2021: Term 2 Week 10

Principal’s Message

Dear Families

Seriously, can you believe it’s mid-year already…

With the holidays upon us our learners and teachers are looking forward to a chance to slow the pace and rejuvenate ready for a very productive Semester 2.

Next term we are continuing to focus on our ‘Pride of school – school uniform’. Our school uniform policy states that:

Our school uniform dress code reinforces in students a pride in their own appearance, instils recognition of themselves as an integral part of the school community, and assists in developing pride in representing their school. Issues of equality, health and safety, and expense are also factors that contribute to the establishment of the Dress Code.

Our dress code aims:

  • To promote equality amongst all students.
  • To further develop a sense of pride in, and identification with our school.
  • To provide durable clothing that is cost effective and practical for our school environment.
  • To maintain and enhance the positive image of the school in the community.

What is not school uniform:

Bright-coloured clothing, board shorts, bike shorts, hot pants, singlet tops, representative jerseys, supporter sport shorts, socks and jumpers.

What is school uniform:

Interchangeable with black school shoes or all black runners.

SCPS school hat – in good condition. NB: Senior learners: If your child wants to keep an old hat as a memento this should be kept at home and a new one purchased for daily use.

If finance is an issue, we have a 2nd hand clothing store as part of our P & C uniform shop who are happy to support you in having the correct school uniform.

We are asking the entire school community to support this focus to ensure students wear their school uniform with pride. Please see below for the Uniform Guidelines.

Thank you for your support.

Kind regards

Trish Fisher, Principal






Health Reminder: COVID-19

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.

NSW Health has requested that schools encourage anyone who is unwell or has even mild flu-like symptoms, to arrange to be tested through their local medical practitioner or one of the COVID-19 clinics.

Students and staff 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.

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

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


Thank you for supporting our school community.

Class of the Week – 5/6H

This term, 5/6H has been involved in many fun and engaging activities related to the units of work we have been studying. Below are a few of the activities we have completed. We hope you enjoy viewing our work!

Boy Overboard Bloom Ball

“The book we are studying this term was called ‘Boy Overboard’. To practice our reading comprehension skills and delve deeper into books we have made a paper ball with a number of comprehension activities called a ‘Bloom Ball’, which is also shaped like a soccer ball making reference to the book. This has helped us understand and recognise the meaning of the books that we are reading more and also enjoy them more. The theme of this book is about refugees and their journey to try and find a better life while experiencing tough situations along the way and having to focus on all the positive things. We all have enjoyed participating in the class discussions involved in this task and book.” – Zari

“This book made me realise the hardships refugees go through to flee their country.”- Evie

“When we were reading the book Boy Overboard and doing the Bloom Ball, it was interesting to find out how differently we are treated to the refugees.”- Luca

“Creating the Bloom Ball taught me how lucky we are and what some people have to go through.”- Bella

“I learnt different comprehension skills and had lots of fun creating and decorating the Bloom Ball.”- Lola

“In English we were reading the book Boy Overboard. While we were reading it we had to make a dodecahedron called a Bloom Ball. On each side we would have to do a new topic about the book.”- Yaniv

“After reading Boy Overboard we did a Bloom Ball with different things about the book on different faces which I thought was kind of fun.”- Simon

Ceramics – Dragons

“This term all of the stage three classes had a Ceramics In Schools incursion and 5/6H particularly enjoyed this day. There was so much room on our sculptures, which were dragons, birds or dinosaurs, to be creative and to turn our lifeless lumps of brown clay into majestic, strong, elegant, all attributes creatures. With a talented teacher we were able to sculpt professional style creatures yet still make them our own. It was a wonderful experience and creative exercise.” –Summer

“I have learnt lots of new techniques in clay making through this lesson and new experiences.”- Zara

“I really enjoyed making an animal that we were taught to create with our own personalisations.”- Gabriella

