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Prep Vacancies in 2017
For enrolment enquiries contact
Belinda Manning on 5956 7505
1770 Phillip Island Rd,
Phillip Island, 3923
TO YEAR 6
Excellent academic results
Caring, dedicated and supportive staff
Full-time Welfare Officer
Social skills and wellbeing curriculum
Modern technology including iPads, laptops and
Excellent modern facilities
Strong community links
Swimming, tennis courts and vegetable garden
A range of specialist classes including a new and exciting
Our state of the art Early Learning Centre offers a
dedicated Kindergarten program in purpose built rooms
in addition to long day care services for students ranging
in age from 6 weeks to 5 years
AT COWES PRIMARY SCHOOL & EARLY LEARNING
CENTRE WE PRIDE OURSELVES ON:
FOR INQUIRES PLEASE CONTACT EITHER:
PRINCIPAL: Sue Becker PHONE: 5952 2132
EARLY LEARNING CENTRE DIRECTOR:
Karen Treppo PHONE: 5951 2300
Cowes Primary setting
students up for life
COWES Primary School and Early Learning
Centre is a vibrant educational setting, where
learning and relationships are central to school
life. The school aims to deliver opportunities
and experiences which will stay with students
for a life-time.
As students only pass through their school
years once, staff know that their learning foun-
dations must be sound in preparation for fu-
Cowes Primary is proud of its achievements
in student learning whilst striving for continu-
National testing data over recent years has
highlighted that its students are performing
‘ higher’ than those in like schools across the
state. These results illustrate the benefit of the
comprehensive curriculum and strong rela-
tionships the school has with families which
translates to excellent educational outcomes.
The Phillip Island Early Learning Centre of-
fers a range of education and care programs
and an extensive transition program from kin-
dergarten to school.
There are four funded kindergarten pro-
grams that have a strong literacy and numeracy
component. The programs also include bush
kindergarten activities at the school sanctuary
and a strong community focus with camp fire
nights involving Phillip Island Nature Parks.
The school also offers dental, speech and oc-
cupational therapy screening and a perceptual
motor program. The Long Day Care offers edu-
cation and support for children and families
from six weeks of age.
The Micro Library offers all children the op-
portunity to borrow books on a daily basis to
take home and share with their families and
siblings. With the books coming from the Phil-
lip Island Library, there is also a range of Bi
Lingual books to support the school’s inclusive
A majority of staff are trained in Level 1 Aus-
lan and sign language plays an integral part of
the program throughout the whole centre.
The vegetable garden, visits from Cowes Pri-
mary School specialist teachers, drummers,
choir and the IT and Buddies program are all
highlights for the children attending the ser-
Last Thursday and Friday members of the
Cowes Primary School band spent two days at
CYC Camp honing their skills in preparation
for upcoming performances.
Under the guidance of Mr Nolan the students
worked extremely hard focusing on their in-
strumentation, musicality and performing as a
group. The school choir and a number of oth-
er students from across the school have been
working hard to learn and perfect a selection of
songs. These songs are currently being record-
ed as they will be compiled onto a CD which
will be available for purchase.
Early next term the school will host a senior
school performing arts concert, ‘Cowes Sings
Rock v Pop’. The concert will be held at the
Cowes foreshore amphitheatre.
Pen and technology free day
Students at Cowes Primary School partici-
pated in a pen and technology free day last
week which was a lot of fun and a huge success.
It is uncommon to see a modern classroom
that doesn’t use writing implements or employ
the use of technology.
The underlying purpose of the day was to
have fun and increase the students’ use of oral
language. Oral language is the foundation for
student learning. By removing the use of pens
and technology we increase the opportunities
for students to engage with each other.
Oral language is essential for literacy learning
and almost all classroom based learning relies
on oral language.
On the day, students participated in Olym-
pic activities, debating, and barrier games like
battleships, cooking and cycling.
The school’s ability to have a total technology
free day for senior school was not achieved.
The senior students were lucky enough to
have Steven Mowlam, a past gold medal Olym-
pian visit and share his achievements.
Steven was the Kookaburras’ goalkeeper in
the gold medal year of 2004.
As part of his wonderful presentation, Steve
shared a short highlights clip.
The school couldn’t resist this opportunity
to utilise technology. Cowes Primary School
has a long and proud history of sporting suc-
cess. This is set to continue on Thursday when
both the girls and boys netball teams represent
Cowes Primary School and the Gippsland re-
gion at the state championships.
It is an amazing achievement to reach this
level and the school looks forward to sharing
the outcome in next week’s paper.
Students from both the early learning centre
and the school have been working hard in prep-
aration for the inaugural Art Exhibition which
will commence on Tuesday, September 6.
The exhibition will showcase whole class
projects along with individual pieces.
A friend for all
Maggie, the school therapeutic dog, continues
to melt the hearts of everyone she meets.
Maggie has been a wonderful addition to the
school and is having an extremely positive im-
pact on students. This Wednesday Maggie will
graduate from Puppy School.
Maggie the school dog is pictured, enjoying
a reading session with Prep students; Sam
Fairthorne, Dadie Davies, Lily Carville and
Ty Amato. Maggie is having a wonderfully
therapeutic effect in the school’s classrooms.
Cowes Primary students Kai Godena,
Dylan Cleary, Laura Vivian, Poppy Marshal,
Elijah Fokkens, Leo Savona and Isla Ormond
on keyboard are pictured at a recent two day
Music Camp held at the CYC Camp in Cowes.
Ethan Tilly and Piper Tierney work together
on a tangram puzzle during the recent Cowes
Primary School pen and technology free day.
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