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Enjoy the end of year break.

Have a great festive season, and we look forward to a fantastic 2014! Students in years 1-6 return to school on Wednesday 29th January 2014, kindergarten students start their journey on Monday 3rd February 2014. Stay safe.... Read more

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Goodbye and farewell

Years 6 students ring the final bell for 2013. We wish them all the best for the future. You will be missed. . Nelson Mandela: Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.... Read more

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School Captains 2014

Congratulations to our 2014 School Captain, Cody and Vice-Captain Lucy. We know that both of these students will do an excellent job in representing our school as leaders throughout next year. A big thank you to the outgoing captains, Ashleigh (C) and Michael (VC) who lead by example throughout their leadership and were fantastic role models for the entire school.... Read more

Books to ignite summer reading

The school holiday period doesn't have to be a time when children's reading and comprehension skills take a break. If you're wracking your brains for gift-giving ideas and summer activities, why not encourage your child to dive into book one of a series? Literacy experts advise that even reluctant readers and children who struggle with reading tend to be more likely to get bitten by the reading bug when they discover a book they enjoy is part of a series. By the end of the first book, the reader is familiar with the style, the setting and many... Read more

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The new curriculum and your child

How do teachers decide what your child will study each term at school? How do composite or combined classes work? Why do students at different schools seem to be studying entirely different things, despite being in the same year? And what will happen next year, when the new Australian curriculum starts in NSW for both primary and secondary schools? Understanding how the curriculum relates to the real world of the classroom and to your child's daily lessons can help you better support them with their homework and study. It will also help you... Read more

Award to top parents

Public School Parent of the Year Award Congratulations to our parent Mr.Mason who has been selected for the very special "Public School Parent of the Year" award. Mr.Mason has been an active member of our school community for the past 7 years. He has been involved in raising money for various school initiatives, fitting out the new 3-6 classroom, cleaning the affected areas created by the ibis birds, working in the evening shining lights into the trees to move the birds on, helped build new garden beds, vegetable gardens and the school... Read more

Benefits of team sports

Benefits of team sports If you want your child to grow up to be a confident and well-adjusted adult, then team sports may be the answer. Playing a team sport provides kids with important lessons in personal values. Kids learn that things don't always go their way and that they need to respect their peers as well as referees and sports officials. These experiences can influence them throughout their lives, such as when it comes to working for a boss, or respecting the police or other authority figures. When your kids take part in team sports... Read more

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A better way of funding our schools

The NSW Government is introducing a new funding model for all NSW public schools that is simpler, fairer and more transparent. The funding model is a key part of a broader education reform called Local Schools, Local Decisions, which places students at the centre of school decision-making. It gives principals and their school communities a greater say over how they allocate and use their available resources to best meet the needs of their students. When fully implemented, schools will manage more than 70% of the state public school education... Read more

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Class Captains for Term 4 2013

Congratulations to our Class Captains for Term 4,. Dylan and Millie in 1/2/3 and Casey and Keira in K/1.... Read more

Is your child gifted?

The notion of giftedness in children has become part of many parents' conversations. Yet ask anyone what 'gifted' means and the concept remains mysterious, sometimes stigmatised, and often perplexing for parents who think their child may be extremely bright. About 10 per cent of the population is gifted. That is, they are significantly advanced beyond their peers in at least one of four areas – intellectual, creative, social or physical. Those who add skill to their gift are recognised as gifted and talented. Children who are gifted have... Read more

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Reconciliation

The Inspire project aims to engage Aboriginal and non Aboriginal students to share their views and perspectives on Reconciliation. Interested schools are required to submit a 30 second video which will be collated and then presented to 500 delegates as the student voice at the annual Inspire Innovate ICT conference. This will then be published to a global audience through the conference Youtube channel. Please see Como Public School's contribution. Como PS - Reconciliation Special thanks to Mr.Weir for all his assistance in the entire filming... Read more

