Punchbowl Primary School
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146 Punchbowl Road
Punchbowl TAS 7249
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Phone: 03 6344 1382

Punchbowl Primary School - Term 2, 2019 - 17th May

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Punchbowl Primary School - Term 2, 2019 - 17th May

Dear Parents and Guardians,

This week our Grade 3 and 5 students participated in NAPLAN testing. This was a big year for both teachers and students in navigating the online system for testing.  I am happy to say we had minimal issues and the problems we did have were technical issues that were fixed reasonably quickly.  The students seemed to enjoy using the computer to complete the test. I would like to thank all parents of our Grade 3 and 5 students for supporting their children to be confident and comfortable completing the testing. We appreciate for some children it is quite a daunting experience and we were very proud of the way our teachers and students tackled the testing! In addition, a special thank you to our teachers who engaged in a variety of creative ways to support students in feeling happy and excited about beginning the tests like special morning teas, fruit platters and mindfulness exercises.

The main thing I want our students and parents to know and understand is that we value our students no matter how they perform in NAPLAN testing.  We value that our students are creative, kind and caring individuals who have learnt so much about life that is not tested in NAPLAN.

School Association

Last Wednesday night we held our AGM followed by our normal School Association meeting.  It was great to see some new faces at the meeting and some new additions to the committee.  Congratulations to Brock Kerslake, Mark Padgett, Krystle Kaine, Frith Mabin, Kate Alcorso, Mel Reeves and Megan Purton who are our  parent members of the committee. Also a big thank you to teachers, Jo Bent, Bec Frerk and Clara Baker who are all taking up the teacher positions.

Thank you to our retiring committee members: Lucas Edwards, Mel Wilcox and Alice Calvert. Your contribution to our School Association has been greatly valued.

At our last meeting, we discussed the possibility of holding a Trivia Night; we are looking for any interested parents who are keen to be responsible in co-ordinating the running of this event.  We have existing members that are happy to support, however, we would love someone new who has a possible interest in this area to help us run the night.  If you are keen to be involved, please contact the school office.

Mother’s Day Stall

I would sincerely like to thank Frith Mabin and Mel Reeves for all their work in  co-ordinating and making items for the successful Mother’s Day stall.  Also a big thank you for the volunteers who gave up their time assist on the stall. Frith is the co-ordinator of the Fundraising Committee this year and is looking for parents to be involved in fundraising initiatives with her.  If you have any ideas or time, please either let Frith or the office know.  

Cross Country Grades 3-6

Last week we held our Cross Country Carnival at Waverly Primary School.  We were so thrilled with participation that we gave out rewards (icy poles) to all those students who participated.  We know it is a very long run for some; however, we were proud that everyone tried their hardest whether they walked, jogged or ran the distance.

Next Thursday, 23rd May our Kinder to Grade 2 children will participate in their cross-country event, this will be held at school from 1:30pm to 3:00pm. We love seeing our parents supporting and cheering on our younger children, so please mark this date in your calendars. Our focus again is on participation for this carnival and our Grade 6 Leaders will also be out on course to support our younger students.

School Photos

School photos will once again be taken by MSP Photography on Thursday, 30th May. Please remember that your child will need to take their photo envelope with them on the day to the photographer, these do not come back to the office. Please try to have children here on time as photographers stick to tight schedule. Children are expected to wear their sports uniform on the day. The majority of family photos will be taken at 8:30am.

Enrolment in Kindergarten in 2020

If you have a child who was born in 2015, they need to be enrolled in Kindergarten for 2020!  Our numbers for next year are increasing week by week.  If you have a child who is the sibling of a student already enrolled at our school it would be greatly appreciated if you could please collect an Enrolment Form from the office, complete and return it as soon as possible so we can begin to prepare for your child's 2020 class allocation.  If you are aware of any other families living within our area with children of kindergarten age please encourage them to enrol soon.  As our school is nearing capacity all out of area enrolments will need to go through the formal out of area enrolment procedure as set out by the Department of Education Act.

New Staff Member 

Mr Sutton has decided to reduce his workload for the remainder of the year by one day a week. As a result Mr Tim Piper has joined our teaching staff and will be working on a Friday teaching on 5-6 Sutton.  We would like to welcome him to our school community.  

Liz O'Donahue - Principal


Educational Adjustments - Disability Funding - Parent and Family Forums - Term 2

Parents and families are invited to attend a forum to provide information about and discuss Educational Adjustments.


