2019: Term 3 Week 4

Principal’s Message

It has been a busy couple of weeks at South Coogee PS and there are many more exciting events ahead. Make sure you keep an eye out for SkoolBag updates so that you know what is coming.

Education Week

Last week was Education Week, which was celebrated with a whole school assembly. It was a great opportunity to show case some of our terrific programs, including our senior dance ensembles and junior and senior choirs. Our audience was also able to view the Game Changer video which saw our team selected for the finals last week. Please read on in the newsletter to find out how they went.

The theme for Education Week this year was ‘Every Student, Every Voice’. It was lovely to hear the wise words of the speakers from Kindergarten to Year 6 who spoke about ‘How kids can change the world?’ Their messages were all very moving and ranged from doing simple acts of kindness to looking after the environment. At the assembly, our new school leaders from K-6 received their leadership badges. We are sure that the new Class Captains and Eco Warriors will do a great job in their new roles.


NED’s Mindset Mission

This week K-6 learners saw the performance ‘NED’s Mindset Mission’. The performance featured a yeti who teaches NED to overcome Mt Everest’s toughest obstacles and Never Give Up. Captain Kindly helped NED to discover how to Encourage Others. Finally, while repairing a sputtering spaceship, NED grew his mind while learning the message Do Your Best. To help students develop their growth mindset and realise the power of yet, they can purchase a yo-yo after school until next Tuesday. As many of us remember from our childhood, mastering the yo-yo takes many hours of practice and lots of determination. Students will be able to use their yo-yos in the safe ‘NED Zone’ on the playground next week. The money raised from the sale of yo-yos will help another school access this great performance.


Showcase at The Juniors

On Tuesday night, I had the pleasure of watching our Senior Dance Ensembles perform at the Showcase at the Juniors. Once again, the girls did us proud with their magnificent performances. I would like to thank Ms Lara Richardson and Miss Emma Murphy for their continued effort and support of the ensembles. A huge thank you also to the parents and carers who came to watch the girls. Opportunities like this would not be possible without your time and effort. We look forward to seeing the Dr Seuss group perform at next week’s Book Parade and at the State Dance Festival in mid-September.


Canteen Tender

Recently, the school went through a canteen tender process. We are very happy announce that Anthony Catering will continue as our canteen provider. Thank you to all the providers who took the time to submit tenders.

Chantal Cake
Relieving Principal


Deputy Principal’s Message

Science Week

The theme for this year’s Science Week is ‘Destination Moon’. A big thank you to Mr Monti and Mr Tesoriero who have been entertaining the learners at lunch time with their exciting space themed experiments. Students had a turn making craters and were able to watch a cork rocket launch!

Working Bee

Thank you to everyone who came along to the working bee on Sunday 4 August. It was amazing to see so many parents, children and teachers there. A special thank you to Kathryn and Michael Thomsen for coordinating the volunteers and to Maria Stathis and Renee Sherlock for organising the tasks for the day. The front gardens and Kindy garden area are looking wonderful.

Student Mobile Phone Use Survey

We are currently reviewing our Mobile Phone Policy. As such, we would appreciate feedback from the community through the completion of this very short survey:


Joanne Coetzee

Relieving Deputy Principal

Class of The Week – 1A

1A has had a great start to Term Three, with our learning programs in full swing. Over the past few weeks, we have especially been enjoying our Creative Arts activities.
Last week, we had loads of fun creating ink drawings. This artistic style is commonly used in Asian cultures. It is an ancient art form which was developed by the Chinese over a thousand years ago. For our art lesson, we created our own ink painting of Giant Pandas. We think our pandas are cute!

1A were hosts of the K-2 assembly this week and we have been very busy preparing our dance item. For our assembly, we performed a dance routine to the song Afro Circus. We had heaps of fun performing on the stage and loved wearing our fabulous rainbow outfits. We hope the audience enjoyed our performance too!

Game Changer Challenge

Huge congratulations to our Game Changer Challenger Team Taya L, Sarah D, Eliott S., Elliot B., Bogdan S. and Kyna D for participating in this year’s Game Changer Challenge finals! The Game Changer Challenge is an initiative by the Department of Education to move classroom learning to solve real world issues and expose students and teachers to the problem-solving methodology known as Design Thinking.

This year’s question was ‘How might we humanise technology?’

After submitting a video with our solution to the question, and with over 130 entries from primary schools across New South Wales, South Coogee Public School was selected as one of nine primary schools to compete in the finals. They spent last week with technology, education and design-thinking professionals to answer the question and create a prototype of their idea.

The program started with a Q&A-style panel led by speakers with expertise in future technologies in areas such as sustainability, virtual reality, ethics, robotics and artificial intelligence at the Google HQ Australia in Pyrmont. Students had the opportunity to ask questions to the panellists and get a deeper understanding of the issues around technology in our daily lives.

The next two days were spent at Game Changer HQ in Parramatta, where students designed a solution to the Challenge question. Our students engaged in a series of tutorials such as robotics, coding, virtual reality and animation to create a prototype of their idea and develop an engaging pitch.

The event concluded with a pitch session to a panel of industry experts. Our team used technology and collaboration to discuss their idea ‘How can we inform and spread awareness to our local community about the dangers of plastic pollution in our oceans?’. The Game Changer team designed ‘Sea Side Sammy’, an educational robot equipped with voice commands and Virtual Reality goggles to teach students in primary schools to empathise with our marine ecosystem and learn about sustainable thinking around plastic consumption and waste management.

