12th December 2017

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Year 6 Leaving Parade

All parents and families  are invited to attend the Leaving Parade on Friday 15th December commencing at 2.45 pm. This parade is an opportunity for the Eastwood Community to farewell our 2017 Year 6 students.

Thank You

I would like to extend my gratitude to the Eastwood School Community for giving me the honour of finishing my career in such a wonderful learning environment.
To the parents I have worked closely with through the P&C, Spring Fair, music activities, sporting activities and as a classroom teacher, and to the parents I have an occasional conversation with as I pass through the playground, thank you for your support and friendship. To the Eastwood staff, thank you for the work and dedication put into making the school a supportive, safe and nurturing environment.

The biggest thank you however, goes to the students, past and present. You made coming to work each day a pleasure. I have learnt so much about resilience, effort, determination, dedication and learning from each of you. It has been an a real privilege.

Have a Merry Christmas and a fantastic holiday.

Exit Survey

To parents leaving our school community, particularly Year 6 parents, we would like to know about your experience at Eastwood Public School by completing our exit survey. The information and suggestions you offer will provide invaluable information and be treated with respect and confidentiality.

End of Term

A reminder that the last day of the school term for students is Friday 15th December. Students from Year 1 to Year 6 return to school Tuesday 30th January 2018.

K-2 Fun Day

The children are very excited and are sure to enjoy the fabulous day that has been organised for them. Any parents who have volunteered to help us on the day will need to visit the office before Thursday to complete the NSW Department of Education paperwork and provide sufficient identification. It will likely be a hot day so please be sure to provide plenty of water for your child. All the students can wear mufti but need to also bring a hat.

Mrs Winsor

Library News

We’d like to thank all our wonderful P&C and school community for providing the resources to revamp our school library. We are thrilled with all the changes that have taken place so far and look forward to completing the revamp next year.

Our students are loving the contemporary look of the library, the interesting new furniture, the laptops and other new resources.

We’d also like to thank those parents who have worked tirelessly with book covering, circulation, shelving and other essential jobs. Your help is vital to the smooth running of the library. We’d love parents to volunteer to work with us next year.

Borrowing for the year has now closed. Could parents please help their children to return books to the library as soon as possible in order that we can check our resources. 

Thank you, 

Elizabeth Pike and Debbie de Silva

Community Connections 2018

In 2018 Eastwood Public School will be offering opportunities for parents and grandparents to participate in a range of workshops focused on learning English and developing effective parenting practices to build positive family relationships for student success. Please complete this form https://goo.gl/pxw1GA to express your interest in English language lessons in 2018.

Firstly, P & C and canteen staff would like to thank all students and parents for their patronage of our canteen- as usual it is extremely busy but we love making sure your children are fed.

We would just like to draw your attention to a few changes that will be happening in the new year.

1. The system we currently have of giving accounts out in the mornings will no longer be available, as we now have 3 different methods of payment (online ordering, our express box which uses exact money and over the counter orders). The manual account system is time consuming and incurs other costs.

2. $50.00 notes CAN NOT be accepted at any time (unless your order is $40.00 or more) as with the new online system we now get a lot less money in to be able to give out change.

3. For the children who come to school without recess/lunch or without any money, the canteen will supply them with a piece of seasonal fruit.

4. All online orders must be done by 8.30 in the morning and over the counter sales by 9.30am.

We realise these changes will take a little time and there will of course be a grace period for everyone to get used to it.

Everyone at the canteen and of course P & C wish you all a Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year and safe holidays and we look forward to seeing you in 2018.

P & C – Canteen staff

Fitting Days

The next fitting day is on Tuesday, 30th January 2018. Uniform shop QKR and mail orders are still accepted during the school holidays but will not be processed until next year when school resumes.

Price Change

To be able to continue help with the P&C and to keep up with the price increase of the uniform shop suppliers, there will be a price change to the uniform shop products effective 1st January 2018. New order forms will be available on the school website. QKR pricing will also be updated.

On behalf of the Uniform shop parent-volunteers, we wish everyone a safe and happy holidays!

Maria Bridges & Sarah Nguyen
Convenors
eastwooduniformshop@gmail.com

Carols and Fireworks in North Ryde
There will be Carols and fireworks on Sunday 17th December starting  at 5:30pm at North Ryde Common, Corner of Wicks Rd and Twin Rd. For more information, please see the attached flyer.

Alexanders Netball Club
Alexanders Netball Club is looking for children who would like to play netball club next year. If your child is interested in playing, please click here.

Kids in the Park – School Holiday Program
Sydney’s largest school holiday program returns this summer school holidays. There are over 50 outdoor activities to keep kids entertained. For further information, please click here.

Junior Science Academy
For information about school holiday programs at Macquarie University, please see the attached flyer.

Northern Sydney Youth Orchestra
If your child is interested in joining the Northern Sydney Youth Orchestra, please see the attached flyer for more information.

5th December 2017

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It is with a lot of sadness and many fond memories, I have decided to retire from my life in education. Teaching has been a wonderful career and having the privilege to work at Eastwood Public School with its supportive community and its exceptional students is a great way to finish. A new Principal, Ms Helen Davis has been appointed and will take up the position from the beginning of the school year in 2018.

Our Presentation Days are on this week. Parents and family members are welcome to attend. It is a great opportunity to celebrate and share the successes of our students. 

Tuesday 5th December

  • Kindergarten 9.30am
  • Year 2: 10.20am
  • Year 1: 12noon
Thursday 7th December

  • Years 3 and 4: 9.30am
  • Years 5 and 6: 1.30pm

Carols Breakfast Friday 8th December
This Friday 8th December we will hold our Carols Breakfast. All musical groups will enjoy breakfast from 8.15 am onwards outside the hall. All students are asked to wear Christmas mufti i.e. red, green ,white colours, Santa hats, tinsel etc.
At 9.10am we will gather around the shadecloth cola and enjoy some Christmas music from the band, strings,choirs and some special items.
Parents and friends are invited to join us from 9.10am – 9.50am for this special event.

Sue Leitch
Deputy Principal

Sydney Academy of Chess – School Chess Championship
On Wednesday 13th December, Sydney Academy of Chess will be running a tournament for students in Years 2 to 6, which will be run as a Swiss, with approximately 7 games. This means that all children play in all the rounds and no one is knocked out. There will be trophies awarded for the highest 3 scorers, and medals presented as age prizes. Each child playing will also receive a participation certificate. For details on how to enter, please click here.

Ballet 2018
In 2018, the ballet program will consist of 2 groups only – a Year 1-2 group and a Year 3-6 group. Participation in these groups will be audition only. Auditions will take place next Monday, 11th December and Tuesday, 12 December. All current Kindergarten and Year 1 students will be eligible to audition for the 2018 Year 1-2 group and current Year 2-5 students will be eligible to audition for the 2018 Year 3-6 group. Further information regarding audition times will be sent home shortly.

N. Gasparre and E. Boulas

Safe Use of Digital Technology
Our children are enthusiastic users of technology, particularly game playing. It is important to be vigilant and to oversee their choices and monitor time spent on their devices. The Australian Council on Children and the Media provide valuable fact sheets to inform parents how best to navigate this challenging problem. Guidelines for age appropriate use are clearly stated on apps and are a valuable way to determine the suitability of games for children. Another very useful tool is the App Review Search which allows you to quickly check the type and suitability of apps for mobile devices. With the holidays only 2 weeks away and more time for children to access their computers, ipads, tablets and phones it is now a good opportunity to consider the best way to ensure that time spent playing games is controlled, productive, enjoyable and a positive experience.

Mrs Winsor

Click here to see the menu for Week 10. Please order before Friday 8th December.

P&C Meeting
The final P&C meeting for this year will be held on Wednesday 6th December at 7:30 pm in the school staff room.

End of Year Morning Tea for Teachers and Staff
We are approaching year end and it’s time to thank our wonderful staff and teachers for their hard work with our kids. To formally appreciate our teachers FSC is hosting an end of year morning tea for Teachers and Staff on Friday, 8th December, 2017.

If you are able to help out for the event please contact me ASAP. I would need help with Catering- savoury and sweet, gifts for teachers and general help. You can contact me on 0403 275 532 or sunayanac@gmail.com .

