Category Archives: News

2018 School Board

2018 Bannister Creek Primary School Board – Parent Reps needed!
Together we can make a difference in our children’s education!
Our School Board consists of:
4 Parent Representatives – elected by school parent community
1 P&C Representative – elected by the P&C
5 Staff Representatives, including the Principal – elected by Staff
Community Representatives – appointed by the Board
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.
Members have a term of 3 years. We currently have vacancies for 2 Parent Representatives and I am calling for nominations from interested parents and carers to be part of this decision making group. To nominate, please complete the attached nomination form. Written nominations must be received in the School Office by Wednesday 22nd November 2017, 3:30pm. Our first Board meeting is scheduled for Monday 19th February 2018 at 3:15pm in the school staff-room.
I would encourage all parents and carers to consider being a member of this group and contributing to the leadership of our school. For more information on school boards go to:

Welcome to Term Four

Dear Parents, Carers and Community Members,
Welcome to Term 4, I hope you had an enjoyable holiday. With only 9 weeks of the school year left, Term 4 planning and organisation are on track. Please download a Term 4 Planner by clicking on this link. It is a busy term with Semester 2 student reporting; inter-school athletics and basketball; Dance Sport; Year 6 Graduation and our End of Year Presentation Assembly. It is expected that all students will attend until the last day of term, Thursday 14th December.
Planning for the 2018 school year has commenced. On Monday, staff utilised the School Development Day to review 2017 school data and reflect on current school initiatives against our Business Plan targets. We are continually focused on striving for excellence and improved outcomes for our students.
2018 funding is reliant on student numbers. If your children will definitely not be returning to Bannister Creek PS in 2018, please let us know. Teachers will soon be forming draft classes and included in this newsletter is a Parent Class Placement Request form that gives you the opportunity to outline any educational concerns that you feel teachers need to consider.

Kind Regards
Lyn Macauley,


2017 Athletics Carnival

We had perfect weather for our Athletics Carnival on Friday 8th September and it was great to have so many families supporting the event. We were proud of the high level of participation and effort shown by our students.
Congratulations and thank you to everyone who contributed to the success of the event. Mrs. Rowland’s organization of the competition was superb. Thank you to Mr. Rick Jaworski, our school gardener, for his support and marking the oval.
Thank you to the parents, grandparents and community members who arrived early in the morning to help staff with setting up the bays and for their assistance throughout the day.
A special thank you to the P&C for serving food and organizing lunches.

Final Results 2017:
1st Blue 2314
2nd Red 1916
3rd Gold 1896
4th Green 1813

P & C News

Father’s Day Stall:

The annual Father’s Day Stall will be held on Thursday 31st August. Remember to send some
money with your child so that they can purchase a gift for the special dad, grandad, uncle or other special man in their life.

Father’s Day Raffle:

Don’t forget to buy your raffle tickets for your chance to win a fabulous prize. The following raffles are available:
1. Dad’s Time Raffle
2. City Getaway Raffle
3. Sports Raffle
4. Food Glorious Food Raffle
5. Fun for the Whole Family Raffle
All raffle entries and money are due on Thursday 31st August, before the start of school. Please include your name, phone number and the number of the raffle you wish to enter on the ticket stub. Extra tickets are available from the Front Office. The raffle will be drawn Thursday afternoon and winners will be notified if their child is not at school.

Faction Athletics Carnival:

We will be holding a Sausage Sizzle and Cake Stall at the carnival on Friday 8th
September and need volunteers to assist. If you are able to spare an hour or two, please head to the following website and choose your own time slot.
Funds raised will go towards the construction of the Junior Nature Play Area.
If you are able to donate any cakes, biscuits, slices etc. for the cake stall, please drop these off to Egret Block wet area on the morning of the carnival. Please indicate if your donation contains any ingredient that may cause an allergic reaction e.g. nuts, eggs, gluten etc.


The P&C have faction coloured wrist bands ($2.50ea) and drink bottles ($5.00ea) for sale. These will be available outside the Library from Monday 4th September to Friday 8th September – 8:15 to 9:00 am. There is a limited amount of each product so ‘first in best dressed’.
I look forward to seeing you all at the carnival.
If you have any queries regarding the P&C, please contact me.
Kind regards
Alicia, P&C Association President

2017 NAPLAN Results

Individual Year 3 and 5 student reports were sent home last Friday. In all five
areas tested, Bannister Creek students performed above the West Australian
and Australian mean. We are showing an improvement trend and performing
above Like Schools in all areas. These are pleasing results that reflect our
commitment to excellence in education and meet our Business Plan targets.
On Tuesday 12th September, 7:00-7:30pm, we will be conducting a parent
session, presenting an overview of our 2017 NAPLAN results. If you are able to
attend, please RSVP to the Front Office on 9350 9588 or via Skoolbag. For
more information on your individual child’s results, please contact class

Open Night

Parents and carers are invited to attend our Parent Open Night on Thursday,
14th 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 to the development of the Early Childhood grounds. 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.

School Lapathon

We have raised $9777.00 – an amazing effort! Thank you to everyone who supported our school! It doesn’t matter how much you raised, $1 or $1000, you are all winners and have helped us purchase laptop headphones for Years 4 to 6, robotic devices for the school and to complete Stage 2 of our Junior Nature Play Area. A fantastic bonus for our school! At the next assembly, Wednesday 26th July, students who ran the most laps will be recognised and incentive prizes will be presented to the highest fundraisers.

School News – End of Term Two

Next week promises a fitting end to what has been a busy and productive Term.

  • Student Semester One reports will be sent home on Tuesday 27th June.
  • On Wednesday, Room 11 will host our NAIDOC assembly followed by all classes planting native plants in the Moort Boodja (Family Garden), Noongar Seasons Trail.
  • On Thursday, all students in Years 1 to 6 who have strived for their best and followed our Code of Conduct will be rewarded with a tabloid, multi aged group Maths activity session.
  • We will end the term with a Fun Friday Wacky Hair Day, a Student Councillor charity fundraiser.

Please note that Term 3 commences on Tuesday 18th July.


Our goal was to raise $8,000 and to date we have raised $9000.00 – an amazing effort! Thank you to everyone who supported our school! It doesn’t matter how much you raised, $1 or $1000, you are all winners and have helped us purchase laptop headphones for Years 4 to 6, robotic devices for the school and to complete Stage 2 of our Junior Nature Play Area. A fantastic bonus for our school!
At the first assembly in Term 3, Wednesday 26th July, students who ran the most laps will be recognised and incentive prizes will be presented to the highest fundraisers.

Naming our Faction Survey:

Thank you to the 24 parents who responded to our survey. All Year 3 to 6 students were also surveyed. 52% of parents and 68% of students voted for the River names option:
Green – Swan
Red – Canning
Blue – Bickley
Gold – Avon
Our School Board has unanimously endorsed the names and directed that they will be introduced in 2018 to celebrate the School’s 10th anniversary.

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!