Banksmeadow Public School

In This Issue

Read on to find out about:

  • Principals Message
  • Film Club Excursion to AFTRS
  • Dance News
  • Winter PSSA Sport
  • Year 6 Shirts
  • Pyjama Day
  • Students of the Week

Dates for the Calendar


  • May 12, 13, 14 - NAPLAN testing
  • May 15 - Zone Cross Country at Heffron Park
  • May 18 - Public Speaking Competition (Stage 2 and 3)
  • May 19 - School Photo Day
  • May 20 - Pyjama Mufti Day (Gold Coin donation)
  • May 21 - Debating Team at Ashbury Public School

Principals Message

Wishing You a Happy Mother’s Day

This Sunday 10th May is Mother’s Day! This is such a special day and an important opportunity for us to show our appreciation for the dedication and effort that mothers and mother figures in our lives show us every day. I’d like to wish all the mums on staff and in our community a very Happy Mother’s Day. Make sure you get spoilt with breakfast in bed!

I’d also like to thank our P&C for holding a very successful Mother’s Day stall on Thursday. I‘ve never seen such a great range of gifts and I’d like to thank the whole community for your generous donations to our Mother’s Day stall. A huge thanks also goes to the P&C executive for their organisation and all the parents who came up on Thursday morning to assist with a running the store. Your efforts are always appreciated and don’t go unnoticed.This was a wonderful example of how a cohesive school community works together to provide a positive experience for our children and families, and I feel very privileged to be a part of it. Happy Mother’s Day!

Making Our School an Even Safer Place

A number of parents have expressed concerns to me about our pick- up and drop-off areas at 9am and 3pm. As you would know, these areas can become quite congested with cars and people, especially at 3pm when school finishes. As a gentle reminder, could I please ask that we all adhere to the signage in terms of picking up and dropping off our children and refrain from creating potentially dangerous situations such as pick-ups and drop-offs on pedestrian crossings or whilst double-parked. That being said, thankfully we have not had any incidents and that is largely because our children are well-educated in regards to road safety and our community shows that they care by respecting the road rules. So, thank you everyone for your continued support in keeping our children safe.

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!

I’d also like to thank Souths Juniors for generously donating some vouchers to our P&C for to assist with their fundraising throughout the year.

Ben Walsh

Relieving Principal

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Film Clubs Excursion to AFTRS

Dance News

Congratulations to our Senior dance group who have successfully auditioned for the Dance Festival Series at the Seymour Centre. Our performance will be on the evening of Thursday June 18th. The students travel to the rehearsal with the school during the day and return to the theatre with their parents in the evening for the performance. More details will be sent home closer to the event.

Families may like to start thinking about who will be coming to this event as the tickets will be going on sale on Monday May 18th at 9am through the Seymour Centre Ticket Box Office. Contact them on 93517940 or book online at www.seymourcentre.com Tickets cost $30 for adults and $24 for students. Performers do not need a ticket as they will be backstage. Any person over 2 years will need a ticket.

Please contact Mrs Bragg with any further questions.

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Winter PSSA Sport

PSSA sport starts this Friday! Conratulations 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. Training will commence this Friday on the school oval from 8:15am. Up to date draws can be found by clicking on the below link.

Year 6 Shirts 2015

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Pyjama Party Mufti Day

The school will be having a Pyjama Party mufti day on Wednesday May 20th. Everyone is welcome to wear their pyjamas on the day and bring a gold coin donation. Please remember to wear clothing that would still be appropriate to wear to school. Shoes that are suitable for playground play should still be worn. The money raised will go towards our Year 6 farewell Fundraising. We look forward to seeing you in your pyjamas on the day!

Students of the Week

Active learners, safe and resilient! Well Done Week 3 students of the week.
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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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