PRINCIPAL’S PATCH P&C NEWS Dear Parents / Caregivers, Tuckshop Roster The middle of term 4 is already here with lots of hard work being 4/10/09- Tammy & Jodie done in each classroom to reach the goals and levels of achievement 5/11/09 – Kelly & Veronica strived for. Thank you parents for all that you do on a daily basis to 6/11/09 – Coretta & John help students be better readers, spellers, number fact whizz kids and to have their home work and projects done on time. Uniform Shop Is open Monday & Tuesdays ONLY between Triennial School Review and Strategic Operation Plan: The 8:30am – 9:15am. Executive Director of Schools, Mr Peter Krugle visited last Friday to be briefed on the review and forward planning for the next 3 years Tuckshop Menu that has been undergoing over the year. I thank Mrs Tammy Grice A reminder that there is NO hamburgers / chicken burgers (P&C President), Mrs Jenni Gates, Miss Therese Cronin & Mrs Jane available for the rest of this term. Moana (staff reps) for the summation reports they presented and for all staff, parents and students who gave their feedback and ideas for P&C Meeting school enhancement and improvement. I look forward to working Next Tuesday@ 1:30pm sharp at the Old Pre –School building. with the school community to realise our vision for making Everyone is welcome bring your kids. Coolangatta SS the best place we can for our students. Mr Krugle congratulated the school on its achievements and its future plans. Writers Camp: Harvey A & Mahalia C, both year 6 students, were YEAR OF THE BLOOD DONOR 2009 successful applicants, in the annual Meanjin Writers camp for Robina Blood Donor Centre Now Open students years 6 -8, held in Brisbane from this Thursday to Sunday, with Harvey winning one of ten scholarships. They will be working The Robina Donor Centre is Queensland’s newest donor centre, open and workshopping with authors to further develop the craft of six days a week offering donors convenient Saturday appointments as writing. It will be a great experience. We wish them well. well as late evening sessions on Tuesday and Thursdays. It also offers the convenience of being located just across the road from Support – A – Reader Parent / Volunteer Training: We are very Robina Town Centre situated at Robina Super Centre (next to Pet excited that our Preps are into reading their own books. This is such a Crazy). big step in the life of a child. A workshop is being offered to assist parents / carers in supporting the emerging reader. This new state of the art facility is desperate for donors to come This Friday, 9:00 -11:00. forward as currently they are struggling to meet the needs of the Please come to the school office to sign in and for room direction. community. Robina Donor Centre is collecting no where near its The workshop is also for any parent / grandparent who wishes to be commitments. Sadly, the fact is, we have many more vacant informed of the strategies that help a child work out unknown words appointment times than we do have taken. If you are healthy and and to make meaning from the text. aged 16-70 you may be eligible to donate blood. Those seeking to be volunteers in the classroom or who are interested Opening Hours in future teacher aide employment, are also invited to attend, as Monday 9:00am – 4:30pm participation in SAR can be added to a resume. Tuesday 12pm – 7:30pm Wednesday 8:00am – 3:00pm Free After School Tuition: The Smith family have sourced and Thursday 12pm – 7:30pm funded teachers in training to provide afternoon tutoring, Tuesdays & Friday 8:00am – 3:00pm Thursdays 3:00 – 4:15 from 24 November to end of term, for a total Saturday 8:00am – 2:30pm of 10 children only. Afternoon tea will be provided. For further information and form, please ring the office. In Year of the Blood Donor do something special and become one. Please call 5656 9300 to make an appointment or visit School Disco: This Thursday, 5:30 – 7:30pm P – Year 7 students www.donateblood.com.au are invited to attend. Tickets are $4 and need to be pre - bought from the school. Entry is by their ticket and restricted to Coolangatta SS students only. Students must be brought to and picked up from the entrance by an adult and must remain within the roped off area at all times. If prior arrangements are made to go home with another family, the school P & C NEEDS YOUR HELP – needs to be advised in writing. All food and drink must be consumed at the tuckshop and table end. We look forward to a great night of This SUNDAY 7:00AM – 4:00PM dancing and responsible behaviour. On conclusion, students must be “matched up” with an adult before The School Grounds are being used for Community Car being permitted to leave the area. The tuckshop will be manned by Parking for the Kirra Surf Fest Carnival. the P&C and supervision will be provided by staff and P&C. If you are able to help please advise Tammy Grice or the school office. Persons are required to man the Appel St gate and direct cars to orderly parking. All Funds raised go to the school P&C. Science Fair: It is great to see Science being such a big part of our curriculum. It is a fascinating world. We are eagerly looking forward If you can help, please fill in this form and return to the office to student entries in our inaugural Science Fair. Thank you for encouraging and supporting your child as they finalise their entries. by Thursday or ring Tammy Grice on 04 3227 7378. World Teachers Day: On behalf of the staff, thank you P&C and Miss Lisa our Chaplain, for treating us with a special morning tea. I can help with CAR PARKING FUND RAISING THIS Cards and student words of thanks were also much appreciated. SUNDAY: Our reward is seeing each child growing in their learning and their I can give one, two, more hours (pleas