Term 3 Week 7

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 7

Dear parents and carers,

Dreams in Motion

What a spectacular start to the week we had with the Year 5/6 musical production, ‘Dreams in Motion’ debuting at the Frankston Arts Centre.

Over Monday and Tuesday, our Foundation to Year Four students got a sneak peak of Luigi’s quest to be the first pizza delivery person to deliver pizza to space before the school community got to enjoy the fun at our matinee and evening performance. We are so proud of our Year 5 & 6 students for their commitment and passion across the rehearsals and performances. The joy you displayed took the performance to a whole new level!

Thanks to members of the school community for your support of the performance, especially our Year 5/6 teaching and education support staff team, Luke Drohan (one of our instrumental teachers) and Nat Tideman & Stela Matthews, our Perfoming Arts teaching team.

We look forward to the junior school sharing some of their Perfoming Arts talent at our series of showcases across Term Four. These will be held on a Friday afternoon. Stay tuned to the newsletter for more information.

International Students

Tomorrow we farewell many of our international students. It has been terrific having them visit our school and learn with our students in the classrooms. Many friendships have formed and our students have gained a further insight into each others’ lives in different countries. I’d like to thank our international students and their families for visiting our school, our students for welcoming them and our staff for supporting them with their studies.

Year Three Camp

Our Year Three students and their teachers are having a fantastic time at Gundiwindi Lodge. Amelia has gone to visit them today and has made sure the sunshine has continued in the Dandenongs. We’re looking forward to hearing of their adventures when they return tomorrow.

Next Week (Book Week and Father’s/Special Person Afternoon)

Next week there are more exciting happenings at school. We will celebrate Book Week, with our character dress up day taking place on Tuesday. Our Library Leaders have planned other activities for our students to enjoy across the week.

On Friday afternoon, we will have our Father’s/Special Person afternoon. Our students will have activities to enjoy with their special person, including some Science Week activities. I will be at a PYP Conference on Friday so I’d like to take this opportunity to wish all the Father’s and Special People in our students’ lives a happy Father’s Day and I hope they enjoy our Friday afternoon celebration if they can make it.

Parent Opinion Survey

Thanks to those of you who’ve had the chance to respond to the Parent Opinion Survey. You received an invite two weeks ago, offering you the opportunity to respond. The more responses we receive, the better we can understand the community’s opinion of our school. If you need the invite resent, please reach out to the school email address:

I look forward to seeing some of our Year Three and Four families at our working bee on Saturday.


Enjoy the rest of your week,




Year 5 Update Term 3 Week 7

What's Bubbling in Year 5?

This week we made some fantastic cookies for inquiry. We made a normal batch with plain flour, and a batch with wholemeal flour. Our class did this fun experiment because we wanted to see what would happen if we switched one of the ingredients in the recipe. 
We have also done a bread experiment. We had to put 4 slices of bread in a plastic bag. One slice with nothing on it, one with butter, one with sugar and another with salt. We are recording what happens each day into a table. 

  • Obi 5M 😄

On Wednesday the year 5's did a cookie experiment for our inquiry unit 'How the World Works'. Each class made two batches of cookies. One batch was a control, and the other batch had a variable changed. In 5G we changed the sugar from white to brown. We then got to observe and taste the control and the variable cookie that we made.

  • Emily B 5G

This week we were lucky enough to participate in an activity to make cookies. Every class had a vote to decide to change one ingredient. My class (5M) voted to change self-raising flour to wholemeal self-raising flour. Some people in our class were chosen to add an ingredient in. We did this experiment because we have recently started a new inquiry unit about science and have been partaking in experiments to broaden our knowledge of science.

  • Phoebe 5M

Somers Camp

Somers Camp is advertised as "An experience of a lifetime" and our students have all come back reiterating this.

The students have fond memories of their 9 days at Somers Camp. They raved about the activities, with clear highlights being the giant swing, bouldering and absailing.

The students also spoke about new friendships they made with students from our school but also from the other local schools, many exchanging contact details to continue to friendship beyond camp. 

We are so incredibly proud of all our students who represented themselves, as well as the school, in such a courageous, resilient and positive way! 

In the Art Room Term 3 Week 7

Year 3 in the Art Room!

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


Mordialloc Cricket Club

Enquire Now!

Peaceful Kids

Expressions of interest open now!

Child Safety at APS

Statement of commitment to child safety

Aspendale Primary School is a child safe organisation which welcomes all children, young people and their families.

We are committed to providing environments where our students are safe and feel safe, where their participation is valued, their views respected, and their voices are heard about decisions that affect their lives. Our child safe policies, strategies and practices are inclusive of the needs of all children and students.

We have no tolerance for child abuse and take proactive steps to identify and manage any risks of harm to students in our school environments.

We promote positive relationships between students and adults and between students and their peers. These relationships are based on trust and respect.

We take proactive steps to identify and manage any risk of harm to students in our school environment. When child safety concerns are raised or identified, we treat these seriously and respond promptly and thoroughly.

Particular attention is given to the child safety needs of Aboriginal students, those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, international students, students with disabilities, those unable to live at home, children and young people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+) and other students experiencing risk or vulnerability. Inappropriate or harmful behaviour targeting students based on these or other characteristics, such as racism or homophobia, are not tolerated at our school, and any instances identified will be addressed with appropriate consequences.

Child safety is a shared responsibility. Every person involved in our school has an important role in promoting child safety and wellbeing and promptly raising any issues or concerns about a child’s safety.

We are committed to regularly reviewing our child safe practices, and seeking input from our students, families, staff, and volunteers to inform our ongoing strategies.

Click here to view our school Policies 

Book Week!

Coming up soon!

Father's & Special Friend's Day