Term 4, Week 1- Thursday, 18 October 2018

Important dates for your diary...

For your diary...

  • 19 October: Summer PSSA Round 7
  • 19 October: P&C Outdoor Movie Night
  • 22 October: MPC Assembly (Recorder group performs) 
  • 23 October: Kindergarten 2019 Transition
  • 23 October: P&C Fundraising 2019 Planning Meeting 7:30pm library
  • 24 October: Bushlink Visit 4
  • 24 October: Band Solo Night
  • 25 October: Kindergarten 2019 Transition
  • 25 October: Invictus Games Excursion

From the Principal

Welcome back to Term 4

Although they so quickly become a memory, I hope everyone treasured the special times spent with loved ones that holiday periods provide. It was so lovely to welcome everyone back on Monday morning. Refreshed and revitalised, everyone looked relaxed and happy in their summer uniform and incredibly eager to get back into the swing of things. Term 4 is always a busy, exciting term with many highly anticipated activities. The following information may assist you with planning for the busy end of year.

Some upcoming dates for diaries:

*Kindergarten 2019- Getting ready for school sessions 16, 18, 23, 25 October

* MPC Assembly- Kindergarten Performance (19 November)

* MPC Assembly- Year 6 Performance (3 December)

* Reports sent home (13 December)

* Awards Ceremony (13 December 9:15am)

* Year 6 Mini Fete day (14 December)

* Year 6 Farewell Dinner and Disco (17 December)

* Picnic Day (18 December)

Please note, our Term 4 calendar has been updated on our school website for your reference and school dates/events are uploaded to our school app as well. Please keep an eye out on the newsletter for any amendments to dates/ events.

Our 2019 kinders get a taste of "big school"

This week we have welcomed our new Kindergarten students for 2019, providing them with a taste of “big school” as part of their transition process to school next year. What an exciting morning they had too! Equally as excited were our amazing Year 5 buddies who have been so looking forward to these days. We look forward to our new kindy children visiting again next week!

Planning for 2019

Term 4 marks the beginning of planning for next year and to facilitate class placement and the administration which accompanies planning in a school, it is important that we have reliable student numbers from which to work. There are a number of ways parents can assist us to ensure projected numbers for 2019 are as accurate as possible.

*If you know someone in the area who is going to enrol their child at the school but as yet have not contacted the school, please ask them to contact our office as soon as possible.

*From time to time we have families who extend their holiday and will therefore not return to school at the commencement of the school year. It is imperative that the school receives notification, in writing, that the children are returning to school prior to the end of first term, if they are to be included in the numbers that are submitted to the DoE. The department uses these numbers to allocate the number of teachers the school is eligible to have so it is important that I include all of these children in my submitted numbers.

*Please complete the form below if your child/ren will not be returning to Beacon Hill in 2019 and you haven’t let us know already.

*If you are extending your holiday, please complete the form below with as much information as possible regarding return to school dates. It is important that this information is in writing and signed by parents/ carers.

2019 Notification


Term 4 Grade Newsletters


Term 4 grade newsletters are being distributed today. A paper copy will come home to you via your child, a copy of it will also be emailed and a copy saved on to the school app. These newsletters contain valuable information about what is being taught in various key learning areas, important events for the grade and other general information specific to each grade. Please make time in your busy schedules to read these!

Best wishes to the Year 12 students of 2018!

Wishing all Year 12 students, with special mention to our Year 6 of 2012, the very best for their upcoming HSC exams and every success for their future endeavours wherever they may lead! Always remember… “If you believe in yourself, anything is possible."

Students in Years 2 – 5 will soon be invited to join our 2019 Bands. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity!

Join us for an informal Q&A session to find out about our Band Program on Tuesday 23 October at 7pm in the library or Thursday 25 October at 3pm in the library.  Children are welcome but not required to attend.

Did you know that ….

