WHAT MAKES BENTLEY PARK
You learn a lot - Jessie C 1DP
teach you good
things – Tommy C
Playing nice and helping people when they get
Paige, Alyssa, Emily and Zara from PKC said they love hurt – Joseph R 1LS
learning about reptiles like dinosaurs, snakes and lizards.
I like the gardens – Kaylar – 1LS There’s heaps of stuff like reading
books and learning – Roselyn T5SS
People always wear the correct uniform – Abby B 5AB
Playing on the hill – Tessa N 3LS
Doing work for the cher –
teacher – Jacob M 1DP He lping t
M 1DP It’s friendly and clean –
Caitlin F 5NC
PE, Library and computers – Ryan C 5NC
It’s the best because we are
safe – Nathan I 5NC
There’s a fun playground and
pretty books – Angelique Y
Having all your friends Because we get to play on the
here – Tahlia R 5NC computer – Hayley W 1DP
WHICH YEAR 5 CLASS WILL WIN THE
INAUGURAL READER’S CUP?
Turn to Library News on page 4.
Bentley Park College Junior School
News June 24 2009
Date Claimers Darryl Exelby
Friday June 26 Yr 4/5 Choir Senior School
Eisteddfod Principal: Tim Black
A/Deputy: Leigh Littan
Friday June 26 last day Term 2
Monday July 13 PUPIL FREE DAY A/Principal: Yvonne Gordon
Tuesday July 14 Term 3 starts Deputy: Craig Law
Tuesday July 21 Parent-teacher Junior School
interviews Principal: Mark Evans
Deputy: Rod Jackson
SEU: Lesley Hughes
Head of Department Junior
Uniform Shop Hours School P-5
Monday 7.30 am – 9.30 am Jenny Pyke
Tuesday 8.30 am – 9.30 am
Bentley Park College Wednesday 12.30 pm – 3.30 pm Head of Department Middle
McLaughlin Road School
Thursday 12.30 pm – 4.00 pm
EDMONTON Qld. 4869 Jill McFarlane
Postal address: Friday 8.30 am – 9.30 am
P.O. Box 289 Angela Scorset Head of Department 8-12
EDMONTON Q. 4869
College Phone: 07- 40408111 PH. 40454971 Arts - Fiona Dunn
College Fax: 07- 40408100 English - Kate Gibbons
ICT - David Slater
Senior Campus Phone: 07-40408216 IN THIS EDITION: Maths - Rhonda Martin
Senior Campus fax: 07-40408222
Middle Campus Phone: 07- 40408111 Principal’s News Senior Schooling - Catherine Domic
Middle campus Fax: 07- 40408100 Deputy Principal’s News Science - Jason Richardson
Junior School Phone: 07- 40408181
Junior School Fax: 07- 40408200 HOD’s News Subject Area Co-Ordinators
Library Update Home Ec - Meredith Exelby
Bentley Park College Office Hours
TEC / Manual Arts - Greg Harrison
All Campus Offices: 7:45am—3:30pm SOSE - Barbara Reynolds
P&C HPE - Christian Stewart
EFTPOS transactions close at 2:00pm on Community Notices
FRIDAYS. Year Co-Ordinators
Junior School: Year 6 - Melanie Cohen
Bentley Park College
Cash, Cheque or EFTPOS transactions close Year 7 - Sue Bow
at 12:00pm each day due Sport Houses Year 8 - Mark Stubbs
to banking procedures. Arlington—Blue Year 9 - Jay Sansness
Year 10 - Amanda Romelo
Message U Student Absentee Line Euston—Yellow
(Text Message only) 0428425956 Year 11 - Brenton Morehead
Student Absentee Line Onyx—Red Year 12 - Carolin Carpenter
(Voice Message Only):
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PRINCIPAL’S NEWS – DEPUTY PRINCIPAL’S NEWS –
H1N1 Influenza 09 (Human Swine
Influenza) Update. Report Cards and Parent
The response to the H1N1 virus has Teacher Interviews
moved to a new phase, “protect”. At the Report cards have been
school, we have been vigilant in the steps
to minimize the risks at school. For distributed today. Parent
instance, messages about the need for Teacher Interviews will be
hand-washing have increased. offered to all parents on
I have been briefed about the following in relation to H1N1: Tuesday 21 July. I strongly
* National authorities have announced "protect" response phase encourage you to take up this
to manage the outbreak of H1N1 Influenza 09 (also known as
Human Swine Influenza) in Australia. opportunity. Your child’s
* From Monday (June 22) but would keep its policy of school teacher will be in contact with
exclusions and school closures in place until the end of term next you regarding the interview
Friday (June 26). schedule for July 21st
* Queensland's Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said the
