2018: Term 2 Week 1

Principal’s Message

Dear Parents

Welcome back to Term 2. We are ready and rolling…. the school has a really wonderful feel – a great place to learn!

In fact, teachers have completed another in-depth professional learning day that will continue to support our Assessment Capable Learners so they can lead their own learning and articulate: ‘Where am I going’, ‘How am I going’ and ‘Where to next’.

As a reminder see below an extract from Developing Assessment-Capable Visible Learners by Nancy Frey, John Hattie


  • Building works are almost complete – Thank you for your flexibility and patience.
  • New Kindy enrolments for 2019 have started. If you are a sibling or you know of in-area children ready for school – please contact the school as soon as possible as interviews are underway.
  • Interesting Parent article below: Finding the off switch when kids worry. By Michael Grose


Are you up to date with your school fees…?

All payments can be paid through our online payment system on the school website. https://www.southcoogeepublicschool.com/web/

We appreciate your financial assistance for our students and I am sure you are aware that all school Voluntary contributions are vital in supporting student engagement together with effective school teaching and learning programs. Thank you


We are looking for volunteers to be part of the Library team and if possible come to the school for an hour or two – a day or several days…. Similar to our parent volunteers in Reading. If you have time available and would like to support the expanding library, please contact the school.


IMPORTANT REMINDERS – Please ensure families and friends read this!

  • Do not cross in front of cars, use the crossing at all times or walk to the end of Tucabia St to get to the park.
  • Do not reverse out of the KISS & GO car line.
  • MUST have a name on your visor!!


School zones – Keep our children safe

School hours are very busy times for pedestrian and vehicular traffic outside the school. Always take extra care in 40km/h school zones. Children are small, hard to see and behave unpredictably, so please take extra care when driving and parking in and around school zones.

PLEASE advise all friends and family who visit our school to follow our ‘Keep our children safe’ initiatives, especially people who are picking up children.

Do YOU or someone in your family use KISS & GO. Please read!

  • Please display your name on your left visor to assist having your children ready when you arrive at the loading area.
  • Do not wait at the KISS & GO zone prior to the commencement of its operation. You will be moved on until 3pm or asked to drive around the block.
  • Please do not get out of your vehicle in the Kiss and Go zone. Someone from the school will assist your child into your car.
  • Children will be supervised behind the school gates until the person collecting has arrived in the Kiss and Go zone.
  • Do not attempt to call your child to the zone to get into your car even if you can see them waiting.
  • The Kiss and Go zone cannot be used for one parent to stay in the car, while the other parent collects the child/ren. Please use the 10min or unrestricted parking spaces.
  • If you are approaching the queue on Tucabia St and the Kiss and Go zone is already full, please do not block the road waiting to get into the queue.  Please go around the block and by the time you return, the queue will be moving and it will be much easier to collect your children.The LawDemerit points: You only have 12 and it takes three years for lost points to be returned.
    • No Parking in a school zone. We are supporting you with having teachers supervise movement in the KISS & GO from 3pm. Penalty is $173 and 2 demerit points.
    • No Stopping area – Stopping is not permitted in these areas for any reason. This includes corners and spaces either side of a pedestrian crossing. Penalty is $311 and 2 demerit points.
    • Double parking: Penalty is $311 and 2 demerit points
    • Double parking blocks the road, blocks vision for people traveling behind and encourages children onto the road between cars that are often ready to move.

    We have been advised that Parking officers will be outside the school on a regular basis to ensure cars are clear of the zone and to assess the success of the new parking changes.

    Children and Cars

    The vulnerability of children around cars cannot be overemphasised. Restricted visibility and blind spots can make reversing a vehicle an awkward manoeuvre at the best of times. Add to this the unpredictability of children, their small size and their lack of knowledge and understanding of traffic and you could have a recipe for tragedy. Please be patient. It is designed to assist improve safety for all.

    Patience and understanding please

    Please be patient with this process as some people are learning and becoming familiar with the KISS & GO system.  Getting angry or cross with people who are trying to keep your children safe does not assist the process.  If you have any questions or suggestions to improve things please raise them with us in an appropriate manner.

    School Entry

    Please use the gates on Moverly Rd & Tucabia St – PLEASE DO NOT enter & exit through the OOSH centre!  

