the Nor'Wester

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

upcoming events

term 2, 2019

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

06.06.2019 - 2020 Foundie Information Evening

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

10.06.2019 - Queen's Birthday (no school)

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

 - Eid

13.06.2019 - Strategic Infrastructure Committee meeting

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

14.06.2019 - BNW Co-Motion Dance Evening

17.06.2019 - OSHC subcommittee meeting (MPR @ 6.30pm)

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

18.06.2019 - Education subcommittee meeting (staffroom @ 7.00pm)

19.06.2019 - Maths Information Night (BNWP 6pm - 7.30pm)

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

22.06.2019 - BNWPS Great Winter Clothing Swap (MPR @ 9.30-11.30am) 

27.06.2019 - School Council meeting (staffroom @ 7.00pm)

28.06.2019 - Term 2 concludes (2.30pm finish)



This term will be the first time we are hosting the Commotion, a big dance and music event at the Brunswick Town Hall. All members of the school and local community are invited to come and join in!

This event will be in the tradition of Bush-dances popular in Melbourne throughout the 70s & 80s, but with added multicultural and student lead elements. In this tradition, it will be a participatory dance rather than a concert and all attendees will be involved!


Date & Time: Friday, 14th of June - 6pm to 8:30pm

Cost: $5

Ticket Bookings:

Food: Anyone can bring a plate of finger food or treats

Volunteers: Anyone who would like to volunteer please email

volunteering @ BNW

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

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



assistant principal's message

Assistant Principal Message

Dear families,


Every child is unique, every child has strengths and areas for potential growth. Catering for each child is a challenge and one we genuinely get excited about! Catering for such difference, is complex and requires considerable thoughtfulness and research. Decisions are made and resources allocated to best cater for children in all aspects of their school lives.

This includes:

  • Committed teachers who form strong relationships with children,
  • Talented specialist staff who are expert in their fields and who take great pride in identifying and mentoring students in regards to their strengths and passions,
  • Providing opportunities for children to play in different ways, with different materials and people including cubby building and lunch clubs – many being student directed.
  • Implementation of the Respectful relationship curriculum which supports children develop important knowledge, skills and values, essential to form successful relationships and be part of the global community.
  • Supporting children solve their own problems through Restorative Practices.
  • Teachers who develop and deliver flexible, differentiated and child centred curriculum based on student needs and their preferred learning styles,

Following provides an exploration of the key elements which support teachers being able to differentiate to improve student engagement and learning. It is based on an article from the “School Update, May 28th 2019”. As educational leaders we receive this newsletter every fortnight. It includes some though provoking information.


Teachers provide differentiated teaching where teaching is modified to extend the knowledge and skills of every student in every classroom, regardless of their starting point. The objective of differentiation is to support the learning of all students, including those who are falling behind and those ahead of year level expectations.


At BNW the provision of student-led, inquiry based and open ended tasks, allow students to work at their own level, e.g.:

  • Investigations
  • Inquiry topics
  • Gardening program
  • Open-ended maths tasks

Teachers also provide specific, differentiated teaching through reading groups, reading and writing conferences and maths clinics. For some children identified with additional needs or requiring extension, teachers implement evidenced-based programs, such as the phonic based reading program.


Develop teacher’s expertise.

Through learning from and with one another, teachers broaden their skills and knowledge, thus enabling them to differentiate more successfully. This learning comes from professional learning from our teacher leaders, and through collaboration. Such collaboration can helps build a range of teaching strategies to support planning and delivery of different learning programs to address students’ individual learning needs.


At BNWPS there is a strong commitment to professional learning.

Already this year, many staff have been involved in significant and impactful professional learning. A couple of examples have included:

  • Primary Maths and Science Specialist learning (PMSS) – Jessie Meade and Alice Hamilton.
  • Professional learning communicates (PLC) – Jessie Meade, Alice Hamilton, Emma Mallia, Larissa Fry and Kate Middleton. This program is specially designed to build our ability to collect and analyse student data so we can differentiate with more precision.


Use your school data to identify students in need

Use available data to help identify students ‘at risk’ of disengaging from school and students who are not progressing in their learning. Once students are identified, we tailor programs, targeted interventions and other initiatives to address their needs.

At BNW we collect and analyse data everyday! Some examples include:

  • student feedback,
  • rubrics,
  • pre and post-tests,
  • moderated writing samples
  • anecdotal records
  • photos
  • Attitudes to School Survey data; and

Of great value is student behaviour and attendance data. This gives us insights into how engaged students are feeling and if their learning needs are being catered for. Teachers regularly speak to families about all forms of data, and our reports summarize your children’s progress.

If at any stage you have questions in relation to how your child’s needs are being catered for, please discuss this with his/ her teacher.

Wendy White

Assistant Principal

school life

Reconciliation Week

This week is National Reconciliation Week.

Incorporating welcomes to or acknowledgments of country provides opportunities to recognise and pay respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' culture and heritage. 



