Dear Parents and Carers
Below are recent updates on what is happening with school organisation. I would also encourage you to access last night’s P & C meeting minutes on the school’s responses to some receive questions raised by parents in relation to school operations this term. https://southcoogeepublicpandc.org.au/
Please note I have added additional information to this message since the meeting.
Additionally, I have been advised today that there will be more information coming from the NSW Department Education and NSW Health, estimate next Monday, on guidelines moving forward. Watch this space.
So what has been happening…
• The fancy dress day is this Friday 30 Oct – embracing the fun of dress up, Book Week, Halloween and mufti celebration
• Thank you to the P & C team led by Helen Randall in putting up the inspiring decals in our senior bathrooms
• We have also been advised that the beginning of the year start date has changed for all learners – Friday 29 Jan is day one. There will be two Staff Development Days prior. This will impact Kindergarten Best Start organisation. Information will be shared with new Kindergarten families shortly.
• This term we have commenced the new playground plan. There are designated areas and additional equipment on the playground for the children to engage with. So far so good.
• Jump Rope for Heart is well under way at school. We have already raised $10 347 which is amazing. The students have been skipping at lunch and in PE lessons and are enjoying improving their skills while raising money for a worthwhile cause. The Jump Off day will be next Wednesday. Students should wear sport uniform and can wear a red t-shirt if they have one.
• Last week on Monday we had a whole school launch of Bounce Back. Mrs Cake read Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day to all classes over Zoom. Bounce Back is a great program to build resilience in children.
• Thank you to all parents and carers who were able to complete the TTFM survey. A larger number of responses this year it seems – thanks to Chantal for getting the word out to families.
• We have been advised, after lengthy requests, that we have been successful in gaining a walkway along Tucabia St to ensure a safe and comfortable pathway for our community members. With huge thanks to Randwick Council. Please be advised there may be some short disruptions on Tucabia St until it is completed.
• After 5 years of applications, we have been advised that we will be getting a new crossing supervisor for Tucabia St – hoorah! We will let you know more detail on the start date.
• We have been advised by the DoE Assets team that we will be getting a new ‘Access Gate’ system on Moverly Rd which should be in place by Term 1, 2021 – fingers crossed.
• Congrats to our colleagues in the OOSH service as they were assessed last week to attain accreditation status. I’m sure you will pass with flying colours.
Thank you again to our parents for their ongoing support, patience and appreciation as we continue to ensure our goal of keeping the school site open for learning is achieved.
Deputy Principal’s Message
Last week, we launched this term’s Bounce Back program with a whole school Zoom. Each class joined the Zoom to listen to me read Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. The book gave classes the opportunity to discuss how we can bounce back when things aren’t going well. Classes will continue to participate in lessons this term that focus on building skills students can use in difficult times. These programs complement the work the school has done this year through Grow Your Mind.
On Friday, I had the pleasure of working with a group of Year 6 students to create some large artworks of the Grow Your Mind animals. Below are some photos of the students in action. We can’t wait to finish them and put them on display. We will share some more photos when they are completed.
Class of the Week – 4A
This term in 4A we have been learning about volume, angles and chance in Maths. We love to make our Maths lessons exciting through the use of technology, games and concrete materials!
When we were learning about angles we used an app called Seesaw to take photos of angles all around the classroom – some inventive learners even made the angles themselves.
The inclusion of the maths games in our lessons has helped the students to be more engaged in their learning and helps to make maths more fun!
Gardening in Term 4
In Term 4 we’ll be continuing with the Gardening Club on Mondays and Thursdays after eating time at lunch. As usual, there is loads of work to do.
The children have been busy removing some healthy looking tomato plants that have sprung up everywhere as a consequence of our composting. They’re putting them in pots and taking them home to add to the family garden. I hope that’s okay!
We are harvesting lettuce, carrots, herbs, spinach, snow peas and a few broad beans, kale and strawberries. The borlotti beans Kindergarten planted last term are just now producing some lovely looking beans.
The caterpillars and aphids have had a good time in our absence over the holidays and we are striving to gain control of these pests. Members of the Gardening Club and Year 2 students are kept busy removing caterpillars and using our organic spray to deter aphids, with some success. We had a National Geographic moment recently when the children witnessed a cabbage moth emerging from its cocoon!
