If I was ever forced to make the hard call and name my favourite author, I’d probably have to say it’s Terry Pratchett. I can’t think of another writer who could create characters with so much depth that after a couple of books you regarded them as friends. His Discworld books are often simultaneously hilarious and thought-provoking. I offer you the following extract:
Jason Ogg, master blacksmith and farrier, pumped the bellows of his forge once or twice for the look of the thing. He could shoe anything, could Jason Ogg. They’d brought him an ant once, for a joke, and he’d sat up all night with a magnifying glass and an anvil made out of the head of a pin. The ant was still around, somewhere – sometimes he could hear it clatter across the floor.
But that was the bargain – you shod anything they brought to you, anything, and the payment was that you could shoe anything.
Extract from Lords and Ladies
– Sir Terry Pratchett.
I've always liked this analogy, and it’s been in my head quite a bit lately because I think it fits well with what we aim for here at Dover. We have our own version of Jason’s bargain; we can teach anyone they bring to us, anyone, and the payment is that we do teach anyone.
We have embarked on a new stage of our improvement at Dover, building on the work of the past few years to provide better opportunities and outcomes for our students. This year we have a large number of new students joining us, bringing with them their individual needs and complementing the diverse tapestry of our student body.
We have our work cut out for us to ensure that every student is getting the education they need and deserve, but that is not only our job, it is also our mission.
There are challenges for us to be sure, but we must rise to them because if we don’t, it’s the students who pay the price and, as another of Sir Terry’s characters, Granny Weatherwax, would say, “I can’t be havin’ with that.”
This year we have been successful in receiving a $20,000 federal grant to refurbish the school's science facilities. We would like to thank Julie Collins (MP) who visited us on Monday 17th February to have a look through the classrooms, discuss plans and meet students.
One of the benefits of small class sizes is that students are able to extend their learning as far as they wish. The example of work below is from a Year 8 student who wanted a challenging task outside the scope of the Year 8 curriculum.
Welcome to 2020.
Students in Years 3-6 will have a regular library visit on Mondays and Kinder to Year 2 on Tuesdays.
Our LIL families will visit on Monday morning and Senior students will have visits on Monday or Tuesday.
Scholastic Book Club order forms have been sent home. You may send your order and money to school or order online.
Orders for issue one will close on Tuesday 18 February.
Several students still have library items on loan form 2019, could you please return any outstanding loans.
Government Mandated Mobile Phone Policy
From the commencement of Term 2, 2020 all Tasmanian Government Schools from Kindergarten to Year 12 will need to implement restrictions on the use of mobile phones by students at school. The Minister for Education and Training announced this policy in November 2019.
Kindergarten to Year 12 – “Off and away all day.”
The decision to restrict the use of mobile phones by students during the school day will support schools to minimise distraction from learning and encourage healthy and positive personal interactions.
The policy has been developed in consultation with schools, School Associations and students.
From the start of the school day to the end of the school day, students must have their mobile phones switched off and stored. All communication with students during the school day must go through the school office.
This policy applies to all students unless they meet the requirements of an approved exemption. Exemptions may be considered where students require the use of their mobile phone for educational adjustments, monitoring health conditions or other extenuating circumstances. There may also be instances where teachers permit students to use their mobile phones for educational purposes.
Schools have some discretion as to how this policy is enforced in Years 11&12 but must follow the mandated procedures for K –Year 10.
If you would like to discuss an exemption for your child or have any questions about the policy, please contact the school.