Waves - Connecting our Community

17 August 2017
Term 3, 2017 - Issue 3
Principal's Report
Upcoming Dates/Events
Our Celebrations
Year Level News
Visual Arts
General School News
Do You Know?
Gratitude, Empathy & Mindfulness
Our Wonderful Volunteers
Interview with Dan Farmer
Interview with a BNPS Volunteer
Compass Support
Boomerang Bags Bayside
Art Exhibition Call Out
General Information
2017 School Dates
Important School Rules
Beaumaris North Primary School
(03) 9589 5449
Wood Street
Beaumaris, Victoria, 3193

Principal's Report

Message from the Principal


Progress of the impact of Visible Learning at BNPS

Visible Learning has two main areas of focus. Primarily teachers should know what effect they are having on the students learning or, in John Hattie’s words ‘Know thy impact’. Secondly, it encourages learning to be visible to students so they can be empowered as learners. This year all classes have been focusing on Learning Intentions and Success Criteria with a particular focus on Mathematics.


Learning Intentions and Success Criteria are displayed in all classrooms during Maths sessions and discussed with students at the beginning of the session. The Learning Intentions make a clear statement to help the students be aware of what the purpose of the lesson is and what they are learning. The Success Criteria are discussed and used as stepping stones to mastery of a particular task or concept. The purpose and pathways to learning are therefore clearly ‘visible’ to all stakeholders


To support our introduction of Learning Intentions and Success Criteria, year levels will be conducting teacher led pupil feedback sessions allowing our students to have a voice in their learning. These small group discussions will provide staff with valuable information on how students feel about the use of Learning Intentions and Success Criteria and the impact they are having on student learning. Focus groups at each level (including specialist areas) will discuss a series of questions designed to evaluate this strategy and allow students the opportunity to say what works or doesn’t work. This will further inform our teaching. The aim of BNPS is to develop the student’s ability to monitor their own progress and to have them learn the language of learning along with the teachers.  


We are currently interviewing our students as a measure of gaining both their feedback and their understanding about what they are learning. I have included a sample of the Year 6 Student conversations for your interest.

1.  What do you know about Learning Intentions?

  • They give me a brief of what I’m about to learn about
  • I like a bit of a structure and they’re like a checklist for me
  • They help me to know if I’m on the right track
  • They help me set a goal towards what I’m going to learn for the session

2. Do Learning Intentions help you understand better, what you need to know in your Maths lesson?

  • Yes, because it gives me an understanding of what I need to learn
  • Yes, because I can flick back in my book and see what I know, what I’ve already learnt and revise
  • Yes, they help me remember all the little things, like cubic cm, and they help me remember what I need to learn for that unit
  • Yes, because they tell me by the end of the session what I need to have learnt and they help me stay focused

3. What have you been learning in Maths this week?

  • Learning which index to put on volume, area and perimeter
  • Volume, area and we did some problem solving too
  • Using the correct unit of measurement when working out volume and area, and also the different parts to a circle
  • The volume and area of different types of shapes (prisms, cubes, cylinders) and their formulas

4. How do Success Criteria help you manage your learning?

  • They help me understand and learn what structure we’re working on
  • They give me a plan and I can set everything out ready for the lesson
  • They help me practice further at home if I’m having trouble meeting the criteria
  • They help me structure my work and understand the standard that’s been set

5. How do you use Success Criteria in Maths to help you figure out what you need more practice with?

  • They help me if I haven’t checked off one of the Success Criteria so it makes sure I get in good work habits
  • They help me because it’s like a checklist that’s visual and I can see if I’ve learnt everything I’ve been taught
  • They help me check all the Success Criteria off and if not, I can go back through my book and go home and work further on these aspects
  • If I haven’t met all the Success Criteria I’ll know what I need further work on and what I’ve done well

Pupil-free Days - Thursday 24 & 25 August 

On these days the staff will be completing a two day PYP Workshop with the focus being:

Encouraging children’s creative instincts in the classroom

This workshop gives teachers the opportunity to explore the competencies which will be required in children for the future as education shifts from the acquisition of knowledge to the promotion of a set of 21st century competencies. Creativity features prominently on the list. In this workshop teachers will explore the nature of creativity, models and approaches to creativity and the role of creativity in education and the curriculum.

