OC Placement - Final Dates

Note for parents: If you are intending to apply for Opportunity Class placement for entry in 2017, your applications must be made by Friday 13th May, 2016. All applications MUST be made online. Follow the link below: OC Application 2017 Please contact Mrs Nisbet via the office by Thursday 12th May if you have any concerns or queries.... Read more

Preschool Easter Hat Parade

Attention parents/caregivers, Due to unforeseen circumstances the Preschool Easter hat parade is now on tomorrow at 11am in the preschool. This is changed from Thursday. If you have any queries please speak with Aunty Gloria in the preschool. Thank you. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.... Read more

PSSA 18.03.16

PSSA games for cricket, volleyball and Newcombe ball all went ahead as normal today despite the rain (which, as I write this, has now ceased). We would like to wish our teams continued good luck in their chosen sports today!! Students in Years 3-6 have had their normal AFL session held in the hall instead of the oval to accommodate the weather. CN... Read more

Badge Ceremony 2015

Badge Ceremony 2016

This Wednesday 16th March at 9:20am Doonside Public School will be officially badging our SRC,Sport House Captains and Library Monitors in the School Hall. It has become tradition for parents or family members to "badge" their child and share in this wonderful occasion at DPS. Parents and families are welcome to attend the ceremony and we look forward to recognising our school leaders for 2016 in front of their peers. The School Captains for 2016 were officially badged at the end of last year and will host Wednesday's assembly. We... Read more

Easter Bunny

Easter Raffle

Thank you to all students, parents and community members for your active participation in our Easter Raffle. All Easter egg donations, money and raffles are to be given to the office staff, who will then write your child's name on a CAS coupon. These names will be placed in a draw to win a prize. Parents and caregivers ensure that your child's name and class is written on the front of the Easter Raffle booklet. If you require more booklets, you are able to collect them from the office. Raffle tickets are 50c each or $2 for the booklet. The... Read more

BEST START Parent Morning Tea

A BIG Thank You to all the parents and caregivers who took time out of their busy day to attend the BEST START Parent Morning Tea. The principal and staff appreciate your support and hope the information shared with you today will assist you in understanding your child's learning journey. We hope to see you at our next parent information session. Thank You Karen Charles... Read more

Adam and Curtis off and racing

Doonside Successful Swim Trials 2016!

Swim trials to qualify for participation in the Mt Druitt PSSA Zone Swimming Carnival were successfully held at Emerton Pool on Friday 12th February. Well done to Cameron, Curtis and Adam on their efforts and qualification to represent Doonside P.S. at the district carnival. A top effort boys !... Read more

Picking up your child from school.

A message for parents of K-2 students. We are requesting that parents or carers who are collecting their infants students at the end of the day ensure that they make themselves known to the teacher on class prior to leaving. This allows students to develop appropriate routines. The safety of the students in our school is a priority to us all. Thank you.... Read more

The Importance of Whole Day Attendance

Arriving at school and class on time is critical in ensuring children do not miss important learning opportunities. It gives students time to settle in, receive important messages and have information explained to them appropriately. It teaches students routines, work habits and responsibility. Regular attendance is a Department of Education legal requirement. When students have been absent a note is required within two days explaining the reason for an absence. Not all reasons given are justified. Even if an absence is justified, the day off... Read more

A new school year

Welcome back to school for 2016. As we start the year we have high expectations of our students and staff and a commitment to deliver the excellent public education that parents, carers and the community rightly demand. This year we will work towards achieving new priorities announced by the Premier to raise the percentage of students in the top two bands in the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN). I am proud of our achievements in public education and each year our schools provide our communities with much to... Read more

Applications for student travel 2016

From 2 November 2015, a new online SSTS application process is being introduced for schools within the Opal network, coinciding with the introduction of the School Opal card. Schools outside the Opal network should continue to process the existing blue SSTS application forms and send them to the appropriate transport operators. Most parents, guardians and students won't need to apply for a school travel pass for 2016 if they have already been given a school student travel pass for the current year. These will be automatically sent to the... Read more

Swim Scheme 2015

Every year in Australia around 300 people drown. The School swim scheme teaches essential swimming survival skills and water safety. The scheme will take place over 8 days in weeks 9 and 10. There are limited places available. Permission notes are available on request at the office.... Read more

2016 school funding allocations

All NSW public schools are currently being advised of their 2016 Resource Allocation Model (RAM) funding. RAM distributes funding based on individual needs of students and schools, and gives schools greater flexibility to make financial decisions. The way schools use their RAM funding will vary based on local needs. Some support will be for the entire school, and some will be for particular groups of students or individual students. There is an overview document about the RAM available on the Department of Education website. If you would like... Read more


Doonside Public school is excited to announce that BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL CARE HAS STARTED ON 28TH JANUARY 2015 for all existing and new families. for further information please contact the school or Camp Australia... Read more

Banish sunburn

Over exposure to UV radiation from the sun in childhood or adolescence increases the risk of developing melanoma later in life. Teach your child how to apply sunscreen properly, and they'll be able to protect themselves even when you're not around. When the number hits 3, protect from UV. Check the daily UV alert in your local newspaper or at A UV level of 1 or 2 will not damage most skin types, but a UV level of 3 or above can be harmful even on a cloudy day. Apply early. Sunscreen needs to be applied 20... Read more

How to get your child reading this summer!

Children who thrive in school tend to have one thing in common – they enjoy reading. It doesn't really matter what your child chooses to read, the important thing for primary-school kids is to encourage them to develop the habit of reading a little each day. With summer school holidays just around the corner, now is a good time to stock up on books from your local library that might interest your child. Series books are a great place to start. Reluctant readers and children who struggle with comprehension can find series books easier to enjoy,... Read more

What parents should know about Instagram

It's hard to keep up with all the social media platforms and apps our kids want to use. Instagram is currently one of the most popular social networks for school-aged children at the moment. It's a free, photo and video sharing mobile application and social network for people aged 13 years and over. There's no age-verification process though, so younger children can create an account pretty easily, sometimes without parents even knowing. Instagram say they'll remove under-age users' accounts if they are reported. Instagram has just published... Read more

Parent Information Evening!!

Please join us for our Before and After School Care Parent Information Evening on 17th November, 2014. The session will be held in our Learning Gallery from 6:00pm - 7:00pm. Come along and find out all you need to know about this fantastic new service opening at Doonside Public School from 2015. Children welcome!!... Read more

When older kids struggle with reading

When older kids struggle to read and write, the issue can become fraught for the whole family. Parents can lose their patience and blame the child or themselves and the child loses their confidence and begins shying away from reading at all. Grades fall and interest in school can flag. Kids who struggle to read often try to hide it from teachers and parents, and develop unhelpful strategies, which only exacerbate the problems. Ways to encourage effective reading in older children Ask your child what subjects they would like to read about.... Read more

Nurturing the artist in your child

Your child may not go on to become a famous musician, actor, dancer, filmmaker or artist. But by nurturing the artist in your child you can help them grow up able to think for themselves, problem solve and work out different ways to do things. They'll also be better able to see different points of view, communicate and express their feelings in different ways. Here are some top tips: Stimulate your child's senses - Provide opportunities for your child to experience different sights, smells, sensations and sounds. These sensory activities are... Read more

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