Hammondville Public School Newsletter

Issue 6 - Term 1, Week 7 - Monday 9th March 2020

A Message from the Principal

Welcome to Week 7

We have had a very busy but productive start to the year. I have admired the many achievements that our students have accomplished so far this year and I look forward to the continued success of all our students as the year progresses.

Medical Letters

Any students who have a medical condition would have received a medical condition letter. These letters need to be completed and returned as soon as possible so that we can put the relevant process into place and notify staff. This is to ensure that in an emergency situation we have the necessary documentation and the steps to follow in relation to each medical condition. If you have a child with a medical condition and have not yet returned it, please return the letter to the office at your earliest convenience.

Hammondville Public School - Behaviour Flowchart

I have had many queries over the last few weeks around contact slips, Reflection room and how the process works. I am attaching the behaviour flowchart that was presented at Meet the Teacher nights so that you can revisit the process to clarify your understandings. I know the PBL team have had the flowchart and Reflection room procedures in previous newsletters. I would like to highlight that behaviours are broken up in minor and major behaviours. Minor behaviours are documented with contact slips and after three minor behaviours students can be placed in Reflection room to be provided with the re-teaching of expected behaviours. For major behaviours, Reflection room can be an immediate process. When in the Reflection room we re-teach the behaviours we would like to see, it allows time for restorative conversations to take place and supports students in taking ownership of their own behaviour.

A restorative approach focuses on building, maintaining and restoring positive relationships, particularly when incidents that involve interpersonal conflict or wrongdoing occur. When executive staff prioritise a restorative approach to relationships across the school community and provide adequate staff training and support for implementation, schools can reduce the frequency of behaviour incidents and improve school culture. Restorative practices work best when the whole school community is on board. There are many examples in literature of schools reducing suspension rates and improving student behaviour by adopting this approach.

There are some key elements which underpin any restorative encounter:

•honesty and sincerity     •positive regard for individuals    •empathy      •individual responsibility      •shared accountability       •an optimistic view of personal growth and change.

Immunosuppression - MEDICAL ALERT

We have a child in our school who due to medical reasons is on immunosuppressive medication. Due to these medications, this student has no immune system and gets sick very easy. A common cold can impact this child for over a week at times, so harsher viruses and bugs can cause much greater longer term impact. As a community I urge you be extra vigilant when it comes to any illnesses by ensuring you contact the office immediately if your child has a sickness that is contagious or easily transferred between students. Thank you for you cooperation in this very serious safety matter.

Attendance Information –Key Fact

Notes! Notes! Notes!

As a school, we have a legal duty of care when it comes to the safety and wellbeing of all the students enrolled at Hammondville. To this end, communication between home and school is VERY important. The main way that parents communicate to school staff is in writing.

·         Absentee notes: If your child is sick, or there is a family emergency, we need to know. You can write an absentee note through Skoolbag, call the office or send a written note to the office to explain the absence.

·         Late notes: Life happens, especially in the morning for some reason! If your child is late for school, please send a short note in with them. Make sure they know to give this to the office.

·         Time limits: Lots of parents don’t realise that schools are only able to accept absentee notes within a certain time frame. Legally, the school can only accept notes explaining an absence within 7 days of that absence occurring. After this time frame elapses, the absence must be marked as unexplained.

P&C Meeting AGM

It was wonderful to see some new and returning faces at our AGM last week. It was a time to thank our outgoing committee for the amazing work they did over 2019 and to welcome a newly appointed committee for 2020. Congratulations to Stephanie Philpott – President, Nichole Burrows – Vice-President and Marissa Edwards – Secretary. We are still awaiting a treasurer and look forward to having that position finalised by next meeting. I cannot wait to continue to build our strong relationship with the P&C to continue to improve our school.

Contacting Fundraiser

I would like to thank the school community for their ongoing support of our fundraising efforts. The contracting fundraiser was a huge success from both the number of parents purchasing contacting for their children and with the number of volunteers that covered books on Friday. Well done Hammondville!

Regional Swimming

Good luck to our competitors who are swimming at the regional carnival this Tuesday. I’m sure you will make our school community proud. All the best in your races.