Our Communication Tools

Compass is our DAILY communication tool and our newsletter is a fortnightly celebration which also includes news items of a less time-sensitive nature. If you see something in the newsletter that you have previously seen on Compass, it is for the benefit of families in other year levels so they can see what is happening across the school, or includes more information. Various items are posted to specific year levels as they occur to provide parents with the opportunity to connect learning at school and home. For example, last week photos of the Year 2 IMAX excursion were posted on Compass for Year 2 families only, in today's newsletter there are sentences from the Year 2 students telling us what they liked about the excursion along with the photos that were posted on Compass last week.






Our 2018 Fete

I am very pleased to announce that Melissa Joy has stepped up to lead the team for our 2018 Fete - thank you Melissa. Thank you also to our other Committee members (some old and some new!) - we truly appreciate your support in organising this whole-school community event. Please see the 'Thank you' page included in this newsletter for the names and photos of all Committee members.

The theme for our 2018 Fete is 'Explore, Discover, Connect' - the funds raised will be directed to digital technologies and a new playground on McDonald Street.

As you can see, the Communications & Publicity team have been hard at work producing wonderful Fete artwork and a Facebook page - the Fete website is not far off either! Be sure to 'Like' our Facebook page Beaumaris North Primary School Fete so you can keep up-to-date with the latest - it promises to be an amazing event!

Collecting Woolworths Earn & Learn Stickers

As you will have seen on TV commercials (and Compass!), Woolworths are once again promoting their Earn and Learn Program. In previous years this program has provided us with much needed equipment for both Performing Arts and Physical Education. This year we would LOVE to be able to purchase equipment for our new Science Room which is used by all year levels.


The more stickers we earn, the more equipment we can buy, so if you or your friends, neighbours and/or relatives shop at Woolworths, PLEASE start collecting stickers for BNPS - thank you in advance for your support.


Stickers can be placed in the boxes located at the Mentone, Mordialloc, Highett and Southland Woolworths stores – there is no need to stick your stickers on the sheets, simply drop them in the box and our lovely parent and student volunteers will take care of the rest.  If you do not shop at one of these stores, you can deposit your stickers in the box located in the foyer here at school.


Thank you Bernadette (parent), Madeline (2B) & Katherine (4A) who have kindly volunteered to co-ordinate the program on our behalf - they are looking forward to lots of family sticker time together over the next few weeks! Thank you also to Kylie-Ann Shlimak and Shae Langford-Jones for volunteering to empty collection boxes for us!


Sherril Duffy


Upcoming Dates/Events


Tuesday 22 August

Student Led Conferences


Wednesday 23 August

House Athletics Carnival (Y3 - 6)

2018 Prep Transition (9.30 - 10.45am)

Student Led Conferences

School Council Meeting (7.30pm)


Thursday 24 & Friday 25 August

Curriculum Days


Monday 28 August

5C & 5D Japanese Incursion


Tuesday 29 August

5A & 5B Japanese Incursion

Student Led Conferences


Wednesday 30 August

Student Led Conferences


Thursday 31 August

Year 5 Bike Check

Father's Day Stall

Book Week Parade (2.45pm)


Friday 1 September

Prep Father's Day Morning (8.45 - 9.30am)

Jump Rope for Heart 'Jump Off' (3.00pm)

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


Monday 4 September

3B & 3C Japanese Incursion

Y3 Junior Choir Soiree (2.45 - 3.15pm)


Tuesday 5 September

4B & 4C Japanese Incursion

Year 3 RACV Traffic Education


Wednesday 6 September

Prep Cubby Day

District Athletics

Fete Committee Meeting (7.30pm)


Thursday 7 September

Year 4 Choir Soiree (6.30 - 7.00pm)

Year 5 & 6 Choir Soiree (7.15 - 8.00pm)


Friday 8 September

3A & 3D Japanese Incursion

Year 1 Travelling Kitchen Incursion

Year 4 Exhibition


Saturday 9 September

Beaumaris Farmers Market (8.00am - 1.00pm)


Monday 11 September

Year 2 & 3 Swimming Program Commences

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


Wednesday 13 September

Mini Fete

4A & 4D Japanese Incursion


Friday 15 September

Year 5 Bike Education

Junior Disco (Prep - Year 2) - Senior Disco (24 November!)


