CNPS Bulletin 2021 | issue 2 | MARCH

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

Welcome everyone to our second edition of the CNPS Monthly Bulletin. We have a big one this month with many introductions and messages from our student captains. It seems so long ago, but it was only 3 weeks ago that we welcomed our new Foundation addition to the CNPS family..... We are very happy to announce that they have settled in very well and are doing a great job at transitioning into primary school life. I’d like to thank the Foundation team for doing a great job in their transition and filling our new student's schooling days with smiles and new learning.

Welcome to our 2021 CNPS Foundation Students

If you are looking for a pick me up, or some light reading over the long weekend, be sure to check out our 'Wondering About School' ebook available on the Books app (we are working on getting it on android too). This is our very first Foundation publication illustrating their pictures and words on what they wanted to know about school. Their questions were answered from their older buddy who will help them out through their first year of primary school.

Click here to download our eBook on the Books app

Along with our monthly newsletters and Compass posts, we have revamped our Virtual Assemblies to create our student-led Coburg North News Network (CNNN), where our CNNN crew report the news at CNPS. Our news broadcasts will be shown every fortnight. Be sure to check them our via our Compass posts.

Until next month, have a good one,



The following is a list of grades that have students with anaphylaxis and what they are allergic to:

  • Foundation: Nuts,(FA, FD), egg (FD)
  • Grade 1: nuts(1A, 1B), coconut (1A), pineapple (1A), kiwifruit (1A, 1B), eggs (1B), dairy products (1B), sesame (& crushed sesame) (1B)
  • Grade 3: Nuts (3A, 3D)
  • Grade 4: Nuts (4A)
  • Grade 6: Nuts (6C), bee stings (6A)

Note: Sometimes multiples classes in one year level, eg Foundation grades, sit together possibly for lunch or in other sessions.

Note: There is an Anaphylaxis Policy for the school on our CNPS website, for more details about Anaphylaxis and/or see below:

Anaphylaxis is a severe and sudden allergic reaction when a person is exposed to an allergen. The most common allergens in children are eggs, peanuts, tree nuts (e.g. cashews), cow's milk, fish and shellfish, wheat, soy, certain insect stings and medications. Anaphylaxis is a serious health issue for a percentage of the population and the school recognises the key to preventing an anaphylactic reaction by a student is knowledge, awareness and planning.

The last couple of years at Coburg North Primary we have had an increase in students who suffer from Anaphylaxis. The Education Department Legal unit was contacted for advice on this. Below is an excerpt from the advice we received:

The guidelines state that it is not recommended that schools ban food or other products known to cause anaphylaxis because:

  • It can create complacency amongst staff and students
  • It does not eliminate the presence of hidden allergens
  • It is difficult to 'ban' all triggers: not all triggers are limited to peanuts and nuts.

It is preferable that the school raise awareness about anaphylaxis in the school community so that there is an increased understanding of the condition. The school may also wish to help parents/carers to identify more suitable food options for their children.

At CNPS this means we do not ban foods being brought to school, but we do ask you consider how you send them and that you discuss with your child how they can ensure other children are safe. Some ways of doing this include:

  • Reminding children that they are not to share food at school
  • Keeping any products with nuts in a safely secured container
  • Talking to your children about allergies


Over the last fortnight, our classes have been showing great creativity and teamwork skills constructing a wide range of structures using the Nudelkart. Students have collaborated and problem solved to achieve their final products. It has been great to see the excitement and enthusiasm that the students have been showing throughout.

Captain’s Column



It was the day that would change history forever… they were about to announce… the JSC’s for class 5A… as Stephanie spoke, we were all as nervous as a fly in a web. “May you all remember that you all made amazing JSC persuasive speeches, and it was a very close vote. Now here is the JSC for the first semester. The JSC is… LUCA MAHON!” Ok, enough intense story’s. My name is Luca Mahon, and I am the JSC for 5A, terms 1 and 2. I wasn't expecting that I would be JSC. I wanted to have more sustainable fundraisers, upgrade the sport fields and change the lunch order sponsor back to O'Hea's bakery. My first JSC meeting, everybody had lots of really good ideas, and I approved of them all. I really like being in JSC because I find it fun because I can make changes to the school and make people happy. I like asking people if what I thought of is a good idea and if it needs improvements, so I can make people happy. I can’t wait to get out there and represent our students!


