Newsletter: Term 3 - Week 9

A Message from the Principal

Preschool Recognition - I am pleased to share the news that our preschool unit was recognised in the KindiCare Excellence awards which recognise the top performing early learning services across the nation based on their KidCare rating. Our preschool was one of two primary school preschools in the government sector to be recognised as territory finalists. Congratulations to all of our preschool staff. This recognition affirms the rating from our NQS assessment where we were to be found exceeding across all domains.

Academic Reports - Semester Two - ACT public schools have commenced preparing student reports for Semester 2 2022. The Education Directorate has again made the decision that student academic reports will be provided with an overall A-E grade, and an assessment of achievement standard statements on a 5-point scale. Reports will not include detailed teacher comments.

This strategy supports schools to prioritise teaching and learning as we continue to manage workload pressures due to COVID-19 and other illness. Our teachers will continue communicating directly with families about student learning and you are encouraged to speak with your child’s teacher if you have any questions about their progress.

School Satisfaction Survey - The school satisfaction survey closes today so if you have not yet completed this, there is still time. Thank you to all families who have already engaged with this. The information garnered from it will be important to our school in determining areas of improvement and success.

Public Holiday - Thursday 22 September - To mark the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, Australia will be having a public holiday next Thursday. Neville Bonner Primary School will not be open. Next Friday will be our last day of school for Term 3 as we enter into 2 weeks of school holidays. School will be open as normal on this day.

Dates to Remember

Term 3

  • Tuesday 20 September - Year 2 botanical gardens excursion

  • Wednesday 21 September - Year 2 botanical gardens excursion

  • Thursday 22 September - National Day of Mourning for Her Majesty The Queen - Public holiday

  • Friday 23 September - Last day of term 3

Term 4

  • Monday 10 October - First day of term 4

  • Friday 21 October - Community morning tea

  • Friday 21 October - Loud shirt day

  • Tuesday 25 October - Year 3 National zoo & aquarium excursion

  • Wednesday 26 - Friday 28 October - Year 6 camp Cooba

  • Thursday 24 November - Community morning tea

  • Monday 5 December - Year 6 Amaroo transition day

  • Thursday 15 December - Year 6 Graduation - 9.30am

Communications Sent Home This Week

Notes and Emails Home

  • Defence e-newsletter - email

  • Year 3 excursion - note

  • Year 6 transitions to high school -email and note

SMS Texts Home

  • Absences

2022 School Satisfaction & Climate Survey

The 2022 School Satisfaction & Climate Survey is now OPEN!

As part of our continuous effort to improve ACT schools, the Education Directorate invites you to give feedback in an online survey about your experience of your child's school. Your responses will help your school to identify what it does well and how it can improve. The data will also be used to underpin school improvement practices and inform government priorities, as well as in research projects and longitudinal studies aimed at improving the quality of education services in the ACT.

Please complete the survey ONLINE at

Your login details:

Your login for the survey is the email you receive school communications from, and the school code for our school BNRP

The survey should take 5-10 minutes to complete, and you can access it from any mobile device until midnight, Friday 16 September 2022. Your participation is voluntary, but we do hope you will help.

The Education Directorate is committed to ensuring this survey is accessible for all. If you have difficulty accessing or interpreting the survey, please contact Brittney Philips via email for assistance.

Thank you for your participation.

Market Day

Donations Required to make products

(You can imagine with 800 students we need a lot!)

Plain flour Vegetable Oil

Popping corn Cream of Tartar

Salt Baking powder

Cheap conditioner Cornflour

Snap Lock Bags (small) Googly eyes

Baby oil Curling ribbon

Washi tape Rice

Feathers Quelch Sticks


Small clean plastic jars with lid

Balloons Lead pencils

Microwave popcorn Dishwashing liquid

Face Paint Glycerin

Bendable straws Patterned paper

Pipe Cleaners/Chenille Sticks Soap

Embroidery Thread Water Balloons

Halal lollipops Paper cups

Small Styrofoam balls

Gel Pens Sharpies

Small smooth rocks (decorative garden type)

Neville Bonner Primary School staff and students are so excited to announce the return of Market Day this year!

Friday 11 November (Week 5, Term 4)

Every Learning Group has begun planning for the occasion and are keen to get started. There will be a variety of stalls selling items and plenty of fun activities that the children will be able to enjoy.

In order for our Market Day to be a success, we are hoping that our wonderful families and wider community might be able to assist with donations of items.

If you are able to donate any of the following items, please drop them off to Reception or send them in to school with your child, and they will be distributed to the respective Learning Group.

