Stop Press

01 August 2019
Issue Twenty-two
Dates to Remember
From the Principal and Assistant Principal
School News
Minato-ku 2019
Community News
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 2

School Disco

Preps from 2.30-3.30, Years 1 & 2 from 3.45 to 4.35, Year 3 & 4 from 5 to 6, Year 5 & 5 from 6.15 to 7.30

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

Year 4 Science Incursion

Monday 12

Year 3 Mad about Science

Monday 12 to Thursday 15

8.30am to 9am/3.30pm to 4pm

Scholastic Book Fair

Tuesday 13

House Athletics Years 4,5,6

Prep Incursion Nicky Johnston Author

Wednesday 14

Debating team to Brighton SC

Friday 16

Book Dress Up Day: Students to dress up as their favourite book character

Monday 19

Prep Responsible Pet Ownership

Year 6 Musical bookings open on Trybooking- for Year 6 families only

Friday 23

Years 1 & 2 Professor Bunsen incursion

Wednesday 21

Year 5 Reach Incursion

Parent Club 

Thursday 29

Upstanders (formerly known as Bully Stoppers) Forum 2019: Brighton Town Hall 8.45am

Friday 30

Father's Day Footy Breakfast, Footy Day


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: time TBC

Year 3 Expo: time TBC

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

Farewell to our visitors from Minato-ku

Our visiting Japanese students thoroughly enjoyed their week at BPS. On Monday afternoon, as a gesture of thanks, the visitors presented recorder, dance and gymnastic performances for the Year 5 and 6 students and the students from host families.

Again, thank you to our host families for extending a warm welcome to our visitors. Host families shared their day to day routines and other outings with the students from Japan. The visitors were certainly happy and relaxed and their smiling faces showed how much they enjoyed their home away from home.

Thank you to Mrs Angie Gall, Mrs Robyn Meehan and Mrs Cath Lamb for all the organisation, management and hospitality they provided to support our overseas students and staff.

Our visitors departed on Monday at 3.15pm. 

Overall the experience was a huge success. We encourage families to ask their children about the special activities and assemblies linked to the Minato-ku visitors. 

Families can view photos of the visit on our Facebook page.

Survey of Year 5 and 6 families to visit Japan

An invitation has been extended to students in Year 5 and 6  to visit Minato-ku. Parents with an interest in this opportunity for their children, are encouraged to complete the "Expression of Interest" forwarded via Compass earlier this week. An outline of the itinerary, approximate cost and proposed dates are included with the Expression of Interest Form.

If there is sufficient interest we will explore this opportunity further.

Farewell Mrs Anne Thompson and welcome
Mrs Amanda Went 

Mrs Anne Thompson commenced her family leave on Monday this week, leaving a little earlier than anticipated to ensure she is well rested for the birth of baby Thompson. Last Friday the staff, students and parents celebrated Anne's contribution to the school.  Anne has been a wonderful, highly regarded member of the teaching team and her commitment to her students and their families is greatly appreciated. We will miss her. She has worked tirelessly for the students, staff and parents at this school.

On behalf of the school community we extend our very best wishes to Anne and Jeremy at this happy time and we look forward to a visit from Anne and baby Thompson later in the year.

Welcome Mrs Amanda Went. Mrs Went spent time with Anne and 1T last week to ensure a smooth handover and transition for the students. Mrs Went is a very experienced teacher. She worked with the Year 1 teachers earlier in the year and she is very familiar with our students, our programs and routines.

Whole school Disco tomorrow evening

We hope everyone has a wonderful time.  Thank you to Parent Club for organising this very popular event.  Thank you to all the volunteers for their support and assistance on the night.

Follow up information from the Community Building parent Expo last week

In next week's Stop Press, due to requests by parents,  where possible we will provide links to additional information referenced and made available by some of the presenters.

Quote of the week

“ ‘Thank you is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding.” Alice Walker, author of "The Color Purple", novelist, poet and winner of the Pulitzer Prize.

