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27 June 2019
Issue Nineteen
Dates to Remember
From the Principal and Assistant Principal
School News
Level Low Downs
School Information
Beaumaris Primary School
(03) 9589 2619
79-99 Dalgetty Road
Beaumaris, Victoria, 3193

Dates to Remember

Snack Shack

Open Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays

(excluding first & last day of each term)

Please place your order on Qkr before 8.45am on Snack Shack days.   Or even better order the night before.

Statements of Intent (SOI)

Every two weeks our teachers produce a fortnightly planner which is referred to as an SOI.  This sets out an intention of what will be taught in the classroom during that period.  These can be accessed on the school website and are displayed on the year level communication boards.


Friday 28 June

Final day of Term 2:  2.30pm finish


Monday 15

First day of Term 3

Tuesday 16

Uniform Shop open 8.45am-9.15am

Wednesday 17

Reach Incursion Yr 5

Parent Club 9am Staff Room

Tuesday 23

Year 3 Mad About Science

Minato Ku students arrive 2.15pm

Wednesday 24th

Japan/ Australia Day

Parent Expo Evening: Building Community


Monday 29

Qkr Sushi Lunch day

Tuesday 30 

5DG and 5V Parliament House Excursion 8am

Year 2 Performance Night

Wednesday 31

Preps 100th Day of School


Thursday 1 

Year 6 Reach Workshop


Monday 5

5H and 6F Parliament House Excursion 8am

Tuesday 6

6C and 6M Parliament House Excursion 8am

Uniform Shop open 8.45am-9.15am

Thursday 8

Year 4 Science Incursion

Friday 9

Parent Club School Disco TBC

Year 4 Science Incursion

Monday 12

Year 3 Mad about Science

Monday 12 to Wednesday 15

Scholastic Book Fair

Tuesday 13

House Athletics Years 4,5,6

Prep Incursion Nicky Johnston Author

Friday 14

Debating team to Brighton SC

Monday 19

Prep Responsible Pet Ownership

Monday 19 to Friday 23

Book Week

Wednesday 21

Year 5 Reach Incursion

Parent Club 

Thursday 29

Bully Stopper Forum


Tuesday 3

Uniform Shop open 8.45am-9.15am

6:30-8pm ThinkUKnow Parent Cyber Safety Information Session in the SALC (available to parents of all year levels)

Wednesday 4

11:15-12:50pm Years 3 and 4 and Years 5 and 6 ThinkUKnow Cyber Safety student sessions

Thursday 5

Yr 4 Starlab

Friday 6

Year 5 and 6 Civics and Citizenship Expo

Friday 14

Year 4 Expo

Year 3 Expo

Monday 16

Year 6 Musical dress rehearsal

Tuesday 17 and Wednesday 18

Year 6 Musical Production

Friday 20

Final day of Term 3:  2.30pm finish


Monday 7

First day of Term 4

Tuesday 8

Uniform Shop open 8.45am-9.15am

Monday 14

Prep 2020 Parent Session 7pm - 8pm

Wednesday 16

Prep 2020 Transition Session One 9.30-10.30am

Sunday 27

School Fete - Day on Dalgetty

Tuesday 29

Prep 2020 Transition Session Two 9.30-10.30am


Monday 11 to Tuesday 12

Year 3 Camp 

Tuesday 12

Uniform Shop open 8.45am-9.15am

Thursday 14

Prep 2020 Transition Session Three 9.30-10.30am

Monday 18 to Friday 29

Swimming Program

Thursday 28

Year 5 Economic and Health ERP Expo


Tuesday 3

Uniform Shop open 8.45am-9.15am

Prep Concert

Wednesday 11 to Friday 13

Year 5/6 Lifesaving

Monday 16

Year 6 Graduation 6.15pm

Wednesday 18

Prep 2020 Transition Session Four (meet the teacher) 9.30-10.30am

Friday 20

Final day of Term 4: 1.30pm finish

From the Principal and
Assistant Principal

Strengthening the partnership between home and school
1. Parent/Teacher Interviews

It was fantastic to see so many parents and carers discussing the progress of their children at interviews this week with our teachers. Interviews provide an opportunity to exchange information about each student’s learning growth and progress they have made during Term 1 and 2.

Teachers have already started to plan many aspects of the classroom program for next term to ensure a smooth start to new learning in Term 3. 

2.Building Community Relationships - Parent Expo
Wednesday 24th July 6.30-8.00pm
Bookings open now on Qkr

To support families and build community we have organised a range of amazing speakers to present a variety of workshops related to initiatives in the school, information to assist families and the school governance framework. 

Parents are invited to register for three presentations, each of 25 minutes duration, and rotate through their nominated presentations  between 6.30-8.00pm.

Presentations on the night will include:

1. The Bayside Youth Resilience Project:                                           

Louise will describe the purpose of the project, the results of the student resilience survey  to inform parents about  ways in which they can build and strengthen resilience in their children.

Facilitator Louise Neave-Assistant Principal

2. School Council Governance:                                                   

Bruce will expand on the role and functions of School Council within schools and the various subcommittees that contribute to and support the ongoing evolution of the school.

