CNPS Bulletin 2020 | issue 16 | 13 November

Principal’s Column

The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month has a special significance in the post war years. This day has become universally associated with the remembrance of those who had died in the war.

A few years ago, the school was given an Oak tree seed from the war field in Gallipoli. The seed grew into a small tree and was kept in a pot and hidden under a large tree during the building construction.

Leila and Annabelle, the ANZAC captains from years ago, came up to me last week and asked me where the tree was to see if it was ok. Together we spoke about the tree and how great it would be if we had the right spot for it to be planted to be enjoyed by everyone. I was delighted when I received a letter from them, to go to our architects asking to be involved in the planning process. What an excellent example of initiative and leadership. Stay tuned for our Master Plan and the location of our memorial Oak Tree from the grounds of Gallipoli.

Lest we forget

School Fees

The school fees have been finalised by School Council and will be ready to receive payment on the 27th January 2021. As we have reduced the fees in 2021, we would like to kindly ask all parents to consider paying the full amount, as these fees support the school in providing engaging resources for our students.

In 2021, our fees will go towards items such as student learning materials, equipping the STEM building, supplementing our provision of a first aid officer and improving school facilities (note that Building and Library Funds donations are tax deductible). You will find the Coburg North Parent Payment Policy on the school website. Please do not hesitate to contact the Business Manager Sebastian Goder if you have any questions or wish to set up a payment plan.

RFL 2.0 School Community Feedback

There was a significant response to the survey asking for feedback on the RFL 2.0 program from the school community. We would like to thank you if you were able to complete the survey and help us to make improvements to the way we teach remotely.

The results showed that the majority of the school community would like to have more Webex sessions, more accessible tasks and to keep the specialist programs running during RFL.

Other aspects had conflicting results, such as the number of tasks and pre-recorded videos. For example, half liked them, half didn't.

We will be using the information from the survey to make improvements and help us create a plan for RFL 3.0 if it happens. Fingers crossed, we won't need to do it.

School Photos

Our photographer will be back next week on Tuesday Nov 17th to take photos of any students that were absent for school photos this week.


The Office of the eSafety Commissioner is a fantastic online resource for parents and children to learn more about being cyber smart and cyber safe when it comes to the digital environment.

eSafety Parents is a place where as parents you can learn about the digital environment and how to help your child have safe and enjoyable online experiences.

There are six topics to work through (Social Media, Screen Time, Personal Information, Inappropriate Content, Cyberbullying and Contact with Strangers) and have discussions about.

Each topic has a 10 minute interactive tour, designed for parents of pre-teens and young teens (10 to 14 years). It has plenty of tips and practical steps along the way so you can help your child explore safely and manage online issues should they arise. This is especially important at this age as they strive for independence and peer acceptance.

Social Media

Fact: On average, children aged 10 to 14 years have 2 active social media accounts

  1. Talk regularly with your child about privacy settings on social media. Updating your own privacy settings sets a great example and helps you understand potential safety issues. Be aware of any minimum age requirements.
  2. Keep your ears and eyes open. Other parents and the media can be a great source of information when it comes to the latest or most preferred app.
  3. Let your child know that you’re really interested in how they’re connecting with friends. They might be more inclined to talk openly about social media if you talk about what others (their friends and peers) are doing online.

Go to https://www.esafety.gov.au/parents for more.

Parents and Friends

P&F Get-Together

After a year of virtual meetings, social distancing and almost no visits to the pub, the P&F is delighted to announce that we can finally come together in person for an end-of-year thank-you drink. This will take place at the Post Office Hotel on Sunday, December 6, from 3pm till 5pm. Due to current restrictions, no booking can be made, and so it's a first-in-best-dressed affair. But if this changes, P&F president Ruzi will make a booking and advise.

Artwork Fundraiser

Despite all the disruption to the school year - and P&F fundraising activities - we have still been able to do the annual Artwork Calendar fundraiser. During the first few weeks back at school, children worked on a piece of art which can now be turned into calendars or a range of other keepsakes, perfect for Christmas presents. More details will be sent out via compass in the coming days.

NOTE: If you have more than one child, you will need to do a separate transaction for each child’s artwork.

Please note, due to the difficulties making this happen before the end of the year, the ordering deadline is very tight. Orders close strictly by Wednesday, November 18. If you have any questions regarding the artwork or ordering, please contact Meredith Dimsey on 0411 700 311 or at meredithdimsey@gmail.com

Plants For Panels

A huge thank you to the growers, crafters, packers and hosts for October's Plants for Panels sale, particularly to chief propagator Vanessa Basilone who co-ordinated the whole event under the considerable complication of a COVID lockdown. Thanks to Jackie Hanson, Kalissa Alexeyeff, Ruzi Duric, Justin McManus, Annie Hanson Cohen, Steph Cath Garling, Emma Hopkins, Liz Pye, Charlotte Napper, Charlotte Clarke, Angela Pamic, Shirley Santacroce, Jo Harrison, Mike Bruce, Carolyn Deveney, Kim Mason, Jealan Eltantawy, Matt Pring, Nick Smith and Jane Holroyd.

Goblet Design Competition

One of the school parents (Ruth Allen of www.ruthallenglass.com.au) has generously offered to host a competition, to raise funds for the school and enable the winner the opportunity to watch their dream goblet being made at a local glassblowing studio. Students can enter as many times as they like. The entry form and fee of $2/entry should be submitted to their classroom teacher or the office by December 2, 2020. The entry form and further details attached, but students can also obtain the form from their teacher. Please find a letter below from Ruth.

Hi, I'm Ruth Allen, a local Coburgian and mother of Zoe who has attended CNPS since foundation. I am a glass artist and have a glassblowing studio in Hossack Ave (just off Gaffney Street) where for the last decade, we've been making unique glass creations by hand (and mouth) using techniques that are centuries old. My husband Josh is a ceramicist who has his workshop within the studio and has been making prolifically during lockdown.

Like many small businesses that have been impacted by Covid, we've had to get creative to navigate through the challenges. This year we're opening up our studio doors for the first time on the first weekend in December. This indoor/outdoor event will combine studio demonstrations and opportunities to 'Make Your Own' alongside an Outdoor Gallery full of beautiful glassware and ceramics that will be available for purchase in time for Christmas. In celebration of our inaugural Open Studio event, we are running a "Design Your Dream Goblet" kids competition fundraiser for CNPS. The winning entries will be created LIVE in front of the studio audiences during the open day (details can be found on the entry form). We'd love to see you at our Open Studio event so please come and say hi.

Entry forms will be sent home with students, if you would like to print your own form, please click the button below.

you can find Ruth's website, ruthallenglass.com.au, by scanning the QR code or clicking the button below.

Up Coming Events

  • School House Cup Mufti Day and Virtual Carols - Thursday, 10 December
  • Prep Breakfast - Friday, December 11th
  • Whole School Transition Day - Monday, 14 December
  • Reports sent out via Compass - Monday, December 14th
  • Virtual Grade 6 Graduation - Tuesday, December 15th
  • Year Six Big Day In - Wednesday, 16 December
  • Virtual Student Led Exhibition - Wednesday, December 16th
  • Last day of term, 2:30pm dismissal - Friday, 18 December

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