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posted Sep 19, 2018, 10:58 PM by BBPS School


Monday’s assembly was a sea of black and yellow as Grade 5 students Jack, Chris, Connor, Toby and Madison farewelled Miss Baldwin on behalf of our school. We wish Emma all the best on her new adventure as Assistant Principal at Tucker Road Bentleigh.

Why Magic Is Real

It was delightful for BBPS students to hear from Jess Haydon, winner of the ACS Public Speaking Competition. Jess, a former BBPS student and currently in Year 10 inspired our students using Harry Potter to explore the daily examples of magic that is all around us. “Words are our most inexhaustible source of magic” Jess Haydon

See the connections some of our Year 6 students made:

“Starting with the question about Harry Potter was inspirational, it was all about having your own opinions” Ella

“It was the way she spoke to the audience, it was really good” Arabella

“Jess interacted with the audience, she made us think about connections to magic” Phoebe

“Empowering, she used the topic on magic to link to herself and the ability we all have not to let others sway your thinking” Ruby

“It was a surprise to hear how a story for children can be an inspiration and help us think about serious things” Spencer

“When you think of magic you think of spells, but it can be more than that” Benji

“The power of speech can be a powerful source of magic” Charlie

Year 3 Camp

On Wednesday, Grade 3 made their way to Camp Oasis for a two-night stay recreation camp. Students have been enjoying a myriad of activities, including the flying fox, reptile house, candle making and archery. They return tomorrow at 2:30pm in time for the end of day bell. Thanks to the teachers who have organised and supported the students while away.

Term Highlights

With so many fantastic learning experiences this term, please read the highlight reflections below from both staff and students:

“Swimming because we got to learn new things in the pool” Chloe, PT

“Learning about capacity has been fun because we got to fill up all these jars with water” Finn, 1W

“Sport, because we had all sorts of activities, like the Tabloid Sports Carnival” Harvey, 2C

“Going to District Athletics for the first time” Oakley, 4D

“The Production because it was fun and went well” Rafaela, 6C

“Teaching the students about coding and watching the preppies discover great things using the Blue-bot robots” Miss Beales

“Grade 5 and 6 have been really engaged by our unit focusing on writing and performing raps” Mr Thompson

“My farewell assembly. It is sad to say goodbye but was wonderful to have the opportunity to do so on such a happy occasion. Go tigers!” Miss Baldwin


ICT User Agreement

The P-3 and 4-6 ICT user agreements outline expectations and protocols for safe use of technology at school. As part of the annual review process, the Education Policy sub-committee invite our community to provide feedback about this policy by the end of week 1, term 4. Please see the attached documents and email Kim Ancrum with any feedback.  

Early Finish

A reminder that tomorrow is the last week of term. We will be having an early finish of 2:30pm on Friday, 21st September. 

Term 4 Parent Sessions

There will be a number of opportunities for you to be involved topics of classroom learning in term 4 – please put these dates in your diary

Week 1

Wednesday 10th October



Grade 3

ipad information night

An information night about the 1:1 ipad program at BBPS, and the introduction of i-Day for grade 3 in Term 4. Aimed at current grade 3 families – parents and students welcome.

Week 3


Tuesday 23rd October



Student Led Conferences

Students have an opportunity to share their learning with their families, including a three-way interview between teacher, parent and student. Be prepared for a ‘new look’ session following a recent review of the process by teaching teams.

Sign up interview times to come start of term 4.

Week 4


Thursday 1st November



Project Rockit: Cybersafety

Organised by the Bayside Council, this session for parents explores safe use of technology at home.

It is a free session.

To sign up, see the flyer attached to this newsletter.

Week 6 and 7


All week – both weeks

Bike Education – Grade 4 & 5

Students participate in a two week bike safety program. Parent helpers will be required to facilitate the sessions – more information to come in Term 4.

Week 7


Tues 20th November

Resilience Project

This parent session is a follow up from last year’s session, focusing on building resilience in our children through gratitude, empathy and mindfulness. Come and see Hugh van Cuylenburg share his personal stories.

Week 9


Friday 1st December



STEAM expo

Students will be sharing their learning journey in the area of STEAM with families, and demonstrating the key skills developed through Term 4’s learning project.