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

Prep 2019: 100 days of school

Yesterday, the Prep students celebrated their 100th Day of School. The day was filled with fun and laughter as they participated in lots of special activities including; creating puppets of what they might look like when they are 100, a picnic and 100 activities with their Year 6 buddies. The day finished with a medal ceremony in front of their parents and special friends. Overall, the day was a huge success and a highlight of many students year thus far. 

Scholastic Book Fair Mon 12th to Thu 15th August

Our annual Scholastic Book Fair is arriving at our school soon and we are all VERY excited! There are some wonderful books coming our way to enrich our reading experiences. Students will tour the Book Fair first, during class with their teachers, compiling a wish list to bring home and discuss. Families are invited to browse through the collection of children's literature on display in the Susan Arnts Learning Centre (SALC) between 8.30 and 9am, and again between 3.30 and 4pm each day of the fair.  A percentage of sales will be used to purchase additional resources for our Library.

Book Week Dress up Day and Parade Friday 16th August 9.10am

To conclude the Book Fair and launch Book Week, on Friday 16th August we will have a dress up day. Students will be encouraged to dress up as their favourite book character. There will be a special assembly starting at 9.10am during which the students can showcase their outfits. Some of our students will also be providing a short review on some of the books which have been shortlisted during the Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards 2019. Students are asked to bring a pre-loved, primary school age-appropriate book, which is no longer needed at home but is still in good condition, from home to donate to our school, these books will be sold on the book stall at the Fete in October. We do ask that all books donated are void of any writing, drawing or personal messages.

Zoos Victoria Breeding Program

During the Year 5s’ animal adaptation study last term they visited Healesville Sanctuary. The students learnt all about Zoos Victoria’s list of the 21st most endangered animals on the South-East coast of Australia. While back at school, the Year 5 students worked on a collaborative task to create a campaign to protect one of the animals. Four students took this a step further and wanted to ensure their actions made a difference. Giselle, Millie, Xan & Lara have worked very hard over the past few weeks researching organisations, participating in meetings with Mrs Skewes and investigating cup cake recipes. On Monday the girls sold cupcakes at school to raise money for Zoos Victoria Breeding Program. They spent the weekend baking and their efforts were extremely visible from tiny details and inclusion of gluten free cupcakes. The girls raised $468.25.  Well done.

Head Lice

So far this year we have already received double the number of reports from families who have discovered head lice, than we received in the whole of last year.


Preventing head lice: there is no product available that prevents head lice. However, tying long hair back and checking weekly for lice, using the conditioner and comb method, can help prevent the spread.


The easiest and most effective way to find head lice is to use the conditioner and comb treatment weekly. This includes: 

  • Step 1. Comb hair conditioner onto dry, brushed (detangled) hair. This makes it difficult for lice to grip the hair or run around.
  • Step 2. Thoroughly comb sections of the hair with a fine tooth head lice comb.
  • Step 3. Wipe the conditioner from the comb onto a paper towel or tissue.
  • Step 4. Look on the tissue and on the comb for lice and eggs.
  • Step 5. Repeat the combing for every part of the head at least four or five times.
  • Step 6. If lice or eggs are found, the person should be treated.

Perceptions about parenting

Researchers from the University of Queensland are conducting research into parents’ opinions about parenting and programs available for parents. If you have a child between 2 and 12 years, they would love to hear your views on parenting and the services that are available to you as a parent. You will need to complete a short survey, which will remain open until the 31st of August 2019. To find out more, please visit:

Fete - Sunday 27 October 2019


Photo: Minato-ku 2019

Minato-ku 2019

Photo: Minato-ku 2019

Minato Ku Program

This year’s Minato-ku visit was again very successful. We had 20 students from the Minato-ku area visit our school for 6 days. We also had 5 teachers, a principal from Kogai Elementary school and a board of Education member.

They were hosted with families from our school and joined in classroom activities during the day.

Their first day at our school was a whole school Japan/Australia Day. The students watched a demonstration from the Wild Action Zoo and Taiko drummers. During the day they participated in Japanese and Australian activities. I think they were surprised by the costumes everyone was wearing. Ms Cooper always has many photos taken as our Sumo wrestler. Our Japanese Captains did an amazing job running the assemblies and welcoming our guests. The Japanese students had an opportunity to introduce themselves in front of the whole school and practise their English. The Japanese principal impressed everyone by doing a back flip on the stage for us!

