Newport Natter

4 February 2020 Week 2 Term 1

Principal’s Report

Dear Parents, Carers and Students,

“Grit is sticking with your future, day in, day out, not just for the week, not just for the month, but for years, and working really hard to make that future a reality. Grit is living life like it’s a marathon, not a sprint.” (Angela Duckworth-Research psychologist)

I love beginnings because anything is possible. This week I know the staff will be fostering connections between the students and themselves, helping the students to set goals and understand that their time at school, is what they make it.

It was wonderful to see everyone settled and working productively in classes on Friday. Many thanks to the teachers for settling first week nerves, to Deborah Deratz, Adam Hearne and our office stars for ensuring the roll over of students and classes ran smoothly and to our community for reassuring our students through some ambiguities as they navigate new routines and build new connections.

Meeting our Kinder students at Best Start last week was lots of fun and we look forward to hearing about their first few days. 

Excited for their first day!

Best Start Interviews

Welcome back to Emily Nicol (nee Jefferys), Hayley Crannage (nee Hall) and welcome to Cara Appleton who is joining our Newport team this year.

Welcome Back BBQ 14 February

There will be a whole lot of love being shared at our Welcome Back BBQ on 14 February from 5-7pm. It is a great opportunity to spend just a couple of hours catching up with friends and for the children to get to know their new classmates as well as having the opportunity to chat informally with staff. We hope to see you there. 

Parent Information Evenings

We hope at least 1 parent can join us for our Parent Information evenings which will be held from 6-6.45pm on the following dates and locations; Note: locations have changed from previous years.

-              Year 6 – Tuesday 11 February in the school hall.

-              Kinder & Years 5 - Tuesday 18 February. Kinder session will be held in your child’s classroom.

                The Year 5 session will be held in the school hall.              

-              Years 1 & 2 - Wednesday 19 February. Year 1 in the hall. Year 2 in the library.

-              Years 3 & 4 - Thursday 20 February. Year 3 in the library and Year 4 in the school hall.

If it is necessary for children to accompany parents, they are asked not to bring scooters, skateboards and bikes as it is dangerous and disruptive for the presentations.

Bell Times

As you are aware, this year we have changed our internal bell times for the purpose of engaging students in more productive learning time in the earlier part of the day, creating two x 2 hour blocks which support sustained focused learning sessions. The Bell Times Team liaised with a number of schools and resources regarding primary school time schedules and a number of factors were taken into consideration such as student break times for eating and drinking, student lack of focus in the long afternoon session, extra-curricula activities held at break times and playground duty regulations for teachers.  

Our bell times to be trialled in 2020 are as follows;

School Starts      8.55-9.25am       Encourage students to eat a snack from their bag.

Recess                  11.25-11.50am   Students have 25 minutes to eat and play.

Lunch                    1.50-2.40pm      Students sit and eat for the first 15 minutes.  

School finishes  3.25pm                 


P & C Meeting

As yet, we do not have a President for our P & C for 2020. The first meeting will be held on Tuesday 18 February at 7pm in the library (not 11 February). An active and productive P & C in a school assists the school community to make great things happen. Everyone is welcome and we look forward to seeing you at the meeting.

Grade Planning

In week 3 all staff will be collaborating in grade teams, on student achievement data analysis, teaching/learning programs and planning for project based learning (PBL). 

Class Parent Expression of Interest

A form is included in this Natter, for Expressions of Interest (EOI) for class parents. To see what this role involves, please have a look at the EOI, and complete the slip to return to your child’s teacher. It is great to become involved in your child’s school.


School Fees

An outline and explanation of our school fee structure is included in the Natter. A statement of account will be sent home via email plus a hard copy each term. Please remember that should you be experiencing financial difficulties, please contact Krys Ramalli or me through the school office.


School Fees

An outline and explanation of our school fee structure is included in the Natter. A Statement Of Account will be sent home via email, plus a hard copy each term.  Please remember that should you be experiencing financial difficulties, please contact Krys Ramalli or me through the school office.


Photos of your Child

As you are aware, we have a “Permission to Publish” policy that is completed at your child’s time of enrolment, and gives yes/or no permission for his/her photo to be published on any of our publications or communication channels. If you have answered no, it is helpful to tell your child also. It is becoming more common practice for us to ask, “Are you allowed to have your photo shared?” Fostering independence and responsibility in this way, promotes student voice.    



If you haven’t downloaded the “Skoolbag” app,  I strongly encourage you to do so as we will be using this for communication of alerts and reminders.

