20 July 2018
Number 11 20 July 2018
The Principal's Report
Artists of the Week
Art Week 2018
BPPS Community
Diary Dates
Community Notices
Boroondara Park Primary School
(03) 9857 5157
40 Almond Street
Balwyn North, Victoria, 3104

The Principal's Report

Welcome Back

Welcome to Term 3. We especially welcome our 12 new students and their families. We hope that you enjoy being part of our Boroondara Park PS community. 

This term we have so many things happening at Boroondara Park PS. The Diary Dates page of the newsletter gives you just a hint of all that is planned for Term 3. 

We start our Story Time sessions for our 2019 Foundation students this week and we look forward to getting to know them and their parents. The connections that we make with students are essential to a successful transition to school. 

Our Gymnastics program is taking place this term, I hope your child has enjoyed the first session this week. There are a number of Performing Arts activities including the State Schools Spectacular to look forward to in Term 3. Grade 4 Camp to Mt Evelyn and Grade 5 Camp to Coonawarra and our Grade 2 Sleepover are all happening this term. 

As well as all of these exciting events our staff have a well planned learning program for all of our students.

As the term goes on we hope to bring you some great examples of the learning happening throughout the school. 

New newsletter format

We look forward to gaining your feedback about the new newsletter format in the coming weeks. We have worked to find a way for the newsletter to be easily viewed on many devices and that is interactive. The newsletter is also now able to be translated into many different languages. 


Click the languages button in the bottom left hand corner of this page and chose the language - it is as simple as that. 

Κάντε κλικ στο κουμπί γλώσσες στην κάτω αριστερή γωνία της σελίδας και επιλέξτε τη γλώσσα - είναι τόσο απλή.

Kánte klik sto koumpí glósses stin káto aristerí gonía tis selídas kai epiléxte ti glóssa - eínai tóso aplí.

单击本页左下角的语言按钮,然后选择语言 - 就这么简单。

Dān jī běn yè zuǒxià jiǎo de yǔyán ànniǔ, ránhòu xuǎnzé yǔyán - jiù zhème jiǎndān.

French Day

Thank you to Mrs Higgins for arranging our French Day. I hope that everyone enjoyed their lunch and the incursion that was booked for the day. 

I was happy to have a student protect my frogs on French Day (see the photo at the top of this page). 


Parent Opinion Survey

We want our parents to tell us what they think. 

Our school is conducting a survey to find out what parents think of our school. The Parent Opinion Survey is an annual survey offered by the Department of Education and Training that is conducted amongst a sample of randomly selected parents. It is designed to assist schools in gaining an understanding of parents’ perceptions of school climate, student behaviour and student engagement. Our school will use the survey results to help inform and direct future school planning and improvement strategies.

Approximately 30 per cent of parents will be invited to participate in this year’s survey. All responses to the survey are anonymous. This year the Parent Opinion Survey will be conducted from Monday 23rd July to Sunday 26th August.


The survey will be conducted online, only takes 10-15 minutes to complete, and can be accessed at any convenient time within the fieldwork period on desktop computers, laptops, tablets or smartphones. The online survey will be available in a range of languages other than English. These include: Arabic, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Chin (hakha), Hindi, Japanese, Somali, Turkish, Punjabi and Greek.

The survey results will be reported back to the school at the end of September. The survey results will be communicated to parents through via a presentation at School Council, as part of the annual reporting process to the community and via our newsletter. 

Please speak to your child’s teacher if you would like more information.


At times your child might find themselves a witness to others being bullied. If this happens it is important for them to make a decision to help but often children may not know what to do or may be worried that the behaviour will then be directed at them. 

The following is taken from the Department website and I hope that it can assist you in a conversation with your child around what to do if they are a bystander to bullying.


Do you know someone who is being bullied? 

If someone you know is being bullied they need your help. Others respect you if you stand up for someone who is being bullied.


How are they feeling?

If a person is being bullied, they are probably feeling some or all of these:

  • sad
  • frightened and lonely
  • like running away
  • not wanting to go to school.

How you can help?

Sometimes people don't say or do anything because they're afraid they will be bullied as well. But if you don't do anything the bullying will only continue.

Don't stand by and let bullying happen at your school! Talk to your teachers about doing something about the bullying.

You may not be able to stop the bullying yourself but you can help.


What you should do?

As long as you feel safe when you see the bullying happening, you could:

  • walk away and tell a teacher right away
  • tell the person who is bullying that you will get a teacher if they don't stop
  • encourage your friends to walk away or tell the person to stop
  • help the person who is being bullied to get away and go somewhere safe.

If you don't think it's safe for you to stop the bullying there are other things you can do:

  • help a friend or classmate who is being bullied
  • tell them that bullying is not okay and they didn't do anything wrong
  • ask them if they want help to get it stopped
  • tell the teacher about it
  • try to make sure your friend is not alone when they might get bullied
  • ask the person who is being bullied to join your group or game
  • walk away as people who bully like others to watch
  • tell the person bullying you don't think what they do is cool or funny.

If you or someone you know need someone to talk to, for any reason, about anything, you can visit:
call Lifeline on 13 11 14
or call Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800, 24 hours a day.


