Beach Buzz Palm Beach State School

22 May 2017
Issue Seven
Principal's Patch
Deputy's Desk
Library and ICT News
P & C News
Uniform Shop
Events Calendar
Sport and Music News
Palm Beach State School
(07) 5520 8333
19 Nineteenth Avenue
Palm Beach, Queensland, 4221

Principal's Patch


Wow what a great school I have walked into! I must say I was pretty nervous as I started today just like the students who shared this special "first day" with me. It was not too long before I felt right at home with the many students, staff and parents welcoming me to your beautiful school! You tell the quality of a school usually in the first 5 minutes as you walk through the gate and Palm Beach just showed me we have an awesome place here for our children to get stuck into learning.


I'll just take a quick moment to give you an idea about Andrew Cummings and his personal history with Palm Beach State School, my career and an insight into what counts for me.


I had the great fortune of having my Father teach instrumental music here in the 1980's and I would often come to the school to see what was happening and gradually I became a volunteer in the younger classrooms. It was here at Palm Beach that I found a real drive and enthusiasm for wanting to be a teacher myself. I later qualified in 1998 to be a teacher and I did my final school practicum here at Palm Beach. It feels a little like I've come home! I commenced my teaching career on Palm Island with my wife in 1999 and since then have been a Principal across the state in many places for the past 17 years. I truly love my job, I am blessed with the best job in the world - A time where I spend my time growing children, teachers and communities to develop the very best learning opportunities for us all. There is no greater buzz!


I have 3 children of my own who attend a local Gold Coast high school. My experience as a parent and father provides me with the focus that I use to to assist me in running the school. I basically use a filter of whatever wouldn't be good enough for my child, definitely isn't good enough for yours! I work predominantly through a family focus because I believe we all have a role to play in getting the very best from our children.   


I will share more with you as our time together goes by. I just want to say thank you for the welcome and I'm so excited about being here to work with you all.


Kind regards,



Andrew Cummings





Deputy's Desk

Colour Run Fun Run

Last week was very colourful indeed!  Our P & C organised a great day and the efforts of all the staff on running the stations and supervising classes made the event a spectacular success.  You could tell by the laughter and the enjoyment that the students really enjoyed being part of this occasion.


Cross Country Championship

Congratulations to all students who participated in our Cross Country on Wednesday last week.  It was great to see so many choosing to participate in this event and test their limits.  More information can be found in Sport and Music news.


NAPLAN & celebration BBQ

As I walked through the classrooms during the NAPLAN testing, it was amazing to feel the positive spirit and hear comments from students eager to do their best.  Students showed growth mindsets and were keen to show the skills that they have obtained throughout their schooling.   

On the last day of NAPLAN testing, the students celebrated with a BBQ.  The hot plate was manned by Chappy Evan who was assisted by Mr Bowden and Mr Hill. Our PBSS Year 3 & 5 students enjoyed some downtime in the Community Garden celebrating the conclusion of the testing.


Junior & Senior Choir 

I would like to extend a special congratulations to Miss Ward and her Junior & Senior choirs who competed at the Creative Generation Voices last week.  They have been working hard this year, leading the school singing the Australian Anthem on Junior and Senior assembly and spending lunch times rehearsing.  A Silver placing was reward for their hard work and commitment.  If you would like to read more about this, see Sport and Music news.


Lovely Ladies Concert

 15 May, 2017

Well, did you feel the LOVE at school last week?

Palm Beach Preppies showered the special ladies in their lives with Rainbows, Peace, Coloured Kisses, and L.O.V.E at a wonderful and colourful concert.

Mothers, grandmothers, aunts, mums and ladies everywhere were honoured by beautiful voices and heartfelt words.  Our guests were given a special handmade flower each. Songs that had been practised for weeks were performed along with a song written especially for us by our beautiful friend (and Palm Beach State School’s ex-music teacher) Ms Rhondda Howland, “Song for Mothers” ~ a special treat. The highlight was the “Class of 2017” joining together for the Finale` with a special song taught to them by our present School Music Teacher Ms Shari Ward – just “Adorable”!

Yes, LOVE was definitely in the air, and smiles, hugs and even a tear or two were the order of the day.

Miss Sue-Ellen, Miss Newton , Miss Sarah & Miss Anna        (Prep Teachers)


Under 8's Day Reminder

This Friday the 26th, our Prep - Year 2 students will be participating in Under 8's Day activities.  There will also be a sausage sizzle and drinks available for  students  to purchase.   The teachers have been busily preparing for the day and we look forward to an amazing morning of fun-filled activities.

Students of the Week

Prep G - Maximus & Kody

Prep N - Tayla &  Amelia

Prep S - Bryannie & Hunter

1D - Lily & Mia

1K - Vander

1R - Lolah & Phebe

1/2B - Maxstone, Chilli-Ray & Jace

2E - Joshua & Olivia

2H - Aaron & Peyton

2T - Cody & Mimi

3B - Makua & Sasha

3M - Jazmin & Jack

3T - Indigo & Murdoch

4H - Riley & Cooper

4L - Ella, Jade & Brydon

4S - Paige

5H - Veronica & Serenia

5P - Beau & Sylvia

6B - Anais, Summer & Daryna

6C - Rori & Tayah

6N - Jacob & Shmyka

Library and ICT News

National Simultaneous Storytime

At 11:00 am on Wednesday 24th May libraries and schools all over Australia will be sharing an Australian book titled ‘The Cow Tripped Over the Moon’.

We will have a special reading in our school library at 11:00 am followed with making some finger puppets of the book characters.


The Prep and Year 1 students will be reading the book in class and many of our students will be learning more about the book, author and illustrator when the visit the library during the week for their borrowing session.


