2019: Term 1 Week 4

Principal’s Message

It has been a very positive start to the school year and I trust all of our learners have now settled into their classroom routines.

Yesterday, it was wonderful to see so many parents at “Meet the Teacher Evening”. It is these events which demonstrate the supportive community we have here at South Coogee Public School. Both the parents and teachers that I spoke with, were very positive about the evening and we appreciate that our school’s success can be attributed to the strong relationships we have with our community. Thank you!

Another strength at South Coogee is the active role our student leaders play in our school and local community. Today we held our Semester One Student Leadership Assembly to recognise students who had been selected as Class Captains, Eco Warriors, Library Monitors and IT Techsperts. I would like to thank Ms Johnson for organising this event and I am excited to hear from our school leaders about how they feel they can contribute to making our school a better place.

Last Wednesday evening the first P & C Meeting for 2019 was held in our school library. It was lovely to see so many parents in attendance and I look forward to working with the enthusiastic members who represent our parent community.

I know that the P & C is searching for candidates for their executive committee for 2019. For more information about the P&C Executive Committee Roles please visit the following link: http://www.southcoogeepublicpandc.org.au/executive-committee/

There are many supportive people working in our P & C. If you have a desire to support our school, and feel able to contribute in the task of leadership—please come along to our AGM meeting in Week 7 on 13 March at 7pm and put your name forward.

You may have wondered why we have a large white cow in the garden area near our kindergarten classrooms. It is part of the Picasso Cow Program that involves Stage 2 and 3 learners achieving their Science outcomes while learning about the processes and technology involved in producing food. The theme, ‘From the farm to our plates’ will stimulate the design and painting of our cow by members of the Gardening Club who are in Stage 2 and 3. Mrs Stathis will document their learning in a journal that will be submitted to Dairy Australia. Our involvement in this program will raise $1000 towards buying a shed and a worm farm for the garden. We are very grateful that Mrs Stathis has agreed to coordinate this project!

I hope you all have a lovely weekend and I look forward to seeing you next Friday evening at our Twilight Cinema – The Greatest Showman Sing-along.


Deputy Principal’s Message

Dear Parents and Carers,
I’m finding it hard to believe that its week 3 already! The term always flies, especially as we are busy getting into the swing of things for the term.
This week I thought I would take the time to get to know our 2019 School Captains. They are both wonderful members of our community and excited to be undertaking this leadership journey with us at South Coogee PS. Here is what I found out:

Name:   Evan Mihail
Nickname:   I don’t have one
Favourite food:   Kebabs
Favourite colour:   Blue
Best thing about SCPS Everyone is so kind and welcoming.
Why did you want to become a leader? I wanted to help people and be in the position to assist where ever I could.
Do you have any advice for students wanting to be a leader? Go for it! Even if you’re nervous. Because you never know, you might get it.

Name: Cassidy Conley
Nickname: Cass
Favourite food: Sushi
Favourite colour: Aqua
Best thing about SCPS: Extracurricular activities
Why did you want to become a leader? I like speaking in public and I like helping people. I have always wanted to be School Captain.
Do you have any advice for students wanting to be a leader? Be confident, smile and always tell the truth!

We are so lucky to have such wonderful leaders! Keep your eyes on next week’s newsletter for the Vice-Captain interviews.
Kaylie Johnson

Relieving Deputy Principal

Class of the Week – 1J

1J is off to a great start for 2019 with 24 eager students ready to learn. Here are some things that we are excited about this year:

I am looking forward to English this year – Savannah V

I love that I get to play with my friends at school – Johnny D

I’m looking forward to junior choir and junior dance – Kianni A

I like to do maths – Anaya H

I like reading – Abbi Y

I am excited to do lots of writing – Eva M

My favourite thing to do is dance to the music – Alessia D

I can’t wait to be a part of junior dance – Isabella M

I’m looking forward to AFL this year – Richie B

I can’t wait to make new friends – Hudson L

I’m looking forward to the new things in school – Elliot T

I am excited about sport this year – Toby A

I’m looking forward to learning my camera words – Kris L

I like music – Chelsea W

I am excited about having a fabulous teacher – Reign T

I love reading at school – Nicholas J

I can’t wait for some fun excursions this year – Milla J

I like to learn at school – Ethan T

I’m excited about being the 1J eco-warrior – Isabel F

I can’t wait for the athletics carnival – Lucas SW

I hope to do lots of art this year – Alessia G

I’m excited about learning about the books in the library – Henry J

I’m looking forward to science – Otis S

I can’t wait for the fun run! –William S

Extending our Indigenous Garden

On Wednesday the Badu Crew, along with Bruce Thompson and Peter Cooley our expert horticulturists, completed the planting of our Indigenous Garden near the front gate.

The children learnt about the needs of our local flora and what we need to do to help it survive. Peter and Bruce also discussed the traditional uses of the plants, teaching about their use as food sources, medicines, and how they were important in everday life.

We look forward to seeing the garden grow to maturity and remain a great new learning space, too!

Nippers Champion

Congratulations to Angus in 5/6D who won a Bronze and a Silver medal in the recent Sydney Branch Carnival (in Ironman and the Board Race) at Maroubra.

We wish Angus the best of luck in the State Nippers Carnival which takes place on 1 March.