Newsletter April 2019
2019 April Newsletter
With the end of the term fast approaching it is timely to reflect on the great work and progress made to date this year.
Highlights have been numerous including many personal bests in the classroom, sport and performing arts. Sports teams and performance groups are well underway with opportunities for participation for all students in both areas. With over 150 students participating in camps this term it is also important to take time to acknowledge and thank the teachers for their work. The teachers willingly organise, supervise and participate in all the extra-curricular activities which make up our school.
Next week Letters of Commendation will be sent home to nominated students for achievements this term with those students being recognised in the May newsletter.
There are still several important events for your calendar before the end of term. Details for the Easter Disco, Hat Parade and school Cross Country Carnival are included in this newsletter.
A special thank you to the P&C for organising the Easter raffle and Hot Cross Bun Drive which are the Term 1 fundraisers.
Whooping Cough Outbreak
A community announcement was emailed to all families regarding the reported cases of whooping cough this term. Further information regarding this is included in this newsletter.
ANZAC DAY Assembly
The Cronulla Public School ANZAC Day Assembly will be held on Wednesday 10th April.
Parents and families are welcome to attend the service which will be held under the COLA from 10.50am.
World’s Greatest Shave
Last Tuesday, Joseph, Solomon, Kye and Jett shaved their heads in support of the World’s Greatest Shave. In the lead up to the day, the boys managed to raise $1350 for the Leukaemia Foundation which will go towards supporting people living with blood cancer. Thank you for your efforts in supporting such a wonderful cause. We are so proud of you!
K- 5 Easter Disco
Wed 3rd April 4.00pm – 7.00pm
The K-5 Easter Disco will be held on the 3rd April in the school hall.
Kindergarten and Year 1: 4pm-5pm
Year 2 and 3: 5pm-6pm
Years 4 and 5: 6pm-7pm
Tickets are $5 per child and will be on sale at the door on the night.
Easter Hat Parade
Thursday 11th April
Cronulla Public School’s K-2 Easter Hat Parade will commence at 12:30pm on Thursday 11th April 2019. Parents and caregivers are invited to join the children for the parade.
Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2 students will make their hats for the parade at school throughout the week beginning Monday 8th April. Students are asked to bring a hat, glue and items to decorate their hat by Friday 5th April.
By Friday 5th April: – Bring in a hat, glue and items to make your hat (no chocolate to go on hats)
Monday 8th April: – Hat making at school
Thursday 11th April: – Easter Hat Parade at 12:30pm
Kindergarten Enrolments for 2020
Information regarding children who will start Kindergarten next year is now available. Please see the office to register your child’s name for 2020.
PARENT TEACHER INTERVIEWS
The Parent / Teacher Interviews will be held in Week 11 beginning 8th April. Online bookings on our website will be available from 19th March until 4th April.
Components of reporting on student progress for Semester 1 include the written report (end of Term 2) and an interview for all parents at the end of Term 1. These parent teacher interviews will be held in the last week of term (Monday 8th April – Friday 12th April).
Parents/carers will need to book interview timeslots online on the school website at https://www.cronulla.nsw.edu.au/bookings. To book, select a class/teacher from the dropdown menu, then a date and time from the calendar below and follow the prompts to create a booking. Please note you will receive an email confirmation. Your interview timetable will be automatically emailed to you.
Please note online interview bookings will be available through our website from Monday18th March.
Parents can change their interview bookings any time prior to the closing date. Remember to use the same name and email address that was used in the original booking.
The school encourages students to focus on self-assessment and to reflect on their learning. To foster this, students in Years 5 – 6 (Stage 3) will be invited to participate in 3-way interviews where the student is present for part of the interview. Part of each interview however will be set aside for discussion without the student present.
