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eNewsletter 10/05/2018



3259 9366- Please call by 9.15am


Third Wednesday each month


Please go to our front page and follow the tuckshop link to order 


Please use the 2 minute zone correctly
1. Collect children from the top of the line
2. Keep moving- no kid- do a lap
3. Do not obstruct the zebra crossing
4. Never double park


Term 2 Suncorp Stadium Events
Please check your class event
Date -School Gate -Kick Off -Class
Not sure what to do and would like to volunteer?
Contact: Rob Ashby 0409 649 308
Or Chris McCabe 0428 357 860

​Term 2 Week 4


15 May  NAPLAN commences
21 May  1/2S 2/3E Nudgee Beach Excursion


Behaviour Focus for next week:
Play by the Rules – Be Fair, Be Honest
This rule is about how you are expected to behave at school and at home and other places.
Mind Up Focus for next week:
Choose Optimism - Being cheerful, happy and thankful for the things in your life. Switching your thinking from negative to positive including having a Growth Mindset.
Dear Parents and Friends,
We have just about reached the halfway point for this term, time is certainly flying by very quickly. I trust that all of our Mums will be spoilt over the weekend and have a very enjoyable Mother’s Day.
Next week from Tuesday 15 May to Thursday 17 May, our students in Years 3 and 5 will participate in the annual National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) to assess their skills and understanding in the areas of reading, writing, language conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy.
As our students prepare to participate in NAPLAN, I would ask everyone to consider the following five points to focus on strategies for use when taking tests.
These can help assist to ensure students do not become overwhelmed.
   1. Be prepared – get a good night’s sleep and have a healthy breakfast –thank you in advance to our wonderful parent reps for organising brekky for our NAPLAN students each morning form 8:30am.
   2. Concentrate on one question at a time.  If you are unsure of the answer make note of it and go back to it later.
   3. If you do not know the answer or begin to feel anxious, breathe and try to relax (wiggle your toes, stretch, etc.).
   4. Have a go – attempt every question, even if you are not sure of the answer.
   5. Don’t sweat the small stuff.  Testing is only one way in which your teacher gathers information on your learning.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding 2018 NAPLAN, please do not hesitate to contact me via the school office.
I wish all our Year 3 and Year 5 students all the best for their testing and would remind everyone that NAPLAN only measures part of a child’s learning and development.
Friday 25 May, is “P&C Day”. On behalf of our school and community I would like to take this opportunity to thank and acknowledge the time, effort and work of our P&C – from executive members, general members, tuckshop and uniform shop conveners and volunteers – that all goes into making our school a better place for our students.  Please come along to our P&C meeting on Wednesday 16 May so that we can say thank you for your support of the school community.
In the coming weeks we have students that will commence their weekly visits to the City Cluster of Schools High Achievers program. Students who meet a set of criteria set by the program coordinators are nominated by the school. This is a great opportunity for students who are demonstrating talent in certain subject areas to receive extension and enrichment. At Petrie Terrace we have teachers who are training as Gifted Education Mentors. They are leading the identification process here at PTSS and at present are working with teachers on developing skills at identifying students who may be showing signs of giftedness. If you would like to find out more about giftedness or you are the parent of a child who has been identified as Gifted, GERRIC (Gifted Education Research Resource and Information Centre) is the recognised authority within the education field
Friendships during primary school are a source of great joy but sometimes they can also be a reason for great sadness. As teachers, parents and caregivers we need to be mindful that during the primary school years friendships often change and evolve according to interests, gender and like mindedness. Friends cooperate and communicate more with each other than with other children. They also have conflicts more often, but usually manage to settle them without upsetting the friendship. The ways you relate to your children and the guidance you provide helps develop children’s social skills. You can help children develop and maintain friendships by modelling effective social skills, providing opportunities for children to practice interacting with others, and offering support when they go through difficulties. For more information on helping your child with friendships please see:
Have a wonderful week
Sandy Hackshall


The hilarious dolphin ate everyone's pizza on board.- 4/5F

The lunchbox wanted someone to eat it up. - Sasha Prep R
Welcome back Mrs Diamond. Parent/Teacher interview bookings have been re-opened for Parents of 4/5D to make an interview time with Mrs. Diamond next week 14/05/2018 -18/05/2018.
Use the below link to make your booking, this link will be available from today 4.00pm until Tuesday 1.00pm.
National Simultaneous Storytime is an annual campaign that aims to encourage more young Australians to read and enjoy books.
Every year, a picture book written and illustrated by an Australian author is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places around the country.
This year’s book is ‘Hickory Dickory Dash’ written by Tony Wilson, illustrated by Laura Wood.
Our Little Town at PTSS will be participating in a fun filled reading of the story on Wednesday, 23rd May beginning at 10:45 for all students.
Tuesday 15, Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 MAY
Last year Mrs Hackshall introduced the thoughtful initiative of serving a NAPLAN Breakfast to the Year 3 and 5 students who are sitting the exams.
This is aimed to settle nerves and nurture the children and also serves as a time to gather, chat and bond with peers.
The Parent Reps have organised a delicious menu and the Year 6 students have offered to help serve food and also offer emotional support and encouragement.
Year 3 and 5 parents will receive an email with the details of the menu and service times.
Good luck to all our wonderful kids!
Parent Reps
Natasha is unable to run our Baha'i classes for the next 2 weeks. Baha'i will resume on Wednesday 30th May.


