Boneo Buzz: 27th August

Dear Parents and Carers,

One of the greatest strengths of our community over the past 18 months has been our ability to work together and to support one another. We have been able to look inward and find strength and connection whilst apart. Last week, I reached out inviting our community to perform an act of kindness and bring joy to others in a small way. We have been overwhelmed by the impact this is having in our community. In this edition of the Buzz, we share just a few of the images sent to us. We continue to find motivation in our people as we focus on meaningful engagement and the overall wellbeing of our students, staff and families. 

Next week, I invite all parents and carers to an evening with David Vinegrad. David is the Director of Behaviour Matters and recognised as a world leader in his field. A well-known presenter with extensive experience in the area of behaviour management both nationally and internationally. The theme of the presentation on Thursday 2nd September @ 7:30pm is Kids, Conflict and Covid Lockdowns. This presentation will focus on how we can support our children to be the best people they can be during these ongoing pandemic lockdowns. The flyer is attached, please save the date and join us online.

We can’t wait to welcome our students back, however, we acknowledge that these periods of remote and flexible learning may be a part of our new way of life moving forward. Our goal is to provide our students with the tools and resources they need when facing challenging times, knowing that a familiar environment filled with familiar faces will always be there for them. 

Book Week Author Visit – Andrea Rowe

On Thursday, all students were given an amazing opportunity to connect with local author Andrea Rowe. Andrea shared her story ‘Jetty Jumping’ with the students and it was wonderful to see them enjoying their activities.

We have received some amazing feedback from our families;

“Zoe and Alfie loved the session with Andrea today. Thank you for offering such a great opportunity for the kids. Zoe and Alfie are big readers and fans of all book types and they are always drawing. So having Andrea talk to them today really struck a cord.

Alfie was wrapped that we happened to have a copy of Jetty Jumping from the library and followed along as Andrea read. When the session ended he hugged me and said, ‘I just loved that’.

Zoe was beaming afterwards and said, ‘I can’t believe I got to see a real author. Like a real writer.’

It was so nice for them.”

A very big thank you to Andrea for sharing her passion with our children.



Book Week Celebrations on Monday

Monday 30th August – Book Character Dress-up – Year 6 are the Teachers

Be the Reason Someone Smiles Today

In last week’s Buzz l set our community a challenge to reach out and perform random acts of kindness. It has been wonderful to hear that so many of us have had our days brightened. Let’s continue with our mission to make someone smile.

Scholastic Book Club

Book Club Issue 6 is now open for orders. You can choose to have your order sent to school – to be picked up when on-site learning resumes, or pay $7.50 to have it delivered to your home.

Orders are due to be submitted by 30th of August – online only at:

Link to catalogue 6:  bc621web.pdf (

If you have any questions, please contact Fiona Campanella via the school email;


Snapshot of Learning

Year 4 – How to Make a Bird


From award-winning author Meg McKinlay and celebrated artist Matt Ottley comes a moving and visually stunning picture book that celebrates the transformative power of the creative process from inception through recognition to celebration and releasing into the world. We shadow the protagonist as she contemplates the blue print of an idea, collects the things that inspire from the natural world to shape a bird. And breathes life into it before letting it fly free. It shows how small things, combined with a little imagination and a steady heart, can transform into works of magic.

This week in Year 4, we have been analysing and responding to literature, one focus text being ‘How to Make a Bird’ (written by Meg McKinlay, illustrated by Matt Ottley). This visual marvel, has been nominated in the Picture Book Category for the 2021 Children’s Book Council Association book awards. McKinlay’s meditative, lyrical prose, paired with Ottley’s pastel hued, dream like images (which seem inspired by Salvador Dali’s Surrealism and Leonardo da Vinci’s detailed conceptual sketches) make this book is a delightfully mindful read. The author shares her inspiration on writing ‘How to Make a Bird’ here:  


Children viewed the story on Story Box Library and described the text and illustrations as lyrical, calm, quiet, soft, dreamlike, curious, delicate, intricate and gentle. Then, students were asked to respond to this book by gathering objects from the natural world, and using these treasures to create a bird, with suggested artistic techniques of collage, sculpture, painting and sketching to complete their response. The Year 4 students were encouraged to collaborate with a sibling or family member for this book activity, to immerse themselves in the creative process over a couple of days of purposefully gathering natural materials in their garden, at their local beach or nature reserve, then planning for and constructing their bird.

To view this mindful literature poignantly read by musical artist Kate Miller Heidke, visit the Mornington Peninsula Library website and log in to Story Box Library search ‘How to Make a Bird’, or follow this link using your personal library membership number (located under the barcode on your library card):

Here are some of the magical art works submitted from students of 4A, 4B & 4C:

Week 7 Fun


Book Week Dress-up

Monday 30th August

Year 6 will be coordinating Book Week activities

Parent PD - Behaviour Matters

Thursday 2nd September

7.30pm via Zoom – link to be provided



Year 4 - Angahook Camp

Wednesday 15th – Friday 17th September

Consent/payment required on Compass by 31st August.

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