Errol Street News #11

28 July 2015

Message from Sally

Today I write about to update you on staffing. Sometimes I forget to make these announcements, I apologise.

This year the comings and goings have been varied and we are yet to designate some staff to positions.

Mary Talbot retired on April 16th 2015. Mary ‘did not want any fuss made of this’, however, it is important that the school community are informed.  I would like to acknowledge her service not only to our school but to education in general. Whilst the school council were formally advised, many of the school community would not realise that after almost 35 years of service, including a total of 22 years at NMPS, she has in fact retired. Mary also worked at Melbourne University with the Graduate School of Education – Masters of Education program for the last few years, but we were her ‘Base School’.  She worked with us for a day a week over this period in a range of roles including OHS representative and PE last year. She was a highly regarded and respected year 6 teacher for many years, but excelled in many aspects of her teaching. I believe she has already got into the swing of retirement with a trip to New York. On behalf of the Errol Street – North Melbourne PS community we wish her all the best for her future and offer our sincere thanks for her dedication to the thousands of children she taught over  her career.

Trist Jones has stepped up to take Mary’s Melbourne University position and he continues to work with us once a week on Thursdays. Trist is currently working with Year 4 Tyson in the kitchen and supporting an intervention program for the Foundation year students.  He is also supporting staff in a mentoring capacity.

Also, last term Anna Ganz, our Italian-Dance teacher was on long service leave for the term; in Italy no less!  She was replaced by Vince and Anna Henwood who has stayed on and Vince has returned to his café profession.

We are currently in the process of finding a replacement for Georgie when she moves back into her full time mothering role with the birth of their third child.

Next year who knows which staff will be where …..but what does matter is that for all local students we are attempting to close enrolments at the end of July to confirm all 2016 enrolments in August, and then on to the new staffing requirements; so please submit your enrolment information if you are permanently reside within our neighbourhood area.


School Photos will be taken on Tuesday 18th August. Order forms will be sent home this Friday.

Important Dates to Remember

30 Australasian Mathmatic Competition
31 Senior School Assembly - School Athletics & House Athletics Results today
7 Junior School Assembly - featuring Year 2
14 Senior School Assembly
17 Parents & Friends Committee Meeting
18 School Photos today
18-21 Book Fair
19 School Council Meeting
18-21 Book Fair
26-27 Arts Festival
28 Book Week Dress-Up Day theme 'Books Light Up Our World'
3 Year 2 Sleep-Over Camp at School
4 Bring a Bloke Breakfast for Father's Day
10 Year 1 Dinner at School
18 Last Day of Term 3 (1.30pm dismissal)

We need your help!

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Book Fair

Jobs: sales, tidying stock, directing traffic.

Times: 8.15 am to 9.00 am for the morning shift and 3.30 - 4.00 pm for the afternoon shift. 3-4 adults needed at each time slot.

Contact Kathy on:


The Arts Festival is coming. Urgent help with:

  • providing or sourcing external lighting suitable for marquees and stages
  • connections or recommendations for lighting businesses
  • set up and pull down of the event

 SAKGP - Volunteers always welcome on Thursday & Fridays. Link here for details.




Chess Tournament

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Charley & Arush, Year 4 Students

On Thursday 23rd of July, twenty students from Year 4 participated in a chess tournament in Heathmont. It took us 45 minutes to get there by bus. There were six other schools that competed against each other.

Every student played a total of seven games against students from the other schools and sometimes against students from NMPS. If you won a game you would earn a point, if it was a draw you and your opponent would earn half a point and if you lost you wouldn't earn one. They used a Swiss pairing method for each game to ensure students played against student of similar ability. We all learnt of lot of new moves, unusual rules and new strategies while playing chess. This was the first time that NMPS has competed in this chess tournament and we are very happy to have finished 4th overall against the other schools.

A big congratulations to
Charley Saville, Arush Jhunjhunwala, and Miranda Burnett who qualified for the Chess State championships. Another
special congratulations to Miranda who won a bronze medal in the girls open division. Also thank you to Tyson for making this event possible.

School House Athletics Day

Ella & Nikolette, Students

On Friday July 21st, Years 3 to 6 participated in the 2015 NMPS Athletics Carnival which was held at the University of Melbourne Athletics Track. Before going to Melbourne Uni all the kids got 'glammed' up with their house colour on, everything from hairspray to face paint! The events were separated into age groups and house colours. Even though it was a very cold
day everyone put in their very best effort.

Every student cheered on for their House. Many kids were encouraging others even if they weren’t in their team. Parents enjoyed watching and hearing all the kids support one another and even the parents enjoyed joining in with cheering on for others.  Thank you for all of the support you gave us.

