Newsletter February 2020
2020 February Newsletter
Welcome back to another year at Cronulla Public School. I am very excited to be joining the Cronulla Community and 2020 promises to be another great year of learning. I 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.
It has been very pleasing to see how well our students have settled into their new classes. Thank you to our dedicated staff who have been at school throughout the holidays to ensure rooms and programs were ready for Day 1.
Looking forward to great year in 2020!
Principal Cronulla Public School
Update advice for Parents – 2 February 2020
Current advice from the Australian Government Department of Health for parents in regards to the Novel Coronavirus is:
- Any student and staff arriving in Australia from 1 February 2020 who has been in mainland China or transited through mainland China (not just Hubei province) is excluded from school and child care services for a period of 14 days from the date they left mainland China as the Novel Coronavirus’ incubation period can be as long as two weeks.
- Any confirmed case of Novel Coronavirus will be excluded until they are medically cleared to return
- Close contact of a confirmed case of Novel Coronavirus will be excluded for 14 days since last contact with the confirmed case.
- Any student and staff arriving before 1 February our previous advice remains that students and staff who were in Hubei province are excluded from school or child care services for 14 days, and those who were in the rest of China are requested not to not attend school or child care services for a period of 14 days after leaving China.
- More information can be found at NSW Health.
Students who returned to Australia from mainland China more than 14 days ago and have shown no symptoms are able to return to school.
The Ministry of Health has processes in place to identify any close contacts of cases confirmed in Australia. Advice about not attending school would be provided to these close contacts by the Ministry of Health.
There has been a small number of confirmed cases of novel coronavirus in NSW.
Consistent with current guidelines, staff and students who are unwell with respiratory illness should remain at home until symptoms resolve. In accordance with our current practice if any child becomes unwell we will implement our infection control guidelines and follow the advice provided by the Ministry of Health as appropriate.
The Department of Education will continue to work with the Ministry of Health to monitor and respond to the unfolding international novel coronavirus situation.
We would also like to welcome our new staff members to school: Class Teachers – Mr Eamonn Kenny and Mrs Melanie Lloyd. Welcome back Mr Bannon.
Other updates include:
- Mr Dean has accepted a position at the NSW School Sport Unit for Term 1. He will be replaced by Mr Bannon.
2020 Teaching Staff
|1/2 K||Ms Kovacs|
Miss Dwyer – Relieving Assistant Principal
|6A||Mr Allum – Relieving Assistant Principal|
|6R||Miss Richards – Relieving Assistant Principal|
|Art||Mrs Riley ( Mon/Tues)|
|Library||Miss Gant (Mon/Fri)|
|Music Teacher||Mrs Yates ( Mon/Tues)|
|Support Teachers||Mr Haugh ( Wed/ Thurs)
Mrs O’Shea ( Mon/Wed/)
Mrs Bowen ( Wed/ Thurs)
Mrs Squires ( Tues/ Fri)
Miss Amy Page ( Term 2 – W/T/F/ ) Assistant Principal Curriculum Leader
|Mrs Ross Deputy Principal
Mrs Williamson Deputy Principal
- Mrs Green (Mon – Fri) – School Administration Manager
- Mrs Burden (Tues /Wed/Thurs/Fri) – School Administration Officer
- Mrs Black (Mon/ Tues/ Wed) – School Administration Officer
Student Learning Support Officers (SLSO)
- Mrs Jarvis
- Mrs Black
- Mrs Crook
- Mrs McLennan
- Mrs Bunn
- Damian O’Connell ( Tues/ Wed/Fri)
Cronulla PS School Counsellor
- Ms Sophie Morgan (Tuesdays and every second Wednesday)
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 Mrs Ross (the Learning Support Coordinator) to discuss your child in the first instance.
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 band. 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 except in an emergency.
All school gates will be locked from 9.40am except the Excelsior St entrance which will be closed, not locked, for parent and visitor 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
Assembly Times Term 1
K – 2: Fridays 2.30pm – 3.00pm School Hall
Primary Years 3- 6: Fridays 3.00pm – 3.25pm 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.
Please note that girls also have the option of wearing shorts for their uniform.
