Every Day Counts

Every Day Counts

At Cardiff North Public School, we pride ourselves on our excellent rate of student attendance, which is never below the Department’s target. We hope to maintain our record. So, just as a friendly reminder:
 If your child is sick or unable to attend school on a particular day, you can notify us by phone, by email, by using the Skoolbag APP or by sending to school a letter explaining why your
child was absent. This now needs to be done within 7 days of the first day of absence.
 Teachers are required to contact parents after their child has been absent for 2 consecutive days. This is part of the Department’s Attendance Policy and is just to find out whyyour child isn’t at school. This is a role we must complete as part of this policy implementation.
 The Department of Education prefers planned absences, such as a family holiday, to be scheduled for school vacation periods, NOT during school and valuable learning times. Children’s progress often slips back behind their peers if they take an extended period of leave.
 We understand that, at times, an extended absence, such as a family holiday, is impossible to avoid. If this happens, please make an appointment with the Assistant Principal orPrincipal to obtain the correct forms to apply for an extended absence and obtain a certificate of approval.

Tell Them From Me “Parents as Partners” Survey

If you haven’t already done so, PLEASE go to https://nsw.tellthemfromme.com/cardiffnth, and complete the “Parents as Partners” survey.
Staff are continuing its self-analysis and find your input very useful.
Last week, staff went through the student responses for the past three years and started to make some plans for the next 3-year plan based upon those survey responses. We want to do the same with the parent surveys. Remember, no individuals are, or can be, identifiable. It’s an overall view from our parents.

Shoe Shopping for the New Year

Are you about to go school shoe shopping? Please remember our school uniform at CNPS is plain black school shoes (not boots) with no coloured trimming or logos. Joggers can be worn with our sports uniform.

Please visit here for a very helpful article on choosing the right school shoes.

  • Good school shoes don’t have to be expensive.
  • Shoes should be flexible but supportive.
  • A good shoe should weigh about 250 grams.
  • Allow a maximum of one thumb width between the big toe and the end of the shoe.
  • Danger signs of poor shoes – your child stumbling a lot or complaining of pain.

National Tree Planting Day

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We planted our trees on Friday 29th July, at staggered times so that classes did not get into each others way. Our focus area this year was the privacy mound in front of the newly constructed dwellings at the southern edge of the school. The children certainly enjoyed it when their parents turned up to help as well.

A massive thank you to Miss Gillard and the Green Team for organising this event for us. We cant wait to see them grow.

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Chaplaincy Program: “School Buddies”

Our school has been successful in gaining a grant to be used to employ school chaplains, or as we prefer to call them, “School Buddies”, over the next three years.The School Buddies will be gradually introduced to the children over the next two weeks and will be available to assist staff and children, as well as families, in student wellbeing situations.Despite the official title, the Buddies are not to promote any religious ideals or philosophies. They are there to assist children to enjoy school and work out their personal and social problems.

The successful applicants are Roz Ewart, who will oversee our school activities, and the “Buddies” will be Shane Kennedy, who engages children through art and music, and Amy Lamotte, whom some children might already know through her work at the OOSH centre, which is also run by CALM, or “Community Activities Lake Macquarie”.

We are looking forward to having our “School Buddies” in our school, ready to assist all children and families.


Zone Swimming

Last Thursday, 13 very eager swimmers of Cardiff North Public School attended the Zone Swimming Carnival held at Speers Point Pool. It was a very hot day, and all 13 of our swimmers swam to the best of their ability. Some even got PB’s (personal bests)! We loved representing our school and felt proud especially in the junior and senior girls relay teams. Both relay teams performed well coming 2nd in each event. Sadly we didn’t have any boy relay teams. Hopefully next year.

I swam really well and was proud to make it to regional’s for all the 50 metre events held on Thursday 3rd of March, I was also very proud and extremely excited when I got 12 year Girls Champion in our zone. 

Fantastic swimmers at Cardiff North, we all did so well!

By Danieka Saxby

On Thursday, July 16th, students at Cardiff North Public School had their NAIDOC celebrations. A variety of activities were offered, including hand painting, logo design, taxidermy displays, bush tucker talks and demonstrations, and a scavanger hunt in our newly opened Bush Tucker Garden – Murabanba.