2019: Term 2 Week 6


Principal’s Message

Over the past week we have had some wild and windy weather at South Coogee which led to a whole school blackout on our school photo day. While this situation was not ideal, I would like to commend our students and staff for continuing to stay focused on learning despite the technological challenges. I would also like to thank Mr Johnson for being adaptive and changing the photo schedule to ensure all classes and individual students had their photos taken on the day. Unfortunately, due to the circumstances, the Sibling Photos were not able to be taken on the day. Mr Johnson has organised Sibling Photos to take place on Thursday 20 June between 9-11am.

Building Gratitude

In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.

As part of the Grow Your Mind Program, our students are learning to reflect on things they are grateful for and to share with others why they appreciate them. Alice Peel, the founder of Grow Your Mind, has shared some tips for building gratitude at home:

Happy moment: share it at dinner, what was your happy moment during the day?

Send a letter or a text: telling someone why you appreciate them and thanking them for being in your life

Pause and breathe: you get to breathe, even that alone is something to feel fairly thankful for. Breathing sustains life so every breath is fairly magical.

3 good things from my day: draw it, write it, keep a jar in the middle of your table to make it a habit.

If you heading away over the weekend, you might also like to listen to Brett Kirk’s Mindfully podcast where he shares a meditation which will help your child notice the good things to help them feel grateful and happy.


P&C Meeting Next Wednesday 12 June at 7pm in the library.

Please join us next Wednesday 12 June at 7pm in the library for our Week 7 P&C Meeting. We look forward to seeing you there.

The Game Changer Challenge

We are very proud of some of our year six students who have applied to take part in the Game Changer Challenge. The Game Changer Challenge is an initiative of the department to develop and promote deep thinking, critical and reflective, empathetic and creative skills among students and teachers. This year teams have been asked to consider the question:

How might we humanise technology?

Our team, Taya L, Sarah D, Eliott S., Elliot B., Bogdan S. and Kyna D., have explored this question through the lens of utilising technology as a force for good to save the planet. They have put together a video outlining their design proposal to help solve the environmental issue of plastic pollution in our oceans. Working collaboratively, they have examined the nature and extent of this problem, proposed a possible solution, tested their design proposal and put together a 60-second video showcasing their thoughts on how we might humanise technology.

Only sixteen teams from schools across NSW will be flown to Game Changer HQ in Sydney during Education Week to compete in a three-day design thinking program where they will work alongside leading industry professionals and compete against other teams.

Thank you to Mr Monti and Mrs Alexiou for supporting our team. We wish our year six student team the best of luck with their application.

Deputy Principal’s Message

Grow Your Mind

This week students have been learning about ‘Growing Optimism’ and being mindful of their thoughts as part of the Grow Your Mind program. Students have learnt that there are always different ways to look at a situation. Teachers have introduced SHARK vs DOLPHIN thoughts. There are health benefits of dolphin thinking which is known as optimistic thinking. When we think like a dolphin, our Wise Owl receives clearer information and feelings from our calm Guard Dog and therefore works better.

Next week learners will be looking at resilience. Resilience is like a muscle that we can build upon and strengthen. Resilience is similar to a ball – when we bounce it on the ground we want it to ‘bounce back’ – when life throws us hard times, setbacks, mistakes or sadness we eventually want to ‘bounce back’ also.


Class of the Week – KC

Term 2 has been busy for KC! We started the term by working with Mrs Stathis in the garden. We had a phonics session in the garden where we matched words and plant names to sounds. We also got to plant some seeds and learn all about wriggly worms. It was lots of fun!

Next we had ours mums (and some of our dads) visit us for the Mother’s Day morning. We made some craft and showed our visitors our favourite things about the classroom.

We also had Reverse Garbage come and visit us. Reverse Garbage is an organisation focused on recycling and sustainability. We learnt how to make a toy car out of materials we already had. We couldn’t decide which car was the best, they were all fantastic!

KC have also been reading picture books focused on descriptions and learning about adjectives. One of our favourite books was Tiddalick The Frog. To go with the picture book we drew and then painted our own frogs – what do you think?

Although we have been having so much fun in KC, we had to farewell one of our classmates. We will miss him but know he will have a great time in America.

It has been a busy term but we are having a wonderful time!


Premier’s Sporting Challenge     

This year our school has registered to participate in the NSW Premier’s Sporting Challenge.

The purpose of the Challenge is to encourage students to participate in sport and physical activity to lead a healthy lifestyle.

Over a ten week period, our Year 3-6 classes will be monitoring physical activity levels during class time, at recess and lunch as well as during sport lessons. Physical activity outside school hours will also count towards the Challenge award. The aim is to work towards an average at least 60 minutes of activity a day for ten weeks.

Our school will be working towards an individual student award at the conclusion of the Challenge.

We would like to invite families to support us in encouraging students’ healthy use of leisure time and to experience the joy of being active together.

For primary students: Each student in years 3-6 will be issued with a logbook to record their daily physical activity, whilst K-2 students will work towards a Gold class award level.

Students completing the Challenge will receive a personalised certificate (Diamond, Gold, Silver or Bronze), signed by the Premier of New South Wales.

Physical activity is valued for its physical, social and emotional benefits. It also helps young people to develop communication skills, confidence and resilience.

Mrs Stewart

Keep your family healthier this winter

The flu is much more serious than a cold. Discover some simple steps to keep you and your family healthier this winter and stop the spread of flu.

A hand with a doctor, patient and nurse drawn on the fingers

NSW Health is reminding families that stopping the spread of flu is in their hands.

Colder days and chilly nights have set in and influenza (flu) season is here. The flu is much more serious than a cold and can be prevented by vaccination.

