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Tell Me A Story: Arts & Literacy Festival

This Book Week (August 21–25), students at Brunswick East Primary School (BEPS) are learning all about what it means to tell a good story, and their experiences will stretch well beyond the humble book.

The week-long, whole-school festival champions literacy learning in the 21st century and features some of Victoria’s finest artists, musicians, community members, authors and illustrators, including The Itchy Scabs, the punk rock band playing “bad music for good children”; Alex Miles, author of the Olive Black and Zac Power book series; Gunditjmara elder Uncle Trevor Gallagher; and Footscray-based not-for-profit literacy centre, 100 Story Building, to name just a few.

For Brunswick East Primary School staff, good learning is all about engagement and community. “A good story has the power to bring us all together,” says literacy teacher and member of the festival organising committee, Mel Fulton. “For us, the week is a great opportunity for the kids to talk about their reading, writing and artistic projects with real-world writers and artists. When kids can see the purpose of something, and understand the possibilities for it, that’s when they really push themselves to make something special.”

Throughout the week, children will engage in workshops on subjects as diverse as idea-generating, comic book making, book binding, debating, performance, ochre painting, book publishing, oral storytelling, interviewing and poetry.

Between 5 and 7 pm on Thursday August 24, the school will be open to parents, carers and community members to come along and share in the learning. The school choirs will be performing, and members of the senior school will be performing a version of Macbeth from 6 pm. Written and artistic works produced by students throughout the term will also be on display in the learning spaces, and students and parents alike are invited to participate in an ‘open mic’ storytelling experience. Local book shop The Little Bookroom will be running a book stall featuring authors and illustrators performing at the festival.

On Friday August 25th, children will dress up as their favourite storybook character to raise money for the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. The Itchy Scabs will close the festival with a live rock n roll performance on Friday afternoon. The Little Bookroom will also be announcing the winners of a whole-school short story competition early the following week.

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Our new Learning Community – Terra Verde

The exciting transition to the new building has been quite a journey, and is now beginning to take shape as we move into Term 3. Students will start full time in Terra Verde from the beginning of the term.

123 ‘Terra Verde’?

The students chose this name and we all love it! Literally translated from Italian as ‘Green earth’, children voted for this name after a huge process of brainstorming and evaluating. Ultimately it was the green colour scheme inside, coupled with the proximity to nature and views of nearby Merri Creek that led students to return to a ‘green’ theme.

New Blog

Our new blog is up and running! Please bookmark this link:

The home groups of Katie, Andrew and Kirsty will be fully moving in, in Term 3.

Buil2015-03-23 17.15.56 - reducedding Terra Verde

Have you seen the picture-blog of the building of Terra Verde? Check it out here:

Can You Help?

We are looking for donations of the following items. If you have these items at home, don’t need them any more and are happy to part with them, we’d love to talk to you!

  •      Clean glass jars with the labels removed – without lids is fine (e.g empty pasta sauce/coconut oil jars – approx. 10-15cm tall)
  •      Smocks/Old shirts for painting
  •     New/relatively new Board Games
  •     Lego – all kinds (and if anyone can part with blocks that aren’t being used any more!!!)
  •     Indoor plants
  •     Cushions
  •     Tools for tinkering (e.g hammers, nails, screws)
  •     Pieces of wood for woodwork
  •     Assorted cane/wooden baskets – (without handles where possible)

Exciting times ahead for our school community!

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Ride To School Day

The 2014 BEPS Ride To School Day will be held on

Wednesday 19th March

(National Ride2School Day)

Ride you bike, scooter, skates, and skateboards to school for some great activities.

All the details are in the attached flyer

R2S 2014 Program

Don’t forget to decorate your ride!

(brought to you by the BEPS Active & Sustainable Travel Team)

See you there!

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BEPS Cross Country Squad Announced!

Check out who will represent our school at the upcoming Brunswick District Cross Country Championships.

All the details are on our website at

Feel free to head over to Coburg Athletics Track to cheer them on!

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BEPS Junior School Council Appointed

We would like to congratulate these amazing students for being elected by their peers to represent their learning community on the Junior School Council:

  • Eartha (Il Nido)
  • Gaston (Il Nido)
  • Sienna (Il Nido)
  • Dante (Biciletta)
  • Michaela (Bicicletta)
  • Lily (Tricicolo)
  • Xavier (Tricicolo)
  • Wilhelmina (Alveare)
  • Taya (Alveare)
  • Jet (Su Nei Cieli)
  • Celine (Su Nei Cieli)
  • Ella (Su Nei Cieli)
  • Nereus (Su Nei Cieli)
  • Zoe (Su Nei Cieli)

Come and see the JSC in action at our weekly Monday morning assembly!

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