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DecemberReturn to top

Principal Announcement

Dear Parents and Caregivers, I am pleased to announce that Ms Therese Corben has been successful through a merit selection process for the position of Principal at Connells Point Public School. This appointment is subject to a ten day appeal period. Ms Corben is of course known to you for her outstanding work as Deputy Principal and in 2014 as Relieving Principal. Ms Corben comes to this position as a highly regarded educator and leader. Her expertise in curriculum and student wellbeing has been developed through her work as a Literacy... Read more

Banish sunburn

Over exposure to UV radiation from the sun in childhood or adolescence increases the risk of developing melanoma later in life. Teach your child how to apply sunscreen properly, and they'll be able to protect themselves even when you're not around. When the number hits 3, protect from UV. Check the daily UV alert in your local newspaper or at A UV level of 1 or 2 will not damage most skin types, but a UV level of 3 or above can be harmful even on a cloudy day. Apply early. Sunscreen needs to be applied 20... Read more

Band Preschool Tour

Junior Band On Tour...

Well done to the Junior Band who entertained three preschools with their Christmas Carols and extensive repertoire this week. We visited St Marks Preschool, South Hurstville Preschool and Hurstville Grove Preschool. All of the children enjoyed learning about the instruments and the sounds that make up a concert band. Some of these pre-schoolers are attending Connells Point next year, and were happy to meet students from their BIG school. Our thanks must go to Mr Skues and all of the students who were not only talented, but very well behaved.... Read more

Anne Hewson Farewell

Farewell Mrs Hewson

Farewell to Mrs Hewson, our Principal, who worked diligently to make Connells Point the great school that it is. Our students are very lucky children and much of this is due to the great leadership Mrs Hewson provided during her 12 years as Principal. We wish her all the best at Hurstville Public School, they are very lucky to have such a proactive and dedicated leader. You will be dearly missed. You tube video: Read more

How to get your child reading this summer!

Children who thrive in school tend to have one thing in common – they enjoy reading. It doesn't really matter what your child chooses to read, the important thing for primary-school kids is to encourage them to develop the habit of reading a little each day. With summer school holidays just around the corner, now is a good time to stock up on books from your local library that might interest your child. Series books are a great place to start. Reluctant readers and children who struggle with comprehension can find series books easier to enjoy,... Read more

NovemberReturn to top

Teeball and Softball Success

Congratulations to both the Girls' Junior Teeball and Senior Softball teams, on their amazing effort throughout the PSSA season. Both teams ended up being named 2014 Premiers, joining the Boy's Teeball and Softball teams, to make it a clean Connells Point sweep for the year. The Teeball team beat Mortdale and Oatley to win their competition, while the seniors beat Oatley West and Oatley to claim their title. The Senior Softballers are to be congratulated on not losing a game the entire season. Many thanks must go to the players, who have... Read more


PSSA for Friday 21 November has been cancelled due to the hot weather.... Read more

What parents should know about Instagram

It's hard to keep up with all the social media platforms and apps our kids want to use. Instagram is currently one of the most popular social networks for school-aged children at the moment. It's a free, photo and video sharing mobile application and social network for people aged 13 years and over. There's no age-verification process though, so younger children can create an account pretty easily, sometimes without parents even knowing. Instagram say they'll remove under-age users' accounts if they are reported. Instagram has just published... Read more

OctoberReturn to top
Showcase 2014

CPPS Showcase Tickets - 2014 Our Performing Arts Showcase will be held on Tuesday 2ndDecember at 7PM. For parents who are new to having their child participate in our Showcase extravaganza, this is a major event within our school calendar which involves all K-2 students and our senior performance groups. All children from Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2 have been busily learning the dances which are performed on stage at the Sutherland Entertainment Centre. Also on the entertainment bill are our School Band, Junior and Senior Choirs, Junior... Read more

Back Pack

Back Pack Survey...

