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...
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
A group gift card may be given, as long as the total DOES NOT EXCEED $50 X No. of Students/families. Example: a class of 20 students may give their teacher a gift card totalling no more than $1000.
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!
Check out what we've been doing this week. Head over to our Instagram account: @balmainps
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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!
SOME OF OUR STORIES ARE SAVED AS HIGHLIGHTS...
So proud of our student leaders...
FRI 1 DEC | Save the Date | GARDEN MORNING TEA
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***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.
**NEW: ALL PAYMENTS ARE NOW MADE 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...
Poor Bill has lost his ability to quack...he's been retired
Welcome to the family, 'Charlie Chook'!
We promise that Charlie is safe and well (the cord doesn't hurt at all!)
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.
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.
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
Deliver to your child's classroom in the marked large 'Christmas Present' box, by Tuesday 12 December
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 email@example.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
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!
This week's winners...
ES1 - Liv E KW; S1 - Audrina L 1/2L; S2 - Cassius S 3/4B; S3 - Eve O'C 5/6C
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!
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.
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.