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2020 Volume 1 Issue 8

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A heart smile moment...

It's the moments like these, when a student comes to my office for a visit - to read a book, to show me something they've achieved and are very proud of, to place a lost tooth into the little 'this tooth belongs to' envelope and collect the special 'I lost a tooth today' sticker, or even to discuss important matters such fundraising and school improvements - that gives me a HUGE smile, both on my face and in my heart.

When Cleopatra delivered this letter to me, she was absolutely beaming with pride! Cleopatra excitedly read it out and ensured I had a copy to keep so I could respond to her by next Wednesday.

Hmmm, Cleopatra's persuasive text was exactly that...I'm not sure how I'm going to get out of this one!



Coincidentally, last night I received an email from a parent of a student who visited during the week with their tooth - '...Thank you so much for all the little touches such as the tooth envelope, it made the whole thing that much more special and created a great memory for him.' The heart smile continues...

Mrs Maria Lambos - Principal

THANK YOU!!!!!!!

Balmain Public School thanks you...

Thank you for keeping your child home if they are not well.

Thank you to the parents and carers that are dropping off and picking up without remaining in the playground. Although not a big school compared to others, we do have 382 students in the playground prior to the morning bell. During the day, our break times are staggered, so we are managing the playground and social distancing.

We also ask that, in the afternoon, once your child has come out into the playground, that you please leave the grounds. Eaton Street Centre also need to pickup the students from FJT, which adds to the number of students, staff, parents and carers in our playground. Your understanding in this matter is much appreciated.

I am very appreciative of our teachers who continue delivering quality learning at Balmain Public School, whilst working hard to ensure that our Continuity of Learning plan will be in place should the directive come through to close schools. THANK YOU!

Our non-teaching staff - School Learning Support Officers who work in the classrooms to support our students and teachers, Office staff, General Assistant and cleaners - are also very hard-working and ensure that our students and school is well-supported and cared for! Thank you so very much!

I would like to say a huge THANK YOU to the parents and carers who have either spoken to me personally, texted, or emailed the school, regarding the communication surrounding COVID-19. The positive feedback is absolutely heart warming, during this time of uncertainty; it’s so easy to feel worried about whether we will remain safe and healthy, will there be enough toilet paper and supplies should we need to possibly self-isolate or go into lockdown as a nation, as well as the general implications of COVID-19 across the world.

Thanks so much to the parent who dropped off a ‘care’ package for the staff – so thoughtful of you and much appreciated by all! 

THANKS SO MUCH to the parents and carers who have been able to spare some liquid soap or hand sanitiser and have brought in to school. Even though we were assured we would have our hand sanitiser delivered within a week, we are still waiting patiently. This is something that is beyond our control. If you are able to spare some, your donation would be much appreciated.

My last THANK YOU is a very important one – we have 2 mums here – Josie and Lyndal – who organise, stock and run the Balmain PS Uniform Stall. Josie and Lyndal often have Ana Luisa helping out, with packing orders and selling uniform items, ready for distribution. 

In case you weren’t aware, this is not a paid job but, rather, completely voluntary, as an off-shoot of our P&C, to ensure our students are well-dressed in Balmain PS uniform, with any profits going back to the P&C, rather than to an outsourced uniform supplier.

During these stressful times, it’s so easy to worry about whether the winter uniforms will be ready in time, as per a previous notification due to COVID-19-based delays, or when the sanitiser hasn’t arrived. Again, these are things that are happening beyond our control.

In terms of positive psychology, and the ABC model, the adversity/activating event can be classified into a ‘little a’ or a ‘big A’ – the delay in availability of hand sanitiser or winter uniform would be classified as a ‘little a’, as soap and other clothing exists in the meantime. Let's not 'sweat the small stuff'.

We are very appreciative of your commitment to our students, Josie, Lyndal and Ana Luisa! THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!

If you do happen to see Josie, Lyndal or Ana Luisa in the playground as you’re dropping off or picking up your children, please take the time to say 'hi and thanks' (from a safe 1.5m away)!


Send your child to school with a water bottle

As little mouths tend to go very close to, or even touch, the bubblers when having a drink at school, every child should be bringing a refillable water bottle to school daily during this time.

