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CSEF ELIGIBILITY

Dear Parents

Below is the criteria used to determine a student’s eligibility for the Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF).

Criteria 1 – Eligibility To be eligible* for the fund, a parent or legal guardian of a student attending a registered Government or non-government Victorian primary or secondary school must: • on the first day of Term one, or; • on the first day of Term two; a) Be an eligible beneficiary within the meaning of the State Concessions Act 2004, that is, be a holder of Veterans Affairs Gold Card or be an eligible Centrelink Health Care Card (HCC) or Pensioner Concession Card (PCC) holder, OR b) Be a temporary foster parent, and; c) Submit an application to the school by the due date. * A special consideration eligibility category also exists. For more information, see: www.education.vic.gov.au/csef Parents who receive a Carer Allowance on behalf of a child, or any other benefit or allowance not income tested by Centrelink, are not eligible for the CSEF unless they also comply with one of (a) or (b) above.

Criteria 2 – Be of school age and attend school in Victoria School is compulsory for all Victorian children aged between six and 17 years of age inclusive. For the purposes of CSEF, students may be eligible for assistance if they attend a Victorian registered primary or secondary school. Typically, these students are aged between five and 18 years inclusive. CSEF is not payable to students attending pre-school, kindergarten, home schooled, or TAFE. Eligibility Date For concession card holders CSEF eligibility will be subject to the parent/legal guardian’s concession card being successfully validated with Centrelink on the first day of either term one (28 January 2020) or term two (14 April 2020).

Please click on this link to download relevant application form http://www.berwickchaseps.vic.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/CSEF-Application-2020-PDF.pdf and return to the school.

Fundraising Sausage Sizzle

On Saturday October 26th our School Council and community volunteers ran a sausage sizzle at the new Bunnings on Clyde Rd. Despite the weather spoiling their fundraising efforts (being closed down early for safety reasons) they raised much needed funds for our school. Our staff and students are so grateful for their time and dedication!

National eSmart Week Activities

As part of our eSmart week program, the ICT department ran some great workshops with our students:

Preps and Grade 1s – Barefoot Goes Wild

This was a great workshop where students learnt about some of our native animals and then programmed an adapted Bee Bot to find their chosen animal’s habitat(s).

Grade 2s – Scratch Jnr on iPads

Students were able to explore a new type of coding with their choice of sprite (characters). They were then able to see their characters come to life depending on the commands they used.

Grade 4s – Lego Robotics

Students were able to construct working machines with Lego by following explicit instructions. They also got to experiment with coding to program their machine to move, light up and make sounds.

Grade 5s and Grade 6s – Scratch on laptops

Our senior students embraced the opportunity to tinker with the coding program Scratch. Many of them were able to teach their teachers a thing or two as well!