Carnegie Primary Newsletter

11 June 2019
Issue Eight
From the Principal, Linda Jones
Parenting Ideas by Michael Grose
Diary Dates
What's happening
Students of the Week
Numeracy News
Cross Country News
PFA News
Aftercare News
Carnegie Primary School
(03) 9571 2662
51 Truganini Road
Carnegie, Victoria, 3163

From the Principal,
Linda Jones

We are here to support the academic, social and emotional development of our students to enable them to be resilient to the 
challenges of a rapidly changing society.


 It is with some sadness that I let our school community know that Bruce Hopcroft, our Business Manager, has decided that it is time retire. Bruce will be officially finishing at CPS at the end of term taking LSL for the remainder of the year. Bruce has been reducing his hours over recent months and now wishes to spend more time on the things he loves including beautiful days with his family and friends.

Bruce has been such an important part of our school for many years and he will be greatly missed by us all. On a personal level, he has been a wonderful Business Manager and friend to me for the last 11 years.

I know you will join me in wishing him all the best in his future endeavours.

On a workforce level, Pip Sciffer has been sharing the Business Manager role since the end of 2018 and all of this year and she is happy to take on additional hours from term 3. Bruce has also agreed to help out from time to time if needed.

A big congratulations to Mr Nathan and his wife, Jordana who are now the proud parents of a son, born on the weekend, little brother to big sister, Ariella. We wish them all the best watching him grow as part of the family.

Later this week, Miss Beckman will be leaving Carnegie to travel to the UK where Jess will marry her fiancée, Dan. We know you will join us in wishing them a long and happy life together.



 At CPS we aim to ensure the teaching and learning being undertaken in homerooms and in learning teams is personalised to the needs of the student. Personalised learning means matching teaching and learning more closely to the needs, aspirations and interests of students so they become better learners, broadening the range of skills and strategies that students can use to become independent learners.

 Classroom grouping is particularly important for supporting personalised teaching and learning, provided it is both planned and flexible. Our teachers organise student groupings to optimise their learning. Some of the practices that occur in our school days are:-

  • Short term ‘within’ class grouping according to need
  • Structured groups to ensure students have access to a range of views and opinions beyond their friends
  • Paired working and peer tutoring to facilitate collaborative learning and discussion
  • Short term regrouping across a level to allow for choice and increased motivation according to the learning


As part of our capital works program, years 3 B and 3C have moved into the newly refurbished ‘prep’ building. Mrs Knight and Ms Lawerson along with a number of staff and removalists moved the furniture and year 3 belongings into the new space last Friday. This new space enables teachers to work collaboratively. There are withdrawal spaces in addition to large open classrooms. The portable classroom they occupied will shortly be repainted and tidied up in preparation for use in 2020.



To increase student partnership and ownership in their learning Liz Harley, our Leading Teacher, in collaboration with students and teachers has developed a rubric focusing on learning dispositions. In this rubric, we have endeavoured to outline expectations for behaviour at Carnegie Primary School to ensure optimal learning opportunities, for all students, across any given day.

As a staff, we will be using this rubric to assess student behaviour and effort on their 2019 June and December reports. All year levels and specialist classes will use this document to ensure consistent and constructive feedback is given to all students.

This was shared with families earlier in the year and I have reattached the rubric below so you can be familiar with this before you receive you child/children’s report at the end of term.


We have now confirmed the date for the term 3 Curriculum Day. Please diarise Monday 2nd September, this Curriculum day was originally planned for Friday 30th August. Students will not attend school on this day. Teachers will be involved in professional learning working with Glen Pearsall, on engaging and effective classroom practice.



Written half year reports will be sent home in the last week of term. Student Led Conferences /Parent –Teacher Interviews will be occurring on Thursday, 8th August. Information regarding booking a meeting time will be shared early in term three. Teachers and students in years 1 to 6 will again be conducting three way interviews whereby parents, teachers and students may all be present and involved. We believe this will continue to support our students to become responsible, reflective learners. We hope that the three-way interview process will strengthen the home-school partnership in building the collective responsibility of supporting our young people in their development. It is a lovely opportunity for all present to discuss your child’s achievements, needs and goals for the future.



In partnership with parents we hope to instil a safe and responsible use of ICT and more specifically, social media in our children. It comes to our attention, on quite a regular basis, that some students at our school have regular access to Facebook.  I do remind all families that Facebook doesn’t permit children under the age of 13 to access the site for reasons of personal safety. It doesn’t require proof of age to access the site, so it’s a guideline only. Facebook’s recommendations however, may be useful reference points if you are involved in negotiations with your child over using social networking sites.

As adults we need to help kids navigate safely and securely in an online world, just as you do in an offline world. Know what kids are doing; spend time teaching them common sense, safety lessons and limit their use of technology so that they stay connected to you and others in your family.

