CNPS Bulletin 2021 | issue #7 | August

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! My apologies for the late Monthy newsletter. The sudden Curcuit Breaker lockdown sure did put a spanner in the works and has left us all here at school chasing our tails. We have a few announcements in this email that we needed to wait a little while longer (you can blame Covid).

Although it might have been a rocky start to the term with the lockdown, there have been some great things happening at school and outside that we’d like to share with you in this newsletter. Schools sure are busy places, and it makes me very proud to see all of the wonderful work and achievements that have been happening in the school.


Before we look at what has been happening in the school, I’d like to congratulate the Kerr and Tracy family with the exciting news of their cousin Ria Thompson winning a bronze medal for the Women’s Qadruple Scull (rowing team). This was a nail-biting finish, with the team coming from way behind to seal the Bronze medal. Well done to the “Speed Queens”, Ria Thompson, Rowena Meredith, Harriet Hudson and Caitlin Cronin.

School Strategic Plan Finalised

The School Strategic Plan (SSP), has been finalised and ratified by school council last week. The plan is now available for our community to read. It is accessible to download on our school’s website.

I am very excited about our new plan. It was thoughtfully thought out and I believe captures the school’s vision and direction very well. Our Goals and Key Improvement Strategies (KIS) over the next 2 and a half years will be:

Goal One: Improve literacy and numeracy outcomes for all students.

Key Improvement Strategies:

  1. Develop a documented ‘Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum’ that is monitored.
  2. Develop data and evidence informed teaching and learning.
  3. Embed Professional Learning Communities across the school.

Goal Two: Improve student engagement in learning.

Key Improvement Strategies:

  1. Embed consistent planning, teaching, and assessment processes to deepen learning through an Inquiry approach.
  2. Empower students to action voice, agency, and leadership.
  3. Embed the breadth and depth of the Victorian Curriculum to ensure a challenging differentiated program.

Goal Three: Embed a positive climate for learning.

Key Improvement Strategies:

  1. Develop and embed a whole school approach to wellbeing and inclusion.
  2. Empower parents as partners in learning.

That is all from me for now. Read on to find out just a few of the exciting happenings in the school.


Building and Grounds Update

No students during school holidays and yet another lockdown has meant we have completed loads of work at Coburg North!

The Inclusive Playground site has been handed over by our contractors and will be ready for use when kids return to school. It is a fantastic space with much needed play equipment. There are also plans for expanding the site in the months to come so keep an eye out for more changes!

The Coburg Crop is well underway with some major work already complete. There are two shipping containers permanently located on site and the foundations for the gardens, concrete benches, BBQs, and pizza oven are all established. Check out the amazing fencing constructed of reclaimed hard wood and the steel framework that will sit above the garden beds!

I will be building a chook shed, propagation house and fitting out the shipping containers too. We even managed to transplant some of the established trees from the site to the area to the east of the hall.

The demountable classrooms for 1C and 1D, 3C and 3D and 4C and 4D each now have a dividing wall with double sliding doors. These will help keep noise and other distractions to a minimum while still allowing collaborative work between the groups. The walls were built over the school holidays and finished during lock down. The biggest challenge was finding materials like structural pine and plasterboard during the pandemic induced shortages that have hit the building industry. We had to adapt our ideas a few times, but the result seems to be a success.

Captains Coloumn

News From the Art Captains

RFL 5.0

During Remote and Flexible Learning 5.0, the students in Foundation have been experimenting and learning about warm and cool colours.

The Grade 1 and 2‘s have been learning all about portraiture.

The students in Grades 3 and 4 have been exploring shading and the different effects they can use.

The Grade 5 and 6‘s have been working on self portraits, Manga art, optical illusions and mandalas.

Little Darlings Portrait Competition

The Little Darlings Portrait competition is still going and you can submit your entries. Entries close on Friday 10th of September. Remember the theme ‘What is it to be Australian?’ ‘How can you express identity through a portrait’ ‘ is the identity family, community,

culture, nation or something else?’. If you win in the schools competition then your entry goes into the Little Darlings Portrait Prize and you get a chance to win a prize and will have your work sent to the National Portrait Gallery Canberra.

If you are entering this competition, please make sure that you have filled in the relevant paperwork. You will find the links below:



Thank you for taking the time to read our newsletter piece.

