Blackburn Primary School Weekly

19 February 2020
Issue Two
Principal's Report
From the Office
Key Dates
Classroom News Foundation - Grade 2 
Classroom News Grade 3-6
Choir & Music
Sports Shorts
Art
The Patch Program 
Junior School Council
Lunch Time Clubs
Chaplain's Corner
Band News
Parent Volunteers Needed
School Fundraising
Parents and Friends upcoming Events
Lost Property
Extra Curricular Activities
Out of School Hours Care
Community Pages 
Blackburn Primary School
(03) 9878 1483
185 Surrey Road
Blackburn, Victoria, 3130
AU

Principal's Report

How on Earth are we already at  Week 4! What an outstanding start to the year we have had.

I could not have wished for a more enjoyable start. Your children are incredibly polite and welcoming which is a huge credit to the way they are brought up.

 

As term 1 pushes half way through already, I feel most proud of our teaching and broader staff in the way they fulfil their roles and have taken on a variety of changes and challenges to continually improve our school.

PARENT–TEACHER PARTNERSHIPS

Thank you to those families who attended our recent information sessions and parent-teacher exchanges, recently I read this excellent article from Dr Michael Grose about building healthy partnerships with your child's teacher which I encourage you to read - https://www.parentingideas.com.au/blog/building-healthy-relationships-with-teachers/

 

Developing a healthy parent-teacher relationship is a great way to improve your child’s performance in school.

 

  • Parent-teacher communication should be focused on the best interests of the child. It is essential to your child’s success in school.
  • Establish a regular means of parent-teacher communication. Whether communicating by phone, email, or in person, be proactive and work with the teacher in order to solve any problems.
  • Another great tip is to send a note of appreciation to your child’s teacher for all that he or she does. Teachers often hear from parents only when there are complaints or conflicts. Acknowledge and inspire teachers with your recognition and support.
  • Finally, create a strong parent-teacher relationship by volunteering. Helping out in the classroom is a great way to support your child’s teacher.

SCHOOL COUNCIL NOMINATIONS

I warmly welcome you to join us on school council, we currently have four vacancies on the council.

School councils play a key role in Victorian government schools. Participating as a school council member is a rewarding and challenging experience. The school council supports the Principal and school to provide the best possible educational outcomes for students.

If you are interested please have the attached form returned to the office by 4.00 pm on Tuesday 25th February 2020 and if required we will move to an election.

Thanks and please let me know if you have any questions regarding council or the nomination process.
 

 

Band Recruitment Night

What an amazing night! Fantastic to see so many excited students trying new instruments and current band members showing great leadership to help them as they trialled them ALL! Thanks to our band teachers who are inspiring the outstanding band we have.

PERSONAL GOODS BROUGHT TO SCHOOL AT OWNER’S RISK

Student accident insurance/Ambulance cover arrangements and private property brought to school

Recently the Department of Education communicated to schools a need to remind communities of the following information regarding student accident and ambulance cover and also about personal goods insurance.

The Department of Education and Training (DET) does not hold insurance for personal property brought to schools and it has no capacity to pay for any loss or damage to such property.

This applies to students, staff and members of the public.

This can include mobile phones, electronic games, iPads, laptops, toys, musical instruments, sporting equipment and bicycles parked on school grounds.

Students and staff are discouraged from bringing any unnecessary or particularly valuable items to school.

The Department of Education and Training (DET) does not provide personal accident insurance for students.

Parents and guardians are generally responsible for paying the cost of medical treatment for injured students, including any transport costs.

Student accident insurance policies are available through private insurance companies to cover medical expenses not met by Medicare.

Schools and DET are not able to advise parents on whether to purchase such an insurance policy or which policy to purchase as individual families have differing needs.

From the Office

2020 Parent Contributions

2020 Parent Contributions are accessible now via Compass & the notice can be found on Compass under course confirmation, or see the below attachment. Please contact the office if you require your login details or password reset.  

 

Camps, Sports and Education Fund (CSEF) 

The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund helps ensure that no student will miss out on the opportunity to join their classmates for important, educational and fun activities.

For more information about this financial assistance please read the attached information to check your eligibility. An application form can also be found below.

 

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 message, as we require a parent to explain the lateness. 

Whitehorse Road Gates

A reminder to all that the school gates along Whitehorse Rd will be locked each morning at 9.15am and unlocked each afternoon at 3.00pm. All access to the school grounds within these hours will need to be via the Surrey Rd entrance. 

All visitors must report to the school office in the Administration Building to sign in.

Medication at School

Please be aware that any and all medication for students must be administered by staff and must be kept securely in the office or sickbay. The Medication Distribution Policy outlines the required procedures and protocols.

If it is necessary for your child to have medicine at school please fill in a Medication Authority Form (attached below) and return it to the office along with the medication which needs to be in a container that gives the name of the medication, name of the student, the dose, and the time it is to be given. Prescription medication must be supported by specific written instructions on the original bottle/container e.g. pharmacy label, noting the name of the student, dosage and time to be administered. 

 

Anaphylaxis, Allergy & Asthma Action Plans

For those students who require Management Plans for Anaphylaxis, Allergy or Asthma please find below the current plans that the school uses. Please print these off in colour or collect one from the office when you need to update. Updates should be done yearly or if there have been any changes.

 

Parent Details

Have you moved house or changed phone numbers?

If so, please fill in a 'Change of Details' form which you can print from here or pick up from the office. Please return this form as soon as possible. It is important that we have your most current details for general purposes and in case of an emergency. It is also important that you keep your mobile phone and email address details up to date on Compass. This is to ensure you do not miss out on vital information including student attendance alerts.

