The Randwick Buzz

Term 2, Week 1 2021

From the Principal

Welcome back to school on these wonderful sunny autumn days.  In the words of our Prime Minister, "how lucky we are".

I hope everyone enjoyed a relaxing holiday.

We have a full term coming up so please keep a check on the calendar and perhaps print it out and place on your fridge.  Next week we will publish a calendar of all the performance dates for the grade concerts, so that you can plan for these.  In deference to the wellbeing of our younger children, their concerts will begin a little earlier, so perhaps that can be your early day to leave work.  Personally, having missed out on these last year I can't wait!  Year 4 and Year 6 performances are in Term 2.

There is also a full assessment schedule for students this term, so it's important, as always that children are well rested and ready to do their best, as Randwick students have always done.  We are very proud of our students: their learning achievement, their engagement in a broad range of creative and sporting activities and above all else their positive relationships with one another and respect for their teachers. 

Year 4 and 6 will complete the online Check in assessments in Week 2 introduced by the Department in 2020, Year 3 and 5 will complete NAPLAN in Week 4 and all classes will complete Semester 1 assessments for the purposes of the Semester 1 reports issued to parents at the end of this term. 

There are also several staff updates.  Firstly, we will farewell Lauren Sten, DP and Learning Support Coordinator, who has been successful in gaining on merit the position of Principal, Double Bay Public School.  We very much appreciate the work that Lauren has led in our school in relation to ensuring student progress and wellbeing.  Lauren’s impact will be especially remembered by families who have needed support with students with additional needs.  Her skill, patience and care are appreciated.  Currently we have an Expression of Interest to fill Lauren's position temporarily until a permanent appointment can be made for 2022.  It is expected Lauren will take up her new position in Week 4.

We're very pleased to welcome new staff to our school:

  • Peter Lavender Stage 3 Assistant Principal replacing Quetzal Bell on 6B
  • Morgan O’Dean replacing Simon Pillidge on Year 4 now 4O
  • Isabella Thompson replacing Balusi Nunez for Term 2 on 2N while she enjoys some family time with a first grandchild
  • Natalie Westren replacing Sam Sale on Year 1, now 1W. Ms Sale is on maternity leave for the remainder of 2021 after welcoming her new baby girl.

Please make these new staff members feel welcome.

​Finally, below is an article that should be of interest to all families, together with practical strategies to help your children manage screen time.  This needs to be something that all adults take responsibility for, not as one little fellow said, "I think my dad sends me to school so I won't be on the computer all the time!'

Balancing screen-time in family life - DiGii Social

I look forward to seeing you at the ANZAC DAY commemoration on Friday or next week's Cross Country.  Please always remember, both within the school and outside, to be COVID safe, so that our school remains open and a positive place for learning.


Susan Allen

Principal Randwick Public School

"If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams"

Roald Dahl

Farewell to the Randwick School Community - Deputy Principal Lauren Sten

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the entire Randwick Public School Community for the unwavering support I received, since beginning at RPS as Deputy Principal.  Randwick is an outstanding school with dedicated staff and hardworking students.  It has been a privilege to have assisted Susan Allen and Rachael Chisholm in leading the school during a transitional time within education and to have worked with and supported some truly outstanding students, staff and wonderful parents. As passionate educators, our rewards are simple; we rejoice when we see our students learn, when we see the spark of understanding that lights enthusiasm and when we discover the great talents of all students.  As I transition into my new role as Principal, I take with me a set of new skills and knowledge that I have acquired whilst working at Randwick Public School.

Thank you for the experiences and memories that you have gifted to me. I will deeply miss the students, staff and parent community.  I wish you all the very best now and in the future.

Lauren Sten

Deputy Principal 

Staff Spotlight- Natalie Westren 1W

How long have you been teaching?  Where and for how long?   

