2018: Term 2 Week 9

Principal’s News

Dear Parents & Carers

Although there are still 6 school days left until the holiday break, we are focused on learning and student progress – all the way until 3pm Friday 6th July.

Teachers have been finalising reports and you can expect them in the middle of next week.

There are many school events still occurring:

  • K-2 Cross Country event
  • K-6 Koomurri Incursion
  • Artist of the Term Years 3-6
  • Mid Year Musicale…

so please keep an eye on the school calendar and for any notes coming home.

I would like to acknowledge a number of groups as we come to a well-earned break from the school routine:

  • Congratulations to the Dance groups who recently performed at the Seymour Centre – Outstanding! We are very proud of the time, effort and enthusiasm dance teachers and learners put into making a successful production.
  • The outstanding teaching and learning at SCPS has continued to be acknowledged by visiting schools as they are coming to our school to see what ‘Visible Learning’ is all about. We will continue to have schools observe our teachers and learners as we continue to embed a change model of practice and improvement of learner outcomes.

Below is an article I found online that may be an interesting read for some parents and carers.

Have a lovely holiday break and we look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 24th July.

Trish Fisher


Getting through the school holidays when both parents work

Dr Anna Cohen,  Kids & Co | April 05, 2018

It requires a bit of juggling, but it IS possible.

When there are 12 weeks of school holidays in a year and most working parents only get four weeks off, the school holidays can become a chaotic juggle of calculating how you can best utilise friends, family and holiday programs. Every parent wants their kids to enjoy the holidays, but getting the time off to spend quality time and keep them entertained is often a struggle. For many, this leaves them feeling guilty and stressed.

Remember that parents across the country are in the same boat, counting down the days until school term goes back and routine returns to normal. Before the panic sets in, get organised early and find options that will allow you to work around your work schedule including finding other working parents to alternate days with, working some days from home, booking holiday programs with their friends or calling in the grandparents.

Dr Anna Cohen, Sydney’s leading Clinical Child Psychologist has all the tips and tricks you need to navigate your way through the school holidays while ensuring your kids come out the other end happy and rejuvenated.

Start planning ASAP

Whether it be a week with the grandparents, booking vacation care or sports camps, finding rewarding activities or organising set play dates with friends, getting organised early will be the key to filling up the days. If you are sending your kids off to a camp or sporting activity organise something that their friends will also be attending, as they will be a lot more excited to go.

Be prepared

Stock up on items that keep your child entertained including craft supplies, books from the library, puzzles and healthy snacks to avoid the boredom cries.

Maximise the time you do spend with your kids

While you may be busy with work, ensuring that you tone down the busy schedule and make time to fit in quality time with your kids will be important. This could be something simple like playing a game they want to when you are home or organising several activities over the holidays they will look forward to like going to visit the zoo or seeing a movie. The school holidays are the perfect chance to strengthen your relationship with your children, so make the most of the time you can spend together.

Make play dates

Play dates are a give and take situation between parents, so talk with other parents before the school holidays to see who else is working and how you can help each other out. The days you are able to spend at home, offer to have other children. This will make for an exciting day for your child and will often mean that another day they will likely reciprocate.

Keep routines the same

Try and keep a regular routine for bedtime over the holidays, as it will make it easier when school returns. School holidays are a time for fun but also an important time for children to stop, rest and recoup their energy and enthusiasm so they go back to school refreshed. No parents want to start the term with tired and grumpy child.

Don’t feel guilty about boredom cries

Boredom is the key to creativity, so while it is a good idea to have activities and supplies planned for when your child is at home, it is important your child learns to keep themselves entertained. You need to make sure technology is not the first thing your child reaches for when they are bored. This teaches them independence and encourages them to think creatively to invent something they can, and want to do.

When desperate times call for desperate measures, don’t feel guilty about putting a movie on if it helps you get done what you need to.

School holidays are a tricky period to navigate with conflicting schedules. Although you may not be able to get as much time off as you would like to over the break, try and avoid feeling guilty or stressed. Aim to spend as much quality time with your children as you can and if it’s any consolation, it does get easier as your children get older as they can do more on their own.

For more information or professional advice contact Sydney’s leading child clinical psychologist, Dr Anna Cohen at Kids & Co



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  1. End of Year Presentations &


  1. Students would like your opinion to whether or not to have a SCPS beanie and/or scarf. Student and Teachers will also vote.