    Reminder that bell times are now 9am PROMPT start and 3pm finish.

  • No Dogs are permitted on site or tied to the school fence – Please leave ‘Fido’ at home.





Finding the off switch when kids worry. By Michael Grose

Rumination is the ruination of a peaceful mind.

If you’ve ever spent a sleepless night worrying then you’ll know how problems always seem bigger when you keep tossing them around in your head.

It can seem like everything is stacked against you. When this happens, you have got to find the off switch so you can get away from your worries for a while.

The same principle holds for children and teenagers when they worry. Their problems just seem to get bigger and they need to turn them off or tone them down so they can ease their anxiety.

There are eight easy-to-learn strategies that you can teach your kids to prevent them from ruminating – going over the same thoughts and worries over and over again.

  1. Broaden their vision

Kids get tunnel vision when they worry. They often can’t see the bigger picture. For instance, a young person may fret over minor work matters such getting the exact font match for an assignment they are working on, and neglect to get the sleep necessary for good learning the next day. Sometimes it takes a wise adult to remind children and young people about what really is important to them.

  1. Put their attention elsewhere

Placing attention away from worries is an age old technique for parents and teachers. Commonly known as distraction, the act of focusing attention on something other than what causes them distress is vital for good mental health. Examples of distractions include – going outside, playing a game, shooting some basketball hoops or listening to music.

  1. Give the worry a name

Somehow giving a worry a name makes it feel less scary and more manageable. My favourite picture storybook for toddlers ‘There’s a Hippopotamus on our Roof‘ by Hazel Edwards personifies fear of the dark as a friendly hippo. Much more friendly and easier to boss around if you’re a child.

  1. Put your worries in a jar

Wouldn’t it be great to put all your worries into a safe and throw away the key? As an adult you may do this when you take time out to watch your favourite TV show; or lose yourself wandering for hours online. Children need something a little more practical. They can write their worries on some paper and lock them in away in a jar by the side of the bed at the end of the day. It’s good to know that their worries can’t get out because they are locked up tight.

  1. Limit talking time

It’s good if kids can talk about what’s on their mind but talking needs to be contained to prevent their worries from dominating their lives. Set aside ten minutes a day to talk about their worries and then put worry time aside until tomorrow.

  1. Normalise rather than lionise their anxiety

Anxious kids are very sensitive to their parents concerns and worries. One way we build their concerns is by continually reassuring them that things will be fine. One reassurance should be sufficient most of the time followed by “I’ve already talked to you about that.” Continually going over old ground can allow worries to linger longer than necessary.

  1. Give him the tools to relax

My wife relaxes in front of the TV, which is sufficient for her to take her mind off her worries. Some people need a bigger set of tools including mindfulness and exercise to help us neutralise our worries.

  1. Move baby move

Get kids moving. Physical exercise is not only a great distraction but it release feel-good endorphins that help children and young people feel better and more optimistic about the future.

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Deputy Principal’s Message

Using Student Voice to Improve Teaching and Learning

At South Coogee Public school we are invested in creating a culture of continuous learning. Our goal is to support all teachers to become expert evaluators in order to understand the impact they are having on their students’ learning.

On Monday all teacher and school leaders took part in a professional learning program to help teachers undertake an inquiry process into the effectiveness of their teaching. This process includes gathering, collating and examining evidence of learning from their classes in order to answer the following focus questions:

  • To what extent are my students assessment capable visible learners?
  • What do my students think about learning and how we learn?
  • What is the impact I am having on my students?Capturing student voice is an integral part of this process. As teachers, we need to find out our student perceptions of what we are doing in the class and how that’s helping or hindering their learning.We are using a number different methods to gain feedback from students. Students may take part in focus groups or complete short interviews. They may also be asked to create posters and/or record audio or video responses to key questions.After collecting the feedback evidence from students, teachers will engage in the Visible Learning Impact Cycle (see image below) in order to evaluate and improve their practice.These teaching and learning partnerships are part of our school’s professional learning structure – a system which encourages students to give their feedback on what they think makes for effective teaching. As a result our teachers should be armed with tools to continuously evaluate and maximise their impact on learning.

