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Presentation Assembly of Achievement

This Friday, 13 December at 9:30am, our students will participate in their final Colo Vale Assembly and Celebration of Acheivement. Parents and their guests are welcome to attend. This will be followed by morning tea. We look forward to our final formal occasion together as a community for 2014.... Read more

Books to ignite summer reading

The school holiday period doesn't have to be a time when children's reading and comprehension skills take a break. If you're wracking your brains for gift-giving ideas and summer activities, why not encourage your child to dive into book one of a series? Literacy experts advise that even reluctant readers and children who struggle with reading tend to be more likely to get bitten by the reading bug when they discover a book they enjoy is part of a series. By the end of the first book, the reader is familiar with the style, the setting and many... Read more

2013 Year 6 Farewell

This Tuesday evening, 10 December, Years 5 and 6 will enjoy their ceremonial dinner at Mittagong RSL, commencing at 6:30 pm. This is a celebration of their seven years at primary school and a recognition of each student's transition to high school. Congratulations to our students, parents and school team for nurturing their passage through Colo Vale Public School. We wish our students every success with their future learning.... Read more

Congratulations on a fabulous K-6 Dance Performance

Every child was invited to perform their class and whole school dance repertoire at our community performance evening on 5 December 2013. The evening was supported by our terrific P&C who coordinated the barbeque, hot dogs and special treats. Yum! Despite the late chill, we had a lovely evening. The students were delighted! This performance was the result of our Term 4 Dance Program.... Read more

NovemberReturn to top

The new curriculum and your child

How do teachers decide what your child will study each term at school? How do composite or combined classes work? Why do students at different schools seem to be studying entirely different things, despite being in the same year? And what will happen next year, when the new Australian curriculum starts in NSW for both primary and secondary schools? Understanding how the curriculum relates to the real world of the classroom and to your child's daily lessons can help you better support them with their homework and study. It will also help you... Read more


Due to a temporary phone outage please use this alternate number to contact Colo Vale Public School. 0248894081 till further notice.... Read more

Benefits of team sports

Benefits of team sports If you want your child to grow up to be a confident and well-adjusted adult, then team sports may be the answer. Playing a team sport provides kids with important lessons in personal values. Kids learn that things don't always go their way and that they need to respect their peers as well as referees and sports officials. These experiences can influence them throughout their lives, such as when it comes to working for a boss, or respecting the police or other authority figures. When your kids take part in team sports... Read more

Monday 4 November: Back burn at Yerrinbool 12-4:00pm

The RFS have advised that they are conducting a back burn in the the afternoon. The bus is expected to operate as normal. However, the RFS is intending to minimise non-local traffic and there maybe some road closures. Please check your mobile for updates from our school sms service.... Read more

OctoberReturn to top

Kinder Orientation Wednesday 30 October

Welcome back to a fabulous week of learning! Reminders include:Second Kinder Orientation tomorrow the 30 October, commencing at 10:45am-1:00pm. Students are invited to bring something to eat for lunch tomorrow. Children will stay at school without parents. Parents are then asked to collect children at 1:00pm from the same classroom. Next week, Wednesday 6 November childaren are invited to school from 1:00pm to 2:45pm. with their afternoon tea. Parents are invited to the Literacy and Numeracy Information Session, in our connected classroom.... Read more

Thursday 24 October: 6:30 am School Update

We wake up to some great news! All schools are open in the Southern Highlands. Colo Vale is open as normal. I hope that the situation across the state continues to improve. Warnings remind us to continue to remain vigilant. Fire continues to burn in the Southern Highlands near the villages of Yerrinbool, Balmoral, Yanderra, Pheasants Nest, Wilton, Bargo, Buxton, Hill Top, Alpine / Aylmerton and Couridjah in the Southern Highlands. Current Situation Crews are continuing to monitor conditions as winds have the potential to blow embers past... Read more

Wednesdsay 23 October: 12:30 pm School Good News Update

We have enjoyed a lovely Kindergarten Orientation together from 9:30-11:00am with both local school and community representation. The RFS has likewise been in contact. I have had reassuring conversations with the Emergency Management Team. At this point of time there is no likely threat. There will be a Firetruck cruising in Colo Vale and checking on the school and Colo Vale community throughout the day. Currently, the students, staff and volunteers are well. We are hosting staff from other schools so we have extra people to support our school... Read more

Wednesday 23 October: School will be open. Check your mobile for updates.

