Tathra Public School Newsletter Term 2 Week 2

Coming soon

Next Week (week 3)

NAPLAN - Yrs 3 and 5 Tuesday Language Conventions and Writing; Wednesday - Reading; Thursday - Numeracy

Friday 12 May - Zone Cross Country, Wolumla

(Week 4)

Monday 15 May - Combined K-6 Scripture performance 2:30pm 'Quizworx'

Wednesday 17 May

  • PSSA netball game 9:30am;
  • School Disco K-2 5:00pm - 6:00pm; 3-6 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Thursday 18 May - Peter Howe visit with Tom Thumb Replica; BHS Year Advisors for 2018 and 2019 visit

School Account about to cease operation!!!

Please note that the school banking account will close on the 17 May in preparation for the rollover to a new NSW Department of Education finance system. You will no longer be able to deposit into the old account. We ask that any outstanding payments to the school are done prior to the 12 May. New account and payment details will be provided sometime after 22 May when our new system goes "live".

Cross Country

Students, staff and parents gathered at Lawrence Park on Monday for the School Cross Country. It was a beautiful warm and sunny day. Mr Moses used digital technology to measure the original course and discovered it wasn’t quite regulation – measured back in the day with a trundle wheel we guess - so he changed it to reflect a true 2km/3km cross-country run. Running in the reverse direction meant the students had to tackle a mini ‘heartbreak’ hill. Despite this, our 8+year olds displayed a great attitude and wonderful sportsmanship by supporting one another and giving their best. Thank you to all those who contributed to ensuring the day was a success.

Every child who participated earned points for their House. Red House won the day with 192 points! Congratulations team.

Congratulations to Alfie Tait and Amelia Hodges who received the Junior encouragement awards and Banjo Ford and Maddi Morehead who received the Senior encouragement awards. These students displayed amazing effort despite not making it through to the next level.

The students who will be representing our school at the Zone Cross Country next Friday in Wolumla are:

8/9 Boys/ Girls in order of place

  1. Hamish White / Ashlee Meaker
  2. Kit Whatmore / Heidi Van Bracht
  3. Noah Leafe / Alexandra Smith
  4. Chase Walsh/ Amelia Hodges

10 year Boys/ Girls in order of place

  1. Kai Morgan/ Evie Blankenstein
  2. Jesse Smith/ Ruby Neenan
  3. Ashton Cozens/ Grace Hodges
  4. Lochie Ellard/ Maya Slipper

11 year Boys/Girls in order of place

  1. Owen White / Taia Creary
  2. Jasper Defina/ Kirra Turner
  3. Dom Chandler/ Issy Barker
  4. Ryder Walsh/ Lily Hayden

12/ 13 years in order of place

  1. Mitchell Toomey/ Carly Van Bracht
  2. Jake Kontro/ Shea Kelly
  3. Sunny Leung/ Ava Leafe
  4. Jardy Palmer/ Mia Waugh

A permission note went home today with further details of the Zone Cross Country.

Today 5-7 year olds enjoyed their own cross-country event. Photos will be included in next week's newsletter.

Book club

Please return orders by Wednesday 10th May NOT Monday 15th as originally advised. This is due to changes in our payment system.


Our school canteen is operated by the Tathra PS P&C and run by P&C volunteers. Catherine Mortimer is the coordinator. She is regularly supported by Emma Barnett, Alana Hokin and Ghei Ghei O’Shea. This is a huge responsibility to take on as it requires hours of unpaid work and we thank them all for their commitment to supporting our canteen especially since the introduction of the NSW Government’s Healthy School Canteen Strategy. According to the information provided on the Healthy School Canteen website and which was also shared in recent training attended by school canteen coordinators and a school staff representative:

“Health surveys show most Australian children need to make changes to their diet for their wellbeing, and to establish healthy eating practices in later years.

Their diets are low in nutritious food such as vegetables and dairy, so to maximise their health they need to eat less unhealthy food and drinks and replace these with healthy food and drinks from the five food groups.

In NSW, 22% of children aged 5–16 years were overweight or obese in 2015. Healthy habits for life are set up in childhood – overweight children are more likely to go on to become overweight or obese adults, with an increased risk of serious chronic health problems.

It is a Premier’s Priority to reduce childhood overweight and obesity by 5% by 2025.

