Pigeon Post

2020 Volume 2 Issue 9

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Keep up with what's happening @ Balmain Public School


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!


Note: If you experience an issue with the ðŸ‘† link, scroll to the end of the eNewsletter to the 'Contact Us' section for the Insta link!

From the Principal

Ms Pauline Shines On...

Ms Pauline, as you know, was a very special person to the Balmain Public School community. Not only did Ms Pauline support many students with their learning and mindfulness, she advocated for our Indigenous students.

Ms Pauline was also our very own Environmental Warrior, raising an awareness in our school, of the need for recycling, composting and sustainability. Her garden beds grew many a vegetable and herb, being sold back to our community, to continue the sustainability of the garden.

Our compost bins supplied copious amounts of nutritious 'worm wee', which again was quickly snapped up by our community. Of course, it goes without saying, that recycled bottles were used as containers for this project!

Head over to our Instagram account @balmainps for pics of yesterday's 'Going Green for Ms Pauline' mufti fundraising, as well as the for the (drumroll please) amount you so generously donated! You'll find this on the story (coloured circle).

Thank you to everyone who donned their greens, florals and gardening gear to turn each Balmain Public School classroom into a living, thriving garden yesterday...Ms Pauline's legacy lives on through our special garden! We â¤ï¸ you!

Maria Lambos - Principal

Important Information

As of Monday 27 June, the park gate will remain locked until 'Kiss & Drop' duty commences at 8:30am daily.

Note: Users of Before-School Care

The Eaton St gate will be the ONLY gate available for entry and signing in to Eaton St Centre. Thank you for your understanding in this matter.


Do you have some spare time over the weekend? You may like to consider contributing ðŸ‘‡

As per a recent Skoolbag notification, we are creating a Vlog, or video log, to document and keep reflections of our students' time during the recent weeks of remote learning. This would be collated and published in a special edition of the Pigeon Post and placed on our website. This will not be included on our Instagram account.

Huge THANKS to the families that have already sent their child/ren's Vlog through to balmainps@gmail.com!

Before the memories start to fade, especially for our younger students, we ask that you record, preferably in landscape mode, your child responding to the following questions:

  • What have you enjoyed?
  • What were some challenges? (K-2 - What has been hard?)
  • What are some new experiences you have had for the first time?

The questions/responses can be recorded separately, if easier, and sent to balmainps@gmail.com with ATT: Mrs Lambos VLOG, child's name and class in the subject line, by Monday 29 June. Siblings may like to be recorded together.

We look forward to your videos and the creation of this unusual, yet special, keepsake of this unprecedented time!

Year 6 Tea Towel Fundraiser - HURRY! LAST WEEK TO ORDER!

Order now through Flexischools!



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.



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 1 July - P&C Zoom Meeting - 7pm - link to join meeting!👇

Time: Jul 1, 2020 07:00 PM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney 

Please click this URL to start or join: https://macquarie.zoom.us/j/91158378104?pwd=ZWtDUDJnVHJEZGd4OTRpbHd6Z1dEdz09    

Or meeting ID: 911 5837 8104 

Password: 556677


Join from dial-in phone line: 

    Dial: +61 2 8015 2088

    Meeting ID: 911 5837 8104 


P&C Zoom Meeting Agenda


Friday 3 July - LAST DAY OF TERM 2



THANK YOU so much to the P&C and our families for the generous coffee tab at Fundamental Cafe...it has been much appreciated! We can't believe it lasted so long...thank you, thank you, 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 GumnutMargot Bbeing a caring friend to all in KG and always trying her very best!
K JasmineWilliam Shis incredible thirst for knowledge and trying his hardest to write in full sentences
K KaleBrandon Dworking hard to sort lengths from shortest to longest
1/2 Banana PalmZoe Bbeing a role model to her peers by consistently displaying The Balmain Way everyday at school
1/2 CactaceaeAnna Bher hard work writing a fascinating information report about rocks and minerals
1/2 LavenderOliver Pconsistently being ready to learn and always showing the 5L's in the classroom
1/2 MangroveCharlotte Reffectively writing a plan using key ideas for her information report
3/4 BambooRoman Soutstanding effort in improving his positive classroom involvement
3/4 MagnoliaEmmie Ban excellent presentation on 'Who discovered Australia'
3/4 RainforestAngus Ban improved focus in his approach to writing tasks. Well done, Angus!
5/4 MarigoldLuka Hshowing dedication in his learning of mathematical concepts
5/6 Cherry BlossomFreddie Bhis great effort in his maths investigation
5/6 FrangipaniLachlan Whis strong collaborative skills during our paper masters challenge
5/6 WillowJames Cdemonstrating a mature approach to a range of social settings
5/6 YautiaAvery Lher engagement and contributions during literacy groups

YOU CAN DO IT! awards - Organisation

K GumnutSunny Dshowing organisation by settling quicky during word work and being ready to learn
K JasmineIvy Lalways creating well organised and detailed artworks during investigations
K KaleNicholas Mshowing an improved effort in trying to keep himself organised
1/2 Banana PalmJordan Gbeing on time and ready to learn this week!
1/2 CactaceaeEdward Hshowing his best 5Ls with listening ears switched on
1/2 LavenderLily Oassisting in organising peer learning in the classroom whilst showing a caring and kind personality
1/2 MangroveAitan Meffectively using the computer to research his topic of comic books to help organise his information report
3/4 BambooDante Swonderful organisation of research for his history project
3/4 MagnoliaOscar L-Rbeing organised and always ready to learn
3/4 RainforestLuca Lhis organised and enthusiastic approach to maths!
5/4 MarigoldArkie E-Mconsistent showing to her peers how to be organised in class
5/6 Cherry BlossomLachlan Reffectively using time to complete his task to a high standard
5/6 FrangipaniLaura B Sher organisational skills, which enable her to stay focused and productive during learning time
5/6 WillowJohnny McCdemonstrating wonderful listening skills and contributing to class discussions
5/6 YautiaWairua Sbeing an organised and helpful member of 5/6 Yautia


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...


Who would have thought maths could be so yummy! Last week, KG investigated the colours of skittles they found in a pack when learning about data. This week, KG made wriggly worms out of playdough and put classroom items in order from shortest to longest to learn about length.


We read “When I Grow Up” and KG wrote about what they wanted to be. We have some future archaeologists, rock stars, artists, cricket players, YouTubers, scientists and super heroes in the making!


In literacy, we also made words out of letter fans, practised our sight words and read some quality texts, during Daily 5!

PHOTO GALLERY: Literacy Time!


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