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21 March 2019
Issue Seven
Dates to Remember
From the Principal and Assistant Principal
School News
Level Low Downs
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 22

Year 4 Design and Technology Expo 2-2:45pm in classrooms - All Welcome

Parent Club School Welcome Evening 6pm-8pm

Monday 25 - Wednesday 27

Year 4 Camp Arrabri Lodge

Thursday 28

Individual and class school photos

Sunday 31

Working Bee 9am to 11.30am


Tuesday 2

Year 5 History Expo: 9am-10am

Uniform Shop open 8.45 to 9.15am

Wednesday 3

Year 3 Design and Technologies Expo 2.45pm

Prep Incursion - Responsible Pet Ownership

Year 6 History Expo 2.45pm

Thursday 4 New Date 

Whole School Easter Assembly 9.10am

Prep Easter Bonnet Parade

around Concourse 9.45am (Preps only)

Sunday 14

Parent Club Bunnings Mentone Sausage Sizzle



Tuesday 2 

School Tour 2020 Preps - 9.15am to 10.40am sign in at the school office - (see transition flyer for more information about Prep Transition)

Friday 3rd

Curriculum Day-Pupil Free

Monday 6 

Information Evening Prep 2020 7pm to 8pm Meet in the Prep Learning centre

Monday  20th to Friday  24th

Education Week

Monday 20th

Grandparents and Special Friends Day

Thursday 23rd  6.30-8pm

Parent Information Session : Mathematics

Facilitator Sue Fine Maths Consultant


Monday 5

5H and 6F Parliament House Excursion

Tuesday 6

6C and 6M Parliament House Excursion


Tuesday 17 and Wednesday 18

Year 6 Musical Production


Monday 14

Prep 2020 Parent Session 7pm - 8pm

Wednesday 16

Prep 2020 Transition Session One 9.30-10.30am

Sunday 27

School Fete

Tuesday 29

Prep 2020 Transition Session Two 9.30-10.30am


Thursday 14

Prep 2020 Transition Session Three 9.30-10.30am


Wednesday 18

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

From the Principal and
Assistant Principal

Parent Club Welcome Evening
Friday 22nd March 6pm-8pm

The Parent Club Welcome Evening is scheduled for this  Friday 22nd March. Families are encouraged to BYO picnic dinner, blankets and chairs. Ice-creams will be available from the ice-cream van. Magician, Josh Staley will entertain the children with his amazing magic show.

Thank you to Lisa Grant and Parent Club for organizing the event.  The weather forecast is fantastic. Students and their  families are looking forward to getting together to celebrate the smooth start to the year, spend a few hours together and just enjoy each other's company. The night symbolizes the warmth and friendliness of our school community.

School Council Update

On Tuesday evening, prior to our first School Council meeting, we farewelled retiring members Simon Wilson, Ness Newell and Vanessa Fitzgerald. On behalf of the school community we would like to thank Simon, Ness and Vanessa for their amazing contribution to various school projects, sub committees and at council meetings. We greatly appreciate their dedication and commitment to providing a wonderful learning environment for students, teachers and parents to enjoy. They have made a difference to our school and we sincerely thank them.

School Council Executive Members for 2019 are:

President               Bruce Baker

Vice President      Andrea Schmidtke

Treasurer               Steve Marshall

Secretary               Angela Collins

Other School Council members include Lisa Grant, Nick Cocking, David Bertovic, Louise Neave, Steph Volkov , Ellen Hollowood, Tony Falkingham  and Shane Dawes.

Congratulations to all and I look forward to working with you.

New date for Easter Raffle and Easter Bonnet Parade at whole school assembly 
9.10am Thursday 4th April
Change of date due to interschool sport

Raffle Donations are arriving at the office. Thank you.

Due to the generosity of our families, each year we raffle a huge number of baskets and also donate a few Easter baskets to Southern Family Life for distribution  to local families in need.

To add excitement to the last day of term, our Preps wear their Easter Bonnets at our whole school assembly at 9.10am. Every year their Easter Bonnet creations  are an absolute delight to see.

School Council approved funds raised to be used to purchase STEAM resources for the students, with a focus on robotics.

Working Bee Sunday March 31st 9-11.30am
Priority: our garden areas 

We extend a warm invitation to all families, especially our new families, to come along to the working bee. We have experienced our hottest, driest summer. A team has been watering the gardens and its time to give them another boost along now the weather is a little milder. Our priority will be pruning, weeding, fertilising  and mulching. The morning will conclude with light refreshments and a cuppa. It is a lovely opportunity for parents and children to spend a couple of hours together to contribute to the overall maintenance of our grounds. We appreciate your support.

