Blackburn Primary School Weekly

20 March 2019
Issue Four
Principal's Report
Parent Communication
From the Office
Key Dates
This Weekend And We need Your Help BPS Dreamers & Believers
Digital Technologies
Classroom News
F-4 Classroom Music
Physical Education
The Patch Program 
School Chaplain
Junior School Council
Parent Volunteers Needed
Parents and Friends
School Fundraising
OSHClub Updates  
Community Pages 
Blackburn Primary School
(03) 9878 1483
185 Surrey Road
Blackburn, Victoria, 3130

Principal's Report

I had a lovely visit this week from two Year One students this week, Charlotte and Lucy came to share with me some wonderful work that they had done at home celebrating the BPS school values. The school values are well known and lived by our students and something that we should be very proud of. The girls showed a deep understanding not only of the values but what it is that underpins each of the values and how they themselves uphold these values each day and what they expect of their peers.


Harmony Day and Activities

We have many celebrations continuing. One of our school values is celebrating diversity and  we will celebrate culminating in Harmony Day on the 21st. Please see the Music page for some student feedback on the Ugandan choir visit - however I am sure you have already heard at home about it!


Tomorrow, Thursday 21st  we have our Welcome Picnic and Holi Festival Celebrations. This was an amazing event last year and I'm sure will only be bigger this year. I look forward to lots of fun with the community.


Curriculum Day

A reminder that this Friday, 22nd March is our second Curriculum day. The day will be led by our School Improvement Team, who will be leading our staff through a series of activities looking at the growth of BPS and the future directions of the school.

2020 Enrolments

2020 Tours have commenced and enrolments are starting to arrive at the Office. If you are intending to enrol your child with us to commence their Blackburn Primary School journey please contact the office on 9878 1483 to make the necessary arrangements.
If you have a neighbour or a friend with a child to start at school, please encourage them to contact me or Ms Fusillo as soon as possible. 

Parent Helper Training Session 

Thank you to the many parents who joined us on Monday evening for our Parent Helper Training session. Parents are guided to learn the routines of the classroom and be able to assist children in the learning process.  Teachers value parental assistance to help with reading, writing, maths and computer activities and for special activities like sports and excursions. 

A huge thank you to Amanda Chetucuti, Sue Battista and Lou Tribolet who gave up their evening to lead the session.


A video that was shared by our teachers which all families may find supportive when reading at home with your children:




We would like to remind all parents and carers that supervision of students before school begins at 8.45 am. Students should not be dropped at school without an adult before this time unless they are attending an instrumental lesson. We also ask that families do not enter the buildings prior to 8.45, this is time that the teachers are preparing for the day.

There are teachers on yard duty from 8.45 am until 9.00 am and from 3.30 until 3.45 pm. Students should not be in the yard unsupervised by a parent or carer outside of these times. We would appreciate your cooperation in this matter in the interests of the safety of your children. 


A reminder that student toilets are to be used by students only Any adults that need to use the bathrooms are to use the staff toilets in the administration building. Please remind any family members or carers that may be collecting children from school also. 

ANZAC Day Dawn Service

There will be a dawn service at Blackburn War Memorial on Thursday 25th April. Everyone will assemble at Morton Park Memorial, Central Road Blackburn at 5.45am for the service, followed by "gun fire" breakfast at the club rooms. All welcome and for any further enquiries call Graham Hutchinson on 9878 1758

Professional Practice Days

From the commencement of the 2018 school year each teacher is entitled to one day per term (four days per year) release from their scheduled duties, including teaching, to focus on the improved delivery of high quality teaching and learning. These days are in addition to existing pupil free days and pro-rata for a teacher employed part-time.

The work undertaken on these days will be consistent with Departmental and school priorities and selected from the following areas - planning, preparation, assessment of student learning, collaboration, curriculum development, relevant professional development and peer observation including feedback and reflection.

During these days your children’s class will be covered by Casual Relief staff. I know our community will be very supportive of our teachers. The four professional practice days will create opportunities for teachers by increasing time available to focus, reflect on and improve their practice and to have the opportunity to engage in purposeful collaboration so as to impact student learning.   Please find attached some information about Professional Practice Days.


Parent Communication

A reminder that Compass is our main form of communication, regular reminders will be sent via compass and we encourage all families to ensure you are logging in to ensure you are up to date with all of the happenings around the school.

Clear communication is an essential feature of an effective partnership between the school and families. Above all, remember that it’s a three-way relationship between you, your child and their teacher and that only by working together positively can you help your child achieve their full potential. At BPS the staff encourage contact and interaction between teachers and parents before the start of the school day and after the conclusion of the school day. 


Parents are welcome to meet with teachers at any time of the year to discuss their child’s progress. Unscheduled meetings before school are difficult for teachers as they are preparing for the day. If parents would like to make an appointment to meet with class teachers outside of these times, they are to approach the class teacher personally, or contact the school office.


Teacher Emails - Guidelines for Parents
When contacting our Teachers via email please keep in mind the following - :
i) Parents are to only send emails to the teachers that are deemed to be important matters.

ii) Teachers are not expected to check their email during class time and are not expected to read emails after 5pm.

iii) Teachers will endeavour to reply within two business days. 

iv) Speaking with the teacher either before or after school is the best way to communicate with them.

v) Email may be useful for parents who have difficulty getting in to see the teacher before or after school and if the matter is deemed to be very important. It can be used as a means to make an appointment to see the teacher.

vi) For general matters, please contact the school office  ph: 9878 1483    
e: [email protected]

From the Office

Student Absences

Ensuring that our attendance records are correct are of utmost importance to our teachers.

 If you have not indicated to us by phone or Compass, why your child is absent, you will be sent a text message asking you to provide us with an explanation. As well as minimising unexplained absences, this is also a safeguard in that should you not be aware that your child is absent, this message will alert you to this fact. 
Please ensure your contact details you have provided us with are up to date and that you contact the office should you have any queries about this process.


