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posted Feb 21, 2018, 7:14 PM by BBPS School   [ updated Feb 21, 2018, 8:32 PM ]

Welcome BBQ
At assembly students have shared their excitement about the Welcome BBQ this Friday. With classes well underway and routines for 2018 becoming established we look forward to this occasion as a celebration of our wonderful community spirit and sense of belonging that we pride ourselves on. So on Friday as well as all the usual fun check out the Feelin’ Good Tent and have ‘smile’, a cuddle, a sensory walk or anything in there that is set up to showcase health and wellbeing.
Many thanks to our PA team who have been busy behind the scenes planning this event. More help is required particularly for the set up so……If you can spare a bit of time to help us make this a great event for everyone...we would really appreciate it...To sign up to help click on this link


Second-hand Book Stand
Many thanks to those parents who have sent along books for the stand. The school library captains are running this stall. If you have books to contribute it is not too late, please leave them at the office. Well-loved books deserve a second chance and it also helps reduce, reuse and recycle for sustainability.

Brighton Beach is excited to share with you that we are now using compass School Manager as a whole school digital Management platform. Using Compass will allow easy access and up-to-date and meaningful information about our school and your child’s progress. At this stage, we are rolling out the capabilities of the high functioning platform in a staged process. Phase 1, the current stage, commenced in Term 4 of 2017. During this time, the focus has been on staff becoming familiar with using this platform for attendance and in-house management such as the calendar, daily communication and event planning. Phase 2, beginning in Term 2 of 2018, will involve inviting parents on board as our primary parent communication portal. Parents will be able to utilise features such as attendance and absences, excursion permissions and accessing your child/children’s semester reports and making payments.


Please stay tuned for further information regarding this roll out process, details of how you can access Compass as a parent and the features that will be available to you. Many thanks to the ICT team and school council for supporting the introduction of this much needed addition to streamline our communications.

Swimming and Tennis

Sport is an integral part of the learning program at BBPS and whilst swimming features strongly in the senior school at the start of every year culminating in the 4-6 house swimming sports our junior school has been hitting the courts to develop their ha   d eye coordination, cooperative skills and competitive spirit in a modified tennis unit. See the gallery of photos form these events. Many thanks to Josh Ancrum for the stellar programs on offer at BBPS and to all the parents who so generously offer support and provide assistance and encouragement to all students. The resilience of all students to participate and do their best is a key learning goal.


School Photos next week for all students on Tuesday 27th.

Principal's News

posted Feb 14, 2018, 8:59 PM by BBPS School

School Council – Call for Parent Nominations

Each Year in February/March, an election is conducted for members of the school council for Brighton Beach Primary School. All government schools in Victoria have a school council; a legally formed body that sets the key directions of the school within centrally provided guidelines. There are three possible categories of membership:

  • A mandated elected parent category. Potential and retiring councillors can be nominated.

  • A mandated elected Department of Education and Training employee category.

  • An optional community member category.


The term of office for councillors is 2 years. Some members retire each year and this creates vacancies for the annual School Council elections. If you have a desire to work in partnership with others to help shape the school’s future, and contribute in ways that reflect the best interests of all students, please consider nominating.

Nomination forms for the vacancies on school council are now available from the office. If you are interested in nominating but cannot come to school to collect a nomination form, please telephone the office to request that we send one home with your child.

Nominations close at 4pm. next Thursday 22nd February.

For more information see attachment.


Meet and Greets

Prep Meet and Greets have already commenced. Each Wednesday for the next few weeks the Preps attend individual one on one sessions with their teacher for interview based literacy and numeracy assessments. This enables their teachers to pin point their next step learning. 

Meet and Greets for all other grade levels 1-6 were held this week.

Student Representative Council (SRC) - Student Voice in Action

In Assembly this week Phoebe and Matthew as SRC leaders, explained the role and process for class SRC representative. Students in Years 2 to 5 will be voting for their class representatives to be finalised by Friday this week. One of their first tasks is to review our playground norms, allocations for times on the oval and also lunchtime library access and options for activities. The SRC will also be providing the School Council Education Policy Committee with some feedback on policies such as the ‘Bikes and Scooters’ policy. We eagerly await the outcome of class voting for our 2018 SRC representatives.


