01 February 2018
Term 1, 2018 - Issue 1
Principal's Report
2018 Term Dates & Student-free Days
Upcoming Dates/Events
Services and Facilities
Uniform & Personal Items
Health and Wellbeing
Policies and Values
Beaumaris North Primary School
(03) 9589 5449
Wood Street
Beaumaris, Victoria, 3193

Principal's Report

Welcome to 2018!

I do hope that everyone has had a relaxing and rejuvenating break  and that all students are eager to be back at school.

A very warm welcome to the many new families joining our school community and of course our new staff members. For a complete list of our 2018 staff, please click here - photos of all staff are displayed on the wall opposite the Office.

I would like to thank the staff for the many hours spent organising their classrooms and the Administrative team who have been at school for several weeks leading up to the commencement of the school year.


The first day of the new school year is always an exciting  one, particularly for our Prep students.

Our Prep parents received a very special welcome with a lovely 'care pack' thanks  to Tanya Nassau, Shae Langford-Jones, Laura Fitzpatrick and Megan Worley.

Thank you also to the following parents for their kind donations: Tamare Karakulahian (The Parlor, Cheltenham), Sally Fenton (Two Locals Cafe,Black Rock) and Ilana Blampied (Carman's).


We are very happy and proud of how smoothly the students have settled in to the new school year.

Therapy Dogs at BNPS

In the January school holidays, our Wellbeing Officers (Dr Carolann Clifford and Natalie McMahon) and their dogs (Archie and Sid) completed a Therapy Dog Course and we are pleased to announce that both dogs passed with flying colours!


Carolann and Natalie will be educating staff and students early this term about how the dogs will work and their role. The following rules will be enforced:

  • If Archie and Sid are wearing their therapy dog jackets they are officially working.  Please do not pat them, talk to them or make extended eye contact with them. We know this will be tough given how cute they are!  Essentially in order for them to be effective, they need to understand that when they have their jackets on they are working and not playing.
  • Students must adhere to the ‘no touch, no talking’ with the dogs both in the playground and when they enter the classroom. They will be allowed to be cuddled and touched by the children when they have their jackets on, but only two children at a time and only under our supervision.

A ‘rest area’ will be set up for Sid and Archie in the Wellbeing Office so they can have some time out - the concentration they need when they are working will mean they get quite fatigued and need a rest! There will also be time to play with the dogs without their jackets on - more about that later.


The dogs will need a number of ‘second handlers’ who understand the basic commands and can take the dogs from their primary handler if required.  We envisage that this will be some of our older students and staff members.


​Carolann an Natalie have several great ideas as to how Archie and Sid can be of service to our school and we look forward to sharing them with you this year!  


A list of 'Dog Therapy FAQs' and an opt out form can be found in the Compass News Feed.

Communication in 2018

All parents will have received an email detailing the changes to communication in 2018. This year information will only be posted to the Compass News Feed - it will not be emailed to you (or sent home in hardcopy). This includes notification of excursions and incursions requiring online consent/payment, Learning Task Feedback, Student Reports, Parent-Teacher Interviews, fortnightly newsletters and other important information such as classroom updates and events. It is therefore very important to check Compass daily.

It has been a very gradual transition to this point, from hard copies only prior to 2013/14, to the Konnective App News Feed Items and hard copies in 2014/15, to emails and Compass News Feed Items in 2016/17. We have now reached our goal of electronic communication only, without the duplication.

Online Consent/Payment - 5 Business Days Prior

Please note that payment and consent for ‘Key Experiences’ (incursions/excursions) MUST be received FIVE BUSINESS DAYS PRIOR to the scheduled activity. Online Consent Forms will indicate if the activity is included in the 2018 ‘Key Experience’ charge (that you may or may not have elected to pay upfront), or if a separate fee applies e.g. swimming. If payment and consent is NOT received 5 business days before the event, unfortunately your child will NOT be able to participate/attend. 


This year, reminders will not be emailed as it is extremely quick and easy to provide consent/payment online. Thanking you in advance for your co-operation and support to avoid student disappointment.

