2019: Term 1 Week 8

Principal’s Message

I am always so proud of the inclusive community culture we have at South Coogee Public School. Our students, teachers, parents and community work together to make our school the best it can be.

On Tuesday, we celebrated the twentieth anniversary of Harmony Day. Harmony Day is about celebrating differences, embracing new cultures and making sure that everybody is included in society, as well as celebrated for their uniqueness. As a school and a community, it is vitally important that we acknowledge that together we are so much richer for what each of us brings and contributes to the community. At South Coogee, we recognise the importance of togetherness, kindness and celebrating diversity. It was wonderful to see so many children dressed in their national costume or in orange, celebrating their cultural heritage. We appreciate the behind the scenes effort parents go through to source these sometimes difficult to find items. I love how our students display pride in their cultural backgrounds and are eager to share their cultural knowledge with their classmates. We as a society can learn a lot of from the inclusive attitudes of our children. The importance of this day was best summed through comments made by Jyn in 5/6A:

“I like Harmony Day because you get to celebrate everybody’s culture and everybody is included. This day is important because we all have the opportunity to reflect on each other’s differences and come together as one.” Jyn

Student Leadership

Our student leadership has been hard at work this year making improvements to school processes, planning activities for others, gathering student opinions, advocating for our environment and providing connections to our cultural heritage.

The Year 6 Captains, Vice Captains and Year 6 Leaders had an idea about making the canteen lunch rush run more smoothly each day. They felt that canteen monitors would help Chrissy manage the crowds and they went about planning a timetable and volunteering to take on this important role. They have a made big difference in a short time and we thank them for taking on this initiative. They are still working to make further enhancements by painting lines to show where students can collect their lunch and to show where the flow of traffic should go after purchases have been made. Watch this space!

The House Captains and Vice Captains did an outstanding job last Friday organising activities during lunch on the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence. The students gave up their break times to plan the games, source the equipment and create the supervision roster for each stage. They did such a magnificent job and we thank them for taking the time to provide such an enjoyable experience for our learners!

Our Student Representative Council has been meeting fortnightly to plan activities and gather the viewpoints of students in their classes. Each class has been given an ‘SRC suggestion box’ and the suggestions are gathered each fortnight and discussed at these important meetings to help plan student led improvements to our school.

The Eco Warrior Team have also been busy promoting Earth Hour. Our school is taking part in this amazing global conservation movement. Our learners understand the importance of raising awareness about climate change and protecting our planet for future generations. On Friday 29 March we are “switching off’ for an hour to show we care about our planet.

Finally, our Badu Crew has done an incredible job planting the native garden at the front of the school and communicating with our learners about the importance of caring for this space.

Parent Teacher Interviews

A note went home yesterday regarding booking times for the parent teacher interviews being held in the next couple of weeks. These interviews are a valuable opportunity to discuss your child’s progress and achievements with the class teacher.

To make a booking visit: https://www.schoolinterviews.com.au/

For Kindergarten-Year 4 please use the booking code: fm8kx

For Year 5 & 6 (Senior School) use the booking code: dcpzz

P&C 2019

On Tuesday 13 March the P&C held their Annual General Meeting to select the Executive Committee for 2019. Congratulations to the elected team. We look forward to working with you throughout 2019.

 Your P&C Executive are:

Kathryn Thompsen – President

Darren Bagnall and Jodie Steele – Vice President

Jennifer Connell – Secretary

Mai Zhou – Treasurer

Jonathan Leiper– Assistant Treasurer

 Election Day BBQ and Cake Stall – Saturday 23 March

This Saturday the P&C are holding an Election Day BBQ and cake stall. This is always a great fundraising event as well as a fun community initiative.
The P&C are still in need of volunteers and cake donations. It’s essential that they get at least 4-6 people per shift to cover the demand. Kids aged 10 and over are encouraged to sign up as ‘official’ volunteers as well.

If you can donate baked goods, sweet or savoury you can drop them off from 8.30am and donations are accepted on the day through until 1pm.

If you are able to help out please visit the following link to put your name on the roster:


Grow Your Mind Parent Information Evening- Tuesday 21 May @ 7pm

 Our Grow Your Mind Parent Information Evening is being held on Tuesday 21 May at 7pm. Please see the flyer in this newsletter for further information. We look forward to seeing many parents at this event so we can all work together to support our children’s positive mental health.

