CNPS Bulletin 2021 | issue # 8 | September

CNPS SCHOOL VISION: To build a community of curious, creative and engaged learners who are empowered to meet the challenges of our rapidly changing world. Collectively we will work with our students to become responsible global citizens who have the skills, knowledge and personal attributes they need for their future.

Principal’s Column

Wominjeka everyone.

I’ll be honest, I have found it especially hard to know how to start the newsletter for this month with everyone feeling miserable. Let’s face it, it hasn’t been easy. The ongoing lockdown is most definitely proving difficult for everyone. So I thought I would give you some peace of mind in letting you know that you are doing a great job! I know that many of you, who are not able to spend time with your children online are worried about your child’s learning, well don’t be! Let me reassure you, that if you cannot get online to help your kids, it will be okay.

When our students return to full-time learning at school, we will assess where they are up to, and put a plan in place to catchup any learning lost. When it’s time, we’ll get them back on a nutritious diet of academic achievement and a training regime of connecting positively to others. It will be okay. The one thing I am certain of is the capacity of our staff to make sure that we are providing the best we can for our students. We have seen this first hand with the amazing teaching behind the screen from all of our teachers. Their flexibility and adaptability is one that I truly admire. So, please rest easy knowing that we will be there for your children and will do our very best to get them back on track.

Parent input for 2022 Classlists

This time of year, we often get questions about how class lists for the next school year are developed. This is not as simple as it might seem as it involves an extensive process that takes up most of Term 4.

After we know our indicative enrolments for the following year, the Department allocates our staffing budget. This then allows us to create class numbers and sizes to fit within the budget allocated to the school. Once we have determined our class numbers and sizes, we can begin working on developing class lists for the following year. This is a lengthy process as many factors need to be considered.

We construct classes based upon a composition that includes:

  • Students with special learning styles and needs
  • High achieving students
  • Balanced male/female ratios
  • Known interpersonal relationships that will maintain a positive class climate
  • Teacher recommendation
  • Parent concerns
  • Friendships

Parent Requests: Parent requests are one of the considerations that we consider during this process. It is important to note that parent requests are only considered based upon the student’s positive or negative influence they may have when being placed within a classroom. It is important to note that we do not place students into classes based on choice. We would like to ask that all requests be sent to me (principal) via email by Friday, 22nd October. This is an important deadline as emails received after that date will be too late to be considered.

Student Friendship Groups: When creating class lists we ensure that every student has at least one friend in their future class based on their friendship list. As we have to consider many factors when creating class lists, it is not always possible to have all/most of your child's friends on their list. All students will write down a list of 5 friends that they believe they would work well with. Students are told that they will have at least one friend from their list.

Class Composition Process: The following is how we compose class lists for the following year.

1. Newsletter: Parents are notified in the newsletter to write an email to the principal if they want to give input regarding their child’s placement. Parents requests are only considered based upon the student’s positive or negative influence they may have in the classroom. We ask that you don’t request a teacher.

2. Closing Date: All emails must be received by Friday 22nd October in order to be considered. This is an important deadline as emails received after that date will be too late as it interferes with the placement process.

3. Class Placement: After the closing date for parent input, the principal will direct the teaching staff to prepare class lists for 2022 based on the criteria listed above including both teacher and parent input using the program, Class Creator.

4. Draft Class lists: The draft list is provided to the principal where it is then directed to our specialist team for their recommendation. This is then forwarded to the Wellbeing team where they work together with the principal class to finalise the list. This is then reviewed with each year level team to discuss the final lists based upon the criteria.

5. Parents are informed: Parents are informed of their child’s class placements prior to the end of the school year.

If you would like input into your child’s class, please send your request to the school’s email address (coburg.north.ps@education.vic.gov.au), with the subject: 2022 Parent Input. If you have made a request in the past and you feel that you would like that request to be continued in 2022, please send an email again as we start a fresh new list every year.

NAPLAN released

We are expecting to receive your child's NAPLAN 's results in the mail within the next couple of weeks. We will let you know when it arrives.