Meet the Teacher Grade Information Sessions
Monday 10th Feb from 5.00pm
A Meet the Teachers Evening will be held on Monday 10th Feb from 5.00 pm in the school hall.
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.
|Early Stage 1: Kindergarten||School Hall||5.00pm|
|Stage 1: Yr 1 and Yr 2||School Hall||5.40pm|
|Stage 2 :Yr 3 and Yr 4||School Hall||6.20pm|
|Stage 3 :Yr 5||Library||6.30pm|
Year 6 Meet the Teachers and Year 7 Information Session
The Year 6 Meet the Teachers Information session will be held in the school hall at 6.30pm on Mon 17th February.
This will be followed by the Cronulla High School Information session with Mr Tony Ibrahim, Principal Cronulla High School for all Year 6 parents and students regarding High School.
Students of the Month
|Ella P (5B)||Ruby G (6R)||Josiah HM (4M)|
|Jebari HM (4M)||Lorenzo B ( 3D)||Mika B ( 5K)|
|Capri (4 )||Genn O (4)||Mannix H (2)|
|Abby Rose G (2)||Lachlan T (3)||Albion W (1)|
|Sienna K (4)||Piper A ( 2)||Eloise T (1)|
|Djurali F (4)||Zoe F (4)||Evander L ( 6)|
|Adam T (2)||Bowie L (2 )||Joseph GC (2 )|
|Trayton H (5 )||Tane R ( 5)||Lily H (2)|
|Teheya P (5)||Indiana K (2)||Manny H (3)|
|Bhintai M (2)||Ruby B (3 )|
Joseph GC (2)
Zsa Zsa Z (4 )
Piper A ( 2 )
Bhintai M (2 )
Mika B ( 5K)
Presentation Night Trophy
Mika B ( 5K)
Student Use of Digital Devices and Online Services
A new policy governing student use of digital devices and online services has been released for implementation in NSW public schools from the start of Term 1 2020. The policy is available at https://education.nsw.gov.au/policy-library.
The new policy includes the digital device restriction for primary schools announced by the NSW Government in December 2018. From the start of Term 1 2020:
- primary schools will restrict the use of digital devices, including mobile phones during school hours. Primary-aged students will not be allowed to use digital technology during class time, recess and lunch unless for an educational purpose or where a student needs it for other reasons, such as an adjustment for disability.
Term 1 School Camps
There are 3 school camps organised during Term 1 for:
Year 3 Stanwell Tops Wednesday18th March – Friday 20th March
Year 4 Berry Sport and Recreation Centre Monday 9th March – Wednesday 11th March
Year 6 Western NSW 30th March – 3rd April
Information and permission notes regarding each camp were distributed in Term 4 however if you require further information please see your child’s class teacher or the office.
Updates will be sent home shortly and an information meeting will be held for each camp as follows:
Year 4 : camp information meeting Mon 2nd March at 6.00pm
Year 3 : camp information meeting Mon 9th March at 6.00pm
- Year 6 : camp information meeting Mon 23rd March at 6.00pm.
Our School Swimming Carnival will be held at Caringbah Leisure Centre (Jacaranda Road Caringbah) on Wednesday 12th February 2020. All students in Years 3 – 6 will be attending. Students in Year 2 who turn eight (8) during 2020 and can swim 50 metres without stopping are invited to participate.
This years carnival will be Cronulla Public School only carnival.
The program will be released early next week to families, however, please note for serious competitors a 200m Individual medley will be held first. Also, all strokes will be run as timed finals with no actual finals later in the day. This means students must swim as fast as possible in their heat if they have aspirations of competing at Zone.
Year 2 students who turn 8 are advised to only attend if they are serious swimming competitors.
Parent volunteers will be contacted later next week.
VENUE: Caringbah Leisure Centre (Jacaranda Road Caringbah)
DATE: Wednesday 12th February 2020
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 7th February 2020.
Payment can be made by cash, cheque or Westpac secure payment – POP (via school website).
As you may be aware, the previous 8 week moratorium period for student travel at the beginning of each year has now been altered to 4 weeks, ending Friday 28th February 2020. This means that students who require travel in 2020 will need to apply early to avoid any possible delays with receiving the student’s travel pass before the end of the moratorium period.
