Errol Street News #23

22 February 2016

Message from Sally

Open Classrooms & International Picnic
Thank you to those families who visited classrooms with their children last week. Whilst numbers were down at Picnic time, possibly due to the weather; it was still a well-attended social opportunity.

School Council Election 2016
Ballot papers were sent home yesterday. Every parent of every child is entitled to a vote. Two ballot papers and four envelopes were provided. Ballot papers can be returned via post or hand delivered to the school ballot box. Names should be crossed out on the register as the ballot papers are inserted into the box. You need to also indicate if you are delivering 1 or 2 ballots, please. Candidate statements were limited to 150 words and were included in the envelope with the ballot papers.

See further along in this newsletter for full details on the NMPS School Council Election.

NMPS Pedagogy
The NMPS pedagogy is the function or work of a teacher; teaching; and the art or science of teaching; education; instructional methods. At NMPS our pedagogy is informed by research and evidence based practice. See Hewlett Foundation website on Deeper Learning.

At the start of each new school year the teachers at NMPS use student data to inform their current teaching and learning programs. All staff at NMPS accept that they are expected to inform their practise based on individual student data. Understanding students’ levels of current achievements is of vital importance if we are to develop a program to ensure growth for every child. Children have different, individual learning styles. We believe our pedagogy meets these needs.

Throughout this year Professional Learning Teams of staff will form Action Research Groups to identify possible improvements to our teaching and learning practice. Opportunities for parents to gain greater understanding of our pedagogy will become part of our 2016 communication strategy.

Fantastic District Swimming Competition Results

Congratulation and thank you to all swimmers who made our school proud with their competitive spirit and achievement. North Melbourne Primary School achieved 1st place at these District finals. Also, many thanks to sports teacher Paul and all the parent helpers.



Calendar of Special Events

29 Feb-4 March

Year 6 Canberra Camp






Urban Biodiversity Day @ Royal Park - group of Yr 5s


Close of school council ballot by 4pm


Senior School Assembly 3.15pm - run by Year 5


Declaration of ballot


Combined Division Swimming @ St Albans Leisure Centre


Junior Assembly 3.15pm


Labour Day Holiday - no school


NMPS Twilight Fete 3-8pm


No assembly


Student-led tours 9-10am


Regional Swimming Finals @ Kardinia Aquatic Centre


Parent Teacher Meetings- Student Goal Setting 4-6pm


Whole school assembly 1.25


End Term 1, 1.15pm Assembly 1.25, Dismissal 1.30pm


Good Friday - Start of Term 1 Holidays






Term starts - PUPIL FREE DAY


1st Day school for term 2


School Council & AGM




Too much home grown bounty?

Donations of your fruit, herbs & vegies are very welcome in the kitchen.

Summer Vegetables


Our School Captains


School Captains are

Joseph, vice captain, Fergus, captain, Lara, captain, Emma, vice

House Captains are:

Michelle  (c)
Hamish  (c)

Mietta  (c)
James  (c)

Milly (c)
Shashwata (c)

Mija (c)
Jonathan (c)

Twilight Fete 2016 Newsletter

clusters 16 Feb
Fete Flyer v1

(2 weeks countdown!)

Friday 18th March 2016 from 4-8pm

Week 7 of this term

The fete is just 2 Fridays away – that’s hardly any sleeps!  Here’s your complete guide to all things Twilight Fete!

SIGN UP FOR A ROSTER NOW – Either via the note from the teacher or NEW this week – on line! Visit our fete page on Volunteer Spot: The Roster Coordinator will be adding any paper registrations to this on line system.  Volunteer Spot displays the full roster so you can check or change your chosen roster times at any time.

CLASS STALL NECESSITIES & HAMPER COLLECTION – This week you should have received a notice from your teacher regarding donations and contributions to a hamper. We’d love to get a great range of new items donated from you, our school families, to go towards great prize hampers on the night.

