2019: Term 3 Week 6

Principal’s Message

Father’s Day Breakfast and Open Classrooms

This morning we had our Father’s Day Breakfast and Open Classrooms. Despite the rain and windy conditions, we had a very impressive turn out and our families were able to keep warm in the hall. A huge thank you to Jonathan Leiper, Jenny Connell and the Year 2 parents for organising this fantastic community event.

It was lovely to see all the fathers, uncles, granddads and special friends joining in the classroom activities after breakfast. It has been a long time since I have seen so many paper planes flying around the school yard. I hope you all got an insight into your children’s life at South Coogee. We think it is a fantastic place to learn and grow!

There are some great photos of the event below.

Thank you to our Wonderful School Administrative and Support staff

This week is School Administrative and Support (SAS) staff recognition week. We have an incredibly dedicated and compassionate SAS team and they are always willing to go above and beyond their normal duties to support our learners and their families. Our SAS team includes our office staff (Helen, Jan, Michelle, Kim & Pattie), our School Learning Support Officers (Rosalie, Bella, Alison, Shelley, Linda, Leigh, Ngaire, Diane, Katie, Deb, Holly, Antonia, Tamara & McKenzie), our General Assistant (George), our cleaners Fe and Zora and Chrissy and Christine in the Canteen.

Our SAS staff play a critical role in our school community. They are the kind faces you see when you enter our school office. They are working in classrooms alongside teachers to help support students with their learning. They are working hard to maintain and care for our school grounds and buildings. They are the people who look after our students when they are unwell and they ensure the effective management of school financial and administration tasks.

We want to say a heartfelt THANK YOU and formally recognise everything they do to support teachers to improve the learning outcomes for all our students. We are extremely lucky to have such a dedicated, hardworking SAS team.

ThinkUKnow – Cyber Safety Evening – Wednesday 4 September at 6pm

Next Wednesday we will be holding the Think U Know – Cyber Safety Information Evening at 6pm in the library.

ThinkUKnow Australia is a cyber safety education program that informs parents, carers and teachers how people are using technology, the challenges they may face online, and how to help them overcome these in a safe and ethical way.

ThinkUKnow Australia is a partnership between the Australian Federal Police, Microsoft Australia, Datacom and the Commonwealth Bank. The program is delivered in collaboration with policing partners New South Wales Police Force, Northern Territory Police, Queensland Police, South Australia Police, Tasmania Police, Western Australia Police, as well as Neighbourhood Watch Australasia.

The presentation will be delivered by a local law enforcement member and an industry volunteer. The presentation covers issues relating to children and young peoples’ privacy and security online, their relationships with other users and their online reputation. It provides insight into the devices young people are using, as well as the popular websites, apps and social networking sites they’re accessing.

This is a fantastic opportunity for you to learn more about young people and the online environment, and how you can help them to be safe and responsible users of technology.

For more information, you can visit www.thinkuknow.org.au or contact Mr Tesoriero mark.tesoriero5@det.nsw.edu.au

 Check out our new pergola!

A huge thank you to Mrs Stathis and Christopher Clapp for organising the construction of a new pergola in the outdoor learning area outside of the library. Linus, Jed, Simon, Jamie, Noah and Finley all helped to construct the new pergola. We think they have done an outstanding job!










P&C Meeting – Wednesday 4 September at 7:30pm

Following the ThinkUknow presentation on Wednesday we will be holding our P&C meeting at 7:30pm. At this meeting I will discuss the new Enrolment Guidelines and provide feedback from both the Mobile Phone and Academic Report Surveys. We will also be discussing Fiesta updates.  All parents are very welcome to attend and I look forward to seeing you there.

Tell Them From Me – Parent/Carer Survey Opens Today

We are once again providing an opportunity for you to share your thoughts, ideas and hopes for our school. The survey opens today. Please use the link below to complete the survey. We are hoping for a maximum response, so a true and accurate picture of the attitudes, perceptions and ideas of our school community can be captured. http://nsw.tellthemfromme.com/sc2019

Tell Them From Me – Student Survey

Students in Years 4, 5 and 6 will complete a student survey whilst at school. If you DO NOT WANT YOUR CHILD TO PARTICIPATE in the survey please contact the office and let us know before 6th September. Students will undertake the survey during weeks 9 &10.

I hope you all have a fantastic Father’s Day weekend!

