Term 3 Week 5

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 recieved positive feedback and approval from our friends at the Bunurong Land Council in 2023. 

Important Dates

Important dates:
Event Dates
Whole School Photo day22 April
ANZAC Day - Public Holiday- No school25 April
Year 5 Parliment House incusion29 April
Year 3 excursion: Cranbourne Botanical Gardens 
Year 6 excursion: China Town 
1 May
Year 6 excursion: ANZAC Day Commemoration 7 May
Year 2 incursion: Chelsea Historical Society8 May
Chelsea District Cross Country10 May
Year 4 Camp Rumbug15-17 May
Year 6 Camp Waratah Beach22-24 May
Reconciliation WeekMay 27 - June 3

From the Acting Principal Term 3 Week 5

Dear parents and carers,


What a surprise Amelia and I got when we walked into the staffroom on Tuesday at recess. The staff room table was full of kind words, cards and pictures from our fabulous students sharing their reflections on us as leaders. Some of these included our stylish dress sense, our knowledge of dinosaur facts, our Lego collections and our distribution of stickers. We feel very appreciated by all of our students, our staff and the wider community and enjoy the privilege of leading our school.

It was wonderful to see our Foundation students eagerly heading off to visit CERES yesterday. They spend the day learning about sustainability, enjoying the natural environment and playing together on the amazing playground.

Our Year Five students visited Frankston yesterday as part of their How We Express Ourselves Unit of Inquiry. They spent time exploring the Frankston Arts Centre and completing the Frankston Arts Trail. Their inquiry culminates with their performance in our upcoming ‘Dreams in Motion’ concert in Week Seven with our Year Six students.

NAPLAN results have been distributed to families and we have started looking at the results to inform our practice and improvement work as a school. As mentioned in previous newsletters, the reporting of NAPLAN results has changed this year with a move from statistical-based bands to curriculum-based bands. We are keen to continue to understand the new reports so that we can continue to consolidate what is working and identify areas for improvement. Some initial reflections include:

  • Almost 10% more children than similar schools in both Year Three and Year Five in the strong and exceeding bands for Numeracy, a reflection of our focus over the last two years on Numeracy improvement.
  • The percentage of students in the strong and exceeding bands in both Year Three and Year Five was above similar schools for Reading and Grammar & Punctuation
  • The percentage of students in Year Five in the strong and exceeding bands was above similar schools for Writing and Spelling
  • The percentage of students in Year Three in the strong and exceeding bands was at or below similar schools for Writing and Spelling

We will continue to analyse the results further to inform our improvement work this year and our planning for our next School Strategic Plan.


Over the term we are providing findings from our recent School Review report. This week I’d like to share the panel’s findings around Teaching & Learning. The panel identified strengths from the previous School Strategic Plan as being:

  • the strategic focus and resourcing of improvement work in both Writing and Numeracy, the increased consistency in practice and the increased professional knowledge
  • the alignment of curriculum documentation and the consistent delivery within year levels
  • the visibility of the PYP language, processes and transdiscisplinary inquiry approach across the school
  • the expansion of the learning enhancement program and participation in the Victorian High Abilities Program

Potential areas of focus for the next School Strategic Plan that the panel identified included:

  • precision around data to inform curriculum planning
  • increased clarity around the F-6 approach to reading


On Tuesday, each family should have received an invitation to participate in our Parent Opinion survey. This is a Department-managed, anonymous survey and I would encourage all families to share their thoughts on our school. The survey helps us to understand what is working, the impact of areas of the school we have been trying to improve and areas for continued focus. The more voices we hear from, the better we can understand where we are at. There is more information further in the newsletter.


Enjoy the rest of your week,

Tom Pearce

Acting Principal


PS For those of you who are interested, a lot of our staff have been appreciating ‘The Imperfects’ podcast, created by The Resilience Project. I have benefited from the two episodes below in my own life:





From the Art Room Term 3 Week 5

In the Art Room this week...

Year 2 Update Term 3 Week 5

For our enquiry unit, Year 2 have been investigating forces. We explored the feature and stability of bridges and then collaborated to design and build our own.


Once completed, we tested out our bridge designs to see whether they were functional. Our brief design was to build a bridge that was at least 30cms long and could hold up to 300 grams of weight. 

Year 6 Update Term 3 Week 5

Last week, the Year 6s went on their school camp.

They all had so much fun up at Valley Homestead. 

Some of the highlights included:

  • Abseiling
  • Dual Flying Fox
  • Vertical Challenge

The Year 6s were especially lucky to have snow for their day up on the mountain as they expected the day to more resemble a ‘mud day’ with the warm temperatures and sunny weather.

Year 3 & 4 Working Bee

Years 3/4 PARENTS and families please come along and join us for the TERM 3 WORKING BEE 


SATURDAY, 26th August 2023, 10.30am –12.30pm

Dear families in Yr’s 3 & 4,

Term 3 School Working Bee will be held on Saturday 26th August at 10.30am for the parents and students in your child’s class.

Each term the Buildings and Grounds Sub-committee of the School Council organises a working bee aligned to 1 or 2 levels of the school. You are asked to attend just one Working Bee each year. Any amount of time you can contribute will be greatly appreciated, even one hour would be great, as a number of labour-intensive tasks are planned for these mornings.  It’s also a great way to catch up with the other Year 3 & 4 parents!

The convenor for this Working Bee will be Mr Kevin Riant Please see Kevin upon your arrival, to go through the OHS Volunteer Induction.

Light Refreshments will be provided at 12:30pm for all adults and children!


Thank you in advance for contributing to the maintenance and beautification of our grounds to the benefit of all students.

Yours sincerely,

2023 School Council Buildings and Grounds Sub- Committee        





School has a lot of equipment. If bringing your own, please clearly name this.

Grounds & entrances

Removing sand, rubbish, leaves, from all asphalt & yard areas, paths, entrances, steps

Brooms and rakes, gloves wheelbarrows

School Hall

(if required)

Sweeping/blowing around exterior, clearing/killing weeds as required

Brooms, Blower, gloves, smaller container for weeds


Raking and removing debris, tidying edges on long jump pit as required.

Rakes, forks, wheelbarrows, spades.

Play equipment areas

Spreading/turning over soft-fall mulch

Spades, forks, rakes, wheelbarrows


(if required)

Killing/clearing weeds –a) around fence line;

b) within play equipment areas

c) around all steps, porches, concrete areas.

Gloves, brush cutter, wheelbarrows,

Smaller containers, gloves


Clean out/sweep all drains.

Shovel, broom, gloves


Pruning, weeding, spreading mulch if required,

some watering (from tanks)

Wheelbarrow, spade, rake

Veggie Garden

Distribution of new soil for the garden to plant fruit trees.

Shovels, wheelbarrows, rakes


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