WRISTBANDS - Rides are always a hit and this year they have been chosen to maximize thrills and minimize queues!  This year we have increased the number of rides on offer and have made sure we have rides to suit all ages including the best and newest inflatables. We will have an incredible 9m high Atomic Drop Slide and the Mega Xtreme obstacle course that will have you bouncing off the walls. The Wipe out is guaranteed to have the fear factor for the older set and the classic Chair-o-Plane will means good old-fashioned fun for everyone. Younger kids and younger siblings will have their very own bouncy castle.  You have the option of purchasing single tickets on the night of the fete for each ride or purchasing a wristband allowing unlimited rides for the entire evening. Pre-purchasing the wristband at a discounted price by Wednesday 16 March will offer even better value for the evening.
SUPER PASSES - We are introducing a new way for kids to choose their own adventures at the fete this year – the Super Pass – 8 activities or kids meal/treats (to the value of $24) on their very own lanyard with a hole punched as they spend.  The Super Pass can be used at the Animal Farm, craft activities, face painting, crazy hair, Try Your Luck stalls, Side Show Alley stalls and a range of kids food (both fun and sensible) including cooked snag, corn on cobs, quiches, pizza and the treats like fairy floss, pop corn and snow cones!  Send the kids off with a Super Pass and let them decide!
·       Pre-purchased (up to Wed 16 March):  Wristbands $30 and Super Pass $15 (bundle $45)
·       On the day of the fete (Fri 18 March): Wristbands $35 and Super Pass $20 (bundle $55)
(* note: most treats, kids meals, stall activities and craft are priced at $3 – the Super Pass is priced to provide a significant discount)

Wristbands and Super Pass order forms/purchasing info will be sent home next week.

DRESS UP & BE PART OF THE COUNTRY ATMOSPHERE – we encourage as many checked shirts, boots and cowboy hats as possible as this year’s theme is “The Country Comes to the City” – prizes will be awarded for the best dressed boy, girl and parents!  Animal onesies are actively encouraged!  Also, straw bales will be available for sale at a bargain rate the week after the fete ($10 a bale) – email if you’d like one set aside to mulch your garden!

KIDS & ADULTS COUNTRY FAIR RACES – Our sports department will be running competitions from 4 – 6 pm on the oval including: wheelbarrow races, three legged races, hobby horses regattas and more crazy fun activities.  Bring your mum or dad, team up against your friends – win prizes and impress the crowd. 

SILENT AUCTION & LOUD & LIVE AUCTION – next week look out for your booklet outlining all our wonderful donations to tempt you and raise money for the school.  A massive range of silent auction items will be presented in the gym.  Hint: the 7pm live auction is a must when Lucas from our sponsors Hocking Stuart Real Estate auctions off signed footy jumpers (Roos and Blues), dinner for 10 by a top notch catering firm, artwork, and big vouchers from local businesses.  Stay tuned for some amazing offers.

CAKE STALL – We need your help to bake lots of yummy homemade goods - cakes, slices, biscuits, chocolate balls, brownies......whatever you loved to bake, make it for our upcoming Twilight Fete!
All homemade produce must be wrapped and contain the following information:
- date baked
- list of ingredients
- name of household baked in
All goods may be left in the school front office from 8am on the day of the fete, Friday 18th March.
If you have any queries, or need some ideas on what to bake, please contact Leanne Ryan on 0438 139 095, or at
If you have some spare time on the morning of 18th March, we would love your help with pricing the home baked items, and packaging where necessary".

HELP NEEDED – ODD JOBS - We’d like interesting planters for the gardeners at school (tea cups, pots etc), fairy lights, people to help distribute flyers to their local streets, and anyone available on the Thursday and Friday to help set up!  Again ring Meg on 0411 755 421 or email if you can help.

DONATIONS – We have been receiving amazing donations from local businesses, who in turn get terrific advertising in our school community – let us know if you have a contact or wish to be involved.

SECOND HAND ITEMS – Our recycled shed (the gym) will be ready to receive your second hand DVD, CDs, toys, games and books (both adult and kids) very soon.  Donations can be brought in from Tuesday 15th March.  Get sorting!

