2020: Term 1 Week 4

Principal’s Message

It has been wonderful to see all our learners settle in so well to the new school year. Our Kindergarten students are now enjoying playtimes on the paddock and accessing all playground areas and they are confidently navigating their way around our school. The Year 4 students have got to enjoy time getting to know their buddies and they have been outstanding in ensuring our new Kindergarten students are well looked after.

All children are thrilled to have access to our newly returfed paddock and the refurbished cricket net area which officially opened on Monday. It certainly makes our playground feel bigger and more inviting.


‘Meet the Teacher’ Evening

Last night, we held our ‘Meet the Teacher’ evening and it was nice to see so many parents attend to find out about the planned learning programs, see the learning spaces and get to meet the classroom teachers. It was a very positive atmosphere and I know the classroom teachers look forward to working in partnership with our families throughout the year. We know that our school’s success is directly linked to the strong relationships we have with our community. Thank you!

Another strength at South Coogee is the active role our student leaders play in our school and local community. Yesterday, we held our Semester One Student Leadership Assembly to recognise students who had been selected as Class Captains, Eco Warriors, Library Monitors and IT Techsperts. I would like to thank Mrs Cake for organising this event and I am excited to hear from our school leaders about how they feel they can contribute to making our school the best it can be.

P & C

Last Wednesday evening we held the first P & C Meeting for 2020.We had a great turnout to the event and I look forward to working with the enthusiastic members who represent our parent community. The P & C is searching for candidates for their executive committee for 2020. For more information about the P&C Executive Committee Roles please visit the following link: https://southcoogeepublicpandc.org.au/executive-committee/

We have such a supportive team working in our P & C. If you have a desire to be involved our school, and are interested in finding out more about these roles, or wish to ask about the nomination process for 2020 elections, please email scps.pandc@gmail.com

Our Annual General Meeting is being held in Week 7 on 11 March at 7pm and elections will be held for all positions at this meeting.

Defence School Mentor


Our Defence School Mentor position has been advertised and will be filled by the beginning of Term 2. Our relieving Defence School Mentor, Sheridan Horne, has been meeting with students over the past two weeks and helping them to settle into the school routines. I’d like to thank Sheridan for taking on this role and for supporting our Defence families.



Welcome BBQ and Twilight Cinema – Friday 20 March

Enjoy a fun-filled family night out at our welcome BBQ and Twilight cinema evening. This is a fabulous opportunity for our community to come together and delight in a screening of the 2019 real life remake of Aladdin.

There will be the ever-popular Twilight Disco before the movie so our younger students can get their groove on. We will also have performers and performances to keep everyone entertained while we wait for the sun to go down. Not to mention food, treats and snacks galore.

Make sure to BOOK YOUR TICKETS at: www.twilightcinemasouthcoogee.com.au

I hope you all have a lovely weekend break!

Marion Walsh-Gay

Relieving Principal

Deputy Principal’s Message

Kingsford Smith Local Schools Community Fund Grant

Last year, we applied for a Kingsford Smith Local Community Fund Grant for a shade sail over the synthetic grass area near the basketball courts. We were very excited to be successful in our grant application which will mean the project will go ahead. The extra shade was requested by our students through the SRC last year. It will make the area much more useable for the school and the wider community, especially during the warmer months. We will keep you updated as to when the project will be completed.

Leadership Assembly

At our Leadership Assembly this week the Class Captains, Eco Warriors, Library Monitors and IT Techsperts received their badges. We look forward to seeing them take on their new roles. Keep an eye out for profiles of the Year 6 Leadership Team in upcoming Newsletters.

Class of the Week – 5/6D

On Tuesday our Stage 3 learners participated in a leadership program called Y-Lead. This full-day experience was aimed at educating and empowering our learners to be the best they can be. Throughout the day learners explore the acronym HEART in a series of fun and zany activities that summarise:

  • H elpful – looking out for everyday actions that enrich the lives of others
  • E nergetic – promoting and sharing positive energy
  • A ctive and Aware – becoming more aware of personal strengths and how they can be used to take positive action as a leader
  • R esilient – the importance of having the courage to try new things, and learning to respond positively to challenging or difficult situations
  • T eam player – the importance of working with others in an encouraging and supportive environment

Here is what some of our learners had to say….

Y-Lead was a group of people that helped us to learn how to step out of our comfort zone. I got to meet people that I don’t usually pair up with. I learnt that pairing with someone new was a great way to make friends and helped me step out of my comfort zone. I think that this can help me in my learning to become more confident by trying new things. My favourite thing about Y-Lead was when we all came together at the end of the day and we did group games and we had to work together to figure it out. Teamwork is the dreamwork!

Leila 5/6D

From the Office


The school is mandated by law to follow strict student attendance procedures. Please ensure you email the school or send a note in with your child clearly explaining their absence. The absence must meet certain criteria to be deemed justified.


