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Dylan inspires our newest Shark

New Sharks recruit Michael Ennis presented a young fan with a special school award at the Como Public School's Presentation Evening last Thursday. See the full story here: Dylan & the Shark... Read more

Xmas break

Enjoy the break!

Have a great festive season, and we look forward to a fantastic 2015! Students in years 1-6 return to school on Wednesday 28th January 2015, kindergarten students start their journey on Friday 30th January 2015. Stay safe.... Read more

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Goodbye and farewell

To the Year 6 students, we wish you all every success in your chosen paths, we will miss you!... Read more

School leaders

Congratulations to our School Leaders for 2015!

Congratulations to our 2015 student leaders: Dakota - School Captain, Riley - Vice-Captain and Nina - Prefect. We know you will do an outstanding job!... Read more

Riverview Markets on Sunday 14th December

The markets are on Sunday 14th December. For further information, please see Riverview Markets at www.comomarkets.com.au. Cake donations by Class ES1 this month.... Read more

Presentation Night

Our school will be hosting the annual Presentation Night in the school hall at Oyster Bay Public School Thursday 11th December commencing at 6:30pm. It is expected that students and their families arrive by 6:20pm. Students are to be dressed in full summer school uniform and bring their costumes in a clearly labelled bag which they are to hand into their teacher on arrival. We look forward to seeing you there!... Read more

Banish sunburn

Over exposure to UV radiation from the sun in childhood or adolescence increases the risk of developing melanoma later in life. Teach your child how to apply sunscreen properly, and they'll be able to protect themselves even when you're not around. When the number hits 3, protect from UV. Check the daily UV alert in your local newspaper or at www.cancercouncil.com.au/sunsmart. A UV level of 1 or 2 will not damage most skin types, but a UV level of 3 or above can be harmful even on a cloudy day. Apply early. Sunscreen needs to be applied 20... Read more

Fun Fair

Year 6 Fun Fair

This Thursday will be the first ever "Year 6 Fun Day" at Como Public School. There will be opportunities for students to have their hair sprayed, nails done, throw wet sponges, decorate biscuits and cupcakes and a whole lot more. Activities will range in price from 50c, to $1. Money raised will go towards the Year 6 farewell gift to the school. Mrs Kostecki and Year 6 would like to thank those who have volunteered to help on the day. It should be a fabulous event!... Read more

How to get your child reading this summer!

Children who thrive in school tend to have one thing in common – they enjoy reading. It doesn't really matter what your child chooses to read, the important thing for primary-school kids is to encourage them to develop the habit of reading a little each day. With summer school holidays just around the corner, now is a good time to stock up on books from your local library that might interest your child. Series books are a great place to start. Reluctant readers and children who struggle with comprehension can find series books easier to enjoy,... Read more

NovemberReturn to top

PSSA Basketball Update

PSSA Basketball update - this weeks game will be held at the Sutherland Courts at 10:05am. This is the final game for the season. We would love to see you there!... Read more

What parents should know about Instagram

It's hard to keep up with all the social media platforms and apps our kids want to use. Instagram is currently one of the most popular social networks for school-aged children at the moment. It's a free, photo and video sharing mobile application and social network for people aged 13 years and over. There's no age-verification process though, so younger children can create an account pretty easily, sometimes without parents even knowing. Instagram say they'll remove under-age users' accounts if they are reported. Instagram has just published... Read more

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Official Opening

Last Thursday we held the official opening of our new playground. We asked Ted Carey to perform the ribbon cutting ceremony as he is an ex-student and a huge supporter of our school. The weather was perfect and it was an exciting day. We celebrated with a sausage sizzle (Ted's of course) and lots of fun on the equipment. Thank you to everyone who could attend.... Read more

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Our New Playground

The new playground is fantastic and is being enjoyed by all students. A reminder that students on the play equipment after school must be supervised by a parent watching from the grass area. We will have a special "grand opening" picnic day on Thursday 6thNovember at 1pm. If you are available to assist with the BBQ please let me know. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our hard working P&C and all our parents who devote their time and energy to raise funds for our school. The staff and students of Como Public School thank you!... Read more

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Como Public School marks 130 years

The St George & Sutherland Shire Leader recently published an article on Como Public School turning 130 years (see link below). To mark the occasion, our wonderful P&C are selling plaques to families past & present, which will be mounted on the wall for all to see. All money raised will be used to fund new play equipment for the school. The Leader An order form for a plaque can be found in the ""Notes"" section of this website.... Read more

When older kids struggle with reading

When older kids struggle to read and write, the issue can become fraught for the whole family. Parents can lose their patience and blame the child or themselves and the child loses their confidence and begins shying away from reading at all. Grades fall and interest in school can flag. Kids who struggle to read often try to hide it from teachers and parents, and develop unhelpful strategies, which only exacerbate the problems. Ways to encourage effective reading in older children Ask your child what subjects they would like to read about.... Read more

AugustReturn to top
Zone Athletics

Zone Athletics

Congratulations to Madeline and Nicola for their great efforts at the Zone athletics last Thursday. Nikki came a very close 6th in her heat, while Maddy was a very close 2nd, only narrowly missing a place in the finals. Well done girls we are very proud of you both!... Read more

