The Chronicle

Term Two Week 9 | Wednesday June 26, 2019

From the Principal

We are finally at the end of Term and judging from the sniffles and sickness it is probably time for a break. The boys and teachers have put in a tremendous amount of effort this term and not a quiet day has gone past in the past 9 weeks.

Registration is now behind us and I am pleased to say we passed with flying colours! This week we are working on the Annual Report which will be published on Friday. The government certainly likes us to keep up to date with reports!

This week are were upskilling our Year 2 – 5 Basketball players in preparation for Term 4 and 2020 sport. 2 x 3 hour training sessions over 2 days with the City of Sydney Basketball Association will certainly help them and the teachers be game ready for Term 4 and prepare Year 2 for their introduction to Saturday Sport in 2020.  There are a wealth of holiday basketball camps taking place (see further on in the Chronicle) and I encourage you to send your son along if he shows an interest or is playing currently and could do with some more practice.

School reports will go out early next week and be published on the Parent Portal . Please ensure you have portal access prior to this taking place. If not, email the office by Friday and your password will be resent. 

I wish you all a happy and restful holiday!

John Dicks


Reading your child’s report: Some tips from Parenting Ideas.

Reports can mean anxious times for children. Will my parents be disappointed or proud? This is the main concern of most children.

Could try harder . . . always does his best . . . lacks concentration . . . easily distracted . . . a pleasure to teach . . .

Do these comments, taken from a batch of student reports sound familiar? Student reports bring mixed feelings for parents. Pleasure and pride if they are performing well but considerable angst when children are not progressing as you hoped.

Reports can mean anxious times for children too. Will my parents be disappointed or proud? This is the main concern of most children. Children of all ages take their cues from their parents, so your reaction to their school report can affect the way they see themselves as learners and as people.

Before you open the link to the report, do a little self-check to see if you are in the right frame of mind:

1. Are your expectations for your son or daughter realistic and in line with their ability?

Expectations are tricky. If they are too high then children can be turned off learning. Too low and there is nothing to strive for. Pitch your expectations in line with your child’s abilities. A quick check of your child’s last report card may provide you with a good yardstick.

2. Do you believe that children learn at different rates?

There are slow bloomers, late developers and steady-as-you-go children in every classroom, so avoid comparing your child to siblings, your friends’ children and even yourself when you were a child. Instead look for individual progress.

3. Are you willing to safeguard your child’s self-esteem rather than deflate it?

Self-confidence is a pre-requisite for learning, so be prepared to be as positive and encouraging as possible.

Here are some ideas to consider when you open your child’s report:

Focus on strengths. Do you look for strengths or weaknesses first? The challenge is to focus on strengths even if they are not in the traditional 3Rs or core subjects.

Take into account your child’s effort and attitude to learning. If the report indicates that effort is below standard, then you have something to work on. If your child is putting in the required effort, then you cannot ask any more than that, regardless of the grading.

Broaden your focus away from academic performance to form a picture of your child’s progress as a member of a social setting. How your child gets along with his or her peers will influence his happiness and well-being, as well as give an indicator to his future. The skills of independence and co-operation are highly valued by employers, so don’t dismiss these as unimportant.

Discuss the report with your child, talking about strengths first before looking at areas that need improvement. Ask for their opinion about how they performed and discuss their concerns.

After reports are read and discussed, celebrate your child’s efforts with a special activity or treat. In this way you will recognise progress and remind them that the holidays are just around the corner when they can forget about assessments, tests and reports for a while.





Quote of the Week

"The highest reward for a man's toil is not what he gets for it but what he becomes by it."

John Ruskin (1819-1900)

English Writer and art critic

Important Dates

Basketball Clinics - Year 2 & 3 Wednesday 25 & Thursday 27 June

Last day Term 2  Friday June 28

First day Term 3  Tuesday July 23 in Winter Uniform,

SQUAD  Athletics Training Tuesday July 23 @ 7.45am  on 23/7, 30/7, 6/8, 13/8, 20/8, 27/8, 3,9

Year 6 Assembly Monday August 6 & @ 8.30am

Grandparent's Day  Friday August 16 @ 9.00am

Book Week Parade Thursday August 22 @ 9.00am

Father's Day Breakfast and Stall Tuesday August 27

School Concert: Peter Pan  Tuesday September 3rd 

Kindergarten Assembly Monday September 9

P&F Annual Fundraiser Saturday September 21

Speech Morning  Friday  December 6


Terms 3 and 4 week by week calendar


House Points

McKeown was the winning House and enjoy their mufti day this Friday June 28

Class Points

The Winning classes this term are Kindergarten and Year 3 who had their mufti day yesterday.

