Curtin Primary School Newsletter

Week 6 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 6

Brrrrr!! The weather is getting colder and the germs are out in abundance. Please ensure your child has a jumper, warm coat and a beanie – all with their name clearly on them. It is quite warm inside the classrooms so they will need layers.

Thank you to all the parents who supported our Book Fair last week. The students all loved looking at the books.

This week all classes are now getting back into their normal routine and either holding their culminating events or starting their new inquiry units. Over the past two weeks the teachers have spent some time in their teams planning the next inquiry unit and completing the students reports. This term we are completing reports in the School Administration System, which tracks our students journeys from Preschool to Year 12. Reports will be emailed out in week 9 so please ensure your email address is current. If you need to update details, you can do so through eforms on the Skoolbag app.

Just a reminder that Skoolbag has become one of our main forms of communication with parents. Teachers will send home updates of what is happening in the classroom, excursion notes and reminders. The front office utilise it for updating your contact details and sending out newsletters and whole school notifications. If you are not receiving the Skoolbag notifications, please let Sami know in the front office.

Don’t forget that this Friday is Year 4’s turn to host the assembly.

Rug up and keep warm.

Year 4 Assembly this week - starts at 1.45pm

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 3 Culminating Event7 June
Year 4 Assembly - 1.45pm start7 June
Queen's birthday public holiday10 June
Fundraiser Dress Up Day - Wear WATER day14 June
Yellow Possums & Red Wombat excursion to National Gallery of Australia25 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
Year 2 excursion Canberra Theatre9 April

World of Maths Roadshow note


Year 2 excursion Canberra Theatre note


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.

If your child is currently a K-5 student at Curtin Primary School you do not need to re-enrol to return in 2020. Parents of Year 6 students will need to enrol in your local high school. Please be aware Round 1 enrolments for 2020 close at 5pm on Friday 7 June.



Congratulations to our cross county runners who represented Curtin Primary at the South Weston Regional carnival on Monday.  It was very cold and a tough course so well done to everyone.  We had a few runners qualify for the ACT Carnival that will be held on Wednesday 12 June at Stromlo Forest Park.

Matilda C

Jacob B

Rosie H

Maeve M

Felix P


As we are a partner school with Tennis ACT, they have kindly given every Kindergarten student a tennis racquet to keep.  These will be sent home shortly.

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


Term 3 Gateways Maths Enrichment 1 Day Workshops

Please email Deborah Fitzgerald immediately if you would like your child to attend this Gateways one -day maths enrichment workshop in term 3.

Please specify which school and date you would like your child to attend.

Please include your child’s name, date of birth and your mobile and email contacts.

Building Strong and Safe Communities for Learning

Upcoming Ideas X Change on how we can all help reduce violence and bullying in schools

Building Strong and Safe Communities for Learning is a partnership project between the ACT Education Directorate and the ACT Council of Parents and Citizens Associations (P&C Council). Parents, students, principals and teachers are working together to reduce violence and bullying in schools. Initial workshops received amazing feedback, join us to have your say.


You are invited to the Ideas Xchange..A Different Conversation

We’ve heard your ideas about reducing violence and increasing safety in schools, help us make it happen, join us for an Ideas Xchange…

Purpose:  Help us build strong and safe communities for learning.  

We need your:  experience and insights to test and provide feedback on the suggestions and ideas to reduce and better respond to violence in our schools. 

Location:  Meeting room 11, Hedley Beare Centre for Teaching and Learning, Fremantle Drive Stirling, 2611

Hosts:  P&C Council and Education Directorate 

Catering:  Light refreshments post event

Parking: Free Onsite


If you require any further information relating to the Ideas XChange, please don’t hesitate to contact Ms Leanne Ballard, Assistant Director Strategic Policy on or 62052912. 

We look forward to working with you to build strong and safe communities for learning. 

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


Next P&C Meeting: Thursday 13th June - everyone's welcome!

The Curtin Primary School P&C meets in Weeks 3 and 7 each term. The next meeting will be held in the staff room on Thursday 13th June – refreshments from 6.30pm, meeting start from 7pm. All parents and carers are welcome to attend!

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



GERRIC school vacation program

Are you a student in Years 3 – 10 at an Australian primary, middle or secondary school? Are you bright, intellectually inquisitive and looking for something more challenging, more intellectually demanding, and more fun than you may sometimes experience in school?

Would you like to take part in school vacation program that will really stretch your mind?

GERRIC offers a range of programs for gifted and talented students (generally students who are capable of performing in the top 10% of their age-peers). GERRIC holiday programs will open your mind to abilities you may have not suspected you possess, and opportunities to use these abilities to the fullest.

You’ll meet other kids who share your interests and you’ll also meet inspiring teachers who love working with gifted students.

Each workshop runs for three days, allowing you to work on a small project.

We have a new and exciting range of workshops, plus some of your favourites, for our next round of student programs. 

Applications for the 9-11 July student programs will open soon. Keep an eye on the Gerric newsletter for the official announcements.


Equity and scholarships applications for the July 2019 GERRIC Student Programs are now open! The July Program will run from the 9th to the 11th of July and will be held at a new venue, Matraville Sports High School. Program details and available workshops can be found here. Applications for equity and scholarships close in one week on the 9th June, 11pm. Scholarships Scholarships requirements and application form can be found here. Please ensure all fields on the application have been filled out and all documentation attached. Any applications without the required documentation will be considered incomplete and ineligible for consideration.   Equity Advanced Placement Does your child address any of the following? Twice Exceptional (gifted with a disability)

  • Rural/Remote
  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander 
  • Non-English-Speaking-Background  If yes, they may be eligible for early placement into the programs.

See here for details on how to apply.

Scholarship and Equity Applications Open: 3 June 2019, 7am

Scholarship and Equity Applications Close: 9 June 2019, 11pm

Regular Applications Open: 17 June 2019, 7am

Please note that no applications for scholarships or equity consideration can be taken after 9 June 2019. After this date, regular registration procedures will be in place. 

Not eligible for a scholarship or equity application? Add regular registrations to your calendar now so you don't miss out.

Girl Guides Australia - Come and try

Woden Valley Girl Guides are now recruiting for Girl Guides to join our fabulous units. Calling all young girls aged 5 to 17 who are interested in having new adventures, making friends and lots of fun. Join us for an obligation free COME AND TRY NIGHT. Contact Michelle Kothe on 0422513001 or visit for more information. 

Being a parent is the hardest job we’ll ever have.

All parents at some time experience difficulties and stress.

Parentline ACT

is a confidential and free telephone and face-to-face counselling and information service.

  Phone Parentline if you would you like:

To talk with someone about those parenting issues.

Help with some ideas on raising children.

Support in the important job you are doing.

To know what is available for parents, teenagers and children.

To build better relationships in your family.

Help to understand your child or teenager’s behaviour.

Make an appointment for a counselling session.

Parentline ACT.

Monday to Friday (except on public holidays), 9am to 5pm.

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