Bourchier Mail

School Newsletter - 4th Edition - 16th March 2023


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From the Acting Principal

Hello Newsletter Readers!

I wanted to start by saying how much fun I had at the Year Three camp at Gundiwindi. The highlight for me was definitely the flying fox. It is about as close as I will ever get to feeling like Superman, soaring through the air!

I just wanted to take a moment to give a big shout-out to all the staff who came along on the camp. I know it's not easy leaving your own families behind to look after a bunch of rowdy kids, but you all did an amazing job and made the whole experience so much fun.

To all my fellow Year Three and Year Five students - good luck with NAPLAN this week! Remember, it's only one test, and it doesn't define who you are or all the amazing things you're capable of. So go out there, do your best, and then come back to school ready to show everyone what you've got.

I would also like to welcome back Cynthia Findlay. We are happy to have Cyhthia back on our team after taking parental leave. We hope that you enjoyed your special time with your family and we are excited to have you back working with our Foundation and specialists team. We are looking forward to all that you will accomplish in the coming weeks and months!"

Thanks for reading and as always please come and say hello with any ideas, concerns or questions!

Have a great week!

Gary Darma

Acting Principal

Next Assembly - Tomorrow

Our next assembly will be on the basketball courts at 2.20pm on Friday 17th March. Parents are welcome to attend to join in on awards and performances.

Year 3 Gundiwindi Lodge camp

Year 3 students had an amazing time on the recent Gundiwini camp with so many activities.......

Here's what students had to say!

Camp – Dampers - Jimmy Morrison 3BO

The dampers were the smell of luxury, naturally known by the toast itself. The fire was delicate and viciously soothing, according to most campers or students. Also it tasted finally confidential and somehow elegant to a new recipe easy to bake straight from Gundiwindi Lodge. Also it felt more like a rock like how hard you can taste it and it felt a bit fragile calmly to the quickly slow melt fire. Dampers make your mouth water and how, oh HOW it can taste luxurious with butter and jam or other mix ups of your choice depending on how you want to make it. In the near or past future, dampers will become the most popular to most people of Australia and will be home to millions. Hard to make, but easy to taste. YUM. Hope to taste these dampers soon in 2024. Finally, most people will like their homemade dampers, depending on which filling to pick. I love dampers.

Archery at camp by Ted 3BO

My group went to archery with Mr Moor. It was my favourite activity because I came 3rd place. Archery was very tricky because our body had to face north and our face had to face west to the target, our arms weren't straight so the string didn't hit us.

Flying Fox - By Harper Campbell

​Ok, I’m going to be telling you information about the flying fox! First you put on safety stuff like a harness, safety glasses and a helmet. The teacher also says if it wasn’t safe she wouldn’t get us to do it.

First you get your safety gear on, then there is a ladder where we get hooked to and we climb the ladder. If you fall down you will not hurt yourself because you are hooked up to a safety rope.

When you get to the top, Danny one of the workers and Mrs O’Keeffe hooked us up to another hook thing . Then Danny did the count down and we jumped off with the wind in our face - it is the best. It was so much fun. Then Mr D'arma got a ladder and pulled us up on the top of the ladder and then unbuckled us and we were FREE !! After my turn I help Mr D'arma and pulled the green rope up to Danny again . And it was so much fun - you should try Gundiwindi lodge flying fox !!!

Kitchen Garden

Dip and roti bread were on the menu for Kitchen Garden this week. We all enjoyed smelling the different ingredients and the smell of mint was amazing!
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student learning conference

It is important for every parent/carer to attend SLC with your child as it is a great opportunity to learn about your child's academic, emotional and social development. You also get to know your child's teacher and talk about how you can both support your child.

Student learning conference will be held on:

Wednesday evening, 5th April - 3.30pm - 8pm

Thursday 6th April - 8am 1.30pm

Bookings can be made via Compass from Monday 20th March

If you have misplaced your username and password to log onto Compass, please contact the front office and we can reset for you.

All teachers will be engaged in these conference consequently there will be no classroom programs operating on Thursday.

Refer Compass instruction form below if required.

harmony day - tuesday 21st march 2023

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The Resilience Project

We are very excited to be working with The Resilience Project in 2023 as part of our mental health and wellbeing program. We will have Martin Heppell presenting to all of our students and staff from the 27th to 29th March. We strongly encourage parents and carers to attend the free community presentation on March 29th from 6.30pm.

When building positive mental health in schools, we know the best impact happens when we work together.

