Blackburn Primary School Weekly

31 October 2019
Issue Seventeen
Principal's Report
Multipurpose Room Upgrade
From the Office
Key Dates
Classroom News Foundation - Grade 2 
Classroom News Grade 3-6
Junior School Council
F-6 Classroom Music
The Patch Program 
Chaplain's Corner
Band News
Bottle Tops for Charity
Lunchtime Clubs
Lost Property
Extra Curricular Activities
Thank you from Parents and Friends
Parents and Friends upcoming Events
Parent Volunteers Needed
School Fundraising
OSHClub News  
Community Pages 
Blackburn Primary School
(03) 9878 1483
185 Surrey Road
Blackburn, Victoria, 3130

Principal's Report

What a great last two weeks we have had! Our F-2 students were stars at their house sports event, Year 6s had a great time at camp, congratulations to Josh C who finished 5th at Victorian State Track and Field Championships and the good news - Summer is finally here! As the weather becomes warmer it is important that your child has appropriate school wear. Only school uniform items are to be worn to and from school and whilst at school. Please also speak with your children about keeping cool at school, we have already started to experience a number of blood noses from children overheating with jumpers and long pants on!

World Teachers Day 

A huge thank you for all the work that each and everyone one of our teachers does. Every day, each of our teachers are supporting children and young people by improving student outcomes and shaping their lives for future success.


World Teachers' Day was celebrated in Australia on Friday 25 October (thanks to those parents who provided morning tea for our teachers too!). The day is a great opportunity for everyone to recognise and appreciate teachers and the important role they play in shaping the next generation. As we all know, teachers matter! They do an amazing job and World Teachers' Day is a most worthy occasion to acknowledge the work of our teachers.


Every day our teachers give each child a special gift of learning. They inspire both students and colleagues alike, transporting children into new spaces and places. They develop ideas and skills and know every child as an individual. They craft the learning to ensure it has great meaning and relevance for every child’s future. They teach children to be good people, to be inclusive of others, not just at school but for the community, nation and beyond. Teachers are encouragers and are there to guide and support children to overcome obstacles. They listen and love learning themselves, motivated and excited by the everyday experiences of school life. They understand the importance of their influence and the ultimate responsibility they have to improve the life chances for all children, for a better world.


It is such an important job! We thank and honour all BPS teachers. You do an amazing job!


Congratulations to Jacqui and her husband, Marc who recently announced her pregnancy. I am sure you will share in their excitement as the staff have done. We look forward to seeing Jacqui back at the beginning of next year to share her bundle of joy with us.


Thank you to all the many families who came along to Family Maths Night and their involvement and fun they had playing a great variety of maths games and activities.

Also a bit of fun with the double rainbow appearing above our school. THnaks to Siena D (2D) for coming up with some maths problems related to the double rainbows after the children were asked at assembly.

A huge thank you to our Maths committee for organising the night.





We would like to welcome you along to an information session with our new  Before, After Care and Holiday Program provider - TheirCare. The session will be held in the Multi Purpose room from 6.30pm on the Wednesday 6th November and will be a great opportunity for you to find out more information and ask any questions that you may have.

TheirCare will also be meeting with our new Foundation families on Friday 8th November and will be at school from 9am if you would like to meet their Transitions Manager, Tash Zakhour on that day.

We look forward to starting our new partnership with TheirCare as part of our community officially on Monday 6th January for their first holiday program.



I am very pleased to announce, following a comprehensive selection process, congratulations to Krystle D'Amelio, Andrew Beattie, Sarah Ellis, Dani Bird & Kirralee Felicite who have been appointed to positions for 2020 at BPS. I look forward to continuing working  closely with these teachers and I know the community will be very excited to hear this news for them.


As we finalise our enrolments for 2020 I am happy to share with you our grade structures for next year, I look forward to announcing the teaching placement in the next newsletter.

Foundation X 3

Year One X 3

Year Two X 3

Year Three X 3

Year Three/Four x 1

Year Four X 2

Year Five X 2

Year Five/Six X 1

Year Six X 3


Thursday 7th November


One Community Church

 Only one week to go!

On Thursday 7th November, 7pm the Evening of Music will be held at One Community Church.  All welcome! Come and see performances from all the BPS ensembles - the Training, Concert and Symphonic Bands, Percussion Ensemble, Flute Ensemble, Beginner Guitar, Advanced Guitar and the BPS Choir.  We especially encourage Grade 2 families who are interested in the band program in 2020 to come along and see what it's all about! 

 Tickets for the Evening of Music are now available via Trybooking:

 Please read the Band News section of this newsletter for further details and ticket pricing.  A note for Band families: Tickets are only required for those watching the performance - performing band students do not require a ticket.


Please return sold raffle tickets and money to the office by this Friday 1st November. Tickets are $1 each and funds raised will go to supporting our School Band Program.  

 The raffle will be drawn at the Evening on Music and prizes include: 

- Wheelbarrow donated by Bunnings Nunawading (RRP $109)

- $25 Lush Café voucher

- Scholastic Book Pack of 11 books (RRP over $150)

- Action Indoor Sports Voucher towards a party (valued at $50)

- Mumm Champagne & Monopoly game donated by Fletchers Blackburn

Multipurpose Room Upgrade

We did it!

A huge thank you to our School Community for being so patient and understanding while we completed the works on upgrading the Multipurpose Room. The room formally known as 'The old hall' will now be known as 'the multipurpose room'. 

This amazing, fresh, bright new space will be used by our before and after school care service, and during school hours by our teachers and students. We are very excited to have such a large space available to our staff and students to use for class activities, incursions, dance practice, cooking classes, dumpling making, and also for community events/parent information sessions- the possibilities are endless! 