A very good website that offers support and guidance is



Our students are currently enjoying the dance lessons with the Footsteps coaches.  Excitement is mounting as the concert date approaches. It has been lovely to see students practising at various times during the week. We look forward to lots of fancy footwork and smiles. Remember to book your tickets on



The last day of term 2 is Friday, 28th June. The children will finish school at 2.30pm; they will be dismissed from their classrooms.  I wish everyone a very safe and happy holiday and look forward to seeing all again on Monday 15th July when we commence another great term.



Practice the pause

Pause before judging

Pause before assuming

Pause before accusing

Pause before you may react harshly


You’ll avoid saying and doing things you may later regret.

Parenting Ideas
by Michael Grose


The ‘healthy body, healthy mind’ mantra is one that we grew up with. Physical education was a feature of school curricula and parents across the Western world commanded their children to ‘turn off that TV and go outside and play’. Physical education and movement were seen as essential for optimum learning and health.

In the current climate where children’s mental health is under the spotlight, the ‘healthy body, healthy mind’ mantra needs some updating. ‘A healthy gut, healthy brain’ is a more appropriate mantra in an age when we need to be focusing firmly on kids’ mental health before considering their learning capabilities. A healthy gut, or digestive system, equates to a fully functioning brain able to manage the heavy workload required for living in a fast-paced, technological world. So closely are the brain and body linked, that scientists and medical experts commonly refer to the gut as our ‘second brain’. Here are five ways to ensure that you, and the kids in your care, eat for a good gut health and mental health as well.

1. Eat Real Food

The twentieth century has seen a major shift in dietary habits worldwide with a marked increase in the consumption of sugars, snack foods, manufactured foods, take-away foods and high-energy foods. At the same time, the consumption of nutrient-rich and fibre-dense foods has diminished. A peek inside your refrigerator or pantry will reveal how you fit on this scale. If all you can see is jars, cans and labelled boxes and bottles, then your family probably eats a high proportion of processed food. If your shelves are filled with homemade food and liquid, then full marks, as it would seem your family’s diet is based on fresh, unprocessed foods.

Choose real foods and minimise the consumption of processed, manufactured and pre-packaged and fast foods. Not only are these foods of dubious nutritional value, many also contain high levels of sugar, the enemy of good mental health, as well as other additives that can inhibit the brain’s ability to deal with stress.

Choose foods that are high in complex carbohydrates, which increase the production of serotonin, the mood–lifting hormone that also calms the brain. When choosing carbohydrates, choose whole grains, such as whole-wheat bread and brown rice, rather than processed choices such as sweets, white bread and white rice. Whole grains take longer to break down in the body, releasing sugar slowly as the body requires it. Processed carbohydrates give an initial rush of energy, which rapidly drops sugar levels, leaving the body feeling lethargic and, in turn, urges the body to produce more sugar.


2.Eat small, regular, balanced meals

The body is its own ecosystem. With proper rest and nourishment it will produce what it needs to function at an optimum level. When you sleep, the brain is in cleaning mode clearing away the toxins it has gathered during a day of energy expenditure. With the right nutrition your gut will produce the good bacteria it needs to keep the body healthy and the pathways clear to the brain so that serotonin can be released to shape your mood, and build your coping capacities. This ecosystem relies on good nutrition and thrives on regularity. Eat small, frequent meals that include some protein such as meat, nuts, protein balls, cheese or yoghurt and healthy fats such as avocado or nuts that cause a lower rise in blood sugar, preventing sugar highs. Keep snack times regular to minimise mindless snacking and prevent kids from overeating on sugar treats.


3. Start the day with protein and complex carbs

Anyone who experiences anxiety is generally keenly sensitive to any physiological changes in their bodies. Having a dip in your blood sugar levels feels similar to a panic attack. A breakfast high in protein and containing complex carbohydrates will help keep your sugar levels steady throughout the day. To get protein in your morning diet turn back the clock 30 years to when it was common to give them a breakfast that included eggs, oats and milk or natural yoghurt. Eggs are high in protein, easy to serve and contain choline, a nutrient that curbs anxiety and boosts memory. Serve an egg up with some whole-grain bread or toast and you’re ensuring a gradual and sustained blood sugar release throughout the morning. Skip the high sugar breakfast cereals and try oats served with natural yoghurt and add a glass of milk, and you’re providing the nutrients that the gut needs to do its work.


4. Drink plenty of water

You probably know that dehydration is commonly linked to dry lips and feelings of thirst, but did you know that it’s also linked to anxiety? Dehydration sends the body into panic mode, with the heart racing, leaving a person feeling light-headed and agitated. The line between adequate hydration and dehydration is a fine one. Very active adults and kids can often forget to drink water and become dehydrated. You can also become so engrossed in a task such as studying, playing a video game or watching a TV program that you forget to hydrate. Keep a drink bottle on hand at all times and to drink regularly. Resist the habit of drinking sweet drinks when you are thirsty so they don’t binge on sugar. Water as the go-to for regular hydration should become a lifelong habit.


