I would like to thank all of the children and families who participated in the ANZAC day march and ceremony last Sunday. We had an outstanding response from our school and it was noted by many community members of the great numbers we had in attendance and our respectful listening during the ceremony. I have also had some wonderful feedback from the community and many of my teaching colleagues from other schools, about the amazing work that was undertaken by our students around ANZAC day. Our social media pages are shared far and wide and seem to be our best way of communicating with our school community and wider audience.
As our digital footprint expands via Facebook, Instagram and YouTube we have decided to go to a fortnightly newsletter that aligns to when we award our merit certificates. All of our key days and upcoming events will be on our Facebook page as usual, and we will continue to share all of the great learning that is being undertaken. Our data shows that our parent and community are very engaged with our social media outlets and that this is the most effective way of connecting with our community.
Our students continue to focus at being outstanding learners and our settled start to Term 2 has been highlighted by the work being undertaken in classes across the school. Our teachers are focusing on developing our students' vocabulary to improve our reading outcomes. Teachers meet weekly in our professional learning teams planning on how to improve student vocabulary through our teaching programs. We have also entered the Premier’s Reading Challenge and I would encourage everyone to get reading. All classes have regular library lessons and should be borrowing weekly. That is certainly the expectation for all year 3-6 students who I have for library! I would encourage all parents to talk about the books that your child is reading at school, and also to encourage them to bring a book home to read each night before going to sleep. Not only will this improve your child’s reading, it builds a great routine that enables children to have better sleep.
Yours in partnership,
This year’s Premier’s Reading Challenge is up and running. To complete the challenge, students need to read 10 books in 10 weeks. Larger chapter books can be counted as more than one book - please talk to your teacher about how many chapters or pages can be counted as "one book".
Visit the school library or local town library or ask your child’s teacher for some ideas on great books to read for the challenge. Books can be either fiction or non-fiction. All Libraries Tasmania members can read an amazing collection of ebooks for free. Just use this link https://librariestasmania.overdrive.com/library/kids and sign in.
The challenge finishes on the last day of term, Friday July 2nd. Students simply need to fill in their log books, get a parent/guardian signature and show their teacher each time they finish reading a book. Students who complete the challenge will receive a certificate from the Premier and go into the running to receive other great prizes. We strongly urge you to encourage your child to make reading part of their daily routine and take part in this worthwhile challenge.
For more information see your child’s teacher or visit https://premiersreadingchallenge.tas.gov.au/
Learning about ANZAC Day was an important focus for our school last week. Classes have done a variety of work on this topic. Here are a few photos of the examples of work done in classes.
Staff and students of South George Town Primary School attended the ANZAC march on Sunday. We had an outstanding response from our school and it was noted by many community members of the great numbers we had in attendance and our respectful listening during the ceremony.
During the first week back at school for term 2, 4/5 Greene explored the meaning behind Anzac Day and its significance in Australian history and our lives today. We had class discussions about why Anzac Day is important and what we think it means.
We learnt Anzac Day started on the 25th April 1915, as it was the day Australian and New Zealand Army Corps soldiers landed on Gallipoli during World War I. We commemorate this day, not only for the landing of the ANZACs, but to pay tribute to those who have fought, fallen and continue to fight for our country and freedom. We completed various activities throughout the week, such as doing an Anzac Day fact find outside, creating beautiful solider silhouettes, writing journal entries from the perspective of the soldiers at war, researched the physical training the soldiers had to undertake and then created our own for the class to do. We researched different types of medals and why they were given to soldiers and we put our cooking skills to practice and made some Anzac biscuits with Mel.
We understand the importance of Anzac Day and the different ways we can commemorate those brave individuals who have, and continue, to fight and protect our country.
On Wednesday we had our first Pre-Kindergarten sessions. These give children and families an opportunity to practise school routines and to become familiar with the space and staff. We had two fantastic groups with lots of excited children and a few nervous parents. Pre-Kindergarten will run every Wednesday until December. If you know someone who has a child turning 4 this year please talk to Janine Spicer at school or encourage your friend to make contact with the office staff on 63821564. Thanks so much to families who shared their photos with us.
The art room is looking for donations of a few items. If you have any large pieces of polystyrene we would love to have them. Later in the year the students will be making some sculptures from recycled materials. If you have any interesting metal pieces that you don’t need it would be great if you could donate them. Old unused wallpaper and really old books would also be very welcome.
Thanks from the art room.
|Tylar||The beautiful way he helps students in the classroom. Tylar is always the first to help others|
|Italia||Trying her best with her morning jobs and having a go at tricky words|
|Tao||His excellent listening on the mat. Tao is always keen and eager to learn|
|Peyton||Showing kindness to others, sharing and being willing to help|
|Elliana||For always trying her best during learning time and never giving up|
|Toby||Making a settled start to his new school. Well done!|
|1/2 Gilmartin - Hardinge|
|Maximus||Attempting to complete some learning tasks independently|
|Bella||Speaking confidently in front of the class about her experiences over the holidays|
|Aaron||Trying his best in all learning areas and working hard to persist with difficult tasks|
|Brianna||Showing persistence and improved focus during learning tasks|
|Taylen||Working super hard to count in 2s, 5s and 10s and always being incredibly responsible at pack up time|
|Isaiah||Always being kind. Isaiah always uses his initiative to help others. He is a caring friend|
|Paityn||Her persistence when re crafting her writing to improve it. Great work! Also, Paityn is sharing her ideas during group discussion.|
|Kaiden||Being a motivated and independent student who works hard to achieve his own personal goals, keep it up!|
|Sophie||Her incredible attitude towards her learning at all times, keep up the great work!|
|Harry||The class vote for the student who demonstrated the most outstanding work ethic during term 1|
|Samara||The Class vote for the student who always demonstrates integrity during term 1|
|Oliver||Working hard to produce his best work in all areas|
|Dylan||Approaching all tasks with enthusiasm and a great attitude|
|Wednesday 5 May||Winner of the Golden Ticket for the Jurassic Creatures Show raffle will be drawn|
|Friday 7 May||State Athletics Carnival|
|Monday 10 May||NAPLAN testing starts for grades 3 & 5|
|Tuesday 18 May||Whole School Cross Country Carnival|
|Wednesday 2 June||TPSSA Cross Country|