From the Resource Centre

The library management system has been updated in the last week with parents’ names and email addresses. Parents who receive invoices will also receive reminders of their child/rens’ overdue books.

Reminder emails will be sent every Friday when library books are 14, 30 and 90 days overdue. The email will include details of the book/s that need to be returned to the library.

Invoices may be sent to parents when books are 90 days overdue to recover the cost of replacing the lost book.

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From the Sports/Technology

Physical Education – Swimming and Ball Skills

This term in Physical Education all our classes, except for Preps, are having swimming lessons. Our Preps are currently taking part in a Balls Skills unit learning the basic throws and catches and doing small, organised games utilising their newly acquired skills.

If your child is in Year 1-6 and new to swimming it can be very scary taking part in a lesson with 24 other children in a 25m pool. Our lessons have currently been cut down to once a week which is not enough for beginner swimmers. If your child is a non-swimmer, please consider getting them enrolled in swim school outside of school hours. They will get to be part of a class with a ratio of 1:4 allowing them to feel more secure and to acquire basic skills at a much faster rate.

The following students represented the school at district swimming, Fletcher T, Eleanor HB, Annabelle L, Annika P, and Ben C. Eleanor, Annabelle and Annika then qualified for the Mt Gravatt District swim team and will swim for them next week.

Sifti K recently won 2 medals at Regionals. She placed 2nd in Shot Put and 3rd in Discus, she will go onto compete at the State titles in March.

Well done and congratulations to all our athletes.

Swimathon

Our Annual Swimathon will occur next week during PE swim lessons. You would have received your letter outlining all the details last week. This is one of our biggest fundraisers for the year and all proceeds are to be deposited directly into the P&C Qkr App.

Our P&C support our school with functions and resources throughout the year and I strongly encourage families to support this event. The children will have their PE lesson to swim as many widths or lengths as possible. There is no pressure to swim continuously and they can stop, rest, use a kickboard and change strokes as often as they need.

Most children love the event and challenge themselves to improve upon last year’s results.

Digital/Design Technologies

Our Technologies classes are well underway, and I really look forward to seeing the children each week for new and exciting lessons. Last week our Year 4/5 classes took part in a Masterchef Challenge trying to name 28 different herbs, spices and vegetables. Cumin stumped almost all of them.

  • Prep/1 classes are learning how to code Beebots.
  • Year 1/2 classes are learning about hardware, software, peripheral devices and will learn how to make a table to collate data using Word.
  • Year 3/4 classes are learning about data (quantitative & qualitative) and will begin learning Excel to collate data, create graphs and make statements.
  • Year 4/5 classes are doing Design Technologies and learning how to design a garden to grow edible pizza ingredients. We are working in conjunction with Mr De Kramer (Groundsman) and Mr Bryant (Environmental Teacher) to plan and hopefully build the new garden in between the pool and the school building. We will conclude with a pizza cook up in the school garden.
  • Year 6’s are also doing Design and learning Photoshop. They will ultimately produce a yearbook which will be printed for our Resource Centre. It will also be available for parents to order their own copy.

P&C Support

This week our P&C very kindly gave me funds to purchase a new Canon Powershot Camera to use for Technology classes and other school events. We regularly take photos at camp, sports days, cross country, assemblies and during class time. Our new camera will also be available for the P&C to use during Winter Solstice events, school discos and fetes.

Julie Wain - Physical Education and Technologies Teacher

Year 4/5 Masterchef Challenge

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From the HOD-C

NAPLAN

The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is a literacy and numeracy assessment that students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 sit each year. The Information for Parents and Carers factsheet offers parents information about why students do NAPLAN, what it assesses, how it is administered and when it is administered. A simplified NAPLAN factsheet is also available.

Beyond these fact sheets the NAPLAN website for parents and carers also provides a number of translations of the factsheet.

Students are not expected to study for NAPLAN. You can support your child by reassuring them that NAPLAN is a part of their school program and reminding them to simply do their best. Some explanation of NAPLAN is useful to help students understand and be comfortable with the format of the tests; however, it is not necessary for parents/carers to do this. Teachers will ensure students are familiar with the types of questions in the tests and will provide appropriate support and guidance.

At Buranda we will do the NAPLAN tests online and we encourage students in Years 3 and 5 to have a go and do their best with NAPLAN, as we do with all curriculum and assessment activities. All preparation for NAPLAN is done at school, through the practice test environment. The Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) also does not recommend excessive preparation for NAPLAN or the use of services by coaching providers.

Swimathon

You will read further in the newsletter about our upcoming Swimathon. At Buranda we are very fortunate to have the pool as a teaching resource and a fabulous swimming teacher in Mrs Wain. We want to thank Mrs Wain for organising the swimathon and helping our school community support our P&C every year.