5. Minimise caffeine and keep it away from kids

It’s been well established that caffeine either in the form of coffee or energy drinks impacts negatively on sleep. Caffeine is a stimulant that fires up the fight-or-flight response, making it a bad option for those with a predisposition towards anxiety. Excess caffeine alone can trigger an anxiety attack. People with an inclination towards anxiety can experience nervousness, restlessness and fear after drinking just one cup of medium-strength coffee. Doctors commonly recommend that adults with anxiety disorders or symptoms should limit their caffeine intake.

Caffeine intake, while formerly largely an adult concern, now needs to be addressed in kids. While children in primary school years may not be coffee drinkers, caffeinated energy drinks and soft drinks are popular with this age group. Teenagers are often imbibers of energy drinks. However, as a child’s brain is developing, it’s advisable to completely eliminate caffeine from their diet, until they reach at least fifteen years of age. This means keeping caffeinated products out of the refrigerator and substituting energy drinks and coffee with healthier choices such as water, juices and green tea when they snack.

Visit: for more ideas from Michael Grose


Diary Dates


Wednesday 12th June

Year 1 Open Afternoon

School Council Meeting 7.30pm

Guitar Concert in 'Hall of Champions'-7pm


Friday 14th June

Year 5/6 Sport-Round 5

Second Hand Uniform Shop 3.15-3.45pm


Saturday  June 15th

Student Movie Night- 'The Lego Movie'-

6.15pm in the 'Hall of Champions'


Monday 17th June

Year 6 Open Afternoon 2.45pm-3.30pm


Friday 21st June

House Rewards Day




Thursday June 27th

Footsteps Concert Rehearsal-whole school

Footsteps Concert at Monash University, Clayton


Friday June 28th

Last day of term-early dismissal 2.30pm


Saturday  August 3rd

PFA Trivia Night


Monday 2nd September - Curriculum Day- please note this was originally planned for Friday 30th August but has now been changed

What's happening


June is Bowel Cancer Awareness month. This is an initiative to raise awareness, funds, technology, facts and support for everyone affected by bowel cancer, which is very close to our hearts.


Wednesday 19th June is Red Apple Day and we are asking students and teachers to wear red or green and bring in a gold coin donation.


Thank you for your support!


Angus, Destiny, Selena & Sahasra

JSC Representatives


Our next Curriculum Day was originally planned for Friday 30th August but has now been changed to Monday 2nd September.



Aditi V


“Aesop’s Fables”

“Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”

Neil Y


“Wild Animal Series”

Harvey F

Prep C


Brannan L

Prep C

“Pig the Star”

Sylia L

Prep B

“Doc on the Go”

“Word Doctor’


Thank you for these great books and many happy birthday wishes from all at Carnegie Primary School.



The Glen Eira Storytelling Festival takes place between June 22 and July 7. This festival features and exhibition of contemporary indigenous art at the Glen Eira Council Gallery and an interactive digital storytelling event by Brett Leavy, also at the GECC Gallery, running throughout the festival.


There are several events specifically for children, including 'Kids' Own Book Cubby-Workshop witrh Kids' Own Publishing" at the Carnegie Library on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 June between 10am and 1pm.


For further details about these and other events, go to


Friday 14th June  3.15-3.45pm

Thursday 20th June  3.15-3.45pm

Monday 24th June 3.15-3.45pm

Self Detection Program

Scoliosis is an important health problem for adolescent girls. The Spine Society recommend that all school girls in Years 5 and 7 participate in the National Self-Detection program for Scoliosis by downloading the Self Detection Fact Sheet directly from the Scoliosis Australia homepage here:

The website also contains comprehensive credible information about the symptoms and treatment of scoliosis.


Save your plastic bottle caps from milk and drink bottles etc until June 30th and pass them onto Miriam, the crossing lady. She is collecting them for a charity who recycles them to build prosthetic hands and arms for children in Third World countries. So start collecting! 

Students of the Week

June 3rd, 2019

Gigi S Prep                  For a  wonderful start at Carnegie. You always show lovely and respectful manners.

                                         We love having you in our class

Rayma S  Prep           For a fantastic attitude to all areas of your learning. You are a valuable class member

                                         of Prep D. Keep it up!

Amelia S  Prep          For her excellent attitude towards her learning and for being a helpful

                                        and kind member of the Prep C classroom

Molly L  Year 1           For showing huge improvements with your writing. It's so pleasing to see you do

                                        your personal best.

Inoday G Year 1         For his excellent writing. We are so proud of your story about the little dog.

