EdWeek 2018 - theme and dates announced
This year's Education Week will be held from Monday 6 August to Friday 10 August 2018 (Term 3, Week 3). The theme for Education Week is ‘Today's schools – creating tomorrow's world'. This theme communicates how NSW public schools are equipping young people with the skills and capabilities they need to thrive in a rapidly changing, globalised world. Video: Mark Scott announces theme for EdWeek 2018 You tube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULMFWr7_OzU... Read more
2018 Resource Allocation Model funding
In October 2017, all NSW public schools will receive a 2018 Planned School Budget Allocation Report. The report will assist with the management of the total budget delivered to schools through the Resource Allocation Model (RAM). The Resource Allocation Model (RAM) methodology distributes funding based on the individual needs of students and schools. This gives schools greater flexibility to make local decisions. Learn more about the 2018 funding by visiting the department's website or watch a short animation about managing the total school... Read more
Belle Property BALMAIN FUN RUN
Belle Property BALMAIN FUN Register now: www.balmainfunrun.com.au... Read more
Selective High School - Year 7 in 2019
Applications for selective high school placement in Year 7 in 2019 open on 10 October 2017 and close on 13 November 2017 at https://education.nsw.gov.au/public-schools/selective-high-schools-and-opportunity-classes/year-7. The Selective High School Placement Test is on 15 March 2018.... Read more
NDIS continues its roll out across NSW
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) started in NSW in July 2016, rolling out across half of the state. The rollout for the rest of NSW started on 1 July 2017 and the NDIS will be fully rolled out by mid 2018. The NSW government is writing to the families of children and young people with disability who currently receive disability supports in the rollout areas to advise how and when they will enter the NDIS. How will people move into the NDIS? There is a planned approach to the way people enter into the NDIS. The first people to... Read more
I learn, we learn...
'I learn, we learn' showcases the investigative, or play-based, learning program at Balmain Public School. Students develop 21st Century learning skills and form a real love of learning through our whole-school initiative, 'Keeping it REAL' (Rich, Engaging and Active Learning). This collaborative learning approach ensures learning is real, relevant and meaningful for all children. I learn, we learn video We entered our film in the StoryQuest Competition for Education Week. We were selected to be one of 5 finalists and was voted second! We have... Read more
NAPLAN Online School readiness test
NSW schools will participate in the NAPLAN Online School Readiness Test from 14 August to 22 September. There is a lot of information for schools, students and parents on the NAPLAN Online transition website. The school readiness test is a ‘practice run' for schools to assess their technology as we prepare to transition to NAPLAN Online. It provides an opportunity for schools to become familiar with the NAPLAN Online assessment platform but is not an assessment of student ability.... Read more
Education Week 2017
Next week (Monday 31 July – Friday 4 August) is Education Week, a statewide annual event to celebrate public education in NSW. The week highlights the achievements of public education and local schools, putting the spotlight on our students, our educators and the communities that support them. This year's theme is I Learn, We Learn. It is a celebration of the commitment of the NSW Department of Education to ensuring that our students are at the heart of learning and that all our schools improve every year. Education Week is also a time for... Read more
Easter Hat Parade!
Come and join our Easter Hat Parade...in the playground on Friday 7th April at 1:30pm...what a fun way to head off into the school holidays! Hope you can join us...... Read more
I love the flowers...
...and the parents/carers of the Balmain Public School community! If you weren't at school on Thursday, you would have missed our community getting up in front of 342 children and 15+ staff. I don't think I've EVER seen this happen before at any school...you make my heart smile!... Read more
Harmony Day @ BPS...
Every year on 21st March, people celebrate Harmony Day. Harmony Day celebrates Australia's cultural diversity. It's about inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone. Our Kindies started off Harmony Day at morning lines, with our Junior and Senior choirs harmoniously getting together to sing for us...what a beautiful way to start off the day...... Read more
Introducing Healthy School Canteens
The introduction of the revised Healthy School Canteen Strategy increases the availability of healthy food and drink options in school canteens to make the healthy choice, the easy choice. It replaces the Fresh Tastes@School Strategy in NSW schools that was commonly known as the traffic light system. The revised strategy is consistent with the 2013 Australian Dietary Guidelines and classifies food and drinks as either Everyday or Occasional. Sugary drinks will continue not to be sold. NSW public schools will have until the end of 2019 to... Read more
Friday saw our community get together for our annual Welcome Breakfast that our fabulous P&C put on...there was a great turn out! Thank you so much for your efforts...the BBQ aroma wafted throughout Balmain, I'm sure! A special THANKS must go to QE Foodstores, who supplied the scrumptious fruit...yum!... Read more
Channel 10 visits Balmain Public School
On 17th January 2017, Channel 10 crew descended into the Balmain Public School Kindergarten space, interviewing Ms Ariana Davis (Kindy teacher and Early Stage One Coordinator), as well as a couple of our parents...the segment aired on the Eyewitness News that evening. How exciting!... Read more
Our shared responsibility
Welcome back for the 2017 school year. I hope everyone had a relaxing and refreshing break. I'd like to particularly welcome students (along with their parents) and staff starting in our schools for the first time. May the year ahead be engaging and rewarding – a wonderful year of teaching and learning. We know the world is transforming profoundly and quickly, and it is our great responsibility to prepare our children and young people so that they can flourish through such change. When our children finish school and enter the evermore... Read more
2017 Resource Allocation Model funding
In October 2016, all NSW public schools will receive a 2017 Planned School Budget Allocation Report. The report will assist with the management of the total budget delivered to schools through the Resource Allocation Model (RAM). The Resource Allocation Model (RAM) methodology distributes funding based on the individual needs of students and schools. This gives schools greater flexibility to make local decisions. Learn more about the 2017 funding by visiting the Department's website. Watch a short animation about the important role of the RAM... Read more
Les Fleurs ~ BPS Art Show
Friday 16 September ~ Opening Night ~ Grown Ups Only ~ 7pm onwards Buy tickets and pre-purchase your child's artwork online at www.flexischools.com.au Saturday 17 September ~ Family Fun Day ~ 11-2pm... Read more
NAIDOC Week Celebrations
NAIDOC week was acknowledged in the school holidays between 3rd and 10th July 2016. NAIDOC stands for National Aborigine Islanders Day Observance Committee. It is celebrated by all Australians. This year's NAIDOC theme is, Songlines: The living narrative of our nation. In order to celebrate NAIDOC Week at Balmain Public School, we are asking all students to find a Dreamtime Story to share with their buddy. A special assembly will be held on Friday 22nd July during morning lines and 'Buddy' time will take place directly after that. Parents are... Read more
Welcome to Term 3!
A huge welcome back to our wonderful Balmain community. We hope you've had a nice relaxing break and are ready to share your exciting holiday experiences with us. We've had a few new families join Balmain Public this term, so we'd like to extend a special welcome to them too. It's going to be a busy term with lots of learning. Have a great term everyone!... Read more