Jumbunna 17th February 2022



A Message from Ken and Lisa

Parent Teacher Interviews

Parent Teacher interviews for parents/carers of students in Years 1-6 are being held next week on Tuesday 22nd and Thursday 24th February. Bookings for a 10 minute meeting with your child’s teacher are open on Compass. Bookings will close at 4pm this Friday 18th February.

All Parent teacher Interviews will be held online. If you have made a booking for a time, your child’s teacher will send you an email with the link for the meeting.


Our school assemblies are held each Friday afternoon at 3:00pm on the netball court. This Friday will be a special assembly with all of our 2022 student leadership positions being announced. We will be starting the assembly this Friday (18th February) at 2:45pm to allow enough time for the leadership position announcements.

Farmers’ Market

It was a hot day for our first Farmers’ Market of 2022 with many shoppers trying to beat the heat and coming along to the market early. We had 1016 adults through the gate, making it a very successful market despite the heat.

This month, our Year 5/6 parents, students and teachers, volunteered their time to assist with set up, pack up and gate collection. Thank you for you support. $500 from the fundraising from the February market will be going towards the Year 5/6 area.

Thank you to our volunteers:

Parents: Dave G, Brooke B, Jon C, Sara F, Amy D, Monique G, Kelly H, Shane C, Leigh I, Yvonne I, Scott J, Belinda L, Bryan M, Robert M-D, Ryan M, Anita P, Jody S-C, Jane W, Ramsey W.

Students (plus some past students!): Charlotte S, Asha B, Mia S, Declan W, Lachlan W, Chelsea W,

Staff: Mr Halperin, Mrs McCallum, Mr Waters

Our next Farmers’ Market will be on Sunday 13th March. Our Year 3/4 team will be organising volunteers for the March market to assist with set up, pack up and gate collection. If you are able to help out, please complete the Google form: https://forms.gle/Zw66qE3mzKPT3QiA7

Positive Behaviour for Learning

Has your child been talking about tokens and expectations in the classroom at home? At Bonbeach Primary, we follow the Positive Behaviour for Learning approach (also known as SWPBS – School Wide Positive Behaviour Support). This is an evidence-based framework that is supported by the Victorian Department of Education.

“School-wide positive behaviour support (SWPBS) is a framework that brings together school communities to develop positive, safe, supportive learning cultures.”

We have a Positive Behaviour for Learning handbook, which explains how we implement this approach at our school. You can access the handbook by clicking on this link or on our website.

We also have a Student Wellbeing and Engagement Policy which outlines our commitment to providing a safe and supportive learning environment for our students. You can access the policy here or on our website.

 School Council Elections 2022

What is a school council and what does it do?

All government schools in Victoria have a school council. They are legally constituted bodies that are given powers to set the key directions of a school within statewide guidelines. In doing this, a school council is able to directly influence the quality of education that the school provides for its students.

Who is on the school council?

For most school councils, there are three possible categories of membership:

  • A mandated elected Parent category – more than one-third of the total members must be from this category. Department of Education and Training (DET) employees can be Parent members at their child’s school as long as they are not engaged in work at the school.
  • A mandated elected DET employee category – members of this category may make up no more than one-third of the total membership of school council. The principal of the school is automatically one of these members.
  • An optional Community member category – members are co-opted by a decision of the council because of their special skills, interests or experiences. DET employees are not eligible to be Community members.

Generally, the term of office for all members is two years. The term of office of half the members expires each year, creating vacancies for the annual school council elections.

Why is Parent membership so important?

Parents on school councils provide important viewpoints and have valuable skills that can help shape the direction of the school.

Those parents who become active on a school council find their involvement satisfying in itself and may also find that their children feel a greater sense of belonging.

How can you become involved?

The most obvious way is to vote in the elections, which are held in Term 1 each year. However, ballots are only held if more people nominate as candidates than there are positions vacant.

In view of this, you might seriously consider standing for election as a member of the school council or

  • encouraging another person to stand for election.

Do I need special experience to be on school council?

No. What you do need is an interest in your child’s school and the desire to work in partnership with others to help shape the school’s future. What do you need to do to stand for election?

