We have had a fantastic start to Term 3! Over the coming terms, we have committed to working on our Behaviour Support Model for Longford Primary School. Our overarching focus is on ‘Safety, Kindness and Respect.’
All students have been briefed on our behaviour ‘Non Negotiables.’ These are:
- We cannot hurt another student physically
- We cannot hurt another person with our words
- Swearing will not be tolerated
At Longford Primary school we have High Expectations in regard to behaviour; this starts with RESPECT - respecting self, respecting others, respecting our school grounds / property and respecting our uniform.
Students have been hearing these messages from myself and classroom teachers since their return to school this term. We are reinforcing the rules each day as a priority. Already, we are pleased to observe a decrease in inappropriate behaviours occurring. Students understand that we will aim to manage challenging situations restoratively, but that there are clear consequences in place for those not managing to follow the ‘non-negotiables.’ We have also started to work with our youngers students on the concept of ‘Kindness’ and the expectation that we use kind actions and words.
Further to this, we now have a staff team working on our behaviour policy to provide clarity and consistency to students and families. In future newsletters we will offer updates and reminders around this school priority.
As parents and friends of our school learning community we ask for your support in reinforcing these messages with your children and helping everyone uphold these expectations whilst at school. We are proud of our school and we will continue to focus on the non-negotiables as well as Respect, Safety and Kindness now and into the future.
If you have any questions or concerns in regard to this, please don’t hesitate to chat with me or a member of the leadership team at any time.
Rotary Club of Longford
We are very excited to announce that JJ’s will be supporting our Prep-6 students with canteen lunches each Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from the 7th of August. Lunch order forms will be available from the classrooms. All orders need to be placed in the classroom lunch tubs before 9:15am. Unfortunately late orders cannot be accepted.
We warmly welcome Carla Dinale to Longford Primary School. Carla will be replacing Hollie as our Speech and Language Pathologist for the remainder of the year.
In other staff news, we would like to formally congratulate Mrs Jenny Bryan on recently winning the Principal position substantively at Waverley Primary School. Longford Primary School will sincerely miss Mrs Bryan and we once again thank her formally for her amazing contribution to the students, families and staff of our school over many years. We wish Mrs Bryan all the very best in her role and know that she will be a terrific Principal.
A reminder that students should not be on school grounds without a parent or carer prior to 8:30am as there is no supervision of students before this time. Students should not stay after school unless parents are present. Please make sure your children are supervised if using school facilities after hours.
A reminder that Kindergarten students need to be collected at 2:30pm.
A note to parents to please remind children about the safety of wearing bike helmets when riding bikes or scooters:
- Tasmania Bike Laws
Cyclists must wear a helmet at all times, unless you have medical, cultural, or religious reasons not to
Cyclists are allowed to ride on footpaths unless otherwise stated
Tasmania's cycling fines are very high, with fines ranging from $260 to $650 - so you always want to make sure you are riding safely in Tasmania.
Our next School Association meeting will be held in the Parent Room on Tuesday the 6th of August at 9.15am. All welcome.
The theme of book week this year is ‘Reading is Our Secret Power.’ Our book week parade will happen on Wednesday 21st August.
Congratulations to the following students for being presented with an award at our assembly yesterday.
|Prep Viney||Indiana / Harrison|
|Prep/1 Whiteley/Dennis||Makyhia / Lilly|
|1 Roberts||Rhys / Indie|
|1/2 Salter||Chase / Piper|
|2/3 Guy/Spangaro||Brianna / Levi|
|3/4 Spangaro||Zane /Lauren|
|4 Owen||Zohen / Ahlia|
|5/6A Nobes||Ella / Andre|
|5/6B Biffin/Tantari||Ben / Aden|
Aussie of the Month
Congratulations and well done Hallianna and Aimee!
Grade 2 SRC Reps
Jeans for Genes and Crazy Hair Day
Please support the SRC in raising money to beat children’s genetic diseases by wearing your jeans with crazy hair and your school top on Friday 2nd August. The SRC are requesting a gold coin donation per family to participate in this fun and worthy event.
Kindergarten Jeans for Genes and Crazy Hair Day
Kindergarten students are encouraged to take part in this fundraiser on Wednesday 7th August. Students can wear jeans with their school top and come with crazy hair! Gold coin donation.
Lil' Ones Music - 'Sing and Grow'
'Sing and Grow' is held on Tuesdays from 9:00-10:00am in the Kinder Holt classroom (William Street). All welcome to come along for singing, dancing, movin' to the beat and much more.
