Hello BRPS community,
Black Rock PS continues to be a hive of activity as we progress well into Term 2.
Hello BRPS community,
Black Rock PS continues to be a hive of activity as we progress well into Term 2.
Celebrating the Arts – May 20th to May 26th
Black Rock PS will be participating in Education Week with a number of activities planned to celebrate our strong commitment to the Arts curriculum across the school. A detailed program will be sent to families in a separate mail out via COMPASS, including opportunities for parents to visit classrooms and join in with class and whole-school activities.
Sister School Visit: Mon 23 Jul - Sun 29 Jul
We are very excited to announce that we will be hosting our second visit from our Chinese Sister School, Juqianjie PS, in July this year. The visiting group will include 13 students, two teachers and one Principal.
We are looking for families who may be interested in hosting a pair/group of three students in their homes for the duration of the visit. The group will be arriving at school on Monday 23 July at approximately 3:30pm, and will be picked up at school on Sunday 29 July at approximately 10:00am. Financial support of $250 per student will be provided to host families. Hosting students is a wonderful opportunity for Black Rock families to develop a sense of global citizenship, expand intercultural experiences and competencies, as well as deepen their understanding of the world and their place in it.
If your family is interested in hosting students from our Sister School in July, please register your name with the office and we will contact you with further information.
Unfortunately the BRPS China Study Tour will not take place this year. The school will take the opportunity this year to review and reevaluate the model for student study tours in future years.
It is important that we maintain a strong relationship with our Sister School as a significant program that supports the development of a sense of global citizenship in our students. In addition to hosting a visit from our Sister School this year, we will also be aiming to strengthen digital communication between teachers and students from BRPS and Juqianjie PS to enrich intercultural learning experience for more students on a consistent basis.
Monday 14th May, 7pm - Staffroom
Please be reminded that our next School Council meeting will be our AGM where the 2017 Annual Report to the school community will be presented. Held on Monday 14th May the meeting is open to all and will also serve as an opportunity to gather feedback from community members that will contribute to the future and ongoing direction of the school and what we want for our students. The Annual Report will be publicly available on our website the day after the meeting.
A number of parents have inquired about the progress of our oval upgrade plans. Currently, Bayside City Council is investigating ways to access more sportsground space to meet the growing demand of junior, and particularly female, participation in sport. As part of this investigation Council is working with Black Rock Primary School to identify the benefits of partnering together to improve the current oval at the School and provide greater levels of community access. I will continue to keep the school community informed as planning and talks progress.
Online safety and and good digital citizenship is an ongoing focus for schools, BRPS is no exception. BRPS staff last night participated in a professional learning session with Susan McLean, Australia’s foremost expert in the area of cyber safety and young people and was a member of Victoria Police for 27 years. It was a compelling presentation that updated staff on current issues concerning young people and their families. I'd also like to the thank the parents who attended the 'ThinkUKnow' cybersafety presentation last week. A strong home-school partnership and common understanding is essential in helping our students navigate the online landscape that is a complex part of their developmental reality. We will be exploring the possibility of working with Susan in our future endeavours to support students in this space. In the meantime, please visit the cybersafety page on this newsletter for direct links to information and resources for parents.
National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) assessments will be conducted in Week 5 (15th, 16th and 17th of May).
NAPLAN is the measure through which governments, education authorities, schools, teachers and parents can determine whether or not young Australians are meeting important educational outcomes in literacy and numeracy. The tests provide parents and schools with an understanding of how individual students are performing at the time of the tests. They also provide schools, states and territories with information about how education programs are working and what areas need to be improved. NAPLAN tests are one aspect of a school’s assessment and reporting process; they do not replace the extensive ongoing assessments made by teachers about each student’s performance.
All parents of children in Year 3 or Year 5 will receive an information booklet and timetable schedule soon. If you have any queries or concerns about your child’s participation in the NAPLAN please contact their teacher or Mrs Timms in the office.
We have now held two of our three 2019 Foundation open morning for prospective families this term. Attendance was strong with almost 80 families touring the school, meeting the Leadership team and observing classes in action. Please share the remaining dates with anyone who is currently seeking a school in which to enrol their child/ren next year:
Final Open Morning
Wednesday May 23rd, 10:00am – 11:00am
If you currently have children at school who have forged the way for the next eager generation to follow in their footsteps, we invite you to enrol younger siblings for the 2019 school year any time from now. Early enrolments allow us to plan effectively for the coming school year. Please pick up enrolment forms from the school office.
Best of luck to all of our District Cross Country competitors who will be representing Black Rock at Dendy Park on Monday 21st May.