Monday 18 September

Year 5 Bike Education


Wednesday 20 September

2018 Prep Transition (9.30 - 10.45am)


Thursday 21 September

Year 5 Bike Test


Friday 22 September

End of Term 3 - 2.30pm Dismissal



Saturday 7 October

Beaumaris Farmers Market (8.00am - 1.00pm)


Monday 9 October

Term 4 Commences (9am)

Our Celebrations

Prep - 100 Days of School

Last Thursday our Prep students celebrated a very special 100 days of school! They were very excited to be greeted by a bunch of balloons in the colour of their home room and loved dancing with their parents and teachers! Students enjoyed a yummy lunch followed by an activity with their Year 5 Buddies. As a special conclusion to the day, the Prep students exited the Senior Learning Centre under a 'guard of honour'! 


Balloons and the Environment!

The Prep team would like to recognise and celebrate the action taken by some of our BNPS students regarding an environmental issue that had been of concern to them. In previous years, the Preps have celebrated their 100 Days of School with a mass release of balloons. Eloise and Sasha wrote letters of concern, whilst Sienna delivered a petition asking for us to reconsider this part of the celebration.

Although we had been vigilant in sourcing bio-degradable balloons and strings in the past, our students have questioned the amount of time it takes for the materials to break down. They were justifiably concerned about the potential harm that these celebratory balloons may cause our beautiful sea creatures if they landed in the bay and were mistaken as a food source.


This year we came up with a compromise and did not release balloons. Instead, the Prep students were presented with biodegradable balloons on re-useable sticks. They lasted all day (and hopefully longer) and we hope they were disposed of thoughtfully.


Well done Eloise, Sasha and Sienna. You spoke and we listened. It is wonderful to know that BNPS has such passionate environmental advocates and we are so very proud of you. 

Year 6 - End of Wellbeing Program Celebration

To celebrate the enormous success of the Year 6 ‘Girls on the Go’/‘Rock and Water’ program, the Year 6 students were asked to dress up as a male/female Super-hero. They had to create their own Super-hero, encompassing all the positive characteristics and strengths using the knowledge they gained throughout the program. They enjoyed a yummy nutritious afternoon tea together!



Year Level News

Year One - Vintage Car Display

On Friday 11 August, the Year One students had the opportunity to learn more about their Unit of Inquiry 'Transport changes over time' by experiencing a range of vintage cars and look to the future with an electric bus.


This wouldn’t have been possible without the support and willingness to help by Stuart Overell for bringing in a MG sportscar and providing prizes, to Simon (from 13 Cabs) for the 1923 cab and the fantastic showbags, Louisa Newland for her power point presentation on how buses have changed over time and the development of an electric bus and Nat Venuto for the VW safari.


The Year Ones wrote a reflection of what they discovered and here is a selection of their recounts.


I'm learning about transport and i will tell you what i did on Friday. I saw a mustard coloured taxi and it was 3 years old. One of the cars was Nats dads car, the roof of the car could fold down. Aniques mum brought in models of cars. We got one lolly and prices. There was a racing car and Year 1 got to go in it. It was raining.

 Verity W 1D


On Friday the 11 of August the Year one's had old fashioned cars visit on the oval.  There were three cars as well as Aniquie's mum who is an engineer. My favourite part of the old fasioned car was seeeing Nat's dad's car. It had the boot in the front of the car and the front of the car was on the back. It was a safari. The roof cold fold back and forth, it was very very old. Nat's dad got it from Indoneisia, it used to send mail from the President. 

 Emilia T 1B


On Friday 11 August some old cars came to Beaumaris North Primary School.   There were three cars, one was colored vommet green the second car was emerald and the third car was yellow and black. They were old fashioned. The vommet green car was a convertable and was a VW. I liked it when we got to go inside the cars and got a show bag. The VW had plastic windows and the boot was at the front of the car and the engine was at the back of the car.