Facilitator Bruce Baker-School Council President

3. 21st Century Learning Design :     

Rowena will explain the characteristics of 21st century learners and the work she has been undertaking with our staff this year to develop characteristics and qualities within our students that will support them as learners and equip them for life beyond school.

Facilitator Rowena Ulbrick-Our in-school consultant

4. Sustainability Practices:                   

Lindy will outline sustainability programs in the school and the broader community and sustainability practices within the home.

Facilitator Lindy McManus-Classroom Teacher

5. Parent Wellbeing:                               

 Melinda will focus on the importance of  parent wellbeing practices within the family unit.

Facilitator Dr Melinda Norris-Parent at Beaumaris PS

6. ‘Beaumaris. A creative past, an exciting future. A treasure trove in your own backyard’.

Jamie and the parent team will outline the architectural significance of homes in the area, the history of the local community and the community of artists and creatives within Beaumaris. Jamie will offer ways families can become involved in a range of groups that support these features of our local community.

Facilitator: Jamie Paterson supported by  Annie Price, Carlie Fraser, Letitia Green, Mike & Polly Ostapchuk-all parents at Beaumaris PS.

7. Bayside Earth Sciences Society:

Ray will describe the fascinating work undertaken by the society along the Beaumaris and Mentone foreshore and the significance of the sites at a local, national and international level. He will outline ways in which families may like to become involved.

Facilitator Ray Lang

To book a seat at three different sessions of your choice please RSVP on Qkr!  The booking can be found under the BPS Events tab (there is no charge for this event), click on the "Building community header" and select three of the presentations available.

Building project completed. It's ours.

Yes, its official. The building is finished and it's ours.

Yesterday a large number of parents responded to the invitation on Compass to walk through the new learning and teaching spaces and were delighted and amazed. The Year 2, 3 and 4 students will have an opportunity to move some personal items in over the next day or two and we have engaged a removals company to move the furniture across on Tuesday next week. Teachers will be in during the holidays to add finishing touches before the students resume.

The surrounding grounds have been swept and cleaned, sandpits cleaned and topped up, new mulch has been added to the Prep playground and the gardens will receive some additional attention during the holidays.

All Year 2, 3 and 4 students will commence Term 3 in their new classrooms.

Thank you to the School Council Working Party comprising Bruce Baker, Shane Dawes, Cath Lamb, Andrea Schmidtke and Louise Neave for their ongoing support and contributions to achieve a great outcome for our school community,  our wonderful teachers and our fantastic students. 

We will organise a formal opening ceremony for the whole school community in the near future.

Eating lunch at school: 12.50-1.50pm

We understand that sometimes uneaten food arrives home at the end of the day and parents may wonder how much time is set aside at school each day to eat lunch.

Every day ten minutes of teacher supervised time is given to all students starting at 12.50pm prior to the bell to go outside to play at 1.00pm.

The time allocated is 10 minutes with extra eating time given to younger students as we understand that some students need more time. You may have heard your child talking about "after lunch lunch".

Students who need additional time can also take their lunch outside at 1pm and sit near the canteen under the shade cloth, on the benches or at the tables to finish their lunch.  There is a teacher on yard duty in the shade cloth area until the end of lunch time.

In total, one hour is available to students to eat their lunch.

If parents want their child to eat all of their lunch, and they  arrive home with uneaten food, we encourage parents to discuss their expectations with their child. Remind  them that every day an hour is put aside for all students to eat their lunch.

More information about school lunch time routines and school lunches can be found in the Parent Information Booklet on our website.

Quote of the week...Parenting

...... the responsibility of rearing good, kind, ethical, responsible human beings — is the biggest job anyone can embark on.  As with any risk, you have to take a leap of faith and ask lots of wonderful people for their help and guidance.... Maria Shriver

Gratitude and Mindfulness

What are three things that went well for you today?

What are the best things that happened to you today?

Who are you most grateful for and why?

What are you looking forward to most about tomorrow?

Sheryl Skewes                                       Louise Neave

Principal                                                   Assistant Principal

School News

Early dismissal Friday June 28th at 2.30pm
No assembly

To conclude the term,  students will be dismissed at 2.30pm tomorrow.

A message from our School Council President

Dear Parents and School Community,

For those of you who don't know me, my name is Bruce Baker, and it is my privilege to be serving as your current School Council President. 

This is the first of regular updates to provide you all with an update on activities from School Council. The school council is primarily focused on supporting Sheryl and her team as well as planning for the future needs for the school. Now that the new classroom facilities are ready and under the control of the school, the school council will be focused on supporting activities improving the surrounding grounds to ensure that we maximise the benefits for the students and teaching staff alike. The new facilities are absolutely fantastic, and I would encourage you all to come and have a look to see for yourselves what a difference these new learning spaces will make.

The school council has also acknowledged that we need to be doing more to communicate and inform the school community as to what is going on. To this end, we have recently created a new sub-committee whose primary focus is marketing and communication. The sub-committee will be looking at all aspects of communications that the school uses to engage and inform, both internally and externally to the wider community.

