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Principal's News

posted Nov 15, 2017, 8:13 PM by BBPS School

Grade 6 Camp

Grade 6 have been enjoying a fun week at Waratah Bay for their annual camp, focusing on sustainability and the environment. Students and teachers are due to return tomorrow, Friday 17th November at 3.30. Thank you to Amy Chisholm for her coordination of this event, and to the numerous teachers who attended and supported the children.

Bike Education

Grade 4 and 5 have begun their two week Bike Education Program. Thanks to all parents who have helped run this program. Students go on their day bike ride next week to test out the skills they have learnt.

Unfortunately, a bike went missing over the weekend. It is white and light blue, and is the brand Giant. If you happen to know about its whereabouts, please contact the office.


Remembrance Day

Congratulations to the Grade 4 students who conducted our Remembrance Day Assembly on Monday. Students read poems, including Flanders Fields, and shared poems of their own about the experiences of Australian soldiers. Thank you to Charlie McIntosh, who performed the Last Post during our ceremony.

Work experience visitors

This week we welcomed back Finn McNamara and Paris Castledine, former students of BBPS, who completed Year 10 work experience with Josh Ancrum this week. When asked about their experiences at BBPS, they reflected:

“It’s been a fun experience working with Mr A because I’m really into my PE and it was great to reconnect after having him as a teacher at school. It’s crazy to think that we only graduated four years ago.” – Finn

“Coming back has been a nice opportunity to remember all the great times we had in sport, the playground and classrooms. Everything seems so much smaller than I remember” - Paris

BBPS Christmas Party

Don’t forget that our annual Christmas party is taking place on Friday November, 24th. See our newsletter for more details.

 Uniform reminder

A reminder that students should not be wearing nail polish to school as it is not part of our school uniform.

Policy Feedback

Attached to this week’s newsletter are three policies that the Education and Policy School Council are seeking feedback on from school community. Please click here to email all feedback to Kim Ancrum by Tuesday, 21st November.

Chid Safe Policy – this policy outlines the school’s commitment to the Child Safe Standards, mandated by the Victorian government.

Mandatory Reporting Policy – this policy describes the roles and responsibilities of the school in terms of child protection, as mandated by the Victorian Department of Education.

Medication Administration – this operational policy has important information in regards to procedures taking place in our first aid office.

BBPS Well Wishes

Kim Ancrum finishes work on Monday to go on maternity leave. We wish her and Josh all the best in their next life adventure, and look forward to hearing of the arrival of our Brighton Beach baby. Emma Baldwin will be taking over as Acting Assistant Principal while Kim is on leave. Kim is due to return in the second half of next year.

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posted Nov 8, 2017, 9:00 PM by BBPS School

Teddy Bears Picnic

Yesterday concluded our transition program for the 2018 Prep students with our annual Teddy Bear’s Picnic on the Exon oval.  This was an opportunity for parents, current preps and new students to intermingle with each other in this exciting stage of their family li

Last week, parents were invited to the hall for an information session where they learnt more about school programs and the opportunities available to families to become more involved in the school community. Thank you to the Parent Association, the School Walking bus, Primary School Wear and School Council for their invaluable time on the day.  The Transition program is carefully designed to provide a structured, well-supported introduction to Brighton Beach Primary School. Rather than being anxious over the Christmas break, students go on holidays knowing what is ahead of them in 2018.

Bike Safety

Safety is a key message of the Bike Education Program which the Year 4 and 5 students are taking part in next week.  We ask parents to reinforce the safety skills taught in Bike Ed such as carefully looking and listening for traffic, approaching with care, ringing your bell and riding at a safe speed.  Please click here for information to the Bicycle Network website.


Thank you to all our parents who have volunteered their time to support both the teachers and the students.

Parent Helper Thank You Morning Tea.

