Holbrook Public School

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ISSUE 17: Term 4, Week 5 - Monday, 6 November 2023

From the Principal's desk

Last Monday, we kicked off the week showcasing Holbrook Public School to 50 principals and executive team staff from across the Albury network. It was an opportunity for us to demonstrate our outstanding programs and the dedication of our students and staff. The enthusiasm and energy that filled our school on that day was incredible, and the feedback from all involved in the day was well received by staff, students, and our Director of Education, Leadership Troy Mott, who also attended the day.

Kindergarten Transition Program
Our Kindergarten transition program got off to a great start last Tuesday. We eagerly anticipate hosting our incoming Kindergarten students for 2024 over the next four weeks. We aim to provide them with an enjoyable experience and a taste of what "big school" has in store. We want to ensure a smooth and positive transition for our youngest learners and their families.

Our students have been having incredible adventures this term. Our K-2 students travelled to Wagga to watch the enchanting 'Possum Magic' last week. We received wonderful reports of student behaviour and enthusiastic participation during the excursion, highlighting the high expectations Holbrook Public School has for our students.

This week, our Year 3/4 students embark on an overnight adventure at the Borambola Sport and Recreational camp, where they will explore new horizons and engage in exciting activities. I am very excited to join our Year 3/4 students and staff on the excursion for the three days. In Week 7, our Year 5/6 students will embark on an educational journey to Ballarat, further enriching their knowledge and experiences.

Semester 2 Student Reports
Student reports for Semester 2 will be sent home to parents on Monday, December 11 (Week 10). These reports provide valuable insights into your child's progress and achievements throughout the semester. If you have any questions or require further information about your child's progress or achievements, please don't hesitate to contact your child's classroom teacher.

At the beginning of Term 4, four of our dedicated staff members successfully transitioned from temporary to permanent positions through a Department of Education staffing initiative. We extend our heartfelt congratulations to Judith Mullins (Administration), Wendy Knust and Brenda Jones (Student Learning and Support Officers), and Kimberly Ross (Teacher). This recognition is a testament to their hard work and dedication to our school.

Planning for 2024
Over the next few weeks, we will be diligently planning for the 2024 school year. NSW Public School final budgets are currently being sent out to schools. Various factors, some of which are outside our control, must be considered as we make decisions regarding staffing, class planning, enrolments, and initiatives for the coming year.

We understand that this planning process is of great interest to our families and the broader school community, and we sincerely thank you for your patience in this matter. Rest assured that we will communicate the relevant information with you as soon as we can formulate our plan for 2024.

All the best to Blade Maher, who will be representing the Riverina in Boccia this week at Sydney Olympic Park. This event is the inaugural Representative Boccia Tournament and is an exciting new addition to the NSW school sporting system. Good luck, Blade!

I would like to personally thank our families and school community members who provided our teachers with a ‘special treat’ last week in recognition of World Teacher’s Day. Your kind gesture to celebrate our Holbrook Public School teachers for their skilled work in educating, inspiring, and supporting our students was very much appreciated.

 Louise Purss-Semple


K-6 Remembrance Day assembly - at 11:00 a.m. - All welcome10 November 2023
K-6: Public Speaking prepared speeches - 10:00 a.m. in the hall - All welcome13 November 2023
K-6: School assembly - 2:30 p.m. - All welcome14 November 2023
K-6: Public Speaking impromptu speeches - 10:00 a.m. in the hall - All welcome20 November 2023
K-6: Colour Fun Run: note and money due21 November 2023
K-6: School assembly - 2:30 p.m. - All welcome28 November 2023
P&C Meeting - 7:30 p.m. - All welcome29 November 2023
K-6: Presentation Night at 6:00 p.m. - All welcome7 December 2023
K-6: End of Term 415 December 2023
Yrs 1-6: Commence new school year1 February 2024
Kindergarten students commence5 February 2024

Tenpin Bowling finals in Sydney - Wednesday, 1 November 2023

Our Tenpin Bowling team, consisting of Ethan F, Harry F, Preston F and Blade M, travelled to Sydney last week to compete at the Inclusive Sports Tenpin Bowling State final. There were 30 teams from all across NSW competing in the final. Our team bowled two games in the final round of the competition with an accumulated score of 735 points. Our team finished 13th in the competition, with the winning team scoring 799 points.

