20th February 2018

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Dear Parents and Carers 

Eastwood Public School- where a love of learning is born!
Eastwood Public School provides a nurturing environment where the welfare of students and their families is paramount. Our staff are committed to building self-esteem in students and, by working closely with parents and students, ensuring that both responsible behaviour and a strong sense of civic pride exist. Our staff will, at all times, provide your child(ren) with the most amazing educational opportunities.

2017 proved to be not just an outstanding year for our wonderful school in many curriculum and extracurricular areas, but an exceptional one. Our children continued to be afforded with a wealth of learning and extra-curricular opportunities. The school’s National Assessment, university test and school based assessment results were a testament to the quality teaching and learning embedded into each and every classroom. These outstanding achievements were also very much evident in the sporting and cultural arenas in PSSA, Creative and Performing Arts and in the development of leadership skills within our senior students, as was evidenced through the school’s representative council.

Future Focused
I am looking forward to leading our school into the future to ensure our students imagine the possibilities, believe in themselves and create their brightest future. Keep an eye out for some brand- new technology that we will be unveiling in classrooms over the next term. We have purchased ‘state of the art’ touchscreen panels for 6 classrooms which provide the most dynamic and interactive learning environment for students. We will always provide our students with the most cutting edge and latest resources, Eastwood Public School you deserve the very best!

Thank you to our wonderful community who attended our Kindergarten and Stage 1 ‘Meet the Teacher’ sessions last week, we are excited to work in partnership with you to ensure our children achieve their best. Please make sure you chat with your child’s class teacher if you have any concerns or need further information. To ensure that our wonderfully committed staff can allocate the time you need to discuss and resolve any issues, please make an appointment. Appointments can be made via contacting the office.

2018 P&C Committee
On Wednesday 14th February we held our P&C Meeting, thank you to all of our parents, carers and community members for attending and being so keen to invest in our wonderful school community.

I would like to officially welcome the 2018 P&C Association, Sally Fong (President), Winnie Cheung (Vice-President), Vijay Kumar (Secretary) and Jade Zhang (Treasurer).

I would also like to express my deepest thanks and gratitude to our 2017 P&C Association, led by President Tim Radnidge, and to the sub-committees for all the dedication and commitment you have provided to our children at Eastwood Public School. Thank you is not enough- it means so much to the school to have such significant and meaningful support of our parents and families.

Eastwood Public School recognises, acknowledges and is grateful for the many ways parents and carers contribute to our school each year, through donation of time, expertise, vibrant community spirit as well as financial contributions. I am looking forward to collaborating closely with the school community to provide the best opportunities for our students.

‘Meet The Teacher’ Sessions
We will be holding our two remaining ‘Meet the Teacher’ information sessions this week.

All sessions will begin in the hall at 5.00pm and will conclude at 6.00pm. These sessions are designed to give a general overview of what is happening in the stage/grade for the year. If you wish to speak individually to a teacher regarding your child, please make an appointment for another time so we can ensure that sufficient time is allocated to ensure your needs are met and all queries can be answered.

Stage 2 (Years 3&4)  –Tuesday 20 February

Stage 3 (Years 5&6) – Wednesday 21 February

Student Health
If your child has any medical or health needs please contact the front office as soon as possible. This way we can ensure all essential paperwork is completed and we have the most up to date information from you and your medical practitioner/s resulting in the best care and support for your child whilst at school. Please contact Ms Sue Leitch, Deputy Principal, to make an appointment to discuss your child’s healthcare needs. Thank you for your ongoing support to keep our students safe here at Eastwood Public School.

Positive Communication at Eastwood Public School
In 2018, Eastwood’s executive structure includes Assistant Principals, Deputy Principals and myself. Each of the Assistant Principals has direct responsibility for supporting and supervising our classes, in addition to ensuring quality teaching and learning. Mrs Krystal Webb and Ms Angela Kouts have direct supervision for Kindergarten, Mrs Jo Eadie has direct supervision of Stage 1, Mrs Cora Cuasay has direct supervision of Stage 2 and Mrs Karen Sparrow has direct supervision of Stage 3.

If you need to discuss any issues concerning your child, please speak with your child’s class teacher in the first instance and then contact the Stage Assistant Principal, followed by the Deputy Principals, Ms Sue Leitch and Mrs Louise Winsor. 

Student Supervision
As Principal, my first and most important priority is to ensure the safety and wellbeing of each and every student at Eastwood Public School.  Our dedicated staff are on duty from 8.40am, with lessons commencing at 9.10am and concluding at 3.10pm daily. Please note that there is no supervision outside of these hours. Please book your child into EBASCC (our wonderful onsite before and after school care service) if you need to drop your child off or collect them outside of these hours. Alternative before and after school care arrangements can be sourced via Ryde Council. If you are running late (for example due to traffic congestion) to collect your child in the afternoon please contact the office so we can let your child know. Children who are not collected by 3.30pm will sit on the silver seats near the administration building and parents will be contacted to collect their children.

I am always available to meet with parents and family members so please feel free to pop in and see me anytime to have a chat. I value suggestions and feedback from students, parents and families so we can keep providing the best educational opportunities for our children. Please come and see me if you are around the school, I would love to meet you so we can work together to best support your child.

Eastwood Public School- you are the very best!

Helen Davis
Principal

Mufti Day and Cultural Assembly
There will be a Mufti Day and Cultural Assembly in the School Hall on Thursday, 22nd February from 9:30 am to 10:20 am. For more information, please see the attached flyer.

Stage 3 – High School Placement Information Sessions
On Wednesday 21st February, at 6pm in the school hall, after the Meet the Teacher evening, will be an information session for parents of Year 6 students about the High School Application forms for Year 7 entry in 2019.

On Thursday 8th March in the school hall at 6pm, will be an information evening for those seeking a Selective High School placement in 2020. This evening is for our current Year 5 cohort.

Playground Supervision
At Eastwood Public School supervision of students before school is from 8.40am until 9.10am. Our playgrounds are mostly identified by their alphabet letter.

