The Chronicle

Term Four Week 6 | Wednesday November 20, 2019

From the Principal

I was thrilled to see four of our senior students larger than life on the front page and inside pages of the Daily Telegraph today. I was contacted yesterday to give my thoughts on retention rate and choice among schools and was pleased to report that our retention through to Year 6 is very high. Parents’ satisfaction with Coogee Prep as the right choice of Primary school once boys move on to Secondary School is also very high. Being approached by the Telegraph and given the opportunity to further reflect and respond to their questions, made me very aware of what we do and how we do it to achieve the best possible educational outcomes for all boys.

We have always maintained the fact that Coogee Prep boys get to choose their High Schools, and this is still very true today.  In fact, High Schools often choose Coogee Prep boys as demonstrated in the Scholarships awarded. This year alone, 3 of our Year Six boys have been offered Scholarships to The Scots College and Waverley College. Academic excellence has also been recognised by the acceptance of another Year 6 boy into the Newman Selective Gifted and Talented Program at Marcellin College. We could not be more proud of them and all of Year 6 boys as they make the transition from Year 6 to the high schools of their choosing. 

A current Year 7 boy (CPS Class of 2018) who attended our recent Old Boys’ Induction informed us only last week that he was ‘streets ahead’ of many other boys in Year 7, thanks to the hard work and preparation he undertook in Year 6. He made a point of making sure we knew how well he had done.

The Primary years are crucial for future success and the making of a well- rounded young man.  It is seven years of incredible growth and diverse learning, and we pride ourselves at Coogee Prep on making the best of those seven years for each child. From Kindergarten to Year 6, milestones are met, and achievements celebrated, where each boy has the opportunity to mature and the beginnings of true leadership flourish.

The continuity of seven years in a secure and supportive environment is critical in this pathway to future schooling.  We thank you for your partnership over seven years and for making Coogee Prep your choice.

 John Dicks


Coogee Prep in the news!

We farewell Year 6 in fitting style!

I want to thank Michael Stutchbury and Ticky Fullerton for welcoming all of the Year 6 parents and staff to their home on Friday night for the formal Year 6 parent staff farewell. We had a wonderful evening and were able to reflect on the last seven years together and enjoyed many laughs. TIcky composed  a wonderful and witty poem and  moving speeches were made.

I could not think of a more pleasant way to end our time together. I wish you and the boys all the best for the future and look forward to welcoming the Class of 2019 back in 2020 to be inducted into the Old Boys' Union.

Thanks you to all.

John Dicks

A great day of Golf!

What a great turn out it was for the annual CPS Peter Stemi Memorial Cup golf day last Friday 11th Nov. 

After a quick coffee we were given our designated buggies and tee off began at 7:45am. Seven teams were eager to make an impressive start and over the day it came down to the wire. Congratulations to Scott Doble, Robbie Risk, Dean Merrion and Jon Chandler (a mix of current and past CPS fathers) for winning the competition!

After the presentations, all participants walked over to the 18th hole where a plaque was revealed by friends and family of Peter Stemi, who was club captain at East Lake when he tragically passed in 2017. It was a moving experience and one that will be remembered. 

 Mr Ryan Gowland

Deputy Head

Speech Day - Friday December 6, 2019

Speech Day

We conclude the year with our most official occasion - Speech Day, held on Friday 6th December at The Scots College Auditorium, commencing at 9.30am for the Infants’ classes and 10.45am for the Primary classes.

The doors will be open at 9.15am and all Infants’ boys should be seated by 9.25am in their class groups. The boys will be sitting at the front of the auditorium.

At the conclusion of the Infants’ awards by 10.30, all boys and parents leave the auditorium via the stage door. Parents with sons in the Primary may remain in the Auditorium.

Primary boys should be seated by 10.40.

Year 6  boys will be seated in the front row and parents have reserved seating behind their sons. All other primary classes sit at the front of the auditorium in class groups.

Years K - 4 boys are to wear their winter uniform – short sleeve grey shirt, school tie, school socks, grey woollen shorts, CPS blazer and polished black shoes (no jumpers or hats).

Years 5 and 6 wear their winter uniform.

Quote of the Week

"Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance."

Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784

English lexicographer, essayist and wit

Important Dates

Mandarin Lessons Finish on MOnday December 2

Co-curricular for Year 4 / 5 / 6 FINISHED

Saturday Sport training Years 2 to 4 THIS IS THE LAST WEEK

Saturday Sport training Years 5 & 6 THIS IS THE LAST WEEK

Kindergarten 2020 Orientation Morning Friday November 22

Gelato Bushfire Fundraiser Friday November 22

Year 6 Bondi Beach Day Friday November 29

Christmas Church Service (all welcome)  Tuesday December 3

Staff & Boys Christmas Party and Santa visit  Wednesday December 4

Last day Term 4 Thursday December 5 half day pick up at 12.30

Speech Day (compulsory) Friday December 6

First Day Term 1 2020 - Wednesday 29 January

House Points

1st      McKeown

2nd     Storey

3rd      Nimmo

Class Points

Kindergarten      1446

Year 1                   1802

Year 2                   1312

Year 3                   1700

Year 4                   1339

Year 5                   2514.5

Year 6                   2189.5

Class Captains

Kindergarten  Casper Wilkinson

Year 1     Calvin Lam

Year 2     Charlie Henry

Year 3     Christopher Go

Year 4     Ned Read

Year 5     Billy Lagos

Year 6     Freddie Fullerton 


The moustaches are growing!

