2021: Term 1 Week 6

Deputy Principal’s Message

Harmony Day – Tuesday 16 March

Harmony Day is fast approaching. Harmony Day is a day for all Australians to embrace cultural diversity and to share what we have in common. This year we will be celebrating Harmony Day with class discussions and fun activities. Learners will be sharing and celebrating the diversity of cultures in their class and school. More information will come out shortly.

Late Arrival to School

Thank you to all parents/carers who ensure their child is at school well before the 9:00am bell. The school day commences at 9:00am, with teacher supervision from 8:30am. Our K-2 learners continue to enter through the Tucabia street gate and our 3-6 learners enter through Moverly road gate.

It is important that learners arrive at school well before 9:00am as this enables them to settle in and prepare for the school day. Learners who arrive late are immediately at a disadvantage as they miss out on the introduction to lessons and disrupt the class by their late arrival. Learners who arrive after the morning bell are required to report to the office to sign in and obtain a late note for the class teacher. See the images below for information about why it is important for your child to arrive at school on time and some strategies to try if you find it difficult to prepare your child for school each day.

Class of the Week – 1D

1D has had a wonderful start to 2021 with our learning programs definitely now in full swing.

In Science with Miss Chan, 1D has been exploring change through the context of food and how heating and cooling can change its properties. During last week’s Science lesson, we made spaghetti objects and explored the properties of uncooked spaghetti versus cooked spaghetti. We came up with some words like “pointy, straight, long, yellow, sharp”!

In Personal Development this week, we focused on the SCPS Grow Your Mind Program.

During our lesson, we discussed the importance of being aware of our own personal strengths. The learners reflected on their strengths and the behaviours they exhibit that show these strengths:

I am friendly because I love playing with my friends, Nyinkala and Maddie. Jordie I

I am creative because I can use my imagination and think of things that are not real.   Roc BS

I am sensible because I know what is right and what is wrong. Liam F

I think I am curious because I want to know everything about animals. Zenon T

I am curious because I like to learn lots of things about Maths. Quincy K

I think I am brave because I don’t get scared when someone wants to argue with me. Dean V

I am brave because I can dive in the big waves in the ocean. Alessandra S

I think I am very sporty because I play lots of sport at school and at home. Cooper B

I’m brave because when my brother throws a ball hard at me, I don’t get scared. Luke W

I think I am friendly because I love playing with all my friends. Kailey D

I am very helpful because I look after my baby sister. Madeleine J

I am energetic because I keep busy and I never get tired. Caroline J

I think I am curious because I take a lot of photos of the forest. Lucy H

I am curious because I want to know why the Earth goes around the sun. Harry T

I am kind because I help my friend with her homework sometimes. Nyinkala SF

I am creative because I make lots of paper aeroplanes and I also like to make books with pieces of paper. Adrian H

I think I am friendly because I let people play with me when they are lonely. Joshua A

I am curious because I like doing interesting experiments. Jacob R

I think I am sporty because I like doing cartwheels and handstands. Sasha S

Gardening News

What’s Happening in the Garden?

What a delight to be back in the garden and what a lot of work we have to get our beds ready for planting!

Gardening Club is on Tuesdays after eating time and has been well-attended over the last three weeks. We’ve been focusing on weeding, pruning, watering and raking right now. Just today we began to develop three small garden beds for winter vegetable planting.

Our harvests are small right now but we do have assorted herbs – basil, mint, parsley, thyme, sage, tarragon – growing well. We also have perpetual spinach, capsicum and our passionfruit vine has started to produce fruit.

In the Sustainable Garden classroom, Years 2 and 4 have been introduced to the garden beds and have been sowing seeds, weeding and adding compost to them. They examined the soil before adding the much-needed nutrients. We’re working toward a March planting, in both the large vegetable garden and the herb garden.

We’re all looking forward to the produce we grow and the year ahead in the garden.

Maria Stathis

Swimming Carnival

As promised in the last Newsletter, here are some more images from the Swimming Carnival.

From the Office

School Invoices 2021

The school invoice with the cost of Subject Requirements and Voluntary Contributions has now been sent to your email. These costs are a one-off payment that is invoiced in Term 1. All outstanding credits from 2020 have now been allocated to your invoice.

All other events and activities due to occur in the Term (e.g. excursions and incursions, sporting fees) will be invoiced separately, but will appear when you open the email from School Bytes. To make a payment simply follow the link.

If you are experiencing any financial difficulty please contact Helen in the school office to organise a payment plan.

Unlabelled Clothing and Lunchboxes

We are having a huge influx of unlabelled items handed in to lost property. Please label ALL your child’s belongings that come to school.  Second hand clothing should also be re-labelled with your child’s name.

Anything with a name on it gets returned to your child as soon as possible by the office.

Anything that is unlabelled will now be donated to the Uniform Shop.

Ethics Classes

Ethics classes at South Coogee Public School

Could you be an ethics teacher for South Coogee Public School?

We are seeking volunteers so that we can provide ethics classes for all the families who have requested them for their children. Currently, we have no teachers for Years 2, 4 and 6 and have children on a waitlist in all other years.

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 2:00pm or 2:30pm for a 30 minute class on Thursday each week.

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 Lyndall Mulconry (The SCPS Ethics Coordinator) at: l.mulconry@outlook.com or 0438 648 186


Maria Stathis

SEE/ SRE Coordinator