Thanks
Sona Chowdhury

End of Year Concert and Community Service by EPS Musicians
Huge congratulations to all the musicians who performed at the End of Year Concert. This is a reflection on all the work that has been put in by students, tutors and parents. A little dedication goes a long way! Junior Strings and Senior Strings also had wonderful performances last week at KU Preschool in Eastwood and Southern Cross Aged Village in Marsfield respectively. The gift of music and season’s greetings were well received and appreciated. Thank you to all the parents who helped with transportation for all the children and also all through the year with the running of the program.

Carols Breakfast – It’s this Friday 8th December at 8:30am
All students and families are welcome to come and celebrate Christmas together at the annual Carols Breakfast! Bring an empty stomach, a few dollars and your festive mood! Free breakfast for children in the bands and ensembles as well as our very hard-working teachers, staff and conductors. Please see the Carols Breakfast flyer for more details.

Instrument Hire Returns
Instructions for the return of instruments has been sent to everyone in the bands and ensembles via email. If there are any queries, please let me know. Please remember that continuing students who have hired an instrument for a year or more will need to return it and make arrangements to either hire or purchase an instrument. We recommend Musicorp www.musicorp.com.au

Upcoming Events/Performances
Carols Breakfast (all welcome to a wonderful and affordable breakfast; CB/TB/SS/JS members enjoy a free breakfast; Concert Band members will be performing too) – Friday 8th December 8:30am-9:10am

Individual lessons – This is a reminder that if your child is currently in an ensemble or in the bands, they MUST be having individual lessons, either from one of the tutors available at school, or ones privately chosen by you.

Auditions for 2018 String Ensembles – These are continuing this week. Signup sheets are already up so there is still time to audition. Please remember:
If your child successfully auditions for any ensemble, attendance to all performances is compulsory. If your child is in senior strings failure to attend performances will mean a demotion to the Junior Strings.
All Senior Strings students are required to re-audition.

Contact Details
Music Program Coordinator – Lina Diaz (music.eastwoodps@gmail.com), 0407 191 592

Have a wonderful week,
Lina Diaz
EPS Music Program Coordinator

Carols and Fireworks in North Ryde
There will be Carols and fireworks on Sunday 17th December starting  at 5:30pm at North Ryde Common, Corner of Wicks Rd and Twin Rd. For more information, please see the attached flyer.

Alexanders Netball Club
Alexanders Netball Club is looking for children who would like to play netball club next year. If your child is interested in playing, please click here.

Kids in the Park – School Holiday Program
Sydney’s largest school holiday program returns this summer school holidays. There are over 50 outdoor activities to keep kids entertained. For further information, please click here.

Junior Science Academy
For information about school holiday programs at Macquarie University, please see the attached flyer.

Northern Sydney Youth Orchestra
If your child is interested in joining the Northern Sydney Youth Orchestra, please see the attached flyer for more information.

Bunnings Christmas Family Night
Your local Bunnings store is getting ready for a Christmas Family Night and you’re invited! There’ll be Santa’s little helper workshops, free gift wrapping, light refreshments and even a special visit from Santa. Dates and times vary for different stores, so click here to view your local store’s event details. Bookings are recommended.

28th November 2017

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Thank you to all the students and families who have supported Toys ‘n Tucker this year. It will make Christmas for some families a happier time.

We are currently in the process of planning classes for 2018. We would appreciate any families planning not to return in 2018, to let the school know as soon as possible. An email or phone call to let us know will greatly assist our organisation.

The End of Year Concert is on Thursday 30th November, starting at 7 pm. It is a wonderful showcase of the musical, singing, dramatic and dancing talents of our students. Please remember not to post photos or video of students from the performances on social media.

Upcoming Events

  • 30th November – End of Year Concert
  • 5th December – Year 6 Orientation. K-2 Presentation Day
  • 6th December – K-6 Scripture Service
  • 7th December – Years 3-6 Presentation Day
  • 8th December -School reports go home, Carols Breakfast

K2 Fun Day Helpers!
K-2 Fun Day will be held on the 14th December 2017 and K-2 teachers are asking for some parent helpers. There will be painting, baking, jumping castles, craft and lots of other fun activities. No special skills required to be able to help on the day! If you can spare an hour or two on the 14/12, please fill in and return the note, which is attached here, to your child’s class teacher as soon as possible. This is a wonderful opportunity to experience Eastwood Public’s celebratory spirit first hand.

Gold Awards
Congratulations to the following students who received Gold Awards in today’s assembly:

Dennis W. KB, Elijah R. KH, Shiyah F. KH, Elouise R. 1B, Cedrec C. 1H, Kai G. 1H, Brendon L. 1H, Lawrence D. 1L, Mabel L. 1S, Emma S. 2A, Thanakrit B. 2A, Sean L. 2A, Luke D. 2E, Ellie L. 2E, Ashley C. 2G, Sarah H. 2G, Megan Y. 2J, Toby G. 2J, Lena Eun Seo C. 2J, Iris G. 2J, Haijing L. 2L, Toby C. 2L, Audrey H. 2L, Alicia Y. 2L, Nathan N. 2L, Olivia C. 2L, Laura G. 3A, Daniel K. 3A, Selina A. 3A, Angela C. 3L, Dithara D. 3L, Chloe H. 3L, Angela G. 3L, Thomas S. 3L, Faye H. 3L, Aaron Y. 3N, Angelina X. 4K, Angel Y. 4K, Tsia En L. 4K, Daniel S. 5G, Sughi A. 5G, Emily Z. 5L, Marcos R. 5L, Zoe W. 6R, Alice T. 6R, Alexis N. 6R, Betty W. 6R.

Student Leadership
This week saw our students from Year 3 to Year 5 elect the House Captains for 2018. The successful candidates are:

  • Hunter House – Milni, Iris, Lyndon, and Leo
  • Phillip House – James, Yeji, Sughi, and Chaik
  • Macquarie House – Sienna, Nathan, Andrew, Samantha
  • King House – Akash, Marcus,, Nyomita and Haein

Congratulations to these students. Thank you to all students who participated in the selection process.

Karen Sparrow

Click here to see the menu for Week 9. Please order before Friday 1st December.

P&C Meeting
The final P&C meeting for this year will be held on Wednesday 6th December at 7:30 pm in the school staff room.

End of Year Morning Tea for Teachers and Staff
We are approaching year end and it’s time to thank our wonderful staff and teachers for their hard work with our kids. To formally appreciate our teachers FSC is hosting an end of year morning tea for Teachers and Staff on Friday, 8th December, 2017.

If you are able to help out for the event please contact me ASAP. I would need help with Catering- savory and sweet , gifts for teachers and general help. You can contact me on 0403 275 532 or sunayanac@gmail.com .

Thanks
Sona Chowdhury

Fitting Days
Uniform shop will be closed for the year after 10am on 28th November . The next fitting day is 30th January 2018

QKR and Mail Orders
QKR and Mail orders made after 9am on Tuesday 28th November will not be processed until 30th January 2018.

Volunteers
A big thank you to all the parent volunteers who have helped and supported us in the uniform shop this year. We also would like to thank the P&C, teachers, school staff and the school community for the support and trust they have given us as uniform shop conveners this year. Thank you.

Maria Bridges and Sarah Nguyen
Conveners
eastwooduniformshop@gmail.com

End of Year Concert – Thursday 30th November at 7pm in the School Hall
An event not to be missed! An evening to showcase Eastwood’s many talents.   Admission is $5 per adult.
All instrumental music groups will be performing. Dress code – Music Blacks 
All students are to arrive at 6pm. Meeting places are as follows: –

  • Strings: Staff Room
  • Band: 5/6S Classroom in Q Block 

Band will be performing from 6:45pm, so do not be late.

Auditions for 2018 String Ensembles
Please familiarise yourself with the requirements below. Signup sheets will go up around the hall near the Music Noticeboard on Thursday. Auditions will take place starting at 8:00 am on the 29th of November.

Audition requirements are as follows:

1. Junior Strings Audition Requirements

  • 1 one-octave scale and 1 one-octave arpeggio of own choosing
  • 1 piece of music of own choosing (AMEB preliminary level equivalent as a minimum)
  • Sight-reading

2. Senior Strings Audition Requirements

  • 1 two-octave scale and its arpeggio in major key of own choosing
  • 1 two-octave scale and its arpeggio in minor key of own choosing
  • 1 piece of music of own choosing (AMEB grade 2 or equivalent as a minimum)
  • Sight-reading

St Andrews Netball Club 
St Andrews Netball Club is hosting an end of year clinic for all new and existing players on Sunday 3rd December. If your child is interested in attending, please click here for more information.

