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2020 Volume 4 Issue 5

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IF YOU SEE A COLOURED CIRCLE AROUND OUR EMBLEM, DON'T FORGET TO TAP ON IT, FOR OUR LATEST STORY...you've got to get in quickly, as it disappears after 24 hours!


‘Transition to School’ program dates for 2021 Kindergarten information has been sent out this week via SkoolBag. Book in NOW!

Enrolling now for Kindergarten 2021

How to apply

Our new online enrolment process makes it easier and faster to enrol your child at your local school. To apply online, you must:

  • be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or permanent resident
  • live in the local enrolment area of this school

Apply online here

If you are not eligible to use the online form, or prefer not to, you can download an application to enrol.

Are you leaving us?

Will your child/ren be leaving us at the end of the school year (apart from current Year 6 students)?

If so, please contact the school via balmainps@gmail.com or balmain-p.school@det.nsw.edu.au with Att: Leaving School end 2020, child/'s full name and class. Please also include the name of the new school for administration purposes.

This information will assist us with planning for next year's classes. 

Thank you.

From the Principal

We will remember them...

How symbolic and pertinent that NAIDOC Week 2020 has been re-scheduled to coincide with Remembrance Day.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have served in every conflict and commitment involving Australian defence contingents since Federation, including both world wars and the intervals of peace since the Second World War.

Many Indigenous Australians served overseas during World War I. At first, racist regulations prevented them from joining the army. Restrictions were relaxed in 1917 because the British Empire needed reinforcements.

It is impossible to determine the exact number of Indigenous individuals who participated in each conflict, and this research is ongoing. New names are constantly emerging, while some have been removed after research identified them as non-Indigenous.


On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, we commemorated the 102nd anniversary since the guns on the Western Front fell silent, reflecting on the significance of that event. We also paused to remember all the men and women of the Australian Defence Force who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

We will remember them. Lest we forget.

Maria Lambos - Principal

Shining a light on Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

What am I doing?

On the 30th November I am going to shave all my hair off to raise money for Pancreatic cancer as part of Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.

Why am I doing it?

After my grandfather passed away in August this year from Pancreatic cancer, I have had an eager passion to fight this horrible disease.

A little bit about Grandad:

My grandad was an indomitable figure in my life. If he had an opinion he would stick to it. If he cared about someone he would care about them for the rest of his life. He was incredibly strong in every part of his life. You might have recognised him when he walked around the park with his dog Sam every Thursday. I miss seeing him waiting at the gates for me. I cherish these moments so much. Unfortunately he lost the battle to pancreatic cancer in August. He was diagnosed and left us so quickly.

What is pancreatic cancer?

Pancreatic Cancer affects 3300 Australians every year. Did you know that out of 100 people diagnosed, only 9 survive? 80-85% of people are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the advanced stages – so put simply: when its too late. This is because of a lack of awareness of symptoms and screeners to help detect it.

Why do we need to raise money for it?

By raising money, we can help increase awareness of this horrible disease and donate the funds to research and technology that will help detect this cancer in the earlier stages to improve the survival rate.

So, if you would like to help me raise money please donate here:


Can you please help Mac reach his goal?

Click on the link 👇 to donate...

Head over to our Instagram account for NAIDOC Week and Remembrance Day posts and highlights...


PLEASE ENSURE YOU PAY FOR THE YEARBOOK VIA FLEXISCHOOLS ONLY. Instructions above👆...please do not pay via the school payment system.

From the Office

  • When emailing the school regarding your child's absence due to being 'unwell',  please be specific in your details of the illness and always list your child's class. A COVID-19 negative result is required for any student prior to returning to school after experiencing any mild flu-like symptoms.
  • If you are coming to the school for collections or information, please use the office window on Eaton Street where we have our friendly Duck, named “Bill”, hanging out the window. Bill can alert us to your presence and help us to help you with your requests.

  • If your family details, circumstances have changed, ie:  address, mobile numbers, separations, court orders etc, could you kindly email the school so records can be updated. This will ensure correct people are contacted and all relevant information is passed on correctly.

  • Please remember that if you are collecting your child early for an appointment or dropping them off, please ensure you allow extra time for that student to be located and brought down to the office.

  • If you are experiencing financial difficulty, please contact the office, or Mrs Lambos, to arrange alternate options.



Go to www.flexischools.com.au to place your order

For any food/menu queries please feel free to contact us directly via email :


Alternatively, you can call Kirsty on 0416 786 603 and we will be happy to assist.

Kirsty and Jason Feliciotto – The School Canteen

Monday 16 Nov - LAST DAY - Selective high school applications for Year 7 2022

Weekly: Wk 1-Wk 8 - Gymnastics program

K-2 - Fridays - 1/2C finish at 3:00pm

3-6 - Thursdays - 3/4B finish at 3:00pm

Monday 19 Oct-Friday 20 Nov - Virtual K-6 Art Show

Issue 4 of FLORA & FAUNA Special Edition Newsletter coming soon...

Monday 16 and Tuesday 17 Nov - NAIDOC Week celebrations at Balmain PS

Wednesday 18 November - Year 5 2021 Opportunity Class Placement Test

Friday 20 November - Virtual Trivia Night - Tickets on sale NOW!

