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Connect 2 Vets

Last week our Special Events Team hosted a group called Connect 2 Veterans. This is an organisation made up of veterans who come together once a month to socialise and enjoy each other’s company. They were all very impressed with our school and how well the students looked after them. A group of girls from the choir performed the song “Magic” and Issy W. played a couple of pieces of music on the piano. This is one of the ways that Bulimba State School connects with the community and gives the students an opportunity to mix with adults of differing ages.



Term 2

Week 10
Monday 19 June:
  • Parade
  • SAKGP: 5J
Tuesday 20 June:  
  • Tuckshop open
  • Senior Band (7.45am)
  • Chess Club (7.30am – 8.30am)
  • Staff Session (3.15pm – 4.15pm)
  • SAKGP: 5WY
Wednesday 21 June:  
  • Religious Instruction Classes
  • Walking Wheeling Wednesday
  • Wrapper Free Wednesday
  • P&C Meeting (6.30pm)
  • Inter-house Rotation for School Athletics Carnival (Yrs 4 – 6)
  • SAKGP: 5H
Thursday 22 June:  
  • “Sticks and Stones” (Yrs 1 – 6 – Hall)
  • Junior Choir (7.45am – 8.30am)
  • Peer Support (12.00pm – 12.30pm)
  • School Banking
Friday 23 June:  
  • Tuckshop open (1R)
  • Inter-house Rotation for School Athletics Carnival (Yrs 4 – 6)
  • Newsletter
  • Fun Fit Friday
  • Senior Choir (7.45am – 8.30am)


“Children have the right to attend school”.

  Responsibility   Explanations  

Children have the responsibility to attend school. Parents must ensure children attend school.  We all have the responsibility to present ourselves for classes on time.


After absence of 3 days parents will be contacted by phone or mail.  Classes begin at 8.45am.


Where a child rides or walks to school, parents have the responsibility to notify the school of a child’s absence by 9.00am.


These procedures are to alert us to the possibility of a child in “danger”.


Children have the responsibility to be ready to learn and teacher ready to teach.


Ready to learn means having books, pencils, etc. ready for each lesson.


We all have the responsibility to do our best.


At all times children will;

  • follow teachers’ instructions.

  • respect the right of others while being allowed to make mistakes.

We all have the responsibility to consider other people’s right to an undisturbed learning environment.


Undisturbed learning environment is a place where you can: listen, be heard, be safe and work uninterrupted.


We all have the responsibility to move from place to place             without disturbing others.


This means WALKING quietly.




Student reports will be will be emailed home at the end of this term. When report cards were emailed home at the end of last year, a number of service providers saw the report card mail out as spam, causing the email with the report card to be delivered into people’s junk/spam folder rather than their inbox. Please add to your ‘safe senders list’ so your child’s Semester 1 report card will be delivered to your inbox at the end of the term. If your email address has changed, please let the office know by Monday 19 June.

Unfortunately, if we receive a change of details after this date we cannot guarantee that you will receive your child’s report card in the mail out before the holidays. Our school office will be closed over the holiday break.


A report card is one way teachers communicate with parents and students. The report card is the teacher’s appraisal of the student’s work for the past semester. The following tips may be helpful to parents in discussing their child’s report card with them.

Meet privately with your child, without distractions. Be sure you have enough time.

Your child deserves your attention without interruptions. Be sure you allow enough time for a relaxed discussion.

Start with a review of what your child has learned in each subject.

Ask your child to tell you about the activity in each subject and what they have learned.Be positive and calm. Remember, a “C” rating in a subject area means your child is achieving at their year level standard.

Discuss with your child their goals for the next semester.

Are the goals reasonable and challenging?

Help your child plan his or her next steps.

Should you talk with the teacher to discuss concerns, or ask for the teacher’s suggestions? Are changes needed in your child’s study habits at home? Is your child interested in learning more about certain topics?


We are looking forward to a great Term 3. Here are some of the highlights. A more detailed Calendar of Events will be sent out with the newsletter next term.

  Michael Zeuschner   Sheryl Kennedy   Jillian Blennerhassett  



Deputy Principal
Years 3-6


Deputy Principal
Prep-Year 2




The P&C are currently seeking a volunteer to work with the Executive team to look after all communications and design. Main tasks and requirements include:

  • Promoting fundraising and community events through all communication channels.
  • Graphic design of materials for events, eg, sponsor packages, posters, flyers, certificates etc.
  • Graphic design for the Facebook page and sign.
  • Scheduling Facebook and electronic sign posts.
  • Proficient in using Adobe Creative Suite as all existing artwork is done on this platform.