There are so many benefits to learning a musical instrument.  Do you want to help your child boost their memory, maths and reading skills, team work, organisation, concentration and responsibility?  Then read all about 18 great reasons at http://www.effectivemusicteaching.com/articles/directors/18-benefits-of-playing-a-musical-instrument/

From the Deputy Principal

2020 Year 7 Selective High School Placements

Applications for those students in Year 5 wishing to apply for selective high school in 2020 will open on 9 October 2018 and closes on 12 November 2018. Detailed instructions on how to apply online will be available from mid-September 2018 at
https:// education.nsw.gov.au/public-schools/selective-high-schools-and-opportunity-classes/year-7.

You must apply before the closing date.

Please note, all applications must be completed online and that there are no paper applications. To apply you will need to register and then apply through the High Performing Students website.


Parents will only be able to make three selective school selections and applications will not be accepted after 12 November 2018.

All applicants are required to sit the Selective High School Placement Test on Thursday 14 March 2019.

All students in Year 5 have received an “Intention to apply” note to advise the school if you are intending on applying for your child. Please also see attached to this Beacon.

BHPS Star Learner Super Powers

BHPS students are continuing to embrace their Star Learner Super Powers, promoting positive learning habits and a commitment to learning whilst striving for their personal best.

Over the first two weeks of this term our teachers will be looking for students who are displaying the qualities of a risk taker like Aurora. Nominated students will receive the Aurora award at the shade structure assembly in Week 3.

A risk taker

Set goals

Try something new

Aim high

Rethink, review, redo

Jane Stanley

Deputy Principal

Selective High School


Office News

School Student Transport Scheme (SSTS) 2019 applications now open

School student applications for 2019 open from Monday, 15 October 2018.

Students progressing to year 3 and year 7 do not need to re-apply if they

  • are continuing at the same school
  • are residing at the same address

  • have not been sent an expiry notification from Transport for NSW.

Where a student meets the new distance eligibility, the system will automatically update their entitlement. If they do not meet the new eligibility, they will receive an expiry notification.

Students who have an entitlement approved under a medical condition which is due to expire will receive a notification advising them to re-apply.

Term Bus Pass holders will receive a notification to re-apply.

If students need to update their information or re-apply, they should go online to https://apps.transport.nsw.gov.au/ssts/updateDetails

Applications need to be submitted before 31 December 2018 to ensure student entitlements are updated and their current entitlement/card is not cancelled. If their application is submitted after  31 December 2018, the system will automatically cancel a card and a new one will need to be issued.

Students in the Opal network applying for a SSTS or Term Bus Pass entitlement for the first time will receive their card at their nominated postal address. Cards will be mailed out during December 2018 and January 2019.

For further information visit https://apps.transport.nsw.gov.au/ssts


Shout Out To Young Carers is an event during National Carers Week 2018 and will be run on October 19. It aims to celebrate the contribution of young carers and raise awareness of the issues they face. For many young carers, it is a challenge to balance the demands of caring with their education and social life. Often, their caring role affects their ability to fully participate in the classroom and engage with friends. Through highlighting their responsibilities and achievements, it is hoped young carers will feel more comfortable and supported in their school environment.  Did you know that in Australia there are over 300,000 unpaid carers under the age of 25 and research shows that there could be 2 – 3 young carers in each classroom. We’re showing our support for young carers on Friday October 19 with a Shout Out To Young Carers!


Thank Your Cleaner Day- Wednesday 17 October 2018

Yesterday was "Thank Your Cleaner Day" and we'd like to take the opportunity to say a BIG THANK YOU to all of our amazing cleaners (especially Phunsok, Abdul and Marvel) for the fantastic job they do each and every day!

Aussie Star Awards Respect

Aussie star Award Respect

 Congratulations to the following students who will be receiving the Aussie Star Award for Respect at our MPC assembly on Monday 22 October.  These students consistently display good manners by being friendly and polite to everyone.  They recognise the importance of speaking and acting appropriately towards teachers, other adults and their peers.

