Dear Parents, Carers and Friends of Bass Coast Specialist School
It seems quite surreal that we have come to the end of another year. A year that can only be described as extraordinary. In many ways it has been a difficult time but we have so much to be proud of and so much to celebrate.
Last Thursday night it was my privilege to host our 2020 Graduation event. Graduation is one of the premiere events on the school calendar. It is the celebration of completing twelve years at school and the start of the young person’s journey into adult life. Like most things this year, we had to modify the event due to the COVID 19 Pandemic. However it was an absolutely lovely evening.
Our 2020 Graduates; Aaron Aplin, Brooke Pearce, Chloe Jefferies, Jeremy Snider, Ethan Draper and Tylah Maloney were amazing. It was great to see how proud the families, friends and staff were as the students entertained us with their singing and moved us with their speeches.
I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate Akaysha Morrison and Sam Withington on the election as School Captains for 2021. Akaysha’s speech was so moving.
Recently I was lucky enough to be asked to join the Junior Pod on their Christmas party. It was a great day with lots of fun, games and great food. Unfortunately I had to leave the party and return to school. This was a bit disappointing because just after I left a very important person arrived.
A reminder that school finishes at 1:00pm on Friday and will recommence at 9:00am on Thursday 28th January.
On behalf of everybody here at BCSS I would like to thank all our families, carers and friends for your support this year and hope you all have a relaxing summer.
On Thursday night last week, our graduates and their families gathered together for a very special event. For such a tumultuous year with the uncertainty from the pandemic, it was a welcome celebration in our school community. It was the first time this year that parents, students and staff could assemble together face to face to celebrate a milestone for their children: graduation.
We were very lucky to have supportive staff and volunteers who helped make this a successful night. I would especially like to thank Bev Main for her videography services and Andrew Hamilton for the photography. The photos are magnificent and I’m sure as Bev is editing the video, it will be a treasure to keep for years to come for our graduates. We are also so grateful for the volunteer staff who helped make the event run smoothly by waiting on tables with refreshments.
What I personally enjoyed from this special evening was watching our graduates turn up looking fabulous and so excited to share this moment with the school community. The graduates spoke about their experiences at Bass Coast Specialist School with confidence and pride and it was a delight to see them smile, talk and sing in front of the parents.
To close, I would like to add that this year has been like no other and as a result, our graduate students have pulled through with more resilience and adaptability than ever. And so, 2020 graduates, I wish you all the best in the future and always remember to be safe, be kind, be a communicator and be a learner!
Yours in education,
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In October, Wacky the Wombat spent time in the middle year classrooms.
Wacky loved coming to school each day and spending his nights with different students, experiencing their home routines, and eating lots of food according to some of the students.
Wacky and the students loved spending time together and we had some great photos sent back to school of students having fun with Wacky after school.
Click on this link for the schools healthy eating policy
Some healthy school lunch ideas can include sandwiches made with wholemeal or grain bread, a bread roll or pita bread with reduced fat cheese, lean meat or salad, or a quiche.
Healthy snack ideas may include reduced fat yogurt, hard boiled eggs, dry biscuits, rice biscuits, fresh fruit and veggies, along with a drink bottle with water.
NO sugary drinks such as juice or cordial.
Avoid snack bars as these are high in sugar or salt.
No chocolate biscuits, lollies or chips
*Ideally, your child’s lunch will only contain items that will be eaten, composted or recycled as we are trying to promote a rubbish free environment (no wrappers)
Please click here for the Australian guide to healthy eating chart
3. A child MUST stay at home until they are symptom free, even if their coronavirus (COVID-19) test is negative
If a person has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) they must isolate until they receive clearance from the Department of Health and Human Services.
Thank you for your continued support, together we can all stay safe.