Banksmeadow Public School

In This Issue

Read on to find out about:

  • Principals Message
  • Band News
  • NSW Premiers Reading Challenge Information
  • Easter Hat Parade
  • P and C News
  • Film Club 2015
  • Students Of the Week
  • Community Events

Dates for the Calendar


  • Monday 23 - Harmony Day/National Day of Action Against Bullying & Violence Day
  • Tuesday 24 - Hot Cross Buns - Band Morning
  • Wednesday 25 - Stage 1 Assembly
  • Tuesday 31 - 'Blue' Mufti day

Principals Message

A message from the principal of Randwick Boys High School:

'A big “thank you” to all of those primary school parents who visited Randwick Boys’ High School for our Open Night on March 10. We had in excess of three hundred visitors! The library was filled to capacity and there were loads of events that reported large numbers in attendance.

It’s always great to meet potential parents to speak about the school, but, of course, for parents, it’s an opportunity not only to see the school, but also to speak to students and other parents about the school and its potential.

I am sure parents and potential students left us with a very positive impression of Randwick Boys’ High and I am optimistic for the future of Randwick Boys’ High School as a great public school in the Eastern Suburbs.'

Update on Leadership at Banksmeadow PS

As you’re all aware, Cathy Lucantonio has undertaken the role of Relieving Principal at Croydon Public School. Our school’s Relieving Director, Sue Shelley, visited staff yesterday and announced that Mrs Lucantonio’s role at Croydon PS has been extended and it is probable that Mrs Lucantonio will not be returning to Banksmeadow PS until next year. I’d like to reassure you all that I am in contact with Mrs Lucantonio on a regular basis and she continues to be very supportive in the smooth running of our school and the wellbeing of the school community. The positive tone Mrs Lucantonio has set over the years continues to be strong and the school plan and teaching and learning programs that she has developed in collaboration with our staff continue to be implemented at the highest standard. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all the parents who have taken the time to give me their feedback regarding this temporary change in leadership. Your feedback has been both positive and encouraging, and I thank you for this.

The position of Relieving Principal for the remainder of this year will be filled through an Expression of Interest process. A panel has been formed by Sue Shelley and the position will be advertised internally today. The successful applicant will lead the school from Term 2 through to the end of 2015. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you would like to discuss anything further.


Next term the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) will be completed by students in Years 3 & 5 at Banksmeadow PS. The dates for these tests are as follows;

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Here at Banksmeadow PS we focus on educating our children holistically which is evident in the broad range of programs and experiences we offer across the curriculum and beyond. While NAPLAN is important, so is every other day of the year and we are heavily focussed on providing a quality education all year-round. Please remember that this is just another event on the school calendar and it is important for our children to view it this way to prevent any unnecessary stress.

Have a great weekend

Ben Walsh

Relieving Principal

Band News (repeat item)

Both the Senior and Beginner band will be performing at school on Tuesday March 24th. The concert will begin at 8.15am near the Brighton Street school gate instead of before school practice. The band will play and welcome students and their families to school. Families of the band students are most welcome to come along to watch the first performance of the year. The school will be hosting a hot cross buns breakfast for the band students after the performance.

All band students need to be at school by 8am on this morning to set up.

NSW Premiers Reading Challenge Information

In order to receive their certificate for completing the PRC the children need to complete an online reading record. Google NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge to access their website where children can logon using their school username and password.

If they are having trouble doing this at home I am happy to help and show them what to do in their library lesson or at lunchtime when the library is open.

Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2 children need to experience 30 books to get their certificate. These can be books read to them at home, in their class or during library. I will send home a list of books that I have read to them in library this term for you to add to their reading record. 25 books must be on the PRC booklists and 5 can be personal choice books.

Year 3, 4, 5, and 6 children must read 20 books. 15 must be on the PRC booklist and 5 can be personal choice books. Many children started their reading record last year so should be well on their way to completing their target. We are aiming to have an increased number of children complete the challenge this year.

The challenge finishes in August and certificates are sent out in December.

Please read the rules and regulations available on the website.

Carol Macdonald
Teacher Librarian
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Easter Parade 2015 (Repeat item)

Our annual Easter Parade will take place at the school hall on Thursday April 2nd at 1.30pm. During the afternoon, family and friends are welcome to come to school and watch the children show off their Easter hats. The students make their Easter hats at home and bring them to school on the day. The easiest way to make a hat is to use an existing hat like a sunhat and decorate it with eggs, bunnies, flowers or feathers. Two dollar shops have lots of cheap decorations you can get to assist you in your design. It is not at competition and there will be no prizes awarded but it is just a fun afternoon where the children can show off their creative flair.

At the end of the afternoon, the P and C will draw the easter raffles. Please start sending in your Easter egg donations to the school office so that we can make up the prizes in the next few weeks.

P and C News

The P and C are running an Election Day cake stall on Saturday March 28th at the Preschool. The Preschool is our local polling booth and we hope to sell many cakes to the community. Please send your cake donations to the school office next Friday March 27th or drop them off at the Preschool on the Friday or Saturday. If you could wrap the cakes in plastic or put the cake in a take away container, that would be helpful. Thank you for your support.

Our Easter raffle is always one of the biggest of the year. Please start sending in your donations of Easter eggs to the school office in the next week or so. The raffles will be drawn at the end of the Easter Hat Parade

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Dance News

The Senior dance group will be filming their dance audition for the Seymour Centre next Wednesday during school time. The children have been asked to wear black clothes for the filming. A leotard and leggings would be great as we will look very professional, but shorts and a top are also fine. Please have your hair back in a low bun or ponytail.

As we have had to concentrate on getting ready for the audition, the Junior dance group missed their lesson this week and will again next week. In the last week of term, the Juniors will catch up with a lesson on the Monday and Tuesday at lunchtime.

A reminder that all dance fees and costume fees are now due. We will be purchasing materials shortly so please pay any outstanding fees.

Flim Club 2015

Due to last years success, Film Club is again being offered to students in Years 5 & 6. Information notes have already been sent out. All students who are interested in participating in this years Film Club are asked to write a short 'expression of interest' detailing what they could contribute to the club in 2015 and why they would like to be involved. These can then be handed to Mr Murphy or Mrs Whittaker by no later then Friday 20 March.
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Students of the Week

Congratulations to this weeks amazing Students of the Week. Follow our twitter feed @BanksmeadowPS in order to receive realtime updates on assembly awards and other great things happening in the school.

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