Newsletter March 2019

05/03/2019

2019 March Newsletter

After a busy start to the New Year it is wonderful to see the students are all settled into classes and their Term 1 programs.

Congratulations to all our students who participated in the recent school Swimming Carnival. It is wonderful to see such excellent sportsmanship. Special congratulations also to those students who have represented the school today at the Zone Swimming Carnival. Outstanding results!

Thank you to Mr McKimm for the organisation. Further information and results are included in the newsletter.

Tonight the Annual General Meeting for the school P&C 2019 committee will be held at 7.00pm. For all our new parents please consider coming along to join and or nominate for a position on the P&C, as it is a vital and integral part of our school community.

A very special thank you to the outgoing committee who worked very hard in 2018 and have contributed so much to our school. The funds raised last year have already been allocated to new technology, new playground equipment and reading resources all of which benefit all students at the school.

The P&C meets on the first Tuesday of the month. All parents are welcome to attend.

External Validation

School self-assessment is a key component in the school planning and reporting cycle. As a reflective process, the school regularly collects, analyses and evaluates a range of qualitative and quantitative evidence to inform their overall performance in relation to the desired improvements in the school plan.

Once during a five-year cycle, schools undergo an external validation of the evidence of their school self-assessment. Each year approximately 20% of schools will be selected as a representative sample across Operational Directorates.

Schools engage in discussions with an external panel and have their self assessments validated using the School Excellence Framework (SEF). The panel, comprising of a Principal School Leadership (PSL) and a peer principal, meet with the school leadership team and determine whether the school’s evidence supports their self-assessment using each element of the SEF. An external validation panel report, which includes the school determined next steps in the self-assessment process is provided to the school following an external validation.

Cronulla Public School will undergo External Validation in June.

Come and See Morning Visits

Following on from our Parent Information evenings last year, parents are invited to a ‘Come and See’ morning visit to see learning in action. Each visit will have a specific focus.

The first visit will be on Tuesday 2nd April and parents will be able to come and see a guided reading lesson in Kindergarten, Year 1, Year 2 and a Stage 2 classroom.

Please complete the online survey link to indicate your class preference to visit. Parents will be able to stay for morning tea and the April P&C meeting which will directly follow the visit.

The visit times will be:

9.35am – 9.50am Come and See class visit : Guided reading in action

9.50am – 10.30am Morning tea followed by P&C meeting

Please note attendance is by RSVP only so that parent numbers can be accommodated in classrooms. Details regarding the RSVP will be available shortly.

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.

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P&C AGM and March Meeting

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 tonight in the school hall.  Positions on the committee are all 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:

President, Vice- President, Secretary, Treasurer, Fundraising coordinator, Canteen Manager, Uniforms coordinator, Grants coordinator

Variation to Staff Development Day Term 4 Friday 20th December

Staff participate in Professional Learning each week after school and on Staff Development Days. With approval, the school can nominate to vary a Staff Development Day with additional Professional Learning Sessions during the term. The staff have agreed to the variation of the SDD on Friday 21st December with two twilight Professional Learning sessions in Week 7 Term 3 and Week 3 Term 4. Each session will be three hours or Professional Learning on Writing K-6 which is a focus of our 2018 – 2020 School Plan. The change to the timetable will not impact families as students finish Term 4 on Wednesday 19th.

 

Parent Teacher Interviews

The Parent / Teacher Interviews will be held in Week 11 beginning 8th April. Online bookings on our website will be available from 18th March until 5th April. 

Components of reporting on student progress for Semester 1 include an interview for all parents at the end of Term 1 and a written report at the end of Term 2.

The parent teacher interviews will be held in the last week of term (Monday 8th April – Friday 12th April).

Parents/carers will need to book interview timeslots online on the school website at https://www.cronulla.nsw.edu.au/bookings. To book, select a class/teacher from the dropdown menu, then a date and time from the calendar below and follow the prompts to create a booking. Please note you will receive an email confirmation. Your interview timetable will be automatically emailed to you.

Please note online interview bookings will be available through our website from Monday 18th March.

