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2020 Volume 2 Issue 8

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Keep up with what's happening @ Balmain Public School


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From the Principal


A HUGE THANKS goes to all our community members who are getting behind our beloved Ms Pauline's Garden, in one way or another: Mrs Felicity Bowman, who has the vision and drive, spending countless hours leading this project of love and guiding our students - the families and school staff who have donated items - the Dad with the chainsaw, who came after school one day to further cut stumps into 'stepping stones' - this garden is shaping up to be absolutely amazing, keeping true to Ms Pauline's vision and organic philosophy. Her essence is definitely here!

Maria Lambos - Principal


Words are not enough to express our thanks to you, Mrs Bowman, for your incredible vision, drive and enthusiasm!

A big thank you to Ellie 1/2L and Isabelle 3/4B and the Sin Family, for their kind donations for the garden!

Thank you to the McPherson Family for their generous donation of gardening tools!

Thanks so much to the Allen Family!

Thank you to the Harris Family for your big black pot!

Thanks to Jenni in the office for your pots and plants!

Huge thanks to Ivy 1/2C W's Dad for coming in with his chainsaw to help out! Much appreciated!

Year 6 Fundraiser

Limited Edition Tea Towels!

Let’s all keep up the GOOD HAND HYGIENE with the Year 6 Cohort’s limited edition tea towel.

Take home Lachie W's (6F) amazing design as a reminder of these strange times we‘ve been living through.

For $20, you will receive a 50x70cm tea towel with a hanging loop

100% flat weave cotton

205-210 GSM

Place your orders in the link below:https://form.jotform.com/201682466455864

Make your bank transfer to:

Balmain Public School P&C

BSB 062110

AC 00900412

Orders will close Friday July 3rd, and in-class delivery at the school will take place the first week of Term 3.

2021 Year 5 Opportunity Class

LAST WEEK - Year 4 Students, Parents and Carers

The 2021 Year 5 Opportunity Class placement process was put on hold in April 2020, due to the COVID-19 situation.

The High Performing Students Team have revised and simplified the timeline for the OC placement process, to ensure that students and families can have certainty about their placement as soon as possible.

The changes include:

  • A new date for online applications. Parents must apply between 9 June 2020 and 26 June 2020. Late applications cannot be accepted.
  • A new test date - Wednesday 16 September 2020.

To ensure fair and consistent assessment of students across New South Wales, students will be offered places based only on their test results this year – there will be no school assessment scores.

There will also be no opportunity for appeals given the tight timeframes.

For further detailed information and continued updates regarding this process, visit - https://education.nsw.gov.au/public-schools/selective-high-schools-and-opportunity-classes/year-5

Fact sheet for Parents and Carers




Go to www.flexischools.com.au to place your order

For any food/menu queries please feel free to contact us directly via email :


Alternatively, you can call Kirsty on 0416 786 603 and we will be happy to assist.

Kirsty and Jason Feliciotto – The School Canteen

Friday 26 June - Mufti Day - GOING GREEN for Ms Pauline - Wear green, florals or gardening attire - Gold coin donation greatly appreciated!

9-26 June - Applications open for 2021 Year 5 Opportunity Class

Wednesday 1 July - P&C Meeting

This meeting (and all meetings in Term 3) will be held via Zoom as formal amendments have been made to the P&C Constitution which now allows us to host meetings via video-conferencing.

We will send out the link closer to the date but, in the meantime, if there is an expert in the BPS community who is skilled in setting up Zoom for large groups, please contact the P&C to lend their skills!


Friday 3 July - LAST DAY OF TERM 2



Baseball Caps Are Back!

Hooray! After a long COVID-19 delay, baseball caps are back in stock.

Place your orders for delivery to classroom now!

Please include your child's Name and Class in the 'Notes To Seller' box at the end. Thank you!


School Uniforms

Order uniform items here

For any size exchanges, please:

1. Email the uniform stall with the details of the exchange, at: balmainpsuniforms@gmail.com

2. Return the items to be exchanged to the school office, clearly marked with Student name, Class and EXCHANGE

3. Replacement items will be packed and re-delivered to your child's classroom

Orders will continue to be packed and delivered for collection each week, until we are able to reopen the stall.

