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07 February 2019
Issue One
Dates to Remember
From the Principal and Assistant Principal
School News
School Information
Level Low Downs
Community News
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)

Statements of Intent (SOI)

Every two weeks our teachers produce a fortnightly planner which is referred to as an SOI.  This sets out an intention of what will be taught in the classroom during that period.  These can be accessed on the school website and are displayed on the year level communication boards.


Friday 1

First Day Term 1

Years 1-6: 9am-3.30pm

Preps: 9.15am - 3.15pm

Friday 8

Didgeridoo, Smoking and Welcome to Country Ceremony  9.15am   Bunarong Land Council

Monday 11 to Friday 15

Year 6 Camp

Monday 11

Prep and Year 1 Parent Information Evening 6pm

Tuesday 12

Year 2 Parent Information Evening 6pm

Wednesday 13

Year 3 and 4 Parent Information Evening

The Resilience Project Parent Information Evening presented by Martin Heppell 7pm Hall

Monday 18 to Friday 22

Year 5 Camp

Thursday 14

Year 5 Parent Information Evening 6pm

Friday 15

Open Classrooms from 3pm

Thursday 21

Year 6 Parent Information Evening 6pm

Wednesday 27 

Parent Club AGM: 9.05am  Staff Room



Friday 1

Parent Club School Welcome Evening 6pm-8pm

Monday 4

Sushi Day -  Order on Qkr from Wed Feb 13

Tuesday 5

Investiture Assembly 9am

Thursday 7

District Swimming Carnival

Wednesday 13

Kingston Division Swimming Carnival

Monday 25 - Wednesday 27

Year 4 Camp Arrabri Lodge

Thursday 28

Individual and class school photos


Sunday 14

Parent Club Bunnings Sausage Sizzle



From the Principal and
Assistant Principal

Whole school assembly tomorrow at 9.15am
Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony

Families are welcome to attend this very special event to start the new year.

The Resilience Project Parent Information Evening presented by Martin Heppell Wednesday 13th February at 7pm Bookings open now on Qkr 

Once again we are providing 'not to be missed opportunity" for parents to hear from Martin Heppell, partner and facilitator with The Resilience Project. He is an amazing and engaging speaker and we highly encourage parents to attend. Martin and his colleague, Hugh, have developed The Resilience Project over recent years and their impact and influence on work environments in the business community, elite sporting communities and support for students, teachers and parents in the education sector has been amazing. 

The session will take place on Wednesday February 13th at 7pm in the hall.  Parents and carers can book a place on Qkr and this year we are asking for a small donation to help cover costs.

Martin will provide you with information about how you can support your child at home and give you an insight into students learning in the classroom through the use of The Resilience Project student workbooks.

To find out more information about The Resilience Project please have a look at

Martin’s bio and images are available on their website under the About Us page and as per attached:

Parent Information Evenings and Open Classroom dates for next week

Prep and Year 1 Parent Information Evening Monday 11th February 6pm

Year 2 Parent Information Evening Tuesday 12th February 6pm

Year 3 and 4 Parent Information Evening Wednesday 13th February 6pm (This session will conclude in time for interested parents to attend The Resilience Project parent presentation at 7pm in the hall)

Year 5 Parent Information Evening Thursday February 14th 6pm

Open Classrooms Friday 15th February 3pm

Year 6 Parent Information Evening Thursday February 21st 6pm

Buildings works

The landscape of the school grounds certainly changed over the holiday break. We were delighted that the demolition was fully completed while the students were on holidays.

Ongoing communications with the  Modscape and the VSBA indicate the project is well underway offsite and the time frame is on track. We have been posting photos of the progress of the construction of the modules on our facebook page.

Today some members of School Council, the Leadership Team and Administration Team will visit Modscape, located in Brooklyn, for a walk through of the building. In the coming weeks the building will be separated into modules or components for transportation to our school site in the months ahead.  Very exciting!

Canteen update

A huge thank you to Andrea and her team of helpers for the wonderful makeover of the front of the canteen during the holidays. It looks absolutely fabulous!

More news about the canteen can be found later in this newsletter.

Our student leaders for 2019

Congratulations once again to the following students:

School Captains:  Archer Harrop & Ruby Murley

Vice Captains:  Oscar Hoey & Pearl Barton

Murray Captains:  Sam Oakley & Lily Gorvett-Page

Flinders Captains:  Jesse Mier & Tahli Behrendorff

Sturt Captains:  J.B Loeper & Georgia Kapetanas

Mitchell Captains:  Nathan John & Indi May-Campbell

Performing Arts Captains:  Matthew Kennedy & Isla Brown

Japanese Captains:  Quinn Sadler & Hailey Crebbin

Visual Arts Captains:  Maggie Rudas  & Eloise Culph

Library Captains:  Edward Henshall & Emily Gratz

Sustainability Captains:  Silas Stansby,  Katia Taranto, Lila Wilson and Edie Kerr

Media Captains:  Oscar Spence & Chloe King

Wellbeing Captains:  Ella Robinson & Milla Dragutinovic

Digital Technologies Captains:  Tom Falconer & Hannah Jose

Healthy Eating Captains:  Ruby Brabner & Maddie Jones

Gratitude and 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

School News

BFAC Meet & Greet Evening-Tues 19 Feb:7pm

All Dads (and male guardians) are cordially invited to attend our special BFAC Meet & Greet Evening on Tuesday 19 February.    Join us in the BPS Kitchen Garden area, for a free sausage sizzle and a refreshing beverage. 

