20 February 2020
Issue Two

Care, Learn and Share

The Principal's Report
From The Classroom
Diary Dates
Important Notices
Sport and PE Report
Visual Arts
Performing Arts & Music at BPPS
 Fantastic French
Team 5/6
Junior School Council
Active Travel
OSHClub News
BPPS Community Notices
What's happening locally
Boroondara Park Primary School
(03) 9857 5157
40 Almond Street
Balwyn North, Victoria, 3104

The Principal's Report

Whole School Information Night

We look forward to seeing you all tonight at 6.30 pm in the Stadium for our Whole School Information Night. This is an opportunity to hear all about the school and then spend time in the classrooms.

You will have the opportunity to hear about the classroom and specialist learning programs as well as:

- well being,

- attendance,

- home learning,

- reporting,

- digital learning,

- communication,

- camps,

- Ride2School,

- War on Waste,

- student leadership,

- parental involvement,

- uniform shop 

- Canteen.


Our presentation will be made available on the school website after tomorrow evening.


There will be an opportunity to ask questions live throughout the evening using Slido, some questions will be answered on the night and others will form part of our newsletter in coming weeks. 


Class Reps and Class Directories

A huge thank you to Nicky O'Keefe who has been our Class Rep coordinator for a number of years. We appreciate all that you have undertaken in this role, supporting class teachers and offering support to those who volunteer to be the Class Rep each year. 


This year Linda Pezzano and Anna Raftopoulos will be our Class Rep Coordinators. We thank them for taking on this important role. 


Everyone will have received a message through Sentral inviting them to join their Class Directory for this year. By filling in the Google Form you will be part of the class and level directory for 2020. The links are also included below.


Foundation Class Directory

Grade 1/2 Class Directory

Grade 3/4 Directory 

Grade 5/6 Directory 



Inquiry Learning

On Tuesday February 18th our staff participated in a professional learning day with Kath Murdoch. Sitting in a room of engaged teachers, asking questions and inviting new learning for themselves was exciting. Our day focused on nurturing student agency in their learning, how we can support students to be brave learners. Building brave is a vital part of our role, ensuring our students are willing to take risks, try things and learn from their mistakes. 

We explored the building of a learning toolkit for our students - essential for them to be active learners who can use their skills across many different learning environments. We explored students as:

  • researcher
  • thinker
  • collaborator
  • communicator 
  • self-manager 
  • inquirer 

The importance of a shared language across the school, a language of learning supports our students to approach a problem and ask themselves what learning assets or dispositions do they need to use to begin solving the problem. By asking what am I going to learn to do or be to solve this students are challenged to use their skills across many different learning situations. 

Part of our day empasised the importance of the capabilities within the Victorian Curriculum - 

  • Ethical capability
  • Critical and creative thinking capability
  • Personal and social capability
  • Intercultural capability

Following this day Shannon Reeve our Leading Teacher - Curriculum Development will work with our Curriculum Leaders to explore how we can use our new learning to support our students across the school. 

If you would like ot know more about Kath Murdoch and her work here is a link to her website - Kath Murdoch 


The current coronavirus advice remains the same. The Commonwealth Government has announced that the travel restrictions for foreign nationals travelling to Australia from mainland China have been extended for a further week, and will now remain in place until 22 February.


The following staff and students should self-isolate and are advised to stay at home and avoid public settings including attendance at schools and early learning centres:

  • People who were in Hubei Province until 14 days after they were last in Hubei Province;
  • People who were in mainland China on or after 1 February 2020 until 14 days after they were last in mainland China;
  • Close contacts of confirmed cases until 14 days after last close contact with the confirmed case

Children and staff who are well and have travelled to any other areas where there have been reported cases, are NOT recommended to be excluded from schools and child care services unless the following applies:

  • The person is a confirmed case of novel coronavirus 
  • The person is a close contact with a confirmed case of novel coronavirus in the past 14 days


School Council Elections

Our annual School Council Elections process is progressing. At the close of nominations on Monday February 17th at 4 pm we had two nominations for the Department of Education and Training positions - therefore Ray Owens and Shannon Reeve were duly elected to School Council. 

We had two nominations for the Parent positions - therefore Sarah Hasslinger and Flora Bourdopoulos are duly elected to School Council. 

