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Additional Resources for Home Learning

If you are looking for some additional ways to engage your children at home, why not check out some of these great resources below:

CSEF ELIGIBILITY – APPLICATIONS DUE

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: https://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/Pages/csef.aspx 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 NOTE

Applications need to be submitted to the school, by email (berwick.chase.ps@edumail.vic.gov.au) by Friday 19 June 2020.

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

Remote Learning Adventure

We’re so proud of all our students for embracing remote learning. Our Grade Two students have got off to a great start!

School Tours Cancelled

School Tours:

Please note, until further notice, school tours will not be running. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Student Leaders with Melbourne Football Club

On Tuesday 26th February we, the Grade 6 student leaders, were given the opportunity to meet a host of players from the Melbourne Football Club. During this time we were able to chat to Steven May, Harley Bennell, Jayden Hunt and Mitch Hannan about the importance of leadership. We learnt that communication and listening are two integral parts to being the great leaders we aspire to be and that sometimes we need to step outside our comfort zone to achieve that.

At the end of our session, the players were kind enough to take us out for a kick and teach us the fundamentals of kicking and handballing a football.

It’s safe to say we all had a great time and can’t wait to try out some of the new skills that we’ve gained with the Berwick Chase community!

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 https://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!

September School Holiday Program

School holidays are just around the corner. Our partner, TeamKids have a wonderful mix of excursions, incursions and in-house days planned that promise to keep the kids engaged and having fun. 

Special Bonus – 40 Boredom Busters for kids to do at home to help keep them off screens.

Book a day or the whole week … whatever works best for you.

Please click here to see our Berwick Chase Program

Don’t forget that TeamKids provide industry-leading educator to child ratios of 1:10 (industry standard is 1:15), and all of the TeamKids programs have been fully approved under the National Child Care Subsidy (CCS) too.

TeamKids look forward to welcoming you and your children to our program.

Grade 5 Parliament Process Incursion

Yesterday the Grade 5 students participated in a Parliament Process Incursion by Linked Incursions. This fit beautifully with our current Inquiry unit focused on Australia’s democratic process, which involves looking at the roles of different levels of government and how a law is made.

Students participated in interactive role plays to help them understand our preferential voting system, absolute majorities and how laws are passed through the House of Representatives, before moving to the Senate.

Their speaking and listening skills were put to the test as different students took on different roles in Parliament, such as Speaker and Prime Minister.

Crazy Hair Day and the School Disco

Crazy Hair Day and School Disco

We had a busy week in Grade 5 last week with Crazy Hair day and the school Disco!  Students came to school on Wednesday the 8th of August with their wildest and wackiest hair styles in order to raise money for the Grade 6 Graduation later in the year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then Friday night saw the Grades 3 -6’s busting out their best dance moves at the Berwick Chase School Disco.

 

Excursion to watch The Wizard of Oz at Kambrya

Yesterday, Grade 5 and Grade 6 students ventured to Kambrya to watch their dress rehearsals of their new musical, The Wizard of Oz.

What can be said except WOW! The show blew students and staff away. It was incredible watching so many young, talented students take to the stage, many of them past students of Berwick Chase!

The singing, dancing and acting of all performers was incredible, as well as the hard work of the lights, sound, and backstage crew. The show went seamlessly and was overall, unbelievably impressive.

We’d all highly recommend going to watch the musical with your family!

Thank you to Kambrya for inviting us all to come and enjoy the show!

Adam Wallace Visit

LEVEL 5

Adam Wallace

On Thursday 10th May, the Grade 5-6s had the pleasure of welcoming Adam Wallace (children’s book author) into our classes to run workshops with the students.

Having visited us last year and deemed us to be one of his favourite schools, Adam offered up his services on this day for FREE!

His enthusiasm for writing and working with students was so palpable as all students stared in wonder and awe as they listened to him.

Adam engaged the students in creative exercises to foster narrative writing ideas. The students even got to draw one of Adam’s famous pictures with him!

