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Swimming Carnival

The annual school Swimming Carnival will be held on Friday 3rd February at the Lane Cove Aquatic Centre from 9:30am to 2.30pm. All students in Years 3-6 will attend the carnival. Students who are in Year 2 and will be turning 8 this year may choose to compete at the swimming carnival. Parents are invited to come along and cheer for our swimmers.... Read more

Uniform Shop Opening Times

The Uniform Shop will be open on Monday 30th January, 2012 from 2.30pm to 3.30pm and Thursday 2nd February 2012 from 2.30pm to 3.30pm. The Uniform Shop will then open as usual each Thursday from 9th February 2012 from 2.30pm to 3.30pm.... Read more

Schools Spectacular – TV highlights

The state's most talented young singers, dancers and musicians displayed their skills during four exciting and extravagant performances at the 2011 Schools Spectacular, held recently at the Sydney Entertainment Centre. If you missed the live shows or if you just want to enjoy it all again, you can catch the highlights on ABC TV. Two telecasts are scheduled (check your local TV guide for confirmation): 7.30pm Sunday, 18 December on ABC1 (1hr version) 7.00pm Saturday, 31 December on ABC2 (2.5hr version). The brilliantly choreographed and... Read more

School Picnic

The whole school will enjoy a picnic to Davidson National Park on the last day of school - Friday 16th December. Have a great day eveyone!... Read more


Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

We wish all students, parents and families a very Merry Christmas and a happy and safe New Year. Enjoy the holiday period and we will see you all in 2012.... Read more

$5.00 Christmas Meal Deal

A $5.00 Christmas Meal Deal will be held on Tuesday 6th December. Orders close by 5.00pm on Wednesday 30th November. The meal deal consists of a marinated chicken burger and a drink.... Read more

Year 5 Leadership Day

Year 5 will participate in a Leadership training day on Monday 5th December, to help prepare them for Year 6. The aim of the day is to develop the students into strong and resilient people who are inspired and excited to use the leadership opportunity they have been given to make a difference.... Read more

Thank You Morning Tea

Wednesday 7th December at 10.30am in the Blue Room. Our school is holding a special thank you morning tea to show how much we appreciate your help. If you have been a helper with reading, Canteen, Spring Fun Fair, excursions, Uniform Shop, P&C, working bees or any other capacity at our school, please come along to enjoy our thank you morning tea.... Read more

Talent Showcase

Auditions have been completed and excitement is building as those performers selected by the class teachers put the finishing touches to their items. We look forward to a splendid showcase of our Allambie Heights talent at 11.30am on Wednesday 7th December. Parents and friends are most welcome to attend.... Read more

School picnic

Year 6 End of Year Picnic

The Year 6 end of year picnic day will be held on Tuesday 6th December. The children will be spending the day at The Basin and will travel by bus and ferry. Have a great day Year 6!... Read more

NovemberReturn to top

Learn to swim

Royal Life Saving NSW has emphasised the importance of swimming and water safety education, saying 50,000 children are leaving primary school every year unable to swim. The organisation says participation in swimming lessons has been in decline for the past 10 years and many Australian children are at risk of drowning. Both Royal Life Saving and the NSW Government agency Sport and Recreation offer learn-to-swim lessons throughout the state under the Swim and Survive banner. The Sport and Recreation program caters for children aged between 18... Read more

Village Fair

The annual Village Fair will be held on Thursday 1st December. Year 6 students form groups to organise a stall and the monies raised from this day go towards a school gift. This year's exciting stalls include: sumo and sock wrestling, trash 'n treasure, chocolate game, haunted classroom, krushers, Cold Rock, sport 360, hoopla and sponge throwing, wonka world, nail designs, cake stall and game console. The Village Fair will run from beginning of recess to the end of lunch time and all children will attend. Please send spending money in coins.... Read more

Allambie Bands in Concert

You are invited to an exciting evening which will showcase the talents of our Training Band, Concert Band and other ensembles. This musical evening will be held on Friday 25th November at Allambie Heights Public School Hall from 7pm - 8.15pm. We know you enjoy the evening!... Read more

Band to Waterworks

To recognise the hard work the children put into their respective bands with early morning and after school practices, performances and competitions, the Band Committee will be taking both bands to Manly Waterworks on Thursday 24th November. Have a great time Allambie bands and enjoy the Waterworks!... Read more

Eagle Tag Gala Day

The Manly Warringah Eagle Tag Gala Day will be held on 17th November at Lionel Watts Reserve. Good luck to all our teams competing.... Read more

