This week's news
Today the Grade 3 and Grade 5 students will be bringing home their NAPLAN results. We are very proud of the student’s achievements, especially our Numeracy and Writing. This is testament to the efforts of the whole community after the last few years of interrupted schooling. Whilst NAPLAN isn’t the only measure we use to track students, it aligns with our other data and assessment across all areas. This gives us great confidence to continue our whole school approach to engagement, wellbeing, and academic success.
A big congratulations to the students who competed in the athletics. Supported by Brendan Walsh, Sarah McLean, Emma Teal and Jade they came away in first place which is such a fabulous result.
DANCE AND CHOIR PERFORMANCE
On Tuesday we concluded the Grade 4 dance program through Songbirds, which we were lucky enough to receive a grant to fund. It was wonderful to see the students perform with such confidence. The choir also sang their hearts out. Videos of this will be available for the parents through their teachers.
The Grade 6 students head off to Portsea on Monday and the Grade 4s the first day back next term. They are all very excited and I can’t wait to visit them during the week.
P & F
A huge thank you to our P & F for the many events they have coordinated recently. The parent social evening was so much fun for us all. The Father’s / Special Person’s day breakfast and online stall were very well received and tonight we have the student disco, sure to be a ball.
PASSING OF QUEEN ELIZABETH II
It was with much sadness to receive the news of the passing of Queen Elizabeth II this morning. Whether we are monarchists or republicans it is important to recognise her for the remarkable achievements as a female leader over seven decades.
Have a lovely weekend, with hopefully some spring weather.
Active Schools – Go for Gold program in Term 4
This is a Glen Eira schools program that encourages families and students to travel actively to school this October (3-28 October).
• reduces traffic congestion
• improves safety around schools and
• helps the environment.
Student Golden Ticket Competition
Students will be able to record their daily activity on their very own Golden Ticket - students will receive a Golden Ticket at the start of Term 4 and can tick a box each time they walk, ride or scoot to school. After an active month, you’ll be able to submit your entry into the draw to win a Fitbit Ace.
Also - the school with the highest Golden Ticket activity rate will be crowned the “Active School Champion for 2022”. The more students who participate and submit Golden Tickets, the better chance BWPS has of winning.
Car-free day – Friday 21st October
All participating schools will conduct a car-free day on Friday 21 October. Get your shoes, bikes and scooters ready to walk, ride or scoot to school in Term 4!
Being active helps keep us fit and healthy so whether you walk, ride or scoot to school, all or part of the way, it all counts!
Lost property will continue to be displayed in the school entrance foyer. Please ensure uniform, particularly jackets, are named so we can return them to the correct student. We also have a box full of other items that have been found on school grounds: car keys, wallets, watches. Also, this cute and much-loved koala ‘bear’…
2022 Victorian Premiers' Reading Challenge
The Premiers’ Reading Challenge has now ended for 2022. Thank you to all the families and teachers who encouraged their children to read and participate in this very rewarding reading incentive.
Congratulations to all the students who participated – to those who read and added books, to those who completed the Challenge, and to those who went on to set a personal challenge to read as many books as they could. You are all ‘winners’ and I am very proud of you all.
Some statistics for BWPS:
381 Students completed the Challenge (55% of BWPS Students)
14,292 books were read by these students
1280 reviews were written for these books
13 students read over 100 books
3 of these read over 200 books
All children who successfully completed the Challenge will receive a certificate signed by Daniel Andrews and former Victorian Premiers. These are sent out to schools in late November/early December.
VPRC Coordinator, BWPS
BWPS wrist bands
BWPS wrist bands are on sale now in the office for 50 cents each. First in best dressed as stocks are limited. They will also be available for purchase at the school disco.
We are running a competition to design a cover for the 2022 BWPS yearbook. Please provide an A4 picture to the office by the end of Term 3 (16 September).
The theme is 'back to school after COVID' or anything school related. There will be prizes!
BWPS will no longer be distributing fortnightly RAT test boxes to each student. Parents that need RAT tests are requested to collect them from the school office.
Students who report a positive COVID-19 test result (RAT or PCR) must isolate for seven days and not attend school during that period.
Families must continue to notify the Department of Health and the school if their child returns a positive COVID-19 test result. Additionally, you should inform us if any of your children are household contacts 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) and still attending school, so we can remind them to wear a mask indoors at school (and they must return 5 negative tests over a 7-day period).
In the 28 days after your child has completed isolation, as long as they don’t have any COVID-19 symptoms they do not need to test or isolate again if they are re-exposed to the virus (such as a household contact). However, if your child develops new symptoms, they should get tested and follow the above procedure if they return a positive result.
Parents and carers who have COVID-19 can transport their non-COVID-19 children via private vehicle to and from their primary when an alternative person is not available to assist. The parent or carer must travel directly to and from the school only. They must remain in the vehicle, unless it is reasonably necessary to leave the vehicle to walk the child to and from the entrance of the school safely, and they must wear a face mask.
As influenza and colds are becoming more prevalent, even with a negative result, children should avoid school until their symptoms resolve and they are well again.
If your child does test positive (via a PCR or Rapid Antigen Test) please complete the Student COVID-19 details at COVID Test Portal and please then email Tanya Elliott at Tanya.Elliott@education.vic.gov.au to notify the school.
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.