TIDINGS - Term 3 Week 5 . 2021

Lockdown extended until 5pm Saturday 28 August

For the safety of our whole community please remember that there will be minimal supervision on site at our school for those students who cannot be educated at home, for example if their parent or carer is an essential worker. If you are working from home, and your child is able to be educated from home, please keep them at home.

The Department of Education has stated the following advice for families: “Parents must keep children home if they can, any age and in primary school, secondary school and early childcare. Students will be supported to learn from home. Schools and early childhood education and care services, including Out Of School Hours Care services are open for any child that needs it. Thank you for your support.”

Additionally, if your child is exhibiting even the slightest symptoms they must receive a negative COVID test and be symptom free before returning to school.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the school office 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM Monday to Friday: or (02) 6686 7847.


Where your treasure is, there your heart is also...

How did you react to the announcement that we're going to be in lockdown until Saturday, 28 August, at least!

For me, I have found the second week a lot harder than the first this time round. It almost feels a little bit heavier, slower, more formidable.

A cheerful way to start I know, but honest.

It feels a bit like where we were last year; not knowing what will happen from week to week, not knowing what will happen with jobs or income and all the while parents are trying to be teachers, parents and workers and often all at the same time!

This week I was reminded of the scripture where Jesus challenges those listening to not focus on amassing treasures on earth because the moths or thieves can take these from us at any time. Instead, Jesus proposes that we should focus on things that really count, the things that moths and thieves can’t take from us, the things that last into eternity.

Jesus doesn’t leave it there though. As usual, he goes to the core of the issue and concludes by stating, “Where your treasure lies is where your heart will also be” [Matthew 16]. Jesus’ argument is that to truly care about what matters most requires us to change the heart attitude toward what we treasure most.

For me it was a timely reminder to check if the treasures that are stressing me out, or weighing me down, are the ones that should be demanding my time.  All the blurred boundaries now at home seem to equal extra pressure, not less. Pressures of work, teaching, family, relationships, money are competing for my attention and I need to take the time to put them into perspective and treasure what is most valued, allowing this to determine what gets my attention, not the one that calls out the loudest!

As a staff, we constantly encourage each other to make sure that we take time to dwell on the things that matter most: our faith, our relationships, our thankfulness. Ironically, when we focus on these things, putting them in the right order, the weight or burden seems to lift a little. Finding treasure has the tendency to do this!

I imagine this is part of what Jesus means when he calls us to take on his burden and his yoke as it is easy and light (Matthew 11).

Be encouraged in the coming weeks to know that we support you and are praying for you, always. We pray that God will give you the wisdom to be able to make the decisions that help you focus on the treasures worth the most. You know the ones: the little tug on the sleeve that asks for attention, the partner that just needs your complete focus at that inconvenient moment, the puppy’s eyes silently begging for a walk, or perhaps the inner, peaceful voice that says hush and be still for a second. Because… it’s in these moments that we decide what our treasure truly will be.

As always, let us know if/how we can help and rest assured that one of our treasures is to continue to provide the best education, support and care we can for your children and you so that you can focus on the treasures that matter most.

Good tidings…



The decision has been made to delay the date of the Book Week celebrations and parade.

Students will still celebrate during Book Week with learn @home activities, however, to make the most of it and fully involve students we will wait until lockdown finishes to have the parade.

The new date will be communicated with you once school resumes.

Mrs Julie Millar
Book Parade Co-ordinator   


Pre-Kindy and Primary Learn@Home packs
Pick-up from the Bus Bay

Wednesday 25 August

Surname A – E              9.00am – 9.30am

Surname F – K              9.30am – 10.00am

Surname L – Q              10.00am – 10.30am

Surname R – Z              10.30am – 11.00am



Friday 17 September



Wednesday 6 October 2021


Year 3 on Zoom

Year 3 had a 'bring your pet to school' day today on Zoom. There were lots of dogs, two fighting fish, a bluetongue lizard, two snakes, and many guinea pigs! Mrs Miller even dressed up her dog Bruno for the call! It was great for the students to be able to introduce their pets to their friends!

A snapshot of Year 1 and 6 Learn@Home last week. Congratulations to all our students (and parents!) on your participation and hard work!

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Racecourse Café will continue to provide a lunch canteen Monday to Friday in Term 3.

Bring your orders into the School Office before school or by 10.30am.
Please write the name and order on a bag or envelope and enclose the exact money. 

Note: No Change will be given as orders go straight to the Racecourse Café. 


New basketball mentor program for local girls

Friday evenings at the Ballina Indoor Sports Centre are a hive of activity with the new ‘One Hour of Girl Power’ basketball program, encouraging teenage girls to give the game a go!

Ballina Basketball has launched the program teaching basketball skills and game sessions, to motivate teenage girls to pick up a basketball, learn new skills and fall in love with the game.

Participants are mentored by one of the nation’s best, Ms Lauren King. Ms King has played over 250 games in the Women’s National Basketball League and is the Regional Development Officer with Basketball NSW.

“The program aims to give girls a taste of the different aspects of basketball in a safe, fun and pressure-free environment,” explained Ms King.

“With the Women’s Basketball World Cup in Sydney next year, it’s an exciting time to grow basketball at a grassroots level. As the girls become more confident with the rules and skills they can compete in the mixed junior competition held on Tuesday afternoons at the Ballina Indoor Sports Centre. We are hoping that with increasing interest, we can establish a female competition in the future.”

The program is being trialled for five weeks with a view to making it a permanent program. For more information contact the Ballina Indoor Sports Centre on 6681 0599.

Program details

Who: Girls only, between 10 -17 years of age

When: Fridays 5pm - 6pm 

Cost: $5 cash each week (sign up at the session)

Where: Ballina Indoor Sports Centre (BISC), 63 Cherry Street, Ballina.


BALLINA PLAYERS presents Disney’s Moana  Jr from 14-23 January 2022. 

AUDITIONS will be on the 25th September 2021 at Ballina Players Theatre, 24 Swift St Ballina. Rehearsals are on Monday & Wednesday evenings.The age is limited to 8-17 years of age as at 14th January, and is open to both boys and girls. All details can be found on our website, and clicking the image of Moana Jr.