Friday 11 Dec - Year 6 Day Out


Monday 14 December - Giving Assembly

Tuesday 15 Dec - Year 6 Graduation


Tuesday 15 Dec - Celebration of Learning


Wednesday 16 Dec - LAST DAY OF TERM/YEAR

2021 DATES

Friday 29 January 2021 - Students in Years 1-6 return

ALL students in Years 1-6 return today.

2021 Kindergarten students - 'Best Start' Assessment sessions commence today, run over 3 days. Bookings required...information to follow.

Wednesday 3 February 2021 - Kindergarten starts today!


Balmain P&C Welcomes 2021 Families...

Our P&C have created a Facebook group for our new families...here's the link:


School Uniforms

Order uniform items here

For any size exchanges, please:

1. Email the uniform stall with the details of the exchange, at: balmainpsuniforms@gmail.com

2. Return the items to be exchanged to the school office, clearly marked with Student name, Class and EXCHANGE

3. Replacement items will be packed and re-delivered to your child's classroom

Orders will continue to be packed and delivered for collection each week, until we are able to reopen the stall.

Thank you!


LEARN LIVE LEAD awards - Last Week

K GumnutSunny Dhis super-dooper focus when making 3D objects!
K JasmineMacy Walways being a kind and caring friend to her peers
K KaleMarla Hbeing a kind friend and always helping others
1/2 Banana PalmNate Jcompleting and publishing his narrative story about Mr Shark and Mr Crab
1/2 CactaceaeVivienne B-Nher engaging and insightful conversation
1/2 LavenderNina Bher engaged and thoughtful contribution during Ethics lessons
1/2 MangroveLily Jher maturity and wonderful work ethic towards all learning tasks
3/4 BambooHarriet Jfearlessly taking on challenging tasks
3/4 MagnoliaFelisha K

always showing the Balmain Way and completing work to a high standard

3/4 RainforestQuin Shis motivated and mature approach to learning. Well done!
5/4 MarigoldAlesha S-Dexemplary handwriting improvement! Keep it up
5/6 Cherry BlossomLaila Cher ongoing hard and determination in her work
5/6 FrangipaniHenry Chis contributions to our novel study class discussions
5/6 WillowKeira Tmature contributions during PDHPE
5/6 YautiaChloe Ther thoughtful contributions to class discussions
LIBRARY K-2 - Ms WhelanGeorgie C 1/2Cher love of stories

LIBRARY 3-6 - Ms Whelan

Mac F 5/6Chis interest in books of all kinds
STEAM K-2 - Ms BarcenillaPatrick Y KGhis thoughtful observations when investigating push and pull forces
STEAM 3-6 - Ms BarcenillaIsabelle P 3/4Musing her reasoning skills to contribute valuable ideas during class discussions
ART K-2 - Mrs BowmanSilas R KKhis fabulous firework scratchings! Well done!
ART K-2 - Mrs BowmanGriffin S-W KGhis excellent emu design
ART 3-6 - Mrs BowmanAdisri P 5/6Wan exceptional 'washi tape' design. Bravo!
ART 3-6 - Mrs BowmanSophie H 5/6Fher unique and creative approach to drawing
MUSIC K-2 - Ms BigginsArwen J 1/2Mher fabulous listening and rhythm skills
MUSIC 3-6 - Ms BigginsAndrei L 5/6Chis contagious enthusiasm and wonderful musical intelligence

LEARN LIVE LEAD awards - This Week

K GumnutSaxon Rbeing a kind and caring friend on the playground
K JasmineCara Salways showing the 'Balmain Way" at school, and being a fabulous role model for her peers
K KaleJack Hshowing great focus and creativity when making and interpreting data displays
1/2 Banana PalmOdin Shis imaginative and thrilling narrative about Super Jellyfish!
1/2 CactaceaeHarrison Shis interesting and detailed work on dinosaurs
1/2 LavenderSophia Kher continued growth in confidence and knowledge throughout Semester 2
1/2 MangroveMiles L-Rbeing a thoughtful and supportive helper to his peers and around the classroom
3/4 BambooIsabelle Sworking hard at increasing her vocabulary
3/4 MagnoliaHudson Lexceptional handwriting! Keep it up, Hudson!
3/4 RainforestJayden Yhis exceptional leadership in helping others
5/4 MarigoldAlexander Bhis engaging and thoughtful insights during classroom discussions
5/6 Cherry BlossomVilja Jbeing a respectful and supportive class member
5/6 FrangipaniFinn Cmaking an active effort to contribute more to classroom discussions
5/6 WillowDennis Ca creative and detailed final product for Earth's Elements
5/6 YautiaSkye Gworking productively with peers during our History unit
LIBRARY K-2 - Ms WhelanFrancesca B T KGgood listening

LIBRARY 3-6 - Ms Whelan

Tristan Y 5/4Mthoughtful contributions to library lessons
STEAM K-2 - Ms BarcenillaNed T 1/2Mdemonstrating a strong understanding of algorithms through his animation
STEAM 3-6 - Ms BarcenillaMaxim P 5/6Chis creative and innovative thinking
ART K-2 - Mrs BowmanRosie H 1/2Bbeautiful ink work on her folk trees
ART 3-6 - Mrs BowmanMac F 5/6Fdetailed and creative ink work. Well done! 

