Waves - Connecting our Community

03 August 2017
Term 3, 2017 - Issue 2
2017 School Dates
Principal's Report
Year 6 PYP Exhibition
Year 4 & 6 News
School News
Do You Know?
Student Achievement
Interview with Shannon Hewlett
Mathletics - July
BNPS Parents & Friends
Interview with a BNPS Volunteer
Compass Support
General Information
Important School Rules
Beaumaris North Primary School
(03) 9589 5449
Wood Street
Beaumaris, Victoria, 3193

2017 School Dates


Monday 7 August

Year 4 Body Investigators Incursion


Tuesday 8 August

Year 6  End-of-program Super-hero Celebration


Wednesday 9 August

Year 2 IMAX Excursion

Fete Meeting (7.30pm, Staffroom)


Thursday 10 August

Prep 100 Days at School Celebration


Saturday 12 August

Beaumaris Farmers Market (8.00am - 1.00pm)


Tuesday 15 August

Open Classrooms (2.40 - 3.20pm)


Wednesday 16 August

Parents & Friends Meeting (7.30pm, Staffroom)


Friday 18 - Friday 25 August

Book Week


Tuesday 22 August

Student Led Conferences


Wednesday 23 August

House Athletics Carnival (Y3 - 6)

2018 Prep Transition (9.30 - 10.45am)

Student Led Conferences

School Council Meeting (7.30pm)


Thursday 24 & Friday 25 August

Curriculum Days


Tuesday 29 August

Student Led Conferences


Wednesday 30 August

Student Led Conferences


Thursday 31 August

Father's Day Stall

Book Week Parade (2.45pm)


Friday 1 September

Prep Father's Day Morning (8.45 - 9.30am)

Jump Rope for Heart 'Jump Off' (3.00pm)

Swimming Program

Year 2 & 3

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

Prep & Year 1

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


School Camps


Wednesday 18 - Friday 20 October



Monday 23 - Friday 27 October



Monday 13 - Friday 17 November

Carols Night

Friday 8 December



School Council Meetings

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

Term Dates


Tuesday 31 January - Friday 31 March

(2.30pm dismissal)



Tuesday 18 April - Friday 30 June 

(2.30pm dismissal)



Monday 17 July - Friday 22 September (

2.30pm dismissal)



Monday 9 October - Friday 22 December 

(1.30pm dismissal)

Public Holidays

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

Principal's Report

Message from the Principal


Year 6 Exhibition 

I would like to sincerely thank everyone involved with the Year 6 Exhibition held last Thursday. 


The students engaged in 9 weeks of preliminary associated tasks including research, meetings and digital technology requirements encompassing Movie-making, PowerPoints and the filming of their news reports.


They say 'It takes a village to raise a child'. In this situation, it takes a team of staff to ensure that the Year 6 Exhibition is a success.


I would like to share the ‘thank you’ provided by Donna (Year 6 Coordinator) to our team of staff so that you too can read the number of staff who have supported our students over the 9 week journey.

Message from Donna Appel (Y6 Coordinator)

A huge thank you to everyone who supported us with Exhibition this year.  It is absolutely a team effort and while yesterday was all about the students, I think it's important to recognise the input of the staff too. 


Mentors - thank you very much for volunteering your time to meet with groups and steer them through the 'journey' - we really appreciate the effort involved in completing weekly reflections and ensuring that the students were up to date with their work.


Year 5 teachers - thanks for the use of your partitions and for evacuating your students and allowing us to rearrange furniture in your Great Space for our Opening Ceremony.


Melissa Ball, Jo Taylor & Deb Murnane- thank you for your time and expertise in helping us with assessment yesterday. The kids were desperate to share their knowledge & each interview took ages!


Brent Plowright - thanks for helping to kickstart things last term with setting up the 'Green Room' for filming and providing step by step instructions for how to 'loop' TV ads and 'publish' or 'export' movies. We all missed you here yesterday! 


Lou Buckley  & Janelle Diggins - thanks for everything you have done, from proofreading and editing work to making and putting up displays and of course the much appreciated coffee runs! 


Hanna Le Clerc - thank you for your organisational skills and calm and composed manner in making sure everything was completed on time, set up properly, ticked off etc.  You are the queen of checklists and you definitely kept us on track! 


