Partnerships & Charities
Beaumaris North Primary School supports selected charities through fundraising activities within the school community. The Junior School Council (JSC) is responsible for our major fundraising events and the charities are generally chosen by the JSC in consultation with staff. Fundraising may be whole-school events, individual year levels or even classes. Students are involved in all aspects of fundraising including; advertising, implementation of activities, selling of merchandise and counting money. We support many charities on an an annual or biennial basis including:
We have also supported the charities below:
Love Your Sister
Lead by parent Shae Langford-Jones, the BNPS community pulled together in 2016 and 2017 to raise an amazing $36,000 for the ‘Love Your Sister’ Organisation who raise funds for breast cancer research at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research. Events included a Spring Racing Luncheon, a Family Picnic and the 2017 Moomba Birdman Rally.
Melbourne City Mission – Pyjama Day
In 2016, we held a ‘Pyjama Day’ to raise money for the Melbourne City Mission who help thousands of people escape and avoid disadvantage, economic exclusion and social isolation. From children living with a disability, or young people with nowhere to call home, to people who need assistance into education or employment, they work alongside them, so they can build a better future for themselves. Melbourne City Mission help people find their own path to independence, providing them with the support they need along the way.
In 2016, all of our old/used pencils, textas and miscellaneous stationery items were collected and donated to the Pencils Community. Pencils Community is a recycling initiative, focusing on education, sustainability and humanitarian efforts – distributing items to disadvantaged schools around Australia and overseas. We are thrilled be able to support this cause – “It takes just one pencil to make a difference to a child’s life and education.”
Save the Children – Born to Knit
In 2011 we produced a total of 1136 squares and produced 71 beautifully handmade blankets for the Save the Children fund. This project was an opportunity to engage grandparents as well as school families. Teachers also held lunch time knitting classes for the students. This was a wonderful team building exercise for all involved and demonstrated the importance of helping others.
Kids Off The Kerb – In Your Shoes
In 2010 used shoes were collected for Kids Off The Kerb to redistribute (in collaboration with other charities) throughout the world to disadvantaged individuals and communities. This project helps people and it helps achieve the three principles of recycling: ‘Reducing, Reusing and Recycling’ by cutting down the amount of discarded shoes that end up in landfill.
Our key focus at all times is to explore opportunities, skills and expertise that will allow us to add value to our curriculum provision, enabling us to provide experiences and opportunities for our school community members to facilitate development.
Instrumental Music Program
The BNPS Instrumental Music Program has grown enormously since its inception in 2009. Co-managed by external musicians, the program has expanded to over 160 students. The program offers private and group classes in various instruments and spans the entire school from Prep-6. All tutors are multi-instrumentalists with considerable teaching and performing credits.
Managed by an external Vocal Coach during school hours, Singing Lessons (on a user pays basis for students in Year 2 – 6) have been running at BNPS since June 2016. Private and group lessons are offered.
The Tiara Project
In 2010, BNPS formed a partnership with The Tiara Project (formal gown and dress loan service) by providing a school portable for storage and a place to conduct dress consults for parents, carers, families, groups or individuals subjected to financial hardship due to the heavy costs of formal events such as school formals, debutante balls and other social events.
Memory Maestros Study at BNPS
In Term 4 of 2011, the Memory Maestros team from The Royal Children’s Hospital visited Prep and Grade 1 children at BNPS. The BNPS Leadership Team had kindly agreed to be a flagship school for a large federally funded study, examining a critical learning skill called ‘working memory’ in young children which involved testing a program called Cogmed. The program is being examined to see if it improves children’s working memory and helps them learn better.
We had an excellent participation rate of 71% and screened working memory in 130 children. Nine were eligible to enter the intervention program and have completed intervention in Term 1 of 2012. The Memory Maestros team will be visiting the school later this year and also in 12 and 24 months to check in with the intervention group and find out how they are progressing with their learning. This year, Memory Maestros is being rolled out to 45 schools in metropolitan Melbourne and the vital information gained from the team’s time at BNPS will be used.