Errol Street News #7

18 May 2015

 Message from Sally

South Western Region Principals’ – Successful School Conference
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Last week I was fortunate to attend this conference on Thursday and Friday at Etihad Stadium. Amanda, Anna Marie, Chris and I prepared an eMaze presentation to be shared with over 70 of my colleagues. We had worked on this for about 6 weeks. The conference Keynote was Phil Warwick who is the, Associate Vice President Marzano Research Laboratory.His keynote presentation explained how...
central to the work of High Reliability Schools (HRS) is the collection of data to recognise accomplishments and inform future directions.

In his session, Phil guided participants through how to analyse data from the HRS surveys. Participants gained a deeper understanding of how to develop lagging indicators for the areas of school improvement that they have identified.The session also explored the data driven leadership concept that is the backbone of the High Reliability Schools model.

NMPS's presentation was entitled The journey towards a High Reliability Organisation and we were thrilled to present to a full house. This presentation had been produced using EMAZE it will probably become an integral part of the new Australian pavilion at the Venice Biennale.
Here is an excerpt of the hour long presentation:
The journey for Errol street NMPS began sedately -  the school was started in 1857, in an Errol Street shop front; In 1874 the students and teachers  walked down Errol Street to our current site. The school is fortunate to have always had ‘An Optimistic View of the Future’(Marzano)  and  positive reverence for our past .

The NMPS Professional learning community base our teaching milieu on evidence based school improvement. Our School review was held in December 2013. Our self-evaluation used ‘zing’ technology to seek feedback from students, staff and  parents/school councilors. We developed our new Strategic Plan using the feedback from the whole school community and a reviewer to  develop a plan we believe will support our ongoing success.

We have used the High Reliability levels of operation to guide our journey towards becoming a High Reliability organisation.

Interestingly, starting at LEVEL 1 we had the ‘joyful’ experience last week  of the  full OHS Audit – on reflection ensuring a SAFE & ORDERLY ENVIRONMENT, that supports cooperation & collaboration is not that hard because when everyone works together – it provides RELIABILITY on all fronts!

LEVEL 2 an Instructional Framework – we use the McREL based Classroom Instruction that Works framework supported by Ye olde WMR Numeracy and Literacy Models.

LEVEL 3 Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum; the documenting is taking too much time; we know we need to work smarter. Our  professional learning team (PLT) leaders will collaboratively ‘make this happen’.

LEVEL 4 Standards Referenced Reporting; without quite realising this was driven form the classroom teachers back to leadership. We trialled using this lens last year and it made a huge difference to our ability to teach explicitly, whilst constantly assessing.

LEVEL 5 A Competency Based System – the goal for our school we have 55% high achievers (this was the successful outcome of our 2014 SMART goal)  –our future focus will be linking the work of Carol DWECK – and developing the Growth Mindset  as this aligns closely with the aspirations of our families.

NMPS teacher Joe was also attended and reported, 'I had the pleasure of watching Sally, Chris, Amanda and Anna-Marie present to a full house at the Successful Schools conference yesterday. A packed crowd of principals and school leaders listened intently to the NMPS journey.  The presentation was slick, streamline and took on suggested improvements provided by the NMPS staff.'


Open Morning for Education Week

We hosted an Open Morning on Tuesday 19th May and were visited by approximately 50 families.
Most of our guests were prospective families with children interested in starting at Foundation level in 2016. Visitor comments expressed the positive way the school looks and 'feels'. Our Year 6 'ambassadors' performed their tasks admirably.


Important Dates to Remember

Today-May Sun Smart Months – all students wear a broad brimmed hat to play outside
19th Open Morning for Education Week 9am - 11am All Welcome!
20th All Year 4's participate in Multicultural Football Program run by the Kangaroos AFL team
20th Launch of One Team One Goal competition at NMPS
20th Grade 6 Parent Sex Education Information Night 6.30 - 8pm
20th School Council Meeting
21st District Soccer Carnival Grade 6
22nd Grade 6 Interschool Sports NMPS vs Ascot Vale
22nd Year 4 First Aid session.Period 1-4 in the Flex
25th Year 6 Sex Education Sessions begin by Life Education begin 1/3
28th Division Cross Country (venue & competitors tbc)
27-29th  Year 4 Camp to Anglesea
29th Grade 6 Interschool Sports NMPS vs Avondale Heights
29th Senior School Assembly (Years 3 - Year 6) 3.10pm
1st Year 6 Sex Education Session 2/3
5th Grade 6 Interschool Sports NMPS vs Moonee Ponds West
5th Junior School Assembly (F - Year 2) 3.10pm
8th Queen's Birthday Weekend - no school
11th Western Metro Region Cross Country
12th Grade 6 Interschool Sports NMPS vs Ascot Vale West
15th School Tours
15th Last Year 6 Sex Education Session 3/3
16th Foundation - Year 3 First Aid Course 1/2
18th Foundation - Year 3 First Aid Course 2/2
19th Grade 6 Interschool Sports NMPS vs St Mary's 'A'
19th Student reports home
 23-24th Student Conferences
 26th Last day of Term 2 (1.30 dismissal)

Walk Safely To School Day - Friday 22 May

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Walk Safely to School Day (WSTSD) is an annual, national event when all Primary School children will be encouraged to walk and commute safely to school. It is a Community Event seeking to promote Road Safety, Health, Public Transport and the Environment.


National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS) - (next) Wed 27 May


Amanda, Literacy & Languages

On Wednesday 27th May from 10.40 - 10.50am will silently read simultaneously with others across Australia.

Every teacher, child, Principal and all support staff go to the oval with a text and read in silence for 10 minutes.

NSS is a fun and different way of promoting reading. It is a time when the WHOLE school (even Sandra) drops what they are doing to read.

National Simultaneous Story time allows:

  • The whole school to come together to READ
  • Students and all teachers model good reading behaviour
  • Promotion of a text that the whole school can read and discuss (The Brothers Quibble by Aaron Blabey)
  • This year the text is The Brothers Quibble by Aaron Blabey. It is very funny and covers themes of managing change, resilience and identity. It is suitable for Years F-6. Kathy has the book in the library and activities can be accessed on the site. From a Literacy teaching and learning perspective, it has great rhyme so could also be a great way of targeting fluency and identification of sound patterns in combination with conversations/responses around the themes.

Mothers Day Stall Success

Mothers Day 2015

Diana Mercuri, Parents & Friend Association Mother’s Day Stall

A big thank you to all our volunteers who helped out at the Mother’s Day stall and at the Craft Addicts evening and afternoon craft sessions. This year we managed to make almost half of the stock at the stall! It wouldn’t be possible to create such a fun and wonderful event without the help of the volunteers.  An extra special thank you to Mandy Coulson who went over and beyond with all her help and assistance. Also thanks to Joanna & the students for their seed collecting, packaging and seedling growing.

It was so much fun making the handmade items as it was seeing the excited faces of all the kids as they shopped for the perfect Mother's Day gift for their mums.

The stall raised over $2000. The money will go towards the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Program.




Parents & Friends Committee News

Meg Moorhouse

Congratulations to Diana Mercuri and all the many volunteers whose creative & energetic efforts resulted in another marvellous Mother's Day Stall.

The committee has many exciting projects for parents and friends to become involved with here are a few:

  • A sub-committee has been formed to look at second hand uniform possibilities.
  • Rainbow Benches & new seating around the school is underway. A call for those of you with handy skills in painting and an interest in creating quiet, social spaces around the school yard.
  • The Arts Festival is coming in August. Call for creative & foodie types to get involved.

If you are interested  in being involved please contact us on our email

Next Meeting is:

Monday 15th June 7pm Staff Room

Wax Melts Candle Recall

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Almost all of these faulty sets have been returned and replaced. However the few outstanding burners should be returned to the office and soon as possible. The candles MUST NOT BE LIT! We have had a report from one parent who experienced spitting & flaming from the candles.

Biz – E – Kidz Winter Holiday Program

The Biz – E – Kidz winter Holiday Program plan is out and at the end of this newsletter. Bookings Monday 1st June and can be made by dropping the booking form into Sharon, Leah or Eva at Biz – E – Kidz.

Other important dates are:

Tuesday 19th May: The winter holiday program plan is released. It will be available at Biz – E – Kidz and via the school newsletter

Monday 1st June: Holiday program bookings open, bookings can be made by returning the booking form to Sharon, Eva or Leah at Biz-E-Kidz.

Friday 5th June: Holiday Program bookings close. Bookings can still be made after this date, but will be subject to availability and will not be eligible to be considered in the first round of priority of access.

Monday 8th June: Places in the holiday program or on the wait list will be mailed to families this week.

Friday 19th June: All holiday program deposits and before and aftercare fees are due to secure your holiday program booking. Any changes to bookings made after this date will incur a $30 cancellation fee.

Got any suggestions for future holiday programs? Any questions or feedback about Biz – E – Kidz or anything else childcare related? 

Sharon’s office hours are Monday – Wednesday, 10am – 1pm. (except on school holidays)
ph (03)9329 5529
Mob 0400 838 448
If your email is urgent or regarding a booking or cancellation for the same day, please call 9329 5529 to speak to a staff member or leave a message. Thank you.