I hope you and your families have a wonderful weekend!

Marion Walsh-Gay

Relieving Principal



Deputy Principal’s Message

Thank you for all of your kind donations of food to our Harmony Day lunch. The students were so excited to taste foods they’d never tried before (and some tried and true favourites!). It was wonderful to celebrate the diversity of our school by sharing together and exploring the world through our tastebuds.

Last Friday was the National Day of Action against Bullying. The Bullying No Way! Website has some great resources for schools, students and parents. I have included one of the cards for parents as a guide to how to talk with your child about bulling below. In light of recent world events it is a great time to speak with your child about how to be inclusive and what to do if they feel they are being bullied. You can access the website at www.bullyingnoway.gov.au

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: Indy Gibson

Nickname: Indy

Favourite food: Chocolate

Favourite colour: Purple

Best thing about SCPS: Fun and friendly people, and nice teachers.

Why did you want to become a leader? To be able to speak up – and its fun!

Do you have any advice for students wanting to be a leader? Give it a go! It’s a great experience.

Name: Willow Robinson

Nickname: Tree

Favourite food: Brownies

Favourite colour: Yellow

Best thing about SCPS: The sport

Why did you want to become a leader? It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, and I wanted the responsibility.

Do you have any advice for students wanting to be a leader? Try your best, and if you think you can, do it!

Name: Alexis Eckersley

Nickname: Lexi

Favourite food: Ice Cream

Favourite colour: Blue

Best thing about SCPS: Friends

Why did you want to become a leader? Because it looked fun!

Do you have any advice for students wanting to be a leader? Give it a go – because even if you don’t get it, you don’t always need a badge to be a leader.

Kaylie Johnson

Relieving Deputy Principal


Meet our New Member of Staff

We would like to welcome Mckenzie Baker to South Coogee. McKenzie will be working with our Indigenous students throughout the year, assisting with both their academic and cultural growth. He will also be an integral part of the Badu Crew. Mckenzie is currently a member of the Roosters Under 20 squad.




Class of The Week – 5/6C

In 5/6C we are looking at expressionism in art. We are focusing on how we can express different emotions through creating portraits.

5/6C have looked at various artworks and discussed how the artwork makes them feel, what emotion the artist wants to portray and how it is revealed.

Students came up with various ideas such as colour, position and facial features. Students will use create an artwork using their desired medium on a specific emotion.

Here are some students describing their artwork:

  • My artwork is sad and the colours I am going to be using are some dark colours on my artwork – Manavi
  • My portrait that I am painting is happy, the paint colours I am going to use are light pink for the skin, black and brown for the hair and more colourful colours for the shirt – Andrew
  • The portrait made is based on the emotion dizzy. I showed this emotion by drawing a swirl above my head and drawing my eyes big. – Caleb
  • The portrait I made was angry. I did this because a lot of people in the world are angry at the government. – Mia
  • For my artwork I chose angry because at home I can get really angry. My background is going to be bricks that are red and brown and at the top I am going to write “angry times” – Sarina
  • We have been painting and drawing. My emotion I chose was sadness and I have enjoyed completing this artwork – Kian

Earth Hour

This term our school’s sustainability focus is electricity usage. On Friday 29th March our learners will be engaging in Earth Hour School’s Day activities that explore the impact of climate change and consider ways that we can all contribute to protecting our planet.

Earth Hour takes place on Saturday 30th March between 8:30-9:30pm. The South Coogee Public School Eco-Warriors are encouraging all families to get on board and support this event by ‘switching off’ for this 60 minute world-wide event to build awareness of sustainable pathways for protecting the environment.

