Pakenham Springs Newsletter

17 May 2019
Issue Seven
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
Parking Restrictions Around the School
Learning in J04
Learning in M23
Learning in S40
Pakenham Springs Primary School
(03) 5945 7400
Livingstone Boulevard
Pakenham, Victoria, 3810

Principal's Report



Parent-Teacher interviews

Thank you to all our families who made it to parent-teacher interviews last week.  We had over 600 appointments take place as we celebrated the students learning so far this year. Teachers are currently conducting a variety of assessments to inform the mid year reports that they are working on.  Reports this year will be available on Compass - you will receive a notification near the end of term when they are complete. 

Mother’s Day Stall

A massive thank you goes to our Mother's Day stall helpers.  This is a huge task and the opportunity couldn't be provided without many volunteers.  We hope all the mum's in our school community enjoyed a gift from the stall. 


This week our Years 3 and 5 took part in NAPLAN (National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy).  NAPLAN tests the skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life, such as reading, writing, spelling, grammar and numeracy. The school will receive the results in September and use them to help teachers identify where children are at with their learning and to indicate the performance trend of the school in the teaching of literacy and numeracy over a number of years.  Individual student NAPLAN results will be sent home with each student, maintaining confidentiality.

Student Insurance

Families are reminded and should consider that the Department of Education does not provide personal accident insurance or ambulance cover for students.  In the unlikely event of injury, parents and carers of students who do not have student accident insurance/ambulance cover are responsible for paying the cost of medical treatment for injured students, including the cost of ambulance attendance or transport costs. 

Grade 6-Year 7 Transition

It is now time to work through the Transition Enrolment/Placement Application process for your Year 6 student for 2020.  The following link can help you with this process of decision-making and then the relevant documents to complete.

Placement Application forms were due today.  Please make sure they are returned by Monday 20th May if you have not already done so.  Further information from the Department of Education via this link.



We are collecting the Woolworths Earn & Learn stickers again.  We have the sticker sheets available at the school Office or at Woolworths.  We look forward to collecting as many as we can to earn some great prizes for our school!



Enrolments for 2020 students

We are currently in the process of planning for 2020.   We are holding a Prep 2020 information night on Tuesday 4th June commencing at 6.00pm.  If you know of anyone who is considering enrolling at Pakenham Springs next year - either in Prep or other year levels, please ask them to contact the school office on 59457 400 and we can help them with any queries.


Designated Neighbourhood Boundary (DNB).

In order to accommodate our current students and manage enrolments, a school boundary exists for Pakenham Springs Primary School. hosts the most up-to-date information about Victorian school boundaries for 2020 onwards. To visit the site see: 

If you have a question about school boundaries, call the VSBA Hotline on 1800 896 950 or email [email protected]

Don't Miss Out!!

Please make sure you keep an eye on the 'Upcoming Events' page of the newsletter for all the important dates, including Incursions/Excursions, Camps and our final Curriculum Day for 2019.

Kerryn Baillie


Year Prep - Year 2
Assistant Principal's Report

Junior School News

Welcome back to Week Four,


What a busy but exciting term it has continued to be.  Thank you to all of the parents and carers that have been in for a Parent-Teacher interview, either last Tuesday evening or since then.   There are so many wonderful events and learning taking place on a daily basis, and it is great to be able to celebrate these with families.  Last week also saw us running our Mothers Day stall and there were a lot of excited students planning what they might get Mum on her special day.  I hope that all mothers enjoyed their gifts and were well spoiled on Sunday!


Student learning has continued to be our main focus of course, and as we come into a busy assessment period, prior to student reports being written, this provides an opportunity to celebrate the enormous growth that students have made since the beginning of the year.  This is particularly true of our Prep students in their first semester at school who have now learned almost every single letter in the alphabet and met nearly all of Milo's special friends. This means that in the next few weeks, Milo will be celebrating his birthday with friends and we will be sure to celebrate Milo's birthday, and our learning, with him!


In Year One, students are about to commence learning about time and duration of time. This will include learning about how to tell the time on digital and analogue clocks, as well as knowing the days of the week and months of the year.  Place value remains a strong focus in Numeracy sessions too, where students are learning how to make and model two-digit numbers using different materials.  During Inquiry sessions, students have been learning all about light and sound and will be able to explain to you how vibrations create sound waves if you check in and ask them.


In Year Two, students have been busy learning about how living creatures change over time, with a focus on animals and what they need to survive in their natural habitat.  In coming weeks, this will lead into exploring the life-cycles of different animals and writing some information reports. In writing, narrative writing remains the focus and it has been fantastic to see the students exhibit their creativity and thoughts through some very well-written narratives. Having been through rooms it is evident that a lot of thought and effort has gone into the planning of these narratives which has made the drafting process a lot easier.  I look forward to seeing the published texts!


I wish all Year Three and Year Five students, sitting their NAPLAN tests this week, the best of luck. Although I know that they are very well prepared after all of the work they have put in so far this year and will do us all proud.