Stage 2 AFL is cancelled for the 23 October and Stage 3 Cricket Gala Day is cancelled on 25 October. There will be no outside physical sport this week. Weather conditions will be hot and windy in the afternoon. Please ensure that your child has adequate water. Check the forecast. I have found some differences from 22-29 degrees with wind gust( w to n-w form 19-55km in the afternoon). The school will modify playground arrangements as necessary which may include inside play depending on the weather conditions. We will continue to update parents... Read more

A better way of funding our schools

The NSW Government is introducing a new funding model for all NSW public schools that is simpler, fairer and more transparent. The funding model is a key part of a broader education reform called Local Schools, Local Decisions, which places students at the centre of school decision-making. It gives principals and their school communities a greater say over how they allocate and use their available resources to best meet the needs of their students. When fully implemented, schools will manage more than 70% of the state public school education... Read more

Monday 21 October 2013: Colo Vale PS is open. Please monitor your mobile phone for updates.

Although Hill Top is closed today as a precaution, I have been assured that there is currently no threat to Colo Vale PS. If you are a resident of Hill Top or fire evacuated areas, please be aware that if there is a potential for parents to have to collect their child from the school.... Read more

Today's Emergency Update: 6:20pm

Thank you parents, staff and students for your calm and sensible response to this afternoon's bushfire organisation. All students are accounted for. Keep updated on Live Traffic NSW regarding road closures, ABC News for rapid news and any school SMS messages. Stay safe! Follow all Police and Emergency Response advice. Regards, Jenny Quist PRINCIPAL... Read more

Welcome to Term 4 2013

I'd like to welcome back our students, parents and staff to what promises to be another stimulating learning experience. I trust our families have enjoyed a relaxing holiday and have reconnected with their friends, and are thriving in their learning environment. I encourage our parents to contact our school and let us know about any changes and particularly any medical issues so that we can support the needs of our children.... Read more

Bushfire Season Emergency Arrangements

I am writing to let you know about arrangements for our school for the current bush fire season. Our school has been identified as a school at increased risk if a fire were to break out on a day when a catastrophic fire danger rating is issued for our area. To ensure the health, safety and welfare of students and staff, the NSW Department of Education and Communities has determined that on days when a catastrophic fire danger rating is issued for our area, the school will temporarily cease operations for the day(s) the rating is current and... Read more

Is your child gifted?

The notion of giftedness in children has become part of many parents' conversations. Yet ask anyone what 'gifted' means and the concept remains mysterious, sometimes stigmatised, and often perplexing for parents who think their child may be extremely bright. About 10 per cent of the population is gifted. That is, they are significantly advanced beyond their peers in at least one of four areas – intellectual, creative, social or physical. Those who add skill to their gift are recognised as gifted and talented. Children who are gifted have... Read more

SeptemberReturn to top

Congratulations K, 1 & 2 for a fabulous concert

Kinidergarten, Year 1 & Year 2 certainly had a great time performing at their concert. Parents and guests were impressed with their poise and self confidence as all students presented a diverse range of items. Song, dance, dramatic poetry, recorder and percussion were all represented. The range of performance styles reflected the teaching and learning of the Creative Arts syllabus. The School Band, Proms Choir and Opera House Recorder Group also performed to demonstrate the depth of the music program. The Southern Highland News was also in... Read more


Vigorous Sport: League Tag Gala Day

Our students were in the thick of it as they learned and applied their League Tag skills at a combined schools sport day at Moss Vale last week.Students participatead in a skills session and played a series of interschool games. Many thanks to our parents who volunteered to be team managers.... Read more

K, 1 & 2 Concert: 'It's Always a Good Time"

Our students are very excited at the prospect of performing at the Colo Vale PS Junior Concert! Costumes, rehearsals and finale practice have all been abuzz as classes refine their performances for our grand audience! Their are tickets still available for both the Matinee at 12:00, 10 September and at the 6:00pm, at the Evening Performance at Colo Vale PS. Please contact the school for more information.... Read more

