FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Prior to the Unit 3 & 4 examination period the Class of 2019 participated in a series of celebratory events which has seen them conclude their time at Balcombe Grammar with grace and dignity. Over the past few weeks I have naturally reflected on the Class of 2019 and the significant impact that they have had on our school. When I think of this cohort the terms culture, respect and legacy come to mind.

Culture. I have seen many Year 12 cohorts over the years and I can honestly say that it is rare to come across a cohort such as the Class of 2019. Supportive, nurturing, playful, kind and humble by nature, this group have led by example to establish the culture within not only the Senior Centre but throughout the grounds and classrooms of Balcombe Grammar. I know that many of our younger students aspire to be like them, I know because they have told me.

Respect. The Class of 2019 have shown respect for their peers, their teachers, their surrounds, their Common Room and the history of the School. There is no doubt that this group of students love their school and have led by example by being a respectful and compassionate student body. This was highlighted recently when during the celebratory period the Class of 2019 chose to strengthen their connection to the school and its community and ultimately leave with our utmost respect.

Legacy. This cohort of wonderful young people have left a significant mark on our School. Student leadership development, sustainability, service learning and the House system are just a few areas of the school which have grown due to their vision and determination. Many members of the Class 2019 informed me at the beginning of their Year 12 journey that they wanted to make a difference and pleasingly they did and for that I thank them. I wish the Class of 2019 and their families all the very best for whatever the future may hold and we look forward to welcoming them back as members of the Balcombe Grammar Alumni community in the future.

Mr Ross Patterson
Principal

CLASS OF 2019

As I write this I am surrounded by so many of our Class of 2019. They are embracing every opportunity to study and meet with teachers prior to their upcoming exams. This is reflective of this group, who celebrated in style last Monday at their Valedictory dinner, but also realise the importance of what is now the focus.

The VCE English and EAL exams kickstarted three weeks of written examinations this week and we know that our students will embrace these like they have everything this year, in a positive and supportive manner.

We wish them all the best.

Ms Celia Mara
Head of Year 12

FOUNDATION 2020 ORIENTATION

Starting school is exciting for most, nerve wracking for many and scary for a few. However, the 2020 Foundation students were thrilled to start their schooling journey. They bravely waved goodbye to their parents then enjoyed some craft activities in the classroom. Our students to be, made elephants and frogs and were proud to show off their creative efforts. The teepee in the playground was a great hit and many new friendships began to blossom. We look forward to their official start in 2020.

Ms Kirrilly McIntosh
Foundation Teacher

YEAR 3 MORNINGTON EXCURSION

On Tuesday 15 October Mrs Sargood from The National Trust visited the Year 3 classes. Mrs Sargood is a teacher in role as a lady from Victorian age. She visited the classes dressed head to toe in Victorian clothing, she wore an original rose coloured dress, it had a bustle skirt, frills and a high neck. It looked quite uncomfortable! She told the class about her life and her 11 children. Mrs Sargood spent some time instructing the class on how to use an ink pen, it was very tricky and nobody was very neat despite their best efforts. The students were relieved to get their pencils back when she left. In order to enter the spirit of the day Year 3 students wore Victorian costumes. Everyone looked magnificent. The day was definitely a highlight of the inquiry unit ‘The History of Mornington.’

A week later we headed to Mornington to visit the Old Post Office Museum, The Court House and High Street. During our excursion we investigated the buildings and homes of the past. Our trip along the High street discovering old coffee houses, stables and fire stations was a highlight.

Mrs Karen Chatterley
Year 3 Teacher

YEAR 2 SLEEPOVER

The exciting Year 2 Superhero Sleepover Camp was held at school on Thursday 17 October. Students arrived in home-made superhero costumes and quickly set up their bed for the night in the familiar, safe environment of their classrooms. A short superhero flight to the hall took them to a variety of huff and puff lessons on how to be superheroes. After many laughs and ensuing tiredness, dinner was heartily consumed in the hall followed by a night walk around the school grounds. Superhero costumes were swapped for comfy pyjamas and the embrace of a teddy bear who gradually helped them to sleep. The breaking dawn revealed happy, tired and hungry superheroes, who devoured their breakfast in the hall. The embrace of a loved one saw our young superheroes whisked away home for a day of rest. The exciting Superhero Sleepover Camp had closed its doors for another year.