Until next time, take care!



Danny Forster 

Assistant Principal in Junior School


Year 3 - Year 5
Assistant Principal's Report

Middle School News

Welcome parents, students and friends to this fortnightly news edition.  Over the last fortnight, all students in Years 4-6 have had the opportunity to voice their thoughts, feelings and opinions about their school in the ‘Attitude to School Survey’.   This is an online survey designed and monitored by Orima Research Canberra and the Department of Education.   We are expecting to access this important information early in July and I look forward to sharing this with the students and their families once available.

NAPLAN has also started this week and I have been extremely proud of our Year 3 and 5 students. The calmness and eagerness in which they have addressed this national assessment is a true credit to themselves and the teaching teams of Years 3 and 5.  Thank you to Mrs Cotterell who has been working behind the scenes to ensure the process runs smoothly. Whilst we had planned and prepared to complete NAPLAN 'online' this year, technical problems and uncertainties outside of our control have prevented this from occurring.  Instead, students are completing the paper version in all areas.  I am sure in 2020, we will again try the online version.


In Numeracy learning, students have been introduced/expanded to algorithms using addition. Having spent previous learning time delving deep into place value, the students now apply their knowledge to algorithms. Whilst algorithms can be simple in a formula, we want our students to picture and really understand what carrying over looks like and means. For our Year 4 and 5 students, algorithms include subtraction with and without borrowing and simple division. The importance in Year 5 is to have alternative strategies to verify, find and fix miscalculations.


Across the school, all students P-6 are learning about narrative writing. This includes the structure of this genre, sizzling starts, and for Year 4 and 5, multiple complications (problems) with multiple resolutions (solutions).  I encourage all parents and friends to visit our Open Afternoon, later in the term, to see the published pieces.


Kindest Regards

Jane King

Assistant Principal in Middle School

Year 6
Assistant Principal's Report

Electives are up and running for Term 2!

Our second block of elective sessions have started and it is so wonderful to see the enjoyment and engagement of all our senior students in their chosen elective.


One of the reasons I really love our Elective program for the senior students is that it gives them the opportunity to have a try of something new, potentially out of their comfort zone.   Watching students begin to learn orienteering, cooking or coding and seeing their faces as they master new skills really is a joy to witness.   I have loved seeing students embrace ideas such as 'Maths Masters' which is aimed at challenging them to use mathematics to solve complex problems.


Another reason I love our Electives program is that it also gives our teachers the chance to share one of their interests with students.  Seeing our teachers so excited about sharing their own ideas and experiences and watching how their relationships with the students really strengthen over the term is great to watch. 

I am lucky enough to be involved in our Rotary Junior Community Award elective this term, which is focused on Community Service.  We are assisting an organisation called Backpacks for Vic Kids who provide personal belongings and items of comfort to young children entering foster care or crisis care.   We had the founder of the organisation, Sally Beard, come and present to the group to let us know about what they do to help children in need.  The statistics she provided really opened the eyes of the students in the group and motivated them to join together to help others.  The group are excited about collecting, packing and delivering their packs this term and information will be shared with the school community about how we can all help.   We will continue to share updates of our project throughout the term.  It makes me proud that our students are embracing our school mission of becoming 'respectful and informed members of the local and global community'.       


Have a great week!

Renee Cotterell

Assistant Principal 

Upcoming Events

Term 2:

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


Thursday 23rd May:

  • Year 1 Chemistry Chaos incursion

Friday 24th May:

  • Re-scheduled District Cross Country - 10.30am - 2.00pm
  • Senior Interschool School Sport - Home Vs Pakenham Hills
  • Springers Awards - 2.30pm Staffroom

Monday 27th May:

  • Whole School Assembly - commencing 9.00am

Wednesday 29th May:

  • Year 6 Buddy Breakfast

Friday 31st May:

  • Senior Interschool Sport - Home vs John Henry Primary School




Tuesday 23rd April 2019 - Students return

Thursday 25th April 2019 (ANZAC Day Public Holiday)

Friday 26th April 2019 - Curriculum Day - no students attend on this day

Tuesday 7th May - Parent Teacher Interviews

Monday 10th June 2019 - Queens Birthday Public Holiday

Friday 28th June 2019 - End of Term 2

(Students dismissed at 2.30pm)



Monday 15th July 2019 - Curriculum Day - no students attend on this day

Tuesday 16th July 2019 - Students return

Wednesday 28th August - Friday 30th August Year 4 Phillip Island Camp

Friday 20th September - End of Term 3

(Students dismissed at 2.30pm)



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 3

(Students dismissed at 1.30pm)




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:

Year 1 'Chemistry Chaos' incursion

Middle School:


Senior School:

Re-scheduled District Cross Country event - Friday 24th May 2019

Secondary School preference forms due in today

Student Leader photos

Year 6 tops - last chance order


Whole School:

Rotary Junior Community Award - Community Service Project




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.

