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09 August 2018
Issue Twenty Three
From the Principal and Assistant Principal
School News
Dates to Remember
School Information
Parent Club
Level Low Downs
Beaumaris Primary School
(03) 9589 2619
79-99 Dalgetty Road
Beaumaris, Victoria, 3193

From the Principal and
Assistant Principal

Memories shared at the 2015, 2016, 2017 BPS Alumni gathering

It was delightful to see over 60 past students and our teachers at the alumni gathering last Thursday evening.  The students spent time sharing memories of their years at Beaumaris Primary and life at their secondary school.  They have all grown so much in so many ways.  Thank you to Miss Volkov for organising the event. 

Year 2 performance evening parent feedback
A wonderful evening!

".........Please pass on our thanks to the Year 2 teachers and Mrs Rothberg for a wonderful evening performance.  The children did an amazing job!  It was obvious that the teachers had put a lot of effort into the evening....."

"......I’d like you to please pass on our heartfelt thanks and appreciation to Mrs Rothberg and the grade 2 teachers for all the hard work that went towards the Grade 2 performance tonight.  My cheeks were aching by the end of the night from so much grinning!  All the kids have come such a long way in the last few years and I was so proud of them all – and they clearly had a great night too!....."

School Review: Parent feedback forums next week

As mentioned in Stop Press last week, Beaumaris Primary will undertake a four-yearly review later this year.  The review will conclude our current Strategic Plan 2015-2018, and help form our new Strategic Plan 2019-2023.  The  review process is exciting as it allows us to affirm the wonderful programs and learning environment that we have at the school as well as determine where improvements can be made. 

We will be gathering feedback from students, parents and staff to support the self-evaluation.

Parents are invited to give feedback on their experiences of the school and its programs at  Parent Focus Group sessions facilitated by David Anderson, our Education Consultant.

I encourage parents to attend. Your contributions will certainly assist our future planning to enable us  to continue to build on and improve the home/school partnership over the next four years.

When:     Monday 13th August at 9.05 -10.00 am 

Where:    Susan Arnts Learning Centre


When:     Monday 13th August 6.30-7.30 pm

Where:     Susan Arnts Learning Centre

Please CLICK HERE to advise us of your attendance.

Child Safe Standards

A key response by the Victorian Government to the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry in to the Handling of Child Abuse by Religious and Other Non-Government organisations was the release of Ministerial Order No. 807 Child Safe Standards.

Child safety is part of the everyday thinking and practice of all within the school and the community.

Please follow the links to view our Statement of Commitment to Child Safety and our Child Safety Code of Conduct.

Celebrating Book Week at Beaumaris Primary
Book Fair Monday August 13th -Thursday August 16th

To highlight the importance of reading and the joy it can bring, each year schools and public libraries across  Australia spend a week celebrating books, and Australian authors and illustrators. 

Generally, the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year is announced on the third Friday in August.

From Monday, families are invited to browse through the collection of children's literature on display in the Susan Arnts Learning Centre (SALC). A percentage of sales will be used to purchase additional resources for our Library. 

Book Week Dress Up Day Thursday August 16th

To further enhance our reading program and stimulate interest and discussion about children's literature, the students are encouraged to come along dressed as their favourite book character. 

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

Principal                                         Assistant Principal

School News

Photo: Keira 2C

Premier's Reading Challenge ends 7th September

Since the challenge began 14 years ago, more than 2.5 million students have turned the pages of nearly 45 million books.

Regular reading from an early age is vital for success at school and has lifelong benefits. The challenge encourages children to read more and promotes a love of reading, supporting the Education State target to have more students reaching the highest levels of achievement in reading.

Research shows that reading plays a vital role in a child's development, helping students develop their academic, social and emotional skills.

Whether casting a spell with Harry Potter, or hiding deep in the Australian bush with Hush the possum, the Challenge transports our students to different places and times - and in doing so, helps grow their love of reading.

To all our students, there is only a little over a month to go. Good luck for this year's Challenge!

New Kiss & Go Signage

You may have noticed we have new Kiss & Go signage displayed in these designated areas around the school.  As the name says, this is the way the system should be working. Students should exit from the passenger side of the vehicle closest to the curb.  Drivers should not need to get out of their vehicles and if the system is working the way it is designed, you should be there less than a minute. It is not a short term parking area for parents to stop and unpack the car before farewelling their children.  Your cooperation in keeping everything flowing will ensure there isn't a bank up of vehicles in our local streets.    Thanks in anticipation.


Junior School Council update

Tomorrow two Junior School Council representatives will be visiting all of the classes to discuss a few things. The new bike racks we have installed, Book Week, Winky Wonk and the new Kiss and Go sings. They will be doing this to make everyone aware of the things going on around the school.

