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2020 Volume 4 Issue 1

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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!


Have you enrolled your Kindy sibling yet? Please do so as soon as possible, so we can keep you updated. We are currently in the process of organising our 'Transition to School' program. This information will be communicated via a Skoolbag notification to 2021 Kindergarten families ONLY. Your child MUST be enrolled in order to attend.

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.

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

Thank you.

From the Principal

Please wear a helmet!

Safety on wheels...

What a lovely start to Term 4. Greeting students and parents/carers at Gladstone Park gate daily is always a pleasure, with so many happy faces excited to be back to see their friends and teachers!

It has been great to see a number of our students riding their bikes, scooters or skateboards to school. After the bike rack fundraiser (and a little help from our P&C - thank you!) on our crazy socks-themed  'Walk Safely to School Day' last term, we've managed to purchase a second bike rack, in order to accommodate the increase in bikes that are being ridden to school.

It has been noticed, however, that not all 'wheeling' students are wearing a helmet. The helmet laws for cyclists of all ages in NSW help prevent head injuries and brain damage from falls and crashes. The Road Rules state that a bicycle rider on roads and road-related areas must wear an approved bicycle helmet securely fitted and fastened. This applies to all bicycle riders, regardless of age, including children on bicycles with training wheels and any child being carried as a passenger on a bike or in a bicycle trailer.

Foot scooter, skateboard and rollerblade riders should wear a helmet and protective gear, such as knee pads and elbow pads.

Let's endeavour to have 100% of riders and skaters wearing their helmet daily!

Maria Lambos - Principal

🎀🍼 Welcome to the world, baby Harper! 🍼🎀

Harper Abeni Harris, born on Wednesday 26 August at 5:12pm, weighing 3.29kg, is the beautiful baby daughter of Ariana Davis (Miss Davis) and Jesse Harris. Congratulations to Ariana and Jesse...and welcome to the world, Harper!

Harper Abeni Harris


We bid a fond farewell to Lynne Gilchrist, who has worked in the office as a School Administration Officer every Tuesday for the past 18 months. Lynne and her hubby are relocating to the Southern Highlands for the next chapter in their lives...we wish them all the best!

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.


Early Stage One - Term 4 Overview


Stage One - Term 4 Overview


Stage Two - Term 4 Overview


Stage Three - Term 4 Overview


Stage Three Opportunity Class (OC) - Term 4 Overview



Head over to our Instagram account and click on the #Shade Shelter highlight

COVID has encouraged home renovations...and Balmain Public School is no exception!

The school has funded the supply and installation of a 17m x 11m shade shelter, also known as a COLA (Covered Outdoor Learning Centre). This new COLA will allow for whole-school assemblies in the shade, as well as shelter from the rain!

An independent heritage report had been initially done planned and our design has been approved as complying with heritage and Department of Education's infrastructure recommendations.

The main structure is complete; we are currently waiting for the cover to be produced and installed, as well as the post protectors. Once complete, synthetic grass will also be laid.

We are definitely looking forward to this new space!

In the meantime, click on the link below to see our shade shelter stories so far...


Our latest school members...

Do you want to find out about the latest members of our Balmain Public School community?

Click on the link below to take you to our Instagram post...


Balmain P&C Welcomes 2021 Families...

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




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 October - 16 November - Selective high school applications for Year 7 2022

Selective high schools cater for academically gifted students with high potential who may otherwise be without sufficient classmates at their own academic standard. Selective high schools help these students to learn by grouping them with students of similar ability, and by using specialised teaching methods.

Applications for selective high school placement are considered mainly on the basis of the Selective High School Placement Test results and school assessment scores. The Selective High School Placement Test will be held on Thursday 11 March 2021.

If you would like to have your child considered for Year 7 selective high school entry in 2022, you need to apply on the internet using a valid email address (not the student’s email address).

Detailed instructions on how to apply online will be available in late September 2020 at https://education.nsw.gov.au/public-schools/selective-high-schools-and-opportunity-classes/year-7

The application website opens at that link on 13 October 2020 and closes on 16 November 2020. You must apply before the closing date.

There are no paper application forms. If you do not have internet access, you could apply at a public library. If you have a disability that prevents you from using a computer, you can contact the Team for assistance after 6 October 2020.

You must submit only ONE application for each student.


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 October-Friday 20 November - Virtual K-6 Art Show

👇VIDEO: FLORA & FAUNA Virtual Art Show Teaser...👇

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Thursday 22 October - Book Character Parade

Friday 23 October - Expression of Interest - Leadership 2021

Once again, we are looking for candidates for the role of Minister for our 2021 Parliament. Students in Year 5, who would like the chance to be leaders, should write a short expression of interest and give it to Miss Whelan by Friday 23rd October.

The idea of giving in this paper is to encourage the children to think about how they would like to serve our school.

Margy Whelan - Leadership Coordinator/Teacher Librarian

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

Wednesday 18 November - Year 5 2021 Opportunity Class Placement Test

Friday 20 November - Virtual Trivia Night


Tickets for our virtual Trivia Night go on sale next week but in the meantime, we really need help from parents to source items that can be used in an auction/raffle. We particularly need big ticket items such as time in a holiday house or an artwork.

This is our only fund-raising activity for the year because of COVID, so we would really appreciate everyone offering their support.

If you are able to donate anything please email us at balmainpstrivia@gmail.com

Prize Ideas:

  • Services: Photography, Catering, Hair, Beauty, Landscaping, Classes 
  • Gift Vouchers: Restaurants, Experiences, Gift Stores 
  • Big Ticket Items: Holiday Home, Artwork, Luxury Activity 

If you aren't able to donate can you please spare some time to help us contact people/retailers who donated last year, either on the phone or in person?

