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2013 School Year

Tuesday 29 January - School Development Day. Uniform Shop open 9.00 - 10.00 Wednesday 30 January - Years 1 - 6 Return to school Best Start meetings commence for Kindergarten Monday 4 February Kindergarten first day Thursday 7 February Annual Swimming Carnival... Read more

Major Awards

Presentation Day 2012

Presentation Day It was great to celebrate our year of learning at our Presentation Day celebrations in our Centenary Hall last Thursday. I was extremely proud of our students, our performers and our councillors. Thank you to all of our staff – you are outstanding professionals and our school community appreciate your care and expertise for all of the students at Redhead Public School. It was a pleasure to present Mrs Rhonda Bowd with a prestigious certificate acknowledging her 30 years of valuable contribution to education of students in... Read more

Anaphylaxis information

The safety and wellbeing of your child is of paramount importance to us, including where your child is diagnosed at risk of a severe allergic reaction.. It is important that parents notify the school if their child has an allergy. Anaphylaxis is a severe and sometimes sudden allergic reaction that is potentially life-threatening and always requires an emergency response. As with other serious health conditions, schools put in place strategies to support students at risk of anaphylaxis at school or while they are engaged in school related... Read more

NovemberReturn to top

Body image and girls

Body image is the number one personal concern for young people aged 12 to 24, with research showing they feel under more pressure than ever to look a certain way. Butterfly Foundation's education manager, Danni Rowlands, goes into schools every week to talk to students about body image. In a revealing podcast, she explains to Rachel Friend what she finds when she talks to girls and young women, what's healthy behaviour and what parents should be concerned about. Listen to the podcast on the School A to Z website.... Read more

Preparing for high school

What is the best way to prepare kids for high school and make the move less daunting for them – and you, their parents and caregivers? Sometimes parents think that when their child goes to high school they need to take a step back but teachers involved in the transition say it is more about a change of focus. Here are some tips: In Year 5 start thinking about which high school your child should attend. Help them become more responsible by encouraging independence and responsibility. Get into a homework and study routine. Put their school... Read more

OctoberReturn to top

Years 2-3 Special Swimming Scheme

Expressions of Interest in this program are due Friday 19 October 2012. Note is attached.Special Swimming School (docx 597 KB)... Read more


Aladdin- The Musical

Tickets to our year 6 production of Aladdin Jr are available from the school office. We encourage all members of the school community to support the year 6 students by coming to watch our evening performances. Tickets are $8 and the money raised will go towards the year 6 gift to the school. Performances: November 13, 7pm November 14, 10am & 7pm... Read more

Redhead Public School Touch Footy Team

Girls Touch Footy Team off to Forster!

Girls Touch Footy Team The girl's PSSA touch side have progressed to the next round, winning a tight game against Thornton during the last week of term. The girls kept the other side try-less yet again, winning 2-0. This means they are the winner of their Pool and will face Pool 2 winners, Forster. They will make the trip there and will be playing it out on Thursday 11 October. A huge congratulations to the girls and everyone involved for getting this far!... Read more

SeptemberReturn to top

Developing resilience in your child

Growing up can be tough. Things don't always go to plan. So how can you help your child to develop resilience? Research shows children with good resilience perform better at school and are less likely to take part in risky behaviour, particularly as they enter the teenage years. The education department's principal psychologist, Ron Balderston, describes resilience as a shock absorber for the potholes of life. "Resilient children know how to cope and have developed skills that enable them to flex so they can manage life's blows when they... Read more

Mini Fete

Mini Fete and Donations Raise over $2000

Iota and Redhead Public School Mini Fete for Jacob Cooper Congratulations to Iota for their fabulous organisation of this event. Thank you to everyone for their donations and support. Together over $2000 has been raised.... Read more

AugustReturn to top

Premier's Spelling Bee goes mobile

Looking for a great way to help your child practise their spelling? To coincide with the launch of the wordlist for the 2012 Premier's Spelling Bee, a companion app is now available for download. The app features almost 3,000 words and sentences used in the spelling bee initiative, which is aimed at primary school-aged children. The free Premier's Spelling Bee app has junior and senior primary categories with levels of spelling words that increase in difficulty. The game, which features Australian accents, randomly selects words from the... Read more

Canberra Bus is on time!