Garden Grant

Our school has been successful in receiving the Coles Junior Landcare Garden Grant! We are hoping to establish a small greenhouse and a mixture of bush tucker plants to complement our existing European style vegetable garden bed. Special thanks to Mrs.Vandine for putting together and submitting the funding application that has made this possible.... Read more

Learning in the outdoor classroom

It's Outdoor Education Week – the perfect time to reflect on how outdoor education plays a major role in students' learning, problem-solving abilities and wellbeing. Learning in the outdoors brings together the benefits of formal and informal education and provides meaningful education for 21st century kids. By acquiring knowledge and skills through practical or hands-on activities students learn about consequences, develop resilience, and learn to take risks in a safe environment. Participating in an outdoor challenge or experience can make a... Read more

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Sutherland Shire Schools Music Festival

What a fantastic performance by our choir at the Sutherland Shire Schools Musical Festival held at the Sutherland Entertainment Centre! Como students were in the front row of the choir this year which showcased our very talented Year 2 and 3 singing voices. It was a very exciting night for all our students. We are all very proud of their efforts as they have been practising so hard with Mrs Littlejohn leading them every step of the way. We are fortunate to have such dedicated teachers here at Como. By Mrs.Armstrong... Read more

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Zone Athletics

On Friday 16th of August and last Thursday 22nd of August selected students represented Como Public School at the zone athletics carnivals. Well done to Annika, Jessica H, Madeline, Michael, Nicola, Sam and Toby for your fantastic achievements and sportsmanship on these days.... Read more

Spelling Bee app

A new app designed for Android phones and tablets helps students of all ages practise and improve their spelling. The Premier's Spelling Bee 2013 app features almost 3,000 words and corresponding sentences from the spelling competition of the same name. It also and uses Australian spelling and voices. The app features two categories - junior and senior - with a number of levels that increase in difficulty. Most adults would find the high levels in the senior category a challenge. The app is a companion to the free School A to Z app and... Read more

Book Week 2013

Book Week 19-23rd August 2013 "There is more treasure in books, than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island."-Walt Disney In celebration of ‘Book Week' this year we are holding a parade on Thursday the 22nd of August. The theme for ‘Book Week' is ‘Read Across the Universe', students have had the chance to read and reflect on some of the wonderful books that have made the CBCA short list this year in their library lessons. To celebrate, we are inviting all students to come to school dressed as their favourite character from any book... Read more

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Our website goes mobile

It is now easier to view our website on your mobile phone or tablet. We have created a mobile version of the site with a range of features finetuned for when you are on the move. You can now more easily: dial or email us from your phone locate us via Google maps check our school calendar view our latest newsletter. You can also create a shortcut to our website on your phone home page Try the mobile version of our website now. Just visit from a smart phone or tablet device and follow the prompts.... Read more

Public Speaking Finals

Congratulations to the following students who participated in our Public Speaking Finals: Stage 1: 1st Georgia, Runner Up: Amelie Stage 2: 1st Max, Runner Up: Jayde Stage 3: 1st Luke, Runner Up: Taryn The first placed students will be representing the school at the zone level on Monday 2 September. A fabulous effort from all students.... Read more

Education Week

This year's theme for Education Week is "Creating the Future". Education Week is from Monday the 29th of July through to Friday the 2nd of August. We are welcoming all families to our "Open Day" on Wednesday the 31st of July from 11:50am – 1.20pm where the students will be partaking in rotational activities. We will also be having our annual "Book Fair" which in the past has always received an amazing response from our school community. There will be an assortment of books for sale located on the verandah of the library during lunchtime, which... Read more

Developing organisational skills

Learning how to make time for homework, chores and other activities is a vital skill for all children but it's not one that always comes easily. This weekly schedule template (docx 15 KB) is a simple aid that can help kids better plan their time. Print one for your child's desk, one for the fridge and one for their school bag to help keep them on track. To personalise the template, simply click on the cell you wish to change and type. If you need to add or delete cells and don't know how, read these simple instructions . Using colour-coding... Read more

