CASTLE COVE STUDENTS WIN MAJOR AWARDS IN YOUNG SCIENTIST AWARDS COMPETITION
CCPS students have enjoyed their biggest success in the Young Scientist Awards competition which is a major project of the Science Teachers Association of NSW. At a lovely ceremony held at University of Wollongong on Wednesday, November 1st, eight talented students were rewarded for their investigative skills in science. Nick Hubbard, Gus Opie, Rohan Rainier, Mia Harrison (all Year 6 students) and Emma Wood (Year 4) won equal 1st prizes in the 3-6 Scientific Investigation division. Only 12 of these prizes are awarded overall in the... Read more
Willoughby Wildlife Writing winners
Each year our Year 5 students enter the local schools' wildlife writing competition organised by Willoughby Council. The competition allows students to gain more knowledge about their local environment and the local wildlife that lives here. This year, Castle Cove students were asked to submit a short story and illustration about the White-Bellied Sea Eagle. Every school that participates has two short stories and a feature artwork published in a compilation book, which is part of a collection of story books held in all local and school... Read more
2018 Resource Allocation Model funding
In October 2017, all NSW public schools will receive a 2018 Planned School Budget Allocation Report. The report will assist with the management of the total budget delivered to schools through the Resource Allocation Model (RAM). The Resource Allocation Model (RAM) methodology distributes funding based on the individual needs of students and schools. This gives schools greater flexibility to make local decisions. Learn more about the 2018 funding by visiting the department's website or watch a short animation about managing the total school... Read more
Touch of Gold Day a Huge Success!!
- Helping Children with Cancer - On Tuesday, September 19th, CCPS got involved in National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. We held a "Touch of Gold" event encompassing a mini mufti day and a bake sale. Students dressed up in everything from hats to tutus, with sprayed hair, nail polish and ribbons. Everyone got involved! Many bought the Be Bold Go Gold wristbands to show their support and encourage awareness. The bake sale was an enormous success as well, with a beautiful array of gold-coloured treats for children to buy. Together... Read more
NDIS continues its roll out across NSW
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) started in NSW in July 2016, rolling out across half of the state. The rollout for the rest of NSW started on 1 July 2017 and the NDIS will be fully rolled out by mid 2018. The NSW government is writing to the families of children and young people with disability who currently receive disability supports in the rollout areas to advise how and when they will enter the NDIS. How will people move into the NDIS? There is a planned approach to the way people enter into the NDIS. The first people to... Read more
NAPLAN Online School readiness test
NSW schools will participate in the NAPLAN Online School Readiness Test from 14 August to 22 September. There is a lot of information for schools, students and parents on the NAPLAN Online transition website. The school readiness test is a ‘practice run' for schools to assess their technology as we prepare to transition to NAPLAN Online. It provides an opportunity for schools to become familiar with the NAPLAN Online assessment platform but is not an assessment of student ability.... Read more
Kindergarten Enrolments 2018
Enrolments are now being accepted for students entering Kindergarten in 2018. Enrolment forms can be downloaded from the enrolment tab, located under "Our School" or collected from the school office. We will be holding an Information Evening for Kindergarten parents on Wednesday 16th August, 7pm. Please meet staff outside the Administration Block. Our Transition Program for Kindergarten students will occur on the following days: Tuesday 31st October & 14th November Thursday 2nd November & 16th November Please follow this link to sign... Read more
Education Week 2017
Next week (Monday 31 July – Friday 4 August) is Education Week, a statewide annual event to celebrate public education in NSW. The week highlights the achievements of public education and local schools, putting the spotlight on our students, our educators and the communities that support them. This year's theme is I Learn, We Learn. It is a celebration of the commitment of the NSW Department of Education to ensuring that our students are at the heart of learning and that all our schools improve every year. Education Week is also a time for... Read more
Public Speaking champ!
At the recent Rotary Club of Roseville Chase public speaking competition, Tom delivered an impressive speech on how playing tennis is teaching him about important life values, such as motivation, determination, perseverance, time management and being a good winner - and loser. Citing Roger Federer as his inspirational role model, Tom was awarded first place in the local inter-schools competition. In the writing competition, Juliet's essay 'The Prosthetic Hand Challenge' was highly commended. Her essay explained how a current Castle Cove school... Read more
Tom achieves writing success!
Tom was recently presented with a 2nd place certificate in the annual RSL Forestville Australia My Country writing competition. His entry was entitled, 'The Sportsmen's Thousand'. This was a reference to a recruitment poster which encouraged Australia's sportsmen to enlist as part of the Australian Imperial Force in 1917. The slogan was "Show the enemy what Australian sporting men can do". Well done, Tom! The photo below shows Tom with Jonathan O'Dea, Member for Davidson.... Read more
Sydney North wins the PSSA State Tennis Competition!