Although our team did not win, they demonstrated outstanding collaboration skills as well as critical and creative thinking and had a fabulous time representing our school. We would like to thank the Department, our teachers and especially our students for this incredible achievement. Great Job Team!

From The Office

Indication for Enrolment 2020

Shortly you will be receiving a Care Monkey form to complete regarding your child’s enrolment for 2020. The information we receive from this form is very important in helping us to plan classes for the coming year.

Student Contact Details Update

The office will also be sending out a form with the current contact details we have on record for your children. Please look at the form carefully and return to school to either confirm they are correct or inform us of any changes required.

Term 3 Invoices

Term 3 invoices have now been sent home with your child. Please check your child’s bag for the invoice envelope. This invoice includes outstanding fees from the first half of the year and any incursion, excursion, sport or extra curricular activity occurring in Term 3.

Please contact the school if you did not receive an invoice or if you require any assistance with payment.  If you are on a Payment Plan please continue with your regular payments.

We encourage payment online through our school website: https://bit.ly/2UsVZW4 OR go to Skoolbag and click on ‘Online Payment’.

Musica Viva

In terms one and two, learners at South Coogee Public School participated in music lessons with Mrs Michaels and Mrs Leal. The lessons were related to a Musica Viva group called Mara.

Last Monday, we were fortunate enough for them to come and perform for us in our hall. Our learners loved listening, singing and dancing to music and instruments from all over the world.

Thank you Mara and Musica Viva.

Waste Free Wednesdays @SCPS

South Coogee Public School is a sustainable school, and every Wednesday is Waste Free lunch day. Our waste free lunch program educates students about where our waste ends up and how we, as individuals, can reduce the amount of waste we generate and send to landfill.
Waste free lunches encourage the first step in the waste hierarchy – AVOIDING waste. Choosing products that have less packaging and/or are compostable results in less waste that we have to dispose of. Where waste is unavoidable, durable reusable items and recyclable items are the next best options.
Waste free lunch boxes not only make good environmental sense but they make good economic sense too as they are often cheaper – and in most cases a lot healthier too!


Music Band Camp

Recently, South Coogee’s Concert Band and Senior Band went to Collaroy for music camp. The camp was one night and we did 8 hours of playing music within 8 lessons. We worked so hard we got hungry  –  lucky we got fed a lot!

We returned to our cabins at night and had lots of fun and stayed up laughing.

We had a talent show the first night and there were many amazing performances. The following morning we had 2 more sessions of band and some free time before we went home.

We had so much fun!

Taya and Chiara

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.
Cost:                 $10. Please pay online if you have not already done so
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

Allison Stewart, Megan Pitarelli and Renee Sherlock

Congratulations Alexis!

Alexis E from 5/6C has just returned with a Bronze medal from the US Junior Olympics held in Orange County, California. She was selected as an import with a handful of other Australians to compete for Santa Barbara.
Congratulations on this amazing achievement!

Gardening Club News

Harvesting in our garden is happening almost twice a week! The children have enjoyed picking radishes, carrots, parsley, spinach, rocket, broccoli, cauliflower and a variety of lettuce.

The children are working hard to prepare the garden for the Spring and Summer crops, by growing seedlings and using our home-grown compost to improve the quality of the soil.

Thank you to all the children involved.

Mrs Stathis


Legacy Week

In 1923 Legacy made a promise to help veterans’ families carry on with their lives after the loss or injury of their loved one. It was a simple promise that Legacy keeps today; providing the same stability, guidance and assistance that a partner would normally provide to his or her family.
Today, Legacy supports 52,000 partners and children of veterans who gave their lives or health serving our country.
Our work can mean a child gets an education and a fair go, a widow is not disadvantaged and alone and a family is not torn apart by the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress or other physiological injuries.
Since the Legacy promise was made by a soldier to his dying mate in the trenches of WW1 “To look after the missus and the kids” Legacy has supported Australian Defence Force families in times of great need.
We need your help to ensure the promise lives on for our veterans’ families.
We will be selling badges at South Coogee on Friday August 30th at the Father’s Day breakfast and before school during Legacy Week
Monday, September 2nd – Friday, September 6th.

Rugby League After School Program – DATES CHANGED!

League Stars is the after school Rugby League skills program that lets every kid play to their strengths. Each week, your child will participate in specially designed games that get them smiling. South Coogee PS League stars program starts on Monday 19/8/2019 and runs for 6 weeks for an hour 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. Please wear enclosed shoes and bring a water bottle. Get your kids active in a noncontact Rugby League program. Please see attached League Stars link below to register.

South Coogee PS link to register:



Let The Children Play

An evening with Pasi Sahlberg, world renowned Finnish education expert and author.

Rainbow Street Public School hall, Wednesday August 21, 7 – 8 pm.

Our guest speaker, Pasi Sahlberg, is an award-winning Finnish educator and author who has advised on education reforms around the world. He is now a professor of education policy at the Gonski Institute for Education at UNSW.

Come and hear him talk about his latest book Let the Children Play – a key way of learning in Finland’s primary and middle schools.

This event is free, but spaces are limited: Register now on Eventbrite (see below).

Professor Pasi Sahlberg

GonskiInstitute for Education, UNSW Sydney
Wednesday, August 21
7pm –8pm
Rainbow Street Public School Hall

RSVP BY Aug 20: