Newsletter April 2020
2020 April Newsletter
It is incredible to think that only two weeks ago our world was a different place. The social connections that we enjoyed in our community have been paused for a while, as we move into a new mode of living and learning. What we hope as we navigate through this challenging period, is to come out the other side of it (which we will) with a new appreciation for the simple things in life. We know that our school will return to its colourful, noisy, bustling environment when it is safe to do so.
As we approach the end of the term, it is likely that we will continue to operate as we have been well into Term 2. Our staff began working from home last week to support the NSW Premier’s position of “working from home if you can”. Teachers are delivering learning from home with a small proportion of staff working from our school each day.
Zoom Video Conferencing
Since beginning remote learning, our staff have recognised the need to trial and implement tools that provide for personal interaction between teachers and students and enable the teaching of new concepts and skills. Zoom has emerged as our school’s preferred platform, and has recently been endorsed by the NSW Department of Education.
Currently, teachers are trialling video conferences with students. Some teachers have already held video conferences with students, while other teachers are developing their skills and knowledge in the platform prior to trialling with students in the coming days.
In this trial period, teachers are using video conferences to maintain personal connections between teachers and students and monitor student wellbeing. In future, these conferences may provide a platform for teaching of new concepts and assessment strategies.
On a positive note for our school, work is due to begin during the holidays on the installation of Phase 2 of our playground equipment. Additional covered seating will also be installed thanks to the successful Community Building Partnership grant application. We look forward to our students enjoying these new additions when they all return.
We have invested in a new program of readers that are now accessible for students. Sunshine Online home readers are available for all students to access by going to www.sunshineonline.com.au and entering the username: cronulla and password: cronulla. This is temporarily replacing the physical home readers that students were borrowing and returning each day.
Last week we held our first K-6 Virtual Assembly. Our Virtual Assemblies include the presenting of weekly class awards, teacher announcements, singing of our national anthem and school song and possibly showcasing some of the work completed in our Google Classrooms and SeeSaw. Students will receive the link via Google Classroom/SeeSaw and parents will also receive a SkoolBag notification. Due to Good Friday, we look forward to you joining us on Thursday at 2:30pm for our final assembly of the term.
If you haven’t done so already, can I please encourage you to download the SkoolBag app and subscribe to the relevant groups. Subscribing to the correct groups will ensure you receive the correct messages and instant school notifications and reminders. This can be done by opening the app, tapping the CPS logo and then selecting the required groups. It is important to restart your phone to ensure you are receiving the notifications.
Thank you again for your support and patience this term. We wish you all a safe and restful break during the Easter holidays. Remote learning will resume on Tuesday 28 April.
During the first few weeks of remote and online learning we have received some very positive feedback from our school community recognising the work of the teachers. Your feedback is always appreciated, thank you!
And a special thank you to all the teachers for their work. The dedication, professionalism and collegiality of our teachers continues to be inspiring. Well done teachers!
Learning From Home Feedback
To ensure the learning set by our staff is both accessible and manageable, a survey has been set up so parents and carers can let us know how we can adjust what we are doing to help you.
Your feedback will support us to adjust and improve the learning programs. You are encouraged to to complete a new form for each child attending our school for us to build appropriate year level programs.
The survey can be accessed via https://bit.ly/2V4NSQQ and will remain open until Thursday 3:30pm.
Student Payment Accounts
Student accounts are presently on hold until further notice. We appreciate your patience in regard to possible refunds for camps and other activities however it is planned that many activities can be rescheduled as soon as we return to our school program.
In Term 2 we welcome back Miss Page returning from maternity leave and Mrs Munro returning from other duties. Mr Dean will continue with his position in school sports unit for Term 2.
Skool Bag App
To ensure our school community has up to date access to important school information, we have now set up a SkoolBag App. The app provides parents and carers with a convenient way to receive instant school notifications including emergency alerts, specific grade and group reminders and changes to routines.
We will continue to use the school Facebook page to celebrate student learning and achievements at Cronulla Public School and SkoolBag will be used as our primary parent communication for day-to-day changes.
Once you have downloaded the App, make sure you click on GROUPS and subscribe to the appropriate school groups to receive relevant information to your child/children.
If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact the office.
Zoom Meeting Procedures
It is wonderful to see students actively participating in our Zoom meetings. In order for the meetings to follow department protocols the Cronulla Public School meeting procedures have been updated in line with departmental requirements.
We are excited to use Zoom to help deliver lessons as well as allowing students to connect with each other and staff during the current circumstances. Below are a few guidelines and information for you about using this platform.
Teachers will begin meetings prior to students entering the meeting and will be the last to leave
Parents may assist with helping their child set up Zoom, however, are requested not to join any class meetings moderated by the teacher
Only teachers and students will engage in meetings. Any additional adults must be invited by the teacher prior to the lesson and have a Working With Children Check.
Lives videos will not be recorded.
Please test audio and webcams before meetings commence
To protect you and your child’s privacy, it is recommended that your child conducts the meeting in a quiet place with a plain background behind them. Alternatively they can blur their background.
The full document is included with the newsletter.
