The Randwick Buzz

Term 4, Week 6

From the Principal

Our P&C AGM was held on Monday night. We are thankful that so many parents have served our school community over the past year and also those who have stood for election this year or who have stood again. At this stage all positions are filled except for the vital one as Secretary. The P&C have considered splitting the role into a Minutes Secretary and an Association Secretary for completing the necessary tasks as an incorporated body. Please consider putting your hand up for one of these, particularly if you work in this type of field and have skills. Alternately anyone ready to learn is also appreciated.

It is a mark of our school community that despite the challenges of 2020, Randwick students have thrived and prospered, our school community has adapted to all the rules and regulations, and new ways have been found to accomplish old tasks such as meeting by ZOOM as a P&C. It has certainly allowed more people to be involved.

Meanwhile at school it has allowed time to do some school and playground refurbishments: Hall sound and lighting, Cricket nets/multipurpose court, Kindy natural play area and now netball/tennis court.

Our PBL committee has also been hard at work with updating our values, awards and sports houses which will form the backbone for improved wellbeing and engagement programs in 2021-2024.

The beautiful "Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be a Learner" mural takes pride of place in the playground along with signage explaining these values in practical terms in different settings.  It has inspired teachers under the leadership of Ms Butler to involve Year 6 in a legacy by creating a mural of the 6 new sports house animal emblems on the back wall of the parents room. There will need to be a tour or unveiling of everything when we can freely admit parents to our playground in 2021 as we hope.

Thank you to parents for being respectful of the Department’s guidelines about accessing schools. We will be able to have parents by invitation to the Year 5 leadership speeches, the various Presentation days and Year 6 functions so please look out for notifications about booking for these events if you receive an invitation.

We are also currently having after school playtimes for new Kindies - 30 per afternoon, again through a booking system. The first one yesterday afternoon I’m told was a great success and children were delighted by all the climbing equipment.

The advice is that for the remainder of 2020 we must follow a COVID safe plan which means that each person acknowledges the rules around possible infection, remains at home if unwell and provides their name and details before entry. I believe the Department is making a business case to Treasury to fund a similar QR code as is being implemented in public venues, so this may help with management in 2021. As we can see by the current South Australia outbreak, it takes every one of us to be vigilant and stay safe.

Students in Years 3 and 5 have been completing a Literacy and Numeracy Check in Assessment. Around 1700 schools elected to take advantage to use this brief NAPLAN substitute for 2020. Year 5 results are back and I’m pleased to say that our students have not suffered adversely from the interruptions this year. We are still waiting on Year 3 final results, but it appears that parents with home learning and teachers with online materials have been able to keep students on task and learning well. Our thanks to the P&C for their support of IT over the years that ensured both teachers and students were ready for the remote learning experience.

My thanks to our teachers and particularly executive members Miss Bell and Miss Robertson. The Year 4, 5 and 6 camps were pulled together very quickly when the announcement was made for them to go ahead this term. I have just returned from the Year 5 camp at Hawks Nest, just past Newcastle. The children were great and behaved well ensuring everyone had an enjoyable time. Thank you to our teachers who gave up their time so willingly, assuming the 24/7 care of the children and to students for their enthusiastic participation and ability to get along well with everyone.

We look forward to various events before the conclusion of the term only 4 weeks away and the new year. The starting pattern is a little different so please watch the dates in the newsletter regularly. There will also be an update just before school resumes for students letting you know about any ongoing restrictions at that time.


Susan Allen, Principal

Playground refurbishments

From the P&C

P&C Executive for 2021

The P&C had its 2020 AGM on Monday night and is pleased to report that the following members of the school community have been elected/re-elected:

President: Noelle Phegan
Vice President: Isabel Hesketh
Treasurer: Naomi Dushieko
Assistant Treasurer / VP: Martin Considine

We are thrilled that the following people will continue in their sub-committee roles:

Fundraising Coordinator: Dimity Thompson
Sports Coordinator: Eleanor Marr
Working Bee Coordinator: Angus Northey
Music and OOSH Liaison: Lil Cullen

We would like to give a big welcome to Kindy parent Jennifer Shailer who has taken the role of Communications Coordinator.  We are looking forward to working with you next year Jen!

