CNPS Bulletin 2021 | issue 4 | MAY

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 (welcome) back to school for another great term of learning. This term we will finally commence our school review. The school review team will consist of our School Improvement Team (SIT), School Council President, Robbie Napper, our challenge partners Lyn Davie (New Pedagogies for Deep Learning specialist) and Belinda Karlsson (Principal at Gladstone Views Primary School, expert in data and wellbeing), our SEIL (Senior Education Improvement Leader), Tony Privitelli, an independent reviewer Carol Every from Valad Solutions and myself. I am looking forward to working with this dynamic team and look forward to sharing our findings with our community at the end of this term.

CNPS Leaders Represent the School for ANZAC Day

Our School Captains with local MP, Lizzie Blandthorn.

Keeping the ANZAC tradition alive, on Sunday 25 April, the School Captains and I, participated in the Annual ANZAC Commemoration. Captains laid a wreath at the Pascoe Vale RSL to acknowledge the contributions made by men and women who served their country in war, other conflicts or peace keeping missions. It was a beautiful ceremony with many people and representatives from other local schools in attendance for this significant event.

CNPS lays a wreath - Lest we forget.

Australian Imperial Force Database

The AIF (Australian Imperial Force) project was developed by the University of NSW (UNSW) to locate soldiers who served in World War I. Using the UNSW’s website: https://air.adfa.edu.au/index.html the school has discovered that David James Cairns DOIG resided at 180 O’Hea Road (Street) in 1918.

The link below shows a map constructed by the school using data from the above site of all the men and women who enlisted from the Coburg area during World War I. You may be living in a house or on a site with a connection an ANZAC. Please note that there are approximately another 50 men or women who have not been pinned to this map as there was no specific street address on their record.


We encourage all families to search for ancestors who may have served in WWI and other conflicts.

Lest We Forget

Vale Sian Harrison

A great sadness was felt amongst our students, staff and parent community this month with the loss of a much loved mother and friend to many of our parent community. Siân Harrison, passed away on the 19 April after a prolonged illness.

Siân has been a committed member of Parents and Friends and a very active member of the school community from 2016 when Tom joined our school community in Prep. She always helped on craft stalls, Mothers and Fathers’ day stalls and the Parents’ and Friends special school lunch days. Her involvement extended to participation in the Farmers’ Market activities, CNPS exercise boot camp and coffee mornings with other parents who worked to raise funds for school projects.

Siân’s funeral on Tuesday 27 April at Coburg Town Hall was a wonderful celebration of her life and was attended by many parents, their children and school staff. Siân was loved by many, she will be greatly missed.

For those who would like to pay their respects to the Harrison family can do so by donating to the National Breast Cancer Foundation at: https://fundraise.nbcf.org.au/fundraisers/ameliaoneill/in-loving-memory-of-si--n-harrison


NAPLAN (National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy), is run by the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA). They provide four tests that are administered by teachers annually to all Australian students in grades 3, 5, 7 and 9 on the same day across Australia.

Students are assessed in reading, writing, language conventions and numeracy.

The data that is gathered from these tests are collated and posted as an average performance against other schools in the country on the government website, ‘My School’ and is used for schools in developing their School Strategic Plans (SSP) and Annual Implementation Plans (AIP).

‘NAPLAN is not a test of content. Instead it tests skills in literacy and numeracy that are developed over time through the school curriculum.' (NAP, 2012)

At CNPS, we do not teach to the test or spend excessive time on test preparation. If your child is discussing the up coming NAPLAN testing period, put their mind at ease by telling them not to worry and to do their best. At school our teachers are working on the way our students look at tests by positively preparing them by looking at them as a text type and teaching it as we would any other text type.

