Curtin Primary School Newsletter

Week 5 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

Welcome to half way through Term 3

It was fantastic to see so many parents and grandparents at last week’s junior concert. It is absolutely amazing how such an incredible concert can be pulled together in four short days.

A huge thanks to the P&C for providing our students with this opportunity and to Mr Tim for his creativity and stamina to get us through two weeks of rehearsals and concerts. Also, a gigantic thank you to our teachers and especially our students for the tremendous performances.

This week’s senior concert is looking like another spectacular so make sure you have your tickets for either the Thursday night or the Friday morning performance.

Playground survey

At the end of last term, we surveyed all the students in the school after recess and lunch over a two-week period. We complete this every year to determine what resources are required on the playgrounds and to see if any changes we have put in place are having a positive outcome.

As can be seen the overall number of three or more negative incidences has decreased significantly since 2018. This data firmly reflects the positive influence of PBL (Positive Behaviour for Learning) at our school, and the school’s decision to employ LSA’s for playground support.

This data also shows a noteworthy decrease in all issues since 2018, except for students feeling lonely. Classes are looking at this aspect through their Friendly Schools lessons and through the introduction of senior students in the junior playground as play facilitators.

The installation of the fence will enable the school to develop further resources in both playgrounds which will help combat the bored and lonely aspects of the survey responses. 

The fence will start to be constructed later this week and will start at the back of the school and work around to the front. Please be aware of this construction as you move and drive around the school.

A friendly reminder to keep our students safe. Please don’t park across the crossing, on the median strip, over driveways or double park in the front carpark.

Thanks, Maryanne Hayes

We are looking forward to watching our senior school students in tomorrow night's concert and, again, at Friday's matinee.

Thanks to the P&C

We would like to thank the P&C for providing this experience for our students. There will be an opportunity for a gold coin donation as you enter the concert to put towards school resources.

Mr Tim Performance Years 3-6

Thursday 22 August 2019 - Prompt 6pm start & Matinee Friday 23 August 2019 9.30am

Students will need to be dropped at their classrooms, in their costumes by 5:30pm.

All students are asked to stay until the end of the concert before being picked up from their classrooms. Classes will return to their classrooms at the end of the concert, please wait till they are there to pick them up. This is for safety reasons.

All students will require costumes or special clothing. Skoolbag notices have been sent to each class regarding costumes. 

Parents are not expected to go out and purchase something especially for the concert. Your child’s costume may, however, be able to be re-used for Book Week.


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

Years 3-6 Concert22 August
Blue Emus storybook character dress up day23 August
Whole school storybook character dress up day26 August
Year 5 excursion to Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve28 August
Year 1 Culminating Event28 August
Kindergarten excursion to National Zoo & Aquarium29 August
Father's Day Breakfast - Daddy Drop-off30 August
Assembly Year 230 August

Notes to be returned

Notes may be downloaded from links found below

Date due
Kindergarten excursion to national Zoo & Aquariumasap
Year 5 excursion to Tidbinbilla Nature Reserveasap
Year 3 excursion to Warrambui (payment plan included)8 November

Kindergarten excursion to National Zoo & Aquarium


Year 5 excursion to Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve


Year 3 excursion to Warrambui


2019 Curtin Primary School Parent Satisfaction Survey - 1st reminder

Dear parents and carers

I am writing to remind you about the school satisfaction survey. If you have already completed the survey in relation to your child/ren thank you. If you have not yet completed the survey, we would really appreciate your participation. By doing this survey you will help us improve our school for your child and future students. The survey results will also be used in public interest research projects and longitudinal studies aimed at improving the quality of services in the ACT. No personal information will be provided to any school or college. The survey will take about 5 to 10 minutes to complete and will be open until 2 September 2019.

The survey includes questions on general satisfaction together with the school climate module. This module is part of a longitudinal study being conducted in partnership with researchers at the Australian National University. The Australian National University and the Education Directorate will handle all personal information in accordance with the Territory Privacy Principles set out in the Information Privacy Act 2014. Details about how personal information is stored and used are available in our Privacy Policy (available at

Please complete the survey ONLINE at

Your survey reference number is your child’s student number (on original email)

The school code is CTNP

 The Education Directorate is committed to ensuring this survey is accessible for all. If you have difficulty accessing or interpreting the survey, please contact the school front office for assistance.

We are working hard to make your child’s school experience better and we would appreciate your assistance. Thank you for your participation.

Yours sincerely,

Merryn O’Dea


Dogs on school property

Please be aware that dogs are not allowed on school property. It would be appreciated if you could share this with anyone who delivers or collects children.

We have a new School Banking Coordinator!!

Please join us in welcoming Catherine Zhou as the new banking coordinator. Catherine is the mother of Sharina in 1FO and has kindly agreed to take on the role. She will do a fantastic job!  At this stage nothing will change for school banking with it still continuing to be processed on a Wednesday.  

Thank you to Ali Bourke for all of your hard work in coordinating our school banking.

Book Week - storybook character dress up day - Monday, 26 August

To culminate this, on Monday 26 August, we invite all students to dress up as a favourite book character for the day and participate in a small class parade at lines. As a school that is mindful of sustainability, we encourage families now to think about how you might design a costume with materials around your home, or through reusable items. Costumes should be inspired by books, characters and the ‘super powers’ related to reading. Please avoid purchasing new costumes that won’t be reused, or dressing up as television characters. Book Week is a chance to emphasise the love of reading and literature, and want all students to come away with ideas of some books to explore.

On Monday 26 August, parents and carers are welcome to attend school from 9.00 to see classes share costumes with the junior or senior school at lines.

Reading is my Secret Power - Gold Coin Donation

The Eco Guardians are joining the school with encouraging that students create eco-friendly costumes for book week!

This means you should try to re-use or recycle outfits and avoid contributing to waste.

The Eco Guardians are hoping to collect gold coin donations to raise money for the purchase of native plants that will be planted around the school. Native plants promote biodiversity and provide food and shelter for other native birds and wildlife. 

We look forward to seeing you on Monday dressed to impress and doing your part for the environment!


ACT Netball Gala Day

Congratulations to the following girls who attended the ACT Netball Gala day on Friday. We entered a Year 5 team Grace H, Cailey, Lucia, Holly, Phoebe, Abigail, Isabella, Avinka and Violet and a Year 6 team Liberty, Georgia M, Hannah D, Sophie L, Amelia C, Adelaide, Isla and Erin. We had beautiful weather and the girls had a wonderful day playing netball. It was so great to see our 5 and 6 girls being respectful and being great sports while representing our school. There were two pools in the competition and our Year 5 girls came 4th in their pool and the Year 6 girls came 2nd in their pool. With our Year 5 time finishing 8th and our Year 6 team finishing 3rd overall on the day. A huge congratulations to these girls and many thanks to Mrs Beresford for organising and Doug for coaching the teams in the lead up to the gala day. 


Trivia Night Booking Form


Uniform Shop

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

2019 Curtin Primary School Uniform order form




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