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DecemberReturn to top

Best Start Kindergarten 2015

Dear Parents and Carers of Kindergarten students 2015, My sincere apology for the link not working for the Best Start Interviews online. The event code is V2RFZ. I trust that this works Kind regards Jo Best start information (doc 109 KB)... Read more

Canteen Closed For Remainder of Term 4

The school canteen is closed for the remainder of Term 4 for cleaning purposes. Thank you to all parents that have volunteered their time throughout the year.... Read more

Banish sunburn

Over exposure to UV radiation from the sun in childhood or adolescence increases the risk of developing melanoma later in life. Teach your child how to apply sunscreen properly, and they'll be able to protect themselves even when you're not around. When the number hits 3, protect from UV. Check the daily UV alert in your local newspaper or at A UV level of 1 or 2 will not damage most skin types, but a UV level of 3 or above can be harmful even on a cloudy day. Apply early. Sunscreen needs to be applied 20... Read more

Presentation Day - 4 December at 9.30 a.m

Presentation Day Thursday 4 December 2014 Promptly at 9.30 am This ceremony celebrates the learning achievements of our students as well we will induct our school leaders for 2015 into their positions. Year 6 students will receive their Graduation Certificates. The first row of seats is reserved for the parents of our Councillors for 2015. There will not be any other reserved seating. Please assist by seating younger people on laps and leaving all prams outside. Our office will be shut during our ceremony – all staff attend this important... Read more

How to get your child reading this summer!

Children who thrive in school tend to have one thing in common – they enjoy reading. It doesn't really matter what your child chooses to read, the important thing for primary-school kids is to encourage them to develop the habit of reading a little each day. With summer school holidays just around the corner, now is a good time to stock up on books from your local library that might interest your child. Series books are a great place to start. Reluctant readers and children who struggle with comprehension can find series books easier to enjoy,... Read more

School Evaluation Survey

Thank you to the parents who participated in our phone survey earlier this week. There was some wonderful feedback and constructive thoughts shared. When you click on this link School Survey you will find a short, 12 Question survey. T he information gathered from this anonymous survey will help guide the School Evaluation Team in their planning of future directions for our school.... Read more

NovemberReturn to top

Assembly Cancelled Today (Friday 21st November)

Due to the extreme weather forecast our assembly has been cancelled today (Friday 21st November). Presentations are rescheduled for Friday 12th December at 9:30 am. Presentations include, Kindergarten graduation, library monitors, debaters, newspaper editorial team and peer mediators. Gold shield awards from this assembly will be presented next week, Friday 28th November.... Read more

Canteen - closed Mon/Tues

The P & C have closed our school canteen each Monday and Tuesday due to lack of volunteers.... Read more

What parents should know about Instagram

It's hard to keep up with all the social media platforms and apps our kids want to use. Instagram is currently one of the most popular social networks for school-aged children at the moment. It's a free, photo and video sharing mobile application and social network for people aged 13 years and over. There's no age-verification process though, so younger children can create an account pretty easily, sometimes without parents even knowing. Instagram say they'll remove under-age users' accounts if they are reported. Instagram has just published... Read more

SeptemberReturn to top

Taronga Zoo Excursion due back at 5.15 pm

Our students, teachers and assisting parents have had a great excursion to the zoo today. The bus is due back around 5.15 pm.... Read more

When older kids struggle with reading

When older kids struggle to read and write, the issue can become fraught for the whole family. Parents can lose their patience and blame the child or themselves and the child loses their confidence and begins shying away from reading at all. Grades fall and interest in school can flag. Kids who struggle to read often try to hide it from teachers and parents, and develop unhelpful strategies, which only exacerbate the problems. Ways to encourage effective reading in older children Ask your child what subjects they would like to read about.... Read more

AugustReturn to top

Stage 3 Canberra Excursion

EXPECTED RETURN TIME IS NOW 6.00PM Students and staff are enjoying exploring our Nation's Capital. I am sure that when they return tonight they will be buzzing with exciting stories. This website will be updated again after 5.00pm with an estimated time of arrival.... Read more

Stranger Danger

NSW Police Force has released information about three children being approached in Cowlishaw Street on Saturday. They are appealing for public assistance. About 10.45am (Saturday 16 August 2014), an 11-year-old boy was waiting for friends outside a supermarket on Cowlishaw Street, Redhead, when a man allegedly approached him. The man offered the boy lollies, allegedly urging him to get inside a white, early model hatchback parked nearby. Full details are included in the attachment. Meanwhile, the incident has again prompted police to... Read more

