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Walk to School Day – Friday, 26 May

National Walk Safely to School Day is an annual event when all Primary School children are encouraged to walk/ride and commute safely to school. It is a Community event seeking to promote road safety, health, public transport and the environment.

Bannister Creek Primary School will participate in the Walk/Ride to School Day on Friday 26th May.

We aim to:

  • encourage parents to walk to school with children and reinforce safe pedestrian behaviour
  • promote the health benefits of walking
  • reduce car dependence habits that are being created at an early age
  • reduce the level of traffic congestion
  • promote cleaner and better air quality.
  • reduce the level of air pollution created by motor vehicles

There will be stickers and fruit for children who walk or ride to school and a special treat for the class that has the highest percentage of children walking/riding.

Parents are encouraged to liaise with neighbours to form a walking bus and enjoy a social walk to school.  Everyone is encouraged to walk or ride all or part of the way to school, so start planning now!

Parent /Teacher Interviews

Early Close Tuesday, April 4th

We encourage all parents to take this opportunity to meet with teachers for an update on their child’s progress and start to the school year. Students will be released at 11:30am on this day, so teachers can conduct interviews commencing at 12pm and concluding at 5pm. We request parents book an interview time with class and specialist teachers, by entering their name in an available timeslot on the sign-up sheets that are located outside classrooms, by emailing, phoning the school office or sending a booking request through Skoolbag online. A flyer detailing Skoolbag installation instructions is available from the front office.

Children who are unable to be collected at 11:30am will be supervised by staff until 2:45pm. If your child/children will be remaining at school after 11:30am, please complete the return slip in this week’s newsletter, see page 8.

Our onsite out of school care provider, Helping Hands, will be operating from 11:30am, providing activities for children enrolled in their program. They will also provide a free tea and coffee service from the Canteen for parents who are waiting for interviews. All interviews will be held in classrooms or specialist areas and timed for 12 minute discussion time, with 3 minute changeovers. If parents are unable to attend this session, or more in-depth discussion is required, an alternative meeting date needs to be arranged with teachers.

P & C News

On Monday 13th March, the new P&C Committee held its first official meeting. 2017 is going to be a busy year within the school community and we ask for your support to raise money for the school. As a committee, we agreed to approve funds for:

  •  Protective Behaviours story books valued at $500
  •  20 sets of 8 Guided Readers to support STEM Year 3/4 valued at $1400
  •  Macmillian History e-books and teachers manuals Year 5/6 valued at $1100
  •  Skoolbag annual subscription valued at $600


On Saturday 11th March, the P&C held a sausage sizzle & cake stall. I would like to personally thank all the volunteers for their support and for giving up their time to help. I would also like to thank all the people in the school community for their kind donations. We raised over $1500, HOORAY and THANK YOU!!!


Thank you to the families who completed the P&C surveys. The results are as follows:

  • 90% want to see additional healthier options on the canteen menu. They would also like a more condensed and easier layout to read.
  • 80% want more family involved fundraisers
  • 40% want to see the nature playground in the early learning area to be completed, so the Kindergarten to Year 2 students can enjoy it in 2018.
  • 20% asked for an undercover area for kiss and drive.
  • 20% asked for shade sails and more benches for children to sit on at recess and lunch.
  • 10% asked for more sports equipment (e.g. soccer goals on the oval).
  •  20% asked for art and craft fundraisers (things the students have made that families and extended families can buy).
  • 5% asked for additional funding for educational programmes.
  • 5% asked for additional support for the Year 6 Graduation events.

I would like to thank you for taking the time to complete the survey, as a committee it has given us great feedback and we will definitely take these wonderful suggestions on board.


  • Maggie Dent Parent Seminar: Real Kids in an Unreal World. Tuesday 4th April.
  • Easter raffle tickets due are Wednesday 5th April and will be drawn Friday 7th April.
  • Family Movie Night. Friday 28th April (details to follow).
  • School Banking New Account Drive. Thursday 30th March for students who would like to open a new account.


School Banking commenced on Thursday 16th March with great success. The New Account Drive, for the students to open a new account will take place on Thursday 30th March. There will be some special guests from the School Banking team visiting our assembly on Wednesday 29th March. Please support our fundraisers, so we can attend to your requests and make the school more fabulous.


