Bourchier Mail

School Newsletter - 13th Edition - 18th August 2022

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from the principal

Dear Families

Welcome to week six of term 3!


Year 4 were lucky to attend a fabulous camp last week at Gundiwindi Lodge. They had a great time and were so good. They engaged in loads of entertainment from trampolining to flying foxes , giant swings and feeding farm animals. Heaps of other activities were on the menu to ensure our kids had a great time.

100 Days

Our Foundation students looked amazing as they celebrated 100 days of school last week. Their comments about old people were priceless!


Pinocchio visited Bourchier St last week. He entertained many students helping all to remember this fairy tale.

This incursion was another free experience for our children thanks to the government’s positive start program.


Transition is this week on Friday afternoon for our 2023 Foundation students. Transition is a good time for these students to get to know us and our school before they formally start. If you are aware of anyone who has not enrolled yet please mention it to them.

Fund raising

Our pie drive was most successful. Thank you to those families who supported it. I am sure you will enjoy the pies for dinner on one or two of these cold winter nights.

Our chocolate drive is the next fund raiser. Chocolates are being distributed Friday.

We do not have many fund raising events however we do appreciate your support. The money we raise goes straight back into playground and classroom equipment to assist our children’s learning, socialisation and well-being. We are doing a second order for Cadbury Chocolate, so you can order via QKR up until Thursday 25th August.


Our Inquiry focus this term is Sustainability. Many teams have taken on a Science theme. Our Year 5s have had Science Thursdays and our Year 3s are about to launch into some science experiments. Hopefully we have sparked some inquiring minds to continue an interest in building their scientific knowledge.

Winter Sport

Our Years 5 and 6 students have commenced participating in winter sport competing against other school. It is a special time when they get to play a sport that perhaps they have not played before. It is more about being part of a team and having some fun than about winning. Being a good sports person is certainly emphasised and we are proud of how our children behave and represent our school.


Remembering to pack a mask for your child is appreciated. We are doing our best to help stop the spread of COVID. Please ensure you test if your child displays symptoms and if positive keep them home for 7 days. Our absent data is still quite high but we are hopeful to have all children attend more regularly as our weather improves. Please let us know via compass or phone if your child needs to be absent from school.

Thanks for supporting out great school

Kind regards


No students at school Day on 16TH September

16th September has been designated as a “no school day” for our children here at Bourchier St PS. The department has allocated a day to all schools for teachers to plan teaching and learning programs appropriate to their school. So on September 16th all our teachers will be involved in professional learning and planning for the end of the year. Their Care will operate for any family who wishes to book in to use their services on this day.

Cadbury Fundraising boxes go home tomorrow! Did you miss out? Not to late to order a box!

Thanks to families who pre-ordered a box/es of cadbury chocolates to help with Bourcher Street fundraising. The boxes will go home with the eldest child tomorrow for you to sell.

If you missed out, its not to late to place an order!

Orders are open again on QKR and close Thursday, 25th August at 4pm. Boxes will be sent home Thursday, 1st September.

You can also order a box of fundraiser chocolates by phoning the school 58 213 488 and paying $60 by eftpos before Thursday, 25th August. 58 213 588

Thankyou for supporting our school.

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Thursday 1st September students can purchase a Father’s Day gift for Dad/Carer. Gifts will range from $3 to $5 with a very wide range that I’m sure will make your Dad/Carer happy! Please bring a bag to pop your gifts in.

There will be a 2nd stall Friday 2nd September 2022 and lunch for our Dads/Carers on

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Bourchier st Artists

The work in the front office hallway is inspired by the Artist Friedrich Hundertwasser who had strong links with Art and Architecture. Buildings were constructed based on his architecture and love of bold colours, irregular shapes and curved lines. The grade 5/6’s drew inspiration from this to make an artwork featuring buildings, using collage and magiclay.

Anges Kitchen

Vegtable kebabs were on the menu in Anges kitchen with homemade hommus, tzatziki and guacamole. Some students added a checky bit of sweet chilli sauce to spice it up! This week they are making Pumpkin soup and it is delicous!
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Participation in the 2022 Parent Opinion Survey

Your family is asked to participate in the 2022 Parent/Caregiver/Guardian Opinion Survey (previously known as the Parent Opinion Survey).

  • The survey will be conducted online and should take 20 minutes to complete.
  • The survey can be completed on any internet enabled device (iPad, Desktop or Laptop, Smartphone) and is compatible with most browsers.
  • The survey is now open until Friday 16th September.
  • The survey is available in English and 10 other languages including Arabic, Vietnamese, Simplified Chinese, Chin (Hakha), Hindi, Japanese, Greek, Turkish, Somali and Punjabi.

Please follow the instructions below to complete the survey

To complete the survey, simply:

1. Click on the link below, or copy and paste the text into your browser. This link will take you directly to the survey.

