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CRSS News Desk

Issue 40

Christmas Edition

Dear Mums, Dads and Carers

The last week of school has been amazingly busy with school events and, of course, all things Christmas.  Read on for photos and short reports from the activities this past week.

2018 Information

2018 Student leaders are announced

Congratulations to Lily and Zari on earning the positions of Head of School and Head of Student Council for 2018.  The announcement of the leaders was made on Thursday at the Annual Awards Assembly.  The applications for these roles numbered over 90 and following a rigorous selection process, we shortlisted to 28 and then again to 11 following a leadership camp.  The final 11 shortlisted applicants were then interviewed for the position.  

Our leadership process aims to select the best applicants and disregards gender.  Interestingly, over 60 girls applied this year compared to under 30 from the boys and most of the boys were focused on KidFit leadership.  This is a pattern over the years.

I firmly believe that the calibre of student leader we are producing at Coomera Rivers is as good as any other primary school in any system anywhere in Australia.  Many of our leaders are continuing to excel in leadership roles at their respective high schools.  I am already convinced that these young ladies will be no different given their maturity and conduct.  

Another 20 positions including the four Heads of House will be selected in early 2018.


Important changes to uniform ordering

Please note that as at today families will no longer be able to purchase brand new uniforms via Flexischools.  We are currently developing an alternative ordering system that will allow families to order online.  We expect that this will be available within the next two weeks.  Thank you for your patience whilst we transition to our new system.  Details will be emailed home as soon as they are available.

Introducing The School Locker

We are excited to announce that we have partnered with The School Locker moving into 2018.

What does this mean for families?  Families will still be provided with the ability to order online, receiving their orders the next day and the uniform shop will continue to operate on Monday from 2:00pm – 3:00pm during the school terms.  The exciting addition to this partnership is that when you order online you will have the option of getting the items home delivered (a delivery fee will apply for this service).  If you opt to collect your orders you will not be charged a processing fee on each online order.

Once our on-campus store is fully operational; families will have a one stop shop located here at Coomera Rivers.  This means families will be able to purchase uniforms, including school and sport shoes in one location.  We will continue to develop what is available in our on-campus store providing an even greater service to our families and community.  Please see the family flyer included with the newsletter edition.

Operating hours prior to school resuming will be distributed to families via email once we have confirmation of days and times.  This will also be advertised on our P&C Facebook page and our school website.​


Book lists

You can access the link to order on-line through Kookaburra (They won the contract to supply to our families) or you can print the lists and hit those back to school sales in January.  If you choose to order through Kookaburra, please note the closing date for orders.   

Username: COOME008 
Password: studentpack 

Find the 2018 list for your child and select the items you need.  

Can you donate?

Are you able to donate a couple of stationery items to the school?  We will then provide them to students whose families are unable to afford items.  All new and near-new items will be greatly appreciated.

Setting up your school device for 2018


Updating apps for 2018

This week in review...

Christmas concerts

The teachers and students did an amazing job at entertaining us with their Christmas performances.
Songs, dances and even the staff performance was a treat.  


Swimming fun day results

Congratulations to Colman on a superb victory at the swimming carnival this week.  We dodged the weather beautifully and although we were all a little wet getting back to school from the pool, the rain did cool us down.  Well done to all of the participants who gave their absolute best in the events.  It proved to make the difference in the final results.  

Thank you sincerely to our staff on their supervision and running of the carnivals and to Mr Raffin and Mr Burrows for their coordination of the event.  Great job!


Champion House 2017

Going into the swimming carnival, Foxwell held a strong lead over Pedley with Colman and Siganto holding thir​d and fourth places respectively.  BUT ......... the swimming carnival turned up some very interesting results and changed everything.   

This year we have two champion houses.  

Budding authors

A huge WOW this week goes out to Mrs Boyd, Mrs Clifton and 1BC for their excellent writing.  It is at this time of the year when it is rewarding to look back and reflect on how far the students have come. Check out what writers in 1BC can do!

Cardboard challenge continues

The 2017 Global Cardboard Challenge has begun with more creativity than we could have imagined. STEAM classes have been designing and creating with flair and exuberance.