Please encourage your child to talk to you and to share with us when if they are a bystander to bullying. Our school rights and responsibilities  are clear about how we are all expected to behaviour towards each other. Do not hesitate to contact us if you and your child need support with bullying. 

Buddy Run

The  Buddy Run, the first kids Fun Run (1km from the Alannah & Madeline Foundation., will be held on Sunday 21 October in the Alexandra Gardens from 10am. This is an anti bullying event will raise funds for the Foundation - who work for children who have experienced or witnessed serious violence, and they run evidence-based programs that prevent violence and advocate for children's safety and wellbeing.

The Buddy Run - this link will provide you with all of the information you need. 

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. 

Why did you send your child to Boroondara Park PS?

In the last two newsletters we have asked parents to spend a few minutes filling in a Google form to enable us to understand why they sent their child to Boroondara Park PS. It also gives the opportunity for you to tell us what would make our school even better. Thank you to those who have taken the time to fill in the form.


If you have not already provided feedback please take the opportunity by following this link  Why did you send your child to Boroondara Park PS?

Are you getting school communications?

Have you accessed your child's Semester 1 report? As a staff we have started to analyse the data for Semester 1 and make plans for the learning for the rest of the year based on student need. Our data on Sentral indicates that not all families have accessed reports so please take some time in the next week to read all about your child's achievements. 

It is important that all parents regularly check the portal and take time to keep themselves informed. If you have issues with accessing the portal please contact the office. 





Moni, Hasani, Magdalena, Manjoo, Gillian, Jane, Irene, Bec, David, Fiona, Jane, Sue, Mary, Derchieh, Selina, Flora, Jane, Ally, Ms Ainger and Ms Lindau (my sincere apologies if I have missed anyone).


Also thank you to Shannon Reeve and her class for helping distribute the completed baskets and Ms Woodman and Ms Chiera for assisting with this process.


Over 400 baguettes made in 2 hours and over 400 lunches packed in an hour along with all the prep work. Obviously I couldn't have done it without you and I can't thank  you enough.


Di Cleary


Canteen Roster

We always need your help in the Canteen - if you are available please contact me via the office. 



Monday 23/7 Allie Smith 9-11

Thursday 26/7 Jo Englezos 9-11

Friday 27/7 Diane Gabriel 9-11

Artists of the Week

Artist of the Week

Congratulations to Sophia from 3RP for creating a fabulous artwork inspired by 'Pop Artist' Roy Lichtenstein.  Sophia used the app 'Clips' to manipulate a picture of herself, she then added details with texta and watercolours.  Finally Sophia added a caption and sound bubble to finish her artwork.  Well done!


Art Week 2018

Get ready for Art Week 2018


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

BPPS Community

‘Tenpin Bowling & Pizza’ night!

At the end of last term, on Fri 29/07/18 and Sat 30/07/18, we had our BPPS Tenpin Bowling mid-year fundraiser and social event.  Thank you to Theresa Stewart (FCB, 2SQ) and the team at Healthways Recreation Centre in Mont Albert North for donating the venue and organising the event.  It was lots of fun!


Over 110 tickets were sold and BPPS friends and families enjoyed an hour of bowling followed by dinner and drinks afterwards.  It’s so great to see lots of people talking and laughing together at social events like these.  What an awesome bunch of BPPS people we have!


Thank you to everyone who came and supported the event.  This was the first event in the lead-up to this year’s SCHOOL FAIR on 10th November 2018.  SAVE THE DATE.  























Diary Dates

Term 3

Friday 20 July - Foundation 2019 Story Time Session 2.50 - 3.20pm

Tuesday 24 July - Division Soccer: for selected students

Wednesday 25 July - School Council

Thursday 26 July - State School Spectacular: mass dance

Monday 30 July - Girls Vocal group visit to Boroondara Park Preschool

Tuesday 31 July - Eastern Region Girls AFL Footy

Tuesday 31 July - ICAS English 

Monday 6 August - Whole School Photo

Friday 10 August - Year 3/4 Soccer Competition

Friday 10 August - Eastern Region Hockey 7s

Tuesday 14 August - ICAS Maths

Tuesday 14 August - Eastern Region Soccer

Wednesday 15 August - School Council

Friday 17 August - Gymnastics Program concludes

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

Monday 27 August - Fathers Day Stall

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

Thursday 6 September - District Athletics Carnival

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

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

Community Notices

Do you want to play cricket?

Koonung Heights Cricket Club is looking for new members. Nathan Grigg is that Junior Cricket Manager for this local cricket club in North Balwyn. Please see attached flier for all the information you need about joining the club. Registration Day is August 25th so come along and have a hit of cricket and see if you like it. Many members of the club are current BPPS students. 


Whitefriars College

Final closing date for Applications for Year 7 2020.  Please click on below PDF for more information



Yoga Above & Beyond with Evolve In2 Fitness

Vinyasa Flow for all levels *Free* 4 weeks course available for school parents. For more information please click on the below PDF.


khcc flyer rego boards2 (1).pdf
Applications Closing for 2020.pdf