2020: Term 2 Week 4

Principal’s Message

We are back!

As you know the NSW Premier and the Education Minister this week announced that from Monday 25 May, all students are to return. For many families this will be welcome news and they can begin the transition back to learning at school. For some families, however, we know that this may be concerning. The government has stated that it is safe for all students to return to school unless they are unwell or are supported by a medical certificate. If families are worried about their child returning to school, please contact your family doctor and get the best advice.

The communication we have given you through CareMonkey & Skoolbag has been repeated below, and is vital to ensure a smooth transition back to school for everyone.

Please make sure you have read it and shared it with other people who care for your children.

The return, as quickly as possible, to regular school and learning routines will be key to successfully welcoming all learners back to South Coogee PS.

No parents/carers on site will continue – Thank you to everyone who has been respectful in not having parents come onto school grounds this term. We know this has not been easy for many families but we appreciate the efforts made. This will continue for the immediate future so please be ready at drop off, pick up and Kiss & Go.

The school gates will be open from 8.30-9.00 am and 3.00pm-3.15pm.

For the health and safety of our staff and your children, we have worked hard in limiting visitors to the site to be only essential services including Department staff and maintenance contractors.

We are looking forward to getting back to the new ‘normal’ and setting up for success with our learners.

Enjoy your weekend.

Kind Regards

Trish Fisher


Deputy Principal’s Message

During these unprecedented times, we have tried our best to keep wellbeing a priority. Invitations have been posted on Skoolbag to encourage everyone to practice strategies to support their wellbeing. We hope you have enjoyed trying these out at home.


It is lovely to hear the children have been joining in. One of our Year 2 students, Ace A, celebrated Wednesday Friends Day by sending a package to his friend Jordan S.


There is a new blog on the Grow Your Mind website about the importance of parent wellbeing which can be accessed here https://growyourmind.life/blogs/the-imperfect-blog/test-blog. You will also find a link to register for a free parent webinar on parent wellbeing next Wednesday 27 May at 8pm at the same address.

The 45 minute seminar may help you:

  • MAINTAIN positive mental health strategies for helping you smoothly navigate changes
  • OFFER key ingredients for filling your own cup and the research behind why it’s important
  • PROVIDE evidence-based calm down tools for yourself as a parent
  • GIVE YOU strategies for developing family wellbeing and resilience


Chantal Cake

Acting Deputy Principal

Class of the Week – 2E

Learning at Home vs Learning at School

I like learning at home because I can see my parents.

I prefer learning at school because I have a lovely class.

What I miss about school is my lovely class and Mrs M.

I prefer school because I can’t stand not seeing my friends and Mrs M.

I like learning at home because every day I go for walks to the park and get the best lunches and I don’t need to rush to get to school.

I like learning at school because I get to see all my friends.

I get more play time than at home and I can work together with my friends instead of working alone like at home.

I miss my friends, teachers and the library.

I like learning at home because I get to learn on the couch and I get hot food to eat.

I like learning at home because I have hot meals for lunch.

I prefer learning at school because I get to play on the equipment with my friends. I can’t wait to see my friends and my class 2E!

I prefer learning at school because I get to hang out with my friends.

Defence News

Thanks to the families who contributed and shared their Anzac Day stories and photos. These stories can be found on our school Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SouthCoogeePublicSchool/. We are so proud of the efforts and the tributes that our school families took part in.  It is a truly special national day and we can see how special it is to our South Coogee families. We remembered them proudly!

Next week, as we transition to full time and as our whole community settles in and gets our groove back, our Defence community kids are settling in with Defence Kids Club on the playground on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  We will be taking it easy and taking time to adjust and connect with our friends. We will take this opportunity to think about how great it is to be back amongst our friends and teachers again.

For the next few weeks in Defence Kids Club we will be making friendship rocks that will go into our defence garden, crafting creations up that are all about our friends and teachers.

