Banksmeadow Public School

In This Issue

Read on to find out about:

- Principals Message

- Dates for the Calendar

- State Spelling Bee

- Koori Art Expressions

- Students of the Week

Principal's Message

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

This week the students took time out for a special Remembrance Day Assembly at school. The leadership team led our service on Wednesday and did a great job explaining to the younger students the significance of the day. Every student made and wore a special red poppy as a mark of respect to the soldiers who died in war.

The new fences have started to be built around the school. The Brighton Street area is the first space to have the fence upgraded and this will be followed by the boundary fences around the perimeter of the school. The children have been spoken to about the importance of being safe around the temporary fencing but we do also ask that parents closely supervise their children as they enter and exit the school.

This week we have 2 very exciting events coming up.

This Wednesday the Westpac Life Saving Helicopter is going to land on the playground oval around 10am. I don't think too many school students get to see that every day! The students will watch this from the safety of behind the Preschool fences and once the helicopter has completely stopped, the students will move closer and participate in a lesson about the work of the Helicopter Rescue Team.

A full risk assessment has been prepared for the event and the children and staff have been debriefed about the safety expectations. I'd like to thank John Restuccia for organising this special event and remind everyone to bring in $2 to support the Year 6 Farewell. Due to the helicopter visit, the school assembly will be held at the later time of 1.50pm next week for parents who would like to attend.

The other event is our annual mini-fete next Friday. The students in Years 5 and 6 are busily planning their stalls for the day. This is always a fun and colourful event, so the students are reminded to bring in their money next week to buy some tokens for the day. The tokens will be handed to the students just before the fete but they must pre-order through the school office next week.

I have enjoyed my time working in the office for the last 2 weeks but I have also missed my lovely students in Kindergarten. Mr Walsh will be returning from his leave on Tuesday.


Roxanne Bragg

Dates for the Calendar

17th - K-6W Review meetings. Mr Walsh returns

18th November - Westpac Rescue Helicopter Visit

19th November - Year 5 Leadership speeches for 2016.

20th November - Mini-Fete

Dates for the end of the year

Many parents require extra notice to ensure they can attend events for the end of the year. Here are the dates leading up to the end of the year.

Week 9

2nd December - Final band performance for the year at assembly.

Week 10

7th December- Years 3-6 Music Program Showcase 9am in the hall

8th December-Year 6 Farewell

9th December- Presentation Day in the hall at 9am. School guitar and Choir performing.

- Morning tea for school helpers will follow the Presentation Day.

10th December- K-2 Music Program Showcase 9am in the hall

Week 11

14th December - School concert- All classes performing including school dance groups. Time to be confirmed.

15th December- Picnic Day

16th December -Last day of School - Talent Quest

Premier’s Spelling Bee

The Premier’s Spelling Bee was introduced in 2004 as a fun and educational way for primary school students to engage in spelling. This year Holli in Year 4 won the Junior Regional Final and competed in the State Final at the ABC Centre in Ultimo on the 11th November.

She did a fine job representing our school, and made it into the top 42 in the state. Premier Mike Baird was there to congratulate all of the participants on their success.

4B were in attendance on the day and had a great time cheering on their classmate. Well done Holli!​

Koori Art Expressions

To celebrate the NAIDOC theme this year, 'We Stand on Sacred Ground' students in 1/2W created a wonderful art work that has been selected for the Koori Art Expressions exhibition. Having learnt about the respect and strong connection Indigenous people have with the land, students thought about ways in which we can all respect and preserve our beautiful country. They identified recycling as an easy an essential way to protect our precious environment. Using plastic items from their recycling bins, students created the art work called 'Respect and Recycle' and used the Aboriginal flag colours to pay homage to those who have always cared for the sacred land on which we stand.

Art Club students' creation called 'Symbols of Respect' has also been selected for the exhibition. Students were inspired by Aboriginal symbols and dot paintings and made their 3D piece to represent respect for the land.

The Koori Art Expressions exhibition launch is on 24th November at the Maritime Museum and will be on throughout the holidays.

Selective High School Placements

Online applications for Year 7 selective high school placement in 2017 opened on Tuesday 13 October 2015 and will remain open until 10:00 pm on Monday 16 November 2015.

Parents who have indicated their intention to apply but have not done so should apply urgently as late applications are not possible. Some Year 5 parents have already successfully applied and the school has a list of these applicants. Students who do apply will receive an information letter in February next year. The placement test will be held in March 2016.

All parents must apply online.

For further information please go to www.schools.nsw.edu.au/shsplacement

Remembrance Day at BPS

Stage 3 at Souths Cares

Botany Bay Council Photography Competition

The Botany Bay Council run an annual photography competition. Our school has a proud tradition at this competition and this year was no different. Both Andrew (Year 6) and Jackson (Year 3) were award winners on the night. Andrew won the Mayor's Choice award for his beautiful photo of a pathway at Sir Joseph Banks Park and Jackson won 2nd prize in his section with a snapshot photo of our school fete day. Congratulations to both students.

P and C News

The fete was a fantastic community day and we have had so much positive feedback about what a great day it was. We took in just under $27,000 however an event like this like this can only be organized with lots of costs as well, particularly the fantastic rides. The profits from the day are $5,100 and together with our other fundraising for the year, we are delighted to be able to donate $10,000 for a much needed library replenishment.

Thank you once again for everyone's tremendous support.

Students of the Week

Congratulations to our amazing Students of the Week for Week 6.
Big image
To unsubscribe from our e-News, email banksmeado-p.school@det.nsw.edu.au with the word unsubscribe in the subject.