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Errol Street News

18 April 2018
Issue Five
Fete Round Up & Thanks
Faces of the Harmony Fete
Thrills & Spills
Musicians & Performers
Makers & Creators- Our School Stalls
Fundraising Fun
Side Show Alley
About the Special Edition Harmony Fete Newsletter
Important School Dates
Fete Recounts by Prep Students
From the Art Room
Year 2
Modi Di Dire (ways of saying things)
Things to do
North Melbourne Primary School
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North Melbourne, Victoria, 3051

Photo: Laura, Emily & Jane, Parent Fete Committe Members

Fete Round Up & Thanks

Photo: Laura, Emily & Jane, Parent Fete Committe Members

Words from Emily, Parent Coordinator

WOW! What can I say? 

The Harmony Fete was all that we had hoped for and dreamed of.


We first met in November last year with the aim of organising and running the 2018 NMPS fete. We noted that our first priority was to ensure that the fete was enjoyed by the kids and the community.  We took some risks – proposing a Saturday fete for one – something that hadn’t been done for the previous handful of fetes. 


Our theme was Harmony. Whilst there was disharmony with the weather for the early part of the fete (what luck!!) there was a really beautiful collective vibe – we were all there to enjoy the day as part of our community with our kids, families and friends, eating delicious food and having fun! 


For me, there were a few specific highlights. The first was seeing happy kids. Even when the rides were closed for rain, the kids were having the best time in Side Show Alley doing the ‘Jaffa Smasher’, or getting their face painted, hair sprayed, nailed done, henna’d, or watching some of the amazing acts on the stage. When the rained cleared and the rides did open (and the fairy floss sticks arrived!) the happiness was palpable. 

The oval was full of happy children lining up for a giant slide or another twirl on the tea cups. The Fairy Floss was ever popular, the happy queue moved quickly and one excited seven year old asked “Is fairy floss what fairies use to clean their teeth?”. The African food sold out in two hours. The Errol Grey tea, the tea towels and all the Harry Potter wands sold out too.  The Vegie Tavern was packed. A good time was had by one and all. 

The second highlight was the extreme level of parent/family/community participation. Not only did we end up filling ¾ of all of the signup spots (we had over 400 spots) we had people turning up on Friday, Saturday and Sunday who just jumped in there, and helped wherever they could.  We also received so many donations for the hampers, for the stalls, for the activities and for the auctions. This all happened because of you.

Lastly, and very importantly, was getting to know and work with you all. Whilst I think we can all agree that there were some up’s and down’s, we all came together and did something amazing, and very fulfilling. Thank you for your patience with me - being my first time to do anything like this, I definitely had my L plates on. I really felt that we were a great team. Thanks to each and every one of you for your dedication to this monumental task because without your time, energy and effort we would not have pulled off such a fantastic fete.


The fabulous time we all had was only possible because of the hard work of many people – there are a lot of generous people we wish to thank.

Three Cheers for the Fete Committee

Colossal thanks to the 2018 Fete Committee, many of whom worked for over 6 months to plan, manage and run the fete ! 

Jane (rides & ticketing), Meredith (rides & ticketing), Mike (everything Emily asked you to do!), Katrien (food stalls), Marika (market), Aziza (African food), Annette (committe note taker), Georgette (cakes &

preserves), Laura (plants & secondhand stall), Aiden (Prep Representative), Derek (Stage), Gen (Volunteers, Fete Photos & Facebook Communications), Kate (Year 6 Representative), Karen (Year 1-2 Representative & Sponsorship), Auction & Raffle), Megan (Sponsorship, Auction & Raffle), Lou

(Secondhand stall & honey), Tanja (plant stall), Sarah (Year 1 Representative), Jane (Year 4 Representative), and Payal (Parent Coordinator)

A huge thanks to all of our families for being patient, and picking up the slack at home whilst we had our heads in the fete.

Monies Raised

From the office there is the steady hum of coins being counted, dollars tallied and bills being paid.

We need to wait a tiny bit more to get the final profit figure. Stay tuned to future newsletter  announcements.

Give Us Your Feedback

About the 2018 Harmony Fete

This is our 2018 Fete Survey:

It is only 9 questions and won’t take long!

It is suitable for students, parents, teachers and the general community. 

Please take a moment to give us some feedback about the fete! 

