23 November 2017
Term 4, 2017 - Issue 4
Principal's Report
Upcoming Dates/Events
General School News
Year 6 Camp
Year Level News
Japanese News
Mathletics Heroes
Fete Donations
Interview with Ms Maddison
Compass Tips!
Do You Know?
Interview with a Volunteer
Our Events & Volunteers
 Stay Smart Online
Brave Program for Anxiety
Mental Health Matters 
2017 School Dates
General Information
Important School Rules
Beaumaris North Primary School
(03) 9589 5449
Wood Street
Beaumaris, Victoria, 3193

Principal's Report


Term 4

It is frightening to think that we have less than 21 work days until the end of the school year.  The staff are currently finalising end of year requirements as well as planning for the 2018 school year.

Mobile Phone Use at BNPS

This is a reminder that students are not permitted to use mobile phones in our school or school grounds at any time. The 'BNPS eSmart Policy' and  the 'eSmart Use of ICT Guidelines' state:

‘Mobile phones and other personal electronic devices may only be brought to school with prior permission of the Principal. Parents and students must comply with the conditions of use as outlined in Section 8 of the BNPS ‘eSmart Use of ICT Guidelines’, which prohibits students from accessing mobile phones and other personal electronic devices within the school grounds. ‘

Our Remembrance Day Ceremony

Congratulations to the Year 6 students and their teachers for presenting an extremely moving and meaningful Remembrance Day Service on Friday 10 November.


The dedication and sincere commitment given to this very special occasion by our students is an awe inspiring example to everyone in attendance as to what students can really achieve.


I would also like to congratulate the members of our student body for their behaviour and attentiveness throughout the service.

Open Classrooms

Today we held our final 'Open Classrooms' for 2017. Many parents took the opportunity to visit and the children were extremely happy to see family members in their classroom as well as our specialist spaces.

Riding in the School Grounds

Please note that the riding of bicycles, scooters and skateboards is not permitted in our school grounds during school hours (8.45 - 3.45pm) daily.

It is also a timely reminder for all families to discuss with their child, the safety requirements when riding on the roads. Recently I have had several phone calls from concerned parents and various members of the public raising concerns about the manner in which some of our students are riding their bicycles after school hours.


Family Christmas Carols Evening

The Carols evening will be the first official use of our amphitheatre. The children are currently learning their item for this special family evening. Our Choir has been rehearsing for many weeks now and I would like to sincerely thank our Music staff for the many hours given to this very special event If you have not purchased your family ticket yet please do so via QKR.


Camping Program

Our 2017 camping program has now concluded and I would like to sincerely thank the staff who gave up their time to attend the camps.

It is always a huge relief when the buses arrive back at school and everyone is safe and sound.

World Teachers Day Lunch

I would like to sincerely thank two 'Parents and Friends' families, Garreth and Shiobhan Wilson and Greg and Ilana Blampied for preparing a beautiful sit down lunch for our staff. 

In actual fact, both Ilana and  Shiobhan volunteered their husbands skills for this event as they are both chefs! The staff were very appreciative of this kind gesture.

2018 Structure

We are in the process of putting staff to classes for next year.  We have agreed on our class structure, which will be 28 straight classes with 4 grades at each level.


The staffing component has not been finalised due to many unknown variables that are still unfolding.


Sherril Duffy












Upcoming Dates/Events


Friday 24 November

Whole-school Head Lice Check (9.00 - 10.30am)

Year 6 Japanese Incursion

Y3 & 4 Senior Disco (6.00 - 7.15pm)

Y5 & 6 Senior Disco (7.30 - 8.45pm)


Monday 27 November

Art Incursion - Year 3 & 6


Tuesday 28 November

Year 6 Literature Groups Morning Tea (9.15am)


Wednesday 29 November

2018 Prep Orientation (9.30 - 10.45am)

Art Incursion - Prep, Year 1 & 2

Instrumental Music Program Soiree (6.20 - 7.20pm & 7.30 - 8.30pm)


Thursday 30 November

Year 1 Werribee Zoo Excursion

Instrumental Music Program Soiree (6.20 - 7.20pm & 7.30 - 8.30pm)


Friday 1 December

Art Incursion - Year 4 & 5

Uniform Shop Open (3 - 3.45pm)


Monday 4 December

Year 4 Media Magic Incursion


Tuesday 5 December

Year 5 Thank you High Tea (2.45pm)