Asbestos auditing and labelling in schools

Brighton Beach Primary will soon be audited for asbestos-containing material as a part of the Victorian Government’s goal of making all government schools safe environments for students, staff and the wider community.

The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017 include specific duties relating to identifying asbestos in workplaces and indicating its location with clear signage. Once identified, asbestos-containing material must be labelled and recorded in the school’s asbestos register.

Labels are placed in the school reception and at the entrances to buildings with identified asbestos-containing material and the front gate of the school, reminding people to contact reception before undertaking any building works.

Asbestos is considered safe unless damaged or disturbed. These warning labels will help our school manage potential risks and ensure we are compliant with the Victorian Occupational Health and Safety framework.

Please do not hesitate to contact me through the front desk if you have any questions,


Swimming Carnival tomorrow for Grade 4-6

Thank you to all the parent helpers who have supported our two week intensive swimming program.

Principal's News

posted Feb 1, 2018, 5:19 PM by BBPS School

Welcome back to everyone. It is naturally an exciting time as we welcome our brand new preppies to BBPS and also students and families who are new to our school. We hope that those families who have endured a move from overseas or interstate are feeling settled and we look forward to welcoming you into our community and building long lasting relationships.  It was evident we had very excited students and parents keen to be back at school.  An excellent first day all round.

Some updates: 

Kim and Josh welcomed a beautiful baby daughter Aiya into their family on the 28th of December.

Several new staff have joined us: Bonnie Anderson (1A) Brent Chapman (3C) Paul Thompson (5T) Sally Wickes (PA) Anoushka Prockiw (VA) and we also welcome back from family leave, Georgie Hellier (VA).

Over the last 3 days all staff have participated in training and development in preparation for the 2018 school year. David Anderson and Michael Ymer were involved in leading professional learning. We also thank our school nurses Nicole Haydon and Kellie Sneyd for leading First Aid and Anaphylaxis training and Terry Morris for leading OH&S.

Important dates for Term 1
Meet and Greets– Tuesday 13th February
Community Welcome BBQ – Friday 23rd February
Curriculum nights – P-2 Tuesday 27th February, 3-6 Wednesday 28th February
Leadership Badge Presentation for Year 6 leaders & all class SRC reps – Monday 5th March

Maths – Michael Ymer Parent Information Night March 7th

Year 5 camp – Monday 26th – Thursday 29th March at Phillip Island.
Last Day of Term 1 – Thursday 29th March with Easter Raffle and an early finish

Things we’d like you to know…

Production Year
This year we will hold our whole school Production at Robert Blackwood hall on Monday 3rd September. The production will again be written by students, led by Sally Wickes our Performing Arts Teacher and our performing arts captains, Spencer Kirkham, Ella De Cruz, Jasper Verapen and Chiara Darby. Our music program will focus this year on preparing students for the production.


Swimming starts on Monday for Years 3-6 and culminates in our BBPS 4-6 Swimming Carnival at Tulip Street on Friday 16th of Feb.
This is the first major event for our new Year 6 sport captains! Swimming caps will be for sale by our sports captains before and after school for $5.00 or from the office.

Student Leadership

All Year 6 students will commence their first leadership training session for their roles as 'Peacemakers'.Year 5 students will be invited to write an expression of interest to become a member of the 2018 'Bully Stoppers Team' to lead the 2018 Community Project. See the Resilient Billboard designed by our team which is now proudly displayed at the front of the school.

Buildings and Grounds

Minor maintenance works have been completed over the holidays including:

Replacement of roofing to front and back entrances to the hall

Replacement woodwork and window frames to the Neate learning centre

Shade sail removal and repairs due to wind damage

Oval and Exon playgrounds general maintenance and repairs of the artificial turf surfaces

Electrical tagging

Fire extinguisher testing and servicing

School Photos

School photos are on Tuesday 27th February.