Thank you so much Adam for coming to see us and helping us all with our writing ideas! We can’t wait to put them into practice!

 

 

Tribes

At Tribes last week, Echidna 21 Tribe has a creative session decorating biscuits! Students worked together to mix icing with colour, with older students taking the lead and supporting their tribal friends.

The bowls of coloured icing were shared between groups of students as they creatively designed their biscuits with a mixture of candy eye balls, lollies and MMs. A fabulous time had by all!

Anita Deed (5) and Mandy Walker (3

Grade 5/6 Lightning Premiership Training

 

Today the Grade 5/6 students began their training for their new Lightning Premiership sports, which include Softball, Soccer, Netball, or AFL.

Students had a great time playing some games today as an introduction to their sport, including playing ‘Piggy in the middle’ with a balloon and ‘Balloon Volleyball’ for netball training!

With many more weeks of training to come, our students will be ready to compete against other schools in the Lightning Premiership tournament at the end of the Term.

Grade 3 Creative Writing

The Grade 3s have been creating stories about themselves over Term 1. They have had to investigate many different things about themselves and their families to understand what is unique about them, and develop an understanding that everyone is different. This week, their stories went on display and each grade got to go and find out about the different Grade 3s that are part of the Berwick Chase community.

Athletics Day!

What a fun day!

Yesterday (24th May), the Grade 3-6s ventured to Casey Fields for Berwick Chase’s annual Athletics Day! Everyone was so grateful that the weather behaved itself so that students could run around and put their athleticism to the test.

It was a great day, filled with lots of laughs and fun!

Thank you to the teachers and parents for all of their hard work in making the day a success. In particular, thank you to the sports teachers who worked hard to ensure the day went off without a hitch!

Well done to everyone who participated and good luck to those continuing on to District Competitions.

All about me – 3C

    The Grade 3s have been creating stories about themselves over Term 1. They have had to investigate many different things about themselves and their families to understand what is unique about them, and develop an understanding that everyone is different. This week, their stories went on display and each grade got to go and find out about the different Grade 3s that are part of the Berwick Chase community.

    3B’s Tee-ball Clinic

      On the very first day of our tee-ball clinic, we learnt how to strike. When we did the next lesson, we used tee-ball gloves to do some catching. Then in the last lesson, we used the gloves again and played a real game of tee-ball. 3A had to field first and we had to strike and then we swapped. We felt delighted.

      By Elisha Chand and Kareena Malli.

       

      VicSRC Student Voice Workshop

      On Monday the 26th of February, we were lucky enough to take part in the VicSRC Student Voice Workshop out at Emerald Secondary College.

      We got to meet and discuss a whole range of school issues with various student leaders from the outer east primary schools. Here are some of the key learnings we’ve walked away with from this day:

      • We learnt the importance of empathy when making decisions as a school leader.
      • We aren’t the only ones that are facing challenges to improve our school. Through collaboration, we can support and help each other through them.
      • We were shown a great strategy called ‘ALTER’ that will help us increase our ‘Student Voice’ throughout the community.
      • We worked together to acknowledge an area of the school we need to improve and identified the people we need to talk to, to start making a change.

      The facilitators, Matty and Kate, really inspired us and helped us improve and focus on our leadership skills. It was a great experience for us and we are excited to implement our great ideas to the school.

      School Captains
      Ayden, Leah, Lily, Zoe

      Grade 5-6 Cybersafety Incursion

      Our Grade 5/6’s spent time last week with presenters from Project Rock IT! This was an incursion teaching us about using digital technologies, including online forums. Students participated in fun games and performances which tried to help us understand how to be safe online.

      “They told us what to do if we were bullied online and that it’s important not to retaliate”

      “If you come across something bad, you should screenshot it, close your iPad and show an adult.”