During the 800m 12 and 13 boys, Green and Red House’s mascots went up against each other. It was a very entertaining event and all the kids and especially the teachers loved it. In the end Green house’s mascot came first out of the 2 mascots. Just before athletics ended all the house captains went up against some of the teachers in a relay event. The teachers were ahead of the House Captains by a mile but thanks to Luke stopping Mark the captains were able to come back a little bit, but we still lost but had an amazing time.

Athletics this year has been an amazing achievement for all the kids. This event would not have gone as smoothly if it wasn’t for the teachers and especially for Paul. Paul did an amazing job and thanks to him, the teachers and the parents all the kids had a wonderful time. Athletics was definitely one to remember!!!

Results: 1st Green House, 2nd Yellow, 3rd, Blue House, 4th Red House.

Team Spirit Award to Blue House

Australian Mathematics Competition is this Thursday

Craig Turner, Assistant Principal &Competition Organiser

There are 165 students from Years 3 to 6 who will be participating in the Australian Mathematics Competition on the 30th of July. The competition will be happening in the Comm between 9:15 and 10:15.

We wish all participants well.

Robogals Landing at lunchtimes for everyone

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In Term 2, we were fortunate enough to have Robogals lead our Science Club lunchtime activities. Their involvement was such as success - we had over 50 students, from Year 3-6, join us for fun hands-on activities using NXT robots. The photographs tell it all!

This term, all students are welcome to participate in a range of activities. Every second week, we aim to start a new activity that involves different types of science skills and knowledge. We encourage ALL students to have a go and learn as they create, test and explain their learning.

Time: Every Wednesday second lunch 1:10pm-1:40pm

Location: BIZ E KIDS, second lunch

Equipment: iPad (if possible)

We will be:

  • Experimenting
  • Making models and objects
  • Using iPads to capture and explain our thinking and learning
  • Drawing and writing to express our thinking and learning
  • We hope you can make it!

Robogals are also holding a Science Challenge for Girls.

Calling all girls (Foundation - Year 6) with a keen interest in Engineering and Science!!

What is the Robogals Science Challenge?
The Robogals Science Challenge is an Australian wide competition that encourages girls to explore the world of science and engineering with the help of a parent or mentor by conducting a science experiment, filming it, and submitting an entry.

How does it work?
Students will be individually entered into the competition. The competition consists of:
Minor challenge: projects will be completed in the lead up to the final project and are optional but prizes will be given to participants who complete projects from several categories.
Major challenge: is an extension of a Minor Challenge project or completely new experiment. This entry will be judged by a special panel.
When does it start?
Entries have already opened! Students who are interested in this challenge will need to meet Julia at Biz E Kids, Thursday 6rd August during the first lunch.

Students will have an opportunity to complete these challenges during school at one lunchtime session per week. Lunchtime sessions will run as follows:

Time: Every Thursday first lunch 10:50pm-11:20pm

Location: BIZ E KIDS, second lunch

Equipment: iPad (if possible)

N.M.P.S. is reducing its waste!


Following our first ever Food Packaging Audit at the end of last Term, the Eco-Warriors are rolling out a new program for North Melbourne Primary…

Pack It In, Pack It Out

As of Monday, July  20th, every student will be asked to pack any food packaging waste into their lunch boxes to take home and be disposed of.

Our Audit last Term revealed some shocking statistics:

Average Daily Number of Wrappers per Class: 42

Amount of Wrapper Rubbish produced by all classes in one day: 1218

Amount of Wrapper Rubbish produced in all classes in one week: 6090

Total Pieces of Waste produced school-wide in a year:  243,600

Combined with rubbish that blows in from the street on a windy day, it’s an impossible task to keep our school grounds as neat and rubbish-free as we would like, so packing out any rubbish we bring in is the first step toward fixing that.

There will be more activities and innovations throughout the year, so stay tuned and we thank you in advance for your support in keeping N.M.P.S. waste-free!

Library News - so much happening!

Book Fair

Kathy, Library

Hooray the Book Fair is on: Tuesday 18 August to Friday 21 August.

Sales: 8.15 to 9.00 am & 3.30 to 4.00pm

Location: The Library

Helpers: Sales & general 'keeping an eye on things'

Book Week Dress Up Day: Friday 28th Theme: Books Light Up Our World.

Book Voucher Prize for Best Costume for each year level.



Arts Festival Program - What night is your child performing?

