A personal message from Mr E.
As much as we'd like to be, it is not "business as usual" for any aspect of school life right now. We will continue to teach and provide a safe place for our children, but we are also prepared to temporarily change class structures where we need to based on operational needs.
For the moment at least schools are to remain open. While there is a lot of debate around that call, it is true that for many of our students, our school is a place of calm and safety.
Yesterday I spoke to all the secondary classes, giving them the little information that I have. It became apparent as I spoke that the children are feeling overwhelmed with the amount of information that is coming from the media, much of it conflicting.
I kept my message short, simple, and positive, and I encourage you to do the same with your children.
I noted that the Year 9\10 students were studying History when I went into their class and I pointed out to them that they are currently living in a historical event, an event that perhaps their children may one day be studying in school.
It is my sincere hope that those future students will be learning about the valuable insights humanity gained from the events of 2020 and how we took those lessons and committed to making a better future for them.
The first Lord of the Rings movie came out a few months after the terrible events of September 2001 and by that time war was raging in the middle east. I remember watching the film and being moved to tears by a particular scene. The sentiment of this exchange so aptly fitted what was happening in the world at that time, and it is true once more:
"I wish it need not have happened in my time," said Frodo.
"So do I," said Gandalf, "and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us."
There is a wisdom in Gandalf's words that brought me some comfort and I have always tried to use my allotted time to do some good and it does me good to see so many people doing the same especially in trying times.
Cross-Curricula Learning in the Great Outdoors
This Term, Ms Lock has started a gardening project with all Year 7 and 8's participating. The students are extremely enthusiastic about all aspects of this outdoor learning and have divided themselves into groups and taken on a range of tasks based on the needs we identified around the school, and the students’ interests.
Focus areas are:
- Worm farming
With the worm farm project, students are collecting a range of suitable food scraps from the primary school classrooms to feed to the worms. They are also recycling shredded paper, as worms will turn this into amazing compost too. Once they get going, students will use the worm wee on the garden and sell any excess – so we will let you know when this soil tonic is available.
- Landscaping in front of the new staff carpark
Like most worthwhile goals, this will be developed over time. Students are putting their maths skills to work by measuring out and drawing garden beds, including the area in front of the new staff carpark. They have measured this as 45 metres x 5 metres. Now they know the size, they can calculate how many small trees we can put in as a feature. They will under plant this with a variety of suitable plants, including ground covers, and hopefully we can get most of these donated to us. Naturally, the young plants will need protecting from the wildlife until they get established, and the students will do this by placing tree guards.
- Construction of a poly tunnel
This is another job where the students can implement their maths skills. We already have the concrete base, and students have measured up the timber requirements. Once completed, they will be able to grow seedlings.
- Vegetable growing
So far, students have planted three raised beds. They’ve weeded, added compost and prepared the ground and planted some lettuce, cabbage, onions, flowers and broccoli.
- Plant maintenance and Composting
All plants need some type of care and students have been learning to remove the suckers from some trees and shrubs. We already have a compost heap, but the students are adding to this and sorting out the wood from the scraps, so to speak. Excess food scraps from the primary classes are used to show students another way of composting, such as the trench composting method.
- Flower beds
Every garden has to have flowers! The main flower bed they are working on at the moment is the one at the front of the school near the entrance door. They’ve added compost and given it a good soaking ready for planting. Watch this space for the showy progress!
- Seasonal work
There are a range of tasks to do throughout the year, such as pruning the apple trees and leucadendrons. On Sunday at the Dover Seafest event, students sold bunches of leucadendrons and these funds will go toward their gardening projects.
As winter comes upon us, we will have to spend a bit of time indoors – perhaps in the kitchen concocting some vegetable related consumables just so they know to where it all leads.
The Prep class visited the Multipurpose Centre on March 6 to enjoy some time with their older friends. They danced to music and waved ribbons. One of the songs "Fly" led on to making butterflies, and the students took along books to read together. Everyone had a lovely time and we are looking forward to our next visit. In the meantime we send our best wishes to all at the EMPHC.
