Boneo Buzz: 3rd March

Dear Parents and Carers,

What a wonderful week we have had at Boneo. Students have actively engaged in their learning and have worked hard at building and maintaining social connections. Our new Echidna Lounge is proving to be a success for students who may need teacher support in understanding and working through their emotions or with navigating the yard during recess and lunch.

Thank you to all of our families who are busy helping us prepare for upcoming school community events. We would love as many families as possible to join us so please save the dates!

I would also like to thank all of our students who have attended excursions or been involved in sporting events over the last few weeks for the positive way in which they have represented Boneo Primary School. I am so proud of the wonderful feedback I have received.

Curriculum Day

A reminder that Friday 10th March is a Curriculum Day and students are not required at school on this day. It will be a day of professional learning for our staff.


If your child arrives to school after 8.45am, they need to go to the office to be signed in.

Attending school every day matters. It is crucial that we give every child the opportunity to learn and grow by being at school every day unless they are unwell. We appreciate your efforts with this.

Here are some tips from the Victorian Government to help improve your child’s attendance if needed:

· Talk to your child about school and how important it is. You can ask them how they feel about school, what they liked and if there are any problems.

· Reward good behaviour and not bad behaviour. For example, if your child refuses to go to school, do not let them have access to their phones or the internet.

· Set a good example. Show them how you keep to your own commitments.

· Encourage your child to take on hobbies that your child enjoys such as sports and clubs. This will help them develop positive relationships outside of the classroom.

· Have a set time to do homework and go to bed.

· Leave all technology out of their bedroom.

· Pack their school bag the night before with everything they need.

· Have a set time for breakfast.

· Plan to meet up with a friend so they can travel to school together.


If your child is absent you need to enter this on COMPASS.

Family Food and Fun Night

Our amazing parent ‘class convenors’ met this morning to plan the Family Food and Fun Night. Stalls will be finalised on Monday and rosters will be distributed to the classrooms. Your child’s teacher will communicate session times and the stall you have been allocated shortly.

Lucky Jars

On Thursday 9th March and Friday 24th March, students are invited to wear free dress (not school uniform) in exchange for donating a Lucky Jar. The jar should be filled with something that would appeal to children. Some ideas for jar fillers are; small toys, stationery, coins, hair ties, marbles etc.

Lollies are acceptable but please make sure that they are in individual wrappers or place the unopened packet in the jar (this is for health reasons). The jar may be of any size from a large coffee jar to a jam jar.

The jars are then sold through a lucky dip system at our FFFN for $2.

Positive mindset and questions to ask

Having conversations with children about their school day is important. Often if we ask, ‘how was your day?’ we are answered with a shrug of the shoulders or just ‘good’. Below are some questions which can generate great discussions.

· What kind of person were you today?

· What made you smile today?

· Can you tell me an example of kindness you saw/showed?

· What was the best thing that happened today?

· Who did you play with today?

· Tell me something you know today that you didn’t know yesterday.

· What is something that challenged you?

· Tell us your top two things from the day.

· What are you looking forward to tomorrow?

· What are you reading?

· Teach me something I don’t know.

123Read2Me currently provides children in low socioeconomic communities with FREE quality children’s books through recycled books or new ones purchased with cash donations. The total value of books donated to date exceeds $5,000,000.00 (replacement value).

This initiative promotes reading to children and supports the work of over 120 organisations, most operating in the Frankston, Mornington Peninsula, Dandenong, Casey, Kingston and Bayside Local Government Areas of Victoria.

Community Bank Southern Peninsula are supporting this program and have provided us with a collection bin. We are accepting donations of good quality second hand children’s books. Our collection box is located in the foyer of the school office,.

Thank you for your support.

Assistance for Eligible Families

Conveyance Allowance

The conveyance allowance is a contribution towards the costs of transporting children to and from school.

Please contact the school office to confirm your eligibility and collect an application form, or download from the link below.


An application on behalf of a student may be submitted if the student is:

  • a Victorian resident;
  • school aged and enrolled (3) three or more days per week at a school; and
  • attending a school/campus located outside the Melbourne metropolitan conveyance boundary

A student who meets the above requirements may be eligible if they:

  • attend their nearest or designated neighbourhood government school/campus appropriate to their year level, at which admission is permissible, and
  • reside 4.8km or more by the shortest practicable route from the campus attended
  • whose nearest school is not serviced by a free school bus provided under the School Bus Program

Snapshot of Learning

Year 3 – Queen Victoria Market

On Thursday, all of Year 3 went to the Queen Victoria Market.

This is what we did first. We had our snack before we went into the market. Then we got into our groups and went to the markets. We got to look at fruit we had never seen before like yellow watermelon, yellow pears, yellow tomatoes and custard apples. We got to buy foods, taste them and ask which cultures they were from.

Every group went to the fishmonger. We saw Axolotl and Japanese Walking Fish. Most of the groups got to play with live crabs. A lot of the kids loved the candy shop and the hot jam donut shop which has been there for 72 of the 73 years.

We bought herbs and spices, a lot of new and exotic foods, olives, freshly squeezed orange juice and squishy toys.

Thank you to the parent helpers who attended on the day.  

Jordy & Walter


Kinect2Dance - Prep to Year 4

Monday 27th February – Monday 3rd April

Consent due on Compass by Wednesday 22nd February

Lucky Jar - Free Dress Day

Thursday 9th March and Friday 24th March

Student free dress day. Lucky Jar donation for Family Food & Fun Night

Curriculum Day - Student Free Day

Friday 10th March


Labour Day Public Holiday

Monday 13th March


Golf Day Fundraising Event

Friday 17th March

See event flyer in this edition of the Buzz

Boneo Community Market

Saturday 18th March

Year 4 have been allocated BBQ duty for this market.

Please contact the office to volunteer.

School Council AGM

Tuesday 21st March


Year 6 Wilsons Prom Camp

Tuesday 21st – Friday 24th March

Consent/Payment due on Compass by Tuesday 14th March

Family Food & Fun Night

Friday 24th March

See event flyer in this edition of the Buzz

Year 6A Beach Day

Monday 27th March

Consent/Payment due on Compass by Wednesday 22nd March

Year 6B Beach Day

Tuesday 28th March

Consent/Payment due on Compass by Wednesday 22nd March

Prep Enchanted Adventure Garden

Tuesday 28th March

Consent/Payment due on Compass by Monday 20th March

Year 5A Beach Day

Wednesday 29th March

Consent/Payment due on Compass by Wednesday 22nd March

Year 5B Beach Day

Thursday 30th March

Consent/Payment due on Compass by Wednesday 22nd March

Parent Teacher Interviews

Monday 3rd & Tuesday 4th April

Bookings will open via Compass shortly

Boneo House Athletics Event

Wednesday 5th – Thursday 6th April

Last Day of Term

Thursday 6th April

Early dismissal at 2.15pm

Community News