This week's news
Mother’s/Special Person’s Day Breakfast
A big thank you for the community support for our Mother’s/Special Person’s Day breakfast. It was very uplifting to see our parents back onsite and enjoying each other’s company. The restrictions have been very surreal, and the impact was really highlighted when I was having a chat to some parents of Grade 2 children that had never been in the hall!
The students seemed to really enjoy having their parents and carers at school for a community event, many for the first time.
Well done to P&F for pulling the photos and breakfast together and organising all the support for the morning to run smoothly. It is greatly appreciated by all of us to be able to enjoy Mother’s /Special Person’s Day together.
Monday 2nd of May, saw our Grade 4 to 6 students travel to Duncan McKinnon Reserve for the House Athletics Day. It was great to see all the students participate and support each other through the day. Thank you to Mr Walsh and our student leaders for running the day well.
Congratulations to the students that did well enough to qualify for the next stage of competition.
We had our first school tour last week with over 70 attendees and a lot of interest in the school. If families have younger siblings or know people in the enrolment boundary that are definitely attending in 2023, can I ask that enrolments are filled in sooner rather than later, so we can plan
Please be mindful when dropping off/picking up students from the back of the school in Pleasance Street, as we have had complaints from residents about the parking and concerns raised about children’s safety.
St Kilda Mums
Dear School Community,
I am Ruby Wigney from 5M. I am doing a collection of jackets, ranging in sizes between 8 and 16, with the St Kilda mums. They are an organisation for parents in need. If a mum has to leave their house immediately, they provide housing and support. The jackets must be clean and the zipper needs to be in working order.
There will be a box in the school office for donations until the 13th June. These donations will be collected weekly and hopefully there are lots we can give to this great organisation. There will also be posters around the school as a reminder (see end of newsletter).
State Schools Relief - Uniform (for all CSEF students)
BWPS CSEF families are invited to apply winter uniform items (to a maximum of five items per student).
Students can be in any grade (prep – 6) but must be a 2022 Camps, Sports and Excursion Fund (CSEF) recipient.
For BWPS logo’d uniform items (bomber/polo shirt) a voucher is supplied for use at our uniform supplier, PSW.
Non-BWPS logo’d items (pants/trackpants/dress/tunic/shoes/runners) are supplied directly to families (via the school office).
To apply or to find out more, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or at the office.
From 11:59 pm Friday 22 April, face masks, while recommended, are not required in any school setting. This means students in grades 3 to 6, staff and visitors in primary schools are no longer required to wear face masks. Any student or staff member who wishes to wear a mask may do so, including those who are medically at-risk.
Students and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19, and have completed their 7-day isolation period, now do not need to undertake rapid antigen test (RAT) screening for 12 weeks after their release from isolation.
Where a student is a household contact of a positive case (that is, they have spent more than four hours with someone who has COVID-19 inside a house, accommodation, or care facility) they must inform the school. The student can attend school as long as they wear a mask (indoors, unless medical exemption applies), and complete regular tests via RAT (5 of the 7 days).
Students who report a positive result must isolate for seven days and not attend school during that period. If your child does test positive (via a PCR or rapid antigen test) please complete the Student COVID-19 details at COVID Test Portal.
Can you please then email Tanya Elliott at Tanya.Elliott@education.vic.gov.au to notify the school that you have lodged the details
Working with Children check
Parents that are volunteering at school, either attending activities on school grounds or accompanying students on excursions, must carry a copy of their Working With Children Check card.
This is a mandatory requirement and WWCC cards will be required when signing in.
All school notifications, including, consents, weekly newsletters and correspondence are published via Compass.
PLEASE OPEN IN YOUR BROWSER TO SEE ALL ATTACHMENTS
It is really important to notify the school when your child is going to be away so please log on to Compass to record your child’s absence or late arrival.
You can download the Compass App from the App store for iPhones or Google Play for Samsung devices. In the App you can then open the full Compass website where you can access up-to-date information. If you have forgotten your username or password, you can recover your details by clicking the ‘Don’t know your username/Forgot your password?’ link on the front page.
Supervision on the school grounds
The school grounds are supervised by staff from 8.45am - 9.00am and 3.30pm - 3.45pm every day.
Don’t let students arrive any earlier than 8.45am unless they have sport training and will be supervised by a teacher.
Please note the back gate is locked between 9.15am and 3.15pm.