Evacuation Drill - Offsite
As part of our school safety management procedures we completed a whole-school 'offsite' evacuation drill on Tuesday 1st May. These drills are important to review our emergency management procedures on an ongoing basis and to ensure the safety of everyone at school in the event of a genuine emergency situation occurring.
I'm pleased to report that all students, teachers, visitors and support staff followed evacuation procedures in a calm and organised manner. We safely moved and accounted for 600 students and approximately 70 adults to the designated offsite assembly areas in under 10 minutes.
Have a great fortnight everyone!
Thursday 1st February - Thursday 29 March
Monday 16 April - Friday 29 June
Monday 16 July - Friday 21 September
Monday 8 October - Friday 21 December
Year 6 Canberra
Year 5 Phillip Island
Year 4 Cave Hill Creek Sovereign Hill
Year 3 Briars
April 19th & 20th
Year 2 Sleepover
Monday November 5th (Melbourne Cup Monday)
Student Free Day
Monday 21st, Tuesday 22nd & Wednesday 23rd May
14th School Council AGM
16th Cookbook and fete meeting 7pm staffroom
15th, 16th, 17th Year 3 & 5 NAPLAN
21st, 22nd, 23rd Book Fair
23rd 2019 Foundation Open Morning 10am
24th Year 2 History Box Incursion
24th Year 5 Hands On Science Incursion
25th Casual Clothes Day Gold Coin Donation
30th Foundation Market Fresh Incursion
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7th Foundation Myuna Farm Excursion
12th-15th Year 5 Camp Phillip Island
15th Year 3 Mad About Science Plants in Action Incursion
19th District Girls Football Competition
20th Year 2A & 2F Ripponlea Excursion
20th Foundation Healthy Food Restaurant
21st Year 1 Museum & IMAX Excursion
21st Foundation Healthy Food Restaurant
22nd Year 3 Edendale Farm Excursion
22nd Year 2T & 2Y Ripponlea Excursion
29th Casual Clothes Day Gold Coin Donation
29th Final Day of Term 2 (2.30pm Dismissal)
16th School Resumes - Term 3
18th Foundation 2019 Transition Fairytale Day 9.30am
18th - 20th Year 4 Camp Cave Hill Creek
27th Casual Clothes Day Gold Coin Donation
14th - 24th Life Education Van Whole School
16th Foundation 2019 Transition Shape Day 2.15pm
22nd House Athletics Carnival @ Duncan McKinnon Aths Track
30th Foundation 2019 Transition Sport Afternoon 2.15pm
31st Casual Clothes Day Gold Coin Donation
11th District Athletics Carnival
21st Final Day of Term (2.30pm Dismissal)
8th School Resumes - Term 4
26th Casual Clothes Day Gold Coin Donation
28th-30th Book Fair
5th Student Free Day
6th Melbourne Cup Day Holiday
14th Foundation Orientation Meet the Teacher Day 9.30am - 11.45am
29th Foundation Orientation Meet the Teacher Day 9.30am- 11.45 am
30th Casual Clothes Day Gold Coin Donation
In Week one, Year 3 attended Briars Camp in Mount Martha. It was the student's first overnight camp and the children were extremely excited. The students participated in five fun-filled and challenging events over the two days. The staff at the Briars were very impressed by Black Rock P.S. students and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Some of the students said:
“We just loved the Giant Swing!”
“The food was really yummy.”
“Sleeping in the cabins was awesome.”
“I loved being with my friends doing exciting things!”
Thank you to all of the Parents who helped out with the Mothers day Stall.
Jacqui, Audrey and the Grade 4 Parents did an amazing job buying sorting and selling the gifts. The Mothers Day stall will be open Friday morning 8.45 - 9.30am.
Happy Mother's Day to all Mums.
Please be aware that we have had a few recent cases of headlice at the school. I urge you to regularly check your child’s hair and if noticed please treat accordingly prior to sending your child back to school.
It is IMPORTANT to treat and retreat you child's hair every 7 days as this is the life cycle of the louse. When checking hair, wet the hair with conditioner and use a very fine comb. Don't just assume you will see them, try the conditioner method to check your child's hair. Make sure you check and treat all members of the family.
The only way to reduce the impact of headlice across the school is for all parents to be vigilant in checking and appropriately treating each case. Thanks for your support to manage this issue in our school.
Planning has begun for the 2018 BRPS Fete on October 13th. A planning meeting will be held next Wednesday night the 16th May in the staffroom at 7.30. Everyone is welcome. Many hands make light work so we would love any assistance from our school community.
