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Holiday message

HAPPY HOLIDAYS

K-2 Concert Thank you for a wonderful year. It is time for rest and relaxation so enjoy the holidays. We will catch up with everyone in the New Year. Check out the Whaler because MPS will go to online textbook and supplies ordering in 2014. The procedures are in the Whaler.... Read more

Books to ignite summer reading

The school holiday period doesn't have to be a time when children's reading and comprehension skills take a break. If you're wracking your brains for gift-giving ideas and summer activities, why not encourage your child to dive into book one of a series? Literacy experts advise that even reluctant readers and children who struggle with reading tend to be more likely to get bitten by the reading bug when they discover a book they enjoy is part of a series. By the end of the first book, the reader is familiar with the style, the setting and many... Read more

NovemberReturn to top
Two new garden beds have been added to the green space in the Belmont Playground to enable more vegetables to be planted Thank you to the parents, teachers and students who help water and care for these plants

New Garden Beds

Two new garden beds have been added to the green space in the Belmont Playground to enable more vegetables to be planted. Thank you to the parents, teachers and students who help water and care for these plants.... Read more

Students from Kindergarten to Year 5 enjoyed the fantastic fair organised by Year 6 students Activities included face painting, car racing, ice-cream spiders, chocolate fondue, super soccer shoot out and hair spraying Money raised will go towards a gift for the school to say thank you and good bye from the Year 6 students

Year 6 Fair Day

Students from Kindergarten to Year 5 enjoyed the fantastic fair organised by Year 6 students. Activities included face painting, car racing, ice-cream spiders, chocolate fondue, super soccer shoot out and hair spraying. Money raised will go towards a gift for the school to say thank you and good bye from the Year 6 students.... Read more

The new curriculum and your child

How do teachers decide what your child will study each term at school? How do composite or combined classes work? Why do students at different schools seem to be studying entirely different things, despite being in the same year? And what will happen next year, when the new Australian curriculum starts in NSW for both primary and secondary schools? Understanding how the curriculum relates to the real world of the classroom and to your child's daily lessons can help you better support them with their homework and study. It will also help you... Read more

Kate Cooper's Farewell Morning Tea

Kate Cooper recently announced she will be retiring at the end of this year. Kate has been Principal of Mosman Public School for nearly 20 years. There is an open invitation for the Mosman Community to come along and farewell Kate Cooper. You can RSVP at rsvp@mosmanpublicpandc.org.au... Read more

Benefits of team sports

Benefits of team sports If you want your child to grow up to be a confident and well-adjusted adult, then team sports may be the answer. Playing a team sport provides kids with important lessons in personal values. Kids learn that things don't always go their way and that they need to respect their peers as well as referees and sports officials. These experiences can influence them throughout their lives, such as when it comes to working for a boss, or respecting the police or other authority figures. When your kids take part in team sports... Read more

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Myahgah Playground Completed

The re-surfacing of the Myahgah playground is completed. Students have access to the area during recess, lunch, afternoon tea and sport sessions. The courts are marked for netball, volleyball, basketball, soccer and handball games. Coloured shapes, numbered hopscotch and an alphabetic snake provide additional purpose for the younger children.... Read more

OctoberReturn to top
Resurfacing Myahgah Playground

Myahgah Playground

Resurfacing Myahgah Playground Work has commenced on the re-surfacing of the Myahgah playground, which will provide a wonderful, safe sport and play area for our school. Special thanks to the P&C Sport Committee and especially Adie Gale for her fantastic organisation of the project. Weather permitting, all work should be completed by the middle of this week.... Read more

A better way of funding our schools

The NSW Government is introducing a new funding model for all NSW public schools that is simpler, fairer and more transparent. The funding model is a key part of a broader education reform called Local Schools, Local Decisions, which places students at the centre of school decision-making. It gives principals and their school communities a greater say over how they allocate and use their available resources to best meet the needs of their students. When fully implemented, schools will manage more than 70% of the state public school education... Read more

Book Fair Kylie Strawbridge

Book Fair

Book Fair Congratulations and special thanks to Kylie Strawbridge and her team for an absolutely brilliant Book Fair. This has been an outstanding success, giving a great boost to literacy in our school.... Read more

MPS Book Fair

Book Fair

Scholastic Book Fair The Book Fair is happening at school this week. At the fair parents, students and teachers will be able to purchase books to further develop their love of reading and to support this fund raising event for the school. Over the last few days, the children have been visiting the book fair to explore the books and make their wish list. The fair will be open for sales from Wednesday 16th– Friday 18thOctober from 8:30 - 11:10am & 2:00 – 3:45pm each day in theschool library. Payment for books can be by cash or credit card at the... Read more