Wednesday 6 December

Special Y5/6 Assembly (2.45pm, SLC)

School Council Meeting


Friday 8 December

BNPS Carols Night (6.15 - 7.30pm)


Saturday 9 December

Beaumaris Farmers Market (8.00am - 1.00pm)


Monday 11 December

Year 2 Dance Around the World Incursion


Tuesday 12 December

Year 6 Orientation Day

Year 3 Junior Choir Visit (2pm, Seaside Manor)


Wednesday 13 December

Prep Drama Toolbox Incursion

Singing Recital (6.30pm, MPR)


Friday 15 December

Last Canteen Day for 2017


Monday 18 December

End-of-term Canteen Clean


Tuesday 19 December

Year 6 Graduation


Wednesday 20 December

Last Uniform Shop Day for 2017 (8.45 - 10.00am)


Thursday 21 December

Year 6 Big Day Out


Friday 22 December

Last Day of School for 2017 (1.30pm dismissal)


Tuesday 30 January 

Term 1 commences at 9am (9.30am for Prep) 


Saturday 24 March

BNPS Fete (9am - 3pm)


Tuesday 7 August

BNPS Concert


General School News

Book Club 

Book Club Pamphlets have been sent home this week. Orders must be placed by close of business on Wednesday 29 November. For detailed instructions on how to order, please visit:



Please note:  BNPS no longer accepts payment for Book Club orders - all orders must be paid by credit card online via LOOP (orders that have not been paid via LOOP will be returned to you).

If you wish to place a ‘surprise’ order, please email Jane Garvey at:

[email protected] indicating that you would like to collect the order yourself and include your preferred contact number.

A Bit of Fun!

Two of our cute Preps having a dance at lunch time!

Class Contact Lists for 2018

Previously all parents have consented to the inclusion of their contact details on our Class Contact Lists. We will assume, unless you tell us otherwise, that you are happy for your details to be included on the 2018 Class Contact Lists to be distributed via email at the end of 2017. Of course please let us know if any of your details have changed (or will be changing) by emailing [email protected] at your earliest convenience.

Please note that a copy of the current Class Contact Lists can be found in the Compass News Feed. Thank you.

Carols Night - 8 December

A special thank you to all families for supporting this event. We know that many of you have made special arrangements to ensure that your child can attend. Following is some important things to know about our Family Carols Evening.



We are promoting the occasion as a ‘family friendly event’ and so are encouraging the non-consumption of alcohol. We hope that all family members, including children, will sit together and sing joyfully in the spirit of the occasion!



There will be an area near the front where families can sit on the ground. Picnic rugs are a good idea. Towards the back there will be an area to bring your own chairs. NO TABLES PLEASE!



All students should sit with their family members unless they are lining up for their item. The playgrounds nearby will be OUT OF BOUNDS. We need to show our young performers the respect they deserve, so we want an audience that is showing their appreciation for their efforts. Therefore it is important that all students stay with their families when they are not on stage.



To save you the trouble, Mrs Claire Badley (Year 6 Teacher), will be taking photographs of our young performers throughout the event. These will be uploaded and made available to you online. THEREFORE WE ASK THAT YOU STAY WHERE YOU ARE SEATED AND DO NOT CROWD THE FRONT AREA TO TAKE PHOTOGRAPHS.



On the week of the performance,  you will be sent a link so you can either download and print a copy of the program or read it direct on the night from your device.

The students at BNPS take great delight in performing for their families and are currently working very hard preparing their items. It will be a great privilege to use the amphitheatre for our first performance!


Make sure you purchase your family ticket ($20) which includes a glow novelty for all BNPS students. Additional glow novelties (flashing flower lei for girls, skull necklace for boys!) can be purchased for siblings at $4 each. Tickets available via Qkr > School Events or at the Office. It promises to be a wonderful night!

Sandy Davies and Jo Ratten

Music Teachers

Christmas Advent Calendar Stall 

Christmas is fast approaching and we have received a kind donation of Christmas Chocolate Advent Calendars which we would like to sell next week. What’s required?

  • Set up a couple of trestle tables in the school grounds and layout the advent calendars!
  • Sell the Advent Calendars on any day (before school from 8.45 – 9.15am and or after school from 3 – 3.30pm).
  • Pack up the stall!

All proceeds will go directly to Parents & Friends and those who run the stall will have a say in exactly where the money goes within the school! 

