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08 August 2019
Issue Twenty-three
Dates to Remember
From the Principal and Assistant Principal
School News
Level Low Downs
Community News
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)

Please place your order on Qkr before 8.45am on Snack Shack days.   Or even better order the night before.

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 9

Year 4 Science Incursion

Monday 12

Year 3 Mad about Science

Monday 12 to Thursday 15

Scholastic Book Fair in the S.A.L.C.

8.30am to 9am/3.30pm to 4pm 

Tuesday 13

House Athletics Years 4,5,6

Girls Tee Ball Regional Final

Prep Incursion Nicky Johnston Author

Wednesday 14

Debating team to Brighton SC

Friday 16

Book Dress Up Day: Students to dress up as their favourite book character

Monday 19

Prep Responsible Pet Ownership

Year 6 Musical bookings open on Trybooking- for Year 6 families only

Friday 23

Years 1 & 2 Professor Bunsen incursion

Wednesday 21

Year 5 Reach Incursion

Parent Club 

Thursday 29

Upstanders (formerly known as Bully Stoppers) Forum 2019: Brighton Town Hall 8.45am

Regional Hockey Final

Friday 30

Father's Day Footy Breakfast from 7.30am

Footy Day Parade 9am


Tuesday 3

Uniform Shop open 8.45am-9.15am

6:30-8pm ThinkUKnow Parent Cyber Safety Information Session in the SALC (available to parents of all year levels)

Wednesday 4

11:15-12:50pm Years 3 and 4 and Years 5 and 6 ThinkUKnow Cyber Safety student sessions

Thursday 5

Yr 4 Starlab

Friday 6

Year 5 and 6 Civics and Citizenship Expo

Friday 14

Year 4 Expo: time TBC

Year 3 Expo: time TBC

Monday 16

Year 6 Musical dress rehearsal

Tuesday 17 and Wednesday 18

Year 6 Musical Production 

Friday 20

Final day of Term 3:  2.30pm finish


Monday 7

First day of Term 4

Tuesday 8

Uniform Shop open 8.45am-9.15am

Monday 14

Prep 2020 Parent Session 7pm - 8pm

Wednesday 16

Prep 2020 Transition Session One 9.30-10.30am

Sunday 27

School Fete - Day on Dalgetty

Tuesday 29

Prep 2020 Transition Session Two 9.30-10.30am


Monday 11 to Tuesday 12

Year 3 Camp 

Tuesday 12

Uniform Shop open 8.45am-9.15am

Thursday 14

Prep 2020 Transition Session Three 9.30-10.30am

Monday 18 to Friday 29

Swimming Program

Thursday 28

Year 5 Economic and Health ERP Expo


Tuesday 3

Uniform Shop open 8.45am-9.15am

Prep Concert

Wednesday 11 to Friday 13

Year 5/6 Lifesaving

Monday 16

Year 6 Graduation 6.15pm

Wednesday 18

Prep 2020 Transition Session Four (meet the teacher) 9.30-10.30am

Friday 20

Final day of Term 4: 1.30pm finish

From the Principal and
Assistant Principal

Disco fever

Our students had a great time last Friday night at the disco. Thank you to Alison and all the volunteers for organising the event and assisting on the night. Our students thoroughly enjoyed the evening and it was a terrific way to start the weekend. The event raised an amazing $2779.00. School Council has approved the funds are used to replace and upgrade our Big Book resources.

ThinkUKnow Parent Cyber Safety Information Session in the SALC (available to parents of all year levels)
Tuesday September 3rd 6:30-8pm 
Save the Date

To support our digital technologies program and national eSmart week, we are looking forward to hosting a Cyber Safety information session for our parent and carer community. This will be run by an organisation called ThinkUKnow. The presentation is delivered by trained, accredited volunteers from either law enforcement or one of their industry partners (Microsoft, Datacom and Commonwealth Bank). The presentation will run for approximately 1 hour, plus question time. 

The presentation will support parents and carers with information on how you can best assist your child to use technology in a safe and responsible way. They will cover what young people see, say and do online, the challenges they may face, and how to report and help if things go wrong. 

The information shared is valuable for parents of children in any year level.

Beaumaris Primary recognises our students are growing up in a technology rich society, where what children may have access to at home changes rapidly and can be difficult for parents to know exactly what the app, game or website may entail. We hope our parents take up this fabulous opportunity to get some useful, practical information that can support these challenges at home. 

