Boneo Buzz: 23rd August

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Excited Year 3 students headed to Somers Camp on Wednesday to kick start the 2019 Outdoor Education program. The Boneo PS curriculum is designed to equip our young people with the necessary knowledge, skills, attitudes and beliefs to deal with life beyond school. The Outdoor Education program plays a very important part in making this happen. While deliberately offering a balance between educational and fun activities, camps are not ‘holiday experiences’, they are an integral part of the learning that occurs in our school and, as such, are viewed as vital for fostering holistic student growth. I am sure our staff and five wonderful parent volunteers will attest to how rigorous and rewarding the Year 3 camp experience has been for our students.

Students at Boneo PS will experience a range of activities and build many important skills on camp including the development of resilience, adaptability, initiative and social maturity, self-responsibility, positive leadership, and the development of competence and knowledge. The outdoor education and excursion programs take students to unique natural and urban environments. It provides opportunities to enhance the strong pastoral care provided by staff through mentoring and encouragement. When I visited camp yesterday, it was heart warming to hear how proud the children were to have embraced various challenges throughout the day. 

Parent Opinion Survey

I would like to thank all parents who responded to the Parent Opinion Survey. The survey has now closed.

Staff and senior students also had an opportunity to respond to a similar survey tailored to capture their unique outlook on the school and its operations. Currently the responses are being analysed and once completed we will have access to a snapshot of the common themes across the three stakeholder groups. The information will be used to plan for the future with ongoing improvement always the desired outcome. Feedback will be provided to the school community during Term 4.

Boneo Primary School H.P.V Program

The Human Powered Vehicle (H.P.V) team have been preparing for the ‘Energy Breakthrough’ event to be held in Maryborough from November 21st to 25th. This event is the culmination of a years work, with our team preparing to compete across three areas of assessment: Design and Construction, Display and Presentation and Trials.

The program encourages participants to examine and use the latest technology while considering its impact on the environment and the way people live locally and globally.  It requires a team effort and an across-the-curriculum approach.

We are incredibly fortunate to have the wonderful support of parents and local business, who have generously offered their time and skills to ensure our vehicles are looking amazing and race ready.

Last week, we loaded our two vehicles onto a tow truck and they have been transported to RT Motor Repairs for welding and maintenance. We thank Duane Pittock for his support and expertise and Sheen Towing for delivering the vehicles.

Emmett Forde is also offering his expertise in fibreglass repairs and the Simmons Family have sourced vinyl wrapping to complete the re-modelling of our vehicles.

‘Boneo Beestingerz’ and ‘Boneo Customz’ will return to Boneo PS looking very impressive and ready for our students to trial.

Stay tuned for preparation and training updates.

Oaks Day Event

Our Oaks Day planning is now in full swing. It was wonderful to have some new faces at our meeting on Monday morning.

With many working parents, it has been suggested that we hold some of our meetings of an evening.

Our next meeting will be held on Monday 26th August at 6:30pm in the staffroom. All welcome. 

We will meet fortnightly, and hopefully if there are a few more volunteers on board, it will be a very manageable workload.

Remember, this is a major fundraiser for your child’s school and a fabulous event for our extended community.

Congratulations James

Congratulations to Year 5 student James on his winning effort at the recent 2019 Interschool Snowsport Championships.

James competed in Division 4 Boardercross and Giant Slalom, winning the Boardercross final and placing 7th in the Giant Slalom, having qualified first.

We wish James every success as he prepares for the National Snowsport Championsips to be held at Mt Buller in a few weeks.

Well done James. 

Snapshot of Learning this Week

Book Week Celebration

On Monday morning it seemed that many of the characters that we have grown to love and cherish had stepped out of their books and into our assembly. Students from Prep to Year 6 dressed up as their favourite story book character and paraded class by class to much applause and appreciation from the audience.  A huge congratulations to families for designing gorgeous costumes. The theme of this year’s event was ‘Reading is my Super Power’ and was designed to highlight the importance of reading. through the celebration of books, Australian authors and Illustrators.

Following the success of Monday’s event, we continued our literacy celebration with a visit by author Adam Wallace. Adam is an accomplished author, a New York Times bestselling author with over one million books sold. Students of all year levels spent time with Adam learning how to create simple stories and using cartoon techniques to develop engaging characters. The children learned how to use simple line techniques to express different emotions.

We thank Adam for visiting our school and for his generous donation of ten Adam Wallace titles for our library.


Fathers Day Stall

Thursday 29th August

Parent assistance required. Please contact the office if you are available to assist

Year 3-6 House Athletics Carnival

Monday 2nd September 9am

Year 4 BYOD Parent Information Session

Wednesday 4th September 6.30pm

District Athletics Carnival

Wednesday 4th September 

Community Meeting - Building & Development

Tuesday 17th September 6.30pm

Year 4 Angahook Camp

Tuesday 17th – Friday 20th September