Stockton Public School Newsletter

Term 2 Week 2: 28 April 2021

From the Principal

Welcome back to Term 2! Welcome to our new families that have joined Stockton Public School this term.

I trust that everyone had a restful holiday break. Everyone has settled smoothly back into school life. The weather is glorious - we are certainly enjoying the warm sunshine in the middle of the day. 


Last Wednesday I had the privilege of attending the 65th Annual Newcastle and Hunter Combined Schools ANZAC Commemorative Event at the Civic Theatre with our six school leaders. It was centred on the celebration and acknowledgement of local man, Alfred Clive Carpenter OAM ED. It was lovely to be able to take students out of the school again for the first time in a long time. Our school leaders were the perfect representatives of our school.

At our school ANZAC Day service, we commemorated all those who serve and have served in the Australian armed forces. In particular, we paid respect to all those who gave their life or were injured in the service of their country. We sincerely thank all the teachers who organised the service, our student leaders who ran the service and the entire school for being so respectful during the service.

On Sunday, Zali, as one of our school captains and I represented Stockton Public School at the local ANZAC Day service held at Stockton RSL. It was a very moving tribute to service men and women and recognised the sacrifices made. Lest We Forget.

Thank you to all of the local business and community members who donated to Stockton Public School.  We are in the process of purchasing books for our library on their behalf.



Our I Spy garden is finally open and ready for the students to play on! We are so excited to have the fencing down. The staff decided that as everyone was over excited about playing in the new area, we would roster the students to use the playground. K-2 were allowed exclusive access last week and students in Year 3-6 this week. Watching how the students use the space, has been very interesting. So that everyone is safe, we will be continuing the week about roster to play in the I Spy garden. This also means that the staff are considering how the rest of the space will be used. We are discussing play areas and making some considerations. It is exciting to see students using all of the playground now that they can move between the traditional primary and infants playground. I have recently purchased a giant snakes and ladders game and a connect 4 game for the playground. Now that restrictions have eased and we can access more equipment the checkers will return to the painted board outside the library. Whilst we are very fortunate to have so much playground and grass area, a real bonus for our school, sometimes that means the students have too much free run space and this can cause behaviour and friendship problems on the playground. We are looking for new ways to use our playground and additions for our playground so that the students are engaged positively in play and social interactions. Watch this space!



On Friday 7 May we will be hosting a Mother’s Day breakfast. This is to celebrate the special people in our students' lives who care, love, support and look after our them. Please join us for a bacon and egg roll under the COLA from 8am. The choir will be singing. There may be a coffee van to purchase a coffee/tea, although this is proving a little tricky to find one available. If not, there will be coffee/tea available to purchase at the canteen. Please RSVP with numbers attending by this Friday 30 April so that we can organise the catering for the event. We look forward to seeing you here!



We are currently taking enrolments for Preschool and Kindergarten for 2022. Families who reside within our ‘Enrolment Zone’ may apply for enrolment K-6 at any time. Our boundary map and street names are on our school website.  Please be aware if a non-local child is enrolled at Stockton Public School, parents need to understand siblings will only be enrolled if enrolment capacity allows at the time of an enrolment application.  If this is a future kindergarten enrolment, this may not be able to be determined until September for the beginning of the following year. If your family’s current residential address is in the current intake zone, and you move outside the school’s intake zone, younger siblings cannot be offered enrolment unless there are spaces available for non-locals. Parents need to be aware of these policy implications. If you need to discuss this matter further please do not hesitate to contact me.



It is imperative that staff know who is on the school grounds at all times. The two main reasons for this are for child protection and for emergency procedures so we know who we need to take with us.

