Boneo Buzz: 9th February

Dear Parent and Carers,

I want to thank all the parents who attended our recent Parent Information Evening. Your presence and engagement truly make a difference in our school community and the staff loved sharing the plans for 2024.

As we move forward, I want to remind you about an upcoming event that is vital for our school’s governance and direction – the School Council Elections. All government schools in Victoria, including Boneo Primary School, have a School Council. These councils play a crucial role in shaping the key directions of the school within state-wide guidelines.

Parent involvement on the School Council is invaluable. Your perspectives and skills contribute directly to the quality of education we provide for our students. Being part of the School Council not only allows you to influence the direction of our school but also fosters a sense of belonging and engagement for both you and your children.

Next week, we will formally call for nominations for the 2024/2025 Boneo Primary School Council. Approximately half of the School Council members retire each year to welcome new voices and fresh ideas. Membership on the council is for a period of two years, with meetings held on the third Tuesday of each month.

If you’re interested in learning more about becoming a councillor or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the school office or contact Owen Goodwin, our current and retiring School Council President.


  • School Photographs are on Tuesday 13th February. Please ensure students are dressed in full school uniform with their hair tied back if it is below the shoulder, along with school-coloured ribbons and bows. If students are wearing shorts, they need to be longer black shorts (basketball length) with no stripes or alternate logos.
  • Year 5 Beach Days Thursday 15th February and Friday 16th February
  • Our annual Boneo PS House Swimming Carnival is on Monday 19th February at Yawa. A schedule will be posted on COMPASS next week.


Icy Pole Day

On Tuesday the 13th February we will be having an Icy Pole Day. Please bring $1 if you would like an icy pole.

Staffing Update

I am excited to introduce three new Education Assistants to our team.

Introducing Chloe Fahey

Hello! My name is Chloe and I am so excited to be joining Boneo Primary School!

I have grown up on the Mornington Peninsula and am very grateful to call this beautiful place home.

I have worked with children for five years in both kinder and primary school settings and absolutely love it. I am extremely passionate about children’s mental health and wellbeing and ensuring that each child reaches their fullest potential.

In my spare time, I love to read and spend time with friends and family. I am lucky enough to have a big back yard at home and have lots of pets like goats, geese, ducks, and chickens which I absolutely love. I also love to travel and recently spent a month backpacking around Europe, exploring places like London, Italy, Greece, and France.

I look forward to joining the Boneo community! 

Introducing Zoe Newman

My name is Zoe, and I am excited to become a part of the Boneo Primary School community. I am currently pursuing my Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood and Primary Education, which I believe will equip me with the necessary knowledge and skills to help students succeed.

I have lived on the Mornington Peninsula my whole life and live in Mount Martha. I love netball and have been playing netball with Crib Point Football and Netball Club for four years. I enjoy the sense of community it brings, and my warm and bubbly personality adds to the team dynamic.

Throughout the past five years, I have worked in various positions in the education industry. This has allowed me to gain a broad understanding of the different challenges that children may face and has made me more knowledge of their individual needs.

Working with children has always been my passion, and I am thrilled to have been given the opportunity to help them achieve their full potential. In particular, I am excited about the prospect of working in a primary school setting, where I can help students develop a strong foundation for their future education.


Introducing Vanessa Farrell

I am thrilled to be joining Boneo Primary School’s Education Support team.

Originally from WA, I worked for our family concrete business before moving to the Mornington Peninsula six years ago. While my children were attending school, I found myself to be volunteering for everything from canteen to book club, banking, and school excursions because I loved helping and giving back to the school community. I did make the change late in life to start a career in Education Support, but it has been so rewarding and the connections I have made will stay with me.

In addition to this love of learning, I do love old cars, (I have a ’64 VW Beetle), Keith Urban and coffee. I am looking forward to meeting the students, families and teachers that make up this wonderful school.

Boneo Reserve Drainage

I am excited to announce that works will commence to alleviate the flooding and drainage issues around the school. There will be contractors on site conducting ground investigation works from the 5th of February to 23rd of February 2024 at various locations of the Boneo Reserve. Please see the image showing the location in purple boxes. This will be conducted during normal working hours from 8:00am to 4:00pm. There will be no disruptions to school drop offs and school pickups. After the end of each day the areas in purple will be fenced off.


