10 May 2019
Issue Seven
The Principal's Report
From The Classroom
Important Notices
Diary Dates
Foundation 2020
Woolworths earn and learn
Fantastic French
Sport and PE Report
Performing Arts & Music at BPPS
Visual Arts
BPPS Community Notices
Community Notices
OSHClub News
Boroondara Park Primary School
(03) 9857 5157
40 Almond Street
Balwyn North, Victoria, 3104

The Principal's Report


Each year students across the country participate in the National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN). This group of tests is undertaken by Year 3, 5, 7 and 9 students across all schools. 

NAPLAN is an opportunity for students to demonstrate their ability in Reading, Writing, Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation and Numeracy. They are a snapshot of how your child is performing on that day with that assessment task. NAPLAN commences next Tuesday May 14th. 

We want our students to be relaxed and unfazed by the process and not become anxious and emotional. To support this aim we give our students time leading up to the NAPLAN to review previous tests and to undertake timed activities so that they know what to expect. We do this to reduce worry and to ensure our students can perform to their best on the day.  

It is important that we are aware of the messages we give our students around assessment, we can impact on their ability to undertake the assessments, if we put pressure on them or if we are concerned about how they will perform. As with many things if we are anxious our children can be anxious. It is important that we give our students the message that this is an assessment task that will let us see what they child can do. 


Education Week

This year we are celebrating Education Week in a different way, you will receive information via Sentral about our activities when they have been finalised. You will have the opportunity to visit school on Tuesday May 21st for Open Morning from 9am until 12 noon and on Thursday May 22nd Open Afternoon from 1.50pm until 3.30pm. 


Your child is always beaming hoping that you can make it to the Expo at the end of term, they love to show you around their classroom and share their learning. These sessions will be an opportunity for you to view many of our programs and activities in action. We would like to invite all of our current families to attend our Open Morning or Open afternoon. 

If you know of any families who have a Foundation student for 2020 then please invite them along on Open Morning or Open Afternoon. We hope to be able to showcase our school to new families and our existing community. 


Mandarin interpreters will be available throughout Open Morning and Open Afternoon. 


Thank you to them members of our community who have agreed to having our advertising boards on their front fences. We appreciate the support of the Lam family, the Shaw family and Ray Owens.


If you live in a prominent place in our neighbourhood and would be interested in supporting us by having a board on your fence then please contact me on 98575157 or email with the subject Advertising boards. 



Anxiety can be debilitating to many in our society, anxiety can occur in children and adults and it can creep up when you are not prepared. Anxiety is common, but the sooner people with anxiety get support, the more likely they are to recover. Anxiety can be a generalised disorder, social anxiety, a specific phobia or panic disorder. If you are worried about your child then talk to someone, come and see us at school or visit your GP.

The Beyond Blue website can provide you with lots of information and resources - Beyond Blue 

This week I thought I would share this article around a new treatment for children with anxiety. As the article says this is in no way blaming parents for anxiety in their children but it supports them to build the skills to assist their child with the challenge of anxiety. 




Learning is alive

This week on a school tour I was lucky to walk into a classroom to see a line debate session taking place. This is a dynamic way to explore issues and a great way to teach students to justify their answers, it also encourages them to see contested views from both sides. I was able to see students volunteering their arguments, in this activity if someone was able to add to their point then they could 'steal' a team member from the opposing side. The arguments unfold and this is a good way to get students to think of all possible points around an argument, especially before they undertake a persuasive writing task. 

This was part of the learning undertaken by staff at the end of Term 1 with Glen Pearsall. I have been reviewing my notes and look forward to posing this question to students - "What is it you want me to notice about your work?" I am interested in hearing their views and using their focus to provide feedback. 

Next week I find myself in the position to teach in each Foundation class, I am excited to be able to explore writing with our youngest students. As a Principal you do not get enough teaching time and I am looking forward to working with our youngest students. 


Mother's Day Stall

Thank you to our wonderful parents who have planned and run a successful Mother's Day stall for our students to visit this week, special mention to Pia and Nancy. This work includes ordering, pricing and selling gifts. Thank you also to the other parent volunteers who have been on the stall.  I hope everyone loves their special gifts this Mother's Day. 
Special thanks also to Laila and Caroline for organizing the Mother's Day Dinner. A lot of time goes into organizing this special event, we hope everyone has a fabulous evening, a delicious meal and a fun time with friends. 

