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Principal stresses importance of reading program Woy Woy Public School Principal Ms Ona Buckley, has urged parents and carers to not let their children fall behind in the school’s home reading program.

“It is so important for us to read to children and, when they are ready, have them read to us. “Being able to read is the key to

all learning,” Ms Buckley said. “You cannot even operate a computer if you cannot read what to do or where to find things. “Our home reading program is designed to encourage children to read every night. “Reading opens a whole world of travel, world history, science and outer space, either in a factual or

fictional way, which stimulates the imagination. “The world is now at your fingertips with the aid of an internet search engine but you still need to be able to read and understand the information.”

SOURCE: Newsletter, 8 Mar 2019 Ona Buckley, Woy Woy Public School

Robotics to be taught at primary school Woy Woy Public School has introduced classes involving robotics and coding this term as part of the school’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics offerings.

“This term Woy Woy Public School has begun new classes as these are skills our students will be using in their future work lives,” said principal Ms Ona Buckley. Through the Department of Education, the school has been able to secure a number of introductory and child friendly robotics, programming and coding resources, including: sets of Ozobot Robots, EV3 Lego Mindstorm robotic and programming kits,

Makey Makey electronic design kits and Micro:bit kits. Students will have access to all of these resources throughout Term 1. “Students have been learning about coding and programming with these kits and students are making more complex coding choices as they program their robots to race, turn and undergo a series of actions. “Teaching staff have also been developing their skills and undergoing Professional Development both in school and online. “As technology improves, it is important for staff to make sure they are keeping up with technological

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SOURCE: Newsletter, 8 Mar 2019 Ona Buckley, Woy Woy Public School

Ettalong misses out

Woy Woy South Public School toppled Ettalong Public School during their Round 2 clash in the NSWPSSA Cricket Knockout Competition.

“The boys played extremely well but just missed out on advancing to Round 3,” said Ettalong principal Ms Lynn Balfour. “The most pleasing aspect of the day was the sportsmanship shown by both teams. “The behaviour and effort displayed by our students was impeccable and they did themselves and their school proud. “Ettalong cricket parents showed their support on the day, and Mark and Steve Cattley gave up their time to help train, mentor, umpire and score for the boys,” Ms Balfour said.

SOURCE: Newsletter, 19 Mar 2019 Lynn Balfour, Ettalong Public School

Year’s first Interact meeting Brisbane Water Secondary College Umina campus held its first Interact Club meeting for 2019 on March 13.

“Our Interact Club enables students in Years 7 to 9 the opportunity to develop leadership skills while discovering the power of Service Above Self in partnership with the Rotary Club of Woy Woy,” said acting campus principal Mr Adam Montgomery. The Interact Club would organise at least two projects every year, one that helped the school or community and one that promoted international understanding, he said.

“Woy Woy Rotary Club sponsors, mentors and guides our Interactors as they carry out projects and develop leadership skills,” Mr Montgomery said. The inaugural meeting was a basic introduction to the club and what 2019 Interactors could expect to be doing throughout the year. A second meeting will be held to elect the 2019 Interact Club board. Mr Montgomery said he had encouraged all students in Years 7 to 9 interested in giving back to their community to come to the second meeting. SOURCE: Social media, 12 Mar 2019 Adam Montgomery, BWSC Umina

Scholarship will help pay for university studies Brisbane Water Secondary College graduate Chloe Newman has received a $5000 scholarship to go towards her university studies.

Chloe completed Year 12 at the Woy Woy Campus in 2018, achieving a first place ranking in the school’s Engineering and Mathematics Extension 2 courses. Her results enabled her to enrol early in a medical science

degree at Macquarie University which she hopes will lead to further specialised study in neuroscience. Ms Newman said she “really appreciated” the scholarship from the Ettalong branch of the Bendigo Bank. Branch chairman Mr Mick Gage and branch manager Mr Peter McKeon wished Chloe well with her studies. SOURCE: Media release, 8 Mar 2019 Peter McKeon, Bendigo Bank Ettalong branch

Swimmers qualify for zone carnival

Pretty Beach Public School has awarded its Swimming Carnival champions with their ribbons.

“Our school swimming carnival was a big success on February 26 at Woy Woy Peninsula Centre,” said principal Ms Deborah

Callendar. “We had 24 students qualify for the Zone swimming carnival, many of whom were competing in multiple events.”

SOURCE: Newsletter, 22 Mar 2019 Deborah Callendar, Pretty Beach Public School

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