Jumbunna 24th June 2021



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

End of Term 2 Dismissal

We would like to thank all our families for your support throughout another unusual and challenging term. We hope that all students and families get an opportunity to relax and recharge during the break and we look forward to seeing you all back on Monday 12th July for the Start of Term 3.

A reminder that we will be having an early dismissal this Friday for the end of term.

Due to current restrictions, there will be no assembly prior to dismissal at 2:30pm.

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 80 children enrolled for next year, with a lengthy waiting list. Your assistance with this would be greatly appreciated.

Long Hair

It has come to my notice that some students are not abiding by the school‘s dress code by not tying back their shoulder length or longer hair.

The code is not designed to stifle individuality. It is there for hygiene reasons and to lessen the risk of injury. The Student Dress Code is very clear about this and applies equally to boys and girls. The code states :-

Shoulder length hair or longer, should be tied back to lessen the risk of injury or hygiene problems. All hair accessories should be in school colours (Navy, Sky Blue or White).

Establishing digital boundaries for a good night’s sleep

by Dr Kristy Goodwin

It’s well established that sleep is vital for children and adolescents’ learning, physical health, mental wellbeing and emotional regulation. Yet, a concerning number of Australian children and adolescents aren’t meeting the national sleep guidelines according to a recent study*.

There are many reasons for young people’s poor sleep habits including school demands, co-curricular and/or work commitments, perceived pressure from parents and educators and consumption of energy drinks. Young people’s digital device habits can have a significant, negative impact on their sleep.

Handheld devices emit blue light which hampers melatonin production. This can result in the delayed onset of sleep and potentially shorten critical phases of the sleep cycle. Research confirms that children who have not yet gone through puberty are particularly vulnerable to blue light exposure in the evening as they have larger pupils, compared to post-puberty adolescents.

Strategies to stop screens from sabotaging your child’s sleep

Parents can have a positive influence on their child and teens’ digital habits and doing so will yield positive results for their child’s sleep and subsequent learning and wellbeing.

Establish a digital bedtime

Kids should switch off digital devices 60 minutes prior to falling asleep. Reinforce this habit by establishing a ‘landing zone’ such as a kitchen bench, or desk in a study or sideboard where digital devices go for charging and storage. Many students report that they ‘need’ to complete homework or submit assignments late at night. Verify the validity of such statements and work in partnership with your child’s school to limit this type of required screen activity at night. Parents need to also be good role models by switching off before bed too.

Tech-free zones

Bedrooms should be tech-free zones so consider buying an alarm clock if your child uses a mobile phone to wake themselves up. Keeping devices out of bedrooms removes the tech-temptation to use them throughout the night, reduces the likelihood that they’ll reach for them upon waking and lessens the chance of cyberbullying incidents. Ensure any devices left in bedrooms are on airplane mode and that the device is away from their line of sight.

Ensure a daily dose of ‘greentime’

Exposure to natural blue light from sources such as the sun is critical for regulating circadian rhythms and promoting sleepiness at night. Ensure your child/teen is exposed to bright, natural, daytime light preferably before midday each day.

Use blue light filters

Most devices include options for ‘night mode’ or ‘dark mode’ that reduce blue light exposure. Dimming the brightness of the screen in the settings or applying a filter on a desktop or laptop also assists.

Do a screen swap before bed

Encourage passive tech activities before bed such as watching TV, listening to an audiobook, music or podcast, or reading on an e-reader.

It can be a challenge navigating digital boundaries with your child or teen particularly when it involves sleep, which is vital for health, wellbeing and learning. Talk to them regularly about the importance of sleep using science and facts to substantiate your claims.

*The Australian Department of Health recommends between 9-11 hours of sleep for children (aged 5-13 years) and between 8-10 hours of sleep for adolescents (aged 14-17 years). A 2019 study published by the Australian Institute of Family Studies found that a quarter of 12-15 year olds were experiencing a concerning lack of sleep and more than half of the 16-17 year olds in the study were not getting the recommended 8-10 hours/night (Source: https://aifs.gov.au/sites/default/files/publication-documents/lsac-asr-2018-chap4-sleep.pdf )


Ken & Lisa


A Message from the PE Department

Bonbeach Athletics Day 2021

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Athletics Day is happening on Thursday the 5th August. Here are a few reminders.

The students in Prep, Grade 1 and Grade 2 will be leaving school just after 9am, arriving at Ballam Park, Frankston (see map below) at approximately 9:30am. The teachers will mark the roll, then walk the students to the buses. Students are allowed to wear their house colours (no face paint or hair spray) and must bring a drink bottle and snack: – these will go into a class tub.

At the athletics track, the students will stay with their classroom teacher and participate in 7 different activities, changing to a new activity every 10 minutes. Parents are encouraged to come to the athletics track and cheer on the students.

Once every class has finished all activities, they will get back on the buses and go back to school with their teachers, leaving at approximately 11:30am-12pm.

Students in Grades 3 to 6 will be leaving school at approximately 9:45am. Students in these year levels are allowed to wear house colours (no face paint or hair spray) or their Bonbeach sports top. Preferred running shoes are required. The students must bring a bag with their lunch and a water bottle. Please remember that the weather can be unpredictable in winter. Please pack appropriate warm clothing for between events.

Students will stay in their class for the Athletics Day. Every student will participate in 7 events. Parents are encouraged to come and cheer on, but we will also require some assistance at some events, even if it’s for 10-20mins. Please see Mr Mac or email him: - corey.mccormack@educaton.vic.gov.au, if you can help out.

The day should conclude at 2:00pm, with students arriving at school at approximately 2:30pm.

In the event of extreme weather, the day will be called off. Please check Compass or the school Facebook page on Thursday morning for updates.

Looking forward to a great day!!!

-Mr Mac.