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July 2020 Newsletter

2020 July Newsletter

Welcome to the final week of learning for Term 2 at Cronulla Public School. Given what has unfolded in our country and throughout the world over the past few months, I think our entire school community is welcoming the break ahead with open arms.

On behalf of the entire staff, we would again like to express our sincere gratitude for the unwavering support you devoted to your children during the Remote Learning experience. We were amazed at how invested you were in your child’s academic progress, and even more impressed by the way you were all willing to adapt, learn and manage during such an unexpected change and unfamiliar situation.

Thank you for a great term of collaboration, understanding, unity and appreciation.

School will resume on Tuesday 21st July.


Trent Bridgland

Afternoon Pick – Up

As you would be aware, the Department of Education (DoE) and NSW Government have advised that the biggest risk of spreading COVID-19 is through adult-to-adult contact and for this reason, have suggested that parents and non-essential adults should not enter school sites. When completing the risk-assessment for afternoon pick-ups, we determined that having parents wait outside the gate would be quite dangerous for our students, so have allowed limited entry onto the school site for afternoon pick-up. Many other schools in our area and across the state have enforced the government’s recommendations and not allowed entry to parents at all.

For the safety of our staff and students, can I please remind you of our pick-up procedures:

  • Come onsite as close to afternoon bell as you can (K-2 -3:15pm and 3-6 – 3:25pm).
  • Maintain at least a 1.5m space between other people
  • Leave the site as soon as you have your child/ren.
  • Arrange to catch-up with other parents outside the school.

Uniform Term 3

A reminder that full winter school uniform should be worn at the moment and into Term 3 and this means appropriate socks, hats, jumpers and black shoes. Students are allowed to wear their “Sydney East” representative sports jumpers on a Friday. We have also had a large accumulation of lost property. Please remember to write your child’s name on all items like lunch boxes and clothing so they can be returned.

Semester One Student Reports

Semester One student reports have been forwarded home today. Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions. The Parent/ Teacher interviews were postponed in Term 1 and will now be held in Term 3 Week 7. Further information will be sent home early next term.



In alignment with our school’s Student Use of Digital Devices and Online Services Procedures, wearables with digital communication capacities (such as smartwatches) are to be placed in flight mode or school mode when entering school grounds. If the wearable cannot be placed in flight mode or school mode, it should not be worn to school.

Phonics Screening Check Trial

Students in Year 1 will undertake a one on one phonics assessment administered by their teacher in week 4 of Term 3. This is a trial at this stage but will provide additional information about how your child is progressing in phonics. Please see the attachment for further information.

New Curriculum Announcement

Last week the NSW Premier announced significant reforms, with a new school curriculum to be delivered over the next four years, including:

  • stronger foundations in literacy and numeracy with new English and Maths syllabuses for Kindergarten to Year 2 by 2022
  • more time for teaching essential knowledge and skills in each subject by 2022
  • Year 11 and 12 learning will be better linked to future work and study with new key learning areas and career pathways by 2022.

The reforms are based on the recommendations of the NSW Curriculum Review led by Professor Geoff Masters – the first significant review of the NSW curriculum since 1989.

Students of the Month

Nicole C (1J) Everleigh V (1J) Ashton L (1T)
Georgia W (1D) Albion W (1D) Levi A (1D)
Cooper B (1J) Evie T (1D) Edie D (1/2K)
Mia H (1/2K) Indiana K (2S) Olivia O (3T)
Brax L (3T) Asher K (3/4H) Dylan S (3/4H)
Genn O (4D) Zak L (4D) Maria L-R (4D)
Kash L (4D) Jack W (4D) Noah M (5B)
Zak P (5K) Mia B (5B) Tane R (5K)
Tyler W (6A) Zoe M (6A) Tyla S x 2 (6R)
Zara O (3T) Rimu O (6R) Taj F (2S)
Beth H (1D) Ella G (3D) Caleb J (IT)
Kosta A (2S) Lily A (3/4H) Emelia M (1T)
Dallas T (1D) Kaitlyn H (3T) Vivienne B (4D)
Meg D (3/4H) Evie W (1J) Daisie W (3T)

Principal Awards

  • Mia H (1/2K)
  • Luna N-R (1/2K)
  • Addison M (3/4H)
  • Zak L (4D)
  • Maria L-R (4D)
  • Isaac F (5B)
  • Zoe M (6A)
  • Tyla S (6R)

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  • Zak L (4D)
  • Zoe M (6A)


Cronulla Public School will again be participating in the world-renowned ICAS Assessments again this year. ICAS is developed by UNSW Global, a wholly owned subsidiary of UNSW Sydney, with over 35 years’ experience in educational assessments.

ICAS is designed to target students’ higher-order thinking and problem-solving skills in English, Mathematics, Science and Spelling. Writing is no longer available in 2020.

