- School Report by Ms Sue
- Athletics Carnival
- EMPC Visit - Year 5/6
- Vietnam - Dusted Off
- Terror Australis Readers and Writers Festival - Kinder to Year 2
- Terror Australis Readers and Writers Festival - Years 3 to 6
- District High Athletics Carnival
- Huon Aquaculture Net Donation
- TASSO Mobile Phone Survey
- Huon Valley Council Survey
- Sesame Street Circus
- Department of State Growth - Changes to School Bus Services in 2020
- Hobart City Mission's Christmas Assistance Program
Term 4 is halfway done! Time is speeding past us now and we are busy preparing for the end of the 2019 school year. Teachers and students are in the midst of assessments and reporting is just around the corner.
This year, as every other year, has been a very busy one but it has also been one of great progress and expansion. We are getting very excited about our increasing numbers, various teaching and learning opportunities being planned and of course our new Year 11 and 12 subject offerings.
Over the past weeks and months we have senior students out in the community and local industry on work placements and have received much positive feedback on their initiative and capabilities. One of our year 10s, Liam, has received a school based traineeship in construction and we are very proud of his effort and enthusiasm in chasing his dream. Congratulations Liam!
Our Launching into Learning has been a huge success this year and we now have over 25 children attending across three sessions each week. Our Pre Kinder program running on Friday afternoons is indicating a strong enrolment into Kinder for next year.
Congratulations to our Marimba Band for their participation in the Marimba Mania Guinness World Record attempt at Princes Wharf 1. Participating in a world record attempt is a rare opportunity – especially one that smashes a previous record by so much!
We are again displaying examples of our talented artists from all ages and year levels, from our LiL children to Year 10, at the Huon Show. Hopefully many of you will take the time to see these examples of artistic endeavour displayed alongside other Huon Valley Schools. We also have a number of student works entered into the Dover Photography Exhibition currently open at the Dover Old School.
As we move into December I urge everyone to slow down and take stock of all our wonderful achievements over this year, and to take a breath before the real silly season starts. Celebrating our students achievements is an important part of our school culture and we would love to see all our parents, friends and community members come along to our end of year Presentation Evening at 6:00pm on Tuesday December 17th. Our final school assembly will take place on the last day for students, Thursday December 19th, at 2:00pm and we would love to see you all there to join in the fun and “farewell” our Year 10’s – even though they won’t be going too far away in 2020.
We started with the little people, who came armed with teddy bears and left carrying ribbons and smiles. Students from the 9/10 class helped out with the K to 2 events. A highlight was the start of the Kinder sprint which had some students facing north to start, while others were looking to take advantage of a tail wind and head south. Order was soon restored and all runners proceeded in roughly the same direction.
Scoring and inter-house competition began after our morning break. There were seven track and field events in our rotation for this year and Ange Munnings inspired us all with the idea of a ready for work race, which involved wigs, skirts and handbags, and proved to be something of a hit.
Riley kept track of the score and at the end of the day Esperance finished with 1140 points while Adamsons emerged victorious with 1163. Thanks go to all staff for their help, parents for their support, and students for their participation.
The Year 5/6 class thoroughly enjoyed spending time with the residents at the EMPC last week. Residents were delighted with the variety of activities presented to them, including a survey on Dover, singing, dancing and treasure boxes. Did we mention dancing!! Fun was had by all.
The Year 9/10's and Mr E were joined by Mr Knox Napier and Mr Rodney Brown to see a performance by accomplished actor and guitarist Brett Hunt on Thursday 31st October.
In his play, Vietnam: Dusted Off, Brett tells of his mother Connie and his father Frank; who joined the army at 17, trained at Canungra jungle training centre, departed Townsville on the Vung Tau ferry and found himself a forward scout in the jungles of Vietnam. After a mine contact Frank is dusted off to Vung Tau and repatriated home. Frank and Connie are determined to recover and build a loving family and a future; they are, however, confronted with a legacy of physical and emotional pain, the indifference of governments and the contempt of society.
All students commented on how good this performance was because of the personal aspect, different characters, sound effects and music.
Last Thursday, the Kinders, Preps and Year 1/2's had some special visitors. Authors Tanya McQueen and Judi Rhodes read their book ‘Queenie’s Little Book of Comfort’, and the students took part in some interesting follow-up activities.
The book was written with the aim of giving children a self-calming strategy that they can practise throughout their lives to strengthen their overall wellbeing. We were each given a special stone and got to learn a calm breathing exercise.
Together, the students created their very own Eric the Echidna who was a character from the book. They also decorated their stones, did charcoal sketches, and wrote letters to Eric to let him know about anything that worries them.
Finally, each student was gifted their own copy of the book to take home to read and discuss with their families.
As part of the Terror Australis Readers and Writers Festival's Childrens Program we were privileged to have Lian Tanner visit the school and work with Year 3-6 students.
Lian told students how her life informed her writing and enthralled them with true stories and pictures of her adventures across the world. From the interesting people she’s met, to the wondrous locations she’d visited, highlights can be spotted throughout her novels and Lian revealed how she has taken her experiences and built the characters in her novels around them, adding fantasy and mystery.
Students worked with Lian to create exciting stories on the spot and learnt how to build interesting and engaging tales of their own. They took part in activities, coming up with their own characters, settings and storylines. The students thoroughly enjoyed her visit and it is safe to say that Lian has some new fans.
On Wednesday 6th September a small group of rugged athletics enthusiasts (see photo) attended the District High Athletics Carnival in Sorell. The program was packed and some of our athletes took full advantage of every opportunity to participate.
Tight scheduling meant that there was no time to savour the nutritious delicacies available at Calorie Corner. A near-riot ensued, yet the driver’s sarcastic remarks were enough to restore order.
The wind played havoc with folders and recording sheets but did not deter our athletes. There were several placegetters.
- Makayla Norris 3rd Long Jump
- Abbey-Jo Delaney 2nd Long Jump
- Natasha Hilyear 2nd 200 m, 3rd 100 m
- Phil Nichols 2nd Shot Put
Abbey-Jo, Natasha and Phil will be participating in the Inter-High Carnival at the Domain on November 19th. Congratulations!
A big thank you to Huon Aquaculture for their donation of a fish net which will be used to renovate the cricket practice net on the oval. It will be a case of picking up the old tools for Tim (who will be taking on this project), and we look forward to seeing him bowl a few overs when it's ready.
The Tasmanian Association of State School Organisations (TASSO) regularly provide feedback to the Minister for Education and the Department of Education.
A current topic generating a lot of interest is the use of mobile phones and other student owned devices in school. TASSO are asking all parents, students, other family members, school staff and interested members of the public to complete a survey which can be found on the following link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/mobile_devices_in_schools
Have Your Say by completing the survey by 5pm Friday 29 November 2019 online here.
Alternatively, you can obtain a hardcopy survey from Council’s Customer Service Centre at 40 Main Street, Huonville, or download a printable survey here, fill it out, then scan and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Council is committed to improving its communication with all community members, and is grateful for your help in making this happen. Please refer this survey on to friends and family – the more results we receive, the better we can improve and focus our communication with you.
If you have any questions or difficulty completing the survey please call (03) 6264 0300.