Parents are invited to attend a morning tea as a thank you for their support in assisting at the school in any way during 2017. We take this opportunity to acknowledge your valued support. The morning tea will be on Wednesday the 29th of November in the staffroom.  RSVP to with Morning Tea and your name in the subject line.

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posted Nov 1, 2017, 5:51 PM by BBPS School

Halloween Disco

What a wonderful celebration, full of ghosts, witches, skeletons and more. Students thoroughly enjoyed their time at our annual disco and came in a range of creative costumes. Many thanks to the PA for the organisation of this event, and the parents who helped with set up, supervision and pack up. The winners of the Halloween Banner competition will be announced at Monday’s assembly.

Working Bee

A huge thank you to the families who came and supported our working bee on Sunday, 30th October. A number of jobs were completed, including the big jobs of mulching the kitchen garden and along the front fence as well as raking of the soft fall under playground equipment. The sausages were delicious.  We know many parents would have liked to help and appreciate clashes with other commitments.


2018 Preps enjoyed another orientation session, while parents were introduced to the range of community activities available to them at Brighton Beach Primary School. Thanks to Deidre Lewis, Deb Barden, Emma Liley for sharing their knowledge. Next week is the final orientation session on Wednesday, 8th November 9:15-10am, where the 2018 preps have the opportunity to enjoy a Teddy Bear’s Picnic with the current prep cohort.

2 Minute Zone

A reminder to please take care at the two minute zone after school each day. Students are only allowed to enter the car when it has stopped within the defined boundary between the parking sign and the white fence railing. This is to ensure safe passage and clear vision for students and parents. It is the role of the teacher on duty to direct traffic and guide students safely into their cars until 3:45pm.

How do you monitor and support appropriate technology use in your family?
How much screen time is acceptable?
How do you manage technology use and teach children responsibility at home with technology? 

Answers to these questions are an important part of supporting our parents in the effective use of technology.  As part of the Bullystoppers network our partner school Hampton PS is presenting 'Screenagers'.  This documentary film explores the growing issue of digital device use and screen time in our lives and how to help parents understand and effectively manage the issue.

Hampton PS  are hosting a viewing of 'Screenagers' in the Hall at Hampton Primary School on November 8th at 7pm.  There is limited seating and this event will be available to the local schools and wider community - tickets at $11. Tickets will only be available for purchase online and will not be available from the school or on the night.

To purchase tickets simply click on the link:

Just one of the many parent recommendations for the film is included below...
"As the mother of three kids—two of them teenagers—I’ve noticed that whenever I get together with other parents, the conversation ends up turning to our kids’ screen time. We’re all worried about how much is too much. For any of you wrestling with this issue, I loved the documentary, Screenagers. It combines smart insights and practical tips for raising happy, healthy, technologically-empowered teens. Melinda Gates

Poppy Appeal

This appeal contributes significantly to the fundraising work of the RSL. The RSL encourages all Australians to purchase a poppy and 'Remember in November.'  These are available for $2 at the office.   

 A look to next week …

Melbourne Cup Day

Monday, 6th November is a school day, and normal curriculum will be taking place prior to the cup holiday on the Tuesday.

Principal's News

posted Oct 25, 2017, 10:04 PM by BBPS School

World Teacher’s Day

We were very spoilt yesterday as we indulged in delicious delights made by our parent community. We were treated to fruit salads, cheese cake, cup cakes, muffins, cakes and slices and that was only morning tea! Lunch was a generous spread of salads, quiches, sandwiches, chicken, lamb curry, just to name a few. All of the staff were very appreciative of the effort made to recognise all their hard work. Thank you very much to the Parent Association for organising this special day.

2018 Prep Orientation

We had the first of our formal 2018 Prep transition sessions where our future prep

students for 2018 were able to experience the learning environment at BBPS, whilst their parents had an opportunity to meet with one another.  It was a productive session where parents shared their hopes for their children as they begin their schooling life at BBPS. Thank you to Spencer, Elayna, Kevin and Jake who helped with the session and spoke so confidently to the parents about their experiences. Thank you also to Deb Barden and Carolyn Atwill who shared the parent  perspective

Kids Matter

“Supporting children to transition in and out of primary school” is the feature article in the Kids Matter Newsletter. Click here to access it.

