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 - 20th September

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Punchbowl Primary School - Term 3, 2019 - 20th September

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
10th November Esk Band Rehearsal @ Launceston College
17th November Esk Band Rehearsal @ Launceston College
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
27th November 6pm KHMS Parent Information Session & Tour
28th November 12:30pm and 7pm Dance Fever Performance @ Door of Hope
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 is the last newsletter before the end of Term 3. It has been a busy term with Science Week, Book Week, Fire Education and last weekend the Maths Relay.  I would like to congratulate our Grade 3/4 and 5/6 Maths Relay teams who all represented our school with pride.  A big thank you to both Mrs Frerk and Miss Shephard who gave up their Sunday to support these students.


Next week, our Choir will be performing in Singfest at the Albert Hall. Singfest is the culmination of two terms of work from our choir. Here they will join with other school choirs from over the North of Tasmania to sing a number of songs in harmony. If you get the chance to go to this production on Wednesday, 25th September it is always a beautiful night of singing. A big thank you to Mr Tabe for all his work preparing our students for this event.

NBL Blitz

Our school was lucky to be selected to host a team visit from the NBL team "Brisbane Bullets" as part of the NBL Blitz Pre-Season Tournament being held in Tasmania this week. The NBL is the highest level of basketball played in Australia and we had a lot of students very excited about the visit. Our Grade 3-4 students were given Blitz singlets to keep as well as the school receiving some basketballs. Students joined in games and activities with the players along with a very exciting students versus NBL players game/activity being the highlight of the session.

All Northern Primary School students are invited to come along to the Elphin Sports Centre this Saturday where three NBL teams will be holding some signing sessions upstairs in the Mezzanine level.

  • 10.00am to 10.20am – Cairns Taipans
  • 11.30am to 11.50am – Adelaide 36ers
  • 1.00pm to 1.20pm – Brisbane Bullets

Behaviour - showing respect

The behaviour of our students at Punchbowl Primary School is one of the things that we pride ourselves on.  Schools are akin to little communities where our students are given the opportunity to learn right from wrong.  Schools are places where you learn and develop social skills to support children into their adult life.  Rules apply and vary from home to school, children quickly learn what is acceptable and unacceptable in the different environments/contexts.

At Punchbowl Primary School teachers start the school year, spending some time with their students talking about how the class would work and how we need to treat each other.  Teachers talk about important values such as honesty, sharing and helping, responsibility, collaboration (or working together), organisation and respect.

As a school, we believe that respect is one of the most important.  What we mean by respect, how it looks and feels in our school is a concept that all our classes will revisit early next term. At Punchbowl Primary School when we refer to ‘respect’ we are referring to students,

  • Having regard for others. That means accepting that other people are different but just as important as you feel you are. Some people may call this tolerance.
  • Having a proper respect for yourself. That means that you stand up for yourself and don't let yourself be talked into doing stuff that you know is wrong or makes you feel uncomfortable.
  • Not interfering with others (or their property).
  • To consider something worthy of high regard. That really means taking all those other values and living them.

 Duty of Care

We are noticing that a number of children are arriving at school very early and often before the school is open (8:30am). The school doors are not open until this time and students should not be on the grounds without a parent or carer to supervise them.  After school students are to leave the school grounds or wait outside the gates with the teachers on duty.  Teachers leave this duty area at 3:15pm.  Students are able to play in the playground only if they have a parent actively supervising their child.


I would like to wish all our families a happy and safe holiday break. We look forward to beginning Term 4 on Monday, 14th October. Just a reminder summer uniform can be worn and our "Hats On" policy will be in place.