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Sutherland Shire Schools Music Festival

Our Senior and Junior Choir and Dance groups performed at the Sutherland Entertainment Centre as part of the Sutherland Shire Schools Music Festival. The dancers looked gorgeous and were fantastic and the choir sang beautifully. We were certainly represented with pride. A very big thank you to Mrs Patterson, Mrs Kostecki, Mrs Armstrong, Miss Harris and Mrs Olthof for their hard work and attendance to make sure our students were ready to perform.... Read more

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Class Captains Term 3 2014

Congratulations to our Term 3 Class Captains. We are sure you will all continue the excellent leadership displayed so far this year by the previous Captains. ES1: Janaya and Jasper S1: Tom S and Amelie S2: Jessika and Toby... Read more

Nurturing the artist in your child

Your child may not go on to become a famous musician, actor, dancer, filmmaker or artist. But by nurturing the artist in your child you can help them grow up able to think for themselves, problem solve and work out different ways to do things. They'll also be better able to see different points of view, communicate and express their feelings in different ways. Here are some top tips: Stimulate your child's senses - Provide opportunities for your child to experience different sights, smells, sensations and sounds. These sensory activities are... Read more

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Riverview Markets Sunday 10th August

The markets are on Sunday 10th August. For further information, please see www.comomarkets.com.au or just click here Riverview Markets Cake donations by Class ES1 this month.... Read more

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Accepting enrolments for 2015

We are currently taking applications for children to enrol at Como PS for 2015. Children turning 5 by 31 July 2015 are eligible to attend Kindergarten next year. Visit the 'Enrolment' tab under 'Our School' at the top of this page to enrol your child now.... Read more

JulyReturn to top
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Education Week - Open Day

Dear Parents and Caregivers, You are invited to attend Como Public School's 2014 Open Day on Thursday 31st July. This is a day where we celebrate and showcase our outstanding students and the wonderful opportunities they receive in this exceptional environment. The program for the day will be: 11.00 - 11.30 Open Classrooms 11.30 – 12.00 Performance Groups Junior/Senior and Combined Choir Junior & Senior Dance Groups 12.00 – 1.30 Rotating Group Activities 1.30 BBQ Picnic Lunch The "Book Fair" will be open on the Library verandah from... Read more

Building your child's reading skills

Here are some simple tips to encourage your child to become a strong reader and a book lover for the rest of their lives. Share a book at home Children love to hear a story read aloud. Try reading with different voices, lots of emotion, invented sound effects and funny faces. Change the tone in your voice and vary its loudness or softness. Have fun and enjoy it. It's a good idea to practise reading before sharing a book. Listen to your child talk about the story and the pictures. Try asking your child which parts of the books they found... Read more

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Riverview Markets Sunday 13th July

The markets are on Sunday 13th July. For further information, please see www.comomarkets.com.au or just click here Riverview Markets Cake donations by Class S3 this month.... Read more

Too sick to go to school?

Sometimes it's hard to know if your child is really coming down with something or just suffering a bout of Mondayitis. For safety's sake, if your child seems unwell you should always keep them home from school and seek medical advice. However, if they miraculously recover by 11:00am, ready to race around the backyard, keeping them in bed all day may send the message that staying home isn't nearly as much fun as going to school. The School A to Z website's Too Sick For School? chart will help answer your questions about common childhood illness... Read more

Inspire Reconciliation Project

Last year Como PS took part in the Inspire Project, which aims to engage Aboriginal and non Aboriginal students to share their views and perspectives on Reconciliation. Special thanks to Mr.Weir for all his assistance in the entire filming process - the end result was amazing. The entire Project, including Como PS entry is now available for all to see. Inspire Reconciliation... Read more

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Poetry Excellence

Earlier this term, Christy took part in the 2014 National Chinese Eisteddfod. The children had to memorise a Chinese poem in Mandarin. Christy was awarded second place in the 8-12 year age individual competition for non-mandarin speaking candidates. Fantastic effort Christy!... Read more

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Riverview Markets on this Sunday 8th June

The markets are on Sunday 8th June. For further information, please see www.comomarkets.com.au or just click here Riverview Markets. Cake donations by Class S2 this month.... Read more

MayReturn to top

Sorting fact from fiction

You can't always trust what you read when researching information for homework, assignments or projects. Here are ways your child can tell a good website - or any document - from a bad one. Reader beware With so much information on the web and no-one responsible for fact checking, students need to look out for: bias and hidden agendas factual errors outdated information information which is country specific commercially motivated information. Play the detective Colleen Foley is a curriculum adviser who helps school librarians with the NSW... Read more

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Zone Cross Country

Our Como students did a fantastic job representing the school at Zone Cross Country. As a team, they missed Cody who was unwell, but all students did the school proud. Well done Angus, Max, Nicola, Jessika, Sofia & Toby!... Read more

Social media, kids and privacy

Regardless of your child's age, the world may already know a lot more about them than you suspect. According to recent research: 92% of children under the age of two have a digital presence (it starts with proud parents posting newborn baby photos on Facebook or Instagram) a quarter of Australian children aged between eight and 12 use Facebook, despite the minimum age for a user being 13 more than 20 per cent of tweens publish photos of themselves on the photo-sharing website Instagram young people between the ages of 14 and 19 have an... Read more

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Happy Mother's Day

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the wonderful mothers and grandmothers of Como Public School. We are very fortunate to have so many of you helping out at the school and supporting in so many ways. Have a Happy Mother's Day on Sunday!... Read more

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Well done Jessika!

