CNPS Bulletin 2020 | issue 14 | 16 october

Principal’s Column

Welcome back to onsite learning at CNPS! It has been a successful transition back to school with many smiling faces happy to be back at school to see their friends and teachers. We have loved having them back this week with all of us here remembering how much we love teaching face to face. I have loved seeing all the cool fuzzy hairdos in the yard as well as all the friendly children telling me how great it is to be back. I agree, this is good.

We have a few big things to talk about in this newsletter. This time of year brings many questions about next year and being that this year has been a challenging one (yes, we here this word a lot), many parents have more questions than ever and are feeling a little anxious as to what lies ahead. There is no need to worry, we are doing our best to ensure that your children are not only safe, but happy. If you have any concerns, please follow our communication process by getting in contact with your teacher first. If your concerns continue, please contact our office to speak to one of our assistant principals. You can find out more information on how we communicate and provide feedback on our policies page on our school website. We ask kindly that any concerns are respectfully directed to us and not to be published on social media to avoid negative impacts on staff wellbeing.

New Website

A massive thank you goes to our school technician Dan, who has worked tirelessly with our staff to develop our new webpage. All information has been updated and will be monitored throughout the year. If you see any mistakes, or would like to provide feedback for improvement, please let Dan know. You can contact him via our school's email address: coburg.north.ps@education.vic.gov.au.

Visit our new website: https://coburg-north-ps.vic.edu.au

School Photos

We indicated earlier, due to the current pandemic, that we were unable to organise school photos this year due to DET requirements set in their current Operations Guide.

We will be organising one of our staff members to take photos this year. We are still working on how to do this following our COVIDSafe plan as well as how we will get them out to parents.

When we finalise details, we will let you know the proposed date and details.

2021 Class Input Survey

This time of year, we often get questions about how class lists for the next school year are developed. After we have a rough idea of how many enrolments we have we can begin to work out how many classes we can afford. Once this has been completed, 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. Please be advised that we do not place students into classes based on choice. We would like to ask that all requests be sent to me via email by Friday, 30th 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 be writing down a list of 5 friends that they would like to work with.

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. Parents are informed that they are unable to request specific teachers.
  2. Closing Date: All emails must be received by the last week in 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 teaching staff to prepare class lists on the software 'Class Creator', for the following year. The criteria listed above is used, including both teacher and parent input.
  4. Draft Classlists: The draft list is provided to the principal where it is directed to our Welfare team. This is then reviewed by the principal who will meet with each grade level team to discuss the classlists 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. This is generally in the last week of the year.

If you would like input into your child’s class for 2021, please send your request to the school’s email address (coburg.north.ps@education.vic.gov.au), with the subject: 2021 Parent Input. If you have made a request in the past and you feel that you would like that request to be continued in 2021, please send an email again as we start a fresh new list every year.

Buildings and Grounds

Last term the school's buildings was audited by DET. This initiative (Rolling Funds Evaluation), allows DET to review school's buildings and determine what needs to be fixed and within what time frame. Through this evaluation a number of OHS issues were found to which we will need to fix over the next year.

As mentioned in an earlier Compass alert, our chicken shed needed to be dismantled as well as attention to the nearby compost station that was attracting unwanted visitors (rats) to the school.

We managed to keep parts of the chicken shed structure to create a temporary shade for students, while we wait for our Master Plan to redevelop the entire area suited for junior students. We will spruce it up with a little bit of paint next month.

Chicken Shed remodelled as a shaded area for students.

We have saved the artwork from the chicken shed and are storing it until we start work in our school garden, Coburg Crop (temporary name) in the future. We have also kept the chicken door which has been turned into a table for my office. I love my new table!

I will be getting a piece of glass to go over the top. Don't you love it!

Looking through the school fence on Bishop Street, you will have noticed that the wooden blocks, plastic crates and pots have been taken away. Unfortunately we had to send them to a better place, as these were no longer safe. We look forward to creating a similar concept that inspires imaginative play in our Master Plan that we hope to have developed by the end of the year. We would like to thank all parents, students and teachers for their input last year for our playground plans. All your ideas are being considered by our Master Plan architects.

