be sent home with students early next week.  The evening will run from 7:00pm until approximately 8:30pm, with a light supper served afterwards.  All students will be presented with their Graduation Pack and will view photos and hear speeches reflecting on their time at Pakenham Springs.

Our Celebration Day is also coming up - the notice for this is on Compass.  Please ensure you provide consent and payment before the due date so that we can have all students come along to celebrate the end of primary school with their friends and teachers. 

Have a great week!

Renee Cotterell

Assistant Principal 

Upcoming Events

Term 4:

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


Friday 30th November:

  • Springfest - 4.00pm - 7.00pm

Friday 7th December:

  • Year Prep, Year 1 and Year 2 Kaboom Sports
  • Reports available on Compass

Tuesday 11th December:

  • Step Into Prep final session - both groups - 9.15am - 11.30am
  • Year 6 - Secondary School transition day

Wednesday 12th December:

  • 2019 Transition to the next year level - Session 1

Thursday 13th December:

  • Class Parties
  • Christmas Carols Concert - 9.00am - 11.00am on the basketball court.  BYO chair/rug/cushion to sit on.
  • Year 6 Graduation

Friday 14th December:

  • Year 6 Celebration Day 

Wednesday 19th December:

  • End of Year assembly
  • 2019 Transition to the next year level - Session 2

Friday 21st December:

  • End of Term 4 - 1.30pm dismissal



Tuesday 9th October 2018 (Students return)— Friday 21st December 2018 (Students dismissed at 1.30pm)

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:

  • Xmas Raffle - Tickets distributed  



School Wide Positive Behaviour



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

  • Kaboom Sports - Junior School

Middle School

  • M21 and M22 Christmas Concert information
  • Select students singing Carols at Heritage Springs Shopping Centre

Senior School

  • Year 6 reminders
  • Year 6 Celebration Day

Whole School

  • Exciting news and project from our SRC representatives
  • Springfest News
  • End of Year Christmas Concert
  • 2019 Essential Education items paperwork


Advanced Notice:

The School Canteen will close on Friday 14th December 2018 and re-open on Tuesday 5th February 2019.



Payments can be made for your 4th Term instalment either by cash or EFTPOS at the school office.



Payments can now be made on Compass for the 2019 Essential Education Items.  Please return your booklist (recently distributed to the students) to the school office with your method of payment registered on the back.  Thank you.



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.

Please remember to write CSEF on the bottom of your permission form for any camps, incursions, excursions coming up for the remainder of 2018.   The office girls can print your permission notices at the office if you are wishing to pay using the CSEF funding.




Community News

Moonlit Sanctuary Keeper Club
Kids enjoy environmental activities, animal encounters and native animal care.
Day includes: interactions with dingo, python, off-limits animals, feeding animals & food prep, animal enrichment activities. Learn about our animals, their conservation and the environment. For ages 7-14 years.
Summer 2019school holiday dates:
  • Week 1: Mon 7th Tue 8th Wed 9th Thu 10th January
  • Week 2: Mon 14th Tue 15th Wed 16th Thu 17th January
  • Week 3: Mon 21st Tue 22nd Wed 23rdThu 24th January
  • 10am–4pm
Cost: $80.00 per day, or $220 for 3 days (pro rata for additional days).
Maximum 16 children per day.
Bookings essential as spaces are limited
Dress for the weather and wear closed-toe shoes, long pants and remember your hat or raincoat.  BYO lunch or purchase at the café.
Moonlit Sanctuary
550 Tyabb-Tooradin Rd, Pearcedale
Phone 5978 7935
 Open daily between 10am and 5pm

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Learning in J12

Junior School J12 Moloney is sharing the learning taking place in their class…

This term has been a busy one for J12. The students have been involved in some interesting and fun activities from celebrating Dr Seuss to looking at the stars at the Star Lab incursion.


J12 Dr Seuss Day

The Year one classes all participated in a day of fun activities based around Dr Seuss books.  J12 listened to the story "Put Me In The Zoo". They then created a paper bag puppet based on the book using stickers to represent the spots on the bear.  The students were asked to retell the story by writing them in their own version of a book.  

After recess, the students participated in a sharing activity making a paper plate bear and sharing pom poms to place on their bear.  The students were put into groups and given a plate of pom poms, they were then asked to use the knowledge that they have learnt about division to share the pom poms equally between the members of their group.  J12 did a great job in these activities and made some great displays that were hung up around the room.

The second book that the classes look at was "The Lorax".  Using the story of the Lorax the students spoke about how we can show the Lorax and our environment respect.  The students brainstormed some great answers including listen to the Lorax and ask permission from the Lorax. The students then discussed how we can protect and respect our environment and made truffula trees using paper and tissue paper.

The students had a wonderful day celebrating our Dr Seuss day.


Star Lab Incursion

On the 19th of November, the Year one students went to visit the Star Lab Incursion. The students enjoyed looking at the stars in the blow-up dome. They learnt lots of interesting facts about the planets, stars and weather and watched a few movies that they found very interesting. The students asked lots of different questions about space and therefore found out some information that they didn’t previously know. Here is some of the facts they found out and what they enjoyed on the incursion.

Abbey - I learnt that the sun is bigger than Jupiter

Hassan - it was fun learning about space

Marcus - There was a big explosion

Joyce - I enjoyed looking at the stars

Oliver - I liked when we were looking at the dome with the stars on top

Kye - I liked the incursion it was cool

Stephanie - I learnt that the sun was really hot

Jade - I had fun watching the programs on space

Grace C - I enjoyed looking at the sun

Tyler - it was epic

Jayden - I learnt the sun is a million times bigger than the earth

Connor - I learnt that stars become gas giants at the end of their life cycle

Aubrey - I liked seeing the planets

Grace P - I learnt how stars are born

Roid - I enjoyed looking at the stars

Chloe - I liked watching the movie about the weather

Ryan - I learnt that the sun was born from the big bang


OSHClub News


Hello All, 

The holidays are fast approaching - OSHClub will be closing down for a two-week period from the 21st of December 2018.  The service will re-open on the 7th January 2019 with some fantastic activities offered.


Please come in and visit our friendly staff for a Vacation Care brochure.


Please remember if your child is at school before 8.30am, they need to be enrolled and attending Before School Care.   Please visit to start the enrolment process.


Our Term 4 themes have been a huge hit, getting the children moving and active with our Zumba lessons and Tuesday challenges.  For our science experiment last week, we observed what happens when milk, food colouring and dishwashing liquid are added together.


During December our Wednesday cooking classes will be Christmas themed 😊

Any ideas, send them my way.


Lost property box is continually overflowing, feel free to inspect during operating hours.


Term 4 means SUNSCREEN and HAT!


OSHClub has now launched a Facebook page, to keep up with what is going on in your area - go over and have a browse, 


Thank you 

We look forward to seeing you all this term. 

Coordinator: Kristen Askew
Assistants: Caillie McFarlane, Debbie Stone, Lovernie Evangelista, Patricia Ililo and Queen Monika.
OSHClub head office: 03 8564 9000

Phone- 0498 564 038

Email- [email protected]



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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