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Cowra Public School NEWS

1 December 2016

Term 4, Week 8

PRINCIPAL’S REPORT P&C

Dear Parents

Fete Meeting Thursday, 8 December 6.00pm in staffroom

Everyone welcome

PSSA STATE CRICKET Congratulations to Mac Webster who was selected and played in the Western District Cricket team. The team finished third in the State - best result in 11 years!!!. They won three from four games and only narrowly lost the fourth game against Polding. The whole school is extremely proud of Mac and the Western District team.

FOR YOUR DIARY DECEMBER 1

Year 6 High School Social 7.30-9.30pm

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Year 5 Farewell to Year 6

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Minor Primary Assembly 9.30am

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Major Primary Assembly 11.30am Infants 9.30am

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Class Parties

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Year 6 Graduation

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LAST DAY FOR STUDENTS

At this time of year all schools are collecting data in order to write their Annual School Report. As part of this process we are required to evaluate aspects of our school policies and practices so that we know what is working really well, and which areas we may need to focus on improving. This year we will be evaluating “Satisfaction” and “Science”. Included with this week’s Newsletter are two surveys which we would appreciate you completing and returning to school by Friday 9th December. Your child is asked to place your surveys in the collection box located in the Office, so that all surveys remain anonymous. Thank you in advance for your assistance with this. On Tuesday CPS held “Bike Day”. Thanks and congratulations to Mr Albert Murray who coordinated this very successful event for all Year 4 students. Thank you also to the parents who donated their time to assist with the running of the day. Bike Safety is an important issue for all students to be aware of and I’m sure they gained valuable knowledge, learnt new skills and had lots of fun throughout the day. Scooter safety is an area of concern which several staff members have brought to my attention this week. Students are reminded that scooters are not to be ridden across pedestrian crossings, around bus lines or within the school grounds. This is for the safety of both pedestrians and riders. Parents are encouraged to discuss this with their children as well, as the last thing we want is for an accident to occur and one of our students to get badly hurt. Yesterday we held a special luncheon for our scripture teachers who generously donate their time every week to instruct our students. It was lovely to meet and chat with them at this event and hear how much they enjoy spending time at our school. On behalf of the students and staff I would like to thank them for their continued support and wish them a very Merry Christmas. Our 2016 scripture lessons concluded this week with a special combined Infants and Primary performance. Over the past few days I have been very proud to receive messages in relation to the outstanding efforts of our students and teachers. Mrs Alison Buckley from Cowra High School and Mrs Kellie Statham from Mulyan Public School both sent messages of thanks for the amazing effort Mrs Long and Mrs Cobcroft went to during the Schools Spectacular Week. I also received a phone call from Jordan Moran who is the Western Region Cricket coach in praise for the great sportsmanship and excellent behaviour shown by Mac Webster during the State Cricket Competition. Mac’s team ended up finishing in 3rd place out of 14 other teams from all over NSW, and was their best result in many years! Congratulations to all. This week classes have been venturing out into our local environment. K-3 attended the Cowra Ballet School’s production of “The Secret Life of Toys”, H123 took a walk to the Post Office to send their letters to Santa and Stage 2 are off to the river today as part of their Geography studies about our local waterways. How wonderful to have so many great learning opportunities and experiences right on our doorstep! Oh…and don’t forget to pop up to the Library this coming week – the mini Book Fair is on with lots of beautiful books and great bargains – just in time for Christmas! Have a great week… Kind Regards, Jenny Lewis

CONTACTING THE SCHOOL Administration Office Hours:

Another week has flown by and the staff have been very busy preparing student reports, Presentation Day awards and end of year celebrations! On behalf of the students and staff I warmly invite all families to our two Presentation Days on Tuesday 13th December at 9:30am (Primary) and Wednesday 14th December at 9:30am (Infants) and 11:30am (Primary). I am really looking forward to both these events and celebrating a wonderful year of learning at Cowra PS.

8.00am - 3.30pm

School commences at 9.10am School finishes at 3.15pm Students are not supervised before 8.40am

Mail: Phone:

PO Box 285, Cowra 6342 2400

School Counsellor 6341 3078 Email: cowra-p.school@det.nsw.edu.au Web: http://www.cowra-p.schools.nsw.edu.au

DEPT.HEALTH DENTAL CLINIC: 1300 552 208


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ANNUAL SCHOOL REPORT

PRESENTATION ASSEMBLIES ~ INFANTS ~ Presentation Assembly Wednesday, 14 December at 9.30am Major awards will be presented at this assembly. All parents and friends are invited to attend.

~ PRIMARY ~ Final Assembly Tuesday, 13 December at 9.30am Special merit certificates, service and citizenship awards and sporting awards will be presented at this assembly.

Presentation Assembly Wednesday, 14 December at 11.30am

At this time of the year we are beginning to write our Annual School Report. As part of this process we need to evaluate aspects of our school policies and practices. This year we will be evaluating the areas of “Satisfaction” and “Science”. Attached are two surveys which we would appreciate you completing and returning to the school by Friday 9th December 2016. Your child will be asked to place your surveys in the collection box located in the Office, so that all surveys remain anonymous. Jenny Lewis Principal

END OF YEAR BOOK FAIR Buy 1 - get 1 free for the school. Buy 2 - get one free for the school, one free for you. We are holding a mini Book Fair in the Library from Thursday 1st December to Wednesday 7th December.  If you have ever lost a library book this would be a great way of replacing that book, buy one for yourself and you get to choose a book for the library.  This book fair is only for books, there are no novelty items or posters.  First come first choice of books, no orders taken.  Great for Christmas shopping!

Major awards will be presented at this assembly. All parents and friends are invited to attend.

Year 6 students will receive their

GRADUATION CERTIFICATES at an assembly on Friday, 16 December at 2.45pm

COWRA CHRISTMAS STREET FESTIVAL Cowra Public School Primary Choir is joining in the combined choir for the Cowra Christmas Street Festival on Friday, 16 December. Choir members are required to be in full school summer uniform but are encouraged to accessorise with a Christmas hat or antlers, bells etc. I look forward to seeing you on Friday, 16 December at 5.30pm in Kendal Street. Mrs Gay Hilton Choir Master


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INFANTS CLASS PARTIES & SOCIAL

SALVATION ARMY COLLECTION

DATE: THURSDAY, 15 DECEMBER Infants classes will party in their classrooms from 12.00 noon 1.00pm.

28 NOVEMBER - 9 DECEMBER Students (K-6) will be collecting donations over 10 days only, commencing on Monday, 28 November and concluding on Friday, 9 December (Weeks 8-9).

Santa will make a surprise visit during this time. A social will be held in the school auditorium from 2.00pm 3.00pm.

Classes will compete for one special, mystery prize.

Children may wear party clothes - please remember a hat. Children are asked to bring a plate of food to share. Please be mindful of allergies (especially peanuts). If your child has any allergies please contact your child’s class teacher.

Every year the Salvation Army distributes in excess of 70 Christmas hampers to individuals and families with the Cowra Community and they require assistance to provide enough festive food and Christmas cheer this year.

Some suggestions: Fairy bread Sandwiches Fruit platter Fruit skewers Salad platter Cold meat (includes chicken) Chips Dip and biscuits

Donations of: * tinned fruit * tinned vegetables * cereal * potato chips * biscuits * jellies * lollies * Christmas cakes * puddings * coffee * sugar * cordial etc. Party items such as serviettes, bon-bons, balloons or decorations would be appreciated also. Please check all use by dates on goods donated.

STAGE 2 - CHRISTMAS PARTY

Please do not send perishable items.

WHEN Thursday, 15 December 2016 from 11:00am until approximately 2:30pm

YEAR 5 FAREWELL TO YEAR 6 Date:

WHERE: Cowra Public School

THURSDAY, 8 DECEMBER 2016

MORNING TEA: Bring your own party food.

Time:

6.30 - 7.00pm Finger food supper 7.00 - 8.00pm Social/bushdancing 8.00 - 8.30pm Formal Ceremony in Auditorium Dress: Smart casual Cost: Year 5 only: farewell cake.