NSW Police Cyber Safety Presentation

CYBER SAFETY

Cyber Safety Mosman Public School hosted a parent Information Session on "CYBER-SAFETY" run by the NSW Police. This session was held on Wednesday 11th September 2013, at 8.30am in the school Library. Stage 3 children also attended a Cyber Safety session run by the NSW Police. For more information regarding Cyber Safety, visit the websites below. http://www.cybersmart.gov.au/default.aspx http://www.cybersmart.gov.au/Parents.aspx http://www.dbcde.gov.au/online_safety_and_security/cybersafetyhelpbutton_download... Read more

Is your child gifted?

The notion of giftedness in children has become part of many parents' conversations. Yet ask anyone what 'gifted' means and the concept remains mysterious, sometimes stigmatised, and often perplexing for parents who think their child may be extremely bright. About 10 per cent of the population is gifted. That is, they are significantly advanced beyond their peers in at least one of four areas – intellectual, creative, social or physical. Those who add skill to their gift are recognised as gifted and talented. Children who are gifted have... Read more

SeptemberReturn to top
Year 4 Choir on Opera House steps

Year 4 Choir

6-9-13 On Tuesday 3rd September, the Year 4 choir performed at the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall. The students, Mrs Grayson and Mrs Scott started the day by walking to Mosman Bay and catching a ferry to Circular Quay. The students rehearsed for several hours during the day before meeting their parents to have a quick dinner before the evening concert. The recital was a huge success with all the students singing with enthusiasm and passion.... Read more

Learning in the outdoor classroom

It's Outdoor Education Week – the perfect time to reflect on how outdoor education plays a major role in students' learning, problem-solving abilities and wellbeing. Learning in the outdoors brings together the benefits of formal and informal education and provides meaningful education for 21st century kids. By acquiring knowledge and skills through practical or hands-on activities students learn about consequences, develop resilience, and learn to take risks in a safe environment. Participating in an outdoor challenge or experience can make a... Read more

AugustReturn to top
Parade

BOOK WEEK PARADE

29-8-13 Characters ... characters. MPS had a tide of animated, colourful, scary, beautiful and well-known characters today. The Book Parade was an outstanding success. Thanks to Maddy Goto, MPS's librarian, who donned her astronaut costume to guide the procession of book characters.... Read more

Parent meeting re-iPads

iPads at MPS

28-8-13 iPad vote a success. The P&C held a special meeting to allow parents to gain more information about the introduction of iPads into MPS. A panel of teachers K-6 fielded questions about the iPad trial and the continued introduction plan. The P&C voted to contribute funding towards further purchases of iPads. The teaching staff is enormously grateful.... Read more

Zone Track and Field Photo

Zone Track and Field Carnivals

Congratulations to all students who participated in the Zone Field Events Athletic Carnival on Thursday 15th August. It was a beautiful day in the sunshine and the day ran on time. Miss Jessop and Ms O'Neill would like to say a huge thank you to Bianca Lopes Cordoza for her excellent organisation on the day. Thank you also to all parents who turned up to watch and cheer the children on, we appreciate your support. Students from Mosman Public also represented their school at the Zone Track Athletic Carnival held on Monday 19th August. All... Read more

Spelling Bee app

A new app designed for Android phones and tablets helps students of all ages practise and improve their spelling. The Premier's Spelling Bee 2013 app features almost 3,000 words and corresponding sentences from the spelling competition of the same name. It also and uses Australian spelling and voices. The app features two categories - junior and senior - with a number of levels that increase in difficulty. Most adults would find the high levels in the senior category a challenge. The app is a companion to the free School A to Z app and... Read more

hurdles race

K-2 Carnival

15-8-13 Today Kinder, Year 1 and Year 2 students raced, threw, hurdled and carried. There were flying frogs, sack races, egg and spoon races and plain old running races. Flashing cameras, mobile snapping and lots of smiling were the order of the day. Thanks Ms Rhall and Ms Watson for the great organisation and fun activities.... Read more

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1W class

EDUCATION WEEK

30-7-13 Today, students at MPS had special visitors in their classrooms. Parents, friends and family members took advantage of Education Week to visit their children. It was lovely walking around the classes and seeing student show off their work and class settings. Thank you to parents who also took time to view others children's work. This is a fantastic yearly activity as both parents and student beam with enjoyment from the experience.... Read more

