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Anaphylaxis information

The safety and wellbeing of your child is of paramount importance to us, including where your child is diagnosed at risk of a severe allergic reaction.. It is important that parents notify the school if their child has an allergy. Anaphylaxis is a severe and sometimes sudden allergic reaction that is potentially life-threatening and always requires an emergency response. As with other serious health conditions, schools put in place strategies to support students at risk of anaphylaxis at school or while they are engaged in school related... Read more

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Sydney Youth Writing Competition 2012

Each year, Sydney holds a "Youth Writing Competition" where students between the ages of 7 and 12 from around the world can submit any number of entries of writing in a variety of differing categories. A selection of entries is then chosen to be published for the current year. This year, that publication is called ‘Key. Face. Cloud.' Awards are given for First, Second and Third Prizes, Highly Commended, Commended and Encouragement in each category. We congratulate all those students of our school who entered the competition. In... Read more

Body image and girls

Body image is the number one personal concern for young people aged 12 to 24, with research showing they feel under more pressure than ever to look a certain way. Butterfly Foundation's education manager, Danni Rowlands, goes into schools every week to talk to students about body image. In a revealing podcast, she explains to Rachel Friend what she finds when she talks to girls and young women, what's healthy behaviour and what parents should be concerned about. Listen to the podcast on the School A to Z website.... Read more

Season 3 PSSA

Season Three Sport Success

Congratulations to all of the teams that participated in the finals for Season 3 PSSA sport. Our school was represented in all of the sports that we entered; Cricket, Softball, Teeball, Oz-Tag and Newcombe Ball. Both the Boys Junior Cricket Team and Senior Girls Softball team won their competitions, without being defeated in a single match all season. The Girls Teeball Team and Senior Newcombe Ball Team placed as runners up. Thanks to the teachers who trained the teams this season and the students who represented our school with great... Read more

Boys' Dance

Showcase 2012

Our sixth annual Performing Arts Showcase went off without a hitch. It was wonderful to have our students perform to a full house at the Sutherland Entertainment Centre and to hear the buzz of excitement and positive comments at the end of the evening. I am immensely proud of, and grateful for, the dedication of our teachers in producing such a high quality event. The pursuit of excellence and personal best; the values of commitment and team work; and the joy of learning and performing were all clearly on display. That our students have... Read more

Anthony A-N-T-H-O-N-Y

Premier's Spelling Bee Final

Congratulations Anthony! On Wednesday, 7 November 2012, Anthony represented Connells Point Public School in the state finals of the Premier's Spelling Bee, held at the ABC Centre in Sydney. Many hours of practice were needed to achieve this level of success. The final group of seven children were very hard to separate. Anthony had to spell facetious, loquacious, erroneous, obsequious and psoriasis during the rounds. Many adults would surrender if asked to spell these words! Finally, after many gruelling hours, Anthony finished third,... Read more

Royal National Park

Royal National Park

Our Excursion to The Royal National Park On Monday, 21st May, Year 4 went on an excursion to the Royal National Park at Wattamolla. We travelled in a bus for approximately an hour. When we arrived, we met three of the rangers at the National Park. The rangers introduced themselves and taught us about some of the animals that lived in the Royal National Park. The rangers let us pat some of the stuffed animals. Then we had morning tea. The three different classes all started with different activities with different rangers. Our class did whale... Read more

Public Speaking Finalist

Public Speaking Stars

On Tuesday 11th September, Stage 2 and 3 students took part in the school public speaking finals. The students delivered wonderful prepared speeches and then had to deliver an impromptu speech. The impromptu topic for Stage 3 was ‘Running Away‘ and the topic for Stage 2 students was ‘The Future'. One student from each stage was selected to represent CPPS at the Georges River Zone Final on Wednesday 24 October. Congratulations to the following students and good luck in the next stage of the competition. Stage 3 Winner – Dayna K Highly... Read more

Grandparents Day 2012

Happy Grandparents' Day!

