Spring Gully Primary School – A place to belong...

Spring Gully Primary School is situated in a picturesque urban area 5 kilometres from central Bendigo. The natural rural setting is complimented by close proximity to a state park, bushland, reserves, sporting ovals, tennis courts, bike and bushland trails.



The Blurbs - Rescheduled

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Unfortunately the weather forced us to reschedule The Blurbs performance last Friday. We have re-booked the performance for Monday, 29th August, 2016 at 9.15am. Families of the SGPS community are more than welcome to come along.


School Council Summary

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Our August School Council meeting was held recently. Many items were discussed and ratified, including:

Food Safety Supervisor

A staff member has offered to attend training and obtain a Food Safety Supervisor Certificate. Preference is for the canteen not to be operated as a business, but as a fundraising activity for the school. The canteen cannot operate in any form until the appropriate legal requirements are satisfied.

School Self-Evaluation and Review

We have decided to use Mike Roland from National Curriculum Services for our review. Unfortunately Mike is not available until term 1, 2017. However, we believe Mike will conduct a very thorough and rigorous school review. Further details will be made available when they are known.

Capital Works Project

I travelled to Melbourne earlier this month to meet with Lucas Hodgens and Nick Marino from e+ architecture. Since this time we have held two further meetings at school to discuss the project and the potential scope of works. Next week we will receive a visit from a landscape architect so that plans on the development of our grounds can continue.

Parent representation on the planning committee is seen as crucial to this project. Fiona Martin, our School Council President, and Ronnie Lowe have joined Mr Parkes, the architects and myself on this committee.


NAPLAN results were released on the same day as our School Council meeting so only a very quick, limited summary was provided. These NAPLAN results will be discussed in detail at our next meeting.

Oral Health Screenings

Bendigo Health completed dental checks for 169 children, which was excellent.

Parent Club

Father’s Day Gift Activity - The Father’s Day fundraising activity this year will be artwork made by the children to take home for Father’s Day.

Choir Vests - The choir performed beautifully at the Victorian Schools Music Festival and the new choir vests looked wonderful on stage. School Council acknowledged the wonderful contributions made by Belinda Smith and Naomi Shellie for making the vests.

Education and Community Development Subcommittee

The following policies were ratified by School Council:

- Manual Handling Policy and accompanying forms for documentation of identified risks

- Cybersafety Policy

- Electronic Devices Policy

Excursion Approvals

1. Grade 4 Camp to Camp Curumbene - Date of camp is now Wednesday, 30th November – Friday, 2nd December

2. Division Basketball Championships – Friday, 2nd September from 9.00am-3.00pm at the Schweppes Centre, Marong Road, Bendigo.

3. AFL 9’s Bendigo Carnival – Thursday, 8th September from 9.30am-2.30pm at Beischer Park, Strathdale.

4. Grade 5 Frog Ponds – Wednesday, 7th September at the Spring Gully Kinder.

5. Division Athletics – Monday, 12th September at LaTrobe Athletics Track, Flora Hill.

6. Regional Athletics – Monday, 10th October at LaTrobe Athletics Track, Flora Hill.

7. Grade 5 Melbourne Museum – Friday, 4th November.


Education Support Staff

Thursday, 18 August 2016

We held a special morning tea on Thursday to celebrate the wonderful work that our education support staff do at our school. Much of the work done by these hard-working people goes largely unnoticed by many but their work is crucial to the success of our school. On behalf of all staff members I would like to thank Judy, Wendy, Gen, Sophie, Cheryl, Emily, Sophie and Jasmin for their fantastic support. We wouldn’t be able to focus on ours jobs without them.


Father’s Day/Special Friend Breakfast

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Breakfast will be served from 7.00am-8.30am on Friday, 2nd September near the multi-purpose room. Come along and enjoy breakfast with Dad/Special Friend. We will have tables and chairs set up in the multipurpose room so that you can enjoy the morning together.


Staffing News

Thursday, 18 August 2016

We recently welcomed two new staff members to Spring Gully Primary School. Mrs Kate Murphy has replaced Mrs Purcell in Grade 3/4 and Ms Jasmin O’Sullivan has secured an Education Support position. I know you will all make them feel most welcome.


Upcoming Events


August 26
Grade 3 Excursion –Confectionary Capers
Chilly Jam Concert – Spring Gully Hall 6.00pm - 7.00pm
P-2 Fresh Fruit Friday
Yellow Day - Out of uniform day to support Daffodil Day
Gr 6 Scavenger Hunt 11:00-1:00pm BSE
August 29
The Blurbs Reschuled 9:15am
August 30
Book Club Orders Due
Early Morning Bike Riding Program Gr. 2-6 8.05 - 8.35am
Chess Club
August 31
German Club 3:30 - 4:30pm


September 1
YMCA Breakfast Program 8:00am-8:30am
Early Morning Bike Riding Program Gr. 2-6 8.05 - 8.35am
September 2
Footy Colours Day
Division Basketball
P-2 Fresh Fruit Friday
Father's Day/Special Friend's Breakfast 7:00-8:30am
September 5
Education and Community Development Meeting 6:00-8:00pm
September 6
Early Morning Bike Riding Program Gr. 2-6 8.05 - 8.35am
Chess Club
September 7
German Club 3:30 - 4:30pm
September 8
YMCA Breakfast Program 8:00am-8:30am
Early Morning Bike Riding Program Gr. 2-6 8.05 - 8.35am
Parent Club Meeting 7:00pm
September 9
P-2 Fresh Fruit Friday
September 12
District Athletics
Grounds, Landscape and Buildings Subcommittee Meeting 6-7pm
Accountability and Management Subcommittee Meeting 7-7:30pm
School Council General Meeting 7:30-9pm
September 13
Early Morning Bike Riding Program Gr. 2-6 8.05 - 8.35am
Chess Club
September 14
German Club 3:30 - 4:30pm
September 15
YMCA Breakfast Program 8:00am-8:30am
Early Morning Bike Riding Program Gr. 2-6 8.05 - 8.35am
September 16
End of Term 3 at 2:30pm
Assembly 2:15pm
P-2 Fresh Fruit Friday

Spring Gully
Primary School

Spring Gully Road,

Bendigo 3550

Phone: 5443 7230

Fax: 5441 5584