Claire Badley  - enormous thanks for all of the above, but especially your ICT skills... thanks for filming heaps of news reports, recording all the raps, taking photos and creating movies and slideshows and setting up the opening ceremony with the IWB and sound field (all stuff that freaks me out!).  We are so lucky and grateful that you managed all the computer-y stuff 


Every one of us contributed to the success of Exhibition in our own way, offering experience and specific skills to ensure everything came together.  I hope you all noticed how symmetrical our displays were... that was me!


It's all back to normal up here... until Mini-Fete...!

2018 Fete Planning has Commenced...

Last Wednesday evening the first 2018 Fete meeting was held. I would like to thank the many parents who attended this evening. 


Many of the roles of our Fete Committee have been filled already and I would like to thank all parents who have volunteered to date. This is only the beginning and there will be many opportunities for everyone to become involved. 


A Fete update will be communicated on Compass on a very regular basis. These updates will include contact details of the parents who have volunteered their assistance.


The 2018 Fete is  24 March, 2018 - please enter this date in your 2018 diary.   Proceeds of this Fete will be targeted towards the play areas to be redeveloped along the McDonald Street school boundary as well as our school’s Digital Technologies program. 

Our New-look Waves

Thank you to the many families who have provided positive feedback in relation to our new Waves format. The recent change in format is to better meet the needs of families preferring to use a mobile/tablet device to access our newsletter.  This new format is also providing us with accurate data reflecting the number of parents reading the newsletter. We now know that 19% access the newsletter on a desktop compared to 81% on a mobile/tablet. The average reading time of our newsletter is 5:54 minutes by our 748 readers.


Just as student achievement data determines our teaching content and pedagogy, available communication data assists us in determining the most appropriate communication strategies for our parent community.  


Sherril Duffy

Year 6 PYP Exhibition

Thursday 27 July, 2017 

Congratulations to the amazing Year 6 teachers and students! The students presented a very mature, enthusiastic and passionate exhibition for all to enjoy – take a look below!


Sophie K (6A)


Year 4 & 6 News

Year 4  - The Living Machine

Our Inquiry Unit in Year 4 is 'The Living Machine'.  Our central  idea is 'The body is a machine made up of different systems that need to be maintained in order to stay healthy'. 


Last Tuesday we were lucky enough to have Gary Nicholls (Sophie’s Dad from 4B) who is a physiotherapist, come into Year Four to talk to us about the human body. He taught us all about the muscles and joints that help our body and skeletal system to move. We also learnt about the cranium which is the fancy name for the skull. We also learnt about joints. The hip joint is ball and socket joint and so is the shoulder joint. It was interesting when he showed us models of the different joints and muscles and we had to guess which was which.


Thank you Gary for sharing your knowledge and answering the questions of our inquiring minds!


Written by Ollie & Sophie


Year 6 - 'Girls on the Go' and
'Rock & Water' Wellbeing Program

The Year 6 students had the opportunity to make and enjoy vegetable rice paper rolls as part of the healthy eating component of the wellbeing programs, 'Girls on the Go' and 'Rock & Water'. They are looking forward to next week, when they will celebrate their wellbeing learning journey at their own ‘superhero’ party!


School News

Principals' Day

Yesterday we celebrated 'Principals' Day' to show our appreciation for our wonderful Principal Class Officers (PCO's) here at BNPS. A highlight for the PCO's was being given crowns by the Prep students and having a dance with them!


eSmart News

How many social media sites and apps are you familiar with?

Click here for a list of popular social media sites and apps that children are flocking to these days. It's important for parents to be aware of these sites and apps to ensure their child remains safe online. 

Jump Rope for Heart

Once again Beaumaris North Primary School is participating in the Heart Foundation Jump Rope for Heart program and we would love your support! The program will be offered to students from Year 1 – 6. Over the next four weeks, those participating will be keeping fit and healthy while learning new skipping skills during lunch time.

  • Monday 2:00 - 2:25pm (Year 3 - 6)
  • Tuesday 2:00 - 2:25pm (Year 1 & 2)
  • Wednesday – free skipping
  • Thursday – free skipping

Students are encouraged to seek sponsorship from friends and family to raise vital funds for the Heart Foundation. Thank you to those students who have already registered their fundraising page online. Please click here for more information about how you can support your child. Thank you!


Parent Opinion Survey

The Parent Opinion Survey is an annual survey offered by the Department of Education and Training that is conducted amongst a sample of randomly selected parents at each school. It is designed to assist our school in gaining an understanding of parents’ perception of school climate, student engagement and relationships with our parent community. Our school will use the survey results to help inform and direct future school planning and improvement strategies.


