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The Bunya - Newsletter
Issue No 1
Thursday 5th March, 2015
Term 1 week 6
Last week Mrs Beath and I visited Melbourne to attend
the MindBrain conference. The highlight of which was
listening to John Hattie. We always use the effect size
research that John has presented in his book “Visible
Learning.” This allows us to make decisions based upon
knowing what works. If the effect size is not substantial,
we do not waste time with that particular strategy.
We also visited two schools and spent half a day in each
one. Silverton and Wooranna Park Public Schools are
leading the way in their teaching students to be
collaborative, critical thinkers. We returned with many
Ian Jukes and Nikky Mohan, Canadian education experts,
visited our school last Tuesday. They spoke to students,
staff and parents to audit where our school is
This Saturday, our teachers as well as teachers from
Hinchinbrook and Glenwood Public Schools, will be
learning together. This Staff Development Day replaces
the one on 17th December 2015. Ian Jukes will be
presenting his research around Disruptive Innovation.
Our teachers will begin to develop their skills in planning
to teach for different literacies. There will be much more
on this in every newsletter as we take small steps along
the Future Schools path. Parents will be invited to a
session with Ian Jukes to listen and interact, ask
questions and find out what direction all schools should
be heading, to best prepare our students for a highly
The P&C will be having a BBQ, the coffee van will be
here, as well as other treats for sale.
Please see the advert in the newsletter for details.
Traffic changes in Pacific Palms Circuit
This week saw the pick-up areas and the bus zone
change. It is early days, but there seems to be a better
flow of traffic. I do ask the community to follow the road
rules and in particular, no u-turns over double yellow
lines. Otherwise it will only be matter of time until there
is a serious accident.
The Rocks Walking Tour
How wonderful it is to hear fabulous feedback from
excursion providers about our students. Both year 3 and
year 4 received “great reviews” from the staff at The
Rocks Walking Tours. Not only was the students’
behaviour superb, but they asked brilliant questions.
Great job stage 2!
The first disco of the year is next Wednesday.
There will be two sessions:
K-2 @ 11.20-12.15pm
3-6 @ 12.20 -1.20pm
Cost: $5 entry
Glowsticks will be sold at the door for $1, $2 or $3.
Help support this P&C fundraising event.
Gold Grass Cinema – Friday 27th March
This year our Gold Grass Cinema is on a little earlier in
the year, when hopefully, it will not be as cold as 2014!
Everyone is welcome. It is a great family night. The
tickets have remained the same price for this year.
The next P&C meeting and AGM will he held on
Wednesday 18th March @ 6.30pm. All future P&C
meetings will be held on the third Wednesday of the
Have a great fortnight.
Up Coming events – Term 1
PSSA Round 3
Skipping – Stage 1
Selective High School Test
K-2 Assembly @ 2.10pm (1 Oberon)
PSSA Round 4
Skipping – Stage 1
P&C meeting and AGM @ 6.30pm
3-6 Assembly @ 2.10pm (3/4 Density)
PSSA Round 5
Good number sense
Reading with your child at home
Maths is a numbers game but for some students - and
When your kids see you reading and writing in everyday
parents - the figures don't add up. Here are some
life – whether reading for pleasure, sharing a story with
strategies to help kids to work out sums in their heads in
them or making a shopping list – it teaches them that they
a way that makes sense to them.
are useful skills. Here are some things you can do at
home to help your kids with reading.
Find out more:
Find out more:
Hoxton Park Public School Merit Winners
Weeks 4 & 5
Veronica La Spada
Leilana Kaukura Grey
Louisiana Rodriguez Carrillo
Nicholas Herrera Saez
Jonathan Prada Yepes
Saniya Nizamuddin Serene Merhi