Banksmeadow Public School

In This Issue

Read on to find out about:

  • Principals Message
  • Camp Gallipoli
  • School Chess Team
  • Preschool Applications 2016
  • Cross Country Carnival
  • Winter PSSA Sport
  • ANZAC Day Assembly

Dates for the Calendar


  • May 4 - Film Club excursion to AFTRS
  • 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

The Spirit of ANZAC at Banksmeadow PS

This week at Banksmeadow PS we commemorated the 100th Anniversary of the ANZAC landing at Gallipoli with a very special assembly. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank two of our wonderful parents, Mrs Nicole Ngapoula and Ms Nicole Taylor who are currently serving in the Royal Australian Navy, for addressing our students at the assembly as our special guests. I’d also like to thank Mr Brendan Murphy for organising an assembly that engaged the students throughout and had a wonderful tone of respect. It was great to hear a few words from the students who attended Camp Gallipoli last weekend which was a once in a lifetime experience. I’d like to commend all the students who attended Camp Gallipoli on the fine example they set for themselves and our school, and I’d also like to say a very special thank you to Ms Tina Fahey and Mrs Annie Whittaker for generously giving up their Friday night to provide our children with such a fantastic experience.

Planning for Our Children’s Future – Banksmeadow’s School Plan

I am very proud to say that our new 3-year school plan has been completed and will be presented at the next P&C meeting on Monday night. It is an aspirational plan that has been developed through extensive community consultation, beginning last year with the Dream Banksmeadow appreciative inquiry and concluding with a series of consultations at meetings with staff and P&C throughout this year. Our plan has three strategic directions for the next three years;

1. Development of successful students

2. Strengthening positive school culture

3. Excellence in educational practice

To execute the plan effectively, we will be undertaking a number of projects that are underpinned by positive education, collaboration, communication and community engagement and the employment of high level evidence-based pedagogy. We are very excited about implementing the school plan here at Banksmeadow PS and I’d like to thank the whole community for your positive input and support throughout the process of developing the plan. If you’d like to view the plan it has been uploaded onto our website: http://www.banksmeado-p.schools.nsw.edu.au/our-school/school-plan.

Gold Sponsor for P&C (Repeat Item)

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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Camp Gallipoli

Last Friday night our senior Indigenous students participated in Camp Gallipoli to commemorate the Anzac Day Centenary. The students camped out under the stars just as the diggers would have done all those years ago. We attended a dawn service where the students learnt about the Anzac Spirit. We are very proud of our senior Indigenous students for their respectful behaviour throughout the excursion and for representing Banksmeadow so brilliantly.

School Chess Team

The school Chess team has been selected. Congratulations to Bundy, Dylan T, Lachlan B, Hayden I, Tess K, Josiah and Aditya. These students will be participating in a local chess tournament every Friday afternoon. We are hosting the first match this Friday against Mount Sinai College. Best of luck to the team.
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Preschool Applications 2016

Applications for attending the Preschool next year are now available from the school office. Children who attend the Preschool need to turn 4 by July 31st 2016. The attendance pattern will continue to be the 5 day fortnight throughout 2016. A place at the Preschool is for one year only and is specifically designed for the year prior to attending Kindergarten.

Cross Country Carnival

The annual school cross country carnival was held this week with all students from years 2-6 participating. It was so great to see every child giving it ago and participating with a smile on their face. Those students who placed 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th in the 8 years and higher will now progress to the zone cross country carnival to be held on Friday 15th May. Further information will be given to those students who are attending early next week.

Winter PSSA Sport

Trials have already been held for Winter PSSA sport teams. Congratulations to those students who have been selected in with Rugby League, Netball or Soccer for 2015. Permission notes and payment need to be returned on or before the first round of play which will be the 8th May, 2015. Please be reminded that payment of buses is compulsory and those students who do not pay will have to stay at school and participate in school sport activities.

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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