12 October 2017
Term 4, 2017 - Issue 1
Principal's Report
Upcoming Dates/Events
General School News
Year 3 Zoo Excursion
Year 5 & 6 News
'Unwrapped' Food Days  
Calligraphy Competition
Mathletics - September
Uniform Shop News
Fete Committee Needs You!
Junior Disco!
SunSmart Measures
Do You Know?
Interview - Nicole La Gerche
Interview with a BNPS Volunteer
Our Wonderful Volunteers
Online Consent - Compass
Screen Time for Kids
Mental Health Matters 
2017 School Dates
General Information
Important School Rules
Beaumaris North Primary School
(03) 9589 5449
Wood Street
Beaumaris, Victoria, 3193

Principal's Report


Welcome to Term 4!

Welcome to Term 4 and I do hope that all families have had an enjoyable holiday. Finally our Melbourne weather has begun to improve and hopefully the health and wellbeing of our community members is now also on the improve.

Our NEW website

Throughout Term 3, Shannon Hewlett (PR/Communications Manager) spent many hours rebuilding our website which went live over the school holidays.  I would like to sincerely thank Nicki and Alistair Lloyd for providing their expert WordPress advice and support throughout this time.

Thank you also to Carrie Dennis for providing images for our 'Parent Information' page and to Suzi Appel for taking professional photos for the website banners. The new modern website is mobile friendly, has a search facility and includes lots of photos to showcase our wonderful school.


Please take a few minutes to visit our new website: http://beaumarisnorthps.vic.edu.au/

and email Shannon at [email protected]

if you have any comments or feedback.

Amphitheatre Update

During the term break the Amphitheatre has taken shape.  The rubberized surface at the rear of the structure has been laid and on Saturday 6 October, the sail was installed.  There is still some electrical work to be completed as well as additional landscaping to the rear. 

The construction of the Amphitheatre has been made possible by funds raised at our 2016 School Fete. I would like to sincerely thank Glen King for the countless hours devoted to the planning, designing and dedication to this project as it would not have been possible without his ongoing support and endless phone calls to the architect, landscaper and builder, as well as the ongoing liaison with the manufacturer of the sail. Glen has freely given of his time to ensure that the project has been completed in time for our 2017 Carols Evening. I would also like to thank all members of the 2016 Fete Committee for their initial vision in suggesting this new school facility.  The BNPS staff and students are now eagerly awaiting for the fencing to be removed so that we can use this structure.

Newsletter Format

Our new newsletter format appears to be extremely popular and well received by members of our school community. The inclusion of videos has meant that we can now highlight school activities and events directly via your handheld device. I would like to sincerely thank Nicole Rainsbury and Shannon Hewlett for bringing our newsletter together. It is extremely pleasing to see the average read time of our newsletter has increased from 6.44 minutes to 26.71 minutes on average (up to 50+ minutes in our editions with lots of photos and videos!). It is also pleasing to see the number of unique readers who are accessing our newsletter.


New Wellbeing Room

I would like to thank Vanessa Tyrer who has spent many hours at school throughout the school holidays painting and organising our new Wellbeing Room. I would also like to thank the many parents who have assisted Vanessa with this project. Vanessa has not only undertaken the hard physical work associated with the preparation of this room but has also been busy exploring avenues for funds and donations to enable us to outfit this facility. Vanessa has secured funds from Kiwanis and Rotary, and the school has allocated proceeds from the Farmers Market towards the purchase of furniture and lighting for this room.


The Wellbeing Room, often referred to as a Sensory Room, will provide a calming space for students who may feel overwhelmed by the buzz of the ordinary classroom.

Our New Staff Member

This term we welcome Hailey Paynter, Teacher Assistant, who will be working in Year 4.


2018 Planning

One of the important tasks in Term 4 is the planning for the 2018 school year.  Our 2018 class structure, specialist programs and staffing requirements are finalised this term. It is therefore extremely important that you notify the Office if your child will not be returning next year -[email protected] or 9589 5449. 


