Waves

26 October 2017
Term 4, Issue 2
Principal's Report
Upcoming Dates/Events
General School News
Prep & Year 4 News
BEET STEM Forensics Team
Sport
Interview - Oscar Davis
Mathletics - October
Online Consent - Compass
Do You Know?
Canteen Incentive!
SignUp Genius Playbook
Our Fete Stalls
Interview with a Volunteer
Digital Licence
Mental Health Matters 
Gratitude 
Our Events & Volunteers
2017 School Dates
General Information
Important School Rules
Beaumaris North Primary School
(03) 9589 5449
Wood Street
Beaumaris, Victoria, 3193
AU

Principal's Report

 

Our Commitment to Electronic Communication

At the beginning of the year we made a commitment to move to electronic communication. In addition to our daily Compass News Feed (and occasional emails), this term we have made significant progress in this space with the introduction of online consent/payment via Compass and SignUp Genius for volunteering. 

All year levels have now been sent an email with a link to an online consent/payment form:

  • Prep - Aquarium Excursion
  • Year 1 & 2 - Japanese Incursion
  • Year 3, 4, 5 & 6 - Senior Disco 

It was pleasing to note that within the first three days of releasing our first online consent/payment form, over 75% of parents had responded - much better than the return rate for hardcopies that either never made it home or got lost under a pile of papers!

 

We encourage you to make use of the Compass page on our website which includes FAQs and video tutorials on various modules, the tips on the Compass page of our fortnightly newsletter and of course to contact Shannon Hewlett at any time  should you require assistance with Compass [email protected]

 

A SignUp Genius Playbook is included in this newsletter and Laura Fitzpatrick (Parents & Friends Chairperson) has made herself available this week to answer any queries you might have - please visit Laura in the Canteen from 2.30 - 3.30pm tomorrow.  

 

Thank you for your support in helping us to achieve a paperless school environment - we do hope you are enjoying the many benefits!

Term 3 Survey Feedback

Thank you to those who took the time to respond to our two question survey via Compass at the end of last term, the responses are summarised below.

Please tell us what you think we do well
  • Lots of different extra-curricular activities helping to develop well-rounded children not just academic children.
  • The school operations staff are very organised, there is general excellence in running the school.
  • Our children are thriving in such a nurturing environment. 
  • Our children have benefited from their teachers’ attention to their learning and excellent parent communication skills.
  • IB is great.
  • Bike Ed is so well run and organised.
  • Online communication is consistent and easy to access as required – photos are great.
  • Compass and Qkr are great tools that are well managed and maintained.
  • Loving the move from paper based notices to Compass, means we don't miss anything due to messy school bags. 
  • New format for Waves is great and can easily be read on mobile devices.

 

Please tell us how you think we can improve​

  • Optional tech/futuristic activities such as robotics or coding for students.
  • Address ongoing cancellation of school assemblies.
  • Meet with the Council to discuss measures to prevent the increasingly poor traffic around the school.
  • Introduce a two minute drop off zone on McDonald Street.
  • It would be great if the kids had a daily diary about what they have been doing each day - better daily or weekly communication with the teacher would be good too.  
  • It would be appreciated if some of the stationery purchases every year can be recycled to use for the following years.
  • In the moment feedback is great via Learning Tasks, but generally relates to one piece of work – would be great to have personal comments on reports or a second Parent/Teacher opportunity.
  • Learning Task Feedback forms should be automated via Compass rather than hardcopy.
  • Spread events across the year.
  • Dealing with bullying.
  • Manage controlling parent volunteers/cliques who could potentially put others off volunteering.
  • Ask Farmers Market vendors to clean up after themselves.

Our Boys made it to State Championships!

Congratulations to our Athletes, John M, Luca S, Jake D and our Under 11 Relay Team - Ted C, Ben S, Aiden L and Tyson A who have made it through to the State Championships to be held at Lakeside on Monday (30 October). This is the largest number of BNPS participants attending 'State' for many years.

Please see our 'Sport' page for a comprehensive report from Kirsty Hall (PE Coordinator). 

Our Camping Term

Term 4 is our Camping Term. This week the staff and students in Year 5 are at Cave Hill Creek Camp in Beaufort. Last week our Year 4 students enjoyed their first school camp at Adanac, Yarra Junction and our Year 6 students will attend their last primary school camp in a few weeks time.

I would like to sincerely thank Grant Rounsley for organising our school camping program. Grant has spent many hours liaising with the camps, organising the staffing and ensuring that all procedures comply with the Child Safe requirements.

 

I would also like to thank the many staff who have voluntarily attended the school camps. The staff have left their families behind as they willingly agreed to care for our students.

