Billanook Biala

21 February 2020
Issue Two

'Believe In Yourself'

Principal's Message
Dates to Remember
From the Office
Upcoming School Events
Student Wellbeing
Performing Arts News
Canteen News
Community Notices
Billanook Primary School
(03) 9728 2624
270 Sheffield Road
Montrose, Victoria, 3765

Principal's Message

Curriculum Day

The school will be closed on Friday 6 March as the teachers participate in a Lilydale Network of Schools Curriculum Day.  The focus of the morning will be responding to data through a culture of curiosity with an emphasis on developing a shared culture between schools, within school teams, and within classrooms.  The afternoon session will focus on Positive Education with an emphasis on Learning to Flourish.  I am sure that our teachers and Education Support staff will get a lot out of the day. 

The Secret of Happy Children screening - Tuesday 25 February at 6:30pm

We are pleased to offer the screening of Stephen Biddulph's talk "The Secret of Happy Children". This is an engaging and enlightening talk which provides practical parenting advice that caters for children from birth to teenage years. The screening includes powerful stories, and enormous amounts of practical help to transform your parenting to better understand your children’s needs so you can help them be happy and strong. Please RSVP through the Office.  

Production Auditions – begin Wednesday 26 February

It has been fantastic to see the level of excitement in the playground as our children have been practicing their lines for the upcoming production auditions.  Students from levels 3-6 are invited to audition for main cast roles for the whole school production of ‘Pinocchio’, auditions begin on Wednesday 26 February.

2021 Enrolments

We are now taking 2021 enrolments. With many siblings starting school next year, we ask that enrolment forms are completed and handed to the school at your earliest convenience. We are conducting numerous school tours and are already receiving enrolment forms for next year.  We would like to gain an early indication of Foundation numbers for 2021.

2020 Parents' Club

On Tuesday 18 February the Parents' Club Annual General meeting was held. Office Bearer positions were allocated as follows;


Executive Committee:

President – Sam Densley

Vice President – Jacinta Schelfout 

Treasurer – Nadine Mier               

Secretary –  Brooke Stafford            

School Council Representative – Dionne Holland         


Our Parents' Club continues with strong numbers again this year.  They are looking ahead to various community events.  We thank all members of our Parents' Club for their dedication to our school.

Parent Survey about Reporting

We will be sending out a survey link via Compass this week to gather feedback about proposed improvements to the way we currently report progress against the Victorian Curriculum.  This will be a short task and we would appreciate as many parents as possible completing the survey.

English Online Testing

Children in the junior school (Foundation – Level 2) have been undertaking the English On-line Interview over the past week. This is an opportunity for our teachers to work independently with each of their children to assess their Literacy learning. This in turn leads to more targeted teaching and learning. The English Online Assessment is a Department of Education platform that is mandated for all Foundation children, at Billanook we extend its use to all junior classes so that we can better differentiate our teaching and learning.

Learning about Leaders in 607

Children in Level 6 have been learning about what makes a good leader.  They have researched prominent leaders and analysed their leadership traits.  Marley, Brooke and Deegan were excited to show off their work.  Marley researched Amelia Earhart and Brooke investigated Albert Einstein.  This learning has complimented their work in student leadership.

Supporting Anxious Children Parent's Evening Monday - 16th March 7pm 

Thank you to those who attended the Supporting Anxious Children Parent's Evening, we apologise again for having to postpone the event.  We have rescheduled this important information evening to 16 March at 7pm in the Staffroom.  

Working Bee - Friday 22 February

Working Bees are a fantastic way to meet other parents and contribute to your child's school.

Our first Working Bee for the year will be held on Friday 22nd February from 3.30pm until 6:00pm. 

Please help us clean up our school grounds ready for our  upcoming Community Welcome Evening! 

We would really appreciate your help. Afternoon tea will be served.

Dates to Remember


Friday 21st February            

  • Twilight Working Bee 3.30-6.00pm

Monday 24th February        

  • Tribes Assembly 9.00am
  • Level 3 and 4 Circus Skills Incursion

Tuesday 25th February          

  • The Secret of Happy Children Screening for Parents 6.30pm - 8.30pm

Wednesday 26th February          

  • Auditions for School Production
  • Yarra Division Swimming Carnival (selected students) Parent Consent and Payment Required Online by 11.59pm

Thursday  27th February          

  • Auditions for School Production

Friday 28th February              

  • Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund(CSEF) Application Forms due for processing of March payments


Monday 2nd March           

  • German Assembly 9.00am - Schultueten Presentation to Foundation Students
  • Yarra Division Swimming Competition (selected students)
  • Foundation students commence fulltime from 9.00am until 3.30pm
  • Level 5 & 6 District Athletics Carnival Parent Consent Required Online by 11.59pm

Tuesday 3rd March

  • Level 5 and 6 Girls Dance Incursion

Wednesday 4th March              

  • Level 1 and 2 Cultural Infusion Incursion
  • Community Open Evening - Twilight Family Picnic and Disco 5.30pm             

Thursday 5th March          

  • Level 5 and 6 District Athletics Carnival at Croydon Town Park
  • Lockdown Evacuation Drill

Friday 6th March                  

  • Network Curriculum Day - Students do not attend.