Bye from the Art Captains,

Tilly and Holly

School Events

Grade 3-6 Athletics Carnival - 9th August

Grade F-2 Mini Olympics - 13th August

Book Week is Coming

This year, CNPS will be celebrating CBCA’s annual Book Week from the 21st to the 27th of August. The exciting new theme for this year is: Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds. In light of this wonderful occasion, we are hosting a few events:

Book Week Parade

There will be two Parades for Grades F-2 and Grades 3-6. The parade will be held on Friday the 27th of August.

Due to COVID restrictions, parents will not be allowed onsite to watch the parade at this current time. If these current restrictions remain in place on Parade Day, parents will be able to watch the parade online. There will be more information regarding this in the next couple of weeks.

Check out the CBCA’s website for more information and costume ideas. https://www.cbca.org.au/cbca-book-week

Looking forward to seeing you in your costumes!

Book Tasting

Book Tasting is a classroom event, where students have the opportunity to bring in a favourite book to share and share their enthusiasm in a book report with their peers. The book report is then constructed and placed on a piece of food. The piece of food might be mentioned in the book or the students choice. Students can construct their food using recyclable materials like cardboard and paper. Here are some examples of what a book tasting looks like:

Next week, students will be asked to begin bringing in their own materials (paper not included) they might need to construct their book report as this will be done in class.

Some materials that they might like to bring along:

  • cardboard
  • tape
  • foil
  • baking paper
  • paper plate
  • kitchen sponge

Families will be reminded next week about the materials students might need.

Virtual Family Reading Night

Virtual Family Reading Night will take place on Thursday from 5:30pm onwards. Families can get in nice and cosy in their pajamas with hot chocolate and listen to our teachers' favourite stories. Stories will be sent through in a link on Compass on the night, where families will be directed to our CNPS Virtual Library. Families then can choose which teacher or story they would like to listen to.

If you would like any more information about our Book Week events please contact me.

Kind regards,

Sarah Jackson

Master Planning Workshop Coming Soon

We have been working with Bryant Alsop Architects to create a masterplan for our school, which is intended to meet the future needs of CNPS and our community.

Student Voice

As part of our inquiry into how inequalities influence the world, on Thursday the 15th of July, Grade 5s we were lucky enough to meet AFLW Collingwood football player, Brittany Bonnici. We learnt about her childhood, where she grew up and some amazing facts about her.

Brittany told us about her life growing up and how she ended up playing for Collingwood. When she was 6 she started to play Auskick, and ended up in a boys team, but at 14 she wasn’t allowed to play with the boys, and had to find a girls team. Her sports teacher told her to join her club so Brittany did, and later on was selected for Collingwood (AFLW) but was concussed. She wasn’t allowed to play or eat certain foods, read certain size fonts or be on a screen too long for almost a year. She then went to the doctor who told her that her body was fine, her head was fine but she could not play football because she was a girl. She then went to a doctor who told her she could play.

Thank you so much for coming to our school (and signing your autograph so many times!). It has been an honour learning all about you.

From Grade 5 at CNPS.

Staff News

A big congratulations to one of our Teachers, Nick Stubbings, who has been selected as a finalist in the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2021.

Nick’s portrait of his daughter Hadley was chosen from over 3000 entries to be exhibited alongside 79 other portraits at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra.

The major prize winner will be announced on Friday 30th July, and the exhibition will be running until November, before touring nationally. Hopefully the borders open soon, so we can all visit the exhibition!

If you would like to vote for the ‘People’s Choice Award’, visit https://www.portrait.gov.au/npppphoto/97845/

Good Luck Nick!

Ride and Stride

Almost 60% of you completed the Ride & Stride travel survey last term, and we'd like to thank you for your input and share with you some of the key findings on how our families are travelling to and from school! This information has fed directly into the design of programs delivered as part of Ride & Stride over Term 3 & 4, which aim to specifically address the key active travel issues parents, students & teachers identified.

To address parental concerns around knowledge of kids arriving at school safely if travelling independently & actively, our new Ride & Stride TagOn kiosks have recently been installed and children have been allocated their tags so they can start 'tagging on' each morning, collecting points for travelling actively and notifying parents via instant email that they have arrived safely each day. We are excited to have launched this technology, and look forward to finding fun ways to reward students and classes trying to change up their travel behaviours to more active modes! If you would like your child to participate in this program and have not yet completed a Compass permission, please complete here by Friday the 6th of August.

