Churchlands Primary School Newsletter

Volume 44 - 31/3/2023

Principal's Message

What a great last two weeks!

This year’s Harmony Week activity for the week was on Peg Your Pledge! Students decorated a card with a focus message on a pledge with a way to create harmony at our school and community. This is linked with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and our PBS Kindness focus. It is always such a great day when everyone wears orange clothing or cultural dress across the school as a way of celebrating and respecting cultural diversity.

Wow!!! What amazing swimmers there were last week at the CPS Swimming Carnival! It was great to see so many children just have a go and be so proud of their achievements. Huge thank you to Mr Marshall for organising the carnival and to the parents and staff for their help on the day, great teamwork!

Yesterday, we saw the extremely artistically talented side of our students through the Sculptures by the School. The whole school was decked out like an outdoor art gallery. The art works and imagination of the students was incredible. Accolades to Mrs Cockerill for getting this massive event up and running again this year, to the students who presented individual art pieces, and special thanks to Gemma Taylor for giving her time so generously to the children so they could make the giant dragon!

We have been working with students and a focus group of staff and parents to develop a new design that represents our change of name from the 9R shed to the Eco Shed. The signs were installed this week, and they look fantastic! Thanks goes to Ms Samsa, who applied for a grant so we could do this, and the focus group who helped with developing a sign that represents who we are.

Officially, Kindy enrolments for 2024 will begin early May, however, you can place an application into the office before this time. We will be advertising the full details of the enrolment process through the Newsletter and Skoolbag in Term 2.

We have had an increased number of families taking lengthy holidays during the school term. While each reason is assessed on a case by case basis, I do not have permission to sanction leave under the School Education Act 1999. Lengthy absences from school impacts students learning and social emotional engagement with their peers. Teachers will also be unable to provide set schoolwork for children who are absent. Please ensure an email is sent to informing of any leave in term time.  The Departments brochure on this provides more detailed information. 

A heartfelt thank you from my family to the many families who have been so generous in donating and supporting the Kids Cancer Support Group, I know they will be incredibly thankful as their stocks are low. My family will be delivering your donations during the school holidays. Your personal thoughts and well wishes for Bonnie have been so appreciated, kindness goes such a long way, thank you. 

Thank you to a number of parents who have also shared their expertise and keenness to support research and awareness to communities of this disease. One of these is a Bone Marrow registry recruitment drive.  Registering is now done by a simple swab test. If you are interested, you will find lots of information at the Strength to Give initiative. 


Bone Marrow Register

Eco Shed new signage

Week 8 Merit Certificates

Congratulations to the following Merit Certificate recipients for week 8

Room 1

Sebastian H, Ben W, Eve C

Room 2Mia Mc, Nikrad NZ
Room 3

Ashton D, Arya W

Room 4Luke S, Talia A
Room 5Annabelle G, Jordan L
Room 6Arielle L, Oliver C
Room 7Lucas L
Room 8Yachen L, Shaun G
Room 9Shiloh A, Max S
Room 10Aarna H
Room 11Hunter H, Sophia W
Room 12Jack P, Aran K
Room 13Giselle R, Jaeden V
Room 14Travis M, Jolie C
Room 16Declan R
Room 17 Ines C
Art Lara S , Jacob C & Room 12

Sculptures by the School 2023

Sculptures 2023

What a fantastic day we had with our magnificent sculptures on display.  To view the wonderful creations, click here and to see Mrs Cockerill's news and updates click here


Harmony Week is about inclusiveness, respect and belonging for all Australians, regardless of cultural or linguistic background, united by a set of core Australian values.  To see Mrs Key's EALD update click here.

PE News and upcoming events

Congratulations to everyone on a successful swimming carnival.  To see some action from the day and what's coming up, click here.

Autism awareness month

April is Autism Month. Autism Month is about raising awareness, acceptance and inclusion surrounding autism.  Read more here

The CPS ANZAC Assembly will be held on Wednesday, April 26th April first day of term 2), at 2 p.m.  For more information on our ceremony, please click here. 

As in previous years, each class from pre-primary to year six will present a wreath at the assembly, and as a whole school event, we would like to encourage that each class supply some foilage and flowers to make the wreaths and a couple of volunteers from each class  to assemble these.

We will have trestle tables assembled between the office administration and the tennis courts, and the wreaths will be laid out here from 8:00 am on for everyone to assemble. As this is the morning of school returning, we need to ensure that we have floral and foilage donations and volunteers to assist for each class arranged before ANZAC Day.

Find out more  


P & C Easter Raffle

Before we finish the term we would like to remind you all that ticket sales for the Easter Raffle close next Tuesday evening so please don’t forget to purchase tickets before then. There are lots of amazing prizes to be won for our children, so you’ve got to be in it to WIN it!!!

Please if you don’t have the QKR app, its as easy as installing the app on your phone and selecting Churchlands Primary School – here you will find the Easter Raffle information.

SMS Communications for student absences

Parents, this is a reminder to please notify the school before 9.30am if your child is going to be absent by sending an SMS to 0408 905 268.  Please include student name, date and reason for absence.

For any extended periods of absence, please email the principal, Kim Fraser at

Updating Student Information

Parents, it is essential to inform the school in writing of any changes to student details.  This includes:

1.  Change of address/email address/phone numbers

2.  Any changes to your child's medical condition or medications

3.  Change of parent work arrangements

Please see the office administration for any changes to your child's information.

Why school attendance matters

Regular attendance at school is fundamental to student learning. Please read more to find out about importance of high student attendance, and CPS attendance expectations.

Career Conversations - Bringing families together

The Dept of Education is delivering free events in local areas to discuss post-school options for students.  The invitation is open to secondary and primary school families.  Topics discussed include:

  • exploring university and training pathways
  • career pathway information for young people with disabilities
  • where to find accurate, up-to-date career pathway information
  • where the jobs are
  • what employers and industry are looking for.

See their flyer here and to book a place please click here.

After school activities

Here are our various after school activities.  Please click on each provider to find more information.

Redhage Basketball - More information

Mark Lee Football coaching - More information

Coastal Tennis - More information

King's Chess Club - Term 2 Registrations

CPS Chess Club is back next term - follow the link to register your child.

Registration link for TERM 2:

Joey Scouts - Wembley Downs

JOEY SCOUTS (Wembley Downs) – Children aged 5-8. Term 2, 2023 enrolments are now open! 

Does your child love nature, adventure, and learning about the world? Joey Scouts helps to build friendships, independence, and confidence through a variety of activities & adventures including crafts, games, cooking, camping, and exciting excursions. 

Tuesdays 4.30 pm – 5.30 pm. Wembley Downs Scout Hall, Dover Crescent 

Find out more here.

Wembley Downs Junior Football Club - Registrations Open

Registrations for PP - Year 6 are now open.  

To find out more, click here.

YMCC hockey club 2023 registrations are open!

If you are interested in joining a team with other kids from your school please contact us.

Year 1 and 2 Narelle Murray: 0452 505 025 

Year 3 and 4 Rebecca Anderson:  0429 651 022 

Minkey (K and PP) and Year 5 and 6's Kath Shelley: 0411 150 340 

See our registration flyer here or go to the YMCC website for more information.