This term in gardening lessons, Year 1 and 2 are looking at how to maintain a garden bed, compost and the creatures important to having a successful compost program. We’re also learning how to control aphids by attracting more lady birds to the garden. We are linking this learning to persuasive writing this term.
When teaching Year 3 and 4 we are including Science activities in these lessons. We’ll be looking at plant life cycles and the interdependencies that exist in the garden between all living things. Stage 2 are experimenting with seeds and will be building an insect hotel and planting a small garden to attract pollinators to help our gardens be even more productive. At the end of the term, Mr T and I are hoping to work with Stage 2 to complete the greenhouse made of recyclable materials. We’re looking forward to another active term in the garden.
Scripture and Ethics News
Scripture and Ethics classes will continue this term with continuing modifications due to Covid.
Combined Christian, Jewish and Ethics classes are proceeding as usual for the most part. No singing or chanting is allowed at present and no cross stage classes can congregate.
As we cannot yet mix students from different stages, children who attend Orthodox scripture have a lesson with Mrs Souleles alternate weeks and are in non – scripture the other weeks.
Catholic teachers have decided to suspend teaching for the rest of the year as they are considering their health in these uncertain times. Some of the Catholic teachers are retiring and will not return next year.
Ethics classes for Year 1 and 4 will be without teachers this term as their teachers have retired. Students in these classes will still go to their allotted classrooms and will take a book, some work or a quiet activity to do while there. If you are interested in training as a volunteer teacher for Ethics, please contact me.
Our Non-Scripture classes are overseen by classroom teachers as usual.
We’re Skipping Through the Term!
Jump Rope for Heart is well underway and it’s great to see so many children out in the playground skipping with smiles on their faces. South Coogee has already raised $10,400 so far which is an amazing effort. Jump Rope have already sent a personal message to say thank you for donating so generously.
There are two class prizes (sports/ play equipment) on offer for the highest fundraising class in K-2 and in 3-6.
It’s not long until our Jump Off Day on Wednesday November 4, so keep on practicing those tricks!
Don’t forget to share your fundraising page with friends and family to raise money for a great cause. Or go online so your children can log the hours they have been skipping and earn badges or watch the skipping videos.
Just follow this link and enter your details.
Jump Off Day – Wednesday November 4
Students will take part in skipping and jumping activities and will be able to show off their skipping skills.
On the day students need to:
- * Wear sports uniform. You can wear a red t-shirt if you have one to go with our Heart Foundation theme.
- * Bring water bottle. Bubblers are out of use.
From the Office
As per Term 3, the canteen will be opening from Wednesday to Friday only for the remainder of the year.
Please ensure you place your lunch order through Munch Monitor before 8.45am.
If you have an outstanding Canteen IOU, please pay this online ASAP.
We will be re-sending invoices next week. As the end of the year is fast approaching, please make any outstanding payments as soon as possible.
As the weather is warming up, and keeping in mind that the bubblers cannot be used at this time, it is very important that your child brings a water bottle to school every day.
Congratulations to Sadie K (5/6A) who gained a Highly Commended in the recent Botany Bay Network Public Speaking Competition.
It was a fabulous day, with many talented Stage 3 speakers from within our Botany Bay Network. All representatives were congratulated on their extraordinary speaking talents, behaviour, positive attitudes and sportsmanship.
Well done, Sadie!
Kids Giving Back
We received the following letter from Robyn Monro Miller regarding two of our students and the outstanding achievements they have made in assisting the Kids Giving Back charity. We love hearing theses stories, and are very proud of these students.
Dear Ms Fisher,
It is with great pleasure I am able to write to you about the extra-curricular achievements of the following students over the past few months which took place during weekend events with their families and school holiday activities:
- * Sophie Connell
* Emily Connell
Kids Giving Back is a charity that provides meaningful, hands on experiences for children and young people to give back to others. Through our charity partners we arrange opportunities for them to provide assistance and support via preparation of meals for the homeless, packing of care packs and creating resources, as well as packing and delivering hampers for people experiencing food scarcity.
Robyn Monro Miller
AFL After School Clinics
The AFL After school clinics will be running from:
K-2 Wednesday, 4th Nov to Wednesday, 25th Nov.
3-6 Thursday, 5th Nov to Wed, 26th Nov.
Students from K-2 will meet AFL coaches in the undercover area and will be walked down to the clinic. Clinics will run from 3.05 – 4.05 and parents will need to pick up from the Moverley St gate.
AFL Contact: Gina Burton 0482 999 528