Coburg District Swimming Championships

On Thursday 11 February the following students represented CNPS at the Coburg District Swimming Championships at Elite Swimming:

Georgia Butler, Kacey Barber, Madison Appleton, Frieda Cowan, Scarlett Crowe, Gemma Matthews, Alexandra Kennedy, Ella Appleton, Lucinda Parsons, Maddison Purcell, Kaitlin Barber, Camille-Sutton Heath, Holly Dimsey, Janey Phu, Samira Peak, Abigail Crowe, Charlotte Abbott, Ava Sugden and Elijah Wells.

These students competed in a range of events including 50m freestyle, 50m breaststroke, 50m backstroke, 50m butterfly, a freestyle relay and an open medley. They were fantastic role models for the school, always encouraging each other and demonstrating the school values. Huge congratulations to all the students who made it through to the Divisional Championships which was held on Wednesday 3rd of March. We had 11 students attend the carnival and they did a wonderful job! We are so proud of all of them! Well done to the CNPS swimming team and they should be commended on all their hard work and dedication. Thank you also to all the parents for their ongoing support!

Coburg District Tennis Championships

On Wednesday 24th of February we had two students represent CNPS at the Coburg District Championships. These students included Jacob Gordan and Max Vounoridis. They were fantastic competitors on the day and gave it their all. They upheld the school’s values and were excellent role models displaying wonderful sportsmanship. Well done boys and congratulations to Jacob who came runner up on the day and will be competing at the upcoming Divisional Tennis Championships.


Yesterday, at Coburg North we had our first lunchtime concert this year. Multiple students from different age groups played piano solos. They were all very talented, and attracted a large crowd. There was a huge variety of music for the whole school to enjoy.The concert was a great opportunity for these young pianists to show off their skills. I’m sure everyone enjoyed it, and would be happy to see another one very soon. Everybody practiced very hard, and tried their best. In the future, there will be more lunchtime concerts featuring different musical instruments and bands. Thank you to all the students who participated in the concert. Everyone did a wonderful job and should be proud of themselves. We hope next time, more students decide to participate, or join the crowd to witness their friends perform.


Welcome to our 2021 School Council members.

Sarah Jefford

My partner Troy and I have two children at CNPS – Archie (Grade 5) and Raf (Grade 2). We also have a cute puppy, Cedric Diggory, who often joins us on the school walk. We’ve lived on Gaffney Street for 9 years.

I have appreciated the support and belonging to the CNPS community over the past 5 years and am excited to be making a contribution. I’m usually found hanging around the Jersey Street entrance and am also on Facebook.

I am a family and surrogacy lawyer and work from home, and otherwise spend my time debating with two future lawyers about their contributions to household chores and adherence to parental limits on screen time.

Jenny Ha

Hello to everyone in the the CNPS community. I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to contribute to the school this year. I have two wonderful children, Max and Zoe, who are currently learning and thriving at the school. During home-school last year, I decided that I would embrace more opportunities to be a part of their world. The nomination process came to my attention at a perfect time.

Outside of being Max and Zoe's mum, I am currently Group Director for Growth Development at Worley - Australia's largest engineering firm in the energy and resources sector. This means I get to work with lots of engineers to develop new solutions and technologies that are key to the energy transition challenges.

Robbie Napper

Hi my name is Robbie and my two children attend CNPS. This is my second year on council, last year I led the Buildings Grounds and Sustainability subcommittee. I'm on school council to try and give back to the school that gives my family so much. Our council is representative, so please feel free to approach me if you want to talk about the school.

Brad Appleton

I have two girls, Ella in Grade 6 and Madison in Grade 4, both attending Coburg North.

My background is working in Finance and I am a qualified accountant with many years of experience including in the education sector.

I wanted to join school council as I have a strong connection with the education sector and value the opportunities CNPS provides for our children. I have previously volunteered as a class parent rep and have enjoyed seeing the school grow over the last few years. I hope to be able to contribute to the continued growth of the school and will strive to support the school in making it the best possible experience for both the kids and the parents.

Georgie Murphy

I have been a member of the CNPS School Council since 2019. During that time I have been involved with the Education, Playground and ICT working parties. I really enjoy feeling I can help to make a difference to the school in a positive way.