Holidays taken by students outside of school vacation periods will be included as absences. Parents need to apply for a Certificate of Leave and if approved, leave will be granted and recorded. If not approved or no application is submitted the absence will be recorded as unjustified. Families are encouraged to holiday or travel during school vacations.


The main way the school communicates with parents is through the Skoolbag App. Please make sure you have downloaded the App to your phone.


We use the CareMonkey system as a means of obtaining parent permission for excursions etc. Once you have read and signed the CareMonkey note you will no longer receive emails for that particular excursion. There is also now a Parent Online Payment link attached to the note for ease of payment.

Contact Details

It is important that all contact details are kept up to date e.g. phone numbers, addresses, emergency contact details, email addresses. Please let us know when there are any changes.

Preferred Payment Methods

This week you should have received your School Invoice. Please remember that we are now CASHLESS. All payments should be made by following the link attached to CareMonkey or Skoolbytes (preferred), via the school website or Skoolbag, or by phoning the school office on 9349-4000. If you are experiencing any financial difficulty, please contact Helen in the school office to organise a payment plan.


Gardening News

We’re working hard in Gardening Club to get our garden producing fruit and vegetables after our harsh summer. We have been enjoying harvesting herbs in the last two weeks – especially the basil, chocolate mint and parsley. We have dug up the potatoes we grew last year, too and have enjoyed a little kale, some eggplant and the occasional bean.

Getting our mature compost on several of the garden beds has been a priority as well. The tent frame is now decorated with the stepping stones Stage 3 made last year and we did our best to lay the pavers donated by Savannah and Jory’s parents over the holidays. Thank you.

I want to thank parents who have sent donations to for the garden. All contributions are much appreciated. If you have seedlings/seeds, plant cuttings, tools appropriate for use in the school setting that are cluttering up the shed or time on your hands … think South Coogee Gardening Club and lessons!

Thank you to all the children involved with Gardening Club. I’m looking forward to resuming gardening lessons with Years 2 and 4 this term.

Mrs Stathis

Stage 3 Paul Kelly Cup

Next week on Wednesday 26 February all Stage 3 students will be participating in the Paul Kelly Cup. The event will be held at Coral Sea Park, starting at 9.30am, with buses leaving from school after roll call. All Stage 3 students must be in full sports uniform, and we prefer if they have a mouthguard. These can be purchased from a chemist for about $7.
We are looking forward to the day and excited for our learners to practice the skills they have learnt over the last few weeks in a game play situation.
Thank you
Ms Richardson and Ms Stewart

Defence School Mentor Position

A Defence School Mentor (DSM) provides assistance and support to the children of Australian Defence Force members as they move from school to school and during times of parental absence. The DSM would develop and implement a range of resources and activities to assist these children and their families to integrate into the school community and to increase their ability to cope with the military lifestyle.

This is a contract position until end of the school year 2020. The continuation of the position beyond this date is dependent on funding from the Australian Department of Defence.

The DSM is an employee of South Coogee Public School and is responsible to the school principal or nominee for everyday activities.

Interested applicants may obtain a copy of the DSM role description and selection criteria from the school office. Please email sthcoogee-p.school@det.nsw.edu.au for an application package.

For information relating to this position please contact Marion Walsh-Gay on (02) 9349 4000.

Applications close on Friday 6 March at 3pm.





Ethics Classes at SCPS

Could you be an ethics teacher or coordinate ethics at South Coogee Public School?

We are seeking volunteers so that we can provide ethics classes for all the families who have requested it for their children.

Ethics teachers receive full training by Primary Ethics, the not-for-profit organisation approved to design curriculum and training for the ethics program. Training consists of a two day workshop and short online modules. Lesson materials are provided. Suitable volunteers have an interest in children’s education and development of critical thinking skills and must be available at 11.25am or 12.00pm for a 30 minute class on Thursday each week.

Also, we need an Ethics Coordinator for our school. Our current ethics coordinator has resigned and we are seeking a volunteer so that classes can continue to run smoothly. Ethics classes began at South Coogee Public School in 2014 and are currently available for children from Kindergarten to Year 6 with numerous students currently on a waiting list.

The ethics coordinator communicates with school staff, supports ethics teachers and liaises with Primary Ethics. This role provides a great opportunity for a working parent who might be unable to volunteer during school hours and is a rewarding way to engage with the school community. Times are flexible, requiring approximately 1-2 hours per week. Online training is provided.

In ethics classes, children learn how to think logically, disagree respectfully and support their arguments with evidence, rather than act according to blind habit or peer pressure.

Children discuss topic such as:

-imagining how others feel

-how do we treat living things?

-what is laziness?

-how do we disagree in a respectful way?


If you are looking for an opportunity to make a valuable contribution to our school, please visit www.primaryethics.com.au and/or contact Fiona Branscombe, Program Office at Primary Ethics on 0438 134 124.