Another fabulous parade took place on Wednesday in celebration of Book Week. The hall was filled with Harry Potters, Pirates, Wallies and more in student-teacher-and even baby brother or sister form. Many thanks to our community for embracing this event and showcasing what we love about reading at BBPS. Many thanks to Sophie Strang for organising the event, and thanks to Jo Bingham, Nick Duckett and Cerys (Media Captain) and Lina (Library Captain) for hosting. The Annual Book Fair will be taking place later this year, so watch this space.
Parent Opinion Survey
Thank you to those parents who have completed the DET survey rating our school. What you have to say is important to us. If you have to still complete the survey please do so before Sunday 18th August.
Learning Highlights Year 5 & 6
Keira, Year 5 “Writing is a highlight because we have been using sculptures in art to illustrate our writing”
Maureen, Year 5 “Inquiry is great because we are learning about Egypt and it’s great to learn about different countries”
Ethan, Year 6 “I have been enjoying adapting fairy tales. I adapted Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves”
Jamie, Year 6 “We are doing geography and investigating different counties and backgrounds”
BBPS will once again be participating in the ICAS Assessments this year. ICAS is developed by UNSW Global, a wholly owned subsidiary of the University of New South Wales, with over 35 years’ experience in educational assessments. Each assessment celebrates students’ accomplishments by providing opportunities for recognition. Every student will receive a certificate and an online result report.
As can be found on Compass Calendar, ICAS competitions will be conducted at BBPS on the following days:
Writing Tuesday September 10th
Spelling Thursday September 12th
Maths Thursday September 19th
Should you wish your child to participate further information will be made available to you via compass within the next few days.
School Start and Finish times
Parents/Guardians are responsible for the supervision of students travelling to and from school. School supervision is provided by a yard duty teacher before school at 8:45am in both Exon and Windermere playgrounds. West playground is closed. Students arriving before 8:45am will be sent to Before School Care.
Class Placement 2020
Each year we invite parents to share particular concerns that may assist to inform class placements for next year. Should your child have particular learning needs that require consideration for class placement in 2020, please put these in writing and email email@example.com the office by the end of this term, 20th of September. Please also notify the office if your child will not be returning to BBPS for 2020.
Working with the Resilience Project
Antony Keely from the Resilience Project worked with our SRC last week to unpack school data from a survey completed annually by Years 3-6, The Resilience Youth Survey. Our SRC worked in small groups to prepare an action plan that focuses on working in classrooms to build student confidence in the key areas of helping others, talking about your feelings, and asking for help. Antony will work with our SRC again at the end of the term to reflect on some of the shifts made within our community as a result of the work of the SRC.
Ben, Year 3 “It was interesting to find out that 1 in 5 children at BBPS don’t ask for help and keep it to themselves”
Daniella, Year 4 “It was good to know how everyone feels at BBPS and how we can make them feel better”
Callum, Year 4 “It was good to think about different ways we can help people at our school with their worries”
Charlotte, Year 6 “It was interesting to explore the differences in how boys and girls feel at our school about different things”.
Parent Sessions this term
We have two parent sessions taking place this term – keep an eye out for a Compass Event next week to sign up. For both of these sessions there will be supervision for your child, if required.
Feedback: Be Curious not Furious Monday, August 26th 6:15pm-7:00pm in the CLC.
This session, led by Leadership Consultant David Anderson, is open to all families, and provides practical strategies about how to communicate with your child.
It explores key ideas of:
How to ask inquiring questions
Building self-regulation in your child
Supporting your child to problem solve and navigate social situations
Aware Parenting Tuesday 10th September 6:30pm-8:00pm in the Hall
In partnership with The Resilience Project, Lael Stone invites us to look at how the relationship we have with our children.She shares practical strategies for preparing kids (and parents) for puberty and the transition into the teenage years, discusses why particular behaviours in our children trigger us and how to deal with them, and the one thing we can do to raise kids that want to share their world with us. It explores:
• Practical strategies to build stronger connections with your children
• Ideas to support your children when they are frustrated or going through challenging situations
• Simple ways to create co-operation
• Dealing with our own triggers as a parent
• Understanding big emotions and feelings and assisting your kids in becoming emotionally resilient.
Please note that Lael’s session has a maximum attendance capacity, and so places will be limited. Booking your place via Compass will be crucial next week to secure your spot.