Newsletter: Term 4 - Week 6

Dates to Remember

Term 4

  • Saturday 19 November - P & C portrait fundraiser

  • Tuesday 22 November - Year 3 leaf painting

  • Wednesday 23 November- Whole school Mufti Day

  • Thursday 24 November- Preschool Mufti Day for Thur/Fri groups

  • Thursday 24 November - Community morning tea

  • Friday 25 November - Outdoor Year 5 & 6 band concert

  • Monday 28 November - Pupil free day

  • Thursday 1 December - Fizzics Education Science incursion - Year 1 & 2, LSP

  • Friday 2 December - Scholastic online book club orders due

  • Tuesday 6 December - Year 6 Amaroo transition day

  • Thursday 15 December - Year 6 Graduation

  • Friday 16 December - Year 6 fun day

  • Friday 16 December - Last day of term 4

Term 1 - 2023

  • Monday 30 January - M/T preschool, Kindergarten and new students start

  • Tuesday 31 January - All returning students start

  • Thursday 2 February - T/F preschool students start

  • Monday 27 February - Swimming carnival Years 2 -6

Communications Sent Home This Week

Notes and Emails Home

  • 106.3 pack the bus - email

  • Fizzics incursion reminder - email

  • Mufti Day- email

SMS Texts Home

  • Absences

Pupil Free Day

Reminder for parents/carers that the final teacher planning day is on Monday 28 November. Should you need to send your child to school on this day please contact the front office on 6142 1201 or via

Community Morning Tea

We are looking forward to next Thursday morning where we will be hosting another parent pop in session in our staff room where members of the school executive team will be available for an informal chat and field any of your queries or concerns. This session will be held from 9:00-9:45am. If you are planning on attending, please contact the front office on 6142 1201 or via so we have an idea of numbers for this event. Light refreshments will be provided.

2023 Stationery/Book Packs

The stationery and books that your child requires for the 2023 school year are now available to be ordered through winc. As advised earlier in the year, we are moving to self-purchasing of stationery and book packs rather than making a contribution to the school. Your child will need to have everything listed for the first day of the 2023 school year.

Stationery lists were emailed home and are available on the school website Book Packs - Neville Bonner Primary School (

Please head to the winc website Home Winc Schools and follow the instructions on the stationery list to place your order.

All orders placed by 29 December will be delivered to the school for free on the 26 January.

Orders placed after 29 December will be charged $12.95 and delivery will be to your home address.

There are many payment options, even zip pay payment plans!

106.3 Christmas Giving Tree

We will have a Christmas tree set up in reception for you to drop off donations for the MIX 106.3 pack the bus charity collection. Donations will be collected and delivered to Communities at work to be wrapped and packed for families in need this Christmas. Thank you for your generous donations of non perishable food items and unwrapped toys.

2023 Enrolments

Are you ready for the 2023 school year? Is your child transitioning to another school next year? It’s not too late to enrol your child in their local school. Make sure you submit your application before the current school term ends on 16 December 2022. Enrolment applications received after that date may not receive notification until late January 2023. For more information and to enrol, go to

Positive Behaviours for Learning

PBL Focus Week 6 & 7

We use safe hands and safe feet.

PBL Raffle Ticket Count

We have handed out 1098 raffle tickets!!!

PBL Update

This week we reached our target of 1000 raffle tickets. To celebrate the students achievment of being safe, respectful and learners we will be having a mufti-day on Wednesday 23rd of November. Students will be able to choose which clothes they wear to school. Remember to ensure these clothes are comfortable and safe. For example no open toed shoes. I am sure you will join the PBL team in celebrating with your child. We will now move onto a new target of 2000 tickets! We are already on our way with 148 tickets.

Inclusive Education Strategy - Have Your Say

Have your say! The Education Directorate is working to strengthen inclusive education and is reviewing the way ACT public schools deliver disability education to inform a draft Inclusive Education Strategy. The Strategy will provide longer term direction and system reform to embed inclusive cultures and educational practice in ACT Public Schools. A discussion paper presents a draft position statement on Inclusive Education and 7 proposed themes for the Strategy, informed by the Community Conversation and a review of contemporary evidence. Further information is available on the Education Website- Strengthening Inclusive Education including a link to the Discussion Paper, an online survey and the Community Conversation Report. We look forward to hearing your thoughts on this important work. For further information please contact the Inclusive Education Strategy team via email -

Stay COVID Smart

As we experience new waves of the virus in our community, we need to remember to stay COVID Smart not only in the community but also at school. For the latest advice, watch the ACT COVID-19 update (November 2022) from Chief Health Officer, Kerryn Coleman.

If your child has COVID-19, you must keep them at home and let the school know. Telling us when your child has COVID-19 will also help us track if there is an increase in COVID-19 transmission at school and manage any high-risk exposures for our more vulnerable school community members.

Being COVID Smart is easy

· Make sure you are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines, including boosters.

· Stay away from schools if you are unwell.

· Wash your hands regularly.

· Wear a mask in public indoor places if you can (12 years and over).

· Keep a distance from others when indoors, if possible.

