About BNPS

Principal’s Message

Welcome to Bayswater North Primary School and thank for considering our school as the right school for you and your child. At Bayswater North Primary School, we are passionate about ensuring that every one of our children reach their personal best so that they may achieve success in their future lives.

Bayswater North Primary School is situated in Melbourne’s leafy outer eastern suburbs. With a history approaching 100 years, our school is located in beautiful spacious landscaped surrounds. The children at Bayswater North Primary School enjoy two grassy ovals, a full-sized gym, basketball courts, hall and a variety of shaded playgrounds. We adjoin the Arrabri Community Centre and kindergarten.

At Bayswater North Primary School, we are dedicated to both the academic and personal growth of each and every student. We have around 270 students and 12 grades. Teaching teams plan and work together to deliver an extensive curriculum which engages each student in learning. Our teachers are supported by Education Support staff as teacher aides, I.C.T technicians and office administration.

As part of the Bayswater Education Plan we work cooperatively with neighbouring Government schools sharing innovative ideas in teaching and learning and professional development for our teachers. Our goal is to ensure students are engaged in their learning and connected to their peers, while enhancing the partnership of teachers, students and parents in the education of every child, every day.

Relationships are of utmost importance to us at Bayswater North Primary School, reflected in our motto of “Caring for Children – Working with Parents”. We encourage open communication between staff, children and parents as we believe that this is crucial to successful schooling and positive outcomes for children’s learning.

To cater for the everyday needs of our families, we offer OSH Club from 7 am to 8:45 am and 3:30 pm to 6 pm each school day.

We are very proud of our school. If you would like to see how we can make a difference for your child you are encouraged to contact us for a school visit. If you want to experience the difference, please join us at Bayswater North Primary School.

Mrs Catherine Jones


Our Values

The following core values reflect the beliefs that we hold about how children learn, how our school will operate and how we relate to one another in order to become effective citizens.

LEARNING: Developing skills and knowledge that will enable us to achieve our personal best and reach our full potential.

RESPECT: Caring about ourselves, the community and our environment.

RESPONSIBILITY: Being honest and accountable for our words and actions.

OPTIMISM: Having a positive outlook and utilising opportunities and experiences, being resilient.

INDIVIDUALITY: Accepting diversity, showing appreciation and encouraging creativity and innovation.

WELLBEING: Actively seeking and maintaining social, emotional and physical health.


The core business of schools is to educate young people towards becoming competent, resilient and successful members of society. In this aim to develop the whole person, schools provide members of their community with a variety of support services along with educational opportunities.

One distinctly unique and valuable contribution to the life of any school is through a chaplaincy program funded by the Commonwealth Government. School chaplains are involved in pastorally caring for the whole school community, providing a presence and building positive relationships with a variety of stakeholders including Eastern Access Community Health, Anglicare and Child First. In this way, a school chaplain becomes part of the fabric of the school community, pastorally caring for those in need, modelling positive relationships and implementing proactive programs. A chaplain also encourages involvement between the wider community and the school community as both groups work together towards positive outcomes for our young people.

Alan Silverwood is Bayswater North Primary School’s chaplain. He is at the school two days a week (Wednesday and Thursday), providing support to a wide range of students and their families. To speak with Alan, you can call the school to set up a time.

Student Wellbeing & Positive Education

At Bayswater North Primary School, we are totally committed to ensuring the health, safety and wellbeing of every member of our school community. Our codes of practice highlight the importance of student health and a curriculum that teaches social and cooperative learning strategies.  

At Bayswater North Primary School, we offer a suite of Wellbeing programs that focus on specific skills that assist students to strengthen their relationships, build positive emotions, enhance personal resilience, promote mindfulness, encourage a healthy lifestyle and support our students academically. These programs include Literacy Support, Numeracy Support, modified programs and student leadership initiatives.

Additionally, we have the support of a network Psychologist and Speech Therapist as well as a school chaplain.

Through teaching these valuable life skills, Bayswater North Primary School provides its students with an increased capacity to learn effectively, as well as offering them a strong foundation on which they can build a successful life.



School Leadership Team

Acting Principal
Sam Graunke

Inclusive Education / Well Being Learning Specialist
Katie Riley

Learning Specialist – Maths
Sandra Gray

Literacy Leader
Caroline Akaruru

Classroom Teachers

Prep Team Jasmine
Cook, Samantha Tyrrell

1/2 Team
Emma Roche, Andrew Watz, Caroline Akaruru

3/4 Team
Sandra Gray, Cate Cordeux, Nathan Keyter, Carly Baker

5/6 Team
Liz Demarte, Melissa Billson, Beth Wilton, Katie Riley, Steph Parsons

Specialist Teachers

L.O.T.E. – Indonesian
Mary-Ellen Dowling

Physical Education
Jason Flanagan

Visual Arts
Ebony Dijk

Performing Arts
Mariel Koroibulu

Literacy Tutor
Mary Holland

Maths Tutor
Maxine DeMann

Educational Support Staff

Narelle Cox, Cathy Reid, Cathy Duck, Michelle Ceccomancini, Lauren Demarte, Rachelle Ingwersen, Ryan Henry, Teresea Parks, Ana Novaceanu, Lauren Demarte, Emma Horne, Tegan Annells”

School Chaplain
Alan Silverwood

Administrative Staff

Business Manager
Nadine Drifjhout

Administration Support
Debbie Brown, Tegan Annells

I.T. Technician
Joseph Dowsett

Student Voice & Leadership

Student Voice & Agency

All students are empowered to learn and achieve, experiencing high quality teaching practice and the best conditions for learning which equip them with the knowledge, skills and dispositions for lifelong learning and shaping the world around them.