Unexplained Absences

From the end of Term 2, all schools are required to contact parents/guardians as soon as practicable when student absence is unexplained. The resulting changes to the Department Guidelines will help ensure the safety of all students during school hours.

Please ensure that all full-day absences are entered on Compass - more information is provided in the 'Administration' section of this newsletter.

2017 Year 6 Murals

The Year 6 murals (different countries/cultures captured through design and pattern) were mounted today at the Year 2 end of the main building.

They look absolutely amazing!

Parent Involvement

I encourage you to get involved where you can from volunteering for the Fete, Canteen or Uniform Shop to assisting with classroom activities, attending our events and of course being an active 'Parents & Friends' participant. Not only is it very rewarding, it's a great help to the school and builds a strong sense of community.

Please note that anyone wishing to volunteer at BNPS is required to provide a Working with Children Check.

Important Information & Reminders

Many of you will be familiar with the policies and procedures outlined in this first newsletter for 2018, however the start of the year is a good time to refresh - you may even come across something you didn't know!


I trust that 2018 will be another year full of amazing achievements and activities!


Sherril Duffy





2018 Term Dates & Student-free Days

Term Dates


Tuesday 30 January - Thursday 29 March

(2.30pm dismissal)



Monday 16 April - Friday 29 June 

(2.30pm dismissal)



Monday 16 July - Friday 21 September (

2.30pm dismissal)



Monday 8 October - Friday 21 December 

(1.30pm dismissal)

Public Holidays

  • Monday 12 March - Labour Day
  • Friday 30 March - Good Friday
  • Wednesday 25 April - ANZAC Day
  • Monday 11 June - Queen's Birthday
  • Tuesday 6 November - Melbourne Cup Day


Curriculum Days

  • Monday 19 March
  • Tuesday 12 June
  • Friday 10 August

Students are not required to attend school on these days. Our Outside School Hours Care Program will be operating to assist our working parents – to secure a place, please email [email protected] and click here for more information.

Upcoming Dates/Events


Friday 2 February

KidsMatter Day (Assembly at 3.10pm)


Monday 5 February

Canteen Opens for 2018


Monday 5 February

Year 4 Swimming Program Commences


Tuesday 6 February (3.40 - 6.00pm)

Meet & Greet Opportunity (not 4B)


Wednesday 7 February (3.40 - 6.00pm)

4A Meet & Greet Opportunity


Friday 9 February

Year 5/6 Friday Sport Commences

Prep Welcome Picnic (5 - 8pm, BNPS Oval)


Saturday 10 February

Beaumaris Farmers Market


Tuesday 13 February 

Meet & Greet Opportunity (not 4A) (3.40 - 6.00pm)

Fete Stall Holders Meeting (7.30pm)


Wednesday 14 February

House Swimming Carnival (Year 4 - 6)


Sunday 18 February (10am - 12pm)

Fete Donations Drop Off Day


Tuesday 20 February (9.00 - 9.30am, MPR)

BNPS Therapy Dog 'Meet & Greet'


Tuesday 20 February (3.40 - 6.00pm)

4B Meet & Greet Opportunity

MARCH 2018

Sunday 4 March (10am - 12pm)

Fete Donations Drop Off Day


Tuesday 6 March

District Swimming Carnival (Year 4 - 6)


Wednesday 7 March

Fete Stall Holders Meeting (7.30pm)


Saturday 10 March

Beaumaris Farmers Market


Monday 12 March

Labour Day (Public Holiday)


Tuesday 13 March

School Photos


Sunday 18 March (10am - 12pm)

Fete Donations Drop Off Day


Monday 19 March

Curriculum Day


Wednesday 21 & Thursday 22 March

Year 5/6 Swimming Program


Saturday 24 March (9am - 3pm)



Thursday 29 March (2.30pm Dismissal)

Last Day of Term 1



Tuesday 15 - Thursday 17 May​

NAPLAN (Years 3 & 5)



Tuesday 24 July

The Resilience Project Parent Information Evening



Tuesday 7 August

School Concert (Hamer Hall)