Parent Teacher Interviews
The Parent Teacher Interviews have been postponed until later in the year. More information will be provided as soon as the new date is confirmed.
The 2020 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:
2020 P&C Committee
President: Graham Smith
Vice President: Brooke Jones, Jessica Thorne
Treasurer: Laura Golland
Assistant Treasurer: Page Ransom
Secretary: Jodie Cutbush Smith
Canteen: Quinn Wernej
Uniforms: Leanne Wells and Emma Maddison
Fundraising: Raegan Grimley
Grants/ Sponsorship: Jessica Thorne, Renae Watson
The P&C Meetings are temporarily postponed until further notice. The Christmas fete has also been postponed until further notice.
Kindergarten Enrolments for 2021
Information regarding children who will start Kindergarten next year is now available. Please call the office to register your child’s name for 2021.
Parents are also requested to complete the Department of Education enrolment form which is available on the school website. The form can be completed and emailed to Cronullaemail@example.com
An information evening is planned for Wednesday 12th August. Further details will be available closer to the date.
During the School holidays the next phase of our playground updates will begin. This update is a result of the Colour Dash fundraising by the P&C in 2018 and has been on hold due to the initial upgrades. We are now eagerly awaiting the installation of 3 additional sections including : Overhead loop climber, Stepper walk and Spider web.
The proposed timeframe is for the work to be completed during the school holidays.
2019 Community Building Partnership Grant Application Approved
We are very pleased to have been approved for a community grant application for four shade shelters which will be installed as additional lunch seating on the main playground. These shelters are the same as the ones on the top basketball court. A special thank you to Mrs Burden for the work involved in the submission of the grant.
Virtual Cross Country Carnival
Cronulla Public School will be hosting an optional Virtual Cross Country and we will be using an app called Strava.
Interested families and students will need to create a Strava profile and then join the Cronulla Public School Running Club through the Clubs section of the app (you will have to search for it).
Once a member of the club students can then post runs and other forms of training like bike rides.
Next week, on any day that suits, students can measure out a Cross Country course and post their run.
Mr McKimm will be checking giving likes and comments. No prizes, places or ribbons will be given.
The purpose of this initiative is to be promote fitness, exercise and community.
The library is very quiet and lonely without all our wonderful borrowers and readers. The books are missing you all and so am I.
Premier’s Reading Challenge
The Premier’s Reading Challenge (PRC) has begun and students have been shown how to log books on their Student Reading Record. Unfortunately, not all students received the information note before we began working from home but please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
The PRC is not a competition but a challenge which aims to encourage a love of reading for leisure and pleasure in students, and to enable them to experience quality literature. It is a challenge to each student to read, to read more and to read more widely.
The Challenge does not finish until August so there is plenty of time to complete it. Thank you for all of the students who are reading and adding books as they go (we already have 3 students who have completed the Challenge). I love hearing about what you’re doing. If you are having trouble finding PRC books don’t worry. Remember there is plenty of time. Books can be read independently, be shared (read by someone else), be audio books or be online (with someone reading).
To log books:
- Go to Premier’s Reading Challenge website (Googling is easiest).
- Click on ‘logon’ in the box on the left hand side of the screen.
- Enter student’s username and password.
- Click on ‘Student Reading Records’ in the box on the left hand side of the screen.
- Add books with PRC ID number or title.
Story Box Library
Story Box Library have offered free subscriptions to schools and their communities for two months.
This is a great resource for enjoyment and PRC. The site is Australian and stories are read by a variety of well-known Australians.
Simply Google Story Box Library and enter the following log in details:
Username: CPS Password: CPS
The Caption Competition is continuing for students in years 2-6 through Google Classroom.
Winners receive a book prize and usually have their caption displayed with the photo on the outside of the library.
Congratulations to this week’s winner – Zara O!
“Get off your high horse Emily!”
Previous winners have been Jetsun, Joshua M, Krystal, Laila, Zac C
Keep up the great work CPS!
Easter Hat Parade
The Easter Bunny is almost here and all the students at Cronulla are bouncing with egg-citement!
This week, K-2 students will be busy making an Easter hat for our virtual Eater Hat Parade!
If you are making an Easter hat at home and would like your child’s picture to be included please send your child’s teacher a photo of them wearing their Easter hat by 3pm Wednesday 8th April.
To protect your family’s privacy please make sure your child is standing in front of a plain background.
CPS Artist of the Week
Cronulla Public School has created a Virtual Online Creative Arts Gallery to celebrate and showcase students’ artwork to the community.
Each week, starting Term 2, there will be an optional Creative Art challenge that you can with your families. You can then take a photo or video and send them through to Mrs Riley via your Art Room in the Google classrooms.
We will also focus on one ‘Star Student’ each week. This week is Zara from 3T. Zara created a piece of art called ‘The Gruncher’, inspired by the Roald Dahl book The Minpins.
Keep an eye out for the link to the CPS Online Art Gallery on your ‘Art Google Classroom’ early next Term!
What a term! Proud is an understatement for how our staff feels about our community during this time.
We would like to thank all parents, carers and students for their support, perseverance and commitment to education throughout the term.