How to Contact the Fete Committee:


Phone/Text: Meg on 0411 755 421

Many thanks to our major sponsor

 Mail Attachment

Premiers’ Reading Challenge 2016

The Premiers’ Reading Challenge for 2016 is open. Students are all registered and they will receive their P.R.C. login cards this week. Parents and students use these cards to login to the to enter the books the students have read.

Permission forms have been given in class and on Tiqbiz. 

Students in Years Foundation to Year 2 need to read or experience 30 books between the start of the school year and the 7th September.

Students in Year 3-6 need to read 15 books between the start of the school year and 7th September.

I look forward to the end of the year when students receive their certificates from the Premier and we all celebrate at our P.R.C parties.

Kathryn Mitten

1st Place at the District Swimming Sports

FullSizeRender 1
FullSizeRender 2
IMG 5689 1

We had some wonderful individual efforts at the Ascot Vale District Swimming on Friday February the 26th at Queens Park Swimming Pool in Moonee Ponds.

In fact the school performed so well that we were the best performed school on the day winning the carnival which was fantastic.

Many of our swimmers will now go onto the Western Metropolitan Region Swimming Championships to be held on Thursday March 10th at St. Albans Leisure Centre.

Individual Competitors are:

Milly Barr in the Under 11 50m Freestyle and Under 11 50m Backstroke.

Mietta Fink-Jensen in the Under 12-13 5m Freestyle and Under 12/13 Butterfly.

Michelle Ha in the Under 12/13 50m Backstroke and Under 12/13 50m Breaststroke.

Lily Tran in the Under 11 50m Breaststroke.

Adam Liang in the Under 11 50m Breaststroke and Under 1 50m Butterfly.

Toby and Charlie Barr in the Under 10 Butterfly.

We also had great success in the Relay Races and the following teams will also represent our District in the carnival.

9/10 Year Old Girls 50m Freestyle:

Zara Cannington, Kaitlyn Chen, Melie Coulson Wiegard, Sevika Gurung

9/10 Year Old Boys 50m Freestyle:

Toby Barr, Oliver Hermans, Sydney Rogers, Charlie Barr

Girls 12/13 Year Old 50m Freestyle:

Mietta Fink-Jensen, Michelle Ha, Lara Karunajeewa, Mija Ollquist

Boys 12/13 Year Old 50m Freestyle:

Hugo Steudle, Theo Athanasopoulos, Hien Nguyen, Henry Liu

Girls 12/13 Year Old Medley:

Milly Barr, Michelle Ha, Emma Lang, Mietta Fink-Jensen.

We wish all our wonderful swimmers success on the day. For all of the others who competed on the day and are not progressing to the next stage we are very proud of your efforts and it was your results combined that ensured NMPS  was the winning school.



Library News - Modification of use for term 1

Library use by Year 4

For the remainder of Term 1 our Year 4 students will use the library as their purposeful learning space for two home groups all day, every day.

Our Prep students will continue their current usage of the library through visits to the library to meet Kathy and learn how to use a library effectively.  These sessions are planned to coincide with the Year 4 Specialists sessions on Monday - session 3 and Wednesday - sessions 1 & 2.

Library use for other year levels

Kathy will continue as our ‘Lovely Library Lady’, or the ‘Book Borrower’, who visits classes to show the students new literature and remind students when they can borrow.  Teachers will book Kathy in for these special visits.

The library will be open for borrowing every day at the following times: 8.30 - 9.00am, each break time and 3.30 – 3.45pm.

These times will be communicated to the school community via TiqBiz.  We understand that students are not permitted into their rooms or corridors during break times, so are putting a process in place to allow for this change in library usage for the remainder of Term 1 only.  This will be communicated to the students via their teachers.   If students need to borrow ‘urgently’ during class time this can be arranged via Kathy. 

NO students are permitted to be in the library UNSUPERVISED.  This includes Year 4s.  This rule is necessary as the library is a shared purposeful learning space and work space for Kathy, staff and students.  Valuable equipment and expensive furniture must be treated respectfully.

