Gorokan Public School Newsletter - Week 4, TERM 1, 2021

Principal's Report

Dear Parents and Carers,


At Gorokan Public School it is important that students attend school every day that they are able. Not only is it a legal requirement it is also important for their learning and in maintaining and developing positive peer relationships.

Missing days at school quickly adds up.

If your child has a valid reason for being absent from school (being sick for example) then you will need to inform the school through one of the many options available to parents and carers. If you have not made contact with us by the third day of absence we will call you.

Current COVID-19 guidelines state that students must not attend school if they are unwell, even with the mildness of symptoms including fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, loss of taste, and loss of smell. Students need to be symptom free and a negative COVID-19 test result must be received and sighted by the school prior to their return to school.

Students who do not undertake a COVID-19 test are not permitted to return to school for a 10 day period and they must be symptom free for at least 3 days prior to their return.

Students who have seasonal allergic rhinitis or another condition that presents similarly to flu-like symptoms are still required to get tested for COVID-19 and return a negative test result. Where their symptoms continue beyond 10 days, students should provide documentation from their GP confirming their symptoms are typical for their condition.

Isolated incidents of sneezing or coughing may not indicate that a student is suffering from an illness. Our staff will talk with students about how they are feeling to determine if a cough/sneeze is an isolated incident or whether the student is unwell. Where a student is unwell arrangements will be made to send them home.

Thank you for your cooperation with these matters as you are keeping our school safe and operational. We look forward to working in partnership with our parents and carers to ensure our children are at school learning on every day that they possibly can be.

Teachers and Parents Working Together - Our dedicated teachers know that students achieve their best results when learning is done in a partnership with students, parents/carers and teachers. In coming weeks we will be providing you with organisational information for each stage. We will also be inviting our parents and carers to book a phone interview appointment in Weeks 6 and 7 through the SENTRAL Parent Portal App. This will be an opportunity for you to talk to your child’s new teacher and share all the information that will assist us in making sure your child achieves their best in 2021. This will also provide an opportunity for our Aboriginal families to assist us in developing meaningful Personalised Learning Pathways for their children. If you need to contact your child’s class teacher prior to this, this can be arranged by contacting the front office and leaving a message, so the teacher can get back to you at a mutually acceptable time.

Student Leadership

Congratulations to all our student leaders who were recognised this week.

School Captains and Prefects - Our 2021 Student Leadership Team were excited to receive their leadership badges at our induction ceremony this week. School Captains - Lincoln and Ruby, Vice Captains - Riley and Elissa, Prefects - Dom, Tyler, Chloe and Lily.

Sporting Captains - Jacob and Taylor (Buck), Brooklyn and Grace (Thwaite), Cooper and Bridget (Brooks), Connor and Emmie (Gascoigne).

Sporting Vice Captains - Stefron and Killara (Buck), Jacob and Jordin (Thwaite), Jordin and Lily-Rose (Brooks), Aidan and Jasmin (Gascoigne).

Class Captains - Term 1 Class Captains have all received their wrist bands and certificates and are acknowledged in the Stage News section of this newsletter.

We invite our community to celebrate our student leaders by watching our Week 4 Captains Assembly via the link available soon.

I look forward to working closely with all our safe, respectful student leaders in 2021.

2021 Student Leadership Team

Jason Clenton

Relieving Principal

Dates to Remember

  • Tuesday 2nd February to Friday 26th February Dental Van Visit
  • Thursday 4th February to Friday 19th February Life Education
  • Friday 19th February - Competitors only Swimming Carnival
  • Tuesday 23rd February 2021 Aboriginal Education Consultative Group Meeting 5:00pm at Gorokan High School
  • Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th February School Photos
  • Monday 1st March to Friday 12th March Parent/Teacher Phone Interviews

Early Stage One


Library Day

KD/T - Thursday, KF - Tuesday, KJ - Tuesday, KL - Friday

Sport Day – every Monday for all Kindergarten classes.

Important Information Package

This week each family will receive a package of important information including; your child’s home reader folder with homework information; school behaviour system information with dojo details and BEST START results.

