Last week we held our annual Dad’s Night and again it was a wonderful evening. It is so heartening to see the great turn out on the evening and observe the interactions in the classroom. Thank you to Judelle Parker and the PFG helpers and supporters for their tireless efforts on the evening. Thank you to Mr Roberts and Mrs Allen for their support in preparing for the event and to the teaching staff for their work in preparing and organising the activities. Thank you to all of the families that attended on the evening. Congratulations to our raffle winners – Riley, Greg, Amelia, Matt and Imogen.
School NAPLAN results were released recently and we have also received our 2019 individual results. Staff will soon spend time analysing these results and identifying areas of strength and need for future focus. Individual results will be sent home to students this week.
Over the past two weeks Grade 4-6 students have completed the online Wellbeing and Engagement Survey. Thank you to all students for taking the time to thoughtfully complete the survey. The data will be useful for future planning for us as a school and for the direction of Tasmanian Education.
As mentioned in the last newsletter, our Leadership Team have started looking at class configurations for 2020. To accurately complete this exercise, we ask that you contact the school office if you child will not be attending Longford in 2020. If you know of any families with K-6 students who are moving into the area could you please also notify the school?
I will be taking fifteen days LSL starting on the 23rd of September. Miss Doran will replace me as Acting Principal during my time of leave. I look forward to catching up with everyone on my return, early Term 4.
Mr Roberts will also be taking some leave from the 10th of September for approximately eight weeks. We wish Mr Roberts all the very best and a speedy recovery following his knee surgery.
Mrs Brady will be on LSL for three weeks from the start of this week. Safe travels, Mrs Brady. Mrs Brady will be replaced by a team of staff, with the hope that there is minimal disruption to Mrs Brady’s groups and Reading Club.
Congratulations to the following students for being presented with an award at our assembly yesterday.
Aussie of the Month
Our Aussie of the Month is Nina from 2/3 Guy/Parker. Nina demonstrates exemplary behaviour in every aspect of school. She listens carefully and acts respectfully towards others. Well done and congratulations Nina!
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.
Moving Mountains and Making Signs
Thanks to all who helped move the tree mulch from the basketball court! There is now mulch in the food forest and native hedge where it helps retain moisture and nutrients and keep the weeds down. There may be more mulch delivered soon.
Bright Spark students have tested their skills with a wheelbarrow and started constructing and decorating plant signs, while Mr Roberts and Sam have been getting all the garden taps working. It looks like it will be an exciting spring.
|Football||Nick, Jonty, Andre, Bodie, Aiden|
|Hockey||Mae, Mark, Imogen|
|Soccer||Nikayla, Charlotte, Zoe, Lavinia, Aden|
Congratulations to students who have been selected for teams in the Country Gold Carnival. Ashlyn has participated in the Country Gold AFLW carnival and the other teams will be participating in the Carnival on the 19th and 20th September. Good luck to all our participants, we are sure you will try your hardest and demonstrate great sportmanship.
Book Title: The Smartest Giant in Town
Author: Julia Donaldson
Can you tell us a little bit about the book?
It is about a Giant who wants to change himself because he looks scruffy. He dresses smart then along the way he gives away his clothes to characters who need them. He realises he likes being scruffy after all.
Why is it your favourite?
It is a really good message for children.
Who would you recommend this book to?
Kinder to Grade 4.
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 spend $20 by the school and they get to keep the books. Our first reviewer is Elizabeth from 4 Owen. Elizabeth spent her $20 on two books.
Book Title: The Lion King (A Movie Novel)
Summary: Lion club Simba is introduced to the pride land that he will someday rule. When his father Mufasa is killed, Scar his uncle says it was all his fault and tells him to run away. A while later he wakes from a deep sleep only to find a meerkat and a wid pig called Pumba and Timon. Years latter he is found by Nala, his best friend, who tells him to go back. After being shown his father in the stars he goes back to reclaim his kingdom. After a fierce battle with Scar he wins.
My thoughts: The Lion King is amazing and thrilling, a classic story told in a more realistic way. It is a detailed story that gives you a perfect vision of what is going on like you are there seeing what is happening as though it was real life and a very gripping tale indeed...as soon as I read the first page I was glued.
Book Title: Deadly Creatures
Summary: The book was not a story but a facts book. This book holds five different sorts of creatures. Not five creatures but five groups of deadly creatures including; Deadly Mammals, Deadly Sea Creatures, Deadly Reptiles and Amphibians, Deadly Spiders and Insects and lastly Deadly Winged Creatures.
My thoughts: It is fantastic, it showed you the top fifty deadly creatures. Examples from the above five groups are: African elephant, stone fish, komodo dragon, ogre faced spider and tsetse fly.
Thank you Elizabeth for being a Roving Reviewer
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.
Kinder Claridge children have been enjoying their new gravel pit constructed by Mr Roberts.
Kinder Holt have been busy with their art work for the show.
There was a horrible child called Ace
Who always had a frown on his face
He stole lollies from a shop
Including a lollypop
This put a big smile back on his face
By Rali Bernes
|September||19||Country Gold Carnival Day 1|
|20||Country Gold Carnival Day 2|
|24||Sharing Assembly (Prep-Grade 6) - GP Room 2:05pm|
|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
Longford Library News
Longford Library has just received a lovely intake of Junior and Youth Fiction (published 2018+) to brighten up their shelves. These would be of interest for grade 3-6 students.
Longford Library is holding a Lego Engineers Club every Friday from 3:00pm, 6th September to 20th November.
|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|