The Punchbowl Press

2021 Term 2 Week 5

Important Dates

Monday 17 May- Friday 21 May- NAPLAN Yr 3 and Yr 5

Wednesday 19 May- National Simultaneous Storytime

Wednesday 19 May - P&C Meeting in the hall at 9:15am

Monday 31 May- Monday 14 June- Life Education Van (Healthy Harold)

Monday 14 June- Queens Birthday Public Holiday

Monday 21 June- Friday 25 June- Parent-teacher Interviews

Relieving Principal's Message

We have had a smooth start to Term 2, with many of our extra-curricular programs beginning.  PSSA sport has begun and our students have been representing the values of our school to a very high standard through their sportsmanship on and off the field.  Thank you to the teachers who are our coaches and coordinators of the program and for those teachers who are leading clubs back at school.

Last week we had our first chess competition and we also hosted an interschool debate.  Both teams were successful and we are very proud of their efforts.  Thank you to Mr Potten, Mrs Matthews and Mrs El-Esh for the extra support and expertise they are providing to these students.  It is wonderful to watch them develop their talents.  More details on those two wins can be found later in the Press.

We have had some staff changes this term.  While Mrs Harding is on maternity leave, Mrs Amal Farhat will be the Relieving Assistant Principal Stage 3.  Also, as Mrs Gibbs is also on maternity leave, Miss Victoria Gammel will be the Relieving Assistant Principal Stage 1.  Ms Sharne Plummer will be continuing in her role as Class teacher on 1 Angelfish.

Our Relieving Assistant Principal Special Education, Ms Sophie Evans, will be returning to her substantive teaching position at Chalmers Road SSP.  Ms Evans has been in her role since 2019 and we thank her for her commitment to our students and their families.  We are currently recruiting an Early Intervention Teacher.  Ms Anna Glynatsis will teach our EI students until the recruiting process is complete.  Mrs Midori Jobling, Deputy Principal IL/Preschool will continue to supervise the Early Intervention and Support unit classes.  Thankyou to Mrs Jobling for continuing in this crucial role within our school.

Miss Veronica Nemer will be working across our school in different roles.  In Stage 2, she is working as a Learning and Support Teacher on Monday and Tuesday.  On Thursday she is supporting collaborative planning and data discussions and on Friday she is our Librarian.  Thank to Ms Nemer for taking on this role.

During week 3 I had the pleasure of presenting Daniel and Shakila with their Aussie of the Month awards and prize packs. I am very proud of these two students and the way they demonstrate our school values.

This term you will receive your child’s half yearly report.  At the same time, we will be conducting Parent-Teacher interviews to discuss their progress and future goals for their learning.  More information will follow later in the term.

Schools are operating full time while actively following health advice. It is important that families continue to follow the COVID-19 guidelines for schools. In particular we wish to highlight the following:

Visitors to schools should maintain 1.5m distance from other adults where practicable. Avoid congestion of groups of visitors in specific areas where possible.

All visitors to a school site must comply with sign-in arrangements. Visitors must also check in using the Service NSW QR code. These are displayed around the school including all the gates.  If you are visiting the office for an appointment it is important that in addition to the QR code check in you also sign-in at the office. 

Preschool applications are now open for 2022.  Any enquiries, please call or make an appointment at the office to speak to a member of staff.

Our P&C Meetings will be held in Week 5 and Week 10 of each term. The next one is on Wednesday 19 May at 9:15am.  The P&C are still looking for a member to fill the position of Secretary. If you are interested please come along to the next P&C meeting.

Mrs Donna McGeary

Relieving Principal​

Aussie of the Month

Our school is participating in an exciting initiative to recognise students from Preschool to Year 6 called 'Aussie of the Month'. The program recognises personal endeavour, achievement and contribution to the community and reflects some of the values we share as Australians. 