LUNCH: Bring your own OR purchase McDonald's (a note will be sent home with choices). ACTIVITIES: Water activities (students will need to bring their costumes, towel and rubber thongs or waterproof shoes) Sporting equipment will be provided, however, you may bring your own.

$2.00 towards the cost of the

Year 5 students are each to bring a small plate of finger food, ready to eat. Chips, drinks and lollies will be supplied, so please don’t bring them along. Suggestions for food are: Sandwiches; fruit platter/ skewers; salad platter; cold meat (includes chicken); sausage rolls/mini pies/mini quiches/mini pizzas; cocktail frankfurts. Children are not to arrive before 6.30pm and we ask that you are punctual in collecting your child at 8.30pm from the auditorium. If your child is travelling home with someone other than their parent, a note will be required.

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COMPULSORY: Hat Sunscreen Waterproof shoes or rubber thongs Casual clothes - no bare shoulders Drinks, water bottle The permission note and McDonald’s note will be sent home next week and must be returned to their class teacher by Friday, 9 December with the correct amount of money for McDonald’s if ordering. There will be no change given.


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School Magazine

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Order your copy of the magazine up until

Friday, 2 December, 2016 Cost: $10.00 **We will print only the number of magazines ordered (no spare copies will be available). The magazine will contain an outline of the year’s events as well as students’ academic and sporting

SPORT FRIDAY SPORT TERM 4 During the cooler months sport will be played on Friday mornings from 10:00 until 11:00 a.m. Any cost involved must be paid to the school office before classes on Fridays. Skatepark:

Skatepark: - cost $2 (bus)

Gymnastics: Cricket:

PCYC Binni Creek Road - cost $5 (bus & activity) River Park - no cost

Tennis:

tennis courts or school

CLIFF DYKES PHOTGRAPHY Cliff Dykes Photography would like to advise parents that their child’s school photographs are still available to order online up until Friday, 16 December. After this date parents will need to contact Cliff Dykes Photography as the images will be taken down in preparation for next year.

Cliff and Kay Dykes would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Squad swimming: Cowra Aquatic Club - $2.00 or season ticket number Touch Footy & Skills Development: River Park - no cost Walking for Fun & Fitness: Cowra surrounds - no cost Sport money needs to be paid to the office on or before Friday mornings.

Shavaughn Duncan PE/Sport

P & C NEWS!!! P&C Fete Meeting Thursday, 8 December 6.00pm in staffroom

Everyone welcome

 Learning to swim is great fun with Sport and Recreation’s Swim and Survive Program.

 Lessons are a great opportunity to reinforce skills already learnt.

 Classes are multiple grades across preschool and school age categories.

 Classes are delivered by nationally qualified instructors and normally run for eight or nine consecutive weekdays.


5 You’re invited to the Cowra Community Christmas Lunch. It is for those who may not have family or friends around for Christmas. So we will share it with you. It is free, but you need to Register by 21 December. Please call 0429 421 294

You may also like to come to our Christmas Day Service commencing at 9.00am at 2 Bourke Street

When: 25 December 12.30pm for 1.00pm start Where: 2 Bourke Street Cowra Baptist Church

This event is a gift to our community from Cowra Baptist Church and we are thankful for the support of local businesses and our local sister churches that have assisted us. We trust that you have a great Christmas and like the wise men, go out of your way to meet Jesus for yourself.

www.djmccabestocktransport.com email enquiry@djmccabestocktransport.com Phone 0438 863829 0419 472529 For all your stock and hay and transport needs. For each and every Cowra Public associated job we will make a donation to the P&C, the bigger the job the greater the donation! (repeat work included)

PO Box 900, Cowra NSW 2794 T/A Lic 2TA5695 Phone: 6342 1021 Fax: 6342 4597 Email: info@cowrabus.com.au Web: http:www.cowrabus.com.au

2017 AUSTRALIAN TENNIS OPEN: 20-23 January 2017: Twin share - Rod Laver Seats - $985.00

DANIEL O’DONNELL: 20 March 2017: Canberra: Expressions of interest

ELVIS: Friday, 2 June, 2017: ICC Theatre, Darling Harbour: Expressions of interest.

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