‘A’ playground (shadecloth area) is supervised from 8.40am-9.10am and ‘C’ playground (in front of EBASCC) is supervised from 8.55am-9.10am.
D’ playground (green kindergarten area adjacent to Rowe Street) is supervised at recess and lunch only.
In order to keep our playgrounds as safe as possible handball and other ballgames are not to be played before school.
The grass area and play equipment is out of bounds in the morning  and all students need to be in the supervised ‘A’ or ‘C’ playgrounds between 8.40am and 9.10am.

Kindergarten Playground Supervision
The children are settling into their new playground routines. Thank you to our parents who are helping the children understand and respect the rules and expectations that are in place to keep our students safe and happy.

Upon arrival at school, all kindergarten children must leave their school bags in ‘D’ playground in their assigned class area.

All kindergarten students must then walk to ‘A’ playground and wait there until the bell rings. After the 9.10 bell rings they walk back to their bags and assemble in ‘D’ playground where the class teachers will be waiting. 

Mrs Winsor

PSSA
Girls Tee-ball did not play
Boys Tee-ball did not play
Boys Softball did not play
Girls Softball did not play
Jnr Cricket lost 164 to 27. Player of the match: Jay
Snr Cricket lost 1/71 to 8/30. Player of the match: Brannavan
Newcombe Ball Junior lost 2- 0. Player of the match: Grace
Newcombe Ball Senior lost 2 – 0 Player of the match: Calleigh
Volleyball lost 3- 0 Player of the match: Hanna

Round 2 of Summer PSSA will be held this coming Friday, 23rd of February. All draws and dates can be found on http://www.pssa.net.au/Ryde/

A special mention to our four Eastwood Public students who participated in trials to represent the Ryde district in Tennis. All students performed to the best of their ability and Eastwood was able to have Eva and Marcus qualify for the next round.

Thank you,
Anthony Koumz

Click here to see the menu for Week 5. Please order before Friday 23rd February.

P&C Association – Elected Members 2018
The P&C meeting was successfully held last Wednesday, 14th February. On behalf of the P&C, we’d like to thank all the parents and teachers that had given up their valuable time on the night.

This year’s new Committee has been elected as follows:

President:  Sally Fong
Vice President: Winnie Cheung
Secretary: Vijay Kumar
Treasurer: Jade Zhang

Special thanks to our 2017 P&C Association, Tim Radnidge (President), Jenny Li (Treasurer), Whitney Jiang (Secretary) and the sub-committee for all your dedication and commitment you have provided to our children at EPS.

Our next P&C meeting will be held Wednesday, 21st March at 7.30pm. We welcome all parents and anyone who is interested from the school community to attend. The P&C is a group of school parents who work together to improve the school experiences for all students and families. We would love for you to come along to our upcoming meeting. We will be in the same building as the school office at the opposite end.

If you wish to contact us or learn how to be involved, please email us at pc@eastwood.nsw.edu.au

Sally

Fitting Days
The next fitting day is Tuesday 6th March from 9-10am only. On Tuesdays that we are not open, QKR and mail orders will still be processed and will be delivered to your child’s class.

Ordering Your Uniforms
Order before Tuesday 9am for same day delivery. For order forms and sizing information, or information about downloading the QKR app, please look at the school website under the Uniform Shop tab.

Returns and Exchanges
Please email the Uniform Shop to arrange returns/exchanges. Otherwise, you can leave the items that need to be returned/exchanged at the school office with a note and your child’s name and class. We do not accept returns of hats for hygiene reasons. Only items that are in their original condition as at purchase —with labels/tags and receipt will be accepted for returns and exchanges.

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

Maria Bridges and Sarah Nguyen
Uniform Shop Convenors
eastwooduniformshop@gmail.com

Most of the ensembles are settling in well and filling our school ground with music. Punctuality and consistent practice are keys to an enjoyable and successful year ahead. Anyone interested in joining please get in touch ASAP.

Enrolment Forms and Ensemble Fee Payments
Thank you to all members who already completed their online enrolment. It provides essential information for us to organise our day-to-day ensemble activities. If you have not already done so please kindly take a few minutes and register via the following link:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe7XtQMwm6JV-hFBXvTbZvuN0ixLtbXxg49gq-GH0BioKjTEw/viewform?c=0&w=1
Please pay the ensemble fees via QKR by choosing the correct ensemble that your child attends. If there are any questions please contact us. Both of these need to be completed by week 4 in order for your child to participate in their ensemble.

Band Instrument Tryout
Would you like to join our Training Band but are not sure where to start or which instrument to learn? Interested year 3-6 students are invited to the Band Instrument Tryout on Thursday 22nd February at lunchtime in the school hall to meet our conductor, try out various band instruments and find out which one is for you. We can then direct you how to start your instrumental journey and join our ensemble community. Please email music.eastwoodps@gmail.com to reserve your spot ASAP. See the poster around school grounds for details.

Open Band Rehearsal
Come and watch our band in action this Wednesday morning before school. 

Ensemble Requirements
To ensure the high standard of our music program, all students must follow the requirements below:

• Attendance of weekly rehearsals – arrive 10 minutes before the rehearsal time
• Practice for weekly rehearsals – home practice as required by conductor
• Attendance at performances – as required

Please notify the coordinator and provide legitimate proof when a student has to be absent from rehearsals and/or performances. In order to make sure we provide a quality music program we need your support in ensuring that all children follow these rules. Please refer to the details in the updated Music Handbook.

2018 Music Ensembles – Rehearsal Schedule
Concert Band – Monday 3:15pm and Wednesday 7:45am, School Hall
Training Band – Thursday 8am, School Hall
Senior Strings – Monday 8am, School Hall
Junior Strings – Thursday 3:15pm, School Hall
Symphony Orchestra Group – Wednesday 8.30am, School Hall

Upcoming Events
Music Camp – 9th and 10th April (Monday and Tuesday) at Powell Baden Scout Centre, Pennant Hills. Lots of volunteers are needed to make this exciting event possible. Please send us an email if you can help out.

Enquiries
Instrument Hire – Malo Bhale (malobhale@gmail.com)
Others – Eva Leung (music.eastwoodps@gmail.com )

Thanks
EPS P&C Music Committee

Carlingford High School Information Day
On Wednesday, 7th March Carlingford High School will be having an Information Day for students going into year 7 in 2019. If you are interested in attending, please see the attached information sheet.

