22 March 2019
Issue Four
 Principal's Report
Principal's  Awards  
Happy Birthday
Student of the Week Awards ​
Assistant Principal's Report
Assistant Principal's Awards
What’s happening  in Year 3 and 4  
Family Fun Night
International Day
Harmony Day
Page 13
Clean Up Australia Day  
Information Page  
Camps, Sports and Excursion Fund (CSEF)
BEPS Parents and Friends Association (PFA)  
Medical Information
Community Notices   
 Student Banking   
Nude Food Friday
Holiday Program at Burwood East Primary School April 8th - April 19th   
Burwood East Primary School
(03) 9802 8618
Cnr Highbury Road and Blackburn Road
Burwood East, Victoria, 3151



Monday 25th March                                     3.00pm

Monday  1st April                                          9.00am

Monday 29th April                                        3.00pm

Monday 6th May                                            9.00am

Monday 13th May                                         9.00am

Monday 20th May                                         9.00am

Early Dismissal Last Day of Term 1 Friday 5th April


Friday 5th April                                              2.00pm

Dismissal                                                         2.30pm


AFL Clinic - Foundation                          26th March

Ride to School Day                                   27th March

AFL - SEDA Clinic - Y1 - Y6                      29th March

BEPS Cross Country                                      2nd May 

Year 2 Legoland                                                3rd May

SDSSA Winter Sport - RD 1                           3rd May

Education Week Open Night                    22nd May

CSEF Applications Open

Please see newsletter for application form and details

Term Dates 2019

Term 1  31st January -    5th  April 

Term 2  23rd April        -    28th June

Term 3  15th July         -    20th September

Term  4  7th October   -    20th December


Public Holiday

11th March        - Labour Day Holiday

25th April           -  Anzac Day

10th June           - Queen's Birthday

 5th November - Melbourne Cup


Curriculum Days (Students do not attend school)

7th June            Staff   Professional Development Day

4th November Staff  Professional  Development Day



 Principal's Report

Dear Members of the Burwood East School community,

Cultural Diversity Week is a time to come together as a community to celebrate our multicultural heritage and identity. This week, we celebrated our school’s diversity with a range of activities to promote community and recognise the cultures which make our school so vibrant.


Our Burwood East Primary School community is very proud of its diversity. We are a place where students with family backgrounds from all over the world come together to learn. The central message for Harmony Day is that ‘everyone belongs’, reinforcing the importance of inclusiveness to all Australians. Multiculturalism is in Australia’s national interest and speaks to fairness and inclusion – it enhances respect and support for cultural, religious and linguistic diversity. Cultural diversity is one of Australia’s greatest strengths and is at the heart of who we are. Multicultural Australia is an integral part of our nation’s history and character.


At Burwood East P.S our diversity encourages inclusiveness, tolerance, a better understanding of other cultures and most importantly acceptance of differences. We work hard as a school to ensure that new students settle in smoothly and can make the most of their opportunities at our school. I love seeing how our students support each other and are friendly towards each other. As teachers and parents it is our job to help all of our students learn how to work, learn and play with others in a positive way. We need to equip our children with the skills to approach the real world where multiple cultures are the norm. We are all part of one world and one school community and having so many cultures to appreciate and celebrate makes our school a far more interesting place to be.


Did you know?

 •nearly half (49 per cent) of Australians were born overseas or have at least one parent who was

•we identify with over 300 ancestries

•since 1945, more than 7.5 million people have migrated to Australia

•85 per cent of Australians agree multiculturalism has been good for Australia

•apart from English, the most common languages spoken in Australia are Mandarin, Arabic, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Italian, Greek, Tagalog/Filipino, Hindi, Spanish and Punjabi

•more than 70 Indigenous languages are spoken in Australia


Professional Practice Day Term 1

Over the next fortnight, our teams of teachers will be engaged in a Professional Practice Day.  As part of the Victorian Government Schools Agreement 2017, teachers will receive one day per term when they are out of the classroom to focus on the improved delivery of high quality teaching and learning.  Your child’s teacher will spend this time as a team, planning curriculum learning which aligns with our school priorities.  Your child will directly benefit from these improvements in their daily learning.


