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 3, 2019 - 26th July

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Punchbowl Primary School - Term 3, 2019 - 26th July

30th July 2pm Assembly - 1/2 Dunn (4/5 Shephard/Peachey & 4 McCarragher sharing)
1st August 2pm Japanese performance
2nd August Issue 5 Bookclub Orders due to office
8th August Scholastic Book Fair
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
17th - 23rd August Book Week - Reading is my Secret Power
20th August 1/2 Dunn & 1/2 Cameron excursion to Franklin House
21st August P-6 Dress up day for Book Week
21st August P-6 Readers Picnic @ noon
21st August School Association Meeting
22nd August Kindergarten Dress up day for Book Week
22nd August 2 Stagoll excursion to Franklin House
27th August 9am Gr 6 students to QHS for transition visit
27th August 2pm Assembly - 2 Stagoll (P/1 Millen and 3 Wells/Hartley sharing)
29th August P/1 Lockwood and P/1 Baker/Peachey excursion to Pearns Steam World
30th August Trivia Night
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)
15th September Maths Relay Competition @ Scotch Oakburn College (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 rehearsal & evening performance @ Albert Hall
26th September 7pm QHS Parent Information Evening for Grade 6 Parents
27th September Term 3 finishes for students
14th October Term 4 commences
22nd October K-6 to attend Dion Drummond performance in MP Hall
29th October 2pm Assembly - P/1 Lockwood (1/2 Cameron & 5/6 Frerk/Bent sharing)
1st November Student Free Day (Professional Learning Day for Staff)
4th November Recreation Day Public Holiday
6th November 7pm School Association Meeting
19th November 2pm Assembly - P/1 Millen (5/6 Bodell & 1/2 Dunn sharing)
20th November Gr 3-6 Swimming Carnival @ Riverside Swimming Centre
22nd November Esk Band rehearsal @ Albert Hall & evening Extravaganza performance
24th November Dance Fever rehearsal @ Launceston College
26th November Dance Fever rehearsal @ Door of Hope
27th November Gr 6 Orientation Day @ High Schools
28th November Primary Schools Triathlon Challenge in Devonport
29th November Gr 5-6 LSSSA Swimming Carnival @ Riverside Swimming Centre
4th - 6th December Gr 2 Water Orientation Program @ Glen Dhu Pool
4th December 7pm School Association Meeting
10th December 6pm Celebration Evening @ Punchbowl Christian Centre 
12th December Gr 3-6 End of Year Picnic @ Riverside Swimming Centre
13th December End of year reports go home
16th December 6pm Gr 6 Leavers Dinner @ Launceston Golf Club
19th December

9:30am Assembly - Student Executive 

19th December

Student's last day for year



Dear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome back everyone to a cold but exciting term ahead.  This  is a busy term with our annual Swimming and Water Safety Program for students in years 3-5 being held in September, the very popular Book Week coming up from the 17th - 23rd August, along with our School Association holding their annual Scholastic Book Fair. This term also includes our bi-annual Fire Education Program and a Trivia Night!

I would like to welcome Mrs Jacky Hartley back to our school, she has returned from maternity leave and is sharing a class with Miss Kate Wells working on Thursdays and Fridays. I would also like to welcome Miss Angela Dykman to our school, Miss Dykman will be working as our Literacy Coach for the remainder of the year as Miss Waldron has taken extended sick leave.

School Association

The School Association is also holding the annual Scholastic Book Fair on Thursday, 8th August, children will be able to look at all the books as a class and then make a purchase if parents are willing.

The next School Association meeting is on Wednesday, 21st August from 7pm – 8 pm. 

The School Association is also holding a Trivia Night this term on Friday, 30th  August.  This is a really fun night and is made up of tables of staff, parents, friends and community members. Please try to keep the date free and join in the fun, as it is a great way to meet our school community as well as raising valuable funds.

Book Week

A reminder that Book Week will be held from 17th to 23rd August.  On Wednesday, 21st August, Prep to Grade 6 children are invited to dress up in a costume related to the theme of Reading is my Secret Power. On this day, we also welcome parents to join us for our ‘Reader’s Picnic’ which will be held from noon on the oval or netball court (weather dependent), if it is wet we will hold the reading in classrooms. This is an opportunity for parents, friends and family members to join their children and classes in sharing some favourite stories. Our Kindergarten students will hold their dress up day on Thursday, 22nd  August. As usual, we have some wonderful ideas for the art gallery and hope that you can make time to visit during Book Week. More detailed information about activities will be sent home in a separate letter.

