Newsletter February 2019
2019 February Newsletter
Welcome back to the 2019 school year at Cronulla Public School. We would like to extend a very special and warm welcome to our new Kindergarten children and their families and to the students and families joining us from other schools.
We would also like to welcome our new staff members to school: Class Teachers – Ms Alex Aitken, Mrs Gemma Stoddart, Mr Justin Mealing, Ms Erin Dwyer, Miss Kristen Gant and Ms Deborah Tester.
Other updates include:
- Mr Banks has been asked to continue in his role with the Department until Semester 2
- Ms Page will continue to have a shared role between Cronulla PS and District Office in Curriculum Development Support
- Mr Sexty has been seconded as an Assistant Principal for Positive Behaviour for Learning (PBL) for 2019
- Mr Dunstan will continue in his role as Scout Senior Implementation Officer for 2019.
2019 Teaching Staff
|Art||Mrs Hackfath ( Mon/Tues/Wed)|
|Library||Miss Gant (Mon/Fri)|
Mrs Yates ( Mon/ Tues.)
Mrs Wooby ( Mon/Tues)
Mr Haugh ( Wed/ Thurs)
Mrs Riley ( Wed/ Thurs/ Fri)
|Curriculum Support||Miss Page Rel Assistant Principal
( Wed/ Thurs/ Fri)
|Wellbeing/ LST Coordinator||Miss Richards
Rel Assistant Principal
|Instructional Leader||Mrs Williamson
|Relieving Principal||Mrs Ross|
- Mrs Green (Mon – Fri) – School Administration Manager
- Mrs Burden (Tues /Wed/Thurs/Fri) – School Administration Officer
- Mrs Munro (Mon/ Tues/ Wed) – School Administration Officer
Student Learning Support Officers (SLSO)
- Mrs Jarvis
- Mrs Dearsley
- Mrs Black
- Mrs Crook
- Mr Ayres
- Mrs McLennan
- Mrs Bunn
- Damian O’Connell ( Tues/ Wed/Fri)
Cronulla PS School Counsellor
- Mrs Mylee Hawkins (Tues)
The school counselling service can assist with referrals to other agencies, advocacy to teachers and other professionals, as well as providing case management for your child. The school counsellor can provide individual counselling to students and support for parents.
The counsellor works as part of the school’s Learning Support Team and regularly receives referrals from them. To discuss your child’s needs please contact your class teacher and /or Miss Richards (the Learning Support Coordinator) to discuss your child in the first instance.
To accommodate the increased enrolments this year, a new double demountable was installed during the holidays. This new building will accommodate the Year 6 classes.
The top playground equipment will be relocated during Term 1 as a result of the new building.
Block C has been repainted during the holidays.
A shade shelter in the main playground will be installed within the next 2 weeks. This shade shelter is a result of the 2018 community grant.
Semester 1 upgrades to access the front of the school are scheduled to begin very shortly. During the building works, access to the school will be restricted to the Excelsior St and lower oval entrances.
Trees have been trimmed and maintained by the school arborist.
Monday – Friday 9.25am – 3.25pm
Playground supervision begins at 9.00am each morning. Please do not send your children to school before this time unless they are attending a before school activity eg: running club, dance or guitar. Mimi’s, the Before and After School Care facility, operates on the school grounds. They can be contacted on 95234805 and http://www.mimioosh.com.au
Excelsior St School Entry
All parents and children are asked to use the Excelsior St entrance.
Parents are unable to access the school grounds by car at any time.
All school gates will be locked from 9.40am except the Excelsior St entrance which will be closed, not locked, for parent access.
Cronulla Public School Bell Times
Monday to Friday
Start School 9.25 am
Session One 9.25 – 11.25 am (120 min)
Lunch 11.25 – 12.15 pm
Session Two 12.15 – 2.00 pm (105 min)
Afternoon Break 2.00 – 2.25 pm
Session Three 2.25 – 3.25pm (60 min)
Finish School 3.25 pm
Please note that there has been an internal change to lunch times for Friday due to the amended PSSA schedule.
Assembly Times Term 1
K – 2: Fridays 2.30pm – 3.00pm School Hall
Primary Years 3- 6: Fridays 3.00pm – 3.25pm COLA (weather permitting) or School Hall
Thank you parents for your efforts to ensure that the children have returned to school in full school uniform. We have an expectation that all children will wear the school hat which are available at the office. School hats are also required for all excursions and Friday sport. School shoes should be black and joggers may be worn for Friday sport.
Meet the Teacher Welcome BBQ and Information Sessions
Monday 11th Feb from 5.00pm
A Meet the Teachers Evening. Stage Information Sessions and Welcome BBQ will be held on Monday 11th Feb from 5.00 pm under the COLA.
All returning parents and new families are welcome to attend the BBQ and meet the teachers.
Stage Information Sessions will also be held. Parents are very welcome to join in the BBQ before or after their information session.
The Information Sessions will be 30 mins in length and conducted as per the information listed below.
Individual interviews in relation to your child’s progress can be scheduled for another time.
