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Schools Spectacular – TV highlights

The state's most talented young singers, dancers and musicians displayed their skills during four exciting and extravagant performances at the 2011 Schools Spectacular, held recently at the Sydney Entertainment Centre. If you missed the live shows or if you just want to enjoy it all again, you can catch the highlights on ABC TV. Two telecasts are scheduled (check your local TV guide for confirmation): 7.30pm Sunday, 18 December on ABC1 (1hr version) 7.00pm Saturday, 31 December on ABC2 (2.5hr version). The brilliantly choreographed and... Read more

Ms Scally 2011

Farewell, Ms Scally!

As the end of term approaches, it draws to a close the long and successful career for our Assistant Principal, Ms Jenny Scally. After more than 40 years of teaching and caring for thousands of students in NSW public schools, Ms Scally is retiring. Ms Scally joined our executive team six years ago. However, this was not her first venture into Connells Point Public School, having been a student here from 1955 to 1962! As she recollected at the time of our 75th Anniversary: " The buildings we were in then were weatherboard, very similar to the... Read more

Kitchen Whiz - November 2011

Kitchen Whiz – Lights, Camera, Action!

Congratulations to the 24 students from Connells Point Public School who participated in the 4th series of the television show ‘Kitchen Whiz' last week. The students were great ambassadors for our school, participating in the messy activities and fun challenges, while picking up some great prizes along the way! ‘Kitchen Whiz' is an exciting half hour game show on Chanel 9, which is a frenzy of food and fun! The host Beau Walker (Nitro from The Shak) guided the two competing teams through both questions and exciting activities. To assist the... Read more

NovemberReturn to top

Learn to swim

Royal Life Saving NSW has emphasised the importance of swimming and water safety education, saying 50,000 children are leaving primary school every year unable to swim. The organisation says participation in swimming lessons has been in decline for the past 10 years and many Australian children are at risk of drowning. Both Royal Life Saving and the NSW Government agency Sport and Recreation offer learn-to-swim lessons throughout the state under the Swim and Survive banner. The Sport and Recreation program caters for children aged between 18... Read more

2011 Showcase Finale

2011 Showcase - "The Best Ever!"

This year's Performing Arts Showcase was widely regarded as our best ever! The quality, variety and number of performances were exceptional, and a huge credit to our talented and dedicated teachers and students. So many people deserve to be acknowledged and thanked for their efforts. First in line is the Showcase Organising Committee, comprised of Paul Cohen, Gillian Anderson, Carol Woodhams, Kathy Stevenson, Narelle McCain, Rhonda Law, Julie Challenor and Fiona Dickson. The logistics of such an event, involving so many students, require... Read more

Evan - Spelling Bee 2011

Bad Spellers Untie!

A BIG congratulations to Evan in 6C who placed 3rd in the 2011 NSW Premier's Spelling Bee. This phenomenal effort is the result of years of dedication and study. Evan who is the school Vice Captain, beat over 110 000 NSW students to progress to the finals that were held at the ABC studios and broadcast live on ABC radio. Evan would like to thank everyone who supported him in achieving his goal (especially his parents). Just in case you were wondering, the word that led to Evan's demise was... propitious (adj) 1. favourable; auguring... Read more

Jackson - Soccer Star in the Making?

St George Youth League Success

Supreme Soccer Success... We are pleased to announce that Jackson of Year 4 was selected to be a part of the Football NSW East SAP (Skill Acquisition Programme). This is an Elite squad selected from St George, Canterbury and Eastern Suburbs Soccer Associations. We are constantly surprised by the depth of talent within our school. We look forward to a very successful PSSA season in 2012.... Read more

Marissa - Soccer Star!

Marvellous Marissa - Soccer Star!

Congratulations to Marissa in Year 6 who has once again qualified for the Women's Super League in Football (aka Soccer). Marissa has achieved this high level of achievement for two years, with 2012 being her third season. Some of Marissa's achievements include: 2010 – 2011 Women's Super League St George FC U12 2011 – Selected for the Met East State Title Team U12 2011 – Trialed for SAP an elite development football program 2012 – Selected for U14's Women's Super League Competition, St George FC We congratulate Marissa on her success and... Read more

Lara Public Speaking

Best in Sydney!