Sherril Duffy













Upcoming Dates/Events











Saturday 14 October

Beaumaris Farmers Market (8.00am - 1.00pm)


Monday 16 October

Year 6 Metro Trains Visit


Wednesday 18 October

Year 4 Camp

2018 Prep Transition (9.30 - 10.45am)

Year 2 Community Walk (9.30am - 12pm)

Parents & Friends Meeting (7.30 - 8.30pm)


Friday 20 October

Year 6 Graduation Photo (9am)

Ladies Spring  Carnival Luncheon (11.30am - 3pm)


Monday 23 October

Year 5 Camp

Prep & Year 1 Swimming Program Commences

(23, 25, 27, 30 October & 1, 3 November)

Y6 Graduation Information Evening (6 - 7pm)


Tuesday 24 October

Class Rep Meeting (9.00am)


Wednesday 25 October

School Council Meeting


Friday 27 October

Uniform Shop Open (3 - 3.45pm)


Tuesday 7 November

Melbourne Cup Day (Public Holiday)


Wednesday 8 November

First Aid (Prep - Year 6)

Year 1 Japanese Incursion


Thursday 9 November

First Aid (Prep - Year 6)

Year 2 Japanese Incursion


Friday 10 November

Remembrance Day Service

Uniform Shop Open (3 - 3.45pm)


Saturday 11 November

Beaumaris Farmers Market (8.00am - 1.00pm)


Monday 13 November

Year 6 Camp


Wednesday 15 November

Prep Aquarium Excursion


Wednesday 22 November

School Council Meeting


Thursday 23 November

Open Classrooms (9.10 - 9.50am)

Year 6 Scienceworks Excursion


Friday 24 November

Whole-school Head Lice Check (9.00 - 10.30am)

Year 6 Japanese Incursion

Senior Disco (Year 3 - 6)


Wednesday 29 November

2018 Prep Orientation (9.30 - 10.45am)

Instrumental Music Program Soiree (6.20 - 7.20pm & 7.30 - 8.30pm)


Thursday 30 November

Instrumental Music Program Soiree (6.20 - 7.20pm & 7.30 - 8.30pm)


Friday 1 December

Uniform Shop Open (3 - 3.45pm)


Wednesday 6 December

School Council Meeting


Friday 8 December

BNPS Carols Night


Saturday 9 December

Beaumaris Farmers Market (8.00am - 1.00pm)


Tuesday 12 December

Year 6 Orientation Day

Year 3 Junior Choir Visit (2pm, Seaside Manor)


Wednesday 13 December

Singing Recital (6.30pm, MPR)


Tuesday 19 December

Year 6 Graduation


Thursday 21 December

Year 6 Big Day Out


Friday 22 December

Last Day of School for 2017 (1.30pm dismissal)



Saturday 24 March



Tuesday 7 August

BNPS Concert





General School News

Term 4 Public Holiday & Term Dates

Students are not required at school on Tuesday 7 November (Melbourne Cup Day) – please note that Monday 6 November is NOT a pupil-free day – classes will be running as usual.

The last day of school for 2017 is Friday 22 December (early dismissal at 1.30pm). Students commence the 2018 school year on Tuesday 30 January (teachers commence on Monday 29 January). 

Carols Evening -  
Friday 8 December (6.15 - 7.30pm)

Now that we have our new Amphitheatre, it will be delightful to have our Carols Evening as the first major event. All students will participate and perform an item as well as the Senior Choir, Junior Choir and Seahorse Singers. The classes will start to prepare their items after the Cup Weekend. Please put this date in your diary as the children love their parents and especially grandparents (if they are available), to attend. We encourage an alcohol free event. More information to come. Sandy Davies, Music Teacher

Spring Carnival Luncheon Update

Thank you to those who have bought tickets to our Spring Carnival Luncheon next Friday (20 October). Please note, you will NOT be issued tickets for this event as all names will be on a door list. If you did not indicate any special dietary requirements when purchasing your ticket, please email Shae Langford-Jones by this weekend: [email protected] 

Unfortunately the charity Team Sports 4 All has had to withdraw from speaking at the Luncheon. We are pleased however, to now be able to offer our support to Family Life (located near Sandringham Hospital on Bluff Road). Family Life support many disadvantaged Bayside families and we look forward to hearing about the difference they make to  people’s lives.


