Hello BRPS community,
Welcome to the latest newsletter, I hope this edition finds you well.
Hello BRPS community,
Welcome to the latest newsletter, I hope this edition finds you well.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
Thursday 1st February - Thursday 29 March
Monday 16 April - Friday 29 June
Monday 16 July - Friday 21 September
Monday 8 October - Friday 21 December
Year 6 Canberra
Year 5 Phillip Island
Year 4 Cave Hill Creek Sovereign Hill
Year 3 Briars
April 19th & 20th
Year 2 Sleepover
Monday November 5th (Melbourne Cup Monday)
Student Free Day
Monday 21st, Tuesday 22nd & Wednesday 23rd May
Monday 29th, Tuesday 30th, Wednesday 31st October
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
Fees are now due and payable. Please log onto Compass and select your preferred payment option.
WORKING WITH CHILDREN CHECK
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: http://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/
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.
UNIFORM SHOP 2018
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
9.00am - 11.00am
11.30am - 1.00pm
2.00pm - 3.30pm
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.
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!
Nicola & Tilly
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.
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.
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
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
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.
- Poppy 4R
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 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.
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:
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.”
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.
“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!”
“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.