14 September 2017
Term 3, 2017 - Issue 5
Principal's Report
Upcoming Dates/Events
General School News
Prep - Year 4 News
Year 5 News
Japanese News
Visual Arts
National eSmart Week
Choir Soirees
Mini Fete 
Award - PYP Attitude of the Month
Do You Know?
Interview with Kate Waller
Interview with a BNPS Volunteer
Our Wonderful Volunteers
Reporting Absences
Mental Health Matters 
Spring Racing Luncheon
2017 School Dates
General Information
Important School Rules
Beaumaris North Primary School
(03) 9589 5449
Wood Street
Beaumaris, Victoria, 3193

Principal's Report

Message from the Principal


It's been a very busy Term!

Term 3 has been an extremely busy term with many extra curriculum events occurring in all year levels and specialist programs. Our Compass updates and newsletter articles inform parents of achievements and events ensuring that families have access to current information. Of course none of these activities would be possible without the time, effort and commitment of the BNPS staff and I thank them for creating these opportunities for our students.



  • Hosted a lovely Father’s Day event with dads and budding architects creating an assortment of buildings together.
  • The ‘Cubbyhouse Day’ saw the Prep Learning Centre transformed into a building site as the students used boxes they had brought from home to design and create their own buildings.



  • Enjoyed a ‘hands on’ incursion with the Travelling Kitchen where they learned about healthy food options.


  • Commenced their swimming program at Mentone Aquatic Centre where they will participate in 8 sessions over two weeks.

Our Prep, Year 1 and Year 2 students are also looking forward to the Disco tomorrow night.



  • Enjoyed a visit from the Traffic Education group.
  • Participated in Japanese 'Manga Drawing' incursions.
  • Commenced their swimming program at Mentone Aquatic Centre where they will participate in 8 sessions over two weeks.
  • Held a fun ‘Shark Tank’ event.
  • The Junior Choir performed for their parents and classmates at an afternoon Soiree in the Multi-Purpose Room.


  • Presented a wonderful exhibition of their Unit of Inquiry 'The Human Body' for parents and other year levels to visit and learn from their research.
  • Performed for parents and friends at a very well attended  evening Choir Soiree.

YEAR 5 & 6

  • The Senior Choir performed at an evening Soiree with so many parents and friends attending it became standing room only!
  • Planned and managed an amazing Mini Fete for the whole school to enjoy.
  • Attended the Sandringham College Musical 'The Wedding Singer'.
  • Year 5 have also produced some very impressive writing pieces during class Literacy sessions (included in this newsletter).

Mini Fete

Yesterday the Year 5 and 6 students ran a very successful Mini Fete for the rest of the school students and teachers to enjoy. 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 a local, national and international level.  Our motto is ‘Kids helping kids!’  We aim to create a social conscience in the children that they carry beyond their school life.


Students have been working for the past 6 weeks on developing a profitable business in the form of a group stall, in order to raise money for children’s charities. Students wrote letters and collected donations from so many very generous local businesses as well as donating items themselves.  A terrific team effort by all!


Year 4 - 6 students also participated in the District Athletics Carnival held at Duncan McKinnon Oval in very dismal weather.

2018 Fete Preparations

The Fete Committee are hard at work organising our biggest fundraiser which only occurs every two years. I encourage each and every one of you to get involved in whatever capacity you can whether it be running a stall, donating something or volunteering for an hour or two on the day - there is something for everyone and it's a very rewarding community experience.

Please let the Committee know how you can help by completing the online help form in the latest Fete Newsletter at your earliest convenience.

New School Logos

I would like to sincerely thank Carrie Dennis for designing yet another new school logo for Outside School Hours Care (OSHC). As mentioned in our previous newsletter, Carrie is sharing her unique graphic artist skills with our school community and has also created a logo for our Uniform Shop and redesigned the logo for the BNPS Parents and Friends.

