Curtin Primary School Newsletter

Week 1 Term 4 2019

We at Curtin Primary acknowledge the Ngunnawal people, past, present and future.

We would like to thank the traditional custodians for nurturing this precious land where we live, learn and play.

We promise to protect plants, animals, earth, water and sky and care for everyone in our community.

Principal - Merryn O'DeaOUT OF SCHOOL HOURS CARE
Deputy Principal - Maryanne HayesJuniors - 0476 846 570
Board Chair - Alistair James - 0428 776 626Seniors - 0472 820 865
P&C President - Megan Moore - megankm4@gmail.comBefore school - 0472 820 865
If your child is absent please notify the school via email - - or via the Skoolbag appBookings - 02 6147 3318

Welcome back to Term 4

It is going to be a very busy term with lots of excursions, celebrations and learning. Please keep an eye on the calendar and messages on Skoolbag.

This term staff also start preparing for 2020 through assessment, reporting and creating the new classes for next year. As mentioned in previous newsletters, can you please advise the front office via email if your child/ren are not coming back to Curtin.

You will find attached a copy of our school’s class placement procedures. Please read this carefully. If you have any concerns about class placement for your child/ren please email by Friday 25 October 2019. Emails after this date may not be considered.

Please read all correspondence regarding our new fence and the times the gates will be opened and closed during the day.

Access gates to the playgrounds will be open from 8am to 9.30am and from 2.30pm to 3.30pm each day. Outside of these hours the gates will be locked and access to the school will be through the front office only. The back carpark will remain locked throughout the day.

A follow up parking plan ie. pick up/drop off will be sent out at a later date. 

When dropping your child/ren at school and picking them up in the afternoon please be mindful of other cars in the front carpark. Please remember that the drop off zone is not for parking your car. In the afternoons your child/ren should be waiting for you and go straight to the car so we can keep the traffic flowing. Please remember to not double park or stop in the middle of the carpark as it is not only dangerous for students who decide to run between the other cars, but it also slows down the flow of traffic. Please do not park in sign posted carparks.

Students should not be waiting for pickup by playing unsupervised in the junior playground. They should be waiting near the front office so when you arrive you don’t have to search for them. This also ensures all students safety as we do not have staff on duty after school.

Families are still able to play in the junior playground after school. Exit from this area after 3:30pm will be via the front gates as all other gates will be locked.

The students have all come back eager to learn and we look forward to a busy term.



Agreed practices - class placement 2020


Athletics Festival Friday 18 October - no recess or lunch orders available. Please see Canteen News for details of outdoor canteen.

BYO Chromebook Information Session - 28 October

An information night regarding BYO Chromebooks will be held for current Year 3 Parents on Monday 28 October at 6pm.


Events may be viewed and added to your personal calendar on the Skoolbag app

Athletics Festival18 October
Yellow Possums & Red Wombats excursion to Birrigai21 October
Year 6 Market Day22 October
ThinkUKnow Presentation24 October
Preschool Information Night4 November
Preschool & Kindergarten first transition visit5 November
Twilight Fair8 November

Notes to be returned

Notes may be downloaded from links found below

Date Due
Year 6 Personal Developmentasap
Year 2 Aquasafe medical formasap
Years 3 to 6 Footsteps Dance Workshop17 October
Year 3 excursion to Warrambui (payment plan)8 November

Year 3 excursion to Warrambui


Year 6 Personal Development


Years 3-6 Footsteps Dance Workshop


Tournament of Minds

The Tournament of Minds team travelling to Hobart next week would like to say a big thank you to the Curtin Primary community for their support and generosity.

We raised over $1500 from the disco, popcorn, sherbet, guessing competition and two mufti days in term 3. They were a huge success.

Thank you to every student who came along and had some delicious popcorn, boogied on the dancefloor, came in mufti or purchased a bag or sherbet or lollies! We are very grateful and this will go towards helping the students get to Hobart and proudly represent not only Curtin Primary, but the whole ACT in the Primary STEM division.

We wish the team: Erika, Serena, Max, Jeremy, Luke, Flynn, Henry and Ms Sonya Nemarich the best of luck and a safe journey to Hobart next week.

It's time again for Year 6 Market Day!!!

Market Day will happening on Tuesday Week 2. For those of you that are not familiar with it, Year 6 set up a whole lot of market stalls on the basketball court. Each class has a time that they can come to the market day and students are encouraged to bring some money to spend.

There is a wide variety of stalls ranging from ice-cream sundaes, popcorn, donuts, cakes, tropical juices, jelly, sideshow alley games, face painting, coloured hair spray, haunted house and much more………

Selamat Datang Ibu Tiya dan Bapak Ipan

We would like to welcome two visitors from the Australia Indonesia Youth Exchange Program(AIYEP), 2019, who will be spending the next three weeks at Curtin Primary.

