Errol Street News #37

07 November 2016


Important Dates


Message from Sally

Compass, Foundation Year 2017, Biz-E-Kidz

What's Coming Up?

Swimming Program


Our Very Own Ponte Vecchio


Proposed Instrumental Music at NMPS 2017


2016 Super School Restoration Reno Day (SSRR)


New Internet Family Safety Website


Mosquito Madness


Raising Resilient Kids Talk

What's Been Going On?

Como House Excursion-Year 2


News From the Garden


Blast From the Past - One Year Ago


NMPS Annual Talent Show

School Council 

Parent Forum Information


Next Meeting Dates

Parents & Friends

Meeting Tuesday 8 November (tonight)


Buddy System



Important Events

8 Parents & Friends Committee Meeting  
9 Parent Forum @ 49 Buncle Street NM 7-9pm
10 2017 Foundation Information Evening 6.30-7.30pm
11 2017 Foundation Orientation #2 9.30-10.30am
  Year 6 Summer Sports 6pm
16 School Council Meeting  
18 Super School Restoration Reno Day All Day
21-24 Week 1 Foundation - Year 2 Swimming Program  
23-25 Year 3 Forest Edge Camp  
28-1 Week 2 Foundation - Year 2 Swimming Program   
30 Teddy Bears' Picnic Foundation Year  
2 Year 6 Race Around Melbourne  
6 Year 6 Secondary School Orientation Day  
5-8 Week 1 Year 3 - Year 6 Swimming Program   
12-15 Week 2 Year 3 - Year 6 Swimming Program    
20 Last Day Term 4 1.30pm finish

Message from Sally

Yr2 Como Como
Year 2 excursion to Como House 

We are now well into the final quarter of the school year and we are rolling into Week 6. It seems like the festive season has already begun with Diwali, Halloween, Spring racing and end of school year events.

At the start of this term we introduced a new management system called Compass. Many of our families with secondary school students will be familiar with this system. Over the next few months more and more of the features will be offered including on-line permission forms and bill paying facilities. To ensure you hear about it, please ensure we have your correct mailing address. You should send an email to from your best contact email address if you wish to be sure. This school newsletter will also have comprehensive information as it is applicable and timely. If you do not receive an Errol Street News every fortnight please subscribe from our website link here.


Biz-E-Kidz is also moving forward into the online work platform with our staff being paid via an electronic time sheet.  We are looking into online enrolment processes too, but not yet. 2017 Biz-E-Kidz enrolments open on Friday 11th November for ONE WEEK; they close on the 18th November. They must be delivered to one of the coordinators - Sharon, Ace, Kelly or Eva only.  We are confident that demand will be met following the Priority of Access Guidelines, and in negotiation with families and the committee.

Foundation Year 2017

Our first 2017 Foundation transition morning was held last Friday with approximately 70% of the enrolled students attending.  All students were expected to attend to confirm their place. At this stage we will have six Foundation classes next year. With the new relocatables on site and operational we will have a FOUNDATION WING & A HALF!

Foundation Parent Information Session

On Thursday 10th November 6.30 – 7.30pm, in the Downstairs Flex Theatrette, we will conduct an Information session. The evening will cover topics such as Biz-E-Kidz enrolment forms, daily school operation and organisational processes will be explained and discussed. The final transition day is Friday 11th with families being invited to attend a special morning tea arranged by current families. This is for Foundation Parents only.

Also, a final reminder if you will not be returning to NMPS and are not in Year 6 please contact the office with your child's name, class and relocation details.


Sally Portrait 2016 

Sally Karlovic, Principal

Swimming Program

north melbourne pool

Summary of Details

Class structure:

  • 8 day intensive
  • grouped by ability with ratio of 8 students to each teacher
  • 30 minute class


  • Students will walk to the North Melbourne Aquatic Centre

Foundation to Year 2 Dates:                               

  • Monday 21 November to Thursday 24 November
  • Monday 28 November to Thursday 1 December

Year 3 to Year 6 Dates:

  • Monday 5 December to Thursday 8 December
  • Monday 12 December to Thursday 15 December


The cost was included in the school fees. If you are unsure if this payment has been made, please enquire at the office. Payment needs to be received prior to the program commencing.

