The Punchbowl Press

2021 Term 4 Week 5

Important Dates

16 November - ICAS Assessment - Mathematics (Year 3-6, only students who have registered to participate)

17 November - Opportunity Class Placement Test ( only students who have registered to participate)

24 November - PBL Reward Day (TBC)

2 December - Year 6 Graduation Dinner (TBC)

6-10 December - Kindergarten Orientation 

16 December - End of Term 4 for students

Acting Principal's Message

We have started the term preparing for the return of our students over the last fortnight.  Our plans have worked well and we are ecstatic to be once again able to see our students face-to-face.  Thank you to the community for being patient and showing trust in our processes as we ensure a safe return for everyone.  It has been wonderful to see the school come to life again with laughter, smiles and re-connections. 

Our staggered drop off and pick up times have been very successful.  We are now in a good routine and we thank you for working with us.  Our students have adapted well to the new organisation onsite including different recess and lunch times and changes to our canteen ordering system.   

Communication between home and school has always been a priority and it will continue to be very important as we navigate the last six weeks of school.   We will be planning our usual end of year events including the Year 6 Farewell within the COVID 19 guidelines provided by the Department of Education. 

Last Friday was World Teacher’s day and the Green Team here at school provided a special living gift to all our teachers to show their appreciation and to increase the number of plants in classrooms.  Thanks to the Green Team.  Mine has pride of place in my office. 

Looking forward to reconnecting with everyone 

Mrs McGeary 

Acting Principal 


FUN Kids OSHC - Before School Care, After School Care and Vacation Care

Fun Kids OSHC provides Before School Care, After School Care and Vacation Care within the grounds of Punchbowl Public School. Download the attached flyers to find out more about accessing this service. 

Contact Fun Kids directly to register. 

Phone: 0422 968 085 Email:



Kindergarten 2022 - Enrol Now

Enrolments for Kindergarten 2022 are now open.

 -All children must be in compulsory schooling by their 6th birthday.

-Children can start kindergarten at the beginning of 2022 if they turn 5 on or before 31 July 2022.

-Students should start school at the beginning of the school year.You can enrol using the online application form  or contact the office on 97505055 if you would prefer a paper form.

Enrolment forms are also available in other languages.

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 

    Congratulations to Rafika and Sabah who are our Aussie's of the Month for November. 

Rafika is the November Aussie of the Month (Preschool to Year 2)

Rafika, from 1 Dolphins, is a respectful and happy student. She always has a smile on her face and shows her kind and caring nature by helping those around her. Rafika is considerate, follows our school rules and shows respect towards others. She has shown growth in all areas of her learning, in particular with her writing. Rafika’s positive and friendly manner makes her a perfect Aussie of the month recipient. She shows a true Punchbowl spirit.

Congratulations Rafika! 

Sabah is the November Aussie of the Month (Year 3 to Year 6)

Sabah is a valued member of 4 Inspire who treats her peers with empathy and respect. She includes others and is always ready to support them cheerfully with compassion. Sabah continued to show dedication to her work during the learning at home period, submitting work of a high standard and asking questions to clarify when necessary. Sabah is a fine role model to other students in Stage 2 with her diligent approach to Positive Behaviour for Learning. 

A reminder for all families

Students are expected to attend school from their designation return to school date unless they are unwell or have even with mild symptoms of COVID-19. Any person with any COVID-19 symptoms must be sent home and not return to school unless:

• they have isolated for 10 days, when no medical certificate is available

• they have a negative COVID-19 test result and are symptom free.

In circumstances where children have other medical reasons for recurrent symptoms, a letter from their GP is sufficient to negate the requirement for a negative test.

Anyone who is unwell with COVID-19 symptoms is strongly encouraged to get tested and self-isolate until a negative result is received.

Information to the school must be provided by email

If you have any questions please call the school on 9750 5055

This information is available in the Department of Education website 

Symptoms of COVID-19 include:

• fever (37.5 degrees Celsius or higher)

• cough

• sore throat

• shortness of breath (difficulty breathing)

• runny nose

• loss of taste

• loss of smell.

Other reported symptoms include:

• fatigue

• acute blocked nosed (congestion)

• muscle pain

• joint pain

• headache

• diarrhoea

• nausea/vomiting

• loss of appetite.

Unexplained chest pain and conjunctivitis (eye infection) have also been reported as symptoms of COVID-19.

Term 4 - Canteen News

Have you downloaded the My School Connect app for super easy canteen ordering? 

Remember there will be no counter sales at the canteen and recess or lunch packs MUST be ordered either online or placing orders in the class lunch basket. A limited menu will be available in Term 4 (attached)

All orders will be delivered to students at break times.

Thank you

Kathy - Canteen Manager 


Canteen online ordering has arrived!

Schools as Community Centre (SaCC)

While face to face visits and parent workshops in our SaCC are on hold, our communication and ongoing contact with families continues to be strong. 

The Early Learners have been engaging in many different experiences through online learning and outdoor activities. Parents have been collecting the children’s learning packs from school and have been keen to engage and share photos and videos of their learning at home experiences. If you are yet to join our Facebook page please follow the link and join. 

Punchbowl Public School School as Community Centre Facebook page

The Transition to Preschool program starts on Friday 29th October and more information will be communicated to families who have already enrolled in the preschool.    

