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 - 6th September

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Punchbowl Primary School - Term 3, 2019 - 6th September

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)
18th September 1-2A & 1-2B Excursion to Stories Bookshop
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 Carers,

Over the last couple of weeks,  some of our grade 3-6 students have been involved in collaborative tasks that required them to build and design an outdoor play kitchen and ball run for the playground. Students worked with Mr Kerslake to design and build these projects.  It has been a delight to see these projects completed and create a much needed creative element to our playground. The children love making meals for teachers and their friends with the leaves and pine bark.  Dramatic play is important in building children’s co-operative skills and oral language through fun and non-threatening play experiences. A big thank you to all the students and Mr Kerslake, the final products are wonderful and are already very popular.

Last Friday night we held our annual Trivia night; it was wonderful to see so many parents and friends of our community enjoying the night.  We were able to raise much-needed funds to go towards a wish list of items that teachers needed in their classrooms, some of these items included guided reading sets, new home readers, magnetic letters and games.  We would sincerely like to thank our school community for supporting this event.  I would also like to thank Nikki Daking and her team of parents for their hard work in organising this event. It was a great night! Thank you.

This week we have begun the annual Swimming and Water Safety Program for student in grades 3-5.  Mrs Bent and the swimming teachers work hard at the pool to ensure that all the students involved achieve goals related to their individual swimming ability.  Swimming is a skill that is necessary in our beautiful island state and children feeling comfortable and able to save themselves in cases of emergency is paramount.  We hope that these lessons support your child to be safe in and around the water. 


Earlier this year all students in years 3 and 5 participated the in the nationwide NAPLAN  testing.  Parents should have received a sealed letter home this week outlining your child’s results.  Please be proud of your child’s efforts with this testing regime. Some children find test situations very difficult and as such may not have performed as well as we know they can.  Fortunately, our teachers have a wealth of knowledge about your children and are able to support their learning further.  We are very proud of all our students and as a school; we are pleased to report that once again our school is performing at a very high standard.

Liz O'Donahue - Principal

(from Assembly 27th August 2019)

P-1 Millen Charli A, Jasper C, Amir P, Methab S
P-1 Lockwood Henry K, Bray P, Remy D
P-1 Baker/Peachey Isla M, Ayla J, Lockleigh D
1-2 Dunn Oliver Q, Eli P, Maxwell L
1-2 Cameron Jobe T, Eli W, Cale E
2 Stagoll Brienne L, Bella A
3 Wells Lachy B, Olivia P, Jack L, Millie S
4 McCarragher Aya C, Bella B, Harry S
4-5 Shephard/Peachey Hudson E, Lincon T, Ingrid B
5-6 Sutton/Piper Jye B, Logan S, Sophie C
5-6 Bodell Cohen W, Grace W
5-6 Frerk/Bent Alannah P, Ariella H, Mirabella L



Aussie of the Month - Austin Clarke - 5/6 Bodell

For excelling at being the "Best Me I Can Be"


by having a positive attitude even when faced with life’s challenges. Austin shows great resilience and perseverance demonstrated by his ‘have a go’ attitude.

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

On Monday 2nd September grade 3-6 students took part in an Interactive Forensic Science Performance. Students had to use their forensic science skills to complete a mock forensic report. They explored DNA, finger printing and colleciing evidence in order to solve a crime. It was a great hands on learning experience. 

Grade 5/6 Frerk/Bent have been invited to be a part of project called the Complimentary Caravan, in conjunction with The Junction Arts Festival.

Each Thursday students take 10 minutes out of their day to ‘thank’, ‘compliment’ or ‘show kindness’ to other members in their class as a part of Thoughtful Thursday.

Rose Turtle is the creator of the project Comlimentary Caravan and had heard of our work in the classroom in regards to being kind to each other. Our students will contribute to Roses’s project by providing thoughtful, heart-felt compliment to be anonymously played through audio inside the Complimentary Caravan which will be present at The Junction Arts Festival.

Abby Bent and Bec Frerk encourage students and their families to head along to the festival to see/hear our classes wonderful work on display.

Junction Arts runs from 5th September to 8th September in Princes Square.

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.

11th September

Chicken Burgers

18th September


25th September


Popcorn Stall
On Tuesday 3rd September the school executive committee raised $224.00 selling popcorn. This was a huge success and the popcorn sold out. The event was so popular the student executive committee are having another popcorn stall this Tuesday 10th September. Preference will go to those students who missed out last time.
Trivia Night
This year's Trivia Night was held on Friday 30th August. It was a great night with fantastic items going up for auction including hotel and cafe vouchers, jewellery, books and make-up packs. Thank you to everyone who donated prizes and participaed in the event. Approximately $4000 was raised to help the school purchase much needed items.
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
5th December

Friday September 13th

No Sport

Friday September 20th

Hockey vs Trevallyn @ St Leonards Hockey Centre

Netball 1 vs Riverside 2 @ Riverside

Netball Dev vs Summerdale @ Punchbowl

Football 1 vs Youngtown @ Punchbowl

Friday September 27th

Hockey vs Riverside @ St Leonards Hockey Centre

Netball 1 vs Trevallyn @ Punchbowl

Netball Dev vs East Tamar @ Punchbowl

Football 1 vs East Tamar @ 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.




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