Copacabana Public School

September 2020 – Mary Hunt, Principal

School Athletics Carnival – Tuesday 11 August

Every student tried their best and displayed wonderful sportsmanship. There were many great results and many close and exciting races. Well done to Summer who broke two records on the day – 12/13 Years Discus and Shot Put, an amazing result. Many thanks to all the teachers and admin staff for their help in the lead up to the day and on the day. Mrs Peta Mumford and Mrs Danielle Bryson, Athletics Carnival Convenors. 

Stage 3 Debating Team.

Congratulations to our Stage 3 Debating Team!

Copacabana PS debating team participated in a debate via Zoom call against Umina Beach Public School. The team were given the topic: “That all tests should be banned in primary schools”.


The team had 1 hour to prepare their arguments as an affirmative team. Despite, some technical difficulties our school’s debating team presented many convincing arguments. The adjudicator ruled in our favour, giving us victory. Well done, Matilda, Pippa, Summer and Liam.

Central Coast Public Education Awards 2020

Each year, the NSW Department of Education acknowledges the outstanding contributions made by individuals to public schools across the Central Coast.


This year, I would like to congratulate Mr Michael Griffiths, Mrs Kirsten Walters, Mrs Linda Hartwell and Mr Mark Gunning on being nominated by the Copacabana PS staff to be the recipients of these awards. 


Michael Griffiths has been a fantastic president of our P&C for several years and has been supportive of many projects within the school. 


Kirsten Walter has been an outstanding manager of the school canteen, Seaside Snacks, providing healthy food choices for the children’s lunches. 


Linda Hartwell for her outstanding organisation of the uniform shop. 


Mark Gunning, our school cleaner, who does an amazing job keeping our school beautifully cleaned and always goes beyond the call of duty. 

June 2020

A message from Mary Hunt – Principal

Copa PS staff and the school community have been extremely busy adapting to the remote learning phase of the Covid 19 pandemic. Our terrific team has harnessed their creativity and resourcefulness to address many challenges over the past few months. During this time, computer technology has played a huge role in enabling our students to continue their education.

Copacabana Public School would like to sincerely thank the Copacabana Community Association, who have made a donation of $600 on behalf of CCA members to assist with the purchase of new learning equipment. We are so lucky to have such a supportive and generous community group. 

The funds will be put towards the purchase of a new laptop for the students to use during periods of remote learning.  When school returns to ‘normal’, it will continue to be used as a learning tool in the classroom. Thanks also to our staff, parents and students for their resilience and support over the past weeks. 

February 2020

Swimming Carnival

Congratulations to all students who attended the Copacabana PS Swimming Carnival on Friday at Woy Woy Peninsula Leisure Centre. 

The level of participation was fantastic to see, as was the enormous talent displayed by our students. The day saw three records broken! 

A big thank you to our amazing parent volunteers, who gave up their time to be our lifeguards and assist in ensuring the safety of all swimmers.


The carnival would not have been possible without you! Also, thank you to carnival convenor, Mr Smyth, for all of his hard work behind the scenes getting the day organised. 


Lastly, thank you to the students, you made it such a great, fun day!

Kindergarten 2020

Welcome to all of our new Kindergarten students and their families. Thank you, to Mrs Bryson, Mrs Walters, Mrs Wilson and Mrs Price for all your hard work in the lead up to this very special event and for keeping a caring, nurturing and watchful eye over our shooting stars to ensure they all left with a smile and eager to start the next school day. 

Mary Hunt – Principal

New Principal at Copacabana Public School


It is with a great sense of honour that I introduce myself as the new Principal of Copacabana Public School. I am delighted and humbled to be offered the opportunity to lead this wonderful school community. Since arriving on November 11, I have enjoyed visiting classrooms, greeting the children in the morning and getting to know them and the staff and parents of our amazing school. I wish to thank everyone for making me feel so welcome.


I have been a passionate educator for over 25 years having worked in rural and remote communities (Walgett, Broken Hill and Mildura areas) as an Assistant Principal and Teaching Principal. After spending 15 years living and teaching in remote and rural NSW schools, my husband Gavin and I moved to the beautiful Central Coast with our two sons. When we arrived to the Central Coast I was the Deputy Principal at Umina Beach Public School which is one of the largest primary schools on the coast. 


Over the past five years, I have worked as Principal at Valley View Public School where my focus has been on developing an inclusive and nurturing learning environment where all students are supported to become happy, healthy, life-long learners. I have worked across a diverse range of educational settings and I look forward to sharing my educational leadership knowledge, expertise and experiences with the staff and children.

New Principal Mary Hunt with School Captains Sam and Darcy.

As the old African Proverb states, “It takes a village to raise a child.” I look forward to working closely with students, staff and parents in the years to come to ensure that students receive the best possible educational journey at Copacabana Public School.


Mary Hunt – Principal

Diary Dates


Tuesday 10 Sept Wednesday 11 Sept Thursday 12 Sept 

Copa PS events keeping us busy – September 2019


The beginning of Term 3 has been very busy with two whole school events - the Athletics Carnival and Science Enrichment Day. Both were highly successful, thanks to the hard work of staff and the support of our parents. The Athletics Carnival was definitely a soggy affair but this did not seem to dampen the spirit of competitors, supporters or staff! The Science Enrichment Day provided all students with opportunities to participate in a range of highly engaging science and technology activities. 

Central Coast Public Education Week Awards

The Central Coast Public Education Week Awards are an annual event designed to recognise members of school communities who make outstanding contributions to public education. This year’s ceremony will be held on 20th August and Copacabana Public School’s recipients are Pat Sharpe, School Administration Manager and Mick Davis, the school’s General Assistant. We offer our congratulations to them both.