Sotirios E  Year 2       For displaying the 7 Habits of CPS leaders by being proactive and showing maturity

                                         in your decision making. Keep up the great work!

Oscar B  Year 2           For demonstrating initiative and being an enthusiastic participant in all areas of

                                         your school life. Well done, superstar!

Sanchitha M Year 3  For showing focus and enthusiasm in our mapping lessons.

Sameer V  Year 3        For having a proactive and persistent approach to your learning. You are

                                          a superstar!

Luka M D Year 4          For his diligent use of the split strategy to solve large multiplication equations.

                                          You are a star!

Gaby D  Year 4             For always having a positive attitude to learning and for being a kind and

                                          considerate friend.

Catherine S  Year 5    For showing awesome enthusiasm and focus throughout all areas of your learning.

                                          You're an absolute legend.

Jade M  Year 6           For being an amazing team player and help to her t-ball team on Lightning

                                        Premiership Day.

Numeracy News

This week’s focus is


Patty looks for items or numbers that are repeated to help her solve problems.


This week we are back looking for another junior and senior Problem Solver of the Week. 










Hi, I am Mack and I am your 2019 Numeracy Captain. This week the questions are:    


Junior Question (Prep – Grade 2)
Becky is designing a quilt. Her design for the first half of one row of the quilt is shown below. If she continues her pattern, what are the next three figures likely to be?



Senior Question (Grade 3 – Grade 6)

Find a pattern in the designs. How many squares will there be in the eighth design of your pattern?


Please place your entry into the calculator box at the office by the 21st of June and include your name and grade. 🙂  


Cross Country News

Division Cross Country

On Thursday 6th June, the Kingston Division Cross Country event was held at Cornish College with nine representatives from Carnegie Primary qualifying for this event.

Holly M            Grade 3

Angus B           Grade 4

Eamonn W     Grade 4

Grace M          Grade 5

Georgia M      Grade 5

Cade D            Grade 5

Cooper A        Grade 5

Gigi W              Grade 6

Noah W           Grade 6


Those who were able to attend tried their very best on the day and it was an impressive effort by all as they raced around the course!

Congratulations to Angus B who finished 2nd in his age group! His outstanding performance means that he has now qualified for the Southern Metropolitan Regional event being held on Thursday 20th June.

We wish you lots of luck and good wishes for your next race!

Amy Travers and Dallas O’Brien

P.E./Sport Co-ordinators



PFA News


Our next meeting is on Monday 24th June in the staffroom at 7.30pm


This is happening THIS SATURDAY, 15th June. We will be screening  'The Lego Movie' in the hall from 6.15-8.15pm. 

Tickets are $5 and you can book via trybooking:


This event is open to CPS students only. Please book by THIS FRIDAY!



Thanks you to everyone who baked cupcakes or something for our morning tea on May 31st. We raised $1,580.55 on the day which is just fantastic. I'd like to also thank all our wonderful mums who helped run the cupcake stall on the day.

We also ran a mini raffle at our morning tea and had some lovely prizes from Lizzy's Chocolates and a couple of gorgeous flower bouquets supplied by 'Pretty Peonie' from one of our CPS Mums, Cathy Stacey. She has some beautiful flowers available which you can have delivered for free anywhere in Glen Eira. You can check her out on Instagram... pretty_peonie


Leesa Needham

Ph: 0408 556 669

Aftercare News

Youth Leadership Victoria

Carnegie Primary School OSHC

Opening Hours:  Before School Care 7am-8.45am

           After School Care 3.30pm-6.30pm

Vacation Care 7am-6pm




email: /

A copy of the enrolment and booking form can be downloaded through our website on:

Prices for the Program:

Before School Care

Permanent Booking: $14

Casual Booking: $17

After School Care

Permanent Booking: $15

Casual Booking: $20


Dear Parents

The service has recently been granted a licence from the department to be able to take a maximum of 100 children at a time at any particular session that the service provides

Due to the high demand that we experienced over the last holiday program we have put measures in place in order to guarantee the smooth running of the program and to ensure that we are compliant and not going over our limit of our licence of 100 children

To guarantee a spot in our program over the holidays we are requesting that families book and pay for their days allocated before the Holiday Program commences.


We will not accept any walk ins on the day, or bookings made on the week end prior to the program commencing.

Last day of guaranteeing a spot in the July holiday program is Friday 28th June 2018


Any bookings made after Friday 28th June need to be approved by the service prior by either phoning us on 0402043810

 or by our email at:


No online bookings to head office will be accepted after the last day of the term which is Friday 28th June

Thank you for your understanding in this very important matter.


Click on the link below for the Holiday Program details....











Click on the link below for the Term 3 Arts Program at Arts'cool...


Carnegie Primary Newsletter
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Term 3 2019 ARTSCOOL.doc
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