Parent Teacher Stage Information Session Times
|Early Stage 1: Kindergarten||School Hall||5.00pm|
|Stage 1: Yr 1||School Hall||5.30pm|
|Stage 1: Yr 2||Library||5.30pm|
|Stage 2 :Yr 3 and Yr 4||School Hall||6.00pm|
|Stage 3 :Yr 5||Library||6.30pm|
Year 6 Information Evening and Meet the Teachers
An information session for all Year 6 parents and students regarding transition to High School, will be held in the school hall at 7.00pm on Mon 18th February.
Year 6 Camp
The students of Year 6 2019 have the opportunity to participate in a 4 night, 5 day camp to Western NSW in April.
The trip is an integral component of our Connecting Communities School Project whereby Cronulla PS students have the opportunity to visit Wellington Public School as part of our rural exchange program. The program includes the following highlights:
Day 1 Monday 1st April – Depart CPS – Morning activities at the Blue Mountains. Overnight at Jenolan Caves with a caves visit in the afternoon.
Day 2 Tuesday 2nd – Depart Caves House. Travel to Bathurst with a day’s activities at Bathurst Goldfields. Overnight at Bathurst Goldfields
Day 3 Wednesday 3rd –Breakfast at Goldfields. Travel to Wellington. Farm visit and lunch at the farm. Afternoon school activities, BBQ and disco. Overnight at Wellington PS.
Day 4 Thursday 4th – Morning activities at school. Travel to Dubbo visit Dubbo Gaol. Afternoon – Zoo activities/ bike ride/ zoo snooze. Overnight at Dubbo Zoo
Day 5 Friday 5th – Morning activities at zoo. Depart Dubbo for journey home.
The cost of the camp includes all transport, accommodation and all meals except lunch on Day 1 and a small amount of spending money at the discretion of parents.
Please return the permission and medical information notes which were sent home last week, to the office by Friday 15th February to indicate your child’s participation.
A camp information meeting will be held on Mon 25th March at 6.00pm.
Stage 2 Camp 2019
A three day camp has been organised for Stage 2 students from Monday 18th March – Wednesday 20th March 2019 to The Tops outdoor education centre at Stanwell Park. Travel will be by bus. Students will participate in the structured program that is organised by the Tops.
A brief itinerary is as follows:
Monday, 18th March: Depart Cronulla Public School at 8.00am by bus. Afternoon: Camp activities
Tuesday, 19th March: Camp day and night activities
Wednesday, 20th March: Morning Camp activities then pack up
Depart Camp at 1.30pm by bus
The cost of this activity includes all travel, camp activities, two nights’ accommodation and meals.
Please complete the permission and medical information notes that were sent home last week and return by Friday 15th February
A camp information meeting will be held on Mon 11th March at 6.00pm.
Our School Swimming Carnival will be held at Caringbah Leisure Centre (Jacaranda Road Caringbah) on Wednesday 13 February 2019. All students in Years 3 – 6 will be attending. Students in Year 2 who turn eight (8) during 2018 and can swim 50 metres without stopping are invited to participate.
VENUE: Caringbah Leisure Centre (Jacaranda Road Caringbah)
DATE: Wednesday 13 February 2019
TIMES: Leaving school at 8.15am SHARP. Please ensure your child is at school by 8.00am. We will be leaving the venue by 2.30pm.
COST: $15.00 which includes transport and entrance into Caringbah Leisure Centre.
LUNCH: Students should bring their recess and lunch, however snack food is also available for purchase at the pool kiosk. They should bring plenty of drinking water.
EQUIPMENT: * Sports Uniform to wear to and from the pool
* Suitable sun protection including hat, t-shirt, sunscreen and sunglasses (optional)
* A bag to carry everything in (plastic bags for wet gear)
* Towel, goggles and swimming cap (if needed)
* Please label all belongings.
Students who are unable to swim 50 metres or who do not wish to swim will be required to wear a fluoro safety wristband. This will aid in identifying those who will not be competing. These students will be participating in novelty events in the wading pool under teacher supervision.
Parents are welcome to join us and watch the children swim, however there is a spectator fee of $2.00 to be paid at the pool. We do require parents to volunteer and help on the day. If you are willing to assist please complete the form on the next page.
If you wish to take your child home from the pool at the end of the carnival, you will need to sign them off by notifying their class teacher next to the recording table. If you have arranged to take another student home for a friend you will need to bring a signed note from their parent.
Note: As this is a school event, no smoking is permitted in front of the children.
Please send all permission notes with payment to the office by Friday 8 February 2019.
Payment can be made by cash, cheque or Westpac secure payment – POP (via school website).
- General Consent Notes
- Cronulla PS Student Welfare and Discipline Policy and Code of Conduct
- School Resources Levy and Voluntary Contribution Payments
- Year 6 Wellington Camp
- Stage 2 Stanwell Tops Camp Note
- 2019 Dance Class Note
- Ukulele Expression of interest
- Running Club Note
- Swimming Carnival
- BYOD Student Agreement
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.
