BRPS iNewsletter

07 June 2018
Issue Eight
Principal's Report
2018 Term, Public Holiday & Event Dates
Dates - coming up...
Admin & Uniform Shop
Student Writing
Education Week highlights  
Community News
Black Rock Primary School
(03) 9598 2293
71 Arkaringa Crescent
Black Rock, Victoria, 3193

Principal's Report

Hello BRPS community,


Welcome to the latest newsletter, I hope this edition finds you well.

New Attendance Requirements

If your child is sick or absent, you are required to notify the school as soon as possible on the day of absence through Compass (desktop or app).  

Notifying the school of your child’s absence either prior to, or on the day that they will be away, helps ensure the safety and wellbeing of children and will fulfil your legal responsibility.

Same Day Absence Notification

From the end of Term 2 2018, all Victorian government schools are required to contact parents/carers as soon as practicable on the same day of an unexplained student absence. If your child is absent on a particular day and you have not contacted the school to explain why, the absence will be marked as unexplained. Black Rock Primary School will notify parents of students with an unexplained absence via SMS at approximately 10.00am each school day, commencing on Monday 25th June (final week Term 2).

This system also promotes daily school attendance. Going to school every day is the single most important part of your child’s education, they learn new things every day – missing school puts them behind.

Detailed policy information, including fact sheets, will be sent out tomorrow via Compass to support parents and carers to adapt to changes to our attendance notification process.

Sustainability at BRPS

At assembly on Monday 28th May, it was our pleasure to host special guests Cr Laurence Evans (Mayor of Bayside) and Sharron Hunter from the Port Phillip Eco Centre, to present our Sustainability "Green Team" members with certificates for their participation in the "Tomorrow's Leaders for Sustainability (TLfS) program. 

The BRPS Green Team has been fortunate enough to participate in the student leadership program: Tomorrow’s Leaders for Sustainability. This program has helped the students understand the key principles and issues of sustainability while gaining the knowledge and skills to become a leader in their community. Over the last 8 weeks the Green Team has been working towards creating a sustainable environment at BRPS by coming up with a plan to improve composting and creating lessons to educate their fellow peers on how to reduce, reuse and recycle. This Year The Green Team have also run the Beeswax club at lunchtimes, begun composting initiatives and contributed to the school newsletter.

Many thanks to Miss Nolan and Miss Hutchinson who have dedicated much time and support to help students in this area. 

2019 Foundation (Prep) Sibling Enrolments

We have now held all three of our 2019  Foundation open morning for prospective families this term.  Attendance was strong with over 100 families touring the school, meeting the Leadership team and observing classes in action.

Sibling Enrolments

We are now taking enrolments for younger siblings for the 2019 school year any time from now. Early enrolments allow us to plan effectively for the coming school year. Please pick up enrolment forms from the school office and submit at your earliest convenience.

School Review

We have been busy gathering feedback from students, parents and staff to support the self-evaluation component of our School Review.


All students from Foundation to Year 6 who were at school today participated in extensive feedback sessions, telling us about their experiences of school and classroom teaching and learning practices. Students in F-3 were asked to tell us what they would like BRPS to 'Keep', 'Stop', and 'Start' doing. Students in Yr 4-6 were able to extend on the above and also comment in detail about how their learning is supported in the classroom.


All teachers have been involved in collaborative sessions to analyse the behaviours and practices that are in place to support learning and continual improvement across the school.  We have learnt a great deal about what we are doing well, in addition to identifying areas of challenge to be addressed.


Thank you to all of the families who have already contributed to our online survey. The 96 responses have so far been insightful and will certainly assist us with future planning that helps us to continually build on and improve the home-school partnership. The family survey closes at 6pm on Friday 15th June and we would love to double the number of responses by that time. If you have not had a chance to complete the online survey as yet, we invite you to have your say by accessing it here: 2018 School Review Family Survey.


Parent focus groups

An opportunity for parents to discuss some of the issues raised will take place at school on the following dates:

Mon 18 Jun - 7pm

Tue 19 Jun - 9.15am

Please check your Compass News Feed over coming days for further information.

Chinese Sister School Visit - Homestay Host Request

Sister School Visit: Mon 23 Jul - Sun 29 Jul

Please see previous Compass notification if your family is interested in hosting students or teachers from our Sister School in July, please register your name with the office and we will contact you with further information. 

Cross Country

Congratulations to all of the runners from BRPS who competed at the Division Cross Country yesterday. All competitors finished in the top half of their field. There were some outstanding results and huge improvements from last year. Eight children have now progressed to the next level of competition, the Regional Championships.


