17 August 2018
Issue Thirteen - 17 August 2018
The Principal's Report
Diary Dates
School Council
Fair Update
From The Classroom  
Book Week 20 to 24 August
Girls Vocal Group Perform for local kindergarten children
Mr Batt's Sports Report
Performing Arts & Music at BPPS
Victorian State School Spectacular 2018
Fantastic French Facts
Junior School Council
BPPS Community
OSHClub News
Community Notices
Boroondara Park Primary School
(03) 9857 5157
40 Almond Street
Balwyn North, Victoria, 3104

The Principal's Report

Jane's news

It seems that our life here at Boroondara Park PS is filled with change at the moment. Earlier this year Jane Woodman popped into my office to talk to me about her future plans. She had decided that she would like to take Long Service Leave in Term 4 this year to do some travelling. She then told me that she intended to retire from teaching at the end of 2018. It is with much sadness that we share this news with you today but also excitement for Jane as she starts a new time in her life. 

Jane has been the Assistant Principal at Boroondara Park PS for 7 years and has loved this role. She has mixed feelings about retiring but has been thinking about it for a number of years, the lure of spending time at home and exploring new challenges has become too much. 

Jane has worked tirelessly to support students, staff and parents in her career. She has been a champion for the students needing extra support to access an education. Jane has taught in education for over 30 years in Wangaratta, Maidstone, Mansfield, Mt Buller (which included skiing during winter), Taggerty (as Principal), Canterbury and Rolling Hills. She has always focused on the work of State Education, promoting schools and the education provided by local primary and secondary schools. Jane believes that State schools are able to provide a quality education to every single child who walks through the school door. In her teaching roles she has been a part of ensuring that all students achieve their best. She feels she has been blessed to work with wonderful educators throughout her career and particularly at Boroondara Park. 

When talking to Jane about her career she shared that she has spent time teaching in all levels of the school and leading curriculum implementation. Her interests in education have been focused on student need and her passion is fed by time spent with children. She strives to build the whole child and focuses on well being and how to best support each individual child. Jane has a particular interest in global education and enjoys opportunities to learn for herself, to read and attend learning programs that build her skills as a leader and educator. She noted that she started in PE and was excited to finish in her last year of teaching in PE. She has worked in leadership roles for the last 20 years and has been involved in School Council for most years of her career.  Jane believes that schools are a social community and has found it is important to have involvement from families, much of her work as an Assistant Principal has focused on developing relationships and ensuring communication with families is focused on the development of the whole child. 

We wish Jane all the best in her retirement and know that she will enjoy the time to do the things she loves, including travelling to Canada/US and then South America in the first months. We know she intends exploring the opportunity to work in schools overseas and to become a traffic crossing supervisor! She is currently learning Spanish and can't wait to use the language as she travels. She aims to do a course in how to best do cryptic crosswords and will play more tennis. Her main aim is to spend more time with family and friends. 

We will let the community know of plans for a fabulous send off for Jane. 



We are excited to share the news that Carli Greenwood and partner have welcomed a daughter into the world, everyone is doing well and they are settling into life as a family of three. 



Last night a group of teacher leaders from our school were able to attend the Riversdale Leadership event. 
We were privileged to hear Moira Kelly speak about her life and work. Many in our school will be familiar with Moira and her work because of our Peace Garden in the top corner of the top oval. 

Moira shared her experiences and her work around supporting those in need. I was struck by her confidence at always being able to help, at finding the right people to operate on children, the right people to pay for airfares to Australia and the United States so that operations could happen. Her belief in her role to make a better life for children shone from all she shared of her life living and working around the world. She currently has 19 people living in her home, children she has adopted, children she is supporting as their medical procedures are planned for and others from her local community in need of shelter. 

Her talk helped us to understand that no matter how small there were things that we can do to make life better for others. 

How can we support our students to understand how they can contribute to a better world and a better life for others?

Building a sense of gratitude is a great starting point, understanding how wonderful their life is can support them to understand that others need assistance. There are small things that we do as a school, Crazy Hair Day was a great example, with our students raising money for the Royal Children's Hospital. 

Book Week

I love picture books and Readings is where I often find myself on the weekend. Last Sunday I bought myself a new book as a treat for Book Week and am enjoying sharing it with others.  Shaun Tan is a favourite author and illustrator, his new book Cicada is visually beautiful and the story is heart aching but ultimately with a powerful message. If it is available at the Readings Book Fair next week I hope to be able to buy it for the school. 

