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19 July 2018
Issue Twenty One
From the Principal and Assistant Principal
School News
Dates to Remember
Parent Club
School Information
Beaumaris Primary School
(03) 9589 2619
79-99 Dalgetty Road
Beaumaris, Victoria, 3193

From the Principal and
Assistant Principal

Welcome back

We hope everyone enjoyed the break.  We certainly experienced a range of weather conditions including a few sunny but cool days.

Helping your child at home

Our final newsletter for Term 2 included a link to a very useful guide full of ideas and tips for parents to use to help their child with their learning at home.  We have included the link again in this newsletter and strongly encourage families to make use of this valuable resource.

Research shows that families are the most significant influence on their child's learning, development, health, safety and wellbeing. The Department of Education and Training has developed a fantastic collection of literacy and numeracy tips for parents to use to help their child at home.  Click HERE to access this leaflet.

Yarn Bombing

Our mystery yarn bombers were at work again during the holidays. We were delighted on Monday morning to discover the addition of some new installations to brighten up the play areas.  Thank you!

Minato-ku Visitors

Due to the huge success of previous visits, Beaumaris PS was once again approached by the International Student Services Unit, International Education Division within the Department of Education to host visitors from Japan.

Our visitors  will arrive at school on Tuesday 24 July  and will be greeted by their host families. We extend a huge thank you to our school families for their hospitality and willingness to kindly share their home and their family with our visitors.  We know they will be made to feel very welcome.

Thank you also to Gall Sensei and our office staff for liaising with our host families to help them prepare for their visitors. A significant level of planning is required months in advance to ensure the visit is a success. 

On Monday 16 July Gall Sensei held a briefing session for new and returning host families and insights about our Japanese visitors and their customs were shared.

Sensei has also organised a range of activities for the visitors and host families as well as whole school events:

Tuesday 24 July: Minato-ku visitors arrive at 2.45pm and meet their host family

Wednesday 25 July: Australia -Japan Day. Students can dress up to represent either culture. We will welcome our visitors at a special whole school assembly in the morning. 

Thursday 26 July: Minato-ku visitors and host families spend the day at the Zoo

Friday 27 July: Our visitors participate in classroom activities

Saturday 28 July/Sunday 29 July: Family activities with the host families

Monday 30 July: Minato-ku students spend the day at school.  They will share aspects of their culture with our senior students.

Australia-Japan Day and Whole School Assembly Wednesday 25 July

We will  welcome our visitors from Minato-ku at a whole school assembly on Wednesday July 25th at 9.10am in the SALC.  During this special assembly our Japanese visitors, students, parents and teachers will be treated to a display of Australian animals.

On this day all students are invited to dress up in either Japanese or Australian costume or colours. Throughout the day students will participate in Australian and Japanese activities to further develop their understanding of Japanese culture, customs and traditions. 

Japanese Garden at Beaumaris PS

At a working bee at the end of last year a team of parents established our beautiful Japanese Garden. The plants are well established in readiness for our visitors next week. Thank you to all the parents involved. Your hard work will be well received by our visitors. To complete the project some signs were added at the end of last term.

Three friendly reminders

Pupil Free Day August 3rd
Students Alumni Gathering(2015, 2016 and 2017) in SALC August 2nd 4.00-5.00pm
Prep enrolments for 2019 are due now

Parent Opinion Survey



The Parent Opinion Survey is an annual survey offered by the Department of Education and Training that is conducted amongst a sample of randomly selected parents. It is designed to assist schools in gaining an understanding of parents’ perceptions of school climate, student behaviour and student engagement.  Our school will use the survey results to help inform and direct future school planning and improvement strategies.
As recommended by the Department of Education and Training, each year approximately 30 per cent of parents will be invited to participate in this year’s survey. This year the Parent Opinion Survey will be conducted from Monday 23rd July to Sunday 26th August.

On Monday July 23rd, via Compass, randomly selected parents will receive information about the portal and access details. All responses to the survey are anonymous.

The survey will be conducted online, only takes 10-15 minutes to complete, and can be accessed at any convenient time within the fieldwork period on desktop computers, laptops, tablets or smartphones.

Our school will use the survey results to help inform and direct future school planning and improvements.

Remember: Gratitude, Empathy, 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

School News

Photo: Keira 2C

Snack Shack Update

Welcome back to Term 3 everyone.  Next Monday 23rd we will be selling a limited amount of vegetable soup for $1.00 per cup during recess and lunch or until stock is sold out.  Don’t forget next Wednesday 25th is Sushi Special Lunch Day for Japan Australia Day.  Make sure your order is on Qkr! by 3pm on Monday 23rd.  Late orders cannot be accepted. 

Thank you to all the volunteers again for this term.  Our roster is full however if anyone would like to make themselves available on an emergency basis, please email me on [email protected] and let me know the days of the week you are available and your mobile phone number.

Thanks everyone, Ellie.

War on Waste

Award-winning lifestyle series War on Waste is returning to ABC next Tuesday 24th July @8.30pm.

Three new episodes, hosted by Craig Reucassel will tackle plastic water bottles and straws, e-waste, furniture waste as well as going deeper on previous topics like food waste and the recycling crisis.

This year it has also spawned a junior version, Project Planet, to screen on ABC ME.

In 2017, the series reached 4.3 million viewers and was the ABC’s most successful social media campaign. One video on dumping edible bananas attracted more than 20 million views.

It would be great for families to watch the new series over the next 3 weeks as it screens or on ABC iview as we will be using it as part of our Sustainability education across all year levels.

History Panels Art Competition

Thank you to the students who entered our History Panel Art Competition. We received a fantastic collection of beautiful representations of aspects of our history. The art works will be considered and in the next few  weeks we will announce the winner of each section.  Due to the large number of entries this task may take a while!