Please ensure that all students who use the library understand that it is to be left NEAT at all times.

WHY?  The decision to enact this change for the remainder of Term 1 was not taken lightly.  The needs of the entire school community were considered.  Our current Year 4 students are transitioning to more independent and flexible learning.  It has become apparent in the first few weeks of the year that some of our Year 4s need time to adapt to independent, flexible learning.          

Future Library Plans

Our school library is an important resource for the entire school community.  This change is for Term 1 only and is intended to allow our Year 4 students time to adapt to the transition to independent, flexible learning.  Beyond Term 1 the Library will return to normal usage, shared as a Year 4 learning space and a library resource for the whole school.

Thanks for your understanding.

Student Led Conferences - bookings link

Our first Student Led Conference for 2016 will occur on Tuesday 22nd March from 4pm - 6pm.

This is an opportunity for your child to explain areas they feel they need to extend themselves and how they plan on achieving these goals whilst learning at NMPS in 2016. The conferences take place in the learning spaces that your child attends.

Several families will be in attendance at the same time. Please follow the link below and enter the codes required to book a slot to attend your child's conference.


Please note: conferences will no longer be held on Wednesday 23 March.

Tech tip of the week

Kids games

Many thanks for the positive feedback received from our new Tech Tip of the week segment.

This week I'm sharing a few suggestions from parents.

Here's an interesting article from "The Australian" Feb 16. Link: Videogames That Bring Families Together
Videogames needn’t be a solitary, every-man-for-himself pursuit. These five innovative titles let couples and families play collaboratively—and in the same room.

Screen-time and Digital Games Survey

Do you parent a child aged 3-12 in Metro Melbourne?
Have an opinion on screen-time and digital games like Minecraft?

Please take this quick (promise!) survey to help researchers at the University of Melbourne
get an up-to-date snapshot of children's digital media habits.

This will inform a broader PhD project looking at what place digital media,
particularly the game Minecraft, has in contemporary Australian childhoods.

Link to Survey

If you have any ideas or questions please email:

School Council Meeting Summary & Election Schedule

School Council Meeting Summary from Wednesday 17 February, 2016

On the Wednesday evening of 17th February, the School Council met in the staff room for the first time in 2016 to discuss the key challenges facing the School as it embarks on a new year.  

The meeting was largely dominated by the discussion of the classroom arrangements for year four students in ‘The Comm'.  For those not aware of the The Comm, this is the double storey demountable, situated at the Errol St end of the School, beyond ‘The Flex’, deployed in early 2015 to house our Year 4 students.  In a spirit of open dialogue a number Year 4 parents were invited to observe the meeting as the School Council discussed the concerns the parents had raised.  

Sally provided an overview of the flexible learning future and its promotion of broader student collaboration and improved educational outcomes.  The lively dialogue among DET staff, Councillors and parent representatives assisted to articulate and pinpoint the key concerns and frame the discussion going forward.  

Sally has been working closely with the Department of Education (DET) to address these concerns & DET have offered to support our school with further assessments and advice.  Technical Leadership Coaching, a specialist unit within the DET, is to be engaged to assess the learning space and make formal recommendations for the optimal use of facilities.   Formal requests for these assessments and coaching have been submitted, we await DET response.

In addition, Sally provided background information on the process and funding model for the construction of new classrooms & allocation of demountables.  This is dependent on the number of students at the school on the census day of 29th February 2016.  At this stage it is unclear if there will be sufficient numbers to meet departmental criteria to fund a new demountable.  Further discussion is necessary to determine whether this is the ideal solution to the continuing enrolment pressures due to consideration of play space and more.  A new demountable will not address any immediate concerns as the time frame for construction is approximately 12 months.  

The School Council is keen to assist the Year 4 parents in addressing their concerns, however the Council recognises that the day to day operations of the School are the responsibility of the Principal, but as a consultative body the Council can provide advice on the general directions of the School.  Equally importantly, the Council supports and acknowledges the commitment and dedication of the Principal and teachers, who deliver consistently high calibre teaching despite the enrolment pressures.  

