- Principal's Report
- Important Dates to Remember
- Connections to Sea and Country
- Keeping you connected
- Introducing our Assistant Principal
- Grade 4’s Sing at Launch of K-mart Wishing Tree Appeal
- Celebrating the Value of Courage
- Parents and Friends
- Are you making every school day count?
- Family Fitness & Coffee
- 2024 Student Bus Fare Increase
- Community Notices
On behalf of the Burnie Primary School community, we would like to take this opportunity to say a thank you to the people who give up their time to support our students in the many and varied extracurricular activities. We really couldn’t do it without your support!
Our 2023 Fun Day proved to be a very successful event. The sun was shining, the children were smiling and there was a very long line to the coffee van. Some of the highlights included "Dancing with my Mum" and "parents versus student Tug of War".
Student Leaders 2024
Our school leaders for 2024 are finalised. The Grade 5 students showed tremendous courage when presenting their aspirational speeches to students and staff. All speeches were of a high calibre, and students should be extremely proud of themselves.
Congratulations to our 2024 SRC members Tori, Kobi, Sophie, Ella, Sakye, Harper, Archie and Louis.
Congratulations to our Sports Leaders Storm, Lucas, Scarlett, Tayton, Lucy, Bentley & Penny.
We would also like to congratulate Carter and Eden our Youth Councilor representatives for 2024.
Celebrating Student Success
Chloe competed in a super 10s regional tennis challenge in Hobart. Chloe was a part of the North West girls team who won the girls division. They all played very well.
During the weekend of November 11th and 12th selected students in grades 3 and 6 participated in the Basketball Tasmania Championships Tournament held at venues from Latrobe to Ulverstone. All students played well in their teams and should be proud of how they represented Burnie Primary School. Thank you to all the parents who supported the teams, and thank you to our volunteers who supported, coached and umpired.
|Triathlon 3-6 Devonport
|EMU's Concert P-2 11:30am & 3-6 1:15pm
|Pink & Purple Day for Lucy
|Grade 6 Transitions Full Day
|K-2 Social (K-2 out of uniform)
|3-6 Social (3-6 out of uniform)
|Stringalong Performance 10:15am - 10:45am
|Grade 6 Celebration Day
|Grade 6 Celebration Dinner (6-8pm)
|Kinder - 5 Assembly 9:15am
|Grade 6 Presentation Assembly 1:30pm
|Final School Day
On the 9th of November both grade 4 classes travelled to Sisters Beach to inquire about Australia’s First Nations peoples. Grade 4 had a blast at running around in the ocean and sand dunes. We met Christina and Andrew to learn more about the Aboriginal tools, clothes, family and land. Grade 4 is excited to share their learning with the rest of our community. By Matilda
Here are some of our reflections about our learning from the day:
*Christina and Andrew talked about so many things like ochre, animal skin and the clapping sticks. There are some plants you can eat and some you can use for medicine. Ellah
*I saw the waves lapping. I saw a massive mountain. It looked so cool! I listened so I could help more people who want to learn about Sea Country. Luka
*We learnt Aboriginal women used wadis to knock out seals to kill them for food. They also use plants as medicines. Young kids used to hunt at a really small age. Animal skins can be used as blankets or for clothes to keep people warm. Agniz
*It is important to share this information with others because then they know what not to do at the beach and what things that you can do at the beach so more and more people can help the environment. Chelsea
*Christina and Andrew talked to us about how they made spears and fire-sticks with tea-tree. They said the waddies are made out of tree roots or branches with knobs on the end. The aborigines used waddies to hunt animals such as wallabies and seals. Huntah
*We learn that they only took what they needed from the land and the sea, they were very resourceful. They used what they had and they never took too much. William
*It is important to remember that we are all Australians. We all need to know how to help the world’s longest living culture to continue. Brax
*We wrote our own Acknowledgment of Country showing that we pay respect to our elders and showing that we are very grateful for what they’ve done for us. I felt good to make connections with Sea Country. Azalea
My name is Andrew Woodard and I am the Assistant Principal at Burnie Primary School. This is my 7th year at Burnie Primary. My role is a varied one and involves both a teaching component and administration. I teach in the Makerspace on Mondays and for half of a Friday with a focus on coding, art and design. Within my administration role I manage areas such as attendance, behavioural components of Student Wellbeing, and do organisational tasks such as assemblies and the Grade 6 End of Year Celebrations. The role of an Assistant Principal is also one that you need to be ready to respond to every day and what comes forward.