Deputy Principal’s News

ICAS Digital Technology Awards

The following students have received awards in the ICAS Digital Technologies Assessment:


Ike P in 3R

Asher C in 3J

Liam T in 3J

Ely A in 4X

Jasper C in 5/6J

Courtney K in 5/6J

Nicholas F in 5/6J

Dani H 5/6A

Liam L in 5/6M


CJ C in 3R

Finn B in 4X

Callum P in 4X

High Distinction

Joseph Y in 3R

The certificates for these awards will be presented at next week’s 3-6 Assembly on Thursday 5 July  at 2pm.

Class of The Week – 5/6E

In Stage 3 Visual Art, learners have been exploring the medium of graffiti art and considering the age old question, “What is Art?”. Learners have studied the artworks of the elusive street artist Banksy to explore how artists can convey social and political messages in their street art including through symbolism and metaphor. There have been some lively and interesting class discussions about the graffiti as a form of vandalism and what transforms graffiti into art – not an easy issue to resolve!

Learners have also experimented with various techniques used by street artists. They have created their own personal ‘tags’ representing something about their identity and have created stencils allowing quick replication of parts of their artworks. Over the coming weeks learners will combine all their knowledge in a single graffiti art piece. Look out for the artworks in the Stage 3 classrooms next term.

Technology News

How are Schools Grappling With Screens

The modern classroom is aglow with screens. Children as young as five are packing their own personal computers and tablets in their schoolbags along with their lunchboxes.

But do laptops, tablets and phones in the classroom promote and enhance learning or do they bring with them a world of distraction for students and for teachers a battle for learner’s attention?

Australia’s student performance in reading has fallen continuously since 2000 as more and more technology is introduced to our classrooms. Is BYO device BYO disaster or does technology used well amplify great teaching? We hear from educators on both sides of the debate.

Australia is one of the highest users of technology in schools and our classrooms have the highest proportion of students using computers at school according to an OECD study. So what’s the evidence that technology in schools is improving learning and results for our children and how are schools making their decisions about what technology to introduce and when?

We hear from schools that are enthusiastic about the benefits of tech and others that are proceeding with caution.

In a Royal Children’s Hospital survey in 2015, Australian parents listed “excessive screen time” as their number one concern so Channel SBS asked the experts what the effects on children of combined school and home use are.

Here is the link to watch the interview:


Spotlight Ultimo Dance Festival

On Monday night the Senior A Dance Ensemble performed their routine ‘Familiar Faces’ at the Spotlight Ultimo Dance Festival held at the Seymour Centre, where they were accepted to perform after submitting an audition tape.

The song they danced to was Mad World by Adam Lambert, themed around the basis of not really knowing how someone is feeling and thinking due to the masks and personas people wear each day, that we need to make more of an effort to connect with people in a more authentic way.

The girls were a standout on the night, with their dark themed costume and absolutely flawless performance!

On Tuesday night the Senior B Dance Ensemble also performed at the Spotlight Ultimo dance festival at the Seymour Centre. The girls performed their routine ‘Little Darling’ to the song Here Comes the Sun by The Beatles.

The theme of the dance was based around a brand new day – becoming resilient and facing challenges and hardships knowing that every new day brings light, happiness and new beginnings. The girls performed the routine superbly on the night and were so professional and diligent in behaviour and manners, with several first-timers attending this event.

Alex and myself could not be more proud of both teams for their hard work and continued dedication to the dance program here at South Coogee Public School. We would also like to extend our thanks for the support from the families who helped transport girls to and from rehearsals, and supported us on both nights.

Lara Richardson

Cross Country 2018

Well done to all children who participated at the Zone Cross Country Carnival on Friday 25th May at Heffron Park. All competitors ran well on the day and enjoyed the experience of representing their school. Congratulations to the following students attended the South East Cross Country Carnival on Thursday 14 June at Miranda:

Daniel M, Darcy P, Levi S, Taj A, Angus M, Archie H, Finley G, Nahuel VJ, Mischa GS, Niamh L, Indy G, Memphys K, Tallulah K, Zoe S

SRC Bandanna Day – Raising Money for Canteen

Thank you to all of the SRC students and class helpers who have kindly sold bandannas before school and during lunch time to raise money in support of Canteen.

This was the second Bandanna Day at South Coogee Public School and we absolutely smashed our fundraising goal and raised more money than last time!

2015 Bandanna Day at SCPS raised $720.

2018 Bandanna Day at SCPS raised $1420!

Thank you to everyone who purchased a bandanna to show your support for Canteen. The money raised will go to supporting children living with cancer.

Ethics Coordinator needed for SCPS

Dear Parents and Carers,

Ethics classes have been available at South Coogee Public School for several years as an option for children who don’t attend Special Religious Educations (SRE/scripture).