Junior Science Academy
For information about school holiday programs at Macquarie University, please see the attached flyer.

Northern Sydney Youth Orchestra
If your child is interested in joining the Northern Sydney Youth Orchestra, please see the attached flyer for more information.

Sydney Academy of Chess – School Chess Championship
On Wednesday 13th December, Sydney Academy of Chess will be running a tournament for students in Years 2 to 6, which will be run as a Swiss, with approximately 7 games. This means that all children play in all the rounds and no one is knocked out. There will be trophies awarded for the highest 3 scorers, and medals presented as age prizes. Each child playing will also receive a participation certificate. For details on how to enter, please click here.

Ryde Library School Holiday Activities
 Click here  for the Summer reading program.
 Click here  for the January 2018 school holiday activities program.

Epping Youth Band Primarily Brass – New Players Required for 2018
Students are invited to audition on Friday 1st December at 7:45pm. This is an exciting opportunity for young musicians to join Primarily Brass, a local community youth band. We are currently seeking NEW members for 2018, especially brass (trumpet/trombone) and woodwind instruments.

Primarily Brass is made up of musicians aged 9 to 16 from schools from the Epping/Eastwood/Carlingford district. Band members are intermediate standard musicians (e.g. AMEB grade 2 or higher).

We rehearse fortnightly during school terms on Friday evenings 7:40 – 9:00pm at Epping Heights PS. All members are required to continue in their school band and music programs. If you are interested in joining the band, please contact us for more details.

Email: auditions@primarilybrass.org.au
Website: www.primarilybrass.org.au

21st November 2017

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Last week we had the voting to choose the student leadership team for 2018. The quality of the candidates was outstanding with each student showing the qualities that would make them an asset to the school’s student leadership team. To the students who were unsuccessful, congratulations on being prepared to take a risk and your effort to further develop your own leadership skills. The leadership team for 2018 will be Aarav G., Daryl Y., Brendan B., Bailey G., Marcos R., Amaaya C., Amber D., Lydia K., Angela L. and Eva L. Captains and Vice captains will be announced on Presentation Day. House Captain voting will take place this week.

Next Thursday evening is our End of Year Concert. It’s an opportunity to showcase the amazing talent of our students with our bands, dance, drama and choir groups performing. The show starts at 7 pm. We understand parents and family members taking photos on the evening but please be mindful of the privacy of all students by not publishing any photos or video on social media sites.

ICAS Maths

Congratulations to the following students for receiving a High Distinction or Distinction in the ICAS Mathematics test this year:

Year 3
High Distinction – Caelin
Distinction – Christine, Emily, Darren, Dithara, Chi Ming, Thomas, Jared, Tianxun, Mingwei

Year 4
High Distinction – Liyang, Jay-Yun, Angelina, Koby, Victoria, Harrison, Frank, Bill, Olivia, Lu Yan, Anna, Ern Tung, Daniel, Emily, Jacob, Jeff, Lucas, Wentao, Dominic
Distinction – Ray, Audrey, Claire, Leon, Lucas, Bernice, Winnie, Ting Ting, Helen, Katherine, Lucas, Alex, Joshua, Dulanga, Aaron, Tsia En, Thomas, Wenqi, Brannavan, Tristan, Wei Wen, Julia

Year 5
High Distinction – Matthew, Leslie, Christen, Megan
Distinction – Brendan, Marcus, Hongyi, Ruijie, Sughi, Amaaya, Aarav, Celestine, Kevin, Greg, Sizhe, Elaine, Daryl, Lyndon, godfrey, Milni, Jeffrey, Kevin, Leo, Emma

Year 6
High Distinction – Ian, Christie
Distinction – Marian, Mingjie, James, Fred, Aman, Yao, Andy, Daniel

Gold Awards

Congratulations to Celestine S 5G and Viola X 5G, who received their Gold Awards at last week’s assembly, and to the following students, who will receive their Gold Awards at today’s assembly:
Julia T 3/4C, Aaron C 3L, Caitlyn L 3L, Annie L 3L, Luyan J 3/4C, Christine H 3B, Yerin J 3B, Alicia W 3B, Chloe T 3B, Samantha L 3B, Rachel F 3B, Grace Y 3B, Rachel S 3L, Mijie F 3L,
Alex H 3L, Samantha Y 3L, Shu Yi L 3L

K2 Fun Day helpers!

Musica Viva – Mara! Global Song and Dance

PSSA

Girls T-ball lost 11 – 10. Player of the Match: Yutong
Boys T-ball lost 12 – 10. Player of the Match: Jeff
Girls Softball lost 6 – 3.
Boys Softball lost 5 – 1. Player of the Match: Andrew
Jr Cricket won 97 – 54. Player of the Match: Aiden
Sr Cricket won 1/68 – 5/62.
Junior Newcombe Ball won 2 – 1. Player of the Match: Bethany
Senior Newcombe Ball won 2 – 1. Player of the Match: Will
Volleball won 2 – 1. Player of the Match Dana

That was the last round of the summer PSSA season. Well done to all our PSSA students for your efforts throughout the year. You all represented the school well and all teams had solid seasons with many great results.

A special mention goes to the Senior Cricket team, Girls Softball, Junior Newcombe Ball, Senior Newcombe Ball and Volleyball teams who all finished the year in 5th place. This is a fantastic effort as it means you all only missed playing finals by one position.

Thank you
Ken Leslie

Click here to see the menu for Week 8. Please order before Friday 24th November.

End of Year Morning Tea for Teachers and Staff

We are approaching year end and it’s time to thank our wonderful staff and teachers for their hard work with our kids. To formally appreciate our teachers FSC is hosting an end of year morning tea for Teachers and Staff on Friday, 8th December, 2017.

If you are able to help out for the event please contact me ASAP. I would need help with Catering- savory and sweet , gifts for teachers and general help. You can contact me on 0403 275 532 or sunayanac@gmail.com .

Thanks
Sona Chowdhury

Fitting Days

Last fitting day of the year is next Tuesday, 28th November from 9-10am only. It will also be the uniform shop’s last business day for the year. Any QKR or mail orders made after this day will not be processed until next year when the new school year starts.

Out of Stock

Girl’s summer tunics sizes 10, 14 and 16 are still out of stock. To parents and carers who are waiting on your orders, we will be sending out orders that have been paid to your child’s classrooms as soon as stock arrives.

2018 Volunteers

The Uniform Shop is run by volunteers. If you are interested in helping in the next school year please email us.

Maria Bridges and Sarah Nguyen
Convenors
eastwooduniformshop@gmail.com

My sincere apologies for my silence the last couple of weeks. I have had some serious personal issues that I had to deal with and I appreciate your patience during this time.

Punctuality – As we draw closer to the conclusion of the end of year, there are many exciting things happening and conductors are busily preparing the children for all their upcoming performances. Rehearsals begin promptly at the specified times. This is not the recommended time for you to leave home or to arrive at school, but it is the time when playing begins. This means that children should arrive at least 10 minutes before the start time, so they have time to set up, get their instruments ready and have their music all set so that rehearsals can start on time. Your help in this is greatly appreciated.

Individual lessons – This is a reminder that if your child is currently in an ensemble or in the bands, they MUST be having individual lessons, either from one of the tutors available at school, or once privately chosen by you.

Piano Plus Festival – Thursday 23 November everyone is encouraged to come to the hall at lunch time and support the children who have been working in small groups to participate in this spectacular event. Thank you to Mrs Lucy Zhou for organising and running this fabulous festival.

Southern Cross Nursing Home Visit – 28 November Senior Strings

What to bring: instrument, music folder, foldable music stand (labelled with name)
Dress Code: School uniform
Gathering: 10:30 am under Cola
Performing: 11:00 – 11:30 am
Back to school: 12:00 pm

Parents are welcome to come along and watch the performance and we also need parents to help transport students, instruments and music stands to and from the venue. If you can help, please bring along your drivers’ licence, car registration and insurance policy for sighting by school office. This is a NSW government requirement. Without your help the students won’t be able to attend.

