The Chronicle

Term Four Week 2 | Wednesday October 23, 2019

From the Deputy Head

Welcome back to Term 4,

I would like to thank everyone for their support last term regarding the passing of my mother. It has been a difficult time for our family but it helps having such a supportive community to lean on. The boys have been particularly sensitive and thoughtful in allowing me to discuss her passing. 

The annual Coogee Prep Golf Day is coming up on the Friday the 15th Nov. Competitors are playing for the Peter Stemi Memorial Cup, a father who tragically passed away two years ago and father of CPS Old Boys William and Chris Stemi. It would be lovely to see as many mums and dads from the CPS community participating in what will be an enjoyable day out. 

This term we have introduced a 'Gratitude Tree' that will be positioned in the hall. Our aim is to give the boys the opportunity to write a note of gratitude each week and hang it on the tree. By the end of term I am hoping we will have a tree full of notes of gratitude to reflect on which is especially important heading into the Christmas season. I would like to thank Felicity Teen for floating the idea and preparing the resources. 

Exciting baby news on many fronts! Mrs Yvette Foster is having her baby this week and Miss Nicole Jara is now teaching Kindergarten for the rest of this year and will be the Kindergarten teacher in 2020. 

Mrs Annette Black is expecting a second child in March and Mrs Rachel Mitchell expecting  her second child in April.  My wife Casey and I are also expecting a second baby in January.  We might need to open a Coogee Prep creche at this rate! Strangley - Mr Dicks does not seem keen on this idea ......!

Kind regards

Mr Ryan Gowland

Deputy Head

Quote of the Week

"Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen. "


Important Dates

Mandarin Lessons commence Monday October 21

Co-curricular for Year 4 / 5 / 6 starts at 8.30 sharp each Wednesday

Saturday Sport training Years 2 to 4 Wednesdays

Saturday Sport training Years 5 & 6 Fridays

Year 6 Class of 2018 Old Boys induction  Friday October 25, 4-5 pm

Year 6 Parent and Staff dinner Friday November 15

Kindergarten 2020 Orientation Morning 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

Nut Free School

A reminder this is a nut free school. Whilst it is nearly impossible to avoid all traces  of nuts in all foodstuffs, we do ask that you do not send in nuts of any type as a snack .

2020 Swimwear order

Dear Parents

We have changed suppliers (to Engine Swimwear   for our Coogee Prep branded swimwear to ensure a far better quality garment.As we are unsure as to the quantity we need, we are taking pre-orders for these now to ensure we meet demand.The cost is $62.50.If you already have CPS swimmers (blue or black) it is fine to keep wearing them. The smallest size in the new Jammers is a size 8 and the largest is 20. If you order a size that is too small we can exchange it for the bigger one but remember these are very close fitting and boys grow fast!  Think of the size they will be in February - not now.Click here to pre-order and pay.

Swimwear sizing

Movember is an annual event, raising money and awareness for Men’s Health. During the month of November, male staff and fathers of Coogee Prep are encouraged to grow a moustache, beginning on the 1st November (Next Friday).

Throughout the month, families will have the opportunity to donate any money possible, which will help fund world class programs that are saving and improving the lives of men. There will be a link sent out to all families during the course of November.

At the end of the month, the whole school will have a photo (boys wearing plastic moustaches), which will be sent to the local paper, promoting this extremely important movement. I encourage all families to get involved and as a school community, raise as much money as possible!

Thank you for your participation and effort in advance.

Mr Matthew Sarkies



Have a Crazy Camel Christmas!

Special pieces of paper are being sent home today for the boys to draw on as part of our Crazy Camel Fundraiser. This piece of paper is the only one that can be used. These images are then sent off and uploaded and you can decide whether or not to purchase, Christmas cards or notecards,  note books, tote bags, calendars or pillowslips.  

Get your teams ready!

House Points

1st      Nimmo

2nd     Storey

3rd     McKeown

Class Captains

Kindergarten  Jamie Stergoulis

Year 1              Christopher Wong

Year 2              Jackson Macaskill

Year 3              Joshua Scala

Year 4               Jordan Fayne

Year 5              Oliver Goold

Year 6              Vlad Law

Class Points

Kindergarten     676

Year 1                 735

Year 2                 742

Year 3                 650

Year 4                 851

Year 5                 1271

Year 6                 1103

SRC Term 4

Kindy       Harvey Rumble & Taro McHatton 

Year 1     Enzo Hui & Christopher Wong 

Year 2     Hugo Doble & Mitchell Harris 

Year 3     Isaac Makim & Charlie Serhan

Year 4     Archie Coulton & Henry McAusland 

Year 5     Henry Merrion & Lachlan Doble 

Year 6     Jeremy Trueman - Farrell, Aidan Zorbas & Maximo Di Blasio 

ICAS results

Congratulations to the boys who recently sat the optional ICAS tests. Particular mention goes to Anthony Panos in year 4 who achieved a Distinction in all three tests. 