Our website goes mobile

It is now easier to view our website on your mobile phone or tablet. We have created a mobile version of the site with a range of features finetuned for when you are on the move. You can now more easily: dial or email us from your phone locate us via Google maps check our school calendar view our latest newsletter. You can also create a shortcut to our website on your phone home page Try the mobile version of our website now. Just visit from a smart phone or tablet device and follow the prompts.... Read more

Tree Day

Schools' Tree Day

26-7-13 Yesterday 6D students gave talks to all classes at MPS about the importance of trees. Today all Year 6 planted 70 shrubs and groundcovers for National Schools' Tree Day. The planting is an annual activity undertaken by Year 6 as part of their leadership responsibilities. The Green Team (Tegan and Charlotte) assisted students by organising the plants and demonstrating good planting techniques. This year Bunnings Warehouse became involved by supplying potting soil and compost tumblers. Mr Firth and Mr Cobcroft assisted the planting... Read more

Crowd at carnival

3-6 Athletics Carnival

17-7-13 On Thursday, students, parents and teachers enjoyed this year's 3-6 Athletics Carnival. Mr Dowler's excellent organisation ensured that the day flowed seamlessly. Students enjoyed their races but, most of all, the carnival atmosphere. All students donned their house colours, war paint and some colourful costumes. In one race, we had a super hero and a tiger whose tail seemed to slow him down. The superb weather was a bonus making the day extremely pleasant. Thank You Mr Dowler, teachers, Mrs Baird (Parent Organiser) and all the many... Read more

Developing organisational skills

Learning how to make time for homework, chores and other activities is a vital skill for all children but it's not one that always comes easily. This weekly schedule template (docx 15 KB) is a simple aid that can help kids better plan their time. Print one for your child's desk, one for the fridge and one for their school bag to help keep them on track. To personalise the template, simply click on the cell you wish to change and type. If you need to add or delete cells and don't know how, read these simple instructions . Using colour-coding... Read more

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Helping your child with their homework

How do you get your kids to keep on top of their homework? This School A to Z video features teachers talking about how parents can help kids take responsibility for their homework and avoid Thursday night meltdowns. Get more practical parent tips on the School A-Z website.... Read more

Mini-Mos finish line 2013

Mini-Mos 2013

19-6-13 Mini-Mos 2013 What can be said about the Mini-Mos 2013. You guessed it, the BEST ever! Not only the school principal, Kate Cooper, believe that the race and the fair were the best ever, but so did the masses who attended. The day was a huge success starting with excellent weather, spectacular numbers of competitors followed by an energised fair. Thank you to all the organisers and volunteers who gave their endless time and effort to ensure the whole day was a fantastic success. A special thank you to Pat Farmer and Herb Elliot, for... Read more

Regional Cross Country Runners

Regional Cross Country

Regional Cross Country Eight students qualified for the Sydney North Shore Regional Cross Country. They travelled to Gosford Racecourse on the 13th June. Congratulations to the following students for their sportsmanship and for trying so hard on the day: Archie G Jemima B Rory M Eddie R Alysa B Hugo H Ruby C Kyle D... Read more

Year 4 students who participated in the Mini-Mos Mufti Day on 11th June 2013

Mini-Mos Mufti Day

On Tuesday 11th June, students at Mosman Public School were invited to wear mufti to support the upcoming Mini-Mos. Money raised on the mufti day will go towards funding the stall being run by MPS Year 6 students at the Mini-Mos Fair. The drink bottles were donated by a major sponsor of the Mini-Mos, Belle Property.... Read more

David Doyle - Storyteller

David Doyle - Storyteller

Irish storyteller, David Doyle, visited MPS and captivated Year 4 students with his performance telling and acting out tales. His routine was full of energy and emotion which brought the stories to life.... Read more

Pat Farmer addressed MPS students at a school assembly

Pat Farmer

Pat Farmer, the 2013 Mini-Mos ambassador, attended a 3-6 assembly on 22nd May to promote the Mini-Mos Race and Fair. Pat, an ultra-marathon runner, inspired students to participate in the races with stories from his North Pole to South Pole trek and Vietnam journey. He also recognised the importance of building community spirit by supporting the fair which follows on from the races and the two children's charities, Unicorn Foundation and Aspect Autism Spectrum.... Read more

