Jumbunna 8th September 2022



Term Dates 2023

Term 1 - Fri 27th January to Thur 6th April

Term 2 - Mon 24th April to Fri 23rd June

Term 3 - Mon 10th July to Fri 15th September

Term 4 - Mon 2nd October to Wed 20th December



Curriculum days are student free days.

Friday 27th January

Monday 30th January
Monday 1st May

Monday 6th November


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A Message from Ken and Lisa


Great news for any parent looking for something special to do with their children tomorrow!

School Council wrote to different businesses informing them of our Pupil Free day and Funtopia has replied with a special offer for Bonbeach parents.

 Parents can use BONBEACHPS30 at checkout for 30% off playground passes on the 9th of September. 

Parents can also use this code for the 31st of October as well however, won't be available to book until after tomorrow. 

Please note,  this offer is only valid for online bookings.


School Council Report

The following policies have been reviewed, updated and approved by School Council:

All of these policies can be viewed on our website here or by clicking on the policy name above.


Policy Spotlight

Student Dress Code

We encourage all families to read our updated Student Dress Code Policy. This policy has been reviewed extensively including gathering and considering feedback from the community and students.

School Council has approved the following additions to the student dress code:

  • Plain black socks in addition to the current blue or white socks
  • Navy blue beanie or school beanie (outside use)

Thank you to all families who contributed their feedback to this policy.

Respect for School Staff

This updated policy can be found here.

All staff at Bonbeach Primary School have a right to a safe and supportive work environment, and we expect that parents/carers and visitors behave in an appropriate and respectful manner at all times.

We welcome complaints/feedback from parents and carers if they are communicated in a respectful and constructive way.

When raising a complaint or concern with us, Bonbeach Primary School expects all members of our community to act consistently with this policy, our Statement of Values and School Philosophy and the Department’s Respectful Behaviours within the School Community Policy.



Thank you

We would like to thank one of our parents, Tessa McCarthy, for her support in running our Scholastic Book Club. Because of Tess’s support, we have been able to provide this service to our families. As Tessa is leaving at the end of this term, we are looking for volunteers so we can continue to offer Scholastic Book Club to our students. Tessa has kindly volunteered to come back next term to train any new volunteers. If you are interested in finding out more about this volunteer role, please contact the office.

Thank you also to everyone who assisted with our Father’s Day breakfast last week: Julian W, Claire M, Bonnie G, Jenny F, Rebecca E, Zuzana P. It was fantastic to celebrate Fathers’ Day with our families last Friday morning.

Professional Practice Day tomorrow

A reminder that tomorrow (Friday 9th September) is our staff Professional Practice Day. Students are not required at school tomorrow.

Their Care will be running their program during the day if you require care for your child. Please contact Their Care to book their place.

Parent/Caregiver/Guardian Opinion Survey

A reminder that the Parent/Caregiver/Guardian Opinion Survey is now open for families to complete until Friday 16th September.

If a member of your family has not yet completed this survey, we encourage you to do so. The results of this survey give us valuable feedback from our school community. Please note that the survey must only be complete once per family.

Details on how to access the survey have been posted to Compass.

Junior School Production

We hope you all enjoyed our Junior School Production of The Best Beak in Boonaroo Bay last night. This night could not have been possible without a lot of hard work behind the scenes from a number of people.

Special thanks go to:

Robyn Keeley                                     Producer/Director

Technical Production                      Kate and Brett Davis

Ticket Sales & Admin                     Sharon Keates & Wendy Helling             

Costumes & Props                          Kirsty Oliver & Bonnie Griffiths 

Auditions                                          Kellie Batson & Kylie Middleton                

Backing Trax/Sound Desk              Frazer Rankine                 

Rehearsals & Practices                  P-2 Teachers                    

Stage Set up                                     Jonathan Cartwright      

Photography                                    Rachael Kruse                                 

Parent Helpers                                Caroline Jones & Joanna Sharkey

Student Helpers                              Griffin Drinan, Milana Blumin, Allira Bean


15 ways to love your child confidently

Parents have two things in common. Firstly, every parent experiences some challenges or difficulties at some point raising kids. Whether it’s managing challenging behaviour, keeping a child’s chin up when life doesn’t go their way or helping a young person handle the ups and downs of adolescence – every parent must deal with challenges along the way. Secondly, all parents want their children to thrive and flourish. That means we need to love our kids confidently, rather than protect, pamper and problem-solve for them.

