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Anaphylaxis information

The safety and wellbeing of your child is of paramount importance to us, including where your child is diagnosed at risk of a severe allergic reaction.. It is important that parents notify the school if their child has an allergy. Anaphylaxis is a severe and sometimes sudden allergic reaction that is potentially life-threatening and always requires an emergency response. As with other serious health conditions, schools put in place strategies to support students at risk of anaphylaxis at school or while they are engaged in school related... Read more

Thank you morning tea

A thank you morning tea will be held on 12 December at 10:30am in the staff room. This morning tea is held to show how much we appreciate your help. If you have been a helper at school this year in any capacity, please come along to enjoy our thank you morning tea.... Read more

BOOST (Beautifying Our Outdoor Spaces Together)

The BOOST Committee will be making a proposal to be considered at the P&C Meeting on Tuesday 20 November. The proposal is: "It is proposed that the P&C allocate $24,660 to the building of the Discovery Trail (to supplement the $8,600 already allocated) so that Stage 1 of the Discovery Trail can be built by Joanne Green Landscapes during the 2012 Christmas holidays." Please come along and support this great initiative for quality outdoor learning and play. Any questions on the propsal or assistance contact Vanessa, Beth and Steph at... Read more

Year 6 excursion to Sydney Academy of Sport

Year 6 students will attend a team building day at the Sydney Academy of Sport in Narrabeen on 10 December.... Read more

Year 6 Farewell Dinner

The Year 6 Farewell Dinner will be held on Thursday night in the school hall. Enjoy your dinner dance Year 6 of 2012.... Read more

NovemberReturn to top

Body image and girls

Body image is the number one personal concern for young people aged 12 to 24, with research showing they feel under more pressure than ever to look a certain way. Butterfly Foundation's education manager, Danni Rowlands, goes into schools every week to talk to students about body image. In a revealing podcast, she explains to Rachel Friend what she finds when she talks to girls and young women, what's healthy behaviour and what parents should be concerned about. Listen to the podcast on the School A to Z website.... Read more

Village Fair

Year 6 will be holding the Village Fair on Thursday 29 November. There will be lots of fun and an opportunity to raise some money for the school. The cost is 50c, $1.00 and $2.00. There will be things to eat and drink, things to buy, competitions and activities.... Read more

Scalabrini Village Christmas Performance

The Allambie Heights Concert Band and Training Band will perform at Scalabrini Village on Tuesday 4 December. They will bring some Christmas cheer to the Village.... Read more

Scalabrini Village Christmas Performance

The Allambie Heights Concert Band and Training Band will perform at Saclabrini Village on Tuesday 4 December. They will bring some Christmas cheer to the Village.... Read more

Carols in Allambie

The annual Carols in Allambie is being held on Sunday evening, 2 December, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm on Allambie Oval. Join the spirit of Christmas and shae with your community an evening of fun and entertainment. There will be a visit from Santa, face painting, food and drinks or bring a picnic. Come dressed in white for a white Christmas.... Read more

Skate & Scoot

A Skate & Scoot session for Kindy to Year 2 will be held on Friday 23 November from 5:30-8:00pm. It is run by Skater HQ / Manly Blades who bring scooters and roller blades to try or you can bring your own to use.... Read more

Warringah Mall Schools Spectacular Band Performance

Our school bands will be performing at the Warringah Mall Schools Spectacular Band Performance being held on Wednesday 21 November. They will be on stage from 10:55 to 11:45am..... Read more

Preparing for high school

What is the best way to prepare kids for high school and make the move less daunting for them – and you, their parents and caregivers? Sometimes parents think that when their child goes to high school they need to take a step back but teachers involved in the transition say it is more about a change of focus. Here are some tips: In Year 5 start thinking about which high school your child should attend. Help them become more responsible by encouraging independence and responsibility. Get into a homework and study routine. Put their school... Read more

OctoberReturn to top

CARES Excursion

Year 5 will be visiting CARES (Community Road Education Scheme) on Monday 29 October. The excursion is linked to the PDHPE curriculum.... Read more

