Pigeon Post

2020 Volume 2 Issue 5

Follow us on Instagram

Keep up with what's happening @ Balmain Public School


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

From the Principal

Woo hoo! We're back!

I have really enjoyed greeting our Balmain Public School students each morning at the park gate. The majority of the children have happily entered after a hug (or two) and a kiss. Some of our younger students have needed a little encouragement to help them in...but we've managed it. I know my own heartstrings have been tugged quite a few times throughout the week, watching the goodbyes...

What was particularly heartwarming to see, was a Kindergarten student, who, after needing much encouragement to enter his class on Monday morning, has since been happily saying and waving 'bye' to his grown up and bravely coming through the gates on his very own!

Our students are showing bravery and much resilience during this time...we are so used to welcoming our community members onto our school grounds in the mornings, it seems really strange to all of us that our grown-ups need to 'kiss and drop' and say goodbye this way.

Thank you to the parents and carers who have followed the drop off and pick up procedures. It is working smoothly. 'Kiss and drop' and the staggered afternoon pick up will be continuing next week and until further notice.

Thank you for your continued support and cooperation.

Maria Lambos - Principal

Our newest Australians!

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

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




Every FRIDAY - commencing 5 June

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


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

Friday 3 July - LAST DAY OF TERM 2



Thank you for supplying our classroom essentials!

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 GumnutPoppy Balways trying hard and having such a positive attitude!
K JasmineRayson Mhis champion effort in learning to read his sight words
K KaleSophie Gher fabulous reading and fantastic effort sounding out tricky words
1/2 Banana PalmNate Jhis amazing work and quick thinking in Maths!
Giselle Pher dedication and hard work in her reading improvement!
1/2 CactaceaeJuma Mhis excellent listening skills and following all instructions
1/2 LavenderAmelia M-Cbeing respectful and helpful in the classroom
1/2 MangroveEva Kresearching and learning some seriously amazing facts in Literacy Groups
3/4 BambooZiggy Sthoughtful and interesting contributions to classroom discussions
3/4 MagnoliaFrederique Ran excellent persuasive writing piece on how everyone must go to Candyland!!!
3/4 RainforestCleopatra McPan outstanding improvement in reading and writing. Go Cleo!
5/4 MarigoldLuca Mshowing a positive attitude and confidence during mathematics lessons
5/6 Cherry BlossomSanti Sshowing an improvement in his maths work
5/6 FrangipaniTalon Bshowing an improvement in his active listening skills
5/6 WillowAsha Sdeveloping self-confidence, evident through classroom discussions
5/6 YautiaWilliam Shis work produced during our remote learning experience

YOU CAN DO IT! awards - Organisation

K GumnutEmily Kalways being ready to learn!
K JasmineSkye Calways showing well thought out and neatly organised work
K KaleOliver Ckeeping his belongings at school organised and taking care of the K Kale learning space
1/2 Banana PalmJames Chis fabulous help in the classroom without being asked
1/2 CactaceaeHenry Fhis beautiful 5Ls and great effort while completing classwork
1/2 LavenderHenry Rcoming back to school engaged and excited to learn
1/2 MangroveArwen Jensuring that she is always thoroughly prepared for each learning task
3/4 BambooGeorge Befficiently organising his team for S.O.L.E
3/4 MagnoliaZara Rwriting paragraphs ensuring her ideas are organised! Well Done, Zara!
3/4 RainforestCormac Khis organised approach to learning each day!
5/4 MarigoldHannah Oconsistently coming to class prepared and ready to learn
5/6 Cherry BlossomVilja Jquickly organising herself in returning to school
5/6 FrangipaniFinn Ca great effort in managing his time better
5/6 WillowAdisri Psuccessfully organising herself into a new school
5/6 YautiaShuhan Lcoming to school ready to learn and engage with peers


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

Early Stage OneMargot B K Gumnut
Stage OneLachlan H 1/2 Mangrove
Stage TwoRosie F 3/4 Magnolia
Stage ThreeZoe A 5/6 Cherry Blossom

PHOTO GALLERY: Positive Pete Winners

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


Welcome back treat!

Thank You, Bourke St Bakery!

Thanks to our newest Aussies...

Fabulous Friday donuts...


National Simultaneous Storytime Day

Ms Whelan reads 'Whitney and Britney Chicken Divas' by Lucinda Gifford...

Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been the industry’s standard dummy text ever since the 1500s, when an unknown printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book.

Ms Whelan, we love listening to you read to us!


National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

The dates for NRW remain the same each year; 27 May to 3 June. These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey— the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision respectively.

Reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of all Australians as we move forward, creating a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between the wider Australian community, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been the industry’s standard dummy text ever since the 1500s, when an unknown printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book.

Kindy collaborates...

5/6 Frangipani are 'in this together'!

PHOTO GALLERY: 1/2C had some deep conversations about racism and treating people fairly and individual responsibility to help people from all communities and we created anti-racism posters 💪

5/4 Marigold create Reconciliation Week posters...

PHOTO GALLERY: 3/4 Magnolia are all 'In This Together'

PHOTO GALLERY: 1/2 Mangrove create Reconciliation Week posters

PHOTO GALLERY: 5/6 Cherry Blossom collaborate and create

Spotlight on...


1/2 Bananas are a happy bunch back at school!

PHOTO GALLERY: We love a challenging maths puzzle!

FUN FACT: Did you know that banana plants are a type of herb, not a tree?

The Bananas are the first to read the new decodable texts that the P and C have purchased for Stage One!

We are loving our new books, with lots of lovely Australian animals!

National Simultaneous Storytime!

In true Banana-style, we like hanging out - not just inside the classroom, but outside - any chance we get!

Here are some of us, soaking up the sunshine last week AND doing some fabulous maths!


Contact us

Celebrating 160 years of quality public education in 2020!