Newsletter Term 3 Week 8 Ballina public school

Principal's Message

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Another week of successes at Ballina Public School. We had Mrs Cameron and the touch football girls off to play at Cabarita, our athletes were off to compete in Lismore and the Regional Spelling Bee was held here at school on Thursday morning.

Good Behaviour

While it is lovely to showcase our school and its amazing students, one thing stood out for the guests and participants who attended the spelling bee. A parent went out of her way to approach the teacher on duty to commend the behaviour of the Ballina students. We know how great our students are and it is wonderful that strangers to our school see this also. Well done Ballina!

Number Talks

On a classroom note, we have been focussing on Number Talks in all our classrooms to better prepare our students to be efficient, flexible mathematicians. This involves exposing our students to not only the language of Mathematics but the "why". This will give them the depth of understanding of the "Big Ideas" that will help them as mathematical concepts get more and more complex.

Number Challenge

On that note, here is a challenge for you and your child to solve at home! (and yes it is a challenge that I will give to the staff on Wednesday so no spoiling the solution!)

Start with 10+9+8+7-6+5-4-3-2+1

By only changing the "+" or "-" signs and not the order of numbers, can you get to the answer of 27?

I hope you have 'number talk' around the dining table and solve the problem.

Talking to your child about school.

Do you ask your child “So how was school today?”.....

And you get an answer like “fine” or “good,” which doesn’t tell you a whole lot.....


If you want to ask your child one thing about their day how about you try one of these questions:

  • 1. What was the best thing that happened at school today?
  • 2. Tell me something that made you laugh today.
  • 3. If you could choose, who would you like to sit by in class? (Who would you NOT want to sit by in class? Why?)
  • 4. Where is the coolest place at the school?
  • 5. Tell me a weird word that you heard today. (Or something weird that someone said.)
  • 6. If I called your teacher tonight, what would she tell me about you?
  • 7. How did you help somebody today?
  • 8. How did somebody help you today?
  • 9. Tell me one thing that you learned today.
  • 10. When were you the happiest today?

P&C Meeting

I look forward to attending the P&C meeting on Monday and I encourage any new families or interested parents out there to come along and join the meeting. You don't have to commit to joining the P&C, but it is a great forum to discuss school related issues and meet other parents to celebrate what a wonderful school your students are part of. I can't promise cake but I can promise coffee and biscuits! I hope to see you there on Monday afternoon 17th September at 5.30pm in the school staffroom.

Volunteer Raffle Winner

This week’s raffle winner for ‘coffee and cake’ is Lisa Dillon - congratulations and thank you! Don’t forget to fill in your tickets when you come and volunteer.

Thanks to The Point Ballina for donating the vouchers for our volunteer winners to enjoy coffee and cake at The Point, overlooking the river.



Johanna Presgrave, Instructional Leader/Acting Principal.

Ballina Public School

Diary Dates

Term 3 Week 9

  • Tuesday Sep 18: Hockey Clinic. Years 3-6.
  • Friday Sep 21: Oral Health Program. Kindergarten to Year 2. In the Learning Support Room.
  • Friday Sep 21: PBL Award Assembly. 2.40pm in the school hall. All welcome.

Term 3 Week 10

  • Tuesday Sep 25 - Wednesday Sep 26: Stage 3 Brisbane Excursion.
  • Friday Sep 28: Whole School Assembly. 2.40pm in the school hall. All welcome. Eli and students will be presenting an item.

Special PBL Award Assembly - Next Friday

All parents and carers are invited to a special assembly next Friday, September 21 at 2.40pm in the School Hall where Positive Behaviour for Learning (PBL) awards will be presented to students.

P&C Meeting

Ballina Public School Parents & Citizens (P&C) will be holding our next meeting this Monday, September 17 at 5.30pm in the school staffroom.

All parents, carers and community members are invited. Come along and play an active role in addressing school issues and raising funds for our school.

Senior Girls Touch Football

On Wednesday, the Girls Touch Football team travelled to Cabarita to play in the next rounds of the PSSA Knockout Competition.

The first game was against Pottsville Public School. The girls won that game, progressing to the next round against Banora Point Public School. Unfortunately they lost that game.

The girls played really well as a team and showed great sportsmanship. We are very proud on how they played.

I would like to thank the parents that assisted with the transport on the day. I really appreciate it.

Mary Cameron

Stage 3 Teacher/ Sports Coordinator

NSW Police Child Safety Handbook and App.

Child Safety Handbook

The “Child Safety Handbook” is a comprehensive resource to assist parents, carers as well as teachers on a range of topics essential to child safety.

This is an important resource which comprehensively covers topics such as Bullying, Stranger Danger and On-line Safety.

The handbook is now available in digital format and the latest 2018 online edition (link below) includes important updated content provided by: NSW Ministry of Health, NSW Police Force, Fire and Rescue NSW, NSW RFS, Transport for NSW, Sydney Trains, NSW Department of Family & Community Services, eSafety Commissioner and NSW Office of the Children's Guardian.

Child Safety Handbook App


The Child Safety Handbook App includes everything we need as a community to protect our most valuable and vulnerable resource – our children. From preventative measures at home to safety outdoors, from cyber safety to dealing with peer pressures, this App is a resource for every family and school community.

The Child Safety Handbook App is available for both Apple IPhone from Apple iTunes and Android phones from Google Play. Links are provided below:

Canteen News

Meal Deal: "Lunch & Recess"

Lunch: Ham & cheese toastie, plain milk & popcorn

Recess: Cheese & bacon roll.

Plus a Prize. Only $5.00!

Manners Award

Congratulations to Thomas from 1/2X

Thomas was chosen this week for consistently using his beautiful manners while at the Canteen.

Thomas will receive an ice block of his choice.

Well done and Thank you Thomas!

RETURN & EARN for our Canteen

We have a box in the canteen to bring back your empty drink containers to be recycled. These include poppers (Up & Go/ fruit juice), plastic water bottles etc.

Money earned will go towards buying consumables like plastic spoons, napkins & Meal Deal prizes.


Colleen 0457 641431

Canteen Roster

Community Announcements

Until Next Week: We are ALL Fair Safe Learners

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