2017: Term 4, Week 4

Principal’s Message

The end of the year is fast coming – 6 weeks to go! We have so much to do.

Today was Grandparents’ Day…. What a great celebration! It is so lovely to have our elders visit the school, please thank them for taking the time to come. Pictures will be available on the website soon.

Kindergarten transition days and parent evenings are now complete which has been a great opportunity to warmly welcome new families to our community.

There are also many celebrations, presentations and parent information evenings coming in the next few weeks so please keep a regular eye out for what is happening at the school so you do not miss out on any of the end of year events. https://www.southcoogeepublicschool.com/calendar/

We are so proud of our new school website https://www.southcoogeepublicschool.com/ Thank you to Mrs Walsh-Gay and her energy to have this new website as a hub of information, celebration and pride for our school. As a reminder please ensure your ‘Permission to Publish’ notes are returned so that we can showcase your child’s talents.

Hurray – the ‘Grasslands’ are almost complete. THANK YOU! Your $90 Voluntary contribution goes into making these large projects possible for our students. The Grasslands cost over $70,000 and a mix of funding has come from the successful application from the P & C for the NSW Government’s 2016 Community Building Partnership of $30,000, the Department of Education Community Consultation funding $12,000, school funds and part of your Voluntary Contribution fund. There are so many projects that still need to be done here at the school, so if you have not yet supported the $90 Voluntary contribution fund, there is still time. We also appreciate your support for the school and P & C fundraising, together with the time and energy you give. Thank you so much – It truly makes a difference.

There are many student congratulations to give throughout the year – Congratulations to Mia in Kindergarten who is heading to State Public speaking to not only represent our school but all schools in our region! Similarly, the success of our debating team has taken them to State camp for three days in Week 6. Outstanding!

A reminder for getting ready for summer – hats on, sunscreen and plenty of water for this time of year please. Year 2 have already started getting ready by attending swim scheme – so much fun!

Fiesta is almost here! PLEASE contact your class parent and volunteer for an hour or more or donate. Parents, teachers, students and local community organisations are coming together to provide an exciting day out for the whole family, be a part of the fun! 18 November, 10am-4pm. Please keep an eye out for the notices in the newsletter, the community noticeboards at the entrances of the school and on the P&C Fiesta Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SCPSFiesta/ to see how you can be involved in this amazing community event.

Regards Trish Fisher



Deputy Principal’s Message

Selective Schools Applications for 2019 Entry into Year 7 – Closing Soon

Applications for Selective High School placement in Year 7 for 2019 opened on 10 October 2017 and close on 13 November 2017.

You can apply here.

The Selective High School Placement Test is on 15 March 2018.


New School Website

Last week we launched our new school website and we hope our new site provides greater access to information for parents and carers. The ‘For Parents’ tab provides information about:

  • assemblies and awards:
  • a calendar of events;
  • canteen online orders;
  • OOSH;
  • P&C contact details;
  • Payments;
  • Notes; and
  • Online uniform orders.

Our newsletter will also be published each fortnight on the website. The website is viewable on a variety of devices from phones through to desktop computers.



Class of the Week – 5/6P

What an incredible year it has been to date in 5/6P! The Year 5 students have settled well into their Senior School classes and the year 6 students have developed as leaders within the classroom and across the school.

We have begun learning about Australian History in the 19th century in the History KLA. The students are highly engaged in researching and evaluating the varying viewpoints of British colonisation for people, groups and the environment.

In Science and Technology lessons, students have been exploring the properties of light through a series of collaborative inquiry-based learning activities. As a part of this study, students have been involved in hands-on investigations involving reflection, absorption and refraction of light.

The students in 5/6P have also experimented with perspective to create visual artworks and had the privilege to work with professional artist Steven Evans to create some extraordinary wave paintings.

We are looking forward to an exciting 6 weeks finish to the 2017 school year. Some of the upcoming activities include NRL rugby league clinics, high school transition, 2018 leadership day, surf education at Maroubra Beach, sport and school presentation days, year 6 graduation and excursions to the Movies & Luna Park!


Defence News

Posting out

For some Defence families this means relocating to a new area, if you are posting out or moving school this year please make sure you contact the office/classroom teacher or just drop me an email to inform us of the students last day of school and where you will be moving to. This information is much appreciated and is vital for future planning.

Deployments and Absence

Please make sure you let me know if a member of your family is away for an extended period of time. Having this knowledge will go towards supporting the student at school throughout the absence period.

Please let me know if you think your child may benefit from some extra support from me, I am here to help.

My email is: Janine.griffithssimpson@det.nsw.edu.au

Thanks Jan

Defence Schools Transitions Aide

SCPS Maroubra Fun Run Team

Our runners did exceptionally well in the Maroubra Fun Run, and I am proud of the enthusiasm they took to training sessions each week leading up to the run, and their team spirit on the day.