KU Preschool Visit – 30th November Junior Strings
What to bring: instrument and music folder
Dress Code: school uniform
Gathering: 9:30 am under COLA
Performing: 10:00-10:15 am
Back to school: 10:30 am
Parents are welcome to come along and watch the performance and we also need parents help to carry the music stands to and from the venue.

End of Year Concert   30 November Everyone in the music program is involved. We need a couple of volunteers to please help us with the manning of the entry doors. Please let me know ASAP if you can help us.

Carols Breakfast –  8th December- more details to come ….

Auditions for 2018 String Ensembles – Please familiarise yourself with the requirements below. Signup sheets will go up around the hall near the Music Noticeboard on Thursday. Auditions will take place starting at 8:00 am on the 29th of November.

Audition requirements are as follows:

1. Junior Strings Audition Requirements
• 1 one-octave scale and 1 one-octave arpeggio of own choosing
• 1 piece of music of own choosing (AMEB preliminary level equivalent as a minimum)
• Sight-reading

2. Senior Strings Audition Requirements
• 1 two-octave scale and its arpeggio in major key of own choosing
• 1 two-octave scale and its arpeggio in minor key of own choosing
• 1 piece of music of own choosing (AMEB grade 2 or equivalent as a minimum)
• Sight-reading

IMPORTANT: IF YOUR CHILD SUCCESSFULLY AUDITIONS FOR ANY ENSEMBLE, ATTENDANCE TO ALL PERFORMANCES IS COMPULSORY. IF YOUR CHILD IS IN SENIOR STRINGS FAILURE TO ATTEND WILL MEAN A DEMOTION TO THE JUNIOR STRINGS.ALL SENIOR STRINGS STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO RE-AUDITION.

2018 Music Camp – The Music Camp is an integral part of the Music Program run by the P&C at EPS. This is a P&C run and led event which is supported by the school, but it is not a school run activity. We are looking at options for next year’s camp as with the current arrangement, since the camp is normally run during school hours, the children would be marked as being absent from school. Kindly complete the survey below so that we can plan for this crucial event.

https://goo.gl/forms/hUxSXpDrs73CQcFE2 

Contact Detail
Music Program Coordinator – Lina Diaz (music.eastwoodps@gmail.com), 0407 191 592

Have a wonderful week
Lina Diaz
EPS Music Program Coordinator

Junior Science Academy
For information about school holiday programs at Macquarie University, please see the attached flyer.

St Andrews Netball Club 
St Andrews Netball Club is hosting an end of year clinic for all new and existing players on Sunday 3rd December. If your child is interested in attending, please click here for more information.

Northern Sydney Youth Orchestra
If your child is interested in joining the Northern Sydney Youth Orchestra, please see the attached flyer for more information.

Sydney Academy of Chess – School Chess Championship
On Wednesday 13th December, Sydney Academy of Chess will be running a tournament for students in Years 2 to 6, which will be run as a Swiss, with approximately 7 games. This means that all children play in all the rounds and no one is knocked out. There will be trophies awarded for the highest 3 scorers, and medals presented as age prizes. Each child playing will also receive a participation certificate. For details on how to enter, please click here.

Epping Youth Band Primarily Brass – New Players Required for 2018

Students are invited to audition on Friday 1st December at 7:45pm. This is an exciting opportunity for young musicians to join Primarily Brass, a local community youth band. We are currently seeking NEW members for 2018, especially brass (trumpet/trombone) and woodwind instruments.

Primarily Brass is made up of musicians aged 9 to 16 from schools from the Epping/Eastwood/Carlingford district. Band members are intermediate standard musicians (e.g. AMEB grade 2 or higher).

We rehearse fortnightly during school terms on Friday evenings 7:40 – 9:00pm at Epping Heights PS. All members are required to continue in their school band and music programs. If you are interested in joining the band, please contact us for more details.

Email: auditions@primarilybrass.org.au
Website: www.primarilybrass.org.au

14th November 2017

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The school disco was a great success on Saturday night. Our younger students always get involved with the dancing and singing but it was wonderful to see our older students being very involved as well, particularly towards the end of the evening. A big thank you to Sona and the P&C Social Club team for giving of their time and organising the evening. Thank you also to the P&C for sponsoring the night.

There are many parents walking with children, through our carpark before and after school, as well as parents driving into the carpark to pick up their child. For the safety of all concerned, particularly our children, please do not use the carpark as a shortcut or as a pick up point for children.

The P&C meeting set down for this week has been moved to Wednesday 6th December at 7:30pm.

The Toys ‘n Tucker drive is on again. Donating non-perishable food or new toys, will help make someone’s Christmas a little better. Items can be left in the school office.

Parents and students can now order food ONLINE from the canteen using a mobile APP called Qkr!.  For those who use Qkr! to purchase school uniforms or make other P&C payments, you’ll now notice the Canteen has been added to the list. For parents who are new to Qkr! there is a how-to guide in the Canteen section of the Newsletter.

Woolworths Earn and Learn Stickers
Thank you to our supportive school community who worked together to collect 26 040 stickers. We,as a school, donated these to the Not For Profit Eastwood Occasional Child Care Centre and they were very appreciative. At the K -6 assembly last week, Miss Lucia attended and presented the staff with a box of treats as a gift of gratitude.( (Some lucky parents received a chocolate on the day from this gift). She said when they told the current students what they will be receiving next year because of our wonderful school community, they all cheered. The goods will be delivered during Term 1 2018. A big thank you to you all for your support.


Library News
Now we are approaching the end of the year, all resources from the library need to be returned. Please help us in this endeavour. Students will be able to borrow until Friday, 1st December, and we would like all items to be returned by Friday, 8th December. To achieve this we plan to implement the following:
In the week of 20th – 27th November, students may have 2 books out of the library.
In the week of 27th November – 1st December, students may have 1 book out of the library.
All books are due back by Friday, 8th December. Parents, we would really appreciate your help in getting our library books back to school.

Thanks,
Elizabeth Pike and Deb de Silva
Teacher Librarians

Musica Viva – Mara! Global Song and Dance

PSSA
Boys Teeball lost 15 – 10. Player of the Match: Marshall
Girls Teeball lost 14 – 10. Player of the Match: Serena
Boys softball lost 8 – 0. Great catch Josiah
Girls softball lost 7 – 3. Player of the Match: Eva
Junior Newcombe Ball won 2 – 0. Player of the Match: Jaydon
Senior Newcombe Ball lost 2 – 0. Player of the Match: Leslie
Volleyball won 2 – 1. Player of the Match: Cheng
Junior Cricket won 100 – 98. Player of the Match: Brannavan
Senior Cricket won 2/100 – 2/75. Player of the Match: Dilshan

This week’s games will be:
Cricket will play Ryde at Meadowbank Park
Newcombe ball/Volleyball will play Meadowbank at Meadowbank Park
Softball/Teeball will play to Kent Road at Meadowbank Park.

Ken Leslie and Anthony Koumz

Click here to see the menu for Week 7. Please order before Friday 17th November.

Ordering Through Qkr!
Parents and students can now order food ONLINE from the canteen using a mobile APP called Qkr! For those of you who have used Qkr! to purchase school uniforms or make other P&C payments, you’ll now notice Canteen has been added onto the list. For parents who are new to Qkr! you can set it up by following the attached guide.

Once you have Qkr! ready, you’ll be able to order by selecting Canteen within the APP. The rest of the ordering process is very similar to other online shopping experiences that you may have had so far, however, you’ll notice that while you can easily pre-order online for up to two weeks you MUST order before 8:30am for the same day. This may be optimized as more parents start to use the APP so please stay tuned.

In addition, as with over the counter ordering, the Sushi, Tasty Tuesday and Chicken Nuggets still need to be ordered the week before and QKR will not let you order these things for the current week.

As we introduce this new service, parents with questions can email Cindy (cliu0601@gmail.com) or ask Jo and the team in person over the counter at the canteen during normal opening hours. We hope that this service will make life easier and better for the parents and students in our community.

Notice Regarding Time for Next P&C Meeting
Please be aware, due to the timing of end of year activities, the November P&C meeting will be moved from this Wednesday to Wednesday 6th of December at 7:30pm. All parents and community members are welcome. Location is the school staff room at the opposite end of the office building.

Any questions please contact pc@eastwood.nsw.edu.au

Canteen Orders Through Qkr!
We’re launching Qkr for our canteen orders. Thanks to Cindy Liu, Haixia Ren and all the canteen ladies for making this happen. Please read the information under Canteen in this newsletter for more details.

