Last term, Year 5 and 6 worked in teams to plan, prepare and produce a small business for our Mini Fete. The day was a huge success, bringing the whole school together to raise money for our chosen charities. In total, we raised a massive $7,716.65! This exceeded the previous Mini Fete record from 2015.
We are pleased to advise that we have been able to donate the following amounts to our chosen charities:
We would like to send out a huge THANK YOU to the BNPS community who helped us raise this money. The charities are all extremely grateful for our donations.
Please save the date for our wonderful BNPS Family Christmas Carols Night - Friday 8 December from 6.15 - 7.30pm - the students love performing for their family and friends!
An invitation to attend is coming home today.
Please be aware that if you are visiting the school between 9am and 3.30pm, you are required to enter through the main Office doors and sign in via the Kiosk. This is a DET Emergency Management procedure requirement.
Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.
As reflected by the comments below, online consent/payment is alive and well at BNPS!
FANTASTIC - I’m still here at work and disco is already paid for!
Much better than the paper way!
Awesome, so quick!
Totally loved it!!!!
I am always thrilled to hear about the ongoing achievements of our students as they progress through Secondary School. This term, five out of the nine Year 7 Public Speaking finalists at Mentone Girls' Secondary College were from our 2016 Year 6 cohort. This is a great reward for the girls on their outstanding skills and confirmation that the introduction of public speaking at an early age certainly pays off.
Friday 10 November
Remembrance Day Service (10.10 for 10.20am)
Uniform Shop Open (3 - 3.45pm)
Saturday 11 November
Beaumaris Farmers Market (8.00am - 1.00pm)
Monday 13 November
Year 6 Camp (returning 17 November)
Wednesday 15 November
Prep Aquarium Excursion
Thursday 16 November
'Wise Parent' Information Evening
Wednesday 22 November
Year 2 Dance Incursion
School Council Meeting
Thursday 23 November
Open Classrooms (9.10 - 9.50am)
Year 6 Scienceworks Excursion
Friday 24 November
Whole-school Head Lice Check (9.00 - 10.30am)
Year 6 Japanese Incursion
Y3 & 4 Senior Disco (6.00 - 7.15pm)
Y5 & 6 Senior Disco (7.30 - 8.45pm)
Monday 27 November
Art Incursion - Year 3 & 6
Tuesday 28 November
Year 6 Literature Groups Morning Tea
Wednesday 29 November
2018 Prep Orientation (9.30 - 10.45am)
Art Incursion - Prep, Year 1 & 2
Instrumental Music Program Soiree (6.20 - 7.20pm & 7.30 - 8.30pm)
Thursday 30 November
Year 1 Werribee Zoo Excursion
Instrumental Music Program Soiree (6.20 - 7.20pm & 7.30 - 8.30pm)
Friday 1 December
Art Incursion - Year 4 & 5
Uniform Shop Open (3 - 3.45pm)
Monday 4 December
Year 4 Media Magic Incursion
Tuesday 5 December
Year 5 Thank you High Tea (2.45pm)
Wednesday 6 December
Special Y5/6 Assembly (2.45pm, SLC)
School Council Meeting
Friday 8 December
BNPS Carols Night (6.15 - 7.30pm)
Saturday 9 December
Beaumaris Farmers Market (8.00am - 1.00pm)
Tuesday 12 December
Year 6 Orientation Day
Year 3 Junior Choir Visit (2pm, Seaside Manor)
Wednesday 13 December
Singing Recital (6.30pm, MPR)
Tuesday 19 December
Year 6 Graduation
Thursday 21 December
Year 6 Big Day Out
Friday 22 December
Last Day of School for 2017 (1.30pm dismissal)
Tuesday 30 January
Term 1 commences at 9am (9.30am for Prep)
Saturday 24 March
BNPS Fete (9am - 3pm)
Tuesday 7 August
Friendly reminder that our annual Remembrance Day Service (conducted by our Year 6 students) will be held tomorrow (Friday 10 November) at 10.10am for a 10.20am start. The School Choir will also be performing.
All parents, friends and family are invited to attend the ceremony and students are kindly asked to bring a small floral arrangement along to the service.
Please note that certificates will be sent home this week for the students who completed the Premiers' Reading Challenge.
The online honour roll will be available in the next few weeks for all students who completed the Challenge, where consent was given for their names to be published.