School Start and Finish times and Yard Supervision (See Student Supervision Policy Attached)

  • Parents/Guardians are responsible for the supervision of students travelling to and from school.
  • School supervision is provided by a yard duty teacher before school at 8:45am in both Exon and Windermere playgrounds. West playground is closed. Students arriving before 8:45am will be sent to Before School Care.
  • School supervision is provided by a yard duty teacher after school until 3:45pm. When an announcement is made at 3:45pm the yard duty teacher will make sure that children are inside at the office or supervised by parents. Office staff will contact the parents of any unsupervised students and will send them to After School Care.
  • Student supervision is the parent/guardian’s responsibility before 8:45am and after 3:45pm.
  • All teachers are on duty on their rostered days, a bell rings to signal to students to move to class areas, the teacher on duty ensures all students move off to designated spaces or in the care of another adult prior to leaving their designated area.
  • No riding of scooters or bikes in the school playground at any time. After school, balls only on the oval after 3:45pm.
  • Prep students attending Camp Australia (CA) in Term 1 and 2 will be collected by a CA staff member. In Term 3 and 4, class teachers will direct and observe students walking to the library.

Principal's News

posted Dec 13, 2017, 8:37 PM by BBPS School


The students and teachers have been practising for the much-anticipated formal graduation evening on Monday commencing at 6pm. This follows on from a beautiful celebration lunch prepared by parents from Level 4 (Grades 5 and 6). This year the students have chosen a ‘Glow in the Dark’ theme for their special lunch and cannot wait to see what the parent committee have concocted for our school hall decorations!


 Final BBPS Assembly for 2017 is on FRIDAY COMMENCING AT 12.30pm

School finishes at 1.30pm on Friday following our final BBPS School Assembly for 2017, which commences at 12.30. The Year 6 students will hand over the leadership reigns to our current Year 5’s as the incoming leaders of our school.  One last time we will cheer off the sixes as the Class of 2017 extending our very best wishes as they excitedly embrace becoming Year 7’s at secondary school.  Please note there will be NO ASSEMBLY on Monday 18th December.



Congratulations to the dedicated girls who have applied themselves to building their coordination and accuracy.  The girls have been attending these weekly before school sessions and participating in the end of year concert at MSAC.  They have used individual skipping ropes but more recently have focused on working as a team with the large skipping rope. 

Our soiree on Tuesday night was a splendid success. Peter our 2018 School Captain introduced all performers and conducted the evening with confidence. All participants dazzled and delighted the audience with a varied program including solo and group performances. It was pleasing to see the resilience of students as they persevered as true performers. A special mention to Phil Gunther for his dedication and commitment in supporting students to master their chosen instruments.

2018 Class/Home Groups
On Thursday 21st November, the students will meet their 2018 home group classmates and teacher. Staffing for 2018 is currently being finalised. Sadly we farewell Mrs Kelly Stevens and Mrs Elinor Cozens and we thank them for their excellent contribution to the specialist programs at BBPS and wish them all the very best at their new schools in 2018. We also would like to thank Mrs Claire Paitaridis for the outstanding contribution she has made to the Year 5 team and even though she will not be full time in a class next year, we will be seeing her at BBPS as one of our regular replacement teachers.

Principal's News

posted Dec 13, 2017, 8:31 PM by BBPS School   [ updated Dec 13, 2017, 8:34 PM ]

Nursing home

As part of building connections in our local community the Year 6 students visited Hamble Court.  This program has been designed to build stronger relationships within our community. The students engaged with the residents through a wide range of activities such as arts and crafts, xmas carols and conversations to find out about their lives.

Radio Show

Over the last few Friday's Ms Chisholm has had some of the Grade 5's on the radio at Southern FM from 7am - 8am, which has been amazing and hopefully they are looking forward to having their own show next year as media captains!

Our Grade 6 media captains Olivia and Hailey have their final segment Thursday 14th. It’s been a fantastic year and the girls have absolutely loved this opportunity and their time at Southern FM!

Tomorrow, Ollie S, Spencer and Thomas S are coming in for their first show, please listen in to 88.3 and support the kids!

