2019: Term 4 Week 2

Principal’s Message

Celebrating our Teachers – World Teacher’s Day 25 October 2019

An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.” —Benjamin Franklin.

Tomorrow all schools in New South Wales are celebrating World Teacher’s Day. World Teacher’s Day recognises the important contribution our teachers make to our learners and the community as a whole.

The education environment today is more dynamic and the role of teachers more complex than at any time in the past. Our teachers are responsible for supporting learners to develop literacy and numeracy skills, critical thinking, collaboration skills, global awareness, responsible digital citizenship, positive mental health strategies and so much more…. It is an immense responsibility and it is important that we recognise our teachers and thank them for the vital role they play in helping our children to learn and grow.

I am constantly in awe of the time that our teachers dedicate to ensure their students’ learning and wellbeing needs are met. They work in teams to examine current research, observe each other’s practice, analyse student data and adjust teaching strategies to meet the diverse needs of their learners. But our teachers go above and beyond their classroom responsibilities. They give up time with their families to ensure their classes get to experience life at camp. They spend their weekends looking for costumes for dance ensembles or resources that will make their science lesson more engaging. Our teachers work incredibly hard to make our school a happy, fun and safe place to learn. So I want to sincerely thank all the teachers at South Coogee for their dedication, professionalism, and care.

If you get an opportunity, please let our teachers know that they are appreciated for all that they do.

Marion Walsh-Gay

Relieving Principal

Deputy Principal’s Message

Selective High Applications – Year 5 Students

A note was sent through Caremonkey last week regarding Intention to apply for Year 7 entry to a selective high school in 2021.

Selective high schools cater for academically high potential and gifted students who may otherwise be without sufficient classmates of their own academic standard. Selective schools help these students to learn by grouping them with students of similar ability, using specialised teaching methods and materials. Selective high schools are unzoned so parents can apply regardless of where they live. Applications for selective high school placement are considered mainly on the basis of the Selective High School Placement Test results and school assessment scores. The Selective High School Placement Test will be held on Thursday 12 March 2020.

If you would like to have your child considered for Year 7 selective high school entry in 2021, you need to apply online using a valid email address (not the student’s email address). Detailed instructions on how to apply online are available at https://education.nsw.gov.au/public-schools/selective-high-schools-and-opportunity-classes/year-7

The application https://hpsuplacement.org.au/register closes at 10pm on 11 November 2019.

You must apply before the closing date.

There are no paper application forms. If you do not have internet access, you could apply at a public library.

If you have a disability that prevents you from using a computer, you can contact the Unit for assistance after 8 October 2019. You must submit only ONE application for each student.

Please submit your response to the ‘Intention to Apply’ on Caremonkey as soon as possible.

Chantal Cake

Relieving Deputy Principal

Class of the Week – KL

2019 has certainly been a busy year for KL.

The students have settled into life at South Coogee Public School with great maturity.

They have made new friends, learned routines and developed some independence.

KL love their Literacy Group rotations as part of the morning Literacy Block. They have been doing Guided Reading with Ms Lewis, phoneme work, reading games and using the iPads for comprehension work.

Their reading and writing progress has been amazing this year. Most of the class are now facing their fears of making a mistake and are writing simple sentences about everything they do in class.

We have been on a few excursions but KL agreed the farm in Term 3 was our favourite. We patted the baby animals and milked a cow.


In Term 3 we loved our Dancing with Mrs Leal. We had such fun swaying and doing the forwards and backwards steps.













The highlight for our return to KL in Term 4 was seeing the amazing growth of our sunflower seedlings to strong plants.


Debating News

On Tuesday 15th October the SCPS Premier’s Debating Team participated in the regional semi-final of their competition.

The topic was: that primary school teachers should set a research project as homework over every school holiday.

Our team delivered the negative argument. It was an extremely close debate, this time against Pagewood Public School. On this occasion Pagewood were awarded the win.

Incredibly, after seven debates, this was our first loss for the year. The team have shown incredible dedication and commitment to learning throughout the competition and should be very proud of their achievements.

Congratulations to all of the debaters in our Premier’s Debating Team and good luck with your future debating!

SCPS Premier’s Debating Team: Willow R, Cassidy C, Alexis E, Chiara S and Sarah D

Public Speaking 2019

Congratulations to our 2019 Botany Bay Public Speaking Finalists Harriet Z (Kindergarten), Mila M (Stage 1) and Sarah D (Stage 2).

A huge congratulations goes to Stella H who has made it to the next round at Saint Peter’s Public School next month. She gave a wonderful speech on her topic ‘Where Clouds Come From’.

Student Representative Council

You may have noticed that our playground has a new addition!

Thanks to everyone who contributed to our Term 2 Mufti Fundraiser. The SRC purchased new outdoor sporting equipment. The top playground has a giant connect four strategy game that can be played one on one, or can be played as two teams with multiple players.

The students also purchased a badminton kit. The skills to play this game will be taught in PDHPE.