Congratulations to all students who participated, particularly those who successfully reached their target.
Jane Garvey and Crissa Cody-Smith
We have taken on board comments from parents, students and the JSC and have made some changes to the Senior Disco (Friday 24 November)!
Make sure you provide your ONLINE consent/payment by Wednesday 15 November - it's an event not to be missed!
The Uniform Shop will be open tomorrow (Friday 10 November) from 3.00 - 3.45pm - please note that we will NOT be open in the morning. Our final afternoon opening for this term will be Friday 1 December (3 - 3.45pm).
The last day the Uniform Shop will be open in 2017 is on the morning of Wednesday 20 December from 8.45 - 10.00am. This will be the last pick up day for Prep orders that are placed at the final Prep Orientation morning on Wednesday 29 November.
Families who purchased a 2017 portrait package from advancedlife are eligible, for a limited time, to download this year’s school portrait image free! If you have not purchased a portrait package yet, you can purchase and download your child’s portrait image by entering the 9 digit personal code on your school photo package at www.advancedimage.com.au (this is a secure archive). All of the portraits taken of your children by Advancedlife Photography during their time at BNPS (from 2009 onwards excluding 2015), can also be found on this page.
Tomorrow is the last day for student borrowing for 2017. Please return all books that have been borrowed this year to the Library by Friday 17 November for stocktake purposes.
Please note that families will be asked to pay for the replacement. Thank you.
This week St John First Aid provided a 45 minute First Aid session for all year levels .
The Prep students learnt to check for danger first and how to manage nose bleeds (pinch, lean catch), burns (need running water for 20 minutes) and cuts (to clap for pressure and raise).
Last week our Year 5 students attended Cave Hill Creek Camp in Beaufort set in a beautiful bush environment with a picturesque lake setting surrounded by the mountains of the Mt Cole State Forest. The activities (designed to foster teamwork, participative decision making and individual and team initiative tasks) included; Canoeing, Abseiling, Archery, Bush Walking, Initiatives Course, Map Reading, Bush Cooking, Bouldering Wall and a Low Ropes Course. The students also enjoyed a Bush Hoedown!
On the way to Cave Hill Creek camp we stopped at Sovereign Hill for the day. We learnt all about school during the olden days and practiced writing with ink pens. Then we went gold panning and had some free time shopping.
There were lots of great activities at Camp, canoeing and bush cooking were our favourites! After canoeing, Nate And Mrs Bloomfield got thrown in the lake by Warfy the instructor, it was very funny!
The Bush Hoedown was silly and exciting, we learnt the Quack song and danced with all the students and teachers! Our favourite meal at camp was lasagna on the last night, and the birthday cake was also very yummy!
The cabins and glamping tents were very cool to stay in, however we all slept well when we got home!
By Will and Tyson 5C
Archimedes did some pondering while watching the way the rain fell onto a palm tree.
The Year 5 Science group applied Archimedes’ principal to make an Archimedes Screw to try to get water uphill. Imagine having a pond or a lake at the bottom of a hill having to carry all that heavy water uphill! What if you needed to transfer water from one place to another – is there an easier way?
Playing, experimenting, failing, re-trying and re-failing are all POSITIVE learning opportunities in Science. Its’s not always about the outcome, but what we learn along the way.
BEET & STEM Teacher
This week the Year 1 and 2 students participated in a TAIKO (Japanese drumming) incursion where they learnt how to play the traditional drum called WADAIKO and played traditional songs with Mr Toshi - it was fun!
This year we are celebrating the Year 6 Portraits as a whole school. Each class will vote as the 'People's Choice' and there will be a 'Teachers Choice' as well. The Archibald Beau Prize will then be voted by Artist, Geoff La Gerche, and the BNPS Art Team. Stay tuned for details of the BIG announcement at assembly by our very special guest, Geoff Palo La Gerche!
Congratulations to the following students who earned at least 5000 Participation Points from 23 October - 5 November – some on more than one occasion!
