Scotts Head Public School Newsletter

Term 3 | Week 2 | 28 July 2020

Principal's Column

Hello, Giinagay, Hai

Welcome to our Week 2 Newsletter.  This week I have included information regarding Education Week celebrations, Staff news, Maths Magic, Welcoming our Little Whales and the NRMA Science and Road Safety Program.  

Education Week celebrations - 3 to 7 August 2020 

Education Week will be a little different this year but there are lots of ways to get involved virtually. The theme for 2020 is ‘Learning together’, a celebration of the partnerships between students, teachers, parents and the community that have kept education going through these exceptional times. This year has shown us just how important public schools are to the community of NSW and we have a lot to celebrate.

Please take time to log into our Facebook page or your students class dojo’s and see all the exciting posts and films which are a showcase of all the activities learning together.

Staff news

Congratulations to Abe Le Cerf who has been successful in securing a permanent position one day a week as our General Assistant (GA). Abe is responsible for all the general maintenance around the school grounds which are looking great under his care and hard work. Thanks Abe!


Maths Magic

Transition to High School readiness is a new program the school is implementing, in partnership with staff from Macksville High School, in the areas of Numeracy called Maths Magic which will be with Years 4/5/6 every fortnight this term.

Mathematics is not just crunching numbers and textbook work. Mathematicians make it possible to send secure emails and buy things online. Mathematicians are essential to analyse data and design accurate models in fields as diverse as biology and finance. Mathematicians enabled researchers to complete The Human Genome Project quickly.

A mathematician looks for patterns and tries to explain them. It starts with playing with mathematics. Being able to use numbers flexibly and visualise shapes. Maths Magic will introduce students to investigations in mathematics and looking for patterns in a fun, hands on way.

Thanks, yaarri yaraang, terima kasih.

Bu Gillian

Gillian Stuart - Principal

Welcome to all our 2021 Little Whales and their families

The Little Whales Kindergarten Transition Program (LW) is a partnership between families and Scotts Head Public School (SHPS) that aims to support and nurture the best possible start for Kindergarten students in their first year of school. The program provides a holistic, flexible, play-based, early learning program that seeks to build on the strengths of families, children and their immediate environment.

The Lifetime Connect (LTC) Ready-Set-Go (RSG) programme introduced the Little Whales Transition to School Programme to support families to engage their children in school. SHPS Kindergarten Transition has a yearly framework that begins in Term 1. These connections with families set up a positive partnership between school and family that is inclusive and powerful.

Children who are starting Kindergarten the following year attend our Little Whales Transition Program for two terms, one day a week. The Term 3 program is a play-based program which is run by the LTC staff, which is now one of the activities that is allowed back to start this term in school. In Term 4 our orientation and school transition program begins which is run by Bu Bettina, our Kindergarten teacher.

To ensure that this is a quality program, we get feedback from parents which is done before and after our Little Whales Transition Program. To ensure our parents have a voice, we adjust our program to meet their needs.

We have had an overwhelming positive response from families who have found the LW Transition Program such a supportive program giving their child confidence and a sense of ownership and belonging when they begin Kindergarten.


What is good about Little Whales?

Below are summaries of the feedback we received.

1) “Gives time, more independence, happier, looks forward to next year, he is ready.  Engagement levels good”

2) “Everything the staff, the buddy system, familiarity of the classroom for next year. Sense of belonging already established”

3) “Familiarises with the environment - comfort and routine”

4) “The buddy system”

5) “Best thing ever!” Really helps them get ready for school. Being able to come to something like this means they are settled and happy and looking forward to next year. Best transition - not just an orientation - fully immersed in the classroom - get to feel sense of place - really works for school readiness.


What affect has Little Whales had on your child?

1) “Engaged long term. Social space and ready socially for school as already has some connections”.

2) “Confident for big school, looking forward to coming”

3) “They are keen to come, they like it”

4) “My favourite thing is seeing [Buddy]”.