We are currently working with the Drug Education Network and they have provided us with this information to inform parents about their responsibilities when organising parties. It is primarily aimed at secondary students and their parents, and has a lot of useful information.
Students from Years 3 to 10 have been participating in the Drumbeat program with Dave Reynolds on Mondays during Term 1. Each class group have been enjoying 50min sessions making rhythyms on djembes and having group discussions about things such as peer pressure, looking out for your friends, forming good relationships and resilience. The senior students were also given a session on various things that cause harm, and strategies to keep themselves and their friends safe. Unfortunately, the program has been cancelled for the rest of the term due to the current restrictions on activities, but we would like to take this opportunity to thank Dave and Holyoake Tasmania Inc. for running such a great program, and for making it available to our students again this year in such an extensive way.
The LiL group have been enjoying sessions at Hastings Thermal Pool on Fridays, participating in a Water Awareness program, and Bush Kinder sessions. Below are some photos of a bush cubby built using dead manfern fronds, and some yarning craft.
Students from Years 5-10 that have chosen the Cooking Option this term have been making some tasty food (and probably eating most of their creations before they get home). Many were surprised to find that Zucchini Slice was actually delicious - how could they ever have doubted the wonderful Ange Munnings! Since then they have also made Curry Puffs, Boston Buns and today will be Apple Crumble.
The Year 3/4 students enjoyed getting into the kitchen last week and making muffins.
Wednesday 11th March saw the GeeDo Swimming Carnival held in ideal conditions at the Huonville Pool. The carnival was a great success, with keen participation from all age groups. The junior students were involved in their own mini-carnival in the wading pool. Many thanks go to the Geeveston Primary School Association which provided a barbecue for us all.
Highlights of the day included the noodle races, the (not very) synchronised swimming display and a year 6 girl taking out the open 100m race. Well done to all participants and thanks to adult supporters who came to help out on the day.
The final result was Adamsons on 575 and Esperance on 330.
Swimming carnival recounts by the Year 3/4's
The amazing swimming carnival
On Wednesday 11th March we went to the swimming carnival. When we got there, Geeveston School was already there. We went to find a spot to sit and wait until our turn. When it was our turn the first race we did was freestyle and then backstroke. After we did the noodle race then body boarding. We had a sausage and went back on the bus.
The fun swimming carnival
On Wednesday the 11th March Dover School and Geeveston School had a swimming carnival. It was at Huonville pool. When we got there we got to do a treasure dive. We got to dive underwater and get stuff. Then Marcus, Kiera and I watched other people swim. Then we had a freestyle race. I came second last. I had a banana then we had a backstroke race. We had a noodle race and breaststroke race then we had a sausage. We waited a long time until we had free time. Then we left.
The best swimming carnival
On Wednesday 11th March we went to Huonville pool. I got there in my mum’s car. Geeveston School were there doing the swimming carnival, too. I went in all the races I could join. I did an extra two with the 5/6s. Kiera joined in on the second one I did, which was backstroke. It was a good day.
The pretty awesome swimming carnival
On Wednesday Dover District and Geeveston Primary School came together for the swimming carnival. We had races and games. We had fun. Emma and Kiera did some races from the deep end to the shallow end. After that we had free time and Emma and I swam around in circles and played games. There was also a sausage sizzle.
We would like to thank Robert for his ongoing support for our school. He has recently made a generous contribution towards the new G.D Smith Award board, and a $100 donation to the Canberra educational tour that we are hoping to send our Year 8-10's on later this year.
The School Association is a body that represents parents, the community and the school. The functions of the Association include:
•Participating in the formulation and development of a set of beliefs, values and priorities for the school,school policies and code of conduct.
•To provide advice and recommendations to the Principal in relation to the general operations and management of the school.
•To foster co-operation among the Association, teachers, students, parents and the community.
•To approve the school budget.
If you are interested in joining the Association, nominations are now open and will close at 4pm on Friday 3rd April. There are a number of vacancies for both parent and community representatives and we would love to have you join us.
For community members, a nomination form can be collected from the front office. For parents, we can send one home with your child if you let us know.