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NAIDOC Celebrations

June 26, 2014 by · 1 Comment · Education

NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. Its origins can be traced to the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920′s which sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Indigenous Australians. Source:

Today our school celebrated NAIDOC Week with a special assembly. It was wonderful to see our Elders and younger generation share stories with each other. A special Smoking Ceremony opened the festivities and the audience, alongside special guests Uncle Larry and Aunty Sue, were treated to some fabulous presentations from the students including a fantastic didgeridoo performance from PJ.

PJ plays the didgeridoo.


Maths Genius Hour Projects

June 22, 2014 by · 3 Comments · Education


Last Thursday, Mrs Booth’s stage 3 maths group (15 students) presented their ‘Genius Hour’ maths projects. Students’ had to turn a passion of theirs into a project making connections to maths. Students’ had 75 minutes each Thursday to work on their project with support from Mrs Booth. It was expected that time would also be spent on this project at home. They could  build, design, make,film or collect something, for example, and the delivery of their presentation was up to them. The project was challenging for a number of the students as they not only needed to make real world connections with maths but also manage their time well. Students completed reflections each week to help them identify the next step to be completed and where they were wasting their time most.The project topics presented were NRL (popular), cricket second test, Lego statistics, Minecraft maths challenge, how far Mario could jump in real life, artistic gymnastics and angles, fractions and the violin, general mathematics in games design, the impact of polygons, velocity and mass in console game design and finally Formula 1. Two students, who had worked extremely hard during the sessions, were unable to present and will be doing so in week 1 of term 2. Their topics were building a billy cart and cubby house…I cannot wait to see their presentations!

All students did very well and everyone asked if they could do another project next term :) This project was fantastic for allowing the students to work mathematically to synthesise and apply their maths knowledge in meaningful ways. They took ownership of their work and developed additional skills that will assist them to be productive learners in high school.

Here is a video from two of the presentations and Miranda takes us through the different fractions (notes) during the lunchtime Minecraft club session :)

Mrs Booth

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Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Visit

June 15, 2014 by · No Comments · Education


To deliver emergency medical and rescue helicopter services 24 hours a day, every day of the year, free of charge, whenever life is threatened. Source: Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter-Northern Region

What a fantastic afternoon our students’ had when the Westpac Life Saver Helicopter Service came to visit! The sun was shining and the weather perfect for landing on our school playing field. The crew held a Q & A session with the students and then they were able to view the helicopter up close. The media were there to take lots of photos and we even got to be on TV- NBN Coverage. This service is critical to the well-being and safety of visitors and residents in our region and is funded entirely by the community. The service has two helicopters which are soon to be retired and therefore need to purchase new ones at a cost of between 12-15 million dollars. That is a lot of fundraising! Let’s hope none of our school community will ever have to call upon the helicopter service  in an emergency situation but it is fantastic peace of mind to know that we all have access to such a vital service :)

Enjoy our video of the visit.

Did you spot the spelling error ‘rotar’… it is spelled ‘rotor’.

Mrs Booth


2B MinecraftEdu English Project

June 5, 2014 by · No Comments · Education

2B worked hard today to develop their skills in navigating a keyboard and mouse with two hands, whilst completing another Learning Zone activity in MinecraftEdu. This time students’ had to build a bridge across a lava pit without falling in. Afterwards they needed to recount their adventure and draw a diagram with labels in their English journals. This is an extremely busy and popular literacy session.

Mrs Booth and Mrs Butler

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North Coast Rugby League

May 15, 2014 by · No Comments · Education


On Friday 9th May Mr Pike had the privilege of taking away 3 talented rugby league players from Coffs Harbour Public School to Grafton to try out  for the North Coast Rugby League Team.  Malakhi, Mabior and Franklin (yellow jerseys) had previously been selected in not only the local district team, but also the Mid-North Coast team, which in itself is a tremendous accomplishment.

All three boys didn’t let themselves or our school down and fortunately Malakhi and Mabior were successful in being selected in the North Coast side. They will now travel to Lennox Head later this month to participate in a two day camp and then early in June they will travel to Cronulla to take part in the NSW State Rugby League tournament, where they will have the opportunity to be selected in the NSW U11’s Rugby League team. Congratulations boys and we all wish you luck in Cronulla!

