Banksmeadow Public School

In This Issue

Read on to find out about:

- Principals Message

- Library News

- Dance Fever

- Kindergarten Orientation

- K-2 Athletics Carnival

- Guitar Group

- Student of the week

Dates for the Calendar


  • Week 9 Tuesday 8th - Spelling Bee Finals (Darlinghurst Public School)
  • Week 9 Wednesday 9th - Dance Fever Challenge

Principals Message

Father’s Day Stall and BBQ

Yesterday our wonderful P&C held the annual Father’s Day Stall and it was sellout with only 2 gifts remaining at the end of the day. A lot of work goes into preparing a stall like that and I’d like to thank all our dedicated parents who helped to organise it. Whether you wrapped gifts or helped run it on the day, your contributions are all very valuable and don’t go unnoticed.

Today our P&C held our first Father’s Day Breakfast and, despite the weather, it was great to see all the dads who came along to enjoy a sausage on a roll with their children and have a chat with everyone. I’d like to thank you all for your strong show of support and again, a huge thanks goes to the P&C for organising such a great morning. In particular, I’d like to thank Steve Bragg, Sarah Monahas, Danielle Pretty, Karen Messenger & Mr Brendan Murphy for giving up their time to cook and serve the BBQ.

Overall, it was a wonderful event that brought the community together to show the dads and the father figures in our lives that we appreciate them. Happy Father’s Day to you all!

Congratulations to our Aspiring Leaders – Brendan Murphy & Tina Fahey Relieving Assistant Principals

Mr Peter Merrick is on leave until Week 3 of Term 4 and I am very pleased to announce Mr Brendan Murphy and Ms Tina Fahey are undertaking the role of Relieving Assistant Principal in his absence. Mr Murphy and Ms Fahey demonstrate excellent leadership every day in the numerous roles they undertake here at Banksmeadow PS and I know they are more than capable of fulfilling this executive role. I’d like to take this opportunity to acknowledge their efforts and congratulate them both in earning this opportunity to help lead the school.

Special Ed Unit Update (Repeat Item)

The Department of Education approached our school earlier in the year to see if we would be willing to accept two more support classes to complement K/6W and establish a special education unit at Banksmeadow PS. Following consultation with Mrs Cathy Lucantonio, staff and our P&C, it was decided to go ahead with the proposal and we will establish two more special education classes beginning in 2016. In preparation for our new classes, we will require two new classrooms, upgrades to school fencing, employment of new staff and some additional staff training. This is a very exciting time for our wonderful school and I will keep you up to date throughout the development of the process.

New Report Template (Repeat Item)

As part of our Student Reporting Project, a trial student report template was presented at our P&C meeting last week and was received very positively by those in attendance. Following consultation this term with staff and parents at P&C, we have developed a new report format that aims at being more informative for parents. To begin with, we have changed the language of achievement from “Limited, Basic, Sound, High & Outstanding” to “Limited Achievement, Working Towards, Expected Level, Working Above & Working Beyond.” We have also isolated content from each subject area and provided a more individualised record of assessment using less teacher jargon. The result is a report that reflects the learning and achievement of each child in a more holistic, personalised and precise way, as well as being more reader-friendly. You will receive your child’s report in Term 4 using this draft report template and we will be providing opportunities for feedback as we strive to provide you, our parents, with a way of reporting student achievement and progress that is of the highest quality. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Enjoy the rest of your week :)

Ben Walsh

Relieving Principal

Library news!


I would like to say a big thank you to all the children who dressed up for Banksmeadow’s Book Character Parade and also to their families who helped them. I was really impressed with the beautiful and amazing costumes and how creative some of you are. You helped make it a very enjoyable day.

The Book Fair was also a great success. I am really appreciative for the community support given to this event. The school gets a percentage of all money collected to spend on books for the library and with this money I have been able to purchase about 30 books.