Field of Mars

Kindergarten will be going on an excursion to Field of Mars on 15th November. The excursion supports the Science and HSIE units the students have been studying.... Read more


The Term 4 Disco will be held on Friday 18th November. In keeping with our school tradition the Year 6 students have chosen "Pyjama Party" as the theme for the Disco.... Read more

Skate & Scoot Night

A Skate & Scoot Night will be held for Kindy to Year 2 on Friday 18th November at school from 5.30 to 8.00pm. The $10.00 cost covers the cost of Skater HQ/Manly Blades who run the night. A fantastic food deal of sausage sizzle, drink and ice block for $3.00 is avaialbe. This is not a "drop off" event so bring along a picnic blanket and enjoy the night.... Read more

OctoberReturn to top

Sorting fact from fiction

You can't always trust what you read when researching information for assignments. Here are ways your child can tell a good website from a bad one. With so much information on the web and no-one responsible for fact checking, kids need to look out for: bias and hidden agendas factual errors outdated information information which is country-specific commercially motivated information. Play the detective The ability to question information is a vital tool for all school kids. People can publish something that looks great but is full of factual... Read more

Kindergarten 2012

In Term 4 we run a Kindergarten Orientation program for 2012 Kindergarten students to attend to familiarise themselves with our school. The Kindergarten Information Night will be held on Tuesday 18th October at 7.30pm. The Kindergarten Orientation program will be held on Tuesday 25th Ocotber, Tuesday 1st November and Tuesday 8th November.... Read more


Gymnastics for Year 3 and Year 4 commences Monday 10th October and continues for 8 weekly consecutive gym classes throughout the term. Two trained gymnasts from the Manly Warringah Gymnastic Club conduct the classes with class teacher supervision. This is an important part of the cumpulsory PD/H/PE curriculum.... Read more

Botany Bay Excursion

On Thursday 20th October Stage 2 will be visitng Captain Cook's Landing Place at Kurnell. This excursion links the HSIE units that Year 3 and Year 4 have been studying. Year 3 has been studing Places: Then, Now and Tomorrow and Year 4 has been studying British Colonisation. Students will visit the museum and go on two short bushwalks.... Read more

Encouraging your child to write

You don't have to be an expert to help your child with writing. Simply supporting your child with the areas of writing that you feel confident with will benefit them. When you're writing something down such as the shopping list, sending an email or filling in a form, talk to your child about what you're doing, why you're writing it and who you expect to read it. When writing at home, make it purposeful and interesting for yourself and your child. It's essential that kids learn that we write for a purpose It's important that your child... Read more

SeptemberReturn to top

School Concert

Our Annual School Concert was held this week and what a fabulous night it was. The night opened with a performance by our Concert Band followed by our Training Band. Stage 1 were very entertaining with their Jungle performance where we saw lions, zebras, colourful birds and hunters take the stage. The Senior and Junior Choirs performed beautifully much to the delight of the audience. Kingergarten then took the stage with the performance lead by Mary Elizabeth who saw a Monster in her bedroom. Monsters and Purple People Eaters took the stage.... Read more

Year 2 Swimming Scheme

Year 2 will be attending a Swimming Scheme commencing Monday 10th October to Friday 21st October at the Manly Swim Centre. The Department of Education and Communities School Swimming Scheme is an intensive learn to swim program which develops water confidence and provides students with basic skills in water safety and survival. The scheme is conducted over 10 days and each daily lesson is 45 minutes. All Year 2 students attend this program. More able swimmers will be catered for with skill development. Those students who are working towards... Read more

School Disco

The P&C will be hosting our third School Disco for the year on Friday 16 September at the school hall for years 3 to 6 only. Entry cost is $5.00. Enjoy the Disco and dance the night away.... Read more

Ryde Eisteddfod

View the video! Congratulations to our Dance Eisteddfod group who were placed second at the Ryde Eisteddfod on Saturday 20 August. What a fantastic effort!... Read more

Honour Assembly

This Friday the Honour Assembly will commence at 2.00pm in the school hall. The theme for the assembly is the Performing Arts . The Concert Band will be performing. The Age Champions for both the swimming and athletics carnivals will be announced and the recipients will receive their medallions. All parents are welcome to attend to celebrate our students achievements.... Read more

Pet Education Program

On Monday 5th September the students of Kindergarten, Year 1 and Class 1/2C will be participated in a NSW Government Responsible Pet Education Program. The focus of the program was to provide children with the skills required to be safe around dogs. A fully trained educator was accompanied by their suitability tested dog, Rosie.... Read more