Epping Boys High School Information Afternoon for Year 7 2019 and 2020
Epping Boys High School will be holding an Information Afternoon on Thursday 22nd February for parents and students who are currently in years 5 and 6. For more information, please see the attached flyer.

Marsden High School Open Night
Marsden High School will be holding an Open Night on Tuesday, 6th March from 4pm to 7pm. For more information, please see the attached flyer.

Newtown High School of Performing Arts
Students currently in Year 6 who are seeking entrance into Year 7 2019 in Drama,Dance or Music at Newtown High School of Performing Arts must participate in audition workshops. Auditions will be held from Monday 25th June to Friday 6th July 2018. Initial registration for an audition is required via their website: www.nhspa.nsw.edu.au

Free Schools Table Tennis Challenge
There will be a free schools table tennis challenge for the Eastwood Lunar New Year Festival. Matches will be played after school and weekends until Friday 23rd February. The Mayor of Ryde will be giving Medals on stage on Saturday 24th February.

For more information please check the website www.AJHsports.com or contact Andrew Hill on 0447 827 788.

13th February 2018

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Dear Parents and Carers,

Eastwood- a school of shining stars!

Congratulations Eastwood, quality education and exceptional learning opportunities provided by our highly talented, motivated, inspirational teachers is well and truly underway in each and every classroom. The start to the 2018 school year has been an exceptional and extremely innovative one. I am so proud to see our students settled into routines and displaying persistence in all their endeavours. Well done, Eastwood!

Our Kindergarten children have settled into our school routines and into their learning with great excitement. Their teachers have been walking the children through the routines of the BIG SCHOOL DAY. Congratulations to you (the parents), you have done a wonderful job preparing your children for school. My teachers and I look forward to continuing your outstanding work and I assure you that your child will continue to receive quality education in a warm, caring learning environment, filled with wonderful innovative programs, excellence without exception and of course success. Whilst your child is at our wonderful school you can rest assured that they will be protected and cared for as if they were our very own children.

If I can offer our parents (especially our new Kindergarten parents) some advice, it would be to encourage you to make the very most of your child’s primary school years. I urge you to become involved as much as possible, because our precious children grow up so quickly. Please get to know your child’s teacher, ask questions and take the time to come up to our school events. You are always very welcome and we would love to see you.

Congratulations to our senior students who have demonstrated true citizenship as they continue to watch over the Kindergarten students, making sure that they have someone to talk to and showing them around our beautiful school. This is a wonderful quality that the students of Eastwood have always demonstrated. They look out and truly care for each other. Eastwood is truly a remarkable school. We are so blessed to be part of this exceptional learning environment, where together we make a difference, where together the bright future of our students is assured.

Our wonderful school’s reputation as a centre of excellence across all facets of school life is very much embedded with our school and wider community. This is the reason why Eastwood PS continues to thrive and be the school of choice for many families. We now have approximately 877 students enrolled which equates to 34 classes. This is wonderful news for our school, as 34 classes means that we can continue to utilise the wealth of resources at our disposal. It also means that our wonderful school continues be at the forefront of education providing innovative educational programs in literacy, numeracy, future focussed learning, the creative and performing arts, leadership and sport in an exciting learning environment.

The phenomenal reputation that our school holds in the local and wider community is truly a credit to you, our fantastic students, our committed, talented teachers and our generous, supportive parents. It is the wonderful things that you do and say about our exceptional school, the way you proudly represent our school at the many different events, that promotes and upholds the beliefs, aspirations and achievements of our school community. We could not have achieved our incredible success over the years without the special quality, culture and connectedness that exist in this beautiful learning environment.

I am always available to meet with parents and family members so please feel free to pop in and see me anytime to have a chat. I value suggestions and feedback from students, parents and families so we can keep providing the best educational opportunities for our children. Please come and see me if you are around the school, I would love to meet you so we can work together to best support your child.

Keep shining Eastwood- I am humbled to be your Principal.

Helen Davis
Principal

Positive Communication at Eastwood Public School

From time to time parents or other members of the school community may need to approach the school in order to:

  • discuss the academic progress or welfare of their own child
  • express concern about actions of other students
  • enquire about school policy or practice

These procedures will help solve problems as soon as possible so that a safe and harmonious school environment is maintained. The best results are always achieved when we work together collaboratively to support our children to achieve their personal best at Eastwood Public School.

These guidelines aim to:

  • provide a guide so that concerns are dealt with in a supportive and transparent manner
  • ensure that the rights of students, parents and staff are respected and upheld
  • support sensitivity and confidentiality
  • ensure that we will reach an agreed solution

On occasion, concerns may cause frustration and anxiety.

 At such times it is always important to organise a time to talk with school staff in an unhurried and confidential atmosphere.

Stage 3 Information Sessions

On Wednesday 21st February at 6pm in the school hall, after the Meet the Teacher evening, will be an information session for parents of Year 6 students about the High School Application forms for Year 7 entry in 2019.

On Thursday 8th March in the school hall at 6pm, there will be an information evening for those seeking a Selective High School placement in 2020. This evening is for our current Year 5 cohort.

Karen Sparrow
Assistant Principal

Meet The Teacher’ Sessions

We will be holding ‘Meet the Teacher’ information sessions over the next few weeks. All sessions will begin in the hall at 5.00pm and will conclude at 6.00pm. These sessions are designed to give a general overview of what is happening in the stage/grade for the year. If you wish to speak individually to a teacher regarding your child, please make an appointment for another time so we can enable sufficient time to ensure your needs are met and all queries can be answered. We look forward to seeing you!

Early Stage 1 (Kindergarten) – Tuesday 13th February
Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2) – Wednesday 14th February
Stage 2 (Years 3 and 4) –Tuesday 20th February
Stage 3 (Years 5 and 6) – Wednesday 21st February

Mufti Day and Cultural Assembly

There will be a Cultural Assembly in the School Hall on Thursday, 22nd February from 9:30am to 10:20am. For more information, please see the attached flyer.

Playground Organisation

At Eastwood Public School supervision of students before school is from 8.40am until 9.10am. Our playgrounds are mostly identified by their alphabet letter.

