NovemberReturn to top
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
OctoberReturn to top
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
SeptemberReturn to top
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
Students Excel in Mathematics
The 2016 Australasian Problem Solving Mathematical Olympiad has finished with Castle Cove students achieving resounding success. Students worked through the five contests held between May and September, on problems requiring high level logic and reasoning skills to complete. Both senior primary teams consistently performed above average in each of the contests, and four students: Jerry, Nanami, Oscar and Luke, are expected to rank in the top 15% of all competitors. Most importantly, our students are more confident engaging in high level... Read more
AugustReturn to top
Tournament of Minds Success!
Over the weekend our Tournament of Minds teams went to Roseville College to compete in the regional finals. The two teams had worked very hard over the previous six weeks on their Long Term Challenges - one in the Social Science division and the other in Science/Technology. The Social Science team's Challenge involved historical artifacts discovered in an archaeological dig at Pompei. They explored the culture and history of the people who had buried the artifacts by showing how they were similar yet fundamentally different. Meanwhile, the... Read more
Chatzfest is back!
Each year, our Senior Primary students compete in Chatzfest - a short film competition with other local schools. Students work in teams to design, script, storyboard, film and edit a five minute movie on a given theme. As well as our own viewing evening in school, the finalists are invited to Hoyts Cinema in Chatswood to see their films on the big screen! As the classes begin the complex preproduction phase of the competition, let's look back at some of the excellent films from previous years Vimeo video: http://vimeo.com/177157409 Live... Read more
JuneReturn to top
Hands Up - It's Gold Day!
As part of our History unit on the Australian Gold Rush, Stage 3 students enjoyed recreating the Bathurst goldfields of 1853 on the K-1 oval. Students set up miners' camps, searched for alluvial gold and tried to evade the bushrangers. Meanwhile our police troopers and jailers were doing their best to keep the peace! Successful miners had their gold nuggets weighed by the assayers but had to make sure they had their gold licences on them or they were sent to jail. Our valiant Principal, Mrs Cope, was unfortunately taken hostage by bushrangers... Read more
A Fun Day of Netball
Meeting Caitlyn Thwaites, the NSW Swifts player who is also a dual gold-medallist (Commonwealth Games 2014 and World Championships 2015) was just one of the highlights of the recent Netball Gala Day held at Willoughby Leisure Centre. The pace was fast and our four teams of Year 5 and 6 girls and boys, played all their matches with great enthusiasm. Our second boys' team won three out of their four matches and the goal shooting partnership of Tom and Fred was awesome. Well done to all our players and a particular thanks to Clare Dunstan, who... Read more
Education Minister Drops In
NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli dropped by Castle Cove last week to see some of the great work we have occurring in our classrooms. He visited Mr Alexander's year 5 English class and saw them comparing the opening scenes of Macbeth in the original play and in the Andy Griffiths novel adaptation. He was suitably impressed and later tweeted about it, referencing the power of high expectations in helping students achieve at their best. Random drop in to Castle Cove PS today. Yr6 studying Macbeth and loving it. The power of high... Read more
Former Student in the News!
Harry Wood (CCPS class of 2015) has made the news not once but twice this month with his research into the biodegradability of flushable wipes. His investigation won him not only the Young Marine Scientist of the Year award but of only four BHP Billition Science and Engineering Awards for primary-level investigations. He has been featured in the North Shore Times and the Sydney Morning Herald for his efforts. BHP Billition Award Recipients Sydney Morning Herald article North Shore Times 6 May 2016... Read more
Help with homework
The School A to Z website is an invaluable resource for helping parents with homework and study. It contains help sheets and 'how-to' videos on a number of aspects of English and Mathematics. The School A to Z website also has an app created by the NSW Department of Education to help parents and their school-aged children, wherever and whenever they have homework and study questions. It's available free for Android and Apple mobile devices, and is an essential tool containing: English A to Z - more than 350 definitions of commonly used English... Read more
Wheelers ePlatform provides our school a secure eBook library with thousands of titles to choose from. Students can download or read online as well as reserve titles. To access the site go to: ccps.wheelers.co and log in with your school username and the common password of: library1. You can download the ePlatform app for your tablet or iphone.... Read more
JanuaryReturn to top
A new school year
Welcome back to school for 2016. As we start the year we have high expectations of our students and staff and a commitment to deliver the excellent public education that parents, carers and the community rightly demand. This year we will work towards achieving new priorities announced by the Premier to raise the percentage of students in the top two bands in the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN). I am proud of our achievements in public education and each year our schools provide our communities with much to... Read more