Carlton South Public School

Term 1 Week 6 2019

Principal Report

New Communication

Just a quick reminder to inform you all that our school newsletter will now be distributed three times per term (Weeks 3, 6 and 9). As stated in the previous newsletter we as a school are attempting to streamline our communication practices, based on school community feedback. The ‘Skoolbag App’ will be the main channel of communication. So if you have not yet downloaded the ‘App’ please do so. There have been recent updates, so please ensure you have the latest version.

Notes will still be distributed home from our school, particularly excursion permissions, sport permissions etc. However, for the most part we will be transitioning into becoming ‘paperless’ in the future. The office staff have been busy in ensuring the ‘App’ is up to date with key dates and events. ‘Skoolbag’ also allows you to translate information into several languages and that’s another handy feature that many of our families will hopefully take advantage of.

School Development Day Variation

As mentioned in the last newsletter, our school will be partnering up with Ramsgate Public School to explore ‘Visible Learning’ in 2019. Both schools will be working alongside Corwin who will fulfil the role of professional learning consultants for both schools. In order for both schools to work together collaboratively, Carlton South PS and Ramsgate PS will be participating in teacher professional learning from 9­:00-3:00 on Friday, April 12.

This is the last day of Term 1 and Carlton South PS will be closed on this day. The final day of student attendance for Term 1 will be Thursday, April 11.

We have worked with Kogarah Community Services to ensure that vacation care is available to families on the Friday whilst our teaching staff are involved in professional learning. Please contact Kogarah Community Services if you wish to arrange care for your child or children on Friday.

In addition, the first day for student attendance for Term 2 will be Monday, April 29.

Students are expected to return to school on this day. So in effect, the Term 2 School Development Day has been swapped to the final day of Term 1.

P&C Update

Don’t forget our next P&C Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 13. The meeting will commence at 7:00 PM in our school library. It was nice to see a few new faces last time and we hope this trend continues. The P&C would also love to have as many parents as possible support the upcoming P&C Election BBQ. This will take place on Saturday, March 23. If you can spare an hour, we would very much love your support. I’ll certainly be on hand to assist along with some of the teaching staff. If you’d like to volunteer, please register below and thank you to those of you who have already signed up!

Early Arrivals & Late Pickups

In recent weeks, school staff have noticed an increased number of students arriving at school before school supervision commences. Playground supervision commences at 8:30 AM each school morning and we do not encourage students to arrive before this time. If for whatever reason your child arrives at school prior to 8:30, they will need to remain seated on the ‘silver seats’ adjacent to the west playground until supervision commences. Similarly, there are also a number of students who are consistently collected late after school concludes at 3:00 PM. This practice needs to stop and parents will need to seek alternate arrangements if they are going to be late collecting their children. Kogarah Community Services do provide before and after school care for our school community, so please contact them 9553 6506 for a booking.


With the School Development Day variation on the last day of Term 1, Carlton South PS will be conducting our ANZAC Day Service on Tuesday, April 9 at 12:00 noon. We encourage all our families to attend this very special ceremony.  

Have an excellent  rest of the week!

Darren Galea


Did you know? You can read the Newsletter in your own language!

Simply scroll down to the end of the Newsletter and click on the drop down box for 'Select Language".  This will translate the text into the language of your choice.

Nude Food Tuesday!

Don’t forget to pack a plastic free lunch box each Tuesday. We have loved seeing so many students participating by saying no to plastic each week. Keep up the good work!

Clean Up Carlton South

Thank you to all the students who participated in Clean Up Australia Day on Friday 1 March. It was great to see everyone getting involved by looking after our playground environment.

Return and Earn Bins

Remember to keep bringing your containers for our school to earn a 10 cent refund from each bottle. The Return and Earn Bins, provided by Rockdale Return and Earn – St George Recyclers, are located outside the library on Sankey Field. The money from these containers goes towards environmental initiatives within the school and help to support the Gardening Club.

Thank you,

Emily Carton

News from 3F

What a busy start to the year 3F has had and how quick has the time flown – Week 6 already! We have used our time very efficiently by getting to know each other, finding out our interests, learning a lot and of course having fun!

3F have started using Whole Brain Teaching techniques and strategies to learn about different concepts in the syllabus.   Whole brain teaching combines direct instruction, sharing and immediate feedback to engage and empower all learners. 

In English one of the books we have been reading is Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley. We have been looking at the characters to gain a deeper understanding about their personality. Also students have started to understand how the concept of ‘character’ allows the reader to form a deeper connection with book characters. 

In Mathematics TOWN (Taking Off With Numeracy) has been a focus where all students have been engaged in hands on, fun activities using playing cards to work on concepts such as place value, doubling numbers and addition and subtraction.

Thank you 3F for all your hard work so far.

Miss Floudis

Deputy Principal Report

Learning and Support

Learning and support resources are available in every mainstream school to help any student experiencing difficulties in learning in a regular class. This includes for students with:

  • learning difficulties

  • mild intellectual disabilities

  • language disorders

  • behaviour needs

  • autism spectrum disorder or mental health disorders.