Please email Laura Fitzpatrick (Parents & Friends Chairperson) at [email protected] if you and some of your friends are keen to make this happen - thanks in advance for your support!

OzChild Wishing Tree

We are very excited to announce that this year Beaumaris North Primary School is once again going to be involved with the OzChild Christmas Wishing Tree program. This wonderful program provides Christmas presents for children who are in foster care, have a disability or come from low income families who would otherwise not receive presents.

We feel this initiative greatly supports our school attributes of developing caring and inquiring students who we are always encouraging to take action. It would be delightful to support those in our community less fortunate than us and for our students to see the benefits of giving to others.


If you are interested in supporting this program please fill out the green slip that was sent home with your child(ren) and return it to school at the earliest convenience. Once parental permission has been granted we will provide a gift tag outlining the name of the child, their age and general interests to assist you with purchasing a gift.


It is asked that you please do not wrap presents as all the gifts received will need to be checked before being given to the children. All gifts are asked to be delivered to the school before Wednesday 13 December.


We look forward to once again supporting the OzChild Wishing Tree Program to help support others in our community.


The Junior School Council

Premiers’ Reading Challenge Honour Roll 2017

Congratulations to all students who participated, particularly those who successfully reached their target. The online honour roll is now available for all students who completed the Challenge, where consent was given for their names to be published.  It can be accessed at:  www.education.vic.gov.au/prc > 2017 Honour Roll.  

Jane Garvey and Crissa Cody-Smith














Year 6 Camp

November 13 - 17

The 2017 Year 6 Camp was held at PGL Adventure Camp, Campaspe Downs on the outskirts of the stunning Macedon Ranges. Students participated in several outdoor activities including; Canoeing, Swimming, Possum Glider, Centipede, Raft Building, Initiatives Course, Leap of Faith, Orienteering, Giant Swing, Low Ropes Course, Abseiling, Flying Fox, Archery and Aeroball!


Student Reflection by Bella S

Year 6 went down to Campaspe Downs for Year 6 camp 2017. We went for five days and four nights and did a bunch of activities like canoeing, abseiling, archery, leap of faith, giant swing, raft building, orienteering, team challenge, low ropes, initiatives course, wild games, climbing and hut building.


We had breakfast every morning and then activities from 9am. We only stopped for lunch and then more activities in the afternoon. Free time was before dinner and then we had fun doing whole group activities before bed.


The first two days were really hot and so raft building and canoeing were really fun. Later in the week the rain started to pour down. Even though it was raining everyone loved the giant swing.


On the way back we stopped at Williamstown and spent our money on any lunch we wanted. The weather had cleared up just in time for us to sit in the park and enjoy our lunch. Overall the Year 6s and teachers had a wonderful time!


Year Level News

Prep Aquarium Excursion

On Wednesday 15 November the Prep children went to the Melbourne Aquarium - here's what they had to say!


We saw lots of amazing sea creatures like penguins, sea stars, turtles, sting rays, jellyfish, sea horses, sea dragons and even a shark! We learnt lots of interesting facts about sea creatures and their habitats.


We all got to hold sea sponges, shark eggs, shells and we even got to pat a sea star.


On the way home we went to Allnutt Park for lunch and a play on the playground. Some of our Mum and Dads came too. We had the BEST day ever!!!


The Prep Students 


Year 2 - Skye Taking Action!

Skye M (2D) proudly displaying some action which she took regarding our Central Idea: The Past Influences our Present and Future. 

Skye independently researched different generations of her family tree and presented it to the class. Well done Skye!

Year 3 Local Community Walk

On Tuesday the Year 3 students walked down to Concourse to tie in with our final Unit of Inquiry ‘How we Organise Ourselves.’


Our central idea is ‘Communities are organised differently’. The students took their notepads with them and made notes about the types of shops that are at the Concourse and any other observations they made. 


After enjoying a Calippo icy pole to cool down, we returned to school where the students mapped the Concourse on grid paper to tie in with our current maths focus on mapping.


Year 3 Team


Year 2 Celebration!

All the Princesses and Prince Charmings of Year 2 attended a very important ceremony yesterday. Mr Stanbrook’s wedding rehearsal!


To celebrate Pete’s upcoming wedding on Saturday, the children made crowns or ties fit for the occasion, wrote some wedding vowels for the bride and groom. They celebrated Mr Stanbrook’s wedding as he exchanged burger rings with his wife to be Courtney (or rather a very beautiful looking puppet!).