Gr 5-6 North/South Sports Exchanges

As in previous years, some selected Grade 5 and 6 students will be representing Punchbowl as part of the LSSSA North South Sports Exchange for boys and girls Football, Hockey, Soccer and Netball on Friday, 9th August.

During the course of Term 2, coaches from school have been observing students in order to nominate students for these sports. As the exchange is designed to show off the best players across all schools, when nominating students for the North/South Exchange, teachers consider not only how students rank in our school teams, but also how the students rank against students from other schools. Nominated students are not automatically included in the North South Exchange. Our school has put forward names and the LSSSA selection committee will consider them and then inform successful students names to schools. In 2019, our school hasn’t fielded a soccer team in the LSSSA competition however Mrs Bent in conjunction with other teachers had put forward names of students who they feel would be capable of this level of representation.


Kinder Enrolments for 2020

A reminder to parents of students who were born in 2015 that they are required to enrol in Kindergarten for 2020. We would ask that any parents who are yet to enrol do so as soon as possible as shortly we will be organising groupings for our Pre-Kinder sessions beginning in Term 4.

Enrolments for 2020

If you know that you will not be attending our school in 2020 can you please let the office or Principal know in writing ASAP as we are beginning to configure our staffing and every number counts.

Making Every Minute Count

Recently we have become aware of the number of children who are arriving late or leaving early.  Missing a few minutes each day may not seem like a big deal, but your child is missing more than you think if he or she is continually late for school or leaving before school finishes.  When children arrive late they may feel anxious, embarrassed and unsure.  They have also missed important social interactions with their friends before school starts and may experience feelings of isolation.  Current research shows that mornings for most children are the most productive time of the day.  When children arrive late and take time to settle, valuable learning time is lost. 

Our school day begins at 8.55 am and after taking attendance, teachers immediately begin teaching.  They prepare students for the day’s learning and explicit instruction begins.  During this time many new concepts are presented and explained.  

Our school day finishes at 3.00 pm.  When students leave early, tasks are often left unfinished and students miss out on a sense of accomplishment and pride which comes in seeing a task through to completion.  Teachers conclude each learning time by sharing the learning and reinforcing key messages.  At the end of the day, teachers also celebrate student achievements, prepare students for the next day’s learning and activities, and hand out notices.

 When your child is…….

In a year it amounts to……

10 mins late per day

33 hours of schooling equivalent to over a week of education.

Leaving 30 mins early once a week

20 hours of schooling equivalent to 4 days of education


The effect of persistent non-attendance over the period of compulsory schooling has a severe impact on student ability to gain a comprehensive set of knowledge, skills and capabilities that will assist them to live and work successfully in the twenty-first century.


One of the most important things you can do to ensure your child has a bright future is to make sure he or she makes the whole day count, every day.  If you have any worries about your child’s attendance, please don’t hesitate to contact me or seek support from your child’s teacher.

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

Thank you to everyone who participated in Crazy Hair Day. A total of $261.30 was raised for a great cause at Diabetes Tasmania.


Friday August 2nd

Hockey vs East Launceston @ St Leonards Hockey Centre

Netball 1 vs Norwood 1 @ Norwood

Netball Dev vs Glen Dhu 2 @ Punchbowl

Football 1 - Bye

Friday August 9th

No Sport This Week

Friday August 16th

Hockey vs Invermay @ St Leonards Hockey Centre

Netball 1 vs Trevallyn 1 @ Punchbowl

Netball Dev vs West Launceston @ West Launceston

Football 1 vs West Launceston @ West Launceston

Friday August 23rd

Hockey vs Trevallyn vs Norwood @ St Leonards Hockey Centre

Netball 1 vs Riverside 1 @ Riverside

Netball Dev vs Ravenswood @ Punchbowl

Football 1 vs Youngtown @ 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.



Scholastic Book Fair - Thursday, 8th August
We are looking for volunteers to assist with the Book Fair next Thursday, can you please advise the school office as soon as possible if you are able to assist?
Thank you!!
Trivia Night - Friday, 30th August

Are you smarter then your kids??

Get your teams together for Punchbowl Primary Trivia Night

Friday 30 August at 7pm

$15 pp

Tickets on launcestontickets.com.au

Bar available

BYO food only

Great Auction items up for grabs on the night

Any questions call Nikki Daking 0412724857

Hot Food Wednesdays - Term 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.

7th August

Little Pies and Sausage Rolls

School Association Meetings
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

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)