the Nor'Wester

03 May 2019
Issue Two
upcoming events
assistant principal's message
school life
oshc & sprout
school council
Brunswick North West Primary School
Culloden Street
Brunswick West, VIC, 3055

upcoming events

term 2, 2019

06.05.2019 - Grades 3-6 swimming program commences (concluding 16.05.2019) Monday -                                                Thursday. Please note Friday is not included. 

08.05.2019 - Unique You & Gender Equity Information Evening (MPR @ 6.00pm)

09.05.2019 - District Cross Country

                           - Tuning In To Kids family workshop 1 (MPR @ 6.00-8.00pm)

                           - School Council meeting (date postponed)

10.05.2019 - Autumn Family Day

                           - Plant & Produce Market (grade 5 families coordinating)

14.05.2019 - NAPLAN testing window commences (concluding 24.05.2019)

15.05.2019 - Finance Committee meeting (Hannah's office @ 7.00am)

16.05.2019 - Grades 3-6 swimming program concludes

                           - Tuning In To Kids family workshop 2 (MPR @ 6.00-8.00pm)

                           - Strategic Infrastructure Committee meeting

18.05.2019 - Federal Election Day (BBQ @ BNW!)

                           - BNW Trivia Night (Estonia House - tickets available now)

22.05.2019 - BNW Open Day

23.05.2019 - Tuning In To Kids family workshop 3 (MPR @ 6.00-8.00pm)

24.05.2019 - NAPLAN testing window concludes

26.05.2019 - Working Bee (9.00am - midday)

27-30.05.19- School Photo Days (individual, class and siblings)

30.05.2019 - Tuning In To Kids family workshop 4 (MPR @ 6.00-8.00pm)

04.06.2019 -  Community Events Team meeting (Sprout @ 9.30am)

05.05.2019 - Eid

                           - Divisional Cross Country

06.06.2019 - 2020 Foundie Information Evening

                           - Tuning In To Kids family workshop 5 (MPR @ 6.00-8.00pm)

10.06.2019 - Queen's Birthday (no school)

12.06.2019 - Finance Committee meeting (Hannah's office @ 7.00am)

13.06.2019 - Strategic Infrastructure Committee meeting

                           - Tuning In To Kids family final workshop (MPR @ 6.00-8.00pm)

14.06.2019 - BNW Co-Motion Dance Evening

17.06.2019 - OSHC subcommittee meeting (MPR @ 6.30pm)

                           - Buildings & Grounds subcommittee meeting (staffroom @ 7.00pm)

18.06.2019 - Education subcommittee meeting (staffroom @ 7.00pm)

21.06.2019 - Plant & Produce Market (grade 4 families coordinating)

27.06.2019 - School Council meeting (staffroom @ 7.00pm)

28.06.2019 - Term 2 concludes (2.30pm finish)

School Photos

We know that school photos are an important way of remembering moments in your child's life. After feedback from our school community on the quality of photos, we have been researching school photography companies to find 'the right fit'. We are beyond excited to announce that we have found a company that we are very keen to work with!

Kids in Living Colour produce beautiful portraits of students and will be utilising different aspects of our yard to provide a truly unique school photo of your child whilst at BNWPS. Due to the artistic nature of the portraits, school photos will now be taken over three days (27-30th May). This will minimise disruption to classes and will also provide an opportunity for students who are absent to have an individual portrait taken on another day.

Order forms are going home with your eldest child today, with additional copies at the office. You can also order online at


family information evening

We invite all parents and carers of students in grades 3-6 to attend an important information evening on Wednesday 8th May @ with presenter Lauren French of Body Safety Australia. Our school has engaged with Body Safety Australia for three years now, to work with our students on learning about puberty, sex, sexuality, relationships and body autonomy through the Unique You program. We know that learning about these concepts extends back into the home and want to support all families to have positive and effective conversations with your children. Feedback from families attending sessions in previous years indicates that these presentations are extremely informative and enjoyable to be part of.