Here are 15 ways to help your kids thrive and potentially reduce the number of parenting challenges you experience along the way:

  1.  When kids can, let them do

The independence mindset that we promote here at Parenting Ideas means that parents look for as many opportunities as possible to develop self-sufficiency in children. When kids can get themselves out of bed in the morning we allow them to do so. When a toddler can clear their plate and spoon away we encourage them do so. When a teenager can catch a train into the city we allow them to do so, even though we may be uncomfortable about letting go. Self-esteem and confidence is built by kids gaining mastery over their world and doing the little things that we as adults so often do for them.

  1.  Develop a growth mindset

This generation shouldn’t grow up like past generations thinking that their natural abilities set the tone for the pattern for the rest of our lives. If you think that you’ll never be good at maths/writing/sport/whatever, then you have a fixed mindset. We now know that talent and smarts aren’t fixed – they evolve over time with practice and effort. There’s a lot parents can do to develop a growth mindset in kids. Start by linking your child’s success with effort rather than linking it to natural ability. You want your child to grow up believing that hard work and strategy have as much to with their success in any area as their natural ability.

  1.  Encourage them to play

Adults are very fond of organising environments for kids to enable learning and maximise their development. Kids’ lives are full of organised after school activities including sports practice, music practice and swimming lessons. There’s not much time for mucking around these days. Self-initiated play, particularly when it occurs outside is great for kids’ confidence. Left to their own devices kids often take risks that would make adults shudder, if only they knew about them. But it’s through risks such as climbing trees, building cubbies and navigating their neighbourhood that kids learn to extend themselves and develop skills that they didn’t know they had.

  1.  Give them some tough stuff to do

Life in the twenty-first century is comfortable for most us. We’ve eradicated most of the hardship from life so that most kids in developed countries like Australia wake up on a winter morning with a full stomach, a warm house and the prospect of being driven to school. Nothing builds confidence like a deep appreciation for what you have and an understanding that you can put up with some hardship and discomfort. Consider ways you can disrupt deep comfort levels. Maybe they have to do some chores (make their lunch/their bed/feed a younger sibling) in the morning; maybe they should walk to school; maybe they can do without morning tea if they leave it at home. Think of your own ideas to help them feel familiar with discomfort.

  1.  Make sure they do something that someone else relies on

So what does your child do that someone else relies on? Do they feed the dog? Empty the dishwasher? Help their sibling with homework? Assuming responsibility builds kids’ confidence. We often give responsibility to kids who we know can carry out the responsibilities without a hitch, not the kids who really need it as they sometimes struggle and won’t do it right.

  1.  Give them psychological space

Sometimes we know too much about our children’s lives. Most times we know if they had breakfast, who their friends are and how their day went at school. All this knowing may keep us in the loop with our kids, but it can also be suffocating for some children. Children benefit when they have some space from their parents’ attention and best intentions. Space gives them the chance to solve their problems in their own way and develop their own resourcefulness, which is a fantastic confidence-builder at any age.

  1.  Ask them to help you

Nothing displays faith in a child’s abilities like a genuine request for help. Next time you’re about to embark on an activity (cooking, washing the car, loading the washing machine) ask a child to give you a hand. Even better, give the total job to your child if it’s practical and timely to do so. Now that’s what I call a show of faith!

  1.  Let them teach you something

When was the last time you asked your child to teach you how to do something? Kids who see themselves as strugglers can get a boost in confidence when they teach their parents how to do something that they are good at.

  1.  Encourage your child to be a generalist

The years before adolescence have traditionally been seen as a period when children explore various activities and develop a variety of interests. Essentially it’s the time to be a generalist. Specialisation best happens from around fourteen years of age when young people start to define their identity (‘I’m into music!’ ‘I’m a sports nut!’) by the activities they pursue. Children now seem to specialise at a much younger age, which can limit the options available to them later on. Encourage your child to try a variety of different activities to build a broad base of competencies and interests that will serve him well in the teenage years.

  1.  Problem solve together

While kids need a chance to resolve some of their every day problems – such as managing pesky siblings, dealing with strict teachers and sharing a workspace at school with peers they don’t like – by themselves, they can also benefit from sitting down with a parent and working their way through problems together. All the aforementioned problems (and many more besides) could be workshopped so that kids get the benefit of your wisdom, without you solving their problems for them.

  1.  Encourage assertion

Kids generally resolve relationship problems with friends and siblings in three ways – through accommodation, aggression or assertion. Accommodating the needs a friend or sibling is admirable but some kids give way too much because they don’t know how to stand up for themselves. Some children will use aggression and other high power ways to get their own way. Encourage your child to be assertive and ask for what they want rather than give way all the time or be aggressive. Assertiveness is as much about strong body language as it is about the words they use. So encourage them to practise standing up straight, using a strong voice and making eye contact when they say to a sibling or friend, “No. I don’t want you to borrow that.”