Monday 24th April, commencing at 7:30pm in the Staffroom.



Every morning, two special Easter Bunny Helpers visit each class to collect Easter eggs, baskets and other Easter themed donations. Please send your donation to school by Tuesday 4th April. All donations will be greatly appreciated. Five tickets will be sent home with each child, the tickets are $1 each. To be in the running to win a great prize, please return your tickets and money to the P&C box in the front office by Wednesday 5th April. Please ensure each ticket is clearly marked with your name and phone number or your child’s name and room number. The raffle will be drawn on Friday 7th April.

Canteen News

Thank you to all my wonderful volunteers this fortnight: Kirby, Sara, Vanessa, Jodie, Ros, Shanti, Ossy and Kerry. New volunteers are always welcome, if you are able to help out please come and see me in the canteen.

There will be no end of term treat this term, our last canteen day will be Wednesday April 5th, with the normal Wednesday menu items available. A copy of the new Winter menu will be given out during last week of term. The Canteen will be open Monday, Wednesday & Friday next term and everyone is welcome to order from the canteen, including Kindy and Pre-Primary students.

If you prefer not to send money to school with your children, you are able to order online.

Thank you for your support,

Georgina, Canteen Manager

2017 Bannister Creek Primary School Board

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

Parent Representatives: Mark Burgess (chair), Louise Loosen, Neil Worland, Linda Ross.
We currently have a vacancy for a P&C representative. The P&C representative‘s role is to attend the School Board meetings and report to the monthly P&C meetings. We are calling for nominations from interested parents and carers for the P&C Representative Board position. To nominate, please complete the attached nomination form on Page 8. Written nominations must be received in the School Office by Friday 17th February 4pm. The next School Board meeting will be held on Monday, 20th February at 3:15pm.
The School Board has an important governance role in our school. This means taking part in the shaping and monitoring of the school‘s objectives, priorities and general policy direction. The Board is formed with the fundamental purpose of enabling parents and members of the community to engage in activities that are in the best interests of students and will enhance the education provided by the school. It is about providing additional expertise to help the school achieve the best outcomes for the students.

2016 Community Satisfaction Survey Feedback:

Thank you to the 126 parents who responded to our survey. Our Board and staff spent time analysing your feedback. Overall the feedback is extremely positive and endorses the direction and well established processes in our school. The questions asking for comment provided insight and raised some common issues. A full analysis of the survey will be uploaded to our website. At the last meeting on 28th November 2016 the Board endorsed an action plan to address some of the issues raised.

Survey Action Plan:
 Continue to promote School Board‘s role
 Parking – the Kiss & Drop has been successful, continue to promote safety issue
 More sports equipment for recess and lunch
 Increase student extension programs
 Develop more consistent parent communication strategies – class newsletters, communication books.

P & C News


All parents, carers and community members are invited to attend the Bannister Creek P&C Association Annual General Meeting.

Monday 13th February 2017, commencing at 7:30pm in the school staff room.

Year 6 P&C Fundraiser Bunnings Sausage Sizzle:

Saturday 11th February 2017 8am – 4pm
Please come along to Bunnings, High Road, Riverton THIS SATURDAY
and help us raise money for the Year 6‘s!
Hot Dogs $2.50                          Drinks $1.50
A big thank you to Tom and Natalie Cleary and Don Asplin from the Professionals Prowest Real Estate who are sponsoring our Sausage Sizzle.
If you have any property needs, please call Tom on 0434 513 622 anytime and mention that you got their details from the Bannister Creek Primary School Newsletter.

Canteen News

Welcome back,

I hope everyone enjoyed their break. Canteen will be open every Monday, Wednesday and Friday again this term. The menu has not changed, every family should have received a copy on Friday. If you didn’t receive a copy please see your class teacher or pick one up from the front office or canteen. A copy can also be found on our school website.

Sushi available on Fridays but orders MUST be placed by the previous Wednesday.
We always welcome new volunteers, any day or amount of time you can spare is greatly appreciated, we are in particular need of volunteers on Friday afternoons. If you are able to assist , please contact the
Thank you for your support.
Georgina, Canteen Manager