2019: Term 3 Week 10

Principal’s News

Even though we are fast approaching the end of term, South Coogee Public School is still a hive of productive activity and learning!

Virtual Visit with Dr Karl

Last week learners in 4X were very fortunate to have a video conference Question & Answer session with Dr Karl Kruszelnicki. Our learners used their powers of curiosity to devise questions for Dr Karl about all things scientific. Dr Karl shared his wealth of knowledge and the kids enjoyed a fantastic learning event!

Outstanding Debating Results

Congratulations to our Premier’s Debating Team who won the last round of their debate against Woollahra Public school last Friday.

Well done to Cassidy C in 5/6A who has been selected for the Sydney representative debating team to compete at the 2019 Primary Schools State Debating Championships. This is an amazing accomplishment as the best debaters from across the Sydney area competed for one of only four spots. We wish her the best of luck at this event.

K-2 Cross Country

On Monday we held our K-2 Cross Country carnival. We certainly had an energetic group of runners ready to take off around Latham Park. Thanks to all the parents and volunteers who helped out on the day.

Congratulations to Indy G in 5/6C – Rugby Union Superstar

Last week Indy G competed in the inaugural NSWPSSA Rugby Union Gala Days at St Marys.

Indy was an outstanding competitor and was named in the NSWPSSA Merit team. She even made history as the first try scorer in the Girl’s Rugby pathway. Congratulations Indy!

You can hear more about Indy and her brothers Oscar and Finley’s sporting accomplishments later in this newsletter.

Year 5 Leadership Training Day

Our Year 5 students took part in a leadership activities day on Tuesday. They learnt about the importance of teamwork, student voice and how to make a positive difference to the community. We know they enjoyed a fun day exploring what it means to be a positive leader.

Stage 2 and 3 Camp

From Wednesday to Friday, Mrs Cake and I are heading off with Stages 2 and 3 to outdoor education camps at Narrabeen and Kincumber. These outdoor learning experiences are a fun and rewarding way to engage in challenges that help students (and teachers) develop skills in communication, collaboration, resilience, problem solving and leadership. We are all looking forward to a great time and I am sure the Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2 students will love the extra space around the school while we are away.

National Assessment Program (Literacy and Numeracy) Results

The National Assessment Program (Literacy and Numeracy) results, otherwise known as NAPLAN, were released to schools last week and individualised reports for all students in Years 3 and 5 were sent home with students. These results provide us with a snapshot of our students’ academic achievement as it was in May this year and allow us to look at each student’s strengths and areas for development. We are also provided with extensive data to enable school-wide longitudinal analysis of our performance. This analysis informs our teaching practice and school improvement initiatives. I look forward to sharing this data and analysis with the school community next term.

Maroubra Fun Run – Sunday 27 October 2019

Get your joggers out, it’s that time of year again. We would love for you and your family to join our team and participate in this fantastic community event. This year we are aiming for over 30+ runners in our team! All friends, family and non-students are welcome to run as part of our teams.

To enter students and adults online follow the links below to register.



Team Name:    South Coogee PS Students

Category:           Primary School

Team Leader:   Sivannah Brooks

P/word:               SCPSStudent



Team Name:    South Coogee PS

Category:        4km Open Team (Run)

Team Leader:   Renee Sherlock

P/Word:             SCPSFamily

Save the Date- Grow Your Mind Parent Session- How to use the Home Kit  – Tuesday 29 October @ 6:30pm

Join co-founder of Grow Your Mind, Alice Peel, for a school update and home kit information night. Alice will be talking about the impact Grow Your Mind has had on South Coogee Public to date as well as offering invitations for playful ways to begin using the kit with your children. If you attended Alice’s talk earlier in the year she will be recapping on some of the central themes however the focus will be on the home environment.

Thank you for a fabulous term

This is the last newsletter for this term. Thank you to the whole school community for your amazing support throughout the term. I wish you all a very safe and restful holiday break. We look forward seeing you back at school on Monday 14 October 2019.