Following on from the Body Safety Australia presentation, Deanne Carson of Body Safety Australia will be talking with families of students in grades 3-6 regarding the gender equity oval project our students will be involved in this year. In response to the student data from our Attitudes to School Survey last year, we discovered that our students did not feel that our yard is equitable for students who are not playing in cubbies. It was identified that the 'purpose-built' spaces of our yard caused friction between cohorts of students who wanted to utilise the space in another way, often ending in isolation or conflict. We have surveyed all students across all year levels and sought funding for a project that will engage leaders from across the community, talking about gender equity and will feed into a Buildings & Grounds project to create more equitable spaces in the yard. We look forward to sharing more information with you on the 8th and to hear how you may want to get involved.

Childcare is available, please register online here or by calling the front office. More information on this night is below.


BNW trivia night

Tickets are now available for BNW's annual trivia night. This is the only 'grown-ups only' social event our Community Events Team (CET) puts on each year and is a great opportunity to connect with others in the community. This year's theme is GLAM ROCK and we can't wait to see your characters shine through! Don't forget to write your names on the table list in the main corridor, or call the front office and we can write it in for you.

CET is looking for more members! If you are interested in getting involved in the trivia night or other community events at BNW, come along to our Community Events Team meetings or make contact with the front office.

federal election day sausage sizzle

May 18th will be a busy day for the BNW community and beyond! CET is looking for any community members (who aren't too busy sewing on sequins onto their costumes for later that day) to assist in our Election Day BBQ. Hot sausages on a cool May voting day raise funds for our school programs and bring smiles to many faces in Brunswick. If you are interested in helping out, please let us know!

volunteering @ BNW

We pride ourselves for our sense of belonging as it is beneficial for everyone. Family involvement in school strengthens our young people's connection to their education, it demonstrates the community connection many families choose our school for and helps us provide the best educational program and environment possible. In an attempt to better communicate with those interested in volunteering, the school is trying to build a volunteer register. We would love all family members to complete this short survey to help us collect this information. All information will be kept private and no one will be asked to commit to any volunteer work in the survey. 

There are so many different ways to become involved in your child's education and we love it when you want to get involved, but we must remind all family members that Working with Children Check cards are required by law.



assistant principal's message

Assistant Principal's Message

Dear Families,

I hope that the holidays gave you time to rest, reflect and most importantly spend time with your little people. They are pretty special and these years do go quickly – this is someone who has two ‘children’, one 26 and one 24! Oh, where did the years go!!

As mentioned at assembly and via Sentral, we are developing a whole of school approach to supporting your children’s capacity to cope with life’s ups and downs, helping them to be more resilient and capable learners and members of our community.  Resilience: Doing well during or after an adverse event, or a period of adversity. (Source: Building Resilience in children aged 0-12, Beyond Blue). During the rest of 2019 you are invited to work with us!


Why Resilience?

This whole of school approach is soundly based on evidence which demonstrates “…that effective Social and Emotional Learning (SEL – including those focusing on Resilience) Programs lead to an improvement in students’ academic performance (Durlak et al., 2011). In Durlak et al.’s meta-analysis of over 200 primary and secondary social and emotional learning programs, SEL participants showed an average 11% gain in academic achievement…” Source: Building resilience in children and young people. Melbourne University.

 As educators, we understand that in order to learn we need to take risks, we need to be able to cope with adversity and challenge. For those of you who read last week’s newsletter item entitled, Numeracy News, Jessie Meade and Alice Hamilton discuss “Zone of Confusion”, at school we teach the children about the “Learning Pit”. In upcoming newsletters we’ll provide some more information about this.

To commence the family programs, outlined below, this term families were invited to join Tuning into Kids. We are thrilled to inform you all that approximately 50 families expressed interest in this program. Unfortunately, there is only room for 12. As many of the families have children in grade 4 and above, we recommended that they attend the Tuning Into Teens program – this will be held in July / August – see below.




Further information will be provided specifically about the above programs.

While you are learning alongside other families, our staff and students will also be learning. For instance all our senior students have already completed the Moreland Youth Resilience Survey. For more information about the survey please go to: Findings will be shared with the students and their families and will form the basis of future actions. Staff will also participate in additional Restorative Justice professional learning facilitated by Kristy Elliot.


