Category Archives: News

Coming Events – August

Thu 6thEarly Close for Parent Interviews: 11:30am
Fri 7thInterschool Cross Country
Mon 10thSchool Board Meeting:  3:15pm, Conference Room
Tue 11thCommunity Links:  9:00am, Heron Block Baldja Waangkiny Meeting:  2:00pm, Conference Room  
Wed 12thAssembly hosted by Room 13:  8:45am
Thu 13thYear 1 BYOD Information Session:  9:00am
Tue 18thWilletton Interschool Basketball Competition (selected students)

Parent /Teacher Interviews – Early Close Tuesday, August 6th

The Term 1 Parent/Teacher interviews were cancelled due to COVID restrictions.  Our School Board felt it was important to reschedule these, to offer parents the opportunity to connect with their child’s teacher for a progress update.  Students will be released at 11:30am on this day, so teachers can conduct interviews commencing at 12:00pm and concluding at 5:00pm.  Students in Years 4 to 6 are encouraged to accompany parents to participate in the interview, (younger siblings should not attend).  We request that parents book an interview time by following the instructions below.  Additional interviews times are available for parents of students in Kindergarten on Friday 7th August 2020.

All interviews will be held in classrooms or specialist areas and timed for 12 minute discussion times, 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.  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 newsletter, see Page 3.


To make a Parent Interview booking, please follow the steps below:

Available from:  9:00am Friday 24th July 2020


Use Event Code:  jrnbc

· Enter details

· Select teacher

· Select booking time

Kindergarten to Year 6 – Thursday 6th August 2020

Kindergarten Only – Friday 7th August 2020

Staff Changes

It is with mixed emotions that I inform you that Miss Paige Goodsell will be leaving Bannister Creek Primary School.  Paige has won a permanent Deputy Principal position at Campbell PS.

Our Deputy position is fixed term and we have been lucky to have had Paige’s expertise for 2 years.  She has been a valued member of our Administration team, leading many changes in Early Childhood Education and in her Student Services portfolio.  Paige has built relationships with students, parents and staff; we will all miss her positive energy and ongoing support across the school.

I congratulate Paige on this well-deserved promotion and know she will be a great asset to Campbell PS.  Paige’s last day at BCPS will be Friday, 31st July.

Busy Bee – Weeding Moort Boodja

Saturday 1st August – 9:00 to 10:30am

Our classes work hard at maintaining and planting in our bush garden, but winter rains have seen weeds flourish. We desperately need an intensive weeding session and are seeking your help.  The weeds are easy to pull out and many hands will make a big difference.  All family members welcome. 

Please BYO own tools.

Semester 2 Student Reports

Dear parents/carers

I want to thank you again for your support throughout what has been a very unusual school semester.  The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting our entire community and has presented us with extraordinary challenges in managing schooling during the first half of 2020.  I am pleased that together, we have been able to make the best of this situation and ensure your child’s safety and continuity of learning.

With the regular attendance of many students being lower over this time, the breadth and depth of the curriculum covered throughout Semester 1 may have been reduced.  For this reason, schools are not required to include A to E grades on this year’s Semester 1 student reports.  It also means that your child’s attendance may not be reported, and any written comments may provide less information on their progress than usual.  Semester 1 student reports will be available on Connect later today.

Schooling is once again returning to normal and our students are engaging in the regular curriculum, in their usual classroom environment.  Semester 2 reports will reflect this and therefore provide the usual, more detailed information on your child’s progress and achievement.

Thank you for your continued support and encouragement as we work together to provide the best learning opportunities for our students. As we progress, I’ll be sure to keep you updated with any new information.

Kind regards

Lyn Macaulay


Parent update 05/06/2020

I want to thank and congratulate everyone for your support in following the COVID guidelines and processes we have had in place this term. Together, we have been able to make the best of this situation and ensure your child’s safety and continuity of learning.

At Bannister Creek we averaged 92% attendance this week.

All students are expected to attend school unless they are unwell or have a medical certificate.

As you may be aware the  State Government has relaxed further restrictions and progressed to Phase 3 of the WA Roadmap to recovery. In line with the latest Health advice current Western Australian Public School Term 2 arrangements have been reviewed.

One of the changes is that parents / carers and visitors may come on to school sites to attend pre-arranged meetings and for drop off and pick up purposes from Monday 8 June. (This should be limited to a maximum of 100 people with physical distancing of one person per 2 square metres and good hygiene practices applied).

What does that mean for me as a parent / carer at Bannister Creek PS?

Kindergarten: Children are to be dropped-off and picked-up from the Kindergarten classroom using the front gate bordering the Early Childhood car park. Parents cannot enter the classrooms. In order to keep congestion and numbers of people on site down, Kindergarten hours will be modified- 8:40am to 2:35pm, (children released 10mins earlier).