Marion Walsh-Gay

Relieving Principal

Class of the Week – 4B

In 4B we have been learning many interesting thing in Reading, Writing, Science, Maths and many more subjects. One of the highlights in Reading was when we designed an exotic and unique lolly of our own. One of the students created a lolly called “The Bubble Buster”. This lolly allows you to breathe underwater and turn water into ice. There are three flavours: Blue Raspberry, Marshmallow and Coconut. Once you have swallowed the lolly you can breathe beneath the calming waves.

In Writing, we made origami bookmarks. First we watched a video on how to make the bookmark. We had to memorise this procedure. We folded the bookmark and then wrote a procedure on how to fold the bookmark.

The crowning moment in Maths was when we learnt what tessellating was and created a tessellating artwork. We used three dimensional hexagons to create a tessellating bee hive. We outlined and coloured the artwork. Finally we added a bee that jumped off the page.

In Science we enjoyed the topic about forces. We all loved learning about gravity and performed an experiment called “Egg Drop”. We built a secure place for the egg. One person from each group dropped the egg from the top level above the quadrangle and we observed if the egg cracked. The experiment was successful for most groups and the class had lots of fun.

4B has had so much fun this term and we are looking forward to having even more fun next term.

Written by Freya L, Chloe D, and Emily B

Premier’s Debating Semi Final Win

On Friday 20th September the Premier’s Debating Team debated against Woollhara Public School in the semi-finals of the NSW Premier’s Debating Challenge. The topic of the debate was that we should make the school day longer. Our team were arguing the negative and after a very well structured debate from both sides our aptly named SCPS Chatterboxes team was awarded the win!

This moves them through to the finals round of the debating challenge competition which will take place early next term.

We wish them all the best in the next round!

K-2 Cross Country Carnival

On Monday 23rd September 2019, K-2 walked to Latham Park to take part in the annual K-2 Cross Country Carnival. The students ran hard, cheered hard and had a fantastic time. Students were awarded ribbons for 1st to 6th places.

The Kindies ran one lap of the upper Latham Park Oval and the Stage One students were amazing running two laps.

Thanks to all the parents who helped with setting up the course and collecting witches hats and cones at the finish.

Tracey Lewis

(K-2 Cross Country Organiser)

Primary Schools Sustainability Expo @ Observatory Hill Environmental Education Centre

Last Thursday 19th September, eight of our curious learners and two of our teachers attended the Primary Schools Sustainability Expo. The day was run just like a conference with keynote speakers, hands-on workshops and exhibitors – pretty exciting for young (and older) minds to experience this!

Workshops were run by high school students from across Sydney who are leading the way in sustainability at their schools. Our learners participated in activities to repurpose materials; make reusable beeswax food wraps; discovered how to use coding to identify when a garden needs watering and were treated to some top tips for becoming a conscious consumer and reducing their personal impact on the planet. Even at lunchtime our learners were intrigued to understand more and visited some exhibitors (Oz Harvest, Return and Earn and Ocean Action Pod) to learn more about the impact of some current human habits and simple changes that we can make to improve.

The teachers were also on a mission to discover how our school community can integrate environmental practices in a more sustainable way. Hearing from former Principal and school sustainability guru Andy Best about his journey, as well as other school leaders about their projects and practices, was inspiring and we all left with a buzz in our step.

It was a fantastic day, at a pretty special location with an iconic view. Ideas are flowing and we are all looking forward to the next steps in the SCPS sustainability journey!

New date for Stage 3 Cricket Gala Day – 21 October

The Stage 3 Cricket Gala day was postponed due to rain and will now be held on Monday, 21 October (Week 2, Term 4).

All Stage 3 students will be participating and it gives children the opportunity to play fun, modified, short games of cricket outside the classroom and develop skills such as teamwork and leadership in an inclusive learning environment. It is a round robin format for boys and girls. Everyone has a chance to bat, bowl and wicketkeep. Plastic bats and soft balls are used and this will be provided by Cricket NSW.

Students will be leaving straight after roll call on this day and will be returned to school before 3pm.

