- Student Report
- Year 3 Beach Visit
- Theatre Royal - Much Ado About Nothing
- Year 3/4's Visit EMPC
- Theatre Royal - Revolting Rhymes and Dirty Beasts
- Dover Floral Art Show
- Southern Storm U14's Win Grand Final
- Father's Day Raffle Winners
- An Afternoon At The Ballet
- Strike 4 Climate
- AFL Gala Day
- Mobile Dental Unit
- Southern Tigers Junior Cricket Registration Day
- Poetry Competition
We are doing things a little differently in this issue of the newsletter. Makayla and four of her school friends recently participated in a 3 day Career Exploration Voyage on the Windeward Bound. Makayla was kind enough to write the following report, and we thought it deserved "front page".
Windeward Bound Report by Makayla (Year 9)
On Wednesday the 4th of September, five girls from years 8, 9 and 10 went on an amazing trip on the Windeward Bound. Once we were on the ship we were given a tour around. We were shown to our cabins, then we unpacked. We were asked to meet on the aft deck where each watch was given their responsibilities.
While on the Windeward Bound, we were taught how to tie knots such as the figure eight knot, cow hitch, over hand knot, stopper knot and the clove hitch. Then we learnt how to set the Halyard, Downhaul and Topsail. It was pretty easy, and we were also taught how to coil the ropes up properly. Each night when the captain and crew went to have dinner and sleep, the youth and watch leaders were put in charge. Each night was divided into three watches: the 20:00 – 24:00 watch, the 24:00 – 04:00 watch and the 04:00 – 08:00 watch.
It certainly wasn’t the best having to get up at 04:00 in the morning! Our cabins were really small and squishy, but what more could you expect. The toilets on the ship were called the ‘heads’. Once you finished your business, you had to hold the flush button for 30 seconds because the pipes were so small. Every one of us have gone home and held the flush button in and started counting to 30. On the first night, we set anchor in Little Oyster Cove. The next day we participated in rowing, and climbing the mast. Most of us were really scared, our legs were so shaky.
Watches included bilge checks, anchor checks, wind direction and speed, depth, radar monitoring and cloud checks. It was really important that we were accurate in case something went wrong. The most important job was watching ahead for the captain because they can’t see in front of the ship. We had to tell him if there was anything in front of us so he didn’t crash into it. If there was, we’d have to say if it was on the Port or Starboard side and which direction, for example: Port, 0.9.0. Then tell him what it was. I really enjoyed meeting new people. Here’s what the other girls thought:
Scarlett: “I enjoyed learning how to tie all the different knots”.
Jym: “It was an experience I’ll never forget, I enjoyed the rope races at the end”.
Jou: “I liked learning the different knots”.
Shantae: “I liked the food”.
Makayla: “I thought it would be really bad, but to my surprise, it was really good! I’d recommend going if you ever get the chance”.
On Friday 30th of August the year 7/8 students went to the Theatre Royal in Hobart to watch the play ‘Much ado about nothing ‘by William Shakespeare as part of their English studies on the language of Shakespeare and how it has shaped the English language today.
All students and staff thoroughly enjoyed themselves and it was noted that the students in particular were really engaged in the story and all were able to follow the plot and dialogue. Many of the students had never been to the theatre before so it was a new experience for them with many positive comments emanating from them. A most enjoyable worthwhile learning experience that many will treasure for years to come.
In their studies of Shakespeare the 7/8 have been creating the Verona Chronicle a front page newspaper based upon the play Romeo and Juliet. They were invited to produce an interesting and satirical view of life in Verona at the time of the play (1595) with some exciting and entertaining results.
Last week the Year 3/4's visited their friends at the Esperance Multipurpose Centre. They sang songs, and Archie played the harmonica. The students had been giving some thought to something practical that they could make for the residents, and decided that cards would be useful (saving a trip to the shops). The hand-made cards brought many smiles, as did the the games of Snakes and Ladders.
Years 4-6 visited the theatre Royal in Hobart to see Roald Dahl’s “Revolting Rhymes and Dirty Beasts” performance. It was a hilarious show with twists and turns, lots of action and seriously silly performances from the talented cast. Students also enjoyed visiting a local park for lunch, where members of the public made a point of approaching teachers to comment on the children’s beautiful manners and behaviour.
Primary school students participated in a cricket clinic run by Cricket Tasmania with help from some Hobart Hurricanes BBL and WBBL players. The afternoon consisted of:
- A short activity session working on some key fundamental cricket skills
- A Q&A session with the players.
- The opportunity to get autographs from the players attending.
Everyone had a great time, including our visitors who complimented the children on their lovely manners. Thank you to the staff and players for a fun afternoon .
Primary students submitted a selection of artwork to be exhibited at the Dover Flower Show which was held in the Old School House on the weekend.
The two categories in the children’s section were;
- A decorated plate
- An animal carved from a fruit or vegetable.
Students have worked towards the exhibition in their art classes for many weeks. They have experimented with line and colour, working through preliminary sketches enabling them to submit their best and favourite works for the exhibition. The carved animals were creations made with their families at home. Well done to all winners and participants. Your work was outstanding and absolutely amazing!!
Congratulations to Cooper, Ryan and their Southern Storm team mates for winning the Southern Tasmanian Junior Football League's U/14 Grand Final, and to Emma for all the hard work she put in as the team manager.
Mrs Stocker's Friday afternoon music option is always an interesting place to be, but last Friday was of particular note. Many of her students were away, including several of the girls on the Windeward Bound. Those that were there split into their groups - guitar lessons with Andrew Hogarth (thanks Andrew), ukelele with Ange, and three hitherto unknown talented individuals with Mrs Stocker. These three would normally be learning piano but due to the absence of their fellow musical friends...the session took an entirely different turn! Maddi (who has done ballet from the age of 2) bravely took on the task of teaching a couple of her friends the five simplest ballet positions with spectacular results.
Click on the icons to watch Ballerina Ben play the piano, and Maddi instructing her aspiring students.