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DecemberReturn to top

Books to ignite summer reading

The school holiday period doesn't have to be a time when children's reading and comprehension skills take a break. If you're wracking your brains for gift-giving ideas and summer activities, why not encourage your child to dive into book one of a series? Literacy experts advise that even reluctant readers and children who struggle with reading tend to be more likely to get bitten by the reading bug when they discover a book they enjoy is part of a series. By the end of the first book, the reader is familiar with the style, the setting and many... Read more

NovemberReturn to top

The new curriculum and your child

How do teachers decide what your child will study each term at school? How do composite or combined classes work? Why do students at different schools seem to be studying entirely different things, despite being in the same year? And what will happen next year, when the new Australian curriculum starts in NSW for both primary and secondary schools? Understanding how the curriculum relates to the real world of the classroom and to your child's daily lessons can help you better support them with their homework and study. It will also help you... Read more

Benefits of team sports

Benefits of team sports If you want your child to grow up to be a confident and well-adjusted adult, then team sports may be the answer. Playing a team sport provides kids with important lessons in personal values. Kids learn that things don't always go their way and that they need to respect their peers as well as referees and sports officials. These experiences can influence them throughout their lives, such as when it comes to working for a boss, or respecting the police or other authority figures. When your kids take part in team sports... Read more

Canteen Closed 12 November

Our school canteen is closed on Tuesday 12 November.... Read more

Thank you

Students say "Thank You"

At our school assembly last Friday, our school community recognised and thanked the Fire Brigade and the Police for their fantastic efforts during the recent bushfires. Our Student Representative Council members designed and planned the assembly recognition. Every student in our school created a "hand" and wrote a thank you message. These were then placed in bags which were presented to firebrigade and the police representatives. The following is the "Thank You" poem created by Lambda 6. Tough work by terrific teams Helping hands fighting the... Read more

OctoberReturn to top

Fire Update 24 October 2013 11.00 am

Thank you to all our families for their support yesterday. Currently the Fire Brigade are undergoing a fire hazard reduction exercise. This is creating some smoke, but the wind is blowing it away from school. All students are safe and we are fully operational. Parents are able to come and take home their child or children if they want to. If the situation changes we will move all of our students to our hall. Please keep checking the rfs website for further fire updates.... Read more

Fire Update 23/10/13 5:49pm

All students are now safely with their families. Thank you for your assistance. We expect that school will operate in a normal capacity on Thursday but please keep checking the RFS website. An emergency warning was issues for residents in the Redhead/ Dudley/ Gateshead area this afternoon (23/10/13). Please follow the advice of police. For more information, refer to the RFS website: Read more

A better way of funding our schools

The NSW Government is introducing a new funding model for all NSW public schools that is simpler, fairer and more transparent. The funding model is a key part of a broader education reform called Local Schools, Local Decisions, which places students at the centre of school decision-making. It gives principals and their school communities a greater say over how they allocate and use their available resources to best meet the needs of their students. When fully implemented, schools will manage more than 70% of the state public school education... Read more

Canteen - New Online Ordering

Our canteen, Sandy Shores Cafe, is trialling the use of an online canteen ordering system in term 4. The company we are working with is called Our Online Canteen and they offer an easier way for our school canteen and parents to better manage the lunch ordering system. Visit to register and start placing both recess and lunch orders. Registration is free and credit can be placed onto your account using credit card, direct deposit or PayPal. Orders can be placed two weeks in advance. There is a cut-off time of 8.00... Read more

Is your child gifted?

The notion of giftedness in children has become part of many parents' conversations. Yet ask anyone what 'gifted' means and the concept remains mysterious, sometimes stigmatised, and often perplexing for parents who think their child may be extremely bright. About 10 per cent of the population is gifted. That is, they are significantly advanced beyond their peers in at least one of four areas – intellectual, creative, social or physical. Those who add skill to their gift are recognised as gifted and talented. Children who are gifted have... Read more

SeptemberReturn to top

A World of Water - DVD/ photos

World of Water – an amazing whole school performance DVD / Photos Mark Dinardo has shared his expertise in creating a video of our wonderful performance. It will cost $10 per copy. An order form has been attached. Orders will be taken until Friday 18 October. World of Water DVD order (docx 13 KB) Frank Bergman has placed the photos that he has taken on the following website. Just click on the "World of Water" gallery on this page The access code is: Water All photos can also be downloaded for free, for all... Read more

Technology for 2014

Our planning for the commencement of our Year 5 & 6 Netbook program in 2014 is well underway. Here is our Draft Rental Agreement and the Commitment Note for your information.... Read more

Parenting ideas

Redhead Public School has become a Parentingideas School Member. That means that we will be sharing regular parenting articles on topical and practical issues in our school's newsletter, and on this webpage. You will find all the relevant information by clicking the Caring for Students tab. You will find the Parenting Ideas page on the left hand side menu. Parenting Ideas... Read more

