Bourchier Mail

School Newsletter - 20th Edition - 8th December 2022

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End of year housekeeping

  • No canteen Monday 19th & Tuesday 20th December
  • If you have medications at the school please collect by end of school Tuesday 20th Dec
  • School dismissed 1pm Tuesday 20th December - Buses run 2 hours earlier than usual
  • QKR - Over the holidays, update your childs class name for 2023
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from the principal

To the Bourchier Street School Community

I would like to let you all know that I am resigning from my position as Principal of Bourchier St PS at the end January 2023.

Bourchier Street PS has been part of my life for a long time and I have loved my time here. Bourchier St PS has an amazing community full of great teachers, fabulous kids and super parents.

I will be forever grateful to this community for helping me enjoy my teaching career. Everyday has been different, there has always been happy faces to chat to, there has always been many fun times to enjoy and there has always been many things to celebrate.

Bourchier St PS is in a great place with some excellent emerging leaders. I feel it will continue to be the BEST school.

Gary D’arma will be the Acting Principal for Term One. Gary is incredibly committed to the success of our school. You all know Gary well and I feel very confident that he will continue to create a fantastic learning environment for all children here at Bourchier St PS.

Congratulations to Gary!

During Term One the Principal position will be advertised widely and a new Principal will be selected to take up this position permanently from the beginning of Term Two, 2023.

This is our last newsletter for 2022. There are many things happening during the next week and a half. Our whole school will be celebrating all things good about 2022!

Good luck to all our 2022 Year Six student as they finish primary school here at Bourchier. I am sure the new phase in their lives at secondary college will be exciting. I would like to thank them for contributing to our great school over the past 7 years.

We also have some staff leaving. Maddy Combridge, Meg Brown, Jane Shattock, Tayla Yze, Jordan Michel and Keeley Madgwick who are all intending to take on new challenges next year. They have all fulfilled roles that have helped create our great school. I would like to sincerely thank them also for their contribution and wish them good luck.

Thank you all for your support and best wishes for a very happy and safe Christmas.

Kind regards


bring a picnic to our family christmas evening which will be full of entertainment & cheer - 15th december from 5pm

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Orientation Day - tuesday 13th December

Tuesday 13th December, the year 6 students will attend their new secondary school for orientation and remaining Bourchier students will be placed in their 2023 classrooms with their classmates. We look forward to seeing our new foundation students for orientation from 8.30am to 10.55am.

Final Assembly for 2022

Our final assembly will be on the basketball courts at 9am on Friday 16th where we will farewell our Y6 students, leaving staff, give out awards and enjoy some entertainment. Families are welcome to come help celebrate the end of a wonderful year.

School will be dismissed 1pm tuesday 20th December - buses run 2 hours earlier than usual


All stationary and materials will be in the classroom for students on their return in 2023.

Stationary is included in the Parent Payment along with ICT/Stem/subscriptions & events.

Parent payment can be made via QKR

Parent Payment $220 per student

Excursion Levy $75 per student

If you have a Health Care Card and claimed CSEF, you will receive $125 credit which can be used for camps and excursions only.


Semester Two student reports will available via the Compass Parent Portal on Wednesday 14th December 2022.

Please phone school office if you need to update your compass password to access the reports.


Reminder to parents: If you have any type of medication for your child stored in sickbay, please collect before 1.00pm Tuesday 20th December. If medication is ongoing, this is a good chance to check the use by date.

year 6 Canberra camp

This week our Year 6’s have been experiencing an education tour of the national capital. Students have been given the opportunity to participate in a variety of educational programs with a focus on Australia’s history, culture, heritage and democracy. Some highlights have been Parliament House, the Australian War Memorial, the Royal Mint, Questacon and Mount Ainslie. Each night we have been enjoying ourselves away from camp by going swimming and rock climbing.

All staff and students will have many stories to share when we return to Shepparton on Friday night.

The Australian Government recognises the importance of all young Australians being able to visit the national capital as part of their Civics and Citizenship education. To assist families in meeting the cost of the excursion the Australian Government is contributing $45 per student under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate program towards those costs. The rebate is paid directly to the school upon completion of the excursion.

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Junior School learn to tie their shoe laces!

Thank you so much to Chris from Ascent for coming to Bourchier Street and teaching our Junior School students to tie their shoelaces. An important life skill that can be very challenging to get the hang of, tying shoelaces is no easy feat. But with Chris’ handy tips and the colour-coded laces on our students’ new shoe pencil cases we were able to get closer than before!

Students were so engaged with Chris’ tips and enjoyed following along the great tutorial to get their laces perfect. We encourage all junior students and their families to keep practising at home to perfect this skill!

GSSC visit 4MW

This term we have had some Yr 9 students from GSSC visit 4MW to help write a picture story together. Everyone had a great time learning new skills and getting to know each other. Thanks to GSSC and Mrs De Smit for working with us!

School hats are compulsory for Term 1 & 4 - order via qkr

If your child is not wearing a hat in term 1 & 4 , they will be asked to spend recess/lunch time in the hall to protect them from dangerous UV rays!

Overexposure to UV radiation from the sun causes skin damage

No hat – No play

Please label your child’s hat clearly with their name and grade.

Hats are available at the front office for $10

Order via QKR and we can send hat to the classroom

Greater Shepparton Year 7 Students orientation

The countdown is on – in just six days we will welcome our Year 7 2023 students to GSSC! Fourteen Class Groups make up our cohort, who come to us from 33 different primary schools.

