Newsletter May 2018

01/05/2018

May Newsletter 2018

Dear Parents,

Welcome back to Term 2! We are looking forward to another busy and exciting term of learning. There are many upcoming events so please check the Catch Up and school FaceBook page each week for the latest details and information. The holidays have been a great time to catch up and take time to pursue our other special interests. Congratulations to Mr Allum and Mr Furniss who both travelled to WA and competed in the recent 2018 Australian Open Surf Lifesaving Championships. Details of the results are featured in this newsletter.

This term work will begin on the school electrical upgrade. Parents and students are reminded that there will be some areas that are out of bounds while the building work is in progress.

Letters of Commendation

In Terms 1 and 3 one student per class is selected to receive a Principal’s Commendation Letter which recognises their effort and achievement for that term.

Congratulations to the following students for receiving the –

Principal’s Commendation Letters for Term 1

Alice A (KB)

Taj F ( KC)

Lily H (KJ)

Flynn L (KO)

Alexander S (TK)
Ava K (1B)

Daisie W (1E)

Med D (1K)

Sienna P (2G)

Harrison G (2O)

Lola J (2T)

Mia B (3A)

Storm H (3D)

Zoe M (4D)

Jett D( 4P)

Molly M (5/6B)

Aria O (5/6H)

Lucy B (5/6S)

Early Action for Success – EAfS

Early Action For Success is the department’s strategy for implementing the NSW State Literacy and Numeracy Plan. It aims to improve students literacy and numeracy skills through a targeted approach in the early years of schooling . This year Cronulla PS is self funding the Early Action for Success initiative. All Parents in K-2 are invited to an information session  on EAfS and how it impacts your child’s learning on Thursday 24th May at 9.30am in the Library

Literacy Pro Home Reading Program Years 3- 6

As home reading is the home work focus for 2018, a new Home Reading program is being launched this term for students in Yrs 3-6. The Literacy Pro Home Reading program also aligns with the Premier’s Reading Challenge.

Students borrow appropriate level text in their range from the library to read at home with unlimited choice of  popular titles, series, fiction, non-fiction, short reads to engage reluctant readers​. Students can complete an online comprehension quiz with data available to teachers to analysis, assist in grouping and targeting teaching. ​

This Term teachers will introduce the program at school to ensure students are familiar with how to use it. However, students are welcome to read and complete quizzes at home. In Term 3, students will use the program for homework. There will be goals and awards for students to strive for to encourage enjoyment of books and reading.

 

Attention Students in Years 3 & 4

To support the introduction of Literacy Pro and the importance of borrowing books from the library, students in Years 3 and 4 will now be borrowing weekly from the Library. Therefore, they must bring their library bag each week.

Reminders-Mathletics, Reading Eggs and Reading Eggspress

Students have access to these online programs that are used at school. They can be used at home to support their learning and supplement and consolidate concepts taught at school. Both programs provide data for teachers on student achievement. All students are provided with their username and login to enable them to access these programs from school or home.

Mathletics courses are aligned to the requirements of the NSW maths curriculum and designed for all learning styles. Questions include animated tutorials, audio support and adapt to the learning pace of each child. Teachers set tasks for students to complete from which they can earn rewards.

Reading Eggs is a program to support students in learning to read. There are structured reading lessons with step-by-step teaching of phonemic awareness, phonics, high-frequency words, vocabulary, fluency and comprehension. The student sits a placement test to ensure they are working at their optimal level.

Parent Helpers Needed

We have purchased additional texts for students to borrow from the library to enjoy at home. These are texts that are part of the Literacy Pro library. If you are willing to take a bag of books, we will supply the contact to cover them at home. If you can help please see Mrs Williamson. We would like to start from Week 2. Thank you in advance for your help.

Mother’s Day High Tea

To recognise and celebrate our Mothers and Grandmothers a very special event will be held.

Mothers and Grandmothers are invited to a High Tea on Thursday 10th May 2.30pm in the school hall.

If you are able to attend please RSVP on the invitation which was sent home today.

 

Online Newsletters

We have now transitioned to the new school newsletter which will be available online on the first Tuesday of each month. If you are not receiving the email notification regarding the newsletter or the email of the weekly Cronulla Catch Up could you please contact the office to ensure the correct email address is on the school data base.

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Anzac Day Dawn Service

Thank you to our Captains Jarrah and Isla who represented the school at the Cronulla Dawn ANZAC DAY Dawn Service on 25th April to pay respect to those that have served and are currently serving our contry. It was wonderful to see many Cronulla Public School students and families there in attendance. Mr Sexty

The school held a Commemorative Assembly today for ANZAC Day. A special thank you to Corey Rinaldi President Cronulla RSL who spoke at the assembly.