We have called for further nominations for the other two Parent category positions - these nominations should be to the office on Thursday February 20th at 4 pm. 


The school council has particular functions in setting and monitoring the school’s direction. 

School councils have three main responsibilities:

  • finance: overseeing the development of the school’s annual budget and ensuring proper records are kept of the school’s financial operation
  • strategic planning: participating in the development and monitoring of the school strategic plan
  • policy development and review: developing, reviewing and updating policies that reflect a school’s values and support the school’s broad direction outlined in its strategic plan.

Other key functions of school councils include:

  • raising funds for school related purposes
  • maintaining school grounds and facilities
  • entering into contracts
  • reporting annually to the school community and the Department
  • creating interest in the school in the wider community
  • representing and taking the views of the community into account
  • regulating and facilitating after-hours use of school premises and grounds
  • operating a children’s service at the school.


Susanne Lowe


From The Classroom

Team 3-4 Incursion - 'Aboriginal for a day'

On Wednesday 12th February, Team 3/4 students participated in a special cultural incursion called ‘Aboriginal for a day’. This incursion supports the learning in the classroom of the history of the Australian community including Indigenous communities, the First Fleet and stories of first contact between European settlers and Indigenous Australians.


Students began the day altogether, listening intently to our 3 presenters, who spoke a little bit about their culture and what was in store for them for the day. To really immerse students into the Indigenous Australians culture, they had their face painted with traditional art. They were then split into 3 groups and rotated between 3 different activities.


One activity involved students learning about symbols used in traditional artwork. They then listened to a story and watched as the presenter used these symbols to tell the same story through a visual representation. Students then had the opportunity to create their own artwork.


Another activity involved students learning a special dance. The girls were dancing eagles, whilst the boys were dancing emus. They learned some basic steps and put them together to the beat of some traditional clapping sticks.


The last activity had students learning more about Indigenous Australian culture through the use of dreamtime stories. Students were amazed to learn that there are 324 Aboriginal tribes in Australia and each tribe speak their own language.


To finish off a wonderful day, the students were treated to a special performance by the presenters. They watched as one presenter played the didgeridoo whilst another danced wearing traditional clothing and paints. Some students were even invited up on stage to show the dance they had learnt earlier in the day. Overall, it was a wonderful incursion that really immersed our students in the culture of the Indigenous Australians.



Diary Dates

Term 1 2020

Thursday February 20th  (Tonight)- Whole School Information Night 6:30-8pm

Wednesday March 4th - Team 3/4 incursion - Colonial Experience

Tuesday 10th March - School Photo Day

Friday 13th March - National Ride2 School Day

Wednesday March 18th - School Cross Country

Wednesday March 25th  - Pupil Free Day - Parent /Teacher Interviews

Friday March 27th - Term finishes 2.30pm

Term 2 2020

Tuesday April 14th - Pupil Free Day

Wednesday April 15th - Students commence Term 2

Tuesday April 28th  to Friday May 1st - Grade 6 Camp Waratah Bay

Tuesday May 5th  - Junior School Concert 7:15pm Besen Centre

Tuesday May 12th  - School Athletics Carnival

Friday June 26th  - Term 2 finishes 2.30pm

Term 3 2020

Monday July 13th- Students commence Term 3

Wednesday August 26th -28th  - Grade 4 camp  Mt Evelyn

Friday September 18th -Term 3 finishes 2.30pm

Term 4 2020

Monday October 5th -Students commence Term 4

Tuesday October 13th- Friday October 16th - Grade 5 Camp Coonawarra

Wednesday October 28th- Friday October 30th - Grade 3 Camp Phillip Island

Friday December 18th - Term 4 finishes 1.30pm

Important Notices

Facebook Community

To all BPPS Parents and Carers…
Have you joined the ‘BPPS Community’ Facebook page yet?

Stay in the loop with the BPPS parent community.  This page celebrates and communicates all the fantastic things that parents do to make the school facilities and programs better for our kids.
Join the group today. Go to Facebook and search for ‘BPPS Community’ or click here


Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund 

Parents who hold a valid Centrelink Health Care Card (HCC) are entitled to claim the CSEF from the government. This provides each child of the cardholder $125, which is to be spent on school camps, sporting activities and excursions. Application forms are available on the BPPS website and from the school office.