Ibu Tiya is an English teacher from Bengkulu, Sumatra. Bapak Ipan is an English and music teacher, who also volunteers as a support person for people with disabilities. Pak Ipan is from Central Kalimantan, Borneo.

Ibu and Pak will be spending the next three weeks at Curtin , working alongside Ibu Karen to support the student’s Indonesian learning and cultural understanding.

If you see Ibu Tiya or Pak Ipan, please give them a big Curtin Selamat Datang!  (Welcome!).

Positive partnerships: One day autism workshop for parents and carers

The Positive Partnerships initiative is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training through the Helping Children with Autism package and is delivered by Autism Spectrum Australia. Families can learn more about autism and ways to strengthen the home-school partnership, including:

  • autism: characteristics, impacts and strategies
  • understanding behaviour
  • working together with your school

Canberra Workshop: Tuesday 22 October 2019, 9:15am – 3:00pm at the Australian Institute of Sport, Visitors Centre. Morning tea and a light lunch provided. Register today by visiting:


Book Fair - Buy One, Get One Free

In the Library starting Tuesday 5 November from 8:30am 2019 until Friday 8th November 3:30pm

Choose from 100’s of Books and Build your Home Library.

Scholastic Book Fairs is coming to our school with a Buy One Get One Free Book Fair! This special event offers a great opportunity for you to add twice as many books to your child’s home and classroom libraries. For every book purchased you receive a second book of equal or lesser value FREE to give as a gift to a friend, teacher, donate back to the library or keep yourself.

*Last year we asked for donations to our new take Home Books for Kindergarten. This year we would ask families if they would donate to the new Reading Mentor Program.

This runs before school a few mornings week. 

ThinkUKnow presentation - Thursday 24 October, 7pm

Our school will be hosting a ThinkUKnow presentation on Thursday 24 October at 7.00pm and all parents, carers and teachers are encouraged to attend.

ThinkUKnow Australia is a cyber safety education program that educates parents, carers and teachers of how people are using technology, the challenges they may face online, and how to help them overcome these in a safe and ethical way.

ThinkUKnow Australia is a partnership between the Australian Federal Police, Microsoft Australia, Datacom and the Commonwealth Bank. The program is delivered in collaboration with policing partners New South Wales Police Force, Northern Territory Police, Queensland Police, South Australia Police, Tasmania Police, Western Australia Police, as well as Neighbourhood Watch Australasia.

The presentation will be delivered by a local law enforcement member and an industry volunteer. The presentation covers issues relating to children and young peoples’ privacy and security online, their relationships with other users and their online reputation. It provides insight into the devices young people are using, as well as the popular websites, apps and social networking sites they’re accessing.

This is a fantastic opportunity for you to learn more about young people and the online environment, and how you can help them to be safe and responsible users of technology.

For more information, you can visit or contact Megan Moore (


Year 2 ONLY - Monday 2 December – Friday 6 December (Term 4, Week 8)

PLEASE NOTE: These are not 'swimming lessons' they are survival skills.

Notes have been sent home. If you need a new note, please email

School Athletics Festival

This Friday, 18 October

Notes regarding the School Athletics Festival came home with students this week.


Uniform Shop

The uniform shop is located opposite the canteen and is open from 8.30am until 9.30am each Wednesday. 

2019 Curtin Primary School Uniform order form



Athletics Festival, Friday 18 October - no recess or lunch orders available.

Canteen this Friday 18 October

Welcome back everyone! I hope you all had an enjoying, relaxing break. Can you believe that we are already in term 4?! Term 4 is usually a very fun-filled term, starting off with the Athletics Festival this Friday 18 October.

As in previous years, the canteen is not open for recess and lunch orders so please ensure your child has a packed recess and lunch.

What we do have is an outdoor canteen selling ice creams, chips and lolly bags , As this is a special event the canteen is allowed to sell red item foods, but it is up to the individual  if they choose to send money with their child on the day to buy treats. Ice creams will be ranging in the price of $1.30- $4.00.

Lolly bags are $1 each and chip packets 50c each. If you choose to send money with your child up to $5 is  plenty, best to pop their money in a plastic zip bag to carry and pop change in to. 

Sorry for any inconvenience But it is usually one of the highlights of the year . Hope to see you all there.

Cheers Lizzy. 


The canteen is open from 8.45am until 1.45pm. If you have any canteen queries, Lizzy can be contacted on 6142 2581 during these hours.

2019 Canteen Menu