Until next month, take care of yourselves and remember that you are doing a fantastic job.

Buildings and Grounds August 2021

The building work continues at Coburg North despite the lockdowns…

Master plan

Due to the current lock down, we have decided to postpone the CNPS master plan community consultation session, scheduled for 1 September. The masterplan will help decide how we want our school to look and function in the future and it is very important that we get your input. I will schedule a new date for the session as soon as possible.

Essential Safety Measures (ESM)

CNPS has undergone an ESM audit. Schools should inspect, test and maintain the essential safety measures that help students, staff and visitors evacuate safely in the event of a fire or other emergency. We have established a new maintenance timetable and recording system to make sure the school complies with the department guidelines. This includes a new testing schedule and logbook system for our automatic doors, emergency lighting, exit signage, fire hydrants and means of egress.

Internet bandwidth upgrade

CNPS has received an internet bandwidth upgrade with our capacity being increased from 200 Mbps to 600 Mbps. The education department is aiming to provide at least one Mbps per student. Testing is underway to ensure the upgrade is delivering the expected increase in capacity.


During the Christmas school holidays, the outdoor basketball / netball courts at CNPS will be resurfaced. An acrylic, resin material will be applied to the existing asphalt courts giving the students non-slip, comfortable and great looking sports courts. We are all looking forward to seeing the final product! This photo will give you an idea of how the courts will look when they are complete.

Coburg Crop

The contractor work on the Coburg Crop will be finished in early September. We will then move to the next stage of development, building a chicken coop, propagation house, compost bays, and joinery for the open air teaching areas and completing the fit out of the shipping containers – amongst other things! I am really looking forward to planting the first crops and getting the students and community involved.

There are benches with solid concrete tops that will be great for working, chopping, cleaning and learning. Bird netting will be cover the garden’s steel structure and the BBQ, the pizza oven and the shade sail will all be operational soon!

Inclusive Playground

Students have not had much time to enjoy this new play equipment but it was great to see how happy this space made everyone. It has already become a central play area. The next stage of landscaping has been confirmed and will start in September.

Bishop Street Gate

We have had ongoing issues with the pedestrian gate on Bishop Street. Providing safe access for OSHC users, parents, students and staff has been a challenge for some time. Rather than continuing with multiple padlocks and combination locks, we have now installed an integrated, coded gate lock that should solve this problem.

Planned Maintenance

Our maintenance focus this month has been the guttering at CNPS. I have been (safely) getting on to the roof and checking, cleaning and repairing the gutters. It is a nice view when you are up on top of the school!


School Council News

Across the operation of school council and our various working groups and committees one thing is clear at the moment - the need to look after each other. While it is very encouraging in tough times to see some great work progressing on the school grounds, there's also a range of activities that we can't do, or have chosen not to do for now. The Pandemic is clearly part of this in some direct decisions where, for example, us parents and carers can't get on to school grounds. In some other cases, we've decided that now isn't the best time for launching new initiatives. These will happen when the time is right. For now let's look out for the teachers who are working so hard in difficult circumstances, the school leaders and staff keeping everything working, and ourselves, the school community.

all the best,


CNPS School Council President

School News

CinemACT Competition

Coburg North CinemACT Logo Competition

Earlier in the Term, the Year 5/6 students entered into a competition to design a logo for the Coburg North CinemACT. The winning entries were transformed into our advertising and awards for the upcoming Film Festival.

Thank you to all entrants, your designs were incredible and it made the decision extremely difficult to make. A big congratulations to our 4 winners - Salma Mogharbel, Nieva Gross, Ada Hensgen and Rayhaan Jaleel. Here are the final advertisements!

Virtual Family Reading Night

In celebration of Book Week, we have opened our CNPS Virtual Library to families for Virtual Family Reading Night. The teachers have collated a range of their favourite stories that they would like to share with you. We hope you enjoy listening to them just as much as we enjoyed reading them!

