Stop Press

07 June 2018
Issue Seventeen
From the Principal and Assistant Principal
School News
Level Low Downs
Dates to Remember
School Information
Community News
Beaumaris Primary School
(03) 9589 2619
79-99 Dalgetty Road
Beaumaris, Victoria, 3193

From the Principal and
Assistant Principal

Photo: Community Built Playground

Great parent feedback about our new newsletter format

"...Not sure who’s responsible but please feed back it looks fantastic and the photos included for both the headings and seeing the staff in meetings etc is great.

Very modern! Calendar of events is perfect..


"Just wanted to say the new look newsletter is FANTASTIC! Super job whoever has developed it. So easy on the eye and easy to find what you are looking for. Particularly love the dates for the year at the back!"

History Panel Art Competition

In Stop Press last week we launched our History Panel Art Competition.

Thank you to Jill, a parent at BPS, for developing the concept. Jill briefed Parent Club, the staff and the students about the purpose of the competition and the importance of student input into the creation of the panels.

As mentioned in last week's newsletter, Beaumaris Primary School has been awarded a grant from the Public Records Office Victoria (PROV) to create heritage panels which will be permanently installed around the school to display our history. There are many aspects of the school’s history for which we do not have photos or other images. This is, in part, because many irreplaceable photographs and other items of memorabilia were lost when the school administration building burnt down in 1994. Therefore, we are inviting our students to imagine for themselves what those events might have looked like. Students in each year level will be invited to create a picture. Each year level, from Foundation to Year 6, will be given a different historical theme or event for their art piece. The winning entries will be displayed permanently on the heritage panels.

Entry forms are available at the office.

Students in years Prep to 6 can collect an entry form relevant to their year level. Students will receive information describing the requirements for their representation of the events in our history.

Good luck everyone. We look forward to receiving your entry.

Free Dress Day today to celebrate 
World Environment Day and World Oceans Day

Thank you to everyone who came along today wearing " a touch of the environment" 

The funds raised will support our sponsorship of  our giraffe Winky Wonk, through the Giraffe Conservation Foundation and  Water Aid through our Build a Loo project which we are undertaking with Kids Teaching Kids. Currently a team of  20 students from Year 6 are working with KTK and the charitable organisation Water Aid, who are actively involved in raising funds to provide clean, safe water to villages without sanitation.

It is important for our students to be aware of world issues. Today's event  provided them with an opportunity to  understand their capacity to directly influence their environment. Our dress up day enabled student voice in world issues and the funds raised empowered student agency to make a meaningful difference in an authentic way. 

Teachers prepare mid year student reports

Our teachers are currently compiling student reports. Each report requires a number of hours to prepare during allocated time  before and after school as well as in the evenings and on the weekend.

Parents will be able to access their child's mid year  report on Compass from 5.00pm on June 22nd.

Mid year parent teacher interviews will be conducted in the week beginning June 25th. Parents will be advised when the parent teacher interview booking portal is open.

In November/December students, teachers and parents will meet for student led conferences.

Developing Resilience Strategies at Home:

Gratitude     Empathy         Mindfulness

What are three things that went well for you today?

What was the best thing that happened to you today?

Who are you most grateful for today and why?

What are you looking forward to most about tomorrow?

Have a great week everyone.

Sheryl Skewes                        Louise Neave

Principal                                    Assistant Principal

School News

Photo: Prep Playground

Lunch Clubs

This week we introduced Lunch Club to give students the option to choose quiet activities to participate in during lunchtime.  Staff are supervising all sessions throughout the week and our Year 6 leaders are also supporting students and teachers with this new initiative. The activities have been well received by the students and our school leaders have done a wonderful job helping out.

Snack Shack

We will be serving chicken noodle soup again on Monday 18th June and 25th June for $1.00 per cup. On Monday 25th June we will also be providing samples of another flavoured soup which is completely vegetarian – pumpkin & carrot – for 50c a cup. All ingredient lists are available at the canteen on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Thank you to Jodie and Andrea for their time and efforts to get the soup up and running.

Please remind students to collect their “COLLECT” items (which have been highlighted on their bags) from the canteen after 1pm by queuing up at the “COLLECT” sign, for faster service. Our NEW homestyle sausage rolls are not far away, please watch this space! Thank you, Ellie H


Important message from Qkr

As of June 6th some of the older versions of the Qkr app will no longer work, and families must update their app. Most people have auto update enabled in their phone settings so this will happen seamlessly for them.  If you have any parents saying the app has stopped working, they simply have to download the current version from the app store. We can track who is using a new version and the overwhelming majority of Qkr users have already updated, so the number of impacted families should be very very small.

Kids Teaching Kids

Environment Day 2018 - Beat Plastic Pollution

Happy World Environment Day!

With the theme of this year's #Worldenvironmentday being 'Beat Plastic Pollution' we couldn't think of anything better to share than Beaumaris Primary School's amazing 2017 mainstage performance, "The Majestic Plastic Bag'. Have a watch and get a conversation started about the huge issues surrounding single-use plastics!

While preparing for their performance at the Melbourne Water Kids Teaching Kids Conference, the students at Beaumaris linked up with their local Boomerang Bags community and did their bit to combat single-use plastic bags in their community!

Feeling inspired? Take on the challenge and sign up for Plastic Free July this year! And remember, if you can't reuse it... don't use it!!

Cyber Safety

Are Your Children Playing FORTNITE?

Many of you would have heard about the new video game Fortnite and perhaps your children have been exposed to it or are playing it regularly. The key to kids and technology is parental involvement and understanding, so below is some information about Fortnite that might be useful.

  1. Commonsense Media gives Fortnite a rating of 13 +
  2. The game is a ‘third person shooter’- this means it involves shooting enemies.
  3. Fortnite is a competitive game. The goal of the game is to use weapons such as shotguns, automatic weapons, grenade launchers and rifles to kill other characters. The last survivor is the winner.
  4. Players can interact with each other via voice chat, opening up the possibility that your child could be exposed to bad language, bullying, inappropriate comments and exposure to adults posing as children.
  5. Voice chat CAN be switched off in the game’s settings menu.
  6. The game is Free to download.

We encourage parents to have a good look at all of the games their children are playing. Below are a list of  ‘Good Gaming Practice Tips’ by Susan McLean- Australia’s foremost expert in the area of cyber safety and young people.

  • Know the game’s rating.
  • Is it violent? What level of violence is my child exposed to?
  • Who does my child connect with?
  • Do you think it is suitable for your child and their level of development?
  • Are there any known problems with this game? Do your due diligence and search for articles online and via
  • Play the game yourself just to make sure all is okay.
  • Set very clear time limits and do not waiver.
  • The fact that your child’s friends play the game is not a good guide as to its suitability for your own child, and regardless of how long other kids game for, you need to ensure the time allocated for your child is reasonable, taking into account age, homework, sport, family activities, bedtime etc.
  • Keep social and homework time separate.
  • For younger children, ensure that you know who they are playing with and help them to their accounts up securely. Make sure there are rules about who they talk to and that they never have private chats outside the gaming environment (grooming takes place in the online game world too).
  • Think about risk factors and if they apply to your children.
  • Realistic, gory video games such as the first-person shooter games should be discouraged because they can lead to desensitization to violence and aggressive behaviour.
  • Games that promote learning academic skills or social cooperation should be encouraged.
  • Have a sheet of rules next to the device to ensure your child remembers what is expected.
  • Make sure they must log off and come and get you if there is anything of concern.
  • The minute you feel the game is taking over it is time to say no. Online gaming problems often seem to develop almost overnight; it goes from manageable to not manageable very quickly. Be on the ball and don’t doubt yourself.

I encourage you to take a look at the information for parents on  Susan’s website at

Louise Neave

Supervision of Dogs

Once again we have had unattended dogs tied up at gates around the school and have received complaints.  Any complaints received are now being directed to the Bi-Laws office at Bayside Council.  

We would like to remind parents about the Bayside Council regulations governing dogs entering school grounds.  At no time are dogs allowed inside the school grounds—i.e. within the black fence which surrounds the school.  This includes after school hours and weekends.