Zoe G KA, Diego R KG, Ryan B KW, Annabella J 1C, Jake W 1M, Kieran W 1/2G, Tahnia G 2DC, Azania B 2M, Zara P 2W, Ben S 3M, Michael O 3E, Agustina E 3/4N, Wesley H 4A, Asha C 4H, Will N 4R, Heidi H 5B, Patrick H 5S, Tristan I 5T, Lucas B 5/6N (absent), Isabella W 6M, Poppy Davies 6O, Ruby Blackman 6R.

Star Awards

Stage 1 Awards

NBH Warringah Road Works Update

Road Upgrades Update

Roads and Maritime Services has been upgrading Warringah Road as part of the Northern Beaches Hospital road upgrade project.

Work on the eastbound lanes of Warringah Road has progressed and we will move traffic onto the upgraded eastbound lanes between Forest Way and east of Wakehurst Parkway.

Due to heavy rain, these traffic changes have been delayed and will now take place from 4pm Saturday 20 October to 5am Monday 22 October, weather permitting.

Motorists will notice a number of traffic changes when traffic has been moved onto the upgraded eastbound lanes, including:

·       eastbound traffic on Warringah Road between Forest Way and east of Wakehurst Parkway will be on the newly upgraded lanes on the northern part of Warringah Road

·      the right turn from Wakehurst Parkway northbound to Warringah Road eastbound will be temporarily removed. Motorists will continue north along Wakehurst Parkway and turn right at Frenchs Forest Road. The right turn to Warringah Road will be reinstated when the Wakehurst Parkway overbridge is complete.

·       the left turn slip lane from Wakehurst Parkway southbound to Warringah Road eastbound will be permanently removed.  Motorists will be able to turn left into Warringah Road from the kerbside lane of Wakehurst Parkway.

·       the shared user path on the northern side of Warringah Road between Forest Way and Wakehurst Parkway will be open.

NBH Road Upgrade Update


Other School News

ICAS Mathematics Competition

Congratulations to the following children who have received awards in the ICAS Mathematics Competition. The children will be presented with their certificates at the MPC assembly on Monday 22nd November.

Melissa O’Sullivan

(ICAS Coordinator)





Caitlin W

Zara V

Charles M

Bailey H


Levi M

Georgie S

Lucas W

      Summer B

Talia M

Chloe H

Emily H

Wesley H

Taiaroa L

Thomas W

Jamison E


Alby H

        Liam J

Oscar M

William S

Oliver T

Ty W

Lucas B

Logan C

Matthias P

Thomas W

Thomas S


Daisy B

Matthew C

Gabriel A

Annalise K

Tomas V

Lucas V

Noah L

DeXuan L





Noah T

Sports News


PSSA resumes this Friday. Morning training will be on unless notified otherwise.


Ethics Classes 2019

Help children develop skills for life.  Become a Primary Ethics teacher!

We are seeking volunteers to teach our ethics classes in 2019. 

Did you know we have 110 students across 5 classes taking Ethics classes this year?  All our classes are full (max. students per class is 22) and we have a substantial waitlist.

A huge thank you to our fabulous ethics teacher - Renee Sucic, Ali Watson, Debi Moffat and Natasha Lewis - who generously volunteer their time to take a 40 min ethics class every Wednesday.  Renee, Ali and Debi are not able to teach next year due to work commitments or leaving the school so we really need some new teachers please.

You will receive full training by Primary Ethics, the not-for-profit organisation approved to design curriculum and training for the ethics program. Training consists of a two day workshop and short online modules. Lesson materials are provided. 

In ethics classes, children learn how to think logically, disagree respectfully and support their arguments with evidence, rather than act according to blind habit or peer pressure.

Children discuss topics such as:
  • imagining how others feel
  • how do we treat living things?
  • what is laziness?
  • how do we disagree in a respectful way?
  • fairness  

If you are keen to find out more or would like to sit in on a class to see what’s involved please contact Kirsten Simpson at beaconhillethics@gmail.com or visit www.primaryethics.com.au

Changes to healthcare services on the Northern Beaches


The 2018 Northern Beaches Charity Ball


Car Boot sale


Brookie Show


Beacon Hill Public School

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