2019: Term 3 Week 2

Principal’s Message 

Welcome back for Term 3 and it is nice to see all our students back to school refreshed and ready to tackle this term’s learning challenges. We have a number of important events and activities planned so I urge you to regularly check the online calendar at: https://www.southcoogeepublicschool.com/calendar/

Solar Panels Installation

You may have noticed we have had new solar panels installed on the roof above the Year 2 classrooms and the library. We are very excited about the fact that we will be lowering our greenhouse gas emissions and doing our part reduce our impact on climate change. Thank you to our dedicated P&C for accessing the grant that helped to part fund this project.

 Education Week (5-9 August) – ‘Every student, every voice’

Next week is Education week and we are celebrating student empowerment and how the NSW public education system gives students the skills they need in order to have and express a voice during their own educational journey and as engaged global citizens. We will be holding our Education Week Assembly on Wednesday 7 August at 9:30am to showcase some of the wonderful programs at South Coogee PS and to announce our Semester 2 student leaders and Term 3 Eco Warriors.

At South Coogee we value student voice. Just last week, I had a meeting with some of our Student Representative Council about the issues and suggestions raised by the student leaders. Most of the suggestions related to improvements to the student toilet facilities and also to environmental sustainability issues. It was wonderful to see our leaders confidently ask for improvements to their personal environment (toilet facilities) but also the bigger issue of looking after our planet. I am happy to say that we were able to take action on most of the issues raised. We have:

  • Installed new hand dryers in the toilets
  • Additional soap dispensers to be installed next week
  • Installed air fresheners in the Senior Toilets
  • Repaired all broken locks on toilet stalls
  • Installed mirrors in the boys and girls toilets
  • Yellow bins for recycling plastic have been ordered from Randwick council for the school playground
  • The Sustainability team will soon be collecting soft plastics for recycling through our local grocery outlets and Randwick Council.

I urge all our students to continue to be vocal about the actions they think need to happen to make our planet a better place. Take head from Greta Thunberg, the young Swedish activist who inspired a global student movement to demand action on climate change. Your voice is powerful.

Good luck to our Game Changer Challenge Team

Next week, our year 6 Game changer Challenge team will be engaging in the big global issue of ‘How might we humanise technology?’. You can read about the amazing the experiences they will be involved in later in this newsletter. We wish them best of luck in this competition!

Parents and Citizen’s Association (P & C) meeting next Wednesday 7 August @ 7pm 

The next meeting of the P & C will be held on Wednesday 7 August 2019 at 7pm. The meeting will be held in the library. All parents are welcome to attend. The results from the Academic Reports Survey will be shared at this evening. We look forward to seeing you there.

Working Bee – Sunday 4 August from 10am-2pm

Our school working bee is on this Sunday 4 August. We would love it if you could come and help for an hour or so. Children are welcome to attend and they love being involved in this community event. There is plenty of mulching and weeding to be done as well as some small scale construction projects. Please bring your gardening gloves, shovels, small wheelbarrows and other tools as the school has a limited amount of equipment. A sausage sizzle lunch will be provided on the day. Look forward to seeing you there!

Final In Area Kindergarten Enrolments

Places are filling fast and we are currently finalising the in area enrolments for Kindergarten 2020. If you have not enrolled your child for Kindergarten 2020 please contact the office ASAP. Once in area applications have been finalised we will be examining out of area applications. As there is a new enrolment policy that has been implemented in all Department of Education Schools, we need to work through a thorough process when examining these applications.

Woolworths Earn and Learn

What an amazing effort from all South Coogee Public School families! We collected 40 000 stickers and ordered so many resources including outdoor construction sets and a range of classroom items. These resources are due to arrive in Term 4. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Woolworths Earn and Learn program.


From the 9th to the 23rd August I will be on leave. My daughter is moving to America to attend college in Florida and I will be helping to settle her in. Chantal Cake will be acting as Relieving Principal over that time and Joanne Coetzee and Marina Alexiou will be sharing the Relieving Deputy Principal role.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and I look forward to seeing you at the working bee on Sunday!

Marion Walsh-Gay

Relieving Principal

Deputy Principal’s Message

Reading and Maths Information Evening

Thank you to everyone who attended our information sessions on Wednesday night. It was great to see so many people on a cold, wet night!

We would appreciate you completing a very short survey for each of the sessions that you attended. They will only take a minute and we value your feedback.

K-2 Reading: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8SNCHQX

K-2 Maths: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LVYYG55

3-6 Reading: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/86PCCD3

3-6 Maths: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8GZVCFN

If you were unable to attend and would like a copy of the presentations, they are available on Skoolbag.

Reading Aloud to Your Child

When our children become independent readers, we often forget how important it is to continue to read to them. Reading in general, whether independently or with an adult, enhances vocabulary, improves writing skills and develops creativity. Reading aloud to your child has great benefits for your child’s reading development and it is a great way to spend quality time with them. Most importantly, they love it! There’s nothing better than curling up on the couch with a parent, older sibling or grandparent and listening them read a fantastic story to you.