Family Stories, Interviews and Morning Tea

This term Year 1 students are looking at familiy history and life stories through the HSIE unit: Families Past and Present: Stories and Histories. The students will be involved in activities researching how school life was in the past. Students will interview grandparents on Thursday 1 November.... Read more

Gibberagong Environmental Education Centre Excursion

Year 3 will be visiting the Gibberagong Environmental Education Centre on Tuesday 30 October. The excursion is linked to the Science and Technology unit: "Feathers, fur and leaves".... Read more

CSIRO Visits Kindergarten

The CSIRO will be visiting Kindergarten on Monday 22 October. "What's it made of?" is the focus of the presentation.... Read more

Manly Dam Excursion

Year 2 will be visiting Manly Dam on Thursday 1 November. The excursion is linked to the Science unit: Watch it Grow and the HSIE unit: Wet and Dry Environments.... Read more

SeptemberReturn to top

Developing resilience in your child

Growing up can be tough. Things don't always go to plan. So how can you help your child to develop resilience? Research shows children with good resilience perform better at school and are less likely to take part in risky behaviour, particularly as they enter the teenage years. The education department's principal psychologist, Ron Balderston, describes resilience as a shock absorber for the potholes of life. "Resilient children know how to cope and have developed skills that enable them to flex so they can manage life's blows when they... Read more

School Concert

The excitement is building for our annual School Concert which will be held on 20 September at 6:30pm in the school hall.... Read more

Senior Citizens' Concert

Our school concert will be repeated on Friday 21 September at 10:00am which is the day following the evening performance. This concert is for grandparents and senior citizens from the community to attend.... Read more

Canteen Meal Deal

The Canteen will be holding a Meal Day on Tuesday 18 September. You can place an order online at by Thurdsday 13 September. The Meal Deal consists of a sausage in a roll a pop top or milk drink.... Read more

School Disco

The School Disco will be held on Friday 14 September in the school hall for years 3 to 6 only. We look forward to seeing you all at the Disco and jiving the night away.... Read more

Social Skills Parent Information Evening

Henry the Bear is extremely excited to meet as many parents as possible at the P & C's Social Skills Parent Information night which will be held on Tuesday 14 August at 7.30pm in 6L's classroom. The program has been written and is implemented by one of our School Learning Support Officers – Lisa van der Veer and promotes a large array of strategies for important life skills such as: Anger Management, Independent Thinking, Individuality, Teamwork and Resilience. An information note has been emailed home. Please RSVP promptly, as numbers are... Read more

Spring Fun Fair Jam Competition

For all the information regarding our Spring Fun Fair Jam Competition please click on the link below. Jam Competition (pdf 728 KB)... Read more

AugustReturn to top

Premier's Spelling Bee goes mobile

Looking for a great way to help your child practise their spelling? To coincide with the launch of the wordlist for the 2012 Premier's Spelling Bee, a companion app is now available for download. The app features almost 3,000 words and sentences used in the spelling bee initiative, which is aimed at primary school-aged children. The free Premier's Spelling Bee app has junior and senior primary categories with levels of spelling words that increase in difficulty. The game, which features Australian accents, randomly selects words from the... Read more

K-2 Mini Olympics

Years K-2 Mini Olympics will be held on Thursday 16 August during normal Stage 1 sport time. Students are to proudly wear their house colours of red, green, blue or yellow on this day.... Read more

Is my child ready to start school?