If you are new to the Defence community, are in Defence and would like your child/ren to participate in Defence Kids Club, please connect me, Rachel Brito, Defence School Mentor.


National Sorry Day – 26 May 2020

and National Reconciliation Week – 27 May to 3 June 2020

National Sorry Day acknowledges and raises awareness of the history and continued effect of the forced removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from their families, communities and culture.

National Reconciliation Week celebrates and builds on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians.

It is requested that all New South Wales Government buildings and establishments throughout the State fly the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flags during National Sorry Day and National Reconciliation Week inclusive.

Flying the Indigenous Flags on National Sorry Day and throughout National Reconciliation Week recognises the significance of these events for all Australians and is a sign of respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and culture.

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Return to Full-Time Face to Face Learning Information

From Monday 25 May, all schools are returning to full on-site learning. The communication below is vital to ensure a smooth transition back to school for everyone. The return, as quickly as possible, to regular school and learning routines will be key to successfully welcoming all learners back to South Coogee PS.

• The best outcome for students is that they are back at school.

• Schools continue to be safe and operations are in line with AHPPC guidelines.

• All students are expected back at school.

Please read the information and attachments carefully.

School Attendance

It is expected that all students should be at school unless:

• they have a medical certificate which states that they are unable to return to school due to an ongoing medical condition.

• they are currently unwell.

If your child has a compromised immune system, they should not attend school. As a matter of priority, please provide the school with a medical certificate if your child has a medical condition and will not be attending school.

Before & After School

If you require before and/or after school care, please reply to their recent communication or contact them directly. This is important so that we can better manage the drop off and pick up procedures.

Pick up & Drop off Procedures – please advise all people collecting your child

Pick up & Drop off organisation will continue as has been practised in Weeks 3 & 4. We need YOUR support and patience. The attached Drop Off & Pick Up Information, map and Kiss & Go Guidelines provide more detail. Please note:

• Parents and carers are not permitted on the school site.

• Parents and carers need to line up along the street maintaining 1.5m distance when dropping off and picking up.

• Please kiss and hug before reaching the school gates when dropping off.

• Please do not gather at the gates.

• In the morning, the gates will be open from 8.30am to 9.00am. Please aim to have children at school by 8.45am to avoid congestion at 9.00am

• In the afternoon, the gates will be open from 3.00pm to 3.20pm. Students will not be dismissed before 3.00pm. Parent Line up 1.5 1.5

Teaching and Learning

Our successful high quality teaching and learning programs are back in full. The outstanding work teachers and staff have done in providing children with online and blended learning has been impressive. We will be specifically focused on knowing ‘where our learners are at’ and ‘next steps’ over the next two weeks to ensure they are back on track and moving forward. The online learning assigned through Google Classrooms will no longer be available. Students who are unable to attend school long term due to medical reasons supported by a medical certificate, will be provided with a modified learning program.

Reporting & Assessment

Your child has been assessed during the learning from home period and will receive additional assessment on their return to school. You will receive your child’s Semester 1 report before the end of Term 2. This will be a simplified version of the report you normally receive. Zoom or phone Parent Teacher interviews will be held in Week 2, Term 3. There will be more information about this later in the term.

Other School Activities

Until further notice, there will be no excursions, incursions, assemblies or PSSA Sport. Library borrowing will recommence from next Monday. There will be no in-school activities requiring volunteers, including Scripture and volunteer run reading support programs.

Health and Hygiene

Additional cleaning will continue at the school with our already strenuous hygiene practices and social distancing routines.

P & C, Uniform Shop and Canteen

Our wonderful P & C have been communicating online through Zoom. The next meeting will continue online – Wednesday 1 June. Please join us. For uniform needs, please order through Munch Monitor. Orders will be filled on Fridays and you will be contacted when ready. The canteen will not be open at this point. We will inform the community as soon as we know when it will be reopening.

Further NSW Department of Education information can be found in the attachment ‘A guide to NSW school students returning to face-to-face learning’.