The bus returning from Canberra is running on time. The bus should arrive at 6.30pm give or take 10 minutes. Enjoy a good nights sleep at home and we will see all of you at school tomorrow.... Read more

jacob cooper poster

Shave for Coop

At 2pm on Saturday 23 September Redhead Surf Club is the place to be. There will be live music a sausage sizzle, raffles, auctions, face painting and of course hair shaving. How you can help * Donations of scratchies to help build a tree * Donations for the raffle *Grab a sponsorship form to shave/colour your hair. Print it here or get one at the school office Sponsorship form (pdf 301 KB) All donations can be left at the school office. Keep watching this space or visit Read more

Redhead Public School students and staff with their crazy hair/ hat

Going Crazy for Zaell

Crazy Hair/ Hat day Yesterday everyone enjoyed the opportunity to do crazy things to their hair or hat and donate a gold coin to support Zaell Ford. He has been selected to play in the NSW Soccer team at the National titles in Darwin commencing 3rdSeptember. We are proud of his achievements.... Read more

Canberra Excursion for Stage 3

Canberra Excursion Monday 27 – Thursday 30 August The final notes have been given (copies are on our school webpage), warm clothing is being sorted and last minute preparations are well under way for this major excursion for our stage 3 students. Four exciting days of visiting the best that Canberra has. It is important that for this excursion, as any excursion, that if your child is unwell to keep them at home. Everyone needs to be at school by 6.15 a.m ready to board the coach. For the return trip we plan to be back by 6.30 pm. If there is a... Read more

Is my child ready to start school?

Starting school is such a big step. How do I know if my child is ready? The parent website School A to Z has spoken to a range of teachers about how to make the right decision for your child. Here are some of the key points and questions to ask: Children may enrol in Kindergarten at the beginning of the school year if they turn five years of age on or before 31 July in that year. All children must be enrolled in school by their sixth birthday. Are they physically ready? Are they socially and emotionally ready? Kids don't need to read or write... Read more

JulyReturn to top

Education Week 2012

Education Week at Redhead Public School - NSW Public Schools Creating the Future Education Week showcases the achievements of our inspirational teachers, staff, students, Parents & Citizens Associations and community members. At our school we have a number of activities planned. Monday 30 July at 1.40 pm Olympics Day– our community is invited to join the celebrations Tuesday 31 July at 11.30 Transition activity for Year 6 students Our students will receive a visit from some Year 7 Whitebridge High School students, Deputy Principal, Student... Read more

Olympics Day - Monday 30 July 2012

Olympics Day – Parents are invited to this historic event Do you know that we have had at least four Olympians from Redhead? Shelley Andrews(know now as Michelle Mitchell – one of our current parents) – Hockey Atlanta 1996 Angie Bainbridge – Swimming – Beijing 2008 Ian Chapman – Cycling – Rome 1960 Peter Scott – Kayaking – Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000 And on Monday 30 July at 1.40 we may find we have a few more. The sports that our athletes will be participating in include: boxing, equestrian (please lend us a hobby horse), rowing, shooting... Read more

New Maths Monkey’s Quest game available

School A to Z has just released an exciting, new maths game app, taking kid-friendly learning to the next level. Maths Monkey's Quest was created by the NSW Department of Education and Communities and designed for kids from Year 3 to Year 8. This new release engages children (and adults) with addition, subtraction, ratios and percentages, as they unlock new levels and strengthen their mathematical skills. At each level the Maths Monkey enters a new world of mathematical challenges, starting at the Jungle level (aimed at Years 3 and 4 students)... Read more

Touch Footy is ON

The weather is dry today, so we are going ahead with the touch footy games.... Read more

JuneReturn to top

Athletics Carnival is on!

Our Athletics Carnival will proceed today... Read more

Soccer Postponed

The Soccer day scheduled for Tuesday June 26 has been postponed due to weather. Students are to come to school as normal.... Read more

27 June School is non operational

Redhead Public School NON OPERATIONAL on Wednesday 27 June 2012. Dear Parents and Carers, Redhead Public School will be non-operational on Wednesday 27 June 2012. All teaching staff at Redhead Public School will be participating in this full day industrial action and, as a result, classes WILL NOT operate on this day. Parents are requested to make alternative care arrangements for their child/ren. Any parents who are unable to make alternative arrangements are requested to contact me/the school by 3pm on Tuesday 26 June. School will... Read more

Books to get kids reading again and again

There's nothing like a series to inspire the bookworm in your child. Just think of the way kids reacted to the Harry Potter novels. Establishing a good relationship with the first book in a series means children can generally be confident they will feel the same way about the rest of the series. The books in a series often become easier to read as time goes on. Once your child is familiar with the first book's characters, the landscape, style and the author's voice, they can simply sit back and enjoy all the subsequent tales. Another benefit... Read more

Starstruck Performers at Assembly 22 June

On Friday afternoon at our final assembly for the term, our Star Struck performers are delighted to have the opporturnity to present their items for our school community. The performers will wear their costumes and perform a mix of the dance, drama and the finale of Star Struck. Our entire assembly will be held outside (weather permitting).... Read more

