Term 1 Week 7 Thursday 14 March 2019

Important dates for your diary...

For your diary...

* Friday 15 March- Summer PSSA Round 4

* Friday 15 March- National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence

* Monday 18 March- MPC Assembly

* Monday 18 March- Leaders' Camp

* Tuesday 19 March- Leaders' Camp

* Tuesday 19 March- Debating Workshop @ Manly Vale PS

* Thursday 21 March- Harmony Day

* Friday 22 March- Summer PSSA Round 5

From the Principal, Ms Peta Hanson

Kindness does exist! We are witness to it every day and it would make you proud. By being kind, we make this world a better place. Differences in beliefs and opinions wouldn’t be such a big deal if kindness always came first. With tomorrow being the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence, we ask that you remember that...

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”

– Leo Buscaglia

Driver Behaviour and Road Safety

The safety of our children is of paramount importance to all of us and while the majority of parents and carers display great care when dropping off and picking up students to and from school, there is an increasing number of drivers engaging in dangerous driving behaviours, causing great concern to many members of our school community- some of which have been reported. There are some important rules that must be followed to ensure our students are kept safe at all times. I thank you in advance for your support with this incredibly important issue. Our local police and council rangers will also be actively supporting us with extra patrols during peak times and will enforce the NSW Road Rules. I have attached for your reference a complete list of school zone offences, including demerit points and fines.  

*Slow down- School opening and closing hours are busy times for pedestrian and vehicular traffic outside the school. Always take extra care in 40km/h school zones, which operate on gazetted school days.

*Park safely- We’re all busy with places to be and things to do but please park safely even if it means walking further to the school gate. Observe all parking signs. They are planned with children’s safety in mind. NEVER Double Park as it puts children at risk.

*Model safe and considerate behaviour for your child – they will learn from you.

*Have respect for the Kiss and Drop procedures and don’t overstay the 2 minute maximum. A school’s kiss and drop facility is designed for your convenience and will help keep all children as safe as possible during the busiest times of the school day. Designed for quick entry and exit, these zones minimise congestion and risk when used properly by all parents and carers.

*Slow down near the school crossing. At a supervised crossing, observe the directions of the school crossing supervisor.

*Always park and turn legally around the school. Avoid dangerous manoeuvres such as U-turns and three-point turns.

*Always give way to pedestrians particularly when entering and leaving driveways.

*Avoid parking across the school driveway or the entrance to the school car park.

*Avoid parking in or near the school bus bay.

Please observe the road rules at all times. Being in a hurry, distracted or inconvenienced from having to park a short distance from the school for pick up is never an excuse to do the wrong thing or put our children’s safety at risk! They are far too precious to all of us!

School Zone Offences


P&C Annual General Meeting and Fair Meeting

Last Tuesday 12 March 2019 the Annual General Meeting of the P&C was held. I would like to take the opportunity to thank those that have held positions on the P & C over the last 12 months and for the ongoing support they have provided the staff, students and community of our school. Our school would not be the wonderful place it is without their support, enthusiasm and commitment! I extend a very warm welcome to/ welcome back to our 2019 elected office bearers.

President: Jonathan Sharp

Vice Presidents: Hannah Creelman, Sally Bate

Treasurer: Sarah Garland

We look forward to working with you this year!

All parents and carers are warmly welcome to attend, become a member of the P&C and have your say in P&C activities and events. It really is a wonderful way to become involved in our school. Our next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday 9 April at 7.30 pm in the library. Hope to see you there!

Expression of interest for placement in Year 7 at a NSW Government school in 2020

Parents/Caregivers of students in Year 6 were issued with an Expression of Interest for placement in Year 7 at a NSW Government school in 2020 documents on Monday 11 March 2019. This form outlines the process for high school enrolment in more detail and allows you to indicate which high school you would like your child to attend in 2020. It is not an application to enrol. The Expression of Interest MUST be returned (whether you are seeking government placement or not) on or before Tuesday 19 March to our school office. Please don’t hesitate to contact Ms Hanson or Mrs Gibson at school should you have any questions about this process.

Conservatorium High School Auditions

The Conservatorium High School would like to inform our talented music students that:


Application to AUDITION for Con High entering 2020 are now open. Go to https://conhigh.nsw.edu.au APPLY tab then 2020 Entry Application.

Closing date for registration is 7th June 2019.


Enrolling into High School at NBSC- Parent Information Evening


Deputy News

Harmony Day- Everyone Belongs! Thursday 21 March 2019

The SRC will be celebrating Harmony Day, Everyone Belongs-A celebration of cultural diversity and inclusiveness on Thursday 21st of March. Students will be engaged in activities in class that promote inclusiveness and acceptance.

To celebrate Harmony Day, the SRC would like all students to dress up in a traditional outfit from their culture OR dress up in the colours of the country flag from their heritage and background. The best dressed person in each class (chosen by the teacher) will have their photo in the Beacon.

Students are also encouraged to bring in a dish from that country and share it with the class. Please be mindful that we have students with allergies and we politely request a full list of ingredients to be sent in with your cultural dish. No nuts or nut based products.