 

Wellington Public School Visit

Wellington Public School City Country School Exchange Program

40 visiting students and 3 teachers from Wellington PS thoroughly enjoyed their visit to Cronulla in the last week of term. The students camped in the side field. They participated in a range of activities including a day in the city, excursion to Royal National Park, visiting the local area as well as in school activities.

The success of the visit was due to the many people and staff who helped behind the scene including:

  • Canteen – thank you to all the parents who made lunches and snacks for the children every day
  • Donations – thankyou to Miss Howlett’s father for donating 6 boxes of fruit and parents for snacks
  • Community – Anna’s Shop around the Corner for preparing the dinners and Crust Pizza for also providing dinner on the last evening
  • Staff – thankyou to all the staff who arrived each morning to prepare breakfasts for 40 hungry children and also organise and staff the Stage 3 BBQ and disco

A very special thank you to Miss Richards who organised the visit, all the activities and meals. We are already planning our return visit to Western NSW for April 2019 for Stage 3 students!

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Stage 3 Camp 2018 to Canberra and Snowy Mountains

Stage 3 will participate in a 4 day, 3 night visit to Canberra and the Snowy Mountains on Mon 17th Thurs 20th September.

Further details and information regarding the camp and cost of the excursion will be sent home next week.

Year 2 Excursion Belgenny Farm, South Camden.

On Tuesday 3rd April, Year 2 enjoyed their excursion to Belgenny Farm at South Camden. There were many activities that the children were involved with. They worked together in teams to assist the staff members in herding the sheep into their pen, where we checked the quality of the sheep’s wool.

Afterwards we took a tractor ride around the farm and learnt some of the history of the farm, including it’s founders John and Elizabeth Macarthur. We ate our lunch on the grass before heading inside to put our churning skills to the test. The children helped the staff by taking turns at churning the thick cream until it turned into butter. It was great to see the looks on their faces as they had been learning about this process during Science lessons.

Next we visited the dairy room where we were shown the various machines that help with milking cows and we also had the opportunity to milk the simulation cow. Lastly, we were very lucky to be able to hand feed some baby lambs and calves with bottled milk. We were shown the proper technique of how to feed them and then were given several bottles to share between small groups. The animals loved the attention and the smiles couldn’t be wiped off the children’s faces.

After a fun-filled day there were a few naps being had on the bus trip home.

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Year One Taronga Zoo Excursion

Year One had a wonderful time at Taronga Zoo last term. The students were able to apply their knowledge of insects while exploring the zoo’s bug house and meet some very interesting creepy crawlies! We spent the rest of the afternoon seeing the other not so ‘mini beasts’, Year One particularly loved visiting the Sumatran Tigers, giraffes and the seals. Thanks for a fantastic day Year One!​

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National Consistent Collection of Data 2018

It is a requirement for all schools in Australia to participate in a national data collection for students who have educational adjustments.

All students who have adjustments to their learning or are supported at school are included in the data collection. The primary areas include physical, cognitive, sensory and social/emotional support.

The level of adjustment for each area can be

• Support provided within quality differentiated teaching practice

• Supplementary adjustments

• Substantial adjustments

• Extensive adjustments

Information regarding the area and level of adjustment for students is required to be collected by the school. For the purposes of the national data collection students are identified as requiring an adjustment under the Disability Discrimination ACT 1992 (DDA) using the Disability standards.

For example: students with learning disabilities such as dyslexia, auditory processing disorder, speech delays or chronic health conditions such as epilepsy, diabetes or asthma that require active monitoring by the school may be included.
A parent fact sheet about the NCCD is included in this newsletter.

Australian Early Development Census – AEDC

Every three years since 2009, the Australian Government has undertaken a census of all children in their first year of full-time schooling. This information is used to identify communities where families and children may require extra support and to help shape the future and wellbeing of Australian children.

About the AEDC

Each census year teachers use an Early Development Instrument, which is a series of specific questions, using their knowledge and observations of the children in their class. Children do not lose any class time and parents are not required to provide any additional information to the school.

For the AEDC, your child’s data will be combined with data about the other children living within the same community. AEDC results for individual children are not reported and the AEDC is not used as an individual diagnostic tool. This means that an individual child report is not produced.

Your child

If your child is part of an AEDC census, the information provided by their teacher will make an important contribution to our understanding of the development of Australian children during their early years. Children not included in a census year still benefit from the insights gained by analysis of the AEDC and application of these learnings by early childhood educators and teachers.

A note detailing this information will be sent to all Kindergarten parents this week. If you do not wish for your child to participate in the census please return the slip attached to the bottom of the note.

