Beach Buzz Palm Beach State School

24 April 2017
Issue Five
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

Dear Parents
Welcome back to the Term 2! 

It has been a wonderful calm start to the term, especially after the mayhem over the last two days of Term 1!  I hope you all came out of the rain and floods unscathed. We had a few trees and other branches damaged, but minor when compared to many other schools across the state. 

Facilities upgrades continue 

Over the holidays we had a number of facilities improvements completed. 

1. The concrete path outside PCYC was added to. The intention with this is to continue to add to it as finances permit so that eventually we end up with a full path to the gate on Townson Ave. 

2. The garden was tidied at the bus stop entrance. The staff and students have already commented on the extra light brightening the classrooms! This area will continue to be cleaned up further as the year progresses. 

3. The corner of Lind St and Townson Ave had old trees removed that were blocking driver vision and compromising student safety. A PBSS sign is planned to be added to further alert drivers that a school is located here. 

As mentioned last term regular police patrols will be conducted along Townson Ave. Additionally, we have liaised with Michael Hart MP for a letterbox drop to petition for a flashing 40km school sign. This will be sent home to every family and a Palm Beach general letterbox drop.  PLEASE take the time to complete it. 

4. THANK YOU to all of the volunteers who came in on the first Saturday of the holidays to clean up our Community Garden. More details will be out soon regarding a regular after school drop off working bee. 

5. The Student Council 'Be Kind' signs have been added  to the walls around the school. 



School Photos

This Thursday, 27th April, is school photo day. Please assist us to ensure your child is in the correct and complete 2017 school uniform. 

Questions to ask your child 

I'm sure as parents you have asked your child, 'How was your day?' and often received a limited response such as 'Nothing much'.  Below are some questions that limit a yes/no response and may assist you as  conversation starters. These are also great to use at the dinner table to spark family conversations. 

  1. What did you do that was creative?
  2. What is the most popular game at play time?
  3. What was the best thing that happened today?
  4. Did you help anyone today?
  5. Did you tell anyone “thank you?”
  6. Who did you sit with at lunch?
  7. What made you laugh?
  8. Did you learn something you didn’t understand?
  9. Who inspired you today?
  10. What was the peak and the pit?
  11. What is something you heard that surprised you?
  12. What is something you saw that made you think?
  13. Who did you play with today?
  14. Tell me something you know today that you didn’t know yesterday.
  15. What is something that challenged you?
  16. Did you like your lunch?
  17. Rate your day on a scale from 1-10.
  18. What questions did you ask at school today?
  19. Tell us your top two things from the day (before you can be excused from the dinner table!). 
  20. What are you looking forward to tomorrow?
  21. What are you reading?
  22. What was the hardest rule to follow today?
  23. If you could change one thing about your day, what would it be?
  24. (For older kids):  Do you feel prepared for your history test?” or, “Is there anything on your mind that you’d like to talk about?” (In my opinion, the key is not only the way a question is phrased, but responding in a supportive way.)
  25. What made your teacher smile? What made her frown?
  26. What kind of person were you today?
  27. What made you feel happy? 
  28. What made you feel proud?
  29. Did you learn any new words today?
  30. If you switched places with your teacher tomorrow, what would you teach the class?


Term 2 Events

As we are moving into this term it is once again a term full of special events. We have already hosted a group of students from Hong Kong, commenced interschool sport and today we held our Anzac Service. 

In the coming weeks we have NAPLAN for Years 3 and 5, the Cross Country/Colour Run, a disco, a chess tournament, Under 8s Day, a band concert and our athletics carnivals. 

Added to our regular activities I'm sure the students will enjoy the term ahead. 


Kind regards

Sandra Thompson


Deputy's Desk

ANZAC Day Ceremony


Today  Palm Beach State School held its annual ANZAC Day Ceremony. Thank you to our special guests who included President Legatee Les Fisher from Legacy Club of Coolangatta and Tweed Heads, The Hon Karen Andrews, Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills and Federal Member for McPherson, Rene Whitehead representing Mr Michael Hart, State Member for Burleigh and guest speaker Mr Glenn Filtness. Mr Filtness spoke about his time serving in the Australian Army and reflected on his three tours of Afghanistan.

All student demonstrated great respect and the school captains, vice captains, house captains and the Senior Choir should all be very proud of their efforts.

On Tuesday 25 April, the students of Palm Beach State School are invited to take part in the Currumbin RSL ANZAC march. This is a long standing tradition at PBSS and I encourage as many students as possible to attend. Students are required to wear full school uniform including black shoes and white socks.












Our school leaders will be laying a wreath on behalf of the school. Mrs Hendry and Mr Hill will be coordinating this. 



