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Issue 26

Dear Mums, Dads and Carers

This has been a very exciting week for our school.  We have been incredibly successful in a range of activities.

  • Our music department has been performing brilliantly at Eisteddfod and our two bands perform next week.   
  • Our school track & field team competed at the district carnival this week and performed tremendously well. We expect to see six Coomera Rivers students to be selected in the Broadwater District team to compete at the South Coast carnival in the coming weeks.
  • Our Chinese speaking team were magnificent at the Griffith University languages competition last weekend bring prizes back to school. 
  • Our drone technicians visited Brisbane today as part of the Drone Experience.  We really do have some very clever students.

I am very proud of how well our children have represented our school and very appreciative of the great work of our teachers.  Read on for more information and some great photos of our children in action.

With only four weeks remaining in Term 3, it is certain to be a very productive time.

Rule of the week (Week 7)

mySelf focus (Week 7)

Student excellence awards

Prep           Year 1

Year 2                    Year 3

Year 4                    Year 5&6

mySpeak 17 heats are on now! 


AB Paterson College public speaking competition

Public speaking is one of those vital life skills that will assist them in many facets of their life particularly leadership.  Unfortunately public speaking is a skill that many people fear and try to avoid at all costs.   However with practice and support, this fear can be overcome.  The earlier children develop this skill the better. 

This is a competition open to all students in Years 4 to 12.  Each year, students report that it was an extremely positive experience and many return to the competition in following years.

The dates of the competition are:
  • Year 4   Thursday 7 September from 4:30pm
  • Year 5   Tuesday 10 October from 4:30pm
  • Year 6   Tuesday 10 October from 6:00 pm

Speaking times are:
  • Year 4 - 2 minutes
  • Year 5 - 4 minutes
  • Year 6 minutes

The topics set by A B Paterson College are the same topics that students have been asked to write to for the upcoming mySpeak competition at Coomera Rivers. It's always remarkable to see that one topic can lend itself to so many angles and viewpoints.   We will brainstorm ideas in our coaching sessions.

There is an entry fee per student however the school will finance this because we would like to encourage the students of our school to develop their public speaking skills.  It's a skill we value enormously in your child's development.  In return for our financial investment in your child, all we ask is for their commitment to applying themselves to the competition and your commitment in getting them to A B Paterson College on the night of the competition.  

FREE COACHING SESSIONS:   To help students prepare for this competition, we have a team of teachers that are willing to offer lunch time and Wednesday afternoon FREE coaching sessions (2:45 - 3:30pm) in the iCentre starting NEXT week (August 10). These sessions will focus on composing speeches and then delivering them with confidence. Therefore we really need to know exact numbers that we will have entering into this year’s competition. Please note that students who are unable to attend the Wednesday afternoon coaching sessions are still welcome to enter the competition.  


2017 NAPLAN reports 

Parents of a students in Years 3 or 5 who sat the NAPLAN testing program in May will have received an individual report of their child’s results this​ week. These are tests in key areas of literacy and numeracy.  NAPLAN results enable parents and teachers to see how students are progressing, not just within their class but also against national standards.  

Please check for your child's NAPLAN report and contact your child's teacher should you have any further questions.

Important messages for your children? 

Our administration staff is happy to pass on messages from parents to their children though the course of the day.  If you contact us BEFORE 2:00pm we will ensure that the message gets through to your child and their teacher.  However, we are not able to provide this guarantee after 2:00pm as the amount of communication with visitors and telephone calls increases significantly.  We recommend that all messages are organised by parents before the 2:00pm cut off.

Pop-up Science Centre this SUNDAY

To celebrate National Science Week 2017, Education Queensland, The Department of Education and Training- South East Region and Griffith University will host the 3rd annual Gold Coast Schools Pop-up Science Centre, showcasing Science in South East regional schools.

Last year’s event was a huge success with over 3000+ members of the public attending and we look forward to making the 2017 Pop-Up Science Centre even bigger and better!! 

Bring the whole family along to experience the Show Zone, Interactive Zone, Tech Zone, Science Walk and new for 2017- the Drone Zone!! Special guests Questacon are also back, this time with an enormous 250 sq meters of interactive fun!

