2021: Term 2 Week 2

Principal’s Message

Dear Parents and Carers,

Today our learners were part of a very special ceremony led by our School Captains Stella and CJ, and Vice Captains Summer and Yaniv at the ANZAC commemoration. All learners, Kindergarten to Year 6, showed wonderful behaviour and respect for the service as they reflected on those who fought so we could live in peace; military men and women, including teachers, who served in the past and understand the importance of giving respect to those who continue to serve today.

I am extremely proud of the South Coogee school community and the diversity that includes a large representation of current serving Australian Defence Force members.

The successful assembly was attended by invited guests with a military connection. Special thanks to Rachel Brito, our Defence School Mentor, for organising the event and for the much-appreciated time and energy given to our defence families and our children.

Mrs Kate Michaels led the amazing school choir who sang a beautiful rendition of Lest We Forget; it always brings a tear.

At our service we heard Simon Everett (Lieutenant Colonel, Commanding Officer 19th Chief Engineer Works – Randwick Barracks) talk about the Anzac story and also Lieutenant Colonel Lisa Weston (ADF and SCPS parent) presented a heartfelt reading of the Ode to us.

During the assembly we were privileged to have had the Army Brass Quartet play as representatives from each stage laid wreaths.

Additionally, Dr Marjorie O’Neill MP, the Hon. Matt Thistlewaite , defence dignitaries, Coogee Diggers (Coogee Randwick Clovelly RSL) representative Mike Sterling, and Bronte RSL Sub Branch representatives, who have always supported our school by visiting us each year, were all in attendance.

Finally, a sincere thank you to our serving ADF parents and affiliated families, SCPS parents, teachers and students for their attendance at the assembly today.

There was a great showing of uniformed personnel at the school. Special thanks go to you all for your service.

Kind Regards

Trish Fisher



Class of the Week – KA

KA have had a great start to Term 2! This week we enjoyed reading the book Hat’. Students imagined the animals they would transform into, if the Magic Hat landed on their head. We also did some fantastic descriptive writing about the wizard, thinking of amazing adjectives.

Finally. KA had such fun creating their own magic hats using collage. Here are some of their favourite things about their hats:

“I love my magic hat because it has jewels on it.” Lachlan

“My magic hat has lots of paper and jewels.” Nate

“My magic hat has a rainbow.” Penelope

“I like my magic hat because it is pretty and I can wear it.” Harriet

“I like my magic hat because it has jewels on it.” Eliza

“I like my magic hat because it is good and it looks cool.” Jack

“I like my magic hat because it has lots of colours.” Henry

“I like my magic hat because it has jewels and it’s really colourful and I like to get messy.” Leo

“I like my magic hat because it has sticky stars and sparkles.” Dylan

“My magic hat is really special to me because I made it with no help.” Sam


Sustainable School Grants Success

Our Sustainability Committee has been informed they were successful in obtaining a $15 000 Sustainable Schools Grant to build biodiversity in the school.

The Sustainability Council, comprised of students from Stage 3, were consulted by Mr Tesoriero and Mrs Stathis late last year on the project. The students overwhelmingly voted to try to re-establish a patch of Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub (ESBS), which is now considered critically endangered, along the Macleay Street fence at the southern edge of the paddock. A recent estimate tells us less than 3% of ESBS remains today along Sydney’s eastern seaboard.

We consulted with Randwick Council, local bush regenerators and horticulturalists on the project. Our aim is to have every child in the school involved in some capacity in this project. We’ll be teaching and learning about building and protecting biodiversity through garden and science lessons and co-curricular activities.

Mr T and Mrs Stathis would like to send a shout-out to John Ieroklis (father of James and Angeline), who is assisting us by updating our School Environmental Management Policy as part of this process.

Let us know if you have expertise and would like to be involved.

Maria Stathis and Mark Tesoriero

Gardening News

A Winter garden…..

What a delight to be back in the garden, watching our winter crops growing.

Gardening Club is still on Tuesdays after eating time and has been a flurry of activity, from turning compost to planting succulents and winter crops. We’re trying to be more proactive about pests this year. We’ve put nets over our brassicas to keep those cabbage moths and butterflies at bay. The children use their keen eyes to spot the tiniest of caterpillars and we sprayed a few aphids with soap flakes and garlic mixture just today. These organic remedies are designed to deter pests while keeping pollinators and other good bugs safe in the garden.

We’re harvesting three different types of lettuce, spinach, capsicum and several herbs right now. Our kale is healthy and we’re hoping for a good yield of broccoli, cauliflower and brussel sprouts. Mrs Cake enjoyed our passionfruit on her breakfast last week.

In the Sustainable Garden classroom, Years 1 and 3 have been introduced to the garden beds and will be focussing on composting, worm farming and biodiversity in our school. We’re hoping to cook with our harvest later in the term.

Maria Stathis


Cross Country 2021

On Friday 23rd April, students in Years 3-6 and some students from Year 2 competed in the annual school Cross Country Carnival at Latham Park. Students participated in either a 2km or 3km run and all students did exceptionally well! Congratulations to all students who participated on the day, we are so proud of all students for giving it their best. We also want to send a huge thank you to all our parent helpers on the day, we really appreciate your assistance!

A big congratulations and good luck to the following students who will be attending the Zone Cross Country Carnival on Friday 7th May at Heffron Park:

Alfie G    Ayrton B    Jordan S    Skout K    Micaela G    Nadia L    Violet M    Chloe H    Louis C    Lennox R    Zak R

Max S    Mila M    Zoe B    Evie M    Samara J    Yaniv L    Nate Y    Luca G    Will A    Gabriella G    Nair S P    Ruby H

Isabelle V    Levi S    Adrian C    Jeremy L    Charlie S    Mischa G S    Freya C    Madelyn H    Isabella A

Rebecca Harris and Ifalemi Sau-Paea

Cross Country Coordinators

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. The school is not able to apply on behalf of your child.

Students who are offered a place 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.

Key Dates

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.

Kind Regards,

Year 4 teachers

Update on School Photos

We have been advised by Advanced Life Photographers that our school photos should be delivered within the next few weeks.