Enjoy Book Week, I hope it encourages you to share books with each other. 



2019 Enrolments

As a school we are always planning ahead. As part of this we ask that if you have a child ready to start school in 2019 that you enrol them by the end of July. Enrolment packs are available from the office. 
If you know someone who is looking for a school for 2019 please ask them to contact the office and join one of our school tours. 

Parent Opinion Survey reminder

Thank you to the parents who continue to fill in our online Parent Opinion Survey. We have 23% of those invited to participate who have completed the survey. 
We look forward to many more participants completing the survey by the closing date of Sunday August 26th.

Diary Dates

Term 3

Friday 17 August - Gymnastics Program concludes

Friday 17 August - Junior Hooptime Dandenong 8am - 3pm

Monday 20 August - Year 5 Scienceworks Excursion

Monday 20 August - Monash Youth Music Festival

Wednesday 22 August - State School Spectacular: mass choir

Wednesday 22 August - Year 6 Scienceworks Excursion 

Thursday 23 August - Senior Hooptime Dandenong 8am - 3pm

Thursday 23 August - Foundation - 4 Book Week Dress Up & Parade 3pm  in Stadium

Monday 27 August - Father's Day Stall

Wed 29 - Fri 31 August - Grade 4 Oasis Camp at Mt Evelyn

Thursday 6 September - District Athletics Carnival

Thursday 6 September - Student Led Expo 

Friday 7 September - Second Hand Uniform Stall

Tue 11 - Fri 14 September - Grade 5 Camp

Wednesday 12 September - Year 6 Graffiti/Life skills program

Thu 13 - Sat 15 September - Victorian State School Spectacular

Thursday 13 September - State Hockey 7s Competition

Thursday 13 September - Grade 6 Visit to BHS

Friday 14 September - District Basketball Competition

Friday 14 September - Grade 6 Transition Incursion: Hit the ground running

Thursday 20 September - Grade 2 Sleepover: TBC

Friday 21 September - End of Term 3: finish at 2:30pm


Term 4

Monday 8 October - First day Term 4

Thursday 11 October - Multicultural Concert

Friday 12 October - Story Time  2:50 - 3:20pm

Saturday 10 November - School Fair 

Friday 21 December - End of Term 4: finish at 1:30pm

School Council

Our latest meeting

BPPS School Council met on Wednesday 15 August.  A key focus of the meeting was mid-year review of our School Annual Implementation Plan.  This Plan sets out the goals, targets and improvement strategies for 2018, that deliver on our four-year School Strategic Plan.  Both these documents are available on the BPPS website


We are continuing to make strong evidence-based progress towards achievement of our strategic goals for improving student achievement, engagement and wellbeing.  The Annual Implementation Plan targets for this year have focused actions such as:

  • improving students outcomes in reading and writing, mathematics, speaking and listening
  • increasing opportunities for parents and carers to be more involved in student learning (perhaps you attended the class expos; and were able to engage with, and provide feedback on student work?)
  • building capacity of all staff to use evidence-based targeted teaching strategies, through continued professional development and team-based continuous learning


Next School Council meeting: 17 October 2018, 7:30 pm


Jacquie White 

School Council President

Fair Update

12 weeks to go !!!

Preparations are well underway for the 2018 BPPS Fair on Saturday 10th November. Festivities commence at 3:30pm and conclude at 8:30pm with our spectacular fireworks display.  All funds raised go towards the oval redevelopment project.


Promotion - can you host a billboard?



A big thank you to the BPPS families and businesses sponsoring the Fair:

  • Fletchers Real Estate
  • Ace Learning
  • Bulla Ice Cream
  • Dick Reynolds Building Pty Ltd
  • Falcons Football Club
  • Foodworks Balwyn North
  • I Got Wood Pty Ltd
  • Imagination Lab 
  • Latitude
  • Macil
  • New Pathways Life Coaching
  • Vienna Patisserie Bakery
  • WDC Kitchen and Bathroom Renovations

Sponsorship packages are still available, please contact [email protected]



Join the BPPS Fair Facebook page @bppsfair for regular updates and announcements and to share the event with friends and family.


What's on at the Fair?