The principal will issue a Notice of Election and Call for Nominations following the commencement of Term 1 each year. All school council elections must be completed by the end of March unless the usual time line has been varied by the Minister.

If you decide to stand for election, you can arrange for someone to nominate you as a candidate or you can nominate yourself in the Parent category.

DET employees whose child is enrolled in a school in which they are not engaged in work are eligible to nominate for parent membership of the school council at that school.

Once the nomination form is completed, return it to the principal within the time stated on the Notice of Election. You will receive a Nomination Form Receipt in the mail following the receipt of your completed nomination.

Generally, if there are more nominations received than there are vacancies on council, a ballot will be conducted during the two weeks after the call for nominations has closed.


Ask at the school for help if you would like to stand for election and are not sure what to do

Consider standing for election to council this year

Be sure to vote in the elections.

Contact Ken Jones for further information.

Notice of Election and Call for Nominations

An election is to be conducted for members of the School Council of Bonbeach Primary School

Nomination forms may be obtained from the school and must be lodged by 4.00 pm on Friday 25/ 2 / 2022.

If there are more candidates than vacant positions then there will be a ballot and the ballot will close at 4.00 pm on Wednesday 16/ 3/ 2022

Following the closing of nominations, a list of the nominations received will be posted at the school. The terms of office, membership categories and number of positions in each membership category open for election are as follows:





Parent member

From the day after the date of the declaration of the poll in 2022 to and inclusive of the date of the declaration of the poll in 2024



DET employee member

From the day after the date of the declaration of the poll in 2022

to and inclusive of the date of the declaration of the poll in 2024






Name of the School: Bonbeach Primary School




Notice of election and call for nominations

Friday 18 February 2022


Closing date for nominations

Friday 25 February



Date by which the list of candidates and nominators will be posted

Monday, 28 February



Date by which ballot papers will be prepared and distributed

On or before Wednesday, 9 March 2022


Close of ballot

Wednesday, 16 March 2022


Vote count

Thursday, 17 March 2022


Declaration of poll

Friday, 18 March 2022


Special council meeting to co-opt Community members (the principal will preside)

Thursday, 24 March 2022


First council meeting to elect office bearers (the principal will preside)

Thursday, 24 March 2022



Ken & Lisa




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Bonbeach Primary School Parents and Friends Association (P&F)

The Bonbeach PS P&F are a group of parents who are responsible for organising fun activities for students and families at school and for coordinating fundraising events. Some of these activities include, the Mother’s Day and Father’s Day stalls, School Disco and Colourthon (colour run) to name a few. Without the support of the parents on the P&F, we wouldn’t be able to run these activities for our students.

 The P&F are in need of people to join the committee in 2022. No experience is required, just a desire to be social and have fun. The committee meets once a month for around an hour and then as and when needed for events. 

The P&F will be holding their AGM on Friday 11th March 9am in the Admin building. We encourage you to come along and join our association. If you are interested in taking on a role as part of the P&F, please see the details below.

If your only concern is you haven't been involved in anything like this before, be assured most of the current committee hadn't either! You will be provided with help and support.  

Please contact the office or Lisa Roolker if you would like further information, or come to the meeting on Friday11th March. We hope to see you there!

 P&F Roles


  • To provide respectful and transparent leadership – including a commitment to following proper protocol when addressing any issues.
  • To oversee the P&F involvement throughout the school year – including the committee’s running of special events, stalls and fundraising or support for Junior School Council and special
  • Chair and determine monthly
  • Work with P&F Secretary and Bonbeach Primary School Office staff to effectively communicate P&F information and notices of meetings to the whole school
  • Liaise with school principal in the preparation of agenda
  • Responsible for overseeing that resolutions have been acted upon and that all “actions” are in process.
To be available, wherever possible, to represent the school and to attend and / or speak at assemblies, “information nights”, “graduation evenings” and other school functions.