Como Markets on this Sunday July 14th

The markets are on again this Sunday. For further information, please see www.comomarkets.com.au or just click here: Como Markets. Cake donations by 1/2/3 this month. Hope to see you there.... Read more

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3-6 Athletics Carnival Postponed

The 3-6 Athletics Carnival on Wednesday 26th June at Sylvania Athletics Track has been postponed due to the wet weather. It will be a normal school day.... Read more

Helping your child with their homework

How do you get your kids to keep on top of their homework? This School A to Z video features teachers talking about how parents can help kids take responsibility for their homework and avoid Thursday night meltdowns. Get more practical parent tips on the School A-Z website.... Read more

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Rugby League Winners

It was a cold and wet day at the All Schools Rugby League day last week. It was an absolute pleasure to take Sam S and Sam J to Solander to represent Como PS in the combined under 10's Rugby League Team. Our boys made the grand final after 3 wins and 1 loss in the preliminary rounds. Both boys crossed the line to score for Como throughout the day. Sam S had some long attacking runs up the sideline. Sam J's defence and organisation of the team in the grand final was outstanding. Thanks to Mr Jinx for coaching the team on the day.... Read more

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Student Led Clubs

It is amazing to see the support that our students have for each other. Every lunch time during the week, there is a student led club that offers students the chance to learn new skills in different areas. These include: Monday – drawing, book and cricket Tuesday – art and gardening in the morning Wednesday – lego and drama Thursday - sport Friday - art Every lunch time there is the oz tag and touch football group run by the Year 5 and 6 boys who invite all students to play and there is plenty of coaching going on as well. All students... Read more

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Well done Christy

Congratulations to Christy who took part in the National Chinese Eisteddfod. She had to read a Chinese poem in the Mandarin Language. First place was awarded to Christy's team. Great work!... Read more

Getting ready for school camp

School camp is one of the highlights of childhood. Chances are you can still remember some of the campfire songs, the smell of damper cooking and the names of the kids you bunked with. However, it's also true that for some children (and their parents) the thought of staying away overnight can create a little anxiety. It's not uncommon for kids to worry about who they'll room with, ‘being left out' of things, whether something might go wrong, feeling homesick and other understandable concerns. Even the most outgoing and confident child may have... Read more

Como Markets on this Sunday 9th June

The markets are on again this Sunday. For further information, please see www.comomarkets.com.au or just click here: Como Markets . Cake donations by K/1 this month. Hope to see you there.... Read more

Soccer News

It looks like Mr Bowmer's Wednesday morning training sessions are paying off. The junior team had a close game last Friday with a 0-0 draw. Sam, Seb and Toby all had a great game. The seniors had a convincing win with Sam scoring our first goal of the year. There was some solid defence from Jake, Michael and Angela. Cody was a standout in the midfield. Training will be at school on Wednesday morning at 8.50am.... Read more

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SSSMF Tickets on Sale Wednesday 29th May

Just a reminder, tickets for this event will only be available online. All tickets will go on sale at 9.00am on Wednesday 29 May. To order and purchase tickets, go to www.trybooking.com/CUWN Our Year 2 & 3 students will perform in Concert 9 - it is very important that you select the correct concert.... Read more

Cyberbullying – what the experts say

Research into cyberbullying is still in its infancy but the one thing we do know is the online environment is really just a new setting for age-old issues. Cyberbullying is an extension of face-to-face bullying. It's all about relationships. When are kids most vulnerable to bullying? Bullying – online or offline – peaks for kids (and this is worldwide) at about Year 5, and again at about Year 7 or 8. The first peak coincides with children discovering the power of the peer group, and creating their own social pecking order. The second peak... Read more

