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25 July 2019
Issue Twenty-one
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.


Monday 29

Qkr Sushi Lunch day

Tuesday 30 

5DG and 5V Parliament House Excursion 8am

Year 2 Performance Night

Wednesday 31

Preps 100th Day of School


Thursday 1 

Year 6 Reach Workshop

Friday 2

School Disco

Preps from 2.30-3.30, Years 1 & 2 from 3.45 to 4.35, Year 3 & 4 from 5 to 6, Year 5 & 5 from 6.15 to 7.30

Monday 5

5H and 6F Parliament House Excursion 8am

Tuesday 6

6C and 6M Parliament House Excursion 8am

Uniform Shop open 8.45am-9.15am

Thursday 8

Year 4 Science Incursion

Friday 9

Year 4 Science Incursion

Monday 12

Year 3 Mad about Science

Monday 12 to Thursday 15

Scholastic Book Fair

Tuesday 13

House Athletics Years 4,5,6

Prep Incursion Nicky Johnston Author

Wednesday 14

Debating team to Brighton SC

Friday 16

Book Dress Up Day: Students to dress up as their favourite book character

Monday 19

Prep Responsible Pet Ownership

Monday 19 to Friday 23

Book Week

Friday 23

Years 1 & 2 Professor Bunsen incursion

Wednesday 21

Year 5 Reach Incursion

Parent Club 

Thursday 29

Bully Stopper Forum

Friday 30

Father's Day Footy Breakfast, Footy Day


Tuesday 3

Uniform Shop open 8.45am-9.15am

6:30-8pm ThinkUKnow Parent Cyber Safety Information Session in the SALC (available to parents of all year levels)

Wednesday 4

11:15-12:50pm Years 3 and 4 and Years 5 and 6 ThinkUKnow Cyber Safety student sessions

Thursday 5

Yr 4 Starlab

Friday 6

Year 5 and 6 Civics and Citizenship Expo

Friday 14

Year 4 Expo: time TBC

Year 3 Expo: time TBC

Monday 16

Year 6 Musical dress rehearsal

Tuesday 17 and Wednesday 18

Year 6 Musical Production 

Friday 20

Final day of Term 3:  2.30pm finish


Monday 7

First day of Term 4

Tuesday 8

Uniform Shop open 8.45am-9.15am

Monday 14

Prep 2020 Parent Session 7pm - 8pm

Wednesday 16

Prep 2020 Transition Session One 9.30-10.30am

Sunday 27

School Fete - Day on Dalgetty

Tuesday 29

Prep 2020 Transition Session Two 9.30-10.30am


Monday 11 to Tuesday 12

Year 3 Camp 

Tuesday 12

Uniform Shop open 8.45am-9.15am

Thursday 14

Prep 2020 Transition Session Three 9.30-10.30am

Monday 18 to Friday 29

Swimming Program

Thursday 28

Year 5 Economic and Health ERP Expo


Tuesday 3

Uniform Shop open 8.45am-9.15am

Prep Concert

Wednesday 11 to Friday 13

Year 5/6 Lifesaving

Monday 16

Year 6 Graduation 6.15pm

Wednesday 18

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

Friday 20

Final day of Term 4: 1.30pm finish

From the Principal and
Assistant Principal

Community Building Parent Expo

We have received very positive feedback from parents who came along last night.

"This was a great night! I felt energised and more connected to the bigger picture in relation to my child and BPS....there was so much gold to take in."

" Found the sessions very valuable and there was a lot of food for thought on topics of discussion and support for the kids education."

"Thank you, a great initiative for the school and I would attend again if this could become a regular event."

"Great combination of self improvement, knowledge of our school and community and programs that our future landscape may look like"

"Fabulous,! Thank you teachers and presenters for your time and sharing your knowledge."

"Thank you for offering sessions at night and taking the time out of your busy lives to share with the whole community. I was impressed that so many parents were presenters..."

"As a prospective parent of Beaumaris Primary School, I found tonight's workshops fantastic. I enjoyed gaining a great insight in to what is /could expect for my primary school children, starting prep next year..."

