- Principal's Report
- Marimba Mania
- Remembrance Day
- Year 1/2 - Beach to Bush
- Respectful School Behaviour Policy – Volunteers, Visitors, and Parents
- Moz's Monster Music Mix
- Huon and Channel Primary Schools Athletics Carnival
- Huon Show
- Inter-High Athletics
- Department of Education Student Awards
- Waltzing Matilda at the Botanical Gardens
- Waltzing Matilda
- Friday Chess Option
- Tassal 10 Fun Run and Annabelle's Run
- Geeveston Primary School Fair
- Sesame Street Circus
As we draw ever closer to the beckoning conclusion of yet another school year, we can be forgiven, I believe, for our tendency to see our progress in a series of clearly delineated years. We don’t really have a choice in many ways, as that is how our society and culture works. Another year, another birthday, another Christmas. Bang, bang, bang.
Our ancient ancestors started all this in order to create a small semblance of structure and order, quite understandably when you consider that we are standing on a big rock that is hurtling around a star, which itself is circling a galactic central point, which is also…well, you get the picture. It makes you want to hold on to something, doesn’t it? But while we might find comfort in our planet arriving back where it was 365.2422 days ago, it doesn’t stop there and catch its breath; it keeps on its continuum.
I believe the same to be true of school improvement; although we follow the western calendar with all its graduations, beginnings and endings, we must also view all aspects of school as a continuum. Not circular perhaps, although I believe Einstein had views on that, but certainly onwards and upwards.
School improvement is a journey that will never end and must be measured and planned for with a view of decades, not individual years.
I am immensely proud of how far this little school has come in the past few years, but I can also see an amazing future if we keep building and improving on the base we have laid down. We have gathered together a staff that believe as strongly as I do that our students deserve everything and more that a larger, less isolated school can offer. There will always be challenges in achieving this, but nothing that creativity, collaboration, and hard work can’t overcome.
There are many positive points I could discuss looking back over this particular orbit, but the significant improvement in our academic growth is the one that stands out to me. I have been asked by other schools what it is that we have done to achieve this growth, but there is no one thing I can point to and say, “Oh, it was this or this.”
One way to obtain some understanding of our gains might be to compare us to a beehive, where the success of the colony relies on every element of the structure working in unison with the other. In this analogy, it’s true that ours might be seen as a slightly lop-sided hive, but that’s where planning and improvement along a continuum come in.
I want Dover District School to be considered a shining beacon of education in the Far South. I want other schools to look at us and aspire to be us, and I want that because our children deserve it.
A significant part of the beehive we will be working on in the future will be giving our students and our parents more voice in the day-to-day functions and the future of our school. I don’t have all the answers as to how we do that, but in some ways that’s exciting because it means it’s an opportunity to build a plan together.
The year we humans have labelled 2020 is looking to be a significant one in our school history, and I am grateful to have so many like-minded companions as we keep on spinning.
On Friday 8th November, Year 5/6 with Ms Stocker and Ms Miller filled the bus with marimbas and glocks, metallophones and music stands and headed up to Princes Wharf 1 at Salamanca for the day. With this performance involving 408 primary students from Hobart region, music teachers and students were ready to attempt a new World Record using the piece Round We Go. To be counted, all participating students needed to play a wooden instrument (marimba or xylophone).
Many guidelines had to be met in order for the record to be broken otherwise that particular musician would be disqualified by the very serious onlooking steward. All students had to play the piece without stopping for 10 minutes. When we finished playing, we could all hear and feel the sighs of relief and were relieved to be told we had successfully broken the current record held by Oxley State School in Brisbane.
The 5/6 students took the year to learn the pieces for this concert all with various harmonies. It was a bonus to all involved having media interest. Taylia got the best coverage on channel 7!
A tremendous effort 5/6’s! You’ve represented your school and families very proudly.
Well done from us all at Dover School.
The 5/6 class proudly represented our school at the Remembrance Day ceremony at the Dover RSL. New plaques were unveiled at the wall and Blake, Zac and Banjo did us proud by reading aloud verses from “We Shall Keep the Faith”.
On Monday 11th November, we had Moira and Olivia down to school to tell us about swimming safety. The most important thing to remember was to swim between the yellow and red flags. The flags show us the safest place to swim on the beach. If there are no flags they told us to always swim with an adult and not to go out in deep water. The lifeguards are always looking after swimmers. If they see a person with a closed fist waving their arm above the water, that is the signal for help. They told us if we do get caught in a rip, to try and stay calm, swim or tread water to the side and signal. It’s really important to go with the rip but swim to the side, then we don’t get totally exhausted.
Flags tells us -
F = flags
L = look
A = ask the life guard dressed in red and yellow for help
G = go swimming with an adult
S = signal for help
We found the talk really interesting and we learnt a lot more than we already knew.
