Errol Street News #51

21 August 2017




Message from Sally

News about the North Melbourne Renewal Project

News from the Classroom

Foundation Year Art

School News 

Request for materials, Inter-school Athletics results,Tournament of Minds, Art Show 

Library News

Read Write Raves, Last days for Premiers' Reading Challenge. Book Week

Parents & Friends

Blokes Breakfast, Next Meeting, Film Night-Screenagers

School Council

Council Report 16 August, Next meeting


Holiday Program bookings

Things to do

Girl Guides, Cricket, Baseball, NW News delivery


What's On 







Junior Assembly


27 NMPS Tournament of Minds Competition  





Bring a Bloke to Breakfast    



Year 5 Snow Camp



Progress Reports



School Council Meeting



Last Day Term 3

1.30pm Finish
9 Planning Day - Pupil Free  
10 First Day School for Term 4  





Art Show - Let's Have Fun


Message from Sally

In the last week, I accompanied some of our students to meet with The Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing, Martin Foley regarding North Melbourne Renewal Project, bordered by Abbotsford, Molesworth and Haines streets. The minister explained the need for the renewal and also spoke of a short term opportunity for NMPS to use this land. Full details are outlined in the media release following. I really admired how our students discussed their opinions with the minister and look forward to the opportunities this project may offer.


Sally Illinios 2017

Sally Karlovic, Principal


Media Release from Martin Foley MP - including interviews with Sally Karlovic and NMPS students

media release


The State Government’s renewal of a North Melbourne public housing estate includes much needed, new education facilities and will help relieve pressure on local schools in the City of Melbourne, including North Melbourne PS.

The students were well received and the news of the redevelopment is very exciting. The students hope to be seen on the ABC or on Channel 9 tonight. 

The Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing, Martin Foley inspected the North Melbourne Renewal Project, bordered by Abbotsford, Molesworth and Haines streets today and met with students from North Melbourne Primary School and their Principal, Sally Naylor.

As part of the development North Melbourne Primary may use some of the land in the short to medium term, to expand and upgrade its learning facilities in order to meet increased student demand.

A longer term vision for the site, including education facilities and a performing arts centre, will be developed in consultation with the broader community and educators.

The North Melbourne Renewal Project is part of the government’s $185 million investment to redevelop public housing properties at sites across metropolitan Melbourne.

They include Ascot Vale, West Heidelberg, Hawthorn, Brunswick, Brighton, Clifton Hill and Northcote.

Most of these are low-rise, typically rundown and have high maintenance costs. They will be replaced with a mix of apartments and townhouses that meet relevant building and energy efficiency standards.

The North Melbourne project will build 112 modern living facilities and increase the number of social housing properties on the estate by at least 10 per cent. The estate will include private housing, to help fund the project.

The existing walk-up buildings on the site were constructed in the 1960s without lifts, making them inaccessible for residents with disability or mobility issues and unsuitable for older residents and families with young children. 

The renewal project plan also includes new outdoor facilities and community spaces and extensive landscaping.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley

“The Government is committed to redeveloping ageing public housing estates so we have modern, accessible and better connected neighbourhoods where people can live in housing that is safe and secure.”

“It was inspiring to meet with staff and students today from North Melbourne Primary School. This is about ensuring they and all students in the local community, have access to the state-of-the-art learning facilities they deserve.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino.

“We know our city is growing rapidly and we need education facilities to match that growth. That’s why this redevelopment is so important.”

Quotes attributable to North Melbourne Primary School Principal Sally Karlovic.

"The additional acquisition of land for the development of an education facility in the North Melbourne area will provide opportunities for 21st century teaching and learning experiences in this growing community of the inner city of Melbourne”.

Story by NMPS students guests.

We have just visited the Molesworth Street playground surrounded by residential units.

Six students met The Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing; Martin Foley he told them -

“That the Government is going to build new school facilities in Molesworth Street and we discussed an idea that the juniors should move there” said Catherine, year 2.

Archie said “Martin also told us about how Government housing works and how rent works in different places. He explained that the residents will move out for a short time and then they will have a choice to move back in to modernised units.”

“Martin Foley told us that our school was a bit crowded and had enrolment pressure and that he met with the Education Minister and they would expand the North Melbourne primary school” explained Thomas in year 3.

Adora said that she heard Minister Foley say “we should build some more classrooms for NMPS and to make that happen they are going to redevelop the flats". 

“When we went to see the Minster I was scared because he might have been grumpy because of his stress but he turned out to be a nice gentleman” said Liban Year 6.

Freya in year 6 chose to go straight back to class as she had some uncompleted tasks.

Art Show

2017 Artshow Poster

The Arts Show is Coming!

This whole-school production will be held over two nights in Week 4 of Term 4, 1st - 2nd November. If you have any skills in stage production, stage managing, event management, catering, audio/visual technology, video or photography we would especially love your help on deck. If you would like to volunteer and help out on the evenings please fill out this survey form by the end of August. Volunteer Survey link.

Film Night at University High School - Screenagers 12 September

Presented by University High Families & North Melbourne Primary School Parents & Friends.

This family film night is suitable for Year 5 upwards. Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital World, explores how to help teens best navigate and find balance with technology.

Event details

Tuesday the 12th of September at 6:45pm for 7pm start.

Elizabeth Blackburn Science Theatre, University High School, Storey Street Parkville.

The event includes a panel discussion and a light supper.


$12 (+$2 booking fee) per ticket

More info and trailer available on 

Facebook event pages:


Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time—friction she knew all too well. In SCREENAGERS, as with her award-winning documentaries on mental health, Delaney takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.

Biz – E – Kidz

Holiday Program Bookings Open Monday!

Biz – E – Kidz is opening its Spring School Holiday Program Bookings on Monday 28th August at 7:30am. A copy of the program plan and booking form is attached to this newsletter and available at Biz – E – Kidz or by emailing
To make a booking, fill in and return the booking form to Sharon, Eva, Ace or Kelly at Biz-E-Kidz.

Important dates and Information:

Monday 28th August: Holiday program bookings open, bookings can be made by returning the booking form to Sharon, Eva, Ace or Kelly at Biz-E-Kidz.

Friday 1st September. 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 4th September: Places in the holiday program or on the wait list will be mailed to families this week.

Friday 15th September All holiday program deposits and before and aftercare fees are due to secure your holiday program booking. Any changes made after this date will incur a $30 per child / per day fee.

2018 Before and Aftercare Bookings

Biz – E – Kidz requires that families make a new booking for before and aftercare every year to ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity to care. We will be opening our bookings for 2018 on Friday 24th November, coinciding with the second Foundation Transition Session. To streamline the booking and enrolment process and minimize paperwork for families, we will be mailing partially completed enrolment forms to families in October / November (date to be confirmed) to current families. More information to come.

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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