Binalong Public School

Binalong Bulletin

Term 4, Week 5 2023

From the Principal

We've had a super busy couple of weeks at school with lots going on in the classroom and around the school grounds. You will have seen construction workers and tradesman around the place: installing new concrete paths in the front courtyard of the school and extending the concrete pad at the front of the sports shed; installing additional air vents in the external lower walls of B Block;  as well as the remediation works for the water/moisture issues in B Block with all affected areas being treated and new carpet to be laid. We are also looking forward to some upcoming refurbishments that are taking place with new cabinetry and wall panelling to be installed in B Block and new wall panels to be installed in E Block. Thank you for your patience and understanding during these times with changes to classrooms and accessible spaces and the disruptions that this has caused to some routines. 

The P&C have had another successful Spring Fair with lots of fun to be had by all who attended. Check out the Spring Fair photos further along in the newsletter.

Students will be treated to a music concert this Thursday at Yass HS and next Monday they will travel to Canberra to visit the University of Canberra. A permission slip will go home today. 

Please join us for our long-awaited fashion parade to be held at this Thursday's assembly from 2.00pm. It's sure to be a showstopper!

I'll be in Sydney on Thursday and Friday at the Regional South Principals' Conference and Mr Godman will be on 2/3 during this time.

In the Garden

UC Aspire - Exploring Travel Careers

2024 Kindergarten Orientation Begins at BPS

Binalong PS welcomed Archie, Indy and Leila for a Kindergarten orientation day in preparation for 2024.

Our future Kindergarten students enjoyed exploring the school, building friendships and creating art with Miss Gerathy!

Welcome to our new students and their families - we look forward to having you as part of our school community. 

Kindy Orientation Gallery

SRC Elections for 2024

The Student Representative Council (SRC) will be made up of the following positions:

    - School Captain

    - Vice Captain

    - House Captain - Gilbert (selected in 2024)

    - House Captain - Paterson (selected in 2024)

Current Year 5 students who are interested in these positions for 2024 will be encouraged to begin preparing a leadership election speech. These speeches will be delivered at a special assembly in Week 9 and Year 5 families have received additional information about the SRC position and election processes.

Students and Teachers will have an opportunity to vote and results will be determined using the preferential voting method.

Now is a great time to start discussing your child’s aspirations for an SRC position with them.

PLC Colour Run - Friday 24 November

Binalong Spring Fair 2023

Last Sunday 5 November the Binalong P&C held their annual Spring Fair, and what an event it was, and what wonderful childhood memories were made! 

Some of the highlights of the day included: Raptor Reptiles, Circus McCabe, Murrumburrah HS petting zoo, pony rides, inflatables obstacle course, the BPS Bucket Drummers, poetry and musical entertainment, delicious food stalls, market stalls and much more!

Thank you to: the sponsors; the parent volunteers; those who donated prizes (and all who bought raffle tickets); those who ran activities; the Trethowan and Isbister families and friends (and their ponies!); the fabulous entertainment including Robyn Sykes, Jon and Brenton and the Harden AECG kids; all who attended; and of course the P&C exec and members who worked together over many months to make this event what it was.

The P&C look forward to sharing a full report in upcoming newsletters!

Spring Fair Gallery

Small Schools Chess Tournament

Congratulations to Tyson and Carter who were selected to participate in the inaugural chess tournament to be held at Breadalbane PS in November. Good luck to you both! Below is a link to chess rules for anyone else who might be interested in playing in their own time.

2022 School Year Book

We have had some requests to order last year's 2022 School Year Book. If you would like to make a purchase, please reply to this message so we can place the orders together. Books cost $60.00 each.

Bandanna Day 2023

From the SRC

We took part in National Bandanna Day on Friday 27 October and raised $187.00. Bandanna Day is the flagship fundraising and awareness campaign for Canteen.  

Canteen provides free and tailored support to young people aged 12-25 who are impacted by cancer. Whether they are dealing with their own diagnosis, a close family member’s cancer or the death of a loved one, Canteen provides support such as counselling, peer support events and youth friendly resources.

Young people impacted by cancer are up to six times more likely to face mental health issues like anxiety or depression than their peers. After just six months of support from Canteen, almost two-thirds of young people report improvements in their mental health and overall wellbeing. Canteen also provides services for parents dealing with cancer in their family, because research shows that when parents are supported through cancer and communicate openly, their children are likely to experience less distress and anxiety.

Around the School

Upcoming Events

Please add the following dates to your diaries and note that there may be some variations/additions/revisions to the calendar throughout the term.

Week 5

Thursday 9 November - Yass Music Club Concert (K-6) 10.30-11.30am (bus to depart at 9.30am and return by 12.30pm)

Thursday 9 November - Assembly and Fashion Parade from 2.00pm 

Thursday 9 & Friday 10 November - Regional South Principal Conference, Sydney - Mrs Arabin. Mr Godman on 2/3.

Friday 10 November - Kindergarten transition

Week 6

Tuesday 14 November - Mrs Cassidy away. School Planning Day QEO - Renee

Thursday 16 November - MHS Transition

Friday 17 November - Small School Chess Breadalbane (2 students from 5/6 to attend), Playgroup AGM

Week 7

Friday 24 November - PLC @ Bowning PS - Colour Run

Week 8

Intensive Swimming for all students at Binalong Memorial Pool 1.45 - 3.00pm

Tuesday 28 November - Year 7 Transition Day

Thursday 30 November - Bug's Alive incursion and pre-school visit

Friday 1 December - PPA Meeting - Renee 

Week 9

Intensive Swimming for all students at Binalong Memorial Pool 1.45 - 3.00pm

Wednesday 6 December - Year 5 SRC Speeches

Thursday 7 December - Presentation practise at the BInalong Hall

Friday 8 December - Year 6 Dinner - Cafe on Queen

Week 10

Monday 11 December - Presentation Ceremony - 5.30pm

Tuesday 12 December - Excursion to Harden - details TBA

Wednesday 13 December - Binalong Pre-School Presentation afternoon

Thursday 14 December - Christmas Craft Day - Parent helpers invited

Friday 15 December - Last day of school for students, Binalong’s Got Talent, Year 6 cake

Regular School Happenings

  • Sports day - Sports uniform required

  • Music and visual art with Mrs Cassidy - bring art smock
  • Library for K-2 - bring library bag and library books each week
  • Ice Cream Tuesday - $2.00

8.30 - 9.00AM:

Breakfast Club

With Tim MacFarlane 


Garden Club 

With Mrs Cassidy

Bush School 

With Mrs Edwards

  • SRC Meal Deal cutoff for orders 3pm
  • Sports day - Sports Uniform required


Coding Club 

With Mrs Walsh 

(Primary students only at this stage)

  • Library for 3-6 - bring library bag and library books each week
  • SRC Meal Deals
  • P&C Playgroup - School hall


Library Club/Book Club/Lego Club 

With Mrs Arabin

Student Attendance

Parents of children from Kindergarten to Year 12 must ensure their children attend school every day. On occasion, your child may need to be absent from school. Justified reasons for student absences may include:

  • being sick or having an infectious disease
  • having an unavoidable medical appointment
  • being required to attend a recognised religious holiday
  • exceptional or urgent family circumstances e.g. attending a funeral.

Parents must provide an explanation for absences to the school within 7 days from the first day of any period of absence. Where an explanation has not been received within the 7-day timeframe, the school will record the absence as unexplained on the student's record.

If your child has a late arrival or early departure from school, please come into the foyer of the Office and sign your child in/out.  The reason for absence should be detailed enough for staff to identify if the reason is acceptable.  If the reason noted is "appointment" the absence will be marked as unjustified as it is not a clear enough reason. Please be accurate with your description.

“I know that a day off here and there doesn’t seem like much but these absences can add up quickly and days lost can equal years lost.”

“The more your child attends school the greater opportunity he / she will have to reach his / her potential."

Stars of the Week - Term 4, Week 3&4

After School Care

Country Kids Club BINALONG 

The program operates from the end of school through to 6pm. 

A healthy afternoon tea and a range of fun activities are provided at each session. The Fee for the session is $34, minus Child Care Subsidy.

For bookings and further information including Fee Estimates for your family please contact Julia on:

Phone - 62368305            Email –

We are using Smiling Mind in our school to support and grow student well-being, resilience, and positive mental health. Please take a look at the parent guide to see how Smiling Mind is supporting your child's wellbeing.

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