We love to celebrate all the positive work students have done so we have organised at home celebration sessions for the last week.
Take the time to celebrate everything your child and family has achieved this term by watching a movie, having a mini disco, painting or playing a game. Anything that makes you happy!
We cannot wait for another great term and hope you have a wonderful and safe holiday.
This term Year 4 travelled to Berry Sport and Recreation Centre for 3 days of jam packed fun! They participated in the ROAR program, where students took part in fun group challenges and activities that promoted key learning through:
- Relationships – developing skills in communication, problem solving, cooperation, negotiation, respect and care
- Outdoors – nurturing an appreciation of the natural environment and sustainability
- Action – reinforcing the importance of physical activity for wellbeing
- Resilience –collaborating, negotiating and reflecting on difficult challenges to build courage and strength.
Whether it was working in teams to build a fire, learning the techniques to manoeuvre and control their kayak or challenging themselves on the giant swing, our students stepped up to each challenge. With many students experiencing these activities for the first time, it was a joy to witness their sheer display of courage, strength and determination. We know our students came away from camp with so many positive experiences, a greater sense of independence and lots of feel good moments.
Miss Howlett, Mr Hughes, Mr Mealing and Miss Dwyer would like to thank Year 4 for their impressive behaviour and enthusiastic participation throughout the duration of the camp. You were outstanding ambassadors for our school! We hope you treasure the memories of your Year 4 camp experience for many years to come.
Here are a few highlights from our students:
We were so lucky to get to camp this year. My favourite memory from camp has to be the GIANT swing! It was so scary! I felt like I was about to die! When we dropped at the start it gives you the feeling that you’re not holding onto anything. I wish we could go on it again now!
Camp taught me a lot of things like how to be independent, overcome my fears (heights) and how to live without my family for a couple of days. My favourite activity was definitely the giant swing. It was my favourite because I overcame my fear of heights and I went all the way to the top! We also made damper, went kayaking (which wasn’t my favourite), did rock climbing and did some other little activities at night. Overall camp was so much fun and I can’t wait to go next year!
Year 4 camp was amazing at Berry. I loved the camp rooms because I got to be with my best friends and I also got to be with my other best friends in the activity group named Kangaroos. I loved when we did cook out because we got to make damper. I also enjoyed kayaking because I got to help Jeremy and we worked together! The night activities were so FUN! I wish we could go back to Berry!
I liked kayaking and rock climbing. I really liked the rock climbing because I enjoy challenges. This is because I usually go on smaller rock climbing walls and the ones at camp were bigger than usual. Kayaking was just amazing! I thought we were going to fall out! I had a really fun time at camp.
National Consistent Collection of Data 2020
It is a requirement for all schools in Australia to participate in a national data collection for students who have educational adjustments.
All students who have adjustments to their learning or are supported at school are included in the data collection. The primary areas include physical, cognitive, sensory and social/emotional support.
The level of adjustment for each area can be
• Support provided within quality differentiated teaching practice
• Supplementary adjustments
• Substantial adjustments
• Extensive adjustments
Information regarding the area and level of adjustment for students is required to be collected by the school. For the purposes of the national data collection students are identified as requiring an adjustment under the Disability Discrimination ACT 1992 (DDA) using the Disability standards.
For example: students with learning disabilities such as dyslexia, auditory processing disorder, speech delays or chronic health conditions such as epilepsy, diabetes or asthma that require active monitoring by the school may be included.
A parent fact sheet about the NCCD is included in this newsletter.
Mission Movement Dance
Welcome to Mission Movement Dance!
We use hip-hop dance styles and breakdancing as an avenue to teach kids about self-confidence, creativity, teamwork, social interaction and most importantly leadership, our program allows students to grow in a fun, judgement-free environment.
With world-class instructors dedicated to our vision, we encourage parents and teachers to get involved today. Let us show you how Mission Movement Dance can help unlock inner-greatness and inspire the young leaders of tomorrow.
Our awesome new online hip-hop and breakdancing classes are a fantastic way to keep kids entertained, active and loving life wherever they are.
With new dance tutorials and cool content updated monthly kids can keep learning and having fun all year round!
GET ACCESS TO
- Online Hip-Hop Dance Classes
- Breakdancing Tutorials
- MMD Music Playlist with all the best dance music
- Monthly Online Games & Challenges
- Learn about the history hip-hop dance & breakdancing
- Tips & Inspiration to help you keep training
A Message for Parents
“We understand that teaching our students strong values such as respect for others, teamwork, creativity and self-expression is of the upmost importance. Mission Movement Dance was designed specifically to do just that and do it in a fun, judgement-free way.”
Come and join our team of movers!
Check out Mission Movement Dance Online at
and start dancing today!
Taronga Zoo Virtual Visits
At Taronga we are committed to connecting with schools through our engaging digital programs. We have launched some new initiatives to help you and your students through this period – find out about the newly launched Taronga TV, our virtual tours, webcasts and make sure you follow us on Facebook for all the latest Education updates from Taronga!
We would like to wish all our families a Happy Easter. Thank you for your continued support this term.
Using Zoom – Student Expectations