The Randwick Buzz

Term 1, Week 10 2021

From the Principal

It is hard to believe that we are already at the end of Term 1. Our first term in 2021 has been such a successful and busy one. It is always wonderful to see so many happy smiling faces in classrooms and on the playground every day.

Kindergarten’s first term

Congratulations to our Kindergarten students and their parents. The first term of school is always challenging and with the continuing COVID restrictions our Kindy students became very independent quickly. Thank you to the parents for trusting us to support your little ones in the momentous transition to primary school.

Year 6 Canberra

Our Year 6 students swapped rainy Sydney for rainy Canberra early last week. They represented the school with the normal Randwick pride, visiting the National Mint, Old Parliament House, the Museum of Democracy and of course Parliament House. We would like to thank Ms Bell, Mr Bendersky, Mr Pozarik, Ms Laurendet, Mr Palmer & Ms Sten for leaving their families for the 3 nights and 2 days, so that the students can have this enrichment opportunity. Without their passion and dedication, our students would not have been able to attend.

NAPLAN Practice

Our Year 3 & 5 students participated in some NAPLAN practice tests this week. It was a chance for us to test our wifi, iPads and keyboards along with students’ earphones, as well as allow teachers and students to become familiar with the online platform. Everything was very positive! We are also very fortunate to employ a Technology Support Officer two days a week who ensures that our systems and hardware are all working. 

SRC 000 Fundraiser

What a success it was! The students looked fantastic yesterday in their tribute outfits to our emergency workers. Quite a fitting day as so many of them have been helping and supporting the community through the recent flooding. The students raised $1000! This will be sent to the cafe at the Children’s Hospital so that the local fire, police, ambulance and doctors and nurses will be able to enjoy a hot drink.

School Houses

Our first term of our new 6 School Houses has been wonderful! The students were excited to hear of the winner Term 1 House.

Congratulations to the Wombats! They were awarded the School House cup and enjoyed some extra time playing together after Break 2 today.

We look forward to developing and improving our School House system so that students feel like they are connected and belong.

ANZAC Day Assembly

On Friday 23 April, the school will hold our annual ANZAC Day Assembly at 9:15am in the hall. K-4 students will participate in the live stream from their classroom, with Year 5 and 6 in the hall so that we have the ability to welcome representatives and guests. We will listen to some of the main messages about living in peace and the importance of remembering those who have fallen in battle. Parents are most welcome to join us for the service however we are currently limited to 100 guests.

Randwick City Council

The Council has planned to undertake the construction of a raised intersection at the intersection of Frances St and The Avenue, Randwick  from Thursday 8th April to Monday 12th April. The objective of the project is to improve the access between Alison Park and Randwick Public School by upgrading and reconfiguring the crossings.

Please be mindful of these changes when we return next term and let us keep our surrounding streets as safe, so that we can keep our children safe.

COVID Safety

We were delighted to welcome back parents into the classroom and look forward to this happening more and more throughout the year!

During the holidays, please keep up to date with Public Health Alerts, particularly with the new restrictions around the Tweed, Ballina, Byron Shires, Lismore City, as well as Greater Brisbane. 

Please monitor the NSW Health website for locations of concern over the coming days as changes may be made with new sites and locations added.

Farewells

Finally at the end of this term we have a number of staff who are saying farewell to Randwick.

Sam Sale (1S teacher) is going on to Maternity leave to have her first baby. Congratulations Sam! Natalie Westren who has been working with 2H over the last couple of weeks while Mr Hammond has shoulder surgery will be taking on 1S for the remainder of the year.

Bausi Nunez (2N teacher) is taking leave in Term 2 and Isabella Thompson, a familiar face will be stepping in for the term. Welcome Isabella!

Simon Pillidge (4P teacher) has been offered the position as Relieving Assistant Principal at Penshurst West PS. Simon’s calm and professional presence will be missed greatly. Morgan O’Dean who previously completed his practicum at Randwick will take over 4P next term.

Quetzal Bell (Stage 3 Assistant Principal) is taking up a Relieving Assistant Principal position at Eastlakes Public School. Eastlakes will be very fortunate to gain a leader of Quetzal's calibre with her vast knowledge in curriculum, assessment and welfare to support their students. After a comprehensive employment panel, Peter Lavender, from Bondi Public School will join our team, leading Stage 3 from Term 2.

Enjoy the holidays!

Thank you to everyone for such a wonderful and successful first term. We wish you all a safe and restful break and we look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 20th April when we return for Term 2.