Walk to School - October

Friendly reminder that for the month of October, BNPS is participating in the VicHealth ‘Walk to School’ program which encourages primary school children to walk, ride or scoot to and from school throughout October, to help them get the 60 minutes of physical activity they need each day.

Happy walking, riding or scooting!

Earn & Learn Update!

Thank you to everyone who collected Earn & Learn stickers for BNPS - a total of 36,900 stickers (615 sheets) were received - an amazing amount! We have registered our total and are now awaiting authorisation to place our order for science equipment which should arrive in January 2018.


Thank you again to Bernadette Gooda for co-ordinating this program on our behalf!

Sophie Taking Action!

Sophie K (6A) sold her left over chocolate pizzas from the Mini Fete on the weekend after the event and raised another $50 for our chosen charities! No doubt your customers enjoyed the entertainment you were offering with your new accordion Sophie - we are very proud of you!


Year 3 Zoo Excursion

Year 3 - Zoo Excursion

On Tuesday the Year 3 students visited the Melbourne Zoo to complement their current Unit of Inquiry 'Sharing the Planet' -  we are looking at how various environmental factors contribute to the survival of different species. 


We had a great time exploring the zoo and looking at the different animals. We looked at five endangered species in particular, the Helmeted Honey Eater, the Philippine Crocodile, the Corroboree Frog, the Lord Howe Stick Insect and the Australian Fur Seal. It was very interesting finding out about why these animals are endangered and how we can help raise awareness in our community. We had many knowledgeable students who shared what they knew with the Zoo staff!


We are looking forward to looking at several endangered species during class time and environmental conditions that are effecting their survival


Here's what the students had to say!


On Tuesday 10th October we went to the Melbourne Zoo. There were lots of cute animals. We learnt that people thought the Lord Howe stick insect was extinct, but actually there are still some around.


We also learnt that when you pat a turtle on its shell, it can still feel it because a turtle’s shell is made from keratin which is the same thing your hair and nails is made of.


The zoo keepers talked about 5 particular endangered species that were local legends. They were the Helmeted Honey Eater, the Lord Howe stick insect, the Philippines crocodile, the Australian Fur Seal, and the Corroboree Frog. We talked about how we can help these animals and raise awareness in the community about endangered species. We can help by not using plastic bags, recycle more, stop cutting down creatures habitats and talk about these issues with our families. We had a great day. Our favourite animals were the koalas, the seals and penguins and the meerkats.

By Haeley and Lucia  3D


On October the 10th we went to the Melbourne Zoo and we went there to see five species and they called them Five Local Legends.


The local legends were the Lord Howe Island Stick Insect, the Australian Fur Seal, The Philippine Crocodile, the Southern Corroboree Frog and the Helmeted Honeyeater.  The first animal we saw was the Helmeted Honeyeater. Their special feature is that they have horns that look like a helmet.


The Helmeted Honeyeater is endangered because people keep cutting down trees. We can all help the Helmeted Honeyeater by using recycled toilet paper.

By Deacon  3A










Year 5 & 6 News

Year 5 and 6 Green Hat Workshop

Yesterday the Year 5 and 6 students participated in the Green Hat Mathematics/Science Workshop focusing on forces and movement. Whilst engaged and having fun using the Green Hat planks to build extreme structures, the students built on skills such as speaking and listening - negotiation, compromise, resilience, problem solving, engineering, team building, group co-operation and fine motor-skill development AND  mathematics concepts - shape, space, symmetry, patterning and ratios, balance and spatial literacy.


There were many interesting structures built, some more than two metres high and some even enclosing students!


If you would like to learn more about the Green Hat Workshops or would like to buy a tub of the planks please head to: 



Year 5 Bike Education

We would like to thank all the parents who volunteered to help with the Year 5 Bike Ed program this year.  The final response to requests for help was fantastic - we even had extra helpers which was a bonus! We are lucky to have such dedicated parents at our school.


The children were taken through various riding activities over two days in the local streets around the school.  We covered riding skills and road rules to help make them safer riders. Students were then individually assessed in an 'On-Road Test' to gauge their ability as safe riders on the road.


