Tell Them From Me “Parents as Partners” Survey

If you haven’t already done so, PLEASE go to, 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.


Creative Writing.

This week, one of the homework tasks for students in 5/6W was to write a creative story. They were given a visual prompt and an introduction to work on.


While going for a walk, you decide to take a different route home. You notice a large rock in the distance. Curious, you decide to explore.
“This is not a rock, it’s a cave entrance!”

One of our students would like to share with you their final product. Take it away, Evvey!

As I approached the cave entry, I hear and feel the howling wind. I feel very scared. Who knows what could be on the other side of this door, yet there was something pulling me closer.

I got to the front of the cave door and it had very small steps up to the door. I reach for the small handle, but it disappears and my hand goes straight through!
“Wow!”, I thought to myself. Not thinking, I walked through the door.

What was I thinking? Okay, I had to calm myself down. As I looked around I saw this beautiful garden and in the distance I saw some sort of village. The garden was amazing, unlike anything you have ever seen. There were these flowers that looked exactly like lollipops everywhere! The grass was the brightest and most richest, greenest that I had ever seen. I had to just lay down on it. The grass was so soft.

As I sat back up, I heard this strange, but lovely, voice. I turned to my right and there was a group of small men with brightly coloured hair and the cutest eyes I had ever seen! They asked me to dance. I was so happy, I got up and started dancing with them. Mind you, I had no idea who I was dancing with, but I certainly didn’t feel scared anymore.

Then I asked who they all were? They all cheered happily, “We are the Tribe of the Dancing Eckles!”.
“That’s awesome!” I replied.
Oh, then I realised the time. It had been hours since I got here. Mum will be worried! So I said, “Goodbye. I hope to see you again. Where is the door?”
They cheerfully replied, “Across the hill and follow the Purple Plank Path!” they continued, “Farewell our good friend!”

As I stood outside the door, I could hear and feel the howling wind again. It didn’t bother me like before, though. I skipped and danced happily home to my mum.

I wonder if my mum believes me..?

By Evvey.