Term 4 Week 6
Dear Parents, Carers and Students,
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.
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.