the Nor'Wester

26 July 2019
Issue Twelve
upcoming events
assistant principal's message
school life
oshc & sprout
school council
Brunswick North West Primary School
Culloden Street
Brunswick West, VIC, 3055

upcoming events

term 3, 2019


19.07.2019 - CET Meeting

23.07.2019 - Parent Teacher Interviews evening #1

25.07.2019 - Parent Teacher Interviews evening #2

30.07.2019 - Grade 5/6  camp departs

31.07.2019 - Performing and Visual Arts Information Evening (Art Room 6.30-7.30pm)

02.08.2019 - Grade 5/6 camp returns

04.08.2019 - Working Bee **please note the change of date, due to WMM changing

05.08.2019 - OSHC Committee

                           - B&G Committee

06.08.2019 - Education Committee

10.08.2019 - Winter Magic Market (BNW 90th Birthday Celebration)

                              (please note date change from printed school calendar)

12.08.2019 - F-2 Swimming commences (finishing 22.08.2019)

13.08.2019 - Family Information Evening: preparing for school camp

14.08.2019 - Finance Committee

15.08.2019 - School Council

17.08.2019 - Indonesian Independence Day

20.08.2019 - CET Meeting

21.08.2019 - Grade 3/4  camp departs

23.08.2019 - Grade 3/4 camp returns

30.08.2019 - Spring Family Day

                           - Plant & Produce Market (Grade 3 families)

02.09.2019 - OSHC Committee

                           - B&G Committee

03.09.2019 - Education Committee

06.09.2019 - Divisional Athletics

10.09.2019 - Grade 2 Sleepover #1 (half cohort)

11.09.2019 - Finance Committee

12.09.2019 - School Council

14.09.2019 - Garden Group’s Spring-A-Ding-Ding! Fundraiser

17.09.2019 - Grade 2 Sleepover #2 (half cohort)

20.09.2019 - End of Term BBQ

                          - Term 3 concludes


arts information evening Wed 31st July
6:30pm in the art room

Come along as Andrew and Kate from Visual Arts, and Jack from Performing Arts, will be giving an overview of what’s happening in the Arts for the rest of the year. We’ll be discussing our plans for the next two terms, rustling up a few volunteers and explaining the end of year Arts Festival - this year title ‘Art Attak!’

volunteering @ BNW

We pride ourselves for our sense of belonging as it is beneficial for everyone. Family involvement in school strengthens our young people's connection to their education, it demonstrates the community connection many families choose our school for and helps us provide the best educational program and environment possible. In an attempt to better communicate with those interested in volunteering, the school is trying to build a volunteer register. We would love all family members to complete this short survey to help us collect this information. All information will be kept private and no one will be asked to commit to any volunteer work in the survey. 

There are so many different ways to become involved in your child's education and we love it when you want to get involved, but we must remind all family members that Working with Children Check cards are required by law.



assistant principal's message

assistant principal message

Dear Families,

Already this term has started with a bang. It was so wonderful seeing many of you last Thursday night when we discussed literacy learning difficulties. Alison Sharp, the speech therapist, gave great information and provided practical tips for families at home.

On Tuesday 30th of July, 6th and 13th of August, we are facilitating 3 Tuning Into Teens sessions. Deb and I are really looking forward to these and are confident that Christiane Kehoe, the author of this program, will inspire and support you to have even deeper conversations with your children, once again giving some practical tools and tips. Deb sent out a Sentral note at the end of last week, please let me know if you need any further information about this.

I am dedicating this newsletter to discussing our Personal Mobile Devise Policy. This policy which has had input from students, teachers and the Education committee, provides an example of both the purpose of developing policies, and the process.

As a Department of Education school, we are required to develop and communicate a whole suite of policies. These policies cover all functions of the school, including teaching and learning, administration, including finances and student wellbeing. Updating, reviewing and in fact creating these policies is an on-going task, one which the Education Committee manages.

The personal mobile devise policy is interesting as it was developed in response to a need, as many policies are. As a school, we were increasingly seeing students bring mobile devises such as smart phones, tablets, and smart watches to school.

While we understood that students may need to bring a personal mobile device to school, particularly if they are travelling independently to and from school or to extra-curricular activities, we were becoming increasingly concern in relation to possible privacy breeches.