We are very excited to share with you below some before and after pictures, and we invite you to pop your head into the room at school drop off or pick up to have a look. 

Upgrades to the room included: Removal of the stage, removal of the old evaporative air conditioning ceiling unit, removal of the old wall furnaces, new carpet tiles and vinyl wet area, kitchen door makeover (from green doors to white!), painting of the entire space (including the storeroom, office, stairwell and kitchen), new lighting including emergency lighting, new motorised blinds, 2 large split system air conditioners, and custom made wall to wall cupboards at the back of the room. 






From the Office

2020 Parent Contributions

2020 Parent Contributions are accessible now via Compass & the notice can be found on Compass under course confirmation, or see the below attachment. Please contact the office if you require your login details or password reset.  


Late Arrivals

A reminder to all parents that if your child arrives late to school, parents/guardians must come into the office to sign the student in on the compass kiosk. Compass attendance will then automatically be updated.

If a child comes in late, unattended, they will need to come to the office  to receive a late pass. You will still receive a message, as we require a parent to explain the lateness. 

Anaphylaxis, Allergy & Asthma Action Plans

For those students who require Management Plans for Anaphylaxis, Allergy or Asthma please find below the current plans that the school uses. Please print these off in colour or collect one from the office when you need to update. Updates should be done yearly or if there have been any changes.


Borrowed Spare Clothing

If your child has come home in spare clothing supplied from the sickbay - please wash and return these items as soon as possible. As you might imagine in these wetter days we can go through our limited supply very quickly!

Key Dates

November 2019

1 Friday - Select students Hot Shots Tennis

5 Tuesday - Melbourne Cup - Public Holiday - No School

6 Wednesday - Grade 2 Blackburn Lake Excursion

6 Wednesday - Select students Rehearsal for Evening of Music

6 Wednesday TheirCare (OSHC) Parent Meeting 6.30pm - 7.00pm

7 Thursday - Evening of Music 7.00pm - 9.00pm - One Community Church

8 Friday - Grade 1 Blackburn Lake Excursion

8 Friday - Transition Session 1 for 2020 Foundation students

12 Tuesday - Concert Band: Victorian Schools Music Festival - 9.45am til 1.15pm

13 Wednesday - Training Band: Victorian Schools Music Festival - 8.45am til 11.45am

14 Thursday - select students Oxfam Music Festival - Box Hill Town Hall

15 Friday - Transition Session 2 for 2020 Foundation students

15 Friday - Music Matters Annual Piano Concert - 12.30pm - 1.45pm MultiPurpose Room

19 Tuesday - select students Umbrella Dementia Cafe 10am

20 Wednesday - Kids Disco

22 Friday - Transition Session 3 for 2020 Foundation students

29 Friday - Transition Session 4 for 2020 Foundation students

29 Friday - Concert Band Assembly Performance

December 2019

2 Monday -  BPS 130 Year Celebration

3 Tuesday - Dementia Cafe in BPS Gym

6 Friday - Secondhand Uniform Sale 8.45am - 9.45am

6 Friday - Symphonic Band Assembly Performance

10 Monday  - Year 7 Orientation Day

11 Wednesday - Grade 6 Graduation

13 Friday - Grade 5/6 Market Day Stall

16 Monday - Student Reports go home

17 Tuesday - Dementia Cafe 10am-12noon

17 Tuesday - Grade 5 Water Safety and Aquatics 8.45-12.30pm

18 Wednesday - Grade 6 Water Safety and Aquatics 8.45-12.30pm

18 Wednesday - Meet Your 2020 Class Teacher Day

18 Wednesday - End of Year / Christmas twilight concert

19 Thursday - Grade 6 Excursion - Fun Fields

20 Friday - Last Day of Term 4 - Extra Early Dismissal - 1.30pm

Term Dates 2019

Term 1 - Tuesday 29 January (Teachers Only) - Friday 5th April

Wednesday 30 January (Grade 1-6 students Commence)                               

Thursday 31 January (Foundation Commence) - End of Term is Friday 5th April

Term 2 - Tuesday 23 April - Friday 28 June

Term 3 - Monday 15 July - Friday 20 September

Term 4 - Monday 7 October - Friday 20 December

Term Dates 2020

Term 1 - Tuesday 28 & Wednesday 29 January  - Curriculum Days

 Thursday 30th January (F-6 Students commence School) - Friday 27 March

Term 2 - Tuesday 14 April - Friday 26 June

Term 3 -  Monday 13 July - Friday 18 September

Term 4 - Monday 5 October - Friday 18 December

Classroom News
Foundation - Grade 2 


Term 4 is one of our favourite terms in Foundation. It is exciting seeing them show greater independence with their learning and we love celebrating what leaps they have made. Term 4 is also a busy one. We started off with a bang with our zoo visit and House Sports Day. Thanks to all parents who volunteered to make both a success!


What We Are Learning


This term we are learning about some very well loved authors. Over the next few weeks we are reading texts by Mem Fox. In Writing we are learning to write information reports using our zoo excursion as a writing seed.


Students are consolidating addition and subtraction strategies. Ask your child about the "count on" strategy!


This term students are exploring the topic “Let's Get Physical”. In this unit students will be learning about how to stay healthy. This week we will be learning some zumba moves with Miss Harrison. 


Next week Foundation teachers will be continuing our one on one testing with students. 


Don't forget to enjoy the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday!

