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 4, 2019 - 18th October

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Punchbowl Primary School - Term 4, 2019 - 18th October

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
25th October Scholastic Book Club orders due to office
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 K-2 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 9am - 10:30am Esk Band Rehearsal @ Launceston College
12th November 1/2 Dunn, 1/2 Cameron & 2 Stagoll excursion to Trevallyn Dam & Gorge
13th November 3WH, 3/4J, 4M & 4/5SP to Big Bash Cricket Clinic @ Invermay Park
17th November 9am - 10:30am 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 2:15pm - 3:15pm Dance Fever Rehearsal @ Launceston College Gym
26th November 4:15pm - 4:45pm Dance Fever Rehearsal @ Door of Hope
27th November Gr 6 Orientation Day @ High Schools
27th November 6pm KHMS Parent Information Session & Tour
28th November Schools Triathlon Challenge in Devonport
28th November 12:30pm and 7pm Dance Fever Performance @ Door of Hope
29th November Gr 5-6 LSSSA Swimming Carnival @ Riverside Swimming Centre
2nd December 2 Stagoll & 3 Wells/Hartley to Twist performance @ Earl Arts Centre
3rd December 3/4 Johnstone & 4 McCarragher to Twist performance @ Earl Arts Centre
3rd December P/1 & 1/2 classes to Second Star to the Right performance @ Princess Theatre & Heritage Forest
4th - 6th December Gr 2 Water Orientation Program @ Glen Dhu Pool
4th December 7pm School Association Meeting
9th December 4/5 Shephard/Peachey, 5/6 Sutton/Piper, 5/6 Bodell & 5/6 Frerk/Bent to Pinocchio performance @ Earl Arts Centre
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 to school as we set to being a busy Term 4. This term always seems to fly by as we prepare for end of year celebrations, school excursions and picnics whilst ensuring we continue student learning momentum and meet all the curriculum demands for each grade level. It has been great to see the fresh and rejuvenated faces of students and staff. The term has started with our ECE classes making visits to our elderly neighbours at Fred French Nursing Home.  Students have read nursery rhymes and stories to the elderly; this has been a lovely way to stay connected to our community.

On Wednesday, 23rd October three of our students will be acknowledged at an awards presentation for their outstanding scores in the recent NAPLAN testing.  Congratulations to Caitlin W, Jack B and Grayson E. 

In week two our Prep students will be involved in the second round of PIPS testing.  This test is completed on the computer and will be undertaken individually with the Prep/1 teachers. Next week Mrs Millen and Miss Lockwood will begin to complete these assessments with individual children. 

In Terms 1 and 4, it is compulsory for all students to wear their hats.  If students do not wear a hat, they will be asked to play on the top covered deck area for easy supervision and sun protection.  Please clearly label your child’s hat so that it can be returned to the rightful owner.   Be aware that school hats are preferred, however if you have a sun safe hat that can be used temporarily that is fine.  All hats must be a broad brimmed therefore caps are not acceptable.

There are a few things coming up in the next few weeks that I wish to mention to give parents some advance notice:

Pre-Kinder Sessions

Pre-Kinder sessions prepare children for their first year of school, it is a very exciting time. We have allocated children enrolled in Kindergarten next year into small groups and they will attend a total of 3 sessions each. Letters have been sent home to parents advising which group they have been allocated to. We look forward to welcoming families along at these sessions.

Cricket Blast (previously known as Milo Cricket)

Woolworths Cricket Blast program operated by Cricket Tasmania begins on Wednesday, 23rd October after school from 3.15pm – 4.15pm on our school oval.  If your child is interested in participating, please contact Cricket Tasmanian directly.

Basketball Championships

Over the next two weekends, we have students participating in the 2019 Primary School Regional Basketball Tournaments at Elphin Sports Centre and St Patricks College.  This weekend our grade 3/4 teams are competing and next weekend the 5/6 teams compete.  I would like to thank all our coaches, team managers and families for their time and support in providing this opportunity for our students.  I would sincerely like to thank Abbi Dean for all her organisation to ensure that we have teams allocated with coaches.  Good luck everyone!

K-2 Tabloid Sports Afternoon

On Thursday, 31st October we will be holding a “Tabloid Sports” afternoon for all our students from Kindergarten to Year 2.  Our Grade 6 students will work with Newstead College students to run games and sporting activities, where the students will rotate through the various stations.  Parents are more than welcome to come along and cheer their children on.  The fun begins at 1.40pm just after lunch break.

