20 July 2017
Term 3, 2017 - Issue 1
2017 School Dates
Principal's Report
Year 6 PYP Exhibition
Visual Arts
Reboot Campaign
OSHC Tennis
Do You Know?
Student Achievement
Interview with Ms Cody-Smith
General Information
Important School Rules
Beaumaris North Primary School
(03) 9589 5449
Wood Street
Beaumaris, Victoria, 3193

2017 School Dates


Wednesday 26 July

Fete Information Evening (7.30 - 8.30pm)

School Council Meeting (7.30pm)


Thursday 27 July

Year 6 Exhibition (3.00pm - 6.00pm)


Tuesday 1 August

Class Representatives Meeting (9.00am)


Monday 7 August

Year 4 Body Investigators Incursion


Wednesday 9 August

Year 2 Imax Excursion


Saturday 12 August

Beaumaris Farmers Market (8.00am - 1.00pm)


Tuesday 15 August

Open Classrooms (2.40 - 3.20pm)


Friday 18 - Friday 25 August

Book Week


Wednesday 23 August

House Athletics Carnival (Y3 - 6)

School Council Meeting (7.30pm)


Thursday 24 & Friday 25 August

Curriculum Days

School Camps


Wednesday 18 - Friday 20 October



Monday 23 - Friday 27 October



Monday 13 - Friday 17 November

Carols Night

Friday 8 December



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


Term Dates


Tuesday 31 January - Friday 31 March



Tuesday 18 April - Friday 30 June



Monday 17 July - Friday 22 September



Monday 9 October - Friday 22 December

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

Principal's Report

Message from the Principal


Our New-look Newsletter

Welcome to Term 3 and our new-look newsletter! Not only is the newsletter easier to read and navigate, it is also mobile friendly! As always, we welcome your feedback on this change and hope you enjoy your first read.

Amphitheatre Construction

After 15 months of planning, the Amphitheatre construction commenced during the school holidays.


I would like to sincerely thank Mr Glen King (Parent and School Council Member) for the countless hours given to the organisation of this project. Glen has liaised with the architect, the builder, the landscaper and members of School Council over many months giving his time freely to ensure that this project is delivered efficiently and within budget.


The construction of the amphitheatre itself has been made possible by the 2016 Fete proceeds. In coming weeks the uprights for the installation of a huge shade sail will be erected. The cost of the sail is made possible by our recent raffle and school funds.

Year 6 Exhibition

Our Year Six Exhibition is fast approaching and we are looking forward to seeing the students in action in the Senior Learning Centre. They have been researching and investigating issues that sparked their interest, making them want to find out more about the topic and share their findings with the school community. There is an invitation to this event in this Newsletter.


Student Led Conferences Term 3

This Term the students will be involved in Student Led Conferences. These Conferences provide the opportunity for our students to share their learning with their parents. Students may reflect and discuss their work samples, identifying their strengths and areas for improvement. They also give their parents the chance to gain a clear insight into what they are doing at school. Further information about Student Led Conferences will be provided in the lead up to the conferences.

DET Parent Opinion Survey 2017

Each year the Department of Education and Training (DET) randomly selects parents from each Victorian Government school for its Parent Opinion Survey. This year the survey period is 7 - 27 August.

The Department is excited to announce a refreshed school Parent Opinion Survey for 2017, which will take place this Term. The survey has been updated to align with the Framework for Improving Student Outcomes and the refreshed Attitudes to School Survey. Core measures from the previous survey have been retained for data continuity purposes. The refreshed survey seeks parent opinion on measures of school climate, student engagement and effective teaching practice known to influence student engagement and student outcomes; and will provide schools with actionable insights in key elements for school improvement. The survey will be completed online via the secure survey portal managed by ORIMA Research Pty Ltd, and can be completed by parents on any device connected to the internet.


There will be no paper survey option and our school will provide access to computer facilities for any parents who are unable to complete the survey online using their own devices.

Recent Principals Forum

Last Term Moira (Assistant Principal) and I attended the SEVR Principals Forum held in the Convention Centre. It was a busy, but reassuring conference in that the content reinforced our current direction and teaching and learning practises at Beaumaris North Primary School. We listened to International Educational leaders as well as our own Victorian leaders. Key messages highlighted the need for Shared Belief and Understandings including:

  • All students can achieve high standards given the right time and the right support
  • All teachers can teach to high standards given the right assistance
  • High expectations and early and ongoing intervention are essential
  • Leaders and teachers need to be able to articulate what they do and why they teach the way they do

All Professional Learning teams should embrace good teaching by ensuring that:

  • Learning Intentions lead to
  • Success Criteria which then leads to
  • Descriptive feedback
  • Then Peer and Self-Assessment and finally, Individual Goal Setting

The five key questions for students are:

  • What are you learning? Why?
  • How are you doing?
  • How do you know?
  • How can you improve?
  • Where do you go for help?

All of the above is a reflection of the journey we have been taking in the last 18 months.