‘A’ playground (shadecloth area) is supervised from 8.40am-9.10am and ‘C’ playground (in front of EBASCC) is supervised from 8.55am-9.10am. ‘D’ playground (green kindergarten area adjacent to Rowe Street) is supervised at recess and lunch only. In order to keep our playgrounds as safe as possible handball and other ballgames are not to be played before school.

Kindergarten Playground Supervision

Upon arrival at school, all kindergarten children must leave their school bags in ‘D’ playground in their assigned class area.

All kindergarten students must then walk to ‘A’ playground and wait there until the bell rings. After the 9.10 bell rings they walk back to their bags and assemble in ‘D’ playground where the class teachers will be waiting.

From Monday, 12th February, the large coloured flags will be replaced by smaller traffic cones that match or indicate the class colour.

Our kindergarten teachers will clarify organisation routines at the ‘Meet the Teacher’ evening, on Tuesday, 13th February, 5pm, in the school hall.

Mrs Winsor

School Attendance

It is very important that students have the opportunity to maximise their learning each and every day.  Our school day starts at 9.10am. Students who arrive late to school cannot join their class unless they have collected a late note from the school office. Please support your child’s learning by ensuring they are at school ready to start the day at the ring of the first bell.

PSSA

Summer PSSA (Cricket, T-Ball, Newcombe/Volleyball and Softball) begins this Friday. PSSA will be played in the afternoons. The children will board buses at 12:20pm and return for 3:10pm. PSSA students are requested NOT to have a lunch order on Fridays. Participants will receive a note shortly outlining bus costs for the season. Please bring PSSA contracts back ASAP to relevant coaches.

Check the website for draw details: www.pssa.net.au

Zone Swimming

The annual Ryde Zone Swimming Carnival will be held on Tuesday 6th March at Ryde Aquatic Centre. Students in the team will be informed and issued with permission notes within the next 2 weeks. 

Thank you
Ken Leslie

Online Ordering for PSSA

If your child currently orders lunch online and they will be participating in PSSA sport this year, please create a second profile on QKR, your online ordering system. As you cannot use the same name for your second profile you will need to change it just a little, eg. Jane or John will now become JanePSSA or JohnPSSA. Then complete your order as normal.

When ordering Monday to Thursday, please use your first profile only. Use your PSSA profile when ordering on Fridays if your child is going to PSSA sport. This should guarantee their lunch will be ready in time for them to catch the bus to sport. 

If you have any queries please come to the canteen so we can help you.

Click here to see the menu for Week 4. Please order before Friday 16th February.

Online Ordering for PSSA

If your child currently orders lunch online and they will be participating in PSSA sport this year, please create a second profile on QKR, your online ordering system. As you cannot use the same name for your second profile you will need to change it just a little, eg. Jane or John will now become JanePSSA or JohnPSSA. Then complete your order as normal.

When ordering Monday to Thursday, please use your first profile only. Use your PSSA profile when ordering on Fridays if your child is going to PSSA sport. This should guarantee their lunch will be ready in time for them to catch the bus to sport. 

If you have any queries please come to the canteen so we can help you.

Fitting Days

The next fitting day is Tuesday 6th March from 9-10am only. On Tuesdays that we are not open, QKR and mail orders will still be processed and will be delivered to your child’s class.

Out of stock items

Art smocks and legionnaire caps are still out of stock. All back order items will be filled out as soon as stock is available, and will be delivered to your child’s class.

Ordering Your Uniforms

Order before Tuesday 9am for same day delivery. For order forms and sizing information, or information about downloading the QKR app, please look at the school website under P&C, Uniform Shop.

Returns and Exchanges

Please email the Uniform Shop to arrange returns/exchanges. Otherwise, you can leave the items that need to be returned/exchanged at the school office with a note and your child’s name and class. We do not accept returns of hats for hygiene reasons. Only items that are in their original condition as at purchase —with labels/tags and receipt will be accepted for returns and exchanges.

Volunteers

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

Maria Bridges and Sarah Nguyen
Uniform Shop Convenors
eastwooduniformshop@gmail.com

It is great joy to hear the sound of music throughout the week as most instrument ensembles kick off. Most of our enthusiastic members made it on time ready with instruments. Members who missed out on the 1st rehearsals last week must come this week so that they don’t miss out on the excitement of meeting their conductor, new ensemble friends and new music!

We’re also very excited to announce our brand new ensemble, Symphony Orchestra Group, which is starting this week. This group is comprised of both strings and band players. Congratulations to all the selected players who joined this group.

Enrolment Form and Ensemble Fee Payments

All ensemble members please fill in the online enrolment via the following link:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe7XtQMwm6JV-hFBXvTbZvuN0ixLtbXxg49gq-GH0BioKjTEw/viewform?c=0&w=1
Please pay the ensemble fees via QKR by choosing the correct ensemble that your child attends. If there are any questions please contact us. Both of these need to be completed by week 4 in order for your child to participate in their ensemble.

Ensemble Requirements

To ensure the high standard of our music program, all students must follow the requirements below:

• Attendance of weekly rehearsals – arrive 10 minutes before the rehearsal time  
• Practice for weekly rehearsals – home practice as required by conductor
• Attendance at performances – as required

Please notify the coordinator and provide legitimate proof when a student has to be absent from rehearsals and/or performances. In order to make sure we provide a quality music program we need your support in ensuring that all children can follow these rules. Please refer to the details in the updated Music Handbook.

2018 Music Ensembles – Rehearsal Schedule

Concert Band – Monday 3:15pm and Wednesday 7:45am, School Hall
Training Band – Thursday 8am, School Hall
Senior Strings – Monday 8am, School Hall
Junior Strings – Thursday 3:15pm, School Hall
Symphony Orchestra Group – Wednesday 8.30am, School Hall

Upcoming Events

Music Camp – 9th and 10th April (Monday and Tuesday) at Powell Baden Scout Centre, Pennant Hills. Lots of volunteers are needed to make this exciting event possible. Please send us an email if you can help out.

Enquiries

Instrument Hire – Malo Bhale (malobhale@gmail.com)
Others – Eva Leung (music.eastwoodps@gmail.com )

Thanks
EPS P&C Music Committee

Epping Boys High School Information Afternoon for Year 7 2019 and 2020

Epping Boys High School will be holding an Information Afternoon on Thursday 22nd February for parents and students who are currently in years 5 and 6. For more information, please see the attached flyer.

