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Message Stick – Term 4, Week 6
Library News
Music News
Heart Mind Life Awards
Sport News
Parenting Tips
Parent Prayer Meetings
Gawura Doctor - Dr Shuo Zhao
Camp Australia - Summer Holiday Program

Message Stick – Term 4, Week 6


Last Friday 15 November the Junior School and Gawura School held its annual Ensemble Concert in the Heath Centre. It was a wonderful evening celebrating all of the excellent musicians we have in our school. The performances were stunning and Gawura had three students perform during this superb concert. Well done to Talaara, Tilly and Ellie for each of their performances. There are 18 students learning a musical instrument in Gawura and tuition is free for those who are interested.

Also last Friday students in Years 5-12 attended a theatre performance titled ‘Evolution’ which was at the Monkey Baa Theatre in Darling Quarter just 10 mins walk from our school. The performance was very interesting and many of our students took away the message of hope and team work can solve any problems.

This week we have hosted our new Kindergarten students at Orientation. Although they will start in 2020 they will actually be known as the Class of 2032 as this is the year that they will graduate from Year 12. An exciting and wonderful journey lies ahead of them and we hope they make the most of their opportunities at our Gawura School.

Just a reminder that the last day of school for Term 4 will be Thursday 5 December.

Finally next Thursday 28 November we will be holding our final GPAC Meeting for the year in the Community Hub from 2.00-3.00pm. We hope to have a number of you attend this meeting and we look forward to seeing you all then.

Have a safe and enjoyable fortnight ahead.

Mr John Ralph
Head of Gawura


Dates for your calendar

Friday 22 November: Year 6 Celebration Dinner commencing 5.40pm on the steps of the Cathedral for photographs

Wednesday 27 November: JSGS End Of Term Awards Assembly, 9.30am Cathedral

Friday 29 November: Rocks Dreaming Tour Excursion Kindergarten 9.30am

Tuesday 3 December: Year 5 & 6 Science Excursion

Tuesday 3 December: Evening of Celebration and Prizegiving

Wednesday 4 December: JSGS Picnic Day

Thursday 5 December: Pre Carols Service Coffee in the Hub 12.45pm

Thursday 5 December: K-6 Carol Service

Thursday 5 December: Term 4 Concludes K-12

Friday 6 December: Staff Development Day


Library News


International Games Week

What a week it was too.  We had about 150 students in the library across the 3 lunches with the Wii proving a very popular attraction again this year.  It was however, closely followed by the Play-doh.  Snap has made a massive comeback and Lego is the toy we now find everywhere (although the popcorn after 3 movie sessions was pretty wide-spread too!)  Thank you everyone for coming in, spending the time playing together with our brand-new games and enjoying a laugh. Congratulations to all our lucky door Lego minifig winners too.

K.O.A.L.A. awards day 2019

And the winners are…

Picture book of the year:
Seriously do not open this book by Andy Lee

Honour books:
Pig the Star by Aaron Blabey
Mopoke by Phillip Bunting

Younger readers book of the year:
Bad guys 7 by Aaron Blabey

Honour books:
Weirdo 11 by Anh Do
Mr Bambunkle’s Remarkables fight back by Tim Harris

Older readers book of the year:
The 104-storey treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton

Honour books:
Funny kid for president by Matt Stanton
Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend

Years 7-9 book of the year:
Maybe by Morris Gleitzman

Honour books:
The sky so heavy by Claire Zorn
Akarnae by Lynette Noni

We took 30 SACS students; 18 from the Junior School, 2 from Gawura and 10 from the Middle School and had a fabulous day at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Primary School in North Strathfield.  We met with Belinda Murrell, Tim Harris, Jodie McLeod, Eloise Short, Meredith Costain, Danielle McDonald, George Ivanoff, Jacqueline Harvey, Jules Faber, Tom Jellett, Felice Arena, Deborah Abela and James Hart.  We all enjoyed buying books and K.O.A.L.A. bags and having them signed by our favourites (or all if we could manage to get to the front of each line) as well as of course finding out the winners of this year’s Kids Literature Choice Awards.  The funniest part of the day was hearing a one-minute ‘elevator’ speech by each author and illustrator. In this one-minute they had to pitch their latest book or idea to their captive audience.  I loved watching James Hart (this year’s illustrator on stage) create something from nothing before our eyes.

