Term 2 Week 9

Important Dates

Important dates:
Saturday 2nd Years 1 & 2 Working Bee 10.30am – 12.30pm.
Monday 11thCurriculum Day
Tuesday 12thState Wide High School Transition Day
Wednesday 13thYear 6 Graduation
Monday 18thYear 6 Big Day Out
Wednesday 20thFinal Day of Term 4

Acknowledgement of Country



We acknowledge the traditional Aboriginal custodians of the lands, waterways and skies of the Bunurong Peoples of the Kulin Nation where we gather, learn and grow at Aspendale Primary School.

We pay our respects to past and present Traditional Custodians and Elders of all nations,  and their ongoing cultural, spiritual and educational practices.  

We extend this respect to all Torres Strait Islanders and any First Nations peoples who learn or visit these grounds. We thank you for sharing and caring for the land we are learning on. 

New version of the Acknowedgement of Country
Above is an updated Acknowledgment of Country that has been written in consultation with staff,  students and members of our community. We are awaiting feedback from our friends at the Bunurong Land Council.

If you wish to share more feedback, please scan the QR Code below which will take you to a Google Form. 

~ Thanks Cait Fletcher & the Global Awareness Team 



Hello everyone,

NAIDOC Week is a chance for our community to celebrate the amazing achievements and groundbreaking research achieved by the First Nations peoples of Australia.

This year, the theme is ‘for our elders,’ which allows APS to focus on those we look to for guidance and support in our community. While it officially begins on the 2nd of July and runs until the 9th - Aspendale Primary celebrates NAIDOC Week during our first week back for Term 3, on the 10th to the 14th July. If you would like more information please visit: 

As is tradition, during the week of NAIDOC, different year levels will read the Acknowledgement of Country over the loudspeaker each morning. We will end the week with the Year 6 students helping their Buddies present to the community during our assembly. 

This year, there will also be videos that have been carefully created and cultivated by our Year 6 Respectful Relationships Leaders, to be shared with our school community. Ivy, Hamish, Rose and James have been working for weeks to share these videos with you - these videos will be uploaded to the website shortly after NAIDOC Week. Students that read the Acknowledgement of Country, will also have a chance to be recorded and placed at the start of the video.

There are also many activities that will be shared in classes during the week. Keep an eye on the newsletter in the upcoming weeks to see more photos of our celebrations.

Year 1 update Wk 9

Step back in time with Year One



To celebrate our learning under the transdisciplinary theme of ‘Where We Are in Place and Time’, our Year Ones braved chilly conditions and ventured out for our very first excursion to Coal Creek.


A long bus ride seemed to transport us back in time, as we entered the beautiful grounds of Coal Creek Mining Town. We spent our day exploring the historic buildings, checking out the old school machinery and talking about how life would have been way back in the early 1900s.  Some highlights were the doctor and chemist building with an interesting array of bottles and potions, and the magnificent steam train from yesteryear; powered of course by coal!


But the highlight was participating in a fantastic classroom workshop.  With a “WHACK” of the cane on the table students were introduced to behaviour management techniques, heard stories of what school was like for children all those years ago, and had a go at some handwriting on slate boards and with real ink and fountain pens.


What an amazing way to explore what life was like for children 100 years ago!


Year 5 update Wk 9

What's Buzzing in the Year 5 Hive


State Library of Victoria Incursion

In grade five we were really lucky to attend an author and illustrator talk. They had spoken to us about the books they have published that are called the Worst Week Ever and Lamas and Alpacas. We all learnt how to draw Macca the alpaca and Justin Chance. The session was called Book Bash by Matt Cosgrove (illustrator) and Eva Amores (author) and was run by the State Library of Victoria.

  • Kobi 5M


First Aid Incursion

As a class we learnt first aid. We got to learn about (DRSABC- Danger, Response, Send for help, Airway, Breathing, CPR) Then the instructor would ask questions about what to do first in different first aid scenarios. Then we lined up, and the manikins were there to demonstrate chest compressions, we would all have a turn at doing CPR. I think it was a valuable experience to learn such an important skill.

  • Sophia 5G

Exciting News from 5M

We are super excited to say that we were the winners of Nude Food last week. We had more than 15 people with Nude Food every single day last week. What a great effort! Go 5M-arvelous!

  • Andrew 5M                                                                                                                                               

Ration Challenge champions!

Ration Challenge

This week Ella, Mrs Jones, Mr Pearce and Ella’s family completed the Ration Challenge. Our weekend was spent creating our meals from the rations provided to us. It was fun to get creative in the kitchen. 

We have enjoyed the experience and getting an understanding of how Syrian refugees feel in their everyday lives. It has made us appreciate how lucky we are!

It was fun to experiment with different foods, we had some EPIC FAILS in the kitchen but now we truly understand how fortunate we are and what an amazing variety of food we have here in Australia.

Thank you to our families and community for supporting us and this fantastic cause. We have raised $1,266.

The fundraising page will close Friday night, If you would like to support us and the cause. The link for our Aspendale Primary School fundraising page is below.

Garden Club update Wk9

Garden Club update What a term we have had!
Thank you so much to all the members of Garden Club who come to help out on a Wednesday. We have had a lot of fun this term from picking our olives for the GREAT OLIVE HARVEST to planting vegetables, eating snowpeas and creating a worm farm! It really  is  team effort. 

Garden Club would not be possible without Robyn, who volunteers every Wednesday to come in and support the Global Awareness teachers each week. Thank you so much Robyn. 

If you would like to help out, with either club, please contact the school.
Senior Garden Club (Years 3-6) runs on Wednesdays from 12.50-1.45. 
From next term, Junior Garden Club (Years F-2) will begin with Mr Smith on Monday lunchtimes in the same time. 

Here are some snaps we have taken over the last few weeks. I'd also like to say thank you to Ms MacNally who organises our garden updates in the newsletter every two weeks. 


Breakfast Club update

Breakfast Club Update Breakfast Club wont be running for the first half of Term 3 due to the weather.  
Keep an eye on the newsletter to see when it starts back up again.

China Program update

In Term 3, Aspendale Primary School will be lucky enough to learn alongside students from China. We will be having international students visit classes from Year 1 to Year 5 throughout the term.  As an IB PYP school we are very excited for this opportunity. 

This program will provide APS students with the chance for authentic connections to made with our Chinese language program and expand on our cultural awareness. For our Chinese visitors, it will be a chance for them to experience school in Australia, practice their English and make new friends. We look forward to sharing more news with the community when they arrive!

Wk 9 - AspiStars

AspiStars Gymnastics Club