Dear Parents and Carers,
This term seems to have flown by, we are already in week 10, end of term.
What an amazing term of learning we have had at South Coogee. Our learners show that they are engaged in their learning and are working closely towards reaching their Learning Goals.
As you know, all of our staff work very hard to ensure that all of our children are cared for. They go over and above what is expected of them and provide a wonderful environment for our learners to learn and grow. They are looking forward to time reenergising and spending time with family and friends.
It is great that, due to the easing of COVID restrictions, our parent community can continue to contribute enthusiastically to our school through involvement in the P & C and school events. Please note: there are still COVID guidelines that need to be followed to allow you access to the school grounds. Physical distancing is required with official COVID plans – 1.5m distancing between people and a 2 square metre rule. We ask that you please respect and support these expectations so that we can continue to have school functions. In saying that, what an interesting Easter hat parade! The children truly enjoyed the morning with a visit from the Bunny and chocolate treats – their hats were so fabulous. Thank you also to parents who braved the weather as the heavens opened right at the time of the parade. We hope parents enjoyed the time after the event with the P & C generously providing a sweet treat for you too.
Please keep an eye on the ‘Dates for the Diary’ below and on Skoolbag for upcoming events.
This year, all NSW Government schools began a new planning cycle and we have spent a lot of time last year and this term developing our new four year School Improvement Plan. As part of this process we have conducted a thorough Situational Analysis to inform the development of our new School Improvement Plan. This included an analysis of internal and external data collection. In conducting an evaluation of the School Excellence Framework we have considered parent, staff and learner voices. Thank you to all of our parents who completed the Tell Them From Me Surveys last year providing us with valuable feedback to incorporate into our new plan. Below are the three Strategic Directions of our new School Improvement Plan. These are the priority areas that will be our focus for the next four years and will sit alongside all the other ‘business as usual’ things that are part of our day-to-day work.
Strategic Direction 1: Student Growth and Attainment.
Strategic Direction 2: Collaborative Leadership
Strategic Direction 3: Community Culture
A copy of the plan will be available on our school website soon and I look forward to being able to share our progress as we begin the implementation next term.
Wishing you and your family a wonderful school break and we look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 20 April.
Deputy Principal’s Message
Parent Teacher Interviews
Thank you to all our parents/carers for actively engaging with teaching staff to develop positive relationships during our recent parent teacher interviews. An open and collaborative partnership between home and school is vital to ensuring the success of all of our learners. We value your input regarding your child.
This week we have had our amazing specialist staff supporting teachers by teaching classes for entire days. This has allowed stage teams to participate in collaborative planning sessions, reflecting on student data and programming for Term 2. Teachers have been busily preparing engaging and challenging learning experiences for our students and we’re excited about a wonderful Term 2.
When driving to and from school please adhere to road safety regulations to keep our community safe: https://roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au/downloads/keeping-our-kids-safe-around-schools.pdf
This also includes using the crossings when you and your child need to cross the road. Both crossings on Moverly Rd and Tucabia street are manned by crossing attendants.
A huge congratulations to all students who have attended the Eastern Suburbs and Sydney East sport trials over this term.
South Coogee Public School has sent a number of talented and highly skilled students to attend these trials in the following sporting areas: Basketball, Rugby League, Soccer, AFL, Tennis, Hockey and Touch Football. Students who have attended have faced tough competition from all schools within the Easter Suburbs and Sydney East Zone and we are so proud of how committed and dedicated our students are to developing their skills in their chosen sport. Below are the students who have progressed as part of the trial process.
Lola S (Progress to regional trial)
Nate Y – selected to represent Eastern Suburbs/Sydney Coastal Roosters Rugby League team to compete in Term 2
Progressing to the married trial in Term 2
Lola S – Included in the Sydney East Representative squad
Progressing to Married Trial
Congratulations to these students and good luck in the next round of selections. Thank you for proudly representing South Coogee Public School!
Thank you & Happy Holidays
A big thank you from me to all the staff, learners and community members who have warmly welcomed me into the South Coogee family. It has been wonderful engaging with everyone over this term and getting to know the ins and outs of the community. I wish you all a safe and happy break and look forward to seeing you all back in Term 2.
Class of the Week
This week 2J was excited to take part in the K – 2 Easter Hat Parade.
We had some very creative and original designs into which a lot of hard work was placed.
Our favourite part of the day was when the Easter Bunny came to visit.
Term 1 Gardening Wrap-Up
We happily achieved so much in the garden this term.
The Tuesday Gardening Club has been well-attended and have maintained the gardens in good form. We have looked for and dealt with pests (those cabbage moth caterpillars are back), kept the casuarina pine needles under control, watered our veggies and planted seedlings. We also have enjoyed a small harvest each week.