Congratulations to Lara in Year 4, who won the Stage 2 Public Speaking final for Sydney Region Primary Schools. Lara worked very hard to achieve this result, with the adjudicator saying that she had beautiful diction and a natural consistent flow. Congratulations to all of our students who competed in the Public Speaking Competition held at Hurstville South Public School. We were represented by Dayna (Stage 3), Lara (Stage 2) and Erin (Early Stage 1). Unfortunately, Noah in Stage 1 was ill and unable to attend. Lara in Year 4 won the... Read more

St George Soccer Squad

St George Soccer Success

Congratultaions to Kieren and Nathan H in Year 6 for being accepted in the Division 1 Youth League squad for the St George Region. Also, well done to Timothy and Kyle in year 5 for qualifying for the St George Metropolitan Squad. All of these students demonstrate a passion and talent for soccer and have been instrumental in our school's PSSA success for many years. We wish them every sporting success in the not so distant future!... Read more

OctoberReturn to top
CPPS KWN Team - NSW and ACT Champions for 2011

CPPS... Best School in NSW!

Congratulations to the students involved in Kids Witness News, which is a short film competition run by Panasonic. Our school's entry, entitled ‘21st Century Communication', won the 2011 KWN New Vision Award for Primary Schools in NSW and the ACT. The award was announced at a national ceremony held at the Dendy Opera Quays, which involved finalists from every state in Australia. Connells Point Public School was presented with a trophy which adorns the newly renovated foyer and $2000 worth of Panasonic equipment (in addition to the video... Read more

Sorting fact from fiction

You can't always trust what you read when researching information for assignments. Here are ways your child can tell a good website from a bad one. With so much information on the web and no-one responsible for fact checking, kids need to look out for: bias and hidden agendas factual errors outdated information information which is country-specific commercially motivated information. Play the detective The ability to question information is a vital tool for all school kids. People can publish something that looks great but is full of factual... Read more

Encouraging your child to write

You don't have to be an expert to help your child with writing. Simply supporting your child with the areas of writing that you feel confident with will benefit them. When you're writing something down such as the shopping list, sending an email or filling in a form, talk to your child about what you're doing, why you're writing it and who you expect to read it. When writing at home, make it purposeful and interesting for yourself and your child. It's essential that kids learn that we write for a purpose It's important that your child... Read more

SeptemberReturn to top

BER Opening at CPPS

On 1st September 2011 the new facilities built under the Building Education Revolution (BER) were officially opened. Our school was lucky enough to receive a new library, three classrooms, two refurbished classrooms and an updated computer lab. The federal member for Banks, Mr Daryl Melham MP unveiled the plaque, before being taken on a school tour by our school captains, school executive, P&C and School Council representatives. These state of the art facilities will assist in delivering quality education, for many years to come.... Read more

AugustReturn to top

Season 1 PSSA Success

Congratulations to Connells Point's PSSA teams who ALL qualified for the Season 1 Finals. These sports included junior and senior teams in newcombeball, boys oz tag, girls cricket, teeball and softball. We are happy to announce that both the senior cricket and junior teeball teams won their competitions, proudly accepting the title of Georges River PSSA Premiers for 2011. In very close matches, both senior and junior newcombeball, junior cricket and junior oz tag teams received runners up ribbons. An amazing result when six out of eight... Read more

CPPS Newsletter iPhone App

We are excited to announce that an iPhone and iPod Touch app has been designed to view our school newsletter. The app can be download for free from the App Store. Features of the App - Quickly and easily see school communication - View attachments directly inside the app - Save favourite schools that you can easily switch between - See school contact information Now with this app, you can quickly view all your school's communication in one location instead of with all your other emails. You can also easily switch between multiple schools... Read more

NAIDOC Celebrations

MURRI - Queensland Aboriginal KULCHA - Kriol spelling for Culture EDUCATION Where reconciliation starts Lewis Parter performed at Connells Point Public School on Tuesday 21st June, 2011. He was born in Bowen, North Queensland. His language was that of the Birri Gubba and his heritage is of the central Queensland Daranbal people. Mr Parter states "My heart is for my people and a better understanding of my people. I believe my presentation allows for what I call a "soft" approach to Reconciliation." = Below are some comments from our... Read more