  1.  Help them see beyond the label

A child who defines themself as being stupid because they struggle academically benefits from parents who lovingly point out that there is more to a life than school work. Help them see the strengths that they have in other areas of life such as making friends, success at leisure activities and the personal qualities that he or she displays such as loyalty, patience and persistence. Help children see past labels that they can place on themselves.

  1.  Cue confidence not anxiety

Recently I heard a parent say to her primary school-aged daughter prior to going on a class excursion, “You’re not going to be anxious are you?” If the child wasn’t anxious already she was likely to be after her mother planted the idea in her head. Children generally take their cues about how they should see events from their parents so we need to be very careful about what we say to children particularly when they go into new or unfamiliar activities. Better to cue a child to be courageous with a statement such as “Now’s the time be brave.”

  1.  Turn the volume down on the news

There’s no doubt we live in a fearful world that reduces children’s propensity to take the sensible risks that they need to develop. The media with its twenty-four-hour news cycle has a lot to answer for. Consider how much news your children are exposed to via television and radio particularly in the pre-school and early primary school years. Kids at these ages are faulty processors of information and can be adversely influenced by news events that occur across the world. Fear defeats confidence and inflates anxiety and tension.

  1.  Help your child rationalise, rather than exaggerate their worries

Children and teenagers can easily jump to conclusions and catastrophise (“I’m hopeless!”), blaming themselves when they experience difficulties. Help your child work through their difficulties so they can rationalise and find solutions. Challenge their self-talk and help them see that a situation probably isn’t as bad as they are making out. By calling out their propensity to catastrophise you may not be making yourself popular, however you’ll be teaching a valuable lesson in staying calm rather than letting their emotions get the better of them.

Building children’s resilience and confidence is a basic parenting task. It always has been and always will be. Some kids need more of a focus on resilience and confidence-building than others. Best to take your cues from your kids and look for strategies that stretch them rather than restrict them or keep them dependent on you.


Ken & Lisa




Dates to remember

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Farmers' Market News

Bonbeach Farmers’ Market

Sunday 11th September

8:30am – 12:30pm


Spring is finally here! 
Everything feels refreshed and energised with so many vibrant colours awakening up in our gardens after the few months of a cold winter.

This Sunday is the perfect opportunity to come down to the market and grab the items you need to help kickstart your Spring. Fresh fruit and vegetables, sparkling ciders, crusty breads, dips, pastas, meats, pates and a variety of wonderful sauces, fresh flowers, plants, seedlings and gardening tools are some of the items on offer.  Don't forget to bring your empty containers for refills on oats, grains and cleaning products.

Arrange to meet some friends, grab a coffee, sweet or hot treat and listen to some great music with this month's busker 

Don't forget to bring a $2 gold coin for entry as we do not have card facilities on the gates.

The market is a fantastic fundraiser for our school. The new lighting about to be installed in the school hall has recently been purchased from funds raised and we are now raising funds for an additional bike shed. This will provide a safe place for your children's bikes to be stored during the school day.

 If you would like to help behind the scenes, we are also looking for new committee members. You don't have to attend every market if you are on the committee. The committee meets at 5pm on the Tuesday following the market. If you are interested or would like some more information please have a chat to one of the current members:  Jon Cartwright, Jody Stack-Carrodus, Anita Paganoni or Amy Le-Dowling or Mr Jones and Ms Roolker.

See you all this Sunday! 

Farmers Market Committee

A Message from the PE Department

                        Congratulations District Athletics Team 2022!

Well done to the 53 students who represented Bonbeach last week at the District Athletics Day. The day was a great success with many pleasing results, outstanding school spirit and a positive attitude from all competitors!

Congratulations to the following 19 students who finished first or second in their event(s) and now go on to compete in the Divisional Finals in week one of next term:

Sam. C- 1500m

Lucas. L- 1500m, 800m and Relay

Alaina. B- Hurdles

Griffin. D- Hurdles

Judson. C- Shot Put

Judd. H- High Jump

Sasha. W- Shot Put

Luke. M- Discus

Mia. C- 100m

Masha. S- 100m and 200m

Levi. M- 100m

Miori. W- Discus

Taylor. S- 200m

Lenny. G- 200m and Relay

Lachlan. C- High Jump

Asha. B- Shot Put

Van. L- 800m

Lachlan. M- Relay

Baxter. Q- Relay

Because of the numbers there will be no bus transport to the Divisional Event. All details should be on a note the students received when collecting their ribbons on the day. Any other questions, please see Mr Mac.

Good luck team and GO BONBEACH!!!

-Mr. Mac


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