CNPS Bulletin 2021 | issue 3 | April

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

What a fast and fabulous term this has been! Within a blink of an eye, the term has ended. Putting the snap lockdown to the side, we have had a great start to the year. Among the great learning that took place within the classroom, we had some great whole school events that brought us together. Ride to School Day and Crazy Hair day was a great success. It was great to see so many students ride to school. It was also great to see all the crazy hair styles too. Primary school sure is lots of fun.

230 students rode/scooted to school; 151 students walked; 93 students came by car.
Our Crazy Hair day winners :)

We ended the term with our local Wurunderji Elder, Aunty Di presenting at our school assembly. Aunty Di and her daughter performed the Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony. Annually we invite Aunty Di to the school to perform this ancient custom which involves the burning of gum leaves, acknowledging the ancestors and paying respect to the land, waters and sea of country. This is one of our favourite events of the year.

Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony

Ending the school term was our Annual Harmony Day event. It was so lovely to see so many of our students, staff and parents enjoy the evening out on the oval. Stephen and his team, as well as the Parents and Friend group, put an enormous amount of work into this event to make it a success. What a great night for everyone. Thank you to everyone who made this night happen.

P&F working busy from dusk til dawn to provide delicious catering for the school.
Just one of our many performances on the night.

Yes, but the night didn't end there. After Harmony night, we held our first School Council meeting with our new members. We selected our 2021 office bearers, committees and working parties. I would like to congratulate and thank the following members for putting their hand up for the following positions on school council:

  • President: Robbie Napper
  • Vice President: Steve Lawson
  • Treasureer: Brad Appleton
  • Buildings and Grounds: Phil Cadman
  • Education Committee: Georgie Murphy
  • Parents and Friends: Tamara Heath
  • Communication Working Party: Phil Cadman

That is all from me for this term. We look forward to you coming back in two weeks time after a great Easter Break with your family.

Wishing everyone a happy and safe holiday break,


News from the Art Room...

First of all, I'd like to thank all the students that entered this year's Art competition. The standard of work was of an extremely high calibre. It was extremely difficult for the Art Captains to shortlists the winners. However, after much thought and deliberation, the winners were:

F-2 Winners

  • 1st: Michaela (2A)
  • 2nd: Evie F (2A)
  • 3rd: Eve M (2D

3-4 Winners

  • 1st: Gemma M (4B)
  • 2nd: Eve M (4B)
  • 3rd: Elissa (3A)

5-6 Winners

  • 1st: Vera (5B)
  • Clara (6C)
  • 3rd: Aurelia (5A)

These winning entries will have their artwork created into a postcard, which will be used by the teachers next term to reward students who are demonstrating our school values.

I’d like to thank the Art Captains, Tilly and Holly, for all of their hard work this term, as well as, Ella who assisted with the announcement of winners during the assembly.

Junior School Council News

Dear Families,

Parents and Friends

Putting the Fun Into Fundraising: Want to get involved with Parents & Friends?

Everyone is welcome to join the Coburg North Parents & Friends monthly meetings. The P&F’s goal is to nurture and grow school spirit by bringing the school community and wider community together through organising fun, welcoming, inclusive, sustainable activities and events, while raising funds for the school. Our next meeting will be held at 7pm on Monday, April 19 in the school’s STEM room, in the hall complex. If you wish to join in our monthly catch-up or lend a helping hand, please email us at cnps_pf@hotmail.com. We’d love to see you there

Mother's Day Stall: Save the Date

The annual Parents & Friends Mother’s Day Stall is back!!

Click here for Mother's Day Stall PDF

Save the date – Friday, May 7.

Mother's Day Stall Ideas

We are looking for parents/carers to make goods that can be sold at the stall. And with so many kids at the school now, we’ll need lots of items to sell. Please note that due to current DET advice we are, at this stage, unable to accept home-baked goods. (This edict may change before the date of the stall, and so we’ll advise accordingly.) We’ll also be looking for volunteers to help out at the stall on the day. If you can help, please contact Antonia on ageddes33@gmail.com

Meet the CNPS Parents & Friends’ Executive for 2021

The P&F would like to thank outgoing president Ruzi Duric who served in the role for two years, the last one in the most trying of circumstances. Thank you Ruzi! Thanks also go to Cath Berryman who served as the P&F representative on school council. Thank you too Cath?

The group would like to introduce its 2021 executive as follows:

President - Amelia Matthews

My partner Luis and I have two kids at CNPS – Mateo (Grade 4) and Ellis (Grade 1). This is my second year on P&F. I continue to be amazed by the commitment, skills and energy of people in our school community. As part of P&F, my aim is to continue to foster that community involvement and spirit in the school and provide opportunities for families to get involved.

Vice-President - Shirley Santacroce

Hi, I came to live here 11 years ago and never thought I would love this community so much. My son is Andre (Grade 4) and, together with my husband, we hope to give a little back. I like to prattle on about things like natural remedies and bees and mental health solutions. I joined P&F to do good things with awesome people.

Secretary - Amelia O’Neill

Hi my name is Amelia and my children are Louis (Grade 5) and Rose (Grade 3). I have been secretary of the P&F since 2018. I really enjoy being involved and have made many new friends through the P&F meetings and events. I would encourage others to come and join us to share ideas or to volunteer your time to help continue to build our amazing school community.

Community Representative on School Council - Tamara Heath

I joined the CNPS community (and P&F) way back in 2013, when my eldest daughter started Prep. We chose the school for its strong community feel and, though the school has grown and changed a lot since then, that community feeling remains. P&F is a great chance to work alongside other parents, the kids and teachers to keep our school connected as it grows. I have two daughters at CNPS: Camille (Grade 6) and Clea (Grade 3), and a daughter (Ada) in Year 8 at Coburg High.

Treasurer - Meredith Dimsey

I have been a parent at CNPS for nine years . I have my two youngest children still at the school - Holly (Grade 6) and Riley (Grade 3). As Treasurer, I keep track of the funds raised from P&F events and liaise with the school administration. Aside from that role, I really enjoy helping out with school events, particularly spending time in the canteen, helping to create the special lunches for the students. Volunteering offers a window into my children’s school life, shows them I am actively involved and opens the door for friendships with other families. I've always loved the strong community feel of the school, which has remained even with its recent, rapid expansion. Seeing new faces joining our wonderful P&F group is always welcomed so if you have considered getting involved, please don't be shy! New people always bring fabulous, fresh ideas that help make our school great.

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