P & C News

P&C Meeting – Wednesday 14th June, 5:30pm

We are very fortunate at Palm Beach to have a P&C Association, who in their goal to enrich the quality education of your child fosters first and foremost a spirit of cooperation.  Through the operation of our school canteen, the school uniform shop, various fundraising events throughout the year, and through the operation of our Farmer’s Shed (which sells second-hand goods to our community) our P&C raises valuable funding to help enrich the journey of learning at Palm Beach. And perhaps most importantly, we like to have fun while we work!


To pitch in and share ideas, or to join in on the conversation to determine how these funds are spent at your child’s school, please join us at our next P&C meeting on Wednesday, 14th June at 5:30pm in the school library.  Alternatively, please contact us anytime at [email protected].  New members are always welcome!

Mothers Day Raffle

Congratulations to Tahlia in 4L who won the Mother’s Day hamper! Thanks once again to Shane Seghers from Ray White Tugun for donating such a lovely prize.

Colour Run

It was fantastic to see all our students having so much fun at the Colour Run!!  A huge thank you to Kelly, who organised this, and to Kim and Kylie, Kelly’s right hand women!


So far we have raised over $7000 and are still counting!!  These funds will be going towards the upgrading of the Junior Adventure playground.


Please note: If you have not done so already can you please return your sponsorship form to the Tuckshop as soon as possible (even if you chose to participate in online fundraising) as your child may miss out on their prize if they haven’t returned the form.

Book Fair

Term 2 Book Fair will run from Thursday 1st June until Friday 9th June.  Make sure you come on in and check it out to support our fantastic library! 


For your chance to win a $15 voucher towards Book Fair purchases please ensure your child’s colouring competition form is returned to the library by this Friday 26th May.


We still need help with decorating and setting up the Book Fair, collecting sales and packing up the Book Fair on the final day.  If you didn’t return the volunteer form back in Term 1 but would still like to help out, please contact Louise on 0422 241 006.

Kind Regards,


PBSS P&C Executive committee


Opening Hours

Our Tuckshop is open Monday – Friday for both first and second break.


To place orders and to see the healthy menu options that are available, please visit  We do have a small menu available for those orders that need to be placed on a brown paper bag; this can be done in the morning before school starts at the tuckshop window.


We are open for over the counter snack sales during both Lunch and Afternoon tea breaks.

What’s on the Flexischools Menu

Menu items include:

  • Taco Tuesdays - choose from Beef, Shredded Chicken and Salad Tacos
  • Wednesday Chicken wing pack with oven baked sweet potato chips and corn on the cob
  • Thursdays is Sushi Day, Avocado, Chicken Avocado, Chicken Teriyaki and Tuna
  • Meatball Sub Meal Deal
  • Butter Chicken Curry

We also have a selection of Gluten Free meals and snacks - check the Flexischools website for the full menu.

Volunteer Roster Tuckshop

Tuesday         23rd May – Kylie

Wednesday   24th May - Yullia

Thursday       25th May - Sue

Friday             26th May  - Teneille


Monday          29th May - help needed!

Tuesday         30th May - Kylie

Wednesday   31st May - Yullia

Thursday       1st June - Sue

Friday             2nd June - Teneille


Monday          5th June - help needed!

How can I help?

Not sure how you can help in Tuckshop?  If you can make a sandwich then we need you!  Volunteers prepare food (such as sandwiches), place orders in bags, put all the orders in class Tuckshop boxes and; if you can stay for first break; help serve children.  We would love to hear from you, please come and see Cheryle at the Tuckshop.

Short on time?

Want to help out but don’t have time?  Busy parents don’t forget that even if you can’t volunteer your time in Tuckshop or at fundraising events, you can still help out by buying a coffee at school drop off, or ordering a meal deal for your child on special days.  Every little bit counts, and your contribution helps to ensure the survival of a quality Tuckshop at Palm Beach.

Breakfast Club

Donations of the following are needed for Breakfast Club and Chappy snacks, if you are able to help with the following items please drop them in to Tuckshop:

  • Jam
  • Margarine
  • Muesli bars (nut free and chocolate free)
  • Fruit snack pots (eg diced fruit in natural juices)
  • Fresh fruit (eg mandarins)

Uniform Shop

Open Hours

Our Uniform shop is open every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8.30 – 9.00am, or order at your convenience anytime through Flexischools ( and your order will be delivered to your child’s classroom the following school day.

Uniform Pricing

Jackets $50.00  only size 4 and 6 available at the moment expecting delivery of larger sizes next week

Polos $30.00

Shorts $30.00

Skorts $30.00

Hats    $15.00

Events Calendar



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P&C Dates For Event Calendar

Book Fair set up - Tuesday 30th May at 8:50am in the library

Book Fair - Thursday 1st June - Friday 9th June

Sport and Music News



Junior Choir & Senior Choir-Creative Generation Voices


Last Thursday, 82 Junior and Senior Choir students travelled to Robina State School to compete in Creative Generation Voices, a new biennial state-wide choral competition. C Gen Voices aims to showcase the exciting music making that is occurring in the Primary and Secondary school choral programs throughout the state. Heats were held across Queensland last week and will continue into this week with hundreds of choirs participating, and the top choirs from each region will be chosen to move onto regional finals.

Both Palm Beach choirs performed exceptionally in their heat and each received a Silver Award. This is an outstanding achievement considering the short amount of time these groups have been rehearsing together. With this being their first competition, students had the opportunity to hear other local choirs perform, receive constructive feedback from a high level adjudicator, and perform in front of a large audience.

Well done choir students!

Junior Choir


Senior Choir


Cross Country Championship

Last Wednesday, our years 3 - 6 students competed in the Cross Country.  It was impressive to see students giving the distance a go and some age competitions were fiercely contested with sprints to the line.  Congratulations to all our age champions and overall winners, the Stingrays!



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