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Issue 11

Dear Mums, Dads and Carers

Well what an interesting way to close the school term.  Thank you sincerely to the school staff, led by Ms Witham, for their dedication and service to our community to ensure the safety and well-being of our children.  The Queensland government made a wise decision to protect residents by closing schools and other non-essential services during what proved to be a significant weather event. While families across south-east Queensland were being encouraged to stay home and safe, members of our school team were at work to make sure that no children were inadvertently dropped off for school.  I am proud of the service standards that this staff group displayed.  Well done.

A very busy few weeks lay ahead with many additional activities on offer.  Make sure you keep up to date so your children can access these opportunities.  They include:
  • School ANZAC Day services (24 April)​
  • Community ANZAC Day march and service (25 April)
  • Year 4 Woolies breakfast (26 April)
  • School Cup AFL trails (26 April)
  • Dance excellence program auditions (26 & 28 April)
  • Combat course - Day 2 (Re-scheduled day) (27 April)
  • Cross-country (28 April)
  • Mothers Day stall (2-4 May)
  • Cluster chess competition (5 May)
  • Prep Mother's Day event (12 May)
  • NAPLAN (9-11 May)
  • Under 8s day (26 May)

Quote of the week:  Respect

When you practice gratefulness, there is a sense of respect toward others. 
(Dalai Lama)

Rule of the week (Week 2)


Easter Bonnet parade impresses again

Well done to teachers and parents on the wonderful Easter bonnet parade this week.  The performances and the hat parade were a lovely event and many proud mums and dads were able to capture some very memorable moments.  Thank you to the school staff on their preparation for this event - despite it needing to be postponed due to the weather event.  


School ANZAC Day services (24 April)

This year we will be holding two separate ANZAC assemblies on Monday 24 April. 
  • The Junior School for Prep to Year 2 will be held at 8:45am​
  • The Senior School (Years 3-6) commences at 1:15pm.  Both services will be held in the hall.

Below is a link for the website for Military Kids for those families that have endured an operational deployment of a parent with Military Forces or Federal Police and would like a medal presented at the assembly. Please read below if you would like to engage with the self-funded business.  Profits from all merchandise sold is donated to groups supporting the families of Injured and ill veterans. Legacy, Young Diggers, Wounded Heroes and various smaller groups are all recipients of MKR donations.

ANZAC Day March:
The Rotary Club of Coomera Valley will be holding the traditional Memorial March and Service on Anzac Day April 25th 2017 – and have once again, invited Coomera Rivers State School and the community to participate in the Centenary Anzac Day program at Upper Coomera. This opportunity allows students to march alongside other schools and show our respect for the this important time in history and tradition. This invitation is open to all Prep to Year 6 students and specific details are as follows:

Tuesday 25 April 2017

8:15am - Assemble outside the Coomera School of Arts Hall in Gawler Place (near Highland Reserve SS).  Students must report to Mrs Artz on arrival.
9:00am - March begins down Reserve Road and into Oxenford-Tamborine Road.
9:30am - March reaches Cenotaph and joins public for community memorial service. Our Head of School and Head of Student council will lay a wreath on behalf of the Coomera Rivers community.
10:15am - Service concludes.

Our families are also invited to join the community BBQ at Siganto Park straight after the service. This is normally a nice family event.

Formal blue uniform including black shoes and hat. Any service medals worn on behalf of relatives are to be worn on the right side. Students should also apply sunscreen before the march.

The organising committee for the march has stated that parents are not to march with their children and school.  They are very welcome to watch the parade as it moves along Reserve Road and Oxenford-Tamborine Road and then collect their children at the end of the march as we make our way to the Cenotaph. Teachers will walk alongside students and ensure our little ones keep up with their 'left, left… left, right left' marching feet!

In the past Coomera Rivers has been well represented at these marches and there is a real sense of pride in marching behind the Coomera Rivers banner in honour of our veterans.  Your child's participation will also appear on their school report as an extra curricular activity.  If you'd like your child to participate please register them before Friday 21 April 2017 by clicking on this survey monkey link ANZAC March Registration .

Please email Mrs Artz should you have any questions.

Dance Excellence...Auditioning next week! 

This year, students in Prep - Year 4 participate in specialist Dance and Drama lessons.  Not only are these classes part of the national curriculum but they also provide students with an opportunity to explore their creative side, dramatically and musically.  While students in Year 5 and 6 will explore these performing arts subjects with their classroom teacher, we realise there are a number of students at our school who exude a talent in this area.  We'd like to capture and nurture this talent by creating an opportunity for students to audition for our new Dance Excellence program coming in Term 2.  

The Dance Excellence program is open for students in Year 4 - 6 and will require students to audition for a position.  Students will be taught a short hip-hop style dance and then perform this in front of a panel.  Those who are successful in gaining a position will have the opportunity to participate in after school dance classes run by Footings Dance Studio Instructors/Choreographers and represent Coomera Rivers by performing at the Gold Coast Eisteddfod in August.  Classes will begin in Week 2 of Term 2 on Thursday afternoons after school (2:45pm - 3:45pm).  The cost of the program is $25 plus appropriate footwear. More information regarding the auditions in Week 1 next term will be given to students soon. 

We are very excited about being able to offer this unique opportunity to our students.  Stay tuned and practice those dance moves!


Sports department news...