 Jack S 1A


We had an expedition. We looked at an 1923 Taxi it had seats that fold down. There was one sear in the cab. Next we went to the MG! The MG was fast. The MG was low to the ground, it was amazing. Then we went to the VW safari, the boot was at the front and the engine was at the front.

 Lachlan D 1D


On Friday at the car exhibition first we did the 13 cabs. I learnt lots of things, like at first i hardly knew anything but now i know lots of things. I had so much fun because we got presents. In the presents bag was a lolly. Then we went to the MG sports car and I had fun there too. If you answered the questions you could win a prize as well. The other prize was a map.

 Veronic S 1C 


Year Two - IMAX Excursion

Wednesday 9 August 


We went to a big screen which showed moth butterflies, we wore 3 glasses so it looked like we were there, this was my favourite bit!.  We also went to a big bugs alive and we saw trantulas, we could turn a light on the display on and see them up close.  We used magnifying glasses to see little insects. It was a good day and I learnt alot.

 Addison M 2D


Last Wednesday, Year 2 went to IMAX and the Museum. We went to learn about Minibeasts. I enjoyed the big screen movie of Flight of Butterflies. It was great to see all the butterflies, as I had never seen so many before. At the bugs exhibit, I got to see ants up close by going in the view finder.

Archie 2C


I really liked watching the 3D movie at IMAX because it looked really cool with the 3D glasses on. We went up to the escalators to see the bug exhibit. During our bugs lesson, we got to pat the stick insect – it was cool!

Noah PB 2B


I really liked the big screen movie at IMAX. We had a lesson and got to see a stick insect. We looked at bugs using the magnifying glasses. My favourite thing of the day was IMAX.

James B 2A


I really enjoyed see the Bugs Alive exhibit. At Bugs Alive, there was a tent with no glass and you needed to spot dead spiders when the lights went on, it was a bit hard. I got to dress us as a fly and my class had to guess what animal I was. Venice had wings and a mermaid tail. Abbie had wings and one antennae.

Robbie 2D

Year 6 - Exhibition Inquiry

By Luke & Ashleigh 6B


As part of our Year 6 Exhibition Inquiry into Greyhound Racing, we took action by writing an informative letter to Alan Clayton, the CEO of GRV (Greyhound Racing Victoria).  We were surprised to receive a package at school which included posters, pamphlets, a lanyard, dog leash and a cap as well as a personalised letter from him. 

In our letter we expressed our concern about the harsh treatment and neglect of the dogs when they are involved in racing and after they retire. 


Alan Clayton however, gave us the opposite perspective and provided statistics about how Greyhound Racing has improved and how the quality of kennels and care has developed in recent years.  Can you believe, some kennels even have air conditioning? 


He thanked us for our letter and took into consideration our points of view and said that he will continue to work towards improving the issue. 


From the Year 6 Teachers

On Thursday 27 July, the Year 6 students were very proud and excited to present their ‘Sharing the planet’ Exhibition to the rest of the school and Beaumaris North community.


The issues they explored ranged from Social Media to Tiger Parenting. Throughout their research, the students had to be open-minded as they discovered different opinions and viewpoints on each issue. The many weeks of preparation and hard work paid off as the Exhibition was a huge success!  It was a long and exhausting day for the Year 6 students and teachers. The younger children started visiting from 11am - they particularly enjoyed the interactive games and models that were on display. Parents, grandparents and a range of teachers and principals from local primary and secondary schools attended the official opening ceremony at 3pm and there was a steady stream of visitors throughout the afternoon until 6pm!    


The feedback has been extremely positive – all were very impressed with the standard of work produced as well as the maturity and confidence with which our students addressed their audience.


Thank you to the mentor teachers for their guidance and inspiration throughout the process and to all who supported our Year 6 students.  We are super proud of them!


Donna Appel Claire Badley, Hanna LeClerc, Janelle Diggins, Louise Buckley - Year 6 Teachers


Visual Arts

Year Six - Visit from Archibald Prize Artist!

This week the Year 6 students were lucky enough to have a visit from Geoff La Gerche who came in to assist the students with their 'Self Portrait' Unit of Inquiry. Mr La Gerche commented on  how wonderful the students were and we thank him for sharing his amazing talent with us !