Chinese Students’ Visit
From 14th – 20th February, during Week 3 and Week 4, we are hosting 10 students from Xinjiang Qianye Primary School in China. We are looking forward to hosting the students again.
Thank you Anna’s Shop Around The Corner
A very special thankyou to Anna’s Shop Around the Corner. Yesterday we had the pleasure of welcoming our new Kindergarten students and their families. Parents were once again provided with a complimentary cup of coffee by Anna’s Shop Around the Corner which is located opposite Munro Park. Anna has very kindly been providing this lovely gesture to our new families for many years and it is most appreciated.
P&C February Meeting tonight 7.00pm
All parents are welcome to the P&C meeting tonight in the school hall.
A big welcome back to our returning school community and on behalf of the P&C, a warm WELCOME to the new families joining us at Cronulla Public School.
At Cronulla Public, we have a very active P&C, and a great relationship with the Leadership and Teaching body of the school. We work together collaboratively for the benefit of the school and ultimately the students. Over the past years we have had some very successful fund raising events that have improved facilities and also updated computer hardware within the school.
MEETINGS: Our first meeting for 2019 is tonight (Tues 5th Feb) at 7:00pm in the Staffroom.
This year we are looking at holding some meetings both during the day and in the evening, to try and allow more parents to attend. As soon as dates & times are finalised we will have them published for you all to see. Attending the meetings gives you an opportunity to meet other parents in the school, to hear about what’s happening at school and to share any thoughts or ideas. Contrary to popular belief, attending a meeting DOES NOT mean that you will be given a job or a title!
CANTEEN: This year we welcome Quin Wernej as the new canteen co-ordinator! Quin is currently preparing the roster for Term 1 and is looking for a few more volunteers. You can volunteer as little or as often as you can, or you can just be on call. Any help is greatly appreciated! Canteen hours are 11am-12:30pm Monday to Friday. Join the canteen Facebook page “Canteen CPS” for more information or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sushi is available to order for lunch on Fridays for $3.00 per roll. Chicken, Tuna or Cucumber are available. Orders can be placed at the office by no later than 9:30am Thursday, with correct money to accompany the order.
UNIFORMS: The P&C sell 2nd hand uniforms. Great quality uniforms can be purchased for reasonable prices, AND all money raised goes back to the school. Leanne Wells is the co-ordinator of our 2nd hand uniforms, and she can be contacted on 0414 912 601, should you require any uniforms. Donations of good quality used uniforms are always appreciated and can be left at the office.
FACEBOOK: The P&C have a Facebook page “Cronulla Public School P & C” that you can jump on & Like. It will keep you up to date with all of the P&C news and happenings.
FUNDRAISING: The P&C hold various fundraising events throughout the year, some examples being a Technology Raffle, Trivia Night, Colour Dash, Mothers & Father’s Day Stalls and an Easter Raffle –to name a few! Recently we have been very successful in raising some great money for playground improvements and to update computer technology for the school, as well as purchasing much needed and valuable equipment and resources for the teaching staff. All of these events would not be successful without the help and generosity of our school community. The P&C are currently putting together the fundraising events for 2019 and we look forward to announcing them to you very soon!
As always I would like to thank the current Committee, Members & Volunteers for all of your efforts and help last year. I look forward to seeing you all again this year, along with some fresh new faces!
Kind Regards,Graham Smith – President.
P&C AGM Tuesday 5th March 2019, 7.00pm
At the beginning of each school year all roles on the P&C are made vacant. Anyone wishing to become a member of the P&C committee or to apply for a specific role on the committee should come along to the Annual General Meeting on 5th March. Positions on the committee are voted on by those present on the night.
If you would like to nominate someone for a specific role or apply for a position please contact the P&C prior to the AGM. Thank you and we look forward to another great year in 2019!
P&C roles include:
- Vice- President
- Fundraising coordinator
- Canteen Manager
- Uniforms coordinator
- Grants coordinator
Creative and Performing Arts
Students from Year 1 to Year 6 are invited to join a ukulele group. There will be three groups- Senior Performers, Junior Performers and Junior Training Band. Numbers are limited in each group so please be quick to forward your ‘expression of interest ‘to the Office to avoid disappointment.
Lessons should commence Week 5. The Junior Ukulele Band will rehearse Monday afternoons after school 3.30pm – 4.15pm.
Dance classes resumed on Monday 4th February 2019. All classes are taught by a qualified dance instructor with students working towards developing their dance skills. Dance lessons will run as follows:
Monday 8:00am Year 4 Girls Dance Group for girls in Year 4
8:40am Year 3 Girls Dance Group for girls in Year 3
Thursday 8:00am Primary Boys Dance Group for boys in Years 3 to Year 6
8:40am Senior Girls Dance Group for girls in Years 5 and 6
Friday 8:40am Year 2 Dance Group for boys and girls in Year 2
The annual fee of $120, is inclusive of all lessons and extra rehearsals for the year and is payable by Week 6 Term 1. Payment of $120 can be made by cash, cheque or POP (via the school website).