 

Key Dates

February

19th Wednesday - Testing Day - No Foundation Students at School

19th Wednesday - Gr 3 - 6 Choir Trial 

19th Wednesday - Parent Exchange 3.45pm - 6pm

20th Thursday - Year 5 & 6 Excursion - Blackburn HS Dress Rehearsal at New Hope Baptist Church

24th Monday - School Photos

25th Tuesday - District Swimming - select students  9.30am-12.30pm

25th Tuesday - Grade 3 & 4 Tennis Clinics

26th Wednesday - Testing Day - No Foundation Students at School

26th Wednesday - Parents and Friends Committee Open Night (7.10pm MPR - See Parents & Friends page)

26th Wednesday - Grade 1 & 2 Tennis Clinics

26th Wednesday - Gr 3 - 6 Final Choir Trial

27th Thursday - District Tennis - select students

March

2nd Monday - Division Swimming - select students

3rd Tuesday -  Grade 3 & 4 Tennis Clinics

4th Wednesday - Testing Day - No Foundation Students at School

4th Wednesday - Grade 1 & 2 Tennis Clinics

4th Wednesday - Gr 3 - 6 Choir Weekly Rehearsals Commence

5th Thursday - Summer Sport Hooptime - select students

6th Friday - Curriculum Day - NO STUDENTS AT SCHOOL

9th Monday - Labour Day PUBLIC HOLIDAY

12th Thursday - Holi Festival Twilight Picnic 5.00- 7.30pm

13th Friday - EMR Swimming - Select Students

17th Tuesday - Junior Guitar Ensemble Weekly Rehearsals Commence

17th Tuesday - GRIP Leadership Day for Grade 6 Students

18th Wednesday - Training Concert Band Weekly Rehearsals Commence

20th Friday - National Day Against Bullying & Violence

20th Friday - Gr 5 & 6 Summer Sports Round Robin - select students only

24th Tuesday - Grades 1-6 House Cross Country

25th Wednesday - Back Up Day Grades 1-6 House Cross Country

27th Friday - Last Day of Term 1 - Early Dismissal - 2.30pm

Term Dates 2020

Term 1 - Tuesday 28 & Wednesday 29 January  - Curriculum Days

Thursday 30th January (all students commence) - Friday 27 March (end of term)

Term 2 - Tuesday 14 April - Friday 26 June

Term 3 -  Monday 13 July - Friday 18 September

Term 4 - Monday 5 October - Friday 18 December

Classroom News
Foundation - Grade 2 

Foundation

Thank you Foundy Families for attending the information night and the parent/teacher conferences. It is important to exchange information about your children and their learning so that we can provide the best education for them. We want to keep our communication going throughout the whole year, so please make an appointment with your child's teacher whenever you feel the need. These appointments can be made verbally or via email.

 

ENGLISH

Students are becoming more confident in recognizing and writing in lower case letters. Watch out for some self made paper books in your child's zip ups. They will be able to read these to you because they have learnt that labeled diagrams can help us read words. You will also see their attempts to write using lower case letters with and without support. The content is based around a craft experience too.

 

MATHEMATICS

We are continuing to work with numbers to ten. Students are so engaged in Maths games at the moment, that they don't realise how much they are learning. This includes social learning as well. We have fooled them, because they think they are not doing any work!

 

REMINDERS

- School Photos: Monday, February 24th

- Return School Nursing Program forms

Grade 1 & 2

Reading/Writing

This week in Reading we will be continuing to set up our Reader’s Workshop model. We have been working towards being more independent during our workshops. We are currently undertaking Running Record assessments so that we can begin developing reading groups and small focus groups. We are also continuing to set up our Writer’s Workshop model, encouraging the students to set goals and become more independent when they finish their writing pieces. Setting these workshops up at the start of the year and spending time practicing these structures will ensure our students will be successful, independent learners.  Please remember to bring in your Inspiration Bags so that your child can use these ideas to encourage them to share their thinking during oral language and writing sessions. 

 

Integrated Studies

We are continuing to focus on Wellbeing and School Values during our Integrated sessions.. We have introduced Gratitude Jars to our classrooms and students have been using these to think about what they are grateful for. In the next two weeks we will be looking at Growth Mindset, Cooperation and Resilience. We are also completing our iPad ‘Boot Camp’ program, ensuring all of our students are safe and responsible technology users. 

 

Maths

In Maths we are learning to skip count by 2s and 3s. We are also challenging ourselves to count from a non zero starting point, as well as learning to skip count with money. At the start of each lesson students are playing a warm up game to develop fluency. This week’s game is ‘Guess My Number’ where the teacher thinks of a number between 0 and 100 and the students guess what number it is based on higher or lower prompts. 

 

Reminders:

Hats

Tissue box for classroom

Inspiration Bags

Consent for PATCH and Cooking

 

Upcoming Events:

School Photos - 24th of February

Curriculum Day (no students) - 6th of March

Labour Day (school closed) - 9th of March


 

Classroom News
Grade 3-6

Grade 3 & 4

We are well and truly back into the swing of school life and have been working hard over the last fortnight.

In Literacy, we have been studying The Sweetest Fig and Two Bad Ants by Chris Van Allsburg. Students have thoroughly enjoyed these books and have investigated narrative structure, character development, author’s purpose, “Show, Don’t Tell” strategies and new vocabulary. Both of these texts can be found on YouTube if you’d like to enjoy them too!