Sherril Duffy


Upcoming Dates/Events


Friday 15 September

Year 5 Bike Education

Junior Disco (Prep - Year 2) 


Monday 18 September

Year 2 & 3 Swimming Program 

(18, 19, 20 & 21 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)










Monday 9 October

Term 4 Commences (9am)


Tuesday 10 October

Year 3 Zoo Excursion


Wednesday 11 October

Division Athletics


Saturday 14 October

Beaumaris Farmers Market (8.00am - 1.00pm)


Monday 16 October

Year 6 Metro Trains Visit


Wednesday 18 October

Year 4 Camp

2018 Prep Transition (9.30 - 10.45am)

Parents & Friends Meeting (7.30 - 8.30pm)




Friday 20 October

Year 6 Graduation Photo (9am)

Ladies Spring  Carnival Luncheon (11.30am - 3pm)


Monday 23 October

Year 5 Camp

Prep & Year 1 Swimming Program Commences

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


Tuesday 24 October

Class Rep Meeting (9.00am)


Wednesday 25 October

School Council Meeting


Tuesday 7 November

Melbourne Cup Day (Public Holiday)


Wednesday 8 November

First Aid (Prep - Year 6)

Year 1 Japanese Incursion


Thursday 9 November

First Aid (Prep - Year 6)

Year 2 Japanese Incursion


Friday 10 November

Remembrance Day Service


Saturday 11 November

Beaumaris Farmers Market (8.00am - 1.00pm)


Monday 13 November

Year 6 Camp


Wednesday 22 November

School Council Meeting


Thursday 23 November

Open Classrooms (9.10 - 9.50am)


Friday 24 November

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

Year 6 Japanese Incursion

Senior Disco (Year 3 - 6)





Wednesday 29 November

2018 Prep Orientation (9.30 - 10.45am)

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


Thursday 30 November

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


Wednesday 6 December

School Council Meeting


Friday 8 December

BNPS Carols Night


Saturday 9 December

Beaumaris Farmers Market (8.00am - 1.00pm)


Tuesday 12 December

Year 6 Orientation Day

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


Wednesday 13 December

Singing Recital (6.30pm, MPR)


Tuesday 19 December

Year 6 Graduation


Thursday 21 December

Year 6 Big Day Out


Friday 22 December

Last Day of School for 2017 (1.30pm dismissal)




Saturday 24 March



Tuesday 7 August

BNPS Concert





General School News

Book Week Activities

2017 Theme: ‘Escape to Everywhere’

Some classes produced colourful art work depicting their favourite book ever, a make believe character or their year level’s escape destination. Others wrote stories about their escape destination or focused on literature regarding their escape theme. Some wrote their own version of winning Children’s Book Council Awards picture book ‘Home in the Rain’ by Bob Graham.

The Preps brought their favourite book to school while Year Fives brought their favourite book from the past.


A special mention to Owynn in Year 3 who wrote two books in his own time - ‘Escape to the Forest’ and ‘Escape to the Beach.’


The Year Sixes were very lucky to have George Ivanoff, Author (and BNPS parent!), talk to them about being a writer.

Other classes centred their activities around some of the short-listed books of the CBCA. Preps, Ones and Twos have been focusing on most of the short-listed books during Library lessons.


A BIG thanks to everyone who went to so much trouble with their Book Parade outfits - the children looked truly spectacular!

Jump Rope for Heart

We have been blown away by the fundraising efforts of this year’s ‘Jumpers’. Together, with support from family and friends, we have raised a huge $5871.70 for the Heart Foundation. It’s not too late to send in any final cash donations that you have collected! The students had a fantastic time at the Jump Off day where they were able to showcase their skipping skills to parents and friends. Jump Rope for Heart is a great opportunity for the ‘jumpers’ to work cooperatively when learning to partner skip, be risk-takers in learning new and challenging skills and to develop their communication skills when helping each other. Thank you to our Year 5 and 6 helpers who ran the rotations and assisted with the set-up and pack-up each week.

We are looking forward to picking up the ropes again next year.

Silvi Levine, Tess Durham and Kate Williams.