Here’s what the students themselves loved:

Lunch! – Will (5L)
Learning about the author’s experiences – Daniel (3N)
Meeting Jacqueline Harvey – Rishita (6C)
Meeting the famous authors – Eva (6R)
Meeting all of the authors and having a photo with Deborah Abela – Ilia (6C)
Meeting all the authors – Ella (4S)
Meeting all the authors and illustrators – Maddy (4S)
Reading – Alexander (5L)
Presenting an award – Danielle (6M)
Listening to the ‘elevator talks’ – Darcy (6C)
Meeting all the authors – Mika (5J)
Meeting Jules Faber – Sonny (5/6G)
Getting things signed ¬– Rich (5J)
Listening to the one-minute speeches – Peter (5/6G)
Getting things signed and listening to the one-minute speeches from all the authors and illustrators – Miah (4S)
Talking to all the authors and illustrators - Cydney (6G)
Meeting and talking to all my favourite authors.  After going every year I feel inspired to do and create what I want to – Erin (6G)
I enjoyed meeting Tim Harris – Julia (5L)
I enjoyed listening to George’s speech, it was really funny – Zoe (5L)
I enjoyed meeting all the authors – Hayla (5R)


It is with deep sadness that I say goodbye this year.  I have loved growing and learning at SACS alongside your children for the last (almost) 16 years.  I am heading off to new adventures at Tara, Anglican School for Girls.  I thank you for sharing your love of books and learning and your desires to find that book which starts your child on a life full of favourites.  To all the students, I will miss you all so very much, you have been my focus and my drive for so long I find it hard to imagine a morning without you.

“Life is like a book. There are good chapters, and there are bad chapters. But when you get to a bad chapter, you don’t stop reading the book! If you do… then you never get to find out what happens next!” ― Brian Falkner

Svetlana Paul
Information and Digital Literacy Coordinator JS and GS


Music News



Congratulations to Erin Winsbury who recently competed in the Sydney Harp Eisteddfod. Erin placed second in the solo section for her division. Well done!

Congratulations also to Arthur Eidel who has successfully achieved his Suzuki level 1 graduation in recorder.  Arthur also performed in a small recorder ensemble item on the concert hall stage at the Opera House at the Suzuki Graduation Concert in recent weeks. Well done Arthur!

Hiroki Takahashi-Zhong has recently been awarded first prize at the Inner West Eisteddfod (category grade 5 and 6) on Piano, and Zoe Lane has achieved a High Distinction in her Preliminary Oboe exam. Congratulations Hiroki and Zoe!

Last Monday, a number of our students performed in a Lunchtime Concert in the Cathedral. Congratulations to Eva Dewar, Ilia Campbell, Tony Wu, Aiden Herman, Kittiruj Somchit, Miah Graves and Benjamin Su on a wonderful performance.

Kate Robertson
Leader of Learning - Music (K-6)


Carols in the QVB

The following ensembles will be performing Christmas Carols at the QVB. Everyone is warmly invited to join us around the QVB piano on the dates listed below from 12:10pm-1:00pm.

  • 5 November - Chamber Choir & Girls Vocal Ensemble
  • 27  November -  Middle School Choir & Boys Vocal Ensemble
  • 28 November - Junior School Singers (8.30-9.30am: see Mrs Robertson for details)
  • 29 November -  Boys & Girls Vocal Ensemble & Chamber Choir
  • 2 December - Middle School Choir & Girls Vocal Ensemble

Contemporary Song-writing and Production Workshop

This December learn about contemporary song-writing and music production in a fun and collaborative workshop at school. SACS will host two exciting workshops which will be held the first week of the school holidays (December 9-13) with Luke O’Loughlin and Niall Anderson.

Topics covered include:

  • Lyric writing
  • Song structure
  • Melody writing
  • Basic audio production techniques using industry standard programs ProTools, Ableton and Logic

For more information email


Music tuition in 2020

It will be assumed that all students currently learning an instrument or voice at SACS will be continuing in 2020. If you wish to discontinue lessons from 2020, please give notice directly to your child’s music tutor and before the end of this term. As per the terms and conditions outlined at the time of music lesson application, failure to give appropriate notice before the end of this term will result in a 4-week cancellation fee being payable in the next term.

Christian Watson
Director of Performing Arts


Heart Mind Life Awards

Eleanor-Rose Hammond Kindy For always being willing to help others
Talaara Simpson Year 2 For pride and enthusiasm towards maths tasks
Mizpah-Ann Klink Year 2 For a head down, hard working attitude towards all tasks
La Quaelah Roberts-Carr Year 2 Proudly sharing about her family in our Yarning Circle
Peta-Lacey Smith Year 4 For for having confidence to help her peers in their learning
Kaleb Roberts Year 4 For having the confidence to explore new timetable challenges
Sonny Rossiter Year 5 For writing a wonderfully creative story

Sport News


Saturday Sport

Saturday Sport has been going well in the Junior School and Gawura, with boys and girls basketball as well as cricket in action every weekend! Good luck to all teams in their final few weeks for the year, we look forward to hearing how they go.

