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OctoberReturn to top

Whooping cough alert

NSW Health is warning parents to be on the alert for whooping cough following an increase in the number of school-aged children diagnosed with the disease over the last few weeks. Whooping cough – also known as pertussis – is a serious respiratory infection that causes a long coughing illness, and can be life-threatening for babies. Older children can bring home whooping cough from school or childcare and the infection can then be passed on to babies in the home. Boosters are important Whooping cough boosters are important for older children... Read more

Digital citizenship checklist

Kids today seem to be born knowing how to use technology, but they don't automatically understand responsible online behaviour. It's a new challenge parents face – teaching children how to be good digital citizens; how to use technology safely and responsibly, and how to evaluate, manage and use the information and tools they find online. Here are eight areas of digital citizenship that parents may consider and discuss with their children. Digital etiquette The most common example is using lower case letters in text messages and emails -... Read more

SeptemberReturn to top

The power of numbers

Girls listen to pop music, use the internet to stay in touch with friends and enjoy playing netball. Boys prefer rap, use the internet to play games and nominate AFL or soccer as their sport of choice. These were some of the findings of a national survey of more than 20,000 students, of which more than a quarter came from NSW. The Australian Bureau of Statistics CensusAtSchool for 2010 was open to students from Years 4 to 12, with the aim to spark students' interest in statistics and to improve their statistical literacy. Striking results... Read more

Book Week Success

A truly memorable Book Week celebration took place last Wednesday and it was obvious all and sundry had a thoroughly enjoyable day. It was lovely to see so many children dressing up as their favourite book character and likewise the staff. No I wasn't a hobo, homeless guy, shrek, ogre, hulk or any character from Lord of the Rings: I was Robinson Crusoe (very obvious I thought). Congratulations to all the entrants in the competitions for having a go and well done to those who were judged winners. O ur Book Fair has been extremely successful... Read more

Stage Two Excursion

Welcome back to our Stage Two children, who have just had a great two days away at the Coffs Coast Beach School. The time was packed full of a variety of fun and educational activities and I'm sure it's an experience that will be remembered for a long time by these children. Sincere thanks go to the teachers who organised the excursion and supervised the children during their time away: Mrs Casimir, Mr Hudson, Ms Gunter and, of course, guest teacher Mr Kightley.... Read more

AugustReturn to top

Flash mobs celebrate Education Week

Communities around the state got a glimpse of the performance talent of NSW public school students who sprung into action at a series of flash mobs to celebrate the start of Education Week 2010. About 500 students descended on Sydney's Circular Quay for an energetic performance as part of a flash mob - an event where a group of people are organised to quickly assemble in a public place to do something unexpected and then disperse. Concurrent flash mobs, involving almost 200 other NSW public school students, were held at Miranda and Orange.... Read more

JulyReturn to top

Back to school tax refunds

Parents are encouraged to keep their receipts from education related expenses to take advantage of a federal government initiative. The Education Tax Refund (ETR) provides parents with refunds of 50% on a range of primary and secondary school education expenses. Parents can receive refunds of up to $375 per primary school student and $750 per secondary school student. A family with two kids in high school and one in primary school could potentially get a refund of almost $2,000 on eligible education expenses. Items you can claim Parents can... Read more

Your child's resilience

Next time your child is furrowing their brow and staring off into space, ask them whether they're thinking dolphin or shark thoughts. That's the advice from resilience specialist Andrew Fuller on helping your child to recognise the positive or negative approaches they may be taking on life issues. "Dolphin thinking can help you out and shark thinking can eat you up. It doesn't matter how old your kids are, they can still understand it," Andrew says. "The things that are most important are teaching children what a good life is, how to live life... Read more

JuneReturn to top

Lindsay Kaul at the Opera House

Earlier this term, Lindsay Kaul participated in the State Wind Band Program for 2010. This State program involves students from every region in New South Wales. Following an intensive two-day workshop in Sydney, Lindsay performed in the DET State Instrumental Festival in the Opera House on two successive nights. The Junior Ensemble (Years 5 – 8) rehearsed on Monday 31 May and Tuesday 1 June and performed on 2 and 3 June 2010. During this week, Lindsay benefited from the experience and professional learning provided by Stephen Williams, the... Read more

Great CHAFFS Concert

Congratulations to all our fabulous performers in last week's very successful CHAFFS concert on Wednesday 16th June. Our band, choir and extension dance ensemble represented our school proudly and combined very effectively as part of the Camden Haven Community of Schools. As well as all the children, thanks go to the teachers for their efforts, including Mr Iain Pole and Mrs Joanne Kaul (band), Mrs Annette Zappia and Mrs Liesa Kightley-Cook (dance) and Mrs Helen Casimir and Mrs Gail Ballesty (choir). Thank you also to all the parents who... Read more

Cyber-safety tools

A new cyber-safety website provides parents and teachers with easy-to-understand information about how to create safe online environments for children. The ThinkUKnow website helps parents and teachers to understand new technologies and the safety risks that the online environment can present to children and young people. The website provides interactive training and information on key topics, including the digital channels kids commonly use how to stay in control of your child's cyber activity how to report inappropriate content advice on... Read more