In 2020 students have the opportunity to participate in the following subjects:

Subject ​Sitting dates
ICAS Science Wednesday 19th August, 8:00am $14.50 including GST
ICAS English Wednesday 26th August, 8:00am $14.50 including GST
ICAS Mathematics Wednesday 2nd September, 8:00am $14.50 including GST
ICAS Spelling Bee Thursday 3rd September, 8:00am $14.50 including GST

If you would like your child to participate in any of the subjects listed above, please visit the new online Parent Payment System to make a direct payment to UNSW Global. The Parent Payment System is a simple and secure online payment service specifically for parents to purchase ICAS Assessments. Please enter your child’s name accurately into the System as it will appear on their ICAS certificate.

The web link is:

Our school’s unique access code is: XCF208

Online payment closes Monday, 17 July 2020.

IMPORTANT: There is no provision for a ‘make up’ test should your child be absent on the scheduled day.

100 Nights of Reading



  • Lawson M
  • Florence L
  • Joseph G
  • Lucian M


  • Emily L
  • Jayden D

Kindergarten Enrolments for 2021

Information regarding children who will start Kindergarten next year is now available. Please call the office to register your child’s name for 2021.

Parents are also requested to complete the Department of Education enrolment form which is available on the school website. The form can be completed and emailed to

An information evening is planned for Wednesday 12th August. Further details will be available closer to the date.



The choir will resume their practices from week 1 at the following times:

Junior Choir – Tuesday Recess in 1J (Odd weeks)

Senior Choir – Monday Recess in 3/4H (Odd weeks)

The students will be practising for special end of year performances.


Band lessons will resume as per the previous timetable from day 1 Term 3 with:

Tuesday 21st July

  • 8.00am – Performing Band
  • 8.40am – Training Band

Friday 24th July

  • From 8.00am Band Tutorials


Dance lessons resume in Week1 as per the following timetable.


8.00am – 8:40am – Years 4 Girls Dance group

8:40am – 9:20am – Year 3 Girls Dance


8.00am – 9.00am – Years 5/6 Girls Dance group


8am – 8:40am – Primary Boys Dance Group


8:40am – 9:20am – Year 2 Dance

Please note: If the account for dance has been paid for 2020 then the account will be adjusted with a refund for the costume levy and missed dance lessons for Term 1 and 2.


If the account is yet to be paid, the adjusted cost for the remaining lessons for Term 3 and Term 4 will be sent home in a note.

If your child would like to join the dance class please see Miss Richards or Mrs Ross as due to the guidelines and restrictions there may need to a class size limit.

Term 3 Sport

New South Wales Premier’s Sporting Challenge

The NSW Premier’s Primary School Sport Challenge aims to engage young people in sport and physical activity and encourages them to lead healthy, active lifestyles. The initiative involves primary school classes participating in a 10 week sport and physical activity challenge. This year Cronulla Public School will be participating in two components of the challenge.

Component 1

A student may accumulate time in various sports during lunchtime, in school sport programs, class time, after school or weekend physical activity. Any daily physical activity of moderate to vigorous intensity can be used to accrue time.

Moderate activities could be as simple as brisk walking, bike riding with friends, skateboarding, lawn bowls, playground games, yoga and dancing.

Vigorous activities are associated with such activities as Australian Football, netball, aerobics, soccer, running, fitness circuits, dance, swimming laps and training for sport.

Cronulla Public School will be participating in this initiative in Term 3. Primary student’s will receive their record cards in Term 3 while K-2 teachers will have the opportunity to track students’ progress using an online tracker.

Component 2

Cronulla Public Race Around Australia

This year our school has registered to participate in Race Around Australia. The initiative is a virtual race, allowing Cronulla Public School to compete against other schools from across New South Wales. The virtual race will begin from the Sydney Harbour Bridge, heading in a northerly direction.

A course on school grounds was mapped out for students to complete during allocated sport and physical activity lessons for the duration of Term 3. After each run, students will log their distance covered via the Race Around Australia app with an accumulated class and school total being registered. Each class will track their distance covered on the map and visit various destinations along the way while monitoring the progress of other participating schools. Unfortunately, physical activity outside of school hours will not count towards your child’s class total. Special consideration has been granted to Cronulla Public School’s Run Club who will be registered as class.

Physical activity is valued for its physical, social and emotional benefits. It also supports young people to develop communication skills, confidence and resilience.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Mr Dean.

Best of luck everyone!

Mr Dean

Run Club Term 3

It is with great excitement that we are able to welcome back Run Club again starting in Term 3, albeit with a few changes to comply with all social distancing requirements.

For the duration of Term 3, students will record their run and log their distances using the webpage. On this webpage the students will be placed into groups (K-2 Run Club and 3-6 Run Club) and compete in a virtual race around Australia with approximately 70 other schools from around the country. They will begin from the Sydney Harbour Bridge and make their way North in an anti-clockwise direction. Students will be able to ‘stop’ and view content at different landmarks learning about new places along the way. Student distances will be combined weekly so that they will be able to see their progress as they make their way around Australia.