Tony Dunseath
Coordinator of Sport and Cocurricular K-6, PDHPE Teacher


Parenting Tips


Top 4 Parenting Tips for 2019.

As the year draws to a close, it can be helpful to look back and see what things worked and what things weren’t so successful with our parenting. By doing that we can then look forward to 2020 with positivity of moving forward…can’t believe we are heading into 2020!!!

Michael Grose has written tips for us to think through in his January 2019 blog.

1. Switch on your kids’ strengths

“Most of us have been conditioned to focus on what kids can’t do. It’s not your fault. You were trained by teachers and parents who were adept at picking up your poor behaviours, highlighting errors and encouraging you to eliminate your faults.
There is a better way. The Positive Psychology movement lead by US-based psychologist Dr. Martin Seligman showed that when we can unearth kids’ strengths we are, in effect, unlocking their true potential for success and happiness. Three elements come together to make a strength, and parents need to be mindful of all three: performance (being good at something); energy (feeling good doing it); and high use (choosing to do it). Rather than locking on to your child’s weaknesses, set your antennae to your child’s strengths.

2. Balance kids’ extra-curricular activities

Alongside social media and news events, being busy is now recognised as a major stress for many children and young people. Over-scheduling kids’ lives is a relatively new phenomenon. Go back a couple of generations and a few sports, music lessons and things like scouting movements were the mainstays of after school life for most kids. Now the choice of activities to keep kids busy after school hours is mind-boggling.

Having so many options is wonderful but it does place a new set of pressures on parents. Many complain that family life is like now living in a hamster wheel, always in constant motion, with hardly a time to catch their breath. The cost of loading kids up with scheduled activities is that many don’t get the chance for free play, or simply ‘vegging out’ on the couch. The benefits of all this activity in terms of kids’ skill development, personal growth and broadening social horizons is well-founded. However, finding a balance is tricky as every child, like every family is different.

3. Focus on friendships

Friendships are an important part of the road to adulthood for a child or young person. With families shrinking in size peer relationships are now fundamental in providing kids with a sense of belonging, a place to hone their identity and a group upon which they can develop their future relationship skills such as tolerance, empathy and forgiveness.
Friendships can be problematic. Not every child is naturally outgoing and makes friends easily. If your child is like this, but generally seems happy, then there may be no need to do anything. If your child has difficulty forming friendships and is worried by that, then there are many ways to approach this including: encouraging kids to spend one-on-one time with others, making extra-curricular activities fit their interests, and coaching kids to develop friendly behaviours.

4. Give kids tools to manage anxious moments.

Let’s just say it upfront. We don’t have a childhood resilience problem as many teachers and professionals say, but we do have a childhood anxiety problem. A big one! And it’s mostly undetected as community understanding of anxiety is low. It’s our experience at Parenting Ideas that many parents are anxious and they don’t know it, and many children routinely experience anxiety, which goes unrecognised.
Everyone feels worried from time to time, but these feelings pass when the stressful situation has passed. Anxiety occurs when these anxious feelings don’t pass, and happen for no obvious reason. It’s a serious condition that can be managed and minimised with their right tools.

Will anything be different this year?

Change and improvement in anything worthwhile generally comes incrementally rather than in one giant leap. We pointed you in the direction that we feel is important for you and your kids to take kids next year. It’s you who has to implement changes and do the work. “

Joy Rohrlach
Stage 3 Leader.


Parent Prayer Meetings


Term 4 Meetings:

  • Thursday 21 November:  8.00-8.45am / 1.00-2.00pm

Join us as we meet, get to know each other and pray for our school community at our Breakfast Meeting OR Lunchtime Meeting in the Community Hub, Level 4 SAH.

Muffins will be provided in the morning and BYO lunch for the afternoon meeting.

Contact: Felicity Brazel 0425 329 432


Gawura Doctor - Dr Shuo Zhao


Wednesday and Friday Appointments Available.

I would like to advise you that we have secured the services of a very generous doctor in the city who is willing to see our Gawura students and their families free of charge (he will bulk bill through Medicare) if the need arises. Dr Shuo (Shore) Zhao is located at Level 1, 70 Pitt St, Sydney. You can book an appointment with him on any Wednesday and Friday morning between 8am – 12pm.The number of the practice is 02 9233 3399.

We understand that many parents already have their own doctor that they use, possibly even through the Aboriginal Medical Service (AMS) in Redfern but this is just another option for you to use if you choose to do so and one that is located in the city, near our school.


Camp Australia - Summer Holiday Program


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