The children made a Guard of Honour as he made his way to and from the ceremony.



Year 6 Scienceworks Excursion

To further engage students in their ‘How the World Works’ Unit of Inquiry, yesterday the Year 6 students explored Scienceworks and the Planetarium!



Japanese News

Calligraphy Winners

Our students from Year 1 – Year 6 participated in the JLTAV (Japanese Language Teachers’ Association of Victoria) calligraphy contest last term and we have received good news! Veronica S (1C), Ben B (3B) and Charlotte L (5A) have won third prize in the contest!


おめでとう!(Congratulations!) We are so proud of their efforts.


Koji sensei

Teacher of Japanese



Year 5 Percussion

The Year 5 students enjoyed their tuned percussion lesson. I hope you enjoy listening to them play 'Rockin' Train'.


Sandra Davies

Music Teacher







Mathletics Heroes

Congratulations to the following students who earned at least 5000 Participation Points from 6  - 19 November – some on more than one occasion!

  • Dilan K (5B) - 5000
  • Dilan K (5B) – 5000
  • Lucas S (1D) - 5466
  • Natalia H (5A) – 5080
  • Natalia H (5A) - 5170
  • Piotr M (PD)  – 5070
  • Sebastian B (3B) - 7677

The following students were the lucky recipients of the weekly Super Mathlete Trophy:

  • Sebastian B

  • Natalia H


Classes 1B, 1D and 3D topped the Mathletics Awards with the most certificates.


Well done everybody!


Students who earn at least 5000 Participation Points go into the running to take hold of the Super Mathlete Trophy which they get to enjoy for seven days in class. Every child who achieves 1000 Participation Points or more in a week is celebrated in their classroom!


For more information on Mathletics, please see:  






Year 5 Lacrosse

Last Friday 17 November, I took 20 very excited boys and girls to the Lacrosse Tournament at Sandringham College. We had a Year 5 Boys team and a Year 5 Girls team who competed in separate competitions. Both teams spent the 3 week lead up training with Garett from Lacrosse Victoria (and myself), so we were prepared and eager to show our skills.


The Girls team: Jayde G, Jess S, Jaz F, Maddy C, Bridget M, Trin M, Maya S, Holly B, Lily M and Amy P won 4 out of 5 of their matches to proceed to the final against Beaumaris Primary.


In the Final they went down 3-1 however there were some Year 6 students in the Beaumaris team so it was a hard fought match. The girls can hold their heads up high as in my eyes they were the best Year 5 team there - great result and awesome effort girls!


The Boys team: Nathanial H, Nate L, Darcy H, Harry H, Charlie R, Ashton W, Ted C, Angus H, Matt M and Max C won 3 games, lost 1 and drew 1 in all hard fought matches with the boys improving as the day went on.  They also made the Final to be up against Hampton Primary School. The game was a nail biter and contested hard by both teams to finish 1-1. It then went to Golden Goal which means the first team to score wins and unfortunately for us with some bad calls, Hampton were first to get the ball in the net. We were humble in defeat and congratulated the winners and left feeling exhausted but proud of the performance.




BOYS - Ted C


Kirsty Hall

PE Co-ordinator


Victorian Team Vice-Captain!

Last Sunday Jake D (6A) was announced as the Victorian Team Vice-Captain at the Team Vic presentations! Jake was made Captain of the Cross Country team earlier in the year and this double honour in a season is exceptionally rare in Team Vic. Jake, we are very proud of both your competitive achievements and the leadership qualities you are demonstrating and wish you all the best at the Pacific School Games (Adelaide) for Track & Field at the end of next week . Go Jake!!!


Team Vic Swim Athletes!

BNPS is very proud of two amazing girls who have both qualified for the SSV Team that heads off to the Pan Pacific Games in Adelaide next week to compete for their State against the best swimmers in Australia.


Holly N (Year 6) will compete in: 50m Freestyle, 100m Freestyle, 200m Freestyle and 50m Butterfly plus 2 Relays.


Kiara M (Year 4) will compete in: 50m Backstroke, 100m Back stroke and 2 Relays.

Both girls have excelled in swimming this year finishing in the top 2 consistently in these events from District Level through to State way back in Term 1, 2017.


We wish you both the best of luck and most of all enjoy the fabulous experience and friendships that you will make while you are there.