Simply follow the link:


Click on a teacher's Bitmoji and listen to their wonderful story.


Film Festival Categories

Film categories categories are as follows:

  • Foundation: Helpers in the Community
  • Year 1: Celebrating our Community
  • Year 2: Life on Land
  • Year 3: History of Coburg
  • Year 4: Gender Equality
  • Year 5: Reduced Inequalities
  • Year 6: Overcoming Challenges

Open Categories (for all students):

  • Sustainability
  • Music
  • International
  • STEM

Each entry to an individual film or open category must be no longer than 1 minute in length. Details on how to submit films will be communicated in next month’s Newsletter and via Compass. If you have any questions regarding the films or your child’s class challenge, please contact your child’s classroom teacher, or Laura Mackinnon/Laura Rossi.

Film Festival Entry Submissions

How to Submit your Film:

1. Rename your film with your Full Name and Grade. If you cannot do this on your device, you can do this in Step 5.

2. Ensure your film is saved as a video file - ie. .mov or .mp4 (if you are unsure, please check with your teacher).

3. Click on this link to access the Film Festival Submissions platform.

4. Click on your Grade’s folder.

5. Upload your video to your class folder.

6. Check that your film file is labelled with your Full Name and Grade in the file name.

NOTE: Films must be submitted by no later than Thursday 16th September.

Australian Maths Competition

This year, for the first time in recent memory, CNPS had students enter into the Australian Maths Competition, on Thursday July 29th. The AMC is an engaging 30-problem competition that demonstrates the importance and relevance of mathematics in students’ everyday lives.

This year Kilian H, Audrey P, Ernie H-J and Ethan B entered the competition in the Upper Primary Division, and gave it a red hot go. It was great to see how these students worked their way through the problems. They were extremely chuffed and proud to have completed the competition.

Hopefully CNPS will have more of a presence in the 2022 AMC, and more students will enter.

Once again, congratulations to Kilian, Audrey, Ernie and Ethan!

TheirCare OSHC

September Update

It has been very quiet in Before and After Care this month as we work our way through Lockdown 6! We sincerely hope that all our children and families are coping the best that they can, and please remember to get in touch if you need us.

With the children that have been attending we have had lots of fun with the different themed weeks we have run through September. We have also been taking advantage of the beautiful Spring weather that has arrived. Luke has been running basketball coaching on an afternoon, along with playing with the parachute, playgrounds, and Oval. Ensuring that the children’s health and mental wellbeing are our priority.

If you have not used our services, registrations can be completed online at www.theircare.com.au. We always welcome your input so please reach out if you have any feedback or ideas to ensure we provide the best care!

Meet our Team

This Month Nikki - Coordinator Hi, I am Nikki, and I am so excited to be the coordinator here at Theircare Coburg North Primary School. I have been working in the OSHC industry for 11 years now, and still love it as much as I did on my first day. Originally, I am from the UK and usually (COVID has stopped that) return back each Christmas to see my family. I LOVE travelling around Australia and my favourite animal is a wombat

Week 7: Book Week

We had really hoped to be enjoying this week with all the children and finish the week with a character dress up celebration, but Lockdown 6 put an end to that! However, we still got creative and had fun, listening to Audio Books, going “Around Coburg PS in 80 minutes” as apposed to Round the World in 80 days! We talked about our favourite books and characters and made beautiful bookmarks to take home.

Week 8: Father’s Day / Special Persons Week

To ensure that all children were inclusive in this week’s program we have ensured that all activities we ran are adaptable for a grandpa, grandma, Mum, Nana, Uncle or Aunty. We asked the children what made their special person special – I think our favourite answer was – “There are so many things that are special about my dad, but if I had to name one if would be how he pretends I am not on the couch and then sits on me, it makes me laugh” - Cleo

Week 9: Staying Connected

This week we have asked the children to think about not only their friends, but maybe, grandparents who are missing them. We have encouraged children to write letters to special people and to make friendship certificates and bracelets for their friends they are missing.