  • Carnival rides including UFO Thrill Ride, Giant Slide, Inflatable Centre, Dodgem Cars and much more.
  • Live entertainment including some very special BPPS guest performers!
  • Face painting, hair colour spray and braiding
  • FREE activities and roving performers
  • FREE games run by the team at Latitude and Falcons Football Club
  • Delicious food and snacks including BBQ Brothers souvlaki and falafel, Romeos Woodfired Pizza, Bulla ice cream, BPPS sausage sizzle
  • Popcorn, sno cones and fairy floss
  • Beer and wine garden
  • Cake stall


From our Sponsors

Latitude invite you to take up their mid-week special . . .


From The Classroom

Integrated Curriculum

Our Team 5-6 Team students have been inquiring in to the essential question  How can we create a model to show the scale of something? The students have been completing tasks related to size comparisons of the planets in our solar system.

In Team 3-4, the students have been exploring the essential question - How do you design and conduct an experiment? They have also explored building techniques and have applied these when designing and constructing a balloon powered car.


Habits of Mind

In the last addition, the HoM foci for this term were introduced. In Team Foundation, the students have been exploring the two thinking dispositions of Remaining Open to Continuous Learning and Responding with Wonderment and Awe. 



Our Grade 6 students have been working on a Common Assessment Task, Ping Pong Madness. The intention of the task was for students to investigate the volume and surface area of prisms.



Our Team 3-4 students have been exploring the structure and features of information reports. In order to identify the main idea to gain an overall understanding of the text, they have also been  applying the comprehension strategies of skimming, scanning and synthesising.




Student Led Expo

Have you received the schedule for your child/ren's Student Led Expo? Portal Messages were sent out on August 6.

Curriculum Planners

A reminder that our term overviews are available to our parents through the school's website Curriculum Planners  


Supporting your child's learning 

There are so many ways that our parent community support our school. One way that you can support your child and their learning is to get involved, promote learning and have conversations with your children. I have included with this newsletter a guide which offers literacy and numeracy tips to help your child every day. It is a guide designed to support parents of students aged 0-12 years. I hope you enjoy exploring the guide and taking on some new literacy and numeracy tips and strategies. 


Compiled by

Emma Chiera

Curriculum Design Coordinator

Book Week 20 to 24 August

Find Make Share Treasures

Book Week is a celebration of Australian books, authors and Illustrators. Each year the CBCA winners are announced as part of this celebration. This year the theme is Find Your Treasure and at our school we extended the theme to incorporate making and sharing.

You can Find, Make and Share a Treasure for Book Week 2018.

We have the following fun activities planned.


Find a Treasure

Students can visit the library and Find the shortlisted books for the CBCA awards on display and ready to share during reading and library time.


Make a Treasure

Students in Grade 5 and 6 are invited to Make a Zine during a workshop held in the library on Friday 24th at lunchtime.


Share a Treasure

Students can share their favourite book title on a paper leaf and stick it on the book recommending trees we have on display. We can’t wait to see the forest of shared recommendations grow.


Students can share their favourite character from a book by dressing up for the Book Week Parade. This will take place on Thursday afternoon.


Readings Book Fair on Wednesday afternoon. Parents, friends, families and community can come to the library to purchase books that will be donated to the school library. What a great way to share the stories you love with the school community. Readings will donate a further 10% of the purchase price to the school for the purchase of more books. Each book donated will have a donation plate inserted mentioning the child who donated the book. The child will be the first to borrow the book when it is in the library.


Lets celebrate our love of reading and Find, Make and Share Treasures.

Girls Vocal Group Perform for local kindergarten children

Visit to Boroondara Pre School

On Monday July 30th, Aleksis Payne and Claire Brennan walked the Girls Vocal Group (GVG) down to Boroondara Pre School, where they performed two songs for both the Kookaburra and Platypus 4-Year Old Kindergarten Groups. The GVG performed 'The Moon' by Andy Beck and 'Beautiful Creatures' by Barbatuques. This provided the GVG with an authentic opportunity to practise performing in preparation for the Monash Youth Music Festival, which they will compete in on Monday 20th August. This was also a wonderful opportunity for the children at Boroondara Pre School to meet some Primary School children and learn about what they might get up to when they begin primary school in 2019. The GVG should be congratulated on the outstanding manner in which they conducted themselves in this environment.  

Mr Batt's Sports Report

Eastern Region Hockey Competition

Our Boys and Girls Hockey 7s teams competed at the Eastern Region competition at the Hawthorn-Malvern Hockey Centre on Friday 10th August. All students had attended training sessions every Tuesday morning for the last few months, delivered by their coaches Mr King and Mr Grigg.