Primary Raffle Winners

3 - Sam Read

4 - Gabe Joseph

5 - Lachlan Doble

6 - Maximo Di Blasio

Class Captains

Kindergarten - Mikaeel Yousaf

Year 1 - Eugene Liu

Year 2 - Riley Thurman

Year 3 - Sam Wolfe

Year 4 - Kingston Law

Year 5 - Oliver Goold

Year 6 - Harry Crewe   

Bronze Awards

From left to right

Rowan Munro - Year 3

Asher Sarin-Hall - Year 5

Vincent Larcinese - Year 5

George Andreatta - Year 2

Freddie Grindrod 2nd Bronze - Year 3

Harry Richards - Year 2

Aidan Quinlan - Year 3

Leon Dunkley - Kindergarten



My name is Leo Jreige and I am the Debating Captain for 2019. Over the term, selected boys from Year 6 were chosen to debate against other schools in an IPSHA comp. For those who don’t know, a debate is a process that involves formal discussion on a particular topic. In a debate, opposing arguments are put forward to state why their points are correct. On each team, there is a 1st speaker, 2nd speaker, a 3rd speaker, and a 4th speaker who writes the rebuttals. Each speaker has a maximum of 3 minutes and 30seconds to deliver their case and state their rebuttal. Each school has two teams, an affirmative and a negative, who debate against their opposition.

On Friday the 10th of May, the first debate of the season, Coogee Prep debated against Kambala (Blue) Girls School on the topic of ‘That Farm Animals Are Better Pets Than Domestic Animals’. Our affirmative team (meaning for) lost and our negative team (meaning against) drew, 

Two weeks later, in our second debate, we were up against Kambala (Red) Girls School and the topic was ‘TV shows are better than movies’. Our affirmative team won and our negative team lost.

The argument - ‘That Parents should Never Feed Their Children Junk Food’ was the topic for our third debate on the 7th June. Coogee Prep actually opposed each other! The negative team won!

The last debate was on Friday last week and we debated against Waverley College and the topic was ‘That we should ban violent video games’. Both our teams lost. We still have two debates next term and I’m hopeful that we will do well! Thank you to Mr Davis for his assistance in preparing us for the debates. 

Leo Jreige; Debating Captain

Peter Pan costume update

We are so excited to begin proper full rehearsals for our Peter Pan Performance next term.

 We have really gone above and beyond this year and put in a huge amount of effort into everything from the performance, the dances, the singing, the props and much much more. We hope that boys put in just as much effort when it comes to creating their costumes!

Attached is a spreadsheet indicating exactly what your son/s will need to wear for the concert. Boys with a main speaking role will receive an email later this week detailing costume requirements. 

Please feel free to email me throughout the holidays if you have any further questions. 

Annette Black annette@coogeeprep.nsw.,

Peter Pan costume requirements for ALL boys


ICAS Testing Term 3

ICAS Tests

This year all Primary boys are sitting the REACH tests from UNSW Global. These are taking the place of ICAS which is a more challenging testing system. However, if you would like your son to still participate in the ICAS testing, he will be able to sit for Science, English and Maths.  The cost is $14.50 per test. Please let Ms Gershon  know by the end of this term if you wish your son to take part.

Listed below are the boys who will be sitting the ICAS tests next term. Please ensure payment is made by the end of this week please.

Year 3 - Orlando, Josh C, Lawson, Dylan C and Dylan S

Year 4 - Anthony, Akash, Dylan, Archie, Jackson, Gabe

Year 5 - Billy, Brooklyn, Luc, Ben C, Zac, Freddie, Lachlan S

Year 6 - Maximo, Leo, Harry 

Woolworths Earn & Learn

Yes we are collecting Earn and Learn stickers. Don't give them to St Catherines please - they are giving them to other Schools so send them in to us as we manage to get something useful for one of the clases each year through this promotion. 