Fresh Ingredients Donations required Week 5

Coconut water, frozen mixed berries, bananas, coconut yoghurt, honey

Donations to be used as prizes

Small bouncy balls, stickers, temporary tattoos, glitter pens, fancy pencils, novelty erasers, wrapped lollies, lollipops, packets of seeds, hair accessories, packet of cards, small toys (good used condition accepted), Post-it notes, fridge magnets, cookie cutters, crayons, colourful chalk, mini bubbles, lanyards, lego mini figs, matchbox cars, key ring, fun paper clips, mini puzzles ....... little fun items to win as prizes.

(We are trying to minimise the use of lollies as prizes.)

Donations accepted from next week.

Performing Arts Donations

Do you have unused or unwanted performing arts items at home gathering dust? If so, we would gladly love to take them off your hands to be used at the school for the performing arts program.

We are particularly looking for musical instruments from all cultures; clothing that can be used as dress ups to fit children aged from 5 to 12; ribbons and scarves for dancing; puppets; items that can be used for role play such as toy food; and story books related to the performing arts.

We ask that any donated items are in good condition and that they be dropped off at the front office.

Kind regards, Amanda Bray (performing Arts specialist teacher)

Lost Property

Lost property has been available this week to locate any lost items. If you recognise any of these non-uniform pieces, please contact Amy Slaven.

Left over items will be washed and donated at the end of the term.

We would like to remind families that lost property is not collected or stored at the front office.

Effort is made to return labelled clothing to the child's Learning Group when found.

Please label each item of clothing to make this process easier.

Every building/Learning Group has a lost property collection.

Please check for lost items in your child's learning area.

Sharing Food for Celebrations

We are happy to invite families to bring in food to share for birthdays and celebrations.

We ask that you please comply with our allergy policy and do not include nuts or nut products.

Future of Education Equity Fund

Applications are now open for Future of Education Equity Fund – Round 2, 2022.

The ACT Government's expanded Future of Education Equity Fund provides financial assistance to low-income families (and independent students) with students in years P-12 to meet the costs of education expenses, such as school uniforms, school excursions, sport equipment and activities and music lessons through a one-off payment.

The Future of Education Student Equity Fund Round 1 opened in late 2021 for families with students in years 7-10. Round 2 is only open to families who have NOT already applied for and/or or received payment to support their students in the 2022 school year using a paper based form.

The following payments are available to those who meet the eligibility criteria:

· $400 for preschool students

· $500 for primary school students

· $750 for high-school and college students

2022 applications close 30 September 2022. Only applications received by this date will be processed. There is no limit on the number of students for whom each applicant can apply, providing they meet all conditions.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must:

Reside in the ACT

Have sole or shared parental responsibility for a dependent student(s) in grades P-12; or be an independent student

Be financially responsible for the student(s)

Demonstrate low-income status through:

a current means-tested Health Care Card or Centrelink card, which must list the student(s) as dependents; or

alternative forms of evidence proving low-income status or equivalent financial stress.

Students must be:

· Enrolled full-time in a public or non-government school in the ACT in years P-12. NOTE: For the purposes of the Equity Fund, a preschool is defined as a preschool that is attached to an ACT school and led by a Principal. When applying online, only eligible preschools will appear in a drop-down list.

· Enrolled in an approved form of education other than a school and of an equivalent age to a student in years K-12 E.g. attending the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT), or registered for home-schooling in the ACT.

· Residing with the applicant in the ACT, or in special government care that is paid for by the applicant, or be independent.

Visit for more information and to apply.

School Carpark

Keeping our students safe is always a top priority, and we remind you of the importance of safety when driving through the school carpark.

In order to maintain the efficient flow of traffic, upon entering the carpark off William Cooper Avenue, please drive as far down the carpark as you can to let your child/ren out of your vehicle. Please do not stop at the top end of the carpark near the entry as this prevents other vehicles from entering the carpark and holds up traffic along William Cooper Avenue. We ask that parents/carers do not exit their vehicles as this can slow down traffic flow and there are repercussions for other motorists. If you need to assist your child/ren to exit your vehicle, you will need to park in a parking bay. Parents/carers and visitors are encouraged to use the rear car park off Mabo Boulevard to park in order to drop-off/pick-up students, or to park for extended periods throughout the school day.

Thank you for your assistance in following this routine so we can provide a safer environment for everyone.

Storytime in the Library

During Book Week and Literacy Week we had story time in the library and due to popular demand we are excited to announce we will be continuing this initiative.

Storytime takes place every morning 8.45-8.55am in the library. All children, along with parents with non-school age children are welcome to attend. We look forward to seeing you at Storytime!