Chess success

Congratulations to Jack, Marvin, Maadhav and Marcus who competed in the Northern Star Chess Primary Open Zonal Chess Tournament. Jack won a silver medal for Year 5/6, Marvin and Maadhav achieved a credit certificate and Marcus won the gold medal for Foundation to 2. Their team came second overall, well done!


National Boys Choir Auditions

We are lucky to have Ruth Tenace as our voice teacher at Boroondara Park PS, she has had an association with the school for the last 16 years. Ruth has also had an association with the National Boys Choir over 13 years. Ruth annually auditions our Year 1 and 2 boys and then sends home information to parents of those who will meet the criteria for the choir. If they are chosen through audition at the school they are then invited to formally audition at the choir in Ringwood. Ruth will be auditioning our Year 1 and 2 boys on Friday May 24th. 

Premier's Reading Challenge

The aim of the Premier's Reading Challenge is to spread the joy of reading throughout our community. For younger children this would mean you might read to your child and that is also included. Our LIbrary Tech May Vos-Rutter has set our students up on Premier's Reading Challenge.

From The Classroom

Parent Seminar - How To Keep Gaming Positive & Healthy

Thanks to those parents who joined us on Wednesday evening for the parent seminar. Steven Dupon from the Institute of Games shared a wide range of research around gaming and its impact on young people.  Steven provided both sides of the debate and challenged us to consider a range of parenting tips to help manage our young people's use of gaming.  

A simple strategy that Steven shared was around the age appropriateness of gaming and the level of access young people may have. His advice was:

0-2 years - no access

2-10 years - parents have full control of what their children play, where it is played, when and for how long

10-14 years - children are semi-independent in their use but parents need to be involved in setting boundaries for use

14 years and up - children are independent in their use of gaming


Here are Steven's 10 parenting tips for keeping gaming positive and healthy.



Our school has, over many years, competed in the Australian Primary Schools Maths Olympiad competition. The competition challenges our students to apply their problem solving and reasoning skills to complete complex mathematical problems. 

This year, we have entered four teams. A team each for grades 5 and 6, a combined 5/6 and for the first time a Grade 4 Maths Games Team. The Maths Games competition is a lead in to the Maths Olympiad competition. Teams have between 20 and 30 students. The selection process for these teams was completed using a problem solving and reasoning screening test.  Those students who  showed high levels of proficiency in problem solving and reasoning were selected to participate in the competition.

Each week, the teams meet to practice and apply a variety of strategies that will prepare them for the competitions. There are five competitions; the first one will be completed on May 22/23 .

Alongside these competitions, our teachers deliver a mathematics unit that explicitly teachers each of the problem solving strategies students may need to work successfully as mathematicians. Strategies may include: guess and check, work backwards, look for a pattern, make a model, draw a diagram or picture, act it out and make a list or table.


Care Learn and Share Groups

This semester, the focus of our sessions has been on two of the principles of positive psychology - gratitude and empathy.

This week, we engaged in our second session around empathy. We challenged students to consider difficult situations and to - 'take a walk in someone else's shoes.'

This vertical pastoral care program allows our older students to lead, model and support our younger students in their understanding and application of some complex ideas. It also provides all students with many familiar faces across the school. 


Compiled by

Emma Chiera

Acting Assistant Principal

Important Notices

Foundation 2020

If you have a child in 4YO kinder, its time to enrol them for school for next year. Please have a look at the Foundation 2020 page in this newsletter and pass the details to anyone you know with a 4YO who may be interested in joining our school community.


We have had some lovely volunteers for our Tuesday banking last term, and unfortunately they are not able to continue.

We desperately need some helpers on Tuesday morning after drop off to assist with the school banking. If we get three volunteers it only takes a short time to complete. 

Please consider helping us out if your child participates in regular banking.


Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge

The Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge is now open and Boroondara Park Primary School is excited to be participating.


The Challenge is open to all Victorian children from birth to Year 10 in recognition of the importance of reading for literacy development. It is not a competition; but a personal challenge for children to read a set number of books by 6 September 2019.


Children from Prep to Year 2 are encouraged to read or ‘experience’ 30 books with their parents and teachers. Children from Year 3 to Year 10 are challenged to read 15 books.


All children who meet the Challenge will receive a certificate of achievement signed by the Victorian Premier and former Premiers.