Grade 1 & 2

Wow! What an amazing House Sports day we had last week. All the F-2 children participated and had the best day. We were all exhausted afterwards and had lots to share including some ‘personal best’ achievements. Well done to all our students who participated, we are very proud of you!


This term, the grade 1 and 2 children will once again partake in the Patch garden activity with Clare every fortnight. We also have a cooking session using ingredients from the Patch. If you are available to help with the preparation and cooking session, please contact or leave a message with Clare Pattison at the office.


A reminder that Term 4 is a Sun Smart term and ALL students are expected to have their hat everyday to wear during play times and for sport. Please support your child to check their bag in the morning for their hat in readiness for the day!




In weeks 3 and 4, students have been focussing on making text-to-text and text-to-world connections.  These connections are  generally more difficult for children to make (compared to text-to-self connections) as it requires children to read more widely and be aware of events that have happened or are happening around the world or in their immediate environment. Children have been scaffolded through this process using various mentor texts and have been explicitly taught the various ways in which their connections can be recorded (e.g. sticky note thinking, venn diagram, double and triple entry journals).  In tying in with our Integrated unit of ‘How are we Connected?’, our reading focus will centre on making text-to-text, text-to-world connections using Dream time stories, which occurs in week 4.


In writing, we are continuing with learning about persuasive writing, however focusing on advertisements. We are looking at the structure and purpose of an advertisement, catchy phrases and slogans being used, thinking about the word choices that are being used and how advertisements are eye-catching. This week we will be focusing on incorporating our ‘Ideas and Voice’  in the 6+1 Traits of Writing into our persuasive advertisement.


In maths, we now exploring fractions. What is a fraction? Where do we find fractions?  The students are investigating fractions with shapes and collections. They are involved in ‘hands on’ activities and are using their digital devices to record and demonstrate their thinking. In Year 1 students are expected to demonstrate a ‘half’ with shapes and collections. In Year 2 students are expected to demonstrate halves, quarters and eighths with shapes and collections. We have very high expectations of our students at BPS and so we will also be challenging the students by investigating thirds and fifths as well. Please ask your child to share their understanding of fractions so far!


The upcoming Christmas Carols night requires all students to learn the lyrics of two Christmas songs. The lyrics and music have been placed in Showbie on your child’s iPad. Please support them in practising the songs in readiness for the concert.


The students have begun to explore our inquiry topic this term is ‘How Are We Connected’.  We started the unit by looking at world maps and where our family is from. Our focus has us now exploring Australia and its seasons. The students have identified indigenous seasons and how they are represented in different parts of Australia which is very different to the seasons we know in Victoria. Students will now investigate our local community which includes our excursion to Blackburn Lake next week and our school environment at BPS.


Upcoming Events

Week 5: Blackburn Lake excursion (Year 2s - Wednesday 6th Nov, Year 1s - Friday 8th Nov - half day)

Week 5: Evening of Music

Week 7: School Disco

Week 9: Monday 2nd December - Our 130th Year Celebration (whole school dress up in olden days clothing)

Week 11: Family Christmas Carols Night

Classroom News
Grade 3-6

Grade 3 & 4

Term 4 Week 4


Our learning focus during Reader’s Workshop sessions has been to interpret drawings and diagrams and ask questions to clarify, expand and extend comprehension in non-fiction texts.

Student have been asking deeper levels of questions – eg: Why does this happen? Who’s opinion is this? What is the evidence?

In Writer’s Workshop sessions, we have used the 6 + 1 Traits to further organise students’ writing of – Information Reports.  A variety of information report samples have been read as models and students have been recognising the organisational traits for this non-fiction genre and finding examples.

Paragraphs have been created from sub-headings or questions. Research relating to those sub-headings has directed students to find targeted facts.  Improvements in word choice, technical language and varied sentences has been worked on to improve and expand writing. Apostrophes, figurative language, where appropriate and the use of powerful words are also being investigated.

Spelling: Students‌ ‌have been‌ ‌choosing‌ ‌their‌ ‌own‌ ‌independent‌ ‌activities‌ ‌from‌ ‌a variety of tasks ‌to‌ ‌practise‌ ‌their‌ ‌Integrated Unit focus words and their own personal spelling‌ ‌words.


This week students began working with shape.  They will be investigating the attributes of 2D and 3D shapes and recognising regular and irregular representations. Students will be matching the ‘nets’ of specific shapes as a guide to create their own.  Lots of hands on activities with blocks and geoboards are planned to expand and extend shape knowledge. At home: ask about the meanings of maths vocabulary like – flip, slide, translate, rotate, vertices and symmetry.


This term we are investigating Earth Sciences and our first topic is Sun, Earth and Moon. Students are working in small groups, to plan, collect materials, create and evaluate a working model demonstrating the rotations of the Sun, Earth and Moon. 

These models will be presented in small groups with students sharing the steps taken to complete the challenge and some of the thinking behind the designs.



Charged iPads to school every day – we are assessing online at the moment so fully charged ipads are essential.

Hats must be worn at schools from 1st September – 30th April.

Please put student names and grade on jumpers and lunchboxes – and check Lost Property.


20th School Disco


2nd BPS 130th – Start thinking of an old fashioned outfit to wear on this day.


Grade 5 & 6

Reading and Writing

In Reader’s Workshop, students have continued their investigations into non-fiction texts. They have been learning how to show their understanding of a text by using literal and inferential comprehension. They have been looking at identifying key features of the text and making predictions.

In Writer’s Workshop, the students have continued to use the 6 plus 1 traits to support their independent writing. Their focus has been on the organisation of an explanation text and writing piece. They have been learning about the structure and key features of an explanation and used the sequence of creating money to create an explanation piece of their own.


