The Punchbowl Press

2021 Term 2 Week 10

Important Dates

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

Wednesday 23 June - P&C Meeting 9:00am in the SaCC

Tuesday 13 July- Term 3 commences

Friday 16 July- 100 Days of Kindergarten

Monday 26 July- Friday 30 July- Education Week

Acting Principal's Message

Congratulations to all our students, teachers and families for another wonderful term.  Every day I see our students engaged in learning in so many different ways across the school.  Whether it is gardening, debating, chess, or perhaps some ‘sweaty brain’ thinking in mathematics or imaginative writing, we are always celebrating teaching and learning in every classroom. 

This week is Refugee Week, a very important week for our school and the wider community.  We will be hosting a morning tea after our P & C meeting on Wednesday 23 June in the SaCC.  This will be in partnership with STARTTS who have been running the drumming group and learning hub projects through our SaCC in first semester.  These projects directly benefit our refugee students and their families. 

Attendance is always a focus for our school.  We have many procedures in place to reward and support daily attendance at school.  Just 5 minutes missed daily is equal to 3 full days of schooling a year.  Parents and carers must provide an explanation for all absences. This can be a note, email, phone call or conversation with school staff.  Also, our Skoolbag app has an online absence eForm which can be quickly filled in and sent through the app directly to school.  If the school has not received an explanation for your child’s absence, the school will contact you within two days. 

 This term, Stage 2 have been engaged in weekly workshops with Bell Shakespeare, which culminated in a performance for Stage 2 and 3 of Romeo and Juliet.  Our students have benefited greatly from these specialised workshops; increasing their confidence and understanding of dramatic techniques as well developing a new found love of Shakespeare.  We thank Bell Shakespeare for providing these workshops to our students. 

This week parent-teacher interviews will be taking place to discuss student progress and future learning goals with parents.  Your child’s half yearly report was sent home with them on Friday.  These interviews improve the communication between home and school, allowing teachers and parents to discuss current learning as well as ask questions about your child’s attitude to learning and their overall wellbeing.  I look forward to seeing parents and teachers engaging in this process. 

Our Aussies of the Month in June were Annasimone and Noor .  Well done to these two students who are exemplifying our school values of respect, safety and learning in all their interactions across the school day.  

Life Education - Healthy Harold has also been visiting the school providing vital lessons in health and wellbeing for all our students P-6.  Thank you to the Canterbury Leagues Club for subsidising this program for our students. 

Our next P & C meeting will be held on Wednesday 23 June in the SaCC at  9:00am.  I will be talking more about reporting for our EAL/D students. 

On the last Friday of Term, the community will be hosting a morning tea for Mr Dace Elletson.  The event will be held in the SaCC from 11am – 12 noon.  This will be a chance to farewell Mr Elletson and wish him well with his new role as Director Educational Leadership for Glenfield. 

I wish everyone a safe, relaxing holiday.  School resumes on Tuesday 13 July for all students. 

Donna McGeary 

Acting Principal 

P&C News

Parents and community members are invited to the next P&C Meeting which will be held on Wednesday 23 June in the SaCC room at 9:00am. Following the meeting a morning tea will be held where you will hear all about the services provided for Refugee families by STARTTSboth at our school and within the community. 

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 

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

Annasimone is a kind, thoughtful and friendly Stage 1 student. She is dedicated to her learning and always tried her best. Anna is generous and compassionate towards her peers and this is demonstrated and evident in all aspects of her school life. She is a great role model to all students.

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

Noor is a valued member of 3 Creative. She always treats her peers with high respect and loves to learn. She is inclusive and understanding of others, always willing to support her classmates and does so with a smile on her face. She is generous and compassionate, setting a positive example for those around her. Noor demonstrates our school values each day and is a wonderful example of a student who strives to be the best person they can be. 

The SRC fundraiser which was held on Wednesday 16 June at Punchbowl was a great success due to a collective group effort from our community.

