Author Archives: Bannister Creek Primary School

Community Online Survey

We conduct community surveys every two years to gain information regarding how parents and carers view our school’s performance. Our 2018 survey will be conducted in the next 2 weeks. We are surveying parents/carers, a sample of students in Years 4, 5 and 6 and staff. Completing the survey will take a few minutes of your time, but the information will help us in our quest to maximise learning for all students.

Your input is needed, please click the following survey link:

For parents who are unable to access the online survey link, paper copies are available from the School Office. All surveys, electronic and paper are required to be submitted by 3:00pm on Friday, 21st September.


Parent Open Night & Book Fair

Parents and carers are invited to attend our Parent Open Night on Wednesday 12th September from 5:00 to 6:30pm. Children will share with parents the wonderful learning they have been doing in their classrooms. A sausage sizzle will be available. This will be manned by the team from Helping Hands, with proceeds going towards our Year 6 ‘s surprise gift to the school. We hope to see all families represented at this whole school event.

As a special highlight, our library will be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair which will be open on Parent Night. Students will pre-view the books during school time and bring home a wish list. This is a great opportunity for families to view and purchase quality books at reasonable prices.

This week, in the library, we are celebrating the Children’s Book Council of Australia book awards with our ‘Find Your Treasure’ display. Many of us have a treasured book from childhood that may have sparked our love of reading.

Sharing the opportunity to see, touch, explore new books and choose their own is great motivation for children to read more. We invite you to search for a book for your child to treasure at the Scholastic Book Fair that we will be hosting in the Library during Week 9. An invitation flyer will be sent home next week and students will be able to preview books in school time the following week with a wish list to note their interest.

Book Fair Open Times:
8.15-8.45am Wednesday 12th September
2.45-3.15pm Wednesday 12th September
5.00-6.30pm Wednesday 12th September – Parent Open Night
8.15-8.45am Thursday 13th and Friday 14th September
2.45-3.15pm Thursday 13th and Friday 14th September

During open times, you may purchase in person by cash, EFTPOS or credit card.
Alternatively, online credit card payment can be made for items on the flyer wish list – please select the ‘Bookfair’ option.
A percentage of the Book Fair proceeds will support new books for our library. Come and visit our Library and Book Fair, hope to see you there!



Congratulations to our Interschool Cross Country Team – champions three years in a row, WOW!!

What an amazing job our team did to take out the overall win. They all ran their absolute best, with running conditions made more challenging after all the rain left big swampy areas and even a small creek to run through.

In this event, all the runners scores are counted in the final result, so it was a fantastic team effort and several age groups had four runners finishing inside the top twelve.

A special congratulations to Serena, Room 18, who won the Year 6 Girls division. Lara, Room 18, finished second and Jasmine, Room 18, finished third. The Year 4 girls and Year 5 boys teams both were the top of their age divisions, well done!

A special congratulations to those who ran in the top four in their age groups, this was a considerable achievement.

Year 4 Year 5 Year 6
Isla, Room 14: 2nd Heath, Room 17: 2nd Serena, Room 18: 1st
Matilda, Room 14: 3rd Jackson, Room 14: 4th Lara, Room 18: 2nd
Val, Room 12: 3rd Jasmine, Room 18: 3rd
Sara, Room 13: 4th Kristian, Room 16: 3rd

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program in 2019

Dear Parents, Carers and Community Members

Bannister Creek Primary School has seen a shift in teaching and learning as we engage our students in the Western Australian Digital Technologies curriculum. Last year, when reviewing our use of Digital Technologies in the school, teachers identified that students needed to have more flexible access to devices. Plans were put in place to support teachers to use technologies more effectively in the classroom. This has been implemented and we are now ready to transition to a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program in 2019. The School Board has endorsed the decision to roll out a staggered implementation timeline over 3 years. This will begin with our 2019 Year 3 and 4 students who will be required to have a personal iPad for use at school.

The school will be running three Parent information sessions in the School Library on the following dates and times:

  • Thursday 23rd August             7:00pm
  • Wednesday 29th August         8:50am
  • Thursday 30th August             3:00pm

Please click on the link below to book into a session. Whilst these sessions are primarily directed at our current Year 2 and 3 parents, all members of our school community are encouraged to attend.


Hello students, parents and community members,

It is a real pleasure to be joining the staff here at Bannister Creek Primary School. I have been overwhelmed with the welcoming and friendly nature of all the students here at Bannister Creek, and thank all those students who have made me feel welcome by coming to say hello and introducing themselves and their family members.

I have worked in education for over 10 years across the Perth Metro Area. For the last 7 years, I have worked at Campbell Primary School in Canning Vale, as a level 3 Early Childhood teacher across Kindy to Year 1, year level team leader and curriculum leader. I am passionate about Early Childhood Education and providing all our students with an optimum start to their schooling and early intervention where needed. I believe all students across the school should have access to a high quality learning program and environment within which to learn and flourish. In Semester One of this year, I joined the executive team as Deputy Principal at Piara Waters Primary School. I managed and led the Early Childhood teaching team, as well as the Student Services Portfolio.

One of my roles at Bannister Creek PS will be working with the executive team to manage the implementation of the teaching and learning program across the school, and to ensure student well-being, improvement and progress is a priority for all our students. As Deputy Principal, my focus will be on the leading the teaching teams from Kindergarten to Year 2, as well as management of the Student Services portfolio and team across the school. For more information around the role of the Student Services team at Bannister Creek, please refer to the Banister Creek PS website.