Rachael Chisholm & Lauren Sten

Deputy Principals

Congratulation- Junior Girls freestyle relay team

Congratulations to our Junior Girls freestyle relay team who swam at the NSW PSSA primary school swim competition.

They have trained increasingly hard in the past few weeks and were very proud to represent the school, zone and then region at States.

English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD) - Parent Language Representatives

The New South Wales Department of Education’s annual Language Background Other Than English (LBOTE) Survey revealed that 44% of students and families at Randwick Public School speak languages other than English. Within the school community, 60 different languages and dialects are spoken by students and their parents/carers.  As part of the school’s ongoing commitment to parent and community engagement, Randwick Public School will be introducing a new parent volunteer role in 2021: Parent Language Representatives (PLRs).  

What is the role of a PLR?

There are two distinct responsibilities of a Parent Language Representative (PLR):

  • You will periodically receive emails from the school and/or the P&C about upcoming community events and parent volunteer opportunities. These messages will be short and succinct. As PLR, we kindly request that you translate these short messages into your home language and then email this translation to the parents in your Language Group email list.
  • We also encourage each PLR to hold a meeting - online or in-person - with the parents in your Language Group to provide the school with a list of key dates and celebrations from the countries and cultures of that language/dialect. These events can be added to a centralised school calendar and as the event approaches the school will be able to contact the PLR to see if parents from that Language Group would like to come into the school to help commemorate the day. For example, some parents may wish to speak in a Stage Assembly or run a cooking class while other parents may want to provide a link to a song that students could sing on the day. The school is happy to assist PLRs in running these meetings in the form of technology assistance (if online) or using rooms as meeting places (if in person).   

How can I express interest in becoming a PLR?

If you would like to express interest in becoming a PLR, please complete the following Google Form: https://forms.gle/TKhjB7MbjCcKLoz38 . A meeting with parents who have expressed interest will be held in Term 2 to discuss the role in more detail.

How can I receive school communication in my home language?

If you are a parent from a language background other than English, we encourage you to sign up to the email list for your Language Group. This will mean that you will be able to receive messages from the school and/or P&C about upcoming community events and volunteer opportunities in your home language. Information about how to join the email list of your Language Group will be provided in the newsletter in Term 2. 

Patrick Madden

EAL/D Teacher

Randwick Public School

Year 6 Canberra Excursion

Year 6 students have recently undertaken an education tour of the national capital. Students were given the opportunity to participate in a variety of educational programs with a focus on Australia’s history, culture, heritage and democracy. 

The Australian Government recognises the importance of all young Australians being able to visit the national capital as part of their Civics and Citizenship education. To assist families in meeting the cost of the excursion the Australian Government is contributing funding of $30 ​per student under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate program towards those costs. The rebate is paid directly to the school upon completion of the excursion.​

What's on?

School resumes - Tuesday 20th April

Welcome back to Term 2

Earth Day - Tuesday 22nd April

Earth Day is a celebration of the environment we all share.  It also acts as a day of conservation awareness.

Anzac Day commemorations

Friday 23rd April

Cross Country Carnival

Tuesday 27th April

Winter PSSA Commences

Friday 30th April

From the Captains

With the end of such a wonderful term drawing near, here are some things that RPS kids have been up to and some activities to look forward to next term.

Year 6 went to Canberra last week!  We drove in the buses for 4 hours to explore and learn about lots of different things about our capital city.  We think the best thing was visiting Parliament House.  We met Matt Thistlethwaite our local member of parliament, who came and told us what he does in his job.  We learned about the Senate and House of Representatives as well as how laws are made. We also went to places including the War Memorial, Museum of Democracy, the Mint and the Electoral Education Office. At night we went to Questacon which was amazing, with so many interesting things to explore. Another night activity was bowling! The food at camp was amazing. The Year 5 students will be surprised about how good the food is when they visit Canberra next year. We were often tired by the time we got back to our cabins, so it was straight off to bed as we had to be up early in the mornings. We had a great time!

Get your runners ready Randwick, cross country is just around the corner! On Tuesday 27 April, kids in years 2-6 will be competing in our cross country carnival in Centennial Park. There will be cheers, chants and champions as we compete in our new houses. Cross country is a fun race that everyone can compete in while also having a chance to pick up your house some points, so remember to get running in the holidays!