Looking forward to seeing everyone dressed up in their spooky outfits at the Halloween disco on Friday night!



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posted Oct 18, 2017, 6:56 PM by BBPS School

Grade 3 iDay Information Evening – Date and Time

Parents are reminded that the information evening for the Grade 3 iDay in preparation for the 1-1 iPad program in Year 4 is on Wednesday 25th at 6.30. All grade three parents are invited and any interested parents with students in other year levels are welcome to come along as well.

Thank you to those parents who completed the Survey re our Year 4-6 1:1 iPad program. We had a 23% response rate from across the school. Feedback centred around 5 key areas: Achieving a balance; maintaining a focus on basic skills; building parent knowledge; parameters and guidelines; cyber-safety and digital citizenship.

  1. iPad usage as a tool needs to be balanced within the learning program, with students co-creating parameters for use in school and at home

  2. Whilst parents accept that technology is here to stay achieving a balance within the program also includes a continued emphasis on hand writing, spelling and mental calculations

  3.  Parents want to understand through practical hands on activities how iPads are included in the learning program and how this translates to home learning.

  4. Parents want guidance with the parameters that can be put in place at home to support responsible use and management of screen time.

  5. Parent information sessions at school on topics such as social media usage and cyber safety.

Sport’s Dress Up Day

Last Friday was a huge success and we raised $442.20 for the Very Special Kids Foundation.

Parent Payment Contributions

The parent payment charges for 2018 were emailed to all families this week. While payment is not required until January 25th 2018, payment by December 15th 2017 is greatly appreciated.  Please click here for further information.


Halloween Disco

This much loved, exciting event is fast approaching and the PA has been busy behind the scenes in preparation. For catering purposes if your child/children are attending, please access the link on the PA flyer included in this newsletter.

Many parents have signed up to assist for the Junior Disco but the PA is putting out a plea for parents of our senior school Years 3-6 to volunteer to assist on the night.

Jobs include, help with security, catering (serving the Pizzas in the canteen) etc. So if you have a child in Years 3-6 and can support this event please go to the parent flyer in this newsletter and access the link and sign up. Adults can dress up too and be part of the fun!


2018 Prep Orientation – Wednesday 25th   9.15 – 10.00am

Our new prep students are all coming for their first orientation session on Wednesday commencing at 9.15. Parents are asked to drop their children to the Prep classrooms and then meet in the school hall for an orientation information session. Thanks to Carolyn Atwell and Deb Barden who will be assisting in this session. School Uniform information will also be available.


Staffing Update

Congratulations to Emma Baldwin who will be moving into the position of Acting Assistant Principal in 2018 during Kim Acrum’s maternity leave.


BBPS Community Spirit

Representatives from the BBPS Dreamers Dads footy team took up ‘The Dreamer AFL Legends Challenge’ to complete the 10k run as part of the Melbourne Marathon last weekend. All funds raised went to the very worthwhile cause supporting refugee families. Thanks to Ben Robb for coordinating, from all reports, a very fun filled day!

Principal's News

posted Oct 15, 2017, 4:46 PM by BBPS School

Welcome back everyone and we extend a very warm welcome to all families new to BBPs this term. It is always a delight to catch up on holiday news and have the students share what they have enjoyed during their time away from school. As always, the final term is jammed packed and the school calendar highlights the busy term ahead, full of lots of fabulous events.


