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Term 4, Week 10 19 December 2018 Blakehurst Public School, Dewrang Street, Carss Park, NSW 2221 Tel: 9546 1555 Fax: 9547 1796 E-mail: [email protected] Website: blakehurst-p.schools.nsw.edu.au A Message from our Relieving Principal, Mrs Savellis I cannot believe this is the last message from me to you as Relieving Principal. I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the Blakehurst community since my appointment as Assistant Principal in Term 2. I have been extremely fortunate to have been given the opportunity to relieve this year as it has allowed me to become a welcomed member of our school in a short period of time. So much has happened this year from the major changes to the leadership team, Positive Behaviour for Learning and everything in between. All of these positive changes have been made possible due to us all working together as a cohesive team. It is exciting to think we have our new Principal, Cameron Smyth- Gapps, and a new Assistant Principal starting at the beginning of 2019. I cannot wait to see even more positive progress throughout the coming years. A big thank you to our P&C who work tirelessly to make this school one to be proud of. They give up so much of their time and energy. Please feel free to join our wonderful P&C and I know for a fact they will welcome you with open arms. I would also like to thank our beautiful students who represent our school with pride. Teachers have reported to me on numerous occasions that visitors to our school as well as people externally have complimented our students on their respectful and high standard of behaviour. We are also extremely fortunate to have a dedicated and hard-working group of teachers at Blakehurst who put the students at the fore of everything they do. They have received all of the changes this year with a positive attitude and have displayed a thirst for more knowledge, encapsulating the true meaning of being ‘lifelong learners’. I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas and please stay safe during the festive season. I look forward to seeing you all back on Wednesday 30 th February (Kindergarten will have Best Start Assessments in Week One and start officially on Monday 4 th February). Years 1 – 6 return to school Wednesday 30 January 2019 School Calendar – 2019 Term 1 Week 1 2019 Tuesday 29 January Staff Development Day Wednesday 30 January Years 1 – 6 return to school Wednesday 30 January to Friday 1 February Kindergarten 2019 Best Start Assessment Term 1 Week 2 2019 Monday 4 February Kindergarten 2019 commence school Friday 8 February Swimming carnival years 3-6 Term 1 Week 8 2019 Thursday 21 March School Photo’s School Leadership 2019 Being part of a student leadership team is a great honour. We are proud to announce our school leaders for 2019. School Captains Amelie Akkari Christian Vasilevski School Prefects Clare Cini Geordie Antonopoulos House Captain BASS Krisanthi Patagis Jeremy Lichtner House Captain COOK Charlotte Nicholls Zack Strkljevic House Captain FLINDERS Aisha Redmond Kurt Michael House Captain PHILLIP Leyani Davies Lucas Liu Congratulations to the new School Captains, Prefects and House Captains for 2019. We know you will do a great job. The Bush Telegraph Blakehurst Public School Fortnightly Newsletter A caring community school - safe, respectful, engaged, resilient

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  • Term 4, Week 10 19 December 2018

    Blakehurst Public School, Dewrang Street, Carss Park, NSW 2221 Tel: 9546 1555 Fax: 9547 1796 E-mail: [email protected] Website: blakehurst-p.schools.nsw.edu.au

    A Message from our Relieving Principal, Mrs Savellis

    I cannot believe this is the last message from me to you as Relieving Principal. I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the Blakehurst community since my appointment as Assistant Principal in Term 2. I have been extremely fortunate to have been given the opportunity to relieve this year as it has allowed me to become a welcomed member of our school in a short period of time. So much has happened this year from the major changes to the leadership team, Positive Behaviour for Learning and everything in between. All of these positive changes have been made possible due to us all working together as a cohesive team. It is exciting to think we have our new Principal, Cameron Smyth-Gapps, and a new Assistant Principal starting at the beginning of 2019. I cannot wait to see even more positive progress throughout the coming years. A big thank you to our P&C who work tirelessly to make this school one to be proud of. They give up so much of their time and energy. Please feel free to join our wonderful P&C and I know for a fact they will welcome you with open arms. I would also like to thank our beautiful students who represent our school with pride. Teachers have reported to me on numerous occasions that visitors to our school as well as people externally have complimented our students on their respectful and high standard of behaviour. We are also extremely fortunate to have a dedicated and hard-working group of teachers at Blakehurst who put the students at the fore of everything they do. They have received all of the changes this year with a positive attitude and have displayed a thirst for more knowledge, encapsulating the true meaning of being ‘lifelong learners’. I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas and please stay safe during the festive season. I look forward to seeing you all back on Wednesday 30th February (Kindergarten will have Best Start Assessments in Week One and start officially on Monday 4th February).