Chantal Cake

Relieving Deputy Principal

A Message from our Students

Boycott Mini Shops 2 and Ooshies Collectibles to Save our Planet!

 You’ve probably noticed that Coles have started to give away ‘little shop 2’ collectibles, which are made from and wrapped in plastic.

Given Coles’ supermarkets sell more than $30 billion worth of groceries a year that could add up to millions of plastic toys, plus their plastic-lined display cases. I’m sure you’re aware of how big of an issue plastic waste is! So here’s some things to keep in mind whilst collecting mini shops and supporting other companies that aren’t eco-friendly.

First of all, try to avoid mini shops all together. Woolworths also gives collectible toys known as ‘ooshies’ (rubber pencil toppers) that I’m sure your kids will love! Or if you still wish to continue shopping at Coles or Woolworths, just ask not to receive a toy.

Try to purchase products with the least plastic wrapping as possible.

Use reusable water bottles, straws, cups, etc.

We are trying to help the environment one piece of plastic at a time!

So please, don’t support ‘mini shop’ and ‘ooshies’ plastic collectibles



Sarah 5/6A

Commemorative Garden Opening

At the end of last term, we held an opening of our new garden area and tree in memory of Aunty Fay. The garden was planted with the expertise and guidance of Peter Cooley and Bruce Thompson from First Hand Aboriginal Solutions.

As part of the project, Aunty Fay’s son Luke visited and spent some time with the Badu Crew to learn about their involvement and help in creating this new space.

Game Changer Challenge

The Game Changer Challenge is an Education Week initiative that started last year. The challenge is designed to empower teachers and students with insights into design thinking as a powerful tool for developing general capabilities such as critical thinking, collaboration, empathy, and creativity. The challenge also provides students with the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills to solving a real-world problem, translating learning from the classroom into a real-life context.

The challenge final involves teams from 16 schools across NSW (eight primary and eight secondary) travelling to Sydney during Education Week for a three-day, intensive, design-thinking workshop.

These sixteen teams will go to Game Changer HQ in Sydney during Education Week to compete in a three-day design thinking program where, working alongside leading industry professionals, teams will go head-to-head to consider this year’s question, How might we humanise technology?

From almost 100 entries, our SCPS team is one of 16 teams selected as finalists to participate in the design program next week. We wish them luck!

Follow the link to check out our competition:



Congratulations to our ‘Dr Seuss’ Senior Dance Ensemble

On Tuesday 13th September our Senior Dance Ensemble girls will be performing Showcase @ The Juniors. We would also like to congratulate the girls from our ‘Oh the Thinks you can Think’ by Dr Seuss performance as they have been selected to perform at the NSW Public Schools Dance Festival 2019 in September. They will be performing in the Saying it without Words program, the girls were selected from their performance at the In the Spotlight Festival for choreography, technical skill and performance quality. Congratulations to the girls, Emma Murphy our choreographer and Lara Richardson our dance coordinator for all their hard work and dedication to the program.

Congratulations Evie

Evie in 3J won a gold medal (1st place in her division) at the NSW Jiu Jitsu championships in the week before the holidays. We would like to congratulate Evie on this outstanding achievement!


Stage 2 Woolworths Cricket Blast School Cup

On Tuesday, 20 August, all students from Stage 2 will be attending the Woolworths Cricket Blast School Cup.  This will involve playing games of cricket in a round robin format against other schools. Games will be played with modified equipment (soft ball) and modified rules to suit this age group.

On the day your child will need to bring their recess and lunch, plenty of water and sun cream to apply regularly throughout the day and asthma medication if required. Students also need to wear their full sports uniform including a school hat.

The details of the day are as follows:

Venue:             Coral Sea Park, Maroubra

Date:                20 August, 2019 (Week 5, Term 3)

Time:                9.15am-2.30pm: Buses will be leaving after roll call.

Transport:         Bus

Uniform:           Full school sports uniform and school hat

Equipment:      All cricket equipment will be supplied by Cricket NSW and South Coogee Public School

Please give permission via the CareMonkey request.

Allison Stewart, Megan Pitarelli and Renee Sherlock

D.D.’s Jams for Fiesta

As you know, Fiesta is fast approaching, and it’s time for Mrs Dilger to start preparing her famous jams.

She will require the donation of jars for the jam, but specifically these types:

  • Vegemite jars (380 gm)
  • Honey jars
  • Jars smaller than 300g
  • St Dalfours jam jars
  • Hexagonal jars

Please leave any jars at the front office, making sure the jars have lids, and have been washed with the labels removed.

Mrs Dilger would also like donations of lemons, limes and oranges if you have an excess.

NRL League Stars After School Program

The NRL League Stars Program starts at SCPS on Monday 19/8/2019 and runs for 6 weeks  after school from 3.15pm – 4.15pm. The cost is $75 and you will receive a pack which includes a bag, ball, pump and T-Shirt. Below is the URL and link to register.

Link: https://membership.sportstg.com/regoform.cgi?formID=86321&programID=46852