Ruby Ward 4th

Henry Sakalas 3rd

Ramon Nelson-Jimenez 8th

Hank Sakalas 9th

Stella Sakalas 8th

Charly Phillip 9th

Mackenzie Nowak 10th

Ruby Lyons 2nd


Have a great fortnight and upcoming long weekend (Queen's Birthday Public Holiday - Monday 11 June)


Sam Tyndall


2018 Term, Public Holiday & Event Dates


Thursday 1st February - Thursday 29 March

(2.30pm dismissal)



Monday 16 April - Friday 29 June 

(2.30pm dismissal)



Monday 16 July - Friday 21 September 

 (2.30pm dismissal)



Monday 8 October - Friday 21 December 

(1.30pm dismissal) 



  • Monday 12 March - Labour Day
  • Friday 30 March - Good Friday
  • Wednesday 25 April - ANZAC Day
  • Monday 11 June - Queen's Birthday
  • Tuesday 6 November - Melbourne Cup Day


Year 6 Canberra

March 19th-23rd


Year 5 Phillip Island

June 12th-15th


Year 4 Cave Hill Creek Sovereign Hill

July 18th-20th


Year 3 Briars

April 19th & 20th


Year 2 Sleepover

October/November TBC 


Monday November 5th (Melbourne Cup Monday) 

Student Free Day


Monday 21st, Tuesday 22nd & Wednesday 23rd May

Monday 29th, Tuesday 30th, Wednesday 31st October

Dates - coming up...


8th                  Interschool Sports Year 5 & 6

12th-15th   Year 5 Camp Phillip Island

15th                Year 3 Mad About Science Plants in Action Incursion

20th                District Girls Football Competition

20th                Year 2A & 2F Ripponlea Excursion

20th                Foundation Healthy Food Restaurant

21st                Year 1 Museum & IMAX Excursion

21st                 Foundation Healthy Food Restaurant

22nd               Year 3 Edendale Farm Excursion

22nd               Year 2T & 2Y Ripponlea Excursion

22nd               Interschool Sports Year 5 & 6

29th                Casual Clothes Day Gold Coin Donation

29th                Final Day of Term 2 (2.30pm Dismissal)  


16th                 School Resumes - Term 3

18th                 Foundation 2019 Transition Fairytale Day 9.30am

18th - 20th  Year 4 Camp, Cave Hill Creek 

27th                 Casual Clothes Day Gold Coin Donation


6th               Mad About Science Incursion Year 2

8th               Mad About Science Incursion Year 2

14th - 24th   Life Education Van Whole School

16th              Foundation 2019 Transition Shape Day 2.15pm

22nd              House Athletics Carnival @ Duncan McKinnon Aths Track

30th               Foundation 2019 Transition Sport Afternoon 2.15pm

31st               Casual Clothes Day Gold Coin Donation     


8th                Parent Social  Hippies Vs Hipsters Black Rock                                                         Bowls Club

11th              District Athletics Carnival

21st               Final Day of Term (2.30pm Dismissal)


8th                 School Resumes - Term 4

26th              Casual Clothes Day Gold Coin Donation

29th-31st  Book Fair


5th     Student Free Day

6th     Melbourne Cup Day Holiday

14th  Foundation Orientation Meet the Teacher Day 9.30am -                                11.45am

29th  Foundation Orientation Meet the Teacher Day 9.30am-                                 11.45 am

30th Casual Clothes Day Gold Coin Donation

Admin & Uniform Shop


Fees are now due and payable. Please log onto Compass and select your preferred payment option. 



Anyone wishing to volunteer at BRPS is required to provide a Working with Children Check. Checks are free and valid for 5 years! Apply online at: 


Casual Day Donations

The money that your child donates for wearing casual clothes on the last Friday of the month is donated to the East West Foundation.  Our money helps fund a teacher in India. This is a worthwhile cause to help those not as fortunate as ourselves. On Friday 25th May we raised $403.00 Thank you to everyone who donated to this very worthy cause.


Thursday 8.45am-9.30am


If you are unable to attend the uniform shop at this time you can place an order through the office and it will be filled and sent home with your child on the following Thursday.


We have a great selection of second hand items at the moment that can be purchased for $3.00 per item.


Please be careful when ordering uniform as we can only  exchange items.

Unfortunately we cannot give refunds.