To read the Premier’s letter to parents, view the booklists and for more information about the Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge, visit:

Diary Dates

Term 2 2019

Friday 10th May  - Mother's Day Dinner

Friday 17th May - District Cross Country

                                  - Second Hand Uniform Shop

Monday 20th May - BPPS School Athletics (3-6)

Tuesday 21st May - Open Morning 9-12 am

Thursday 23rd May - Open Afternoon 1.50-3.30pm

Sunday 26th May - Boroondara Eisteddford

Tuesday May 28th - Junior School Concert Evening

                                      - Junior School Rehearsal at Besen Centre

                                       - Grade 3/4 Excursion to Healesville Sanctuary

Monday June 10th - Public Holiday - No School

Tuesday 11th June - Grade 1/2 Edendale farm excursion

Wednesday 12th June - Grade 1/2 Edendale farm excursion 

Friday 28th June - Last day of Term 2, early dismissal 2.30pm

Term 3 2019

Monday 15th July - Pupils return to start Term 3

Wednesday 17th July - Pupil free Day - No School

Wed July 31 - Thu Aug 1st - Senior School Performance Evening

Thursday 22nd August - Whole School Photo

August 28 - 30 - Grade 4 Camp

September 10 - 13 - Grade 5 Camp

Friday 20th September - Last day of Term 3, early dismissal 2.30pm

Term 4 2019

Monday October 7th - Pupils return for Term 4

Thursday October 10th - Multicultural Ensembles Concert 2019

Oct 30 - Nov 1 - Grade 3 Camp

Tuesday 10th December - Transition/Orientation Day

Thursday December 12th - BPPS Christmas Carols Evening

Friday 20th December - Last day of term 4, early dismissal 1.30pm

Foundation 2020

Foundation 2020




Starting school is a major life transition for children and their families. It is time of change that can be both challenging and exciting, during which children and families adjust to new roles, identities, expectations, interactions and relationships. At Boroondara Park Primary School, we provide a range of activities designed to help children and families become familiar with our school environment and build relationships that are crucial to a successful start to school.


School Tours: Wednesdays at 9:30am by appointment

Tuesday May 14th

2020 Foundation Information Night 7:00pm

Tuesday May 21st

9am - 12 noon


Thursday May 23rd


Open Days ­­­­­­

Friday July 19th

Story Time Session One 2:50 - 3:20pm

(reading activity for Pre-School children)

End of July

Enrolments Due

Friday October 11th

Story Time Session Two 2:50 - 3:20pm

(reading activity for Pre-School children)

Tuesday November 19th

2020 Foundation Transition Information Night 7:00pm

(for parents of enrolled 2020 Foundation students)

Wednesday November 27th

Foundation Transition Session One 2:15 - 3:15pm

(for enrolled 2020 Foundation students)

Wednesday December 4th

Foundation Transition Session Two 2:15 - 3:15pm

(for enrolled 2020 Foundation students)

Tuesday December 10th

Foundation Transition Session Three 10:00am – 2:00pm

(for enrolled 2020 Foundation students)

Enrolment procedure

To enrol your child for 2020 at Boroondara Park Primary School, you will need to submit an enrolment form (below) and provide proof of date of birth and Immunisation Status. Forms can be submitted at the office. 

Please pass on forms and the transition calendar to families who may be considering Boroondara Park Primary School for their child in 2020.

Woolworths earn and learn

Woolworths Earn and Learn

Quick update on Earn & Learn:

In just a couple of weeks we have collected 30 completed sheets of stickers!

That's 1800 stickers!

Thanks everyone for a great start and keep it up!

6 weeks left for the Earn & Learn promotion which ends on 25th June.


Only full sticker sheets can be submitted for a gift, which means 60 stickers. If you are completing sheets, please make sure there are exactly 60 stickers on it. 

You can submit a roll of stickers as well, and we can fill in the sheets for you. If you are dropping stickers into the box, please don't scrunch them up. Either roll or fold them neatly so that the stickers do not fall off.


A collection box will be placed outside the office for you to drop them in. There is also be a collection box at Woolworths Balwyn on Whitehorse Rd, Woolworths Templestowe, on Manningham Rd, and hopefully at Doncaster Shoppingtown.

Let's see if we can beat last year's tally of 281 completed sticker sheets; (that's 281 sheets X 60 stickers = 16,860 stickers).

Fantastic French

Bonjour !