Those harvests include some lovely capsicum, loads of spinach, tomatoes, basil, rosemary and mint (chocolate and Vietnamese). The cos lettuce is going great guns and the rocket is producing loads of leaves. Our passionfruit vine is in full flower and we’ve had one or two fruit so far but are expecting many more next term.
In the Sustainable Garden classroom, Year 4 have been working hard to establish our winter garden beds in the Kindergarten Quad garden. They have planted their seedlings which matured in the greenhouse after we learnt about capillary cloth to keep our young plants watered. Subsequently we’ve planted loads of cauliflower, broccoli, brussel sprouts and carrots. The eggplant are progressing well and the shallots and leeks are thriving. We’ve covered our brassicas with nets to keep the butterflies and moths from laying their eggs. We had our first cooking lesson this term, making spinach and feta patties and tzatziki after harvesting our produce. Everyone agreed they were delicious.
Year 2 have made great inroads in the herb garden and have now planted their seedlings, made herb posies, propagated rosemary and lavender from cuttings and began our first Asian-food-themed garden – growing pak choi, Chinese cabbage, coriander and lemongrass, mizuna and Asian greens. We made cabbage moth decoys to keep those caterpillars away from our plants.
We’re all looking forward to the winter produce.
Accolade for Ms Kate Owen!
Congratulations to our very own Kate Owen, Deputy Principal.
You may not know but Kate has a prestigious background in the Cricketing world. Most recently she has been named as one of the ‘All Rounders’ for the Women’s Premier Cricket Team of the Decade. This announcement was made on the Cricket NSW Facebook over the weekend. You can read more at the link below. Congratulations Kate!
For Year 4 Parents – Opportunity Classes (OC) 2022
Opportunity classes located in government primary schools cater for academically gifted Year 5 and Year 6 students with high potential. Parents apply when students are in Year 4 and students complete a placement test.
Parent/carers will need to complete the online applications no later than Friday 7 May 2021. You will have received an Operoo notification regarding this, please respond as to whether your child will or will not be applying for OC selection. The school is not able to apply on behalf of your child.
Students who are placed then attend the opportunity class full time in Years 5 and 6 at the primary school with an opportunity class. It is a two-year placement program. Students who accept a place in an opportunity class will leave SCPS to attend the school with an opportunity class.
Tuesday 20 April: online applications open
Friday 7 May: online applications close, late applications cannot be accepted.
Wednesday 21 July: Opportunity Class Placement Test will be held
If you would like to access more information in regards to Opportunity Classes, please access this link https://education.nsw.gov.au/public-schools/selective-high-schools-and-opportunity-classes/year-5 . This link will provide you with further information about OC classes, the application process, the test and selection process.
Year 4 teachers
March On School Challenge
Yesterday our whole school participated in the March On School Challenge, it was such a successful event. We each marched just under 1km. In honour and acknowledgement of the courage and sacrifices made by our veterans past and present, and the sacrifices their families made. We gathered at the Defence garden and talked about the significance of our walk, that it was symbolic of the 96km Kokoda Trail, an important part of our Australian War History. We also took a moment to acknowledge and recognise our current Defence Families and asked them to stand, we explained that families still make significant sacrifices to keep our country safe. We have a large Defence Community at the school and we are so proud of this and proud to participate in events like this. If you didn’t get a chance to give a gold coin donation or you would like to donate more, please click on this link and provide a donation: https://fundraise.soldieron.org.au/fundraisers/rachelbrito/school-challenge?enref=5ef090b87f272ccc19af7e701185d1e9
Soldier On is such a wonderful organisation, making a difference to our veterans lives; supporting health, wellbeing and the families. Get involved and donate, as every little bit helps!
Below are some photos from the event.
Defence School Mentor – DSM
We love hearing about any outstanding extra-curricular achievements by our students.
One recent achievement was CJ (5/6R) who was presented an award for “best bowler” at the recent Easts Cricket Club Awards Night, and the award happened to be presented by Maddy Darke, who is a former student At SCPS!
Term 2 Week 1
Mon 19 Staff Development Day
Tues 20 All Learners return
Wed 21 Yrs 3-6 Welcome BBQ 4pm-5.30pm
Wed 21& Thurs 22 Winter PSSA trials
Fri 23 Years 3-6 Cross Country at Latham Park
Tues 27 NRMA Science & Road Safety Day
Wed 28 K-2 Assembly (2J Hosting)
Thurs 29 ANZAC Day Commemoration
Fri 30 Eco Warrior Assembly
Wed 5 P&C Meeting – Zoom
Thurs 6 Mother’s Day