Liz O'Donahue - Principal

(from Assembly 17th September 2019)

P-1 Millen Henry T, Edward A, Chelsea S, Ruby C
P-1 Lockwood Fynn O, Jett B, Leni D
P-1 Baker/Peachey Whole class merit certificate
1-2 Dunn Charlotte W, Theo T, Lewis B
1-2 Cameron Eli W, Jobe T, Esther K
2 Stagoll Natahlia C, Oliver H, Lennox D
3 Wells Danica P, Alyssa P, Olive R
3-4 Johnstone Jai C, Jordie R, Haylen C, Aiden G
4 McCarragher Emily P, Jesse C
4-5 Shephard/Peachey Ben L, Layla S, Alexander E
5-6 Sutton/Piper Ally W, Eva B, Isabella A
5-6 Bodell Grace B, Katelyn C, Alicia M, Emily C
5-6 Frerk/Bent Logan C, Nicholas G, Barney W


Students attend school between the below dates in 2020

Term 1              5th February to 8th April

Term 2              27th April to 3rd July

Term 3              21st July to 25th September

Term 4              12th October to 17th December

Student Free Days

Tuesday, 4th February

Thursday, 9th April

Monday, 20th July

Friday, 30th October

Easter Break

10th April to 14th April

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

An independent review (the Review) is being conducted into the national funding arrangements that support access by all children in Australia to 600 hours per year of quality early childhood education in the year before full-time school.

For Tasmania this is our Kindergarten year. Since 2008, the Australian Government’s UANP funding has supported an increase to 15 hours per week of Kindergarten in Tasmania, however the future of national funding is uncertain beyond 2020.

​Tasmania has a long and proud history of providing free access to quality early learning and the Tasmanian Government has made substantial investments to support and expand this provision.

It is important that the success of Kindergarten in Tasmania is clearly understood in this national process and we encourage the Tasmanian education community, including parents, teachers, and leaders to participate in the review.

How you have your say:

  1. Complete the survey – online survey
  2. Write a public submission which closes at 11.59pm (Australian Eastern Standard Time) 6 October 2019. You can email your submission to UANPReview@NousGroup.com.au

Popcorn Stall

The Student Leadership Board would like to thank everyone who supported the Popcorn Stall.  A total of $456.60 was raised towards the Grade 6 Leavers Dinner.


Footy Colours & Saveloy Day

Next week, Student Forum will be holding two Sports Colour & Saveloy Days. Saveloys will be $3.00 each. Students have the opportunity to wear their favourite sports colours on this day.

  • Kindergarten - Thursday, 26th September
  • Prep to Grade 6 - Friday, 27th September

All funds raised will go towards the school for an item or items chosen by Student Forum.

Students in all P - 2 classes will be visiting Masonic Care Tasmania Fred French Aged Care over the first 3 weeks of Term 4.  The aim of these visits is to strengthen our connections with the community.  Our students will further develop their own understanding of how they first belong to a family, follwed by cultural group, neighbourhood and the wider community.  These visits relate to the Australian Curriculum's focus on the importance of students developing ethical understands through a range of social interaction.

Classes will walk to Fred French on the below dates:

14th October        P-1 Baker/Peachey

16th October        P-1 Lockwood

21st October        P-1 Millen

23rd October       1-2 Dunn

28th October       1-2 Cameron

30th October        2 Stagoll


Across Term 2 and 3 many parents and grandparents have kindly donated their time to help our students with one to one reading of an afternoon.  

As a school we would like to thank Jill Reade, Sandy Cottam, Caitlin Dickson, Larnie Adams, Paula Coghlan, Krystle Kaine, Alison Lyndon and Stacey Seen for their ongoing support of this program it is immensely appreciated by many.   

If you are interested in assisting with our reading program during Term 4 and are available any afternoons, please contact Miss Rainbow by email sherri.rainbow@education.tas.gov.au or via the school office.


Friday September 27th

Hockey vs Riverside @ St Leonards Hockey Centre

Netball 1 vs Trevallyn @ Punchbowl

Netball Dev vs East Tamar @ East Tamar

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.




Hot Food Wednesdays - Term 3 


25th September


Thank you to everyone who has assisted with Hot Food during Term 2 and 3. Your support is greatly appreciated.
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



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