For further information, plus resources that may assist you at home, please visit

We look forward to seeing you there.

Year 6 to 7 Secondary school placements for 2020

Yesterday, letters were sent home with the Year 6 students advising families of their Year 7 placement  in state government secondary schools. This is another step forward for our Year 6 students as they prepare for transition to secondary school in 2020.

Update and reminder:  Parent Opinion Survey
Closing date extended to August 18th

Thank you to all parents who have responded to date. We value your feedback and we encourage families to complete the survey. 

As a reminder, on Tuesday 23rd July, a random selection of parents were invited via Compass email to complete the Parent Opinion Survey.  For those randomly selected families who may have overlooked the invitation we will resend the invitation today. 

The Parent/Carer Opinion Survey is an annual survey developed by the Department of Education and Training.  It is designed to assist schools in gaining an understanding of parents’/carers’ perceptions of various aspects of the school.

Our school will use the survey results to help inform and direct future school planning and improvement strategies.

Beaumaris PS hosts P-2 Walker Learning Approach Network Meeting

Today our Prep, Year 1 and Year 2 teachers are hosting a tour by visiting teachers from across the network. We are continually sharing our practice with schools beginning this journey and those who are well underway.

Thank you to our teachers for sharing their knowledge, practice and inspirational classrooms with teachers from the broader education community.

House Athletics August 13th

Thank you to all parents who have volunteered. We are hoping for fine weather.

Quote of the week: Kindness

"Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you."

Princess Diana

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

Principal                                                   Assistant Principal

School News

From the Art Room

The Art Room is low on a few much needed items at present and would love any of the following items if you have them lurking in the cupboard:

  • plastic containers e.g. yogurt, ice cream, fruit trays
  • newspapers
  • egg cartons
  • polystyrene trays 

Thank you very much.  Ms Fisk & Mrs Redlich

Celebrating Book Week at Beaumaris Primary

Book Fair Monday 12 August - Thursday 15 August 

From Monday, families are invited to browse through the collection of children's literature on display in the Susan Arnts Learning Centre between 8.30am and 9am, and again from 3.30pm to 4pm. Students will be able to view the books with their teachers during school time and those interested will bring home a wish list to discuss. A percentage of sales will be used to purchase additional resources for our Library.

Book Week Dress Up Day Friday 16 August

To highlight the importance of reading and the joy it can bring, each year schools and public libraries across Australia spend a week celebrating books and Australian authors and illustrators. This year's Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year will be announced on Friday August 16. To further enhance our reading program and stimulate interest and discussion about children's literature, the students are encouraged to come along dressed as their favourite book character. During our 9.10am assembly, students will showcase their outfits in a parade and students from each year level will provide a short review of some of the CBCA shortlisted books. Students are encouraged to bring a pre-loved book from home to donate to the book stall at our school fete. Please ensure the donated books are in good condition and free from drawings and writing.

Victorian Premiers' Reading Challenge 2019 - One month to go!

Just a 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. On the  September 6 the Reading Challenge ends. No data can be entered after this date.

In October/November the Reading Challenge certificates will be issued to successful participants.


Attention students!

So far, a total of 1,955 books have been read by our BPS students.  It’s great to see that many of you are getting hooked on reading.  Fifty-four students from Beaumaris Primary School have already completed the challenge.  It’s not too late to accept the reading challenge if you have not already done so.  If you meet the challenge this year, the Premier of Victoria will send you a certificate of achievement.  Ask your teacher for help in choosing books, listing books and logging on.  Ask your friends about the books they are reading and tell them about the ones you have read.

See your class teacher if you would like more information or visit the website: 

Snack Shack

Has your child been to the canteen lately?

The canteen is full of baked goods and delicious soup (all made on site) and lots of fresh fruit and vegetable options to keep your child fuelled for an afternoon of learning.  

Gluten Free Baked Goods

From Monday we will have a gluten free baked good available through Qkr! 

Volunteers needed

We still need volunteers for the following dates - please help out if you can, we can't do it without you.

Friday 16 August - Lunch

Friday 23 August - Lunch

Friday 30 August - Recess

Friday 30 August - Lunch

Wed 4 September - Lunch

Friday 13 September - Lunch

Canteen Survey

Many thanks to all of you who completed the Canteen Survey. We had 100 responses, which is more than a quarter of the families at Beaumaris Primary School - brilliant result.  A summary of responses will be in next weeks newsletter.