What to wear:                 

Wear your bathers under your school clothes in the morning. Sun hat for the walk.

What to bring:           

A clearly marked carry bag with towel and underwear inside.


If you have not signed the permission form sent home last week, please cut and paste following into 'contact' function in tiqbiz or collect a paper note from the office.

I hereby grant permission for my child                                                    to participate in the Prep – Year 2, 8 day Intensive Swimming Program.  In case of an accident or sudden illness during the program, I authorise the teacher in charge to consent, where it is impracticable to communicate with me, to my child receiving such medical or surgical treatment as may be deemed necessary. If required, an Ambulance will be called regardless of ambulance cover.

Contact number:


Proposed Instrumental Music at NMPS in 2017


Provide extended opportunities for student is to develop and explore their musical passions through providing progressive instrumental and voice tuition tailored to the individual needs and preferences of participating students.


Students will add to the skills developed in the classroom music sessions, giving them opportunities to be leaders in that environment. Students will be given opportunities to explore and extend their musical passions through a blend of student and teacher led learning opportunities.

Key Points:

  • Participating students will learn in small groups of 2-4 children in 20-30 minute blocks (depending on number and age of students).
  • Lessons will be taken by current classroom music teachers Jane & Metta, during school hours or after school in a space TBC.
  • Groups will be organized according to instrument choice and year level (where possible students from the same grade will be taken together).
  • The music teachers will negotiate lesson times with the relevant classroom teachers to ensure minimization of disruption to learning. Students will not be withdrawn from specialist sessions.
  • Lessons will be offered in keyboard/piano, guitar, bass guitar, ukulele, recorder, flute, beginner drums and voice.
  • The estimated cost of the lessons will be calculated in line with VMTA rates and be payable in advance to the teachers (not through the school).
  • To assess viability of the proposed program, interested parents will fill in an expression of interest form in Term 4, 2016 (to be distributed through the newsletter and forms which can be collected at the office).

Please upload and complete this Expression of Interest for Instrumental Music in 2017:  EOI-Proposed-Instrumental-Music-NMPS-2017.docx

New Internet Family Safety Website

From Joe, ICT teacher

iParent from the eSafety Government department.  It's a really comprehensive and practical site full of tips to help parents keep kids safe at home.

Here you can find guidance for using safety settings on your family’s web-connected devices, tips for choosing movies and games and strategies for keeping young people safe online.

Mosquito Madness


Melbourne is in the midst of a big season for mosquitos. You may have noticed them hovering around your car windscreen, had more of them in your home than usual, or seen them bursting out of small spaces that have been otherwise empty for a while. They are also around at school.

Whilst mosquitoes do not pose a health threat in Victoria, those pesky bites can be annoying and oh-so-hard not to scratch! So, please be aware that if your child is particularly prone to being bitten then it might be a good idea to send them with some mozzie repellant. (However, please don't send aerosol cans to school.)

If you'd like to read more, check out this article from The Age on October 7th: 'Bad Mozzie Season'

Raising Resilient Kids Talk at NMPS

Maria Rubertos Professional Profile 2016
Raising Resilient Kids

Join Maria Ruberto at North Melbourne Primary School.

Thursday 17th November, 6.30-8.30pm. Downstairs in The Flex.

Please RSVP so we can cater for chairs on email or ring Sandra in the office on 9329 6902.

News From the Garden

Seasonal Change 2016

Seasonal Challenge

This term Year 3 searched the garden to work out what vegetables are in season and then made this poster.

Blast From the Past - One Year Ago

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On year ago this week, our  Errol Street News reported:

The Day A Lake Appeared at NMPS

Joe, ICT Teacher

On Thursday 5th November 2015 the school was battered by heavy and persistent rains.  During the afternoon, we witnessed waterfalls cascade from the Oval carrying soil and debris down to the Basketball Court.  Drains became blocked and the water levels began to rise, forming a lake.  Elsewhere in the school, several rooms flooded including the Staff Room!

Several school community members deserve special recognition for their efforts in the clean up process.

Mustafa was the true hero, single handedly unblocking the drains and clearing thousands of litres of water from the Basketball Court.

Craig leapt in to action, ensuring that all teachers and students were safe before organising for plumbers and electricians to repair the damage.

