This week with our Principal - Mr Taylor

Term 2 Week 9

Dear Parents and Caregivers,


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.


The Banora Point PS P&C have chosen to put student learning first and donate a massive $10,000 to help with the replenishment of Numeracy Resources K - 6. This is a massive boost for our school; staff and students and will help ensure that all classrooms are stocked with high quality hands on materials that assist learners construct and consolidate numeracy. Thank you to all parents who have supported the BPPS’s P&C fundraising efforts in recent times. Thank you to our P&C, led by Karen Wicks, for giving your time to make a difference to the opportunities our school offers our children. All BPPS staff are currently engaged in an audit of all numeracy resources and will work together to determine the resources required for all classrooms for everyday needs and those specialist resources shared across the school. Watch out in future newsletters for details of exactly what this money is spent on.


A question in many parents’ minds is what to pack in your child’s lunchbox. Use the flyer from Healthy Kids Association to help with ideas for packing a healthy lunchbox. The key is to look to the five core food groups on the ‘plate’ of the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating (AGHE) for the majority of the lunchbox, the majority of the time.

  • grains (e.g. bread, pasta, noodles)
  • lean protein (e.g. chicken, tuna, egg) 
  • dairy (e.g. yoghurt, cheese, custard) 
  • vegetables (e.g. in sandwich/wrap/pasta salad, veggie sticks) 
  • fruit

The AGHE is the most up to date, scientifically based guide on what to eat. Other items that don’t sit on the AGHE ‘plate’ can be packed occasionally (e.g. small packet of chips approx. 25g, sweet biscuit, muesli bar). This probably doesn’t mean every day.


Semester One written reports will go home with all students next Wednesday June 28th. Your child’s report will provide you with an overview of his / her progress in each Key Learning Area, his / her application and his / her social development for Semester One 2017. All schools, including Banora Point PS, are required to use the five - point scale to report on student progress. This is not optional, but mandated. Schools can report on the five - point scale using A – E grades or they may choose to use the terms Outstanding, High, Sound, Basic, Limited - as we have done at Banora Point PS. Staff make decisions on grades awarded as a ‘point in time’ judgement against Key Stage outcomes based on evidence. This means that the student’s achievement is judged on progress that might reasonably be expected at that point in the learning pathway for that Key Stage. To summarise, a child in Year 3 at the end of Semester One has only completed one of four semesters of Key Stage 2 (Y3&4) and will be graded on progress that would be reasonably expected after such time. Teaching staff base all (ongoing) assessment decisions on evidence collected from student work and observations of student learning in class. Staff also consult one another ensuring judgement is consistent across classrooms for students in that grade/stage. Parents who would like to discuss their child’s report with the class teacher are encouraged to do so. Please keep in mind that the syllabus is written by NESA (NSW Education Standards Authority) so that approximately 75 of the wider population (state) can achieve it. A Sound grading means that the student has achieved the syllabus – that is the standard of their work has met syllabus requirements for that stage of learning at that point in time. A High grading means that the student’s work demonstrates achievement beyond the standard specified by the Syllabus.


Our next P&C meeting is scheduled for Thursday, August 10th at 6.30pm in the Staffroom. We would love to see you there.

P. Taylor