NAPLAN

In Week 3 Tues 15th – Thurs 17th May, students in Year 3 and Year 5 will participate in the National Assessment Program (NAPLAN).

The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is an annual national assessment for all students in Years 3, 5, 7, and 9. All students in these year levels are expected to participate in tests in Reading, Writing, Language Conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and Numeracy. All government and non-government education authorities take part in these assessments.

Year 4 Parent Information Regarding Opportunity Class placement applications for 2019.

Opportunity classes cater for highly achieving academically gifted students who may otherwise be without sufficient classmates at their own academic and social level. These classes help gifted and talented students to learn by grouping them with other gifted and talented students, teaching them in specialised ways and providing educational materials at the appropriate level.

Please note that schools with Opportunity Classes in the Sutherland Shire in 2019 are Caringbah North Public School and Sutherland Public School.

Applications for opportunity class placement are considered mainly on the combined results of the Opportunity Class Placement Test and school assessments. The Opportunity Class Placement Test will be held on Wednesday 1 August 2018.

If you would like to have your child considered for Year 5 opportunity class entry in 2019, you need to apply soon. You will need to apply on the internet using a valid email address (not the student’s email address).

Detailed instructions on how to apply online will be available from Tuesday 1 May 2018 at https://education.nsw.gov.au/public-schools/selective-high-schools-and-opportunity-classes/year-5 .

The application website opens on Tuesday 1 May 2018 and closes on Friday 18 May 2018. No late applications will be accepted.

There are no paper application forms. If you do not have internet access, you could apply at a public library. If you have a disability that prevents you from using a computer, you can contact the Unit for assistance after 1 May 2018.

You must submit only ONE application for each student.

If you are intending to apply for Opportunity Class placement for your current Year 4 child, as well as completing your online application as described above, also please ensure you complete and return to the school the tear off portion Intention to Apply note that was handed out at the end of Term 1.

Additional copies of the Intention to Apply note are held at the school office.

Marcus Dunstan Year 4 Teacher & School OC Coordinator

Work Health and Safety Review

The annual WHS review for the school is currently being undertaken. At this time, the school Emergency Management Plan, First Aid Plans and the Management Action Plan are reviewed. Parents are requested to notify the office if your child has any changes to their individual health care needs.

Winter Uniform

As the weather starts to become cooler it will be necessary to wear school jackets and jumpers. A timely reminder to ensure all clothing is clearly labelled as it is very easy to misplace items.

Students are currently transitioning into winter uniforms by Monday 14th May.

 

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Term 1 Year 4 Homework Extension Project

Sophie W 4P – The Thylacine

Last term students had the opportunity to participate in a Homework Extension Project. Students were given a framework and guidelines including a due date. As part of their project students could create a video component to demonstrate their knowledge.

Congratulations to Sophie W 4P for her project on ‘The Thylacine”. Sophie also wrote an information report, a story, a critical review of ‘Dream of the Thylacine’ by Margaret Wild, and created a poster and diorama to include in her project. Outstanding work!

Please take a moment to learn about the Thylacine from Sophie’s very informative video.

 

P&C Updates

P&C Meeting next week @ 7pm 8th May. All parents welcome.

A huge thank you to all the families in the school that took part in our 2017 Colour Dash and raised funds.

 

We weighed up many great options and the funds have been allocated to resurfacing the basketball area with synthetic turf, which has been completed and looks fabulous, and a new interactive exercise area around the field on the bottom oval. The new equipment will be used by students before and after school as well as Recess and Lunch breaks and will also be utilised during the schools fundamental movement program for the whole school.

We had some fabulous suggestions from the school community about building on our green environment and creating some nature play areas. We had hoped to allocate some funding from 2017 to these initiatives however the recycled nature of these areas suggest that they can be achieved cheaply and unfortunately we haven’t found that to be the case. Given the increased level of community fundraising that is now taking place and the interest in creating interactive natural play areas for our kids as well as Cricket Net upgrades, Wooden Boat area upgrades etc we would like to create a group of Parents to get involved in a Playground Committee. The committee will meet with the school executive and Plan, cost and create the improvements to the school Play areas.

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The School Colour Dash is on again this year on Saturday 3rd November and will give us a fabulous opportunity to raise money to achieve more improvements to the school playground facilities.

 

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Saturday 19th May!

We are pleased to also announce that given the interest in improving the schools garden and nature areas we are going to hold a number of Working bee days where families can come and dig, chop, paint and build to improve the schools natural environment. In the past these days have been adults only however a number of families have expressed an interest in their children getting involved as well and as such will now be a family event.

