Banksmeadow Public School

In This Issue

Read on to find out about:

- Principals Message

- Dates for the Calendar

Principal's Message

New Trial Student Report Template – Survey Link

One of our strategic directions for our new school plan is to strengthen our existing positive school culture. A project we’ve undertaken to help us achieve this is our Student Reporting Project. Following consultation with the staff and community we 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 you received this semester is a trial and the accompanying cover letter explained the changes.

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 using the following link;


Student Absence in Term 1, 2015 (Repeat Item)

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 week. Many thanks in advance for your cooperation on this.

Happy Holidays!

On behalf of all the staff here at BPS, I’d like to say a huge thank you to our wonderful school community for all the commitment and support that you have given us throughout 2015. We have had a yet another successful year with our children continuing to flourish in academics, sport and the arts. On a more personal note, I’d like to give my warmest thanks all the staff, students and parents who have supported and encouraged me in my role as Relieving Principal throughout the year. This is a role I feel very privileged to have had in such an outstanding school and I appreciate the positivity and support you have given me each day.

I’d also like to take this opportunity to welcome Ms Noni Hoskins as the new Relieving Principal for Term 1 2016. I have known Ms Hoskins for a number of years and had the privilege of working alongside her in the Eastern Suburbs PSSA and the Primary Executive Network. She is very keen to join the team at Banksmeadow and has already made several visits to meet staff and meet with me as part of the handover process. We are very fortunate to have Ms Hoskins leading the school next year as she is a very experienced leader who will complement the Banksmeadow PS community and make a seamless transition into the role.

Please enjoy the upcoming break with your children. Have a Merry Xmas and Happy New Year, and the Banksmeadow team are looking forward to seeing you all back here, safe and well on Thursday 28th January 2016!

Ben Walsh

Relieving Principal

Dates for the Calendar

16th Talent Quest -Last Day of the school year for students

The students in Years 1-6 return to school on Thursday January 28th 2016.

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