This week from our Principal Mr Files

Term 4 Week 6

Dear Parents, Carers and Students,

SAD NEWS

I am saddened to advise parents of the death of Mr Jones’s (KJ class teacher) wife in Murwillumbah last weekend. Mr Jones remains on leave. The funeral arrangements have not yet been finalised.

STATE DEBATING

The school debating team have represented us with great distinction at the state debating finals this week. They lost a difficult first debate on Monday before bouncing back to win their next debate on Tuesday morning. They then lost a very close debate on Tuesday afternoon. Look out for a full report in next week’s newsletter.

HALL OF FAME

All families are advised that we are launching our own BPPS Hall of Fame with a celebration of the extra-curricula achievements of our students – with a particular emphasis on sport and debating achievements this year (our celebration of the Arts will occur the next night at Banora Rocks on 25th November) . This function will take place on Monday 24th November at 7.00pm and will include a guest speaker in the form of ex- Banora Point PS student and Olympian Chris Fydler. The evening will also include launching a new display of photosand trophies, reports of all PSSA sporting events and of the school debating team and announcement of Hall of Fame inductees. All students who have been members of school PSSA sporting teams or participated at district athletics, cross country and swimming carnivals are invited to attend as well as members of the school debating team. To assist with the organisation of the night we request any digital photos of the PSSA sporting teams that parents may have: ie netball, rugby league, touch, soccer, AFL or softball. Please send or email any photos that you may have to Jen Jardine at the school office.

STUDENT SATISFACTION SURVEY

As advised last week our Stage 2 and Stage 3 students recently completed a survey called the “Student Satisfaction Survey”. The survey was designed and data collated by National School Surveys. The data was reported in nine categories. This week we share the 2nd group of three categories: school curriculum, learning opportunities, personal development. Our school’s results have been compared with “National Benchmark Means which are derived from a representative sample of students within schools in Australia”. School Curriculum: Benchmark: 65.2% BPPS: 78.3% Difference +13.1% Learning Opportunities: 68.8% BPPS: 85.4% Difference +16.6% Personal Development: Benchmark: 66.9% BPPS: 80.4% Difference +13.5%

2015 KINDY ORIENTATION PROGRAM

Our 2015 Kindy Orientation Program has been conducted over four visits – Oct 22 to Nov 12 inclusive – the last of the days will take place this Wednesday. Thanks to the Kindergarten teaching team of Mrs Winfield, Mrs Germany, Mrs Hardy, Mrs Smith and Mrs O’Donohue for their efforts with the support of other staff to ensure the success of the program.

Dean Files

Principal

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This week from our Principal Mr Files

Term 4 Week 5

Dear Parents, Carers and Students,

STAGE 2 CAMP

Congratulations to all students who attended the Stage 2 at Tallebudgera camp last week. It was a wonderful experience for the students (despite some unfortunate sickness) and a great venue for a school camp. Thanks to the outstanding efforts of the six staff – Mrs McArthur, Mrs Day, Mrs Jenkins, Mr Woodgate, Mrs Fletcher and prac teacher Tim - whose commitment and generosity of time allowed the excursion to take place by volunteering to stay with the students for two nights away from their own families.

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This week from our Principal Mr Files

Term 4 Week 3

Dear Parents, Carers and Students,

VOLUNTARY SCHOOL CONTRIBUTIONS

In recent monitoring of our income I note that we have received $15 470 from our families as voluntary contributions (school fees) which has been a valuable support to our school budget. This represents 70% of our families and it is not too late for those who have not yet paid their fees to do so.

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This week from our Principal Mr Files

Term 4 Week 4

Dear Parents, Carers and Students,

2015 ENROLMENTS

We are in the process of planning classes for the 2015 school year. It would be appreciated if any families who will not be at our school in 2015 could advise the office asap so that the information we have is as accurate as possible for the formation of our classes and offers to families on waiting lists.

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This week from our Principal Mr Files

Term 4 Week 2

Dear Parents, Carers and Students,

ROTAVIRUS INFECTION

We have had several diagnosed cases of Rotavirus this term. Please see the attached information sheet titled “Rotavirus infection - symptoms, treatment and prevention”. NB: all students 7 years of age and under would be immunised however those over 7 years may not be.

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