If you hold a current Health Care or Pension Card and would like to apply for CSEF please see the ladies in the office.

Please note these funds can ONLY be used for School Camps, Sports or Excursions.  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the school.


Contact the school office to obtain a CSEF application form or download from


If you applied for the CSEF at your child’s school in 2018, you do not need to complete an application form in 2019 unless there has been a change in your family circumstances.

You only need to complete an application form if any of the following changes have occurred:

  • New student enrolments;  your child has started or changed schools in 2019 or you did not apply in 2018.
  • Changed family circumstances; such as a change of custody, change of name, concession card number, or new siblings commencing at the school in 2019.

Check with the school office if you are unsure.


Applications for 2019 CSEF funding close on Friday 28th June.





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Parking Restrictions
Around the School


The parking and traffic regulations are enforced around the school. 







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.


Learning in J04

Junior School J04 Warn is sharing the learning taking place in their class…

In J04 we have been learning to identify different materials.  We have been exploring materials such as wood, glass, fabric, plastic and paper and have discussed their uses and why certain materials would be better suited for a particular purpose.

E.g. Why would our table be made from wood and not from paper?


We read the popular fable, The Three Little Pigs.  Each of the pigs builds a house to protect itself from the Big Bad Wolf.


We discussed:

The straw didn’t work.  Why?

The sticks didn’t work.  Why?

The bricks DID work.  Why?


The students came to the conclusion that it took longer for the brick house to be made and that the bricks are stronger.

The students were then set a challenge.


Build your own ‘house’ using craft materials that are ten or more block high that our Big Bad Wolf (a fan) can’t blow over.

The rich discussion during this construction and the teamwork that took place is a true credit to the learners in J04!


The ‘Big Bad Wolf’ is making an appearance this week.  Will their ‘houses’ stay up?

Learning in M23

Middle School M23 Marki is sharing the learning taking place in their class…

Springers Expectations – School Matrix

M23 have been reviewing the three R’s in the classroom and talking through each expectation.  We have also designed posters for the 3’Rs and what the expectations are in all areas around the school.

This term during our Wellbeing sessions we have been looking at being respectful and what makes a good friend.  The students have enjoyed designing posters and taking part in small group role plays during class time.


This week we are going to be discussing important values about how we behave outside in the playground and the importance of including others.  Our wellbeing lessons will have a focus on responsibility and what that looks like when we move around the school.


Learning time

This term we started our new inquiry topic about Aboriginal History.   M23 have embraced this topic and integrated all our reading and writing around it.  This term the students have started to investigate the significance of indigenous culture.  We have started to explore where the Aboriginals came from, where they went and what they did.  We have also looked at a timeline to compare and discuss aboriginal and European influences in Australia over the years.


In Reading this term we have been focusing our learning around the understanding sequence and searching for clue words in our reading such as first, then, next, and finally.


Our spelling focus has been on contractions and compound words.  Students have really enjoyed playing hands-on word work games and whole class warm-up games to improve our spelling skills.


In Writing, we have started our focus on Narratives.  Students have been exploring different characters and character traits.  They have also explored different settings.  Our planning stages are almost complete and we will be ready to start drafting our exciting narratives in the coming weeks.


In Maths, we have started to explore addition and subtraction and preparing our Mathematician brains for NAPLAN.  We have mainly been revisiting the CUBE Strategy and connecting this thinking with NAPLAN practise questions every day for 15min.


We have also refreshed our learning around time and confidently tell times on analogue and digital clocks.  We also practise our time skills and knowledge daily with lots of time games and challenges.

Learning in S40

Senior School S40 Rahimi is sharing the learning taking place in their class…

S40’s Summit to Success!

Last term, S40 focused on setting SMART goals and planning how to work towards achieving these. The Year 5’s have found they are great at setting goals, but what next?  What does it mean to reach these goals?   How can we stay motivated and set new goals?


This term S40 is making sure we track and celebrate our success.  Often, we are our own harshest critic and may forget all the learning we have achieved.  Therefore, this term, S40 is going to celebrate success together. This is not only a celebration of our successes but also motivation and inspiration for all our future goals.


We found that we are more motivated to reach our goals when we set them ourselves.  Therefore, each student has set their own goal for the term that they can work towards.




Throughout the term, students will be held accountable to track their learning and improvements independently, in pairs and in whole-class discussions. Ultimately, each time a student feels they have improved, they will be recognised by the class and celebrated.  Ensuring all students are motivated to improve and work to achieve their goals!



Once students have recorded their goal, the goal remains on their table as a reminder. Throughout the term, they will engage in meaningful conversations with peers and the teacher to ensure they have opportunities to learn strategies, practice and improve on their chosen skill.  Once students have reached their goal they place it on the ‘Summit to Success’ mountain.


This not only recognises success but acts as a way to motivate the students and their peers.


We look forward to an inspiring term full of learning and our journey towards our summit of success!

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