Learning to swim is essential in Queensland with the summer heat and the beautiful beaches, waterways and pools that tempt us to cool down. Swimming has many health benefits and as a former swimming teacher I would impress upon parents the importance of ensuring children have water safety skills and become competent swimmers who know and can assess their limits in a variety of water environments.

If you have preschool-aged children, don’t wait until they come to school to learn water safety and swimming. Coming to school with the basics of pool and water safety and swimming assists children to be safe, learn, make progress and enjoy school swimming lessons.

Dr Rosie Scholl - HOD-C

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Philosophy Corner

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From the P & C

P&C AGM

The P&C Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Wednesday 6 March 2024, in the school library, starting at 6.15pm.

We welcome nominations for the executive roles (President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary) before or at the meeting. By joining the executive you can help make the school a great place for all our kids to learn and grow.

We also welcome help in non-executive roles such as a volunteer to update our website and Facebook page with news and new events.  

If you can't make the meeting in person, please join us via this Microsoft Teams link.

Tuckshop

Tuckshop this Friday, 23 February, has chicken or vegetarian fried rice and lots of other yummy options. 

Orders close at 8pm tonight.

We need volunteers to make the tuckshop run. If you can spare a couple of hours on a Friday please sign up at this link.

New Camera and Music Instruments

The P&C is donating $800 to the school for a new camera, which is intended to be used to take photographs of things like excursions, carnivals, leadership ceremonies, graduations and camps.  

We are also donating $1,483 of new music instruments for the school:

  • 8 x Djembes (to create a class set of 28) - $590
  • 20 X Glockenspiels (to create a class set of 28) - $893

These are the sorts of things we are proud to do to help the school with the money raised through fundraising, in addition to the $15,000 a year the P&C donates to the school, principally to fund Mr Bryant’s work in the school garden and Environment Program.

Easter Raffle 2024

We are still looking for chocolates and small items to be donated to add to our amazing prizes which will create a fabulous Easter hamper. A box for donations is situated in the school office.

Raffle tickets will come on sale via a QR code in the following weeks.

Any questions please contact Ludivine on 0432 257 248

Warm regards

Chris McGrath

P&C President

E: president@burandasspandc.org.au

M: 0432899097

P&C website: https://www.burandasspandc.org.au/

P&C on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BurandaPandC

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From the Principal

Hi everyone

I have been informed of works at Narbethong Special School impacting the entry to the school from Salisbury St, commencing in early March. The entry to Narbethong Special School and driveway in Salisbury St will receive important upgrade works.
There will be no entry through the pedestrian gate and drive way until early May. Entry to Buranda SS will be via the gate in Churchill St. We will meet with the Narbethong team to ensure student safety in the coming fortnight.

Please be aware that the Budgie Cup events this year will incur an increased cost. The closure of Buranda Train Station will see our students requiring a charter Bus, to and from school to attend Budgie Cup events in 2024.

Away for the Day Students with phones/smart watches should have the devices checked in at the office daily.

Our Before and After school care service will move to the school hall early next month. This move will allow for important works to be carried out in A block, so that we can accommodate learning spaces for use during the Martin St Development.
Please keep your eye out for updates from Helping Hands regarding transition arrangements if your children use the OSHC service. Please note the school use of the hall will not be impacted through this change.

Future prep playground works will commence early next month. The old cricket nets will be removed to make way for a new early years playground. Fencing for this project will be installed in the next fortnight so that works can commence. The project will take a couple months to complete. I will provide an overview of current works plans at the coming P&C meeting.

Student cards will be sent home shortly to all Yr 1-6 families. These are in an envelope addressed to parents. The card contains details we have on file for you and your child/ren. Please take the time to look over this form and update any details necessary. All forms are to be returned to the office, regardless of any changes made.

Thank you for your cooperation with the drop off and pick up of students last Friday. Thankfully, flooding to Gladys St and our school oval was minor.

Last but not least - I am very proud to inform you that former Buranda SS student, Gwen G (pictured middle) is a School Captain at Holland Park State High School in 2024. Congratulations Gwen from the entire  Buranda SS community.

Have a great week.

Simon Vaseo - Principal

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From the Community

Cavendish Road State High School 

Cavendish Road SHS is now accepting Expressions of Interest (EOI) applications for Year 7 2025. Parents can visit our website: https://cavendishroadshs.eq.edu.au/enrolments/enrolling-at-our-school to access EOI application forms.

Please complete and submit with requested reports to enrolments@cavendishroadshs.eq.edu.au

Coorparoo (St James) Parish

Sacrament of Reconciliation / Penance for Term 1, for children who have already had Sacrament of Confirmation and First Holy Communion. Held at St James Catholic Church, 165 Old Cleveland Rd. Coorparoo.

