2019: Term 4 Week 8

Principal’s Message

Magnificent Musicale

Last night we enjoyed a magnificent End of year Musicale performance. It was such a wonderful celebration of the performing arts at South Coogee PS and a great experience for the children who are to be congratulated on their fantastic performances. Through performing arts our children practise working together, sharing responsibility and compromising with others to accomplish a common goal.  They persevere through challenging moments and they learn the value of repeated practice. I always love to watch how they grow and develop their performance skills over their time at South Coogee. I want to express a huge thank you to all band conductors, tutors, dance choreographers and choir leaders for supporting our students. We are extremely grateful for Phil Molloy’s fifteen years of dedication to the South Coogee band program. Thanks also to our supportive parent and community members who always come out in force to cheer on our performers. Thanks to the parents who helped out on the night and Kathryn Thomsen and Jodi Steele for coordinating the ticket sales and organising the food for the evening. I hope you enjoy the photos below.

Parent & Helpers Morning Tea

Last Thursday, we were very pleased to host a morning tea to thank all the parents, carers and community members who have volunteered at the school in 2019. We were so pleased with the number of volunteers who were able to make it and we want to sincerely thank all volunteers who contributed time to supporting our learners. Whether it is covering books, supporting developing readers, assisting in classes, helping out on excursions, working on Fiesta stalls or helping at school working bees, our community has contributed so much to support our learners. We are extremely grateful for the time given and we hope being involved in our community has been an enjoyable experience.


Presentation Days

Over the next two weeks we will celebrate the achievements of students at our Presentation Days. This year there will be four separate assemblies as follows:

  • Sports Presentation Day – Monday 9 December at 1:00pm
  • Kindergarten Presentation Day – Friday 13 December at 10:30am
  • Stage 1 (Years 1&2) Presentation Day – Friday 13 December at 9:15am
  • Stage 2 & 3 (Years 3-6) Presentation Day – Monday 16 December at 9:15am


Student Reports

Just a reminder our Semester 2 reports will be sent home on Monday 16 December.

SRC Fundraiser for the NSW Rural Fire Service

The recent smoky conditions blanketing Sydney are a very clear reflection of the serious issue NSW is currently experiencing with bushfires. Our students wanted to do their part in supporting the brave fire fighters who are in the frontline tackling this problem. Today they held a mufti day to raise funds for the NSW Rural Fire Service and raised $1009. It was really wonderful to see our students wanting to support such an important cause.

Webisodes Now Available

We have replaced the Stage 2 (Years 3 & 4) and Stage 3 (Years 5 & 6) Transition evenings with a series of webisodes. These webisodes outline key information about camp, sport, NAPLAN, open learning spaces, Senior School and technology in the classroom. The webisodes are now available on our school website. You can view them at:

Transition Webisodes

We hope this new format suits our families’ needs at this busy time of year. A huge thank you to Ms Mui , Ms Brooks and our fabulous stage 2 & 3 students for putting these videos together.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend with your families!

Marion Walsh-Gay

Relieving Principal

Deputy Principal’s Message

Year 6 Student Leadership Nominees for 2020

Last Tuesday, we all enjoyed listening to the wonderful speeches presented by our 2020 school captain nominees. We were so impressed with how these students prepared a speech in under an hour and then confidently delivered it to an audience of their teachers and peers. All of the nominees should be commended for their excellent performances and I am confident next year’s student leadership team will be in good hands.

Our nominees for House Captain also presented their speeches to their houses on the same day.

We wish all of our leadership candidates good luck!

The student leadership team will be announced at the

Stage 2 and 3 Presentation Day Assembly on 16 December at 9.15am.

Chantal Cake

R. Deputy Principal

Class of The Week – 3R

Reflections from a Year in 3R
By Charlie and Brooklyn

3R has been an amazing experience and we have learnt so much! Some big things we’ve done this year are:

  • PSSA try outs for the first time
  • Our first 3-6 assembly (where we were 1st class for the year and presented our BioGlyphs)
  • Going to camp at Narrabeen
  • Book Week which included Book Parade and Book Fair

We have completed many different artworks this year including our artworks of funny giraffes which were inspired by author and illustrator Gabriel Evans. During sport we have learnt to play netball, cricket, oz-tag and t-ball, to name a few.

Next year we’re looking forward to experiencing some different classroom furniture and being buddies for the Kindergartens!

Here’s the low down on the things we’ve been learning about lately!

In maths, Zak says that “we have been learning about Mass which is how heavy something is.” While Lucy recalls that “we’ve been learning about fractions which is a number that is a part of something.”

Marcus says that “In writing we’ve been learning about poetry – a poem is a rhyming sentence.”

Alice and Tyler are in agreement that “We’ve been learning about Madagascar and the natural features of Madagascar.”

In drama, River recalls “We’ve been learning about the features of a drama performance.” While Indi comments that in visual art “We’ve been learning about an artist called Matisse and his artworks made by cutting out shapes.”

Ruby says: “We’ve been learning about T-Ball and Baseball,” in PE lessons.

Our favourite subjects are…

Issy V: Sport and PE because you get to play games and be active.

Lexie: Art because I am good at it.

Zander: Science because you get to do cool experiments.

Jackson: Geography because I like learning about countries and animals.

Some of our favourite things about school this year are…

Issy G: I had the opportunity to make new friends and meet a new teacher!

Havana: That this school is different from my old school.

Tye: Learning about a new artist.

Johnny: We can do PSSA and sport on Fridays.

Ms Sherlock’s favourite Onomatopoeia Poem
Flowing Water by Lara


Splosh drippidy

Drop water coming

Down the rocks, flowing

Gently down the rocks with

Little swirls and waves splish splosh

Drizzle dribble drip drop coming

Down really slow drip drop

Drip drop splash drip

Drop drip drop

Splash drip drop

Drip drop



Badu Crew

Over the past week, the Badu Crew have enjoyed some end of year events. Our group ceramics were installed on a wall in the Infants quadrangle. All students contributed to making this piece which is inspired by connections the students have with different Australian animals.

On Wednesday, the Badu Crew went on an excursion to the Museum of Contemporary Art. We saw a few different artworks created by Aboriginal artists and had the opportunity to make group artworks using drawings, found objects and animation.

It has been a great year and we thank all the parents and carers who have supported our programs and events throughout the year. Finally, we wish all the very best for high school to our ‘deadly’ Year 6 Badu Crew students and hope you come back to visit us.

St Mary and St Joseph Parish, Maroubra Bay/ 246 Malabar Road, Maroubra

2019 Children’s Christmas Eve Mass

You are warmly invited to attend the Christmas Eve Children’s Mass

5.15pm on Tuesday 24th December

 Children from all primary schools in the parish are invited to participate in the Gospel Tableau. The children will enact the nativity story while the priest reads the Gospel. A rehearsal for the children who wish to participate will take place before mass on Christmas Eve. The rehearsal begins at 4pm. If your child would like to participate please contact smsjchristmas@gmail.com to be put in contact with the parents organising the mass this year.

Each year we give a small chocolate bar to each child at the end of mass. Individually wrapped bars such as Cadburys are ideal. If anyone would like to help by donating a bag of mini-bars, please leave these in the baskets in the church kitchen foyer before mass. Thank you.

Car Parking   There is limited parking in church grounds for early comers, if you are late kindly park on side streets and observe parking signs around the church grounds for everyone’s safety.  Thank you.