In Mathematics, students have been learning about Time. They have been learning to compare 12 and 24-hour time systems and convert between them. They have also been learning how to interpret and use timetables, as well as measure, calculate and compare elapsed time.

Integrated Studies/Digital Technologies

Students have continued their work on exploring hyperlinks. They have been learning how to create their own Mathematics quiz on Keynote, by creating right and wrong answers. These answers then link them to further questions in the quiz, using hyperlinks.



HATSHats must be worn at schools from 1st September – 30th April.

LOST PROPERTY - Please put student names and grade on jumpers and lunchboxes – and check Lost Property.

IPADS – to be at school fully charged every day


Key Dates

Tuesday 5th November Melbourne Cup

Wednesday 6rth November – Evening of Music Rehearsal

Thursday 7th November – Evening of Music

Wednesday 20th November – School Disco

Monday 2nd December – BPS 130 Year Celebration

Grade 6 Parents Dinner

Friday 29 November 8pm to 11pm

Mitcham Social

1 Thorton Crescent, Mitcham

Dear Grade 6 Graduating Parents of 2019,

We already have a lovely group of parents committed to coming to dinner, but I'd love to see more of you there!

It's not too late to join, although numbers do need to be confirmed by the start of November. 

There is shared menu of $35.00 per head, with drinks purchased individually.
Please email me or text me on 0434 386 641 if you'd like to join us.

Victoria (Leila's Mum, 6D)

Junior School Council

Prize Order


Thank you once again for all of your awesome efforts in raising the needed funds for our new friendship area.


The ordering for prizes has now closed and the prizes have arrived at school. We will hopefully sort out the prizes this week and they will be delivered to your classroom by the end of the week so stay tuned and once again THANK YOU!!


Walk To School Month

That’s right its walk to school month. Try your best this month to walk, scoot or ride to and from school as often as possible. Part way is okay. If you can’t walk the whole way, we encourage you to park the car a few blocks from school and walk, ride or scoot the rest.


It is a chance for you and your families to enjoy a chat and more time with each other as well as learn some road safety skills. Along with the health benefits, it also reduces traffic congestion, saves on parking, helps us connect with family and friends and saves the environment! So don’t forget to walk to school this month and record it on your class chart.


Where To Next?

This is the question we have asked the JSC recently.The JSC are currently developing some questions to ask to all the students of BPS so we can have the voice and ideas of all students. They will be running circle time over the coming weeks to find out how we can improve the learning, well-being, sustainability and facilities of the school.

F-6 Classroom Music


Wednesday 18th December, 6.00pm

What better way to celebrate the end of 2019 than hearing our children’s voices lifted up in song?! This event will showcase every F-6 student as they perform two musical items with their year level. There will be singing, instruments, dancing, and live music from the School Band (and maybe even from some of the teachers….) The lead-up to Christmas can be very busy so we please ask that you mark this event in your diaries now - we’d love to see as many BPS families in attendance joining in on the frivolity of the evening!

 Carols to begin at 6.00pm (to be confirmed). Families are welcome to set up their picnic rugs / chairs on the oval from 5.00pm. More details soon :) 


Practising Christmas Carols

 All students are to memorise their songs for the BPS Carols Evening on 18 December.

All Grade 1-6 students have their Christmas Carols (lyrics, vocal tracks and instrumental tracks) in their Showbie Music Folder. Foundation students should have received a hard copy of their song lyrics - please ask your child’s teacher for a copy if you don’t have one. Parents, please encourage your children to read & / or sing their carols regularly at home as part of their Music Homework. Thankyou!


Yours in harmony,

Lisa Shacklock

F-4 Music Co-ordinator (M-W)


Miss Laura Maclagan and I will be co-ordinating the School Choir for the next 6 weeks in Mrs Sutcliffe’s absence.


Upcoming Performances

Please note that the Choir will be performing at the:

  • Evening of Music – One Community Church, next Thursday 7 November 7.00pm
  • Oxfam School’s Music Festival - Box Hill High School, Thursday 14 November 7.00pm

Choir members are asked to wear the performance clothing below:

  • Black full length leggings /pants /trousers OR black leggings with a black skirt (no patterns, please)
  • Black socks & shoes
  • White short-sleeved t-shirt (no collar)
  • Long hair tied off face (hair tie to match hair colour)
  • Short hair neatly brushed
  • No make-up or jewellery to be worn (stud / sleeper earrings only)

If you don’t own the above clothing, please try and borrow items from friends :)

Thank you!


BPS at the Oxfam School’s Music Festival

Box Hill High School, Thursday 14 November 7.00pm


The Oxfam School’s Music Festival is a non-competitive event providing primary and secondary schools the opportunity to showcase their instrumental, dance, drama and vocal ensembles whilst supporting Oxfam.

Students to arrive at the venue at 6.30pm.


Ticket Reminder

A reminder to all BPS participants that audience tickets are available online at


Admission Cost:    Adult $17.00, Concession $12.00, ALL children free (performers & siblings)

Music is fun at BPS


The Patch Program 

The Patch

Sign up now to help with cooking classes in term 4 

Thank you to those wonderful parents who have already signed up to help.  There are many slots yet to be filled so to ensure our classes can go ahead please sign up to help if you can via 


The children love their cooking classes and our helpers often comment on how much they get out of being part of the cooking classes, so sign up now to see what all the fuss is about!


Interested in helping to maintain our beautiful Patch?

Please contact me at to let me know how you would like to help and when you are available.


Thanks - Claire Pattison - Patch Co-ordinator.