If you are able to help out, please contact Raelene at or call 0428 766 328.


Wednesday 21 June, 6.30pm in the Library

Please join us at the June meeting on Wednesday night. We will be giving an update on the pool and invite all people with questions or concerns to attend this meeting. If you're unable to attend, please direct any questions to

  Raelene James    

Bulimba State School P&C Association



Library News

Term 2 Week 9

Library Monitors:

Meet our 2017 Library Monitors. They received their Library Licences on parade this week. Congratulations to all! The Library Ladies look forward to working with you and getting to know you this year.

They are joined by the following Year 5 students who have earnt their Library Monitor licence and are now rostered to work in the Library during one lunch time each week.

  • Olivia B.
  • Pari K.
  • Michaela W.

These Year 6 students who were 2016 Library Monitors have completed their training and are now able to work as Senior Library Monitors on tasks with more responsibility and as mentors for the Library Monitors.

  • Sam P-B.
  • Max K.
  • Samuel S.

Their Library Lanyards will be handed out on parade early next term.

Holiday Borrowing next Thursday and Friday

Students having a staycation in the upcoming holidays are invited to take advantage of a holiday loan from the school library. Students are welcome to come on either Thursday or Friday of the last week of term to borrow twice as many books as their usual limit.

Book Recommendation

The picture book I am recommending is Red Book written by Beck and Matt Stanton. This book is mind twisting but funny because they say things like lobsters are red and they only wear red so the green tie he is wearing is red that means frogs are red. There is a penguin named Rose, roses are red right, so Rose is red.

I think it is a great read-out loud for babies to Grade Ones. (Written by Kayla White, Year 5 Library Monitor)

Readers Cup

On Wednesday 7 June a team of 5 students from our school competed in the CBCA Brisbane Central Readers Cup against 25 other schools. The Year 5 students were Rory A., Caitlin F., Maria K., Yael N B. and Sasha W. The team were required to read 5 books.

  • Phasmid Saving the Lord Howe Island Stick Insect by Rohan Cleave and Coral Tulloch
  • Mister Cassowary by Samantha Wheeler
  • PookieAleera is not my Boyfriend by Steven Herrick
  • My Life & Other Stuff I Made Up by Tristan Bancks
  • Shadow of the Master - Book 1 in Star of Deltora Series by Emily Rodda

At the competition, they had 5 rounds of 10 questions with a possible total of 100 points. It was a very close competition with a three way tie for third place. Even though they tried their hardest and were off to a strong start, they finally placed in the middle of the teams. The local author, Samantha Wheeler talked to the teams about the research she does for her books and answered questions that students had. Her latest book was purchased and donated to the library by the team. The students really enjoyed the experience. A huge thank you to Sasha’s and Yael’s Mums who helped with the transport for the day and to Issy W. for mentoring the team. Their certificates will be handed out at our Week Ten parade.

Chess Tournament

On Tuesday 6 June eleven students competed in the Brisbane South Interschool Chess Tournament.

The students and their teams were
A Team: James D., Liam H., Hamish DS.
B Team: Oliver W., Ihan D., Charlie S, Jonathon W.
C Team: Kaan D., Daniel ED., Alexander S., Ethan H.

The boys all played their hardest with Oliver and Kaan earning Merit ribbons for scoring 5 points out of a possible 7 points and James earning 1st place medal in his division. It was great seeing new players stepping up and having a go. All of them are keen to have another go in Term 3. Huge thanks to the parents Michelle Nottage, Monique Hilford, Elena Dunbar, Jiselle Simpson, Amanda Lay, Prit Dutta and David Smith for transporting the students and staying to watch and cheer them on during the day. Watching over 250 students including your own all playing 7 games of chess throughout the day, you really do deserve our thanks. Thanks also to Elena for keeping track of all the students’ games and their results as well as taking the photos.

Reading Incentive Programs Currently Available
Brisbane City Council Libraries Gold Star Reading Club

Closes Monday 31 July
Children from all over Brisbane are invited to take part in reading programs at Council libraries this winter. The 2017 Gold Star Reading Club program for children aged 6-12 years started in Brisbane City Council libraries on Tuesday 2 May. Register at your local library to receive an activity book that includes progress charts, competition entries, reading suggestions and heaps of fun activities. For more information visit your local library or call Council on 3403 8888.

