2018: Term 3 Week 10

Principal’s News

Dear Parents,

I would like to wish you all a safe and happy holiday, and we look forward to seeing the students back on Monday 15th October.




Deputy Principal’s News

ICAS Mathematics Awards

The following students have received awards in the ICAS Mathematics Assessment:


Zari B in 3D

Asher C in 3J

Jace D in 3J

Summer G in 3D

Luca G in 3D

Ike P in 3R

Ally S in 3R

Bella S in 3R

Finn B in 4X

Caleb C in 4X

Zoe G in 4S

Jordi H in 4X

Lia M in 4X

Callum P in 4X

Hannah R in 4X

Keegan T in 4X

Cassidy C in 5/6M

Sarah D in 5/6A

Sophie T in 5/6E

Nicholas F in 5/6J

Zoe S in 5/6A


Patrick A in 3D

CJ C in 3R

Daniel M in 3D

Hugo F in 4S

Liam L in 5/6M

High Distinction

Joseph Y in 3R

Evan S in 3D

The certificates for these awards will be presented at the 3-6 Assembly on Thursday 25 October at 2pm.

Class of the Week – KS

KS have had a very exciting term. We have been to the farm for a hands-on experience with an array of farm animals. KS continue to learn about how to read and write and we have focused on living things this term, including butterflies, ladybugs and puffins.

This week we are lucky to have Leafy the stick insect in our classroom! We’ve also been involved with the STEM lessons and investigated about how sound waves can travel to send a message. During the Father’s Day morning, we created our own telephones using string, cups and sticky tape. It was interesting to research how Alexander G Bell created the first telephone and discuss the history with our visitors.

I’m so impressed with the amazing, creative and caring learners that KS have become. Thank you to the wonderful KS parents who help with reading each week and to the parents and carers who support our class.

Mrs Smith

Stage 3 Enterprise

I’m sure you have heard by now, but just in case you missed it, the Stage 3 learners wanted to let you know that they have been busy learning about how to be an ENTREPRENEUR.

At the beginning of this term, Stage 3 learners were given an Enterprise Project Challenge. This project was designed to provide learners with an enterprising experience, an opportunity to build some understanding of business skills and the ability to create, develop and sell a product on Market Day – Friday 19th October. Learners have been working in collaborative teams, to complete this challenge with an overall budget of $50.

Our learners have been very engaged in their learning and are benefiting from having real life experiences every day. Teams have had to create a business plan, meet with the CEO (teachers) and develop a marketing strategy.

Our learners have not failed to impress with their innovative and creative designs and their teachers could not be prouder of the way they have embraced this challenge and worked together to solve any problems that came their way …. And there have been a few.

The learners have decided that money raised will be donated to the Children’s Hospital and part of the profits will also go towards supporting the Year 6 dinner.

Our learners have created posters that will soon be displayed around the school to showcase what will be available for sale on Market day.  Be sure to save your cash because you will not want to miss out on these MUST HAVE products.

The Stage 3 Team

Big Band Bash

South Coogee Intermediate and Senior Bands took part in the Big Band Bash at Daceyville Public School on Thursday, 6th September.

The bands played brilliantly and then had some free time to roam around and take part in the activities. We all had a fun time – except for the fairy floss problem – but we now know to go for the food first!!

Congratulations to all band members. Your behaviour was excellent and you are such a fun group. It is always a pleasure to take you out of the school for your Band activities.

Mrs Horne and Miss De Villecourt

Mr Molloy and Ms Squires

SCPS Debating Team: Runners Up in the Grand Final!

On Monday 24th September the SCPS Sydney Primary Schools Debating Team participated in the Grand Final of their debating competition.

The topic was: that teachers should be able to search students’ school bags.

Our team delivered the affirmative argument. It was another close debate, this time against Yarrawarrah Public School. On this occasion Yarrawarrah were awarded the win, becoming this year’s competition winners – congratulations Yarrawarrah Public School.

Although it was a loss for our team in the final debate of the competition, this team have shown incredible dedication and commitment to learning throughout the competition. There were 95 teams competing in this competition and to finish up with a second place is an outstanding achievement of which they should be very proud. Congratulations to all of the debaters in our Sydney Primary Schools Debating Team and good luck with your future debating!

