And suddenly, with no word of warning, September was upon us!
It would be an overstatement to say that things are starting to get back to normal in Tasmania, but there are some relaxations coming through that we are welcoming. For example we are now being told that Year 10 student celebrations are back on the table, with dancing allowed no less (not on the table).
But the current requirements for adult physical distancing in schools are not likely to change before the end of this year, meaning that we are not able to hold school assemblies in our usual way. We can have all our students in the Hall, but there is no room for parents and visitors.
So, we have to do some out-of-the-box thinking for our 2020 Presentation Evening. I would suggest that we will still award prizes and celebrate student achievements, but we won’t be able to do it by all cramming into the Hall. I’m not sure what we will do yet and I’m open to suggestions.
An outdoor event is one possibility, but we still have the issue of ensuring mandated distancing between adults. A little bit of calculation indicates that, if we had 100 students and 60 adults attending we would need an area bigger than our school oval. So that’s probably not the way to go. We could possibly Livestream an assembly, but there are some social media hurdles I will need to navigate before that is a consideration.
Whatever we come up with is unlikely to be ideal, but then what is this year?
The important thing for us to remember is, that even in a year like this one, there are still things worthy of celebration. For me, recognising student resilience and achievement are at the top of the list.
Tom Eastland (Mr E)
For Science week, Year 1-2 have been investigating the fascinating lives of Shearwaters. The students researched their diet, habitat, lifecycle and migrations. We then made playdough and created islands to form the foundation for a display of facts about the birds.
We did some eggsperiments with Mrs C.P. We stood on eggs and discovered that they are very strong because they are a dome shape.
We learnt about friction with Mrs C.P. We identified all the friction points on this bike!
LiL sessions are being run at the Southport Community Centre this term on a Friday 10am-12pm, and the turnout of families has been fantastic. It has been great to have new families attend, engage in these sessions and enjoy the activities we are providing. The children have had fun painting, building and creating, like the cubby house they made using our rainbow parachute.
Years 1-6 have been participating in a 4 week Sporting Schools Netball program with Shane from Netball Tasmania. Everyone has enjoyed learning new skills, and improving their game. Thank you Shane!
The My Ed Gardening Group have been working hard on multiple projects around the school.
Students are regularly providing bunches of leucadendrons (which are available for $5 a bunch), improving the vegetable gardens, and weeding. The new poly tunnel is almost completed, and the next project is building a Peddler's Cart for produce sales.
We would like to put out a request for donations of gardening equipment, such as a Dutch hoe, netting, about 6 (CLEAN) large pots - good condition only, secateurs and seedling trays (punnets). If you are able to help please drop items in to the school office.