2021: Term 1 Week 8

Principal’s Message

Dear Parents and Carers

An extra special thank you to all K-2 parents and family members. We were so pleased with how successful the pickup system ran this week. We are sending Years 3-6 information via Skoolbag; please check for the update.

Importantly, we have been reminded about attendance data for our school. We are aware that there are a small number of children arriving late, so thank you to all families arriving on time.

  • 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.

Please keep your eye out for information about events coming your way. The K-2 Easter Hat Parade and Welcome morning tea is the first event where we can have some parents on site – So exciting 😊

Kind Regards

Trish Fisher

Principal

Deputy Principal’s Message

NAPLAN Practice Tests

The 2021 NAPLAN Online testing for Years Three and Five will take place between Tuesday 11 May and Friday 21 May. Year Three will be completing the pen and paper writing test. All other tests will be completed online.

The assessment provides parents and schools with an understanding of how individual students are performing at the time of the tests. NAPLAN is just one aspect of a school’s assessment and reporting process – it does not replace ongoing assessments made by teachers about student performance.

To support students in this process, we will be administering practice tests between 22 March – 1 April. Headphones are required for each student to be able to complete the NAPLAN practice test. If students have not brought them to school yet, please ensure headphones are sent to school by Monday 22 March.

For more information click on the link below:

https://nap.edu.au/docs/default-source/resources/naplan-online-information-brochure-for-parents-and-carers.pdf

Kate Owen

Deputy Principal

Class of The Week – 4B

4B have had an amazing start to 2021.

For the last two weeks we have studying the book “Imagine a Night” written by Sarah Thomson and illustrated by Rob Gonslaves.

We had to create our own page writing in the same style as the book.

 

Imagine a night…

When day becomes night

Sun becomes the moon

And the light in your room disappears

By Mateo

 

Imagine a night..

When the stars are floating down

To give you good luck

By Ellie

 

Imagine a night…

When all your dreams

Could come true

In every busy house.

By Olivia

 

Imagine a night

When your dreams take flight

And take you to

Another world

By Addison

 

Imagine a night

When the

Pitter patter of the rain

On your roof

Becomes a band

That plays for you

By Mia

During the term we have been going to gardening lessons on a Thursday morning. We have grown a variety of vegetables such as spinach, snow peas, radishes, carrots and many more. Today we used spinach and made spinach fritters and tzatziki. They were absolutely delicious!

Harmony Day

Harmony Day was celebrated this year on Tuesday 16 March at South Coogee Public School.

Every learner had a great day with lots of fun and interesting activities at school.

Below is a slideshow of many of our wonderful and diverse learners that wore their national dress or special clothes.

Jolly Bops Science Incursion

On 11th of March, Stage 1 enjoyed a Jolly Bops Science show titled “Mix it up”, which aligned to the topic that they are doing in class. The students learnt a lot about the properties of materials, chemical reactions and how we interact with the chemical world around us. There were many hands on experiences, audience participation (even with the teachers) and lots of laughs!

Rusty the Robot and Jolly Professor demonstrated many different experiments from freezing liquids to exploding a balloon with fire. The students had lots of fun.

“My favourite part was where the scientist blew up the balloon with fire” – Jacob R

“My favourite part was where he put dry ice in a cup of water and there was smoke everywhere!” – Caroline J

Technology

What an exciting week SCPS have been having with technology. Our students became detectives, reporters and directors creating their own iMovies and trailers about the zoo animals escaping Sydney Zoo!

Students explored the many angles to take great photographs to use as evidence for the report. They added recordings and sound effects to bring it all to life, all in one day – what professionals!

We can’t wait to see what other technology skills they’ll bring to the classroom now. Have a look at what a great day they had:

Easter Hat Parade and Welcome Morning Tea K-2

Easter is fast approaching and we are looking forward to celebrating with our traditional Easter Hat Parade. It is always an absolute delight to see the wonderful creations that the children will be showcasing.

Please read the important information below.

When:           Gates open at 9am. Parade to start at 9.15am Wednesday 31st March (Week 10)

Where:         Hat Parade will take place on the Paddock to some groovy music!

Wear:           School uniform with your amazing homemade Easter or Celebration Hat

There will be a Welcome Morning Tea following the parade.

A coffee cart will be available for purchases.