If you have any concerns over the upcoming NAPLAN assessment, please contact Kyla Mamic at Kyla.Mamic@education.vic.gov.au


  • Tuesday May 11 - Language Conventions and Writing
  • Wednesday May 12 - Reading
  • Thursday May 13 - Numeracy

2022 Foundation Information Session

Enrolments for 2022 are now open. If you have a child that will be starting in 2022, please contact the office to get an enrolment form. We will be holding our Foundation Information session on the Tuesday 25 May at 7pm. We will be talking about the school's vision and our teaching and learning program at the school.

Story Time is back at CNPS. After our Foundation information session, we will be starting our much loved Story Time as part of our transition program. Please contact the office every Wednesday after 10am to book a place for you and your children. Places are limited.

School Calendar on Compass

For all school events, please look on the calendar on Compass. Here you will see all events that are occurring in the school over the year. At the beginning of each term we add new events to the calendar once it has been confirmed by our School Improvement Team. If you are having any troubles with accessing Compass or receiving information, please contact our office.

School Calendar on Compass

Public Annual Report

Prior to our next School Council meeting (7pm on the 26 May), we will be holding our Annual Public Report Meeting. This is an opportunity for school council to report on the Annual Report and proceedings of the council since the date of the previous public meeting.

Victorian public schools do not hold AGMs but rather an Annual Public Report meeting. The purpose of this meeting is for information to be reported only. For community members who are wanting to provide input into school council matters, you can do this through speaking to one of our school council members, or by emailing the school directly. If you are interested in coming along to the listen to our Annual Report findings, please let me know by emailing the office at coburg.north.ps@education.vic.gov.au for a visitor request form. Our Annual Report is posted on the school’s website for public viewing.

That is all from me for this month, take care and enjoy the last few warm days of Autumn.


Other News

Ride & Stride 2021

CNPS is excited to announce that we are one of two schools selected to participate in the Moreland City Council 2021 Ride & Stride Pilot!

The pilot program is designed to get more of Moreland’s children and families travelling actively, creating healthier and happier people and places in Moreland!

CNPS will work with council to design a bespoke, integrated program to encourage active travel to and from the school gates. The program will be delivered in Term 2 and 3.

The program will combine investment in technological active travel equipment for the school, specifically trialing the installation of a gamified transport technology, along with a suite of active travel behaviour change initiatives that are selected by and delivered with students, teachers, parents/carers and the local community.

We will provide more details in the coming weeks about how students and parents can be involved in the pilot.

A big thank you to Robbie Nappier and Gabby Young for helping with our application and the work to come.

Nude Food Competiton

Parents and Friends

Remembering Siân Harrison

As most of you will know, the school community this week farewelled school parent Siân Harrison, who passed away 14 months to the day after being diagnosed with cancer. Siân was a shining soul who will be greatly missed around the school, especially so by the Parents & Friends group, where she turned up regularly, with a generous heart and wry humour. Siân was a regular helper, crafter and particularly baker, whose skills in the kitchen helped swell the stocks at many a Mothers’ Day and Fathers’ Day stall. She was always quick to whip up a large slice or tins of biscuits for stalls, coffee mornings or special events, and was a regular face at the school’s barbecue stall back when CNPS hosted the local Farmers’ Market. Her family has set up a donation page with the National Breast Cancer Foundation to fund research into the aggressive lobular triple negative breast cancer with which Siân was diagnosed. Dearest Siân, rest in peace.

Calling All Makers and Crafters for Mothers’ Day

In memory of Siân, it has been decided that funds from this year’s Mothers’ Day stall will go towards a school project that will honour Siân’s memory. The proposed project is a set of sports equipment boxes – due to her son, Tom’s, love of sport – that will bear a plaque of some kind acknowledging Siân’s significant contributions to the school since 2016.

But to make that stall happen, the P&F is seeking items for the Mother’s Day stall – a LOT of items – so, please let us know what you can contribute.

