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2020 Volume 4 Issue 3

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IF YOU SEE A COLOURED CIRCLE AROUND OUR EMBLEM, DON'T FORGET TO TAP ON IT, FOR OUR LATEST STORY...you've got to get in quickly, as it disappears after 24 hours!


‘Transition to School’ program dates for 2021 Kindergarten to be released next week to enrolled families via SkoolBag. In order to participate, your child must be FULLY ENROLLED. Don’t let your child miss out!

Enrolling now for Kindergarten 2021

How to apply

Our new online enrolment process makes it easier and faster to enrol your child at your local school. To apply online, you must:

  • be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or permanent resident
  • live in the local enrolment area of this school

Apply online here

If you are not eligible to use the online form, or prefer not to, you can download an application to enrol.

Are you leaving us?

Will your child/ren be leaving us at the end of the school year (apart from current Year 6 students)?

If so, please contact the school via balmainps@gmail.com or balmain-p.school@det.nsw.edu.au with Att: Leaving School end 2020, child/'s full name and class. Please also include the name of the new school for administration purposes.

This information will assist us with planning for next year's classes. 

Thank you.

From the Principal

Happy World Teachers' Day...

World Teachers’ Day - 30 October 2020

The international holiday of World Teachers’ Day was established by UNESCO on 5 October 1994 and has since been celebrated annually on this day in many countries of the world.

In Australia, 5 October falls during our school holidays, so we celebrate World Teachers’ Day on the last Friday of October, which is today!

Happy World Teachers’ Day to all our fabulous educators, dedicated to making a positive difference in our students’ lives. Your passion, enthusiasm and care for each and every one of our students does not go unnoticed. You are contributing to shaping our future…

Thank you for choosing to become a teacher, the most important and rewarding profession in the world (and no, I’m not biased)!

You are appreciated!


#worldteachersday #teacher #teachersrule #educator #teachersmakeadifference #thankyourteacher #lovewhereyoulearn #balmainps💙💛

Maria Lambos - Principal

Congratulations to Sophie!

Sophie is a Book Week Competition WINNER!

CONGRATULATIONS to Sophie G, in K Kale, who was a winner in the Inner West Library's ‘2020 Children’s Book Week Competition’!


Over 3100 entries were received, with thoughtful, imaginative and clever interpretations of this year’s CBCA ‘Curious Creatures, Wild Minds’ theme...

Sophie has won a Glee Books book voucher and has generously donated her prize to the Kindergarten space library. Sophie would like all her friends in Kindergarten to share and enjoy her new book! Thank you, Sophie!


#winner #competition #bookweek2020 #sharingiscaring #sogenerous #lovewhereyoulearn #balmainps💙💛 

Head over to Instagram for a sneak peek at this week's art show...

Art show posts...

'Uluru' inspiration's author, Thomas Mayor, likes and comments!

2020 Yearbook - on sale next week!

From the Office

  • If you are coming to the school for collections or information, please use the office window on Eaton Street where we have our friendly Duck, named “Bill”, hanging out the window. Bill can alert us to your presence and help us to help you with your requests.
  • If your family details, circumstances have changed, ie:  address, mobile numbers, separations, court orders etc, could you kindly email the school so records can be updated. This will ensure correct people are contacted and all relevant information is passed on correctly.
  • Please remember that if you are collecting your child early for an appointment or dropping them off, please ensure you allow extra time for that student to be located and brought down to the office.
  • If you are experiencing financial difficulty, please contact the office, or Mrs Lambos, to arrange alternate options.



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

13 Oct - 16 Nov - Selective high school applications for Year 7 2022

Weekly: Wk 1-Wk 8 - Gymnastics program

K-2 - Fridays - 1/2C finish at 3:00pm

3-6 - Thursdays - 3/4B finish at 3:00pm

Monday 19 Oct-Friday 20 Nov - Virtual K-6 Art Show

Issue 2 of FLORA & FAUNA Special Edition Newsletter coming soon...

Wednesday 4 Nov - Zoom P&C meeting

link to meeting to come...

Monday 16 and Tuesday 17 Nov - NAIDOC Week celebrations at Balmain PS

Wednesday 18 November - Year 5 2021 Opportunity Class Placement Test

Friday 20 November - Virtual Trivia Night - TICKETS ON SALE NOW!!!!

Virtual Trivia Night 20/11/20 – tickets on sale NOW!

Virtual Trivia Night 20/11/20 – tickets on sale NOW! 


  • What is the rarest M&M colour? 
  • In what year were the first Air Jordan sneakers released? 
  • According to Greek mythology who was the first woman on earth? 
  • The only known monotremes in the animal kingdom are the echidna and which other creature? 

If answering random questions of varying degrees of difficulty is your thing then this is your night! If it’s not, but a super fun dinner party with your friends is then this is also your night! 

The P&C is so excited to announce that tickets for our only 2020 school fundraiser – the Virtual Trivia Night – are on sale today under the 'Events' section of Flexischools.  

2019’s Trivia Night was one of the highlights of the year and we expect this year’s event to be a cracker! 

Make sure you don’t miss out - organise your group of eight friends, choose which ticket option best suits and get ready for a night of live trivia, fun games, great prizes and an online silent auction.  

Please visit the website https://www.bps-events.com.au/ for all the details. 

And for anyone like me who isn’t a trivia nerd, here are the answers to the questions above:  

  • Brown 
  • 1984 (bonus points if you had them!) 
  • Pandora 
  • Platypus  

P&C Executive 

2021 DATES

Friday 29 January 2021 - Students in Years 1-6 return

ALL students in Years 1-6 return today.

2021 Kindergarten students - 'Best Start' Assessment sessions commence today, run over 3 days. Bookings required...information to follow.

