Firstly, I would like to share some news relating to the future leadership of the school. I am pleased to announce that Brad Trpchev has been appointed Principal for next year, and will commence this role at the beginning of 2021. This a wonderful opportunity for the Balga PS community to have a highly recommended Principal who has been identified and appointed on behalf of the Director General. Brad has led a number of schools in remote communities over the years and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience. Currently, he is leading Nollamara PS, and will remain there until the end of this this year. A representative from the school board was consulted during this process, and the decision was endorsed. I am also pleased to announce that I will remain at Balga PS until the end of this year, which will allow for a comprehensive and effective transition leading into 2021. I look forward to continuing to lead the school for the duration of the year, and I thank you for your support.
Learning to Read
Balga PS is very fortunate to have Brooke Wardana as part of our leadership team. She is our on-site literacy expert who leads our Early Childhood Education, builds teacher capacity through instructional coaching and provides on-going professional learning for staff. This term, Brooke has been presenting us with the latest research and strategies relating to Phonological Awareness (letter-sound relationship), reading difficulties, intervention strategies, and the importance of explicitly teaching phonics. Her presentations have highlighted the fact that learning to read is a complex task, so Balga PS is ensuring that our teachers are highly skilled and armed with the lasted research and strategies to support your child.
It is important to maintain effective communication between parents/carers and teachers. If you need to speak to your child’s teacher, please make an appointment so the teacher can give you the necessary time and confidentiality you require.
Community Tree Planting Program
We continue our strong relationship with the City of Stirling and we were lucky enough to receive 45 tree saplings. The students in Room 10 will be planting these saplings on the verges around the school to enhance the environment and leave their mark before graduating. The students will learn practical tree planting skills and the positive impact planting trees in their community has. Keep an eye out for pictures of the event.
Students will still receive a report this semester, however they will be different. We have been directed by the Department that grades (A, B, C, D, E) will not be included in the Term Two report. Further information about how the reports will be structured will be communicated to you once a decision has been made.
Now is the time to apply to enrol your child for 2021 if they are:
- Starting Kindergarten (turning four years old by 30 June 2021)
- Starting Pre-primary (turning five years old by 30 June 2021)
- Changing schools.
Alternatively, please feel free to contact our friendly office staff for any further enquiries on 9253 4500.
Every day of a child’s education matters.
This term we are covering chemical science in class. Room 10 have learnt about chemical reactions and the three states of matter. Room 8 have also learnt about changes between the three states of matter, including the properties of gas. Below students are observing the lava lamps they made.
Room 7 have learnt about the changes between the three states of matter and below they are observing their Alginate worms up close!
Homework Hut Mirrabooka
The Metropolitan Migrant Resource Centre will be recommencing the Homework Hut program on Saturday 13th June following the recent ease of restrictions. It will continue to be held weekly on a Saturday morning from 10am until 12pm at Herb Graham Recreation Centre.
Eligible participants can be completing primary or high school level and have had to reside in Australia for five years or less (as according to the SETS program criteria).
Please click here to view flyer for further information. Feel free to contact Holly, Youth Programs Coordinator, on 9345 5755 or email@example.com with any queries regarding Homework Hut or eligibility for the SETS program
We are very pleased to advise Playgroup at Balga Primary School will be recommencing Term 3!!!
We are very excited to see our Playgroup families again and look forward to seeing our new Kindy 2021 students in Playgroup also. If you know of any other families with non school aged children who would like to join in on the fun, please refer them to the Playgroup brochure below.
Please click here to view our Playgroup brochure and we look forward to seeing you Mondays and Fridays in TERM 3!
Balga Primary School P&C Association
We are urgently needing more P&C members!!
If you have time to spare, no matter how little, please come and join us. If you can’t make today’s meeting, please come to the front office & fill out a Membership Application Form as we are needing more members for our future fundraising activities. Money raised by the P&C Association greatly contributes to student activities such as swimming lessons, sporting equipment, class excursions and end of year book awards.
Community Tree Planting – Mirrabooka
If you would like to join in on the tree planting fun, please click the below links for more information:
The Facebook event page can be shared from https://www.facebook.com/events/847672322414441/
Or a direct post to the dedicated Eventbrite page located: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/community-tree-planting-mirrabooka-tickets-99946755436
Winter School Holiday Workshops
RugbyWA are looking at July 4th 2020 as a Return to Play date for Junior Rugby Union in WA.
Enquiries welcome: 0451 244 493 or firstname.lastname@example.org