ArtFair 2015

Wednesday 26th August 5.10pm onwards

Performing on the Main Stage are:

Foundation Georgie/Esther & Tali

Year 1 – Nicky, Josie, & Michael

Year 2 – Eleanor & Katie

Year 3 – Sophie & Mark

Year 4 – Lucy & Tyson

Year 5 – Bryony & Eve

Year 6 – Luke & Cat


Thursday 27th August 5.10pm onwards

Performing on the Main Stage are:

Foundation Alicia, Viv & Annelise

Year 1 Leah & Amanda

Year 2 – John & Elly

Year 3 – Nat & Matt

Year 4 – Julia & Anna-Marie

Year 5 – Jane & Phil

Year 6 - Tom

Authors & Illustrators Wanted

Amanda Williams, Literacy Coach

Do you love writing?

Do you love drawing and illustrating stories?

Can you create comics?

 If you can answer yes to one of the above then this is the opportunity for you! Every year 100 Story Building publish a book - "Early Harvest", that is written, illustrated and edited by students. This year, the theme of Early Harvest is TECHNOLOGY.  This could be stories set in the past, the future and the present, or stories about robots and hover boards, the invention of the wheel, horses and carriages and your iPhone. And maybe even about futuristic technology that hasn’t been invented yet. You can interpret technology in many ways – you choose how to interpret it. In particular, 100 Story Building are looking for these kinds of submissions:

- Stories (250-1500 words)

- Poems (no more than 30 lines)

- Comics

- Quizzes.

Submissions are open to writers from Primary School to Year Eight.

Amanda W will be holding lunchtime sessions on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays for any student who wishes time or guidance with their work.

All submissions must be emailed to Amanda by 5pmThursday 13th of August


Kitchen & Garden News

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Sam, Kitchen Coordinator

Thanks for all the amazing citrus donations!
If you have an abundance of fresh produce please drop by the kitchen at anytime. If I'm not there please place on the produce table with a note.

Year 4 menu last week:
Orecchiette with broccoli, rainbow chard garlic, capers and lemon.
Served with roasted lemon and rocket salad.


Megan, Garden Coordinator

Gardening Club is on Wednesdays at second lunch. Students meet Megan down in the garden.

Bidding is underway!

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Help us fundraise by bidding for a painting created by individual NMPS classes

How to bid?

Go to the office and find the corresponding bidding sheet. Write your bid.

The highest and final bid wins the painting. This is called a 'silent auction'.

Last bids

The final bid must be make by 3pm on Friday 28th August.

Painting collection and payment can be made at the office from 3.30pm onwards.

To view all painting go to the school website link here.





Whole School Working Bee

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On Friday 20th November all families & staff will work together on a WHOLE SCHOOL Working Bee.

Plans for the day are currently being put together. So far the day will include a planting by each student. Each year level will have an allocated garden area and we may even have a prize for the best renovation!

Diaries open for November and start planning to join us for whole or part of the day.

Our diving champion

Olive Johnson of 4D is competing in the Pacific School Games held in Adelaide in November for diving.
To help raise money to get her and her family over to Adelaide for the competition and also to pay for her uniform Olive will be selling raffle tickets at School Reception for $2 each.
Some of the prizes include a car, a flat screen TV, a wine fridge and much more.
Please help her and her fellow competitors have an awesome time by buying tickets and going in the chance to win get prizes.

Biz – E – Kidz News

Sharon Goodwin, Biz - E - Kidz Coordinator

Holiday Program: Upcoming Important Dates
Time to start planning for the next holiday program! Below is a list of important dates

Holiday Program Dates: The spring Holiday program will run from Monday 21st September to Monday 5th October.(INCLUDING Monday 5th October which is a pupil free day for the school)
Holiday program bookings open 24th August:, bookings can be made by returning the booking form to Sharon, Eva or Leah at Biz-E-Kidz.
Program bookings close Friday 28th August: Holiday. 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. See upcoming newsletters for more information on Priority of access guidelines and how our booking and waitlist system works.
Place notification Monday 31st August: Places in the holiday program or on the wait list will be mailed to families this week.
Deposits due Friday 11th September: 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.

Holiday Program Survey
A really big thank you to everyone who has responded to the holiday program survey so far. The response has been fantastic and the information collected invaluable for planning for future programs. For those who haven’t had a chance to respond, we will keep the survey open until this Friday the 31st July. We urge all families that use the holiday program to fill it in. It only takes a few minutes, can be done from a mobile device and answers are anonymous.
To complete the survey, go to
Alternatively, please feel free to give feedback and make suggestions any time on the contact details below.

(03)9329 5529
Mob 0400 838 448
Sharon’s office hours are Monday – Wednesday, 10am – 1pm. (except on school holidays) 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.