Relieving Principal

Marion Walsh-Gay

Deputy Principal’s Message

Book Week

Last week, the SCPS community celebrated Book Week. We would like to thank Mrs Susy Leal for her amazing coordination this year! Her passion and enthusiasm always ensures an amazing celebration of reading and books.

K-2 enjoyed a visit from author and illustrator Frane Lessac. She demonstrated her art style, told stories of her travels and ran a game of limbo inspired by her various Caribbean themed books. She also signed all of her books in our library collection. Our 3-6 leaners enjoyed a visit from illustrator & author Gabriel Evans. They especially enjoyed his humour and participating in a sketching activity.

A highlight of Book Week is always our Book Parade. This year’s parade didn’t disappoint! It fantastic to see all the students and staff getting into the spirit. We are always amazed by the creativity of the costumes.

The Book Fair was once again a favourite of the students. As reward for the purchases of books and stationery, the school will be able to spend $1800 on resources for the school library.

ICAS Assessments

ICAS Assessments are nearly here. Just a reminder on the dates of the tests:

  • Digital Technologies – Tuesday 3rd of September
  • Science – Thursday 5th of September
  • Spelling – Thursday 12th of September
  • English -Tuesday 17th of September
  • Mathematics – Thursday 19th of September

Please arrive at 7.45am and meet Miss Chan in the Library. Just a friendly reminder that unfortunately there are no catch-ups! If you have any issues, please email Miss Chan nataliechan18@det.nsw.edu.au​.

Chantal Cake

Relieving Deputy Principal

Class of The Week – KB

KB have had an adventure packed start to Term 3!

In Week 4, we learned all about the country life on our excursion to Golden Ridge Farm in Dural. The learners were very excited to hold and pat the ducklings, chicks and bunnies. We fed lambs and kids and even got to milk Sassy the Cow!

“My favourite part of visiting the farm was holding and patting the cute, soft bunnies”  Bethany

“I really liked it when I got to milk Sassy. Her milk made a funny sound when it squirted in the bucket”  Paxton

Last week KB put on their best costumes to celebrate Book Week. We had a wonderful time marching in the parade with our buddies and acting as our favourite book characters. A visit from author Frané Lessac inspired us to read new and interesting story books. Our wonderful parent helpers have also been helping us in the classroom to become powerful readers, and we enjoy showing them our brilliant reading skills.

This term we have started to learn how to give feedback to ourselves and each other. The learners have enjoyed becoming writing detectives and helping each other to improve their work.

“Feedback is when you help someone make their work a little bit better by giving them tips”  Stephanie

KB have had a fantastic time this year making new friends and adjusting to school life, and are continuing to work hard in all aspects of learning.

Debating News

South Coogee’s Premier’s Debating Team are Zone Champions!

I am very excited to announce that our Premier’s Debating Team (Alexis E, Sarah D, Willow R, Cassidy C, Chiara S) has won the zone final of the Premier’s Debating Competition.

On Wednesday 21st August, South Coogee competed against Bronte Public School in the zone final. The topic was, ‘that all food sold at school canteens should be vegetarian’. Our team had to argue the negative case.

The competition was tough, but South Coogee‘s persuasive arguments were more convincing and we came away with the win.


We will now progress to the regional level of the competition. Good luck team!

Amanda Duthie

Premier’s Debating Team Coach

Stage 2 Cricket Blast School Cup

Well done to all the Stage 2 students for your outstanding participation in the Cricket Blast School Cup last Tuesday. The cricket gala day allowed all students to test out their batting, bowling and fielding skills in games against other schools. Not only did they improve their skills but they were able to play as part of a team. Thank you to the captains who helped organise their teams on the day.

Students commented that they enjoyed trying different roles on the field, playing competitively, playing with different people from their class, working as a team and watching the high catching competition at lunchtime.  Also, their batting, bowling and fielding improved with all the game time. Cricket NSW also commented on the positive play and participation by South Coogee students on the day.

A big congratulations to Chloe S and Daniel M on winning the high catching competition. The boys competition was very close and it was hard to split Daniel and Levi S. Well done Levi, for coming runners up and for your outstanding sportsmanship. Also well done to our teachers, Mr Johnson and Ms Sherlock who represented South Coogee in the teacher high catching competition.

Mrs Stewart and Mrs Pitarelli

D.D.’s Jams for Fiesta

Fiesta is fast approaching, and Mrs Dilger is hard at work preparing her famous jams.

She is desperately needing 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, oranges, passionfruit and chokos if you have an excess.