We are still looking to fill the role of Secretary and hope to have this position filled at the first meeting of 2021. Please get in touch if you would like to find out more about this position which is part of the P&C's Executive Committee. The role of Morning Tea Coordinator also needs to be filled next year.

Thanks to everyone for coming to our last virtual meeting of the year. Next year we plan to continue meeting online but will also hold a few meetings at school (such as the AGM). Don't forget to buy your Christmas tree - orders close 30th November!

Information for parents and carers about the changes to school operations because of COVID-19 health advice current from 17 August 2020 is available.

    What's on?

    Prefect Speeches

    Wednesday 25th November

    Mufti Day

    Supporting domestic violence

    Friday 27th November

    Virtual Dance Evening

    Tuesday 1st December

    Year 6 Mini Fair

    Thursday 3rd December

    Year 6 Camp

    Monday 7th and Tuesday 8th December

    Presentation Days

    Kindergarten - Monday 7th December, 9.30am - 10.30am

    Stage 1 - Monday 7th December, 11.40am - 12.40pm

    Stage 2 - Monday 14th December, 9.30am - 10.30am

    Stage 3 - Monday 14th December, 11.40am - 12.40pm

    Year 6 Farewell

    Tuesday 15th December

    Last day of Term 4 for students

    Wednesday 16th December

    From the Library

    Thank you for supporting our recent Book Fair. $3,830.00 of commission will go towards replenishing our popular Junior Fiction and Fiction titles.

    Congratulations to the following winners and highly commended for the Book Week Writing Competition.

    Jacob S - 3S
    Luke G - 3C
    Amelie T - 4P
    Nick R S - 1G
    Sebastian H - Yr 3
    Matthew H - Yr 4

    Annette Cullinan

    Teacher Librarian

    Please provide your feedback by clicking on the link. We will direct the feedback to the appropriate people and/or share it in the newsletter!

    Thank you!

    Kindergarten Principal Awards

    Alexander O

    Annabella P

    Annabelle L

    Cara T

    Edward D

    Harry H

    Haru Y

    Jasmika R

    Jasmine A

    Joseph S

    Liam M

    Liv B

    Lucas T

    Max W

    Milo C

    Min En H

    Paulina B

    Scarlett M

    Thomas L

    Yui I

    Zoe G

    Year 1 Principal Awards


    Alex T

    Arina D

    Ayushman A   

    Ben C

    Benji M

    Harlem H


    Ido P

    Lily H

    Tate S

    William E B

    Zach S

    Year 1 Leadership Awards

    Alys L

    Asha G

    Brandon Z

    Callisto S

    Ella S

    Harry T

    Harry H

    Imogen M

    Jacqui S

    Luca Y

    Mariko M

    Year 2 Principal Awards

    Angus I

    Banjo N

    Elijah S

    Georgina M

    Isla M

    Joey L

    Liam M

    Louie L

    Ziggy S

    Year 2 Leadership Awards

    Aleena B

    Alessia B

    Archie G

    Charlotte M

    Chloe G

    Dylan S

    Ellis M

    Georgina M

    Goldie M

    Harry D

    Jamie T

    Jessica E

    Kaitlyn R

    Louis D

    Maddison B

    Nathan K

    Nia Z

    Sam J

    Sophie C

    Year 3 Principal Awards

    Anna E

    Archibald M

    Blake B

    Cecilia E

    Danika S

    Estelle G

    Haley K

    Harry Y

    Imogen T

    Iris L

    Jaden N

    Kian A


    Liam H

    Macey P

    Matilda H

    Natalie A

    Phillipa G

    Raj N

    Rose W

    Ruby M

    Scarlett M

    Valentina M

    Victoria P

    Zac O

    Year 3 Leadership Awards

    Dougie C

    Year 3 Book Awards

    Cecilia E

    Danika S

    Noah L

    Phillipa G

    Year 4 Principal Awards

    Asim H

    Benjamin M

    Jessica M

    Luli W

    Max D

    Maxwell C

    Sophie G

    Zalia A

    Year 5 Principal Awards

    Cameron G

    Nadya L

    Owen R

    Zachary B

    Year 6 Principal Awards

    Cash H

    Chloe H

    Connor R

    Eve C

    Hannah K

    Jude S

    Millie T

    Teya W


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