Photo: l-r: Indu, Manisha, Abha, Neelam, Payal & f: Tanzeena

Faces of the Harmony Fete

Photo: l-r: Indu, Manisha, Abha, Neelam, Payal & f: Tanzeena

Thank You Parents 

For ‘doing your bit’ on the stall rosters (many of you went above and beyond!)

For donating generously to class hampers (which contributed to silent auction; the raffle and stall and activity prizes).

For helping in the preparation and set up for your class activity.For helping your children take part in running the activities and stalls.

For being incredibly generous with your time and money.

And despite the crazy weather, staying and enjoying our Fete!!

Thank You Parent Coordinators

Each year level had a parent and a teacher who took responsibility for the management of the stalls.  In the weeks leading up to the fete, and during the day itself and way into the night, they oversaw the activities.  This group managed the stalls and activities which were the backbone of the fete.  Well done to you all for taking on so many extra tasks and stepping into leadership roles.  This group are the quiet backbone, the workhorses and the ‘do-ers’ behind the fete!!

Our big thanks to:

  • Prep leader: Aiden
  • Yr 1 leader: Sarah & specialist teachers
  • Yr 1/2 leaders: Tanja and Karen
  • Yr 2 leaders: Laura and Lou
  • Yr 3 leader: Georgette
  • Yr 4 leaders: Jane
  • Yr 5 leaders: Pam
  • Yr 6 leaders: Kate and Penelope

It's All for the Kids


Our Staff

Thanks teachers for having great team work, terrific inventiveness, supportive attitudes, and for being professional and enthusiastic.


A special thank you to Tyson and Eleanor who put so much into making this fete successful. Shout-out to all those teachers who came on the day – including Sarah, Jane M, Jane L, Nerinda, Melissa, Stefan, Gemma, Josie, Cat, Mike, Tali, Alissia, Anna, Jaimi, Sandra, Sam and all year 6 teachers at the Vegie Tavern.

Our Principals


Principal Sally and Acting Principal Sarah gave up their time, opened doors, prioritised our demands, said ‘YES’, brought expertise, leadership and enthusiasm, empowered us, trusted us, involved staff, gave school resources, let us take over the staff room, got excited and laughed lots, and worked alongside us to enable the event to continue to evolve into a significant and inclusive part of our school calendar. 

Thank You School Office Team

Our staff in the school office including: Sandra, Anne, Sally, Anna-Marie, Sarah, Tyson and many others who had to deal with pre-purchasing, queries,  lost children, invoices, photocopying and many many extra jobs on top of their ‘normal’ work.  Fetes are a big disruption to our school and we acknowledge the extra efforts you all made.

Thank You Maintenance & Cleaning staff
Finance Team

Mustafa, Eric & the cleaning crew. Thanks from us for being such an important part of the fete – often unseen and unacknowledged in their efforts, but we appreciate you. Thank you also to Mustafa's son for bringing your dad along. 

Anne & Leon – who dealt with payments, reimbursements, orders and invoices, as well as stayed till late to count money!

SAKG Staff

Thank you to Jo & Sam – our SAKGP staff produced such a lot of food, produce and plants out of our own garden, kitchen and importantly WITH OUR OWN STUDENTS.  The Plant stall was magnificent with seedlings and succulents grown by the kids, and the amazing Vegie Tavern was prepared, cooked and served by our children.

First Aid - thank you

Thanks to Gussie and Simone for their awesome first aid help. 

Thank You Set Up, Pack Up & Sunday Clean Up Crew 


For Sunday Clean Up, thanks to Renee, Jane, Aiden and Emily. Gen, you organised us all and we couldn’t have done it without you! Thanks for the help.


To the Set-Up & 'Go-To Guy's, a huge thank you to Mike, Ben and Dave for your expertise and 'can-do' attitude was an immeasurable help to the smooth running of the event.


Friday Night Set-Up 

You know who you all are, thank your for your energy at the end of the working week. Huge thanks to you all. Phew, you did the ‘grunt’, took up the messy, tiring jobs, took time off work and turned up when we needed you all.


To Lenders of marquee, trestles & everything else.

Thanks for trusting us with your goods!  Special thanks to Alison at Trinity College, Melbourne City Council, St Mary’s Church, Julie & Karen, and everyone else who lent water bottles, camping supplies, Eskies and everything else!