 

Exploring good examples of narratives will help students plan and develop their own characters and storylines if they wish to do this during Writer’s Workshop. Please remember that students are expected to bring their own “seeds” to school (photos, pictures, ticket stubs, pamphlets, newspaper articles; anything that will inspire them to write). The more interesting the “seed”, the greater the scope for ideas and possible paths your child’s writing might take!

 

In Maths we have been learning how we can represent and interpret data in various ways. Students have posed questions, collected data and presented this in a table and graph (pictograph, column graph or pie graph). We have also made use of the Numbers app on our iPads to create a graph using digital technology. Ask your child to show you how!

Our focus is also on odd and even numbers and we will be exploring the following questions:

What do the words odd and even mean to mathematicians? 

How do we know whether a number is odd or even?

What do even/odd numbers look like?

What happens when we add odd/even numbers? Multiply? Divide?

List examples of odd/even numbers (large and small).

 

In Integrated Studies we are looking at the three levels of government; local, state and federal and what they are each responsible for e.g. recycling, roads, hospitals, immigration, libraries, currency, education, roads, rubbish collection.

Our Wellbeing focus has been on seeing things from another person’s perspective and on our six school values of Manners and Respect, Friendship, Co-operation, Celebrating Diversity, Fairness and Honesty and Responsibility.

 

Reminders

  • Patch Cooking information via ‘Insight’ on Compass now overdue
  • Consent for Electronic Recording and Publishing via ‘Insight’ on Compass now overdue
  • Acceptable Use Policies now overdue
  • Please return Parent-Teacher Exchange forms ASAP
  • Please send along a box of tissues for the classroom if you haven’t already
  • All students need a named Art Smock and Library bag
  • Please send writing “seeds” to school (see above for what this entails)
  • If your child is interested in joining the Junior School Council, please see the JSC section of the newsletter
  • Some Year 3 and 4 classes are still looking for a parent representative https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090b4dafae28a0fc1-2020

 

Upcoming Dates

  • Monday 24th February: School Photos
  • Wednesday 26th February: Final Choir Trial Session at lunchtime
  • Tuesday 3rd March: Free Tennis Clinic for Year 3 and 4 students
  • Wednesday 4th March: Free Tennis Clinic for Year 3 and 4 students
  • Friday 6th March: Pupil-free Curriculum Day
  • Monday 9th March: Labour Day Public Holiday
  • Tuesday 10th March: Year 3/4 Incursion: Meerkat Productions, Anti-bullying Show: Bully Bull Ring

 

Kind regards,
Kaye Fraser (3/4F) Year 3/4 Team leader
Nicole Buchanan (3B)

Angelo Merlino (3M)
Kathy Hannappel and Danae Sage (3H)
Fiona Arthur and Caroline Tait (4A)
Sue Battista and Hayley De Fanis (4B)

 

Lego Robotics Club for Year 3 and 4 is back in 2020!  If you’re interested in building Lego and then coding instructions for that Lego, then this Club is the place for you!  You will need to commit to Monday lunchtimes and you will need to bring your iPad fully charged every week.  Lego WeDo 2.0 is the system we use.  There is no cost involved.  Please apply to Ms Sage in 3HS explaining why you want to join Lego Robotics Club.  Only 12 places are available.  At this stage, preference will be given to new members

Grade 5 & 6

Reading/Writing

We are continuing to introduce the Reading and Writing Workshop models to students. Students will understand how to choose an appropriate book for them from the library using the IPICK strategy and record their thinking using sticky notes. They will also continue to be introduced to a range of genres which they will be able to use in their writing, along with unpacking their seeds.

 

Integrated Studies

This week we visited Scienceworks and saw two planetarium shows! It was a fantastic experience with students leaving full of new knowledge.  Next week we will begin our project building a moon base to showcase their understanding of the solar system.

 

Reminders:

Hats

Seeds for Writer’s Workshop

GRIP - Consent Forms and Payment on Compass - Grade 6 only  - 17th March

Year 5 students interested in participating in the Umbrella Dementia Cafe must return their forms ASAP. Come and see Ms Gibb if you did not receive a letter on Information Night.

 

Upcoming Events:

Blackburn High School Performing Arts Dress Rehearsal-Thursday 20th. Please remember to give consent through Compass.

District Swimming (We wish all our swimmers the best of luck)  - Tuesday 25th February

Parent Exchange Evening - Monday 17th and Wednesday 19th February

Return signed notices - GAFE, Parent/Teacher Exchange, Acceptable Ipad Agreement,

School Photos - Monday 24th February (please bring your photo form on the day)


 

Choir & Music

Grades 3-6 Choir (& The Benefits of Group Singing!)

2020 is shaping up to be a great year for the BPS Choir! There are currently 63 boys and girls who are taking the opportunity to attend the trial sessions in February to see what Choir is all about! Well done to these students for giving Choir a go – I’m so proud of you!

 

Choir is held on Wednesdays at 12.50pm in the Music Room. Students will eat lunch while viewing footage of various inspirational Choirs from around the world before participating in singing and movement activities from 1.00pm (there will be enough time for them to play outside before the afternoon learning session resumes).

 

Students will be encouraged to suggest songs, movements and provide ideas for our Choir Performance clothing. The Choir will perform at:

 

  • Open Night for Education Week (May)
  • Oxfam School’s Music Festival (August)
  • BPS Evening of Music (November)
  • And any other opportunity we get!

    We have two sessions remaining where students can participate before deciding if they’d like to join for the year. It’s not too late for students to get involved – we’d love to see you at our next Choir session!

    Commitment forms will be available on Compass in the next couple of weeks. These will require a signature from the student and a parent to show they have understood the terms of the Choir Agreement. Forms are to be returned by the end of February.

