Bourchier Mail

School Newsletter - 8th Edition - 25th May 2023


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Dear Bourchier Community,

For this week's newsletter item, I wanted to show some love for our amazing office staff! They are all Legends who go above and beyond every day to ensure our school runs smoothly and are a key part of making it a truly wonderful place.

Legend number one is Donna Osborn, our Business Manager. While you might not see in her in the reception area too often Donna Osborn, does a mountain of work behind the scenes keeping our school running. She deals with everything from policies, and procedures, compliance with legislative requirements and dealing with all the financial side of school operations. Donna keeps our school running like a well-oiled machine, and I honestly don’t know what we do without her!

Jodie Van Popering has been at the school for a year and is a true multitasker. She handles a variety of tasks in our office and also oversees Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) and First Aid. Jodie works every day to create a safer, more secure learning environment for our students and staff. Jodie is so much of a legend that she is the inspiration for this week's newsletter post!

Legend number three is Lorelle Kellock, another invaluable member of our office staff, who manages multiple responsibilities, including enrolments and Compass, our digital learning platform. Lorelle's exceptional organisational skills make the enrolment process a breeze, and she ensures effective communication and engagement within our school community.

Denise Whyte (Legend 4), is our office team's Director of motivation, and the enthusiasm and fun she brings to the team rubs off on everyone! Denise is heavily involved in all things community-related and ensures our newsletter is informative, engaging, and captures the essence of our school's vibrant activities, achievements, and events.

The last Legend I will mention in today's post is Sharon Harris, who is a jack of all trades and a true Multitasking champion! After previously working in our library and in classrooms helping students. Sharon is now an invaluable member of the office team. She handles phone calls, emails, website enquiries among a huge number of other tasks, Sharon’s productivity inspires me to be better!

Our office staff is truly amazing, and what makes them stand out is that they are able to get through the variety of tasks that get thrown at them on a daily basis and they do it all in a way that creates an awesome vibe. Shout out to the Office Team!

As always, if you want to reach out for anything at all, our doors are always open!

Gary D'Arma

school start times

Please make it a priority to arrive at school on time.

Music 8.45am - students make their way to class.

8.55am - class begins.


Lions club public speaking challenge

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Congratulations to Giovanni, Breanna, Manseerat and Amelie who competed in the Lions Club public speaking challenge on Tuesday. All of our students came in the top 2 for their age group and now get to move on to the next stage.
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Division Sports Day

Well done to all our teams who competed in the Division Sports last Friday. Congratulations to our mixed netball team who took out the day and will head to the state final in September.
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Bush Revival Day

Last Wednesday the Year fives went to Rumbalara for Bush Revival Day! We had a great day planting native trees, learning about cultural artefacts, bugs, fire and making art.

Information for positive Covid cases

Parents/carers should complete the Student COVID-19 COVID Test Portal if a student tests positive to COVID-19 (via a PCR or rapid antigen test). Where a parent/carer informs the school by phone or written notification, the school should complete the Schools COVID Case Management Tool.

Students who report a positive result are recommended to isolate for a minimum of 5 days and not attend school until their symptoms have resolved. Students who isolate as a result of a positive COVID-19 test should be supported in the same way as students with an extended absence due to illness or injury, with learning materials provided to support their continued learning.

Student Absence Using Compass

When your child is absent from school, please log onto the parent portal, COMPASS and enter the absence along with the reason.

You need a username and password which has been distributed to families, but we can easily resend you the logon details by phoning or emailing the front office

Refer to the instructions below

Book Club catalogues have been distributed. Orders close on Friday 9th June.

Parents can order through LOOP LOGIN (

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.

Next Assembly - Tomorrow

Our next assembly will be on the basketball courts at 2.20pm on Friday 26th May. Parents are welcome to attend to join in on awards and performances.

Alert!!! Head Lice

We have had reported cases of students with live head lice so we are asking parents to be vigilant and check your child/ren’s hair.

We do regular checks at Bourchier Street and any child that is found to have live lice, parents/guardians will be contacted for the child to be collected and treated before returning to school. On returning to school the child will be checked again by staff. This is in accordance with school policy.

Children with long hair are required to

have it tied back.

Junior School - Volunteers needed to cut up fruit on Fruity Friday

Can you help??? We need parents/carers of Junior School students to come to the staff room Friday mornings around 9am to help make fruit platters for the Foundation, Y1 & Y2 students. Come along after reading and get to meet other junior parents.
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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.


If you have been claiming CSEF previously, no need to reapply as it rolls over each year unless you need to add your foundation student.

If so, please phone front office so we can claim for your foundation student.


If you have a NEW Health Care Card, please complete CSEF application form attached below.

Families who have a Health Care Card are eligible to claim $125 PER STUDENT for Camps and Excursions and money is paid directly to the school. Foundation students are eligible for uniform package.

Applications closes 24th June 2022.


Parent payment can be made via QKR

Parent Payment $220 per student

Excursion Levy $75 per student (exlude if you have HCC & completed CSEF form)

If you have a Health Care Card and claimed CSEF, you will receive $125 credit which can be used for camps and excursions only.


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.

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 at BSPS 0447 010 696

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community news

2023 sorry day

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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.