student so far this year which is a situation I am
Term 4 – Week 1, 20 October 2009 not accustomed to. As we move towards the end
of the year I request your ongoing support,
Dear Parents, especially with our senior students, to ensure that
we finish the year in the manner we started it.
Term Four The atmosphere in our playgrounds and around
Welcome back to what will be short yet very hectic the school is very pleasant and it is obvious that
term. A special welcome to the families who are our students feel safe and secure in the school.
joining us at this time, we trust that your time at We will continue to protect that atmosphere by
Umina will be both enjoyable and productive. Next firm yet fair application of our rules and support
week we will be publishing the important dates for systems.
this term and later in the week a summary of the
activities that have a cost attached to them. School Council Update
Last term I outlined the process for filling
Building Update vacancies on the School Council. Nominations
If you have been to the school recently you could have now closed and will be considered at our
not have missed the amount of work that is going next meeting.
on at the moment. We are well over halfway Meeting dates have been set for the next year and
through the refurbishment of the four classrooms. are as follows:
1B and 1Z are back in their classrooms even
though there are a couple of minor things to be 4th November, 2009
completed. We anticipate around another four 9th December, 2009
weeks before the other classrooms are completed. 3rd February, 2010
The office extensions are running to plan and we 17th March 2010
anticipate moving in within the next three weeks. 28th April, 2010
Until we do move back we will continue with the 9th June, 2010
current arrangements and again we apologise for 28th July, 2010
any inconvenience caused by these changes. 8th September, 2010
Once we are able to move back into the finished 20th October, 2010 and
office we anticipate that there will be a period of 1st December, 2010
two days with a very limited service as we move
back in. All meetings start at 3:30pm in the Community
The new building has finally started. The Room.
demountables were relocated during the holidays If you have an issue that you wish the School
and now work on the site has begun. We are Council to consider you will need to submit all the
anticipating the work taking around six months to relevant information through the school office at
complete. least one week before the meeting.
The ground works remediation in the asbestos
affected areas has been delayed due to issues
with the tender; we are anticipating work starting
in the near future. SELECTIVE HIGH SCHOOLS
I must congratulate students and staff on their APPLICATIONS – 2011
optimism and positive attitude during what has
Parents with children currently in Year 5 seeking
been, and continues to be, a very disruptive period
placement in a selective high school in Year 7,
for the school.
2011, are required to submit an application form to
Planning for 2010 their current primary school by 13th November
Planning for next year has started and will 2009.
continue for much of this term. Currently all staff Application packages will be available in schools
are involved in various planning activities. Later in from 26th October, 2009. Keep an eye on the
the term I hope to be able to share our plans with newsletter for further information regarding
you and keep you informed of what will be request forms for the packages.
happening in 2010.
Student Behaviour Five of our talented Stage 3 students attended a
I have now had the pleasure of leading Umina GATS camp at Point Wolstoncroft during Wk 10 of
Public School for three terms and can share with last term. They were selected from their areas of
you my pride in the students and staff at this expertise to attend the camps to enhance and
school. During this year the behaviour of our develop their talents in particular fields.
students has been outstanding, our two deputies Congratulations to Sarah Tetley (English),
and teachers deal with all inappropriate behaviour Christopher Dunstan (Mathematics), Bryson Howe
promptly and effectively. On very few occasions (Drama) Stephanie Debrincat (Visual Arts) and
have we had instances of inappropriate behaviour Mille Quail-Gates (Science).
which have been serious enough to warrant my
involvement. I have only had to suspend one
During Wk 8 of Term 3, 43 of our talented choir
members participated in the Central Coast Choral YEAR 1 EXCURSION DAY
Festival at Mingara. They represented their On the last Thursday of Tm3, Year One enjoyed
school proudly as part of a mass choir of over 300 their outdoor education day. We had a bush walk,
children. The festival was a memorable fun and games on the beach, music, singing and
experience and a wonderful opportunity for all craft. The children enjoyed a sausage sizzle and
involved. All participants worked very hard to fruit for lunch. Many thanks to our parent helpers
learn the songs and demonstrated dedication and who prepared and served the food. The children
commitment. They conducted themselves behaviour was excellent and we all had a great
admirably at all times and made their teachers and day. Year 1 teachers.