Click here to see a video of last year’s event and keep up to date by liking us on Facebook.  For more information please contact: Email Randall Hall or phone 555 27627.

We look forward to you being part of this outstanding opportunity to showcase science education in South East Queensland!

Opinion surveys close next week

The School Opinion Survey is undertaken each year to obtain opinion information from parents, students and school staff to help schools identify what they do well, and how they can improve. All of the information you provide will be treated confidentially. 

The eldest child in each family took home a paper letter with information on how families can complete the survey electronically using the codes that are supplied on the letter.
The School Opinion Survey will close at 5:00pm Friday 25 August.  

Prep 2018 induction meetings

Prep Induction Meetings - Beginning August:  The month of August is when we start our Prep Induction Meetings.  These sessions with the principal are compulsory for all applications for enrolment and explain the vision, values and processes within Coomera Rivers.  If you haven’t enrolled your child for Prep 2018 please go to our website, download the enrolment form and drop into Corporate Services. Without attending these sessions we are unable to complete the enrolment process and place your student in a class.  Our Prep positions are filling past so please pass on this message to other families within the community.  With the new school opening we have a really small window to take some out of catchment applications.  

Principal's learning journal this week...

The Drone Experience:          Our Drone Experience winners received their prize today.  The day began with a short visit to the Science Centre and Mathamazing exhibit where the students challenged themselves and each other with the giant puzzles, curious challenges and probable predictions.  Following this they made their way to Kurilpa Park where they enjoyed their lunch with a wonderful view of the Brisbane River.   

The much awaited Drone Experience came after lunch where the students attended a pilot training briefing and a presentation on real world applications of drone technology.  The practical session saw the students (and teachers) testing their flying skills by flying their drones through an obstacle course.   Only a few minor crashes in the beginning, but we learned very quickly and flew brilliantly. All students graduated, with big smiles on their faces, at the award ceremony.


Our school is on tour: 
         Three of our school staff team have been touring Queensland this week to assist other schools that are looking to follow our path and embrace technology to assist learning. With the help of Apple Australia, Ms Witham, Ms Parker and Mrs Pinnington delivered the necessary messages to dozens of schools in the Wide Bay area this week.  next week we will be visiting Toowoomba and the Gold Coast (Bond University) to assist schools in these areas.

Later this year we will be conducting our school e-Learning open day where staff from other schools can learn about how we get our geek on.  We hope to have the Regional Director and Assistant Regional Director visit this event as well.

Did you know that there are nearly 1300 state schools in Queensland and only TWO primary schools are recognised as an Apple Distinguished School?  Coomera Rivers is one of them.  

Chinese speaking competition at Griffith University:          Griffith University’s Gold Coast campus saw 1500 competitors compete in the Gold Coast Languages Speech Contest on Sunday 13 August.  This contest is open to students who work hard to achieve high levels in acquiring a second language in Japanese, French, German, Chinese, Italian or Spanish.  

At Coomera Rivers, students in Year 5 & 6 learn Mandarin​ and this was an excellent opportunity for our students who show a real flare this area to flaunt their stuff.  Students were required to prepare a speech  in which they were to present from memory before two judges.  After their speech, the judges then questioned them in relation to the content of their speech.  Speeches were judged on intonation, pronunciation and general presentation techniques.  It's hard enough doing this in English!  

A massive congratulations to all students who participated but also to our Year 5 team where Talitha took out first place, Oceania came third and Yaena received a Highly Commended.  An excellent result.

Sports department news

District athletics team impresses:          The Coomera Rivers athletics team competed at the Broadwater District Athletics Carnival on 15 and 16 August. The team performed exceptionally well. Several members achieved personal best results, those in bold also qualified (subject to confirmation) for the South Coast Regional Athletics Carnival to be held on 5 and 6 September. The competitive spirit displayed by our students was also matched by outstanding sportsmanship and great behaviour. They were exemplary ambassadors for our school.  Thank you sincerely to the parents who attended to help and of course to Mr Raffin and Mr Burrows for leading our team. Great job everyone!