Year 3

Distinction - Lawson Worrall

Credit - Justin Lo Nero and Sam Wolfe

Year 4

Distinction - Akash Dutta, Anthony Panos and Owen Storie

Credit- Archie Coulton and Gabriel Joseph

Year 5

Distinction – Luc Jurgens

Credit - Ben Capaan, Brooklyn Lagos, Billy Lagos

Merit - Freddie Sharpe

Year 6

Distinction - Aidan Zorbas

Credit - Maximo Di Blasio and Leo Jreige

All other boys who sat the English ICAS received a Participation Certificate



Year 3

Credit - Justin Lo Nero and Lawson Worrall

Merit- Josh Capaan and Orlando Noble

Year 4

Distinction - Anthony Panos

Credit - Archie Coulton, Akash Dutta and Owen Storie

Year 5

Distinction - Luc Jurgens

Credit - Ben Capaan

Merit - Brooklyn Lagos, Billy Lagos

Year 6

High Distinction - Maximo Di Blasio

Distinction - Leo Jreige

All other boys who sat the Science ICAS received a Participation Certificate



Year 3

Credit - Josh Capaan, Dylan Crewe, Justin Lo Nero, Sam Wolfe, Orlando Noble, Ethan Zorbas, Lawson Worrall

Merit- Christopher Go

Year 4

Distinction - Archie Coulton and Anthony Panos

Credit - Akash Dutta, Gabriel Joseph and Owen Storie

Year 5

Distinction – Brooklyn Lagos and Billy Lagos

Credit - Ben Capaan, Luc Jurgens and Zac Sperring

Year 6

Distinction - Maximo Di Blasio and Leo Jreige

Merit - Aidan Zorbas

All other boys who sat the Mathematics ICAS received a Participation Certificate

Trophy returns

As we prepare for our upcoming Speech Day on Friday 6th December, it is time for all trophies to be returned to Ms Gershon for engraving. Boys who return trophies clean and polished will receive 50 points for their House. 

The Merit system

We have reviewed our current Merit System and have made a few changes as follows:

10 merits = Bronze Certificate

20 merits = Silver Certificate

30 merits = Gold Certificate

Merit Awards

Gold         Freddie Grindrod - Year 3

Silver        Taro McHatton - Kindergarten

Bronze     Marcus Hronis - Year 2

Infants' Stars of the Week

Kindergarten    Sebastian Siu

Year 1                Kinglsey Tui

Year 2                Kosta Konstantouras

Intra School Competitions

These are held each year for the Primary boys in Chess, Tennis and Table Tennis. Years 3 and 4 compete in the Junior competition and years 5 and 6 in the Senior one. Winners of each competition receive a trophy at Speech Day.

Chess and table tennis are played at school during the term, whilst

Tennis will be held at South Coogee tennis courts AFTER SCHOOL.  Boys who enter the tennis competition MUST be able to play tennis and have their own tennis racquet. Parents will need to transport their sons to and from the courts after school.

The tennis competition will be held tomorrow [ Thursday 24th October] starting at 2.30 and finishing at 4pm. Boys can be picked up at 2.15 from the carline and may bring a change of clothes or just shoes [ no school shoes please ].

Birthday Book Donation

Leo Jreige Year 6 Age 12

The Boy Who Steals Houses

Stuck on You labels fundraiser

Skoolbag App

Please ensure you are signed up to all relevant groups on Schoolbag APP now the Summer Sport season has started for Primary. Skoolbag can be downloaded from itunes or Playstore. Click here for instructions on set up.

Term 4 calendar


Term Dates 2020


Order your new books online with Redgum!

Sporting Update

Sporting Results Round 6 Week 1 Term 4, 2019

Climb Every Co-Curricular Mountain (or wall....)

Ned Read plays like a Champion!

Ned Read participated in the National Oztag Championships last weekend. The boys had a great time and won the tournament and were crowned Australian Champions in the 10’s.

They won the semi final in extra time and then won the final 6-4 having lost to the opposition in the group rounds. 

Dylan and Harry Crewe both participated in the Nippers state carnival in Foster last weekend. Harry Crewe also competed in the Iron Man event.

Bogan Bingo

Des Renford Gala Charity Day Saturday November 3



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