Applications must be submitted by 22th June 2020.

Sport and PE Report

Year 5/6 Summer Sport Program

Our first round of the Summer Interschool Program was held on Friday 14th February against Greythorn PS. Students were selected for each sport (volleyball, cricket, hot shots tennis, European handball and teeball) after a trials process was undertaken in week 1. The results from Friday's fixtures were as follows:

  • Boys Volleyball lost 2 – 0
  • Girls Volleyball lost 2 – 0
  • Boys Cricket lost 200 – 112
  • Girls Cricket lost 250 – 57
  • Boys European Handball won 13 – 9
  • Girls European Handball won 13 – 9
  • Boys Hots Shots Tennis won 8 – 6
  • Girls Hot Shots Tennis won 12 – 2
  • Boys Teeball drew 13 – 13
  • Girls Teeball lost 21 – 6


Students who are not in an Interschool Sport team participate in Reggie Cup at school. As part of this program, students have the opportunity to earn house points playing sports that align with the Interschool Sport program.


Thanks to all of the Year 5/6 teachers for their efforts in planning, coaching and supervising students every Friday morning.

Visual Arts

From the Art Room

After a few weeks when we have been working with fairly clean materials, paint and ink have returned to the art room! We ask you again to check that you have provided your child with an art smock that fits, and that is clearly labelled. We do not provide spare art smocks for those children who do not have them, but you can buy a used one from the second hand uniform stall, when they are held outside the hall.

Portraits from Grades 5 and 6

Children in grades 5 and 6 have completed their portraits of people in our community. The children really looked hard at their subject to notice their individual features. I'm sure you will agree that they have definitely captured great likenesses.


BPPS at Zart!

Some of this year's grade 6 children have had the Kimmy Cantrell masks they created last year, chosen for exhibition in the student gallery at Zart during term 2. You can go to see them and the work of children from other schools at any time, or you may like to come along to the opening event on March 26th. Please RSVP directly to Zart, as per the attached invitation.


Mrs Hortin and Mrs T

Performing Arts & Music at BPPS

Assembly Guest Performers 2020

Are you a musician currently at a Grade 4 musical level or above? Are you a keen performer who would like to show case your musical talents?  Come and visit Miss Poor to put your name down for a performance spot at one of our upcoming assemblies.

Grade 3/4 Recorder & Book Purchase

A vibrant part of the Grade 3/4 classroom Music program at B.P.P.S., is our recorder program. This program has been running for many years and has continued to be a successful tool in reinforcing and strengthening music concepts learnt throughout the curriculum, including rhythm and pitch.


This year we are continuing to use the 'Essential Elements Recorder Classroom Method', which means all Grade 4 students can retain the book they used in 2019 (Note: Grade 3s will need to keep this book for Grade 4 in 2021).


In our effort to reduce waste we are using online payments for this program. All payments for Grade 3s are visible on PORTAL 2 on Sentral, and we ask that payment be made online.

There will be two payments listed on the Portal:

  • Grade 3/4 Recorder Program - RECORDER($8.00)
  • Grade 3/4 Recorder Program - ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS BOOK($10.00)

Please read the email sent to Grade 3/4 families at the start of the year with all relevant information.


Payments should have been made by 7 February 2020, and children whose parents have paid have already been given their book and recorder ready for the start of the program.


If you have any questions relating to this payment, please contact Llaaneath Poor or Litsa Nedelkov (Office).

Seesaw - Foundation-Grade 2

This year in Performing Arts, we are using the application Seesaw to develop digital portfolios as well as share our work in the classroom with families! Your child will post to Seesaw to share their learning. Seesaw is private; you will only see posts created by your child.

We encourage you to ‘like’ or comment on your child’s work as a means of providing them with feedback. 


Please see the email sent to Foundation & Grade 1/2 families last week regarding how to sign up for this.

Musical Ensembles 2020

We are very fortunate at Boroondara Park P.S. to be able to offer a variety of performing opportunities through our ensembles program.


If your child is interested in joining either Junior Choir or Senior Choir, we ask that you read the email sent to families last week regarding ensembles and complete the relevant permission forms.  Please read the forms carefully as some ensembles have requirements.