Starting school is such a big step. How do I know if my child is ready? The parent website School A to Z has spoken to a range of teachers about how to make the right decision for your child. Here are some of the key points and questions to ask: Children may enrol in Kindergarten at the beginning of the school year if they turn five years of age on or before 31 July in that year. All children must be enrolled in school by their sixth birthday. Are they physically ready? Are they socially and emotionally ready? Kids don't need to read or write... Read more

JulyReturn to top

Musica Viva "Outta Africa" Concert

The quartet Teranga, will be performing a concert entitled "Outta Africa" for all classes K-6 on Thursday 2nd August. The group plays pieces from Senegal in West Africa, using singing, dancing and traditional instruments to let the audience experience Senegalese culture. All students will be attending.... Read more

New Maths Monkey’s Quest game available

School A to Z has just released an exciting, new maths game app, taking kid-friendly learning to the next level. Maths Monkey's Quest was created by the NSW Department of Education and Communities and designed for kids from Year 3 to Year 8. This new release engages children (and adults) with addition, subtraction, ratios and percentages, as they unlock new levels and strengthen their mathematical skills. At each level the Maths Monkey enters a new world of mathematical challenges, starting at the Jungle level (aimed at Years 3 and 4 students)... Read more

Book Week - Author Visit

Education and Book Week will be celebrated in Week 4 (6th - 10th August). In conjunction with Book Week activities and to celebrate children's literature, popular children's author Anna Fienberg will visit our school on Thursday 9th August. Anna Fienberg has written a number of well loved and award winning picture books, short stories and junior novels including The Magnificent Nose & Other Marvels, Ariel Zed and the Secret Life, and the wonderful Tashi series. Anna will entertain, inspire and motivate the students from Kindergarten to Year 6... Read more

School Parking Zones

We would like to share a link with you. This map shows parking available in the Allambie Heights area for dropping off and picking up your children from shool. Parking Map (pdf, 729 KB)... Read more

JuneReturn to top

Spring Fun Fair

Our annual Spring Fun Fair theme for this year is "Circus" and preparation in planning this event is well under way. Founded 9 years ago, the Spring Fun Fair has grown to be an established Northern Beaches event and a fun day out for families of all ages. More than 2000 people attend to enjoy the carnival atmosphere, fantastic rides and entertainment. The school draws in crowds from all over the peninsula and is a key focal point for much of the local activity and community networks. This year our aim is to raise more than $50,000 to help fund... Read more

Books to get kids reading again and again

There's nothing like a series to inspire the bookworm in your child. Just think of the way kids reacted to the Harry Potter novels. Establishing a good relationship with the first book in a series means children can generally be confident they will feel the same way about the rest of the series. The books in a series often become easier to read as time goes on. Once your child is familiar with the first book's characters, the landscape, style and the author's voice, they can simply sit back and enjoy all the subsequent tales. Another benefit... Read more

Managing your child's weight

Your family is the best influence for showing your child how to manage their weight. That's the advice of the childhood obesity experts for keeping a child's weight down. Dr Shirley Alexander, specialist in child obesity at The Children's Hospital Westmead, says: "Try and get the whole family to develop healthier lifestyle habits and through that, hopefully get some weight-loss in the children." The most recent official figures suggest as many as one in four school-aged children fits into the category of being mildly overweight to obese. A... Read more

MayReturn to top

Facts about tutors

Private tutoring to give kids a helping hand in their schooling is a growing business. However, it's also an area where parents can be vulnerable to bogus offers and misleading advertising. If you're considering using a tutor, you need to know how to get the best service for you and your child. It's important to know that the job of a school is to ensure your child's educational needs are met in line with the curriculum. Teachers in NSW public schools are university educated and use effective teaching and learning techniques. If you have... Read more

Parent-teacher interview tips

Parent-teacher interviews are great opportunities to meet your child's teachers and shouldn't be missed. Here are some tips from Harrington Street Public School principal Wayne Koboroff about how to get the best out of your time with the teacher. Do your homework Take a few minutes before your meeting to jot down any questions or comments you have. Because interviews usually only run 10 – 15 minutes it's good to have a reminder of the points you wanted to raise. Common questions may include: How is my child fitting in with other children?... Read more

Walk Safely to School Thursday 17 May 2012

The National Campaign for Walk Safely to School Day will take place at our school on THURSDAY MAY 17th 2012. We encourage all families to take part in Walk Safely to School Day and for each student that walks to school they will be given a sticker once they walk through the school gates. Please read the flyer below for more information. Walk Safely to School Flyer (pdf, 167 KB)... Read more