We could not have run the program without the time these parents generously gave to our program.  Thanks to all who helped, we couldn’t have done it without you. Your help was much appreciated.


Debbie O’Brien and the Year 5 Teachers






'Unwrapped' Food Days  

Our 'Unwrapped Food Days' were a great success! With all the data collected and the efforts from the Year 5 Eco Warriors, JSC and Sustainability Captains, we entered our results into the Young Scientist of The Year Awards - please see our entry below!

Topic Question

“How can Primary Schools implementing Unwrapped Days at school positively affect the school environment and reduce Australia’s impact on packaging waste?”

Overview of our Investigation

This year we have been looking at how to reduce the rubbish in our suburbs by doing clean ups at Rickett’s Point Marine to try and reduce the amount of rubbish in the marina. For part of the year five’s inquiry unit of natural disasters we studied what happens when helium balloons fly up into the sky and what impacts plastic has on the environment. The year five Junior School Captains (JSC) had been hearing about pollution and the amount of plastic in the ocean from BTN (Behind The News) and decided to do something such as Unwrapped Food Days at school. It connects to sustainability as we are trying to reduce the amount of rubbish in our school.

Our Scientific Report Booklet


To see if implementing Unwrapped Food Days at BNPS could reduce our food packaging waste and therefore our impact on the environment.


We hypothesised that we would reduce nearly all the rubbish in our bins.


Metre ruler, Recording table, Bins and Pen


  1. Collect baseline data from the oval bin, the horseshoes bin and all of the bins in ‘B’ classrooms
  2.  Measure the level of rubbish in the bins on a normal school day before we start the Unwrapped Food Days.
  3. Measure the level of rubbish in the bins on Unwrapped Food Days
  4. Find the average amount of rubbish in each bin from the data collected on Unwrapped Food Days


Prep - Year 2

Year 3 - 6

Oval & Horseshoe Area

Average of collection results from Baseline data and Unwrapped Food Days



We observed an overall reduction in the amount of rubbish on Unwrapped Days compared to our baseline data. However, there were some days that the amounts were slightly higher but this could have been because there was other rubbish put in the bins other than food rubbish. To make our data more accurate next time, we would supply a different bin to separate the food and class rubbish.


Our overall result was the same as we predicted. We predicted that we would reduce most of the rubbish and it did reduce on average by 32.67cm. We think this is because the JSC were very good at promoting Unwrapped Day and it wasn’t too hard to pack an unwrapped lunch. We also think it helped that the parents supported us.


Other things that impacted the results were people remembering to bring unwrapped lunches, people loving the environment and other rubbish in the bins like project work. We think it should be something we continue because it will make our environment healthier, better to live in and over all nicer.


By Archie, Lois, Sam, Mikaely, Ruby, Alex, Kate, Ashton, Imogen, Michael, Dan & Giselle 

Calligraphy Competition

Japanese - Term 2

Last term, children from Year 1 - 6 participated in a Japanese Calligraphy contest organised by JLTAV (Japanese Language Teachers’ Association of Victoria) and they did very well! They spelled 'THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART' in Hiragana characters. Congratulations to the following students!



Mei W, Veronica S and Tyler K


Matilda W, Daniel A and Yianni S 


Deacon M, Ben B and Tokoa B


Kayen A, Georgia N and Archie P



Samuel L,  Charlotte L and Sarah R



Alana L, Nick Y and Amelie H

Their writing (Top 3 of each year level) are now displayed in the special cabinet near the main office.


Koji sensei


Division Athletics - 11 October, 2017

Yesterday 18 students from BNPS represented the Seaside District at Duncan McKinnon. All of the students performed exceptionally well and should be proud of their efforts. It is always an honour and great experience to compete at this level as many of the students are state level athletes.


