Well, no surprises for us all this week… to feel the temperature drop so quickly… yes, we have definitely started Winter!
Across our state, the actual educational workforce availability continues to reflect an overall limited amount of relief staff and this continues to place extra demands/challenges on all schools.
Where possible, when a staff member is absent, we book a relief person for their role. However, with increased demands due to both our own staff and relief staff sickness, we are not always able to find a replacement teacher.
If this happens, some key strategies are to redeploy other regular teachers (e.g., changing a specialist class teacher role for the day; cancelling a specific school program), or members of our leadership team taking on extra roles, to take over class teaching responsibilities. We recognise that continuity is best but also, we sometimes do not have any control over knowing how long we will need some relief; as well as if relief are available to work with us for consecutive days.
For some older classes (usually from grade 3 upwards), we may need to use a strategy to help out across the school by collapsing a class group. This means we will add a small pair/group of students (always with a friend) to join another class for a ‘Learning Adventure Day.’
As required relief needs usually come with limited notice and are highly unpredictable, we do seek the support of all families if there are changes to a child’s regular teacher or learning day.
Your focus on the many ‘positives’ in conversations with your child are highly valued and will really help in growing your child’s resilience for change, adaptability and flexibility if/when presented with an alternative learning situation.
The Department encourages all school communities to be prepare this winter by sharing the following information:
The cooler months bring colds, the flu, COVID-19 and other illnesses.
Being prepared is the best way to protect yourself and your family.
Children are most likely to catch and spread the flu. Make sure your child has received their annual flu vaccine. This will boost their immunity against most likely circulating flu strains. It will also help stop them getting very sick.
If your child is at higher risk of becoming very sick from the flu, COVID-19 or other respiratory illnesses, make a plan with your healthcare provider for when your child becomes sick.
Protect others by keeping your child home if they are unwell, encouraging regular hand washing, and covering coughs and sneezes.
For more information, read the attached parent and carer factsheet or visit the Department of Health website.
Thanks for doing your part to keep our school community safe, healthy and learning.
National Reconciliation Week is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.
The theme for National Reconciliation Week 2023, ‘Be a Voice for Generations’, encourages all Australians to be a voice for reconciliation in tangible ways in our everyday lives – where we live, work and socialise.
During my informal Kinder to Grade 5/6 visits to classrooms this week, it has been particularly rewarding to see such a range of learning opportunities reinforcing how we can all engage with and explore Indigenous perspectives and culture.
We all have a role to play when it comes to reconciliation. And in playing our part we collectively build relationships and communities that value First Nations peoples, histories, cultures and futures.
Student Council – annual LEGO Competition
From our first Student Council meeting for the term, the students are really excited to announce that they will be hosting another spectacular LEGO competition for children in Kinder to Grade 6.
Councillors will have visited classes to drop off an information poster and to announce that to the interested students that… the competition design and ‘BUILD-time’ has now started!
Entries are due in on Friday 9 June - a copy of the poster information to be shared and displayed in classrooms is attached - remember it's an optional and FREE student led activity.
Please support this great tradition in our school and start building your original LEGO design!
Information and Conditions of entry for individual Students:
- 4 Age Group Categories for 2023 entries:
- Kinder and Prep
- Grades 1 and 2
- Grades 3 and 4
- Grades 5 and 6
- Rules and Conditions: FREE – OPTIONAL ENTRY for students only
- Each Lego display to be no larger than 52cm x 52cm x 52cm, or no larger than four 32x32 lug Lego baseplates.
- Each Lego display must be an original or freelance design, and not made from a Lego kit or instructions.
- Some Adult help to transport the design to school is allowed; however, the LEGO design should be the child’s own design and only built by the child
- LEGO competition build time starts from Friday 26 May and entries are to be at school on Friday 9 June (In-School Brixhibition display 13 June to 19 June)
- Only individual student entries (builds) for this year’s competition
- Students will vote for category and an overall school winner will be awarded
- Each overall winner of each school or community group, is invited to display their winning Lego creations at the Brixhibition Ulverstone 2023 event, at Ulverstone Sports Centre, Flora Street, Ulverstone on Sat 15th & Sun 16th July 2023
In REVIEW… ‘Friday 19 May - Walk Safely to School Day’
It was a clear and crisp Friday morning when 29 energetic students joined 6 dedicated staff members for our annual Walk Safely to School Day. We enjoyed the scenic route along the river track and made great time covering the 1.6 kilometres in just under 30 minutes… right on time for a delicious Breaky Club breakfast.
We hope you can join us in 2024.
Thanks… Mrs Smitheram, Miss Townsend, Mr Wilson, Miss Thorpe and Mrs Thomas for helping and for Mrs Type-Farrell for leading the way!
Walk Safely to School Day falls within ‘International Road Safety Week.’ A key Road Safety walking message highlights that all children up to the age of 10 years old need to hold an adult hand when crossing the road.
“Children have poor peripheral vision and find it hard to judge the speed and distance of cars.”
You can teach your child the healthy habit of walking more by:
- Walking with them the whole way to school
- If you must drive, park the car a few blocks away from the school and walk the rest of the way.
Regular exercise like walking with your child not only helps them (and you!) beat chronic problems like obesity, heart disease, behavioural and mental health issues and diabetes. It also gives you a fantastic opportunity to teach your child safe ways to behave around roads and traffic.
- A huge ‘thank you’ to our Prep to 6 families for your participation in our recent ‘Parent/Carer – Teacher conversations about a child’s progress and learning so far this year.
Family input into each child’s education is always highly valued and we also encourage regular check-ins with school, class and student ‘ClassDojo’ stories… to continue to stay connected with everyday activities and events of your child/ren throughout the school year. We value ClassDojo as a key way of communicating and sharing learning success between school and home. (Please contact your child’s teacher/s if you are not actively connected.)
- A reminder… for all children who ride or scoot to or from school, to hop off and walk these onto the school grounds from the main Gibbon’s Street footpath. Our rules for school walkways / pathways (“walk on the white” concrete pathways) includes walking beside bikes and scooters when on school grounds for everyone’s safety. It is great to also see children hopping off to always walk these safely across the designated road-crossing and wearing their helmets.
- A reminder… that at all times, dogs are not allowed to be walked on our school grounds
If your child/ren are going to be away from school, please call the office prior to 9am to notify of their absence on 6442 3377
Remember: We still have free Covid Test kits available at the office for Table Cape Primary Families should you need them.