This week with our Principal - Mr Taylor

Term 3 Week 5

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

THE AI RACE

You may have seen the ABC TV program ‘The AI Race’ last week. The program highlighted the advancement of Artificial Intelligence in recent years and the likelihood of technology advancement replacing both blue collar and white collar jobs in the coming 10-15 years. Unfortunately this is not science fiction. It is estimated that 40% of current jobs will be automated in the coming two decades while 73% will be ‘seriously disrupted.’ If you missed the program, you might be fortunate enough to still see it on ABC iView. This is compulsory viewing for all parents and all educators.

‘Plugged-in2-TOMORROW’

Banora Point PS will host the event ‘Plugged-in2-TOMORROW’ from 4-6pm on Tuesday August 22nd. At the time of publication more than 180 educators have registered to attend. A flyer went out to all parents at BPPS today – with advice that parents of our school can attend free. Just bring your flyer as your ticket. The event will feature two truly world class speakers; Mr Michael Priddis CEO Faethm and Mr Kevin Honeycutt global education leader from Kansas.@michaelpriddis is recognised as Australia’s leading mind in corporate arena on the topic of ‘the future of work.’ Mike heads up www.faethm.ai; one of Australia’s leading innovation firms as CEO - creating economic and social value from emerging technologies such as AI and Robotics. Mike was formerly Partner and Managing Director of Boston Consulting Group’s (BCG) Digital Ventures for the Asia / Pacific Region & led the Data61 / CSIRO research project ‘Tomorrow’s Digitally enabled Workforce.’ Mr Michael Priddis Mr Kevin Honeycutt @kevinhoneycutt is a global education leader from Kansas. Kevin works with schools all over the world to develop engaging, innovative, personalised & tech fuelled learning to enable students to be valuable contributors for the rest of their lives, whatever world they may face. Kevin asks the question how do we learn to love to learn? As parents we must pay attention to the digital / AI revolution underway. The ramifications of technological explosion and the subsequent automation of work will impact our children as they ready to join the workforce in the 2030s. We must do all we can today so that we may be informed as the changes occur. Those who can critically think, create, collaborate and communicate will be those who flourish in this new tomorrow. We need all BPPS parents to engage with us to ponder the future and share in the plans we will make for our children’s futures as we begin school wide evaluation and planning to form the 2018-2020 school plan. Please come along! PLUGGED-IN2-TOMORROW’ 4-6PM TUESDAY 22ND AUGUST AT BPPS HALL.

NESA RANDOM INSPECTION!

Last Thursday Banora Point Public School was selected as one of 4 schools in NSW to be inspected for a ‘Strand A’ NESA (NSW Education Standards Authority) ‘random inspection.’ Strand A is focused on whole school compliance around Child Protection policy and procedure including management of Working With Children Checks. We also were inspected for ‘complaints handling’ management and process. With just 4 days’ notice and the inspection happening in the middle of Education Week, it was a big week indeed. The school served up a formidable evidence base for the inspectors and has been advised that we passed with flying colours. Around 16 schools in NSW have also been selected for ‘Strand B’ which involves inspection of curriculum implementation; scope and sequence, teaching and learning programs and student work samples.

Special Congratulations!