Mr Chad Gallaher
Year 2 Teacher

GREEN TEAM

As Year 3AS and 3KC members, we believe that we should bring safety to all organisms in our world. The Tasmanian Tiger, Golden Toad, King Island Emu, Woolly Mammoth, Passenger Pigeon, Ground Sloth, Dodo, Sabre-toothed Cat and of course the Dinosaurs are now extinct and we hope that many of our vulnerable and endangered species do not follow in their paths.

We hope that everyone changes their habits slightly to protect the environment. If we all do our little bit it may help endangered animals such as the Northern Hairy Nosed Wombat, Leadbeater’s Possum, Giant Panda, Rhinoceros, Orang-utan, Pangolin, Snow Leopard and Asian Elephant to avoid becoming extinct as well.
 
Thank you
Year 3AS and 3KC Green Team members

GRADUATING INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

We wish the very best for our two International students, Kristen Sze and Hiyori Kamei who are graduating this year. Over the time they have been at Balcombe they have become an integral part of the Balcombe community.

Kristen is an open minded and very optimistic young woman. Leaving one’s home country to study in a foreign country is no easy task but Kristen has embraced all that has been offered and she is very proud to be a Balcombe Alumnus. A talented linguist, fluent in English, Japanese and Chinese, Kristen hopes to pursue a career in the communication industry, as a translator.

Hiyori commenced her Balcombe journey at the start of 2017 travelling from her homeland of Japan. A very talented violinist, Hiyori has many fond memories of Balcombe, but none more so than the opportunities of participating in the school production of ‘The Addams Family’ as a band member. Hiyori says “It was the best opportunity to play the violin with professional talented musicians”. Hiyori is hoping to study biomedical science next year and I am sure we will be hearing of Dr Kamei in the future.

Well done Kristen and Hiyori. Congratulations on your achievements and best of luck for your exams. We look forward to hearing about your future endeavours.

Ms Lorna Griss
International Student Co-ordinator

PRODUCTION NEWS

The Performing Arts Department is excited to launch the 2020 Secondary School Production of Wicked this term.

WICKED tells the untold story of an unlikely friendship between two girls who first meet as sorcery students at Shiz University; the blonde and very popular Glinda, and a misunderstood green girl named Elphaba. Following an encounter with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, their friendship reaches a crossroads and their lives take very different paths. Glinda’s unflinching desire for popularity sees her seduced by power while Elphaba’s determination to remain true to herself, and to those around her, will have unexpected and shocking consequences for her future. Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and Elphaba, The Wicked Witch of the West.

Any student who would like to be involved in the Production for either or a combination of the roles listed are encouraged to go to the Production 2020 Intranet page (see link below). There you will find all the information required to get involved in this exciting show!

Why not try acting, singing, dancing, playing music or backstage crew.

We launched the show to interested students last week with an outline of the story of the play, the onstage and backstage roles available and the audition process which will occur this term. We are performing at The Frankston Arts Centre next year so the staging options are extensive.

There is still time to get involved!

Audition and Backstage Crew forms are on the Production Intranet page. They are due on Monday 8 November 2019 for auditions to be held on Thursday 28 November, Monday 1 December and Tuesday 2 December 2019. Backstage Crew will be notified of their roles early in 2020. This is an amazing opportunity for Balcombe students from all year levels in secondary and of all performance abilities, so we are looking forward to seeing many of you involved next year!!

Any inquiries, please email the Performing Arts teachers involved - Christina Burton, Giulia Mormile and Shane Walterfang.

Mrs Christina Burton
Performing Arts Co-ordinator

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EARN AND LEARN PROGRAM

The Primary school has recently taken delivery of over 100 footballs, basketballs, netballs and soccer balls. Each classroom now has its own bucket of 7-8 new balls for students to play with during lunch and recess.