The first working Bee will be on Saturday 19th May. Further information is included in the newsletter.

Donations & Volunteer requests please for the upcoming P&C events:

Mother’s Day stall – Week 2 Thursday 10th May

Working Bees – please register at the office

Mother’s Day Stall

Students will be able to purchase a surprise Mother’s Day gift at the Mother’s Day stall next Week on Thursday 10th May. Further information will be included in the Catch Up.

 

Term 2 Technology Raffle

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Thank you also to the parents who have donated prizes for the upcoming Technology raffle in Term 2. Your support is most appreciated.

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During Week 1 of Term 2 each student will receive a book of 15 raffle tickets to sell to raise money for the purchase of technology.  There are 28 incredible prizes to be won.

Every student who returns a sold book of tickets will receive a special incentive award at the daily school assembly.

Additional books of tickets will be available from the front office.

There is a very special prize to be awarded to the family who sell the most books of tickets.

To assist families in selling raffle tickets two dates will be arranged where a stand is set up in Cronulla Mall.  Parents and children can come along and sell their own and additional raffle tickets. From previous experience children are very successful at selling the tickets.

Please remember all tickets are accountable and auditable, so it’s extremely important that all tickets allocated to you are returned sold or unsold. 

 

Sport

Running Club

​Thank you to all students, teachers and parents who have participated and contributed to Running Club in Term 1. It has been a hugely successful term of training and we look forward to seeing everybody again from the first week of Term 2 as we switch our focus from Cross Country training to preparing for sprinting at our school Athletics Carnival.

K-2 Tuesdays 8:30-9:00am

3-6 Wednesdays 8:30-9:00am

Mr McKimm

PSSA SPORT TERM 2

Season 2 PSSA begins 4th May (Term 2, Week 1). The sports provided this season are Soccer and Netball. Congratulations and good luck to all those who are representing our school on a weekly basis.

Congratulations !

During the holidays the 2018 Australian Open Surf Lifesaving Championships were held and were a success with all four Bate Bay clubs winning gold medals.

‘The Aussies’ is the largest surf sports event of its kind and includes more than 7,000 athletes from 311 clubs around the nation competing in more than 400 beach and ocean events.

The week-long competition was held in Scarborough in Perth and had a number of success stories.

Mr Allum and Mr Furniss both competed with Mr Allum wining gold for Wanda in the open board rescue, winning every heat and dominating a fast-paced final.

Congratulations !

 

2018 Cross Country Carnival Report

The Annual School Cross Country Carnival was held on Friday 13th April, the last day of the term. In the lead up to the carnival, students put in weeks of preparation through attendance and participation at school P.E lessons and at Running Club sessions.

We knew in the days before hand that conditions were going to be extreme and the weather did not disappoint in that regard as students were presented with a scorching hot day. All competitors, whether they ran, walked or a combination of both, should be highly commended as the weather conditions made all of our running courses very challenging.

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Congratulations to the following students who will be representing the school at the Cronulla Zone Cross Country Carnival on Monday 14th May:

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2018 Cross Country Carnival Results

12 Years Boys Jarrah B 12 Years Girls Isla L
Jesse E Katie G
Zac P Molly M
Freddie D Molly P
Ryan B Amanda H
Oscar E Danielle B
11 Years Boys Peter V 11 Years Girls Alyssa A
Kyan H Lily B
Will G Aria O
Wil B Safira A
Chris H Eva L
Thomas D Amber T
10 Years Boys Zion P 10 Years Girls Sophie W
Ben A Taya K
Blake S Eyerus H
Dylan B Krystal B
Joseph M Emilia S
Solomon B Tahlia K
8/9 Boys Zechariah B 8/9 Girls Oliva M
Thomas W Indiana H
Charlie R Georgia G
Zak P Sienna K
Isaac H Elody L
Xavier F Freya E

Cronulla PSSA Zone Cross Country – May 14th

Cronulla Public School will again be running the Cronulla PSSA Zone Cross Country carnival at Miranda Park on Monday 14th May at 10am.

The P&C will also again run the Zone Cross Country canteen. This is a great fundraising event 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 too. All donated goods must be nut free and individually packaged. For example multi packs of chips, biscuits, muesli bars and popcorn. Cans of drinks, juice or water.

If families could add some extra items into their next grocery shop it would be greatly appreciated.

Please leave donations in the office and if you are able to help out on the day volunteers are always welcome. Or you may be able to assist in helping on the BBQ or canteen on the day. Please leave your name on the list in the office if you will be able to assist.

Thank you for your support.

 

Premier’s Sporting Challenge Sport Leadership Learning to Lead

Cronulla Public School will continue our participation in the NSW Department of Education and Training’s Premier’s Sporting Challenge Sport Leadership ‘Learning to Lead Program’ for 2018.

