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posted Jun 14, 2018, 4:20 PM by BBPS School

Parent-Teacher Interviews

This year Parent-Teacher Interviews will be held in the last week of Term 2, on Tuesday the 26th June. Ten minute interview times will be available between 2:30pm and 7:00pm, please book an interview time with your child/ren's classroom teacher. This is a great opportunity to discuss your child’s report and progress. Reports for all students will be available through Compass on Friday the 22nd June, prior to these interviews.


If you have no need for an interview because of previous discussions with your child’s teacher, you may not consider a meeting necessary. It is of the utmost importance that you are punctual. If you are unable to keep the appointment please contact the school on 9591 0888 to advise.

Accessing 2018 Semester 1 Reports via Compass

Semester 1 reports will be released on the afternoon of Friday 22nd June. Reports will be available to view and download via Compass as students will no longer be sent home with a hard copy of their report.

Henry Lawson Writing Competition

In Term 1 both Year 5 & 6 classes entered the Henry Lawson writing competition which is part of the ‘Grenfell Henry Lawson Festival of Arts’. The competition is open to all students across Australia and provided them the opportunity to compose a creative writing piece on a topic of their choice. We are very proud to announce that of the thousands of entries we had 3 year 6 students receive awards for their writing. A big congratulations to Summer, Ethan and Thomas for their efforts. In recognition of this achievement over the next 3 weeks, they will each feature as ‘Guest Authors’ in the newsletter commencing with Summer. We hope you enjoy reading their work.

Gone by Summer Schilling

Hi, I'm Ivy Thompson. I've got blonde golden hair, hazel eyes and I adore animals. Right now, I'm sitting in the hospital waiting room. I'm waiting to find out the results of what's really wrong with Mum. Mum has been sick for 5 months now and 2 weeks ago I dragged her out of the house to get some tests at the Doctor's. One week ago, we got a call from the hospital telling us that the results were not positive. I've been sitting in this sterile, stinky room for one hour and twenty nine minutes.  I've been fiddling with my hair and I have read every newspaper in the room. I'm so anxious to find out the results. I'm squeezing Mum's hand so hard and I can hear a voice saying "Mrs Thompson please come with me”. I leap out of the chair and grab Mums sweaty hands. We walk into the room and I take a seat in the revolting ripped chair.

Doctor Hackett starts speaking and my ears switch off I can't hear anything. All I can hear is my heartbeat, it sounds like a freight train in my head and my heart is beating 100 miles per hour. Mum taps me and asks if I'm OK, I reply with a quick yes, but I'm really not. Mr Hackett announces in a shaky voice "Mrs Thompson" your diagnosis is...

Brain cancer.  My throat starts to burn and my legs feel like jelly.  I feel frozen and tears drip down my face. I notice that Mum is crying too, I realise that I've never seen Mum cry before. Then, Dr Hackett delivers more bad news, it makes me shiver. Mum has roughly one more year to live. My head explodes and all I can think is that I will have to live with Dad (who I haven’t spoken to in 4 months). Dad left Mum when Mum started getting sick, he couldn’t take it anymore. I reach over to grab Mum’s hand, “I love you mum”. We head home.

We are home, and I make Mum a coffee. I close my eyes and try to imagine what it would be like without her, but I can’t.  Every day for 12 years, since Q was born Mum has always been there, she never leaves my side. She believes in me, and I believe in her.  A salty tear drips down my cheek onto my neck and I quickly wipe it off my face. I walk over to Mum and hand her the hot coffee. I think in my head that I only have one and a half years until I turn 13. I will be a teenager soon, but I don’t want to be if Mum won’t be around to celebrate my birthday with me. I hug Mum and squeeze her so tight and say “I love you”.

8 months later.... it's a Tuesday morning, and Mum walks down the stairs in her robe and I can see she’s starting to show the effects of cancer. Her face looks grey, and her body is twig thin, and her skin is starting to look yellow. I don’t want to tell her that I notice the changes, because I know she will cry.  I pack my bag as usual, and head out the door to school.

11 months later.... Nanny and Poppy moved in because Mum can’t really do anything anymore, apart from sit on the couch or in her bed and rest. I still haven’t spoken to Dad, because I don’t want to.  He left Mum and I, and that means he doesn’t care. Mum has to rest in bed every day, because she barely has any energy left in her. Mum has to have a weekly check up at the doctors. I think the doctors are going to stop treatment, Mums body is not responding anymore.  She is broken inside, and I feel like she is giving up.

It’s been 12 daunting months…. I haven’t gone to school for 8 weeks, because all I can think of is Mum.  I spend every minute of my day with her. It’s bedtime for me and I kiss Mum goodnight and tuck her in. Each night, I hug her for a little longer because I know it may be the last one.

 I’m about to close my eyes, but I quickly run into Mum and give her one more kiss and hug. I wake up suddenly, because I felt the strangest feeling, something didn’t feel right. I ran into Mum’s bedroom, and she was fine. I felt a sudden sense of relief and knew I was ok to go back to bed.

 I walk down stairs the next morning, and I can smell mums favourite blueberry pancakes. I open my eyes, and it’s Nanny and Poppy. It looks like they’ve been up all night and I can see they have been crying. Their red puffy eyes and sad faces tell me something is not right.  “What’s wrong? what’s happened”? But, I didn’t need the answer, I already knew.
I knew in my heart, and I knew in my soul that my Mum had gone, and that life would never be the same again.

Guest Author - Summer Year 6
In Term 1 all of Year 5 and 6 entered the Henry Lawson writing competition. My piece titled ‘Gone’ was written from the perspective of Ivy, whose Mum had passed away. I have always enjoyed writing and this competition allowed me to be creative. My aim was to write a piece with lots of emotion and to use strong descriptive vocabulary. I was inspired by my Poppa who has recently been diagnosed with cancer. I put lots of effort into this and as we had to write two drafts I was able to edit my work and make it the best it could be.

Early in this Term, I was surprised to receive an email from the competition telling me that my piece had won an award. Out of the thousands of entries received from all over Australia, my writing was judged to be one of the top 6 pieces. Over the long weekend, I drove with my family to Grenfell, NSW to receive my Highly Commended Award. I was really excited and proud of what I had achieved. I received a medallion and a certificate as well as having my piece published. This has inspired me to enter other writing competitions and I would encourage other people who have a passion for writing to have a go too.

Beanies for Fight MND
On Tuesday and Wednesday of this week students were able to wear their favourite beanie and donate a gold coin to support Neale Daniher’s Fight MND charity. As a school, we raised $456.00. A big thank you to our SRC secretaries, Phoebe and Matthew along with Millie and Oliver from Year 5 for counting the total. A letter is in the process of being written by these students on behalf of the school to accompany our donation.

ICAS competitions

Some Grade 3-6 students participated in ICAS spelling and writing competitions. Congratulations to the students who chose to participate in these. The ICAS sitting date for the Mathematics paper is Tuesday, 14th August. Results will be received late Term 3.


Attitudes to School Survey

Grade 4-6 students have now participated in this annual survey. It provides an opportunity for us to gain feedback from students about how they feel about our school.

Performing Arts Assembly
On Monday we will be treated to a short preview of our 2018 school production. To learn more about the production’s story line and plot, we invite all members of our school community to come along to this exciting performance.