 Vice President

  • To assist the President with his / her duties through an informed understanding of his / her role.
  • A Vice President who is an experienced committee member might act as a mentor to a new or inexperienced
  • To chair meetings in President’s absence

Uniform Coordinator

  • Open the second hand shop once a month and receipt sales of stock and liaise with Bonbeach Primary School Office.
  • Report to Parents and Friends

School Council Representative

  • Attend both P&F and School Council meetings. You will be the link between these two important committees.
  • Present a report to School Council, usually the minutes of the previous
  • Present the proposed dates of P&F activities e.g. stalls, Colourthon, to School Council for approval.
  • Present proposed P&F fundraising activities e.g. raffles, stalls, to School Council for
  • Present a report from School Council to P&F.


 Attend Parents and Friends meetings. Liaise with President as to what is required on the agenda.

  • Prepare and copy agenda for
  • Take minutes of
  • Prepare and distribute minutes to members of Parents and Friends, Office (for School Council)
  • Check mail. Forward mail to relevant Parents and Friends coordinators e.g. Uniform mail to Uniform Shop coordinator.

Farmers' Market News

Next Meeting Tuesday 15th March @5pm


Support Needed!

Looking for a way to get more involved in the school community and support the schools fundraising efforts? Volunteer to be a part of the Farmers’ Market Committee! Volunteering is a great way to meet like-minded people and make an impact on your community. We could not accomplish all that we do without the hard work and dedication of our volunteers! It takes a lot of work to make a market run. It wouldn’t be possible without the support and aid of our dedicated volunteers and supportive community.

How can you be involved?

Become part of the committee – share your ideas, provide feedback and support us on the day of the markets when you can. Being part of the committee does not mean you have to be available for every market or take on a specific role of responsibility. The more members we have, the more we are able to share out the responsibilities.

Farmers’ Market Committee meetings are held every Tuesday following a market at 5:00pm at the school. Our next meeting will be after our March market on Tuesday 15th March. If you are interested in finding out more about getting involved, we encourage you to come along and see how it works.


School Photos

National Photography are excited to be taking the School Photos this year at Bonbeach Primary School!

All class and individual photos will be taken on Thursday 3rd of March. We will also be holding a catch-up session on Monday 21st of March for anyone that missed having their individual photo taken on the main day. We will also be taking all sibling photos on the catch-up day.

We ask that families register online to request sibling photos be taken however we are still happy to take any siblings photos on the day – no prepayment required. Details will be posted on Compass shortly.

Here’s how your School Photos will work:

  1. Photos get taken on the main or catch-up photo days
  2. 1-2 weeks after the photos have been taken, you will receive a flyer with your child’s unique Access Key which you can use to order photos from our website
    • Ordering is not available before this point
    • You will be able to view your child’s individual portrait before ordering online
  3. You will have 3 weeks to place your order online to ensure delivery back to the School
  4. When photos are delivered to the school you will receive information on how to view and order your sibling photos as this is done separately to the School Photo packages
    • Orders are placed online and sent directly home to families
    • There is no postage charge on sibling photo orders
  5. If you haven’t ordered your photos, you will receive a reminder slip
    • You then have 2 more weeks to order to be included in a second-round delivery to the school
  6. Any orders placed after this 2-week period will be charged a flat postage and packaging rate and your order will be sent directly home
    • We do not charge any late fees

Have questions about your photos? Connect with us!

Call us on 9428 9420 or email info@nationalphotography.com.au and one of our friendly team members will be able to assist you.

Meet Mr Jasiewicz

How long have you worked at Bonbeach?
This is my seventh year at Bonbeach
What is your role at the school?
Grade 3/4 Teacher/Coordinator + Positive Behaviour for Learning Coordinator
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
Helping students enjoy their learning, and feel accomplished at learning something new, or mastering a new skill.
What is your ideal way to unwind and relax?
A nice cup of coffee while watching something that makes me think on Netflix.
What’s your most fond childhood memory?
Taking 5/8 as an opening bowler in the U14s.
When you were little what did you aspire to be?
I wanted to make/build computers.
What was your favourite subject at school?
In Primary school, Maths. In Secondary College, my year 10 English teacher really challenged my way of thinking, so it became my favourite for a little while.
What skill would you like to master?
Being able to fill and pleat dumplings at a competitive speed.
What book/tv series/podcasts are you right into at the moment?
Book series: The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson
TV Series: My wife and I have been watching through Seinfeld.
Podcasts: True Crime
What is your favourite sport to watch or play?
Cricket and/or Soccer.
Do you play a musical instrument?
The guitar, somewhat poorly, purely as a mindfulness activity for myself.
What is your favourite book/ movie/ song/ food?
Standalone Book: Sacred Games by Vikram Chandra
Movie: Interstellar
Song: Maybe 'Orion' by Metallica. Changes frequently
Food: Dumplings
If you could choose to be anything for a day, what would it be?
An astronaut
If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Dumplings and fried rice.
If you were a super-hero, what powers would you have?
The power to fix things.
What’s your favourite holiday destination?
Somewhere in Europe
Do you collect anything?

