Prep Excursion: Prep visited Science works this week, to inform their inquiry learning on forces and physics.
Lachie, PT “We got to meet Dot, we had to build a bridge to help him cross the river. We made it with blocks and other materials”
Levi, PT “I enjoyed looking at the body pieces, we had to select the right body part to get the diamond”
Aubrey “Making bridges and towers for Dot, who was on his first excursion and was really scared”
Summer “Playing on the playground because there were fun blocks that you could swirl to go up”
Stephanie “The playground was the best because you got to crawl through a fort to the very end”
School Council: School Council celebrated a successful year with their final meeting last night. Council President, Lisa Mitchell, thanked all members for their efforts this year. Highlights for School Council this year include:
Buildings and Grounds: ongoing communication and progress towards the refurbishment of the STEAM room, hoping for an imminent start. Watch this space.
Education and Policy: the review of a range of policies, including eSmart
Media and Publicity: refining of our school website
Finance: ensuring budgets are in place for 2020.
A number of whole school data sets were shared at the meeting, and are attached to this week’s newsletter. As always, we welcome any feedback.
The 2019 School Council will meet for its final meeting in February. Nominations will be called around that time for new members for 2020
Bunnings BBQ: Many thanks to all who supported the PA with our fundraiser at Moorabbin Bunnings. We raised approximately $1260.00 - a huge achievement! Many thanks to Marissa and Mira and the PA team, and a shout out to the many BBPS staff members who supported the day. Funds will go towards furnishing the STEAM Room, due to be refurbished over the summer holidays.
Parent Payment Charges The parent payment charges for 2020 are now available for payment via Compass, Bpay or contacting the office. Payment prior to December 13th, 2019 is much appreciated. This enables us to forward plan, pre purchase stationery requisites and confirm numbers for swimming venues and buses.
The school appreciates that families may sometimes experience financial difficulty in meeting payment requests. A number of support options are available to parents who have difficulty making payments including the Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF). If you are the holder of a concession card please contact the office to complete the CSEF application form in preparation for 2020. If you are experiencing difficulty in making the requested payments and would like to make payments via a payment plan please contact Sue on 9591 0888 by November 29, 2019 to have a confidential discussion about alternative arrangements.
We thank you in advance for your support to ensure Brighton Beach Primary continues to provide a first class inclusive learning environment.
Bike Education: Grade 4 and 5 Bike Ed is up and running – many thanks to the parents who have come to facilitate the different stations each day. Students are engaging in a range of exercises that practise the skills needed for on the road riding.
Alvin, Gr 4 “It’s really fun getting to ride with your friends and complete the different challenges”
Preston, Gr 4 “I’ve learnt to scoot and glide and turn quickly to help me learn how to go on the road with cars”
Nick, Gr 4 “We see Grade 5/6 riding on the road and their really good. I want to learn how to take both hands off my bike to improve my balance”
ICAS Certificates: Grade 3, 4 and 5 students who participated in the Spelling and Mathematics competitions this year will receive their ICAS certificates on Monday at assembly, 2:45pm. Grade 6 will receive their certificates the following week (2nd December), once they have returned to camp. We are yet to receive certificates or results for English.
Book Drive: Restocking our classroom libraries and take home books with quality literature that will engage our students in reading is always a priority. As you do your family spring clean and prepare for the influx on new items at Christmas, we are looking for any donations of children’s books. If you have some to donate, please give them to your classroom teacher. Thank you in advance.
Student Agency: Leadership consultant David Anderson worked in Grade 4 and Grade 1 classrooms this week, collaborating with teachers to explore how to build self-regulation and student empowerment in inquiry learning. He modelled a process that supported students to build 21st Century skills through a range of critical and creative thinking processes. We thank David for his ongoing work with our team this year
Grade 6 Camp: We wish grade 6 well as they head off on their annual camp to Canberra next week.
Early arrival: A reminder that students should be arriving to school after 8:45am. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, students who arrive early will be asked to join Running Club, which begins at 8.15am.
Two Minute Zone: Our two minute zone is active before school from 7.30am – 9.15am. Please ensure that you do not leave your car unattended at these times.
Important Dates for the Diary
Christmas Party: As advertised in the newsletter, don’t forget to join us next week for our school Christmas Party, Friday 29th November.
Musical Soiree: A celebration of all students who have received instrumental tuition this year. Tuesday, 3rd December 6pm
STEAM Expo: Friday, 6th December 2:30-3:30pm An opportunity for parents to come and share in our students learning this term in the areas of technology, engineering, design and make principles.
Parent Morning Tea: To all parents who have helped in our school community this year – from Dad’s Footy to School Council, from PA to a parent helper in the classroom and on excursions/swimming, please join our staff on Friday 13th December at 11am in the staffroom so that we can thank you for your contributions this year.