What are the symptoms?

Flu symptoms range from mild to severe and can include:

  • fever and chills
  • cough, sore throat and runny or stuffy nose
  • muscle aches, joint pains, headaches and fatigue (feeling very tired)
  • nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea (more common in children than adults).

Steps to stop the spread of flu

Here are some simple steps you can take to help keep you and your family healthier this winter and stop the spread of flu.

Get a flu shot

The best way to keep your family healthy is to get a flu shot. Free flu shots are available for pregnant women, children under five years old, Aboriginal people, children and adults with serious medical conditions, and people aged 65 years and over.

A flu shot is safe for everyone over six months and it does not give you the flu.

Sneeze into your elbow

Sneezing into your elbow instead of your hands can help stop the spread of flu. Did you know a sneeze can travel 1-2 metres and a single sneeze droplet may contain 200,000,000 individual virus particles?

Clean your hands

Regularly wash your hands with soap for at least 10 seconds or use a hand sanitiser – a flu virus can survive on unwashed hands for at least 30 minutes and up to two days on other surfaces.

Stay at home if sick

Flu can spread quickly when large numbers of people are in close contact, such as at school, work, sport or social events so keep sick children away from school and other activities.

If you are sick with flu, stay at home and avoid close contact with other people to prevent them from also becoming sick.

This is especially important for people who are more likely to get really sick if they get the flu – don’t visit pregnant women, infants, older people or people in hospital or residential aged care.

See a doctor if symptoms get worse

Remember – it’s important to seek immediate medical advice if the illness quickly becomes worse or if any of the following symptoms occur:

  • shortness of breath or rapid breathing
  • chest pain
  • confusion or sudden dizziness
  • persistent vomiting.

For more information visit NSW Health or ask your health worker or GP.

Kindergarten 2020

Is your child, or the child of someone you know, starting Kindergarten in 2020? Our enrolment process is well underway, so please contact the office if you have not lodged your enrolment form.

Head Lice

There have been several cases of head lice within the school. Please check your child’s hair regularly, and treat if necessary.

Label Your Child’s Belongings

It is vital that you label all of your child’s belongings. We endeavor to return every piece of lost property to its rightful owner, but this is not possible if they are not clearly labelled. Also, please regularly check your child’s bag to make sure they have not accidentally brought home clothing belonging to someone else, and if so, return these to school.

Lost Property

We have many items of lost property in the front office (not clothes) but things such as:

Keys, watches, jewellery, reading glasses, sunglasses, toys, bows, purses, goggles, even an ortho mouth plate!

If you or your child have lost any of the above, please come to the front office.

Student Information

Please contact the office if there are any changes that have occurred at home so we can update our school records. Such as:

  • Parent contact details (including home address)
  • Emergency contact details
  • Any updated medical information
  • Any changes to family circumstances



It’s THAT time of year, and there has been a spike in the number of children being sent home sick from school. Please keep your child at home if they are unwell. If your child becomes ill while here and we feel that they are too sick to benefit from school, or are contagious to other children, you will be called to take them home. Keeping kids home from school can be a big burden for working parents. However, sending them to school when they are sick can be detrimental to the child and their classmates. We realise this may be inconvenient, but it is necessary to prevent the spread of illness to other students and staff.

If your child has had a fever, diarrhoea or vomiting they should not go to school for at least 24 hours after the last signs of any of these.


Waste Free Wednesdays

Waste Free Wednesdays are back!

Waste Free Wednesday is a sustainability initiative aimed at reducing the amount of landfill waste that is created from school lunchboxes.

Every Wednesday the class Eco Warriors will be assessing lunchboxes to see how many are waste-free. To be ‘waste-free’, a lunchbox must contain only re-useable items, recyclable items or waste that can be composted.  If there is anything that will end up in the landfill bin, it is not waste-free.

Try to pack …    A Waste-Less Lunchbox

·        Snacks in reusable containers

·        Drinks in a reusable container

·        Reusable utensils when needed

·        A reusable lunchbox or backpack

·        Small pieces of fruit, yoghurt or snack items in a reusable container

Avoid …  A Disposable Lunchbox

  • Lunches packed in plastic bags or wrap, foil, wax paper
  • Disposable drink boxes, pouches, cans, cartons, and bottles
  • Disposable forks and spoons
  • Pre-packaged single-serve snack items

For some tips and tricks you might like to visit https://healthy-kids.com.au/waste-free-lunch/​ and check out their suggestions.

We will be tallying the results across the school and hope that as the term progresses we will see more and more waste-free lunchboxes!

Thank you for your continued support in making your school, and our Earth, a more sustainable place!


Mid-Year Musicale

Pre-Concert P&C BBQ and Supper – PLEASE DONATE

There will be a BBQ, warm soups and cake stall before the concert from 5:30-6:15pm. Families are asked to donate sweet and savoury treats such as cakes, jelly cups, and slices, which can then be sold. These can be brought to the kitchenette next to the library at 8:30am or 3:00pm or to the School Hall on the night of the concert. OOSH will also store donations in the morning if your child attends. We are looking for lots of delicious donations – these will provide a great pre-concert supper as well as raise money for our music programs.

If you are able to help on the night with the BBQ or Treat Stall please email Jen Ball at jenstaball@yahoo.com.au . Help will be needed from 4:30pm to set up and 5:30 -6:15pm to sell food.

If you are able to make a soup for the night, please contact Jodie Steele on jodiesteele@optusnet.com.au for more details on what flavours we are making and how to bring to the school.

At the end of the concert, we would appreciate support from parents who are able to help pack up the hall.

Looking forward to a great night!