From The Principal

We are pleased to have all your beautiful children back safely after the holidays.

This term we are very fortunate to have Caroline Bouwman as our new Chaplain. She will be with us every day this term, so please say hello to her. She will be running Breakfast Club on Monday and Wednesday mornings this term. She is also available in classrooms and at recess and lunch to chat with your children.  If you would prefer she doesn’t speak one on one with your child, please advise the teacher.

Thank you
A warm thank you to the volunteers who have been running the Breakfast Club for the children on Wednesdays, especially to Ms Jarra Hofner-Mellman whose children are soon leaving our school.

Mr Bushe-Jones is continuing as Principal at Southwell Primary School, so Mr McNamara and Mrs Duce will also continue to share the Deputy Principal position this term. While Mrs Sputore will continue in Year 3, we have Ms Pershouse who has been a regular relief teacher here, sharing the teaching program in Year 6. She tells me that she is looking forward to helping the Year 6 classes with their lead up to Graduation. Ms Barnes will be absent for the next two weeks Mrs Rebecca Hadwinger will fill in during her absence. Mr Gough will be on Long Service Leave from week five and Ms Yvonne Williams will be filling his position.

The school is advertising for an Aboriginal Islander Education Officer (AIEO). Details are available from the office.

Parent Survey
At South Coogee we think that we can work better if we work with parents in their child’s education. Last year nearly 80 families assisted us to improve our school and took the time to tell us what we do well. Please take the opportunity to respond to this survey. 55 parents have already responded. It is open till the 1st November for your responses. We use the information gathered to plan for 2020.

Gifted and Talented
Year 5 Students Gifted and Talented Program applications for these highly regarded programs are now open and that they are eligible to apply for Year 7 entry in 2021.

These unique academic, arts and languages programs are available at select public secondary schools. They include a fully selective academic school and an arts college.

Children are taught alongside like-minded peers, studying an extended curriculum delivered by teachers with expert skills and knowledge. If selected, they will be guaranteed a place at the school no matter where you live.

You can apply online at Information about the programs, where they are offered and upcoming parent information sessions are also on the website. For more information, you can contact the Gifted and Talented Selection Unit on 9264 4307 or at

Please note: Applications close Sunday 9 February 2020. Late applications are not accepted.

Sports News
Inter-School Field Event Carnival will be held on Tuesday 29th October and the Main Athletic Carnival is on Friday 1st November. These are for Year 3-6 Competitors whom qualified and made the team for South Coogee Primary School.

Congratulations to all our competing students with the ‘Tug-of-War’ Faction Competitions on the last Friday of Term Three. It proved to be very exciting & competitive amongst each of the Factions. It was truly a great sight seeing all our students striving to be the victors. I do hope you liked your Well-Done Ribbon presented on the day.