Cricket Milo T20 Blast School Cup 2018

Well done to all the Stage 2 and Stage 3 students who attended the Cricket Cup at Coral Sea Park on 25th September.

Stage 2

Stage 2 teams played 4 games and players were able to bat, bowl, field and wicket keep on the day.  It was excellent to see players applying their skills and working together successfully in their teams. Students also had an opportunity to meet Peter Neville (NSW wicketkeeper).

Congratulations to Lolita S for winning the Junior High Catching Competition.

Stage 3

There were excellent displays of catching, fielding, bowling and batting.   However, what was most pleasing, was the spirit and outstanding sportsmanship displayed by all teams.  I saw improved match play and confidence in so many players.

Congratulations to the A Boys team and A Girls team who won on the day and now will be competing at the Regional Finals on the 25th October.

Thanks to Mr Small for giving his time to coach all 50 players before the carnival and for assisting on the day.

Congratulations also to Nina O for winning the Senior High Catching Competition.

Allison Stewart

Congratulations Memphys K!

Memphys (from 5/6J) was recently nominated by South Coogee Public School to receive the 2018 Deadly Kids Award. The 2018 Deadly Kids Awards highlight and recognise the achievements of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

We would like to congratulate Memphis for her hard work and diligence, which led to the attainment of this award.

Thank You

Legacy Week was held in the first week of September this year and a number of our staff and students were able to participate in the selling of Legacy badges and merchandise both here at the school and at Coogee Beach.

This year we raised $2008.80 which is an amazing effort by our South Coogee families and community.  Thank you for your support.

A big thank you to the Defence members who accompanied us to Coogee Beach, we were proud to have you with us.

Alison (DSTA)

Year 7 Entry to Selective High Schools in 2020

Selective high schools cater for high achieving academically gifted students who may otherwise be without sufficient classmates at their own academic and social level. These schools help gifted and talented students to learn by grouping them with other gifted and talented students, teaching them in specialised ways and providing educational materials at the appropriate level.

Applications for selective high school placement are considered mainly on the basis of the Selective High School Placement Test results and school assessment scores. The Selective High School Placement Test will be held on Thursday 14 March 2019.

If you would like to have your child considered for Year 7 selective high school entry in 2020, you need to apply on the internet using a valid email address (not the student’s email address). Applications must be made online between 9 October 2018 and 12 November 2018. Late applications will not be accepted.

Parents must apply online at: <https://education.nsw.gov.au/public-schools/selective-high-schools-and-opportunity-classes/year-7>

There are no paper application forms. If you do not have internet access, you could apply at a public library. If you have a disability that prevents you from using a computer, you can contact the Unit for assistance after 9 October 2018.

Week of Tastes

This term Stage 2 participated in The Week of Tastes. This allowed students to understand how they use their five senses to appreciate food, enrich their food vocabulary, develop curiosity and build a positive attitude towards new foods. They discovered the diverse world of flavours, learnt the link between good food choices and good health and connected with food producers in their community.

4X had a visit from Jason Roberts, a well-known chef, to cook a delicious array of meals. Jason is passionate about food education for kids and spoke to learners the importance of a well-balanced diet and trying new foods. Learners were able to assist Chef Jason to cook salmon in a bag, fennel salad, pumpkin soup and pumpkin spiced donuts.

3J and 3D had a visit by apiarist (bee keeper) Gavin Smith.  It was a wonderful experience where the learners got to learn many new facts about bees. They were able to touch and smell a waxed bee frame, a block of wax and honey comb. They tasted two types of honey. Delicious! Some leaners even got to wear a beekeepers hat and gloves.

4S and 3R were lucky enough to have Anna from Pasta Emilia come and teach them all about pasta! The learners experienced how to make pasta from scratch using organic ingredients and natural food colouring. They even learnt how to crack an egg using another egg – who knew that only one egg breaks when you hit two eggs together?! There was a lot of kneading, rolling, cutting and finally folding perfect little parcels of ricotta and parmesan ravioli. Tasting the final product was deliciously satisfying!