2018 Education Contribution Forms Due

It is MOST IMPORTANT that 2018 Education  Contribution form are returned by Friday 22 September. A ‘Stationery Pack’ will be ordered for each child unless you advise us that you will be sourcing your own stationery. Thank you.

BNPS Instrumental Program

The BNPS Instrumental Program is taking enrolments for all woodwind, piano, guitar, ukulele and drum lessons - get in now for Term 4 and 2018! Further information and online enrolment forms can be found on the school website: http://beaumarisnorthps.vic.edu.au/curriculum/extra-curricular-activities/instrumental-music-program/


Dates for the diary: The program will be holding their end of year Soirees over two nights in November: Wednesday 29 and Thursday 30 (parents will be invited to a session on one of these nights).

Last Chance to Collect Stickers!

The Woolworths Earn & Learn Program finishes on Tuesday (19 September) – please make sure you get your stickers into one of our collection boxes (Mentone, Mordialloc, Highett & Southland) or here at school - remember there is no need to stick your stickers on the sheets - our lovely parent and student volunteers will do that for you!  

Thanks again for your support!

Prep - Year 4 News

Prep - Cubby Day

On Wednesday last week the Preps had ‘Cubby Day’! We all brought boxes, blankets, bubble wrap and tape from home to help build our cubbies. We all dressed up in our building gear and some of us even brought our own toolboxes and toolbelts! We spent the whole morning building cubbies, making tents and constructing different buildings. At the end we all helped clean up. There was a HUGE mess in the Prep rooms! It was the BEST day ever!

We would like to thank Austin's parents who donated a 'hard hat' for every child in Prep - this was such a lovely gesture.

Prep Father's Day Morning

On Friday 1 September we had our Father's Day morning in Prep. We were all very excited to give our dads a handmade card and colourful tie to wear on their special day. We made lots of different 3D houses together and joined them all to build a city in each classroom! They were pretty tricky to make but with some help from our dads we were able to complete the challenge!

We hope everyone had a lovely morning. 

Year 1 - Travelling Kitchen Incursion

The Year 1 students enjoyed making Vietnamese Rolls at their Travelling Kitchen Incursion last Friday.


Year 3 Shark Tank

For our 'How the World Works' Unit of Inquiry, the Year 3 students have been learning about the reason for inventions. They used a specific design process to improve a current invention to present to their class. The 8 most popular inventions, as voted by the students then went on to the 'BNPS Shark Tank' to present their ideas.

The students came up with some creative ideas to fix problems with current inventions and the winning inventions were:

  • Ban Tape by Tokoa 
  • Finger Key by Thomas 
  • Shoezing by Sachi 
  • What-a-Watch by Pippie 
  • Curtain Claw by Maddi 
  •  Remarkable Radio by Millie 
  •  The Shower Scrubber by Harper 
  •  O-Tape by Owynn 

Thanks to the 'Sharks' Mrs Duffy, Mrs Simpson, Nurse Nicole and Nat MacMahon for taking part in this great event - they made some very interesting investments!!

Year 4 Human Body Exhibition

Last Friday the Year 4 students held their ‘Human Body Inquiry Expo’ to display and present their research projects. Each class in the school, along with the Year 4 parents, had the opportunity to view the amazing work of our Year 4 students who shared information about the human body enthusiastically.


4A & 4B

4C & 4D


Well done on an amazing Exhibition Year 4!






Year 5 News

Year 5 - Economics Program

Year 5 students in action during our Economics Program - videos of a court trial and  auction below!


Year 5 Writing

War on Waste:

It’s trash how much we’re trashing.   By Niamh 

Do you recycle your garbage? If not, it’s time you did. Craig Reucassel, a broadcaster with a mission, is putting this out there.  Australia uses over ten million plastic bags a DAY, and half of those don’t even get the chance to be recycled. The average family throws out around 3 and a half THOUSAND dollars’ worth of food a year. And that’s not all.




