- Principal's Report
- Congratulations to our Wall of Achievement Recipients
- NAIDOC Assembly, BBQ & Activities
- Year 5/6 EMPC Visit
- Term 2 Art
- Friday Options
- Sports Roundup Term 2
- Hobart College Information
- Bonnie - Support Dog For A Day
- Huon FM
- National Tree Day
- School Wide Positive Behaviour Team
- Stay Smart Online
- Maritime Museum Tasmania
- AFL Rising Star Camp
- Ticket to Play
- Huon Valley Council School Holiday Program
I’d like you to imagine yourself assembling a jigsaw, a giant jigsaw where each piece is as big as you are and the area it will take up when complete is that of a football field. For this exercise, it doesn’t matter what the final picture will reveal so feel free to supply your own. But imagine now the challenge of seeing that picture as you lay down one piece at a time in an area that big. You can only see the blocks around you with their small part of the final product in evidence and hope that it’s all coming together.
To get a true reading on your progress, you will need to move away and look at everything as a whole and by doing so get an idea of where you’ve got it right, any mistakes you may have made, and where the gaps still lie. Having done this, you now have what you need to prioritise your next steps. No-one will be surprised that I am now going to relate this heavy-handed analogy to the progress of our school.
But while my analogy may not be poetic, it is fair; we so often make the mistake of letting the challenges of manipulating the blocks get in the way of seeing the progress we’ve made. It can become overwhelming if all you see from ground level are the pieces and the gaps because it looks like you’re getting nowhere. Only by getting above it making yourself see the picture that is emerging can you recognise and celebrate.
I must admit to not being very good at it myself, but it is something that I must be reminded to do from time to time. And I hope it’s something that our school community can do too.
Have a good break all, and let’s continue to work together to make this school all it can be and everything our children deserve.
Tom Eastland (Mr E.)
Orewa Wood - for showing an amazing commitment to improving her spelling. Her dedication has resulted in exceptional progress and she is now spelling accurately at a level far beyond her age level.
Madalyn Cowen - for demonstrating perseverance and determination to achieve improved results across all curriculum areas. She deserves her success and is a wonderful role model for other students in the class.
Melanie Worker - for showing a significant improvement in attendance and attitude towards Mathematics. Melanie has worked hard on using mental strategies to calculate a diverse range of numerical problems. Congratulations and keep up the excellent work!
The Year 5/6 class enjoyed their recent visit to the EMPC. The lovely residents were treated to a variety of songs and activities. Highlights were learning how to play “cups”, as well as working together to colour in, spot the difference and solve mazes. It was beautiful witnessing students and residents deep in conversation and having a laugh together.
Senior students in the Wednesday cooking option have prepared a variety of dishes including the delicious soups for last weeks Free Soup Lunch.
The Cupboard Challenge is always great fun and congratulations go to Ash, Cameron and Ryan who were declared the winners for their tasty sausage rolls.
The MDT room is a very special and exciting space to be in, especially for the younger children, and they love being a part of it.
Bird boxes have been completed and installed by the Year 3/4's and they are now constructing clever homes for insects.
The Year 5/6's continue to develop their woodworking skills making noughts and crosses games and other individual projects.
Senior students doing MDT as their Wednesday option are enjoying the challenge of designing and constructing their project of choice.
Students in Years 5-10 are able to choose a Friday Option at the start of each term. Activities available in Term 2 were Photography, Outdoor Ed, Strategic Games, Writer's Workshop, Art and Digital Technology.
The Photography students accompanied the Outdoor Ed group on their walk to Kent Beach for a Winter Solstice Swim and took these great photos.
The Outdoor Ed group have also had fun with campfires and exploring the local area.
In Term 2 our LiL families had fun playing and learning together during the LiL Learners sessions, cooked some yummy food on Monday afternoons, and enjoyed the great outdoors in our "out and about" sessions. We now have 19 children who regularly attend and we have started planning some exciting activities for Term 3. Thanks to everyone for a great year so far.
While we cannot all aspire to the lofty sporting heights of the “very stable genius” pictured above, participation in any form of sport or physical activity brings great rewards. The focus here at Dover is encouraging active participation.
