Term 4, Week 2- Thursday, 25 October 2018

Important dates for your diary...

For your diary...

  • Friday 26 October: World Teachers' Day
  • Friday 26 October: Summer PSSA Round 8
  • Monday 29 October: Whole School Photo Day
  • Monday 29 October: Band Demonstration Day 2:30pm MPC
  • Tuesday 30 October: Specialty photos
  • Wednesday 31 October: NSWPSSA Athletics
  • Thursday 1 November: NSWPSSA Athletics
  • Thursday 1 November: Kindergarten Calmsey Farm Excursion

From the Principal, Ms Peta Hanson

World Teachers' Day- Thank You to our AMAZING teachers!

World Teachers' Day is an opportunity to remember and acknowledge our teachers and say thank you for the significant contributions they make in our classrooms and communities. Celebrated in more than 100 countries worldwide, World Teachers' Day was established by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in 1994 to recognise the role of teachers in society. World Teachers' Day is held internationally on 5 October. As the day usually falls during school holidays, celebrations in Australia often occur on the last Friday of October each year. I would like to take the opportunity to acknowledge the staff at Beacon Hill. They are a highly professional and very special group of people. They truly are a team of professionals who spend many hours planning and preparing for their students, as well as being actively engaged in their own learning and refinement of their teaching practice. They give of their best and are always willing to go above and beyond to support and help the students. On behalf of our families, I would like to extend a big THANK YOU to the staff this World Teachers’ Day. The ways in which you touch the hearts and minds of our students is noticed and appreciated. You make a difference.

BHPS Stars

Congratulations to Mindy Mulders, Matthias Platzer and Gabby Strong  who, this week, participated in the Arts Alive Band and Choir tour to the Dubbo region. They represented their school with incredible pride and had lots of fun along the way.

 Congratulations to Brooke Bosland who has been representing NSW this week at the School Sports Australia National Championships. Her team is doing very well and looks like they will make the grand final tomorrow. Best of luck, Brooke!   Congratulations to Mindy Mulders, Matthias Platzer and Gabby Strong  who, this week, participated in the Arts Alive Band and Choir tour to the Dubbo region. They represented their school with incredible pride and had lots of fun along the way.


Thank you for a fun movie night!

While the weather wasn't in our favour, it certainly didn't dampen the fun at last Friday's movie night! Huge thank you to Mariana Festa, Sally Barwell, Jonathan Sharp and Anthony Hulme for all their hard work to ensure the evening was a success!

Good luck to our State Athletes!

We congratulate and send our very best wishes to Keith Solis and Sienna Villacorta-Bateman who will be representing Sydney North at the NSW State Athletics championships next week. You will have everyone at BHPS behind you!

Band Solo Night

Congratulations to all of our amazing musicians who performed at Band Solo night last night! It is such a wonderful achievement to play solo in front of an audience and every single one of you should be incredibly proud! It was an absolute pleasure to hear you play and witness your phenomenal growth this year. What a talented bunch of students we have at Beacon Hill! Thank you to the many families who attended and supported our students. I am sure you enjoyed it as much as I did. Special mention to our sensational compere- Lucas Briggs and to Matt Hurditch for his unwavering commitment to the BHPS band program.

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


From the Deputy Principal, Mrs Jane Stanley

2020 Year 7 Selective High School Placements

Applications for those students in Year 5 wishing to apply for selective high school in 2020 opened 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.

Selective High School


BHPS Star Learners


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.

Congratulations to the following students who are displaying the qualities of a risk taker like Aurora, setting goals, trying something new, aiming high, rethinking, reviewing and redoing. These students will receive the Aurora award at the shade structure assembly in Week 3, Monday 19 October.

Skye Barnes KA

Tairora Lowe 3/4N

Fletcher Webb KG

Aston Farrell 4A

Daniel Gullis KW

Isla Friesen 4R

Kiers Van Grootel 1C

Cameron Steele 4H

Tilda Gagnon 1M

Coco Ferrari-Ross 5B

Hilary Macleod 1/2G

Bryce Newsome 5S

Thomas Newman 2DC

Izzy Mazza 5T

Toby Charlish 2M

Alice Sizeland 5/6N

Bence Katai 2W

Tom Poole 6M

Joss Colling 3E

Borka Herczeg 6O

Kaitlyn Orlando 3M

Thomas Shugg 6R

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

Aussie Star Awards Respect

Stage 1 Awards

Other School News

Photo Day Next Tuesday 30 October


Speciality and sports photos will be taken next Tuesday 30 October.  Sports photos will be taken last.

Requirements for band, choir, debating, drama and dance photos

Students are required to wear full school uniform for strings and woodwind ensemble, choir, debating, drama and dance photos.

Band photos will be taken from 8.30am on Tuesday morning. Concert and Jazz Band members are to wear their band uniform to school. Intermediate and Junior band students are to wear their full school uniform. Can ALL band students please remember to bring their instruments.

Requirements for sports photos

All students in a representative PSSA sport team, including year 3 soccer, swimming, athletics and cross country zone competitors are required to wear their full sports uniform, with BHPS black sleeved polo shirt (preferred) or house coloured sports shirt and black skorts or shorts.

Please note

Students in both, specialty groups and sports groups are to come to school in full school uniform and pack their PSSA /sport uniform, including sneakers in their bag. Students in sports group photos only may wear their PSSA/sport uniform for the day.

Garden Club

What a wonderful couple of weeks we have had at garden club! Last week we spread out matured compost onto our vegetable gardens, and this week we could definitely see the difference! Today, we tended to the composts by turning them and adding some dolomite lime and coffee grounds. We also made our first donations to the canteen: a lettuce, some chives and some parsley! It is so wonderful that the students at BHPS will be eating the produce that we grow in our very own vegetable gardens! If you want to get involved in garden club, please email Mrs Ross. The more the      



On Thursday, Year 3 students were lucky enough to do some hands-on work with Mr Gibbons and the Bushlink Team in our school gardens. Together, they used their environmental skills to help transform the lovely footpaths near the front office and plant some beautiful agapanthus plants. We have enjoyed working with the Bushlink Team this year and learnt so much! J

 “Working with the Bushlink Team was fun because we got to do lots of gardening and it was a good life experience.” – Georgie Sizeland 3/4N

 “Bushlink was great because we helped the school and it was really fun.” - Jack Coombes 3E