- Principal's Report
- Primary AST Report by Ms Sue
- Huon and Channel Primary Schools Cross Country
- 3/4 MDT
- 3/4 Maths
- LiL At The Palais Theatre, Franklin
- Year 9/10 - Singin' In The Rain
- Huon FM
- Term Dates
- Visit To The Huon Valley Trade Training Centre
- Pyjama Day & Sausage Sizzle Fundraiser
- Scholastic Book Club
- Tasmanian Premier's Reading Challenge
- Duke of Edinburgh Awards
- June 21 - Outdoor Ed Winter Solstice Swim
- Grade 10 Taste of College Day
- Last Day of Term 2
- NAIDOC Week
Only a few years ago, I had serious concerns about our future as a secondary school. I’m not saying there was danger of closure, but our secondary numbers were low and getting lower, and I was concerned that we could reach a point where it would not be in the best interest of the students to attempt to deliver a secondary education with reduced resources.
The school community have worked hard to turn those numbers around over the past few years, and through genuine improvements to the way we run the school we have been able to significantly raise our student numbers and positive outcomes.
Recently, recognition of that growth and improvement was made public with the announcement that a $1.1 million facility would be constructed on our site to house our Year 11 and 12 extension unit. This significant and welcome investment in our community will pay dividends for many years to come. The children in our area deserve nothing less than the best opportunities and this project is a huge leap forward.
We will commence the design phase soon, and we intend to inform and consult with our school community at every turn. This belongs to our students, and it belongs to you.
Thank you to the many people who have worked so hard to make this happen. We’re not there yet, but the best trips are about the journey, not the destination.
I have been out of the school a bit lately, attending professional learning sessions and meetings with colleagues in the various roles I cover – AST, Support Teacher, LiFT Coordinator and as a mentor to Jill in our Launching into Learning Program.
It is always interesting to be somewhere other than my office, but I do miss being around the students and catching up with what they are learning in class each week.
Last week I missed out on my regular writer’s notebook with the Year 1/2 class. I love being with this bunch of inquisitive learners as they explore unidentified objects and use language and writing to manipulate their knowledge, interpret their thoughts and pose questions through the “I know, I think, I wonder” process. When a student has time to observe carefully, discuss rationally and problem solve cooperatively some imaginative solutions are often discovered.
I also missed out on my regular time with the Kinder/Prep class and our numeracy exploration through story-reading and play. For those of you who know me, getting back into the Kinder room is like a homecoming for me!
One of the exciting places I was fortunate to visit last week was the Huon Valley Combined LiL Big Day Out at the Palais Theatre in Franklin. This community event has returned to the valley as a response to the bushfires earlier this year; to bring families together and celebrate learning and playing together in our Launching into Learning sessions across the Huon. Years ago we were part of this initiative when it was focussed on an indigenous perspective of coming together - ‘mabblye’.
If you have any ideas or would like to contribute to our NAIDOC celebrations there are a few things you can do to help us…
- Collect shells, wash and dry them
- Collect small, smooth stones or river pebbles (about the size of your palm), wash and dry them
- Collect gumnuts or seed pods, wash and dry them
And then bring them to school for us to make beautiful things with them.
You can always come along and join in the assembly, BBQ and activities as well!
HUON & CHANNEL CROSS-COUNTRY
On Friday 31st May the Huon & Channel Cross-Country was finally held after a week of wet and blustery conditions. We sent up a large contingent including several year two runners who showed great potential at our school event. Fitness levels had been kept high with Ollie T and Ryan J giving the team a couple of training sessions in the intervening weeks.
Top 10 results included Nate Bellamy who managed 10th in the year 3 race (despite being only in year 2), Zac Kluga 5th, Harry Thomson 4th, and Charlie Skinner 3rd.
It was a good effort by all participants and many thanks to parent supporters, especially Kirsty who stayed all day. Thanks also go to our team managers Tracey Stocker and Ange Munnings.
On Friday 24 May, we were invited to participate in the first Huon Valley Combined Launching Into Learning Playgroup, held at the Palais Theatre in Franklin. All schools were asked to paint a section of a calico banner to be displayed on the day, which our LiL group completed at our Out & About session at Kent Beach a few weeks prior. The event in Franklin was a fantastic opportunity to work alongside other schools in the area and provide some exciting activities for the children to engage in. Our activities included playing with natural materials (such as leaves, sticks, flower petals, shells) in playdough and painting leaf prints. I'm sure everyone who came had a fantastic time and thanks to the Dover families who made the trip up.
The Year 9/10's attended the Hobart College musical "Singin' in the Rain" on Wednesday 29th May. They were all very impressed with the performance put on by the college students.
"It was a great play! It felt like watching a live movie." - Liam
The musical was incredible. For people to remember 2 hours of lines, dancing and lyrics astounds me. It was amazing! - Jym
It was really good, with great acting and a good story. It is easily the best play I have seen! - Ben
The Year 10 students would like to thank everyone involved in the organisation of the Pyjama Day and sausage sizzle fundraiser on Wednesday 5th June. Special thanks must go to the Parents & Friends for supplying the sausages and bread, Emma and Mel for all their help, and to all the students and staff who purchased a sausage and dressed in their pyjamas.
The final figure raised - $346.00!
Students from Prep to Year 6 are participating in the Tasmanian Premier’s Reading Challenge. Our 5 week winners are Emma Brown and Campbell Stubbs who will receive a Hawthorn Footy Pack (including a family game pass, poster, stickers etc.) and a book each. Congratulations, and keep on reading everyone!
Please remember that newsletters are no longer printed out and sent home. They are now produced using Schoolzine, and distributed electronically. A link is provided on the school's facebook page each time a newsletter is published but we would like to encourage our parents and carers to download the schoolzine app.
The app allows for notifications (such as newsletters, information updates, or reminders about excursions or special events) to be sent out quickly and easily. Parents and carers can also use the app to notify the school of absences, request information or make appointments. At present a small percentage of our school community are using SZapp, and the feedback has been very positive. It makes communication very easy and avoids the problem of printed notices not making it home. The electronic newsletter is fantastic, particularly the photo albums that provide unlimited pictures to scroll through at full size.
If you are having any trouble installing SZapp feel free to come into the office for some assistance. For any parents or carers who do not wish to use facebook or apps, please let us know so that we can provide an alternative.
Duke of Edinburgh
Dover District School is a proud Award Unit for the Duke of Edinburgh awards. The Award is available to all young people aged 14 to 24. It is voluntary, non-competitive, enjoyable and balanced, and requires a sustained effort over time.
The Award encourages young people to design their own programme of activities, set their own goals and challenge themselves to achieve their aims.
There are three levels to the Award:
Bronze For those over 14 years (6 months min. participation)
Silver For those over 15 years (12 months min. participation)
Gold For those over 16 years (18 months min. participation)
Dover DS is offering our students the opportunity to register as a Bronze Award participant and are excited to announce that our submission for a grant to support participants’ registration has been successful. Thank you to Bendigo Bank for their support for our participants.
Dover DS now has two participants enrolled for the Bronze award: Makayla Norris and Jym Nagashima.
We look forward to working with Makayla and Jym as they embark on their Award journey.
21 Jun 2019
12:50 PM to 3:00 PM
The Friday Options Outdoor Ed group will be walking down to Kent Beach for a winter solstice swim.