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Issue 22

Dear Mums, Dads and Carers

Congratulations to our choirs, band and rugby league team this week on their superb representation of Coomera Rivers this week.  The choirs performed with distinction at the Beenleigh Eisteddfod and the rugby league team was just tipped out of becoming regional champions by a last minute try. Their respective teachers are delighted with the levels of pride our children display in our school. The band also showed us their talent while busking during the week.  Check out the photos in the music news. Well done to everyone concerned.

Parent-Teacher interviews were held this week to hundreds of families this week.  Thank you to everyone who attended and well done to the teachers on their work to form excellent partnerships with parents.  It is vital that families know exactly what is happening at school regarding their children and their learning.    

And finally, well done to our very own and  very talented Mr Murillo who competed in the Kokoda 96km Challenge last weekend.  His team finished the challenge in 16 hours 50 minutes.  

Community Fair is fast approaching

Click here to visit the website.​  The website will be the place to go for all the most up to date details on everything Community Fair related.

Please remember to check back often as we will be updating the site regularly in the lead up to the Fair when we have new additions or changes to our Fair.

Discounted Fair tickets available NOW via Flexischools:          

Flexischools is the place to visit if you would like to take advantage of pre-Fair ticket discounts. 

  • All Day Ride passes can be purchased for $30 each (with the passes costing $35 on the day)
  • Discounted prices for pre-sale tickets on things such as Sideshow Alley games and Animal Farm visits.


Fair Sponge Toss time table has been released!

Click here to see what teachers have agreed to have wet sponges thrown at them at the Fair?
I am sure they would love you to visit them at their Sponge Toss time!

Can you escape the MAZE?

Our inflatable 12m by 12m MAZE is sure to be a crowd favourite.  AND, to make things more interesting, we are holding competitions through the maze to see who can get through the MAZE the fastest!  So be the fastest through the MAZE out of your cohort and win BIG!

The fastest MAZE runner from each cohort (Prep, Junior, Middle and Senior) will win a $50 Woolworths Gift card. (Schedule applies **)  For just $3 per entry you could be the winner!

** Each cohort has a pre-set time to be able to compete in the maze race and the fastest time recorded during that period will be declared the winner!

STOP PRESS!!           Domayne Bundall have just advised that they are donating an iPad mini 3 and the winner will be drawn, at random, from the 4 MAZE competition winners. That means if you are the fastest in your cohort through the MAZE (during the advertised competition time) not only will you win a $50 Woolworths Gift Card BUT you will have a 1 in 4 chance of winning an iPad Mini 3!

You can pre-purchase your MAZE competition tickets be visiting Flexischools. Tickets will also be available on the day.

The MAZE competition times are:
  • Prep 1.10pm until 1.40pm
  • Junior (Year 1 and Year 2) 1.40pm until 2.15pm
  • Middle (Year 3 and Year 4) 2.15pm until 2.45pm
  • Senior (Year 5 and Year 6) 2:45pm until 3:15pm

Ticket price for this competition is discounted from the General MAZE Entry price as the idea is to be as fast as you can be – there is a general entry MAZE ticket available (that can be used outside competition times throughout the day) that allows for a more relaxed journey through the MAZE.

General MAZE Entry:          If the hustle and bustle of the MAZE Competition is not for you OR after the MAZE Competition you want to revisit the MAZE again well you can!  Once the MAZE Competition is over the MAZE will be open for general entry.


School news for this week and next...


Rule of the week (Week 3)

mySelf focus (Week 3)

Student excellence awards

Prep           Year 1
Year 2                    Year 3 and 4
Year 5           Year 6

Prep excursion to Sea World

I was delighted to learn just how well the Prep excursions to Sea World went this week.  They loved their first ever school excursion and were just amazed with learning about sea creatures - those that live under the water and those that live on both land and water.  I love the penguin photo!  

Thank to our wonderful staff and parent volunteers who supported the preppies all day.  Well done!


Coomera Rivers at State PBL Conference

It isn't just the students who are learners at our school.  This week, members of the leadership team participated in a Positive Behaviour for Learning conference in Brisbane.  Here they explored what success looks like for EVERY student in the school. 

Our school was even asked to contribute to the conference and future courses due to how well our program is implemented.


Street Science is coming

During Term 3, all classes will have the opportunity to attend a Street Science Educational stage show. The program will inspire children's interest and understanding of sustainability and future Earth.  The show will also showcase the National Science Week theme of RETHINK, REFUEL, RECOVER. 

When: Thursday August 10
Prep & Year 1 – Show 1 – 8.30am
Year 2 & 3 – Show 2 – 9.30am
Years 4, 5 & 6 – Show 3 – 11.30am
Cost: $8 per student

Location:   School hall

Please sign and return permission slips by Friday July 28.  Permissions slips can be returned via email or alternatively dropped to your child’s classroom teacher.  

Pop-up Science Centre

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 at

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!

Principal's learning journal this week...

Maths Olympiad:          Who would’ve thought that a Maths Olympiad would equal paper planes? On Thursday July 20, eight students representing our school, went off to Pimpama State Secondary Collage to test their skills on all sorts of mathematical challenges. We even got to create paper planes and try and get them to fly fast, and cover long distances. Now this was a very enjoyable challenge! With paper planes flying everywhere, Coomera Rivers students competed against other schools to earn the title of most effective and efficient paper planes. The winner will be announced at the next Maths Olympiad. We can’t wait until the next one!   (by Stephanie)


Our amazing Assistant Teachers:          My sincere appreciation to our fabulous assistant teachers in Prep who are doing an AMAZING job at preparing and implementing structured and levelled Read Write Inc lessons. Their knowledge and organisation helps the lessons to be successful which enhances the children's understanding of reading and writing.  Where would we be without our amazing Assistant Teaching staff?

