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 - 15th November

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Punchbowl Primary School - Term 4, 2019 - 15th November

15th November 4/5 Shephard/Peachey & P/1 Baker/Peachey walking to Punchbowl Reserve
17th November

Esk Band Rehearsals @ Launceston College

9am - 10:30am - 1st year players (Red Band)

1:15pm - 4pm - Continuing Players (Yellow & Rainbow Bands)

19th November 2pm Assembly - P/1 Millen (5/6 Bodell & 1/2 Dunn sharing)
20th November Gr 3-6 Swimming Carnival @ Riverside Swimming Centre
21st November Subs for You (Subway) Lunch Day
22nd November Esk Band Rehearsal @ Albert Hall & Evening Extravaganza Performance
24th November 2:15pm - 3:15pm Dance Fever Rehearsal @ Launceston College
25th November Bookclub Orders due to office
26th November 4:15pm - 4:45pm Dance Fever Rehearsal @ Door of Hope
27th November Gr 6 Orientation Day @ High Schools
27th November 4/5 Shephard/Peachey & Gr 5's to STEAM Circus @ Grand Chancellor
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 (rain date 3rd December)
2nd December 2 Stagoll & 3 Wells/Hartley to Twist performance @ Earl Arts Centre & Riverbend Park
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 2pm - 3pm Kinder Campbell Celebration Afternoon
13th December End of Year Reports go home
16th December 2pm - 3pm Kinder Walkinshaw Celebration Afternoon
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,

We are mid-way through term four and are in the process of completing the 2019 year but also well under way planning for strategic improvements in the 2020.  I am extremely proud to report that we recently received all our NAPLAN and PIPS data.  The results indicate just how well our school is performing with standards reached well above similar schools and nearly all above the Australian average.  This is a result of hard work and a tireless commitment to high expectations around quality teaching. I would sincerely like to thank all of the team that work here at Punchbowl as it is the team approach that has the greatest impact in this cycle of improvement.  Thanks also goes to our parents for your commitment to our goals and your partnership in learning.

Upcoming Water – Based excursions

  • Gr 3-6 Swimming Carnival      20th November
  • LSSSA Swimming Carnival      29th November
  • Gr 2 Water Orientation           4th, 5th & 6th December
  • Gr 3-6 EOY Picnic                  12th December 

Please understand that there is an expectation that all students attend and participate in these events unless unwell.  The Grade 3-6 Swimming Carnival, held at the Riverside Pool caters for both competitive swimming events along with novelty races in a wading pool.  As a way of rewarding participation, this year we will be giving all students participating in the day a water slide pass.  If students were unable to participate in the 3-6 swimming carnival (unless they were sick) we would assume they would not be able to attend the Grade 3-6 end of year picnic.

The Grade 2 Swimming and Water Orientation classes are in early December and are funded via our School Association.  We began this program three years ago and it is an excellent way of introducing students to the Grade 3-5 Swimming and Water Safety Program in subsequent years. This is held at the Glen Dhu pool, which is specifically designed for learn to swim programs and is an even waist high depth.

Please remember that all permission forms need to be return for students to be involved in any of the above events.  Students need to come to all swimming events with rash vest and sunscreen applied.

Esk Band Extravaganza Concert

 A reminder to all our families and friends that the Esk Band will be performing in a combined concert next Friday, 22nd November at the Albert Hall.  This has always been an amazing event that showcases our student’s musical talents.   It also provides an opportunity for our students to perform in front of an appreciative audience as an orchestra.

Gr 6 Orientation Day

On Wednesday, 27th November, public high schools are running Grade 6 Orientation day.  I wish all our grade 6 students well in exploring these new environments. This is an exciting time, which is at times met with some trepidation but lots of excitement.

Dance Fever

On Thursday, 28th November, we have our grade 5 and 6 students participating in the Dance Fever production. They will perform in a matinée for school students and an evening performance for parents both performances are held at the Door of Hope.  Our grade 5-6 students will have an opportunity to dance two pieces taught during lunch times by Miss Bodell.  All students practise weekly and are very much looking forward to performing.  The students have received letters about weekend and night practise already.  If you have, any further queries please contact Miss Bodell. 

I would like to thank Miss Bodell for all her dedication and talents in this area, teaching our students the dances. I am looking forward to watching this production as it is a highlight of the year.


Also on the 28th November, we have students involved in the Northern Triathlon at Devonport.  We wish all the students the best of luck in the event and thank parents and support their support crews for ensuring Punchbowl has a strong contingent participating.

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

On Thursday, 21st November students will have the opportunity to have Subway for lunch.  if you wish to place an order please submit online via www.subsforyou.com

Emerson (Subway Business Manager) will be situated outside our school office on Tuesday morning at 8.30am and again at 2:15pm to sign up and place first orders for any parents having trouble or would just like assistance on how to use their site. 

School Association Meetings

All meetings commence at 7pm on a Wednesday evening in the school staffroom. All welcome to attend!
The final meeting for the year will be held on Wednesday, 4th December.

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Sunday 17th November

9.00am - 10.30am - 1st Year players (Red Band)

1:15pm - 4:00pm - Continuing Players (Yellow and Rainbow Bands)

Rehearsal Venue

Launceston College Music Centre Band Room

Entrance opposite Bathurst Street Car Park in Brisbane Street


Icy Pole sales for Kindergarten to Grade 6 students will be every Thursday during this term.

Lemonade Icy Poles    $1.00

Peters Frosty Fruits     $1.20

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!

3 New memberships will be available from the 18th November 2019 more information to follow


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