BRPS iNewsletter

19 March 2018
Issue Three
Principal's Report
2018 Term, Public Holiday & Event Dates
Dates - coming up...
Assistant Principal Report
Admin & Uniform Shop
Sport, Health & PE
Page 11
Premiers' Reading Challenge
Black Rock Primary School
(03) 9598 2293
71 Arkaringa Crescent
Black Rock, Victoria, 3193

Principal's Report

What a fortnight it has been since the last newsletter! Students have been involved in many events and learning experiences, from Clean Up Australia Day, Inter-school Sports, some magnificent representative efforts at District and Division swim carnivals, incursions and local excursions enhancing the curriculum, as well as the Goldstein Leaders Event.


Staff and students from across the school have created pages with valuable information about programs and tips to help parents support their child's learning. I encourage all parents to navigate to the pages past the dates and events and discover what is happening around the school.

Goldstein Leaders

Last week our school captains, Olivia, Oliver, Amelie and Nathan attended a Goldstein School Leaders event held at Brighton Town Hall. The students had discussions with the Federal member of Goldstein, Tim Wilson, as well as the Citizen of the Year, Sergeant Ferguson and the Mayor of Bayside Laurence Evans. These discussions centred around what it takes to be a leader and the key issues facing our community. The morning was thoroughly enjoyed by the students who attended and I am sure they developed a greater understanding of our community and what it takes to be a successful leader.

Education State

Over the past few weeks, you may have seen some media coverage about Education State targets.
The State Government is two years into a 10-year reform plan in schools and these targets were always ambitious.
And while results in some of the important areas like literacy and numeracy are improving others will take a little longer to turn around. It’s important to keep this in perspective and we are seeing encouraging signs that we can expect improvements against the other targets in future.
For example, last year, Victoria's primary students were Australia's top performers in six out of 10 NAPLAN areas - including both Years 3 and 5 in the most important areas, writing and numeracy. 

At our school, we have maintained overall achievement results well above state averages, and most importantly, we continue to see strong learning growth between Year 3 & Year 5. Strong learning growth is also evident from Year 5 to Year 7. 
We must remember that NAPLAN can measure improvement on a national level and the Education state targets can measure the improvement of all Victorian children, however, an equally important measure of success for us is building an inclusive, happy and resilient  community that values life-long learning and provides the opportunity for all members to engage fully in work and society  throughout their entire life.

Inner South Conference

Last week Jayne Timms, Lee Aigner and myself attended the Inner South Leadership conference. The first day was spent with educational consultant Vic Zbar, who has worked extensively in Victorian and international schools and is an expert on school improvement. The day was a strong professional learning experience that validated much of the work we are doing to improve outcomes for our students at Black Rock PS. 

The second day involved all of our year level leaders working together with a focus on building trust for effective collaboration.

Year 6 Canberra Camp

Our Year 6 students and an intrepid group of teachers headed off at first light this morning to travel to Canberra. The camp is closely linked to the curriculum and learning that takes place at school. Some of the exciting places students will visit include:

Parliament House, The Electoral Education Centre, The Australian War Memorial, The National Museum of Australia, The High Court of Australia, Royal Australian Mint, Black Mountain Tower Lookout, The Canberra International Sports & Aquatic Centre (Swim & Slide), The Australian Institute of Sport and Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre. 


Have a great week everyone.


Sam Tyndall

Acting Principal



2018 Term, Public Holiday & Event Dates


Thursday 1st February - Thursday 29 March

(2.30pm dismissal)



Monday 16 April - Friday 29 June 

(2.30pm dismissal)



Monday 16 July - Friday 21 September 

 (2.30pm dismissal)



Monday 8 October - Friday 21 December 

(1.30pm dismissal) 



  • Monday 12 March - Labour Day
  • Friday 30 March - Good Friday
  • Wednesday 25 April - ANZAC Day
  • Monday 11 June - Queen's Birthday
  • Tuesday 6 November - Melbourne Cup Day


Year 6 Canberra

March 19th-23rd


Year 5 Phillip Island

June 12th-15th


Year 4 Cave Hill Creek Sovereign Hill

July 18th-20th


Year 3 Briars

April 19th & 20th


Year 2 Sleepover

October/November TBC 


Monday November 5th (Melbourne Cup Monday) 

Student Free Day


Monday 21st, Tuesday 22nd & Wednesday 23rd May

Dates - coming up...