 

Finally, thank you to the staff remaining at school as they too have contributed to the running of our camping program. We have had to close one Specialist Program during each camp to ensure we have sufficient teaching staff attending camp - last week we closed PE and this week we closed the  Art Program.

 

Sherril Duffy

Principal

 

Upcoming Dates/Events

OCTOBER 2017

WALK TO SCHOOL MONTH!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday 27 October

SignUp Genius Help Desk (2.30 - 3.30pm)

Uniform Shop Open (3 - 3.45pm)

Prep & Year 1 Swimming Program 

 

Monday 30 October

Prep & Year 1 Swimming Program 

NOVEMBER 2017

Wednesday 1 November

Prep & Year 1 Swimming Program 

Fete Meeting (7.30pm)

 

Friday 3 November

Prep & Year 1 Swimming Program 

 

Tuesday 7 November

Melbourne Cup Day (Public Holiday)

 

Wednesday 8 November

First Aid (Prep - Year 6)

Year 1 Japanese Incursion

 

Thursday 9 November

First Aid (Prep - Year 6)

Year 2 Japanese Incursion

 

Friday 10 November

Remembrance Day Service (10.10 for 10.20am)

Uniform Shop Open (3 - 3.45pm)

 

Saturday 11 November

Beaumaris Farmers Market (8.00am - 1.00pm)

 

Monday 13 November

Year 6 Camp

 

Wednesday 15 November

Prep Aquarium Excursion

 

Thursday 16 November

'Wise Parent' Information Evening
- details to follow!

 

Wednesday 22 November

Year 2 Dance Incursion

School Council Meeting

 

Thursday 23 November

Open Classrooms (9.10 - 9.50am)

Year 6 Scienceworks Excursion

 

Friday 24 November

Whole-school Head Lice Check (9.00 - 10.30am)

Year 6 Japanese Incursion

Y3 & 4 Senior Disco (6.00 - 7.15pm)

Y5 & 6 Senior Disco (7.30 - 8.45pm)

 

Wednesday 29 November

2018 Prep Orientation (9.30 - 10.45am)

Instrumental Music Program Soiree (6.20 - 7.20pm & 7.30 - 8.30pm)

 

Thursday 30 November

Year 1 Werribee Zoo Excursion

Instrumental Music Program Soiree (6.20 - 7.20pm & 7.30 - 8.30pm)

DECEMBER 2017

Friday 1 December

Uniform Shop Open (3 - 3.45pm)

 

Wednesday 6 December

School Council Meeting

 

Friday 8 December

BNPS Carols Night (6.15 - 7.30pm)

 

Saturday 9 December

Beaumaris Farmers Market (8.00am - 1.00pm)

 

Tuesday 12 December

Year 6 Orientation Day

Year 3 Junior Choir Visit (2pm, Seaside Manor)

 

Wednesday 13 December

Singing Recital (6.30pm, MPR)

 

Tuesday 19 December

Year 6 Graduation

 

Thursday 21 December

Year 6 Big Day Out

 

Friday 22 December

Last Day of School for 2017 (1.30pm dismissal)

 

2018

Tuesday 30 January 

Term 1 commences at 9am (9.30am for Prep) 

 

Saturday 24 March

BNPS Fete (9am - 3pm)

 

Tuesday 7 August

BNPS Concert

General School News

Last Week for Library Borrowing 

The last week for student borrowing for 2017 is Monday 6 - Friday 10 November.  All books borrowed this year will then need to be returned PROMPTLY to the Library for stocktake purposes.

Please note that families will be asked to pay for the replacement of any lost books so please check your shelves now! Thank you.

Remembrance Day Service - Friday 10 November

Our annual Remembrance Day Service (conducted by our Year 6 students) will be held on Friday 10 November at 10.10am for a 10.20am start. The School Choir will also be performing.

All parents, friends and family are invited to attend the ceremony and students are kindly asked to bring a small floral arrangement along to the service.

Qkr App for Android Users - Now Working!

Previously we advised that there was a problem with the Qkr app for Android users - please note that this has now been resolved.

 

Uniform Shop Open Tomorrow Afternoon

Following parent feedback, as a trial we will be opening the Uniform Shop for three afternoons in Term 4 :

  • Friday 27 October 3 - 3.45pm
  • Friday 10 November 3 - 3.45pm
  • Friday 1 December 3 - 3.45pm

Please note the Uniform Shop will not be open in the morning on these days. 

Mathletics

The team at Mathletics have advised that there appears to be a 'bug' causing a discrepancy between the scores in the ‘Learn’ section and the ‘Live’ Mathletics section. Please note that the score displayed in the Learn section is correct, however the one in Live Mathletics is, for reasons yet to be determined, inaccurate. The development team will iron out the issue as soon as possible.