The selected families were sent emails today  requesting that they complete the Survey. Survey results will be reported back to our school at the end of September.

Skaf Award 

Our teachers all strive to receive this highly coveted award from our cleaner, Mr Skaf, for having the tidiest room. The Prep team have held this award for a while, though yesterday it was handed over to Mr Rounsley & Miss Tilley. Congratulations Year 1!

Specialist News - Term 3


Please click/tap on the links below to read information on our Specialist Programs for Term 3. Term 1 & 2 ‘Specialist News’ also included so you have everything in the one place! 


Prep  Year 1   Year 2   Year 3   Year 4   Year 5   Year 6

PYP Attitude of the Month

The PYP Attitude for the month of August is CREATIVITY: Being creative and imaginative in their thinking and in their approach to problems and dilemmas.


Students, teachers, parents, grandparents and other community members are able to nominate any member of our school community for a PYP Attitude Award.For more information please see: http://beaumarisnorthps.vic.edu.au/pyp-attitude-of-the-month-awards/

2018 Fete

There are four key positions still up for grabs (you may even wish to job share!): 

  • Fete Convenor
  • Entertainment Co-ordinator
  • Donations (the more the merrier!)
  • Logistics 

Please contact Carolynn Smith [email protected] or Sally Fenton [email protected] if you are interested or would like more information. Remember there will be plenty of support, specific role expectations and a detailed handover to guide you - thanks in advance!

Drawing Competition Winners

Congratulations to the following Year 2 and 3 winners of the Woolworths Drawing Competition! You can see their fabulous ‘fresh’ art work on display at Woolworths Mordialloc. 

  • Mackenzie S (2C)
  • Addison M (2D)
  • Eliza W (3C)
  • Liam D (3C)
  • Alannah W (3C)
  • Haeley H (3D)
  • Maddie R (3D)
  • Cooper L (3D)


Thank You Gita!

Last Monday I had the enormous task of laundering 160 Y5 & 6 sports tops. An amazing parent, Gita Pearce, kindly volunteered to help myself and staff member Cassie Keogh at the Laundromat. 'Many hands makes light work' so thank you very much for your time and effort Gita (and Cassie!).


Kirsty Hall

Sport Coordinator

Do You Know?

Do you know who's who in the Office?
(Sherril's Angels)


Do you know that there is early dismissal on 
the last day of each term?

The last day of each term finishes at 2.30pm except for the final day of the school year which finishes at 1.30pm.


Do you know that the majority of parents who responded to the '2017 School Photo Survey' were happy with their school photos?

ALL feedback however has been passed on to Advancedlife Photography for consideration for next year's photos.


Student Achievement

Another Ski Champion!

Jessica S (5C) competes in the Ski Club of Victoria racing events which have over 200 competitions every Saturday. During the school holidays Jess won the annual Kandahar Cup Race (best improved racer) - watch the video to see Jess in action! 

Like William S, 4A (featured in our last newsletter), Jessica also takes part in the Snowracer (King of the Mountain) series which is open to anyone. Competing in the Year 5 & 6 class, Jessica came 2nd and 3rd in the two races held in July this year - well done Jess (and William)!


If any other skiing families are interested in forming a team for inter-school ski events, please let Tanya-Scott Simons know by tomorrow (Friday 4 August)  [email protected] 

Mixed Netball Team

Last Thursday the Year 6 Mixed Netball Team smashed their way into the Regional Finals. They defeated Aspendale Primary 17 - 5, and Tucker Rd Primary 26 - 5. They played exceptionally well as a team and were gracious in their victory. They will now go on to the Regional Finals to represent Beauie North at this very high standard of netball. Well Done team, an incredible journey...that is not over yet! Mrs Buckley



Interview with
Shannon Hewlett

By Harriet E and Julia K


What did you do before working at BNPS?

I was a Health Information Manager – I worked on the business side of medicine which included the classification of diseases and procedures, health informatics, e-health and analysing health data.

What do you do at BNPS?

I am the PR/Communications Manager. My main role is Compass - writing and posting daily messages, setting up Parent-Teacher interviews and surveys and most importantly, providing support to parents and staff. I also update the BNPS website which I am currently rebuilding in a new mobile friendly platform!

Do you have any children at this school?

