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posted Oct 10, 2018, 10:09 PM by BBPS School

Welcome back everyone! Listening to the recounts that students have shared, the term holidays have provided a great break and we are ready for our final term of 2018.


Term 4

There are a number of exciting events taking place this term, keep an eye out on the Compass Calendar for details. Some things to look out for:


Whole school events – Student Led Conferences, Book Fair, Halloween Disco, STEAM expo, BBPS Christmas Party


School camps and excursions – Year 1/2 Little Woodworkers incursion, Year 2 sleepover, Year 4 Camp Jungai, Year 6 Canberra Camp


Learning – Prep 2019 orientation, Prep Fire Safety education, Year 3 I-day on Fridays, Year 4/5 Bike Ed, Year 5 Bullystoppers Challenge


Transition program for 2019 preppies and their parents.

Wow, what a term!


I-Day Information

On Wednesday, Naomi Beales, Kirsten Braun and the Year 3 team led a highly informative session about the details of our 1:1 i-pad program, in preparation for grade 3 beginning their i-day once a week this term. Supported by students and parents, information was provided about the purpose behind our program, key learning linked to the Digital Technologies curriculum, and useful apps and advice for cybersafety in the home. Keep an eye out in the newsletter over the coming weeks for a series of entries outlining cybersafety tips for the home.


Here is what some Year three students shared about the commencement of iDay in preparation for year 4


Millie: I liked how the students from the higher grades shared the rules in their house. I don’t have an iPad in our whole family. After the meeting my mum and I googled ‘touch typing’. We found an App that is free and doesn’t even need a password. I have tried it already. I love it, it is really fun.


Alice: I am really excited about the App list.


Steffi: I am excited about having an iPad. My mum hasn’t let me have one yet. I think it will be educational. I am not sure what I will do on it yet.


Nicholas: I am excited about the iPads when I am in year 4. I usually use my mum’s and that’s the one I will bring in for iDay.


Felix: I am excited about having the iPads because I won’t have to do so much handwriting. Also, hopefully we are going to learn how to touch-type.

Kingston Division Finals

Congratulations to all the students who competed at the Regional Division Athletics Carnival this week. We had a total of 14 students compete in a range of events. Well done to Amy and Leo who have made it to Regionals.

World Teacher’s Day

Teachers were so appreciative of the efforts of the parents and students of our school community who catered most beautifully for a delicious morning tea and lunch. The presentation by the Year 6 students who took up the MKR challenge was a particular highlight. Many thanks to all parents who supported Deidre in coordinating and providing food for the day. Heartfelt thanks from all the teaching staff at BBPS.

Term 4 Parent Sessions

Please put these dates in your diary


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.