We really appreciate any contribution you can make to this and we can’t wait to enjoy the evening with you all virtually.

If you have any questions email us at balmainpstrivia@gmail.com


Dear P&C, what would we do without you? We are so grateful!

Thank you for helping us support student voice!

We now have a new bike rack!

...and replacement IWB's! Thanks again SOOOOOOO much!!!!


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 GumnutIsla B-Rclever thinking when comparing the capacity of containers
K JasmineOscar Lhis focus and hard work to create 'rainbow paper' from recycled materials
K KaleFelix Jhis awesome writing about his holiday adventures
1/2 Banana PalmElizabeth Wher amazing work ethic in the first week back at school
1/2 CactaceaeEmily Lher infectious enthusiasm during our history lessons
1/2 LavenderCallan H-Ja calm and focused start to the term
1/2 MangroveHarry Salways showing that he is ready to learn
3/4 BambooLucy Oconsistently working hard in lessons
3/4 MagnoliaRohan Cdisplaying leadership qualities whilst learning and on the playground
3/4 RainforestHenry Sbeing a safe, respectful and responsible learner
5/4 MarigoldZach Rhis informative knowledge about Greek Mythology
5/6 Cherry BlossomFreddie Bhis great writing piece about Hiroshima 
5/6 FrangipaniSamuel Sa well-written retelling of Hiroshima no Pika from a first person point of view
5/6 WillowAsha Sher thorough research into astronaut diets for her Freedom to Learn presentations
5/6 YautiaClementine Bthe outstanding products she created for Freedom to Learn
5/6 YautiaEmily Tthe outstanding products she created for Freedom to Learn
LIBRARY K-2 - Ms WhelanLachlan C 1/2Menthusiastic use of the library

LIBRARY 3-6 - Ms Whelan

Harper S 5/6Fher thoughtful contributions to library discussions
STEAM K-2 - Ms BarcenillaNina B 1/2Lextending herself by writing her own detailed and accurate definition for the word algorithms
STEAM 3-6 - Ms BarcenillaLuca G-W 5/6Fsuccessfully applying the principles of 2-point perspective drawing to show depth 
ART K-2 - Mrs BowmanSophie G KKbeautiful oil pastel work on her 'Vivid' Opera House
ART 3-6 - Mrs BowmanJessica R 3/4Rdemonstrating determination and creativity in her charcoal artwork
MUSIC K-2 - Ms BigginsSkye C KJher focus and concentration and joy in music
MUSIC 3-6 - Ms BigginsWilliam B 5/4Mhis joyous and musical understanding in music

YOU CAN DO IT! awards - Resilience

K GumnutSamuel Shaving a positive 'Can Do' attitude! 
K JasmineMaylea Wworking in a team to determine the capacity of different sized containers
K KaleCamilla Kbouncing back and giving all new activities a go
1/2 Banana PalmGiselle Pperservering with reading tricky words
1/2 CactaceaeGenevieve Prestarting her narrative planning and improving her story
1/2 LavenderJack Sshowing strength and resilience when completing a creative task in class
1/2 MangroveRosalind Cbelieving in herself and being positive when completing written tasks
3/4 BambooElizabeth Rher resilient approach to challenging tasks
3/4 MagnoliaAshton Whis maturity in managing emotions and being very thoughtful and kind to his peers
3/4 RainforestImogen Rher strength and resilience in all areas of learning
5/4 MarigoldFrankie Hcontinually showing a resilient attitude at school
5/6 Cherry BlossomDrew Khis resilience to overcome challenges when working with decimals
5/6 FrangipaniTalon Bhis consistent display of resilience in the classroom
5/6 WillowEddie Hhis confident approach to his Freedom to Learn presentation regardless of technical issues
5/6 YautiaIlias P positively taking on constructive feedback for his Freedom to Learn presentation


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

Gala Day results...

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

Spotlight on...


In 5/6 Cherry Blossom are learning about the tragedy and impacts of Hiroshima.

The worst thing that mankind could ever invent - an atomic bomb. At 8:15 am, local Hiroshima time, August 6th 1945, an atom bomb named “Little Boy,” dropped by a B-29 aircraft, “Enola Gay”, decimated the city of Hiroshima.

Matilda R, Johnny and Monika

There are few survivors of the atomic bomb, some still suffering long-term effects from the bombs radiation, that have dedicated their lives to ensure no one else has to feel their pain again. These people are called 'Hibakashu', meaning 'person affected by bomb' in Japanese.

Zoe and Freya

Little boy and the 25 other atomic bombs were designed by Los Alamos. When it exploded, 15 kilotons of TNT got blasted into the air which made the skies turn into a thick blanket of radiation which killed more than the bomb itself. When the bomb had contact with the ground, it causes the uranium atoms to split which causes the gigantic mushroom cloud and the high levels of radiation.

Drew and Alex

Reading the story of "My Hiroshima" by Junko Morimoto made us realize that it was truly tragic. During the story it talks about how this was the worst mistake humans have ever made. The survival of Junko Morimoto is extraordinary because she was not crushed by a building, wasn't burnt and in general she was okay. Our opinion of this story is that overall it is very sad and that the atom bomb should of never been used. But the good thing is that we learned that we should never use atom bombs and we should try everything possible not to start a war.

Mac and Santi

People fear Hiroshima is still radioactive, as the explosion was approximately 600 metres high.

Matilda P

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


Inner West Council will be patrolling outside Balmain Public School on Tuesday 27 October - afternoon pick-up

Illegal parking puts children's lives at risk

Illegal parking puts children's lives at risk

Back for Term 4!

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