When developing policies we start the process by referring to the Department of Education’ School Policy Template Portal. When reviewing this, it was apparent that what we were asking for wasn’t yet developed. After speaking with the department’s legal unit, we worked collaboratively with them to develop a draft policy. This policy then received feedback from students, teachers and the Education Committee.

Given how integral students are in implementing the policy, we sought student voice including working towards creating a mutual understanding of some of the potential risks. In order to do this, Hannah met with the senior students and they undertook a risk assessment of smart watches and phones, considering the risks of bringing them to school, including where they should be kept.

Below shows the outcome of this discussion:



Watches / Phones

Office / Classroom



Privacy, broken


Office – anyone can take them When placed on the bench)?

Stolen / taken




SIMS card

Airplane mode


Be in bags

Limit bringing them

Process for collections (e.g. tags)

Shut them down

Locked cupboards like ipads.


Schedule time

Locked box

Camp photographer – ipad each team.

Shared music

No sim cards,




As you can see from the above table, it was a great discussion, with our students showing maturity and appreciation for the risks both to themselves, other students and even staff. From this it was decided that during school hours, personal mobile devices must be switched off, and locked securely in the main office. (This is currently being discussed further with the senior staff and students).

Leading from this discussion as well as much consideration of the purposes and learning objectives of camp, along with the privacy and supervision risks involved in having devices on camp, the students agreed that devises were not necessary on camp. As such on Monday Hannah sent out a letter to all senior students and their families, outlining this. While we acknowledge that it may be challenging for some children not to have a devise for 4 days, we are going to have a ‘camp photographer’ to capture the moments and then share the images with family consent. Music will also be played under supervision.

Please read the Mobile Devise Policy attached to this newsletter, and feel free to seek further clarification where need be.


Education Committee:

On another note, as mentioned at the start of the year, all parents and caregivers are welcome to join Education Committee. This year we are focusing on Cultural Safety. Please let me know if you are interested in joining.

Take care

Wendy White

Assistant Principal

personal mobile devices 



To explain to Brunswick North West PS’s policy requirements, and expectations regarding the safe and appropriate use of personal mobile devices by students, at school or during school activities.


This policy applies to:

  1. All students at BNWPS and,
  2. All personal mobile devices that have not been approved by BNWPS and/or classroom teacher for the purpose of carrying out and engaging in the teaching and learning of the curriculum.



Personal mobile devices are portable computing and communication devices such as smartphones, tablet computers and smart watches. 


BNWPS understands that students may bring a personal mobile device to school, particularly if they are travelling independently to and from school or to extra-curricular activities.

  • During school hours, personal mobile devices must be switched off, and locked securely in the main office.


Personal mobile device use

Personal mobile devices must not be used:

  • during class or assemblies or in any way that disrupts the learning of others
  • to send inappropriate, harassing or threatening messages or phone calls
  • to engage in inappropriate social media use including cyber bullying
  • to capture video or images of people, including students, teachers and members of the school community without their permission
  • to capture video or images in the school toilets

Students who use their personal mobile device inappropriately at school may be issued with consequences consistent with our school’s Student Wellbeing and Engagement and/or Bullying policies.

In some circumstances, students’ personal mobile devices may be confiscated and stored securely at the main office. In these circumstances, the mobile device will usually be returned to the student or their parent/carer at the end of the school day. 

Students are not permitted access to devices at lunchtime and recess.

Students are not permitted to access their personal mobile devices during lunchtime or recess, unless they have sought and been granted permission from a supervising teacher or have been granted an exemption to this Policy by the Principal. 


There may be circumstances in which a student may apply to the Principal for an exemption from this policy on the basis of safety and/or wellbeing requirements particular to that student. If this is the case, please contact Wendy White or Hannah Reid.


Students are responsible for their personal mobile device. Please note that the BNWPS does not have accident insurance for accidental property damage. Students and their parents/carers are encouraged to obtain appropriate insurance for valuable items, including personal mobile devices that may be brought to school. Students are responsible for items brought to school.


