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Bannockburn Primary School

Student Representative Council
Earlier this month, at our Whole School Assembly, the Student Representative Council members (SRC) were presented with their ‘Student Voice’ badges.

The SRC meet regularly and are given an opportunity to voice their views and ideas on different topics in relation to the running of the school. They also organise and run a range of fundraising events throughout the year. These representatives regularly report to their own class and a younger buddy class to get ideas and share what the SRC is working on.

Mrs. Barker and Mrs. Kitchen will be working together with the SRC this year and are looking forward to working with this keen group of students.

Young Leaders
Our school captains and vice captains travelled to Melbourne on Wednesday, March 2nd to attend the Young Leaders Day. Here they joined two thousand other young school leaders to hear from community leaders about the skills they can bring to their role and the importance of their position in the school community. All of our leaders said that it was a great day and they learnt a lot which will help them in their roles as captains. 

Over a number of weeks throughout the term we had a small group of students sailing at Eastern Beach with the Geelong Sailability group. The boys were very fortunate with the favourable conditions to get out with their volunteer and take charge of their boat. After some initial nerves they all were feeling quite confident and demonstrating their new boating knowledge. By the end of term they were all very sorry to say farewell to the volunteers but were very happy that they shared in such a wonderful experience. 

Wizard Of Oz
On March 15th and 16th our students were lucky enough to meet the main cast members from the Geelong Lyric Theatre Society’s ‘Wizard of Oz’. The students took part in an hour-long fun filled workshop where the actors performed a medley from the show. The students then rehearsed an excerpt from the popular musical, picking up fundamental performance skills along the way. The workshop ended with a performance by the students and a question and answer session with the cast members. We were also fortunate enough to have our own Alana from 5L take part and tell us about her role in playing a “Munchkin”.  

Be Inspired
We have initiated a new program for our grade 5 and 6 students. 

BE INSPIRED is a program that aims to introduce our older students to people from the wider community who have worked to experience a significant achievement in their life. They could be successful sports people, artists, musicians, community leaders, scientists, entrepreneurs etc.

We ask speakers in the BE INSPIRED program to share how they achieved their position/ success / accomplishment. We are asking speakers to focus on key social and emotional competencies such as: 
• persistence
• resilience
• goal-setting
• having a mentor

We know these stories can INSPIRE our children. We want our students to aspire to be the best they can be - in whatever field they choose.

Children will have undertaken research on each BE INSPIRED speaker. They will also pose questions of each of the speakers.

Our first speaker was Tegan Philip. Tegan plays netball for the Melbourne Vixens and the Australian Diamonds.

Aths Sports
On Monday, March 21st over 300 Grade 3-6 students ventured to Goldsworthy Reserve for our annual Athletics Carnival. Students undertook High Jump, Long Jump, Triple Jump, Shot Put, Discus and Sprint events. We had a terrific day with lots of great running, throwing and jumping. Like at any event, we had some stand out performances across the day but the highlight of the day each year is how the students strive to hit a personal best on most occasions. 

Kids Matter Monday
This term we have been focusing on our Kids Matter curriculum in our own classrooms. We have been learning about what bullying looks like, as well as strategies we can use to combat it. 

Grades Prep-2 have read a story called ‘Freda Stops a Bully’ and discussed the ways that Freda overcame the bully in her grade. We then created a poster of these strategies. 

Grades 3-6 have listened to a song by Kate Miller-Heidke called ‘Caught in the Crowd’. They discussed the story within the lyrics and Kate’s personal regret of standing by as someone else she knew was being bullied. 

Following this, students were able to make an iMovie for anti-bullying. 

The national Bullying, No Way! Day was on Friday, March 18th. The whole school took part in some school-wide activities. In the lead up to this day, we encouraged all students to complete an anti-bullying poster to show what they had been learning about at school. 

There was one winner from each grade level chosen. There was also one major winner who was Caiden from 3C. 

Well done Caiden!