Mr Martin Leach

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

We had lovely weather for our long distance events and the weather for both our Junior and Senior Carnivals was equally glorious. It was great to have lots of parents, caregivers and family in attendance to support the children on all three days.  I really appreciate the commitment and effort of all staff, parent volunteers and our hardworking P&C, that made these days successful. I would like to acknowledge and thank Stuart MacArthur, our PE Teacher for his careful planning and leadership leading up to and delivering these events. 

Instrumental Band

Queensland Youth Music Awards (QYMA) is one of Queensland’s longest running school based music competitions and attracts over 4,000 performers each year. Celebrating its 51st birthday this season, the QYMA provides a setting for young music students to be adjudicated and showcase their development in their respective genres.

This week I had the privilege of attending the 2019 QYMA Awards at Ferny Grove State School where our Concert Band performed three beautiful pieces of music and once again took out first place. I would like to congratulate the students for their amazing achievement and the outstanding work of Mr O’Callaghan in preparing them this year. 

The Banksia Beach Advanced Band has won First Place & received a gold adjudication critique for the past six consecutive years.

For many of our students this was their first adjudicated performance in the Advanced Concert Band. They have come through the ranks from beginner and Intermediate bands. Mrs Brittingham and Miss McMurtrie are also doing an outstanding job preparing our younger students and there are many aspirants for the advanced concert band working hard awaiting their call up.


Naidoc Week 2019 runs from July 7-14, over the school holidays.  We will celebrate NAIDOC Week in the final week of this term in a variety of ways. We have some special activities planned for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander students and we also have some exciting activities planned for all of our students. This will be an opportunity to really celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and recognise the wonderful contributions of Indigenous Australians. Our program is attached. 

For more information about NAIDOC 2019 go to

Community BBQ

All members of the Bribie Island community are invited to attend a BBQ  to celebrate NAIDOC Week 2019.

  • When: Sunday June 23
  • Time: 10am to 1pm
  • Where: Brennan Park

School Uniform

As we are getting into the cooler weather and all sorts of clothing seems to come to school I thought I would remind parents of the importance of the school uniform. If the day is particularly cold and you feel that non uniform items have to be worn, please have your child wear them underneath their school uniform.

Students wearing the correct Banksia Beach School Uniform are actively supporting the values of our school and our community. Wearing our uniform builds school spirit and promotes a positive image of our school as part of the local community. We hope that by wearing the school uniform our students promote unity, belonging and fairness and avoid the discrimination and competition that can arise from wearing non uniform attire. Our dress code also meets all sun safety and workplace health and safety requirements.

I request that all parents endeavour to provide the correct uniform for their children. If parents require any assistance with this, I am very happy help out.

End of Semester Report Cards

Report Cards reporting on student achievement over Semester One will be emailed to parents on Wednesday of Week One, Term Three. This timing enables the maximum learning time for our students to demonstrate their competency and understanding with the Term Two Units of Work.

Student Attendance

Our average school attendance during Term One 2019 leaves plenty of room for improvement. Some year levels are running at only 91% attendance whilst we have a target of 96%.  I would dearly love to improve this attendance data as we move further into the school year.

Please remember to let the school know if your child is away. If your child is genuinely ill then they should not be at school. We ask that you do contact the school and inform us if your child is going to be away from school for any reason. There is a 24 hour student absence line that is available on 3408 5366 where you may leave a message. If parents do not inform the school about student absences the school is then legally obliged to follow this up with an SMS message to parents or a phone call if there is no response.


Martin Leach


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Last reviewed 06 June 2019
Last updated 06 June 2019