The Chronicle

Term Three Week 3 | Wednesday August 7, 2019

From the Principal

We commenced Founder’s Day last Friday with a church service which made us reflect on our good fortune at being part of the Coogee Prep history. As a small School we benefit from knowing each other at a level unlike any other School and we use Founder’s Day to reflect on our happy life here.

Thank you so much to the P&F for funding our Founder’s Day excursion on Friday. The Lion King was enjoyed by teachers and staff alike (even Bob attended) as was the Sausage Sizzle lunch afterwards. Thanks also to Phuong and Ahn Lam (Calvin in Year 1) who provided the buns free of charge, courtesy of Baker’s Delight.

This Friday we participate in Fiver for a Farmer and the boys may wear mufti to help us promote this worthy cause.  Mr Sarkies in his new role as Head of the SRC, is driving all such events from now on and there are some great posters up in the School.

Spanish lessons are now in their second week and the boys are really enjoying coming to grips with a new language. Miss Katerine tries to speak only Spanish in the class, forcing the boys to really listen and progress. Ole!

The boys are all attending the Australian Museum Science Week this Thursday as part of our on-going focus on STEM activities. This allows them to enjoy some hands-on and fun scientific experiences. All boys are to wear greys this Thursday.

This week is the last week of Saturday Sport for the Winter season. Thank you to the teachers for their weekly coaching and Saturday sessions and to you the parents for driving all over Sydney. The boys have been competitive with some fantastic results and it is in the effort we learn. This is our final week of Primary sports training on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons until further notice.  

The Interschools’ Chess Competition also finishes this week and thanks to Ms Gershon for coordinating the games (a very tricky and often frustrating task) and to the parents who assisted with transport. The boys have played superbly and with much enthusiasm and I for one am glad we are a chess obsessed school! Chess lessons continue this Term on a Friday but do not run in Term 4.

We had a big parcel of sports’ equipment arrive yesterday and it will go out to the playground each day as soon as we pump up all the balls. A huge thanks to the P&F for funding this purchase and to Joshua Prazan for contributing his hard-earned recycling cash.

Preparations are underway for the Country Tour 2019 which the Years 5 & 6 boys attend in September. Steph Doble is coordinating the tour merchandise consisting of a bag, hat and hoodie for each boy. A sausage sizzle, pizza night and huge wine raffle will help offset some of the costs of the merchandise and the P&F will be funding the rest of the merchandise costs.

I think the above demonstrates how important the P&F is in the life of the School. Emma, Elizabeth and Natasha  do so much work behind the scenes to ensure the wheels keep moving, as do all of the parents who volunteer and support each cause.

Each dollar you contribute goes to very good use and we thank you!

Kind regards

John Dicks

Quote of the Week

Being myself includes taking risks with myself, taking risks on new behaviour, trying new ways of 'being myeslf', so that I can see how it is I want to be.

Hugh Prather 1938 -2010

American Writer 

Peter Pan Update and Costume Information:

The countdown is on with just 4 weeks until our Peter Pan Production on Tuesday 3rd September!

·       Costumes - all boys K-6 need a class dance costume (Year 6 are backstage helpers). This information has been attached to the Chronicle each week.

·       Main characters and Select Dance group - These boys will need 2 costumes; their main character or select dance group costume and their class dance costume. Please see the attachment below for details. You would have also received an email from Mrs Black or Ms Bown with further details.

·       Whole School Rehearsal at Scots on Tuesday 27th August (week 6) for all boys K-6 - This will be a dress rehearsal for Main Characters and boys in the Select Dance Group. All other boys K-6 will be in school uniform. Further details and the permission note will be sent out soon.

·       Our Peter Pan Production will be at Scots on Tuesday 3rd September at 6:30. Further details to come.


Peter Pan costume requirements for ALL boys


Important Dates

SQUAD  Athletics Training Tuesday  13/8, 20/8, 27/8, 3/9

Mandarin Lessons (optional) Monday afternoons from 3-4pm

Grandparent's Day  Friday August 16 @ 9.00am

Year 6 Assembly Monday August 19 & @ 8.30am

Book Week Parade Thursday August 22 @ 8.30am

Father's Day Breakfast  Tuesday August 27 @ 7.30am

Father's Day Stall - Wednesday August 28

South Harbour Athletics (SQUAD only) Saturday August 24

IPSHA Athletics (SQUAD only) Monday August 26

QUAD Athletics (SQUAD only) Friday September 6

School Concert: Peter Pan  Tuesday September 3rd 

Kindergarten Assembly Monday September 9

Year 5 & 6 Country Tour Tuesday September 10 - Friday September 13

School Photos Tuesday September 17

P&F Annual Fundraiser Saturday September 21

Last day Term 3 Friday September 27

First Day Term 4 Tuesday October 15

Speech Morning  Friday  December 6


House Points

1st    Nimmo

2nd   McKeown

3rd    Storey

Class Captains

Kindergarten - Harvey Rumble

Year 1 - Kingsley Tui

Year 2 - Kosta Konstantouras

Year 3 - Justin Lo Nero

Year 4 - Archie Coulton

Year 5 - Freddie Sharpe

Year 6 - Ayrton Palmer

Class Points

K - 535

1 - 765

2 - 520

3 - 580

4 - 240

5 - 421

6 - 352

New sports eqipment for lunctime play

A big thank to the P&F and all of the parents  (and Josh Prazan who raised $100 of his own  money)  as we have purchased the following for lunchtime play for all classes.