All students performed exceptionally throughout the day. Our girls team lost narrowly in the Grand Final in extra time whilst the boys won their grand final, meaning the boys team have now progressed through to the State Finals on Thursday 13th September. Good luck boys!


Year 4 Soccer Competition

Around 45 of our Year 4 students chose to take part in the District Soccer Competition at Hislop Park on Friday 10th August. This was a fantastic opportunity for many of our talented students to take part in a competition against local schools that will provide them with great confidence before they encounter Interschool Sport in Year 5/6. Despite the windy conditions, all students had a wonderful time with many goals being scored. A big thank-you to our teachers Mr Longmuir and Mr P for co-ordinating our teams, and to our parents Sven, Venetta, John, Moni and Irene for assisting with coaching and walking the students.

Eastern Region Girls Soccer Competition

On Tuesday 14th August, our Year 5/6 Girls Soccer team competed at the Eastern Region Competition at Mirrabooka Reserve in Blackburn. The girls qualified for the event after finishing first at District and second in the Division. At the Regional Competition, our girls played three games, with the results being a 1 - 0 win, 2 - 0 loss and then finishing with a 2 - 0 win, placing them equal third overall. A fantastic achievement! Thanks to Mr Milan who has coached the team since the start of Term 2.


Artist of the Week

Jay S of 2MC was our artist of the week beginning August 6. he achieved this through doing a great job on his Expressive Fish picture. The children in grades 1 and 2 discussed different emotions and feelings, and the way that we show these emotions on our faces. Rather than using human faces we used fish to express the many different feelings available to us! The scales of the fish were cut from secondary colours mixed by Jay from primary colour paints. New pearlescent water colour paints were used to add a shimmer to the scales of the fish and posca markers added brightness and details. Well done Jay!


Artist of the Week (week beginning 13.08.2018)

Inspired by artist Keith Haring, Katia Z from 3RP, Monty H and Jackie Y from 3RO have created marvellous scenes depicting active characters bouncing, dancing and moving on their artworks. They have used bright, bold and vibrant primary and secondary colours that really make their art work ‘POP’. Well done Monty and Jackie.  


Art Week 2018

In the final week of term 3, Boroondara Park PS will again be celebrating Art Week.

Art Week is an opportunity to showcase the artwork of our students, with all students from Foundation to grade 6 exhibiting a piece of their art for the enjoyment of the whole school community.


We are also aware that there are a number of adult artists in our community. We think that Art Week is a fantastic chance to include some of your work in our display to allow us to discover the talent in our school community and at the same time, open the students’ eyes to the notion of art as a lifetime pursuit, or even possible career choice.

If you would like to offer an artwork for exhibition during Art Week, we would love to hear from you in the Art Department. But please do let us know early, as last minute submissions cannot be accommodated.


We are looking forward to another hugely successful Art Week event so please pop it in your calendar: September 17 – 21.


 Jennifer Hortin & Lisa Trevorrow

Performing Arts & Music at BPPS

Assembly Guest Performer

Thank you to the Boys Vocal Group and Recorder Ensemble for both of their performances at our last assembly on Thursday 9 August.  The guest performance is always a delightful way to begin our assemblies and today was no exception.  Thank you to both group for sharing your repertoire with us!

Oxfam Concert

Last night, Thursday 16 August, a number of our ensembles performed at Box Hill Town Hall to raise money for programs run by Oxfam. This annual event is always a wonderful opportunity for our talented students to perform in front of a large audience. Our Orchestra, Senior Choir, Recorder Ensemble, Boys Vocal Group, Girls Vocal Group, Chamber Orchestra and String Orchestra all performed and it was lovely to see so many school families supporting this event!  Congratulations to all our talented performers!


This fortnight in the Performing Arts Classroom

Foundation - Noisy Instrument Completion

Grade 1/2 - Introduction to Music and Advertising 

Grade 3/4 - Rehearsing our Puppet Performance

Grade 5/6 - Developing and rehearsing our Monologues


Senior School Production 2019

Well we are already gearing up for an exciting production year next year!  If you are a parent who is interested in set building, painting, sewing, sourcing props or generally creating and enjoy collaborating with a team, please complete the google form using the link (if the link does not work when you click on it, please copy and paste it into your web browser).  We would love to have you on our 2019 production team!