Parents who require travel for their child in 2020 are encouraged to apply for their school travel entitlement as soon as possible.
Notes home Week 1
General Consent Notes
Health Advice – Coronavirus
Health Advice – Head lice
Kindergarten Gymnastics Program
School Resources Levy and Voluntary Payments
Swimming Carnival (8yrs +)
Swimming Lessons Optional Sport Activity (3-6)
Welcome Morning Tea / P&C Meeting note
Year 1 & 2 Gymnastics Program
Year 2-6 – Dance Classes
P&C February Meeting
The February P&C Meeting was held this morning.
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.
This year we are again planning to hold 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: Quin Wernej, the canteen co-ordinator, 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 Trivia Night, Ninja Fun Run Fundraiser, 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 2020 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 3rd March 2020, 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 3rd 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 2020!
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 Tuesday afternoons after school 3.30pm – 4.15pm.
Dance classes resumed on Monday 3rd February 2020. 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 4/5 Girls Dance Group for girls in Years 4 and 5
8:40am Year 3 Girls Dance Group for girls in Year 3
Wednesday 8:00am Year 6 Girls Dance Group for girls in Year 6
Thursday 8:00am Primary Boys Dance Group for boys in Years 3 to Year 6
Friday 8:40am Year 2 Dance Group for boys and girls in Year 2
The annual fee of $175, is inclusive of all lessons, extra rehearsals and costumes for the year and is payable by Week 6 Term 1. Please note that prices for the Primary Boys Dance Group have increased due to an increase in lesson costs.
Payment of $175 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 for inclusion – max 16 students chosen from Year 6) Kurrunulla Eisteddfod
Sutherland Shire Music Festival Dance Extravaganza
Sutherland Shire Music Festival – Audition Criteria
Night of Stars
Please note the annual payment of $175 is due by Friday 6th March 2020. For further information or queries please see Miss Richards or Mrs Ross.
This term in the Art room we will be getting creative with magazines. We are asking for you to please bring in any old magazines that we can use. There will be a box outside of the art room where you can drop them off. Looking forward to a fun year in Art!
We are very much looking forward to another great year of Band.
Band is due to commence next week –Tuesday 11th February at 8.00am
- 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 are planned to begin on Friday morning 21stFebruary.
Please don’t hesitate to see Miss Barter if you have any questions.
An expression of interest for Choir will be sent home shortly.
Congratulations to the following students who have been elected as House Captains for 2020.
|Shelly||Rimu O||Josh M||Olivia M||Tane R|
|Eloura||Freya E||Solomon B||Bella A||Xavier F|
|Wanda||Tyla S||Blake S||Sophie W||Thomas W|
|Gunnamatta||Eyerus H||Saulei G||Asha H||Isaac H|
This year Running Club will be available to all students and will be structured as follows:
Years 3 to 6 : Monday mornings beginning Mon 17th Mar :Time – 8:30 – 9:00am
Kindergarten to Year 2 :Tuesday mornings beginning Tues 18th Mar :Time – 8:30 – 9:00am
We look forward to seeing all of our runners then for a busy year of training.
Cronulla Zone PSSA Dates For the Calendar
Term 1-commences Week 3 (14th February) and concludes Week 8 (20th March)
Term 2-commences Week 1 (1st May) and concludes Week 8 (19th June)
Term 3-commences Week 1 (24th July) and concludes Week 8 (11th September)
Term 4 – commences Week 1 (16th October) and concludes Week 8 (4th December)
Summer Team Sports to include:
- Girl’s Soccer
This term students in Years 3-6 will be given the opportunity to participate in Season 1 of either the Junior or Senior PSSA Soccer or AFL teams for Cronulla Public School. As it’s a non-competitive friendly season, teams will be formed by the order in which notes are returned to school.
Please see the note which is being sent home this week for all the information.
Swimming Lessons – YEAR 3-6 TERM 1 SPORT OPTIONAL
For Term 1 sport your child has the opportunity to undertake swimming lessons at the Cronulla Pavilion Sports Complex. Lessons will commence on Friday 14th February and conclude on Friday 3rd April 2020 (8 weeks).
