The Chronicle

Term Four Week 1 | Wednesday October 16, 2019

From the Principal

Welcome back to School and Term 4. It is a short but action packed term!  Only 8 weeks until the summer break means we are going to be very busy!

As you know, the time is drawing near for the arrival of Mrs Foster's baby. Yvette will be leaving us on Friday 25th October to go on maternity leave and  Miss Nicole Jara will be teaching Kindergarten for the remainder of the year. 

We are also delighted to confirm that Miss Jara will also take on the role of Kindergarten teacher in 2020 .

Kind regards

John Dicks


Quote of the Week

"Every human has the ability to do that which is good, just and honest."


Sickness at School

There are too many children staying in at lunchtime because they are 'sick'. If your son is too unwell to go outside at recess and lunch he is too unwell to be at school and we will call you to collect him.  This does not apply to children with injuries who cannot walk unassisted. It is important that boys get outside and run around in the fresh air or even sit down in the fresh air.  Most boys see staying inside as a means of getting ipad time (which we are not allowing anyway).

Thank you for your assistance in this matter.

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

Get your teams ready!

House Points

1st      Nimmo

2nd     Storey

3rd     McKeown

Class Captains

Kindergarten     Harry Lloyd

Year 1                 Ethan Storie

Year 2                 Sam See Yong

Year 3                 Sam Wolfe

Year 4                 Tyler Fielding

Year 5                 Lachlan Silva

Year 6                 Maximo Di Blasio

Class Points carried over from Term 3

Kindergarten 416

Year 1     415

Year 2     491

Year 3     400

Year 4     701

Year 5     811

Year 6     751

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

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,

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. More details about the date/s will be forthcoming.

Principal's Awards Term 3


Harvey Rumble - His focus and dedication during Mathematics lessons

Sebastian Siu -  His excellent manners and positive attitude towards learning 

Jamie Stergoulis -  His valuable contributions during history and geography lessons

Year 1

Ryan Rumble - Improved attitude and willingness to have a go at all Math’s tasks.   

Kingsley Tui -  Excellent contributions and questions across all KLA’s. 

Year 2

Harry Richards -  Impressive progress learning his times tables

Sam Goold  - A consistently positive and polite approach to his learning and peer relationships

Kosta Konstantouras  - For his outstanding results in mathematics this term

Year 3

Charlie Serhan - Showing great dedication and effort towards his studies

Rafael Levy - Continually trying his best in learning 

Sam Read - Demonstrating respect and kindness to those around him. 

Josh Capaan -  Consistently completing his homework to a high standard 

Year 4

Gabriel Zaverdinos - Consistent focus and application across all subjects

Dylan Sperring - Consistent effort and approach to all school tasks

Ned O'Halloran - Excellent focus and effort in all mathematics tasks

Year 5

Billy Lagos - Showing an improved sense of leadership skills and his academic approach to writing 

Lachlan Doble - His consistent and excellent effort to improve in all of his learning areas

Harry Howells - His ability to apply constructive teacher feedback and self confidence during assessments.

Year 6

Otto Freiheit – outstanding leadership during the Peter Pan production

Leo Jreige – displaying outstanding behaviour and leadership during the NSW Country Tour

Vlad Law - displaying outstanding behaviour and leadership during the NSW Country Tour




School transport Opal update

2020 school travel applications now open

To assist with any enquiries you may receive regarding student travel applications, we have provided some information below.

Applications for student travel in 2020 opened on Friday, 11 October 2019.

Students progressing to year 3 and year 7 no longer need to re-apply if they:

·       are continuing at the same school

·       are residing at the same address

·       have not been sent an expiry notification from Transport for NSW.


Where a student meets the new distance eligibility, the system will automatically update their entitlement. If they do not meet the new eligibility, they will receive an expiry notification via email.

Students who have an entitlement approved under a medical condition which is due to expire will receive a notification advising them to re-apply.

Term Bus Pass holders will receive a notification to re-apply.

If students need to update their information or re-apply, they should go online to

Applications need to be submitted before 31 December 2019 to ensure student entitlements are updated and their current entitlement/card is not cancelled. If their application is submitted after 31 December 2019, the system will automatically cancel an entitlement/card and a new one will need to be issued.

Students in the Opal network applying for a SSTS or Term Bus Pass entitlement for the first time will receive their card at their nominated postal address. Cards will be mailed out from January 2020.

School travel application endorsements

It is not uncommon for applicants completing the online form to make mistakes, particularly entering their name or date of birth instead of the students. This may be due to an auto-fill function on a device or just human error. We ask that school administrators pay special attention to the information supplied by applicants which come through in the school portal. If the information supplied does not match your records or the student is not yet enrolled, please do not endorse the application. By selecting ‘no’ the application will be referred back to the applicant to correct and resubmit.

In the event that school administrators endorse in error, it would be appreciated if you could advise our SSTS team as soon as possible so the application can be intercepted before an Opal card or travel pass is issued.

To contact us about an endorsement error, please go to: and select feedback about: ‘school student transport scheme’ and then select ‘application updates’.

If school administrators require access to the school portal to endorse student applications, please request an account at

If you have staff that have left the school recently and had access to the school portal, please let us know at and select ‘school/operator portal’ and then ‘remove existing user access’ so their access can be removed.


