Getting Ready For Kindergarten
The time has begun for our newest Kindergarten students to begin their transition to big school! We are so excited to meet you and show you why life at Athelstane is so special. To make the transition to school smoother, it is important for all students to attend our transition sessions: Session #1: Thursday 19th October Session #2: Thursday 26th October Session #3: Thursday 2nd November Please contact the school for further information. We look forward to seeing you there.... Read more
Term 4 Begins MONDAY 9th OCTOBER
We hope that you are all having a fantastic break. We will resume school for the final term of the year on Monday 9th October. There is not Staff Development Day in Term 4, therefore all students and teachers will resume school on the same day. We look forward to seeing you next week.... Read more
NDIS continues its roll out across NSW
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) started in NSW in July 2016, rolling out across half of the state. The rollout for the rest of NSW started on 1 July 2017 and the NDIS will be fully rolled out by mid 2018. The NSW government is writing to the families of children and young people with disability who currently receive disability supports in the rollout areas to advise how and when they will enter the NDIS. How will people move into the NDIS? There is a planned approach to the way people enter into the NDIS. The first people to... Read more
Welcome to BOOK WEEK!!
This week Athelstane is celebrating Book Week with the theme "Escape To Everywhere". A number of events will be running this week: Book Fair: this will run daily in the Library from 8:30-9am, and again from 2:30-3:30. This is a great opportunity to purchase some wonderful books. It is first in, best dressed, so hurry in before the books sell out! Author Visit: Author Rowan McAuley will be visitng on Friday to share some wonderful books and the secrets to being an author. Payments for this have now closed. Book Week Parade: On Friday... Read more
NAPLAN Online School readiness test
NSW schools will participate in the NAPLAN Online School Readiness Test from 14 August to 22 September. There is a lot of information for schools, students and parents on the NAPLAN Online transition website. The school readiness test is a ‘practice run' for schools to assess their technology as we prepare to transition to NAPLAN Online. It provides an opportunity for schools to become familiar with the NAPLAN Online assessment platform but is not an assessment of student ability.... Read more
Education Week Open Day - Tomorrow
A reminder that parents are invited to an Open Day to celebrate Education Week tomorrow, August 1st. Timetable: K-2 Showcase Assembly 11:30am in the Hall K-2 Open Classroms 12:15 3-6 Open Classrooms 11:30 3-6 Showcase Assembly 12:15 in the Hall Parents are invited to stay and have lunch with their children. We look forward to seeing you there!... Read more
Education Week 2017
Next week (Monday 31 July – Friday 4 August) is Education Week, a statewide annual event to celebrate public education in NSW. The week highlights the achievements of public education and local schools, putting the spotlight on our students, our educators and the communities that support them. This year's theme is I Learn, We Learn. It is a celebration of the commitment of the NSW Department of Education to ensuring that our students are at the heart of learning and that all our schools improve every year. Education Week is also a time for... Read more
CHANGES TO EASTER FAIR TOMORROW!!
Due to wet conditions, tomorrow there will be no rides or stalls. These activities have been postponed. The Easter Hat Parade and student performances WILL go ahead at 11:30am. Students can bring money for chicken kebabs, corn on the cob or a nuggets and chips from the canteen. We still hope to see plenty of parents for our festivities.... Read more
Introducing Healthy School Canteens
The introduction of the revised Healthy School Canteen Strategy increases the availability of healthy food and drink options in school canteens to make the healthy choice, the easy choice. It replaces the Fresh Tastes@School Strategy in NSW schools that was commonly known as the traffic light system. The revised strategy is consistent with the 2013 Australian Dietary Guidelines and classifies food and drinks as either Everyday or Occasional. Sugary drinks will continue not to be sold. NSW public schools will have until the end of 2019 to... Read more
Our shared responsibility
Welcome back for the 2017 school year. I hope everyone had a relaxing and refreshing break. I'd like to particularly welcome students (along with their parents) and staff starting in our schools for the first time. May the year ahead be engaging and rewarding – a wonderful year of teaching and learning. We know the world is transforming profoundly and quickly, and it is our great responsibility to prepare our children and young people so that they can flourish through such change. When our children finish school and enter the evermore... Read more
2017 School Year - Important Dates
The commencement of Term 1 will soon be upon us. Here is a list of important dates to be aware of as we head into the new school year. School Open/Teacher Development (NO STUDENTS): Friday 27th January First Day Term 1 Years 1-6: Monday 30th January Kindergarten: * Monday 30th January/Tuesday 31st January - Best Start Testing Appointments at the time advised via letter last year. Contact School Office if you require clarification of your scheduled time. * Wednesday 1st February: First school day, all Kindergarten students to attend.... Read more
The staff at Athelstane Public School would like to extend a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of our families. We have had a fantastic 2016 and know that everyone will enjoy a well deserved break. We look forward to seeing you all in 2017.... Read more
Winners Are Grinners!!!
CONGRATULATIONS to our Junior Girls Softball team who today won their PSSA Summer Grand Final 12-2! What a fantastic effort by all of the girls and their coach Mrs Hijazi. We are very proud of you all!!... Read more
Room 13 Art Program
Over the past 3 years, students at Athelstane have been lucky to work with Howard Matthew, our Artist in Residence. This week a number of the artworks created by our classes have been put on display in Room 13. An Art Trail through Arncliffe has also been set up with videos at various locations accessible by QR codes and smart devices. These videos have showcased artworks created and the processes undertaken to achieve the amazing artworks. A number of these QR still remain around Arncliffe, so feel free to go and have a look with the family... Read more
HAPPENING NOW - SPRING FETE!
Come one, come all! The Athelstane Spring Fete is underway and will be in full swing until 4pm! Come and have fun on the rides, eat some great food and visit stalls galore!... Read more
White Ribbon Day
At Athelstane Public School we are "Not Silent, Not Violent". Today students contributed to a White Ribbon mobile to pledge to support to the White Ribbon Campaign.... Read more
P&C School Fete
This Sunday, the 27th November, the Athelstane P & C are holding a School Fete. The fete will run from 10am-4pm and will feature rides, performances, a variety of stalls and even a visit from the local Fire Brigade. All funds raised will support Athelstane Public School so we would love to see you there in support! We look forward to seeing you.... Read more
2017 Resource Allocation Model funding
In October 2016, all NSW public schools will receive a 2017 Planned School Budget Allocation Report. The report will assist with the management of the total budget delivered to schools through the Resource Allocation Model (RAM). The Resource Allocation Model (RAM) methodology distributes funding based on the individual needs of students and schools. This gives schools greater flexibility to make local decisions. Learn more about the 2017 funding by visiting the Department's website. Watch a short animation about the important role of the RAM... Read more
Happy 100 Days Kindergarten!
On Friday, Kindergarten celebrated their 100th day of schooling! What a great achievement. And what a spectacular celebration it was! The students were treated to a range of activities led by a troupe of clowns, and some delicious treats. The students had a fantastic time! Thank you to the clowns, and the parents who attended this exciting event. It was great to see you all there.... Read more
Education Week Open Day
This week is Education Week. We are inviting parents to a special Open Day at Athelstane on Tuesday 2nd August. 10:00am: Open Classrooms. Come and see the fantastic learning that is happening in the classrooms at Athelstane. 11:15: Athelstane Expo: This expo will be held in the hall and will be an opportunity for parents to learn more information about a variety of programs that are run at Athelstane. These will include the LearningSupport Team, Reading Recovery, Literacy, Numeracy, Speech Pathology, Technology and more.... Read more