Scotts Head Public School Newsletter

Term 4 | Week 6 | 17 November 2020

Principals Column

Hello, Giinagay, Hai

Dear Families,

I hope you have had a great week. It's hard to believe we are already 6 weeks into Term 4. In what has been a challenging and at times long year, time is now moving quickly. As we come to the mid-point of Term 4 we are in the process of planning for 2021. As I know you could appreciate, this is a complex task both in staffing the school, structuring classes and placing your children into classes that ensure they are well looked after. Class placement and staffing will be announced in two weeks’ time for the transition day on 1 December.

Out of School Child Care

We are working behind the scenes to make child care a reality in our village. Please if you know anyone who might be interested in accessing the service ask them to fill in a survey form and drop into the school.

Presentation Day Years K-6

On Tuesday 8 December we will celebrate the achievements of students at our Presentation Day from 9.30am – 11.00am.

COVID 19 restrictions means parents will not be able to attend the assemblies. We will record the event and it will be made available to parents through a link for you to view later.

Year 6 Celebrations

In the last two weeks of school, there will be a number of events to celebrate our Year 6 students as they move onto high school. The Year 6 Farewell will be in the evening on Wednesday 10 December, followed by an overnight camp at the Christian Youth Centre, concluding with a special graduation exiting ceremony from the school at 2.45pm on Wednesday 16 December. The Year 6 dinner will be held at Club Scotts.

Due to COVID 19 restrictions we are limited to numbers, therefore unfortunately the year 5 students will not be able to be part of the evening. Each family will be restricted to one family member. Information will be sent home to Year 6 parents regarding these events this week.

School Development Days

Parents will be aware that schools have school development days on the first day of Terms 1, 2 and 3 and the last two days of Term 4. These days are non-teaching days and focus on teacher professional learning and school planning.

The school development day scheduled for Thursday 17 and Friday 18 December was re-scheduled this year with teachers completing their professional learning workshops during Saturday sessions.  Accordingly, there will be no staff present on Thursday or Friday 18 December and the school will be deemed ‘non-operational’.

Changes for 2021 for School Development Days

  • At the beginning of 2021 staff will return on Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 January to participate in professional learning related to curriculum development and wellbeing for two days. We will also be engaged in whole school strategic planning and look forward to sharing this with you early next year.
  • The first day of attendance for students in Years 1-6 for the 2021 school year is Friday 29 January 2021.
  • New Kindergarten students will complete their Best Start Assessments on Friday 29 January – Tuesday 2 February.  Their first day of school will be Wednesday 3 February.

A School Focus on Attendance Matters

Teacher quality is the single most important in-school factor influencing student achievement (Hattie, 2009). However, the relationship between teacher quality and student achievement is mediated by the amount of time students spend in the classroom. Irrespective of the reasons for absences, non-attendance affects student outcomes.

Attendance at school is essential to assist students to maximise their potential. Schools, in partnership with parents, are responsible for promoting the regular attendance of students.

Encouraging regular attendance is a core school responsibility.

Thanks, yaarri yaraang, terima kasih.

Bu Gillian

Gillian Stuart - Principal

Stranger Danger

Currently there are warnings in the Nambucca Valley about a white car that has a woman and a man in it, travelling around and attempting to entice students into their car. They are approaching children and offering them money to get into the car. Adages such as, ‘Never accept sweets from a stranger’ form a central part of the concept of Stranger Danger.

Crucially children need to understand that a person they do not know can be dangerous / tricky even if they are female or look ‘nice’.

Please can all adults be on high alert regarding students walking around town by themselves. Please discuss this with your children.

Our School Values

School News

This Week's Award Winners


NAIDOC Week will be celebrated at SHPS on Wednesday 18 November.  The Year 6 Aboriginal Leaders will running activities throughout the school.

NAIDOC Theme - 2020  Always Was, Always Will Be

Recognises the First Nations people have occupied and cared for this continent for over 65,000 years.

We are spiritually and culturally connected to this country.

This country was criss-crossed by generations of brilliant Nations.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were Australia’s first explorers, first navigators, first engineers, first farmers, first botanists, first scientists, first diplomats, first astronomers and first artists.

Australia has the world’s oldest oral stories. The First Peoples engraved the world’s first maps, made the earliest paintings of ceremony and invented unique technologies. We built and engineered structures - structures on Earth - predating well-known sites such as the Egyptian Pyramids and Stonehenge.

Our adaptation and intimate knowledge of Country enabled us to endure climate change, catastrophic droughts and rising sea levels.

Always Was, Always Will Be acknowledges that hundreds of Nations and our cultures covered this continent. All were managing the land - the biggest estate on earth - to sustainably provide for their future.

Through ingenious land management systems like fire stick farming we transformed the harshest habitable continent into a land of bounty.

NAIDOC Week 2020 acknowledges and celebrates that our nation’s story didn’t begin with documented European contact whether in 1770 or 1606 - with the arrival of the Dutch on the western coast of the Cape York Peninsula.

Congratulations Cohen

Scotts Head Public School’s music program is paying dividends for Master Cohen Pithers who recently sat for the Australian Music examination Board piano for leisure assessment. Cohen scored a High Distinction (the highest possible mark) for his musical efforts. The examiner noted: "Cohen, I very much enjoyed listening to your performance of repertoire pieces as well as own choice music. You have made a fine start to your piano studies, showing a natural musicality and pleasing rhythmic response. Continue working to further develop your piano playing skills into the future. Well done !!"

Well done Cohen!

Public Speaking

Our Little Whales with their Buddies

Parent Information

Year 6 Funtastic Fete - Thursday November 19

A note with an attached payment envelope went home last week regarding the Funtastic Fete.

The Year 6 students are running the Funtastic Fete on Thursday 19 November from 10am to 12pm.  (Sorry, parents are unable to attend).  

Cost of the day is $10 per student (to be paid in advance).   There are 10 activities and students can use tokens for any activity.  Each activity is worth one token.  Students will receive 10 tokens to use on the day.  These will be handed out at the Fete.

Student assistance is available to support families.  Forms are available from the office.

Book Club Issue 8

Book Club order forms went home to today.  Orders are due back at school by Friday 27 November.

2021 School Bus Applications are Now Open

Applications for student travel in 2021 opened on Monday 12 October 2020.

Students who require a travel pass for 2021 can now apply online.

Students who have changed school, changed address, should re-apply or update their details.


Thursday is Library Day

Every student will have the opportunity to go to the library each Thursday. Please make sure your child has a library bag and brings it to school each Thursday. 

Please make sure students return any overdue books . 

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