I have three children at Coburg North in prep, grade 2 and grade 4. I love being part of such a passionate, friendly and vibrant school community and I look forward to the opportunity to being involved in School Council again.

I have been a primary school teacher for 18 years and I love working with children. I have taught in Australia, England and Africa and I feel lucky to have a job I love. I am passionate about helping children develop a love of learning in all aspects of school life and preparing them for life in the world today.

Phil Cadman

I have two kids at Coburg North, in years 5 and 4. We love the school and the community.

I am a barrister with a specialty in public sector decision-making, although I’m also a qualified teacher. I’ve been a relief teacher in schools and taught law at universities. I have really enjoyed being a part of the Playground Committee and am keen to increase my involvement in helping our great school tick. I play indoor soccer, the piano and the guitar (but not all at a once). I commute by bike and you can see me many mornings riding by CNPS to drop off the kids.

I am very happy for anyone to reach out to me with ideas and input, and look forward to working for you on the School Council.

Steve Lawson

I have 2 children aged 6 and 8 at Coburg North and I have been a member of school council for a year. I have really enjoyed getting involved with the buildings and grounds subcommittee and a number of working parties and getting to know both the other parent members, and the incredible teaching staff at the school.

I work as an IT consultant, and outside of school I like to spend time camping and mountain biking.

Paul Cavicchiolo

I have 2 children aged 7 and 9 at Coburg North PS and I have been a member of school council for a year. I work as a Senior Project manager in the manufacturing industry.

Sebastian Goder

I am qualified as a Chartered Accountant and, before becoming a Business Manager, I worked for several years in the Department of Education creating budgets for all schools across the state. I believe being a school council member is a crucial part of being a good BM, as it allows me to support the school in making strategic resourcing decisions.

Michael Hill

I completed my final university placement at Coburg North Primary School in 2012. I was fortunate enough to get a job here the following year and have been here since (besides a short break in 2019). The first 6 years of my career were spent as a Foundation teacher. During this time I also ran Preschool Story Time, which allowed me to get to know many families. I have worked with fellow teachers and parents as part of the sustainability and reconciliation teams. I believe that a school can only be a ‘good’ school unless it has the community to make it ‘great’. We are fortunate to be part of an amazing community at CNPS.

Tim Prendergast

I’m currently one of the school’s two Assistant Principals and have worked at Coburg North for the last 17 years. I feel fortunate to work in a school with great kids, passionate teachers and a supportive parent community.

During my time at Coburg North, I have been a member of multiple school councils and sub-committees in various guises. I appreciate and value the time and effort that teachers and parents commit to making Coburg North such a great place.

In my spare time, I’m usually running after my young son and trying to convince him of the benefits of barracking for Collingwood.

School Council Dates

All is welcome to attend school council meetings. All visitors who request to attend must inform the school 2 days prior to the meeting.

  • 24 February
  • 31 March
  • 26 May
  • 24 June
  • 28th July
  • 25th August
  • 27th October
  • 24th November

School Council Meeting

The School Council met on Wednesday 24 February and discussed the following items:

  • School Camps,
  • Crossing Supervisor on Jersey Street
  • School Reviews
  • 2021 Annual Implementation Plan
  • Uniform Policy correspondence
  • External Music Program

Reports were provided by the Principal, Finance and Education Sub Committees.

As this was the last school council meeting for the 2020 period, I’d like to thank school council members for their contribution through a very challenging year. It has been a privilege to work with such a committed team of staff and parents.

The first school council meeting of the 2021 year will be on the 31 March at 7pm. In this meeting we will declare all positions vacant and nominate positions for the President and Office Bearers (Vice President and Treasurer) and form sub committees (Finance, Education, Buildings, Grounds and Sustainability and Parents and Friends).

All are welcome to attend school council meetings. Please notify the Principal (Executive Officer) at least 48 hours prior to the meeting.

Nicola Andrews (School Council President)

Other Important News

Child Safe

Coburg North Primary School is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people. This is the primary focus of our care and decision-making. Coburg North Primary School has zero tolerance for child abuse. Our Child Safe related policies can be found on our website.

