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K-2 Concert

K-2 Concert

14/12/12 Red, White and Green were the in colours today. Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2 had their annual concert today and it was awesome. The students wore Christmas t-shirts specially designed by them and their parents. Congratulations for being such fantastic performers and having such beautiful beaming smiles! You made us all very proud of you.... Read more

Anaphylaxis information

The safety and wellbeing of your child is of paramount importance to us, including where your child is diagnosed at risk of a severe allergic reaction.. It is important that parents notify the school if their child has an allergy. Anaphylaxis is a severe and sometimes sudden allergic reaction that is potentially life-threatening and always requires an emergency response. As with other serious health conditions, schools put in place strategies to support students at risk of anaphylaxis at school or while they are engaged in school related... Read more

School Musical

MPS MUSICAL

6th December: Who's Got Talent? MPS student do. Last week the annual musical was staged to rounding applause. "The Best Ever" some would certainly say. This spectacular was written and directed by Mr Ben van Biljon who is a MPS Year 6 teacher. He certainly showed that he has talent. Every Year 6 student had an important role in this production which is one of their major end-of-year activities. Thanks to all students, teachers and parent helpers for producing this wonderful musical which played over three nights.... Read more

NovemberReturn to top

Body image and girls

Body image is the number one personal concern for young people aged 12 to 24, with research showing they feel under more pressure than ever to look a certain way. Butterfly Foundation's education manager, Danni Rowlands, goes into schools every week to talk to students about body image. In a revealing podcast, she explains to Rachel Friend what she finds when she talks to girls and young women, what's healthy behaviour and what parents should be concerned about. Listen to the podcast on the School A to Z website.... Read more

Kindergarten Orientation Day

Kindergarten Orientation

Over the last two weeks MPS has held our Kindergarten Orientation Days. These days are important events for new students and their parents as it allows them to spend time discovering the school and to gain important information prior to the big day next year. Special thanks are extended to the Year 6 students who helped as guides for parents on the first day. Your manners and happy greetings were commented on and much appreciated. Year 5 and Year 6 also had ‘Buddy' time with this year's Kindy students allowing their teachers time to focus on... Read more

Preparing for high school

What is the best way to prepare kids for high school and make the move less daunting for them – and you, their parents and caregivers? Sometimes parents think that when their child goes to high school they need to take a step back but teachers involved in the transition say it is more about a change of focus. Here are some tips: In Year 5 start thinking about which high school your child should attend. Help them become more responsible by encouraging independence and responsibility. Get into a homework and study routine. Put their school... Read more

SeptemberReturn to top

Developing resilience in your child

Growing up can be tough. Things don't always go to plan. So how can you help your child to develop resilience? Research shows children with good resilience perform better at school and are less likely to take part in risky behaviour, particularly as they enter the teenage years. The education department's principal psychologist, Ron Balderston, describes resilience as a shock absorber for the potholes of life. "Resilient children know how to cope and have developed skills that enable them to flex so they can manage life's blows when they... Read more

Choir

Twilight Gala Concert:

12th September 2012 - The Twilight Gala Concert was held this week. On display was a variety of Creative and Performing Arts groups. These included Bands, Strings and Saxophone Ensembles, Choirs, Drama Group, Dance Group and individual items. The response from the parent audience has been overwhelming. This concert is the finale of a year's hard work and practice.... Read more

Book Week Parade

Book Week Parade

30th August 2012 - Our 2012 Book Parade was a fantastic celebration of literature and the enjoyment to be had from reading. Seeing book characters come alive with such colour and enthusiasm was wonderful and a great conversation starting point about books and reading amongst the children.... Read more

AugustReturn to top

Premier's Spelling Bee goes mobile

Looking for a great way to help your child practise their spelling? To coincide with the launch of the wordlist for the 2012 Premier's Spelling Bee, a companion app is now available for download. The app features almost 3,000 words and sentences used in the spelling bee initiative, which is aimed at primary school-aged children. The free Premier's Spelling Bee app has junior and senior primary categories with levels of spelling words that increase in difficulty. The game, which features Australian accents, randomly selects words from the... Read more

ANZ visit

Year 3 Visit ANZ at Homebush:

"On Monday 3W, 3P, 3J and 3H went on an excursion to Olympic park at Homebush. First we went on the bus and Toby and I sat next to each other. Then when we got to the ANZ stadium they split the classes, one group went in the stadium, the other group to have a look at the poles and the last group went to the Cathy Freeman Park. The first place that Toby, Aaron and I went to was the Cathy Freeman Park. We first did a long sprint we all had to take long steps. It was the best day I'd ever had. It was awesome!" Luke C 3P... Read more

Opera Oz visit

OZ OPERA

13/8/12 - Students were introduced to the magic of Opera through Oz Opera's delightful production of one of the best-loved Brothers Grimm tales, Hansel and Gretel. In class students learnt dances, songs and themes from Hansel, Gretel, the father, and witch. They played the themes on xylophones and made up spells in the witch's game. Students watched an interactive version of Hansel and Gretel where they designed costumes, lighting scenery and decorated the gingerbread house. The production was a great success and the students' expressions and... Read more

Chicken Toss

K-2 Carnival

"On Thursday 9th August, 2B went to the sports carnival. First we started with the Chicken Toss and of course they weren't real chickens, they were rubber chickens. Then we did Captain Ball. After that we ran over to the sack races and Boronia won, Rangers came second, Monterey came exactly third leaving Glengarry in last place. The score for the sack races were eight for Boronia, five for Rangers, three for Monterey and two for Glengarry. Next we had morning tea which took a long time. Then we did the frog relays and that was really... Read more

Les visits MPS

Visit from Les:

Over the last two weeks the Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2 students have met Les who is a National Parks and Wildlife officer. Les talked about and showed different aspects of his Aboriginal culture. The students were enthralled with the talk and demonstrations. Students who had met Les last year were excited that he had returned to the school. Kai from 1W said, "On Monday 6thAugust we went onto the grass to have an Aboriginal morning with Les. First he talked about bush tucker and native plants. He threw a spear. You can use the xanthorrhoea... Read more

Is my child ready to start school?

Starting school is such a big step. How do I know if my child is ready? The parent website School A to Z has spoken to a range of teachers about how to make the right decision for your child. Here are some of the key points and questions to ask: Children may enrol in Kindergarten at the beginning of the school year if they turn five years of age on or before 31 July in that year. All children must be enrolled in school by their sixth birthday. Are they physically ready? Are they socially and emotionally ready? Kids don't need to read or write... Read more

Education Week - Open Day at MPS

Education Week

MPS had its annual ‘Open Classroom Morning' on the 31st July which was our celebration for NSW School Education Week. Parents, Grandparents and friends braved the cold and wet to view their children's books, work and beautiful classrooms. It was exciting to view the variety of activities taking place. Some of these included literacy groups, reader's theatre, constructing wall displays, hands-on maths activities, whole classes using laptops, smartboards and computers in the computer lab. Classes were also using ipads that have recently been... Read more

JulyReturn to top
Year 6 students planting

School Tree Day

On the 25thJuly, Year 6 students delivered small information talks to all the other students at MPS about the importance of trees. They then proceeded to plant native grasses in the school gardens. This planting is an annual activity which is part of Year 6's leadership responsibilities. "Planting trees was a fun responsibility because we got to give back to the environment. We gave back to the school environment by planting grasses. This will make the school a nicer place. It is a fun memory to have because we will be able to see the growth... Read more

New Maths Monkey’s Quest game available

School A to Z has just released an exciting, new maths game app, taking kid-friendly learning to the next level. Maths Monkey's Quest was created by the NSW Department of Education and Communities and designed for kids from Year 3 to Year 8. This new release engages children (and adults) with addition, subtraction, ratios and percentages, as they unlock new levels and strengthen their mathematical skills. At each level the Maths Monkey enters a new world of mathematical challenges, starting at the Jungle level (aimed at Years 3 and 4 students)... Read more

MPS at It's Academic

It's Academic

It's Academic – On the 17thJuly, seventeen MPS students participated in the television show ‘It's Academic'. It was an early start to the day and a long day of filming for the students. ‘Yesterday, I was lucky enough to have the experience of being on It's Academic. It was a very thrilling experience. I was the Team 4 captain and my team mates were Harry and Tom. It was very exciting when we first went onto the set. When they asked me the first question I could feel my heart pounding in my chest but after a while I got used to it.' Ella (Team... Read more

