Scotts Head Public School Newsletter

Term 1 | Week 6 | 3 March 2020

WAVES Program

Finally, after 2 cancellations due to the weather the WAVES Program commenced on Monday under sunny skies.

Students are undertaking structured activities at Forsters Beach to improve their fitness and to understand safe play while gaining knowledge of the risks and benefits of the ocean. 

Indonesian Visitor

Last Wednesday we had a visit from  Jessica Stevens and Nicole Bratchford from the Asia Education Foundation out of Melbourne University. They made the long journey to Scotts Head in order to gain first hand knowledge of our approach to learning and meet with our Indonesian staff. The Asia Education Foundation is responsible for our sister school relationship with MiYasda in Jakarta, Indonesia and are always at hand to help us as we negotiate the education of our future leaders in becoming Asia aware and interculturally capable.

Terima kasih Jessica and Nicole for visiting us! ​

Principal’s Column

Hello, Giinagay, Hai,

Welcome to the Week 6 newsletter.

During the week we had an issue with a child crossing the road.  Please ensure you read the information below to ensure all our children get to and from school safely.

Driving and parking safely near your school

The beginning and end of the school day are busy times for pedestrians and drivers outside schools.

You can help keep children safe by remembering the following:

  • Drop your child off and pick them up on the school side of the road
  • Never call out to them from across the road - it is very dangerous
  • Always take extra care in 40km school zones
  • Follow all parking signs - these help keep your child as safe as possible
  • Park responsibly even if it means you have to walk further to the school gate
  • Never double park - it is illegal and puts children at risk
  • Never do a U-turn or a three point turn outside the school as it puts children at risk of harm
  • Model safe and considerate pedestrian and driver behaviours to your child
  • Always give way to pedestrians particularly when entering and leaving driveways.


Thanks, yaarri yaraang, terima kasih.

Bu Gillian
Gillian Stuart - Principal

School News & Parent Information

Michelle Versluys - Our New Counsellor

My name is Michelle Versluys and I will be the School Counsellor at Scotts Head Public School during 2020 providing service to your school one day a fortnight, alternate Wednesdays. I am based at Nambucca Heads High School where I provide service 3 days a week.

 The School Counsellor works closely with the Principal and Learning and Support teacher to assist in all areas of student development including social and emotional. The School Counsellor provides individual counselling support to students, coordinates group activities and liaises and consults with staff and outside agencies to provide the best support for students.

I have a special interest in adventure therapy and improving mental health through exercise, sleep and healthy eating. I look forward to meeting and working with the students and families at Scotts Head Public school this year. 

NSW Health Primary School Mobile Dental Program - Scotts Head PS on Monday 16 March.

Free public dental care

All children students can access this free dental care through the NSW Health Primary School Mobile Dental Program. The program will be delivered by experienced NSW Health staff, who will be using a combination of fully equipped dental vans and portable dental equipment set up on our school grounds here at Scotts Head.

Where will the program be available?

The program is starting at SHPS on Monday 6 March. Parent Information and Consent Pack about the program will be sent out. Please fill them out as soon as possible and return to the school.

What to expect when your child visits a NSW Health mobile dental clinic.

At their first appointment, children will receive the following care (if clinically indicated and if parents have consented):

·         a comprehensive examination

·         dental x-rays

·         dental clean

·         fluoride varnish application

·         fissure sealants

Parents are more than welcome to attend the appointment with their child/children.

Here is a link with further information

Rock and Water Program

On Wednesday mornings the Kindergarten class join the 4/5 class to participate in the ROCK and WATER Program. Pak Adam is a trained Rock and Water Teacher and students in the 4/5 class act as mentors supporting the Kindergarten students.

The Rock and Water program is a series of games and exercises that increase self esteem, self regulation and social acceptance.


Please contact the school if you would like anymore information about this wonderful, fun and exciting program.

Bu Bettina And Pak Adam

Invitations to our 'Adopted Schools'

Well done Riley

Congratulations to Riley for making the Regional PSSA Cricket team.  He will be trying out for the North Coast PSSA Cricket team at Sawtell on the weekend.  Good luck Riley!

Book Club - Issue 2

Book Club - Issue 2 is due back to the office by Friday 20 March.

School Photos

School photos will be taken in Week 8 on Thursday 19 March.  Order forms have been sent and need to be returned by Friday 13 March.

Permission to Publish

There are still a number of outstanding Permission to Publish forms for 2020.

It is a Department of Education requirement that each year a Permission to Publish form is received for each student.  Please ensure your completed form is sent back to school with your child.

Change of Contact Details

A reminder to parents/carers to update contact phone number and any change of details with the school office.  It is important the school has the most current details listed on file so parents/carers can be contacted quickly in the case of an emergency.

Details can be updated either by a note sent to the school, by telephone, or email to the school email address or through the Skoolbag app.

Extra Curricular Activities

As part of our student’s leadership journey, all students are expected to be part on one program per term. Please have a chat with your child and let’s encourage their curiosity to ‘have a go.