     The Benefits of Singing

    For thousands of years, in all cultures, people have been singing. Across the globe, within all societies, religions and ethnic groups, singing has been a significant feature of human connection throughout time.

 “No matter how you choose to do it, there's evidence that any singing in your life is a good thing. Though you're probably not consciously aware of it when you're belting out Bohemian Rhapsody into your hair dryer, singing delivers a host of physical and emotional benefits including increased heart rate and improved breathing, lung capacity, posture and mood. And while singing alone is good, singing with others can be even better!”

Band Recruitment Evening (& Practising Your Instrument!)

Band Recruitment Evening (& Practising Your Instrument!)

 

It was wonderful to see so many families at last week’s event Band Recruitment Evening. Students have been bursting with excitement when telling me of the instruments they tried on the night and those they have been offered. I’m so looking forward to seeing (and hearing!) our students develop musically during the year.

 

As a parent of children who have learnt instruments, I thought it was timely to share the advice provided in the articles below:

 

https://takelessons.com/blog/motivate-your-child-to-practice-music-z15

 

 

Yours in harmony,

Lisa Shacklock                                                   

Grades 3-6 Classroom Music & Choir Co-ordinator (M, Tu, W)

Sports Shorts

BPS Sporting Dates for the year

TERM 1

Monday 10th February – all District Swimming nomination letters due to Miss P (grade 3-6 only)

Monday 10th February – all District Tennis nomination letters due to Miss P (grades 5-6 only)

Thursday 13th February – all SSV Elite Sport Trial letters due to Miss P (grade 5 and 6 only)

Tuesday 25th February – District Swimming – Monash Aquatic Centre (selected grade 3-6 students only)

Tuesday 25th February and Tuesday 3rd March – BPS Tennis Clinics at BPS – all Grade 3 and 4

Wednesday 26th February and Wednesday 4th March – BPS Tennis Clinics at BPS – all Grade 1 and 2

Monday 2nd March – Whitehorse Division Swimming

Thursday February 27th – District Tennis - (St Thomas) 9 – 12pm – 1 boy and 1 girl from Grade 5 and 6

Thursday 5th March – Summer sport - BPS Grade 5/6 Hooptime teams ONLY

Friday 13th March – EMR Swimming – Aquanation, Ringwood

Friday 20th March – Grade 5/6 Summer Sport Round Robin – (Volleystars/ball, Cricket, Tennis, Sofcrosse)

Tuesday 24th March – BPS Grade 1 – 6 House Cross Country

Wednesday 25th March – BPS Grade 1 – 6 House Cross Country – Back-up day

 

TERM 2

**NEW - Monday 27th April to Friday 8th May – BPS F-2 BPS Swimming, Aqualink, Nunawading

Monday 4th May – Blackburn District Cross Country – Ruffey Lake Park, Doncaster

Monday 25th May – Whitehorse Division Cross Country

Friday 5th June - BPS – Grade 5/6 Winter Sport Round Robin – AFL, Soccer, Netball and T-ball

Tuesday 16th June – EMR Cross Country – Yarra Glen Racing course

 

TERM 3

Tuesday 28th July 2020 - BPS Grade 3 – 6 House Athletics Sports –– Bill Sewart Athletics Track, Nunawading

Monday 31st August – Blackburn District Athletics - Bill Sewart Athletics Track, Nunawading

Monday 7th September - BACK-UP day for District Athletics – Doncaster Athletics Track

**NEW - Tuesday 8th September to Thursday 17th September – Grade 3 – 6 Swimming, Aqualink, Nunawading

 

TERM 4

Wednesday 7th October – Division Athletics – Doncaster Athletics Track

Thursday 15th October – Regional Athletics - Doncaster Athletics Track

Tuesday 20th October – BPS F-2 House Sports (at BPS)

Tuesday 27th October – BPS F-2 House Sports (at BPS)

BPS Dodgeball Grade 3 – 6 House Cup begins – Monday 26th October

 

Art

Welcome to Art in 2020 

We are enjoying and looking forward to another busy year of wonderful creativity in the art room. Throughout the school year, every class from Foundation to Year 6 enjoys a fifty-minute lesson in the purpose built Art room. This room is part of our lovely old original schoolhouse building.  The Art program aims to provide a broad range of learning experiences that incorporate a skill based program along with a lot of scope for individual creativity and expression. We all come to Art with different backgrounds, interests and skills. Originality, individual ideas and creative responses to visual challenges enables each student to be unique in their Artwork. In Art, we do not have right or wrong but unique creative responses and expression using a foundation of learnt skills.

 

In Art we explore the elements of art: *line, *shape, *colour, *pattern and texture… through the activities of: *drawing, *painting, *printing, *collage, *modelling, construction and mask making, *IPad Art and *threads and textiles.

This year in Term 1, the first units are:

Foundation:

*‘Me and my Family’ - Drawing, and wax resist food dye painting, Primary and Secondary colours, Warm and Cool colours

*Eric Carle - ‘The very hungry caterpillar’ and other titles – painting, collage and paper skills.

Grades One and Two:

Unit 1

*Drawing   - Mixed media activity …. Sail away into 2020

Unit 2

*The Art of Collage, Painting and printmaking – creating our own coloured papers, designing individual artworks created from a range of papers.

*Learning from the collaged and paper cut works of Matisse and Eric Carle’s world of colour, handmade papers, painting and collage.

 

Grade Threes and Fours:

Unit 1

*Welcome to 2020 - Year of the Rat.