Annual Alumni Night

On the 2nd of August, we are to hold our annual Alumni Night for past students. Invitations were sent out last term to students from the graduating years of 2017, 2016 and 2015. If your child graduated in these years and would like to attend the evening, please RSVP to the office by the 26th of July.

When: 2nd August

Time: 4pm-5pm

Where: SALC

Hand, Foot and Mouth disease

We would like to make our school community aware that Bayside is currently experiencing a higher than normal incidence of hand, foot and mouth disease.   We do have a confirmed case within the student population.  

The Royal Children's Hospital have a useful fact sheet which we recommend you refer to if you need more information about the symptoms and treatment of this disease.  Click HERE to access the fact sheet.


Maintenance completed in the Holidays

Routine repairs to the chicken enclosure

Repairs to the toilet cisterns in the hall toilets

Repairs to the student toilets

Repairs to staff toilets

Replacement of blown globes in external security lighting. 

Repair of a roof leak on the hall roof

Replacement of blown fluorescent  lighting tubes in the SALC

Oval grass cut and fertilized

Bike enclosure cleaned out in readiness for installation of additional bike racks 

Repairs to gate locks and hinges

Additional sand placed into sand pits

School grounds and drainage pits cleaned

Dates to Remember

Snack Shack

Open Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays

(excluding first & last day of each term)


Monday 23 July

Vegetable soup at the canteen

Tuesday 24 to Monday 30

Minato-Ku students visiting

Wednesday 25

Japan/Australia Day

9.10am Assembly

Qkr! Sushi Day (orders close 3pm 23rd)

Thursday 26

Zoo excursion with Minato Ku Students

Monday 30 July

Chicken soup at the canteen

Farewell to our Minato Ku Students years 4,5 & 6


Wednesday 1

Year 5 Science incursion: Mad About Science

Thursday 2

Year 2 Performance Evening: 5.30pm  2F and 2R
6.15pm   2C and 2DP:  Hall

Alumni gathering for past students 4-5pm: SALC

Friday 3

Pupil Free Day

Tuesday 7 & Wednesday 8

Year 5 Leadership Workshop at Brighton SC

Monday 13 August to Thursday 16 August

Scholastic Book Fair - SALC 8.30am to 4pm

Friday 17

House Athletics Years 4,5 & 6

Monday 20

Qkr! Sushi Day

Wednesday 22

Bully Stoppers Forum

Thursday 30

Father's Day stall

Friday 31

Father's Day Footy Breakfast


Tuesday 11

District Athletics

Wednesday 12 & Thursday 13

Year 6 Musical

Monday 17

Qkr! Sushi Day

Tuesday 18

6.15pm Family Life - Family Session

Wednesday 19 

Parent Club 9am Staffroom

Friday 21

End of Term 3 - 2.30pm Dismissal


Wednesday 10 

Division Athletics

Year 5 Start Smart

Monday 15

7pm 2019 Prep Parents Information Session

Tuesday 16

Year 5 Mini Boss Incursion

Wednesday 17

Parent Club 9am Staffroom

9.30am Transition Session 1 - 2019 Prep Students

Wednesday 24

Year 6 and Year 5 Reach Foundation


Thursday 25

Year 4 Performance Evening

Friday 26

Day for Daniel

Saturday 27

Parent Club Social Function

Wednesday 31

Year 5 Family Life


Thursday 1

9.30am-10.30am Session 2 Prep 2019 Students (Parents Information session with David Anderson) 

Tuesday 6

Melbourne Cup Public Holiday

Wednesday 7

Year 5 Family Life

Tuesday 13

Whole School Step Up

9.30am-10.30am Session 2019 Prep 2019 Students

Wednesday 14

Year 5 Family Life

Monday 19 to Friday 30

Swimming Lessons Bayside Aquatic Centre Prep-Year 4

Wednesday 21

Parent Club Meeting 9am Staffroom

Friday 30

Concourse Christmas Carnival.  Glee Club performing at 5pm


Tuesday 4

Prep Performance Evening

Thursday 6

Glee Club to sing at Bayside U3A 11.15am at the Beaumaris Library

Wednesday 12

Year 5 Bike Hike

Monday 17

Year 6 Graduation

Wednesday 19

2pm Meet the Teacher

Carols Night

Friday 21

Last Day Term 4 - 1.30pm Dismissal


Parent Club

Greatest Showman/Circus Fundraiser



As you know our big fundraiser for this year is our Greatest Showman/Circus themed parent social night on Sat 27th Oct at Sandy by the Bay. Please save the date if you haven't already. Funds raised will go towards ongoing improvements to the playground spaces. We have a fabulous team already volunteering but do need some more help. So if you would like to volunteer for any of the below please let me know.

  • I have lots of donations that need collecting from different areas so would love some volunteers for this
  • We need 2 or 3 people to ask the Concourse shops for donations
  • I have a few other shops to target that need donation letters dropped off to and followed up. You can let me know how many you are able to approach. Every business approached helps.

We have 2 school families who are currently sponsoring us (thank you LAMI & BC Dental) with a few more coming onboard soon. However we would LOVE as many sponsors as possible. Sponsorship starts from $250 so let me know if this interests you and I can send you a sponsorship document.


We need lots of donations for our online auction so if you can donate anything it will be gratefully received. We are also making up hampers so if you have any new but unwanted pressies hiding in your cupboards please drop them off to the office.

Finally if you have any contacts for donations please get in touch.


Many thanks

Ness Newell & The Fundraising Team

[email protected] 

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: [email protected] 



Student absences should be reported to the school before 9.00am via the Compass portal or phoning the school office 95892619.



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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