Week 10: End of Term Celebration

This week was all about celebrating that we made it to the end of the term! We made fun things like slime. We had party games and made decorations to celebrate Term 3 was over and that we would cross our fingers for EVERYONES return in Term 4.

What’s New?

  • We now have a new keypad on the Bishops Street gate. An email has been sent to all families, but as a reminder, the code is C3058 and then turn the dial towards the hinge on the gate.
  • Birthday wishes and activity packs are continuing to be sent out to the children that we are missing.
  • The children are really enjoying caring for their environment by composting and watering the trees. They are taking responsibility daily to carry out these jobs

eSafety @ CNPS

What is eSmart Week?

National eSmart week is an opportunity for communities to share their knowledge and celebrate being smart, safe and responsible when using digital technology. The week runs from 6th September to 12th September. It is a way to raise awareness and community education on issues of cyber safety, bullying and wellbeing. This year’s theme is ‘Responsible Action’. By taking responsibility for our actions we can play a part in creating a safer environment online and offline.

Being eSafe at home

Staying connected online has never been more important, now that many of us are physically isolated from family members, friends, colleagues and support networks.

The internet is a great way to socialise, learn, work, play and be entertained. But there are also risks. Help your children safely navigate their digital world and educate them to avoid harmful online experiences. Explore websites, games, apps and social media together and set some rules. Your support and guidance can give your children the confidence to make sound decisions online ― and ask for help when they need it.

1. Be engaged, open and supportive. Get involved. Talk about favourite apps, websites or games.

2. Set some rules. Set age appropriate rules, and ensure your child’s input, helping them understand the risks.

3. Use the available technology. Get to know the apps your children use, and share how to set them up safely.

For more information, please visit https://www.esafety.gov.au/parents/skills-advice/online-safety-basics

Parent Webinars

eSafety's parent guide to popular apps

Learn how to help young people safely use popular apps including TikTok, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube.

This webinar is designed for parents and carers of young people aged 8-13.

  • Monday 6 September 12.30 to 1.30 pm
  • Tuesday 7 September 7.30 to 8.30 pm
  • Friday 10 September 12.30 to 1.30 pm

Register Here

eSafety's guide to online sexual harassment and image-based abuse

This Term 3 webinar will help parents and carers to understand online sexual harassment and image-based abuse, (non-consensual sharing of intimate images).

It is designed for parents and carers of young people aged 13-18.

  • Tuesday 7 September 12.30 to 1.30 pm
  • Thursday 9 September 12.30 to 1.30 pm

Register Here

Community News


Dear Parents/Carers,

The following communication has been sent to us from VicRoads:

The Department of Transport is undertaking significant works on the intersection of Gaffney and Sussex Street, in Coburg North. This project will improve the safety of this busy intersection, as well as assist with traffic flow in Coburg North.

We have scheduled our works to commence on September 18 to coincide with the next school holidays and to lessen the impact on school-related traffic. The project will continue until the end of the year and some traffic disruptions and delays will, unfortunately, be inevitable. Local bus routes will also be detoured for short periods.

You can see the latest updates on the project by visiting www.vicroads.vic.gov.au and searching “Gaffney Street and Sussex Street Intersection Upgrade.”

CNPS Admin Team

Looking for something to do over the holidays? Your local library has you covered!

Check what’s on and where, then drop in to your local Moreland City Library and pick up a craft pack. You can also reserve the newest books, graphic novels and DVD’s from home, and collect them when you come past. 📚

😊 Hope to see you soon at Brunswick, Brunswick West, Coburg, Fawkner or Glenroy😊


Thank You Ritchies!

A big thank you to Ritchies IGA Pentridge for their $1,000 donation to CNPS, to go towards our building fund.

CNPS participates in Ritchies Community Benefits Program, where community members can nominate CNPS to receive a donation whenever they shop at Ritchies.

At CNPS we believe that by being respectful, responsible and resilient we can succeed and thrive as a community.
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