*Using type: letters and numbers in mixed two-dimensional media, creating a balanced design, using colours, symbols and shapes to create a celebratory poster design to welcome in 2020

Unit 2

*Paper Mache: Imaginary three - dimensional creatures, animals, birds and fantastic figures. Building and constructing from cardboard and polystyrene forms a unique and imaginary creature. Building onto this with layers of paper mache, then painting, decorating and varnishing the finished product.

Grade Five and Six

Unit 1

*Graphic Design – Design for ‘Visual impact’- a poster to celebrate the start of 2020.

Draft design, refine, mixed media piece: draw, paint, pastel, collage… your theme, your idea, your choice – independent design and skill development.

*Learning to design with ‘Focal points’ in Art – where our eyes are led to first in designs: strongest/warmest colour/shape/pattern/form, boldest type, vanishing perspective points/lines on horizons, a face in a picture, visual joke…...

*Focus on …Sail away, surf into, journey into, abstract into, float away…. your theme your idea…. Mixed media,

Unit 2

Grade 5

*Paper Mache: Imaginary three - dimensional creatures, animals, birds and fantastic figures. Building and constructing from cardboard and polystyrene forms a unique and imaginary creature. Building onto this with layers of Paper Mache, then painting, decorating and varnishing the finished product.

 

 

 

Grade 6

*South American and Aztec mask designs

Building on Paper Mache mask designs, while using traditional patterns, colours, decoration and ornamentation… the students will research, design, paint, decorate and add ornaments to a large-scale mask design. Masks will then be finished with a protective varnish finish.

 

The Patch Program 

The Patch

URGENT: Complete Patch Permission forms on Compass

Please complete the forms for each of your children as soon as possible to ensure your children can participate in upcoming classes and that your child's dietary needs can be accommodated.

 

Cooking class volunteers needed for this term

Each term each class has an opportunity to cook in our cooking classes. These classes rely on volunteers from our school community to assist. Helpers work with small groups of students to work through the steps of a recipe and to ensure students are safe and share jobs fairly. Helpers also stay after class to help with dishes and packing or setting up. All helpers require a current working with children check but no experience cooking is required.

 

To sign up as a volunteer click on this hyperlink: Signup genius

 

These classes are an enjoyable opportunity to contribute to your child's schooling and get to know your child's classmates.

 

Interested in helping to maintain our beautiful Patch?

Please contact me at pattison.claire.e@edumail.vic.gov.au to let me know how you would like to help and when you are available.

 

Thanks - Claire Pattison - Patch Co-ordinator.

 

Junior School Council

JSC 2020 - Applications close this Friday!

Thank you to all of those students who have submitted letters with their amazing ideas and reasons for wanting to join the JSC. We have extended the due date to WEDNESDAY 26th FEBRUARY. So there is still time if you want to join.

 

This year will follow a similar format to last year where our JSC is made up of grade 4 and 5 students, who will work alongside the school captains to voice and action the ideas of the whole school. We are inviting any GRADE 4 or 5 students to write a letter to Mr C and Miss Fusillo highlighting their reasons for wanting to join the JSC. Students might like to include the following:

- Personal strengths.

- Reasons behind joining the JSC.

- What they would bring to the JSC and Blackburn Primary.

- How they would support and share the ideas of other BPS students.

- Any ideas they may have to improve life at BPS and their passions.

- What makes them stand out.

 

Nude Food and Waste

As always we are promoting nude food and the start of the year is a great time to perfect your nude food skills.

Try to avoid plastic bags & cling film and use reusable containers instead, but make sure you label your reusable containers :)

Lunch Time Clubs

Lego Robotics Club

Lego Robotics Club for Year 3 and 4 is back in 2020!  If you’re interested in building Lego and then coding instructions for that Lego, then this Club is the place for you!  You will need to commit to Monday lunchtimes and you will need to bring your iPad fully charged every week.  Lego WeDo 2.0 is the system we use.  There is no cost involved.  Please apply to Ms Sage in 3HS explaining why you want to join Lego Robotics Club.  Only 12 places are available.  At this stage, preference will be given to new members.

Who: Years 3 and 4

(Students need to apply as there are limited places.)

What: Building and coding Lego Wedo 2.0

When: Monday lunchtimes, starting February 17th

Where: Multipurpose Room 

Why: because Lego and coding are awesome!

Knitting Club

KNITTING CLUB has moved to a Tuesday lunchtime (1.00pm) in the Old Schoolhouse, in Ms Fraser’s room.  It was fabulous to see some of the 2019 knitters and their wonderful projects, either finished or still progressing.

Mentors needed for keen beginner knitters!

Many of the 2019 Foundation students have now conquered finger knitting and are ready to launch into knitting with needles or “knitting with sticks” as it is often referred to.  Some extra helping hands would make this process progress a lot quicker.  We would love to have some ‘knitters’, with Working With Children Certificates. There will be a few dropped stitches to find but we all have lots of fun.  Please let me know if you are available.

CALLING ALL KNITTERS! We would like to build blankets for charity. The Red Cross Trauma Teddy knitters have kindly donated some of their wool remnants to our Knitting Club and we would like to contribute back to the community by making knitted squares that can then be pieced together to make blankets.

Can you knit a square? We are starting the squares with 30 stitches using 8ply wool, using garter stitch (just plain knitting, no purl). Knit until the square is approximately 20cmx20cm. Squares can be knitted at home and completed squares can be dropped off at Ms Fraser’s room (who will join them to make the blankets). A sample square is on display at the old schoolhouse entry.