Program -

  • Monday 26th Feb 6:00 pm Parent Info Session (church)
  • Sunday 3rd March 9:00 am Rite of Enrolment (during Mass in church)
  • Monday 4th March 6:00 pm Family Session 1 (church)
  • Monday 11th March 6:00 pm Family Session 2 (church)
  • Monday 19th March 6:00 pm Family Session 3 (church)
  • Friday 22nd March 4:30pm Rite of First Reconciliation (followed by fellowship & pizza) church + hall
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From the HOD-C

Tuesday February 6 was Safer Internet Day which is a global initiative to raise awareness of online safety issues.

The eSafety Commissioner leads the initiative in Australia. They educate people about online safety risks, like online abuse, how to be safe online and where to go for help.

This Safer Internet Day the eSafety Commissioner is encouraging us all to take three simple actions when approaching online safety: Connect. Reflect. Protect.

Connect safely by keeping apps and devices secure and reviewing your privacy settings regularly.

Reflect on how your actions online may affect others or your safety.

Protect yourself and others by visiting eSafety.gov.au to find out how to stay safe online and report online abuse.

By doing these things and sharing the Connect. Reflect. Protect message, we can work towards making every day a Safer Internet Day.

In particular, I would like to highlight for parents and carers that the eSafety Commissioner’s website has a tab just for you. Under the Parents tab the eSafety Commissioner addresses many of the concerns parents have about their child/ren operating in an online environment, including downloadable resources and advice about how to activate parental controls on devices.

I would encourage you to look at the eSafety Commissioner’s website and begin or continue your safer internet journey.

Dr Rosie Scholl - HOD-C

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Philosophy Corner

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From the Music Room

I am pleased to share the videos from the 2023 end of year music concert. These have been edited to respect student privacy and are accessible through the Padlet link below using the password "music". I apologise for the lack of flair in my editing work, but student privacy and protection are always the top priority.

My thanks to the teachers who volunteered to film last year and for all the family members who came along to support these young musicians. If you have difficulties accessing this content you can contact me by email at ctafr0@eq.edu.au and I will endeavour to respond to you on my work days (Thursday and Friday).

Looking forward to seeing you again at the end of this year!

https://padlet.com/ctafr0/music-concerts-2023-bss-gc7l8uqmvvtvgv7h
Password: music

Best wishes,

Ms Tafra

Classroom Music Teacher

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Drop Off/Pick Up Zone

Please familarise yourself with our drop off/pick up and parking procedures.

The drop off/pick up zone is open from 3.00pm - 3.20pm. Any students not collected will be brought to the office and parents contacted.

  • Drop off and pick up is in Martin Street. Please follow the directions of the staff member on duty.
  • Gladys Street is the best place for parking, if you wish to come into the school to drop off or collect your child.
  • No parking in the staff car park or Metro South office building (next door on Cowley St).
  • Please ensure your child is aware of where they are to be collected.
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Student Late/Absence Notification

Please advise the school if a student is late or absent by the following methods:

  • Text 0428 679 117 before 9.00am, with the date of absence, name, class and reason for absence
    (e.g., sick or late due to appointment)
  • Phone the office on 3435 1222 before 9.00am
  • Email admin@burandass.eq.edu.au as well as class teacher/s.
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From the P & C

P&C Meeting

Our first meeting for 2024 will be held tonight, Wednesday 7 February, in the school library, starting at 6.15pm. If you can't make the meeting in person, please join us via this Microsoft Teams link.

Tuckshop

Tuckshop this Friday, 9 February, has Margherita, Hawaiian and BBQ meat lovers pizza pocket wraps and lots of other yummy options.

Orders close at 8pm tonight.

We need volunteers to make the tuckshop run. If you can spare a couple of hours on a Friday please sign up at this link.

Warm regards

Chris McGrath

P&C President

E: president@burandasspandc.org.au

M: 0432899097

P&C website: https://www.burandasspandc.org.au/

P&C on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BurandaPandC

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From the Principal

Hi everyone

Thank you for your attendance at the parent information sessions last night. These sessions provide a great opportunity for families to understand the expectations and procedures in children’s classes from the beginning of the school year. As partners in education, being on the same page is so important. My thanks to our staff for their continued commitment to the parent information sessions.

There is a general P&C meeting in the library at 6:15pm tonight. I will provide an update on our building program. I will also discuss playing with sticks during play time - children like to make structures etc. with sticks and bark but as you can imagine there is always a risk that sticks can be used dangerously or inappropriately by some students. As such, children will not be permitted to play with sticks at lunch time.

Our administration will send home a student details card shortly. This shows information we currently have on file for your child/ren, the cards can be updated to provide the most up to date family contact details and medical details for your child/ren. It is vital that we have accurate information for all students.

If your child has a medical condition that requires staff to administer medication, parents must complete a form from the office. These forms are updated every year.