The most important thing we can do to improve student outcomes is to develop and improve the skills of our teachers. Professional Practice Days are one of the many opportunities the Victorian Government provides to develop professional, passionate teachers and equip them with the right knowledge and skills for the modern classroom.  We are fortunate to have teachers that are committed to planning teaching and learning programs that meet the needs and abilities of all students at Burwood East Primary School.


Annual Report to School Community

The Annual Report to the school community was presented on Monday, 18th March at 5.00pm just prior to our School Council meeting that commenced at 5.00pm.

The Annual Report is designed to add value in a number of ways:

Keeping the school community informed:

The annual report provides a means for the school council to inform the community of what has been achieved and how the school is performing.  Providing information about schools helps the community hold schools, the system and government accountable for improving student outcomes.

Contributing to system accountability and meeting legislative requirements:

Public accountability for improving student outcomes and for the use of public money is mandated in the Education and Training Reform Act (2006), where school councils are required to prepare and publish an annual report.

Relationship between the planning and annual reporting processes:

The development of the annual report is an opportunity to reflect on the school’s achievements and use this as a basis for future planning.

It is great to reflect on the results we have achieved as a school and celebrate our successes whilst carefully planning to ensure our results continue to improve.


School Council 2019
It’s with great pleasure that we welcome the following parent and staff representatives onto The Burwood East School Council for 2019:
President: Mel Rosso
Vice President: Gustav Dietrichsen
Treasurer: Mardi Trezise

Secretary: Daniel Addison

Parent representatives:

Sulochana Colombage, Vanessa Etienne, Persephone Wan, Tharanga Kularatne, Xin Lu (Cindy)

Staff representatives:

Darren McDonald (Principal), Andrew Den Elzen (Assistant Principal) Daniel Darmody, Sue Varey, Daniel Addison

Council Subcommittees 2019:

Finance- Vikki, Darren, Andrew, Vanessa, Sue, Mel, Mardi

Buildings and Grounds- Andrew, Gustav,

Education – Sue, Tharanga, Persephone, Cindy

Marketing – Daniel D, Mel, Daniel A

PFA – Gill, Andrew, Sulo, Mel

Currently, School Council meet monthly on a Monday night at 5.00pm. All parents from the school community are welcome to attend meetings - just contact Darren prior to the meeting on 9802 8618.


What is the function of school council?

  • Establish the broad direction and vision of the school within the school's community
  • Participate in the development and  monitoring of the school strategic plan
  • Develop, review and  update school policies
  • Develop, review and monitor the Student Engagement Policy and the School  Dress Code
  • Raise funds for school-related purposes
  • Approve the annual budget and monitor expenditure
  • Maintain the school’s grounds and facilities
  • Enter into contracts (e.g. cleaning, construction work)
  • Report annually to the school community and to DET
  • Generally stimulate interest in the school in the wider community

School Council Standing Orders

School Council does not...

  • Manage the school
  • Employ ongoing teaching staff with no fixed date for termination
  • Represent sectional interests
  • Renew the principal's contract or hire and fire the school principal
  • Determine class allocations
  • Discuss individual issues between teachers and students and/or parents
  • Purchase land or buildings
  • Enter into hire purchase agreements or obtain credit or loan facilities, unless authorised by the Minister


Our whole school average attendance rate for Term 1 stands at  94.5 %, meaning most children missed no more than 2 or 3 days for the term, which is exactly what we like to see.

Every day of school really does count so if your child missed more than 3 days this term, please ensure they are at school every day in Term 2.


First Aid

Children who are sick during the day are sent to the First Aid room. If children need to go home parents or carers are informed and children are collected from school.

If children are very sick or more seriously injured and parents or their emergency contact person cannot be contacted by phone we are obliged to ring an ambulance to take the child to the doctor or hospital.

DET does not provide personal accident insurance for students. Parents and guardians are generally responsible for paying the costs of medical treatment for injured students including medical transport. Teachers cannot take children to the doctor or hospital in private cars. The cost of the ambulance will be the responsibility of the parents.

This can be very expensive unless parents have an ambulance subscription. It is very important parents consider taking out ambulance cover. Health Care Card holders receive free ambulance service (children’s names must be on the Health Care Card)


Yours in partnership,

Darren McDonald


Principal's  Awards


As Principal, I believe it is very important that I acknowledge the wonderful work our students produce in all areas of the curriculum, therefore students are encouraged to visit me in my office (classroom) to showcase their achievements.