Rugby league at the Titans match:          We have been invited to send a small team of Students to represent our school at the Titans v Bulldogs match on August 26 at Robina Stadium. Our team will play other schools at the half time break between the Under 20s game and the main game. I’m sure our boys and girls will be excellent ambassadors and represent our school with pride yet again! 

Congratulations to Nayte, Damon, Amare, Hayden, Juwaan , Liam , Tyson, Michael, Jazzy, Skye, Ebony and Mia
Touch football:          The triumphant Year Six Touch Football team have been challenging a Teachers here at school to a match each Thursday. So far with one win a piece, the series is tied. The decider will be played this Thursday at second break.

Sports Fun Days:          The Sports Fun Day is planned for the end of the term.  This is where the four school houses compete with fun, fitness and friendship to earn really valuable points for their houses.  We encourage children, teachers and parents to come to school on their carnival day wearing their house colours.  If you are unsure about your child's house colours please contact your child's teacher.  
  • Junior Sports Fun Day (P- Year 2): Wednesday 13 September (Week 10)
  • Senior Sports Fun Day (Years 3-6): Thursday 14 September (Week 10)

House points:           

Music department news

Gold Coast Eisteddfod:               Senior Strings Had An Awesome Night!  Coomera Rivers State School Senior Strings performed magnificently at the Gold Coast Eisteddfod on Tuesday night. Fingers were placed in the correct place, bows all moved in the same direction and when the music told the students to play loudly, they did! Out of a total thirteen schools, they were awarded second place in a section that consisted of some very fine talent indeed. At the conclusion of the performances, the adjudicator commented on how important it was to have the music tell the story and the Senior Strings did a magnificent job in telling their stories. Congratulations must go firstly to Mrs Favaloro who has worked very hard with the students all year - thank you Mrs Favaloro! - as well as to the students themselves. They have spent weeks practicing and perfecting their art and it all came together at exactly the right moment! And a final congratulations goes to the parents who have supported their students with friendly practice reminders as well as ensuring they were able to attend before school rehearsals. Thank you to everyone involved.


Beginner Strings Sounded Great:          On Wednesday night, it was Coomera Rivers State School Beginner Strings turn to perform at the Gold Coast Eisteddfod. Once again, all bows moved in the same direction at the same time and fingers were placed in the correct places. The adjudicator could see how hard the beginner students have been working throughout the year and awarded them a highly commended. He praised the quality of the students' posture as well as their watching of Mrs Favaloro - when to put their instruments up to play and when to put them down at the end of the piece. Once again, a huge thank you to Mrs Favaloro as well as parents who have encouraged their students in their learning since the beginning of the year. A final thank you to the beginner students for all their hard work. Considering they only began learning their instrument a little over 6 months ago, they should be very proud indeed as to how far they have come!

One of favourite photos this week taken by Mrs Swain.  Our Junior Strings Ensemble conducted by Mrs Favaloro are on the big stage!

Beginner and Senior Bands:          Next Monday 21 August, it is our two school bands that will perform at the Gold Coast Eisteddfod. Both groups will have rehearsals with Mr Owens on Monday so senior band students will need to bring their instruments to school for this one-off rehearsal. Beginner band students will be catching a bus to the Gold Coast Arts Centre and will need to be wearing their formal (blues) uniform to school on Monday as the bus leaves school at 1:30pm. Senior Band students are to meet Mr Owens at 5:15pm on the steps of the Gold Coast Arts Centre wearing their performance uniform (music polo shirt and trousers; both of which are available on Flexischools as well as black socks and black shoes) with their instrument and music. If you have any concerns please email Mr Owens​ 

Busking At The Cafe:          The Music Centre’s next busking performances will happen in week 8! Mark it in your diaries and we hope to see you there!

2018 instrumental program recruitment:          The 2018 Instrumental Music recruitment process will begin this term.  All Students in Years 2 and 3 will be tested in their classroom music lessons for Instrumental Music. There will be demonstration of instruments later this term for students to hear and see instruments available. Students will have the option to take home further information if they wish to be involved. There will also be a parent info session for any parents interested in Term 4. Please note Year 2 students will be considered for string instruments, if selected, they will no longer be eligible for the band program the following year.  Year 3 students who do not already play a stringed instrument, will be considered for band instruments.