Please note, school staff will only administer medication that:

  • has been prescribed by a qualified health practitioner - e.g. doctor, dentist
  • is in its original container
  • has an attached pharmacy label

We are unable to administer medication that you can buy over the counter such as paracetamol, eye drops, cough syrup, unless it has been prescribed by your child's qualified health practitioner and is clearly labelled, as above.

Please ensure your child’s medication has not expired before handing it in to the office. Parents are responsible for ensuring all medical information and medication is up to date.

Your children may have mentioned that the projector in the hall is not currently working (most probably damaged during storms over the break). We will continue to hold assemblies the old-fashioned way until the projector is replaced.

A reminder that next Tuesday 13 February there will be a presentation of badges to seniors, as well as School Leaders and House Captains. All year 6 parents are invited to attend the assembly commencing at 2:30pm sharp.

Parent parking is available in Gladys St (under the busway). Please be reminded that parents are not to park in the staff carparks (Cowley or Martin St).

Dogs are not permitted on school grounds without prior approval of the principal. Please keep dogs well away from entrances (if you are tying them off to collect your children). Small children can be frightened of dogs.

Finally, the prep waiting list for 2025 is now open on our website.

Have a great week.

Simon Vaseo - Principal

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From the Music Room

Welcome back to school for 2024 and to the new students, a very warm welcome to Buranda! I'm looking forward to starting music lessons with half the school this Thursday and to meeting our new prep learners next Friday.

This term students across the school will be using instruments including glockenspiel, djembe, ukulele, unpitched percussion, bucket drums and of course their voices, as well as listening and responding to music, learning to create with sound and represent their creations using graphic notation, and learning about the elements of music. 

I'm excited to share the videos from last year's music concert with you soon, I'm hoping to have these published in the next newsletter once I have finished editing the visuals to ensure student privacy is respected.

Ms Tafra

Classroom Music Teacher

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Head Lice

Head lice have been detected in the school. The parents/carers of all students are being notified via this letter.

It is extremely important for you to check your child’s head for head lice and/or eggs TODAY.  Keep checking every 2 days until there are no head lice found for 10 consecutive days

If you do find head lice and/or eggs, commence effective treatment immediately and be sure to complete the process of treatment.  This will help prevent head lice from spreading.  Teachers will reduce head-to-head contact activities while head lice are known to be around.

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School's Back

School Zone Safety – Advice for Motorists

With school back, it's a timely reminder to drivers to slow down in school zones and pay attention at children’s crossings.

Coming back after holidays it can be easy to forget what to look out for. School zone signs are displayed as you approach the school and shows both the speed limit and the times you need to reduce your speed around the school. Childrens crossing are identified by children crossing flags, which are displayed near crossings before and after school hours.

When the crossing is supervised, you as a motorist must:

  • wait until all pedestrians, bicycle or personal mobility device riders have crossed the road and the crossing supervisor has returned to the footpath
  • abide by the direction given by the School Crossing Supervisor.

If the crossing is unsupervised, you as a motorist must:

  • give way to pedestrians, bicycle or personal mobility device riders on or entering a children’s, pedestrian or marked foot crossings
  • give way to pedestrians, bicycle or personal mobility device riders on or entering a road you’re turning into
  • give way to pedestrians, bicycle or personal mobility device riders on a slip lane
  • give way to pedestrians in a share zone
  • travel at a speed allowing you to stop safely at a crossing if needed

As a driver, it's important to make sure you give way to all pedestrians, bicycle or personal mobility device riders  such as skateboards, e-scooters.  You must also give way to pedestrians using a motorised mobility device such as a motorised wheelchair or a mobility scooter.

Some of our most vulnerable road users are children getting to and from school, so it’s important to slow down and abide by the crossing rules, as it won’t make much difference to the trip time, but it could very well save lives.

Visit the Street Smarts website to find more information about what to do at pedestrian and children crossings.

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Parent/Carer Contact Details

There are times when we may need to contact parents and carers. Do we have your most up to date contact details? If not, please contact the school on admin@burandass.eq.edu.au so we can update our records. These details include parent/carer’s name, address, phone number, email address and emergency contact details. Please remember to contact the school if any of these details change. The newsletter is emailed to all parents fortnightly on Wednesday's. Printed copies are displayed around the school on noticeboards. We also upload them to our school website.

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Drop Off/Pick Up Zone

Please familarise yourself with our drop off/pick up and parking procedures.

The drop off/pick up zone is open from 3.00pm - 3.20pm. Any students not collected will be brought to the office and parents contacted.

  • Drop off and pick up is in Martin Street. Please follow the directions of the staff member on duty.
  • Gladys Street is the best place for parking, if you wish to come into the school to drop off or collect your child.
  • No parking in the staff car park or Metro South office building (next door on Cowley St).
  • Please ensure your child is aware of where they are to be collected.
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