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06 September 2018
Issue Twenty Seven
Dates to Remember
From the Principal and Assistant Principal
School News
Level Low Downs
Parent Club
School Information
Beaumaris Primary School
(03) 9589 2619
79-99 Dalgetty Road
Beaumaris, Victoria, 3193

Dates to Remember

Snack Shack

Open Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays

(excluding first & last day of each term)



Sunday 9

9am Whole school working bee

Monday 10

Year 6 Musical Full Dress Rehearsal all day

2.30pm Year 5 Science Expo

Tuesday 11

District Athletics

Wednesday 12

Parent information and Q&A with Debby Chaves, Principal, Beaumaris SC.  2.45-3.30pm

Wednesday 12 & Thursday 13

Year 6 Musical
Thursday 13


State Hockey 7s competition

Monday 17

Qkr! Sushi Lunch Monday

Year 1&2 Professor Bunsen incursion

Tuesday 18

6.15pm Family Life - Family Session

Wednesday 19 

Parent Club 9am Staffroom

Friday 21

End of Term 3 - 2.30pm Dismissal


Monday 8

First day Term 4

Tuesday 9

Year 6 Family Life Sessions

Life Education Van visit Prep, Year 1 & Year 2

Wednesday 10 

Division Athletics

Year 5 Start Smart

Monday 15

7pm 2019 Prep Parents Information Session

St Johns First Aid In School Program 

Tuesday 16

Prep Itsy Bitsy Chef Incursion

Year 5 Mini Boss Incursion

Year 6 Family Life Sessions

Wednesday 17

Parent Club 9am Staffroom

9.30am Transition Session 1 - 2019 Prep Students

Year 6 Reach Foundation

Thursday 18

Year 6 Metro Public Transport Incursion

Friday 19

Parent Club School Disco

Monday 22

Qkr! Sushi Lunch Monday

Tuesday 23

Kids Teaching Kids Water Conference and Dinner

Opening Ceremony and Farm Day

Tuesday 23 & Wednesday 24

Year 6 Family Life Sessions

Wednesday 24

Year 5 Reach Foundation

Thursday 25

Prep Nicky Johnston Author/Illustrator Incursion

9am Year 5/6 Zaidee's Rainbow Presentation

Year 4 Performance Evening

Friday 26

Day for Daniel

Saturday 27

"The Greatest Showman" Parent Social Function

Wednesday 31

Year 5 Family Life


Thursday 1

9.30am-10.30am Session 2 Prep 2019 Students (Parents Information session with David Anderson) 

Tuesday 6 CLOSED

School CLOSED today

Melbourne Cup Public Holiday

Wednesday 7

Year 5 Family Life

Friday 9

Bully Stoppers Celebration

Monday 12 & Tuesday 13

Year 3 Camp

Tuesday 13

Whole School Step Up

9.30am-10.30am Session 2019 Prep 2019 Students

Wednesday 14

Year 5 Family Life

Monday 19 to Friday 30

Swimming Lessons Bayside Aquatic Centre Prep to Year 4

Wednesday 21

Parent Club Meeting 9am Staffroom

Friday 30

Concourse Christmas Carnival.  Glee Club performing at 5pm


Monday 3

Qkr! Sushi Lunch Monday

Tuesday 4

Prep Performance Evening

Thursday 6

Glee Club to sing at Bayside U3A 11.15am at the Beaumaris Library

Tuesday 11

Year 5 Bike Hike

Monday 17

Year 6 Graduation

Wednesday 19

Whole School Step Up

2pm Meet the Teacher

Friday 21

Last Day Term 4 - 1.30pm Dismissal


From the Principal and
Assistant Principal

Whole School Working Bee on Sunday 9th September

Families are encouraged to come along to the working bee. The students love to have the playgrounds to themselves and the parents enjoy spending a few hours together and admiring the end result.

Please bring some tools to assist with the removal of the wall art on the Prep, Year One and Year Three building and some gardening equipment as we will be tidying up the garden on the Herbert St boundary.

We will conclude the morning with a bacon and egg roll and a coffee or tea. Please register your attendance for catering purposes.  Please register your attendance via the link HERE.


Welcoming families to our school community

We continue to receive enrolment enquiries from local, metropolitan, national and international families and we extend a warm welcome to the new families who have recently joined the Beaumaris Primary School community.

At Beaumaris PS we are inclusive of families from all backgrounds including from diverse cultural and faith backgrounds, of all abilities, and of different compositions such as single parent families, step/blended families, families with same-sex parents and other caring arrangements. We consider the health, safety and wellbeing of all children and young people to be our highest priority. We respect the diversity within our school community and we are committed to creating a safe, respectful and inclusive school environment where all students can be happy and confident.

