Scotts Head Public School Newsletter

Term 4 | Week 1 | 13 October 2020

Principals Column

Hello, Giinagay, Hai

A warm welcome back to all the SHPS children and their families for Term 4.

We are in for an exciting time preparing children to make the step into 2021 with the Year 6 graduation and the recommencement of the Little Whales program. We wish all the children and their families the very best as they embark on their new school journeys.

In Week 2 Year 6 leaders have the opportunity to put themselves forward for the student leadership positions of School Captain and School Vice Captain.  Students will prepare and present a speech to the school. After the presentation all students will return to their classrooms to vote by completing a ballot paper. We wish all the Year 6s the very best for their preparation and courage.

Building BRIDGES Podcast - Asia Education Foundation

Recently Pak Karl and I were invited into a new BRIDGE opportunity. The invitation was due to our school’s impact and influence within schools and the BRIDGE program. The Asia Education Foundation, who sponsors the program, has developed a podcast series designed to be an advocacy tool and a learning resource for the BRIDGE network and the general education community.

The first episode focussed on leadership and how school leaders (at any level within the school) have changed their approaches and strategies having developed better intercultural connections, as well as exploring the ‘ripple’ effect of how their work impacts across the school community.   

The official launch of the new podcast occurred last Monday on World Teachers Day.

It is with great pleasure I am able to share the link of the first episode which features our school, teachers and students from our Australia-Indonesia BRIDGE School Partnerships Program.  

Episode One

Title:                Love Your Resistance  

Overview:        Principal Gillian Stuart and Bilingual Program Coordinator Karl Krause discuss the challenges and successes of their Bilingual Indonesian program and how they advocate for intercultural learning in their community and beyond.  

Listen to the preview here: 

Tell Them From Me Survey

A reminder this term our school will be participating in the Partners in Learning parent survey, another part of the Tell Them From Me suite of surveys.

Please take the time to complete the survey. The link to the survey can be found in the section below.


After many great years of dedication and commitment to our school community Eliza Mallett has moved to the Hunter Valley.  We sincerely thank her for all she has done in the past to support the staff and students. We wish her all the best in the next part of her journey.

Bella Core will now be the SLSO supporting in the 4/5 class. 

We welcome Helen Pedrola, a very experienced SLSO, who is a local in the village.  Helen will be working on the 1/2 class.   She has spent the last 11 years working as a SLSO at Smithtown PS.

For the first 5 weeks this term we will be supporting Scott Standley in his journey to become a teacher. Scott will be working in the 4/5 class. 

Thanks, yaarri yaraang, terima kasih.

Bu Gillian

Gillian Stuart - Principal

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School News

Tell Them from Me Parent Survey

This term our school will be participating in the Partners in Learning parent survey, another part of the Tell Them From Me suite of surveys (student, teacher and parent surveys) on student engagement.

The survey asks parents and carers questions about different factors that are known to impact on student wellbeing and engagement. Running this survey will help our school understand parents’ and carers’ perspectives on their child’s experience at school. These include: communication between parents/carers and staff, activities and practices at home and parent/carer views on the school's support of learning and behaviour. This valuable feedback will help our school make practical improvements. 

The survey is conducted entirely online on smartphones, iPads, tablets, laptops or computers. The survey will typically take 15 minutes or less to complete and is completely confidential. The parent survey will be conducted end of Term 3 and early Term 4. Although participating in the survey is entirely voluntary, your responses are very much appreciated.

More information about the survey is available at:

To access the survey for our school go to: 

Schools Got Talent

Wow what a showcase of amazing performances our Schools Got Talent turned out to be on the last day of school!

Check out the day at:

Congratulations to our winning performance (pictured). Lior came 2nd and Damai came 3rd.

Thank you to our judges Uncle Ritchie, Bu Eliza and Bu Bella.

Parent Information

Thursday is Library Day

Every student will have the opportunity to go to the library each Thursday. Please make sure your child has a library bag and brings it to school each Thursday. 

Please make sure students return any overdue books . 

School Absences

With the current Covid-19 situation, if a child is unwell they should contact a medical practice in case a Covid test is required.  If a student does have a Covid test they are unable to come back to school until results have been received.  This can be up to 3 days.   A copy of the negative result should be forwarded to the school.

Students are asked to stay at home if unwell.  If your child is unwell at school, they will be sent home.

Parents/carers need to either ring, email, use our Skoolbag app or send a note on the student's return to let the school know why their child is not at school.  The school needs to be notified every time a child is absent from school.  Letters for unexplained absences are sent home asking for an explanation. 

If a student is unwell for 3 days the child must obtain a medical certificate which should be forwarded to the school on the student's return.

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