Newsletter March 2020
2020 March Newsletter
Despite the forecast, the predicted showers and thunderstorms held off for our annual swimming carnival to go ahead. Congratulations to all our students who participated in the carnival and also to those students who will be representing the school at the Zone Swimming Carnival. A huge thank you to Mr McKimm and the CPS school staff and to the parent helpers for helping to conduct a very successful carnival.
Thank you to all of the families that were able to join us for our “meet the teacher” evenings. The aim of these sessions is to provide an opportunity to meet the team of teachers on your year group and stage and find out about learning for the year ahead. If you weren’t able to make it, please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher.
Our weekly Friday assemblies are a time when we recognise students who have been working consistently and meeting our school expectations. To ensure that the return time of PSSA buses does not affect our 3-6 students from being present when receiving their awards, we will be changing the times for our weekly Friday assemblies. Beginning this Friday (6th March), our 3-6 assembly will now commence at 9:30am and K-2 at 3pm. As always, parents, family and friends are welcome to attend.
Tonight the Annual General Meeting for the school P&C 2020 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 2019 and have contributed so much to our school. Some of the funds raised last year have already been allocated, with the second phase of our playground upgrade, a timber rope extension, due to begin in the Easter holidays.
Mr Trent Bridgland
The merit selection process for an Assistant Principal at Cronulla Public School has begun. This position has been vacated by Mr Gear who has moved to another position in the Education Department.
Variation to Staff Development Day Term 4 Friday 18th 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 18th December with two twilight Professional Learning sessions in Term 2 Week 2 and Term 3 Week3. Each session will be three hours on Professional Learning on Grammar 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 16th December.
Parent Teacher Interviews
The Parent / Teacher Interviews will be held in Week 10 beginning Monday 30th March. Online bookings on our website will be available from 16th March until 27th March.
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 K- 5 parent teacher interviews will be held in the Week 10 (Monday 30th March – Friday 3rd April).
PLEASE NOTE :
Year 6 Parent Teacher Interviews will be held in Week 11 (Monday 6th April – Thursday 9th 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 16th 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.
Students of the Month
|Georgia P 3T||Zak L 4D||Madison A 6A|
|Charli L 6A||Peter K 2M||Freya E 6A|
|Perrin B 4M||Millie O 3D||Layla K 4M|
|Tyler R 5B||Caylem W 6R||Heidi T 2M|
|Florence L 2M||Tyler W 6A||Chloe L 3/4H|
|Lawson F 2M||Crue C 2M||Bailey G 5K|
|Avery F 2S||Taj F 2S||Matheus P 2S|
|Jett DJ 2M||Weronika M 5K||Lucas B 6A|
|Elena X 3/4H||Bojessi A 6A||Mya I 3D|
|Zoe M 3/4H||Zoe B 6A x 3||Zoe B 6A x 3|
- Joshua M 6A
- Charlie H 2S
- Lawson F 2M
- Avery F 2S
- Zara O 3T
- Charli L 6A
- Trayton H 5B
- Anita B 3T
- Zoe B 6A
- Crue C 2M
Presentation Night Trophy
- Trayton H 5B
- Charli L 6A
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.
Term 1 School Camps
Please note the following dates for the upcoming camp meetings:
Year 4 camp meeting (held last night)
Year 3 camp meeting will be held on Monday 9th March at 6pm in the Hall.
All final payments should be made to the office by Friday.
Year 6 camp meeting will be held on Monday 23rd March at 6pm in the school hall.
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 tonight 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
Thank you to everyone who attended our first meeting of the year on the 4th February. It was lovely to see a lot of new faces, along with the familiar ones. We look forward to seeing lots of you at our AGM tonight. It’s a great opportunity to find out what’s happening at the school, meet other parents and have a say. If you would like to become a member and be able to vote, please bring along $1.00. Coming along to a meeting DOES NOT mean you will be given a “title or job”, but of course your help is always appreciated.
The P&C has a couple of fundraising events to look forward to.
Firstly, our ever-popular Easter Raffle which coincides with the Easter Hat Parade, on the 9th April. Donations of Easter Eggs (nut free), cane baskets, Easter books and Craft Packs to be used for prizes would be greatly appreciated. Donations can be dropped into the office until the 2nd April. More donations = more prizes!!