YOU CAN DO IT! awards - Resilience - Last Week

K GumnutPatrick Ydisplaying a bounce-back attitude!
K JasmineIvy Lbeing a resilient and confident learner; working in a group to investigate 3D objects that roll and slide
K KaleCharlotte Obelieving in herself and being positive when completing written tasks
1/2 Banana PalmLennon Lbouncing back from a nose bleed and working hard on finishing his narrative story
1/2 CactaceaeHarry Shis focus and logical thinking while solving maths problems
1/2 LavenderElisya Gcompleting her speech with confidence even when she was nervous. Amazing job!
1/2 MangroveCassius Shis focus and dedication towards improving written tasks and creating a detailed narrative!
3/4 BambooRosemary Adisplaying resilience in the face of challenging circumstances
3/4 MagnoliaSamuel Fshowing resilience and maturity in social situations
3/4 RainforestVivienne Rher resilience in the playground
5/4 MarigoldLuca Himproved resilience in the classroom
5/6 Cherry BlossomAndrei Lhis positive attitude to challenges
5/6 FrangipaniJoseph Mhis incredible resilience and self-management
5/6 WillowAdisri Pher resilient and mature approach to all situations
5/6 YautiaJemma Wexploring positive solutions, when faced with challenging situations

YOU CAN DO IT! awards - Resilience - This Week

K GumnutNico Halways working on being an independent writer
K JasmineWilliam Shis focus and determination to practise writing his numbers up to 100 during investigations!
K KaleJaren Zbouncing back from challenges and always being kind to others
1/2 Banana PalmEvie S-Wworking hard in mastering her typing skills when publishing her narrative
1/2 CactaceaeMillie Wworking her hardest to finish her narrative
1/2 LavenderMia M-Cbeing a patient and thoughtful learner
1/2 MangroveEvie Rworking hard to go back through her work when investigating the features of 2D shapes
3/4 BambooMadeleine Cresilience when converting cubic centimetres to millimetres
3/4 MagnoliaArabella Salways being selfless and optimistic with a radiant sense of humour
3/4 RainforestElena Bbouncing back from a tough day
5/4 MarigoldLuca Mhis increased initiative snd resilience in the classroom
5/6 Cherry BlossomSanti Shis positive approach towards challenges
5/6 FrangipaniSophie Hher high level of effort in everything that she does
5/6 WillowEllen Dshowing resilience in challenging situations
5/6 YautiaIvan Dmaking positive choices and focusing during learning time


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

PHOTO GALLERY: Positive Pete Winners (Weeks 4 and 5)

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

Spotlight on...

5/6 FRANGIPANI!!!!!!

Students learnt more about the importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and responded to artwork created by Indigenous artists.

In maths we have been practising making 3D objects in a fun and enthusiastic way, by getting chickpeas and toothpicks and creating the skeletal frame (outside of the cube).

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In English we’ve been learning about the sad but true story of Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes. Sadako passed away from the disease leukemia. We are also working through a booklet that is filled with different activities and questions about each chapter. It also involves writing a review of the story, describing the character and writing an alternative ending of the story Sadako. Sadako was on a mission to make a thousand paper cranes and in turn we're also on the journey to make a thousand cranes. We are already almost half way!

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Head over and ❤️ on Instagram!

In STEAM we’ve had an incursion and the fabulous @georgiadrawsahouse came in and taught us how to draw a house step by step with detail. It was a fun and exciting time to learn the details to draw a house.




The Balmain PS Instrumental Program is a vibrant and fun program, where every student has an opportunity to learn an instrument in a supportive and collaborative setting. Our experienced music teachers from Directions In Music specialise in teaching primary school instrumental music programs, and we are excited to be welcoming our newest young musicians to join our program in 2021!

Learning a musical instrument is a wonderful skill for young people to have, and provides many rewarding benefits to a child’s development. Most importantly, playing music with our friends is fun!

If you are interested in enrolling your child in the 2021 Balmain PS Music Program, please use the QR code or link below to register online.


Alternatively, please call the Directions in Music team to enrol on 9662 2211.

No Scaredy Cats online interactive child development webinar for parents

No Scaredy Cats online interactive child development webinar for parents. 

Parentshop is hosting an interactive webinar for parents to help them identify and reduce anxiety and build resilience over three consecutive Monday evenings. 

16th, 23rd & 30th November 2020 - 7.00pm - 9.00pm AEDT


Sydney Secondary College Balmain Campus Selection and Enrichment classes

Sydney Secondary College Balmain Campus Selection and Enrichment classes

Sydney Secondary College Balmain Campus would normally hold an information evening for perspective families interested in our gifted and talented learning opportunities at the end of October.

Due to current Covid-19 restrictions we are unable to hold this evening.  Please click on the following link to see a presentation of information about learning opportunities for the Selective and Enrichment programs for enrolment in 2022:


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