This is an ideal opportunity to meet other fathers (and male guardians) from the school in a relaxed environment.  The Beaumaris Primary School Father’s Activity Club is open to all fathers (and male guardians) of children who attend the school.  The club meets throughout the year—normally monthly—and membership is free.  Founded in 2003, BFAC is about No Hard Sell, No Hard Work.  It is designed to provide fathers (and male guardians) with an opportunity to gather together in a social atmosphere for a laugh, and to join in social events for fun.  For some activities children are invited too.

Social events may include Go-Karting, Bowling and Pool Night, as well as organising and enjoying signature events like the Drive-In Movie night at the school.

Uniform Shop - new sizes

Most of our uniform items have recently had the sizing altered by the supplier and therefore a lot of our stock is smaller than expected. This transition should be complete by the end of the year. To avoid disappointment, it is imperative that all uniform items are tried on by the students BEFORE any tags are removed. We cannot exchange items without the tags fully intact.


To avoid damage to our precious library books, students are required to have a library bag. The aim of the bag is to protect the books between library, classroom, home and back again. A closed weatherproof bag can be brought in from home if you have one (no plastic bags please). Please order via Qkr! or contact the office should you wish to order one of the school approved bags, for just $12 each. 

Hot Cross Bun Fundraiser

Baker's Delight will generously donate $2 from the sale of each hot cross bun 6-pack purchased to Beaumaris Primary School.

Just say you're from BPS and the staff will stamp a tally sheet.


The offer extends right through Term 1 until Easter and is valid at Baker's Delight on the Concourse and in Highett only.
Baker's Delight hot cross buns are super delicious, fresh and new varieties are out now.

Scholastic Books

Welcome back to Scholastic for 2019. For those of you new to our school your child will receive 2 book catalogues a term. If you wish to purchase any books school receives 20% back in rewards to purchase books and resources for the classrooms.

Issue 1 of Scholastic book club is due back Monday 18th February. A catalogue will come home with your child. If you are buying books as a gift please choose the gift option when ordering and I will contact you when the books arrive. You can then collect them from the office. Please remember we can't accept cash. Please pay online by credit card using the LOOP system explained on the order form. 

Any queries please contact Ness Newell 0424 329008

Beaumaris Primary Parent Club Welcome Evening
Save the date.

Date: Friday 1st March

Time: 6pm – 8pm

Location: Beaumaris Primary School

Entertainment, Food and Fun – More details to be provided in coming weeks!

Beaumaris Primary Parent Club Facebook

Please request to join if you haven't already. It's a great place to see what's going on, get reminders and ask any questions you may have about anything relating to school. Please also share with any other school families.

Fete 2019

Please save the date for our fabulous Fete - Sunday 27th October 10am - 4pm. We are having our first Fete meeting on Tuesday 19th Feb at 2.15pm at Ginger Fox. If you'd like to be involved in any way at all please come and join us. Many of the team from last fete are volunteering again but we'd love some new faces as we have obviously lost 2 year groups and had 2 new ones join us along with lots of new families throughout the school. We have many roles up for grabs including general committee members if you'd just like to help in a small way. All roles are done in pairs so you are welcome to volunteer with a friend. We always have lots of fun so I hope you can join us. Please RSVP to me by 18/2 so I can book a table. 

Also if you or any business you know are interested in Sponsorship please get in touch and I can send you our Sponsorship packages.

Many thanks and looking forward to our best Fete yet!

Ness Newell

Fete Convenor  

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: 



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.



Facebook: Beaumaris Primary School



Fabulous New Look

According to one parent the new look of the canteen "Just hugs you in". This definitely reflects the feel the Canteen Committee wanted to give the outside of the canteen - a fresh, welcoming space full of plants and colour. 

A huge thank you to the families who contributed to the new look over the summer break - Jane and Greg Duncan, Betul Madakbas, Alison Brown and her parents David and Sue, Gabi Abeling, Chantelle Sinclair, Vanessa Fitzgerald, Angela Baker. 


