School Newsletter


Choir and instrumental students in years 5 and 6 were invited by Governor Beazley to give audience to Adam Hall and the Velvet Players at Government House on Thursday 23rd June. Mr Beazley spoke briefly of the importance and prevalence of music in Australian society and culture and of its beneficial effects on brain development, before joining us to experience a wonderful interactive music session. We then joined the Governor in his study for a brief question time, followed by a tour through Government House. Students were captivated and intrigued by the extensive display of Aboriginal art and historical stories, particularly the 1925 murder in the ballroom.

2022 Premier's Reading Challenge

The 2022 Premier's Reading Challenge is now on.  The challenge is for students from Kindergarten to Year 10 to read a minimum of 12 books between May and 9 September 2022. Readers who log 12 or more books are eligible to go in the draw to win some fantastic prizes including family holidays and experiences across Western Australia. 

Each week a student who logs a book title via their online account, will be eligible to win a unique Western Australian experience. 

The weekly random prize draw will see a student and friend, accompanied by a parent or carer, enjoy a range of rewards including:

  • Zip line from the Matagarup Bridge
  • Fly in a helicopter over the world’s largest open cut mine in Kalgoorlie
  • Swim with dolphins in Rockingham
  • Ride a camel at sunset in Broome
  • Attend a special event as a guest of Tourism Western Australia

(By registering for the challenge, students and parents agree to the challenge terms and conditions.)

Students can register online, or have their parents register for them. Once registered, students can:

  • choose their own challenge avatar
  • search over 7,000 books from the online booklist
  • log the books they read during the challenge.

You can download a reading record - or see Mrs Larsen in the library - if you cannot access an online account.

We encourage students to explore different book formats - from historical novels to graphic novels, comics to newspapers or song lyrics to poems. 

For more information or to register, go to www.premiersreadingchallenge.wa.edu.au or see Mrs Larsen in the library.
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A reminder that all students need to be wearing full school uniform.  As the weather has become cooler, we have noticed a number of students wearing black or coloured logo/branded style jumpers and jackets. 

These do not comply with our school uniform expectations, we ask parents' support to ensure that they are sending their children to school in the correct attire. 

If you would like more information about the requirements of our uniform or where you can purchase them, please visit our website School Uniform Requirements.

If you talk to the man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart. - Nelson Mandela

We are almost at the end of the term, and the students are completing work in their Term 2 portfolio.
At the beginning of each lesson, students spend 10 minutes conversing with each other in Indonesian, with support from a teacher prepared conversation on the board, after which,
Year 3s are completing activities, naming classroom items in Indonesian,
Year 4s are learning how to tell the time on the hour,
Year 5 s are completing all unfinished work in their portfolios and reflecting on how much they have learnt.
Year 6s have been discussing Festivals in Indonesia focusing on understanding "Ramadan", by watching videos from a challenge in Language Learning Space.

Wishing everyone 'A safe and Happy Holiday". Till we meet again! Selamat Hari Libur! Sampai jumpa lagi!

Salam
Ibu Francis

 

Updated Menu - Term 3

Due to recent events in the last few months and the inevitable rising of prices from suppliers and costs within the Canteen we have no option but to increase prices on select items in the menu. This is not something that we want to do but unfortunately it has to occur so we can continue to keep the Canteen operational. These new prices will come into effect from day 1 of Term 3. We apologise for any inconvenience and appreciate everyone’s support so far this year.

We have also swapped some daily specials to see if they will work better on a different day. New menus will be available from the Canteen next term and in the next newsletter.

Next term we are also planning an exciting themed recess for Science week and we will have the Sports carnival to look forward to. Stay tuned.

We hope everybody has a safe and enjoyable school holidays and we look forward to seeing you back next term.

Thanks,

Bree and Kath

 Primary School -Term 3

School Development Day – Monday 18 July

Primary School students return to school - Tuesday 19 July

Education Support Centre - Term 3

Education Support Centre students return to school - Monday 18 July

Education Support Centre's School Development Day - Thursday 28 July

Primary School and Education Support Centre - Term 4

School Development Day – Monday 10 October

Primary & Ed Support Centre students return to school – Tuesday 11 October

NAIDOC Celebrations 

This year we were privileged to see our indigenous girls proudly share a couple of their own Noongar dances with the school community. They were beautifully led by Alana their dance teacher. We were also grateful to have elder Len Yarran come in to acknowledge country and accompany Ash Penfold, (Corroboree for life) in his dance. In the coming months, we hope to see the newly built yearning circle become a focal point for our whole school community where parents and community members can share ideas on how to make South Ballajura P.S a place that shows harmony, inclusivity and creativity with its diversity. 