 

Melbourne Cup Day

Students are not required at school on Tuesday 7 November (Melbourne Cup Day) – please note that Monday 6 November is NOT a pupil-free day – classes will be running as usual.

 

Senior Disco (Y3 - 6) - Friday 24 November

An email with a link to an ONLINE consent/payment form for the Senior Disco has been sent to all Year 3 - 6 families - please provide your online consent/payment  by Wednesday 15 November.

 

PYP Attitude of the Month

The whole school PYP Attitude for the month of November is INDEPENDENCE. 

Thinking and acting independently, making your own judgements based on reasoned argument, and being able to defend your judgements. 

For more information please see: http://beaumarisnorthps.vic.edu.au/pyp-attitude-of-the-month-awards/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prep & Year 4 News

Prep Unit of Inquiry

The Prep students are currently learning about Sharing the Planet in their Unit of Inquiry. Georgia B - Prep D brought in for Show and Tell, rubbish that she collected from her local beach and told the grade that she 'wanted to help keep the sea creatures safe'.  Well done Georgia!

 

Year 4 Camp (October 18 - 20)

Last week our Year 4 students attended Camp Adanac CYC, set in a lovely parkland location in the beautiful Yarra Valley. The activities (designed to foster teamwork, participative decision making and individual and team initiative tasks) included; Flying Fox, Archery, Waterslide, Canoeing, Low Ropes, Bush Cooking, Bush Huts, Trampoline, Volleyball, Indoor Basketball, Cage Soccer, Table Tennis, Initiatives Course and camp fire activities! The students also enjoyed a disco and movie night!

 

 

I had an amazing experience at camp. There were lots of fun activities but my favourites were the super-fast water slide and cage soccer. Overall, camp was awesome. Jet (4A)

 

I enjoyed every part of our year 4 camp including all of the activities and the cabins. My favourite activities were the flying fox and water slide, they were fantastic and really fun! The food was also amazing! I stayed in the Acacia cabin with five of my friends and got to sleep on the top bunk for the second time which was awesome too! Ruby (4A)​

 

 

BEET STEM Forensics Team

BNPS Crime Scene Investigation

Last week, 5 crimes took place in the BNPS Science Lab. Luckily, the Year 6 BEET STEM Forensics Team was on hand. After completing a unit on forensics, the students were able to secure their crime scene, make observations and collect and photograph evidence.  Both patent and latent fingerprints were found at the scene.

 

With a list of suspects, many Beauy North staff were feeling a little nervous. The students narrowed down their list of suspects and after ‘lifting’ finger prints from the crime scene, went about finger printing their suspects.

 

Students used their knowledge from the unit to analyse the prints and look for patterns. C.S.I teams interviewed their suspects, and a bit of lying was going on – so how could our Crime Scene Investigators tell who was telling the truth, and who was a thief?

 

All teams had to produce several solid pieces of evidence to their Detective Inspector, and if she felt there was enough evidence, we read the criminals their rights and placed them under arrest. The Year 6 C.S.I groups were nervous, hoping that their evidence lead them to the correct suspect being arrested.

 

Our five C.S.I teams were very successful! After reading out the charges and providing irrefutable evidence, we apprehended the criminals for each crime. They were mostly remorseful. After admitting their guilt, a plea deal was reached. If the criminals were willing to give their stolen item back, and promise not to do it again, they were let off with a warning.

 

The Detective Inspector was incredibly proud and impressed by the logic, team-work, problem solving and creative thinking the teams used to solve their crime.

 

We would sincerely like to thank the following wonderful stafff who, without hesitation volunteered to be suspects or fingerprinted, so our Year 6 STEM children could experience a real life forensics scenario all as part of their normal work day.

Thank you: Melissa Ball, Mat DB, Jenny Marashli, Jessi Maddison, Jenn Anderson, Nicole Grant, Nicole Rainsbury, Beth Lawrence, Hanna Le Clerc, Sue Miles, Ali Miles, Nat Venuto, Tania Purton, Dallas O’Brien, Debbie O’Brien, Sherril Duffy, Naomi Holt, Kate Williams, Jane Garvey, Lauren Lowers, Katey Waller, Merri Graham, Doug Bray and Kirsty Hall.

 

Case Closed.

 

Detective Inspector Miss Searle

 

Sport

Regional Athletics 

Last Thursday (19 October) the following students represented the Seaside District in the Regional Championships at Casey Fields after fantastic results at the Division Carnival. 