Marsden High School Open Night

Marsden High School will be holding an Open Night on Tuesday, 6th March from 4pm to 7pm. For more information, please see the attached flyer.

Newtown High School of Performing Arts
Students currently in Year 6 who are seeking entrance into Year 7 2019 in Drama,Dance or Music at Newtown High School of Performing Arts must participate in audition workshops. Auditions will be held from Monday 25th June to Friday 6th July 2018. Initial registration for an audition is required via their website: www.nhspa.nsw.edu.au

Free Schools Table Tennis Challenge

There will be a free schools table tennis challenge for the Eastwood Lunar New Year Festival. Matches will be played after school and weekends until Friday 23rd February. The Mayor of Ryde will be giving Medals on stage on Saturday 24th February.

For more information please check the website www.AJHsports.com or contact Andrew Hill on 0447 827 788.

6th February 2018

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Dear Parents and Carers

Eastwood Public School- a centre for excellence!

Welcome to Kindergarten students
Congratulations and welcome to our 136 new Kindergarten students who started school on Friday. It was lovely to have so many parents and family members at school to share this memorable occasion. The students have settled in beautifully to their new classes and are immersed in the stimulating learning opportunities on offer. At Eastwood Public School, we have exceptional, dedicated staff. I must acknowledge the wonderful work of our Kindergarten teachers as well as a number of support and administration staff who have made the first days as smooth as possible.

Student Details
The administration team are sending home student details cards this week. Please complete the cards and return to your child’s class teacher. These details are essential so we can ensure we can contact you as needed.

School Attendance
I am keen to collaborate with parents and families to ensure that regular school attendance is valued as a key component to ensure a child achieves their personal best. Parents of children from Kindergarten to Year 12 must ensure their children attend school every day. On occasion, your child may need to be absent from school. Justified reasons for student absences may include:

• being sick or having an infectious disease
• having an unavoidable medical appointment
• being required to attend a recognised religious holiday
• exceptional or urgent family circumstances e.g. attending a funeral

Parents must provide an explanation for absences to the school within 7 days from the first day of any period of absence. After an absence please ensure you send a note to your child’s class teacher stating the date and the reason for that absence. There are notes available from the office and your child’s teacher that you can complete to explain your child’s absence.
Please Note: Where an explanation has not been received within the 7-day timeframe, the school will record the absence as unjustified on the student’s record.

If your child will be needing a longer term of absence of more than 3 school days, for example a holiday during the school term, please see our wonderful administration team at the school’s front office to complete a Certificate of Extended Leave – Holiday. Supporting documentation such as travel details, itinerary or flight bookings are needed to issue the certificate.

Student Supervision
As Principal, my first and most important priority is to ensure the safety and wellbeing of each and every student at Eastwood PS. Our dedicated staff are on duty from 8.40am, with lessons commencing at 9.10am and concluding at 3.10pm daily. Please note that there is no supervision outside of these hours. Please book your child into EBASCC (our wonderful onsite before and after school care service) if you need to drop your child off or collect them outside of these hours. If you are running late (for example due to traffic congestion) to collect your child in the afternoon please contact the office so we can let your child know. Children who are not collected by 3.30pm will sit on the silver seats near the administration building and parents will be contacted to collect their children.

‘Meet The Teacher’ Sessions
We will be holding ‘Meet the Teacher’ information sessions over the next few weeks. All sessions will begin in the hall at 5.00pm and will conclude at 6.00pm.These sessions are designed to give a general overview of what is happening in the stage/grade for the year. If you wish to speak individually to a teacher regarding your child, please make an appointment for another time so we can ensure that sufficient time is allocated to ensure your needs are met and all queries can be answered.

Early Stage 1 (Kindergarten) – Tuesday 13 February
Stage 1 (Years 1&2) – Wednesday 14 February
Stage 2 (Years 3&4) –Tuesday 20 February
Stage 3 (Years 5&6) – Wednesday 21 February

Allergies
Anaphylaxis is a potentially life threatening, severe allergic reaction which occurs after exposure to an allergen (usually to foods, insects or medicines), to which a person is already extremely sensitive. We have a number of students at Eastwood Public School with anaphylaxis and similar allergic conditions and our staff undertake face-to-face and online training in providing an emergency response to this condition. As a supportive community, we work hard to educate their children about the risks of sharing food.
As anaphylaxis is a potentially life-threatening condition, we ask that you please consider these students before sending high-risk products such as peanut butter, Nutella and seafood in school lunchboxes. Please talk to your child about the potential risks of sharing food and ask them to wash their hands thoroughly after eating any nut-based or seafood products. Thank you for your understanding and support to keep our students safe here at Eastwood PS.
If your child has any medical or health needs please contact the front office as soon as possible. This way we can ensure all essential paperwork is completed and we have the most up to date information from you and your medical practitioner/s resulting in the best care and support for your child whilst at school.

School A to Z
Our new families in particular may also be interested in accessing the useful information for parents and carers provided for 2018 here: http://www.schoolatoz.nsw.edu.au/.

P&C
I am looking forward to a wonderful journey as I collaborate with the wider community here at Eastwood PS to ensure we provide the most innovative learning opportunities for our children. I encourage you to be involved in this vibrant community and attend the P&C meetings. The first meeting for 2018 is on Wednesday 14 February at 7.30pm. I hope to see you there!

I am always available to meet with parents and family members so please feel free to pop in and see me anytime to have a chat. I value suggestions and feedback from students, parents and families so we can keep providing the best educational opportunities for our children. Please come and see me and introduce yourself and let me know what you love about our beautiful school. I’m keen to build on our strengths and ensure that Eastwood PS continues to offer the best educational opportunities for our children.

Helen Davis
Principal

Pink Information Cards 2018
The pink information card for 2018 will be handed out by your child’s teacher this week.

It is important that we have accurate, up to date information to contact parents/caregivers quickly if there is a need. It is essential that all phone numbers- home, work and current mobile- are listed on this form. We have provided a section on the reverse of the pink card to indicate if any contact details are different to last year, for permission for photographs at school, and for medical details. 