    Years 1 – 6 return to school Wednesday 30 January 2019

    School Calendar – 2019

    Term 1 Week 1 2019

    Tuesday 29 January Staff Development Day

    Wednesday 30 January Years 1 – 6 return to school

    Wednesday 30 January to Friday 1 February

    Kindergarten 2019 Best Start Assessment

    Term 1 Week 2 2019

    Monday 4 February Kindergarten 2019 commence school

    Friday 8 February Swimming carnival years 3-6

    Term 1 Week 8 2019

    Thursday 21 March School Photo’s

    School Leadership 2019

    Being part of a student leadership team is a great honour. We are proud to announce our school leaders for 2019. School Captains Amelie Akkari Christian Vasilevski

    School Prefects Clare Cini Geordie Antonopoulos

    House Captain BASS Krisanthi Patagis Jeremy Lichtner

    House Captain COOK Charlotte Nicholls Zack Strkljevic House Captain FLINDERS Aisha Redmond Kurt Michael House Captain PHILLIP Leyani Davies Lucas Liu Congratulations to the new School Captains, Prefects and House Captains for 2019. We know you will do a great job.

    The Bush Telegraph Blakehurst Public School Fortnightly Newsletter

    A caring community school - safe, respectful, engaged, resilient

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  • Blakehurst Bluey says…

    At Blakehurst Public School we are

    Safe, Respectful, Engaged and

    Resilient learners.

    PBL Assembly Awards

    The following students received awards in assembly…

    Star Award

    Melody H KL Dylan S KM Jeffrey S KL Karim J KM Jeyden O KL

    Bronze Award

    Ana V KM Bayrin E KM Zara R KM Sasha G KM Jennifer A KM George H KM

    Silver Award

    Mila C 1/2P Mia S 1/2S Ali A 5/6WF Maryam H 5/6WF

    Gold Award

    Adam H 1/2P Brooklyn Z 1/2P Isla D 1/2P Phoenix P 1/2P Suri L 1/2P Aliya D 1/2S Nigama R 1/2S Hassan H 5/6T Amoun A 5/6T Murlak D 5/6T

    Diamond Award

    Madeleine J 5/6T Taleah S 5/6T Lucy C 5/6T Ryan L 5/6T Nathan C 5/6T Amelie A 5/6T Noah H 5/6T

    Banner Award

    Marina P 1/2P Jeyla O 1/2P Leda X 1/2P Mila K 1/2P Paige F 1/2P Taylor F 1/2P Penny C 1/2G Jason H 1/2S Michael M 1/2S Ava P 1/2S Elizabeth H 1/2S Aisha R 5/6T Ayush S 5/6T Mackenzie B 5/6T Amber C 5/6T Daniel A 5/6T Isaac B 5/6T Veronika P 5/6T Christian P 5/6T Terry P 5/6T Leo C 5/6T Eva V 5/6T Emilio R 5/6T NPTP – No permission to publish Congratulations to the above students and keep up the great work.

    Teachers V’s Students

    Kindergarten 2019

    Thankyou to all the Kindergarten 2019 families who attended our kindergarten transition programs.

    We look forward to seeing our new Kindergarten 2019 students next year at the Best Start Kindergarten Assessment on ……

    Wednesday 30 January 2019

    Thursday 30 January 2019

    Friday 1 February 2019

    If you have not yet booked a time please contact the school office as soon as possible. The Best Start Kindergarten Assessment for your child needs to be done before they commence school as it helps the teacher gather information to guide the teaching of your child.

    Kindergarten 2019 students commence school on…

    4 February 2018

    In term 1 Kindergarten students start school at 9.25am and finish at 3.00pm. From Term 2 till the end of the year Kindergarten students will finish at 3.25pm with the rest of the school.

    If you or a neighbour has not yet enrolled a child turning 5 before 31 July 2019, please do so as soon as possible. Please complete an enrolment form for your child and hand the form into the school office as soon as possible.

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  • Blakehurst Bites News

    THANK YOU to everyone who has supported our P&C run canteen throughout 2018 and to all the amazing people who were able to volunteer their time by helping out. Without you we could do not do half of what we do. Also Big Thanks are due to all the families and staff who have supported our school canteen this year, by choosing to order lunch, or purchase recess snacks. Your on-going support is very much appreciated and needed.

    In our recent survey about the school canteen, and again thanks to all of those who took the time to complete this. What showed through in the results was that a majority of families, wanted healthy homemade foods available for their children. In our student survey there was an astounding 80% who responded that healthy food was important to them. We are listening, and we like what we hear.

    So there are some very exciting changes ahead for our school canteen, we have been working with a not for profit charity - The School Food Project. A major part of this is the introduction of a new canteen menu that goes beyond the guidelines to provide tasty, nutritious meals and snacks. We have trialled some of the new recipes with our students and so far feedback has been very positive.

    There will need to be some small price increases with the new menu. This is for a number of reasons: the current prices do not cover the required expenses and allowances, the increased use of fresh ingredients cooked onsite means the nutritional value of the food will be higher with a slight cost increase. We have worked hard, with the support of the School Food Project, to keep any increases minimal. If you have any questions about this or our new menu, please do not hesitate to contact us.

    We are also hoping to offer our canteen service for 5 days a week next year. In order to achieve this we will need more volunteers to offer some of their time. This can be for just one hour, or a day, per week, per month or once a term. If you are able to help out in any capacity, whether it’s one off or regular days, we need you. In order for our canteen to be the best it possibly can, we need your help. We offer tea, coffee, lunch, friendships, and best of all, the biggest smiles from our students, especially your children when they see you here at school. Simply complete the canteen volunteer form, hand in to the front office and we will be in touch.

