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Bannockburn Primary School

During the first week of June our students had a fantastic time with our Illustrator-in-Residence, Chris Kennett. Chris showed the children the importance of shape in drawing characters.

Every class helped generate ideas for their own character. Chris also shared how he uses his computer to draw in a digital medium. We had 35 lucky children have lunch with Chris after their “Mr Nelson – Superhero” drawings were chosen. Another 25 children attended a masterclass with Chris to learn in more detail how to create characters and how to get their character to show emotion etc.

Our Grade 5/6 classes all had a great time at their incursion from Bio Lab. Bio Lab are a science-based organisation that explore our school based science topics in more detail. The session titled, Sports Chemistry, ran through what it is like to be a professional athlete. The students had to conduct experiments to identify different chemical reactions and the active ingredients of several substances.  The next step was to decide which substance was suited to different types of athletes such as a weight lifter, soccer player and long distance runner.  The students also got to visit the Bio Lab for activities with a different scientific focus.

Be Inspired - Stephanie Moorhouse
Our Grade 5/6 students were lucky enough to have our second ‘Be Inspired’ speaker. Olympic Gymnast, Stephanie Moorhouse. Stephanie competed in the 2004 Athens Olympic Games as well as representing Australia at many other events. Stephanie spoke about her dream of becoming an Olympian from a young age and many of the sacrifices she had to make to achieve success. She shared with us about juggling her schooling, training and maintaining friendships. It was a great experience to hear about the journey she had to take to achieve her dreams.

New School
We had confirmation from the Minister for Education that the new school will open in 2018. This is the expected timeline but it is great to have the date in writing from the Minister.

Minister Merlino has also stated that School Council will be contacted shortly to be involved in a Regional Planning group. This group will be responsible for examining and making recommendations about such issues as;
•  Areas of specialisation 
•  What year levels will be introduced each year
•  Proposed school name
•  Siting of the Eco Centr
•  Extra play areas 
•  Nominating bus routes for the secondary students from outside of Bannockburn 
•  And many more

2017 Enrolments
If you are intending enrolling your child, or if you know of anyone considering enrolling their child at Bannockburn for 2017, we currently have enrolment forms available for parents to collect. This year’s enrolment week is August 1st - 5th. I would ask prospective parents to collect a form from the office and have it returned along with a copy of your child’s Birth Certificate and Immunisation Form, prior to Friday, August 5th.

Term 2 In review    Term 2 Highlights
We had a very busy term once again. A range of activities occurred providing fantastic opportunities for all the children. As previously mentioned the major highlight was our Illustrator-in- Residence, Chris Kennett. 

A range of other activities provided excitement and interest.
•  GRIP Leadership Day
•  Lightning Premiership
•  Be Inspired – Steph Moorhouse
•  Excursions- The Shrine, Queenscliff, the Museum, Sovereign Hill 
•  The Life Ed Van 
•  Grade 3 Camp 
•  and lots more

Next term promises to be just as busy with the students rehearsing for the school concert which will be happening in August. Along with two school camps and the swimming program also taking place during the term, Term 3 once again promises to be a hive of activity.