Finally, I would encourage you all to support the fantastic initiative that the Sheryl and her team have put together in regards to the Parent Expo evening on the 24th July.  It would be great to see as many of you there as possible.

Until next time, 

Regards, Bruce

President, School Council

Premier's Reading Challenge

It is not too late to join the 2019 Premier's Reading Challenge!

All of our students have been registered to participate. The school holidays are a great chance for students to read and enter books online.

It is wonderful to see more and more of our students participating. Teachers are currently checking student details and verifying books. Prep to Year 2 students have a target to read or experience 30 books. Students from Year 3 and up are challenged to read 15 books.

The Reading Challenge is open until September.

Please visit the website for more information.


Cycling Victoria

The VIC Inter-school MTB Winter series is a series of events for primary school aged students to enjoy off road cycling managed by Cycling Victoria. Please see their website for further details.

Georgia and Nikau represented Beaumaris Primary School in the first round of the VIC Inter-school MTB Winter series at Dromana Secondary College on Sunday. 

Georgia came 5th in the U13 Novice Girls and Nikau came 4th in the U11 Novice Boys event.

They both thoroughly enjoyed competing in their first mountain bike race and are sure to do it again.

The next event is 28th July at Lysterfield.

Lego Term 3


Level Low Downs


This week, the Prep students were introduced to BeeBots. They had a go at using the different functions to give their BeeBot directions. The aim was for their BeeBot to move from one location on a grid to another. It was so much fun! 

Year Two

It has been a week of reflection and celebration in Year 2.

We have celebrated end of term achievements by presenting completed pieces of work to others, including Super Hero stories and Design and Technology posters. During circle time and games we have shared positive energy and positive thoughts about our classmates through words and actions. In this chilly weather, we have made an effort to get outside into the Winter sunshine, demonstrating physical activity through skipping, jogging or walking. Today, for example, the Year 2 children walked to Beaumaris North Primary School to celebrate new friendships and have lunch with their pen pal buddies.

Year Three

As Term 2 comes to a close we reflect on the excellent learning that has happened in Year 3.

Some of our highlights include:

  • We finished off the term with our ERP Expo this week.  All students worked collaboratively to use information that they have already learnt in our subject focus lessons and their additional research to create excellent artefacts which included an Information Report, Timeline and many students explored the use of technology in creating PowerPoints and iMovies. Thank you to all the parents and special friends that came and visited to help us celebrate the work that students had proudly completed.
  • All students worked really hard on completing NAPLAN at the start of the term
  • Earlier in the term we walked to Black Rock House as part of our subject focus immersion and learnt about our local Beaumaris history.
  • We went on an excursion to CERES where all students were able to learn and experience parts of our Aboriginal history and culture.
  • We are so excited to move into our new classrooms

Congratulations to all students and their efforts this term in their learning.  All Year 3 teachers are really excited to share with you what we have planned for Term 3.  We wish all our students and families a fun and relaxing break and look forward to seeing you in Term 3.

Year Four

What a way to wrap up the end of Semester 1.  The Year 4s produced some amazing ERPs at last week’s expo. The Year 4 teachers are very impressed with the students’ dedication to their learning.  Also a big well done on an amazing Year 4 concert.  Happy holidays to all.

Year Five

End of term, wow, it’s flown. To end Term 2, the Year 5 students visited the Beaumaris Library to stock up on some holiday books. We discovered new books, shared recommendations with each other and found quiet places in the library to enjoy our new literature. We encourage the students to read as much as possible over the holidays.

To end our science focus on adaptations, we presented our collaborative task. The Year 5 students have been working in groups to create a campaign to save an endangered species of their choice. Some choices include the Baw Baw Frog, Alpine She-Oak Skink, Tasmanian Devil and Lord Howe Island Stick Insect. The presentations were fantastic. The students spoke clear, used eye-contact and spoke with a lot of persuasion.

Have a lovely holiday and we’ll see you all back in Term 3.

Year Six

Year 6 students sewing enthusiastically to repurpose fairy skirts for our upcoming Peter Pan musical. We are all looking forward to the holidays after an extremely busy and productive term.

Photo: Community Built Playground

School Information

Photo: Community Built Playground

General Office

Office Hours:           8.15am - 4.00pm

Telephone:              03  9589 2619


All visitors to the school are required to report to the office to sign in and out.  A ‘visitor’s badge’ will be issued.

Appointments with teachers must be made via the school email: 



Student absences should be reported to the school before 9.00am via the Compass portal or phoning the school office.   Any unexplained absences will result in parents/guardians receiving an email at 9.30am on the day of non-attendance requesting they update Compass with the reason for non-attendance.



In order to minimise disruption to class and maximise learning opportunities for our students, we would like to remind you that the school day starts promptly at 9.00am.  If your child is late for any reason, please sign in at the office via the Compass Kiosk and obtain a late pass to be given to the classroom teacher.  

Please ensure that if your child is leaving early that they are signed out on the Compass Kiosk before collecting them from the classroom.



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