the Nor'Wester

20 December 2019
Issue Thirty

We respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the country throughout Victoria and pay respects to the ongoing living cultures of First Peoples.

upcoming events
principal's message
school life
oshc & sprout
school council
Brunswick North West Primary School
Culloden Street
Brunswick West, VIC, 3055

upcoming events

term 1, 2020

29.01.2020 - First day of term 1 - 08.45am 



Dr Cranky's bike hospital (2020)

As we continually strive to be a more inclusive and sustainable school, we are super excited to share with you that BNW is trialling a bike hospital in 2020. This is a fantastic initiative run by Dr. Cranky, however it requires the engagement of parent and carer volunteers to continue. We have a couple of parents available for the trial, but if this sounds like something that might interest you, please contact Paul, Bart or the school office.


volunteering @ BNW

We pride ourselves for our sense of belonging as it is beneficial for everyone. Family involvement in school strengthens our young people's connection to their education, it demonstrates the community connection many families choose our school for and helps us provide the best educational program and environment possible. In an attempt to better communicate with those interested in volunteering, the school is trying to build a volunteer register. We would love all family members to complete this short survey to help us collect this information. All information will be kept private and no one will be asked to commit to any volunteer work in the survey. 

There are so many different ways to become involved in your child's education and we love it when you want to get involved, but we must remind all family members that Working with Children Check cards are required by law.



principal's message

have a safe holiday

Dear Community, I want to thank you for another incredible year. Thank you to the students, who have engaged in their learning, in their community and in making our school and world a better place. Thank you to the JSC students, who volunteered additional hours at lunch and after school, in order to achieve their goals of school improvement. Thank you to the Grade 6 cohort, who finished off with a bang, but have been wonderful members of our community for the majority of their lives! Thank you to all the parents, carers, special friends and families who supported our school and its students through volunteer hours and sharing your expertise. Last, but not least, thank you to the incredible staff at our school - we are a school like no other and so much of that comes from the way you go above-and-beyond every single day. Thank you.

I hope you all manage to have a safe and restorative break, that you find opportunities to fill people’s buckets, learn, grow and most importantly, relax!

thanks, Marlen's!

You will likely have noticed that we had to move a large portion of our school again this year. Each year we end up moving classrooms, to ensure we have classes close to each other. This means packing up our classrooms and relocating lots of stuff! This year we were very excited to use the services of Marlen’s Warehouse in Pascoe Vale. Marlen’s offers a free service, where you can go and select as many boxes as you like (we took three car loads) of high-quality boxes that have been used by stores and flattened by Marlen’s. You can then return the boxes or keep them. This is an incredible service, sponsored by the local council, to reduce the amount of cardboard waste going to recycling and also reduce the number of new cardboard boxes being purchased for moving! We were thrilled with this service and wanted to thank them for their vision and encourage any families who need boxes, to check out this sustainable, community-minded warehouse.

Chot Walford

This year we have been able to celebrate a number of student-achievements outside school. Again, we are pleased to share that another student - Chot Walfod - has attained an achievement award in gymnastics. Chot received the ‘Athlete of the Year’ for his acrobatics training, which is the highest award from over 400 gymnasts! Chot received this work after regular training - dedicating up to 9 hours each week at his club and at home. Chot has also shared some of his skills during a lunch club, engaging others in this amazing sport. We congratulate Chot for his efforts and achievements!


art attak!

As we close another year, I want to take a moment to thank Andrew and the Arts Department for another incredible Arts festival. Simply put, Art Attak was awesome! But it goes far beyond that. Art Attak was an inquiry unit that engaged all members of our school community; we learned about myths, cultural practices, our fears as well as art, ICT, maths, design, performance, sustainability and so much more! The night (which was fantastic) was just the tip of the iceberg - our students have been engaged in this learning for almost 3 months. On the night, I saw students and families completed immersed in the art, the joy and learning throughout our grounds. I heard children proudly sharing their own work - and the work of others - with any adult who would listen. I saw families smiling, laughing and connecting. I saw fire! I saw children the next morning exclaiming ‘It has worked! I don’t have those fears anymore! The Ogoh Ogohs burned my fears away!’ and I felt so incredibly proud and lucky (not for the first, or the last time) to have you as part of our team. You have thanked me multiple times for my unwavering trust in your ideas - this trust doesn’t come from nowhere - our Arts Department is truly unmatched and I really can’t wait to see what you get up to next year!


school life

1/2A’s week of ‘attacking art’


Art attack is the best

Chuck out all the rest!