The NSW government has authorised Primary Ethics, a not for profit organisation, to create curriculum and recruit and train volunteers to teach these classes. Ethics classes support children in developing skills in ethical reasoning, critical and logical thinking, respectful discussion and how to support their arguments with evidence.

We are looking for a new volunteer to help coordinate our ethics program. Volunteering is a great way to engage with the school.  The Ethics Coordinator is a very social role and would suit people with good organisational skills. It acts as a liaison between Primary Ethics and the school and organises recruitment and coordinates the Ethics Teachers. The time is flexible, approximately 1-2 hours per week and can be done predominantly online. Structured training for the ethics coordinator is provided online.

For more information about Primary Ethics, the curriculum or to volunteer as the ethics coordinator, please visit www.primaryethics.com.au where you can submit an online application.


P&C News

Mid-Year Musicale Pre-Concert BBQ and Supper – PLEASE DONATE

There will be a BBQ, warm soups and cake stall before the concert from 5:30-6:15pm. Students are asked to donate sweet treats, such as cakes or sweets, or warm soups, which can then be sold. These can be brought to the kitchenette next to the library at 8:30am or 3:00pm or to the School Hall on the night of the concert. We are looking for lots of delicious donations – these will provide a great pre-concert supper as well as raise money for our music programs.

If you are able to help on the night with the BBQ or Cake Stall please email Kathryn Taylor at kathryn@turningpointconsulting.com.au. Help will be needed from 4:30pm to set up and 5:30 -6:15pm to sell food. We will also need help to pack up after the event.

At the end of the concert, we would appreciate support from parents who are able to help pack up the hall.

Looking forward to a great night!

Dice and Card Games to Practice Maths Facts

Teaching Addition Maths Facts to Kids With Go Fish!

This new twist on the old classic Go Fish! helps kids to learn addition by mentally working out simple math problems. Each round played practices maths facts for a specific number, making it easy to stick with one set of facts for as long as needed to solidify them in the players’ mind.

All that’s needed to play this game is a standard deck of playing cards. It is best enjoyed with 2-4 players.

How to Play Go Fish!
  1. Sort through the deck to remove all cards that are higher than that featured number for the math game. For example, if the goal is to learn addition facts for the number seven, the game will be played with ones (aces) through sevens.
  2. Deal out five cards to each player and place the remaining cards in a draw pile.
  3. Have each player look through his or her hand of cards to find any pairs that add up to the featured number and place them face up in their discard For example, if learning addition facts for the number seven, appropriate pairs would be 6+1, 5+2 or 4+3. The 7 card would also be laid aside as a correct solution that doesn’t require a pair.
  4. The person to the left of the dealer may now ask any other player for a card that will help create the sum required. If the person asked has the card in his hand, he must give it up to the player that made the request. A player can keep asking for cards until no further matches are able to be made, at which point he is told to Go Fish! from the draw pile and the next player takes a turn trying to make a match.
  5. If a player runs out of cards he can choose five more cards from the draw pile to stay in the game
  6. Continue playing until all the cards in the deck have been matched into pairs. The player with the highest number of pairs at the end of the game is the winner.
Learning Addition Facts by Playing Memory

The card game Memory, or Concentration, is another great game that can be modified to teach addition facts to kids. As with the instructions for Go Fish! above, each game focuses on math facts for a specific number.

All that’s needed to play this game is a standard deck of playing cards. It can be played alone or with a group.

How to Play Memory
  1. Sort through the deck to remove all cards that are higher than that featured number for the math game. For example, if the goal is to learn addition facts for the number six, the game will be played with ones (aces) through sixes.
  2. Shuffle the deck and turn all the cards face down in a grid
  3. Taking turns, have each player flip two cards to look for a matching For example, if learning addition facts for the number six, appropriate pairs would be 5+1, 4+2 or 3+3. The 6 card would also be laid aside as a correct solution that doesn’t require a pair.
  4. Continue playing until all the cards in the deck have been matched into pairs. The player with the highest number of pairs at the end of the game is the winner.
    Subtraction “War”

    Play this fun card game with your child and before long those challenging subtraction math facts will be part of her mathematical skill set. Besides strengthening subtraction skills, this game also provides practice in comparing numbers. Your teacher will thank you: in school, second graders are spending lots of time going up and down the number line, counting objects, and developing deep understanding of these all-important number concepts.