extra week of possible school closures followed by school Units of Work
holidays provided a circuit breaker, further lessening the spread Our students learning in the Junior School is organised around
and the potential impacts to the Queensland community. four ‘Units of Work’ for each year. Each term our teachers
* Dr Young has advised that Queensland's efforts to restrict the work in their year levels to plan the unit for the forthcoming
spread of H1N1 Influenza 09 have been very effective. term. The planning sessions, involve our teachers interpreting
* Under the new "protect" phase in Term 3, Queensland will Education Queensland’s Scope and Sequencing document to
have the flexibility to close single schools or classrooms to develop a work unit that is engaging and educationally
students in special circumstances, for example in remote areas challenging. This week our teachers have been planning their
where the community is otherwise free of human swine flu. units so that they are ready for implementation on Day1of
* Education Queensland is working closely with Queensland
Health and will continue to be guided by the advice provided by
their medical experts in relation to any situations where action by This week I caught up with some of the teachers who had this
schools would benefit the school and broader community. to say about our teaching and learning through units of work.
* In line with the decision to move to the "protect" phase
What do you get from a unit planning session?
Queensland has decided the seven-day time-out guidelines will
Valerie Harvey (Yr 4): A strong understanding of the language
end on Friday 26 June. Students entering Queensland from areas
features that need to be known. A sense of what we need to
of concern including Mexico, the United States of America,
focus on. An opportunity to re-visit our recent professional
Canada, Panama, Japan, Chile and Argentina or students that
are returning from Victoria will not apply after that date. learning and align this to our unit.
Are our students considered in our units?
Building the Education Revolution (BER) Darlene Hill (Yr 4): Yes in many different ways. We build upon
Recently, Bentley Park College received advice that we would be what they have learnt previously. The unit is structured, with
included in the next round of the BER facilities. We were consideration for of the students’ ability level. We develop
successful in securing a new Library and Hall. On Monday 22 writing exemplars to an A standard and work from that to
June I met with a range of stakeholders in relation to the BER. develop other levels. We pre-test the students and then focus
our teaching where required.
For Bentley Park College, planning towards a new library and hall What is the most challenging aspect of the planning?
with have some core principles that we will be working from. Graeme Stockwell (Curriculum Planner): Agreement on the
New facilities which foster GOOD TEACHING will be terminology and consensus of understanding so that what is
central to our core principles. taught is taught consistently in each classroom.
Already, in the initial planning stages, Novella Jackson, our How have our units changed over the years?
Teacher Librarian, has been researching what needs to be in- Deb Stone (Yr 3): In the past we had time to sequence lessons
cluded in our new library to boost good teaching and student and look at resources. We now develop criteria sheets. A
learning. We will share our innovations and planning in future criteria sheet is used to rate the students understanding of
newsletters. what is taught.
For me this style of planning and teaching has
Safe & Enjoyable Holidays! brought about consistency and accountability in
May I extend my wishes for a safe &
what we teach. In my next newsletter I am going
enjoyable holiday. Included in the newsletter
is a rail safety message. Please take a few to gain some feedback from our students as to
moments to discuss this message at home! their opinion of our teaching program. Until then
Have a good week, have a great week and holiday.
☺ Mark Evans.