The Council addressed a range of other issues including: 

  • The nominations from a number of parents for positions on School Council as four positions are vacant.
  • The Melbourne City Council is providing funding for the planting and maintenance of four mature trees in the school grounds.  Corporate donations may provide further opportunities to extend this initiative.
  • A new Finance Manager has been appointed by the School.
  • The Fete Committee, led by Meg and Gen, is working tirelessly to prepare for the year’s Fete.
  • The School’s Annual Implementation Plan will be presented to the next Council meeting in March.

The School Council also took the time to recognise the outstanding development achievements of the School and students in recent years.  In particular we reviewed the achievement growth for the 2015 and 2016 year 6 cohorts, tracing their achievement growth from prep to grade 6, in particular their years spent in flexible learning spaces, where evidently their achievement growth was greatest.  The Council also reviewed the MAPLAN Cohort Growth which shows our students are well above the state in growth between year 3 and 5.

In closing the meeting, the School Council recognised that Sally and the NMPS staff have done a great job over recent years in absorbing extra student numbers and simultaneously improving academic outcomes.  The School Council requests that the parent body continue to treat the School staff with professional respect. 

Following the School Council meeting & following a recommendation by the Council, Sally & the NMPS staff have made a decision regarding the usage of the Library space for the remainder of Term 1.  This information is to be communicated separately.  The Council acknowledge that this decision by the School was not taken lightly and that it was taken to grant time to the current year 4 students to adjust to their new learning environment. The School’s commitment to assessing and adjusting to the learning needs of each and every individual student remain unchanged and will continue throughout the year. 

A Year 4 parent information forum has been planned.  This session will cover flexible learning environments, NMPS learning outcomes, 2015 Year 4 cohort experience in The Comm, DET assessments, opportunity to for open discussion.  The logistics for this forum are being confirmed, it will occur during Term 1, details will be communicated via Tiqbiz when finalised.  The School will also arrange an open learning morning across the entire school in Term 2, again details will be communicated via Tiqbiz when finalised.         

 School Council Election Schedule

School Council election process and timetable





            Notice of election and call for nominations



Tuesday 16th  February


            Closing date for nominations



Thursday 25th  February


        Date by which the list of candidates and nominators will be displayed

        Date by which ballot papers will be prepared and distributed




Monday 29th February


            Close of ballot



Monday 7th March


            Vote count



Tuesday 8th  March


            Declaration of ballot



Tuesday 8th  March


First and second council meeting to co-opt Community and elect office bearers members (the principal will preside)



Wednesday 9th March

Parents & Friends - Craft Addicts making for the Twilight Fete

IMG 2028
IMG 2029
IMG 2030

Last Craft Addict Day is

 Sunday 6th March


Just bring yourself & get making for the NMPS Twilight Fete Craft Stall

Meg's house @ 27 Erksine Street North Melbourne

Call Meg on 0411 755 421 or email on

Reflection on Craft Addict Day #2

Many thanks to the many parents, friends and students who gathered for a sunny afternoon at Meg's home to crochet, assemble, model, paint & enjoy lots of laughs, cups of tea and great conversations.

Many thanks also to the chickens & reptiles of the Moorhouse family for patience entertainment value.

Is your Lollipop person the sweetest?


Nominate your Lollipop person for the 2015/2016 School Crossing Supervisor of the year award.

Introducing our School Crossing Supervisors who primarily look after your school, namely: Serafin Arevalo (Haines St. flags), John Handley (lights at Curzon and Haines), John Whelan (Murphy and Haines flags), Joanne Reid (Flemington Rd south side) and Sumita Tun (Flemington Rd north side).

Pick up a nomination form online at

Your support of this program will help ensure your School Crossing Supervisor is shown the appreciation they deserve for their commitment to the ongoing safety of our children.

To acknowledge the contribution and spirit of the work undertaken by school crossing supervisors throughout Victoria an award will be given to a selected School Crossing Supervisor for their commitment and dedication to the supervision of school crossings. 