In addition to our sponsors The Culinary School, Eighteen 22, Easy Cement Rendering, Sky Bird and Woolworths Roselands we had many more donations flooding through on the morning of the event from the other local business organisations:

•Marjan Butchery didn’t hesitate to provide us with over 100 Halal sausages. His words were ‘Anything to see our kids of Punchbowl smile!’

• Ibby, the selfless store manager at Woolworths Roselands who surprised us with Krispy Kreme donuts , Ice-cream tubs, sauces and more bread. Such a champion.

We would like to thank all the volunteers that worked very hard behind the scenes to make today happen.

• The P&C president Mirvat and her wonderful team Seham, Oula, Hoda, Huda, Nour, Hayat, Abeer, Marwa and Rana. You ladies are superwomen!

• Our SaCC Facilitator Asenati, Mr Weeks and Mr Selver who dedicated so much of their time to work alongside the SRC team and parents. Finally, a huge thank you and congratulations to our dedicated SRC students and organising teacher Mrs El-Esh who planned and coordinated this spectacular fundraising event.

On behalf of the SRC team at Punchbowl we thank you all very much and appreciate your support and time today. Follow the link to watch a short YouTube video showing highlights of the day. 

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 Vacation Care - On the grounds of Punchbowl Public School

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 (follow the link) or contact the office on 97505055 if you would prefer a paper form.

Enrolment forms are also available in other languages.

Schools as Community Centre (SaCC)

It has been a great term in the SaCC centre. Families and friends have been attending programs and playgroups in our centre where discussion takes place and social connections have been built.  

TAFE English Class

A group of 15 parents started an Beginners English this course during Term 1 which was facilitated in partnership with TAFE NSW.  Dimitra, the educator, provided amazing support to all participants over the semester and we thank her for her work. This course concludes at the end of the term and participants who completed the course are looking forward to receiving their certificates.  

Play-to-Learn playgroup

The parents and their children had fun learning through play and participated in a variety of activities, storytelling and singing. Play-to-Learn groups run on Tuesday and Friday from 9.30am – 11.30am.   We welcome our new  and existing families to our community and are very happy to socialise and find new friends. 

Zumba Class

Parents enjoyed exercising together and learning routines with Anna our Zumba instructor every Monday morning. Come and join us on Monday for a good sweat in a positive place. 

Term 3 Courses

There are a number of courses and workshops being organised for Term 3 in our SaCC. Please contact Asenati for more information if you are interested in the following courses.

  •  Bringing up Great Kids
  •  Floristry
  •  Beach Safety program

The SaCC centre would like to wish our families a happy and a safe break.

Parent Excursion - La Perouse

On Tuesday 8 June a group of parents attended an excursion to La Perouse and enjoyed the scenery and lunch with parents and friends from Punchbowl Public School and Punchbowl Boys' High School (PBHS). Thank you Mr Patruno from PBHS, Mr Carter & Mrs Kontakos for joining in and to Mrs Mareko and Mrs Fakhouri for their organisation of this event. 


Learning about SPACE  

For National Simultaneous Storytime we made a Rocketship, as the story sparked interest about Space. We continued learning about Space in the following weeks, to follow children’s interests and extend on their explorations. Children were captivated and shared what they know about the moon, the sun, the stars and the planets. 

We planned a range of learning experiences for children, such as making the planets using papier-mache, to create our own Solar System to display, making rocket ships, and using construction materials to use their imagination to create their own. We set up our collaborative play area to include books about Space, construction, children’s artwork for them to further explore. There is so much to learn about Space and extend on children’s knowledge and vocabulary.  

Here are some comments from some of our students: 

Maryam (Wombats class): Out of space has lots of planets and shooting stars. You need a rocket to get there. Astronauts jump on the moon. You can see grass and water on the planet Earth. You see a sun. The sun is hot and it can burn you.  

Rifai (Wombats class): I made a telescope. I can see the moon. 

Wafa (Possums class): People see the aliens in the rocketship. 

Chloe (Possums class): We can float. 

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 Intervention

As the weather has started to become colder and wetter, we are staying indoors more and exploring music through instruments and the sounds they make as well as using visuals to choose which songs to play. The children are enjoying belonging to our musical group and becoming musicians! 