Each month one student from Preschool to Year 2 and one student from Year 3 to 6 will be nominated by the relevant team to receive the Aussie of the Month Award. This Award acknowledges outstanding performance in such areas as:  

  • Mateship - Displaying a spirit of generosity and compassion 

  • Respect - Showing respect to self, others or the environment at school and/or in the community 

  • Inclusion -  Including others and celebrating the differences and uniqueness in all of us 

  • Work Ethic - Dedicated to trying their best and always putting in a great effort 

May - Aussie of the Month (Preschool to Year 2)

Daniel from preschool is a friendly, helpful and caring student. He always follows our preschool rules and values. Daniel is a good role model to his peers. He is cooperative, respectful and allows all children to join in play with him. Daniel is kind and considerate of how his peers are feeling.

Congratulations Daniel. 

May - Aussie of the Month (Year 3 to Year 6)

Shakila from 5/6 S is well mannered, kind hearted, friendly and a very supportive friend. She follows the school rules and our values, therefore encouraging others to follow her lead. She is a great role model to all students. She is considerate and compassionate, and always ready to learn with a positive attitude. She co-operates with her peers and goes out of her way to help others.

Congratulations Shakila. 

Fun Kids Punchbowl PS - OSHC

Out of School Hours Care (OSHC) is operating at  Punchbowl Public School in 2021.  Fun Kids OSHC is providing Before School Care, After School Care and Vacation Care within the grounds of Punchbowl Public School.

Fun Kids OSHC prides on providing children with safe, fun, play based learning experiences with a positive attitude. From exciting activities, healthy nutritious food, to warm and caring team members. Copies of the enrolment form can be obtained from the front office or alternatively you can access more information by visiting, phoning 0422968085 or email 

Fun Kids - Newsletter

Download a copy of the Fun Kids OSHC Newsletter

P&C Committee News

The P&C ran a very successful Mother's Day Stall and raffle during Week 3. Thank you to the parent volunteers who helped with setting up and selling the gifts. Thank you to all parents who supported this fundraiser. 

We hope all the mums in our community had a wonderful Mother's Day. 

The P&C are still looking for a member to fill the position of Secretary. If you are interested please come along to the next P&C meeting will be held on Wednesday 19 May at 9:15am in the school hall. All are welcome to attend. 

P&C Mother's Day Raffle

Congratulations to the Hazifa, Ashlyn and Aisha for winning prizes at the Mother’s Day raffle which was organised by our amazing P&C.

What's On in the SaCC - Term 2

Monday              Parents Drop In and  Zumba & Exercise starts on 17th May

Tuesday              Play-Learn playgroup and The Learning Hub

Wednesday       Hand in Hand Parenting workshop

Thursday            TAFE English class

Friday                  Play-to-Learn playgroup

Term 2 SaCC Programs

Download a copy of the Term 2 SaCC Planner. 

If you have any questions or would like to register your interest in any of the programs please contact Asenati Mareko on 0439487865. 



Our parents and early learners utilised the learn through play space in our centre. The children love the kitchen corner where they cook, bake and make lots of pretend dishes like pizza, cupcakes, pasta and serve tea and coffee. Some have been busy doing their grocery shopping and exchange SaCC notes and coins. The children made a poppy flower wreath for the Anzac day ceremony and the SaCC staff, parents and students laid the wreath under the flag post as a form of respect to the Australian fallen soldiers. Parents have been very supportive of their children’s learning and are keen to take part in educational activities provided for by staff.  Keep up the good work supporting our early learners.

Other SaCC programs and updates

Drop in Session: We have had a number of new families drop in to the SaCC over the last few weeks which is fantastic. Families have collected information about parenting workshops and playgroups and took the opportunity to have informal conversations to with the SaCC staff to see how the centre can best support them. We look forward to meeting more families throughout the term. Parents are welcome to drop in on Monday mornings for a coffee and a chat. 

Zumba & Exercise: The much awaited Zumba and Exercise Class is  starting next week as a follow up to the Eat, Move and Healthy eating program which was held last term. 

