Dear Parents and Caregivers,
On Monday we welcomed sixteen International students from Taiwan to our school. Our visiting students have been placed in pairs in classrooms in Years 4, 5 & 6 and have each been paired with buddy students from Banksia Beach State School. So far this week everything has been going extremely well and connections are being made as the children learn about each other and their cultures. A big hit this week was the presence of a large male kangaroo on our oval!
We really appreciate the generosity of our home stay families that have welcomed our visitors into their homes. Our Taiwanese visitors and our homestay families will gain much from this experience.
Our Advanced Dance troupe, coached by our Specialist dance Instructor Jess Ross, will compete this Saturday on the Sunshine Coast in the ‘Evolution Dance Eisteddfod’. The students have been preparing for this competition since the start of the year and I wish them the very best.
Year Five Camp
On Monday our Year Five students and staff will attend Camp Mapleton and return on Wednesday afternoon. Plenty of exciting activities await them and I look forward to hearing all about it and seeing some great photos. Archery, High Ropes, Low ropes, and plenty of laughs with friends are some of the things our students are looking forward to.
End of Semester Report Cards
Report Cards reporting on student achievement over Semester One were emailed to parents last Wednesday. If you didn’t receive the newsletter we may not have your email address so please contact the office to update your details. If you would like a printed copy we will happily provide one for you.
Rugby League Results
On Tuesday afternoon our Senior Rugby League team, already the champions in the local district, played the best team from the Kilcoy/Stanley Rivers district and defeated them 42-0. Both teams engaged in a hard fought battle in the middle of the field with some tough forwards in the opposition. However our well drilled team unselfishly moved the ball wide and created space on the edges of the ruck that our speedy backs were able to capitalise on. Credit for this level of teamwork goes to our talented players and our highly talented coaches of Mr Rob Barraud and Mr Wayne McInnerney.
During 2018 Banksia undertook an initiative to help foster further relationships and build sustained partnerships within our extended community by way of a concert and morning tea. Retirement villages, nursing homes, University of the Third Age, Grandparents and friends made up the invited guest list. This initiative was extremely well received and our students enjoyed the interaction with community members. On the back of this success we have scheduled another community concert and morning tea for Thursday August 22 (week 6) in the Performing Arts Hall commencing at 10:30am and concluding at 11:30am
At the conclusion of the concert our performing arts students will serve a prepared morning tea for our invited guests and interact freely with them. Last year it was truly heart-warming to observe ‘tomorrow’s future’ interact with ‘yesterday’s custodians’ and I’m confident it will be the same this year.
We are having a ‘Peek at Prep’ morning on August 15 from 9am to 10:30am. Parents and children enrolled for 2019 should go to the Hall at 9am where they will meet and listen to key staff and students talk about our school and what it means to be in Prep at Banksia Beach State School. Parents and children will then be invited to tour the school with our student leaders and see our Prep Classes in action. Following this a morning tea will be enjoyed by all in the hall.
Our next P&C meeting is scheduled for Tuesday August 13 at 5pm in the school library conference room and all are most welcome to attend.