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29 August 2019
Issue Twenty-six
Dates to Remember
From the Assistant Principal
School News
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 30

Father's Day Footy Breakfast from 7.30am

Footy Day Parade 9am


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 3-6 ThinkUKnow Cyber Safety student sessions

Thursday 5

Yr 4 Starlab





Friday 6

Year 5 and 6 Civics and Citizenship Expo

Friday 13

Year 3 Expo: time 

Monday 16

Year 6 Musical dress rehearsal

Sushi lunch day order on Qkr

Tuesday 17 and Wednesday 18

Year 6 Musical Production 

Wednesday 18

Year 4 Science Expo 8.30am

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 20

Working Bee - All welcome  9 - 11.30am

Friday 25

Day for Daniel - wear a touch of red with uniform

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

Wednesday 13

Year 5 Interrelate (formerly Family Life)

Thursday 14

Prep 2020 Transition Session Three 9.30-10.30am

Monday 18 to Friday 29

Swimming Program

Wednesday 20

Year 5 Interrelate (formerly Family Life)

Wednesday 27

Year 5 Interrelate (formerly Family Life)

Thursday 28

Year 5 Economic and Health ERP Expo


Monday 2 - Friday 6

Year 5 Bike Ed program

Tuesday 3

Uniform Shop open 8.45am-9.15am

Prep Concert

Tuesday 10

Year 5 Bike Hike

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 Assistant Principal

Acting Principal

Louise Neave will be Acting Principal from 29th of August until the 9th of September while Sheryl Skewes is enjoying some well deserved long service leave. 

Working Bee Sunday October 20th 9-11.30

A big call out to all of our families to join us at our whole school working bee. Our priority on the day is to tidy the grounds and garden beds in preparation for our Fete on the 27th October. The morning will conclude with a cuppa and refreshments.  Save the date.

Renaming of the canteen

Over the past few months the canteen committee have been working on renaming the canteen as part of the ongoing changes being made. The vision is to create a space where good food and friendship become one. Remembering and honouring our indigenous heritage, it was decided to give the canteen an Aboriginal name. It was also important for the new name to reflect a space where food and friendship become one and where whole food nourishes students so they can learn and grow.  The canteen committee sought permission from  the Aboriginal community to use the word Bunjil.

Bunjil is an Aboriginal spirit that is the creator of our land and believes we should always welcome guests, create friendships, protect our children and appreciate our food from land and sea.

The committee have chosen two possible names for the canteen, and with support from their class teachers, students will be voting on the name they prefer. The two names the students are voting on are Bunjil's  and  Bunjil's  Kitchen.  All votes will be completed by Friday 30th August.


Footy Day and Father's Day Breakfast

A big thank you to all of  the parents who helped organise another very successful Father's Day stall. The range of gifts the students had to choose from was fantastic, we are sure there will be lots of happy dads on Sunday. We would like to wish everyone a very special family day.  We have many extra gifts if you would like to purchase another gift please come to the school office with $7. 

Footy Day and Father's Day Breakfast are much anticipated traditions at BPS. We would like to extend a huge thank you to all of the parents involved in the preparation of the breakfast, and the staff for their planning of the coin drive and footy match.  Breakfast Kicks off at 7.30 and our footy coin drive will start soon after 9.00. Our Student Vs Teachers footy match will go ahead as usual with a few logistical modifications due to the current restrictions with our oval. We are all looking forward to a fun morning. 

Student Illness

There has been a rise in the number of students and staff affected by illness common to this time of year.  Good general hygiene remains the best defence against infection.  As well as reinforcing personal and hand hygiene habits, such as encouraging children to regularly wash their hands and cover their nose and mouth if sneezing and coughing, staff and parents can do the following to help slow the spread of illness:

  • students with cold or flu-like symptoms or vomiting or diarrhoea should be encouraged to seek medical attention, limit contact with others and stay at home until symptoms have passed
  • if a child becomes ill at school with these symptoms, we will contact families and arrange for the collection of the child

Don't miss out:
ThinkUKnow Parent Cyber Safety Information Session in the SALC (available to parents of all year levels)
Tuesday September 3rd 6:30-8pm 

To support our digital technologies program and national eSmart week, we are looking forward to hosting a Cyber Safety information session for our parent and carer community. This will be run by an organisation called ThinkUKnow. The presentation is delivered by trained, accredited volunteers from either law enforcement or one of their industry partners (Microsoft, Datacom and Commonwealth Bank). The presentation will run for approximately 1 hour, plus question time. 

The presentation will support parents and carers with information on how you can best assist your child to use technology in a safe and responsible way. They will cover what young people see, say and do online, the challenges they may face, and how to report and help if things go wrong. 

