NAPLAN has begun for our year 3 and 5 students and all participating children are taking on the challenge with great commitment. Being online does have its challenges in terms of the organisation and set up behind the scenes but hopefully it is a more accessible way for students to engage. We do use our NAPLAN results as one data set to help us gauge our improvement over time, but we do have many other ways of measuring student progress that are more specific and timely. Our teachers have been learning about “quick checks” for example in our weekly professional learning that we undertake after school every Tuesday.
We are having a spate of incidents where people are driving onto our oval to do burn outs - obviously we are very annoyed! Not only does this ruin the appearance of the oval, it creates a trip hazard and compromises the safety of our children, as well as difficult work for our grounds staff to fix. If you see anyone driving onto our oval or have any information in regard to previous incidents please contact the police or the school.
Last week I talked about the hard work our teachers are doing in improving their understanding of the teaching of vocabulary, as well as our focus in classrooms on developing student vocabulary. Our research tells us that the most important thing a student can do at home is to read or be read to. A student who reads for 21 minutes per day outside of school will read almost 2 million more words than someone who does not read outside of school. That’s exposure to a lot more words! So I implore all parents to set aside that 21 minutes per night for your children to read or be read to. It can make all the difference.
Yours in partnership,
2021 South George Town Cross Country
When: Tuesday 18th May (Rain day is Tuesday 25th May)
Where: School Grounds
Classes to assemble on School Oval in House Groups
Order of Events
Parents are welcome to watch but we ask for you to please sign in at the office first
- Teachers will have a class list of what houses students are in, if unsure please ask your teacher before the carnival
- Boys and Girls from each grade will run together
- Boys will start approximately 20 seconds ahead of the girls
- Aussie Sport Leaders will run with ECE races (Kinder -2)
Kinder – modified course around oval and soccer ground.
Prep – Start on far side of oval and run to gate near the gym, through car park, around netball courts, around wombat walk coming out halfway near far oval end and run to finish line.
Grade 1 to Grade 2 – Start by going around oval, through car park, around netball courts, around wombat walk coming out halfway near far oval end and run to finish line.
Grade 3 – 6 – Around oval first, through car park, around netball courts, around wombat walk and then lap of oval to finish.
- Children up to eight years old should hold an adult's hand on the footpath, in the car park, or when crossing the road; an adult is defined as a parent, caregiver, grandparent, sibling in high school or older, other relative or neighbour, or other adult as advised by the child's parents/carers
- Children up to ten years old should be actively supervised in the traffic environment and should hold an adult's hand when crossing the road
More information for parents and carers can be found here: https://www.safetytown.com.au/parents/
|Friday 14 May||Walk safely to School Day|
|Tuesday 18 May||Whole School Cross Country Carnival - 12.45pm|
|Tuesday 18 May||No Esk Band Today|
|Friday 21 May||First Assembly of Term 2 - 9.30am|
|Wednesday 2 June||TPSSA Cross Country|
|Wednesday 9 June||TPSSA Cross Country rain day|
|Monday 14 June||Queen's Birthday (Public Holiday)|
|Friday 18 June||5/6 Sport practice match|
|Monday 21 June||Whole school photo day|
|Tuesday 22 June||All schools cross country|
|Friday 25 June||Round 1 Winter Sport|
|Friday 2 July||Last Day of Term 2|
|Friday 2 July||Round 1 Winter Sport rain day|
|Tuesday 20 July||First Day Back for Term 3|
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.
|Harper||Always being polite and respectful. She brings a smile to everyone's face|
|Axel||Showing more confidence in small group time and when working on his own. Well done Axel!|
|Molly||Being a supportive and kind role model to others|
|Anakin||Showing more motivation when learning. Working hard to do his best|
|Savannah||Being a focused learner, always trying her best|
|1/2 Gilmartin - Hardinge|
|Mangaia||Asking interesting questions about the past|
|Ellouise||Settling into school and adjusting to classroom routines|
|Hunter C||Always being polite and respectful to his classmates and adults within the school|
|Caden||Working to improve his writing and for always being considerate to others|
|Lilly Ann||Her consistent application to learning, responsibly following all instructions, being a considerate friend and respectful class member|
|Willow||Her tolerance, patience and empathy. Willow is always respectful to others|
|Alyrah||Always giving her best effort and remembering the importance of asking for help|
|Trey||His continuous participation and effort to complete his work within our measurement unit. Great work!|
|Jaxsyn||His wonderful start at South George Town Primary. Your effort and enthusiasm towards your learning is great! Keep up the great work.|
|Tarsha||Her positive approach towards learning; and for asking for help when unsure, so she can achieve her best|
|Lulu||Her compassion and care for others, as well as her positive approach towards ALL learning|
|Coby||For his application to his work|
|Isabella||Her hard work and determination in her maths studies|
|Lily-Rose||Helping out around the class and using her initiative|
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/