Our partnerships with other local community organisations have continued to strengthen throughout the year. AusRelief donated ten sports bags to our families. The attached images are photos of families who happily took part in this initiative. 

On behalf of Punchbowl Public School, SaCC would like to say a big thank you to the Lighthouse Community Support, Chester Hill Neighbourhood Centre and AusRelief in supporting our school community during the lockdown.

All families are welcome to reach out to our SaCC at anytime. Please contact Asenati directly on 0439487865. 

Asenati Mareko - SaCC Facilitator 

Preschool & Early Intervention

The Preschool children have been super excited to be back at Preschool with their teachers and friends having lots of fun playing, talking and laughing. The children have been learning and remembering our PBL values and routines at Preschool. We are revisiting on how to keep safe from germs and learning about COVID safe practices. It was lovely to see so many children have grown up and become confident learners. We enjoyed many hours outdoors in the fresh air, remembering our beautiful outdoor learning spaces.  

As it’s our last term at Preschool, we have started discussions about going to kindergarten and ‘big school’ next year. The children are nearly at the end of their preschool journey and will be ready to graduate and onto their next adventure soon. Let’s make the most of our last term. 

Goanna’s are so excited to be back at preschool, as are their teachers. They showed what great learners they are by getting back into the routine, reconnecting with their friends as well as making new ones and having lots of fun all together. We are looking forward to a wonderful term together!  

Preschool 2022 Enrolments - Now OPEN

Children are eligible to enrol in NSW public preschools if they turn four on or before 31 July of that year.

Applications for 2022 are now open. 

More information regarding preschool enrolment as well at the application form are available on the website. You can also contact the office on 9750 5055 for a copy on the enrolment form. 

Early Stage 1

It has been wonderful having Kindergarten students back at school. They have settled well back into school life and are busy with their learning. This week students have been practicing writing their five star sentences. They have enjoyed sharing their work with each other. Students have been reflecting on their writing by making sure it makes sense, has a capital letter, full stop and finger spaces. Have a look at some of our students' amazing writing!  

K/6 Owls & K/6 Kookaburras

Kookaburra’s and Owls are happy to be back to school and learning together in the classroom. During the first half of term 4, Kookaburras and Owls spent time preparing for going back to school.  

We enjoyed connecting on Zoom and completing activities as a whole class.  

Now that we are back at school we are excited to continue developing our skills and knowledge of learning online. Students are given the opportunity to use laptops to schedule their learning and complete some of the daily learning tasks online.  

We also have a new student who has joined the Owls Classroom. Welcome Mohammad (Azmaeen). 



Stage 1

Year 1 were so excited to return to school and couldn't wipe the smiles of their faces. Year 1 loved seeing their friends, talking and catching up with their peers and teachers. They were very happy to be back in the classroom learning again.  


Jasper- “I love being at school and playing with my friends.”  

Tasnim- “I am excited to be learning English and Maths back in the classroom.” 


Stage 2


We were asked to try an interesting activity, making string from three sheets of ordinary paper. We were not allowed to use any scissors or glue. We needed to make the string as long as we could, it also needed to be able to hold a weight. The team that made the longest string would win the challenge for length. The team who made string that could hold the most weight would win the challenge for weight. 

We used three papers. Eshaal decided that we should tear each paper into two pieces. We then rolled the six papers into cones and stuck the cones together. We folded the end to stop it falling apart. We didn’t focus on making it long, we wanted it to be sturdy. 

Binna, Eshaal and Helen 

Salam, Destiny and Serena: “We ripped the three pieces of paper into strips. Then we overlapped it and twisted it. We were so happy because our string could hold sixteen large exercise books. Other group’s string could only hold up to three books. We were so happy”. 

Taha and Maher: “We twisted the paper to make it tight. We made a hole to connect the papers together. We couldn’t believe that a piece of paper can be so strong. Our paper string could hold sixteen books”. 

Hussein, Jana and Amir: “We used three papers and tore it into three parts. We joined it together by twisting it. Were we so excited because we made the longest piece of string in the class”. 

Stage 3

What a tremendous effort by all of Stage 3 during the learning from home period. You have all done a wonderful job and we are so happy to finally be teaching you face to face. Here is a snapshot of all Stage 3 classes completing their final learning from home activities. 

ICAS Assessment - Mathematics

On Tuesday 16  November a number of students from Stage 2 and Stage 3 will sit the International Competitions and Assessments for Schools ICAS Assessment - Mathematics. Students who have registered will need to be at school at 8:00am on the day. More information will be provided closer to the day. 

Tell Them From Me - Parent Survey

We would like to invite all parents to complete the Tell Them From Me (TTFM) Partners in Learning survey.

We value the role of parents and carers within our school community and would greatly appreciate your feedback. The information you provide will be used to maintain our commitment to working together in partnership to further improve student learning and wellbeing at Punchbowl Public School.The survey is anonymous and will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. The surveys are an important part of our whole school evaluation and planning process. The survey can be completed in your home language if you prefer. Please select the language option from the drop down menu after clicking on the link. You are able to access the parent survey on your computer or mobile device by using the URL below:

Thank you for taking the time to provide us with this valuable feedback. The survey closes on Friday 26 November. 

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