Any knitting needle donations would be gratefully accepted (not too fine as these make learning to knit very tricky).  At the moment we have plenty of wool.

Happy knitting!

Kaye Fraser (3/4F)

CHOIR

2020 is shaping up to be a great year for the BPS Choir! There are currently 63 boys and girls who are taking the opportunity to attend the trial sessions in February to see what Choir is all about! Well done to these students for giving Choir a go – I’m so proud of you!

 

Choir is held on Wednesdays at 12.50pm in the Music Room. Students will eat lunch while viewing footage of various inspirational Choirs from around the world before participating in singing and movement activities from 1.00pm (there will be enough time for them to play outside before the afternoon learning session resumes).

 

Students will be encouraged to suggest songs, movements and provide ideas for our Choir Performance clothing. The Choir will perform at:

 

  • Open Night for Education Week (May)
  • Oxfam School’s Music Festival (August)
  • BPS Evening of Music (November)
  • And any other opportunity we get!

    We have two sessions remaining where students can participate before deciding if they’d like to join for the year. It’s not too late for students to get involved – we’d love to see you at our next Choir session!

    Commitment forms will be available on Compass in the next couple of weeks. These will require a signature from the student and a parent to show they have understood the terms of the Choir Agreement. Forms are to be returned by the end of February.

    The Benefits of Singing
    For thousands of years, in all cultures, people have been singing. Across the globe, within all societies, religions and ethnic groups, singing has been a significant feature of human connection throughout time.

 “No matter how you choose to do it, there's evidence that any singing in your life is a good thing. Though you're probably not consciously aware of it when you're belting out Bohemian Rhapsody into your hair dryer, singing delivers a host of physical and emotional benefits including increased heart rate and improved breathing, lung capacity, posture and mood. And while singing alone is good, singing with others can be even better!”

Chaplain's Corner

Number 24

Most of the Western world were shocked at the announcement that Kobe Bryant had died. Millions of people around the world mourned his passing. He was revered as a Basketballer and his 20 year NBA career had been characterised by all manner of records and milestones. He spent his entire NBA playing career with the Lakers where he won 5 NBA championships and was a 15 time member of the All-NBA Team. In 2008 he was voted the NBA most valuable player and he was twice voted the NBA finals MVP. He had it all going on. Reports are that he was also a doting father.  

 

When it comes to NBA, I’m what is commonly referred to as a “band-wagon.” That’s what my kids call me anyway. I know very little about who’s who. Heck, I struggle to keep up with what’s happening at my beloved St Kilda Football Club, let alone the NBA. So, when I see a jersey that I like the look of, I get it. There’s only one proviso – It must be either in a Filipino market (possibly not produced under licence from the NBA) or at Savers or another reputable clothing recycler. So, a couple of years ago, while I was strolling through a quaint market-place in the Southern Philippines, I spied a Lakers Jersey. Ever since I was in High School (which incidentally wasn’t that long ago), I’ve liked the purple. So, I put my pesos on the counter and wore home my new Kobe Bryant number 24.  

 

Exactly 1 year later (almost to the day) I was in a run-down Filipino prison. We’d been talking with the inmates and trying to bring some hope and joy into their otherwise monotonous existence. On this particular day, I was sporting my prized Kobe Bryant jersey. As I was walking out, shaking hands through the bars with the inmates in their cramped and stuffy cells, a youngish Filipino prisoner smiled at me and said “I like your jersey man.” I thought to myself, “so do I!” As I looked into his eyes I thought about how I had everything and how he had nothing. Their lives in that backwater are very tough. They have been shunned by their friends and their offending has brought shame upon their families. I simply couldn’t keep walking. So, I did what any of us would have done. I took off my jersey and handed it to this young prisoner. His smile was a mile wide. As I walked off a young bloke (not much more than a kid) from a cell on the opposite side yelled out “hey man, I like your hat.” I smiled and kept walking – I managed to slip him and his cell mate a couple of NBA caps the following week. The up-side is that I kept my favourite red cap!

 

So, Kobe Bryant brought joy to millions of people right across the globe. He was a cracking player and was revered by friends, team-mates and fans. To lose him was a tragedy. He was a man with a big profile and a massive fan base. Very few of us will ever experience what it’s like to actually be famous. Most of us won’t ever have people milling around us when we go to the shops. Very few will ever be stopped for our autograph or for a cheeky selfie with a fan. But, we should never underestimate what we are capable of. We can all work hard on developing a generous spirit. This is easier for some than for others. But, we are all capable of remarkable acts of generosity. I admit (somewhat sheepishly) that I wanted to keep my Kobe Bryant Lakers top. But, in hindsight, I’m so pleased that it brought joy to someone who wanted it more than I did.

 

So, where to start? Have a think either individually or with your kids and families about what simple things you can do to bring joy to others. Have a think about what generosity looks like in your community, school or workplace. It doesn’t have to be gifts either. It can be something as simple as a thoughtful act or a kind gesture. Take time to listen to someone (I mean genuinely listen without an agenda or offering advice) or shout someone a coffee. Hold the door open for someone or buy someone a burger. Whatever it is, each act of generosity will actually inspire you to want to flex the generosity muscle even more. Our society desperately needs more generosity – And the great news is, this is a game that everyone can play.

 

RIP – Kobe Bryant

 

Cheers – Phil Simpson – School Chaplain

psimpson@vicbar.com.au

 

Band News

Recruitment Night

We had a wonderful turnout for our Band Recruitment Evening last Wednesday night.  Thank you to all the families that made it along with their budding musicians! With such a big turnout of potential recruits on the night, there were long queues to try instruments, so we were grateful of your patience with this process.  There were over 50 instrument offers made this year, which is an impressive start for the band program in 2020!

