CNPS Bulletin 2020 | issue 15 | 30 october

Principal’s Column

Happy International Teacher’s Day!

Before we get into another jam packed newsletter, I’d like to say… HAPPY INTERNATIONAL TEACHER’S DAY! Being a teacher sure is one of the most rewarding careers of my life. There are many teaching moments that I reflect on that I still hold close to my heart. Not long ago, two of my previous students got in contact with me. Ten years ago we created a time capsule where we added our memories of the year and wrote letters to one another. I remember putting in a letter for every student letting them know how special they are with an email address to reach out in the future to say hi and tell me what they are up to in the future. Out of the 30 students I had that year, 2 students kept their promise to not open their capsule in 10 years and emailed me. They wrote the most incredible letters of gratitude for being their teacher. Needless to say, I cried my eyes out and remembered why I became a teacher.

CNPS truly has the most amazing teachers. I can say that I feel proud to be part of this amazing team. Happy International Teachers Day!

School Wide Positive Behaviour Matrix

We have completed our SWPB Matrix and have begun to implement it within all classrooms and areas. I am extremely pleased with the outcome and would like to thank all students, staff and parents for the lead up to developing this. A massive thank you goes to Kathleen O’Callaghan who has led this initiative. You did good!

SWPB Matrix is actively used in all classrooms and will be evaluated at the end of year.

School Review Postponed

As you know, COVID-19 has put a hold on a few things. One of them is our School Review. This process will take place next year commencing in Term 2. We will keep you updated closer to the date.

2021 Class Sizes/Structure and Numbers

This is the hot topic that everyone wants to know about (I am expecting a lot of hits this newsletter). Before you scroll down to check out the numbers and where your child fits within this structure, I’d like to give you the background on how class sizes and structures are made.

The Department of Education provides funding to schools based on student numbers. Once we get our enrolment numbers set for the following year, we work out how many classroom teachers we can afford. As of today, we have a 2021 enrolment of 596 students.

DET Guideline - Class Size

The following DET guidelines are those that all Victorian primary schools follow for constructing class sizes:

  • Foundation to Year 6: Average of 26 (596 divide by 26 = Entitlement of 23 teachers)
  • Foundation to Year 2: Average of 21 (253, F-2 students divide by 21 = 12 teachers)
  • Year 3 to Year 6: 23 teachers take away 12 teachers = 11 teachers (343 [Y3-Y6] students divide by 11 teachers = 32 students per year level.
Break down of average class size and teacher entitlement.

As we do not want to have class sizes of 32 in Years 3-6, due to a 2020 COVID-19 year, we will be using our school funding to employ an extra 4 teachers our of our budget (this includes keeping our 4 specialist programs). This will be a cost of $400 000 to the school. Please note that this will drive down our school budget and this will not be able to be continued in 2022 (ie. expect larger class sizes in 2022).

2021 Enrolment numbers for each year level.

Based on this, we have managed to have straight classes across the school.

Third row indicates how many teachers for that year level; Fourth row indicates average class size.

Teachers are currently now in the process of compiling class lists. We would like to remind all parents that we can only guarantee a minimum of 1 friend to be placed with your child in the following year due to the complexity of creating class lists (we can only spread students between 3/4 grades). Parent input has now closed.

2021 Student Free Days

Each year schools receive four student-free days (when student instruction does not occur) for professional development, school planning and administration, curriculum development, and student assessment and reporting.

This Wednesday, School Council discussed the Curriculum free days for 2021. Days chosen were based upon minimal impact on CNPS families. These have been approved and are as followed.

2021 Curriculum Days (Student Free Days)

  • Wednesday, 27 Jan
  • Thursday, 1 April
  • Monday, 10 May
  • 12 Nov - Friday

Time in lieu is granted when parent report meetings require teachers to attend for more than 38 hours in the week or pro rata for part- time staff. Meet the teacher (term 1) and parent teacher interviews (mid year) allow for 2 days in lieu. School Council has approved the following days in lieu for teachers.