Early Stage 1

Congratulations to Kindergarten students on completing their first semester at school! They have shown that they can follow the Punchbowl Public School Values by being ‘Safe, Respectful, Learners’. Kindergarten students have participated in a variety of different programs this semester which include gymnastics, Healthy Harold and Observatory Hill. They have also developed their literacy and numeracy skills. Keep up the great effort Kindergarten!  

K/6O & K/6K

Students in Kookaburras and Owls have been very busy bees during this term. 

For art lessons, we made still life collage of flowers in a pot. We learned about colour combinations and collage techniques to create our unique colourful piece of artwork.  

We also made 3D butterfly pop-up cards. We had to design a symmetry butterfly outline then cut along the line carefully to make the butterfly shape. It was a simple and awesome skill we learned. 

We also had a fabulous time at school incursions, watching Bell Shakespeare. We discovered that the story of Romeo and Juliet was written over 400 hundred years ago. The Bell Shakespeare vision is to create theatre that allows audiences of all walks of life to see themselves reflected and transformed through the prism of great writing.   

We also attended a Healthy Harold Life Education workshop.  Loveable giraffe Harold gave us lots of amazing information about our human body and how to keep it healthy and safe.  

We had lots of great memories from our learning experience. 

Stage 1

This term Stage 1 students participated in the Life Education program ‘Safety Rules!’. They investigated safety in a range of situations and environments, people and places to go to for help, and how friends can care for and support each other.   

Stage 2

This term stage 2 have been learning public speaking skills. They have chosen topics and presented to their peers. They have learnt to write persuasive arguments, use palm cards and engage an audience. The students have also had an amazing opportunity to participate in Bell Shakespeare, the drama activities have helped with being more confident in front of an audience and using their voice effectively. 

Stage 3

Feathered Friends 

Stage 3 had an amazing incursion with Feathered Friends. Feathered Friends brought six endangered birds and told us all about them. They were kind enough to let a few children hold the birds. 

Cross Country 

Each year stage 2 and 3 participate in a race called cross country. Depending on the students age you at least have to complete two full laps around the school field. Students love competing against each other and trying to win this fun race. 

Simultaneous Storytime 

Simultaneous story time it’s the time where we get to read an exciting book and this time it was about space. The book was called Give Me Some Space. The teachers from Stage 3 made rocket ship hats and made balloons with different coloured planets. 

By Khadijah and Dalia 5Fireball 

Community Language

Year 1 and 2 Community Language students were learning about food and their names in Arabic. They were excited to conclude the unit they were learning of ‘What’s for Dinner?’ by participating in the making of ‘Fairy Bread’. The students spread the butter on their piece of sliced bread, then sprinkled hundreds and thousands on top of the butter. The students were overly eager to taste their finished fairy bread. Look at our students and teachers enjoying what they made. 


National Simultaneous Story time 

Our Punchbowl School Community participated in the National Simultaneous Story time event on the 19 May 2021. Students and staff tuned in to a story read by NASA astronaut Dr Shannon Walker. The story, Give me some space by Philip Bunting, was read from the NASA Space station, thrilling our students as they watched her floating in zero gravity. Stage 1 students were able to make connections between the story and their learning in the classroom and library. Benjamin from 1 Manta Rays explained that “gravity is a force that keeps us on the ground. Without gravity things will float into space”. This special event reinforces the importance of reading, a habit we must all try to develop and maintain. 


This is a good resource which gives students access to thousands of books online. They are also able to access the books from home using their unique login details. Developing daily reading habits will assist children in all areas of their learning and also prepare them for academic success. Please provide your child with the opportunity to read at least ten minutes each day. To access MyOn visit 

“I read a book about forces. You can make a door move with push or pull forces”. 

Neli- 1 Manta Rays 

“Reading with MyOn is good. I like it because when I don’t know how to read a word I listen to it on MyOn”. 