Swimming lessons will take place on Friday afternoon. Children will be leaving school at 1:15pm and return by 3:00pm. Students will walk to the swimming centre under the supervision of the teachers. The children will be assessed on their swimming ability and placed into the appropriate group.
The cost of swimming lessons is $85. The cost includes 8 swimming lessons.
Please be advised that due to teacher supervision and the swimming centre restrictions the Years’ 3-6 group will be restricted to 50 students.
Payment will be due by Friday 7th February (Week 2), 2020.
What: Swimming Lessons
When: Term 1 – Friday 14th Feb – Friday 3rd April (8 weeks)
Where: Cronulla Indoor Pool Centre
This learning experience addresses the Movement Skill and Performance and Healthy, Safe and Active Lifestyles strands in the PDHPE curriculum. It aims to develop students’ skills and understanding in swimming and water, road and sun safety.
Payment of $85 can be made by either cash, cheque or POP (Via the school website). Late payments will not be able to be accepted.
Student Representative Council SRC
Congratulations to the following students elected SRC members for Semester 1. Students will be acknowledged at the assembly on Friday.
Welcome back. The books have missed you!
Borrowing and Library Bags
Library lessons commence in Week 2. All students have the opportunity to, and are encouraged to borrow in every lesson. Library bags are essential to protect books as they travel to and from school. A library bag can be any type of bag as long as it protects books. Please label all library bags.
Throughout the year, various activities are offered in the library during the second half of lunch. The library is open at this time from Monday to Thursday. Students are welcome to come and read, draw, play games or just chill and have a break from the playground. Specifically run groups or activities are advertised outside the library and/or on facebook and in the newsletter.
Story and Surprise
Story and Surprise will be running again this year and is available to students in Kindergarten and Year 1 (up to 50) on a Monday during the second half of lunch. Students listen to a story then receive a little ‘surprise’ to remind them of the story.
Walkers, Wrigglers and Crawlers
Do you have younger children who aren’t starting school yet? Do you come to school on a Friday morning? Walkers, wrigglers and crawlers is a story and rhyme time for younger siblings from 0 -5 years (and their parent/carer). Come along to the library every second Friday at 9:30am to join in. Walkers, wrigglers and crawlers will begin on Friday 14th February.
Have a great start to the school year and keep reading!
Miss Kristen Gant Teacher Librarian
This year Mr McKimm is looking to organise a Lego Club that would meet at lunchtimes to play and create with Lego.
For the club to be a success Mr. McKimm is calling for donations of Lego from the community that would be used to help train possible future Lego Master contestants.
All donations can be taken to the library. Thank you for your help!
Kindergarten Enrolments for 2021
Information regarding children who will start Kindergarten next year is now available. Please see the office to register your child’s name for 2021
Equipment List 2020
The following items are requested for the 2020 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 – in press & seal bag (NOT earbuds)
❖ 1 box of tissues
❖ 1 wipes (non-scented)
❖ 8 large glue sticks (labelled, suggest Uhu or Bostik)
❖ 4 whiteboards markers (suggest Expo, Staedtler or Artline)
❖ headphones that cover the ear – in press & seal bag (NOT earbuds)
❖ 1 box of tissues
❖ wipes (non-scented)
❖ 3 large glue sticks (labelled suggest Uhu or Bostik)
❖ 8 whiteboards markers (suggest Expo, Staedtler or Artline)
❖ 1 pair of round tipped scissors (labelled)
❖ 1 SMALL Pencil case
❖ Either Coloured pencils -12 pack or Coloured crayons (wind ups) -12 pack
(No Textas or gel pens)