Secondly our Hot Cross Bun Fundraiser. Order your fresh tasty Hot Cross Buns and a portion of the cost of each pack sold is donated back to the school! Order forms will be sent home soon, and your Hot Cross Buns will be delivered fresh to you at school on the 9th April, ready for eating on Good Friday!
Keep up to date with all the P&C news and happenings by liking our page, “Cronulla Public School P&C”. The canteen also has a page, “Canteen CPS”. The canteen roster can be found here………….maybe you have time fill in one of the empty days? Any help is greatly appreciated.
2nd Hand Uniform
– Good quality 2nd hand uniforms are available for purchase. All proceeds from sales go back to the school. Contact Leanne Wells on 0414 912 61 for all your uniform needs. Donations of good quality used uniforms are always appreciated and can be left at the office.
Zone Cross Country Canteen – Monday 11th May
What is the Zone Cross Country Canteen?
It is a day where the P&C team and parents transport our BBQ, marquees, food and drinks to the Zone Cross Country venue at Miranda Park and create a Pop-up canteen. We provide cold drinks, lollies, snacks, bacon & egg rolls and a Sausage sizzle for all attending the event. Parents, grandparents and friends help serve throughout the day then we pack it up and bring it all back to school again!
This is an exclusive fundraising opportunity for the school and each year we ask our school community to assist us with donations. We are looking for drinks, snacks, lollies and healthy snacks and homemade baked goods. All donated goods must be nut free and individually packaged. For example, multi packs of chips, biscuits and popcorn. Cans of drinks & bottled water. (The P&C will make up lolly bags from your lolly donations)
This year we are asking families for donations of specific items depending on your child’s year. This is to make it easier to know what to buy, or you can join with another family to share costs and we get a good variety of items! Those families with multiple children, we would only ask you donate one item. (Donations are optional, but much appreciated).
Kindergarten and Year 1 – Lollies
(P&C will make lolly bags from donations these are REALLY popular on the day!)
Year 2 and Year 3 – Individual Packets of Snacks or baked goods. (Chip varieties, Popcorn, cupcakes etc)
Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6 – Soft Drinks, Bottled Water. (Soft drinks are always most popular)
If you would like to contribute, please leave your donations in the office by May 7th.
We also really need your help setting up, packing up or serving on the day also. We can’t do it without our volunteers! If you can help out on the day, we usually set up from 8am then pack up and return to school by 2.00pm. But whenever you can help would be great! Please email your availability for the day to Raegangrimley@gmail.com
Thank you again for your support.
Last week we celebrated Wellbeing Week for our students and staff. Wellbeing is always a high priority at Cronulla PS and having a work life balance for staff as well as a positive mindset for our students are priorities. Throughout the week, teachers discussed positive lifestyles with their class and the students participated in a range of activities including yoga, making bucket fillers and creating wellbeing posters for the school.
National Young Leaders Day
On Monday 2nd March our school Captains and Prefects attended the annual National Young Leaders Day at Darling Harbour. Students had the opportunity to listen to a range of guest speakers including John Coutis, Erin Molan, Rove McManus and build and develop their skills in leadership and communication. All students had a great day and thoroughly enjoyed listening to the speakers.
National Ride2School Day
National Ride2School Day is Australia’s biggest celebration of active travel. On Friday 13th March, Cronulla Public School will join 3,000 other active schools around Australia to Ride2School. The aim is to get young people to walk, ride or skate to school and kick-start healthy habits for the future.
2020 Cronulla Public School Christmas Fete
Cronulla PS will be holding a Christmas fete in late November. We are hoping to raise money to go towards additional outdoor playing and learning areas for students. A fete is a large undertaking and we will need everybody’s support (large or small) on the day and also in the planning stages.
Our first planning meeting is being held on Thursday 5th March at 3:40pm in the Hall. We would love parents to attend and find out how they can help to ensure the success of the fete.
There are many ways to help. A note will be sent home next week outlining different ways you can assist. Please take the time to think about any way that you could support the event and return the note to the office.
We thank you in advance for your support and look forward to working together to create a memorable and exciting community event.
Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school.
