From Daniel’s Desk

To The School Community,

Since my last blog post there has been a great deal happening at school with some examples of our school being recognised for our approach to learning and teaching.

Our fabulous year 5 team were invited to present at the Barwon South East Principal Network meeting sharing their expertise in the Professional Learning Community model with a particular focus on how the use of student data translates into individual learning opportunities for students.

Our connection to the Estuary has also been recognised with an invitation from the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority to a launch of a project that involves our students and other community members tracking water quality of the Estuary that surrounds Barwon Heads. I look forward to attending this launch with our Enviro Captains Johanna and Zara and a group of students representing our school.

Survey Opportunity

As mentioned in my last blog post there is an opportunity to provide feedback for community members using the Survey Monkey link It is an important opportunity that I hope all families participate in as feedback from you sparks ideas for our school to improve. Last year we had 80 respondents this year we only have 7 so far.


The next few weeks are busy weeks with NAPLAN Testing taking place next week for our year 3 and 5 students. NAPLAN testing is an important source of information about learning and teaching for our school that is used to contribute to decisions during teacher planning and data analysis. It is only one element of the assessment cycle and should not be used in isolation as a reflection of a student’s progress but does give teachers, parents and students an indication of growth that needs to be considered when results are published and distributed to the school and families.

Year 6 Canberra Camp

Our year 6 students will be making the trek to the national capital Canberra to complement their class work and connect to elements of our history and political system. I look forward to attending the camp with the students ( Ms Booth will take the reins) and the team of teachers attending.

NB: Mrs Dixon will not be attending the camp due to commitments during that time. Mrs Kneebone will be joining the students in her place for what should be an exciting experience.

Managing Devices at Home Seminar

We are fortunate to be able to offer this free event to BHPS families with students in all year levels.

Date: Wednesday 6th June, 7 pm – 8.30 pm

Venue: Year 5/6 open learning space

Presenter – Andy McNeilly

Description of the program:

Over the past two years of running workshops, Andy has noticed how many parents struggle with the number of devices in our modern homes. Often our kids have a device at school from such a young age. So how do we help manage the use of these devices at home? With Andy we are offering a workshop to help parents with this growing and common concern.

Through participation in this workshop, you can expect the following:

  • simple, practical and easy ideas you can use at home to help control devices
  • fun ideas to help build stronger family relationships
  • improved self-confidence in communicating with your children
  • happier, more secure kids

Please remember to accept the event on Compass if you are attending.

Enjoy the weekend – See you at assembly on Friday 18th May.

Tues 15th May – Thurs 17th May:
Grade 3 & 5 NAPLAN Testing
Wednesday 16th:
Grade one Science works excursion
Friday 18th: 


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