Coffs Harbour Public School Blog

Courtesy & Honour – Principal:Leonie Buehler


Year 4 Upcycling Fashionistas!!

During Term 3, 4H and 4M have been learning about Sustainability through our ‘Being Green’ unit of work. One of the things we discovered was that Australia is the second biggest consumer of fabric per person in the world. Each of us buys an average of 27 kilos of new clothing and other textiles every year!

Well you might not realise it, but throwing out all of these unwanted clothes can actually have a huge impact on the environment! Back in the old days, most people only had a few different outfits and if they fell apart they’d sew them back up again and again. But a lot’s changed since then!

The fashion industry encourages us to keep buying by making sure everyone can have the latest trend quickly and cheaply. Some ends up in recycled clothing stores, but 85 percent ends up here in landfill. And clothing made from polyester for example can take up to 200 years to break down!

This made us think about ways we could help reduce the amount of clothing waste we produced and how we could recycle unwanted items of clothing.

We bought in our unwanted items of clothing to share with each other and then thought of ways we could ‘upcycle’ these items to make something new. We have had lots of fun designing and creating our fashions and look forward to showing them off in our video!

Fashion Parade 2 from Belinda Leeson on Vimeo.



Food Smart families love their leftovers!

Hi everyone,

Many of our Food Waste families have completed their first food waste audit and are now well on their way to making much better use of the food they buy and saving money while helping the environment! Soon they will undertake their second food waste audit to see how much food waste they have reduced in their own home.

All families that have completed their first food waste audit are invited to participate in our FREE bees wax wrap making workshops.

Bees Wax Wraps workshop

Learn how to make your own beeswax wraps and keep your food fresh and plastic free!

If you want to kick the single-use disposable habit then homemade beeswax wraps are a great alternative. You can use them in the place of cling wrap to cover food and keep it fresh, plus they’re reusable and can easily be refreshed if the wax starts to wear. They can be used for wrapping veggies, sandwiches, baked goods and leftovers helping your food last longer!

Come along to a workshop and learn how to make, use and care for beeswax wraps



Love Your Leftovers

We all know the feeling when we’re left with one portion of cooked veggies or leftover pasta and are not s

ure how to use them up. There is no reason to throw out perfectly good leftovers, just apply a bit of

creativity – leftover salsa can become tomato paste, turn cooked sausages into a salad, whizz stale bread into crumbs for schnitzel… the options are endless. If in doubt, just try it out! For more recipe ideas, download the Love Your Leftovers app.

Miss Farrell bringing in left overs for lunch.


Perfect portions

Cooking or preparing the right amount of food is one of the best ways to save money and reduce food waste. You can follow a recipe or use a serving size calculator to measure the amount of food you need. Our hands are also a ‘handy’ guide to show how much we need to cook.

  • Potatoes, rice, pasta and legumes should be the size of your clenched fist.
  • Fruit, nuts and seeds should be the size of one cupped hand.
  • Vegetables and greens should equal two cupped hands.
  • Meat and eggs should be the size and thickness of your palm.
  • Cheese, spreads and dressings should be the size of your thumb.


SHAPE Program

We would like to welcome the following six Southern Cross University students to Coffs Harbour Public School. We are fortunate to have Miss Proctor, Mr Grenfell, Miss Wilson, Miss Haiser, Mrs Plummer and Mr Saville participating in the SHAPE program this term. The SHAPE program allows the students to attend our school every Monday for 5 weeks, where they engage in professional development, observe class demonstrations and spend time in their base classrooms. This opportunity provides the SCU students to build relationships with students and staff, build their confidence and develop of a good understanding of our school. In term 4 they will begin their practicum which involves a block in their base classrooms.


Lovely Limericks

Earlier in the term 2M were learning about poetry and how to write limericks. Each student wrote their own limerick.
Here are some of them:
There once was a boy named Will,
he ran very fast up a hill,
he saw a big duck,
that was driving a truck
and he drove it down to the windmill.
Will H
There was a girl named Lola,
She liked to drink lots of cola,
she sat in a tree
and along came a flea
and together they ate some granola.
Lola B
There once was a girl named Lee
she lived high up in a tree
she climbed to the top
and did a little hop
and yelled out ‘look at me’!
Bonnie R
There once was a girl named Millie
she had an aunty she called aunty Billy
they ate a big bun
and had lots of fun
and now they call her Millie who’s silly.
Millie H
This week we have also been learning about descriptive writing. Here are some of our published pieces.


