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Andy Griffiths Visit

What an amazing treat our students had this week.  The whole school were fortunate to have an hour with the award-winning fabulous author Andy Griffiths. Those students that brought their special Andy Griffiths book from home had them signed personally by Andy.  A huge thankyou to Kylie Laidler who organised Andy and gave our staff and students a humorous, funny, engaging and educational insight into his ability to capture his audience with the written word and illustrations. A really lovely experience for all of our budding authors and a great opportunity for all students to listen to an inspirational author sharing his process and ideas.

Transition Days

As mentioned in my last newsletter, transitioning to a new grade level is very exciting but can also be daunting for some children. These sessions are an opportunity for students to meet the teachers of their new year level and to experience the work they will do next year. The aim of the session is to help students in hearing and visualising all the exciting aspects of experiencing a new grade level and to start to build a relationship with their new teacher. It is also a reminder to our students that it is just a continuation of the current program and not something to fear. All students will meet their new teacher and class on Tuesday 13th of December. On this day students will bring home a letter informing you of their new teacher and also a map of the school showing where each classroom will be in the new year.

Baby News

We would like to send our congratulations to Elli and David Gibson for their announcement that they are expecting a new baby in Term 1 in 2023.  On behalf of the whole school community, I wish them every happiness and joy.  We look forward to a visit and many cuddles next year.


In 2023 schools will continue to have access to four curriculum days, and at this stage one pupil free day that will be used for our three-way conferences. The dates below are our approved curriculum days for 2023:

Curriculum and Pupil Free Days 2023

Whole School Production -2023

Securing a venue for our school production next year has been challenging.  We have been able to book Besen Centre, Mount Scopus College, Burwood on Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th July. All year levels will be involved with the Prep-4 students split over the two nights (1/2 on Wednesday, 1/2 on Thursday), performing a chorus group item / song within the show, and the 5/6s performing as the major chorus groups and lead roles. Pop those dates in your diary!

2023 School Captains

We have now finalised our process for selecting our 2023 School Captains. It was a very comprehensive process, and I would like to congratulate all of the students who were involved. It was wonderful to see the students standing up in front of their peers, teachers and leadership delivering well-prepared and rehearsed speeches. The hard part was selecting the students for the positions as the calibre of students who applied was so high. All students are a credit to themselves, their families and the staff at our school.

It gives me great pleasure to announce that our 2023 School Captains and Vice Captains are:

Captains Vice Captains
Charlotte Taylor Avril Thorp
Mitchell Wilkins Jackson Wright


Our student leaders are:

Student Leaders

School Captains Charlotte Taylor and Mitchell Wilkins
Vice Captains Avril Thorp and Jackson Wright
Promotional Captains Kayla Carro, Sophie Delbridge, Amelia Harris-Downward, Chloe Hayes, Ruby Sammut and Madelyn Surace
Montana House Captains Matilda Jones and Taiya Rout
Phipps House Captains Emily Airs and Ashley Kiss
Landscape House Captains Sophie Weeks and Emily Hooper
Lockwoods House Captains Mason De Young and Callan Walker
IT Captains Jareth Brimelow, Callum Presswell and Amber Tozer
STEAM Captains Victor Li and Luke Beggs
Library Captains Amber Schumann and Sophia Palandri
Music Captains Gabriella Lyon, Maya Lawrence and Ella Walker
Art Captains Ayla Barrett and Alex Vandersluis
German Captains Skye Ireland and Harper Williams


Congratulations to all students who have been successful in gaining a leadership role for 2023.

Student Book Packs

Just a reminder that the ordering details for the student book packs went home a few weeks ago.  Orders placed before 12th December to COS will be delivered to your home by 24th December and receive free delivery. All students require their books for the first day of school.  In addition to their books students also require a sturdy set of headphones, library bag and art smock for the first week of school. Please name your child’s belongings clearly.

Have a great weekend.

See you at our Xmas Carols night this Tuesday 6th December…(weather permitting).

Leanne Jennings



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