The winter cold and flu season has certainly struck us hard the past few weeks. We appreciate the support of our parents as we try to manage staffing and the phone calls home to pick up sick children. Our attendance rate has fallen dramatically, but we understand the reasons why as the viruses going around are particularly nasty, especially in terms of high temperatures and fevers. We are continuing to implement the best hygiene practices as possible at school and urge parents to keep children home who are unwell in an attempt to stop the spread.
We kick off our parent teacher interviews next week and bookings are available through the schoolzine app. In the event of teacher illness we will inform you as soon as possible if we need to postpone and reschedule appointments. These interviews are fantastic opportunities to focus upon where students are in their learning and where to next. We hope to see as many parents as possible over the next fortnight.
Our reading fluency focus continues in the classrooms and our teachers are working hard behind the scenes developing and refining their understanding and teaching of fluency. All of our teaching staff have their own learning goals associated with our school targets and are extremely dedicated in the teaching of reading. Many of you may have seen some media reports about the department's direction in teaching reading to be implemented over the next 3 years- for us this was vindication of what we do here at South and the department is just starting to catch up with our practice. We’re already many years ahead!
We have a small team of runners representing us at the State Cross Country at Symmons Plains next Tuesday. We wish Rhianna, Livinia, Mahalia, Max, Cruze, Isaac, Bentley and Eli luck and hope the weather is accommodating. Our grade 5/6 sport starts on Friday the 30th of June. This year we have soccer, netball and hockey teams only and will be travelling to Lilydale on the day. A notice outlining details will be sent home early next week and we will let you know early on the morning of the day if it is cancelled due to weather.
|Monday 26 June - Thursday 6 July
|Parent Teacher Meetings
|Tuesday 27 June
|State Cross Country @ Symmons Plains
|Friday 30 June
|Round 1 Winter Sport - Rain Day 7 July
|Friday 7 July
|Last Day of Term 2
|Tuesday 25 July
|Students' First Day of Term 3
|Friday 28 July
|Round 2 Winter Sport - Rain Day 4 August
|Thursday 3 August
|Country Gold Selections
|Thursday 10 August
|Whole School Photos
|Friday 11 August
|Round 3 Winter Sport - Rain Day 18 August
|Friday 25 August
|Round 4 Winter Sport - Rain Day 1 September
|Friday 8 September
|Round 5 Winter Sport - Rain day 15 September
|Thursday 21 September - Friday 22 September
|Country Gold Carnival
|Friday 29 September
|Last Day of Term 3
|Monday 16 October
|First Day of Term 4
|Friday 3 November
|Professional Learning Day
|Monday 6th November
|Public Holiday - Recreation Day
|Thursday 21 December
|Students' Last Day of School
It has been wonderful seeing our families enjoying Pre-Kindergarten each week. The sessions run for 90 minutes each and give children the opportunity to learn some school routines such as mat time and lining up as well as a chance to practice sharing, turn taking and following instructions. Here are a few photos.
Last week 3/4 Clancy and 3/4 Garwood went to the Tasmania Zoo. This term they have been learning about living things, their life cycles and their connection to their environment and other living things. They conducted in class experiments with plants and explored the development of living things, including their pets.
On the 6th June grade 5/6 students did the ThinkUKnow Australia program. This program provides information about how to be safe online. The program was presented by Tasmanian Police and showed students how to, for example, develop secure passwords and to be aware of information that identifies them to strangers. ThinkUKnow Australia is an evidence-based education program led by the Australian Federal Police and is delivered nationally in partnership with police and other industry partners to prevent online child exploitation. The presentation aims to build positive engagement between children, young people and police, while equipping students with the knowledge and skills to be able to take actionable steps to maintain their safety at all times. We encourage families to talk more about this at home. Parents and carers can access resources at thinkuknow.org.au
Well done to the South George Town Primary students who represented the school in the TPSSA Cross Country held at Beaconsfield Primary School on June 7th. The students all ran extremely well and were lucky to have no wind and some warm weather. It was super exciting to see Rhianna win the Grade 4 girls event and Isaac finish 2nd in his event!!
Grade 3 Boys
Max - 10th
Grade 4 Girls
Rhianna - 1st
Livinia - 8th
Grade 4 Boys
Isaac - 2nd
Bentley - 5th
Eli - 7th
Grade 5 Girls
Mahalia - 6th
Grade 5 Boys
Lockie - 9th
Grade 6 Girls
Eliza - 10th
Grade 6 Boys
Zavier - 5th
|Always displaying kindness towards others. Well done Ava!
|Always working hard and trying her best during writing activities
|Using beautiful manners in the classroom
|Being a caring member of our school community by helping others
|Showing fluency when reading
|Exceptional effort when writing information reports
|Doing a wonderful job on her oxford word spelling. Making great improvements
|Her fantastic progress at decoding and reading with fluency
|Consistently practising fluency reading at home, asking for help, being a kind friend and taking responsibility for equipment
|Outstanding progress in reading! Your hard work on improving your reading skills is paying off.
|Using his initiative in the classroom to help keep spaces tidy and always being willing to clean up someone else's mess
|Taking more care and focus with learning tasks. Well done!
|Always putting in his best effort. Your hard work is paying off!
|Problem solving skills in mathematics
|Consistently working to the best of her ability in all subjects
|His dedication to always finishing his work on time
|The amazing effort in improving his attendance and his literacy