The information shared is valuable for parents of children in any year level.

Beaumaris Primary recognises our students are growing up in a technology rich society, where what children may have access to at home changes rapidly and can be difficult for parents to know exactly what the app, game or website may entail. We hope our parents take up this fabulous opportunity to get some useful, practical information that can support these challenges at home. 

For further information, plus resources that may assist you at home, please visit

We look forward to seeing you there.

Thank you to Ms Ellen Hollowood, Leading Teacher Year 4,  for organizing this event.

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

Victorian Premiers' Reading Challenge 2019

Only one week to go!

This is an urgent reminder to parents and children about updating the reading records of participants online.

Parents, please help your child to check his/her online entries to confirm that the records are up to date.

On the 6th September 2019 the Reading Challenge ends. No data can be entered after this date.

BPS SunSmart Policy “Hats On September 1st” 

On Sunday we celebrate the start of Spring and need to see all students wearing their hats during recess, lunchtime and sport sessions. This is a feature of our school Sunsmart policy.  If your hat has disappeared over the Winter break they are available from the uniform shop, please order via Qkr! or purchase direct from the office for $11.50.

Uniform Shop

Our Uniform Shop will open on Tuesday 3rd September from 8.45 to 9.15. The next opportunity to visit our Uniform Shop will not be until Term 4, so next Tuesday presents a good opportunity for parents to view the second hand items for sale for $5 each and to discuss the needs you have for the upcoming warmer weather. Remember, the polo shirts have been re-sized and appear to be one whole size smaller than last year,  so please do try items on before removing tags otherwise we cannot offer any form of exchange or refund. Don't forget, as mentioned above, 'Hats On September 1st".

Footy Day: Friday 30th August

Tomorrow after our annual Father’s Day breakfast, we would like to extend a warm welcome to our families to attend Footy Day. Students are encouraged to dress in football colours of all codes; AFL, A League, NRL etc.  Any team is welcomed as are non-football fans.  We will hold a footy themed assembly and coin drive from 9:15am; bring along some coins to put in your team’s bucket to make it the heaviest.  The coin drive will donate funds to our World Vision sponsor child and The Salvation Army. Our Junior School Council representatives nominated The Salvation Army as our new charity this year. Assembly will be followed by a  teachers vs Year 6 students’ football match. This year due to oval space and feedback from the students; Prep- Year 2 will participate in football skills on the asphalt and Years 3-6 will watch and cheer on the game at the oval.

Father's Day breakfast

Date:         Friday 30 August

Time:         7.30am  (breakfast served 7.30am – 8.30am)

Cost:          $6.00 per person

Invite your Dad, Grandad or someone special along to enjoy breakfast and some footy fun.  Dress in your footy gear or team colours.  Bacon and egg rolls, egg rolls and juice/water will be served. Tea and instant coffee is available or purchase from the coffee cart.

Please order via the Qkr! App. Orders must be submitted by 8pm, Sunday 25 August. No late orders will be accepted and no orders will be taken on the day.  Apologies but gluten free options are not available.

CRAZY CAMEL Fundraising: FETE 2019– Art Sale

Dear Parents,

This is the time of year when we are all thinking about our upcoming fete in October. Every ‘fete’ year the art room traditionally holds an art sale featuring the students’ art work. After the success of our last art sale we are working again with Crazy Camel Fundraising- a leading supplier of children’s art based fundraising products. Crazy Camel is an Australian owned family business offering a range of superbly presented:

  • calendars
  • pillowcases
  • greeting cards
  • notebooks
  • diaries
  • sketch pads
  • tea towels
  • tote bags

Every child in the school is currently working on an art piece which can be transformed into a professionally made product. These make popular and affordable gifts for family and friends whilst providing the opportunity of creating a lasting keepsake.

Every dollar we raise is important and will go to benefit the students at BPS!

On-line ordering will open on the 23rd of September and close on the 7th of October. This will allow for the printing of the art work on the desired product/s so that the students might collect their order from the Students Art Stall on fete day, the 27th of October. If the children are unable to attend on fete day, the goods can be collected from school at your convenience.

The official link to access ordering will be forwarded in a couple of weeks.

In the meantime, there is a display of some Crazy Camel products outside the Art Room.

Thank you.

Andrea Fisk

Snack Shack

Springtime and Soup

Now that spring is here we will no longer have soup on the menu.

Sushi Day

Last sushi day for the term is on Monday 16 September order via Qkr.

Community News





Photo: Community Built Playground

School Information

Photo: Community Built Playground

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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