AprilReturn to top

Big Screen On The Green

Dust off your blankets and beach chairs and get ready for a night of movies under the stars Friday May 4 2012. Log onto flexischools. to pre-order your movie meal! Join us next Friday May 4 for a night of movies under the stars. A huge inflatable movie screen will be nestled under the trees in the K-2 playground to create our very own outdoor movie theatre. We've even got a Candy Bar - The Snack Shack will be serving freshly popped popcorn, hot dogs, slushies and choc tops. AND they'll be taking orders for hot, fresh pizzas via... Read more

Homework help newsletter

You can now easily subscribe to updates from the award-winning website for parents, School A to Z. Each term you'll receive newsletters with the latest information to help you manage your child's homework and study, health, development and technology use. School A to Z has been created by parents at the education department to answer the common questions and challenges we all face as we support our kids growing up. This month's newsletter includes: a series of videos to help you when bullying becomes an issue for your child tips for getting... Read more

MarchReturn to top

MP3 players and hearing loss

An MP3 player, such as an iPod, is an essential item for many kids but listening to them for long periods of time can cause permanent hearing loss. And the experts say the volume doesn't have to be ear-splitting to cause damage. The loudness of sound is measured in units called decibels (dB). Conversation is generally 60dB. Traffic noise can be around 80dB. Louder noises, such as a plane taking off, a motorcycle or firecrackers can range from 120dB to 140dB. Listening to music at levels above 80 decibels is going to damage hearing. The... Read more

Taking a stand against bullying

A new website and mobile app have been launched to help parents and students address bullying. The Bullying, No Way! website includes interactive applications, including a choose- your-own-adventure game for students to learn how to deal with bullying, and videos for parents and students. The site also includes information on: helping your child if they are being bullied identifying the signs that your child might be bullying others getting help and support. The website and the Take a Stand Together mobile app were launched to coincide with... Read more

Reading with confidence

You may have already heard of ‘Pause, Prompt, Praise' or the ‘Three Ps' as the strategy is sometimes called. These three catchy words describe a simple technique that, used well, will help your child practise their reading and develop their reading confidence. The principle of pausing, then prompting and then praising is handy to remember any time your child is reading aloud to you. Teachers and trained tutors often use a more structured version, but the following tips can help you to try out the Three Ps when reading with your child at home.... Read more

FebruaryReturn to top

Education Tax Refund 2012

Don't forget to keep all your receipts from back-to-school expenses so that you can take advantage of the Education Tax Refund. The refund gives eligible parents and caregivers a 50 per cent refund on a range of primary and secondary school education expenses, including school uniforms. For the 2011-2012 financial year you may be eligible for the following: Primary school child You can claim a maximum of $818 for each of your primary school children – that is a refund of up to $409. Secondary school student You can claim a maximum of $1,636... Read more

P&C Welcome BBQ

A BBQ to welcome all new and returning families is being hosted by the P&C on Friday 10th February 2012. Every family is welcome to catch up with new and old friends. The P&C will provide some basics (sausages and soft drinks) but please bring whatever extras you would like. The following is a link to the Welcome BBQ Flyer with a tear-off slip at the bottom to return to the school office if you wish to attend: P&C Welcome BBQ (doc, 25 KB)... Read more

Parent Information Night

Monday 13th February 6.00 - 6.25pm KC, KG, KL, KT, 5SR, 5/6B, 6A, 6L 6.30 - 6.45pm 1A, 1K, 1M, 2J, 2M, 2V 6.00 - 6.25pm 3V 7.00 - 7.25pm 3J, 3P, 4D, 4P All meetings will be held in your child's classroom.... Read more

JanuaryReturn to top

Back-to-school support

A suite of resources, including the School A to Z website and the annual back-to-school hotline, is available to help parents prepare for the new school year. School A to Z website The School A to Z website provides you with practical help to get involved and support your children's learning and includes a webcast on the theme of ‘Getting off to a great start at school'. The School A to Z webcast answers commonly asked questions that range from how to motivate children for learning, to tips on how to manage technology use at home, bullying,... Read more