Errol Street News #42

06 March 2017


What's on


Message from Sally

School Council Election results & Role of School Council

Coming Up

Safety Week, International Picnic, PEERS Study Group

News from the Classroom
Foundation - About Our Shared Space & In the Classroom, Year 4 Port Melbourne Excursion, Year 6 Canberra Camp
School News

Book Week, How We Assess at NMPS


Autumn Program

Things to do
Homework Club, EKC & MAC Open Days, Junior Football Opportunities, Dromkeen Lit Fest, Kensington Community Cetnre.


What's On




Declaration of ballot (in Errol Street News)


Parents & Friends Meeting tonight -CANCELLED



Labour Day Holiday (no school)



Safety Week



International Picnic



Book Fair



Progress Reports



Last Day of Term 1

1.30pm finish

The Role of School Council

Under the Education and Training Reform Act 2006, a school council has particular functions in setting and monitoring the school's direction.

Councillors need to understand their role, the powers and functions of the school council and how they are required to work with the principal and the school community.

Through DET-provided training School Councillors should understand:

• how the legislative functions of school councils translate into governance roles and responsibilities, including those that require decisions of council

• the distinctions in roles and responsibilities of school council and those of the school principal

• how partnerships can assist the school council in performing its functions, powers and roles.


Functions of a school council

The functions of a school council are specified in the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 and include:

• establishing the broad direction and vision of the school within the school's community

• participating in the development and monitoring of the school strategic plan

• approving the annual budget and monitoring expenditure

• developing, reviewing and updating school policies

• raising funds for school-related purposes

• maintaining the school’s grounds and buildings

• entering into contracts (such as for cleaning or construction work)

• reporting annually to the school community and to the Department

• creating interest in the school in the wider community

• informing itself of and taking into account the views of the community

• regulating and facilitating the after-hours use of school premises and grounds

• making provision for a preschool program at the school or other premises controlled by the Minister.


What school council is not authorised to do

A school council is not authorised to:

• purchase or acquire for consideration any land or building

• employ teachers with no fixed date for the termination of that employment.

Unless authorised by or under the Act, regulations or a Ministerial Order, a school council is not able to:

• licence or grant any interest in land including school lands or buildings

• purchase a motor vehicle, boat or plane

• enter into hire purchase agreements

• obtain credit facilities or loans

• form or become a member of a corporation; or provide for any matter or thing outside of Victoria unless it is related to an excursion by school students or the professional development of school staff.


Different roles and responsibilities

Understanding the functional split between school councils and principals is critical for the effective functioning of the school council. The school council has a governance role and the principal manages the school and is responsible for ensuring the delivery of a comprehensive education program to all students.

All About Safety Week

North Melbourne Primary School will be conducting a Safety Week. Victorian organisations that provide services to children are required under the Child Safety and Wellbeing Act to ensure that they implement compulsory child safe standards to protect children from harm. As a part of our Safety Week all students at North Melbourne Primary School will undertake lessons around safety and wellbeing.

Safety Week will be from Tuesday 14th of March - Friday 17th of March

Foundation Learning:

  • How much they have grown and changed since they were babies
  • What babies need
  • That all parts of the body have a name
  • The people who care for them and are a part of their family
  • Who they can ask for help
  • Staying safe in school

Years 1 & 2 Learning:

  • What makes us us!
  • What makes us the same and what makes us different
  • The parts of both girls’ and boys’ bodies
  • Ways of being a good friend
  • Ways we care for one another
  • Our feelings
  • The things we need to grow and be healthy
  • Who they can ask for help
  • Staying safe in school

Years 3 & 4 Learning:

  • Privacy
  • Body image
  • The qualities of good friends
  • Who they can ask for help
  • The emotional affects of keeping large secrets
  • Staying safe in school

Years 5 & 6 Learning:

  • Respecting the feeling of others
  • Positive body image
  • Qualities of good friends
  • Gender stereotyping
  • Who they can ask for help
  • Staying safe in school

This content aligns with the Child Safe Standards as well as the Victorian Curriculum for Health and Physical education. As safety and wellbeing is a major focus of North Melbourne Primary School, please talk with your child/ren about what they learn at school and also other ways they can stay safe at home.