As you would be aware from last year’s communication, the Department of Education has discontinued the Reading Recovery program. In its place, all primary schools have been provided with literacy and numeracy intervention funding. Schools will be guided by the assessment needs of the students when deciding how to use these funds. At Carlton South Public School these funds have been used to provide an additional Learning and Support Teacher for three days, with an extra day funded by the school. Our full time Learning and Support teacher is Mrs Jenny Ibanez. Mrs Angela Hetherington will make up the additional four days. In addition, we have School Learning Support Officers, who support a number of students at our school. Mrs and Ibanez and Mrs Hetherington will be implementing a MiniLit program. MiniLit is an evidence-based and effective early literacy program. It is a practical, systematic and explicit model for teaching reading skills. Both Mrs Ibanez and Mrs Hetherington are trained in MiniLit and will be implementing the program this year. The program does only allow for instructing four students at a time, therefore, it would be difficult for us to provide intensive support to all students with additional needs. Some students may require additional support or adjustment to teaching, learning and assessment for learning activities. Schools use their allocations of learning and support resources to personalise the learning for the individual needs of their students. Our policy is aligned with the Department of Education’s philosophy, which is based on early intervention. We provide intensive support to students who require additional support from Kindergarten to Year 4. Mrs Hetherington will work with Year 1 and Year 2 students, as well Kindergarten students from Term 3. Mrs Ibanez will be working with Years 2, 3 and 4. This does not mean we do not support Years 5 and 6; rather that the support looks different and is in the form of support for teachers to implement programs that support the needs of the students. The learning and support resources are limited and unfortunately do not allow for us to provide intensive support for each child who has additional needs. We are looking to ensure that we rotate support groups to ensure that more students receive access to this intensive support. Differentiation is one of the keys to supporting students with additional needs. Some students may require additional support or adjustments to teaching, learning and assessment for learning activities. Differentiation strategies may include:

  • providing key vocabulary

  • developing individual learning goals

  • including learning centres to facilitate guided or independent learning

  • providing a variety of stimulus materials in a range of mediums.

Teachers may differentiate the learning activities by making modifications to instruction and student groupings.

Teachers may differentiate the learning environment by considering the physical, virtual and social context where learning takes place.

Differentiation strategies may include consideration of the:

  • structure and organisation of the classroom, including class routines

  • ways students interact with and work with others by providing opportunities for individual, collaborative and whole class group work.

Teaching and learning can be adjusted in many ways, based on every student's unique needs, to enable students with disability and additional learning and support needs to enjoy the same opportunities and choices in their education as their peers.

Learning Support Team

Every NSW public school has a learning and support team that works with students, parents and carers, classroom teachers and other professionals to identify students who require extra support. Learning and support teams include key personnel involved in supporting students with disability and additional and learning and support needs. If your child’s teacher is concerned about your child, they will make an appointment with you in order to discuss their concerns and their intention to refer to the learning support team for further advice. You will then be provided with a consent letter that provides permission for the school counsellor to support the teacher and child. Conversely, if you are concerned about your child and would like to either refer your child to the learning support team or see the school counsellor, please contact your child’s teacher and they will provide you with a referral form where you can record your concerns. It is important that we follow this process to ensure that we track and monitor students when teachers or parents and carers express concerns about their learning and development. Please do not call to speak to the counsellor, without a referral, unless it is an emergency.

If you have any questions about this information or require clarification on anything or you would like to discuss your child’s learning or behaviour, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Galea or myself. As a school it is our aim to support the individual needs of all students so that all students make the educational gains that are expected of them at each level. It is the partnerships that we forge with parents that will assist us with this endeavour.


Regular attendance at school for every student is essential if students are to achieve their potential, and increase their career and life options. Schools work in partnership with parents and are responsible for promoting the regular attendance of students. While parents are legally responsible for the regular attendance of their children, school staff, as part of their duty of care, record and monitor part and whole day absences. At Carlton South we take our role in encouraging regular attendance, including arriving at school on time, quite seriously and understand that it is one of our core responsibilities. This is documented in the Department of Education policy on school attendance.

It is a requirement that all students who are enrolled at school, regardless of their age, attend school whenever instruction is provided. Parents are required to explain absences of their children promptly and within seven days to the school. This can be in the form of a telephone call, written note, email or notification using the SkoolBag App. The note needs to explain the reason for the absence e.g. chicken pox - rather than just ‘sick’. The date of the absence needs to be on the note, which needs to be signed by the parent or caregiver.

When a student’s attendance or frequent late arrival becomes a concern, we are required to follow this up by speaking to parents. If students arrive late to school (after the 9am bell) they need to go straight to the office to get a late note before proceeding to class. Parents need to accompany students to the school office when this happens to ensure the reason is given and that the school knows the parents are aware of the lateness. Should children arrive late at school regularly then the school will call the parents to ask for an explanation.