Publicity, Maps, Rosters & Flyer Design

We have some very talented graphic designers and promoters – and particularly want to thank Beck for producing the most wonderful, creative, attractive and memorable artwork for the fete. Massive thanks to Shareen who did an amazing job on the map again!

Big thanks to the ever present Robyn and her newsletters, webpage and Compass updates. Massive effort by Gen who oversaw the on-line rosters and produced many newsletters.  Well done comms/publicity/design team!!

Thanks to Janee and Andrew for the use of their house for our billboard.


Words by Katrien, Parent Fete Organiser

How good was the food at the fete!?! And so many options!

With HARMONY as our theme, we opened the invitation to our community and presented  a multicultural spread representing our families and the North Melbourne Community.


This year the following local businesses and organisations helped us out and shared profits with the school that went towards our fete income and we thank them. 


WARUNG AGUS provided their delicious Balinese food. This family business has been a constant at NMPS events. Thank you for your hard work at the fete in bringing your beautiful food to our school community once again.


DUKE PIZZA  Thank you guys, your pizza was delicious and the serves so generous! It was such a pleasure to have your smiling faces serving our families all day.


ROTARY NORTH MELBOURNE We love and rely on your lovely volunteers who expertly ran the sausage sizzle and to BAKERS DELIGHT, another regular supporter of NMPS on Errol Street, who generously donated all the bread. Thanks to Jaspal at IGA on Flemington Rd for the ice- without it there would be no ice-cones!


All the other food stalls were organised by members of the school community.



I thought I would also bring something from my Belgian background… Thank you Anne for running this stall. Lots of happy faces here, kids and parents alike!


Healthy & Sometimes Food


Thank you Kate, Penelope, Lina and Meg (who can't keep away from NMPS). It was great to have your touch and some other fabulous choices for food to complement the offerings.



Why was there such a big queue near the teachers room? We don't have to convince you that the fairy floss sold out multiple times, do we? Always a favourite! Lots of happy sticky faces.

Thank you to all the dedicated parents and teachers who kept everyone in fairy floss, popcorn and snow cones (it’s not the easiest job!). Thanks to Meredith and Jane for organising these necessities, as well as Neil who stepped up and was an indispensable asset! Thanks to all parents

The Vegie Tavern 

Huge thank you to our Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program teacher, Sam and the Year 6 kids!

This was a authentic restaurant experience, so professional and delicious.


African Delights

Aziza organised this delicious food and it was a sell out! Thank you for providing such delicious treats for us all.

What is a NMPS Fete without a few drinks



Thank you Casey for your craft beer and cider! You worked hard and generously shared your profits at the end of the day.



A massive thank you to Kate Howell who donated 60 bottles of wine from her family's winery Jeir Creek Wines and from the University of Melbourne School of Agriculture and Food. We topped this up with a bit more from the ever supportive Parkhill Cellars.


BREWCREW provided coffee on the day, keeping us warm in the morning and firing in the afternoon.

Indian Treats

Payal and Manisha, together with their friends and family cooked up a storm in the morning. Everyone was so beautifully and colourfully dressed as they served the crowds with a smile. The Indian food led by Payal was a show stopper – thank you for leading here Payal. We thank and Manisha, Amruta, Indu, Neelam, Abha, Tanzeena and Suneetha for all of their help.

Thank you to all the parent volunteers for making the fete food a success!

A very special thanks to Charlotte and Ori, for helping us comply with food safety regulations, because who knew there were so many rules for selling food? And the lady from council did come and check, for two hours in the pouring rain and she couldn’t fault us.


Delicious Recipes From the Fete

Food, Recipes & Words from Payal, Parent Fete Organiser


Mango lassi ( Yogurt Smoothie Recipe) Recipe by Amruta Joshi

Ingredients -

1 Cup Alphonso Mango pulp ( Available in any Indian grocery shop)

2 teaspoon sugar

1/2 cup cold water or milk

1 cup yogurt

Method -

- Blend Mango pulp,sugar,yogurt, water or milk into a blender for 1 minute and serve Chilled