The following students finished either 1st or 2nd in their events and will now proceed to the Regional Championships to be held next Thursday (October 19). Congratulations to:

  • Aiden L  (1500m, 800m, 100m Relay)
  • Holly N (1500m )
  • Jake D ( 80m Hurdles, 800m)
  • Tyson A  (80m Hurdles, 100m Relay)
  • Luca S (80m Hurdles)
  • Ted C (200m, Triple Jump, 100m Relay)
  • John M ( High Jump )
  • Ben S  ( 100m Relay)

We wish all of our qualifying students the best of luck in their Regional Pursuits!!




Mathletics - September

Congratulations to the following students who earned at least 5000 Participation Points during September – some on more than one occasion!

  • Alexandra I (3B) – 5537
  • Alfred K (3A) – 5112
  • Amelia H (1B) – 9671
  • Anika M-W (3B) – 5014
  • Charlotte R (5A) – 11,034
  • Daniel K (3B) – 5132
  • Flynn J (1D) – 10,082
  • Flynn J (1D) – 6199
  • George T (2C) – 5036
  • George T (2C) – 5094
  • Harrison R (3A) – 5499
  • Isabella M (6B) – 5052
  • Jordan T (2C) – 7197
  • Josh N (2D) – 10,552
  • Josh N (2D) – 11 552
  • Joshua N (2D) – 11,943
  • Joshua N (2D) – 5755
  • Liam B-H (1D) – 10,244
  • Liam BH (1D) – 7089
  • Lilly S (3A) – 5052
  • Lucas S (1D) – 10,046
  • Lucas S (1D) – 6207
  • Matilda M (1D) – 8384
  • Millie S (PA) – 8 028
  • Natalia H (5A) – 5000
  • Natalia H (5A) – 5200
  • Natalia H (5A) – 5082
  • Natalia H (5A) – 5800
  • Piotr M (PD) – 5040
  • Piotr M (PD) – 5160
  • Piotr M (PD) – 5270
  • Sachi H (3B) – 5150
  • Zac C (3B) – 6959

The following students were the lucky recipients of the weekly Super Mathlete Trophy:

  • Flynn J (1D)
  • Alfred K (3A)
  • Jordan T (2C)
  • Charlotte R (5A)

Classes 1D, 3A, 3B (twice!) and 3D topped the Mathletics Awards with the most certificates.


Well done everybody!


Students who earn at least 5000 Participation Points go into the running to take hold of the Super Mathlete Trophy which they get to enjoy for seven days in class. Every child who achieves 1000 Participation Points or more in a week is celebrated in their classroom!


For more information on Mathletics, please see:  








Uniform Shop News

Term 4 Afternoon Openings

Following parent feedback, as a trial we will be opening the Uniform Shop for three afternoons in Term 4 :

  • Friday 27 October 3 - 3.45pm
  • Friday 10 November 3 - 3.45pm
  • Friday 1 December 3 - 3.45pm

Please note we will not be open in the morning on these days. 

If you'd like the afternoon openings to continue you will need to come along to make your purchases!

Second Hand Stock

We currently have a large offering of second hand girls summer dresses (all sizes available - $20). Be quick they always sell out fast at this time of year!

Please note that second hand items are only available to purchase when the Uniform Shop is open (not available to order via Qkr).

Paying for Uniforms by Qkr in the Shop

If you are in the Uniform Shop and wish to pay for your items via Qkr,  you do NOT need to select the individual items you are purchasing from the 'Uniform' section, you simply pay the total dollar amount under Qkr > Uniform > Flexible Payments. If you select the individual items, an order will be generated and filled by our volunteers meaning you will receive your items twice! For example, if you are in the Uniform Shop and would like to purchase 2 x Short Sleeve polos @ $26 each ($52), simply go to Qkr > Uniform > Flexible Payments and type the amount of $52 then show the Uniform Shop volunteer your receipt!


Thank you to the parents who have sent back duplicate orders with a lovely note - we really appreciate it! Please email Annie if you have any queries :

[email protected]

Sibling Uniforms - Prep 2018 

We have a high number of siblings starting Prep in 2018. If you are planning on taking advantage of the convenient Qkr ordering and delivery of uniforms to your current child's classroom, please ensure you do this no later than 9am on Wednesday 29 November. This will enable us to ensure that we have the correct quantity of stock available so that your Preppie is all decked out and ready for school!