When you put a plastic bag in the normal bin, it goes to a landfill, where it slowly degrades, its chemicals absorbing into the ground, polluting plants and water. Coffee cups are next. We throw out two billion a year! Tell your parents to own a keep cup.  Baristas will happily fill them. Interestingly, you may spend less if you go green, helping along your budget and your environment! “Keep Australia beautiful!” proclaimed the environmentalist campaign of the sixties. Whatever happened to that? So I’m saying:

  • #BanTheBag! Plastic bags are damaging, toxic and single use. Encourage this along by using this hashtag on social networking programs! Stay safe, though. Use the account of a parent or guardian.
  • Step off the fashion trend-mill. Australians throw out up to 6,000 kilograms of fashion and textiles EVERY TEN MINUTES. Fast fashion? More like fast waste. One cotton shirt takes 2,700 liters of water. That’s enough to last a person around 900 days.
  • Love your planet and it will love you back. Conserve water, power and most of all, food. Turn off switches, taps and at mealtime, empty your plate. Many people all over the world have no dinner.

Our planet is all we’ve got. Please take care of it. When you throw away a plastic bag, you’re throwing away the world.





The conquerer of the world! The destroyer of the awkward conversation! The… common cold virus? By Bella 

The end of winter and the start of spring is a time for many things. Blooming flower buds, new life, and a sneeze or two. Yup, it’s cold time again, the time of the year you can’t seem to help but get a cold. Not at the start of winter, with cold wind and rain, or in the middle of it, mostly with the same description, but at the end, when the glorious spring is about to start for another year. The viruses hit and make even the best parts of the year a misery. And now is that time! Put a piece of paper in the QOTW box if you’ve already had a cold in the past two weeks! I had one from Friday night(I didn’t write when It ended because it hasn’t yet). There have been a number of people I’ve known to be of sick. To stop the cold viruses spreading we have a few tips for you to stop spreading those germs!

  • You know how you usually cough into or on top of your hand? Try in your elbow instead as when you touch something your germs hop of as if it were a bus stop. If another person goes and touches that, then you know what happens, and the germs keep on spreading.
  • Wash your hands! This is such an important thing that no one seems to do! If you do accidentally cough on your hand then remember to wash your hands!

Japanese News

Year 3/4 'Manga' Incursion

The Year 3 and 4 students had a MANGA drawing Incursion this term where they experienced the unique culture of Japan. They  learned that manga is an important part of Japanese pop culture and there are lots of Japanese manga TV programs in Australia such as ASTRO BOY and POKEMON. Manga is very popular among not only children but also adults in Japan! Kenny sensei and Lia sensei showed students how to draw a manga style face and they enjoyed creating their own manga characters! 







Lunch Club

Children enjoy playing OTHELLO (a Japanese board game) in Lunch Club on Thursdays.












Year 5 Kendo Incursion

By Maya 

This week Year 5 participated in a Japanese marshal art called kendo. The history of kendo is that thousands of years ago people of Japan may be born a samurai but that’s what the instructor told us. At the age of six years old they would be given a sword and had eight years of strict training at the age of fourteen they would be sent into battle ready or not. But as a new emperor came to rule he wanted to be a modern country so he ban kendo and the wealthy samurai would be able to work in manmade factory’s and do very well as for the poor samurai they had no choice but to be a teacher and teach all they know and not do very well but the poor samurai taught kendo and now we thank them for carrying on this amazing marshal art.


The Year Fives had a lot of fun learning what is was like to be a samurai and what is was like to attack and defend. Here is what some year fives had to say about the experience:

  • Isabel Durum said; it was kind of scary seeing one of my friends almost getting hit with a sword
  • Gracie Clarkson said; well I thought it was really fun and interesting to try something new
  • Mat moody said; I thought it was fun being a demonstrator and cutting the newspaper with a wooden sword!

Kendo was fun for the Japanese teachers as well they got a chance to help with demonstrations and had a great time see their students learning about their culture. The instructor was very funny telling jokes all the way through the lesson and countless times making me and my peers laugh uncontrollably.   

Visual Arts

Year 6 - Clay Modelling

Our Year 6 students demonstrating clay modelling skills when creating a chosen caricature.













Year 3 - Robots

Our completed Robots!