Coburg Crop Concept Draft

Ok, this is pretty exciting stuff! Seriously I am so excited by our draft design for our future Kitchen Garden Project (aka Coburg Crop). As part of our Master Plan, the school community (students, staff and parents) gave us ideas on what they would like to see in a kitchen garden. From these ideas, they have put together something pretty amazing... yes the chickens will be coming back!

In 2021, we will be getting half of our land back from the Montessori and will be turning this into our very own Coburg Crop. This space is aimed to be built for the students and our community to enjoy. It is planned for a future monthly market to be held to sell plants from our garden as well as having a truck load of markets onsite adjacent to the garden.

Check out the design below and if you think of any modifications that are needed, please give us your feedback on the following link:

Unfortunately the Chocolate Fountain didn't get the go ahead :(

Parent Opinion Survey

Our school is conducting a survey to find out what parents think of our school. The Parent Opinion Survey is an annual survey offered by the Department of Education and Training that is conducted amongst all parents. It is designed to assist schools in gaining an understanding of parents’ perceptions of school climate, student behaviour, student engagement and experiences of remote and flexible learning. Our school will use the survey results to help inform and direct future school planning and improvement strategies.

A random sample of parents will be invited to participate in this year’s survey. All responses to the survey are anonymous. This year, the Parent Opinion Survey will be conducted from now until Friday 13th November.

The survey will be conducted online, only takes 20 minutes to complete, and can be accessed at any convenient time within the fieldwork period on desktop computers, laptops, tablets or smartphones. The online survey will be available in a range of languages other than English. These include: Arabic, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Chin (Hakha), Hindi, Japanese, Somali, Turkish, Punjabi and Greek.

Please speak to your child’s teacher if you would like more information.

Remote and Flexible Learning Survey

Moving into Remote and Flexible Learning (RFL) has affected all of us in many ways. COVID-19 will continue to be a challenge for many schools. As all schools are different and operate in different ways according to their student and parent needs, RFL for CNPS will continue to be adjusted to meet our needs.

We have asked for all students, parents and teachers to share their thoughts on RFL 2.0 and ideas for RFL 3.0, if we ever have to go back into lockdown (let's hope not!).

This survey will close at the end of next week and we will let you know the results in the next newsletter.

Captains Coloumn

Dear CNPS community,

I hope you are enjoying being back at school just as much as we are! Times have been tough, but now that we are back at school it makes everything easier. Seeing our friends and teachers is great, and we are pretty sure the other students think so too. It must be pretty great that the parents get their kids out of the house for 6 hours! We hope everyone is doing okay during these difficult times, and spending quality time with their family. Good luck with the rest of the year.

Yours truly,

Eliza, Angus, Marcus and Esme


Getting To Know The Apps Children May Use

The eSafety Guide contains information on the latest games, apps and social media, including how to protect your information and report inappropriate content. Contents are updated regularly.

  • Is this app appropriate for my child’s age?
  • How do I control the privacy setting on this app?

More information can be found on the eSafety Commissioner website.

Parents and Friends

Plants for Panels online sale now LIVE!

You can now begin ordering plants in the school's Plants for Panels plant sale.

Last year’s plant sale was such a success, the CNPS Parents & Friends group is holding it again in 2020, but this time as an online event.

Click the button below to order plants from the school website.

Plants on offer include a range of vegetables and herb seedlings such as tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, eggplant, strawberries, parsley, thyme, basil and ornamentals like marigolds, salvias, succulents and much more.

How to order and collect:

  • Your order will be boxed up and left with a volunteer host
  • You will receive an email with the collection address
  • Please collect your plants within two days of notification (so hosts don’t have to water them)

If you have any questions please email us at: CNPSevents@gmail.com

This year’s Plants for Panels will raise money towards solar panels for the school. This will save much needed money and helps towards the school’s sustainability goals.

Parents & Friends Meeting

Everyone is welcome to join the virtual Parents & Friends meeting on Monday, October 19, at 7pm.

If you are interested in attending, please email the P&F at cnps_pf@hotmail.com, and you will be provided a link to join. While we haven’t been able to do much fundraising or many community events this year, we are already thinking about initiatives for 2021 - so the more minds the merrier.

Important Dates

  • Year Level Term Overviews - Monday, 19 October
  • Thank You Day Public Holiday - Friday, 23 October
  • Pupil Free Day (day in lieu school council approved) - Monday, 3 November
  • Melbourne Cup Day - Tuesday 4 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

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