Nicho News / Halloween Edition



Welcome to this special yet spooky edition of the Nicho News week two! There are so many exciting things planned for this term and it has gotten off to a great start. Don't forget to dress up as spooky as possible at the Halloween Fete and watch out for our witches Magzel and Lindrum! This issue's editors are Veronica and Emily. We hope you enjoy and read on...

Coming Up

  • 19 OCT School photos (wear full school uniform)
  • 20 OCT Kindy transition
  • 21 OCT Greater southpublic speaking comp (winners of school comp)
  • 23 OCT Grandparents day assembly @9:30
  • 27 OCT Kindy transition
  • 30 OCT 5/6A assembly @9:30
  • 2 - 4 NOV Stage 3 camp
  • 2 - 13 NOV K-2 Swimming
  • 4 - 6 NOV Stage 2 camp!
  • 11 NOV Rememberance day assembly @11am
  • 12 NOV Band blow test @9:15 - 11:15
  • 13 NOV 1/2C Assembly @9:30
  • 19 NOV Year 6 surf day (all day)
  • 20 NOV 2/3S Assembly @9:30
  • 26 NOV 2016 Elections
  • 27 NOV KF Assembly @9:30
  • 9 DEC End of year play
  • 11 DEC Presentation day
  • 16 DEC Talent quest
  • 16 DEC Year 6 graduation assembly @2:15

Choir every Wednesday morning @8:00

Band every Thursday morning at @8:00

School fundraiser outside out Woolworths (Balmain) @11:00

School Info

This is for any members of the school community who are having trouble contacting Nicho. We hope this helps you and if you have any further questions don't hesitate to ask!

Principal Report

On Tuesday I had the pleasure of attending the Powerhouse Museum with the children from Kindergarten to Year 2. Firstly, thanks to all the parents who were able to accompany the students on the day and supervise a group as they made their way through the museum. Without your attendance the day would not have been able to go ahead so I thank you on behalf of the students and teacher who thoroughly enjoyed the excursion.

On another note, walking through the Powerhouse on Tuesday reminded me of the wonderment that children bring to every observation, be it looking at a Wiggles exhibit or examining the power of magnetic forces. Curiosity is a wonderful quality for a young learner to possess and it is our responsibility as parents and educators to foster curious and creative individuals. At Nicholson Street I am happy to walk through classrooms and playgrounds and hear ‘why’ questions being asked by children of all ages. Why does it work like that? Why do the trees grow in that direction? Why do I have to do this? It is these ‘why’ questions that motivate us all to continue on our own learning journeys.

“The future belongs to the curious. The ones, who are not afraid to try it, explore it, poke at it, question it and turn it inside out.” ANONYMOUS

Loyalty Square – BBQ and School Promotion

Tomorrow (Saturday 17th) I will be in Balmain attending the BBQ and school promotion event taking place in Loyalty Square between 10:30am and 12:30pm. This is a chance for us to show the wider Balmain community just what a great school we are. We are lucky to have wonderful grounds, excellent teachers and a welcoming and supportive community. I look forward to joining with parents and students tomorrow and helping share this message with the wider community. Thanks to all involved for their work organising the event!

Homework at Nicholson Street Public School

Thank you to all members of the school community who were able to either attend the homework forum held on Tuesday evening or send via email some thoughts and observations about their experiences with homework at Nicholson Street Public School. Some key themes stood out during the conversation and I will be taking this feedback to staff and working with all teachers to review the way that we deliver, communicate and provide feedback on children’s homework. The review will be completed this term and you will see a more consistent, quality approach to homework across all year levels and classes in 2016.

2016 Enrolments and Planning (Repeat)

The school executives are in the early stages of planning for 2016. This process is a highly complex one as we have to match teachers to year levels, fill curriculum and leadership roles for staff and best match students to class groupings, considering a whole range of complex details such as health needs and support needs. You can assist the school in this initial planning by returning your 2016 intention forms sent out at the end of term 3 as soon as possible. Please see your child’s teacher or the office for another form if you require one. At Nicholson Street Public School every teacher on staff not only meets, but exceeds the Professional Teacher Standards and is a valued member of the school community, therefore requests for specific teachers will not be considered.

School Photographs

A reminder that school photographs are happening at Nicholson Street on Monday 19th for all children. We will once again be including the band, student leader, whole school and sibling photos. Please ensure your child is wearing full school uniform on the day and if possible, is wearing black school shoes. There are a large number of notes outstanding for purchasing photos so if you intend on purchasing your child’s class photo please ensure you return the envelope provided on Monday.

School News

Next week (Week 3 - Wednesday 21st to Friday 23rd) I will be attending the NSW Primary Principals Conference. During this time Ms Norrish and Ms Carson will be leading the school.

I hope your week ahead is a safe one that is filled with learning, laughter and life.

Mr Chris Buenen



Chinese Culture day

In week two Nicho had their Chinese Culture day. We had visitors who came and taught us different Chinese culture like martial arts, dragon dancing and a bit of Chinese language while they were telling us all about China. The day started off with a traditional Chinese dragon dance and they even had their own dragon head and costume, all the students enjoyed the dancing. Then the visitors greeted us and we watched another dance performed by one of our visitors. It was a dance that included magic tricks which meant that students got to interact with dance the while it was being performed! Then K-2 went with one of the visitors into the library to learn a dragon dance and 3-6 went with another visitor to learn Chinese martial arts. After lunch they swapped and everyone had a good time. We would like to say a big thankyou to our visitors for teaching us all about Chinese Culture.

By Veronica


Over the last two weeks we have had our sport assembly where we handed out ribbons from our recent sporting events. Well done to all those award recipients who received awards for their athleticism!


In two weeks it's the Halloween Fete! We are lucky to have the fete this year actually on Halloween which is really cool so it means that everyone has to be dressed up the spookiest they can be! This issue is all about Halloween so make sure to spread the word about the fete to everyone. We would also like to say a huge thankyou to the P&C for organising the fete and for any parents who helped with posters around the community or delivering flyers. Don't forget to go to the entrance to Woolworths and buy a Halloween bag designed by one of Nicho's students, Veronica. Also a big thankyou to the Grand High Witch for sending us our great witches Lindrum and Magzel, and remember to bring in tombola jars and class hamper items.

Class Of The Fortnight

‘Time flies when you’re having fun’ certainly rings true in KF! What a busy and fun filled start we have had to term 4. As well as our usual classroom learning experiences we have managed to fit so much in the last two weeks.

Last Wednesday, Max was chosen from our class to participate in the whole school public speaking competition and delivered a great speech all about his kitten. Well done to Max for coming runner up in the Early Stage 1 category.

On Monday this week we participated in a Chinese cultural day that saw us learning a song and dance about friendship as well as learning some martial arts moves. We also listened to some traditional Chinese music whilst watching some exciting Dragon dancing.

This week KF also went on their first school excursion to the Powerhouse Museum. We had a wonderful day exploring the many exciting exhibits. The highlights from the day were definitely the Wiggles exhibition and the Spaceship that made everyone feel a little dizzy as it moved around giving you the impression you were flying through outer space! Well done to everyone for their awesome behavior representing our school, it was a lovely day all round. Also, a special thank you to all of the parent helpers who joined us on the day and greatly contributed to the excursions success.