Curtin Primary School Newsletter

Week 7 Term 2 2019

Principal - Merryn O'DeaOUT OF SCHOOL HOURS CARE
Deputy Principal - Maryanne HayesJuniors - 0476 846 570
Board Chair - Alistair JamesSeniors - 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 Week 7

We hope you all enjoyed a relaxing break and some quality family time over the long weekend!

Over the past couple of weeks, classes (including our preschool groups) have been devoting some time to involve students in deep understandings about what reconciliation week means to the Aboriginal People. Students have been encouraged to explore why it is important for us to have this understanding so that reconciliation can occur. One of our whole school goals towards achieving this is to create a heartfelt, collaborative Acknowledgement of Country that will have been designed by our students. Each class has created their own acknowledgement which reflects their collective understanding of what paying respect to Aboriginal People means to them. These will be shared amongst a panel of selected students who will pull each apart before bringing together a whole school acknowledgement. Once completed, we look forward to sharing it with our school community.

Today work started on the junior playground on the dirt patch next to the play equipment. A large car track is being built around the trees and should be finished sometime next week. It is an exciting time watching the workmen and their machinery change this space into a useful and creative play area. You can check out the progress from outside the fenced area.

During week 9 this term, we will be having maths incursion, World of Maths, visit the school. This is a great opportunity to develop a variety of different skills and strategies needed for problem solving in a fun and engaging way. Students will be challenged with guided discovery lessons and solve mathematical problems by thinking logically and applying maths to the physical world. Unfortunately, we have not had many notes or payments returned to date. Yesterday, a paper copy of the note on pink paper was sent home. Please check your child’s bag and support us by returning the note and money as soon as possible. Parents are welcome to attend, especially to support our younger students in reading any information and recording their responses. Due to the nature of the set up, it won’t be suitable for younger siblings to attend. If you are able to help, either fill out the section on the note or email and she will touch base with you in the coming weeks.

Enjoy the rest of your week.

Voluntary contributions 2019

It's that time of year again...end of financial year and tax time.

Thank you to those who have already contributed to the school this year. 

If you have yet to make a contribution and would like to claim on your 2019 tax now is the time.

Please find below the voluntary contributions note with all of the details.

2019 Voluntary Contributions K-6 note



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

Year 5 Culminating Event18 June
Christian Education20 June
Yellow Possums & Red Wombat excursion to National Gallery of Australia25 June
Reports go home26 June
Blue Emus excursion to National Gallery of Australia28 June

Notes to be returned

Notes may be downloaded from links found below

Date Due
Voluntary contributionsasap
World of Maths Roadshow incursionasap
Years 5 & 6 Tournament of Mindsasap
Year 2 excursion Canberra Theatre1 July
Kindergarten excursion Ladybird Play4 July

World of Maths Roadshow note


Year 2 excursion Canberra Theatre note


Kindergarten excursion Ladybird Play


Tournament of Minds 2019

We are starting to get ready for Tournament of Minds 2019.  TOMs is collaborative, team, problem solving and creative thinking challenge which is open to all Year 5 and 6 students at Curtin Primary. Students work in a mixed team of Year 5 and 6 students on a challenge which they prepare over 6 weeks and dramatically present to a panel of judges on tournament day. They compete against schools from all over ACT and successful teams may have the chance to represent the ACT in Hobart at the TOM International finals in October. Any year 5 and 6 students who would like to participate in Tournament of Minds this year must bring in their notes no later than Friday 14th June.

If you would like more information or have any questions please contact Sonya Nemarich or Deborah Fitzgerald

TOM 2019 Year 5 Expression of Interest note


TOM 2019 Year 6 parent note


Woolworths Earn & Learn Program

We are excited to be taking part in the 2019 Woolworths Earn & Learn program.

During the previous campaign, we were able to purchase some great resources with the points we earned, thanks to our families.

From the 1st May till 25th June, you can collect stickers at Woolworths that go towards Earn & Learn points. For every $10 you spend at Woolworths (excluding the purchase of tobacco, liquor and gift cards), you will receive a sticker. These stickers can then be given to your children to collect on a special sticker card. Once it is completed, they can simply bring it back here to school.

The more points we earn, the more we can redeem from a choice of over 10,000 educational resources including mathematics and English resources, art & crafts materials and much, much more!

We are grateful for your support and look forward to a successful program. If you have any questions, please ask at school.


Reminder: Chief Minister's Reading Challenge

Remember you have till Friday 27 September 2019 complete your Reading Record.

Books can be novels, non-fiction, poetry, or books in a language other than English.

Each time you complete a book, don't forget to add it to your reading record.

There are different versions for the two ways of participating, and for kindergarten to year 6.

These are the 2 different Reading Challenge

When you have finished reading a book, ask a parent, carer or teacher to initial/verify your entry.

When you have finished reading all the books from your challenge and have recorded them, give your completed Individual Student Reading Record to your teacher who will give it to the school contact person for the Challenge.


Jane Steinback, Library Assistant


P&C Meeting: Thursday 13th June, 6.30pm for 7pm

The next Curtin P&C meeting will be held this Thursday 13th June in the staffroom.  Light refreshments from 6.30pm, meeting start from 7pm.

This week our Principal Merryn O’Dea will be presenting a talk about literacy assessment.

All parents and carers are welcome to attend – please join us!

Curtin Primary School P&C minutes 15 May 2019


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



With winter upon us, it’s important to remember that Canberra has lots of health options that don’t involve a trip to a hospital emergency department. Many of these are free and available after hours.

Walk-in Centres provide free, one-off treatment of minor injury and illness, including colds and flu. They’re a great choice for children over 2 years of age – children under 2 should see their GP.

Walk-in Centres are open from 7.30am to 10pm, every day of the year. They are staffed by highly skilled nurses who can provide you with a sick certificate and in some cases, medication, saving you time and money.

The service is free and no appointments are necessary.

Walk-in Centres are located in Tuggeranong, Belconnen and Gungahlin.

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