Late Arrivals

A reminder to all parents that if your child arrives late to school, parents/guardians must come into the office to sign the student in on the compass kiosk. Compass attendance will then automatically be updated.

If a child comes in late, unattended, they will need to come to the office  to receive a late pass. You will still receive a text message, as we require a parent to explain the lateness. 

Icypole Sales are back on from Friday 29th March

Our supplies have now arrived and the next icypole day will be Friday 29th March. Thank you to everyone for your patience.

2020 Sibling Enrolments

Just a reminder to families in our school community that enrolments for 2020 are now being accepted. If you have a child who will be starting school next  year, please call into the office to pick up an enrolment form. 


School Tours- for new families

We are conducting School Tours every Tuesday at 11.15am and Thursday at 9.15am.

BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL.  Please call the school office on 9878 1483.

Key Dates

March 2019

21 Thursday - Holi Twilight Family Picnic-Colour Throw  5-7.30pm- Official Harmony Day

22 Friday - Curriculum Day - No Students at School

23-24 Saturday/Sunday - Relay for Life raising funds for The Cancer Council 

                                                 Auburn Sporting Oval, John Gardiner Reserve, Hawthorn

28 Thursday - Free Dress Day - Cancer Council 

29 Friday - Grade 5/6 Summer Sport Round Robin

April 2019

2 Tuesday - Grade 1-6 House Cross Country at Morton Park

3 Wednesday - Backup date for 1-6 House Cross Country

5 Friday - Last day of Term 1 - Early Dismissal at 2.30pm

23 Tuesday - Term 2 Commences

25 Thursday - ANZAC Day - Public Holiday - No students at school

26 Friday - Curriculum Day - No students at school

May 2019

3 Friday - BPS Foundation House Cross Country BPS oval 12-12.50pm

7 Tuesday - District Cross Country - Ruffey Lake

7 Tuesday - Umbrella Dementia Cafe 

8 Wednesday - Open Rehearsal - Old Hall - 7.00pm

9 Thursday - Mother's Day Stall

20 Monday - Education Week

20 Monday - Grade 5/6 Incursion - Sex Education

21 Tuesday - Umbrella Dementia Cafe 10am-12noon

21 Tuesday - Grade 5/6 Incursion - Sex Education

22 Wednesday - Open Night - 6.00pm-8.00pm

24 Friday - Grade 5/6 Winter Sport Round Robin

27 Monday - Grade 5/6 Incursion - Sex Education

28 Tuesday - Grade 5/6 Incursion - Sex Education

June 2019

3 Monday - Grade 5/6 Incursion - Sex Education

4 Tuesday - Foundation-Grade 4 Opera Incursion - The Barber of Seville

4 Tuesday - Umbrella Dementia Cafe 10am-12noon

4 Tuesday - Grade 5/6 Incursion - Sex Education

6 Thursday - Division Cross Country - Ruffey Lake

7 Friday - Grade 5/6 Excursion - Parliament & The Old Treasury Building

10 Monday - Public Holiday - Queen's Birthday - No Students at school

11 Tuesday - Curriculum Day - No students at school

12 Wednesday - Grade 5/6 Excursion to Parliament & The Old Treasury Bld

13 Thursday - Grade 5/6 Excursion to Parliament & The Old Treasury Bld

14 Friday - Grade 5/6 Excursion to Parliament & The Old Treasury Bld

18 Tuesday - Umbrella Dementia Cafe 10am-12noon

18 Tuesday - Regional Cross Country Yarra Valley Racecourse

19 Wednesday - Music Soiree 

27 Thursday - Winter Sports Round Robin Grade 5 & 6 (TBC)

28 Friday - Last day of Term 2 - Early Dismissal at 2.30pm

Term Dates 2019

Term 1 - Tuesday 29 January (Teachers Only) - Friday 5th April

Wednesday 30 January (Grade 1-6 students Commence)                               

Thursday 31 January (Foundation Commence) - End of Term is Friday 5th April

Term 2 - Tuesday 23 April - Friday 28 June

Term 3 - Monday 15 July - Friday 20 September

Term 4 - Monday 7 October - Friday 20 December

Curriculum Days 2019

Tuesday 29th January (Day one of school year, statewide mandated)

Friday 22nd March 

Friday 26th April

Tuesday 11th June


This Weekend
And We need Your Help
BPS Dreamers & Believers

Relay for Life is This Weekend


AND WE NEED YOUR HELP to make this Relay a successful fundraising event for the Cancer Council. 

BPS Dreamers and Believers

Want some fun? Organisers have confirmed the smoothie bikes will be spinning again this year, as well as the open stage for singing, lots of live music and food and beverage vans. And yes, coffee is available all night long for the mums and dads! 

If you are staying overnight, please be advised set up is between 12:30pm and 3:30pm Saturday 23rd and our site will be opposite the big stage. Please bring tents, warm clothes and sleeping equipment. If you are not staying, do try and make the 4pm opening ceremony or the 8pm candlelight ceremony. Remember to bring a few gold coins to buy a candle and bag for this special and moving tribute as well as a can of food for donation. Our marquee will have a few chairs and tables and a banner to represent our school team, but please BYO chairs if you are there for the duration. 


MOST IMPORTANTLY, you can still register on the day, at the registration tent between 1pm and 8pm Saturday. Thank you to those who have signed up already, as well as nominating times on Sign Up Genius. You can both donate and register at our BPS Dreamers & Believers home page - see the link below. 


When: 4pm Saturday 23rd March - 10am Sunday 24th March 2019

Where: Auburn Sporting Oval, John Gardiner Reserve, Hawthorn


If you have any questions about this event, please contact Jackie Whitbourn (Bridget's mum 4BT) on 0414 462 256 or [email protected]



Literacy Help Required

Over the school term we find that our Junior take home book area is in desperate need of some TLC.