“I have learnt how to build different things. I loved doing Ceramics!”- Larissa

“Making the dragons was amazing. I now know the basics of clay making.”- Adrian

“Making things out of clay is something that everyone has to try.”- Lucas

Refugee Art

“After reading the book ‘Boy Overboard’ we were asked what we thought of when someone said the word ‘refugee’. We used the Google App called Jamboard to see the different class ideas. After that we looked at different ways to show perspective. A very popular technique was a reflection of a scene in an eye. We next sketched a rough draft of our artwork and used mixed mediums to show our own personal interpretation of refugees.”- Stella

”We are looking at Boy Overboard, a book with refugees so we did an artwork that would show refugees in a position that would describe how they have it. It really shows you how good our life is here in Australia. I am very lucky to live in such a place!”- Daisy

‘The refugee art is a good way to express how cruel refugee life is.”- Levi

“On the refugee art you can make something about refugees. I drew a person’s eye and in the reflection is what it happening to that person.”- Tye

“It was a really good subject because you can see how refugees were treated by the government compared to how the government treats us.”- Nate

“The refugee art we are doing represents what we think about how they lived and survived in a big dusty refugee camp.”- Florence


History WebQuest

“In class we have been learning about Australian colonisation and significant events that happened. One of those events was the Australian Gold Rush. On our Chromebooks we have made a website using the Google App Google Sites to display our knowledge and understanding of this significant event that has helped shape Australia.”- Olive

“It really taught me how lucky where are now and how the people back then got affected by this.”- Koby

“A lot of information, I know way more about the Gold Rush.”- Jackson

“I really enjoyed learning how to create a website!”- Jarryd

“It was really good to have some fun making a website about what we were learning right now.”- Charlie

“I learnt a lot of new things about the Gold Rush.”- Asahi

K – 2 Cross Country Carnival

Our children had an amazing time at the 2021 K – 2 Cross Country Carnival.

The excitement was felt by everyone in attendance, including the many parents and carers who showed up to give support and take photos.

In the Kindergarten Girls, it was a tough fought race with Nora C coming in first place.

The Kindergarten Boys also enjoyed their first race with Lochy G soaring ahead to win.

Year One Girls showed a lot of determination and enthusiasm during their race with Sophie C the victor.

Year One boys were out to do their best. In the end, after a close finish, the winner was Max D.

In the Year Two Girls race, Elena W (who was so nervous she has butterflies in her tummy) managed to use those butterflies to carry her across the finish line in first place.

The Year Two Boys also showed a competitive edge with Ollie F and Paxton H managing to cross the finish line in first place at the same time!

It was great to see children show up in their house colours, and each race looked like an electric rainbow.

We can’t wait to do it again next year!

Natalie Chan & Nic Johnson (Teachers)

Years 3-6 Athletics Carnival

On Tuesday 15 June students in Years 3-6 and some students from Year 2 competed in the annual school Athletics Carnival at Hensley Athletics Field.

Students participated in 100m, 200m, 800m, Long Jump and High Jump events. We are so impressed with all students who participated in the day and competed in any or all of these events. We received fantastic results and want to congratulate all students for giving their best on the day!

We also want to send a huge thank you to all our parent helpers on the day, we really appreciate your assistance!

Results of students attending the Zone Athletics Carnival in Term 3 are still to come.

Miss Harris, Mr Tesoriero and Ms Thomas

Regional Cross Country

On Friday 11 June our Cross Country representatives attended the Regional Cross Country Carnival held at Miranda Park. Congratulations to all students as this is such an impressive level to make it to! Students ran in a challenging 2km and 3km course and achieved incredible results on the day, competing against a number of different zones a part of the Sydney East Zone.

Our Regional representatives who attended this carnival were:

Micaela G                                                 Violet M

Zoe B                                                         Gabriella G

Micsha G-S                                              Freya C

Madelyn H                                               Alfie G

Louis C                                                     Yaniv L

Nate Y                                                       Levi S

All students were outstanding on the day and a huge congratulations to Micaela G who came 3rd in her 8/9 girls race and made it through to the NSWPSSA State Championships at Eastern Creek on the 16th July. What an incredible achievement! Good luck in the Championships Micaela!