Huge thanks to Paul, Melissa D and Mandy who worked for many hours clearing debris from the Basketball court.

A big thanks to the whole school community for your help!

SRC Committee News


NMPS's Got Talent

The annual NMPS Talent Show returns and will happen in Week 8.
Juniors will be performing on Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd. Seniors will perform on Thursday 24th and Friday 25th November.

Gold coin per person per entry to perform.


  • Individual or group performances
  • No longer than 2 minutes
  • Sign up sheets are located in your classroom
  • Entries close Monday 21st November

All the money raised goes towards the art and drama program at NMPS.

School Council News

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NMPS Parents Forum - 7pm Wednesday, 9 November 2016

The School Council recently sought advice on how to efficiently engage with the wider community and how to set priority focus areas to address the enrolment pressures on the school. Based on this advice, the School Council will undertake a survey in the coming weeks to understand the immediate, medium and long term focus to address these pressures. The Council will then implement a staged consultation process, along with the agreed actions from the identified priorities in the coming year.

With this revised course of action, the NMPS Parent Forum will not proceed in its original format. The School Council will use this survey to gain initial insights, rather than using a forum -  following the success of the recent Communications and Buildings and Grounds survey. The survey approach recognises the limitations of forums where not all people are able to attend, or able to easily share their thoughts and opinions. The chosen approach will ensure greater inclusiveness of the wider school community.

A number of parent representatives however have still indicated a desire to meet, given the School Council had already advertised the event and secured the venue. The meeting will proceed as planned at 7pm Wednesday, 9 November at the North Melbourne Community Centre, 49 Buncle Street, North Melbourne, but will be organised and facilitated by a number of parent representatives, not members of the School Council.

Families and friends are welcome to attend to share their thoughts, and any discussions from the evening will be documented and used to help shape the upcoming survey.


Next Meetings

School Council Finance Sub-Committee on Wednesday 9th November 5.30pm

School Council on Wednesday 16th November 6pm

See our website for School Council Reporting


Image: Masks from the Art Room

Biz – E – Kidz

Biz – E – Kidz 2017 Before and After Care Bookings open this Friday 

  • Current families should have received a partially filled in enrolment form via mail. If you have not received it, please pick one up from Biz – E – Kidz.
  • Foundation students will receive a form on Thursday night at the Foundation Information session.
  • Bookings open: Friday 11th November: bookings can be made by handing a completed form to Sharon (the coordinator) or Eva, Kelly or Ace (assistant coordinators). Forms will not be accepted if left with the school or other staff.
  • Bookings Close: Friday 18th November 6pm. Bookings can be made after this date but will not be eligible for inclusion in the first round of priority of access.
  • Written Notification of booking: First week of December. Families will be notified by mail.
  • All before and aftercare fees paid by: Wednesday 14th December to secure your booking.

Please note: A new booking needs to be made for each school year. Bookings do not carry on from year to year.

Biz – E – Kidz 2017 Foundation student Aftercare program

Plans are underway to run a Foundation Aftercare Transition program at the beginning of 2017. This will run in a separate location to the Junior and Senior programs and is tailored to assist the Foundation students in transitioning safely to Outside of School Hours care. The biggest difference in the Foundation program is a higher staff ratio and routines, spaces and programs specifically aimed at Foundation students.
Families of Foundation students will receive an enrolment form at the information session on Thursday 10th November. Bookings for before and after school care for all students open on Friday 11th November.


Biz – E – Kidz 2017 Summer Holiday Program Important Dates

  • Program Dates: Monday 9th January to Tuesday 31st January
  • Program plans are now available. Please collect one from Biz – E - Kidz or through this newsletter
  • Bookings open: Monday 21st November and can be made by handing a booking form to Sharon, Eva Kelly or Ace
  • Bookings Close: 6pm Friday 25th November. Bookings can be made after this
  • Written Notification of booking: First week of December by mail
  • All before and aftercare fees paid by:  Wednesday 14th December to secure your booking

Please note: 2017 Foundation / prep children are not able to attend the Summer 2017 Holiday Program.
Upload the 2017 Summer Holiday Plan: B-E-K-Summer-2017-plan.docx



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