Dancing with Alfira

Softball Practice


During our second week of Robotics, Scotts Head students are beginning to explore basic coding, digital art marking and STEM constructive play.  This week we are using ‘Bee Bots’, Heromachine and Minecraft EDU in our workshop. 

Stay tuned for more news in next week’s episode.  Pak Adam

Learned Leaders

​Our Learned Leaders 2020 program commenced last week. Students will be working towards specific leadership goals within their peer groups. Peer groups will spend three lessons engaged in a challenge before moving onto the next discipline. Lessons take place on Wednesdays from 2pm. We encourage you to speak with your children about the leadership skills they are developing through these activities. Pak Chris. 

Art with Bella

The students are enjoying artwork with Bella at lunch times.  Some beautiful creations are coming from the students.

Scotts Head School Choir

The choir are preparing for Ocean Day on Friday June 5 and will be rehearsing new songs on Monday recess until Term 1 ends.  They are sounding fantastic and developing skills weekly.

New Adult Indonesian Classes

Come and join us for some fun, easy, interactive Indonesian lessons. We are taking a break from the online lessons with IALF to try a different approach with more focus on simple conversation and lots of speaking practice. Bu Bridget (former teacher of SHPS) has volunteered to run FREE classes after school and we'd like to encourage new families to get involved. All you need to bring is a notebook, pen and sense of adventure! There might even be some Indonesian snacks to try...

WHEN:  Every Tuesday 3:15pm - starting 3 March

WHERE: 4/5 classroom SHPS

WHO: Parents, grandparents, neighbours... 

HOW MUCH: Free!!!​ 

Ayo! Belajar Bahasa Indonesia! (Come on! Learn Indonesian!)

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From the P&C

Canteen News

Sushi Days

The sushi orders need to be at Canteen on the Monday prior to ensure orders can be fulfilled. The next Sushi day is next week on Wednesday 11 March. 


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.

Send your order form into the office.  The canteen will still be open for lunch orders as normal on sushi days.

Term 1 sushi dates are :

11 March and 1 April.

Ordering Snacks on Canteen Days

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. 

Student Injury Insurance and P&C Annual Membership for 2020 

A note regarding Student Injury Insurance and P&C Annual Membership has been sent home today.  Please complete the form and return, along with payment in the attached envelope, to the office by Tuesday 31 March.

2020 Easter Raffle

The P&C will soon be selling raffle tickets for our annual Easter Raffle, which will be drawn on the last day of Term 1 – Thursday 9 April 2020.

We are kindly asking for donations of goods to go towards the hampers. Donations can include: Easter goods, toys, household items, toiletries, etc….

Donations can be handed to the office until Wednesday 8 April.

Upcoming Events




Sushi Day

Wednesday 11 March

Orders due 9 March

P&C Meeting

Monday 23 March

3:15pm in the library

Sushi Day

Wednesday 1 April

Orders due 30 March

Easter Raffle

Drawn 9 April

Donations needed for raffle

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.

Many thanks,

SHPS P&C Association 

Art House - for Creative Kids and Parents

Stuarts Point Art House had a wonderful open day last Saturday 29 February.  Thanks for coming and joining in the activities if you came on Saturday.

This week (beginning March 2) we will start:

Kids Yoga Gymnastics   Wednesdays 4.30pm - 5.15pm

Playschool song and dance / Mums and Bubs movement alternating Wednesdays & Fridays 9.30 - 10.30am

Adult Yoga - Thursdays 1.45pm - 2.45pm

Indonesian Dance - Fridays  4.30pm-5.30pm

Next week (beginning March 9) we will start Aboriginal.Cultural Craft Mondays 4.00 - 5.00 pm

We only have 5/6 weeks before the Easter break.  We plan to use the option of payment by  Creative Kids Vouchers from Create NSW for our classes, However we won't be able to enact this until next term as the $100 voucher is a one off payment that must be used in one go. Therefore it is only suitable if paying for a whole 10 weeks term, otherwise you would be forfeiting the left over.

This term we are offering a short term of 5-weeks starting next week for $45 upfront or $10 per class for drop-in. Please let us know if you would like to start so we can update our list.

Alfira O’Sullivan    0415 431 453                   Bibi Ahmed           0417 415 502

on behalf of Stuarts Point Art House Organising Committee 

Stuarts Point Art House

Maagunda Gaagal - Festival of the Sea

The Festival of the Sea (Maagunda Gaagal) features a display of sculptural artworks by the students of the Nambucca Heads High School, hosted by the Nambucca Heads Surf Life Saving Club.

During the creative process the kids have learned about design, the physics of engineering, project management, teamwork, and become familiar with a diverse range of specialised manufacturing techniques.

They've also clocked up work experience hours for VET courses in engineering.

"This is about the school, the town, local business and clubs all coming together to work towards something positive."  Gary Cattanach

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