Defence School Mentor End of Term Update

This term we said farewell to a few of our community families and we welcomed some of our parents back from deployments. We continue to support those families who have members away, on deployments, courses and those living away. We understand that the recent updates surrounding restrictions is tough, especially on the families separated, and we encourage families to keep updated via NSW Health, and if they are needing any support or are wanting to talk with someone over the holidays to please contact Defence Family Helpline 1800 624 608 Or Open Arms 1800 011 046. When we return we will continue to prioritise the support of our Defence Families’ wellbeing.

As a wrap for the end of term, our Defence Kids Club ran every week on Wednesdays and Thursdays.  Many of our students from the community attend and enjoy crafting and connecting with like minded others. We get busy in our sessions, and many like to attend, bring a friend and take some time off the playground. It has been a blast.

Next term we are really looking at ways to better connect with our Years 3-6  Defence students, with some plans to focus a few sessions at this group. If you have any suggestions please don’t hesitate to send them through via email.

I hope you all have a safe and wonderful break over the holidays, may you get some quality time with your immediate family.

Take care,

Rachel Brito

DSM email: rachel.brito@det.nsw.edu.au


Thank you to the Student Representative Council for organising the Fundraiser that took place today to raise money for Sydney Children’s Hospital. The playground was very colourful, with students dressing in their favourite sport team colours.

A special thank you to Rosie M (4C), Violet M (3D) and Ella H (4A) who used modelling clay to make rainbow bowls, which they sold on a stall they set up outside their houses (as well as some of their personal possessions!), and raised extra funds for the Sydney Children’s Hospital. Well done!




A uniform dress code reinforces in students a pride in their own appearance, instils recognition of themselves as an integral part of the school community, and assists in developing pride in representing their school. Issues of equality, health and safety, and expense are also factors that contribute to the establishment of the Dress Code.


•To promote equality amongst all students.•To further develop a sense of pride in, and identification with our school.•To provide durable clothing that is cost effective and practical for our schoolenvironment.•To maintain and enhance the positive image of the school in the community.


•After consultation with the school community (P&C Association) and the Student Representative Council, the school has developed a Dress Code that we believe provides choice for the students, allows for students to safely engage in the many varied school activities, and caters for the financial constraints of families.

•The Dress Code applies during school hours, while travelling to and from school and when students are on school excursions.

•Summer and winter uniforms, as well as sports uniforms, will be prescribed and are required to be worn.

•Year 6 t-shirts can be worn on class sport day and Fridays only in Terms 2 & 3. Then everyday in Term 4 as part of their leadership incentive or pride

•Stud earrings and sleepers worn in the ears, plus watches are the only acceptable jewellery.

•Hair ties and accessories are to be school colours (blue & white) and shoulder length hair tied up for all students.

•Extreme hair colors (eg: green, pink or purple rinses) and/or extreme hairstyles (eg: spikes or mohawks) are not permitted.

•The only headwear that is acceptable is Sunsmart hats consistent with our ‘No Hat –Shade Play Policy’. They must be worn outside during recess, lunch, sport and any other outside activity. Hats are not to be worn inside.

•Parents and Citizens Association will operate the school Uniform Shop and will operate a second hand uniform pool for parents.

•The student Dress Code, including details of uniform items and places of purchase, will be published in the newsletter at the start of each year.

•The entire school community will be responsible for implementation of the Dress Code in a manner consistent with the Student Code of Conduct.

•Parents seeking exemptions to the Dress Code due to religious beliefs, ethnic or cultural background, student disability, health condition or economic hardship must apply in writing to the Principal.

Unacceptable clothing includes: bright-coloured clothing, board shorts, bike shorts, hot pants, singlet tops, representative jerseys, supporter sport shorts, socks and jumpers.

We appreciate your support.