What to Wear:      Sports uniform, school hat

What to Bring:      Recess, lunch, drinks, sunscreen

Venue:       Latham Park, South Coogee

Time:          Leaving school at 9.05

Cricket Regional Final – 24 October

The following students will be representing South Coogee Public School at the Regional Cricket Final at Evatt Park, Lugarno on Thursday, 24 October.

Boys: Oscar G, Finley G, Anthony M, Nicholas F, Lawrence B, Ashton H-I, Carlos T, Jed W Evan M, Jules B

Girls: Indy G, Taya L, Cassidy C, Alexis E, Chiara S, Ava M, Willow R, Courtney K,  Elke B, Jyn S

Cricket training will be held on Wednesday mornings at 8.10 am (16th and 23rd October) in preparation for the regional finals.

A Caremonkey note will be sent with details and cost for the day.

Time:      Meet at school at 7.45

Venue:    Evatt Park, Lugarno

Travel:    Bus

What to Wear:    Sports uniform, school hat

What to Bring:    Recess, lunch, drinks, sunscreen

Allison Stewart

Spotlight on some of our Talented Student Athletes

Indy G, Finley G and Oscar G have had a busy sporting year representing South Coogee Public School at Zone, Regional and NSW State Championships.

The commitment and dedication needed to attend all of the training for all of these sports has been phenomenal.

All three are hoping to get to State this year for Athletics and make South Coogee proud.

Indy G

Represented Sydney East at NSW State Championships

– Girls StateTouch Rugby – played at Mudgee (3 days)

– Selected in the Boys Rugby Union Team. Unfortunately, the State rugby tournament clashed with the Girls State Touch tournament, so Indy decided to go to the State Touch tournament.

– Girls Rugby 7’s (played over 2 days at StMary’s). Selected in the 1st ever Girls NSW State Team. Only 12 girls selected in this team out of 12 teams that played from the regional areas of NSW.

Eastern Suburbs Regional Representative

– Cross Country- 9th at Regionals

– Athletics- 100m, 200m, Long Jump, Relay (set new zone records in 100m, 200m and Long Jump)


Finley G

Represented Sydney East at the NSW State Championships

– AFL (3 days at Olds Park in Sydney)

– Rugby Union (3 days in Richmond)


Eastern Suburbs Regional Representative

– Rugby League

– Athletics – Relay and Discus

– Cross Country

Oscar G

Represented Sydney East at the NSW State Championships

– AFL (3 days at Olds Park in Sydney)

– Rugby Union (3 days in Richmond)

– Touch Rugby (3 days in Newcastle)


Eastern Suburbs Regional Representative

– Rugby League

– Athletics – Relay, 100m, 200m and Long Jump

– Cross Country


Congratulations on these outstanding sporting achievements!

Gymnastics News

Congratulations to Summer G-S, India D and Ruby H on their participation in the recent Gymnastic State titles. All girls competed in floor, beam, bars and vault and received Silver medals for Level 3.

Well done to all three girls on this achievement.


Ethics Coordinator needed for South Coogee Public School

Ethics classes have been available at Coogee South Public School for several years as an option for children who don’t attend Special Religious Educations (SRE/scripture).

The NSW government has authorised Primary Ethics, a not for profit organisation, to create curriculum and recruit and train volunteers to teach these classes. Ethics classes support children in developing skills in ethical reasoning, critical and logical thinking, respectful discussion and how to support their arguments with evidence.

We are looking for a new volunteer to help coordinate our ethics program. Volunteering is a great way to engage with the school.  The Ethics Coordinator is a very social role and would suit people with good organisational skills. It acts as a liaison between Primary Ethics and the school and organises recruitment and coordinates the Ethics Teachers. The time is flexible, approximately 1-2 hours per week and can be done predominantly online. Structured training for the ethics coordinator is provided online.

For more information about Primary Ethics, the curriculum or to volunteer as the ethics coordinator, please visit www.primaryethics.com.au where you can submit an online application.