Dogs must not be left tied up and unattended outside the school at pick up time.  The dog must be within effective sight and voice control of the owner AT ALL TIMES.  If your dog accompanies you to school at pick up time,  please arrange for your child to meet you outside the school gates, so you are able to stay with your pet.  Unattended dogs (even the best behaved ones) are a potential risk to other students, siblings and parents; large crowds, noise, additional attention and excitement around school drop up and pick up can stress pets and causes uncharacteristic behaviour.

Student safety and parent parking around the school

Student safety and parent parking around the school

For the safety of our students, parents are asked to familiarise themselves with the ‘No Standing’ areas and ‘Kiss & Go’ areas around our school.

‘No Standing’ areas are located to give our students a clear view of the traffic. Parents are asked to please not park in ‘No Standing’ areas as this obstructs the students view of the traffic. It would be a tragedy if a child was hit by a car.

Student Contributions

It is now mid year and our teachers are organising the rest of the years activities. If you have received a statement this week please finalise your payment via Qkr or BPAY so your child does not miss out on these activities.  Any queries please call Catherine Lamb, Business Manager, 9589 2619.

Level Low Downs

Photo: Colourful Playground


The Prep students have been exploring concepts about the environment and ocean today during investigations. They have made paintings, books and drawings about how to care for the environment.

Year One

The Year 1s wrote exciting narratives with the title ‘The Cave’.  The teachers were entertained with stories of dragons, elves, lava and stalactites!  In English we decided to make fairy bread to learn about writing procedures. In keeping with our theme,   in maths, we made imaginary beakers of magic potions to learn about adding and capacity. The children have produced work of which even JK Rowling would be proud!

Year Two

Today is World Environment Day. We are looking at ways that we can protect the planet and Beaumaris Primary School. Here are some ways that we can help to save the planet:

  • “I shall protect the plants!!! I shall tell people to stop walking on the plants because they can spread diseases.”  By Lorenzo 2F
  • “We need to use less water. We need to have 3 minute showers. We need to put water tanks at our homes and schools.” By Asha 2F
  • “Make sure you don’t litter near the animals.” By Alisa 2C
  • “Make sure you put your rubbish in the right buns.” By Lachie 2R
  • “Bring nude food to school everyday.” By Luke 2DP
  • “Don’t waste paper.” By Katia 2DP

Year Three and Four

This week Year 4 have been using their Library time to research for their Educational Research Project. It has been fantastic to how engaged students are in their topics, from endangered animals to basketball, from video games to contemporary dance – believe or not, Geography plays a huge role in each and every interest! Here are some students from 3/4Fs engaged in library time reading.

This week Year 3 have been busy conducting research for their ERPs. We have enjoyed using the laptops and iPad to help us with our research. We have also been improving our note taking skills. We have been recoding key words and ideas whilst we are reading aloud from books and watching videos.  

Year Five

This week in Year 5 we continued our writing focus on the art of persuasion. We delved into using persuasive techniques to enhance our sentences and make our writing sound more sophisticated. We’ve experimented with the rule of 3, exaggeration, rhetorical questions and alliteration, just to name a few. This week we had a go at writing a persuasive piece about a country of our choice or promoting Beaumaris Primary School.

To raise awareness of both World Environment Day and World Ocean Day this week, we celebrated with our own casual dress day. Many of us wore a ‘touch of environment’ and donated a gold coin to raise awareness for caring for the world around us. We had discussions in our classrooms about why it is important to work together to fix environmental issues and we also discussed potential pledges we can take to do our part.

Don’t forget, next Thursday we are off to the city for our multicultural excursion 

Year Six

Last week the year 6’s found out their roles for the Lion King Jr musical. Congratulations to everyone who got a main part and auditioned. Remember, everyone has a part in the musical no matter how big or small. The two nights of the performance are Wednesday 12th of September and Thursday the 13th of September, both nights 7:00 – 8:30pm.