We would like to wish all of our grandparents a very happy Grandparents' Day. We appreciate the support that you offer our students, school and community. We hope that you enjoyed the activities that took place on Tuesday 21stAugust to celebrate your special day and Book Week. 9:45 Welcome to all grandparents (under shelter) 10:00 Book Week/Reading activity in student classes 10:30 Junior Choir performance in the hall 11:00 Early recess with grandparents We hope you took the opporatunity to visit the library and read your grandchild a book.... Read more

Public Speaking Finals 2012

Sydney Region Public Speaking Finals

We were very proud to have two students from Connells Point Public School represent our Georges River Network (comprised of 19 primary schools) in the Finals of the 2012 Sydney Region Primary Schools Public Speaking Competition. On Tuesday 6 November, George and Dayna competed against the representatives of seven other Networks from Sydney Region. In all, there are 154 primary schools in Sydney Region, so George and Dayna were competing at a very high level against "the best of the best" in our region. George competed in the Stage 2... Read more

Preparing for high school

What is the best way to prepare kids for high school and make the move less daunting for them – and you, their parents and caregivers? Sometimes parents think that when their child goes to high school they need to take a step back but teachers involved in the transition say it is more about a change of focus. Here are some tips: In Year 5 start thinking about which high school your child should attend. Help them become more responsible by encouraging independence and responsibility. Get into a homework and study routine. Put their school... Read more

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Developing resilience in your child

Growing up can be tough. Things don't always go to plan. So how can you help your child to develop resilience? Research shows children with good resilience perform better at school and are less likely to take part in risky behaviour, particularly as they enter the teenage years. The education department's principal psychologist, Ron Balderston, describes resilience as a shock absorber for the potholes of life. "Resilient children know how to cope and have developed skills that enable them to flex so they can manage life's blows when they... Read more

Georges River PSSA Logo

PSSA Sport Draws - Season 3

Please find below, copies of the Season 3 sport draws and rules. Girls Softball & Teeball Softball Draw 2012 (pdf 373 KB) Softball Rules (pdf 350 KB) Newcombe Ball Newcombe Ball Draw 2012 (pdf 47 KB) Boys Cricket Boys Cricket Draw 2012 (pdf 353 KB) Girls OzTag Girls Oztag Draw 2012 (pdf 34 KB) You can also CLICK HERE to visit the Georges River PSSA Website and view the latest results and leaderboard.... Read more

Kitchen Whiz 2012

Stars in the Making - Kitchen Whiz!

Connells Point students will be appearing on the Channel 9 television show ‘Kitchen Whiz'. This was filmed last year and stars students who were in year six in 2011. Make sure you are watching during September and November on the following dates: Monday 10/9 Thursday 13/9 Friday 21/9 Thursday 1/11 Thursday 22/11 Please be aware that these dates may be changed without notice.... Read more

Debating PDC

Debating Quarter Finals

Congratulations to the very talented debaters in the Premier's Debating Challenge. Our school progressed to the quarter final, after winner the zone rounds of our competition. It is the first year that our school has entered the competition and we unfortunately lost in the quarter final to McCallums Hill Public School. The debate was very close and students were asked to argue 'That money makes the world go round'. We were assigned the negative which really put some pressure on our speakers. Our team is to be congratulated on their... Read more

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Premier's Spelling Bee goes mobile

Looking for a great way to help your child practise their spelling? To coincide with the launch of the wordlist for the 2012 Premier's Spelling Bee, a companion app is now available for download. The app features almost 3,000 words and sentences used in the spelling bee initiative, which is aimed at primary school-aged children. The free Premier's Spelling Bee app has junior and senior primary categories with levels of spelling words that increase in difficulty. The game, which features Australian accents, randomly selects words from the... Read more

Gold for Scott

Gold, Gold, Gold for CPPS!

Congratulations to Scott in Year 5, who recently competed in the National School Swimming Championships. Scott achieved amazing results including: a bronze medal in the 200m Medley Relay 8th in Australian 50m Freestyle Final Gold in the 4x50m Freestyle Relay! We are all very pleased for Scott and happy that his hard work and dedication have paid off. Watch out Rio in 2016!... Read more

Is my child ready to start school?

