The Wave ballina public school newsletter term 1 week 5

Ballina Rap Video in the News

As seen last week in Ballina Local Papers, The Northern Star and The Advocate, Indigenous students from Ballina Public School have written and produced an amazing rap video using the local Bunjalung language. Students created the video as part of an 8 week Indigenous Language program run by our Aboriginal Education Officer Mr Eli Cook.

From the Northern Star - "With the help of a production company, a native language expert and a professional lyricist, they produced a music video titled ‘Our Voices Being Heard’ using the border Bundjalung language. It’s an upbeat song about where they are from and the importance of place."

Watch the video on YouTube by clicking here: Our Voices Being Heard

Below are some stills from the video. it looks like everyone had a blast. Congratulations to everyone involved.

Positive Behaviour for Learning

Our School's Positive Behaviour for Learning Philosophy

At Ballina Public School the staff and students strive to maintain a positive learning and social environment. Academic excellence is promoted by providing quality programs in a safe and orderly environment.

Positive Behaviour for Learning (PBL) is a whole school program followed by all staff to improve learning outcomes for our students by praising and rewarding students for following our school expectations. Our school has identified 3 core values:

Be Safe, Be Fair, Be a Learner

We use data and feedback to define areas of need within our school and plan our teaching.

To support the implementation of PBL we have collaboratively developed lessons for teaching the behaviour expectations and these are embedded into the 3 core values.

We recognise and reward the positive choices students make.

Students are awarded points on Class Dojo’s for following the school's core values. The points accumulate and certificates are given by the student’s teacher or the Principal at our fortnightly assembly. Students aim to collect 100 Dojo points each semester. Achieving 100 points allows students to participate in an excursion outside the school.

This week's PBL Focus:


School Wide Expectations: SAFE, FAIR, LEARNER

Aim: To develop consistent expectations for the MUSTER area.

At Muster, we are practising:

  • When the music plays, play stops, all students move to the toilet and bubbler quickly if needed.
  • While music is playing, all student walk to the cola and sit in their designated class line.
  • Students must be seated, legs crossed, facing the front waiting for the first bell.
  • On the second bell, students listen silently to the teacher out the front addressing the Muster.
  • When Muster is finished, students remain seated until class teacher gives them the direction to stand and walk to class.

Term 1 Week 6

  • Tuesday, Mar 3: Debating Workshop at Alstonville Public School. For selected Stage 3 students. 9 am - 3 pm.
  • Wednesday, Mar 4: School Photos Day.
  • Wednesday Mar 4: North Coast Regional Swimming Carnival. All day. For selected students only.
  • Friday, Mar 6: Whole School Assembly. 2.30 pm in the School Hall. All parents and carers welcome.

Term 2 Week 7

  • Tuesday, Mar 10: Rugby 7's Gala Day. All day. Lismore. For selected students only.

Term 2 Week 8

  • Thursday, Mar 19: Ballina Coast High School. Transition to High School Parent's Session. 4 pm to 6 pm at Ballina Coast High School. (See ad below.)
  • Friday Mar 20: Whole School Assembly. 2.30 pm in the School Hall. All parents and carers welcome.
  • Stage 3 Camp notes and deposit are due back on 27th March
  • Year 6 High School Expression of Interest forms due back on 18th March

Premier's Reading Challenge

Parent Information

The 2020 Premier’s Reading Challenge (PRC) commences today, Monday 2nd March and closes on Friday 28th August (Term 3 Week 6). You can decide if you wish for your child/ren to participate this year.

The PRC is a meaningful NSW Government program designed to encourage students to read. If students complete the PRC by adding books to his/her Student Reading Record online by the closing date, they will earn a certificate, which will be presented during a School Assembly in Term 4.

How do students log in to the NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge website?

1. Go to the PRC website homepage http://online.det.nsw.edu.au/prc and click on the new student site image. It will take you to the PRC student site. Then click on LOGIN in the top right-hand corner. This will take you to the NSW Department of Education portal login page.

2. Students need to enter their username and password here. (These are the same details a student would use to access the Student Portal and the computer network at school). If you are unaware of your username and/or password, please contact your child’s class teacher and ask for their Student Portal username and/or password.

3. A link to the Premier’s Reading Challenge website can be found in the Student Portal (https://student.det.nsw.edu.au/) under the Learning section.

Students are also able to add a link to the PRC in the My Link List section to make the PRC easier to find. The URL to use is https://online.det.nsw.edu.au/prc/studentExperience.html#/.

$5 Meal Deal: "Pizza Party"

  • Homemade Pizza - Hawaiian or BBQ Chicken,
  • Mini Water,
  • Piece of Fruit.
  • Plus a Prize. Only $5.00!

Homemade Chicken Burgers.....YUM!

Have you tried our Homemade Chicken Burgers? Made with fresh chicken breast crumbed right here in the Canteen. With a fresh roll from Brumbys, lettuce, tomato, cheese and mayonnaise and Only $4.00 - Delicious!


The Canteen opens at 8.45 everyday for lunch orders and drink sales only. Ideally, Lunch orders need to be in before school starts or NO later than 10 am.

Thanks for your cooperation in this matter.

Have a great week,

Colleen & Alison.

Transition to High School Evening - Ballina Coast High

Community Notices

Active Kids Voucher - All school students can get a $100 Voucher to Play Sport!

The Active Kids program, launched in 2018, aims to increase participation of school-enrolled children in sport and physical activity by providing parents with vouchers to help cover the cost of registration and membership fees.

The Active Kids program plays a crucial role in shifting physical activity behaviours of children and instilling healthy lifestyle habits.

Families can now access two separate $100 vouchers for each school-enrolled child. This means more kids can get involved in physical activity and learn healthy habits from a young age. The vouchers may be used with an approved Active Kids provider.

For more information go to: https://sport.nsw.gov.au/sectordevelopment/activekids/parents

Until next week: We are ALL Safe Fair Learners