To improve children’s & parents knowledge of safe and active routes to school, we have recently completed an ActivePaths map with Bicycle Network which will be on display soon. As part of the Ride & Stride program, Moreland City Council and Bicycle Network will launch these maps with a range of footpath markers across each safe route to school, so keep an eye out for more information on that soon

Parents and Friends

New Trivia Night Date

The date for this year’s Trivia Night has been rescheduled due to current COVID-19 venue-density restrictions. The new date will be a Saturday, October 9, from 7pm at Coburg West Bowling Club. Book now to reserve your spot!

Hosted by comedian Janet A McLeod as Planet Janet, one of Melbourne’s most accomplished trivia hosts, it’s a great chance to leave the kids at home and catch up with other parents and carers.

Tickets are $25 each, with all funds going towards fundraising for solar panels for the school.

There will be lots of great prizes and an online silent auction.

We will be setting up the room with tables of 10, so if you have already formed your brains trust and want to sit together please email a team name and your details to cnps_pf@hotmail.com

Don’t worry if you don't have a team – we will find a team of new friends for you to join!

Tables are encouraged to dress up as a movie theme for extra points.

NOTE: As we don’t know what COVID-19 might yet bring us, if we do go into lockdown, there is a contingency plan to run the Trivia Night as an online event if we can’t meet in person.

Book now: https://cnps-trivia2021.eventbrite.com.au

The Bunnings Sausage Sizzle Is On Again

The school’s Bunnings Sausage Sizzle is back on. This key fundraising event, which was postponed due to the June lockdown, will now take place on Saturday, August 28, 2021.

You can either volunteer at the event selling sausages with fellow parents – divided into two-hour shifts – or donate and/or loan items to help reduce cost of the event.

You can loan the following items:

  • Large Eskies

Or donate the following:

  • Soft drink cans (eg. Coke, Coke Zero, Fanta and Lift)
  • Bottled water
  • Small juice boxes
  • Tomato sauce bottles
  • BBQ sauce bottles
  • Mustard (mild please)
  • Napkins (white standard size)
  • Cooking oil
  • Paper towels
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Disinfectant wipes for surfaces
  • Food-handling gloves

To register for a shift and/or loan your Esky go to: https://signup.com/go/mfsRyTF

If you can donate items, let us know by contacting us at CNPS_PF@hotmail.com

Donated items can be left at the school by Friday, August 20.

School Council News

Hi CNPS Community,

The school council have had a busy few months - despite, and sometimes even helped by the last few home learning cycles there's been lots of positive progress on projects to make our school even better. One of my fortunate tasks on the school council is to keep abreast of all our subcommittees and working groups which I thought I'd share with you.

Parents and Friends are as always, finding ways to run events and fundraising. The Buildings and Grounds team are watching over some major projects like the Coburg Crop while also getting many smaller improvements complete (some of these are easier when our children learn from home - a silver lining perhaps!). The Education team review policies including this month, a careful look at our Bullying policy. Finance, of course, enable us to spend school funds on the things that matter while keeping an eye on balances. OSHC are looking at the first report from our operator, TheirCare and seeing how they are settling in. This year we also have a Communications working party whose purpose is to improve how the school communicates, and I'm pleased to see the team looking at what works and what needs improvement. Thank you to the volunteers, councillors and school staff who are part of these groups. While there's plenty of visible progress on school grounds at the moment, I'm always taken by how much our school strives for improvement in all areas, things which we don't immediately see or experience, but that make a difference all the same.

I'm hoping this hard work can be appreciated all the more if and when we can get back on to the school grounds to lend a hand.

See you at the gate!

Robbie Napper

CNPS School Council President 2021

CNPS School Council Subcommittee Vision Statements

School Council discussed how they can communicate with our community, what School Council does. Together the sub-committees and working parties created vision statements to share with everyone. These will also be posted on the school’s website this month.

Buildings, Grounds, Playgrounds, and Sustainability

The Buildings, Grounds, Playgrounds and Sustainability sub-committee will guide the continual improvement of CNPS building assets and school grounds with a focus on preserving natural resources. We will promote efficient, sustainable facilities that inspire students and the school community.

