Jumbunna 20th May 2021



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Term Dates 2024

Term 1 - Mon 29th January to Thur 28th March

Term 2 - Mon 15th April to Fri 28th June

Term 3 - Mon 15th July to Fri 20th September

Term 4 - Mon 7th October to Fri 20th December



Curriculum days are student free days.

Monday 29th January

Tuesday 30th January
Friday 7th June

Monday 4th November


A Message from Ken and Lisa

Curriculum Day – this Friday

A reminder that this Friday 21st May will be a Curriculum Day. Students are not required at school on this day. Due to our office staff participating in the morning session, the office will be closed from 8:45-1:00pm.

Education Week

Next week, we will be celebrating Education Week with an Open Afternoon. Families will be able to participate in activities with an Olympics theme in the classrooms and view some of the fantastic artwork completed by students in the hall.

Due to Covid restrictions, we will be running two open afternoons for half of the school on each night.

Families with a surname beginning with A-K are invited to attend on Tuesday 25th May between 3:45-5:00pm and families with a surname beginning with L-Z are invited to attend on Wednesday 26th May between 3:45-5:00pm.

There will also be restrictions on how many people (including children) can be in each room at one time. Please enter rooms via the external door and check the capacity limit prior to entering.

All families will also be required to check in using the Schools QR code. This will be available at every room entry.

We look forward to welcoming our families in next week.

Kiss and Go Zones

It has been brought to our attention that parents have been misusing the Kiss and Go zones located on Cirrus Street and Coast Banksia Drive. A reminder that this is a ‘no parking’ zone at drop off and pick up times. This means that during these times, there is a two minute time limit and the driver must stay with their car. Following these rules helps to ensure a safe drop off and pick up for all students.

Staff Car Park

The staff car park is not a drop and go zone. Some parents are using it at drop off time, particularly the disabled spaces, for this purpose. Please do not do this as more students are using the Breeze St. footpath to access the school and, with cars entering and leaving the car park, are being potentially put at risk.

Prep enrolments 2022

A gentle reminder that if you have a child starting Prep next year, please fill out their enrolment forms and send them to the office as soon as you are able. We already have over 40 children enrolled for next year. Your assistance with this would be greatly appreciated.


5 ways to resist children’s pester power

by Michael Grose

Do you have a child who won’t take “no” for an answer?

“Mum, can you buy me a treat?”
“MUUUMMMM, can you get me some new clothes?”
“It’s not fair. You never let me have any fun.”

Sound familiar?

Kids have a way of getting under your skin when they really want something. You can refuse their request for a treat, some extra time out of bed or some new clothes, and they can keep at you until you give in.

Whining, tantrums and appeals to fairness are common tactics that kids use to break down parental resolve.

Some kids when they receive a knock back from one parent, will try the other parent out. “Okay, mum said no to an ice cream, I’ll just check to see what dad says” is the type of tactic I‘m talking about here.

Solo parents can easily become worn down by pester power as there is no one to share the burden with.

Pester power hasn’t always been a problem for parents. In the days of large families, when four or more children were common, not only was there less propensity to give kids what they wanted but siblings had their own way of dealing with rebellious or ‘prima-donna’ type behaviour.

There is no doubt that kids’ pester power is alive and well and living in Australian homes right now. In these times of smaller families the voice of one child resisting can be the only voice a parent hears.

If your kids don’t take no for answer, particularly when they want you to buy, buy, buy consider these well-tested resistance strategies:

  1. Keep explanations to a minimum.

It’s worth remembering that it’s okay to say no… without always having to explain yourself. While kids should know why we don’t give/allow them something that doesn’t mean we have to give answers every single time. Most of the times kids know why we say no, but they just keep pushing the boundaries.

  1. Make yourself scarce.

My wife was an expert making herself scarce physically or psychologicallywhen my kids used to argue the point with her. She would ignore attempts to change her mind, going about her business as if they weren’t there. They soon realised that arguing was futile. So have I… except it took me a little longer!!

  1. Communicate with your partner.

Teenagers are adept at putting pressure on parents to acquiesce to their demands, particularly when it comes to going out. Get into the habit of bringing your partner into the picture. “I’m not sure about that. I’ll check with your father/mother and get back to you” is a handy response.

  1. Draw strength from a friend.

It helps, particularly if you are on your own, to phone a friend to check if you are being reasonable. It’s easy to doubt yourself, and your sanity, when you are on your own.

  1. How can you make this happen?

Sometimes it’s best to put the onus on to kids, particularly when they pester you to buy them things. “Sure, you can have a new mobile phone. Have you got enough money to buy it now or do you have to save for it?” is the type of response I suggest for kids who just love you to be their automatic teller machine.


Ken & Lisa


Kiss & Go

A Message from the Art Department

This term in the art room is all about HAVING FUN WITH PAPER! Students will be developing their cutting and folding skills through a series of explorations into collage and paper construction. This is a fantastic opportunity for students to build upon their fine motor, visual motor and perceptual skills.

Prep students have been very busy practising using their cutting, tearing, drawing, folding and gluing skills to create wonderful bookmarks for Mother’s Day – we hope all the mums loved them! They are currently working on creating spiders and webs after reading Eric Carle’s book, ‘The Very Busy Spider’. Using colourful thread, the children have threaded spider webs which helps develop their fine motor skills and will finish off their collage spiders ready for display at our Art Show next week. 

In Year 1 and Year 2, students have been busy creating colourful collages and cutting symmetrical and free-formed shapes, requiring some tricky consideration of how their hands and the paper work together to achieve the desired outcome. They will soon delve into the world of paper folding and learn different techniques which they will then use when creating imaginative 3-dimensional paper constructions.

Year 3 and Year 4 students have absolutely loved getting stuck into creating Papier Mache donuts, which just happens to coincide with upcoming International Donut Day! Students used paper folding techniques to create the base shape of their donuts, patiently layered all 240 donuts using newspaper and tissue paper, and cannot wait to add the icing and sprinkles next week! After this, they will turn their attention to collage and use individually painted papers to build beautiful works of art. 

Year 5 and Year 6 students have embraced paper sculpture, and have been working enthusiastically to create 3-dimensional portraits using a range of paper folding techniques. I have loved the attention to detail they have all shown, and the way they have each applied their new skills in different ways. This week the students participated in an art workshop with Melbourne artist, Anu patel, who will be incorporating the students’ ideas into a mural she is creating in the Chelsea Shopping Precinct. Anu will come back next week to for another workshop.



You can see a snapshot of all our work at our Art Show as part of next week’s Open Night to celebrate Education Week. Each student will have one piece of work on display to showcase what they have been busy doing in Term 1 and Term 2. The students have taken a lot of pride in their work and would love for you to take the time to come take a look!

Jodie Wicks and Bethea Fregon


ICAS Assessments

P&F Meeting

Just a reminder that our next meeting is on Friday 28th May in the BER at 9:00am. Come and join us for a cuppa and a chat after morning school drop off.

Any new suggestions about fundraising for our children are always appreciated

Everyone is welcome and we would love to see you – parents, friends, and of course grandparents.

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.