Little Learners at Longford
LLL is a free program for Birth-3 years and is held on Thursdays 9:00-10:30 at Kinder Claridge (Burghley Street).
Kinder Connect (pre-Kinder) is a free program for children who have turned
three years of age as at 1st January 2019. Kinder Connect is held at Kinder Claridge (Burghley Street) on Fridays with two times available, 9:00-10:30 or 11:00-12:30.
The Bright Sparks garden group sat down under the oak trees on the last day of Term 2 to share a feast. This was the culmination of their hard work in the patch. Thanks to Louise, Pam, Nina and the students for making it such a delicious and nutritious spread.
In the next few weeks the various gardening groups will be planting seven new fruit trees and a bunch of edible native plants along the edge of the oval, thanks to sponsorship from Woolworths and Landcare, so watch this space.
Volunteers are needed for our recess canteen. If you are able to spare half an hour on a Wednesday to be part of a roster, please leave your name at the school office. Please note the price rise of ice creams as below.
WEDNESDAY RECESS CANTEEN PRICES
Zooper Dooper Icy Poles
Cola, lime, orange, fairy floss, blackcurrant, raspberry, bubblegum, pineapple
Icy twist, chocolate, rainbow, choc mint, banana
Weis (gluten free)
Chocolate and milk, strawberry and milk
As part of our whole school approach to reading, and to promote a love of reading, Grade 5/6 students were given the opportunity to try out for the role of Reading Ambassadors at Longford. Some of the roles of Reading Ambassador include: encouraging a love of reading throughout the school; reading stories in the library during lunchtime; reading to students in younger grades including LiL groups; assisting teachers with special events, including Book Week and reviewing and sharing books in assembly.
Congratulations to Katie, Haile, Mae, Imogen B, Zane, Mark, Imogen Q, Aiden and Charlotte on being selected as our Reading Ambassadors for the remainder of the year.
They were presented with their badges in Assembly yesterday and have begun to read some 'favourites' to younger students in the library at lunch time.
Growth and Personal Development
This term I will be running a Growth and Personal Development unit at Longford Primary School. Class groups will attend lessons between week 5 and 8.
The table below outlines the content that will be covered for each level:
|K-2 (2 Lessons)||Year 3-4 (3 Lessons)||Year 5-6 (4 Lessons)|
Protective behaviours, public and private
Growing up - How I have changed since I was a baby
Our families and who we can talk to about our worries
Growing up – introduction to puberty
Simple information around reproduction
Friendships, boundaries and influences
Puberty – physical, social and emotional changes
Simple information around reproduction
Influences and finding reliable sources of information
Boys and girls sessions around emotions, healthy relationships and respect
To provide more detailed information to families and give them the opportunity to ask questions I will be available to speak to at 9:00am on Friday the 9th of August in the parent room. I look forward to seeing you there. There is some flexibility to speak at other times if this time does not suit you.
If you do not wish for your child to participate in these lessons please contact your child’s teacher.
School Health Nurse
On Saturday, July 20th, Finn Cloudsdale with two cousins from Evandale, Meg and Sean, rode their bikes 54kms around the Northern Midlands towns of Hadspen, Carrick, Bishopsbourne and Longford. Their marathon ride was to raise funds for four eyecare workers in Bangladesh to receive essential training. It took four hours and 20 minutes and on the way they saw hundreds of newborn lambs. Many people, including kids, have donated to the cause and a grand total of $3,422 has been raised!
We are proud of Finn for thinking globally and completing this ride. Well done Finn, Meg and Sean!
|July||30||Sharing Assembly (Prep-Grade 6) - GP Room 2:05pm|
|August||2||Jeans for Genes and Crazy Hair Day|
|6||School Association Meeting - Parent Room 9:15am|
|7||Kindergarten Jeans for Genes and Crazy Hair Day|
|9||Growth & Personal Development Information Session 9:00am|
|13||Sharing Assembly (Prep-Grade 6) - GP Room 2:05pm|
|21||Book Week Parade - GP Room 9:15am|
|26||Prep-Grade 6 Performance by Terrapin Theatre 'Egg'|
|27||Sharing Assembly (Prep-Grade 6) - GP Room 2:05pm|
|29||Dad's Night (Pre-Kinder - Grade 6) - 6:00-7:30pm|
|September||10||School Association Meeting - Parent Room 9:15am|
|10||Sharing Assembly (Prep-Grade 6) - GP Room 2:05pm|
|19||Country Gold Carnival Day 1|
|20||Country Gold Carnival Day 2|
|24||Sharing Assembly (Prep-Grade 6) - GP Room 2:05pm|
|27||Term 3 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|