William- 1 Manta Rays 

Benefits of reading 

Some benefits of reading are listed below. For the full article visit 

1. Improves Reading Skills – practice makes perfect! 

2. Boosts Vocabulary and Literacy Skills 

3. Improves Writing Skills 

4. Builds Confidence and Independence 

5. Broadens Minds and Develops Empathy 

6. Academic Success 

7. Develops Imagination 

8. Reading is Fun! 


Riverwood Library services 

Find out what is happening at your local library. There are plenty of fantastic services available including programs in several community languages. To learn more about the services provided at libraries located in the Canterbury Bankstown area click on the links below. 

General information 


School Holiday Programs 

Library- STEM

In our library sessions we coded Ozobot, a tiny robot, to move in the shape of a house. We had many attempts coding an octagon and a decagon, that was hard. We decided to try to code the shape of a house. It was a bit tricky and we had to problem solve to get the angles right. This is how we coded the steps to make the shape of a house: 

  • move forward 50mm 
  • turn 30 degrees 
  • move forward 50mm 
  • turn 120 degrees 
  • move forward 50mm 
  • turn 30 degrees 
  • move forward 50mm 
  • turn 90 degrees 
  • move forward 50mm 

By Nathan and Ahlan 4 Resilience 

I learn how to code Bluebot. I press the buttons one at a time to make Bluebot move forward, backward, turn left or turn right. I can code Bluebot to move on an alphabet mat one letter at a time. I can code Bluebot to spell a word from my spelling list. 

Jasper 1 Octopus 

I like to play with Bluebot because I can let it spell a word. 

Parishay 1 Octopus 


Our winning chess and debating teams were honoured with a lovely visit from Mr Andrew Fielding. Mr Fielding presented each of the students with a certificate in recognition of their outstanding efforts in chess and debating. All of our students are demonstrating team work, eagerness to learn and having a go at something which takes them out of their comfort zone. They are blossoming as learners, growing in confidence and resilience. We look forward to celebrating their continued success as learners. 

PBL- Positive Behaviour for Learning

In PBL, students learnt about keeping their hands off and demonstrating respectful behaviours at school. These were the following ways students shared when asked to brainstorm ideas about how to use our hands respectfully towards others:  Give a helping hand if a friend is hurt, gently pat a friend on the shoulder for encouragement and pat a friend on the shoulder if they are sad or upset.


The Gardening group have flourished in their knowledge and experience of gardening this semester! Stage 2 and 3 students have been very busy planting, mulching, weeding and watering new plants in the office area.  Please stop and admire the new flowering plants outside the office.  Spring is sure to bring much colour to the Punchbowl.

Thank you to Miss Clare from Panania Free Ranger for your wealth of experience and enthusiasm in the garden. Your passion for gardening is contagious.  

Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD)

Every year, all schools in Australia participate in the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD). The NCCD process requires schools to identify information already available in the school about supports provided to students with disability. These relate to legislative requirements under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Disability Standards for Education 2005, in line with the NCCD guidelines (2019).

Information provided about students to the Australian Government for the NCCD includes:

  •  year of schooling
  • category of disability: physical, cognitive, sensory or social/emotional
  • level of adjustment provided: support provided within quality differentiated teaching practice, supplementary, substantial or extensive.

This information assists schools to:

  • formally recognise the supports and adjustments provided to students with disability in schools
  • consider how they can strengthen the support of students with disability in schools
  • develop shared practices so that they can review their learning programs in order to improve educational outcomes for students with disability.

The NCCD provides state and federal governments with the information they need to plan more broadly for the support of students with disability.

The NCCD will have no direct impact on your child and your child will not be involved in any testing process. The school will provide data to the Australian Government in such a way that no individual student will be able to be identified – the privacy and confidentiality of all students is ensured. All information is protected by privacy laws that regulate the collection, storage and disclosure of personal information. To find out more about these matters, please refer to the Australian Government’s Privacy Policy (

Further information about the NCCD can be found on the NCCD Portal ( I have attached factsheets below in English and Arabic. 

If you have any questions about the NCCD, please contact the school. 


Eleni Mavridis-Kontakos

Deputy Principal - Student and Community Engagement 

NCCD Fact Sheet - English


NCCD - Fact Sheet Arabic


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. 

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. 

Local News and Community Events

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.

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.