Bourchier Mail

School Newsletter - 1st Edition - 2nd February 2023

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from the principal

Dear Families,

I am feeling very excited about the start of our school year! I am honoured to play a part in leading such a vibrant and dedicated community of learners, teachers, and families.

As we prepare for the new school year, I want to extend a warm welcome to all students, parents, and staff. Whether you are returning to our school or starting for the first time, I am confident that we will have a wonderful year together.

I am eager to get to know new families and students and build on existing relationships. I am always keen to learn about students’ passions and interests, and to find ways to support their growth and development. My goal is to create a positive and inclusive learning environment where everyone feels valued, respected, and challenged.

I am particularly impressed with the exceptional staff we have at Bourchier Street. They are dedicated, knowledgeable, and passionate about their work. They are ready to go above and beyond to help our school achieve its goals and provide the best possible education to our students. With their support and guidance, I am confident that we will achieve great things this year.

After a couple of years of restrictions, we are excited to welcome parents back into classrooms at the start of the day to read with students. This is a great opportunity for families to connect with their child's learning. Classroom teachers will send more guidance on how morning reading in classrooms will work and we ask that everyone takes the necessary precautions to ensure the safety of all when in classrooms.

As we kick off the school year, there are a few important events to mark in your calendars. Year Five and Six students will be participating in Swim Safety lessons starting this week, where they will learn essential skills for being safe around water. It is imperative that our students learn to be safe in and around water, and I am grateful for this opportunity for them to develop these skills.

Our first assembly of the year will take place at 2:30pm on Friday, where we will have the opportunity to introduce our student leaders to the school community. It's always exciting to see the positive impact that student leadership can have on a school, and I can't wait to see what they will achieve this year.

We will also have a Welcome Evening for families next Wednesday, the 8th of February. Classrooms will be open for families to take a look from 4pm and a BBQ dinner will be available from 5pm. This evening provides a great opportunity for parents to meet our staff, meet other families and ask any questions they may have. We hope to see you there!

There are several camps coming up this term, and we will be sharing more information and updates with you soon. These experiences are an important part of our students' education and provide opportunities for growth, learning, and building relationships.

I believe that education is a partnership between the school and the home, and I look forward to working closely with families to ensure that our students have the best possible experience. I encourage you to reach out to me with any questions, concerns, or ideas you may have.

As we embark on this new school year together, I am filled with excitement and a deep sense of purpose. I cannot wait to see what amazing things we will accomplish.

Wishing you all the best,

Gary Darma

Acting Principal

Welcome night - Wednesday 8th February

For catering purposes, please rsvp and enjoy visiting your child/s classroom and have an easy Sausage Sizzle dinner!

Click here for Welcome Night rsvp
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Past Bourchier Student becomes NDC House Captain!

We are very proud of our past Bourchier Street student, Arsjola (AJ) Cela who was elected to the leadership position of MacKillop House Captain at Notre Dame College for 2023. Arsjola was appointed by her peers and staff through a process that involves nomination, development seminars, interviews and, finally, voting by the College community.

We are very proud that the foundations of Arsjola leadership skills were laid by the staff

in the Primary years of schooling.

Congratulations Arsjola!


Shepparton News will be taking class photos on Monday 6th February at 9am for a special Foundation feature.

Be sure to be on time and bring your happy face!

First Assembly for 2023

Our first assembly will be on the basketball courts at 2.30pm on Friday 3rd February. Parents are welcome to attend.

Book club catalogues were sent home this week.

ORDERS DUE Friday 17th February

The easiest way for families to order and pay for Book Club is to use the online LOOP platform. Please use the link to register and start your order

LOOP is also available as an app, for both apple and Android devices.

For cash payments, please ensure you have the correct money and that the envelope is securely sealed with your completed order form and child’s details.

Scholastic Book Club Parent Guide (2022) by Scholastic Australia - Issuu

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Breakfast Program Donations!

We need donations for our breakfast program! We appreciate donations of Milo, but understand it is quiet expensive. The students enjoy Coles/Safeway brand Hot Chocolate which is much cheaper.

Our breakfast program runs Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and your kind donations certainly make a difference.


Please ensure that your child’s, clothes, lunch box, drink bottle and property are CLEARLY named. All named property will be returned to the student in the classroom. Unnamed items will be sent to lost property in the hall foyer.


All stationary and materials were 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.

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

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Foundation Students have first 6 Wednesdays off

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


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.


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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Community News

Woolworths Junior Blasters (Age 5-8)

Woolworths Junior Blasters (Mixed) Co-ordinator: Nigel Liggins

Woolworths Junior Blasters commences Thursday 9th February

4.30pm @ Kialla No.2 to 2nd March 2023.

Cost $75

For further information please contact Vince Gagliardi on Mb. 0402 860 322 or

Register on: (location search Kialla )

Program will be held at Kialla Recreation Reserve or Kialla No.2

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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.