AugustReturn to top

Zone Athletics Carnival

The Zone Athletics Carnival was held at the Sydney Academy of Sport, Narrabeen and 47 students competed. It was an extremely enjoyable day with perfect weather. All competitors did their best and represented our school with pride. Many children progressed to the finals and five are off to the Area Carnival. Congratulations to all competitors and to the following children on these outstanding results: Aiden W1st 12 years long jump Tully W 1st 12 years long jump 2nd 12 years 200m 2nd 12 years 100m 3rd 12 years shot put Remi K1st 12 years 100m... Read more

National Health Talk

All students attended a free national health talk at our school on Wednesday 17th August. Students participated in a one hour interactive show, discussing the importance of breakfast, how the food we eat is transformed into energy and how our body uses this energy throughout the day. Students conducted science experiments, tested some theories and even recreated the whole human digestive system. The show was educational, engaging and fun. For more photos from the show refer to the album: National Health Talk.... Read more

Mobile homework help

Parents can now access quality information to help with their child's homework and assignments while on the go. The School A to Z mobile app, available free for iPhone, iPad and Android devices, is part of a new online parent resource developed by the education department. The app features: plain-English definitions of maths, English and technology terms, including videos and help sheets information and useful links to help with common classroom assignments Maths Monkey times tables learning game Spelling Bee learning game. The Spelling Bee... Read more

Spring Fun Fair

The annual Spring Fun Fair is our school's major fundraising event of the year. It is run entirely by volunteers, made up primarily by parents of students. The event is a major attraction on our social calendar. Last year, approximately 3,000 people attended the Fair, and enjoyed carnival rides, stalls, second hand stalls, great food and entertainment. For more information relating to our Spring Fun Fair click on this link: Spring Fun Fair... Read more

Gumbooya Reserve Excursion

On Thursday 25 August Year 3 will walk to Gumbooya Reserve in Allambie Heights. Gumbooya Reserve is a significant Aboriginal site featuring a number of Aboriginal rock carvings. At the site an Aboriginal Education Officer from the Aboriginal Heritage office will conduct a lesson.... Read more

Enrolment at our school

If you would like to enrol at our school please contact us and book into a School Tour. We conduct School Tours for prospective parents to come and visit our school. You will be shown personally around our school and have the opportunity to ask questions and receive information. Please call us on 9451 5440 to arrange a School Tour. For further information regarding enrolment click on this link: Enrolment... Read more

Canberra Excursion

Years 5 & 6 will be attending an excursion to Canberra on Monday 8th August to Wednesday 10th August inclusive. The excursion consolidates work being done in class about gold, government and Canberra. Students will visit Bywong Gold Town, the Australian War Museum, Questacon, CSIRO Discovery Centre, the National Museum of Australia, the Institute of Sport and Parliament House. We wish our students and staff an enjoyable and educational experience.... Read more

New parent resource launches

Parents can support their child's learning with a new purpose-built resource that includes a website, mobile applications and social media channels. The School A to Z online school community, developed by the education department, provides practical advice about homework, tips on learning, wellbeing, technology and resources to help parents and carers support their child's social, physical and mental development. It includes a free mobile application for iPad and smartphones that features hundreds of definitions about maths and English terms,... Read more

Athletics Carnival

Last Thursday we held our annual Athletics Carnival. It was an extremely enjoyable and successful day with perfect weather! All children are to be commended on their enthusiastic participation, excellent behaviour and constant cheering. I would like to say a huge thank you to all the staff for their enormous efforts in making the day a great success. Thank you to the following parents, Karen Blakeney, Lyndall Pamp, Kim Kelly and Lyn Doyle for timekeeping all day. Congratulations to Fraser for being the winning house. The Zone Athletics... Read more

JulyReturn to top

Building writing skills

Here are some practical tips to help your child work out the best way to express themselves through their writing. Help your child to understand writing tasks that they may have been given for homework. Ask them to talk about what has to be done. Help your child to use reference materials such as dictionaries, thesauruses, encyclopaedias, DVDs and the internet. Before your child attempts a task, help them to understand what reference materials are needed by talking about the task and asking questions which will guide the child's planning.... Read more

