- Principal's Report
- Treasure Hunt
- Kinder Prep Biscuit Decorating with Ange and Jill
- Playground Fun
- Year 1-2 MDT
- Roll A Story
- Environment Dioramas
- Friday Cooking Option
- Sibyl's Guinea Pig visits the 3/4 class
- Children's University Tasmania
- Betty Knight's Fabulous Fantastic Socks
- Writer's Workshop
- Covid-19 Hygiene Reminder
- Elizabeth College Information
- E Smart
- Huonville Lions Football Club
Principal Notes – 23 June 2020
This has been one messed-up year, and it’s not over by a long shot. Speaking for myself, I am thoroughly over words like “unprecedented” and phrases like “a new normal”. But just because I’m tired of hearing them, it doesn’t mean they’re not valid. I’m not sure how else you’d describe the current world situation without swearing.
A lot of the past three months is a blur to me; we were operating from such a reactive position it was next to impossible to plan any further than a few days ahead. Now that our students and staff are back I feel like we can look to the future more and that some of the plans and programs that were put on hold can move ahead; we’re starting to get some traction.
I’m going to tell you something that most of you already know:
This is an incredible school community!
The staff in this little school and I mean every staff member, have gone to incredible lengths to support our students and families during this challenging period. If I haven’t made it clear to them how grateful I am for their efforts and how proud I am to work with them, I am announcing it publicly right now.
I feel the same way about our students and you, their families; the work packs that we provided would have contributed nothing if you had not taken such a hands-on approach to support your children and if our students hadn’t been motivated to use them.
Nothing about “learning from home” or “working from home” was ideal. If you’re wondering why I’ve put those phrases in quotes, it’s because I think they’re both euphemistic and neither is entirely accurate. We all just did our best in the circumstances and, quite frankly, I think we all did ok.
As I write this, COVID cases are climbing on the mainland, and there are fears of a second wave. Nobody knows what will happen next, but I take comfort from the community I live and work in. We’ve already shown that we can cope under pressure, but if things get worse, I think we can thrive if that is what’s required of us.
Tom Eastland – Mr E.
Sean has been working on several of the robotic kits here at school. He discovered that one of the modules was not working, so the part was tracked down and ordered. Once it arrived, he got to work and built this giraffe which has provided lots of entertainment for students and staff. Well done Sean!
Back on the 22nd May Mrs Stocker, Ange and Cookie devised a whole school activity. The primary students were put into groups and allocated to a high school student. The groups were given cameras, and a list of about 30 things to photograph during the afternoon, including -
*Tim the groundsman (good luck finding him)
*a patch of grass that has not been whipper snipped or mowed.
*selfie with Mr E
There was a great deal of laughter and excitement (even from the senior students) and it was great to see them all having so much fun. I don't think anyone found a bit of grass that Tim hadn't mowed or whipper-snipped!
During Covid 19 time at home, year 3/4’s were presented with the idea of creating a diorama, their own mini-world in which they created amazing scenes from their local environment. The class has been extremely proud of what they’ve made and have talked about how their families were involved and have helped them in various ways. The dioramas will be on show in the main foyer so stay tuned and thank you so much to all families for your help at home.
My guinea pig is called Orange because he’s orange! He loves talking to me because I scratch him on his favourite spot. I brought him to school on Friday and he handled all the attention and noise really well. I told the class lots of facts about guinea pigs. You might all like to know too.
- Guinea pigs are rodents.
- Their lifespan can be up to 30 years .. or 3.
- The males can fight to their death over a female.
- A female’s gestation period goes for 3 months and can birth 6-12 babies basically all year around!
- Their favourite food is fresh lettuce and they like to crunch on carrots, apples, grass and really, really small seeds like corn and pumpkin seeds.
- Guinea pigs can fight snakes to defend their home. Main predators are snakes, birds, dogs and cats, quolls and tasi devils.
- They like to hide in pipes and under sticks when they feel scared.
- I keep Orange in a very big cage and let him explore around my room. He likes that.
- Cages need to be cleaned once a week and water needs to be changed every once and a while.
Guinea pigs are lovely animals. They communicate with people they like and they make a special noise when people are feeling sad. I love Orange. He’s a really good pet.