circle) responsible behaviour, being the wonderful young person they are. The time slot I can do is between __________________ Best wishes for a great week & I hope you had a lucky day! Name: _____________________ Contact No: ____________ Warm regards, Sharyn Mahony AROUND THE CLASSROOM Thank you for the shoeboxes, please continue to send them in. Library News : BOOKFAIR Tuesday 3 Nov - Friday 6 Nov Junior Green & Blue Students are able to browse / purchase during library lesson We have seen some great Action Figures and have looked at times, lunchtime and after school. Parents welcome before and their packaging. Now we have begun to design our own after school. Dreamtime Action Figure which is suitable for a 5 year old. Also on sale, second hand books - fill a bag for $1.00! There are some great designs and we can’t wait to begin Mrs Gates Teacher / Librarian moulding them this week. Senior Green Junior Purple Senior Green has continued to study micro-organisms. This The preps have signed up for a 4 week trial of a reading week we used a microscope attached to the computer that programme called “reading eggs”. Your prep child can use it could be viewed by everyone on the whiteboard. It is amazing at home. We will be sending details home soon. how this micro world looks. We studied both Bacteria and Virus and their unique features. Coolie Sport In art we created line drawings in the same style as Vincent Junior Swimming Van Gogh, where we are considering line, angle, position and All junior students are showing great determination at shading. swimming lessons. We also began brochures using Publisher, advertising an art Please remember that all students will need their own goggles show in a favourite art style. All of the art is allowing students and children with long hair will need a swimming cap. to make their own artistic decisions and understand their Please label ALL clothes including shoes, socks and favoured art styles and artists. underwear and swimming equipment, especially swimmers, towel and goggles. Senior Purple Dancing This week Senior Purple watched their Sea Dragons hatch! The “End of Year Concert” will be held on Wednesday 2nd Many didn’t survive due to unforseen circumstances however December. Please have your child back at school, dressed by there are a few growing and swimming nicely. We have been 5pm for a 5.30pm start. continuing our debating preparation and students have Each class has discussed what outfit they will wear for their constructed some impressive arguments based on their topics. dance. The second hand shops have some great clothes for a Last week’s surfing conditions were excellent for beginners few dollars. and most found themselves standing and some learning to ride Junior Purple – Tropical Beach Clothes the wave for longer periods. Junior Blue – Bright clothes Junior Green - Nice, neat clothes Senior Blue Junior Gold – Country & Western Clothes Last week Senior Blue started work on our debating. Students Middle Gold – Denim shorts, bright shirt / singlet are in groups of three and are preparing their arguments for a Middle Purple – Bright, sparkly top & jeans / ¾ pants debating competition next week. We have also been working Senior Blue – Black & white clothes on our expositions which are persuasive texts. This week one Senior Green – Baggy clothes of our classmates is going to a writer’s camp- he won a Senior Purple – Old, torn clothes, dull colours scholarship to this event and we would like to congratulate him. Chaplain’s Chat Now that the weather is warming up it is great to get outdoors Middle Gold – I enjoyed a picnic down by the river at Chinderah over the Middle Gold students have completed their bags and handed weekend. So here are a few outdoorsy activities for you to do them in for assessment. This week they are working on writing with the family – it’s these little things we do together that their report about the process of designing, making and make up the memories of a lifetime! evaluating their bags. We are also completing our science • Mad Sports for Kids(Free) reports about either pulleys or inclined planes. Last week we Mondays till 4th Dec. 4pm saw just how powerful pulleys were when Sophie proved to be Len Peak Oval (opposite school) stronger than Jake and Tye with the help of a pulley system. It • Beach Care Community Day (Free) was amazing!!! We will also be doing some formal testing this Saturday 7th Nov. 9am-11am week and next and assessing ICT projects soon. Tugun Esp. Park, Pacific Pde Meet just south of Nth Kirra Surf Club Middle Purple • Rock Climbing (Free) 6 years + How time flies! We are already in the middle of the last term. Sunday 8th Nov. 9am-1pm The children are all adding their last minute details to their Queen Elizabeth Park, Coolangatta Design Task and I look forward to listening to their oral • Make and Fly Kite workshops (Free) presentations next week. Sunday 6th Dec. 10am-12noon We are collecting egg cartons for a Xmas craft activity and Queen Elizabeth Park, Coolangatta require approx. 30 cartons by week 8. If you can help please Bookings required 1300 780 447 send them into Middle Purple’s room. For more ideas come into the school office and pick up the Gold Coast Parks Active and Healthy guide (Aug ‘09 – June Junior Gold ‘10). This week Junior Gold has a new format for homework. They have been given a homework sheet for the next two weeks. Lisa Wood Spelling and times tables will continue to be done each week, however, instead of a work sheet the students are expected to “Having dreams is easy. What’s hard is the work it takes to do a mini project. These are to be handed in at the end of the make them come true.” two week period. The first one is for the science fair. If you have any questions please see us.