The grade 3 and 4 are looking at 
"Les animaux en voie de disparition" 
(Endangered animals)
They will create an interview,in French, between Nicolas Hulot (an environmentalist like David Attenborough) and an endangered animal.
Students will use their iPads to create a digital presentation and recording in French. 

Can you work out what this means?

"Pourquoi es-tu en voie de disparition?
Parce-que il y a trop de déforestation"

A bientôt
Madame Higgins and Madame Tsiandikos-Huf

The grade 3 and 4 are looking at 
"Les animaux en voie de disparition" 
(Endangered animals)
They will create an interview,in French, between Nicolas Hulot (an environmentalist like David Attenborough) and an endangered animal.
Students will use their iPads to create a digital presentation and recording in French. 

Can you work out what this means?

"Pourquoi es-tu en voie de disparition?
Parce-que il y a trop de déforestation"

A bientôt
Madame Higgins and Madame Tsiandikos-Huf


Sport and PE Report

Junior Athletics Carnival

On Monday 6th May, all students from Foundation to Year 2 took part in the Junior Athletics Carnival on the bottom oval. Students participated in a variety of running, jumping and throwing events, including the egg and spoon race, vortex throw and long jump. Throughout the afternoon, students were earning house points by trying their best at each event.


Thank-you to all of the parents who came along to support, the students in 6DT for assisting our younger students and the wonderful junior school teachers for looking after each event. It truly was a fantastic afternoon with so many students having great fun!


Senior Athletics Carnival

The Senior Athletics Carnival is only 10 days away!! We are still after many more parent helpers, so if you are available to assist on Monday 20th May at the Tom Kelly Athletics Track in Doncaster, could you please enter your details on the following Google Form ( At this stage we still only have 11 helpers, so we definitely need more hands to assisting running this fantastic day!

District Cross Country

All 60 students have been training really hard for the District Cross Country on Friday 17th May at Macleay Park. Check out our students in action!!


This fortnight in PE.....

This term has started off with a bang, with students their sporting skills by practicing the following:

- Foundation - Underarm Throwing and Catching

- Year 1/2s - Underarm Throwing, Overarm Throwing and Catching

- Year 3 - 6s - Invasion Games (the strategy and skills required to play sports where you can invade anywhere with the playing areas - e.g. soccer, European handball, netball, etc.)


Please make a big effort to practice as many of these skills outside of school, as this will help your child develop their fundamental movement skills and game sense knowledge.

Performing Arts & Music at BPPS

This fortnight in the Performing Arts Classroom

Foundation - Concert Rehearsals Continue

Grade 1/2 - Circus Skills Continues

Grade 3/4 - Rehearsing our Concert Item

Grade 5/6 - Chorus Items, Stagecraft and Production Rehearsals


Junior School Concert Information - Tickets

Our Foundation & Grade 1/2 Junior School Concert ‘A Night at the Circus’ will be held on Tuesday 28 May 2019 at the Besen Centre, 87 – 89 Station St, Burwood, beginning at 7:15 p.m.  Families should have received a notice about this last week and tickets for this event went on sale Wednesday 8 May at 9 a.m. 


As per usual, we are using the internet-ticketing site, ‘Try Booking’ and the direct link for purchasing tickets is:


If you have any questions regarding this notice or the concert, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Miss Poor.  


We look forward to another fantastic concert!

Assembly Guest Performer

Congratulations to Maja for her amazing vocal performance in our last assembly, Thursday 2 May.  The audience thoroughly enjoyed it!  Thank to Mrs Tenace for accompanying Maja.  A wonderful way to being our term!  Well done!

SOS - Truck Driver Needed

Our Junior School Concert is coming up in a few short weeks and we are in need of a truck driver to move our choir risers and some costuming to the Besen Centre on the day of the concert (Tuesday 28 May).  This person doesn't need a truck licence as the size of the truck doesn't require it. 


If you are interested and available can you please email Miss Poor ASAP. 


We also require a truck driver for our Senior School Production, and this person will need a truck license.  This production is on Wednesday 31 July and Thursday 1 August, and requires the driver to move scenery, costuming and props.   A few people to assist with this would be greatly appreciated.  Again, please contact Miss Poor via email if you are available and interested.

Senior School Production Props

For our upcoming Senior Production we are in need of a few specialty items and we are hoping that within in our school community we might be able to source some of these items.  These include:

- Persian Rugs

- Wicker Baskets

- Arabian style cushions and throws 

- Hessian Bags/sacks

If you have any of these items at home and are willing to lend them, can you please name them and deliver them to the Stadium office, so we can return once the production has finished.