Copa PS students shine at Anzac Day Dawn Service


On Thursday April 25 several hundred people gathered at the flagpoles to participate in the Copa Anzac Day Dawn Service.  Numbers were well up on last year and on a perfect Autumn Day, the gentle waves of Copa provided a perfect backdrop to the solemn and moving occasion.  


It was wonderful to have students from Copa school attend, dressed proudly in their uniforms and playing a significant part in the ceremony. The Prayer of Remembrance was delivered perfectly by Summer Skahill; Sienna Strickland and Sam Jager read the very moving poem ‘In Flanders Fields’ by John McCrae and Sam Power and Darcy Strode laid a wreath on behalf of the school community.  At the beginning of Reveille, Cooper Hobbs and Kaiden McNamara helped raise the Aboriginal and Australian flags, a sombre and memorable moment. 


All the students behaved in a respectful and gracious manner and their parents, teachers and the whole community can be proud that this younger generation shows such a fine understanding of the proud traditions and significance of ANZAC day. We thank them and Vicki Woodham, Assistant Principal of Copa PS for their contribution in making this a very special occasion for all of us.

Diary Dates

JUNE 2019

Tuesday 11th June
P&C Meeting

JULY 2019

Monday 8th July
School holidays begin

Monday 22nd July

Back to school

Welcome to Kindergarten


The 2019 school year has begun with much enthusiasm from the students, their parents/carers and teachers alike. We have had a very busy time settling into school life and learning rules and routines. Not being able to do exactly what you want, when you want can take a bit of adjusting to…and that’s just the teachers!!! When we really stop to think about all the things we cram into a school year and look back on how far we come from the beginning to the end, it’s absolutely amazing.


Kindergarten is the year where so much growth is observed and those little vessels fill very quickly with so much information. It is a precious year too where a child’s innocence is observably priceless and the simplest things in life are nurtured, cherished and appreciated. From then on, life becomes just that little bit harder and tainted.

We are looking forward to an amazing year with our 39 little chickens and are absolutely chuffed with the brood. Considering that this year’s 2019 Kindergarten students will complete their HSC in 2031, it is timely for all of us to continue being innovative and maintain that forward thinking.


Ben Thomas – Principal

Congratulations Rory!

Congratulations to Rory Kearns, this year’s winner of the

Bonnie Hawkins Citizenship Award.  


We wish all CPS students happy holidays and Merry Christmas  


Fairwell to Year 6 2018


In just three weeks’ time, the Year 6 class of 2018 will walk out of their classroom at Copacabana PS for the last time. Like many Year 6 students before them, their primary school years will have come to an end. They will clear out their tote tray one last time, say their final goodbyes to classmates and teachers and walk through the famous ‘farewell tunnel’. The thought of finishing primary school and starting high school will no doubt evoke some mixed emotions of both nervousness and excitement. 

All our Year 6 students will be sadly missed at Copacabana PS. They have been an outstanding group of students who have helped make our school the wonderful place it is. 

We wish them all the best for high school and into the future and hope they cherish the time they spent at primary school. Be strong, look after yourself and your friends and remember, Effort Earns Success!  


Ben Thomas – Principal

Sporting House ‘Ross’ Triumphs at Athletics Carnival September 2018


Every year Copacabana Public School hold their annual Athletics Carnival. This year all the students, staff and families ventured down to Mingara Athletic Facilities for a fun filled day of Olympiad style competition. This is where the students have the opportunity to support their sporting house teams across a whole school focus whilst displaying their amazing athletic abilities. 

Students are divided into Sporting Houses at the time of their initial enrolment and the students support their house until leaving the school at the end of Year 6 by competing in and supporting different sporting and classroom activities. The four sporting houses are called White, Ross, Cullen and Chapman. These house names are named after early settlers to the Copacabana area. 

After researching local history from our school Library, we discovered how our sporting houses were named.


‘Chapman’ is named after early settlers to Copacabana, Roy and Ivo Chapman. They purchased 24 acres from the MacMasters Subdivision in 1920-23 on the north side of the lake (see photo to right). Clearing an area of bushland, they farmed beans together.


Later they purchased the adjoining 15 acres of land and a further 13 acres as a windbreak. Roy and Ivo cleared more of their land and had their own separate farms. The sporting house Chapman is symbolised by the students proudly wearing the colour yellow.  

‘Cullen’ and Cullen’s Road are named after an eccentric bachelor who lived on land that Charlie White purchased in 1904. The Chief Justice of NSW, Sir William Cullen paid Charlie White so that his brother (whose given name we are unable to confirm) could live there, ensuring he was kept out of public view. Members of the Cullen sporting house wear red.

‘White’ is named after the early settler, Charles White, who owned 240 acres on both sides of Cullen’s Road in 1904. His land went all the way up to and across Cape Three Points Road. Charles White planted pine trees. Naturally enough, White sporting house members wear white!


However, it is our sporting house ‘Ross’ that is the topic of our news story this edition and this sporting house we believe is named after Alec Ross. Alec purchased land that was originally owned by Charles White on Cullen’s Road in the 1920’s planting citrus trees and then successfully turning it into a banana plantation. Green is the colour worn by members of the sporting house Ross.


Despite a mixture of sunny, windy conditions, the Athletics Carnival was a great day with students giving 100% in all their events. The Copacabana Community Spirit soared high as usual with barbecues and helpers enthusiastically making it a great day. Congratulations to the sporting house ROSS a well-deserved victory by your team and an explosive array of the colour green as you supported your house with enthusiasm.

© 2018 Copacabana Community Association Inc.