Sports department news

District athletics team announced:          The Coomera Rivers athletics team to compete at the Broadwater District Athletics Carnival on 15-16 August has been announced.  Students had to meet tough qualification criteria in order to be nominated.  Well done to each member.
Rugby league regional carnival:          Our Year 6 Rugby League Team finished in the top two teams in the recent inter-school sports season.  As a result, they represented the Broadwater District in the South Coast Regional finals. 

The team played off against other district champions in our sporting region. It was a remarkable achievement for the team to get this far in our first year of the inter-school sports competition. In the Regional carnival, they defeated Guardian Angels, narrowly lost to Marymount College and needed to defeat Norfolk Village to progress to the Finals. With the scores locked at 12 points each as the final hooter went, the boys were unlucky to lose to a try after the siren. What impressed most about the team was their remarkable tenacity and tremendous sportsmanship. The boys can be extremely proud of their efforts.

Two girls make South Coast rugby league team:        Congratulations to Ebony and Skye on their selection to the South Coast Rugby League team last week.   They are talented footy players who​ will most certainly perform well at the state carnival.  

House points:           

Adopt-a-cop cyber-safety sessions

On Wednesday afternoon, our Adopt-a-cop, Constable Beau McNamara, met with our Year 5 & 6 students to discuss staying safe on-line.  This is an age group where students begin to explore and play in the space of social media which can potentially be quite dangerous and ugly.  Social media has many positives however if not used safely, the ramifications can be quite serious.  Constable Beau spoke to our students around protecting our private information and being very mindful of posting any photos of ourselves on line that could reveal where we go to school, where we live or even where we are.  Being a safe social media user also means that we must ensure we are at all times respectful and considerate.  The biggest message here was that cyber bullying is never ok and students must follow our 3 steps - Stop->Block->Report.  Constable Beau also warned our students that nothing on line is ever private and NOTHING can be permanently deleted - everything ends up on "the cloud" and can be obtained from the police quite easily.  Cyber bullying such as threats or name calling is actually a legal matter and the police, like our school, take such matters very seriously.  Constable Beau reiterated, "It's not cool to be cruel!"

Parents wishing to find out how to ensure their children can remain safe on-line are invited to come to our parent information session with Constable Beau on Monday 24th  1:30pm - 2:30pm in the hall.  A very important session not to be missed.

Music department news

Beenleigh Eisteddfod:          The Year 1 Choir, Year 2-3 Choir and Year 4-6 Choir participated in the Beenleigh Eisteddfod this week. All groups sang amazingly well and Mrs Morris, Mrs Blyth and Mrs Zander were supremely happy with the way the students represented Coomera Rivers State School. Students had a great time listening to other choirs perform and also a special mention to the mums and dads who came to watch the choirs sing as well as the parents who volunteered to support the teachers. Thank you to the students as well for all their hard efforts getting ready for the Eisteddfod! Now it’s time to learn new songs! 


Busking News:          This week it was the Strings and Band’s turn. Despite the windy weather yesterday, both the Beginner and Senior Strings group impressed the students with their songs and today the Senior Band took us back to the time of the dinosaurs with the theme music from Jurassic Park. And with the help of the audience, the Beginner Band did very well playing to the count of six, or three, or nine…come and see if they can count better the next time they perform!!


Date Claimer:         The Music Centre will be busking again in week 8 of term 3. Mark it in your diaries as you won’t want to miss it!!

Coming performances:          Term 3 is always really busy for the school music department.

  • Community Fair         
All instrumental and choral groups will be performing at Coomera Rivers State School Community Fair, which is to be held on Saturday August 5. String groups will be performing from 2:00pm-2:30pm, choirs from 3:00pm-3:30pm and bands from 3:30pm-4:00pm. More information regarding these performances will be sent out next week by instrumental instructors. Please keep an eye out for it!

  • Gold Coast Eisteddfod (Band and Strings): 
Senior Strings, Beginner Strings, Senior Band and Beginner Band will all be participating in the Gold Coast Eisteddfod this year, which is held at the Gold Coast Arts Theatre. 

Tuesday 15 August - Senior strings
Wednesday 16 August - Junior Strings
Monday 21 August - Junior and Senior Bands

Information notes for the string groups were emailed home this week and information and permission notes for the band groups will be emailed home next week. If you have any questions about the eisteddfod please email your child’s instrumental teacher or Mrs Zander ( 

Spare uniforms?  Loan uniforms?

Have you borrowed a school uniform from us?  Please organise your uniforms as soon as you can and return the loan items so that we can use them​ to help the next families.

We would also appreciate if you have items that you would like to contribute to an emergency clothing pool that we use for children in need.  

Some very interesting census statistics


PSSC Academy Programs for 2018 

SIBA Soccer sign on...


Flexible Physiques 12 week challenge for Coomera Rivers families

Learn about nutrition, get healthy and fitter​ than you have ever been by taking part in Coomera Rivers very own upcoming challenge. Flyers should have gone home with your children this week.  This is a great opportunity to work with professionals, engage in the school community with other parents, get in great shape for summer and raise money for the P&C. 


Sign on for Coomera Cubs baseball club


Newsletter & school TV advertising opportunity

We have a limited number of newsletter and TV advertising spots available for 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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