Library News

Library Books

All books to be returned by Friday June 28 for holiday stock take

Thank you to Harry Richards in Year 2  who donated a HEAP of books to the library for Infants. They will certainly be enjoyed by all!

Premier’s Reading Challenge[ PRC]

Congratulations to Stephen Chen and Sebastian Siu [ Kindergarten ] and Kosta Konstantouras [ Year 2] who have completed the reading challenge. 

Bricks for Kidz Lego incursion Year 1, 3 & 5

Chess Results

Round 7 - Friday 21st June

Championship A lost 1-3 against Mt Sinai B  

Championship B lost 0-4 against Mt Sinai A

Intermediate C lost 1-3 against Kensington A

Intermediate D lost 1 ½ - 2 ½ against St Therese C

Rookies E drew 2-2 with OLA

Rookies F lost ½ - 3 ½ against Kensington B

Junior Rookies G lost 1-3 against Mt Sinai E

Junior Rookies H drew 2-2 with Mt Sinai F

Please note there are no games this Friday 28th June. All games have been postponed until Term 3

Chess Draw

Chess Competition

This has now finished for Championship A and B teams but all other teams continue next term. Please see the updated table for transport for your son’s team. We will be playing at Mt Sinai during week 2 of next term [ lunchtime on Tuesday 30th July] for C, D, G and H teams. 



1. Marshall Jones

2. Brooklyn Lagos

3. Billy Lagos

4. Vincent Larcinese


1. Harry Crewe

2. Arran Storie

3. Ben Capaan

4. Lachlan Doble

Intermediate C

1. Luc Jurgens

2. Akash Dutta

3. Archie Coulton

4. Oliver Goold

Freddie Sharpe

Intermediate D

1. Vlad Law

2. Joshua McSweeney

3. Henry Merrion

4.Jack Brandtman

Reserves  Cobey Owen and Jeremy Trueman-Farrell

Rookies E

1. Dylan Crewe

2. Joshua Capaan

3. Sam Wolfe

4. Isaac Makim

Reserve Luke Brown

Rookies F

1. Archer Wong

2. Ned O’Halloran

3. Harrison Wood

4. Charlie Appleton

 Reserve Luke Brown

Junior Rookies G

1. George Tsaccounis

2. Justin Lo Nero

3. Harry Mozley

4. Freddie Grindrod

Junior Rookies H

1. Rugby Mangan

2. Aidan Quinlan

3. Zavier Prichard

4. Rowan Munro


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Sports Update

Year 5 & 6 Rugby in action

Basketball Clinic to skill up our teams!

Infants' Gala Day a huge hit!

We a had such an enjoyable afternoon. The boys played so nicely and fairly, lots of sharing and helping each other.

1st place - Storey (13 points) 

2nd place - Nimmo (12)

3rd place - McKeown (11 points) 

Birthday Book Donations

Thank you to Jakob Saad in Year 1 who donated four of the hottest titles in town for his 7th birthday!  Diary of a Super Friendly Kid /  Weirdo 12 / Hot Dog

Stephen Chen in Kindergarten chose a book on Earth's Crystals to donate for his birthday. Stephen is turning  6 and loves science.

To donate a birthday book - choose a book or books from the list below and if you buy it from Read on Books at Eastgardens you receive 20% off when you say you are from Coogee Boys' Prep. The book then has donation sticker put in the front of it that mentions the boy's name and birthday. He presents it to the School in assembly and then it is sent to the library to add to our collection.

Birthday Book Donation library request list


Winter Holiday Fun

Bulldogs AFL Holiday Camp includes lunch!


Soocer de Brazil Holiday Camps


Bricks for Kidz LEGO Camps


Transform-us Football Camp with Hayden Morton


Sailing Holiday Camp


'Write Like an Author' Holiday Writing Camp for Children


Learning Links School Holidays Program


Murphy Sports Holiday Club


Latham Park Tennis Holiday Camps


For Parents