Student Free Day

All state schools in the North have a Professional Learning Day allocated to them on Friday, 1st November. Our teachers will be working on our school’s Strategic Plan and participating in professional learning.  The following Monday, 4th November is a public holiday, so we look forward to seeing everyone back at school on Tuesday, 5th November. 

Triathlon Challenge 

On Thursday, 28th November, we have a Grade 3 girls team entered in the Schools Triathlon Challenge event.  I would like to wish Millie S, Olivia P and Sophie A all the best in this event.  The team will be supported by their parents.

Dance Fever

Also on the 28th of November we have a number of Grade 5/6 students representing our school in this year’s Dance Fever production.  This production is always a highlight and many of our primary classes have booked to watch the production at the Door of Hope.  Our students will be preforming at a matinée performance for school groups and an evening performance for parents and community members.  A huge thankyou to Miss Bodell for all her work teaching our students the dances.

Enrolments for 2020

It has come to that time of the year, when we begin to organise class sizes and structures.  If you know that you are relocating and leaving Punchbowl Primary School in 2020, can you please let the office know as soon as possible.

School Hours

We are noticing that a number of children are arriving at school very early and often before the school is open (8:30am).  All school doors are locked until this time and students should not be on the grounds without a parent or carer to supervise.  Teachers are working in their rooms before this time and as such there is no duty of care for children prior to 8:30am. 

NRL Footballs   NRL.jpg

We kindly ask that all students keep NRL footballs at home, for use at home or in local parks.  We supply a lot of equipment for our students to use in the playground such as footballs, soccer balls, skipping ropes and basketballs so there is plenty of activities for our active students.  Unfortunately, the NRL balls have led to problems in the playground with rough play and tackling and for duty of care reason; we have advised students that they are not to come to school.

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

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


Aussie of the Month for June - Nakshi P-1B

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



Nakshi is kind and respectful to all other students. 

She is helpful towards others and assists with jobs around the classroom. 

She listens effectively and actively participates in classroom activities. 

She is a positive role model within the classroom.

She makes sensible choices.

She interacts in a cooperative and fair manner.

She has excellent manners and is always polite and caring.

She tries her best and concentrates when completing work. 

Students in all P-2 classes will be visiting Fred French Aged Care Facility 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, followed 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


During the last week of last term, the Choir performed at the 10th Annual Singfest concert event. Singfest is quite an expectation on students, as they have to commit to learning seven songs which will be sung with the 300 or so strong Combined School’s Choir and another song which is performed by the individual school. More than just learning songs, singing in the choir requires developing discipline, working on vocal techniques with breath control and vowel sounds, extending their range, singing independently in parts, working closely as a team, etc. The rehearsal and lead up could be likened to preparing a football team for a grand final or a dance troupe for competitions. In these situations, your commitment drives you to the culminating performance and nothing is going to prevent you from reaping the rewards of all the hard work that has been put in. Thank you to those families that ensured their children would see their commitment through. The Choir that was there on the night did an outstanding job of representing our school. They certainly were a highlight of the event.

Nelson Tabe – Music Teacher

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

Friday October 18th

Cancelled due to inclement weather

Friday October 25th

Basketball vs Riverside 1 @ Riverside

Baskbetball Dev vs Summerdale @ Punchbowl

Touch Football vs Summerdale 2 @ Punchbowl

Speedball 1 vs Summerdale @ Punchbowl

Speedball 2 vs Riverside 1 @ Riverside

Friday November 8th

Basketball vs Mowbray @ Mowbray

Baskbetball Dev vs Norwood 2 @ Punchbowl

Touch Football vs St Leonards @ Punchbowl

Speedball 1 vs East Launceston @ East Launceston

Speedball 2 vs Norwood 1 @ Punchbowl

Friday November 15th

Basketball vs East Launceston 2 @ Punchbowl

Baskbetball Dev vs Ravenswood @ Ravenswood

Touch Football vs Invermay @ Invermay

Speedball 1 vs East Tamar @ Punchbowl

Speedball 2 vs Norwood 2 @ Norwood

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.




New Entertainment Memberships that our supporters know and love, will only be available via our App from next season onward. This means that Entertainment will no longer print the iconic Entertainment Book next year. However, our supporters will be able to keep using their current Book offers right up until 1 June 2020!

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