Year 9s Science with us

On the 21st of June, the Year 9 ACE students from BCC (Ballajura Community College), came to our school to share and demonstrate their science learning with us. Some were even past SBPS students. We had so much fun seeing how science is in high school, some of us didn’t expect to see so much mess around!

In small groups we observed the experiments. Most of the equipment used in the experiments were harmful to touch with bare hands, inhale or to be eaten, so we had to wear gloves, glasses for eye protection and some required a mask.

The student’s demonstrated many exciting experiments and we were able to participate too.  Some of our favourite experiments included; instant ice-cream making, elephant toothpaste and fizzing mentos and Coke chemical reactions.

We all enjoyed the hands-on science experiments and are eager to experience high school science.

Ashley and Ngoc

Winter Carnival

On Friday 24th of June the chosen years 5 and 6 participated in a tournament known as the Winter Carnival. The place of this extraordinary event was the Kingfisher Park at Ballajura Primary School. The events were Soccer, Netball and Football. The following schools participated in the events with us Illawarra, Alinjarra and Ballajura. They offered tough competition and even though some of us didn’t win, we played till the very end of the spectacular carnival.


Our school was paired up in the following matches for Soccer:

I. South Ballajura VS Ballajura.
II. South Ballajura VS Illawarra.
III. South Ballajura VS Alinjarra.
IV. And for the finale we versed the challenging Illawarra.

The Soccer teams went into overtime and this made the matches stressful and to our great joy our A team won the medal.

The girls Netball matches were:

I. South Ballajura VS Ballajura.
II. South Ballajura VS Illawarra.
III. South Ballajura VS Alinjarra.
IV. As for the last match, we played against the confident Ballajura. And though we didn’t win, all of us Netball players are proud with the way we played in the Winter Carnival.

The Football matches saw our school paired as follows:

I. South Ballajura VS Ballajura.
II. South Ballajura VS Illawarra.
III. South Ballajura VS Alinjarra
IV. The last match was against the tough Illawarra.

Well done to all the players, you kept your game up and never gave up when the play was looking impossible.

Ashley and Ngoc 

TA3 have had such a fantastic Term 2! This term we have enjoyed our fortnightly Yoga and Zen Zone activities. We had a fantastic incursion where we planted a Bush Tucker Garden! Last week we  visited Whiteman Park, which is always lots of fun. We still make time to work hard in class as can be seen in our reports! We are also looking forward to spending some quality family time over the holidays and telling our classmates all about it when we return. Have a safe holiday!

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Community Access Programs Term 3

The Whiteman Park Community Access Program was completed on Friday 24 June.  Unfortunately, the weather and Covid prevented the Centre from experiencing the newly re-vamped education programs fully.  We will look forward with anticipation to these programs in 2023.

Term 3 will start with an inaugural visit from HOSE A, The Mini Fire Truck to give us some tips on bushfire safety. Followed by an AFL Starkick All Abilities Football Clinic and hopefully, the Beldon Sports Carnival.  Later in the term, the Centre will focus on getting ready for Term 4 Interm Swimming lessons with a Water Safety Incursion.

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Dear parents/carers,

We are at the end of Term 2, how time flies when you are having fun. Thank you to everyone for making me feel so welcome in my first term at SBPS. I am looking forward to the rest of the year and hopefully beyond 2022.
We have had a busy term and despite the interruptions with Covid-19 we have managed a number of events such as: the ANZAC Assembly, Interschool Cross Country, Pizza with the Principals, Walk to School Day, Government House Music excursion, Interschool Lightning carnival and our NAIDOC Assembly.
Term 3 is shaping up to be just as busy. Some of the events on our calendar include: Athletics carnivals – Faction & Interschool, Science Week (Week 5), School photos, Year 6 Camp (Week 4) and Book Week.

Student Reports

Student reports went home yesterday. I enjoyed talking to our Year 5 and 6’s about their reports prior to their teacher’s handing them out. I asked them 3 questions:
1) What have you enjoyed learning about this semester?
2) What have you done well this semester?
3) What would you like to get a bit better in next semester?
I discussed with the students that for me, their engagement with their learning is very important and that, “Practice makes Progress”. I look forward to touching base with them again at the end of the year to discuss their progress.

Collecting Children

We have had a number of close calls in the carpark off Wyperfeld Gardens particularly in the afternoon pick ups.

Please park in a bay and then collect your children from the footpath. We have students running into the carpark to get into cars and have nearly been hit by other vehicles.

Unfortunately, there is very little room in the carpark for moving around stationary cars. If there are no bays available in the carpark please park on Wyperfeld Gardens and come in to collect your children. While this may be a minor inconvenience for you it is designed to keep your children safe.