Learning in the outdoor classroom

It's Outdoor Education Week – the perfect time to reflect on how outdoor education plays a major role in students' learning, problem-solving abilities and wellbeing. Learning in the outdoors brings together the benefits of formal and informal education and provides meaningful education for 21st century kids. By acquiring knowledge and skills through practical or hands-on activities students learn about consequences, develop resilience, and learn to take risks in a safe environment. Participating in an outdoor challenge or experience can make a... Read more

AugustReturn to top

Regional Athletics Carnival Success: Awesome Foursome

Matthew Simpson, Boyd Roberts, Sebastian Hernandez and Brayden Eccleston thundered into first place in the Junior Boys Relay at the Regional Carnival.This team blitzed the competition and will now compete at the State level on the 16 and 17 October. Matthew will also represent the region in the 100 metre sprint and long jump events. Boyd will also compete in the 200 metre event. Colo Vale fielded over 20 competitors in the regional event. Congratulations to our school team and thank you to our parents for their support!Thank you Mr Berry and... Read more


Fantastic Evening Performance

Our students and special guests enjoyed a wonderful performance highlighting student talents and school program initiatives! The heat of the excitement thawed the evening winter chill! Students performed a range of performance genre including dance, poetry recitation, variety show including a magic, song and a grand finale! We look forward to the next Junior Performance on Tuesday 10 September.... Read more

Spelling Bee app

A new app designed for Android phones and tablets helps students of all ages practise and improve their spelling. The Premier's Spelling Bee 2013 app features almost 3,000 words and corresponding sentences from the spelling competition of the same name. It also and uses Australian spelling and voices. The app features two categories - junior and senior - with a number of levels that increase in difficulty. Most adults would find the high levels in the senior category a challenge. The app is a companion to the free School A to Z app and... Read more

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20 August, Years 3-6 Performance 'Snapshots of Australia'

Students are busily rehearsing for our school performance next week! Parents are encouraged to organise their seating tickets early as it will be very busy! All classes and students are performing. Students are presenting a range of performance items including poetry, dance, song and instrumental performances. We can't wait to share our concert with parents and guests.There are limited evening seats so please be organised ahead of time. The matinee begins at 12:00 and the evening performance commences at 6:30pm.... Read more


Compliments flow for Open Day

Family Fun! At Colo Vale we are dedicated to building relationships and to promote lifelong learning. Our fabulous P&C provided a delicious morning tea. Families shared their lunch, classroom visits including joining class activities and viewing student learning and participated in a special assembly, which featured student speeches, education week awards and the school band. Principal, Mrs Quist shared an upbeat picture montage of our educational achievements and Mrs Donaldson shared the story of the school band. The highlight of our Open Day... Read more


Friday 2 August Education Week Open Day

Colo Vale invites our parents and guests to our school Open Day this Friday 2 August. This is an opportunity to view our student learning and some of their achievements.Our timetable is as follows: 10:15am-Student debate between 5/6S and 5/6P 10:50: Parents and family picnic lunch. Morning Tea will be available. 11:30 Principal's Welcome 11:40: OPEN CLASSROOMS. Come and visit your classroom with your children. They will love it! 12:25: Assembly with performances... Read more

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Our website goes mobile

It is now easier to view our website on your mobile phone or tablet. We have created a mobile version of the site with a range of features finetuned for when you are on the move. You can now more easily: dial or email us from your phone locate us via Google maps check our school calendar view our latest newsletter. You can also create a shortcut to our website on your phone home page Try the mobile version of our website now. Just visit from a smart phone or tablet device and follow the prompts.... Read more


Kindergarten Expo Day

Thursday 1 August, 1:30-3:00pm is our Kindergarten Expo Day. Preschoolers and their families are invited to visit our school, tour our school facilities, talk to our specialist team, listen to our School Band and watch our Kinders perform. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet other parents and chat in a friendly interactive environment. All welcome! No appointment necessary. Parents and visitors to our school are welcome to contact our school for furather information on 48894250.... Read more