Please understand that to be a member of the dance group, regular attendance and commitment for the year is mandatory. Students will have many opportunities to perform throughout the year which can include –
- School Spectacular (Selection process )
- Kurrunulla Eisteddfod
- Sydney Eisteddfod
- Sutherland Shire Music Festival Dance Extravaganza
- Sutherland Shire Music Festival – Audition Criteria
- Night of Stars
We are very much looking forward to another great year of Band.
Band has commenced in the hall on Tuesday 5th February (Week 2).
- Performing Band – 8:00am – 8:40am
- Training Band – 8:40am – 9:20am
Please be prompt and prepared for your rehearsal to make the most out of the time.
Training Band – Please meet Miss Barter at 8:30am on the handball courts of the main playground to collect your instrument and resources if required.
Tutorials – The location and timing of tutorials will be finalised this week and will begin on Friday morning 15th February (Week 3).
Please don’t hesitate to see Miss Peyton or Miss Barter if you have any questions.
An expression of interest for Choir will be sent home shortly.
PSSA Dates For the Calendar
Season 1-commences Week 3/Term 1 (15th February) and concludes Week 7/Term 1 (15th March)
Season 2-commences Week 1/Term 2 (3rd May) and concludes Week 3/Term 3 (9th August)
Season 3-commences Week 9/Term 3 (20th September) and concludes Week 8/Term 4 (6th December)
Summer Team Sports to include:
- Girl’s Soccer
PSSA trials will be finalised this week for Season One and students will be notified if successful with a note. PSSA Season 1 begins on Friday 15th February.
This year Running Club will be available to all students and will be structured as follows:
Years 3 to 6
Monday mornings beginning 11/02 (week 3)
Time – 8:30 – 9:00am
Kindergarten to Year 2
Tuesday mornings beginning 12/02 (week 3)
Time – 8:30 – 9:00am
We look forward to seeing all of our runners then for a busy year of training.
A big welcome to CPS Library for 2019! Let’s kick off the year with some ‘Shelfies’.
What’s a ‘Shelfie’? you may ask.
A ‘Shelfie’ is a selfie but taken in front of your own book shelf. Simply take a ‘shelfie’ print it out and bring to the library for display. If you don’t have access to a printer, email the school and it can be printed here. All entries will receive a raffle ticket to go into the draw to win a book prize pack.
Please keep updated with the happenings in our library through the newsletter, Cronulla Catch-up and the school facebook page. There are lots of great lessons, activities and competitions planned.
Students start library lessons in week 2 and will need some form of library bag to borrow. At this stage, students in Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2 can borrow 2 books each week whilst Year 3,4,5 and 6 can borrow 3. Additional borrowing is possible in consultation with the librarian.
During 2nd half lunchtime, students are welcome in the library to read, draw, play games or just chill out. Each Monday, Kindergarten and Year 1 students (up to 50) are invited to the library during 2nd half lunch for ‘Story and Surprise’. Students listen to a story and receive a small ‘surprise’ to remind them of the story.
Looking forward to a great year of library with CPS students.
Have a great month and keep reading!
Miss Gant, Librarian
Equipment List 2019
As your child prepares for next year, we request that the following items are purchased prior to the commencement of the 2019 school year. These items are NOT able to be supplied to each child by the school and it is absolutely necessary that all children have their own equipment each day. Please label everything with your child’s name.
- headphones that cover the ear (NOT earbuds)
- 1 box of tissues or wipes
- 1 pump soap
- 4 large glue sticks (labelled)
- 4 whiteboards markers (labelled, NOT Sharpie)
- headphones that cover the ear in press & seal bag (NOT earbuds)
- 1 box of tissues
- 1 pump soap
- 2 large glue sticks (labelled)
- 8 whiteboards markers (labelled, NOT Sharpie)
- 1 pair of round tipped scissors (labelled)
- Library bag (labelled)
- SMALL Pencil case
- Either Coloured pencils -12 pack or Coloured crayons (wind ups) -12 pack. No Textas.
- Ruler-cm and mm (no bendy or metal rulers please)
- 2 white erasers
- Sharpener with barrel
- 6 HB pencils
- 4 large glue sticks
- Library bag
- A4 plastic document folder to store homework book
- A4 96 page line exercise book
- Box of tissues
- Packet of wet wipes or Pump soap
Stage 2 (Year 3 and 4)
- HB lead pencils (at least two to be kept in their pencil case at all times). Clearly labelled packets of pencils can be stored in the classroom for your child.
- 30cm ruler (not metal, or ‘bendy’- preferably hard plastic or wood and marked in centimetres and millimetres)
- pencil sharpener (with container to catch shavings)
- pencil eraser
- large glue sticks (at least 2)
- highlighters (different colours)
- coloured pencils
- 1 red and 1 blue ballpoint pen
- 3 black whiteboard markers
- A4 96 page line exercise book
- A4 display folder
- pencil case small enough to fit in under-desk
- 2 x boxes of tissues & 1 pack of wet wipes
Stage 3 (Year 5 and 6)
- blue, black and red pens (at least 2 of each)
- lead pencils (at least two to be kept in their pencil case at all times)
- 30cm ruler (not metal, or ‘bendy’- preferably hard plastic or wood and marked in centimetres and millimetres)
- sharpener (with container to catch shavings)
- pencil eraser
- roll-up glue sticks (at least 2)
- highlighters (different colours)
- A4 display folder
- USB (optional)
- bluetooth mouse (optional)
- 2 x box of tissues
2019 Voluntary Contributions and School Resources Levy
The voluntary contributions and school resource levy information for 2019 has been forwarded home to each family. Your assistance with these payments is appreciated. Please see the office if you have any queries or require financial assistance.