Wednesday 15 August 

House Athletics Carnival (Year 3 - 6)



Monday 3 - Wednesday 5 September

Year 4 Camp


Tuesday 11 September

District Athletics Carnival (Year 4 - 6)



Monday 22 - Friday 26 October

Year 5 Camp


Wednesday 10 October

Division Athletics Carnival (Year 4 - 6)



Monday 19 - Friday 23 November

Year 6 Camp






Absences, Late Arrival & Early Departure

Full-day absences MUST be reported via Compass. Students arriving to school after 9.00am or leaving during school hours are NOT reported via Compass, they MUST be signed in/out by a parent/guardian via the Kiosk at the Office.  Students are required to present a Kiosk slip to their Teacher or a 'Late Pass' if the Kiosk is down.



  • Full-day absence - enter on Compass
  • Extended absences e.g. holiday - enter on Compass (change start and finish dates)
  • Arriving to school late - sign child IN via Kiosk – do NOT enter on Compass
  • Leaving school early - sign child OUT via Kiosk – do NOT enter on Compass
  • Leaving and returning (same day) - sign child OUT via Kiosk upon departure and IN via Kiosk upon return – 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.


Volunteers - Working with Children Check

If you have a current WCC 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:
[email protected]

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/ 

School Payments via Qkr

Make sure you have access to the Qkr app (pronounced ‘Quicker’) to enable you to use your smartphone to make school payments (without having to give your child cash to carry to school) including Canteen and Uniform Shop orders, and various school payments. A web-based version is also available. 

Click here for more information.

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)


Please note that 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. 

BNPS Office - 9589 5449





We encourage you to login to Compass on a daily basis to check the News Feed as this is our primary means of communication.  Information is NOT sent home in hard copy or via email.

The Compass app (‘Compass School Manager’) is a quick and easy way to check the News Feed and you can choose to receive a single daily notification once all items have been posted or even set yourself a daily reminder!  Positioning the Compass app next to ‘Messages’, ‘Facebook’, ‘Instagram’ or anything else you check regularly is also a good way to remember to check the Compass News Feed. Please click here for more information.

Purple Folder

The Purple Folder can be used to return/send information to the school or your class teacher. It is essential that this folder is brought to school every day and checked every night

A second Purple Folder is available for families living at separate addresses – please let your class teacher know if you require a second Purple Folder.

School Newsletter (Waves)

Our whole-school newsletter (Waves) is published on Compass and the BNPS website every second Thursday. Our newsletters includes a report from the Principal, work from the students, student achievements, staff and parent interviews, upcoming dates and events and news from Specialist Teachers and our Sub-committees.

Photos and videos of the children are also included in the newsletter.

Weekly Assembly

Whole school assemblies are held on Monday afternoons at 3.10pm (and as required for special occasions) in the undercover area between the two main buildings. 

Each assembly commences with the singing of the Australian National Anthem - please support us by teaching your child the correct words to BOTH verses.

Contacting Teachers

Notes may be passed directly to your classroom teacher via the Purple Folder or you can send an email (marked to the attention of your child’s teacher) to:

[email protected]


This email account is checked regularly throughout the day by our Principal Class Officers and emails are forwarded on as appropriate. Please note that teachers are unable to respond to emails that do not come via the school email address.


Informal discussions may be arranged upon request at any time throughout the year to discuss specific issues however please be assured that we will contact you should we have any concerns.

Services and Facilities


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).


Sign up now for Term 1 Canteen Duty – remember we can’t operate the Canteen without volunteers! Mums, Dads, grandparents and friends are all welcome to volunteer for Canteen duty (as long as they have a Working with Children Check)! Please click here if you would like to find out more about volunteering in the Canteen.

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 (unless notified via Compass).

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

Outside School Hours Care (OSHC)

Our OSHC Program operates on school days from 7.30 to 8.45am and 3.30 to 6.00pm, and on Curriculum/Pupil Free days between 7.30am and 6.00pm.


Student Banking

BNPS participates in the Commonwealth Bank Youthsaver Account program promoting disciplined savings habits and valuable money skills,  with the incentive of great  rewards for their deposits.

