2019: Term 1 Week 10

Message from Trish Fisher

Dear Parents & Carers,

I have the wonderful opportunity to write to you whilst I am on leave with important information. I hope that so far this year the enthusiasm for learning at the school continues to shine and your child’s progress is moving forward successfully.

During my leave, I have been very busy continuing my professional roles in the Department of Education and extending my own professional learning through a focus on learning and leadership practices, growth coaching and current educational research.

I am very proud that, with thanks to the collaborative nature at South Coogee, the school is running so well, and with Mrs Walsh-Gay and the school team at the helm, I feel reassured that the school is forging ahead. During Term 2, I have been given an opportunity to lead another school in Visible Learning and therefore will continue to ask Mrs Walsh-Gay to relieve in the role throughout my absence. The potential to collaboratively lead another school expands the success of South Coogee Public School’s professional practices so that we can further support passion and commitment for learning. In doing so we collectively reach more young learners in our care, encouraging them to flourish in public education schools providing a high quality and engaging education.

As you are aware Kaylie Johnson has been a great asset to our school executive team as relieving Deputy Principal and will be leaving us at the end of Term to start a family. We wish her the very best in her new adventure with huge thanks for the time and energy given to our school, I am very grateful. Chantal Cake, current Assistant Principal Stage 1, has accepted the relieving Deputy Principal role during this time and we will endeavour to give you more information about the role in the coming weeks.

Sincerely wishing you the very best for the rest of the Term.

Kind regards

Trish Fisher


Principal’s Message

Executive Roles at South Coogee PS

I have thoroughly enjoyed taking on the relieving principal role this term and am pleased to be continuing in this capacity for Term 2. I want to sincerely thank Kaylie Johnson for joining our executive team this term. Kaylie’s professionalism, exceptional content knowledge and collaborative approach have made her a strong asset to our leadership team. We wish Kaylie the best for her new adventures in parenting and want to thank her for all of her hard work this term.

We are very excited to have Chantal Cake relieving in the Deputy Principal role for Term 2. Chantal is an experienced instructional leader, she has wealth of knowledge about South Coogee’s programs and strong connections to the school community. We are currently in the process of interviewing candidates for the teaching position on 1C and we will notify the community early next week of our decision. Chantal will be working closely with the relieving teacher to ensure continuity of learning programs for 1C.

Finally, Betty Thomas will be relieving in the Stage 1 Assistant Principal position. Betty has a considerable experience relieving in Assistant Principal roles at South Coogee in the past and she will be an excellent addition to our executive team.

Parent-Teacher Interview Feedback

At South Coogee we are always trying to ensure our programs are meeting the needs of our community. We would appreciate if you could take the time to fill out a very short two minute survey to give us feedback on your experience of the parent teacher interviews held this week. Please visit the link below to access the survey.


New Security Procedures for the Front Gate on Moverly Rd

You may have noticed that the front gates at Moverly Rd are now closed from 9am. This is due to the extension of our playground with the construction of the Outdoor Learning Area. As this area is located near the front entrance of the school, the gates are closed to ensure the safety of our students. We will be installing a buzzer entry system at the front gate soon but in the meantime we ask that if you are entering the school after 9am you assist us in keeping these gates closed at all times.

Kindergarten Enrolments 2020

2020 Kindergarten enrolments are now open for students in our catchment area or siblings. If you have a child starting in 2020, please contact the office to collect enrolment forms and schedule a kindergarten interview.

Upcoming Events

We have a number of events coming up in the next few weeks. Please see the list below.

Term 1- Week 11

Coogee RSL Schools ANZAC Commemorative March – Sunday 7 April at 10am @ Coogee Diggers

Grandparent’s Day – Monday, 8 April from 9am-12pm

Winter Sport Trials – Monday 8 April and Wednesday 10 April from 2pm-3pm

K-2 Artist of the Term Assembly – Wednesday 10 April at 2pm

3-6 Artist of the Term Assembly – Thursday 11 April at 2pm

Easter Hat Parade – Friday, 12 April from 9am-10am

Term 2-Week 1

First day of Term 2 for all students – Tuesday, 30 April

Anzac Day Assembly – Wednesday, 1 May at 10am

Year 3-6 Cross Country Carnival – 3 May @ Latham Park

I thought I would share some lovely images of our Year 1 students working on their integrated gardening and writing program. I hope you all have a lovely weekend.

Marion Walsh-Gay

Relieving Principal

Deputy Principal’s Message

Dear Parents and Carers,

As this is our last official newsletter for the term I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for welcoming me so warmly into the South Coogee community. It has been wonderful getting to know the students and members of the community and working alongside the great teachers and staff members here at South Coogee PS. After working at various public schools I can honestly say that South Coogee PS has an amazing team of teachers and staff who work so hard. It has been great to be part of such a wonderful team.

I have been very lucky to be able to spend some time with our school leaders over the past term. This week I have worked with our leaders to ask what advice they have for our younger students and found out a few interesting facts along the way!

Name: Zach Cosstick                                                              

Nickname: Zachy

Favourite food: Ice cream

Favourite colour: Black                                             

Best thing about SCPS: PSSA

Why did you want to become a leader? To take on a leadership role and to help the school.

Do you have any advice for students wanting to be a leader? If you want to be a leader, just go for it! Don’t be scared.

