Beach Buzz Palm Beach State School

16 February 2017
Issue One
Principal's Patch
Deputy's Desk
Sport and Music News
Library and ICT News
P & C News
Uniform Shop
What's Coming Up
Palm Beach State School
(07) 5520 8333
19 Nineteenth Avenue
Palm Beach, Queensland, 4221

Principal's Patch

Dear Parents

Welcome to our new and improved newsletter!  We hope you enjoy Beach Buzz published in this format and find it easy to read so that you are well informed about the events at PBSS. We are continuing to try and make communication between home and school  as efficient as possible.


As principal of such a complex organisation, decisions are always made with a big picture hat on. Understandably these decisions have to be made to suit the vast majority of students and families, and unfortunately pleasing everyone is almost impossible. However, using the parent opinion survey data from the past year as an indication of satisfaction we have over 92% of parents highly satisfied with the education and 'workings' of PBSS.  I am proud of what I have achieved through my vision as principal of PBSS in the 20 months I have been here, and added with the continuing support from our dedicated and caring P&C, we have made massive improvements in all areas of PBSS in a reasonably short time. I look forward to your continued support in all that we do here at PBSS. 


Further on communication, we have had overwhelming positive support about notes being sent home in both the paper and email form. We understand it may be frustrating to some with both forms of communication; however, not only have the vast majority of parents commented favourably, but also our office staff have noticed the huge reduction of their time replacing notes that have disappeared into the depths of school bags. I'm expecting in the near future that email will be the preferred option, but at this time we have families who do not have internet and/or printing options at home so we will continue with both. Thank you for your understanding on this matter. 


Week 4  commenced with our Year 6 students heading off to camp at Lake Ainsworth, spelling journey groups are underway and Friday will see the start of our term 1 Friday Beach Sport program. Last week reading and maths journey groups began, as well as our full instrumental program of strings and band.  I am proud of the vast array of programs and extra curricular activities that  PBSS continues to offer. 

Journey Groups and Textbooks 

In 2016 we introduced Journey Groups in reading and number. This was a huge success with students outcomes rapidly improving. In 2017 we have expanded this differentiated approach not only to reading but also spelling and maths, rather than just number. 


We regularly speak to the students about the importance of trying and doing their best whilst at school, and that not all students are A students or born with a genius IQ. In fact, the majority of students are C students in alignment with the Australian Curriculum. We also explain the purpose of Journey Groups is as a support model for every student in the school to fill the gaps in their learning and/or improve their learning at a rate they are capable of. Recently I have heard a few parents commenting and comparing as to which 'journey group' their child is in. Please do not treat this teaching and learning philosophy as a competition as to which group they are in, or the positive student engagement and learning experiences that we are witnessing at school may be damaged.


Unfortunately there are a few students who are still without the textbooks they need to access the planned curriculum. Please note that two of the textbooks that were on the booklist are used in Journey Groups. All textbooks are now available at the school office, as are any orders that were put in at Network Educational. Please come to the school to organise payment as soon as possible so that your child will have the necessary books for their learning. 

School Fees

A reminder that payment of School Fees is due no later than the end of next week, 26th February. Thank you so much to all families who have paid the school fees in full and to those who are waiting until next week to pay! You will be in the lucky draw for 3 students to have their fees credited to their school account for future school events. We are truly thankful for the support you have shown for PBSS and your contribution greatly assists us to continue to develop and purchase the best available resources for your child.  This year we are hoping to focus the majority of these funds towards assisting with financing an addition to the junior playground and extra shade sails in three areas. 


The $175 in School Fees includes a $25 component to access to online programs such as Mathletics, Spellodrome and Reading Eggs (prep only) which will be the core of our 2017 homework program. All students will have access to these programs until the end of February. However, after this date access will be withdrawn to any students who have not had this $25 part of the school fees paid. 

