Punchbowl Primary School
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146 Punchbowl Road
Punchbowl TAS 7249
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Email: punchbowl.primary@education.tas.gov.au
Phone: 03 6344 1382

Punchbowl Primary School - Term 2, 2019 - 14th June

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Punchbowl Primary School - Term 2, 2019 - 14th June

28th 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)
4th July Crazy Hair Day
5th July Term 2 finishes
22nd July Student Free Day
23rd July Term 3 commences for students
24th July 7pm School Association Meeting
25th July Student Executive Sausage Sizzle
26th July 3 Wells, 3-4 Johnstone & 4 McCarragher to Gorge & QVMAG
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 August 4/5 Shephard/Peachey to Science Week excursion at QVMAG
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)
29th August P/1 Lockwood & P/1 Baker/Peachey to Pearns Steam World
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)
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 Carers,

I am thrilled to announce that three of our students were selected to be ambassadors for children of Tasmania.  A huge congratulations to Jaeger, Caitlin and Ally who all submitted written applications to be a part of this group. These students will be meeting with Mrs Leanne McLean the Commissioner for Young People and other children (approximately 40 from Northern Tasmania and 200 young people across the state) to discuss issues that affect young people.  During the meeting, they discussed issues such as equity and diversity, bullying and mental health, safety, climate change and the environment, education and opportunities, support and necessities.  They met at the State Library this week, to discuss these topics as a group and this will support the next phase of their work which aims to provide solutions to one of these issues.  Well done to Jaeger, Ally and Caitlin. It was so great to listen to your enthusiasm and excitement, we are so very proud of you!


Launceston Competitions

Last week we had two groups of students represent our students at the Launceston Competitions. Our Grade 3-6 Choir did a wonderful job singing two songs and the Recorder group also performed well coming away with equal first. Our Choir will now work towards Singfest which occurs in September. A big thank you to Mr Tabe for all his work with our musical groups.

City Mission – Mission Possible Can Drive

A big thank you to the families that have already donated to our Can Drive. The boxes are filling nicely in the office area but we are still hoping for more donations!! We accept any non-perishable food items and also sanitary items. Thanks again for your support in helping those less fortunate in our community.

School Association

A School Association meeting was held on Wednesday evening, as a result there will be some changes to future meeting dates which will be shared once confirmed. We always welcome parents to our meetings which are held in the school staffroom once a term on a Wednesday night.


Regularly as a school, we work on the concept of what constitutes bullying.  As a school Punchbowl tries to be a safe and supportive environment for all students. There are varying types of behaviours that constitute bullying, such as physical, verbal, relational and cyber bullying. None of these behaviours are acceptable. There are a number of types of behaviours that are not considered bullying, including assuming someone is looking at them in a funny way, minor acts of conflict, not liking someone, not being invited to a party, being bossy, arguments and disagreements and a single act of meanness or spite.

Bullying is a word that is often used in the wrong context and may often need to be substituted with words such as being mean or rude.  Bullying is an ongoing misuse of power in relationships through repeated verbal, physical and/or social behaviour that causes physical and/or psychological harm. It can involve an individual or a group misusing their power over one or more persons. Bullying is when one person (or a group of people) with more power than someone else tries to upset or hurt them. This power can come from being more popular, stronger or part of the group. They might repeatedly try to hurt the person physically, socially isolate them, or say and do mean or humiliating things to them.

It is really important that we keep school problems within the school context and allow teachers to support all students through restorative conversations. If you have concerns about your child please encourage them to seek help from their teacher or our leadership team which includes, Mrs Frerk, Miss Rainbow, Mrs Dean or myself.

Liz O'Donahue - Principal

If your child is turning 5 in 2020 or you know of someone who is, they are eligible to start Kindergarten in 2020.   Shortly, we will be organising our Term 4 Pre-Kindergarten sessions for children who have enrolled & completed the required enrolment form.  Only children who have returned Enrolment Forms are invited to attend these sessions. If you haven’t yet completed an Enrolment Form, they are available from our school office. 

The Department of Education also require us to be provided with original or certified copies of evidence of the following, as soon as possible so your child can attend these sessions

  1. The student’s identity – Birth certificate or Passport
  2. The identity of the enrolling parent/guardian – Drivers Licence
  3. The students residential address – lease agreement, telephone, utility account
  4. Immunisation records


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.

Last Friday, our LSSSA team headed off to Waverley Primary School in brilliant sunshine to run the LSSSA Cross Country. We had forty enthusiastic runners representing our school and a fantastic cheer squad of parents, family members and friends. Our students demonstrated their ‘Best Me’ by showing encouragement, resilience and perseverance.

There were some outstanding individual and team performances including 1st places to Aya C, Lachie H & Ally W in their respective races. Our Grade 4 boys team did an amazing job to pick up five of the top six placings, well done to Lachie, Flynn, Jakob, Oscar & Lincon. We placed third overall in Division B which was a great effort against some schools who are significantly larger in size. It was wonderful to see our team and school community supporting each other.

The 2019 All Schools Cross Country Carnival will be held on Tuesday, 25th June at Symmons Plains and entries are closing soon!

Students wishing to compete in this event must be born in 2007, 2008, 2009 or 2010 and the cost is $16 per individual entry.  All entries must be received online by Athletics Tasmania no later than Monday, 17th June

via https://www.onlineentry.com.au/XCPrimary_Tas_2019.aspx

Due to the number of entries that have been submitted the school will be providing a bus to and from this event.  Detailed information will be sent home today to those students who have entered.

(from Assembly 11th June 2019)

P-1 Millen Polly S, Charli A, Amir Ali P
P-1 Lockwood Braelyn B, William S, Mohammad H
P-1 Baker/Peachey Elias J, Lucas J, Isla M
1-2 Dunn Eli P, Max M, Maxwell L, Harry T
1-2 Cameron Gus K, Alexander F, Max H, Kate H
2 Stagoll Austen F, Mylo C
3 Wells Rydan O, Millie S, Ella F
3-4 Johnstone Oscar s, Haylen C
4 McCarragher Oscar T, Jesse C, Aiden B
4-5 Shephard/Peachey Georgie B, Sophie M, Taylin S, Hamish L
5-6 Sutton/Piper Kie M, Luke M, Liam M
5-6 Bodell Xavier B, Alicia M
5-6 Frerk/Bent Eloise S, Logan C


Esk band students have been working hard this term to learn their new pieces of music. Every Tuesday morning the committed band students come together to make great musical sounds!  The 2nd year players have been playing Star Wars, Atlantis, Sorry as well as Shake, Rattle and Roll. They are working well to combine as a school band, with focus on dynamics and playing in time.

Our first year players are improving every week.  Most students are now comfortable with their finger positions and can play their first 5 notes.  Favourite pieces for the beginner band include Hot Cross Buns, Power Rock and Bandroom Boogie.



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

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

19th June


26th June 


3rd July



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.

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)