  • Luca S (4B)
  • Ted C (5A)
  • Ben S (5C)
  • Tyson A (5C)
  • Aiden L (5D)
  • Holly N (6A)
  • Jake D (6A)
  • John M (6B)
  • Sophie M (6B)

Their parents kindly drove them to the event in Cranbourne (just around the corner!) and Mr O’Brien went along to support the students as a BNPS representative and to embark on weather conditions that only Melbourne can offer - sunshine, rain, wind and cold! Typical Athletics day conditions!  All of our students were amazingly competitive, humble in their wins and losses, supportive and tough. As representatives of BNPS, the school couldn’t be prouder of all of your achievements.

 

Unfortunately for John M, Jake D and Luca S, their events were cancelled due to the weather and they had to refocus and make a second trip on Tuesday (24 October)! The weather was kinder on this day and the boys performed exceptionally well - all finished 1st in their events and now progress to the State Championships next Monday (30 October)!!!

 

GREAT RESULTS FOR:

  • John M in High Jump to achieve a PB at 1.53m
  • Luca S in Hurdles (time not available)
  • Jake D in Hurdles (time not available) and 800m (2:23)
  • Ted C, Ben S, Aiden L and Tyson A in U11 Boys Relay team (56.85)

 

 

EXCELLENT EFFORT FROM:

  • Tyson A who finished in the top 10 for 100m and 2nd in U11 Boys Relay
  • Aiden L who finished 4th in 1500m, 4th in 800m and 2nd in U11 Boys Relay
  • Holly N who finished 5th in 1500m and 7th in 800m
  • Ted C who finished 4th in Triple Jump, 6th in 200m and 2nd in U11 Boys Relay
  • Sophie M who finished 4th in Shot Put
  • Ben S who finished 2nd in U11 Boys Relay

The Year 5 boys Relay Team now also progresses through to the next level - an exciting time for BNPS with seven students all competing at State Level in Athletics!

Our Gymnastic Champions!

Congratulations to Amelie H (6B) and Jayde G (5C) who have qualified to compete in the Victorian Gymnastic Championships! This is a HUGE achievement as only 12 gymnasts per age level qualify across the State (and they were competing against gymnasts who train twice as much!). A well-deserved reward for all the hard work and dedication over the years - best of luck Amelie and Jayde - the BNPS community are very proud of you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interview - Oscar Davis

By  Max H (3A) 

Oscar Davis is a Teacher Assistant who commenced at BNPS in March this year. 

 

How many Countries have you been to?

  • Oscar - About 17.  I started travelling when I was 18 years old.
  • Max – I’ve been to none, I’ve never left Australia.

How old are you?

  • Oscar - 24.
  • Max – I thought you were 104.  I know someone who is 79.

What year levels did you work with last year?

  • Oscar - I worked in Years 4, 5, 6 and 8.

What school did you work at before BNPS?

  • Oscar - I worked at Bialik College in Hawthorn East.  It’s pretty far from here.  They go from Kindergarten all the way through to Year 12.

What footy team do you go for?

  • Oscar - Technically I go for St Kilda, but I don’t really follow the footy.
  • Max – I go for the Cats.

Have you ever tried raw pasta?

  • Oscar - Only when I haven’t cooked it properly!
  • Max – I’ve tried it out of the box, but it’s not very good.

What school did you go to?

  • Oscar - I went to King David School in Armadale. This school is from Creche up to Year 12.

How many pets do you have?

  • Oscar - 3.  My mum has a skinny sausage dog and my Dad has one dog and one big, fat cat.
  • Max – I had 7 budgies, 3 guinea pigs and 2 rabbits – but most of those have died now.

 

Mathletics - October

Congratulations to the following students who earned at least 5000 Participation Points during October – some on more than one occasion!

  • Harrison D (PB) – 7610
  • Jamie B (1C) – 5460
  • Lucy G (PB) – 5020
  • Mia S (2D) – 5001
  • Natalia H (5A) - 5020
  • Natalia H (5A) – 5040
  • Owynn D (3A) – 5000
  • Owynn D (3A) – 5222
  • Piotr M (PD – 5050
  • Sam G (3D) – 8021

The following students were the lucky recipients of the weekly Super Mathlete Trophy:

  • Sam G (3D)

  • Owynn D (3A)

Classes 1D and 3D topped the Mathletics Awards with the most certificates.

 

Well done everybody!

 

Students who earn at least 5000 Participation Points go into the running to take hold of the Super Mathlete Trophy which they get to enjoy for seven days in class. Every child who achieves 1000 Participation Points or more in a week is celebrated in their classroom!