There was a big bonfire,

We burnt monsters made with wire!

We made great art,

We are very smart!

People come and stare 

at the monsters everywhere!

Thank you Andrew, thanks Jack

We love Art Attak!


oshc & sprout

wominjeka everyone,

This is it! End of the year 2019. What a great year we all had at OSHC with lots of achievements and fun. The OSHC Team would like to thank all the families for their support and children for being fun and trying their best.

We also would like to say Goodbye to all the grade 6’s and their families and we wish you all the best for their future.

We wish you all a Safe Summer Break.

See you all next year.


Few Reminders:


1. School Holiday Program January 2020:

If you are looking for a School Holiday Program, please check Moreland City Council  for their school holiday programs:

or at St Bernard’s Primary School Outside Hours Care service in Coburg. Ph: 9386 8498

  1. OSHC will be close from Monday the 23rd December and we will be back on Tuesday the 22nd of January for enquiry. OSHC will operate again from the Wednesday the 29th of January:
    1. BSC 7:00am -9:00am
    2. ASC 3:30pm – 6:00pm
  2. Enrolments:

For our existing families please resubmit your enrolment.

For permanent bookings go to:

QK enroll à current booking à edit and request a new booking.

We will send out an automatic offer and you will need to accept to confirm your bookings.

Please be aware that we will be away until the 22nd of January. So if you haven’t yet received the offer you will get next year.


From the program:



school council


In our last newsletter, there was a typo error regarding how much money had been raised. This year our Plant & Produce Markets have raised just over $7,370, with our Fabulous Foundie Families raising the most money this year (just over $1,400). 

Even more recently, our Arts festival - Art Attak! took just over $2,900 on the night, which means we raised approximately $1,000 profit (and a whole lot of community spirit!), which will be directed back into the music and arts department resourcing for 2020.

CET, School Council and BNWPS are looking forward to regularly communicating with our school community about the funds raised at each event, celebrating how these locally raised funds are used. We are also developing clear processes and will share these, along with DET guidelines on how locally raised funds can and should be spent within a school.

Thanks again for another amazing year together and for your generosity of spirit, time, expertise and tasty treats!


art attak

The year has definitely finished on a high note with Tuesday’s ART ATTAK being a roaring success. What I loved about it was the sense of community. Kids were explaining artworks to adults, people were interacting with the work or just lounging around having a chat. It was a relaxed and civilised way to end the year. We were blessed with good weather. It was hot but not windy and that was the key. The calmness of the evening allowed us to indulge in the burning of the Ogoh-ogoh monsters. If you witnessed this event I reckon you’ll be unlikely to forget it. It was intense. And as I watched the monsters burn, I truly believed that my fears were being lifted. A remarkable conclusion.
But, ART ATTAK was not just about destroying our fears and burning stuff. There was plenty of other top shelf artwork out on display. The junior mini monsters were a delight. The sensory boxes really opened up our minds on different ways that we perceive the world. The Friendship Path filled the area with warm and fuzzies. The senior portrait gallery was vibrant and inviting. A giant jellyfish was perched in a tree and sock monsters hung from branches. There was a robot drawing pictures and movies being screened in the MPR. Giant eels were gasping for breath in a dry creek bed filled with mini beast illustrations as a dragon slumbered under a bridge. A bunyip rested under another bridge and shape monsters surrounded the basketball court. Interactive works were developed by
the middle school and the juniors brought it home with a beautifully eerie student directed marimba piece. Oh yeah, there was Monster sports too as well as craft and drawing areas set up for those people that can’t stop creating. THERE WAS SO MUCH GOING ON!...and probably more that I’ve forgotten...soz. Anyway, if you missed it I sympathise because it was amazing. Thanks to everyone that came: the kids for inspiring me and working so tirelessly, the parents and carers that helped out in any way (you know who you are, and so do I, and I think you’re the best) and of course the amazing staff at BNWPS. Everyone was involved. EVERYONE. And that is why it was such a success.
Thank you, have a great break and let’s do it again in a couple of years.


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