If your order is placed after this date, we may not be able to guarantee supply until the start of 2018.

Would you like to help?

The Uniform Shop loves to welcome new volunteers - if you would like to get involved and are available from 8.45 - 9.45am on Wednesdays or Fridays, please email Annie Thomas (Uniform Shop Co-ordinator) at: 

[email protected] 


A full induction is provided prior to your first shift and you can do one shift or as many as you can manage. We would love to hear from you!


Fete Committee Needs You!

Our biggest fundraiser only comes around once every two years and March 24, 2018 is our next Fete! It's the combined effort of our parent community, the staff and the support from local businesses that make our fetes so successful and enjoyable. All funds raised go directly to exciting projects within the school which in the past has included Sherril's Shed, refreshing our play and sporting areas, buying much needed equipment and more recently, the amphitheatre.


The Fete Committee (consisting of parents and staff) to drive the planning and organisation is absolutely a team effort and the 2018 Fete Committee needs you! We are calling for volunteers to join the Committee - no prior fete experience necessary, just a positive and fun attitude. Being part of the Fete Committee is fun, fun, fun! Not only do you get your creative juices flowing but working with the team, you build friendships that will span a lifetime.


We currently have vacancies in two key areas, and are looking for one or two people to take on each these fully supported roles:

  • Entertainment – to organise our great acts for the day
  • Raffle & Silent auction – to organise and collate generous donations from local businesses

If you think you can help, or would like to know a little bit more, please contact Melissa Joy (Fete Convenor) at [email protected]


Thanks in advance!







Junior Disco!

A Huge Success!

Thank you again to Sally Powell, Claire Nicholls, Bernadette Gooda and Helen Moore for organising the Junior Disco - it was a HUGE success! Thank you also to the many parents who assisted on the night!



Year 1


Year 2


SunSmart Measures

Remember No Hat, No Play!

Beaumaris North Primary School has a ‘No Hat, No Play’ policy from 1 September until the end of April. Please click on the link below for additional SunSmart measures for your child to follow whilst at school.

Please note that teachers are not expected to apply sunscreen to students however we have strategies in place to remind children to apply sunscreen before they go outside such as posters around the school (see photo below). Daily sun protection times and weather details are available from the SunSmart widget on the homepage of our website. You might also like to download the free SunSmart app.


  • Choose SPF 30 (or higher) broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen.
  • Make sure it is within its use-by date and is stored below 30 degrees.
  • It is best to apply a generous amount of sunscreen to any exposed skin around 20 minutes before going outdoors.
  • Sunscreen should be reapplied every two hours even if the stated level of water resistance is 4 hours. 


Do You Know?

Do you know who teaches who in Music?


Mrs Jo Ratten - Prep, Year 1, 2A, 2B, 3A & 3D


Mrs Jennifer Barnard - 2D, 2C, 3B & 3C


Mrs Sandra Davies - Year 4, 5 & 6

Do you know that our next 'open classroom' opportunity is scheduled for Thursday 23 November (9.10 - 9.50am)?

This is an opportunity for you to visit the classrooms so you can observe your child’s learning on a ‘usual’ school day – you may choose to come for all or just part of the time.





Interview - Nicole La Gerche

By  Campbell & Charlie (3C)

Have you always been an Art teacher?

No, I originally started teaching Grade 2 but I have taught all year levels along the way - I also taught grade 4 & 5 in Arnhem Land for 4 years.


Do you like art?

Yes!!!  I love art, it is my passion. I especially love teaching art as all students come in ready to learn.

Apart from art, what is your favourite hobby?

I recently took up running and I am really enjoying it!

How long have you been teaching for?

A very long time, it is probably around 16 years.

What primary school did you go to?

I went to a few, I started at Cheltenham Primary School then I moved here to BNPS then I finished my primary years in Darwin.

Do you have any pets?

Yes, a boxer called Rocky - he is so big he walks me!

What is your favourite type of art?

Oh there are so many different types, but I do love Indigenous art from all over the world!

Do you know any Artists personally?

Yes, I do, my Dad is a famous Artist so I grew up as a child around many different Artists. I remember painting on the bottom of a lot of my Dads artwork!