 

For more information on Mathletics, please see:  

http://beaumarisnorthps.vic.edu.au/mathletics/

 

 

Online Consent - Compass

This term we introduced online parent consent/payment using the Compass parent portal. Please ensure online consent forms are completed by the due date. If you elected NOT to pay the 2017 Key Experiences in full, a payment section will appear for you to enter your credit card details - please note that  you will not be able to provide consent online if payment has not been received.

 

If consent/payment is NOT completed by the 'due by date', you will no longer be able to  provide online consent/payment (see screen shot below).

In the above screen shot, the green 'Complete [See Details]' button indicates that you have provided consent/payment for a particular event. If you click on the blue title of the 'Event' (left-hand column), the following screen is revealed along with any attachments for the event in the 'Resources' section at the bottom of the screen.

You can view your child's events at any time by hovering over the Organisation menu (grid icon) in the Compass navigation bar and selecting 'Events' (direct link:  https://beaumarisnorthps-vic.compass.education/Organise/Activities/Events/).

 

Please email Shannon Hewlett at [email protected] if you require assistance.

Do You Know?

Do you know that grandparents and friends of our students and their families are welcome to volunteer at BNPS?

All they need is a current Working with Children Check which is easy to  apply for online, and it's free and valid for five years! We greatly value and appreciate any community/family involvement!

 

 

 

 

 

Do you know who our PYP/Curriculum Co-ordinators are?

Mrs Debbie Murnane and Mrs Jo Taylor.

Do you know that cars are required to STOP at the school crossing on Weatherall Road when the flags are out and pedestrians are waiting to cross?

Many of our students use this crossing - please help to keep them safe.

 

Canteen Incentive!

We are very lucky to have a Canteen service here at BNPS that provides lunch orders and over-the-counter sales at recess/playlunch and lunchtime on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, thanks to our wonderful parent volunteers and our Canteen Manager, Jenny Marashli. Our Canteen service greatly assists our working parents as well as those parents who like to treat their child/ren to a ‘special’ lunch every so often (or in the case of an emergency when things don’t go to plan!).

 

We would love to continue offering this wonderful service to our families however WE CAN'T DO IT WITHOUT PARENT VOLUNTEERS! Although it is preferable that someone is present for a full shift, ANY help you can offer is greatly appreciated (particularly at 11am for the morning shift and 1pm for the afternoon shift). We will happily accept 'walk-ins' too (as long as you have a Working with Children Check)!

Why should I volunteer?

We aim to make Canteen Duty a happy, relaxed, enjoyable time for all and morning tea and/or lunch is provided! Many helpers have found it’s a good way to make new friends and become an active member of the school community. Children, particularly new students, also love to see a familiar face over the counter. NEED MORE INCENTIVE? Your child/ren will receive one FREE over-the-counter item when you are on duty!!!

Who can volunteer?

Mums, Dads, grandparents and friends can all volunteer for Canteen duty (as long as they have a Working with Children Check!). Younger children are welcome to come along to Canteen Duty – there are toys, a child’s table and chair set, pencils and paper. Some parents mind a friend’s child while the friend is on duty and the friend reciprocates when they are on duty.

What does Canteen duty involve?

Tasks include labelling lunch bags, filling lunch bags, putting hot food in the ovens, preparing sandwiches and serving snack foods over the counter at recess/playlunch. There are always experienced volunteers on duty who are more than willing to help newcomers familiarise themselves with the system.

How do I sign up for Canteen duty?

We have moved to a digital roster from Term 4, to assist in our effort to become a paperless school environment. SignUp Genius allows you to submit your availability online, choose the exact dates you want and receive email reminders! ONCE YOU HAVE CREATED AN ACCOUNT WITH YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS AND PASSWORD, you can also swap and delete shifts - please refer to the SignUp Genius Playbook on the next page for instructions  - it's quick and easy and you will LOVE its many benefits! 

Please note: It's important to let  Jenny (Canteen Manager) know - 9589 5449 (via the Office) if you remove yourself from the roster on the morning of your duty!

What do I do if I can no longer make my shift?

If you are unable to make your rostered shift, it is your responsibility  to find another volunteer to either swap or take on your shift so the Canteen can operate efficiently. If you are unsuccessful in your attempts to find a replacement, please let Jenny (Canteen Manager) know - 9589 5449 (via the Office). It is also important that you remove your name from SignUp Genius so that others can signup for the shift.

Questions?

If you have any questions about our Canteen please email: [email protected]
If you have any questions about volunteering, please email Bec Tsiboukis at: [email protected]

We look forward to seeing you in the Canteen soon!

