This week's news
Parent Teacher Information Exchange
Thank you for the support of the Parent Teacher Information Exchange. Our teachers really appreciate the chance to learn about the context of each of our students after getting to know them in the new class environment. This connection with family is vital in creating a positive learning environment. We have received a lot of positive feedback and look forward to a great year ahead after such a positive start.
In 2019 our student leaders received feedback that many of our students were not happy with the state of the yard. They implemented an agreement not to take food out onto the playing areas, such as the oval, and keep eating to areas around the classrooms where bins are more accessible It is wonderful to see the students carry this on in 2020 and the yard look so lovely and clean. Well done.
Staff Car Park
A reminder to all parents and guardians not to use the staff car park to park or use as a drop off zone. It is extremely dangerous. Please be mindful to minimise pulling into the driveway of the carpark to turn around. Many students, particularly our younger ones, get out of cars and run in front of this area completely oblivious to the needs of the traffic on the road.
Bentleigh West Primary School is a Child Safe School and has worked very hard to ensure we have an inclusive and safe environment that protects our students against abuse of any kind. More information can be found on our website. I will be giving the presentation at our School Council Meeting on Tuesday 18 February at 6.15 pm. If you like to attend please email your interest to Tanya Elliott at
Have a great week.
Parent/Teacher Information Exchange sessions
Parent / Teacher Information Exchange meetings for Grades 1 - 6 are on Tuesday 11 February from 2pm - 7pm. Bookings are done via Compass and will be open for parents to book a time on Friday 31 January from 10am.
This appointment is a valuable opportunity to develop a partnership with your child’s teacher.
Appointments will be held in your child’s classroom and as there are many families to see we need to limit each appointment to 10 minutes. If you are unavailable for these times please see your class teacher to arrange a mutually convenient time.
The 2020 school fee invoices have been sent home today with your child. Please check their bags for the large envelope.
If you are hold a valid means-tested concession card, you may be eligible for the CSEF, please read the flyer attached. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to conact Tanya Elliott.
School Council elections 2020
School Council elections will take place from 11 February 2020 and is always welcoming of new members so please don’t hesitate to put yourself forward if you are interested. This year we have seven parent and two DET vacancies to be filled.
School Council consists of: 9 elected parent positions, 4 elected DET positions, 1 Executive Office (Principal) & 1 community co-opted position.
If you decide to stand for election, you can arrange for another school parent to nominate you or you can nominate yourself. Nomination forms are available from the office on Tuesday 11 February. Once the nomination form is completed, return it to the office within the time stated on the notice of election which is stated below. If there are more nominations received than there are vacancies on council, a ballot will be conducted in the two weeks after the call for nominations has closed.
What is a school council and what does it do?
All government schools in Victoria have a school council. They are legally formed bodies that are given powers to set the key directions of a school within centrally provided guidelines. In doing this, a school council is able to directly influence the quality of education that the school provides for its students.
Who is on the school council?
There are three possible categories of membership:
A mandated elected Parent category: More than one third of the total members must be from this category. Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DET) employees can be Parent members at their child’s school as long as they are not employed at the school.
A mandated elected DET employee category: Members of this category may make up no more than one third of the total membership of school council. The principal of the school is automatically one of these members.
An optional Community member category: Its members are appointed by a decision of the council because of their special skills, interests or experiences. DET employees are not eligible to be Community members.
Generally the term of office for all members is two years. The term of office for half the members expires each year, creating vacancies for the annual school council elections.
Why is Parent membership so important?
Parents on school councils provide important viewpoints and have valuable skills that can help shape the direction of the school. Those parents who become active on a school council find their involvement satisfying in itself and may also find that their children feel a greater sense of belonging.
How can you become involved?
The most obvious way is to vote in the elections, which are held in Term 1 each year. However, ballots are only held if more people nominate as candidates than there are positions vacant. In view of this, you might seriously consider standing for election as a member of the school council or encouraging another person to stand for election.
Do I need special experience to be on school council?
No. What you do need is an interest in your child’s school and the desire to work in partnership with others to help shape the school’s future.
What do you need to do to stand for election?
The principal will issue a notice and call for nominations following the commencement of Term 1 each year. All school council elections must be completed by end of March.
If you decide to stand for election, you can arrange for someone to nominate you as a candidate or you can nominate yourself in the Parent category.
DET employees whose child is enrolled in a school in which they are not employed are eligible to nominate as parents for the school council where their child is enrolled.
Once the nomination form is completed, return it to the principal within the time stated on the notice of election. You will receive a Nomination Form Receipt following the receipt of your completed nomination.
If there are more nominations received than there are vacancies on council, a ballot will be conducted during the two weeks after the call for nominations has closed.
Ask at the school for help if you would like to stand for election and are not sure what to do.
Consider standing for election to council this year.
Be sure to vote in the elections.
Please don’t hesitate to contact Steven Capp for further information.
2020 Class Representatives
We are looking for volunteers to be our 2020 Class Representatives. Every class will have at least one parent volunteer to assist with the following:
To help run fundraising events and encourage participation in school events
To organise social events for their class/year level (they will be able to co-opt support from parents to help)
To help integrate any new families to the class who may join during the year
To help their teacher, or the school, if requested, with communication amongst the parents.
If you would like to be a Class Representative or have any queries about being one please email Tanya Elliott at and also include your child's name and class.
Scholastic Book Club
Welcome to another year of Scholastic Bookclub. All orders made through the Scholastic website earn 20% of the amount back in credit to the school to be used to purchase items for the classrooms and library. There are heaps of exciting books and resources available in each catalogue.
All orders must be completed online at: https://mybookclubs.scholastic.com.au/
You will need to register and/or update your child’s details before ordering. I will publish a due date for orders following each catalogue distribution. All orders processed online by this date will be sent to the school with no delivery fees. Orders are welcome outside these dates but there is a $4.99 delivery fee.
Orders can be marked as a ‘gift’. If you do this they will held at the office once orders are distributed. If you forget to mark the ‘gift’ option, let me know and I will do my best to hold it at the office but there is no guarantee that the order will not be sent to your child’s class.
You will have received Issue 1 by now. Please have a browse and note that all orders are due in by 16th February. Delivery takes up to 2 weeks but usually arrives earlier than this. If you have any questions, please contact Shelby Sheehan.