Friday, 27 November 2015

Year 5CM have fun with Glogster EDU and Cuteshot!

Year 5CM have been busy creating an online poster displaying their experience at Lake Ainsworth using Glogster EDU.
You can check them out:
They will be adding an audio element using audacity next week to finalise them.
My example

This week some of the students used our iPads to create a personal Christmas postcards using Cuteshot- an ios app that is free for the basics.
After downloading CuteShot you get 6 basic albums: Christmas, Fun, Valentine Day, Love, Birthday and Halloween with more than 60 free postcards.
They were able to choose one of the ten Christmas postcards to create their own one.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Help keep our kids safe on the roads and you could great prizes in our wheelathon!! WIN WIN!

Today we had a policeman come to our school and talk to our students in years 3 - 6 about bike safety,

  • stranger danger

  • and the dangers of drugs.

There are Bike Safety resources to share with your children and or class at
We want all of our kids to be safe on the road..

Watch the video above to see some year 5 students share what prizes you might win for participating in the wheelathon or the highest wheelathon sponsorship.

Friday, 18 September 2015

Are you looking for something worthwhile to do during your holidays?

Do your bit to provide rice to the hungry.

Free Rice - Practice math, geography, grammar, and vocabulary while fighting world hunger at the same time!
What is free rice all about?
Can I make a difference with such a small contribution?
Do the hungry really get rice from my online activities?
VIsit to find out.

Visit your local library either physically or virtually:

Borrow DVDs, books, magazines, music.....

and don't forget to visit Tumblebooks for a great selection of online books to read-for FREE! 
(thanks to Coffs City Library who pay for the subscription)
Try some of these suggestions:

v Play outdoor ball games like soccer, netball, handball, footy, basketball and volleyball.
v Make up a concert and perform it for the family.
v Attend free entertainment at your local Shopping Centres.  
v Visit the library.
v Download an ebook to read.
v Play hopscotch.
v Play the Wii
v Play computer games –including  free rice and help feed the hungry
v Watch a DVD. (borrow one for free from your library)
v Create a nature collage day – use leaves, tree bark, sand or soil to create a picture. The kids can collect all the bits and pieces in a bucket. Create an area outside for them to glue their nature collages together. 
v Play celebrity head.
v Write or make a book about your favourite person or animal..
v Retell your favourite  superhero story
v Visit a second hand shop like Vinnies and buy some dress-ups
v Attend  the free Kids Workshops at Bunnings and create something
v Build a tent out of old sheets
v Play with your lego
v Make movies/videos on the iPad or computer.
v Take photos and print them out.
v Take photos and create a photo collage.
v Visit a beach and collect shells
v Go skating (or scooting)
v Watch a great kids movie at the cinema
v Make road signs and traffic lights from cardboard boxesàPaint the boxes or cover in wrapping paperàCreate a cardboard box city.
v Play musical chairs.
v Be a weed detective- locate all the weeds in your garden and banish them
v Make your own musical instruments
v Try some Science experiments
v Read one of your library books
v Make home made pizzas.
v Blow bubbles.
v Colour in. (very trendy)
v Play board games.
v Make play dough.
v Create an interesting figure with your playdough
v Make wind chimes (from tin cans) or a fruit loop necklace.
v Visit your favourite park.
v Take a walk through Coffs Botanical Gardens
v Go ten pin bowling
v Read a book from Tumblebooks via CHCLibrary Homepage
v Learn a clapping game or two and practice until you are an expert.

Kids activities in Coffs Harbour

Coffs Coast Things to See and Do in Coffs

Friday, 14 August 2015

Software available for ALL NSWDEC students on their personal devices at no cost!

The New South Wales Department of Education & Communities has offered its students the ability to download some key software to support the NSW DEC BYOD policy. 
This software has been made available to all school students. 
This software includes Microsoft Office 2013 and  Adobe Creative Suite 6.

Parents will need to work with their students to download this software.
Students need to go through their Student portal.
All of our students (except kinders) can show you how to get to their portal
To get to their student portal at home it would help if they start with the Sandy Beach Public School Home Page. Students then go to the Our Learning Centres tab.

Students can then click on the student portal link and follow the instructions in the video.

Unfortunately Microsoft Office Picture Manager does not come with 2013 but you can access it by following the instructions at

How to Install and Get “Microsoft Office Picture Manager” Back in Office 2013?

How to Install Microsoft Office Picture Manager in Office 2013

Teachers can purchase a Work At Home License  for this software from 

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Pete, the cat, Rocking in my school shoes.

Both Kinder classes viewed the story, and sang along to the boppy song, "Pete the Cat, Rocking in my school shoes."
 Kinder students then tried to draw Pete using various tools: shapes, fill and lines in the Paint program.
Below are pictures of  a few of the students at work. I thought that they were very creative.
What do you think?


Congratulations readers! Year 3 students busy reading in the library.

 Congratulations to all the students who continued their reading over the holidays!!
Many more Sandy Beach PS students have now completed the 2015 Premier's Reading Challenge including the logging of their books onto the online site.

There are a few weeks left for all students to complete the reading of their 20 books! Good luck.
                                   3W students exploring booksand magazines  in the library
3W students reading quietly and in comfort!
Kids who read, succeed!

Monday, 22 June 2015

Library News-Enjoy your holidays everyone!

At Sandy Beach Public School we value reading and promote regular borrowing to support the literacy development of students.

Each week a book worm is awarded to the class which has the highest percentage of students who have borrowed. A big thank you to Melissa -Mum of Addersen and Savannah, for sewing these gorgeous book worms for our classes to enjoy.

This week we congratulate KG, 4/5C and 5CM for their great efforts in borrowing last week.
It's double borrowing this week so students have plenty to read during the holidays. Please ensure all over-dues are returned.

Book Club
It's coming! Yes, next term we will be offering the opportunity to purchase from Scholastic Book Club. This provides many titles to choose from at reasonable cost without even leaving your home! An update will be published soon.

Monday, 25 May 2015

National Simultaneous Storytime via Storybox

Author Tristan Bancks ready to share his My Life series!

Tristan Bancks will be at Sandy Beach Public School next week.
He will be running workshops for students.

My Life & Other Massive Mistakes book trailer 


A gang of old folks make a daring escape attempt from Kings Bay Nursing Home. Based on 'The Great Escape', a short story from Tristan Bancks's 'My Life & Other Massive Mistakes' - a book of weird-funny-gross short stories for kids, out now (Random House Australia).
Read a free sample, check out the illustrations and discover more at

Saturday, 7 March 2015

Our students really enjoyed viewing the textless video:"Colour your world with kindness."

The only rule in our library learning spaces is

to "Be Kind!"

My goal this week was to reinforce the
importance of this rule.

This week all of our classes viewed the
textless video below at the beginning of their lesson::

Can you work out the message of the video?

Friday, 6 February 2015

Year One have their first learning technologies lesson.

The students were asked to observe any technology items that we have used or they think we might use for learning.
After some sharing they were asked to draw what they had discovered.
Year One discover many learning technologies on PhotoPeach