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Banksmeadow Public School

In This Issue

Read on to find out about:

  • A successful term
  • Crazy Hair Day
  • Swimming Scheme
  • Band News

Dates for the Calendar

October

  • Tues 7 - Students return for the first day of Term 4
  • Fri 10 - Jump Rope for Heart Day
  • Wed 15 - Fri 17 - Stage 3 Canberra Excursion
  • Mon 20 - Fri 31 Swimming Scheme
  • Thur 30 - Big Band Bash


November

  • Sat 1 - P&C Movie Night

A Successful Term

Term 3 has flown past and at times school life has been very hectic. Students have been involved in a variety of activities and we have had many small and large successes.


Our students continue to excel in sport, our senior rugby league team were runners up in the state knockout tournament while the juniors placed in the top 4. We have had individual students represent at NSW carnivals for golf, rugby league and more wil represent in the upcoming athletics carnival.

Our dancers were standouts at the Showcase at The Juniors and a great time was had at the Dance Fever Challenge. Our debaters, public speakers and spellers have gone from strength to strength. The band and guitar group have showcased their talents and shown significant growth in their performance levels. Twelve boys from Years 5 and 6 participated for the first time in the Mind Marathon at East Hills Boy's HS and spent a day stretching their brains. Film Club members have produced two fantastic films which will be part of the Film By The Sea competition's evening presentation - a great result for a small school.

It has been wonderful to see the confidence and self esteem of students increase as they are given opportunities to shine in a range of settings. Thank you to the teachers who give so much of their time to assist and encourage students beyond the basic school curriculum. Also to the parents who help in so many ways - doing hair and makeup, helping to coach sporting teams, driving children to special events, it is greatly appreciated.

Students' NAPLAN results were sent home last week. Our Year 3 results were good across all areas. Year 5 results were mixed for the school cohort. When looking at your child's results it is important to remember that these tests are a snapshot in time. Many children are affected by the anxiety of dealing with exam conditions and parental expectations. Some children can be just "off colour" on the day or not have had a good night's sleep. Parents should use the results as a guide to their child's ability whilst keeping in mind other areas of the school curriculum where they show aptitude. If you have concerns about your child's results please make a time to see the class teacher or myself to discuss your concerns.

Thank you to all members of the school community who participated in the "Dream Banksmeadow" interviews. This was an opportunity for students, parents and staff to have their say about what they see as important features of the school and where we should head into the future. We have gathered a lot of information that we now need to analyse but it will help us in our school planning for the next three years.


Finally, I wish everyone a safe and relaxing break over the next two weeks.

Cathy Lucantonio

Crazy Hair Day

The students had a fantastic time this week while raising money for cystic fibrosis research. We thank all of our community members for their generous donations.

Swimming Scheme

A reminder, the school swimming scheme is running in Weeks 3 and 4 of Term 4. Notes have already been sent home to students in Years 2 and 3. Please express your interest in this program as soon as possible.

Band News

Band rehearsals recommence on the first day of Term 4, Tuesday 7 October. The Big Band Bash has been rescheduled for Thursday 30 October.

Students of the Week

Congratulations to our fabulous students of the week.

COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS

Kids in the East Magazine

A free iPad magazine has been launched for local families. It contains deals and discounts for local school holiday activities and other family friendly events around the area, There are also education, parenting and small business articles. It is available on Apple's app store and on the following website.

Free School Holiday Baseball Clinics

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ACTIVOOSH Vacation Care Program

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