Learning in the outdoor classroom

It's Outdoor Education Week – the perfect time to reflect on how outdoor education plays a major role in students' learning, problem-solving abilities and wellbeing. Learning in the outdoors brings together the benefits of formal and informal education and provides meaningful education for 21st century kids. By acquiring knowledge and skills through practical or hands-on activities students learn about consequences, develop resilience, and learn to take risks in a safe environment. Participating in an outdoor challenge or experience can make a... Read more

AugustReturn to top

Spelling Bee app

A new app designed for Android phones and tablets helps students of all ages practise and improve their spelling. The Premier's Spelling Bee 2013 app features almost 3,000 words and corresponding sentences from the spelling competition of the same name. It also and uses Australian spelling and voices. The app features two categories - junior and senior - with a number of levels that increase in difficulty. Most adults would find the high levels in the senior category a challenge. The app is a companion to the free School A to Z app and... Read more

JulyReturn to top

Our website goes mobile

It is now easier to view our website on your mobile phone or tablet. We have created a mobile version of the site with a range of features finetuned for when you are on the move. You can now more easily: dial or email us from your phone locate us via Google maps check our school calendar view our latest newsletter. You can also create a shortcut to our website on your phone home page Try the mobile version of our website now. Just visit from a smart phone or tablet device and follow the prompts.... Read more

Canteen Menu - Checkout our healthy options

Current canteen menu (pdf 86 KB) Our canteen committee have created our new canteen menu which provides the opportunity for all of our students to order from a range of healthy choices to support them in developing healthy eating habits for life. We adhere to the idea of using pure food and choosing food products that are minimally processed and/ or packaged.... Read more

Developing organisational skills

Learning how to make time for homework, chores and other activities is a vital skill for all children but it's not one that always comes easily. This weekly schedule template (docx 15 KB) is a simple aid that can help kids better plan their time. Print one for your child's desk, one for the fridge and one for their school bag to help keep them on track. To personalise the template, simply click on the cell you wish to change and type. If you need to add or delete cells and don't know how, read these simple instructions . Using colour-coding... Read more

JuneReturn to top

Helping your child with their homework

How do you get your kids to keep on top of their homework? This School A to Z video features teachers talking about how parents can help kids take responsibility for their homework and avoid Thursday night meltdowns. Get more practical parent tips on the School A-Z website.... Read more

Year 3/4 Camp Return Time

The Year 3/4 students that have been at camp this week will return today (19/06/13) at 2:30pm. Parents may collect their children from this time.... Read more

Netball Gala- Postponed 19-06-13

Today's netball Gala day has been postponed due to the rain. Information will be provided on the new date when it has been arranged.... Read more

Getting ready for school camp

School camp is one of the highlights of childhood. Chances are you can still remember some of the campfire songs, the smell of damper cooking and the names of the kids you bunked with. However, it's also true that for some children (and their parents) the thought of staying away overnight can create a little anxiety. It's not uncommon for kids to worry about who they'll room with, ‘being left out' of things, whether something might go wrong, feeling homesick and other understandable concerns. Even the most outgoing and confident child may have... Read more

MayReturn to top

Cyberbullying – what the experts say

Research into cyberbullying is still in its infancy but the one thing we do know is the online environment is really just a new setting for age-old issues. Cyberbullying is an extension of face-to-face bullying. It's all about relationships. When are kids most vulnerable to bullying? Bullying – online or offline – peaks for kids (and this is worldwide) at about Year 5, and again at about Year 7 or 8. The first peak coincides with children discovering the power of the peer group, and creating their own social pecking order. The second peak... Read more

Girls and Boys Soccer Gala Days

Note - boys soccer gala day (docx 137 KB)Note - girls soccer gala da (docx 198 KB)On Monday 20 May our boys' soccer team will participate in a gala day at Chapman Oval, Swansea. The girls' team will participate in their gala day on Tuesday 21 May. Both days kick off at 9 am. More information can be found on the attached notes.... Read more

Awareness and Prevention of Cyber Bullying

Thursday 16 May - 4.00 in our library A former student of Redhead Public School and gold medal Olympian Angie Bainbridge is working for the AFP (Australian Federal Police) Cyber Crime Prevention Team. This team aims to create awareness for the issues revolving around cyber bullying, internet safety, identity, reputation, social media management, sexting, online grooming etc. focusing on the issues which are faced by children today with the ever growing technology. Angie will be delivering a presentation to our Year 5 and Year 6 students on... Read more

Chelsea and Jakob at the Redhead community ANZAC day cerremony

Redhead Community ANZAC day service

School Captains, Chelsea and Jakob read with sincerity two prayers and laid a book on behalf of our school community at this important community ceremony. Congratulations to Tess Piper who's essay about Australia Victoria Cross was selected to be the winning entry in the 2013 Year 5 Redhead Public School ANZAC Day Essay Competition. Please read her essay.Tess's essay (docx 14 KB) Redhead Public School is very thankful to the Redhead Memorial Committee for including our school in this important ceremony.... Read more

Smart Moves for Parents

Smart moves (docx 20 KB)Redhead Public School staff are trained in the use of smart moves (brain gym) to enhance the learning of students. Course presenter, Christine Love, has offered to run a course specifically for parents to assist their children. The course will be offered on Tuesday 4 June and Tuesday 11 June from 6.30 - 8.30 pm in our library. The total cost for the two sessions, book and CD is only $20. To register for this course, please leave your details at our office. We will need a minimum of eight parents.... Read more