 

On the night, the Advanced Guitar Ensemble and the Symphonic Band put on impressive performances for our new recruits and parents.  A special thank you to our band coordinator, Adrian Verna, our band director, Ken Macdonald, our instrumental teachers: Jenna Choi, Erin Stoddart and Maddison Carter, and BPS teacher, Jordie Campbell, for their efforts in bringing the night together.

 

Friends of the Band

A big thank you to Caaren Chin, Miyako Kikuchi, Jen Malcolm and Kim Twigg-Ho for their help in setting up the room, welcoming our new recruits and handing out information packs on the night.  

A special thank you also to Caaren and Jen who are stepping down from their roles in Friends of the Band in 2020.  The knowledge, help and support that you have given the band program, both behind-the-scenes and at organised band events, has been invaluable.  You will both be greatly missed!

 

Band Uniforms -  for new and existing families

An order for band uniform polo shirts will be made this Friday 21st February.  Polo shirts are $12 each.

Order forms for black polo shirts (as required for the band uniform) were handed out at recruitment night.  If you are new to the band and missed getting an order form at the recruitment night, there are spare forms available at the office.  There are also sample shirts available if you are unsure of sizing.  Please speak to Jackie in the office if you wish to see the sample shirts.

 

If you are an existing band parent and would like to order a polo shirt in a larger size for your child, please use the same form.  If you are unable to get to the office before Friday, please alternatively email bps.friendsoftheband@gmail.com  with your child’s name, grade and the shirt size that you require.

 

Payment for the shirts is not required on Friday, as an invoice will be generated and sent to parents via Compass.

 

Upcoming Dates:

Upcoming Dates:

  • Week beginning 24th February: instrumental lessons commence for new band students*
  • Monday 16th March: Beginner Guitar Ensemble begins  
  • Monday 16th March: Percussion Ensemble begins
  • Tuesday 17th March: Training Band rehearsals begin

*Confirmation of the day and time of your child’s instrumental lesson will be given out shortly.

 

Parent Volunteers Needed

Bunnings BBQ Volunteers needed

BPS has managed to secure a Bunnings sausage sizzle slot on Saturday 7 March at the Nunawading store.  If you're available to help out at any time during the day, please sign up using the link below. 

As well as cooks, we'll need people to handle the money and to serve the customers, so BBQ experience is not necessary.  Any help is greatly appreciated!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090B4DAFAE28A0FC1-bunnings

2020 Sickbay Washing Roster

TERM 1

7th February - Yang Y 

14th February - Aude J

21st February - Carol R

28th February - Joanne F

6th March - Kim B

13th March - Liza P

20th March - Sally A

27th March - Xenia B

Thank you to the parents above for volunteering - with enough parent helpers we hope that you will only be needed once per term. 

If you would like more information or are able to help, please call the office or send an email to  blackburn.ps@edumail.vic.gov.au

Your support is much appreciated!

2020 Parent Class Reps Needed

At the beginning of each year, we require Parent Class Representatives assigned to each class group.

We need a minimum of one Class Representative for each class, however sharing the role can share the load.

A Parent Class Representative's main responsibilities include:

> organising class social events for parents

> organising teacher gifts at the end of the year

> supporting any special requests or communication at a class level

We encourage both experienced and inexperienced Parent Representatives to volunteer for this role. It is a great way to connect with other parents and the BPS community and you will be supported by the Parent Representative Coordinator who will be there to provide a guide to the role.

Any questions or problems signing up online, please contact the Class Representative Coordinator via bps.parentsnetwork@gmail.com

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090B4DAFAE28A0FC1-2020

Get involved in 2020 and become part of BPS Parents and Friends Network

Do you have an event or fundraiser that you want to help make happen for our school?

Do you want to become part of a friendly and inclusive parents network that actively makes our school a better place?
Join the BPS Parents and Friends Network and make it happen in 2020.
The BPS Parents and Friends Network is made up of volunteer parents who organise, support or participate in social and fundraising activities for our school community. It is open to all parents, grandparents and carers of Blackburn Primary School students. 

Register your interest in the 2020 Parents and Friends Network via the link below.  Or you can email bps.parentsfriends@gmail.com for more information.

Register your Interest here

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.

http://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/

School Fundraising

BPS Bunnings sausage sizzle

BPS has managed to secure a Bunnings sausage sizzle slot on Saturday 7 March at the Nunawading store.  If you're available to help out at any time during the day, please sign up using the link below. 

As well as cooks, we'll need people to handle the money and to serve the customers, so BBQ experience is not necessary.  Any help is greatly appreciated!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090B4DAFAE28A0FC1-bunnings

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).

Save now with an Entertainment Book membership!

Entertainment Books have now become digital Entertainment memberships, delivered instantly to your inbox, with a 12-month duration starting from the date you activate.

With thousands of discount offers valid year-round, you can save hundreds and support our community at the same time, with 20% going directly to the school

Order via the Blackburn PS link below:

https://www.entertainment.com.au/orderbooks/187r715

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.
https://www.commbank.com.au/personal/kids/school-banking.html

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 bps.fundraise@gmail.com with your proposal.

Parents and Friends upcoming Events

Key Dates

Wednesday 26th Feb - Parents and Friends Committee Open Night

Saturday 7th March - Bunnings BBQ (details on Fundraising page)

Thursday 12th March - Holi Festival Twilight Picnic 5pm - 7.30pm

Saturday 9th May - BPS Trivia night (details to follow)

Parents and Friends Open Night

26th February - 7.10pm to 9.30pm - Multipurpose Room (MPR)

We will be holding an open night for BPS Parents who have interest in becoming part of the BPS Parents and Friends Network in 2020.

