Errol Street News #31

01 August 2016

Message from Sally

Some stories about when sportsmanship is the winner.

Last Friday July 29th will be a day etched in the memories of many students, staff and parents – the inaugural, at school, Parents v Teachers v Year 6 Students relay!  

At our whole school oval assembly on Friday, PE Team Leader Paul announced the athletics successes from last week’s Melbourne University Athletics Year 3-6 Track & Field Carnival. Paul highlighted good sportsmanship, team efforts and achievements.

This was followed by a rousing rendition of the National Anthem and then it was time for students, staff and parents to limber up for the great race.  The rest of the school found the perfect viewing point and they were off. Students found it difficult to know who to cheer for, their favorite teachers, the student school leaders or their mums and dads; which developed into a positive cacophony of “GO!!!!!!!!!”

The teachers believe they were the victors and all three teams embraced and congratulated each other. SPORTSMANSHIP WAS THE WINNER!   For me the other highlight was the shared enthusiasm of our whole school community.  Thanks to all involved and to our Assembly Coordinator Lucy, for accepting the challenge of getting us all connected.

The University of Melbourne

As if our close ties with The University of Melbourne are not already very tight, NMPS has just been asked to contribute to a research project entitled "Exploring Teacher Beliefs About Learning, Student Motivation and Student Engagement". The project is being conducted by Ms Amy Berry (PhD Candidate) under the supervision of Professor John Hattie (Principal Supervisor) and Associate Professor Dianne Vella-Brodrick (Co-Supervisor) from the Melbourne Graduate School of Education.

The aim of this research is to explore the range of beliefs that upper primary teachers hold about learning, student motivation and student engagement. The findings will provide an insight into how teachers think about student engagement in learning within their classrooms. Upon completion of the project, a summary of the findings will be sent to the school. It is also possible that the results will be published and presented at academic conferences.

Our maintenance person Rob is on leave and Eric Demetriou will be our Maintenance Support.
Jean Tongs is now our Enrolment Officer. Contact Jean on or call on 9329 6902 ext 203.
Zoe Bourdon has been appointed as our social worker who is starting on Wednesday 10th August.  Jenni Douglas will continue as 0.4 Well-Being/Learning Difficulties Coordinator who currently works on Wednesday & Friday.
Craig Turner, Assistant Principal is to reduce his time fraction to 0.8 and will not be working Fridays starting this week.

National Tree Day

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Friday was also our National Tree Day event. Please read Kimalee’s report later in this newsletter, reflecting on the success of this "Greening Our Grounds Gardening Project”. I thank her for her passion and ability to pull students, staff and parents together to achieve so much change to our environment.

 Sally Portrait 2016

Sally Karlovic, Principal
Bachelor of Education: Victoria University of Technology
Diploma of Teaching - Primary La Trobe University/Bendigo CAE
Accreditations: Leading Teacher Accreditation & Principal Accreditation

Important Dates




5 Junior Assembly-Year 1 Presentation


8 Parents & Friends Meeting in the Staff Room


12 District Carnival Athletics at Moonee Valley Athletics Track  
16 Newsletter #32  
19 Junior Assembly-Prep Presentations 3.15
24 Year to Matilda The Musical  
20-26 Book Week  
24 Year 6 to Matilda The Musical  
26 Book Week Dress Up Day & Judging  

Book Week 20-26 August 2016

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Katie, Year 3 Teacher

Australia! Story Country

This year marks the 70th year of The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year Awards. This celebration is reflected in this year’s book week theme, Australia! Story Country. If you are interested in learning more about the books shortlisted this year you can visit our school library where Kathy has made a great display and you can also visit the CBCA’s website.

Book week begins on the 20th August and runs to the 26th August. Students will get to share their favourite book, which will be displayed around the school; we are in discussions with North Melbourne Library to run some workshops with the some of the classes and the school week will end with our FANTASTIC BOOK DRESS UP.

Yes, that is right, it is dress up time. For the past few years the school has ended Book Week with a dress up day. Both staff and students select one of their favourite books to take inspiration from and create a costume. This is a fantastic event for the school community to share their love for reading and their favourite books and for families to work together to create a creative costume. On Friday 26th August there will be a selection of Year 6 judges along with Kathy and Katie looking for the most creative and imaginative costume designs with prizes awarded to the best costumes.