Mr Pike

Here is a video some of the rugby boys helped put together this afternoon of training and PJ even performs the Maori Haka which is a signature game opener with the NZ All Blacks team. Afterwards the boys were shown a video of a 10 year old New Zealand boy who gets a big surprise from the All Blacks one morning at the breakfast table. They were very jealous of the paddock rugby field. We think there needs to be a Weetbix ad with the Wallabies too. At the end of the video the boys start comparing who eats the most Weetbix each morning ;)

It was great to get away from the computer and spend some time with these rugby mad boys!

Mrs Booth

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English as an additional language/dialect (EAL/D)

May 14, 2014 by · No Comments · Education

We are fortunate to have a number of EALD  students attend our school. These children come  with a rich cultural heritage and are from many countries including Africa, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Thailand. We are able to offer these students smaller class sizes where the children participate in intensive English activities to develop skills in spelling, writing, reading and listening. Our main focus this term has been safety and health. Our small classes foster an environment of comfortable learning and one-on one interaction and our students learn more about our local culture, values and society.
A new interactive board has engaged all students in new and exciting activities geared according to their current level of understanding. Students also
have additional bilingual SLSO support in their mainstream classes.
Mrs Newton


Stage 1 “The Learning Zone” English Project

May 14, 2014 by · No Comments · Education

2M are taking part in the following English/Minecraft project. It is hard as they must learn how to navigate the space, keyboard control keys and read at the same time. This is also tricky when you have small hands and have to use both of them simultaneously. For many students this is the first time they are using this program which has been specially modified for teachers. The reading in-world and crafting of tools exposes them to different forms of sense making/comprehension as they problem solve the task. Already there are student experts on hand to guide other students who are having difficulty. Finally, the students are documenting their experiences and creating illustrations reflecting their learning.


  • Students work in group rotations to problem solve how to craft items. There are 4 different sections to complete, each one building on the previous learning. Zone 1: Crafting / Zone 2: Building Bridges / Zone 3: Making Numbers / Zone 4: Pyramid Building.
  • Students must navigate information supplied to correctly complete each task. They need to interpret the information presented, explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the task and recount the information and additional relevant learning in their English journals. Students will finally compose a brief summary of their overall experience guided by class created assessment criteria that reflects their learning, highlighting difficulties, what they enjoyed the most/least etc.

The MinecraftEdu map being used is called ‘The Learning Zone’ and was created by teacher Mr Solomon. Educators’ click on this link to access the download: The Learning Zone

Mrs Booth and Mrs Mellitas

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3D Rocket Building

April 10, 2014 by · 1 Comment · Education

Students in 3M and 3-O again worked with virtual world technology during their maths session today. This time their challenge was to flip and rotate 3D objects to create a rocket ship. This was very difficult as they also had to learn how to ‘snap objects to the grid’ in order to align their objects with greater precision. I did not expect any students to complete this task as this was only the second or third time they had been exposed to this technology. Wow, was I proved wrong as a number of students did complete the task with amazing precision. Excellent work everyone :)

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Great Barrier Reef Unit 3/4H

April 3, 2014 by · 1 Comment · Education

3/4H this term have been studying the Great Barrier Reef. They have been making a reef on their back wall. They received a letter from the Australian Coral Reef society and have been given a chance to work in the under water sea lab. This is what happened next:

  • They researched the Great Barrier Reef
  • Applied for a job e.g biologist, botanist, scientist, research diver, tour guide, chef and vet just to name a few.
  • Drew an under water sea lab.
  • Researched clown fish,whale sharks,white and black tipped reef sharks, sea anemone , sea horses, stone-fish, cone fish, box jellyfish.
  • Made up characters for the under water sea lab.
  • Wrote information reports and persuasive texts on why it’s important to save the reef.

The class have enjoyed working on this unit and have had fun on the way.

We hope enjoy our work!

Click on our e-book information reports!
Barracuda DugongsSeahorse

Indi :) Kai :) Saxon :) Amalie :) Levi :) Jaylee :)

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Shelters by 2B

March 27, 2014 by · No Comments · Education


2B has been learning about shelters for HSIE. We made some hermit crabs using tissue paper, paint, googly eyes, pipe cleaners and coloured paper. They look fancrabulous! We also made a message in a bottle because we were reading a book about a boy called William who was shipwrecked and stuck on an island.  Mrs Butler and our class learnt about platypus shelters. Platypus shelters are underground but higher than water so the eggs won’t get washed away.

Come and see our incredible class shelters.

Written by 2B

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