Chaplain's Corner

Chinese Bamboo – A lesson in life

On Wednesday morning, I waved off my first born as she made her way to her Year 12 English Exam. There is a sense in which the last 13 years of school has culminated in this one moment. I still remember with absolute clarity walking her to Blacky Primary School and giving her a big hug on the tanbark just near the yellow slide. This was moments before she made her way to her Prep classroom (which back then was in the old building - probably the art room these days).  Yes, it was a long time ago, but it feels like yesterday. I did it then with a heavy heart. This morning, it was mixed emotions. For her sake (and for the well-being of her parents), I’m keen to get the exam period over with. But these exams are an exclamation mark at the end of a long journey. Since she started at BPS in 2007, she’s been on countless excursions, incursions, camps and sports days. She’s made speeches at Assembly and attended Anzac services.  The same goes for High School. All of these activities have been careering her toward this moment. And, every one of those previous experiences has played an important part in bringing her to this point.


I recently heard someone talking about Chinese Bamboo. I don’t know much about it myself. My parents had bamboo at their house and no-matter what we did, we never seemed to be able to stem its incredible growth. But what I recently discovered is that the growth of Chinese bamboo has some unique features.  It requires fertile soil, watering, nurturing and sunshine. And then, for the first four years after its planting there is no reward. There is nothing visible and no shoots above the ground. But, for these 4 years, the bamboo plant is putting its shoots way down deep. They are forming and growing and getting stronger. They are providing a foundation for a strong, healthy and beautiful plant. And then, in their fifth year, something remarkable happens. The bamboo shoots poke through the ground and then go on to grow 80 feet in six weeks.


The growth of the bamboo plant bears similarities to the education journey. Primary School is providing an incredible foundation for our children. All the activities, games, camps, excursions and learning experiences at Primary School are laying the foundation for a strong future for our children. When you get up morning after morning the routine can seem impossible. Washing lunchboxes, finding drink bottles, making sandwiches and desperately searching for the school hat. Tomorrow morning when this routine starts again, take a moment to see the incredible potential of your little person or people. Try to imagine for a moment what they will grow into and the difference that they are going to make in this world. It’s a perspective changer.


Parenting is not the easiest task in the world. In fact, it’s probably the most difficult thing that any of us could do. The task of nurturing, disciplining, guiding, mentoring and encouraging do not let up.  Building character is a slow and laborious process. But it’s laying the foundations for a solid future. So, keep on keeping on. Spend the time investing in your kids and their future. Make sure that they are living in fertile soil. Nurture them, love them and prune them just enough to make sure that they grow and develop in the right direction. Take the time to thank their teachers and carers at school for the role that they are playing in their development as well. Most of all, enjoy this stage of life. It passes very quickly. And before you know it, you’ll have your own 80-foot bamboo tree in the form of a teenage boy or girl, that you’ll be desperately proud of.


Cheers – Phil Simpson – School Chaplain


Calling all Petrol-Heads

The annual Blackburn Community Show & Shine is on again. 

If you have something fast, shiny, unique or a little bit different, we’d love to have you along to the Blackburn Community Show & Shine. 

When? SUNDAY December 1st 

What time? 4.00 pm - 6.00 pm

Where? 184 Surrey Road, Blackburn (One Community Church)

Join us for a coffee and a snag - tell your friends, neighbours & family. This will be a great arvo of cars, bikes, sensational coffee & great company. 

To bring a car or bike - send me a message - free entry for all.


Journey Beyond Fear

A few years ago, I met an extraordinary man and his family. They are refugees from Afghanistan. Like many refugees their monumental struggle to get to Australia took many years and much heartache. After 18 long years the UNHCR granted Besmillah and his family permanent residency in Australia. Their story is one of great challenge. Besmillah has now become a friend of mine.

In October 2018 the film “Journey Beyond Fear” was released. This captures the struggles of Besmillah and his family and their road towards Asylum. It’s very moving and enlightening. I saw the movie last year and it provided great insight into this difficult topic and put human faces to the news reports that we hear.

I would encourage anyone that is interested in the issue of Asylum seekers to come along to this event.


Band News

Band Raffle Ticket Reminder

A reminder that raffle ticket stubs and money are due back at the office this Friday 1st November.  Thank you to those who have already returned them.

Remember, tickets are $1 each and are to raise funds for the School Band Programme. Please write your name and phone number on your ticket and return the other half to the office in the envelope.

The raffle will be drawn at the Evening of Music November 7th at One Community Church and prizes include a Wheelbarrow, $25 Lush Café voucher, Scholastic Book bundle and gourmet hampers. Winners will be notified on the night, and prizes collected then, or from the school office from 8th November onwards.

Donations for Hampers

If you are able to support the raffle by donating any gourmet goodies, wine or any non-perishable items which could go into one of our hampers, please drop the donations at the school office by Friday 1st November.   Thank you to those who have already made donations. 

Evening of Music

Thursday 7th November


One Community Church

Our Evening of Music is only 1 week away!  All welcome!


Come and see performances from all the BPS ensembles - the Training, Concert and Symphonic Bands, Percussion Ensemble, Flute Ensemble, Beginner Guitar, Advanced Guitar and the BPS Choir.  We especially encourage Grade 2 families who are interested in the band program in 2020 to come along and see what it's all about! 


Tickets for the Evening of Music are now available via Trybooking. 

**Please note: Trybooking ticket sales close at 3.30pm on 7th November and ticket sales after this will be door sales only. **

Ticket prices are:

Family (2 adults, 2 children) $10

Adult $5

Child $2

Children under 5 are free

*Ticket bookings do attract a small surcharge.

A note for Band families: Tickets are only required for those watching the performance - performing band students do not require a ticket.