Students in K-2 will be given a log book where they are able to record the date, distance and who they ran with. This log book will be collected weekly at school and input into the webpage with the assistance of Mr Turner and student leaders.

Students in 3-6 will be given direct access to the webpage and taught how to log the distances themselves. Mr Kenny and student leaders will then check the data and confirm their entries.

There are no limits on how many times that you run each week. We encourage all students to be as active as possible whilst maintaining their safety at all times.

We thoroughly look forward to a new way of doing things and hope that all involved enjoy the process.

If you have any questions at all, please email Mr Turner (K-2) or Mr Kenny (3-6).

Sutherland to Surf

In very exciting news the Wanda Surf Life Saving Club will be hosting a virtual Sutherland to Surf. The Tradies Virtual S2S will be held over the weekend of 7th, 8th and 9th August 2020.

The rules are simple, you can run or walk the Tradies Virtual S2S on the course of your choice, from any location, at your own pace. You can even take the dog with you or do it on a treadmill.

Mr McKimm has created a team called: Cronulla Public School that you can join when you register online. By signing up you can achieve a personal challenge, aim for a personal best time, or simply enjoy participating with family and friends.

This year there are three events to choose from:

– Tradies 11km Classic

– Veolia Family 5km

– Macca’s Junior 2km Dash

If interested, familes will need to register online and the cost for an individual entry to all events is $20. As mentioned you can complete your run anywhere and to have your results known and published the surf club is enouraging runners to share their run on social media by tagging @sutherland2surf, @s2s_wandaslsc and use the hashtag #tradiesS2.

If you are competing please let Mr McKimm know so he can keep a record of Cronulla Public School Runners.

Library News

Premier’s Reading Challenge – PRC

There is still time to complete the Premier’s Reading Challenge!

Students need to log the books they have read on their Student Reading Record. Simply google ‘Premier’s Reading Challenge’ and log in using your DET username and password.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you need any assistance with accessing or completing the PRC.

Borrowing and Returning

It is great to see students borrowing again and enjoying searching for books of interest to them. We still have quite a lot of overdue books, dating back to before we moved to remote learning. Could you please have a look at home for any library books that are due to be returned.

Walkers, Wrigglers and Crawlers

Unfortunately, we are unable to recommence our pre-school story and rhyme time yet. Stay tuned. I look forward to seeing my little friends soon.

Story and Surprise

I’m happy to announce that Story and Surprise for Kindergarten and Year 1 students will start up again next term. Up to 50 students are welcome in the library during 2nd half lunch to listen to a story and receive a small ‘surprise’ to remind them of the story.

Enjoy the school holidays! Stay safe and keep reading!

Miss Kristen Gant

Teacher Librarian

Lego Club

It has been fantastic to have the Lego Club resume after the remote learning period. Thank you once again to all our wonderful families who donated Lego for our club to use. At the moment Lego Club is held every Tuesday at lunchtime for students in K to 2 and has proved to be extremely popular. Next term we will be exploring opportunities to open the Lego Club up to older students.

5K Hands-on Learning

Students in 5K have had an absolute ball constructing objects and shapes during maths lessons. One particular lesson involved students working as a team to create a 1square metre cube using only newspaper and tape. After some perplexed looks, a lot of problem solving and troubleshooting, all students managed to work together to solve the problem.

Well done 5K, your perseverance to solve a challenging task is commendable!




Mimi’s Vacation Care Program

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Term 2
Week 10
Tues 30th June Semester One reports home
Fri 3rd July Last day of Term 2
Term 3
Week 1
Mon 20th July Staff Development Day
Tues 21st July Students return
Tues 21st July Band resumes
Wed 22nd July Years 5/6 Girls Dance group resumes
Thurs 23rd July Primary Boys Dance Group resumes
Fri 24th July Year 2 dance group resumes

Band Tutorials resume

Week 2
Mon 27th July Year 4 and 3 Girls dance group resumes
Fri 31st July School Assemblies return – Even weeks /students only
Tues 4th Aug August Newsletter
Week 4
Wed 12th Aug Kindergarten 2021 Information Evening
Week 5
Wed 19th Aug ICAS Science
Week 6
Wed 26th Aug ICAS English
Week 7 Parent / Teacher Interview Week
Tues 1st Sept September Newsletter
Wed 2nd Sept ICAS Mathematics
Thurs 3rd Sept ICAS Spelling Bee
Week 9
Wed 16th Sept OC Placement test
Thurs 17th Sept Year 4 Digi Education
Week 10
Wed 23rd Sept K-4 Disco
Fri 25th Sept Last Day Term 3