Victorian Gymnastics Competition

A HUGE congratulations to Jayde G (5C) and Amelie H (6B) for their outstanding achievements at the recent Junior Victorian Gymnastics Competition.

Jayde won Vault and came 6th overall in her age group, and Amelie placed 6th on Beam, 6th on Floor and came 8th overall in her age group - an amazing result for both girls out of a very tough competition field!


Fete Donations

Week 1 Grade Donations Winner - Prep A!

Thank you so much to all of the families who brought in 'Lucky Bags' last week – we received a total of 232 bags! The winning class collector was Prep A  –  we hope you enjoyed your fruit tubes!

Next Week's Grade Donations - Small Prizes!

Next week (27 November - 1 December), students are kindly asked to bring in items to be used as prizes (new items only please e.g. from a $2 shop) e.g. small toys, key rings, balls, hair accessories, stickers, note books, pencils, pens, notebooks, erasers, bracelets, necklaces and rings etc – NO McDonald’s toys please!

There is a ‘Grade Donations Box’ in each classroom and of course a special trophy & fruit tube vouchers for the class winner! Thanking you in advance for your generous support!

Quality Second-hand Goods

Whilst we are thrilled with all of the ‘any time’ donations that are coming in, please remember that all second-hand items must be clean, saleable and in good working order!


If items are not in the above mentioned condition, we need to arrange disposal which is costly for the school and takes up the precious time of our volunteers!


Thanks in advance for your cooperation!

Raising funds for our school's Digital Technologies Program and the redevelopment of the McDonald Street Playground!





Interview with Ms Maddison

By Skye and Finn - Year 2



How long have you been teaching at BNPS?

I had my 21st birthday here, so 15 years and I have only had time off for family leave.

Do you have any hobbies?

Yes, I have my own jewellery brand called 'Mad Stitches', I love making all the designs and then selling them online or at local shops. 

How many kids do you have?

I have two boys, a 9 year old who is in Year 3 and a 11 year old who is in Year 5.

Do your kids go to BNPS?

No, I live in Aspendale and my boys go to Aspendale Primary.

If you were not a teacher what would you be? 

Finn - are your parents farmers?


No, they are not! If I was not a teacher I would like to be a professional shopper and my all time dream job would be working on Play School.

Is Art your favourite subject?

I do love Art, but I love PE and studied that at University.

What is your favourite piece of art you have made?

Most recently it would be the Mandalas I've been making.

Do you like Mona Lisa? 

​Finn - I think it is ugly!


Yes I do!  I saw the painting at the Louvre in Paris, it was fantastic.

What is your favourite Christmas carol? 

Skye mine is Santa Claus is Coming.


My favourite all time Christmas carol is 'War is Over' by John Lennon.

Compass Tips!

Revealing ALL Information in the News Feed

Make sure you tap on the item to reveal all of the information contained in the post (including attachments!) when accessing the News Feed via the app - see photos below!

Three dots will appear at the end of the text if there is more information to reveal!

Full-day Absences

Parent approvals for full-day absences can be entered ahead of time OR retrospectively by simply changing the start and finsih dates. Where possible, approvals should be entered prior to the absence occurring.


Please note there is no need to change the default times of 8am - 5pm when reporting a full-day absence.


Do You Know?

Do you know that students in Prep - Year 5 participate in an internal school Transition Program?

The aim of this program is to provide a variety of transition activities to facilitate a positive transition experience for students moving up to their new year level. In the coming weeks students will transition to their new classroom where they spend some time with their new teacher and classmates. 




Do you know who our School Cleaner is?

Lee Skaftouros. Lee has been at BNPS for over 30 years now!

Interview with a Volunteer

Helen Moore

(and Madeleine & Eloise!)

Why do you volunteer at BNPS?

I'm a great believer in the saying that ‘you only get out what you put in’. I want my kids to have the best experience at school and in order for that to happen, the school needs me and other parents to help and support them.

What year level are your children in?

2B and 2D.

What roles have you volunteered for during your time at BNPS?

I have helped at the Mother's Day Stall and Grandparent's Morning Tea, I’m a Class Rep and on the School Disco and Fete Committees.

What is your background/current role (outside of BNPS!)?

I'm the Finance Manager for a company called Madman Entertainment. I'm lucky enough to be working part time!

What do you do during your free time?

I love to exercise in the little time that I have outside of working and being a mum!

What’s the best thing about BNPS?