Soccer PSSA Cancelled Friday 24th May

Due to the wet weather, the PSSA soccer has been cancelled today.... Read more

Student Newsletter

Stop Press! The next edition of our student newsletter can be viewed by clicking here: CPS Student Newsletter. I would like to congratulate Taryn, Dakota and Jayde for putting so much effort into this newsletter for our students. The inclusive culture and peer support of students is continuing to grow stronger and the staff strongly support students demonstrating leadership skills.... Read more

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Zone Cross Country

Congratulations to all the students who competed in the zone cross country. As always, our students tried their best and made the teachers and parents proud of their efforts. I would like to thank Mrs Perry for organising this event.... Read more

Public Speaking

Our school takes part in a Public Speaking competition. All students are encouraged to participate as this helps develop their confidence in speaking in front of an audience. There will be class competitions held where approximately 6 students from each stage will be selected to participate in the school competition. The school competition will be held on Wednesday 17 July. These students will be announced in our newsletter and parents will be invited to attend. From the school competition one student from each stage will then be selected to... Read more

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Happy Mother's Day

Como PS would like to wish all the mums a happy Mother's Day on Sunday and we hope you have an enjoyable day with your family.... Read more

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Sydney Region Drama Camp

Congratulations to Madeline who has been selected to attend the Sydney Region Drama Camp. The Sydney Region Primary Drama Camp is on at the Seymour Centre from Monday 20th May until Wednesday 22nd May. It will be an enrichment experience for students and it is being led by specialist industry professionals.We are very proud of you!... Read more

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Class Captains - Term 2 2013

Congratulations to our new Class Captains for Term 2 2013, Sam and Angel - 1/2/3, Jessica and Abbey - K/1.... Read more

Privacy online

Protecting the privacy of personal information is increasingly important at a time when we are sharing more details about ourselves online than ever before. While interacting online can be great for kids, it also makes them more vulnerable. To help reduce the risk of cyberbullying, unwanted attention or breaches of their privacy, you can: encourage them to keep their usernames and passwords safe and not share them with anyone take them through the privacy settings of sites they join to ensure they are careful about what information they share... Read more

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School Cross Country

Our school cross country will be this Thursday (2 May) at Scylla Oval after lunch. Students to wear sports uniform.... Read more

Stay on top of homework

Kids and families tend to run more smoothly when there is a clear plan. So the online parent resource School A to Z has created printable homework and study calendars for each month of the year. The School A to Z website and mobile app can also help with common assignment and homework questions. In the Homework and study section you'll find links to useful websites, maths and English glossaries, and help sheets to make homework time easier in your house. Print your homework and study calendar pages for the rest of 2013. If you have ideas for... Read more

ET Shield

ET Shield

Como PS had 5 students take part in the Rugby League ET shield during this week. Michael, Cody, Ben, Sam and Jake played 4 games against other local schools. Our boys drew their first game and won the remainder of the games. Sam scored some excellent tries and set up many more for the rest of the team. Michael made some strong runs up the middle of the field and was well supported in defence by Cody, Jake and Ben. We would like to thank Matt Jinks for his support in organising jerseys and some extra players for our team. Well done boys!!... Read more

Sports News

We will be part of the PSSA soccer competition in Term 2. This means that some of our students will be competing against other schools each Friday and playing alongside students from Jannali PS. Trials were held last week and the successful senior students were Sam, Michael, Jake, Cody, Ben, Angela and Breeze. Sam S, Toby and Sebastian made the Junior team. This Thursday Como PS will participate in the Rugby League ET Shield. Five of our students will play: Michael, Ben, Cody, Jake and Sam are the students who are representing our school. Good... Read more

Becoming a good speller

Spelling is an important skill but one that can be a problem for many children. However, there are some simple strategies you can use to help your child develop confidence in their spelling ability. What you can do to help your child with spelling: Explain to your child that some words can be sounded out, but not all English words can be spelt correctly by ‘sounding out', eg the words ‘you' and ‘said'. Talk to your child about how you spell, and what you do when you don't know how to spell a word. Encourage your child to write at home on... Read more

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The Premier's Sporting Challenge Leadership Day