Sydney Light Rail update

The new Sydney Light Rail is due to open in December 2019. This means that students will be able to travel by light rail between Circular Quay and Randwick Junction (the Kingsford branch is due to open in March 2020).

From Monday, 14 October 2019, applicants will be able to select light rail as a mode for new applications. Eligible students will be able to travel for free to and from school or college on the new Sydney Light Rail from the beginning of the 2020 school year.

For students currently travelling on a School Opal card under the SSTS, there is no change. Students will still be able to tap on and off to travel on any mode of transport to get to or from school or college.

The Sydney Light Rail team will be in contact with schools in the area to provide further information.



Stuck on You labels fundraiser

Redgum Book Club

Dear Parents,

We are participating in Redgum Book Club this term and the flyer has been sent home with your child. Every order will earn resources and books for our school.

The Redgum Book Club catalogue is now all online. The online catalogue will continue to be packed with quality books and educational game options (from international and local publishers), bestsellers and gold coin options. Please open the link to view the current catalogue.

Redgum Book Club Term 4

Books start from $2 with hundreds more titles on their website.

The catalogue is now open and closes on the 4th November. Orders will be delivered to the school by 22nd November.

New Release titles in the current catalogue include:

·       Frozen IIThe ultimate companion to Disney's highly anticipated second instalment of the Oscar winning film, Frozen. Due for release in December Frozen II

·       Definitely Do Not Open This Book – From Australian Author, Andy Lee, this fun story will delight children and adults alike  Definitely Do Not Open This Book

·       The Pug Who Wanted To Be A Reindeer - A festive adventure starring a loveable little pug with a heart of gold The Pug Who Wanted To Be A Reindeer

·       Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Wrecking Ball - Book 14 of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, from international bestselling author, Jeff Kinney Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Wrecking Ball

·       Minecraft Annual 2020 - A look back at the excitements, surprises and new potential for fun and creativity that came about in Minecraft's tenth year Minecraft Annual 2020

·       The Monster Who Wasn’t – From Australian Author, T C Shelley, comes a brilliantly rich fantasy adventure that will make us all believe in monsters - be they good, bad or somewhere in between The Monster Who Wasn't

·       Eddie Woo’s Magical Maths – Australian Author, Eddie Woo’s bumper book of maths fun, stuffed with things to draw, puzzle, invent, order, unscramble and code. Eddie Woo's Magical Maths


How to place an order:

·       Order online and pay by credit card

·       Email


If you have any questions, email Lesley on


The Twits are covered!

Thanks so much to Nicole Nunn who overnight managed to cover a class set of Novels for Year 3 who are reading the Roald Dahl 'The Twits' this term.  Book covering is a messy task for the unskilled (us) and we are so grateful for parent help!

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


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Sports training in Term 4 - Years 2 to 6

Below is an update with information pertaining to Saturday Sport and weekly training for Term 4 2019 for Years 2 to Six only.

Please read through all of the information carefully and ensure that both you and your son are prepared for Term 4 Sport.

Training Years 2, 3 and 4

All teams in years 2,3 and 4 will train on a Wednesday afternoon from 2-3pm.

Cricket -  Will train at Kensington Oval / Cricket nets

Basketball - Will train at UNSW Fitness and Aquatic Centre (High Street, Kensington)

Boys can be collected from UNSW and/or Kensington Oval on Wednesday afternoons (with prior notice) or can be collected from school from 3:15/3:30pm.

Can you please let us know if you are picking you son up from UNSW and inform him. This can be advised weekly to us.

Years 5 and 6

All teams in years 5 and 6 will train on a Friday afternoon from 2:30-3:30pm.

Touch Football -  Will train in Alison Park from 2:15 - 3:15pm

Basketball - Will train at UNSW Fitness and Aquatic Centre (High Street, Kensington) from 2:30 - 3:30pm. Boys can be collected from UNSW on Friday afternoons (with prior notice) or can be collected from school from 3:45/4pm.Can you please let us know if you are picking you son up from UNSW. Boys getting the bus home may also get the bus from Anzac Parade if they wish.

Training Venues

Touch Football - Alison Park (opposite School)

Basketball - UNSW Fitness and Aquatic Centre (UNSW Gate 2, High Street, Kensington)

Cricket - Kensington Oval (Corner of Barker St and Cottenham Ave, Kensington)

Uniform for Saturday Sport games.

Basketball - Basketball Singlet, Basketball Shorts, White CPS Sports socks and Basketball Shoes/trainers

Cricket - White CPS Sports Shirt, White CPS Sports Shorts (or long whites if you have them), CPS hat, White CPS Sport socks and trainers

Touch Football - CPS Touch Football singlet, Black CPS shorts, White CPS Sport socks and boots.

Draw/Fixtures: Attached below are the current draw and fixtures for next term (this may change slightly between now and next term).

Team Lists: Attached below are the CPS team lists for Term 4 sport - most teams are the same as Term 1.

CPS Expectations: 

All students must be in FULL CPS SPORTS UNIFORM.
All students must be on time (15 mins prior for Basketball and Touch, 30mins for Cricket) All students must remain positive towards teammates and other competitors as well as showing great sportsmanship at all times.

If you have any questions/queries about Saturday sport next term, please let me know.Matthew O'Connor

Well done Dylan

Dylan Sperring passed his Level 3 Arakan Martial Arts grading in the holidays. Well done!

Maroubra Fun Run October 27



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