And don’t forget – if you have COVID-19 symptoms, make sure you get tested. You can access a free rapid antigen test from your school’s front office. Keep up to date at COVID-19 (

Remembrance Day 2022

The Remembrance Day assembly was on Thursday 10th November. The reason that the assembly was not on the 11th is because it was market day on the 11th. We had the Remembrance Day assembly to remember all of the people who served in World War 1. During the assembly the two poems were told (In Flanders Fields and Remember Me), Tam said the ode, Will played the rouse and the last post and there was a minute silence. There were many defence kids involved in the assembly and Tam and Will were also involved in the assembly.

“The assembly was all about remembering the people that were lost” Ethan from year 6.

“I think the assembly was fun, nerve racking and it was cool, I also think it helped us have a better understanding of Remembrance day” - Hunter from year 4.

“It was exciting, fun and scary” - Pippa from year 4.

“Remembrance day is important because we remember the people who died in the war” - Addie from year 6.

On Friday the 11th of November, some students went out to the front of the school to raise the flags and lay some wreathes for Remembrance Day at 11am.

Thank you to the Neville Bonner Primary community for your support in raising funds together with the RSL to bring awareness around Remembrance Day. A total of $202 was raised.

Written by Ethan, Year 6

Amaroo Orientation

Preschool Learning Page

Playful Penguins

ICT Specalist Page

The Mighty Mussels (Yr 4) - Coding and Robotics (1).mp4


Dear Families,

It is that time of year where we need to ensure all the library books are back in the library. Borrowing will cease on Friday the 18 November and all books are due back to the library by Friday the 25 of November. Look out for a note that will be coming home with a list of the books your child has that are due back. Please call or come and see me if you have any questions or would like further information about the list of books you receive.

Remember to keep reading over the holidays! Thank you for your co-operation,

Jane Hellyar

Band Concert

Band Newsletter

Year 6 Fundraiser

Year 6 Fundraiser

Parents' and Citizens' Association

Neville Bonner Parents and Citizens

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.

More information about our canteen; lunch orders and over the counter sales, and the uniform shop can be found on the P&C component of the school website.

Garden Working Bee

We will be holding a working bee on Saturday, 26th November, 9am to 1pm, to help Kerry tidy up the kitchen garden area off Mabo Blvd. We'd love your

assistance, please email if you are available on the day, so that we can provide more information.

Portrait Fundraiser - Saturday 19 November

The portrait sitting sessions are now all booked.

If you were lucky enough to get a spot, please come to the door at the back of the canteen 10 minutes prior to your session.

The best parking is the car park on the Mabo Boulevard side of the school - opposite the shops.

One of our P&C volunteers will meet you there and bring you into the pop up studio.

Entertainment Book

Your support for our fundraising at Neville Bonner Primary School P&C can now save you money everywhere you travel in the next 12 months.

For a limited time only, you can purchase a Single City Membership to the Entertainment App, and receive a bonus Multi City upgrade*, unlocking access to 20 cities and thousands of offers anywhere in Australia, New Zealand and Bali. And of course 20% of the membership goes directly to support our school fundraising at Neville Bonner Primary School P&C. Now you can enjoy the best restaurants, cafes, fine dining and shopping with your family while traveling - and donate to fundraising at our school. Get this limited-time offer at our fundraising page (LINK) :

Buy one for yourself, and for a loved one. Every purchase helps our fundraising effort.

Happy Hair Brush - Fundraiser

The game changer hairbrush! The Happy Hair Brush works on all hair types and makes brushing knotted, tangled and matted hair easy and pain free. Changing lives, one head, one heart at a time. The Neville Bonner Primary School P & C is using this fundraiser to enable families and friends of the school to get a fun, practical, game changing brush for themselves while raising money for the school. The school will receive 30% of all sales purchased through this site/app.

All orders will be delivered directly to the school though your child's classroom. If your friends and family wish to buy brushes, that's awesome just let them know they will need to order through this app and the brushes will be delivered through the school. Order yours today though this Neville Bonner P&C special link.

Testimonials: “The hairbrush felt gentle on my head and brushed the knots out so fast! I love this hairbrush and if someone told me to use my other hairbrush, I would say NO!! This everyday object is so GREAT!! (Keira, year 4). "The hairbrush was light and easy to use. With frizzy hair, it was difficult with dry hair, but works well (even with knots) if the hair had been shampoo and conditioned." From Parent of Jasmine (Year 1) and Brooke (Year 3)

Return-It Scheme

The P&C have registered with the Canberra Return-it scheme, you can donate to the P&C by using the mobile number (0497233172) or QR code. 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.

- Enter the phone number (or scan QR code), 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 theschool 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.

Scholastic Book Club

Issue 8 catalogues are out and should have come home with your student. This will be the last one for the year. Issue 8 closure date will be on Friday 2 December.

Sorry, we can NOT accept cash orders through the front office, please place orders through the Scholastic Book Club LOOP website.

There is an option to select 'gift', during the order process, if you do not want your child to receive the order. If you select this option you will receive a phone call to collect your order at a different time. For every sale 20% is given to us in ‘rewards’ that the school can use to purchase resources from the catalogues.

Second Hand Uniform Shop

Neville Bonner Primary School P&C Second Hand Uniform Stall will be open on school grounds, under the school hall covered area, at the following opening hours.

** Week 7 - Wednesday, 23rd November, from 2:45pm to3:15pm.

** Week 8 - Wednesday, 30th November, from 8:45am to 9:45am.

** Week 9 - Wednesday, 7th December, from 2:45pm to 3:15pm.

** Week 10 - Wednesday, 14th December, from 8:45am to 9:45am.

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