Images: Inspired NMPS Book Week costumes from  2015

Library News

From Kathy, Librarian

North Melbourne Books

This week I had the enjoyable experience of shopping for books in the wonderful local book shop North Melbourne Books, 546 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne, 3051. Phone (03) 9041 4216 Email: Trading Hours: Tuesday to Friday 10-5.30 Saturday to Sunday 10-5. We are closed Mondays and Public Holidays.

They have an extensive range and are a great supporter of the school. So if you are looking for some new books hurry along to your fantastic local shop.

Coming Events

Planning for 2016 Book Week Celebrations are underway. This whole school event is always exciting with parades, displays and best of all lots of reading. We have copies of all the nominated titles so come along and take a look.

The Premiers’ Reading Challenge rolls on for 2016. Students in Foundation – Year 2 need to read and experience 30 books and students from Year 3-6 are required to read 15. Students who complete the Challenge will be able to take part in our Reading Challenge Party.


School Council News

Report from Meeting on the 15 July 2016

From Tanya Redl, Buildings + Grounds Sub-Committee

B+G Committee - New Demountables Update

Following the first B+G Committee meeting for Term 3 on Friday 15 July, we have chased up the following direct progress update from the Builders and DET Project Manager.

Current Status

Both demountable buildings have been built off site and are currently taking up space in the Builders factory, awaiting delivery to site.
Melbourne City Council (MCC) have yet to issue the Building Permit, required due to the size of the project, which is required before construction on site can start. MCC are not able to confirm a date for final issue of the Building Permit, but the DET Project Manager anticipates it will be weeks not months.
The Builder and DET Project Manager have advised that once they can start on site, the first building will be ready for occupation by the school in 3 weeks. Work on the second demountable will then follow and take another 3 weeks to be ready for use.
Reasons for Delay
Site surveying and relocating existing underground services, including sewer pipes and higher water table conditions, has been more complex than anticipated. This has required more detailed engineering design and documentation to be approved and submitted to MCC prior to Building Permit Issue.
DET have requested a Staged Building Permit from MCC, to enable the school to occupy the first demountable as soon as possible, rather than wait for construction of the second demountable. This requires more detailed safety procedures to be in place and documented for council approval, which has added to time to the Building Permit approval process.

Stayed tuned for further updates from the B+G Committee and School Council as news comes to hand.

Action from Meeting on the 15 July 2016

From the Megan Cusack, Convenor, Communications Sub-Committee

At the end of last term the School Council wrote to the Minister urging him to visit our school and experience first hand the current enrollment pressures. We are pleased to report that we have had a response from the Minister, and that we will be meeting with representatives from the Minister and the Department in the coming weeks. We will report on the outcomes from this meeting shortly.

Music Requests

From Jane & Metta, the music team


Calling all lonely guitars looking for a new home

This term our senior students will be learning a bunch of rocking' riffs on the guitar. We need 12 more guitars to make up a class set. Do you have a guitar taking up space in a lonely cupboard corner? We'd love it if you donated it to our school. We will happily adopt it and fix any broken strings, tuning pegs, etc. Electric guitars, bass guitars and keyboards are also most welcome to come and join us for a new life in the music room.

Recycle your old gift cards

In the music room at NMPS we can give your spent gift card a wonderful new musical life as a guitar/ukulele pick. Please donate any that you would otherwise be throwing away

"If we teach today's students as we taught yesterday's, we rob them of tomorrow." - John Dewey

From Genevieve Kelly, School Council, Parents & Friends Committee

Film Screening of Most Likely to Succeed

North Melbourne Primary School Parents and Friends Association in partnership with University High School Families are thrilled to be hosting a film screening and facilitated conversation about rei-magining schools for the 21st century.

About The Film:
Most Likely to Succeed examines the history of education in the United States, revealing the growing shortcomings of conventional education methods in today’s innovative world. The film explores compelling new approaches that aim to revolutionise teaching as we know it. After seeing this film, the way you think about “school” will never be the same.

More information about the film is available at:

Details:   6:30 – 9:30, Tuesday 23 August 2016

Large Theatre, Elizabeth Blackburn School of Science, University High School, Parkville

Cost: $12 per person (Pensioners / Health Care Card holders: Free but booking is required)

The movie screening will be followed by a facilitated panel discussion and then we invite you to stay for a more informal chat with friends while enjoying some refreshments.