Parents and helpers, we desperately need your help to sort out books and create a tidy and organised space from which your child can borrow take home books.

Please see attachment for further details and fill in the form and to return to the school office or Mrs Chetcuti (2C) 

Literacy Help Required Form


Digital Technologies


Last Friday as part of the National Day of Anti Bullying, our Year 5 and 6 students participated in an online webinar (similar to a seminar except streamed to the classroom) hosted by the eSafety Commissioner. The presentation explored digital resilience skills, ways to balance time online, as well as identifying helpful resources for students to access. The presentation was designed to build an awareness of how to respond to negative online behaviour, and from the class discussions it generated, it definitely succeeded in opening up a dialogue around these issues.  


The eSafety Commissioner is a wonderful resource in helping teach students how to have a safe and positive experience online. The Office doesn't only support teachers in delivering lessons to students but is also a great resource for parents and carers. It covers issues such as how to use parental controls, monitoring time online and privacy issues.

I would encourage all families to explore the eSafety Commissioner website, there are many tips and lots of advice from Australia's leader in online safety. 

Clare Parsons

Digital Technology Coordinator


Classroom News


What a fantastic few weeks we have had in Foundation.and only 3 more to go before the end of Term 1. This week we sent home information regarding our Easter Bonnet Parade. We would love for all our Foundation parents to assist your child in making a bonnet for our parade on Friday 5th April (the last day of term). The kids will sing a little song and then parade their masterpieces during the school assembly. Remember no need to buy new items, use an old hat, or make a paper hat! Enjoy this time crafting with your child and celebrating a fantastic first term of schooling.

What We Are Learning


Over the next fortnight, Foundation children are learning the letter names and sounds for Pp, Vv, Ee, Kk. In Writing this week we continue to focus on how to stretch out words and record all the sounds that we can hear.


Children will continue to practice efficient counting strategies forwards and backwards to 10 as well as subitising small quantities through games.


This term students are exploring the topic Knowing Me, Knowing You. In this unit students learn to identify different emotions in themselves and others as well as explore what it means to be a good friend.


Thursday 21st March-Holi Twilight Family Picnic/Colour Throw 5-7:30

Friday 22nd March-Pupil Free Day.

Friday 5th April-Foundation Easter Bonnet Parade.

Grade 1 & 2

Grade 1 & 2 Classroom News     

We are almost at the end of term 1!  The students are showing greater independence. Please continue to encourage this both at home and at school. The grade 1/2s have learnt the class expectations and routines and have shown growing independence and a desire to take ownership over their belongings and learning. This has allowed them to focus on their learning goals, work independently and make gains in their Literacy and Numeracy skills.


Remember to enter the classroom at 8.45am via the external classroom doors. Students will then change their readers independently, put their drink bottles away and put their I-pads in the cupboard. Please encourage students to walk in by themselves on time to start the day in an organised fashion ready for a day of learning.  We are looking for parent volunteers to walk to and from our cross country event. Please see your classroom teacher if you are able to help.




Grade 1: In reading, we have been working on a new strategy called cross-checking. We have been practising the strategy by stopping when we get to a new word or a part of the story that we need to Check for Understanding. We ask ourselves ‘Does it look right?’ , ‘Does it sound right?’, ‘Does it make sense?’. We have also begun focusing on tuning into interesting words when we read and adding them to our word collectors.

Grade 2:  In reading, we have been learning to make text-to-text connections. We have been connecting the focus text with other texts we have read. We have also been comparing character traits between texts and trying to make surface level and deeper level connections.


Grade 1: We are learning to write a snapshot. It is a short piece of writing that paints a picture in your mind. We have been learning how to writing interesting sentences by varying the sentence start and also the length.

Grade 2: Grade 2s have been working on writing narratives. They are learning about its features, especially characters and setting.


 The year one students have begun their maths unit ‘time’. They have discussed time language such as midday, midnight, dawn and sunset to describe different times of the day and placed these words in the correct place on a 24 hour timeline.

The grade two students have continued to focus on place value to consolidate their understanding of 3 digit numbers to place them in a hundreds chart and on a number line.


We are continuing to learn about the school values, this month we are learning about celebrating diversity and what that means. The grade 1’s have begun their presentations on how they show  the school values.

Upcoming Events

Thursday 21st  March   Harmony Day:  please wear orange or traditional dress on the day.

Twilight Picnic/Holi Festival -

Last day of term :-) - Friday 5th April

Grade 3 & 4

In English:  

Our incursion is based on the book, ‘Mr Huff’, which has been our mentor text over the last two weeks. We have been looking at visuals as another variable in comprehension and the effect pictures have in telling, and often expanding, the story. Persuasive texts have  been highlighted in writing for Year 4 students and Year 3 students will now be looking at the features that make an effective persuasive text, such as justifying opinions with evidence and making powerful arguments that back up a stance.

In Maths: The focus has been Number patterns and guessing the rule. Links with Place Value and noticing the connections between larger numbers and decimals has been discussed with specific, mathematical vocabulary. The work on recognising patterns to cross-check is being expanded with students explaining how they have worked out answers and they are using a variety of strategies to achieve the same results.

In Integrated Studies:

The 100%hOPE Choir and the ‘Mr Huff’ incursion gave practical examples of people demonstrating resilience to overcome adversity and how being positive makes a big difference for ourselves and others to flourish. The discussions that followed these experiences were enlightening, with students using our School Values to explain behaviours and character strengths.

We have started exploring Earth Sciences. We investigated the composition of soils around the school and found a great diversity. This week we have created an experiment to show erosion and weathering and mapping some places around the school for some long term observations. Writing a science report, collecting data and keeping records will be done as part of the science unit.

The PATCH: We are learning about seed collection and harvesting produce. Students made an origami seed holder for lavender seeds when rain forced us inside.  Links with our Science unit is also being made in our sessions.


iPads need to be charged at home every night. A pair of named earphones that can stay at school would be greatly appreciated.