Camps and excursions

In most circumstances, students will not be allowed to bring their personal mobile device on overnight school camps or excursions. BNWPS will provide students and their parents and carers with information about items that can be brought to special activities and events, including personal mobile device.


  • Student engagement and wellbeing policy


This policy was last updated in May 2019 and is scheduled for review on May, 2021

school life


This term in Unit LF, we have started to inquire into what makes a place special. We began by finding out where we were born and marked this on our map of Aboriginal lands.

As a part of our reading program this week, we have read and explored Welcome to Country by Aunty Joy Murphy and Lisa Kennedy.


As a response to this book, our class created our own Acknowledgement of Country that we now say every morning. While we were creating this together, one of the amazing people in Unit LF noticed that we don’t always look after our land, saying that there is often rubbish left in the playground. We took action right that minute and went for a quick clean-up of the yard.

We had a think about how it makes us feel that Aunty Jo has welcomed us to enjoy, play and learn on the traditional land of the Wurundjeri people. We were all very thankful, while some of us went a bit deeper and started to think about the impact on traditional owners.






A maths lesson in unit ABAH

As the 1/2s settle into their spots, there is a H, T and O chart drawn on the board; it’s time for guess my number! Alice has written a secret 3 digit number on the board (it is lower than 300 because there isn’t enough room to stick more than 3 hundreds blocks on the whiteboard!) for the class to guess. She also shares that she will be using MAB to model the numbers the students are saying. When a student says a guess, they are encouraged to say what it is using place value language, for example 234 would turn into 2 hundreds, 3 tens and 2 ones to show what the number is made up of. The game finishes when CC guesses the right number, 2 hundreds, 8 tens and 2 ones.

The lesson the starts off with a story which the class loves (this one was a particular favourite!).

“So ABAH, I have a story to tell you”, Alice says to hook the students in, “it’s a bit of a sad story, something happened to Hannah and her chocolates”. As soon as Hannah is mentioned, Alice sees ears prick up, she’s got their attention! The slide flashes on the screen:


  Hannah was so excited to bring in some lollies at school. While Hannah was looking at them, Faith came up and stole some!! Now Hannah only has 13 lollies. How many might Hannah have started with and how many did Faith steal?

_ - _ = 13

There are lots of murmurs of excitement and disbelief and giggles. There are also a lot of “poor Hannah!” and “Silly Faith!” The problem is then broken down so students are clear on what Alice is looking for. She then flips to the next slide. “This is the question that you can start with if you’re not feeling confident to try the initial question” Alice explains.




Imagine Hannah started with 10 lollies. Faith stole some from her. How many might Faith have taken and how many will she have left?

10 - _ = _

This is the enabling prompt. It is similar to the initial question but with more information, and gives students an ‘in’ to get them started. It also looks the same as the initial question, which immediately takes away the ‘I’m doing something different’ element that can then spiral into negative self-talk such as: “I’m doing the dumb/easy/lower/simple maths”

RMR then asks what the butterfly question is. This is the extension prompt and adds another element to the question. It can also require the students to extend their thinking or explain it. Sometimes it’s not about going up it’s about going out.

The butterfly question is then put up on the screen.



The next day, Hannah brought in more lollies. This time, Michael took some from her! (Hannah was very sad!) 

She now has 20 lollies left. How many did she bring in and how many did Michael take? 


_ - _ = 20


This question is similar but different. It is still set up the same with the same context but it allows students to extend themselves. They could write 40 – 20 = 20 but they could also try 3 digit numbers or even 4 digit numbers! Alice encourages students to challenge themselves and to try some harder numbers, “what is the trickiest sum you could write that equalled 20?” she challenges.

During the middle of the session, she stops the class to ask them for some sums they have written. This check in phase helps her to see who is on the right track and who might need some extra support. This is where she can do some targeted teaching, because she can see where students might have gotten confused or might need additional extending. After a check in, students continue to work away at the chocolate problem, moving through the questions. Students can start at the chrysalis question (this is the initial question), then move to the butterfly question (this is the extending question) or they can start at the caterpillar (the enabling prompt) to get them started then move to the chrysalis question and then to the butterfly.

At the end of the lesson, the class comes to the floor with their books ready to share. Alice pulls out a photo and that is the person who shares their thinking. She puts the next slide on the screen. These are some question prompts for the person sharing.


