Scotts Head Public School Newsletter

Term 1 | Week 3 | 11 February 2020

Swimming Carnival

Date and Time

From Wednesday, February. 12th, 9:30 am to Wednesday, February. 12th, 2:30 pm


Macksville Aquatic Centre, Macksville NSW, AustraliaGet Directions


Our school swimming carnival will be held on Wednesday 12 February, starting at 9.30am. Students aged 8 and above are able to attend. Notes have gone home this week.

WAVES Program

Date and Time

From Monday, February. 17th, 9:30 am to Monday, February. 17th, 11:30 pm


Forsters Beach, Scotts Head NSW, AustraliaGet Directions


Next week Monday 17 February, we will be starting our school WAVES surf program. All students are permitted to participate from Kinder to Year 6.

We will be providing activities that both improve our student’s fitness and their understanding of safe play and knowledge of the risks and benefits of the ocean. These structured activities will take place at Big Beach (Forsters Beach).

We will be providing one session per week for a period of six weeks in conjunction with the Macksville-Scotts Head Surf Lifesaving Club. Sessions will be held on a Monday from 9:30-11:30am. Each student will complete six one hour sessions. Each session at the beach will consist of a structured one hour lesson with 45 minutes of physical activity. There is no cost involved. Notes went home yesterday.

This Week’s Whale Awards

Principal’s Column

Hello, Giinagay, Hai,

Learning to Lead Year 6 Camp

We believe it is the right of every student to develop a sense of self-worth through positive and appropriate leadership opportunities. Student leadership is about involving students in a purposeful and meaningful way to extend and use their individual gifts and talents.

A culture of leadership is encouraged through leadership positions that are structured to allow all students in Year 6 to experience positions of responsibility and to develop the skills needed to carry out these tasks in an effective manner. Leadership emphasise service to others, teamwork, taking initiative and developing responsibility.

Last week Year 6 students had their leadership camp where they were introduced to the concept of leadership and what this means through discussions and activities. The camp follows an established process for leadership education, peer leaders and student action. These activities are aimed at developing an appreciation of what leadership is by recognising the skills, attitudes, behaviours and values they need as leaders.

Thanks to Bu Lyndsey, Pak Adam and Ricky who shared their expertise and time to making the camp a great success.


Swimming Carnival

The swimming carnival is to be held tomorrow (Wednesday 12 February) for students in Years 2 to 6 (turning 8 this year and can swim 50m).  Events start at 10am.  Students will return to school by 2.30pm.  Please ensure students have hats, sunscreen, water and lunch and recess. Parent helpers will be appreciated.

Check our Facebook page for any changes on the day i.e. if it is cancelled due to the weather.


Adopt a School – Dundurrabin and Hernani Public Schools

The “Adopt a School” initiative has been set up for schools from all over the state not impacted by the bush fires. Schools will adopt a similar size school which has been impacted by the bush fires. The partner schools conduct activities to support the impacted school.

As a partner school we are going to support the school communities of Dundurrabin PS and Hernani PS. We are going to host the students and their families for an overnight camp in

Week 8 on Tuesday 17 and Wednesday 18 March. Please keep Tuesday 17 March evening free for a family picnic down at the Christian Camp. More information to follow.


Visible Learning

The central theme of Visible Learning is “Know Thy Impact”. In a nutshell – the key is for teachers, school leaders and systems to know the impact they are having on the learning lives of students.

While we still have much to do. We have already seen significant results in both teaching and learning. Students’ voice on “what does a good learner look like at Scotts Head PS” has changed. The clear evidence is that students have moved from “someone who is organised” or “someone who wears their uniform well” to the articulation of learner habits. Students are more aware of the focus on “learning” rather than being “taught”. There has been a significant shift to active learning, group work and discussion.

The term ‘learner habits’ sometimes called ‘dispositions’ refer to the way in which learners engage in and relate to the learning process. Learner habits affect how students approach learning and therefore the outcomes of their learning, together with identifying the importance of furthering skills, engagement and deep understanding.

Our goal for students is to be able to talk about how they can use their learner habits, to be challenged in learning. How we can work together to develop the understanding of these habits, as fundamental for students to develop an awareness of the way they learn and establish future-focused attitudes to learning, which are critical if they are to be able to become lifelong learners.

Our learner qualities are:

  • Focus
  • Engage
  • Collaborate
  • Reflect

Over this year we will be embedding our Learner Habits and how we use them in our everyday learning.

Please take the time to talk to your children about these habits and “how they can know what to do, when they don’t know what to do”.

Ask: Which learner habit do you use when you are learning… or learning maths…?

The new Outstanding Progress Award is replacing the academic award that are awarded to students. Our school is about developing the whole child. It is about academic development and equally important it’s about social, emotional and physical development. Our goal is to provide a quality, balanced education for your children where progresses in all areas are recognised.

Thanks to Adam Rumsey for all his graphic designing talent, who is generously helping us with all our learning images and characters.

Anniversary of National Apology Day

On 13 February 2008, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd delivered the National Apology to Australia’s Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples for the injustices of past government policies, particularly to the Stolen Generations families and communities has been profound and continues today.

Sorry Day You Tube Clips

Local Story from Neville Buchanan

Our Two Ocean Day Movies and NAIDOC Movies are on this Storyline site as well.

