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 - 28th June

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Punchbowl Primary School - Term 2, 2019 - 28th June

28th June Mid Year Reports go home
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 - cancelled
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)
13th 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
20th August 1/2 Dunn & 1/2 Cameron excursion to Franklin House
22nd August 2 Stagoll excursion to Franklin House
21st  August 7pm School Association Meeting
27th August 2pm Assembly - 2 Stagoll (P/1 Millen and 3 Wells sharing)
29th August P/1 Lockwood and P/1 Baker/Peachey excursion 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
24th September 7pm QHS Parent Information Evening for Grade 6 parents
25th September Singfest
26th September 7pm QHS Parent Information Evening for Grade 6 Parents
27th September Term 3 finishes for students



Dear Parents and Carers,

Next week is the last week of the term and students will return to school on Tuesday, 23rd July.  On Monday, 22nd July our teachers and teacher assistants will be working with the Queechy Alliance schools engaging in a professional learning session on reading and following this teachers will continue moderating student work.

Next term I am pleased to announce that we will be welcoming Mrs Jacky Hartley back to our staff as she returns from maternity leave.  Mrs Hartley will be sharing a class with Miss Wells.  Miss Wells has decided to take a reduction in her load for the remainder of the year. We are sure they will be a formidable teaching team.

Mid-year Reporting

Student reports will go home today in a sealed envelope, teachers have spent many hours on these reports and moderated with other teachers to determine appropriate curriculum ratings.  This year, instead of individual curriculum area comments, the class teacher has written one comment covering these areas. We hope this gives parents & students a clear understanding about how the year has started. 


NAIDOC week celebrations are held across Australia each July. As part of this our students in Prep to Grade 2 are engaging in a range of culturally appropriate activities from the 1st - 5th of July. Key themes of this year’s NAIDOC celebrations being explored are the importance of truth and having a voice. Aboriginal parents from our school, Sarah Foden and Danny Gardner have kindly donated their time, knowledge and expertise to ensure students are well informed with Tasmanian Aboriginal traditions and culture. On Monday a flag raising ceremony to acknowledge the beginning of NAIDOC week will occur followed by our Prep - Grade 2 students visiting the Punchbowl Reserve to look for bush tucker and partake in yarning circles. Thank you to all parents who have kindly donated their time to help with this excursion. The remainder of the week will include other culturally diverse activities that relate to the cross curriculum priorities related to Aboriginal studies in the Australian Curriculum. 

Grade 6 transition

Last week Mrs Frerk accompanied our Grade 6 students who are transitioning to Grade 7 in 2020. Different student groups visited both Kings Meadows High School and Queechy High School and joined in planned activities and experiences.  These transition opportunities are an important way to support our students in feeling comfortable about the next step in their education journey. 

Happy Holidays

I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday break.  We look forward to seeing everyone again to begin a busy term 3.

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.

Leavers Dinner Fundraisers

On Thursday, 25th July (first week of Term 3) the Student Executive will be having a Sausage Sizzle to raise funds towards the Grade 6 Leavers Dinner. As the Sausage Sizzle will be in the first week orders need to be collated prior to the school holidays.

Order slips will be sent home with every child (including Kindergarten students) on Monday, 1st July.  It would be greatly appreciated if all orders could please be placed and returned to your child's class teacher by 9am Thursday, 4th July.

Mission Possible 2019

Thank you to everyone who has donated items for the City Mission "Mission Possible". These items will greatly benefit those people in need.



Earlier this month, about 60 of our music students competed at the Launceston Competitions. They did an outstanding job representing Punchbowl, and the skills children learn from this whole preparation to culminating performance not only assist in their musical intelligences, but also enhances other intelligences as well. They are also learning the skills of setting and achieving goals, fulfilling a commitment, improving concentration and not giving up in the face of adversity. Other benefits may include making new friends and building persistence skills. The Grade 3-6 Choir was a tough section with lots of schools competing. They certainly held their own in this toughly contested category and the Grade 3-6 Recorder Group won 1st with their rendition of In the Bleak Midwinter. A great result for Punchbowl.


Nelson Tabe – Music Teacher

Last Tuesday on a beautiful sunny, winter’s day, 42 students from Grade 3 to Grade 6 headed off to Symmons Plains to participate in the All School’s Cross Country Carnival run by Athletics Tasmania. Amongst 2500 school children from across the State, our Punchbowl students were amazing, demonstrating their ‘Best Me’!! There was lots of cheering and encouragement which was needed for the tough (and sometimes muddy) course. A big thank you to parents, Nat, Ben, Deb, Sarah and Nardia for supporting us on the day. An extra big congratulations to Aya and Lachlan who got podium finishes and a special mention to Flynn who came a very well deserved 5th. It was wonderful to hear other community members comment on what a wonderful job our Punchbowl students did supporting each other as well as students from other schools.

Go Team Punchbowl!!

Mrs Dean



Earn & Learn is over for another year. Thank you for your participation. We love seeing the whole community rally together and are wonderfully overwhelmed by your support.

If you still have any stickers at home it would be greatly appreciated if they could be brought into school and placed in the box outside the school office before the end of this term.  


Friday July 5th

Hockey vs Trevallyn @ St Leonards Hockey Centre

Netball 1 vs Trevallyn 1 @ Trevallyn

Football Training @ Punchbowl

Footy Dev Training @ Punchbowl

Students who are intending to play spring/summer sport may wish to take advantage of this opportunity.

The Ticket To Play initiative provides students whose parents/guardians/carers have a Centrelink Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card with a voucher of up to $100 to pay for registration/membership of an approved activity provider/sports club.



School Association Meetings
At the last School Association meeting it was decided to reduce the number of meetings a term.  All meetings commence at 7pm on a Wednesday evening in the school staffroom. All welcome to attend!
Please see below meetings dates for the remainder of the year:
21st August
6th November
4th December

Hot Food Wednesdays - Term 2 


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.

3rd July


In Term 3 Hot Food will commence on Wednesday, 31st July.

If you purchase a Entertainment Book via our online order page between 12:00am Thursday 27 June and 11:59pm Sunday 30 June 2019 (AEST) you will receive a $10 JB HI-FI eGift Card.


If you have not returned the Entertainment Book which was sent home with your child earlier in the year, could please either make payment or return the book as soon as possible?  
Thank you to everyone who has purchased a book to raise money for our school. We greatly appreciate your support!

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)