Yes, Ben Hewlett in Year 4! My eldest son also went to this school – he is now in Year 8 at Mentone Grammar.

Where is your office?

In Black Rock! I attend staff briefing each morning (and meetings as required) and then work from home.

What is your favourite TV show?

When I get the chance I like to watch reality shows like The Voice, The Block or My Kitchen Rules – I absolutely loved Australian Ninja Warrior which aired just recently – VERY inspirational competitors!

What is your favourite place to go with your family?

On holidays! No work, no homework, no house chores – just quality time with each other. In the April school holidays we hired electric bikes in QLD and had an absolute ball!

Do you have any family traditions?

Hmmmm, nothing out of the ordinary – tell me one of yours! Harriet: ‘Every New Year’s Eve we go to a boat shed and on New Year’s Day we have lots of friends over'. Shannon: Oh, that reminds me, every year we go away at Easter with my Mum, Dad, Sister and her family – this year we went on a houseboat weekend at Eildon – this will most certainly become our new tradition – it was AWESOME!

Do you have any pets?

I have a 2 year old Golden Retriever named Zeus. He is a beautiful dog and I can’t imagine life without him now!


Mathletics - July

Congratulations to the following students who earned at least 5000 Participation Points during July – some on more than one occasion!

  • Addison M (2D) -  5949
  • Benjamin D (2C) – 5552
  • Benjamin D (2C) – 6518
  • Billie W (2C) – 5 130
  • Chloe M (1B) - 7258
  • Dilan K (5B) - 5058
  • Eliza N (PB) – 6731
  • Ella B (5A) – 5184
  • Finn G (4A) – 5 197
  • Freya W (3B) – 9430
  • George T (2C) -  8076
  • Lucas S (1D) - 7590
  • Lucas S (1D) – 9559
  • Lucas S (1D) – 21,205
  • Mia S (2D) – 14,548
  • Natalia H (5A) – 5060
  • Natalia H (5A) – 5 000
  • Natalia H (5A) – 5000
  • Nicole P (2D) – 9067
  • Nicole P (2D) – 22,447
  • Nicole P (2D) – 5096
  • Roma N (4D) – 7417
  • Thomas S (1B) – 19,639
  • Tyler K (1A) – 5 048
  • William S (2C) - 5166
  • Zac C (3B) – 5087

The following students were the lucky recipients of the weekly Super Mathlete Trophy:

  • Freya W (3B)
  • Billie W (2C)
  • Zac C (3B)

Prep B, 2D and 3D topped the Mathletics Awards with the most certificates.


Well done everybody!


Students who earn at least 5000 Participation Points go into the running to take hold of the Super Mathlete Trophy which they get to enjoy for seven days in class. Every child who achieves 1000 Participation Points or more in a week is celebrated in their classroom! For more information on Mathletics, please see: 


BNPS Parents & Friends


Beaumaris North Primary School’s ‘Parents & Friends’ has officially been established based on ongoing and thoughtful consultation with parents on the best way to engage and involve them in the life of the school. 


Feedback included being specific in relation to the requirements of volunteer tasks, transparent about the outcomes of fundraising and accessible to all members of the school community. All feedback has been considered, and we will continue to demonstrate how it has been addressed as we work as a new parent body across the next financial year.


Certainly your feedback has informed our purpose, which is to contribute to a stronger sense of community. ‘Parents & Friends’ exists to ensure the school community is:  


Cohesive – providing emotional, social and practical support to school families or individuals in need. 

Prosperous – facilitating events that raise funds for additional resources or improved facilities (as decided by the school community in consultation with the School Council).

Connected – promoting initiatives that enhance a sense of pride, identity and belonging for all connected with the school.


Parents & Friends will meet twice a term to hear any and all ideas from the community to ‘fill up’ these three distinct ‘buckets’, and to ensure the working groups who are doing so, are well supported. 

Our Steering Committee

Parents & Friends has a Steering Committee who is working as a collective to steer the direction of this body. We are all approachable should you not be able to attend a meeting in the evening but have a great idea you’d like to see come to life within our school. We’ve included our ‘face to the name’ so that you can find us to chat in the school grounds if you wish.

Laura Fitzpatrick (Chairperson)

[email protected]


Kristy Hamshare

[email protected]


Melissa Joy

[email protected]


Ilana Blampied

[email protected]


Siobhan Wilson

[email protected]


Vanessa Tyrer

[email protected]


Shae Langford-Jones

[email protected]










We stress, even if you’re unsure of how to bring it to life we encourage you to share your ideas; a working group will be established around you so that we can make things happen together. 