City / Country Exchange Program
The city country school exchange program, between Wellington Public School and Cronulla Public School, was initiated over a decade ago. With lifelong connections between an executive staff member at Wellington PS and the then Principal of Cronulla PS, the proposal of the city country school exchange was introduced to enable children from the city to experience life in central Western NSW and students from the county to experience life in the city.
The significance of the program can not be underestimated as it enables the children to have experiences that they will not only always remember but perhaps would not have had a chance to see or do. With the iconic location of Cronulla PS some of the visiting students from the country experienced seeing the ocean for the first time in their lives.
Experiences for the city children:
- Travel to and experience far Western NSW
- visit an operating sheep farm
- visit solar wind farm
- visit a large country school which is the central hub of the community
- form friendships with the country children
- visit iconic Sydney locations including Westfield Tower, Botanical Gardens, Opera House, Manly by ferry, Taronga Zoo and Darling Harbour
- experience the beach and surrounding areas
- visit the Royal National Park
- Visit ANSTO
- Participate in the life of a suburban school
The program was based on a biannual visit by each school until Cronulla PS, with increased enrolments, was able to plan for yearly visits with Wellington PS still visiting biannually.
Each year the program expanded with early trips by train each way and then by coach allowing for more flexibility to the itinerary and additional experiences to be included such as Jenolan Caves, Bathurst Goldfields and Dubbo Zoo.
However last year, when Wellington PS were planning to visit, the school indicated that they would be unable to travel to Sydney in 2020 due to impact the drought was having on all the families.
It was at that stage that a decision was made that Cronulla PS would fund the trip enabling the children to still participate in the program.
After discussion with the P&C the members decided that they would like to fund the trip to enable the children still to come with Rural Aid and local businesses also sponsoring the cost of the trip and their city program.
Donations for the Wellington Public School visit
With Wellington PS due to visit from Monday 23rd March to Wednesday 25th March donations would be welcome for the morning and afternoon tea snacks for the children. All donations can be left at the office and are greatly appreciated. Thank you.
K- 5 Easter Disco
Wed 1st April 4.00pm – 7.00pm
The K-5 Easter Disco will be held on the 1st April in the school hall.
Kindergarten and Year 1: 4pm-5pm
Year 2 and 3: 5pm-6pm
Years 4 and 5: 6pm-7pm
Tickets are $5 per child and will be on sale at the door on the night.
Easter Hat Parade
Thursday 9th April
Cronulla Public School’s K-2 Easter Hat Parade will commence at 2:00pm on Thursday
9th April 2020. Parents and caregivers are invited to join the children for the parade.
Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2 students will make their hats for the parade at school throughout the week beginning Monday 6th April. Students are asked to bring a hat, glue and items to decorate their hat by Friday 3rd April.
By Friday 3rd April: – Bring in a hat, glue and items to make your hat (no chocolate to go on hats)
Monday 6th April: – Hat making at school
Thursday 9th April: – Easter Hat Parade at 2:00pm
Woolies Earn and Learn
Thank you for your help with the Woolies Earn and Learn. These are the products that the school received.
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.
Year 6 Cronulla High School Transition Day
On Wednesday 19th February students in Year 6 attended the Cronulla High School transition day. Students began the day with a walk to Wanda Beach and the mangroves. After a sausage sizzle lunch, students were split into groups and participated in computer, woodwork, food tech and science lessons. Students had a great day and are all very excited about their transition to high school.
Stage One Wires Project
For Stage One’s project this term students will be organising an event to make pouches for injured animals to donate to WIRES after the recent bush fires. If you are handy with a sewing machine or have experience with this please keep an eye out for further information in the near future or express your interest to assist to one of the Year One or Two teachers. All help would be greatly appreciated!
Clean Up Australia Day Report
On Friday the 28th February, the whole school participated in Clean up Australia Day.
Students worked hard to clean their allocated areas, including areas outside of the school. The school and surrounding community looks amazing and our aim is to continue this standard as we move forward in 2020.
The Environment Team
The Environment Team would like to welcome everyone back to 2020!
We already have some big plans in the mix for this year and are looking forward to adding to our team. Our team of teachers is growing so we hope to do the same with motivated and enthusiastic students!
Everyone’s Waste Free Wednesday lunch boxes look incredible (and delicious). We encourage you to try to challenge yourself to more than one day a week of a Waste Free lunch box this year.
