In its final meeting for 2018, the School Council endorsed the 2019 action plans for each of the subcommittees. Among other things, this means that we are now all looking forward to a fabulous bush dance family event next March, to kick start the new school year.
We also unanimously voted in favour of creating a new subcommittee to support and promote BSPS’s wonderful Italian program. We are in the enviable position of being Victoria’s first and only Italian bilingual primary school. This is not something we take for granted.
Bilingual education has a transformative potential on student outcomes. Much research has been done to establish this fact. However, we recognize that in order to become and then remain a lighthouse school in bilingual education there is still much work to do to. A dedicated subcommittee is needed to engage with all stakeholders so that BSPS can become a central hub for students, teachers, parents and the broader community to congregate, whether it be to conduct research, to learn about bilingualism, to improve Italian language skills, to exchange ideas and or simply to socialize and have fun! Together, we want to cement a bilingual program that is known for its excellence and innovation as well as its strong links with the external community, providing our students with a myriad of cultural and extra-curricular activities.
As always, we encourage all parents and carers to think about how you might be actively involved with BSPS activities next year. You might want to join school council, join one of our subcommittees, help out as a class carer, join our working bees or get involved with some of the community and fundraising events. Your involvement helps to make BSPS the special school that it is!
With best wishes for the holiday season,
On behalf of the School Council