Year 4 - Skulls

The Term 3 Year 4 Visual Arts Unit of Inquiry is 'The Human Body in Art' which integrates with the Transdisciplinary theme - 'Who We Are'.
















National eSmart Week

National eSmart Week

Last week our school participated in National eSmart Week. It was a great opportunity to showcase our school’s commitment to cyber safety, whilst sustaining our eSmart journey. During the week we participated in a range of activities. These activities helped our school to address issues such as cyber safety, wellbeing and digital inclusion.

Congratulations to all of the risk-takers who went with the flow when the weather forced us to cancel our planned eSmart Assembly. It was gratifying to see how confident and charismatic our children were as they shared their learnings with the whole school over the loud speaker - check out the video clips!

Congratulations to everyone for a successful and informative week.

Choir Soirees

Year 3 - 6 Choir Students

Last week was an exciting week in the life of the Choir students at BNPS! We had three Choir Soirees: one on Monday afternoon for the Year 3 Junior Choir and two on Thursday night for the Year 4 - 6 Senior Choir - the Senior Choir is so well attended and the numbers so large, we had to split it up into two performances!



All Choirs sang beautifully and the performances really showed their dedication and commitment to the learning of words and honing of their presentation skills. The students sometimes sang solos, sometimes performed actions, sang in beautiful harmony, moved on and off ‘the stage’ in a mature manner and looked most professional in their lovely costumes.


We are thankful to the many parents who came to support their child’s musical efforts  and are sure you were as proud of your children as we, the music teachers, were. Thanks also goes to the many staff who came to help set up and supervise. Thanks everyone!


Sandy Davies and Jo Ratten

BNPS Music Teachers















Mini Fete 

Kids Helping Kids!

The Year 5 & 6 Mini Fete was a HUGE success - a total of $7,300 was raised and will be shared by the following charities; State Schools' Relief Fund, Save The Children Fund, Make A Wish Foundation, Very Special Kids and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (as chosen by the Year 5 and 6 students). Well done everyone!



District Athletics - 6 September, 2017

On Wednesday 6 September, 70 students represented BNPS at the District Athletics Carnival at Duncan McKinnon Athletics Stadium. These  students were our best athletes finishing 1st or 2nd in their age group for each event at our House Carnival. The weather was exceptionally bad with patches of rain, cold and wind throughout the day making many events very challenging. High Jump was cancelled as it was too wet and has been rescheduled for tomorrow (Friday 15 September). Our students handled these conditions very maturely and just got on with what they had to do and were very sensible with staying warm and out of the rain.

The staff that came on the day (including myself) were extremely proud of how the students conducted themselves. BNPS finished in 2nd place overall, just behind Hampton Primary School who are victorious every year.








We had an extremely strong team this year and our students should all be very proud of their achievements. The following students finished 1st or 2nd in their event and now go on to compete at the Divisional level to be held on Wednesday 11 October, Term 4. This is our biggest team EVER to go through to this level. Well done to:


  • Aiden  –  u11, 1500m, 800m, 100m Relay
  • Holly  – u12, 1500m, 800m
  • Jake  – u12, 80m Hurdles, 800m
  • Ella - u11, Triple Jump
  • Ted -  u11, 200m, Triple Jump, 100m Relay
  • Charlotte  - u11, Discus
  • Ben - u11, 100m Relay
  • Tyson - u11, 100m, 80m Hurdles, 100m Relay
  • Mitch - u10, 200m
  • Luca - u10, 80m Hurdles
  • Jet - u10, 100m
  • Georgia - u10, 80m Hurdles
  • Alfie - u10, 800m
  • Josh - u12, Shot Put
  • Sophie - u12, Shot Put


A very BIG THANK YOU to the following staff who spent the whole day at the track:

  • Mrs Bloomfield who helped organise the team on the day and get the students to their correct event on time - much appreciated.
  • Ms Grant and her student teacher Renee who did countless jobs - recording, handing out place cards and marshalling.  A hard task but done very efficiently.
  • Mr Mac who yet again stepped up and ran the Discus (girls) event without fault and with much expertise.