I've been teaching for the past three years, this being my fourth!  My first year out of university I taught at Illawong Public School on a Stage 1 class.  I then moved to London and took on causal and temporary blocks of work so that I could  get as much travelling as possible done!   I had to cut my time over there a little short due to COVID 19 and when I came back in March last year, I was accepted for a Stage 2 position at Curran Public School.  I moved to the Eastern suburbs at the beginning of the year and was lucky enough to get a position here at Randwick :)

What do you like about Randwick Public School? 

I love how friendly and supportive the staff have been in helping me navigate my way around a new school.  The kids are all very polite and respectful as well, which makes it a lovely environment to teach in.

What is your favourite thing to do?

I pretty much love anything that involves being outside in the sun. Whether it's going for a walk, swim at the beach or picnic at a park.  In the holidays I always try to go away on a camping trip somewhere up or down the coast!

What have you read recently?

I've just started a new book called 'The Return' by Nicholas Sparks - so far, so good!

What is your favourite sports team?

I'm not a die hard fan for any sports teams but if I had to pick one I'd have to say the Rabbitohs.

What is your favourite food?

Simple - seafood!

Life in Kindergarten

Road Safety

Please remember to park and drive safely and legally when collecting and dropping off your children, both at the start and end of the day.

Be courteous to our surrounding residents, obey parking signs and do not park in or over driveways.

We understand how busy everyone is, however we all want to keep the roads around the school as safe as possible.

Upcoming seminar for parents on consent and healthy relationships - Wednesday 12 May

This seminar is designed for parents of older school aged children who want practical information and effective strategies for developing good communication and healthy/respectful relationships.  ​This may be more suitable for parents of Year 6 and high school students. 

Please note that seminar content will include reference to research about adolescent sexual relationships, intimate behaviour and consent.

Seats are strictly limited and bookings are essential

This event is supported by Waverley and Woollahra Councils.  

See flyer attached for further information or contact 9083 8936.

Students in Year 3 and 5 will be sitting the National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) Online Test in Week 4 (11th-14th May). If you have a child in either of these year levels please avoid appointments during the test dates. Below is a timetable for the assessments. Please note all tests are completed in the morning session. Year 3 writing catch up test must be completed by Friday 14th May, 2021. We will endeavour to catch up other missed tests by Monday 17th May, 2021.

Important Information:

Every student must have their own head set/ear buds for the online tests. If your child does not have a working set at school please purchase one and send them to school ASAP.

If your child has a band tutorial during the NAPLAN test sessions you will need to reschedule.

Please remember that NAPLAN is a snapshot test of how your child performs in that test on a particular day. We have the utmost confidence in our students and teachers. As parents, the best thing you can do is keep calm and ensure your child is well rested and given a healthy breakfast. Nothing is gained by being anxious or putting pressure on students. Remember ‘errors are exciting, because they indicate a tension between what we now know and what we could know; they are signs of opportunities to learn’ (Hattie 2012).

We encourage you to familiarise yourself and your child with the NAPLAN online format. Every student has the opportunity to trial the types of test questions, and understand the interactive test format and specific NAPLAN Online tools by visiting ACARA’s public demonstration site (click on the yellow bar). Students are encouraged to complete appropriate tests for their year level.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact your child’s teacher or the school office.


Tuesday 11 May- Writing

Wednesday 12 May- Reading

Thursday 13 May- Conventions of Language

Friday 14 May- Numeracy


Rachael Chisholm

Deputy Principal

What's on?

Anzac Day commemorations

Friday 23rd April

Winter PSSA Commences

Friday 23rd April

Cross Country Carnival

Tuesday 27th April

Zone Cross Country Carnival

Wednesday 5th May

NAPLAN- Tuesday 11th - Friday 21st May

Tuesday - Writing

Wednesday - Reading

Thursday - Language Conventions 

Friday - Numeracy

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Previous feedback

 The uniform shop is amazing - big thanks to all volunteers!


The roads around the school , as expected, is very congested at this time of the year. Many parents come at 8:30am and take up 10 minute spots until 8:50/9am and it is very similar from 2:30pm. The spots are meant for quick drop offs. Also, numerous cars make u-turns in front of the fire station in the morning, seemingly oblivious to the double lines. So dangerous and would hate to see anyone get hurt.

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