We also received a range of feedback about follow up reading, offering longer sessions, offering back to back sessions rather than concurrent sessions and the time of year,  all of which we will take into consideration in the future.

Japan Australia Day

Another sensational day for our students.

The day began with a warm welcome by our school community for our Minato-ku students and the principal and teachers from their district.

The assembly commenced with Year 3 performing a song of friendship in Japanese. An amazing effort and such a kind gesture.

Our students, teachers, visitors and parents thoroughly enjoyed the energy and passion of the wildlife presenter. He provided  information about a range of Australian animals and increased our understanding of the need to ensure we maintain and safeguard the natural habitat of our unique wildlife for future generations to enjoy.

Congratulations to Quinn and Hailey, our Japanese Captains, for leading assembly in English and Japanese. Well done!

For the remainder of the day the students participated in a range of Japan/Australia Day activities to deepen their understanding of aspects of Japanese and Australian culture. The day concluded with a Taiko drumming demonstration.

After school, the Taiko Drumming Team led our staff and the visitors through some drumming techniques and sequences followed by afternoon tea.

Thank you to our school families who have kindly hosted our visiting Japanese students. We couldn't do it without you!

Thank you to Angie Gall, Robyn, Helen, and Cath in the office, and the superb collaborative effort of all our fantastic teachers, who collectively ensured the success of the day. Great team work. Our visitors have commented on the welcome they have received and are very appreciative of the hospitality and goodwill they have experienced from students, teachers and parents during their time with us.

Parent Opinion Survey

The Parent Opinion Survey is an annual survey administered by the Department of Education and Training.  Each year the Department of Education recommends schools randomly select approximately 30 per cent of parents to participate in the survey. All responses to the survey are anonymous. This year the Parent Opinion Survey will be conducted from  Tuesday 23rd July to Sunday 11th August.

On Tuesday, via Compass, randomly selected parents received information about the portal and access details.

The survey is designed to take no more than 15 minutes to complete. 

Our school will use the survey results to help inform and direct future school planning and improvements.
The survey results will be reported back to the school through the Annual Report process.

Sensory Garden

Our students love to spend time in the Sensory Garden. The area is in constant use  as it offers the students a quiet, natural garden space with interesting nooks and crannies to explore and stimulate the imagination.

Thank you to Angela, a parent at BPS, for spending time last week tidying the elements of the Sensory Garden.  It looks fantastic. With a little rain recently and now a fabulous tidy up by Angela, the area looks great.

This week's quote: Cultural diversity and goodwill

“We have the ability to achieve, if we master the necessary goodwill, a common global society blessed with a shared culture of peace that is nourished by the ethnic, national and local diversities that enrich our lives.” --Mahnaz Afkhami ( Human rights activist; b. 1941)

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

Fight flu this winter: information from the Victoria State Government site, Better Health Channel

The flu isn’t like the common cold, it can hit quickly and last for weeks. For some people, the flu can have serious and devastating outcomes. It’s important everyone in the community plays their part in helping stop the spread of flu. 

Three simple steps to stop the spread of flu....

Step OneCough or sneeze into your elbow

Hands are a major transmitter of viruses and bugs. If you don't have a tissue handy and you feel a sneeze or cough coming on, cough or sneeze into your elbow. It's a part of your body less likely to touch other surfaces and will help stop the spread of those nasty germs. If you do use a tissue, make sure you dispose of it into a bin nearby.

Step Two: Wash your hands regularly

Flu germs are carried in almost invisible little droplets from saliva, sneezes, coughs and runny noses.

They can live on surfaces for hours, and spread when people touch the infected surface.

Washing your hands thoroughly with soap and water at regular intervals throughout the day is a quick and easy way to help stop the spread of these germs.

Step Three: If you're sick, stay home

The best way to avoid spreading the flu is to stay at home while you are unwell. In particular, avoid going to work or school or visiting busy public places and vulnerable people, such as the elderly.

Avoid contact with others as much as possible while the infection is contagious. For adults this is usually around 3–5 days from when the first symptoms appear, and up to 7 days in younger children.

