An Opportunity to Shine
Neutral Bay Public School is much more than a school of academic excellence. At Neutral Bay, we recognise that well-rounded children have many cultural and artistic abilities that can be developed both inside and outside the classroom.
Throughout their years at Neutral Bay, we encourage students to develop a healthy confidence in their own selves, a respect for maintaining a healthy lifestyle and an ability to care for mind and body.
Children from Kindergarten to Year 2 at Neutral Bay take part in weekly sports lessons taught by specialist teachers. Students from Years 3-6 participate on a rotating basis in an age-appropriate sporting programme, learning fundamental skills.
Local community venues including Forsyth Park, Cammeray Oval, Primrose Park and Willoughby Leisure Centre are used. During summer and winter seasons, students are given the opportunity to participate in the local Primary Schools Sports Association (PSSA) in soccer, netball and tee ball. School-based Swimming, Athletics and Cross Country Carnivals are held annually in which all primary students participate. Successful competitors are selected to compete in Zone and Regional carnivals.
Neutral Bay Public School has a long tradition of excellence in music. Supporting our school's commitment to providing a balanced education, music is offered in curricular and co-curricular form.
Students from Grade 3 and above can participate in one of three bands—Junior, Senior and Concert. Each is graded to allow musicians to work together at the appropriate level of performance, allowing for differing levels of experience and competence.
Students can be involved in music through string ensembles, Junior and Senior choirs, and private instrument lessons.
Our strong tradition in music is reflected in our school assemblies, concerts and annual participation in district and state performances. Class-based music programs, taught by specialist Music teachers, include instruction in singing, recorder and percussion.
All children at Neutral Bay take part in dance activities as part of the curriculum. Children are encouraged to join our co-curricular dance troupes for both girls and boys, where they learn, develop and refine their dance technique. We regularly compete in the Sydney North Dance Festival. We also take part in the annual Schools Spectacular.
Our biennial school musical productions and yearly grade concerts are a tribute to the devotion to the Performing Arts within our school. These productions are invaluable opportunities to learn all aspects of the stage from drama, song and public speaking through to dance and technical aspects of performance.
Students learn about every aspect of production, from auditioning and rehearsing to designing sets and stage management. Neutral Bay encourages students to develop first-hand knowledge and skills in theatre design, lighting, sound and front-of-house roles.
At Neutral Bay Public School, we recognise the importance of up-to-date and innovative technology, both in terms of its use as a learning tool and as a means of efficient communication with families.
Our aim at Neutral Bay Public School is to prepare students from Kindergarten to Year 6 for a global and digitally connected world, in which technology is an essential and part of daily life. Our teachers use technology to facilitate high quality teaching and learning and fully engage students.
Students from Kindergarten to Year 6 have access to a variety of new technologies. Classrooms are equipped with desktop computers, interactive SMART Boards, data projectors and secure wireless and internet access. Students from Kindergarten to Year 4 also enjoy access to iPads and dedicated laptops as part of their learning.
A school owned 1:1 device program operates in Years 5–6. Students are allocated an iPad in Year 5 and keep this device until the end of Year 6. Specialist Lego robotics software is installed onto iPads in Year 6, as students design, build and program a Lego EV3 robot in class.
We offer activities for those who like to talk, be active, perform, compete, play music, think and theorise and those who want to contribute to the school community. The idea of co-curricular activities is for students to learn a new skill, discover and develop their talents and interests, meet and develop friendships with students, become a valued member of a team and have fun.
Neutral Bay Public School offers many leadership opportunities for students. In Years 5 & 6, students can also apply to be a Sound Monitor, Library Monitor or Sports Captain, or strive to hold one of the leadership positions in the Student Representative Council.
Our rich and diverse co-curricular offerings nurture and grow each student's unique abilities, as well as allowing students to learn new skills, have new experiences and explore hidden qualities. Our co-curricula activities include the following:
- Band – Junior, Senior and Concert
- Chamber Group - Senior and String Ensemble
- Chess Representative
- Choir – Bay, Junior and Senior
- Dance - Girls' Group and Mixed Group
- Debating - Development Squad and Interschool Representative
- Development Squads - Netball and Soccer
- Drama Club
- Gala Day – AFL, Basketball, Cricket and Tag
- Glee Club
- Knockout – Cricket, Netball and Soccer
- Maths Olympiad
- Premier's Reading Challenge and Premier's Spelling Bee
- PSSA Sport – Netball, Soccer and Tee Ball
- Public Speaking – Sydney Eisteddfod and Multicultural Perspectives Public Speaking Competition
- Schools Spectacular - Choir and Dance
- Sound Monitor
- SRC Representative
- Tennis – NSTA
Before and After School Care
The Neutral Bay Creative Activities Group (NBCAG) conducts Before and After School Care for children from Kindergarten to Year 6 in a dedicated building next to the Neutral Bay Public School Yeo Street gate.
