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posted Aug 16, 2017, 11:17 PM by BBPS School

Student Voice – Emma and Tate leading action to improve our Library

On August 4th, we created a presentation on why we think comics should be allowed for independent reading and presented it to the entire staff. This presentation included such topics as ‘The Word Problem’, ‘The Type Of Writing’, ‘Fun Facts About Comics’, ‘Inappropriate Content’, ‘The Other Idea’ and a conclusion. This presentation was made for the simple reason of bringing comics into the library for years 3 to 6 to borrow and to read for independent reading. Some of the younger grades will be limited to age appropriate comics based on content. We will create suggested lists of possible titles for each grade. If someone in that grade wants to argue what they think they should read then they can talk to their teacher and if they're not sure they can come to us. From our presentation, the teachers responded positively about this idea and we are now going to work out our next steps.


Tate Newman, Emma Mitchell.

Curriculum Day

Last Friday, August 11th our teachers participated in a highly engaging day of school visits and professional development. Teams went to a variety of schools (Gardenvale PS, Sandringham PS, Camberwell South PS and Toorak PS), observed classroom learning linked to our Annual Implementation Plan, including student feedback, reading and STEM. Staff then returned to school and reflected on the similarities and new ideas that could be actioned within our own school community. The day ended with a session on student to teacher feedback, led by Kirsten Braun and Kirsty Walker, and an annual refresher of Child Mandatory Reporting, as part of our Child Safe Standards.


Emergency Evacuation Drills

Each term we conduct different types of emergency drills.  Last week we conducted a whole school evacuation drill, practising the scenario of a fire emergency taking place during lunchtime. We were highly impressed with the responsibility students demonstrated as they very responsibly assembled in their class groups on Windermere Oval when the alarm sounded.

Rail Safety Week

This week is Rail Safety Week. At Monday’s assembly representatives from our local police and the state government, spoke to the students about the importance of safety when travelling by train. Key messages reinforced staying behind the yellow line on platforms, using railway crossings carefully, and speaking to an on duty safety officer if there are any concerns.

5Rs Award

Led by the SRC, our 5Rrrrrs award is back up and running. Student names go into the treasure chest when nominated by a teacher or their peers for showing our 5Rs (Relationships, Respect, Responsibility, Resilience and Reflection) either within the classroom or playground. At assembly each week, student names are selected from the treasure chest and recognised for their achievement. Currently in the playground, students are focusing on using i-messages to solve problems, be up-standers to reinforce the use of appropriate language and remembering to be waste warriors.

Working with Children’s Check (WWCC) – New Requirements from 1st August

Many parents will be aware of the recent changes to the Act based on the recommendations from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. The changes have been designed to strengthen the protection of Victorian children, which the BBPS School Council categorically endorsed. Whilst the changes to the Act have not altered, the provisions relating to parents volunteering at school as part of an activity involving their own child, the school Council have discussed the changes required, and have determined some specific situations when a WWCC is compulsory, due to the nature of the activity taking place.


These are:

  • Intensive Swimming Program

  • Excursions when parents will be alone with students without a teacher present, e.g. Prep Zoo Excursion (please note, it will be specified on the excursion note if a WWCC is required)

  • PMP – Prep Perceptual Motor Program

  • School camps

  • Parents driving a group of students in a private car during a school event

  • PA Members who volunteer across the school during major events and fundraiser

If in doubt, the School Council has recommended that you get a WWCC. If you intend to volunteer at the school on a regular basis and want to obtain a WWCC please refer to  If you have any queries please feel free to contact Bev or Kim.