Sign Up Genius Helpers for Evening of Music

We will need volunteers to help the Evening of Music to run as smoothly as possible, and as parents of children in our bands/ensembles we would be very grateful of your support on the night. We require helpers for afternoon set-up (during school hours) as well as during the evening. Thank you!

Please sign up at:


Thank you for your continued support,

Friends of the Band Committee

Caaren C (yr 2), Christine S (yrs 2 & 5), Jen M (yr 5), Kim T-H (yr 5), Miyako K (yrs 5 & 6) and Neroli M (yrs 2 & 4).

Other upcoming band events:

Wednesday 6th November: Rehearsal for Evening of Music - 9.00am-1.00pm
Tuesday 12th November: Victorian School Music Festival performance (Concert Band), 9.50am-1.25pm
Wednesday 13th November: Victorian School Music Festival performance (Training Band)
Thursday 14th November: Oxfam Music Festival (School Choir, Training Band, Advanced Guitar and Chinese Dance team)

Bottle Tops for Charity

Helping the Environment and Supporting a Great Cause – Envision Hands

In grades 5 and 6 this term, students have been exploring the concept of sustainability in their integrated studies unit. Our focus has been looking at the features of designing and building sustainable houses, however many of our discussions have revolved around creating a sustainable world in general. Specifically, the children in 5P have shown a genuine interest and concern in regards to the use of most plastics as a non-biodegradable and non-renewable material. They have shown a passion about ensuring we make good choices for a sustainable future and are learning about the importance of making a difference.

To support the children’s passion and inquiry, we are helping an organization called ‘Envision Hands’  who are tackling a worldwide waste issue by using recycled bottle tops to build prosthetic limbs (hands and arms) for children in need. 5P would like to reach out to the wider school community and ask for your help in collecting bottle tops. If you have any donations, please pop them into the tub at the office foyer. Thank you for your support!

Here are some comments from the students of 5P about supporting this great cause:

Alex: I feel proud that our class is helping Envision Hands.

Marina: I’m happy to know that the bottle tops we are collecting can help some kids.

Eva: I’m really grateful that I can help such a great cause. Collecting bottle tops for Envision Hands is not only a double act of kindness but it’s also really fun. I hope that we are changing the world for these children.

Caitie: I’m happy that I’m part of contributing to this organization. It is such an amazing program and I’m very happy to be part of it

Taiga: It feels really good to be helping people.

Binuk: I feel very grateful for helping all the children and I appreciate what the Envision Hands company has done – they are making a big change to the world.

Eleanor: I think this program is awesome because we get to be helpful to children in need and the environment! My family and I are so glad to be contributing to such an amazing program!

Levite: I love to help people. It’s just the feeling that I have made someone’s day a tiny bit better that makes my day a lot better.

Orla: I am very happy to be contributing to this business to save the environment and to help children in need.


Lunchtime Clubs

Chinese Dance Group

Mandarin program has been introduced to Blackburn Primary School since 2011. Every student in the school has embraced the Chinese language and the Chinese culture. Our Chinese Dance Group also was formed in 2011. All the girls in the group have dedicated considerable time in practicing Chinese dancing and singing. The students practice every Friday at lunchtime. The Chinese Dance Group has performed at OXFAM, school assembly, Chinese Day and many other school events.
When: Every Friday lunchtime
Where: the Old Hall  


Chess Club

For those wishing to play a social game of Chess, Chess Club will open every Thursday lunchtimes from 1:25 in the Library. Due to the limited number of Chess sets available, the club will only be open to children in Years 2 to 6 but this may change depending on the levels of interest.  Children are encouraged to learn the game from fellow players with some instruction provided by the Teacher.  It’s a wonderful way to meet friends, learn a new skill, and learn from each other!  


Coding Club

Each Monday and Tuesday lunchtimes Code Club will be happening in Foundation C.

  1. Years 1-3 Monday. This term we will continue to explore the App Scratch JR and later this term coding Blu-Bots to complete various challenges.
  2. Years 4-6 Tuesday. We will continue working with Swift Playgrounds as well as with the Spheros.


Knitting Club

It has been wonderful to see students graduating from finger knitting to needles. We are using some of the 'double' finger knitted yarn in a hoop weaving. Our Foundation students have been very enthusiastic about Knitting Club and are now experts, teaching others how to finger knit and bringing new group members.


Lost Property

Please keep checking Lost Property for your items as they can often turn up weeks or even months later!


  • Named & labelled items that end up at lost property (in admin building next to the meeting room) will be returned to the student’s classroom weekly.
  • Any unlabelled items will be put out on display for collection at the end of the term.
  • Non-school items will be donated to an op-shop at the end of each term
  • Any remaining unclaimed uniform items will be placed in a crate and kept with the second hand uniforms.
  • Unclaimed items can then be collected at the Second-Hand Uniform Sales or by texting Kerrie Bain anytime on 0412 597 558
  • At the end of the year any remaining unclaimed uniform items will be added to the second-hand uniform stock to be sold.

Iron on labels seem to be the best long term option.

Texta & pen marks fade and are often difficult to read.

Valuable Items

Any items that appear to be of importance or value will be kept in the school office - please come and ask! For example -  watches, jewellery, glasses, fitbits, keys, Pokemon cards....

Extra Curricular Activities

Before School Running

We are into the “Purple” run Challenge.The objective (challenge) is to cover a full marathon distance before the end of the term +/- 42k. There are three runners who have already covered +10k.

There will not be a run on Cup day, then I am away for Thursday 7th  and Tuesday 12th.