  1. Library book bags are needed for home borrowing.
  2. Sharing and reading books out loud at home improves comprehension, expression and pronunciation – which also helps spelling retention. Reading is a homework task throughout the year.
  3. We are trying to reduce the amount of rubbish constantly collected in the school yard so students are encouraged to bring nude food and/or dispose of wrappers before going outside.
  4. Art smocks, jumpers and clothing that is named can be returned to students easily.
  5. Thank-you to those families who have brought a tissue box for classroom use and any further donations would be greatly appreciated as we head into cooler temperatures.

Upcoming events:


21 - Holi Twilight Family Picnic - Harmony Day

22nd  – Curriculum Day – students do not attend school.

For more future dates, please check 'Key Dates' page in this newsletter.

Grade 5 & 6

We’ve had an exciting couple of weeks in Grade 5/6. Last week we were fortunate enough to witness a performance by the very talented children from 100% HOPE where we enjoyed a show full of dancing and singing. There was also a strong focus last week on the anti-bullying campaign and children enjoyed making posters to share the message that bullying is not OK. Students are working hard during their grade 5/6 sport sessions also, and practising for the upcoming round robin event.

Over the next couple of weeks in Grade 5/6, students will be focusing specifically on the following areas of learning:


During our reading and writing sessions, students will look in to the structure and format of a newspaper report. They will look at the language features specific to this text type and engage in activities to practise writing their own newspaper report. Some of the reading strategies that we will focus on as readers will be determining importance, finding the main ideas within a text and providing supporting detail, as well as strategies to help us read for accuracy.


Our focus in maths for the next couple of week will be ‘Graphing and Analysis’. Children will be posing questions and thinking about what type of information they would like to collect. We will be looking at data and creating column graphs, pie charts, dot plots and tables etc. to represent data collected. Student’s will analyse data collected and reflect on their findings. We will continue to revise place value and practise our times tables.

Integrated Studies

Last week the children presented their research projects to their classmates and we all enjoyed learning about Ash Wednesday and Black Saturday. We will tie up our Bushfires unit this week and begin thinking about our new unit of learning ‘Cultural Connections’. This will tie in very nicely with Harmony Week which is being celebrated this week – where children will learn about other cultures, countries and celebrate diversity.


Curriculum Day – Friday 22nd March (No School)

Homework tasks will be set each Monday and are due back to school the following Monday. Please check the inside of your child’s homework book for guidelines and expectations.

Upcoming Events

Sport (Round Robbin) – Friday 29th March

F-4 Classroom Music

F-4 Classroom Music Lessons

100% hOPE African Choir Incursion


It was an absolute blessing to be involved in organising this F-6 incursion! Our students have learnt so much about African music, instruments and culture (in particular, 100% hOPE Village) during our last few music lessons. Thanks to parents who have encouraged their children to check the African Music Folder on Showbie (Gr.1-4). I have put some footage of the Choir performance on there for everyone’s viewing pleasure!


My heart was so filled by our students’ compassion towards the 100% hOPE organisation. They donated their pocket money, their icy-pole money, even money they’d received from the tooth-fairy to give to this wonderful cause. Carol, a 100% hOPE volunteer who attended the performance, was overwhelmed by the generosity and the welcome we extended to the Choir. She thanks you all for your amazing efforts in raising $700 in donations – yes $700! - that’s excluding the incursion fee! 100% of donations will contribute to building 3 additional classrooms, a computer lab and a multi-purpose hall at the Ugandan School in Hope Village. Currently the school only goes up to Grade 3; the aim is to expand it so children at higher levels can attend. Our students heard the older choir member’s tell of the long hours they spend every day at their schools (not in Hope Village) and the conditions in which they learn. It really was an eye-opening experience for them!


Carol was especially touched by a letter she received from one of our Grade 3 students – whoever you are, thank you so much for your words of compassion!


Last Wednesday’s Choir performance blew us all away! When they came out singing 'The Circle of Life' from 'The Lion King', I thought my heart would explode from happiness! I’m thrilled that everyone enjoyed it as much as I did. Music really does connect us all - no matter which part of the world we come from! 


The 100% hOPE Choir has now completed their tour of Melbourne and are continuing their ‘Never Give Up’ Australian Tour until the end of May. For more information regarding the life-changing work of 100% hOPE including their projects and child sponsorship, please visit:


F-4 Student Reflection Worksheets - 100% hOPE Performance


All F-4 students have completed a reflection of the performance (due today, for those who haven’t yet finished – either on the worksheet OR on the Showbie app (Gr.1-4).


Below are some reflections I collated from our wonderful F-4 students – I hope you enjoy reading them!

 Thanks again for your support!

Yours in harmony,

Lisa Shacklock F-4 Music Co-ordinator (M-W)


·   Did you know that 45.71 million people live in Uganda? (Abbey, 4A)

·   The 100% hOPE Ugandan Choir performed at BPS today and sang traditional songs, danced traditional dances and did lots of incredible tricks. (Nikki, 4A)

·   When they were young most of them were homeless. In Uganda, high school students go to school at 5.00am in the morning and finish at 10.00pm at night. That’s 17 hours at school. That’s a lot of hours. (Louie, 4A)

·   Their flag is red, black and yellow – red means the colour or blood, black means the colour of dirt and yellow for the colour of sunshine. (Danni, 4A)


Which instruments were used during the performance?

·   Drums (Ishika, 1L)

·   Ankle bells (Karen, 2E)

·   Maracas and voice (Tomas, 2E)


Describe the music that you heard the 100% hOPE Choir sing.

·   Fantastic music and dancing. (Mengsi, 1L)

·   It was loud and gutsy for the traditional music, but hip hoppy for the pop music. (Kate, 4A)

·   It was fun and exciting, also very intense and entertaining. (Marvin, 4BT)


What will you remember about the ‘100% hOPE Choir’ performance?

