Boneo Buzz: 24th May

Dear Parents and Carers,

As I step into the role of Acting Principal here at Boneo Primary School, I am filled with excitement and gratitude for the warm welcome and support I’ve received from students, parents, staff, and the broader community. It is truly an honour. I am committed to working collaboratively with all of you to ensure that Boneo Primary School continues to be a place where every student can thrive academically, socially and emotionally.

I want to take a moment to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation for the dedication and hard work of our incredible staff. Their commitment to providing high quality education and support to our students is truly commendable. I am also incredibly proud of our students, who continue to impress me with their creativity, curiosity and resilience. Whether they are excelling in the classroom, participating in extracurricular activities, or giving back to the community, our students consistently demonstrate the values of Respect, Empathy and Determination.

Student Attitudes to School Survey

We value student voice as a means to improving student engagement, wellbeing and quality instruction and are conducting the 2024 Student Attitudes to School Survey (AtoSS), to find out what our students think of our school.

The AtoSS is an annual student survey offered by the Department of Education to assist schools to gain an understanding of students’ perceptions and experience of school. Students in Years 4, 5 and 6 will be asked about their thoughts and feelings in relation to our school, their learning, peer relationships, resilience, bullying, health and wellbeing, physical activity, and life in general.

The AtoSS will be conducted at our school over the next two weeks.

The questions are selected from validated survey instruments used in Australia and around the world, are strength-based, and tailored for each year level group.

Our school will share the results of the survey with parents in documents such as the School Annual Report.

Jump Rope For Heart

Jump Rope for Heart is well underway with just one week to go! So many children are out in the playground and on the oval skipping with smiles on their faces. Boneo Primary School has already raised $1205 so far.

It’s not long until our Jump Off Day next Friday 31st May 2024 so keep on practicing those tricks! And don’t forget to share your online fundraising page with friends and family to raise money for a great cause!

Still need to sign up online? It’s easy- just follow the link on Compass and in the Buzz each week.

P.S. Don’t forget our skipping goal of 40 hours! Currently, we’ve completed 14. Only 26 to go!

Snapshot of Learning

Year 1 Talking the Talk

In the Year one classrooms we have recently started the Talking the Talk Sexuality and Consent program for kids. The first two lessons explore Body Boundaries, Respect, Consent and Safety Networks for children. After discussing what consent can look like for a child (asking to play together, asking before hugging and respecting a person’s right to say “no” are examples of this), children came up with strategies for when they were met with the “no thanks” response. These self aware small people came up with; “Find another friend!”, “Take deep breaths…”, “Tell a safe grown up..” as some viable options. Mrs Sykes was even taught ‘Candle Breathing’ by her students. A self soothing technique where you slowly trace your hand with your index finger and breathe in as you go up a finger and exhale as you trace downwards…a fabulous calming strategy to try when you are feeling in the red or yellow zones! After watching the Consent for Kids short film (Blue Seat Studios) students talked about how we can show respect for others and ourselves and that ‘we are the boss of our bodies’. 

For fun at home you may like to listen to “Boss of My Body” by the Teeny Tiny Stevies and have a chat with your child about who their safe adults are (a person over 18 years – this could be a family member, friend, neighbour, relative or teacher).

Year 2

Today the Year 2 students went to the Willum Warrain Aboriginal Association to learn about how Indigenous people care for their communities. The students engaged in rich learning experiences and participated in a smoking ceremony and dance. 

Year 3 Kitchen and Garden

The Year 3 students have been busy in our kitchen and garden this week, making pumpkin, herb and vegetable fritters using vegetables from our very own garden.

Year 4 Cyber Academy

To immerse our students into life during ancient times, our Year 4 students took a virtual trip to Ancient Egypt to explore the artefacts and the amazing pyramids. Using Virtual Reality headsets and Minecraft Education in STEM, the children were able to dive deep into their class inquiry about ancient civilisations. 

Year 6

This week the Year 6 classes continued making their market items in Inquiry. As part of their unit, they have already completed a Shark Tank presentation of their idea. They are now at ‘making’ stage. Items will be for sale to the rest of the school at the Year 6 market on Tuesday 11th June. 


Boneo Table Tennis Competition

Excitement has been building at our school with the Boneo Table Tennis competition in full swing this week. Held during lunchtimes, the event has seen some impressive matches. We can’t wait to find out who will be crowned the Boneo Champions next week!

Interschool Showjumping Day

Maggie Atkinson, a Year 5 student, proudly represented Boneo Primary School at the Interschool Showjumping Day held at Boneo Park last Friday. Despite the rainy weather making her horse a bit mischievous, leading to an unexpected exit from the arena, Maggie remains optimistic and looks forward to sunnier competitions ahead.

National Simultaneous Reading Day

On Simultaneous Reading Day, our Year 5 students brought the magic of stories to life by reading to the entire school over the PA system. It was a wonderful event that showcased their enthusiasm and love for reading, inspiring students of all ages.



Yr 1 Moonlit Sanctuary Excursion

Tuesday 28th May

All year 1 students

Consent and payment due by Monday 27th May

TREC Drama Excursion

Tuesday 28th May

TREC Drama students

Consent and payment due by Monday 28th May

Opera on the Bay Rotary Excursion

Friday 31st May

Select students from Year 2-6

Consent and payment due by Thursday 30th May

HPV Casey Fields Training

Tuesday 4th June

Yr 5 & 6 HPV students

Consent and payment due by Friday 31st May

Boys District Netball/Girls District Football

Wednesday 5th June

Yr 5 & 6 students

Consent and payment due by Friday 31st May

Professional Practice Day

Friday 7th June

Students are not required to attend on this day

Living Culture - Indigenous Culture Incursion

Thursday 13th June

Yr 3 Students

Consent and payment due by Tuesday 11th June

Southern Peninsula Music Camp

Wednesday 19th – Friday 21st June

Consent and payment due by Sunday 9th June

Winter Lightning Premierships

Wednesday 26th June

Yr 5 & 6 students

Consent and payment due by Friday 21st June

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