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Campus Chaplain

It is with great please that that I can announce that we have secured the services of Martin Heffer as our Campus Chaplain. While this has been in the wind for a while we have finally signed the contracts.

Martin will start in Term 3 and will be at our Campus Tuesday to Friday. Tuesday and Wednesdays with Education Support and Thursday and Fridays with the Primary School.

We welcome Martin aboard and we are excited to have him as part of our school community.

Covid-19

Thank you for your continued efforts in keeping our school COVID-19 safe. We appreciate your flexibility and understanding with the changes we have had to make this term in regards to staffing and keeping classe running.

Reminder:
If your child becomes symptomatic they should stay home and be tested for COVID-19. You should notify the school if your child tests positive for COVID-19. Refer to healthywa.wa.gov.au for information on close contact definition, testing and isolation requirements.

We still have lots of free RAT kits so please aim to collect one if you haven't done so. Remember every family gets one for each child enrolled at the Primary School.

Have a safe and relaxing holiday and we look forward to seeing everyone back ready for a wonderful Term 3.

Michael Kovalevs
SBPS Principal

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to the school community at South Ballajura ESC and PS.  I am looking forward to taking the next step in my leadership journey, and working collaboratively with all members of the schools’ community.

I have a long history of working with children with diverse needs.  I am passionate about equity in education, particularly for our most vulnerable students. My leadership philosophy is built upon developing a shared vision and a strong foundation of trust, collaboration, and mutual respect.  I look forward to working with staff and families supporting our students to achieve their personal best.

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2022 Premier's Reading Challenge

The 2022 Premier's Reading Challenge is now on.  The challenge is for students from Kindergarten to Year 10 to read a minimum of 12 books between May and 9 September 2022. Readers who log 12 or more books are eligible to go in the draw to win some fantastic prizes including family holidays and experiences across Western Australia. 

Each week a student who logs a book title via their online account, will be eligible to win a unique Western Australian experience. 

The weekly random prize draw will see a student and friend, accompanied by a parent or carer, enjoy a range of rewards including:

  • Zip line from the Matagarup Bridge
  • Fly in a helicopter over the world’s largest open cut mine in Kalgoorlie
  • Swim with dolphins in Rockingham
  • Ride a camel at sunset in Broome
  • Attend a special event as a guest of Tourism Western Australia

(By registering for the challenge, students and parents agree to the challenge terms and conditions.)

Students can register online, or have their parents register for them. Once registered, students can:

  • choose their own challenge avatar
  • search over 7,000 books from the online booklist
  • log the books they read during the challenge.

You can download a reading record - or see Mrs Larsen in the library - if you cannot access an online account.

We encourage students to explore different book formats - from historical novels to graphic novels, comics to newspapers or song lyrics to poems. 

For more information or to register, go to www.premiersreadingchallenge.wa.edu.au or see Mrs Larsen in the library.
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A reminder that all students need to be wearing full school uniform.  As the weather has become cooler, we have noticed a number of students wearing black or coloured logo/branded style jumpers and jackets. 

These do not comply with our school uniform expectations, we ask parents' support to ensure that they are sending their children to school in the correct attire. 

If you would like more information about the requirements of our uniform or where you can purchase them, please visit our website School Uniform Requirements.

Lessons are going on well in Indonesian,
Year Threes are working on a birthday invite and a birthday card in their student portfolios and will move on to learning how to name classroom items in Indonesian.
Year 4s have been working on bigger numbers and will continue with learning the days of the week and months of the year.
Year 5s are working on a conversation on serving food and drinks from a menu of an Indonesian restaurant.
Year 6s will be finding out celebrations in Indonesia and focus on Ramadan. As they have been learning all about Indonesian food, they will be treated to a food tasting session.
Happy Learning! Selamat belajar!
Salam
Ibu Francis

 Primary School -Term 3

School Development Day – Monday 18 July

Primary School students return to school - Tuesday 19 July

Education Support Centre - Term 3

Education Support Centre students return to school - Monday 18 July

Education Support Centre's School Development Day - Thursday 28 July

Primary School and Education Support Centre - Term 4

School Development Day – Monday 10 October

Primary & Ed Support Centre students return to school – Tuesday 11 October

Friday 17 June

NAIDOC Assembly 1.50pm - Parents welcome

Friday 24 June

Year 5/6 Winter Carnival (Kingfisher Oval)

Tuesday 28 June

Pizza with the Principal

Thursday 30 June

Faction Reward

Friday 1 July

Last day of term

Midvale Hub Parenting Service

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NAIDOC Assembly

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Our Campus NAIDOC assembly is being held this Friday (17th June) at 2pm.
We are looking forward to having you join us for this celebration.

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