Week 7 Term 4 News

Year 6 - Ocean Safety and Learn to Surf

Monday 22 November 2021

Year 6 students will be attending a water safety and skills course at North Cronulla Beach on Monday 22 November 2021. Students are reminded to be at school by 8.55am for departure and to bring the following items with them:

  • crunch and sip, recess, lunch and a drink bottle
  • a mask for the bus. Students over 12 must wear a mask on the bus; those who are 11 are strongly encouraged to do so as well
  • swimmers, worn under their sports uniform and a change of underwear
  • hat, towel, sunscreen (optional wetsuit and rash shirt) and any medication required such as ventolin, Epipen.

Kindergarten 2022 Transition

We look forward to welcoming our 2022 Kindergarten students to the transition to school sessions next week. 

The sessions will be held on Tuesday 23 November and Thursday 25 November 2021.  This will be a wonderful opportunity for our future students to take part in activities, to familiarise themselves with the school, establish relationships with other children starting school and prepare them emotionally and socially for school life. 

K-2 cross country

Tuesday 23 November 2021

We are holding a cross country carnival for students in K-2 at school on Tuesday 23 November 2021. Please ensure your child wears their sports uniform, a hat and brings their drink bottle for this event.

K-2 students are invited to purchase a Quelch stick iceblock for $1 on this day. Money is to be handed to their class teacher at 9.30am on Tuesday and iceblocks will be delivered to the students on the back grass after their races.

Parents and carers are unable to attend this event however photos will be taken and posted on social media.

K-6 Christmas mufti-day

Thursday 9 December 2021 (Week 10)

On Thursday 9 December 2021, all students are invited to wear Christmas mufti to school. There is no cost involved, this day is just for fun!

Students are to wear covered shoes and appropriate Christmas mufti please (no singlet or midriff tops).

The canteen will be offering Christmas deals and specials. Please follow the EWPS Canteen Facebook page for more information.

Ho ho ho, not long to go!

Statements of Account

Student Statements of Account were emailed to parents/carers on Monday 1 November 2021. Student invoices reflect learning programs such as Reading Eggs, Reading Eggspress, LiteracyPro, Mathseeds and e-Smart Digital Citizenship Licence which continued during the Term 3 learning from home period of COVID-19 lockdown. Groove Nation is part of the PDHPE curriculum and was delivered in Term 2.

Do not hesitate to contact the school office should you need assistance.

Payments due

  • Year 5 2022 Milson Island Camp - $100 deposit to be paid by Wednesday 8 December 2021

Parent/carer contact information

Have your contact details changed?

If you have recently moved, changed your phone number, email address or would like to update emergency contact details for your child, please contact the school office on 9520 8134.

Tell Them From Me Parent Survey

Please provide a valuable contribution to our school’s evaluation and planning processes by completing the Parent Tell Them From Me Survey. Please complete the survey by tomorrow, Friday 19 November 2021.

Thankyou for your support and cooperation.

School travel passes gives eligible school students free travel between home and school or TAFE on NSW public transport, including trains, buses, ferries and light rail. Depending on where you're travelling, you may receive a free school travel pass, a School Opal card, or both.
If a student's details change, they need to re-apply or update their details with Transport for NSW for the school travel pass or School Opal card.

Term 4 2021 dates

  • Last day for students - Thursday 16 December 2021
  • School development day (staff only) - Friday 17 December 2021

Term 1 2022 dates

  • School development day (staff only) - Friday 28 January 2022
  • School development day (staff only) - Monday 31 January 2022
  • First day of school for students in Years 1 to 6 - Tuesday 1 February 2022
  • First day of school for Kindergarten students - Monday 7 February 2022
NSW public school holidays and NSW Department of Education term dates such as NAPLAN, Selective School Testing and HSC exhibitions.

Parenting Ideas

P&C news

School banking will not be returning in 2022

On 24 October 2021, the Treasurer and Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning, the Hon. Sarah Mitchell MLC, announced that school banking programs will no longer be run in New South Wales schools from 2022.