The 2019 Parents and Friends Committee members are looking forward to meeting new faces, ideas and enthusiasm of parents who want to help contribute to making BPS an even more amazing place for 2020 and beyond.  

You can RSVP if you have not already done so via email bps.parentsfriends@gmail.com to help us get chairs ready for you.  Otherwise, we are happy to make room for any parents who decide to come in last minute.

Kind Regards,

Parents and Friends Committee

 

Class Contact List

Thank you for all the parents who completed the class contact list by the due date last week.  The Class Representative Coordinator is now compiling ready to distribute to your Class Representatives. 

If you still wish to be on the class list, but have not completed the online form, you can complete a paper form which is available at the school office.  Any questions regarding the list contact bps.parentsnetwork@gmail.com

Holi Festival Twilight Picnic - Save the Date

Thursday 12th 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.

2020 Class Parent Rep - a great way to get to know fellow parents

Being a Class Parent Representative is a great way to connect with other parents and the BPS community.  In this role, you will be supported by the Parents and Friends Committee who will be there to provide a guide to the role.

For any questions about this role, you can contact the Class Representative Coordinator via bps.parentsnetwork@gmail.com.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090B4DAFAE28A0FC1-2020

Lost Property

Please keep checking Lost Property for your items as they can often turn up weeks or even months later!

  • Named & labelled items that end up at lost property (in admin building next to the meeting room) will be returned to the student’s classroom weekly.
  • Any unlabelled items will be put out on display for collection at the end of the term.
  • Non-school items will be donated to an op-shop at the end of each term.
  • Any remaining unclaimed uniform items will be placed in a crate and kept with the second hand uniforms.
  • Unclaimed items can then be collected at the Second-Hand Uniform Sales.
  • At the end of the year any remaining unclaimed uniform items will be added to the second-hand uniform stock to be sold.

Iron on labels seem to be the best long term option.

Texta & pen marks fade and are often difficult to read.

Valuable Items

Any items that appear to be of importance or value will be kept in the school office - please come and ask! For example -  watches, jewellery, glasses, fitbits, keys, Pokemon cards....

Extra Curricular Activities

Before School Athletics Training 2020

Hi to any parent’s with enthusiastic and keen running  children (of school going age).

We will again have the before School Running program in 2020.

The first term is mostly “fun running activities” so all age groups are included.

We will kick off the first Tuesday of February (4th of February 2020)

The starting time is as before 8.00 to 8.45 am (we sometimes run a little longer)

For those joining the group we will need a form filled out and handed to either the office or myself. (You can either print the attached form below or collect a hardcopy from the office).

Also we have a ‘WhatsApp’ phone communication so that in the event of any changes we can stay in touch.

Alan Smith

 

DigiMaker

Please find attached details regarding the Computer Programming Club for Term 1 - 2020.
If you are interested in your child being considered for the programming club please go online to register by Thursday 19th December 2019.

 

 

 

Out of School Hours Care

Introduction 

Welcome to Theircare, We are the new before/ afterschool care service running at blackburn PS.

TheirCare delivers high quality outside school hours (OSH) care through qualified and inspired team members and through outstanding relationships with Schools and Families.

Child wellbeing is the focus of our integrated delivery model that has its foundations in the National Quality Standard Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care and the My Time, Our Place Framework and is delivered through our three key promises:

  1. Community engagement
  2. Staff engagement and development
  3. Commitment to delivery and compliance

what we have been up to 

Over the past fortnight we have had lots of fun together. our theme last week was friendship, during that week we made friendship bracelets, did a blind folded obstacle course  with our friends and got to know each other better.  Last week our theme was board games, and wow that was fun!  children engaged in all different types of activities from; real life guess who, making our own board games, and our favorite real life snakes and ladders. This weeks theme is sports, we can't wait to share with you all our experiences. 

 

Enrollments/bookings. Forms needed. 

To enroll your child/children please visit www.theircare.com.au and click 'book now' in the top right hand corner to register your child's details, and book them in for their sessions.

please ensure your child's medical forms are up to date, an email has been sent out over the last fortnight in regards to medicals, please check your emails. 

 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact us on our service phone on 0477 005 756 during session times or contact head office during office hours on 1300 072 410.  Alternatively please send us an email on blackburn@theircare.com.au and we will get back to you as soon as we can.  

 

Community Pages 

 

First Class is FREE with them mentioning the school ad etc.

Also if two siblings or two friends join they will receive $20 off each term for the whole year 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FOR SALE

YAMAHA Brass trumpet

With black carry case

In very good condition

Pls call 0417375909

$350.00

Nicolle Bruhn

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Blackburn Primary School Weekly
Notice_of_Election.pdf
Nomination_form.pdf
Parent Contributions 2020 BPS.pdf
CSEF Information 2020.pdf
CSEF Application Form 2020.pdf
Medication Authority Form 2019.pdf
ASCIA Anaphylaxis Action Plan EpiPen Red2020.pdf
ASCIA Allergic Reaction Action Plan 2020.pdf
Asthma Care Plan for Schools_2019.pdf
Change of Details form.pdf
Before school athletics - Information & Permission Form.docx
Digimaker EOI_BBPS_Term1_2020.pdf
2019 PFC: (L-R) Shirlee - Vicky - Nadelle - Damien - Nicole - Shamagne. Chrisanthy & Lynette (not in photo)