Coffs Harbour Public School Blog

Courtesy & Honour – Principal:Leonie Buehler


Good news story – Dymock’s Children’s Charities

Last Wednesday, 14th March, Garry from the Dymock’s Children’s Charities (George Street Sydney store) came to CHPS to present us with $6000 worth of Free Books for our library. On this special day some lucky students also received a ‘Dymock’s Duck’ stuffed toy for answering some quiz questions about Dymock’s and books.

Thank you Dymocks. We feel very privileged to receive these books and a big thank you to Librarian Mrs Robyn Veugen for making it happen.

Kathy Leeson. Teacher/Librarian.



Ella is the lucky winner!

Ella recently received 1st place in a local Easter colouring in competition held by McGrath Estate Agents Coffs Harbour. Ella was lucky enough to win some movie passes and a Big Banana Fun Park pass. Ella is looking forward to seeing ‘Sherlock Gnomes’ at Majectic Cinemas in Sawtell.



Easter Hat Parade 2018

We recently held our Easter Hat parade with great success. The teachers and students put in a lot of effort to produce some wonderful Easter hats – Thank you! We had a surprise visitor from the Easter Bunny who entertained everyone with some awesome dance moves…there were so many smiles!

Thanks to all the parents, carers and community members who came to support the parade. A big congratulations to all the Easter raffle winners: Kobe. T, Kylie. G, Dannielle. B, Robert. B and Sam. P.


Harmony Day 2018

On Wednesday the 21st March our school was a sea of orange as we celebrated Harmony Day. Harmony Day is a day to celebrate Australian multiculturalism, based on the successful integration of migrants into our community. Harmony Day is about inclusiveness, respect and belonging for all Australians, regardless of cultural or linguistic background, united by a set of core Australian values.

Orange is the colour chosen to represent Harmony Day. Traditionally, orange signifies social communication and meaningful conversations. It also relates to the freedom of ideas and encouragement of mutual respect. Lots of our students and teachers chose to wear something orange to show their support for cultural diversity and an inclusive Australia.

Students were asked to bring a gold coin donation to support a good cause and we were able to raise $256.00. The money raised will be donated to UNICEF for:

  • 150 measles vaccines
  • 90 milk sachets (for newborns)
  • 300 anti-malarial tablets
  • 200 polio vaccines
  • 600 nutrient sachets

A big thank you to the whole school community for supporting Harmony Day and to Mrs Newton and her committee for putting on a wonderful celebration.



Busy Bees in Year 2

Year 2 have started their STEAM journey with Miss Leeson, Mrs Anderson, Miss Freeman and Mrs Mifsud. They have been studying bees and finding out some interesting information about them. Through their studies the students are learning about the importance of failing forward! That all the very important learning happens when we fail and have to problem solve and get a sweaty brain to work our way out of the problem. It is wonderful to see such exciting and engaging learning happening in Year 2…Keep it up!


Lunch time fun!

Here are some pictures of CHPS students having fun on the playground!



Learning with Mrs Backhouse

Mrs Backhouse has joined the teaching team at Coffs Harbour Public School this year to support the learning of EALD students in K-2. She works hard to provide fun and engaging lessons…look at those smiling faces. Thanks Mrs Backhouse!


Marine Debris Challenge

Marine Debris Challenge from Belinda Leeson on Vimeo.


What’s happening in 3M…

This week in 3M we started STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) with Miss Leeson. Over the next six weeks the students will be observing the structural and behavioural characteristics of earthworms and designing and building a worm habitat or worm farm. The students started by exploring our soil and existing worm farms for earthworms. Next the students measured the worms in their relaxed and contracted states and completed some Maths questions relating to this. They investigated the worms using magnifying glasses which assisted the students in drawing a ‘scientific’ drawing of their worms. The students provided each other with constructive feedback during their drawing drafts which helped them to develop their drawings. During Visual Arts 3M participated in a directed drawing lesson of a worm. Lots of fun!



3H have been engaged in a STEAM challenge that was inspired by the Winter Olympics currently being held in PyeongChang. For this challenge the students had to design and build a snow skier statue out of aluminium foil that was able to stand up on skis (Popsicle sticks).

Students then had to race their skier down the ski slope (recycled box) and time their run from the top to the bottom and record this in a table. Some students had to adjust the positioning of their skier to ensure they were able to stay upright on the deep descent.

Overall it was a thoroughly enjoyable challenge that touched on many of the STEAM components Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics.


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