Cowan Public School Newsletter

Issue 9 - 10th June, 2021

Principal's News


Attendance monitoring is a daily requirement for schools, more so at the moment with daily attendance statistics submitted to the Department.

This week I had a meeting with Tim McCallum (Executive Director of School Performance) and Ros McCallan-Jamieson (Director of Educational Leadership). They both were equally impress with our attendance percentages for whole days. Congratulations parents!  

Attendance Matters

The importance of arriving on time

Arriving at school and class on time:

• Ensures that students do not miss out on important learning activities scheduled early in the day

• Helps students learn the importance of punctuality and routine

• Give students time to greet their friends before class

• Reduces classroom disruption

Lateness is recorded as a partial absence and must be explained by parents. 

Semester 1 Reports

Our teaching staff have spent considerable amounts of time over the past few weeks writing Semester 1 reports which will be sent out to you on the last day of this term.

The reports provide a summary of your child’s progress, achievements and efforts for Terms 1 and 2 and will also include individual learning goals for them in the areas of literacy and numeracy.

I trust that you will celebrate your child’s successes with them on receipt of the Semester 1 report and support them in the achievement of their new learning goals.

Cowan Pre-Schoolers Club

Today our future 2022 Kinders had a fun session with Mrs Ruzek. They made an emu :)   The parents with siblings already at the school enjoyed meeting new Cowan PS parents.  We look forward to them visiting us again soon. Welcome 2022 Kinders and parents!



Last week Toby, Harvey, Sam and Kira participated in the second round of the Premier's Debating competition via Zoom.  The topic was 'We should limit children's time on technology to two days'; we argued the affirmative of this statement. They versed Asquith Public School who were the stronger team this time. However, our team walked away with a vast amount of experience, ready to use this experience in their next debate versing Mount Kuring-gai Public at School for round 3. Good luck to the Cowan team for next week!

Miss Lisa Steele

High Jump - Next Tuesday

High Jump trials are on for all students wishing to compete and try out for zone (Turning 8 years or above).

Venue -  Brooklyn Public School

Date - Tuesday, 15th June 2021.

Time - 8:30am

Travel - to and from by private transport

A note should have been returned to the office by today.

If wet weather - you will be notified by SkoolBag by 8am if this event is cancelled otherwise assume it is on.

Athletics Carnival - Next Wednesday

Students are to wear their school sports shorts and are encouraged to wear their House colour in a t/shirt, socks, hair-ties, etc.  Students should also bring a water bottle and make sure they have sufficient healthy food for the day. 

A Canteen will operate on the day.   Transport by private vehicle to be arranged by parents.  Parent helpers will be needed on the day.  

Venue -  Foxglove Oval, Foxglove Road, Mt Colah  

Date - Wednesday, 16th June 2021.

Time - 9:15am

Travel - to and from by private transport

A note should have been returned to the office by today.

If wet weather - you will be notified by SkoolBag by 8am if this event is cancelled otherwise assume it is on.

Sydney North Dance Festival

The Cowan Dance Group will be performing their item to be filmed at the 2021 Sydney North Dance Festival at Glen Street Theatre, Belrose on Tuesday 22nd of June, 2021.

Our Performance will be shown on the followings dates and sessions.  As you can appreciate, they can not show all schools dances in every session, as there are over hundred schools participating.

Wednesday 23rd June, 2021 – 5pm

Thursday 24th June, 2021 – 7:30pm

Friday 25th June, 2021 – 12:30pm.

Please see SkoolBag post last week on how to book.

Small Schools Soccer Gala Day

Our Small Schools Soccer Gala Day is tomorrow.  We will be playing at Bloodtree Oval, Mangrove Mountain (Bloodtree Road).   Good luck to our team.

Gala Day Draw

10:00am - Somersby vs Cowan

10.30am- Central Mangrove vs Cowan

11.00am- Jilliby vs Cowan

12.00pm-  Cowan V Peats Ridge 

1.00pm- Cowan V Kulnura 

If wet weather - you will be notified by SkoolBag by 8am if this event is cancelled otherwise assume it is on.          

Cowan Twilight Fair News

The Cowan Twilight Fair will now be held on Friday 8th October from

 5pm – 8pm this year.

A change of date will mean that daylight saving will have begun and it will ensure a more enjoyable evening for all.

Your talented children have started preparing their artworks, which will be framed, to go on sale for sale at the Art/Photography Exhibition. 

The students will also be working on collaborative art pieces for our Silent Auctions.

The Space Station Café will be the hub of the Fair with delicious food and drinks on sale.

The staff are currently working hard to secure our stall holders and prizes for our raffles. Stall bookings are open now and cost $25 (Student stalls are $10)

We would sincerely appreciate any help with donations of prizes or stallholders. There are prepared letters available to be circulated to businesses from the School Office.

Our popular Gourmet and Pamper Pack baskets for raffles are now accepting donations in the school office.

A massive thank you in advance for any help that you can give our small team of school staff.

If you need any more information please see me. (Mrs Scanes)

School Holidays - July

The Hornsby Shire Library and Information Service have organised an amazing magic show for children during the July school holidays. Prepared to be dazzled by the marvellous Magic Craig as he brings his spectacular show to our libraries.  Magic Craig has carefully developed his magic show to captivate both children and parents, keeping all attendees entertained.

Book Fair

School Holiday - July - Kids Games 2021

Turn Bread Bags and Tags into School Play Equipment

Cowan PS has entered a competition to receive more sport equipment for the school. We need YOU to collect ANY bread or WRAP bags or tags and return them to the box in office foyer.

For every 5kg bin filled, schools earn credits redeemable for exciting new sports equipment.

Please start collecting today.

Cake Day

Thank you to all our families who supplied cakes last fortnight, and for our students who bought cakes.  The money raised from these days goes to our Student Parliament and our School charity, Stewart House.

Due to students getting IOUs against their parents wishes we ask that all students bring money to buy cakes or alternatively leave money at the office for Mrs Hope to hand out on these days.  THERE WILL NO LONGER BE IOUs.

Please pay all outstanding IOUs. 

Next cake day is the 23rd June - Cakes to be supplied by Jan, Meyers and Makin.

Positive Behaviour for Learning Focus

Volunteering at Cowan PS

If you volunteer in our school, for example as a reading parent or if you are helping with the BBQ; you need to fill in an Appendix 5 and provide a 100 point check for our records.  This document is available at the school office and will only take a few minutes to complete.  If you have provided this information in previous years you do not need to do this again.

Asquith Boys High School

P&C Spot

What’s Coming Up

Friday 11th June—Soccer Gala Day

Wednesday 16th June—Athletics Carnival (House colours to be worn)

Sunday 20th June Bunnings BBQ @ Thornleigh. 

Wednesday 23rd June—Cake Day (Jan, Meyers & Makin)

Friday 25th June—Last Day of Term 2.

Monday 12th July – Term 3 Starts

Tuesday 13th July – Students Return to School

Wednesday July 21 - Opportunity Class 2022 Placement Test

Wednesday, 28th July P&C Meeting @ 7pm in the Library.