This saying is never truer in that it describes our wonderful Community Hub!!
What are the Hubsters and what do they do? Boronia Heights Primary School Community Hub is a group of parents/carers who meet regularly and help the school in a variety of ways including contributing to the wellbeing of students, staff and school community members, raising funds to enhance the school and promoting interaction between members of the school community.
Our Community Hub is always keen to welcome new members.
The Hubsters are a very active group of parents who usually meet twice a term and have an active Facebook group for brainstorming!
What did the Hubsters do in 2022? They had a very busy year and helped organise events and fundraising including:
- Easter Raffle
- Colour Run
- Election Day BBQ and Cake Stall
- Mother’s and Father’s Day Stall
- Bunnings BBQ
- Christmas Raffle
- Twilight Market Night
- Tea Towel fundraiser
- Chocolate fundraiser
- School Disco
- Sticky Beak lunch packs
- Entertainment Books
- Coffee Cards
What are the Hubsters planning for this year?
They have some fantastic things planned for 2023! To give you an idea, for Term 1 they will be running the Easter Raffle which will be organised later in the term, and they had Sticky Beaks fundraiser earlier this term. Both of these activities have been hugely successful.
If you would like to get involved in the running of events and activities, support and drive positive school culture and connect with others, please reach out via the school email or the Hub Facebook page “BHPS Community Hub “
The Hubsters have many supportive parents and individuals who volunteer their time for events and activities but are not official members. If you would like to help in a ‘non official’ capacity please also reach out by email or look out for an event or volunteering notifications on Facebook and the newsletter.
Our Community Hub welcome new members. The group meets in the PD room on Tuesday afternoons at 2:00pm and finishes at 3:30pm. For working parents that cannot come to meetings you can still be involved by assisting with the many activities our Hub organise throughout the year.
Meeting dates for The Hub this year are:
- 21st March
- 27th April
- 23rd May
- 18th July
- 22nd August
- 17th October
- 21st Nov
Please come along and join us if you can!
Next Friday 5 of our students will be representing the school in the Division Swimming Carnival held at a venue to be confirmed. I know that they will represent the school with pride and we look forward to sharing their results in the coming week. Congratulations and all the best to: Emily A, Sophie D, Sophie W, Olivia B and Lani M. Best of luck to the team!
The National Day of Bullying and Violence
The National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence will be held on Friday 18th March. The national Day against Bullying and Violence connects schools and communities to find workable solutions to prevent bullying. This day highlights steps taken to create inclusive school communities that are safe from bulling. Students have the opportunity to share how they take action and empower students, young people, staff families and the community to be part of the solution. It gives the students the ability to send a clear message that bulling is not accepted within the school gates and beyond. This day is now a regular on our school calendar and a wonderful reminder to everyone to be kind and considerate and say NO WAY!
Information Night Videos
Thank you to our community for working together to support your child’s education and success this year by watching and discussing the information videos that were sent home recently.
These information nights provide a timely opportunity for our teaching staff to form an effective partnership with each child’s family. Working in partnership and having consistent expectations between home and school leads to better outcomes for our students. I appreciate those families that contacted me expressing their gratitude with the information shared and valued the information sent home.
Working with Children Checks (WWCC)
We encourage and value parental and community support at Boronia Heights Primary School. There are many ways that parents, grandparents and friends can assist at our school. We encourage all parents to obtain a Working with Children’s Check that will allow you to be very involved in your child’s education. These checks are free for volunteers and will allow you to be involved as many school events as you require. Once you have your WWCC, please add your WWCC details to the Code of Conduct google form. Click here to access this form via Compass. This can be resubmitted at any time.
The timeline for this project is first of all the tender to go out on the 9th March following this they will start construction in and around September with the project hopefully completed in early November. I will keep the community informed of the latest updates as any other news comes to light.