Hindmarsh Cup Team

Hindmarsh Cup Football Northern Final

Our Stage 2(Years 3 & 4) were the Southern Highlands Hindmarsh Cup Champions 2013. Our team then went onto to the next level and played a hotly contested football match at Kirkham Park, Camden on 17 July against St Pauls Catholic School. Our students played proudly and were strongly supported by our parents but were defeated. We congratulate all players on their sportsmanship and teamwork.Mitchell Bayliss won our player of the match.... Read more

Developing organisational skills

Learning how to make time for homework, chores and other activities is a vital skill for all children but it's not one that always comes easily. This weekly schedule template (docx 15 KB) is a simple aid that can help kids better plan their time. Print one for your child's desk, one for the fridge and one for their school bag to help keep them on track. To personalise the template, simply click on the cell you wish to change and type. If you need to add or delete cells and don't know how, read these simple instructions . Using colour-coding... Read more

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Welcome back to Term 3

Welcome back to Term 3. Students return on Tuesday 16 July. We look forward to a fabulous learning program.Gymnastics will commence from this Thursday for K-6 students with our specialist gymnastic teachers from Triskills. Children benefit from a great nights sleep and a return to a regular routine. We are looking forward to sharing our holiday adventures with each other.... Read more

cvps band

School Band Shines For Our Special Guests

Colo Vale Band Excels Our Colo Vale School Band performed brilliantly for our guests at our Term 2 Celebration Assembly. Our Band Master, Mr Jeremy Donaldson was very impressed with our student diligence, cooperation and talent. Special guests from Hume Coal, Mittagong RSL and the National Bank were very generous with their praise and support. Mr Donaldson has remarked that our students are now ready to enter band competitions! I take pleasure in thanking our students, parents, staff and special guests for their support.... Read more

student with her library award

Term Assembly of Achievement Success

Our community gathered together at the end of Term 2 to celebrate our student achievements and share our diverse school initiatives. As Principal, I also reassured the community that despite the changing political picture, Colo Vale Public School remains a proud public education institution dedicated to strong values including integrity, democracy, respect and excellence. Pictured is one of our outstanding students who embodies the spirit of high educational values and achievements.... Read more

Athletics Carnival to go ahead

Our Athletics Carnival is planned to go ahead tomorrow. Don't forget to dress warmly in your house colours. Look out for the note being sent home today with more details about times, events and house colour information.... Read more

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Helping your child with their homework

How do you get your kids to keep on top of their homework? This School A to Z video features teachers talking about how parents can help kids take responsibility for their homework and avoid Thursday night meltdowns. Get more practical parent tips on the School A-Z website.... Read more

Banksia Bits delay

Due to Department of Education and Communities email and internet outages this week, we are unable to send home the Week 7 Banksia Bits. You will receive this as soon as we are again able to fully access our internet system.... Read more


Anti-Bullying Puppet Show Initiative

The 'You're Special' Puppet show was a wonderful way to revisit the key themes with all age groups.The senior performance also addressed cyberbullying and safety on the internet. The children enjoyed the interaction with this theatrical puppet performance.... Read more

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Silver Badge For Outstanding Behaviour

Congratulations Emily on receiving the first Silver Badge of 2013. Excellent learning and playground behaviour is acknowledged and honoured at Colo Vale Public School. Students who are awarded a Silver Badge receive a range of school rewards. Emily is a wonderful role model for other students.... Read more

Parent Anti-Bullying Survey Due 12 June

Please complete our Parent Anti-Bullying Survey. An additional copy of the survey is available by clicking on this link or by contacting the school office. ANTI-BULLYING SURVEY (docx 19 KB) Our school Anti-Bullying Committee is made up of parents and teachers. The school has produced a survey and is keen for parents to complete it and return the survey to school by Wednesday 12 June 2013. The committee is interested in the thoughts of parents and students. This will help to inform our revised Anti-Bullying Plan. Our current Colo Vale... Read more

Getting ready for school camp

School camp is one of the highlights of childhood. Chances are you can still remember some of the campfire songs, the smell of damper cooking and the names of the kids you bunked with. However, it's also true that for some children (and their parents) the thought of staying away overnight can create a little anxiety. It's not uncommon for kids to worry about who they'll room with, ‘being left out' of things, whether something might go wrong, feeling homesick and other understandable concerns. Even the most outgoing and confident child may have... Read more