This is a result of the 30,000 stickers our school families collected for the Woolworths Earn and Learn program. Thank you to all those who contributed, and to the PFC for helping co-ordinate this activity.
 
Mrs Tash Oxley
Parents & Friends Committee

RSL POPPY APPEAL 2019

The RSL Poppy Appeal is run in the lead up to Remembrance Day for Australians to ‘Remember in November.’ Balcombe Grammar has a limited number of wristbands and poppy badges available for purchase from School Reception (please bring the correct money). Poppies range from $1, $2, $5 & $10 and Wristbands are $3.

NEW SCHOOL APP

Our School App is now available to download through the Apple and the Google stores (search Balcombe Grammar). Log-in using your current intranet login details and you will have access to notifications, your child’s learning (feedback, grades and due work), absence notification and many other useful links to online resources.

LUNCH ORDER APP

A Bakery Made app is now available through the Apple and Google stores (search Bakery Made). This app is user friendly and is the recommended method for ordering school lunches using mobile devices on Mondays and Fridays.

ARTHURS SEAT CHALLENGE

The Arthurs Seat Challenge raises funds for the Fit 2 Drive program and this year we are encouraging staff, students, parents and the wider community to be part of the Balcombe Grammar School team for the 6.7km fun run/walk on 10 November 2019.

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SIGN-IN AT RECEPTION

A reminder that all visitors, including parents, need to sign-in at reception before heading to other areas of the school.

CAR PARKING REMINDER

We remind all parents and visitors to please adhere to our road safety guidelines (see link below) including the use of our allocated parking areas and dedicated drop-off and pick-up zone.

Road Safety Guidelines

SCHOOL TV

The latest edition on the School TV website, features articles on Resilience.

Resilience is important for a child’s mental health. It is their ability to bounce back from failure, challenges, adversity and stress. It’s not something that kids have or don’t have but a skill that kids develop over time as they grow. Building resilience not only helps a child deal with current difficulties, but it also helps develop a resilient mindset that will help them deal with challenges later in life.

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INTRANET LATEST NEWS

Further information on upcoming activities and events can be found on the BGS Intranet. Recent articles posted to the intranet including Christmas Fun Fair, News from Careers, School Production Auditions and Running Club.

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THE BGS CHRISTMAS FUN FAIR

The Parents & Friends Committee invite the BGS community to the Christmas Fun Fair on Friday 22 November 2019 from 5-9pm on the School Oval, Terrace and Hall.

The night should be fun for everyone including….

  • Old School Carnival Games $1- $2 each (purchase tickets on the night to play) including a dunk tank, ball toss, target gallery, cans down, frog flinger and many more
  • Lucky Dip and Raffles
  • Christmas Carols
  • A visit from Santa in the Fire Truck
  • Christmas Movie from 7 – 9pm (BYO Bean Bags, Cushions and Blankets)
  • Food and Drink on sale from 5 – 8:30pm including a sausage sizzle, popcorn, choc tops, zooper doopers and Pop-up Cafe coffee OR BYO a picnic

To confirm your attendance please complete the online RSVP form (see link below) by no later than Monday 18 November.

Please Note: No Alcohol, No Smoking (including e-cigarettes) and No Dogs are allowed on school grounds (service dogs exempt)

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TERM 4 2019, WEEK 5

Monday 4 November
VCE Written Examination period – 20 November Mid-Term Break

Tuesday 5 November
Melbourne Cup Day

Wednesday 6 November
Year 4 Health of Balcombe Estuary Excursion
 2020 Strategic Plan Parent Information Evening

Thursday 7 November
Year 8 SIS Sport

Friday 8 November
Year 10 SIS Sport
Class of 2014, 5 Year Reunion

TERM 4 2019, WEEK 6

Monday 11 November
Remembrance Day
VCE Written Examination Period continues

Wednesday 13 November
Year 10/11 Exams until Wednesday 20 November
Year 9 Pop up Market

Thursday 14 November
Year 9 Point Nepean Presentation Evening
SIS Golf Competition
 

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