Payments may be made in one payment or in part payments as listed below.
Students are to bring in their payment to the office by Wednesday 13th February in an envelope clearly marked with their Name and Class or pay using the part payment option listed below.
Please make sure you list all children and their classes on the front of the envelope.
The Voluntary contribution of $45 per student or $70 per family has not been increased.
The school has the following ways of communicating with parents:
School Website https://cronulla.nsw.edu.au
The website provides all the relevant information, calendar and notes plus the links for POP, lunch orders and absences.
School Facebook facebook.com/cronullapublic
Keep up to date with latest updates on the school facebook page.
Cronulla Catch Up
The Cronulla Catch Up is sent by email each Thursday and provides a weekly update for all the school events and notes being sent home that week. All notes are also available to download from the website.
The school’s newsletter is published on the first Tuesday of each month. It is one of the school’s most important methods of communication to parents. It contains useful information about activities and events at school.
An email is sent to parents notifying of the publication of the newlsetter on the school website each month.
Please notify the school office if you are unable to access the newsletter online.
SMS Parent Notification System
The school has a system in place where parents will be sent an SMS message to their mobile phone to inform them of special events and notices such as athletics carnivals, swimming carnivals, parent-teacher evenings, P&C meetings, overdue library books and notification if excursions are running early or late.
In order to operate this system, the school needs to ensure that it has accurate and verified mobile phone contact numbers for parents. Parents are asked to nominate the mobile phone number they would prefer the text message to be sent to. Parents are also asked to keep the school promptly informed of any changes to phone numbers. From time-to-time the school will also randomly contact parents on these numbers to ensure that they are still current. These measures are all essential in ensuring that the system is as effective as possible.
Family Contact Details
As part of ensuring our communication systems are up to date we are reviewing all family contact details.
Information regarding changes to contact details have been distributed. Please complete and return the note by Friday 22nd March.
Secure Internet Browsing and Email for Students
The NSW Department of Education is committed to providing a secure e-Learning environment to enrich learning opportunities for all students in NSW Public schools. During 2019 your child will be provided with access to secure internet browsing and eventually email.
Email is a method of communicating on the internet by sending and receiving written messages. Your child’s email account is protected by software to block out inappropriate messages. Your child will be provided with an individual username and a password will ensure that they receive internet filtering and that no one else can access their email.
All students who use the internet at school are taught that they must follow the code of conduct outlined in each school’s Student Access to the Internet Policy. This policy includes the action that may be taken by a school if students do not follow this code of conduct. This policy also follows specific privacy guidelines which make it clear that personal information, and information that would mean they could be identified, is not to be revealed and that personal account details remain confidential.
Students will be able to access their personal email from computers at home and other locations through private internet service providers. All internet browsing at home will be directed through your own internet service provider. We recommend that you install filtering software at home and be aware of filtering software at other locations.
As long as your child is enrolled at a public school or TAFE college in NSW they will have access to secure internet browsing and email. The NSW Department of Education respects your right as a parent to refuse your child permission to access this facility. If you do not agree to your child having access to this facility, you will need to provide notification in writing to the school within two weeks of receiving this letter.
Further information about secure internet browsing and email is available on the NSW Department of Education website at: www.dec.nsw.edu.au
Bring Your Own Device Student Agreement 2019
Students must read the agreement which was sent home last week in the company of an adult unless otherwise excused by the Principal. The agreement is to be signed and returned to the school by Friday 8th February 2019 . Any student who does not return their agreement by the return date will not be permitted to use their personal learning device whilst at school.
By signing at the bottom of the page students agree to the following conditions:
1. I will use the Department’s internet services for learning.
2. I will only ever use my own portal/internet login details and never share this information with others.
3. I will not hack or bypass any hardware and/or software security implemented by the Department or my school.
4. I will not use my personal device to knowingly search for, link to, access or send content that is or may be regarded as:4.1. Offensive 4.2. Pornographic 4.3. Threatening 4.4. Abusive 4.5. Defamatory
5. I will report inappropriate behaviour and material to my teacher.
6. I will stay safe by not giving out my personal information to strangers.
7. I understand that my activity on the internet is recorded and these records may be used in investigations,court proceedings or for other legal reasons.
8. I acknowledge that the school cannot be held responsible for any damage to or theft of my device.
9. I acknowledge that the use of my personal device during school activities is at the direction of the teacher.
Please be aware that should a student violate any of the above conditions, they will have their personal learning device confiscated for the remainder of the school day. Further action may be taken depending on the severity of the incident at the discretion of the school. Parents/Caregivers will be notified by staff as deemed necessary.