Victoria and Han for demonstrating measurement in Mathematics.

Meeya for explaining the purpose of verbs in her writing.

Kevin for describing arrays in Mathematics.

Natalie for explaining the learning intention of her math's task.

Anay explaining the process to add a given set of numbers together.

Kloey for explaining her task on Essential Assessment.


Panda for his excellent writing.


Happy Birthday

Children who have a birthday that falls during the week may wear free dress for that day and for those children whose birthday falls on the weekend they can wear free dress on the Monday.


Shaheer, Alexander, Abhishaey, Brayden, Oliver, Aarav, Oxley, Sienna, Hashane, Sasha, Frances,

Rhys, Abbey

Student of the Week Awards

Student of the Week Awards are presented weekly at assembly.  These awards recognise students effort and success in the classroom. Well done to the following students!



2R Golnaz, 2B Yvonne, 2SR Ryan, 2S Xinyi, 3A Thomas, Ananya, 3B Derrick, 4L Max, 4S Tia, Alex,                  5S Debbie, 5R Shuhan, 6L Stephanie, 6D Christine


FMS Vedith, FT Jarrod, FCB Jaylen, FC Joshua, FM Emilie, 1J Jason, 1K Ayumi, 1D Brayden, 1M Oxley,        1C John

Language Ashlyn, Visual Arts Addison, Bradley, Physical Education Eric, Performing Arts Luca, Arwa

Assistant Principal's Report


­­Hi everyone,

It’s been fantastic to have been a part of so many community based events over the last two weeks. Last Thursday evening was a great way to bring our community together through the Twilight Sports evening. I thoroughly enjoyed speaking to many families throughout the night, especially the new parents to our school. Thank you to Year 6 leaders who did an excellent job in organising activities for the students and to Beth and the Senior teachers for organising the event. This week we have had so many different events it’s difficult to name them all (Special Assembly, International Day, Harmony Day and the Cultural Diversity Parade). I greatly appreciate the efforts of all staff, in particular April and Karen and the parents and students for supporting all these events. It is a great strength of our school that we have such a diverse and multicultural community who all add harmony to our school.


Compass Parent Sessions

Next Tuesday morning 9am and Thursday afternoon 3pm I will be running some Compass Parent sessions in the staff room. Please come along if you would like to learn more about Compass, especially if you are a new parent to the school.


PLC Program

This year Burwood East Primary School is participating in the DET Professional Learning Community initiative. The aim of this initiative is to strengthen our teaching teams to continue to strive for and improve student outcomes. A number of staff completed some training last week which will allow us to continue to support and develop programs as we welcome new staff into the school.


Drop off & Pickup Zones

Some parents may have noticed some minor changes to the drop off and pickup zone on Blackburn Rd. These changes mean that there is only one lane for cars, so parents must stay in their car and students have been encouraged to make their way to the area as quickly as possible to avoid traffic congestion in that area. If your child is delayed you may need to exit the drop off zone and return.


OHSC Holiday Program

Just reminding parents that there is an option for students to be booked into the Holiday program with Team Kids during the holidays. Please check Compass or see the office if you require further information.


Many thanks,


Andrew Den Elzen



Assistant Principal's Awards




What’s happening 
in Year 3 and 4


CAFE Reading

Throughout this term, the Year 3 and 4 students have been focussing on a range of reading strategies such as cause and effect, infer and support with evidence, ask questions throughout the reading process and make a picture or mental image. We have discussed how to choose a good fit book using the IPICK acronym and made bookmarks to keep track of our reading goals. Each session begins with sustained reading, where students focus on independently reading a range of books. Then we share our reading strategy for the week and model how to use it. Students then have the opportunity to practice this strategy independently or in a small group.



Throughout Term One, the students have been focussing on writing Recount and Persuasive text types. We examined the text structure and language features of these texts and also the drafting, editing and publishing processes. Students independently wrote a recount about the Year 3-6 Athletics Carnival. We are now collaboratively writing Persuasive texts, looking at how to persuade the reader to believe our opinion about a topic.