Curriculum Day: Friday May 3rd Pupil Free Day

School Council has approved our fourth and final curriculum day for the year. Parents are asked to place the date in their calendar. On the day our teachers will gather at Sandringham Secondary College with teachers from all our local primary schools. The presenter for the day will be Dr Misty Adoniou, Associate Professor in Language, Literacy and TSL, Canberra University.

New building update

The fit out is progressing. Preparations are underway to install the air conditioning units.

Students in Year 2, Year 3 and Year 4 will move in to the new space perhaps mid Term Two.

The area at the front of the building will be reinstated with asphalt and we will add some landscaping to add interest and soften the look of the area.

We intend to develop the east end of the SALC as a Science and Technology area. The space will include access to devices, and our science and technology resources. Teachers will be able to use the space with their class. A class, 4J, currently occupies the space and the students will relocate to the new building once it is finished.

Speeches from Ruby and Archer

At the investiture ceremony last week, Ruby and Archer addressed the students, parents and visitors. Their speeches are included below.

Archer: Good morning students, teachers , parents and 2013 school captains Mark and Meg. I am Archer and I'm pleased to be Beaumaris Primary School Captain this year.

I nominated for the role last year because I felt privileged to be at this school and was grateful for the opportunities I had been given. I felt that being a leader at this school would enable me to give back.

I love the sport, performing arts and academics which our school offers.  I am thrilled to be a part of our friendly school community and now, I also enjoy being involved in assemblies and am honoured to take on the responsibilities which come with the role of school captaincy.  I am keen to represent the school and support all the students here, to listen to them and to collect ideas from.

Together, we can look forward to many aspects of this exciting year.  The new modern building is here and will be finished ready for classes soon.  Our Year 6 performance will be a highlight in term 3.  The fete in October is a fun day for students and a great way to raise money for future developments within the school.  It's going to be an awesome year!

As for today, a handful of Year 6 students have received badges for specific responsibilities that help the school run efficiently.  Congratulations to all these students.

But not all leaders wear a badge.  Year 6 students are all leaders within this school.  Their assistance in leading school tours, in mentoring younger students and in caring for their buddies in Prep is essential in creating a friendly environment.

 I wish everybody an enjoyable year!


Ruby: Hi everyone, I'd like to kick today off with saying how much I've enjoyed every moment of being school captain so far and how honoured I am to welcome Mark and Meg back to BPS.  Our school captains from 2013 when I was a teeny tiny prep.

I think by making people happy throughout this journey of school captain it will help me to transform in to a better leader, a better captain, a better me.

This time last year I had no clue I'd be standing out the front of all of you wonderful people and leading the extraordinary assembly.  And, leading all assemblies with the amazing Archer, Oscar and Pearl.  What more could I ask for?  School captain is a role that motivated me to get out of bed each morning.  This school is my life and to think I'm a captain of it, it really is a dream come true.

What I'm excited for this year is when I stand out the front of an assembly and see all your wonderful smiling faces.  When aiming for this role as School Captain, I used the words 'The responsibility of becoming school captain involves running assemblies, leading the school and respecting the school rules'.  I have now realised I am capable of all that I've promised and now want to achieve and conquer more.

I'm happy because I love who I am, but it has taken a while to get there.  So, thank you to all parents, teachers, friends, especially Miss Volkov for making me happy with who I am!  I love my flaws.  I love my imperfections.  They make me, me and 'me' is pretty amazing. 

Before I go, I just want to get personal and share some important facts with you.  Be happy in yourself.  You are perfect.  Stop wishing you looked like someone or wishing people like you more than someone.  Stop disliking your body, your personality, your quirks.  Love it.  Without those things you wouldn't be the person you truly are.  Why would you want to be someone else?  Be confident in yourself and smile.  It will draw people in.  If anyone makes you feel down because you are happy, ignore or stand up for yourself.

Remember you don't need a badge to be a leader.  This has all come from my heart, and with that enjoy the rest of your day.

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


The Challenge encourages students to read a set number of books over the year and record their efforts online.

All BPS students are invited to participate in this year's Premiers' Reading Challenge and teachers will soon be providing students with their password details.

Students in Prep to Year 2 are challenged to read or experience 30 books. Students in Years 3 to 6 are challenged to read 15 books. See the rules on the Challenge website for more information.  Go  to Victorian Premiers' Reading Challenge

Parents, please promote the Reading Challenge and ensure the students are recording their reading online.   Class teachers will monitor and verify reading records of participants online.

From the Library

Library overdue books.

A number of books continue to remain overdue at the school library.  Our library returns process is as follows:

  • Students visit the library with their class teacher each week and are able to borrow books for 2 weeks. If books are not finished within that time, students must still bring them to the library to seek permission to re-borrow them. Most of the time we are able to extend the borrowing of a book, but on occasion the book has been reserved by another student or staff member and therefore cannot be re-borrowed.
  • If books are not returned by the due date, a verbal reminder is given to the student.
  • If books are not returned one week after the due date, another verbal reminder is given to the student.
  • If books are not returned two weeks after the due date, the classroom teacher is notified and a reminder notice is sent home with the student in their bag.

