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BERWICK LODGE PRIMARY SCHOOL Phone: 9707 1766 Fax: 9796 2198 E-mail: Visit our Websites : http://, Camp Australia/Out of School Hours Care: 9769 8251

7TH APRIL 2011

NEWSLETTER N0.10 DIARY DATES Friday 8th April Wednesday 27th April Tuesday 3rd May Friday 13th May

Term 1 Finishes 2.30pm Term 2 begins 2nd Hand Uniform Shop Interschool Winter Sport

NOTICES DUE BACK BY Thursday 7th April Friday 5th May

5/6 Camp Coolamatong Deposit Interschool Winter Sport Singapore Trip 2nd instalment

CANTEEN IS NOT OPEN ON TUESDAYS BER UPDATE Julie Alliston, General Manager, DEECD BER Team, contacted me last week to tell me to that she needed more time to respond to our request for details/access to our remaining BER project funds so that we could manage the use of these funds in line with National BER Guidelines ourselves. This was the essence of the deal that was brokered between the DEECD (via Julie Alliston) and me (on behalf of BLPS) last year in accord with undertakings given us by the then Deputy Prime Minister, Julia Gillard. As we had agreed to downgrade our template building from a notional $3 million facility to a notional $2 million building, we believe it is reasonable to expect at least a $1 million sum available for our management on a companion project. Julie Alliston had originally informed me that she would need about 2 weeks to respond to our request – assuring me that the DEECD was working toward the achievement of our aim. Julie explained that as the BER Team‟s workload had been increased recently, she would need more time. In thanking her for alerting me this, I informed her that we could wait a little longer. That was a week ago and I expect to hear

PRINCIPAL’S REPORT from her soon. Yesterday David Chandler, a member of the BER Orgill Taskforce visited our school for the third time since work on our project commenced in early December. David is a member of the Taskforce that is operating under the authority of the federal government to ascertain „value for money‟ for BER projects across Australia. He was very unimpressed with the lack of progress on our project, in addition to several construction issues. David has assured me that he will visit our school at least twice more before our project is completed. I understand that he is seeking urgent talks with APP, our project management company in order to speed things up and address several construction issues. I will keep you informed!

years and wish her every success in her new position.



Linda is leaving us today as she has accepted a fulltime position in office administration at Coral Park P.S. On behalf of all at Berwick Lodge I wish to thank Linda for her valuable contribution to our school in recent

TERM ONE COMPLETED Gee! Time moves by so quickly – term 1 is over already. It has been a great term in many ways – our new students, including our Preps have settled in very well, we‟ve had some great social events, fundraising and of course lots of learning taking place. Do have an enjoyable break if you are taking time off and hoping Easter is a time of peace and relaxation for everyone.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ‟s) Q. Why are children dismissed early on the last day of term? A. That‟s a decision made possible because of government regulations. Schools can dismiss children an hour early at the end of terms 1, 2 and 3 and 2 hours early at the end of term 4. The road to despair is sign posted ‘perfectionism’.


ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS’ REPORT APPROPRIATE CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR During the recent Crazy Dress Day and the House Athletics Day several children presented at school wearing inappropriate clothing and footwear. This indicated to us that it may be timely to remind families of the expectations with regard to what their children are wearing to school. At all times students are required to wear clothing which covers their shoulders and body adequately and footwear that provides adequate cover and protection for school related activities and playing in the playground. For example, school shoes or sports shoes are preferred and sturdy sandals are acceptable. No thongs, high heeled shoes, moccasins or other soft soled shoes are to be worn. Teachers may make the decision to withdraw students from activities if they feel that the child is inappropriately attired or has unsatisfactory footwear. The school will attempt to contact parents if this is the case. HEAD LICE CHECKS During the two week holiday break, we would appreciate the support of every family in the school in the detection and total eradication of any live lice and/or eggs that are found in children‟s hair. While we realise that families are busy, we feel that it would be a most worthwhile exercise in eradicating lice from the school. To be successful, every family would need to commit some time to: Check their children‟s hair at least twice over the holidays. (Eg: Week 1 and Week 2)

If any live lice are found, treat immediately. (Complete follow-up checks and treatment.) If any eggs are found, apply lots of conditioner, and patiently remove all eggs. If every family is diligent in this exercise, we will be able to break the head lice cycle in the school. We thank you in advance for your cooperation, and look forward to „Lice-free Term 2 at B.L.P.S.!” CAMP AUSTRALIA NEWS Yesterday we met Dorien Erasmus who will be the new coordinator for our before and after school care program. Dorien will commence her duties on the morning of Wednesday 27th April. Dorien has previous experience as a program coordinator with Camp Australia and is familiar with our program having worked with Domenic and Olivia in the past. She is looking forward to working with Jess and Emma and meeting the children of BLPS and their families. Please introduce yourself to Dorien and make her feel welcome. SCHOOL HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES The City of Casey offers a range of activities and events to suit children of all ages during the school holidays. The program for the Autumn Holidays 2011 is available from the school office. END OF TERM ONE Parents are reminded that Term 1 ends tomorrow (Friday 8th April). In line with our usual practice for the end of term the students will be dismissed from their classrooms at 2:30PM. Term 2 will commence for students and teachers on Wednesday 27th April.


