BONEO BUZZ:21st June

Friday 21st June, 2019


Dear Parents and Guardians,

It is hard to believe we have only one week before Term 2 concludes. I know families are eagerly awaiting the opportunity to read their child’s Semester 1 report which will be available via Compass on Thursday 27th June at 4pm.

To access reports via the Compass app, simply tap on your child’s photo and then open the report tab, your Semester 1 report will be listed here to open.

If you are wishing to access this in desktop mode, open your child’s profile and select the report tab, your Semester 1 report will be listed here to be viewed.

Additionally, we will be introducing Student Led Conferences in Term 3. Parents will receive notification on Monday to access the Compass booking portal to select a time to attend on either Wednesday 24th July or Wednesday 31st July.

Please make every effort to be part of this conference. This is an opportunity to open up lines of communication with your child about their education. We strongly encourage you to be a positive part of this process.

What is a Student Led Conference?

In a Student Led Conference format, students and teachers prepare together and then the students lead the Conference while teachers help to facilitate. Students, parents and teachers then sit together to review and discuss learning with a focus on student progress.

The message is that the students are responsible for their own success. Student Led Conference models vary but the premise is the same:

This is the student’s moment to share his or her reflections on achievements and challenges.

  • Some of the benefits of Student-Led Conferences.
  • Students are given the opportunity to accept responsibility for their learning.
  • Student-parent communication can be improved.
  • Students become self-evaluative about their role in the learning process.
  • Students become more conscious about what they are supposed to be learning in each learning area.
  • Students self-identify their areas of strength and development.
  • Students work on improving their organisational and oral communication skills.
  • Students, parents and teachers can engage in honest dialogue about student progress.

Welcome to our new staff members

Ms Stacey Doleman

Ms Stacey Doleman will begin Maternity Leave on Friday 9th August. We are excited to announce that Ms Megan Young will be replacing Stacey in Year 4.

I am beyond excited to start my year at Boneo Primary. I am 23 years old and graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Primary Education and a Bachelor of Sport and Outdoor Recreation.

I have spent much of my life travelling and have visited or lived in 18 countries! I grew up on the Mornington Peninsula and have played every sport you can imagine, but netball has been my main sporting pursuit for most of my life. I have been heavily involved with many local sporting organisations throughout my younger years and enjoy spending time with new people I’ve met through those institutions. I can’t wait to do the same at Boneo Primary School.

My passion for teaching began when I was 4 years old and has only grown throughout my life. I love being a part of that ‘lightbulb moment’ that children experience throughout school and challenge myself with making those moments occur everyday. It is a privilege to be a teacher in the Boneo community and I am unbelievably grateful to have the opportunity to be involved with the development of the children and families that attend such a wonderful school.

Mrs Beth Wharton

Mrs Chloe Umbers has accepted a 2 year position in Dubai and will start her tenure in August. Mrs Beth Wharton will join the Boneo Team.

Hi, my name is Beth Wharton and I am VERY excited to join the Boneo Primary School community and work with you and your children. I am looking forward to learning so many new and exciting things together. I thought you might like to know a little about me.

I began teaching in 2001 and since then I have taught across all primary school levels. I particularly enjoy teaching in the Junior area and have spent the last three years teaching in a Grade 1/2 class. I am committed to creating a classroom that is encouraging, active and engaging.

I grew up and also went to school on the Mornington Peninsula. I have lived in the local area of Dromana for 19 years and I live with my husband and my three children. I spend most of my weekends watching my children play netball and football or watching my beloved football team, Melbourne play.

Other News

Story Dogs

The Australia wide ‘Story Dogs’ program is a fun and unique reading support program that improves children’s reading and communication skills by having children read to a trained companion dog and its handler.

We are very fortunate at Boneo to have access to this volunteer supported program. ‘Baymax’, a Labradoodle, and Katherine are currently reading with a group of Year 2 students on a weekly basis.

We thank Katherine and her furry companion for giving so generously of their time to provide this learning opportunity for our students.

We look forward to continuing our partnership with ‘Story Dogs’ and offering reading opportunities to students of all ages in the future.

“I love reading to the story dog. It is fun and he even does tricks”

“Reading with the story dog is one of my favourite things to do at school”

It’s a Boy!

Congratulations to Katie Gunn on the safe arrival of her baby boy

‘Heath Geoffrey’ on Wednesday 19th June.

Sending Katie, Scott and Heath much love at this very exciting time.

Colour Fun Run

Again, a huge thankyou to our school community on an outstanding result for our Colour Run fundraiser.

We are very excited to start the design and construction process on our outdoor kitchen space, which has only been made possible by the incredible generosity of the Boneo community.

A reminder that all students are to ensure they have selected their prizes by Wednesday 26th June via their profile page.

We encourage any parents who have skill in the design or construction of outdoor kitchens and pizza ovens, to contact Mandy, as we are seeking advice and support.

Lost Property

As the weather cools and our students are wearing layers, we are inevitably inundated with a large quantity of lost property.

We endeavour to have this returned to its rightful owner, but this is near impossible when items are unnamed. Please ensure all clothing, including coats, scarves and beanies are clearly named.

If your child brings home an item of clothing that is not theirs, please return it to the office.

We have many frustrated parents, who have named their children’s belongings, but we are still unable to locate the missing items.

We also provide many changes of clothing during the day. Please ensure these items are returned to the office as supply is limited.

We thank you for your cooperation with these issues.


Curriculum Day

Monday 24th June

Student free day

Winter Lightning Premierships

Wednesday 26th June

Term 3

Monday 15th July

School resumes for Term 3

National Pyjama Day

Friday 19th July

See details in this edition – gold coin donation

Student Conferences

Wednesday 24th & 31st July

(Parent Teacher Interviews) Years 1 to 6 – Bookings open on COMPASS on Monday 24th June.

Boneo Market

Saturday 20th July

Morning Tea Duty 1B, 2A & 3B parent volunteers required from these classes.
Please see COMPASS notification posted 17/06