I ask that –

  • if you are dropping off an item for your child our office ladies will take the item and pass it onto your child at their earliest convenience.
  • if you are visiting the school grounds once school has started, after 9am, and before school finishes at 3pm that you come to the front office first and foremost.
  • if your child is arriving late to school, please walk them to the front office for a late slip. Your child will take himself/herself to class from there with the late slip. If need be, the ladies will walk with them.
  • if you are collecting your child from school early, please call the office earlier in the day and the ladies will organise with the class teacher for your child to be waiting for you in the waiting room. If not, please come to the front office and one of the ladies will collect your child from the classroom.
  • if you are working in our school canteen or a class volunteer, I also ask that you sign in at the front office at the beginning of your shift where you will receive a yellow lanyard and sign out at the end of your shift, and hand back the lanyard. This clearly identifies you as a known person on our site.

 These procedures ensure the safety of all of our students and staff.

If you notice someone on our school grounds without a lanyard, that is not staff or a student, please notify staff as soon as possible.

Please note our office ladies are still happy to take payments and uniform purchases over the phone.

We are very grateful for the wonderful work our lovely office ladies do each and every day. They really do go above and beyond!


Now that the cooler weather has arrived, students are wearing winter uniform to school. I have included the uniform policy in this newsletter for your attention. One of the noticeable things about Stockton Public School is how great we are at wearing our school uniform. When I look across the playground it is so nice to see a sea of light blue and navy shirts, jumpers, skorts and shorts. Please remember the winter uniform is navy jumpers. The front office sell hoodies and jackets with the school crest. Students can also wear plain navy jumpers or jackets. Please refrain from wearing other jumpers with logos such as the soccer team or the netball team. I am confident that no child wears their school jumper to the football game, so the reverse is also the expectation. Please ensure that your child's name is on every jumper. Students need jumpers in the morning and sometimes by the afternoon. The middle of the day is warm at the moment, and often students take jumpers/jackets off. It is extremely difficult, if not impossible to find jumpers and jackets that do not have student names in them. Classrooms can have up to 30 students in them, which means jumpers often get mixed up. A name written on the tag, or a name tag stitched into the jumper can help the item to be returned to the rightful owner. This also helps with lost property. Thank you for your cooperation in keeping our standard of school uniform as one of the best I have ever seen.


At Stockton Public School, we try to use a small group of consistent and familiar casual teachers. These casual teachers replace our staff when they are on leave. Leave could be long service leave, illness, professional development courses, or off class and in school organising and supporting school events and plans. We are very grateful for the casual teachers that support Stockton Public School and continue with the class teaching and learning program.

At times, unfortunately we are unable to find casual teachers. We have found that the demand outweighs the number of casuals available some days. On these infrequent days, a class may need to be split between other classes in our school. This is not our preference and we have usually exhausted all of our avenues to secure a teacher if this is the case. We understand that this is disruptive and are very mindful of the impact that it has to student learning of the split class but also the class where extra students are sent. Please be reassured that if your child’s class is split, they are provided with work from another class teacher on the same stage to complete independently. We do try to minimise this but we have found over the past couple of years that at times this is unavoidable. 


Ms Jodie Holt


Anzac Day Services

Stage 3 enjoying the I SPY garden

Acknowledgement of Country

Did you know that at the beginning of the year, every class at Stockton Public School writes an Acknowledgement of Country. Teachers and students, with the support of Danny and Jacqui Flaus, our Aboriginal Student Learning Support Officers, work together to personalise an Acknowledgment of Country that recognises Worimi land. Each fortnight I am going to share with you one class' Acknowledgement of Country. We are extremely thankful for the land on which we live, learn and play on. 


As children progress through their school years, it is very important that checks are made along the way to see how well they are learning the essential skills of reading, writing and mathematics – skills that will set them upon the path to success as adults.

NAPLAN is a point-in-time assessment that allows parents to see how their child is progressing in literacy and numeracy against the national standard and compared with their peers throughout Australia. At the classroom level, NAPLAN provides additional information to support teachers’ professional judgement about student progress.

NAPLAN is not a test that children can prepare for. NAPLAN tests skills that develop and improve over time. These are skills that should be continuously developed throughout the year and not just in the lead-up to NAPLAN.