Recently I was extremely lucky as I spent the week in an outdoor classroom in Newcastle. My classroom for the week was a tennis court! It was one of the best weeks ever of my primary education. I was representing our school, Castle Cove, and was part of the Sydney North Team competing at the NSW State PSSA Tennis championships. There were 165 children, made up of 13 boys' teams and 13 girls' teams, competing from all different regions across NSW. After four long days of competing, our team was undefeated and we had earnt a spot in the final.... Read more
Introducing Healthy School Canteens
The introduction of the revised Healthy School Canteen Strategy increases the availability of healthy food and drink options in school canteens to make the healthy choice, the easy choice. It replaces the Fresh Tastes@School Strategy in NSW schools that was commonly known as the traffic light system. The revised strategy is consistent with the 2013 Australian Dietary Guidelines and classifies food and drinks as either Everyday or Occasional. Sugary drinks will continue not to be sold. NSW public schools will have until the end of 2019 to... Read more
Our shared responsibility
Welcome back for the 2017 school year. I hope everyone had a relaxing and refreshing break. I'd like to particularly welcome students (along with their parents) and staff starting in our schools for the first time. May the year ahead be engaging and rewarding – a wonderful year of teaching and learning. We know the world is transforming profoundly and quickly, and it is our great responsibility to prepare our children and young people so that they can flourish through such change. When our children finish school and enter the evermore... Read more
Young Scientist Awards success
The Young Scientist Awards (YSA) competition is a state wide competition organised by the Science Teachers Association of NSW (STANSW). Our school has an enviable track record in the competition with award winners every year since 2012 and this year was no different. Yani Dearness, Gus Opie and Issy Dunstan received their prestigious awards at a formal ceremony in University of Wollongong on November 2nd, 2016. Although their topics varied from analysing the glide path of butterflies (Yani), investigating the biodegradability of different... Read more
Chatzfest Movie Awards
At the annual Chatzfest Movie Festival, which was held recently at Hoyts at The Mandarin Centre, Chatswood, Stage 3 students from Castle Cove PS swept the board! Our finalist movies were: ‘The Clicking Shoes' by Alex Alt (Lego animation) ‘Confusion' by Evan Ausling (live action) ‘The Happiest Place to be' by Juliet Borean (whiteboard animation) ‘The Search' by Will Vinter, Finn Graham and Tyler Zimbounellis (live action) ‘Lost and Found' by Aiden Saraceno and Rohan Rainier (live action/Minecraft animation) ‘Another Boring Day' by Gus Opie and... Read more
MAREE WINS NSW STATE AWARD
Maree Parisi from Year 5 was so inspired by the unit of work on Gold that she decided to explore the topic further in her research for the National History Challenge. This annual research-based competition is organised by the History Teachers' Association of New South Wales. Maree's museum exhibit piece about The Eureka Stockade was judged the best research piece in New South Wales in the Democracy category. She was presented with her award at NSW Parliament House on Thursday, 20 October along with other State winners. Well done, Maree!... Read more
ICC concert visit for Stage 3 students
Building the new International Convention Centre at Darling Harbour has been a major project over the last two years and it is now complete. In order to test the logistics of the centre before opening to the public in December 2016, the ICC opened its doors to students from Sydney's public schools. An opening concert showcased the musical talent that has been nurtured through the Talent Development Project, a joint venture with the DEC, which prepares students for careers in the entertainment and music industries. Alan Jones, the chair of the... Read more
2017 Resource Allocation Model funding
In October 2016, all NSW public schools will receive a 2017 Planned School Budget Allocation Report. The report will assist with the management of the total budget delivered to schools through the Resource Allocation Model (RAM). The Resource Allocation Model (RAM) methodology distributes funding based on the individual needs of students and schools. This gives schools greater flexibility to make local decisions. Learn more about the 2017 funding by visiting the Department's website. Watch a short animation about the important role of the RAM... Read more
Gold Awards! Congratulations to Abby (2S) and Alex (Year 6) who received Gold Awards for the BOSTES WriteOn competition at the State Library on 21 September. Two former CCPS students, who are now at high school, also achieved gold awards. Earlier this year, in the RSL Forestville Australia, My Country writing competition, two Castle Cove students received awards. Savanah (SM) placed 3rd and Claudia (SH) achieved 1st place. This competition aims to enhance a sense of pride and patriotism in young students. Written work should reflect... Read more
Our Seniors go bush!
Our Stage 3 students have just returned from a very successful three days at the Great Aussie Bush Camp at Tea Gardens. Students participated in a wide range of outdoor activities, including archery, fencing, high ropes course, the giant swing, raft building and the highly popular mud world. A 5 km beach walk, a night commando activity and organising stalls for a county fair added to the experience. Lots of challenges, lots of fun and a wonderful learning experience for everyone. See the Gallery for more photos.... Read more