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 - 23rd August

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Punchbowl Primary School - Term 3, 2019 - 23rd August

22nd - 28th August Year 4-6 Student Wellbeing Survey period
26th August Father's Day Stall
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 7pm Trivia Night - MP Hall
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
18th October P/1 Millen to QVMAG Dinosaur Exhibition
19th - 20th October Grade 3-4 Basketball Championships
22nd October K-6 to attend Dion Drummond performance in MP Hall
23rd October Gr 5 & 6 students to Mental Health Workshops @ Door of Hope
26th - 27th October Grade 5-6 Basketball Championships
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,

We have made it to the half way point of what has been an extremely busy term! I hope you have had some time to walk through our 5-6 corridor to see the wonderful student work on display as part of this year's Book Week celebrations.  It is always such a delight to see the posters developed by each class depicting one of the nominated books. Along with this, you will see silhouettes of super hero’s wearing capes, to signify the super powers of reading that our teachers are embedding in their classroom practice. These include decoding and comprehension strategies such as predicting, sounding out, creating mental images, visualising and chunking words.

Book Week

What a great day it was on Wednesday when our favourite super heroes and book characters came to life.  We saw our staff really getting into the spirit of Book Week dressing up as flamingos, super teachers and a few super heroes! Our Reader’s Picnic was also a very well supported event with many parents, family members and friends coming to share the love of reading in our school! The students enjoyed this day and our parents go to so much effort, thank you for supporting and encouraging the reading of books in our school community.

Trivia Night – coming up 30th August

This year's Trivia Night is on Friday, 30th August, this is always a fabulous fun night! If you haven’t booked a table please contact the office and they will refer on your details.  The event is held in our school hall and begins at 7pm. This is an adult’s only fundraiser and a great way to meet other parents and friends within our school community. The Trivia night organising committee would be grateful of any donations that could be used for their silent auction.  If you have any connections with local businesses that could be approached for a donation, we would really appreciate it.

Reminder – Nut aware

Please remember that we are a nut aware school.  We have a number of students with severe reactions to nuts and nut products which are life threatening.  Please try to avoid packing items such as muesli bars with nuts, peanut butter sandwiches and Nutella products. We appreciate your support with this.

National Science Week

There was a real buzz around our school last week as classes embarked on activities related to Science Week. We saw rockets launched by our ECE classes, Nano Rovers designed and trialled by our Primary classes, an excursion to QVMAG by our 4-5 class, as well as a wonderful open afternoon in our P-1 classes which saw lots of parents engaged with their children in meaningful, messy and fun science experiments.  This week we also had an inspiring visit from the Young Tassie Scientists. 

Science Week at QHS – Periodic Tales

To celebrate 150 years of the periodic table, students from schools within the Queechy Alliance had a unique opportunity to create art inspired by science. Year 5 and 6 students from Norwood, Ravenswood Heights, St Leonards, East Launceston, Punchbowl and Waverley Primary Schools were mentored by Queechy High School students to create a giant periodic table. Along with students putting their own spin on each element’s story, students were immersed in demonstrations that showed the power and beauty of the elements that make up all known matter in our universe.

It was a truly wonderful day that allowed us to come together as a community to celebrate National Science Week.

Scholastic Book Fair

A very big thank you to the parents who helped support our Scholastic Book Fair held last week. The children were all very excited about viewing and purchasing some the books. Without the support of the School Association and parent volunteers this event would not be possible. As a school we are also very thankful of the money raised which has enabled us to receive some exciting new books for our school library.

Fire Education

Last week saw our bi-annual Fire Education program run from Kinder through to Grade 6. The program has been specifically designed to educate children about fire safety in and around their home. A particular focus for the older grades is also around the dangers of fire and risk taking behaviour. Our Kinder classes even got into the spirit trying on miniature fire fighter costumes and even playing in their own painted cardboard fire station. 

Father’s Day Stall

Once again, our School Association is running a Father’s Day stall this coming Monday, 26th August. A huge thanks to Frith Mabin who puts in many hours to prepare gifts for this stall. As a school we are so lucky to have parents that are prepared to put their hand up to organise these types of opportunities for our students.

In conclusion, I would really like to thank our parent community for engaging in our children’s education. To see the number of parents visiting classrooms for Science Week activities and then again for our Reader’s Picnic was fantastic. Our teachers put a lot of effort into preparing events such as these and for so many parents and family members to turn up in support is great. The look on our children’s faces when their parents come into class to share something special is very rewarding. A special thank you also to those parents who also listened or watched their children’s friends and classmates. We appreciate for some parents that coming to these events isn’t possible but to see our school community supporting all our students is very gratifying.

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

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: 22nd August to 28th 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.

On Tuesday, 13th August grade 5/6 Frerk/Bent were lucky enough to go to Queechy High School to participate in some science activities to celebrate National Science Week.  The focus for the day was around the periodic table.  In the morning we watched some demonstrations of some cool experiments like one called Elephants Toothpaste. We also worked in groups with a Queechy High School student to complete an art project reconstructing the periodic table.  For this, each of us received a different element from the table and we were encouraged to represent on a piece of timber what the element meant to us.  After we finished our painting we used all the pieces of timber to reconstruct the periodic table and used a drone to take a picture. 

In the afternoon we watched some more demonstrations about the mixing of different elements from the periodic table.  This involved lots of things being blown up!

We had a great day and thank Queechy High School for all their hard work in the planning, organisation and running of the day.



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

Friday August 30th

Hockey vs Summerdale @ St Leonards Hockey Centre

Netball Dev 1 vs Trevallyn @ Trevallyn

Netball Dev 2 vs Norwood @ Punchbowl

Football 1 vs Norwood @ Norwood

Friday September 6th

No Sport

Friday September 13th

No Sport

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.

28th August

Party Pies and Sausage Rolls

4th September


11th September

Chicken Burgers

18th September

Toasted Sandwiches

25th September


Father's Day Stall

The School Association is seeking donations for the Trivia Night

If you are able assist it would be greatly appreciated if these could be left at the school office.

We thank you for your support.

Scholastic Book Fair

Due to the huge success of the Scholastic Book Fair, the school has received books to the value of $826 for the school library.

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:
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