Monday 9th March              

  • Labour Day Public Holiday - Students do not attend
  • Level 3 and 4 District Athletics Parent Consent Required Online by 11.59pm

Tuesday 10th March             

  • Yarra Valley FM 99.1 Radio Show Excursion (selected level 6 students)

Thursday 12th March            

  • Level 3 and 4 District Athletics Carnival at Croydon Town Park

Friday 13th March                

  • Eastern Region Swimming  competition (selected students)

Monday 16th March

  • Assembly 9.00am

Tuesday 17th March

  • Young Leaders Day Excursion (selected students)

Wednesday 18th March

  • Level 3 and 4 Local Excursion to Montrose
  • Finance Committee Meeting 6.30pm
  • School Council Annual General Meeting 7.00pm
  • School Council Meeting 7.30pm

Monday 23rd March

  • Tribes Assembly 9.00am

Tuesday 24th March

  • Whole School Cross Country

Wednesday 25th March

  • District Tennis Day (selected students)

Friday 27th March

  • Last Day of Term One
  • Assembly 9.00am
  • End of Term Sausage Sizzle Lunch (order forms will be sent home)
  • Students dismissed early at 2.30pm


From the Office


Whole School Twilight Working Bee Reminder  

Friday 21st February -  3.30pm - 6.00pm

Just a reminder that we have reduced our working bees to only one per term. Due to this we are really needing lots of helpers for each one to ensure that we get all necessary jobs completed. 

If you haven’t already replied, that’s okay, please still consider your availability, even for a short amount of time. It doesn’t matter what year level your children are in.
We have a few important jobs to complete and we would love as many helpers as possible to get these done. 

Our major projects for this working bee are planting out a couple of garden beds and clearing furniture out of a container. Adrian (our maintenance man) will be leading these but we need several helpers to be able to complete it. We will also be doing regular jobs like, gardening, cleaning drains, collecting debris, cleaning under mats etc.
We really appreciate your support and hope to see you there!

Literacy Partners Parent Workshops CANCELLED

Please note that the LITERACY PARTNERS parent workshops scheduled to run on Wednesday, the 26th of February and  on Wednesday, the 4th and 11th of March have unfortunately had to be cancelled due to insufficient numbers.

Traffic Reminder

Please assist the traffic flow at the end of the school day by not arriving until after 3.30 and moving into the spaces vacated. Cars waiting in line make Sheffield Rd congested and cause passing traffic to make dangerous decisions.  We can all help out in this situation by moving to the parking spaces we see vacated and moving promptly along the Kiss and Go path.

Found at School - Black Garmin

We have had an older style black garmin handed in at the office. If your child or anyone you know is missing one, please contact the office.

School Attendance

In Australia schooling is compulsory for children who are 6 to 17 years old. Students are expected to attend their enrolled school  during normal school hours every day of each term. For primary school children, parents are responsible for ensuring their children attend school daily unless they are ill. It is important that children develop regular attendance habits at an early age. Daily attendance is important so students don’t fall behind socially and developmentally.
School helps:

  • maximise life opportunities for students by building education and support networks
  • develop important skills, knowledge and values that set them further learning and participation in the community
  • students make the most of life opportunities.

Children and young people who regularly attend school and complete year 12, or an equivalent qualification, have:

  • better health outcomes
  • better employment outcomes
  • higher incomes across their lives.

Is our Lollipop person the sweetest?

School Crossing Supervisor of the Year Award

Nominate your Lollipop person for the 2019/2020 School Crossing Supervisor of the year award. Jump online and complete a nomination at

Your support of this program will help ensure your School Crossing Supervisor is shown the appreciation they deserve for their commitment to the ongoing safety of our children.

Working With Children Checks For Volunteers 

A Victorian Government Working With Children Check (WWC) will be required by all adults who undertake any voluntary work at Billanook.  This means anyone working in the school canteen, helpers in the classroom, school camps, computer lab etc.


Holding a Police Check is not enough. WWC is ongoing monitoring of the criminal records of those who hold a WWC Card. Since the 30th June 2008 it is compulsory for all volunteers to provide a current WWC.


To obtain a Working With Children Check you must now apply online at To complete the application form you must have:

  • an email address, so you can contacted
  • the address of every place you have lived in the last 5 years in Australia
  • the name, postal address and phone number in Australia for each organisation you will be doing paid or volunteer child-related work for
  • a printer that will print a legible copy of the Application summary.

After filling in the online form, finalise your application at a participating Australia Post retail outlet, by presenting your   application summary, proof of identity documents and a passport quality photo. Employee WWC Check applicants need to also pay a fee. Fees are non-refundable. 

