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Issue 33

Dear Mums, Dads and Carers

Important dates are everywhere at the moment.  Please make special note of these.
  • Free dress day (October 27 - Wear red to support the Daniel Morcombe Foundation / Gold Coin donation)
  • Spooky Disco (October 27)
  • 2017 Yearbook orders close (October 27)
  • 2017 Graduation bear orders close (October 27)
  • Family portraits day (October 28)

This week in review...

AB Paterson College public speaking FINALS

Tuesday night saw four of our students from Year 5 and 6 attend the preliminary finals at AB Paterson College.  If we thought the heats last week were impressive, the calibre of speakers within each of the preliminary finals was nothing short of extraordinary.  These were the top 2 or 3 students from each of the heats.  Only 2 speakers from each preliminary final heat were chosen to go on to the Grand Final.  

Our children once again represented our school exceptionally well and we couldn't be prouder of them.  Congratulations to Lily, Sophie and Tahiya from Year 5 and a very big congratulations to Alannah from Year 6 who was successful in making to the grand final with her speech, 'The Choice is Yours'.  To place this achievement into context and highlight just how outstanding this achievement is, it's important to note that out of 192 students across the Gold Coast who participated in the Year 6 division, Alannah placed in the top 10!

Inspirational and entertaining, these girls certainly have the gift of engaging and provoking thought in their audience.  Well done girls!

Teachers are learners too

Monday was the final student free day for the year.  There was no school for students on this day but staff were involved in professional development activities all day long.  Our focus was on maintaining a safe and disciplined learning environment and all staff were highly engaged as we learned how to hone our craft.  

Our staffroom was bursting at the seams with nearly 140 staff involved in professional development.

The Sherwood Arrows were incredible

The Sherwood Arrows skipping demonstration team came to visit us this week.   This troupe of talented athletes has been demonstrating since the inception of the Jump Rope program in 1983.  This makes them the longest serving Heart Foundation Jump Rope For Heart Demonstration Skipping Team in Australia.  The Arrows are ambassadors for the Heart Foundation and their main purpose is to travel to schools to promote both the Jump Rope program and the importance of leading a healthy and active lifestyle.  

Over the years the team has demonstrated at schools in Brisbane and the Gold Coast, Northern NSW and as far north as Cairns.  The team has travelled to New Zealand, demonstrated at opening ceremonies, in front of dignitaries and even performed at Expo 88. 

This week, we invited the Arrows to Coomera Rivers in the hope that a skipping team can be established at our school next year and when they left, everyone wanted to create one.  This was an incredible spectacle of fitness and talent.  They were very impressive young athletes.


Principal's learning journal this week...

Running club started:            The rain washed out running club this week and the oval was very, very wet indeed.  It will be back next Wednesday morning so make sure that you send your permission form back to the office.

Every Wednesday morning at 7:45am – 8:15am, our running club will meet to train and improve our fitness. Whatever your reason, our main goal is to cater to everyone through fun, fitness and friendship. Parents are most welcome to participate with us.

Activity details at a glance: ​
  • The running club will meet every Wednesday morning at 7:45am on the north end of the oval (near the football posts). 
  • The club is open to all students from Prep to Year 6.
  • Students will be running on the oval.
  • The running club will be led by Ms Cindy McLean (Year 5 teacher), an experienced and trained long distance runner.

Last week's results saw Year 5 as year level champions with a combined total distance of 73km.

Student excellence awards:            Congratulations this week to these AWESOME learners.​
Prep                 Year 1

Year 2                Year 4

Year 5

Geography investigation​:            Prep C is exploring mapping in geography.  They have looked at the features of places and in groups created our own city using team work.  Prep C found out a city needs buildings, houses, roads, and hotels to live in, rivers to be able to have water, roads to drive on and trees to help us breathe!  Awesome investigation.


