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2021 Volume 4 Issue 9

'From 8 November all schools will operate on updated Level 3 settings for the rest of Term 4, with additional activities allowed in a COVID-safe manner.' NSW Department of Education


Please find below official DoE communication that has been forwarded to Principals to circulate to their school community this afternoon, as per separate SkoolBag notification.

Acknowledgement of Country...

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Enrolling now for Kindergarten 2022!

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From the Principal's Desk...

Student Voice...

Balmain Public School prides itself on supporting student voice and authentic student leadership. Voting for student leadership strongly depends on all students from Kindergarten to Year 5 having the opportunity to listen to candidates' speeches and voting for the people they feel will make an effective leader, as well as represent the overall student body.

This week has seen our K-5 students watch pre-recorded speeches from all the candidates who have expressed an interest in being part of the 2022 Student Leadership team. A Google form, allowing one response per person, has also been created, allowing all students and staff the opportunity to cast their vote for a boy and girl leader. Voting closed at 3pm today.

We wish all our candidates the best of luck! Our 2022 Student Leadership team, consisting of 2 Prime Ministers (boy and girl) and 10 Ministers (5 each of boys/girls) will be announced officially during a formal presentation in Week 11.

Maria Lambos - Principal


Your tokens of appreciation, although so heartwarming and generous, especially during this time, are neither necessary, nor expected.

Staff are very appreciative of your generosity, however, as per the DoE's 'Gifts, Benefits and Hospitality Procedures', the token of appreciation must adhere to the following:

  • Value - up to $50 ONLY per student
  • NO cash or negotiable instruments such as cash vouchers, 'pre-paid cash' and 'EFTPOS' cards, Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT), shares or money orders
  • Gift cards are acceptable as a gift of gratitude, as they are considered non-cash vouchers that must be used as specific retailers and cannot be converted to cash eg David Jones, Bunnings, Tara Dennis - a gift card cannot exceed $50 per student
  • Alcohol - MUST NOT exceed a value of $50

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To see what else we've been up to this week, head over to @balmainps!

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Year 6 Fundraising...

Thanks so much for supporting Year 6 again this week! A total of $538.35 was raised! We really appreciate it!

Important messages...

FROM THE OFFICE - Please ensure you ALWAYS write your child's FULL NAME and CLASS when emailing the school, or dropping items off. Thank you.

If and when you are picking your child/ren up early, please come to the office window on Eaton Street and "squeeze" Bill our duck. We will have the students brought down to the Office. Thanks.

Until further notice...

Until further notice:

  • Kiss & Drop - using both Gladstone Park & Eaton St gates, from 8:30am
  • Staggered pick-up - Gladstone Park gate & basketball court - ES1/S1 @ 2:50pm & S2/S3 @ 3pm

Your understanding and patience in this matter is much appreciated.

SkoolBag is our main comms @ Balmain PS...stay connected!

To ensure you receive all communication via SkoolBag, please have the app downloaded on your phone, with the notifications turned ON.

Although the school pushes out notifications via the app and email, there may be times when an important message may be missed as emails may sometimes not be checked regularly.

If you need assistance downloading the app, please see below?...

SkoolBag installation instructions

Current COVID-19 advice

All students are expected to be at school unless they are unwell. Do not attend school if unwell, even with mild symptoms.

  • If you have any COVID-19 symptoms you will be sent home and must not return to school unless you have either:
    • isolated for 10 days, when no medical certificate is available
    • a negative COVID-19 test result and are symptom free.

    Once you have received your negative COVID-19 test results, please send a copy to the school via email.



    Order through Flexischools...

    Wednesday 8 December - Ice blocks for sale!

    Wednesday 8 December - P&C meeting @ 7pm via Zoom...

    Details to follow...

    Monday 13 December - Year 6 Graduation

    Details to follow...

    Tuesday 14 December - Celebration of Learning

    Details to follow...

    Wednesday 15 December - Giving Assembly

    Details to follow...

    Giving Assembly

    Thursday 16 December - Last Day of Term 4!

