Primary 3/11: Developing Problem-Solving Skills


Dear Parents and Carers,

This fortnight, we are focusing on problem-solving skills. During our morning assemblies, we have been encouraging students to adopt the Second Step ‘Problem-Solving Steps’ method. 

This is a simple tool to help students to problem solve using the acronym S.T.E.P:

Say the problem – without blame

Think of solutions – that are safe and respectful

Explore consequences – consider ‘what could happen if…..’

Pick the best solution – make a plan

Remembering “S.T.E.P” helps students solve problems with each other in safe and respectful ways.

The Second Step Problem-Solving Unit teaches students each of these steps, emphasising the importance of safe and respectful solutions. I encourage you to discuss these steps with your child at home and to encourage them to work through the Problem-Solving Steps, reinforcing their behaviour  when you see them using these skills. Remember, modeling these behaviors yourself and verbalising your own thought process when working through a problem will help your child learn and apply these skills in their daily life.

Kind regards,

Mrs Coote

Primary Deputy Principal

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23


Loose Parts Play Update

We are still taking donations for our ‘Loose Parts Play’. Check out the video below from some of our students for more information.

If you’re able to donate, please complete the attached ‘Loose Parts Play’ form here.

Large loose parts examples

  •   Buckets
  •   Baskets
  •   Crates
  •   Cardboard boxes
  •   Wooden blocks/small wooden posts
  •   Kitchen utensils such as tongs or saucepans
  •   Tubes – eg. electoral or pool hose
  •   Cable Reels
  •   Unused computer keyboards
  •   Tarps/sheets/blankets


Operation Christmas Child

Over the past few weeks, Year 6 students have been diligently preparing their boxes for collection. On Monday, 125 boxes were successfully picked up by the Operation Christmas Child truck and taken to the warehouse for sorting.

Operation Christmas Child (OCC) is a project of Samaritan’s Purse. It is a hands-on way for you to bless children in need across the world by filling shoeboxes with toys, hygiene items, school supplies, and fun gifts. OCC collect the boxes and distribute them in the name of Jesus Christ to children living in vulnerable situations.

You can learn more about OCC here:


Science Fair

Our Science Fair was held in Term 3, in celebration of Science Week. The 2023 theme was ‘Innovation’. The assignment given to students was to design ‘an innovation that would help solve a problem or make life easier for someone’. Students were asked to create something either on their own or with a friend. The students had a wonderful time inventing, creating and showcasing their amazing work! Congratulations to all our Science Week winners.

Also on display at our Science Fair was the WCCS submission for Tournament of the Minds. Our students were Regional Merit Award Winners, coming in 3rd Place for their work. Well done and congratulations to Aryan, Kieran, Nikhita, Rosalyn, Anushka, Oliver and Violet.