19th   Yer 3 Shrine Excursion

19th - 23rd   Year 6 Camp Canberra

22nd   Year 5 Melbourne History Walking Tour Excursion

22nd  Year 1 History Box Incursion

28th  Southern Metropolitan Region Swimming

29th    Final Day of Term (2.30pm Dismissal)


16th     School Resumes - Term 2 

18th     2019 Foundation Open Morning 10-11am

19th - 20th   Year 3 Briars Camp

 24th    House Cross Country Carnival

26th     Foundation Responsible Pet Ownership Incursion 2pm

27th     Casual Clothes Day Gold Coin Donation



3rd                                  2019 Foundation Open Morning 10am

7th - 18th                   Junior Intensive Swim Program

10th                               District Cross Country Carnival

15th, 16th, 17th     Year 3 & 5 NAPLAN

21st, 22nd, 23rd     Book Fair

23rd                                2019 Foundation Open Morning 10am

24th                                Year 2 History Box Incursion

25th                                Casual Clothes Day Gold Coin Donation



12th-15th   Year 5 Camp Phillip Island

15th                Year 3 Mad About Science Plants in Action Incursion

22nd               Year 3 Edendale Farm Excursion

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


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     


11th              District Athletics Carnival

21st               Final Day of Term (2.30pm Dismissal)


8th                  School Resumes - Term 4

Assistant Principal Report

The World's Greatest Shave... 

 Done And Dusted
This year, there have been many Black Rock Primary School students who have participated in the ‘World’s Greatest Shave’ by shaving, cutting and dying their hair to raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation.
To raise money  for this event, we formed the ‘Brave Shave Team’. Our team consisted of Lily, Kaisha, Charly, Coco, Lydia and Carla.
Our team’s inspiration was from a former Black Rock student named Ellie. When we were in Prep, Ellie (who was in year five at the time) shaved her hair for the same cause. Ever since then we have been inspired, and this year, we gathered up our courage to participate.
On Friday the 16th of March, in front of the whole school, we cut and shaved our hair for the Leukaemia Foundation. It was nerve wracking but worth it!
We have realised how much support we have and appreciate everyone’s help with making this happen. As a team, we have raised just over $4500 with your help. This will now go to help Leukaemia sufferers and support them both mentally and physically.

We hope that we have inspired some younger students from Black Rock who will one day follow in our footsteps just like we did with Ellie.

Well done to everyone who has gotten involved. It’s for a great cause!
‘It’s just hair, it doesn’t define you. Go ahead and give it a go. Who cares,’ we encourage.
By Lily, Kaisha and Charly on behalf of all members of the Brave Shave Team

Congratulations to Arabella who also raised over $600 for the Leukemia foundation.  You might see Arabella and her bright pink hair at school!

Thanks also to Harrison who who baked some delicious goodies for the staff to purchase,  with money donated to the World's Greatest shave.  Harrison, sporting his newly shaved head said it was "A bit cold" as he boarded the bus  to Canberra this morning. 


Kiss and Go Zone. 

We now have a "kiss and go" zone in Arkaringa Cresent. This area is for parents who would like to quickly drop off their family, ideally without getting out of the car. There is a 2 minute parking restriction, hopefully this will help with the traffic flow around the school at busy times.

Kiss and Go 


Easter Bonnet parade

Our Easter Bonnet Parade is on Thursday 29th March at 9.15  come and watch the fantastic bonnets on display  in our parade. We will draw the Easter raffle and there may even be a very special visitor or two. All welcome.


Coles Sports for Schools

Last call for  the Coles Sports For School program. Thank you for your support. We will be looking forward to ordering some new sports equipment soon.  send all tickets to school before the end of term.


Big Fun Fair Fete
13 October 2018

Calling all interested parents!  We are asking for any parents, grandparents or  friends who would like to join our Big Fun Fair Fete committee. 

Please see Jayne Timms.

Admin & Uniform Shop


Fees are now due and payable. Please log onto Compass and select your preferred payment option. 



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: 



Thursday 8.45am-9.30am


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.


Please be careful when ordering uniform as we can only  exchange items.

Unfortunately we cannot give refunds.


Judy Agnew, Adriana Griffiths & Karen Coates



We are currently collecting the vouchers from Coles for the Sports for Schools program. They can be placed in the box at the Office window until the end of term. Thank you to everyone who have been diligently collecting the vouchers so we can get as much new sporting equipment for our students. 

