Principal's News


Principal's News

posted Aug 15, 2018, 7:59 PM by BBPS School   [ updated Aug 15, 2018, 8:00 PM ]

Book Parade

What a wonderful morning, to see all staff and students (And even some little siblings) celebrating Book Week as their favourite book character. Well done to our library captains and the ICT captains for leading the event. Thanks to Miss Baldwin and Mrs Bingham for supporting the leaders. Thank you to Sophie for organising the event. The annual book fair will take place in Term 4.


Well done to the students of grade 3-6 who chose to participate in the Maths ICAS assessment this week.



Rehearsals are well on their way at BBPS and the countdown is on for production, on Monday 3rd September. A reminder to purchase your tickets, if you have not already done so. Use the link   or contact Robert Blackwood Hall Box Office on 9905-1111.


Amy Chisholm has adopted a Guide Dog through Guide Dogs Australia. As shared at assembly, Franz will be participating in the day-to-day classroom activities of grade 5 and 6 as part of his training. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to be involved in a community initiative. When reflecting on the experience, the students mentioned:  

“Having Franz in our classroom is an honour as it’s the first time BBPS has had a dog” – Evan

“He changes the mood of the classroom as he keeps everyone calm” - Michael

 Next week at BBPS


A reminder that Year 3-6 have their annual Athletics Carnival on Tuesday, August 21st.  If you are able to be a parent helper for half or a full day, please email Benita with Athletics Carnival and your name in the subject line.


On Tuesday, Prep -2 will be participating in their own mini-carnival of tabloid sports. All students are to wear their sport uniforms, and are encouraged to wear their house sport colours.

Class Placement 2019

Each year we invite parents to share particular concerns that may assist to inform class placements for next year. Should your child have particular learning needs that require consideration for class placement in 2019, please put these in writing and email the office by the end of this term, 21st of September.

Principal's News

posted Aug 8, 2018, 10:38 PM by BBPS School   [ updated Aug 8, 2018, 10:39 PM ]

This week at BBPS

Friday, Aug 3: Jeans for Genes Day - Thanks to the SRC for coordinating the event, and for all students who entered into the spirit of it, whether they were in full uniform, part uniform or full casual dress. All combinations contributed to supporting this event, led by the initiative of our SRC captains, Phoebe and Matt to fundraise for a worthy cause. 

Monday, Aug 6: Weather with Mike Larkin - Channel 10s 5pm News Weather Report, Grade 5 BBPS students represented our school, demonstrating the variety of sports that feature in our school program. Click on our twitter feed to view the news item

Friday, Aug 10: A reminder that tomorrow is a School Curriculum Day and students are not required to attend. To support families who need child minding on this day, Camp Australia has offered a program for students on the curriculum day.  Please click here to log in or register.

Thursday, Aug 9: Chess Tournament - Brighton Beach Primary school was thrilled to host the Beachside Network chess tournament today. Along with students from Tucker Road Primary School the tournament was a great opportunity for students to test their skills in a competition setting. Congratulations to all students who competed for trying their best and displaying great skills and tactics. Thank you also to Kate O’Hara for organising this event.


“I’ve enjoyed playing other people and testing my skills. This competition is great because it tests your mind rather than your physical skills. I feel proud to represent my school”. Thomas S

“I wanted to participate in this tournament because I got a chess set for Christmas and I’ve also been part of the chess club. I feel really happy as I am trying my best and having fun”. Steffi P

“You need to always be thinking about your next move. I did some research before the tournament to upskill myself with good tactics”.  Charlie M


 “Being part of the tournament is good because you can test your skills and have fun at the same time. Today I had a draw, so I feel really proud of myself”. Maeve B


“I wanted to participate in this tournament because I got a chess set for Christmas and I’ve also been part of the chess club. I feel really happy as I am trying my best and having fun”. Steffi P

“You need to always be thinking about your next move. I did some research before the tournament to upskill myself with good tactics”.  Charlie M

 “Being part of the tournament is good because you can test your skills and have fun at the same time. Today I had a draw, so I feel really proud of myself”. Maeve B

Congratulations Martin Many of you know our Windermere crossing guard Martin. He safely sees many members of our community across the road with a smile and if Richmond have had a win you can sometimes catch him wearing his Tiger socks! We would like acknowledge the fact that Martin has been nominated for ‘School Crossings Victoria Supervisor of the Year’. There were only 165 crossing guards nominated from Victoria with only 3 coming from Bayside. There are approximately 5000 crossing guards in Victoria so to be nominated for this is award is a wonderful achievement. Well done Martin!