 

SignUp Genius Playbook

You may have signed up for a shift already BUT have you created an account to 'Unlock' the most useful features of our NEW digital roster for volunteering at BNPS?!

This term we introduced SignUp Genius for Canteen duty. SignUp Genius will also be used for various BNPS events including our upcoming Fete. You may have already signed up for a shift (without creating an account), but by establishing an account now (with an email and password), the following GREAT features will be available to you:

  • Swap shifts 
  • Message others on the roster 
  • Delete shifts that you are no longer able to do 

Below is a step-by-step guide explaining how to do this, as well as how to access SignUpGenius direct from your mobile. If you have any additional questions, please contact Laura Fitzpatrick (Parents & Friends Chairperson) at [email protected] or on 0412 403 816. 

We are thrilled to be able to make volunteering easy and mobile (with clear explanations of each task) – all in response to great parent feedback! 

 

 

Our Fete Stalls

Update...

We have had a great response to yesterday's call and have now filled the following stalls - we even have two new ones!

  • Devonshire Tea - Gemma Poci
  • Sushi - Mel Peirce
  • Massage - Juanita Jolly
  • Knock-Ems - Jennifer Fitzpatrick
  • Ring-a-Bottle - Beck McCowan & David Goodbody
  • Fabulous Nails - Simona Hill and Belinda Czarnota

  • Kids Crafts - Anita Layzell

  • Legoland - Sharon Law 

  • French Crepes - Aurelia Balpe

Thank you ALL for stepping up! Of course we still have another 17 stalls to fill so please click/tap here to view the list, get your friends on board and email Vanessa Tyrer at [email protected] to let her know which stall you would like to run (or if you have an idea for a new stall!). 

 

Remember we have a ‘no external traders’ policy to maximise profit, so ALL of our stalls must be run by our 482 families - no experience required and we have all the information you need!

If you think you can help in other ways, or would like to know a little bit more, please contact Melissa Joy (Fete Convenor) at [email protected]

 

www.bnpsfete.org

Raising funds for our school's
Digital Technologies Program and the redevelopment of the McDonald Street Playground!

 

Interview with a Volunteer

Sally Powell

 

Why do you volunteer at BNPS?

To be involved in my childrens' school community. I remember my Mum volunteering at my primary school. We all do what we can, when we can.  At the moment I can help out a bit more.

What year level are your children in?

Years 1 & 4 and I have a Preppie starting next year!

What roles have you volunteered for during your time at BNPS?

Literacy group reading and literacy activities, Uniform Shop, Fete Silent Auction, Class Rep, Class Rep Coordinator, Travelling Kitchen Incursion and School Disco.

What is your background/current role (outside of BNPS!)?

My background is in executive recruitment. Research shows that most women change careers/direction around three times in their lifetime - I'm about to make a change too.

What do you do during your free time?

Walking, swimming, reading, watch my favourite TV shows and catch up with friends. Looking forward to more of that next year!!!

What’s the best thing about BNPS?

The friendships we have made with other families through different activities at school. Our school is an International Baccalaureate (IB) school and well resourced to support both parents and children.

Digital Licence

Don't leave your child in the dark...

Created by cyber safety experts, teachers and psychologists, the Digital Licence is a resource to keep your children safe online ($15 per child - promotion valid until 31  October 2017).

  • Protect your child’s digital reputation
  • Learn and engage digital literacy with your child
  • Children love the fun and interactivity
  • In line with the curriculum work your child is following at school
  • Be equipped with current trends and news in the digital world
  • Track your child’s progress

Take a look at the clip below and see  https://www.digitallicence.com.au/parents/ for more information.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Mental Health Matters 

KidsMatter Information Sheets

KidsMatter provides families with a range of information sheets to help them support children’s mental health and wellbeing, and to recognise if and when professional help is needed. They contain practical information, tips, and strategies across a range of common childhood issues, and were prepared by professionals experienced in the area of children’s mental health and development.

 

 

Gratitude 

21 Day Gratitude Journals

The Year 3 students have commenced a 21 day Gratitude Journal as part of their Resilience Project lessons. Their Learning Intention for this activity is ‘I will learn to develop my ability to reflect on grateful moments by writing a journal’. Each day the students write three things they are grateful for and why. Research shows that it takes 21 days to develop a habit, so by focusing on 'things we are grateful for', it is hoped that the students will naturally find experiences and people to be grateful for.

 

Grateful: A love song to the world

The Year 3 students watched and discussed the video clip below in class - we thought you might like to share it with your family too! 