The following students were the lucky recipients of the weekly Super Mathlete Trophy:
Jamie B (1C)
Angela A (1C)
Classes 1C, 2A 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:
This year we had our largest team for many, many years and seven of our best Athletic students headed to Albert Park Lakeside Stadium to compete in a number of events in the State Athletic Championships. The day was cold and rainy but we managed to get through the whole program. First athlete up was John (Year 6) who was competing in the High Jump event. John had successfully finished 1st in the Regionals jumping a PB of 1.53m, coming to the States for the first time. Unfortunately for John is was not his day but the experience he gained was worth it and in our eyes he is a Champion!
Second up was Luca in the u10 80m Hurdles for the first heat where he finished 3rd fastest overall out of two heats to advance through to the finals later that day.
Jake in the u12 80m Hurdles qualified fastest in his heat to also advance through to the final later that day. Jake then ran in the 800m final to finish with a bronze medal and was crowned the third fastest 800m runner in the State. Fantastic effort Jake!
Luca went on to finish 5th fastest in the Hurdles and was crowned 5th best 80m Hurdler in the State! Awesome result Luca!
Jake then ran his final in the Hurdles winning easily and was crowned the fastest Hurdler in u12 in the State - exceptional result Jake!
Our u11 Relay Boys, Ted C, Ben S, Tyson A and Aiden L, ran the heats for 100m relay to qualify fastest and progress to the final at 5.45pm. The Relay Final was super exciting with the boys just finishing in second place to Brighton Grammar receiving the Silver Medal in their fastest time ever of 55.40 seconds! The boys were crowned 2nd fastest u11 Boys Relay in the State - an amazing result!!
An individual CONGRATULATIONS on an extraordinary achievement for Jake - to be selected to represent School Sports Victoria (SSV) and compete against other State teams (results are based on where you finished in the State and Regional meets).
Jake was then selected to represent The SSV team in the 800m and the Combined event which consists of Long Jump, 800m, Shot Put and 100m which will be held next month as part of the Pacific Games. A great honour Jake, and an equally great effort. Jake was Captain of the team last year and we are waiting to hear if he will be announced 'Captain' again this year. Good Luck Jake!
An amazing achievement to get to States and a great effort by all – we are VERY proud of you!!
Last Thursday (2 November) Casper C (2A), Venice H (2D), and Samuel F (2D) represented BNPS at the Primary Deaf Sports Day. They participated in a variety of sports and there were great achievements all round - well done Casper, Venice and Samuel, we are VERY proud of you and the job you did representing your school!
We are introducing a Sports Top in 2018 for our Year 5 and 6 students to wear twice a week (all day) for Friday Interschool Sport and on the day of their PE lesson. In line with our commitment to ‘student voice’, our current Year 4 & 5 students voted on their preferred design (pictured above) and are looking forward to wearing their new tops with pride!
The Sports Top will be required for both Year 5 and 6 students from 2019 (optional for our 2018 Year 6 students). Our current sports garments (kindly donated by the FAC) will be worn for specific sporting events such as netball and soccer, and by students who progress to district, division, regional and state events.
Pricing, logistics, sizing and payment information has been sent to our current Year 4 & 5 families. Please contact Kirsty Hall (PE Teacher and Sport Coordinator) or Annie Thomas (Uniform Shop Coordinator) at:
[email protected] if you have any queries.
Date: Thursday 16 November
Duration: 2 hours (including question time)
Location: Year 6 end of the Senior Learning Centre
Cost: $10 per family
Payment: QKR > School Events > Childwise 'Wise Parent' Information Night (please note, tickets will NOT be issued, names will be on a door list)
The purpose of BNPS Parent & Friends is to speak the voice of the parents and friends and in doing so, contribute to a stronger sense of community and connection at BNPS. Part of this involves supporting each other in doing one of the hardest jobs in the world - being a parent!
When Kristy Hamshare (BNPS Parent, P&F Steering Committee & Educator) mentioned an excellent program she had witnessed, P&F worked with The BNPS Wellbeing Team to secure this information for our community. Thanks must go to Kristy, Dr Carol Ann Clifford & Natalie McMahon for making this happen within this year, as speakers from Childwise are highly sought after.
Childwise was established in 1991, and is one of Australia’s leading not-for-profit child abuse prevention organisations. They work to build awareness, deliver education, and provide the tools to empower individuals and communities around Australia so they can actively prevent child abuse and exploitation. Amongst many other things, Childwise are consistently researching and responding to emerging risks to children and young people, then use this research to help shape national policy through advocacy and partnerships.