Learning Hub: The Learning Hub is continuing this term with 10 students supported and coached by the STARTTS staff. The students have worked very hard in completing their homework, reading and are super active competing in group activities.  I am very proud of these boys and girls and the enthusiasm they are showing while participating in the learning activities. Thank you STARTTS for this great partnership.

Hand in Hand Parenting: Hand in Hand parenting started with eight parents learning about “Setting Limits - Building Closeness and Cooperation with your children”.  Parents, if you are interested in joining this workshop contact Fifi & Asenati.

TAFE English: English classes have continued this term and we look forward to parents returning to the group after their EID celebrations are over. 

Coming up in Term 3. 

- TAFE Floristry 

- Tuning into Kids by Chester Hill Neighbourhood Centre



Starting this term, the preschoolers had a wonderful opportunity to invite our mothers and grandmothers into our preschool space for a morning play. Some of the experiences were photo opportunity with mum, making bracelets, painting together, reading a story, drawing a picture and just playing and having fun.  

After the many changes brought on by Covid-19, it was wonderful to have our families in our setting once again. Parents and carers play a critical role in their child's early education. In early childhood education, parents are seen as children's first and most influential educators. Parental and family engagement is regarded as crucial in supporting children's academic success. 

 In our Early Intervention classes, our educators have been focusing on supporting our students to further develop their independence and self-help skills through our everyday routines. Putting on socks and shoes on can be quite challenging for our children, it requires a great level of coordination but also strength and dexterity in the small muscles in the hands as well as bigger muscles in their arms and body. Experiences such as making playdough is not only fun but provides the children with the opportunity to develop strength and coordination as they mix, knead and roll the playdough. Children have also been developing friendships through pretend play and developing physical and social skills both inside and outside environments. 

Preschool- Mother's Day stay and play

Early Intervention Routines

Early Stage 1

In Kindergarten, Ms Trad has been using picture books to develop mathematical concepts and language in kindergarten. The students have been working collaboratively in pairs to sort objects with similar attributes. They have also learnt how to identify the number before another number by taking one away and counting backwards. 

Stage 1

This term for science Stage 1 students are exploring objects that are subjected to pushes and pulls. They are investigating how the different strengths of pushes and pulls affect the movement of objects. 

Stage 2

Stage 2 have been learning all about Volume and Capacity this week. In Flourish, students investigated the capacity of their water bottles and used measuring jugs to find out the volume of water that their bottle held. Students worked in pairs in this investigation and used mathematical language and justifications to explain their findings. Here are some of our findings: 

“I poured the water from my bottle into the measuring jug to find the volume of water is 450ml.” - Adam and Ainan 

“If half way between the lines it would be an extra 25ml so the volume is 425ml.” - Raihanna and Noah 

“We can double check by pouring the liquid back into another measuring jug of the same capacity.” - Amaira 

K-6 Owls and K-6 Kookaburras

Students in Kookaburras and Owls began the term learning about ANZAC day. They learnt what ANZAC stands for and why it is a special day for Australia and New Zealand. We also got to make delicious ANZAC biscuits to wrap up the week.  We have enjoyed our Library sessions, where we have had the opportunity to learn about programming Bee Bots to following direction, as well as using the Chromebooks to access MYON reading.  Our garden continues to grow with the help of Miss Clare, where we have been busy planting new flowers and adding mulch to make the area look fantastic.  

Stage 3

Punchbowl Peacekeepers 

Stage 3 students undertook peacekeeper training and are excited to become role models for our younger students when out in the playground.  

Here are some comments about the program by our students; 

“I’m looking forward to becoming a Peacekeeper and helping other students in class and in the playground.” – Jaafar 

“I’m looking forward to becoming a Peacekeeper to make our school a great place and make other students feel like they belong.” – Alaa 

“I’m looking forward to becoming a Peacekeeper so I can learn how to take care of others and be more responsible.” – Maymuna. 