ScreenFree Saturday

Koby, a Year 6 student from Caulfield Primary School has sent us a feature for our newsletter to highlight screen addiction. He is trying to start a movement similar to meatless Monday which focuses on the benefits to mental and physical health of taking time away from our screens.  The key disadvantages he identifies being due to excessive screen time are :

  • Gaining weight
  • Lack of sleep
  • Bad communication skills
  • Exposure to potentially harmful information
  • Neck and back strain
  • Eye health

Thanks to Koby for being so proactive and sending this message out to all the local schools.

Camp Australia - Out of Hours School Care


Poco Music


Lego Term 3



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Level Low Downs


This fortnight the Prep students have been exploring the different features of ‘non-fiction’ texts to complement the work we are doing in science on ‘living and non-living things’. During writing, students had an opportunity to create their own non-fiction text. They drew a labelled diagram of themselves and wrote several interesting facts – all of which were true of course! Other class members then had to guess who was the author.

Year One

During investigations, some children were very interested in the 50th Anniversary of Man walking on the moon. It was extremely inspiring to watch Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin land the lunar module. The Year 1 students have also been learning how to sew. They have made cushions, soft toys and pillows for dolls.

Year Two

The Year 2 scientists have launched a new unit of work focused on the big question ‘How do forces and motion affect our daily lives?'  We investigated the push and pull forces acting on toys as we move them and will soon explore the forces acting on objects on the ground, in air and in water.

In Investigations, some of the children have taken on our "Weekly Challenge" to design and construct a moving toy or a piece of art out of recycled materials.

Year Three

On Monday 22nd July we had our first incursion for the term and it was about SCIENCE, which is our term 3 subject focus unit. We learnt about living and non-living items that surround us in our everyday lives. We classified arthropods (invertebrates with an exoskeleton) into insecta, arachnida, myriapoda and crustacea. We also experienced using different types of microscopes.

With great excitement this week we welcomed our Japanese visitors. We completed many activities for Japan Australia Day. In our classes we made Japanese fans, Koi Fish and created some Aboriginal Art.

Year Four

Yesterday across the school the Year 4 children had the pleasure to participate in the Japan/Australia Day.  The students began with an assembly where we welcomed our visitors from Japan and then got to see an amazing animal show with native Australian animals. The rest of the day was spent participating in a range of activities that focused on Australia and Japan such as poetry, origami, manga drawing and mosaics. We are incredibly impressed with the effort that went in to the dress ups for this special day. The Year 4 students are now settled in their new classrooms which really gives us the opportunity to learn and get creative.  We look forward to the exciting events that are approaching for us later on in the term.   

Year Five

Japan/Australia was brilliant up in Year 5 yesterday. Many of our Year 5 families welcomed Minato-ku students into their homes which allowed many more of our students to spend time with them and practise their Japanese skills. The day was full of laughter as the students rotated through three different activities during the day. Chopstick skills were put to work and it was quickly realised holding chop sticks is not as easy as it looks. The students were required to pick up skittles one by one using chopsticks and transport them from container to another in teams. Honey Joys could be smelt baking as the students worked hard in the kitchen, (and at the end of the day when they were eaten). Art skills were also put on show during Japan/Australia Day. We explored some Aboriginal art and discovered that dot paintings are only one element to this sophisticated craft. Dot paintings actually originate from Northern Australia so despite still studying symbols from the Northern Territory we tried to use pre-existing symbols into our own art work. The students used oil pastels and concentration to create their own art work stories. Finally, Aussie slang was brought back to life in Year 5 yesterday. Hoo Roo! Fair Dinkum! And even dead horse for tomato sauce was discovered. We had a great day.

Year Six

The Year 6 cohort have had a great start to the term. It has been a busy start with Peter Pan rehearsals, excursions, Japan Australia Day and Athletics in the first few weeks. The students have commenced rotations with the Year 5 and 6 teachers for Civics and Citizenship and have started training sessions for the House Athletics in week 5.

Japan Australia Day was again a big hit. The students enjoyed the Zoo Comes to You, Taiko drumming and the Japanese and Australian themed activities during the day. The teachers organised Table Tennis, Manga drawing and Aboriginal paintings.  A great day for all.

We are looking forward to the exciting activities and events this term.

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School Information

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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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