Our school values of Respect, Resilience, Responsibility and Relationships are the foundation of our positive school culture and encourage active participation by all members of the school community through the  provision of  meaningful opportunities to engage with and contribute to the school.

Our shared expectations ensure that the learning, safety and rights of all are respected. The expectations are intended to support individual students and families from a diverse range of  backgrounds, communities and experiences.

To read more about life at BPS for students, staff and parents click HERE.

Parent Information and Q & A with
Debby Chaves, Principal, Beaumaris SC
Where: Beaumaris PS 
When: Wednesday 12th September 2.45-3.30pm

Interested parents in Years 3, 4 and 5 are invited to attend a session at BPS with Debby Chaves, Principal, to find out more about learning and teaching at the Beaumaris Secondary College and Debby will answer any questions you may have. Please register your attendance via the link HERE.

Whole School Planning for 2019: A friendly reminder
to now advise the office of new students and exiting students 

If you have a child commencing in Prep in 2019 and the child is not yet enrolled please collect an enrolment form from the office and return it as soon as possible and before the end of term at the latest as the enrolment is due now. 

As in all school communities, some families relocate at the end of the year. Please advise the office if you will not be returning to BPS in 2019.

Remember: Gratitude, Empathy, Mindfulness

What are three things that went well for you today?

What are the best things that happened to you today?

Who are you most grateful for and why?

What are you looking forward to most about tomorrow?

Sheryl Skewes                              Louise Neave

Principal                                         Assistant Principal

School News

Victorian Premiers' reading challenge - last chance.


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

Parents, please help your child to check his/her online entries to confirm that the records are up to date. This is your last opportunity to do so as on the 7th September 2018 the Reading Challenge ends. No data can be entered after this date.

National eSmart week

This week BPS participated in National eSmart week alongside more than 1000 organisations across Australia. Students celebrated the best that technology can offer whilst also building an awareness of cyber bullying and how to be smart, safe and responsible online. All classes completed a range of activities and explored various resources that promote cyber safety and most importantly engaged in vital discussions about keeping safe online. It would be greatly appreciated if you could please continue these discussions at home as our partnership in this area is vital.

For more information about eSmart visit

Extra, Extra, read all about us....

Congratulations to Lochie G in Year 6 who competed at the Victorian Short Course State Championships for swimming over the weekend, this is a huge achievement, and he has been working hard over the last few years to reach this point, usually training 8-10 hours per week in the pool and at the gym.  Lochie is hoping to compete in the long course state championships later in the year if he makes the qualifying times over the following months.  (Short Course is swum in a 25m pool, and Long Course is in a 50m pool).

Congratulations also to the Boys and Girls Hockey teams. Both have advanced to the state finals next week. Thank you to Mrs Lucy Farmer and Mr Joe Lilburne for coaching and supporting the team. 

Good luck everyone!

Interrelate (formerly known as Family Life)

Date: Tuesday 18th September

Cost: The pricing is $25 per family for one session or $30 per family for attending both sessions.

Payment is only available via Qkr!  Once payment has been made this will act as your booking.  Payments close at 3pm on 18th September.


Session 1: Where Did I Come From?

Audience: Year 3 and 4 students and their parents/carers
Time: 6.00pm-7.00pm

Program focus:

  • Discuss the male and female reproductive systems, foetal development and the birth process
  • Personal safety and protective behaviours

Note: Older students are encouraged to attend if they have not previously seen this program.


Session 2: Preparing For Puberty

Audience: Year 5 and 6 students and their parents/carers.
Time: 7.15pm-8.15pm

Program focus:

  • Discuss the physical changes of puberty, emphasising that it can be different for everyone
  • Develop students’ understanding of periods and sperm production, as well as the physical, emotional, social and intellectual changes associated with puberty for both boys and girls
  • Enhance awareness of children’s personal safety and protective behaviours

Note: Younger students are welcome to attend at the discretion of their parents/carers.

Fundraiser sponsorship

We have some fabulous families supporting our fundraiser through their business being a sponsor. If you would like to become a sponsor please could you arrange payment by 14th September to ensure your logo is on our real estate board promoting our event. If you would like a sponsorship document please email Ness Newell on [email protected] .               

A huge thanks to our current sponsors! Please support those who support us!


Fundraiser: wine donations

We are starting to collect wine donations for our fundraiser night. All wine, beer, bubbles will be gratefully received. Parents please take any donations to the school office. Thanks so much! Fundraising Team

Snack Shack

Despite the warmer weather appearing, we will still be selling chicken noodle soup for the next two Mondays for $1 per cup. Volunteer notices for Term 4 need to be returned by Monday 17th September.

