2018: Term 2 Week 3

Principal’s News

What a wonderful morning we had for our Mother’s Day spectacular last Friday. Special thanks to all the amazing volunteers who helped organise this fabulous school event. Although the cold came through, the move into the school hall (with the heaters) was a nice idea. It is so fabulous that each year we seem to continually increase the amount of Mums, Aunties and Grandmothers that attend each year. Thank you to all our amazing families for the continued support you give our school!

 Our Year 3 and Year 5 learners have successfully completed NAPLAN tests this week. The results of these tests should arrive at school near the end of Term 3.

While NAPLAN gives us a snapshot of how each child in Australia is performing in specific areas of literacy and numeracy, it is important to know that they do not assess all of what makes our children exceptional and unique. “The people who create and score these tests don’t know that some of our learners love to sing, are good at drawing or can teach others how to use a computer program. They have not seen the way that some of them can dance with style, play basketball skilfully or speak confidently to a large group. They do not know of the friendships they count on to be there for them when they are sad. They do not know that South Coogee learners participate in all sorts of other activities, that they help their Mum and Dad or look after their brother or sister. They do not know that our learners are caring, thoughtful and that every day they reach towards a new challenge. So when NAPLAN results do arrive, please remember that there is no single way to ‘test’ all of the wonderful things that make our children who they are.

Have a wonderful week.

Trish Fisher


South Coogee PS

Deputy Principal’s News

RAISING GIRLS with Steve Biddulph –  Monday 28 May 7:30pm

This is just a reminder that Steve Biddulph will be presenting his talk on Raising Girls on Monday 28 May at 7:30pm in the school hall. If you have booked tickets for this event we look forward to seeing you there. Unfortunately if you have not purchased tickets the event is now SOLD OUT.

Covering girls of all ages, this practical, helpful and moving talk by Steve will galvanize you to better strengthen your daughter, and help her grow up confident, happy, and free. Steve is one of the world’s best known speakers on parenthood, funny, honest, and deeply affecting, and his stories will stay with you forever. NB. PLEASE NOTE THAT BABIES AND CHILDREN CANNOT BE ADMITTED TO THE SESSIONS.

RAISING BOYS with Steve Biddulph – Thursday 18 October 7:30pm
Tickets now available for online bookings

Steve Biddulph will be returning to South Coogee on 18 October 2018 at 7:30pm to present his RAISING BOYS talk. Please see the brochure later in the newsletter or you can book tickets at: https://www.trybooking.com/UHGX

Class of the Week – 4X

Stage 1

Look What we Have Been Learning in Stage 1

Last week in Mathematics, Stage 1 were learning all about 2D shapes. We were learning to manipulate, sort, represent, describe and explore two-dimensional shapes, including quadrilaterals, pentagons, hexagons and octagons. We went on a ‘2D-shape’ hunt around the school and in our playground. We were learning to identify and name shapes embedded in pictures, designs and the environment. We discovered many different 2D shapes including a trapezium in the bars in the top playground and that the spider net is actually a dodecagon as it has 12 sides and 12 vertices.

Learning Intention (WALT): We are learning to recognise and sort two-dimensional shapes

Success Criteria (WILF)

  • I can recognise shapes in different orientations
  • I can sort shapes based on their features
  • I can use the words vertices, sides, and vertex.

Technology News

What is a ‘Techspert’?

As a Techspert, my role is to troubleshoot and fix any WIFI and connection issues with the iPads and computer.  I was trained by the school in this role and have use my knowledge from home with computers.  I like this role because it’s fun to find out what the problem is and then fix it.

Jesse S  5/6E

Future Film Stars

Over the past two weeks, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, students from Stage 2 and Stage 3 keenly grasped the opportunity to participate in a film incursion in the school hall. Our learners were able to interpret scripts, engage in the process and planning of screenwriting, operate film equipment including cameras and lighting, act in short films, engage in directing and, finally, to experience and explore editing methods. Here is a review from Lucy in year 4:

“On Thursday I went to the Future Film Stars Incursion. When we were shooting, there were four roles which were: directing, camera, lights or acting.

For the first part of the day, we were acting out the first scene of Toy Story 3. For the first few scenes I was acting a character called One Eyed Bart. I found him a funny character.

After that, it was recess time and we all rotated round so I had a go at the other three roles.

After lunch we went outside and did some shooting. Then we just came inside and edited and put on the finishing touches.

Our movie was done and I had a fantastic day”.

Library Helpers Needed – Afternoon and Evening

Can you spare an hour or 2?

Please join me in the school library next week on Thursday 24th May, between 1-3pm and again from 5-7pm.  

No special skills required.

Susy Leal, Librarian