Monday, 13 December 2010

2010 NSW PRC Gold Honour Roll

Congratulations to the 30 students from Sandy Beach Public School who earned their Gold award this year. Check out your names on the Honour Roll.

Sunday, 12 December 2010

Sandy Beach School Fete 2010

Sandy Beach Public School 2010 Fete on PhotoPeach

Thank you to everyone who organised, helped and supported the fete. It was from all accounts fun and successful.

Friday, 10 December 2010

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Some of our students have been selected to join in a new NSWDET initiative

Thursday 4 November is the inaugural RAMS video conference. Our kids are really excited and keen to fins out more about the first tool to be shared "Xtranormal" where you can make 3D movies for free.
Image representing Xtranormal as depicted in C...Image via CrunchBase
"Xtranormal’s mission is to bring movie-making to the people. Everyone watches movies and we believe everyone can make movies. Movie-making, short and long, online and on-screen, private and public, will be the most important communications process of the 21st century." Jane Hart Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies
#RAMS   Students teaching students
Enjoy the following Xtranormal videos:
Interview with an astronaut by Jack and Lachlan, also of the Blog Dogs Year 3 class.

For more information about #RAMS check out: Rams Video Conferencing Wiki

Sunday, 31 October 2010

Congratulations to our great orators.

Congratulations to our Sandy Beach Public School Great Debate Team
Our team won the 2010 Northern Beaches Public Schools Great Debate Competition

Well done Zoe, Masyn, Liljana and Oliviah.

 Congratulations also goes to Liljana for her wonderful delivery of her speeches.
Liljana won the 2010 Multicultural Perspective Public Speaking Competition in our area.

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Our Bike Safety Day was great fun and educational.

Thanks to all the parents and carers who brought in bikes or items to push, for their children to participate. We had a huge range of wheeled items from strollers to wheelbarrows!

The three stations that the kids attended all offered different challenges. Lots of skills were tested! Many signs had to be read!

A big thank you Mrs Murtha and Graeme who set up the course and to Mr Holmes for running the day. You only had to look at the kids' faces to see what they thought of the experience.

Congratulations to the Sandy Beach School Community-Great result for the Wheelathon

Over $7000 raised!!
An announcement will be made when a final decision is made about where to spend these valuable funds.

Many thanks to all who contributed to this success!

Lots of very lucky kids went home today with some terrific prizes.

Free interactive eStories to enjoy over the holidays from TheLittleBookClub

Cat   by Mike Dumbleton & Craig Smith

Boom Bah!  by Phil Cummings & Nina Rycroft

The Terrible Plop by Ursula Dubosarsky & Andrew Joyner
This book was one of the shortlisted books this year by CBCA.

These books are available in seven languages.

Sunday, 19 September 2010

3H would like to see us use the existing library as outlined below.

We have been discussing the needs of the school community.
We will be contemplating this issue for some time, until everyone gets a chance to have their say and then a decision will be made.
Wordle: Future library use 3H

Sunday, 12 September 2010

We have a new blog at Sandy Beach Public School......

 NSWDET introduced a new blogging platform for students to use safely both at school and from home through their portal- BlogED. 
 This is a new learning tool for students to learn to use.

SBPS Library's first BlogED blog is now up and running-
It is:

September Springtime Search and Seek.........

 We know that some books have a habit of playing hide and seek...... 
Often they hide so well no-one finds them for ages.
We have had as many as 21, 32, and 36 books sent back to us as a package, when students have finished primary school and parents have a really big clean up.
We are always delighted to see our books return back to our library-which belongs to all of our students!!!
As we will soon have a lovely new set up at S.B.P.S. with our new 21C library and three new 21C classrooms S.B.P.S. staff and students would love to ensure that all our resources are available and ready for action!!
Please have a really good detectives for an hour or so in all the likely and unlikely hiding holes. Don't forget the car and the bottom of the lego box. You would be surprised where we have heard that books have found to hide in the past!!

               Please make
by returning all books with a SBPS barcode on them!

Click here if you like to create your own old WANTED poster?

Year 6 are working on a reflective portfolio in library.

 I am encouraging year 6 students to use a number of different presentation tools to present their portfolio. One tool is Prezi.
Definition from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

"Prezi is a web-based presentation application and storytelling tool that uses a single canvas instead of traditional slides. Text, images, videos and other presentation objects are placed on the infinite canvas and grouped together in frames."
Here is a Prezi about Mrs Lofton -a TL I met on twitter.