Judy Agnew,  Adriana Griffiths, Matilda & Karen Coates


School Hours

Class Times

9.00am - 11.00am

11.30am - 1.00pm 

2.00pm - 3.30pm


Break Times

11.00am - 11.30am (Recess)

1.00pm - 2.00pm (Lunch)



We are raising funds for our School and you can help. Order the NEW 2018/2019 Entertainment Book or Entertainment Digital Membership and you will receive hundreds of valuable offers for everything you love to do and you will also be supporting our School. PLUS order now to receive over $100 of bonus Early Bird Offers. 



A massive thank you to all who volunteered their time before, during and after our Book Fair.  Without the help of many of the amazing Black Rock P.S staff, my FABULOUS Year 6 Library committee and many BRPS parents/carers, the fair would have not been possible.


It was an absolute joy to see so many children and their families at Book Fair.  The enthusiasm and excitement about books and reading was amazing.  A real credit to you all!


Mr Tyndall kindly drew the Book Fair raffle and the winners were presented their prizes at Assembly this week.  They were:

Foundation - Kiki

Year 1 - Max L

Year 2 - Paolo

Year 3 - Grace P

Year 4 - Andrew

Year 5 - Alice W

Year 6 - Elle


We have now finalised all the Book Fair takings.  An amazing total of $12,000 of books were bought at Book Fair.  This translates into money for the school library to buy more new and exciting resources for everyone to enjoy.


Once again, THANK YOU to everyone who has supported the Book Fair and helped make it such a huge success!Look at out for the next Book Fair later in the year.


Happy Reading!

Rachael Baker

A word from our Student Library Captains

So far this year many exciting things have happened, and one of them has been the BOOK FAIR!


We would like to say thank you to Mrs Baker for everything, especially for giving us the responsibility to join in on important decisions. We got to sell books and choose the raffle prizes. We were also lucky enough to speak at assembly on Monday to present the raffle prizes. We hope everyone enjoyed the book fair as our fantastic librarian Miss Baker put a lot of hard work and planning into it! What a great book fair! 

Thank you, 

Nicola & Tilly


Family Relationships



Children thrive on feelings of belonging and affection that come from having caring and supportive families. Research affirms that the quality of family relationships is more important for children’s wellbeing than the size or composition of the family. Whether families have one parent or two, whether they include step-parents, grandparents or other carers, they can build strong, positive family relationships that promote family wellbeing and support children’s mental health. The keys to developing healthy family relationships include making relationships a priority, communicating effectively and providing support for each other. However, building better family relationships with children and with all family members is not always easy. Different needs arising within the family may create tensions between family members, and pressures that come from outside (eg work or financial pressures) may also impact on families and children. Sometimes these pressures can make the development of positive family relationships more difficult. Yet, even taking these influences into account, there is much the adult or adults in the family can do to build strong family relationships. Happy families work together to make decisions and make sure each family member’s needs are being adequately met.


Family strengths as identified by Australian families

Communication – listening to each other and communicating with openness and honesty.

Togetherness – sharing similar values and beliefs that create a sense of belonging and bonding.

Sharing activities – spending time together doing things they enjoy, for example, sports, reading, camping, playing games.

Affection – showing affection and care on a regular basis through words, hugs, kisses and thoughtfulness.

Support – offering and being able to ask for support, with family members knowing they will receive assistance, encouragement and reassurance from one another.

Acceptance – understanding, respecting and appreciating each family member’s unique personal qualities.

Commitment – seeing family wellbeing as a first priority and acting accordingly with dedication and loyalty.

Resilience – being able to withstand difficulties and adapt to changing circumstances in positive ways.

Families in this research also identified that the biggest challenges in family relationships were communication breakdown, parenting issues and difficult relationship dynamics. Acknowledging existing family strengths is a good starting point for addressing challenges and building stronger family relationships.


What parents and carers can do to help their child with writing

  • Encourage children to write, write, write! Provide many opportunities such as writing the shopping list, sending letters and cards to friends and relations, writing emails, keeping a diary, publishing personal stories, labelling photos in the family album, and leaving notes. Locating writing aps such as Book Creator. Writing should be relevant and meaningful rather than writing for the sake of writing.


  • Give children opportunities to read their stories aloud (while you sit back and listen). Listen with a focus on the message they express. Comment on what they have done well, for example: ‘I enjoyed how you used interesting words such as X, Y, Z.’ ‘The character you created seems so real. I can imagine how he looks.’ Leave comments about spelling, punctuation, and grammar to another time — they are important if and when it is to be published.


  • Draw children’s attention to how writing is presented, for example, on brochures, billboards, books, and electronic media — these are models of writing for real purposes.


  • Create a community of writers. Provide a quiet place for writing with lots of writing materials. Leave notes for each other, write poems for your children, and send messages in lunch containers. Play writing games, for example, one person writes the beginning, another the middle and the other the end of a family story. Write together.

