The Chronicle

Term Three Week 8 | Wednesday September 11, 2019

From the Principal

It is amazing how quiet it is when two classes are away!

Year 5 and 6 are on their Country Tour trip and as I write are en-route to Goulburn. This biennial trip is a highlight of the Senior boys’ time at Coogee Prep and combines Canberra and a regional tour. The itinerary is action-packed and I am sure a lot of fun is being had by all. A lot of work and planning goes into these trips and I want to thank Ms Gershon for pulling it all together with the assistance of Mr Gowland. Steph Doble has single-handedly organised all the fundraising in her usual calm and highly efficient manner and the P&F have been wonderful in funding the shortfall of the tour merchandise. The boys look great!

I am still receiving glowing feedback about the School Concert and thank you to all who have sent in notes of congratulation. It was a huge effort by everyone involved and the reward was the wonderful show we put on. The boys are still enjoying watching the video (which is available on our Facebook page).

We are staying alive with music with Miss Oakes our music teacher introducing a Tuesday Lunchtime Karaoke Club that all boys keen on singing can join.

The Athletics season is now over with the QUAD Carnival being the last in our sporting carnivals for the year. Well done to all who ran their hardest. Thanks to Mr O'Connor for organising the morning Athletics Training sessions that have taken place in the lead up to the event.

Next term we move back to Summer sport (Cricket and Basketball) and a full term of Saturday Sport. Year 2 will join the training in Term 4 to prepare them for Saturday Sport in 2020. They will train for whatever Sport they have selected with Mr O’Connor today.

Training times and days

Wednesday afternoon for Year 2 / 3 / 4 from 2-3pm. Basketball training at UNSW and cricket training at Kensington Oval.

Friday afternoon for Years 5 & 6 from 2.30 – 3.30. Basketball training will be at UNSW and the boys may be picked up from there. More details to follow. 

The School Chess Competition is underway and open to Primary boys. Years 3 and 4 are part of the Junior Competition and 5 and 6 make up the Senior Competition. 

On September 21 our annual fundraiser takes place and I cannot stress how important this event is for the School. P&F funds raise crucial cash for us to buy the extras we need. I urge you all to support this event by attending or donating auction or raffle items. Aside from that, it is always a great fun night out and an opportunity for parents to catch up!

Can I ask that any parents planning to leave the School at the end of 2019, inform the School by the end of the term so we can advise those on waiting lists there is room.

Can I remind all parents that car line is not the place to ask questions of the teachers.  If you have an issues please email the teacher in question who can follow it up the next day.

The wind has dropped and the sun is out - hooray!

Kind regards

John Dicks


Quote of the Week

Give me the clear blue sky over my head, and the green turf beneath my feet, a winding road before me, and a three hours' march to dinner.

William Hazlitt 1778 - 1830

British Essayist

Sickness at School

There are too many children staying in at lunchtime because they are 'sick'. If your son is too unwell to go outside at recess and lunch he is too unwell to be at school and we will call you to collect him.  This does not apply to children with injuries who cannot walk unassisted. It is important that boys get outside and run around in the fresh air or even sit down in the fresh air.  Most boys see staying inside as a means of getting ipad time (which we are not allowing anyway).

Thank you for your assistance in this matter.

Buy your fundraiser tickets here

Country Tour Fundraiser

Important Dates

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

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

School Photos Tuesday September 17 - order online now

P&F Annual Fundraiser Saturday September 21 BUY TICKETS HERE

Last day Term 3 Friday September 27

First Day Term 4 Tuesday October 15

Speech Morning  Friday  December 6


Jersey Day Thursday, September 5

Where will your organs go once you don't need them?

House Points

1st      Storey

2nd     Nimmo

3rd      McKeown

Class Captains

Kindergarten        Leon Dunkley

Year 1                     Zack Serhan

Year 2                     Sam See Yong

Year 3                     Luca Mitchell

Year 4                     Gabriel Zaverdinos

Year 5                     On Country Tour

Year 6                     On Country Tour

Class Points

Kindergarten    1781

Year 1                2165

Year 2                 1801

Year 3                 1375

Year 4                 1601

Year 5                1691

Year 6                 706

Primary Raffle Winners

Year 3     Sam Read

Year 4     Jackson Worrall

Year 5     Lachlan Doble

Year 6     Cooper Snell 

Infants' STARS of the Week

Taro McHatton    Kindergarten

Ethan Storie         Year 1

Mitchell Harris      Year 2

Well played Kosta!

Kosta Konstantouras in Year 2  received a pass with honours, (which is an A) for his Level 1 AMEB piano grading exam.

What a fantastic result!

Karaoke Club

Our music teacher Miss Kerrin Oakes is starting a "Karaoke Club" every Tuesday from September 17th during lunch times in the Library. Any boy at any age is welcome to come along and have a sing.

School Photos (Tuesday September 17) are ordered online

Please do not send in the envelopes for orders. All photo orders are to be done online, using our code – LN1 VAT 1HB when you log onto

Sibling photos and sport and extra-curricular photos can be pre-ordered this year which means you will only need to logon once to the website. 

More details about photo day will be sent out this week. 


Covered books are flowing into the library thanks top the efforts of Mui Yen, Trish Saad and Janelle Lloyd and we are very grateful as there are over 130 books to be covered after our Book Drive.

A new birthday book list is being worked on now as we purchased everything off the last one!

Spanish - Laguagenut

Teachers have distributed the boys’ logins and passwords for Languagenut so they can logon and practise their Spanish at home. There have been a few issues which have now been rectified.

Engineers in the making

Last week we were fortunate enough to have EWB [ Engineers Without Borders] visit our years 5 and 6 classes. The EWB is part of the UNSW Engineering Program and contacted us to offer free sessions for our senior classes. The boys enjoyed and participated in 2 programs- Renewable Energy and Prosthetic Limbs.

Tickets still being taken - Raffle Drawn Friday September 20

Sports Update

Touch Football: UNSW Rabbitohs Competition

UNDER 6’S TO UNDER 18’S Tap-off times:

Under 6: 4:15pm

Under 8: 4:15pm

Under 10: 4:45pm

Under 12: 5:15pm

Under 14: 6:00pm

Under 16: 6:45pm

Under 18: 7:30pm

Competition format:

These divisions will play non-competitive touch. That is, scores will not be counted and teams will not progress to finals.

Teams will play twelve rounds over the length of the competition, with the competition finishing at the end of February 2020.

Teams will play modified rules, with 5 players on the field at any time.

Coaches will also be allowed to coach on field.Under 6’s and Under 8’s will be mixed, however, teams can field all boy or all girl teams.


All non school photos are sourced from a brilliant online photo library