Year Two - 'Mini Beasts in Art'

Year 2 students capturing intricate details of insects preserved in resin for their ‘Mini Beasts in Art’ Unit of Inquiry.





























General School News

Parent Opinion Survey

We encourage all of the families who received the DET 'Parent Opinion Survey' to please complete it online by Sunday 27 August. Thank you in advance.

2018 School Concert

The BNPS School Concert 'Blast from the Past' will be staged at Hamer Hall on Tuesday August 7, 2018. Please put this date in your dairy now as our students love participating in the concert! It is particularly important that students are at school the first few weeks of Term 3, 2018 when we are rehearsing items and sorting line-up positions.


Jump Rope for Heart

The students have been having a great time skipping together and teaching each other new skipping skills this week. We’ve been learning the Basic skip (forwards and backwards), the Pretzel skip, the Burpee skip, the Cross skip, the Squat skip and how to run in and out of the long rope.


The children have raised over $2200 for the Heart Foundation, moving us much closer to our fundraising goal of $3000. It’s not too late to register your child online by following this link.



Thank you for your support!



Mini Fete - 13 September

On Wednesday 13 September 2017 from 10.00am – 1.30pm, the whole school is invited to come along and enjoy the stalls and activities provided by the Year 5 and 6 students and teachers at the 2017 Mini Fete. 


The Year 5 & 6 students have been working so hard both at school and home for many weeks now and we are very proud of their efforts and enthusiasm for this worthwhile project. The BNPS Mini Fete has become a biennial event that allows every student in the school to participate in a social action project which benefits organisations that support children in need at local, national and international levels. Our motto is ‘Kids helping kids!’  We aim to create a social conscience in the children that they carry beyond their school life.

All monies raised will be shared in the following way - Half to the States School Relief Fund, a quarter to Save The Children Fund (in support of the Resilience Project) and the last quarter shared between the Year 5 and 6 children to donation to charities of the year levels choosing.

Book Week Parade

Nothing like escaping with a good book to another place or time! The Book Week theme for 2017 is ‘Escape to everywhere with Books’. Prep, Year One and Year Two will be discussing different settings and looking at some of the Children’s Book Council short listed books during their Library lessons. Other year levels will be given the opportunity to do activities relating to these books.


The Book Week parade for all Year Levels will be held on Thursday 31 August at 2.45pm. Please click here to access information regarding your child’s requirements for the occasion (posted on Compass yesterday). Photos from our last parade below!

A BIG THANK YOU to  school community members for donating books to the Library this year. Due to your generosity we will no longer be needing any more (until next year) but we are sure the Fete Committee would love them!

Premiers' Reading Challenge

Although the Challenge officially closes on Friday 8 September, we ask that all books are entered on the PRC website by Thursday 31 August to assist with administrative tasks. If you would like your child’s name to appear on the Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge online Honour Roll and have not yet returned the signed consent form, please return it to your Class Teacher before 31 August. Parents of Year 2 students participating in the Challenge will need to have their children’s books entered so Class Teachers can verify the books prior to the 31 August. Thank you.

Do You Know?

Do you know who is on 2017 School Council?

There are five BNPS staff members and eight parent representatives.


Do you know you can enlarge and/or save the photos included in our newsletters?

Tap or click on the photo to enlarge for viewing purposes. 

To save, right click on the enlarged photo and ‘save picture as’ from your desktop or hold your finger down on the enlarged photo until ‘save image’ appears on your mobile device.

Do you know that BNPS has a defibrillator?

A defibrillator is located on the wall just outside the First Aid Room. Full instructions are included on the unit and the defibrillator also speaks to you.



Jake D (6A)

It's been a very big week couple of weeks for Jake who was announced Victorian Junior Team Captain for TeamVic before heading off to Hobart last Friday to compete in the NATIONAL Cross Country titles! Selection criteria for his Captaincy included representation in multiple teams, determination, sportsmanship and excellent values as a positive role model - "Captains always demonstrate values of respect, integrity, teamwork and excellence. They encourage fellow athletes and celebrate the success of others.” 