Proposed Days in Lieu (Student Free Days)

  • Friday 25 June - last week of term 2 before holidays - immediately after PTIs
  • Monday, 1 Nov Monday - day before Melbourne Cup

RFL 2.0 Feedback

Thank you to everyone who gave us feedback on our RFL 2.0 program. We are in the process of analysing the results and creating our RFL 3.0 plan if we ever need it. We anticipate that we will be able to share this with you in our next newsletter.

Annual Public Report Meeting

Next month we will be holding our Annual Public Report Meeting. This is an opportunity for school council to report on the Annual Report and proceedings of the council since the date of the previous public meeting.

Victorian public schools do not hold AGMs but rather an Annual Public Report meeting. The purpose of this meeting is for information to be reported only (people can provide feedback through school council meetings).

This year, our Annual Public Report will be held via Webex. All community members are welcome to watch the meeting.

Annual Public Report Meeting

Wednesday 25 November, 7pm

WebEx Link: https://eduvic.webex.com/eduvic/j.php?MTID=m90a51623e10700fcd129a2f2e68021cd

That's it from me..

Wow, that's a lot of information. Have a good weekend and until next fortnight, be safe,

School Photos Are Back

School photos will be taken on Tuesday 10th and Wednesday 11th of November with sibling photos taken on Thursday 12th of November.

This year we have an exciting new photographer, Tania Jovanovic Photography

We invite you to look at her great work via her website www.taniajovanovic.com.au where you can also contact her if you have any queries.

Please note due to COVID 19, Group photos will be composite school style (headshots in grid style group photo ) not traditional style photos.

To make a school photo booking please click on the links below:

Link for ordering individual packages which include individual portraits and group photos:

Link for ordering sibling photo packages:


School Administration

Parents and Friends

A big thank you to everyone who participated in the Plants for Panels sale, with 130 orders raising a very handy $3485 to go towards solar panels for the school. If you missed out or you'd like even more plants, the sale is still on until tomorrow. Go to https://coburg-north-ps.vic.edu.au/plants-for-panel.html#/ to check availability of plants. There are tomatoes, basil, cucumbers and zucchini - among others - still left. You can also make a tax-deductible donation to the school's solar panel fundraiser.

School Council Meeting

The School Council met on Wednesday 28 October and discussed the following items:

  • Date for the Public Report Meeting (7pm Wednesday 25th November).
  • School Wide Positive Behaviours matrix (will be circulated to parents in the future).
  • 2021 Parent Payments policy (will be circulated to parents and published on the school website by Friday 6th November).
  • 2021 Student Free Days.
  • The School Vision Statement and FISO evaluation.
  • The possibility of introducing a sports uniform.

Reports were provided by the Principal; Finance subcommittee; Education subcommittee; Buildings, Grounds, Sustainability & Playgrounds subcommittee; Parents and friends; OSHC subcommittee; Community and engagement team; and the Wellbeing team.

Sub-committee meeting dates for 2020 are as follows:

  • Finance: 9:15 am Wednesdays (18 November, 9 December)
  • Education: Mondays (23 November)
  • Buildings and grounds (including sustainability and playgrounds): 7:00 pm Tuesdays (10 November)
  • Parents and Friends: 7pm Mondays (7 December)
  • OSHC: 6pms Wednesdays (18 November)

If you would like to join any of the committees or working parties, please get in touch via the office.

The next school council meeting will be held at 7:30 pm, Wednesday, 25 November 2020. All are welcome to attend. Please notify the Principal (Executive Officer) at least 48 hours prior to the meeting, if you intend to come, via the school office.

Important Dates

  • Pupil Free Day (day in lieu school council approved) - Monday, 2 November
  • Melbourne Cup Day - Tuesday 3 November
  • Parent Opinion Survey Closes - Friday, 13 November
  • School House Cup Mufti Day and Virtual Carols - Thursday, 10 December
  • Prep Breakfast - Friday, 11 December
  • Whole School Transition Day - Monday, 14 December
  • Year Six Big Day In - Wednesday, 16 December
  • Last day of 2020 2:30pm dismissal - Friday, 18 December
At CNPS we believe that by being respectful, responsible and resilient we can succeed and thrive as a community.
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