The Childwise 'Wise Parent' Presentation is supplemented by evidence from international programs, and aims to improve parent and carer knowledge about child abuse, by promoting understanding of risk factors and how to prevent child abuse. Wise Parent includes a focus on overall child safety and wellbeing. Key to the success of the program will be parents and carers understanding of childhood development, indicators of abuse, how to communicate with their children and respond to concerns.
This is an outstanding opportunity to learn how to communicate and support your children to speak up about difficult issues, and increase protective factors that improve parent, carer and child resilience. To arm yourself with solid strategies to tackle this uncomfortable yet important issue, we encourage one of the adults in your family to attend.
At this stage the limit is 50 people but if the topic is of keen interest to our community, we will host another night with Childwise in 2018.
To that end, P&F will be conducting a survey to determine what parenting topics and issues are of most importance to YOU so that this can shape our forward plans in this space to 2018.
And by all means if you’re aware of an organisation you’d like to hear from in the New Year, don’t hesitate to reach out to a member of the P&F Steering Committee.
Look forward to seeing you on the night!
The Parents & Friends Steering Committee
The success of our fete relies heavily on donations from the whole school community. To reduce costs (and make more money for our Digital Technologies Program and McDonald Street Playground!) students are kindly asked to bring in items according to OUR GRADE DONATIONS CALENDAR and place them in the ‘Grade Donations’ box in their classroom.
Donations will be counted by our Grade Donations Co-ordinator and the winning class for the week will be presented with a special trophy and fruit tube vouchers. A ‘snowcone, fairyfloss or popcorn’ voucher will be issued to each child in the overall winning class to use on fete day.
Please put the dates/items in your calendar (or on the fridge!) and look out for bargains when you’re out and about! It would be great if you could let your friends and family know what we are collecting each week so we can bump up the total!
Thanking you in advance for your generous support – remember our fete only comes around once every two years and it’s our biggest fundraiser!
Thanks to Woolworths and our wonderful parent community, in particular the Gooda Family, this week Miss Searle (BEET & STEM Teacher) had the opportunity to do some online shopping! Take a look at all of the new and exciting equipment for our Science Room - ALL AT NO COST! Our new equipment is expected to arrive in Term 1 of 2018.
I have been teaching at BNPS since 2007, so this is my 10th year!!!
This is my fourth year in Grade 1.
Yes, I have a rescue dog named Binky - she is 6 ½ months old and the cutest girl you have ever seen!
Yes, my last assignment was due in yesterday! I have just completed my Masters in Instructional Leadership.
Whatever I get told we are watching at night - I am being told I enjoy The Bachelorette!
The number 23.
I love going up the coast and spending the day surfing.
You can access the full version of Compass on your phone or iPad by tapping on the menu button (top left) in the app and selecting ‘Open in Browser’.
Now that we are using the online consent/payment module of Compass, your child's excursions/incursions (known as 'Events' in Compass) now appear in the Compass Calendar (shaded green). If you click on the 'event' in the browser version of Compass, full details of the event will appear (as seen on the online consent form).
If you tap on your child's photo on the homepage of the app, any scheduled 'Events' for your child will appear in the daily schedule (you can use the calendar icon to go forward or back).
A special end-of-year Assembly will be held at 1pm on Friday 22 December followed by early dismissal at 1.30pm.
Please ensure you have made arrangements for your child to be collected from school at this time. Thank you.
Dr Carol Ann Clifford and Mrs Natalie McMahon.
A rubric (as seen in Compass Learning Tasks) is a set of criteria for assessing knowledge, performance or product and for giving feedback.
I love contributing and supporting where I can my grandchildren's school
Grade 1 and Grade 2
Canteen, Special Lunch Days and Chip & Nuggets Stall at the 2016 Fete.
I work in my daughters Cafe
I don’t have much! I recently started an alternative therapies course which I am really enjoying.
Great teachers and a safe environment for my grandchildren to grow and achieve.
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Today, as a belated World Teachers' Day celebration, we showed our gratitude for our wonderful teachers by putting on a special lunch organised by the BNPS Parents & Friends. At the lunch our teachers were presented with boxes of 'love notes' from students expressing why they are special to them - an appreciation for the kindness, guidance, inspiration and support they give daily.