We are VERY proud of Jake who placed 11th (out of 39) in a close field. The 3km race was held in atrocious conditions with strong winds, rain and a hilly course! Jake ran 10m 35s and the Victorian Team took out the team gold medal on a countback (after a dead heat with QLD) based on Jake's 11th placing. The relay team (5* 1.5km) took the bronze in tough conditions, once again with heavy rain and squalls, fortunately clearing for Jake's leg!


Jake is very pleased with the results, with an almost top 10 finish (same time as 10th!) and retains the National team title. 


Demonstrating the fantastic leadership skills he has developed during his time at BNPS, Jake delivered an impromptu speech in front of 250+ competitors and guests upon the announcement of his Captaincy and then spoke again in front of participants and guests at both the opening and closing ceremonies in Hobart! In his final speech, Jake addressed the younger athletes and made special mention of the support from his family, friends, school and community. What an amazing experience at such a young age!



Ribbon Ceremony

On Wednesday 9 August, a ‘Ribbon Ceremony’ was held to recognise Year 5 & 6 students for their achievements in High Jump and 1500m.  We run these events at school prior to our House Athletics Carnival as they take time (of which we don’t have enough of on Carnival day!). The following students were presented with 1st, 2nd and 3rd placings in both the U11 and U12 age groups - congratulations!



U11 Girls

  • 1st: Jayde G
  • 2nd: Ella B
  • Equal 3rd: Maddy C & Natalia H

U11 Boys

  • 1st: Alex P (absent for ceremony)
  • Equal 2nd: Ben S & Ted C

U12 Girls

  • 1st: Holly N
  • Equal 2nd: Bella S & Ava Klarenaar (absent for ceremony)

U12 Boys

  • 1st: John M 
  • 2nd: Sam L
  • Equal 3rd: Jake D & Mac M




U11 Girls

  • 1st: Isabella MW
  • 2nd: Charlotte L
  • 3rd: Jayde G                                                

U11 Boys

  • 1st: Aiden L
  • 2nd: Ben S
  • 3rd: Ted C

U12 Girls

  • 1st: Holly N 
  • 2nd: Aimee F (absent for ceremony)
  • 3rd: Meg L

U12 Boys

  • 1st: Jake D
  • 2nd: Luke T                  
  • 3rd: Lukas J


Harry C (4D)

Congratulations to Harry C who represented BNPS at the Victorian Schools Golf Championships on Friday. Harry qualified in 8th place for the regional finals to be played in November. Great work Harry!










Gratitude, Empathy & Mindfulness

Year 2 - Resilience Project Lessons

In our Year 2 Resilience Project lessons we have been learning about how different emotions affect our body. We decided when we are excited, our heart is full of 'love, colour and happiness!'



Our Wonderful Volunteers

The BNPS Farmers Market Raffle

Thanks to the Beaumaris Rotary Club’s Community Assistance Program, last Saturday we held a raffle at the Farmers Market. The sun was shining, music was playing and there was a great community atmosphere. A total of $376 was raised which will go towards the new infant playground on McDonald Street. 


More importantly however, it was great to see our students taking 'action' (an important part of the PYP!) - Lois, Lila & Neve all did a fantastic job asking (in very sweet voices!) "Would you like to buy a raffle ticket? It's for our new playground" – very hard for most market-goers to resist - well done girls!


Our parents volunteers enjoyed the opportunity to get to know one another, along with some nice family time! A HUGE thank you to the following parents and students for giving up their Saturday morning to support our school!

  • Lila (PB)
  • Neve (2A)
  • Lois (5C)
  • Natalie Bowerman
  • Andrew Jane
  • Halley Welsh 
  • Hayden Welsh

Our Parents & Friends Steering Committee

Thank you to Laura Fitzpatrick for stepping up to lead our Parents & Friends (in addition to Co-ordinating our Class Representatives Program!) - you're doing an AMAZING job and we appreciate the time you are dedicating to these important roles! Thank you also to our Steering Committee members (pictured in last week's newsletter) and of course the many parents who have attended our meetings - what a great team!


