After taking a short amount of Long Service Leave, it was wonderful to return to Longford Primary School last week and see students engaged in their Term 4 Learning. I appreciate the warm welcome and lovely manners shown by students on my return. Thank you to Miss Jacinta Doran and the Leadership Team for the tremendous work undertaken in my absence.
Yesterday I met with all P-6 Learners to reiterate our behaviour non-negotiables:
- Hurting others with our bodies or words is not ok
- We are respectful toward ourselves, each other, the staff, our uniform and our school environment at all times
- Swearing is not tolerated
In alignment with our Non-Negotiables, students are aware that families will be contacted if these behaviours continue to occur after an initial conversation with Teachers and Senior Staff.
Our School Value for Term 4 is Courage. Term 4 can be a stressful time for all learners as they contemplate the changes ahead. Teachers will be working alongside students to build skills of courage and growth, encouraging learners to accept challenges and embrace opportunities.
I warmly welcome our two new staff members to Longford Primary School this term. Mrs Owen will take some Long Service Leave for Term 4. Welcome Mrs Robin Cato and Miss Jesscia McLauchlan.
Class Placements for 2020
Thank you to families who have met with a Senior Staff member recently in regard to educational considerations for class placements and completed a form. We will keep this process open until the 12th of November; from this date, the Leadership Team will consider all forms submitted, and where necessary use this information to inform decisions for 2020 placements. Late forms will not be considered due to the planning time frame.
Department of Education Student Awards
Mr Justin Nobes and his wife Katie welcomed their second baby boy on the 25th of November. Xander Jack Nobes, 6 pound 10 ounces, Mum and Baby doing well. Congratulations Mr Nobes!
Jonty and Logan Groves
Student Free Day
On Friday the 1st of November, Teaching and Non-Teaching Staff participated in a Professional Learning Day. Two of the workshops on the day were hosted by Di Hamilton (Safe Homes, Safe Families) and Pam Johns (Play therapist). These sessions were on ‘vicarious trauma’ and ‘the emotions behind behaviours.’ The day involved reflection, discussion and forward planning.
Infant Fun Day
A great time was had by our Prep–Grade 2 students at this year’s Infant Fun Day held at Cressy District High School. Students really enjoyed participating in a wide range of tabloid activities – there was something of interest for every student.
Thank you to Mrs Biffin and the SRC on organising and running a great School Social on the 31st of October.
Dion Drummond Performance
In Week 2, Kindergarten to Grade 6 students all attended a performance by indigenous performer Dion Drummond, ‘Moogera’. At the completion of the show the feedback from students and staff was very positive. Dion shared tales and artifacts from his cultures, teaching students about the different traditions of both Torres Strait Island and Aboriginal storytelling, song and dance.
Recent data from the Statewide Wellbeing Survey has provided us with vital data in the aims of the Department of Education Wellbeing Strategy. This newsletter we are focussing on results for the aim of feeling loved and safe:
- The majority of Grade 4 and 6 students feel they have an important adult at school whereas in Grade 5 students feel less connected to adults in our school
- 92% of students feel safe at school (high or medium level of wellbeing)
- In Grade 6, 4% of students reported having low wellbeing in both physical and cyberbullying whereas 31% have low wellbeing in social bullying.
Question of the Week: What is social bullying and what might you see if your child has low wellbeing in this area?
Congratulations to the following students for being presented with an award at our assembly yesterday.
|Prep Viney||Taiah / Jaide|
|Prep/1 Whiteley/Crawford||Shelby / Ryder|
|1 Roberts||Ta'liek / Oliver|
|1/2 Salter||Rileigh / Antonio|
|2/3 Dennis/Parker||Tyler / Eli|
|3/4 Spangaro||Izabella / Hayden / Billy W|
|4 McLauchlan/Cota||Ahlia / Lincoln|
|5/6B Biffin/Tantari||Koby / Aiden|
This will be held on Friday 8th November at Hagley Farm School Pool. There are plenty of events for swimmers and non-swimmers so we do expect all children to attend. Buses will leave school at 9:00am promptly and we will return to school for our lunch time. Please note that there is no cost as this is covered in the Excursion/Performance Levy.
Children need bathers, towel and recess (no kiosk available). School tracksuit should be worn.
We require at least six parents to assist in timing division one events with two heats and also to assist as judges.
Please contact Mr Tantari or the school office if you are able to assist.
Since Australia's first Poppy Day in 1921, the red poppy has symbolised remembrance, commemorating those who have made the supreme sacrifice in times of war.
Poppes (50c) will be available for sale from the school office on Monday.
Mrs Roberts was interviewed by Reading Ambassador, Imogen.
Book Title: The Adventures of the Wishing Chair
Can you tell us a little bit about the book?
It is about some children who find the Chair and it takes them on amazing adventures to magical places.
Why is it your favourite?
It was amazing and fun and I wished that I could go on adventures too. Also the different characters and the interesting words.
Who would you recommend this book to?
6 - 11 years.
Sounds like a great book, if you haven’t read it we have a copy in our school library!
|November||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|
Monday 14th October to Thursday 19th December
Friday 1st November Professional Learning/Student Free Day
Tuesday 4th February Professional Learning/Student Free Day
Wednesday 5th February to Thursday 9th April
Thursday 9th April Moderation Day/Student Free Day
Easter: Friday 10th April to Monday 13th April
Monday 27th April to Friday 3rd July
Monday 20th July to Friday 25th September
Monday 20th July Professional Learning/Student Free Day
Monday 12th October to Thursday 17th December
Friday 30th October Professional Learning/Student Free Day
Franklin House is having a Family Fun Day on Saturday 16 November from 11am to 3pm. There will be children’s activities (including rock & mask painting, skittles, bean bag toss, quoites), learn to play croquet, stalls, bbq, Devonshire tea and the Launceston City Band will be playing throughout the day.
Bring a picnic and enjoy the beautiful gardens of Franklin House. Entry is free to the garden, gold coin donation to view the House.
Longford Garden Club is holding its Annual Flower Show on November 16th and 17th. A children's section has been reinstated this year with two classes and age groups - aged under 8 years and aged 8 years and over. Entries would need to be delivered to the Longford Town Hall on Saturday November 16th between 8am and 10:30am. See details below.
|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|