The donation table was also very successful. We started with 70 books and 61 of them were donated which is just wonderful. If you don’t find your name on the thank you list below, I apologise in advance and if you let me know I will put it in the next newsletter.

Zac Wynyard, Harvey Wootton, Jade Whitehead ,Ryan Weatherstone, Brooklyn & Orlando Wakerley, Mrs Williams, Chris Santonoceto, Kianoa Roberts, Savanna Roberson, Chloe & Emily Reid, Dominic Reigler, Makenna Rakow, Ben & Tana Pavlovich, Merrick family, Stephanie Mastroserio, Emily & Caitlyn Monahas, Mrs Macdonald, Mrs Moffat, Caeden & Adelyn Lang, Joanna Li, Alexis & Lucas Kazzi, Hayden Ingle, Holly Hamilton, Charlie Hawke, Sam Hobbs, Healey family, Anastasia Goodrick, Fernando Golubev, Isabella Finlan-Luxford, Joshua Faunce, Cooper & Hayden Floyd, Miss Fahey, Amber Duffy, Ms Donis, Mya & Shawnee Driscoll, Jake Dowd-Hawtin, Alexander & Harrison Contarino, Matilda & Charlie Crawley, Lili & Joshua Blazquez, Lachlan Bragg, Mrs Bragg, Sienna Byrne, Austin Bryce, Afu family and Alfie Andronicus.

Thank you so much.

Carol Macdonald

Librarian and Booklover

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Dance Fever

The Dance Fever Challenge will take place at Homebush Sports Centre this Wednesday evening. The children should arrive between 4.30pm and no later than 5.30pm and proceed to the dance floor to meet Mr Murphy, Mrs Moffat and Mrs Bragg. The entry fee is $5 and all participants must also pay this fee on arrival. Parents pay at the door and EFTPOS is not available. Please remember to be well groomed on the evening. Girls need to wear a party dress or skirt and boys in long pants with a collared shirt. We suggest the children bring a bottle of water and a healthy snack to eat during the evening.

The whole school show dance is looking amazing! Students will need to wear black for the school show dance but are not allowed to change in the toilets for security reasons. If students are not wearing black in the partner dances, please either wear black clothes under your outfit or bring it along in a bag and put the black clothing over your other outfit. We are looking forward to a great night and hope we can bring home some ribbons and trophies!

Parents of students in Years K- 2 are invited to the final Dance Fever lesson on Monday September 14th. Kindergarten will be from 1.50pm with Year 1 and Year 2 are at 2:20pm. Please come along and enjoy some amazing dancing!

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Kindergarten Orientation

This week we held our annual Kindergarten Orientation morning. The new children enjoyed their morning in the Kindergarten classrooms, listening to stories, meeting friends and getting to know their buddies. The children will now be coming back to school in Term 4 during our Kids into Kindy program. Our Year 5 and 4 buddies did a wonderful job looking after our newest students. They will be an integral part of the orientation process over the next few months. Our current Kindergarten students have also visited the Preschool this week to offer insights into starting school from a child's perspective. These question and answer sessions are very informative to our Preschool students and offer the teachers are real insight into what the children are thinking about when starting school.

If any families know anyone who may still be going to enrol, please encourage them to contact the school soon. Children starting school have a much better transition, if they have had opportunities to visit the school prior to attending next year.

K-2 Athletics Carnival

The Kindergarten - Year 2 students and K-6 Support class had a great time last Friday at our annual infants Athletics Carnival. It was lovely to see so many parents and grandparents coming along to cheer on the children of Banksmeadow Public School. We saw some fast runners as well as some amazing chook throwers and hurdlers. Thank you Mrs Whittaker and Mrs Twitchings for organising such a fantastic carnival and a special thank you to the House Captains for their assistance on the day.

Guitar Group

Our senior guitar group will be performing at the school assembly next Wednesday at midday.
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Students of the Week

Hardworking, resilient and outstanding role models! Congratulations Term 3, Week 8 students of the week!
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