BRPS iNewsletter

29 August 2019
Issue Fifteen
Principal's Report
School Council 
2019 Term, Public Holiday & Event Dates
Dates - coming up...
Student Administration Reminders
BOOK WEEK - Mon 19 - Fri 23 August
House Athletics
Community News
Black Rock Primary School
(03) 9598 2293
71 Arkaringa Crescent
Black Rock, Victoria, 3193

Principal's Report

Hello BRPS community,


Welcome to the latest edition of our Newsletter. Just as we have completed our Science and Book Week celebrations, the week ahead is all about the CONCERT!

Our Year Level feature page this week is Year 3.

2019 Concert - Level Up

With ONLY ONE WEEK to go until our students hit the stage for our 2019 concert, "Level Up", the school continues to be alive with practice, bright costumes, filming, editing and singing. The bi-annual  concert is a major highlight on our event calendar with both nights almost completely sold out. We are encouraging students to wear their concert t-shirts in the lead up to maintain the sense of  community spirit as they prepare for the big night.


A notice detailing the timeline for next week and the   organisational requirements has been sent home via Compass News Feed. Please take the time to read the information carefully and return the attached slip to your child’s teacher if you require alternative pick up arrangements on either/both nights.

National Cross Country Championships

Congratulations to Year 4 students Grace P. and Mia G. who recently qualified for the National Cross Country Championships held at Wollongong, NSW, last weekend.

Grace was thrilled to finish 10th overall in her age group and also took home two silver medals from the championships - one as part of the Victorian team for the teams event, and another for the overall points category. I asked Grace what she loves about running ("I love the excitement and nervousness at the start of the race") and what she attributes her success to ("hard work, keeping up with training and the motivation and support of running alongside and against Mia") - what a wonderful reflection!

Unfortunately Mia was unable to compete due to illness, however her significant athletic talent means she is looking forward to competing in the 200m event at the National Athletics Championships in September. Good luck Mia!

Sandringham Writers' Guild Finalist

Commissioned by our local MP Brad Rowswell, the inaugural 2019 Sandringham Writers' Guild competition invited local students to write a story about our environment or our community.

Zali C. from Year 6 was one of 3 Junior Finalists and the only State School represented in the final group. Although she was not the overall winner it was a fantastic achievement by Zali, and she was able to enjoy an incredible tour of Parliament House with her parents, visiting some areas that would not normally be available for public viewing, including the incredible library! They also had a lovely lunch with Brad Rowswell in the Parliament Dining Room.



Reminder to all families that tomorrow (Friday 30th August) is a casual day. Students are permitted to wear casual dress clothes and bring along a gold coin donation to support children's schooling in India via the East-West Overseas Aid Foundation.

Of course we encourage everyone to wear their concert t-shirts with the concert coming up so soon!

Kiss & Go

Parents and carers are reminded that the Kiss & Go zone at the front of the school is strictly for pick-up and drop-off only at the designated times.

A number of parents have reported being frustrated in recent weeks at other parents parking in the zone for over 10 minutes. 

When using the Kiss & Go zone parents should remain with their car and move off as quickly as possible to ensure a smooth flow of traffic through the area. 

BRPS Graduate Teachers

Entering the classroom for the first time is both an exciting and challenging experience for beginning teachers. We're very proud of the way our five first-year teachers have commenced their careers at BRPS this year, all quickly developing as highly-valued members of our community. Recently they jumped at the opportunity to be involved in professional learning together and here is their report: 


On Friday the 16th of August Tori Lancaster (FL), Sophie Moir (1M), Jo Hayes (3H), Georgia Treu (4T) and Sarah Powell (5P) attended the annual graduate teacher conference. The conference was targeted towards first year graduate teachers from Bayside and the Mornington Peninsula regions. It was a day filled with: sharing experiences, learning from experts in the field and networking with other graduates.


We began the day by learning how to build professional practise, starting with literacy as the foundation. We were involved in professional discussions about literacy and exposed to resources available for the teaching and learning of literacy. It was valuable to hear from other teachers who use similar literacy programs to Black Rock Primary School. Many schools shared their feedback on the benefits of programs we are already implementing such as, Reading Eggspress, Readers Theatre and Misty Adoniou's approach to word study. It was also interesting to learn about the variety of other programs being used for literacy teaching in schools, including Structured Word Inquiry. 


In the afternoon, we had an opportunity to share our early teaching experiences with teachers from other schools. We then used the ten High Impact Teaching Strategies (HITS) to offer suggestions to one another about how we could improve our classroom practise. We learnt about how valuable the HITS were to high quality teaching and learning. We explored the following HITS in greater detail, receiving advice on how they could be easily applied in the classroom; explicit teaching, worked examples, feedback and collaborative learning. Overall, we were provided with valuable resources and knowledge throughout the conference, which we are eager to utilise and put into practise in our classrooms going forward.



