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 - 31st May

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Punchbowl Primary School - Term 2, 2019 - 31st May

3rd June Choir to Launceston Competitions @ Princess Theatre
4th June Recorder Group to Launceston Competitions @ Earl Arts Centre
7th June LSSSA Gr 3-6 Cross Country
10th June Public Holiday
11th June 2pm Assembly - 3 Wells (5/6 Frerk/Bent & P/1 Baker/Peachey)
12th June 7pm School Association Meeting
13th June K-6 to attend Aussie Allsorts Performance in MP Hall
14th June LSSSA Gr 3-6 Cross Country (rain date)
21st June Mid Year Reports go home
25th June All Schools Cross Country @ Symmons Plains
2nd July 2pm Assembly - 1/2 Cameron (2 Stagoll & P/1 Lockwood sharing)
5th July Term 2 finishes
22nd July Student Free Day
23rd July Term 3 commences for students
24th July 7pm School Association Meeting
30th July 2pm Assembly - 1/2 Dunn (4/5 Shephard/Peachey & 4 McCarragher sharing)
9th August LSSSA North vs South Sport Exchange (selected students)
12th - 23rd August Fire Education
19th - 23rd August Book Week - Reading is my Secret Power
21st  August 7pm School Association Meeting
27th August 2pm Assembly - 2 Stagoll (P/1 Millen and 3 Wells sharing)
2nd September Gr 3-6 to attend Forensic Science performance in MP Hall
2nd - 13th September Gr 3-5 Swimming & Water Safety Program
12th September North vs North West Sport Exchange (selected students)
17th September 2pm Assembly - P/1 Baker/Peachey (5/6 Sutton/Piper & 3/4 Johnstone sharing)
23rd & 24th September K-6 to attend Terrapin Puppet Performance in MP Hall
25th September Singfest
27th September Term 3 finishes for students



Dear Parents and Guardians,

In the sporting arena, we have held both our ECE and our Primary Cross-Country Carnivals.  It was an absolute delight to be a part of the ECE carnival last Thursday and watch our students trying their absolute hardest, challenging themselves to complete the course. I congratulate all of our students for embracing our ‘Best Me’ to help achieve their personal goals! I would like to thank Mrs Jo Bent and our Grade 6 leaders who helped on the day as marshalls, runners and support crew. I would also like to thank all the parents and friends that came to support our students. It is great to see so many lovely families cheering.

Last week our students from Prep to Grade 2 were involved in the National Simultaneous Story time. This was a fun annual event aimed at encouraging young Australians to read and enjoy books. This year we were fortunate enough to have guest reader, Andrew Palmer from Palmer’s Dance School read us ‘Alpacas with Maracas’ by Matt Cosgrove. This text was based on how two Alpacas enter a talent contest and after many attempts at trying to learn a new skill discover they can dance with Maracas and have fun.  Andrew also shared with students his own experience in talent contests and judged our best dancing competition where the lucky recipients got to take home a copy of the book. Mrs Dunn’s class at the conclusion of this event also spent time creating artistic pieces of their own Alpacas with Maracas.  They talked about the significance of the book and how it is not always about winning but being willing to have a go at anything and have fun.

I would like to congratulate and thank Ms Rainbow for her organisation of this day for our students.

Kindergarten Parent /Teacher meetings

Next week our Kindergarten teachers are holding their parent teacher meetings.  This is a time when our kindergarten teachers and parents share the milestones achieved at school.  Teachers will share the Kindergarten Development Check (KDC) at these meetings and gain information from parents about how the year has started for children.  If you have not made an appointment, please contact the office and Mrs Shaw will arrange a time.

Launceston Competitions

Next week our school choir and the recorder group will be performing in the Launceston Competitions.  On Monday, the Choir is performing at the Princess Theatre and on Tuesday our recorder group will be taking the stage at the Earl Arts Centre. 

We wish students all the best and sincerely thank Mr Tabe for all the extra work he has put into supporting our students in these musical endeavours.