Following parent/teacher interviews we invite you to provide feedback on the process through a short survey. Your participation is valuable and assists the school in building important partnerships with the school community. The feedback form will be available from Monday 8th April from the following link:
The 2019 P&C Committee was elected at the March AGM. Thank you to the parents who have volunteered to support the school in the following roles:
2019 P&C Committee
President: Graham Smith
Vice President: Brooke Jones
Treasurer: Laura Golland
Assistant Treasurer: Page Ransom
Secretary: Jodie Cutbush Smith
Canteen: Quinn Wernej
Uniforms: Leanne Wells
Fundraising: Raegan Grimley
Grants/ Sponsorship: Wayne Daniels
The April Meeting of the P&C was held this morning after the Come and See Morning Guided Reading Class visits. It was wonderful to see some new parents attend. The meeting is a great way to hear about what is happening in the school and to have input on decision making about school events.
The May P&C meeting will be held in 7th May Week 2 Term 2 at 10.00am.
2019 P&C Meeting dates for your diary –
- Tuesday 4th June 10.00am
- Tuesday 2nd July – time to be confirmed
- Tuesday 6th August – time to be confirmed
- Tuesday 3rd September – time to be confirmed
- Tuesday 29th October- time to be confirmed
- Tuesday 26th November- time to be confirmed
All parents are welcome and encouraged to attend the P&C meetings.
Following the initial parent survey (see March Newsletter) several companies have now been approached for scope of work quotes for the cricket pitch area redevelopment.
Proposals for the area include:
- Reinstate a cricket pitch
- Reinstate a climbing frame which was moved due to the double demountable classroom placement
- Sensory garden area
- Outdoor learning area
Plans for the demolition of the existing structure are also being sourced and quoted. Parents, with connections to any companies including demolition and landscaping, are encouraged to contact the school. Grants for the redevelopment are also being sourced.
P&C Easter Raffle
Don’t forget your nut free Easter Egg donations go to the office for the P&C Easter Egg Raffle by Friday 5th April.
P&C Hot Cross Bun Fundraiser
The Gruffalo turns 20!
The much loved book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler turned 20 this month and we have had lots of fun celebrating at CPS this week. Students were invited to participate in Gruffalo activities during lunchtime including memory games, mask-making and the viewing of the story. We even cut a birthday cake for the Gruffalo at morning lines on Friday.
Thank you to the Year 5 students who helped out with Gruffalo activities during the week.
Congratulations to our Gruffalo book winners: Bailey (KA), Jetsun (5D) and Maeve (6P)
Premier’s Reading Challenge
Congratulations to Wil (6P), Ruby (6A), Genn (3S) and Sophie (2T) who have already completed the Challenge! Well done guys. You still have plenty of time to complete the Challenge which doesn’t finish until August. Remember to add books to your Student Reading Record as you go and listen out for special events happening in the library. If you have any questions about the Challenge, please do not hesitate to ask.
A huge thank you to the P and C for their generous contribution to our library. Many new books have been purchased and are available for borrowing. The students are excited to check out what new additions are added each week and love selecting new texts for reading.
Have a great week and keep reading!
Woolworths Earn & Learn 2019
We will be participating in the Woolworths Earn & Learn program again this year which starts on Wednesday 1st May and finishes on Tuesday 25th June 2019.
For every $10 spent (excluding liquor, tobacco and gift cards), you will be able to ‘earn’ one Woolworths Earn & Learn Sticker. These can be placed onto a Woolworths Earn & Learn Sticker Sheet and dropped into the Collection Box here at the school or at Cronulla and Caringbah Woolworths stores.