We are developing our own BRPS Family Favorite cookbook. Each family will be asked to contribute their Family's Favorite recipe for the cookbook. We are asking for volunteer cooks, editors and marketing gurus to help make our cookbook a great success, ready for sale at the FETE.
We are having a planning meeting 7pm Wednesday 16th May in the staffroom (Before the Fete meeting) We would love your help.
Black Rock Primary School will be celebrating Education Week from May 21st to May 25th. The theme this year is 'Celebrating the Arts'. There will be a special Monday morning assembly and Friday afternoon assembly that will involve the whole school. Various activities will take place during the week to showcase and highlight the performing arts including music, dance and drama and a focus on visual arts as well. Special lunchtime activities will be held for our students to participate in and all students will be involved in cross-age activities relating to the 'Arts'. An opportunity for parents to visit the school will also take place. More information will follow on Compass early next week.
The Book Fair is on 21st - 23rd May. The proceeds from the book fair help buy new books for our library.
We also require some assistance from parents. If you can help out from 8.30 - 9am or 3.30 - 4pm on Tues 22nd or Wed 23rd May please contact Jayne Timms or the office.
Fees are now due and payable. Please log onto Compass and select your preferred payment option.
WORKING WITH CHILDREN CHECK
Anyone wishing to volunteer at BRPS 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/
The money that your child donates for wearing casual clothes on the last Friday of the month is donated to the East West Foundation. Our money helps fund a teacher in India. This is a worthwhile cause to help those not as fortunate as ourselves. Last year we raised $2790.35
UNIFORM SHOP 2018
If you are unable to attend the uniform shop at this time you can place an order through the office and it will be filled and sent home with your child on the following Thursday.
Please be careful when ordering uniform as we can only exchange items.
Unfortunately we cannot give refunds.
Judy Agnew, Adriana Griffiths & Karen Coates
9.00am - 11.00am
11.30am - 1.00pm
2.00pm - 3.30pm
11.00am - 11.30am (Recess)
1.00pm - 2.00pm (Lunch)
We are raising funds for our School and you can help. Order the NEW 2018/2019 Entertainment Book or Entertainment Digital Membership and you will receive hundreds of valuable offers for everything you love to do and you will also be supporting our School. PLUS order now to receive over $100 of bonus Early Bird Offers.
On Thursday the 26th of April the Year Six Wellbeing Committee went to the Peterson Youth Centre to learn about what facilities Bayside council are providing for young people in the local area.
Inside they have a pool table, 2 table tennis tables, Wii a Wii U, lots of board games, sport equipment, free WIFI, food, computers and a TV. Outside the facility there are a couple of footy and cricket fields. The youth centre also has special nights such as a spray painting club were they do street art (not graffiti) and they also do movie nights. The youth centre is open as a hangout space from 3pm to 5pm Thursdays and is open to anyone between 10 and 25. So they can hang out and talk and if they need to can express their feelings and emotions.
The Wellbeing committee learned about bullying, mental health and gender equality. They also did fun activities such as a cup teamwork challenge where we had to stand up multiple cups in a pyramid formation. We also did a group activity where we linked all of our arms together and had to communicate to untangle again, and had some time to wander around and use the great facilities. Many of the us played pool and table tennis, while some chose to do art and crafts.
All in all we had an incredible time and would definitely recommend it to anyone up for something different or to meet new friends.
By the Year Six Wellbeing Committee
Thank you to all of the parents that attended our cybersafety presentation last Wednesday night, we value the ongoing support from the parent community in tackling the issues that our students face when using technology.
We will endeavour to provide more informative sessions for our students and parents throughout the year.
Young people might use the internet to search for answers, browse content, download or share files.
While searching online, young people might not be aware of the terms and conditions they’ve agreed to when signing up for sites or apps.
They might see content that is not age appropriate or be exposed to new concepts.
This section looks more closely at what young people SEE online.
Check out another great resource on the iParent section of the Office of the eSafety Commissioner's page.
This is an interactive tour that aims to provide parents with more information on what their children are using online, we suggest you give it a go!
What a week of Sport!
Last week, the Black Rock students from Years 5 and 6 represented our school in the first round of Winter Interschool Sport. As we have come to expect, the Black Rock students competed hard and continued to impress with their sportsmanship.
The A.F.L, Soccer and Handball teams are featured in this weeks newsletter.