Parents can change their interview bookings any time prior to the closing date. Remember to use the same name and email address that was used in the original booking.

The school encourages students to focus on self-assessment and to reflect on their learning. To foster this, students in Years 5 – 6 (Stage 3) will be invited to participate in 3-way interviews where the student is present for part of the interview. Part of each interview however will be set aside for discussion without the student present.

Tell Them From Me Survey

This term, students in years 4-6 will be taking part in the Tell Them From Me student survey. The survey will provide us with valuable feedback on what our students think about school life, how engaged they are with school and the different ways that teachers interact with them. The survey is completed on-line and is run by an independent research company. Staff in schools will not be able to identify individual students from their responses.

A note will be sent home this week with further information regarding this survey.

Stage 2 Camp: Mon 18th – Wed 20th March

Final Reminders

  • All medical notes should now be returned
  • Final payments are now due

The Stage 2 camp meeting will be held on Mon 11th March at 6.00pm in the school hall. Students and parents are asked to attend.

Monday, 18th March :

Arrive at Cronulla Public School by 7.45am for an 8.00am departure by bus. Camp activities.

Tuesday, 19th March : Camp activities.

Wednesday, 20th March: Camp activities. Depart Stanwell Tops Camp at 1.30pm by bus to arrive at Cronulla Public School at approximately 3pm.

 

Year 6 Camp: Mon 1st April – Fri 5th April

Final Reminders

  • All medical notes should now be returned
  • Final payments are now due

The Year 6 camp meeting will be held on Mon 25th March at 6.00pm in the school hall. Students and parents are asked to attend.

Playground Proposal

Parents and students were recently asked to comment on what upgrades they would like to have in the playground with the cost of the upgrades offset by the funds raised at the Colour Dash last year.

Thank you to all the families who responded with suggestions some of which are included below.

The priorities were: sandpit, climbing equipment, sensory garden and nature play.

Parents were also asked if they would like to be involved in a playground committee to plan for the upgrades. Thank you to the parents who have indicated they will be involved.

The area of the playground to be repurposed is the area on the side oval where the cricket nets are.

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A scope of works is being undertaken involving:

  • Demolition of the existing wire fencing
  • Rebuilding the first cricket net
  • Reinstatement of the climbing equipment form the top playground
  • Building an outdoor classroom area
  • Sensory garden with nature play
  • Reposition the chicken run

We are now seeking assistance from parents and our school community if any of our families has connections with any of the following services:

  • Landscape architect
  • Landscape designer
  • Landscape gardener
  • Demolition services

Please contact the school with details of your availability to assist with this project. All assistance will be really appreciated.

Students of the Month

Seena L (1T) Mannix H (1K) Florence L (1B)
Indianna K (1K) Sophie M (1B) Olivia O (2T)
Lorenzo B (2G) Shadon MC(2T) Fletcher G (2T)
Laila A (2T) Sienna M (2T) Mikayla R (2G)
Owen O (2T) Henry J (2T) Kaydon M (2T)
Maria LR (3D) Weronika M (3/4H) Vivienne B (3/4H)
Minea L (3D) Nell F (3S) Jovan K (3/4H)
Zac C (3D) Braxton M (3/4H) Hayden M (3D)
Zak P (4M) Bailey G (4M) Elouise F (4M)
Ella P (4M) Luka O (4M) Gemma H (5D)
Tyler W (5D) Keelee S (5M) Aria O (6A)
Anthony B (6A) Milosz W (5D) Sophie H (2T)
Dylan T (3S) Lachlan M (3D)

Principal Awards

  • Laila A (3D)
  • Perrin B (3D)
  • Nell F (3S)
  • Branxton M (3/4H)
  • Bailey G (4M)

Trophy Winner

  • Bailey G (4M)

National Young Leaders Day

To build the capacity of our school leadership team, the school leaders will have the opportunity to attend the National Young Leaders Day at the International Convention Centre, Sydney on Monday 11th March 2019.

This course provides opportunities for students to recognise their ability as a young leader to make a difference in the community. The course consists of keynote talks, multimedia presentations and interactive learning targeting a range of specific outcomes for aspiring leaders.