Wednesday 3 February 2021 - Kindergarten starts today!


...for our classroom supplies - we are really well-stocked!


Balmain P&C Welcomes 2021 Families...

Our P&C have created a Facebook group for our new families...here's the link:


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 GumnutLola Busing her imagination in investigations to co-create a doctor's office!
K JasmineOliver Hconsistently working hard to sound out, and write down our Soundwaves  'mystery words'
K KaleLucrezia Fher wonderful creativity when writing and illustrating
1/2 Banana PalmBenjamin Hhis impressive speech showing a skill in historical research
1/2 CactaceaeYunxi L R working so hard on the drafting, planning and publishing process for her narrative about Baby Starfish
1/2 LavenderHenry Rworking extremely hard on his speech and presenting it with confidence
1/2 MangroveYasna Kworking super hard on her narrative and revising her writing well to add more interesting words
3/4 BambooRoman Sconstructive debate during a maths investigation
3/4 MagnoliaIsabelle Pbravely reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to 3/4M
3/4 RainforestLuca Lhis out-of-the-box thinking in our length and area maths topic
5/4 MarigoldWill Mhis continuous joyous attitude at school
5/6 Cherry BlossomOliver M-Mcontinuously showing dedication in his learning
5/6 FrangipaniEmily Rusing her time in class productively!
5/6 WillowMaya Balways including her own unique, creative flair to set tasks
5/6 YautiaMadeleine Mher focus and application on her science-fiction story
LIBRARY K-2 - Ms WhelanAlec McE KJlistening to library stories

LIBRARY 3-6 - Ms Whelan

Silke McCgreat interest in literature
STEAM K-2 - Ms BarcenillaMia M-C 1/2Lher informed contributions to class discussions about Australian native plants
STEAM 3-6 - Ms BarcenillaChloe T 5/6Yher consistent and thoughtful approach to learning in STEAM
MUSIC K-2 - Ms BigginsJoshua McG - 1/2Chis perceptive and accurate answers in music
MUSIC K-2 - Ms BigginsHamish D 1/2Mterrific ideas in a music movement activity
MUSIC 3-6 - Ms BigginsDylan S - 5/6Cexcellent listening, accurate answers and respectful behaviour - well done, Dylan!
MUSIC 3-6 - Ms BigginsKyann R 5/4Mcreative ideas and wonderful leadership in music

YOU CAN DO IT! awards - Resilience

K GumnutSaxon Rproblem-solving by using different materials when designing in investigations
K JasmineAmber Sediting her own writing and taking on feedback!
K KaleSilas Rdeveloping a positive 'can do' attitude towards new challenges
1/2 Banana PalmJordan Gher great presenting skills during speech week
1/2 CactaceaeHamish Ohis patience and resilience in improving his handwriting
1/2 LavenderZoe Pcompleting her speech with a give it a go attitude and doing a great job!
1/2 MangroveElla Sovercoming her nerves and presenting an interesting and informative speech
3/4 BambooLiz Coutstanding water deflection during 'Rock and Water' finger fencing
3/4 MagnoliaNicholas Cbeing more resilient in class and on the playground
3/4 RainforestAmelia Hher mature and resilient approach to group work
5/4 MarigoldWilliam Bdisplaying incredible resilience across all situations. Well done!
5/6 Cherry BlossomKeira Lbeing a resilient and flexible learner
5/6 FrangipaniAlex Tconsistently showing initiative, maturity and resilience in his class work and attitude!
5/6 WillowElliot Lcatching up and completing many set tasks despite being absent from school
5/6 YautiaShuhan Lpersevering in the Maths Olympiad


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

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

Spotlight on...

1/2 CACTACEAE!!!!!!

Book Parade - We loved the book parade!!! We took lots of photographs because it was so special.


Narrative - This term, Stage One students have been planning, drafting and publishing their narratives. Everyone in 1/2C worked extremely hard to write a story about the ocean! We used Sizzling Starts, Tightening the Tension and Exciting Endings to plan our narratives. Soon, we will be working on storytelling our narratives as part of ProjectNEST!

"It made it a lot more easier than usual stories because usually I have no idea what to write about and I just have to think for 10-15 minutes about what to write about, so I write something random. This is better because it gave me the idea, I got to plan it all and then I knew what I was writing and then I could just type it on the computer which was really very quite easy."

- Henry F

"First I thought of my characters and then I tried to think of an exciting start to my story. Then, I already had my problem in mind and so I wrote that down. I liked typing my story the best because I don't normally use computers and it was special."

- Vivienne B-N


From Vivienne...

Read my story 👇

The Ocean Adventure by Vivienne


Gymnastics - A little known fact about 1/2C is that we are extremely good at gymnastics - it is one of our favourite parts of the week! We have all learned 12 positions for gymnastics, and really enjoyed the trampoline and the bars.


PHOTO GALLERY: Visiting the First Floor Gallery

STEP BACK IN TIME...'Morilla Wonga' - Balmain Demonstration School 1961

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Sydney Secondary College Balmain Campus Selection and Enrichment classes

Sydney Secondary College Balmain Campus Selection and Enrichment classes

Sydney Secondary College Balmain Campus would normally hold an information evening for perspective families interested in our gifted and talented learning opportunities at the end of October.

Due to current Covid-19 restrictions we are unable to hold this evening.  Please click on the following link to see a presentation of information about learning opportunities for the Selective and Enrichment programs for enrolment in 2022:


Purchase yours NOW!

No Scaredy Cats online interactive child development webinar for parents

No Scaredy Cats online interactive child development webinar for parents. 

Parentshop is hosting an interactive webinar for parents to help them identify and reduce anxiety and build resilience over three consecutive Monday evenings. 

16th, 23rd & 30th November 2020 - 7.00pm - 9.00pm AEDT


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