Writing pieces that come home from school may not have every spelling error corrected, every grammatical mistake rectified or punctuation inserted. It is important to talk with your children about the purpose of the work and what they learned, rather than emphasise the errors. Ask ‘tell me questions’ such as: ‘Tell me about this work …’ ‘Tell me how you did this …’ ‘Tell me what you liked about this activity.’


Exert taken from: Parents' Guide to Helping Children With Reading and Writing at Home by Kaye Lowe

Student Writing

This Semester, in Year Four we have focused on Narratives and Information Reports. The students investigated the features of Narratives and Information Texts. Here are some of the pieces of work.


Have you ever thought that hippos are disgusting and filthy animals? Well, I’m here to prove that they’re not!


Hippos are overly large, they have a big barrel-like shaped body that helps them stay afloat on the surface of the water. Hippos also have a heavy head that weighs more than 140kg, it carries most of its important senses including the eyes, ears, and nose. They are all located on top of its head. So when they’re in the water they can still breathe, see and hear. Hippos have very short legs, which are surprisingly fast, they can move to the speed of a grown man running, They have really big teeth that can grow up to 20 inches long to scare off any predators that try to threaten their herd. They also have a wide mouth to fit all of those big sharp teeth. In fact, a small child could stand inside it!


Despite the hippos large body, don’t you think what makes it that big? Hippos eat 50kg of food every day. They usually feast on water plants in the day, but at night they pull their heavy body’s out of the water and search for fruit and vegetables that have fallen on the ground and some fresh, green grass. But they better watch out, because there are hungry predators on the prowl!


Where do these amazing creatures live? Hippos are found in Southern Africa, in lakes, rivers and streams near grasslands. The word hippopotamus means river horse. Hippos also live in large groups, to keep each other safe from blood-thirsty animals.


Hippos can be extremely aggressive. They become like this when they feel threatened or unsafe. Hippos have enemies that seek for a big feast. First it’s the lion, they hunt hippos at night when they come out of the water to chomp on fruit and grass. Secondly, the crocodiles. They lurk in the water waiting to the right moment to make their move. Last, it’s the oxpeckers, although people think they are helping the hippos to survive, they also eat flesh out of fresh cuts and wounds.


When a female hippo has a baby, it is called a calf, and like all mammals, it feeds on it’s mothers milk. The mother can have one calf at a time, and it is very rare for her to have two in the same year. When the calf is 2 years old it starts to feed on water plants, and stays close to its mother. Baby hippos also get a lot of protection since the whole group is protecting it.  


Oh, one quick other fact... did you know that hippos sweat is red? Weird right? Well, did you learn any new facts about these fascinating mammals? I hope so.


- Maya 4T

Crocodile Riley

Bumpedy, bump! Went the little stones hitting the bold black Prado on the mighty off road track. He cleared all the animals in his way, Crocodile Riley sped through the green forest of Kakadu. Crocodile Riley was heading to Jim Jim Falls to catch some crocodiles that were terrorising tourists.                                         


He reached his destination, Crocodile Riley headed towards the very harsh terrain. You had to climb big boulders and go down steep hills to get to the majestic falls. There in front of him was a massive six foot saltwater crocodile groaning at him as if he was saying, “Catch me if you can!”


“Ouch” said Croc Riley, he had tripped over something and as soon as he looked back the croc was gone. “Ugh!” He thought to himself. Croc Riley investigated what caused him to trip. Buried under his foot was a piece of metal. He wanted to see what it was so he dug it out with a stick, and he couldn’t believe his eyes. “A HELICOPTER!!”

Croc Riley sat on a rock and thought for a while. Just then Croc Riley had an idea, he cleared the all the mud out of the chopper, and turned it on somehow.


The chopper took off steering it was difficult but he got used to it. Croc Riley had an amazing view of Jim Jim Falls because he flew directly over the falls.

“CH CH CH CH CH!” “Oh no!” The helicopter began to fall into the falls. One hour later Croc Riley woke up to find himself unconscious.

But when he turned around there were three hungry crocs waiting, circling him …


- Riley 4B


The scientific name for a tiger is the Panther Tigris. The tiger is the biggest wild cat species. All tigers are either endangered or non-endangered. There are six types of endangered tigers and three types of extinct tigers.



A tiger’s colour is orange and black and sometimes have white spots around there eyes and ears. A tiger has four legs and has clear whiskers. They have a tail too. The rare Tiger are white and black.



