2020: Term 3 Week 10

Principal’s Message

Dear Parents and Carers,

As we approach the end of term, South Coogee Public School is still a hive of productive activity and learning!

  • Below is the most up to date information for our school in readiness for Term 4. The full guidelines are available via Skoolbag. Please ensure you read the information that has been taken from the document that is relevant to our school.

Please keep an eye out on Skoolbag and Facebook for any further NSW Department of Health and Department of Education updates and changes. We will send notifications to you if things change during the holidays.

In teaching and learning, this term our learners have achieved so much as they buzz along improving each day. Our teachers are ensuring programs are engaging and ready as our professional learning focus steers towards the ‘School Excellence In Action’ planning for the next four years.

I wish you all a very safe and restful holiday break. We look forward to seeing you back at school on Monday 12 October for all students and staff for Term 4.


Abstract: Advice for families – 24 Sept 2020

School attendance

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 and the expected timeframe
  • they are currently unwell.

Unwell students

  • In accordance with advice from NSW Health, parents and carers are reminded not to send children to school if they are unwell, even if they have the mildest flu-like symptoms.


  • Students with flu-like symptoms need to be tested and provide a copy of a negative COVID-19 test result and be symptom free before being permitted to return to school.

NB: If not symptom free on return you may be requested to have numerous tests.


  • Students who do not undertake a COVID-19 test result will not be permitted to return to school for a 10-day period. Additionally, they must be symptom-free for at least 3 days before returning to school.


  • Students who have seasonal allergic rhinitis or another condition that presents similarly to flu-like symptoms are still required to get tested for COVID-19 and return a negative test result. Where their symptoms continue beyond 10 days, students should provide documentation from their GP confirming their symptoms are typical for their condition. If the student develops new or changed symptoms, they should get tested for COVID-19. Find more information about COVID-19 symptoms.


  • COVID-19 testing for students with complex health or disability may be challenging. In these situations, schools will ask the parent or carer to have their child assessed by their medical practitioner. Where a medical practitioner determines that a COVID-19 test is not required, documentation must be provided to the school to confirm that the student does not have symptoms that warrant a COVID-19 test. The certificate must also indicate that the student is able to return to school.
  • Schools are not required to conduct widespread temperature screening or mandate the wearing of a mask.
  • All schools will be vigilant when implementing infection control, physical distancing and personal hygiene protocols to protect the health and safety of students and staff. Schools will promote the need to follow good hygiene practices such as:
        • regularly washing hands
        • avoiding sharing drinks or food
        • coughing or sneezing into your elbow, or a tissue which should be discarded immediately
        • filling water bottles from bubblers rather than using the bubbler directly.


Please email the school – COVID testing during the holidays with the details below. sthcoogee-p.school@det.nsw.edu.au

Child/rens name:


Date symptoms started:

Date tested:

Date results received:

Place tested:


S-2020 Number:


School activities

  • Parents and carers and other non-essential visitors are not allowed on the school site.
  • School assemblies must be limited to 15 minutes with no external visitors.
  • P&C meetings and events must be on-line only.
  • Parent/teacher meetings will be online unless involving serious matters that require face to face discussion.
  • Presentation ceremonies will be held via online platforms.
  • School-based activities that involve large gathering of adults are on hold. These include parent/community gatherings such as parent functions, working bees, fundraisers, school barbecues, large parent information evenings and large on-site cultural events.
  • Parents should ensure school pick up and drop off arrangements enable them to physically distance from one another and from staff.
  • More information to come about:
    • Kindergarten Orientation
    • Community users
    • End of Year school events
    • Year 6 Graduation evening. Student only event.


We are so proud of our school community and we would like to thank you for continuing to follow the NSW Department of Education and Department of Health Guidelines assisting us to keep our site as safe as possible.

Happy Holidays!

Kind Regards,

Trish Fisher

Deputy Principal’s Message

Tell Them From Me Survey: Closing 23 October

We are inviting all parents and carers to participate in the Tell Them From Me (TTFM) Parent Survey. The feedback provided through this survey is used to make improvements and inform school planning. This survey complements the TTFM student surveys, which focus on student engagement, wellbeing and effective teaching practices

Why should I participate?

Parents and carers are an important and valued part of our school community. South Coogee Public School uses survey feedback to make practical improvements and inform school planning.

What does it involve?

This online survey takes about 15 minutes to complete. It is anonymous and voluntary.

If you have more than one child at this school, and feel that your children’s experiences differ, you can complete the survey more than once.

How can I participate?

You can access the survey in your own time, until 23 October 2020. Follow the link below on your computer or tablet:


Jump Rope for Heart kicks off in term 4!      

