Last week, we had a great event in the celebration of our 2023 Year 6 leavers along with our whole school end of year assembly. I personally thank our parents and school community for their support at this event and throughout this year. We are extremely proud of our students and especially our departing year 6s. A special event like this, helps to remind us of what really matters most in what has been a very busy year for everyone. The final few weeks of the school term is a time to reflect, and I would like to take this moment to acknowledge and commend our staff on their flexibility, adaptability, and supportiveness of each other – along with their dedication to improving outcomes for all of our learners.
I am extremely grateful to have had the tremendous support and expertise of the leadership team – Andrew Woodard, Alanna Smith, Georgette Moore, Jackson Ansell, and Tameika Munday who have collectively taken on additional roles and responsibilities to ensure a successful 2023 for our school community.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our volunteers, classroom helpers, additional specialist (Helen Hurst), and support staff (Emma Halfacre, Camilla Stretton and Chane McGregor). A special mention to Maureen King who has been a tremendous support throughout the school and in particular our library over the past 5 years. Although we know Maureen will be back, her normal weekly visit will be missed.
Meet the 2024 Teacher This week, all children have had a chance to meet in their new class groupings and participate in some early team building activities. There were many smiling faces throughout our 'Meet the Teacher' sessions and lots of excited chatter in the playground about what 2024 might bring!
Meet the 2024 BPS Team We are delighted to welcome Louise Rawlings and Laura Gee to Burnie Primary School. Louise joins us from Miandetta Primary School where she has been Acting Principal and Laura joins us from Penguin District School where she as been the LIFT co-ordinator.
Leadership Principal – Susan Barnard Assistant Principal – Louise Rawlings Support Leader and AST – Georgette Moore Quality Teaching Coach and AST – Alanna Smith
Our teachers Launching into Learning and LIFT – Jess Fidler, Laura Gee and Kathleen Matthews Kindergarten – Rachel Johnson Prep – Rachael Sykes, Clare Smith and Julie-Anne Elphinstone Year One – Kendall Sandman, Larissa (Roberts) Boyes and Di Williams Year Two - Leah Argeropoulos, Cathryn Parkes and Daphne Kalweit Years Three and Four – Liz Fidler, Jana Kalweit, Susan Woodward, Patti Page Years Five and Six – Alyssa Miller, Sue Smith, Meg Nayler, Jane Nott, Janine Gibson and Christina Cohen Specialist – Andrew Woodard, Janine Gibson, Kathleen Matthews, and Holly Geard
Our EFAs Anne Taylor, Angela Streets, Rachel Wright, Allan Taylor
We wish all Burnie Primary families the very best for the Christmas season and a happy and enjoyable summer break. We look forward to welcoming everyone back to school in 2024. School starts for students on Thursday, 8th February. Our office will be open from late January to assist with any enquiries.
A friendly reminder to our families in Years 3-6. Our Swimming and Water Safety Program commences on 12th February 2024. If you have not yet returned swimming forms, you can do so on 22 December 2024 between 8am - 3pm or on the first day of Term 1.
The Umina Park Residents and Year 4s have completed their buddy program for the year. A survey was completed to receive valuable feedback about this program. Some quotes about this program are as follows:
Year 4 students say:
‘It is very good i hope we do it when I’m in grade 5.’
‘I love how they teach me lots of good life lessons and are very kind to me.’
‘When you are talking to the residents just let them talk to you because they actually have more words to say than you think.’
‘It is a wonderful program for kids and adults to get to know other people.
’I liked reading books to them.’
Umina Park Residents say:
‘I loved seeing the little ones.’
‘I thoroughly enjoyed talking to the little people.’
‘The children were lovely, I enjoyed it every time they came to visit.’
‘I loved seeing all of the little ones, reminds me of my children and grandchildren.’
‘I liked watching them perform.’
North West Support School and Year 5s
Six students from the North West Support School attended Burnie Primary on a Thursday afternoon to work with six Year five students. This was a community access program and involved the buddies completing some jobs around the school such as empty out the class paper bins, picking up litter, organising book in the library, weeding gardens, and sorting out resources in classrooms. After the job was completed, buddies could choose a fun activity to do together. The basketball court and swings were a favourite activity along with colouring in and reading a book.