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.
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!
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.
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.....
AND YOU WANT TO KNOW A WHOLE LOT MORE!!!!
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?
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
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.
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.