BPS Social Enterprise

A portion of 5/6 RAFA are participating in the Sausage Sizzle Social Enterprise as a way of raising money for the Red Cross while also gaining experience in how to run a business. The group started working in term three, preparing for their first Sausage Sizzle, which is taking place on Friday the 21st of September. Every member has an important role to play in this business and we have split up into finance, marketing, social and preparation teams.  The Social Enterprise is being run by Scott Forrest, one of the teachers of 5/6 RAFA, and we plan on continuing
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Father’s Day Breakfast

The Annual Father’s Day Breakfast saw a frenzy of fathers gather to enjoy an early morning feast to kick off festivities for Father’s Day. Not deterred by the damp weather, Dad’s came in there droves to indulge in freshly cooked egg & bacon rolls prepared by staff and the delicious coffees and hot chocolates on offer courtesy of Blynzz Coffee Roasters. Father’s & student’s had the opportunity to mark the occasion by grabbing a photo in the Father’s Day photo booth with a steady stream of selfies and smiles captured throughout the morning. This year, in addition to celebrating Father’s
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Rock and Water

During the last 6 weeks the boys from Grades three and four have been participating in the Rock and Water Program. Here the boys were taught about knowing when to adopt a Rock attitude which is to stand up and protect what you truly believe in and when to adopt a Water attitude, which is knowing what to let go of those things which aren’t worth fighting for and so avoiding any potential conflict. These concepts were taught through a series of games which required the boys to determine which attitude to use for each of the games. Sometimes Rock
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Winter Sports Carnival 2018

The first Friday back in Term 3, saw the senior students off to Wodonga to participate in the Winter Sports Carnival. This is an annual event which the students always look forward to. This year we entered teams in AFL, Netball, Hockey, Soccer and Tee-ball. The students and their teachers spent several hours practising the skills needed and learning the rules for their respective games. Having the carnival the first week back was a bit tricky but we managed to get everything organised and the students got a little bit of practise in before the Friday event. The weather was
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senior art

We recently got some new equipment to use in the Senior art classes. Some of the 5/6 students were lucky enough to experiment with the wood burning tools this week. They found that they aren’t as easy to use as you would think!! As we know practising and patience help us to improve our skills and mastering this technique will require a lot of both. We also revisited the basic skills of measuring, cutting and gluing last week to remind us that to learn new techniques we need to have a sound skill set to begin with.
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100 Days of School Celebrations

A buzz of excitement filled the Foundation O’Brien and Foundation/One Weideman classrooms on Friday morning the 3rd August as our Foundation students got ready to celebrate their 100th day at school. In the week building up to this special day, we asked all the Foundation students to collect 100 small objects of their choice and to bring it to school ready for our special day. Everyone showed great creativity in their choice of objects and we saw everything from balloons to pasta. Parents were invited to join us in celebrating this momentous occasion and we got everyone moving to our
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Junior Art

  Welcome back everyone, and it’s already Week 5 Term 3. Our focus for this term will be printmaking, exploring the various methods that include tracings, stencil, stamp, mono prints and block prints. We have spent the first few weeks tracing our hands and exploring the world of shadows.  The Grade 1/2’s did a careful job tracing around an object or toy shadow, cutting it out and pasting onto coloured sheets…very steady hands and very nice work! This week, we have opened the paint cupboard, rolled up our sleeves and got into the messy stuff…but loads of fun!  Grade F/1W and
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BPS Cross Country Report 2018

The rain cleared just in time for the cross country on Monday and the temperature was perfect for the competitors running the cross country course. It was rather chilly for the spectators and gave us all a taste of the winter to come. The events began with the 9 and 10 year old girl’s event. The marshals were very impressed with the pace set by Tess over the first lap and even more impressed that she managed to keep up the momentum and finish the 2km course in just over 8 minutes. The next competitor in was Kelly, who also
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Term One Junior and Senior Art

    Senior Art Hello everyone, the term is flying by and we have been very busy in the art room.  Our grade 5 and 6 students have completed their plaster carvings and have mounted them on card with an Indonesian inspired decorative border.  The hard work really paid off and these look great.  They are displayed in the art room for all to see. With our Indonesian visitors joining us this week, we have gone off on a little tangent and are now using the Indonesian technique called ‘BATIK’ to decorate a reusable calico bag. Nuri and Aya explained a
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Visitors from our Indonesian Sister-School

During week 6 and 7 of Term 1 we have been fortunate enough to host two wonderful teachers from our sister school in West Java. Nuri and Aya teach at  a Primary School called Ar-ridha-al-salaam (ARAS), in Depok, near the capital city of Jakarta. The sister-school partnership is part of a government-funded project called BRIDGE: Building Relationships through Intercultural Dialogue and Growing Engagement. In the BRIDGE program students will collaborate on projects, practice language skills, increase cultural awareness and hopefully even develop life-long friendships with students at their partner school. The specific projects that we hope to work on with the BPS-ARAS partnership include: communicating online through
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