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Bannockburn Primary School

Moving On
Friday, August 5th, we said farewell to Mrs Karen Ward. Karen left to start the next stage of her life, focussing on family.

Karen has been a teacher at Bannockburn for 25 years. Over this time Karen has had a range of roles, but is best known as our Reading Recovery teacher. Karen has worked passionately to ensure all children become readers and get the benefits and enjoyment of reading books. Karen has also provided fantastic support and guidance to the many young teachers who have begun their careers at Bannockburn. Karen has led them in developing their skills in teaching, Reading and Maths. 

It’s always difficult to sum up the dedication and commitment of a teacher such as Karen. I think that one of the best things I can say is that there are a number of people out there, who when asked to remember their favourite teacher, or the teacher who encouraged them to become a reader will cheerfully nominate “Mrs Ward”!

On behalf of everyone at Bannockburn Primary I wish Karen and David all the best. I am sure Karen will enjoy extra time for dancing, water skiing, travelling and especially being a grandmother. 

Two brilliant nights at Costa Hall saw many family members and friends enjoy our school concert. At Bannockburn we continue to be extremely proud of the efforts of the children to put on a fantastic night of entertainment for us all. I marvel that every time we hold a concert we get to enjoy an extraordinary two nights of singing, dancing and joy.

There were many smiles and laughter (especially at the staff acts) during the evening.  

The two nights of the concert is undoubtedly the biggest event on the school’s calendar. It is a mammoth undertaking to put it all together and I would like to thank everyone involved for their wonderful efforts. Well done everyone. I can assure you the Bannockburn Primary School Concert was the only event bigger than the Olympics!

New School
I was lucky enough to have a tour of Mernda Central P-12 College earlier this month. Mernda Central is a part of the PPP project and most closely resembles the new school to be built in Bannockburn. 

The school is well underway with the class areas being fitted out currently. My first impression is that the school is ENORMOUS! The majority of our school would fit into the secondary specialist areas. There are some terrific features built into each of the spaces. It will be great to be able to share plans later this year. 

(The learning communities are NOT a big open space. They are a mix of small and large teaching spaces which can be configured for different purposes-There are WALLS and DOORS!).

Melbourne Writers Festival
A group of 40 grade 5/6 students will be travelling later this month to Federation Square for the Melbourne Writers Festival. Children will be involved in workshops with: Tony Wilson (Emo the Emu), Sally Rippin (Billie B Brown series), Shamin Flint (Diary of a Soccer Star), George Ivanoff (You Choose Series) and Jaqueline Harvey (Alice Miranda). Everyone will be involved in three workshops with these Australian children’s authors. It promises to be an inspiring day.

Principal For A Day
Paul Tant will step out of the business world (Community Development Manager at Bank Australia) and into a classroom at Bannockburn Primary School for the sixteenth annual Principal For A Day event on Thursday, September 8, 2016.

Principal For A Day gives a wide range of community and business leaders from all walks of life a first-hand experience of a normal day in a Victorian government school. Over 150 business and community leaders will take part this year, including Susan Alberti, Vice-President of the Western Bulldogs and Chair of the Susan Alberti Medical Research Foundation, Anna Burke, former Speaker, House of Representatives, Rod Quantock OAM, comedian and environmental activist, and Rose Hiscock, inaugural Director of Science Gallery Melbourne.

Paul is keen to participate in a variety of activities such as observing classes, sharing ideas with the staff, hearing from the student leaders and exchanging insights with the school leadership team.

Principal For A Day provides an excellent opportunity to enable someone from the business community to gain a unique insight into the learning environment at our school.