·   I like the tricks and the dancing. (Gemma, FC)

·   I loved the drums and the dance moves. (Demmy, FH)

·   I had fun watching the drums. (Jackson, FP)

·   When lots of kids and teachers got up to dance (Amelia R, 1L)

·   When the 100% hOPE Choir ran out of the toilets because it was very funny. (Carlos, 1L)

·   The back flips. (Peggy, 1L)

·   I will remember the head spinning and the cartwheeling because I love gymnastics. (Insiya, 2D)

·   Mind blowing, loud, funky, stomping. (Lauren, 2D)

·   The songs especially ‘Never Give Up’. (Ashton, 2E)

·   When I got to go up to the front and do a few dances. (Celeste, 2E)

·   I’ll never forget how loud the drums were. (Xavier, 3HS)

·   George break dancing, the costumes and to never give up. (Indi, 3/4F)

·   My favourite part was when they sang ‘Circle of Life’ from The Lion King’. (Kallum, 4A)

·   I got to meet a girl named Jess and learn more about her like we learnt she has to get up at 3 in the morning and come back to their home at 10 at night. (Tessa, 4A)

·   After the show, me and Tom even made a new friend! His name was West-Wack. (Brandon, 4A)

·   The Choir was really emotional because they told us their stories about their past. All of the kids said that school is important. (Jack, 4A)

·   We watched a video about Patrick’s story. It was so sad, but it did have a happy ending. (Vania, 4A)

·   My favourite dance would be the one where they climbed up on each other. (Vianne, 4A)


What was the TV documentary ‘Aussie Mum, African Heart’ about?

·   The children’s parents didn’t have enough money to help their children grow (Charlotte, 1L)

·   It was about kindness. (Joanna, 2D)

·   Saving kids who live on the streets and building new classrooms. (Tom, 2D)

·   Every kid should have the right to learn (Emma, 2E)

·   How the children were poor and didn’t have any families and how people helped them get water and food and get a school (Ivy B, 2E)

·   How Africa is a poor continent and Trishelle came and helped children in need that didn’t have any family. (Sam, 2E)

·   Trishelle looked after kids at risk and adopted one. (Yvaine, 3/4F)

·   Being kind to people (Harry, 3/4F)


What did you learn from the video ‘Aussie Mum, African Heart’?

·   Follow your dream, stay safe, look after yourself. (Patrick, 2D)

·   I learnt that you should always believe in yourself and you should never give up if something is hard for you. (Grace, 2D)

·   It’s really hard to live on the streets (Chris, 2E)

·   That most people struggled lots to get food (Hana, 2E)

·   You can save and feed other people and still feed yourself. (Adam, 3/4F)

·   Not to only think about just yourself. (Persia, 3/4F)

·   Never give up, help each other and go to school. (Cassie, 3/4F)

Physical Education

BPS Sports Shorts

“Where sport comes alive!”

BPS District Swimming Team Shine

Congratulations to all our BPS Swimming Team who competed at the Blackburn District Swim Off early this term. Our swimmer’s competed at the Monash aquatic outdoor 50m pool in the individual freestyle, backstroke, breastroke events and a variety of relays.

Thanks to all our parents for supporting our swimmers. A particular thank you to Liza Parker, Charity Dickins and Brendan Carlin for your help volunteering on the day.

Our BPS Swimming Team

Sage, Brandon, Thomas, Grace, Kayla, Jack, Ryansh, Abbey, Josh and Chris.

Division Swimming Champs

Congratulations to Grace and Jack who were selected to represent BPS at the Division Swim Off. Grace placed 2nd in the 50m freestyle and Jack placed 1st in the 50m backstroke and 2nd in the 50m breastroke at Districts to earn a spot at Division.

Regional Swimming Champ

Congratulations to grade 5 swimmer, Jack, who was selected for the Eastern Regional Championships and swam on Friday 15th March. This is one championship off State and Jack has done an outstanding job to reach and compete this stage! Outstanding effort Jack!

Elite Sports Athletes

Congratulations to all our students who have been nominated to attend the School Sport Victoria (SSV) Elite Sports Trials. These trials are for athletes who compete at an elite level in their chosen sport. We wish all our athletes and players all the very best for their trials which are taking place around the division over the next month.

AFL - Ethan, Archer, Jack

Basketball – Grace, Jasmine

Cricket – Manpreet, Cameron, Will

Netball - Ruby G

Soccer - Josh C, Ryan N and Chris P

Tennis - Hai S

District Tennis Championships

We would like to congratulate Grade 6 tennis player, Hai Sheng, who represented BPS at the District Tennis Championships at St Thomas Primary School. Hai Sheng placed 3rd out of 8 players in the boys’ singles championships and did an amazing effort! Amazing effort Hai Sheng!

Coach Alan’s Amazing Blessing of BPS Soccer Goals

A massive BPS thank you to our Before School Training ‘Coach Alan’ Smith who has organized the construction of two amazing PVC lightweight soccer goals for use by our students! Alan had these goals made FREE of charge to our school simply to bless our soccer enthusiasts with some real goals for them to enjoy. Alan, your kindness does not go unnoticed and we thank you dearly for the gift of these to our students. All our children are having a ‘ball’ on the oval and we have structured the use of these goals so the students themselves take responsibility for their scheduled use, set-up and pack-up.

Soccer Goal use schedule

Monday and Wednesday – Grade 5 and 6 use – yellow flag

Tuesday and Thursday – Grade 3 and 4 use – blue flag

Friday – Shared goal use by all grade 3 – 6 – yellow and blue flag

The Patch Program 

The Patch

Cooking Class Helpers Needed 

There are still vacancies for cooking class helpers in term 1. We need volunteers to supervise small groups of children as they prepare some tasty morsels. No cooking experience is necessary but a working with children check is required. The classes provide a great opportunity to share in your child's education, to get to know their classmates and to have fun making delicious food together. As many classes do not have parents who are available to help out, please consider volunteering in any class with a vacancy, regardless of whether your child is in that class. 