 

Musicians Nimo Patel and Daniel Nahmod brought together dozens of people from around the world to create this beautiful, heart-opening melody. Inspired by the 21-Day Gratitude Challenge, the song is a celebration of our spirit and all that is a blessing in life. For the 21 Days, over 11,000 participants from 118 countries learned that "gratefulness" is a habit cultivated consciously and a muscle built over time. As a famous Roman, Cicero, once said, "Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others." This soul-stirring music video, created within a week by a team of volunteers, shines the light on all the small things that make up the beautiful fabric of our lives.

 

Three Moments of Awesome!

Our Year 4 students are currently doing '3 Moments of Awesome' as a 21 day program which they usually write down after lunch. They also have a graffiti wall of what gratitude means to them! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Events & Volunteers

Ladies Spring Racing Luncheon

A HUGE thank you to Shae Langford-Jones, Natalie Walstrom, Lisa Ward, Georgie Grace, Bernadette Wilkinson, Maidie Hurlston and Bridget Stickland for putting on another AMAZING day out for our very lucky BNPS Mums who all looked STUNNING! A lot of time goes into organising events such as this but the hard work paid off – it was a fabulous day and just under $2000 was raised (to be shared between Family Life and the school). Family Life will be using the money to fund their ‘Breakfast Club’ (run by volunteers) which provides children, from the commission homes in Hampton East, with a healthy breakfast - they are very grateful for our contribution.

 

The BNPS Next Top Models were of course exceptional (dressed by local businesses: Chokolat, LINDY on the Concourse, Pearl Rock and Kathyn by Kathryn Carter)!

 

Thank you to the following BNPS parents for donating items:

  • Kerrie Burgess (Li'l Gas)
  • Annie Thomas (Annie's Escape in Warburton)
  • Amanda Stokes (Amanda Stokes Photography)
  • Merryn Powell (Half Moon Meadow)
  • Sally Fenton (Two Locals Cafe)
  • Bridget Stickland (TGI voucher & chocolates)
  • Natalie Judd (Arbonne)
  • Tamare Karakulahian (The Parlor & Darling)

 

Thank you to the following local businesses who also donated items:

  • Lash & Dash (Cheltenham)
  • Nail Ink (Seaview)
  • Candy King Kinesiology
  • Jazzercise (Parkdale/Hampton)
  • Kathryn by Kathryn Carter

Everyone is already looking forward to the next one - well done and thank you!

Year 6 Graduation Committee

On behalf of the school and all of our Year 6 families, a BIG thank you to Sam Davies for taking on the role of Convenor for this year's Year 6 Graduation. Year 6 families, please email Sam at [email protected] if you are able to assist in the organisation of this VERY special event for our Year 6 students - your help will be greatly appreciated!

Thank you also to Amanda Stokes and Sarah Hutchins who have already made a start on the Year Book. This will be a wonderful reminder of the very special primary years  - don't forget to place your order via Qkr > School Events > Year 6 Graduation Book - 2017 by Friday 10 November!

2018 Prep Orientation Morning

Thank you to the following parents who gave up their time to assist with uniforms at the 2018 Prep Orientation morning last week - your help was greatly appreciated and lovely for our incoming Prep parents!

  • Jo Perret
  • Julie Laurent
  • Bridget Stickland
  • Natalie Bowerman
  • Bec Levant-Feldman

Thank you Annie Thomas (Uniform Shop Co-ordinator) for ensuring yet again, that everything ran smoothly - you had every detail covered! Thank you also to the lovely Prep parents who helped out with the morning tea - we couldn't have done it without you!

Fete Silent Auction 

Thank you to Sally Fenton for stepping up to take on the Silent Auction for our 2018 Fete - a sneak peek will be available closer to fete day, we can't wait to place our bids!

 

 

2017 School Dates

Term Dates

TERM 1

Tuesday 31 January - Friday 31 March

(2.30pm dismissal)

 

TERM 2

Tuesday 18 April - Friday 30 June 

(2.30pm dismissal)

 

TERM 3 

Monday 17 July - Friday 22 September (

2.30pm dismissal)

 

TERM 4

Monday 9 October - Friday 22 December 

(1.30pm dismissal)

Public Holidays

  • Monday 13 March - Labour Day
  • Friday 14 April - Good Friday
  • Monday 17 April - Easter Monday
  • Tuesday 25 April - ANZAC Day
  • Monday 12 June - Queen's Birthday
  • Friday 29 September - Grand Final Day
  • Tuesday 7 November - Melbourne Cup Day

Carols Night

Friday 8 December

BNPS Oval

 

School Camps

YEAR 4

Wednesday 18 - Friday 20 October

 

YEAR 5

Monday 23 - Friday 27 October

 

YEAR 6

Monday 13 - Friday 17 November

Swimming Program

Year 2 & 3

11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20 & 21 September

Prep & Year 1

23, 25, 27 & 30 October, 1 & 3 November

School Council Meetings

  • Wednesday 15 March (AGM)
  • Wednesday 26 April
  • Wednesday 24 May
  • Wednesday 28 June
  • Wednesday 26 July
  • Wednesday 23 August
  • Wednesday 25 October
  • Wednesday 22 November
  • Wednesday 6 December

General Information

School Phone Number - 9589 5449

The Office is unattended from 8.40am to 8.50am daily (due to compulsory staff briefing) and closes at 4pm (earlier on the last day of term). The phone is switched to the answering machine at this time. 