To participate in the school banking program students require a Commonwealth Bank Youthsaver Account - visit any Commonwealth bank branch or apply online.  Students will then be issued with a school banking number.


Once you are set up simply, send in the deposit book (and money) via the Purple Folder by Tuesday of each week and our Parents & Friends representative will take care of the rest! Books will be returned to your child via the Purple Folder the following day. For every new account opened, the school earns money as well as progressive commissions with every deposit! 


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).

Bike Shed

The bike shed is unlocked in the morning, locked during the day and then re-opened when school is out.

Bikes and scooters must be put INSIDE the Bike Shed (NOT against the outside fence!) - our Bike Shed Monitors do NOT move bikes and scooters inside the shed before it is locked for the day.






Uniform & Personal Items


All students are expected to wear the full BNPS school uniform including the correct coloured socks, BNPS jumpers, jackets, hats and appropriate footwear. Students should be neat and clean.

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. 


We urge you to clearly label ALL garments, in particular jackets and tops so that items can be returned through our Lost Property system. 

School hats, bags, lunch boxes, drink bottles and shoes should also be labelled. Click here for our labelling guidelines.

Library Bags

For book borrowing purposes, children are encouraged to have a protective Library bag labelled with both their first and surname. A Library bag protects the book, ensures the Library book is kept separate from household books when not in use (making it easier to locate!) and makes it easier for students to carry.

The Uniform Shop sells Library bags, however you may use any protective bag (preferably the size of a pillow slip to accommodate our larger books).

Water Bottles

Please encourage your child to bring a water bottle to school to use in the classroom.


Personal Property

We strongly discourage bringing valuable items to school. The Department of Education and Training (DET) does not hold insurance nor does it accept responsibility for personal property brought to schools by students, staff and visitors. DET has no capacity to pay for any loss or damage to such property.


Children should only bring money to school for Canteen purchases – and only a small amount.

If you are sending money for your Prep/Year 1 child to purchase items from the Canteen (at lunch or recess), it is recommended that they bring a small named purse to keep in the front of their school bag.

Electronic Devices

The use of mobile phones or personal electronic devices is NOT permitted by students unless specifically authorised by the Principal.


Health and Wellbeing

Two Minute Zone

The misuse of the 'Two Minute Zone/Kiss N Go' causes many safety issues. 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.

If you need to walk your child in, you must park in one of the surrounding streets.

Wet Weather Arrangements

In the event of inclement weather upon arrival to school, students may be admitted into the classrooms at 8.50am following the compulsory staff briefing which occurs each morning 8.40 – 8.50am. 

An announcement is made informing the students that the teachers are in their classrooms and the bell will then sound. 


Students must NOT be left alone in the school grounds before 8.45am or after 3.45pm as the school does NOT provide formal supervision for children who are on the premises before or after these times.


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. Children who forget their hats will be reminded to play in the shade.

See BNPS SunSmart Policy.


Please note that teachers are not expected to apply sunscreen to students however we have strategies in place to remind children to apply sunscreen before they go outside. 


Food at School

Due to the high risk of cross contamination, it would be appreciated if you could refrain from sending any food to school containing nuts e.g. peanut butter sandwiches, Nutella, loose nuts and snack bars containing nuts.

Please speak to your child/ren about the importance of eating only their own food and washing their hands before and after eating - this will be reinforced at school.


PLEASE NOTE: Students who bring nut related foods to school must eat such foods at a safe distance from allergic children and wash their hands on completion.

Celebrating Birthdays

Please speak to your child's teacher prior to sending any food or treats to school and consider the amount of items sent in as it can be time consuming for teachers to distribute.

Many parents also have concerns about treats being given to their children without their permission.

Head Lice

We encourage the whole school community to be vigilant with checking their child’s hair to prevent outbreaks and ask that parents advise class teachers of any cases identified at home.

Whole-school Head Lice checks will be performed by parent volunteers once per term - we are always looking for volunteers - please see Head Hunters Program for more information and email [email protected] if you are able to assist.