2A News!

Paper Constructions

2A have been revising the seven thinking dispositions as a part of their learning about the story ‘Clancy and Millie and the very fine House’, by Libby Gleeson and Freya Blackwood. After reading the story students wrote about the ways in which Clancy and Millie applied some of the thinking dispositions while constructing their ‘very fine house’ out of old packing boxes.

Brooklyn wrote “Clancy and Millie were flexible when their plan didn’t work. They tried new ideas to see if they could fix the building”.

Jhou Pei Ni wrote “They were patient and persistent because it took a long time to build their house. They didn’t give up they just kept on going.”

Faith wrote “Clancy was resourceful when he couldn’t find anything to play with. He played with the cardboard boxes around him.”

Students were then presented with a challenge to see if they could construct their own ‘very fine house’ using only paper. No staplers, sticky tape, glue or other materials were allowed. The students were very patient and persistent, open-minded, resourceful and creative as they built their ‘very fine houses’.


‘Peter Rabbit’ Under the Stars!

PETER RABBIT – Official Trailer (HD) (1) from Belinda Leeson on Vimeo.

Yippeee….It’s that time of year again!

Don’t miss this opportunity to watch a movie under the stars on Friday the 21st September 2018…what better location than our very own school oval and what better film than the 2018 blockbuster hit ‘PETER RABBIT!!! Invite all your friends and family and make a night of it. Bring along a picnic rug and camp chair and enjoy an awesome evening of fun and entertainment. There will be food and drinks available for purchase from some of our delicious local food trucks, keep in mind that this is an alcohol free event – no BYO.

It’s set to be a wonderful evening and we are looking forward to seeing many members of our community on the night. Grab your tickets quick!

Available from Coffs Central and the School Office
$7 per single ticket
$20 for a family


Attendance Information for Parents


  • School attendance is compulsory for students aged 6-17 years.
  • Regular attendance is extremely important if children are to gain the maximum benefits of school.
  • Be positive about your child’s school and teachers. Make supportive comments about school activities and school rules. If parents are positive, it is likely the child will share the same attitude.
  • Encourage attendance at all times. A child will value education if the parent does.
  • Offer praise for regular attendance.
  • Your child should attend school every day possible. Birthdays are not an acceptable reason for being away.
  • If your child does miss a day of school please provide an explanation note or phone call as soon as possible, you have seven days to provide an explanation.
  • If you are having problems getting your child to school ask the school for help.

Students  have a good start to the day when they:

  • arrive on time
  • have a good night sleep
  • have plenty of time set aside to get ready in the morning
  • eat a healthy breakfast
  • are organised for the day



3H Space Invaders

3H have been learning about all things EARTH and SPACE. At the end of this term we are holding a film festival, where we will showcase our own Earth and Space short films. In preparation for this we have been learning how to use technology to create a movie. So far we have experimented with Green Screen, Chatterbox, Pixabay and iMovie. We have put these new skills into practise and created this movie where each student chose some interesting information to talk about, record and insert into iMovie.
This has been an eye opening experience for the class and we now realise how flexible you need to be to take on a role as a Hollywood director or actor. During this learning we incorporated all 7 dispositions but on reflection the most prominent disposition was being PATIENT and PERSISTENT, as some scenes had to be recorded over and over again!

Final Space Invaders from Belinda Leeson on Vimeo.


Science Week in 3/6B.

Last week 3/6B decided to have some fun with science.
We had some helpers in the classroom so we had lots of fun doing some science experiments and laughing. We made a tornado in a bottle – our first one failed but we decided to have another go and the second time we didn’t add as much glitter but we added a little detergent. Now it works perfectly.
We then watched our Smarties make a rainbow – someone ate a few Smarties along the way! – and we made some slippery slime. Lastly we made sherbert – fizzy sherbert with icing sugar, citric acid, baking powder and jelly crystals.
It was a great day in the classroom with fantastic helpers.

36B Science Week from Belinda Leeson on Vimeo.



3M News

What a busy start to Term 3!

3M have rocketed straight into their S.T.E.A.M project…SPACE INVADERS. They have created their own fictional planets and developed a fictional character to live on their planet. It has been wonderful to observe the students thinking, questioning and reflections along with their enthusiasm for the overall topic. It will be our assembly on Thursday the 16th of August at 2pm if you would like to come along. 3M will be telling you all about Captain Disposition.

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