Jumbunna 13th May 2021



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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


A Message from Ken and Lisa

Curriculum Day

Next Friday 21st May, will be a Curriculum Day. Students are not required at school on this day. If you require care for your child, TheirCare will be operating from 7:00am-6:00pm. Please contact TheirCare for more information or to book your child in.

On this day, all school staff and pre-school staff will be participating in the Department’s Community Understanding and Safety Training. We are looking forward to increasing our understanding of Koorie culture, history and experience.

As our office staff will also be participating in this training, please be aware that the office will be closed from 8:45am-1:00pm on this day.

Attitudes to School Survey

This term, our students in Year 4-6 will be completing the Department’s annual Student Attitudes to School Survey. This annual student survey is offered by the Department of Education and Training to assist schools to gain an understanding of students’ perception and experience of school. Students will be asked about their thoughts and feelings in relation to their school, their learning, peer relationships and bullying. The Attitudes to School Survey will be conducted online during class time using a purpose built secure online portal. If you have any questions regarding this survey, please see your child’s teacher.

Thank you

Thank you to all our families for your participation in our Mothers’ Day activities last week. It was fantastic to see such a great turn out for our Mothers’ Day breakfast and the smiles on students’ faces as they purchased a gift for mum or a special person.

Thank you to the P&F committee for driving these events to ensure they could occur. We have a small committee of passionate mums and grandparents on the P&F. If you are interested in getting involved, it is not too late! Our next meeting will be held on Friday 28th May at 9:00am in the BER.

Thank you to the following parents/grandparents for your support with the Mothers’ Day stall: Jenny F, Mandy K, Karoline T, Rebecca E, Jody SC, Nyssa B, Kelly H, Amy W, Kate D, Tamara S and Kate S.

Thank you also to the following parents/grandparents for your support with the Mothers’ Day breakfast: Monique G, Jenny F, Archie M, Ilya G, Michael J, Bret M, Justin G and Narelle B.

Your support helped to ensure it was a successful event.

Farmers’ Market

What a great day it was last Sunday at our Farmers’ Market. It was fantastic to see so man families come out to ensure the market atmosphere and celebrate Mother’s Day. We had a record number of 48 stalls and 1250 people through the gates over the course of the market. Thank you to our families who supported the market by volunteering for set up/pack up, gates and on the egg and bacon BBQ. As a thank you, $500 from the market profits will go towards the Year 5/6 area and all profits from the BBQ in this month will go towards the school garden.

Thank you to our volunteers: Paul and Jen K, Janelle J, Cameron S, Lizzie S, Brett S, Andrew P, Katarina D, Regan M, Heidi S, Jane W, Troy B, Anita P, Jon C, Jade K, Amy D, Kate D, Veronica E, Jenny M, Ben H, and to our student volunteers: Charlotte S, Elijah S, Michael K, Alana K, Owen P, Saga D, Alva D, Ted C and Maive D.

Our June market will be held on Sunday 13th June. Our Year 3/4 team will be coordinating volunteers for set/pack up and the gates with $500 going towards our Year 3/4 area. If you are available to help out, please complete the Google form. https://forms.gle/Tp2Wxd83KxaqbaVs8

The pre-school will be organising volunteers for our egg and bacon BBQ for the June market. Pre-school families interested in getting involved are encouraged to contact the pre-school.

5 ways to increase good feelings (and reduce a toxic atmosphere) in your family 

by Michael Grose

That doesn’t mean that such families are devoid of conflict or criticism, but that they are generally pleasant environments to be part of.

One way to increase good feelings in your family is to increase the number of compliments kids hear at home.

As a general rule, the ratio of compliments to criticism should be around five to one. That is, there should be five times more positive, affirming comments than negative comments.

In unhealthy families this ratio is often reversed. Five negative comments for every one positive comment makes for a pretty toxic environment.

How does your family rate on this scale?

If you think about where your family may be on this scale, be careful about how much weight you put on your children’s comments, especially to each other. Siblings can be unkind to each other, finding it hard to share a pleasant word, which can skew the positive to negative ratio a lot (and sometimes make family life quite awful for everyone).

However, this can change over time.

Here are five ideas to help you improve the compliments to criticism ratio in your family:

  1. Increase the number of affirmations and compliments you make yourself.
  2. Keep a check on your use of ‘good feeling killers’ (and self-esteem killers). Eradicate comments such as: “Typical boy!” “If I’ve told you once I’ve told you a 1,000 times, don’t…” “What a stupid thing to say to your brother/sister!”. Bite your tongue. If you find yourself thinking a criticism, keep it to yourself.
  3. Make kids aware of their negative language.
  4. Make it a habit to follow a negative with a positive.
  5. Let the bad feelings out.

