grant writing workshop

On Wednesday 17th July, Maribyrnong City Council is holding an Effective Grant Writing workshop, that may interest our community members. This free workshop is aimed to build people’s understanding of what is required to apply for grants and covers everything from where to find the money, to wording your idea as a fundable and inspiring initiative. Whether you are interested in writing grants for our school projects (which we would love!) or for your own interests, this is a wonderful opportunity for our community.

More information can be found here.

winter magic market – August 10th, 2-8pm


Seven weeks to go! Sincere apologies to the broader community regarding the change of date to the 10th of August but Winter Magic Market doesn’t happen without a strong team of awesome people and some of those awesome people were not going to be in the State on the 3rd, so it had to become the 10th of August.

We also wanted the Grade five and six kids and their wonderful teachers to be able to be part of the preparations and excitement, it’s a rite of passage to help set up the market on the Friday. They would have been away on school camp for the week before if we hadn’t moved the date back.


Meet the team: The Magic at the Winter Market won’t happen without the help of everyone in the school community but particularly important is the contribution of this amazing team of parents.


WMM Coordinator: Tanya Pittard,


Advertising artwork: Beci Orpin

WMM design and decorations: Erica Fisers, Magda Bors

Advertising signage and permits: Olli Nichols


Tea/hot chocolate/chai: Sally Quinn

American BBQ: Bruce Brown

Art Auction: Jane Eckett, Sam Everton, Andrew Lang

Art Bar: Paul Broadhurs

Baked Potatoes (replaces arvo tea stall in OHSC kitchen): Dee Coutts and Emma Bishop

Book Stall: Nirvana Adey, Katherine Lucy

Cake stall and treat stall: Sophie Bruce, Liz O'Neil, Linda Reiling, Naomi Wake

Circus equipment, glow sticks and toy stall: Tara Sanders and Grade 6

Coffee Cart: Jenna Wood and Tom Beaumont

Curries: Kris Bidenko and Tash Colengelo

Disco: Imogen Jubb, Beth Wilson and Raina Graham

Disco decorator: Raina Graham

Disco DJ's: Beth Wilson, Jarrod Roberts

Face Painting: Debbie Wood

Fire pits: Libby Harper

Hair Feathers: Kirsty McRobb

Indonesian food stall: Esti

Main Bar: Tamsin and Jason Downes, Lou Collodetti, Frank Hopkins

Mulled Wine: Tracey Hopkins and Rachel McKewen

Music: Jack Madin and Denis Phelan

Pancakes: Nina and Rod Dewar

Pizza: Theo Hartman, Jeff Newton, Mirko

Sausage sizzle: Coordinator needed please (All we need is someone to be there on the day to get the BBQ started and set the stall up and help the first shift of volunteers get going, then to be able to pop by during the market to answer questions and keep things running smoothly.)

Sourcing of random items: Jo Keeble

Tacos: Raph Raschid

Treat stall decorations: Coordinator needed please

Waste reduction: Diane Carpenter, Bec and Phil Hendy, Kristy Lee Tyrrell

If you would like to run the sausage sizzle or be in charge of decorating and setting up the treat stall or have an idea for a stall please contact Tanya asap as we need to finalise stalls and layout before term three commences.


To help make our vision a reality, we would greatly appreciate donations of the following items from our wonderful community:

- Wool/yarn, in vibrant, solid colours

- Hoola hoops, or smaller hoops of any kind

- Old bike wheels/rims

- Old lampshades or lampshade frames


A box for these items will be placed in the hallway behind the office, next to lost property - look out for the sign!


We will also be preparing 'origami balloon' packs for families to take home over the holidays, for those that would like to help make our massive rainbow of balloons! These packs will be available in the front office waiting area from mid next week.


Art Auction items (Jane Eckett, Sam Everton)

Whether painting, drawing, sewing, photography or sculpture is your thing we welcome any and all art contributions to the Art Auction. Please drop it off at the school office or contact Jane Eckett to let her know what you are thinking about creating/donating.

Art and craft stalls within the hall - coordinated by Fiona Heathcote, the stalls are to showcase handmade artisan items with preference given to people who make and sell items they make. All people who are interested are encouraged to get in touch with Fiona ( who will send you an application form. There are limited spots available in the multi-purpose room so early indications of interest are encouraged.


This year again we will have some fun inflatable activities on the oval.

  • A giant inflatable drop slide
  • A new crazy obstacle course
  • Wipe out our perennial favourite bouncy obstacle course
  • Everyone’s favourite chair-o-plane
  • Meltdown – stay on the platforms and avoid the rotating boom.


Wrist bands will again be available at a discount to school families in the two weeks prior to the market. On the day single ride tickets and wrist bands will be available.


Postcards, posters and advertising

Postcards, posters and pdf files that will be able to be used to promote the event will be available in term three.


Musicians bring magic to the winter market

Live music is one of the highlights of the Winter Magic Market. There will be plenty of opportunities for the kids to perform as well.


Bands, Bands, Bands!

We are looking for bands to rock the stage at this year's Winter Magic Market. if you are in a band or you know someone that is, we would love to get you up. Your music will not only entertain the school community but it will add so much to the market's magical atmosphere, helping to spread the festive vibe that makes the market such a great event. <

BNWPS winter swap thank you!