New Menu Items

The following new items will be on the menu this term:

  • Spinach and Ricotta Pastry Roll - in both meal size and snack size
  • Crackers and Cheese
  • Crackers with hummus*
  • Carrot sticks with hummus*
  • Yoghurts - raspberry*, blueberry*, natural with housemate granola, natural with fruit salad
  • Choc chip and oat cookies**
  • Mini muffins**

* hummus and fruit compote for yoghurts are made on site from scratch with no added preservatives, additives, flavouring or colouring

** baked on site just like you'd make them at home


Healthy Schools Achievement Program

BPS has signed up to a new initiative between Cancer Council Victoria and the Victorian State Government - the Healthy Schools Achievement Program.

We will be working towards being recognised as a 'Healthy School'. The achievement program has seven limbs and the 'Healthy Eating and Oral Health' limb will be guiding changes in the canteen. More information will be shared as we transition through the achievement program.


Sustainable Changes

All bags used in the canteen are now made from 100% recycled products and do not involve a single tree being felled. They are also fully compostable as are our new rubbish bags.


Sushi Day - 4 March

Open for orders on Qkr! from Wednesday 13 February.


Tomato Sauce

We have changed to the Rosella Honest Kids tomato sauce. It is made from Australian grown tomatoes and contains 50% less sugar and salt than their regular tomato sauce. Many thanks to Alison and Gregor Brown for sourcing and donating the first 24 bottles!


Price Changes

There have been some price changes to items on the menu due to the cost of sourcing products and providing them to the students. Please check prices on Qkr! when ordering.

Level Low Downs


This week in Prep we have been getting used to school routines, playing on the playground and learning where everything is. This morning we even had our first Investigations session and met our Specialist teachers! Today our Year 6 buddies took us out to the big playground for the first time also! Stay tuned for more exciting Prep news…

Year One

The first full week in Year 1 has seen the students focusing on one of our developmental learning intentions - building relationships. During Investigations, students have been undertaking reporter tasks that require them to visit all of the Year 1 classes to familiarize themselves with the learning spaces, meet all of the Year 1 teachers and visit friends from other classes. It has been a great start to the year!

Year Two

Welcome to Year 2!  We are extremely lucky to have such a great teaching team and wonderful students.

Our spacious classrooms and our Start Up activities have ensured a smooth and happy start to the year for all, including some brand new classmates.

Establishing expectations and practising routines for the next year level is an important and sequential step in a child’s development. The Year 2 students have been making lists of Class Norms, conducting role play activities and asking the following question: “What does a Year 2 child look like?”

Please join Year 2 teachers at the Parent Information Night next Tuesday 12th February between 6 and 7 pm to hear about the Year 2 Teaching and Learning program at Beaumaris Primary School.

We also invite parents to the Resilience Project Information Night with Martin Heppell, on Wednesday 13th February between 7 and 8pm.

We are looking forward to welcoming the parents to school for an open afternoon next Friday 15th February between 3 and 3.30pm. Please meet in your child's classroom for an enjoyable, informal get together. 


*the Year 2 Newsletter and current Statement of Intent are now available on the school website

*a class timetable and a focus student roster will be sent home soon

*the two notices sent home this week are due to be returned by Friday

*hats and drink bottles of water are required at school each day

Year Three

Welcome back to Term 1.

The Year 3s have started off to a great start! We have been enjoying getting to know our new classmates and teachers. Students are getting back into classroom routines. Together we have unpacked and labelled stationary and experienced using our pencil cases for the first time. During this week students will be creating their classroom norms.

We are looking forward to introducing our first subject focus of Design and Technology. We will be taking part in the ‘Trash Puppets’ incursion next week which will have a design and technology focus. Look out for photos of our Trash Puppet incursion next week.

Year Four

This year in Year 4 we were very eager to start in our new learning spaces! It took a while to get our brains out of holiday mode but now we are up and running and looking forward to the exciting year ahead. Many of our activities this week has been revolved around getting to know our peers and the operations of our classrooms. Some of these activities included a letter to future self, creating a time capsule and setting out classroom norms. Now we have set ourselves up for the year ahead, we are looking forward to getting started on some learning next week!

Year Five

Welcome to Year 5. This week we have settled into our new lives in the SALC, labelled our new books, established our class norms and met new friends. Our big focus at the moment is understanding what life in the 1850s on the Ballarat goldfields would have been like. In preparation for camp in Week 4 we are writing letters to our Sovereign Hill teachers pretending to be children who have made the long voyage from Europe in search for a new life. The Year 5 teachers are looking forward to meeting new teachers at Information Night next week.

Year Six

We have settled back into the routines of school and are enjoying the responsibility of being leaders of the school.  We have spent some time getting to know our buddies and are looking forward to camp next week.

Just a reminder to check that all forms have been returned to Miss Cooper and that you have checked your ‘what to pack’ list.  All forms are available on compass under the resources link.

If your child requires medication while on camp, please hand it to Miss Cooper before 8:45am on the morning of camp.

Community News

A Day on Oak Street-see flyer


Nazareth Parish Catechetics Program 2019


Hampton Primary School Twilight Fete


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