10 Anniversary since the apology to the Stolen Generations - Behind the News

Stand Together -Song.' SORRY DAY'

Congratulations to Tegan who competed at the Regional Little Athletics Carnival in Tamworth on the weekend. Tegan came 3rd in hurdles and 6th in the 100 metres, 200 metres and long jump. 

Thanks, yaarri yaraang, terima kasih.

Bu Gillian Gillian Stuart - Principal

House Captains and Vice Captains

Congratulations to our new House Captains and Vice Captains' who are taking up their first leadership role. Peer leaders groups will begin in Week 3. Captain badges will be presented at the start of the swimming carnival on Wednesday.

Flinders – Urukhai and Senita (Captains), Tegan and Joey (Vice Captains)

Oxley – Roman K and Brylee (Captains), Ella and Charlotte (Vice Captains)

(Ella absent from photo)

Gift to Indonesian President

Bapak Jokowi (Joko Widodo) is the President of Indonesia and he is currently in Canberra discussing progressive trade agreements between Australia and Indonesia. We thought it would be nice to welcome him Scotts Head style to our beautiful and beloved country of Australia. Hopefully this gift from our students makes his day a little less formal!

Indonesian Adult Language Class

Selamat pagi teman-teman,

 As discussed at the end of last year we will be completing our last two sessions of our adult beginners class package this term. We hope to subsequently begin a level two course with any of you who are interested in continuing your studies.

Our first lesson back will be today Tuesday 11 February at 3:15 pm in the 4/5 classroom (same room as usual).

We will also be happy to introduce you to our new Indonesian teacher, Bu Emi, who has moved all the way from Victoria to replace me.  I will continue to facilitate the class for the next two weeks.

Please if anyone is interested in studying Indonesian please get in touch with the office and see if we have the interest to begin another class. Each lesson includes notes and a recorded link for you to review at your leisure. If you are interested to see how it all works come along and sit in on the class.

Hopefully we are going to see a few new faces.

Regards Bu Bibi

Year 6 Leadership Camp

On the 5 February 2020 Year 6 went on a leadership camp to the youth centre. We went to the camp to learn about how to develop our leadership skills and also have a little fun getting to know each other. Over the course of two days we enjoyed leadership activities while also learning how to be a successful and honest leader. We had to cook and serve all the food and we had all the responsibilities of a mature young adult.

 We believe that these activities have helped us to become better and more mature leaders. We learnt there are different types of leaders and we all have qualities that are important. During our free time we enjoyed playing team games that help with our team work.

 During the night we went for some competitive team ghost crabbing. That night we watched “Wonder”, a very inspiring movie about a boy called Auggie who was born with a face deformity. Auggie taught us to show perseverance and never to give up no matter how hard it gets. It also taught us to have empathy for our friends at school. 

We believe that the camp was a very good leadership tool and we should continue to do it for   all the future Year 6’s. 

Written by Zaki and Urukhai Yr 6 Students

Book Club - Issue 1 2020

Please have your Book Club orders in to the office by this Friday.

Our Murals

Community Notice Board

From the P&C

Canteen News

Sushi Days

We are excited to announce the Hub have generously offered to supply sushi for our sushi days.

Please place your sushi orders the Monday prior to ensure orders can be fulfilled.  The cost is $3 for 1 roll and $5 for 2 rolls. Flavours on offer are: tuna and cucumber, chicken teriyaki and vegetables, and a vegetarian option.

Term 1 sushi dates are below:

19 February, 11 March and 1 April.

New Ordering System

As of next week, we will be trialing a new way of purchasing snacks on canteen days.

It would be appreciated if you could order your snacks with your lunch order. A token/s will then be given to the children with their lunch orders (in the bag) for them to return to the canteen to redeem once they have eaten their lunch. We hope this will allow for quicker service to the kids. 

Volunteers Needed

We urgently require volunteers to assist in the canteen on Monday’s and Wednesday’s from 8:30-12:00. Parents, grandparents and community members are gladly welcomed to help in any capacity.  Without volunteers we may have to close the canteen.

Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the P&C will be held on 24 February 2020 at 3:15pm in the library. This is a fantastic opportunity for all parents, grandparents and community members to come along and find out what is going on in the school. We look forward to seeing you there. 

Many thanks,SHPS

P&C Association 

Art House - for Creative Kids and Parents

Looking for some fun out of school activities to inspire you and your children?

A local community arts group, led by our Indonesian dance teacher, Alfira O’ Sullivan, is setting up a creative arts centre in Stuarts Point. Activities will be eligible for payment with the government’s Creative Kids and Active Kids vouchers. Transport from the Scotts Head school bus stop is also being investigated. Please click on the link below to fill out a 3 minute survey to help us create an activity program and timetable that will benefit you.

Community Notices

LASH Talk - Tuesday 18 February

The LASH talks are resuming starting with Bushfires on 18 February.

We will have three speakers:

1) Scotty Balfour, our Fire captain, to talk about experiences fighting local fires in November last year

2) Geoff Goldrick, from Grassy Head, who will present the evidence for and against climate change and hazard reduction as players in bushfires

3) Our third speaker will be Rhys Pacey who spends most of his time at the National Park north of Scotts Head. Rhys has worked extensively on country and can bring a cultural perspective to fire in our landscape.


All contributions will be fascinating. We need to learn what they can teach us because we will have more bushfires in future years. The evening starts with a meal at 6 PM, cost $29. Book early. Talks begin at 7 PM.

Michael Blockey, LASH Coordinator

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