Happy Thanksgiving to our community members from the United States and Canada. Traditionally, Thanksgiving is an annual national holiday for both countries, celebrating the harvest and other blessings of the past year.
Balmain Public School also has much to be thankful for. Firstly, we have 381 beautifully individual students from K-6, who come to school daily, each bringing with them, their unique personalities and contribute to life at school, through learning and play.
Our students, staff and community have navigated through this unprecedented time and pandemic of 2020, a year that will not easily be forgotten, nor should it be.
Thanks to our students who have shown great courage, resilience, determination and tenacity this year. A special shoutout to our Kindergarten students, who have had to 're-start' school halfway through the year!
Thanks so much to our teachers and staff that have worked tirelessly this year, through both times of remote learning, as well as 'regular' school life, to ensure our students continue to receive a quality education, whilst also ensuring their wellbeing.
Thank you to our parents and carers, who have supported the school wholeheartedly, trusting that your children are safe in our care. You have been absolute pillars for the school, especially during the remote learning period and beyond, with your kind words and gestures to 'keep us all going'...we have been, and still remain, always grateful. Thanks for being so brave at 'Kiss & Drop', as we've had to follow NSW Health and NSW Department of Education guidelines, to ensure our students and staff remain safe.
An amazing group of volunteer parents have continued to ensure that our students have access to uniform items and have navigated their own way around COVID-19 and the restrictions it has brought, including assisting next year's Kindy students in being prepared for their first day of big school! Thank you so so much!!!!!!!
Special thanks must go to our P&C, who so diligently and passionately support our students and school, enabling us to continue delivering a quality education to all.
Thanks so much to our parent representatives, who have assisted in the panel process for 2 new permanent positions starting in 2021!
Huge thanks go to a group of parents, known as the Year 6 Graduation Committee, who have amazingly navigated through this difficult year of ongoing constraints, to organise a graduation for our incredible Year 6 cohort.
More recently, we give thanks to the volunteer group of parents behind last Friday's Virtual Trivia Night, who assisted in raising an incredible $21,200! Thanks also go to the individuals and businesses who donated for the raffle and silent auction, as well as all the people who joined in on the evening of fun and competition! Thank you to all!!!!
A special thank you must go to Victoria, Harry M's Mum, who is the driving force behind our school recently winning a $5,500 grant for new solar panels, as part of the 2020 Community Building Partnership program.
Our 2020 Yearbook parent organiser, Cindy, who is Lina and Leo's Mum, has done an incredible job...I had a sneak peek, as they actually just arrived! What an amazing keepsake for this very special year! Huge thanks to you, Cindy!
This year has indeed been quite an unusual one, but I'd like to acknowledge all the parents and carers who continuously give in kind and support of our students and school, in whatever capacity they can.
No matter how long you have been part of our Balmain family, we sincerely THANK YOU for your contribution and working together for our fabulous students and wonderful school.
THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
Maria Lambos - Principal