Term 4, Week 3- Thursday, 1 November 2018

Important dates for your diary...

For your diary...

  • Friday 2 November- Summer PSSA round 9
  • Friday 2 November- 3-6 Discos
  • Monday 5 November- MPC Assembly (junior dance groups perform) Farewell Colin!
  • Wednesday 7 November- Performing Arts groups to Warringah Mall
  • Thursday 8 November- Cake Day
  • Friday 9 November- BHPS Remembrance Day Service
  • Friday 9 November- Summer PSSA round 10

From the Principal, Ms Peta Hanson

Invictus Games Experience

Mr Matthewson and I had the incredible privilege of attending the Invictus Games with 41 of our Year 6 students last Thursday. The word ‘invictus’ means ‘unconquered’. It embodies the fighting spirit of wounded, injured and sick service personnel and personifies what these tenacious men and women can achieve post injury. The Invictus Games harness the power of sport to inspire recovery, resilience, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for those who serve their country.

What an amazing day we shared! Following a very early start, we were introduced to two courageous ex-service personnel who shared their incredibly moving stories with us. From there we enjoyed some track and field events at the athletics centre, including discus and 100m heats, and then participated in a seated volleyball match which was loads of fun! Our afternoon session involved an interactive motivational presentation from Lorin Nicholson. Lorin who was declared legally blind at the age of 4 shared his incredible story of inner strength, determination and resilience as he inspired us all with his award winning music and his amazing life experiences including being a best selling author and a record breaking cyclist! He helped us to see that "the greatest mountain we climb in life, is the mountain within ourselves."

We all left agreeing that the Invictus Games is about much more than just sport – it captures hearts, challenges minds and changes lives. We can never begin to imagine what these men and women have gone through but boy we embraced the day and loved showing our support and encouragement. These people are true heroes!

We will never forget to LOOK UP, GET UP AND NEVER GIVE UP!

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

Farewell Colin! We will miss you!


It is with sadness and with much fondness that it is time to say farewell to Colin Cocking, our dedicated crossing supervisor who has decided to retire from his position. Colin has been a very much loved member of our school community, ensuring the safety of our students and wider community since 2009. We will miss him warm smile and friendly demeanour and would like to thank him for his lengthy dedication and contribution to supporting our community. We will be farewelling Colin at our K-6 Assembly next Monday 5 November and all parents are welcome to attend to say goodbye. We will miss you Colin!

From next Monday 5 November, we will welcome our new permanent crossing supervisor, Julie Fulbrook. Julie has been a member of our local community for the last 30 years and her children attended our school. It will be wonderful to have Julie with us, and we look forward to welcoming her next week. Please make sure you say hello to Julie when you cross Tristram road next week.

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


White Ribbon Day of Respect on Friday 23rd November


The SRC will be holding a White Ribbon Day of Respect on Friday 23rd November where students will wear white and students can buy a white ribbon for $2 and/or bring in a gold coin donation to raise money for White Ribbon.

Students will also be participating in class discussions and activities on RESPECT. Including what respect looks like and sounds like in a variety of contexts. Each student will also make a white ribbon with messages/ poems of respect. The SRC will create a large whit ribbon the top school oval to demonstrate our school’s commitment to being respectful at all times. Please help us support this worthy cause.

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 received the Aurora award at the shade structure assembly on Monday 29 October.

Skye B KA

Tairora L 3/4N

Fletcher W KG

Aston F 4A

Daniel G KW

Isla F 4R

Kiers V 1C

Cameron S 4H

Tilda G 1M

Coco F 5B

Hilary M 1/2G

Bryce N 5S

Thomas N 2DC

Izzy M 5T

Toby C 2M

Alice S 5/6N

Bence K 2W

Tom P 6M

Joss C 3E

Borka H 6O

Kaitlyn O 3M

Thomas S 6R

Aussie Stars


The following children have received the Aussie Star Award for Responsibility.  They are consistently in the right place at the right time, wearing their Beacon Hill uniform with pride.  They listen carefully and act responsibly by being punctual, polite and prepared.

Congratulations to the following students:  Chloe L KA, Tig L KG, Piper K KW, Madison H 1C, Millie B 1M, Tilly M 1/2G, Fiona J 2DC, Oscar M 2M, Carter M 2W, Jye A 3M, Indi G 3E, Eliana P 3/4N, Hannah R 4A, Jonah L 4H, Evie F 4R, Ty W 5B, Jai K 5S, Grace B 5T, Codie S 5/6N, Nicole A 6M, Seb L 6O, Kaitlin R 6R.

These students will receive their awards at our MPC assembly on Monday November 5th.

Star Awards

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

Other School News

Choir performance

Last weekend our year 3-6 choir had a blast singing and performing at the Town Hall as part of the Celebration Sing Out concert raising money for Music Therapy at Westmead children’s hospital. There was an adult choir and orchestra, ukulele band and many soloists. We sang songs such as Danny Boy, Flooding Rains, Flying, Gloria Dao, Jerusalem and Brolga Dance.

Olivia and Bella – Choir Captains ​

Jelly Day- Tuesday 6th November

On Tuesday 6th November, Jasmyn Ve and Alice S are having a Jelly Day!

The Jelly Day is part of a class project called Genius Hour where students choose a topic they are passionate about. We were interested in learning how to set up a fundraiser for a worthy cause and how much work is behind it. We want to raise money to support a cure for brain cancer. As part of the project we had to complete a presentation to show the detailed steps required in running a fundraising event.

We will be selling Jelly Cups in the K-2 and 3-6 playground of all colours and flavours for $1 each. All funds raised will go directly to www.curebraincancer.org.au

Jasmyn and Alice 5/6N

Registrations for our 2019 Junior Band are now open!!

Please click on the link to register online by Thursday 8 November https://goo.gl/forms/6SWRymPoaJgQSSq73

If you have any questions please check the email you received from your Class Parent which has some useful youtube links and information about the program.  You can also look online on our school website, pop into one of our rehearsals in the MPC or email Kaz Cerneaz (bandsecretary@bhpspc.com).

REMEMBER – Band is for EVERYONE!!  There are no pre-requisites, auditions, selections or performance assessments.  We are inclusive, welcoming, educational and fun.  Don’t miss out on being a part of our Band!!

Band Flyer


Sports News


Ethics Classes 2019

Help children develop skills for life.  Become a Primary Ethics teacher!
We are seeking volunteers to teach our ethics classes in 2019. 
Did you know we have 110 students across 5 classes taking Ethics classes this year?  All our classes are full (max. students per class is 22) and we have a substantial waitlist.
A huge thank you to our fabulous ethics teacher - Renee Sucic, Ali Watson, Debi Moffat and Natasha Lewis - who generously volunteer their time to take a 40 min ethics class every Wednesday.  Renee, Ali and Debi are not able to teach next year due to work commitments or leaving the school so we really need some new teachers please.
You will receive full training by Primary Ethics, the not-for-profit organisation approved to design curriculum and training for the ethics program. Training consists of a two day workshop and short online modules. Lesson materials are provided. 

In ethics classes, children learn how to think logically, disagree respectfully and support their arguments with evidence, rather than act according to blind habit or peer pressure.

Children discuss topics such as:
  • imagining how others feel
  • how do we treat living things?
  • what is laziness?
  • how do we disagree in a respectful way?
  • fairness  

If you are keen to find out more or would like to sit in on a class to see what’s involved please contact Kirsten Simpson at beaconhillethics@gmail.com or visit www.primaryethics.com.au

Beacon Hill Public School

“Together we provide a respectful, happy and friendly school environment where everyone strives to achieve excellence.”