The Facilitators:

Anthony Woodruff is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker & counsellor employed fulltime with Merri Health service in Brunswick. He has been working with clients and families here at Merri Health for over 10 years. He is also a father of 2 young kids, who both attend primary school locally here in the Inner North area.

Some of Anthony’s education & training has included a Bachelor of Social Work (at the University of Queensland) in 2005, a Masters of Clinical Family Therapy (with La Trobe University, Melbourne) in 2012.  Hi is currently trained to provide one to one individual counselling, clinical adult mental health support & family therapy. Anthony also a regularly facilitates ‘Tuning Into Kids’ groups; a parent education program originally delivered as part of a University of Melbourne.


Dr Christiane Kehoe is based at Mindful, Centre for Training and Research in Developmental Health at the University of Melbourne. She is Co-author of Tuning in to Teens™ and Tuning in to Toddlers™, which are emotion-focussed parenting programs, and has been managing research evaluations of the Tuning in to Kids suite of programs for the last 10 years. She is also an accredited trainer of both Tuning in to Kids™ and Teens™ and has provided certified training to mental health practitioners nationally and internationally. Christiane has been delivering parenting programs to parents since 2006 and has also been working in educational settings where she has provided consultation to teachers and implemented the Tuning in to Teens program as a whole school initiative.


Dr Helen McGrath has degrees in both Psychology and Education. She taught in schools for two years after graduation and was then invited by Deakin University to be involved with training student teachers and overseeing their practice in schools.

She is currently a part-time Adjunct Professor in both the Faculty of Arts & Education at Deakin University and the Faculty of Education at RMIT University. In addition to this role she is also:

  • a presenter of Psychology-based workshops across Australia & NZ to a range of professionals (e.g. Psychologists, Teachers and Principals, Medical practitioners, Police officers & Lawyers)
  • a counselling Psychologist who has been in part-time private practice for many years
  • An author or co-author of 22 Educational and/or Psychology-based books including:
  • Friendly Kids Friendly Classrooms (with Dr. Shona Francey) 
  • Bounce Back: A Positive Education approach to Wellbeing, Resilience and Social–emotional Learning (with Dr. Toni Noble)
  • Why Did They Do It? Inside the Minds of Australia’s Most Unlikely Killers (with Cheryl Critchley)
  • Mind Behind the Crime: What Makes Australia’s Worst Killers Tick (with Cheryl Critchley)

She has been invited to give evidence and make recommendations at a variety of Parliamentary Enquiries and has worked in both development and advisory roles with both the Commonwealth Education Department and the Victorian Department of Education and Training on the development and implementation several major school-based projects such as:

  • The eSmart Cybersafety & Wellbeing Framework for Schools (2009, Currently implemented in 2200+ schools)
  • The National Safe Schools Framework (2013, Commonwealth Department of Education)
  • The Australian Student Wellbeing Framework (2019, Commonwealth Department of Education)


Kristy Elliot works with educators that want to make a positive difference in the lives of the young people they work with and their communities.  As an educator she understands the privilege of that role and she strives to make a positive impact. As founder and director of Restorative Pathways Kristy supports schools to create flourishing school cultures using positive psychology practices and restorative approaches to relationship and conflict management. What we know to be true from years of scientific research is that the quality of our relationships are the biggest predictor of life satisfaction, health, happiness, resilience and achievement. Kristy has worked in this field for the best part of 16 years and she still finds it fun and rewarding.  Restorative approaches are not for the faint hearted but the courageous; in the right hands they have the power to transform people and communities.


Want some more information about resilience?

As you can probably tell, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and researching. If you are anything like me, I like to get information from different sources. Here are a few:



Viewing: Brene Brown – ‘Call to Courage’

Listening:  Podcast: Willosophy – Richard Stubbs

If anyone would like a chat, let me know! Together, we can help support our young people to be courageous in their learning and relationships, being the best they can be!

