Religious Education - Attached to this newsletter is the form for those families that would like to opt into the RE program that is conducted by volunteers from Korus Connect This program has been offered at BBPS for the past several years and is coordinated by Mrs Alison Coutts. Children who participate in 2019 come to the Japanese Room during Wednesday Lunch. If your child is participating, please fill in the form and return to school as classes commence in Week 2 of Term 2.
Year 5 Camp - Year 5s are still feeling the adrenalin rush of 3 nights, 4 days away last week at Phillip Island Adventure Camp. A big thank you to Megan Craig for coordinating the event, and to all teachers who attended.
“Surfing because the waves were really good and it was fun doing it with my friends” Oakley
“Going to the beach and making a sand hotel” Catia
“Doing all the activities, like surfing, giant swing and raft making” Lauren B
“The Penguin Parade was great because I enjoyed seeing all the penguins coming in like a marching band” Harrison
“Fun and the staff were really nice and helpful” Axl
“Really awesome because it was so much fun hanging out with my friends” Felix
“I’m grateful we could have such an amazing experience that was provided by the school that we go to” Ruby
BBPS Annual Report - In March, our Annual Report for 2018 was shared with School Council. It highlights those aspects of the School Strategic Plan (2015-2018) that have been a focus in the Annual Implementation Plan and the outcomes achieved based on our school goals. Last year, with high gains in learning in all areas – particularly reading and writing, our data also showed a high level of both parent and staff satisfaction. Of particular note was the student responses in the Attitudes to School survey with students in Years 4-6 feeling connected and positive about the management of bullying in our school. This is testament to the work of all of our community. The full report can be accessed on our website. Please read the attached report for further information.
Professional Practice Days - Over the past few weeks our teachers have engaged in professional practice days – a day a term allocated by the Department for teachers to build professional knowledge to improve student outcomes in their classroom. Using student data sets and a range of DET resources to develop rich teaching and learning programs, our teachers focused on planning for Term 2. Some took the opportunity to visit and observe other teachers in our school to further support differentiating classroom learning and to build their knowledge of the gradual release of responsibility model for building articulate independent learners. This also enables teachers to observe the academic progressions and developmental stages of students as they mature as learners from one year level to the next. As many of our students are academically capable and operate ahead of expected year levels it is important for teachers to plan challenging learning tasks to ensure all students are extended and learning to their fullest potential.
Fund Raising - Heartfelt thanks to all of the generous BBPS community for embracing two events that contribute to our goal to continually upgrade our facilities. Once again the Bi-annual BBPS walk-a-thon was taken on with great community spirit and we were also blessed by the weather and with community support achieved an excellent outcome for our school, raising a total of $12,988.70.
Similarly the Easter raffle, conducted by a very well organised group of Prep Parents, raising over $2000 dollars. A huge thank you to our community for supporting these events.
End of term - A big thank you to our community for your engagement and involvement in events and learning that has taken place this term. A reminder that our annual Easter Raffle will take place at our end of term assembly on Friday at 1:30pm. A big thankyou to the PA and Prep parents for coordinating the event.
School finishes at 2:30pm on Friday, 5th April (tomorrow). School returns on Tuesday, 23rd April (after Easter Monday).
A reminder that Thursday, April 25 is Anzac Day.