Thank you to the P&C for supporting our team and supplying them with competition hoodies. A huge shout out to our families for getting our students to Sydney and for all the support and cheers as we bowled throughout the day.

Louise Purss-Semple

K, 1, 2 Excursion to Possum Magic - Thursday, 2 November 2023

On Thursday, 2 November, the K-2 students and staff headed off for their end-of-year excursion and celebration. 

First, we stopped at Possum Magic and were delighted to see one of our favourite books come to life (with real magic!)! 

Then we hopped back on the bus and headed to the Wagga Botanic Gardens and Zoo, which was a hit for all! We loved seeing the animals and even got to meet a few!

It was the perfect way to celebrate the end of the school year and all the hard work we've done. We arrived back at school tired but happy, with memories of a fantastic day that we'll never forget.

Public Speaking Competition

Parents and carers are welcome to attend our public speaking competitions at 10:00 a.m. on:

Monday, 13 November - Prepared speeches
Monday, 20 November - Impromptu speeches

Giving Tree

In the past, the children and families of Holbrook Public School have generously donated gifts to go under our Giving Tree, believing that Christmas was a time to be caring and sharing and reaching out to people.  

Our school community has shown that kind gestures can go a long way, and we have donated more than 140 gifts to children who are not as well off as ourselves. 

This year, our Giving Tree will again go up, and we can again show how caring and generous we are as a school community to our local families.   

Once again, our pupils are encouraged to consider purchasing a small gift to leave under the tree for an unknown student their age. This year, we are asking for the gift NOT to be wrapped.

Mrs Dionysius and Mrs Jones 


We cordially invite all parents and friends of our students to attend our annual presentation evening. During the evening, we award students who have achieved excellence, consistent improvement, citizenship and sporting achievements. Each year, the local community sponsors the awards. If you would like to make a donation towards the book prizes this year, it would be greatly appreciated, and your name will be listed in our presentation night program as recognition of your valuable contribution to our school. We accept cash donations, cheques made out to Holbrook Public School, or online payments via School Bytes (click on the link to donate).

Have you registered with School Bytes?

School Bytes is an online platform that allows parents and carers to access important school information and make online payments for school events and fees. By registering with School Bytes, you can access online forms for:

  • uniform orders
  • student health condition support
  • students to carry their asthma, adrenaline autoinjector
  • change of details
  • refund application
  • application for extended leave
  • declaration for child-related workers
  • family education and occupation index

You will also receive notifications about upcoming events, such as excursions and performances, Book Club and P&C meetings, to name but a few. Through School Bytes, you can also pay for these events and other fees, such as school fees and uniform purchases. This saves you time and effort, as you don't have to make payments in person or send cash or cheques to the school.

Don't forget, Audiri will no longer be available at the end of the year, so School Bytes will be our primary communication platform.

Registering with School Bytes is easy - follow the instructions on the image or contact the school office for assistance.

Don't miss out on essential school updates - register with School Bytes today!

Now taking enrolments for Kindergarten 2024

2024 School Travel Applications are now open

2024 school travel applications are now open.  
Enrolments are now being accepted for all students who reside within our local school area. Please select the link below for further details and to begin your application.
Students not residing in our school area may be considered for an out-of-area enrolment. Please select the link below for further details.
Billabong High School is currently accepting enrolments for Year 7, 2024. As the local high school in the area, it provides high-quality education for students looking to embark on their high school journey. If you're interested in enrolling your child, now is the perfect time to do so. With a strong emphasis on literacy and numeracy and tailored to meet the unique needs of every student, Billabong High School aims to provide a nurturing and stimulating environment that encourages students to achieve their full potential.

Return and Earn

Please collect your 10-cent recyclable bottles, cans and fruit boxes and bring them to school for collection in our newly delivered big green drums.  

Please ensure that these items are clean and free of food, liquid or other contaminates. This is a simple, easy way to help raise more funds for our students.  

Pre-loved uniforms for sale from $5 each

Uniform ItemSizes Available
Summer Uniforms
Short sleeve polo shirt4, 6, 8, 10, 16, S
Shorts4, 6, 8, 12, 14
Skorts4, 8
Summer dress4, 6, 8, 10, 12
Winter Uniforms
Long sleeve polo shirt4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 16
Fleece jacket4, 6, 8, 10, 16
Long pants4, 6, 8, 10, 12
Tartan pants6, 12
Tartan skirt4, 6, 8, 10, 12
Tartan tunic6
Windcheater8, 10, 12, 14
Sports Uniforms
Sports shirt4, 8, S
Sports shorts4, 8, 12
Track pants8, 10, 12
Bata School Shoes3 and 4

Star of the Week - Term 4, Week 4

Term 4, Week 4 class awards


Best Class Assembly 

Year 5 

First Class Ready 

Awarded to that class who is sitting quietly and attentively during morning assembly.