JuneReturn to top

Books to get kids reading again and again

There's nothing like a series to inspire the bookworm in your child. Just think of the way kids reacted to the Harry Potter novels. Establishing a good relationship with the first book in a series means children can generally be confident they will feel the same way about the rest of the series. The books in a series often become easier to read as time goes on. Once your child is familiar with the first book's characters, the landscape, style and the author's voice, they can simply sit back and enjoy all the subsequent tales. Another benefit... Read more

Green Mufti Day

Green Mufti Day

MPS students looked like a forest of green on Tuesday as they wore their green tones for World Environment Day. The students also were asked to bring in answers to two important questions about the environment. Annabella (KA) stated: ‘They (trees) give us food and clean air. They give animals food and a home.' Thank you to all the students who responded and returned informative answers.... Read more

Grandparent's Day

Grandparents and Special Visitor's Day

On June 7, Year 1 put on a wonderful display of talent for grandparents, visitors and parents. There were songs, poetry reciting and dance. Students proudly showed off their class work and their beautifully decorated classrooms. The students then had a relaxed morning tea with their guests. Thank you to the Year 1 teachers for organising this special event. Thank you to all Year 1 students for your enthusiastic performances, good manners and attractive classrooms.... Read more

Managing your child's weight

Your family is the best influence for showing your child how to manage their weight. That's the advice of the childhood obesity experts for keeping a child's weight down. Dr Shirley Alexander, specialist in child obesity at The Children's Hospital Westmead, says: "Try and get the whole family to develop healthier lifestyle habits and through that, hopefully get some weight-loss in the children." The most recent official figures suggest as many as one in four school-aged children fits into the category of being mildly overweight to obese. A... Read more

MayReturn to top
Jack at Zone Cross Country

MPS win at Zone Cross Country

Last week our cross country team travelled to Artarmon for the Zone Cross Country. The team comprised forty students who had a mammoth win. They were announced as the overall winner on the day. MPS has an incredible 7 athletes who have qualified for the Regional Zone Cross Country to be held on 12th June. Congratulations to all.... Read more

Pat takes students for run

Pat Farmer visits MPS

Mimi-Mos Community Fun Run and Fair on way. Last week the students at MPS had a special visit from Pat Farmer. Pat is a multiple world record holder for endurance running, winner of the "Achiever of the Year" (2000), was a member of Australia's Parliament for 8 years and an ex-parent of MPS. Pat Farmer is the Mini-Mos race Ambassador for 2012. He gave an inspirational talk to the students at their weekly assembly. He recounted his recent epic run from Pole to Pole. He recounted his encounter with a bear, jungles, ice, deserts, friendly and... Read more

Facts about tutors

Private tutoring to give kids a helping hand in their schooling is a growing business. However, it's also an area where parents can be vulnerable to bogus offers and misleading advertising. If you're considering using a tutor, you need to know how to get the best service for you and your child. It's important to know that the job of a school is to ensure your child's educational needs are met in line with the curriculum. Teachers in NSW public schools are university educated and use effective teaching and learning techniques. If you have... Read more

Parent-teacher interview tips

Parent-teacher interviews are great opportunities to meet your child's teachers and shouldn't be missed. Here are some tips from Harrington Street Public School principal Wayne Koboroff about how to get the best out of your time with the teacher. Do your homework Take a few minutes before your meeting to jot down any questions or comments you have. Because interviews usually only run 10 – 15 minutes it's good to have a reminder of the points you wanted to raise. Common questions may include: How is my child fitting in with other children?... Read more

Walk to School

Walk to School

As part of their Year 6 Leadership responsibilities, Year 6 students researched and presented short speeches on ‘Walk Safely to School Day'. Kindergarten to Year 5 classes enjoyed these speeches. Mosman Public School students participated in ‘Walk to School Day' on 18th May. Now in its 13th year, National Walk Safely to School Day encourages parents, children and carers to regularly walk to school for not only exercise but to also teach students how to cross roads safely. The MPS P&C supplied fruit for those who participated in this event.... Read more