The recipient of the award should model enthusiasm and successful outcomes.

This award is open to all school crossing supervisors employed in this role stationed at a permanent crossing or a relief school crossing supervisor.

Nominations for the award must be employed as a school crossing supervisor at any Victorian Council who should demonstrate:

  • Professional demeanour and presentation (uniform and equipment)
  •  Working knowledge of road rules relating to school crossing
  • Welcoming, caring, supportive and encouraging to all users of the school crossing
  • Helpful – Informative and clear on correct use of the crossing
  • Involvement in the school community
  • Attendance – no time off (other than illness)
  • Punctuality

Municipalities and members of the community will be invited to forward nominations for the award. Nominations will close on Friday May 6, 2016. 

Nomination Form

Name of Nominated person …………………………………………..

Municipality they are employed by……………………………………

School ……………………………………….

Person/Organisation nominating………………………………………

Contact email…………………………………………………………

Contact phone number……………………………………………….

Contact address………………………………………………………

In 25 words or more please tell us:

Why you believe the nominated person should be awarded the School Crossings Victoria “School Crossing Supervisor of the Year” award.


Biz-E-Kidz News

Autumn 2016 HP Plan 3
Autumn 2016 HP Plan 4
Autumn 2016 HP Plan
Autumn 2016 HP Plan2

Holiday Program and pupil free day bookings are now open
Bookings are now open for the Autumn 20416 Holiday Program, a copy of our program plan is with this newsletter.
Autumn Holiday Program: Tuesday March 29th – Monday April 11th (excluding public holidays Friday 25th and Monday 28th March)

Pupil free day: Monday 11th April

Tuesday 23rd February: The holiday program and pupil free day plans and booking forms will be released. They will be available at Biz – E – Kidz and via Tiqbiz. To request a copy via email or to join our holiday program email list please email

Monday 29th February: Holiday Program and pupil free day bookings open. To make a booking, fill in a booking form and return it to Sharon, Kelly, Ace or Eva at Biz -E – Kidz.

Friday 4th March: Holiday Program and pupil free day Bookings close. Bookings will be accepted after this date, but will not be eligible to be considered in the first round of priority of access.

Monday 7th March (week beginning) Holiday program and pupil free day places will be allocated and notified via mail

Friday 18th March: Holiday program and pupil free day deposit due. After you receive your confirmation, a deposit of $10 per child per day is due to the school office. Any changes made after this date will incur a $30 cancellation fee.
Cancelations to Care
If your child will not be attending after school care, please don’t forget to contact Biz – E – Kidz to let us know. The best way to do this is to phone 9329 5529 and leave a message.
Sharon Goodwin
Biz - E - Kidz Coordinator
ph (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.


03825 Ace Fun A6 Flyer 100scale


Unknown 3

North Melbourne Football Club at Arden Street, is offering basketball training for boys & girls aged 8 years and up .

The cost is $5.95 and you pay as you go.

Mondays 4-5pm.


sports kids

Dear parents,

School Sport Victoria (SSV) provides the opportunity for talented children to complete a series of trials towards the ultimate goal of achieving selection in a Victorian Representative Team. Students turning 10, 11 or 12 years of age in 2016 are eligible to trial. Children who are ultimately selected during this State-wide process will play in a National Carnival representing Victoria (levies often apply). See the School Sport Victoria (SSV) website for specific information.

In 2016, the registration process must be completed on-line by the parent of the registered student for the following sports:

·      Australian Rules Football (boys only)

·      Soccer (boys and girls)

·      Basketball (boys and girls)

·      Netball (girls only)

School Sport Victoria provides comprehensive information about this process including a downloadable letter and on-line video. Follow the link

Please take the time to review this information before registering your child as there are recommendations in place and levies involved.

If you do opt to register your child, please select the Maribyrnong Division in the Western Metropolitan Region on the entry form.

Registrations close on the 16th March, 2016.

Best wishes,
Paul, NMPS Sports Teacher