What is your favourite TV show?

At the moment Outlanders and any new series that comes out on Netflix.

What is your favourite food?

I love an Indian curry!!


Interview with a BNPS Volunteer

Bernadette Gooda


Why do you volunteer at BNPS?

It brings me joy and makes me feel great that I can contribute in some way to the school community.

What year level are your children in?

Year 4 and Year 2.

What roles have you volunteered for during your time at BNPS?

During the almost 5 years at this school, I have undertaken canteen duty, class reading, fete stall work, school disco assistance, and recently stuck down thousands of stickers! I’m also on the OSHC sub-committee.

What is your background/current role (outside of BNPS!)?

I work in the construction and property development industry.

What do you do during your free time?

Read a book, watch a movie with my girls, walk along the beach, eat out and discover new foods with my girls.

What’s the best thing about BNPS?

It’s ever evolving and acceptance that change as inevitable. It’s a school that sources out trending education tools, which is a sign of resilience. The school community is very strong and has many levels for opportunity for personal contribution and involvement. It’s not just one thing, it’s a combination of parts that fit well together and just work well.

Our Wonderful Volunteers

New Uniform Shop Photos!

We would like to thank Mandy Davids for the fabulous new uniform photos she recently took. They illustrate the uniform and new grounds on Reserve Rd superbly. Mandy volunteered her time and expertise and it is greatly appreciated.


The new photos can be seen around the school in the foyer, Uniform Shop and on the website!


Student Banking

A BIG thank you to Bridget Stickland for processing all of our student banking each week on behalf of our families!

For more information on this program, please see: http://beaumarisnorthps.vic.edu.au/banking/






Online Consent - Compass

As announced in the 31 August edition of Waves, from Term 4, hard copy consent forms will no longer be sent home. Parents are now able to provide online consent for excursions and incursions via Compass in 3 easy steps:


1. Click on the link in the email that you receive when an incursion/excursion is scheduled OR click on the 'Event Consent/Payment Required' notification at the top of the News Feed (browser version of Compass). 

2. Click on 'Process Now'.

3. Type in your FULL NAME (this is your electronic signature) and click 'Submit Details'.

IF NECESSARY, you can enter any additional/current  information and different Parent/Guardian contact details (see screen shots below), before you 'Submit Details'.


PLEASE NOTE: If payment is required for a specific event/excursion, a payment section will appear on this page for you to enter your credit card details - payment AND consent will then be processed in the one action and a receipt will be emailed to you.


You can view your child's events at any time by hovering over the Organisation menu (grid icon) in the Compass navigation bar and selecting 'Events' - direct link:  https://beaumarisnorthps-vic.compass.education/Organise/Activities/Events/


Screen Time for Kids

Getting the balance right

You may have heard about changes to screen time advice, with the emphasis shifting towards the quality of screen time rather than the amount of time. The London School of Economics’ blog 'Parenting for a Digital Future' has compiled some great advice and insights on screen time - please click on the link below to read the article.


Featured in the article are some wonderful resources that you can also download here.


Mental Health Matters 

KidsMatter Information Sheets

KidsMatter provides families with a range of information sheets to help them support children’s mental health and wellbeing, and to recognise if and when professional help is needed. They contain practical information, tips, and strategies across a range of common childhood issues, and were prepared by professionals experienced in the area of children’s mental health and development.



2017 School Dates

Term Dates


Tuesday 31 January - Friday 31 March

(2.30pm dismissal)



Tuesday 18 April - Friday 30 June 

(2.30pm dismissal)



Monday 17 July - Friday 22 September (

2.30pm dismissal)



Monday 9 October - Friday 22 December 

(1.30pm dismissal)

Public Holidays

  • Monday 13 March - Labour Day
  • Friday 14 April - Good Friday
  • Monday 17 April - Easter Monday
  • Tuesday 25 April - ANZAC Day
  • Monday 12 June - Queen's Birthday
  • Friday 29 September - Grand Final Day
  • Tuesday 7 November - Melbourne Cup Day