Getting ready for school camp

School camp is one of the highlights of childhood. Chances are you can still remember some of the campfire songs, the smell of damper cooking and the names of the kids you bunked with. However, it's also true that for some children (and their parents) the thought of staying away overnight can create a little anxiety. It's not uncommon for kids to worry about who they'll room with, ‘being left out' of things, whether something might go wrong, feeling homesick and other understandable concerns. Even the most outgoing and confident child may have... Read more

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Cyberbullying – what the experts say

Research into cyberbullying is still in its infancy but the one thing we do know is the online environment is really just a new setting for age-old issues. Cyberbullying is an extension of face-to-face bullying. It's all about relationships. When are kids most vulnerable to bullying? Bullying – online or offline – peaks for kids (and this is worldwide) at about Year 5, and again at about Year 7 or 8. The first peak coincides with children discovering the power of the peer group, and creating their own social pecking order. The second peak... Read more

New parents at Kindergarten Information session

Kindergarten Enrolment 2014

21-5-13 MPS held our Information Day for expected Kindergarten 2014 students. Mrs Cooper, the school Principal gave a brief description of the school's achievements, academic programs, sport programs and music programs. Parents received an enrolment form and the school information booklet. The enrolment forms need to be returned to school as soon as possible. Parents then toured the school and viewed classrooms. Further questions were answered over morning tea which was organised and supplied by Kinder 2013 parents. If you missed this... Read more

Happy students

Mother's Day

10-5-13 Today MPS held our annual Mother's Day Stall. Students were eager to choose the best present for their mum. Some took a long time to make their choice. Best Wishes for all mothers on Mother's Day. Thank you to the organising parents and the parents who wrapped over 700 presents. Well done!... Read more

Privacy online

Protecting the privacy of personal information is increasingly important at a time when we are sharing more details about ourselves online than ever before. While interacting online can be great for kids, it also makes them more vulnerable. To help reduce the risk of cyberbullying, unwanted attention or breaches of their privacy, you can: encourage them to keep their usernames and passwords safe and not share them with anyone take them through the privacy settings of sites they join to ensure they are careful about what information they share... Read more

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Professional Learning

Welcome Back to Term 2

MPS teachers undertook two days of training on the new NSW Syllabus for the Australian Curriculum, English K-10. The new syllabus is to be introduced next year for full usage in 2015. Session content involved coming to grips with new terminology, outcomes and objectives. A review of our current scopes and sequences for writing, grammar and spelling was also undertaken. For further information on the new syllabus, see http://www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/... Read more

Stay on top of homework

Kids and families tend to run more smoothly when there is a clear plan. So the online parent resource School A to Z has created printable homework and study calendars for each month of the year. The School A to Z website and mobile app can also help with common assignment and homework questions. In the Homework and study section you'll find links to useful websites, maths and English glossaries, and help sheets to make homework time easier in your house. Print your homework and study calendar pages for the rest of 2013. If you have ideas for... Read more

Farewell to Jan

Morning Tea for Jan Morcos

12-4-13 At a whole school morning tea today, Jan Morcos (left of picture) was farewelled by staff and representatives of the P&C. Jan is retiring after 24 years of service at MPS. She first came to our school as a teacher's aide then worked as an office assistant before moving into her current role in 1996. Jan has also carried out many other jobs to help the smooth running of the school, including administering first aid to children when needed. The staff at MPS wish Jan and her family happiness in her retirement.... Read more

Dr Tanya Evans

History Talk

4-3-13 Dr Tanya Evans (Lara and William's mum who lectures in Modern History at Macquarie University), presented an informative talk on the early days of Australian colonisation and the changes it made to the indigenous inhabitants and the land. Her talk centred on the many diverse peoples who came to Australia. She talked about how discovering history is about collecting information from many sources such as tracing family trees (genealogy), looking at artworks, visiting places or sites remaining from the time before and after the... Read more

Becoming a good speller

Spelling is an important skill but one that can be a problem for many children. However, there are some simple strategies you can use to help your child develop confidence in their spelling ability. What you can do to help your child with spelling: Explain to your child that some words can be sounded out, but not all English words can be spelt correctly by ‘sounding out', eg the words ‘you' and ‘said'. Talk to your child about how you spell, and what you do when you don't know how to spell a word. Encourage your child to write at home on... Read more

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Easter Bunny

EASTER HAT PARADE

28-3-13 Happy Easter from MPS. Today MPS held its annual Easter Hat Parade which was very lively and colourful. Students in Kindergarten and Year 1 made their hats in class over the last few weeks. Many classes had their Year 5 and Year 6 buddies to help them with the construction. Congratulations to Juliette W who won the GIANT Easter Bunny.... Read more