Public Service Announcements:            I was invited this week to attend a function at Coomera TAFE that saw the TAFE, Pimpama State Secondary College and Glass Media join forces to design, create and share some wonderful public service announcements.  The TAFE students designed and made professional videos and the talented drama students from PSSC (including Lucy, Britt and Kaylem - past students) provided the acting content.  The results were extremely impressive and the messages about bullying were profound.  Well done to all of these organisations on addressing an important social issue and congratulations to PSSC for their involvement​.

Sports department news

Swimming:         The last carnival on the calendar for this year is the Swimming Carnival. It will be conducted over two days in week 10 of next term. Monday 4 December will be the Year 5-6 Carnival and Tuesday 5 December will be the Year 3-4 Carnival. The venue is the pool at Coomera Anglican College.

House scoreboard:

Music department news

Instrumental Music Beginners - let’s get ready for 2018!          The Instrumental Music Program at Coomera Rivers is getting ready for 2018 which means the lending time for our beginning string and band students has almost come to an end.  Parents, you will soon receive a letter from your child’s teacher detailing the process of purchasing an instrument and moving forward into 2018 and beyond.  If you have any queries when you receive the information note, please do not hesitate to email your child’s instrumental teacher. 

Next week...

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mySelf (Week 4)

Spooky disco tickets closing soon...

Our Spooky Disco will be held NEXT Friday 27 October with the Junior Disco (Prep - Year 2) from 5:00pm until 6.30pm followed by the Senior Disco (Years 3-6) from 6.30pm until 8:00pm.

Tickets are available now and close at 4:00pm Wednesday 25 October. Please be aware that tickets will NOT be available after this time. If you require a deadline extension you MUST email the P&C before the deadline to request one.

We ask that you also note:
  • Senior students will NOT be granted access to the Junior disco - even if in the company of an adult and 
  • Junior students are NOT able to stay for the Senior disco - even if tin the company of an adult. 
  • All students must be signed in and signed out of the Disco by a parent / guardian. 

Ticket price is $10 and includes entry, sausage sizzle and a drink. There will be a range of other food and glow products available to purchase on the night. We will also have a photo both available.


Free dress day (Friday 27 October)

We are holding our annual RED DAY next Friday with a free dress day.  Come in your best red colours and bring a gold coin to donate to the Daniel Morcombe Foundation.​  


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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 supplyed and we would like to thank them for there support.

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

2017 Yearbook orders are now open

The 2017 Year Book is  under construction now and, as with previous years, it is going to be a fantastic reflection of a year full of wonderful activities and memories for students to keep for years to come.

To secure your copy of the 2017 Year Book visit Flexischools and order yours today!  Orders are open now and close at 4:00pm on Friday 27 October. We will only be ordering from the printer the required copies from orders received so please be sure not to miss this deadline!

If you do require a deadline extension, you MUST email the P&C before the deadline to request one.

Please note - Year 6 students receive a complimentary copy of the Year Book at graduation.

Graduation signature bear - orders open NOW

Each year we offer our graduating class the chance to purchase a signature bear as a memento of their time at Coomera Rivers.

The signature bears are available to order now via Flexischools with orders closing on Friday 27 October at 4:00pm. If you do require a deadline extension you MUST email the P&C prior to the deadline to request one.

Orders will then be distributed to class in Week 10 with students offered the opportunity to have their bears signed before bringing them home.


Is it time to update your family portrait?

If it is, well then we have the fundraiser for you!  For a $20 donation to the P&C, you will receive 20 minute photo session, 10 x 13 portrait and key ring​ of your family.

In addition, you can, at time of viewing your images, secure additional poses and copies at some REALLY discounted rates. They even have a lay by option! 

That said, purchasing additional images is NOT a requirement of this special $20 family photo promotion. You can simply come along and have your​ photo session and then, at time of viewing, select the image you would like to receive for your donation. There is absolutely NO obligation to purchase any additional images.

What a wonderful way to update your family portrait for just $20!  To book and pay for your session visit Flexischools to reserve your time slot.

The photo shoot will take place on Saturday 28 October with bookings close at 4:00pm Thursday 26 October.


Cricket sign-on

Kind regards and enjoy the school spring vacation

Vic Graham




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