We encourage you to pledge your commitment by registering for the event online. More information can be found at: www.earthhour.org.au

You might also like to get involved by participating in some of the Earth Hour events that will be taking place across Sydney such as:


Saturday, March 30 at 5:30pm to 8:00pm

Steel Park Marrickville 531-565 Illawarra Rd, Marrickville NSW, 2204


Saturday, March 30 at 7:00pm to 9:00pm

WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo 1-5 Wheat Rd, Sydney NSW 2000


Saturday, March 30 at 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Sydney Observatory 1003 Upper Fort Street, Millers Point, NSW, 2000

For further information or to search other events visit: https://events.earthhour.org.au/


Reinforced Reading

Do you have half an hour a week to voluntarily tutor at our
Reinforced Reading is the third component of the MultiLit Reading
Program and involves students reading to a tutor.
We are looking for reading tutors to start at the end of Term One.
You will be given a background to the program and instruction
on the procedure for your tutoring session. It’s simple and
For every tutor who donates half an hour of their time, we can
support a student on the program.
Grandparents are especially invited to consider reading tutoring.
Our students so enjoy reading to and having their own special
time with a tutor who is there just focusing on them. We have had
many grandparents as part of our program who have said “it was
one of the best and most rewarding things I have ever done and I
only wished I had of done it sooner.”
Please call Mrs. Horne at the school on 9349.4000 for further
information or if you are able to assist our school with this
Thank you,
Sheridan Horne (LaST)

This callout is targeted to all our grandparents who may have half
an hour to donate some valuable time to our program. We have
had other grandparents involved, who all report how much they
love their tutoring and how rewarding it is. They are very happy
knowing they are supporting a student who is greatly benefitting
from the opportunity to individually read to a tutor and discuss
their reading one to one with someone who is there just for them.

Library News

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming soon!

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

Premier’s Reading Challenge 2019

All students are encouraged to participate in this year’s Premier’s Reading Challenge.

What is the NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge?

The NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge (PRC) is an initiative of the NSW State government. It aims to encourage in students a love of reading for leisure and pleasure and to enable them to experience quality literature. It is not a competition but a challenge to each student – to read, to read more and to read more widely.

It is available for all NSW students in Kindergarten to Year 9, in government, independent, Catholic and home schools. Participation by schools and students is voluntary.

In order to complete the Challenge, students must read the following number of books based on their Challenge Level:


Challenge Level/

dot colour on library book

Number of books you must read Minimum number of PRC books Maximum number of Personal Choice books PRC booklists you can read from



30 25 5 K-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-9



20 15 5 3-4, 5-6, 7-9



20 15 5 5-6, 7-9

Students can identify PRC books in the school library, at their challenge level by looking for a coloured dot sticker on the top right corner or spine of books.

A link to the new Premier’s Reading Challenge website can be found in the Student Portal under the Learning section. You can also go directly to the PRC homepage https://online.det.nsw.edu.au/prc

It will take you to the NSW Department of Education portal login page, students need to enter their Department of Education username and password here.

  • A student’s username is often the child’s given name.surname (lowercase)
  • A student’s password is an uppercase Y followed by their grade number eg Y4 (for year 4). Kindergarten passwords are KK.

If you have any issues, please see the PRC coordinator, Mrs Susy Leal in the school library

or send her an email -susy.leal@det.nsw.edu.au

Students are also able to add a link to the PRC in the ‘My Link List’ section to make the PRC easier to find.

Where can I find the PRC booklists?

On the Booklists page of the PRC website, each of the four booklists for K-2, 3-4, 5-6 and 7-9 can be viewed and downloaded alphabetically, by author or title, in short or full form. The short list includes the PRC ID number, title and author of each book. The full list also includes an annotation, year of publication, publisher and an ISBN.

What is a PRC ID number?

A PRC ID number identifies each book in the PRC website, whether it is an official PRC book or a personal choice book. Entering books by their PRC ID numbers can be a quick way to complete an online Student Reading Record. The PRC ID number can be found on the PRC book lists. Books can also be entered by typing the title then selecting the correct book from the automatic drop down list.

The closing date for students to submit their completed lists online is August 30th.

Students who complete the Premier’s Reading Challenge will receive a certificate at the end of the school year.

Kind Regards,

Susy Leal

PRC coordinator


Jelly Cup Fundraiser


Last Friday our Stage 3 Students held their first fundraiser for 2019. We wanted to say a massive that you to all of our Stage 3 students and parents who helped out by preparing their VERY creative jelly cups at home. Students were in charge of the advertisement of their fundraiser and designed eye catching posters to make sure that we were SOLD OUT by the end of the day. Overall we raised over $700! Congratulations Stage 3.

Please Respect our Neighbours

Please do not park in our neighbours driveways, these are not car parks nor waiting zones. We pride ourselves on having positive relationships with our community and we would appreciate your support in keeping their driveways clear.