It is very important for the safety of your child, while in our care, that we are aware of any allergies or illnesses that may require emergency action. Please sign on the reverse and then return the card to the class teacher by Friday 16th February.

Sinead Fisher, Administration Manager

Parent Teacher Information evenings
Parent teacher information evenings have been scheduled. We encourage all parents to come along to the sessions, to meet teachers and learn more about the year ahead. 

Kindergarten: Tuesday 13th February – 5.00pm
Year one: Wednesday 14th February – 5.00pm
Year two: Wednesday 14th February – 5.00pm
Year three: Tuesday 20th February – 5.00pm
Year four:  Tuesday 20th February – 5.00pm
Year five:  Wednesday 21st February – 5.00pm
Year six:  Wednesday 21st February – 5.00pm

Mrs Winsor, Deputy Principal

Library Volunteers

Our library is a very busy place with a huge demand on its services. Any parent or carer willing to volunteer some time during the week would be most welcome. No particular skills are required as the librarians will provide training. If you are able to assist please visit the library and speak to our librarians or complete this Volunteer form and drop it into the office post box or the library at anytime.

Scripture Classes 2018

Scripture classes begin Wednesday, Week 3, 14th February for Years 1-6. Kindergarten students will start in week 4, 21st February. The classes are taught by trained volunteers recruited and sanctioned by the various religious denominations. Parents can choose to send their children to any of the groups or opt for a non scripture group. 

Remind App
We use the Remind App to help keep you up-to-date about news and events. Remind is a free service that sends one-way messages via push notifications or email to everyone involved with the school.

Remind will keep phone numbers private while making it a lot easier to stay in touch. Signing up for messages on Remind is a quick and easy process. You can sign up via the Remind website https://www.remind.com/ or via the Mobile App.

RemindStep 1
Download the Remind application on your Android or IOS device

Step 2
Once you’ve downloaded the app, create a parent account with your e-mail address.

Step 3
Search for the year group by entering the unique code for your stage.

  • Kindergarten – eps-kinder
  • Year 1 – eps-year1
  • Year 2 – eps-year2
  • Year 3 – eps-year3
  • Year 4 – eps-year4
  • Year 5 – eps-year5
  • Year 6 – eps-year6

Please go to the app settings and choose to receive push notifications or email or both.
Remind messages will be an easier way for us to keep in touch about school events and organization.

Mrs Winsor

Kindergarten News

The children have quickly settled into their new classes and are trying hard to look, listen and learn and remember all the instructions to adjust to ‘big school’! Thank you to all the parents for helping them become independent, increasingly confident and ensuring they are well prepared for a happy school day.
We know you’ll have many questions and we will be able to inform and reassure you at the Kindergarten ‘Meet the Teacher’ evening next Tuesday, 13th February at 5 pm in the school hall.

Please remember to check the children’s bags for any notes that may come home.

Mrs Webb & Ms Kouts

Mufti Day and Cultural Assembly

There will be a Cultural Assembly in the School Hall on Thursday, 22nd February from 9:30am to 10:20am. For more information, please see the attached flyer.

Ballet Auditions

We would like to congratulate each student who auditioned for the Eastwood Public School Junior and Senior Ballet groups in December 2017. Over 250 students attended the auditions, each of whom showed a very high level of effort. Participation in public school dance festivals requires a set maximum number of students, which has limited the number of students we have been able to select. Students who have been selected for the groups for 2018 have received a letter today. Students not selected this year will have the opportunity to audition for a place for 2019. These auditions will take place at the end of this year. All enquiries regarding the ballet groups should be directed to Ms Leitch, Deputy Principal via email eastwood-p.school@det.nsw.edu.au.

N. Gasparre and E. Boulas

Lost Property

Please make sure all items of clothing, lunch boxes and drink bottles are clearly labelled with your child’s name and new 2018 class. Children should be encouraged to be responsible for their belongings and develop age appropriate organisational skills and habits to help manage this problem. Lost property is located downstairs in A block at the east end entry, adjacent to EBASCC.

Mrs Winsor

Book Club

Scholastic Book Clubs offer a convenient way for your child to select and purchase worthwhile and appealing books. The books have been expertly selected to span a range of reading levels and interests and are offered at very reasonable prices. The wide range of newly published titles and old favorites represents a thoughtful mix of books from Australian and international publishers.

This week, your child will receive the latest student brochure. Orders can be made by Credit Card via LOOP www.scholastic.com.au/LOOPWe do not accept cheque or cash payments. If any parents have concerns paying with credit card please feel free to contact the Book Club coordinator (details below).

The due date of Issue 1 is Wednesday 14th February 2018. Purchases from Scholastic earns our school free books and teaching resources. Bookclub is run by parent volunteers, if you would like to help out please contact the coordinator.

We hope that you and your children will enjoy Scholastic Book Clubs.

Louise Elrick
Book Club Coordinator
0430 003 466

Swimming Carnival

Last Friday our annual swimming carnival was held at Ryde Aquatic Centre. All the children had an enjoyable day, either swimming in races, having a leisure swim or just cheering on their housemates. Well done Eastwood students for being so very well behaved at the pool. It was great to see you doing the right thing at the right time!

Thank you to all the parents who came along and supported the children on the day. Age champions will be announced at next week’s assembly.

Click here to see the menu for Week 3. Please order before Friday 9th February.

Helpers for Eastwood School P&C in 2018

Welcome to all parents, carers and families for another year. The Eastwood Public School P&C is a parent organisation that meets every month working to help the school and all students, to make sure we provide a fantastic school experience for everyone. We do this by funding and helping the school to run projects which benefit all students.

Each year the P&C runs many valuable projects. However, to ensure that we can run projects and provide services to the school such as the canteen and uniform shop we need many volunteers. Each year we need helpers to join our meetings to assist with running the P&C. We have roles available such as Secretary, Accountants, Treasurer and Social Club convener.

You do not necessarily need long term experience to help us. We just need people who can commit to helping and enjoy making a difference at our school. Each year we have helpers leave and we need more people to help.

We welcome all parents to attend our meetings. We meet each month, usually on the 3rd Wednesday, in the school office building at 7:30pm.

Our first meeting for the year is Wednesday the 14th of February at 7:30pm. Please consider coming along and helping to make our school an even more awesome place for our kids!