Creativity is the most important skill of the future, and the Cardboard Challenge is a powerful tool to foster it through playful learning.

The Cardboard Challenge brings the world together around the value of creativity. It’s a worldwide celebration of the genius of every child and the simple things adults can do to foster it.  Students learn a host of 21st century skills and attitudes, like critical thinking, resourcefulness, perseverance and teamwork. It's an opportunity for kids to let their imaginations run wild, explore their passions and discover new ideas.

YEAR 2  - MaiyaTaylor, Declan, Mia

YEAR 3 - Isabella I, Skye, Aaliyah, Zane

YEAR 4 - Mitch, Josh G, Ava, Bella W, SenayChloe

They started with more cardboard than one can imagine. 


Student excellence awards...

Congratulations this week to these AWESOME learners.​


Years 1-6

The jog log

Running Club:          It was hot and our keen runners came down for the last week of Running Club for 2017.  We didn't quite make it into the Northern Territory as numbers were smaller this week, however our runners ran a total of 110.75 kms. Our journey took us from Aurukun to Pormpuraaw, way up in North West Queensland.
Here are the class and year level results from this week’s jog log.  Don’t forget, you can follow our journey around Australia by checking out the running map on the Sports Notice Board near the café.

RUNNING GRAND TOTAL: 3 178 kms!! Wow!!
The classes for each year level that ran the furthest are highlighted in red above. Well done to Prep A, 1BC, 2G, 3K, 4PA, 5M and 6LO for being the class that ran the furthest!!
A MASSIVE THANK YOU to everyone who came down to support running club this term!
Running Club will continue next year in 2018! Keep an eye and an ear out for more details in the new year! I look forward to running with you then.
(Ms McLean - Running Club leader)

Young gardeners enjoy their crop

There was a lot of excitement in the garden this week. Students were very proud to harvest some of the crop and provide fresh lettuce leaves to the café.

Well done to Mrs Pinnell and all the gardening crew!

From the P&C...

Sincere appreciation to our sponsors

Thank you so much to our sponsors!  Sponsors are such a valued part of school community and we encourage families, when looking for goods or services offered by our sponsors, to consider purchasing from a business that supports our school community.

We would like to especially thank:

For supporting the construction of our new sport court.

Luke McAllister, Regional Buyer for Hanson and family of school, partnered with us to negotiate a discount from Hanson on the concrete for our sports court.  This discount works out to be a $2 600 saving for our school community!

A huge thank you to Luke and the team ant Hanson for their outstanding support.

Club Helensvale kindly came on board to partner with us at our recent Grandparents Day.

We are sure that our grandparents truly enjoyed the morning tea they supplied and we would like to thank them for there support.

Subway Hope Island, Love A Book Helensvale and Baskin Robin Helensvale supporters of our Literacy Festival

We would like to thank Subway Hope Island, Love A Book Helensvale and Baskin Robin Helensvale for their recent support of our Literacy Festival. 

Thanks to their amazing generosity we had some lovely prizes to give our dress up winners.

And if you can, please support the businesses​ that support our school.

Volunteers visit the movies

Thank you to all the volunteers who have helped during term 4. As a treat we took the volunteers to the cinemas to watch Daddy’s Home 2 and upsized all our popcorns.  Many laughs were had and a few tears at the end, a great movie!!

A HUGE thank you to ALL the volunteers who have helped during 2017 and we hope to see you all back in 2018.

Do you have uniforms you want to sell?

Friday of Week 10 (December 8) is a free dress day to allow families the opportunity to sell uniform items that their children have grown out of or no longer need.  No gold coin donation!

The Pre-Loved Uniform Shop will be open all day Friday 8 December (from 8:00am until 2.30pm) and we will be buying uniforms from families and loading those uniforms onto Flexischools so they are available to be purchased over the holiday period. The orders can be collected the week prior to school re-opening in 2018 - the days and times the office will be open in the lead up to school returning will be advised in due cour​se

To sell your Pre-Loved Uniforms to us simply bring them to Corporate Services on Friday of week 10 (December 8). You will need to complete the sale form and we will process these throughout the day.

Kind regards

Vic Graham