The year 2’s having been trying out string instruments in their music lessons this week!

Pop up bank at Coomera Rivers next Wednesday

School bankers - do we have a surprise for you!  Next Wednesday, instead of taking your school banking to class, you will have a chance to visit Coomera Rivers very own Pop Up Bank!

The Pop Up Bank will be located in the Cafe and school bankers will have the opportunity to line up and have their deposit processed in person by Coomera Rivers bank tellers!

The Coomera Rivers Pop Up Bank will operate from 8:00am until 8.30am.  Please note - any banking received after this time will be processed in the usual school banking way via class collection.

When:  Wednesday 23rd August
Time: 8.00 - 8.30am
Where: Outside the cafe
What to bring: Drivers Licence of the parent in charge of the account

Can’t make the account opening session?  

  • Online - visit and click on the link to open a Youthsaver account.
  • In Branch - visit any Commonwealth Bank branch and their friendly staff will assist.  Please bring along identification for you and your child, like your driver’s licence and their birth certificate.

Youthsaver accounts have NO monthly account fees and offer a competitive bonus interest rate when your child makes at least one deposit and no withdrawals in a calendar month.  

Father's Day stall and raffle?

STALL:          Father's Day is fast approaching and to help you with finding that perfect present for Dad we have our Father's Day Stall!  You can purchase a voucher now via Flexischools with orders closing on Friday 25 August at 4:00pm.  Children will then visit the stall at some stage from Tuesday the 28/8 to Wednesday the 30/8.  Thursday the 31/8 will then be a day for swaps (in case two or more of your children purchase the same present for dad) and we will also make sure any children who missed their class time slot due to illness also get a chance to visit on this day as well.

RAFFLE:          The Father's Day raffle is also now open with tickets costing just $2 each or 3 for $5. These are also able to be purchased via Flexischools and orders close on Wednesday the 30th of August at 4pm.

We have some amazing prizes up for grabs!

1st Prize - One nights Accommodation at the Marriott for 2 Adults and 2 Children - breakfast included (valued at $767)

2ns Prize - VIP Magic Family Annual Pass (for 4 people) valid until 30/6/2018 (valued at $400)

3rd Prize - Whale watching family pass - 2 Adults and 2 children. (valued at $236)

4th Prize - Whale Watching Family Pass - 2 Adults and 2 children (valued at $236

5th Prize - Round of gold for 2 adults including shared buggy (valued at $100)

6th Prize - Round of golf for 2 adults including shared buggy (valued at $100)

7th prize - Hip Bath kit for men and men's wallet ($70)

Prizes drawn on Thursday the 31st of August.  Don't miss out - order your stall vouchers and raffle tickets today!

Cash window days?

Our cash window is open every Tuesday and Friday morning from 8:00am - 9:00am.  Please do not send cash payments for excursions or other events to school on other days.  We are not allowed to accept payments​ on these days.  

Catch up school photo day

Our photo catch up day is scheduled for Monday, 4 September.

PSSC Academy Programs for 2018 

Our VIP carpark is up for grabs

Would you like a guaranteed carpark for all school days and school events throughout Term 4 this year?  Well for as little as $2 you can purchase a ticket in the raffle to win just that.

We have a VIP Car Park - located in the car park beside the hall -that one lucky parent will win exclusive use of during Term 4.  Tickets are open now and close at 4:00pm on Friday 8 September with​ the winner announced on Wednesday 13 September.

So purchase your ticket now via Flexischools!

Prep design-a-plate or clock opportunity


Newsletter & school TV advertising opportunity

We have a limited number of newsletter and TV advertising spots available for the remainder of Semester 2.

Advertising is very reasonably priced and our online newsletter and TV options ensures great exposure within our school and greater community.

If you are a local business, or know of a local business, that may be interested in advertising with us please contact the P&C.
Kind regards

Vic Graham



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