❖ 8 whiteboards markers (suggest Expo, Staedtler or Artline)
❖ ruler-cm and mm (no bendy or metal rulers please)
❖ 2 white erasers
❖ sharpener with barrel
❖ 10 HB pencils
❖ 4 large glue sticks
❖ 4 highlighters (different colours)
❖ A4 plastic document folder to store homework book
❖ A4 96 page line exercise book
❖ Headphones – in press & seal bag (NOT earbuds)
❖ 2 Boxes of tissues
❖ Wipes (non-scented)
Stage 2 (Year 3 and 4)
1 Pencil case for stationary – small enough to fit in under desk
4 Lead pencils
30cm ruler (preferably hard transparent plastic) marked in cm and mm
sharpener with barrel
4 glue sticks
4 highlighters (different colours)
1 red and 1 blue ballpoint pen
5 whiteboard markers
1 boxes of tissues
1 baby wipes (non-scented)
A4 display folder -Year 4 only
A4 96pg lined exercise book -Year 4 only
Stage 3 (Year 5 and 6)
❖ 1 pencil small case (to fit under desk)
❖ 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)
❖ coloured pencils and/or textas optional –Year 5 only
❖ 30cm ruler (not metal, or ‘bendy’- preferably hard plastic or wood and marked in centimetres and millimetres)
❖ sharpener with barrel
❖ 4 whiteboard markers
❖ pencil eraser
❖ 2 glue sticks
❖ 4 highlighters (different colours)
❖ A4 plastic document wallet (envelope folder) – Year 5 only
❖ USB (optional)
❖ bluetooth mouse (optional)
❖ 2 x box of tissues
❖ 1 either pump soap or wipes (non-scented)
The teachers thank you in advance for your support with purchasing these items for your children.
2020 Voluntary Contributions and School Resources Levy
The voluntary contributions and school resource levy information for 2020 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.
The school has the following ways of communicating with parents:
The website provides all the relevant information, calendar and notes plus the links for POP, lunch orders and absences.
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 20th 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 2020 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
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 or Mrs Ross 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?
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
Second Hand Uniforms for Sale
2nd Hand Uniforms call Leanne 0414912601 all sizes summer/ winter good condition from $10.
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
|Tues 4th Feb||Welcome Morning Tea 9.30am
P&C Meeting 10.15am
|Thurs 6thFeb||8.00am Primary Boys Dance begins|
|Fri 7th Feb||8.40am Yr 2 dance begins
2.30pm K-2 – Assembly
3.00pm – 3-6 Assembly
|Mon 10th Feb||Parent Teacher Information Sessions
for K-Yr 5 from 5.00pm
|Tues 11th Feb||Band practice begins|
|Wed 12th Feb||CPS Swimming Carnival|
|Thurs 13th Feb||Gymnastics Begins for K|
|Fri 14th Feb||Gymnastics begins for Yrs 1 &2
PSSA Term 1 Sport begins
Swimming Lessons begin Yrs 3-6
|Mon 17th Feb||6.30pm Year 6 Meet the Teacher and High School Information Session|
|Mon 17th Feb||8.30am Senior Run Club begins|
|Tues 18th Feb||K-2 Run Club begins|
|Fri 21st Feb||Band tutorials begin|
|Fri 28th Feb||Clean Up Australia Activities|
|Mon 2nd Mar||6.00pm Year 4 Camp Meeting|
|Tues 3rd Mar||Cronulla Zone Swimming carnival|
|Tues 3rd Mar||7.00pm P&C AGM|
|Tues 3rd Mar||March Newsletter|
|Mon 9th Mar||6.00pm Year 3 Camp Meeting|
|Mon 9th – Wed 11th Mar||Year 4 Berry Camp|
|Wed 18th – Fri 20th Mar||Year 3 Stanwell Tops Camp|
|Mon 23rd Mar||Year 6 Camp Meeting|
|Mon 30th Mar – Fri 3rd April||Year 6 Western NSW camp|
|Mon 30th Mar – Fri 3rd April||K-5 Parent Teacher Interview Week|
|Wed 1st Apr||K-5 Disco|
|Mon 6th – Thurs 9th||Year 6 Parent Teacher Interview Week|
|Wed 8th April||CPS Cross Country|
|Thurs 9th Apr||K-2 Easter Hat Parade|
|Thurs 9th Apr||Last Day Term 1|
|Fri 10th Apr||Good Friday|
Friday Afternoon Kids Club
- Cronulla Anglican Kids
- Fridays 4.00pm – 5.30pm
- Bus Pick Up available from Cronulla Public School
- Information: cronullaanglican.org,au 0410546683