Multi hoop pack 

A huge bucket of tennis balls 

10 soccer balls

8 Rugby balls

10 skipping ropes

A dodgeball set

250 cones for demarcation and goals

A set of 40 sports sash for team colour coding

5 mesh carry bags to lug it all back and forth from the park.

We also have a set of 25 scoopy catchers and balls

Fun times ahead!

Infants' Stars of the Week

Kindergarten     Harvey Rumble

Year 1                  William Steiner

Year 2                 George Andreatta

Primary Raffle Winners

3 - Rugby Mangan

4 - Kingston Law

5 - Harry Howells

6 - Cooper Snell 

Bronze Awards

Riley Thurman in Year 2 received his Bronze Award this week .

Premier's Reading Challenge (PRC)

Congratulations to the following boys who have completed the reading challenge.

Year 1 - Zack Serhan

Year 2 - Hugo Doble

Year 3 - Charlie Serhan and Justin Lo Nero

Year 4 - Josh Morris

Year 6 - Harry Crewe

A total of 32 boys have now finished their reading challenge, but there is still plenty of time for everyone to get reading before Friday 30th August. There are 19 boys to still finish – come on boys! 

Email Ms Gershon on

Book Week Parade on Thursday, 22nd August at 8.30am

Book week will take place in week 5, with the parade on Thursday, 22nd August at 8.30am.

The theme this year is 'Reading is my Secret Power'.

All students will participate in the parade. We encourage and welcome parents  to attend. A reminder that costumes are to be organised at home and students may wear their costumes for the day. We look forward to a fun morning celebrating books!

Redgum Books Catalogue Term 3

The new Redgum Books catalogue is out now and coming home. The more books you order the more books we can order for free! They have a fantastic range of books for all ages. Great ideas to encourage for home reading, and brilliant for gifts. Start stockpiling for Christmas now!

Click here to see the new catalogue and start ordering!

Chess Games

Round 11 9th August – last round of chess

Intermediate C v St Therese B Away Transport DUTTA

Rookies E v Matraville B Away Transport CAPAAN

Chess Results

Round 10 2nd August

Intermediate D lost 1/2- 3 1/2  against St Spyridon B

Rookies E won 2 ½ - 1 ½ against St Spyridon C

Rookies F lost 1-3 against OLR

Junior Rookies G lost 1-3 against St Brigid’s C

Junior Rookies H drew 2-2 with  St Brigid’s D AWAY 

Make up games against Mount Sinai [ played yesterday at Mt Sinai]

Intermediate C won 3-1 against Mt Sinai D

Intermediate D lost 1-3 against Mt Sinai C

Junior Rookies G drew 2-2 with Mt Sinai F

Junior Rookies H won 3 ½ - ½ against Mt Sinai E


A Fiver for a Farmer: Friday August 9

On Friday the 9th August, students and staff members at Coogee Prep will be dressing up as farmers, to raise money for farmers in drought across Australia.

This campaign began last year, where a young boy named Jack Berne, started the initiative. In 2018 schools all throughout Australia raised over 1.5 million dollars for such a great cause.

Boys are asked to bring in a $5 note or more to support this important campaign. I am looking forward to seeing all the boys and teachers in their farmer outfits. 

Sports Update

Rugy Winners

Charlie Henry  and Harry Delaney in Year 2 were part of the Clovelly Eagles U8 rugby side that won the Harbord Harlequins Cup at the weekend. The boys were also complimented on their great sportsmanship and good manners. Well done!

CRU School Holiday camps - early bird discount

CRU camps offer day cams and stay camps for children Kindergarten to High School. Book now and receive an early bird discount.

Cru Camps  - book here

Ashby Doble: Year 5 & 6 Country Tour Sponsor 2019

Ashby Doble Pty Limited

Ashby Doble Pty Limited is a family owned and operated structural engineering consultancy providing services to the residential and commercial markets.

Argentum Group: Year 5 & 6 Country Tour Sponsor 2019

Argentum is an Australian owned company, established in 2014 to service the property industry. Ranked in the Top 100 AFR Fast Starters in 2017, Argentum offers an integrated, diversified and customised approach to project & development management services.

RATIO: Year 5 & 6 Country Tour Sponsor 2019

RATIO: is a new brand of compression shorts that was launched earlier this month by parents Kylie Murphy (Zac and Dylan Sperring, Yr 5 and 4) and Caroline Viska (Henry Merrion, Year 5).

The brand was started to fill a gap in the market for youth high performance compression shorts - that were the best in the market and also affordable.

As part of this they have also launched a grassroots campaign where 10% of all sales are  given back to sporting clubs and schools. In our case, 10% of all sales will be given back to Coogee Prep.

Simply enter: COOGEEPREP at checkout ( A free t-shirt will be given for the first three CPS orders.RATIO: is also a sponsor of the CPS Country Tour bag.


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