This week with our Principal - Mr Taylor

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.

TERM THREE – A TIME FOR CONSOLIDATION

Term Three is the term in the school year for student growth. Students and teachers know each other well by this point in the year and with everyone settled, fresh and clear the time is right to consolidate and grow. Now is the time to overcome those things that we have struggled with previously in our learning. Now is the time to work hard and to seek feedback and to persist and persevere until we are successful. We call this ‘working tough.’ Building success early in the term lifts confidence. Talk to your child about what goals, big or small, they may have for the term ahead and think about how you can support (along with our teachers) them to move forward. If they don’t have any goals, maybe you can help. Use your child’s Semester One report as a point of reference. Let’s all make the most of the best term of the year.

GETTING ALONG

The ability to get along is a vital element of any successful person. People who get along with others tend to think of others’ needs before their own. This makes them outward looking and kind. It feels good to be kind. People who get along well with others also tend to play by the rules. This means they understand what being fair looks like. They understand that fairness and equality are for everyone, not just themselves and what suits them. People who get along with others are socially responsible. Those who are socially responsible look out for others and help them without being asked. They can see what others’ are dealing with and show empathy when others are struggling. There is nothing more important than learning to get along in life, after all we are heading quickly towards 8 billion people living on Earth!

2018 ENROLMENT IF YOU HAVE A CHILD ELIGIBLE TO BE ENROLLED FOR KINDERGARTEN IN 2018, PLEASE CONTACT THE SCHOOL OFFICE ASAP.

ROLE MODELS

As parents we are all role models for our children. We can all talk the talk in guiding our children, however, we must also walk the walk. It is the case that children will mimic what we do. If we seek for our children to be resilient, we must show them what this looks like when things don’t go to plan in our own lives. Sometimes it is worth thinking about the video our children are watching when they watch us respond to those things that pop up in our lives. NSW Department of ‘Education: Future Frontiers’ Discussion paper. There has been much written about the profound impact that technological advances will have on the way we live and work. Developments in automation and new frontiers in artificial intelligence (AI) are predicted to fundamentally alter the nature of society and work by 2040. Continue reading this document here https://education.nsw.gov.au/media/exar/Future_Frontiers_discussion_paper.pdf

2018 - 2020 BPPS PLAN

Over the next term and a half BPPS staff and community will set about the process of forming a new school plan. Our school will lead an extensive process of evaluation with all members of the community. We will seek to establish school position by observing available evidence and reflecting on this with students, staff and parents. We will seek and value parent feedback and are determined to continue the success of our great school to enable our children to thrive. We will seek to ensure our school provides the platform our children need to build future success in a world changing at a rate faster than any other time in history. Watch out for the opportunity for you to give feedback in the weeks and months ahead.

$10000 DONATION FROM P&C TO REPLENISH MATHEMATICS SUPPLIES AND RESOURCES

As indicated at the end of Term Two the BPPS P&C has made a $10000 donation to the school to support the replenishment of ‘hands on’ Mathematics classroom resources. Staff stage teams have audited the equipment currently available and have spent the money evenly across all classes. The money has purchased concrete place value materials, protractors, 3D space equipment, scales, trundle wheels, etc, etc. Thank you to all involved and Mrs Karen Wicks P&C President. You are making a difference to the learning of our children every day. 

P. Taylor

Principal 

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