I look forward to meeting you and your family members, so please come and say hello when you see me around the school over the coming weeks.

Miss Paige Goodsell
Deputy Principal




The Damper Competition was hotly contested with some very unusual ingredient combinations, see below.

Room 3: Pumpkin & Sweet Potato Room 13: Pumpkin & Bush Spice
Room 4: Cheese & Herb Room 14: Nesquik & Lemonade
Room 5: Ginger Beer & Sultana Room 15: Marshmallow & Chocolate
Room 6: Strawberry Jam & Choc Chip Room 16: Cheese & Onion
Room 7: Cheese & Chive Room 17: Sugar & Buttermilk
Room 8: Mars Bars Room 18: Golden Syrup & Salt / Sultana
Room 9: Chocolate & Marshmallow Room T1: Butter & Cheese
Room 10: Choc Chip & Butter Room T3: Raspberry & Chocolate
Room 11: Banana & Choc Chip Room T4: Ground Ginger & Vanilla
Room 12: Nutella & Cinnamon    

Our judges were very impressed with the entries and after much deliberation, selected the following winners:



Savoury Damper Sweet Damper
Room 7: Cheese & Chive Room 11: Banana & Choc Chip
Room 13: Pumpkin & Bush Spice Room 10: Choc Chip & Butter


South East Metro Parenting Support Service present the following parent workshops:

Jump Start Group: FREE program for parents and their 3 year old children. This five week playgroup style program supporting parents to prepare children for starting school! Parents attend each session with their 3 year old. Sessions include discussions and children’s activities on topics such as building social and emotional skills, developing independence and managing behaviour.

When: Tuesdays 14, 21, 28 August and 4, 11 September. 10:00am to 12:00pm.

Where: Thornlie Community Centre, 39 Coops Avenue, Thornlie.

Tuning into Kids: FREE program for parents of 3-9 year olds. This is a 6 week parenting program that aims to help parents and caregivers teach their children to understand and regulate their emotions. This program helps parents to respond to and foster their child’s individual needs and character in ways that best suit their child, parent and family.

When: Mondays 6, 13, 20, 27 August and 3, 10 September. 9:30am to 11:00am.

Where: Communicare, 28 Cecil Avenue, Cannington.

To register for either workshop, contact: [email protected] or phone 0423 510 587. Bookings are essential.



On Tuesday 31st July, all the students and staff at Bannister Creek PS celebrated the 2018 NAIDOC theme which was ‘Because of Her We Can’.

The Pre-Primary to Year 6 students attended a special NAIDOC assembly where they were treated to a wonderful performance by the Moorditj Mob (students from Wesley College). The dancing and playing of the didgeridoo captivated the audience and we learnt some Indigenous words for boomerang, didgeridoo and how to say goodbye at the end.

Thank you to the Moorditj Mob and Mr Derek Nannup for their captivating performance, and to Mr McNamara for organising the dancers.

Thank you to the following students who spoke at the assembly to share their thoughts around our theme ‘Because of Her We Can’: Isabella, Room 16; Shaqeta, Room 16; Alisandra, Room 16; Ella, Room 18 and Jackson, Room 14. Thank you to Mrs Clark for supporting the students to prepare their readings.

Thank you to our special guests Alicia and Mrs Bynder for sharing your stories and for the Acknowledgment of Country to open the assembly.

A final Thank you to Mr Robson and the students in Room 18 for preparing the Undercover Area and hosting the assembly.

After the assembly, students participated in a range of NAIDOC themed activities including braiding, hunting for objects, making story quilts and all classes made damper with two special ingredients.


Staff Changes

Welcome to our new Deputy Principal, Miss Paige Goodsell. Miss Goodsell was Deputy Principal at Piara Waters last semester and has extensive curriculum leadership and Early Childhood teaching experience.

We extend best wishes to Pre-Primary teacher Mrs Maree Byrne who has been on leave and has now retired from teaching. Mrs Byrne was a foundation teacher at Bannister Creek PS transitioning from Kinlock Primary School. She has made a big contribution to educating children and supporting families in the Lynwood/Ferndale community.

Mrs Cassandra Stewart has been offered the opportunity to take up a Deputy Principal position at Inglewood Primary School for Term 3. We are currently sourcing a replacement teacher and anticipate the move will occur in Week 3 or 4 this term. This is a great leadership opportunity for Mrs Stewart and is testimony of her outstanding reputation and the high regard in which she is held within the West Australian Department of Education.

Mrs Naomi Hinchcliffe is returning to BCPS. She will be teaching Year 1 in Room 7 on Fridays.

Mrs Bianca Zall-Ilahi will be replacing Mrs Perkins and teaching Year 3 in Room 15 on Wednesdays.

Mrs Gemma Mansbridge, School Psychologist, is returning from leave and will provide additional support for the Student Service team every alternate Friday, starting this week. We are fortunate to also have our School Psychologist Mrs Priya Ramu continuing to work every Wednesday at BCPS.


Kids Cubbies Project

It’s cubby building time again. It was great to see excitement grow across the school as the word spread ‘cubbies are on again!’ Students are delighting in building their own cubby structures. The Shelley Men’s Shed has constructed and are building more frames, to help hold the cubbies together. We are always looking for more natural building materials, if you are gardening, please consider bringing the pruned branches or sticks to our cubby area

A sincere thank you to Mrs Amy Fletcher for transporting wood and frames between school and the Men’s Shed.