The Resilience Project is committed to teaching positive mental health strategies to prevent mental ill-health and build young people’s capacity to deal with adversity.

Teachers and students will engage in weekly lessons and activities around the key principles of Gratitude, Empathy, Mindfulness (GEM) and Emotional Literacy to build resilience.

Check out their website for more information:

The Resilience Project

And check out TRP@HOME; a place filled with inspiration and activities for the whole family, to help improve your wellbeing and build resilience.


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easter egg raffle

Thanks to families who have donated to our Easter Raffle, and we look forward to seeing many amazing baskets being made up for families to win!

If you require more tickets, please ask the teacher or front office.

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RIDE2school day - Friday 24th March 2023

Get the bikes out this weekend and start decorating as you could win a prize!! Students to dress in active wear!
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Kids Shed News

A big thankyou to all the families who purchased raffle tickets for the Kids Shed christmas tree raffle!

We made over $500 to buy new supplies and equipment to help us continue the work the kids do to improve our school and envioronment around us.

Thanks also go to the teachers and students who helped decorate the individual class trees.

Below is a picture of equipment purchased which will be very handy for Kids Shed to create many more creative items.

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chaplains news

Dear Parents,

I would like to invite you to our new 'Coffee & Chat Room."

You are invited to come every Tuesday at 2.30pm - 3.15pm in the "Kitchen & Garden" room over in the portables where we also run the "Breakfast Program."

This is an opportunity also to ask any questions you may have about your child or simply chat together.

Also, thankyou to everyone who has donated supplies for our Breakfast Program.

I have been blown away by all the contributions we have received, so thankyou very much!

Also, many of you have donated school uniforms to our school. These have been most helpful in helping our families.

Whilst I have your attention, we have some food hampers available to give to school families.

If you are in need or you are aware of families in need, please let the front office know.


Richard Poole


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fun run

We will be holding the School Fun Run as a major fundraising event this year on FRIDAY 28th APRIL!

Parents welcome down at Victoria Park Lake from 1pm to 2.30pm!

We’re doing it to raise much needed money for the continued redevelopment of our School Yards. This will include more synthetic turf throughout playing areas, sails for shade and development of new outdoor learning spaces.

About the Program

The School Fun Run is all about Fun! Your children will get to come on the day and run with their fellow classmates, friends and students... sometimes even the teachers get involved! This will be one of the most exciting days on our school’s calendar, with everyone’s participation the aim, so please make sure they attend on the day and cheer the other kids on!

How Does My Child Fundraise?

Firstly, go to and create a student profile page. Everything to do with your fundraising revolves around this page.

Students who raise just $10 will be able to choose a prize! The more they raise, the better their reward – don’t forget to check these out in the sponsorship form! We have educated students on the dangers of door knocking without adult supervision, and we encourage you to reiterate this at home. The great thing about online fundraising is that you can share the link to your child’s profile with friends and family via email, SMS and Social media.

Online Fundraising

The easiest way to help your child raise money is through online fundraising, where students raise an average of $120. On top of raising more money, it’s also safer and easier than doorknocking and you don’t have to worry about handling money! To start fundraising online, go to your student profile page at and share your online fundraising link.

Thank you, good luck and happy fundraising!

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bookclub Orders close Thursday 23rd March

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.

Book Club News | Scholastic Australia

School Council 2023

School Council election has been completed. Thank you to the following people for nominating and being prepared to give up their time to meet regularly and support our school.

The school council members for 2023 include:

Mark Borthwick – Parent Member (New)

Patrick McMullan – DET Employee Member (New)

Dani Williamson – DET Employee Member (New)

Paul White - DET Employee Member (Re-Elected)

Fiona Hudgson – Parent Member (Re-Elected)

Annie Manning – Parent Member (Re-Elected)

School Photos

TUESDAY, 2nd MAY 2023

School photos will be 2nd week of term 2.

Envelopes will be sent home first day of term 2 for you to place your order and they need to be returned before or on photo day.


Class photo $33

Individual packages $41 to $56

Family Photo $27 to $38

Bourchier Street Annual privacy reminder for our school community

Our school collects, uses, discloses and stores student and parent personal information for standard school functions or where permitted by law, as stated in the Schools’ Privacy Policy.

Please take time to read our school’s collection notice, found on our website Privacy Collection Notice

We ask parents to also review the guidance we provide on how we use [Microsoft 365/Google Workspace for Education] safely at the school and what parents can do to further protect their child’s information. If after reviewing the guidance, you have any questions or concerns regarding your child using [Microsoft 365/Google Workspace for Education], please contact the school.