Free Dress Day – tomorrow

The obvious excitement surrounding sporting grand finals that took place over the holidays including the recent success of our  Diamonds National Netball Team, the Melbourne Storm and the Richmond Tigers in the AFL, has led to the students being invited to come to school tomorrow (FRIDAY) wearing a sport team jersey or sporting gear. As well as raising money for the very worthwhile SRC nominated charity, Variety for Kids via a gold coin donation, this event will enable all students to celebrate being active and to pay homage to their favourite



Working Bee – Save the date

Our school working bee is scheduled for Sunday 29th of October 10am- 1pm. Please save the date. Jobs will include gardening, some repair and maintenance works and a general tidy up. Stay tuned for further details.



Congratulations to all the students who competed this week at the Division Athletics. We had a large number of students come 1st or 2nd place who will now be competing at the South-Metro Regionals on Thursday, 19th October. We wish them all the best and look forward to a full report next week. Thank you to the parents who are involved in supervising the students during this event.

Walking to School Bus

What a wonderful celebration of community involvement as the Barden family and our BBPS Walking to School Bus were recognised in the local newspaper over the holidays. October means a lot of things – warmer weather, flowering trees and, most excitingly, it’s time for Walk to School! Throughout the month, we’re encouraging our families to walk, scoot or ride to and from school to build healthy habits for life either by joining the BBPS Walking School Bus or making your own way to school.

Kid's Matter

Click here to read the Kids Matter newsletter which this month, focuses on “Helping children manage emotions".

Grade 4 Camp

We wish Grade 4 a wonderful time on school camp next week at Camp Jungai from Wednesday 18th – Friday 20th October. Thank you to the teachers who will be attending and supporting Grade 4.

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posted Sep 20, 2017, 10:47 PM by BBPS School

Learning at BBPS

Well done to our Prep-2 students who are close to completing two weeks of intensive swimming at SwimRight.  During this program students have not only worked on key swimming strokes, they have also developed crucial skills in water safety. Thanks to all parent helpers who attended throughout the program.


Our grade 3 students are currently enjoying their first school camp to Camp Oasis, Mt Evelyn. Students have been busy observing reptiles, making candles and braving the flying fox. School camp is a great opportunity for students to experience staying away from home and building new friendships with others. We thank the teachers for their commitment during this time. Grade 3 are due back to school at end of day tomorrow.

The year 9 girls Sandringham Secondary College Robotics team again visited BBPS to inspire and motivate our year 4 girls teaching them the rudiments of coding robots to respond to directional and timing prompts to achieve set tasks.

Meanwhile the boys were challenged to think about scientific principles of force, gravity and capacity by hypothesizing and trialling their creations in test situations.

2018 School Fees

School Council has ratified the school fees for 2018. All families will receive an email at the beginning of term 4 outlining the fees and charges. Please note the Finance Committee of School Council works hard to keep fees to a minimum, and has provided a thorough explanation of charges relating to essential learning items, voluntary and user pay contributions. All payments can be made prior to the end of the 2017 school year or before the commencement of the 2018 school year. A payment plan is also available by calling the school Business Manager, Sue Klein

Grade 3 I-Day: Parent information session

A parent information session will be held in Week 3 of Term 4 on Wednesday 25th of October at 6.00pm.  At this session we will be sharing the data from our recent whole school survey conducted by the School Council Education subcommittee. We thank those members of our community who took the time to provide valuable feedback regarding the strengths and areas for improvement of this program. Grade 3 iDay is scheduled to start mid next term. This planned information session for parents provides information in regards to what our 1:1 BYOD program looks like across years 4-6, and sharing administrative information for parents of our current year 3 students in preparation for year 4.


Last day of term

We wish all our families a wonderful break and thank our community for another vibrant and engaging term at school.

A reminder that school finishes tomorrow at 2:30pm. School returns on Monday October 9th.

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posted Sep 14, 2017, 8:32 PM by BBPS School

District Athletics

Congratulations to all Year 4-6 students who competed in last week’s District Athletics Carnival. Our school was victorious, and brought home the Aggregate Shield for coming first in the district. Some students now move onto the Division Athletics on October, 11th. Notes have gone home already. Thank you to Mr Ancrum for coordinating this event, and to Miss Craig and Miss Braun and all the parents who braved the elements to support the efforts of all of our students.