We would appreciate it if parents' would fill out the form below and tell us what they would like their children to ‘have', when they leave Connells Point Public School. These could include skills, values or any other attributes that you feel are necessary for the 21st Century. The school will use this information to help address these concerns and guide our planning process. The completed sheets can be handed in to the office or your child's classroom teacher. Alternatively, you can create a ‘soft copy' and email it to... Read more


Mathematics Forum

Thank you to all of the parents who attended the mathematics forum to learn about the new syllabus. As requested, an information sheet can be downloaded below, to help familiarise yourself with the current addition and subtraction strategies taught in class. This continuity at home and school, is extremely important to reinforce the language that is being used in the new curriculum. Addition and Subtraction (pdf 300 KB)... Read more

SeptemberReturn to top

Mandarin language classes available in Term 4

Mandarin classes begin at CPPS on Monday 13 October 2014 and run from 3.40pm to 5.40pm. Only two classes will be offered for Term 4 and will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Please go to our P & C page to find out more.... Read more

When older kids struggle with reading

When older kids struggle to read and write, the issue can become fraught for the whole family. Parents can lose their patience and blame the child or themselves and the child loses their confidence and begins shying away from reading at all. Grades fall and interest in school can flag. Kids who struggle to read often try to hide it from teachers and parents, and develop unhelpful strategies, which only exacerbate the problems. Ways to encourage effective reading in older children Ask your child what subjects they would like to read about.... Read more

AugustReturn to top
Rained Out

PSSA Finals Cancelled

Unfortunately, the school has received notice that the PSSA finals have been cancelled. The email from the President of the Georges River PSSA is below. Congratulations to all of the Connells Point teams who made the finals day and competed to the best of their ability throughout the season. I have received advice this morning that all Hurstville Council parks will remain closed tomorrow, Friday 22 August. Therefore, unfortunately, all PSSA Sport is cancelled for tomorrow. There is no provision for rescheduling finals and therefore no... Read more

Book Parade Update

Due to the inclement weather our book parade has been postponed until Thursday 28 August, 10am. Our apologies for any inconvenience.... Read more

Nurturing the artist in your child

Your child may not go on to become a famous musician, actor, dancer, filmmaker or artist. But by nurturing the artist in your child you can help them grow up able to think for themselves, problem solve and work out different ways to do things. They'll also be better able to see different points of view, communicate and express their feelings in different ways. Here are some top tips: Stimulate your child's senses - Provide opportunities for your child to experience different sights, smells, sensations and sounds. These sensory activities are... Read more

CPPS Spring Fete Poster Final

Welcome to the Spring Fete

The CPPS P&C is delighted to be organising the 2014 Spring Fete to celebrate the school's 80th anniversary from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 30 August. Entry is free and there is plenty of children's entertainment on offer: a giant slide, Jurassic Park jumping castle, rock'n'roll round-up, trampoline bungee, 8 metre climbing rockwall, hands-on craft stalls, giveaways, showbags, a petting zoo, pony rides and free activities. There is fabulous live entertainment including the Rockdale Musical Society doing a special showcase of their... Read more

JulyReturn to top
Bounce Back

Bounce Back at CPPS

Thank you to all those who attended the Parent Forum on 24 July. Please find attached the PowerPoint explaining the Bounce Back program and why CPPS has chosen it. Please feel free to support us by using the Bounce Back acronym so that children understand that the school and parents are working together. Bounce Back Information (pptx 1469 KB)... Read more

Building your child's reading skills

Here are some simple tips to encourage your child to become a strong reader and a book lover for the rest of their lives. Share a book at home Children love to hear a story read aloud. Try reading with different voices, lots of emotion, invented sound effects and funny faces. Change the tone in your voice and vary its loudness or softness. Have fun and enjoy it. It's a good idea to practise reading before sharing a book. Listen to your child talk about the story and the pictures. Try asking your child which parts of the books they found... Read more

JuneReturn to top

Too sick to go to school?

Sometimes it's hard to know if your child is really coming down with something or just suffering a bout of Mondayitis. For safety's sake, if your child seems unwell you should always keep them home from school and seek medical advice. However, if they miraculously recover by 11:00am, ready to race around the backyard, keeping them in bed all day may send the message that staying home isn't nearly as much fun as going to school. The School A to Z website's Too Sick For School? chart will help answer your questions about common childhood illness... Read more

MayReturn to top

Sorting fact from fiction

You can't always trust what you read when researching information for homework, assignments or projects. Here are ways your child can tell a good website - or any document - from a bad one. Reader beware With so much information on the web and no-one responsible for fact checking, students need to look out for: bias and hidden agendas factual errors outdated information information which is country specific commercially motivated information. Play the detective Colleen Foley is a curriculum adviser who helps school librarians with the NSW... Read more

Social media, kids and privacy

Regardless of your child's age, the world may already know a lot more about them than you suspect. According to recent research: 92% of children under the age of two have a digital presence (it starts with proud parents posting newborn baby photos on Facebook or Instagram) a quarter of Australian children aged between eight and 12 use Facebook, despite the minimum age for a user being 13 more than 20 per cent of tweens publish photos of themselves on the photo-sharing website Instagram young people between the ages of 14 and 19 have an... Read more

PSSA 2014

A Winning Pair!