We are pleased to share that our team won second place in the primary school 4k race event.

Thank you to all of the parents and families who came on the day to help organise our runners and help set up and pack away. It is a much-loved community event that we take part in every year, and it would not be the same without you.

Miss Mitsoulis

Garden Club News

A BIG thank you to Mr Ieroklis for his generous donation of garden supplies to our ever-growing Garden Club!

We really DIG it!

Public Speaking News

Congratulations to Mia from KL and the other students who took part in this year’s Public Speaking Competition.

Mia has won the Ultimo Network Competition and is off next week to Campsie Public School for the next round of finals.

We wish Mia the best of luck!

P&C News

As we are at the end of week 4 of our final term we are so excited by the fabulous support and involvement of our community, teachers and students. We feel the weeks rushing by, so thought a weekly update could help us all to know where we are up to and what we need to remember for the week ahead. We hope it helps your household!

 P&C Pledges Discussion

Thanks to all who joined us for our P&C Pledges discussion this week. Our pledges have assisted our school so much in the past, some of which have supported the completion of:

  • Our top playground
  • School art work
  • Teacher’s aides
  • In-class rewards programs
  • Technology tools
  • Beautification of our school


Our final P&C meeting on 29 November will be to announce our 2018 pledges and celebrate the amazing year of success. We hope to have as many parents and families to join in closing of the fabulous year and hearing of the wonderful potential of the year ahead!

 P&C committee – 2018 Committee & Support

Thanks to those who have already let us know of their interest in being part of our P&C in 2018, it is great to be able to have the term to transition from current people to new leads and volunteers. Some of the options coming up could include:

  • President
  • Treasurer
  • Bakers club lead

If you want to hear more contact Kathryn at kathryn@turningpointconsulting.com.au or Eoin at eoin.grant@gmail.com for a chat.

 Grandparents Day Activities

We were thrilled to have Grandparents day today; we love the opportunities where our friends and families can hear and see from our lovely children and be part of their love of learning. Thanks to those who baked, sold or organised for the event, you are truly appreciated by all.

 Fiesta Call Out

The countdown is on as Fiesta nears! Quick reminder to share the date with friends and family to make a day of it, Saturday 18 November (10.00 am – 4.00 pm).

Huge thanks for all the amazing donations, support and assistance for Fiesta, we are still looking for:

  • Helpers for the event activities, eg netball/sports stall, setting up tables, helping move things and sort activities
  • Trestle tables and pergolas to help stalls set up and display their goods and services
  • Can you help us set-up (8.00-10.00 am) or pack down (4.00-6.00 pm) on the day?

If you can help please contact Jodie at jodiesteele@optusnet.com.au if you can help

Fiesta Dad’s Crew – Extra Hands Requested!

As the only dad on the P&C, Eoin is calling out for some brothers to rally around and be part of the Dad Support Crew for Fiesta.  Dads, uncles, older brothers and relatives are invited to help out for an hour or two of your time on Friday afternoon, setting up, or any time on Saturday.  The guys will be helping:

  • Move things about
  • Reach up high
  • Pitch in where there’s a rush on
  • Generally stuff blokes like to do when they help out

If you have or haven’t volunteered all year, this is the time we need you.  Come on lads – give the mums and kids some community father love! Book your time at this great Doodle link below where you just vote for the time you can do.https://doodle.com/poll/utzgtrut6naxdpn9 or contact Eoin at eoin.grant@gmail.com

Please note that collection for the Second Hand Book Stall at Fiesta is coming to an end. We will only be accepting donations until tomorrow, Friday 3rd November.

A big thank you to all those of you who have generously donated their books over the past months – we have collected an incredible amount of books to sell at the Fiesta stall!

Musicale – Thursday 30 November (5.00 – 9.00 pm)    

This fabulous event will be held at Randwick Girls High School with performances from our band, choir, dance performances and more.

We would love those amazing bakers, helpers and BBQ hands to join us for the last P&C event of the year.

* If you can help or take the lead of this one, please contact Nat at nataliekimk@bigpond.com.

Have a great week and see you around the school.

Your P&C

The Peace Project

This year the RSL Youth Choir are trying to re-create history as they launch The Peace Project on Bondi Beach 11 November, 2017.  They will be making history as they recreate an iconic photo from WW1 to launch the Peace Project for the end of the Centenary of Anzac next year.

They are looking for young people and their families to be involved to form the Red Cross Emblem in the shape of Australia to re-create an iconic photo from 1915, so tell your friends and bring the family along!

The event will be filmed for a promotional DVD to promote the Peace Project 2018 across Australia.

  • Where: Bondi Beach
  • When: Saturday 11 November, 2017
  • Time: 8am (Registration starts at 7am)
  • And: Wear a WHITE T-SHIRT

Please follow the link to the Peace Project for further information and register as soon as possible to ensure your space in the photo.