Goulburn Public School

Term 4 - Week 5

Principal's Message

NAIDOC WEEK 8 - 15 NOV 2020

This week is NAIDOC week, which runs from 8th - 15th November 2020. We celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the traditional custodians of the land in which we meet.  We pay our respects to Elders of the past, present and future.

This year’s theme for NAIDOC week, Always Was, Always Will Be, recognises that First Nations people have occupied and cared for this continent for over 65,000 years. Throughout the week, our teachers and students will be incorporating learning activities into their daily work which highlight Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learning, histories and perspectives.

There have been many activities planned for the week which our Aboriginal and Torres Island students have run while wearing their NAIDOC Week t-shirts with pride.  In addition to teacher lead activities in the classroom students have been involved in identifying animal tracks, ochre face painting and traditional food taste testing.

We are most fortunate to have Tammy Diamond, a member of the Indjilandji tribe , come and participate in a yarning circle with our Aboriginal and Torres Straight Island students on Thursday.

My thanks to the staff at school who helped to make the week such a success.


Kindergarten Transition Days

There have been many beautiful pictures on the school Facebook page of Wednesday's transition to schooldays for next year’s kindergarten class. The days have run exceptionally well with our little ones settling in beautifully. Well done to our infant teaching team for providing such an engaging,  enjoyable and positive time for our future students. We currently have 19 students enrolled in our 2021 kindergarten intake which is most pleasing.


Remembrance Day

A beautiful ceremony was held at the school yesterday which was complimented by a poppy display created by the students. The staff were impressed and very proud of all the students’ behaviour and respectful demeanour. It has been a long time since all the students have gathered for a formal assembly. Our School captains and vice captains: Koby, Gemma, Tyla and Jarred were most professional in delivering the Remembrance Day service. Here is the link to yesterday's Remembrance Day Service:


Front Office Refurbishment

A major refurbishment of our front office will take place in January and February next year. This is great news as the school will have access for prams and wheelchairs and our office staff will have a suitable working space as per government regulations. There will be a period of time next year when the front office will operate out the library.

COVID Update

We have been very fortunate in Goulburn with our lack of COVID-19 cases. Restrictions are been somewhat relaxed which is great news for our end of year activities, but please be most vigilant for the following symptoms.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Symptoms include:

·         fever (37.5 ° or higher)

·         cough

·         sore throat

·         shortness of breath (difficulty breathing)

·         runny nose

·         loss of taste

·         loss of smell

·         vomiting/nausea or diarrhoea.

Students will need to have a COVID-19 test before returning to school if any of the following symptoms are experienced and the negative test result must be sighted (at the school gate or sent to the front office via email) before your child enters the school grounds.


Our COVID Plans for Presentation Day & Year 6 Formal

As the year-end is in view, we are preparing for the GPS end of year events, including Presentation Day Award Ceremonies. With a range of updated COVID-19 restrictions in place, we will be planning for an alternate format to previous years. This will include separate ceremonies for K-2 and Years 3-5, on Monday 14  December 2020. Year 6 presentations will be held on the evening of their Graduation/Formal on Monday 7 December 2020. Restrictions will allow for adults, outside of school staff, to attend these ceremonies; however, numbers will be limited in line with social distancing requirements. This means that each student award winner will receive invitations for two adults to attend their ceremony on the allocated day. Adults attending will need to register on arrival at the front school gate and admission will be granted after an RSVP has been received by Monday 7 December, so that seating can be organised. Two adults for each Year 6 student will also receive invitations to attend the Graduation/Presentation evening and an RSVP will be required by Monday 30 November, for entry to the event on Monday 7 December. A recorded version of the K-5 ceremonies will be available of Facebook after the events. We look forward to sharing these events with our school community.

Mark Sullivan






Remembrance Day Service 2020


       The class with the highest attendance 

                                        Term 4

Week 1-  Poidevin                                    Week 3- Deakin

Week 2- Deakin                                        Week 4- Poidevin

PBL News

Term 4 - Week 3

PBL Weeks 3 & 4

Our PBL lesson for weeks 3 & 4 focused on walking safely. Students learnt how to walk safely in different situations, in and around the school, and why it is important. In this way we can all stay safe. We encourage you to ask your child about this lesson and what he or she learnt from it.

Week 3 Award Winners

Week 4 Award Winners

PBL Expectation Weeks 5 & 6

This fortnight we are looking at how students can be responsible and take care of personal and school property.