Chicken Pox

Chicken pox (pdf 15 KB)Today there has been a notification of a student with chicken pox. Students have been given information (attached). It would be appreciated if parents/ carers could keep the school informed of any other incidents.... Read more

Privacy online

Protecting the privacy of personal information is increasingly important at a time when we are sharing more details about ourselves online than ever before. While interacting online can be great for kids, it also makes them more vulnerable. To help reduce the risk of cyberbullying, unwanted attention or breaches of their privacy, you can: encourage them to keep their usernames and passwords safe and not share them with anyone take them through the privacy settings of sites they join to ensure they are careful about what information they share... Read more

AprilReturn to top

Stay on top of homework

Kids and families tend to run more smoothly when there is a clear plan. So the online parent resource School A to Z has created printable homework and study calendars for each month of the year. The School A to Z website and mobile app can also help with common assignment and homework questions. In the Homework and study section you'll find links to useful websites, maths and English glossaries, and help sheets to make homework time easier in your house. Print your homework and study calendar pages for the rest of 2013. If you have ideas for... Read more

Becoming a good speller

Spelling is an important skill but one that can be a problem for many children. However, there are some simple strategies you can use to help your child develop confidence in their spelling ability. What you can do to help your child with spelling: Explain to your child that some words can be sounded out, but not all English words can be spelt correctly by ‘sounding out', eg the words ‘you' and ‘said'. Talk to your child about how you spell, and what you do when you don't know how to spell a word. Encourage your child to write at home on... Read more

School Assembly

There will be School Assembly on Friday 5 April. This assembly will replace the scheduled assembly planned for 12 April which is now cancelled due to the Cross Country postponement.... Read more

Cross Country Postponed

Due to inclement weather and a very wet running track, the Cross Country Carnival planned to be held Friday 5th April has been postponed. The new date for the Carnival is Friday 12th April.... Read more

MarchReturn to top

School zone safety

A reminder to parents about the operation of school speed zones around the Easter holidays. School zones exist for the safety of children and families; they will operate on Thursday 28 March, then resume on Tuesday 2 April. Forty-kilometres-an-hour school speed zones operate across New South Wales at all school sites on gazetted school days, which are all days the school is open, even pupil-free days. Find out more... Read more

Writing essays

Writing essays is a skill many of us have forgotten. But don't worry – here are a few tips to help you and your child, even if you're not familiar with the essay topic. Key points: Determine 'what is the question asking?' Essays follow a specific formula Introduction – state your response to the question and mention the points to be made in the body of the essay. Body – expand on the points introduced in the introduction. Don't introduce new thoughts at this stage. Conclusion – summarise the points discussed in the body. One idea per... Read more

ANZAC Writing Competition Year 5

The Redhead Memorial Committee have released the topic for this year's writing competition for Year 5. It is "The Australian Victoria Cross." Students will be able to research as home, talk to people and discover information to bring to school to write their essay. The competition commences on Friday 8 March and entries will be collected at 3.10 on Friday 22nd March. The soldier whose name will be on the trophy this year is Flight Lieutenant L. T. Kay who was an Air Force Pilot in WWII. The winner will be announced before our school's ANZAC... Read more

Zone Soccer Trials postponed

Zone Soccer Trials that were planned for Tuesday 5 March are rescheduled to Tuesday 12 March.... Read more

Assembly Cancelled 1/3/13

Due to the continuing heavy rain our whole school assembly has been cancelled. Merit awards will be presented next week. Alpha and Gamm will both present their class items.... Read more

Cancelled - Cricket 01/03/13

Due to the rain overnight, Cricket has been cancelled for today (Friday March 1).... Read more

FebruaryReturn to top

Parent Teacher Interviews

Parent Teacher Interviews At our school we support the meaningful participation of parents or caregivers in the education of their child. The role that parents play in the education of their child has the potential to strengthen the support provided by schools in improving their educational outcomes. When schools and parents work together in constructive and meaningful ways much can be achieved. One of the ways that we encourage meaningful participation is in parent teacher interviews. These are held during term 1 as a chance to share... Read more

Great start videos

A panel of experts answers the most common questions parents have about how they can best support their kids' school life, study, wellbeing and development. In five brief segments, the experts share their tips on how parents can: help their kids reach their full potential at school and motivate them for learning support their child's social development and handle schoolyard conflict support kids through the teenage years. keep up with the technology their kids are using and how to keep them safe online. Watch the Great start videos... Read more

Welcome 2013 Family Picnic

Invitation (pdf 209 KB) This is an opportunity to meet the students, parents and staff who make Redhead Public School the great school that it is. 21 February at 5p.m at our school (weather permitting). Bring your own picnic DJ - for the afternoon - Mr Shane Bransdon Face painting Guessing competition Cricket game on the oval Please make a gold coin donation per family on entry. This event is organised by the canteen committee. Looking forward to meeting you at our picnic.... Read more