Drainage works are anticipated to commence on the 26th of February 2024 and be completed by 15th April 2024. There will be heavy machinery on site for the installation of the drainage pipeline, however this will be conducted during the first week of works (26th February – 01st March 2024). The works will be conducted from 8:00am to 4:00pm with traffic management on site to safely divert traffic from the area. I have been informed that there will be no disruptions to normal school activities and no disruptions to school drop offs and pickups.

Annual Privacy Reminder for our School Community

Our school collects and uses student and parent personal information for standard school functions or where permitted by law, as stated in the Schools’ Privacy Policy and the Schools’ Privacy Collection Notice.

Our Photographing, Filming and Recording Students Policy [insert link to your school policy], describes how we collect and use photographs, video and recordings of students. The policy also explains when parent consent is required and how it can be provided and withdrawn.

We ask parents to also review the guidance we provide on how we use [Microsoft 365/Google Workspace for Education] safely at the school and what parents can do to further protect their child’s information. If after reviewing the guidance, you have any questions or concerns regarding your child using [Microsoft 365/Google Workspace for Education], please contact the school.

For more information about privacy, refer to: Schools’ Privacy Policy — information for parents.

An Instructional What?

As teachers, we are constantly striving to ensure that our students achieve their best both in and out of the classroom. As professionals, we are endlessly reflecting on our own practice and tweaking things as we go, making sure that the learning is really working for every student. This year, we are continuing our efforts by embedding a school wide instructional model for every teacher, and every classroom.

Our Boneo Primary School instructional model was developed collectively at the end of 2023, and our first two curriculum days involved unpacking what it will look like for every year level across the school – consistency and collaboration will be our driving forces this year. Teachers used different ways to learn and practice the model and in our first two weeks of school, our students have done the same. Read how our Year 3 students understand our instructional model below.

‘The warm up is like the sun, it gives you energy’.

The warm up part of our instructional model is short and sharp. It’s where students make connections to prior learning or a quick revision of a skill. It’s usually only around 5 minutes long.

‘The launch is launching a rocket and a cannonball’ ‘3,2,1 blast off’

The launch is where a teacher is explicitly teaching a skill or new concept. During this part, we are modelling something; sometimes we use a great book, sometimes we use student work samples, and sometimes we work with students to develop a learning chart that is used to support the students’ time in the classroom. We change this up depending on what the skill or concept is, what our students need and how we know our students learn best.

Now our independent work is truly a little bit like magic. This is where we empower our students to make learning choices; to use tools that help them achieve their own personal goals. During this time, the teacher works with students in a few different ways. Here’s what our students said about the Independent Work time:

Conferences: ‘It’s like a meeting. It’s a teacher and student working together. ‘Like a handshake’

Assessments: ‘doing it by yourself’ ‘students not looking at other student’s answers’

Focus Groups: ‘teamwork’ ‘focus on the teacher’ ‘working together quietly’

Workshop: ‘kids talking in your groups’ ‘going to a workshop

Next comes the feedback. From student to student, student to teacher or teacher to student – feedback is a critical part of the process to ensure students know what they did well, what comes next and how to improve.

‘Say to someone you did great or you can improve’ ‘feed forward’ ‘say nice stuff to people when they are hard on themselves’.

The final piece of the puzzle is reflection. Our students know reflection as:

‘Go back to your work and see what you can improve’ ‘Can I do this better?’ ‘If you did it wrong, go back and try to improve it’

Researchers have found that consistency of instructional quality is what distinguishes higher- from lower-performing school systems (Barber & Mourshed, 2007; Chenoweth, 2007, 2009; Hattie, 2011;Jackson & Makarin, 2018; Kulik, Kulik, Bangert-Drowns, & Slavin, 1990; Pianta, Belsky, Houts, & Morrison, 2007; Reynolds, Stringfield, & Schaffer, 2001).

So with that, we are so excited to be sharing the learning of our students this year using the Instructional Model. We would love your partnership at home – ask your child/children what they did during the Independent Work time in Maths, Reading or Writing today!