Doing something for others...

I am sharing an email I received this morning from Turia Pitt...https://www.turiapitt.com

Today's mission:

An antidote to panic buying.

You ready?

Follow these steps:

  • Go to your pantry/cupboard/bathroom shelf. 
  • Take a look at what you've got. Is there anything you have extra supplies of? Maybe an extra packet of pasta, a spare bottle of w*** (grown-up water), a roll or two of toilet paper that you could spare? 
  • Whatever you have spare, pack it up and take it to a neighbour with a note saying: "Had a little extra and wanted to share the love. Enjoy!"
  • Mission complete.

    A three minute task and a guaranteed day-maker. As always, hit reply and let me know once you've done it! Better yet - snap a pic, share it on Instagram stories and tag me @turiapitt. That way we can spread the idea (and the day-making) even further! T x

    So many businesses have supported our school...can we support them in return?

    Over this weekend, I've made a conscious effort to support at least one more of the local Balmain businesses than I already do...

    Is there an extra business or two listed below that you can help support?

    Special thanks to the parent, Lauren N, who instigated this idea...

    A-Z of Balmain PS Supporters...

    E is for EXQUISITE!

    M is for MARVELLOUS!

    P is for PERFECT!

    Q is for QUALITY!

    U is for UNREAL!

    X is for X-CELLENT!

    Y is for YES!

    Z is for ZEALOUS!

    From the Department of Education

    Schools remain open

    Our schools provide an essential service to the community, and we will continue to support the education of our students.

    The Government has taken advice from Chief Health Officers.  Their advice is clear - schools are able to continue to operate and are safe for our staff and students.

    Chief Health Officers will continue to monitor the issues surrounding public health closely and will update their advice as the situation evolves.

    DoE's 'Learning from home' hub

    The Department of Education has recently launched a ‘Learning from home’ hub on the department’s website which provides information and resources for teachers and parents to support students learning from home.

    Teaching strategies and resources, learning sequences, student workbooks and materials are being regularly added to the page for students Preschool to Year 12.

    NAPLAN 2020 Cancelled

    As per the Skoolbag notification that went out to Year 3 and Year 5 families on Friday:

    'Education Ministers met today and decided that NAPLAN will not proceed in 2020. The NAPLAN test window was scheduled to be held from 12 to 22 May...

    ...The decision not to proceed with NAPLAN in 2020 has been taken to assist school leaders, teachers and support staff to focus on the wellbeing of students and continuity of education, including parental online and remote learning.

    Further, the impact of responses to the COVID-19 virus may affect the delivery of NAPLAN testing, including the operation of centralised marking centres and the implications for nationally comparable data if an insufficient number of students are available to do the test...'


    WEEKLY - Canteen Orders - Fridays

    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

    Wednesday 25 March - Harmony Day @BPS

      Everyone Belongs

    Date:   Wednesday, 25th March 2020

    Dress:   Everyone to wear orange or come in your cultural dress

    *BPS Students only

    Thursday 9 April - Last day of Term 1



    Student absences can be emailed to the school  on Balmain-p.school@det.nsw.edu.au or Balmainps@gmail.com.  If you are planning on taking holidays during school term, you will need to contact the school to complete an Exemption form, which will be approved by the Principal.

    Change of details

    Please send change of details (such as: emergency contacts, address, mobile number, family situation) to the office, via email or Skoolbag.

    Contacting teachers

    If you need to contact your child's teacher, please email the school directly and your email will be forwarded.


    Any payments are to be made through the Skoolbag app or clicking on the 'make a payment' tab on the school website.

    If paying by cash or cheque, monies are to be placed into an envelope, clearly marked with student's first and last name, class and what the payment is for.  Please place in the white box outside the Office window. Permissions can also be placed in this box.


    Thanks so much for our maths trolleys!

    Our P&C are an amazing bunch, who support the learning of all our students in various ways...Ms Weston has organised maths trolleys for our Stage 2 and 3 classes, funded by the P&C! THANK YOU SO MUCH!

    Special thanks to Ms Weston for sourcing, ordering and sorting all these fabulous resources, as well as to Richard, our General Assistant, for putting the trolleys together!