MayReturn to top

Cyberbullying – what the experts say

Research into cyberbullying is still in its infancy but the one thing we do know is the online environment is really just a new setting for age-old issues. Cyberbullying is an extension of face-to-face bullying. It's all about relationships. When are kids most vulnerable to bullying? Bullying – online or offline – peaks for kids (and this is worldwide) at about Year 5, and again at about Year 7 or 8. The first peak coincides with children discovering the power of the peer group, and creating their own social pecking order. The second peak... Read more


Loopline Mastermind Competition

Stage 2 and Stage 3 participated in a problem solving challenge with our local primary schools. Our two teams enjoyed a fabulous day at Mittagong PS, with other teams from our Highland Schools. Students had to negotiate and create a presentation for their peers. This was a very successful event. Well done teams!... Read more

Privacy online

Protecting the privacy of personal information is increasingly important at a time when we are sharing more details about ourselves online than ever before. While interacting online can be great for kids, it also makes them more vulnerable. To help reduce the risk of cyberbullying, unwanted attention or breaches of their privacy, you can: encourage them to keep their usernames and passwords safe and not share them with anyone take them through the privacy settings of sites they join to ensure they are careful about what information they share... Read more

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Stay on top of homework

Kids and families tend to run more smoothly when there is a clear plan. So the online parent resource School A to Z has created printable homework and study calendars for each month of the year. The School A to Z website and mobile app can also help with common assignment and homework questions. In the Homework and study section you'll find links to useful websites, maths and English glossaries, and help sheets to make homework time easier in your house. Print your homework and study calendar pages for the rest of 2013. If you have ideas for... Read more


ANZAC Day March at Mittagong

Colo Vale honours the fallen at the Mittagong ANZAC Day Commemoration. Colo Vale students and teachers marched on the 25 April as a mark of respect. Thank you to the students, parents and teachers who represented our school. This is one of these occasions where we pause to remember the valour and courage of others, so that we continue to enjoy and celebrate peace.... Read more

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Inaugural School Band Performance

The school band wows the audience! Our new school band performed brilliantly at the Term Presentation Assembly. Lessons in clarinet, flute, piano and saxaphone are conducted at school and rehearsals are before school every Thursday morning. The school band is one of our performing ensembles.... Read more


Term Presentation Assembly

Recognition of learning success Every term, Colo Vale formally promotes the achievements of our students at our Celebration of Achievement special event. Congratulations to our students. Parents and the community are invited to share the honour of these special moments with their children.... Read more

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Pirate Day

"To Err is human. To Arr is pirate!" Colo Vale enjoyed a fabulous Pirate Day that was coordinated by two of the Student Representative Leadership Committees. Children donated a gold coin to pay admission to participate in 5 fun events during the lunch and recess breaks. Students dressed up in costume and participated in pirate activities . In the afternoon, we enjoyed pirate literature before a pirate parade.We capped off the day by sharing a pirate movie made by Mr Berry. Many thanks to Mrs Donaldson and her T-shirt for the pirate quotation... Read more

Invitation to Term 1 Celebration of Achievement Assembly

Recognition of success Parents and their guests are invited to our end of term presentation assembly this Thursday 11 April, 10:00am followed by morning tea in the hall. Two students from each class will be recognised for their special achievements during the term. This will also be the first performance by our new school band... Read more


School Cross Country Wednesday 27 March

Students in Kinder to Year 6 will participate in a range of cross country running experiences. These will commence shortly after at 1:45pm at Jurd Park. The fastest 6 runners in each event from 8 years and above will participate in the District Cross Country next term. Parents are welcome to attend this event.... Read more

Becoming a good speller

Spelling is an important skill but one that can be a problem for many children. However, there are some simple strategies you can use to help your child develop confidence in their spelling ability. What you can do to help your child with spelling: Explain to your child that some words can be sounded out, but not all English words can be spelt correctly by ‘sounding out', eg the words ‘you' and ‘said'. Talk to your child about how you spell, and what you do when you don't know how to spell a word. Encourage your child to write at home on... Read more

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Easter Hat and Egg Hunt Success