Dance off

To finish the week we had the Dance Off at Hampton Primary. Thank you to Elinor Cozens, Megan Craig and Emma Baldwin for their dedication and commitment to the music program at BBPS. Congratulations to our Year 4 Team who won the Year 3/4 category!

Three groups from BBPS went to Hampton Primary School to compete in the Bayside Dance Off. Well done to all our dancers for their outstanding performances on the day. Although our Year 2 and 6 team did not win all dancers received a medal for their efforts. A big thank you must also go to the parents of these students for taking them to Hampton Primary and coming along and supporting them on the day too.

Year 2: Zara, Abby, Mary, Indi and Poppy S

Year 4: Alice, Lucy, AJ, Lexi, Elyse and Jessie

Year 6: Sarah, Milana and Sasha


The Buddy program enables many opportunities for older students to work with younger students. Year 6 have developed this further in Term 4 taking on roles in all class levels.

Students in 2C have reflected on this assistance…

 Zara: It helped because they gave us ideas for our narratives and helped publish them

Pieter: They helped us do our work quicker

Matilda: They helped us out with our reading and encouraged us to try more with our writing and spelling

Will W: They helped us a lot for different reasons like with our reading and things that were hard for us like typing and logging on to the computer

Emma: It was really nice having the grade 6’s over they helped a lot it encouraged us to try harder.

Charlie: In my opinion it was more helpful for Mrs Coutts because she could work with one person and the Grade 6’s could help with the others.

Millie: They helped us to do lots of different things at once and helped us improve our maths.

Parents who are Professional Photographers - WE NEED YOU!!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The School Council is currently reviewing the school’s website, and we desperately need a parent who is able to take professional quality photographs to be used as promotional photos on the website.  All photos would be taken at school. If you can help by donating a few hours of your time, please contact Cathy Kirkham on or 0412 054 610.  Thanks in anticipation of your help.

Principal's News

posted Nov 29, 2017, 7:09 PM by BBPS School

Thank you...thank you...thank you, to all the parents, teachers, staff and kids who helped make  Friday's Christmas Party a fabulous evening!


From all accounts everyone enjoyed the night certainly looked that way, and it was especially great to see all the kids having fun, running around and enjoying all the activities.


The BBPS Christmas Party is our traditional end of year celebration for families and children. Such a party couldn't go ahead without your whether you helped set up, clean-up, bake, serve pizza, man an activity stand or game, donate or lend items for the night, or step in to relieve someone on the night......your help and contribution is what made the Christmas Party the event that it was.


The BBPS community always rises to the occasion! And what a great Santa!

Parent Morning Tea

The parent morning tea was a lovely event with the staff cooking up a storm for our hard working parent helpers.

The staff genuinely appreciate all the reliable support that is provided so generously in many different forms by our parent community.

Bike Rides

After the rigorous Bike Ed unit all students love the challenge of the long bike rides to Elwood, St Kilda and Port Melbourne. These could not happen without the excellent support of the team of parents that assisted in the program and came on both rides.


Although there is a clash with the Dendy Carols, the BBPS Soiree will go ahead as planned, and we accept that some of our students and their families will make the choice that suits them best. We have put the final Soiree date for 2018 in for the final Tuesday of November to avoid any future clashes.

Principal's News

posted Nov 23, 2017, 9:16 PM by BBPS School

Poetry Slammers

Our year 5 and year 6 students have been writing poetry this term. A number of students presented their poems at assembly this week. We have included the poems by our year 5 presenters, Asher, Charlie and Jasper. Next week we will feature the poems by year 6.


Next Friday, we are very excited to be embarking on our first STEAM expo at BBPS. We would love to invite the whole community to come along at 2.30pm. STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. This initiative is a direct response to the understanding that our future will be built on our capacity for innovation, invention and creative problem solving. See Page 5 for more details including the year level design briefs. To find out more about STEAM, click here to check out the government website

BBPS Christmas Party

The PA must be congratulated for the organisation that has gone into tomorrow’s Christmas Party. The students are certainly looking forward to the activities on offer. Thank you to all those parents who have responded to the call to help out. If you have not signed up and can spare a half hour …Please sign up at 

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.

Principal's News

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.

Principal's News

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.

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