School Hours

Class Times

9.00am - 11.00am

11.30am - 1.00pm 

2.00pm - 3.30pm


Break Times

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. 


From the Year Six Wellbeing Committee...

A new student-leadership committee has been created at BRPS, and its name is the Wellbeing Committee. The school made this role because wellbeing is important at Black Rock Primary and the teachers love the children's input into ideas and programs that impact on student's time at school.


So what did we do to join the committee? First of all we had to write a letter of interest to the leading teachers: Mr Gianforte, Miss Tyrell and Ms Dibbs. You needed to hand in your letter within 10 days, then wait for a response from the leading teachers. We are so proud and excited to be on the committee and that we were chosen as the best candidates to for this leadership role. The members are Emily, Carys, Alex, Aidan, Dane, Kai, Angus and Beau. 


Last week at lunchtime on Wednesday we had our first meeting as a committee. We discussed what we could do for wellbeing in BRPS and how we could make the school a better place. We received our first task, this term's wellbeing homework, and everyone had some great ideas. Some things we may be doing this year are organising and running all sorts of activities and events, wellbeing homework once a term , wellbeing day, the wellbeing section of the newsletter, learning how to make our school a better place and many more things. We are very excited about working with the teachers and other students to promote wellbeing for all in our school.


Aidan & Emily :) 



Sport, Health & PE

District and Division Swimming Carnival – Black Rock PS Swim Team

On March 6th our top performers from the Black Rock House Swimming Carnival competed at the 2018 District Swimming Carnival at Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre.


Each swimmer demonstrated advanced skill and determination, which in the end resulted in Black Rock Primary School finishing 3rd overall. Some key performances that we would like to mention are.


1st Girls 12yr 50m Breast Stroke

  • Clea Mumford                          

1st Boys 10yr 50m Butterfly

  • Rowan Mackenzie                 

1st Girls 11yr 50m Freestyle Relay

  • Coco Haesner                         
  • Mackenzie Nowak
  • Lydia Storey
  • Stella Sakalas

1st Girls 12yr 50m Freestyle Relay

  • Jordyn Dobbyn                       
  • Clea Mumford
  • Shylo Lothian
  • Emma Mackenzie

 2nd Girls 10yr 50m Breast Stroke

  • Zoe Becker                             

2nd Girls 11yr 50m Breast Stroke

  • Coco Haesner                        


2nd Boys 12yr 50m Breast Stroke

  • Oliver Fitt                                

2nd Girls 11yr 50m Butterfly

  • Mackenzie Nowak                 

2nd Boys 12yr 50m Freestyle Relay

  • Ashton Hooper                       
  • Xavier Wells
  • Oliver Fitt
  • Alex Fairweather

3rd Girls 11yr 50m Freestyle

  • Mackenzie Nowak                  

3rd Boys 12yr 50m Butterfly

  • Xavier Wells                             

3rd Boys 10yr 50m Breastroke

  • Caleb Stewart                         

3rd Girls 12yr 50m Butterfly

  • Amika Linstrom                     

 3rd Boys 10yr 50m Freestyle Relay

  • Finn Wells                                 
  • Jesse Jovetic
  • Lucas Eadie
  • Rowan Mackenzie

3rd Girls Open Medley Relay

  • Clea Mumford                         
  • Jordyn Dobbyn
  • Mackenzie Nowak
  • Coco Haesner

3rd Boys Open Medley Relay

  • Jake Rowse                           
  • Xavier Wells
  • Ashton Hooper
  • Oliver Fitt


Those who finished first in their events then went on to compete at the “Kingston Division Swimming Carnival” at GESAC on Thursday the 15th of March. There were some tremendous performances on the day with some spectacular results. The results were as follows:


1st Girls 12yr 50m Freestyle Relay

  • Jordyn Dobbyn                       
  • Clea Mumford
  • Shylo Lothian
  • Emma Mackenzie

 2nd Girls 11yr 50m Freestyle Relay

  • Coco Haesner                         
  • Mackenzie Nowak
  • Lydia Storey
  • Stella Sakalas

4th Girls 12yr 50m Breast Stroke

  • Clea Mumford                         

 4th Boys 10yr 50m Butterfly

  • Rowan Mackenzie                 

A fantastic performance by all the swimmers! For those who finish first in their race, we wish them all the best as they go on to compete at the “Southern Metropolitan Regional Swimming Carnival” on Wednesday the 28th of March.



