This week's news
Planning ahead for 2023
We have just two more weeks of term left! We will finish with a final assembly commencing at 12.30pm on Friday 16th December where we will say goodbye to the current Grade 6 cohort and announce the school leaders for 2023. We will also farewell some staff members who are off on exciting new adventures. The Prep - Grade 5 students will be dismissed at 1.30pm from their classrooms.
Next week our teachers have a day to work together to plan in their teams for 2023. The students will work with the specialist teachers for the day. This is valuable time to ensure a smooth start to the year.
Our step up begins on Tuesday afternoon (6th) when students will visit their year group for 2023. They will meet their teachers and classes the week after on Tuesday 13thDecember. An enormous amount of thought and care goes into creating classes to ensure a balance of academic and social and emotional needs with input from all staff members.
Australian Mathematics Competition
On Monday we will be giving out the Australian Mathematics Competition certificates. We had over 160 students participate this year, and 5 students received a high distinction; Harry N(4M), who also achieved best in school for BWPS! Riley M (3T), Benjamin T (3Y), Marcus T (3G) and Jonty B (4M). A further 36 students received a distinction. A massive congratulations to everyone who participated.
Thank you to the wonderful P and F
P & F have certainly packed in the events this term!
The Colour Run was a huge success, and I was very sad to miss it this year due to Covid kindly entering our house. A big thank you to Heidi Hammer, Yasmin Coulthard and Vas Dede for all their hard work in organising all the events for the students to enjoy. Thank you also to Yun Loie or organising the prizes for this. They raised an incredible $13,641.03.
Whole school events take a huge amount of organisation and once again the P & F took charge and roped in many bakers, sellers and support from the community for the election day sausage sizzle and cake stall.
A special thanks to the following Grade 6 students, Harper, Natalie, Ben, Even, Anny, Georgia, Adelaide and Olivia for their assistance.
Today we have the school’s Community Night where we look forward to some Christmas shopping at the various stalls, sampling the food trucks and music organised by Jane Ypelaan and the SRC. This is supported again by the P & F with a sausage sizzle.
I look forward to seeing many of you at the community night later today.
Have a lovely weekend.
School Value Certificates
Each week, teachers from each year level present a certificate to a student who has demonstrated one of our
school values. Congratulations to all our winners over week 8!
Well done to this week's recipients: Nash S, Cassie C, Jamie J, Thomas M, Evie A, Dat C, Georgie H, Indie B, Lachlan M, Sam D and Harry C
Thank you to all the families who have returned their school library books for the year.
We have 450 books still out on loan that need to be returned so they can be processed, cleaned and shelved by the end of the year.
Please look out for individual emails regarding overdue books or hard copy overdue notices coming home in school bags.
Although all library books are due back by next Friday 9th December, I would like to request that if your child has finished reading their library books, they return their books now and not wait for their usual library day.
They can be dropped off to me in the library, returned to the class teacher or returned to the office. If you have lost, misplaced or damaged a book beyond repair, please email Carmel Clydesdale.
Bentleigh West Bumblebees – basketball team
Well done to our Bentleigh West Bumblebees basketball team who competed at the State Finals on Friday 25th November at Dandenong Stadium. It was a great day. We faced some very tough opponents but ended up winning our final game of the day 11-3.
Well done to Alexis, Harper, Alisha, Evan, Alex, Eloise, Sam, Stirling & Elliott!
Parents that need free RAT tests are requested to collect them from the school office.
Our school will continue to adhere to the Department of Health’s recommendations to ensure that our school remains a safe environment for our staff and students.
The Department of Health strongly recommends that students and school staff:
who test positive to COVID-19 stay home and isolate for 5 days and do not attend school after 5 days if they are still symptomatic
who are symptomatic but have not tested positive not attend school. This does not include students with pre-existing conditions such as hay fever. Parents and carers are recommended to continue to report their child having COVID-19 to both the school and the Department of Health.
We will, however, no longer report occurrences of positive cases to the school community.
We ask parents and carers to continue to remain vigilant in preventing COVID-19 transmission. Any student who is unwell should continue to remain at home. This is about keeping students healthy and well in our school and reducing the spread of both COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases. Parents and carers will be contacted if their child shows symptoms while at school. Students who wish to wear a mask should continue to do so.
To keep our school as safe as possible, we will also continue to use air purifiers and other COVID-19 prevention measures.
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.