Our College Captains and Student Leaders will be allocated to a Class Group for the day to ensure that our newest additions have a friendly face to get them from one session to the next. The day will commence with a Year 7 Assembly in the Gym, followed by a Neighbourhood induction. Our Year 7’s will then go to three timetabled classes. In the final session for the day students will complete an Orientation Day Survey, partake in ‘Getting to know my class’ activities and end with a photo of our Year 7 Class of 2023.

Below is the Orientation Flyer and Bus information for bus travellers.

Attention Y7 Greater Shepparton Students with Health Care Card

The Admin Staff at Greater Shepparton Secondary College (GSSC) are currently processing Uniform Vouchers with State Schools Relief (SSR) for the 2023 School year.
These vouchers along with shoes (for any students that may have ordered them), will be delivered to your school in the next week or so by one of our staff members.

For late Uniform Voucher applications processed after the initial drop off, the parent will be contacted directly and asked to collect them from the Main Office (Enterprise Building) at GSSC.

2023 Foundation Students

Our 2023 Foundation students will commence school, Wednesday 1st February and then have the following 6 Wednesdays off.

The week of Monday 20th March will be foundations first full week.

Wooden Christmas trees for sale - $10 each

The Kids Shed have been busy making up these amazing wooden christmas trees for you to decorate. They are selling for $10 each and it is pick up only. Please phone the front office on 58 213 488 if you would like to purchase one.
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If your child/ren is in Foundation to Year 5 and will not be returning to Bourchier Street next year, can you please contact the front office as we need to attend to the administration documents, and this will also effect allocating students to classes. Thanks

missing library books

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2023 curriculum (student-free) days

Friday 27th January 2023 - Staff Professional Development

Monday 30th January 2023 - Staff Professional Development

Tuesday 31st January 2023 - Staff Professional Development

Monday 6th November 2023 - Report Writing Day

Theircare before/after school and holiday program

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Our Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Program allows devices to be brought into the school, and connected to our secure network

Our school has an online BYOD portal organised by JB-Hifi where you can access discounted rates on approved devices. THE PASSWORD IS BSPS23

If you would like more information on the program, please visit the BYOD page on our website or open the attached BYOD toolkit for parents.

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If a student arrives late to school, please report to front office so this can be marked on the roll. thankyou


Often Bourchier Street communicates to our families via the Compass app, important information of what is happening within the school. Sometimes you are prompted through your email to open important news items. Please make sure your email is up to date, so you do not miss valuable information. Please phone front office 58 213 488 if your email address needs updating. If your child is absent from School, please logon to Compass to document this.


When you know your childs 2023 class, please update this on QKR

Every family needs to download the Qkr! app which will enable you to pay school payments, purchase hats/jackets, order lunch through the canteen and purchase tickets for special productions etc.

Simply download on your phone and you will see how easy it is to manage!

Before/After school care 0447 010 696

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BIG Summer Read is on.

Hey kids – the BIG Summer Read is back for the summer holidays! It is easy: register, read, record your reading, and enter the prize draws.

You have plenty of time to read the minimum 10 books, or listen to 10 books being read to you, to be eligible for the prize draws. The BIG Summer Read runs from 1 December 2022 until 31 January 2023 and is open to everyone aged 0 to 18.

Register online at or pick up a printed copy of the reading record and entry form in any Goulburn Valley Library. For more details about rewards, prizes and upcoming challenges go to our website

The BIG Summer Read aims to arrest the ‘summer slide’ by engaging children and their families in a fun and dynamic campaign through public libraries, supported with resources such as a user-friendly website and mobile app, reading logs and milestone incentives. A competitive element with a Goulburn Valley Libraries prize draw, as well as the statewide prize, provides added incentive for participation.

Not a member of the library yet? You can still register to participate, but you can join online at or come into any of our libraries and fill out a membership form. Library membership is free!

Visit our website and you will also find Online Storytime videos that each have a craft activity to download, as well as access to many other great resources such as Storybox Library, Kanopy Kids, BorrowBox, cloudLibrary, LOTE Online for Kids and so much more.

The BIG Summer Read – fun, free and at your local library now.

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Melbournes Christmas wonderland

The chance to celebrate the festive season and create lasting memories returns with a fabulous new event created just for families - Melbourne’s Christmas Wonderland open from 25th November until 24th December at Burnley Oval.

Your experience begins once the doors are open. Be greeted by the toy soldier guard of honour, as Santa officially welcomes you to Melbourne’s Christmas Wonderland, an interactive, fun and entertaining experience like no other for all ages.

From the moment the toy soldier guard of honour greets you on arrival through to the multiple fun themed Christmas zones plus a skating rink and live entertainment you’ll be delighted and amazed for two hours of all inclusive, non-stop festive fun.

Melbourne’s Christmas Wonderland is set under twinkling lights filled with adventure, entertainment, activities, interactive experiences, thrills, food and more!

Visit our website for all the details!

Thank you to our supporters!

link for all Bourchier Street school policies

Attached is the updated Parent Payment Arrangement Policy which was approved by School Council.

Child Safe Policy

Bourchier Street Primary School has a zero tolerance of any form of child abuse. The school is committed to acting in children’s best interests. The safety and wellbeing of children at this school is our highest priority. We want children to be safe, happy and empowered.