Bathurst trip

Year 5 Bathurst Visit

26-3-13 Year 5 returned safely from their Bathurst experience on Friday 21st March. All looked a little tired, even the teachers. The excursion allowed the children to experience the Blue Mountains, the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum, the Bathurst Gold Fields, the Sheep and Cattle Drome and the Jenolan Caves.... Read more

School cross country

School Cross Country

12-3-13 MPS held their Cross Country Carnival today at the Allan Border Oval. Students sped through sunshine, clouds, sun showers and blue skies. There were many exhausted runners at the end of the 2km (junior students) and 3km (senior students) races. A gallery of excited parents cheered and encouraged the students.... Read more

School zone safety

A reminder to parents about the operation of school speed zones around the Easter holidays. School zones exist for the safety of children and families; they will operate on Thursday 28 March, then resume on Tuesday 2 April. Forty-kilometres-an-hour school speed zones operate across New South Wales at all school sites on gazetted school days, which are all days the school is open, even pupil-free days. Find out more... Read more

Staff enjoyed a morning tea to bid farewell to Nestor

Farewell Nestor

1-3-13 Mosman teachers celebrated a special morning tea to show their appreciation and gratitude for Nestor, the General Assistant for the past ten years. He has done an absolutely brilliant job with his expertise, attitude and boundless energy. Nestor is returning permanently to his native Argentina where he will be living in his beloved San Martine. Thank you for everything Nestor! You will be greatly missed by students, teachers and parents. We wish you all the best for your new life.... Read more

Bathurst Goldfields

Year 5 Camp to Bathurst

1-3-13 In week 8, all Year 5 students will be going on a two night, three day camp to Bathurst. All students will be participating a large variety of fun and exciting activities. This term, Year 5 students are studying gold. When we arrive in Bathurst, we will be gold panning and visiting museums. I cannot wait to leave MPS to go to Bathurst and have heaps of fun! Leo C 5A... Read more

Writing essays

Writing essays is a skill many of us have forgotten. But don't worry – here are a few tips to help you and your child, even if you're not familiar with the essay topic. Key points: Determine 'what is the question asking?' Essays follow a specific formula Introduction – state your response to the question and mention the points to be made in the body of the essay. Body – expand on the points introduced in the introduction. Don't introduce new thoughts at this stage. Conclusion – summarise the points discussed in the body. One idea per... Read more

FebruaryReturn to top
Students on starting blocks at Lane Cove Pool

3 - 6 Swimming Carnival

14/2/13 MPS students enjoyed their annual Swimming Carnival. The pace in the outside pool was fast and furious. The races inside were relaxed and challenging. MPS runs a split carnival with serious competition in the 50m pool and a skill-based carnival in the 25m pool. This allows all children to challenge themselves and contribute to their house points.... Read more

Student celebrating Chinese New Year at MPS

Chinese New Year at MPS

7/2/13 Well done to all the children, teachers and parents who made this day a wonderful success. The students looked great in their red clothes, as did the teachers! Thank you to Tara Green and her wonderful canteen helpers for getting into the spirit of things by decorating the canteen and play grounds with beautiful red lanterns and serving spring rolls! We hope you all have a wonderful year in the Year of the Snake!... Read more

Great start videos

A panel of experts answers the most common questions parents have about how they can best support their kids' school life, study, wellbeing and development. In five brief segments, the experts share their tips on how parents can: help their kids reach their full potential at school and motivate them for learning support their child's social development and handle schoolyard conflict support kids through the teenage years. keep up with the technology their kids are using and how to keep them safe online. Watch the Great start videos... Read more

Students enjoying their first day

Welcome Kindergarten!

Wednesday was a big day for all Kindergarten students as it was their first full day of school. There were happy smiles and eager students. Parents were consoled with a ‘Tears and Tissues' morning tea beautifully supplied by the P&C welcoming committee.... Read more

New playground surfaces installed by the P&C

Well Done MPS P&C!

MPS students and teachers say ‘Thank You' for the fantastic surprise. Over the holidays a new artificial grass games area had been laid and marked out. In addition, new rubber safe-fall was installed under the play equipment. Both these projects were made possible by the P&C and parents wonderful fundraising efforts.... Read more

New games

WELCOME to 2013

Welcome back to MPS students. We also extend a warm welcome to all new students and parents. All classes this week received a set of games supplied from the Woolworths' points program conducted last year. Great for wet weather days. Thank you parents for collecting points.... Read more