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

Fitting Days

Next Fitting Day is 6th March from 9-10am only. For the information of new families, the Uniform Shop only opens for fittings every first Tuesday of the month. Second hand clothing is also only sold on fitting days.

Out of Stock Items

Chair bags and art smocks are still out of stock but are on order with our suppliers. Any back orders will be sent to your child’s class once stock has arrived.

Ordering your Uniforms

Order before Tuesday 9am for same day delivery. For order forms and sizing information, or information about downloading the QKR app, please look at the school website under P&C, Uniform Shop. QKR app has been updated to reflect this year’s classes.

Returns and Exchanges

Please email the uniform shop to arrange returns/exchanges. Otherwise, you can leave the items that need to be returned/exchanged at the school office with a note and your child’s name and class.

Volunteers

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

Maria Bridges and Sarah Nguyen
Uniform Shop Convenors
eastwooduniformshop@gmail.com

It is great to see all the happy faces back at school. This week is even more exciting as most instrument groups kick off. All band and strings group players must check this section every week to keep updated with instrumental music news.

Audition Results for Junior and Senior Strings

Audition results for Senior Strings and Junior Strings have been sent to some who have auditioned. However, as some of the students’ parents’ contact email addresses were not provided, we couldn’t send their results. If you have not received your results please email music.eastwoodps@gmail.com and we will notify you of your results.

Enrolment Form and Ensemble Fee Payments

All ensemble members please fill in an online enrolment via the following link:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe7XtQMwm6JV-hFBXvTbZvuN0ixLtbXxg49gq-GH0BioKjTEw/viewform?c=0&w=1
Please pay the ensemble fees via QKR by choosing the correct ensemble that your child attends. If there are any questions please contact us. Both of these need to be completed by week 4 in order for your child to participate in their ensemble.

Ensemble Requirements

To ensure the high standard of our music program, all students must follow the requirements below:

• Attendance of weekly rehearsals – arrive 10 minutes before the rehearsal time 
• Practice for weekly rehearsals – home practice as required by conductor
• Attendance at performances – as required

Please notify the coordinator and provide legitimate proof when a student has to be absent from rehearsals and/or performances. In order to make sure we provide a quality music program we need your support in ensuring that all children can follow these rules. Please refer to the details in the updated Music Handbook.

2018 Music Ensembles – Rehearsal Schedule

** Please note corrected schedule for Senior Strings and Concert Band
The following ensembles will begin rehearsals in Week 2:
Concert Band – Monday 3:15pm and Wednesday 7:45am, School Hall
Training Band – Thursday 8am, School Hall
Senior Strings – Monday 8am, School Hall
Junior Strings – Thursday 3:15pm, School Hall

Instrumental Music Committee Meeting

Next committee meeting will be held on Wednesday 7th February, 2-3pm in the principal’s office. All parents who have a child involved in the music program are invited to attend.

Upcoming Events

Music Camp – April 9th and 10th (Monday and Tuesday) at Powell Baden Scout Centre, Pennant Hills

Enquiries

Instrument Hire – Malo Bhale (malobhale@gmail.com)
Others –Eva Leung (music.eastwoodps@gmail.com )

Thanks
EPS P&C Music Committee

St Andrews Netball Club

Are you looking for a team sport for your son or daughter in 2018? Have you thought of netball? Registrations Close Friday 9th February. For more information, please contact Kathy (registrar@standrewsnetball.com.au) for visit the website www.standrewsnetball.com.au

Sydney Academy of Chess

If your child is interested in attending chess class, please see the attached flyer.

30th January 2018

From the PrincipalGeneral NewsSportCanteenMusicCommunity

Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome back to Eastwood PS for another fantastic year of learning! I hope that everyone has had a restful holiday period and had time to spend with family, friends and loved ones over the break.

A big thankyou to all of our wonderful community members who have so warmly welcomed me to the school! I am honoured to be Principal of this amazing school and look forward to getting to know each and every student, parent and family. Please come and see me to say hello- I would love to see you!

Staff returned on Monday 29 January and spent a fantastic day on key professional learning designed to support students to achieve beyond their best academically, socially and emotionally. The 2018 school year for students is also well underway with students engaged in their studies, provided with exceptional programs by outstanding classroom practitioners.

I would like to warmly welcome our new families and students who join our wonderful school community and our gorgeous Kindergarten students who are currently meeting with their new teachers as we plan for learning that meets their individual needs across all domains. I know that you and your child/ren will love Eastwood’s warm, caring learning environment, enriched with innovative programs and stimulating learning opportunities in academic, creative and the performing arts delivered by enthusiastic, dedicated and talented staff. Please see the staff list in the newsletter for more information.

Our talented students are in their new classes and are enjoying the stimulating learning activities on offer. In primary schools, classes are organised in a variety of ways. Stage classes are made up of children from different year levels but from within the same stage. All classes are selected carefully and methodically by the whole staff with a focus on how best to support every single child and their needs, socially, emotionally and academically.
Please be assured that each and every child is on their own individual learning journey supported by exemplary classroom teachers at Eastwood PS. Staff cater for your child as an individual and plan learning activities appropriately regardless of their class composition.

As school numbers have a tendency to fluctuate across schools especially at the start of the year, classes may have to be adjusted if the school has more or less students overall than expected. If this happens, there will be notes home to parents explaining any changes to class structure and teacher placement.

If you have any queries about your child and their learning here at Eastwood PS please see your child’s classroom teacher as the first point of contact. Please see the teacher directly whilst dropping off/collecting your child or contact the office to make an appointment with the teacher. Executive staff are happy to assist if further support or input is required. Each stage has an Assistant Principal who oversee the co-ordination of the programs across classes and are happy to answer any questions you may have.
I look forward to a wonderful (and fun!!) year of learning here at Eastwood PS!

Helen Davis
Principal

Remind App
We use the Remind App to help keep you up-to-date about news and events. Remind is a free service that sends one-way messages via push notifications or email to everyone involved with the school.

Remind will keep phone numbers private while making it a lot easier to stay in touch. Signing up for messages on Remind is a quick and easy process. You can sign up via the Remind website https://www.remind.com/ or via the Mobile App.