Chloe & Tom

Snapshot of Learning

Assembly and Leadership

Prep Learning

The Preps have settled in well at Boneo and are to be congratulated on completing their first 2 weeks of school. This week they listened to the story “Jetty Jumping” and made their own bravery bracelets. They used fine motor skills to bead and had discussions about times they have had to be brave.

Year 1

Year 4’s Writing Focus

This week in writing, Year 4’s focused on building their skills in how to collect ideas for writing. The strategy we applied looked at listing special people in our lives and connecting them with our favourite memory. We explored the idea that a 3 second moment can elaborate into an interesting story when you expand one idea using interesting adjectives. Ironically, throughout the week, something interesting unfolded before our eyers. Read on to find out………..

Mr Sumner and The Killer Spider

As he appeared around the corner of the year 3 portable, Mr. Sumner was red faced and sweaty, not a normal look for the usually cruisy, easy-going teacher. The class stopped in their tracks; something was up! In his hand, was a red book box, normally located on a student’s table. It wasn’t until the sun casted a light across the box that we saw the shadow of a hairy leg reaching for the edge of the box, everything suddenly made sense. It was a hideous spider, being relocated from Ms. Demaj’s room. We gasped, was Mr. Sumner brave or just silly? Why would you get involved, it was such a fiasco! Ms. Brown was up to her old tricks again and saw an opportunity. If only she had her phone to catch the moment. She waited until the beads of sweat turned into a river. “Mr. Sumner!”, She Joked, “It’s on your hand!” In a panic of fear, Mr. Sumner jumped, resulting in scaring the spider which then crawled out of the box and onto his hand. Goosebumps covered his arm as the creepy softness of the spider’s legs extended across the length of his palm, creating a wave of fear. Our class froze in anticipation, what would mr. Sumner’s next move be? Everything went awkwardly silent. He looked like he was trying to restrain from screaming. In disbelief we turned to see ms. Brown breakout in a loud giggle. Mr. Sumner directed his angry gaze Towards her. His frustration he felt broke his fear.

Shaking his hand, the killer spider fell onto the grass, racing towards the oval of freedom. The rest of us were left behind to deal with the outcome of the event that had unfolded before us, what a way to begin recess!


The Prep children have loved using their imagination and engineering skills to build all sorts of creations this week. Welcome to STEM Grade Preps!


Prep Entry Assessments

Friday 9th February – Friday 1st March

Bookings via Compass

Prep assessments will be held each Friday commencing Friday 7th February to Friday 1st March. Students attend their allocated time only

Prep students attend full time from Monday 4th March

School Photography Day

Tuesday 13th February

All Years

Please ensure all students present in full school uniform

Year 5 Beach Day

Wednesday 14th – Friday 16th February

Year 5

Consent/Payment required on Compass by Friday 9th February

Boneo Community Market

Saturday 17th February

Car parking and BBQ volunteers required

Please contact the Office if you can help

Boneo House Swimming Carnival

Monday 19th February

Years 3-6

Consent/Payment required on Compass by Wednesday 14th February

Year 6 Beach Day

Thursday 22nd – Friday 23rd February

Year 6

Consent/Payment required on Compass by Friday 16th February

Phoenix Soar Leadership Program

Monday 26th February – Monday 25th March

Year 5 & 6

Please see Compass for more details

Family, Food and Fun Night

Friday 15th March

Save the date

More information to follow

The Confidence Club Incursion

Wednesday 13th March

Year 1 & 2

Consent/Payment required on Compass by Friday 8th March

Boneo Community Market

Saturday 16th March

Car parking and BBQ volunteers required

Please contact the Office if you can help

Parent Teacher Conferences

Tuesday 26th & Wednesday 27th March

Bookings will be made via Compass

More information to follow

House Athletics Day

Wednesday 27th – Thursday 28th March

Further details to follow via Compass

Last Day Of Term

Thursday 28th March

Early Dismissal at 2:15pm

Community News


Sorrento Junior football club are seeking players for our U/10’s group.

If you’d like to play footy with a great group of kids, please join us at our come and try session on Wednesday 7th Feb at Percy Cerutty Oval at 4pm.

For more information contact coach Dion on 0423 345 969

We’d love to see you there!!