Children are encouraged to develop to their full potential within a safe, caring and supportive environment. They aim to provide high-quality care whilst leading the children in fun, developmentally appropriate activities, encouraging individual interests and fostering independence.
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Please note that availability is limited and places fill very quickly. Enrolment forms can be downloaded from the Neutral Bay Before and After School website: http://www.nbcag.com.au/
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Neutral Bay Public School is serviced by a number of bus routes. Some are regular services and others are school specials. Further information is available from http://www.sydneybuses.info/schools/.
The bus stop is adjacent to the school on Ben Boyd Road. All children travelling home by bus are supervised boarding buses.
The School Student Transport Scheme (SSTS) provides eligible school students with free or subsidised travel on public transport between home and school, on trains, buses and ferries.
All students living outside a 1.6km radius of the school (or 2.3 km walking distance from school) are entitled to a free bus pass.
For further information about bus transport or to fill in an online application form, please visit the School Student Transport Scheme website: https://apps.transport.nsw.gov.au/ssts/home
All students from Years 3-6 who live inside the 1.6km radius may purchase a School Term Bus Pass from the State Transit Authority at a discounted rate. Please visit the School Student Transport Scheme website at http://www.sydneybuses.info/schools/term-bus-pass for further information.
The personal health and wellbeing of our students is central to the provision of our fresh, high quality, nutritionally balanced food options. Our canteen is an integral part of school life at Neutral Bay Public School and operates lunch and recess service five days a week.
Nearly all food is prepared from scratch and on-site. The menu and price list is posted at the link below.
All lunch orders are made online via Flexischools at: www.flexischools.com.au before 8.30am on the relevant morning.
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At Neutral Bay, as part of our school vision in regards to student welfare, we focus on strengthening relationships, building positive emotions, enhancing personal resilience, promoting mindfulness and encouraging a healthy lifestyle.
We do this to provide our students with an increased capacity to learn effectively, as well as offering a strong foundation on which to build a successful life.
This is achieved through the following programs at Neutral Bay:
- The Bay Way – Respect, Responsibility, Give Your Best
- Social Skills
- Peer Support
- Sponsoring Yogesh Rawal from Nepal through World Vision
- Live Life Well
- Life Education Van
- Buddy Links (Kindergarten, Year 1, Year 5, Year 6)
- Student Representative Council
- Year 5 and 6 Leadership
- Waste Free Wednesdays
- Harmony Day
- NAIDOC Week
- Country/City School's Alliance with Moree Public School
- Cyber Safety
- Clean Up Australia Day
- Participating in community events e.g. choirs performing at Lansdowne Gardens
- Supporting a number of charities
The Uniform Shop is managed by the P&C, with all profits being used to enhance school facilities and provide school equipment.
New uniforms may be purchased via www.flexischools.com.au. Items will be delivered to your child's classroom and deliveries are usually made on a daily basis.
Secondhand uniform items are available for purchase twice each term. Payment is cash only.
Alternatively, place a request for a secondhand uniform item by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
When your children start school at Neutral Bay, parents have the opportunity to join various support groups. At annual general meetings, parents are encouraged to take on a more active role in school life.
Parents & Citizens Association (P&C)
All parents are automatically members of the P&C Association, which promotes networks of friendship and support within the school community.
It is a monthly forum for discussion of educational, social and welfare aspects of the school. The P&C also co-ordinate social functions and fundraising events, and support the organisation of official school events, such as the annual Welcome Party held at the beginning of the year. This event gives parents and staff members an opportunity to come together in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
P &C fundraising activities contribute significantly to the school's annual budget and are important community building initiatives. The success of the P&C depends on volunteer parent participation and we encourage all parents to become involved.
Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of every month from 8:00pm in the school hall. Elections are held annually in November.
The School Council plays an important role in bringing together members of the school and parent community.
It comprises of three staff representatives, three parent representatives, a P&C appointed representative and the Principal, who is the executive member. Its charter is to collaborate with parents and staff in the formation of policy direction for the school. The School Council does not make decisions on short term, daily management issues. Rather, it focuses on significant school-wide issues and overall policies and educational directions.
The School Council meets once a term and elections are held in March.
Class coordinators organise social functions and other communications that involve all of the parents relevant to their child' class. The P&C, in conjunction with the Principal, help oversee the class coordinators and help co-ordinate their activities.
All school parents are automatically part of the Neutral Bay Class Community.
There are many ways to be involved in school life, including:
- Attending P&C meetings
- Attending class information evenings
- Acting as class or grade coordinator
- Participating in fundraising and social events
- Volunteering in the canteen
- Supervising band practice
- Assisting in the library
- Nominating for a P&C Committee
- Assisting at band camps, sport carnivals, excursions and music events
- Assisting in the classroom