Go Yachts!!!


John Fox


Physical Education Coordinator



How to Help Create a Positive Attitude Towards Maths at Home

Maths as a subject can bring about an array of feelings in all of us. As parents/carers your opinion and feelings towards Maths can shape how your child views Maths and their capabilities. Students with a fixed mindset are those who are more likely to give up easily, whereas students with a growth mindset are those who keep going even when work is hard, and who are persistent. As a school, we have been focusing on creating a growth mindset in Maths. In order for this to be effective, it is important that both teachers and parents/carers are using the same language to provide a consistent approach to Maths. The following  information can assist you in providing your child with practical examples that can help them connect to real world examples; therefore assisting to make learning deeper and richer, as well as some positive language to assist with promoting a growth mindset.

Advice for Parents from Professor Jo Boaler (a leader in growth mindset research) 



Introducing the Green Team for 2018

We are beyond excited to be introducing the new Green Team for 2018. These are the passionate students who have put themselves forward to spearhead sustainability focused initiatives as well as be the leaders in changing our whole school culture. Each of these Year Five and Six students wrote an expression of interest to demonstrate why they would be perfect for the role and we were blown away. The students who will be leading this year are: Lily, Tilly, Tamsin, Isabella, Femi and Archie from Year Six, as  well as Georgia, Isabella, Anna K, Anna S, Charly, Alice, Yasmin, Bella, Lily, Tahlee, Oliver and Jan from Year Five. 

Here are some examples of the letters these students wrote.


The Beeswax Club

Hey I'm Bella and I'm Georgia. We are members from the new Green Team for 2018. On Wednesday the 21st and 28th of February the Year Sixes came together and learnt how to make Beeswax wraps. Soon after that the Year Fives came in to learn from the Year Sixes about how to make them. They are a great replacement for plastic and can be used in a Nude Food lunchbox. We first pick a piece of cotton and used bees wax and other ingredients to create the wraps. After we put them in the oven. It was heaps of fun and we look forward to teaching the rest of the school how to make their very own wrap.


Clean Up Australia

On Friday the 2nd of March Black Rock Primary School will be involved with Clean Up Australia.  A big thank you to the Year Five Green Team members who helped teach all the students the difference between rubbish and recyclable material so that the afternoon can run smoothly. 

Tomorrows' Leaders for Sustainability 

The Black Rock Green Team has been offered a special opportunity to participate in the Tomorrows' Leaders for Sustainability (TLfS) Program. Its mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for sustainability leadership, personal growth and career success. We cannot wait to see how our Green Team grows as leaders of sustainability in our school and the wider community. 

Compost Update

The  compost program at Black Rock Primary School is growing with new bins being organised due to our hopes of expanding the number of classes that are able to contribute to the compost. Two bins have now been used to fertilise our gardens.

Fun Fact!

Every metric dry ton of food that goes to a landfill may generate .25 metric tons of methane in the first 120 days. Therefore, composting this food waste would reduce emissions by the equivalent of up to 6 metric tons of CO2. Hooray for compost!


Community News




Premiers' Reading Challenge

Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge

The Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge is now open and Black Rock Primary is excited to be participating.


The Challenge is open to all Victorian children from birth to Year 10 in recognition of the importance of reading for literacy development. It is not a competition; but a personal challenge for children to read a set number of books by 7th September 2018.


Children from Foundation to Year Two are encouraged to read or ‘experience’ 30 books with their parents and teachers. Children from Year Three to Year Ten are challenged to read 15 books.


All children who would like to participate will be given a username and password by their classroom teacher. Each child is then expected to log on to the Premiers’ Reading Challenge website at home and register each of the books they have read. Children should alert their classroom teacher once they have registered each book, as the classroom teacher can then verify each book on the website.


If your child meets the challenge, they will receive a certificate of achievement signed by the Victorian Premier and can choose to have their name included on the online Honour Roll. If you would like your child‘s name to appear on the Honour Roll, please refer to a previous post on Compass or see your child's classroom teacher.


To read the Premier’s letter to parents, view the booklists and for more information about the Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge, visit:


Happy Reading!




BRPS iNewsletter
Expressions of interest.pdf