Stay safe this summer from Year 1/2
We talk a lot about the importance of respectful and appropriate behaviour at our school, and very often we tend to refer that to our staff and students. But I have been reminded twice in recent months that any school policies around respectful and courteous behaviour must also extend to volunteers, visitors, and parents. Not only must we have policies, it also seems that we need to have on display explicit reminders of these expectations.
It seems bizarre to me that we should have to put up signs to remind adults that they need to act appropriately when they on our site, but sadly it appears to be necessary. We all have rights, and we all have responsibilities.
Using myself as an example, I have the right to:
- Feel and be safe
- Be respected
- Be treated in a courteous and inclusive way
- Be listened to
- Be treated fairly
Just as importantly, I have the responsibility to:
- Behave in a courteous and respectful manner
- Listen to and be respectful of the views and opinions of others
- Support a safe environment
- Treat others fairly and respectfully
These rights and responsibilities are not simply a requirement of my employment or position; they are fundamental tools for being a good citizen and human being.
While I understand that things can go wrong and that tempers can fray, every person connected with our school must do their best to interact in a manner that can only be seen as a good example to our students. It is an obligation we have as responsible adults.
I have recently been made aware of occasional incidents on our site, out of school hours, in which these expectations have not been met. I want to assure everyone that school hours do not play a part in these requirements and if you witness any behaviour that is in breach of our policy, I would like to know about it and deal with it.
If you are on this school site, in any capacity, at any time, you MUST follow our policies.
I apologise to the vast majority of our school community that do not need lessons from me on how to act like a civilised person. I apologise too for delivering this message so bluntly, but there are some lines that I will not see crossed.
To that vast majority, I say, on behalf of my staff and students, thank you for your support and your contributions to this wonderful community.
Tom Eastland. (Mr E.)
Moz (an alien) crash landed from a faraway planet depleted of its music. He came with us on a journey through the history of music on Earth. We laughed, we danced, we sang and James rocked out hard on stage. We learnt about the instrument families and listened to some favourite tunes from the classical, rock, blues and soul genres. Lots of fun!
The Huon and Channel Athletics Carnival was held on Wednesday November 13th. Conditions were less than ideal, with heavy track conditions and significant rain forecast. The team approached the event with enthusiasm and prior to cancellation we collected two 4ths, two 3rds and three 2nds in the 100m sprints. Thanks to those parents, aunts and siblings who came to support the team.
While it was disappointing that we were unable to complete the carnival as planned, it was great to see the positive attitude that the children showed in adverse conditions.
Year 1/2's did a fantastic job hosting the assembly on Thursday 14th November. They also had some amazing cloud artwork on display. It was a full program, starting with the Kinder-Prep students, who gave a presentation on the importance of wearing hats to protect us from the sun's harmful rays. The 3/4's read some great poems that they had written, and told us the funny dinosaur-inspired names they had created for themselves. Year 5/6 students showed us the wonderful brochures they have created, highlighting what they see as the best assets of the local area.
Next was a very proud Mrs Miller, who presented certificates to students that participated in the record breaking Marimba Mania - well done to you all, and thank you Mrs Miller for all your hard work too. The Year 7/8 students have been working on poetry and recited some of their own poems. Makayla played Wagon Wheel (kindly assisted by Xavier - once he stopped singing and dancing), and we congratulated the Wall of Achievement recipients, including Mr Cook who proved that leopards can (occasionally) change their spots. Congratulations to all of you!
We were proud to once again contribute to the Huon Show for 2019.
Student artwork, from our very youngest Launching into Learning children right up to our Year 10 students, was displayed amongst other Huon Valley school students’ work in the Schools Pavilion.
It is a wonderful space to see the talents and abilities of our students alongside their peers across the Valley and many of our students artistic endeavours will also be displayed at our Presentation Evening on Tuesday December 17.
Following good performances at the District High Athletics Natasha Hilyear, Abbey-Jo Delaney and Phil Nichols were selected for the Districts team at the Inter-High Athletics on November 19th. Phil was on work placement and didn’t attend but the girls had great results.
Abbey-Jo came third in the long jump, while Natasha won her 200m sprint (30.12s) and 100m sprint (14.44s). Natasha was the fastest in her age group in both events. Congratulations to Abbey-Jo and Natasha on such a great effort.
On the 4th November Zac Kluga and his family attended an awards ceremony at New Town High School. The Department of Education Student Awards recognise achievement and the values of aspiration and growth. Congratulations Zac!
On the 22nd November, the Prep to Year 4 classes (with some of their Kinder friends) visited the Botanical Gardens in Hobart to see the Big Monkey production "Waltzing Matilda". Below are a couple of reports from Year 1/2 students, and be sure to look through the gallery to see just what a fun-filled but exhausting day they had.