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2020 Volume 2 Issue 6

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From the Principal


What a glorious sunny winter's day to take the learning outside! There's nothing like connecting with nature to create powerful messages of hope and determination in caring for our planet.

Student voice is always encouraged and nurtured here at Balmain Public School. Our students are making a difference today, tomorrow and beyond! Kindergarten's 'Nature Heart...full stop' says it all!




Maria Lambos - Principal

Drop Off and Pick Up Schedule

Drop off and Pick Up Schedule continues until further notice

As per the ongoing advice of the NSW Department of Education, ALL ADULTS (i.e. parents, carers and BPS staff) will still need to practice physical distancing. We ask that parents continue to remain outside the school gates at all times and practise these physical distancing measures.

Both our ‘kiss and drop’ zones in the morning staggered pick up schedules will continue until further notice.

Please note: Class teachers will remain with their class, at designated spot, until all students have been picked up, either by parents/carers, or Eaton St Centre (ESC), if booked in. The ESC staff are aware of the staggered dismissal and will pick up children from their teachers at designated areas.

We appreciate your cooperation in working with the school to keep our students, staff and community safe.

2:30PMK JasmineK GumnutK Kale
2:40PMN/A1/2 Banana Palm1/2 Cactaceae
2:50PMN/A1/2 Lavender1/2 Magnolia
2:55PM3/4 Bamboo3/4 Magnolia3/4 Rainforest
2:55PMN/AN/ABus - Ms Whelan


Emails to the school/teachers

When emailing the school, please ensure you include your child's first and last name and class to ensure emails are forwarded promptly.

Dropping off food/items

If you are dropping off lunches/items for your child, please come to the office window and ring the bell first. This way, office staff can collect food/item from you to give to child, to minimise interruptions to learning.

Picking up students early

Should you be picking up your child early from school, please ring the bell at the office window. Your child will be called down to meet you at the gate.

2021 Year 5 Opportunity Class

Attention: 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

Monday 8 June - PUBLIC HOLIDAY

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

Friday 3 July - LAST DAY OF TERM 2



Thank you to our P and C!

PHOTO GALLERY: Thank you for our Stage 1 readers!

Important message from the Uniform Stall

Please be reminded that in line with current Government regulations the uniform stall is unable to operate face-to-face. We are unable to serve parents or students in person, except by prior arrangement for specific circumstances.

We have additional stock arriving weekly, and are endeavouring to provide packed orders and exchanges as quickly as possible. Some items are still slightly delayed due to COVID-19 impacts.

For all queries, or to arrange exchanges, please contact balmainpsuniforms@gmail.com

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 GumnutNiven Wexcellent writing and kind thoughts when writing his Grandpa a card
K JasmineAlec McEshowing a superstar effort trying to be ready to learn in class, and always having a funny or interesting story to share with his friends!
K KaleFelix Jhis fabulous effort towards learning his sight words! Well done!
1/2 Banana PalmCaelan Aeffectively collaborating with his group in STEAM to design and build the LEGO House task
1/2 CactaceaeNiamh Fher confident and flexible use of addition and subtraction
1/2 LavenderJack Salways giving it a go and trying his best in the class
1/2 MangroveCassius Susing some wonderful and creative character voices when reading aloud!
3/4 BambooHarriet Jactively participating in classroom discussions and always looking to improve her work
3/4 MagnoliaAudrina Bmonitoring her reading for meaning and asking clarifying questions! Keep it up, Audrina!
3/4 RainforestVivienne Ralways trying her best in every lesson. Vivienne is a kind, intelligent and creative classmate!
5/4 MarigoldLola Lher representation of The Balmain Way in and outside the classroom
5/6 Cherry BlossomJohnny Hhis amazing piece of suspense writing
5/6 FrangipaniLauren Hconsistently applying high levels of effort to every learning opportunity
5/6 WillowSean Cindependently presenting a wonderful Freedom 2 Learn project
5/6 YautiaChristopher Phis creative end product and presentation of his English etymology investigation task

YOU CAN DO IT! awards - Organisation

K GumnutSamuel Sbeing organised and ready for work
K JasmineAmber Salways demonstrating a best effort approach to learning in class, and helping her friends learn new sounds
K KaleChloe Cworking hard to keep her bookwork neat and organised
1/2 Banana PalmMila Fher increasing organisational skills, including being responsible for her spelling words
1/2 CactaceaeHarrison Shis commitment to clear, well presented bookwork
1/2 LavenderEllie Sbeing an organised and confident learner in the classroom
1/2 MangroveNed This increased focus and effort with writing neatly on lines. Well done!
3/4 BambooFarran Wbeing organised, enthusiastic and ready to learn
3/4 MagnoliaRohan Ctaking responsibility to complete set tasks to a high standard
3/4 RainforestJack Ohis organised approach to classwork!
5/4 MarigoldMicah Chis continual effort and dedication in focusing during his classwork
5/6 Cherry BlossomAlex Leffective time management to produce a high standard of work
5/6 FrangipaniEllie Bbeing a proactive learner who uses her learning time effectively
5/6 WillowIsabel Ddemonstrating a positive approach to learning opportunities on her return to school
5/6 YautiaDennis Zmaking positive choices during learning time


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

Early Stage OneFelix J K Kale
Stage OneKeira R 1/2 Cactaceae
Stage TwoJessica R 3/4 Rainforest
Stage ThreeVilja J 5/6 Cherry Blossom

PHOTO GALLERY: Positive Pete Winners

PHOTO GALLERY: And the winner is...(drumroll please!)


Hand-picked mandarins!


Using teamwork skills to build a robot city!

World Environment Day 2020 - Time For Nature

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"The foods we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink and the climate that makes our planet habitable all come from nature.

Yet, these are exceptional times in which nature is sending us a message:To care for ourselves we must care for nature.

It’s time to wake up. To take notice. To raise our voices.It’s time to build back better for People and Planet."

This World Environment Day, it’s Time for Nature.

PHOTO GALLERY: Kindergarten's 'Nature Heart'

World Environment Day (WED) is celebrated on 5 June every year, and is the United Nations' principal vehicle for encouraging awareness and action for the protection of the environment. First held in 1974, it has been a flagship campaign for raising awareness on environmental issues emerging from marine pollution, human overpopulation, and global warming, to sustainable consumption and wildlife crime. World Environment Day has grown to become a global platform for public outreach, with participation from over 143 countries annually. Each year, WED has provided a new theme that major corporations, NGOs, communities, governments and all celebrities worldwide adopt to advocate environmental causes.

Treehouse students researched environmental problems with the intention to come up with a way to solve them. Students developed prototypes, models and posters to showcase how they envisioned working towards a more sustainable world.

PHOTO GALLERY: 3/4 Rainforest - What does World Environment Day mean to us? What is the importance of environmental care, recycling and sustainability?

PHOTO GALLERY: World Environment Day 🌍 Students in 5/4M understood the importance of valuing our world and how we can best take care of it. We learnt how we can be sustainable in our own lives and created posters to show our understanding

PHOTO GALLERY: Stage One at 'one with nature'...

PHOTO GALLERY: 5/6 Frangipani's nature study...

3/4 Magnolia's nature study

PHOTO GALLERY: 5/6 Cherry Blossom's environmental designs


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