The Prezi demonstrates a very simple autobiographical outline of her life.

Year 6 students are being encouraged to search for copies of photos, awards, school work or any special reminders of their past years at primary school. 

They need to use digital copies for their work. Digital copies can be created at home, if it is possible. Copies can be emailed to the student or can be transferred via a thumb dive-(memory stick)

Year 6 students can bring their hard copies to school if the necessary equipment and know-how is not available at home to transform them into digital format.

I am happy to help students with this process before school each day and at lunch times as there is not enough time in their library lesson to help all students at once.

Tuesday, 31 August 2010

The Wonky Donkey is a delight!

This book, The Wonky Donkey, is going to be part of our Special Collection section of our new library.

Students who are triple R (RRR) borrowers will be allowed to borrow these books.
(Regular, Responsible, Reliable borrowers.)

To watch a book trailer on The Wonky Donkey go to Scholastic Australia and press the play button on the Wonky Donkey image in the Latest Video section.

To listen to Craig Smith singing his story check out his video- Wonkey Donkey 

There's more:See Craig perform Wonkey Donkey in front of a live audience and a real donkey ...

K1/0 and 5/6I loved this story today. 
 Craig Smith delights and entertains as he shares the story on the CD provided with the book. 
It  really adds that extra dimension to the reading experience.You cannot help but join in as Craig sings the story verse.
Enjoy some of our kids drawings of the Wonky Donkey:
Hee Haw!!

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Monday, 30 August 2010

Friday, 27 August 2010

These were some of our favourite books......What about now?

Photopeach is a very easy tool to use. It has a variety of applications from displaying students work or school events, to create multiple choice quizzes with a timer and the creation of digital stories. 
 View the spiral view below...
These were a few of our favourite books.... on PhotoPeach

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

We are so lucky to have such a green environment.....

 Juliet Robertson commented in response to Ed's blog post:  10 ways to think about your learning space…
"There is substantial research about the positive impact of having access to greenspace and natural materials. The more “green and blue” in your learning environment, the calmer and less stressed everyone is (Wells & Lekkie, 2000). Adults and children. Have lots of plants in your room (why not grow a forest). Furthermore a PhD student, Kathleen Bagot (2009) from Melbourne has conclusively linked the amount of vegetation in primary school grounds to concentration levels and subsequent impact on attainment levels within schools.

It prompted me to share some of our gorgeous gardens around our school thanks to Pat's dedication and hard work. 


Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Zone Athletics- Good luck girls and boys!!

to all the winners at our athletics carnival .

Good luck to the following students who will be going on to represent our school at the
Mid North Coast PSSA Zone Athletics Carnival 
on Friday 20th August.

Jana                                             Riley
Gabi                                             Kye
Lily                                              Josh
Annabelle                                    Ashley
Billee                                           Dane
Summer                                       Byron
Dakota                                         Tom
Billi                                             Jesse
Chloe                                           Logan

40 kilos of lego will be available for bridge building at the library.

 Coffs Harbour City Library 
will be hosting a free bridge building, fun, children's activity to celebrate Story Bridge Book Week.

Check out the details.

Father's Day stall coming up soon...

Our Father’s Day stall will be held on Tuesday 31st August. 
Gifts will cost $5.00
HELP!! Donations (for the hamper raffle) 
and volunteers needed!!
See Help needed for Father's Day stall on our Parents-Partners in teaching and learning blog

What will you buy for your Dad?
Will you do something special for your father this year?

4C share their recently completed, beautiful art works.

Vocab: Word of the day

Word of the day: ZANY
Do you know what it means?

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Enjoy some of the Shortlisted Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) books

Click on the title to hear Len read:  The Terrible Plop one of the shortlisted picture book from 2010 CBCA .
You could try to draw your own bear after watching this short video:

How to draw a bear (from The Terrible Plop) from Andy Joyner on Vimeo.

You can visit Mrs B's interactive books to do some activites, including puzzles, based on the 2008, 2009 and 2010 shortlisted picture books, early childhood books, and books for younger readers.

Thursday, 10 June 2010

SBPS hall becomes a Bookfair!! SBPS kids are real book characters!!