    2:45pm - Guard of Honour



    LEARN LIVE LEAD awards

    K Gentle - Mrs GoodridgeZoe Aher kind response to what she would do if she became the prime minister
    K Mellow - Mrs Mikhail BryantDylan Mhis fantastic efforts during drama
    1/2 Altruism - Ms CooperOliver Ctrying his hardest and applying himself to all activities with care and effort
    1/2 Compassion - Ms ChiangLily Otrying her hardest in Maths warm ups and actively contributing to class discussions
    1/2 Friendship - Ms FergusonThomas Rbeing such an enthusiastic member of our class, particularly when sharing his creative stories!
    1/2 Kind Kids - Ms KarstromMillie Wher diligent approach to learning and excellent illustrations in her PDH poster
    3/4 Harmony - Ms CurryMia Bdedication towards tasks in class, and showing persistence when learning new concepts
    3/4 Leopards - Ms JennettPanya Spresenting a detailed, well organised website
    3/4 Phoenix - Ms Parkes/Mrs BowmanOscar Lexcellence in describing 3D objects
    5/4 Rainbow - Ms ReedyHugo H-Shis leadership, authenticity and empathy
    5/6 Belong - Mr BaumannIan Yhis perseverance and hard work in all subjects
    5/6 Calm - Mr Carlton nameDillon Phis positive attitude to 'Mock High School' and participating in all classes
    5/6 Poppies - Ms PitmanEddie Ha solid effort in all 'Mock High School' classes, and demonstrating his readiness for high school
    5/6 Yin & Yang - Mrs SunAlina Lher growing confidence to contribute to class discussions, as well as present work to others
    K-2 STEAM - Ms BarcenillaRoland C KGhis critical thinking when identifying objects with digital systems
    3-6 STEAM - Ms BarcenillaOliver D 3/4Phis positive impact when collaborating with his peers during STEAM!


    K Gentle - Mrs GoodridgeMadeleine ECreativity - her amazing artistic ability and stunning presentation of her work
    K Mellow - Mrs Mikhail BryantMaris KSelf-Regulation - working hard and regulating his feelings
    1/2 Altruism - Ms CooperSophia KPerspective - contributing insightful comments during discussions and her attention to detail
    1/2 Compassion - Ms ChiangGabriel Ralways being proactive in helping to tidy up our classroom, and by being generous in helping his classmates
    1/2 Friendship - Ms FergusonIvy WEmpathy - understanding the needs of others and for being so kind-hearted!
    1/2 Kind Kids - Ms KarstromEd HCreativity - illustrating his picture book with great detail and colour!
    3/4 Harmony - Ms CurryBonnie DPatience - Showing perseverance with a new and tricky division strategy
    3/4 Leopards - Ms JennettAlex SConfidence - confidently applying himself to complete tricky maths challenges!
    3/4 Phoenix - Ms Parkes/Mrs BowmanJessica RJoyfulness - her sheer joy and enjoyment of our sock wrestling championship. Congratulations on winning, Jess!
    5/4 Rainbow - Ms ReedyLucy OKindness - showing kindness to herself
    5/6 Belong - Mr BaumannCorey MLeadership - showing leadership skills and supporting younger students in their learning
    5/6 Calm - Mr Carlton nameRosemary AKindness - helping fellow peers with classwork
    5/6 Poppies - Ms PitmanTeo XKindness - consciously making an effort to use his manners and brighten someone's day
    5/6 Yin & Yang - Mrs SunIvan LRespect - listening attentively and positively engaging in our 'Mock High School' lessons

    Positive Pete Winners!

    Thanks to Ms Karstrom, who organises the collection and distribution of the Gelatissimo ice-creams, as well as takes the fab photos!

    And the winner is...(drumroll please!)

    FROM YOUR P&C...

    Uniform Stall

    Under the current guidelines published by the Department of Education, the uniform stall will be operating via online ordering only.

    Orders placed before 8pm October 21 will be packed and delivered to the office for collection. (Orders for current Kindy and Year 1 students will be delivered to the classroom.)

    All orders after this time will be packed and delivered to classrooms after students return on October 25 (with the exception of any orders for new students starting 2022).

    Exchanges and returns can be arranged by emailing the uniform stall volunteers: balmainpsuniforms@gmail.com

    Thank you!