Air Conditioning in Schools

This year has been exceptionally hot and the debate about air conditioning in schools has certainly hit the media. Ideally ... this would be a fantastic asset to any school but there are a lot of considerations to take into account - installation, ongoing electricity costs, electrical capacity to run them etc. It is also worth noting that the majority of schools in South East Queensland that have air conditioning levy the parents for  this as allocated funds to schools for improvements of any kind are very limited and often rely on parent contributions and extensive fundraising for major projects to become a reality.


As mentioned above, as with everything we do at PBSS we do what is best for our whole school community and we also take into account the financial obligations of all educational costs. We believe that support of our current PBSS fee system may be an indication of the financial capacity of our school community. Although the school fees aren't officially due until next week (as mentioned above), to this point we have had 40% of students who have paid the One2One ICT program and 30% who have contributed to the Parent Contribution fees. Obviously we are hoping the percentage of students who have their school fees paid in full improves dramatically before the due date of February 26. However, considering these percentages to date, to ask our school community for added funds for air conditioning at this time seems an enormous ask and takes away from other projects we have planned  to do with the hoped for increased support through the Parent Contribution. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any ideas you may have about how to improve participation in our school fee program so that PBSS students reap the rewards of future school improvements. 


The last few days have been so much more tolerable with the temperature and let's hope that these more usual moderate temperatures continue! 

Waste Free Wednesday

Every Wednesday from 22nd February we are starting to promote Waste Free Wednesday. This is to promote sustainability of our environment and teach our students the importance of this and healthy eating. 


Quite simply ... it is a packet free, plastic free, rubbish free lunch box where recyclable containers and lunch preparation requires no added packaging. Let's support this fantastic initiative endorsed by our P&C.  Below is a link to Planet Ark for ideas.  


Kind regards 

Sandra Thompson

Deputy's Desk

Palm Beach State School Behaviour Artifacts


Our school community has identified the following school rules to teach and promote our high standards of responsible behaviour. 

*Be a Learner

*Be Respectful

*Be Safe

These rules appear on our new behaviour surfboard located around the school. 

Our school rules and behaviour expectations have been agreed upon and endorsed by all staff and our school P&C. They are aligned with the values, principles and expected standards outlined in Education Queensland's Code of School Behaviour.

This year we have also updated our High Five posters. 

At Palm Beach State School, the High Five strategy is used to empower students with ways to solve problems which may occur from time to time. Students can work through all of the steps or use the action which best suits the situation.

The ‘High Five’ strategy is taught in each classroom.



Birthday cakes at school


It is preferred that birthday cakes are kept as an outside of school option however if you would like to bring cake or similar to school to share for your child’s birthday please ensure the following guidelines are adhered to:

  1. Teachers are provided with 24 hour notice
  2. Individual servings only such as muffins or small cakes (teachers will not be cutting up large cakes)
  3. No icing is preferred due to the high sugar content. Please limit the amount of icing if included.
  4. No lollies, chocolate or ice-blocks permitted
  5. Healthy options preferred such as carrot or banana cake or muffins
  6. Please be aware we have students in the school with severe nut and egg allergies.

Religious Instruction


Religious Instruction classes commenced last Friday.

This opt in/opt out program is delivered under a cooperative arrangement which is run by the Combined Churches Co-operative, Gold Coast South. The title of the programs delivered at school authorized by relevant faith group/s are:

  • Beginning with God
  • Big Questions
  • Connect

Palm Beach State School  now also offers a Bahá’í Children’s Class during Religious Instruction time. Please note that an opt in form is required for this class which is available at the school office.


During Bahá’í lessons, students explore ways in which they may be able to contribute to society and serve humanity by developing virtues or spiritual qualities such as trustworthiness, honesty, friendliness, and justice. Classes celebrate the use of the arts such as storytelling, drama, team building games, colouring, drawing and music. 

Please note Bahá’í classes will not start until week 7.

PBSS is proud to be supporting the
National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence

Look out for details in the next newsletter! 