End-of-Term Survey – Term2, 2017

At the end of last Term we gave parents the opportunity to respond to a two question survey via Compass. The responses are summarised below:

Please tell us what you think we do well

  • Parent-Teacher Interviews
  • Learning Task Feedback and videos
  • Communication via Compass
  • Payments via Qkr
  • Incursions/excursions, lunch clubs & other extra-curricular activities
  • Allow students to eat in the classroom before going outside to play
  • Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) Program
  • Educate students and identify their strengths and weaknesses
  • Engage students in learning
  • Invite parents to be partners in education
  • Teaching staff – they are great and care for students
  • Positive, supportive and welcoming community

Please tell us how you think we can improve

  • Personalised comment on Student Reports
  • Direct communication between teacher and parent
  • Recognition of individual academic achievement
  • Weekly assembly
  • Parent helpers in the classroom
  • Litter in the school grounds
  • Kitchen garden

Thank you to those who took the time to respond, your feedback has been shared with staff and all constructive feedback will be considered by the Leadership Team and passed on to the relevant teams as appropriate.


Sherril Duffy


Year 6 PYP Exhibition

Thursday 27 July 

The Year 6 students have been working hard on researching different issues as part of the culmination of their PYP journey and their final Exhibition will be presented on 27 July in the Year 6 end of the Senior Learning Centre. The issues students have been working on range from deforestation to tiger parenting. The school community is invited to share and celebrate the work the Year 6 students have undertaken over this Unit of Inquiry, and we would love to see you there.

Our PYP Exhibition by Emily, Abby & Mia

Year 6 have been working on a PYP Exhibition for the past few weeks. Our group is investigating child right/slavery and we would like to tell you something...


Have you ever had a Kit Kat, Crunchie, Twix, Aero, Hersheys bar, Snickers, M&Ms, Mars Bars or anything made by Cadbury?

If you answered yes, you have been eating chocolate made by child slaves. 1 in 10 of those children were payed for making that chocolate, but they were only paid 45 cents!

What can you do, to stop these brands from using child slavery?

You can try to avoid these products or donate to charities who are trying to stop child slavery e.g. Unicef, UNCRC, World Vision. For more information, please come to our Year 6 PYP Exhibition on Thursday 27July at 3pm.


Visual Arts

Year One Art

The Year 1, Term 3 Visual Art Unit of Inquiry is called 'Food through the eye of an Artist'. This week the students were given the opportunity to create some still life drawings of fruit. Here are some photographs of the students in action.


Reboot Campaign

What an amazing success!

We collected a total of 286 pairs of shoes! Thank you to all the families who donated runners and footy boots. These will be distributed to indigenous children in rural and remote areas of Australia.

Photos of the Parkdale Secondary students sorting all the runners & footy boots from BNPS!






OSHC Tennis

Term 3

We understand that for many working parents it is difficult to find time to attend extra- curricular activities which is why we are offering an opportunity for you to enrol your children into extra activities through OSHC.


Tennis lessons will be running with Taylor Nixon beginning 1st August from 4 – 4:45pm. Taylor has plenty of experience coaching school aged children alongside popular tennis coach Nik Morey. She has played competitive tennis since primary school and has played in the 1st tennis team at Hailebury Girls College. 


Taylor will be running lessons on the following Tuesdays:

  • Tuesday 1st August
  • Tuesday 8th August
  • Tuesday 15th August
  • Tuesday 22nd August
  • Tuesday 29th August
  • Tuesday 5th September
  • Tuesday 12th September

On top of the usual after school care session fee, the cost of the 7 week program is $70. This $70 will need to be transferred directly to Taylor as stated on the enrolment form below no later than Thursday 27th July to guarantee your place. Once you have made payment we also request that you send an email to [email protected] so that we can keep on top of numbers.  


Children booked into the Tennis lessons will still come to after school care as usual, they will be signed in and will have the opportunity to eat afternoon tea before taking part in the lessons.

Please feel free to contact me at any stage if you have any further questions.


Kelly Szabo

OSHC Coordinator


Do You Know?

Do you know that students in Years 3 – 6 participate in an annual House Athletics Carnival?

Our 2017 Carnival will be held on Wednesday 23 August at Dolamore Reserve in Mentone.



Do you know that students are encouraged to bring a water bottle to school to use in the classroom?

Please remind your child and ensure that drink bottles are labelled.


Do you know that all Casual Replacement Teachers (CRTs) are fully qualified and experienced teachers?

CRTs continue with the usual curriculum when classroom teachers are absent which is possible due to shared teaching and planning at each year level.



Student Achievement

State Cross Country

Today Jake D and Aiden L competed in the SSV State finals for cross country. The weather was terrible with lots of rain which made the 3km track like a mud path! Although the conditions were trying, we are very proud to report that Jake received 3rd place (with a big slide at the end hence the mud over him!) and Aiden came 17th - well done boys!


Jake now goes on to Nationals in Tasmania starting on 11 August. Go Jake!!!


Snowracer (King of the Mountain)

William S in 4A raced for Falls Creek Race Club on 8 July and again on 15 July in the Snowracer (King of the Mountain) series. These are grand slalom (GS) snow ski events. He placed second in his division in both races. Well done William!

If any other skiing families are interested in forming a team for interschool ski events, please contact Tanya on [email protected]


Interview with Ms Cody-Smith

By Maddie and Anna


If you could be any animal, which one would you be and why?

A koala because they look so cute.

What is the best meal that you cook?

Salmon and Veggies.

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wasn’t sure.

What is your middle name?


What is your happiest memory?

When I became a grandmother.

Who is your favourite singer or band?

The Beatles.

I am grateful for...

My health.

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 all school payments (without having to give your child cash to carry to school) including Canteen and Uniform Shop orders, and excursion/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 - 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).



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/ 


2017 Year 6 Exhibition Invitation.pdf
2017 Year 6 Exhibition Invitation.pdf
Term 3 2017 Tennis Lessons at Beaumaris North Primary School OSHC.pdf