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posted Jul 20, 2017, 5:32 PM by BBPS School

Welcome back to all families as we commence semester two of 2017. Holiday stories have been many and varied, with much evidence that children and teachers have recharged batteries ready for focused learning and teaching. We extend a very special welcome to the new families that have commenced with us.


BBPS Produce

We have some beautiful marinated olives courtesy of Sophia, Chris and Peter Korfiatis with the help of their Yaya and her traditional Greek recipe. As environmental captain, Sophia coordinated a team of pickers and bags of ripe olives went home to be washed, split and soaked in a salt brine for several weeks before being combined in a final marinade of oil, salt, water, red wine, vinegar, bay leaves, peppercorns, garlic, fennel, chillies, almonds, thyme and oregano. Jars of these delicious olives are available at the office or from the Grade 6 Graduation Friday Cupcake and Fresh Fruit Stall. Produce from the kitchen garden will also be available. Yum!

Staffing at BBPS

We welcome back Nicole Haydon as our school nurse. Nicole and Kellie will be sharing the role within our First Aid Office throughout the week.


BBPS Football Team

Our mixed team played in very cold and wet conditions on Wednesday and acquitted themselves very well against Beaumaris Primary School to win the interschool competition. Well done to the entire team and their coach Mr Ancrum.  Named in the best players on the day were: Ned Maginness, Ollie Murphy, Archie Dowd, Tommy Breen and Aston Askew. The team now move to the Cheltenham District round, and we wish them all the best for Friday, along with our interschool Teeball team and Miss Gadea, who play their interschool play-off as well.


We look forward to welcoming our Minato-Ku staff and students next week to BBPS. Thank you to Susan Taylor for her ongoing organisation of this event, and to all families who will be hosting.  We will also be having a sushi lunch on the day and order forms are due back Monday.  Please note, the school canteen will still be operating on the Thursday as normal.


Cold weather is the perfect time to curl up with a good book. In 'The Power of Reading Insights from the Research', Stephen Krashen discusses the importance of parents providing direct encouragement to read books that explore a range of interesting and comprehensible topics of the reader’s own choosing. He cites a case where when reading was self-selected, the intrinsic pleasure of reading soon took over, and direct instruction to engage in reading was no longer necessary. A strong correlation was found between parental encouragement of reading and the amount of time children devoted to read. At BBPS we value the strong home-school partnership in building a passion for reading. Please feel free to speak to your classroom teacher or Sophie in the library for suggestions of texts that might interest your child.

Parent session feedback

Thanks to all families who have filled in our 5 minute survey about the parent information sessions held last term. If you would like to contribute your thoughts, please click on the link Parent Survey

Please see our newsletter for planned parent sessions for Term 3, including Family Life to take place in Week 3.

Work Experience Students

We welcomed Teagan, Joey (both ex BBPS) Alex and Jess from Brighton Secondary College for their first week of Work Experience with us. They are working across all year levels to gain a perspective of the developmental nature of teaching and learning.