At the end of the promotion, the stickers will be tallied and a range of classroom resources ‘purchased’ for our school. If you’d like to know more visit www.woolworths.com.au/earnandlearn
Students of the Month
|Aleah X (1T)||Lockie T (2H)||Millie O (2G)|
|Evie E (2G)||Kaitlyn H (2H)||Mya I (2T)|
|Zara O (2T)||Layla K (3/4H)||Hayden O (3S)|
|Piper R (3D)||Chloe A (5D)||Tyla S (5D)|
|Blake S (5D) X 2||Genn O (3S)||Marlee P (3S)|
|Taya K (6A)||Seth D (3S)||Georgia P (2G)|
|Alex P (1K)||Luke H (4M)||Jett D (5M)|
|Luna NR (1B)||Mika B (4M)||Mia B (3/4H)|
|Isaac F (4M)||Zsa Zsa Z (3D)|
- Boyd B (4M)
- Marlee P (3S)
- Tyler W (5D)
- Axel Z (3S)
- Tyler W (5D)
- Mikayla R (2G)
- Lachlan M (3D)
Performing Arts Updates
Half Day Rehearsal Information – Thursday 4th April
The students in Year 2 and 3 in the Junior Choir will need to be at school at 8:15am in full school uniform. They will be travelling to Bangor Public School by bus. Students will need their lunch, water and will return to school for recess.
Senior Choir students have had a fabulous start to the year learning their new songs. Choir is held each Monday during the first half of lunch and students are encouraged to bring their song books weekly. We have been notified that the Senior Choir students will be displaying their beautiful singing at the Newton-John Concert on Friday 23rd August. Students have two half day rehearsals coming up, which are held on Thursday 4th April and Thursday 27th June. We will also have a final whole day rehearsal at Sutherland Entertainment Centre on Thursday 22nd August.
Half Day Rehearsal Information – Tuesday 2nd April
The students in Year 2 and 3 in the Junior Choir will need to be at school at 8:30am in full school uniform. They will be travelling to Gymea North Public School by bus. Students will need their lunch, water and song books for the rehearsal and will return to school for recess.
Band End of Term Concerts
In Week 11, we would like to invite band students’ parents to our end of term mini concert.
When: Tuesday 9th April
Where: School hall
Time: Performing Band: 8:30am
Training Band: 9:00am
The concerts will last approximately 10 minutes each.
Thank you to all of the parents for supporting their child in learning a musical instrument.
Art News – Operation Art Workshops Week 11
Cronulla Public School will again host the Operation Art student & teacher workshops next week.
Six students from Stage 1, 2 & 3 are chosen to participate in a day of art making & designing, creating artworks that challenge their skills. Operation Art is an initiative of The Children’s Hospital at Westmead in collaboration with the Department of Education & Communities. It involves school students from Kindergarten to Year 10 in all NSW schools in creating art works for children in hospitals. The art works aim to inspire and delight, helping to improve the wellbeing of children in hospital & playing a vital role in the recovery and healing process.
Congratulations to the following students who were selected to represent the Cronulla Zone at the recent Sydney East Swimming Championships:
- Tyson B
- Van K
- Xaiver F
- Elody L
- Paris D-M
- Saulei G
PSSA Girls’ Soccer
Well done to the girls in Years 3-6 who participated in girls’ soccer this term. They played in a non-competitive situation over 5 weeks against other local schools.
They represented Cronulla Public School with pride. They gave every game their best, while being great sports and having fun. Well done girls!
PSSA Season 1 AFL
Mr Dean and Mr Allum had the privilege of accompanying the Junior and Senior PSSA Teams to AFL every Friday during Season 1. It was a short, yet highly successful season that will no doubt have the boys looking forward to further opportunities to play AFL. The competition was based around participation, meaning scores were not kept and teams didn’t record either a win or loss. This allowed many first time players to develop their skills and increase their ability to play as a team without worrying about winning or losing. Not long after the competition kicked off, all four teams were not only improving individual skill components but placing a high level of emphasis on special awareness. The boys understanding of specific rules rapidly increased and their ability to apply this knowledge during games was highly evident. A highlight of the season was when a teacher from a neighbouring school commended Cronulla Public School students for their sportsmanship on the field. All 50 students were continually displaying these behaviours on and off the field which made for a positive experience for all.
Thank you to all students, teachers and parents who have participated and contributed to Running Club this Term. It has been a hugely successful term of training and we look forward to seeing everybody again from the first week of Term 2 as we switch our focus from Cross Country training to preparing for sprinting at our school Athletics Carnival.