Please note that Combined Girls and Boys Vocal Group is a select entry ensemble, and members for this auditioned and were notified at the end of last year.


Those who were members of the African drumming ensemble in 2019 will continue to have a place in this ensemble in 2020, but if your child is in Grade 5 or 6 and is interested in applying for the African Drumming Ensemble, please see read the email sent to Grade 5/6 families last week.


The rehearsal schedule for each ensemble has changed this year and is as follows:

African Drumming Group (Miss Poor)

Monday 8:15am-8:50am

Senior Choir (Mrs Tenace)

Tuesday 8:00am-8:50am

Junior Choir (Miss Poor)

Wednesday 8:20am-8:50am

Combined Girls and Boys Vocal Group (Mrs Tenace)

Thursday 1:00am-1:50pm


Please note that Senior Choir and the Combined Girls and Boys Vocal Group has already started this week.


Please note that Junior Choir and African Drumming will commenced last week.


We look forward to another fantastic year of performing!

In the Performing Arts Classroom...

Foundation - Introduction to Musical Elements: High and Low Sounds

Grade 1/2 - Recapping Musical Elements: Pitch, Notes on the staff

Grade 3/4 - Introduction to Recorder - Learning our first few notes

Grade 5/6 - Introduction to Ukulele - Learning our first few chords

Llaaneath Poor 

(Performing Art Coordinator)

 Fantastic French

Bonjour tout le monde!

This week we have been practising
Alain Le lait's song Ma Famille:

Can you remember the first verse?

Aujourd'hui je vais, vous présenter à ma famille
Venez, suivez moi
Tout le monde est dans la cuisine
Il y a mon père et ma mère, mon petit frère Nicolas
Ma soeur n'est pas là, elle est allée au cinéma

Can you say these sentences?
Do you remember what they mean?

A la prochaine (till next time)

Madame Higgins and Madame T

Team 5/6

Parliament Process Incursion

On Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th February, 2020, the Year Five and Six students were given the opportunity to learn about the Australian Democratic voting system as part of our Civics and Citizenship and Literacy curriculum. Dan and Claire from  Linked Incursions spent 100 minutes with each class creating an interesting and fun learning environment where students learnt about the Government through role play.  Students discussed the values, principles and institutions that underpin Australia's democratic forms of government.  They learnt about the key features of the Australian electoral process, whilst identifying the roles and responsibilities of electors and representatives in Australia's democracy. They experienced how federal laws are initiated and passed through parliament.

Students thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to dress up and participate in voting for a new Prime Minister from a choice of six party candidates. 'The Environment Party' was popular among our youthful voters who loved to say "here here" when they agreed with a bill. Students completed the voting process of numbering 1-6 on their voting cards which were carefully guarded by two students as part of the electoral voting process. 

 It's only 6-7 years until these students will be of legal age to vote in a real election. We hope they continue to learn about the different parties and their policies and make informed choices and decisions in their future.





Junior School Council

JSC News 

Congratulations to the following students who have been elected by their class to be on the Junior School Council this year.


Eden De Rozario

Yash Kanodia


Jenn Siah

Daniel McLachlan


Sophie Wu

James Papadopoulos


Stacey Marangos

Lucah Liebenberg 


Karen Hoon 

Jay Shi


Nethuli Vithanage

Eamon Chong


Ava Papadopoulos

Tom Booth


Cobie Ahmed

Phillip Kim


Ruby Longmuir

Nick Pezzano


Eloise Morris

Ethan Rhee


Lucia Chan

Luke Fullard


Aliyah R-Shakeel

Mac Shaw


Isabella Gale

Elliot Levi


Chelsea Au

Kevin Huang


News from Kenya

During the holidays we received a Chrsitmas Card from our sponsor child, Teresiah John. You can view the card above and it is wonderful to see that they are thankful to start the school year with a new school bag and that they are continuing to learn about sustainable living. 



Congratulations to all of the new Junior School Council Members, we look forward to working with you this year.


Ray Owens and Julie Tainsh


Active Travel

Active Travel at BPPS

Active travel to and from school is alive and well at BPPS in 2020.