Financial Assistance - Information for Parents

Every Victorian child should have access to the world of learning opportunities that exist beyond the classroom. The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund helps ensure that no student will miss out on the opportunity to join their classmates for important, educational and fun activities. It is part of making Victoria the Education State and the Government’s commitment to breaking the link between a student’s background and their outcomes.


School camps provide children with inspiring experiences in the great outdoors, excursions encourage a deeper understanding of how the world works and sports teach teamwork, discipline and leadership. All are part of a healthy curriculum.

CSEF is provided by the Victorian Government to assist eligible families to cover the costs of school trips, camps and sporting activities.

If you hold a valid means-tested concession card or are a temporary foster parent, you may be eligible for CSEF. A special consideration category also exists for asylum seeker and refugee families. The allowance is paid to the school to use towards expenses relating to camps, excursions or sporting activities for the benefit of your child.

The annual CSEF amount per student is:
• $125 for primary school students
• $225 for secondary school students


For more information about the CSEF visit

New applicants should contact the school office to obtain a CSEF application form or download from
If you applied for the CSEF at your child's school in 2019, you do not need to complete an application form in 2020 unless there has been a change in your family circumstances.
You only need to complete an application form if any of the following changes have occurred:

  • new student enrolments; your child has started or changed schools in 2020 or you did not apply in 2019.
  • changed family circumstances; such as a change of custody, change of name, concession card number, or new siblings commencing at the school in 2020.


Upcoming School Events

The Secret of Happy Children Screening for Parents

Billanook Primary School are excited to announce the screening of Stephen Biddulph's talk "The Secret of Happy Children" on Tuesday 25th February from 6.30-8.30pm. This is an engaging and enlightening talk which provides practical parenting advice that caters for children from birth to teenage years. As a parent and educator myself I could not recommend this talk strongly enough. Please find attached a flyer for this free event. RSVPs can be sent to school with your child and will be collected at the school office.
We look forward to seeing you there,
Jessica Brown
Student Wellbeing Coordinator



Student Wellbeing

The Secret of Happy Children Screening for Parents

Billanook Primary School are excited to announce the screening of Stephen Biddulph's talk "The Secret of Happy Children" on Tuesday 25th February from 6.30-8.30pm. This is an engaging and enlightening talk which provides practical parenting advice that caters for children from birth to teenage years. As a parent and educator myself I could not recommend this talk strongly enough. Please find attached a flyer for this free event. RSVPs can be sent to school with your child and will be collected at the school office.
We look forward to seeing you there,
Jessica Brown
Student Wellbeing Coordinator




Performing Arts News

Whole School Production 2020


Monday August 24th 2020

(A– K Surnames)

Tuesday August 25th 2020

(L-Z Surnames)

Crossway Centre, East Burwood


Next Wednesday, the 26th of February, auditions will begin for any students from Levels 3-6 who are trying out for main cast roles in the whole school production of ‘Pinocchio’.

Any students who have not auditioned on Wednesday will have their audition in the following week.

For the auditions, students need to have a very good understanding of their lines and use lots of expression. 

Good luck everyone! 

Gaye Murphy

Canteen News

Classroom Cuisine Sushi in 2020

Classroom Cuisine are now using a product called Natureflex - a biodegradeable / compostable bag for their Sushi. The most expedient way for them to close it is with a taped neck - it’s that coloured tape - you might be familiar with it – you’ll often see hand bagged lollies in cellophane with it as the closer! 
Unfortunately, it’s proving a bit hard for some children to tear the bag open. Given the environmental positive, Classroom Teachers will help by having a pair of craft scissors available in the classroom to assist the children to get the bags open. 

Classroom Cuisine Online Canteen Orders

In 2020 we will continue using our online canteen service. Classroom Cuisine will provide a weekly lunch order service to Billanook families. Lunch orders will be available on WEDNESDAYS AND FRIDAYS.

All orders are placed online at  Payment is made at time of ordering through a secure banking gateway receiving both Visa and Mastercards. 


Orders can be placed online up until 8.30am on the day. Meals are then delivered to the school in approved plastic tubs with ice blocks to store the food at an appropriate temperature whilst in transit.

Attached below is a copy of the Classroom Cuisine Menu. You can choose either a 2 course or 3 course lunch. There are 30 options within each Course Menu each day.


A TWO Course Lunch costs $8.95 and a THREE Course Lunch costs $10.35, irrespective of the menu choices you make.


You will need to register on the webpage and will need to supply the school and class details (ie: FD3 or 609) to make sure they know where to deliver the lunch. You can register more than one child. You will receive a password so that all future visits to the site are quick and easy.


Community Notices












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Billanook Biala
AGM positions 2020.pdf
Classroom Cuisine Canteen Menu Term 1 2020.pdf
Literacy Partners Parent Workshops Feb 2020.pdf
The Secret of Happy Children March 2020.pdf
steve biddulph screening-The secret of happy children 2020.pdf