The National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) assesses the literacy and numeracy skills of students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9, in schools across Australia.

NAPLAN assesses writing, language conventions, reading and numeracy.

NAPLAN results will help you understand how your child is progressing through school.

Moving to NAPLAN Online

In 2018 NAPLAN began moving from pencil and paper tests to online tests in some states and territories. A small proportion of NSW schools participated in NAPLAN Online in 2018.

NAPLAN will be administered online in 2019. The move to NAPLAN Online means new benefits for your child’s school including better assessment and greater student engagement.

The NAPLAN online test window starts on 14 May 2019 and finishes on 24 May 2019. A more detailed timetable of the test schedule will be provided closer to the date. All tests will be administered online with the exception of Year 3 Writing which will be a pencil and paper test.

NAPLAN assesses the literacy and numeracy skills your child is already learning in school.

Teachers will ensure students are familiar with test formats prior to NAPLAN tests. The best way to support your child through NAPLAN is to encourage them to do the best they can on the day.

For more information please refer to the attached information from ACARA, NAPLAN online-information for parents and carers. As always, if there are any concerns/ questions regarding the SRT, please don’t hesitate to contact us at school.

Naplan - Online Brochure


Tell Them From Me

I am delighted that this term, our school, like many others in the state, will participate in a Department of Education initiative: the Tell Them From Me student feedback survey. The survey aims to help improve student learning outcomes and measures factors that are known to affect academic achievement and other student outcomes. The focus of the NSW-wide survey is on student wellbeing, engagement and effective teaching practices.

More information about the survey is available at: http://surveys.cese.nsw.gov.au/information-for-parents

The survey is a great opportunity for our students to provide our school with valuable and quick feedback on what they think about school life, how engaged they are with school and the different ways that teachers interact with them. Schools in Australia and around the world have used the Tell Them From Me survey to help improve how they do things at school.

I want to assure you that the survey is confidential and school staff will not be able to identify individual students from their responses. The survey is conducted online and will typically take less than 30 minutes to complete. It will be administered during school hours between 14 March and 8 April. Participating in the survey is entirely voluntary.

A consent form and a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) for parents/carers about the survey is being sent home with students. If you do not want your child or children to participate, please return the consent form (attached) to school by Friday 15 March. The FAQs and copies of the consent form, including translated consent forms, are available from the website above.

Tell Them From Me Student Survey Consent Form


Tell Them From Me Student Survey FAQs


Aussie Stars

Aussie Star Awards – Responsibility

The following children have received the Aussie Star Award for Responsibility.  They consistently make sensible choices in the classroom and on the playground.  They look out for the safety of others to ensure that all Beacon Hill students remain happy and safe.  These students will be presented with their awards at our MPC assembly on Monday 18 March.

Congratulations to Ethan Hover KA, Noa Fulcher KB, Zachary Zhang KT, Jordan Potter KW, Callum Campbell 1C, Zoe Rulli 1G, Skye Barnes 1K, Hilary Macleod 2HC, Riley Armitage 2M, Wian Coetsee 2W, Addison Welch 3A, Syan Christie 3H, Amelia Hiller 3M, Piper Tabone 3/4N, Lachie Coulstock 4G, Shayna Smith 4R, Lani Davison 5B, Eliza Briggs 5N, Indie Coombes 5T, Aston Hulme 6M, Hugh Bates 6O, Audrie Tabone 6R, 

Star Awards

Stage 1 Awards

Kindergarten Awards & Information

Kindergarten Home Reading

Home reading has commenced this week for Kindergarten.  Kindergarten parents are welcome to come and join Miss Bull for a parent information discussion about home reading in Kindergarten in KB's classroom on Wednesday 20th March from 2.20 - 3pm.

 Kylie Bull

Assistant Principal

PSSA Results

Bush Link

Art Enrichment

Young Archie Awards

Over the last month in the Art Enrichment classes on a Tuesday, Yrs 3/4   5/6 have been working on portraits to enter the Young Archie Competition. This competition is run by the Art Gallery of Sydney and is part of the well know Archibald Prize.

As a school we were only able to enter 10 art works as it is a very popular competition.

Congratulations to our 10 successful entrants.

Amelia Loko 6R

Amalia Ignacio 6M

 Lani Davison  5B

Thea Kacskovics    6R                                    

Codie Sheehan 6M                                                                                       

Isla Bellingham 3H

Christian Clarkson 3/4 N

Audrie Tabone 6R

Talia McNatty 6O

Abigail Douglas 5T

Isobel Pacholski 5B also was able to send her entry into the gallery individually.

Congratulations to all!

The finalists won’t be notified until the end of May.

Wishing you all the best.

Attached are some examples of our finalists work.

Jeanette Bacon

Art, Design , Make Teacher

Other School News

Office News

Year 2 Students

 We still have several recorders available for purchase at the school Administration Office.

If your child is in Year 2 and they still require a recorder please bring $8 CASH to the office ASAP .

School Fees

School fees are now due , reminders will be sent out next Wednesday.

Beacon Hill Public School

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