World’s Greatest Shave – Parker Douglas in 1/2 Titanium

I would just like to ask the community to support Parker as he tries to raise money for the World’s Greatest Shave. There will also be a donation box located in the office for cash donations or alternatively you can label an envelope ‘World’s Greatest Shave’ and pop it in the office letter box.

Please see Parker’s message below:

Hi my school friends, teachers and the Hammondville school community,  

I have wanted to take part in the World's Greatest Shave for the Leukaemia Foundation for a few years. So 2020 is the year! I will be shaving my head after school on Friday the 13th of March. I’m taking part in honour of a family friend who lost his little sister to Leukaemia at the young age of 4. While I never got to meet his little sister, it makes me sad hearing how much she is missed by her family.  

Please sponsor me to give families facing blood cancer the emotional and practical support they need. You'll also fund vital research to help more people survive blood cancers, while improving their quality of life. Will you help by sponsoring me? You can donate by the link below to my fundraising page or by placing cash in the Leukaemia Foundation box in the school office.  


Thank you for your support,

From Parker

Mr Royce – Charity Ride

Our wonderful General Assistant Mr Royce is doing a charity bike ride from Sydney to Surfers to raise money for Youth off the Streets Charity. He would like to raise $2000.00 and so far he's raised $695.75. If you would like to support Mr Royce in his charity ride, please donate at the link below.


Positive Stars Week 6

Each week I ask teachers to send students to visit me for being a positive star. These students are chosen as they have been recognised for producing excellent work, demonstrating outstanding work habits and being exceptional learners. Well done to the following students on being Positive Stars in Week 6. Harry, Nandipha, Aenea, Jordan, Indira, Alice, Tahlieah and Joanna in K Red, Ayla in K Blue, Isaac, Amy, Elleanor, Kaitlan, Saoirse, Samir in 3/4 Titanium, Lucas, Georgia, Bella, Indiya-Rose and Chloe in 3/4 Silver. Keep up the great work and I can’t wait to see more students this week. 

Have a wonderful week of learning!

Mrs Rebekah Murray

Rel. Principal

School Diary

Thursday 12th March- Selective High School Test 2021

Friday 13th March - K-2 Assembly 9:10am

Friday 20th March - 3-6 Assembly 1:50pm

Monday 30th March - School Photo Day further information and order forms to come, online orders only.

PSSA Venues- 13th March 2020

AFL - Ash Road

Cricket - Hammondville Oval 

League Tag - Woodward Park

Softball - Hammondville Oval 

P&C Calendar of Events 2020


9th April                  EASTER RAFFLE 


7th May                    MOTHERS DAY STALL
June                          SILVER COIN CHALLENGE
26th June                 SCHOOL DISCO 


3rd Sept                    FATHERS DAY STALL


30th Oct                   HALLOWEEN DISCO
27th Nov                  CAROLS

General Information

School Office Hours of Operation

Our school office hours are 8:30am to 3:15pm.

EFTPOS Payments can be made between 8:45am - 9:00am and 2:30pm - 3:00pm.

Student AbsencesThe Education Act requires that a reason is provided to the school within 5 days of the occurrence of a student absence. 

If your child is absent from school please notify us via Skoolbag or drop a note/medical certificate in our secure letterbox on the outside of the office wall. Do not send absent notifications to the class teacher via Class Dojo.

Late Arrival/ Early DepartureAll students who are late to school must come via the office to receive a late pass, which is then to be handed to their teacher.

If you are picking up your child early from school you must visit the office first to receive an early departure pass, which you then give to your child’s teacher.

Toileting AccidentsIf your child is prone to toileting accidents please ensure that spare underwear and school clothes are kept in their bags.

If your child does borrow clothes from our school please ensure the clothes are washed and promptly returned to the office.

Nut Free RecommendationDue to severe allergies of some students at Hammondville Public School, we do recommend that parents not send their children to school with nut products, eg muesli bars, peanut butter, nutella etc.

