2018: Term 1 Week 8

Principal’s Message

Happy Friday All

Please take the time to read the information below about Learning and communication at South Coogee PS.

Classrooms and schools are not like they were when we went to school.

Assuming this will leave you disorientated.

School learning environments are more visible than ever before. Our learners no longer need a table and chair or in fact a set of pencils to engage highly in learning. In fact teachers pedagogical understanding has changed so much that they can no longer draw on their own experiences in classrooms as children, because many strategies and skills are outdated in creating future focused learners.

You may recognise a few organisational structures from your own time at school, however the most impactful change we make for your child is the difference in teaching and learning.

“If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow” John Dewey

Don’t look from a distance. We invite you to know more by coming to the school. Not just pickup and drop off but to engage in parent information nights, parent forums, open classrooms and P & C meetings.

To get the best from your experience here at South Coogee PS, we thrive on an environment of clarity, effective and respectful communication with the community. Help us to help you be more informed.

Thank you to those parents who were able to attend our Community Consultation parent forum on Saturday week. It was a great opportunity to have conversations about learning and the skills our children will need in the future. We will take these views and feedback from the survey to form a community voice in our 2018-2020 school plan. (Please find below a copy of our visualised recording of the session)

Research suggests that learners in 2017 will expect to have 17 jobs and 5 careers after they leave school. We are upskilling our learners to be able to problem solve having a strong grasp on the 3Rs (‘reading, writing and arithmetic’) and the 4Cs (creativity, collaboration, communication and critical thinking skills) so that they can use these transferable skills and capabilities.

Thank you again for continuing to support teachers as highly educated, skilled professional practitioners. We are proud to have a good record of success that is ensuring your child has the best start for their journey in learning.

As you are aware, we continue to develop as experts in our field of education as you do in your respective fields. We are proud of our many talented parents in our community and will be inviting you to share your area of expertise and talent in our upcoming Careers day expo scheduled for later in the year.


Trish Fisher


Deputy Principal’s Message

Tell them From Me Student Surveys

In Term 1 2018, our school is taking part in the Tell Them From Me student survey. The survey will provide us with valuable feedback on what our students think about school life, how engaged they are with school and the different ways that teachers interact with them. Schools in Australia and around the world have used the Tell Them From Me survey to help them improve. The survey is completed on-line and is run by an independent research company, The Learning Bar, which specialises in school-based surveys.

Parent-Teacher Interview Bookings

Parent- Teacher interviews are taking place in Week 10. If you have not already booked your interview times, you can do so by following these steps:

Step 1: Visit the following site: https://www.schoolinterviews.com.au/

Step 2: Click on the make a booking button at the top of the page.

Step 3: Kindergarten to Year 4 Event Code: qzpcv

         Years 5 & 6 Event Code: qzed8

Step 4: Follow the prompts and select your interview time.

Bookings will close at 7pm on Thursday 29 March.


Today we were challenged to design and build a catapult out of paddle pop sticks, rubber bands, sticky tape, bottle caps and the choice of either a can or cardboard roll. Our catapults had to undergo two different tests to determine accuracy and power. The first test used a small pom pom and the second test used a marble.

Tiana B says: I really like being able to collaborate in our STEM activities. Each week I think our groups are reflecting on how we communicate and getting better at this. Each week we are more open about our ideas and there is less arguing. We are definitely making more cool and intricate designs each challenge.

We are Scientists!

We are Technicians!

We are Engineers!

We are Mathematicians!









Liam L says: I find the STEM activities fun and engaging and I am sure my classmates do too. I find myself collaborating with my peers and working together much better than before. Each week the tasks get harder but we are getting better at meeting the task and coming up with original and creative ideas.


PSSA Round 3



South Coogee Vs Maroubra Junction –  19-18 Win. Player of the match: Mila


South Coogee Vs Maroubra Junction –  13-11 Loss. Player of the match: Sienna G



South Coogee Vs Maroubra Junction: 56 – 20 Loss. Player of the match: Jesse S


South Coogee Vs Maroubra Junction: 4 – (-3) Win. Player of the match: CJ C



South Coogee Vs Rainbow St –  30-13 Win. Player of the match: Lola


South Coogee Vs Rainbow St – 42-8 Win. Player of the match: Mem

PSSA Round 4



South Coogee Vs Matraville – 11-8 Win. Player of the match: Bella S


South Coogee Vs Matraville – 18-12 Win. Player of the match: Cate S


South Coogee Snrs Vs South Coogee Jnrs  – Jnrs won 3/51 vs Snrs 2/31 (revised total).

Players of the match: Courtenay K (Snrs) and Matthew O (Jnrs).



South Coogee Vs Malabar – 77-0 Win. Player of the match: Tighe


South Coogee Vs Malabar – 16-15 Win. Player of the match: Jonah


Anzac Day will be celebrated at SCPS in Term 2 this year.  On Wednesday 2nd May (second day back at school) we will be having an Anzac Day commemorative service in the school hall at 10am.

Parents and friends are very welcome to attend this event.  Military members are invited to attend, in uniform if they wish.  In previous years we have had a slide show of family members of our defence children and the wider school community who have links to defence.  Would you like to provide a photo that you are willing to have displayed at the Anzac day service?  The children in previous years have loved to see themselves and their mum / dad / grandfather / grandmother / uncle / aunt / brother / sister up on the big screen, and are very proud to have their family member recognised as being an important part of our defence force.  If you would like to share a photo, please send it to me with a brief explanation, at alison.larwill@det.nsw.edu.au or send it into school on a USB.


SRC Fundraiser – CanTeen Bandanna Day

This semester the SRC is running a charity drive to raise funds for CanTeen. CanTeen helps young people aged 12-25 cope with a close family member’s cancer or their own.

The SRC is encouraging the student and wider school community to get behind the SCPS Bandanna Day campaign. Funds raised help to provide counselling services, a 24/7 online community, camps and youth-specific resources as well as specialist medical treatment and support for young cancer patients.

Bandannas are $5 and will be on sale over the coming weeks up to the end of Term 1 or until sold out – so get in quick!

The SCPS Bandana Day will take place in Term 2 on Thursday 21st June. Students will be asked to wear their bandannas on this day in support of CanTeen and to celebrate the difference they have made to children and young people who are affected by cancer.