LSSSA – Punchbowl Cross Country team compete at Waverley

On Friday, 7th June we have 40 students selected from Grades 3 to 6 competing in the LSSSA Cross Country event held at Waverley Primary School. Both Mr Mac and Mrs Dean will be going along to support our students.  Mrs Jo Bent will be at the event in an official capacity.  We wish all competitors the best of luck in achieving their personal goals.



Now winter is nearly upon us, there are more bugs and viruses circulating at school.  Please do not send children to school if they are not well. We also ask that parents keep students at home until they are well enough to return to school and are no longer considered contagious. Teachers are talking to children about the importance of hand washing and using hand sanitisers while at school to limit the spread of germs.


City Mission – Can Drive

As a school, we are collecting non-perishable food items to support the City Mission “Mission Possible Can Drive”.  If you are able to support in anyway, could you please drop your non-perishables in the boxes near the front office or alternatively in your child’s classroom.  Our school community has always been incredibly generous with donations and we hope to once again make a positive contribution to those less fortunate.


Liz O'Donahue - Principal


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.

Thank you to the parents and friends of Punchbowl Primary for supplying cupcakes for our Cupcake stall on Tuesday. All the money raised is going towards the Grade 6 Leaver’s Dinner at the end of this year. It was a huge success and a total of $429.80 was raised at this event. We thank everyone for their support.


The Students Leadership Board


Aussie of the Month - Sophie M

For excelling at being the "Best Me I Can Be" 

Being an attentive listener who works hard to understand other people’s perspectives. She is an excellent role model to her peers and can always be counted on to make positive choices. Sophie has a growth mindset and always strives to be the ‘Best Me’ she can be.

(from Assembly 28th May 2019)

P-1 Millen Liam A, Ruby C, Henry T
P-1 Lockwood Bray P, Elnaz M
P-1 Baker/Peachey Elias J, Hamish M, Imogen S
1-2 Dunn Nicole Y, Taya B, Jemima S
1-2 Cameron Riley M, Gus K, Hayley P, Xavier G
2 Stagoll Annabelle P, Oliver H, Flynn C
3 Wells Henry P, Rydan O, Issy S
3-4 Johnstone Jake S, Ruby S, Jordie R
4 McCarragher Savannah M, Oliver E
4-5 Shephard/Peachey Jakob T, Lachlan H, Euan W
5-6 Sutton Bella A
5-6 Bodell Adam R, Cohen W, Chloe N
5-6 Frerk/Bent Oliver F, Madison P, Claudia L



Friday May 31st

Hockey vs East Launceston @ St Leonards Hockey Centre

Netball 1 vs Youngtown 2 @ Punchbowl

Football 1 vs St Leonards @ Punchbowl

Footy Dev vs East Tamar @ East Tamar

Friday June 7th

No Sport Today

Friday June 14th

Hockey vs Mowbray @ St Leonards Hockey Centre

Netball 1 vs Mowbray @ Punchbowl

Football 1 vs Norwood @ Punchbowl

Footy Dev vs Glen Dhu @ Glen Dhu

Friday June 21st

Hockey vs Riverside @ St Leonards Hockey Centre

Netball 1 vs East Launceston @ East Launceston

Football 1 vs Riverside @ Punchbowl

Footy Dev vs St Leonards @ St Leonards

Friday June 28th

Hockey vs Trevallyn @ St Leonards Hockey Centre

Netball 1 vs Riverside 1 @ Punchbowl

Football 1 vs West Launceston @ Punchbowl

Footy Dev vs East Tamar @ East Tamar

Friday July 5th

Hockey vs West Launceston vs East Launceston @ St Leonards Hockey Centre

Netball 1 vs Trevallyn 1 @ Trevallyn

Football 1 vs Waverley @ Punchbowl

Footy Dev vs Invermay @ Invermay


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

5th June

Toasted Sandwiches

12th June

Sausage in Roll

19th June


26th June 


3rd July



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

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)