End of Year Morning Tea for Teachers and Staff
We are approaching year end and it’s time to thank our wonderful staff and teachers for their hard work with our kids. To formally appreciate our teachers FSC is hosting an end of year morning tea for Teachers and Staff on Friday, 8th December, 2017.

If you are able to help out for the event please contact me ASAP. I would need help with Catering- savory and sweet , gifts for teachers and general help. You can contact me on 0403 275 532 or sunayanac@gmail.com .

Thanks
Sona Chowdhury

Uniform Shop will be open for fittings every Tuesday in November to accommodate new families for 2018. Please note that we are open from 9-10am only.

Volunteers
The uniform shop is run by volunteers. If you are interested in helping next school year, please email us.

Maria and Sarah
Convenors
eastwooduniformshop@gmail.com

Northern Sydney Youth Orchestra
If your child is interested in joining the Northern Sydney Youth Orchestra, please see the attached flyer for more information.

Sydney Academy of Chess – School Chess Championship
On Wednesday 13th December, Sydney Academy of Chess will be running a tournament for students in Years 2 to 6, which will be run as a Swiss, with approximately 7 games. This means that all children play in all the rounds and no one is knocked out. There will be trophies awarded for the highest 3 scorers, and medals presented as age prizes. Each child playing will also receive a participation certificate. For details on how to enter, please click here.

Discover and Be Inspired – Invitation to Gifted and Talented Year 5 Students
Cumberland High School is holding a Science Event for gifted and talented year 5 students and their parents on Tuesday, 21st November at 9am. If you are intested in attending, please see the attached flyer for more information.

7th November 2017

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Last Friday Aman and Rafe came to my attention. They overheard another person making some disrespectful comments. I was very impressed that both boys made it clear that the comments were unacceptable and they should stop. What fantastic role models for other students and even some adults. Thank you boys.

Our School Disco will be held on Saturday 11th November in the School Hall. Session 1 (Yrs K-3) will be held from 5:30 pm to 6:45 pm and Session 2 (Yrs 4-6) will be held from 7 pm to 8:30 pm. For more information please see the attached form.

Some of the scaffolding and hoarding associated with the construction site next door is being removed. This is in preparation for the removal of the crane. All the external scaffolding is expected to be removed in early December.

Gold Awards
Congratulations to the following students who have achieved their Gold Awards. They were presented with their certificates at today’s assembly.
Terrence C. 1H
Marina L. 1H
Kashfia K. 1L
Tharani V. 1S
Adithi A. 2A
Megan X. 2G
Thinolee G. 2G
Ethan T. 2J
Lisa Y. 2L
Richard F. 3B
Bailey G. 5G

Student Leadership
This Wednesday Year 5 students who were either nominated by their peers or themselves will give an impromptu speech of one minute duration. The speech will be to the Year 5 cohort after recess on Wednesday 8th November 2017.

English ICAS
Congratulations to the following students for receiving a High Distinction or Distinction in the ICAS English test this year:

Year 4
High Distinction: Liyang, Thomas, Frank, Bill
Distinction: Lu Yan, Brandon, Chi Ming Rain, Audrey, Jay-Yun, Ella, Carsten, Emily X, Helen, Eddie, Katherine, Daniel C, Ern Tung, Anna, Dulanga, Hayden, Harrison, Hamish, Wenqi, Naomi, Kobe, Angel

Year 5
High Distinction: Emily Z

Distinction: Chloe, Lydia, Matthew, Elijah, Godfrey, Carl, Milni, Leslie, Amaaya, Brendan B

Year 6
Distinction: Betty, Micah, Ivy, Alice, Ian, Fred

Toys ‘n’ Tucker is on again at Eastwood Public School
The SRC are once again calling for donations for Toys ‘n’ Tucker. Toys ‘n’ Tucker is an initiative run by ANGLICARE Sydney that aims to share the joy of Christmas with those who are in need. We will be placing a large collection box in the office foyer to collect donations of unopened food and toys which will be distributed to families in need this Christmas. 

 Please help us make a difference to these families in need by sending in a donation of food, new toys or books and place them in the collection box at the front office of the school by Friday 24th November 2017.

 We appreciate your support.

Year 5 Parent Helpers
Every year we ask Year 5 Parents Helpers to assist with the organisation of catering and serving of food for the Year 6 Farewell. Thank you to the parents who have already volunteered,  however we would greatly appreciate a few more to assist.

We will have our first meeting this Thursday 9th November in 5G’s classroom (Mrs Griffith’s room, corner room upstairs in Q Block) at 3:20pm.  If you are able to help but can’t make the meeting could you please let me know so I can add you to the list.

Thank you,
Peta Griffith

Musica Viva – Mara! Global Song and Dance

PSSA
Boys Teeball lost 14 – 5. Player of the Match: Jayden
Girls Teeball lost 13 – 1. Player of the Match: Yutong
Boys softball lost 13 – 0. Player of the Match: Marcus D
Girls softball lost 4 – 3.
Junior Newcombe Ball won 2 – 0. Player of the Match: Ismael
Senior Newcombe Ball lost 2 – 1. Player of the Match Kevin S
Volleyball won 2 – 1. Player of the Match: Ashley
Junior Cricket lost 92 – 88. Player of the Match: Jay-Yun
Senior Cricket won 124 – 42. Player of the Match: Sienna

This week’s games will be:
Cricket will play North Ryde at North Ryde Oval/North Ryde RSL
Newcombe ball/Volleyball will play North Ryde at North Ryde RSL
Softball/Teeball will play to Meadowbank Public at Meadowbank Park.

Swimming School
Well done to all the students involved in swim school. Your hard work, excellent attitude and exemplary behaviour were a credit to the school. Thank you to everyone involved. Any lost property found over the 2 weeks was collected and put in a box in the front office.

Ken Leslie and Anthony Koumz

Click here to see the menu for Week 6. Please order before Friday 10th November.

P&C Meeting
Eastwood P&C Association is due to have its final meeting this year at 7:30pm on Wednesday 15th November 2017. We welcome all the parents who are available to attend and participate.

School Disco 2017
Our School Disco will be held on Saturday, 11th November in the School Hall. Session 1 (Yrs K-3) will be held from 5:30pm to 6:45pm and Session 2 (Yrs 4-6) will be held from 7pm to 8:30pm. For more information please see the attached form.

Uniform Shop will be open for fittings every Tuesday in November to accommodate new families for 2018. Please note that we are open from 9-10am only.

Out of Stock Items
Girl’s summer tunic sizes 16, 14 and 10 are currently out of stock.

Hats
For hygiene reasons, we do not accept exchange or returns on hats and caps. This is clearly stated on the Uniform shop policies at the back of your order forms.

Volunteers
The uniform shop is run by volunteers. If you are interested in helping next school year, please email us.

Maria and Sarah
Convenors
eastwooduniformshop@gmail.com

Northern Sydney Youth Orchestra
If your child is interested in joining the Northern Sydney Youth Orchestra, please see the attached flyer for more information.

Sydney Academy of Chess – School Chess Championship
Sydney Academy of Chess is running a tournament for students in Years 2 to 6, and will be run as a Swiss, with approximately 7 games. This means that all children play in all the rounds and no one is knocked out. There will be trophies awarded for the highest 3 scorers, and medals presented as age prizes. Each child playing will also receive a participation certificate. For details on how to enter, please click here.

Discover and Be Inspired – Invitation to Gifted and Talented Year 5 Students
Cumberland High School is holding a Science Event for gifted and talented year 5 students and their parents on Tuesday, 21st November at 9am. If you are intested in attending, please see the attached flyer for more information.

Macquarie University Health Clinic
For details of the Speech & Hearing Clinic click here.

Ryde Library – Curious Kids Club
In October and November Ryde Library will have a TravelBugs Mobile Mini-beast workshop for 5 to 12 year olds. This workshop lets kids get up close and personal in a hands-on mini-beast experience. There will be live mini-beasts featuring large and colourful stick insects, centipedes, spiders, scorpions, beetles and many more. For more information, please see their flyer.

31st October 2017

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Eastwood students 7 Bridges walkOn Thursday evening Rooley and Kulith from Year 6, will receive a Rotary Club of Eastwood-Gladesville ‘Primary Schools Leadership Awards’ in recognition of their leadership qualities and skills. Another outstanding effort by students at Eastwood.