Pav Bhaji Recipe by Manisha Agarwal 

Preparation time:-15 mins

Cooking time:- 30 mins

Total time:-45 mins

Makes 5 servings


 For the Pav,

        10 Soft roll buns

          5 tbsp Butter


For the Bhaji,

  1 cup chopped cauliflower

   1/2 cup green peas

   1/2 cup chopped carrots

  1/2 cup chopped beans

  1/2 cup chopped cabbage

  2 tbsp butter

 2 tbsp oil for cooking

  1 cup finely chopped onions

 1/2 cup finely chopped capsicum

 2 tbsp ginger-garlic paste

 1 cup tomato purée

  1 tsp red chilli powder

  1 n 1/2 tbsp pav Bhaji masala

  1/4 tsp turmeric powder

  1/4 tsp garam masala powder

 1 n 1/2 cup boiled and mashed potatoes

 Salt to taste

  2 tsp lemon juice

 1/4 cup finely chopped coriander


For serving:-

      1/2 cup finely chopped onions

       5 lemon wedges


 For the Bhaji:-

   1) Combine the cauliflower,green peas,carrots, cabbage,beans and add 2 cups water in a pressure cooker. Pressure cook for 3 whistles

  2) Allow the steam to escape before opening the lid. Mash it and keep aside.

   3) Heat the oil in a deep non- stick pan. Add capsicum and the onions and sauté on a medium flame for 2 minutes.

 4) Add ginger-garlic paste, tomato purée, red chilli powder, turmeric powder and 1/2 cup water. Mix well and cook on a medium flame for 3 minutes while stirring occasionally.

  5) Add the mashed potatoes, cauliflower mixture along with the water. Mix well.

 6) Add salt,garam masala and pav Bhaji masala. Mix well. Cook it for 4 minutes while stirring occasionally.

 7) Add lemon juice, coriander and butter. Mix well. Keep aside.


For the pavs:-

 1) Slit 2 soft roll buns vertically and keep aside.

 2) Heat a non- stick pan, add 1 tbsp butter and slit open the buns and place on it.

 3) Cook on a medium flame till they turn light brown and crisp on both sides.

 4) Serve the Bhaji hot with buns, onions and lemon wedges..

Thrills & Spills

Atomic Drop Slide


Thanks to Meredith and Jane, what an amazing choice of rides. Your pre-fete dry-off of the rides was much appreciated


Thanks also to Jane, Janet, Sana, Jean, Sarah, Karen and Sean for helping on the ticketing.



Turbo Tubs & Wipe Out





Musicians & Performers


Stage Team - thank you


We had such an awesome line up on a jam-packed stage. Thanks to Derek who did a wonderful job on this – there were so many highlights. Thanks to Clara who did an amazing job at all those technical musical things. Our wonderful music teacher Jane provided us with amazing performers from the school and help on the day- thanks!


Also thanks to all the performers: Glee Plus, The Flukes, African Drumming and Singing, Bollywood Dancing, the Burnt Sausages, and all the kids that were involved!


Thanks to Beverley Pinder and Adam Bandt



Makers & Creators- Our School Stalls

Face painting & Henna - Thank You

Sarah did an amazing job overseeing this! Thanks to all the parents to helped – especially Carmel, Abha, Sonam, Neha, Jintana, Jessica, Jo, Leticia, Cristina, Kristie, Victoria, Christina, Ann-Marie, Haya, Karen, Qiao, Amy, Joanne, Nicole, Sarika, Ankita, Sharon, Amanda, and Colleen.  Huge thanks to Ryan! Thanks to Susan at Sparkles Face painting.


Huge thanks to the specialist teachers for their donations, help and enthusiasm!

Crazy Hair, Nail Painting, Face Painting & Henna Tattoos

Words by Sarah Staggard – Year 1 Parent Leader

What a crazy and fun filled day!

An enormous thank-you to the Year 1 team of parent volunteers, teachers and students. On the day we created beautiful Henna Tattoos, crazy coloured hair styles, sparkly nails and some wonderful face painting.

It was action packed with up to four Henna artists working at once on designs during our peak period. This was certainly the most popular of our activities and the team worked tirelessly for hours, creating over 130 designs!

Suzi and our parent face painters transformed about 100 of our students, an amazing job and a lot of smiling faces.

Sparkly nails and crazy hair styles completed the Year 1 stall with many students opting for all four activities. That’s A LOT of colour and movement!!

