This week's news
Covid-19 Lock Down
We were all very relieved to get back to school with minimal restrictions last Thursday. We again thank you for your support. The short notice was a challenge and as always we responded in a supportive manner.
Thank you for the support in picking up and dropping off. It is important to minimise our time on site and maintain social distancing and the drop off and pick-ups have been as quick as they can be and mask wearing has been prominent. Hopefully, restrictions will ease further soon.
Bentleigh West Primary School has a number of communication channels and it is important to understand how information is distributed through the school, particularly for our families that are new to BWPS.
All official school endorsed communication comes via Compass.
Our Newsletter, Connections and individual communication is distributed through the Compass platform. This is the most accurate school information.
The school also has a Facebook parents’ page that is moderated by parents that are on School Council. The Facebook page is run by parents for parents and functions as a useful and quick way for the parent community to ask questions, get basic information and stay connected to each other. The school has no role in moderating this page and can’t attest to full accuracy of information, but many in our community find this as a nice way to stay abreast of what is happening in the school.
Always please contact the school if uncertain about communication.
Class Reps have also set up other social media pages and WhatsApp groups for organising class social events. We have had some parent feedback about message fatigue so please be mindful of replicating school information via WhatsApp.
As mentioned previously we had to cancel our Twilight Sport/Welcome evening due to Covid restrictions. Mr Walsh is organising a Twilight sport day for the students on Friday 26 March. On this day students will be able to wear their house colours to celebrate the event.
The first part of our Review went well, apart from being interrupted by the announcement of a snap lock down, and we have our Fieldwork day on Thursday. I would like to thank our school council and other parent community members who have been called on to be part of the feedback process and add to the information we have from parent opinion surveys and previous parent forums. I will keep the community up to date as we continue the Review process.
School Council 2021
We had our first school council meeting last night and congratulations to the 2021 elected office bearers:
Tania Galbraith - President
Linda Andonopoulos - Vice President
Stuart Coulthard - Treasurer
Brooke Day & Nick Armstrong - Minute Secretary
Thank you to all our councillors for putting yourself forward and I look forward to working with you in 2021.
Have a great week.
Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund
The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund helps eligible families to cover the costs of school trips, camps and sporting activities.
If you have a valid means-tested concession card, such as a Veterans Affairs Gold Card, Centrelink Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card, or are a temporary foster parent, you may be eligible. There is also a special consideration category for asylum seeker and refugee families.
Payment amounts this year are $125 for eligible primary school students. Payments are made direct to the school to use towards expenses relating to camps, excursions and sporting activities for the benefit of your child.
If you applied for CSEF through our school last year, you do not need to complete an application form this year, unless there has been a change in your family circumstances.
If you would like to apply for the first time, please contact the school office on 9557 1228 and ask for an application form.
You can also download the form, and find out more about the program and eligibility, on the Department of Education and Training’s Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund web page.
Check with the school office if you are unsure, and please return completed forms to the school office as soon as possible.
The 2021 school photos will be taken on the following dates:
Wednesday 17 March - Individual and class photos for Grades Prep - Grade 5
Thursday 18 March - Individual and class photos for Grade 6, then Family and Leadership Photos
All ordering will be processed online through your parent Compass Portal which will initially appear on your feed. Once you have clicked on, it will then be removed from the main feed but you can then access photo ordering through the community icon.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE A FAMILY PHOTO (BWPS students only) TO BE TAKEN ON THURSDAY 18 MARCH YOU MUST ORDER THIS ONLINE BY TUESDAY 16 MARCH.
Further instructions on ordering through compass can be found at https://www.compass.education/guide#photos.
How long do I have to order photos? Parents have 1 week after photo day to order before incurring a 20 dollar late fee.
How can I order family photos? Sibling or Family Photos are available through Compass.
Please contact the office if you have any questions.