In Mathematics, the Year 3 and 4 students focussed on partitioning whole numbers into their place value. They then moved onto using this knowledge of place value to solve number patterns. This has allowed our students to become ‘mathematicians’ and use higher order thinking skills to apply what they have learnt. In fractions and decimals, the students partitioned a whole into parts, recording these parts as a fraction and as a decimal fraction to hundredths. Student divided the whole up equally and identified like fractions.  For the remainder of Term One, students will be learning about data representation, including tallying, graphing and finding the mean, median and mode of a data set.



For Science this year, the Year 3 and 4 students will be involved in mini projects. These will help students develop a deeper understanding of the world around them in this highly diverse curriculum. This term the Year 3/4 students dove deeper into living and non-living things, discussing microorganisms and then minerals. Students also looked at the life cycle of animals. They got to investigate an animal and find connections with others. Students examined their animal’s role within their environment and the effect it will have if they were extinct. Finally, students designed an animal that can thrive in their micronation environment; they considered habitats, climate and food.


Inquiry Investigations- International Day

During Inquiry Investigations, we have been busy planning and preparing for the International Day which was held on Wednesday, March 20th. This special event supported our Inquiry Investigations Topic of ‘I am a Traveller’, which enhanced their understanding of other countries and cultures during Cultural Diversity Week. Each area of the school was assigned a continent, and each class chose a country from that continent to represent on International Day. Our continent was ‘The America’s’. In 3A, students researched about Mexico and students in 3B researched facts about the USA. Students in 4L researched facts about Brazil and 4S students researched ideas about Canada. Students designed items such as; pictures or models of their country’s currency, landmarks and food as well as their countries flag. On the day, the students were able to ‘host’ or ‘travel’ to different countries using their own passport to enter each country. The students thoroughly enjoyed the day and experienced a wide variety of cultural experiences visiting many countries at BEPS.


 Year 3/4 Team



Family Fun Night


On Thursday March 14th, students, teachers, and parents filled the school oval with picnic blankets, smiles, and laughter for the BEPS annual Family Fun Night. It was great to see the extended school community bonding over sporting events and a barbeque.

Thank you to the BEPS Parents Association for their organisation with the food and drinks. This is always muchly appreciated in the effort and work put in, by all parents, before, during, and after the event.   

Well done to the Year 6 students on organising and running the sporting events throughout the night. All of your hard work, planning, and dedication contributed to a fantastic night.






International Day


International Day was a day of learning about other countries. Students dressed in clothing representing a country that their class was studying. Facts about the countries were presented through pictures, models, posters or iPad presentations. The students ‘travelled’ to the other countries, had their passports stamped by the welcoming hosts, and looked at the wonderful presentations that were on display. Greetings in the native language of the country were heard, dances were performed and fun was had by all! Thank you to all the parents who supported this event by providing a costume for their child to wear, and to the dedicated teachers for assisting the students to get everything ready for the day.



Harmony Day

Harmony Day is celebrated annually on March 21st in Australia. Harmony Day began in 1999, each year, it is marked by people coming together and participating in local activities. The continuing message of Harmony Day is 'Everyone Belongs'. It is about community participation, inclusiveness, celebrating diversity, respect and belonging. Students and staff at Burwood East Primary dressed in orange to recognise this special occasion.



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Wednesday 27 March

Burwood East PS are excited to be celebrating National Ride2School Day on Wednesday 22 March 2019.

In the spirit of embracing a healthy and happy start to the day, we encourage all students and their families to leave the car at home and give riding, walking, scooting or skating to school a go.

National Ride2School Day is the perfect opportunity to kick-start new healthy habits and promote the many benefits of active transport for our community.

If you can’t actively travel the whole way, consider parking the car nearby and riding or walking the rest of the way.

It’s going to be a wheelie good day and we hope to see you there!



Students are encouraged to decorate their bikes, skateboard or scooter for the chance to win some fantastic prizes.

The bikes, skateboards, or scooters, that are decorated, can be placed in a marked out section on the school oval (closest to the hall). During the two morning sessions, students (with their classes) will have some time to walk around, look at the decorated bikes, and vote on their favourite set of wheels.

The set of wheels with the most votes will win a prize at the following assembly. 



Clean Up Australia Day


Information Page



Camps, Sports and Excursion Fund (CSEF)







BEPS Parents and Friends Association (PFA)

BEPS has a great community and one reason is due to all the families who contribute to our events and the PFA that organise them.  We are a group of parents who work together to help produce fun events for the school and to fundraise for our children’s school needs.  It is a great way to meet new parents and get involved with your children’s school experience.  Last year we raised over $13,000 to help fund the replacement of the shade sails over our two playgrounds.  This year we will be raising funds to help upgrade the junior school playground.

