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Collapse Issue 487:<br />3 Feb 2020<br />_____________Issue 487:
3 Feb 2020
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Collapse  NEWS NEWS
Southern Spirit fined $1000 for Pink Day fundraiser
Community group calls for Umina Mall clean-up
Supermarket fixes leaking stormwater pipe
High winds cause widespread damage
Kingsview Hill residents petition for maintenance work
Association gives qualified support to mobile tower plan
Residents' group says new plans are 'even worse'
Bays Community Group prepares for fair
Energy company withdraws seismic testing application
Honour for service to animal conservation
Coastal Twist founder is Women of the Year finalist
Tesch urges seniors to take up travel card
Girls' lemonade stand raises $152 for Wires
Skate park work 'unlikely' before July
Fundraiser for firefighters' socks
Council invites businesses to disability access forum
Information about grants
Tree group learns about value of dead trees
Presentation about staying safe online
Paddle board beach party for vision-impaired youth
Toastmasters to hold speaking course
Lawyer returns from international cricket win
Work starts on five-storey apartment block
Real estate agents wins three franchise awards
Man charged over stabbing incident
Collapse  FORUM FORUM
Social housing: What is the alternative?
Lucky streaks don't last forever
Doctor is harder to see than the Queen
Unnecessary watering is a waste
Doom and gloom prophecy or indisputable fact?
What about proportional representation in Council
Collapse  HEALTH HEALTH
Aged care provider adopts new model
Luncheon to raise money for clown doctors
Hairdressers can help in cancer detection, says surgeon
Collapse  ARTS ARTS
Environment group seeks volunteers for festival
The Final Test opens new season at Little Theatre
Opera conductor chosen for summer school
Family orchestra at Troubadour
Umina craft group supports wildlife carers
Collapse  EDUCATION EDUCATION
Wide-ranging report in first newsletter of the year
Program to provide information about eating well
Collapse  SPORT SPORT
Jemma finishes seventh in Ironwoman Series
Pink Stumps Day final tally was $5108
Umina has two candidates for Junior Lifesaver award
Jemma excels in interstate championships
Ollier appointed junior soccer technical director
Skate, scooter and BMX competition heat at Umina
Charity bowls returns to Woy Woy
Two speakers at Lions luncheon
Basketball at leisure centre

Wide-ranging report in first newsletter of the year

Ettalong Public School principal Ms Lynn Balfour has given a wide-ranging report in the first newsletter of the new school year.

"Our 2020 kindergarten children will participate in the NSW BestStart assessment program this week then commence lessons on February 3.

"Kindergarten children will finish at 2:30pm for two weeks then they will finish at 2.55pm, along with all other students, from February 17.

"Our school day starts at 8:55am and punctuality is very much appreciated.

"Playground supervision starts at 8:30am so no children are to arrive before this time.

"A number of maintenance and repair jobs were completed here during the holidays but the large shelter for K-2 children to assemble under was not built, as planned.

"I am quite disappointed, but I hope to see it erected in the next few weeks.

"It is often very warm when we return to school, so this is a timely reminder that we have a No Hat, No Play policy at our school.

"Hats are available for sale from school or similar blue, broad brimmed hats can be purchased elsewhere," Ms Balfour continued.

"Rules about mobile phones at school were in the news over the holidays.

"Here at Ettalong, we allow children to bring a phone to school but it must be kept in the owner's school bag.

"Students cannot use their phones on school property and no responsibility is taken by the school if a phone is lost or broken.

"Mr Cardy received news on the very last school day of last year, advising that he was successful in gaining a position with the Schools Sport Unit for NSW in the role of organising sport for students with a disability.

"Sport is Mr Cardy's passion so we are all very pleased that he is able to pursue what he excels at.

"He has 'right of return' to our school when his contract ends but, in the meantime, Mrs Dempsey (Corbett-Jones) will join the stage three team and teach Year 6.

"She is extremely popular with staff and students, so we welcome her back with open arms," Ms Balfour said.

"I am expecting a delivery of maths text books this week.

"Payment details will be available as soon as I receive them.

"To those of you who have been directly or indirectly affected by the recent dreadful bushfires, my thoughts go out to you.

"I cannot begin to imagine the devastation felt by those who have lost loved ones, property and/or businesses.

"With the very small number of students who compete in the annual swimming carnival, we will trial this year what many other schools do and conduct the carnival with swimmers only in Years 2 through to 6.

"Reward Days were a huge success last year so will be continued again this year.

"Principal's Awards are also very popular so make sure your child keeps their 3R's awards and when they have two, bring them in to the office for a Principal's Award to be printed and presented at a whole school assembly," Ms Balfour said.

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