P&C Payments

P&C payments can be made in CASH or via the MY SCHOOL CONNECT App. Canteen and uniform orders, as well as all P&C fundraising and events can now be paid via the app. Download the app via Google Play or the Apple Store, or find it online at www.myschoolconnect.com.au

PBL NEWS for Week 7

Our lesson focus for K-6 Week 7 is to Be a safe, respectful learner and follow all teachers and SLSO’s Instructions”.  We encourage all families to discuss with their children the importance of following all instructions given to them by their teachers and SLSO’s who are there to support them. Students will learn the importance of being respectful towards all of their teachers across the whole school and understanding that following instructions will allow them to stay safe, grow as a learner and ensure that their respect towards their peers and teachers is maintained at all times.

At last Friday’s assembly we had our PBL Hero Tokens draw where 2 students from every 3-6 class were chosen for a reward. The following lucky students will be having a pizza party with Mrs Fleming this week: 

Congratulations to the following students who were drawn from the 3-6 Assembly Hero token reward.

3/4 Platinum Taleah & Jayden

3/4 Silver Indiya-Rose & Marcus

3/4 Gold Kirsten & Roark

3/4 Bronze Pavlos & Saoirse

3/4 Titanium Elleanor & Kinley

5 Blue Archie & Chantel

5 Yellow Chace & Crystal

6 Blue Nathaniel & Moriah

6 Red Cooper & Tahlan

The PBL Team

Holsworthy Cup

Last Tuesday four Year 5 students, Chantel Sutch, Kyle Anthony, Matthew Rowe and Troy Nguyen represented our school at the Holsworthy Cup in two categories. The first category was the spelling bee challenge which Matthew and Kyle competed in and the second challenge was the public speaking that Chantel and Troy competed in. Students represented us against several other schools in our area. We are very proud of your efforts. We look forward to the next cup challenge soon.
Mrs Zanapalis 

2020 Carnivals

SSW Regional Swimming Carnival - Tuesday 10 March 2020

NSW State Swimming Carnival - Monday 6 April & Tuesday 7 April 2020

School Cross Country Carnival - Thursday 9 April 2020

Liverpool Zone Cross Country Carnival - Tuesday 26 May 2020

SSW Regional Cross Country Carnival - Wednesday 10 June 2020

NSW State Cross Country Carnival - Friday 24 July 2020

School Athletics Carnival - Monday 27 July 2020

Liverpool Zone Athletics Carnival - Thursday 27 August 2020

SSW Regional Athletics Carnival - Wednesday 16 September 2020

NSW State Athletics Carnival - Wednesday 28 October & Thursday 29 October 2020

Sporting Representatives

Congratulations to the following students who have qualified for Sydney South-West carnivals in the following sports:

Basketball (23 March) - Jack Blake, Jaxson Horton & Isabella Muc

Football (31 March) - Justin Brown, Oliver Stajcic & Cooper Wilson

Hockey (1 April) - Miriam Gauld, Jaxson Horton, Alana Julius & Ryan Sookee

Rugby League U/11s (2 April) - Jack Blake, Jaxson Horton and Levi Latu

Swimming (10 March) - Ruby Caddy, Jett English, Miriam Gauld, Tyler Hanchard, Jaxson Horton, Annabelle James, Leearna Harris, Lachlan Lee, Aidan McDonald, Kryshtof Pradeaux, Holly Salzmann, Jayden Schipp, Daymon Schuyt & Shelby Whiting

Sydney South-West Swimming Carnival

Congratulations to Ruby Caddy, Jett English, Miriam Gauld, Tyler Hanchard, Jaxson Horton, Annabelle James, Leearna Harris, Lachlan Lee, Aidan McDonald, Kryshtof Pradeaux, Holly Salzmann, Jayden Schipp, Daymon Schuyt and Shelby Whiting who have qualified for the Sydney South-West regional swimming carnival.