Students from Year 5 who express an interest in sport and physical activity in the role of organiser (administration), leader (beginner coach) or official (referee/umpire) can be involved. Year 6 students who were involved last year have been invited to continue with the program. As part of this program these students volunteer their time to distribute sports equipment and organise or referee a small game for younger students one lunch time a week. They may also be asked to assist teachers to set up sport or fitness activities and demonstrate skills.

Year 5 students are invited to apply in writing or by email to Mrs Williamson be a member of the team. They were asked to address the following criteria:

  • Why would you like to be a member of the Learning to Lead team?
  • How can you contribute to sport as a leader at Cronulla Public School?
  • What leadership qualities do you have?

The Year 5 students will be announced at the Friday assembly in week 3. If they are successful in being selected they will receive a permission note for the training workshop which will be held at Cronulla Public School on Tuesday the 5th June.

Parking Reminder

We ask that our school community is mindful of our local residents at drop off and pick up times. Please –

  • do not park across / block residents driveways
  • use the drop off bay only for disembarking or alighting passengers not parking and waiting
  • cross at the pedestrian crossing in front of the school and enter via the main gate.

Safety of all our students remains our prime concern.

Kindergarten Enrolments for 2019

Information regarding children who will start Kindergarten next year is now available. Tours and interviews are presently being held for prospective parents. Parents of children enrolling in Kindergarten 2019 are asked to kindly collect an enrolment form and details of the upcoming parent information and transition sessions from the office. When completed please return the enrolment form as soon as possible.

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2ND HAND UNIFORMS for SALE

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

Uniform donations are now being taken for boys long pants, jackets, girls winter tunics and shirts. Thank you.

Students of the Month

  • Ava K (1B)
  • Isabella S (1E)
  • Mikayla R(1K)
  • Perrin B (2O)
  • Bronte H (2T)
  • Tane R (3D)
  • Braxton M (3D)
  • Tyler R (3D)
  • Krystal B (4D)
  • Georgia G (4P)
  • Kye D-D (4P)
  • Freya N (5/6S)

Principal Awards

  • Brax L (1E)
  • Bronte H (2T)

Trophy Winner

  • Georgia G (4P

Creative and Performing Arts Updates

Term 2 Dance

All Morning dance classes will resume from Week 1 Term2.

Week 1

  • Thursday 3rd May – Primary Boys dance
  • Thursday 3rd May – Junior Girls Thursday Group
  • Friday 4th May – Year 2 dance

Week 2

  • Mon 7th May – Senior Girls dance
  • Mon 7th May – Junior Girls Monday group

Information regarding Term 3 performances and costume requirements will be forwarded shortly.

DANCESPORT

Dancesport lessons commenced on Monday 7th May (Week 2 Term 2) at lunchtime in the hall. Students will need to bring their lunch to the hall at the beginning of lunch. The duration of the lessons will be 1 hour. Your prompt attention to finalise tuition costs is appreciated.

Band Report

BAND MINI CONCERT

On Tuesday 10th April, the band performed for their very first audience. They performed 4 songs and had some soloists as well. Thank you to the parents and teachers who came along to listen to their music. The students loved showing you how hard they’ve been working. Performing, no matter what level their musical ability is, boosts confidence and self esteem.

The band will resume on the first day back at school, Tuesday May 1 in the hall.

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Art News – Operation Art Workshops

Operation Art came to Cronulla Public School

Last term, Cronulla Public School hosted full day workshops for students in Stages 1-3 from local and regional schools. A teacher’s professional development day was also held on Thursday.

Presented by specialist teachers and a professional artic, Chris Horder, workshops covered topic areas including painting, printing, drawing, mixed media and sculpture.

Workshops were designed to extend skills and artmaking experiences beyond the classroom.

Congratulations to the following students selected:

Stage 1: Zylam L, Jasmin H, Sienna K, Victoria C

Stage 2: Tyler W, Zoe Mc, Eyerus H, Ella Mac

Stage 3: Oscar E, Molly P, Evan R, Emilie NR

Operation Art is an initiative of The Children’s Hospital at Westmead in collaboration with the Department of Education & Communities. The program is in its 21St year and is proudly sponsored by ANSTO and supported by the Sydney Olympic Park Authority. The hospital’s art collection includes sculptures, paintings and prints by well-known Australian artists and the works contributed by Operation Artists are some of the most popular pieces. Operation Art also donates works to regional hospitals so that more patients can enjoy art by young people.