SCHOOL AWARDS Congratulations to the following students who received awards over the last week: Kane PL

Molly PC

Saritha PM

Phoebe PL Ashan PC

Samudra PW

Montaya PW

Stevan PW

Caleb PW

Hayden PC Katie PM

TEACHING CONFIDENCE Things to Say to Communicate “Accepting Myself”     

“You are not a bad person because you received a bad mark.” “One mistake does not make you a bad person ! We all make mistakes.” “I‟m glad you didn‟t seem to put yourself down when you made that mistake in class.” “A slump in form, or a poor test result doesn‟t change the person you are.” “Isn‟t it interesting? Fred just made a few mistakes in maths, but he‟s a terrific book monitor, football player, friend, and son! What does that say about Fred?” “You can get a poor result, you can come to school with old socks on. You can fall over in assembly. You‟re still likable and capable. Remember, everyone makes mistakes.” “You are you, warts and all. Be confident in knowing that when you make a mistake, it doesn‟t take away your good points.”

WE NEED YOUR HELP! Grade 5/6 Interschool Winter Sports commences in Term 2 and we need Parents/Grandparents to assist with football, soccer, netball, kickball and T-ball teams. If you are keen to assist either as a coach or assistant, we would love to have your help. Your passion for helping children learn team sports is important to us and so we would like to invite you to join us on Friday mornings. For further details please contact Sue Naismith on 9707 1766. Please note you will need to be available Friday mornings from 9:00am - 11:00am during Term 2 on a weekly basis We look forward to hearing from you!

SCHOOL PHOTOS HAVE ARRIVED! The school photos have arrived at the school this week. Please make sure that you check with your teacher if you have not received them. Alternatively you can contact School Pix on 1300 766 055.

You Can Schools Program Working with Canteen and the Sony Foundation, Berwick Lodge Primary School will be collecting old mobile phones to be recycled. The funds from these mobile phones will go to much needed funds to build youth cancer centres across Australia. The more mobile phones we collect and recycle the more educational tools Berwick Lodge Primary School will receive. These could include video cameras, laptops, and possibly Interactive Whiteboards which will be a great addition to our school. There is a collection bin in the front foyer, located outside Mrs Cusack‟s office. Please hunt around at home, or ask your friends, neighbours, work colleagues and local community groups, to look for any old mobile phones and place them in the collection bin located in the school foyer. Please help Berwick Lodge Primary School support a worthy cause.

Vanessa Porter On behalf of the Junior School Council


HAVE YOU CHANGED YOUR ADDRESS OR PHONE NUMBER? Please ensure you let the school office know if you have changed address or updated mobile phones with new numbers. This information alleviates stressful situations on students when they are ill and we cannot contact parents

We are very excited to be underway with rehearsals for J Rock 2011! Due to the overwhelming number of interested students, it was impossible to provide everyone with an on stage role. However, thank-you so much to all students who auditioned, everyone should be very proud of their efforts. Helpers Needed: We would really love to hear from any parents, guardians, friends or grandparents who would be interested in joining the production team to assist with costuming and/or sets/props! If you think you would love to help in any way, please pass on your name, a contact phone number and your childâ€&#x;s name and grade to the office: Attention Tahnee Planner. Costume Needs: We are looking for any unwanted garments of the following colours to fit 9 – 12 year olds: plain white, black, grey and smoky purple. If these could be passed onto to me that would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much for all your support and I hope you have a lovely holiday break!

Tahnee Planner Performing Arts Teacher

Dear Parents/Guardians, This year all Grades 3 to 6 children will be participating in the Fantastic Fridays Program in Term 2. This program will run on Friday afternoons (2:30 to 3:30) starting from Week 2 and will run for approximately 8 weeks. It is an elective program where students will be mixed with their peers to learn a variety of different subjects outside the normal curriculum areas of Literacy and Numeracy. The elective programs on offer are: Gymnastics J-Rock Lego Cooking Art / Craft Construction Billycarts County Fair Fashion / Jewellery Making Science and Technology We have a number of teachers allocated to the various programs but are asking our school community for some support. If you have any expertise in any of the following areas and would like to participate in the program we would greatly appreciate your time and experience. These activities require different materials and resources and we would greatly appreciate any donations to support our Fantastic Fridays Program. These could include- construction materials such as wood, screws, wheels, art supplies, foam cups etc Please see Traceye Rapinett for information or details about the program.

Parents & Friends Association NEXT MEETING: Thursday 5th May 2011 at 1.30pm in Room 16. Everyone is welcome, including toddlers. The PFA welcomes anyone wanting to join the fun and help make a difference. 2ND HAND UNIFORM SHOP: Our next 2nd hand uniform shop will be open in the school canteen on Tuesday 3rd May 2011 from 2.30pm until 3.15pm. We would like to thank all those families who have donated as they have assisted other families in our community.