Class of the Week – KT

Last term KT began learning about ordinal numbers. We had several running, hopping and jumping races and as a class determined  the order students reached the finish line using ordinal numbers.

Now that school is back we have had the opportunity to look at the photos of our races and label the place of each student. KT were excellent at organising their ordinal numbers in the correct order and explaining why we are learning about ordinal numbers.

Tim: “You need to know ordinal numbers because when you are in a race you need to know what number you are. I can count up to the 20th.”
Stamati: “Ordinal numbers helps us to put things in the right order.”

NAPLAN – For Year 3 and Year 5 students only

The test dates for NAPLAN are below.

Tuesday 15 May Wednesday 16 May Thursday 17 May Friday 18 May

Language Conventions







catch up


Opportunity Class Placement 2019

Families of Year 4 students wishing to apply for 2019 Opportunity Class placements must apply online by Friday 18th May. Be note, late applications will not be accepted. An ‘Intention to Apply’ note has been sent home with all students in Year 4 and should be returned to school by May 4. Please remember the Intention to Apply slip is not an application and you must still apply online. Please contact the school if you have further information.

PSSA Round 6



South Coogee vs Rainbow Street PS: 16-14 Win, Player of the match: Elke B


South Coogee vs Rainbow Street PS: 15-5 Win, Player of the match: Jade F




South Coogee vs Botany PS: 54 – 31 Win. Player of the match: Isaac B


South Coogee vs Botany PS: 52-6 Loss, Player of the match: Samuel G

The South Coogee Native Garden official opening

On Thursday 5th April, we had a wonderful opening ceremony for the Native garden with a real sense of occasion, purpose and respect. Thank you to all who attended it was so lovely to see our families.

Thank you to Aunty Fay for giving the Welcome to Country, it is always a honour to have a Department of Education elder come to our school.

For centuries, Aboriginal people have used native plants and gardens to tell dreaming stories, and our native garden will give our learners the opportunity to begin their own story here at South Coogee PS.

The Dreaming speaks of events from the time of creation. These stories have been passed on from one generation to the next for thousands of years. The Dreaming is also preserved in song and dances. These stories give us all understanding of the past and have helped Aboriginal people survive through the laws and morals that lay within these stories.

I am proud that we have passionate people who have a voice here and spend time supporting and embracing Aboriginal culture. Thank you to Leah, Elena and the team who did so much to share the values and to the extended 2018 team, Tori & Jenny who have joined and are continuing the journey.

Thank you to Bruce Notley-Smith MP who initiated the funding for the Environment Minister’s Conservation Fund grant and to the Hon. Gabriel Upton MP for seeing the value in supporting a native garden here at the school.

To all those who created the garden – to the children of the Badu Crew, to John, who completed many hours and design, to Jen Mather and the parent body. To Matt Leary from Randwick Council for the knowledge, together with Tim & Grant for the expertise, and for sharing heritage and culture with our children.

The artist of the totem pole is Nathan Patterson, a Proud Wagiman Man living in Victoria. He has been painting since he was 16 years old and is excited to part of our native garden project.

The totem pole is titled “Ocean Voyage” depicting the migration of Southern Right Whales & Humpback whales along the eastern Coast to warmer waters.

I greatly appreciated the wonderful sense of ceremony and the importance of the recognition.

Trish Fisher

Article from recent Southern Courier

Student Volunteers

We love to hear when our students do outstanding things for the community. Please read this email from Kirsty Warren from Kids Giving Back:

Dear Ms Fisher, Ms Brewer and Ms Alexia,

I am writing to let you know that Lily and Aiden R are a credit to your School. Lily and Aiden were part of a team of 44 Kids Giving Back volunteers who cooked, packaged and delivered over 350 warm, nutritious meals to local shelters and individuals in need yesterday, which was also Good Deeds Day.

Lily and Aiden took part in our Community Cook4Good Program with their families and should be commended for giving up their time to help others. The photos of the day will be on our Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/KidsGivingBack

If you would like to learn more about our programs, please visit our website: www.kidsgivingback.org We have Cook4Good programs scheduled throughout the year for which families may register.  You can also read about our school Service Learning programs here http://kidsgivingback.org/service-learning/

Yours Sincerely,
Kirsty Warren