3-6 Mondays 8:30-9:00am
K-2 Tuesdays 8:30-9:00am
Cross Country Carnival
VENUE: Cronulla Public School and Surrounding Parklands
TIME: Races begin at 9.45am
DATE: Friday 12th April 2019
DRESS: Sports Uniform
Years 3 to 6 and eligible Year 2 students (those who turn 8 this year) will participate in the formal cross country event. Kindergarten, Year 1 and the remainder of Year 2 will take part in a modified program of races. The program for the day is below.
The activities should be fun for all children. Those in the formal cross country races are permitted to walk the course if they get tired. All children will need a drink and a school hat.
The P&C will be providing a BBQ from 11am. Sausage sandwiches will be available to order for $2. There will be a coffee van for parents and visitors to access (8am – 2pm)
Any parents or relatives who are available to act as Course Officials or BBQ Assistants for our carnival please indicate on the return slip. Spectators are most welcome.
The Zone Cross Country Carnival will be held on Monday 13th May 2019. Further details will be forwarded to the successful school competitors.
Cross Country Carnival Program
|9.45 – 11.45am||12yrs Boys/Girls
8/9 yrs Boys/Girls
Year 2 Race Boys/Girls
|11.25 – 11.50am||Recess – BBQ available||CPS|
|11.50am||Assembly K – 6||Under the Cola|
|12.00pm||Kindergarten races||Bottom Oval|
|12.30pm||Year 1 Races||Bottom/Side Oval|
|12.50pm – 1.05pm||
Stage 2 Camp Report
In Week 8, Stage 2 set off for a 3 day camp to the beautiful Stanwell Tops. 110 excited, yet slightly nervous students arrived at Cronulla Public School with high hopes that a fantastic experience awaited them. This was definitely the case as camp had been the major talking point in the classroom and playground in the weeks leading up to camp. Over the three days students participated in a number of activities including kite making, abseiling, archery, survivor, ponding and the giant swing.
The students arrived at the destination and were ushered into a hall to find out who they were rooming with for the two nights. The excitement was too much for many and the room soon filled with high fives, cheering and of course a number of hugs. Students were given some time to collect their thoughts and have a quick but vitally important meal before the daily activities started. Later in the day a decision was made that a disco would be the replacement evening activity due to the rain. For some, it was a perfect opportunity to impress their peers with a dance move or two. For the others, the end of the night could not come quick enough as the dance floor and surrounding space soon became a large sleeping area.
Day 2 started with a buffet breakfast and a small amount of designated time for the students to tidy their rooms before the first activity. Students soon set off for their 3 activities for the day, each lasting 90 minutes. At the conclusion of each activity, students returned to the dining hall to eat meals and reflect on their activity with their peers. The day ended with another amazing meal and one of the all-time great movies, ‘Boss Baby”. Fortunately, the joy didn’t end there for the students as during the movie students were provided with salty popcorn and mouth watering hot chocolate.
Unfortunately, day 3 had arrived and there was only time for one last activity before the students jumped on the bus to head home to see their loved ones. Students spent some free time playing ball games with their teachers, flying kites and sitting under trees talking with their friends. The realisation that camp was over started to sink in, however, many conversations started regarding the excitement of seeing their families.
All in all, Stage 2 students and teachers had a wonderful three days away!