Last but not least, thank you to Travis (Dad of Charlotte in Year 5) who assisted Mr Mac at the Discus and gave up his day to help run the event. A day doesn’t run smoothly unless you have good help. Thank you  to all students and teachers.



Year 5 & 6 Intra-house Athletics Competition  

This term the Year 5 and 6 students have been involved in an intra-house Athletics competition at school to coincide with our House Athletics Carnival. Students were mixed amongst the two year levels within each of their Houses: Reserve, Wood, Morey and McDonald and they competed as a team and individually in the following events: 200m, Vortex throw, Sack races, Relays, Hurdles, Long Jump, High Jump, Discus and Shot Put.


This mini competition allowed students who don’t necessarily excel in Athletics, to participate in a team and points were awarded for individual effort. The students really enjoyed the fun and excitement of the weekly challenges and once again RESERVE HOUSE were victorious!! Well Done to all students !



Kirsty Hall, PE Teacher & Sport Co-ordinator













Award - PYP Attitude of the Month

Celebrating Creativity - Jack O (Prep B)

Last month, BNPS recognised and celebrated the PYP Attitude of Creativity. A number of students were recognised with creativity awards at their own year level assemblies and the staff attended a two day professional development workshop focused on developing creativity in students through the PYP curriculum.

One exceptional example of creativity being demonstrated both at school and home can be seen in one of our Prep students, Jack O.  Jack was nominated through our school community PYP Attitude awards, where students can be recognised by parents, teachers or students via the letterbox in the foyer at the Office.  Jack is a very talented artist, who creates wonderful drawings, paintings and sculptures. Jack’s talent and passion also extends into creating inventions and models; capturing images though photos and videos and putting his imaginative ideas into books.


Jack wakes up every morning with a head full or ideas and a passion to make them come to life.  Some of his creative masterpieces include: a four meter long replica of Southland Shopping Centre; a camper van with a paddle board on the roof; a party garland for his sister on her birthday, many beautiful water colour paintings and necklaces for family members.


Well done Jack on receiving the Creativity Award and keep bringing those amazing ideas to life!

Do You Know?

Do you know how much we usually raise at our biennial Fete?
$90 - 100,000!!! 

It's the combined efforts of parents, staff, students and our local business community that make our Fetes so successful. All funds raised at our 2018 Fete will go directly to our school's Digital Technologies program and the redevelopment of the McDonald Street Playground.


Do you know who teaches who in PE?


Mrs Kirsty Hall - 1B, 1D, Year 5 & 6


Mrs Debbie O'Brien - PB, PD, 2D, 3B, 4B & 4D


Ms Jenna Horler - PA, PC, 1A, 1C, 2A, 2B, 2C, 3A, 3C, 3D, 4A & 4C

Do you know how many lunch orders our Canteen volunteers fill per week?

On average, there are 500 lunch orders per week and of course many over-the-counter sales at recess and lunch. This is a wonderful service to our families - one we couldn't provide without the help of our wonderful volunteers!




Interview with Kate Waller

By  Finn and Austin (Prep)

How long have you been teaching at BNPS for?

This is my 8th year.

How long have you worked in Prep for?

A VERY, VERY long time - I feel one hundred!

Has anything special happened to you recently?

Austin points to Kate's new engagement ring – "You got a ring!"  Finn – It means you are married, you get a ring, then you kiss and then you are married!!!

How long have you and Luke been together for?

13 years - is that a long time or what?

Do you have any pets?

Yes! I have Louis, he was a little dog but now he is a small horse and only a few months old! He is a Burmese Mountain dog.


What is your favourite colour?

I love pink but love wearing black. Finn – you do wear a lot of black!

What is your favourite TV show because mine is Club Pengiun (Finn) and mine is Ben 10 (Austin)?

Thanks boys, mine would be Vikings or Game of Thrones, but my all-time favourite is Friends.

What is your favourite food?

Finn – I think its apples

Austin – I think it’s Mandarins


I love Thai and Vietnamese!

