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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Student Leadership in 2018

On Monday morning we held a special assembly to present our student leaders of 2018 with their badges. We were very fortunate to have our mayor Jenny O’Connor come along and talk to the students about what is means to be a leader. Front row our School Captains and Vice Captains: Matilda Taylor, Clancy Ellett, T’Leah Romero and Shon Francis. Middle Row Sports Captains and Vice Captains: Ruby W, Topaz D, Matilda P, Zoe R, Dana O, Samara B and Makayla H Back Row Sports Captains and Vice Captains: Ethan C, Brandon F, Lachie W, Mackenzie H, Kade W, Will
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Welcome back to 2018!

We welcome back all of our students and families to 2018! It has been a smooth week and we’re all looking forward to what 2018 brings. Our blog post this week is to introduce our new staff members to our school community….drum roll please!   Introducing….Bridget O’Sullivan – 1/2 Bridget loves going camping with her friends and family. Her favourite style of food is Vietnamese. Bridget loves to go kayaking. Her favourite thing about teaching is finding a way to spark the kids interest. In 2018 she is most looking forward to getting to know her students and their families.
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Indonesian News – Term 4

This term, students in F-2 have been learning about Indonesian animals through stories, songs and folk tales. One of the most famous animal characters in Indonesian children’s folk tales is Kancil the mouse-deer. This small animal is timid but cunning and there are dozens of stories about Kancil out-witting other animals far bigger and stronger including monyet the monkey, buaya the crococile and harimau the tiger. Students have heard some of these stories in Indonesian and English and have made puppets and masks to re-tell the story in their own words. These folk tales are often told as shadow puppet
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Pink Day!

On Friday 17th November the SRC held a Pink Day to raise money for breast cancer support programs and research. The day was initiated and mainly coordinated by our school captain Ruby M. From the pictures you can see that the students and teachers got right behind the cause and went all out with their attire! We happily raised $450! Well done to Ruby, the SRC “cooking teams” and all the BPS students! Photo credit to H.N.  
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Cybersafety Visits

On Wednesday, 15th November 2017 the middle unit were visited by Leading Senior Constable Jaclyn Warchow. She came to talk to us about cyber safety and the correct ways to behave online. She gave us some information and strategies about what to do if we are being cyber bullied, what we can do to help others, and about kids helpline. We were very lucky to have her come and visit us. Here are some things we took away from the presentation: Archie: I enjoyed the safety videos because they were important. Sarah: I found it interesting learning about how people
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Grade 3/4 Camp to Melbourne

The Year 3/4 students travelled to Melbourne to participated in Urban camp last week (8th – 10th November). The students had a fantastic time and were lucky enough to score some beautiful weather. We were very impressed with the students behaviour during camp. We’d like to extend a huge thank you to our parent helpers, Shannon Beatson and Ben Neville. They did a fantastic job! Below are some recounts the students wrote about their time on camp, enjoy!   8th November Ugg! Is this trip to Melbourne ever going to end? Right, I’m excited for most things, wrong, I’m entertained.
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Competition Winner! Zoe R!!

In Writer’s Club during Term 3, some of our writers entered a Colour Your Classroom competition. They were required to write about an invention that would make life easier for people. Zoe Ryder entered her idea and has become 1 of the 20 winners in the Australian competition. A representative from the business will come to the school later this term (date not yet confirmed) to present Zoe with a prize pack for herself, a certificate and a prize pack for the school. Zoe wrote about inventing a headband that can console people and help with depression and stress. The
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