Jessika competed in the schools and university championships and the Australian Open for Karate in kumite (sparring) and Kata (technique). Jessika placed a magnificent Silver Medal in kata, and a Bronze medal in kumite in the Australian Open. Jessika will be competing in the NSW open on the 25th of this month.... Read more

What parents need to know about Kik

It seems that every few months a new social media platform or mobile app emerges and becomes popular with young people in our school community. Suddenly "everyone" is on it, according to our children. It's hard for most adults to keep up. Many parents will have recently heard about Kik Messenger and are wondering if it's safe for children. Here are some facts from the School A to Z website's technology guide: What is Kik Messenger? Kik Messenger is a free texting app available on iPhone, iPad, Ipod touch, Android, Windows, Samsung Galaxy and... Read more

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A fresh new look for the markets

Over the next couple of weeks you will notice the roll out of our new look and name for the Como markets. As many markets are just held in car parks, we have decided to take advantage of our beautiful view of the Georges River and communicate this to market goers. Therefore the Como market will now be called the Riverview Market at Como. In talking to market goers, they feel this more closely reflects our Market Day. We believe, with this name, the same volunteer team you've grown to know and our new cheery yellow signs, we are building a... Read more

AprilReturn to top

The benefits of team sports

Winter sports are getting underway and many parents will soon be getting out of bed early on cold weekend mornings to transport their children to sports fields across town. The good news is that even if your child's team never scores goal, they're benefitting significantly from simply being active and involved. The long list of benefits for your child includes the development of: cooperation and teamwork skills leadership skills respect for teammates, opponents and officials a sense of belonging and team membership social interaction skills... Read more

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Good luck Jessika!

Jessika will be competing in the Australian Schools and University Championships on 11th April representing our school. Also over weekend Jessika will be entering the Australian Open Championships together with 6 other nations in the U10 division for kata and kumite. Good luck Jessika!... Read more

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Como Markets on Sunday 9th March

The markets are on Sunday 13th April. For further information, please see www.comomarkets.com.au or just click here Como Markets. Cake donations by Class ES1 this month. Hope to see you there.... Read more

MarchReturn to top

Meeting your child’s teacher

Meeting teachers to discuss your child's progress or behaviour can be daunting, but there's no need to feel anxious. Remember, you and the school are partners in your child's learning. Whether it's regular parent -teacher interviews or a one-off request for a chat, these useful tips will help you get the most out of your meeting. Do your homework Take a few minutes before your meeting to jot down any questions or comments you have. Go with the right attitude Try to approach the interview with a positive and relaxed attitude. Don't be afraid to... Read more

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Leadership

Our school captain Cody had a proposal that he wanted to put forward to our school regarding activities available during wet weather lunch. I'm pleased to announce that we now have a variety of board games available for students to play with during wet weather lunch. Great initiative Cody!... Read more

The most important skill to teach your child

One common trait all successful adults have is resilience. The ability to bounce back from disappointment is something we have the opportunity to teach our children every day. As our kids constantly remind us, life isn't always fair. Is it a parent's role to constantly try to make life fair? How do we balance the desire to shelter and protect our children with the need to teach them how to cope with life's disappointments? The School A to Z website asked top teachers all over NSW for their tips for parents on developing resilience so children... Read more

FebruaryReturn to top

Help with your child's homework in one click

The School A to Z app has been created by the NSW Department of Education to help parents and their school-aged children, wherever and whenever they have homework and study questions. It's available free for Android and Apple mobile devices, and is an essential tool containing: English A to Z - more than 350 definitions of commonly used English terms from primary and high school. Each word has an easy-to-understand definition based on the current school curriculum, with illustrations and help sheets explaining the rules of grammar. Maths A to... Read more

Help your child plan for success this year

One of the most valuable ways you can support your child's education is to help them learn how to organise themselves and plan their time. It starts as early as Kindergarten, when they need to plan going to the toilet at lunch and recess and bring things to school for different activities on certain days. By the time they're in Year 6, they've hopefully taken on much of the responsibility of scheduling their afternoons to accommodate sports, homework and other obligations. Most children find planning easier to understand when... Read more

JanuaryReturn to top

Welcome Back!

Hopefully everyone enjoyed the break and look forward to the new school year. Students in years 1 to 6 return to school Wednesday 29th January, 2014 and new Kindergarten students start school Monday 3rd February, 2014. As is our usual practice, students will return to their 2013 class. Our Kindergarten teacher will be carrying our Best Start assessments with the incoming Kindergarten students during the first week.When we are sure of the enrolment numbers, we will form our new classes for 2014. We will do this as soon as, but not until, the... Read more