Nick Armstrong with the help of other parent’s will take these while I am away.

This will keep the momentum going and let all the kids have the opportunity to hit the goal.

Many thank Nick and others.

Alan Smith - Before School Athletics Trainer.



Please find attached details regarding the Computer Programming Club for Term 4 - 2019.
If you are interested in your child being considered for the programming club please go online to register by Thursday 19th September 2019.



Thank you from
Parents and Friends

Busy month with lots to thank for!

October was a busy month for Parents and Friends Network.   We had a lovely Ladies Day on on 18th October, helped make our teachers feel special on World Teachers Day on 25th.  We also want to thank the parents who took the time to respond to the P&F Survey.  See details of each of events below.

P&F Survey Response Feedback

Thank you to everyone who responded to the P&F Events Calendar Survey.  We had an incredible 90 responses!


91% of you told us you wanted and missed the school fete.  We’ve listened to your feedback and are excited to announce the School Fete is planned for a return in 2021.  Look out for Fete Committee member requests early next year.  The Fete is a huge logistical event involving many hours of planning so your help in many different capacities will be essential.


66% of respondents also supported an End of Year / Christmas event.  This new event, scheduled for Wednesday 18th December, has been put on the 2019 calendar on the P&F Committee’s request!  We know the kids have started rehearsing already and hope this will become an annual family event going forward.


 We also received some feedback about the JSC Colour Run (use of prizes and fee) which we will pass on to the Junior School Council.

Where should the P&F fundraising monies go?  The majority of responses suggested putting these towards school facilities ranging from new play equipment and spaces, athletics track, shelter for the kiss and drop zone and garden maintenance.  Other suggestions included new sporting equipment and funding for incursions and extra curricular activities.  We will review these with School Council to come up with the main fundraising goal for 2020-2021.  You’ll be pleased to know that the P&F fundraising contributed $25,000 to the beautiful new Friendship area and the AV equipment for the recently refurbished multi-purpose room.


If you have any additional feedback, as always, please reach out to

World Teachers Day

Thank you to all the parents who contributed to providing a lovely morning tea and sending beautiful messages for the special certificates.  The teachers looked like they really enjoyed the special treats and loved the messages put together.


BPS Ladies Day 2019

On Friday 18th of October, the Ladies of Blackburn Primary School continued with tradition and enjoyed the BPS Annual Ladies Day. With approx. 60 ladies in attendance, the day was a success, and we were extremely lucky with the weather!


Thank you to our hosts Andrew and Nadelle Walters for allowing this day to happen. Also to Spitting Image Catering for the array of delicious canapes and desserts, and to Schweppes and De-Bortoli for providing our drink options.


Special thanks to our committee, consisting of Susan Beardsley, Rebecca Pooley, Louise Comrie, Charity Dickins, Martine Olgethorpe, Vanessa Rowse, Kirsty Porter and Chrisanthy Carmen, for all their help.

Thank you Sponsors

With the help of our sponsors, we received generous donations, which allowed us to run the event and raise approx. $1350 for our wonderful school.

Our Sponsors were:

  • Crown Resorts, Melbourne
  • Bendigo Bank, Blackburn
  • Saward Dawson, Blackburn
  • Fletchers Real Estate, Blackburn,
  • Style Bundle, Nunawading
  • Smile Council, Balwyn
  • Seed Yoga, Laburnum
  • Athletic HQ, Blackburn
  • Bunnings, Nunawading
  • Hahndorf, Blackburn
  • Mitcham Social, Mitcham
  • De-Bortoli, Croydon
  • Spitting Image Catering, Blackburn North
  • Schweppes, Melbourne

Parents and Friends upcoming Events

Key Dates

Tuesday 12th November - PFC meeting - 7.30pm Loft Forest Hill

Friday 15th November - Community Social Bowls Event

Wednesday 20th November - Kids Disco organised by PFC

Friday 29th November - Grade 6 parents dinner

Friday 6th December - Secondhand Uniform Sale 8.45am - 9.45am

Wednesday 18th December - EOY Christmas twilight concert

P&F Committee Meeting

7.30pm Tuesday 12th November - at the LOFT Forest Hill 

Feel free to visit the P&F Committee and see what we have planned for the coming year.  We warmly welcome visitors. It will be a casual setting at the Loft Level 3 of Forest Hill Shopping Center. 




6pm – 9.30pm, FRIDAY NOV 15TH

BLACKBURN BOWLS CLUB - 65 Pakenham St, Blackburn VIC 3130

Save the date for this great community event,

Start the summer with a casual game of bowls, and meet other BPS families – all invited!

BYO dinner, BBQ available

Drinks at Bar Prices

BPS School Disco!

The Wonderful World of Disney!!

Wednesday 20th November, 2019

Junior Disco - Foundation, Grades 1 & 2 @ 5pm-6pm

Senior Disco - Grades 3 to 6 @ 6.30pm-8pm

$5 per child (paid via Compass)

Come dressed as your favourite Disney character or add a touch of Disney to your outfit!

Don’t forget your water bottle!


The school disco is organised by parents and will need the support of the wider parent community to make this event successful.  If you are able help with the event, please sign up via roster link.

Grade 6 Parents Dinner

Friday 29 November 8pm to 11pm

Mitcham Social

1 Thorton Crescent, Mitcham


Dear Grade 6 Graduating Parents of 2019,

We already have a lovely group of parents committed to coming to dinner, but I'd love to see more of you there!

It's not too late to join, although numbers do need to be confirmed by the start of November. 

There is shared menu of $35.00 per head, with drinks purchased individually.
Please email me

or text me on 0434 386 641 if you'd like to join us.  RSVP and payment by 13/11/19.