School banking programs at our school are arranged at a local level, via the P&C Association. With the upcoming cessation of the program, students will no longer be able to deposit savings through the school banking program at Engadine West PS. You can still keep your child’s bank account open and can continue to make deposits into your child’s accounts through online transfer or at any bank branch. More information is available on the department’s school banking website and Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s school banking website.

The decision was made following the review of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) review on School Banking Programs on 15 December 2020, which found that the costs of the program outweighed the benefits.

Key findings of the review include:

  • School banking programs claim to help children develop long term saving habits; however, providers were unable to demonstrate that these programs in and of themselves improve savings behaviour;
  • Payments to schools for implementing school banking programs incentivise schools to encourage greater participation in the programs;
  • Young children are vulnerable consumers and are exposed to sophisticated advertising and marketing tactics by school banking program providers;
  • School banking program providers fail to effectively disclose that a strategic objective of these programs is customer acquisition.

Financial literacy is embedded in the curriculum K-10. It is part of a continuum of learning in the work and enterprise learning across the curriculum content area from K-12. In Mathematics K–10, students develop knowledge, understanding and skills specifically related to financial literacy, such as money, financial transactions, pay rates, taxable income, rebates and levies. In Stages 4 and 5 many students elect to study commerce. A key objective of the Years 7–10 commerce syllabus is for students to develop skills in decision-making and problem-solving in relation to consumer and financial issues they may encounter now and in the future. Opportunities also exist for the inclusion of financial literacy in the mandatory Life Ready course in Stage 6. More information on the NSW Curriculum is available.

To further support our students with financial literacy education, the department launched the Treasurer’s Financial Literacy Challenge in collaboration with ASIC. The challenge is currently in pilot intended for students in Years 5 to 8 but open to all. The challenge aims to engage students in practical activities focused on making informed financial choices, setting goals and managing money.

If you have further questions, please feel free to contact the school.

Scholastic Book Club

Orders close tomorrow, Friday 19 November 2021

Scholastic Book Club orders close tomorrow, Friday 19 November 2021. This will be the final order for the year. Families are welcome to place an order from Issues 7 and 8, which can both be viewed by clicking on the link below.


Canteen counter days

Beginning Monday 22 November 2021 (Week 8), across the counter sales will return to the canteen. To ensure cohorts do not mix, only stage groups on the C Top COLA each day can visit the canteen to make cash purchases. Please see the table below for your child's/children's canteen counter day.
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursday Friday

Week 8

Early Stage 1


Canteen closed

Stage 2

(Years 3 & 4)

Stage 1

(Years 1 & 2)

Stage 3

(Years 5 & 6)

Week 9

Early Stage 1Canteen closedStage 2Stage 1Stage 3
Week 10Early Stage 1Canteen closedStage 2Stage 1Stage 3
Week 11Early Stage 1Canteen closedCanteen closedCanteen closedCanteen closed

In order for the canteen to open for across the counter sales, I need your help!  If you are able to volunteer, even for an hour, please put your name on the roster. Head to Signup Zone https://signup.zone/ewps-canteen-roster or email ewps.canteen1@gmail.com

  • volunteers must be double vaccinated
  • wear a mask while on school grounds and in the canteen
  • check-in at the school office and show your vaccination certificate
  • hold a current WWCC (Working With Children Check)
  • provide 100 points ID (if you have not done so this year)
  • wear closed-in shoes

Uniform shop

We have been advised by our uniform supplier Claudine Schoolwear that they are experiencing significant delays with receiving stock supplies.

Uniform shop orders with items currently on backorder will be filled as soon as stock becomes available.

Uniform orders may continue to be placed via Flexischools before 5.00pm Tuesdays for delivery to classrooms each Wednesday or download a uniform shop order form from the school website and have your child hand it in at the school office (no cash please).

Community news

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