Name: Andrew Keating                                                  

Nickname: Drew

Favourite food: Chicken Stir-Fry

Favourite colour: Aqua

Best thing about SCPS: All of the different activities on offer.

Why did you want to become a leader? To take on the responsibility and to try something new.

Do you have any advice for students wanting to be a leader? Even if your nervous, give it a go. Because you’ll regret it if you don’t.


Class of the Week – KT

In KT we read the book ‘The Things I Love About Me’ by Trace Moroney. We talked about how we are all unique and that there are so many things that we should love about our amazing bodies. We discussed and wrote about what we would like to be when we grow up.

When I grow up I want to be:

a policeman – Charlie S

a vet – Ava R

a ballerina – Angeline

a Roblox – Elliot T

a pirate – Rocco 

a policeman – Joshua M

a vet – Octavia P

an astronaut – Riley

a policeman – Blake S

a cowboy – Arlo

a zoo keeper – Tallulah

a ballerina – Savannah J

a super hero – Freddie S

a gymnastics teacher – Taylor Y

a ballerina – Sophia R

a ballerina – Isabella

an athlete – Tilly K

a doctor – Sophia S

a doctor – Charlie W

KT Mathematicians

KT students have been hard at work learning to organise and group objects according to characteristics to form a simple data display. We have been determined learners working together to sort objects and create graphs. Students were able to explain how they had sorted their objects, and a feature about their graph.

Stage 1 Science

This term, Stage 1 have been learning about the material world. The focus of our lessons has centred on the physical changes that food goes through. We have learnt about the reversible change of ice blocks melting into a liquid then freezing again into a solid. Students loved watching popcorn change irreversibly when we added heat.

The students have participated in each lesson with enthusiasm and excitement. To wrap up Term One, all Stage 1 will finish with an experiment on how bread will change with a bit of moisture and time (the results were pretty gross).

Here are some of our young scientists at work!!

Before                                                                                                                  After

Stage 2 Netball Gala Day

We are so proud of all the Stage 2 students for their participation in the Netball Schools Cup at Heffron Park, Maroubra. All students played netball games against other schools and improved their netball skills and match play. Their enthusiasm and sportsmanship were outstanding.

Thank you to all the parents who helped on the sidelines with rotating positions and coaching. We appreciated your support and encouragement of all students. A special thank you to Daniella (Marcus’ Mum) and Lainie (Lola-Jean’s Mum) for giving up their day to come and umpire and guide our students in court play.

Well done to all the Captains who helped organize the team rotations and showed responsibility in looking after equipment.

Thanks to the support of all the stage 2 teachers for making the day such a positive experience. A big effort by Miss Sherlock and Mrs Smith for umpiring as well.

Allison Stewart and Mrs Pitarelli

New Mural

Our fabulous new mural was completed last week when artist, Zachary Bennett-Brook visited our school. Zachary is an Indigenous artist of Torres Strait Islander ancestry born who was raised in Dharawal Country (Wollongong). Over three days, Zachary created the mural which includes symbols that represent meeting places and the paths we all travel on from home to school and then beyond. The colours are symbolic of the ocean and sun as well as being reflective of some of our school colours.


Aboriginal Dance Workshop    

This week two of our Stage 3 students, Letayah and Sadie had the opportunity to attend an Aboriginal Dance Workshop held at the Sydney Dance Company. The girls were fabulous participants and certainly worked hard to learn the choreography for two different styles of dance. They heard from Aunty Calita about stories related to each dance and the ways ochre is made and applied for dance ceremonies. Thanks to Ms Brooks and Mrs Wood who accompanied and organised the day. We are proud of the girls involvement.


Opportunity Classes 2020

Opportunity classes located in government primary schools cater for highly achieving Year 5 and Year 6 academically gifted students.

Parents apply when students are in Year 4. Students who are placed then attend the opportunity class full time in Years 5 and 6 at the primary school with an opportunity class. It is a two-year placement program. Students who accept a place in an opportunity class will leave their current school to attend the school with an opportunity class.

Applications for opportunity class placement are considered on the combined results of the Opportunity Class Placement Test and school assessments. The Opportunity Class Placement Test will be held on Wednesday 31 July 2019.

If you would like to have your child considered for Year 5 opportunity class entry in 2020, you need

to apply online. You will need to use a valid email address (not the student’s email address).


Detailed instructions on how to apply online will be available from Tuesday 30 April 2019 at


The application website opens on Tuesday 30 April 2019 and closes on Friday 17 May 2019. You

must apply by the due date.


PLEASE NOTE – 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 Team for assistance after 30 April 2019.

Library News

The Scholastic Book Fair is on next week!

It will be held from Monday 8th to Friday 12th of April in the School Library, and open before and after school.

Opening times are 8.30 – 9.30am (Tue-Fri) & 2.45 – 3.30pm (Mon-Fri).

We will also be open for Grandparents Day on Monday 8th of April after the classroom activities.

Please check the display cabinets and posters around the school shortly for more information.

The Book Fair is a great opportunity to support the teaching and learning at South Coogee Public School with part of the proceeds coming back to the school to help with the purchase of new resources.

And, as always, there’ll be lots of great books to choose from.

See you at the library!!

The Library Team