Out of uniform day

Friday 22 August we will be having an out of uniform day. Students are asked to wear their bushwalking/hiking clothes and donate a gold coin to support the Oxfam charity. Mr McGill will be completing a 100km bushwalk starting 8am that Friday and with his team is raising funds for Oxfam. For more information about this walk or if you would like to donate please go to Read more

Zone Athletics Carnival to go ahead

As of 7:30am 13/8/14, the Zone Athletics Carnival will run as planned.... Read more

Nurturing the artist in your child

Your child may not go on to become a famous musician, actor, dancer, filmmaker or artist. But by nurturing the artist in your child you can help them grow up able to think for themselves, problem solve and work out different ways to do things. They'll also be better able to see different points of view, communicate and express their feelings in different ways. Here are some top tips: Stimulate your child's senses - Provide opportunities for your child to experience different sights, smells, sensations and sounds. These sensory activities are... Read more

Parent Online Payments

It is now possible for parents to make online payments. More informatoin is attached. Parent Online Payments (docx 465 KB)... Read more

JulyReturn to top

NSW DEC Workplace Health and Safety

NSW Departmental School's are guided in Workplace Health and Safety by the following policy . A summary of that policy can be found on this DEC WHS Poster. Please peruse these documents at your leisure.... Read more


We have been notified that a student of the school has a case of Chickenpox. This fact sheet may help answer any questions you may have.... Read more

Building your child's reading skills

Here are some simple tips to encourage your child to become a strong reader and a book lover for the rest of their lives. Share a book at home Children love to hear a story read aloud. Try reading with different voices, lots of emotion, invented sound effects and funny faces. Change the tone in your voice and vary its loudness or softness. Have fun and enjoy it. It's a good idea to practise reading before sharing a book. Listen to your child talk about the story and the pictures. Try asking your child which parts of the books they found... Read more

Head Lice

We have had several cases of head lice reported in our school community. This might be an opportune time to remind parents to regularly check their children's hair for lice and treat accordingly. An information sheet is attached.Head lice note (pdf 181 KB)... Read more

Changes to staffing arangements for Term 3

Ms Clews will continue to take leave for the first four weeks of Term 3. Mr McGill will continue to relieve as Principal. Ms O'Donnell will continue to relieve as Assistant Principal during this time. Miss Williams will teach Alpha during this time.... Read more

JuneReturn to top

Redhead Public School Canteen Survey

Our school is currently conducting a canteen survey. To complete the survey there are four documents that will be of assistance. Current Sandy Shores Menu Sandy Shores Menu (pdf 75 KB) Department of Education and Communities Nutrition in Schools Policy. This policy can be found at Redhead Public School Canteen Policy 2013 2013 Canteen Policy (doc 34 KB) FreshTaste @ School Nutrition Guide... Read more

Too sick to go to school?

Sometimes it's hard to know if your child is really coming down with something or just suffering a bout of Mondayitis. For safety's sake, if your child seems unwell you should always keep them home from school and seek medical advice. However, if they miraculously recover by 11:00am, ready to race around the backyard, keeping them in bed all day may send the message that staying home isn't nearly as much fun as going to school. The School A to Z website's Too Sick For School? chart will help answer your questions about common childhood illness... Read more

Positive Partnerships Autism Workshop

This two day workshop will be held on Tuesday 29 and Wednesday 30 July 2014. A flyer with more information is attached.Autism Workshop (pdf 164 KB)... Read more

MayReturn to top

Public Speaking

The school public speaking competition will take place over the next few days. Three students have been selected from their class competition to participate in the school competition. Stage 2 (Years 3 and 4) will be on Tuesday 3rd June beginning at 11:45 am in the hall. Stage 3 (Years 5 and 6) will be on Wednesday 4th June beginning at 11:45 am in the hall. Early Stage 1 (Kindergarten) and Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2) will be on Thursday 5th June beginning at 11:45 am in the hall.... Read more

Sorting fact from fiction

You can't always trust what you read when researching information for homework, assignments or projects. Here are ways your child can tell a good website - or any document - from a bad one. Reader beware With so much information on the web and no-one responsible for fact checking, students need to look out for: bias and hidden agendas factual errors outdated information information which is country specific commercially motivated information. Play the detective Colleen Foley is a curriculum adviser who helps school librarians with the NSW... Read more

Busy time for the weeks ahead.