The delicious lunch of slow roast lamb shoulder, roast pumpkin purée, heritage grains and spring greens prepared by Chef Garreth Wilson (Hugh's Dad, 1C) with the help of Greg Blampied (Jamie's Dad, 1C) was accompanied by bread, tea cakes and ice cream, generously donated by Brasserie Bread and Davey Mac's Ice Cream (Skye McCowan's Dad, 2D).
"Doing the teachers lunch was a way we could give back to the teachers and school and say thank you" said Chef Garreth.
For all the foodies out there, follow Garreth's Instagram page @theprivatepass to see more of his creations - his 'top tip' for slow roast lamb is to buy a shoulder of lamb on the bone from your local butcher and roast over night at 100c and don't skimp on the mint sauce!
You might like to try Brasserie Bread single origin sourdough at Woolworths Metro Black Rock or Sandringham Farmers Market, and any of the ice cream from Davey Mac's at Black Rock is always a great treat for the kids.
BNPS Parents & Friends
A MESSAGE FROM THE SCHOOL
A HUGE thank you to Gareth Wilson, Siobhan Wilson, Greg Blampied and Ilana Blampied for organising a delicious lunch on behalf of Parents & Friends for our wonderful teachers today - the staff thoroughly enjoyed the meal and our teachers are certainly feeling the love! We are very lucky to have such talented and generous parents in our school community. Thank you also to Laura Fitzpatrick, Catherine Farr and Vanessa Tyrer for their help today!
Finally a BIG thank you to all of the students who took the time to write beautiful notes for their teachers!
Thank you to the following parents for taking on sub committee roles for the VERY special Year 6 Graduation:
Tuesday 31 January - Friday 31 March
Tuesday 18 April - Friday 30 June
Monday 17 July - Friday 22 September (
Monday 9 October - Friday 22 December
Students are not required to attend school on these days. Our Outside School Hours Care Program will be operating to assist our working parents – to secure a place, please email [email protected] and see http://beaumarisnorthps.vic.edu.au/parent-information/outside-school-hours-care-oshc/for more information.
Friday 8 December
Wednesday 18 - Friday 20 October
Monday 23 - Friday 27 October
Monday 13 - Friday 17 November
Year 2 & 3
11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20 & 21 September
Prep & Year 1
23, 25, 27 & 30 October, 1 & 3 November
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.
General Queries and Feedback
Office - Administration & Payments
Emails to Teachers
Outside School Hours Care
Please enter approval notes for full-day absences via the Compass Parent Portal.
LATE ARRIVAL/EARLY DEPARTURE
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.
We encourage you to login to Compass on a daily basis to check the News Feed as this is our primary means of communication.
See: http://beaumarisnorthps.vic.edu.au/parent-information/compass/ for more information.
Qkr (pronounced ‘Quicker’) is a FREE app to enable you to use your smartphone to make school payments (without having to give your child cash to carry to school) including Canteen and Uniform Shop orders, and various school event payments. A web-based version is also available.
For more information, please see: http://beaumarisnorthps.vic.edu.au/parent-information/payments/qkr/
9.00am - 11.00am
11.30am - 1.30pm (Fruit break at 12.30pm)
2.30pm - 3.30pm
11.00am - 11.30am (Recess)
1.30pm - 2.30pm (Lunch)
Uniforms can be ordered via Qkr and providing stock is available, orders will be filled within a week and delivered to your child’s classroom. There is also a large offering of great value second-hand items available for purchase at the Uniform Shop (located in the Prep breezeway) which is open from 8.45 – 9.30am every Friday morning (unless notified via Compass).
You can also contact the Uniform Shop via email: [email protected]northps.vic.edu.au
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.
Our OSHC Program operates on school days from 7.30 to 8.45am and 3.30 to 6.00pm, and on Curriculum/Pupil Free days between 7.30am and 6.00pm.
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 of scooters, bikes, skateboards etc., is NOT permitted in the school grounds at drop-off or pick-up (school and non-school children).
For safety reasons, parents and students are NOT permitted to walk through staff car parks OR use them for parking .
Dogs ARE permitted to be brought into the school grounds but MUST be kept on a hand-held leash between the hours of 7.30am and 6.00pm (when our students are in attendance and when our Outside School Hours Care program is operating).
It is the responsibility of the dog owner to clean up after their dog (and remove from school property).
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).
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.
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/