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 3, 2019 - 9th August

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Punchbowl Primary School - Term 3, 2019 - 9th August

13th August 4/5 Shephard/Peachey to Science Week excursion at QVMAG
13th August 5/6 Frerk/Bent to Queechy for Science Week activities
12th - 19th 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 1:40pm Kindergarten story time with parents
22nd August 2 Stagoll excursion to Franklin House
26th August Father's Day Stall
26th - 30th August Year 4-6 Student Wellbeing Survey period
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)
13th September Parent Survey period closes
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)
31st October Tabloid Sports afternoon
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,

This week both Mrs Dean and I were interviewed by Southern Cross University School of Education as part of their research into high performing schools. Punchbowl Primary School was the only Tasmanian school asked to be involved in the research.  Our school was selected due to the high gains our students have made over the last 3 years in reading.  It is pleasing to see that our school is performing significantly better than similar schools.  I would like to congratulate all our teachers for their hard work and dedication to continually improve their practice and create such an outstanding learning environments for our children.  I would also like to thank families for your continuing support.

North South Sport Exchange

Once again, we have had students selected from our school to participate in the North/South sport exchange.  These students have been nominated by coaches of teams from Friday sport or have been selected due to their achievements in their sport outside of school. I would like to congratulate the students listed below in making the teams.  Both Mrs Dean and Mrs Bent from our school will be coaching teams on the day.  For a small school we have a good representation.

Boys Football: Logan Speed & Kie McKendrick

Girls Football: Sofia Agaiava, Grace Weldon, Lily Hollister, Jade Binns &                  Sophie Cameron

Hockey: Caitlin Watts, Alastair Stebbings & Oliver French

Soccer: Barney Wilcox & Olivia Logan

Netball: Ally Wilson


Fire Education & Science Week

Next week we have classes participating in both Science week and Fire Education week.  

Every second year our students are involved in Fire education.  The program supports students in learning how to develop a fire evacuation plan for their home and what to do in case of an emergency.  It is clear that this valuable learning is contributing to saving lives in emergencies.  Please take the time to talk with your children about what they are learning in these lessons. 

Along with Fire Education, classes are having a focus on Science week with many classrooms participating in Science Extravaganzas. Information has been sent home to parents of classes who are participating. We look forward to parents joining in our learning!

Book Week

Just a reminder that Book Week is coming up soon.  A letter has already gone home explaining some of the activities planned including the Prep- Grade 6  ‘Superhero’ dress up day and read together with parents on Wednesday 21st August.  Kinder students will hold their dress up day and a shared story on Thursday 22nd of August.

School Satisfaction Surveys

Annual School Satisfaction Surveys for parents and staff are being conducted during August 2019 across Tasmanian government schools.

The surveys provide an opportunity for parents and staff to give important feedback on what the school does well and where we can improve. Questions cover a range of topics about our school.

All responses are secure and anonymous.

Parents and staff are invited to participate.

Parents selected to participate in the parent survey will receive a letter in coming days.

We encourage you to complete the survey to give our school a clear direction for future programs and services for students.

Please contact the office if you wish to use a school computer to complete the survey.


IMPORTANT:  In 2019, all students from grades 4-6 will be undertaking a Wellbeing Survey that will incorporate elements of the Satisfaction Survey.  Students will be given a Wellbeing pamphlet written by the Education Department to read before they complete the survey.  Teachers will give these out to students in the next week.


School Association

This week the School Association ran the Scholastics Book Fair. I would like to thank the small group of parents who set up the book display and stayed at school to be with classes as students perused the lovely selection of books and bought some favourites. 

Do not forget the School Association also has their Annual Trivia Night coming up at the end of the month. Tables are beginning to be formed, it is always a fun night so pencil it into your calendars and enlist some trivia buffs for your table.

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

Liz O'Donahue - Principal

Attention: Parents and Carers of students in Years 4 to 6

Student Wellbeing Survey


The wellbeing of our students is important to us.


To get an understanding of how students across Tasmania feel about their own wellbeing, students in Year/s 4–6 at Punchbowl Primary School will be taking part in a wellbeing survey.


The Student Wellbeing Survey is part of the Department of Education’s Child and Student Wellbeing Strategy.


The details for the survey are:


When: 26th August to 30th August

Who: Students in Grades 4 to 6

What do I need to do: You and your child don’t need to do anything. The survey will be done in class time and will not require your child to prepare in any way.


A letter with more information has been sent home with all Year 4 to 6 students, including Frequently Asked Questions and a form to sign and return to the school if you do not want your child to participate in the survey.   


If you would like further information, please contact Liz O'Donahue.


Thank you for supporting us to ensure that all our learners are safe, feel supported and are able to flourish, so they can engage in learning.

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

(from Assembly 30th July 2019)

P-1 Millen Luke S, Amarli J, Maisie S
P-1 Lockwood Eleonora P, Ryan B, Alexis D
P-1 Baker/Peachey Tazmin B, Matilda H, Joel D
1-2 Dunn Tayte S, Henry F
2 Stagoll Bella A, Ollie G, Eva W
3 Wells Alyssa P, Charlie D, Hadi H, Toby A
3-4 Johnstone Ryan B, Grayson A
4 McCarragher Ashton Q, Bella B
4-5 Shephard/Peachey Lily H, Maddi S
5-6 Sutton/Piper Anders S, Daniel B
5-6 Bodell Zahra H, Ellen Y
5-6 Frerk/Bent Eirik B, Acadia J, Riley P


This year National Science Week celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing. The theme “Destination Moon: More missions, more science” is a way for students to discover past space missions which have solved some of the most seemingly unsolvable problems, as well as the opportunity to learn about current and future operations in space.

At Punchbowl we will be conducting different scientific experiments and learning experiences as part of this year’s celebrations from the 10th -18th of August. If parents could kindly donate any of the following items we would be incredibly grateful.

1.25L plastic soft drink bottles

Old CD’s

Bottle caps.

These items can be delivered to Miss Rainbow’s office of a morning and placed into the labelled boxes. 

Sherri Rainbow                               



Our classes will be launching our rockets (weather permitting) on the morning of Monday the 12th August. Mrs Dunn’s class will go first around 9:20 am followed by Miss Stagoll’s from 10:00 am and Mrs Cameron’s class will launch their rockets after recess from 11:30 am if you would like to come along to watch.

Thanks grade 1/2 teachers

Dental Health week is the Australian Dental Association’s (ADA) major annual oral health promotion event. We support this education and the importance of promoting the ADA’s key messages to maintaining good oral health.

The key messages are:

  • Brush twice daily with fluoride toothpaste.
  • Flossing once a day.
  • Healthy eating and less sugary drinks and food.
  • Having regular check-ups with the dentist.

Should you wish to make a check-up appointment for your child please phone Oral Health Services Tasmania Kings Meadows Dental Clinic on 6777 1112 or Riverside No Gap Dental on 6311 0520.


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.




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.

14th August

Sausage in a Roll

21st August


28th August

Toasted Sandwiches

4th September


11th September

Chicken Burgers

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)