I love working at Burnie Primary School and believe that the opportunity to work each day alongside the young people of our community, our future leaders, is a privilege.
On Thursday, 16th November, Grade 4’s arrived at K-Mart to sing Christmas Carols, to get shoppers in a festive mood, for the GRAND OPENING of the K-Mart Wishing Tree Appeal.
Andrew Webb from the Salvation Army gave a speech about the importance of the Wishing Tree. Giovanna Simpson, the Deputy Mayor of Burnie, cut the ribbon to launch the Wishing Tree Appeal – may this bring hope to families that are less fortunate was her message. Giovanna said, “Christmas is a time to Give”, while Burnie Primary School Students sang beautifully to lots of families and friends.
By Navika, Serenity and Siharna
At BPS we are courageous, and this term the DECYP Value of Courage is the focus for our Morning Meetings.
Acting with courage means:
- accepting challenges and embracing opportunities
- thinking creatively and being brave
- being prepared to stand up for what’s important
- not giving up
- having difficult conversations
- being innovative and taking calculated risks in some situations.
Dear Parents and Friends,
Our recent Beadough Donuts Fundraiser was a huge success! Thank you to all who ordered and supported this fundraiser. Funds raised from this fundraiser will go towards supporting the Grade 6 leavers dinner at the end of this term.
Next week we will be selling Zooper Doopers during ‘Day for Lucy’ to raise money to help support Grade 1 student Lucy and her family, while she is in hospital in Melbourne. Zooper Doopers will be sold during lunch on the 29th November and all money raised will go towards supporting Lucy’s family.
On Tuesday 12th December the P&F will be in full swing helping set up and serve at the Grade 6 leavers dinner. We would really appreciate the help from any available parents/friends on the day to help set the tables and the scene for a great night. If you are available, please message us on the Burnie Primary School Parents and Friends Association Facebook page.
As the year quickly draws to a close, we are looking at possible fundraising efforts for 2024. If you have any suggestions for future fundraising efforts, please don’t hesitate in contacting us via our Facebook page. We welcome all new suggestions as planning for next year will begin toward the end of this term, and if you think you would like to help out just a bit next year, please don’t hesitate in reaching out.
If you’re looking for tips on how to create better attendance habits, visit the Anything can happen website.
Our attendance system sends us messages when children have missed 5, 10 and 15 days either unexplained or unauthorised.
Unexplained is when you have not contacted the school to let us know why your child is away, or you do not respond to the text message that is sent after we have completed attendance for the day.
Unauthorised is when your child is away from school for a non-educational based reason (this includes taking holidays during the term). If your child is going to be away from school due to a family holiday or for an alternative activity that relates to learning or an organised event, please contact us so that we are able to record this in the system.
If the system indicates that your child has been away for 5, 10 or 15 days from school unexplained or unauthorised you will receive either a call or a letter from the school.
In line with government policy, the Department of State Growth has advised that student bus fares are increasing on 1 January 2024.
The full student fare will increase by 10 cents on 1 January 2024.
If you use cash for a single trip ticket, the new fare will be $2.00. If you use a smartcard or purchase a 10-trip ticket, the new fare will be $1.60. If you buy a 10-trip ticket from the bus driver, it will be $16.00.
Smartcards like Greencard and Transportme can be topped up online.
The student fare last increased in 2022. This fare increase is set by government policy.
For more information see below, talk to your bus driver, or call 6166 3343 (9am to 5pm weekdays).