Aside from being a 5 minute walk from my house…I love that my kids love this school!

Our Events & Volunteers

Senior Disco (Y3 - 6)

The Senior Disco is being held tomorrow  (Friday 24 November) for Year 3 & 4 (6 - 7.15PM) and Year 5 & 6 (7.30 - 8.45pm). A very BIG thank you once again to our Disco Organisers: Sally Powell, Claire Nicholls, Helen Moore and Bernadette Gooda for stepping up to organise this in addition to the Junior Disco!


Thank you also to Cameron Duncan for creating the very professional Senior Disco poster and of course to the many parents who have worked behind the scenes and/or volunteered to assist on the night - we have no doubt that the students will have a fabulous time!


New Fete Committee Members!

Thank you to the following parents who have stepped up for the following roles - we now have a full committee!

  • Glenn King & Marnie Kocent – Entertainment
  • Ros Chatfield – Sponsorship
  • Halley Welsh - Secretary

Thank you also to the amazing stall convenors for the great turn out at last night's Fete Stalls Information Session - it's great to have you on board!

Woolworths Sausage Sizzles

A BIG thank you to Vanessa Tyrer for organising two Woolworths Sausage Sizzles with the support of Kiwanis (thank you Pauline and John!) and of course to the wonderful parents who gave up their time to help out or donate on the day. $350.75 was raised for our new Wellbeing Room! 


FAC Bunnings BBQ

A massive thank you to Tom Johnson (FAC President) and the wonderful FAC members who donned their chefs aprons to feed the masses at Bunnings Mentone last Saturday. In total they served over:

  • 1,158 snags
  • 55 loaves of bread
  • 228 Cans of soda
  • 120 bottles of water

for an AMAZING total profit of $2,335!!!

A HUGE thanks to the following Dads for giving up their time to support our school:

  • Corey M
  • Louis R
  • Rich S
  • Stu O
  • Marcus L
  • PJ C
  • Nigel C
  • Drew J
  • Jason L
  • Windsor K
  • Wayne P
  • Garreth W
  • Paul C
  • Michael T
  • Nick H
  • Stu M
  • Tim S

Quite a few school families visited Bunnings on the day which was fantastic - what a great community!

Year 6 Literature Groups

Thank you so much to the following Year 6 Literature Program reading mums for their valuable time this year. They have given the children a very rich, engaging and positive experience reading high quality literature that the children may not have read by themselves. 

  • Kerrie Burgess
  • Susan Vastag
  • Suzi Appel
  • Megan Worley
  • Michelle Keogh
  • Maryanne Keat
  • Nicole McClure
  • Gita Pearce
  • Abi Henderson
  • Jenny Cameron




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Brave Program for Anxiety

FREE online program for children and parents!

The BRAVE Program is a ten-week interactive, online program for the treatment and early intervention of anxiety problems in children and teenagers. It consists of ten sessions that are completed by the child, and five or six sessions for their parents.


The program is designed for the four most common types of anxiety in young people: social anxiety, generalised anxiety, separation anxiety and specific phobias. The treatment incorporates cognitive behavioural anxiety management strategies, including psycho-education; relaxation training; recognition of the body signs of anxiety; cognitive strategies of coping self-talk and cognitive restructuring; graded exposure; problem solving; and self-reinforcement. Parents also learn these strategies in dedicated parent sessions, in addition to psycho-education about youth anxiety and training in contingency management strategies. Parent sessions are designed to empower the parent to help their child or adolescent implement strategies and effectively manage situations in which their child becomes anxious.

The sessions are engaging and interactive, whilst keeping in mind the developmental age of the intended audience. Eye-catching graphics, sounds, games and quizzes are used through the sessions to maintain the young person’s level of interest. Sessions include explanations of CBT techniques, real-life examples to demonstrate how each skill can be implemented, opportunities for the participant to apply the technique to their own anxiety-provoking situations and homework exercises that are reviewed at the beginning each new session.



Mental Health Matters 

KidsMatter Information Sheets

KidsMatter provides families with a range of information sheets to help them support children’s mental health and wellbeing, and to recognise if and when professional help is needed. They contain practical information, tips, and strategies across a range of common childhood issues, and were prepared by professionals experienced in the area of children’s mental health and development.