We also regularly email, take and return phone calls and have social media channels;


Year 7 Peninsula Community of Schools (PCS) Extension Class Test

On Thursday 19 March 2020 a General Achievement Test will be offered for students to be considered for selection in the Year 7 2021 Academic Extension Classes at Barrenjoey, Narrabeen Sports and Pittwater High Schools and NBSC Cromer Campus.

If you are interested in applying for your child to sit this test to possibly be offered a place in the class at his/her local high school, students from Newport apply for, pay and complete the test at Barrenjoey High School. Therefore, applications must be received by Barrenjoey High School, no later than Friday 21 February 2020 because on Monday 24 February orders for tests are placed. Applications will only be processed with a valid payment via the “Make a Payment” option on Barrenjoey’s website or by credit card or cheque payable to Barrenjoey High School enclosed with the completed application form.

The information is also available through our school office or please contact us if you did not receive the email and would like the information.


Novel Coronavirus

Current advice from the Australian Government Department of Health for parents in regards to the Novel Coronavirus is:

  • Any student and staff arriving in Australia from 1 February 2020 who has been in mainland China or transited through mainland China (not just Hubei province) is excluded from school and child care services for a period of 14 days from the date they left mainland China as the Novel Coronavirus’ incubation period can be as long as two weeks.  
  • Any confirmed case of Novel Coronavirus will be excluded until they are medically cleared to return.
  • Close contact of a confirmed case of Novel Coronavirus will be excluded for 14 days since last contact with the confirmed case.
  • Any student and staff arriving before 1 February our previous advice remains that students and staff who were in Hubei province are excluded from school or child care services for 14 days, and those who were in the rest of China are requested not to attend school or child care services for a period of 14 days after leaving China.
  • More information can be found at NSW Health.

Students who returned to Australia from mainland China more than 14 days ago and have shown no symptoms are able to return to school.

Consistent with current guidelines, staff and students who are unwell with respiratory illness should remain at home until symptoms resolve.

The Department of Education will continue to work with the Ministry of Health to monitor and respond to the unfolding international Novel Coronavirus situation.

Nice to see that some of our former Newport students can’t keep away although they have started Year 7. We wish them all the very best.

Kind Regards,

Natalie Baldi

Sport News

Welcome back to the start of another big sporting year in 2020 at Newport Public School.

Important dates for the diary

Newport Swimming Carnival – 12 February

Zone Swimming Carnival – 10 March

Sydney North Swimming Carnival – 27 March

State Swimming Carnival – 6 and 7 April

 Newport Cross Country – 29 April

Pittwater Zone Cross Country – 27 May

Sydney North Cross Country – 19 June

State Cross Country – 23 July

 Newport Athletics Carnival – 11 June

Pittwater Zone Athletics Carnival – 31 August

Sydney North Athletics Carnival – 14 September

State Cross Athletics Carnival – 28 and 29 October

 Summer PSSA Competition

There have been a few changes to PSSA this year. The PSSA will start in  Term 1 week 6 and continue for Weeks 7 and 8. It will then pause until Term 3 where it will recommence for Weeks 9 and 10. The season will also be played over Weeks 1-4 in Term 4 with Weeks 5 and 6 for extreme weather back-ups or a finals series.

PSSA will now also move to Friday morning instead of Friday afternoons. Games will start at 9.30am with the students returning to school by 11.30am. This change has been made with the students' best interests at heart to avoid the main heat of the day and to be in line with Sun Smart programs.

Senior girls who wish to play cricket with a hard ball on a hard pitch can trial for the Hardball Boys'/Girls' Cricket Team. Ideally we would have senior girls playing on a hard pitch with a hard ball in their own competition however, there simply are not enough pitches in the Pittwater Zone for this to happen. Girls who are selected in the “hardball” team will play against the senior boys with a hard ball on a hard pitch. Alternatively senior girls can still trial for the Senior Girls’ Cricket Team which will be played with a plastic ball on grass.

PSSA trials will be held tomorrow after recess and on Friday mornings until Week 3 when teams will be selected. Students may wear their sport uniform and bring a hat and drink bottle. If students have their own gear they are welcome to bring it to the trial, otherwise we will provide them with all necessary equipment. Students who are not selected or do not wish to play PSSA will then be able to choose a School Sport Option which will run in conjunction with the PSSA Season.

The Winter PSSA competition will run in the mornings over Term 2 and Term 3.

