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Brighton Beach Primary School

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Brighton 3186, VIC


Term 4 Week 3

30 Oct 2019

Girls AFL Team – Congrats to our team of grade 5/6 girls, who came second overall at the AFL W Saints FC Tournament. A valiant effort, losing in the grand final by two points with a shot for goal touched on the line in the final minute. The girls were rewarded with a tour of the St Kilda Football club, led by the women’s captain Jess Sedunary.



Julie Shepherd – Many thanks to the parents who joined us Friday morning to hear Julie Shepherd share her ideas and passion for using quality literature when reading at home with your children. She encouraged us to tune into interesting words with our children at home, and highlighted the value of picture books and shared reading at all ages.

Some authors worth reading with your children at home included:

Junior years: Jeannie Baker, ‘The Hidden Forest’

Middle years: Chris van Allsburg, ‘Just A Dream’

Senior years: Oliver Jeffers, ‘The Heart and the Bottle’

If you have any books at home that are looking for a new home, we welcome the donations for our classroom libraries. Please bring them to the office.


Regional Athletics – Congratulations on outstanding results to all our competitors at this high level.

Students represented our school with great pride.


12/13 Girls Relay Team – Lexi, Elyse, AJ and Jessie – “We were really proud of coming third, and getting so far. We enjoyed competing as a team and were more motivated because of our friends.”


12/13 Boys Relay Team – Leo, Ramon, Jeremy, Lucas – “We got to compete against different schools that we didn’t know. Some of the boys were so big!”


9/10 Boys Relay Team – Jett, Felix, Hamish, Harper – “It was so fun, we got to see lots of our friends from Little As and it was fun running with our friends. It was great that all our members tried really hard and we ended up with a third place”


Congratulations to Felix who will be attending State Finals for 100m, and Amy for long jump and triple jump.


Grade 4 Camp – Grade 4 had a fantastic time away at Camp Jungai. Many thanks to the teachers who supported the students while away, in particular Kate O’Hara for her coordination of this great experience. See student reflections below:


Alexey “The food was a highlight, we got to eat burgers, lasagne and frog in a pond”

Louis “The mini Olympics was fun because there were lots of different activities”

Ivy “It was very organised and we did so many activities all day. I enjoyed being in my group because we had a really funny helper”

Belis “All the activities, especially canoeing because we played fun games on the water”

Charlotte “Possum Pull was really fun because you got to go up high”


Prep Orientation – At Prep Orientation this week our 2020 Prep parents were welcomed with a performance by our school choir. Many thanks to our guest speakers for providing useful information about several important programs within our school, including PSW Uniform, Their Care, The Canteen, Parent Association and Walking to School Bus. Special thanks to our current parents Deb Barden and Shannon Bowen for sharing their experiences as members of our community.


Lael Stone - Lael’s key messages focussed on the importance of acknowledging your child’s feelings, and looking behind the behaviour when your child is acting out as there is always a reason.

A key concept shared when talking about setting boundaries was “We can say ‘NO’ to the behaviour and say ‘YES’ to the feelings’.

Some practical strategies she shared to support building connection with your child included:

  • Special Time – making time each day to solely focus on ‘playing’ with your child, an activity of their choice

  • Actively listening

  • Tuning into your child’s play – what are they playing / saying as it is often a forum for children to process their day

  • Showing compassion and self-care to yourself

  • Get anchored, and breathe

  • Before you react, recognise when a behaviour of your child’s might be a trigger from your own personal experiences


She further recommended the following books as a great support to navigating parenting (stay tuned to next week’s newsletter for more resources)

‘Playful Parenting’ – Lawrence J. Cohen

‘The Whole Brain Child’ – Daniel J. Siegel, Tina Payne Bryson

‘Listen’ – Patty Wipfler and Tosha Schore


For more from Lael Stone, visit Lael’s Facebook or Instagram page @LaelStone

Tune into her new podcast, focused on Aware Parenting


Parent sessions– As communicated via Compass

Tuesday 29th Oct, 6pm – Grade 4 Friends For Life – for current families of Grade 4 students, Kerrie Staun will be detailing the social and emotional program students will be participating in. She will also be providing some useful strategies to build resilience, a fantastic build upon Lael’s session this week.


Grade 3 iDay – Wednesday 30th Oct, 6pm –teachers and students will share the details of our grade 4 Bring Your Own Device program, as well as details for iDay, taking place once a week for the rest of the term in grade 3 classrooms.


Upstanders Grade 5 - The 2019 Year 5 Upstander Teams are proudly presenting their short films at the Dendy Cinemas!

Date: Tuesday 12th November 

Time: 6.30-8.30

Cost: $7.00


The Upstanders Network, formally known as Bayside Bully Stoppers Network, began in 2012 with 2 schools and now consists of 5 schools including; Beaumaris Primary School, Brighton Beach Primary School, Hampton Primary School, Sandringham Primary School and Sandringham East Primary School along with an ongoing relationship with Bayside Council and particularly Bayside Youth Services. We would also like to acknowledge SFYS funding which has also supported this Bayside initiative. Each year, 20 students from each school are selected and given a challenge to educate their wider school communities on issues relating to bullying and cyber safety. 


This year, students have been given the challenge of creating a short film to educate the community cyber safety and cyber bullying.


Please come down to the Dendy Cinemas and enjoy an evening of watching our leaders of the future up on the big screen.

Limited tickets available so please book through TryBooking to secure your spot!

Trybooking link:


See you all Friday at the Halloween Disco – tickets are available for purchase on the door.

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