Great news. South Coogee is participating in Jump Rope for Heart – a fantastic physical activity and fundraising program by the Heart Foundation that has been running for over 36 years. It’s a great way for your child to keep fit and learn new skills, but it also helps raise funds for vital heart research and education programs.

Since Jump Rope for Heart started in 1983, schools like ours have raised more than $104 million for the Heart Foundation’s lifesaving work.

Students will be skipping throughout the term in PE classes and during their lunch breaks. During this time you can share your fundraising page with family and friends to help raise money for this great cause. We will hold our school Jump Off Day on Wednesday, November 4. This will mark the end of the program and is a chance for students to show off their newly learned skills.

We will be officially launching the program in week 1, Term 4. However, you can get ahead and sign up today.

To make fundraising fun and easy, you can create your own secure webpage at jumprope.org.au

Sign up to share your child’s progress and let the funds roll in. Your child can earn virtual badges along the way and your page will highlight the prizes up for grabs.

Sign up here today: www.jumprope.org.au/parents       

Thank you for supporting the Jump Rope for Heart program!

Allison Stewart, Lara Richardson, Melissa Mui and Mark Tesoriero

Jump Rope for Heart Coordinators

Game Changer 2020


Our Year 6 South Coogee Superstars have been selected to compete in the semi-finals in this year’s Game Changer Challenge. Our team was selected among hundreds of submissions from across NSW.

The judging panel was unanimously impressed with the calibre of innovation, technical skill and humour in our submission video.

We are so excited to be a part of Game Changer Challenge for the second year running and know that regardless of the outcome that our students will make us proud.

Gardening in Term 3

The garden is such a busy, productive place in Spring. It has been great working with Stage 3 and Kindergarten in the South Coogee Garden this term. Such enthusiastic learners!

Mrs Coetzee’s favourite lesson with Kindergarten was Garden Friend or Garden Pest. We were very impressed with the acrobatics and collaborative nature of the snails, the sluggishness of the slugs and the millipedes, earwigs, slaters and spiders. Last week, Kindergarten created a beautiful sensory garden where we also discussed how adjectives help us describe nouns. Connor (KD) put his seed raising skills to good use at home and has successfully germinated five apple seeds!

Stage 3 learners have been maintaining their gardens by exploring vermiculture – building their own worm farms – and completing a STEM task designed to learn about irrigation, where they had to move 500 mls of water at least 1 metre, delivering it into two 250ml cups. It was fun to see and hear the efforts of our creative learners. They have also been trying to manage garden pests – aphids – with a spray made of water, soap and garlic.

We commenced work on our Science/Sustainable gardening plastic bottle greenhouse today despite not having enough materials to complete the task. Thank you to Mr T for working cooperatively with us and to all who have donated 1.25 L plastic bottles. We’ll be continuing this project next term with Stage 2 and are happy to continue to accept donations. Look for the yellow-topped bin at the Moverly Street gate.

We’re also hoping to create a plastic bottle top mural with a sustainability message and for that we’ll need plastic bottle tops of any colour and size. Donations to this project are also welcome.

The harvest at present consists of various types of lettuce, spinach, brussel sprouts, a few asparagus, herbs and carrots – yellow, orange and purple. The strawberries are almost ripe.

Gardening Club occurs twice a week with Kindergarten contributing enthusiastically. Gia and Queen of 5/6A are working to bring Gia’s Term 2 Passion Project to life. She is creating and building a sensory garden, inspired by her gran with a peacock as its centrepiece! I’m looking forward to seeing her garden completed.

Thank you to everyone involved.

Maria Stathis

A huge thank you to all students and families for your contributions in raising funds for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

We managed to collect $730 that will go towards providing literacy resources to support remote Indigenous communities.

Defence School Mentor – End of Term Update

We have had another wonderful term with the Defence students. We are doing things differently and keeping our stages together.

We now run Defence Kids Club twice a week on Tuesday and Wednesday. The sessions are shorter and still popular especially with stage 1.

We have held 17 Defence Kids Club Sessions this term, with over 340 defence students and their friends in attendance to these sessions. We have replenished our collection of board games and card games and this has been well received. For a series of our sessions, we crafted Father’s Day cards and gifts for the Defence Kids to take home or to send to our deployed Dads.

During week 4 of this term, we ran a school wide activity to commemorate the ‘Victory in the Pacific’ on the 15th August. Students had meaningful conversations in class about the Defence Force and the role it plays in our lives or did some art work related to peace.

We continue to look at ways to deepen the connection with the community, see more faces and we are always looking at ways we can improve on the services and activities. I would love to get your feedback or suggestions. Please don’t hesitate to email me Rachel.brito@det.nsw.edu.au Have a wonderful, restful break and I look forward to next term, working with this lovely community!