Students in Year 3 and 5 will be taking the online assessments over a number of days starting Tuesday 11 May. Please see the attached note that has been sent home earlier this week.


Money handling procedures


We have changed our money handling procedures at comply with Department of Education guidelines. We still have the ability to accept online payments and encourage you to do so. Please pay online via the school website. Select  the tab across the top of the page “Make a payment”. Notes are to be returned to the class teacher.

These procedures however will apply to all times that money and notes need to be handed in at school. All notes from school that require a payment will come with a payment envelope. 

If paying by cash ~

  • You must fill out the front of the payment envelope with the required information – child’s name and class, amount of money included and excursion or reason for payment
  • Please place the correct money into the envelope and seal it.
  • We have a brand new postbox in the bottom half of the laundry door at the back of the administration block. Class teachers will be showing all students where this is. Your child needs to take his/her sealed envelope, with the money in it, to the postbox before school and post the envelope into the postbox.
  • All permission notes, however, must be separate from the payment envelope. Your child needs to give the permission note to the classroom teacher.
  • If paying online, please add the receipt number on the permission note, which is returned to the class teacher.


Please explain to your child that they need to take the payment envelope to the office before school and post it and then give the permission note to his/her teacher in class time. 

You may use a regular envelope from home but please remember to include the information on the front of the envelope



Payment amount:

Reason for payment:

This ensures we know who the money belongs to.

If you have any questions or concerns please ask. We look forward to a more streamlined money handing process across the school.

Stockton Public School Uniform


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Boys PSSA Cricket

On Tuesday our boys PSSA Cricket team played their round 1 game against New Lambton. Highlights from the game included a towering six from our top scorer Lars O, two great catches by Fred W, and a wicket off the very first ball of the game from Michael D.

While the boys ended up losing, their effort and sportsmanship during the game, and dedication towards bettering their skills over the last couple of months of training is a credit to them.

Well done to the team and many thanks to Craig, Cabel and Joy for their assistance on the day. 

Mr Kelleher

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P&C News

Calling out all volunteers - we need your help!


Stockton Public School P & C annual Mother’s Day Stall is back bigger and better. Due to Covid- 19 restrictions we could not hold the stall in 2020, but managed an online purchase and drive by collection stall. This year we have returned bigger and better however, we need your help! All volunteers, new and old, are encouraged to come and lend a hand. We need helpers to man stalls and also help the children choose their gift for their someone special.

If you can help, please let Leonie in the canteen know, or you can send a message through to the Stockton Public School P&C Facebook page or email:

There is also the Mother’s day breakfast being held on the same morning. Please note we will be using the hall to set up the Mother’s Day stall.  Please try to refrain from ruining the surprise of the gifts. I know it’s hard but the best part is seeing the kids’ faces so proud of the purchases they have made.

I would also like to take this time to thank everyone in advance for your help. Without the continued support of our school families, days like this could not be made possible. Your help and support are very much appreciated. It truly is so comforting to be part of such a close knit community and school. We are very, very lucky.

 Happy Mother’s day to all those special people out there!!!

 Hayley Ambler

Stockton Public School P&C Committee

Canteen News

Our canteen needs volunteers! You may be interested in volunteering but have a lot of questions. Don't worry, we are here to help.  There are many benefits to volunteering! You will make new friends, you can improve or learn new skills for future employment, you will definitely have a few laughs with a great bunch of people, and most important of all, you will be doing something very worthwhile for your school community. It is impossible to put a price on the value of the work that you do for us. If volunteering in our canteen is something you'd like to try, please call the school office between 8.30am and 11.45am to talk with Leonie.

The canteen is again operating with a full menu.  Our new winter menu lines are now available. Lunches can now be ordered at the canteen and paid in cash.

Breakfast is available 8.30am til 9.00am.

Leonie Hunt

Canteen Supervisor

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School Security Hotline

Should you become aware of a security incident at our school please contact the School Security Unit's hotline 24/7 on 1300 88 00 21.


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