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2 Mar 2020
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Anglican parish decides to sell St Andrews church
Tesch calls for more Return and Earn machines
Beach sculptures 'pop up' after storms
Future of Peninsula real estate given mixed assessment
Biddy turns 103
Work starts on traffic measures in Memorial Ave
Discussion about Mt Ettalong reserve plan invited
Mattress recycle project may extend to Woy Woy tip
All future council meetings to be held in Wyong
Council supports Coastal Twist festival with $50,000
Chair of Local Planning Panel announced
Springwood St seniors housing project to start this year
Two road projects approved
Local author's story included among 100
Rotary club hosts 20 exchange students for weekend
Golden retriever starts fortnightly visits
CWA branch receives donation for sock campaign
Evening patchwork in Ettalong
Village residents raise $1050 for bushfire appeal
Company grows from Ettalong lounge room
Union claims power delays due to job cuts
Rotary club provides shirts for Ugandan school teachers
Pacific Link proposal reduces social housing
Rubbish spoils thoroughfare to beach
Repeating an action and expecting a different result?
Council has always been opposed to Wallarah 2
Woy Woy Hospital to receive four new nurses
Clowns entertain aged care residents
Golf club donates pumps for 'chemo at home'
Hosts wanted for mental health barbecues
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Two contribute to award-winning film
School adopts web software for administrative efficiency
Laptops and smartboards usher in new era
Leave precious items at home, parents warned
Canteen manager celebrates 25 years
Sunscreen and mosquito repellent use encouraged
Learning to make sushi
Annabelle returns with medals
Student artworks chosen for regional exhibition
School library transformed to match book fair theme
Charlotte receives scholarship for further education
Parents reminded about cycling helmets
Students selected for mentoring program
A taste of rugby league
Praise for settling in quickly
Splash-A-Thon to be held at Umina
Education department officials visit school
Staff win first round of volleyball tournament
Four well-being programs are offered
Science and technology program for indigenous girls
Umina boxers in Olympic qualifying round
Soccer club rejoins Premier League after 30 years
Social cup celebrates 40 years of touch football
Spirit beaten for minor premiership in narrow win
Surf club member to provide livestream coverage
Pirates win medals in country championships
Narrowly beaten for bronze
Surf club mourns loss of long-time member
Major Fours hotly contested

Praise for settling in quickly

Students at Woy Woy Public School have been praised by joint principals Ms Ona Buckley and Mr Dan Betts for settling into the new school year quickly.

"Over the last few weeks our students have been settling into their new classes, new routines and new teachers for 2020," the principals wrote in a jointly-signed article in the school newsletter.

"It is fantastic to see how positive our school is and how engaged and happy our students are.

"Our new little pre-schoolers have adjusted to their new environment and are happily engrossed in the interest play based world of our preschool.

"They love to play, explore, design, make, experience, interact and discuss what they are doing with each other and their educators.

"Our Kindergarten students are loving big school and are already doing their Language, Learning and Literacy lessons on their way to starting to read.

"It is most definitely a fun way to learn to read.

"Teachers on Kindergarten and Stage 1 classes are excited to be starting down the road to introducing more play-based learning into the school day for our students.

"Plans for purchasing more equipment, furniture and learning activities are well on the way.

"Professional learning is being scheduled for teachers to visit other schools trialling this new approach and to have experts come in and work with them.

"Over the next two weeks, you will have had the chance to attend information sessions on what is happening for your child in 2020.

"We are very excited about all the innovative changes we have implemented across our school for 2020.

"Feedback so far from parents, students and teachers has been extremely positive.

"Our new four break times spread across the school learning day are working well.

"Over the last few years we were registering a lot of playground incidents during the longer lunch break.

"In the first two weeks of Term 1 in 2019 a total of 79 playground incidents were recorded.

"In the same period this year, only one very minor incident occurred and that makes for happy students, teachers and parents.

"We have also noticed students are more engaged during lesson sessions.

"All very welcome, positive outcomes."

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