Stage 3 and Year 4 students are encouraged to bring in their personal learning devices. Please ensure all devices are charged upon arrival at school and a charger is packed each day. A protective case is recommended to ensure device protection.
Devices can be purchased from JB Hi Fi using the link below. For more information, visit our school website.https://www.jbeducation.com.au/byod/
School Attendance and Absence Notification
Regular attendance at school for every student is essential if students are to achieve their potential, and increase their career and life options. Schools in partnerships with parents are responsible for promoting the regular attendance of students. While parents are legally responsible for the regular attendance of their children, school staff, as part of their duty of care, record and monitor part and whole day absences. Schools, in providing a caring teaching and learning environment, which addresses the learning and support needs of students, including those with additional learning and support needs or complex health conditions, foster students’ sense of wellbeing and belonging to the school community. ’School Attendance in Gov’t Schools Procedures – 2015 – page1’
A reminder that the notification of all student absences is required by Parents and Carers. Absence data is updated in the School data systems each day. If an absence has not been explained (justified), the system will generate a reminder letter to be sent to parents. This process is required for tracking attendance concerns and auditing purposes. Please make sure that notes are up to date.
If your child is absent, notice may be given by using the option on the school website or by a phone call.
All absences must be explained. Unjustified absences will result in formal notification by the school. If your family is planning to travel during school time, please notify the office and the travel documentation will be processed.
Why must I send my child to school?
- Education is compulsory between the ages of 6 and 17
- Once enrolled a child is required by law to attend to school every day the school is open
Why is regular attendance so important?
- Regular school attendance will help your child succeed in later life
- Regular attendance makes learning easier for your child
Learning time lost from Kindergarten to Year 10
I day absent from school each week = 440 days = 2 years and 1 term
2days absent per week = 880 days = 4 years and 2 terms
3 days absent from school each week = 1320 days = 6 years and 1 term
5 days per term = 220 days = 1 year and 1.5 terms
10 days per term = 440 days = 2 years and 3 terms
Whose responsibility is it?
- Parents are legally responsible for explaining their child’s absences to the school within 7 days of the absence/s
- Principals are legally responsible for accurate roll marking at school and contacting parents if a child’s absences remain unexplained by the parent.
Explanations for absences
- Absences from school may be justified if your child;
- has to go to a religious ceremony
- is required to attend a serious or urgent family situation
- is too sick to go to school or has an infectious illness.
Do I have to let the school know my child is absent?
- By law, parents are required to supply the school with a justified reason for their child’s absence.
- The explanation can be written, verbal or front office staff or electronic mail to the school.
What if my child is late to school or needs to leave early?
- As with whole day absences, there needs to be a reason supplied to the school for the ‘partial’ absence
- If arriving late please escort your child to the front office and sign them in
- If leaving early please come to the front office to sign your child out.
What if my child is going on holiday during school time?
- Inform the principal in advance and request leave/exemption from school for your child
- The school may be able to provide tasks your child needs to complete while they are absent from class
Do not keep children away from school for-
- Minding other children
- minor family events
Tips for success
- Have set bed and wake up times
- Have uniform and school bag ready the night before
- Make lunches the night before
- Breakfast is important!
- Set time for homework – routine is important
- Turn the TV on only AFTER the jobs are done
- BE FIRM – children must go to school
- BE FIRM – a birthday is not a holiday
- BE POSITIVE – and provide lots of encouragement
- Time your arrival at school and leave quickly
Please see your child’s teacher if you have any concerns regarding your child’s attendance.
Classes that are made up of children of different year levels have traditionally been called composite classes. In recent times, these classes have also been labelled stage-based classes, multi aged or family classes.
At the beginning of a new school year, many parents might suddenly find their child in a composite class. Naturally, questions arise: for the older group – will my child be held back? For the younger group – will my child be able to keep up?
Composite classes (stage-based classes) have been the source of much controversy over the years, with parents often believing that their children are being disadvantaged in some way by being in one.
The key to understanding composites is realising that growth is determined in stages and not magically by ages.
Composite classes (stage-based classes) teach children who are at compatible stages – not ages. It doesn’t mean your child is academically challenged or academically gifted.
There are two reasons why these classes are formed:
- Administrative – this is where there is an uneven enrolment in school years and classes need to be formed across a number of school years. This occurs in most primary schools and especially in smaller primary schools.
- Educational – where classes are formed on the basis of educational rationale as they are seen to have educational benefit for the student.
Classes are formed following either of the above criteria or a combination of these criteria.
Overall, the wide variety of ways that primary classes are formed include:
- random selection
- multi age
- vertical grouping
Legislation allows students to start school between 4 yrs. 6 mths and 6 yrs. This range of ages continues to be reflected throughout the schooling process.
It is acknowledged that there are significant individual differences in each child to be addressed regardless of age. The formation of classes can reflect and cater for these individual differences.