Every Friday we have school Breakfast Club.  We are looking for volunteers (no experience necessary) to help serve food to the kids.  In addition to breakfast, we meet approximately once a month to plan events and fundraisers at the school.  This year we already have a few things planned:


Term 2:


  • Mother’s Day Stall 9th May       
  • 2 x Meal Deals

Meetings - All Welcome

  •    1st May         9:05am        
  • 22nd May        9:05am
  • 12th June       9:05am

Term 3:


  • School Disco   
  • Father’s day Stall 29th August   
  • 2 x meal deals                                                                                 

Meetings - All Welcome

  • 17th July          9.05am
  •   7th August     9.05am
  • 28th August     9:05am

Term 4:


  • Colour Run Major Fundraiser TBC   
  • Christmas Breakfast  
  •  2 x Meal Deals  

Meetings - All Welcome

  • 16th October      9.05am
  •  6th November  9.05am

We need volunteers to help out at our events, either selling tickets, working on the BBQ or handing out food.  There are many ways you can help.  We will be asking for helpers for each of the events as they occur. However,  If you would like to be on our list of helpers to be contacted at these times, please leave your details at the office.

Everyone is welcome to come and join us at our meetings.  It’s a great way to meet other parents and get involved with the school community. If you are interested, please come along for a cuppa at our PFA meeting  to be held on 13th MARCH  in the staffroom.

Thank you


Medical Information

Dear Parents,

Just a reminder that the school requires updated Medical Action Plans for all students with Anaphylaxis, Allergic Reaction and Asthma, we are needing you to provide medication to the school and also ensure that the medication is in date.

Thanking you for your ongoing support.


First Aid Coordinator

Community Notices 


 Student Banking 


Student Banking - Bendigo Bank

Please send your banking to school on Tuesday .  Banking deposits are collected on a Wednesday and returned on the same day.

To sign up for Student banking please contact:

Marcy Whitby  

Customer Service Officer

Blackburn South Community Bank® Branch of Bendigo Bank  I 134 Canterbury  Road I Blackburn South VIC 3130

P: 03 9894 8467  I  F: 03 9894 7862  I  E: [email protected]


Nude Food Friday


Holiday Program at Burwood East Primary School
April 8th - April 19th 


Dear Parents,

From Monday 8th April TeamKids will be operating a Holiday Program at Burwood East Primary School  from 8:00 am - 6:00 pm Monday to Friday, delivering a wonderful mix of excursions, incursions and in-house days that promise to keep the kids engaged and having fun. 


There is a wide array of excursions planned including Gumbuya World, Movies, Funfields, Comedy Shows, Bounce and lots, lots more. 


Book a day or the whole week .... whatever works best for you.


Don't forget that TeamKids provide industry-leading educator to child ratios of 1:10 (industry standard is 1:15), and all of the TeamKids programs have been fully approved under the National Child Care Subsidy (CCS) too.


TeamKids look forward to welcoming you and your children in April,

Nude Food Every Friday.pdf
Balanced Living Catering - School Lunch Orders.pdf
Working with Children Check.pdf
Parent Brochure Compass School Manager.pdf
Community Information and Wellbeing Term 1 2019.pdf
eSmart Introduction Term 1 2019.pdf
Too much UV can cause sunburn Term 1 2019.pdf
GATEWAYS 2019.pdf
CSEF Information Flyer.pdf
csefapplicationform (002).pdf
Christine Bafas - Woodwards Real Eastate.pdf
Digimaker Term 1 2019.pdf
WiswOnes Term 1 2019 - Mind Benders.pdf
Camp Australia Information.pdf
chess Ideas Term 1 2019.pdf
Sporty Stars Term 1 2019.pdf
Tennis Term 1 2019.pdf
Abacus Program.pdf
Advance Life Order Form.pdf
Gymnastics - Glen Waverley.pdf
Joon No's Taekwondoo.pdf
Studio D Dancing.pdf
WiseOnes Term 2 - Burwood East - The Impressionists 2019.pdf
WiseOnes Term 2 - Burwood East - The Impressionists 2019.pdf