100 Days of South Coogee Primary School
This year is the 100th Anniversary of South Coogee Primary School. A 100th year banner is included on our Leaver’s shirts. This was designed in Art last year by Lazar Malenic. Each class is working on a contribution to a book to mark the occasion. Photos and memorabilia are being collected for a display at a celebration assembly in Term 3. If you have photos from the early days of the old school, Mrs Miller will scan them and return them to you. There will be a celebration of this anniversary on September 8th.
Our ANZAC Day ceremony was held for our students and very competently conducted by our Student Representatives. The choir performed a beautiful medley of songs which were sung during the dark times of World War 1. Mrs Cleak OAM addressed the students and talked to them about the history behind the Last Post and the Rouse, and the Ode. Students participated respectfully and wreaths were laid by representatives from each cluster.
Our students in Years 3 and 5 began their NAPLAN testing on Tuesday with the Writing component. Year 3 students completed the test using pencil and paper and our Year 5 students completed it online. This was followed on Wednesday by the Reading. This test and all the rest are done on line. Thanks to our stringent testing of equipment by Mr Manish, the number and quality of the iPads at the school, and the earlier practice tests, all testing has gone smoothly. There has been a delay in the Language testing due to instructions from SCSA and this and Numeracy will be completed next week
Professional Development Day in Northam
Around 45 of the school’s staff took a bus together to visit Bilya Koort Boodja, the museum in Northam which showcases Aboriginal history of that district. This was to support the work of our Cultural Inclusivity Committee who have developed a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) showing how we are promoting the learning and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and contributions. Teachers were provided with planners on the day, to assist them with integrating what they had learnt into their lessons.
Meet two of our Ed-Connect Volunteers
I would like to introduce Brian, who is one of our longest serving volunteers with the Ed-Connect Volunteer Program. It took some convincing to get him to agree to be featured in Meet Our Volunteers. He was adamant that he didn’t need recognition for the work he does. In fact, this sentiment is shared by all our volunteers, each of whom down-play the valuable contributions they make to our school.
Brian has been coming to South Coogee Primary School for close to six years. Once a week, he spends quality one-to-one time with students who need a little extra attention. Brian is a bit of a magician – not only with a pack of cards – but also with the children he works with. The students really value the time they have with him. As one boy explained, “I like (my time with Brian) because I get to play games and learn card tricks”.
Brian, the students and staff of South Coogee Primary School thank you for your service.
Let me also introduce you to one of our longest serving volunteers, Rocco. For over six years, Rocco has been a volunteer mentor at South Coogee Primary School. Like all our volunteer mentors, Rocco is matched with a student who would benefit from receiving extra support.
Rocco makes weekly visits to this student to catch up, talk and help with school work. Rocco finds working with students very rewarding.
Mentors at our school play an important role in building stronger support networks for students.
Rocco, the staff and students at the school thank you for your service.
School Board Report
April Morgan – Parent Representative
The School Board met for the first time in Term 2 amidst the start of the NAPLAN testing. The staff seemed calm and well prepared for the process. We’d like to wish everyone involved well and hope the testing continues to go smoothly.
We spent some time reviewing the ICT infrastructure plan. South Coogee PS is extremely well resourced in both hardware and software and this is a testament to the planning of the school staff. We are fortunate enough to have Manish working part time as an ICT Coordinator, he is a big asset to the school.
Staff and students have recently undertaken voluntary surveys, the results of which are overwhelmingly positive. Parent surveys, which will go out later in the year, will no doubt reflect how proud we all are of our school. The board hopes that Voluntary contributions will continue to be paid as these are used to support the curriculums and resources. Thank you to those who have already paid.
Here’s hoping that we manage to remain mask free and that everyone enjoys this cooler weather.