2019: Term 2 Week 4

Principal’s Message

On Tuesday evening, we had a fantastic turnout to the ‘Grow Your Mind Parent Information Meeting’. Alice Peel, the co-founder of the program, explained the research behind the program, the language we are using at school to support students to understand how to look after their mental health and some strategies that can be used to help children (and adults) self-regulate. The feedback from families was extremely positive:

That was great. What a wonderful course to bring to the school. Our kids are already familiar with the animals and trying to explain these at home. So good that we now understand what they are saying. Thanks again. We will definitely use these concepts at home to cement practices we already attempt to use. Wish this was in our school when we were kids.”

If you were unable to attend, Alice will be sending through her slides and we will share these through Skoolbag. You can also visit the website https://www.growyourmind.life/

Alice has indicated that she is happy to come back and run small workshops for parents on how to use language and the kits at home. We will be sending out an expression of interest form in the next few weeks to see if parents are interested.

National Reconciliation Week (27 May – 3 June)

Next week is National Reconciliation Week. This is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia. The theme this year is: Grounded in Truth- Walk Together with Courage.

We held our Reconciliation Week performance today. The show was TAPALINGA with Majeda Beatty and it explored the richness of both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island cultures through song, dance, stories and language. The students learned about various instruments, artefacts and costumes specific to each culture as well as the importance of ochre and the significance of the body paint designs in Aboriginal culture. It was a fantastic show that was enjoyed by all.

 

Building Works

Over the past few years, our school has been saving funds in order to resurface the paddock area. We have now allocated $250,000 to complete this project. We will be seeking community input and feedback from the student body on the proposed renovation of the paddock to be discussed at the next P&C meeting. We aim to have the proposed works scheduled to take place in the December/January school holidays.

The solar panel tender process is complete and Beyond Solar will be installing the new solar panels in the July school holidays. The panels will be installed on the library roof and the roof above the Year 2 classrooms. We are thankful to the P&C for helping us to apply for grants to make this project a reality.

Canteen Tender Parent Representative Needed

Our current canteen lease has expired and we are required to go to tender for a new canteen. We are seeking a parent representative on the panel. Please contact the P&C Executive if you are interested in being a member of the panel.

Huge Thanks to our Community

I want to take this opportunity to thank our wonderful parent and community members who have run a number of community and fundraising events over the past two weeks.

Firstly, thank you to Troy Steele and all the dads who helped to run the Mother’s Day breakfast. The morning ran so smoothly, the food was great and it was nice to see so many mums and their children enjoying this event.

Thank you also to Imby Langenbach and her team of Year 6 parent helpers for running such a successful Election Day Barbecue.

Upcoming Events

Thursday 30 May – Crazy Hair and Sock Day – P&C Cancer Council Fundraiser

Tuesday 4 June – School Photo Day

Wednesday 5 June – K-2 Assembly 2M Hosting

Thursday 6 June – 3-6 Assembly 4X Hosting

Marion Walsh-Gay

Relieving Principal

Deputy Principal’s Message

As part of the Visible Learning initiative at SCPS, the school developed Learner Qualities in consultation with the community. We use these Learner Qualities to explicitly teach the students about ‘What make a good learner’. The Learner Qualities are referred to in learning experiences in classrooms from Kindergarten to Year 6. Teachers help students identify the qualities within themselves and others.

To help parents understand how their children use the Learner Qualities, teachers will be referring to the Learner Qualities in the semester reports. They may comment on a Learner Quality that the student exhibits in a particular Key Learning Areas or a quality they are encouraged to develop. For example, ‘She enjoys working collaboratively in Science to extend her own and others’ learning.’ or ‘He is encouraged to show more determination and focus when he is challenged in his learning.’

Chantal Cake

Relieving Deputy Principal

 

Stage 3 Excursion

This semester Stage 3 are studying ‘Shaping of the Australian Colonies’ as our classroom topic in History.

On Monday the 20th May stage 3 students went on an excursion to the City to support their unit of work. Specialised tour guides took us on a walking tour, starting at the Rocks and finishing with a lunch in the Domain, highlighting significant historical sights.

Students and teachers enjoyed learning about our city’s unique and exciting local history. We would like to thanks all the teachers and support staff that joined us and made the day special.

Gili Dance Ensemble

Congratulations to Letayah who was selected as part of the 2019 Gili Dance Ensemble.

She has attended a week long workshop learning traditional and contemporary Aboriginal dance and will perform as part of the Spotlight festival at the end of the term.

Congrats to our Sydney Region Debaters

Our Year 5 debating team competed in and won their first debate today against Randwick B debating team. The topic was ‘That homework should be banned in school’ and they had to present the negative case. Our team put together a comprehensive argument and rebutted quite well for their first debate. Congratulations to Zoe G, Sadie K, Bianca R and Jordi H on their win.

Mr Tesoreiro

Water Wise

This term our school’s sustainability focus is water usage. Our Eco Warriors are helping to spread the Water Wise message into classrooms and they’d love you to get involved by talking about it at home too!

Students are identifying ways they can be Water Wise at school and at home. These are the things they’ve come up with so far – can your family think of any more together?!

at SCHOOL at HOME

·        Use the bubblers for drinking only

·        Turn off the taps in the bathrooms

·        Make sure taps outside classrooms are turned off properly (no drips)

·        Make sure showers go for 5 minutes or less

·        Turn taps off properly (no drips)

·        Turn off the tap when the water isn’t needed

o   While brushing your teeth

o   In the shower when washing your hair

·        Fill the sink when washing up rather than use running water OR only turn the dishwasher on when it’s full

 

To access further information about Water Conservation these websites may be helpful:

https://wateruseitwisely.com/kids/

https://www.sydneywater.com.au/SW/education/Programsresources/Primaryschool/index.htm

https://www.sydneywater.com.au/SW/water-the-environment/what-we-re-doing/water-wise-rules/index.htm

https://www.watercorporation.com.au/save-water

 

Athletic Trials Information

SENIORS:  Next Wednesday, 29th May there will be shotput trials for 11yr olds and 12 year olds at 8am.  This is to select students who will represent South Coogee Public school at the Zone Athletics carnival.

JUNIORS: Any juniors who have done Little Athletics and are interested in representing the school in discus, please bring in your throwing results from Little Athletics for discus to Ms Richardson or Mrs Stewart.

Athletic Trials Information

SENIORS:  Next Wednesday, 29th May there will be shotput trials for 11yr olds and 12 year olds at 8am.  This is to select students who will represent South Coogee Public school at the Zone Athletics carnival.

JUNIORS: Any juniors who have done Little Athletics and are interested in representing the school in discus, please bring in your throwing results from Little Athletics for discus to Ms Richardson or Mrs Stewart.