Covid-19 Guidelines

  • ONLY 2 guests per family may attend the event.
  • Guests should only attend if they are feeling well and do not have any respiratory or COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Entry ONLY via Tucabia Street Kiss and Go gates. Parents are to form a line ensuring they are socially distanced while they wait for the gates to be opened.
  • ALL guests must check in using the QR codes that will be posted on the Kiss and Go gate
  • All guests MUST follow COVID guidelines and stay 1.5m apart
  • Guests must stay in the allocated parents’ area during the parade
  • Parents are asked to not approach classes to take photos
  • Following the parade, parents will be invited to stay for morning tea on the netball court and under the Cola. Guests are asked to not go onto the Paddock where children are playing

From the Office

Invoices

Our new invoicing system is set up to send weekly reminders of all outstanding amounts. This will also apply if you are up to date with payments but are yet to pay the Tax Deductible Voluntary Gift Contribution for Library or Building Funds. No amount will show on this page. If you would like to pay this amount select the green box $ Add Tax Deductible Item at the bottom of the Parent Online Payment Portal. This will then take you to the Voluntary Gift Contribution. (See below) If you have any questions regarding the Voluntary Contribution please call the school.

All invoiced amounts are for goods or services that have been paid for in advance on your behalf by the school. Your assistance with paying the outstanding amounts is appreciated.

Please contact the office if you require a payment plan.

Lunches

We are having a considerable number of learners coming to the office every lunchtime because they have no lunch packed, or their lunch order has not been ordered or has not gone through.

Please ensure Munch Monitor gives you a confirmation for the correct day and that they are in by the cut off time of 8.30am. Ordering in advance is recommended.

Jumpers, Hats and Lunch Boxes

Please ensure all items that come to school are labelled. We receive a large amount of lost property every day, and can not return them to your child if they are not labelled, and many learners are coming to the office looking for lost hats and jackets, especially now the weather changes each day. Label, label, label!

Defence News

This month, on March 31, we are taking the ‘MARCH ON SCHOOL CHALLENGE’. This is a whole of school event and we will march over 96kms – 1km per class, on a walking course around the school grounds.

The significance of the 96km, which is the distance of the Kokoda trail, is an important part of our war history.

We are proud to be participating in a good cause and fundraising for Soldier On, an organisation that supports veterans past and present, and their families. We are marching to honour their courage and sacrifice.

On the day we are asking students to bring a gold coin donation. If families feel strongly about the cause and would like to donate more, you can do so via our fundraising link: https://fundraise.soldieron.org.au/fundraisers/rachelbrito/school-challenge?enref=5ef090b87f272ccc19af7e701185d1e9

For more information click here: Soldier On : March On Homepage

We look forward to sharing photos of our march with you. Thank you for your support of this event!

Rachel Brito – Defence School Mentor SCPS.

Swimming News

On Wednesday 24 February 2021, selected students (based on their performance at the SCPS swimming carnival) competed in the Eastern Suburbs Zone carnival at the Botany aquatic centre. The carnival was extremely competitive with all swimmers doing an outstanding job and swimming fine races.

Huge credit goes to all the students for their sportsmanship and the way they conducted themselves on the day, especially with no parents being there to help them, as some of the swimmers were competing at their first carnival. 

A special mention goes to Jessica E, Evie M, Bella A, Kealei P, Ava B, Indi B, Jessica L, Maddie A, Mila M, Zara E, Niklas W, Yuuri O, Nate Y and Charlie S for ousting the competition and qualifying for the Sydney East Championships at Sydney Olympic Park which were held on Tuesday 16 March. Results will be in the next newsletter.

Extra-Curricular Achievements

We are always pleased when parents share with us any outstanding extra-curricular achievements of our learners.

One such achievement is by Evie M in 5/6P, who won a bronze medal in the u10 Girls Surf Teams at the NSW State Nippers Titles in Swansea on 26 February.  She competes for South Maroubra SLSC.

Congratulations Evie!

What’s On!

Monday 22 March – Thursday 1 April

  • NAPLAN online practice sessions will be taking place for Year 3 and 5

 

Monday 22 March – Friday 26 March

  • Parent Teacher Interviews (onsite and via Zoom)

 

Wednesday 31 March 

  • K-2 Easter Hat Parade and Welcome Morning Tea
  • ‘MARCH ON’ walkathon

 

Thursday 1 April 

  • Last Day of school
  • Cookie Dough Pickup

 

Tuesday 20 April

  • Students return to school

 

Wednesday 21 April

  • Years 3-6 Welcome BBQ, 4pm – 5.30pm

 

Wednesday 21 & Thursday 22 April

  • Winter PSSA trials

 

Friday 23 April

  • Years 3-6 Cross Country Carnival

 

Monday 26 April

  • ANZAC Day Assembly

Randwick Girls High School – School Tours

As COVID-19 restrictions have eased further, Randwick Girls’ High School is now able to offer school tours.

These tours are only available to prospective Year 7, 2022 students. Only 1 parent and 1 student can attend.

Please contact our school office for further information on 8345 8200.