A big thank you to the PA for running a cake stall on Saturday at BBPS. Special thanks to Deb Barden for an early morning set up and to Marisa Freer and Kath Jones for operating the stalls throughout the day. Thanks also to our community for contributing baked goods, we raised a total of $777.80.
Year 3 and 5 students successfully completed our first online NAPLAN testing series. Well done to all involved. For us, minimal technical difficulties were experienced thanks to the behind the scenes work of our teachers and IT team. A very big thank you to Assistant Principal, Kim Ancrum for coordinating the process and the transition to digital platform.
James Newbury visited our school assembly this week and acknowledged the activism of our Year 6 leaders across the school. In particular, he presented our school with four flags (Australian, Victorian State, First Peoples and Torres-Strait Islander) in response to a letter written by Madi and Cerys:
“We wrote to ask for a flag because we wanted to include the Torres Strait Islander flag to show that we are inclusive of all Australians and cultures at BBPS. Now we have to write to someone to help us install some extra flag poles.”
This week has been a celebration of the learning that takes place within our classrooms and across the Victorian Education state. Thank you to all our families who visited during our open classroom sessions on Wednesday. Many prospective parents took the opportunity to tour our school throughout the week – facilitated passionately by our School and Performing Arts captains. Morning open classrooms were business as normal, providing an opportunity for families to see what a day-to-day morning session looks like. Afternoon open classrooms showcased our commitment to the DET Respectful Relationships program as part of our social and emotional learning curriculum. Stay tuned for next week’s Media Captain report about the state focus for this year’s Education Week – celebrating occupations across the country.
Sarayu, Prep “My mum read to me and a few other children. It was good because she helped me with the words so nicely”
Harper and Asher, Year 1 “Dad joined in fruit snack and helped us spell ‘naughty Agapanthus’. We showed him the word wall, reading corner and our new seats”
Nico, Year 2 “Mum watched me in music and we were doing acting and drama. I really liked having her watch to see what I was learning so she can help me with my homework”
James, Year 3 “It felt good that mum could see my work”
Molly, Year 4 “It was great that mum got to play our maths games and do a Kahoot, which she had never done before”
Jhana, Year 5 “Mum joined in our Book Club meeting and it made me put more effort in because mum was watching. Then dad helped me figure out the word activity”
Charlie, Year 6 “Mum saw our first debate session and it was interesting to have the parents watch what we were doing”
At BBPS, students are invited to join in a number of lunchtime clubs. Many of these are run by our grade 6 leaders. Lunch time clubs being offered this term include:
Sport vice captains Lexi, Elyse, Sophia, Poppy – gymnastics, soccer, dance, dodgeball - junior and senior sessions
Coding captains Jamie and Oliver – coding club in the library
Science club, led by Miss Beales, Miss Braun and Year 6 students – junior and senior sessions
Art Captains Amica, Zali, Charlie and Ethan – sketching club
Library Captain, Lina – lunch time reading art and craft
Winners of the Term 1 Spelling Bee were presented with their prizes at this week’s assembly. Congratulations to all the winners, as previously featured in our newsletter. It really helps when all items are clearly named.
Thank you to the English curriculum team and Sport Captains Jesse and Bailey for coordinating this event. This term, grade 6 sport captains Leo and Amy will be leading a House Singing competition.
A big thank you to Viv Vlantis for her ongoing organisation of our lost property. Tireless hours to help reunite our students with their belongings.