Pigeon Post

2023 Volume 4 Issue 6


Acknowledgement of Country...

Useful links can be found at end of this issue of the Pigeon Post...👇

Please let the school know, as we are currently planning for 2024...

Thank you for your understanding...

From the Principal's Desk...

Why Attendance Matters | Minutes Lost Per Day: A number of students at our school are consistently coming to school late, or leaving early in the afternoons, including students trying to catch an 'early bus' prior to dismissal time...These are not including the 'one-off' appointments that may arise. This visual is from the Department of Education, highlighting the impact this has on learning...

FRIENDLY REMINDER: Applications close Monday 20 November 2023

PLEASE KEEP THEM COMING! We're collecting plastic bottle lids for a special project. Please wash and dry instead of recycling. There is a collection box in the foyer, outside the office. Thanks so much for your help!

Connect with Balmain PS...Wonder what's goes on at our school? Follow us on Instagram for daily content, both through posts and stories...

The week that was...

Check out what we've been doing this week. Head over to our Instagram account: @balmainps

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Keep up with what's happening @ Balmain Public School


IF YOU SEE A COLOURED CIRCLE AROUND OUR SCHOOL LOGO, DON'T FORGET TO TAP ON IT, FOR OUR LATEST STORY...you've got to get in quickly, as it disappears after 24 hours!


Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L)

Student Leadership

So proud of our student leaders...



Follow our P&C on Insta @balmainpspc

Team P&C

P&C Membership form


To see what else we've been up to this week, head over to @balmainps!

***COMPASS IS OUR MAIN FORM OF COMMUNICATING WITH YOU***In case of urgent/important communication, notifications via the Compass app on your phone will keep you informed***

To ensure you receive all communication via Compass, please have the app downloaded on your phone, with the notifications turned ON.

Although the school pushes out notifications via the app and email, there may be times when an important message may be missed as emails may sometimes not be checked regularly.

If there were to be an emergency, (hopefully not), information would be pushed out via Compass.

From the Office


**NEW: Making Payments via COMPASS**

When you access your Compass App, you will now see 'Payments Centre' on the top right...click on 'Click here for more information'

Any DUE (orange) or OUTSTANDING (red) payments will be visible here...


From the Office...

Payments online

All online payments are now made using COMPASS.

Dropping something off?

Please label item/s with their full name and class.


Please use the Compass app to notify your child's teacher of their absence/s.

Kindy Parents/Carers

Sometimes children have 'accidents'. Where possible, we provide them with a clean dry change of clothes. Please keep spare underpants and socks in their bag, just in case.

Dropping off/collecting your child

If you are collecting your child early or dropping them off late, please come to the Office window on Eaton Street. Squeeze 'Charlie' the Chook and we will organise a note for the student.  Also, if you are dropping anything off for your child, please ensure all items are LABELLED with full name & class.

Change of address/contacts

If you have moved recently or changed Emergency Contacts or mobile numbers, please email the Office so details can be updated.

Financial Difficulties

If you are experiencing financial difficulties, please contact the office or Mrs Lambos.


WED 22 NOV | 'Matchy-Matchy' Dress Up Day

TUES 12 DEC | Celebration of Learning

Details to come...

WED 13 DEC | SALVO'S CHRISTMAS GIVING TREE Assembly | 9am: At BPS, we have a special tradition of giving to those children who may not wake up on Christmas Day with a present...Please donate only NEW & WRAPPED TOYS, GIFTS & WRAPPING PAPER, for a child 0-16 YEARS

FRI 15 DEC | Last Day of School

Every FRIDAY (weather permitting) | AWARDS ASSEMBLY

Please leave your furry friends at home...

Every FRIDAY | Uniform Stall

Order items online here

The best way to order new uniforms is online and they will be delivered to children's classrooms each Friday morning.

Come to the uniform stall if you need to try items on for size.

Second Chance items are available the first Friday of every month during the school term. 

If you would like to volunteer to help, please either email us at balmainpsuniforms@gmail.com or sign up via the link

Located on the ground floor, next to the ConneXion Hub.

Every FRIDAY | The School Canteen: Special request for parents and carers to cancel their lunch orders if their child is not going to be at school for lunch, by texting 0416 786 603 with their child’s full name and class. In return, an sms will be sent back to confirm the order has been cancelled and all monies returned in full to the child’s Spriggy school account.

