2020 Newsletter 9





Principal Update

Dear Families

Star Gazing Evening
Thank you to all the community members who supported this wonderful event last week. There was a wonderful turn out, and the weather was kind to us. A special thanks to Mr Shultz and the staff members who contributed on the night. Their efforts had a significant impact on bringing the community together. Also, thanks to Mrs Herbert, Charlie (Mrs Herbert’s daughter) and members of the P&C for their contribution.

Manager of Corporate Services (MCS) Award 2020
I would like to congratulate our very own Tegan Gill for being nominated for this award. We are extremely fortunate to have a highly effective MCS like Tegan. The role of MCS has a significant impact on how the school operates. A major part of Tegan’s role is managing the finances and resources in the school. Without Tegan, no one would be paid, and nothing would be repaired. However, Tegan contributes to so many other areas of the school, and her support for the students and staff is overwhelming.










Parent interviews
Thank you to all the families who attended the interviews last week. It is a wonderful occasion for teachers and parent/care givers to meet and discuss the progress the students. It is important for the students to know there is a connection between home and school and parents are informed of where the students are achieving and how to progress.

Kind regards,
Mike Wills



Last week we held our 6th annual stargazing night. We had a fantastic turnout and, despite a dire weather forecast, were blessed with a good evening.

We started with our hobby rocket launch and managed to retrieve the first rocket, but the second was last seen heading towards Mirrabooka!

We had a sausage sizzle cooked by Ms Fawcett, Miss McHugh, Ms Kay and Mr Merrils and also a Father’s day raffle and further refreshments provided by Mrs Herbert. Edith Cowan University entertained our students with their fascinating collection of space rocks and meteorites. Our special thanks to Julie Boston and Donna Franklin who shared their time and knowledge with us and have been supporters of our stargazing nights over the past four years.

Matt Woods and his colleague from Perth Observatory assisted us with a further two telescopes for stargazing.  While it was cloudy at times, we all had an opportunity to see the moon up close and even to take some photos while many got to see Jupiter and even Saturn.

We want to acknowledge Edith Cowan University who have been instrumental in starting up our stargazing event here at the school. They donated our telescope and have provided ongoing support over the past 6 years.
























R U OK? Day is tomorrow, Thursday 10 September 2020.  It’s a national day of action when we’re reminded that every day is the day to ask, “Are you OK?” if someone in your world is struggling with life’s ups and downs.

R U OK? is a national suicide prevention charity whose vision is a world where we are all connected and protected from suicide. Our mission is to inspire and empower everyone to meaningfully connect with people around them and support anyone struggling with life.

Tomorrow, and every other day, is a good day to ask “Are you OK?”

** 2021 Enrolments **

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.

Click here to be directed to the Enrolments section of our website where an online Application Form can be completed and returned via email: balga.ps@education.wa.edu.au

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.


Edu-Dance – $20.00 per student
Students from Pre-Primary through to Year 6 have the opportunity to participate in Edu-Dance again this year.  The school would encourage students to participate in this activity.  The school has subsidised the cost of Edu-Dance and the cost to families is $20.00 per student.  If you have not yet made payment or returned the permission slip, please arrange for the return of signed permission slips as soon as possible and payment can be paid directly to the office, or by EFT to the school’s bank account.  Spare permission slips are available from the front office.

Voluntary Contributions – $30.00 per student
Voluntary Contributions contribute towards purchasing education resources and programs to ensure your child has access to a broad curriculum and the best educational opportunities possible.   The school charges a minimal amount of $30.00 per student.  This small amount contributes directly towards the resources and programs available to support your child.  If you have not yet made payment of your Voluntary Contributions we would kindly request that payment be made either in Cash, directly to the office, or by direct deposit to the school’s bank account at your earliest convenience.

Origo Maths Books – $18.00 per student
Students from Pre-Primary through to Year 6 will be using the Origo Stepping Stones Maths book to support the Maths curriculum.  All students from Pre-Primary through to Year 6 will require this text book.  If you have not yet made payment for your child’s book, please arrange for the payment of $18.00 per student to be paid directly to the office, or by EFT to the school’s bank account as soon as possible.

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Term 3 Planner 2020 

Term 4 Planner 2020

Loud Shirt Day – 23 October 2020

Creative Arts Program – Mirrabooka

Youth Leadership Program – Mirrabooka

School Holiday Workshop with Lego® Bricks

Balcatta Bears Tee-Ball

Kuk Sool Won – Traditional Korean Martial Art

Warriapendi Child and Parent Centre – Term 3 Weekly Timetable