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Move from Skoolbag to Connect

Due to recent changes by the company that provides access to the Skoolbag communication App, we are no longer able to provide communication to our school community through this service.  The school has made the decision to use the Department of Education supported Connect service.  This change will be effective from the beginning of Term 3, Monday 22nd July.

Connect is a secure online environment developed by the Department of Education for staff, students and parents in public schools.   For you, Connect provides easy access to information relevant to your child’s classes and learning such as assessments, teacher feedback and attendance data.

Schools can use Connect to keep you updated with important information.  Things like up-coming events, excursions, classroom activities, photos and stories can be send to you via email or, if you prefer, via a push notification on your phone.  

The Connect Now app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or Google Play.

You will soon receive your login details via the email address we have on file for you.  If you have recently changed your email address, please let us know by phoning 9350 9588 or emailing bannistercreek.ps@education.wa.edu.au so we can update your details.

How do I find out more?

· Check out the short video clip on Connect at https://vimeo.com/connectwa/welcome

· Parent information sessions will be held early in Term 3

BYOD Parent Information Session

On Thursday evening, 20 parents and community members braved the cold weather and attended our information session on the school BYOD program.  A big thank you goes out to our Year 4 teacher Mrs McDonald and Year 3 teacher, Miss Howard for the presentation they prepared and delivered.  Thank you also to all the other staff members who came along and supported the evening.

Participants got the opportunity to have a hands on experience using iPads in the innovative and creative ways that they are being used in our classrooms.  The session provided a showcase of how our students involved in the BYOD program are focused on using the iPads as a tool to create evidence of learning as opposed to the consumption of online content.  Many of those attending the session had the opportunity to raise concerns and ask questions, which were able to be answered  by staff attending.

As the year progresses, more information will become available to our school community on the growth of our BYOD program into 2020.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me through the office.

Travis Miller, Deputy Principal

Out of Hours School Care (OHSC) onsite at Bannister Creek Primary School

Our service contract with Helping Hands concludes this term.  We have taken the opportunity to review the contract and have talked with a range of OHSC providers.  After much consideration, our School Board has endorsed the decision to partner with Camp Australia to deliver our before and after school and holiday club programs.  The Helping Hands program will cease on the last day of the July holidays, Friday19th July.  Camp Australia OSHC will commence on the first day of Term 3, Monday 22nd July.

The decision to change providers has not been taken lightly and was based on increased partnership links and resources provided to the school.  We are working closely with Helping Hands and Camp Australia to ensure continuity, clear communication and support to families using the service.  Our children are the priority, as we transition to a new provider.

You can register for an account and manage your bookings at campaustralia.com.au or call their Customer Service Team on 1300 105 343.

Coming Events

Tuesday, 4 June Swimming Lessons continue
Monday, 17 June School Board Meeting:  3:15pm
Wednesday, 19 June Assembly hosted by Room 17
Thursday, 20 June Faction Cross Country
BYOD Parent Workshop 6:00-7:00pm
Monday, 24 June Scitech Excursion – Year 1 students
Wednesday, 26 June Winter Carnival
Tuesday, 2 July Semester 1 Reports sent home
Wednesday 3 July Assembly hosted by Room 13
Friday, 5 July End of Term 2

Congratulations

Miss Marshall, our music specialist, is honored to be a recipient of a Public Education Foundation, 2019 First State Super Teacher Scholarship.

This scholarship recognizes Kailee’s outstanding teaching skills and her commitment to professional development in music.  It provides up to $10,000 to support professional learning.  Miss Marshall will use some of the funding to travel to Austria to attend the International Orff Summer School.  This will contribute in developing her Orff Level 4 accreditation. 

2018 Annual School Report

Our 2018 School Report has been endorsed by our School Board.  It is a comprehensive overview of the 2018 school year at Bannister Creek Primary School, please take time to read this document. Paper copies are available from the School Office, it can be emailed on request or it can be downloaded here.