parents very proud. Well don girls and boys, you
were fantastic! ICAS MATHEMATICS
Mrs Bevins Congratulations to all those mathematicians who
sat the International Mathematics Test. 73
SHOWCASE students participated from our school and we
Congratulations to everyone involved in the performed very well with 4 students achieving
production of the 2009 Showcase. It was a Distinctions and 21 achieving a Credit.
wonderful event and our students thoroughly Congratulations to all students who pariticpated.
enjoyed showing off their talents, not only as
performers but also as the organisers. Thank you SPORT IN SCHOOLS
for the support and positive feedback that we Just a reminder that this Thursday will be the
received from our appreciative audience. Well make-up lessons for Year 3, Year 4, 1C, 1H and
SHOWCASE RAFFLE RESULTS CONGRATULATIONS
The winners of our raffle prizes are: Crystal Clear Umina Public School has won the annual Rugby
Pool Shop Vouchers (Thank you for the support) League „Woy Woy Cup‟ for the fourth time in five
$50- Emily Wardle, $50- Oscar Beed, $30- years. The competition, run by the Country Rugby
Fordyce family, $30- Mille Quail-Gates, $20- Wake League Club for Under 10‟s and Opens was held
family, $20- Carol Blake, Book Bazaar $20 at Woy Woy oval on September 15th.
voucher- Angela Bright, Lantern- S.Harrington, Umina‟s Open team defeated Ettalong, Woy Woy
Game- Bright family, Frog mosaic- Wake family, and Point Clare before being beaten by St John
mirror mosaic- M.Bradley, Large acrylic artwork- the Baptist 12-4 in the semi final.
Elgood family, Original oil artwork- Quail-gates The Under 10‟s defeated Empire Bay, St John the
family, Heavenly Hamper- Alison Cowan, Luxury Baptist, Woy Woy and Woy Woy South, before
Hamper- K Debrincat, Pamper Hamper- Nicole again meeting Woy Woy South in the final. Umina
Wilkinson, Gourmet Hamper- Ben I‟Anson Waters won the final 12-6 with tries to Wyatt Elliott and
Congratulations everyone! Michael Kirwin. Captain Toby Marks was named
Player of the Match in the final.
Umina‟s good results meant that they retained the
Woy Woy Cup for the third straight year.
The players have done the school proud with their
excellent behaviour, sportsmanship and ability.
YEAR 6 MINI-FETE Well done boys! Mr Wootton and Mr Jackson
Spring is a great time to clear the clutter. If you
have any unwanted soft toys, books, G rated
DVDs and videos, games or toys in good
condition, we‟d love them for our very popular CONGRATULATIONS
“white elephant” stall. Please leave your donations Wyatt Elliott was award soccer player of the year
with your child‟s class teacher. for the 10B division. Well done Wyatt, we are
Thankyou for your support - Year 6. proud of you!
Operation Christmas Child Reminder CANTEEN NEWS
Thank you for all generous donations so far. We Wed 21
Jody Rawlings & Taleia, Alison Thompson,
raised just over $500 on Mufti Day. Please send nd
all items or filled shoe boxes to school this week to Thu 22 Louise Johnston, Belki Apiata, Nicole
Taylor & Dylan
be packed for shipping. Direct all enquiries to Mrs rd
Fri 23 Jody McCarthy, Kath Waters, Pat Lee
Bevins via the office. Mon 26
Kylie Mertens, Jenny Walton, Kerry Powell,
Tue 29 Monique Kramer & Issabelle, Jadie Rose &
Have a healthy, happy week! - Debora Elliot
TOYS AT SCHOOL School Disco – will be on Thursday November 5 .