Earlier in the term we had our school cross-country. While the weather was disappointingly dry and mild, with a complete absence of sleet or even driving rain, our new format worked well. The same course was completed by all students, with the students themselves deciding how many laps they wanted to complete. This saw some students (even from Kinder) managing three laps of the course.
Following this was the Huon and Channel Cross-Country where the weather had finally turned for the worse (or better, for cross-country). Several of our Year 2 students took up the challenge and competed at Huonville in the Year 3 event. Top ten results were - Harry Thomson (4th), Zac Kluga (5th), Charlie Skinner (8th), and Nate Bellamy (10th as Year 2 competing in Year 3 event).
Closer to home the focus has been on developing teamwork skills and ensuring active participation. Student input has helped improve the way teams work on the court for soccer and hockey. At the suggestion of Cam Munnings we have started to play games in two teams (as usual) but have only four players per team on-court at any time. All players take turns on the bench. In this way, the dominant players also have their time off-field and give others the opportunity to shine. There is much more passing of the ball and players learn to find their favoured role in the team.
Harry Whittenbury described his enthusiastic approach to soccer defence thus – “I just get in their way as much as I can and get the ball as much as possible.” It certainly works well for him.
Our touch footy sessions are giving students from Years 5 to 10 the opportunity to play another game where teamwork and agility are more significant than brute force. This again provides a possibility for less physically dominating students to perform well in sport. Keeping fit and having fun is what it is all about.
Taste of College Day at Hobart College
On Thursday 20 June, Year 10 students had the opportunity to spend the day at Hobart College for Taste of College Day. This is part of the transition program that all students undertake as they explore their options for Years 11 and 12.
Year 10 students should have received the Hobart College Student Information Booklet 2020. If your child did not receive one, please call the Dover School office on 62 981 312. It is also available on the college website
If you would like information about specific subjects and courses your young person may be interested in studying, please access the Department of Education’s website and the Years 11 and 12 Course Information Handbook Student Guide 2020 at
If you have general questions about the college or specific questions about the courses on offer in 2020 please do not hesitate to contact Kim White or Neesha-Marie at Hobart College.
She was also very happy to make lots of new friends in her role as our "Support Dog" for the day and discovered a new talent as Scarlett's model for 'life drawing'.
Thank you to the staff and students for making her feel welcome, and for not leaving their sandwiches around for her to steal...
School-Wide Positive Behaviour Team
“If a child doesn’t know how to read, we teach.”
“If a child doesn’t know how to swim, we teach.”
“If a child doesn’t know how to multiply, we teach.”
“If a child doesn’t know how to drive, we teach.”
“If a child doesn’t know how to behave,
we……....berate? .………punish?” .………teach?”
Why can’t we finish the last sentence as automatically as we do the others?
Early next term, we will commence work on developing a School-Wide Positive Behaviour System (SWPBS) that is custom-built for our context, and we are asking for help from you, our school community.
If your school days were like mine, you might remember your school as having a list of rules as long as your arm that often seemed arbitrary and unfair. If you broke a rule, you were in trouble. Sometimes there was yelling, and for people of my age, there was sometimes corporal punishment.
At Dover District School, we are much more interested in education and reason over punishment. For that reason we are working to develop an SWPBS from which:
- Expected behaviours are taught directly and explicitly
- Data on problem behaviour patterns are collected and summarised with an ongoing system
- A small number of positively and clearly stated student expectations or rules are defined.
We are seeking interested parents or community members to develop this system alongside our teachers, staff, and students. If you would like to be involved, please contact the office.
Below is an example of how a SWPBS might look with regard to explicit teaching of what is expected during the recess break.
With the average Australian household owning 17 internet-connected devices, it's important for every family to have a cyber hero in their household. Whether it's setting strong passwords, or assessing what smart devices need to be connected to the internet at all, there are simple steps you can take to minimise the risk of hackers and keep your family safe online.
Stay Smart Online, as part of the Australian Cyber Security Centre, has developed a handy FAQ sheet on the top 10 questions Australian parents have about online security, and a guide to pop on the fridge at home as easy references year round.
Head to www.staysmartonline.gov.au/parents to download these resources.
The Ticket To Play initiative provides students whose parents/guardians/carers have a Centrelink Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card with a voucher of up to $100 to pay for registration/membership of an approved activity provider/sports club.
Students intending to play spring/summer sport may wish to take advantage of this opportunity. For all the details refer to