So far this year, there have been three Walk and Wheel Wednesdays and 6ST and 6JK have been winners of the Walk and Wheel Trophy!


The Foundation students haven’t been at school yet to participate in Walk and Wheel Wednesdays, but every Wednesday each class submits their data and we find out how many students wheel, walk, catch public transport or come to school by car.


In the last two years, on average more than 50% of students walk or wheel to school. So far this year,  around 45% of students walk or wheel and it would be great to get the percentage back to 50% or more.


Walking or riding to school has many benefits including –

  • participating in regular exercise,
  • developing active routines and good habits for life,
  • traffic congestion will be reduced around the school, and
  • those who do ride or walk will be creating good endorphins that boost general wellbeing.


Some of the activities and events happening this year to encourage students to ride or walk to school are –

  • National Ride2School Day is coming up on Friday 13th March, so please look out for information in the next newsletter about this day.
  • BPPS will soon have a 'fleet of bikes' – purchased from BYK – The best kids bikes. This has been made possible from the grant we received last year from the Ride2School Bicycle Network. During lunchtimes students who are unable to ride a bike yet, will be offered bike-riding lessons. To take advantage of this, please keep a look out in future newsletters.
  • We will also be involved in more 'National Active' events and you will read more about them in future newsletters.


National Ride2School Day is 3 weeks away, coming up on  Friday 13th March. So please mark the date in your diaries and get your bikes and scooters ready for a fun day of riding to and from school!


Julie Tainsh



Hello Boroondara Community I would like to introduce myself.


My name is Annette I will be your new canteen operator.

Here is a little bit of background about myself - I have been running and working in canteens in both primary and secondary schools for the last 12 years.

I have 3 children - my daughter just completed year 12, my son is in year 11 and my daughter who has been at Boroondara Park since prep is now attending another school in grade 5.


I believe you are what you eat and that children deserve to have the best quality food just as much as adults do. Fresh is best and the majority of the food I will be supplying will be homemade using the best ingredients possible. I will endeavour to source local produce so supporting the community is something very high on my list.


I know the school has been without a canteen for the 2019 year, which has been very sad for the children and busy parents. I am looking forward to creating a new experience within the community for both students, teachers and parents.

There will be an online ordering system with MY SCHOOL CONNECT, as well as cash in bag drop off at school.

For the families who already have a My School Connect account you should be able to use the same log in. For families who would like to create an account you can easily do so by following the steps provided.

There will be no fee involved with placing orders from the online system; I am paying those fees as a thank you for supporting me.

Please feel free to pop in and say hi and let me know if there is anything you would like to add to the menu or change - I am very approachable and will take all feedback.

I am very much looking forward to meeting your children and providing them with a healthy lunch.

I cannot wait to start this new venture.

If you need to contact me you can do so on 0413047049


OSHClub News


Bookings need to be made outside of 48hrs before a session.  For example, bookings for Before School Care on a Thursday will need to be made at the latest by 7am Tuesday before. After this time, you can no longer secure a booking through your iParent portal. Contact Sanju at the program to see if there are any spots left to book for the day.
No more on-the-day bookings are accepted. Due to government regulations relating to staff-student ratios, we can no longer take on-the-day bookings. In an emergency, we can offer a place. We endeavour to always support the needs of families and will try to accommodate every situation, if possible, but have been advised that we cannot take any more on-the-day bookings.


Bookings are available on Wednesday 19th and 26th March for those Foundation parents who would like their  children cared for.

Contact Sanju at the Program:
0412 263 319
Accounts at head office:


BPPS Community Notices





Building Connections

Do you live in the City of Boroondara?
Do you have a child with a disability?

Do you have a child who is a sibling of a child with a disability? 
Is your child aged 7 to 13 year? 

This Lego Program might be for you! 


What's happening locally



Novel coronavirus -factsheet for school students and children 2 Feb.docx
F100222 Mandarin_Novel coronavirus -factsheet for school students and children 2 Feb_DET.docx
Cover your cough and sneeze poster.pdf
Wash your hands regularly poster.pdf
Building Connections EOI poster.pdf
Whole School Information Evening.docx.pdf
Zart T2 2020 Gallery Opening INVITATION.docx
Building Connections EOI poster.pdf