Nippers: The Year 5 and 5 classes have been attending an Open Water Safety and Awareness program conducted by the Brighton Surf Lifesaving Club. All participants have embraced the opportunity to build their knowledge of swimming and beach safety as can be seen by the photos. The students have thoroughly enjoyed the skills and drill covered in the Little Nippers sessions which have included sprints, flags, board work and swimming. The favourite amongst the students has been the flags, with many expressing their enthusiasm for this activity. Some students were extremely lucky to spot a pod of dolphins!
Dance Off: All reports from the Dance Off at Hampton PS last Friday highlighted the excitement and enjoyment this annual competition between Beachside Schools generates. The BBPS teams were all fine ambassadors for our school and performances demonstrated their preparation and unified team spirit. Well done to all performers and many thanks to parents who assisted with transport and to Megan Craig and Sally Wickes for coordination and support
William “It was fun to watch other people performing and it’s really exciting!”
Archer “It was nerve racking when you first got up there but deeper in your dance it was really fun! It was exciting but we had really hot weather!”
Dusty “I enjoyed dancing in the dance off again but this time I was in the next age group up”
Ella “I enjoyed performing because we got really into it and the judges were dancing too”
Georgia “I enjoyed showing our dance to everyone”
Lauren “It was great seeing all the other dances and I had heaps of fun!”
Milly “It was really fun and there were a lot of great dancers there. I really enjoyed working with my friends and choreographing the dance”
Lexi “It was really fun and I liked how we got to perform in front of an audience”
Alice “I love going to the dance off because I get to show all the schools my dance and how creative we were at making up the dance. I loved watching all the other dances and guessing who would get the trophy!”
Jessie “It was really good how all the schools performed a dance and everyone showed great sportsmanship”
Isabella “Everyone tried their best and it was great to see what everyone came up with!”
Carols: 2018 was again an opportunity for BBPS to be the school that performed at the annual Dendy Carols. Many thanks to all students who were part of the choir and especially to Sally Wickes for preparing them with such precision culminating in their best performance for the night. They also participated in the news segment for Mike Larkin and were able to accommodate his request for a third song. The images say it all. Many thanks to all the proud parents who assisted by getting the kids there and also picking up through all the security which is now a necessary part of such big occasions.
Transition: The new preps have met their teachers and shared being together as grade groups for the first time this week. Whilst this was taking place parents had a chance to gather in the staffroom for light refreshments. Additionally students new to the school in other year levels also attended and spent time with their 2019 year level.
Next week on Thursday 20th December all students will find out their 2019 Class/Home Groups and meet their teachers. We are pleased to announce that we have seventeen classes, three streams in both Prep and Year 4, and two streams in all other levels. Spaces remain available at all year levels as no class numbers exceed the DET recommended class size limits.
Graduation: The students and teachers have been practising for the much anticipated formal graduation evening on Monday
commencing at 6pm. This follows on from a beautiful celebration lunch prepared by parents. The whole school is awaiting with
much anticipation the transformation of the hall for their chosen “Disco’ theme. Thankyou in advance to the Year 6 Parent Team
responsible for this year’s Graduation Celebrations.
Steam Expo: Despite the heat all Year groups called on their resilience and adaptability to present their 2018 STEAM Exhibition Projects. This year the theme was food, glorious food! As a school we explored food and fibre production. In the junior school, students investigated how plants and animals are grown for food, clothing and shelter. They put their learning into practice and designed and made their own gardens. In the senior school this learning extended to understanding how and why, food and fibre are produced in managed environments. For example, what is needed to design a garden, prepare healthy soil and how can we make it sustainable utilising things like irrigation systems. As students became inquirers who were building their knowledge of how food comes to be, it was only natural that they got to enjoy the spoils of their green thumbs, cooking up a storm! When their chef hats were on, students were building their knowledge on food specialisation, exploring how to prepare food safely, hygienically and nutritiously for healthy eating. An added bonus was the robotics exhibit in the Hall. This was led by students from Year 2-5 who worked tirelessly at lunchtimes in the lead up to the expo to build their skills in problem solving and coding using Blue-Bots and Edison robots. It was a fantastic effort across the school, which showcased the high quality of work and knowledge by students in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM).