- Principals Report
- Book Week Assembly
- Super Hero Umbrella
- Windeward Bound Voyage
- Rotary Youth Driver Awareness
- Year 5/6 STEM
- Young Dark Emu
- MDT Projects
- Father's Day Raffle
- Southport Community Centre
- Hobart Hurricanes Cricket Clinic
- Year 7/8 Theatre Royal - Much Ado About Nothing
- Revolting Rhymes
- Windeward Bound Voyage
- Dover Flower Show
- Kinder-Prep Excursion Glen Huon Dairy
Mr E is back in the saddle! Huge thanks must go to Ms Sue and all staff for keeping everything on track during my recent absence. I must also say thank you to all the lovely students and parents who greeted me so warmly on my return.
My first week back was a big one and unfortunately culminated with a car accident on our school site late Friday afternoon. Sadly, the driver of the vehicle passed away, and our thoughts are with his family. We were fortunate that none of our students were on the oval at the time and we acted quickly to ensure that children were protected from witnessing the scene.
My immediate thoughts on seeing the site and learning that the gentleman was deceased were around the identity of the victim; a grandparent of some of our students was a possibility or someone that they knew well. Thankfully, that turned out not to be the case.
I had a conversation with a volunteer from the local fire service after the event, and he mentioned that when they attend these occurrences they must be prepared to be dealing with someone they know, which makes sense but had not previously occurred to me. In a small community such as Dover an accident like the one last Friday can have a profound effect on a wide range of people. It made me think, as I did earlier in the year when the bushfires were in full swing, about the pros and cons of living in a small community.
Part of my decision to move into the valley was based around a desire to be part of a community, to belong somewhere. I consider that to be a true member of a community you must make a positive contribution. Consequently, I have worked to provide better opportunities toward the wellbeing and education of my community’s children, and I do feel like I belong here. I know the neighbours up and down my road by name, which is more than I can say when I was living in suburban Adelaide.
When tragedy strikes in a small community, the outward ripples can have a huge negative impact but can also bring out the best aspects of people as we rally and support each other. During the fires, when there was a real possibility of widespread destruction, I realised that a community is much more than a collection of buildings and locations. Community means people more than anything else. And the same is true of a school community; it’s people, not buildings.
When I returned from leave last week to such a warm welcome, I was reminded again that the positive aspects of living and working in a true community far outweigh the occasional challenges that come along.
Five of our senior students are participating in the upcoming Windeward Bound 3-Day Career Exploration Voyage where they will learn the skills required to sail a square-rigged tall ship. They will keep watch and take the helm, help in the galley, learn to navigate using the ship’s charts and climb the 24-metre mast to set and furl the sails. They will learn how to work in a team and learn that teamwork and communication can overcome all obstacles.
Bon voyage girls!
Last Friday the Year 9/10's visited the PCYC at Huonville to participate in RYDA, a community road safety initiative delivering practical road safety information targeting young drivers and passengers.
The program focuses on attitude and awareness with the aim of making the students better people on the road. Presenters include Road Safety experts, driving instructors, police, recovering survivors of road crashes and drug and alcohol educators.
Many students were surprised to discover how big a truck's blind spot is, something that is particularly relevant on our roads, and the demonstration of the dummy being struck by a car brought home the reality of pedestrian safety.
Andrew Hogarth has kindly donated a copy of Young Dark Emu - A Truer History to the school. This incredible book is the story of what Aboriginal people were really doing when Europeans first arrived on the continent. It is designed to bring a different idea and a greater truth about the nature of Australia to young people. Many would argue that it should be compulsory reading for all Australians.
Thank you Andrew for your generosity, and for sharing your knowledge.
If anyone would like to listen to the author Bruce Pascoe speaking at a TEDx event in Sydney copy the link below.
Ashley has completed a fabulous owl clock, and Ollie has turned a beautiful wooden bowl. It's great to see these projects being completed and the sense of pride that comes along with that. Well done!
30 Aug 2019
1:30 PM to 3:00 PM