- Principal's Report
- Planet Protectors
- Year 5/6 Pizza
- Year 1/2 Visit to EMPC
- Book Week
- Huon Valley STEM Expo
- Festival of Bright Ideas
- Science Week Assembly
- A Special Cooking Class
- Fire Safety
- Fathers Day Stall and Raffle
- Touch Football
- Our Local Police Station
- Scout Group Open Day
- Student Wellbeing Survey
- Saver Plus
Hello again everyone. This is my final week in the Captain’s chair as we expect Tom to return to the ship next week, fully refreshed and eager to chart a course for the rest of the year.
It has been a steep learning curve for me taking on the role of Acting Principal and one which has been made easier by the cohesive and professional team we have here at Dover. Kerry, Cookie and Emma have been a great support as part of the leadership team and the remainder of staff have been supportive, understanding and flexible over the past weeks. Our students have also been accepting and responsible over this time and I thank them all.
This week is Science Week and it has been wonderful to see the excitement students have displayed towards the many and varied programs they have been exploring. Years 3,4,5 and 6 visited the Festival of Bright Ideas and have come home full of them! The Year 5/6’s hosted some activities at the Huon Valley STEM Expo along with the Year 7/8s. Their experiments and mouse trap cars have been popping up in all sorts of places around the school and we look forward to seeing the presentation at this week’s Science focussed assembly.
With Science in mind, it has also been wonderful to see some of the imaginative creations being made at our after school program on Thursdays – jugglers and cardboard knights of all descriptions have been wandering the playgrounds!
Planning for the Year 11/12 campus is progressing and consultants visited the potential sites last week to begin the planning and design work. We are eagerly awaiting to see who the successful tender will be, and what they will present.
Book week is almost upon us! Have you thought about who your superhero is? I have, and for me, my superhero is my Dad. He has always encouraged me to do my best and to be the best person I can be. Superheros have many varied superpowers and I am sure we do not have to dig too far to discover some of our own. Every day at school I see our student superpowers in action when students try their best, persevere at a difficult task or include someone who is feeling on the outer. Just because something is difficult does not mean we can avoid it, or look the other way. Just because someone is different, or does not learn in the same way as we do, does not mean we can discount them or move them aside. Some of the students we see every day have amazing superpowers… and we only need to stop and listen to understand their value.
So, although I may not be wearing my undies on the outside at our Book Week Parade next week, I agree with Richard Branson, Keira Knightly and Orlando Bloom in the following video clip and raise my hat to those who think differently, learn individually, express themselves passionately and succeed despite the odds.
Firefighter Barry is also with us this week for Fire Education in the Primary years. Always a highlight, Barry will give this timely information to our students as the weather begins to chill and the snow creeps lower. Parents, please speak to your children about fire safety as we edge closer to the wood heaters and try to dry washing while it pours with rain outside.
Our Year 9/10 students are being challenged in a different way with a workshop presentation by Stay ChatTY this week which will cover aspects of mental health, wellbeing and suicide prevention. We will have additional support staff available at school if students or families require extra support or information around this. Next week the 9/10s will be out at another presentation, this time for Driver Education and Awareness. Messages from both these presentations will definitely be about responsibility and self-respect, mature actions and behaviours and taking care of family and friends.
In the coming weeks we have two surveys being delivered by the Department. The Student Wellbeing Survey and the School Satisfaction Survey both seek information on how students, staff, families and the community feel about their educational facilities and educators. We encourage you to participate in these surveys as it helps us plan for better outcomes as a school.
In addition to these surveys, if there is something you are unsure about at school, or something you would like to question, please feel free to come and see us. It has been very pleasing to see some parents take up the offer of parent-teacher interviews over the past weeks. Similarly, if there is something you are really happy with or that we are doing well - please let us know!
In signing off, I wish to thank everyone for their help and support whilst I have been Pretend Principal.
Welcome back Mr E. We have all missed you!
The students then added flower themed messages to their drawings and presented them to their partners to keep.
Don't forget our “Super Hero” themed Book Week Assembly on Tuesday August 20 at 9.30am. Students are welcome to come dressed as their favourite hero or book character. We would also like to invite LIL families to come along for this special assembly.
The Stem Expo held at Huonville Primary School was a great event. Our students did us proud yet again and other schools were in awe with the mouse trap vehicles and electric circuits that our students presented.
Year 3/4's and 5/6's visited the Festival of Bright Ideas at Princes Wharf 1 in Hobart. There were a lot of activities...and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the day!
Marty McBubble, and the very popular Space Cowboy with James and Zac.
Our Science Week assembly was held on Thursday 15th August. The Year 1/2's presented the Life Cycle of a Butterfly, Year 3/4's told us about their excursion to the Festival of Bright Ideas, Year 5/6 discussed the properties of Oobleck with audience participation, Year 7/8's hosted the assembly and demonstrated their Mouse Trap Vehicles and Ms Sue presented the Planet Protectors with a special Principal's Award. Congratulations to the Wall of Achievement recipients, and to those students who received a Science Week Certificate.
It was a very quiet day last Friday with Years 3,4,5,and 6 away at The Festival of Bright Ideas and Year 9/10's at Creating My Career.
So quiet in fact, that it was the perfect opportunity for our Year 7/8's to surprise the Prep Class by inviting them to cook scones. Looks like they all had a lovely time!
Barry and Todd from the Tasmania Fire Service (TFS) are visiting our school this week to present a Home Fire Safety Program to our Prep to Grade 6 students.
Kindergarten students, whilst not receiving a structured lesson, can expect a visit from the firefighter who will leave some free fun activities for the students to complete.
The age appropriate program is designed to raise fire awareness in children and includes fun in class activities, videos, activity books, giveaways and a new kid’s website tfskids.com.au.
Parents and other family members are also encouraged to participate by reading the information and assisting your child with the after school activities.
The TFS aims to deliver appropriate fire safety education to every primary school child in Tasmania and is part of the TFS’s ongoing commitment to create a fire safe Tasmania. Key Fire Safety Messages include,
- Wake up - Install a smoke alarm in every bedroom
- Plan and practice a home fire escape plan with the whole family
- In a fire crawl low and go, go, go to the nearest exit
- In an emergency call triple zero
- Keep flammable material at least two metres from the heater
- If your clothes catch fire, stop, drop, rock and roll
- Keep matches and lighters away from children
- Cooking - Turn it off before you turn away
- Cool a burn under cold water for at least 20 minutes
- Most house fires can be avoided. Make your home fire safe
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TFS receives regular requests from preschools and child care centres asking for firefighters to visit and teach children about home fire safety.
TFS does not deliver structured fire safety programs to children below primary school age. This decision was made based on research carried out by the Mental Health Services of the Royal Children’s Hospital and the Metropolitan Fire Brigade in Melbourne. This research indicated that:
- Children under the age of five had low retention of the information they had learned; and
- In some children, the information had actually stimulated their curiosity about fire and they had begun to play with fire.
TFS believes that parents and caregivers are the best people to make sure that very young children are safe from fire. To help with this, TFS has a fire safety website for parents, carers and teachers.
TFS has also developed free giveaways for young children that introduce them to the friendly firefighter characters that they will meet when they receive the School Fire Education Program including a colouring book, a money box shaped like a fire truck, and stickers with home fire safety messages for the whole family. Click here for free giveaways for your preschool or child care centre.
The Parents and Friends will be holding a Father's Day Stall for students on Tuesday 27th August. Gifts priced from $1-$10 will be available. There is also a Father's Day Raffle with fabulous prizes -
1st – Adult x 2 pass for Pennicott Wilderness Adventure
2nd – Fathers Day Hamper – Touchwood Farm
3rd – Rice Cooker (filled with Chocolates)
Tickets are on sale Monday 19th and 26th and Thursday 22nd and 29th at Southgate Shopping Centre.
Tuesday was the last day of the Touch Football sessions for this year. The students have enjoyed learning new skills and it seems a certain teacher could not resist the lure of competitive sport. Good on you Ms Stocker!
Attention: Parents and Carers of students in Years 4-10
Student Wellbeing Survey
The wellbeing of our students is important to us.
To get an understanding of how students across Tasmania feel about their own wellbeing, students in Years 4-10 at Dover District School will be taking part in a wellbeing survey.
The Student Wellbeing Survey is part of the Department of Education’s Child and Student Wellbeing Strategy.
The details for the survey are:
When: August 19 – September 13
Who: Years 4-10
What do I need to do: You and your child don’t need to do anything. The survey will be done in class time and will not require your child to prepare in any way.
A letter with more information has been sent home with all Year 4-10 students, including Frequently Asked Questions and a form to sign and return to the school if you do not want your child to participate in the survey.
If you would like further information, please contact the school office on 62 981 312.
Thank you for supporting us to ensure that all our learners are safe, feel supported and are able to flourish, so they can engage in learning.