Carols Night

Friday 8 December



School Camps


Wednesday 18 - Friday 20 October



Monday 23 - Friday 27 October



Monday 13 - Friday 17 November

Swimming Program

Year 2 & 3

11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20 & 21 September

Prep & Year 1

23, 25, 27 & 30 October, 1 & 3 November

School Council Meetings

  • Wednesday 15 March (AGM)
  • Wednesday 26 April
  • Wednesday 24 May
  • Wednesday 28 June
  • Wednesday 26 July
  • Wednesday 23 August
  • Wednesday 25 October
  • Wednesday 22 November
  • Wednesday 6 December

General Information

School Phone Number - 9589 5449

The Office is unattended from 8.40am to 8.50am daily (due to compulsory staff briefing) and closes at 4pm (earlier on the last day of term). The phone is switched to the answering machine at this time. 



Please enter approval notes for full-day absences via the Compass Parent Portal.



Please sign in/out via the Kiosk at the Office (do not enter on Compass).



If you are visiting the school for ANY reason between 9.00am and 3.30pm (with the exception of usual school pick-up/drop off), you must report your arrival and departure via the Kiosk at the Office for Emergency Management purposes.

School Payments

Qkr (pronounced ‘Quicker’) is a FREE app to enable you to use your smartphone to make all school payments (without having to give your child cash to carry to school) including Canteen and Uniform Shop orders, and excursion/event payments. A web-based version is also available. 

For more information, please see:  http://beaumarisnorthps.vic.edu.au/parent-information/payments/qkr/

School Hours

Class Times

9.00am - 11.00am

11.30am - 1.30pm (Fruit break at 12.30pm)

2.30pm - 3.30pm


Break Times

11.00am - 11.30am (Recess)

1.30pm - 2.30pm (Lunch)


The Canteen is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (not the days beginning with ‘T’!) and Sushi is available on Mondays and Wednesdays.

All orders must be placed by 8.30am via Qkr (students can also purchase items with cash at recess and lunch).

Uniform Shop

Uniforms can be ordered via Qkr and providing stock is available, orders will be filled within a week and delivered to your child’s classroom. There is also a large offering of great value second-hand items available for purchase at the Uniform Shop (located in the Prep breezeway) which is open from 8.45 – 9.30am every Friday morning

You can also contact the Uniform Shop via email: [email protected]

Lost Property

Lost Property is stored in the bins located in the Prep Breezeway. It is the student’s responsibility to promptly collect any lost property.  At the end of each Term, ALL unclaimed items (named or unnamed) are donated to the Uniform Shop for re-sale. 

Please ensure all your child’s belongings are clearly labelled with their name including, lunch boxes, drink bottles, hats and clothing.

Important School Rules

Two Minute Zone

There are two ‘Kiss N Go’ zones on Wood Street where you can quickly drop and collect your child – this is NOT a parking area – you are NOT allowed to park for longer than two minutes, double-park or go into school.

You may get out of your car (within 2 minutes) but if you need to walk your child in, you must park in one of the surrounding streets, in a legal parking area.

Riding in the School Grounds

Riding of scooters, bikes, skateboards etc., is NOT permitted in the school grounds at drop-off or pick-up (school and non-school children).

Staff Carparks

For safety reasons, parents and students are NOT permitted to walk through staff car parks OR use them for parking .














Dogs in the School Grounds

Dogs ARE permitted to be brought into the school grounds but MUST be kept on a hand-held leash between the hours of 7.30am and 6.00pm (when our students are in attendance and when our Outside School Hours Care program is operating).

It is the responsibility of the dog owner to clean up after their dog (and remove from school property).


NO adults are to access student toilets for their own use at any time. If non-school children require the urgent use of an amenity, student toilets may be used under strict parent supervision. If a parent requires the urgent use of an amenity, the disabled toilet in the main building may be used (‘Staff’ toilets are for staff only).

No Hat, No Play!

All children are required to wear a broad brimmed bottle green hat for protection from the sun from 1 September to 30 April. See BNPS SunSmart Policy.


Volunteers - Working with Children Check

Anyone wishing to volunteer at BNPS is required to provide a Working with Children Check. Checks are free and valid for 5 years! Apply online at: http://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/ 


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