Victoria (Leila's Mum, 6D)

P&F Committee meeting 

7.30pm Tuesday 12th November - at the LOFT Forest Hill 

Feel free to visit the P&F Committee and see what we have planned for the coming year.  We welcome visitors.  It will be a casual setting at the Loft Level 3 of Forest Hill Shopping Center.  RSVP

Class Contact List

Each class has a Class Contact List to organise social activity between parents.  If you have not completed the Class Contact List form and you would like to get on the contact list, please get in touch with Parents and Friends via

Parent Volunteers Needed

School Disco Voluteers Needed

Wednesday 20th November

The school disco is organised by parents and will need the support of the wider parent community to make this event successful.  If you are able help with the event, please sign up via roster link.

Patch Kitchen Helpers

Cooking class volunteers required - SIGN UP NOW OPEN

The term 4 sign up roster is now open for Patch Cooking Classes.

Simply go to to register to help. Remember, you don't need to be a confident cook to help out - we are all learning together! You do need a current working with children check however . I look forward to working with you.

Knitting Club

Knitting Club – mentors needed for keen beginner knitters!

Knitting Club meets on a Wednesday lunchtime (1.00pm)  - for further information see the Lunchtime Clubs page.

2019 Sickbay Washing Roster


November 1 - Xena

November 8 - Roger Y

November 15 - Trupti 

November 22 - Joanne F

November 29 - Kym 

Thank you to the parents above for volunteering - we are still in need of more parent helpers. If you would like more information or are able to help, please send an email to

Your support is much appreciated!

Working With Children Check

Parents who wish to participate in school events such as volunteering,  need to have a current Working With Children Check (WWC).   If you haven't got one yet, please register via the link below.   Once you have registered for WWC our school office will be notified if you highlight our school as your volunteering location.

School Fundraising

ToyWorld Forest Hill School Benefit Card Program

By shopping at ToyWorld Forest Hill and joining their School Benefit Card Program (with Blackburn Primary School as the nominated school), your purchases will contribute 4% in free product (given to the school in the form of a gift voucher at the end of the year). In the past, the P&F  have used this voucher either as a prize in itself, or to by toys to be used a prizes or auction items, which then generates extra funds for the school.

In addition, participants receive a 10% discount all year after they have accumulated $100.00 of spending in store (excluding sale items).

School Banking

Did you know the CBA Dollarmites School Banking program helps raise funds for our school as well as helps our children to learn to save. Our school receives 5% of every individual deposit made at school (up to $10), along with other benefits.
For more information on how your child can participate, see link below.

How to join School Banking

Banking Day is Wednesdays

For all of our new families who may not be aware, please note that the Commonwealth Bank runs a school banking program at BPS.

The banking program is voluntary and is open to all BPS students.

To participate in the program, you simply have to set up an account at your local Commonwealth Bank branch.

At the bank, your child will be issued with a deposit book and wallet that you use to fill in any deposits you wish to make – just remember to secure any money being deposited in the pocket of the deposit book wallet and pop it into the grey zip up satchel on Wednesday mornings (note: each class has it’s own satchel). 

The school banking co-ordinators will process all deposits using an on line portal that allows Commonwealth Bank to keep track of how many deposits individuals make.

For each deposit made, students will receive a silver dollarmite token and once 10 are collected they can then be redeemed for a reward (note: it can take up to three weeks for rewards to be issued by Commonwealth Bank).

For parents who have done the program previously, please note that the gold tokens have now been discontinued.

If you want to join the program or have any queries, please pop into the staff room on a Wednesday morning and talk to one of our friendly school banking team.

Cheers and happy saving - The School Banking team.

Got a Fundraising Idea?

If you have a fundraising idea that you would like to kick off please email with your proposal.

OSHClub News  

OSH News 

Hello Blackburn Primary,

In the last few weeks we've been busy exploring our new space. Check out how we've been using our new area! 

We are lucky enough to have space for a bag area for children to place their bags on hooks or against the wall.  So far we've been pretty good at keeping it neat and tidy. Let's see how far we can keep it up! 

This past week, we were making lanterns for Diwali- the Festival of Lights which was on Sunday. The students were so excited!

We have also been getting ourselves ready for Halloween, practising with some of our dress ups. Our younger children have also loved getting creative with decorating and colouring in.

Let's see what will happen next week. Watch this space...

No Hat, No Play

A reminder to all children that the 'No Hat, No Play' policy still applies in Term 4. We have been asking the children and families to please remember to pack a spare hat in the children's bags or have their school hat live in their bag. (As a requirement we are no longer able to provide spare hats for the children). Many of our children love active outdoor play, however, no hat means no outdoor play.


Parent Information

OSHC program phone: 0423 781 984 

Operating Hours: 7-9am 



 Coordinator: Natalie L

Educators: Siân E, Kate H, Marnie K &  Leigh G

 OSHClub Head Office &

 Accounts contact:  1300 395 735 &

 All families must be enrolled to attend the program.

 Please create an account online at

All bookings and cancellations can also be managed via your online account.


Please be advised that when using your online booking system all bookings must be made in advance, more than 24 hours business days. For all bookings where this is not possible, meaning those required to be made in less than 24 hours (business days), please contact us ASAP or leave a message on our service phone 0423 781 984 and we will advise you at the start of our next session time if we have a vacancy. The same applies to cancellations and we ask for your assistance on contacting us regarding last minute cancellations as this helps to open vacancies for other OSHClub families.


If you have any issues managing or changing your account details please contacts the accounts team on the above phone number or email.

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