Year 1 News

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Activity Day!

This year we are having an activity fete rather with a morning of activities organised by our graduating year 6 and 7 students. The Fun Activity morning will be held on Wednesday, 26th of November.


The year 6 and 7 students will organise and design fun activities in which all children can participate. A sausage sizzle with a can of drink will be provided for all the children at lunch time. There will be a charge of $7.50 per student that is inclusive of all activities. Please give your child's money to the classroom teacher.


The aim is to provide a leadership opportunity for the year 6 and 7 students that requires the students designing and facilitating the activities in a fun but safe manner. We are all looking forward to a great experience full of fun and frivolity.

A Note from Mrs Smith about the Concert:

Dear Parents/Guardians,


Announcing...‘On the Trail of the Coolbinia Christmas Tree’...Coolbinia Primary School’s end of year concert for 2014! The 2014 concert will take place on Wednesday 17th December. The show will take you on a journey of discovery about a range of Aboriginal totems. Each class has been allocated a totem and the song or musical item that they will perform is based around that animal or plant.


Our concert will be staged on-site in the undercover area to capture the essence of our community and natural environment. Seating is limited and so to accommodate all people who wish to see the show, please take careful note of the following points:

  • On Wednesday 17th December, two separate dress rehearsals/matinees will be held. The first rehearsal will run from 9.30 am – 10.45am, commencing again after recess from 11.00am – 12.00pm . All children from K-7 will be taken by their teachers to the undercover area and will have the opportunity to watch all items in the show (and hence have the opportunity to see their friends and siblings perform)
  • The second dress rehearsal/matinee will run from 1:00- 3:00 pm. This rehearsal is open to any grandparents, friends, aunties, uncles or other community members who would like to see the show, at a cost of $5 a ticket.
  • The evening performance on Wednesday 17th December will be staged in two parts, K-2 and 3-7, to allow everyone to be seated. If your child is in K-2, you will purchase a ticket just for that section. After this part of the concert has concluded, you will be asked to collect your child from their classroom and take them home. Similarly, if you only have a child in the 3-7 section you will be asked to only attend this part of the concert. The K – 2 section will run from 5.30 – 6.30pm and the 3 – 7 section from 7.00 – 8.00pm. If you have children in both sections of the concert you will be able to attend both parts (at no extra charge).
  • Tickets for the evening performance are $10 each (all proceeds go to the cost of staging the concert- lighting, costumes, seating etc.). Children four and under will not require a ticket and may sit on their parent’s lap. Further information about how to purchase tickets will be available shortly.


IMPORTANT NOTE: The entire evening performance will be filmed and DVDs will be available for purchase. So if you only have a child in K-2 but would like to see the 3-7 performance, you may choose to purchase the DVD and see it that way. Alternatively, you could attend the community dress rehearsal from 1:00-3:00 pm. If you have any queries or would like further information, please don’t hesitate to come and see me.


Kind Regards,

Cathy Smith

Music Specialist

Coolbinia Primary School

Technology Project

As a class we have been investigating masks from around the world. Each of the students have begun devising their own masks using classroom craft and recycled materials. Some students require recycled materials from home . These can be stored in their big tray ready for construction next week.

Missing Jumpers

It has been reported to me that student's jumpers have gone missing. Despite checking the ELC2 lost property and school lost property we have been unsuccessful in finding them. Even though it is predominately the children's responsibility to look after their belongings we are encouraging you to please check the name tags on your child's clothes and returning any items that do not belong to them.

Coming up ... Scitech Excursion

Friday November 28th: The students will participate in science activities based on the theme of sustainability. This has no cost to you as the students’ membership covers all activities. We will be leaving school at 9:00am and should return approximately by 1.15pm. The cost to each student for transport to and from Scitech was paid last term. We are also planning an exciting picnic in Kings Park on this day, which will incur a small cost. Further details to come...

Friday's Speaking and Listening Program

Each week the students have been asked to prepare for a topic an d it is fantastic to hear the detail and discussion it has encouraged. To assist them in speaking they are allowed to use pictures, drawings or objects. Please allow them the opportunity to practise it with you at home. You can focus on the assessment pointers below raise your child's awareness of the success criteria.


Topics for the student to prepare for each Friday:

Week 6: Tell us about the world's largest animal

Week 7: Why do we have seasons?

Week 8: Persuade your group why dogs/cats are better

Week 9: The best thing I've ever learnt...


They will be assessed on:

  • Spoken Structure Sequences ideas logically and clearly during a conversation
  • Voice Quality Uses appropriate volume, tone, pace and verbal & expression adds meaning.
  • Vocabulary Uses appropriate and relevant vocabulary.
  • Response Uses listening strategies, and questions to clarify information