2ND HAND UNIFORMS for SALE
2nd Hand Uniforms call Leanne 0414912601 all sizes summer/ winter good condition from $5 to $10
Calendar Updates Term 1 2019
|Mon 1st Apr||Year 6 Camp
Year 5 Play for Fun program
|Tues 2rd Apr||Year 6 Camp
Junior Choir 1/2 day Rehearsal
|Year 6 Camp
Easter Disco K-5 (4pm -7pm)
|Year 6 Camp
Senior Choir 1/2 day Rehearsal
Year 1 Taronga Zoo Excursion
|Fri 5th Apr||Year 6 Camp|
|Week 11||Parent Teacher Interview Week|
|Mon 8thh Apr||Operation Art|
|Tues 9th Apr||Operation Art|
|Wed 10th Apr||Operation Art
Anzac Day Assembly
|Thur 11th Apr||Operation Art
Easter Hat Parade
|Last day of Term
C.P.S Cross Country Carnival
|Week 1||Term 2|
|Mon 29th Apr||Staff Development Day (Staff only)|
|Tues 30th Apr||Students Return|
|Fri 3rd May||PSSA Season 2 Starts|
|Thurs 9th May||Mother’s Day Stall
Mother’s Day High Tea
|Mon 13thMay||Cronulla Zone Cross Country|
|Tues 14thMay||NAPLAN Yr 3 and Yr 5|
|Wed 15thMay||NAPLAN Yr 3 and Yr 5|
|Thur 16thMay||NAPLAN Yr 3 and Yr 5|
Whooping Cough Information
There have been confirmed cases of pertussis (whooping cough) in children attending Cronulla Public school this term.
What Is pertussis and what are the symptoms?
Pertussis is a highly contagious bacterial infection, which can be a very serious illness in infants. It is spread by droplets produced by coughing and sneezing. The first symptom is usually a runny nose followed by a cough which becomes worse and may last for months. Pertussis should be suspected when anyone has:
- coughing occurring in spasms, often followed by vomiting, or
- a whoop, a sudden noisy in-drawing of breath at the end of coughing, or
- a cough that lasts for two weeks or longer.
Adults and children may have a persistent cough only, whilst the first sign of the illness in small babies may be short spells of not breathing
People most at risk of severe disease are:
- Infants < 6 months of age
- Pregnant women in the last month of pregnancy (because they could infect their newborn)
If your child or any member of your family develops symptoms, please contact your family doctor and take this letter with you, as soon as possible.
What should people with symptoms of pertussis do?
Your doctor can arrange for testing (a throat swab is the best test) and treatment if needed. If you have no symptoms, testing will not be useful, and I strongly advise against it.
A person with pertussis is infectious and can spread it to others for 3 weeks after coughing begins, but if treated with the correct antibiotic in the correct dosage a person is no longer infectious once they have had 5 days of treatment (although the full course may be 7 days).
How is pertussis prevented?
To help prevent the infection spreading, children diagnosed with pertussis should not attend school or child care (or any other group activity) until they are no longer infectious.
Vaccination is the most important way of reducing pertussis in our community; however, this protection fades with time, so that vaccinated people can still get the disease. Booster doses are now given at 18 months, 4 years of age, in high school and during each pregnancy.
It is important to double check that your child is fully up to date with their immunisations against pertussis. If in doubt, please ask your doctor to check.
Head Lice Information
Notification has been received that there have been reports of head lice. This is an on-going problem in most schools. All children (and teachers) can fall victim to the problem.
When children are working together in the confines of a classroom, their hair often comes into contact with that of others. This is one way that lice are transmitted from one child to another.
The following extract comes directly from the Department of Education’s web site:-
“Chemical solutions for head lice can be bought from your local pharmacy and you may have to treat bedclothes, hair brushes and combs as well as your child’s hair. It may be a good idea to treat other member of the family as well.
Managing head lice is an ongoing challenge for parents/caregivers and school communities. Advice from NSW Health indicates that resistance to head lice treatments appears to be increasing. This means that some children may undergo treatment with anti-lice lotions or shampoo and still have head lice.
It may be necessary for some schools to introduce ‘head lice check days’, where parents/caregivers check their children’s hair on a specific day and treat if necessary. Weekly combing with a fine tooth comb using white conditioner is a recommended strategy when other treatments have not worked.”
As a health measure could you please check your child’s hair and treat if necessary. Your child need not stay home from school once treatment for the problem has begun. We recommend that you speak to a pharmacist about the best way to treat your child’s hair.
Thank you for helping to clear up this problem as quickly as possible.