Did you know that a tiger can eat no food for 2 weeks straight? They eat meat, grass, bones and they eat sticks with their brothers and sisters. The cubs can only start drinking milk from their mother when they start eating other food. They pull the meat with their strong teeth.



Tigers can live in tropical forests, swamps and lots more. They find a den and give birth and leave there cub and they get food. The tigers have more than one den. The dens are normal size.



Tigers don’t have to eat every day they hunt, which is different to us as we have to shop. They have to look and catch their prey. Cubs are able to kill when they are one year old, when the cub is born the mother goes and looks for the prey and the cub does not go with her.



Tigers can pounce on little animals. When tigers are catching prey they start on a bit of a jog. They can get down low and then pounce on their prey. Tigers can fight and roll around in the grass and more. Tigers come in many different shapes and sizes.



  • Tigers have over 100 stripes.
  • Tigers are very strong swimmers and they are found bathing in swamps.
  • Tigers pull there claws in when they are not catching for prey.
  • They are born blind and with no teeth.
  • Cubs weight between 2-3 pounds.
  • The mother weighs 90 kilograms.

- Poppy 4R


Interschool Sport

With just two games remaining in our Interschool sport competition this year, representatives from four of our teams- Hockey, Netball, Lawn Bowls and T-Ball have completed sport reports to keep us updated on how they have been going.


Swing! Goes the bat as it hits the ball and knocks it out of the park, shooting for the stars. Black Rock is screaming with excitement cheering on their teammates while they run to a base trying their hardest to make it home.

Every Friday morning at Black Rock Primary school the kids gather up in Miss Hutchinson‘s classroom to get ready for a ball at T-ball.

It’s always fun to see how far we can hit the ball and see if we can make it home. The crowd cheers, yells, screams and stamps their feet as Black Rock runs the final homerun of the inning.


We can’t wait to do it all again this Friday against Brighton.

By Connor and Elle

Lawn Bowls

Lawn bowls is a great game of strategy, full of precision and teamwork. So far this season we have played some great opponents and have made lots of progress.

We have enjoyed playing lawn bowls because it has challenged us in our way of thinking, despite the fact it has been rained out twice. Whilst playing lawn bowls we have learnt that it is a game of patience and suitable for all ages (not just for elders).

On behalf of the lawn bowls team we would just like to thank Mr Badman for coaching us and giving us all his knowledge on Lawn Bowls.


Kind Regards,

Daniel, Ben T and Alex


“Swish!” goes the ball into the ring as Finlay shoots yet another goal. The all girls netball team of 2018 are having a great season, they have won 3 out of 5 games. All of the girls have played really well and everyone has had a go at the positions. 

The mixed netball team walks on to the court and in to their positions, nothing to lose, everything to gain. The buzzer goes off to start the game!
With a couple of intercepts and some quick scoring, BRPS were off to a terrific start with a 5-1 lead at the end of the first quarter.
When the whistle signalled the end of this exhilarating game, the mixed team won 12-2 picking up their first win!

We interviewed 2 players from the Mixed Team and 3 players from the Girls Team to get their thoughts on the Netball season so far:

Mixed Team-
Amali: “Netball has been really fun this year even though we haven’t won all of the games. It has been the highlight of my term working with the 'Impossible’s Club.' I guess it’s “impossible” to win them all though!”
Olivia: “I really enjoyed how happy and inclusive the mixed team is even though we haven’t won a lot of games it is great to have awesome teammates that share the ball.”

Girls Team-
Finlay: “Netball is nicely competitive and really fun.”
Molly: “I like that everyone has a part and place in the team and we all think netball is really fun. Its an added bonus that the team is really good and strong.”
Elle: “I like that there are various positions and everyone has a chance at them all.”


It’s the last minute of the match. “Smack!” The ball is out. Everyone racing to get it. Black Rock gets the ball and hits it up the field at a tremendous pace. It’s Heading for the goals. “Bang!” “GOAL!”everybody yells with excitement. Black Rock has won their 4th game of the season.

Throughout the season Black Rock has only lost one game. Everyone has and still is enjoying hockey. We have learnt many new techniques and skills.

We have also interviewed 2 people from the hockey team. Lets see what they have to say.

Macy said
“I enjoyed having fun with friends and playing a team sport.I also learnt how to do a slap shot. It was so much fun!”

Ben said
“I have enjoyed playing with the team and scoring goals as well as learning how to shoot, pass and handle the ball. I have also enjoyed playing with new people, I don’t usually play with.

So in conclusion hockey is an extraordinary sport and everyone on the team is loving it.

-Amika, Matt and Lucas.

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