The 5 passes have been made, Xavier has the ball. He’s sprinting full pace down the pitch... he’s coming up to the goal. He’s going for the shot but out of nowhere Beaumaris fouls Xavier. He is
half a metre from the semi circle. There was only one thing in his way. A defender. The defender is
trying to throw him off, waving his arms around everywhere. Then Xavier slowly rolls it threw his
legs. Yay! It’s a goal.
Unfortunately the boys lost 7 to 17, however they played like it was a close game
The Girls were smashing 9-0 then Beaumaris mounted a come back to make it 9-9. In the last minute the girls had 4 passes, Georgia passes to Zali, that’s 5 passes, Zali runs up to the line and throws it straight into the net. Black Rock Win!
By Xavier, Alex and Zakk
Wow! Friday was a terrific win against Beaumaris as the boys won 9-0 and the girls 4-0.
The best play all day for the girls was when Tilly kicked a bullet shot towards the goal which reflected off the goal keepers gloves and went straight to Alice who booted it into the goal!!!
Also another great play, but for the boys this time, was when Xavier J was sprinting down the line and then suddenly he passed it to Jakob who was on the corner post and then got past one defender then another then cut inside and scored!!!
So overall a pretty solid day for the soccer team and we hope to every parent, teacher or student a magnificent week!!!
Sincerely, Jakob and Hunter.
The adrenaline was rushing through everyone, then suddenly... the whistle blew and the ball was bounced up high, but not as high as Zac, and he punched the ball straight to Will L. who booted it down to the forward line. Unfortunately it bounced straight to the Beaumaris backman and set up a good shot on goal. At halftime we were down but we were up for a fight! We had a strong third quarter, we were down but we still had a chance. Fourth quarter we were still fighting but we couldn’t hold on, we lost 37- 19 against Beaumaris. We kept our heads held high so that we were ready for our next game against Beaumaris North, stronger than ever!
By Ari, Charlie, and Hamish.
On Tuesday the 24th of April the students from years 4, 5 and 6 competed at the annual “Black Rock House Cross Country Competition”. It was a tremendous day, with ideal conditions and competition to match!
With some great racing and cheering by the students, in the end RED house took home the championship with a valiant effort. It was a great day that demonstrated true grit, determination and tested the resilience of the students and their physical fitness. We would like to give big congratulations to all the students who competed on the day and we are very proud of their efforts. Also, we would like to thank all the parent helpers for their support, without your help the day would not have been such a success!
The top performers from the day now go on to compete at the “Seaside District Cross Country Championships” at Dendy Park on Monday the 21st of May. Stay tuned for some more BRPS success!
What is the Writing Process?
Writing is a complex combination of skills which is best taught by breaking down the process. The writing process involves a series of steps to follow in producing a finished piece of writing. Educators have found that by focusing on the process of writing, almost everyone learns to write successfully. By breaking down writing step-by-step, the mystery is removed and writer’s block is reduced. Most importantly, students discover the benefits of constructive feedback on their writing, and they progressively master, and even enjoy, writing.
Although they will often overlap, and sometimes students will move back and forth between them, the writing process can generally be broken down stages. When a student learns to internalize the 5 steps of the writing process, he or she will likely produce a logical and well-written composition.
Stages of the Writing Process
During the writing process, teachers are roving around the classroom assisting individual students and the conducting student conferences or a small group guided writing session.
In Year Six we have been reviewing the use of persuasive techniques and expressing opinions, and last week students planned and wrote an exposition piece in their Big Write session. Here are three of them.
Say you are busy. Crazy busy. You’re working nonstop. 10 cup’s of coffee a day, and no lunch. You’re always the first one in the office, and the last one to leave the office. You’re personal recycling bin is overflowing like madness with tons of paper work left over from last night. You’re desktop computer is out of space. Maybe. Just maybe. Australia can do something about this.
That’s when the trial of a four day working week comes in, personally, I think families are closer together, EVERYONE wants to work less, apart from the pathetic 16 per cent that want to work more hours. This idea is very popular, WHO doesn’t want to work less hours in a week?
More family time, and time with others. Most parents work full time and only see each other before bed. Family time is extremely important, and I believe that more family time is needed.
Secondly, a more focused mind set. A focused mind set is very important. Having lots of work to do in a short amount of time gets stressful, so taking one day off during the five day work week can’t hurt, that’s why I am pushing you to agree on a four day working week.
Thirdly, more time to think ahead. More time to think ahead can be firmly important, having time to think of maybe what you are going to say or do.
In conclusion, let those three points make you choose that a four day working week is key for all of us hard workers. Therefore make use of the four day working week trial!