Managing your child's weight

Your family is the best influence for showing your child how to manage their weight. That's the advice of the childhood obesity experts for keeping a child's weight down. Dr Shirley Alexander, specialist in child obesity at The Children's Hospital Westmead, says: "Try and get the whole family to develop healthier lifestyle habits and through that, hopefully get some weight-loss in the children." The most recent official figures suggest as many as one in four school-aged children fits into the category of being mildly overweight to obese. A... Read more

Star Struck

Star Struck is next week. This is the very first time that Redhead Public School has participated. Thank you to Mrs Clare Smith (dance) and Mr Shane Bransdon (drama) who have trained our two groups to a very high standard. A special thank you to all of the people who assisted with the creation of the costumes - It was a mammoth task and your efforts are truly appreciated. We have a team of 16 dancers and 15 drama performers. Thank you for your support of Star Struck 2012. The enthusiasm and energy of your students, the commitment of your... Read more

Canteen Newsletter and Additives Information

Our Canteen Supervisor, Michelle O'Loughlan has prepared our new winter menu. Please read the attached Canteen Newsletter and information about additives that may be in processed foods. This is guide and for information only.Canteen Newsletter (pdf, 163 KB)Additives information (pdf, 43 KB)... Read more

MayReturn to top

Facts about tutors

Private tutoring to give kids a helping hand in their schooling is a growing business. However, it's also an area where parents can be vulnerable to bogus offers and misleading advertising. If you're considering using a tutor, you need to know how to get the best service for you and your child. It's important to know that the job of a school is to ensure your child's educational needs are met in line with the curriculum. Teachers in NSW public schools are university educated and use effective teaching and learning techniques. If you have... Read more

Australian Early Development Index

AEDI Information (pdf, 170 KB) Our school is taking part in a national collection of data on young children's development called the Australian Early Development Index (AEDI). Notes have been sent home to parents of all Kindergarten children this week.... Read more

Parent-teacher interview tips

Parent-teacher interviews are great opportunities to meet your child's teachers and shouldn't be missed. Here are some tips from Harrington Street Public School principal Wayne Koboroff about how to get the best out of your time with the teacher. Do your homework Take a few minutes before your meeting to jot down any questions or comments you have. Because interviews usually only run 10 – 15 minutes it's good to have a reminder of the points you wanted to raise. Common questions may include: How is my child fitting in with other children?... Read more

Star Struck Matinee

Our school is participating in the arena performance 'Star Struck: Time Machine.' We would like to support the 32 students who were selected for dance or drama by taking our years 3 to 6 students on an excursion to watch the morning performance at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre on Friday June 15. This excursion is optional for our years 3 - 6 students. The cost of the excursion will be $36 each (includes show ticket and bus fare) If you are interested please return the permission note with the payment. Mrs Smith Star Struck Dance... Read more

Industrial Meeting 18 May 2012

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO ALL PARENTS INDUSTRIAL MEETING Friday 18 May 2012 Dear Parents/Carers, On the morning of Friday 18 May 2012, the NSW Teacher's Federation has called a 2 hour Stop Work Meeting. All teaching staff at Redhead Public School will attend this meeting and the school will not be operational on this morning. There will be no normal lessons from 9.00 – 11.00am and students should arrive at school at 11.00am on Friday 18 May 2012. Our office staff will be in attendance. Should you have concerns relating to this... Read more

Public Speaking Competion

Information 2012 (docx, 467 KB) This year students will prepare their public speaking at home for homework during week 4 and 5. In their class groups they will present their speeches during week 6 and 7. Three students from each class will be selected to share their speeches to the school during week 9 of this term. Two students from each stage will be selected to represent Redhead Public School at the Zone Public Speaking Competition. This competition will be early in term 3. The attached document shares the details and some helpful tips.... Read more

Jakob Cresnar with the perpetual trophy

What I Believe is the Spirit of ANZAC by Jakob Cresnar

Cobber, digger, Fair dinkum, True blue, mateship, words so uniquely Australian they had their origin in the trenches of Gallipoli on the 25th of April 1915. They were not made to join the campaign, they all volunteered to show how brave and strong they were in battle. They had come to help their country, Australia, in the war against Turkey. They had come to be involved in all the excitement to travel and be with their mates. Not many did realise the hardship and suffering that came ahead, for they had landed in the wrong spot. The Turkish... Read more

