Banksmeadow Public School

In This Issue

Read on to find out about:

  • Principals Message
  • Cross Country Carnival
  • Film Club

Dates for the Calendar


  • Thursday 28 - Cross Country Carnival (Yr 2-6)
  • Wednesday 29 - ANZAC day assembly


  • May 5 - Debating Workshop
  • May 7 - P&C Mother's Day Stall
  • May 12, 13, 14 - NAPLAN testing
  • May 18 - Public Speaking Competition (Stage 2 and 3)

Principals Message

Welcome Back!

Welcome back to Banksmeadow PS for an exciting Term 2 everyone. Despite the weather, we’ve had another smooth start with all students settling quickly. The wind and rain has caused some chaos at times, but I’d like to commend all students on their sensible and responsible approach to staying safe and dry.

As you may already know, Ms Cathy Lucantonio will be continuing in her role as Relieving Principal at Croydon PS. I feel very privileged to be continuing in the role of Relieving Principal at Banksmeadow PS in Cathy’s absence and have thoroughly enjoyed my first term here. Everyone has been very warm and welcoming which is a strength that defines this school community. I’d like to thank you all for your continued support and I am very much looking forward to doing my best for our children throughout my time here.

You may have noticed the new driveway and pedestrian gates at our Brighton St entrance are in operation this term. In the morning, we will leave the first gate (street-side) hinged open for easier access, however between 9am and 3pm it will remain closed. This will still be an access point throughout the day for the community though. The old pedestrian gate that was used last term is currently locked and not in use. It will be replaced with a fixed gate panel in the near future.

With the weather becoming colder, we are now officially heading towards winter and students are expected to wear full winter school uniform throughout Terms 2 and 3. Uniform is an important part of our school and I’d like to thank you all for the way your children wear it so well.

To help you organize your calendars, here are some important dates that are coming up early this term;

Tuesday 28th April – School Cross Country Carnival & Year 6 Ice Block Fundraiser

Wednesday 29th April – ANZAC Day Assembly

Friday 8th May - Winter Sport Commences

Tuesday 19th May – School Photo Day

Gold Sponsor for P&C

I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank Lovatt's Transport on behalf of our school community as they are sponsoring our 'Spring Fair Fete' that is scheduled for later this year. Lovatt’s Transport are the first of our Gold Sponsors this year and we are very appreciative of their support!

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NAPLAN Dates (Repeat Item)

Next term the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) will be completed by students in Years 3 & 5 at Banksmeadow PS. The dates for these tests are as follows;

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Here at Banksmeadow PS we focus on educating our children holistically which is evident in the broad range of programs and experiences we offer across the curriculum and beyond. While NAPLAN is important, so is every other day of the year and we are heavily focussed on providing a quality education all year-round. Please remember that this is just another event on the school calendar and it is important for our children to view it this way to prevent any unnecessary stress.

Ben Walsh

Relieving Principal

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Cross Country Carnival 2015

Next Tuesday (dependent upon the weather!) will be our annual school Cross Country Carnival. This will be undertaken on the school oval. This year as part of Year 6 fundraising we will also be selling ice blocks for $1 each after the students have finished running in their event. Students who finish 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th in the 8 years and above events will progress to the ESPSSA Cross Country Carnival on the .......

Film Club

For those lucky students selected in Film Club in 2015, lessons will commence next Monday (27 April) in the Mr Murphy's classroom from 3:00 - 4:00. We look forward to seeing what they come up with this year!
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Botany Family Fun Run

A message from Rob Kolbe:

'I am currently running 40 half marathons to celebrate my 40th birthday (as well as raise awareness and money for a few great causes close to all of our hearts)

The goal is to run 40 in the year and on May 9 I will run number 40. To celebrate I am running an event “In the community for the community” to encourage families to get outdoors and active. The event is all about getting people together at a fun family event for everyone.

WHAT – Botany Family Fun Run. I will do a half marathon and have a series of fun runs happening while I run. These non-competitive runs will be over 1,2, 3, 5, 10 or 21.1kms and can be run as an individual or as a team. The shorter distances are specifically designed for parents and kids to do together. As the event is all about fun and participation there will be no winners prizes but there will be some random participation awards handed out.

WHERE – Sir Joseph Banks Park – Botany on the main oval entry via Fremlin or Anniversary Streets

WHEN – Saturday 9th May. Starting at 1:00 with the first run kicking off at 1:30

WHY – To encourage families to get outdoors and active. The event is all about getting people together in the outdoors at a fun family event for everyone. To celebrate my 40th half marathon since my 40th a year ago and of course raise some money for two amazing charities.

HOW MUCH – While no entry fee as such will be charged I would encourage you to make an entry donation and suggest an amount the same as the event you enter eg 2kms – $2. All funds raised on the day will go to the 2 organisations I am supporting through this challenge. They are 8020 Vision – who help build sustainable communities in Zimbabwe (the country of my birth) and the MS Society – a good friend has MS and I want to support the society who helps people with it. Full details on these causes and a link on how to donate can be found by on my website

It’s all about fun so come join us from a great family event.'

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