From 2020, there will be a new approach in Department of Education schools to assisting students with disability to access, participate and engage in quality educational programs. 

Forums are scheduled for Term 2. Light refreshments will be provided.


See details of locations and timing and how to register at: REGISTER HERE


For paper based newsletters please use the full web address to register is: https://edu.formstack.com/forms/parent_forums


A copy of the individual photo envelopes have been sent home with every student.  Please note that this envelope is only to be brought back on photo day Thursday, 30th May with the correct money….start saving now! All student envelopes are individually barcoded for identification purposed and are to be handed to the photographer on photo day regardless of whether an order is placed or not.

** Online ordering is available also, and this information is clearly stated on the front of each envelope.

Family photos will be taken at 8.30 am in the Multi Purpose Hall. Family envelopes are available from the school office upon request. When ordering online please write the order reference on your family envelope and return the envelope to the photographer on photo day. Discounts only available online.

For any enquiries please phone MSP Photography of 6231 5880 or email: msp.tasmania@msp.com.au or visit website www.msp.com.au



Premiers Reading Challenge 2019

Starts 29th of April 2019 (first day of term 2) and will runs for 10 weeks!

 Students from Prep to Year 6 are challenged to read 10 books in 10 week to win prizes.

They can negotiate with their class teacher to have a large chapter book counted as being more than one book.

 To monitor progress all students will all get a pencil, bookmark and reading log to record how they are going.

Every student at Punchbowl will have an opportunity to participate and is registered.

Students  can also write a book review on the Premier’s Reading Challenge website for a chance to win a gift voucher.


 Class Teachers will be sharing student’s progress with Miss Rainbow who will have some special prizes for people who are doing a really great job with their reading. These will be handed out over the ten weeks of Term 2.

 Students who complete the challenge will receive a certificate from the Premier of Tasmania and a pack of prizes for participating.

 The Premier of Tasmanian has stated

‘Reading is just like sport - the more you practice the better you get.

I encourage students to take up the challenge of reading at least 10 books in 10 weeks.

Reading and literacy skills are the basic building blocks of life, no matter what you aspire to do or be’. 

Any questions can be directed to class teachers or Miss Rainbow regarding this event.


We are seeking some parent/ family volunteers who may be able to give up some time in the afternoon to support our Early Childhood students in their reading.

Please contact the office to give your details or speak with Miss Rainbow about being involved in our upcoming reading program.

Volunteers will need to have a Working with Vulnerable Children's card. Thank you for your support. 

(from Assembly 7th May 2019)

P-1 Millen Cilla M, Manala G, Edward A
P-1 Lockwood Nakshi S, Charli K, Edward W
P-1 Baker/Peachey Isla L, Ayla J
1-2 Dunn Henry F,. Indy P, Eden H
1-2 Cameron Ruby P, Cale E, Hayley P-G
2 Stagoll Brienne L, Ivy M, Bella A
3 Wells Seth A, Jada R, Lachlan B
3-4 Johnstone Mariana Y, Justin T, Lisa P
4 McCarragher Ashton Q, Georgia A
4-5 Shephard/Peachey Indianna S, Maddi S, Jack B
5-6 Sutton Brodie F, Anika H, Iggy M
5-6 Bodell Joby C, Poppy W
5-6 Frerk/Bent Jack F, Oliver A, Barney W



Congratulations to the winners of the Easter Raffle.

Kinder Walkinshaw - Ethan L

Kinder Campbell - Jarvis D

P/1 Millen - Oliver H

P/1 Lockwood - Charlie K

P/1 Baker/Peachey - Lincoln Howe

1/2 Cameron - Leon Wood

1/2 Dunn - Oliver Q

2 Stagoll - Mrs D Flett

3 Wells - Henry P

3/4 Johnstone - Bronwyn Strange

4A McCarragher - Brad Cottam

4/5 Shephard/Peachey - Lily H

5/6 Sutton - Kalp S

5/6 Bodell - Oscar M

5/6 Frerk/Bent - Polly S

On Wednesday, 8th May Punchbowl Primary held their Grade 3-6 Cross Country Carnival at Waverley Primary School. It was a beautiful late autumn day and the conditions were excellent. Congratulations to Esk House who narrowly won over Tamar. I want to acknowledge the efforts made by the students at this event, with very little preparation it was awesome to see everyone having a go regardless of ability. Our focus in PE lessons leading up to this event was ‘everyone has a different pace’ and to ‘find out your pace’. I wish to thank parents, students and teachers for their support of this event.