Ryde School SpectacularAs we move towards the end of the year, I understand many parents would like to show their appreciation to the teaching and support staff with a variety of gifts. While teachers and support staff are very appreciative of small gifts, or better still, a card with a message from a student to say thank you, we are all bound by the NSW Department of Education’s Code of Conduct which prohibits teachers from accepting gifts with a value in excess of $50.

Calling all Artists
If you think you have a creative flair, then you must have a go at this year’s Bennelong Christmas Card Competition, where the winning designs will feature on John Alexander’s Christmas cards.
All entries must be in to Mrs Georges by 7th of November 2017.
Conditions of entry:
It must be your own original artwork.
It must be brightly coloured and happy.
All text must be correctly spelt (You can ask mum or your teacher for help with the spelling if you are in infants). I will be sending one design (the best design!) from each grade (K-6), to Mr Alexander’s office by November 2017. Mr Alexander will choose some of his favourites to feature on his Christmas cards. All schools are welcome to enter, so make sure you do your best.

Mrs Georges
6G Class Teacher

Student Leadership
There will be a workshop tomorrow morning at 8:30am for those who would like to learn some public speaking tips for speeches.

Regards,
Karen Sparrow
Assistant Principal

Musica Viva – Mara! Global Song and Dance

PSSA
All PSSA was cancelled last week due to the wet weather and subsequent ground closures.

This week’s games will be:
Cricket will play West Ryde at Meadowbank Park.
Newcombe ball/Volleyball will play Melrose Park at Meadowbank Park
Softball/Teeball will play to Meadowbank Public at Meadowbank Park.

Swimming School
It’s great to see children in Years 2-6 actively involved in the two swimming schemes and enjoying themselves. Lessons continue for this week. Please remember to label all your child’s belongings.

Bennelong Cup
Last week students from Eastwood represented the school in the Bennelong Cup. It was a fun and exciting experience for all participants. The students were a credit to the school with their effort, behaviour and sportsmanship.

Ken Leslie, Anthony Koumz and Katrina Morrow

Click here to see the menu for Week 5. Please order before Friday 3rd November.

School Disco 2017
Our School Disco will be held on Saturday, 11th November in the School Hall. Session 1 (Yrs K-3) will be held from 5:30pm to 6:45pm and Session 2 (Yrs 4-6) will be held from 7pm to 8:30pm. For more information please see the attached form.

Care of Instruments
This is a request that all parents please discuss with their children how to look after their instruments and what to do if the instrument gets damaged.
If the instrument is damaged at home:
– Please discuss with your tutor and arrange necessary repairs. If you have a hire instrument from the music program, please repair ASAP. If it is a hire instrument from Musicorp or a different supplier, please contact them directly about the damage.
– Do not try to fix the instrument yourself unless you have the appropriate knowledge as this can often cause more damage.
If the instrument is damaged during the lesson:
– Please discuss with your tutor and arrange necessary repairs. If you have a hire instrument from the music program, please repair ASAP. If it is a hire instrument from Musicorp or a different supplier, please contact them directly about the damage.
– Do not try to fix the instrument yourself as this can often cause more damage.
If the instrument is damaged during a rehearsal:
– Children are to alert the conductor and FOLLOW THEIR INSTRUCTIONS
– Children must NEVER try to fix the instrument and NEVER allow friends to try to fix it either.
– Please discuss with your tutor and arrange necessary repairs. If you have a hire instrument from the music program, please repair ASAP. If it is a hire instrument from Musicorp or a different supplier, please contact them directly about the damage.
– Do not try to fix the instrument yourself as this can often cause more damage.
Please make sure that you discuss this with your children so that they know what to do. Thank you for your help.

2018 Music Camp
The Music Camp is an integral part of the Music Program run and led by the P&C at Eastwood Public School, which is supported by the school, but it is not a school run activity. We are looking at options for next year’s camp because with the current arrangement, since the camp is normally run during school hours, the children would be marked as being absent from school. Kindly complete the survey below so that we can plan for this crucial event. https://goo.gl/forms/hUxSXpDrs73CQcFE2

Coming Events
Piano Plus Festival – 23rd November: everyone is encouraged to find a pianist and put together a small ensemble and take part in this spectacular event.
Southern Cross Visit – 28th November: Senior Strings
End of Year Concert – 30th November: Everyone in the music program is involved
KU Visits – 30th November: Junior Strings
Carols Breakfast – 8th December

Contact Details
Music Program Coordinator – Lina Diaz (music.eastwoodps@gmail.com), 0407 191 592
Have a wonderful week,
Lina Diaz
EPS Music Program Coordinator

Discover and Be Inspired – Invitation to Gifted and Talented Year 5 Students
Cumberland High School is holding a Science Event for gifted and talented year 5 students and their parents on Tuesday, 21st November at 9am. If you are intested in attending, please see the attached flyer for more information.

Sydney Academy of Chess – School Chess Championship
Sydney Academy of Chess is running a tournament for students in Years 2 to 6, and will be run as a Swiss, with approximately 7 games. This means that all children play in all the rounds and no one is knocked out. There will be trophies awarded for the highest 3 scorers, and medals presented as age prizes. Each child playing will also receive a participation certificate. For details on how to enter, please click here.

Macquarie University Health Clinic
For details of the Speech & Hearing Clinic click here.

Ryde Library – Curious Kids Club
In October and November Ryde Library will have a TravelBugs Mobile Mini-beast workshop for 5 to 12 year olds. This workshop lets kids get up close and personal in a hands-on mini-beast experience. There will be live mini-beasts featuring large and colourful stick insects, centipedes, spiders, scorpions, beetles and many more. For more information, please see their flyer.

24th October 2017

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Our choir and ballerinas are performing in the Ryde School Spectacular at the Opera House on Thursday evening. All the students have been working towards the performance with many rehearsals at school during recesses and lunches. We wish them well, knowing their efforts to achieve such high standards will be rewarded in their performance.

Our School Disco will be held on Saturday 11th November in the School Hall. Session 1 (Yrs K-3) will be held from 5:30 pm to 6:45 pm and Session 2 (Yrs 4-6) will be held from 7 pm to 8:30 pm. For more information please see the attached form.

This term we are planning for the 2018 classes. To assist in this process, it is most helpful if we have accurate student numbers. If your child will not be returning to Eastwood Public School in 2018, please send written advice of this to the school as soon as possible. 

If your child is leaving Eastwood Public School at the end of 2017 or will not be returning in 2018, it would be greatly appreciated if you would let the school know by completing the Students leaving EPS form.

If you are leaving early this year to go on holidays, but will be back next year, please complete the Leaving Early for Holidays form.

If you are returning late in 2018, to secure your child’s position at the school, please complete the Returning to School Late form. Please return these forms to the school office as soon as possible.

PSSA
There was no PSSA last week due to the Ryde Spectacular rehearsal. This week our Cricket team will play Ryde East at Meadowbank and our Softball team and Newcombe/Volleyball teams will play West Ryde at Meadowbank.

Table Tennis and Badminton Finals
The School badminton and table tennis finals were played and results are as follows:
Table Tennis
Senior Girls Champion Eva L; Runner up Angela L
Senior Boys: Champion Patrick Q; Runner up Edward S
Badminton
Junior Girls: Champion Victoria T; Runner Up Lucy
Junior Boys: Champion Dominic; Runner up Brendan
Senior Girls: Champion Jennifer L; Runner Up Anthea
Senior Boys: Champion Aman; Runner Up Tyran

Swimming School
Swim school is under way this week. Children in Years 2-6 should come to school dressed in their swimmers under their uniform. 5G, 5B, 2G, 4A and 2A need to be at school at 8:35am as their bus leaves at 8:40am. Children should bring their towel, hairbrush and underwear in a plastic bag, so they can change out of their swimmers after the lesson. Children are permitted to wear sandals to and from the pool for the next two weeks only. Whilst at school they should wear school shoes. Children attending Kuringai Aquatic should also bring sunscreen each day. Please LABEL all your child’s belongings.

It is preferred that students attending the swimming program at Ryde Aquatic Centre wear a swimming cap. Buying a cap in the colour of your child’s house colour would be useful for the school swimming carnival in 2018.

Thank you
Ken Leslie

Click here to see the menu for Week 4. Please order before Friday 27th October.