The next P&C meeting will be on Wednesday 16th May in the School Hall. 6:30 – 7:30pm. New faces are always welcome.
The P&C are planning to build a notice board at school and would like a volunteer to make it and put it up for us.  If you are interested or would like more details to see if you can assist, please contact us via email at
The P&C is still without a Secretary!  This role would be a wonderful way for a parent to get involved and make a difference to our community.  Please email Donna: for more information.  A gradual and assisted approach into the role can be arranged.   
PTSS has a lovely history of celebrating mother’s day.  This year a super secret art project has again been organised via the Art program which will result in a lovely gift that each student can bring home as a gift for mum, or whomever your family chooses to celebrate at this time of year.
To cover costs we are asking that each family assist with the purchase of extra material by sending $4 per child.  Any money raised over and above the cost of materials will go to the wonderful Women's Charity called RIZEUP.
"Rizeup Australia is a community-driven organisation of passionate men and women, dedicated to supporting the many families affected by domestic and family violence." (
If you are able to and would like to donate more, please feel free to do so when you send your child's money to school.
Please place money in an envelope labelled MOTHER'S DAY.  Your child's name/class details should be included inside and taken to the office. Gifts will be brought home by the end of this week.
Wishing all Families a wonderful weekend together.
PARKING VOLUNTEER ROSTER: Please help us raise funds for our school.
• NRL double header Saturday 12th May (time TBC)
• Broncos V Roosters Friday 18th May 5:30 – 7:45pm
• Broncos V Eels Thursday 24th May 5:30 – 7:45pm
• Reds V Highlanders Saturday 26th May 6:00 – 7:45pm
Not sure what to do and would like to volunteer?  Contact Chris McCabe 0428 357 860


Past PTSS pupil Tara Coughlan is a star in the Sprung!! Integrated Dance Theatre production of SHARE HOUSE at the Anywhere Festival this weekend, 3 shows only, Friday 11th 7 pm, Saturday 2 pm and 8 pm at Holy Trinity Church Hall, 141 Brookes St, Fortitude Valley. This “fantastic, joyous” show features housemates who encounter the tensions and joys of co-habitation as they dream of throwing the ultimate dance party, and is fun for the whole family. Sprung!! Integrated Dance Theatre has been nominated for two  Australian Dance Awards and is back with their special blend of social diversity, integration, artistic excellence and touching intimacy. Tara has Down Syndrome and is an emerging professional dance artist, having just won a $10,000 Young Regional Artist Fellowship from Create NSW. She credits it all to her creative upbringing and the music program at PTSS. Her mother, Robyn Brady is the show producer and father Frank Coughlan was chaplain at PTSS and was famous for his soups; sister Maeve Coughlan inspired the Bumbletown Hall with her imaginary world.
Hope to see some of you at the show! Please see our website or facebook page for parking information.
Kind regards,
Robyn and the team

Chess Mates classes are running at Petrie Terrace State School!
Chess Mates specialises in teaching chess to children of all age groups and skill levels. Our team is dedicated to teaching chess in a fun and engaging way so that children of any age can join in regardless of experience level. We teach younger students through songs and stories, for older or more advanced students we teach openings, strategies and forward planning. We don’t focus on winning (in fact, we teach kids how to deal with winning and losing). Instead, we focus on making new friends and having fun while learning.
Classes are held on Monday lunchtimes from 11:00 - 11:30. The cost of the classes is $11 per session.
If you have any questions about the classes please either e-mail or call Ash on 0415 256 452.

TRL is now at Petrie Terrace!
Students are welcome to attend a come and try session held next Tuesday 15/05/2018 from 3.30-4.30pm. Parents will need to be present for your child to be able to participate in the sessions.
TRL (Touch Rugby League) is a fun, non-contact sport for children aged 6-11. Our Coaches focus on teaching your students to kick, catch and pass to their teammates in a friendly, fun, team environment, with support every step of the way.
Trainings are held on Tuesdays after school from 3.30-4.30pm. The kids also have the chance to represent their school and play against other schools in their region at our Friday night games at Shaw Rd, Kedron.
For further information please check out our TRL Juniors Website, TRL Juniors Facebook Page or TRL Juniors Instagram Page.