Banksmeadow Public School

In This Issue

Read on to find out about:

- Principals Message

- Dates For the Calendar

-Music Showcase

-Presentation Day

-Thank you Morning Tea

-School Concert and Fun Day

-Community Carols

- Student of the Week

- My Park Rules Submission

Principal's Message

New Trial Student Report Template

One of our strategic directions for our new school plan is to strengthen our existing positive school culture. One of the projects to help us achieve this is our Student Reporting Project. Following consultation with the staff and community we have developed this new report format to improve the way we communicate the progress and achievement of our students to you, our parents. The report template that we have used this semester is a trial and will be distributed on Wednesday 9th December. A cover letter will accompany each student report to explain the changes, but in summary, 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 Key Learning Area (KLA) within each strand 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 and precise way, as well as being more reader-friendly. As part of our school’s ongoing improvement process, we would be very grateful for your feedback on our new report template if you wouldn’t mind taking 3-5 minutes to complete our survey once you have read your child’s report next week. The survey link will be printed on the cover letter accompanying each report, but I will also place a hyperlink to the survey in our last newsletter for the term next week.

Student Absence in Term 1, 2016

Early in Term 1 each year the Principal is required to submit final student enrolments to the Department of Education which will determine our final staffing allocation. Often, we have students who do not return at the beginning of term due to extended holidays. This can potentially have an effect on our enrolments and staffing allocation. If you know that your child will not be returning on day 1 of Term 1 next year, could you please provide us with your child’s expected date of return and reason for their absence in writing before the end of this term. Many thanks in advance for your cooperation on this.

End of Year Events

Another successful year at BPS is nearing an end…. So why not finish with a bang! All the students have worked exceptionally well throughout the year and are currently preparing for our end of year events. Please keep a close eye on the calendar so you don’t miss any of our fantastic events that are fast approaching!

Enjoy the rest of your week

Ben Walsh

Relieving Principal

Dates for the Calendar

Here are the dates leading up to the end of the year.

Week 10

7th December - Years 3-6 Music Program Showcase 9am in the hall

8th December - Year 6 Farewell

9th December - Presentation Day in the hall at 9am. School guitar and Choir performing.

- Morning tea for school helpers will follow the Presentation Day.

10th December - K-2 Music Program Showcase 9am in the hall

Week 11

14th December - School concert- All classes performing including school dance groups. 1pm start.

15th December- Fun Day

16th December - Last day of School - Talent Quest

Students in Years 1 to 6 next year return to school on Thursday January 28th 2016.

Australian Children's Music Foundation Showcase

Next week the children will be performing songs from their weekly music program. We are very fortunate to have free music lessons at the school provided by the Australian Children's Music Foundation and next week we will showcase some of the activities the children have participated in this year.

The Years 3-6 Showcase will be on Monday December 7th between 9am and 10am. The Kindergarten- Year 2 Showcase is on Thursday December 10th between 9am and 10am.

Both events will take place in the school hall.

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School Presentation Day

Our annual School Presentation Day will be held next Wednesday December 9th. During the morning 4 special awards will be given to students from each class and our annual awards for sport, performing arts, clubs as well as our academic awards will also be presented. All students are expected to be in full Summer uniform for this event. The morning will start at 9.15am and finish around 10.30am. Our Senior guitar and Choir will be performing during the morning as well.

The Year 6 Farewell Ceremony will finish off the morning.

Thank you Morning Tea

After the Presentation assembly we will be holding a Thank you Morning Tea to all our wonderful school volunteers and supporters. If you have helped in any way this year to assist the school and students, please feel free to come along. The Morning Tea will be held in the school library at approximately 10.30-11.15am.
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School Concert and Fun Day

The school concert will be held on Monday December 14th at 1pm. During the afternoon every child in the school will be performing as well as the 2 school dance groups. Many children have been asked to provide a special outfit for their performance. If you are not sure if your child needs to provide something or your child will be absent, please let your class teacher know now so that it does not affect the performance.

The P and C raffle will be drawn at the end of the concert so please bring in your tickets by that day.

On Tuesday December 15th we will be holding a school Fun Day. The children will get to select some activities they would like to participate in during the day. After the activities we will be holding a sausage sizzle lunch. A note to order your lunch will be sent home next week.

The last day of the year is Wednesday December 16th. Students in Years 1-6 return to school on Thursday January 28th 2016.

Banksmeadow Community Carols

Bring the family on 12 December for the Banksmeadow Community Carols hosted by Botany Bay Community Church on the school paddock.

5:30pm: Activities; Petting Zoo; Jumping Castle; Face Painting; Sausage Sizzle

6:30pm: Carols & puppet show

A collection will be taken during the carols for the Louisa Hope Fund for Nurses. All welcome!

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Student of the Week

Congratulations to our amazing Students of the Week for Week 9
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My Park Rules Submission

There is a great competition on call My Park Rules where one lucky winner will have the opportunity to have a park/playground built for them. Banksmeadow Public School & Preschool have made a submission and we now need everybody to vote for us in order to get to the next round. Please encourage all friends and family to vote and help us make it through by voting at the link below.


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