The Wave ballina public school newsletter term 4 week 6

Principal's Message

Nanga Mai Awards 2020 - Congratulations Alliera

Nanga Mai is an Eora (Sydney) word meaning ‘to dream.’

The Nanga Mai Awards celebrate and recognise Aboriginal students, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal teachers, other departmental staff, Aboriginal community members and schools demonstrating excellence across a diversity of areas within the New South Wales Department of Education.

In a special ceremony held on Friday, I had the honour of presenting a 2020 Nanga Mai award to Alliera from 5-6H. Alliera received the Nanga Mai award for her achievements in school leadership, academic achievement, sport and community service.

Alliera with Ms Wellard and Mr Campbell.

Alliera was presented her award by Ms Meghanne Wellard, Executive Director of Educational Leadership for the North Coast Region and Mr Peter Campbell, Director of Educational Leadership for Lennox Coast, at a special assembly attended by her family and the students of Stage 2 and Stage 3 of Ballina Public School.

2020 Nanga Mai Awards Assembly.

Congratulations Alliera from all of us at Ballina Public School.

Playground is finished and in service.

I'm pleased to report that the improvement works here at Ballina Public School continue.

Last week the adventure playground in the south western corner of the playground came into active service and it is a popular addition to our playground.

Work is continuing on the new walkway and entrance to the office and the finishing touches are being put on the bell system to transmit to the eastern campus.

Please call before collecting your children.

To all parents and carers, if you are picking up your child from the office during school hours for an appointment, can you please ring the school prior to your arrival so that the office ladies can organise your child to be waiting for you. Thank you.

Covid-19 Restrictions.

As we come into the final weeks of the school year, we are reminded of how tough a year it has been due to Covid-19 and the ongoing restrictions with regards to parent and carers visiting our school. We miss you all!

It is indeed unfortunate that year-end events in the next few weeks will only be able to be attended by staff and students this year. These events include the PBL Awards Ceremony, Year 6 Farewell and the School Presentation Ceremony.

We understand how frustrating it is for parents and carers not to be able to share these special moments with your children in person. We will be endeavouring to take as many photos and videos as possible and we will be sharing these with you via the Newsletter, our Website, Facebook and the School Stream App in the coming weeks.

Have a wonderful week of learning.

Stacie Luppi, Principal.

Week 7

  • Monday Nov 23 to Thursday Nov 26: Intensive Swimming Program. Years 3 to 6. 9.30 - 11.30 am. Ballina Memorial Pool.
  • Monday Nov 23 and Tuesday Nov 24: Kindergarten Orientation Days for Class of 2021. More information coming next week.
  • Friday Nov 27: "Jump Rope for Heart" Jump Off Day.

Week 8

  • Monday Nov 30: Intensive Swimming Program - Last Day. Years 3 to 6. 9.30 - 11.30 am. Ballina Memorial Pool.
  • Tuesday Dec 1: PBL Awards Assembly for students who achieve 100 PBL Points. 9.45 am in the Hall. (COVID-19 restrictions apply).
  • Wednesday Dec 2: Year 6 Transition to High School. At Ballina Coast High School. 9.30 am to 2 pm.
  • Thursday Dec 3: Gungalair Transition on Country Day.
  • Friday Dec 4: Talent Quest. Middle session. In the Hall. (COVID-19 restrictions apply).

Week 9

  • Monday Dec 7: P&C Meeting to discuss the future of the School Canteen. New members urgently needed!
  • Tuesday Dec 8: Presentation Ceremony. In the school hall. Only students and staff can attend due to Covid-19 restrictions.
  • Wednesday Dec 9: Year 6 Farewell Night. Only students and staff can attend due to Covid-19 restrictions.
  • Thursday Dec 10: PBL Rewards Day. Laser Tag. For selected students only.
  • Friday Dec 11: Stage 3 Fun Day. For all stage 3 students.
  • Friday Dec 11: School Reports for Semester 2 go home.

Week 10

  • Monday Dec 14: Moving Day.
  • Wednesday Dec 16: Last Day of School for 2020. Happy Holidays!

Swimming Photo Gallery is Online

The Ballina Public School Intensive Swimming Program continues this week with Years 3 to 6 swimming every morning this week from Monday to Thursday and again next Monday, November 30.

Hundreds of photos of K-2 are now online.