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Thank you to those families who have already signed up to help.


Thank you to our worker bees!

While our grade 5 and 6 students managed to distribute all six cubic metres of mulch before our working bee, there was still plenty of work for the wonderful parents and children who showed up to lend a helping hand on Friday 8th March. Thank you Aude, Cleo, Jo, Lucy, Sam, Luke, Shamayne, Brandy, Ava, Wendy and Yaowen who worked their magic weeding - your help to transform The Patch was much appreciated and it was lovely getting to know you over a chat as we worked.


Interested in helping to maintain our beautiful Patch?

Please contact me at [email protected] to let me know how you would like to help and when you are available.


Thanks - Claire Pattison - Patch Co-ordinator.


School Chaplain

Chaplain's Corner

The Great Australian Dream


If you ask most people about the great Australian dream, it usually involves hitching up a caravan or camper trailer and disappearing up the coast somewhere. I know that there are many families in our school community that have done just that. Whether it’s a full lap of Australia or a few days sitting by the ocean or a creek, we all love the idea of the free and easy lifestyle.


Last week I was chatting to a friend about this very topic. A few years ago, his wife decided that they should get themselves a caravan and join the ranks of the grey nomads. All her friends were doing it and she just loved the idea of a home away from home – one that you could take literally anywhere. My friend was not overly convinced by this. While he’s made his share of rash and radical decisions over the years, he’d be just about the last bloke on earth that would regard a caravan purchase as a good idea. Not only would it fail his cost-benefit analysis, he’s not particularly mechanical and is probably better suited to the Hotel/resort style holiday than a caravan adventure.


In any event, as often happens, the enthusiasm from his wife became almost intoxicating. He threw caution to the wind and bought a van. This thing was a massive family style van that was suitable for a full-scale family adventure. The fact that his kids were all adults did not deter his wife. She saw this massive van and she knew she had to have it. After the purchase, his wife spent many hours buying crockery and table-ware that was both colour co-ordinated and fashionable. Every detail of this van was appropriately planned, re-planned and tastefully executed by his wife.


The time came for their first adventure. This was to be a short trip from their home in Warrandyte to a caravan park at Healesville. I’ve run this via Google Maps and it’s a 37 km trip. To cut a long story short, the maiden voyage was a complete disaster. Sadly, my friend had absolutely no idea how to back a caravan. Not only did he fail miserably when trying to park upon their arrival in Healesville, he then had to endure the anxiety countdown as he contemplated trying to back it out again when he packed up 2 days later. Both were monumental fails. He even had the proprietor of the caravan park offering special tips. All of this was to no avail. I’d like to say that this is a tale of persistence and resilience. I’d like to tell you that my mate is now the best caravan backer in the Southern Hemisphere. I’d like to say, they’ve consistently used their van for years and hardly know what they did before they got it. But this would be all lies.


Following the maiden voyage, the big, beautiful, colour coordinated caravan was duly off-loaded at a $5000 loss. Never again was my mate going on a caravan holiday. It was an expensive lesson for an otherwise sensible and very capable man. I don’t know too many other people that have spent $2500 per night on a caravan holiday. I think he and his wife both realised that such adventures would remain the domain of others.


I think the moral of the story is that we all make mistakes from time to time. We all act impulsively and find ourselves wondering how we found ourselves in a particular situation. That is just life. But, we can all learn from the experiences of others. The great thing about being a part of a community is that we build up a certain corporate knowledge that can help us along the journey of life. Listening to others, learning from the mistakes of friends and neighbours and even sometimes proceeding with caution into new ventures and experiences can actually save you time, money and stress. While I’m a firm believer in trying new things, I’ve also learnt the wisdom of asking advice from others that are further along the path than I am. Keep your eyes open, listen to sensible and timely advice and never stop learning. So, if you’ve got some decisions to make, or need to bounce some ideas, knock on some doors, ask some questions and do your best to make the best decision you can for yourself and your family. And if per chance you still make a blunder, it’s not the end of the world. Learn from your mistakes and get on with things.


Cheers – Phil Simpson – School Chaplain

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SHEDNITE - Friday 22 March 2019
This is a community activity that all blokes are welcome to.

Our next Shednite is this Friday,  22 March 2019

We are delighted to announce that our next Shednite speaker Tony Sinn. 

Tony commenced his law enforcement career with the Queensland Police Force in 1992 before crossing over to the Australian Federal Police in 2003. He has worked for the AFP in Brisbane, Adelaide, Jakarta and Melbourne and is currently the Investigation Manager (Senior Investigating Officer - SIO) in the Melbourne office of the Joint Counter Terrorism Team. The Taskforce comprises of Victoria Police investigators and members of the Australian Special Intelligence Organisation (ASIO). 

In the SIO role Tony has responsibility for managing major terrorism investigations in Victoria. 

The AFP has taken Tony around the world. From picking up drug smugglers in The Netherlands to working for three years alongside the Indonesian Counter Terrorism Taskforce which was based in Jakarta. 

He deployed to the Thailand after the Boxing Day Tsunami in 2004 and was sent to East Java when a boat full of asylum seekers capsized killing 200 of the 250 onboard. 

Tony is married with four boys and spends most of his time outside work driving his boys between football ovals and athletics tracks. Tony is a car buff with a particular leaning towards the Blue Oval. He constantly threatens to bring his half restored fastback Mustang to the Shednite Show and Shine. We may die waiting for this!

This promises to be a very interesting night. 

When: Friday 22 March
Where: Factory 1/1 Mary Street, Blackburn
What time: 7.00 pm until late
How much: $10.00 covers food and fizzy
Who's it for? Blokes (teens 16-ish and up also welcome)
Be good to get an idea of numbers - RSVP through FB or email to [email protected]

Cheers – Phil Simpson

[email protected]

Junior School Council

JSC 2019

The Junior School Council for 2019 is made up of grade 4 and 5 students who will work alongside a variety of school captains. Our JSC is made up of 4 different committees, with each committee having different responsibilities.