Respect Program 

Our students gave a fantastic performance at the Women in Leadership Ceremony in Bankstown. We are proud of our Stage 3 students who wrote the lyrics to their song titled, Play Your Part. The video clip will be released soon. 

 “The performance was amazing. I’m so proud to be part of a group that is making a stand and a difference.” - Mohamed 

“I’m so happy that our song is making a difference. We all got to write a song that has so much meaning.” Jayden 

“I was so nervous before the performance but after finishing it I felt so happy to be involved in this wonderful opportunity.” Ali 

Stage 3- Peacekeeper Program

Community Language

Community Language Students from ES1 to Stage 3 were learning about world celebrations. The students used various activities to learn Arabic words on and about Celebrations. The activities ranged from making cards for Mother’s Day, making Eid cards and using textiles with Stage 3. They made pillows using fabric markers and fabric paint, learning how to say all relevant greeting words in Arabic. Community Language teachers would like to use this space to thank all the parents who were helping make the pillows by sowing them, the students were really excited to make them and keep them or gift them to a family member. 


On Monday, 3 May, eight Stage 3 students went to represent our school at the Interschool Chess Challenge at Canley Vale Public School. The students were Jayden, Medina, Fadhli, Kevin, Danny, Theo, Siotame and Anthony.Around 120 students played chess at the same time in the Canley Vale hall, which was quite eye-opening for our team. The day was very successful, with our school winning the first-place trophy for the primary school division! Our school has now qualified for the Regional Semi-Final in Term 3.All eight of our players also did really well at the individual level. Antho​ny and Medina both won six out of seven games, and they received trophies for coming 4th and 5th respectively. Congratulations to all the students involved and thanks to Mrs Matthews and Mr Potten who accompanied our team on the day.


Today our Punchbowl Public School debating team hosted and presented a very interesting and topical debate against their opposing team from Hampden Park Public School.  As the affirmative team they presented their individual speeches with various strong arguments and rebuttals on the topic that ‘All learning should be digital at school’. Congratulations to our students on WINNING this debate, we are very pleased with their dedication, efforts and achievements. 

Library- STEM

Our Stage 2 students are buzzing with excitement during the Library/ STEM sessions. They are learning to think by coding Ozobot, a tiny robot. The students are also making connections between their learning in mathematics and real situations. Have you ever thought about how robots can do what they do? Have a chat to your child to discover how easy it can be with some basic instructions. 

Faris: “Mrs Matthews I love coding with Ozobot because it is so much better than Bluebot. With Bluebot it was just about pressing buttons but now I feel like I’m really coding.” 

Leasuasu and Robert: “We coded Ozobot to move in a square. That was so easy. But then we had to make the lights go green when Ozobot moved forward and red when it stopped. That was harder but we did it together. It was heaps of fun.” 

Alura, Zahra and Adnee: “We did it, we can code a robot!” 

Visual Arts

Congratulations to the following students for having their artwork selected to represent Punchbowl Public School for 2021. Zayd from Owls, Peace from Success, Maida from Halo and Kate from Kookaburras. Their beautiful artworks speak for themselves. Well Done!

Informing the school of absences

Parents must ensure their children attend school every day. On occasion, your child may need to be absent from school. Justified reasons for student absences may include:

  • being sick or having an infectious disease
  • having an unavoidable medical appointment
  • being required to attend a recognised religious holiday
  • exceptional or urgent family circumstances e.g. attending a funeral

Parents must provide an explanation for absences to the school within 7 days from the first day of any period of absence. Where an explanation has not been received within the 7-day timeframe, the school will record the absence as unjustified on the student's record.

Principals may also request medical certificates or other documentation when frequent or long term absences are explained as being due to illness. 

Skoolbag allows you to send notes to explain absences electronically. All you need to do is go to 'Forms' on the Skoolbag app and select ' Absentee Form'.  You may also choose to send in a paper note or call the office on 9750 5055. 