The Premier’s Reading Challenge has begun and finishes on August 25. It has been wonderful to meet parents and students who are keen to complete it. The challenge is not a competition but aims to improve literacy and encourage students to read widely for pleasure and learning. For students to successfully complete the challenge they must read or experience an allocated number of books at their individual reading level and based upon their year level during the reading period. Students who complete the challenge will have their efforts recognized with a Certificate of Achievement signed by the Premier of Qld. Individual Student Reading Record forms are available from class teachers or the school library. For further information visit the Reading Challenge webpage here.

BILBY Awards

Closes 15 September The BILBY Awards are the annual Children's Choice Awards organised by The Children's Book Council of Australia (Queensland Branch). It is a wonderful opportunity for young people to exercise their voice and to have a say about what they enjoy reading and to select the book that they believe deserves an award. Students are expected to read the books on the shortlist to decide which book, in their opinion is the best. When they have made their informed decision, they can vote for the book either on online at or on the voting slip available from Mrs Lyons or Mrs King Koi in the school library. Posters of the Shortlist are on display in the library.


We have had another great term in Italian with lots of singing and speaking and learning about Italy. Students are also enjoying a sense of the Italian culture in the new learning environment of our Italian Learning Centre in C Block. As a school, we celebrated Italy's national day, La Festadella Repubblica, on 2 June. Italian recipes have featured on the menus of many cooking sessions in our Stephanie Alexander kitchen and the Italian signage in the vegetable and herb gardens around the school have also been revamped. This week in Italian, Year 3 students are looking forward to exchanging some Italian expressions and also "Euro" at their Italian marketplace.

For reporting this semester, students have all been assigned a grade for their effort in Italian lessons. Students in Years 5 & 6 have also been given a grade from A-E for their achievement in Italian classwork and assessments, according to the achievement standards in the Australian Curriculum - Languages. Students in Prep to Year 4, and newly arrived students, have not had their achievement graded and will receive an "N" for Achievement in Italian on their reports.

"Grazie a tutti" (thank-you, everyone) for a great term!

Connie Harley (Italian teacher, Prep - Year 3)
Adriana Morgante (Italian teacher, Years 4-6)


District Sport News

Last week was a busy week in District Sport, with a number of our Bulimba State School students competing in various sports across Brisbane and greater Queensland.

Last Thursday, Sarah B. and Myles F. of year 5, and Julius S. of year 6 competed at the Met East Cross Country at John Paul College. They were highly competitive with Sarah finishing in 8th position (narrowly missing Met East Selection), Myles came in 9th place and Julius 21st respectively.

Craig R. of year 6 also had a busy week at the Met East Rugby Union Trial last Tuesday and Wednesday. Craig fought hard and had a great experience but unfortunately did not gain selection into the Met East Team.

Congratulations to Sarah, Myles, Julius and Craig who represented Bulimba State School and the Lytton District proudly.

State Champions

On Wednesday last week Kyah M. and Toby H. of year 6 travelled with the Met East team to compete in the State AFL Championship in Mackay, North Queensland. The boys played hard in all 4 days of the competition, eventually winning the grand final and the State Championship Shield! Congratulations Kyah and Toby on your AFL success last week!

Physical Education Report Cards, Semester 1.

A grade of D indicates a student is still in the developmental phase of learning
A grade of C reflects students who are working at year level
A grade of B reflects students who are competently demonstrating skills with competent skill acquisition
A grade of A reflects students who are excelling at the skills taught in lessons.
A grade of N applies to all children who were not assessed due to consecutive absences, illness or injury throughout the reporting period in the semester.

Please refer to the 2017 Specialist Teachers Information Handbook on the Bulimba State School website for more information (Handbook).

Music News

This semester new C2C units of work have been implemented for all Grade 1 – 6 classes. Music achievement results are based on a combination of assessment tasks across the following three areas:

Making Music – Performing
Making Music – Composing
Responding to Music

Thank you to all students for their hard work during music lessons and I look forward to seeing you all again in Term 3.

Bulimba State School Council Elections

Bulimba State School became an Independent Public School (IPS) in 2014. All Independent Public Schools are required to establish a school council. School councils enable greater involvement of the school community and other stakeholders in setting the strategic direction of the school. Bulimba State School’s council has been in operation since mid-2014.

There are eight (8) members of the school council - The Principal and P&C President, two parent members, two staff members and two community members.

Two positions within the school council - one parent member and one staff member - are due for re-election after a three year term. The new two year term starts from 19 July 2017.

To oversee the election process the school council has appointed a returning officer. Public notice and details of the election process will be published in this and upcoming school newsletters.