Unfortunately, due to COVID restrictions, we are not able to accept home-baked goods this year BUT the P&F is holding a Baking Day on Monday, May 3 (10am-3pm) at the school to make sure we have baked goods for the stall. Please sign-up to volunteer for a shift for the Baking Day at https://signup.com/go/WTSJtym

Things to note:

  • Items need to be within the $1-$10 range (ideally under $6 to appeal to kids)
  • Note that while the items are intended to be gifts for Mum/Nana/great-aunt Mildred, the most popular pieces are those that appeal to the kids
  • Please consider the environment! No store-bought plastics please · Please email ageddes33@gmail.com with the quantity and a description of the items you are contributing
  • Deliver items for sale to the school office by no later than Thursday, May 6

Can’t get your craft on? No worries, volunteer time or materials instead:

If you have the following materials but no time to create, donations can be left in the box at school reception before Friday, April 30:

  • Wool, felt, fabric, small terracotta pots (or the like), old tea cups or mugs in good condition, medium jars with lids (clean!), small succulent cuttings, seed packets (eg herbs, sunflowers), small potted plants/herbs

Thank you in advance for your support. If you have any queries, please contact Antonia at ageddes33@gmail.com (Please note, there will be a short OHS training and induction session at the start of each shift. This is a mandatory Department of Education requirement for volunteers. The good news is that this covers you for any future volunteering you do at the school in 2021.)

Harmony Day Fundraising

Thank you to all the volunteers who helped out at Harmony Day, and to all those who supported the event on March 31 – remarkably, our first on-site event since 2019. Food sales on the night raised almost $1800 to go towards the school’s Solar Panels project.

eSafety @ CNPS

Anti-Bullying Incursion

On Monday 3rd May, and Tuesday the 4th of May, all students will have the opportunity to participate in a workshop presented by the organisation 'Bully Zero'.

Students in Foundation to Grade 2 will participate in a session called 'Understanding Bullying'. Students will be provided with evidence-based information on bullying, the different types of bullying and its impact on young people. They will also be taught a variety of strategies to help them assess and respond to bullying situations, whilst also identifying and understanding the role of bystanders.

Students in Grades 3 to Grade 6 will participate in a session called 'SafetyNet'. They will be provided with information about cyberbullying and online safety. This includes learning about what cyberbullying is and how it can be recognised. It also provides practical opportunities to build skills that will help young people develop personal strategies to protect themselves online.

• Event details and Payment can be found on Compass under ‘Events’.

Free Parent Webinar

To compliment the student sessions, 'Bully Zero' will also be running a free Parent Webinar for the school cummunity, ‘It Takes a Village’, on Monday 3rd May, from 7:00pm until 8:00pm.

Event Details:

  • When: May 3, 2021 07:00 PM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney
  • Topic: Coburg North Primary School (Vic) - It Takes a Village (LP)
  • Register in advance for this webinar:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Sustainable Developement

Global Goals

Last term, students inquired into the United Nations’ Global Goals for Sustainable Development through various activities and discussions. They explored what they are, and how they aim to help make the world a safer, healthier and happier place.

Using their understanding and new learning, students created a vision of what they would like our world to look like in the future.

In the last week of term 1, CNPS students watched a whole school challenge video, where they were challenged to be global citizens and tackle the Global Goals! View the challenge video here

Each term, students will work towards one of the Global Goals through their inquiry challenges, while also linking their interests.

For more information on the Global Goals, check their website ‘World’s Largest Lesson

Term 2 Big Idea: Environment

Community News

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Up Coming Events for Term 2

  • School Tours - 9:30 and 2:30pm on April 26, May 5, May 11, May 19, May 26
  • Cross Country/Walkathon - May 5
  • Emergency Drill (evacuation on oval) - May 6
  • Curriculum Day (no students at school)- May 10
  • NAPLAN, May 11-13
  • Reconciliation Week - May 24 - May 28
  • Open Day - May26
  • School Council - May 26
  • Whole School Assembly - May 28
  • Planning Week - June 7 - 11
  • Queen’s Birthday (no students at school) - June 14
  • Jump Rope for Heart Jump Off Day - June 17
  • Reports go live on Compass - June 21
  • Parent Teacher Interviews - June 23-24
  • School Council - June 23
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