The Kindergarten to Year 2 Program wrapped up last Thursday. We have just uploaded a huge gallery of photos of K-2 Swimming to our website. You can views hundreds of swimming photos by clicking below:

Kinder Orientation

Kindergarten orientation is taking place at Ballina Public this week. Its great to welcome our Kindergarten "Class of 2021" as they meet their new teachers and friends and get ready for "Big School" next year.

Kindy kids say hi.
Getting right into some serious colouring in.
Happy kids in Mrs Franklin's Class of 2021.

Important P&C Meeting - Our Canteen is in Danger!

Urgent P&C Meeting

Monday 7th December at 4pm in Staffroom.

Agenda to discuss limited Canteen operations for 2021.

In order for the P&C to continue to operate a canteen we need parent members to join our P&C otherwise we are in danger of closing the Canteen permanently.

So come along and have a look at how our School Canteen can operate in 2021 and help us say thank you and goodbye to Colleen, our Canteen Manager after 12 years of wonderful service to our school.

We hope to see you there!

Year 5 Speak Up to be School Captains

Last Thursday, Year 5 students who were nominated for election to be 2021 school captains gave their nomination speeches to years 3, 4 and 5.

The nominees for girl's captains for 2021 are:

  • Mali (5/6C)
  • Tysha (5/6H)
  • Lilly (5/6H)
  • Jahdee (5/6R)
  • Kadyn (5/6B)
  • Eliza (5/6R)
  • Leona (5/6C)
  • Heidi (5/6R)
  • Amarney (5/6B)
  • Abbey (5/6B)
  • Emily (5/6B)
  • Grace (5/6C)
  • Sienna (5/6B)
Mali, Tysha, Lilly and Jahdee
Kadyn, Eliza, Leona and Heidi.
Amarney, Abbey, Emily, Grace and Sienna.

The nominees for boy's captains for 2021 are:

  • Patrick (5/6B)
  • Bohdi (5/6B)
  • Riley (5/6H)
  • Isaac (5/6H)
  • Nate (5/6B)
Bohdi, Patrick and Riley.
Isaac and Nate.

Despite some self-confessed nerves, all of the nominees gave fantastic speeches highlighting their commitments to the school if elected as school leaders. Congratulations to all of the nominees.

The school captains and vice captains for 2021 will be announced per tradition at the school's Presentation Ceremony on Tuesday the 8th of December. Good luck everyone!

Stage 3 End of Year Fun Day

Friday, 11th of December

Mrs Van Den Berg and the Teachers of Years 5 and 6 are organising a Year End Fun Day for ALL STUDENTS IN YEARS 5 and 6. It will be held on Friday, 11th of December.

There is going to be a Jumping Castle, a Disco, Movies and much More!

There will also be a Bar-B-Q Lunch.

The cost is $30 each for a full day of activities.

We hope all students of years 5 and 6 can come along.

Sparky visits Kindy.

KF and Sparky.

Last week, Mrs Luppi brought a special visitor to the school. Sparky the brown labrador paid a visit to some very excited students in their classes.

Mrs Franklin's KF did some special writing about Sparky's visit.

Mrs Luppi’s dog can do tricks. He is five years old and he is a labrador. He is a brown dog. His name is Sparky. He only eats breakfast and dinner so he doesn’t get obese. He only sleeps in Mrs Luppi’s bedroom on a chair. - Ashmeet KF

Mrs Luppi’s dog’s name is Sparky. Sparky has a special diet. He still chews thongs and slippers. He can fetch sticks, balls and bones. He is five years old. He has a brother. His brother is black and bigger than him. - Nathan KF

$5 Meal Deal - T-Rex Toastie.

  • Ham and cheese toasted sandwich,
  • Small water,
  • Chocolate custard,
  • Only $5.00!

Did you know?

Our canteen menu has been approved for the NSW Healthy Canteen Strategy.

The NSW Healthy School Canteen Strategy is one component of the NSW Government’s Healthy Children Initiative that aims to reduce the number of children above a healthy weight. The strategy increases the availability of healthy food and drink options in school canteens to make the healthy choice, the easy choice.

Community Announcements

Positions Vacant: Assisted Travel Support Officer (ATSO)

The Assisted School Travel Program (ASTP) often provides additional support to students with disabilities on transport. Assisted Travel Support Officers (ATSOs) support students with complex health or behaviour needs to ensure their safe travel to and from school. If you are interested in temporary part-time work as an ATSO the following website contains information on the role, and how to apply for the position.


For further information please contact ASTP on 1300 338 278 or email ASTP at atso.astp@det.nsw.edu.au

Breast Screen Bus

Until next week: We are ALL Safe Fair Learners