Curtin Primary School Newsletter

Week 4 Term 2 2019

Principal - Merryn O'DeaOUT OF SCHOOL HOURS CARE
Deputy Principal - Maryanne HayesJuniors - 0476 846 570
Board ChairSeniors - 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

What an amazing week at Curtin Primary School!

Welcome to this week’s newsletter,

As I sit writing this, I am listening to ABC Radio Canberra broadcasting Curtin Primary students talking to American astronaut Nick Hague on the International Space Station during our live ISS link up on Monday night. Nick responded to each student by their name, followed by a clear and child focused response to each question. Lish Fojer from ABC Radio interviewed students prior to and following the link up. As one student commented, “It was a once in a life experience and I would like to go to space if I can.”  It was an amazing evening and the hall was filled with excited, enthusiastic and curious families, friends and teachers. It was a very proud moment in our school’s history. The event would not have run as smoothly as it did without the support of the 12 students, their parents and teachers who assisted prior to and on Tuesday night. This week the ISS is visible as it passes over Canberra's  pre-dawn sky.

How to spot the International Space Station

ABC Radio interview

This morning year 5 students and teachers left school very early for their 3 day camp to Sydney. The highlight of their trip will be a Roar and Snore at Taronga Zoo tonight which includes feeding the animals, an after dark tour to observe the nocturnal animals, behind the scenes morning tour as well as sleeping within the zoo grounds itself. The students will also visit Cockatoo Island, the Rocks area and the Star Wars exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum.

Today, our Kindergarten students will be visiting Government House to participate in National Simultaneous Storytelling. This Australia wide event will take place at 11:00am this morning. Our Kindy students will be read to by the Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove and Lady Cosgrove.

Enjoy the beautiful Autumn colours,



There have been some reports recently in the media about connectivity issues during NAPLAN testing.

Please note that our Curtin students were not affected and did not experience these disruptions.

Kate North

2020 Enrolments

Enrolments for the 2020 school year opened on 29 April 2019. All ACT children are guaranteed a place in their local public school for Kindergarten to year 12. However, due to growth in recent years in enrolments in the public system, some schools no longer have the capacity to take “out of area” enrolments. These schools have been identified as “Category A” schools and a list appears on the Education Directorate website. You will not be able to seek enrolment for your child at one of these schools unless you live within the school’s priority enrolment area (ie, the school’s geographic zone). All schools will, however, consider cases where there are legal issues, or exceptional circumstances based on student wellbeing. To avoid disappointment, you are encouraged to check the information on the Education Directorate’s website so you can make the best decision for your family from the options available.


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

Year 1 Culminating Event24 May
Reconciliation Day public holiday27 May
Year 6 Camp29-31 May
Year 3 Culminating Event7 June
Whole School Assembly7 June
World of Maths Roadshow incursion26 & 27 June

Notes to be returned

Notes may be downloaded from links found below

Date Due
Voluntary contributionsasap
World of Maths Roadshow Incursionasap

Safe Parking Behaviours

Unsafe driving and parking behaviours increase the potential road safety risk for children around schools. Road safety is a shared responsibility, it is important the road rules are followed near our school to ensure the entire school community feels safe.

Please remember children are more at risk than adults around schools because they are smaller and less visible to drivers. They are also less predictable and less experienced, which makes them more likely to make errors of judgement.

Failing to follow simple road rules like parking on the verge, in no stopping zones, in bus stops, near children’s crossings, on footpaths or across driveways increases the risk to children around schools.

Please do the right thing to create a safe environment around our school. 


Volunteers needed urgently

Our lovely lost property angels are urgently looking for a bit of help. If you can spare some time please contact the front office.

Where is Lost Property?

Could parents please come and check lost property for any of their children’s unnamed belongings?

All clearly named items are sorted each Friday morning and returned to the relevant class room areas in a white tub labelled Lost Property. So, for any lost, named items, please check this box which can be found outside/near your child’s class room.

All other lost property items can be found in the Year 2 corridor around the corner from the canteen.


Book Fair starting Tuesday, 28 May - lots of fabulous books to buy and enjoy!

This is a fundraiser for the library so we can keep our collection up to date.

Opening times:

Tuesday3.00 to 3.30 pm
Wednesday8.30 to 9.00 am

3.00 to 3.30 pm
Thursday8.30 to 9.00 am

3.00 to 3.30 pm
Friday8.30 to 9.00 am

3.00 to 3.30 pm
Monday 3 June8.30 to 9.00 am

There will be eftpos available.


Election BBQ/cake stall update

Thank you to all the volunteers for your time helping at the BBQ on Saturday or baking for the cake stall. Without your support the day would not be a success. Thanks to Baker's Delight at Woden for donating the bread. 

Thank you to everyone who supported our fundraising efforts by buying a sausage or delicious baked treats. A profit of $2908 was made from this fundraiser! 

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



Protect yourself and your family from the flu

Getting vaccinated is the best way to prevent your family getting the flu this winter. The flu vaccine can save a child’s life.

The vaccine is safe, and everyone 6 months of age and over, including pregnant women and young children, should get the vaccination.

Children are more likely to contract the flu, spread it around, and are at a higher risk of serious complications if they get sick. The flu is highly contagious and is spread easily through childcare centres and schools.

The flu vaccine is free in the ACT for:

  • children aged 6 months to under 5 years
  • pregnant women
  • people 65 years of age and older
  • all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 6 months and older, and
  • people aged 6 months and older with some medical conditions such as severe asthma, heart or lung disease, diabetes or weakened immune systems.

Where to get your flu vaccination

Everyone can get a flu vaccine from their GP or immunisation provider.

People over 16 years of age can also get a vaccine at some pharmacies.

ACT Government Early Childhood Immunisation Clinics provide a free flu vaccination for children aged 6 months to under 5 years. To book an appointment, call Community Health Intake on 02 5124 9977.

Learn more about influenza and where to get your vaccination at