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Cronulla PS is proud to support and be involved in such a worthwhile initiative. J. Hackfath

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P&C

Zone Cross Country – Monday May 14th 2018

The P&C are once again running the Zone Cross Country Canteen to be held at Miranda Park on Monday 14th May.

What is the Zone Cross Country Canteen?

This is where the P&C set up the sole Canteen for all participants at this Zone event. Meaning we transport our Bbq, all equipment, marquees & entire canteen and set up at Miranda Park for the day 8am – 2pm! A pop-up shop!

We sell bacon & egg rolls, sausage sizzles, drinks, chips, lollies etc. We ask for parent helpers & donations for the day because this is a big job and great fundraiser for our school! All profits on the day go directly back to our School.

This is a great fundraising event for the school and each year we ask our school community to assist us with donations. We are looking for soft drinks, juices, snacks, lollies and healthy snacks too. All donated goods must be nut free and individually packaged. For example multi packs of chips, biscuits and popcorn. Cans of soft drinks, juice or water.

If families could add some extra items into their next grocery shop it would be greatly appreciated.

Please leave donations in the office by the 10th May. 

 

We also really need your help!! Lots of people to give a little of their time to help set up, serve throughout the day or pack up!

Thank you for your support. 

WORKING BEES

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Come along and be a part of the school Working Bee mornings. All help is greatly appreciated.

Work is planned for –

  • Garden maintenance
  • Repurposing the cricket net area
  • Top Basketball court retaining wall / seating and garden area

The first working bee is planned for –

Saturday 19th May

Due to the size of the grounds the maintenance list is quite extensive. A series of working bees is planned to address the ongoing needs of all the children. This will include the creation of the sensory areas and gardens.

Please note:

  • parents are requested to wear closed in shoes, protective clothing, sunscreen and gloves
  • bring a shovel, spade, rake, broom, wheelbarrow or any gardening tools you have
  • children may accompany parents but will not be participating in the working bee
  • please add your name to the list at the office indicating your availability
  • morning tea will be provided

CANTEEN UPDATES TERM 2

Cronulla Public School Winter 2018 Canteen Prices
ANZAC slice 60c Cereal scoop 40c
Chips $1.50 Custard cup 80c
Frozen Fruit 60c Garlic Bread (one slice) 30c
Hot Chocolate 70c Jatz biscuit (one biscuit) 10c
Just Juice popper $1.50 Twisted yogurt $2.20
Mamee rice sticks 90c Moosies ice block $1.50
Moove milk $2.00 Ovalteenies $1.00
Popcorn 60c Quelch ice block 50c full /25c half
Rice cup 80c Water 300ml 80c
Water 600ml $1.20​

Any parent who is able to give some time to volunteer in the canteen would be most appreciated. The more volunteers the better and even casual days are a help. Please leave your details at the office if you able to volunteer time in the canteen.

Walk Safely to School Day (18th May 2018)

Walk Safely to School Day (WSTSD) is an annual, national event when all primary school children are encouraged to walk and commute safely to school. It is a community event seeking to promote road safety, health, public transport and the environment.

WSTSD promotes the important message that active kids are healthy kids. The event encourages parents, carers and their children to build regular walking to and from school into their daily routine. Children need a minimum of 60 minutes exercise per day. Encouraging less driving and more walking aims to decrease dangerous vehicle congestion around schools and reduce carbon emissions from idling cars. Lastly, it is just a nice way to be part of your community.

CALENDAR UPDATE

Term 2
Week 1
Mon 30th April Staff Development Day
Tues 1st May Students return

ANZAC DAY Assembly

Band practice resumes

K-2 Running club resumes

Wed 2nd May 3-6 Running Club resumes
Thurs 3rd May Primary Boys Dance resumes

Junior Girls Dance Thursday group resumes

Fri 4th may Year 2 Dance resumes

PSSA Season 2 begins

Band Tutorials resume

Week 2
Mon 7th Senior Girls Dance resumes

Junior Girls Mon Dance resumes

Tues 8th ICAS Digital Technology

P&C Meeting @ 7pm

Thurs 10th May Mother’s Day Stall

Mother’s Day High Tea @2.30pm

Week 3
Mon 14th May Cronulla Zone Cross Country
Tues 15th May NAPLAN Yr 3 and Yr 5
Wed 16th May NAPLAN Yr 3 and Yr 5
Thurs 17th NAPLAN Yr 3 and Yr 5
Fri 18th Walk Safely to School Day
Saturday 19th P&C Working Bee
Week 4
Thurs 24th Early Action For Success Information Session Kinder – Year 2 9.30am – Lib
Week 5
Tues 29th May ICAS Science
Week 6
Tues 5th June Newsletter

P&C Meeting

Week 7
Mon 11th June Public Holiday
Wed 13th June ICAS Spelling
Thurs 14th June ICAS Writing

decorative Information for parents and carers

WHAT IS THE NATIONAL DATA COLLECTION?

The Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (the national data collection) is an annual collection that counts the number of school students receiving an adjustment due to disability and the level of reasonable adjustment they are receiving.

The national data collection counts students who have been identified by a school team as receiving an adjustment to address a disability as defined under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (the DDA). The DDA can be accessed from the ComLaw website at www.comlaw.gov.au.

what is the benefit for my child?

The aim of the national data collection is to collect quality information about school students receiving an adjustment due to disability in Australia.

This information will help teachers, principals, education authorities and families to better support students with disability to take part in school on the same basis as other students.

The national data collection provides an opportunity for schools to review their learning and support systems and processes to continually improve education outcomes for their students with disability.

WHY IS THIS DATA BEING COLLECTED?

All schools across Australia collect information about students with disability. But the type of information currently collected varies between each state and territory and across government, Catholic and independent school sectors.

When undertaking the national data collection, every school in Australia uses the same method to collect information. Therefore, a government school in suburban Sydney collects and submits data in the same way as a Catholic school in country Victoria and an independent school in the Northern Territory.

The annual collection aims to, over time, lead to nationally consistent, high quality data that will enable schools, education authorities and governments to gain a more complete understanding of students who are receiving adjustments because of disability in schools in Australia, and how to best support them.

WHAT ARE SCHOOLS REQUIRED TO DO FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITY?

All students are entitled to a quality learning experience at school.

Schools are required to make reasonable adjustments, where needed, to assist students with disability to access and participate in education free from discrimination and on the same basis as other students.

These responsibilities are outlined in the DDA and the Disability Standards for Education 2005 (the Standards). The Standards require educators, students, parents and others (e.g. allied health professionals) to work together so that students with disability can participate in education.

The Standards can be accessed via the ComLaw website at www.comlaw.gov.au.

WHAT IS A REASONABLE ADJUSTMENT?

A reasonable adjustment is a measure or action taken to help a student with disability access and participate in education on the same basis as other students. Reasonable adjustments reflect the assessed individual needs of the student, and are provided in consultation with the student and/or their parents and carers. Reasonable adjustments can be made across the whole school setting (e.g. ramps into school buildings), in the classroom (such as adapting teaching methods) and at an individual student level (e.g. extra tuition for a student with learning difficulties).

What information will be collected?

Every year your child’s school will collect the following information for each student receiving an adjustment due to disability:

  • the student’s level of education (i.e. primary or secondary)
  • the student’s level of adjustment
  • the student’s broad type of disability.

The information collected by schools will be available to all governments to inform policy and program improvement for students with disability.

WHO IS INCLUDED IN THE NATIONAL DATA COLLECTION?

The definition of disability for the national data collection is based on the broad definition under the DDA.

For the purposes of the national data collection, students with learning difficulties, such as dyslexia or auditory processing disorder, as well as chronic health conditions like epilepsy or diabetes, that require monitoring and the provision of adjustments by the school, may be included.

Who collects information FOR THE NATIONAL DATA COLLECTION?

Teachers and school staff count the number of students receiving an adjustment due to disability in their school, and the level of reasonable adjustment they are provided, based on:

  • consultation with parents and carers in the course of determining and providing reasonable adjustments
  • the school team’s observations and professional judgements
  • any medical or other professional diagnosis
  • other relevant information.

School principals are responsible for ensuring the information identified about each student is accurate.

How IS my child’s privacy protected?

Protecting the privacy and confidentiality of all students and their families is essential and is an explicit focus of the national data collection. Personal details, such as student names or other identifying information, are not provided to local or federal education authorities.

Further information about privacy is available from www.education.gov.au/notices.

IS THE NATIONAL DATA COLLECTION COMPULSORY?

Yes. All education ministers agreed to full implementation of the national data collection from 2015. This means that all schools must now collect and submit information annually on the number of students receiving adjustments due to disability in their care, and the level of adjustment they receive.

Information about the arrangements that may apply to your school in relation to this data collection is available from your child’s school principal and the relevant education authority.

FURTHER INFORMATION

Contact your child’s school if you have further questions about the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability.

You can also visit www.education.gov.au/nationally-consistent-collection-data-school-students-disability.