Kind regards,

Ann Stewart

Students of the Week

Prep N - Olive, Lucas 

Prep G - Jack

Prep S - Aurora, Lily

1/2B  Eve, Viktoriia

1D - Jazaiah, Poppy

1K - Marat, Brayson

1R  Max, Josie

2E - Matthew, Olivia

2H  Kodi, Sari

2T - Kyle, Maya

3B - Matthew, Emelia

3M  Taj, Tahlia

3T - Leon Jessica

4H  Erin, Olive

4L  Bonni, Trey

4S  Cooper, Amarni

5H  Alli, Tyler

5P  Cameron, Helen

6B  Sheldyn, Tajah

6C  Hamish, Maddi

6N  Maddison, Noah

               Congratulations to these students!

Sport and Music News

District Swimming

Best of Luck to our swimmers taking to the pool at the Oceanic District Swimming Carnival on Thursday the 16th. We have some very talented swimmers representing Palm Beach and I am sure you would join me in wishing them well. Competition will be as hot as the weather last Sunday, so feel free to come and cheer on the kids at the Pizzey Park pool in Miami.


Friday Beach Sports Year 4 - 6

Friday sports are about to kick off with 6 weeks of fun at the beach. Activities include, Learn to Surf (sand /shallow water only) focusing on "jumping up in one motion", a beach safety class, an environmental walk, a sand castle challenge, beach games and nipper sports similar to our local surf clubs. It is free, so please fill out your child's permission form and return it before the fun starts this Friday. 


Tip of the Term: Start training for the Cross Country now! 

Start training for the Cross Country now! 


Miss Ward has had a huge attendance at the senior singers and junior choir practices. We look forward to hearing these beautiful voices. 

Strings and Band

Payment due now for all students who are learning a musical instrument through our  Instrumental Music Program.  

Library and ICT News

Literacy and Numeracy Apps


To prepare our children for the technological world of now and the future we encourage our students to engage in literacy and numeracy activities online. Over the last few weeks your child has been given logins for their literacy and numeracy apps. All of these apps are available online with links provided below. All programs are accessible on Apple devices downloaded via iTunes. Mathletics can also be downloaded for android devices.

All Prep year students have an account for Reading Eggs. Reading Eggs is interactive program with games and activities that assist children to learn essential reading and phonics skills.

All Year 1-5 students have accounts set up for Mathletics, Spellodrome and Raz-Kids and Year 6 students have Mathletics and Spellodrome accounts.

Mathletics and Spellodrome share the same login and both programs can be accessed from the Mathletics app.

Mathletics engages students in activities that supports the Australian mathematics curriculum.                                                   It enables teachers to differentiate tasks for each student.

Spellodrome will offer a range of activities to reinforce the words taught in the Spelling Mastery program at school.

Raz-Kids offers an extensive collection of levelled books with comprehension quizzes. It also gives the children the opportunity to listen to texts being read while following the text onscreen. Teachers are able to differentiate tasks and set assessment tasks to view comprehensive data about your child’s reading.

These apps have been purchased on behalf of parents who have paid for them. The children whose parents have opted not to pay for these apps will have their accounts deactivated after the payment date.

If you have any questions regarding logins then please contact your child’s teacher and if you are experiencing any other problems please let me know.

Marie Gilhooley

Library Teacher


P & C News

P&C Meeting

Get involved, new members always welcome!


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 Tuckshop, 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, 15 February at 5:30pm in the school library.  Alternatively, please contact us anytime at [email protected].

Book Club

Thank you to everyone who purchased a book through Book Club! Your child should receive their order delivered to their classroom this week.


Donations Needed

Do you have any old uniforms or school shoes in good condition that you no longer require? If so we would love to see them donated to our recycle shop, The Farmer's Shed, so we can help out our community! All money raised from sales goes straight back to the school.  The Farmer's Shed are also in need of coat hangers, if you have any you don't need please drop off at the Farmer's Shed (located inside the gate at the 19th Avenue school carpark).

Breakfast Club Donations

Breakfast Club are in need of donations of the following condiments:

  • Vegemite
  • Jam
  • Milo
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Fruit snacks in mini tubs

If you are able to help please bring any donations to Tuckshop.


Tuckshop 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.