Pledge your support here!

As an incentive, the class with the highest percentage of fathers participating in growing a moustache, will receive class points at the end of the month. 

Infants' Stars of the Week

Kindergarten     Harry Lloyd

Year 1                 Jacob Twitchen

Year 2                 Hugo Doble

Silver and Bronze certificates

Lachlan SilvaYear 5Silver
Gabe JosephYear 4Silver
Jack BrandtmanYear 5Bronze
Henry MerrionYear 4Bronze
Billy LagosYear 5Bronze
Jakob SaadYear 1Bronze
Jamie StergoulisKindergartenBronze
Jackson MacAskillYear 2Bronze

Year Three students support our upcoming Primary class

Freddie Grindrod and and Justin Lo Nero visited Year Two this week with a prepared speech on 'What to expect in Year Three'.

As Year Two transition from Infants' to Primary, the two boys spoke to the class from their own personal experience. Year Two had many interesting questions for the boys. Thank you Freddie and Justin!

'Code Club' Captains Peer Tutor Year Two

Year Two have enjoyed creating algorithms using the sphero-balls this term. Thanks to our 'Code Club' captains for working with us. Year Two look forward to joining the optional Code Club group next year, offered on a weekly basis to our Year three and Four students. 


Year Two enjoyed manipulating clay during their RAWART workshop this week, creating abstract wall hangings using various shapes.

Letters to support struggling farmers from Year 2

Textbook and Stationery orders 2020

Please find below the link to order the textbooks for 2020. This  will take you directly to the Campion website

Click here to order using the code 527J

Make sure you choose your sons 2020 class (not his class this year -  it's a common mistake!)

Ronald McDonald House Christmas Drive

This year we will be donating to Ronald McDonald House as our major Christmas charity. We would like all boys to donate something to this very special place which looks after sick children and their families, many of whom come from rural areas.

Childrens’ gifts [new please as we cannot donate second hand presents or toys] unwrapped.

Christmas food

All donated items can be sent to the staff room. We will deliver our donations in week 8.

Bushfire support

Fire Appeal


We would also like to assist the fire appeal by donating clothes, non-perishable food and household items which will assist those who have lost their homes and belongings in the devastating fires. Clothing can be second hand but obviously need to be in good condition.

Zavier Prichard in Year 3 suggested this idea and as a school it would great to see everyone lend their support.

There is a box in the hall in which you can place any items that you wish to donate. It will be there until the end of this week.


This Friday we have a Gelato day where all proceeds will be donated to the fire appeal. Please order through Trybooking  

Thank you to the P and F for organising this for us. 

Gelato Bushfire Appeal

Please click here to purchase a 2 scoop gelato for $7.50 (plus booking fee)  in our Gelato Bushfire Fundraiser this Friday November 22.

All payments to be made via trybooking.Boys choose their flavours on the day from :

All are nut free and the Mango is gluten and dairy free.

Hokey Pokey

Choc Chip


Mango Sorbet

Zavier Prichard's Bushfire Appeal

Sporting Update

Sports' results Round 11, Saturday November 16, 2019

Harry and Sam run a great race!

Harry Middleton in Year 4 represented the Eastern Suburbs in the 4 x 100m relay for Under 11 Boys in the State Relay Championships for Little Athletics NSW on Saturday at Sydney Olympic Park and won a Bronze medal. It was a highly competitive field and hard fought race but the team dug in deep to win a medal.

Harry’s team U11’s Boys 4x100m got bronze representing Eastern Suburbs Little Athletics.

Sam Wolfe  in Year 3 competed at the same event and ran in the  U10’s 4x400 and 4x100. His team came 5th and 7th respectively.

Waverley Shield Winners

Sam Wolfe in Year 3 had a busy weekend!  On top of his Athletics success the over the weekend, he also received gold in flags for U10 boys representing Bronte and silver in the sprint relay at Waverley Shield on Sunday

Bogan Bingo

Stuck on You labels fundraiser

Santa by the Surf

Term 4 calendar


Term Dates 2020


Holiday Fun

The Music Suite summer school


Code Camp


Gifted and Talented Summer Camp with Brainways Education


Tennis Camp at Latham Park


Transform your son's holiday with a Tansform-Us camp

A musical summer school with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra

The SYO Summer School combines high level music making, creativity, exploration and personal development for young musicians. This week-long program is open to all school-aged students

Summer Sport Camps


More Summer Sport activities with Damian Murphy Sport Camps



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