If you are interested in joining our props team, please email Miss Poor via email:


Thank you so much in advance! 

Important Dates

Junior School Concert - Tuesday 28 May 2019

Senior School Production - Wednesday 31 July & Thursday 1 August 2019

Llaaneath Poor and Aleksis Payne 

(Performing Arts Teachers)

Visual Arts

Artists of the Weeks

Artist of the week is awarded to Hayley R, Eleanor S, Christian B and Alex E from 6CM for their terrific Frida Kahlo inspired self-portraits. The digital self-portraits were created using an app called brushes redux.  The collaged backgrounds included drawings and magazine clippings showing different aspects of the student’s identity.  Well done!


Flynn W of FKJ is also artist of the week with his terrific self portrait. Flynn used paper magiclay to create the outline and features of his face on a piece of scrap recycled cardboard. The following week he painted his work using chromatemp paints. Bravo Flynn! We love your brilliant green eyes!

You can see more Foundation works like Flynn's if you follow us on Instagram!



Bravo to Natalija S of 1HF who entered her ANZAC soldier portrait into a competition with Channel 7 TWO’s ‘Get Arty’ program and…she won! Wonderful news! (Thanks to Mrs Blanch who ran this art lesson during Mrs H's absence)

Join the Club!

The Mirka Mora inspired dolls are almost completed. Follow us on Instagram so that you don't miss out on seeing them: #boroondaraparkvisualart

Mrs Hortin and Mrs Trevorrow

BPPS Community Notices

Morning tea 4BM

Dear Parents, Carers and Families of 4BM,


I would like to introduce myself, I am Anna, a 4BM Parent.

For those of you who don't know me, I'm Ava's mum. I am very excited to be  your class Rep and would like to invite you all for a morning tea with Ms McHugh. Come along and meet other 4BM parents as well as have a social catch-up and chat with our teacher. 


When: Friday 17th May 2019

Where: Good Neighbours Cafe, 335 Balwyn Rd, Balwyn Nth.

Time: 9am sharp (straight after School drop off, while 4BM has Art)


Hope to see you there!




Community Notices

OSHClub News

BPPS OSHclub News

This week we offered lots of different craft and cooking activities  to help the children prepare small gifts for Mother's Day. We made beautiful cards all week as well as Flower bouquets, Mother's Day Kids-extra-help-at-home vouchers, Hama bead hearts , word clouds, and home made vanilla choc-chip cookie packages. Next week we will be having fun with cooking week, with the kids cooking a different recipe each afternoon.

We also offer inclusive sporting activities every BSC and ASC.


OSHclub Activities 13th May-17thMay


Before School Care: Downball comp

After School Care: Scones


Before School Care: Wrist ball

After School Care: Gnocchi


Before School Care: Lego club

After School Care: Spana kopita


Before School Care: Microwave strawberry jam

After School Care: Strawberry cake


Before School Care: Bananagrams

After School Care: Rainbow cupcakes



Note to parents: General

Vacation Care:

Our new Winter Vacation Care brochure will be emailed shortly to families. We run a beautiful, caring and fun Vacation Care at the school. Many families have appreciated the convenience of knowing that Boroondara Park PS OSHclub staff are looking after their children over the holidays in a safe and fun environment.

Enrol in advance:

We recommend that all Boroondara Park families enrol and create an account with OSHclub. There is no charge to enrol or create an account, and no pressure to book your child in for a session unless you need to. That way if you ever need to use OSHclub you have an account set up and ready.



Bookings need to be made outside of 48hrs before a session. Eg. bookings for Before School Care on a Thursday will need to be made at the latest by 7am Tuesday before. After this time you can no longer secure a booking through your iParent portal. Contact Joey at the program to see if there are any spare spaces left to book for the day.

No more on-the-day bookings accepted. Due to government regulations relating to staff-student ratios, we can no longer take on-the-day bookings. In an emergency, we can offer a place. Please contact Joey to discuss further as cancellations occur during the day, allowing us to offer limited extra bookings. We endeavour to always support the needs of families and will try and accommodate every situation, if possible, but have been advised that we cannot take any more on-the-day bookings.

Joey at the Program:

0412 263 319

Accounts at head office:



2020 Foundation Transition Calendar.docx
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