      The Lion King

      Berwick Chase just enjoyed their second semester productions of The Lion King! The Grade 3/4s performed Wednesday night, while the Grade 5/6s performed Thursday night.

      Students did unbelievably well remembering their lines, singing loud and proud, and dancing their hearts out!

      A HUGE well done and thank you to Mrs Greengrass who worked tirelessly to make the productions happen. The costumes, sets and dance moves were outstanding. Also, a big thank you to all other staff and students for their hard work in making these nights a possibility.

      Now to get these songs out of our head…

      Oh, I just can’t WAIT to be Kiiiiiiiing!

      Joshua – athlete extraordinaire!

      On the 30th of October, 2017, I was lucky enough to compete at the Victorian school state sport track and field championships.

      The previous competitions that I and my Berwick Chase friends got to compete in prior to this day were:

      Athletics day

      District athletics day

      Divisional athletics day and

      Regional athletics day.

      You had to place at least 1st or sometimes 1st and 2nd at each event to qualify to compete in the next round.

      So now, looking back, I guess it was more than just my luck to get to the State comp; it was also some of my hard work and training. At State, I was competing in the Boys 11 year old finals for Long jump and Triple jump.

      On the day, as I walked onto the track, I felt incredibly nervous but also excited. Looking around at the other competitors, I was impressed by their quality of jumps, so I had to work pretty hard to keep up with them.  My hard work was able to get me a Bronze medal for triple jump and I placed 9th for long jump. I was so happy.

      I can’t wait for next year……….

      Joshua 

      Fred Hollows Humanity Award

      Berwick Chase Primary School was recently asked to nominate one Year 6 student for the Fred Hollows Humanity Award. This award recognises students who follow in Fred’s footsteps by making a positive difference in their community. It celebrates students who show compassion, integrity and kindness in their everyday lives, just as Fred did.

      Staff at Berwick Chase deemed Chloe from 6A to be the worthy recipient.

      Why Chloe?

      As a new student to our school this year, Chloe has integrated herself admirably into our community through her positivity and kindness that is beyond her years. She shares only beautiful comments about her peers and reminds others to do the same if she hears of any negativity. In addition to her unbelievable consideration of others, Chloe shows incredible compassion towards others, caring greatly about their feelings and needs. She regularly offers to include students who look left out and speaks to teachers about her concerns for peers’ wellbeing. Chloe deserves recognition for the amazing person and leader she already is.

      Well done, Chloe!

      Chloe travelled into the city with her mum and sister last Thursday to receive her award in a special award ceremony.

      She then shared this with the whole school at assembly on Friday.

      Berwick Chase is so proud of you, Chloe, and thanks you for the positive impact you have had on our school.

      Colour Run

      The Berwick Chase Primary School Colour Run was a huge success! The whole school came together and indulged in an afternoon of fun and laughter.

      There were people constantly walking or running the course, getting covered in colour and soaked in water. Plenty of people chose to sing and dance on the basketball court, grooving to Mr Leighton’s cool beats. For those who chose a more sedate pace, there was cakes and coffees all round!

      A huge thank you to Katie Atkin who was the ‘brains and the brawn’ behind this fantastic event. There were wonderful parents who gave their time and effort into making this such an amazing day. We even had the fire brigade join us, adding more excitement with their huge water fountain from their fire hose!

      The school raised a significant about of money. At last count funds were well over $11,000!

      Mad Day

      A huge thank you to the Berwick Chase community for your support of Mad Day today!

      Grade 5/6 students have worked throughout this term to survey students, analyse the data, develop a product accordingly, prepare the product, create a logo and slogan, and to finally sell their product/s!

      It is therefore amazing to have seen ALL stalls be so successful today and all staff and customers smiling from ear to ear.

      Due to the hard work of the 5/6 students, their lovely families and the support of our community, Mad Day 2017 has raised $7424.70!

      We look forward to putting this money towards Grade 6 graduations both year this year and next year!

      See you at Mad Day in 2019!