What You Need:

  • Deck of cards
  • Kitchen timer

What You Do:

  1. Shuffle the deck of cards and deal them face down, giving each player an equal number of cards until the deck runs Each player keeps his cards in a stack. Assign picture cards, such as jacks, queens, and kings, a value of 10. Give aces a value of 1.
  2. Demonstrate to your child how to play the game: Each player turns two cards face up, reads the number sentence and supplies the For example, if your child draws a 5 and a 4, he says 5 – 4 = 1. If you draw a 7 and an 2, then your number sentence is 7-2 = 5. Because your result is larger, you win the four cards and you put them at the bottom of your pile.
  3. If each of you has a number sentence with the same answer, then it’s war! At this point, you’ll reverse the math “operation” and do an addition Each player puts four cards face down and turns up two of them. The player with the sum wins all eight cards.
  4. Set up the timer and play the game for 10 to 15 When the bell goes off, each player counts his cards. The player with the most cards wins. If one player runs out of cards before time is up, then the other player wins.

Get your game on! Subtraction Maths War is a marvelous, high-speed way to build up maths skills while spending a richly enjoyable time with your child.


Try this single-player addition game! All you need is a deck of playing cards to get started. Try to find sums of 10, 20, or 30 in order to clear cards. Practice your adding, and double check your work. If you can clear all of the cards, you’ll win! “Ten-Twenty-Thirty” is a great way to have fun while practicing simple addition facts. After you’ve mastered the directions, check out the variations for new ways to play.


  • Addition

What You Need:

What You Do:

  1. Shuffle the deck. Create a row of seven cards, face up. Place two cards on top of each of the seven so you have seven piles of 3 cards each. Arrange the cards so you can see the face value of every card.
  2. Place the rest of the deck to the side, to be used later
  3. The object of the game is to remove a pile when the sum of all of its cards is 10, 20, or All face cards equal 10. For example, if a pile has an ace, 9, and jack in it, it could be removed because its sum is 20 (1 + 9 + 10). Go ahead and remove all of the piles that equal 10 to start.
  4. Deal a fourth card on top of every pile that remains. Remove any stacks that now equal a multiple of 10.
  5. Deal a fifth card on top of every pile that remains. Remove any stacks possible.
  6. Continue adding cards and removing stacks until your deck is depleted or the stacks have all been removed.
  7. If you remove all the stacks first, you have won! If your deck is emptied first, try again.


  • Remove two sets of cards at once if their combined sum is a multiple of
  • Look for different sums, let’s say 9, 19, and 29. Or multiples of 6
Close Call: An Addition Game

Give this fun addition game a try! Challenge your child to create sums as close to 100 as he can, without going over. This requires him to evaluate all possible sums, based on the numbers he is given. He’ll learn common patterns in addition as he works out the best plays. Try talking through the game with your child, asking him what he’s thinking as he selects cards, and making discoveries together!

What You Need:

  • Deck of cards
  • Paper and pencils
  • Close Call score sheets

What You Do:

  1. Remove 10s and face cards from the deck. Shuffle the deck and deal each player 6 cards.
  2. Each player selects four of their cards and creates two 2-digit numbers from them. The goal is to create two numbers that have a sum as close to 100 as possible, without going over.(For example, a player may choose to use the cards 4, 6, 8, and 1, creating the problem 14 + 86 = 100.)
  1. After players have made their selections, they place their cards face up in front of them, arranging them so other players can see which two numbers they have created.
  2. The player with the numbers closest to 100, without going over, wins a point. In the case of a tie, a point is awarded to each team.
  3. Shuffle the cards before dealing another round
  4. Play continues for 5 rounds. The player with the most points after the last round wins the


  • Change the number of cards dealt, the number of cards used, or the
  • For younger players, restrict the number of cards dealt to 4 per player, allow them to use only 2 of the cards, create single-digit numbers, and set the goal to
  • To make the game more challenging, deal 8 cards to each player, let them choose 6, create 3- digit numbers, and set the goal to 1,000
Toss Up: Addition to 100

Take turns tossing playing cards into the air in this fun addition game! Second grade is the time to master sums up to 100, and this activity provides a very engaging way to do just that. All you need to play is a deck of playing cards, paper and pencils. You’ll take turns tossing cards and adding their values onto your totals. The first player to reach 100 points wins!