At home parents can explain to the children that their personal belongings may be damaged or lost for various reasons at school. It could be taken by someone else by mistake, lost or damaged by themselves or others. Remind them to keep a close eye on their belongings, while being mindful of the following:


  • Keep their belongings in their bag
  • Put their name or a label on their belongings
  • Practice at home the process for checking that they have packed everything before leaving home or school.

When something is missing, children should be taught to stay calm, and not get angry or upset. Ask them to seek help from teachers or parents immediately, and try to look for the items again. If they had broken something, they should think about how to avoid the same mistake again.

Last but not least, parents should not replace the lost item immediately, especially if your children have lost it. Suggest buying a replacement using their pocket money to help them learn and understand their responsibilities as owners, and the consequences of their negligence.



As part of their literature studies for NAIDOC Week, K-2 Cole have enjoyed the book Brother Moon by Maree McCarthy Yoelu. These are some of their drawings depicting the story line.

P&C Donation

Thank you to the P&C for providing funds to purchase new readers.

These new books support students in the classroom and when working in small groups.


Unfortunately we have had confirmed cases of head lice at our school. Could you please check your child’s hair and make sure you treat your their hair appropriately before returning them to school. Further information on head lice is available on the NSW Health website or through the Department's website:

School Travel - 2021

2021 school travel applications are now open

To assist with any enquiries schools may receive about student travel applications, we have provided some information below. We have also attached an information sheet on School Travel for 2021 if you wish to share this in your school newsletter.


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


Students who require a School Opal card or travel pass for 2021 can now apply online. A new application should be submitted if a student is applying for a school travel pass for the first time or requesting an additional pass as a result of a new shared parental responsibility situation (e.g. joint custody).


Students who have changed school/campus, changed address, repeated a year or received an expiry notification from Transport for NSW for their school travel entitlement should re-apply or update their details.


Where there is a change of distance eligibility based on a student’s grade, the system will automatically update a student’s entitlement if they meet the new criteria. If they do not meet the new eligibility criteria, they will receive an expiry notification via email.


Students who have an entitlement approved under a medical condition which is due to expire will receive a notification advising them to re-apply.


Term Bus Pass holders will receive a notification to re-apply.


Applications need to be submitted before 31 December 2020 to ensure that current student entitlements are updated and their current entitlement/card remains valid. If their application is submitted after 31 December 2020, the system will automatically cancel an entitlement/card and a new one will need to be issued.


Students in the Opal network applying for a SSTS or Term Bus Pass entitlement for the first time will receive their card at their nominated postal address. Cards will be mailed out from January 2021.


Students residing in Rural and Regional (R&R) areas should receive their travel pass at the commencement of the new school year from their nominated operator, this may be distributed via the school or sent direct to their address. Note: some R&R operators do not issue travel passes. Students/Parents should confirm with their nominated operator if they do not receive a pass.

School travel application endorsements

It is not uncommon for applicants completing the online form to make mistakes, particularly entering their name or date of birth instead of the students. This may be due to an auto-fill function on a device or just human error. We ask that school administrators be cautious of this and do not endorse applications with incorrect information.

If you are aware of or see an obvious error, you can amend the first name, date of birth or grade of a student’s travel application by clicking in the relevant row on the portal. Please ensure you have confirmed the information before making any changes. Refer to page 16 of the School Portal User Guide for further instructions. The latest version of the user guide is accessible within the School Portal by clicking the arrow next to your username.

If a student’s details cannot be confirmed or they are not yet enrolled, please do not endorse the application. By selecting ‘no’ the application will be rejected and the applicant will be informed. They will then need to submit a new application.

In the event that school administrators endorse an application in error, it would be appreciated if you could advise our SSTS team as soon as possible so the application can be intercepted before an Opal card or travel pass is issued.

To contact us about an endorsement error, please go to: and select feedback about: ‘school student transport scheme’ and then select ‘application updates’.

If school administrators require access to the School Portal, please request an account at

If you have staff that have left the school recently and had access to the school portal, please let us know at and select ‘school/operator portal’ and then ‘remove existing user access’ so their access can be removed.

New Concession Entitlement Cards

You can now order the new Transport Concession Entitlement Cards (TCEC) through the Transport for NSW School Portal.

The Transport Concession Entitlement Card will replace the following cards:

·       Senior Secondary Student Concession Card (16 years and over) – also used by Mature Secondary Students (18 years and over), Distance Education Students and Home School Students

·       Proof of Age card (when a student under 16 years of age looks older)

·       Boarder Rail Pass.

Refer to the information pack provided by email on 21 September 2020 for guidance and frequently asked questions. If you have any issues please contact us.

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