Last Tuesday, students in years 5 and 6 participated in the Premier's Sporting Challenge Sport Leadership Program. Our students participated in a range of enjoyable sport rotations which were led by students in years 9. 10 and 11 from The Jannali High School. The day inspired our students to take sport leadership roles in the future.... Read more

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Harmony Day 2013

On Thursday 21st March, the school elebrated Harmony Day. This year, the Harmony Day theme "Many Stories – One Australia" recognises the diversity of our country. Students took part in a number of team building activities on the day and were asked to come to school wearing orange clothing.... Read more

School zone safety

A reminder to parents about the operation of school speed zones around the Easter holidays. School zones exist for the safety of children and families; they will operate on Thursday 28 March, then resume on Tuesday 2 April. Forty-kilometres-an-hour school speed zones operate across New South Wales at all school sites on gazetted school days, which are all days the school is open, even pupil-free days. Find out more... Read more

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Fishing Clinic

The Fishing Incursion was very popular with students last week. There were lessons of fish species, conservation and casting. Students also had the chance to catch and release a yabby. Thanks to Mrs Roffey for organising this experience for all the students. See the Photo Gallery for more actions shots.... Read more

Writing essays

Writing essays is a skill many of us have forgotten. But don't worry – here are a few tips to help you and your child, even if you're not familiar with the essay topic. Key points: Determine 'what is the question asking?' Essays follow a specific formula Introduction – state your response to the question and mention the points to be made in the body of the essay. Body – expand on the points introduced in the introduction. Don't introduce new thoughts at this stage. Conclusion – summarise the points discussed in the body. One idea per... Read more

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Kindergarten 2013

Meet our new Kindys for 2013. http://www.vuvox.com/collag... Read more

P & C AGM Monday 18th March 2013

P&C Annual General Meeting 2013 Our P&C Association is a school-based organisation open to all parents, carers, teachers and interested citizens of our community. We are a dedicated group of people whose common objective is to be actively involved in our children's schooling. The money we raise goes to improving our children's education. We have our AGM on Monday 18th March at 6.30pm in the staffroom. Throughout 2012, the P&C operated with only 3 office holder positions. Those positions were President, Treasurer, Secretary. Due to the... Read more

Swimming Carnvial Pictures

We would like to thank Jackie H. for taking these great pictures of our students at the swimming carnival. Just click on the link. http://www.vuvox.com/collage/detail/0668e166b4... Read more

Great start videos

A panel of experts answers the most common questions parents have about how they can best support their kids' school life, study, wellbeing and development. In five brief segments, the experts share their tips on how parents can: help their kids reach their full potential at school and motivate them for learning support their child's social development and handle schoolyard conflict support kids through the teenage years. keep up with the technology their kids are using and how to keep them safe online. Watch the Great start videos... Read more

P & C Meeting Monday 11th February 2013

The first P&C meeting for 2013 is on Monday 11thFeb at 6.30pm in the staff room. All parents are welcome to attend and become part of our very supportive P&C team.... Read more

School Leaders

School Leaders

Our School Captain Ashleigh and Vice-Captain Michael have begun fulfilling their leadership duties this year. Already they have been supporting staff and helping many students in the classroom and playground. When asked what they liked about Como PS, they said the liked the school environment, the teaching and learning, the school facilities, teachers, support staff, and that all our students know each other.... Read more

Mr Craig Snudden

Welcome Mr Snudden

I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to relieve as Principal for the first half of this year. I look forward to teaching the students, leading and learning from the teaching team and working collaboratively with the school community. I have already been made feel very welcome by the teaching staff. As Principal, I will continue to implement the 2013 Como PS goals and strive to promote the wonderful educational activities in the school community. In the classroom, my role will be the learning and Support Teacher and Release from Face... Read more

Year 6 2012

Goodbye Year 6

Years 6 students ring the final bell for 2012. Goodbye & goodluck. You will be missed. The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be the beginning. Ivy Baker Priest... Read more