HOME – Brighton Beach Primary School’s 2018 Production

There is lots of singing and dancing occurring throughout the school at the moment as students and teachers have started preparing for our bi-annual production. For our Prep and Year 1 students this time is even more exciting as this will be your first

school production. Below we have answered some frequently asked questions to help ease any concerns and to provide you with some information about this very special event.

What is the production ‘Home’ about?

It was the year 1843 when orphans James, Rose and Maggie stumbled upon the first painting of their parents. Fate and a broken broom lead them to the Medley Hallway, where they find hanging on the wall a picture of their parents in the year 1940. Confused as to why the painting was there, the youngest orphan Maggie reaches out to touch the painting. As her hand touches the frame, the orphans are transported to the future where they meet Walt Disney. He explains that their parents had been there not too long ago and they will need to keep travelling through time to catch up with them. Come along on a fun filled, colourful, exciting journey and find out whether the orphans really do find their parents and HOME

 Who wrote this production and where did it come from?

This production ‘Home’ is an original piece as the script has been written by Year 5 and 6 students at Brighton Beach Primary. The ideas for the storyline and music were all developed by the students with assistance from Miss Sally Wickes.

Well done to Zane, Jasper, Elissa, Ruby, Steph, Jarryd, Ella, Zoe, Spencer, Lucy, Elayna, Summer, Chiara and Chloe from Grade 6; and Bailey, Cerys, Darcy, Lucy, Lexi, Alice, Toby and Daniel from Grade 5, who were part of the writing team.

When is the production and what time does the performance start?
Monday 3rd September at 7pm

Where is the production being held?
49 Scenic Boulevard, Monash Uni, Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash University, Clayton.

Is the whole school involved and is it compulsory?

 How can I buy tickets?
Use the link   or contact Robert Blackwood Hall Box Office on 9905-1111.

What time do students need to be at Robert Blackwood Hall on the night of the performance?
Students should arrive at 6:30pm.

The whole school is participating. Each grade level has their own song and dance act and the main cast are made up of our senior students from Year 5 and 6. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to have the experience of being on the big stage. It happens every second year, alternating the with school Art Show.

What will happen with the students during the production?
When students are not on stage they will be with their classroom teacher either backstage or in the balcony watching the performance.

What time will the production finish?
Approximately 8pm.

Will there be a rehearsal at the venue so students can practise on the stage?
Yes. There will be a rehearsal at the venue on Monday 3rd September, during the day. Students will travel by bus to the venue but will return to be picked up from school at 3:30pm.


What will students be wearing?
Costumes will be simple so students can utilise items of clothing they already own. As each year level is representing a different time period their costumes will fit in with this theme. For example Year 4 are representing the 80’s and Year 1 are representing the 50’s. Classroom teachers will be advising parents over the next week about what students will need to wear for their performance.

What happens with costumes on the night of the performance?
Students should arrive at the theatre in their costumes. Once students have performed their item they will remain in their costume for the remainder of the evening. The only students who will require costume changes are those in the main cast.

Will there be a dress rehearsal and when will this take place?
There will be a dress rehearsal at school on Monday 27th August - you will receive more information about this closer to the time.

We hope this information has helped. Should you have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact Bev, Kim or Emma at the office.

Congratulations to Zali in Grade 5, whose design has been chosen to advertise the Production. Her design depicts the different stages of the story.

Principal’s Day
Thank you to the community we love what we do and feel very lucky to be part of such a wonderful school environment.

Principal's News

posted Aug 2, 2018, 3:01 PM by BBPS School

This week at BBPS


Julie Shepherd: Welcome back to Julie, English consultant, who revisited our school this week and worked with both teachers and students in the area of reading. Julie observes and coaches teachers and models best practice within classroom literacy blocks.


Girl’s Football Tournament: Year 5 and 6 girls participated in a division

tournament at Dendy Park this week. The team competed in series of matches, with several highlights and a valiant demonstration of our 5Rs. Well done girls, and thanks to Mr Chapman and Mr Ancrum for their organisation. Thanks to the parents who supported this event.

