It is hard to believe that this Friday marks the end of Term 3. It has been a busy term of learning and it has been wonderful to watch students demonstrating the value of Aspiration in all that they do. This Thursday I will meet with our Aspiration values champions for the Principal’s Morning Tea for those nominated by staff around our school. In Term 4 the focus value will be Courage.
In 2/3 they thought about and shared their career aspirations. They used clip art to create some digital images to present one future dream that they would like to pursue. Here are a selection of some of their aspirations.
Congratulations to Haile and Ahlia's family who won the $50 Star Theatre voucher for listing their five expectations for being successful in school and life. Mrs Biffin and the Positive Behaviour Support Team were very impressed by the number of families who participated and are currently compiling the lists of our values.
Thanks to those that attended our parent workshop on trauma by Grant Maynard. It was a positive experience for all involved.
Last Monday our choir hosted the Perth Primary Choir for an opportunity to sing together in a combined choir. The students from Perth joined us for lunch and then both choirs performed to classes and parents. Thank you to Mrs Seen and Mrs Butler for organising this experience for our students.
Collecting Bottle Lids
Nikayla and Zohen have initiated the collection of bottle tops. These will be used to create prosthetic arms for children. The collection point is at the office. Thank you to Nikayla and Zohen for co-ordinating this important project. Please deliver any of the bottle tops with the tick to the container in the office.
Visits to Cressy District High School
Our Grade 3 and 4 students have visited Cressy District High School to have a taste of high school life. Students experienced wool throwing, watched wool classing and shearing demonstrations. After a BBQ lunch they explored the farm meeting the Highland cattle, pigs and donkey. We thank Cressy for welcoming us to your school.
Kings Meadows High School Drama Visit
On Friday Grade 8 drama students visited our school and thoroughly entertained our Prep to Grade 2 students with a range of drama plays and fantastic costumes. When talking to our students they all talked about how much they loved watching the performances. Dora was definitely a favourite. Thanks to Mrs Geale and her students.
Congratulations to all the students who represented our school last week in the Country Gold Carnivals. It was exciting to hear about the amazing sportsmanship demonstrated by our students.
The Reading Club celebrated another successful term yesterday with a disco and party. It was a wonderful celebration. Thank you to Mr Kerslake for his assistance with the music. A special thank you to those parents who assisted with the food on the day and their continuing support of Reading Club in Mrs Brady's absence this term.
Footy Colours Day
This Friday students are invited to wear their footy colours to celebrate the AFL Grand Final. A reminder that shoulders must be covered and appropriate footwear to be worn.
I would like to personally thank Cathy, Aiden, Yuriko and Nina for their ongoing support of our school garden. For the past two terms this team along with other volunteers have taken Bright Sparks units with the Grade 3/4 students and their work along with that of Nori has transformed our garden areas. This Friday members of Rotary will visit for a taste and see afternoon. We look forward to showing Rotary where we have been able to use their generous support. Thank you Cathy for co-ordinating this project we appreciate your ongoing commitment to our outdoor spaces.
Christ Church Art
Over the last month classes have been visiting Christ Church to complete art works for the 175th anniversary. Each participating class has selected several artworks to be displayed at the Christ Church Hall in William Street on Friday 4th and Saturday 5th of October. Mrs Joan Barnes from the Church has been blown away by student's talent.
A reminder that, in line with our SunSmart policy, students must wear hats in Terms 1 and 4 while playing outside. Bucket, legionnaire and slouch hats are available for purchase at the school office.
We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday and look forward to seeing you all on Monday 14th October.
Congratulations to the following students for being presented with an award at our assembly yesterday.
|Prep Viney||Harry / Ella|
|Prep/1 Whiteley/Dennis||Ruby / Ruby-Jaye|
|1 Roberts||Harley / Bailee|
|1/2 Salter||Ashton / Hamish|
|2/3 Guy/Parker||Ashlyn / Noah|
|3/4 Spangaro||Tyrese / Bella|
|4 Owen||Ben / Annabella|
|5/6A Nobes||Deegan / Nikayla|
|5/6B Biffin/Tantari||Mark / Harry|
Survey for Parents
An independent review (the Review) is being conducted into the national funding arrangements that support access by all children in Australia to 600 hours per year of quality early childhood education in the year before full-time school.
For Tasmania this is our Kindergarten year. Since 2008, the Australian Government’s UANP funding has supported an increase to 15 hours per week of Kindergarten in Tasmania, however the future of national funding is uncertain beyond 2020.
Tasmania has a long and proud history of providing free access to quality early learning and the Tasmanian Government has made substantial investments to support and expand this provision.
It is important that the success of Kindergarten in Tasmania is clearly understood in this national process and we encourage the Tasmanian education community, including parents, teachers, and leaders to participate in the review.
How you have your say:
The Department of Education (DoE) invites your further input into its review of intake areas for Tasmanian government primary and combined (district) schools, to apply from 2021 onwards.
This is the second round of community consultation to be held prior to the maps being published. DoE developed the Proposed Intake Area Maps based on feedback received from the community in the first consultation round.
Any adjustment to intake areas would only apply to new enrolments from 2021. Neither current students at our school, nor their siblings, would be affected. For information about how to provide your feedback, and to view the Proposed Intake Area Maps, see ‘School Intake Area Maps’ on the DoE website at www.education.tas.gov.au/about-us/school-directory/school-intake-area-maps.
You are invited to provide feedback by completing the public survey on the DoE website by Friday, 27 September 2019.
Please keep in mind that:
- Parents will still be able to apply to their school of choice, if capacity allows.
- The review will not change the way schools enrol students who live outside their intake area.
- The review will not affect students who are already enrolled in a school before 2021.
- If a child has a sibling already attending a school outside their intake area, then the child can enrol at the same school as their sibling.