2017 School Dates

Term Dates


Tuesday 31 January - Friday 31 March

(2.30pm dismissal)



Tuesday 18 April - Friday 30 June 

(2.30pm dismissal)



Monday 17 July - Friday 22 September (

2.30pm dismissal)



Monday 9 October - Friday 22 December 

(1.30pm dismissal)

Public Holidays

  • Monday 13 March - Labour Day
  • Friday 14 April - Good Friday
  • Monday 17 April - Easter Monday
  • Tuesday 25 April - ANZAC Day
  • Monday 12 June - Queen's Birthday
  • Friday 29 September - Grand Final Day
  • Tuesday 7 November - Melbourne Cup Day

School Council Meetings

  • Wednesday 15 March (AGM)
  • Wednesday 26 April
  • Wednesday 24 May
  • Wednesday 28 June
  • Wednesday 26 July
  • Wednesday 23 August
  • Wednesday 25 October
  • Wednesday 22 November
  • Wednesday 6 December

General Information

School Phone Number - 9589 5449

The Office is unattended from 8.40am to 8.50am daily (due to compulsory staff briefing) and closes at 4pm (earlier on the last day of term). The phone is switched to the answering machine at this time. 



Please enter approval notes for full-day absences via the Compass Parent Portal.



Please sign in/out via the Kiosk at the Office (do not enter on Compass).



If you are visiting the school for ANY reason between 9.00am and 3.30pm (with the exception of usual school pick-up/drop off), you must report your arrival and departure via the Kiosk at the Office for Emergency Management purposes.

School Payments

Qkr (pronounced ‘Quicker’) is a FREE app to enable you to use your smartphone to make school payments (without having to give your child cash to carry to school) including Canteen and Uniform Shop orders, and various school event payments. A web-based version is also available. 

For more information, please see:  http://beaumarisnorthps.vic.edu.au/parent-information/payments/qkr/

School Hours

Class Times

9.00am - 11.00am

11.30am - 1.30pm (Fruit break at 12.30pm)

2.30pm - 3.30pm


Break Times

11.00am - 11.30am (Recess)

1.30pm - 2.30pm (Lunch)


The Canteen is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (not the days beginning with ‘T’!) and Sushi is available on Mondays and Wednesdays.

All orders must be placed by 8.30am via Qkr (students can also purchase items with cash at recess and lunch).

Uniform Shop

Uniforms can be ordered via Qkr and providing stock is available, orders will be filled within a week and delivered to your child’s classroom. There is also a large offering of great value second-hand items available for purchase at the Uniform Shop (located in the Prep breezeway) which is open from 8.45 – 9.30am every Friday morning (unless notified via Compass).

You can also contact the Uniform Shop via email: [email protected]

Lost Property

Lost Property is stored in the bins located in the Prep Breezeway. It is the student’s responsibility to promptly collect any lost property.  At the end of each Term, ALL unclaimed items (named or unnamed) are donated to the Uniform Shop for re-sale. 

Please ensure all your child’s belongings are clearly labelled with their name including, lunch boxes, drink bottles, hats and clothing.

Important School Rules

Two Minute Zone

There are two ‘Kiss N Go’ zones on Wood Street where you can quickly drop and collect your child – this is NOT a parking area – you are NOT allowed to park for longer than two minutes, double-park or go into school.

You may get out of your car (within 2 minutes) but if you need to walk your child in, you must park in one of the surrounding streets, in a legal parking area.

Riding in the School Grounds

Riding of scooters, bikes, skateboards etc., is NOT permitted in the school grounds at drop-off or pick-up (school and non-school children).

Staff Carparks

For safety reasons, parents and students are NOT permitted to walk through staff car parks OR use them for parking .














Dogs in the School Grounds

Dogs ARE permitted to be brought into the school grounds but MUST be kept on a hand-held leash between the hours of 7.30am and 6.00pm (when our students are in attendance and when our Outside School Hours Care program is operating).

It is the responsibility of the dog owner to clean up after their dog (and remove from school property).


NO adults are to access student toilets for their own use at any time. If non-school children require the urgent use of an amenity, student toilets may be used under strict parent supervision. If a parent requires the urgent use of an amenity, the disabled toilet in the main building may be used (‘Staff’ toilets are for staff only).

No Hat, No Play!

All children are required to wear a broad brimmed bottle green hat for protection from the sun from 1 September to 30 April. See BNPS SunSmart Policy.


Volunteers - Working with Children Check

Anyone wishing to volunteer at BNPS 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/ 


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