Assembly:  Each week at assembly a Year level presents aspects of the curriculum through an item involving all students. 2C shared “Our Friendship Recipe” please see their recipe included in this newsletter.


Family Life: Family Life sessions were well attended on Wednesday night. Thanks to Christine Raboteg, who organised this informative event on behalf of the Parent Association. The sessions provide an opportunity for parents to open discussions with their child about the reproductive system and body changes during puberty. Books were also available for purchase on the night. The website for those parents unable to attend is:


Bullystoppers: On Wednesday 1st August our Year 5 Bullystoppers Team attended the annual ‘Bayside Says No to Bullying Youth Forum’. Members of this year’s team are Charlotte C, Zali, Alice, Lucy, Amy, Isabella G, Jack H, Lucas, Madison K, Cerys, Bailey M, Scott, Ben, Jonty, Madison S, Elyse, Connor, Finley, AJ and Tess. Our team, along with Bullystopper teams from Sandringham Primary, Sandringham East Primary, Beaumaris Primary and Hampton Primary participated in what was an informative and enjoyable experience.

The purpose of the forum was not only to provide the opportunity to meet members of the other action teams but to also engage in activities linked to their challenge. The 2018 challenge is to create a game that promotes a cyber-safety message. The Forum was opened by Head Space who spoke with students about strategies they could use if they are being bullied online and also the importance of taking time to relax to reduce feelings of anxiety when they are stressed. Students participated in activities which included Yoga, Art Therapy, Virtual Reality and a discussion about Cyber Safety. The day concluded with students stepping outside their comfort zone and having a go at African Drumming and dancing. A big thank you to Megan Craig, Kim Ancrum and Ruth Pascoe who accompanied students on the day.


What key message would you pass onto your friends about being safe online?

“Be careful about keeping your details safe” – Lucas

“If you wouldn’t show it to your mum or dad, don’t show it at all” – Bailey

“Screen shot, block and tell a trusted adult” – Ben

What was a highlight for you from today relating to mental health?

“Yoga, it stretches your muscles and relaxes your mind” – Lucy

“Making sensory boxes, they are a fun way to help you when you feel stressed” - Zali

The Bullystoppers team will now be turning their focus to their 2018 community project, which is to create a game that teaches others about cyber safety.


Friday, Aug 10: A reminder that next Friday is a School Curriculum Day and students are not required to attend. To support families who need child minding on this day, Camp Australia has offered a program for students on the curriculum day.  Please click here to log in or register


Chess Tournament Brighton Beach is hosting local schools chess tournament run by Kids Unlimited. See details in this newsletter if you want your child to participate.  The tournament caters for a range of abilities and experience in playing chess.  Thanks to Kate O’Hara for organising this event.


Jeans for Genes Day

Tomorrow is Jeans for Genes Day. 1 in 20 Aussie kids face a birth defect or genetic disease. Fundraising during this event supports ongoing research into finding treatments and cures.

Students are invited to support this event, along with the SRC, by wearing jeans (and casual tops – no school uniform required) to school tomorrow and bringing along a gold coin donation.


Year 4-6 students are reminded that they have Athletics training in the morning, and as such should wear appropriate footwear. Students may choose to wear sports clothes for the morning, and change into their jeans at Recess, if they so wish.

Principal's News

posted Jul 26, 2018, 3:19 PM by BBPS School   [ updated Jul 26, 2018, 3:25 PM ]

This week at BBPS

A busy week at BBPS with a number of exciting ventures outside the classroom norm. Highlights include:


Interschool sport finals: Well done to the tee-ball team and Miss Craig, who competed in district finals on Friday. Congratulations to the football team and Mr Ancrum, who made a valiant effort at the division finals on Tuesday, resulting in a runner’s up place, after winning the district finals on Friday. We wish our netball team and Miss Chisholm all the best in their division finals, taking place next Monday 30th July. Thank you to all the parents who supported the students in these events

  • Culture is Life: Year 3-6 participated in a cultural awareness session with Marble, who shared personal stories with the students about his indigenous heritage through storytelling and dance.

  • 16 Hands: Prep, Year 5-6 had the opportunity to hear about and have a close-up with Bear, a visiting thoroughbred horse.

  • Staff development: a number of staff participated in range of sessions this week, including 21st Century Learning Design – how to build self-regulated learners; Digicon – an annual conference on digital technologies in the classroom; and Respectful Relationships – a department curriculum that teaches children how to build healthy relationships, resilience and confidence. The 5/6 team worked with our network social worker, Kerry Staun.