For more information about privacy, refer to: Schools’ Privacy Policy — information for parents. This information is also available in ten community languages:

Amharic - Arabic - Dari - Gujarati - Mandarin - Somali - Sudanese - Turkish - Urdu - · Vietnamese


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.

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

Foundation Students start 5 days of school per week as of next 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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Bourchier Street Soccer club

The Bourchier Street Soccer season starts Saturday 29th April 2023.

We are looking to field mixed teams in the following age groups : Registrations close 27th March.

U12- year of birth 2011/12 : U10- year of birth 2013/14 : U8- year of birth 2015 : U7- year of birth 2016 : U6- year of birth 2017 : U5- Kinderoos

For your child to play soccer with Bourchier St Soccer Club we require you to complete the registration form.

Checkout our Facebook Page for the link to the Online Registration Form.

Credit Card payment is available through the online Registration Form (preferred method)

The school office will have a paper Registration form available to fill it out and return.

Email and we’ll send you the Online Registration Form link

Registration Fees : $150 per player

Kids Active Grants are available up to $200 for eligible Players

Playing Shirt will be supplied by the club.

Shorts, socks, shin guards and boots are at the players expense.

Do not complete the Playfootball registration until you have been contacted by the Club to do so.

Jarrod Thorp : Club Delegate

Bourchier Street Soccer Club Email contact only:


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Shepparton Notre Junior Football Club registrations are now open for 2023

Welcome returning Bears and new players and families to the club in season 2023.

Click here to start your 2023 registration

The Shepparton Notre Junior Football Club is into our tenth football season. This year we are very excited to announce we are introducing a Junior program with Under 10 and Under 12 teams to complement our existing Under 14 and Under 16 Youth teams within the Goulburn Murray Junior League competition.

Home games are played at Deakin Reserve and the Emmaus Campus of Notre Dame College.

The SNJFC enjoys a healthy and interactive working relationship with our parent club, the Shepparton Football Netball Club, and a strong and supportive affiliation with Notre Dame College.

We have developed excellent governance structures and coaching principles that focus on the continued growth and skill development of players to ensure this football club continues to grow and remain a well-respected, competitive, and welcoming club. We have a strong vision that our players will be prepared for the transition into senior football and equipped with life skills that develop their confidence and resilience to be the best person they can be.

We are a proud football club, and we value the contributions of our players, coaches, parents, volunteers, and sponsors that have instrumentally contributed to the success and achievements of our junior football club.

The objectives of the SNJFC are :
To promote interest in junior football.
To promote good fellowship among those interested in junior football
To educate, train, coach and encourage playing members of the “Club”.
To develop pathways for players beyond junior football.
To provide consistency among coaching philosophy with the Shepparton Football Club

Season Registration Costs
Juniors (Under 10 & 12) $100.00 - Game Day - Saturday Morning
Youth (Under 14 & 16) $175.00 - Game Day - Sunday Morning/Afternoon

Age Groupings
Under 10 - DOB 02/01/2013 - 01/01/2016
Under 12 - DOB 02/01/2011 - 01/01/2013
Under 14 - DOB 02/01/2009 - 01/01/2011
Under 16 - DOB 02/01/2007 - 01/01/2009

For Insurance purposes please make sure your players name matches their birth certificate.

Playing numbers are limited, so register today.

Shepp Notre JFC Facebook Page

Go Bears

Jason Parker (Parks) - President


For full payments and registration terms and conditions, please refer to the SBA’s By-Law, available on our website: Badmiton website


Junior registration form attached below flyer.

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community news

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Saver Plus

Saver Plus – helping take the stress out of back to school time

The Saver Plus community program has helped over 55,000 Australians take the stress out of back to school time. It’s free for eligible people to join.

At Saver Plus, we pair you with a savings coach while you budget and save over the next 10 months. You attend online workshops to learn tips, tricks and information to grow your budgeting and savings skills. Once you reach your agreed savings goal, ANZ matches your savings dollar-for-dollar, up to $500. You can use that money towards education costs such as uniforms, text books, laptops or extra-curricular activities such as sport or music.

You could be eligible to join Saver Plus if you:

· have a Centrelink Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card

· are at least 18 years old

· have some regular income from work (you or your partner) including casual, part-time, full‑time or seasonal (we also accept child support and carer’s payment as income)

· have a child at school or attend vocational education yourself.

If you’re eligible, start now and we’ll help take the stress out of next year’s back to school.

To find out more, or to apply, go to or call 1300 610 355

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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.