Parents' and Citizens' Association

Keep an eye on the School Newsletter and the Facebook group for event notices and updates.

The Neville Bonner Primary School Parents and Citizens (P&C) Association is the focal point for parent involvement at the school and provides a place for parents to discuss and debate matters of interest relating to the school and community.

P&C Committee Meeting

Position Vacant - First Aid Volunteers

We are looking to add 'First Aid Officer' to our volunteer list. If you have a first aid certificate, and would be willing to come along to our events and help out for an hour or two, please email us at

Canteen General

Our canteen is open for lunch five days a week, orders are via Flexischools website (, the Flexischools App or cash direct to the canteen. Any cancellations must be advised prior to 9am on the day.

Remember, if you happened to forget to pick up some lunchbox items over the weekend, we have some great meal deals on Mondays and Tuesdays to ease the stress!

Birthday cupcakes

Our amazing canteen team offers birthday cupcakes! Cost is $30 per class, with orders required one (1) week in advance. To place an order, or for more information, please email

Over the counter sales.

The Canteen will have over the counter sales available for the following periods:

** Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday: 11.15am to 11.45am - Break One.

** Thursday and Friday: 1pm to 2pm - Break Two.

On top of the delicious snacks (below), Carolin's famous Chocolate Chip Cookies and also, Icy Poles will be available
- more information on which days in week 10, coming next week.

Additionally, during Week 10, there will be Gluten Free and Halal certified Vanilla ice cream party cups for $2 available.

Our canteen will have some delicious snacks available for the children to buy. There will be freshly baked muffins and pikelets, popcorn, crackers, potato sticks, pretzels, fruit, yoghurt, juice, flavoured milk and more! Gluten free and halal options will be available.

Prices start from $1.00, and this is a great way to learn and be responsible about handling money. Come and support your canteen and grab a yummy snack!

Scholastic Book Club

Issue 6 orders have been submitted to Scholastic and should be here in the next week or two.

Once orders are received, we will endeavour to have them to students by the end of Term 3.

Entertainment Book

Purchase this great online book full of entertainment vouchers and discount offers!! Single city books available for $69.99 or Multi city for $119.99.

Did you know you can buy discounted vouchers, gift cards and presents with an Entertainment book?

There are some really great offers. Make sure you subscribe to access the amazing deals.

You can find the Entertainment book Official Site by clicking this link. Proceeds from each book purchased are donated to the P&C.

Second Hand Uniform Shop

Neville Bonner Primary School P&C Second Hand Uniform Stall will be open as below:

** Week 10 - Wednesday, 21st September from 8:45am to 9:45am - under the school hall covered area.


Morning and afternoon sessions will both be held, on school grounds, under the school hall covered area, same opening hours.

** Week 1 - Wednesday, 12th October, from 2:45pm to 3:45pm - under the school hall covered area.

** Week 2 - Wednesday, 19th October, from 8:45am to 9:45am - under the school hall covered area.

We have loads of pre-loved uniforms for sale. Preferred payment is via EFTPOS, however cash will be accepted. The photos provide an idea of the availability of stock.

If you have good quality school uniform items you no longer need, the P&C will gratefully accept your donation to our second hand uniform stall through the canteen (or please place them in the tub near the front office).

Return-It Scheme

The P&C have registered with the Canberra Return-it scheme, you can donate to the P&C by using the QR code (or phone number) attached to the newsletter. The process is:

- Place your bags of cans or bottles into a semi-see-through bag (they need to see it's not general household rubbish), a normal kitchen tidy bag is okay.

- Scan the QR code, or enter the phone number, from the flyer, at the return point, follow the remainder of the instructions and attach the printed sticker to the bag.

- Deposit the bag(s) into the hopper.

- The bag(s) will be collected by the Return-It/CDS group and counted at one of their facilities (during a quiet period of their day).

- A notice of deposit will be received by the P&C - Thank you!!!

There are two, close to school, return points located at:

- Gungahlin: O'Brien Place - near the carwash, Gungahlin Vet and Goodyear tyres.

- Amaroo: near the school oval off Horsepark Drive.

The returns generated from the scheme will assist the P&C to support the school, from sports equipment, school discos, Year 6 end-of-year surprises, etc.

Contact Us

Want to touch base with your P&C?

You can email us at, or connect through FB at

Contact Information


Will Johnston

Deputy Principals:

Haeley Simms (P-2)

Sylvia Headon (3-6)

P&C President:

Jayne Trustum

Board Chair:

Amani Kerr

Community Information

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