JuneReturn to top

School holiday reading ideas

24 June 2011 Encouraging your kids to pick up a few good books during the holidays is a great way to keep their hard-earned reading skills from slipping. Here are some suggestions. Books for young kids For boys and girls in Kindergarten to Year 2: The Terrible Plop - Ursula Dubosarsky Clancy & Millie and the Very Fine House - Libby Gleeson. For boys and girls in Years 3 and 4: Ballroom Bonanza - Nina Rycroft (a fabulous rhyming alphabetical picture book) The Adventures of a Late-Night Swearer - Nette Hilton The Walk Right in Detective... Read more

Education tax refund

8 June 2011 With the financial year almost over, now is the time to start collating your receipts from education expenses to take advantage of a federal government tax initiative. The Education Tax Refund (ETR) gives parents and caregivers a 50% refund on a range of primary and secondary school education expenses. For the 2010-2011 financial year you may be eligible for the following: Primary school child You can claim a maximum of $794 for each of your primary school children and receive a maximum refund of $397 per primary school child.... Read more

MayReturn to top

Helping your child with maths

Success in maths in the later years of school is dependent on developing a solid understanding of the foundational concepts: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Maths expert and parent, Associate Professor Janette Bobis from the University of Sydney, gives her top tips on how young kids can become confident in maths. Have a positive attitude towards maths When parents tell their children that they themselves can't do it, it means they're communicating messages that it's OK not to be good at maths, which can carry all the way... Read more

Helping your child to read

Parents play an important role in developing their child's reading ability. Here are six great ways to help with this vital skill. Together find information and interesting facts about things that intrigue or interest your child in books, magazines or on the internet. Read and talk about what you find out. Provide your child with plastic letters, crayons, pencils, chalk, pens and writing paper. Make things together and ask your child to read out simple directions (eg recipes while you cook together). Suggest that your child writes simple... Read more

MarchReturn to top

Mosquito-borne diseases

NSW Health is warning parents and school communities about a range of health risks associated with mosquito bites. There has been a significant increase in the numbers of mosquitoes in some parts of NSW following recent heavy rainfall and flooding. Mosquitoes can transmit a number of viral infections, including Ross River virus and Barmah Forest virus, and a large number of these infections have been reported in 2011. A rarer but more serious mosquito-borne infection called Murray Valley encephalitis has also been detected in western NSW.... Read more

It's easy being green

Reducing your family's carbon footprint at home and school is easy and can save you money at the same time. Low-waste lunches Try doing a lunch box audit with your kids to see how much packaging you use such as plastic wrap, plastic throw-away spoons, straws and plastic bags, along with pre-packaged foods. Lunch boxes with their special compartments for sandwiches, fruit, nuts and snacks are the best way to reduce additional wrapping or packaging of individual items. Chilled or frozen juice or water keeps lunch cool and fresh. Reusable drink... Read more

Getting organised for school

Children get their work done more easily if they can manage their time and their environment. Here are five great tips from experts and families to help you and your kids get organised for school. 1. Establish some routines Set up a few simple routines in your home that make things more efficient. For example, teach your kids that the first thing they do when they come in the door is empty their bag of food and notes or newsletters. 2. Manage time Talk to your kids regularly about planning how they use time for activities that need doing as... Read more

FebruaryReturn to top

Healthy Kids website

Keeping kids active and healthy has been made easier with the relaunch of the Healthy Kids website. Healthy Kids is the main source of online information in NSW focused on the prevention of childhood obesity through healthy eating and physical activity. The website's five main messages you can share with your kids are: get active each day choose water as a drink eat more fruit and vegetables eat fewer snacks and select healthier alternatives turn off the TV or computer and get active. The website has great information, such as lunch box... Read more

Lunch box safety

Students are returning to school in one of the hottest months of the year and summer temperatures provide an ideal environment for bacteria to thrive. It's important to keep your child's food cool in order to reduce the risk of food poisoning. Simple tips Use insulated lunch boxes or cooler bags. Keep a frozen drink or freezer brick inside the lunch box or bag. If you're making lunches the night before, store them in the fridge until leaving for school. Ask your child to store their lunch in a cool, dark place like a locker - not in direct... Read more

JanuaryReturn to top

Education tax refund

Parents and caregivers are encouraged to keep their receipts from education related expenses to take advantage of a federal government tax initiative. The Education Tax Refund (ETR) gives you refunds of 50% on a range of primary and secondary school education expenses. You can receive refunds up to a maximum of $397 per primary school student and $794 per secondary school student. Items you can claim You can claim the cost of buying, establishing, repairing and maintaining any of the following items: home computers and laptops... Read more