(by Professor Sibyl)
This year we will be running the Tasmanian Children's University program. Our original launch was cancelled due to Covid-19, but now that students are back at school we can get started. We will hold an information session for students in Years 3-6 on Thursday 18th June and send home activity packs with those who are interested in participating.
Students participate in Children's University through their school. They are given a passport, and earn stamps by engaging in validated learning activities outside of regular school hours. There are four main ways to earn stamps -
1. Activities at school: before school, recess, lunch and after school.
2. Regular clubs and activities outside school.
3. Visits to Public Learning Destinations.
4. Children's University Tasmania holiday activities, lectures and online challenges.
This year we are offering Writers’ Workshop for a Friday Options again due to popular demand.
Here, the enthused students are pursuing their interest projects. Jazmyn is writing a children’s picture book story and she plans to do the illustrations too. Mailea continues with her lengthy novel, as does Abby, and this year we have some poets in the mix. Misha and Ashley have written on a range of themes and experimented with numerous literary techniques, such as alliteration, onomatopoeia, simile and metaphor, as well as the ever popular, rhyme.
The writers are building their confidence with reading their work to others and receiving feedback. They are also encouraged to read widely to build their repertoire of skills.
Here are some examples of the work being achieved:
Roadkill (by Misha)
It’s dark and cold.
but it’s real.
Wildlife on the misty dark road as a car comes.
The car hits me.
The moon shines on my warm-blooded body as I lay in misery.
The car drives past and leaves me
alone, cold, and dying.
The next car stops and picks my painful body up and tries to save me.
My body is being moved as I’m put out of my misery.
My pain is gone.
I’m free from my body and I’m safe.
Chapter Two: Was (by Mailea)
Car brakes squealed making ears ring and heads flinch then look away as if the sound was an object, a scream accompanied the noise.
The new crowd stood gasping when a young girl’s body was revealed just under the tire of the car that sat still, with a panicked driver rushing out of the door.
Sobs were heard from another girl who was being tightly held in the grip of a tall young man. All three of the assumed-to-be-teens wore the same uniform, which meant the lifeless girl on the ground probably knew them.
‘CALL 119!’ yelled a man in the gathering of eight or nine people, another agreed in a panicked voice.
‘AND 110!’ a women grabbed her phone and almost screamed into it when the operator answered and minutes later the crowd had moved further from the car and lifeless body. Her arm was bent, disturbingly, although that could be fixed, never the same as it was, but close, the real concern was the pool of blood slowly crawling outwards to the feet of those watching.
Minutes later sirens could be heard with engines, flying down roads until reaching the once colourful area. The paramedics worked quickly, moving people away and taping off the area.
‘Student ID says sixteen years old, lives in this area!’ one shouted with calm body language to the other, said other’s eyes widened after feeling the girls pulse. ‘Not breathing, our information says she’s been here around four minutes, I will start working.’
People watched in interest as well as worry while the girl was taken away, police closed everyone off from the car and remaining blood.
The two teenagers who seemed frozen solid most of the experience began to walk still tightly grasping each other and making almost silent cries.
What is this feeling? (by Abby)
Everything’s a blur. Your either up or down, living in fear or living in sorrow.
You make a choice, it’s the wrong one. You try again, still wrong, never healing.
You feel everything, fear, terror, you feel nothing, numb, empty, Same again tomorrow.
No options, just lessons to learn. New things, Bad things. Tell me, what is this feeling?
You’ve lost yourself, a wild goose chase leading to nothing, close the book, keep it shut.
You understand, but you don’t, a thousand demons hot on your heels, concealing.
Rain smacking the windowpane, bombs dropping everywhere, forget it, give up.
You don’t own it, but you may know its name, tell me, what is this feeling?
You’ve heard it before, you know they’re right, but it doesn’t make you feel better.
The things that made you feel alive, the things you enjoyed, suddenly, all unappealing.
Watching competitors rise ahead, you not even trying, everyone natural up setters.
Trapped in the spiderweb we call a toxic, negative mindset, tell me, what is this feeling?
A pill bottle or two, yeah, that’ll fix it, a raging sea of lies, tears, anger and despair.
A silent cry for help woven in-between the words “I’m fine!” in pain, or unfeeling?
Roll the dice, its no longer your turn, you don’t get a say, the game of life, so unfair.
It will work out, this pain will pass, though it hurts, I know it’s just a feeling.
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