With around half of all school students buying their lunch at school at least once a week, school canteens can contribute by supporting healthy eating through a revised Healthy School Canteen Strategy focused on increasing the availability and promotion of healthy food and drinks in schools. The strategy is one of the Healthy Children Initiatives under the NSW Healthy Eating and Active Living Strategy 2013–2018.

The NSW Department of Education and the NSW Ministry of Health, the Catholic Education Commission NSW and the Association of Independent Schools of NSW have all contributed to a new Healthy School Canteen strategy.

The revised strategy has been informed by a comprehensive evidence report and a consultation process that included canteen managers, school leaders, health professionals, the food industry, school students and parents to understand the barriers and enablers for increasing healthy food and drink choices in NSW school canteens.

Public schools are required to transition to the revised strategy over a three year period (2017 – 2019). The Australian Dietary Guidelines and the national labelling system that provides Health Star Ratings (HSRs) on the front of packaged food and drinks forms the basis of the minimum food and drink criteria for the revised Healthy School Canteen Strategy. The new food and drink criteria replaces the traffic light system under the previous strategy.”

Two categories (Everyday and Occasional food and drinks) will replace the three traffic-light categories. There will no longer be two ‘Red’ food days per term as has been the Department’s requirement. However, at the discretion of the principal a school may choose to invite the canteen to cater for a special event, such as a school fair, or school celebration. On such occasions, menu items can align with the school’s plans, enabling the school canteen to be fully integrated as part of the school celebration or special event.

Due to these changes all public school canteen menus need to be revised (even those running only one day per week). Processed foods especially those high in salt and fat such as pies, sausage rolls and processed chicken nuggets have gone. We know kids have enjoyed these treats on canteen days but we really have no choice, so this will have to be a treat provided by home not school!

At Tathra Public School our canteen volunteers have spent many hours preparing a new menu. They are trying to use as much fresh produce as possible. Delicious burgers, pizza, pasta, sushi, sandwiches and wraps are being made according to the new guidelines.

You have been informed that the canteen now needs to take orders on Wednesday when Catherine, Emma and Alana come in to start ordering and preparing for Thursday. We are very fortunate that the ladies have decided to make fresh dough for pizza bases and bread rolls, not a requirement of the strategy but definitely a bonus for our tastebuds! They also make all the sauces and lasagne. The Tathra Butchery provides the fresh chicken for the tenders and chicken products. How We Roll makes the Sushi.

The ladies are always seeking extra help. If you could come and help in preparation on a Wednesday or help on at least one Thursday in a term or even in the year, please contact Catherine Mortimer through the school office. We thank all parents who have volunteered thus far and to those who have supported the unavoidable yet positive changes.

PSSA trials and South Coast Selections

Congratulations to Jardy Palmer of Year 6 who has been selected to a play in the PSSA South Coast AFL Marlins side. The team will playing their first game in Parkes soon. A great achievement Jardy - Good Luck Marlins!

On Friday four of our Year 6 students Chelsea Hoare, Shea Kelly, Carly Van Bracht and Mia Waugh travelled to Berkeley as part of the girls Far South Coast PSSA Netball team. Unfortunately the girls were unable to come away with a win but enjoyed the treat of playing on the indoor courts. Well done girls!

Sunny Leung has been selected to try out for the PSSA South Coast soccer team.

On Friday 28th April, Sunny Leung, Mitch Toomey, Tyler Ellard, Owen White and Jayden Slipper travelled to Batemans Bay to trial for the Marlins Rugby league side. They played three games and lost all of them but they were very close games. While our students were unsuccessful in making this team, they report that they all had fun.

Other P&C news

P&C meeting Monday 15 May 6pm in the staffroom. All welcome.

Mother’s Day Stall

The P&C are holding a Mother's Day stall next Thursday, 11th May. They are calling for donations of flowers, natives, greenery and ribbon to help make bunches of flowers for the stall. These items need to be dropped to school on the morning of Wednesday 10th May.

Items at the stall start at $2 (see below for an idea of the variety on sale). Flowers and Rocky Road will be on sale also. If any parents are free to assist at the stall please contact Deb Barker d_cash@bigpond.com or call the school office.

Coffee Stall

Thanks to Dan Murphy and his coffee team of volunteers for a successful day at the Tanja Markets. It was a great day with lots of great local products for sale and our great tathra coffee on sale.

5c piece fundraiser

5c pieces will soon be a coin of the past! Keep your eyes out for your 5c pieces...... a coin war is about to erupt, with classes vying to collect the most 5c pieces as part of a P&C initiated fundraiser. More information will follow.

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