Hunterlife Education Program 7 and 8 May 2012

Life Education - 7th and 8th May 2012 Here is a brief outline of the programs in which the children will be participating: Clued Up - Healthy lifestyle, personal safety, safety with medicines, body knowledge and self-assertion skills. Monday 7 May - Omega, Sigma and Lambda K - leaving school at 10.55am Harold's Heroes - Environmental health issues, emergency procedures, individual needs for medicines and safe use and storage. Monday 7 May - Lambda 1 and Phi leaving school at 12.15pm Tuesday 8 May – Kappa leaving school at... Read more

AprilReturn to top

Homework help newsletter

You can now easily subscribe to updates from the award-winning website for parents, School A to Z. Each term you'll receive newsletters with the latest information to help you manage your child's homework and study, health, development and technology use. School A to Z has been created by parents at the education department to answer the common questions and challenges we all face as we support our kids growing up. This month's newsletter includes: a series of videos to help you when bullying becomes an issue for your child tips for getting... Read more

MarchReturn to top

MP3 players and hearing loss

An MP3 player, such as an iPod, is an essential item for many kids but listening to them for long periods of time can cause permanent hearing loss. And the experts say the volume doesn't have to be ear-splitting to cause damage. The loudness of sound is measured in units called decibels (dB). Conversation is generally 60dB. Traffic noise can be around 80dB. Louder noises, such as a plane taking off, a motorcycle or firecrackers can range from 120dB to 140dB. Listening to music at levels above 80 decibels is going to damage hearing. The... Read more

Taking a stand against bullying

A new website and mobile app have been launched to help parents and students address bullying. The Bullying, No Way! website includes interactive applications, including a choose- your-own-adventure game for students to learn how to deal with bullying, and videos for parents and students. The site also includes information on: helping your child if they are being bullied identifying the signs that your child might be bullying others getting help and support. The website and the Take a Stand Together mobile app were launched to coincide with... Read more

National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence

Today is National Day of Action Against Bullying. The focus is on parents and families taking a stand together. Two great websites are and They are both great sites for young people to explore.... Read more

Back to School BBQ Cancelled

Thank you to those families who expressed interest in attending this event on Wednesday 14 March. Unfortunately, the response was significantly lower than expected, so P & C have cancelled.... Read more

No Show Holiday

This Friday 16 March will be school as normal as the Newcastle Show Holiday is not a holiday for school students and teachers.... Read more

Redhead Community Garden - Growing in our School

At our P & C meeting on Monday night, Mr Mark Thomas, on behalf of the Redhead Community Garden group shared their design for the community garden which is going to be established within our school grounds between our Beach Road and K rooms. The design is open for consultation. Key aspects of the design include: The overriding element of the garden is that it is a place for like minded people to come together and share, nurture and enjoy the fruits of their labour. · Inspiration for the layout is based on the Nautilus shell, with 2 path... Read more

Reading with confidence

You may have already heard of ‘Pause, Prompt, Praise' or the ‘Three Ps' as the strategy is sometimes called. These three catchy words describe a simple technique that, used well, will help your child practise their reading and develop their reading confidence. The principle of pausing, then prompting and then praising is handy to remember any time your child is reading aloud to you. Teachers and trained tutors often use a more structured version, but the following tips can help you to try out the Three Ps when reading with your child at home.... Read more

Anzac Day - A New Tradition

The Redhead War Memorial and Projects Committee have an exciting new initiative which involves our Year 5 students connecting with the history of the veterans who are listed on our War Memorial. 2012 is the commencement of a tradition which will continue for the next 68 years. Each year, Year 5 students will be presented with a topic relating to ANZAC day to write about. This year the topic is 'What I believe is the spirit of ANZAC'. The piece of writing is to be completed at school, up to 450 words, but the discussion, research and gathering... Read more

FebruaryReturn to top

Education Tax Refund 2012

Don't forget to keep all your receipts from back-to-school expenses so that you can take advantage of the Education Tax Refund. The refund gives eligible parents and caregivers a 50 per cent refund on a range of primary and secondary school education expenses, including school uniforms. For the 2011-2012 financial year you may be eligible for the following: Primary school child You can claim a maximum of $818 for each of your primary school children – that is a refund of up to $409. Secondary school student You can claim a maximum of $1,636... Read more

JanuaryReturn to top

Back-to-school support

A suite of resources, including the School A to Z website and the annual back-to-school hotline, is available to help parents prepare for the new school year. School A to Z website The School A to Z website provides you with practical help to get involved and support your children's learning and includes a webcast on the theme of ‘Getting off to a great start at school'. The School A to Z webcast answers commonly asked questions that range from how to motivate children for learning, to tips on how to manage technology use at home, bullying,... Read more