Sandringham Secondary School

Thanks to the Sandringham Secondary School girl’s robotics team who led the Grade 5 and 6 girls in a session using our new Edison robotics kits. The challenge for the day was to design and program robots to complete tasks within given time frames and parameters. In Term 4, all Grade 5 students will be teaching each other some of the new skills they have gained this term in robotics, engineering and coding

Bunnings BBQ, Mentone

Thank you to all parents who generously donated their time to help run the BBPS Bunnings BBQ on Saturday, 9th September. Organised by Aaron Steel and the PA, we were inundated with sausage requests all day and raised a total of $3300 for our school. Again this money supports our plans for the continued renovation and upgrade of the Main Building. See the PA’s page – thanks to Deidre.

Friendship Lunch

Year 6 leadership teams, led our students in this term’s Friendship Lunch. All students focused on preparing for their student led conferences by sharing their goals.

Kate McKenzie, a grade 6 leader, reflected that students provided a range of answers when asked what they enjoyed learning about most, revealing the diversity across our school.

Other students mentioned:

“I’m looking forward to finding out our inquiry topic for next term” Poppy Stockdal e, 2W

“I like friendship lunches because we get to play games with different people” Daisy Welsh, 2W

“It’s great having lots of different people from different grades together,” Alvin, 2W

“I enjoy working with children from the younger grades because we don’t get to see each other much” Michael Cirillo, 5G

Student Led Conferences

It was delightful to see many students sharing their learning for this year with their families on Tuesday night. Students were proud of their learning and confidently shared their goals and demonstrated learning activities to their parents. Thank you to all teachers for facilitating and guiding students to enable them to celebrate the learning that takes place at school each day.

Cyber Information for Parents

The link below is a guide to Popular social media sites and apps

Next week – Last week of Term Three

We wish Year 3 all the best for a wonderful time on their first school camp, Wednesday 20th – Friday 22nd September.

Assembly will be on Thursday, 21st September at 2:50pm, with special guests Brighton Secondary College school band.

Last Day – Early Finish

A reminder that school finishes early on the last day of term, 22nd September at 2:30pm. Please make appropriate pick-up arrangements for your child. Camp Australia will be open, should you need to book your child in.

Team Holiday – Commences 25th of September at BBPS. Thanks to Sam and his team for the coffee cart on Wednesday promoting this service

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posted Aug 30, 2017, 10:44 PM by BBPS School

Week 7, and what a busy week we have had – and there is only more to come!


Gr 4/5 Robogals

Last week, a group of grade 4 and 5 girls attended a Robogals workshop in the city. Students participated in activities that developed skills in coding, robotics and the design and make process. They reflected:


“I learnt that there are different types of engineering and it’s good that they want more girls in the engineering business due to equal rights, like in the AFL.”- Chloe D’Cruz

“We got to use computers to make robots move and it was really challenging.” – Zoe Farrell

“I enjoyed understanding how robots worked. I hadn’t done anything like this before.” – Chiara Darby

“We had to complete different challenges, testing each step every time to make it look or work better.” – Ella Kerr


Science and Technological Design – Year 5 Boys

The grade 5 boys explored a range of scientific challenges linking force and motion and electronic game design. Our Grade 6 ICT leaders led them in a coding lesson using the program, Scratch, and teachers supported students to use Bloxels Builder on the iPad.

Julie Shepherd

Our literacy consultant, Julie Shepherd, worked in classrooms this week focusing on effective reading and writing practices.  Due to small attendance numbers at the parent session on Tuesday morning, Julie has rescheduled a session on writing and spelling for 2018. 