Black Rock should be a Nude Food School Everyday
Imagine this, you’re walking along the superb beach one crisp summer’s morning. The bright sun is glowing, in addition the warm sand is tickling your toes. Then suddenly, out of the corner of your eye you see... that gruesome, appalling and revolting thing known as rubbish. Don’t you think rubbish is horrible? Well I certainly think so. But what if I told you I have a simple solution to reduce the amount of rubbish. It’s pretty simple really. Black Rock Primary School should be a nude food school every day.
Did you know that 85% of food packaging ends up as landfill? Sadly it’s true. But don’t worry as a school we can help reduce that number dramatically. And by doing so we won’t only be helping the environment but also the school. Now you might be thinking, but how will it help the school. Well it’s basic math’s, a clean school equals an attractive school which will make more people want to come to Black Rock.
Another reason I strongly believe Black Rock should be a nude food school every day is because it will mean our school won’t require the garbage truck to come as frequently, since the bins won’t get as full. So if we don’t need the garbage truck to come as often it means the school will save useful money that could go towards redoing the oval.
Finally being a nude food school can also help families save money. Because it has been proven that you can save over $400 a year by simply packing a wrapper free lunch box for your child every day.
Now if you still don’t think we should be a nude food school, well then imagine you are a turtle and you accidentally swallowed some glade wrap left behind by a careless person. Which left you lifeless on the ocean floor.
Therefore Black Rock should most certainly be a nude food school every day since it will help the environment, it will help the school save money and it will also help families save money. So it is a win, win for everybody.
Homework should be banned!
Really, who likes homework? What's the point of homework? If you know where i'm coming from you know that homework is not fun. So I strongly believe that homework should be banned.
Firstly, we already go to school for 6 and a half hours. So why should we do more school work? The only thing we do is homework when all we want to do is play like normal kids, and be with our family which brings me to my next point.
Secondly we need to spend time with our family, we need to talk with them about our day, have fun with them and just spend quality time with them.
For my last reason we have activities to do our self, like go to sport training or going somewhere that makes us happy. Kids need to play , we need to let it all out. We don't want to be sitting down doing boring homework . It will make us restless..
We also need to socialize, and need to play with our friends and talk to them and talk with our family and have fun.
So I hope you agree with me about homework should be banned, thank you for readying my speech.
It has been great to see and hear all the fun and engaging math activities that the different classes have been learning about so far in Term Two.
Checking in around the school, here is what a few classes have been learning about:
The Year Four's have been studying skip counting and multiplication. To re-introduce skip counting, we made patterns from unifix to assist us in recognising that skip counting also follows a pattern.
"We had to create different patterns using unifix" - Clare, 4R
"Make a pattern and get into a group with others who had made the same sort of pattern but most of us made different ones". - Harvey Q, 4R
The students in 4R had a go at a task called Magic Triangle. The below pictures show some of their working out. I wonder whether you can find the answer too? The tasks are written below.
This is an activity that will help to enhance logical thinking as well as critical thinking skills. Children will also get practice with their mental math since they will find sums of three or more numbers.
Fill each side of the triangle with numbers that add to the Magic Sum.
The Magic Sum for the triangle below is 9. Place numbers between 1 and 6 in the circles on the triangle so that each side adds up to a total of nine. How many solutions can you find?
On the below triangle, write the numbers 1 to 9 on each of the dots. Each side of the triangle has to equal the same amount. If you need a hint, speak to Miss Rowell or the students in 4R.
“The only thing better than singing is more singing!”
Junior choir is returning at Black Rock Primary School! Our first rehearsal will be on Wednesday May 23rd 1:15-1:45pm in the music room. Rehearsals will be every Wednesday 1:15-1:45pm following this.
We are so fortunate to have so many beautiful singers at BRPS and choir is the ideal place to extend your vocal skills while being part of the joy of singing with others.
Junior choir is open to all Year 2 and Year 3 students with a voice. You can expect vocal warm ups, games and plenty of wonderful singing each week.
Term 2 is a wonderful chance to see if junior choir is right for you. From Term 3, full participation at rehearsals and performances is expected from those students who continue.
Any encouragement you can provide your child about joining is greatly appreciated. For those concerned about missing out on playing with their friends, bring everyone along for a sing each Wednesday! You still have 92.5% of your lunch times free to do as you please throughout the week!
We can’t wait to meet all of the excited singers on the 23rd!
“I don’t sing because I’m happy. I’m happy because I sing.”
Do you have the talents and time to be the piano accompanist for the school choir, junior choir, or both? Rehearsals are Wednesday 1:15-1:45pm and Thursday 1:15-1:45pm.
Please get in touch with Mr Murnane to discuss further!