Congratulations to the winners of our "Be Well Read" Bookfair competitions.

Family Competition: Favourite Book Winners:
  1st place -  Beedie Family  -$25
     2nd place - Fleutcher Family -$20
                                                       3rd place - Redshaw Family-$15                         
                                                       Highly Commended - Meale Family -$10
Special mention to Patricia in Year 6 who produced a glogster (online interactive poster) after giving up her time at luh time to learn about this new Web 2.0 tool.

Special Reading Spot Competition:
 It was so wonderful to see all the places that people like to read in. I hope to place some of the images in a post  after the bookfair is finished so we can share them with you.
The three winners, of a $10 voucher each, are :
Billi  -Year 6
Luke - Kinder
Holly - Year 3

Thursday, 3 June 2010

Have fun looking at last years book character parade too!

2010 Book Character Parade was fun!!

The "Be Well Read" Bookfair was also very successful. 
Thank you everyone who supported our students.
We sold over $6500 worth of books which gives our students well over $2300 worth of great new books for their library.

Sunday, 23 May 2010

Congratulations and good luck to SBPS Cross Country representatives.

District Cross Country Results

The following students will be going on to compete at the
Mid North Coast Cross Country
on 28th May
at Gillwinga Public School, South Grafton.

Congratulations to:

                   8/9 Yrs
Girls                        Boys

Sasha                                       Ashley



                    10 Yrs

Summer                                Riley

                    11 Yrs



                  12/13 Yrs

Dakota                                 Tom

Amy                                     Marual

Friday, 21 May 2010

Our hall is ready- Very REDdy!! BE WELL READ Bookfair begins.

Many thanks to the parents, teachers and students that helped to make the hall look like a very special place to visit.

All of the students will get the opportunity to browse the books before Thursday and make decisions about any they might like to purchase. We also encourage all students from Kinders to Year 6 to make recommendations about the books they would like to have included in their school library collection. It is really important that we include the books in the library that are interesting to our students. Our annual bookfair provides this opportunity.

It was great to hear one students asking for a particular books for his Grandma because it was her birthday soon. I am sure that she would appreciate his thoughtfulness and enjoy a book for her present.

We are allowed 35% of our sales back in commission which allows us to select many, and often most of the books the students recommend. We look forward to your company on Thursday 27 May- Public Education Day.

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Tuesday, 4 May 2010

"Be Well Read" Bookfair.


Our “BE WELL READ” Bookfair is getting closer. The truck full of exciting reads will arrive on Friday 21 May.

After setting up and decorating the hall we will be ready for classes to check out the selection from Monday of the following week.

The book character parade and bookfair sales day will be held on Thursday 27 May. We look forward to seeing lots of parents and friends join us on this day for a huge celebration of “reading.”

Students can dress up as any of their favourite book characters. We encourage them where possible to bring along a book that displays their character for sharing with their visitors and/or their classmates. It can be a book from home, public library, Grandma’s, our library...

After each class parades and share their book characters with us we will do 1 x lucky draw for a “poster pick” from the bookfair = 13 lucky winners!!


We would like to put together a display :
“These are a few of our favourite spots to read....”

We are offering 3x $10 bookfair vouchers for students who bring in a photo of themselves reading in a “special spot.”

I like to read in/ at/under/beside.....anyone of these will be fine. We will draw out three lucky winners and announce them in the newsletter before the bookfair.

EVEN MORE PRIZES- Family Competition

1 x $25, $20,& $15 bookfair vouchers to win

“Share your family’s favourite fun read.”

Create a visual presentation of your book and explain WHY it is so popular for your family. It can be in any format of your choice from dioramas, posters, digital presentation-glogster, powerpoint, paint....

Have fun being creative as a team!!

Our "Be Well Read" Bookfair is all about inspiring and encouraging kids to read widely.

This video may well help too!

BEWARE! It is very catchy!!
I can't get the tune out of my head.

A copy of the lyrics are available.

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Class Competition-Creative Easter displays using Norco bottletops

Mrs Carter and Year 4-5T created a "gorgeous basket of easter eggs" out of their bottle tops.
Mr Murgatroyd and 6M's Easter creation using their bottle tops.

A big thank you to all of the parents and kids who were involved in collecting and creating Easter designs.

The bottletops are on their way to be cashed in for the school.

Monday, 26 April 2010