Curtin Primary School Newsletter

Week 8 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 8

Dear Curtin Families,

It is hard to believe that we are nearing the end of yet another busy term. The students have had a very full and exciting term of learning and most grade levels have now had the opportunity to share what they have been working on in their inquiry units, through successful culminating events over the last few weeks. Well done to everyone.

Semester 1 reports will be sent home before the end of term. As you may be aware, the Education Directorate is trialing a new reporting format this semester and Curtin Primary is part of this trial. As such, student reports will look a little different to previous years. The main changes to the reports include the introduction of year level achievement standards to give an indication of your child’s progress and an overall general comment. These changes allow us to give a more succinct, clear overview of your child’s achievement.

The other significant change with the semester reports is that they will be sent out to families electronically, via email. If you do not receive an email when expected, please check Skoolbag in the first instance for any notices. If we are having technical difficulties we will post an announcement. 

You should receive a test email this week to check the correct addresses are being used.  If you do not receive a test email, please check Skoolbag and, if there no alerts, then please contact the front office. If the email has incorrect information please forward it to

Next week, from Wednesday, you will receive your child’s report by email. Different year levels will be emailed at different times. So, if you have more than one child in the school you will get more than one email throughout the day and evening. If you do not receive a report, check Skoolbag in the first instance and, if not received by Friday next week (week 9), please contact the school office. Thanks in advance for your patience and for working with us as we introduce the new system.

A reminder that our next assembly is being held in the main hall on Friday 28 June, commencing at 2.10pm. This assembly will be run by our year 3 students and all parents and carers are welcome to attend.

We are continuing to congratulate students who have achieved bronze, silver and gold certificates for demonstrating our Positive Behaviours for Learning (PBL) expectations consistently. These certificates are currently given out to students on Monday mornings during lines on even weeks. In Term 3, this will change to Friday mornings during even weeks. Our last PBL awards morning assembly for this term will be next Friday. All students who have been awarded a PBL certificate this semester are invited to attend a special event PBL celebration on Wednesday during week 10. More information will be sent home regarding this soon.

Have a great week,

Clare Farr.


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

Christian Education20 June
Yellow Possums & Red Wombat excursion to National Gallery of Australia25 June
Reports go homefrom 26 June
Kindy walk to Curtin Shops26 June
Blue Emus excursion to National Gallery of Australia28 June
Year 3 Assembly - 2.10pm start28 June
Year 1 excursion to National Museum of Australia2 July
2019 ACT Primary Schools Chess Teams Interschool Chess Competition3 July

Notes to be returned

Notes may be downloaded from links found below

Date Due
Voluntary contributionsasap
World of Maths Roadshow incursionasap
Year 1 excursion National Museum of Australia29 June
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


Year 1 excursion National Museum of Australia


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



In term 3, all Curtin classes (P-6) will be producing a performance for families. This will also be part of our Book Week celebration. Please save the evenings:

Thursday  15 August - Preschool to Year 2 concert

Thursday  22 August - Years 3-6 concert

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.

2019 ACT Primary Schools Chess Teams Interschool Chess Competition

Chess-playing students from K-6 are invited to participate in the 2019 ACT Primary Schools Chess Teams interschool chess competition on Wednesday 3 July 9am to 3pm at Garran Primary School. Cost of entry is $10 per student.

It's a fun day for all students with at least a basic knowledge of the moves of chess.

Andre Andaras, Curtin Primary School chess club tutor, has offered to run a free chess lesson for any students entering.

If you are interested please contact no later than Friday 21 June.


ACT Interschools Snowsports Championships

Parents are reminded that entries close for ACT Interschools Snowsports Competition on 24 June. Please contact our school co-ordinator, Alistair Court (Jemima, 1FO) at if you or your child may be interested in this event or if you have any questions.

More information can be found at:


Overdue Books

A reminder that overdue notices have been sent out. Could all overdue books please be returned to the library?  If the book is lost you may either replace the book or pay the overdue fee.

Please email with any queries.

Thanks, Greg and Jane.

Book Club Orders

Book Club orders need to be in by Sunday 23rd June.  (Online orders only). The last order will be processed Monday morning.


Thank You and You and YOU!

Following the success of both the Go-Fund-Me campaign and the Easter raffle, the P&C has met the funding target for the Super Slides. YAY!! A big thank you to everyone in our school community for supporting these fundraising efforts. Construction of the slides will commence following the installation of the fence in Term 3. We will be providing more updates as they come to hand.

We'd also like to send a very big thank you to Curtin mum and Personal Trainer Kylee Todd who ran a series of four ‘Bootcamp’ sessions each Sunday morning in May. Kylee generously donated all funds raised from this fantastic initiative to the school. Kylee runs her own personal training business with a specialisation in women’s post-natal fitness. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Kylee on 0406 975 934.

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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