Solar Panels

We have recently had solar panels put on the roof of our new library block. Our new solar electric system will help the school to improve our energy efficiency and reduce our ongoing energy costs. Click on the website to see how much power we are generating.... Read more

Premier's Spelling Bee

CPPS has enrolled in the Premier's Spelling Bee again for the 2011 year. This is a valuable opportunity for students to challenge their spelling prowess individually, within class and grade groups and then at the higher level of the stage group. In order to ensure that all children get a fair and equitable chance to perform in the lead up to the selection process, we would like to encourage all children to take part in grade activities prior to the event. Additionally, to ensure the school puts forward its best spellers across stages for the... Read more

Public Speaking 2011

As a key part of our Talking and Listening program, all Connells Point Public School students take part in our school-wide public speaking competition. Each student in the school presents a prepared speech to his or her class. From these presentations, representatives are chosen to progress to our school stage semi-final competitions. Finalists are then selected to represent stages which compete in the school-wide competition. To assist in the differentiation of student performances, finalists will be required to present an impromptu speech... Read more


COMMUNICATING IN THE 21st CENTURY Numerous technological advancements in the last few decades have had a significant impact upon the way in which people communicate. Emails have become a prominent means of communication. The students in 3D have come to recognise the importance of being able to converse with one another via email. 3D students have developed their ability to share their thoughts, opinions and comments with each other and the wider public, whilst abiding by the etiquette required when emailing. ‘Countdown' is a school magazine,... Read more

Spring Fete - Sat 10th

Don't miss the Connells Point Spring Fete on Saturday 10th September (10am-4pm). Bring along your friends and family and enjoy a fantastic day filled with stalls, food, fun and carnival rides. See you there! CPPS Spring Fete Poster - 10/9 (pdf, 527 KB)... Read more

Mobile homework help

Parents can now access quality information to help with their child's homework and assignments while on the go. The School A to Z mobile app, available free for iPhone, iPad and Android devices, is part of a new online parent resource developed by the education department. The app features: plain-English definitions of maths, English and technology terms, including videos and help sheets information and useful links to help with common classroom assignments Maths Monkey times tables learning game Spelling Bee learning game. The Spelling Bee... Read more

Farewell, Mrs Siddons!

This week marks the official end of the career of one of our most special and longest serving office staff, Mrs Diane Siddons. For more than 20 years, Mrs Siddons has been an integral part of the life of Connells Point Public School. She has served in the front office, preparing the Newsletter, attending to Reception and assisting staff, parents and students. Of particular importance has been her role as Library Assistant, where she has worked alongside teacher/librarians in the operation of the library. Mrs Siddons has ordered, accessioned,... Read more

New parent resource launches

Parents can support their child's learning with a new purpose-built resource that includes a website, mobile applications and social media channels. The School A to Z online school community, developed by the education department, provides practical advice about homework, tips on learning, wellbeing, technology and resources to help parents and carers support their child's social, physical and mental development. It includes a free mobile application for iPad and smartphones that features hundreds of definitions about maths and English terms,... Read more

JulyReturn to top

Building writing skills

Here are some practical tips to help your child work out the best way to express themselves through their writing. Help your child to understand writing tasks that they may have been given for homework. Ask them to talk about what has to be done. Help your child to use reference materials such as dictionaries, thesauruses, encyclopaedias, DVDs and the internet. Before your child attempts a task, help them to understand what reference materials are needed by talking about the task and asking questions which will guide the child's planning.... Read more

JuneReturn to top

School holiday reading ideas

24 June 2011 Encouraging your kids to pick up a few good books during the holidays is a great way to keep their hard-earned reading skills from slipping. Here are some suggestions. Books for young kids For boys and girls in Kindergarten to Year 2: The Terrible Plop - Ursula Dubosarsky Clancy & Millie and the Very Fine House - Libby Gleeson. For boys and girls in Years 3 and 4: Ballroom Bonanza - Nina Rycroft (a fabulous rhyming alphabetical picture book) The Adventures of a Late-Night Swearer - Nette Hilton The Walk Right in Detective... Read more