Victoria’s vision for learning (Department of Education and Training, 2018)

Victoria’s vision for learning recognises the fundamental importance of empowering students and the contribution that student voice, agency and leadership make to improved student outcomes, health and wellbeing.

At Bayswater North PS we use student voice to guide decision making for certain aspects of the curriculum and extra curricular opportunities. Students’ ideas are heard and acted on, and this both empowers students and builds confidence and engagement with daily school life.

Student Leadership

At Bayswater North, we offer many opportunities for students to take a leading role in our school.
We have an extensive senior student leadership team, comprising of School Captains, House Captains, Well Being Leaders and several other roles.

We also believe that students can lead from any point within the school, and that they do not need to wear a badge for this. Examples of this can be found in our Prep/Yr 6 Buddy Program and our Playground Ninja teams.

The Junior School Council (JSC) at Bayswater North Primary School consists of one student representative in each class from grades 3-6. It is an important platform that seeks to build student voice and agency.

The role of the JSC is to provide a voice for the student body and to take a leadership role in implementing change, organising events, and addressing student needs. The council works to promote a spirit of cooperation and collaboration among students, teachers, and families, and to create a positive school culture and community.

The JSC members are elected by their peers and are responsible for organising activities, fundraising, and liaising with the school administration. They also provide valuable feedback and ideas to school leaders about student needs, interests, and concerns. In addition, the JSC provides an opportunity for the students to learn important leadership skills such as public speaking, teamwork, and organisational skills.

Overall, JSC plays an important role within our school community, as it allows students to have a voice in decision-making and to take an active role in shaping their school experience. Through their initiatives and actions, the council is able to make a real difference in improving the school environment for all students, and promoting a positive and welcoming atmosphere.

2023 Student Leadership Roles:

School Captains
Maison Murphy Harriet Pich

Gold House Captains
Josh Stott Katty Phan

Blue House Captains
Charlotte Harris Imogen Poliness

Red House Captains
Josh Jackson Bell Wintle

Green House Captains
Max Hughson Brooke Robertson

Art Captains
Liam Ward Noah Nicolaou

Wellbeing Leaders

Junior School Council Captains
Lenny Law Memphis Tang

Junior School Council Members
Blake Batson, Mitchell Tanner, Blake Murphy, Emily Heggarty-Kemp, Alex Pich, Jayla Laughton, Hayley Stuart, Hannah Ward, Zoe Comerford

Bayswater Education Plan

The Victorian Government is transforming local education through the Bayswater Education Plan.

What is the Baywater Education Plan?
The Bayswater Education Plan (the Plan) aims to build pride and confidence in our government schools and focus on the wellbeing, engagement and achievement of all children and young people in Bayswater.
It will also provide a framework to map infrastructure needs so that our students have access to the facilities essential for them to reach their full potential.

Who is involved in the Plan?
The Plan will formally connect five local schools (one secondary and four primary).
The schools involved in the Plan include our school, Bayswater Secondary College, Bayswater Primary School, Bayswater West Primary School and Bayswater South Primary School.
The Plan continually seeks your input and the support and knowledge of the wider local community such as local industry, business, early childhood, and tertiary providers. This not only strengthens future partnerships, but ensures we capture the educational needs of our local community to deliver them in our local schools.

What is being delivered?
From the 2020-21 state-wide Planning and Acceleration fund, the Plan was allocated $500,000 in planning funding.
Additionally, Bayswater Secondary College has received $12.43m to upgrade and modernise facilities.
Schools have been working hard to support and progress the Plan. There is more work to be done, and it’s an exciting space to be in for the five schools and the wider community.
Our school, along with the other four schools in the Plan, took part in school, staff, parent and broader community engagement activities. These shared voices will steer the direction of the Plan to make sure it represents the educational needs and aspirations of our local community.
For information and updates surrounding the latest building works and the community engagement report, head to https://www.schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au/schools/Pages/BayswaterEdPlan.aspx as well as the VSBA Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/VictorianSchoolBuild/

How can I get involved?
Whether a student, parent, family member, carer, staff member, educator and/or member of the local community, the Plan will benefit you. Your involvement in shaping the Plan continues to hold it accountable to ensure the highest quality education for local students.
We encourage all community members to have an active voice of the Bayswater Education Plan. It is a long-term investment and that means we need the local community to be involved in the journey to ensure the plan reflects our needs and goals. We’ll strive to keep our school community updated through our website and newsletters, or you can get in touch with us directly.

For more information on how our school is working with the Plan contact Sam Graunke (Acting Principal) or the school on 9729 1744, or by email on bayswater.north.ps@education.vic.gov.au

For more information on the broader vision and ongoing activities of the Plan contact:

Denise Kotsikas – Project Director, Bayswater Education Plan
+61 3 7505 4308