3-6 Cross Country Carnival

The Years 3-6 cross country carnival is to be held at school on Thursday 9 April. Students who are in Year 2 and are turning 8 are invited to attend. Students are to wear their sports uniform or their house colours. Below are the starting times:

8/9 Years Boys - 9:30 am (2 laps = 1750m)

8/9 Years Girls - 9:45 am (2 laps = 1750m)

10 Years Boys - 10:00 am (2 laps = 1750m)

10 Years Girls - 10:15 am (2 laps = 1750m)

11 Years Boys - 10:30 am (3 laps = 2250m)

11 Years Girls - 10:45 am (3 laps = 2250m)

12 Years Boys - 11:00 am (3 laps = 2250m)

12 Years Girls - 11:15 am (3 laps = 2250m)

Canteen News

Tuesday Tasty Treat: - Ham and Cheese Melt $1.20


Tracey & Sue

Uniform News

The uniform pool will be open Wednesday afternoon from 2:30pm- 3:00pm.


Pants, shorts are $1.00

All logo items such as shirts, zip jackets, sloppy-joes and hats are $2:00

Dresses, Parkas & Bags are $5:00

When visiting the second hand uniform shop it would be greatly appreciated if you could bring small change with you. There is nothing over $5.00. Also any items purchased from the uniform pool must be paid for at the office or at the Canteen.

Thank you,

Louise & Sandy

P&C News

HPS P&C Book Contacting Fundraiser 2020

What an enormous day was Friday! Mr Hughes room was a buzz of activity with rolls of contacting paper being strewn around the room! We had an amazing response from parents to have their child/ren’s books contacted and a fabulous team of dedicated volunteers who worked tirelessly throughout the day, and some into the weekend.

A big thank you to Mr Hughes for letting us use his room for the day and helping coordinate with the teachers, to all the teaching and office staff for supporting this fundraiser, and to Mrs Murray for coming back in late to help finish contacting books and lock up the school.

Some stats from our day:

·         145 students had their books contacted

·         1085 books were contacted

·         450 metres of contact paper was used

·         25 parent/community volunteers helped on the day/weekend

·         100 hours of contacting books completed by our volunteers!

And over $1600 profit made for our school!!! 

Thank you to our school community for supporting this fundraiser and an extra big thank you to the volunteers who donated their time, with 7 mum’s spending 5+ hours school contacting books! Your support to the P&C and the school is instrumental in improving our school for our kids.

Kind regards,

Nichole Burrows and the HPS P&C


Hammondville PS P&C:  https://www.facebook.com/hammondvillepandc/

or look up “Hammondville PS P&C”

Attention Defence Families

Defence Bank is presenting a complimentary screening of Military Wives at Ritz Cinemas in Sydney (Cinema 2) on Thursday 19 March 2020. The movie will start at 6 pm and tickets are FREE!

Ticket reservations can be made via this link: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/screening-of-military-wives-thursday-19-march-at-ritz-cinemas-sydney-tickets-98135978353?aff=affiliate1

View the trailer here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLPBiYXsKPQ

If you have any questions regarding this event, please contact: Adana Harding from Defence Bank on  03 8624 4710 or Adana.Harding@defencebank.com.au

DCO Liverpool are planning a PEAP (Partner Employment Assistance Program) information session for early April and would like to invite along spouses who have utilized PEAP to share their real-life experience of the program at this session.

If you have engaged with the PEAP program and would be willing to share your story with a small group of ADF spouses, please email DCO Liverpool at dco.liverpool@defence.gov.au to express your interest. 

Defence School Mentor positions

Holsworthy Public School is seeking to fill their vacant DSM position. If you are interested in applying contact the school directly for an information package

Interested applicants may obtain a copy of the DSM role description and selection criteria from the school office. Applications close Thursday 12 March with interviews on Monday 16 March.

For information relating to this position please contact Tammy Deiri (Relieving Principal) on 98251479. An information package will be available.

South Coogee Public School also has a DSM vacancy. See the current DCO Newsletter for more information or contact the school.

Education Assistance

DCO provides support to ADF member's children who may experience disruption to their education due to posting. Financial assistance is available. For more information email: education.supportprograms@defence.gov.au

or call the Defence Family Helpline 1800 624 608


Partner Employment Assistance Program aims to assist eligible ADF partners with the difficulties in finding employment on posting or when their partner is medically transitioned.

More information can be found on the DCO website or by calling the Helpline.

Defence School Mentor  Janelle Fordjanelle.j.ford@det.nsw.edu.au