    Family Life

    Life sessions have been organised for Wednesday, 1st August, Years 3&4: Where Do I Come From, 6:00-7:00pm and Years 5&6: Preparing for Puberty 7:15-8:15pm.

    Pease see our newsletter for details, and remember that places need to be booked prior to the event.  These sessions are back by popular demand thanks to the P.A. for organising these vital sessions.

  • Enrolment for 2019

    Please make sure that if you have a preppie starting in 2019 that we have your enrolment forms. If not please contact the office.

    If your child is not returning to Brighton Beach Primary School in 2019 can you please let Benita know via email at with “2019 Student not returning” in the subject line, as we are beginning our workforce planning for next year

  • Curriculum Day

    Please be mindful that there will be no school for students on Friday August 10th. On this day teachers will be involved in professional learning, focusing on building 21st Century learning into lesson design in the area of STEAM and will be participating in a session about integrating cultural and indigenous awareness into our school curriculum.
  • Each DET school is entitled to 4 days a year. At the beginning of Term 1 we use three of our days to prepare for the students arrival back to school. This is our final curriculum day for the 2018 school year, as approved by School Council. To support families who are working we have asked Camp Australia to offer a program for students on the curriculum day.  Unfortunately we can only run the program if we get at least 18 children attending so we are calling for expressions of interest. So please if you are interested complete the form located near the office.  Further information can be found in this newsletter on how to register. 

  • Parent Opinion Survey

  • Thank you to those families who have received and completed the Department’s annual parent opinion survey. The survey is generated to a random selection of parents. If you have received one, please take 10-15 minutes as we value your feedback. Completed surveys are anonymous and need to be done by Sunday, August 26th.


      Principal's News

      posted Jul 19, 2018, 3:34 PM by BBPS School

      Welcome back everyone! And a big welcome to our new students and families, and special welcome back to Meg Read and Kim Ancrum, who re-join our teaching staff. In what can only be described as a typical ‘four seasons in one day’ week in Melbourne, students and teachers at BBPS were busily back into the action.


      Friday Play-Offs: We wish all the students competing in the Interschool Winter sport

      playoffs on Friday all the best. Congratulations to the girl’s Netball, AFL and the boy’s T Ball teams for making it into the finals.


       DET Parent Opinion SurveyThe annual DET Parent Opinion Survey is offered by the Department of Education and Training at this time every year. It is conducted amongst a sample of randomly selected parents, designed to assist schools in gaining an understanding of parents’ perceptions of school climate, student behaviour and student engagement. Our school will use the survey results to help inform and direct future school planning and improvement strategies.

      Approximately 30 per cent of parents will be invited to participate in this year’s survey. All responses to the survey are anonymous. This year the Parent Opinion Survey will be conducted from Monday 23rd July to Sunday 26th August.


      The survey will be conducted online, only takes 10-15 minutes to complete, and can be accessed at any convenient time within the fieldwork period on desktop computers, laptops, tablets or smartphones. The online survey will be available in a range of languages other than English. The survey results will be reported back to the school at the end of September and communicated to parents through the annual school report.

      Please speak to Bev or Kim if you would like more information.


      A reminder from the nurses, in this season of sniffles and colds to keep students at home until recovered.  It also helps to minimise infection spreading unnecessarily.


      Principal's News

      posted Jun 28, 2018, 6:52 PM by BBPS School   [ updated Jun 28, 2018, 6:53 PM ]

      President’s Report

      An end of semester report by Lisa McGowan as the School Council President has been included in this newsletter. We acknowledge the time that all of our school council members commit to the important role of school governance. Please see

      Lisa’s report in this newsletter.

      2 Minute Zone - Important Safety Reminder

      We ask all drivers to be mindful as they enter or leave the 2 minute zone for drop off or pick up or when attempting to park at these busy times. Running late should never be a reason to compromise safety. No student is ever in trouble for being late and this was made clear at assembly on Monday and students were asked to only enter of leave the car when it is stationary and parallel parked within the designated zone. The safety of all our students arriving or leaving school requires drivers to be mindful, to take care, slow down, be patient and know that everyone is responsible to ensure

      our students stay safe.
      The bayside council parking inspectors do patrol the designated parking and drop off areas to ensure restrictions are being observed.