Despite the inclement weather the day was constantly busy and everybody kept smiling and did their best to ensure all the kids had a great time. A big thanks also to the kids for their co-operation and patience, 15 minutes to keep your fresh Henna Tattoo dry when it’s pouring with rain can be tricky! Thankfully the marquees and the walkway protected us all from the rain…

I can’t say thank you enough to each and every one of our volunteers for their help. Your support, effort and generosity resulted in a very successful day with many happy students and families!


Beautiful - Henna

Thank you Payal for organising this stall. 



Craft Stalls

Thanks to Beck and Sarah (and Ryan) who channelled creative energies into superb hand made craft.

Our tea-towel was wonderful – thank you Sylvia!

Thanks to Leonie and all the super sewers for the fantastic bags, skirts and other items. I’m sure I’ve seen so many already around the community.


Preserves & Cakes

Thanks to Georgette (and family) who donated fruit and jars for jam making, as well as Liah, Penelope, Jane and Gen who cooked, labelled and delivered wonderful jars of jams, conserves and salts.  Well done – we are loving your produce!

Plant Stall

What a wonderful stall it was! Thanks to Karen, Tanja and Laura for all of their work. Special thanks to all those who propagated plants – especially Alice, and supplied jars.

Beautiful posies were from Sandra – they were a hit.

Tea Stall

Sell out wands (thanks Gen), beautiful tea blends – thanks Elissa and Emily for hosting, Sharon, Sarah, Annette, Aziza, Marika for blending. Huge thanks to Marika and family who donated the tea, as well as Aziza who supplied us with an authentic east African blend.


Secondhand Stall 

You wonderful people made this huge stall happen. Tremendous thanks to Laura and Lou for your leadership and Liah, Sanna, Maria, Lisa, Alice, Nick, Michelle, Emma, Clare, Andrea, Minja, Kate, Helen, Leonie, Pam, Julia, Jean, Jane, Kate, Rachel, Marina, Kayo, and Cynthia.  

Also, Amanda and Sharon who collected a lot of leftover second hand goods to take to St. Mary's Kindergarten. 

Our Community Market Stalls

Despite the weather requiring a relocation,  the market was a great success inside the old building. A huge amount of work went in to organising this – thanks to Marika. We thank each stall for supporting the school – Kelly from Spieledelux, Lucia from Stranger Than Paradise,  Cheryl from Speech Ease and Angela Livingstone, Good Street and Katrina.

Photo: The Cusack Family Megan & Ryder selling raffle tickets at the amazing Auction

Fundraising Fun

Photo: The Cusack Family Megan & Ryder selling raffle tickets at the amazing Auction


Thanks to Megan Cusack for these words.

The live and silent auctions and raffle brought much entertainment and excitement to the day of the fete, and the final results clearly reflect this. We raised from these activities a massive, $14,779, including a contribution by our major sponsor, Jellis Craig. This is a truly wonderful result, and we thank all of you who entered into the spirit of the day and participated in these activities.

Trevor Grange from Jellis Craig stirring up the auction audience


Special thanks to the Hickory Building, Alexandre Santos, Enhance Photography, Melbourne Rebels, Paula Mills, Nightingale Bros Alpine Cider, Royal Park Medical Centre, Fixation Brewing Company and North Melbourne Football Club who contributed items for the live auction and to the other businesses who donated items for the silent auction. Without their amazing donations we would not have been able to raise the amount of money we did. Lucas, Trevor and Gordon from Jellis Craig also need to be mentioned for bringing life and colour to the live auction, thank you.

We'd also like to acknowledge the contribution of all the families who donated items to the year level hampers. We were overwhelmed by your generosity. And to Karen, Megan, Cooper, Archer and Ryder who packaged the hampers on Friday night prior to the auction - thank you.


Finally a huge thank you all of you for participating enthusiastically in these activities and will look forward to your ongoing support at future events.