5) “Like the activities, he is comfortable. Recommends the playgroup the familiarity then best friends at whales or school can see them and are familiar with the school. Helps them to know that while they are at big school, mum will be at playgroup” Parents can see them in each area.

The NRMA Science & Road Safety Program

In response to Covid-19, the NRMA has created an online version of its successful NRMA Science & Road Safety program which we will be undertaking here at school across Terms 3 and 4, starting this week.

The program contains:

  • 10 short videos (5 minutes each) of our fun road safety show which have been professional filmed in front of a live audience.
  • Teacher education pack of curriculum linked education activities for classroom use.
  • 4 x student workbooks ES1, S1, S2 and S3 for digital discussion and learning.
  • Student post-program online assessment to assess knowledge.
  • Teacher survey to gain insights on improving the program.

Please take the time to go over the road safety messages included in the document below.

Office Feedback Survey

This survey is to gain information from the parent/carer community regarding interactions with office staff at Scotts Head PS. We want to ensure that our school continues to excel in providing efficient administrative systems, structures and processes and that we are improving our service delivery and parent/carer experience. 

This valuable feedback will ensure we continue to provide a high level of customer service to our parent/carer community.

Our School Values

This Week's Award Winners

School News

PBL - How to exit our school

Thursday is Library Day

Every student will have library each Thursday. Please make sure your child has a library bag. 

Stage 3 Debating

Our Stage 3 debating teams; Ayrielle, Charlotte, Aiken (Scotts Head Silvertongues) and Brylee, Ella, Zaki (Scotts Head Articulaters) will be representing the school in this year's Premier's Debating Challenge. The teams will go head to head in a warm-up debate this Wednesday, followed by three rounds of debates during Weeks 3, 5 and 7 of Term 3. 

The debaters have given up their lunch times to develop their skills, understandings and teamwork. We wish them well during these upcoming challenges, knowing they will represent our school with pride, purpose and conviction. 

Week Two - Warm-up: SH Silvertongues V SH Articulaters

Week Three - Round One: SH Silvertongues V Stuarts Point PS, SH Articulaters V Urunga PS

Week Five - Round Two: SH Silvertongues V Mullaway Dolphins, SH Articulaters V Mullaway Sharks

Week Seven - Round Three: ​SH Articulaters​ V SH Silvertongues

Pak Chris

Book Club Issue 5

Please get your book club orders in to the office by Friday 7 August.

Indo News

Indonesian Singing Competition

The Indonesian Embassy are holding a singing competition to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Indonesia's Independence Day (17/08/20). A group of students from Years 2-5 chose to sing the song 'Laskar Pelangi' (Rainbow Troops), which is the theme song from the popular Indonesian children's film by the same name. If successful, they will go into the finals with the chance to win $500 worth of prizes from the Indonesian Embassy in Canberra - wish them luck!!! Check out our very talented students in this YouTube clip:

Parent Information

Athletics Carnival

Date and Time

From Friday, August. 21st, 9:30 am


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Unfortunately parents will not be able to attend our school athletics carnival due to the current restrictions.

School Photos

Date and Time

From Thursday, September. 3rd, 10:30 am to Thursday, September. 3rd


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Below is an order form for parents who had not completed and returned earlier this year.  Forms are also be available at the office.

School Photo Order Form

School Absences

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.

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.

With the current Covid-19 situation, if a child is unwell they should attend a medical practice early in case a Covid test is required.  Students are unable to come back to school until results have been received.  This can be up to 3 days. 

School Counsellor Support at SHPS

Community Notice Board


Stuarts Point Art House have implemented our COVID Safe Plan and will reopen for classes in the week beginning Monday 3 August. This term we will be running: Aboriginal Cultural Craft (all ages) Nature Art (kids) Hip Hop dance (kids) Mums n Bubs Movement Movement Meditation (adults) Family yoga is also planned to start later in the term. Due to COVID regulations we can have a maximum of 12 people in the Art House, so students will need to book in with teachers prior to the classes. Further information on enrolments and a finalised timetable will be provided to schools and posted on our Facebook Page and local community platforms in the coming days.

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