      BBPS v BPS Annual Dads' Footy

      Our SRC leaders Phoebe and Matthew hosted Ben Robb in a Q and A at assembly this week. Their questions highlighted the developments that are unfolding as the BBPS dads prepare for this year's Brighton Community Cup. Phoebe and Matthew interviewed Ben to find out about the 2018 footy challenge: the jumpers and the eagle and turtle designs done by a team of students with indigenous artist Mick Harding; the logo representing two school communities and the name change; the modified tackling rules; the exciting news about the venue and the commitment to support a charity whilst also fundraising for both schools. Congratulations to our representative dads who have continued to evolve this community family footy day as part of the school parent association calendar of events. Save the date Saturday 25th August and if you would like a jumper see the flyer in this newsletter to order by this Friday.

      Staffing Update

      Kim Ancrum is returning full time in Term 3. Josh will continue in his role as Head of Sport and Physical Education at BBPS, teaching this specialist program on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.

      Mrs Meg Read will be returning from family leave to her teaching role at BBPS in a part-time capacity. She will replace Josh on Mondays and will be teaching PE. She will also take over from Josh in 3OA. Many of the students already know Meg as their classroom teacher in the Junior School. We look forward to welcoming Meg and Kim back for the commencement of Semester 2, and wish Josh all the best in his stay at home duties.

      Cyber Safety – Curriculum Corner

      Please see the information from Naomi Beales and our ICT Team regarding screen time and appropriate

      games to suit primary age students.

      Henry Lawson Writing Competition Guest Author – Thomas H Yr 6

      This is not the first time I have entered a writing competition but it the first time I have received a prize. My piece is called ‘George’ and it is about a small gorilla who is bullied by all the other gorillas in his class. I got the idea to write about a gorilla randomly and the theme around bullying came to my mind from class circle time activities. The message in my story is to accept people for who they are. I hope that people take away from reading my story the importance of not judging people by how good they are at sport or school but wanting to be their friend because of their personality.


      When I found out I received an ‘Encouragement Award’ I was really surprised. It came as a shock because I was listening to the school radio show when Miss Chisholm announced that Ethan and Summer had received awards. As my name wasn’t announced at this time I didn’t think I would receive anything. But a few days later we found out that my story had been selected for an Encouragement Award. I was really happy because I put lots of effort into drafting, editing and publishing my piece. I have always enjoyed writing but receiving this award has made me realise that I am quite good at it too. I definitely want to continue writing in the future.


      Have a relaxing and safe holiday ready for a performing arts term and our production!!





      Principal's News

      posted Jun 20, 2018, 10:53 PM by BBPS School

      Annual General Meeting

      Last night, prior to our School Council Meeting we held our Annual General Meeting which is an opportunity for the community to hear about important achievements that have occurred in the school over the past 12 months. This year we invited students Amy, Finley, Matthew, Peter and Ruby to speak about their experience of being student representatives on the school review panel. Student voice is highly valued at Brighton Beach and it was wonderful to hear about the school from their perspective. We thank these students and their families for attending.


      Last Friday 15th June, a number of Year 6 students represented Brighton Beach Primary at a debating tournament at Brighton Secondary School. Our team consisted of Zane, Matteus, Chiara, Chloe, Ella D, Rhys, Asha, Benji, Thomas H, Ella K, Matthew, Charlie, Elissa, Thomas S, Arabella, Phoebe, Peter and Jess. All teams put in their best effort, with 2 teams eliminated in the first round and 3 teams moving forward. Out of the teams who moved forward, one was eliminated in the second round, one in the third and our final team made it all the way to the semi-finals. A big thank you to Amy Chisholm for accompanying the students on the day.
      Congratulations to the radio team, Ben and Summer for a wonderful show this morning which also featured some of the debaters as guests on their program. It was a wonderful opportunity for Charlie, Asha and Thomas S to share their debating experiences with a wider audience.

      Henry Lawson Writing Competition Guest Author – Ethan Yr 6

      The Henry Lawson Writing Competition was the first time I have submitted my work into a writing competition. My piece is called ‘The Attack of the Sharpener’. The idea came from my own electric sharpener. I have it on my desk at school and everybody uses it. I often struggle to come up with ideas but after watching people use my sharpener I thought about how I could use this in a story. I wondered what it would be like if the sharpener came to life and got revenge on everyone who used it. I tried to make my work as descriptive as possible. I didn’t set out to write a funny story but it just turned out that way. I hope you enjoy reading it!