Starting school is such a big step. How do I know if my child is ready? The parent website School A to Z has spoken to a range of teachers about how to make the right decision for your child. Here are some of the key points and questions to ask: Children may enrol in Kindergarten at the beginning of the school year if they turn five years of age on or before 31 July in that year. All children must be enrolled in school by their sixth birthday. Are they physically ready? Are they socially and emotionally ready? Kids don't need to read or write... Read more

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Technical Diff


We are still unable to upload all notes to the website. We hope the problem will be rectified soon. We apologise for inconvenience this may cause.... Read more

New Maths Monkey’s Quest game available

School A to Z has just released an exciting, new maths game app, taking kid-friendly learning to the next level. Maths Monkey's Quest was created by the NSW Department of Education and Communities and designed for kids from Year 3 to Year 8. This new release engages children (and adults) with addition, subtraction, ratios and percentages, as they unlock new levels and strengthen their mathematical skills. At each level the Maths Monkey enters a new world of mathematical challenges, starting at the Jungle level (aimed at Years 3 and 4 students)... Read more

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Books to get kids reading again and again

There's nothing like a series to inspire the bookworm in your child. Just think of the way kids reacted to the Harry Potter novels. Establishing a good relationship with the first book in a series means children can generally be confident they will feel the same way about the rest of the series. The books in a series often become easier to read as time goes on. Once your child is familiar with the first book's characters, the landscape, style and the author's voice, they can simply sit back and enjoy all the subsequent tales. Another benefit... Read more

Multicultural PS Winner

Multicultural Public Speaking

Congratulations to George, Yianni, Dayna and Anastasia, who represented Connells Point PS in the 2012 Multicultural Public Speaking competition. Students were asked to prepare a multicultural speech and complete an impromptu. The junior students were given the impromptu topic ‘My Favourite Things', while the seniors were asked to speak about ‘The Cost of Winning'. All of the speakers did exceptionally well, especially Anastasia, who was judged best in the senior division. Anastasia will now go on to represent our region at the next level of... Read more

Managing your child's weight

Your family is the best influence for showing your child how to manage their weight. That's the advice of the childhood obesity experts for keeping a child's weight down. Dr Shirley Alexander, specialist in child obesity at The Children's Hospital Westmead, says: "Try and get the whole family to develop healthier lifestyle habits and through that, hopefully get some weight-loss in the children." The most recent official figures suggest as many as one in four school-aged children fits into the category of being mildly overweight to obese. A... Read more

junior boys

District Cross Country

Congratulations to the students who participated in the Georges River District Cross Country on Thursday 24 May at Gannons Park. Our school team ran very well overall and placed 2nd out of the 16 school represented at the carnival. Both the 8/9 year old girl and 11 year old girl teams won their age groups. Three 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, Nivage, and Yianni for racing so well and we wish them the best of luck... Read more

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Facts about tutors

Private tutoring to give kids a helping hand in their schooling is a growing business. However, it's also an area where parents can be vulnerable to bogus offers and misleading advertising. If you're considering using a tutor, you need to know how to get the best service for you and your child. It's important to know that the job of a school is to ensure your child's educational needs are met in line with the curriculum. Teachers in NSW public schools are university educated and use effective teaching and learning techniques. If you have... Read more

Parent-teacher interview tips

Parent-teacher interviews are great opportunities to meet your child's teachers and shouldn't be missed. Here are some tips from Harrington Street Public School principal Wayne Koboroff about how to get the best out of your time with the teacher. Do your homework Take a few minutes before your meeting to jot down any questions or comments you have. Because interviews usually only run 10 – 15 minutes it's good to have a reminder of the points you wanted to raise. Common questions may include: How is my child fitting in with other children?... Read more

Teeball Victors

Season One Success

Congratulations to all of the Connells Point Public School students who represented our school in PSSA sport this season. We were lucky enough to experience great success, with all of our sports being represented in the finals that took place on 11thMay. A BIG congratulations to the Junior Boys Teeball and Junior Girls Cricket who were awarded the titles of ‘Premiers' this season. Also, well done to both Senior and Junior Newcombeball and Senior Boys softball who were awarded ‘Runners Up' titles. Well done to the Senior Boys Oz Tag and... Read more

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Homework help newsletter

You can now easily subscribe to updates from the award-winning website for parents, School A to Z. Each term you'll receive newsletters with the latest information to help you manage your child's homework and study, health, development and technology use. School A to Z has been created by parents at the education department to answer the common questions and challenges we all face as we support our kids growing up. This month's newsletter includes: a series of videos to help you when bullying becomes an issue for your child tips for getting... Read more