The organisation of classes should take into account current research on learning and best practice in teaching and learning. These include individual differences such as:
- different learning rates and styles;
- developmental stages of children;
- social and emotional development;
- varied social background.
Classes should provide opportunities for:
- different learning styles;
- cooperative learning;
- development of lifelong learners;
- Development of students taking responsibility for their own learning.
The good thing about composite classes (stage-based classes) is that it draws attention to individual needs and development and facilitates individualised learning. Managing composite classes (stage-based classes) requires experienced teachers. Teachers at Cronulla Public School are well-versed and experienced in conducting programs in composite classes (stage-based classes).
Older students are not held back in composite classes (stage-based classes). A range of programs are used, in most curriculum areas, for the different groups of students according to their level of development. There will be some joint activities; such as in art and drama, HSIE and Science & Technology.
Composite classes (stage-based classes) can provide significant benefits to both the younger and older students in the class. Older students can benefit from helping younger students in co-operative learning situations. The younger students have the opportunity of enhanced learning experiences where they are ready for it.
The Department of Education states that overseas research has shown children in composite classes do no better or worse academically than their peers in straight grade class, but that, socially, their development is enhanced. They are more confident, can operate better as part of a group, are more assertive, become more independent learners and better problem-solvers. They also make friends outside of their standard age-groups.
Anaphylaxis Procedures and Notification
The Anaphylaxis Procedures for Schools are mandatory requirements for NSW government schools and preschools.
Anaphylaxis is a severe and sometimes sudden allergic reaction. It can occur when a susceptible person is exposed to an allergen (such as a food or an insect sting). Reactions usually begin within minutes of exposure and can progress rapidly over a period of up to two hours or more. Anaphylaxis is potentially life threatening and always requires an emergency response.
It is the responsibility of the parent to notify the school that their child has an allergy and is at risk of anaphylaxis. This notification should occur either at the time of enrolment, or if the student is already enrolled, as soon after diagnosis as possible.
As with other serious health conditions, it is important that schools put in place strategies to manage a student at risk of anaphylaxis at school or while the student is engaged in school related activities.
If your child does have an allergy, even if its not life threatening, you need to inform the school. This includes students with Asthma. To comply with the DEC ‘Anaphylaxis Procedures for Schools’, we require you to complete the ‘Students with Allergies’ Appendix 1 form and return it to the school office as soon as possible.
In addition, if your child is at risk of a severe allergic reation, please complete ‘Authorisation to Contact Doctor’ Appendix 3, ‘Severe Allergies – Information from the Doctor’ Appendix 4 and the ‘Individual Health Care Plan’ Appendix 6.
Students with Asthma will need to have an Asthma Action Plan completed by their doctor as well. Please see attached form.
If you require more information or additional forms please follow the links below: http://www.schools.nsw.edu.au/studentsupport/studenthealth/conditions/anaphylaxis/guidelines/index.php; http://asthmafoundation.org.au or you can visit our office or website.
What is Anaphylaxis?
Anaphylaxis is the most severe form of allergic reaction and is potentially life threatening. It must be treated as a medical emergency, requiring immediate treatment and urgent medical attention. A severe allergic reaction usually occurs within 20 minutes of exposure to the trigger and can rapidly become life threatening.
Common causes of anaphylaxis in childhood include insect stings and food allergy (e.g. peanuts, nuts, fish, shellfish, eggs, dairy).
Signs and Symptoms
The signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis may occur almost immediately after exposure or within the first 20 minutes after exposure. Rapid onset and development of potentially life threatening symptoms are characteristic markers of anaphylaxis.
Allergic symptoms may initially appear mild or moderate but can progress rapidly. The most dangerous allergic reactions involve the respiratory
system (breathing) and/or cardiovascular system (heart and blood pressure).
|Mild to moderate allergic reaction and/or||Severe allergic reaction – ANAPHYLAXIS|
|• Tingling of the mouth
• Hives, welts or body redness
• Swelling of the face, lips, eyes
• Vomiting, abdominal pain
|• Difficulty and/or noisy breathing
• Swelling of the tongue
• Swelling or tightness in the throat
• Difficulty talking or hoarse voice
• Wheeze or persistent cough
• Loss of consciousness and/or collapse
• Pale and floppy (young children)
How common is peanut allergy?
Peanut allergy is the second most common food allergy in children and is on the increase. It occurs in about 1 in 50 children and 1 in 200 adults. Peanut is the most likely food to cause anaphylaxis and death. It has been estimated that there is one death for every 200 episodes of anaphylaxis.
How serious is peanut allergy?
Children who are allergic to peanut and other nuts are at increased risk of anaphylaxis compared with those who are allergic to other foods such as egg and milk. One in 5 children with a food allergy will have a severe reaction requiring emergency medical attention and this is most often triggered by peanut.
How much peanut does it take to cause a reaction?
It’s been calculated that highly sensitised individuals can react to as little as 1/2000th of a single peanut. If there is ongoing exposure, even to small amounts, it can take less and less to cause a reaction as time goes by. This is because repeated exposure boosts the immune response, and the IgE antibody levels rise.
