Understandably, a lot of young people across the country and the world are finding the current situation particularly stressful. The mainstream news is rarely positive and accumulating reports of the pandemic, climate change, strained global relationships and more make the future look pretty bleak to them.
Even in our relatively sheltered corner of the world, we are seeing heightened levels of anxiety and worry in our students. It’s not an easy thing to deal with either as a school or as a parent, as many of us are probably experiencing similar concerns.
Personally, I am doing my best to remind myself that there are also good things happening in the world, that there are good people who are doing amazing, selfless things to improve the world. It’s worth remembering that there are news sources on the internet that specialise in presenting good news and positive events. Sites like https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/ help me stay in the place I need to be to support my students, my staff and my family.
But you don’t have to look too far to see the good that people are doing. Right here in Dover, we have passionate members of the community working tirelessly to support the people of our region. We have people organising food banks, fighting for facilities we deserve, such as a Community Centre, preparing meals for elderly residents, and much more. If I tried to name the people individually, I would risk missing names. But I want them to know they have my admiration and gratitude.
I will mention one special name. In this newsletter, you will find a short article celebrating Kaye Coulson’s recent Outstanding Volunteer Service Award. Mrs Coulson’s lifetime of service to this school and this community is inspirational. Kaye is loved by our students and her many, many former students and for good reason; Kaye is a positive and stable anchor in their lives. Thank you, Kaye, for the work you have done and continue to do in Dover.
Tom Eastland (Mr E)
Do you have something lying around that our students can up-cycle into a cart similar to the image below? Perhaps an old wooden wheelbarrow or trolley, or some plain half pallets or bicycle wheels? We would like to be able to sell flowers, vegetables and herbs from it as a way for the gardening group to raise funds. Please call the office if you can help.
LIL Sessions are back!!
Children and their families spend the morning session in the hall with Jill enjoying play based learning activities.
They then move to the library where they browse the shelves, share some stories and select some books to take home.
OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEER SERVICE AWARD
Mrs Coulson is a much loved face around our school and we would like to take this opportunity to congratulate her on receiving a much deserved Outstanding Volunteer Service Award from Huon Valley Council as part of Volunteer Week 2020.
Kaye taught at Dover School for 40 years and continues to be an important part of our school community whether she is tutoring students, helping with special events or bringing in delicious home baked treats.
It is so exciting to have our families returning to LiL after nearly 20 weeks break (due to COVID-19 restrictions). We have had 5 new faces join our group on the first week back, who were warmly welcomed by our regular attendees. This term we are running Monday and Wednesday sessions at school and a Friday session at Southport, so there is plenty of opportunity to come and have some FUN! I look forward to seeing all your happy faces soon. Jill
It was great to welcome Dave Reynolds and the Drumbeat program back on Fridays for Term 3. Years 1 to 6 are participating in their class groups, and there is a free session for any students to attend during the lunch break.
The Kinder/Prep class has been making the most of the nice weather recently! On sunny days we have really enjoyed getting outside to play and practise skills involving physical co-ordination and collaboration with others. Most importantly - we have had lots of fun!
We are fortunate to have Ruth Lindsell (of Ripples Art Farm) here every Monday as an 'Artist in Residence'. Ruth has set up a space in the art room where students will be able to see how she goes about her work, and she will also be 'en plein air' in the junior playground at break times where our younger students can chat and see that there are many ways to create art.
These photos of the Year 1/2s are from the end of last term and show what they know about Time and the features of an analogue clock. Students used chalk to draw clock faces and then added the hours, minutes and seconds. Finally they added the hands to show a time of their own choosing.
At the start of this term students drew pictures of a 'Nogard' based on a written description. The fantastic creatures are pictured below.
The Year 5/6 class have been learning about Haiku poetry. Although students have stepped away from the traditional focus on nature, they have kept to the format of 3 lines; line 1 being five syllables, line 2 having seven and line 3 with five.
Glowing orange and yellow
Over the ocean.
Oh, what little eyes
you have, and oh, a big snout
too! You small hedgehog.
by Cordelia and Amelia
Soft, feathery, kind
Loves Banjo's breadcrumbs.
Likes my turkey talk!
My favourite in the whole world,
Time for you to go!
Suffocating in the dark
Falling in the night
This term the Year 3/4's have been working on making Mythical Creatures out of clay. They studied images of historical mythical creatures to inspire their own creations. The students drew their designs and then used clay to bring them to life in 3D.
During the working from home period in Term Two, students in Years 7 and 8 studied aspects of marketing psychology and persuasive language techniques. They spent time analysing print media advertisements before creating their own.
This term, Tim and some of the high school students are working on improving the school environment. The bank near the Primary School classes has been cleared and pigface has been planted to provide ground cover. New concrete has been laid at the front of the main building and roses have been planted near the entrance. Our school is looking amazing, thank you Tim and the Year 7's and 8's.
Due to current travel restrictions most upper school math students went to Hanoi for a special math problem to solve. The Tower of Hanoi (also called the Tower of Brahma or Lucas' Tower) was invented by the French mathematician Édouard Lucas in 1883.
There is a story about an Indian temple which contains a large room with three old posts and 64 golden disks. Brahmin priests, acting out the command of an ancient prophecy, have been moving these disks for countless years. According to the legend, when the last move of the puzzle will be completed, the world will end and upper school students will all get top grades.
Students looked at moving 3 to 5 discs to complete the puzzle and to see who could do it in the fewest moves. Some students were able to work out mathematically what the minimum number of moves was for each level and worked on the puzzle until it was obtained.
Do you have what it takes? https://www.mathsisfun.com/games/towerofhanoi.html
...and a big thank you to Cooper for making two sets of towers in his MDT session!