Our school community enjoyed our beautiful weather and fine companionship as we watched our whole school parade in their hats, giggle while they joined in the Easter egg hunt and relax with their families. Our preschoolers also joined in! It is terrific to meet our extended families and encourage full participation in school life. Thank you to the Student Welfare Committee and Mrs Provino who organised and conducted this school event. Once again, we celebrate our activities in the local newspaper.... Read more

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Easter Hat Parade and Egg Hunt Thursday 28 March

Bring out your Easter Bonnet and Easter hats of all descriptions to join in our parade at 10:30am on Thursday. Preschoolers are also invited to join the fun. Parents are invited to bring a picnic rug and lunch and share it with your family at school. The canteen will be serving Easter Buns of course!... Read more

Garden Working Bee on Friday 22 March

Bring some gardening gloves and a friend to help weed our beautiful gardens for an hour on Friday afternoon. Starting at 1:30pm, we can get together and then share a cuppa afterwards before parents collect their children at 3:00pm. All welcome!... Read more

School zone safety

A reminder to parents about the operation of school speed zones around the Easter holidays. School zones exist for the safety of children and families; they will operate on Thursday 28 March, then resume on Tuesday 2 April. Forty-kilometres-an-hour school speed zones operate across New South Wales at all school sites on gazetted school days, which are all days the school is open, even pupil-free days. Find out more... Read more

Parent SMS Service Commences

Parents with a registered mobile phone number will receive SMS messages to remind them of key school events, special initiatives and emergency situations. Please ensure that the school has your current mobile phone numbers to receive this important information. Our very first SMS was to remind parents about the school photos tomorrow.... Read more

School Photos Tomorrow 20 March 2013

Students are asked to wear their Summer School Uniform including their black shoes. Bring your smiles and happy disposition to show off our beautiful children.... Read more

Writing essays

Writing essays is a skill many of us have forgotten. But don't worry – here are a few tips to help you and your child, even if you're not familiar with the essay topic. Key points: Determine 'what is the question asking?' Essays follow a specific formula Introduction – state your response to the question and mention the points to be made in the body of the essay. Body – expand on the points introduced in the introduction. Don't introduce new thoughts at this stage. Conclusion – summarise the points discussed in the body. One idea per... Read more

Student Welfare Worker

Our Student Welfare Worker is funded by the National Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program. The Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) has contributed funding to the chaplaincy/student welfare services though the National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program. All student welfare workers who operate this program have a Certificate 1V in Youth Work, Pastoral Care or equivalent. This program is part of our comprehensive school welfare strategy. The school community has endorsed the... Read more

Colo Vale P&C Annual General Meeting Monday 5 March 7:30pm

Parents and their guests are invited to the AGM, 7:30pm, 5 March 2013 in the school staffroom.This will be followed by a short P&C meeting. This is a wonderful opportunity to be involved in our school. Our P&C team have been fantastic and have both led and supported many school initiatives. Come and joiung our team!... Read more

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Colo Vale comes second in District Swimming!

A huge congratulations to our Colo Vale team of swimmers who earned overall second in Friday's District swimming carnival, including winning Junior and Senior girls champion positions. Results of individual winners will be published in this week's Banksia Bits.... Read more

Great start videos

A panel of experts answers the most common questions parents have about how they can best support their kids' school life, study, wellbeing and development. In five brief segments, the experts share their tips on how parents can: help their kids reach their full potential at school and motivate them for learning support their child's social development and handle schoolyard conflict support kids through the teenage years. keep up with the technology their kids are using and how to keep them safe online. Watch the Great start videos... Read more


Sport in Schools comes to Colo Vale

Students at Colo Vale will be participating in this wonderful sports program in Term 1. This program consists of weekly sessions designed to inspire, motivate and excite students into developing a positive, active, healthy lifestyle. We look forward to starting these sessions on Monday 4th February.... Read more

Swimming carnival winners are Rosellas!

Congratulations to all of our competitors and winners in today's swimming carnival. A big thank you to Mr Berry and all of our wonderful staff and parent helpers!... Read more


Seeking Enrolment 2013

Our Administration Office is open from 8.30 - 3.00. If you are new in the area and seeking enrolment, you are welcome to access the necessary information. School commences on Wednesday 30th January for students in Year 1-6. Kindergarten commence on Monday 4th February. You are most welcome to contact the school on 02 48894250 to make an appointment.... Read more