Newport Swimming Carnival

The Newport Swimming Carnival will be held on Wednesday 12 February at the Warringah Aquatic Centre. This year we are trialling an online entry form, information and permission note. Please complete the form ASAP and submit. Payment can be made via cash or cheque to the drop box at the school office or online payments can be made via the school's website (POP).

You can access the entry form and information note here

If you would prefer a hardcopy of the entry form, it can be collected at the school office and returned to Mr Moran ASAP.

Please ensure that your child is at school no later than 7.55am, buses will depart at 8.10am. The swimming carnival will commence at 8.45am and finish at 2.15pm. Students are encouraged to wear their house colours but please, no crepe paper or zinc. Students may also wear their sport uniform. All students in Years 3-6 who are competing in any event at this year's swimming carnival should fill out this form and attend the carnival. Students in Year 2 who are turning eight in 2020 and can confidently swim 50m may also attend. Students who are not competing should come to school as per usual. The cost of the carnival is $25 per student and an extra $3 to purchase a swimming cap (swimming cap is optional). Students may swim in their own cap or no cap. Prior to the carnival Mr Moran will distribute swimming caps to students who have placed orders.  Payments can be made by cash or cheque to the school office drop box or electronic payments (POP) via our website and select the "Make a Payment" option and follow the prompts. Please only fill in the fields with the red asterisk. Specify swimming carnival in the description. The age your child is turning in 2020 is the age race in which they should compete. Eg. If your child is turning nine at any time in 2020 they should enter the nine years' races. A program will be distributed before the carnival with the entrants for each race. Please ensure that your child is aware of which heat and lane they are in for each race they have entered. If you are able to assist with time keeping it would be greatly appreciated. Please indicate on the form if you can help. No experience is necessary.

Kind regards

Mr Greg Moran

Music News

Welcome back to music at Newport Public for 2020.  We have an exciting year ahead. 

Our Performance Band, Intermediate Band, and String Orchestra all commence rehearsals in Week 2 - the week commencing 2 February. All families should have received notifications regarding rehearsal times.  If not, please contact Ben Swatton at or Karen Leimbach at

Violin 2s will  also start on Tuesday 4 February.

Training Band will start rehearsals in Week 3.  Training Band is for beginner musicians from Year 3 and up and is still accepting enrolments.  If you would like to know more about the Training Band please go to: or contact Ben Swatton.

Stage Band will be starting rehearsals in Week 3 following auditions.  If you have a student who would like to try out for Stage Band please get them to speak to Ben at rehearsal.

Students entering into Years 1 or 2 who would like to start learning the violin can still enrol for our V1 program.  For more information regarding the V1s please see  Information regarding the V1 program will also be sent home in the first few weeks of school.  V1s will not begin lessons until Week 4.

2019 Annual General Meeting

The Music Committee held its AGM in December 2019 and thanked outgoing Music Committee President Mel Cogan.  Mel will act as Vice President for 2020 to support Mandy Perera as she takes over the role. The Committee also thanked Caroline Thomas and Sherri Butler for their hard work supporting music at Newport PS over many years.  We welcomed Katrina Ginsburg who is taking on the role of Marketing and Communications Coordinator.

The Music Program at Newport is run by dedicated parents through the Music Committee under the aegis of the Newport P & C. We are always looking for parents to help. We are currently seeking an assistant or co- treasurer to support Natalie Sampson in the treasury role. 

If you are interested in knowing more about the work of the Committee please come along to our next Music Committee meeting on Monday 24 February in the staff room at school at 7pm.

 Music Committee

Selections of Sport Teams Policy 2020


Book Club 2020

Welcome to Book Club 2020.  Your child will receive one booklet for each issue.

It is easy to order. The Book Club LOOP platform for parents allows you to pay by credit card. Your child’s order is submitted directly to school safe and sound and the books will be delivered to class. You can place your child’s order at or using the LOOP app, which can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play.

At Newport, Book Club is run as CASHLESS. Please place your child’s order online and pay by credit card online. This is called the LOOP(Linked Online Ordering & Payment) platform. Please see the attached flyer to learn how easy it is to order. Make sure that you select ‘NEWPORT PUBLIC SCHOOL’  and then your child’s teacher’s name. If your child has two teachers then select only one teacher’s name. Cheques are also accepted but must be returned with the order form to Mrs Falconer by Monday 17 February.

All orders must be completed online and cheque orders returned by MONDAY 17 FEBRUARY for Issue 1. All LOOP orders will close by 4pm that day.

Please allow about a week for your books to arrive.

If you have any questions, please see Mrs Falconer.



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