Sponsors & contributers

  • Jellis Craig
  • Hickory
  • Alexandre Santos Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
  • Enhance Photography
  • Melbourne Rebels and City of Melbourne
  • Paula Mills
  • Royal Park Medical Centre
  • Nightingale Bros Alpine Cider,
  • Fixation Brewing Company
  • Melbourne Melbourne Football Clube
  • Radical Yes
  • Embiggen Books
  • Tilnak photographers
  • Giaconda Vineyard
  • Sanna Heinola (Arbonne)
  • Small Batch
  • Hot Poppy, Joe Taylor and Oskars
  • Bowens
  • Zoos Victoria
  • Mork Chocolate
  • North Melbourne Recreation Centre
  • Sassind
  • The North Melbourne Hotel
  • Bike Force Docklands
  • Ellen Sandell, State MP for Melbourne
  • Errol Street Spinal and Sports Physiotherapy
  • VinoJapan
  • TownHall Hotel
  • Elite Swimming
  • Aesop
  • Estuary Yoga Space
  • Northside Cycles
  • The Courthouse
  • Lulu café and gallery
  • All the Kings Men
  • Kenny and the Sunshine Girls
  • Dance Precinct
  • Beatrix
  • Mecure Hotel, North Melbourne
  • O’Brien Group Arena
  • EVS – European Vehicle Servicing
  • Girl Geek
  • Electable
  • Bobbie Peels
  • City North Physiotherapy
  • ParkHill Cellars
  • Stuart & Hunt Charter Accountants
  • North Melbourne Books
  • Comics Lounge
  • Livingston Family
  • North Melbourne Family Medical Centre

Photo: Jaffa Basher

Side Show Alley

Photo: Jaffa Basher

Thanks to Brent for his words

Sideshow alley was a big hit at the 2018 Harmony Fete. The inclement conditions may have assisted in the sideshow's success as the five marquees offered huddle space for plenty of bodies, but once the captive audience experienced the thrills of what the sideshow had to offer, we had a steady buzzing stream of customers from start to finish. In total we had five attractions: The 'very' lucky dip containing a generous array of prizes; the Jaffa Smasher attracted a line of wannabe Thors wielding the giant hammer in a bid to obliterate those elusive Jaffas; Pong tested the skills and accuracy of many in the deceptively difficult task of bouncing a ping pong ball into a cup, whilst next to it some serious throwing arms gave the angry birds something to be angry about (this exhibit will need to be re-built for the next fete). Finally an oldie but a goodie that drew in all ages - pin the tail on the donkey. It was a treat watching teenagers being spun around and placing the tail on the donkey's head. Most importantly the atmosphere of sideshow alley was a constant carnival vibe of excitement, noise, and winners thanks to the enormous efforts of the volunteer army of closet 'Carnis'. 




About the Special Edition Harmony Fete Newsletter

A few words from Robyn Phelan, Communication Coordinator

I hope you have enjoyed the newsletter so far. It is a bumper issue which records the amazing experience that was the 2018 Harmony Fete. The breadth of fabulous images, telling of stories, extending of thanks and acknowledgement of hard work in this issue would not have been possible without the input of our active parents and carers and staff. 

Emily Woods and I have been directly dial for most of this year. She has been the calm conduit of information from the sensational Fete Parents Committee to me. This clear, well designed information is  what you received via Compass and the Errol Street News. 

Gen Kelly's ability to predict and coordinate what information I would be needing and how best to distribute it was immensely helpful. Gen and Matthew Harris were our 'official fete photographers' for this year and they certainly captured the atmosphere of the day. 

Thank you to you all. 

Tips of uncovering more images

Hover your cursor over each page and images will scoll through. Each image footprint has up to five images each. Or, click on each image for a closer look. 

Important School Dates



Wednesday 25 April ANZAC DAY 

Public Holiday - no school today


Friday 27 April 

Whole School ANZAC Day Assembly 3pm


Wednesday 2 May

Errol Street News Out Today


Tuesday 15 - Thursday 17 May 

NAPLAN for Years 3 & 5


Tuesday 26 - Wednesday 27 June 

3-Way Conferences 


Friday 29 June

End of term 2

Students dismissed at 1.30pm

Fete Recounts by Prep Students





Images from Prep Teacher Eleanor

Photo: Our 3 / 4 students have created jungle scene prints with acrylic & paper, inspired by the jungle artworks created by Henri Rousseau

From the Art Room

Photo: Our 3 / 4 students have created jungle scene prints with acrylic & paper, inspired by the jungle artworks created by Henri Rousseau

Images from Art Teacher Mel



Photo: Stick Insects Our For Walk

Year 2

Photo: Stick Insects Our For Walk

The Year 2's have been busy taking care of stick insects!

We now have 8 stick insects and Shimmy (our oldest insect) has been laying eggs!


In our Food and Fibre unit, we learned that plants can be used for shelter, and we made waterproof and windproof shelters for our stick insects!