At this point the student is not allowed to borrow any further books at the library until the book is returned.

  • If books are not returned three weeks after the due date, it is assumed that the book is lost and that it will need replacing. Therefore an invoice is sent home with the student in their bag. The amount on the invoice covers the cost of sourcing, replacing, re-cataloguing, re-covering and re-labelling the book. Until the book is either returned, replaced or paid for, students are unable to borrow from the library.

ANZAC Appeal

Junior School Council will be selling ANZAC badges, pens and wristbands for the next few weeks.  They are $2, $3, $4 and $5.  These can also be purchased from the school office.


Your donation allows the RSL to tailor specialist services to the needs of our current and former service men and women, and their families.

Examples include:

  • ​Crisis accommodation for at risk veterans
  • Financial assistance for families in need
  • Health and wellbeing programs 
  • Employment support
  • Assistance with accessing pension entitlements

Easter Drawing Competition

We are the Visual Arts captains Eloise and Maggie.

Over the next couple of weeks we are conducting an Easter drawing competition. Students are invited to design pictures that remind them of the Easter holiday.

Entry forms are outside the art room. Entries close on the 27th March.

Could all completed art pieces please be handed to Ms Fisk or Mrs Redlich.

Thank you very much! We look forward to seeing your art work.

Photo Day Thursday 28 March

Individual and Class photos will take place on Thursday 28 March.  Forms were sent home with your child last week.  If you require a sibling photo, forms are available at the school office and must be presented to the photographer on the day.    Please give this sibling envelope to your eldest child.  When sibling photos are announced during lunchtime, your eldest child will be expected to collect younger family members and hand this envelope to the photographer.  Only one envelope per family is required.  Orders placed after photo day will incur a $30 surcharge.  Includes postage and handling.

MSP Photography 03 5222 6747

Easter Raffle

One of the biggest events in the Term 1 school calendar is our Easter Assembly, to be held this year at the Easter Assembly on Thursday 4th April. The major prizes of the exciting Easter Raffle are drawn at this celebration.


We are now calling for donations from every family to make up the Easter hampers. Please drop off to the office any wrapped chocolate eggs, baskets or Easter themed stickers, pencils or gifts. Junior School Council will also collect donations from the classrooms. Donations will be showcased in the glass cabinet until they are made up into hampers. Please make sure all donations are at the office by Monday 1st April.


Raffle tickets are $1 each and there is no limit to the number you can purchase. A sheet of tickets will come home today. More sheets are available at the office. Please return all tickets with payment to the office by Wednesday April 3rd.

Smoothies and Sandwich Day - Monday 1 April

3 delicious flavours:

Berry Satisfaction / Banana Delish / Strawtamelon (dairy free)

 Orders via Qkr! only $1.50 each.


Hot Cross Bun Fundraiser

Baker's Delight will generously donate $2 from the sale of each hot cross bun 6-pack purchased to Beaumaris Primary School.  Just say you're from BPS and the staff will stamp a tally sheet.

The offer extends right through Term 1 until Easter and is valid at Baker's Delight on the Concourse and in Highett only.

Baker's Delight hot cross buns are super delicious, fresh and new varieties are out now.

Late Arrival/Early Leavers

If your child arrives late or needs to leave early they must be signed in/out via the Compass Kiosk at the school office.  A pass must be given to the classroom teachers which confirms to them that they have been signed in/out. This is a Department guideline and part of our emergency management procedures.   Any parents who are visiting classrooms must sign in at the office as well.

Shout Out

Congratulations to Hayden McLean, former Beaumaris Primary School student Alumni 2011, on being signed by the Sydney Swans AFL club.

The 20-year-old was on his way to work as a landscaper on Tuesday morning when Swans list manager dialled his phone and muttered five words that meant the world: “We’re giving you an opportunity.”

The young Swan played junior footy for the Beaumaris Sharks and pulled on a Sandringham Dragons guernsey for his one year in the TAC Cup, before transitioning to the VFL and tackling a summer full of chops and changes.

“I was with the Sandringham Zebras in the VFL last year, and I was training with them up until the Draft when I got the chance to train with St Kilda for two weeks,” McLean said.

“But that didn’t go my way so I had to weigh up my other options and put my best foot forward to get on an AFL list. So I moved to Adelaide to play for the South Adelaide Panthers in the SANFL. I moved there in January this year and now I’m at the Swans, which is awesome.”