Thank you!



K GumnutGriffin S-Wworking hard to sound out his words during reading groups
K JasmineGabriel Rhis hard work and dedication in forming his letters correctly during handwriting 
K KaleMarla Hwriting a fantastic sentence about Belinda the cow, with a beautiful illustration
1/2 Banana PalmEvie S-Wher fabulous representation of data using a picture graph
1/2 CactaceaeGerhard Shis cheerfulness and humour
1/2 LavenderElisya Galways being respectful, kind and caring to all peers in the classroom
1/2 MangroveYasna Kdemonstrating a great understanding of the relationship between fractions and division
3/4 BambooRemi O'Bbeing a role model to her peers by displaying the schools expectations in the learning environment
3/4 MagnoliaRemus C-Han excellent creative writing response using paragraphs!
3/4 RainforestLeo Lhis creative and considered approach to his mathematics investigation!
5/4 MarigoldTeo Xshowing excellent improvement in his behaviour and effort at school
5/6 Cherry BlossomDrew Kconsistently giving his all in all lessons
5/6 FrangipaniKaito Shis dedication and enthusiasm towards his learning
5/6 WillowAnthony Lhis dedicated and organised approach to school
5/6 YautiaRory Gworking collaboratively with peers during our mathematics scavenger hunt

YOU CAN DO IT! awards - Organisation

K GumnutPatrick Yputting his book bag away neatly
K JasmineMacy Wcontinuously working hard to organise and pack away her school belongs
K KaleNathan Tshowing a great improvement is organising his belongings
1/2 Banana PalmSebastian Cbeing organised and for following the instructions to complete his work to a high standard
1/2 CactaceaeOscar Fhis focus and determination while writing an information report
1/2 LavenderCallan H-Jworking hard to improve his focusing skills during class discussion time
1/2 MangroveHarry Nconsistently being a wonderful helper with keeping the classroom tidy and organised
3/4 BambooOscar Dorganising his ideas and thoughts in a meaningful manner
3/4 MagnoliaEstelle Dseeking support in her learning and trying her best to be organised!
3/4 RainforestElizaveta Sher organised approach to learning! 
5/4 MarigoldJosie Acontinually demonstrating to her class how to be ready to learn
5/6 Cherry BlossomMatilda Rmanaging her time effectively during assessments
5/6 FrangipaniLexie Bconsistently demonstrating strong organisational skills
5/6 WillowWenwen Za positive and organised approach to school life
5/6 YautiaMadeleine Malways coming to school organised and ready to learn


Thanks to Ms Karstrom, who organises the collection and distribution of the Gelatissimo ice-creams, as well as takes the fab photos!

PHOTO GALLERY: This Week's Positive Pete Winners

PHOTO GALLERY: Last Week's Positive Pete Winners

And the winner is...(drumroll please!)


Making mathematics fun! Kindergarten colour-sorted, counted and created picture graphs, using Skittles!! A great learning experience and yummy too!

4 Marigold helped Mrs Bowman do some gardening! 🌱

Spotlight on...


WOW what a term! What a triumphant return to 1/2Cactaceae this has been! Despite the chaos, 1/2C has been working hard on reading, writing and numeracy while settling back into routines, and especially spending more time with our friends!

This week we've written information reports about doctors and farms, investigated how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders connect to the land in Geography, shaken our groove things in Footsteps and created beautiful cactus art with shredded paper. 

Soundwaves: ​"I love Soundwaves because we learn our sounds and get to learn." - Ivy W

Writing: "Information reports are great because it gives you lots of information about different things." - Vivienne B-N

Reading groups: "Reading is good for you to learn because when you get older you will have to read a LOT so it's good to learn when you're young to read." - Indianna-Belle D

Footsteps: "What I like about Footsteps is that we get lots of exercise and energy and Footsteps is really good and it helps your muscles grow." - Sierra R

Cactus art: "I like it at the end when you get to cut out the cactus and you get to feel what the paper feels like and you get to cut out your own cactus, you could cut one out that's bigger than the world if you wanted." - Joshua McG


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