      I was really surprised to receive an award as I prefer Mathematics to writing. It has made me think that because someone thought it was good, I now have more confidence in this area of my learning. When I was drafting the piece I was making sure I thought about what I had learnt last year. We did a lot of learning about descriptive language. I also worked hard to make sure my story wasn’t repetitive. It took me 3 drafts to get it how I wanted it. Unfortunately I couldn’t drive up to Grenfell NSW to receive my award but the other day it arrived in the mail. I felt really excited to receive my medal and have my piece published in the anthology.


      To read Ethan’s piece, ‘The Attack of the Sharpener’ see pg 5


      Congratulations to our Girl’s Football Team!
      Yesterday our Year 5 and 6 football team competed at the ‘Girls District Football Tournament’ achieving outstanding results. Led by their coach Josh Ancrum, the team only had one goal scored against them in all four matches including the Grand Final.

      Round 1 -  BBPS Vs Brighton PS 28-0

      Round 2 – BBPS Vs Beaumaris North (B Team) 58-0
      Round 3 – BBPS Vs Beaumaris 32 – 6

      Grand Final – BBPS Vs Beaumaris North (A Team) 22-0


      The team members were Chiara, Ella D, Elayna, Zoe, Milly F, Amy, Lucy, Milla, Jessie, Ella K, Ruby, Sophie, Arabella, Phoebe, Elyse T, Rafaela, Alice, AJ, Indi and Lexi.


      They will now go on to represent our district at the Division Finals next Term.


      Principal's News

      posted Jun 14, 2018, 4:20 PM by BBPS School

      Parent-Teacher Interviews

      This year Parent-Teacher Interviews will be held in the last week of Term 2, on Tuesday the 26th June. Ten minute interview times will be available between 2:30pm and 7:00pm, please book an interview time with your child/ren's classroom teacher. This is a great opportunity to discuss your child’s report and progress. Reports for all students will be available through Compass on Friday the 22nd June, prior to these interviews.


      If you have no need for an interview because of previous discussions with your child’s teacher, you may not consider a meeting necessary. It is of the utmost importance that you are punctual. If you are unable to keep the appointment please contact the school on 9591 0888 to advise.

      Accessing 2018 Semester 1 Reports via Compass

      Semester 1 reports will be released on the afternoon of Friday 22nd June. Reports will be available to view and download via Compass as students will no longer be sent home with a hard copy of their report.

      Henry Lawson Writing Competition

      In Term 1 both Year 5 & 6 classes entered the Henry Lawson writing competition which is part of the ‘Grenfell Henry Lawson Festival of Arts’. The competition is open to all students across Australia and provided them the opportunity to compose a creative writing piece on a topic of their choice. We are very proud to announce that of the thousands of entries we had 3 year 6 students receive awards for their writing. A big congratulations to Summer, Ethan and Thomas for their efforts. In recognition of this achievement over the next 3 weeks, they will each feature as ‘Guest Authors’ in the newsletter commencing with Summer. We hope you enjoy reading their work.

      Gone by Summer Schilling

      Hi, I'm Ivy Thompson. I've got blonde golden hair, hazel eyes and I adore animals. Right now, I'm sitting in the hospital waiting room. I'm waiting to find out the results of what's really wrong with Mum. Mum has been sick for 5 months now and 2 weeks ago I dragged her out of the house to get some tests at the Doctor's. One week ago, we got a call from the hospital telling us that the results were not positive. I've been sitting in this sterile, stinky room for one hour and twenty nine minutes.  I've been fiddling with my hair and I have read every newspaper in the room. I'm so anxious to find out the results. I'm squeezing Mum's hand so hard and I can hear a voice saying "Mrs Thompson please come with me”. I leap out of the chair and grab Mums sweaty hands. We walk into the room and I take a seat in the revolting ripped chair.

      Doctor Hackett starts speaking and my ears switch off I can't hear anything. All I can hear is my heartbeat, it sounds like a freight train in my head and my heart is beating 100 miles per hour. Mum taps me and asks if I'm OK, I reply with a quick yes, but I'm really not. Mr Hackett announces in a shaky voice "Mrs Thompson" your diagnosis is...