Tickets are limited and are available through TryBooking

If you have any queries contact Gen on

School Photos

1922 Errol St School Grade 5B

School Photos were taken on Monday 1st August  2016

To order go to:

Online address:
My School Code: 1608NM357

Image: NMPS Year 5 1922

Fencing Success

Aidan Cheah 4B fencing

By Aiden, Student 4B

I have been fencing for 5 years and on the weekend I competed in the Primary Schools League Foil (fencing) competition, where I represented North Melbourne Primary. I had to fence against everyone, and from that I got ranked and dueled against people in my pool.

Then it came to the elimination round, I was a bit anxious because I was losing by a few points but I fought back and won the bronze medal.


Three NMPS Alumni Fencing Successes

The National Fencing Championships were held in Sydney in early July this year.

Meredith Yates who graduated in from NMPS in 2013 competed in the Silver medal girls under 15 Epi team along with Neive Powell who graduated in 2012. Neive also won a silver in the under 15 girls team.

At these games, Domenic Yates who graduated in 2011, won silver i boys under 17 and won gold in the boys Epe under 17. Earlier this year he competed in South East Asian Championships in Manila where he won gold in the under 20s.


Are you a Skier or Snowboarder?

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From Gina, Parent of James Year 6 & Lachlan Year 5, Joh, Parent of Mija Year 6 & Storm Year 5

North Melbourne Primary School will again send a team in the Inter-school Snow Sports Championships to be held in August this year at Mt Buller. If you have ski or snowboard race experience and would like to join the team please call Gina on 0412681679.

Registrations must be finalized by 8 August 2016.

Snow Sports Sausage Sizzle

Help us to raise funds to send our athletes to the snow sports Interschools this year.  The money will be used to defray the costs of registration.

Date: Friday 12 August at 2nd lunch


Cost: $2

Parents & Friends Update

Genevieve Kelly & Meg Moorhouse, Parents & Friends Committee

Save the Date for Fathers Day Breakfast

The NMPS Parents & Friends are preparing for our annual Bring a Bloke to Breakfast BBQ to be held on

Friday 2nd September 7:30-9:00am


Put the date in your diary and start thinking about those special blokes in your lives. We are looking forward to all of those friendly fellas coming along to share the delicious BBQ breakfast with the kids of NMPS.

More details to come as we approach the date.

Image: Bring A Bloke To Breakfast 2015


Biz-E-Kidz Spring School Holiday Program Important Dates

The Biz-E-Kidz Spring School holidays run from 19th September to Monday 3rd (Pupil Free Day)
Tuesday 16th August: Program Release. The holiday program will be available via tiqbiz, the school newsletter and Biz-E-Kidz venues.
Monday 22nd August: Holiday program bookings open. Bookings can be made by returning the booking form to Sharon, Eva, Ace or Kelly at Biz-E-Kidz. Please don’t leave forms at the school office or with other staff.
Friday 26th August: 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 29th August:  Confirmation of Places. Places in the holiday program or on the wait list will be mailed to families this week.
Friday 17th June: Deposits due and final changes to bookings.  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.


Biz-E-Kidz: Planning for 2017

The Biz-E-Kidz Program numbers will remain the same for 2017.  This is to ensure the quality of care that the program provides is maintained at the exceptionally high standard, with specific reference to safety and engagement for all students.
The program will:
·      Maintain the Senior Program in the Flex
·      Maintain the Junior Program in the BEK space
·      Provide a separate ‘Prep Transition Program’ to run in an additional space with enrolment limited to approximately 30 places per after-school session.  This limited program is based on safety, physical space, staffing and logistics. A separate program assists with the transition of these children from childcare to school and BEK. Prep students will integrate with the Junior Program when it is considered the group is ready to do so. It is anticipated this will be at some stage in term 2.
·      Priority of access guidelines will be applied for each cohort.


Sharon Goodwin, Coordinator, Biz - E - Kidz
Errol Street North Melbourne Primary OSHC
210 Errol Street, North Melbourne. VIC 3051
ph (03)9329 5529
Mob 0400 838 448


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