Here's an example of some of the items we sell:

  • 20c for fruit pieces Watermelon, Apple and Orange
  • 50c buys a Date and Oatmeal Cookie, Tortilla Chips, Choc Brownies, Apricot Bites, Yoghurt pops, popcorn bags, GF Banana Muffins all made in the tuckshop
  • $1.00 for Lemon Fizz iceblocks and Tuckshop made Watermelon and Mango Peach Ice Blocks.

New Flexischools Menu Items

  • Taco Tuesdays are back!! Choose from Beef, Shredded Chicken and Salad Tacos
  • Thursdays is Sushi Day - choose from Avocado, Chicken Avocado, Chicken Teriyaki and Tuna
  • We also have Chicken San Choy Bau, available every day.

Volunteer Roster

Thursday       16th February             Sue

Friday             17th February             Teneille


Monday          20th February            Kylie

Tuesday         21st February             Yulia

Wednesday   22nd February           Wendy

Thursday       23rd February             Sue

Friday             24th February             Teneille


Monday          27th February             Kylie

Tuesday         28th February             Yulia

Wednesday   1st March                   Wendy


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.

Uniform Shop

New Uniforms

T H A N K   Y O U to all of the parents who have updated your children’s uniforms, and to all of the parent volunteers who were so generous with their time and energy over the last 24 months, to aide in the transition to a new uniform at Palm Beach SS.  It’s wonderful to see so many students taking pride in their school, and Palm Beach sure is looking sharp! Go Palmy!

Opening Hours

Our Uniform shop is open every Monday and Thursday from 8:30 – 9:00am, or order at your convenience anytime through and your order will be delivered to your child’s classroom the following school day.

Uniform Pricing

Jackets $50.00

Polos $30.00

Shorts $30.00

Skorts $30.00

Hats    $15.00



If you’ve got just 30 minutes to spare in the mornings (8:30am-9:00am) we’d love to have some help in our uniform shop!  Tasks are to serve parents and students who are purchasing uniforms and filling any online orders.  Volunteering looks great on a resume, and you’ll get to make new friends while you’re at it, so if you can help out we would love to hear from you! Please come and see Cheryle at the Tuckshop for more info.

PBSS Uniform

* Please note: Only the official PBSS uniform meets the PBSS Uniform Policy and Dress Code ... No substitutes are permitted

What's Coming Up




15:   P&C Meeting 5.30pm Library 

17:  Year 4 - Year 6 Beach Sports program commences

22:  1 -2-3 Magic & Emotion Parent Course 

24:  2017 Leadership Badge Ceremony



1: 1 -2-3 Magic & Emotion Parent Course 

3: Commonwealth Games mascot Borobi visit  

3: Gold Coast Suns visit  Year 4 - 6

8:  1 -2-3 Magic & Emotion Parent Course 












Palm Beach and Elanora Burleigh (Police) Community Consultative Committee

Elisabeth Bradley
Treasurer Palm Beach and Elanora Burleigh (Police)
 Community Consultative Committee
[email protected]
Phone 5598 2817
February 8, 2017
RE: Palm Beach and Elanora Burleigh (Police) Community Consultative Committee
Dear Palm Beach State School,
The combined Burleigh, Palm Beach and Elanora Police Community Consultative Committee  was established to develop a partnership between the Police and the community.
It meets every three months in an open forum, designed to:-

  • update the public on law and order matters in the community
  • give everyone in the community the opportunity to meet the senior Police at the Palm Beach and Elanora Police stations.  These stations also have responsibility for Burleigh
  • discuss and air any concerns you may have regarding community safety

 Everyone likes to feel safe in their community and this is a great opportunity for the public to share information and air any concerns, fears or grievances they may have, enabling the Police to act accordingly.  This is also a great opportunity for the community to develop a close relationship with the local police and initiate ongoing cooperative communication.
We invite everyone to come along 6 PM Thursday 16th of February, 2017 at the Currumbin RSL, to do their bit for the community and see what a great job our police are doing!
Please see the link for an article in the QLD Police website in regards to the upcoming meeting.
 Yours Sincerely,
 Elisabeth BRADLEY

Currumbin RSL




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