Take care,

Wendy White

school life

From Indonesian Class Room 

Salamat Datang! Welcome Term 2 2019.

Term 1 was an exciting term getting to know everyone and exploring Indonesian language and culture. Seeing the children perform role plays with the puppets would have to be a highlight.

Term 2:

This term students will explore Indonesian food with a focus on fruit (Buah). Students will learn about Indonesian fruit such as rambutan and durian. The vocabulary will be drawn from a beautiful story about two silly orangutans in the jungle: Dua Orangutan yang Lucu Sekali.

Students will look at nude food and whether the packaging of food is sustainable. We will also look at how rice and bananas get from farm/fields to fork. 

Terimah Kasih               Ibu Nadia and Ollie


oshc & sprout

OSHC Newsletter – Term2 Week2

Wominjeka everyone,

What an incredible experience to have Janeya Serra from Yarn Strong Sista last Monday, who shared beautiful stories telling and wonderful Aboriginal ochre art. Children learnt about the Aboriginal flag and what the colours mean (yellow for the sun, red for the earth and black for the people), bush foods. They also learnt that Indigenous Australians can have light skin or dark skin, how to grind ochre to make paint, how Indigenous people in what is now Victoria wore possum skins and the women placed a possum skin with the inside facing up on their laps and used their hands to drum upon it.




  • Most of the educators attended the Victorian Inclusion Expo Preston (with morning keynote from Bruce Hurst) on Wednesday May the 1st .

Reminders and Important notes:

  1. Science Incursions: our next Science Incursion will be on Thursday on the 9th  of May and topic will be Space; some of the experiments will cover how the seasons work and how gravity works.

If your child does attend at the program you don’t need to make any extra booking. If your child would like to attend but they do not attend OSHC on Thursday, please make a casual booking through MFL.

  1. CCS eligibility: to be eligible for Child Care Subsidy please make sure that you have provided CRN for parent/guardian 1 and your child. Also, make sure that you have registered our service in

OSHC Team.

school council

important news from our school council and sub committees



Suitcase of Dreams launch - Natasha Colangelo

In conjunction with two other talented artists, Renato Colangelo, and Rosa Voto, we have explored and recognised the ageing population that shaped the culturally rich suburbs of the City of Moreland and wanted to pay homage to them. With this in mind, we have photographed 100 participants from diverse backgrounds, namely immigrants from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s over the last 11 months.


These portraits portray a strong message of resilience, persistence, unity, and hope.

They will be printed A0 size and in black and white and will be exhibited on the external wall of Sorrento cafe- 801 Sydney Road Brunswick.




BNW French Club Term 2 

Parents of OSHCP children, why not come along and try French Club? It’s a fun and effective way to use an hour of your child’s afternoon. Watch your kids feel positive about learning another language. Children of all ages and experience welcome - Wednesdays at 3.45-4.45pm .

Please note, we only have limited places.

 Contact Jim

 0432 719 034

Swimming for Middle & Seniors Term 2 

Please be aware that in week 3 swimming will commence for all year 3, 4, 5, & 6 students at the Elite Pasco Vale Swimming Centre  Address: 8 Attercliffe Ave, Pascoe Vale VIC 3044. 

Dates will be from the 6th - 9th and also 13th - 16th May. 

A timetable of when each class will be attending will be available at the school office. 

Please log on to Sentral to give permission for your child to attend by the 3rd May. 

Please ensure your child has a towel, bathers, goggles and warm clothing to wear back to school. 


Explore & Grow playgroup - Elizabeth Harper

A garden playgroup for children and their carers. Each week there will be an activity for children, nature play and a little gardening for adults. Most activities are aimed at children aged 2-5 but younger children are welcome. Each session will conclude with a story, BYO snack.


Indonesian Concert & Exhibition

Please see attached poster for details of a fun afternoon of Indonesian dance and music on Sunday 5th May. This is a fun and free family event!

Salam, Ibu Kas


the Nor'Wester
Body Safety Note 2019 - Deborah Robins.pdf
POSTER-Indonesia Concert and Exhibition.pdf