      Brain cancer.  My throat starts to burn and my legs feel like jelly.  I feel frozen and tears drip down my face. I notice that Mum is crying too, I realise that I've never seen Mum cry before. Then, Dr Hackett delivers more bad news, it makes me shiver. Mum has roughly one more year to live. My head explodes and all I can think is that I will have to live with Dad (who I haven’t spoken to in 4 months). Dad left Mum when Mum started getting sick, he couldn’t take it anymore. I reach over to grab Mum’s hand, “I love you mum”. We head home.

      We are home, and I make Mum a coffee. I close my eyes and try to imagine what it would be like without her, but I can’t.  Every day for 12 years, since Q was born Mum has always been there, she never leaves my side. She believes in me, and I believe in her.  A salty tear drips down my cheek onto my neck and I quickly wipe it off my face. I walk over to Mum and hand her the hot coffee. I think in my head that I only have one and a half years until I turn 13. I will be a teenager soon, but I don’t want to be if Mum won’t be around to celebrate my birthday with me. I hug Mum and squeeze her so tight and say “I love you”.

      8 months later.... it's a Tuesday morning, and Mum walks down the stairs in her robe and I can see she’s starting to show the effects of cancer. Her face looks grey, and her body is twig thin, and her skin is starting to look yellow. I don’t want to tell her that I notice the changes, because I know she will cry.  I pack my bag as usual, and head out the door to school.

      11 months later.... Nanny and Poppy moved in because Mum can’t really do anything anymore, apart from sit on the couch or in her bed and rest. I still haven’t spoken to Dad, because I don’t want to.  He left Mum and I, and that means he doesn’t care. Mum has to rest in bed every day, because she barely has any energy left in her. Mum has to have a weekly check up at the doctors. I think the doctors are going to stop treatment, Mums body is not responding anymore.  She is broken inside, and I feel like she is giving up.

      It’s been 12 daunting months…. I haven’t gone to school for 8 weeks, because all I can think of is Mum.  I spend every minute of my day with her. It’s bedtime for me and I kiss Mum goodnight and tuck her in. Each night, I hug her for a little longer because I know it may be the last one.

       I’m about to close my eyes, but I quickly run into Mum and give her one more kiss and hug. I wake up suddenly, because I felt the strangest feeling, something didn’t feel right. I ran into Mum’s bedroom, and she was fine. I felt a sudden sense of relief and knew I was ok to go back to bed.

       I walk down stairs the next morning, and I can smell mums favourite blueberry pancakes. I open my eyes, and it’s Nanny and Poppy. It looks like they’ve been up all night and I can see they have been crying. Their red puffy eyes and sad faces tell me something is not right.  “What’s wrong? what’s happened”? But, I didn’t need the answer, I already knew.
      I knew in my heart, and I knew in my soul that my Mum had gone, and that life would never be the same again.

      Guest Author - Summer Year 6
      In Term 1 all of Year 5 and 6 entered the Henry Lawson writing competition. My piece titled ‘Gone’ was written from the perspective of Ivy, whose Mum had passed away. I have always enjoyed writing and this competition allowed me to be creative. My aim was to write a piece with lots of emotion and to use strong descriptive vocabulary. I was inspired by my Poppa who has recently been diagnosed with cancer. I put lots of effort into this and as we had to write two drafts I was able to edit my work and make it the best it could be.

      Early in this Term, I was surprised to receive an email from the competition telling me that my piece had won an award. Out of the thousands of entries received from all over Australia, my writing was judged to be one of the top 6 pieces. Over the long weekend, I drove with my family to Grenfell, NSW to receive my Highly Commended Award. I was really excited and proud of what I had achieved. I received a medallion and a certificate as well as having my piece published. This has inspired me to enter other writing competitions and I would encourage other people who have a passion for writing to have a go too.

      Beanies for Fight MND
      On Tuesday and Wednesday of this week students were able to wear their favourite beanie and donate a gold coin to support Neale Daniher’s Fight MND charity. As a school, we raised $456.00. A big thank you to our SRC secretaries, Phoebe and Matthew along with Millie and Oliver from Year 5 for counting the total. A letter is in the process of being written by these students on behalf of the school to accompany our donation.