    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

    Uniform Stall - COVID-19: Classroom Deliveries Only

    In line with current social distancing measures, the uniform stall will not be open for face-to-face sales until further notice.

    We will continue to pack online orders and deliver these to classrooms each week. We are receiving additional stock every week, so please don’t hesitate to place an order. Exchanges can be arranged, and we can make appointments to meet individual people if needed. 

    Logistically it is much better for us to know order quantities now, in order to make stock available to families as soon as possible. If you have any problems with ordering an item that is out of stock, please send us an email. 

    Thank you for your ongoing support and understanding.



    LEARN LIVE LEAD awards

    K GumnutIsla B-Rfantastic effort during reading groups!
    K JasmineCara Screating exceptional design briefs during investigations 
    K KaleCamilla Kher fabulous effort cutting out and matching rhyming pairs
    1/2 Banana PalmThomas Rtackling his writing with persistence and hard work
    1/2 CactaceaeSaoirse McCher exceptional reading!
    1/2 LavenderEllie Sbeing a kind and helpful class member
    1/2 MangroveAmber Zpublishing her recount writing with great focus and care
    3/4 BambooLucy Odisplaying confidence in her well written speech
    3/4 MagnoliaBrodie N-Smaking connections when writing paragraphs
    3/4 RainforestKateryna Ther outstanding focus and diligence in all areas of her school work! 
    5/4 MarigoldRuby Ther valuable and insightful contributions in class. Well done!
    5/6 Cherry BlossomMatilda Pher amazing sonnet about a "Summer's Day"
    5/6 FrangipaniHarper Sher dedication towards her growth as a learner
    5/6 WillowJames Cdemonstrating a positive mindset
    5/6 YautiaJemma Wdemonstrating focus and organisation during learning tasks

    YOU CAN DO IT! awards - Getting Along

    K GumnutPoppy Bher smiley and happy approach to all activities
    K JasmineRayson Malways being ready to help his friends
    K KaleMarla Hbeing a compassionate and reliable friend
    1/2 Banana PalmAidan Bbeing a good friend and mentor to his classmates
    1/2 CactaceaeElodie Wshowing friendship and kindness to all of her peers
    1/2 LavenderOliver Pbeing a friendly class member
    1/2 MangroveCassius Sconsistently supporting his peers during learning tasks
    3/4 BambooElliot Simproved maturity in the classroom social scene
    3/4 MagnoliaArabella Sbeing a polite and a positive member of 3/4M
    3/4 RainforestHenry Sshowing kindness and empathy and being a good friend
    5/4 MarigoldIan Ydemonstrating fabulous commitment in supporting his peers in all ways
    5/6 Cherry BlossomJonah Jleading by example and showing the Balmain Way
    5/6 FrangipaniAlex Talways striving to be a safe, responsible and respectful learner
    5/6 WillowSelina Ldemonstrating resilience at challenging times
    5/6 YautiaWairua Shis renewed confidence in navigating friendships and group tasks

    POSITIVE PETE awards

    Thanks to Ms Karstrom, who organises the collection and distribution of the Gelatissimo ice-creams, as well as takes the fab photos!
    Early Stage OneSam S K Gumnut
    Stage OneOliver P 1/2 Lavender
    Stage TwoQuin S 3/4 Rainforest
    Stage ThreeBen S 5/6 Yautia

    PHOTO GALLERY: Positive Pete Winners

    Weekly House Points Update


    Spotlight on...

    1/2 Mangrove!

    It has been all systems go in 1/2M and we have been very busy bees in the classroom already this term!

    How can you check to see how well you remember something that has happened or something you have heard? We have been putting this to the test in English by learning how to write recounts. There’s A Sea In My Bedroom by Margaret Wild, has been a great story for us to write a recount about as there are so many amazing events that happen. We wish we could swim and play in our bedrooms too!

    We’ve gone to lengthy measures in Maths to use a range of informal and formal units to check the length of classroom objects and even our own hands! We realised how important it is to rule out any gaps or overlaps to measure up just right.

    We have loved travelling around Australia in our own classroom for Geography this term by reading the story Are We There Yet? by Alison Lester. It was exciting to learn about different places in Australia when we mapped some of the famous locations that the family in the story visited.



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