Pre-Primary: Drop-Off We have been very impressed with the independence our Pre-Primary children are showing, by carrying their school bags and learning to unpack and organise possessions. Teachers have noticed that children are separating from parents easier and the start of the school day is calmer. I encourage parents to support this routine by continuing to drop children at the back gate bordering Purley Park. Staff will continue to meet and greet children. If you feel it is needed, you may walk your child to their classroom, but cannot enter the room. Pre-Primary hours remain as normal 8:40am to 2:45pm.

Pick-up: At 2:45pm children will be released from the classroom. Parents are requested to collect their child from the classroom and move out of the school grounds promptly.

Years 1 to 6: Normal school hours 8:40am to 2:45pm. I encourage families to stickto the current drop off/pick up arrangements. Children are now familiar with the gate drop off routine and are responsibly managing unpacking bags and organising themselves for the start of the school day. Teachers are noting that they have more time to greet/interact with children in the morning, children are more independent and lessons are starting promptly.

Purley Park gate, T4 back gate and the Chinese Room gate will be opened for drop off from 8:30am to 8:55am and for pick up from 2:45pm to 2:55pm. Parents may escort children to class but not enter the classrooms.

You can:

  • Be on the school site for drop off (between 8:30am and 8:40am) and pick up (from 2:45pm – 2:55pm) purposes. Please move out of the school grounds promptly.
  • Contact your child’s teacher (email, Connect, phone) to organise a mutually agreeable meeting time.
  • Phone or email the school office to request a meeting on the site during school hours.

You cannot:

  • Enter classrooms at drop off or pick up (or at any time unless it is a pre-organised meeting).
  • Have an impromptu 1 on 1 meeting with your child’s teacher.
  • Stay with your child on the site for an extended period of time (please try to limit your time on the school site).
  • Remain on the school site after drop off or pick up
  • Use the equipment (including playgrounds on site) before or after school. We have a cleaning regime in place that needs to be adhered to.

Are there any other changes I should be aware of?

  • Virtual assemblies will continue.
  • School Choir and Band before and after school sessions will resume.
  • P&C and the School Board can now meet on the school site.
  • Modified faction cross country will be run (more information to come).

In anticipation of your support and understanding I thank you.


Lyn Macauley


How to access your child’s report in Connect

· Log into Connect, either the App or website.

· Click the Connect icon on the top left hand side of your screen.

· Go to My Children.

· Choose your child’s name.

· Click on the three parallel lines/Overview (may be different on different devices).

· Go to Reports.

· Choose Semester 1 – Bannister Creek Primary School.

· Open File.

Semester reports stay on Connect permanently.  They can be accessed when required, however, we recommend that you save the report to your own computer or print out a hard copy for your records.

Parking: Kiss and Drop (Pick-Up Set-Down) Zone

A reminder to follow the signs and keep our children safe.  A detailed parking map is included in  in this newsletter.  Parents are requested to not park in the designated Staff and Visitors car parks.  If you have older children, consider using the Kiss and Drop zone, parking in the Woodford Park car park or collecting your child five minutes later to avoid the congestion. 

The Kiss and Drop zone is a drop off or collection point only.  Parents/Carers cannot park and wait for students.  At the end of the day, if your child/children are not waiting, parents need to drive on around Purley Crescent then return for a second collection attempt. This allows traffic to flow, reducing congestion and frustration.

Safety around schools is a high priority for the City of Canning Ranger and Community Safety Services.  Officers have resumed rotational parking patrols at all schools in the district.  They may issue infringement notices to the drivers of vehicles found to be in breach of parking laws. 

Kind Regards

Lyn Macauley


Term 2 Update

Dear parent/carers

 Just a few reminders before school resumes tomorrow.

Families who are choosing the home learning option should have received the online learning packages, via Seesaw, by 12pm today; or collected hard copies from the table outside the school office.

If parents have NOT contacted us with requests for home learning packages, then we are assuming that children are returning to school for face to face learning on Wednesday 29 April.

If you want a home learning package and have not received one please contact the school on [email protected]  or ring the school office on 93660900.

Students who attend school will be taught in their own classroom by their class teacher, following the normal class timetable. School hours will be as normal- 8:40am to 2:45pm;

Children returning must:

  • have a drink bottle filled with water;
  • bring recess and lunch food.

The greatest risk of transmission in the school environment is between adults. It is of utmost importance that teachers, school staff and parents alike maintain physical distancing between themselves and each other at school.

Parents and visitors must drop students at specified gates and not enter the school grounds. Limited school gates will be open from 8:30am. Children will be met at the gate by school staff and guided to classrooms where class teachers will be waiting to greet students.

Parents are requested to email or ring the school office with questions or concerns. Please do not attend the front office unless you have made an appointment.


If you have any questions regarding the Schools response to COVID 19 or would like to raise any issues with any item in this update, please contact me personally.

Phone: 93660900

Email: [email protected]

Kind regards

Lyn Macauley Principal