We have some very sad news for you all. It was recently announced that Ms. Bell will be leaving at the end of the term to take a new assistant principal position at Eastlakes Primary School. We are so sad to see her go after so many amazing years at Randwick PS. I still remember when I was in Kindy, hearing about this amazing teacher in Year 6. All I ever heard was good things. Now being fortunate enough to be in Miss Bell’s class, I have gotten to know how much these stories have been true. Even after only a term I will still remember Miss Bell as one of the best teachers I have ever had. We wish her the absolute best of luck at her next teaching job. 

Next term we will hold an Anzac Day assembly on Friday of Week 1 hosted by the prefects and captains. This day will honour all the Australian and New Zealand soldiers who fought and died in wars to protect our country. A reminder to anyone who has family that has served in the army, to send in photos to their teacher to be displayed on the slide show at the assembly.

Have a happy holiday!

Henry & Ash

From the P&C

P&C Executive Position Vacancy

The wonderful Isabel Hesketh  and her family are moving back to the UK, we are going to miss them all so much and we are so appreciative to Isabel for her time, commitment and friendship.

If you have been thinking that you would like to be  part of the P&C Exec team then this could be your chance!

 Isabel says " I really encourage everyone to think about whether they might like to join the executive. It's such a supportive group, I have really enjoyed being part of the committee for the last 2 years and have learnt so much about how the school operates. It's been wonderful being able to help out. There is no set number of hours for this role, but you have to attend the monthly P&C meetings and Executive meetings (all currently on zoom)".  

School Cross Country Week 2 term 2 Volunteers needed- Can you spare 2 hours on the day?

The course is a 1km loop and we have parents stationed around handing out water and making sure the kids stay on the track etc. Shifts are approx. 10-12 and 12-2 and as Martin says ‘ it’s a super chance to meet parents and the teachers too, as well as see the kids’ Please send an email to eleanor.marr@gmail.com if you can volunteer on the day.

We are always looking for volunteers so please check it out  and if you can help please send us an email to randwick.pc.secretary@gmail.com 

It’s a great way to get to know the school community and to make new friends, for all other positions please check out the link to  our website GET INVOLVED | Site

We would like to say a big THANK YOU to the amazing people and businesses that so generously donated to the Easter Raffle:

1. Exclusive Tickets to the ‘Tony Award Winning, Broadway sensation “COME FROM AWAY” at the CAPITOL THEATRE, kindly donated by Katrina Retallick; www.comefromaway.com.au

2. A Gourmet Nonperishable Hamper donated by “YOUR FOOD COLLECTIVE”; www.yourfoodcollective.com

3. A pack from the “RUNNERS SHOP”, Clovelly Road; www.runnersshop.com.au

4. Dental Supplies from “CLOVELLY DENTAL”, www.clovellydental.com.au

5. Gift Vouchers from ATHLETES FOOT, Bondi Junction; www.theathletesfoot.com.au Any time you make a purchase here, make sure to mention Randwick Public School as we can then earn store credit points.

6. “BRIGHT STARS MUSIC” for a term of band and lesson tuition; www.brightstarsmusic.com.au

7. “WILD ROPES TARONGA ZOO”  for the family pass; www.taronga.org.au/wildropes

8. “QUEENS PARK FOOTBALL” for a year’s scholarship/registration; www.qpfc.com.au

9. “LITTLE GINGER ART STUDIO” for 2 holiday passes; www.littlegingerstudio.com

10. “INNAMUSE” For numerous packs of granola https://www.innamuse.com/

11. “YOUNG ENGINEERS- LEGO AND STEM” One term of free tuition; www.eastsydshire.young-engineers.com.au

12. “LET’S GO SURFING’ 2 Surfing lessons; www.letsgosurfing.com.au

13. “CHROMA”, Bondi,  Hair cut, colour and blowdry; www.chromaboutique.com.au

14. “CENTENNIAL PARK BIKES” A one hour bike hire; www.cyclehire.com.au

15. “DINNER LADIES” Food voucher; www.dinnerladies.com.au

16. “STRIKE BOWLING AND LASER TAG” At the entertainment quarter; www.strikebowling.com.au

17. “B. LUCKY AND SONS” At the entertainment quarter, arcade games; www.luckyandsons.com.au

18. “ANTHONY CATERING”, RPS CANTEEN, canteen voucher; www.anthony.com.au

19. “SMIGGLE VOUCHER” Donated by Kammy Mok

Our next big event is looking like an Adults Only Comedy Night in Term 3!

Please reach out if you can offer any support or donations for the event, previously we have had prizes like  facials, accommodation, dinners etc.

Thanks for your ongoing support

RPS P&C Committee


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