Sasha took care of the stick insects over the holidays and an egg hatched. We hope more of our eggs will hatch soon!  

Modi Di Dire (ways of saying things)


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Non vedo l’ora!

Literally: I don’t see the hour!

Meaning: I am excited! I can’t wait to do something!

English equivalent: I can’t wait!


Avere il prosciutto sugli occhi

Literally: To have your eyes wrapped in ham.

Meaning: To miss the obvious; to be too blind to see the obvious.

English equivalent: Looking through rose-tinted glasses means to see only the good things, not bad. Pulling the wool over their eyes is also possible, but used more for when someone is being misled


Cascarci come una pera (cotta).

Literally: To fall for something or someone like a (baked) pear.

Meaning: When somebody has fallen for something.

English equivalent: To fall for it. To fall head over heels.


Dare carta bianca

Literally: To give a white card.

Meaning: To allow someone to do as they choose.

English equivalent: To give free reign.


Buono come il pane

Literal meaning: Tasty like bread.

English idiom: As good as gold.


In bocca al lupo!

Literally: In the mouth of the wolf!

Meaning: Good luck! The appropriate response would be, “Crepi!” (May the wolf die).

English equivalent: Break a leg!


​Ma piantala!

Literally: But plant it!

Meaning: Ask someone to stop doing something or that you don’t believe something.

English equivalent: Cut it out! Come off it! Come on! Give me a break!


Important Information regarding Changes to Child Care Benefits

As of July 2nd 2018, the Government is changing to the ‘New Child Care Package’. The ‘Child Care Subsidy’ will replace the current Child Care Benefit (CCB) and Childcare Rebate (CCR). Please note that transitioning to the ‘New Child Care Package’ is not an automatic rollover.


In April 2018 all families currently receiving of Child Care Benefit and/or Child Care Rebate will receive a Centrelink letter about transitioning to the Child Care Subsidy. You should follow the instructions in your letter and go online to complete your Child Care Subsidy assessment or claim for Child Care Subsidy as soon as possible.

The Department of Education and Training is hosting three family information webcasts to help you understand what you need to do to transition to the Child Care Subsidy. You will be able to ask questions through the live chat functionality.
The sessions will be held at the following times:

  • Thursday 19 April 2018 - 7.00pm - 8.30pm AEST
  • Thursday 3 May 2018 - 2.30pm - 4.00pm AEST
  • Tuesday 15 May 2018 - 8.00pm - 9.30pm AEST

Please register your interest if you would like to participate.

If you currently receive:

Child Care Benefit or Child Care Rebate as a fee reduction, you will need to complete an online Child Care Subsidy assessment by providing your 2018-19 family income estimate, your activity details, child school status and confirming your child’s enrolment. These details can be provided through your Centrelink online account via or through the Express Plus Centrelink mobile app. Child Care Benefit as a lump sum - You will need to complete a full Child Care Subsidy claim online. If eligible and entitled, your Child Care Subsidy will commence on 2 July 2018 and will be paid directly to your approved child care provider/s to reduce your child care fees. You should complete your claim for Child Care Subsidy online as soon as possible, as from 2 July 2018, new claims can only be backdated up to 28 days. You will need to go to and use your Centrelink online account to claim. If you do not already have a myGov account, you can create one at and link it to your Centrelink online account.


Sharon Goodwin


Biz - E - Kidz

Errol Street North Melbourne Primary OSHC

210 Errol Street,

North Melbourne

VIC 3051

ph (03)9329 5529

Mob 0400 838 448

[email protected]

[email protected]


Sharon’s office hours are Monday – Wednesday, 10am – 1pm. (except on school holidays) If your email is urgent or regarding a booking or cancellation for the same day, please call 9329 5529 to speak to a staff member or leave a message. Thank you.

Things to do

Post-Fete Pizza Offer at Duke!

Duke Pizza would like to offer the families at North Melbourne Primary School a special offer.
Order In Store or Online at and use promo code NMPSDUKE
Valid Until 20/05/18


660 Elizabeth Street near Haymarket roundabout.

Did You Love the Indian Henna Tattoos & Food at the Fete?

Sonam is running the home business of Henna tattoos. Contact: Sonam 0470305604

Manisha runs the home business called Om Sai Sweets. SMS or WhatsApp 0426641147




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