The sub-committee will make recommendations to Council on matters relating to school buildings, grounds, landscaping, gardens and play areas.

The B, G, P and S committee members are:

  • Paul Sutton (Chair)
  • Paul Cavicchiolo
  • Phil Cadman
  • Monika Gruss
  • Tim Prendergast
  • Sebastian Goder


The aim of the Education sub-committee is to support the development of policies which inform the some of the operations of the school.

The sub-committee reviews policies each year. During 2021, we are reviewing the following policies:

  • Bullying Prevention
  • Cash Handling
  • Digital Technologies
  • Electronic Funds Management
  • Parent Payment
  • School Purchasing Card
  • Personal Property
  • Statement of Philosophy and Values

These policies are published on the school’s website.

The Education committee membership includes:

  • Georgie Murphy (Chair)
  • Michael Hill
  • Sarah Jefford
  • Jenny Ha
  • Kyla Mamic
  • Steve Lawson

Parents and Friends

Coburg North Parents and Friends works to nurture and grow school spirit by bringing the school community and outside community together through fun, welcoming, inclusive, sustainable activities and events, while raising funds for the school.

The 2021 Parents and Friends comprises:

  • President - Amelia Matthews
  • Vice President - Shirley Santacroce
  • Treasurer - Meredith Dimsey
  • Secretary - Amelia O’Neill
  • School council representative - Tamara Heath

General members comprise a wonderful group of parents and carers across the school community. We welcome everyone and share regular updates via the school newsletter.


The Finance Sub-Committee has the role of;

  • Reviewing the monthly receipts, payments, bank statements, program budget reports and other financial reports
  • Planning the budget for subsequent year – making recommendations to School Council
  • Providing input into the development of school strategic goals
  • Ensuring our resources are targeted at meeting the goals of the Strategic Plan
  • Ensuring funding and resources are allocated towards school maintenance and capital development projects
  • Review of Policy & Procedures as necessary
  • To advise School Council as appropriate

The Finance Committee does not deal with routine management or operational matters that are the responsibility of the school Principal and school leadership.

The committee consists of:

  • Brad Appleton (Chair)
  • Monika Gruss (School Principal)
  • Sebastian Goder (School Business Manager)
  • Jenny Ha

Communication Working Party

The Communication Working Party aims to support and improve communication to facilitate engagement of the school community. In 2021-22 we aim to:

  • Survey the school community to gather information about communication
  • Work with the school to revise the communication strategy for School Council
  • Harness existing communication tools to improve and facilitate communication with the community

The CWP members are:

  • Sarah Jefford (Chair)
  • Tamara Heath
  • Phil Cadman
  • Paul Cavicchiolo
  • Steve Lawson

2021 Parent/Caregiver/Guardian Opinion Survey

We want our parents/caregivers/guardians to tell us what they think!

Our school is conducting a survey to find out what parents/caregivers/guardians think of our school. The Parent/Caregiver/Guardian Opinion Survey is an annual survey offered by the Department of Education and Training that is conducted amongst a sample of randomly selected parents/caregivers/guardians (previously known as the Parent Opinion Survey). It is designed to assist schools in gaining an understanding of families’ 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.

Approximately 30 per cent of parents will be invited to participate in this year’s survey. . All responses to the survey are anonymous. This year, the Parent/Caregiver/Guardian Opinion Survey will be conducted from Monday 19th July to Sunday 22nd August.

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.


TheirCare Newsletter

Please see the following link for the latest news from TheirCare: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1F3MIeTck6J0PkN1lGZ1-CqvBkTg1cnPD/view?usp=sharing

Up Coming Events

  • Mini Olympics F-2 - 13 August (wear your house colors)
  • School Council - 25 August 7pm
  • Virtual Family Reading Night - 5:30 - 7:00pm
  • Book Week Parade - 27 August (dress as your favourite book character)
  • Athletics Carnival 3-6 - 1 September (we are your house colors)
  • Father’s Day stall/alternative - (TBC-covid pending)
  • Year 3 and Year 4 Camp - 6 September - 8 September
  • Year 5 Camp - 8 September -10 September
  • R U OK Day - 10 September
  • Coburg North CinemACT Film Festival - 16 September
  • Footy Colours Day - 17 September
  • Last day of Term (early finish 2:30pm) - 17 September

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