Introducing our 2023 School Captains
Guten tag BHPS community! I am Charlotte T and I am bursting at the seams to be your school captain for 2023. My favourite thing to do is dancing and I take lessons five times a week. I am a Hufflepuff and love to write poetry. In this years production, The Amazing Adventures of Superstan. I am playing Dr What and I hope you are as excited as I am. I’d like to give a special thanks to our Principal, Mrs Jennings and our Vice Principals, Mrs Foster and Mrs Hodgson, for running this school to perfection and giving love and care to all students. I hope you have an exceptional year and don’t forget to try your best at everything you do. See you round, grey hound! 😊
Guten tag BHPS! Welcome to another fantastic year at BHPS. My name is Avril T and I’m your Vice Captain for 2023. I can’t wait to be leading our amazing community. A little look in to me: my personality is kind, caring and funny. I love spending my days outside, either playing basketball or playing with my pets. I also take dancing lessons twice a week. I play two instruments which are piano and clarinet. I hope everyone is super excited for our production this year called The Amazing Adventure of SuperStan which I’m playing Private Masters in. I’d just like to say a special thank you to our Assistant Principals and Principal for running our school to perfection. Thank you also to our amazing staff. Later BHPS Crew!
Hi everyone my name is Mitchell and I am in 6A, with Ms Wheeler. I am one of your school captains this year. I enjoy bike riding and swimming. I have two dogs. I would like to give a big thank you to all the staff and especially Ms Jennings. I also like to game and drive my RC cars on the weekends. Have a great year everyone!
Hello BHPS I am Jackson, one of your Vice Captains; I am so excited to be a captain of this wonderful school. I am in 6B, Mr. Blennerhassett’s class. I have been playing basketball for 6 years. I have 7 pets, 1 dog, 1 cat,4 fish, and 1 snail. I like to play video games; my favourite games are single player. I would like to give a special thank you to my parents for helping me get this far and I would also like to thank everyone at this school. I hope you all have an amazing year.
New proficiency standards for NAPLAN
The 2023 National Assessment Program—Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) tests will be administered to students in Years 3, 5, 7, and 9 from Wednesday 15th March to Monday 27th March 2023.
New proficiency standards for NAPLAN will include four levels of achievement that will replace the numerical NAPLAN bands.
From this year, parents and carers will get earlier, simpler, and clearer information about their child’s academic achievements based on rigorous new proficiency standards for NAPLAN.
Education ministers have agreed to change the way NAPLAN results are reported to parents and carers, now that all students are taking the tests online, and with the move to an earlier NAPLAN in March.
The standard for proficiency is set at a challenging but reasonable level. If your child is in the Strong or Exceeding category, it means they have demonstrated proficiency and that their literacy or numeracy skills are where they should be at this stage of their schooling.
If your child has not yet achieved proficiency, then they will either be in the Developing category or the Needs Additional Support category.
More meaningful reporting to parents and carers
The proficiency standards represent a reasonable expectation of student achievement at the time of testing, with questions in NAPLAN tests based mostly on the literacy and numeracy skills students have learnt from previous years of schooling.
The new standard will support higher expectations for student achievement and ensure students are gaining the important literacy and numeracy skills they will need throughout their lives.
Resetting the measurement scale and restarting the time series once all schools are online was a recommendation of the 2020 Independent Review of NAPLAN.
New achievement levels set using expert panel
For national reporting, 2023 will mark the start of a new time series, now that all students are online, and the tests are being held in March instead of May. The earlier timing of NAPLAN in March rather than May means students will have two months less learning time before NAPLAN testing than in previous years.
NAPLAN continues to measure student achievement in numeracy, reading, writing, spelling, grammar, and punctuation. The new proficiency standard will be included on all NAPLAN reporting including the National Report, the My School website, the reports received by schools and the Individual Student Reports (ISRs) received by parents and carers.
NAPLAN individual student report
The numerical NAPLAN bands and the national minimum standard will be replaced by the following four levels of achievement:
- Needs Additional Support.
The descriptors for each category will make it clear to parents what their child’s literacy and numeracy skills are at the time of NAPLAN testing, and support discussions with us on their child’s progress.
Student reports will continue to show the national average and the range of achievement for the middle 60 per cent of students in their year level, allowing comparison of a child’s achievement against these measures. Detailed information on the knowledge and skills being measured in each NAPLAN assessment will be made available on the NAP website.
Labour Day Holiday
Just a reminder to our community that the school will be closed on Monday the 13th of March for Labour Day Holiday.
Have a great weekend and enjoy the upcoming long weekend for Labour Day.