Banksmeadow Public School

Term 3, Week 4, 2014

In This Issue

Read on to find out about:

  • P&C News
  • Debating Success
  • Open Night
  • Premier's Reading Challenge
  • Book Week
  • PSSA Sport
  • Dance Fever

Dates for the Calendar

  • Fri 8 - Zone Athletics Carnival, Day 1
  • Tues 12 - ICAS Mathematics Assessment
  • Wed 13 - School Open Night for prospective parents
  • Fri 15 - Zone Athletics Carnival, Day 2
  • Fri 15 - Yarnup
  • Wed 20 - Book Fair
  • Wed 27 - Interrelate Evening
  • Sat 30 - P&C Movie Night


  • Thurs 4 - Fathers Day Stall
  • Tues 9 - Public Speaking School Finals
  • Tues 16 - Crazy Hair Day
  • Fri 19 - K-2 Athletics Carnival

P&C News

Movie Night

The Banksmeadow Movie Night is set for Saturday 30 August. The activities will start from 4pm and entry will be through the preschool gate on Wilson Street.

Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Tickets will be on sale on Friday 22 and 29 August, from 8.30-9.15am and 2.45-3.15pm. Tickets will also be available to purchase on the night. There will be a range of food and drinks and glow products available to purchase on the night. Please be aware the movie night is an alcohol free event.

If you are able to donate a prize for the raffle or to sponsor the night please contact the P&C on bpspandc@hotmail.com

You can vote for which movie you would like to see by following this survey link.

Fathers Day Stall

The Fathers Day Stall will be held on Thursday 4 September. Please send in gifts for the children to purchase at the stall. Please wrap your gifts in clear cellophane. Each child has the opportunity to buy a gift for their dad, so please send in as many gifts as you have children at the school or preschool.

Debating Team Success

Sharks should be culled! That was the topic in the last debate against Carlton Public School in the Interzone Knockout Debating Tournament. Our industrious debating team brainstormed and worked around the clock to research, write and prepare their arguments against the very controversial issue of culling sharks. Mixing the skills of public speaking and the logic of mathematicians, the debaters threw everything together to persuade their audience and adjudicator. And persuade they did; the debate team gained another win in the Sydney Schools Debating Interzone Competition. Well done, debaters!
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School Open Night for Prospective Parents

Next Wednesday evening new families to the school are invited to attend an information session to learn more about the programs we offer from Kindergarten - Year 6. If you know anyone who may be interested in enrolling at the school, please let them know about this event. We will start with a school tour near the school hall at 5pm.

Premier's Reading Challenge

The NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge is coming to an end. In order for children to receive a certificate they must have their online student reading record finalised by Friday 22 August so that it can be verified.

Children need to have registered on the NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge Website. To add books to their list they login with their school username and password.

If you are unsure how this is done, Mrs McDonald will be available in the Library this coming Monday afternoon from 2.30 – 3.30pm to assist you. It may be helpful if you know your child’s username and password.

Book Week

The Children’s Book Council Book Week begins on August 16. The students have been enjoying reading the shortlisted books during Library lessons. Last year was the year for a book character parade so this year we are holding a book fair. The books are good quality and come from Bloomin’ Books in Caringbah.

Books are available for you to purchase or to donate to the library. There will also be a donation box if you would like to make a donation. The books will be on display in the library next week where children will be able to browse and write the names of books on their wish list to bring home to you. The books will be on sale on Wednesday 20 August at 8.30, during lunch time and after assembly.

We would love to see you at the book fair. All of the books shortlisted for the book of the year awards are listed on the link below.

PSSA Sport

Our participation in PSSA sport requires us to transport the students to and from various fields each week by bus. The school subsidises the cost of the bus to try and keep the cost per student down. It would be appreciated if the weekly or terms bus fee is paid to the office or online. If you do not wish your child to participate in PSSA sport please notify the class teacher in writing and they can take part in school sport.

Dance Fever

Dance Fever lessons are held each Monday for classes Kindergarten to Year 6. The cost for the term is $32. We have found the children really enjoy the program and are keen to be part of the Dance Competition at the State Sports Centre at the end of the term. If you do not wish your child to participate in Dance Fever lessons could you please let their class teacher know in writing. Alternative arrangements will be made for students not participating. If you are experiencing difficulties paying for the program please contact the principal.

Band News

On Thursday 28 August the school band will be attending the Big Band Bash at Daceyville Public School. A note about this excursion will be sent home next week. We are hoping to get some parent volunteers to transport children to the performance.

All band members should work on Bluesin’ this week, and use The Spook as their warm up piece. Students should already know this piece if they were in the senior band last term.

Tips & Tricks

Once you get from letter ‘A’ to ‘B’ correct, you will be able to play from letter ‘C’ to the end as it is exactly the same.

Also remember that the quavers are not even, the first quaver will be longer than the second making them swing.

Player of the week

This week it goes to Lachlan Grant for his effort in rehearsal this week. Keep up the good work.

Section of the week

Well done to the flute section, their entries into Bluesin’ were great!

Students of the Week

Congratulations to all of our students of the week.


Now and Then Photo Competition

Botany Bay City Council Library & Museum services is seeking your involvement in the upcoming Now and Then exhibition.

Below is the flyer providing information on the photography competition. Prizes will be awarded to the winner in each category. Selected entries will be displayed as part of the upcoming Now & Then exhibition at Mascot Library & George Hanna Memorial Museum at Mascot from September 2014 – March 2015.

Submissions will be accepted at Central Library Eastgardens. All entries must have an entry form attached to them.

If you would like more information please contact: Paula Grunseit on 9366 – 3888.

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