BRPS House Athletics

The House Athletics carnival was held on a brilliant Winter's day at Duncan McKinnon Reserve last week. The competition, team spirit and sportsmanship was outstanding. Please see the full report from Mr Fox on the sports page. 

Holiday Care Program - September Holidays

School Council is pleased to advise that Camp Australia will be running a Holiday Program here at Black Rock for the upcoming school break. To book in for the program, you need to have an account with Camp Australia first. It is free to register and you can do so online at:

For more information about the program, please see the attached letter.


NOW OPEN - 2020 Enrolments

New enrolments across all year levels for the 2020 school year are now being taken.  Enrolment numbers are increasing quickly. Please submit your enrolment, or encourage others to do so as soon as possible to assist with our planning.

Sibling enrolments are now open, please collect an enrolment form from the office.

Transition Program 

Our renowned transition and orientation program commenced on Tuesday 23 July and continues through until Wednesday 4 December. 

The next transition activity is the 'Sports Day' on Thursday 19th September, 2.15-3.15pm. All new and prospective Foundation students are invited to come along. 

Have a fantastic fortnight everyone!


Sam Tyndall


School Council 

School Council Report for meeting held 26/08/2019

By Council Secretaries Sarah Skinner and Cait Eves


Hi Families!


Here are the hot topics coming from this week's School Council meeting:


  • The Building and Grounds Committee will meet before the end of Term 3 to discuss ongoing maintenance requirements and prioritise proposed school improvement projects. It’s not too late to join, Jayne Timms can confirm the time/date!


  •  As always, the oval was part of the conversation and is still a priority, with some ideas being further investigated. Stay tuned as we hope to have progress updates as early as this term regarding where to next to get a functional oval for our children to use!


  • Solar is still under investigation with the department of education and we’ll provide further updates when they become available.


  • Some policy reviews are underway - latest copies are published on the school website!


  • We are looking for quick assistance to help write up a grant submission for a community grant (applications for the grant close September 30th) - no prior experience needed, just a willingness to help! If you’ve been looking for a way to contribute and this sounds like you, please drop into the office to see Sam or Jayne!

  • A survey on the current uniform/possible changes is in the works, you’ll hear more on this soon via Compass - we look forward to hearing feedback from parents and students alike!
  • And finally, the hottest topic of the night - Voluntary fee contributions and the benefits they provide to our children!


In order for our wonderful school to be able to provide and develop all the extra curricular opportunities on offer, current examples are the eco farm, the STEM program and learning space development and digital technology (to name a few!), there is a need to request voluntary fees to fund it.


We are committed to communicating the latest updates on fee contributions as the information becomes available - to help provide the information around how the voluntary contributions are benefiting your child/children.


We hope that by sharing this information with you, you can choose to support the programs by making voluntary contributions (which would reduce the need to do so much fundraising!). If you have any queries in relation to fees, please get in contact with Sam Tyndall.

2019 Term, Public Holiday & Event Dates


Thursday 31 January- Friday 5 April

(2.30pm dismissal)



Tuesday 23 April - Friday 28 June 

(2.30pm dismissal)



Monday 15 July - Friday 20  September 

 (2.30pm dismissal)



Monday 7 October - Friday 20 December 

1.30pm dismissal  



Monday 11th March - Labour Day

Friday 19th April - Good Friday

Thursday  25 April - ANZAC Day

Monday 10th June - Queen's Birthday

Tuesday 5th November - Melbourne Cup Day


Tuesday 12 March - Student Free Day

Friday 3 May - Student Free Day


Year 6 Canberra

Monday 1 April - Friday 5 April


Year 5 Phillip Island

Tuesday 11 June - Friday 14 June


Year 4 Cave Hill Creek Sovereign Hill

Thursday 18 September - Friday 20 September


Year 3 Briars

Thursday 6 June - Friday 7 June


Year 2 Sleepover

24th October


Foundation - Year 2


Monday 6 May - Friday 17 May


Year 3/4


Monday 18 February - Thursday 28 February 


Year 5/6


Monday 18 November - Thursday 28 November




Thursday 5 September & Friday 6 September



Thursday 12 December

Dates - coming up...


15th   Foundation 2020 - Shape Day 2.15pm

19th - 23rd  Book Week

20th Junior House Athletics Carnival                                     Foundation - Year 3

21st Senior House Athletics Year 4-6

29th Father's Day Stall 

30th  Casual Clothes Day


5th & 6th   SCHOOL CONCERT

11th   Seaside District Athletics Carnival Yr 4-6

18th - 20th Year 4 Camp Sovereign Hill

19th    Foundation 2020 - Sports Day 2.15pm

20th Final Day of Term 3 Dismissal 2.30pm


 7th   First Day of Term 4

8th - 18th   Life Education Van Whole School

9th    Kingston Division Athletics Carnival 

18th  Foundation 2020 Specialist Fun Day

24th  Year 2 Sleepover

25th  Casual Clothes Day




5th   Melbourne Cup Day Public Holiday

18th - 28th Year 5 & 6 Intensive Swimming

28th  Foundation 2020 Meet the Teacher Day

29th  Casual Clothes Day


Student Administration Reminders

Thank you for taking the time to read and understand the following school processes and procedures. Your adherence to these will ensure  an effective and safe school and learning environment is maintained for all students.