5-6 Magpies

Tidy Ted

This award is given to the class whose room is the tidiest.

1-2 Kangaroos

Blue Star Card

For excellent care towards others.

Green Star Card

For excellent consideration towards others.

Zawad U

Red Star Card

For excellent courtesy towards others. 

Hailey F

Yellow Star Card

For excellent cooperation.

Hailey F

Term 4, Week 4 award recipients


Miss Hemphill
Kindergarten Koalas

Riley D: For her happy, enthusiastic attitude toward all learning tasks and opportunities.

George R: For presenting a wonderful speech as part of the Public Speaking Competition about the greatest footy team player ever.

Mrs Young
1-2 Echidnas

Myla B: For presenting an interesting speech on dolphins at Monkey Mia.

Bailey C: For delivering an interesting speech on trucks.

Arabella L: Sportspersonship

Mrs Trethowan and Mrs Munday
1-2 Kangaroos

Ethan A: For staying focused and working really hard during all learning tasks in class.

Henry MF: For his outstanding effort during his maths activities - counting and writing numbers. Well done, Henry!

Rigby R: Sportspersonship

Miss Minall
3-4 Kookaburras

Bella M: For her growth in learning new mathematical concepts and sharing her understanding during group discussions.

Natasha A: Sportspersonship

Miss McGown
3-4 Possums

Percy C: For his hard work and dedication towards his reading ability. Keep it up, Percy!

Isabella I: For her kindness and consistent positive attitude. Izzy's passion contributes greatly to our class environment.

Vick V: For an engaging and insightful speech with impressive eye contact

James L: Sportspersonship

Miss Lavis
5-6 Magpies

Parker D: For a much-improved attitude and resultant higher level of achievement.

Year 6: For exceptional preparation and delivery of their speeches.

Xander B: Sportspersonship

Miss Barraclough
5-6 Quokkas

Parker D: For his enthusiasm and passionate attitude when delivering his speech.

Zander M: For always coming to class ready to learn with a great attitude.

Alistair J: Sportspersonship

Mrs Dionysius

Natasha A and Hailey H: For always working joyfully in the veggie garden.

Mrs Purss-Semple

Harry F: For improvement in attitude towards learning tasks.

Tully M: For being a great role model to his peers.

Natasha A: Sportspersonship (playground)

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Community news

Year 3-4 excursion to Borambola

Date and Time

From Wednesday, November. 8th, 9:00 am to Friday, November. 10th, 3:00 pm


Borambola NSW, AustraliaGet Directions

Year 5-6 Outback Stockman Show

Date and Time

From Wednesday, November. 8th, 11:00 am to Wednesday, November. 8th, 12:00 pm


144 Albury Street, Holbrook NSW, AustraliaGet Directions

Remembrance Day assembly

Date and Time

From Friday, November. 10th, 11:00 am to Friday, November. 10th, 12:00 pm


146 Albury Street, Holbrook NSW, AustraliaGet Directions

Public Speaking Competition Finals - Prepared Speeches

Date and Time

From Monday, November. 13th, 10:00 am to Monday, November. 13th, 11:00 am


146 Albury Street, Holbrook NSW, AustraliaGet Directions

Yea 5-6 excursion to Ballarat

Date and Time

From Wednesday, November. 15th, 10:00 am to Wednesday, November. 15th, 11:00 am


Ballarat VIC, AustraliaGet Directions

Public Speaking Competition Finals - Impromptu Speeches

Date and Time

From Monday, November. 20th, 10:00 am to Monday, November. 20th, 11:00 am


146 Albury Street, Holbrook NSW, AustraliaGet Directions

Presentation Night

Date and Time

From Thursday, December. 7th, 6:00 pm to Thursday, December. 7th, 7:30 pm


146 Albury Street, Holbrook NSW, AustraliaGet Directions

Term 4 ends

Date and Time

From Friday, December. 15th to Friday, December. 15th


146 Albury Street, Holbrook NSW, AustraliaGet Directions

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