Curtin Primary School Newsletter

Week 10 Term 3 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

Wow! Another term over and what a busy term it has been

The students worked hard all term and very capably presented all their work to their parents at culminating events over the last few weeks. It was fantastic to see these events so well attended, and to see the resulting pride on every student’s face as they so carefully shared their work. The culminating events are a very important part of our Inquiry learning and we encourage all parents to attend.

As you can see, our fence is progressing nicely and should be completed by early next term.

Thank you to our P & C for coordinating a very successful trivia night last Friday. It is always great to see the enormous effort put into this event and the outstanding turn out by both parents and staff.

If you haven’t yet let us know that your child/ren will not be returning for 2020 please email the front office as soon as possible so we can confirm numbers.

Attached to this newsletter is the Agreed Practices for Class Placement. Please read in preparation for next term when we begin the process of class placements for 2020.

As the weather is beginning to warm up please take the time to refresh and label drink bottles and label all clothing.

Some staffing news:

Katie Simone will be on leave for the first two weeks of term 4. Marg Hallen will be taking the class for the two weeks. She has met with Katie and will follow the same processes that Katie does in the classroom.

Tanya Mowbray is going on an overseas holiday for the first four weeks of term 4. Denise Shepherd, one of our relief teachers, will be taking her place for the four weeks. Tanya and Denise have also met to go over procedures and learning.

Jo Galbory is taking extended leave for the rest of this year. We are currently working on choosing a replacement to provide stability and consistency for this class. Once we know who will be teaching 1JG we will let parents know via Skoolbag.

Charlie is one of our dedicated LSA’s and has done an outstanding job this year with some of our trickiest students. Unfortunately, he will be moving back to Sydney so we will be losing him at the end of this term. We wish him all the best and will miss him.

Amanda McGirr is a regular casual teacher at our school and has probably taught every class over the past few years. She is moving onto her next adventure in Melbourne. We will miss her happy smiling face.  

We are also saying congratulations to Louise Smith who is embarking on the next chapter of life and welcoming a baby in the near future. Louise is an outstanding asset to our school and will be greatly missed while she is on maternity leave. We wish her all the best.

We hope everyone has a safe and restful holiday and look forward to seeing you all again in two weeks.

Term 4 starts on Monday 14 October 2019.

Agreed practices - class placement 2020


Hot Dog Day Thursday 26 September - no recess or lunch orders available. Canteen closed last day of term - Friday 27 September 2019

This Friday - Disco and Mufti Day

The TOM team  going to Hobart would like to say thank you for all your support on the Mufti Day last week.

This week they will be hosting a disco and mufti day on Friday Week 10.

Mufti - gold coin donation

Disco - gold coin entry 

Junior Disco : Recess

Senior Disco : Lunch

There will be snacks for sale as well.

Popcorn $1

Lolly bags 50c

Come in for dancing, games and prizes to be won!!

All the money raised will go towards the TOM team getting to Hobart for the International Final in October.


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

TOM fundraiser - Mufti Day & Disco27 September
Last day of Term 327 September
First day of Term 414 October
Athletics Festival18 October
Yellow Possums & Red Wombats excursion to Birrigai21 October
Year 6 Market Day22 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


‘Conversations and Connection’ Mental Health Month 2019

Information for Parents

Looking after our mental health and wellbeing is as important as looking after our physical health. One of the best things you can do is to stay connected with your kids by enjoying time together and having regular conversations about how they are feeling and how they see their world.

During October, there are some great opportunities for families to connect at the Mental Health Community Coalition community events across Canberra where you can have fun, relax and learn more about mental wellbeing.

Sometimes you need more information and help. We have compiled some great resources from leading mental health organisations to help you and your family have positive conversations about caring for your mental health.

However, if you or your child are finding it hard to cope with day to day life stresses, your doctor (General Practitioner GP) or your school psychologist are good people to talk too about positive ways to address issues and develop healthy mental health habits.


1. What is good mental health?

Good mental health is about being able to work and study to your full potential, cope with day-to-day life stresses, be involved in your community and live life in a free and satisfying way. (

Helping kids identify and express feelings (Kids Helpline weblink for primary age children)

What is mental health? What is mental illness? (Headspace weblink and factsheet for secondary)

Health services information for parents & carers (Headspace weblink)

How to support a family member (Headspace weblink)

How to help a friend going through a tough time (Headspace weblink and factsheet)

2. How do we look after our mental health?

Developing your own positive ways to handle tough times can make you more resilient, develop your self awareness and build your confidence.

Developing positive parent-child relationships (Raising Children weblink for primary age children)

Building resilience - pre and primary school aged (Healthy Families BeyondBlue weblink)

Staying connected with your teen (Raising Children weblink for secondary)

Tips for healthy mental health (Headspace weblink and factsheet for secondary)

Raising a difficult issue with teenagers (Raising Children video)

Tips for beating exam and study stress (ReachOut weblink) Tools and apps for health and wellbeing (ReachOut weblink)

Tools and apps for health and wellbeing (ReachOut weblink)

3. How do events and stresses impact our mental health and what can we do?

External events (accidents, wars or terrorist attacks) and natural disasters (storms, drought or bushfires) and the repeated coverage through TV and digital media, can be distressing especially for children and young people.

Helping children cope after tragic events (Australian Psychological Society weblink and factsheet)

Talking about scary stuff in the news (Healthy Families BeyondBlue weblink and factsheet)

Traumatic events, the media and your child (Emerging Minds weblink and factsheet)

How can I support children during a drought? (Emerging Minds weblink, factsheet and infographic)

How to cope with anxiety about climate change (ReachOut weblink)

Resources to help and support adults and children before, during, and after a disaster or traumatic event (Emerging Minds weblink)

Other useful links for families

• Kids Help Line

• Lifeline

• Youth Beyond Blue

• Headspace

• Beyond Blue

• Emerging Minds

For more information or assistance please talk to your child’s teacher (in primary schools) or your school psychologist or your Student Wellbeing team. Alternatively contact your GP. 


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

SAVE THE DATE - Friday 18 October (Term 4, Week 1)

Notes regarding the School Athletics Festival will be coming home with students on Monday, Week 1, Term 4.



Congratulations to all our athletes who competed at the ACT Athletics Carnival a few weeks ago.  Please see a couple of special mentions below:

·        Isla came first and broke the girls 11yrs ACT record for High Jump.  This record has been around since 2016 and not only did she break it – she broke it by 4 cm.  She jumped an incredible 1.36 metres

·        Violet came 3rd in the 10yrs Shot Put

·        Adelaide came 3rd in the 12yrs Shot Put

·        Felix came 2nd in the 10yrs 1500m

Congratulations also to:

·         Isla made it to the ACT State Touch Footy team, the national competition is taking place in Canberra this November.



Uniform Shop

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

The Uniform Shop will be closed Wednesday of week 10 (25 September) and will reopen week 1, Term 4 (16 October)

2019 Curtin Primary School Uniform order form



Hot Dog Day Thursday 26 September - no recess or lunch orders available. Canteen closed last day of term - Friday 27 September 2019


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


School Holiday Program

Please find attached Woden Community Service's upcoming School Holiday Program for October 2019.

WCS School Holiday Program October 2019