Our Lids for Kids bin is nearly full!!! Once it is full we will begin the cleaning and sorting process before sending them off to be used 🙂 Thank you to everyone who has donated so far.
The first student and teacher meeting will be in Week 6 – listen out at morning assembly for further information. We look forward to seeing lots of new faces join our team.
Thank you for your support!
The Environment Team
Small changes, everyday
Creative and Performing Arts
Lessons commenced last week. The Junior Ukulele Band will rehearse Tuesday afternoons after school 3.30pm – 4.15pm.
We have had a fantastic response to dance this year. Please remember that dance fees are due by Friday 6th March. Below are the dance times:
- 8.00am – 8:40am – Years 4 Girls Dance group
- 8:40am – 9:20am – Year 3 Girls Dance
Wednesday 8.00am – 9.00am – Years 5/6 Girls Dance group
Thursday 8am – 8:40am – Primary Boys Dance Group
Friday 8:40am – 9:20am – Year 2 Dance
Students in the Year 5/6 Girls Dance group have been given the chance to audition for the 2020 Schools Spectacular. If your child would like to audition, please return the permission note to the office as soon as possible.
Welcome back to all our band members, we are looking forward to a great year. Details regarding the future events will be available soon.
The Annual Band Levy note of $50.00 will be sent home this week. The levy is to offset the cost of student music and additional items the band requires at school. Previously it has also subsidised the band stands and band shirts. Your prompt attention to the payment will be appreciated.
Junior Choir Rehearsals will take place on Tuesday at Recess in 1J.
Senior Choir will commence on the Thursday of Week 5 during recess. Students are encouraged to bring a USB to rehearsals so Miss Howlett can download the performance recordings for students to revise at home. Half day and full day rehearsal dates will be released shortly.
Congratulations to all students who competed at the Cronulla Public School Swimming Carnival held on Wednesday 12th February. It was a fabulous day for school spirit and camaraderie with all students trying to achieve their personal best.
The place getters received their ribbons and trophies last week at a special award assembly.
Cronulla Public School Age Swimming Champions.
The House Champions for the Cronulla Public School Swimming carnival was Eloura with the House captains and vice captains receiving the trophy.
Cronulla Zone Swimming Carnival
Congratulations to the following students who represented the school at the Cronulla Zone Swimming carnival today.
|Chloe Rivett||2M||Georgia Thomas||5K|
|Indiana Keller||2S||Charli Osborne||6R|
|Ruby Bourne||3T||Jennifer Bishop||6A|
|Mannix Hartley||2M||Zak Pearce||5K|
|River Maroney||2S||Isaac Hilford||5B|
|Kian Moreno-Costa||1/2K||Thomas Woodrow||5K|
|Georgia Pyper||3T||Paris Daniels-Maroney||6A|
|Caiden Head||3/4H||Gracie Gardiner||6R|
|Sophie Howson||3T||Tilly Waters||6R|
|Shadon Moreno-Costa||3D||Koby Pickering||6A|
|Lachlan Targett||3D||Saulei Gilsenan||6A|
|Colin Murrell||3/4H||Blake Scarra||6A|
|Capri May-Maroney||4M||Freya Earle||6A|
|Elody Lawson||4D||Luis Danby||5B|
|Lily Alexandrou||3/4H||Zoe Brown||6A|
|Zak Little||4D||Finn Farrugia||5B|
|Van Wright||4D||Xaiver Ford||5B|
Cronulla Zone Basketball Team
Congratulations to Olivia M Year 5 and Gracie G and Billi C of Year 6 who were successful in making the Cronulla Zone Basketball team. All three girls represented the school with great enthusiasm and will now go on to attend the Sydney East trial later in March. Well done girls, we wish you the best of luck for Sydney
Cross Country Carnival
The school Cross Country is fast approaching on Wednesday 8th April (week 11) and parents and families are invited to attend.
Kindergarten through to Year 6 students will have the opportunity to run or walk an allocated distance and earn points for their house. A note will become available closer to the date regarding catering and event times.
Meet your Semester 1 Junior Librarians! Lucy, Hendrix, Chloe, Laila, Vivienne and Matthew are certainly keeping me on my toes! Congratulations to these wonderful students who are very invested in helping our library run smoothly.