Your 2018 Fete Committee











  • Fete Convenor - Melissa Joy
  • Stall Convenor - Vanessa Tyrer
  • Food Safety - Sally Fenton
  • Sponsorship - Brett Judd & Ros Chatfield
  • Amusements - Gabby Fennell
  • Communications and Publicity - Carrie Dennis
  • Raffle and Silent Auction - Sarah Starow
  • Secretary - Tania Watts-Hall
  • Treasurer - Sue Miles
  • Entertainment  - VACANT*
  • Logistics - VACANT*

*Please let us know if you can help - there will be lots of hand-holding!







Interview with
Dan Farmer

By Yianni S  2A


What is your favourite food?

I’d have to say chicken parma! Yianni – I like Bananas!


What is your favourite sport?

AFL football, I follow the mighty Tigers! Yianni – I go for Adelaide Crows, they win every game!


What did you do before you were a Teacher Assistant?

I worked and still do work at Before and After School Care here at BNPS and before that I was a Swimming Teacher.


Do you like working in Year 2?

Yes, I do - the kids are all fantastic!


Where do you live?

I was living in Parkdale but I have recently moved to Hampton with two friends!


Are you studying?

Yes! I am studying to become a PE Teacher at Monash!


What is your favourite colour?

Blue. Yianni – That's my favourite colour too!


When did you get your phone?

My current phone is rather new, I only got it a few months ago in June.


When were you born?

July 1992 – I was born 9 years ago!!


Are you ticklish?

Yes!!! But I pretend I'm not.


Interview with a BNPS Volunteer

Laura Fitzpatrick 

BNPS Class Rep Co-ordinator and Parents & Friends Chairperson

Why do you volunteer at BNPS?

It’s my (small) way of thanking the teachers for everything they do for my boy, and it brings me closer to what Archie is exposed to day in, day out at BNPS. 

What year level are your children in?

Archie is in Grade 2C and Darcy will be in Prep next year. 

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

I’ve been a Class Rep since we came to BNPS in Grade One and I’ve tried (and failed!) to make myself useful in the Canteen on and off. 

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

I’ve worked in media sales for longer than I’d care to admit, working for media brands like Nova, Fox, MMM & Mamamia. In my last role as Director of Commercial Strategy, I also studied User Experience but currently, I’m taking some time out to experience my own ah... ‘users' - Archie & Darcy. 

What do you do during your free time?

Eat Cheese. Drink Wine. Run. Repeat.  

What’s the best thing about BNPS?

Mrs Keogh & Mrs Patane!

Compass Support

Unexplained Absences

Please watch the video tutorial below to find out how to enter an approval note for an 'unexplained absence' in Compass. If you know the date of the unexplained absence, you can enter an approval note in the usual manner (via the app or browser) - simply change the default 'Start' and 'End' dates to cover the date/s that are 'unexplained'.


Please do not hesitate to contact Shannon Hewlett at [email protected]  if you would like further assistance!


Click here to view the video tutorial on 'Entering an Absence Note via the Compass app'.

Boomerang Bags Bayside

Boomerang Bags Bayside is a local volunteer organisation currently making 1500 bags for people to purchase and use instead of single use plastic shopping bags. The bags are made from donated doona covers, tablecloths and sheets, screen printed with environmentally friendly ink and constructed by a team of volunteers. This is a wonderful community initiative, offering everyone an alternative to single use plastic bags, with 5 Boomerang Bags being sufficient for an average family shop.

Boomerang Bags Bayside is also a finalist in the current Leader Local Grants competition, with a view to using the prize money to establish a 'Schools Project', whereby there will be kits for schools to borrow, comprising sewing machines, fabric, screen printing materials, etc so students can create their own Boomerang Bag. Please get on board and follow the link below to vote for this fabulous sustainable, environmentally friendly project! Each person has 10 votes once you register, and you can use all of these for Boomerang Bags Bayside or you can spread your votes between the various contenders.




This is the link to the Leader page so you can read all the information about the Boomerang Bags Bayside’s entry: http://www.leaderlocalgrants.com.au/idea/boomerang-bags-bayside-goes-to-school-a-war-on-waste-classroom-activity-making-fun-reusable


And this is the home page: 



Thank you!

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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.

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

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).



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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