What You Need:

  • One deck of playing cards
  • Paper and pencils

What You Do:

  1. Take turns drawing 3 cards from the pack and tossing them into the
  2. Players earn points equal to the value of every card that lands face up. (Keep in mind aces = 1, jacks = 11, queens = 12, and kings = )
  3. The first player to reach 100 points wins!
“I’m the Greatest!” A Maths Card Game

Grab a deck of playing cards, and let’s go! Challenge your child to find the largest sums possible. Whoever can find the biggest answers gets the points! Your second grader will have fun while improving his knowledge of how addition works. He will better his understanding of addition as he uses a critical thinking process to determine the best position for each number. With this fun alternative to studying, we won’t be surprised if the flash cards grow a little dusty!


  • Addition
  • Place value

What You Need:

  • One deck of cards
  • Pencil and paper (for each player)
  • Timer (optional)

What You Do:

  1. The object of the game is to win points by forming the largest
  2. Remove tens and face cards from the deck. If you have jokers, add them into the deck. Jokers will equal zero.
  3. Shuffle the cards. Give each player six cards.
  4. Players have exactly one minute to make a 3-digit plus 3-digit addition problem using the numbers on their six cards. Players should experiment and double check their work to ensure they have the largest sum possible.
  5. The player with the greatest sum wins the round and one point. The first player to earn 10 points wins the the game.


  • For younger players, deal two or four cards and form 1 or 2 digit sums.
  • Adjust or remove the time limit.
  • Change the scoring so players earn the number of points in their sum. Change the name of the game to Think Big!
  • Change the name of the game to Small is Beautiful. Create subtraction problems instead.
  • Use more cards. Try adding four digit numbers or five digit numbers.


Merit Awards

Adelaide B 1/2M thinking and delivering Book Talk for news
Lani G. 1/2M great reflection news for Term 2
Daniella M 1B improved fluency and expression in reading
Skout K 1B collaborating  well with his peers in Maths groups
Lucas J 1J writing a creative and entertaining imaginative text
Freya R 1J always participating enthusiastically in group discussions
Eitan A 2M applying himself and reflecting on his learning in Maths.
Charlize W 2M displaying excellent attention to detail when creating artworks.
Eve C KN a fantastic effort with her recount writing
Violet V KN being a caring and responsible class member
Mimi C 1/2M reflecting on her recount writing
Jessica H 1/2M wonderful piano accomplishment
Aila McC 1B improved fluency and expression in reading
Adam A 1B a huge improvement in handwring
Sam W 1J using a variety of adjectives in his interesting description about Kevin the Koala
Eden M 1J an interesting description of Kiki the koala using a variety of adjectives, nouns and verbs
Piper G 2C making excellent progress in reading and writing
Zac M 2C being a self-aware learner who reflects on his learning
Brooklyn C 2M immersing herself in imaginative writing and always reflects on her learning.
Grace R 2M her impressive understanding of how to use the split strategy when adding two digit numbers.
Toby S 4X a determined effort when learning about fractions and decimals
Juliet D 4X a determined effort when learning about fractions and decimals
Bianca R 4X her ability to reflect on her work to make improvements
Tyson S 4X participating well during reading groups.
Madyson K 4X improved class participation
Noah W 4X an improved effort to use the Success Criteria to improve his writing
Caleb C 4X a determined effort to improve her writing using persuasive devices
Anaya H KN great ideas during class discussions
Kaif S KN knowing his doubles to 10
Ruby B 1/2M demonstrating curiosity in Maker Space
Louis C 1/2M connecting ideas in Maker Space
Monty M 1B collaborating in STEM to build a sturdy house
Emmi H 1B reflecting on her learning using the success criteria
Micah K 1J determination and huge improvement in reading
Indigo H 1J determination and huge improvement in reading
Artur P 2M focusing on and persevering with split strategy in Maths lessons.
Daniella G 2M working collaboratively with others when engaging in Maths challenges.
Leo Z 2T Showing determination in maths and great reading in literacy
Joa B 2T great collaborating skills in the STEM lesson
Robbie J 3D being an excellent class helper
Matthew P 3D showing strong leadership skills
Sienna T 3D her determined effort in Science
Amelie P 3D excellent iPad work
Tyson S 4X identifying numbers up to 5 digits
Lucy L 4X working well identifying equivalent fractions
Madi S 4X improved reading comprehension
Marley D 4X identifying the area of regular and irregular 2D shapes
Lia M 4X a determined effort to improve her writing using persuasive devices
Mia E 4X a wonderful effort in handwriting
Taj Y 4X collaborating well during Maker Space
Sam T 4X collaborating well during Maker Space
Jake J KN trying hard when writing recounts
Kiara S KN determination with writing tasks
Luca B KT collaborating well with peers during literacy groups
Mia Y KT excellent progress with writing recounts