Bourchier Mail

School Newsletter - 3rd Edition - 2nd March 2023

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from the Principal

Dear Families,

Welcome to the latest edition of our school newsletter! It's hard to believe that we are already into the third month of the year. As always, there is a lot happening at our school, in this letter I will just mention a couple of things!

Firstly, I am pleased to report that our Foundation students are continuing to do really well settling into school. They are adapting to the routines and expectations of school life and are already making great progress. We are delighted to have them join the Bourchier community, and the teachers have enjoyed learning more about them during our Wednesday assessment days.

We also want to extend a big congratulations to all our students who have recently completed their swimming lessons. We know that swimming is an important life skill, and it is great that so many of our students have made progress in the pool. We are now looking forward to our swimming sports on Friday, where year four, five and six students will dress in their house colours. We appreciate all students having a go and bringing lots of enthusiasm and house spirit on the day.

I would also like to give a shoutout to Mr White for planning our major fundraiser, the school fun run. I hope we raise lots of money but I have to admit that I am not looking forward to getting slimed! Nevertheless, we are excited to participate in the event and raise funds for our school.

This week is also a very special week for our Year three students. They are off on their first ever school camp at Gundiwindi Lodge, east of Melbourne. The students have already been having lots of fun, exploring the area, playing with wildlife and participating in the great activities there.

This week, our teachers have been busy engaging in professional learning activities that explore high impact teaching strategies. After some research time, teachers used their collective expertise and collaborated to create visual displays around topics such as differentiation, goal setting and feedback. After reading, learning and creating teachers presented their learning to their colleagues. The enthusiasm and energy that our staff put into learning at the end of a long day at school was fantastic. It is great to have a school full of people who are so passionate about learning, not only students learning but also their own!

Lastly, I wanted to highlight how fantastic our grounds are looking. A big thank you to Dave for keeping everything looking so good, and an even bigger thank you to everyone in the school who is helping to keep our yard clean. It's important that we all work together to maintain our school environment, and we appreciate all the effort that is being put in.

That's all for now. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us. Thanks for reading.

Gary Darma

Acting Principal

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Students have ‘launched’ into STEM this term!

We have started STEM off with a BANG at Bourchier St with Grade 5 & 6 letting off some bi-carb and vinegar bottle rockets.

Foundation and Grades 1 and 2 have been practising their fine motor skills by building robots, bridges and rockets using different materials such as Lego and construction sticks. Grade 3 and 4 have also been creating small rockets and getting things to fly as long as possible.

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From the Art Room

6AA had a great morning beginning their ‘Inside Out’ Self Portraits. Using whiteboard markers and clear film they traced around their partners face. They then moved onto duplicating their outline of their face to A3 paper and adding illustrations identifying what makes them, them!

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Swimming Sports Y 4, 5 & 6 Students to Dress in House Colours

The Swimming Carnival will be held at the Tatura Pool on Friday 3rd of March for Year 4, 5 & 6.

All students will be involved either in swimming races or water activities & games.

Students to dress in house colours and bring their loud cheering voice!

Parents are welcome to come along and support the students at the swimming carnival on Friday the 3rd March.

Remember to bring your bathers, goggles (optional), hat, sunscreen, sun shirt, lunch, snacks & drinks. NO LUNCH ORDERS
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Next time you're out shopping, grab an egg or two for our Easter Raffle. We will do up baskets and be sending raffle tickets home in the next couple of weeks. Raffle will be drawn at end of Term Assembly, 31st March. Let's hope we end up with lots of fantastic prizes!
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Divisional Swimming

Last Wednesday, 22 of our students went and competed in the Division Swimming Trials. It was a wonderful day and we had lots of individual and team success.

Congratulations to the students that swam at the Region Championships yesterday!

We had some brilliant individual events and a number of relays represented by Bourchier Street. It was a great experience for everyone involved and you should all be very proud of how you represented the school.

Special mention to Ryder Telford and Blake Manning who received a medal with Ryder qualifying for the State Championships in Melboure.

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Next Assembly

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.
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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!

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 ‘Discovering Resilience’ presentation helps do just that by sharing the same evidence-based strategies being taught in the classroom, so they can be also practised at home and beyond. Attendees will also be reminded of the importance of their own wellbeing - we bring the best versions of ourselves to our family and community, when we make time to look after ourselves.

Please see the flyer to book your free tickets. We can’t wait to see you there!

The Resilience Project website!

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School Council

To Retire in 2023

Denise Howley, Fiona Hudgson, Annie Manning, Paul White

To Retire in 2024

Gary D’Arma, Evelyn Grass, Jason Parker, Melissa Seymour, Jessica Willoughby

School Council Election Timetable

Notice of Election: Thursday 2nd March 2023

Nominations Close: Wednesday 8th March 2023

Nominations Published: 16th March 2023

Ballot (if required): Closes Thursday 23rd March

Council nomination forms are available at front office.
Please consider nominations for these positions.

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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


The breakfast program would like to thank families who donated Milo, jam & vegimite!

Your contribution makes this program a huge success! Breakfast Program runs Wednesday, Thursday & Friday and we appreciate any donations.


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.


All stationary and materials were in the classroom for students on their return in 2023 and we sent home the 2023 Parent Payment forms last week.

Stationary is included in the Parent Payment along with ICT/Stem/subscriptions & events.

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 have first 6 Wednesdays off

The week of Monday 20th March will be foundations first full 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:


Auskick for girls

Auskick clinic for girls aged 5 to 12 years, cost is $40. The program has been extended until 30th March.

Click on the link below or scan the QR code to register

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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

Woolworths Junior Blasters (Age 5-8)

Woolworths Junior Blasters (Mixed) Co-ordinator: Nigel Liggins

Woolworths Junior Blasters commences Thursday 9th February

4.30pm @ Kialla No.2 to 2nd March 2023.

Cost $75

For further information please contact Vince Gagliardi on Mb. 0402 860 322 or

Register on: (location search Kialla )

Program will be held at Kialla Recreation Reserve or Kialla No.2

Scan code below and register!
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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

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.