Level Low Downs


This week in Prep the students have loved investigating at our new learning area – The Prep Airport. The Airport has been designed to complement our learning in Geography as students make connections to local and global places. There is a travel agent, ticketing area, security bag check, air traffic control and plane runway.

Year One

As part of the Design and Technology subject focus for Term 1 the Year 1 students have been working on strengthening their understanding of food groups and the requirements for creating healthy and balanced meals. This week the students have worked collaboratively in small groups to sort menu options from the canteen and design additional food items that may be added to the menu. Next week students from each class will be selected to present their food item and supporting evidence for their inclusion on the canteen menu, to Andrea Schmidtke. The students worked beautifully in small groups, practised team work and took turns to work towards completing their tasks. Well done Year 1!

Year Two


The Year 2s have been learning about writing to communicate and are very excited to have Pen Pals from Beaumaris North Primary School.  We have exchanged a number of letters getting to know each other and, to our surprise, we received an invitation to meet them for a picnic this Friday!  We will enjoy lunch and games with our new friends and will keep in touch with them throughout the year as a purposeful and fun reason to get writing!


Mathematics and Geography have combined for Year 2 with a focus on location and mapping.  The students have learnt about compass points and directional language through using maps of our classroom, school and local area. We have also looked at state and country maps in the atlas and on the internet.

Year Three

The Year 3 students are well into preparing for their first ERP (Education Research Project). Students have learnt how to fill out their proposal form and are learning how to research using the class laptops and iPads. For their first ERP, students have a collaboration component, they are working in groups to create a set of greeting cards. All groups are working together to ensure each members’ interest is included as part of the card design. Please join us at our Expo on Wednesday 3rd April at 2.45pm in the Year 3 classrooms.

Year Four


This week in Year 4 we have been fortunate enough to spend some time constructing our toys for our ERPs!  Many of us experienced what it is like to work in groups (its challenges and advantages) and each play a specific role in creating our toy. Now that our construction is over we have been learning to collect data from our peers about our toys and display this on a bar graph. For Writing we are using our prior knowledge in procedural writing to as a team create a procedure on how to build our toys.  We are very excited for our upcoming expo on the 22nd of March (TOMORROW) 2pm and cannot wait to showcase all our hard work to you.

Hopefully see you Friday!

Year Five

PLAY, PLAY, PLAY. The PLAY program officially started this week at BPS. Every lunchtime x3 Year 5 students conduct games in the yard aimed at P-3 students. The students have been trained to conduct these games with the provided equipment and wear bright orange vests to be seen. The students meet outside of 5DG's classroom near the Wooden Playground. They have had a great turn out so far they would love to see you all there!

Our ERPs have definitely been coming together this week. We've researched, written research questions, drafted, revised and some of us are even up to publishing our research. We are learning a lot about Australia in the 1800s. So far we've seen people researching Eureka Stockade, Peter Lalor, Gold Discovery, Governor Charles Hotham and even the Afghan Cameleers.

Year Six

The Year 6 cohort has been extremely busy, piecing their Educational Research Project (ERP) together. This term is all about the history of Australia in the 20th century.  In this project, students have to create a biography of someone who played a significant role related to Australian society.  As well as a biography we have to put together an information report, a timeline and a data representation. All students must link their ERP to one or more of our leaning intentions.

 They are:

1. Understand how and why Australia became a nation

2. Explain how Australian society changed throughout the twentieth century

3. Explore who came to Australia and their reasons for coming

4. Describe the contribution of significant individuals and groups to Australian society

Our expo is on the 3rd of April and we hope to see you there!

As well as ERPs the Year 6s have been working hard during maths group and some classes have been enjoying their class novels.

 We’ve all been working on our Dear Abby letters, which are troubled situations our book characters are facing and then writing to Abby asking her opinion and solution. Then we swap letters with a friend and write back as if they are Abby.

Community News

Jack and Jill Kindergarten


Easter Egg Hunt - Hodges Beaumaris


Open Evening MGSC


Bayside Autumn School Holiday Programs

With term one winding down, Bayside Youth services is excited to announce our 2019 Autumn School Holiday Program!

This term we will be revisiting classic activities like horse riding, bubble soccer and tree surfing, while introducing new and exciting adventures such as sailing and street art workshops!

Bookings open 10 am this Monday 18 March, and will stay open for 2 weeks. Could you please help us spread the word to students and their families at your school over the next two weeks via newsletter, compass, website, bulletin, hard copy flyers etc.

Our school holiday program allows 10 – 17 year olds a chance to connect with other young people in their community and have fun at the same time!

Please note, families will need to register prior to booking into the program. Registrations can be completed through our website and can take up to five business days to complete.

I would like to thank you for your continued support in providing safe, enjoyable activities for young people in Bayside.

School Information

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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