Last week we read “Living off the Land” for Investigations. This linked to our Inquiry unit ‘farm to table’. During Writing we wrote procedural texts about making tools like spears, boomerangs, paint brushes, fire etc. For Investigations we made the tools and created a ‘gallery’.  



maths news

We were lucky enough to have our second PMSS training days this Monday and Tuesday and wow was it powerful! Our day on Monday was filled with Di Siemon, who gave us some wonderful insights into the importance of number. Did you know that we use number more than any other mathematical concept? Di got us to think about all the numbers we used just that morning. During the morning, I had looked at the temperature (it was cold!), I had looked at the time that the train was leaving (I read the timetable and worked out how quickly I needed to walk to the station) and I worked out the change I would get after I bought Jessie and I some (much needed!) caffeine. I realised I had used number so many times in just a few hours, without even realising! This made me realise how important that concept of number is and how important it is to have a strong understanding of number. Number really is the foundation of all mathematical concepts! When parents ask about things to practice at home, I will now say NUMBERS! Whether its counting houses, counting change, reading numbers on a page, counting collections of things, subitising collections of objects or practising number sequences. One idea Di shared with us was having an A3 tens frame on your fridge and making numbers using your fridge magnets. Each day you could make a different number, make a target number different ways, work out how many more you would need to add to your target number to make 10 or add a magnet onto your tens frame every time you use the fridge! There are so many ways you could use a tens frame, and getting children really familiar and confident with those base numbers will set them up for success in the future.


Here is a resource from Di Siemon where she explains the Big Ideas in numeracy and the importance of these ideas for developing their mathematical understanding.


For more information on numbers, how you can help at school and some games you could play at home, come along to our maths info night on June 19th from 6 till 7.30. We will also be providing a resource pack for $5 for either F-2, 3-6 or both. Please follow this link and register if you would like to come along!




oshc & sprout


Wominjeka everyone,

It’s been another busy week at OSHC:

Science Club: last week was our last science Incursion for now, however Brianna will still conduct more science experiences for the children on Thursdays. We would like to take this opportunity to say Thank You to Charlie who delivered all the fun in Science. Children truly enjoyed every single experience with you and we hope to have you soon.

 Last week children explored all kinds of magic using air pressure and chemical reactions. Children observed how a plastic bag could turn into a hot air balloon. Next, they experimented with air pressure and water. Charlie put his brand new handkerchief in a class. Than placed the glass into a bucket of water. The children learnt that the compressed air in the glass acts like a force field from the water. And when they pulled out the handkerchiefs it was dry. Children magically moved magnets across tables.  A Big Bang was created using helium gas. This gas which we used in hot air balloons does not catch fire which made a safe but loud explosion!                                                       



Reconciliation Week: Sam’s Bush Journey was a book that discussed the beauty of the bush and what it has to offer. This was in light of Reconciliation Week. The students learnt about respecting the Aboriginal culture as well as the environment. The students listened very carefully to the book, when it was finished the students discussed what reconciliation week was about. This is really important because conversation sparks interest which results in understanding and then in turn, respect.


Olive Harvesting: The students learnt why you don’t eat olives straight from the tree. We then discussed what we had to do to make them edible. Thank you to all those family members who shared their preserving methods with us whilst we were picking the olives. We will share our journey next week… watch this spot!



Important notes:


  1. Direct Debit: as you are aware, we are setting up a Direct Debit payment from term 3. Forms are emailed out. You can write digitally on the PDF and email back or simply complete a hard copy form. Spare blank forms are also available at the program.

All families must complete a Direct Debit form. If you have any questions please let Bernadetta know. She is very nice and welcomes everyone to come and talk about any concerns. Bernadetta will work out any possible solutions with our families.


2. Next Community Event: will be on the 20th of June to celebrate Solstice (the shortest day of the year or the longest night). There will be lots of outdoor education activities, such as firepit and story telling. And yes, there will be some marshmellow (shhhhh don’t say anything to the children!!!). Families and friends are welcome to attend the event!


3. A call out to any parents, families, friends: if you have a telescope we would like to borrow. As the sun goes down early in June, we are hoping to do some star gazing!!!  Don’t you worry, we will take good care of the telescope – promise!




1. Unidentified Payments: we still have no idea how to trace some of the unidentified payments. Shall we just assume that they are donations to OSHC program??? We wouldn’t mind that! J

Please check your statement and make sure that your payments has been receipted. If not, let Bernadetta Know ASAP.

2. Casual Booking: It is really important that you select the right roll for the After School Care. Misplacing the children in the wrong roll will cause lots of confusion for children and educators. Unfortunately this process cannot be automatic at this stage – so parents and guardians need to be more careful when they make their casual bookings. Thanks for understanding.

3. Emergency Booking: if you need to make an emergency booking please use MFL as the system will automatically update the roll. If your child is not aware you can txt us or let the school know and we will inform your child to attend After School Care

4. Sick Children: If you child is sick, please make sure to cancel your booking through MFL/Calendar. Unfortunately Sentral doesn’t talk to MFL!



OSHC Team.

sprout news

I am very excited to welcome Stacey Roberts to the Sprout team.

Stacey brings a love of food, cooking skills, and feeding kids well is a passion.

Stacey also has a beautiful appreciation of our Brunswick North West community and spirit,

so please warmly welcome Sprout's newest member!

We will be in training mode for a few weeks so please be patient (and kind) if there are any delays.

Wednesdays will remain closed until next term, watch this space for an exciting menu in term 3.

Best wishes everyone!


school council

important news from our school council and sub committees



BNWPS Great Winter Clothing Swap


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