CPS Wellbeing Library
The CPS Wellbeing Library is a resource for parents and staff to access literature that can support our children/students and families in dealing with a range of issues, including anxiety/worry, separation and divorce, Autism Spectrum Disorder, moods, friendships and playground issues, to name a few. The CPS Wellbeing Library is located in the staffroom. Please see attached leaflet for more information or speak to your child’s teacher.
Story and Surprise
It has been lovely to see so many keen Kindergarten and Year 1 students coming to the library to hear a story and receive a little ‘surprise’ to remind them of the story. A big thank you to The Grigg family for donating packets of carrot seeds to be used for story and surprise in the future.
Congratulations to Jett in 6R and Joshua in 6A for being our first two ‘Caption Competition’ winners. There is a new photo each week that students can ‘caption’ to go into the competition to win a book prize. There were some fabulous captions this week. Keep writing guys!
Our library now has a suggestion box (or in this case, bag) that students and teachers can submit a request for a book we don’t have but that they think we should have. All requests are added to the library ‘wish list’ and are considered when purchasing new stock.
Have a great month and keep reading!
Miss Kristen Gant
A resource bank has been established, and will be built on, to assist teachers, parents and carers in supporting our students to establish protective factors for good mental health and wellbeing in a way that promotes respectful relationships, belonging and inclusion.
We have dedicated an area in the Staff Room to provide books, that in some way, deal with a range of concerns, issues, situations and life occurrences including anxiety, worry, stress, divorce, friendships, moods, and death. These will be accessible to not only students, but also parents, families and teachers. This section features a range of texts dealing with issues that kids and families face in their lifetimes. Suggestions of additional texts are welcomed.
Through literature, children can understand that they are not alone in encountering problems and feelings. Stories and illustrations can be the catalyst that parents and teachers need to draw out conversation with kids as they go through challenging circumstances.
Sometimes it can be hard for parents and teachers to find the right words to offer support and guidance and literature can help to better understand and relate to children’s feelings particularly as children are familiar and comfortable with books and stories.
Please feel free to contact your child’s class teacher, the teacher librarian or the school counsellor for any suggestions or advice on these texts. They are available for parents to loan.
“Real life calls for real books.”
Lego at Lunch Club
Last week the students trialled the ‘Lego at Lunch’ program and it was really well attended and enjoyed by all who came. The children thoroughly enjoyed the being able to make, create and play with their friends. Thank you!
Lego at Lunch at will meet on Tuesday’s at lunchtime in the Library. Interested K to 2 students are to line up after eating time and in its initial stages will be limited to 40 builders. However, numbers and the venue could change depending on interest and on the possibility of more donations of Lego.
Students who miss out will be invited to be first in line for the following Tuesday.
Lego at Lunch students is open to students who have a genuine passion for Lego and want to build amazing creations and take on challenges similar to those seen on Lego Masters.
If you aware of anybody in the community who could possibly donate lego please put them in touch with Mr McKimm along with any questions that you may have. A huge thank you to those families who have already made generous donations of lego.
The Cronulla Public School Chess club will meet on Thursdays at lunchtime in the Library. Interested Years 3 to 6 students are to line up after eating time and in its initial stages will be limited to 30 players. However, numbers and the venue could change depending on interest.
All skill levels are invited to play from beginner to experience and will be grouped accordingly. New players will be taught the rules if they are interested.
Mr McKimm is very excited to share his passion for Chess with interested students.
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.
Cronulla Zone Swimming Carnival – Apparel for sale
- Hoodies $50
- Ankle socks $12
- Caps $15
- Bucket hats $15
- 3/4 sleeve shirt $25
Calendar Update Term 1
|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|
|Wed 4th Mar||Scripture begins|
|Mon 9th Mar||6.00pm Year 3 Camp Meeting|
|Mon 9th – Wed 11th Mar||Year 4 Berry Camp|
|Tues 10th Mar||Cronulla High School Open Night|
|Mon 16th Mar – Wed 18th||Year 3 Stanwell Tops Camp|
|Mon 23rd – Wed 25th||Wellington Public School visit|
|Mon 23rd Mar||6.00pm 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|
|Tues 7th April||P&C meeting|
|Tues 7th April||April Newsletter|
|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|