WiseOnes:Mind Benders Term 4




Level Low Downs


This week in Prep the students have been discussing and writing about their families. We read lots of stories about different types of families, special things that families like to do together and things that make families special. During our discussions we discovered that each family is different and special in their own way. As a focus for our writing sessions this term, students have been working on using capital letters, full stops and finger spaces, as well as reading back over their writing to check that is makes sense. Please read some of the beautiful pieces of writing the students in Prep have created about their families.

Year One

We are continuing to explore Persuasive Writing in class this week, and doing a very good job of it! 1V have brainstormed many ideas that we could implement into Beaumaris Primary School. Some of these things are a little bit crazy (a cow, a lion, a swimming pool...) but we have thought of some very good arguments as to why we should have them! We will let you know what Mrs Skewes says (fingers crossed we get a lion)! 1G have been making a pros and cons list of why we should let kids stay up late. We were going to read them aloud to one another but we were too tired after testing out our theories of staying up late! We don't think it helps our learning at all... And in 1W we have been writing about poor little ants and why a boy should or should not squish them. One of our fantastic arguments was that "ants have families too!" and so we have been very cautious when walking outside to not harm their little families. It's very tricky!

Year Two

Teachers scaffold and extend the Year 2 children in Investigations. These students are interested in countries around the world and are having a go at creating mini research projects. Today we welcomed visiting teachers from Caulfield South Primary School, who were interested to see and hear how our teachers and children work with Investigations in Year 2. 

Years Three & Four

This week Years 3 and 4 have been busily working on their Educational Research Project for our topic of Science.  Most of the Year 4 students have now conducted an experiment at home relating to either heat, erosion, forces or earth science.  Many of our students have also started to draft their explanation reports which are a key feature of our learning this term.  We would like to thank all the parents who have assisted our students with their ‘DIY’ experiments.

Year Five

Week 8 already, wow, where has Term 3 gone? In Year 5 this week we started our investigation into division and discovered many different aspects of the maths concept. We looked at the relationship between division and multiplication, how to use the ‘bus stop’ method to set out our equations easily and we even learnt how to represent remainders as decimals and fractions. We continued reading our class discussion books and realised we only have to wait two weeks now to find out the plot twists and hopefully interesting endings. The thing that has been keeping us all busy though is our science ERPs. We are nearly finished putting the last pieces together and we look forward to the Expo at 2:30pm on Monday afternoon. 

Year Six

Last week, on Wednesday 29th, the Year 6s has their ERP expo. The focus this term was science. We presented the ERP as an oral presentation. A lot of effort went into the projects and students had the option to do their ERP with a friend. A range of topics were covered and many parents attended.

On Friday the 31st of August we had our Father’s Day Footy Breakfast. Dads and their kids looked great in their footy colours despite the rain. In the Students Vs Teachers football match, the students had a comprehensive victory. Well done to all who played the game. Remember, next week is the school musical. We are all really looking forward to it!

Parent Club


As you know our big fundraiser for this year is our Greatest Showman/Circus themed parent social night on Sat 27th Oct at Sandy by the Bay. Please save the date if you haven't already. Funds raised will go towards ongoing improvements to the playground spaces.  We have a fabulous team already volunteering but do need some more help. So if you would like to volunteer for any of the below please let me know.

  • I have lots of donations that need collecting from different areas so would love some volunteers for this
  • We need 2 or 3 people to ask the Concourse shops for donations
  • I have a few other shops to target that need donation letters dropped off to and followed up. You can let me know how many you are able to approach. Every business approached helps.

We have two school families who are currently sponsoring us (thank you LAMI & BC Dental) with a few more coming on board soon. However we would LOVE as many sponsors as possible. Sponsorship starts from $250 so let me know if this interests you and I can send you a sponsorship document.


We need lots of donations for our online auction so if you can donate anything it will be gratefully received. We are also making up hampers so if you have any new but unwanted pressies hiding in your cupboards please drop them off to the office.

Finally if you have any contacts for donations please get in touch.


Many thanks

Ness Newell & The Fundraising Team

[email protected] 

School Information

General Office

Office Hours:           8.15am - 4.00pm

Telephone:              03  9589 2619


All visitors to the school are required to report to the office to sign in and out.  A ‘visitor’s badge’ will be issued.

Appointments with teachers must be made via the school email: [email protected] 



Student absences should be reported to the school before 9.00am via the Compass portal or phoning the school office.   Any unexplained absences will result in parents/guardians receiving an email at 9.30am on the day of non-attendance requesting they update Compass with the reason for non-attendance.



In order to minimise disruption to class and maximise learning opportunities for our students, we would like to remind you that the school day starts promptly at 9.00am.  If your child is late for any reason, please sign in at the office via the Compass Kiosk and obtain a late pass to be given to the classroom teacher.  

Please ensure that if your child is leaving early that they are signed out on the Compass Kiosk before collecting them from the classroom.



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