- From the Principal
- Coming Up
- PBS Focus - week 3 & 4
- Country Gold 2023
- NAIDOC Week
- All schools Cross Country
- Merit Certificates- Week 2 - Term 3
- Merit Certificates - Week 10 - Term 2
- Aussie of the Month - June
- Reach for the Stars
- Dental Health Week
- The Smith Family
- Regional Sport Coordinators
- Community Notices
Welcome back for Term 3! We seem to have an early Spring occurring this year and our grounds look amazing with the native blossom and early bulbs out and flowering.
The term is certainly well underway and our students have settled into learning extremely well. We have already had our Country Gold selection trials and our Winter Sport roster is underway. Unfortunately we’ve had a washout of the second round but the weather looks brighter for this week. We will also begin our year 6 transition to high school (this year our year 5’s will also attend some sessions), our grade 5’s will begin their leadership journey to becoming student and sports leaders, as well as some excursions and performances.
Way back in March our students participated in NAPLAN and we have just received our results. The change in time for testing was supposed to give us information about student learning to act upon earlier in the year. Given we only received school results this week (student results were given out last week) I’m unsure if the new system is going to help us the way it is supposed to. We also had two weeks of swimming for our year 3 and 5 students prior to the sitting of the tests and this will have impacted upon our results as there was not the same amount of teaching time available to our students at that point of the year. That being said, our results were very promising, and certainly vindicating our strong literacy focus. Our year 3 students performed at or above like schools in all areas and our year 5 students were significantly above like schools in all areas. Our growth data was also above the Tasmanian data in most areas. Our support structures that we have in place also mirrored our results and all students in the 'support required' criteria receive targeted specific support already.
Beginning next week we will have some work being undertaken on two classrooms at the top end of the primary corridor. This is part of the government funded classroom renewal funding that was announced at the last state election. We have been working with the department and architect to come up with a suitable design for contemporary classrooms since the beginning of the year. This is hopefully the first step in upgrading our entire school; you may be aware that we have been a priority school for redevelopment for around 8 years now. Mrs White is temporarily relocating to the music room and music to the staff room. The work is scheduled to be finished ready for the start of school next year.
Finally, I would encourage all parents of young children to look at some of the fantastic information about the first 1000 days of a child’s life. This information that is available online gives great advice about how to interact with your baby and toddler to support their optimal development. I listened to a brilliant key note address at the recent Australian Primary Principals Conference from Nathan Wallis from New Zealand. He has a website with information and YouTube clips that are a great watch.
|Friday 11 August
|Round 3 Winter Sport - Rain Day 18 August
|Monday 21 August - Thursday 24 August
|Tuesday 22 August - Wednesday 23 August
|Book Fair - Held in the library 8:30am - 9:00am & 3:00pm - 4:30pm
|Wednesday 23 August
|Continuing Esk band students combined rehearsals at Newstead college
|Thursday 24 August
|Book Week Dress Up Day
|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
Well done to all our students who tried out for Country Gold, it was great to see everyone give it their all.
Congratulations to the following Grade 5/6 students who were successful in making it into the 2023 TPSSA Country Gold Teams
|Aidan, Emily, Charli-Rose, Mahalia, Tahi, Jacob
|Hunter, Zavier, Mason
|Willow, Ella, Andie
Last term our Aboriginal Education Officer ran a cultural experience for all of our classes to celebrate NAIDOC week. We celebrated with a variety of cultural activities. Students used clap sticks and ochre and made necklaces and hunted for shells. They also enjoyed sampling wallaby stew, damper and sausages. Thank you so much to our amazing Aboriginal Education Officer, Tania who spent so much time preparing for the day. She was well supported by some of our Aboriginal students who loved sharing their culture with peers. It was fantastic!
|Doing a wonderful job of sounding out during reading
|Making great spelling choices during writing. Well done Ryland!
|Using the strategy of counting on during counting activities. Well done Bill!
|A positive start to South George Town Primary. It's wonderful to have you!