Current Events MOTHERS DAY STALL: Thursday 5th May, 2011. Our stall is being held on the second Thursday in Term 2. Forms need to be returned by Tuesday 3rd May 2011. We have a huge selection of wonderful quality presents for that special Mum or Grandmother in your life. You can purchase up to 4 presents per child at $5..00 per present. If you missed out on your form, spare copies are available at the office. SUNSCREEN: We have roll-on sunscreen available for purchase at the front office for $6.00 per stick. They are a great compact size and are very useful for all children to have in their bags now with our lovely sunny weather! MOBILE PHONE RECYCLING: Please remember to bring in your old mobile phones and support our Junior School Council. Don‟t forget, the more phones we collect, the more Sony products we get as a reward.

THANKYOU Thank you to all those Mums and Dad (Stan) who helped us with our Hot Dog Day on Tuesday. We appreciate all the hot dog cooking, bun slicing and delivering to classes. Without you, the day would not have been the success it was. Sarah, Andrea and the PFA committee want to thank everyone who has supported our fundraising events in Term 1. The success of the disco, drive-in night and hot dog day, is thanks to our whole school community, our students and families who attended the events and those volunteers who helped run them. We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday and look forward to your continued support in Term 2.

DRIVE-IN SPONSOR Lollipops Playland and Café Brechin Drive, Narre Warren 3805 Phone: 9705 9655

Mad Fun—Face Painting Phone: 1300 980 828

Mansfield Street Food Mart 157-159 Mansfield Street, Berwick 3806 Phone: 9796 1001

R J Sanderson & Associates Shop 12, Parkhill Plaza, Berwick 3806 Phone: 9705 2500

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COMMUNITY NEWS Timbarra P-9 College School Tours School Tours for interested parents of Year 7 students for 2012 are now available on the following date. Tuesday 3rd May 2011 at 10.00am Year 7 Information Evening Tuesday 10th May 2011 7.00pm - 8.00pm in School Gym

Bookings are essential and can be made by contacting the school office on 9704 2744

Parkhill Drive, Berwick 3806 PO Box 2255 Fountain Gate 3805 Ph: 03 9704 2744 Fax: 03 9705 6044

Advertisements published by the school are accepted in good faith and should not be regarded as an endorsement of any product or service. Parents and members of the school community are advised to investigate any service or product to determine its suitability to meet their family's needs prior to accessing it.

COMMUNITY NEWS GUIDE DOGS VICTORIA I am the event coordinator at Guide Dogs Victoria and I am currently working on a brand new event called Victoria‟s Biggest Dog Wash. This is the first ever Guide Dogs Victoria Event where the public are invited to bring along their own dogs for a fun day out. It will be held at Flemington Racecourse (The Ascot) Sunday 10th April 2011 9:00am - 4:00pm Details at:

FREE GOLF CLINICS Tuesday 19th April 2011 Berwick Golf Range 295 Beaconsfield-Emerald Road 1 hour classes

MUST BOOK! All Equipment Supplied Lessons from a qualifies golg professional Don‟t worry if you‟ve never tried gold before

2011 SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION St Michael‟s Catholic Church, Berwick, invites Catholic children currently in Year 6 or above to prepare for the sacrament of Confirmation. Preparation begins with a Parents Meeting on 4th May 2011 either at 1.30 pm or at 7.30 pm in St. Michael‟s Stadium. This meeting is a compulsory part of the Program and failure to attend will mean your child cannot make their Confirmation this year. For more information, please contact St Michael‟s Parish, Berwick, on 9707 1355 or email

YARRA VALLEY RAILWAY Easter Holiday Rides Hourly 10:00am - 4:00pm Opening Dates: 10th, 13th, 17th, 20th, 22nd - 26th April 2011


Yarra Valley Railway also invites you to attend a family movie night “On The Green” at Rochford Winery on Friday 8th April 2011. Gates open at 6:00pm



Auskick Berwick is about to start again - learning new footy skills, how to play as part of a team and of course having a chance for the family to spend time together in a great, fun, safe community sporting environment. Registration Day: Saturday 9th April 2011 Arch Brown Reserve - 9:00am Registration online is available at By registering online you will be eligible for free tickets to an AFL game. Registration cost is $60 which includes your backpack (with footy and other goodies), insurances and costs to the clinic. A BBQ will be supplied on the day and we will be selling AFL Team Football Jumpers for a cost of $50 (CASH ONLY). We will also be taking orders for shorts, socks, etc. Please invite your friends and family along to this great clinic. The First Auskick Day is Saturday 30th April 2011 Arch Brown reserve at 9:00am We are also looking for 24 Grade 3/4 and Grade 5/6 for the GRID GAME the Carlton vs Adelaide match on Saturday 23rd April 2011 - Etihad Stadium at 7:10pm Please call Sally on 0405 006 106 for further information

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Berwick Lodge Primary School, Newsletter, April 2011  
Berwick Lodge Primary School, Newsletter, April 2011  

Berwick Lodge Primary School, Newsletter, April 2011