Public Notice of the holding of an election for one staff member and one parent member for the Bulimba State School Council

Notice of Election

In accordance with the Bulimba State School Council Constitution, as returning officer, I hereby give public notice of the election of one parent member and one staff member for the Bulimba State School School Council.

Final date for receipt of nominations: Friday 23 June 2017
Date of staff election: Tuesday 18 July 2017
Date of parent election: Wednesday 19 July 2017

Details of the election venues and times will be published in the Bulimba SS School Newsletter on 11 July 2017

Please refer to the Bulimba State School Council Constitution for further explanation of eligibility requirements and other considerations for parents and staff seeking to become elected members.

Nomination Form

Please download the Nomination Form or collect from the school office.

Who can Vote

Parents can vote for parent members and staff can vote for staff members. Voting at this election is not limited, for example, to the current membership of the P&C Association.

  • A person is eligible to vote for an elected parent member if that person is eligible to be elected as an elected parent member.
  • A person is eligible to vote for an elected staff member if that person is eligible to be elected as an elected staff member.


Cherry Van Ryt,
Returning Officer



Biome Eco Stores

Retail Casual position – Balmoral store

Biome Living is a sustainable retailer offering authentic eco-friendly products. We are currently recruiting for a casual retail assistant and believe this job would suit a mother of school age children.

The role is located at 216 Riding Road, Balmoral

The hours of the position include: Saturday supervising shifts, and approximately two weekday shifts during school hours.

Do you fit in the Biome team?

Retail applications should outline and demonstrate:

  • previous experience in a retail environment.
  • high-level communication skills.
  • current availability for shifts.
  • interest in Biome’s core values: sustainable and ethical retailing.

To apply please send a cover letter and resume via email to: Applications close: 30 June 2017.



Redland Museum has some fantastic children’s activities in June - September

Redland Museum would like to showcase school holiday workshops along with activities that we are proudly running in the Quandamooka Festival period, June – September.

We are proudly involved with the Quandamooka Festival running in July – September. You may wish to book a school trip to take part in the Water Trail running through the museum. Children will find exhibits throughout the museum that are related to water, finding hidden water floor splashes and all different foot prints made my humans and animals along the trail. There will be a quiz and hidden word for the children to spell.

Bookings for a school trip can be made with admin on 3286 3494.

Water themed School Holiday activity workshops

Cost:- Entry to museum + $2.00pp / $3.00pp for fish in a bag.

Monday 26 June   Rain Sticks  10.15am – 11.15am
Tuesday 27 June  Message in a bottle   10.15am – 11.15am
Wed 28 June   Plastic bag jelly fish  10.15am – 11.15am
Monday 3 July  Fish in a bag soap  10.15am – 11.15am
Tuesday 4 July   Hand dot painting with water paints  10.15am – 11.15am

Quandamooka Festival

As part of the Quandamooka Festival – Water theme Redland Museum will have activities and exhibitions celebrating water in the Redlands.

QuandamookaFesitival – celebrating Water

Water trail

Open 1 July – 30 September 2017
Cost :- Entry to the museum

From a fun and exciting water floor trail of exhibits, discover the special connection between the Aboriginal people of Quandamooka to the lakes and seas, featuring the importance of water in the settlement of the Redlands by Europeans. Children will be given a questionnaire to find all the exhibits and spell out the special word.

QuandamookaFesitival – celebrating Water

H2o Exhibition - Homage to Oodgeroo

10 July – 13 August 2017
Cost:- Entry to the museum

An exhibition featuring the special connection between the Aboriginal people of Quandamooka and the lakes and sea and the importance of water in the development of farming and settlement in the Redlands.

QuandamookaFesitival – celebrating Water

Stradbroke Dream time book story telling

Wednesday 5 July 2017 10.00am – 11.30am
Cost:- Entry to museum + $5.00pp

Bookings essential

School holiday workshop stories read from the Stradbroke Dreamtime book by local author Oodgeroo as told by our special Quandamooka guest and relative of Oodgeroo, Kaleenah Edwards. Kaleenah has just completed touring with Queensland Theatre Company performing the Stradbroke Dreamtime play. Suitable for 4-12 years.

QuandamookaFesitival – celebrating Water

Quandamooka Water stories, songs & Dreamtime tales

Wednesday 20 September 2017 10.00am – 11.30am
Cost:- Entry to museum + $5.00pp

Bookings essential

Join Quandamooka storyteller Kaleenah Edwards to hear ancient stories and songs about Redlands saltwater, freshwater, animals, land and dreamtime heroes. Suitable for 4-12 years.

Kind Regards,

Tara Young
Redland Museum
Event Coordinator
Phone: 3286 3494

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