    We really appreciate your support with this, without parent and community support our canteen simply would not be able to function.

    Blakehurst Public School P&C

    P & C News

    Thank you everyone who braved the threats of thunderstorms and torrential rain, and came along to the Family Christmas Night. Thanks to all those who purchased raffle tickets both in advance and on the night. We are quite humbled by the support and the amount of donations that we received from our local community businesses. We are so very lucky to have so many generous supporters, and we would like to ask you, in turn to remember to support them.

    Donations came in from: Sydney Trapeze School who donated a 2 hour Flying Trapeze lesson, with a photo pack supplied on CD. They also offer school holiday workshops.

    Flip Out, Caringbah, provided 2 free passes for some lucky bouncers.

    Symbio Zoo, kindly sent us a family pass for a lucky family to visit their beautiful establishment - anyone who's never been just ask any of our kindergarten children and they will happily tell you how wonderful it is there.

    The Australian Academy of Parkour and Self Defence, Aka AAPES sent us vouchers for a lucky someone to go and learn some new moves. So for two lucky winners there were 5 class passes to get you started on your parkour journey. AAPES also run school holiday workshops.

    Skyzone sent us 4 jump passes, for a lucky few to go along and bounce away.

    Fitness Local kindly donated a huge number of sessions to use their gym facility here in Carss Park.

    Dgen Squash - one of our own BPS families kindly gave a trio of vouchers - An 8 week course for one lucky student. A lucky family mum, dad and the kids to have a 2 hour session during the school holidays. Another lucky student plus school friends for a 2 hour session in the holidays.

    For one very lucky winner there was a whole term worth of dance lessons here at the Blakehurst Academy of Performing Arts.

    There was also a term worth of lessons from Shopfront Theatre for budding thespians.

    Another BPS Family - Meredith Bell donated a $150 voucher to use on her beautiful balloon decorations- Belles Decorations by Design. Studio One Thirty, down at Carss Park donated two of their stunning individually designed cushion covers.

    Also down at Carss Park Shops is Poppy at Home who gifted us a beautifully scented candle, by Palm Beach.

  • Carss Park Butchers donated a $30 voucher. The Bottle-O generously gave us 2 bottles of bubbles for a prize.

    We gave a $30 voucher to spend on delicious treats and coffee kindly donated from the Kismet Café.

    Someone will be taking a night off from cooking and enjoy some delicious and fresh fish and chips from The Fishbox and Co with their generous $30 voucher.

    An $80 voucher for some pampering and hair care from the Hairem Hairdessing team.

    $100 of beautifully boxed products generously donated from the French Cargo Store on Rocky Point Road.

    Seafood Works in Sans Souci gave us a beautiful bottle of balsamic dressing to go with a $20 Voucher to spend on their fantastically fresh seafood.

    One of our own BPS families gave us 3 x $50 vouchers to be used at their beautiful restaurant – The Banana Leaf Thai Restaurant, South Hurstville.

    We gave away a $50 voucher for the Carss Park Cafe and Grill, a great place to go and eat while the kids play!

    Owned by one of gorgeous BPS families Mark Gardner, Gymea, donated to us a men’s hair care hamper pack and a $25 gift voucher. And a shampoo and conditioner pack with a $50 voucher.

    We also received bottles of alcohol kindly donated by the Pedersen family.

    Green Beanz, Indoor Plants another of our generous and supportive families here at BPS donated a beautiful Monstera Deliciosa plant and a lovely pot.

    ABC Vitamins, Rocky Point Road generously donated a Trinity Skincare beauty pack.

    Carss Park Chemist donated a delicious Darrell Lea basket.

    The IGA at South Hurstville went above and beyond in their community spirit this year and have donated to us a whopping 14 coffee machines, plus coffee pods.

    Also donated was 4 enormous hampers filled with groceries to feed some of you very well over the holidays! Courtesy again, of the IGA, South Hurstville. And it wouldn't be a Christmas raffle without any christmas hams, so once again it’s another thank you to the IGA at South Hurstville, for their amazing

    generosity this year for providing our school community with such a kind donation. We have received some fantastic donations from our school community and staff. We don't have all the names to give individual credit, so as a collective group, to all those families who have individually made donations to our raffle prize pool THANK YOU, you are amazing.

    Congratulations to all the lucky winners!!!

    P & C Contact information

    Did you know Blakehurst Public School Parents have a Facebook page? Join us fb.me/Blakehurstpsparents

    If you have any feedback, comments, suggestions or questions, you can email us at [email protected]

    School Security

    Please help keep our school safe. If you see anything unusual happening in the school grounds during the holidays at any time please call School Security on 1300 880 021

    UNIFORM SHOP Open Fridays

    9.00am – 9:45am

    Uniform shop is located in the school hall,

    near the entrance facing to the main gates of

    the school.

    The shop is run by the P&C and all proceeds

    from the uniform sales go back to the school

    for the purchase of resources and learning

    materials.

    : [email protected]

    Orders can be made via www.flexischools.com.au

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  • Family Christmas Night

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