Special Food Day - Monday 19 August

Our Term 3 Special Food Day is Fried Rice  (vegetarian/gluten free).  Order via Qkr! from Monday. This will be a BYO spoon and bowl event in accordance with our sustainability status.

Father's Day breakfast

Date:         Friday 30 August

Time:         7.30am  (breakfast served 7.30am – 8.30am)

Cost:          $6.00 per person

Invite your Dad, Grandad or someone special along to enjoy breakfast and some footy fun.  Dress in your footy gear or team colours.  Bacon and egg rolls, egg rolls and juice/water will be served. Tea and instant coffee is available or purchase from the coffee cart.

Following the breakfast we will hold our annual Footy Coin Drive, starting just after 9am.  Bring along some coins to put in your team’s bucket to make it the heaviest.  The coin drive donates funds to State Schools Relief and our World Vision sponsor child.

The morning will conclude with our teacher vs student footy match.  Please order via the Qkr! App Orders must be submitted by 8pm, Sunday 25 August. No late orders will be accepted and no orders will be taken on the day.  Apologies but gluten free options are not available.

Camp Australia


Fete reminder

A reminder that in line with our sustainability program we request that lucky bags a in paper bags please.

Level Low Downs


To tie in with the Prep's Science focus of living and non-living things, this week we had Adam from Wild Action Zoo come in to talk to us about some Australian wildlife. We got to get up close and personal with different types of animals such as; reptiles, insects, amphibians, birds and mammals. We learnt about the different habitats of these animals, their features, what they each need to survive, how they grow and change and what we can do at home to help preserve the lives of these native animals. 

Year One

The Year Ones have been particularly busy during Investigation sessions. Sewing and collage is always a popular choice.

Year Two

The Year 2 students are continuing with their Science Investigations. These students have enjoyed finding out why some objects sink or float. They have explored the concept buoyancy force and the factors it depends on. 

Year Three

This week the Year 3 students had their second science incursion for the term which was about Material Science. Students classified, discussed  and conducted experiments using different types of natural and man-made materials.

We have dived straight into poetry this term with students drafting, editing and completing a good copy of an onomatopoeia, haiku and rhyming poem. Have a look at the photos to see some of the students work.

Year Four

This week in Year 4 we have been getting our rap on in preparation for our poetry slam this Friday 9th September at 2pm. We are all so excited to showcase our creativity with you and reveal what matters to us. We have also been fortunate enough to have an incursion for our Science unit where we learnt about heat and energy and got to practice these concepts through experiments. Our follow up incursion will take place either Thursday or Friday this week which will have a focus on forces in action. In Mathematics we have concluded our multiplication strategy lessons and are introducing division. We encourage all students to continue reading every day and get excited about books, especially leading up to our book week. A highlight of our week was definitely a surprise visit from Miss Geake’s puppy, Rosie!

Year Five

Over the past week the Year 5 students have been very busy. 5H explored Parliament House & the State Library and learnt about some incredible facts. The students learnt that the library has a book worth $16 million and that you can’t actually borrow books. The students came back very exhausted from a big day of learning.

Back in the classroom we continued our focus on multiplication and division. We explored the concepts of factors, prime numbers and composite numbers. We used an activity named the Licorice Family to extend our understanding of these concepts, ask your child to tell you all about it. We also discussed the importance of knowing your multiplication and division facts in order to understand these deeper concepts. The students are encouraged to practise these facts at home with family.

We started a new topic this week in Literacy-Advertising. The students’ homework for the week was to discover six ads in the community that used some effective advertising techniques. To build on that, we explored some terrific ads created by very clever people who used humour, special effects and colour to advertise quite simple items. It turns out the people of Jeep and Chup-a-Chups know how to sell. We are currently focusing on creating our own ads through print and we’ll slowly work up to advertising with digital effects.

Remember next week is Book Fair and Book Dress up Day-we can’t wait to see the costumes.

Year Six

Year Six have had a fabulous week. Last Friday we had a lot of fun at the disco with our Prep buddies, dancing, singing and doing the conga line. Over the last few days we have also been in to the city to visit the State Library and Parliament House. We realised how interesting the library is, and that there is a $17 million book there, among many others. At Parliament House we participated in a role play where we passed a "bill" banning plastic bags. It was a lot of fun but also extremely cold!

Community News



Photo: Community Built Playground

School Information

Photo: Community Built Playground

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.



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