Please do not allow your child/ren to bring expensive Times are as follows –
items to school. We can not be responsible for goods Early Birds and Kindergarten 4:30pm – 5:15pm
lost or damaged ie, Nintendos, Ipods etc Years 1, 2 & 3 5:15pm – 6:45pm
Years 4, 5 & 6 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Tickets on sale outside the library on Tuesday 3 ,
Wednesday 4 and Thursday 5 from 8:45am –
DATES TO REMEMBER
st 9:15am. Prices are $2.00 for Kindy and $3.50 for all
21 Oct Band performance Nursing Home
Early Birds 1
nd Have a great week – Louise Johnson, Vice President
22 Make-up Sports in Schools
27 Annual Peninsular debating
th Please make sure children have a signed permission
28 Early Birds 2
th note below –
29 Band performance for Stg 1 & Stg 2
Kindergarten Disco (not P & C disco)
30 Orientation Day Kindergarten 2010
th I give permission for my child/ren _________________
4 Nov Early Birds 1
6 Ball games carnival – Ettalong
9 Interrelate Sexuality & Relationship
Evening Program Stages 2 & 3 th
th to attend the School Disco on Thursday 5 November.
10 Yr 3 excursion Copacabana Beach
Band recruitment night - library
th Signed Parent/Guardian_________________________
11 Surf Fun Day – Stg 3
Early Bird 2
15 Battle of the Bands
Stg 1 excursion Sydney Aquarium and COMMUNITY NEWS
IMAX Theatre Spring Fair – Umina Uniting Church Saturday 24
Maitland PS band performance October 8am – 1pm. Brisbane Water Brass Band will
Year 6 Mini-fete entertain commencing 10am. Come and get your
8 Dec Early Stage 1 Presentation assembly Devonshire Morning tea so you can listen to the band.
Stage 1 Presentation assembly Piping hot scones made on the day and a fabulous
Stage 2 & Stage 3 Presentation BBQ to tempt the taste buds. The usual well stocked
assembly stalls will be available which include Trash & Treasure,
School Council meeting books, craft, plants, jams, cakes, lavender products,
Year 6 Farewell jewellery etc. This year it is supporting The Year of the
Talent Quest Blood Donor and the Blood Bank will be available to
Reports going home answer any queries. All enquiries Mary Stewart 4342
Combined scripture 9917.
Volunteer afternoon tea th
th National Day of Climate Action – this Saturday 24
14 Stage 2 movies excursion
th October from 8:30am at Umina Beach southwest of the
14 Party Day – all classes
th Umina Surf Club. Join our human sign to spell out
15 Talent Quest
th „350‟ because that‟s the safe level for carbon dioxide in
16 LAST DAY STUDENTS 2009
th our atmosphere. Please bring hat, towels and if you
17 Student Free Day
can surf boards. The towels and boards will help form
Staff Development Day
th the sign. For more information go to
18 Student Free Day
Staff Development Day
Kids Day Out – Sunday November 1 at Ourimbah
UNIFORM SHOP NEWS Campus. Lots of fun for everyone!
Please remind your children to check lost property as
there are lots of items without names. Mingaletta AECG – just a reminder that the AGM will
The new Uniform Shop price list, effective from Term 4 be held next Tuesday 27 October 2009. It will be a
is available to collect from either the Uniform Shop or 3”30pm afternoon tea with a meeting commencing at
front office. 4:00pm. All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island families
Order forms are also available in preparation for 2010. are welcome to attend. All positions on committee will
Please collect a form and return to the Uniform Shop or be declared vacant and nominations will be taken.
front office by week 4. No monies are payable with the
orders. Payment is required on collection either late
December or in January.
P & C NEWS
Welcome back to Term 4. Firstly I would like to send
our congratulations to Jenni Darwin and the family on
the safe arrival, in the holidays, of their new baby girl,
At our next P & C meeting on Tuesday 10 November
at 9:30am, we will be having a talk on the NAPLAN
Testing at the beginning of the meeting. We would like
to invite you along to get a better insight and
understanding into the testing. Hope to see some new