Book Week

How wonderful to see so many of our students dressed as their favourite book character for our annual parade. Congratulations to all our students and the behind the scenes work of their parents to ensure a very colourful and fun filled parade. Special congratulations to our Library captains, Ben Davis (Cat in the Hat) and Emma Mitchell (one of the 3 blind mice), who led a fantastic whole school event. Many thanks to Sophie, Aaron Steel and Jo Manning for supporting our leaders. Miss Manning challenged all students to read for longer than their usual daily period this week, encouraging them to read a variety of texts exploring titles and authors beyond their usual choices.

Father’s Day

Don’t forget that our Father’s Day breakfast is on tomorrow in the hall, from 7.45am. We look forward to welcoming all dads, grandads or special persons that can come and have breakfast at school as a celebration of this day.

Students will also have an opportunity to purchase a gift from the Fathers’ Day Stall during school time on Friday.

Art Show

Please note that there will be no assembly on Monday, 4th September due to preparation for our annual Art Show. Please see our newsletter for further details about this great event, taking place next Wednesday, 6th September.

 ICT Survey

An email went home this week inviting you to complete a short survey about your understanding and thoughts of our current Years 4-6 1:1 BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Program.  We welcome feedback from P-6, so please click here to access the Survey, which will close in two weeks.

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posted Aug 24, 2017, 8:06 PM by BBPS School

Athletics Carnival

With perfect weather, and a lot of keen athletes, grade 3-6 enjoyed an active day at this week’s annual Athletics Carnival. Congratulations to Josh Ancrum on another efficiently run event, and thank you to all parents and staff who helped on the day. Well done to Grainger, who earnt the most points and were victorious this year. This day is all about students challenging themselves to be their personal best – many of our students can be very pleased with their growth mindset and the positive attitude to have a go particularly in non -preferred events.

Coach Approach

The Prep-2 students always love having the school to themselves. This year’s coach approach activities included: Hip Hop, martial arts, teamwork and fitness

Parent Information Session

Back by popular demand, Julie Shepherd our Literacy Consultant will be conducting a Parent Information session on supporting your child’s literacy development at home this coming Tuesday 29th @ 9.15am in the classroom opposite reception.


Celebration of the Education Support (ES Staff)

Last week we held a special morning tea to celebrate the enormous contribution our ES staff play in supporting the learning of our students and the smooth operation of the school. It is with great pleasure that we formally acknowledge them as a team and the importance of their roles within the BBPS Community.


Our ES Staff are:


Sue Klein                         Business Manager          

Benita Danckert             Office Manager

Sophie Strang                Library Technician

Angela Franzi                Education Support

Gilly Jedwab                  Education Support

Ruth Pascoe                  Education Support

Nicole Haydon               School Nurse

Kellie Sneyd                   School Nurse

ICT Update and Survey

We value the opportunity to gain feedback from our community. The School Council, along with the ICT team, invite you to complete a short survey about your understanding and thoughts of our current Years 4-6 1:1 BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Program.

The purpose of this survey is to gain a greater understanding of the benefits and challenges faced by families when engaging in this program. Information received will inform future decisions about the support provided to our school community about the Digital Technologies curriculum. We welcome feedback from P-6, so please click on the link below.

ICT User Agreements are completed annually by all students P-6 to ensure safe use of technology when at school. Our current documents are due for review. Please see the attachments to this week’s newsletter and provide any feedback to Kim Ancrum, via email to the school office, by Thursday 31st August.

Class Placement 2018

A reminder that if your child is not returning to Brighton Beach Primary School in 2018 can you please let Benita know via email at with “2018 Student not returning” in the subject line. Thank you to those parents who have already let us know.

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 either academic or social, that require consideration for class placement in 2018, please put these in writing and email to the office by the end of this term, 22nd of September

Book Week next week

Don’t forget, its Book Week next week. Students are encouraged to come dressed as their favourite book character for the annual parade, to take place in the hall at 9:15am on Wednesday, 30th August. The Annual Book Fair will be held later in the year so keep an eye out for future announcements.  

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