Principal Report


Dear Parents and Caregivers,

I was very happy with the dignified and respectful participation of our students in this year’s ANZAC Day commemorations. 

Our school ANZAC Day Ceremony at 12 Midday on April 24 was well attended by all students and staff from Grades 4-6. We had a large contingent of parents and special guests that was wonderful to see.

Our special guests included Susan Lamb, Federal Member for Longman; Simone Wilson, State Member for Pumicestone; Councillor Brooke Savige, Moreton Bay Regional Council and many other representatives from Community Groups on the Island.

Six of our talented instrumental students Oliver Hewitt, Riley Ohlsen, Lochlan Sinclair, Madison Smith, Reese Taylor & Jayden Te Kahu played the ‘Last Post’ and the ‘Rouse’ and our School Band, and Student Leaders also featured during the ceremony. All of these students should be very proud of their efforts.

On Wednesday April 25 we had a large body of students from Banksia Beach State School, all dressed in their formal school uniform, march in the Bribie Island ANZAC Day Parade which was attended by literally hundreds of people. I was delighted that our school was so well represented and I would like to thank the parents of these students most sincerely for getting the children there to represent Banksia Beach State School on April 25.

New Staff Member

Please welcome Burnadette Kelleher to our school community. Burnadette is our new Community Education Counsellor who will work with Mr Jon Duncan to support staff and students with the embedding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives across the Curriculum. Mr Duncan works here on a Friday morning and his work is largely with students and staff from Grade 4-6, and works the remainder of the week at Bribie State High School. Burnadette will focus on Prep to Grade 3 each Monday at Banksia Beach and will also be working in the same role at Bribie Island State School. Jon and Burnadette will work together to plan significant events with community and school staff across all three schools on the Island.

Burnadette started today at Banksia Beach and visited several classrooms to introduce herself. I know that everyone will make her feel most welcome.

Both Jon and Burnadette will be based in the same room as Chappy Wendy, situated in the main undercover area. They would both love to meet parents, so please feel free to pop in and say hello.

National Reconciliation Week

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

The dates for NRW remain the same each year; 27 May to 3 June. These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey— the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision respectively.

Reconciliation is about creating a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between the wider Australian community, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Students will recognize the significance of this week on school parades on May 22 (Senior) and May 29. (Junior).

More information can be found at

2019 International Study Tours

Banksia Beach State School introduced the International Study Tour Program in 2017. To date we have hosted students from China, Taiwan and Korea. The program has provided many significant benefits to the school and broader community, and most importantly to the students involved from both the visiting schools and Banksia Beach.

Education Queensland International has offered Banksia Beach State School the opportunity to host a Taiwanese Study Tour group for eighteen nights from 16th July – 3rd August 2019, and also a Chinese Study Tour group for ten nights from 18th August – 28th August 2019.

The groups each consist of 20 students and 2 tour escorts. We are currently recruiting homestay families in our school and local community to host these students and are requesting your assistance in this process by advertising this information to your members. Homestay families provide the opportunity for visiting students to practice their English conversational skills and learn about Australian culture in a secure and caring home environment. International students also develop lasting friendships with their host families.

Homestay families:

  • Are carefully chosen from the local community
  • Are committed to providing the best experience for the student
  • Must have or be willing to obtain a current Blue Card from the CCYPCG
  • Provide visiting students with their own room with study facilities, three meals each day and access to transport to and from school and school related activities
  • A monetary contribution will be made to families to help defray costs.

We are currently identifying and securing families willing to accommodate an international student. Should you require further information in relation to this request, or would like to offer your services as a homestay host, please contact the school’s International Study Tour and Homestay Coordinator, Mrs Shaye Lawrence by calling the school on 3408 5333 or emailing

Naplan Tests - NAPLAN Online update

Our students in Years 3 & 5 will be undertaking NAPLAN testing online in May this year for the first time. Moving NAPLAN online brings many advantages including a test design that offers test items tailored to students’ knowledge and ability.

We participated in a national practice test on 2 April. This was an excellent opportunity to fine tune our technical and logistical needs, as well as familiarise students and teachers with the online testing process. The test window for this year’s online Naplan testing runs from Tuesday May 14-Friday May 24.

Parents and caregivers of children in these NAPLAN year levels will need to be aware of important information relating to privacy, which can be found on the NAPLAN Online Queensland website’s parent information page.

We will keep you up-to-date in the lead-up to May, but if there’s anything you need in the meantime you can contact our NAPLAN Online Coordinator Mr Jay Wilson.

P&C meeting

Our next meeting is scheduled for 5:30pm on Tuesday May 14 in the Conference room within the school library. New members are always welcome to attend.


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Last reviewed 17 May 2019
Last updated 17 May 2019