- The Facilities & Environment committee is made up of Gemma, Ana-Sofia, Rory & Indi. These guys will be working very closely with our sustainability captains, Elisha, Sharon and Brianna.
- The Fundraising committee is made up Sarah, Sage, Tom, Eleni & Luca
- The Marketing & Promotion committee is made up of Isabella, Bridget, Kate, Elle & Ruby
- The Communication committee is made up of Keaghan, Rachel, Zoe & Jasmine.

The Junior School Council will work together throughout the year on a number of projects to improve our already amazing school. The JSC will meet with all students on a regular basis throughout the year as they continue to give all students an opportunity to voice their ideas and opinions of what they are doing in JSC and also around the school. 



It has already been a super busy term with lots going on, however next Thursday sees our first free dress day for 2019. This term we are going to support our Relay For Life team and raise additional funds for the Cancer Council.


Not only will this day be a free dress day but it will also see the return of the CRAZY HAIR EXTRAVAGANZA!! For $5.00, students can come in free dress and get a ticket for our crazy hair stall @ lunch where they could end up with a new style or colour. For those who are not as adventurous we are asking for a gold coin donation for coming in free dress.



The JSC and sustainability captains have been busy exploring and auditing the waste at BPS. There was a variety of rubbish from our Clean Up Blackburn day, with over 8.5kg of recycle-able plastics, 130 chip packets and all kinds of food and fruit scraps collected. 

The JSC and sustainability captains will now work on ways to reduce this waste even further in the dream of making BPS waste free!

Parent Volunteers Needed

Parents and Friends Roles

P&F Event Organisers Needed

The P&F is always looking for people to help organise events. These events range from morning teas to through ongoing activities such as school banking through to larger events such as a Family Movie Night. We have a list of suggested events and activities - please see the link below for more details and to register your interest): 

P&F events and register your interest to help


We also  welcome new ideas for fundraising or social - please email [email protected] with any thoughts and suggestions. And feel free to email us if you have any questions.

Patch Kitchen Helpers

There are still vacancies for cooking class helpers in term 1. We need volunteers to supervise small groups of children as they prepare some tasty morsels. No cooking experience is necessary but a working with children check is required. The classes provide a great opportunity to share in your child's education, to get to know their classmates and to have fun making delicious food together. As many classes do not have parents who are available to help out, please consider volunteering in any class with a vacancy, regardless of whether your child is in that class. 

Sign up via 

Thank you to those families who have already signed up to help.

2019 Sickbay Washing Roster

March 22 - Yang Y

March 29 - Shilpa

April 5 - Xena 

Thank you to the parents above for volunteering but we are still in need of more parent helpers. If you would like more information or are able to help, please send an email to [email protected]

Your support is much appreciated

Working With Children Check

Parents who wish to participate in school events such as volunteering,  need to have a current Working With Children Check (WWC).   If you haven't got one yet, please register via the link below.   Once you have registered for WWC our school office will be notified if you highlight our school as your volunteering location.

Parents and Friends

Key Dates

21 March 2019 - Welcome BBQ/Holi Celebration

25th March 2019 - 6E Aunt Billies Coffee Catch up 9am

29th March 2019 -  FP & FC Aunt Billies Coffee Catch up 9am

18 May 2019 - Comedy for a Cause 

Harmony Day Morning Tea

Thank you for all parents who attended and helped at the Harmony Morning Tea on Monday 18th March.

It was a lovely event where parents shared lovely international snacks and enjoyed wonderful company.  


Welcome BBQ/Holi Celebration - RSVP Now

Thursday 21st March, 5pm - 7.30pm

Come and celebrate the start of the school year with a riot of colours as the BPS Community combine the traditional Twilight Welcome Picnic with the Indian Festival of Colour, Holi.  There will be Indian Street Food, a BBQ, Indian culture and entertainment and lots of colour.


To help with catering, please RSVP and let us know what food you think you will order via this form: Holi Festival Order Form.


If you can help on with the Indian Food Stall or the BBQ, please complete the roster:

Indian Food Stall Roster Sign-Up

BBQ Roster Sign-up

Coffee Catch-up for 6E Parents

Monday 25th March @ 9am  (after drop off) @ Aunt Billies

RSVP Kerrie 0412 597 558 or Bron 0412 550 040

Comedy for a Cause

Comedy for a Cause is coming to Blackburn Primary again!

If you love a laugh, you must come along to Blackburn Primary’s own comedy night.

 When: Saturday the 18th of May

Where: The Old Hall, Blackburn Primary School 185 Whitehorse Road Blackburn

Time:    7pm doors and bar open, Show starts at 8pm, with expected finish of 10.30pm.

Cost:      $30

Strictly Adults only event


Drinks will be served before the show.

  • Bottles of wine $20 (includes red, white and sparkling)
  • Beer $5
  • Wine by the glass $5
  • Soft drink and water $2

Comedy line up to be announced closer to the date.

Please come along for a laugh and to help raise funds for our school.


The link for tickets is:

 For any queries please contact Leanne on 0407 002 720 or Kylie on 0401 716 341

Class Contact List

Thank you for parents who have completed the Class Contact List form.  Class lists are currently being compiled ready to distribute to your the Parent Class Representative for your child's class.  You should receive the Class Contact List by now.

If you have not completed the Class Contact List form by the due date, but wish to have your contact on the list, you can still complete the BPS Class Contact list below.  Your details will then be sent to the Parent Class Representative to update the class contact list with your details.

2019 Class Contact List Form

School Fundraising

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ToyWorld Forest Hill School Benefit Card Program

By shopping at ToyWorld Forest Hill and joining their School Benefit Card Program (with Blackburn Primary School as the nominated school), your purchases will contribute 4% in free product (given to the school in the form of a gift voucher at the end of the year). In the past, the P&F  have used this voucher either as a prize in itself, or to by toys to be used a prizes or auction items, which then generates extra funds for the school.

