Boneo Buzz: 6th March

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As we head into the long weekend, I hope you are able to take some time to slow down and be with your family. I was reminded this week of the importance of the ‘Slow philosophy’ and the work of Steve Biddulph.

 ‘The high value put upon every minute of time, the idea of hurry-hurry as the most important objective of living, is unquestionably the most dangerous enemy of joy.’ Hermann Hesse

 In the modern world where there is a constant need to be busy (and/or act like you are), the slow movement stems from a need to take back the power to own our lives rather than let ourselves be owned by the need for more. From fashion and food right up to travel and education, the ‘slow philosophy’ has attracted many with its counter intuitive ideas about how to experience life, perpetuating a shift in priorities and values.

 ‘Time is everything in parenting, and ‘hurry and rush’ are the enemies of our families. We have to slow down.’ Steve Biddulph

Steve Biddulph espouses that spending quality time with children and teenagers is crucial for them to feel valued, loved, and heard. More important than this, however, is quantity time, particularly when our children are between the ages of 6-14. This can be the most difficult ask for busy families. However, making time each day to talk, sit, play, cook, do activities or chores together will result in more trust, healthy communication, building memories and growing positive relationships for years to come.

 To build resilience

We must allow our children to take risks in order for them to make discoveries about their world and themselves. Biddulph says that having the opportunity to fail and be disappointed is not something we should shelter our children from, but rather direct and support them towards so they learn to have confidence in themselves when faced with future disappointments. Instead of solving their problems, fighting their fights, or jumping in too quickly, Biddulph suggests we encourage our children to get outside their comfort zone and learn to get comfortable with being uncomfortable. 

Family Food & Fun Night

Raffle Donations

Our Family Food & Fun Night is just a couple of weeks away and planning is well underway for this major fundraiser.

The organising committee are seeking your support in putting together hampers to be raffled on the night.

Each year level has been allocated a theme;
Prep – Kid’s Hamper – eg. books, toys, sporting items, games, craft, stationery
Year 1 – Cleaning Hamper – eg. cleaning products, brushes, gloves, laundry products
Year 2 – Pamper Hamper – eg. lotions, soaps, treatment vouchers, candles, chocolates
Year 3 – Pet Hamper – eg. grooming, food, treats, accessories
Year 4 – Art & Craft Hamper –  eg. craft sets, colouring books, stationery, paper
Year 5 & 6 – Gourmet Hamper – eg. sauces, biscuits, teas, chocolates, international foods, wines, cakes
These items do not need to be expensive, the idea is that a variety of smaller items packaged together will create stunning raffle baskets.  We do ask that only new products are donated.
Please place all donations into the boxes in your child’s classroom. 
We thank you for your ongoing support.


We have received our ride tickets from Wittingslow and they are now available to purchase from the office. After investigating prices, the most economical option is to continue offering an unlimited wristband at $25 each and individual ride tickets at $5 and $6.

Community support for our event continues to grow, with donations arriving daily for auctions, raffles and food stalls. We wish to acknowledge the generosity of the following businesses for their support of our 2020 Family Food & Fun Night.


Snapshot of Learning this Week

Year 5 ‘VSSEC Excursion’

Earlier this term, all of Grade 5 travelled to the VSSEC (Victorian Space Science Centre) in Melbourne. We learned about the Solar System and experienced what it is like to be an astronaut on Mars and to work in Mission Control.

To prepare for our excursion we learned about Earth and Mars, including differences such as the length of 1 year, which is 365.25 days on Earth, but 687 days on Mars.

Our first activity at VSSEC was to study the size of the solar system. We discovered that while it takes one year for Earth to orbit the sun, it takes other planets much longer. For example it takes Neptune about 165 years to orbit the sun once. Next, we sat in Mission Control, where we assisted and monitored the scientists working on Mars. Our third activity was to be a scientist conducting experiments on Mars. We also experienced an emergency where we were at threat of being exposed to a virus and had to evacuate.

The best part was definitely the emergency!

‘Story time at Lunch’

It was wonderful to see students enjoying reading time with the Library Leaders Max and Acacia this week.


Inter school Swimming Carnival

Last week a team of Boneo students competed at the District Inter school Swimming Carnival. Boneo was represented by 28 students and all involved had an awesome day.

The following students qualified and will progress to the division competition in coming weeks; Zara, Bella and Milli. Keenan, William and Indi demonstrated incredible sportsmanship, all either swimming for other schools, different age groups or replacing a swimmer.

Congratulations to all competitors and supporters on a wonderful result and we wish our Division Team every success at their next event.


Labour Day Public Holiday

Monday 9th March

School Council AGM

Tuesday 10th March

Year 6 Wilsons Prom Camp

Tuesday 10th – Friday 13th March

2021 Prep Information Sessions

Wednesday 11th March 9am-10am & 5pm-6pm

Please register your preference with the office.

Beach Program 5A & 5B

Thursday 12th March

Year 6 Aladdin Rehearsal

Sunday 15th March

Consent due on Compass by 12/3

Family Food & Fun Night

Friday 20th March

Parent Teacher Interviews

Tuesday 24th March

Bookings are now open on Compass.

Please see instructions posted to Parents via Compass on Tuesday 3rd March.

Last Day of Term

Friday 27th March

Early Dismissal 2.15pm