International School Visit 

Last week we were lucky enough to have had the opportunity to host a group of students from Hong Kong. The students from Saint Joseph's Primary School spent the day at PBSS interacting with our students. As part of this wonderful cultural exchange the students got to experience life in a Queensland school. They took part in Journey Groups, enjoyed lunch with their PBSS buddy and got to run around and play on grass, something they do not get to experience back in Hong Kong. The visiting students shared a presentation about their homeland as well as performed some musical items including an outstanding (and very cute) version of Waltzing Matilda. Head to the PBSS Facebook page to watch this if you haven't already. 


Students of the Week

Due to our international school visit, these awards were not presented last week. The student of the week announcement will resume in the next edition.

Kind regards

Ann Stewart


Library and ICT News

Reading Eggs Information Session

Reading Eggs is a software program used by our Prep students to develop reading skills. It can also be purchased by parents privately. There will be an information session about Reading Eggs for any parents who want to know more about the program and how to use it.

The session will be held in the school library at 8:45am on Tuesday 2nd May.


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P & C News

Welcome back!

To all our Palm Beach families, we hope you each enjoyed some quality time with your loved ones over the Easter break.

P&C Meeting – Wednesday 10th May, 5:30pm

New members are always welcome!  In our goal to support and enhance the quality education for students at Palm Beach, feedback from parents and teachers is an essential part of the equation.  So if you are a parent or teacher who would like to become involved, but find it hard to attend meetings in the evening, please let us know via email at [email protected]

Book Club

Issue 3 flyers were sent home this week with each student.  Did you know you can order Book Club products through the Scholastic LOOP app?  Download for FREE at the App Store or Google Play, follow the steps to register, place order and make secure payment – there’s no need to return the Order Form to school!

By purchasing books through Book Club the school receives 20% to spend on resources for the school!  Please ensure you place your order by Tuesday 2nd May.

Disco Volunteers needed

Our first disco of 2017 will be on Thursday 4th May (see flyer for further information)!


For families with more than one student, please note that tickets must be purchased separately for each child and there is no extra charge to parents for using the service if paying by bank transfer (1-5 days).


Credit card payments do incur a small fee, but can be minimised by depositing the full amount in one go (i.e. for 2x tickets, deposit $14 all at once, which will mean a total charge of $14.29). Having your child’s name on the ticket not only ensures their safety, but also gives them a chance to win a door prize on the night.


If you completed the volunteer form earlier in the year we will be contacting you soon for your help, otherwise if you can help please contact Violet on 0421 699 917.


Mother’s Day Stall

Our Mother’s Day Stall will be held on Thursday 11th May from 8:00am until 11:45am (end of first break).  We have a fantastic variety of gifts ranging from $1-$10 including kokedamas made by a parent at this school (For The Love of Balls) AND we will also be selling gift cards for just $1 each and gift bags for $2 each!  Make Palm Beach State School your one stop shop for mum this year!


Thank you to the volunteers that helped unpack and price stock last week!!


If you completed the volunteer form earlier in the year we will be contacting you soon for your help at the stall, otherwise if you can help please contact Shannyn on 0402 255 722.


Mothers Day Raffle

Thanks to Shane Seghers at Ray White Tugun for donating a beautiful hamper!  Drop by the Office for a peak at the goodies inside, look for tickets to come home this week - extras can be found at the Tuckshop.  Money raised will go towards upgrading the Junior Adventure Playground!  The winner will be announced at assembly on Wednesday 10th May so good luck to everyone!

Colour Run

This year we are holding a Colour Run as one of our major fundraisers!  Lock in Wednesday 17th May for a blast of colour!!


All funds raised will be going towards the upgrading of the Junior Adventure playground.  Notes and sponsorship forms went home last week with further information, please see your teacher if you have not yet received them.


To pitch in and help on the day, please contact Kelly on 0419 793 609 or Kim on 0404 071 832.


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 select of Gluten Free meals and snacks - check the Flexischools website for the full menu.

Volunteer Roster Tuckshop

Tuesday         25th April – CLOSED ANZAC DAY

Wednesday   26th April - Yulia

Thursday       27th April - Sue

Friday             28th April – Mel Teneille


Monday          1st May – CLOSED LABOUR DAY

Tuesday         2nd May - Help

Wednesday   3rd May - Yulia

Thursday       4th May - Sue

Friday             5th May - Teneille

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

Polos $30.00

Shorts $30.00

Skorts $30.00

Hats    $15.00

Winter Uniform

To keep costs to a minimum, and to supplement the PBSS official jacket available from the uniform shop, the PBSS winter uniform consists of plain navy blue tracksuit jumpers and pants (or plain navy blue fleece jackets) which may be purchased from retail shops such as KMart, Target, Big W etc.

*Patterns and alternate colours do not meet uniform requirements. 



Events Calendar




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Sport and Music News

Term 2 Interschool Sport

Permission notes with payment details have been sent home, for the students who have been selected in the PBSS teams for Interschool sport, and those who selected surfing.  Payment of $40 is due no later than 28th April for rugby league, soccer, netball and school provided surfing ($110 for experienced surfers who chose surfing through the surf school). 

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