International Picnic

The International Dinner is 2 weeks away and so far we have the following things happening:
- The NMPS Marimba Band are playing
- A henna stall
- Bollywood dancing
- Baratanatiyam Indian Classical Dance
- A fashion parade of national dress (so far we have Indian, Vietnamese and Fijian cultures represented).

It is not too late to get involved, please contact Anna-Marie Low before the end of the week for more information.
Next week a timetable list of events and times will be made available.

We can't wait to see you all on the 21st.

The PEERS study is coming to our school

PEERS School Flyer

Researchers from Murdoch Children's Research Institute will be visiting us, testing a new app that has been created for measuring social skill development in children. Our school appreciates the need for the PEERS app and are excited to assist in the testing process.  

The PEERS app is fun to play and students will receive a certificate for participating. There are also some brief questionnaires online for parents/guardians to complete.

Further details about this study are provided in the Parent/Guardian Information Statement and Consent Form attached to this email. Please read through this document carefully.

If you decide that you would like to participate in this study please complete the consent form by following the link below.

Please note you are under no obligation to participate and you and your child’s involvement is completely voluntary.  If you have any questions about this study please do not hesitate to contact the PEERS team via email ( or by phone (03) 9936 6262.


Information and Consent Form Link: Parent-Information-Statement.pdf

Year 4 - Port Melbourne Excursion

Port Melbourne excursion

Year 6 - Canberra Camp

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Students in Year Six from our school have just undertaken an education tour of the national capital. Students were given the opportunity to participate in a variety of educational programs with a focus on Australia’s history, culture, heritage and democracy. The Australian Government recognises the importance of all young Australians being able to visit the national capital as part of their Civics and Citizenship education. We want to thank PACER and the Australian Government for contributing funding under Parliament and Civics Education Rebate program. 

Last week, Year Six enjoyed a great week of school camp in Canberra.  We had to leave school very early on Monday morning.  The bus journey took a long time but luckily we had Harry Potter films to keep us entertained!

On Tuesday morning we went to the Geoscience Centre where we learned all about rocks, earthquakes and other natural disasters and the Capital Exhibition where we found out about how Canberra was designed and built. The highlight of the day was a trip to Parliament where we were lucky enough to watch Question Time and to ask our local MP Adam Bandt lots of questions.

Wednesday was an active day. We started off with a walk around the Arboretum, followed by an awesome bike ride around Lake Burley Griffin. In the afternoon, we went to Questacon, the science centre, where we had a great time exploring all the science exhibits and watching all the crazy experiments. We were very excited to try and recreate some of the things we have learned in science lessons this term.

The last day of camp was Thursday.  In the morning we learnt all about how the election process works in Australia with a trip to the Electoral Education Centre where we got to recreate our own election, voting on which fruit we preferred. We also visited CSIRO to discover all the amazing things scientists are doing in Australia. On Thursday afternoon we paid our respects to past and present veterans at the Australian War Memorial. We enjoyed an insightful tour and stayed to experience the commemorative service where our school captains laid a wreath to remember those who have lost their lives in combat.

Friday started with an early wake up call to make the long trip back to Melbourne. Everyone was a lot quieter than on the way up and lots of people managed to catch up on some sleep!

The Canberra Camp was a great way to start the year in Year Six and learn more about science and civics and citizenship in Australia. Thanks to parents, teachers and students for making the week so enjoyable!

How We Assess at NMPS

Eve has created a Vimeo movie which gives a detailed overview of the assessment process in terms 1 and 4.

This 10 minute video shows how data is used to solidify students' Progression Points.

Go to our website for details:  How We Assess at NMPS

Biz - E - Kidz

Autumn Holiday Program Bookings are Now Open
Bookings for the Biz - E – Kidz Autumn Holiday program are now open and can be made by returning the booking form to Sharon, Eva, Ace or Kelly at Biz-E-Kidz. Booking forms are available attached or from the Biz – E – Kidz building
Important Dates
Friday 10th March: 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 13th March: Places in the holiday program or on the wait list will be mailed to families this week via mail
Friday 24th March: 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 per child / per day cancelation fee. 


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
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.

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