Please do not use the school dojo system as a means of communicating with your child’s teacher. Please use the school email or phone the office to make an appointment.

Starting and Finishing Times

Weeks 4 - 5

School for all Kindergarten students is 9:00am - 2:30pm. Arrive and depart from the SaC Centre gate. Parents will now be able to leave their child with an adult outside the SaC Centre gate from 8.45am onwards. If you are later than 9.10am in the morning, please take your child to the main school gate in Dudley Street.

Weeks 6 - 10

School for all Kindergarten students is 9:00am – 2:50pm.

Please let your child’s teacher know how your child will be collected each afternoon and an adult will escort them to the appropriate exits.

Option 1: Kiss and Drop – main gate in Dudley Street

Option 2: Parent Pick Up – SaC Centre gate in Dudley Street

Option 3: Back gate – in Suncrest Parade

Option 4: Bus or Muck-a-bout after school care SaC Centre gate in Dudley Street

Please support your child to be ready for school each day by arriving on time, packing a healthy lunch and snack with limited packaged items, supplying a drink bottle and having them dressed in their school uniform with a school hat. We ask that you be punctual in collecting your child so they do not become distressed. If someone other than yourself is collecting your child please let your child’s teacher know.

Please label all belongings including shoes and socks.


We welcome and appreciate any contributions you would like to donate to your child’s class such as tissues, white board markers and glue sticks, however each student is not required to supply any stationery items for individual consumption.

If you have any questions, please phone the school office on 4392 4200. We look forward to meeting you and working closely to support your child’s learning at Gorokan Public School.


Passwords for the school intranet, Sound Waves spelling program, Mathletics mathematics program, PM Ecollection reading books and World Book online will be sent home shortly. Once you have been issued with these fantastic educational resources which are paid for by the school, please ensure you access these programs regularly with your child.


Scripture classes begin weekly in Week 6. A note will be sent home for you to indicate your child’s scripture class.

Celebration of Learning

Kindergarten teachers would like to thank all parents for helping their children to adjust to school routines so quickly. It is a big step for all families to begin school especially during these current times, however we have really enjoyed getting to know each and every child and look forward to our parent/teacher interviews beginning in Week 6.

Kindergarten classes are focusing on helping students to become familiar with the school environment and expectations. We are supporting your children to make friends and become happy, confident learners.

We congratulate the following students for becoming Class Captains for Term 1.

KDT – Kelsey and Jake, KF – Wyatt and Gypsy, KJ – Harrison and Evie, KL – Luka and Amity.

We would also like to congratulate our class award winners for Week 3.

KDT – Jake and Mele, KF – Eildon and Olivia, KJ – Jacob and Ayla, KL – Amity and Rhylen.

Mrs D Jeanpierre - ES1 Assistant Principal

Stage One


Stage 1 Weekly Overview

Monday : 1B Library, 1/2E Library

Tuesday: Year 1 Sport Day

Thursday: Year 2 Sport Day, 1J Library, 1C Library

Friday: Year 1 Grade Meeting, Year 2 Grade Meeting, Year 2 Classes Library

Celebration of Learning

Stage One Parent Information Handout/Student Information for 2021

This week you will receive your Parent Information Handout for 2021. This will be sent home with your child and will also be available online. Information pertaining to Stage One students such a sport day, library day, our school behaviour system/Class Dojo information and details about our Parent/Teacher interviews in Week 6 and 7 will be included in the handout. A ‘Student Information’ sheet will also be sent home. Please complete and return to your child’s teacher.

Class Supplies

Whilst we do ensure that all our Stage One students have all their necessary books, stationery etc, we graciously appreciate any items you may wish to donate to your child’s class at this time of year. Contributions such as handwash, paper towel, tissues and glue sticks would be fabulous! Thank you to our Stage One families who have already donated these needed items.

Login/Password Details for Online Resources:

Passwords for the school intranet, Sound Waves spelling program, Readings Eggs, Mathletics mathematics program, PM Ecollection reading books and World Book online will be sent home shortly. Please remember to sign and return the permission note that enables your child’s teacher to generate such passwords and can then send them home as soon as possible.