School Hours

Class Times

9.00am - 11.00am

11.30am - 1.00pm 

2.00pm - 3.30pm


Break Times

11.00am - 11.30am (Recess)

1.00pm - 2.00pm (Lunch)

Absences, Late Arrival & Early Departure

Absences MUST be reported via Compass on the day of absence (early in the morning or ahead of time where possible).


Students arriving to school after 9.00am or leaving during school hours MUST be signed in/out by a parent/guardian via the Compass Kiosk at the Office. 

Students are required to collect a 'Late Pass' upon sign in, then hand directly to their teacher upon arrival at class. 

Early leaver's passes can be collected by parents when signing students out at the office, then handed to the teacher when collecting your from the teacher prior to 3.30pm.


Please use Compass to let us know if your child will be arriving late (this does NOT replace the requirement to sign your child in via the Kiosk). If you do not enter an approval note advising us that your child will be late and your child arrives at school after 10:00am, you will receive an SMS Notification: "Student Unaccounted For".

Volunteers & Visitors

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 V-Pass iPads (NOT Compass Kiosk)  at the Office for Emergency Management purposes.

Online Consent/Payment for Excursions & Incursions

Notification of excursions and incursions requiring online consent/payment are posted to the Compass News Feed. If consent/payment for incursions and excursions (including sporting events) is not received by the due date via the appropriate Compass online consent form, your child will be unable to participate/attend.

Please note that if consent/payment is NOT completed by the 'due by date', you will no longer be able to provide consent/payment online. Please contact the office in this situation. 

Volunteers - Working with Children Check

If you have a current WWCC but have NOT presented it at the Office, please do so ASAP so that it can be photocopied and placed on file for the school records. Alternatively, a photo of both sides of your card may be emailed to: 

Anyone wishing to volunteer at Black Rock PS is required to provide a Working with Children Check. Checks are free and valid for 5 years! Apply online at: 

School drop-off/pick-up supervision times & late arrivals/early departures

We appreciate parental/carer support in dropping students at school no earlier than 8.45am and picking up no later than 3.45pm. The school yard is not supervised by teachers outside the stated times.
The parents of students who are consistently observed on school grounds outside of supervision times may be kindly directed to register  at Out of Hours School Care,  or make alternative arrangements.

School traffic
As the new school year begins and our school population increases I’m also asking all members of our community to exercise caution, patience and respect when driving around our narrow streets at all times of the day. 

  • Consider if driving is the only option to get students to school, or are health enhancing, environmentally friendly options such as walking and cycling possibilities? Is car pooling an option?
  • Drive SLOWLY – 40km/h maximum please.
  • REFRAIN from parking in or across school and neighbouring driveways – even for a short amount of time.
  • Observe the 2-minute limit at the front of the school in Arkaringa Crescent – please do not park or even exit your vehicle in this zone at peak times.
  • Remain CALM, times of high anxiety or stress can lead to rash decisions or frayed tempers.
  • ALWAYS use designated school crossings and model safe behaviours to students at all times
  • NEVER enter staff carparks, either in a vehicle or by foot/bike/scooter.
  • REMEMBER that the space in front of the double gates to the oval on Cheltenham Road is often used by buses to collect and drop-off students for events at all times of the day.


BOOK WEEK - Mon 19 - Fri 23 August




House Athletics

2019 BRPS House Athletics Carnival


On Wednesday the 21st of August the students from the upper school competed at the annual “Black Rock PS House Athletics Carnival”.


Despite the weather predicted to be horrible, it was an absolute cracker of a day for all!

The students started with the 1500m races followed by the hurdles. Then on to the rotation groups of long jump, triple jump, high jump, shot-put, discus, 100m sprints and 200m sprints.  After a little break the students finished with the 800m running and 4x100m relays.


There were some tremendous performances on the day and some amazing sportsmanship seen by many parents and teachers. We like to congratulate all the students in their efforts and thank them for such a fantastic day. We would also like to thank all the parent helpers on the day, without them we would not be able to run the event.


The top performers in each event now go on to perform at the “2019 Seaside District Athletics Carnival” at Duncan McKinnon Athletics Track on Wednesday September 11th. We wish them the best of luck.





The Year 3 students have been lucky enough to participate in a fantastic science program with Mr Wilkinson from Sandringham College. They have been having a blast making rockets and learning about the science behind how they work. 




The students have begun to learn about chemistry and the substances that make up matter. They have been AMAZED by the chemical reactions that take place when substances are combined. 





The students have been involved in a variety of STEM lessons this term. One of these involved working with a team to design and create a sturdy house for the 'Three Little Pigs'. This house needed to withstand the huff and puff from the Big Bad Wolf! 


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