Redhead Public School has a very busy time ahead over the next few weeks. NAPLAN begins on Tuesday 13 May and continues until Thursday 15 May. It is important for students to have a good breakfast and to make sure they have had plenty of sleep and enough water to drink. Star Struck rehearsals and costume making is in full swing. Many students are excited about attending the matinee performance Friday 13 June. The disco for student K-6 is on Wednesday 21 May. Stage 2 camp at Glenrock is on Thursday 22 May and Friday 23 May. It sounds very... Read more

Social media, kids and privacy

Regardless of your child's age, the world may already know a lot more about them than you suspect. According to recent research: 92% of children under the age of two have a digital presence (it starts with proud parents posting newborn baby photos on Facebook or Instagram) a quarter of Australian children aged between eight and 12 use Facebook, despite the minimum age for a user being 13 more than 20 per cent of tweens publish photos of themselves on the photo-sharing website Instagram young people between the ages of 14 and 19 have an... Read more

What parents need to know about Kik

It seems that every few months a new social media platform or mobile app emerges and becomes popular with young people in our school community. Suddenly "everyone" is on it, according to our children. It's hard for most adults to keep up. Many parents will have recently heard about Kik Messenger and are wondering if it's safe for children. Here are some facts from the School A to Z website's technology guide: What is Kik Messenger? Kik Messenger is a free texting app available on iPhone, iPad, Ipod touch, Android, Windows, Samsung Galaxy and... Read more

Term 2 Staff Changes

Attached is a letter outlining Term 2 Staff Changes (pdf 154 KB)g recent changes to staffing... Read more

AprilReturn to top

School Cross Country Carnival

Our Cross Country Carnival is being held this Friday, 11 April commencing at 9.30 a.m Due to the projected forecast of rain, the carnival will only be for students in Year 2 - 6. Parents are welcome to come and cheer on their children. Students in K and 1 will have an opportunity to run the course early in term 2.... Read more

The benefits of team sports

Winter sports are getting underway and many parents will soon be getting out of bed early on cold weekend mornings to transport their children to sports fields across town. The good news is that even if your child's team never scores goal, they're benefitting significantly from simply being active and involved. The long list of benefits for your child includes the development of: cooperation and teamwork skills leadership skills respect for teammates, opponents and officials a sense of belonging and team membership social interaction skills... Read more

MarchReturn to top

Meeting your child’s teacher

Meeting teachers to discuss your child's progress or behaviour can be daunting, but there's no need to feel anxious. Remember, you and the school are partners in your child's learning. Whether it's regular parent -teacher interviews or a one-off request for a chat, these useful tips will help you get the most out of your meeting. Do your homework Take a few minutes before your meeting to jot down any questions or comments you have. Go with the right attitude Try to approach the interview with a positive and relaxed attitude. Don't be afraid to... Read more

Parent Teacher Interviews 2014

Parent Teacher Interviews Parent Teacher interview K (doc 108 KB) Parent Teacher Interview 1- (doc 109 KB) 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... Read more

The most important skill to teach your child

One common trait all successful adults have is resilience. The ability to bounce back from disappointment is something we have the opportunity to teach our children every day. As our kids constantly remind us, life isn't always fair. Is it a parent's role to constantly try to make life fair? How do we balance the desire to shelter and protect our children with the need to teach them how to cope with life's disappointments? The School A to Z website asked top teachers all over NSW for their tips for parents on developing resilience so children... Read more

FebruaryReturn to top

Help with your child's homework in one click

The School A to Z app has been 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 terms from primary and high school. Each word has an easy-to-understand definition based on the current school curriculum, with illustrations and help sheets explaining the rules of grammar. Maths A to... Read more

Help your child plan for success this year

One of the most valuable ways you can support your child's education is to help them learn how to organise themselves and plan their time. It starts as early as Kindergarten, when they need to plan going to the toilet at lunch and recess and bring things to school for different activities on certain days. By the time they're in Year 6, they've hopefully taken on much of the responsibility of scheduling their afternoons to accommodate sports, homework and other obligations. Most children find planning easier to understand when... Read more

JanuaryReturn to top

Returning to School

Wecome to Redhead Public School. We look forward to seeing all of our Year 1 to Year 6 students when they return to school on Wednesday 29/01/14. Kindergarten students begin on Monday 03/02/14 but have been allocated an individual Best Start appointment the week prior. If you are unable to attend your appointment, please email the school as soon as possible to arrange an alternative. Our school hours are 9:10 am until 3:10 pm. Our uniform shop will be open on staff development day - Tuesday 28th January, 2014 from 9:00 am - 11:00 am. The... Read more