Create East “The Button" 2011

Not so long ago, I was really lucky to have had the opportunity to audition and perform as part of the drama group for Create East's 2011 production, "THE BUTTON". In just three days, 200 primary students talented in band, choir, dance, drama and visual arts came together and brought to life "THE BUTTON". "THE BUTTON" is a story about a girl who finds a mysterious button which teleports her to the future. Her initial excitement upon arrival changes when she digs below the surface of the complex possible future. She befriends a lovestruck boy... Read more

Education tax refund

8 June 2011 With the financial year almost over, now is the time to start collating your receipts from education expenses to take advantage of a federal government tax initiative. The Education Tax Refund (ETR) gives parents and caregivers a 50% refund on a range of primary and secondary school education expenses. For the 2010-2011 financial year you may be eligible for the following: Primary school child You can claim a maximum of $794 for each of your primary school children and receive a maximum refund of $397 per primary school child.... Read more

MayReturn to top

District Cross Country

Congratulations to the students who took part in the Georges River Cross Country on Thursday 26th May at Gannons Park. Our school ran very well, placing 4th out of the 16 schools participating. Four of our students will progress to the Sydney East Carnival after placing in the top six of their age group (with 64 competitors in each race). Well done to Scott, Jasmin, Jack and Tim (who placed first), for racing so well!... Read more

Multicultural Public Speaking

Multicultural PS - Information (pdf, 81 KB) Public Speaking - Hints and Tips (pdf, 80 KB) The Multicultural Perspectives Public Speaking Competition heightens students' awareness of multicultural issues while developing their interest in public speaking and improving their confidence and speech-writing skills. The competition is open to years 3-6, with a junior and senior category. For the competition, students present both a prepared speech and an impromptu speech. For their prepared speech, students must choose a topic from the list below.... Read more

Helping your child with maths

Success in maths in the later years of school is dependent on developing a solid understanding of the foundational concepts: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Maths expert and parent, Associate Professor Janette Bobis from the University of Sydney, gives her top tips on how young kids can become confident in maths. Have a positive attitude towards maths When parents tell their children that they themselves can't do it, it means they're communicating messages that it's OK not to be good at maths, which can carry all the way... Read more

Helping your child to read

Parents play an important role in developing their child's reading ability. Here are six great ways to help with this vital skill. Together find information and interesting facts about things that intrigue or interest your child in books, magazines or on the internet. Read and talk about what you find out. Provide your child with plastic letters, crayons, pencils, chalk, pens and writing paper. Make things together and ask your child to read out simple directions (eg recipes while you cook together). Suggest that your child writes simple... Read more

MarchReturn to top

Mosquito-borne diseases

NSW Health is warning parents and school communities about a range of health risks associated with mosquito bites. There has been a significant increase in the numbers of mosquitoes in some parts of NSW following recent heavy rainfall and flooding. Mosquitoes can transmit a number of viral infections, including Ross River virus and Barmah Forest virus, and a large number of these infections have been reported in 2011. A rarer but more serious mosquito-borne infection called Murray Valley encephalitis has also been detected in western NSW.... Read more

Zulu Song & Dance

ZULU PERFORMANCE On Thursday 17th March, a Zulu Performer visited our school. Lucky Phewa was born in Durban, South Africa. He is an outstanding musician and performer and has learned the traditional dances of the Zulu people from an early age. He came to Connells Point Public School to show us some of his amazing cultural dances. Upon his entrance, he started singing a traditional Zulu song and then he surprised us all, with a magnificently loud drum roll that scared some of us out of our skins! Then he showed us the different types of drums.... Read more

It's easy being green

Reducing your family's carbon footprint at home and school is easy and can save you money at the same time. Low-waste lunches Try doing a lunch box audit with your kids to see how much packaging you use such as plastic wrap, plastic throw-away spoons, straws and plastic bags, along with pre-packaged foods. Lunch boxes with their special compartments for sandwiches, fruit, nuts and snacks are the best way to reduce additional wrapping or packaging of individual items. Chilled or frozen juice or water keeps lunch cool and fresh. Reusable drink... Read more