Climbing Trees NOT permitted

For the safety of children and to protect our natural environment, the climbing of trees is against our school rules and is NOT permitted at any time.

Teachers enforce this rule during the hours of duty however parents are responsible for their children beyond this time – please supervise your children carefully to prevent injury.

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).


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).

Staff Carparks

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


Use of Disabled Car Parking Spaces

Please note that the disabled car parking spaces around our school MUST NOT be used as a two minute drop off zone (or for extended parking).

These spaces are ONLY FOR CARS THAT DISPLAY A DISABLED STICKER – please respect the families who need to use these spaces. 

Rubbish in the School Grounds

Beaumaris North Primary School students are expected to dispose of their own litter responsibly e.g. food wrappers and fruit peel but all uneaten food should be taken home – this will allow you to keep a check on what your child has consumed at school.


Behaviour and Restorative Practices

Restorative Practice is the approach we use when dealing with any incident in our school. Restorative Practices are innovative ways to build safe, respectful and caring communities whilst supporting students to take responsibility for their actions. 

Child Safety

BNPS is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children. Our documentation relating to the important Child Safe Standards (Child Safe Policy, Child Safety Code of Conduct and Statement of Commitment to Child Safety) can be found on the BNPS Policies page of our website - we strongly encourage you to familiarise yourself with these.

It is important to note that it is now a criminal offence for school staff not to report any reasonable suspicion that a child has been abused, or is at risk of being abused (including abuse that has, or is suspected to have taken place within or outside of school grounds and hours).

Cyber Safety

A copy of the ‘eSmart Internet Acceptable Use Agreement’ will be given to your child and explained by the teacher (to be discussed, signed and returned).

Students are NOT allowed to access the internet until this form has been received. 

Emergency Management

BNPS has a comprehensive Emergency Action Plan in case of an emergency. There are two main evacuation areas: the Oval and Basketball courts.

When the emergency signal is activated, all members of the school community are required to stop and listen to the instructions that follow the signal. They will then be instructed to move to the designated evacuation area and report to a staff member in a bright orange vest.

Student Engagement and Inclusion Policy

Our very important Student Engagement and Inclusion Policy underpins all of our strategies for managing student wellbeing including the rights and responsibilities of staff, students and parents. 

Policies and Values

Our ‘School Values’

Our 5 school values which are summarised in the following statement. We will CARE for others, showing EMPATHY, compassion and RESPECT towards the needs and feelings of others. We will show RESPONSIBILITY to our own learning and belongings, displaying self-discipline and commitment. We will show TRUST acting with integrity, honesty and a strong sense of fairness.

All employees, students, parents and visitors are expected to adhere to our ‘School Values’ to ensure that everyone is treated with respect, fairness and dignity.

PYP Attitudes

The IB Attitudes we encourage and demonstrate at BNPS are:

  • Enthusiasm
  • Respect
  • Tolerance
  • Creativity
  • Cooperation
  • Appreciation
  • Curiosity
  • Integrity
  • Commitment
  • Independence
  • Empathy
  • Confidence.

Click here for more information.

PYP Learner Profile

As IB learners our students strive to be:

  • Inquirers
  • Knowledgeable
  • Thinkers
  • Communicators
  • Principled
  • Open- minded
  • Caring
  • Risk-takers
  • Balanced
  • Reflective

Click here for more information.

Our ‘Essential Agreement’

Our Essential Agreement is an agreement drawn up between staff and students on what we value and demonstrate at BNPS to ensure the learning, safety and rights of all are respected. 


BNPS Policies

School Council develops, reviews and updates school policies according to a formal review schedule - please click here to view our policies.

A - Z Parent Guide

Don’t forget to check out our A-Z Parent Guide for anything else you need to know about BNPS! This (along with loads of other information!) can be accessed on our comprehensive website.



We hope you have a wonderful year at BNPS!


















Thinking about transition to school.pdf
Supporting families and children transitioning in and out of primary school .pdf
Supporting children with additional needs transition in and out of primary school.pdf
Parenting resilient kids flyer.PDF.pdf
Explanatory Statements_Jan2017.pdf