Banksmeadow Public School

In This Issue

Read on to find out about:

- Principal's Message

- Band News

- Student of the Week

- P&C News

Dates for the Calendar


  • Friday 16th October - PSSA sport starts
  • Monday 19th October - Swimming Scheme begins
  • Wednesday 21st October - Friday 23rd October - Stage 3 camp
  • Thursday 29th October - Souths Cares Program

Principal's Message

A Message for Parents of Year 5 Students – Intention to Apply for Year 7 Entry to a Selective High School in 2017

Below is an excerpt from the Selective High School – Intention to Apply letter that was distributed to Year 5 students this week for your information;

“Selective high schools cater for highly achieving academically gifted students who may otherwise be without classmates at their own academic and social level. These schools help gifted and talented students to learn by grouping them with other gifted and talented students, teaching them in specialised ways and providing educational materials at the appropriate level.

Applications for selective high school placement are considered mainly on the basis of the Selective High School Placement Test results and school assessment scores. The Selective High School Placement Test will be held on Thursday 10 March 2016.

If you would like to have your child considered for Year 7 selective high school entry in 2017, you need to do so soon. You will need to apply on the internet using a valid email address (not the student’s email address).

Detailed instructions on how to apply online will be available from 13 October 2015 in a printed application information booklet and at www.schools.nsw.edu.au/shsplacement. The application website opens on

13 October 2015 and closes on 16 November 2015. No late applications will be accepted.

There are no paper application forms. If you do not have internet access, you could apply at a public library. If you have a disability that prevents you from using a computer, you can contact the Unit for assistance after 13 October 2015. You may submit only ONE application for each student.”

If you intent on applying for your child to sit the test, please return the slip from the letter as soon as possible to Mr Murphy and he will provide you with an information booklet to assist with your online application.

Preschool Assessment & Rating

Last term, our preschool underwent the assessment and rating process. All children's education and care services covered under the Education and Care Services National Law are assessed and rated against the National Quality Standards. The process reflects a uniform approach to assessment and reporting across the range of service settings. The relevant regulatory authority in each state and territory undertakes the assessment and rating process. The National Quality Standard Ratings promote transparency and accountability and help parents assess the quality of education and care services available. Every service receives a rating for each quality area and an overall rating. These ratings must be displayed by each service and are published on the ACECQA and the MyChild websites.

I am very proud to announce that our preschool earned the rating of “meeting” standards. Given the rigour involved with this process and the high expectations, it is an excellent achievement and is very reassuring for our school community to know that our efforts and practice have been formally recognized as being at such a high standard. I would like to acknowledge the outstanding effort of our preschool team; Roxanne Bragg, Elizabeth Royston, Kathy Pollock, Elisha Brown, Mona Jiminez, Lisa Nicol & Monica Dickson and thank them for their ongoing professionalism, dedication and commitment to providing the best possible education and service to the children in our community.

Celebrating Student Achievement - Lachlan Grant receives a Deadly Kid Award

I’d like to acknowledge one of Banksmeadow Public School’s finest students, Lachlan from 4B, who received a prestigious ‘Deadly Award’ on Tuesday in an awards ceremony held in the Great Hall at UTS. The Deadly Awards are an annual celebration of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander achievement in music, sport, entertainment and community. The word 'Deadly' is a modern colloquialism used by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders that means ‘cool’ or ‘awesome.’ I’d like to congratulate Lachlan on this wonderful achievement and look forward to watching his continued success in the future.

Enjoy the rest of your week

Ben Walsh

Relieving Principal

Band News

The Band has made a strong start to term 4. We are currently working on Hawaii five-0, Skyfall, and 'it's all about that Bass' has been handed out this week for the students to work on at home.

We are working towards performing at the end of this term.

Kevin Christmas
Band Conductor

Student of the Week

Congratulations to our amazing students of the week for Week 2
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P&C News

Don't forget that the Spring Fair is next Saturday 24th October! Raffle tickets are due in by Wednesday 21st October as the winner will be announced on the day of the Spring Fair. Cake boxes have been sent home and we would really appreciate our families supporting the cake stall by donating some baking. Cakes can be delivered on Saturday 24th directly to the cake stall in the box that has been provided, or to the school office on Friday 23rd if you're unable to deliver them on the day of the Spring Fair.

I'd like to say a huge thank you to all the volunteers whose contributions will make our day a massive success! Any further volunteers will be greatly appreciated. Please contact Sarah Monahas on 0412 017 292 :)

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