Representative Sport:     Congratulations to the following 3 students on their selection to the South Coast teams.  Well done to:

* Ky (South CoastAustraliann Rules Football)
* Nayte (South Coast Rugby League)
* Amare (South Coast Rugby League)
Interschool Sport:       Many Year 6 students are participating in the Broadwater District Interschool Sporting Competition this term.  The competition begins on Monday 22 May (Week 6) and runs for 4 consecutive Mondays.  We are entering teams in Rugby League, Netball, Soccer and Touch Football. Notes will be sent out shortly.
AFL Schools Cup competition trials: 
We are holding try outs on Wednesday 26 April for places in our AFL team for the Schools Cup competition being held at the end of term. BOYS born 2005, 2006, 2007 (turning 10, 11 or 12 this year) are welcome to try out for our school team. After school training is a requirement of selection and participation.  Please let your child's teacher know if they are interested in trying out and they will pass this on to Mrs Caswell.  

School cross-country - 28 April

The first of the house challenges on the sporting field is coming soon with the cross-country.  The carnival is planned for Friday 28 April - depending on weather.

Our program with estimated starting times is:

Special notes:          Year 4-6, students will run in their respective age groups. ​Students in Prep to Year 3 will run in their year levels.  A map of the course will be shared next week.

What to wear on cross-country day:          Wear your house colours proudly!  This includes teachers and parents as well.

Which house?
  * Family surnames A-E  will be in Colman (Red)
  * Family surnames F-L  will be in Foxwell (Light Blue)
  * Family surnames M-R  will be in Pedley (Yellow)
  * Family surnames S-Z  will be in Siganto (Green)
In instances where students of the same family have different surnames, the family will be in the 
same house based on the surname of the eldest child or the first child enrolled.  Once in a house, 
the children will stay so if the oldest child leaves it wont change the house for the rest of the family. 

Special - Sports Day Wrist Bands:          
Purchase a small wrist band and get an adult size wrist band free!  To encourage our parents to get behind their sports house and wear their teams colours we have introduced a Cross Country Special.

For every small wrist band purchased you will receive a FREE adult size wrist band.

Simply place your order as normal via Fle​xischools and just before the confirmation page pops up there will be a check box to confirm you would like to receive your FREE adult size band. Check the box, finalise our order and we will do the rest!

If you do not wish to take advantage of the free adult wrist band simply “Save and continue” past the page without checking the check box.

Don’t forget! We have house coloured hair streamers available for purchase as well.

We look forward to seeing our students and their parents with their wrist bands at the Cross Country.

Children can wear their bandsand hair ties​ from Wednesday 26 - Friday 28 for extra house points too!  Be proud of your house!



The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is an annual assessment for students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. It has been an everyday part of the school calendar since 2008.
NAPLAN tests the sorts of skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life, such as reading, writing, spelling and numeracy. The assessments are undertaken nationwide, every year, in the second full week in May.

NAPLAN is made up of tests in the four areas (or ‘domains’) of:
    •    reading
    •    writing
    •    language conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation)
    •    numeracy.

NAPLAN tests skills in literacy and numeracy that are developed over time through the school curriculum.  To gain further understandings about NAPLAN and what it means for your child, we would like to offer a parent information session for all interested families.


School camps are coming...

Students in Year 4 and Year 6 will have the opportunity to attend school camp in late July this year. School camps will become a memorable activity for your children.  They will remember aspects of the event for life.  Year 4studentss will be visiting Tallebudgera Beach camp and Year 6 will be visiting Lake Ainsworth in northern NSW.   

While camps are terrific fun, they can be expensive too.  We encourage families to begin budgeting for camps as soon as possible.  Estimated costs are between $200 - $250.  The more students who attend, the better the price generally.

VIP Carpark winner announced

The winner of the highly sort after VIP Car park for Term 3 is George V from 4JK.  George’s family now has access to the car park for all school days and school events throughout this term.  Thank you to the families who supported the VIP Raffle for Term 2.

That very important day - Mothers Day!

To celebrate that very special person we have a Mother’s Day Stall and Raffle running.  PLEASE NOTE - The Mother's Day stall DEADLINE IS Thursday 27 April at 4pm.


Stall vouchers are open now and are a cost of $6 each.  As in previous years, there is an option to select your voucher for Mum or for a Grandmother.  Stall vouchers are available via Flexischools and close on Thursday 27 April at 4:00pm.

Children will then visit the stall at some stage between Tuesday 2 May to Friday 5 May.


Tickets are available now via Flexischools and will close on Wednesday 10 May at 4:00pm with the lucky winners announce on Thursday 11 May.

Tickets cost $2 each or 3 for $5 and there are some beautiful prizes up for grabs - pamper vouchers, photo shoots and mother's Day gift bags - the list of raffle prizes will be advised our next School newsletter.

As with all our events, if you require an extension of the deadline, please contact the P&C prior to the respective deadlines above to arrange.  There will be no stall vouchers or raffle tickets available after the deadline has passed.

If you have any questions please email the P&C  

Year 4 it is your turn - Woolies Breakfast

Thanks to the ongoing support of Woolworths Coomera East next week we will hold our next Woolies Breakfast and this time Year 4 are the lucky recipients.


Combat Course - Rescheduled Day

The wild weather sent the last day of our Combat Course reward a little of course.  We have now rescheduled the final day of the reward and it will be held next Thursday 27 April. Classes and Cohort winners taking part on this day will be emailed details by their teacher in the coming days.

Kind regards

Vic Graham


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