We warmly welcome all our parents/carers and are very excited about this new year of great learning for our Year 1 and Year 2 students. Please feel free to contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions by calling our school office. We sincerely look forward to working in partnership with you to support your child’s learning.

Celebration of Learning

Stage One classes have had a wonderful start to the school year with a particular focus on our PDHPE “Getting along with Others” unit. The children have been immersed in listening and focusing attention activities and enjoying the class games that reinforce these concepts. Our Year 1 and Year 2 students are learning to utilise adjectives, focusing on the use of descriptive language in writing and reading. The children have come up with fantastic descriptive pieces of writing and have also incorporated this fabulous vocabulary in composing descriptive poetry.

Our wonderful students showing great listening and focusing during our Sound Waves activities

Term 1 Class Captains

We are excited to announce our Stage One Class Captains for Term 1.

Year 1: 1B – Mia and Jacob, 1C – Anabelle and Haylen, 1/2E – Taliah and Henry, 1J – Elliot and Byron.

Year 2: 2B – Ava and Kevin, 2F – Holly and Beau, 2R – Yasmin and Tyler.

Grade Gathering Class Awards

We would like to congratulate our class award winners - which are presented to our students during our Year 1 and Year 2 Grade Gatherings held each week.

Year 1: 1B – Lailahni and Alex, 1C – Anabelle and Willow, 1/2E – Rose and Harry, 1J – Chelsea and Byron.

Year 2: 2B - Oliver and Jaida , 2F - Trevor and Aliyah , 2R - Anna and Riley.

Mrs T Coote - Relieving S1 Assistant Principal

Stage Two


We kindly ask that all students bring a set of headphones to use at school. Headphones need to be labelled with your child's name and class.

A reminder that Stage 2 sport is on Friday and all students are required to wear their yellow sports uniform on this day. Hats and water bottles are also essential items.

Celebration of Learning

This semester Stage 2 students are learning about Aboriginal history and culture. We were very excited to have Jonathan Wright, ex NRL player and proud Gamilaroi/Dunghutti man speak to our students about what it means to be connected to country and ways in which culture, nature and land are all linked. Students learnt about the connections that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have to the land and how it is based on culture, traditions and laws. We thank Jonathan for providing such an engaging learning experience for our students.

Congratulations to the following students who have been voted as Term 1 Class Captains. We are sure you will make wonderful leaders and represent your class.

3R - Amelia W and Jaxon, 3M - Cooper B and Esther, 3W - Harrison and Alicia, 4F - Bodhie and Holly and 4MO - Vincent and Izzabelle.

Mrs R Ranse - Acting S2 Assistant Principal

Stage Three


Wow! Week 4 already and this term is moving along quickly. Students have settled into their new classes extremely well and we are all pleased with their efforts so far.

Please ensure your child brings a drink bottle and their own writing instruments (pens, pencils, glue sticks etc) to school every day. All students are required to supply their own set of headphones/earphones this year (these can be purchased from Kmart, Reject Shop etc from approx. $6).

In addition to personal equipment we are asking all families to donate a supply of tissues, baby wipes, paper towel and glue sticks to their class.

Numerous permission notes have been sent home over the last fortnight. Can you please ensure that your child’s notes are returned promptly to class teachers.

All students need to return their swimming carnival, Reading Eggs and Mathletics and Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program permission notes.

Year 6 students Expression of Interest for High School forms have been sent home and are due back to school no later than Friday 12th March, 2021.

If you have any questions or concerns please phone your child’s class teacher. Thank you for your ongoing support.

Have a wonderful fortnight.

Celebration of Learning

A huge congratulations to all of our Stage 3 Class Captains for this term. They are:

4-6P – Cooper B and Chantelle H, 5H - Jai T-P and Grace W, 5L - Oliver S and Lilly S, 6D - Kyrone G and Zoey H and 6F - Michael L and Killara Q.

We look forward to seeing all the wonderful things you do with your classes!

Mrs K Day - S3 Assistant Principal

Special Education


K-6L, K-6S, K-6J students need to return their Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden permission notes as soon as possible. Students cannot participate in cooking until these notes are returned.

Please make sure all your child’s belongings are clearly labelled. It is difficult to return items to students if they are not labelled.