As part of commitment to Child Safe, we have engaged the expertise of Body Safe Australia to deliver their ‘Unique You’ protective behaviours program. This program began Monday 22nd February. The first week’s topic covered emotions; how to accurately identify theirs’ and others’ emotions, and how to communicate their emotions to others including their ‘safe’ adults. The program continues on a weekly basis for the next few weeks. Future topics to be covered can found in the parent booklet sent out via COMPASS on Wednesday 3rd February.

If you require a copy of the Parent handbook, please email Kyla. If you have any questions relating to the program, please feel free to contact Body Safe Australia on: info@bodysafetyaustralia.com.au or call 9471 2247 (M-F 9am-5pm)



Growing Farmers is a Moreland based community organisation that is supporting regenerative food growing capacity in urban communities. Moreland council is currently seeking community input on the Fawkner Merri Parklands development, and as part of that process we are hoping to gain access to some land to start a community market garden in Fawkner.

See our chat with Costa (from Gardening Australia) about our Backyard Farmers Project. Jump to about 2.05 to see the live cross to one of our backyard farms.

If you're interested to support us you can find out more at www.growingfarmers.org.au and add your support for a community market garden to Council's consultation page (click on the button below).

Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) Application Form

If you are a holder of a Centrelink Health Care Card or a Pension Concession Card you may be eligible for CSEF. Applications are available from the office.

Please call reception if you have any questions on 9354 1660.

For a PDF version of the CSEF application form, please click on the following link: CSEF Application Form

eSafety @ CNPS

Gaming Apps

Keep up to date on all those games that your children are playing, or are telling you that they have to have because everyone at school is playing it. We have heard this line before (I remember pulling it with my parents when I was at school), but don't be fooled as not everyone is playing these games at home.

To protect your children's viewing and gaming online, visit the Common Sense Media website to find out about what your children are watching and playing. You can learn about the latest games, apps and social media, including how to protect your information and report inappropriate content.

Setting up some ground rules at home for playing online isn't always easy, but having clear expectations, such as no devices in the bedroom can help. Before you agree to downloading a game on their device, visit Common Sense Media with your child and let their information be the deciding measure.

TikTok, Snap Chat, Instagram and AmongUs are some of the few apps that are popular amongst tweens that are not appropriate for primary aged children. Please visit Common Sense Media to find out more information about these apps.

Some of the popular apps tweens are using.

For more information about how to protect your personal information, report online abuse or to block someone please refer to the eSafety guide below.


Parents and Friends

Events in 2021

Welcome to all new families and welcome back to existing ones. Let’s hope 2021 is a far cry from 2020.

The P&F group is planning some terrific school and community events this year, including Trivia Night, the Plants for Panels sale (following the great success of 2019 and 2020), a potential barefoot bowls family event or a night at the new Palace Cinema Pentridge.

Keep an eye on Compass for updates and developments. We’re back in business!

Ritchies (IGA supermarket at Pentridge) Community Benefit Card

CNPS is now a registered benefactor of the Ritchies Community Benefit Card. You just need to sign up to the Ritchies Loyalty program, either via the Ritchies app or collect a card in the store and nominate CNPS. For every $2000 spent per month, the school receives $10.

P&F AGM/Public Forum

The Parents and Friends Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday, March 15, 7pm, in the OSHC/STEM room. Entry is via the staff car park. The much-coveted positions of president, vice-president, treasurer, secretary and the school council community representative will be voted on that evening.

To be eligible to vote and/or be elected, you will need to register using the appropriate form and returning it no later than the start time of AGM. Registration must be done annually. For a copy of the form please email cnps_pf@hotmail.com

Welcome New Parents

All new parents are invited to attend our meetings which are held the third Monday of the month.

Up Coming Events

  • Body Safe workshops continue this term
  • Clean Up Australia Day - Friday, 5 March
  • Labor Day Holiday, Monday 8 March
  • Emergency Practice Drill (lockdown) - Thursday, 11 March
  • Parents and Friends Meeting, Monday, 15 March
  • Ride2School Day - Friday, 19 March
  • Whole School Assembly, Friday, 26 March
  • Whole School Harmony Day Celebration, Wednesday, 31 March, 5pm - 7pm
  • School Council Meeting, Wednesday, 31 March, 7pm
  • Curriculum Day (no school for students today) - Thursday, 1 April
  • Good Friday, Friday, 2 April
  • First day of Term 2, Monday, 19 April

Community News

PV Rotary Raffle

For more information about the PV Rotary Raffle, please click on the button below:

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