2. Select the School and Campus name below.

School Name: Bourchier Street Primary School Shepparton
Campus Name: Bourchier Street Primary School Shepparton

3. Enter the School PIN below.

PIN: 511985

4. When complete, please click on the tick button at the end of the survey to submit your answers. Please note that the survey will time out after 60 minutes of inactivity.

Thank you for taking the time to participate. Your assistance is greatly appreciated.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any general queries about the survey. For specific technical or participation-related queries, you may also contact the department or the supplier administering the survey, ORIMA Research.

  • Should you have any technical queries regarding the Parent/Caregiver/Guardian Opinion Survey, please do not hesitate to contact ORIMA Research on 1800 654 585 (toll free), or by email:
  • Should you have any participation or survey-related queries, please contact the School, or the department by email:

Gary D'Arma - Assistant Principal

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Year 7 2023 Family Transition Evening

Greater Shepparton Secondary College Transition and Leadership Team warmly invite you to attend our 2023 Year 7 Family Transition Evening.

Date: Wednesday 24th August

Time: 5:30pm – 6.30pm

Venue: Greater Shepparton Secondary College 31-71 Hawdon Street, Shepparton

Information regarding our Year 6 – 7 Transition Program, Year 7 Curriculum, Bus Services and Neighbourhood Selection Processes will be presented at this session.

Year 7 Enrolment packs will be provided to families on this night.

RSVP: Monday 22nd August via Compasstix link - Click here to RSVP

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Bok club catalogues were sent home this week.

ORDERS DUE Friday Friday 2nd September

The easiest way for families to order and pay for Book Club is to use the online LOOP platform. Please use the link to register and start your order

LOOP is also available as an app, for both apple and Android devices.

For cash payments, please ensure you have the correct money and that the envelope is securely sealed with your completed order form and child’s details.

Attached below is instructions on how to order online.


The Balaclava child care centre is a private park, so please refrain from parking there.

Please respect other people’s private driveways, and adhere to parking signage or you may receive a fine!


Bourchier Street School uniform is compulsory

Our School uniform must be worn every day as it helps children develop a sense of identity and promote a positive image.

Bomber Jackets, Beanies and Hats can be purchased via QKR from the school.

The following uniform shops supply full uniform.

The School Uniform Shop, 183 Corio Street, Shepparton

Shepparton School Uniforms, 62 High Street, Shepparton

Quality Teams, 27 Benalla Road, Shepparton

Our Second-hand uniform shop opens Monday to Wednesday 8.30am to 9am in the foyer of the school hall.

Please ensure that children have all of their property named so they can be returned to their owners. Lost property is located in the foyer of the school hall.

If a student arrives late to school, please report to front office so this can be marked on the roll. thankyou

2022 Parent Payments & Excursion Levy

Thankyou to the families who have already contributed to our 2022 parent payments that allow us to deliver quality programs and learning experiences.

Excursion levy needs to be paid for students to attend end of year excursions. (if you applied for CSEF, excursion levy is covered)

Please contact the front office if you have any queries - 58 213 488

YEAR 6 CANBERRA CAMP Wednesday 7th DEC to SAT 10th DEC 2022

Just a reminder to keep up the payments for the Year 6 Canberra camp via QKR or phone the office to make payment over the phone by eftpos. 58 213 488 Thankyou
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reporting covid positive

​Monitor closely for symptoms. Children must stay home and get tested if showing symptoms. If test positive, isolate for 7 days until negative. Notify the school that your child has tested positive.Test twice a week during school time.

We need everyone healthy and fit so that learning at school can continue. We all know what remote learning is like and we dont want to go back to that.

Please talk to your children about the importance of mask wearing and please send a mask each day to school with your child. Our junior school children are not required to wear a mask but we certainly encourage it if they are comfortable to do so.

If your child is a household contact they must take 5 rapid antigen tests (RATs) over 7 days and receive negative test results and wear a face mask (if over 8 years old) in indoor spaces.

Children who have had COVID do not need to test for 30 days after isolation has ended..

If your child tests positive please register this on COVID Test Portal or call the school to inform us and we will register for you. Please do not register negative results.

Please consider getting your child vaccinated if you have not already done so.

Breakfast Program Donations

THANKYOU for your donations - Its very much appreciated!

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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 fees, 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!


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Junior Stadium Netball 2022


Light and Bright Courts with viewing room

with heating & tea/coffee provided free.

“Learn as you Play” games for 6 to 7 year old players

every Friday this term at 4.00pm.

Girls 6 & 7 are supported in games by teaching Instructors.

Games are fun and encourage positive play in a team environment.

Girls from various schools registered for Term 2. New to Netball or Skills based program participants welcome to join.

Term 2 fee $70 for 9 Weeks.

For information/registration call Kylie 0419998190

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Thank you to our supporters!

link for Bourchier Street school policies

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.