Spring has arrived and with one week of school to go you can certainly feel the change in the sun’s intensity. This is a timely reminder that school hats (broad brimmed) are compulsory for outside play in Term 4. So dive in to the cupboards and dig out those school hats, or if you can’t locate them, come into the school office for a new one.
Last newsletter I talked about our school’s journey in utilising the Science of Reading. Further media releases and departmental initiatives currently being rolled out further strengthen our commitment to our current approach. When you read or hear about the development and teaching of Oral Language, Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Vocabulary, Fluency and Comprehension you will be able to proudly say that “at South George Town Primary, where my kids go, they do all of those things already!” We have specific targets in our school improvement plan on improving our students fluency, vocabulary and comprehension and detailed steps of how to improve our teaching practice to achieve these goals. Our decodable readers and Tier 2 and 3 supports are targeted ways in which we support the development of our student’s phonological development among the specific structured synthetic phonics programs and explicit teaching that occurs in our Prep to grade 2 classes.
We wish our Country Gold participants the best of luck for next week's carnival. We know they will represent the school, association, their families and themselves with great pride and skill. South is the base for all representative training and it has been fantastic to see the commitment and dedication of all the participants as they ready themselves for competition.
A big thank you to the School Association for their work in raising money for our school sporting uniforms. Our school has a proud history of participation and achievement on the sporting field and it will be fantastic for us to “look the part” once more when we take to the field.
As this is the last newsletter of term, I would like to wish you all a fantastic and safe break, and look forward to seeing everyone back refreshed for Term 4.
|Thursday 28 September
|Country Gold Carnival
|Thursday 28 September
|Sport Colours Day (gold coin donation please)
|Tursday 28 September
|Assembly (5-6 White/Daire & 1-2 Edwards Sharing)
|Friday 29 September
|Last Day of Term 3
|Monday 16 October
|First Day of Term 4
|Thursday 19 October
|Assembly (3-4 Garwood & 1-2 Scilini sharing)
|Thursday 2 November
|Whole School Colour Fun Run
|Friday 3 November
|Professional Learning Day (Student Free Day)
|Monday 6 November
|Public Holiday - Recreation Day
|Thursday 23 November
|Assembly (3-4 Clancy & Prep Quinn sharing)
|Friday 8 December
|Christmas Parade & Carnival
|Thursday 14 December
|Friday 15 December
|Grade 5/6 Reward afternoon @ Pool
|Tuesday 19 December
|Whole School Picnic @ Pool
|Thursday 21 December
|Students' Last Day of School
As part of the Australian Curriculum, 5/6 students learn about migration to Australia.
To assist with our learning, Grade 5/6 White-Daire ‘Teamed up’ with Mowbray Heights Primary School. We met seven students with migrant backgrounds. The students were from Nepal x 2 (Born in Nepal but have a Bhutanese background), Myanmar, India (x2), Nigeria, and Zimbabwe (but had moved to South Africa before coming to Australia).
The class had prepared questions, which we sent through to Mowbray.
5/6 White-Daire class members were able to ask their questions and listen to some very interesting responses. We learnt that three students had come to Australia due to push factors (their country wasn’t safe). The other students’ families had moved due to pull factors (better opportunities). All students had arrived by plane and had the correct visas. Some of the students arrived in Australia speaking English, whilst others said they had to learn English and it was hard. For those who could remember, they felt very nervous when arriving in Australia for the first time.
When asked about the positives of living in Tasmania, replies included the opportunities you have, being able to drink water out of a tap, having new friendships and the weather. Some negatives included the cold weather, and two students really dislike Australian food. Vegemite was mentioned as too salty, while most students had discovered and really enjoyed fairy bread.
Popular sports were volleyball and soccer. The Mowbray students all had dreams and goals for the future which included careers; scientist, actress, beauty therapist, professional soccer player and lawyer.
The class teacher, Mrs King emailed to let us know that our class ‘was beautiful, organised, and respectful.’
One Mowbray student also gave some words of advice: ‘If you ever travel to another country just ‘be brave, enjoy it and you will do well.’
As part of our STEAM Unit involving light, students in 5/6 Timms have been working in groups to write, design and produce a short, 3-5 minute shadow puppet play based on a traditional fairy tale, their own puppet show or a traditional nursery rhyme or fable. They have had to decide on characters, script and how they want their characters to interact with the screen.
In Science, 1/2 classes have been learning about ‘What can we observe in the night sky’? On Wednesday 13th September the 1/2 classes visited the Planetarium to further extend their background knowledge of this topic.
|Her amazing writing and matching illustrations. Awesome work Evie!
|Her great counting-on skills in maths this week. Well done Alice!
|Helping his class every morning by organising our equipment ready for phonics practise. Thank you Sonny!
|Always trying to help those around her. Thank you for your kindness Abatha!
|Transitioning into school happily!
|Impressive improvements in classroom learning and playground friendships. Well done!
|Being resilient across all areas of school. Your positive attitude is impressive
|His resilience, kindness and great sense of humour
|His consistent attendance. It's great to see you at school everyday!
|Applying her knowledge of digraphs to spell words correctly in her writing
|Always being a hard working student that does their best in all learning tasks
|Working hard and doing his best in maths and supporting and encouraging his classmates
|Working hard to improve his writing in all areas. Well done!
|Working hard to solve mathematical problems using a range of different strategies. Well done!
|Being a friendly, helpful and polite member of our class
|All her hard work with fractions
|Being a friendly, helpful and polite member of the class
|Her positive and focussed approach with all classroom learning
|Her kindness towards others and also her positive approach towards all classroom learning
|His inclusiveness of others during daily PE
|Asking more questions during her work in maths