Bright Star Kids

The P&C have registered an online fundraiser with Bright Star Kids. Bright Star Kids is a family-owned business that designs and produces top quality personalised products for kids. For every order you place our school will receive up to 20% in commission. 

All you need to do is visit their webpage, create an account, place an order and select LINK A FUNDRAISING ACCOUNT in the checkout and enter our school name PUNCHBOWL PUBLIC SCHOOL. 

Label it and never lose a thing! Get ready with your labels and personalised products for 2021. 

Happy Shopping. 

If you have any questions please phone the office on 9750 5055 and leave a message and one of the friendly P&C members will contact you. 

Punchbowl Public School P&C Committee 


Covid 19 Update

Schools are operating full time while actively following health advice. It is important that families continue to follow the COVID-19 guidelines for parents. In particular we wish to highlight the following:

- Visitors to schools should maintain 1.5m distance from other adults where practicable. Avoid congestion of groups of visitors in specific areas where possible.

- ALL visitors to the school site must comply with sign-in arrangements. Visitors MUST check in using the Service NSW QR code. These are displayed around the school including all the gates. This includes when entering to drop off or pick up children.

- If you are visiting the office for an appointment it is important that in addition to the QR code check in you also sign-in at the office.

Did you know that the newsletter can be translated to many different languages?

- Scroll all the way to the bottom until you see the ‘Select Language’ option. Select your preferences language

You can now read the news in your chosen language.

Attendance Matters

Punchbowl Public School staff work in partnership with parents to encourage and support regular attendance of children.When your child attends school every day, learning becomes easier and your child will build and maintain friendships with other children.

Our Learning Support Team regularly monitors attendance data and makes  contact with families to see how the school can best provide support if attendance becomes a concern. The Home School Liasion Officer (employed by the Department of Education) regularly checks our school attendance data and may also make contact with families to discuss concerning patterns of attendance. 

If you have questions about attendance or need further support please contact the school on 9750 5055 to discuss. We are here to help. 

Road safety around our school is everyone's responsibility

  • Make sure your children are in appropriate child car seats that are fitted and used correctly.
  • Stick to the 40km/h speed limit in a school zone as children are about and can be unpredictable.
  • Always park and turn legally around schools and avoid dangerous manoeuvres like U-turns and three-point turns.
  • Always give way to pedestrians, especially when entering and leaving driveways.
  • Drop the kids off and pick them up on the school side of the road on Rossmore Ave or Viola St drop-off and pick-up area. Calling out to them from across the road is dangerous because they may run to you without checking traffic.
  • It's safest for the kids to get out of the car on the kerb side of the road to be away from passing traffic. 
  • Plan your trip to school so you are using pedestrian crossing areas. There are 2 located on Rossmore Ave, both with school crossing supervisors in the morning and afternoon. 

Young children can learn these safe pedestrian habits from you and use them when they are old enough to travel alone.

The Police and rangers will be patrolling our school regularly throughout the year. This includes Rossmore Ave and Viola St entries. 

Your child's safety depends on us. Road safety around our school is everyone's responsibility. 

Conservatorium High School - 2022 Auditions

The Conservatorium High School is the secondary arm of the Conservatorium of Music in Sydney, and the State’s only specialist music high school. Applications to audition for students entering high school in 2022 are now open. Closing date for registration is June 25th. Follow the link to register your interest.

Voluntary School Contribution

The school has a Voluntary School Contribution program in line with the Department of Education Voluntary School Contribution policy. 

Like all NSW public schools, we can request contributions to enhance our educational programs. School contributions help provide additional educational resources for the benefit of students. Payment is voluntary. The voluntary contribution for 2021 at Punchbowl Public School is set at $46 per student or $54 per family per year.

If you have any questions regarding the Voluntary School Contribution please phone the office on 9750 5055. 

Updated Information from the NSW Department of Education

The NSW Department of Education are working closely with the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC), NSW Health and other agencies to ensure our schools continue to operate in the safest ways possible during the COVID environment. Please read the updated information available at