Notice for Extra P&C Meeting on 3rd November 2017

Notice is given for an extra P&C meeting to be held at 3:15pm at the front of the canteen on Friday 3rd November. The extra meeting is required as there is unvoted business from the previous meeting. If you intend on coming, please send an email to pc@eastwood.nsw.edu.au as there will only be one item voted on, so it will be a quick meeting.

School Disco 2017
Our School Disco will be held on Saturday, 11th November in the School Hall. Session 1 (Yrs K-3) will be held from 5:30pm to 6:45pm and Session 2 (Yrs 4-6) will be held from 7pm to 8:30pm. For more information please see the attached form.

Fitting Day
Uniform Shop will be open for fittings every Tuesday in November to accommodate new families for 2018. Please note that we are open from 9-10am only.

Out of Stock Items
Girl’s summer tunic sizes 16, 14 and 10 are currently out of stock.

Brimmed Hats
To those parents/carers who have emailed us regarding the new brimmed hats, please be informed that brimmed hats will no longer have strings. This is in compliance with the new safety regulations regarding school hats.

Volunteers
The Uniform Shop is run by volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the Uniform Shop.

Maria Bridges and Sarah Nguyen
Convenors
eastwooduniformshop@gmail.com

The introductory groups for strings started with the first group having their lesson this morning. I am sure that the kids are all very excited at the prospect of starting their musical journey.

Unfortunately, we had to cancel the introductory band instruments group, but please get in touch with Tony 0412 686 814 or tony@tonygardner.com.au to organize individual lessons. If you need to hire an instrument, please contact me so that we can arrange it.

Granny Smith Festival    
Thank you to the Concert Band and Senior Strings students who performed on Saturday at the Granny Smith Festival. Thank you to Tony and Nazli for preparing the children for the performance and also to the parents who stayed and helped with the movement of instruments and the supervision of the kids, “many hands make light work”.

It was disappointing that so many of the children were missing from both groups, but the Senior Strings in particular with less than half of the ensemble being present. High absenteeism has a major impact on the sound of the ensemble, especially with the string instruments. Please remember that when you commit to your children participating in the music program you automatically commit to the performances that are arranged for the bands and the ensembles.  

It was a stellar effort on behalf of the children who showed up and performed for the enthusiastic crowd. Well done!

Upcoming Events
Piano Plus Festival – 23rd November: Everyone is encouraged to find a pianist and put together a small ensemble and take part at this spectacular event.
Southern Cross Visit – 28th November: Senior Strings
End of year concert – 30th November: Everyone in the music program is involved
KU Visits – 30th November: Junior Strings
Carols Breakfast – 8th December

Contact Details
Music Program Coordinator – Lina Diaz (music.eastwoodps@gmail.com), ph: 0407 191 592

Have a wonderful week,
Lina Diaz
EPS Music Program Coordinator

Sydney Academy of Chess – School Chess Championship
Sydney Academy of Chess is running a tournament for students in Years 2 to 6, and will be run as a Swiss, with approximately 7 games. This means that all children play in all the rounds and no one is knocked out. There will be trophies awarded for the highest 3 scorers, and medals presented as age prizes. Each child playing will also receive a participation certificate. For details on how to enter, please click here.

Eastwood Anglican Church Full On Fundraiser – Family Feast
Saturday October 28th at 6pm
St Phils Eastwood
Corner of Shaftsbury Rd and Clanalpine St Eastwood
Come join us at St Phils to help raise money for our Full On Youth Camp!
•All you can eat multi-cultural feast
•Silent auction
•Bake Sale and Coffee
•Free Family Movie
•Dinner will be $20 per person and $60 for families.

Ryde Library – Curious Kids Club
In October and November Ryde Library will have a TravelBugs Mobile Mini-beast workshop for 5 to 12 year olds. This workshop lets kids get up close and personal in a hands-on mini-beast experience. There will be live mini-beasts featuring large and colourful stick insects, centipedes, spiders, scorpions, beetles and many more. For more information, please see their flyer.

17th October 2017

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As part of the process of developing a new School Plan 2018-20, I’d like to revise the vision for the school to ensure it reflects the students, teachers, parents and community. The current vision statement is in the existing School Plan 2015-17 published on the school’s website.
We would like to know what you believe our school should be by completing the sentence: We BELIEVE in a school ….. (finish the sentence by using the link)

A reminder, there is a P&C meeting on Wednesday 18th October from 7.30pm. All members of the school community are welcome to attend.

This is the final week of the Tell Them from Me survey. It’s your chance to have a say in making school improvements. The survey closes at 5 pm on Friday 20 October. https://nsw.tellthemfromme.com/eps2017 

National Bandanna Day
This October, Eastwood Public School will be taking part in National Bandanna Day to make a difference to the lives of young Aussies impacted by cancer. 
Every day, 63 young Aussies are faced with a cancer diagnosis- either themselves or of an immediate family member. The impact of a cancer diagnosis has long-term emotional, mental and financial implications for young people, who are at considerable risk of isolation and psychological distress.
CanTeen is the game changer. They help young people cope with cancer in their family, which is why, on Friday 20th October we will be selling bandannas for $5 each raise money for CanTeen- a charity that supports young people when cancer comes crashing into their world.
Please remember to send $5 to school with your child/ren on Friday 20th October so that they can take part and help support this great cause!
Because we’re stronger when we #BandTogether

PSSA
Boys T-ball won 9 – 0. Player of the Match: Brendan
Girls T-ball won 11 – 5. Player of the match: Shreeya
Boys Softball lost 9 – 0. Player of the match: James C.
Girls Softball won 9 – 0. Player of the Match: Samantha
Junior Cricket won 130 – 94. Player of the match: Thomas
Senior Cricket won 1/64 – 7/57. Player of the match: Arav
Junior Newcombe ball lost 2 – 1. Player of the Match: Audrey
Senior Newcombe ball won 3 – 0. Player of the Match: Leo
Volleyball won 2 – 0. Player of the Match: Edward

There will be no PSSA this week due to the Ryde Spectacular rehearsal.

Swimming School
Our annual school swimming program will be run in Weeks 3 and 4 (23rd October to 3rd November). As costs have been worked out and paid in advance based on all children paying for the 10 day program, no refunds can be given for partial attendance over the two weeks.

Children in Years 2-6 should come to school dressed in their swimmers under their uniform. 5G, 5B, 4A, 2A and 2G need to be at school at 8:35am as their bus leaves at 8:40am. Children should bring their towel, hairbrush and underwear in a plastic bag, so they can change out of their swimmers after the lesson. Children are permitted to wear sandals to and from the pool for the next two weeks only. Whilst at school they should wear school shoes. Please LABEL all your child’s belongings.

All students attending the swimming program at Ryde Aquatic Centre need to wear a swimming cap. Buying a cap in the colour of your child’s house colour would be useful for the school swimming carnival in 2018. Please make sure your child is able to put one on by themselves before the swimming program commences.

Thank you
Ken Leslie

Click here to see the menu for Week 3. Please order before Friday 20th October.

School Disco 2017
Our School Disco will be held on Saturday, 11th November in the School Hall. Session 1 (Yrs K-3) will be held from 5:30 pm to 6:45 pm and Session 2 (Yrs 4-6) will be held from 7 pm to 8:30 pm. For more information please see the attached form.

Fitting Day
Uniform Shop will be open for fittings every Tuesday in November to accommodate new families for 2018. Please note that we are only open from 9-10 am.

Secondhand Uniforms
For families who have emailed us regarding second hand items, whatever has been donated are the only items and sizes we sell, and only on fitting days.

Returns and Exchanges
Returns and/or exchanges will only be accepted with receipts and if items are in the same condition as at purchase – with tags. Email the Uniform Shop if you need to exchange an item. You can also leave items at the school office with a note and your child’s name and class.

QKR
If you have ordered through QKR please do not come to the uniform shop to pick up your orders. We can only process your orders after we have received the QKR transaction report. Any QKR orders will be delivered to your child’s class.

Volunteers
The Uniform Shop is run by parent volunteers. If you are interested in helping please send us an email.

Maria and Sarah
Convenors
eastwooduniformshop@gmail.com

The introductory groups will be starting next week. Thank you for all your patience whilst everything is being organised. I have arranged groups based on the feedback you provided me with regarding days that you were not available. If you haven’t heard from me, please send me an e-mail ASAP as it means I do not have the correct address for you.