ANZAC DAY

ANZAC DAY at MPS

On Tuesday MPS held a very moving school ANZAC ceremony. Special thank you to our School Captains, Anna and Jamie who were superb Masters of Ceremony. They were an excellent example to the whole school on how to conduct themselves at a formal and important event. Thank you Mrs Tauber for organising and overseeing the ceremony. The Performance Band led by Mr Brad Madigan gave a solemn but moving atmosphere to the ceremony. Mr Cotterill's String Ensemble beautifully complemented the Performance Band. Thank You Remy for being the flag hoister on... Read more

Cross Country 2012

Cross Country Carnival

Well done to all students who participated in our school Cross-Country Carnival. The top 5 students from each age group race qualify for Zone Cross Country. This carnival will be held on Wednesday 23rd May, with a backup date on Wednesday 30th May at Artarmon Reserve, Artarmon. Thank you to all the parents who volunteered to help on the day. We appreciate you giving up your time so generously to assist. Without your help, the carnival would not have been the success that it was.... Read more

AprilReturn to top

Homework help newsletter

You can now easily subscribe to updates from the award-winning website for parents, School A to Z. Each term you'll receive newsletters with the latest information to help you manage your child's homework and study, health, development and technology use. School A to Z has been created by parents at the education department to answer the common questions and challenges we all face as we support our kids growing up. This month's newsletter includes: a series of videos to help you when bullying becomes an issue for your child tips for getting... Read more

MarchReturn to top

MP3 players and hearing loss

An MP3 player, such as an iPod, is an essential item for many kids but listening to them for long periods of time can cause permanent hearing loss. And the experts say the volume doesn't have to be ear-splitting to cause damage. The loudness of sound is measured in units called decibels (dB). Conversation is generally 60dB. Traffic noise can be around 80dB. Louder noises, such as a plane taking off, a motorcycle or firecrackers can range from 120dB to 140dB. Listening to music at levels above 80 decibels is going to damage hearing. The... Read more

Class 4G are helping the school environment by picking up rubbish everyday

4G Environmental Helpers

For the last week and a half, 4G have been collecting rubbish from each of the three playgrounds. We are shocked about how much rubbish we have collected. It is incredible how many small pieces of rubbish can make a place look spoiled. In total, we have collected eleven buckets of rubbish and are amazed to see the playground looking much cleaner. We need to find solutions to this problem. You can help by bring to school a rubbish free recess and lunch. If you do have rubbish, put it in your lunchbox and take it home. 4G will continue to... Read more

Taking a stand against bullying

A new website and mobile app have been launched to help parents and students address bullying. The Bullying, No Way! website includes interactive applications, including a choose- your-own-adventure game for students to learn how to deal with bullying, and videos for parents and students. The site also includes information on: helping your child if they are being bullied identifying the signs that your child might be bullying others getting help and support. The website and the Take a Stand Together mobile app were launched to coincide with... Read more

Reading with confidence

You may have already heard of ‘Pause, Prompt, Praise' or the ‘Three Ps' as the strategy is sometimes called. These three catchy words describe a simple technique that, used well, will help your child practise their reading and develop their reading confidence. The principle of pausing, then prompting and then praising is handy to remember any time your child is reading aloud to you. Teachers and trained tutors often use a more structured version, but the following tips can help you to try out the Three Ps when reading with your child at home.... Read more

FebruaryReturn to top

Education Tax Refund 2012

Don't forget to keep all your receipts from back-to-school expenses so that you can take advantage of the Education Tax Refund. The refund gives eligible parents and caregivers a 50 per cent refund on a range of primary and secondary school education expenses, including school uniforms. For the 2011-2012 financial year you may be eligible for the following: Primary school child You can claim a maximum of $818 for each of your primary school children – that is a refund of up to $409. Secondary school student You can claim a maximum of $1,636... Read more

JanuaryReturn to top

Back-to-school support

A suite of resources, including the School A to Z website and the annual back-to-school hotline, is available to help parents prepare for the new school year. School A to Z website The School A to Z website provides you with practical help to get involved and support your children's learning and includes a webcast on the theme of ‘Getting off to a great start at school'. The School A to Z webcast answers commonly asked questions that range from how to motivate children for learning, to tips on how to manage technology use at home, bullying,... Read more