      ICAS competitions

      Some Grade 3-6 students participated in ICAS spelling and writing competitions. Congratulations to the students who chose to participate in these. The ICAS sitting date for the Mathematics paper is Tuesday, 14th August. Results will be received late Term 3.


      Attitudes to School Survey

      Grade 4-6 students have now participated in this annual survey. It provides an opportunity for us to gain feedback from students about how they feel about our school.

      Performing Arts Assembly
      On Monday we will be treated to a short preview of our 2018 school production. To learn more about the production’s story line and plot, we invite all members of our school community to come along to this exciting performance.

      Principal's News

      posted Jun 7, 2018, 7:18 PM by BBPS School

      Road Safety
      We want all of our students to go to and from school safely. Sometimes the school is contacted by members of the broader community to give information and feedback about students making their way to and from school. Please reiterate with your children how to do this safely whether on foot or by bike or scooter, particularly about being mindful of signals when crossing at designated crossing areas. This important message is also being shared during class time.


      BBPS AGM – June 20th at 6.30pm.
      Please save this date for our next school council meeting as the opening of that meeting is the BBPS Annual General Meeting. Interested members of the school community are invited to attend. It is an opportunity to recount the school’s achievements including Student Engagement, Wellbeing and Productivity.


      Bubbles at Bells
      The BBPS Annual Winter Event held off-site for the first time was a resounding success and enjoyed by all in attendance. The sense of community that exists and comes to the fore at BBPS for such occasions and indeed for any school event is something that everyone can be proud of and celebrate. Sincere thanks to Deidre and the PA Team. Many thanks must go to all the organising committee and additional helpers who contributed in a whole range of ways.


      Class Libraries
      Many thanks to those parents who have cleared out book shelves at home to donate pre-loved books for our literacy project to build up ‘class libraries’. Many of the books arriving to school are in pristine condition and will be put to excellent use. If you have yet to clear out your children’s book shelves and would like to do so, please consider sending books in for our classroom book corners.  


      Student Voice and Agency was on display at this week’s whole school assembly exploring the Reconciliation theme of ‘Don’t Keep History a Mystery’. A dedicated Year 6 team, coordinated and led the assembly along with the intercultural captains. A feature was the use of a drone to film the Year 6 interpretation of the different clans of the Kulin Nation and identifying the Boon Wurrung as the traditional owners of the land on which we gather here at Brighton Beach. Shanti Treloar and Amy Chisholm supported and coordinated the presentations.

      Congratulations to all of our Year 6 students for leading this impressive Reconciliation Assembly. By making it a whole school assembly all students shared their connections with this important event.


      Principal's News

      posted May 31, 2018, 4:50 PM by BBPS School

      School Review in Progress
      It was a great pleasure as Principal and Acting Assistant Principal to lead the school in the review of our four year strategic plan. The review panel includes: the DET Senior Education Improvement Officer, Sarah Burns along with two challenge partners, Sherril Duffy (Principal of Beaumaris North PS) and Michael Jones (Principal of Coatesville PS) and a member from School Council, Vice president Lisa Mitchell. The Panel is chaired by Ms Emma Richardson, an independent reviewer appointed by DET. Staff are represented on the panel as well: Naomi Beales and Kim Ancrum.

      To obtain a well- rounded view of the school the panel spoke with members of our parent and student community as well as members of staff. It is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the great learning and positive outcomes that are being achieved. It is equally beneficial to reflect on what is not working and to identify where improvements can be made or initiatives introduced. This feedback both positive and constructive will help us moving forward as we begin the process of writing our next School Strategic Plan.

      We would like to thank Ben Robb, Mel Murphy, Deidre Lewis and Darren Shaw who gave up their morning to speak with the panel. A big thank you also to Lisa Mitchell who was on the panel for the day. Her job as part of the panel is not complete, as Lisa will return for the second phase of the review process. We are very much looking forward to the follow up ‘field work’ day next Tuesday 5th of June when Emma Richardson returns to look more closely at classroom practice, team planning in action and relevant academic data sets. The final Day 3 of our review, Friday 8th of June, will involve the writing our next School Strategic Plan.


      PA Winter Event - Bubbles at Bells

      Much action has occurred already in preparation for the annual BBPS Parent social fund-raiser. The PA each year goes to extraordinary lengths to ensure a relaxing fun-filled mid year social event happens in true Brighton Beach style. To be going off-site for the first time in a number of years adds a whole new dimension for us all to embrace!

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