Bentley Park College News Page 4
HEAD OF DEPARTMENT
ACTIVITIES: One of the most
important considerations in develop-
ing our units of work from Prep to
Year 5 is to plan our culminating
activities. The purpose of these is to invite you, our parents and
carers into our school and classrooms to see first-hand the
curriculum concepts and content that have been taught and learnt.
Your attendance at these events is of major importance to us, and a
confirmation of the close relationship between home and school in
the learning partnership. Mr Jackson has outlined some of the
factors we consider in developing our classroom units of work.
Much school funding, time, effort and research goes into the
development of our units of work.
On this page are some snapshots of some of our culminating
activities this week and last week. Activities yet to happen
this week are:
YEAR 5: Today (Wed) Water experiments—demonstration
and open classrooms
YEAR 1: Tomorrow (Thursday 25/6) from 2pm—Art display in
PGP, PMD: Tomorrow (Thursday 25/6) 2.30pm—Open
Our Prep Information Evening and Open Classrooms event for
those enrolling into Prep next year will be held on Wednesday 29th
July. Classrooms are open from 5pm, with an information session
to commence at 5.45pm in D Block. There will be further informa-
tion in the next newsletter. For more information about this evening
or to enquire about our Prep Launch into Literacy program
please call me on 40408181.
Have a happy and SAFE holiday everyone!
Page 5 Bentley Park College News
READING TIP NO. 7
These holidays would be a great time to
join our local library. Below are some of
the wonderful and FREE activities
planned over the break.
Super School Holiday Fun
• Roll Up! Roll Up! Comedy and Theatre
• Kindy Dance
This Wednesday, the Year 5 students are • Ship Ahoy! Puppet Making and Per-
entering a competition called ‘The forming Workshop
Reader’s Cup’. As a class, they have read
• Japanese Folk Tale and Origami
three picture books and studied the
pictures and text. Then they made up • Poetry Workshop
questions about the books and quizzed PLUS There’s FREE Internet ,
Children’s PC GAMES, DVDs and CDs,
each other. On Wednesday in the Senior
plenty of BOOKS of course and
Theatre, the competition will see a class Storytimes and Baby Rhyme Times too!
win the cup for this term. Bookings can be made at any branch of
Cairns Libraries either in person or by
The competition will be run again next phone on 4044 3727.
term. Have a wonderful break.
Stanley Paste by
All books must be returned before the Aaron Blabey
holidays. The library is open before
This book is ideal for
school to enable your child to return a
book. read-aloud book.
Page 6 Bentley Park College News
Sports News Roadworks Notification
Bruce Highway (Cairns -Innisfail)
SPORTS DAYS Warner Road intersection upgrade
Changed traffic conditions
Our Sports days will be held in week 3 next Motorists and residents are advised that Stage Two of
Term. the intersection upgrade works at Warner Road (also
known as Yarrabah Road) have started with expected
P-2 on Thursday July 30 9am to 1pm. completion end September 2009.
3-7 on Friday July 31 9am to 3pm. How will traffic be effected?
Volunteers are welcome to assist with events on the day For traffic travelling on the highway, a side track has
been constructed to divert vehicles during the works.
and in the lead up to our Sports day. If you feel you can
There will be no right turn into Warner Road from the
help out with some of the Athletic events let Mr Poropat
highway during construction. Traffic will need to turn
know. We’d love your help! right at Draper Road, Gordonvale and travel via
Crossland Road to Warner Road.
All other traffic movements at the Warner Road
intersection will remain with traffic under traffic
control as required.
Motorists travelling from the eastern side of the
highway (Warner Road) are encouraged to consider an
alternative route via Crossland Road to access the
highway at the Draper Road intersection.
Work will be carried out between 6.30am and 6.00pm
Monday to Saturday. Traffic will be under the control
of traffic controllers and/or traffic lights, as needed,
with a reduced speed limit of 60km through the
worksite. Minor traffic delays are expected.
The works include: • upgrading the intersection and
installation of traffic lights
• raising a section of Warner Road and installation of
culverts to improve drainage
• road lighting and pavement improvements.
Along with these works, Queensland Rail will be up-
grading the Warner Road railway crossing and
installing boom gates.