In addition, participants receive a 10% discount all year after they have accumulated $100.00 of spending in store (excluding sale items).

School Banking

Did you know the CBA Dollarmites School Banking program helps raise funds for our school as well as helps our children to learn to save. Our school receives 5% of every individual deposit made at school (up to $10), along with other benefits.
For more information on how your child can participate, see link below.

How to join School Banking

Banking Day is Wednesdays

For all of our new families who may not be aware, please note that the Commonwealth Bank runs a school banking program at BPS.

The banking program is voluntary and is open to all BPS students.

To participate in the program, you simply have to set up an account at your local Commonwealth Bank branch.

At the bank, your child will be issued with a deposit book and wallet that you use to fill in any deposits you wish to make – just remember to secure any money being deposited in the pocket of the deposit book wallet and pop it into the grey zip up satchel on Wednesday mornings (note: each class has it’s own satchel). 

The school banking co-ordinators will process all deposits using an on line portal that allows Commonwealth Bank to keep track of how many deposits individuals make.

For each deposit made, students will receive a silver dollarmite token and once 10 are collected they can then be redeemed for a reward (note: it can take up to three weeks for rewards to be issued by Commonwealth Bank).

For parents who have done the program previously, please note that the gold tokens have now been discontinued.

If you want to join the program or have any queries, please pop into the staff room on a Wednesday morning and talk to one of our friendly school banking team.

Cheers and happy saving - The School Banking team.

Got a Fundraising Idea?

If you have a fundraising idea that you would like to kick off please email [email protected] with your proposal.

OSHClub Updates  

OSH News 

Hello Blackburn Primary:

During the past two weeks we have been having a fantastic time celebrating Saint Patricks Day and Harmony week. We started the week by having a talk about Ireland, during our discussion we learnt that there were quite a few of us here at the club with Irish heritage! We played a classic game of Hunters and Deers but decided to change our players to Leprechaun and Coins in keeping with our celebration. At the craft station children made leprechaun hats and four leaf clovers!


The children were excited to share with us at OSHclub how Blackburn Primary School was celebrating Harmony week. The children decorated our weekly themed board with a bold, eye-catching heading and drew a collection of flags from countries all around the world. This prompted a great discussion about countries outside of Australia. During a freeze challenge on Monday afternoon, a child suggested we froze in positions of harmony, this lead to some fantastic group poses.


We also would to welcome our new Coordinator Lori to our service. We are very happy to have her here and the children made sure to extend a warm welcome to her. 


A reminder to all children that the 'No Hat, No Play' policy still applies in Term 1. We have been asking the children and families to please remember to pack a spare hat in the children's bags or have their school hat live in their bag. (As a requirement we are no longer able to provide spare hats for the children). Many of our children love active outdoor play, however, no hat means no outdoor play.




Parent Information

OSHC program phone: 0423 781 984 

Operating Hours: 7-9am 


 Email: [email protected]

 Coordinator: Lori S

Assistant Coordinator: Natalie L 

Educators: Siân E, Kate H, Marnie K & Tim DF

 OSHClub Head Office &

 Accounts contact:  1300 395 735 &  [email protected]

 All families must be enrolled to attend the program.

 Please create an account online at

All bookings and cancellations can also be managed via your online account.


Please be advised that when using your new online booking system all bookings must be made in advance, more than 24 hours business days. For all bookings where this is not possible, meaning those required to be made in less than 24 hours (business days), please contact us ASAP or leave a message on our service phone 0423 781 984 and we will advise you at the start of our next session time if we have a vacancy. The same applies to cancellations and we ask for your assistance on contacting us regarding last minute cancellations as this helps to open vacancies for other OSHClub families.


If you have any issues managing or changing your account details please contacts the accounts team on the above phone number or email.

Community Pages 



Saxophone for Sale

YAMAHA - YAS280 ALTO SAXOPHONE GOLD (recommended for students) in fantastic condition Includes Cleaning kit Black case with backpack straps for easy carry use Purchased at Music Junction Blackburn in 2016

Contact:  Carlie Lewis on 0433 635 566 & located in Blackburn 




School Holiday Fun at the RSPCA!

Calling all animal lovers!
If you go crazy for cats, dote on dogs or want to have some fun with farm animals, then the RSPCA Holiday Program (held at our Burwood East Education Centre) is the place for you!

 Please visit our website - RSPCA Holiday Program – for all the details.




Student Exchange
T: (02) 9997 0700 F: (02) 9997 0701


In May, June, July and August, we will be receiving exchange students from France, Denmark and Sweden. Our new arrivals will live with a host family and attend a local school for 3, 5 or 10 months. As we plan for their arrival, we are keen to hear from suitable families who might be interested to host a student.

Host families come in all shapes and sizes, backgrounds and ages. To this end, we would be grateful if you would place a notice in your newsletter or mention it on your website. 

Hosting an exchange student can be a truly rewarding experience. It allows a family to experience a foreign culture first hand, be exposed to a new language and pass on a bit of our own culture. They might even make a friend for life!

All students have at least basic levels of English, would attend a school in your local area and live the life of a local.


Advertise in BPS Newsletter

With a regular audience of over 500 unique readers weekly, the BPS newsletter is a great way to promote your business or event to the local community.  Advertisers can post an ad to appear on this page.  The reader will be able to click into each ad and enlarge it to a full page size.

To get your ad in the BPS fortnightly newsletter:

1.  Create a banner ad in JPEG or PNG format with an aspect ratio close to 4:3 or 400x300pixels. 

2.  Send the ad to [email protected]   Please also advise how many weeks you wish to advertise.  

3.  Each ad listed costs $30 per newsletter issue (i.e. per fortnight).   In order for your ad to appear in the newsletter issued out on a Wednesday, payment  and ad must be received by Mondays 4pm.

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