Second Hand Uniform

Thanks to the generosity of our school families, the Uniform Shop now has over 100 pieces of good quality second hand uniform available for sale at just $5.00 a piece. We will be selling these items under the shade cloth, until further notice, from 8.45am to 9.15am every Wednesday. Cash and EFTPOS will be accepted however there is a minimum EFTPOS transaction amount of $10.00.

Parent Club Father's Day Stall


Snack Shack Update

Due to recent feedback from our students, we are reintroducing the curly apple and quartered oranges in lunch bags. These will be wrapped in foil - can students please be careful to place their foil into the correct recycling bin in their classroom or at home. Chicken Noodle Soup will be served again on Monday 13th August at recess and lunchtime while stocks last. We are holding a Qkr! Sushi Lunch Day on Monday 20th August - please order on Qkr! by 3pm on Thursday 16th as no late orders can be accepted. 

Dates to Remember

Snack Shack

Open Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays

(excluding first & last day of each term)


Friday 10

5V excursion to MGSC Science Conference

Monday 13 August to Thursday 16 August

Scholastic Book Fair - SALC 8.30am to 4pm

Tuesday 14

5H excursion to MGSC Science Conference

Wednesday 15

Dolphin Research Institute Ambassadors Bayside Catchments Day 9.30am-2.30pm

Thursday 16

Book Week Dress up day - come to school dressed as your favourite book character.

Order Sushi by 3pm.

Friday 17

House Athletics Years 4,5 & 6

Monday 20

Qkr! Sushi Day (counter sales but no other lunch orders)

Wednesday 22

Bully Stoppers Forum

Wednesday 29

9.15am Year 6 Science Expo

Thursday 30

Father's Day stall

Hockey Regional Final

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

Year 6 Reach Foundation

Wednesday 24

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


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.   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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Parent Club

Greatest Showman/Circus Fundraiser

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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 two 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] 

Level Low Downs


On Monday, the Prep students were lucky enough to have Michael from The RooKeepers come in for a science incursion. We are learning about living things this term and got to see and touch lots of marine life, including sea stars, sea urchins, puffer fish and even a shark egg! We are looking forward to our second session next week when Lisa from The RooKeepers will bring a variety of reptiles!

Year One

The Year Ones have been busy this week in Investigations using the Construction sites in all three classrooms! We are working on our Developmental Focus by looking after our own and other’s belongings independently as well as building our knowledge on empathy (putting ourselves in other people’s shoes!).

Outside of Investigations the Year Ones are enjoying writing Information Reports on different farm animals. We are doing our research on iPads and finding suitable facts which will be useful!

In maths, we are exploring money from not only Australia but also all around the world.

What did the 50c say to the 5c? You don’t make much cents!

Year Two

Year 2 Performance Night

"We smiled until our cheeks hurt" was written in one of the lovely notes of thanks received from parents who attended last Thursday's Year 2 Performance Night. The children entertained everyone with songs and dances full of positive messages encouraging our school values of Respect, Resilience, Responsibility and Relationships. We are finding it hard to get the happy and bright songs out of our heads and will continue to sing "Don't Worry About A Thing", "Better When I'm Dancing", "Get Back Up Again", "Try Everything" and "This Is Me" throughout the remainder of 2018. Thank you to Mrs Caroline Rothberg for her energy and enthusiasm in preparing the children for the wonderful show.

Year Four

Last week, Year 4 went to Scienceworks in Spotswood.  The students experienced a presentation specifically on earth sciences; sun, moon and earth which is our first topic of study during science term. Students were provided with opportunities to interact with a range of different science topics, including the solar system, forces, heat and energy – all of  which we will be taking a closer look at this Term.  Below are some images of the Year 4 students.

Year Five

This week in Year 5 we've been very busy. 

Our maths focus is still multiplication so we've delved deeper into using efficient strategies. We've practised using the multiples of 10 strategy, split strategy and vertical strategy. In literacy we finished off poetry and moved onto procedural writing. We tried to play a series of games without sufficient steps and looked at a variety of IKEA and cooking failures. We soon learnt clear steps is a must when writing procedures. Mad about Science visited us for the second time this term and we zoomed in on 'living things'.  We are looking forward to Book Week and the Athletics Carnival next week. 

Year Six

On Tuesday the 31st of July the Year 6 and Prep students came to school in their pyjamas and celebrated the Preps’ 100th day of school. They had snacks and did a lot of activities.  We also ate our lunch together.  One of the activities was to count 100 things, for example, buttons. They had lots of fun and went home with a smile on their faces.

On the 1st of the August, we participated in Mad About Science workshops. The scientists taught us about heat and electricity, and we did many fun activities about the topic. Another group did experiments involving static electricity, gases and gravity.

On the 8th of August we went to MGGS to see The Witches. This gave us some handy tips for our own performance which is now not very far away.  It’s always busy in Year 6!

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