CNPS Bulletin 2020 | issue 10 | 24 July

Principal’s Column

What a challenging start to Term 3! My postcode was in lockdown early in the holidays, and soon to follow was the rest of Metropolitan Melbourne. We most definitely did not want to start the term this way. We all want to return to normal, but I guess what the last couple of weeks is showing us, is that there will not be a return to normal, not for a very long time.

The second time round is always the hardest. We put all our energy into the first lock down, holding it together waiting for an end point. Now with all of us returning again to Stage 3 and with increasing numbers of community transmission and now the compulsory wearing of masks, it just seems that little bit harder. We are more tired, more fragile. I was watching a TED talk by Neil Gaiman who spoke about fragility and how much tougher we really are. His words stood out for me. He wrote:

“Hearts may break, but hearts are the toughest of muscles, able to pump for a lifetime, seventy times a minute, and scarcely falter along the way. Even dreams, the most delicate and intangible of things, can prove remarkable difficult to kill. We are tougher than we seem. We are tougher than we think. Our stories will outlive us. Let's make them good." — Neil Gaiman

Just by watching this and seeing how resilient many people across the globe are, it reminds me of how truly resilient we can be. I know that we are in for a tough journey ahead, but I know that we will get through this. This is our opportunity to rise above and to work together to support one another.

You are not alone. If you are experiencing hardship, feel free to contact our wellbeing team who can provide you with support. Joy Freier (Elizabeth.Freier@education.vic.gov.au) and Kyla Mamic (Kyla.Mamic@education.vic.gov.au) are available to contact at school or on their email address. Look after yourself and make time to recharge each day.

Remote and Flexible Learning 2.0 is looking a little different this time round. Our aim is to build student independence through modelled videos as well as providing engaging activities to keep them entertained and learning at the same time. I have looked at many of our teachers’ work this week and as always I am blown away. It is great to see that learning is fun! For those families that are finding it difficult at home, there is no need to stress. We are flexible during this time and our primary focus is on wellbeing. If you have any concerns you can reach out to your child’s teacher and we can see what supports we can provide for you.

Until next fortnight, take care,



We are taking enrolments for 2021. If you have a child who will be joining us next year, or know of someone who has a child starting Foundation, please call Stephanie in our office on 9354 1660 to organise an enrolment form.


The School Council met on Wednesday 24 June at 7pm. During the meeting, items discussed are listed below.

  • A possible date for the Public Report Meeting (TBC and then circulated to the school community)
  • Insurance matters relating to items that are not covered by DET insurance
  • The annual review of finance policies was conducted.
  • An update on the cancellation of 2020 camps and the re-booking of camps for 2021.
  • A discussion about the limitations of Compass and possible avenues to improve the user experience in the short and longer term.

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

Sub-committee meeting dates for 2020 are as follows:

  • Finance: 9:15 am Wednesdays (22 July, 19 August, 21 October, 18 November, 9 December)
  • Education: Mondays (27 July, 24 August, 26 October, 23 November)
  • Buildings and grounds (including sustainability and playgrounds): 5:30 pm Tuesdays (7 July, 4 August, 13 October, 10 November)
  • Parents and Friends: 7pm Mondays (20 July, 17 August, 14 September, 19 October, 16 November, 7 December)
  • OSHC: 6pms Wednesdays (22 July, 9 August, 21 October, 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 pm, Wednesday, 29 July 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.

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