Interview with a BNPS Volunteer

Tom Johnson


Why do you volunteer at BNPS?

BNPS is a very community oriented school which benefits greatly from the support of parents of kids who attend the school. I like supporting the school whenever I can with lots of other parents to help make BNPS the best school possible for all of the kids.

What year level are your children in?

Isaac - 4C and Addison - 2C.

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

I have been a member of the Fathers Activity Club (FAC) ever since my eldest child started Foundation. The FAC are involved in helping with School working bees, raising money through BBQ’s at Bunnings, elections and the Fete, and helping to set up school events.

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

I have worked in digital marketing for over 17 years. I currently work for a biotechnology company which cryogenically store stem cells using liquid nitrogen that can be used in the future as an alternative to bone marrow transplants for various diseases including leukaemia. Science, technology and medicine are advancing at a significant pace and its great to think that the students at BNPS will be involved in future technological break-throughs.

What do you do during your free time?

I love sports and keep up to date with the AFL, Rugby and Ice Hockey (I was born in Canada). I also like to go on camping trips with other families from the school. The kids love to get out of the city and rough it out in tents.

What’s the best thing about BNPS?

BNPS fosters great friendships amongst the kids and parents of the school. The class reps do an amazing job of organising events for the school community which help parents to meet each other and to keep in touch over the year.

Our Wonderful Volunteers

Our Disco Queens!

A HUGE thank you to Sally Powell, Claire Nicholls, Bernadette Gooda and Helen Moore for all of the hard work that has gone into organising the Prep - Year 2 Disco to be held tomorrow (15 September). We have no doubt that you have everything covered - the organisation has been absolutely AMAZING!

Thank you also to the many parents who have volunteered to assist on the night - our students are very lucky - without you all there would be no disco for them to enjoy!

Professional Photography

A very BIG thank you to the very talented Suzi Appel who gives so freely of her time photographing our school. In the past Suzi has taken professional photos for us to showcase our school to prospective parents at our Prep Transition Evenings - she has now kindly agreed to take some nice fresh images for our new website (coming soon!) - thank you Suzi!

Year 5 Bike Ed

Thank you to the Year 5 parents who have kindly volunteered to assist with the Year 5 Bike Ed program (commencing tomorrow). Without you we would be unable to offer this valuable program to our students. 






Literacy Volunteers

Thank you to all of the wonderful Prep, Year 1, Year 5 & Year 6 parents who have assisted with our Literacy Groups throughout the term - the students have loved having you in the classroom and we truly appreciate your support!

Our Fete Grade Donations Co-ordinator!

Thank you Helen Moore for answering the call for our Fete Grade Donations Co-ordinator role! Our Grade Donations process is a very important aspect of our Fete allowing us to minimise costs!


Reporting Absences

Compass or Kiosk?


Mental Health Matters 

KidsMatter Information Sheets

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



Spring Racing Luncheon



2017 School Dates

Term Dates


Tuesday 31 January - Friday 31 March

(2.30pm dismissal)



Tuesday 18 April - Friday 30 June 

(2.30pm dismissal)



Monday 17 July - Friday 22 September (

2.30pm dismissal)



Monday 9 October - Friday 22 December 

(1.30pm dismissal)

Public Holidays

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

Carols Night

Friday 8 December



School Camps


Wednesday 18 - Friday 20 October



Monday 23 - Friday 27 October



Monday 13 - Friday 17 November

Swimming Program

Year 2 & 3

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

Prep & Year 1

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

School Council Meetings

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

General Information

School Phone Number - 9589 5449

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



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



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



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

School Payments

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

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

School Hours

Class Times

9.00am - 11.00am

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

2.30pm - 3.30pm


Break Times

11.00am - 11.30am (Recess)

1.30pm - 2.30pm (Lunch)


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

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

Uniform Shop

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

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

Lost Property

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

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

Important School Rules

Two Minute Zone

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

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

Riding in the School Grounds

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

Staff Carparks

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














Dogs in the School Grounds

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

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


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

No Hat, No Play!

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


Volunteers - Working with Children Check

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


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