We have an established list of fundraising events scheduled for 2017/18 with an obvious focus on the Fete in 2018. Our immediate focus is The Father’s Day Stall, Student Disco and Spring Racing Carnival Luncheon - and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Mandy O’Brien & Lisa Ward, as well as Sally Powell and Shae Langford-Jones respectively for leading the working groups to make these events happen.


We all looking forward to hearing from you.


Laura Fitzpatrick

BNPS Parents & Friends – Chairperson

m: 0412 403 816

e: [email protected]


Next meeting

All are welcome to attend the next meeting - Wednesday 16 August @ 7.30pm. We thank Mrs Sherril Duffy who will be present at each meeting to share her perspective as our leader.

Upcoming Events

Father's Day Stall

Thursday 31 August

Junior Disco

Friday 15 September

Spring Racing Carnival Luncheon

Friday 20 October

Interview with a BNPS Volunteer

Ros Chatfield


Why do you volunteer at BNPS?

As a new parent to the school, I volunteer to network with parents and teachers; learn more about how the school works; and contribute to the school community. My kids also love seeing me around, and I feel good for being involved.

What year level are your children in?

Alex in Year 3, Kitty in Year 2 and Olivia very excited to start 'Big School' next year .

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

I’m loving the laughs on my fortnightly canteen duty (ice-cream in winter - really kids!?), school photos, Class rep, volunteer role documentation,  and I'm assisting with Sponsorship for the upcoming fete. 

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

Corporate HR and Communications, but I’m enjoying a bit of Landscape design work this year, while our family settles into this great community and school.

What do you do during your free time?

Free time?? I love skiing, gardening, walking, family bike rides, and I don’t mind the occasional wine... 

What’s the best thing about BNPS?

The vibe… teachers, parents and kids all striving for something great. Its catching. Oh - and having ice-cream in winter!

Compass Support

Hi BNPS Parents! I have prepared a video to show you how quick and easy it is to enter an absence note via the Compass app (if you haven't entered one as yet)!  Remember approval notes should only be entered  for FULL-DAY ABSENCES - students arriving to school after 9.00am or leaving during school hours are NOT reported via Compass, they are reported via the Kiosk at the Office. Please do not hesitate to contact me at [email protected]  if you would like further assistance!

Shannon Hewlett


General Information

School Phone Number - 9589 5449

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



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



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





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


School Payments

Qkr (pronounced ‘Quicker’) is a FREE app to enable you to use your smartphone to make all school payments (without having to give your child cash to carry to school) including Canteen and Uniform Shop orders, and excursion/event payments. A web-based version is also available. For more information, please see:  http://beaumarisnorthps.vic.edu.au/parent-information/payments/qkr/


School Hours

Class Times

9.00am - 11.00am

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

2.30pm - 3.30pm


Break Times

11.00am - 11.30am (Recess)

1.30pm - 2.30pm (Lunch)


The Canteen is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (not the days beginning with ‘T’!) and Sushi is available on Mondays and Wednesdays. All orders must be placed by 8.30am via Qkr (students can also purchase items with cash at recess and lunch).

Uniform Shop

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

Lost Property

Lost Property is stored in the bins located in the Prep Breezeway. It is the student’s responsibility to promptly collect any lost property.  At the end of each Term, ALL unclaimed items (named or unnamed) are donated to the Uniform Shop for re-sale. Please ensure all your child’s belongings are clearly labelled with their name including, lunch boxes, drink bottles, hats and clothing.

Important School Rules

Two Minute Zone

There are two ‘Kiss N Go’ zones on Wood Street where you can quickly drop and collect your child – this is NOT a parking area – you are NOT allowed to park for longer than two minutes, double-park or go into school. You may get out of your car (within 2 minutes) but if you need to walk your child in, you must park in one of the surrounding streets, in a legal parking area.


Riding in the School Grounds

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

Staff Carparks

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

Dogs in the School Grounds

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



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

No Hat, No Play!

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


Volunteers - Working with Children Check

Anyone wishing to volunteer at BNPS is required to provide a Working with Children Check.


Checks are free and valid for 5 years! Apply online at: http://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/ 


Waves - Connecting our Community
School Council Report April 2017.pdf
School Council Report May 2017.pdf
School Council Report June 2017.pdf