 The Music Committee Meeting is happening tomorrow at 2 pm. We’ll meet up at the front office

.• Granny Smith Festival    21 October 

 o Concert Band: meet at 11:50 am at the school hall. We need to tune and carry music stands and instruments over to the stage area in Trelawney Street. Parents, we need you to help please with the taking of the stands to the stage and back to school

o Senior Strings: meet at 2:00 pm at the school hall. We need to tune and carry music stands and instruments over to the stage area in Trelawney Street. Parents we need you to help please with the taking of the stands to the stage and back to school

o Attire for all students is black pants, black school shoes and concert music shirt. Girls, if wearing a skirt, then black leggings with black socks or black stockings. All hair must be off the face.• Piano Plus Festival  23 November everyone is encouraged to find a pianist and put together a small ensemble and take part at this event.

 • End of year concert  Thursday 30 November. Everyone in the music program is involved

• KU Visits   30th November Junior Strings

• Carols Breakfast   8th December

• Southern Cross Visit   TBC Senior Strings

Remember, encourage, volunteer and read the newsletter .

Contact Details 
Music Program Coordinator – Lina Diaz (music.eastwoodps@gmail.com), 0407 191 592Instrument Hire – Malo Bhale (malobhale@gmail.com)

Have a wonderful week,Lina Diaz
EPS Music Program Coordinator

Sydney Academy of Chess – School Chess Championship
Sydney Academy of Chess is running a tournament for students in Years 2 to 6, and will be run as a Swiss, with approximately 7 games. This means that all children play in all the rounds and no one is knocked out. There will be trophies awarded for the highest 3 scorers, and medals presented as age prizes. Each child playing will also receive a participation certificate. For details on how to enter, please click here.

Ryde Library – Curious Kids Club
In October and November Ryde Library will have a TravelBugs Mobile Mini-beast workshop for 5 to 12 year olds. This workshop lets kids get up close and personal in a hands-on mini-beast experience. There will be live mini-beasts featuring large and colourful stick insects, centipedes, spiders, scorpions, beetles and many more. For more information, please see their flyer.

10th October 2017

From the PrincipalGeneral NewsSportCanteenMusicImportant DatesCommunity

Welcome back to the start of Term 4. After every holiday, we come back to see a playground full of smiles and happy students. Its a great start for the term and a wonderful learning environment. It makes teaching a very rewarding pastime.

Our swim school starts in Week 3. With more than 270 people drowning in Australia each year, its an important opportunity for students to build on their swimming skills. It may save their life in the future. We encourage parents to ensure their child attends each session throughout the 2 week program. We would also like to thank the P&C who allocate funds each year to assist in reducing the costs associated with running the program.

Congratulations to Josephine for her outstanding writing skills. Josephine’s entry into the WriteOn competition conducted by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) has earned her a Silver Award. Her work will be published in The Best of WriteOn 2017 Anthology available early next year.

In Eastwood Public School every person has a right to feel safe. Any person who bullies another is denying them that right. The school will not tolerate any action that undermines a person’s right to feel safe, and it will take whatever steps are necessary to endeavour to stop such behaviour. If your child feels unsafe in any way, please contact the school immmediately to organise an interview with the Principal and class teacher. You may also like to access resources on anti-bullying on the school’s website.

Important dates

  • Swim school: 23 October
  • K-6 Kindergarten assembly: 7 November
  • End of Year concert: 29 November
  • K-2 Presentation Day: 5 December
  • Years 3-6 Presentation Day: 7 December
  • Reports go home: 8 December
  • Year 6 Farewell: 11 December
  • K-6 Fun Days: 14 December
  • Students’ Last Day for 2017: 15 December

SELECTIVE HIGH SCHOOL PLACEMENT 2019 (Year 5 students 2017)
Applications for selective high school placement in Year 7 in 2019 open on 10 October 2017 and close on 13 November 2017. Late applications will not be accepted. Information about applying, the placement process and the application form can be found at  https://education.nsw.gov.au/public-schools/selective-high-schools-and-opportunity-classes/year-7. Parents must apply online and should not use a student’s email address to register.

The Selective High School Placement Test will be held on 15 March 2018.

Thank you
Peta Griffith (Relieving Assistant Principal Stage 3) 

PSSA
Boys T-ball won 10 – 9. Player of the Match: Jayden
Girls T-ball lost 12 – 9. Player of the Match: Angel
Boys Softball lost 6 – 0. 
Girls Softball won 8 – 2. Player of the Match: Jennifer
Junior Newcombe Ball lost 2 – 0. Player of the Match: Bethany
Senior Newcombe Ball lost 2 – 0. Player of the Match: Anaya
Volleyball lost 2 – 1. Player of the Match: Patrick
Junior Cricket lost 92 – 75. Player of the match: Daniel
Senior Cricket lost 153 – 109.  Player of the match: Tyran

Thank you
Ken Leslie 

Click here to see the menu for Week 2. Please order before Friday 13th October.

I hope everyone has returned to school refreshed and ready for another wonderful term of music making at Eastwood Public School. There is still a lot happening at school in the music program.

Before I list all the things coming up, a few reminders.

It is imperative that EVERYONE attends the upcoming performances. The children and the conductors have been working hard putting together a program that will provide the best possible performance, and just like a sporting team, a musical group relies on EVERYONE attending, trying their best and working together. Anyone missing makes a difference to the performance as a whole, not to mention that it lets down the group. Dates are advertised well in advance, so aside from illness, there are no excuses for non-attendance.

Your involvement and help at these events is also hugely important. When you are involved it makes the running easier for all involved, but more importantly it shows your children that you place value in them and in their musical education. We are our children’s most influential adults and our actions are being constantly watched and monitored by them. I urge you to stay and respectfully listen to their performances and to focus on the positive aspects of their participation.

There is both scientific and anecdotal evidence that shows that music education has a greater impact on the academic performance of children and their wellbeing when compared to a greater focus on Maths or English or any other subjects. Music physically changes the brain and builds a greater number of neural pathways between both hemispheres.

And so, on to Term 4 and all the musical opportunities for your children.

Granny Smith Festival, 21st October
• Concert Band: meet at 11:50am at the school hall. We need to tune and carry music stands and instruments over to the stage area in Trelawney Street.
• Senior Strings: meet at 2:00pm at the school hall. We need to tune and carry music stands and instruments over to the stage area in Trelawney Street.
• Attire for all students is black pants, black school shoes and concert music shirt. Girls, if wearing a skirt, then black leggings with black socks or black stockings. All hair must be off the face.

Piano Plus Festival, 23nd November
Everyone is encouraged to find a pianist and put together a small ensemble and take part at this event. Sign up sheets will be posted in Week 2.

End of Year Concert, 29th November
Everyone in the music program is involved.

KU Visits, 30th November Junior Strings

Carols Breakfast, 8th December

Southern Cross Visit, TBC Senior Strings

We will be holding auditions for the string groups and the jazz ensemble, details including times will be advertised once finalised.

Introductory Strings, Woodwind and Brass Groups
I am in the process of organising groups and will be contacting you directly by Wednesday (tomorrow). Preliminary days are: Mondays before school for band instruments, Wednesdays before school for cellos, Wednesdays and Fridays after school for violin. If these days do not suit, please let me know ASAP via e-mail music.eastwoodps@gmail.com

We are on the home stretch. Keep up the practice and the hard work and you will be rewarded with improved ability and beautiful music from your very capable young people.

Remember, encourage, volunteer and read the newsletter.

Contact Details
Music Program Coordinator – Lina Diaz (music.eastwoodps@gmail.com), 0407 191 592
Instrument Hire – Malo Bhale (malobhale@gmail.com)

Have a wonderful week,
Lina Diaz
EPS Music Program Coordinator

Important dates

  • Swim school: 23 October
  • K-6 Kindergarten assembly: 7 November
  • End of Year concert: 29 November
  • K-2 Presentation Day: 5 December
  • Years 3-6 Presentation Day: 6 December
  • Reports go home: 8 December
  • Year 6 Farewell: 11 December
  • K-6 Fun Days: 14 December
  • Students’ Last Day for 2017: 15 December

Chess Coaching
Sydney Academy of Chess runs coaching classes for students before school on Mondays for Years K-2 and Tuesdays for Years 3-6. For more information, please click here.