  • Murwillumbah Eisteddfod – Congratulations to the BPPS Senior Band who placed 2nd on June 27th at the Murwillumbah Eisteddfod. Well done! We are very proud of our school bands.
  • Congratulations to all BPPS athletes who represented BPPS recently at the District Athletics Carnival. Several of our students were age champions / runners up and BPPS won the carnival by more than 100 points. Highlights include: All athletes participated outstandingly with lots of 1st, 2nd ,3rd and 4th placings. The following students were age champions: Junior Girl Evie C and Lyla W 2nd, Junior Boy Taj L, 11Yr Girl Alana H, Senior Girl Elli S and in 2nd Place for Senior Boys Jake L.
  • Congratulations to our AFL boys and girls who this week have become the North Coast AFL Champions. Next game will be against the Central Coast Champions before the end of August. Keep it up! A couple of more wins and you will be at the pointy end of the competition.
  • NORTH COAST CREATIVE ARTS CAMP Last Sunday a small number of BPPS students travelled to Lake Ainsworth Camp nearby Lennox Head to attend the North Coast Creative Arts Camp. During the week our students enjoyed high level specialised tuition from regional experts, made new friends from other schools and enjoyed activities such as kayaking, archery and BMX riding. The week’s activities were wrapped up with a magnificent concert where students exhibited their art, performed their music and staged their drama skits. Congratulations to our students Angus B, Bodhi K, Harry T, Siobhan C, Jezebel R, Dhelia R, Anja G, Bodhi K, Mia L, Charli S, Keahna T, Amy S, Shaylee B, Alicia B and Sienna P.

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This week with our Principal - Mr Taylor

Term 3 Week 3

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

EDUCATION WEEK 2017

Week Three, Term Three. It is Education Week once again. This year’s theme is ‘I learn, We learn.’ This indicates that learning is best done, not in isolation, but collaboratively together. Learning is best undertaken when new concepts can be explored and investigated and discussed. When learning together, learners are able to consolidate their depth of understanding by confirming, challenging and defending ideas. When working together, learners can review evidence and draw links and conclusions. When working in isolation the consolidation and the acceleration of understanding is limited by the power of one brain only. When we can share different ideas, different perspectives and different strategies we can go deeper. We need to build a culture of learning whereby learning together is the norm.

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Term 2 Week 9

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

ATHLETICS FIELD EVENTS THURSDAY 8TH JUNE

A little over a week ago all BPPS students Y3 - 6 and some Y2 students travelled to Kingscliff Sports Fields to participate in the field events for this year’s athletics carnival. The day was a huge success; with students all giving their best, cheering each other on and getting along well with one another. When a student is overjoyed to see a friend successfully clear a new height in high jump, that places them ahead of themselves, it says a lot about that person. I saw this time and time again at the high jump mats. Wonderful. It also tells me a lot about the families of our school and the values our community instils in our children. Congratulations Banora Point PS, it really was a great day. Special thanks go to Mrs Dance - Wilson for her wonderful organisation of the event, to Mrs Gill and Mr Chalmers for their leadership on the day and to all staff for going above and beyond. Mrs Dance - Wilson’s contribution to the leadership and organisation of all things sport at Banora Point is enormous. Thank you Mrs Dance - Wilson. Athletics continues on Thursday June 29th for all students 3 - 6 on – the second last day of term.

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Term 3 Week 1

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Welcome back to all families to Term Three. We hope that you have had the opportunity these past two weeks to spend some time with loved ones making memories. Kids grow up so fast and it is very important we cherish the moments now – as they happen. The primary years go by so fast.

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Term 2 Week 7

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Attendance at BPPS in 2017

Attendance continues to be strong at Banora Point PS with a 94.2% attendance rate in 2016 and 94% in 2017. This compares to previous years with 2013 at 93.4% and 2014 at 95.4%. Average attendance for all NSW Public Schools in 2016 was 94.0%. An attendance rate of 94% equates to approximately 12 days absent each school year; or three days each term. Families who elect to take family holidays during school term, can no longer apply for a ‘certificate of exemption’ from NSW Public Schools under 2016 adjusted NSW Department of Education policy. Exemption means excluded from total absence count. While our school will on occasion approve ‘leave’ for special one off holidays during school term dates (Overseas trips, etc) absences accumulated from extended holidays are now included in the count under policy requirements. Our school recognises that family holidays are rich experiences where our students learn much about the world, however, parents are reminded that these absences are now included in both the child’s attendance record and the school’s. Parents looking to travel on holidays during school term are asked to complete an ‘Application for Extended Leave’ form – available from the office. This will be processed by the Principal.

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