Coffs Harbour Public School Blog

Courtesy & Honour – Principal:Leonie Buehler


Join CHPS Chess Club!!

Have you ever thought about investigating your interest with chess? Well now is the time!! Chess helps to build your critical thinking and problem solving skills and you get to build friendships as well. Chess Club is open to all K-6 beginners and more experienced students. Please visit Mrs Grimston’s classroom every Thursday at lunchtime to practise and hone your skills.

Mrs Grimston says “It has been wonderful to see so many students come along to learn some new skills and enjoy a game of chess with their friends.”





CHPS ANZAC Day Assembly


TerraCycle at Coffs Harbour Public School

As of this term CHPS will be a collection point for students and staff to recycle their ‘oral health care’ and ‘beauty products’.

The following products are accepted:

  1. Toothpaste tubes and caps, toothbrush and toothpaste tube outer packaging, toothbrushes and floss containers.
  2. Cosmetic packaging such as used lipstick and lip gloss, mascara, eye shadow, bronzer, foundation, eyeliner, eye shadow, lip liner, and concealer packaging.
  3. Hair care packaging such as used shampoo and conditioner bottles and caps, hair gel tubes and caps, hair spray and hair treatment packaging.
  4. Skin care packaging such as lip balm, face moisturiser, face and body wash soap dispensers and tubes, body and hand lotion dispensers and tubes and shaving foam packaging.

Any brands are accepted (not just Colgate OR Loreal). Two labelled bins are outside Miss Morgan’s classroom for collection.

This is a great initiative through TerraCycle.

TerraCycle offers free recycling programs funded by brands, manufacturers, and retailers around the world to help you collect and recycle your hard-to-recycle waste.

TerraCycle reuses, upcycles and recycles waste instead of incinerating or landfilling it. This moves waste from a linear system to a circular one, allowing it to keep cycling in our economy.



Unstoppable 4/5M!!

4/5M has had an absolute blast this term! They were extremely excited to share their new skills in skipping at our assembly the other week. Not only did they have fun whilst learning but their fitness had improved out of sight! Happy healthy children make for engaged and active learners. They wanted to give a big shout out to Ms Kathy Leeson for being such a vibrant and amazing skipping coach and Miss Mel Mulrooney for her added dance moves. We are excited to see what is in stall for this amazing class next term!!


Year 4 STEAMing ahead!

4M and 4H have been working hard with Miss Leeson on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Maths). They have been doing worm investigations, doing information reports and doing some ‘unplugged’ coding. These unplugged coding activities were compiled by and help teach the fundamentals of computer science without needing computers! The students have been really engaged and are starting to understand the process of ‘programming’ one another to complete a task. Miss Leeson, Mr Murphy and Mrs Hodgson have loved seeing the engagement of all the students. Keep it up Year 4!


Evonne Goolagong Foundation Tennis Day

On Monday the 26th of March, 15 students were selected from Coffs Harbour Public to participate in  the Evonne Goolagong Foundation Tennis Day. Students trialled their skills in tennis and learned many different skills throughout the day, as well as hearing from Evonne Goolagong about her journey and passing on valuable information about ‘never giving up’ and ‘chasing your dreams’.





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.


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