Farewell Mrs Whale

Friday 4th March marked the end of an era for Connells Point Public School, with the retirement of our long-serving Assistant Principal, and often Relieving Principal, Mrs Anne Whale. Mrs Whale has been a member of this staff since 1987, and a teacher with the Department of Education and Training for 33 years. In that time, she has worked closely with thousands of children and their families, and with hundreds of colleagues. To each of these relationships she has brought enthusiasm, care, expertise, understanding, good humour, wisdom, support... Read more

Getting organised for school

Children get their work done more easily if they can manage their time and their environment. Here are five great tips from experts and families to help you and your kids get organised for school. 1. Establish some routines Set up a few simple routines in your home that make things more efficient. For example, teach your kids that the first thing they do when they come in the door is empty their bag of food and notes or newsletters. 2. Manage time Talk to your kids regularly about planning how they use time for activities that need doing as... Read more

FebruaryReturn to top

2011 Swimming Carnival

It was a cold start to the morning and I wasn't looking forward to jumping into the cold 50m pool. It was not long before we were all swimming in the pool and it turned out to be a warm day. Almost everybody did freestyle in the races but not many did butterfly. There was some great cheering going on in the crowd and Dr McKirdy gave out 1,000 house points to the loudest house cheers. It was great to see lots of parents at the carnival cheering for their children. I always looking forward to our swimming carnivals because not only do we get to... Read more

Healthy Kids website

Keeping kids active and healthy has been made easier with the relaunch of the Healthy Kids website. Healthy Kids is the main source of online information in NSW focused on the prevention of childhood obesity through healthy eating and physical activity. The website's five main messages you can share with your kids are: get active each day choose water as a drink eat more fruit and vegetables eat fewer snacks and select healthier alternatives turn off the TV or computer and get active. The website has great information, such as lunch box... Read more

Lunch box safety

Students are returning to school in one of the hottest months of the year and summer temperatures provide an ideal environment for bacteria to thrive. It's important to keep your child's food cool in order to reduce the risk of food poisoning. Simple tips Use insulated lunch boxes or cooler bags. Keep a frozen drink or freezer brick inside the lunch box or bag. If you're making lunches the night before, store them in the fridge until leaving for school. Ask your child to store their lunch in a cool, dark place like a locker - not in direct... Read more

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Japanese Language and Culture

In 2010, Connells Point Public School was part of a federally funded program to promote the teaching of Asian languages in schools. As the result of a grant applied for by our local high school, Blakehurst HS, three local primary schools - Connells Point, Carlton South and Blakehurst - were able to offer either Japanese or Chinese language and culture lessons to their students. We opted to provide two Year 4 classes with weekly Japanese lessons, taught by Miss Kylie Ha, from Blakehurst High School. This has been a most successful program, and... Read more

Education tax refund

Parents and caregivers are encouraged to keep their receipts from education related expenses to take advantage of a federal government tax initiative. The Education Tax Refund (ETR) gives you refunds of 50% on a range of primary and secondary school education expenses. You can receive refunds up to a maximum of $397 per primary school student and $794 per secondary school student. Items you can claim You can claim the cost of buying, establishing, repairing and maintaining any of the following items: home computers and laptops... Read more

Year 6 Camp - Myuna Bay

Year 6 camp was a tremendous adventure to experience. Everyone had an awesome time and we all had lots of laughs. It was a big eye opener to how lucky we are here at Connells Point Public School. We are one of the many schools to have this amazing privilege. When we got to Myuna Bay we were all very excited to see our cabins. There were multiple lodges at camp. Our first meal when we arrived was sandwiches. Luckily, it wasn't that bad. Before camp, we were divided into three groups called The Pelicans (Miss Benson's group), The Wobbegongs (Mr... Read more

Public Speaking Success!

Congratulations to Fiona Pyliotis and Dayna Kostantakis who recently achieved outstanding success in public speaking. Fiona, above left, represented Georges River Network in the finals of the Sydney Region Public Speaking Competition. Against highly talented speakers from schools in our region, she was the winner of the Stage 3 section. The adjudicators commented on the high quality of the competition. Dayna, above right, represented Sydney Region in the State Finals of the Multicultural Public Speaking competition. Against the "best of the... Read more