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Term 1 Week 8

What’s been happening at BBPS…

With a whole school focus on ‘Building positive learning communities’ and ‘gratitude’ all teachers and students are to be congratulated on the establishment of focused and engaging learning spaces this term.

Julie Shepherd, our regular English consultant, was welcomed back this week – she will be working closely with teachers across the school, focused on building consistent practice in guided reading, writer’s notebook and the reader’s workshop. We thank her for again working with us.

Teaching teams will be engaging in Professional Practice Days over the next two weeks – teachers will be released to focus on planning curriculum for term 2. With a focus on differentiation – how we can support and extend our students – teachers will engage in professional development on this area.

School Tours are back! This year we will be conducting tours on Tuesdays at 9:30am. New families are encouraged to book in via the Administration Office as an opportunity to learn more about our school.

Congratulations in Sport …

Well done to the BBPS Team, who represented our school at the Division Swimming carnival this week at Oakleigh Recreation Centre. Outstanding results by all students:

Ava Mason, Abbey Lyons, Mary Vlantis, Belis Gulener, Ollie Wilson, Harper Slattery, Miller White, Hamish Ward, Alexander Darby.

The Seaside District Tennis Tournament took place this week – congratulations to Aaron Kwok, Belis Gulener, Sanjhanaa Thiyagu, Harvey Stroeder, Tiger Zhang and Slade Caldwell for their selection and participation in this competition. Special mentions to Belis, who won her age group title and Slade who won three matches in a row!

This week is the last week of Interschool Sports for grade 5 and 6 students – congratulations to all our teams for their valiant efforts in lacrosse, volleyball, cricket, oztag, softball and basketball. Finals will take place in term 4 as part of the Summer Sport program.

Don’t forget that BBPS is supporting Bullying No Way Day tomorrow – children are invited to wear orange along with free dress clothing. Our SRC representatives will be facilitating a social and emotional session with their class, focused on bullying prevention.

Next week …

Grade 3 and 5 will be participating in a NAPLAN Coordinated Practice Test throughout the week. The purpose of this test is to check VCAA bandwidth, and its capabilities in conducting the NAPLAN online assessment across the state. This is to support preparation for the testing period, to take place in May. No results will be provided to the school for students’ individual assessment.

TRP Parent Webinar: We really look forward to you joining our parent webinar with Hugh van Cuylenburg on Tuesday 23rd March, 6:30pm-7:30pm.

Please join using the Zoom link below:

During this presentation, Hugh will share his experiences and combine them with practical strategies that can be implemented everyday to improve our overall wellbeing, following the strategies of:

  • Gratitude - Appreciating what you have, not begrudging what you don’t.

  • Empathy - Thinking of the needs of others/kindness.

  • Mindfulness - Being present in the moment, not becoming distracted by unhelpful or negative thoughts.

Last year Martin presented to our school community – this year we are lucky enough to hear from Hugh.

Celebration Picnic: BYO picnic rug, food and drink.

Families welcome between 5 and 7pm on the Windermere Playground. Kaboom Sports’ official event for our students will take place 5:15-6:15pm. Please be sure to join in!

On arrival, please sign in using the QR codes displayed on the building walls. Several hand sanitising stations will be available for your use throughout the playground. We ask that if you or your family are unwell or are displaying COVID symptoms that you stay at home. Social distancing markers will be placed in the playground to support you to socially distance as you set up your picnic spot.

The toilet block behind the main building (near Exon Street) will be open for use – please be aware that there will be no teacher supervision, and therefore children will not be supervised unless you are with them.

We are extremely grateful that we are able to have you all onsite to celebrate a great term back at school. Thank you in advance for following our COVID Safe guidelines to ensure we all stay safe … and at school!

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