Camp 2019: clothing & equipment list

Camp 2019: clothing and equipment list

• All clothing and belongings should be labelled with a name.
• No phones or electronic devices allowed.
• No money or food is necessary.
• Send an assortment of clothing that can easily be layered if it is cold or removed if it warms up.
Soft travel bag only, no suitcases as we have limited space for storage.

Clothes for camp: enough for four days, include shorts, singlets,
t-shirts, long pants, jumpers and jackets and bathers.
Underwear/socks: enough for four days
Nightwear
Toiletries: towel, soap, toothbrush, hair brush, deodorant etc.(no sprays please)
Footwear: old sneakers, thongs
Other: torch, camera, plastic bag for dirty or wet clothing, raincoat, beanie, hat, water bottle.

Bedding you must bring:
Pillow
Sleeping bag
If a sleeping bag does not suit your child a sheet and doona.

Click here to download a copy of this list.

FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK

Dear Parents, Carers and Community Members

Welcome to 2019 School Year at Bannister Creek Primary School

Together we can make a difference in our children’s education

 A warm welcome is extended to new families and students to our school community. We have had a settled and smooth start to the school year. It was great to see our students and families again, with everyone excited and happy to see friends and meet their teachers. I’m impressed that we have all children wearing school uniform and most with all their stationery requirements. Thank you parents for your support.
I would particularly like to acknowledge our dedicated staff, many of whom spent a considerable amount of time at school in the holidays preparing classrooms and programs. Sincere thanks to our Administration Team for their commitment and efficient organisation which has contributed to the smooth start.
It is such a pleasure to walk into our school. The school buildings and classrooms are looking great, thanks to the care and effort from our school cleaners and gardener.

2019 Class/School Information Sessions – 21st February 5:45 to 6:30pm

One of the strengths at our school is the support and involvement of parents in classes and school events. In order to inform families of 2019 school direction, we are holding a school information evening for parents of Years 2 to 6 students on Thursday, 21st February.
At 5:45pm, school leaders will present a 10 minute 2019 school overview in the Undercover Area. Parents will then have the opportunity to attend class meetings, where teachers will outline class programs and policies. All class meetings will be held in your child’s classroom in the 6:00-6:30pm time slot. Parents with more than one child will have to prioritise which class meeting to attend.
Teachers will have notes available for parents who are not at the meeting and parents can also book an individual meeting with their child’s teacher for a later date.
If children attend, they have the option of sitting quietly in the class meeting with parents, or they can go to the library where they will watch a movie or play games, supervised by school staff.

Kindergarten Room 1 & 2 Yellow Group class meetings will be held on Wednesday 20th February at 9:00 to 9:30am
Kindergarten Room 1 & 2 Blue Group class meetings will be held on Wednesday 27th February at 9:00 to 9:30am.
Pre-Primary class meetings are also on Wednesday 20th February at 2:00 to 2:30pm.
Year 1 class meetings will be held on 27th February at 3:00 to 3:30pm

Parents are encouraged to attend these sessions; we value your support.

Kind Regards
Lyn Macauley
PRINCIPAL

 

JB Hi-Fi BYOD Online Portal

Dear Parents/Carers

As discussed in previous newsletters and at Parent Information Sessions, Bannister Creek Primary School will be rolling out a staggered implementation of a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program over the next 3 years. This will begin with our 2019 Year 3 and 4 students, who are requested to have a personal iPad for use at school. Parents have an option to take advantage of educational pricing through JB Hi-Fi who will supply Bannister Creek parents with iPads at a reduced cost. Please follow the instructions below to login to their website and see the different options available. A Parent BYOD information book is available here or pick up a copy from the School Office.

Mrs Lyn Macauley
Principal
18th October 2018

How it works

The online portal offers a step-by-step navigation. To pre-order your child’s education device simply:

1. Go to jbeducation.com.au/byod

2. Enter your school code  BCPS2019

3. Once logged in, select the relevant student programme.

4. Select your preferred JB Hi-Fi store for pick up, or pick up from your school (where possible).

5. Follow the prompts to choose your device, insurance cover and device accessories.

6. Enter your personal details.

7. Select a payment method and complete your order.

8. If you have any questions, please contact us at jbeducation.com.au/byod or call 1300 730 548.