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Bannockburn Primary School

Not quite as Queen sang,” Champions of the world”, but we do have the champion of Australia.

Jacob Hill with his boat, Sea Shepherd, won the Australian – International Model Solar Challenge (AIMSC). This makes Jacob the National Champion. 

Jacob and his sister Kelsey (supported by Hayley Crawford) and her boat, Aqua Flash, represented themselves and Bannockburn at the 25th AIMSC held in Adelaide late in October. 

Racing against a range of other boats, Sea Shepherd and Aqua Flash excelled in the bright sunny conditions of the morning round robin heats. After lunch the cloud started to come over the pool. Low sunlight has been the nemesis for both boats. However both Jacob and Kelsey have worked on ensuring their boats performed well in all conditions. 

The boats zipped through to quarter finals and semi-finals. They were never seriously challenged by the others. It came down to the inevitable - a family showdown. Throughout the three previous events the two had taken turns to triumph on the day. Kelsey held the lead 2-1 being Bannockburn and State champion. 

The final was a very close event.  It came down to a third deciding race. In a super finish, Sea Shepherd and Jacob became National Champions. Kelsey did an outstanding job to finish second. 

On behalf of the whole school community, I would like to congratulate Jacob and Kelsey (with Hayley) on a fantastic effort. A big thank you also to the parents, Roneta and Shayne Hill for the wonderful support they gave the children on the weekend. This makes the second year both children have made it to the Nationals, having done very well making it to the final few in Sydney last year. 

I would also like to acknowledge the wonderful effort of Ryan Healy who makes our solar boat program the wonderful learning opportunity it is. We started this year with 21 boats, the largest program in Australia. It is the years of support and knowledge built up that allows us to perform so well in the big events. Well done Ryan. Congratulations on seeing your hard work culminate in our National Champions.

Anzac Mural
We are very appreciative of receiving a grant to have a new mural made. The very talented artist, Andrew Plant, painted the wonderful ANZAC memorial scenes depicted on the mural. The mural complements the ANZAC garden as focal points for us to continue to teach students about the sacrifices made by their forebears to defend our country. The mural has many talking points as it depicts the history of the ANZAC. 

New School
It’s happening!

The government has signed the contracts to build our new Prep-12 school. The first thing we will see is a fence up around the new school site. We will begin work with the architects early next year with building expected to start around September/October. Our first day in the new school is still scheduled to be January 30th, 2018.

We expect to receive some materials from the builders that we can share with the community in a few weeks, so everyone can see the fantastic learning spaces and resources that will be part of the school. Exciting times ahead!

Count Us In
Thursday the 29th of October was Music Count Us In day. Music Count Us In is where selected students compose a song with Mentor musicians (This year it was Marica Hines) and students from all over Australia sing the song they create on the same day, at the same time. This year’s song was called 'Gold'. Our students have been working very hard to learn to sing this very special song.

Prep M were the lucky students to sing the song 'Gold' in class with Mrs Morris. They did a fantastic job and looked like they had a lot of fun! Well done to all who participated.

Last year we held our first Carols evening for families. This was a great success with many families joining in on the oval to sing their favourite carols and enjoy this traditional Christmas event. 

This year it is planned to enhance the program by adding a family BBQ before the Carols begin. 

Our local church groups have kindly organised a BBQ and activities for the children, starting at 5.30pm.  The Carols will begin at 6.30pm on the school oval and everyone’s favourites will be played. Our choir will sing a couple of Carols also. Please join us for this fun family evening. 

I would like to wish everyone a very happy and safe holiday and I look forward to seeing everyone in 2016.