Scotts Head Public School Newsletter

Term 3 | Week 9 | 15 September 2020

Principals Column

Hello, Giinagay, Hai

A massive thank you to Grant for our new concrete path.  What a difference!

Congratulations to Ricky Buchanan on his award.  See below for more information regarding his award.

Why learn Indonesian ?

Intercultural understanding is a general capability in all NSW K-10 syllabuses, and the most effective way to develop this critical skill is through learning another language. Through learning another language, students appreciate and respect the culture, beliefs and values of others. (Languages K-10 Framework © NSW Education Standards Authority, 2018).

As our fourth largest neighbour in the south east Asia region, Indonesian provides a relevant language for students to learn. Compared to most other Asian languages, which are scripted, Indonesian uses the Roman alphabet making it more accessible to most students.

Most importantly, however, is the impact learning a language can have on learners’ literacy skills, providing first language literacy is sufficiently supported. Results from the national standardised literacy and numeracy assessment show higher performance for students in bilingual programs compared to their peers in monolingual classes. (Ruth Fielding & Lesley Harbon (2020): Dispelling the monolingual myth: exploring literacy outcomes in Australian bilingual programmes, International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism)

Some interesting links around our partnership with Indonesia and future work options for younger Australians.

Joint Statement between Scott Morrison and Joko Widowo - 10 February 2020

Ensuring young Australians have skills and experience for jobs of the future, not the past - 2015

The New Work Order shows that young people are facing the most significant disruption in the world of work since the industrial revolution. Economic changes are transforming work through automation, globalisation and more flexible work. This could bring opportunity. But it could also further disadvantage young people in labour markets.

IECEPA: Minister Birmingham (former Education Minister and our current trade minister)  included last week.

Year 6 Farewell

The good news is with the lifting of restrictions, we can now start planning our Year 6 farewell. Further information detailing relevant restrictions will be provided as part of the Term 4 Guidelines for Schools at a later date.

Captain’s Speeches

Year 6 students will be presenting their Captain’s speeches in Term 4 Week 2 on Tuesday October 20.

Thanks, yaarri yaraang, terima kasih.

Bu Gillian

Gillian Stuart - Principal

Our School Values

This Week's Award Winners

NSW Health Volunteer of the Year Awards

Ricky has been awarded the NSW Health Volunteer of the Year Award for the Mid North Coast. Below is the testimonial read out with his award.

A local Gumbaynggirr man from Bowraville, Ricky Buchanan is dedicated and passionate in supporting local health facilities. His valuable volunteer contribution is evident in multiple initiatives supporting Macksville Hospital. Ricky is a role model who inspires the next generation of Aboriginal people and encourages them to give back to their community.

Working tirelessly for the community, Ricky continually offers his time, knowledge and support to Macksville Hospital. He is an enthusiastic young man and emerging leader. Macksville Hospital is extremely lucky to have a volunteer of his calibre.

Ricky has been volunteering with the Macksville Hospital Development team for the past 3 years. In 2017, Ricky joined Macksville Hospital as a community representative which includes serving on the Macksville Hospital Aboriginal Reference Group, as well as providing guidance and advice to the Macksville Hospital Development Project team on such diverse topics as landscaping, flora knowledge, Gumbaynggirr Language and knowledge, cultural security and safety through designing of the physical environment and arts strategies. 

School News

Leaders Group

Beautiful Batik Bags created in our Learned Leaders Group! Creating fabric bags to support a more sustainable and plastic free world! 

Bu Bettina

QuickSmart Awards

Congratulations to Gem, Sienna and Delana on their achievements in QuickSmart.  These students are all very deserving of an award. Gem never stops trying. Sienna has faced her fears. Delana tries constantly and brings a ray of sunshine in the room each day with his smile.

Bu Annie - QuickSmart coordinator

Work Experience students - Henry and Wulaaran

Parent Information

Thursday is Library Day

Every student will have the opportunity to go to the library each Thursday. Please make sure your child has a library bag and brings it to school each Thursday. 

Please make sure you bring any overdue books in this week.

School Absences during Covid

With the current Covid-19 situation, if a child is unwell they should contact a medical practice in case a Covid test is required.  If a student does have a Covid test they are unable to come back to school until results have been received.  This can be up to 3 days.   A copy of the negative result should be forwarded to the school.

Students are asked to stay at home if unwell.  If your child is unwell at school, they will be sent home.

Parents/carers need to either ring, email, use our Skoolbag app or send a note on the student's return to let the school know why their child is not at school.  The school needs to be notified every time a child is absent from school.

If a student is unwell for 3 days the child must obtain a medical certificate which should be forwarded to the school on the student's return.

Indo News

Cooking Competition: Indonesian Master Chef at Home!

Students in 2/3/4 are learning to cook Indonesian food with Pak Mur and Pak Chris. The first group of students made nasi goreng for the class, which was a great success. The other groups will try different recipes in the weeks to come. To encourage students to cook these recipes at home we are holding an Indonesian Master Chef competition! Each week we will share the recipe cooked in class and challenge the students to try it at home with their families. The first family to take a photo of their meal and send to Bu Emi via Class Dojo will be awarded an Indonesian prize! So get cooking! Here is the first recipe. Selamat memasak (Happy cooking).

Here is a link to a video Pak Chris put together of the students cooking,


NASI GORENG – Pak Mur’s recipe

There are many different versions of nasi goreng across Indonesia. Usually it is a simple meal cooked with left-over rice and eaten for breakfast. You can add almost anything but here’s how we did it at school:

BAHAN (Ingredients)

2 cups white rice, cooked

2 tbsp vegetable oil

3 eggs, lightly beaten

1 tomato, finely diced

1 red onion, finely diced

6 cloves garlic, finely diced

3 shallots, diced

½ cup frozen corn

1 ½ tbsp kecap manis (sweet soy sauce)

pinch of salt


2 chillies, finely diced

fried shallots or peanuts to serve


CARA MEMASAK (Cooking Method)

1.       Heat the oil in a large wok or electric frypan

2.       Make a paste by blending half the onion, tomato, garlic and chilli (optional)

3.       Fry the paste until fragrant, then add the remaining onion, garlic, tomato, shallots and chilli

4.       Cook while stirring for 2 minutes, then push to the side of the pan

5.       Add the eggs and scramble together, cooking briefly, then gradually stir in the other ingredients

6.       Add the cooked rice and corn and stir thoroughly

7.       Stir in the soy sauce and salt

8.       Serve with fried shallots or chopped peanuts sprinkled on top

SELAMAT MAKAN! (Enjoy your meal)

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