Your cooperation and patience during this time is
Ron Michel A/Regional Director
FREE Women’s Health Clinics are being held in July
at: Edmonton Community Health Centre
The clinics are run by a specially trained Women’s
Health Nurse employed by Queensland Health and
are open to women of all ages at no cost.
The July clinic dates are:
Edmonton* – Thursday 16th July 2009
Phone 4045 9900 to make an appointment.
*Those women who have already commenced
the Gardasil (HPV) vaccines are eligible to
complete the course before 31st December 2009
at the clinic.
Page 7 Bentley Park College News
“Watch Out—Cane Trains P&J MURRAY DAYCARE SERVICE
SAFETY ON THE SUGAR EDMONTON 4869
The 2009 crushing season has Bentley Park College OSHC
started. Cane will be hauled 24 hours a day, from
Quality child care, nationally accredited
Monday to Sunday morning each week of the
crushing season, along the cane railway network Lots of fun activities for the children
which extends from the Smithfield area in the After school care, morning care & vacation care
north to Fishery falls in the South. Government fee relief and 50% rebate available
Unsafe practices include children playing on cane Come and see us behind the Pre School building on the
railway property, fishing on cane railway bridges, joy school grounds
riding on cane bins or riding trail bikes along the Ph: 40554000
cane railway. As you will appreciate, all these
practices are extremely dangerous and your Futsal Holiday Clinic
FNQ Futsal is holding some Futsal Clinics over the school
assistance in keeping children away from the cane
holidays. Clinic is for boys and girls from ages 6-13
railway line could prevent a serious injury.
Where: Cairns State High School
Mulgrave Central Mill will be promoting its “Cane
Train Awareness 2009” program by way of press
advertising, highway billboard and a radio and TV
Tuesday June 30: 9:00—12:00 under 6-under 9
campaign throughout the 2009 crushing which will
1:00—4:00 under 10—under 13
extend to November.
Friday July 3: 9:00—12:00 under 6—under 9
The Mulgrave Central Mill Co. Ltd
1:00—4:00 under 10—under 13
GOLD ACHIEVER BADGES
If you have any Gold Achiever Badges at your house Tuesday July 7: 9:00—12:00 under 6—under 9
PLEASE SEND THEM BACK TO SCHOOL ASAP. If your 1:00—4:00 under 10 – under 13
child lost their badge from last year, please replace it at Friday July 10: 9:00—12:00 under 6—under 9
the office for $5 so that the new Gold Achievers can
1:00—4:00 under 10—under 13
wear them this year.
Badges are to be borrowed for the time that you are a ALL SESSIONS MUST BE BOOKED AND PAID FOR UPFRONT
Gold Achiever and RETURNED. They are only meant to 2 DAYS BEFORE. LIMITED SPACES BE QUICK TO BOOK
come home once to show off to the family and then they YOUR SPOT
are to “live” at school. You can book by calling Sandra 40343925 or email
Thank you for your help. email@example.com
HAVE YOU RECENTLY MOVED/CHANGED YOUR CONTACT DETAILS?
Please fill in the slip and return to Front Reception
Childs Name:_____________________________________________________________________ Class:___________________
Parent/Carer Name/s: ______________________________________________________________________________________
Home Phone: __________________________________Mother’s Work:______________________________________________
Mother’s Mobile: _______________________________Father’s Work: _______________________________________________
You are invited to our
WHEN is it? This Thursday 25th June.
Year P, 1, 2 9:00 – 10:00
Year 3,4,5 10:00 – 11:00
WHERE do we meet? Year 1/2 eating shelter.
DO I need to bring anything?
No - BUT WE NEED TO KNOW IF YOU HAVE ALLERGIES
- especially to milk products, food colourings or soap products.
*wear your normal school uniform & bring your lunch + afternoon tea as
WHAT IS A BUBBLE PARTY??
There will be bubble blowing, bubble art, bubble ‘wrap’ dancing,
bubble games, bubbly drinks and bubbles raining all over us!!