What kind of exposure can lead to severe reactions?
Although most life-threatening reactions are triggered by ingested foods, serious reactions can occur from skin contact, eye contact and inhalation of food particles. In young children, even though the initial contact might be on the hands or arms, the reaction can spread through scratching and rubbing of the face and eyes.
No Hat, Play in the Shade
In the hot summer months remember to encourage your child to protect themselves from the sun by:
- Always applying sunscreen before they go outside
- Always wearing a hat and long sleeve/collar top when playing outside
- Try to stay in the shade during peak UV forecasts
- Always bring a bottle of water to school to keep hydrated.
For more information visit: www.schools.nsw.edu.au/gotoschool/a-z/sunsense.php
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As we are aware parking within Cronulla remains difficult at the best of times and the local area surrounding the school is no different. We ask that our school community is mindful of our local residents at drop off and pick up times. Please –
Driving and parking safely near the school
The beginning and end of the school day are busy times for pedestrians and drivers outside schools.
You can help keep children safe by remembering the following:
- drop your child off and pick them up on the school side of the road
- never call out to them from across the road – it is very dangerous
- always take extra care in 40km school zones
- follow all parking signs – these help keep your child as safe as possible
- park responsibly even if it means you have to walk further to the school gate
- never double park – it is illegal and puts children at risk
- never do a U-turn or a three point turn outside the school as it puts children at risk of harm
- model safe and considerate pedestrian and driver behaviours to your child
- always give way to pedestrians particularly when entering and leaving driveways.
School Zone Traffic offences
To help schools keep the school zone safer for all pedestrians and drivers there are seven new traffic infringements with new fines.
None of the seven offences attract demerit points when committed elsewhere on the road but in a school zone they each come with two points.
The changes are:
1. Stopping in intersection – Under the changes if a driver commits this offence in a school zone they will receive a penalty of $439 and 2 demerit points.
2. Stop within 20m of intersection (traffic lights) – Under the changes if a driver commits this offence in a school zone they will receive a penalty of $439 and 2 demerit points.
3. Stop within 10m of intersection (no traffic lights) – Under the changes if a driver commits this offence in a school zone they will receive a penalty of $439 and 2 demerit points.
4. Stop near bicycle crossing lights – Under the changes if a driver commits this offence in a school zone they will receive a penalty of $439 and 2 demerit points.
5. Obstruct access to ramp/path/passageway – Under the changes if a driver commits this offence in a school zone they will receive a penalty of $330 and 2 demerit points.
6. Not parallel park in the direction of travel – Under the changes if a driver commits this offence in a school zone they will receive a $330 fine and 2 demerit points.
7. Parallel park close to dividing line – Under the changes if a driver commits this offence in a school zone they will receive a $330 fine and 2 demerit points.
All updated school zone offences can be located through Roads and Maritime: http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/documents/roads/safety-rules/demerits-school.pdf
Calendar Update Term 1
|Term 1 2019|
|Mon 4th||Kindergarten begins|
|Mon 4th||8:00am Year 4 Girls Dance Group for girls in Year 4 8:40am Year 3 Girls Dance Group for girls in Year 3|
|Tues 5th||Performing Band – 8:00am – 8:40am
Training Band – 8:40am – 9:20am
|Tues 5th||9.30am Welcome new families morning tea
7.00pm P&C meeting
|Thursday 7th||8:00am Primary Boys Dance Group for boys in Years 3 to Year 6
8:40am Senior Girls Dance Group for girls in Years 5 and 6
|Fri 8th||8:40am Year 2 Dance Group for boys and girls in Year 2|
|Fri 8th||Friday Assembly
K-2: 2.30pm – 3.00pm
Primary: 3.00pm – 3.25pm
|Mon 11th||Primary Run Club begins 8.30am|
|Mon 11th||Meet the Teachers and Welcome BBQ
Kinder – Year 5 from 5.00pm
|Tues 12th||K-2 Run club begins 8.30am|
|Wed 13th||CPS Swimming Carnival|
|Thurs 14th||Gym K-2 begins|
|Fri 15th||Season 1 PSSA begins
Band Tutorials begin
|Mon 18th||Year 6 – Meet the Teachers / Cronulla High School Information Session 6.00pm – 7.00pm|
|Wed 20th||Yr 6 Transition to HS day|
|Fri 1st Mar||Clean up Australia Day|
|Tues 5th Mar||P&C AGM 7.00pm|
|Tues 5th||Cronulla Zone Swimming Carnival|
|Mon 11th||S2 Camp Meeting|
|Mon 18th – Wed 20th||Stage 2 Camp Stanwell Tops|
|Mon 25th||Year 6 Camp Meeting|
|Mon 1st – Fri 5th April||Year 6 Trip to Western NSW|
|Wed 3rd||K-4 Disco|
|Mon 8th – Fri 12th||Operation Art|
|Mon 8th – Thurs 11th||Interview Week|
|Wed 10th||ANZAC Day Assembly|
|Thurs 11th||Easter Hat Parade|
|Fri 12th||CPS Cross Country
Last Day Term 1