RemindStep 1
Download the Remind application on your Android or IOS device

Step 2
Once you’ve downloaded the app, create a parent account with your e-mail address.

Step 3
Search for the year group by entering the unique code for your stage.

  • Kindergarten – eps-kinder
  • Year 1 – eps-year1
  • Year 2 – eps-year2
  • Year 3 – eps-year3
  • Year 4 – eps-year4
  • Year 5 – eps-year5
  • Year 6 – eps-year6

Please go to the app settings and choose to receive push notifications or email or both.
Remind messages will be an easier way for us to keep in touch about school events and organization.

Library News 

Welcome back to school. I hope you have all had a restful holiday.

Would students with outstanding loans from 2017 please return them as soon as possible to facilitate 2018 borrowing.

Our Lending Policy this year will be as follows:

Kindergarten – 1 book                Years 1 & 2 – 2 books                Years 3 – 6   3 books + class novel

Students may return their books (and borrow some more) during the week when the  Library is open between 8.55 – 9.10am Monday, Tuesday and Friday or between 1.30 – 1.55pm, Monday through Friday. Students will also be able to have 2 reservations either online or on the shelf. Reservations will only be kept for 1 week.

Our volunteers are vital to the smooth running of our Library. If you would like to help us with book covering, shelving or circulation please visit the library and talk to one of the teachers in the Library.

Mrs Lawther and Mr Adcock are teaching in the library on Thursdays and Fridays. We look forward to another busy year.

See you in the Library, 
Elizabeth Pike
Teacher/Librarian (Mon.,Tues.,Wed.)

Swimming Carnival
Our annual school swimming carnival will be held this Friday 2nd February at the Ryde Aquatic Centre. All children in Years 3-6 will be attending as well as any Year 2 children turning 8 this year who can confidently swim 50 metres. School sports uniform is to be worn. The children must bring their own lunch and recess to the pool. Buses will be leaving school by 9:15am and returning by 3:00pm. Spectator entry for family and friends is $3.10 payable at the pool. This should be a very enjoyable day for everyone. Any permission notes which were not returned last year need to be returned to your class teacher ASAP.

* Parents please note the pool’s car park has 4 hour parking restrictions and is patrolled by parking officials. *

PSSA Sport
During the course of the next 2 weeks, tryouts for summer sports will occur. The summer sports are Cricket, Softball, T-Ball, Newcomb ball and Volleyball. Children will need to listen carefully during assemblies for exact details of when the various tryouts will be held.

Thank you
Ken Leslie

Click here to see the menu for Week 2. Please order before Friday 2nd February.

Welcome back everyone! We trust that you had a wonderful holiday and well rested for another year of great music making!

Music Coordinator changes

Unfortunately, at the end of last year our music coordinator Lina had resigned due to some family circumstances.  We thank her for her contribution and dedication to our music program in the last 6 months.

We are very fortunate to have found a new coordinator during the summer holidays and would like to warmly welcome Eva Leung. Eva will be taking over Lina’s role starting the beginning of Term 1. Some of you may already know Eva as both her children are ex students of our school and she has worked as a volunteer in the EPS Music Program while her children attended.

Junior Strings conductor changes

Our Junior Strings conductor Peddy has been offered an exciting opportunity to work overseas in the first half of this year. In the meantime, Sagar will take over Peddy’s role during this period.

Audition results for Junior and Senior Strings

Audition results for Senior Strings and Junior Strings have been sent to some who have auditioned. However, as some of the students’ parents’ contact email addresses were not provided, we couldn’t send their results. If you have not received your results please email music.eastwoodps@gmail.com and we will notify you of your results.

Enrolment form and ensemble fee payments

All ensemble fees are to be paid via QKR. In the next week we will send out an online enrolment form and invoices for all ensembles and both of these will need to be completed by week 4 in order for your child to participate in their ensemble.

Ensemble requirements:

To ensure the high standard of our music program, all students must follow the requirements below:

  • Attendance at weekly rehearsals – arrive 10 minutes before the rehearsal time each time
  • Practice for weekly rehearsals – home practice as required by conductor
  • Attendance at performances – as required

Please notify the coordinator and provide legitimate proof when a student has to be absent from rehearsals and/or performances. In order to make sure we provide a quality music program we need your support in ensuring that all children can follow these rules. Please refer to the details in the updated Music Handbook.

2018 Music Ensembles – Rehearsal Schedule

All ensembles will begin rehearsals in week 2 (week starting 5th February)

Concert Band – Monday 3:15pm and Wednesday 8am, School Hall

Training Band – Thursday 8am, School Hall

Senior Strings – Wednesday 8am, Music Room, Block A

Junior Strings – Thursday 3:15pm, School Hall

Upcoming Events

Music Camp – 9th and 10th April (Monday and Tuesday) at Powell Baden Scout Centre, Pennant Hills

Enquiries

Instrument Hire – Malo Bhale (malobhale@gmail.com)
Others – Eva Leung (music.eastwoodps@gmail.com )

Thanks
EPS P&C Music Committee

Tuning in to Teens – Evening Parenting Program in Korean

Beginning 21 February at 6pm, The Northern Centre will be running a Parenting Program in Korean about ‘Tuning in to Teens’ . If you have children in Year 6, and would more information please click on attached flyers for an English Version or Korean Version.

After School Activities

CCA is offering supervised activities for Years 5 and 6 students after school on Mondays and Wednesdays. Please read the attached flyer and all enquiries should be made to the centre.

FREE Schools Table Tennis Challenge

Free schools table tennis challenge for the Eastwood Lunar New Year Festival. Matches will be played after school and weekends till 23rd February. The Mayor of Ryde will be giving Medals on stage on 24th February. All information on AJHsports.com
Ph: Andrew Hill 0447 827 788

Girl Guides

For fun, friends, adventure, join Girl Guides. For more information, go to www.girlguides-nswactorg.au or call 1300 447 548.

Dundas Shamrocks Registration Day

Dundas Shamrocks will be holding their registration days throughout February. For more information, please see the attached flyer.

12th December 2017

From the PrincipalGeneral NewsCanteenUniform ShopCommunity

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

From the PrincipalGeneral NewsCanteenP&CMusicCommunity

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.