This is a great opportunity for students as they will gain a range of new knowledge and skills to support our new leaders.

SRC Congratulations

Congratulations to the following students for being selected as their class SRC Representative for Semester One.

SEMESTER 1
CLASS STUDENT
1B Florence L
1K Mannix H
1T Olga W
2G Daisy W
2H Ella G
2T Sunny B
3D Sienna P
3S Dylan T
3/4H Willow J
4M Charlie R
5D Joseph M
5M Solomon B
6A Captains
6P Captains

Student Absences

A reminder that if your child is away due to sickness or an appointment you need to notify the school by phone or in writing.

Performing Arts Updates

Ukuleles

Junior Ukulele classes commence Week 6. The Junior Ukulele Performing group will meet Monday 4th March  3.30pm – 4.15 pm in the music room. All junior ukulele will meet Tuesdays at lunch time.  Please forward payment to the Office as soon as convenient so we can purchase the ukuleles necessary for the students. We look forward to a lot of happy strummers.

D Yates ( Performing Group)  J Kovacs & L Evans (Training Band)

Dance

We have had a fantastic response to dance this year. Please remember that dance fees are due by the end of Week 6. Below are the dance times:

Monday

8.00am – 8:40am – Years 4/5 Girls Dance group

8:40am – 9:20am – Year 3 Girls Dance

Wednesday

8.00am – 9.00am – Years 6 Girls Dance group

Thursday

8am – 8:40am – Primary Boys Dance Performing Group

8:40am – 9:20am – Primary Boys Dance Training Group

Friday

8:40am – 9:20am – Year 2 Dance

Band Updates

Year 5 & 6 Band Students

Applications are now open for Sydney Southeast Symphonic Winds (formerly the Sydney Region Band) for 2019. It is a representative Department of Education concert band with a yearly intake of around 100 students from Public Schools in NSW from years 5-8.

Entry is by audition, which will be held in Weeks 1 & 2, Term 2 – between May 3-10. Successful students will participate in a 3-day residential camp, a number of after school rehearsals and major performances at venues including the Sydney Opera House.

Entries close Friday 12th April.

Please see Miss Peyton if your child is interested or for further information.

More information can be found at: http://www.gspsensembles.com/symphonic-winds.html?fbclid=IwAR0gWD9LY5Hn-pf9XTrhOF2ILI70Kn2qrn1Eaphrg05tv-FeNpIZMHeeV0Q

SPORT

Combined Schools Swimming Carnival

The annual Combined Schools Swimming Carnival was held on Wednesday 13th February. The weather for our carnival was sensational and level of competition was high but always fair and in good spirits. Some great results and personal bests were recorded by our children as we were crowned champion school for the carnival.

Congratulations to all students who competed at the Combined Schools Swimming Carnival held on Wednesday 13th February. It was a fabulous day for school spirit and camaraderie with peers from the other schools.

Combined Schools Swimming Carnival Results:

8 Years Boys 50m Freestyle 1st Place Lachlan T
2nd Place Shadon M-C
3rd Place Henry J
8 Years Girls 50m Freestyle 1st Place Caiden H
2nd Place Skye K
3rd Place Georgia P
9 Years Boys 50m Freestyle 1st Place Xavier F
2nd Place Van W
3rd Place Zak L
9 Years Girls 50m Freestyle 1st Place Capri M-M
2nd Place Elody L
3rd Place Nicole F
10 Years Boys 50m Freestyle 1st Place Van K
2nd Place Zak P
10 Years Girls 50m Freestyle 1st Place Olivia M
2nd Place Charlie O
3rd Place Elise M
11 Years Boys 50m Freestyle 1st Place Tyson B
2nd Place Saulei G
3rd Place Tim S
11 Years Girls 50m Freestyle 2nd Place Paris D-M
12 Years Boys 50m Freestyle 1st Place Anthony B
2nd Place Seb F
12 Years Girls 50m Freestyle 1st Place Lily B
3rd Place Annabel L
13 Years Boys 50m Freestyle 1st Place Shea M
Junior Boys 50m Breaststroke 1st Place Van K
2nd Place Archie W
3rd Place Van W
Juniors Girls 50m Breaststroke 1st Place Capri M-M
3rd Place Charlie O
11 Years Boys 50m Breaststroke 1st Place Saulei G
3rd Place Caylem W
11 Years Girls 50m Breaststroke 1st Place Taya K
3rd Place Paris D-M
Senior Boys 50m Breaststroke 3rd Place Anthony B
Senior Girls 50m Breaststroke 3rd Place Lily B
Junior Boys 50m Butterfly 1st Place Xaiver F
2nd Place Van K
3rd Place Zak L
Junior Girls 50m Butterfly 1st Place Capri M-M
2nd Place Elody L
11 Years Boys 50m Butterfly 1st Place Tyson B
2nd Place Saulei G
11 Years Girls 50m Butterfly 3rd Place Paris D-M
Senior Boys 50m Butterfly 1st Place Seb F
2nd Place Anthony B
Junior Boys 50m Backstroke 1st Place Van K
2nd Place Xavier F
3rd Place Zak P
Junior Girls 50m Backstroke 1st Place Capri M-M
2nd Place Jennifer B
3rd Place Elise M
11 Years Boys 50m Backstroke 1st Place Saulei G
2nd Place Tim S
11 Years Girls 50m Backstroke 2nd Place Paris D-M
Senior Boys 50m Backstroke 1st Place Seb F
3rd Place Jamie T
Senior Girls 50m Backstroke 2nd Place Peppa B
Open 100m Boys Freestyle 1st Place Tyson B
2nd Place Anthony B
Open 100m Girls Freestyle 2nd Place Paris D-M
Open 200m Boys Individual Medley 1st Place Van K
2nd Place Saulei G
3rd Place Tyson B
Open 200m Girls Individual Medley 3rd Place Paris D-M
Junior Boys 4x50m Freestyle Relay 1st Place Xavier F

Van K

Van W

Zak P

Junior Girls 4x50m Freestyle Relay 1st Place Olivia M

Capri M-m

Charlie O

Elody L

Senior Boys 4x50m Freestyle Relay 1st Place Tyson B

Saulei G

Anthony B

Seb F

Senior Girls 4x50m Freestyle Relay 1st Place Paris D-M

Taya K

Gracie G

Tilly W

Cronulla Zone Swimming Carnival

The Zone Carnival was held today and the following students were very proud to represent themselves, their families and their school:

Zone Swimming Carnival Team:

Caiden H 2H
Skye K 2T
Georgia P 2G
Lachlan T 2T
Shadon M C 2T
Henry J 2T
Capri M 3D
Elody L 3S
Nicole F 3D
Xaiver F 3/4H
Van W 3D
Zak L 3S
Olivia M 4M
Charli O 5M
Elise M 5D
Van K 3/4H
Zak P 4M
Archie W 4M
Paris D-M 5D
Taya K 6A
Gracie G 5M
Tyson B 6A
Saulei G 5M
Tim S 6P
Lily B 6P
Annabel L 6A
Holly F 6P
Anthony B 6A
Seb F 6A
Will G 6P
Caylem W 5M
Sophie W 5M
Jennifer B 5M
Tilly W 5D
Peppah B 6P
Jamie T 6P​

AFL

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Congratulations to Kobe, Seb and Chris on their recent selection in the Cronulla Zone AFL Squad. The three boys will now be training hard ahead of the Sydney East Trial in the coming weeks. Cronulla Public School is extremly proud of Kobe, Seb and Chris as making a Cronulla Zone Squad in any sport is a wonderful achievement.

Best of luck boys!

Cross Country Carnival

Cronulla Public School families and students are advised to keep Friday 12th April (week 11) in mind when planning their fitness and training calendars for the next few weeks. This will be the date of our annual school Cross Country Carnival. Kindergarten through to Year 6 students will have the opportunity to run or walk an allocated distance and earn points for their house. A coffee van will be available for spectators and a barbecue lunch for students on the day. A note will become available closer to the date.