P&C Meetings | via Zoom and offsite (in-person) @ 7pm

Meeting dates:

  • Wednesday 6 December



K Gigli - Mrs L Goodridge & Ms A DavisEmmeline Kwonderful writing to find out about deer and cheetahs
K Wheat(ies) - Ms K WithersHenrik Jaccurately surveying the class to see if they would eat his inventive sandwich!
1/2 Angel Hair - Mrs E ArchibaldSylvie Hdeveloping a growth mindset to tackle challenging tasks
1/2 Jowar - Ms L JennettJasper Mworking with focus to edit and publish a narrative on the computer
1/2 Lasagne - Ms N LydonOlivia McIshowing vibrance and enthusiasm in dance practice whilst listening attentively
1/2 Pappardelle - Ms S Parsons & Ms A DavisAva Boutstanding progress in literacy
3/4 Bigoli - Ms K BarcenillaOliver Hhis increasing confidence when sharing his understanding during maths groups!
3/4 Cavatappi - Ms A CooperJames Chis interest and commitment to his chosen fairy tale, (Baba Yaga), in our script writing unit
3/4 Macaroni - Ms R McListerRayson Menthusiastically and diligently demonstrating his great problem solving skills in all key learning areas
5/6 Bucatini - Ms L Burke & Mr T KimFrederique Rbeing an independent and responsible learner in all subjects at school
5/6 Couscous - Ms A MannionGrayson Cbringing a sense of humour and fun to the classroom and lifting his friends’ spirits
5/6 Egg Noodles - Mr G ElixYasna Kher enthusiastic engagement with learning and looking for opportunities to support her peers and teachers
5/6 Pearl - Mrs A PitmanJulia Xdemonstrating the values of The Balmain Way in all she does
5/6 Ragi - Ms R ReedyZac Dworking in a collaborative and joyful manner with peers


K Gigli - Mrs L Goodridge & Ms A DavisEmilie Qconsistently making great choices and being a shining star
K Wheat(ies) - Ms K WithersSienna Talways making sensible choices and showing great kindness towards others
1/2 Angel Hair - Mrs E ArchibaldRoland Cmaking positive choices and building self-efficacy during dance
1/2 Jowar - Ms L JennettChloe Wdemonstrating a growth mindset and self belief by taking on a new role in our Stage 1 performance!
1/2 Lasagne - Ms N LydonSammy Gbelieving in his abilities and making sensible choices
1/2 Pappardelle - Ms S Parsons & Ms A DavisRuby Oexcellence in our dance performance and making sensible social choices
3/4 Bigoli - Ms K BarcenillaCara Salways making thoughtful and informed choices based on empathy and kindness
3/4 Cavatappi - Ms A CooperZac Kidentifying and acknowledging his emotions and taking active steps to feel better! Well done Zac!
3/4 Macaroni - Ms R McListerEvie Rdisplaying fairness and sincerity in all that she does, and being a strong but kind role model for others
5/6 Bucatini - Ms L Burke & Mr T KimPatrick Busing his developing judgement skills and applying them by seeking assistance
5/6 Couscous - Ms A MannionRosie Ftaking multiple viewpoints into consideration when forming arguments in class discussions
5/6 Egg Noodles - Mr G ElixCormac Kdemonstrating improved decision-making skills and making good choices each day
5/6 Pearl - Mrs A PitmanNikki Athinking of others and making informed and sensitive decisions
5/6 Ragi - Ms R ReedyDylan Cshowing a solution focused approach to learning

House Points...

Best Class @ Assembly Award

Each week, a mystery teacher will choose the class that has followed the 'Balmain Way'. They will be entitled to 10 minutes extra play!


Each week, Baa-bara the Sheep will stay with the class that has the highest percentage of nude food in their lunch boxes. They will be entitled to 10 minutes extra play!

Positive Pete Winners

This week's winners...


5/6 RAGI!!!!!

In 5/6 Ragi this term, we have explored theatre and production throughout ProjectNEST Outcome 3. Students took a traditional Chinese folk tale and have adapted it to have a medieval and modern twist. Students have taken on writing, set and props, costume, music, marketing and directing. We are very excited for our performance to 5/6R parents and carers in Week 8!

3/4 BIGOLI!!!!!

For ProjectNEST, we had to pick a biome and research about it. We also researched 15 describing words for our poems so that we didn’t use boring words. Our class also banned the words one day, nice, pretty, good, big and small from our poems.

We wrote a draft and then edited it. After we edited it, some of our friends gave us advice. We designed a poster on Canva or Google Docs for the final copy of our poems. We marked our own poems, next we marked a classmate’s poem and then Ms Barcenilla marked each of our poems. Writing poetry was better than I thought it would be! It was fun to rhyme and create a rhythm. It was also very fun to read other people’s poems! ⁃ Sophie W & Cara S


From a valued P&C supporter...


Balmain Public School children are expected to wear full school uniform, including a school hat, every day. All children are required to wear full school uniform when representing the school on excursions, at sporting events or at cultural activities.