This week with our Principal Mr Files

Term 1 Week 5

Thanks to Families

Thank you to our school community who heeded the sudden school cessation message on Thursday. Our Department made the decision to temporarily cease operations of all Public schools on the Tweed early Thursday afternoon in response to the emerging category 5 cyclone and accompanying weather event. This decision was made in consultation with SES and in the interest of the safety of all. Thankfully, the possible extreme conditions did not eventuate in our area at least. Thanks also to Bonnie and Trevor Ratcliffe for their ongoing support with management of our school website which remains a very important part of our school communication. This included the prompt inclusion of the school cessation advice on Thursday at short notice.

ANZAC Commemorative Coin

Our school P and C have made the decision to provide all BPPS students with a free commemorative coin to be distributed on 24th April as part of the 100th anniversary of the landing on Gallipoli. All families received a note on Monday giving them the opportunity to purchase additional coins if they wish @ $5 each. NB No orders will be processed after this Wed 25th as our total order needs to be submitted on Wednesday.

School Stream School Stream

Thanks to the 332 families (78% of our families ) who have download the free app School Stream to receive our newsletter and other notifications on smart phones and tablets. Notifications will include a “What’s on This Week at Banora” each Sunday.

Gold FM Broadcast Radio Station

Gold 92.5 FM will be broadcasting from our school this Friday 27th February from 6.00am-10.00am NSW time. This will not impact on normal classes but families may wish to arrive early from 7.00am for a bbq breakfast and watch the broadcast. AFL Queensland will also be present with inflatable activities for the students between 7.00-9.00am and Gold FM will be unveiling a buddy-bench donated by Bunnings.

SCHOOL PHOTOS

Thursday 26th February School Photos will be held this coming Thursday 26 February in our school hall. All students will have their photo taken regardless of whether they return their photo envelope. Sibling Photo Envelopes have been available from the school office. Appointments for Sibling Photos should be finalised by midday on Wednesday 25 February by calling MSP on (07) 5524 1444. All students should be in full school uniform and return their photo envelope on this day and hand it to the photographer.

CROSS COUNTRY TRAINING

Is on Friday not Thursday this week due to school photos.

Dean Files

Principal

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This week from our Principal Mr Files

Term 1 Week 4

Nine Things Children Need

At our Stage 3 parents information session last week our school counsellor Mrs Sandra Parker spoke about the importance of the development of resilience within our students. Included in today’s newsletter are the first 3 of 9 characteristics of “9 Things Children Need” written by Michael Ungar – structure, consequences and parent - child connections . The remaining 6 will be shared across the following two newsletters.

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This week from our Principal Mr Files

Term 1 Week 2

WE WELCOMED

Our 84 new kindergarten students on Monday. Congratulations to all teachers, parents and students for the very smooth beginning to their school careers. All families should have received the term calendar last week – if not it is on the school website and available for collection from the front office. Please note that 2015 Student Leaders Badge Presentation Ceremony will be held at our assembly next Monday 12th Feb. All parents, carers and grandparents are most welcome.

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This week from our Principal Mr Files

Term 1 Week 3

INFORMATION NIGHTS

Thanks to all families who attended the parent information sessions on Monday (Stage 3) and Tuesday (Kindy) this week. The last two will be held tonight (Stage 2) and Thursday (Stage 1) – beginning at 5.30pm.

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This week from our Principal Mr Files

Term 1 Week 1

WELCOME BACK

to all existing and new families and staff. We begin the 2015 school year with 630 students and 25 classes including several new teaching staff (Deputy Principal Mrs Joanna Henderson, class teachers Mrs Trish Stewart, Mrs Rachelle McArthur, Mrs Jacinta Smith and Mrs Jessica Dickson and band teacher Mary Seckold). We also welcome back Mrs Hackett after her teacher exchange year in Canada and 104 new students – a special welcome to all our new families and staff. We enjoyed a very smooth beginning to our school year today thanks to the great efforts of our staff at the end of last year and the days leading up to today. We expect that 2015 will be another productive and prosperous year for all. We plan to build upon the excellent reputation our school holds within the wider community – including launching and sustaining several new initiatives and programs. The involvement of our parents in our school remains a key aspect of our school and we will be seeking advice from families in the near future to identify areas where you may be interested in assisting. Please find attached to today’s newsletter a term 1 calendar of events for future reference and updates. Our first P&C meeting of the year will also be held next Thursday 12th February at 6.30pm. Please find below a list of staff to begin the school year.

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