Running Club

Running Club has begun and is off to a sensational start with students training together in record numbers. If your child is yet to register they are still more than welcome to attend. This term the focus of Running Club will be to increase our endurance so we feel ready for the school Cross Country Carnival in Week 11.

House Captain Congratulations!

ELOUERA

  • Captains: Anthony B and Harmony B
  • Vice: Charlie D and Freya E

GUNNAMATTA

  • Captains: Coby H and Taya K
  • Vice: Saulei G and Grace G

SHELLEY

  • Captains: Shae M and Ruby M
  • Vice: Charli O and Zion P

WANDA

  • Captains: Zoe S and Kobe Wood
  • Vice: Blake S and Tilly W

China Study Tour Report

Cronulla PS recently hosted the students from Xinjiang Qianye Primary School. The students participated in English lessons and were also immersed into our school program including sport and creative and performing arts lessons.

They went for a local area walk to the beach with Mrs Hackfath to experience our local area and surrounds.

Although they had a wonderful experience and were a little reluctant to leave however I am sure they thoroughly enjoyed the visit.

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Clean Up Australia Day 2019 and the Environment Team

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On Friday the 1st of March Cronulla Public School participated in Clean Up Australia Day 2019. The students had an allocate area to clean with their class and the school looked fantastic!

All classrooms received new matching blue recycling bins to build consistency in our recycling practices at the school. The language of ‘Take 3 for the Sea’ was also introduced which is an initiative to remind each other that if you pick up 3 pieces of rubbish when leaving the beach, waterway or anywhere then you have made a difference.

More information can be found on the official website: https://www.take3.org/

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In Term 2, we will be introducing a ‘Waste Free Wednesday’ where students are encouraged to pack a lunch that is waste free. This would mean no packaging, no glad wrap on sandwiches, no poppers etc. Containers are used to store the food instead. Our aim is to reduce to amount of waste entering the school grounds. In 2018, KC gave ‘Waste Free Wednesday’ a go. They did a great job and were able to provide some examples of what a waste free lunch box looks like. See below for some photos.

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Miss Cropp, Miss Kovacs, Miss Tester and Mrs Stoddart are looking to expand their Environmental team and have allowed students to put their name down to join.

They are looking forward to working with you in Term 2 and onwards!!

Scripture

Scripture begins Wednesday March 6th. If you would like your child to participate in the school’s values program rather than the SRE Catholic or Protestant classes, please provide a note stating this to your child’s teacher.

Parking

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.

 

2nd Hand Uniforms for Sale

2nd Hand Uniforms, call Leanne 0414912601 all sizes summer/ winter good condition from $5 to $10.

Calendar Updates Term 1 2019

Term 1
Week 6
Tues 6th Mar P&C AGM/ March Meeting @ 7pm
Wed 7th Mar Scripture begins
Week 7
Mon 11th Mar National Young Leaders Day

Stage 2 Camp Meeting 6.00pm

Tues 12th Mar Year 6 High School Information Evening Cronulla High School
Thur 14th Year 6 Selective High School Test
Week 8
Mon 18th Mar Stage 2 Berry Cam
Tues 19th Mar Stage 2 Berry Camp
Wed 20th Mar Stage 2 Berry Camp
Fri 22ndMar Ride to school day
Week 9
Mon 25th Mar Year 6 Camp Meeting 6.00pm
Tues 27th Mar Create South Auditions
Week 10
Mon 1st Apri Year 6 Camp
Tues 2rd Apr Year 6 Camp

Year 2 Excursion

P&C Meeting

Wed 3rd

Apr

Year 6 Camp

Easter Disco K-4 (4pm -7pm)

Thur 4th

Apr

Year 6 Camp

Year 1 Taronga Zoo Excursion

Fri 5th Apr Year 6 Camp
Week 11 Parent Teacher Interview Week
Mon 8thh Apr Operation Art
Tues 9th Apr Operation Art
Wed 10th Apri Operation Art

Anzac Day Assembly

Thur 11th Apri Operation Art

Easter Hat Parade

Fri 12th

Apri

Last day of Term

C.P.S Cross Country Carnival

 

 

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