These, along with affectionate phrases and kind remarks, will start to skew the ratio a bit. Aim for a five to one ratio. Not only is this good modelling for your kids, but it will make family life more harmonious. Yep, five to one is your aim. If you can’t do that, then you can’t expect it of your kids.

Constant criticism harms self-esteem, not to mention family harmony. Use ‘I’ statements to let kids understand the impact their negative talk has on you and others. “When you talk so aggressively I feel quite scared about what you are going to do next.” It’s impossible for kids to disagree with ‘I’ statements.

When I was teaching I always tried to follow discipline of a student with a compliment or some positive feedback so that we could maintain a good relationship. Do the same in your family. Follow discipline, a rebuke or a negative comment with a positive act or comment. Then teach your kids to do the same!

Sometimes there can be such a build-up of ill will between siblings that you need find a way for them to let the bad feelings out. One way to do this is let one child vent to you about their sibling. Be warned that you may not like what you hear but a clearing of the air can work wonders to improve the family atmosphere.

Most of these suggestions start with you, the parent. Like everything in family life, whatever you want from your kids, you must take the lead and do first. Remember, five positives to one negative is your aim!


Ken & Lisa



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Education Week 2021

Now in its 77th year, Education Week aims to positively profile and celebrate the strengths and achievements of Victoria’s government education sector.

This year Education Week runs from 23-29 May, Week 6. The theme ‘Building Connections’ focuses on how the community can act as a support network, support students’ learning and development and enhance social inclusion.

Education Week is an opportunity for all primary and secondary schools, higher education, and early childhood services to showcase how they are building connections with the community around them.

Bonbeach Primary School will be celebrating Education Week by hosting Open Day on Tuesday and Wednesday during 3:45-5pm (allocated day due to surname, see below). Families will be able to walk through the different classrooms and participate in a variety of activities. The hall will also be open so that families can view some of the wonderful artwork that has been completed so far. There will be an Olympic flare added to the activities. Families are encouraged to walk around the school, collecting a sticker or stamp to complete the Olympic rings. Once all rings are filled in, place your form into the marked box for your chance to win a family movie pass.

This year, it will be slightly different so that we stay safe, and maintain COVID rules and regulations. We are opening the school on two different days between 3:45-5pm .

If your surname starts with A-K, we ask that you attend on Tuesday.

If your surname starts with L-Z, we ask that you attend on Wednesday.

Use the hashtag #edweekvic to get involved on social media.

For more information and to access the calendar of free activities, visit the Education Week 2021 website.

A Message from the PE Department

                                  District Cross Country

Last week we had 34 students participate in the District Cross Country at Cornish College. The weather was cold, wet and windy but no one complained, with everyone giving it their all and showcasing some terrific results. Thank you also to Mrs McCallum, Suzi Peacock and the parents and supporters of our students on the day!

Congratulations to the following 6 students who finished top ten in their age group and now go on to represent Bonbeach at the Divisional Cross Country, which is to be held at Karkarook Reserve, Warrigal Rd, Heatherton on Tuesday 1st June. Because of the small amount of students going through, there will be no bus transport to the event. Parents will have to arrange transport for their child.

                              Kailani. A           Mia. S           Saraya. L

                              Elijah. S             Leo. W          Tigga. J                                                       

Also special mention to Alaina. B in grade 3/4 who is 8 years old and came 9th in the Girls under 9/10 race. Unfortunately School Sport Victoria rules state that eight year olds can go no further in competing. We do look forward to Alaina competing in future years, where she’ll no doubt dominate and be able to go onto higher levels.                  

Good luck and GO BONBEACH!!!

-Mr Mac.



Theircare News

                                What’s been happening.

In before school care, we encourage the children to make their own breakfast, over the last few weeks the students have enjoyed making their own smoothies not only does this promote a healthy breakfast, but it also allows the children to improve of their self-help skills and independence.



  • Student free day is coming up on May 21st on this day students can wear their PJs, but just remember suitable footwear for outdoor play.
  • If your child is absent from school, please do not forget to cancel their afterschool care booking.

Contact details Ph.0439 392 221 Email. bonbeach@theircare.com.au

For enrolment details please visit www.theircare.com.au

or call 1300 072 410.

Student of the Week

PDJ       Eoin M-P
PKM      Sonny R

PMW     Eva F

JBT        Zion H
JKB        Leo W
JKM       Jamie D
JST        Erin M

MCF       Kora J

MEI       Amelia I  
MFR       Lenny G
MSM      Milla R

SJH        Liam H
SNM      Ava C & Noah H

Art         Alexandra R (PDJ)