Celebration of Learning

The students in the Support Unit enjoyed visiting Healthy Harold. The older students participated in lessons about cyber safety and the younger students learnt about how to look after their bodies. All the students enjoyed feeding Harold carrots and giving him a hug. Ask your child what their favourite part of Harold’s lesson was.

Congratulations to the award winners from this fortnight: Sienna, Kaia, Jordin, Elijah, Cooper, Jarvis, Isabelle, Ryland, Noah, Jackson and Malaqui.

Well done to our Class Captains for Term 1. They are:

K-6L – Elouise, K-6G – Luke, K-6S – Justin and K-6J – Aiden.

Mrs S Crook - Deputy Principal Student Wellbeing

P&C News

Free Lower Limb Assessments

The University of Newcastle Podiatry Clinic at Wyong hospital is offering children age 0-17 free lower limb assessments. Appointment times: Mondays from 2.30pm to 4.45pm until 31st May 2021.

Children will be assessed by final year students, supervised by a podiatrist. Assessment can include foot, ankle, leg and knee problems. Common reasons for consultation include warts, heel pain, night-time leg pains, rehab after ankle sprain and advice about flat feet. Advice can also be offered on footwear and normal development. For more information, or to make a booking, please call 4394 7280

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, all patients and parents/guardians will be given face masks to wear for the appointment.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at Fiona.Hawke@newcastle.edu.au

Jasmine Daunt - Community Liaison Officer

Parenting Ideas


Helping your child become the best student they can be

The new school year is full of excitement and possibility for students and parents. Regardless of how a child or young person has previously performed, this year offers a chance to set a new course.

While it’s tempting as a parent to make the attainment of good academic results the main priority, this is a narrow view that may be incompatible with long-term success. It’s wiser to broaden your view and focus on helping your child or young person become the best student they can be. Here’s how.

Encourage learning

The rapidly changing world and workforce that your child will enter requires that they have a willingness to continually learn and adapt. The concept of a lifelong learner, previously lauded by educators with an eye to the future, has now become a reality. Learning and continual improvement should be embedded in each child’s psyche so that school life is just a starting point to a lifetime of learning, growth and development. Help your child see themselves as successful learners who achieve results through hard work and application, and that nothing is beyond them if they apply themselves.

Promote leadership

Leadership is required in all walks of life including at school, at work, in families and in the wider community. Help your child see themselves as a leader by focusing on personal leadership capacities such as planning ahead, communicating clearly, being accountable for their behaviour, developing emotional awareness and fostering good relationships with siblings and peers.

Personal leadership development provides a strong foundation for the development of leadership skills in more public forums in later life.

Applaud independence

The school years are critical for the development of independence, which can easily be closed down by the roadblocks of impatience, overindulgence, fear and lack of time. Alternatively, independence is promoted when we show patience, provide opportunity, display confidence and teach students how.

Embed wellbeing

If there is one difference that modern schooling is making to the next generation it’s in the leadership they have shown in recent years to the maintenance of mental health and wellbeing practises. Parents can support their child’s long term wellbeing by embedding wellbeing habits including healthy eating, exercise, sleep, relaxation techniques, regular time in nature, gratitude and mindfulness.

Teach socialisation

If you want your child to be liked by others, it’s essential to spend time and effort developing the skills and attitudes needed to succeed. Develop in them an awareness of how their behaviour impacts on others, instil manners and community-mindedness and develop a broad range of friendship skills that will assist them to relate well to others.

Foster resilience

2020 showed us life is unpredictable, full of ups and downs, straight balls and curve balls. It’s the unpredictability, the downs and the curve balls that develop kids’ resilience. How parents and teachers react to the hardships, frustrations and difficulties kids face either hamper or foster resilience. Spoil, overprotect or pamper and growth opportunities are wasted. Support, encourage and teach kids to cope and you’ll be helping them develop a real sense of psychological hardiness and resilience that’s essential for long term happiness and success.

Make this year a memorable one by helping your child grow and develop into the best student they can be. Keep the focus broad and do all you can to ensure that your child sees themselves as a confident and continuous learner.