Farewell Mr Shirley - May 2012

Farewell Mr Shirley

Mr Shirley has been a teacher for close to 35 years, and has been a member of the Connells Point Public School staff for 19 years. In that time, Mr Shirley has contributed to the life of the school in many ways, including as a PSSA coach and as coordinator of the annual ICAS (UNSW) Competitions. Mr Shirley has served the Department of Education and Communities, and Connells Point Public School, with loyalty, integrity and personal commitment to the values of public education. He has shared his deep and wide ranging knowledge with students... Read more

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MP3 players and hearing loss

An MP3 player, such as an iPod, is an essential item for many kids but listening to them for long periods of time can cause permanent hearing loss. And the experts say the volume doesn't have to be ear-splitting to cause damage. The loudness of sound is measured in units called decibels (dB). Conversation is generally 60dB. Traffic noise can be around 80dB. Louder noises, such as a plane taking off, a motorcycle or firecrackers can range from 120dB to 140dB. Listening to music at levels above 80 decibels is going to damage hearing. The... Read more

Taking a stand against bullying

A new website and mobile app have been launched to help parents and students address bullying. The Bullying, No Way! website includes interactive applications, including a choose- your-own-adventure game for students to learn how to deal with bullying, and videos for parents and students. The site also includes information on: helping your child if they are being bullied identifying the signs that your child might be bullying others getting help and support. The website and the Take a Stand Together mobile app were launched to coincide with... Read more

Reading with confidence

You may have already heard of ‘Pause, Prompt, Praise' or the ‘Three Ps' as the strategy is sometimes called. These three catchy words describe a simple technique that, used well, will help your child practise their reading and develop their reading confidence. The principle of pausing, then prompting and then praising is handy to remember any time your child is reading aloud to you. Teachers and trained tutors often use a more structured version, but the following tips can help you to try out the Three Ps when reading with your child at home.... Read more

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KWN team with their prizes

Thanks Panasonic!

A BIG thanks to Panasonic for sponsoring the Kids Witness News (KWN) short film competition in 2011. Connells Point Public School recently received our prize of $2000 worth of brand new state of the art equipment. The school now has 13 new digital cameras, some of which record HD video and are waterproof. We also received a new digital video camera and a 32 inch LCD screen from Panasonic last year! This equipment will be of great benefit to the students of Connells Point for many years to come. We would like to thank Panasonic and all of... Read more

David at the 2010 Showcase

Lights, Camera, Action!

David in Year 6, is currently appearing in the Belvoir production of the play, "Babyteeth". Combining his many performing arts talents and especially his outstanding performance in violin, David is appearing in the current run of this professional and well-regarded theatre company. David has also been selected (again) as member of the Sydney Youth Orchestras (Peter Seymour Orchestra 2012 and TangoOZ 2012).... Read more

About to embark on a Football world tour!

World Football Academy

Congratulations to Yianni in Year 4 who has been selected by the World Football Group Academy to play soccer against some very big English Premier League and Championship League 1 clubs in the UK. He will be playing teams including: Everton, Manchester City, Manchester United, Preston North End, Bolton, Leeds and Blackburn Rovers. Yianni will also have the opportunity to attend some English Premier League Games and tour some of the stadiums. Congratulations! We hope that you have a very successful trip.... Read more

Education Tax Refund 2012

Don't forget to keep all your receipts from back-to-school expenses so that you can take advantage of the Education Tax Refund. The refund gives eligible parents and caregivers a 50 per cent refund on a range of primary and secondary school education expenses, including school uniforms. For the 2011-2012 financial year you may be eligible for the following: Primary school child You can claim a maximum of $818 for each of your primary school children – that is a refund of up to $409. Secondary school student You can claim a maximum of $1,636... Read more

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Back-to-school support

A suite of resources, including the School A to Z website and the annual back-to-school hotline, is available to help parents prepare for the new school year. School A to Z website The School A to Z website provides you with practical help to get involved and support your children's learning and includes a webcast on the theme of ‘Getting off to a great start at school'. The School A to Z webcast answers commonly asked questions that range from how to motivate children for learning, to tips on how to manage technology use at home, bullying,... Read more