Congratulations to both the boys' teeball and softball teams, as they completed their seasons without losing a game! The teams played very well, displaying excellent sportsmanship throughout every game. In the finals, the juniors won against Peakhurst West, ten runs to one. The seniors beat Lugarno, fifteen runs to three, to finish off their season. There were some excellent individual performances on the day and each student received a premiership ribbon. Thanks to all the parents for their support throughout the season, and... Read more

What parents need to know about Kik

It seems that every few months a new social media platform or mobile app emerges and becomes popular with young people in our school community. Suddenly "everyone" is on it, according to our children. It's hard for most adults to keep up. Many parents will have recently heard about Kik Messenger and are wondering if it's safe for children. Here are some facts from the School A to Z website's technology guide: What is Kik Messenger? Kik Messenger is a free texting app available on iPhone, iPad, Ipod touch, Android, Windows, Samsung Galaxy and... Read more

AprilReturn to top

The benefits of team sports

Winter sports are getting underway and many parents will soon be getting out of bed early on cold weekend mornings to transport their children to sports fields across town. The good news is that even if your child's team never scores goal, they're benefitting significantly from simply being active and involved. The long list of benefits for your child includes the development of: cooperation and teamwork skills leadership skills respect for teammates, opponents and officials a sense of belonging and team membership social interaction skills... Read more

MarchReturn to top

A Star is Born!

Andrew in Year 6, will be appearing on the SBS Insights program to discuss the amount of activities children take part in. The Topic for the program is "Push for success - How much is enough?" The show is airing on Tuesday 25th March at 8.30pm on SBS. You can access a preview of a video that was shot at his house by clicking on the link below. or Read more

Meeting your child’s teacher

Meeting teachers to discuss your child's progress or behaviour can be daunting, but there's no need to feel anxious. Remember, you and the school are partners in your child's learning. Whether it's regular parent -teacher interviews or a one-off request for a chat, these useful tips will help you get the most out of your meeting. Do your homework Take a few minutes before your meeting to jot down any questions or comments you have. Go with the right attitude Try to approach the interview with a positive and relaxed attitude. Don't be afraid to... Read more

The most important skill to teach your child

One common trait all successful adults have is resilience. The ability to bounce back from disappointment is something we have the opportunity to teach our children every day. As our kids constantly remind us, life isn't always fair. Is it a parent's role to constantly try to make life fair? How do we balance the desire to shelter and protect our children with the need to teach them how to cope with life's disappointments? The School A to Z website asked top teachers all over NSW for their tips for parents on developing resilience so children... Read more

FebruaryReturn to top

Work of the Week - WOW Award!

Each week, one student from Stage 1 and one from Stages 2 and 3 will be presented with the WOW Award in recognition of excellence in work and presentation. Winners will receive a certificate while nominees will be given a commendation award. The winning work will be published in the school's newsletter and featured on the school's website. This week's Stage 2/3 winner is Jessica in Year 4. The Early Stage 1 and Stage 1 winner is Alex in Kindergarten. This week's Stage 2/3 winner is Haley in Year 6. The Stage 1 winner is Lucy in... Read more

Help with your child's homework in one click

The School A to Z app has been created by the NSW Department of Education to help parents and their school-aged children, wherever and whenever they have homework and study questions. It's available free for Android and Apple mobile devices, and is an essential tool containing: English A to Z - more than 350 definitions of commonly used English terms from primary and high school. Each word has an easy-to-understand definition based on the current school curriculum, with illustrations and help sheets explaining the rules of grammar. Maths A to... Read more

Help your child plan for success this year

One of the most valuable ways you can support your child's education is to help them learn how to organise themselves and plan their time. It starts as early as Kindergarten, when they need to plan going to the toilet at lunch and recess and bring things to school for different activities on certain days. By the time they're in Year 6, they've hopefully taken on much of the responsibility of scheduling their afternoons to accommodate sports, homework and other obligations. Most children find planning easier to understand when... Read more

Digital Newsletter

Please CLICK HERE to sign up for an emailed copy of the CPPS newsletter sent weekly! Before going digital, our newsletter used at least 840 double sided A3 sheets of paper – that's 33,600 A3 sheets each year, just for the newsletter! In an effort to significantly reduce our paper usage, in 2011 we decided to distribute our weekly newsletter via email, as well as on our website. To make a real environmental, time and cost saving to our school, we ask that every family with the capacity to forgo a paper copy of the newsletter, does so. ... Read more