|Working hard to include others by helping them with learning and participation in games
|Making an excellent start to term 3! Completing all tasks to the best of his ability
|Using his doubles facts to solve more complex 2 digit addition problems. Kobi also knows that it's okay to ask for help. Fantastic Mate!
|Practising his reading everyday. He is using fluency and expression. Fantastic effort Kye!
|Their amazing start to term 3! They're organised, focussed and respectful learners. I'm so proud of them!
|Outstanding progress in her reading. Keep up the amazing work
|His dedication to doing Home Reading every night in order to improve his reading
|Working hard to challenge himself in all learning areas, especially maths!
|Working hard to improve her writing in all subjects. Well done!
|The class vote for term 2 for the student with the most outstanding work ethic
|The class vote for term 2 for the student who most demonstrates out school values of learning, respect, responsibilities and relationships
|His increased resilience and improved attendance for term 3
|His improved commitment to completing his work
|Always working hard and trying his best during writing groups
|Always working hard and trying his best in maths activities
|Always being an attentive listener and great role model for others
|Working hard to independently write a sentence. Well done Keila
|Exceptional learning results in all areas
|Showing more focus and motivation when learning
|1/2 Edwards (presented by Mrs. Locke)
|Being calm and resilient when in 1/2 Locke
|Being a wonderful member of 1/2 Locke. She was calm, fun and well mannered
|Always being a kind and respectful class member
|Working hard to improve the structure of his writing tasks
|3/4 Clancy (presented by Mr. Cooke)
|Excellent work in making a working electrical circuit and showing how it works
|Considerably brilliant work and understanding of analogue clocks including 24 hour time
|Eli's terrific work in maths, literacy and science and positive approach to helping others
|5/6 White (presented by Mr. Edmunds)
|Completing her learning of all multiplication and division number facts
|Consistent attendance at school and effort to do her best in all subjects
|Consistent effort in all subjects and extra activities
|Her great work in narrative writing and mathematical problem solving
|His dedication during our work in 3D design and manufacturers
|His commitment to improving in Maths and English
Dental Health Week 7 – 13th August 2023
1) Take your teeth on a date to the dentist. You may not have been for a little while or it may be time for your regular check-up, take this as your reminder to take your teeth on a date and see your dentist! Your teeth will thank you.
2) Care for your teeth by brushing every day. Show your teeth you care by brushing two times every day. Brush once in the morning and once at night. At night, brushing is best done last thing before bed and no food or drinks to be had after.
3) Spoil your teeth by cleaning between them every day. Cleaning between your teeth helps to remove bacteria and food that build up during the day. Not cleaning these spaces can cause gums to become inflamed and sometimes tooth decay can develop.
4) Treat your teeth to healthy foods and drinks. The World Health Organization recommends adults have 6 or less teaspoons (24 grams) of sugar each day. Sticking to this recommendation can decrease the risk of tooth decay developing. Choose to drink water during the day and if having a sweet treat, do so together with a main meal instead of snacking on the treat between meals.
5) Show your teeth love by using them for their intended purpose. Teeth are made to chew and smile. They are not made for opening bottles, or packets. These habits can increase the risk of breaking or cracking teeth. Love your teeth by only using them for their intended purpose.
For more information and tips on caring for your teeth and mouth, check out the Australian Dental Association’s website Teeth.org.au. This website is a one-stop-shop for Aussies to find up-to-date and easy-to-understand information on oral health.
LOOKING FOR A NEW SPORTING ACTIVITY TO TRY?
Visit the Regional Sport Coordinator website to find out about the latest school and junior opportunities to participate in sport and physical activity.
The website features opportunities in the following categories:
- Opportunities available in school hours
- Opportunities available after school or on weekends
- Grants for schools, teams or individual students
- Professional learning for students, school staff and parents/carers
- A calendar of activities being held across the state
We promote sport and physical activity opportunities for students of all ages and abilities.
Visit our website to learn more – https://sport.education.tas.gov.au
Subscribe to our fortnightly newsletter to get the latest opportunities direct to your inbox - http://bit.ly/RSCnewsletter