The second day, all the Minato-ku students, the host family students and some parents attended the Melbourne Zoo to see some Australian animals.  This was a great day and everyone got time to know each other a little better. The Japanese students LOVE to sleep on the bus.

The third day the students joined in sports activities with the Year 5 & 6 students and then attended a wood work classes where they got to make a helicopter to take home. They students all loved doing this, even though it got a bit noisy!

The weekend was spent with the host families and they all got to do amazing activities and join in with the family sporting events.

On their last day, the Japanese students performed for our Year 5 & 6 students and showed us their special skills and talents. They even did a quiz for us that we had to try and answer.  We presented them with some small gifts from our school and certificates.

It was time for everyone to say goodbye to new friends that were made. A few tears but everyone had a great time and agreed to keep in touch.

Thank you so much to the Beaumaris families for opening up their homes to make this a great experience for our community.  We look forward to the next visit.

Host Family Feedback

Thanks for organising everything Gall Sensei. We’ve had a great week with Kinari and Hana, my girls Sophie and Paige were very sad to say goodbye today, Paige has still had tears tonight! The girls had a lovely bond, they were teaching us Japanese words, and we were teaching them English words. It was a lovely experience the girls will treasure. We took the girls bowling on Friday night (they had never been before), then a trip to the city to Victoria market and shopping at Smiggle (they were obsessed by Smiggle which isn’t in Japan), and Sunday we went to the Dandenongs and did tree climbing/zip lining with them which was an amazing experience. Thanks again, it was great cultural experience for us and the girls are speaking a lot more Japanese now! 

We will be in Japan in January skiing, and the girls hope to catch up in Tokyo hopefully when we are there. 

McMinn Family


We were very lucky to have spent a wonderful week with two beautiful, well mannered girls - Wako and Aoi who were an absolute delight!

We spent our time with them enjoying many different activities including bowling, visiting the Brighton beach boxes, the Melbourne Zoo, Southland, the city (and its many attractions) and of course lots of hilarious charades (due to the language barrier). The girls were also incredibly outgoing when it came to food - they tried all sorts of Aussie delights including roast lamb, Vegemite, Milo and Tim Tams.

For such young adventurers, we were very impressed with the way they adapted to our lifestyle, their maturity and their behaviour. We all enjoyed their visit very much and will miss their smiling faces. We hope they enjoyed their Aussie visit as much as we enjoyed hosting them.

Fraser Family


Hi, I’m Ed and I just had two Japanese students stay with me, Ken and Toru. It was probably the best experience of my life. We went to the Zoo and also did tons of cool and fun things at our farm. It  was really fun trying to translate everything they said. Overall we had a great time and hope to stay in contact.  Ed


Over this past week I have gained so much from this experience. I would love to do this again and would highly recommend it to anybody else. It has been so much fun learning about their school life and  showing them our school life. Overall we had a great time together and hope to see them again another time. Isla


Hi I’m Hailey and my two Japanese students were Manami and Hina. The experience was so fun, going to the zoo with them was a big highlight as we got to see so many Australian animals, for once the Koala was out and about eating its gum leaves. Having them was really fun and I learnt so many new Japanese words. If I could have them again I would definitely! Hailey

Hi my name is Sienna and my two Japanese students were Waka and Aoi. This was my first time getting Japanese students and it was amazing, they were so kind and sweet. We had so much fun going into the city and going to the very top of the Eureka tower. I loved going to the zoo and showing them all of the native and Australian animals. I was so sad to see them go but it was such an amazing experience that I would love to do again. Sienna


Hi my name is Tahli, and this was also my first time getting Japanese students. My Japanese students where called Lisa and Chisa . I had an amazing time  with Lisa and  Chisa. Going bowling with them, seeing things I have never seen before, too. I loved going to make our own kit-kat in the city. It was very sad to leave them but I hope I can see them if I go to Japan or they come and see me.   Tahli

Community News



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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