An e-learning resource about the Disability Standards for Education 2005 is freely available for the use of individuals, families and communities at http://resource.dse.theeducationinstitute.edu.au/

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AEDC Parent Information Letter for Kindergarten Parents

Dear Kindergarten Parents /Carers,

Re: Australian Early Development Census (AEDC)

Between May and August this year, our school will be taking part in the Australian Early Development Census (AEDC), which is a nationwide census of early childhood development and helps our school and community understand how children are developing before they start school, what is being done well, and what can be improved. The AEDC is an Australian Government initiative run by the Department of Education and Training.

Children do not need to do anything to be included in the census and will attend class as usual. During the census, teachers record information (including children’s names and dates of birth) based on their knowledge and observations of each child in their class. The questions to be used by the AEDC in the upcoming collection are available at www.aedc.gov.au/instrument.

Once all schools participating in the AEDC have provided their information, and the AEDC is completed, some of the data collected is compiled and made available publicly as de-identified data, i.e., data that does not include any children’s names, ages, addresses or schools.

This data can be very useful for a wide variety of policy, analysis, and statistical and research purposes, so it is provided to a number of bodies, including government and non-government education departments and organisations, independent school systems and researchers. Some of these organisations may also link AEDC data with information from other organisations (such as health departments) to improve programs and policies for young children. When the data is linked with other data, extreme care is taken to ensure individual children cannot be identified.

As so much can be learned about children’s development through the AEDC, the privacy of children participating in it is of paramount importance. To ensure that all of the information collected is handled properly, the AEDC is managed in accordance with the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs). The APPs regulate the collection, use, disclosure and storage of personal information by Australian government agencies, and some private sector organisations, and is part of the Privacy Act 1998 (Cth). APPs also form part of applicable state and territory privacy legislation and policies.

The system used by the AEDC to collect and collate the information is a secure site and children’s information is kept secure at all times. Your child’s data will not be used for any other purpose than described in this letter and the Privacy Statement contained on the AEDC website at www.aedc.gov.au/privacy. You can see how data was collected and presented in 2009, 2012 and 2015 by visiting www.aedc.gov.au/data. Data from the 2018 collection will be presented in a similar way.

This year’s AEDC is a great opportunity for everyone including parents, local communities, schools and other agencies to work together to bring long-lasting benefits to children and their families. If you would like more information about the AEDC, please refer to frequently asked questions section on the AEDC website at www.aedc.gov.au, or phone 1800 092 548.

The AEDC is voluntary and is not a school test, so should you wish for your child/children’s information to be excluded from the census, please contact Miss Richards.

Thank you for supporting the AEDC.

 

Intention to apply for Year 5 entry to an opportunity class in 2019

Dear Parent/Carer

Opportunity classes cater for highly achieving academically gifted students who may otherwise be without sufficient classmates at their own academic and social level. These classes help gifted and talented students to learn by grouping them with other gifted and talented students, teaching them in specialised ways and providing educational materials at the appropriate level.

Applications for opportunity class placement are considered mainly on the combined results of the Opportunity Class Placement Test and school assessments. The Opportunity Class Placement Test will be held on Wednesday 1 August 2018.

If you would like to have your child considered for Year 5 opportunity class entry in 2019, you need to apply soon. You will need to apply on the internet using a valid email address (not the student’s email address).

Detailed instructions on how to apply online will be available from Tuesday 1 May 2018 at https://education.nsw.gov.au/public-schools/selective-high-schools-and-opportunity-classes/year-5 . The application website opens on Tuesday 1 May 2018 and closes on Friday 18 May 2018. No late applications will be accepted.

There are no paper application forms. If you do not have internet access, you could apply at a public library. If you have a disability that prevents you from using a computer, you can contact the Unit for assistance after 1 May 2018.

You must submit only ONE application for each student.

Remember: The tear-off strip below is not an application and the school cannot apply on your behalf.

Cut along the dotted line and return the completed slip below to this school by next Friday.

Note: THIS IS NOT AN APPLICATION FOR ENTRY TO AN OPPORTUNITY CLASS. This is a notice to your primary school only that you intend to apply.

TO APPLY YOU WILL NEED TO REGISTER AND THEN APPLY THROUGH THE HIGH PERFORMING STUDENTS APPLICATION WEBSITE.

Intention to apply for Year 5 entry to an opportunity class in 2019

Student’s name: Class:

I am interested in applying for opportunity class placement in 2019 Yes No

If Yes, either:

I have internet access and will be applying online

OR

I do not have internet access and will use a public library to complete the application

Signature of parent/carer: Date:

Note: THIS IS NOT AN APPLICATION FOR ENTRY TO AN OPPORTUNITY CLASS. This is a notice to your primary school only that you intend to apply.

TO APPLY YOU WILL NEED TO REGISTER AND THEN APPLY THROUGH THE HIGH PERFORMING STUDENTS APPLICATION WEBSITE.

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