Congratulations to the students listed below who have been selected to represent Punchbowl Primary at the LSSSA Cross Country Carnival at Waverley Primary School on Friday, 7th June.  More information will be sent home with these students closer to the event.

Grade 3 Boys

Grade 3 Girls

Grade 4 Boys

Grade 4 Girls

Charlie D

Henry P

Zeke T

Elijah Q

Grayson A


Jada R

Olivia P

Tahlia B

Jessica C

Mariana Y

Flynn M

Lachlan H

Lincon T

Oscar T

Jakob T

Aya C

Savannah M

Sophie D

Erin W

Georgia A

Grade 5 Boys

Grade 5 Girls

Grade 6 Boys

Grade 6 Girls

Barney W

Luke M

Oliver F

Heath S

Hudson E

Caitlin W

Sophie C

Poppi S

Jade B

Layla S

Kie M

Oliver F

Mason D

Adam R

Joby C

Ally W

Grace W

Sophia A

Imogen M

Ruihan S


Friday May 17th

Hockey vs Norwood @ St Leonards Hockey Centre

Netball 1 vs Riverside 2 @ Punchbowl

Football 1 vs Trevallyn @ Trevallyn

Footy Dev vs Glen Dhu @ Punchbowl

Friday 24th May

Hockey vs West Launceston @ St Leonards Hockey Centre

Netball 1 vs Riverside 1 @ Punchbowl

Football 1 vs West Launceston @ Punchbowl

Footy Dev vs St Leonards @ St Leonards


We are excited to be taking part in the 2019 Woolworths Earn & Learn program.

During the previous campaign, we were able to purchase some great resources with the points we earned, thanks to you.

From now until 25th June 2019, you can collect stickers at Wooloworths that go towards Earn & Learn points. For every $10 you spend at Woolworths (excluding the purchase of tobacco, liquor and gift cards), you will receive a sticker. These stickers can then be given to your children to collect on a special sticker sheet. Once it is completed, they can simply bring it back here to school or you can drop them into your local Woolworths collection box.

The more points we earn, the more we can redeem from a choice of over 10,000 educational resources including mathematics and english resources, art & crafts materials and much, much more!

We are grateful for your support and look forward to a successful program. If you have any questions, please ask at school.

Spare sticker sheets can be collected from the school office if required.

Metro Bus routes and timetables are expected to change in Northern Tasmania.
The changes effect routes 40, 45, 50 and 55. New planned bus routes will be 140 and 142.
If your child catches these buses please be aware of the changes.
For details about proposed changes to general access services, visit the Dept of State Growth website https://bit.ly/2vVr36d.
Please address any enquiries or feedback related to the changes no later than Friday, 14th June, 2019 to DSG at ptscontracts@stategrowth.tas.gov.au  or by phoning 6166 3343.

Hot Food Wednesdays - Terms 2 & 3


Hot Food order slips will be sent home with every Prep to Grade 6 student each Tuesday and are to be returned to their class teacher by 9.00am on the Friday of the same week.

To make it easier for orders to be tallied into each class group, please place each child's order in it's own individual envelope or zip lock bag with the correct money inside. Please do not sticky tape money to order form.

No late orders will be accepted after 9.30am each Friday and no refunds will be given if your child is absent on the day

29th May


5th June

Toasted Sandwiches

12th June

Sausage in Roll

19th June


26th June 


3rd July


See the COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD situated in the walkway outside P-1A Millen classroom for all upcoming community events


Piano lessons

Piano lessons available on Monday from 4.00pm-6.30pm and weekend from 10.00am-4.00pm. $30/30 min with the first trial free lesson.

I teach students of all ages starting from 4 years old. I also have an upright Piano at my house specifically for teaching. I have been teaching Piano for 17 years in studios, International schools and privately. Students will be able to learn performance skills, theory and aural training at the same time.

All lessons are designed to be fun and motivating for students to instil a love of music which can lead them to success. Please do not hesitate to contact me for the first trial lesson free.

Please contact 0477 665 951





Inviting people to think about, and discuss, Peace.

Empowering communities

2019 Tamar Valley Peace Festival

The 2019 Festival dates are on and around August 9th – Sunday August 18th

Everyone is invited to host activities that demonstrate their way of creating goodwill and a harmonious, safe and welcoming community.

Return date: Please have the doves back to Launceston Library by the end of Term 2

They will be displayed in the ground floor window of Launceston Library from Monday 6th August (And the last few years have generated such an interest that the Doves have stayed on display for a few months)