Mrs Morrison was interviewed by Reading Ambassador, Mae.
Book Title: We're Going on a Bear Hunt
Author: Michael Rosen / Helen Oxenbury
Can you tell us a little bit about the book?
About a family who go on a bear hunt, they have to go through lots of different weathers to find the bear. They finally find the bear in a cave, the bear chases the family all the way home. They decide to never go on a bear hunt again.
Why is it your favourite?
It is a classic. You have to use your imagination while reading. I have used it when teaching and students love it. I like the onomatopoeia in the text.
Who would you recommend this book to?
Early childhood would like it, but it is good for any age.
Sounds like a great book, if you haven’t read it we have a copy in our school library!
Every Book Club a 'Roving Reviewer' is selected to use Scholastic reward points to purchase books and they get to keep the books. This newsletter's reviewer is Mark from 5/6 Biffin/Tantari.
Book Title: The 117-Storey Treehouse
Andy and Terry (the main people in the story) built another 13 stories to their treehouse. Now there is a ginormous 117 stories! Another person that is in the story a lot is Jill, (she loves animals), is always helping out with everything.
At the start of the story Andy and Terry had a fight. Terry wanted to narrate the story as well as Andy. Then their publisher called Mr Big Nose, (he was really bossy), even got into the fight. He said that Terry can narrate if he really wanted to.
Terry ended up getting to narrate. I am not going to spoil the smaller story that Terry narrated. I thought Terry should just stick with drawing, because he really is better at it. He was still ok at narrating. He was better at the end.
Speaking of endings this is something I will say about Terry’s small story. Terry had no clue of what he should do as his ending. Then Andy said that he should say it was all a dream. Terry thought it was a great idea too. But they ended up getting themselves in trouble. They ended up getting in trouble from the story police. They found out that when the story police were shouting “WE HAVE YOUR TREE SURROUNDED.” Then Andy, Terry, and Jill ran from the story police. There was a lot of running!
I think 117-Storey Treehouse is a great book, it has lots of funny parts in it. As well as the funny words there is some funny drawings. I think this book should be for all ages because it can help you with reading. You don’t even have to read all of the book because the drawings have a story in themselves.
As a school, we are currently investigating different options and alternatives for play at lunchtimes. Options and alternatives include inside activities, library activities and ‘loose parts tinkering’ play. The children are embracing the choices for play, and are enjoying the opportunity to play with ‘loose parts’ both during inside and outdoor activities.
A definition of loose parts is 'Loose parts are materials that can be moved, carried, combined, redesigned, lined up, and taken apart and put back together in multiple ways. Loose parts can be used alone or combined with other materials. There is no set of specific directions for materials that are considered loose parts. The child is the direction'.
Whilst the school does have a collections of ‘loose parts’, we are always looking for other items. Items may include - old pots and pans, colanders, measuring cups, plastic pots, plastic jugs,etc. So during your ‘spring clean’, if you think you may have some ‘loose parts items’ that are no longer needed at home, please don’t throw them out…. they could be ‘treasure’ for our collection at school.
Please see Carol Roberts (Grade 1) if you have items that you would like to donate.
We were invited to contribute some art works to help mark the celebration of Longford Christ Church's 175th Anniversay.
We selected a perspective of this historical building to sketch and then outlined our final sketch in Sharpie. We use crayons to add colour. For some sections of our drawings we placed rubbing plates underneath the paper to add pattern and texture.
|September||27||Footy Colours Day - wear your colours - no donation|
|27||Term 3 concludes|
|October||14||Term 4 commences|
|22||Sharing Assembly (Prep-Grade 6) - GP Room 2:05pm|
|23||Kinder-Grade 6 Performance 'Dion Drummond'|
|25||ECE (Prep-Grade2) Fun Day at Cressy|
|29||School Association Meeting - Parent Room 9:15am|
|31||Grade 3-6 Social|
|November||1||Professional Learning/Student Free Day|
|4||Recreation Day Public Holiday|
|5||Sharing Assembly (Prep-Grade 6) - GP Room 2:05pm|
|8||Grade 3-6 Swimming Carnival at Hagley|
|13||Volunteer Morning Tea|
|19||Sharing Assembly (Prep-Grade 6) - GP Room 2:05pm|
|December||3||School Association Meeting - Parent Room 9:15am|
|4||Infant Award Assembly - GP Room 11:30am|
|5||Little Learners Christmas Party|
|6||Kinder Connect Christmas Party|
|6||Northern Midlands Swimming Carnival|
|11||Grade 3-6 Annual Presentation Day - Town Hall 11:00am|
|13||Prep-Grade 6 School Picnic at Launceston Aquatice Centre|
|16||Grade 6 Celebration Dinner|
|19||Term 4 concludes|
Tuesday 5th February Professional Learning/Student Free Day
Wednesday 6th February to Friday 12th April
Friday 12th April Moderation Day/Student Free Day
Easter: Friday 19th April to Tuesday 23rd April
Monday 29th April to Friday 5th July
Monday 22nd July to Friday 27th September
Monday 22nd July Professional Learning/Student Free Day
Monday 14th October to Thursday 19th December
Friday 1st November Professional Learning/Student Free Day
|Principal||Mrs Carolyn Sutton|
|AST||Miss Jacinta Doran|
|AST||Mrs Rhiannon Morrison|
|AST||Mrs Mel Biffin|
|Chaplain||Mrs Bec Cameron||Tuesday, Friday|
|Psychologist||Mrs Allison Maloney||Tuesday|
|School Nurse||Miss Chanelle McCormack||Alternate Wednesday/Friday|
|Social Worker||Miss Gabby Volmer||Friday|
|Speech Pathologist||Miss Carla Dinale||Monday and alternate Wednesday|