Absences

FULL-DAY

Please enter approval notes for full-day absences via the Compass Parent Portal.

 

LATE ARRIVAL/EARLY DEPARTURE

Please sign in/out via the Kiosk at the Office (do not enter on Compass).

 

Volunteers/Visitors

If you are visiting the school for ANY reason between 9.00am and 3.30pm (with the exception of usual school pick-up/drop off), you must report your arrival and departure via the Kiosk at the Office for Emergency Management purposes.

School Payments

Qkr (pronounced ‘Quicker’) is a FREE app to enable you to use your smartphone to make school payments (without having to give your child cash to carry to school) including Canteen and Uniform Shop orders, and various school event payments. A web-based version is also available. 

For more information, please see:  http://beaumarisnorthps.vic.edu.au/parent-information/payments/qkr/

School Hours

Class Times

9.00am - 11.00am

11.30am - 1.30pm (Fruit break at 12.30pm)

2.30pm - 3.30pm

 

Break Times

11.00am - 11.30am (Recess)

1.30pm - 2.30pm (Lunch)

Canteen

The Canteen is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (not the days beginning with ‘T’!) and Sushi is available on Mondays and Wednesdays.

All orders must be placed by 8.30am via Qkr (students can also purchase items with cash at recess and lunch).

Uniform Shop

Uniforms can be ordered via Qkr and providing stock is available, orders will be filled within a week and delivered to your child’s classroom. There is also a large offering of great value second-hand items available for purchase at the Uniform Shop (located in the Prep breezeway) which is open from 8.45 – 9.30am every Friday morning (unless notified via Compass).

You can also contact the Uniform Shop via email: [email protected]

Lost Property

Lost Property is stored in the bins located in the Prep Breezeway. It is the student’s responsibility to promptly collect any lost property.  At the end of each Term, ALL unclaimed items (named or unnamed) are donated to the Uniform Shop for re-sale. 

Please ensure all your child’s belongings are clearly labelled with their name including, lunch boxes, drink bottles, hats and clothing.

Important School Rules

Two Minute Zone

There are two ‘Kiss N Go’ zones on Wood Street where you can quickly drop and collect your child – this is NOT a parking area – you are NOT allowed to park for longer than two minutes, double-park or go into school.

You may get out of your car (within 2 minutes) but if you need to walk your child in, you must park in one of the surrounding streets, in a legal parking area.

Riding in the School Grounds

Riding of scooters, bikes, skateboards etc., is NOT permitted in the school grounds at drop-off or pick-up (school and non-school children).

Staff Carparks

For safety reasons, parents and students are NOT permitted to walk through staff car parks OR use them for parking .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dogs in the School Grounds

Dogs ARE permitted to be brought into the school grounds but MUST be kept on a hand-held leash between the hours of 7.30am and 6.00pm (when our students are in attendance and when our Outside School Hours Care program is operating).

It is the responsibility of the dog owner to clean up after their dog (and remove from school property).

Toilets

NO adults are to access student toilets for their own use at any time. If non-school children require the urgent use of an amenity, student toilets may be used under strict parent supervision. If a parent requires the urgent use of an amenity, the disabled toilet in the main building may be used (‘Staff’ toilets are for staff only).

No Hat, No Play!

All children are required to wear a broad brimmed bottle green hat for protection from the sun from 1 September to 30 April. See BNPS SunSmart Policy.

 

Volunteers - Working with Children Check

Anyone wishing to volunteer at BNPS is required to provide a Working with Children Check. Checks are free and valid for 5 years! Apply online at: http://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/ 

 

Waves
Senior Disco 2017.pdf
Body image.pdf
Bullying.pdf
School refusal.pdf
Learning and learning difficulties.pdf
Thinking and learning- Suggestions for families.pdf
Scaffolding children’s learning.pdf
Thinking and learning- Suggestions for families.pdf
SunSmart Information for Parents.pdf
SignUp Genius Playbook.docx
SignUp Genius Playbook.pdf
SignUp Genius Playbook.pdf