Explain the strategy you were using

Why do you think it was the best strategy to use?

Would you try anything differently next time?

These questions allow students to explain their thinking and the strategies they used to help them solve the problem. Alice can then make a note of what they are using and where to go next with her teaching.

Maths books are then put away and more calming music gets played to help with the transition from maths to the next subject, after all ABAH work hard in maths!

This is a typical maths lesson in ABAH, with a warm up game, a story involving one of the teachers and enabling and extending prompts. The teaching is in the middle of the lesson and is targeted to the student’s needs, instead of making assumptions about what the students might need to be taught. It allows students to choose where they need to start which immediately gives them ownership of their learning. The students who need extending are able to not only challenge themselves (again building the ownership of their learning) but are able to develop their reasoning and critical thinking skills. The share time at the end not only allows students to practise their reasoning skills, it also can expose students to different strategies they could try.

If you would like to know more about lesson structure and enabling and extending prompts, we will be running another maths info night focusing on this in the near future.

Also, follow us on Twitter @BnwpsM to see the awesome numeracy lessons BNW teachers teach!


Have a wonderful weekend,

Jessie and Alice

oshc & sprout



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winter magic market 

Books, Books Books – Marie Kondo your bookcase for a good cause
The secondhand book stall is an absolute favourite for so many of the visitors to Winter Magic Market. Take the opportunity to clean out you bookcases and bring along books in good condition for the stall. You can leave the boxes of books in the corridor behind the office (There will be a sign showing you where to drop them off)
Art and craft stalls within the hall - coordinated by Fiona Heathcote, unfortunately once again the stall spaces in the art and craft market have been fully allocated.
This year again we will have some fun inflatable activities on the oval.
• A giant inflatable drop slide
• A new crazy obstacle course
• Wipe out our perennial favourite bouncy obstacle course
• Everyone’s favourite chair-o-plane
• Meltdown – stay on the platforms and avoid the rotating boom.
Wrist bands will again be available at a discount to school families in the two weeks prior to the market. On the day single ride tickets and wrist bands will be available for purchase.

Postcards, posters and advertising
Postcards, posters and pdf files that will be able to be used to promote the event will be available in packs from Friday 26th of July.

Musicians bring magic to the winter market
Live music is one of the highlights of the Winter Magic Market. There will be plenty of opportunities for the kids to perform as well.


The stalls this year will be amazing thank you to all our wonderful parents who are coordinating a stall:


hello wonderful Bakers, Makers and Growers


Here is some important information regarding the Cake and Treat Stalls.

We'd LOVE donations for these two stalls and they don't have to be fancy! Doesn't have to be baking either, if you have any home grown produce (lemons, limes, winter veggies, herbs, eggs).

Please take 30 seconds to let us know online what you're able to donate. This will allow us to easily collate donations and pre-print the labels for the jars and packaged biscuits and slices. We can then ensure that we don't have to nag/plead/beg closer to the market date! We understand that ingredients can change and ovens can fail so don't worry if you end up making a last minute change.

Cake boards, tags and jars are available to collect from the office. Tags are for the cakes only. Please write the name of the cake on one side of the tag and ingredients on the other.

Drop-off goodies between 9-12pm on Saturday 10th August to the multi-purpose room. This is where the stall will be.

Cakes - no wrapping, just on the board and the tag completed. Cakes will be wrapped that morning and the tag attached. Remember, no cream cakes please as we don't have refrigeration facilities.

Jars - once filled can be dropped off on the day or to the office from now on. Please attach your details including name, type of product and number of jars so we can match the printed label to them.

Treats - items for the treat stall need to be NUT FREE. Examples include brownies, cupcakes, fudge, crackles, honey joys, biscuits, meringues, cake pops.

Please write out the ingredients and if it's gluten/dairy free or vegan. Drop off in a labelled container on Saturday morning.

Lastly, we will need cake stands to display all of the wonderful baked goods. If you are happy to lend any you may have please label and drop them to the multipurpose room on Saturday 10th August.

If you need any help or have any questions, please let us know. Feel free to email or see Liz at school on most mornings.

Thanks again!

french club


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