Meet Mrs Tisseverasinghe

How long have you worked at Bonbeach?
This is my second year at Bonbeach
What is your role at the school?
Writing tutor
What is the most rewarding apart of the job?
Watching the kids get excited when they discover and learn to do things that were once challenging for them.
What was your favourite subject at school?
Reading- I loved reading The Famous Five and Nancy Drew detective books.
What is your favourite book/movie?
 The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.
What tv series are you right into at the moment? 
The Amazing Race
What is your favourite sport to watch?

Miss Felmingham

How long have you worked at Bonbeach? 
This is my 4th year teaching a BPS
What is your role at the school?  
I am a 5/6 teacher and the Student Voice, Agency and Leadership Coordinator
What is your favourite sport to watch or play?
I am a big footy lover and a mad Richmond Tigers fan. I also play netball.
What is your favourite book/ movie/ song/ food?
Harry Potter is my favourite book series. It makes me feel super nostalgic and cosy.
 If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? 
Easy, hot chips and ice cream!



Meet Mr Rankine

How long have you worked at Bonbeach?
This will be my 3rd year at Bonbeach Primary School.
What is your role at the school?  
Grade 1 and 2 classroom teacher. This year I will be organising the school’s participation in the Premier’s Reading Challenge.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?  
When the kids gets so excited about learning something new and the cannot wait to share their new knowledge.  
What is your ideal way to unwind and relax? 
Playing a nice tune on the piano.  
What was your favourite subject at school? 
How many languages do you speak? 
Only one but with a very strong accent!
What podcasts are you right into at the moment?  
The Empire Movie podcast (I’m a huge movie buff)
 What is your favourite sport to watch or play?  
Do you play a musical instrument?
Yes, Piano and a little guitar.
What is your favourite book/ movie/ food?
Book – The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.
Movie – The Usual Suspects.
Food – anything from India, China, Bali or Thailand.
Do you have any pets?
Yes, Pet Staffy dog called Stacie.
If you were a super-hero, what powers would you have? 
The ability to find lost hats and water bottles at school!
What’s your favourite holiday destination? 
One where I don’t have to cook or clean!

Mrs Keeley

Hi. My name is Mrs Keeley and I have just started working at Bonbeach PS this year.  I am the Performing Arts teacher, and will be teaching Music, Drama and Dance. 

I play piano and enjoy singing.  I have also played a little flute, saxophone and guitar in the past. 

In the January holidays I went for my motorbike learner’s permit and now I enjoy going for a ride and feeling the wind in my face.  I also enjoy reading a good book, craft work and I have recently taken an interest in gardening.  I am trying to only cultivate plants that produce food that I can eat. Currently my lemons, rhubarb, herbs and raspberries are producing well. My pets include one very spoiled cat and hundreds of worms in my worm farm.  

One of my favourite holiday destinations is Mallacoota. I am hopeless at catching fish, but for some reason I can always catch a fish at Mallacoota… and I don’t even use bait. Fresh fish on the barbie – yummm! 





Student of the Week

PJC            Ella T
PKM           Ruby W
PKS            Leo W

JBT             Taio T
JFR             Aurura G
JKB             Leif H
JKM            Eden M
JSB             Raphael T

MBJ            Neve Z        
MEI            Mason K
MMG           Sailor D
MSM           Carter M

SCF             Mapalo M
SJH             Allira B
SMW           Michael M
SNM            Cowan C

Visual Arts       SCF
Indonesian      MEI
PE                     SNM

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