MayReturn to top

North Coast Golfing Success

Daniel Morgan received a medallion from North Coast Region PSSA for his recent efforts at the North Coast Golf Tournament in Yamba, where he was the overall winner over 18 holes. Well done Daniel!... Read more

First Assemblies in New Hall

Our first assemblies in the new hall were well attended and enjoyed last Friday. It was good to see many parents turning up to join us and it was also good to know that we had enough room and seating for everyone! The classes which performed were able to practice on location before the assemblies, which certainly allowed for more smoothness in placement and order of performances. It was also good to enjoy some dancing without the CD skipping and restarting as sometimes happened on previous occasions. We are all looking forward to... Read more

State Representative in Tennis

Blake Clarke has recently gained selection in the NSWPSSA tennis team to contest the Bruce Cup in Bendigo in October. This is an outstanding achievement for Blake, who has been playing and constantly improving in tennis since a very young age. Blake and his younger brother, Corey, spent all of last week in Bathurst where they both performed extremely well as part of the North Coast Region tennis team. Here, they played against the best public school tennis players in NSW. Congratulations to you Blake for this outstanding achievement and... Read more

AprilReturn to top

Successful Chess Tournament

Congratulations to our large and very successful chess team. We had our best team result ever, being placed third among the competing schools at last Friday's Day of Chess. I have received very positive reports about their behaviour and dedication to the chess competition throughout the day. Max Newell stood out for our school, finishing in 4th place overall (on 5 points), which is a great result against some quality opposition. Westport Public School again dominated, winning for the 16th time in a row, but we are closing the gap. Mr... Read more

2010 School Plan

The school's strategic management plan for 2009 - 2011 has been revised in 2010. It contains details of school focus areas, targets and strategies to achieve these targets. School Plan 2010 (pdf, 85 KB)... Read more

MarchReturn to top

Ready, set, read!

Kids who get a head start on this year's Premier's Reading Challenge (PRC) could win early bird rewards. The challenge officially runs from 1 April to 1 September, but NSW public school students can log on now and start attacking those reading lists. Each child who completes the required number of books from the PRC booklist receives a certificate signed by the Premier. The aim is that along the way they'll also enjoy discovering quality literature from a wide range of authors. They'll also find out that quality literature doesn't mean boring... Read more

FebruaryReturn to top

Camden Haven Arts Festival

Well done to all the children who participated in the Camden Haven Arts Festival by competing in the Creative Arts section. Some excellent work was on display at the festival and quite a few of our students won prizes.... Read more

District Swimming Success

Congratulations to the children who represented our school at this Monday's Hastings District PSSA Swimming Carnival in Wauchope. Laurieton Public School won the Handicap School Champion title, which is determined by dividing the number of points scored by school enrolment numbers. This is a very impressive achievement as it's not an easy title to win. Additionally, Ben Makin was named Senior Boy Champion at the carnival, which is a tremendous achievement. The level of competition was very strong, so Ben should be very proud of this... Read more

Welcome Back for 2010

Welcome to all our returning students and to our new enrolments for 2010. I trust that everyone enjoyed their family time together over the vacation period, but I am sure that our children are ready for more challenges at school and that their parents are more than ready to see that happen. Again, I must express my pleasure at seeing our children so well turned out, resplendent in their uniforms and obviously happy to be back at school. We are all looking forward to another successful year of learning and growing together. We have had... Read more

Farewell Miss Fish

Today was Miss Joy Fisher's last day as a permanently employed member of the NSW Teaching Service. Joy has enjoyed a long and distinguished career as an employee of the NSW Department of Education and Training. She has taught hundreds of children of all ages in the primary level, with most of her recent years being with the youngest children at our school. She will be remembered fondly by many students for her no-nonsense but caring approach, her famous morning reading groups with lots of parent helpers, the pencils in her hair, the... Read more

JanuaryReturn to top

Back to school tax refunds

Parents are encouraged to keep their receipts from education related expenses to take advantage of a federal government initiative. The Education Tax Refund (ETR) provides parents with refunds of 50% on a range of primary and secondary school education expenses. Parents can receive refunds of up to $375 per primary school student and $750 per secondary school student. A family with two kids in high school and one in primary school could potentially get a refund of almost $2,000 on eligible education expenses. Items you can claim Parents can... Read more

Cool lunch ideas

Keeping your child safe from food poisoning could be as simple as packing a frozen drink in with their lunch each day. Sandwiches packed at breakfast time can sit for up five hours in a school lunchbox before the lunch break, giving bacteria plenty of time to multiply - especially during the warmer months. A recent survey by the NSW Food Authority indicated only 29% of lunches were being stored safely, by using an ice brick or frozen drink which can keep lunchboxes up to 12 degrees cooler. The survey also revealed that while the majority of... Read more

My School website explained

This is a new website launched by the Australian Government on 28 January, 2010. The My School website provides a snapshot of every government and non-government school in Australia. The website offers a short description of each school and its community, the number of students and teachers, student attendance rates, and student results in new national tests in reading, writing and maths for Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. These tests took place in 2008 and 2009 and are known as the NAPLAN tests (the National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy).... Read more