Last Saturday at 9.00am – 2.00pm, some girls in year 6 held a cake store to raise money for Water Aid: a charity being supported by the Kids Teaching Kids program. The girls were Phoebe, Lola, Paige and Tia. They raised $249.40 and that all went to Water Aid. Water Aid is a not-for-profit organisation that tries to help people all over the world have good water, hygiene and sanitation. By 2030 they want everyone in the world to have access to all three of these essentials.

Dates to Remember

Snack Shack

Open Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays

(excl. 1st & last day of term)


Monday 11

Queen's Birthday: Public Holiday

Thursday 14

Year 5 Geography Excursion

Wednesday 20

AFL Girls Football District Round Robin

Thursday 21

Year 6 History Expo

Dolphin Research Institute Ambassadors Peer Teaching

Year 3/4 ERP Expo 2.30pm

Friday 22

Student Reports available for parents from 4pm on Compass

Monday 25 to Thursday 28

Parent/Teacher interviews 

Tuesday 26

Year 5 Geography ERP

Friday 29 

Last day of Term 2 -  2.30pm dismissal 


Monday 16

Start Term 3

6pm Information session for Minato Ku host families in the staffroom

Wednesday 18

Parent Club meeting 9am - staffroom

Year 5 Reach Foundation

Tuesday 24 to Monday 30

Minato-Ku students

Wednesday 25

Japan/Australia Day

Thursday 26

Zoo excursion with Minato Ku Students



Friday 27

Farewell to our Minato Ku Students years 4,5 & 6


Wednesday 1

Year 5 Science incursion: Mad About Science

Thursday 2

Year 2 Performance Evening

Tuesday 7 & Wednesday 8

Year 5 Leadership Workshop at Brighton SC

Friday 17

House Athletics

Wednesday 22

Bully Stoppers Forum

Thursday 30

Father's Day stall

Friday 31

Father's Day Footy Breakfast


Tuesday 11

District Athletics

Wednesday 12 & Thursday 13

Year 6 Musical

Tuesday 18

6.15pm Family Life - Family Session

Wednesday 19 

Parent Club 9am Staffroom

Friday 21

End of Term 3 

 2.30pm Dismissal


Wednesday 10 

Division Athletics

Year 5 Start Smart

Monday 15

7pm 2019 Prep Parents Information Session

Tuesday 16

Year 5 Mini Boss Incursion

Wednesday 17

Parent Club 9am Staffroom

9.30am Transition Session 1 - 2019 Prep Students

Wednesday 24

Year 6 and Year 5 Reach Foundation


Thursday 25

Year 4 Performance Evening

Friday 26

Day for Daniel

Saturday 27

Parent Club Social Function

Wednesday 31

Year 5 Family Life


Thursday 1

Session 2 2019 Prep Students

2019 Prep Parents Information with David Anderson 

Tuesday 6

Melbourne Cup Public Holiday

Wednesday 7

Year 5 Family Life

Tuesday 13

Whole School Step Up

Session 3 2019 Prep Students

Wednesday 14

Year 5 Family Life

Monday 19 to Friday 30

Swimming Lessons Bayside Aquatic Centre Prep-Year 4

Wednesday 21

Parent Club Meeting 9am Staffroom


Tuesday 4

Prep Performance Evening

Thursday 6

Glee Club to sing at Bayside U3A 11.15am at the Beaumaris Library

Wednesday 12

Year 5 Bike Hike

Monday 17

Year 6 Graduation

Wednesday 19

2pm Meet the Teacher

Carols Night

Friday 21

Last Day Term 4 - 1.30pm Dismissal


School Information

General Office

Office Hours:           8.15am - 4.00pm

Telephone:              03   9589 2619


All visitors to the school are required to report to the office to sign in and out.  A ‘visitor’s badge’ will be issued.

Appointments with teachers must be made via the school email: [email protected] 



Student absences should be reported to the school before 9.00am via the Compass portal or phoning the school office 95892619.



In order to minimise disruption to class and maximise learning opportunities for our students, we would like to remind you that the school day starts promptly at 9.00am.  If your child is late for any reason, please sign in at the office via the Compass Kiosk and obtain a late pass to be given to the classroom teacher.  

Please ensure that if your child is leaving early that they are signed out on the Compass Kiosk before collecting them from the classroom.



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