Important Dates

Monash Youth Music Festival - Monday 20 August 2018

Multicultural Concert - Thursday 11 October 2018

Llaaneath Poor and Aleksis Payne 

(Performing Arts Teachers)

Victorian State School Spectacular 2018

VSSS Mass Dance and Mass Choir Update

Victorian State School Spectacular 2018

The big event is drawing closer for the students in Grade 3/4 who are participating in the Victorian State School Spectacular 2018 groups.


The students in Victorian State School Spectacular, Mass Dance Group were involved in their last rehearsal at Laburnum Primary School Blackburn before the performance in September on 26th August with Deon Nuku the Dance Director for the event.

The students in Victorian State School Spectacular, Mass Choir Group have had their first rehearsal at Melbourne Town Hall and have their final rehearsal on Wednesday 22nd August before the performance.


The students have been working extremely hard practising the dances and songs. I am so proud of the work they have been putting in since February. If you would like to watch the performance on the 15th of September, tickets are available from Ticketek. The best seating to observe the students in Mass Dance students are sections 8, 31 and 56 or other sections are: 7, 30, 52, 53, 54, 55.


Keep up the great work Victorian State School Spectacular Mass Dance and Mass Choir groups!


Victorian State School Spectacular Coordinator Sarah Quinn

Fantastic French Facts

Quiche Lorraine

Quiche Lorraine (named after the Lorraine region of France) is a popular food that was originally an open pie with eggs, cream and bacon.


Quiches, originally known as ‘tarts’, were being made in the medieval period in Europe, and the recipes that became popular are said to have come from Germany, in Europe, as early as the 1500s, and these were adapted by the French, especially in the region of Lorraine.


Quiche actually originated in Germany, in the medieval kingdom of Lothringen, under German rule, and which the French later renamed Lorraine. The word 'quiche' is originally from the German 'Kuchen', meaning cake but the French renamed it to quiche.


Why not make a Quiche Lorraine at home?

You can film yourself eating it and saying in French “Délicieuse!”


À la prochaine,


Madame Higgins


Junior School Council

August Update - Crazy Hair Day

The Junior School Council had a great meeting on Tuesday 14th August where many things were discussed and some important decisions made.

Each month suggestions/ideas for events or improvements are put forward under the categories 'School', 'Environment' and 'World'. 

Our most recent event was Crazy Hair Day!

On Wednesday the 8th of August, BPPS organised a Crazy Hair Day. Students were to come to school with crazy hair, free dress and a gold coin donation to raise money for the Royal Children's Hospital. Our school raised an amazing total of $681.05. There was more money raised than the amount of students attending. There were many creative and colourful hairstyles. 





2 new hot dishes will appear in term 3.  Yummy Butter Chicken Curry and Rice, and Tasty Mac and Cheese.  These will be available everyday and cost $4.50 per serve.  


For the next fortnight the canteen has only 4 volunteer sessions filled.  Remember anytime you can spare would be greatly appreciated and create more home made options for your children to try.

17/8 Diane Gabriel FCB  9 - 11

21/8 Marina Georgiadis FSA 9 - 11

24/8 Dorothy Frost 9 - 11

27/9 Allie Smith 1HF 9 - 11


Coming in September.  Date to be advised.  

BPPS Community


We recommend children don't buy more than two gifts per person and that children bring not more than $10 for their purchases.


Small change is appreciated and don't forget to bring a bag!

OSHClub News

OSHClub update

Thank you to all the children, staff and parents who shared stories with us on International Indigenous People’s Day. This helped us build our OSHclub community and the children to talk about shared experiences at OSHclub.


This week the children have been having been enjoying lots of painting activities, including face painting, window art and window mosaics, the ever-popular microwave puff painting and candle wax secret message painting. We made constructed with lego, made cubbies and bead lizards and made lots of heathy cooking activities in Before School care sessions.


Next two weeks are:

Book Week theme 20th – 24th August, & Sustainable Oceans Week 27th – 31st August.


Please remember to book ahead with 24hrs notice, in-line with the new government regulations for the CCS. Message the program mobile for any last minute bookings.


Note to parents: We are very excited to announce my staff and I are running an

OSHclub school Holiday Program at Boroondara Park these September Holidays!!!

I’ve already started planning themes and booking Excursions. If you have any requests for activities please let me know asap. Brochures and bookings should be available soon.

Our program for the next two weeks


Community Notices


Newsletter BP Term 3 Week 4&5 2018.doc
LiteracyandNumeracyTipstoHelpYourChild_Final (1).pdf
Sponsorship Prospectus.pdf