It is important for families to plan family holidays during the school vacation periods rather than during the school term. Absences due to family holidays or similar will be known as leave. Absences for long trips or overseas holidays will not be exempt from the attendance totals for students and will be reflected in the semester reports. We ask parents to ensure that your children attend school regularly and only stay at home when they are unwell. If they are unwell, please inform the school and explain the absence.

Students should not be at school prior to 8.30am unless they are involved in extracurricular activities. Supervision by teachers begins at 8.30am. Occasionally you might get held up in the mornings and arrive late. If this is the case students must come to the school office with a parent before going to class. It is important that students are in class on time and are picked up from school on time.

International Women’s Day 2019

Tomorrow it is International Women’s Day and we have been invited to attend a special breakfast at Moorefield Girls High School. I will be accompanying three of our female prefects to this breakfast, where they will be provided with the opportunity to be part of their celebrations. The theme for this year is “Balance for better”.  A balanced world is a better world. This year we are asked to think about we we call all forge a gender-balanced world and celebrate women’s achievements.

UNSW ICAS Assessments

This year we will be providing an opportunity for your child to participate in the English and Mathematics ICAS assessments. The tests are independent of the school and although we receive the results, the school does not utilise these results in any way. You will be receiving a letter about ICAS shortly, with information and expression of interest for participation.

Suzi Chosid

Deputy Principal

TELL THEM FROM ME 2019 STUDENT SURVEY for Years 4, 5 & 6

I am delighted that this term, our school, like many other public schools in the state, will once again participate in the Department of Education initiative:  Tell Them From Me Student Feedback Survey. This is the fifth year that Carlton South has participated in the survey. The survey measures factors that are known to affect academic achievement and other student outcomes. The focus of the NSW-wide survey is on student wellbeing, engagement and effective teaching practices. Students in Years 4,5 and 6 will once again have the opportunity to provide our school with some feedback from their point of view.  The students find the survey simple to complete and appreciate being given the opportunity to have their say about how they feel about school.

More information about the survey is available at:

The survey is a great opportunity for our students to provide us with valuable and quick feedback on what they think about school life, how engaged they are with school and the different ways that teachers interact with them. Schools in Australia and around the world have used the Tell Them From Me survey to help improve how they do things at school.

The survey is confidential. The survey is conducted online and will typically take less than 30 minutes to complete. The students will be provided with a random username and password that cannot be linked to their name. The survey will be administered during school hours between 13 March and 7 April. Participating in the survey is entirely voluntary.

A permission note has been sent home to students in Years 4,5 and 6 informing parents about the survey. Only those NOT wishing for their child to take part need to return the form to their class teacher by the 11 March.

Copies of the form and FAQs are available from:

You can also pick up a copy of the parent information brochure at Office 1

1.      What is the Tell Them From Me student survey?

The Tell Them From Me student survey asks questions about factors that are known to affect academic achievement and other outcomes. It aims to help improve the learning outcomes of students. The survey is designed to measure, assess and report insights from the student point of view at the school and system levels. The focus of this NSW survey is on student wellbeing, engagement and effective teaching practices.

2.      What kind of questions will the survey ask? The survey questions relate to the following 18 measures for primary schools:

Participation in sports

Behaviour at school

Effective learning time

Participation in extra-curricular activities

Homework behaviour

Teaching relevance

Sense of belonging

Interest and motivation

Teaching rigour

Positive relationships


Experience of being bullied

Valuing school outcomes

Skills and learning challenge

Positive teacher student relations

Expectations for success

Positive learning climate

3.      How will taking part in this survey benefit my child’s school?

The Tell Them From Me student survey will provide school principals and school leaders with insight into student engagement, wellbeing and effective teaching practices at their school, from the perspective of students. Data collected from the survey responses are quickly compiled into reports for school leaders. Principals can then use this information to help them identify emerging issues and plan for school improvement.

4.      What does my child need to do to participate in the survey?

The survey typically takes less than 30 minutes and is conducted entirely online through a secure website operated by the survey developers, The Learning Bar. Schools will make computers or laptops available so that students can complete the survey during school hours.

5.      Does my child have to participate?

No, participation in the survey is optional. Your child will not take part if either you or your child do not wish. If, during the survey, your child is uncomfortable, he/she can choose to stop the survey at any time. The majority of questions in the survey can be skipped. Parents/students have a right to apply for access to, and correction of, a student’s information.

6.      Will the school be able to identify my child from their responses?

Staff in schools will not be able to identify individual students from their responses. To ensure confidentiality, participating students will receive a unique username and password. Where fewer than five students respond to a question, the results will not be made available. A small number of staff in the department’s Centre for Education Statistics and Evaluation (CESE) will have access to individual student responses for the purpose of state-wide analysis. Individual students’ data will be held on a secure server with access strictly limited to CESE researchers. The researchers are interested in trends only – not in individual student responses. No student will be identified in any publication. No school will be identified unless they have given permission. Thank you for your support with this survey,

Elissa Colvin

Survey Coordinator