2023 is a Table Cape’s Got Talent year!
Every second year we offer this popular talent contest to our children in Grades 3s to 6s and this year, our co-ordinator is Mrs Erin Munro. Just this week she has enthusiastically commenced sharing the information with students and class teachers. Students are now deciding if they will enter either a solo, partner or group act… and some have started practising too!
For families, we will provide more information at the start of next term about when we will commence our ‘finals series’ and invite our school community audience members. For now, please also have a chat at home together and if your child is interested, encourage them to plan their act and/or talk further with their teacher/s and Mrs Munro so we can help them prepare.
School Satisfaction Survey 2023 – Reminder to Families
The 2023 School Satisfaction Survey is open!
Every year the Department of Education conducts a School Satisfaction Survey to find out what your child(ren)'s school does well and where it may improve. Your feedback is very important to help us inform our school improvement planning and decision-making.
A video has been created to explain the process for the Family Satisfaction Survey and can easily be accessed via this link:
If you have not had the opportunity to complete the survey about Table Cape Primary School yet, it is open until Friday 22 September 2023 and should take about 5 minutes of your time.
Each family should nominate one person to fill in this survey for their child(ren).
Take the online survey by clicking this Link. or pasting it in your browser:
The survey is carried out on a secure website and all responses are anonymous and confidential.
All families in this school received the same survey link and no identifying information is collected. A summary of the survey results will be provided to schools. Responses from individuals or small groups will NOT be disclosed to any Department of Education staff.
Please contact your school if you require any assistance.
Thank you for taking the time to fill in this survey.
Celebrating Student Success…
Recently, Tarik was selected to represent Tasmania to compete in Canberra at the
NWPSSA – Devon vs Darwin and Launceston Regional Exchange Competitions summary:
On Wednesday 9 August Table Cape Primary’s Gr 5/6 classes travelled to Burnie to participate in the annual NWPSSA Gr 5/6 Sports Day alongside other local schools in our area. The sports we participated in included: soccer, hockey, King of the Court (volleyball), netball and tennis. Experts were on hand to provide coaching and knowledge about the sports and overall, all students had a great day.
From this event, the school also had a number of students selected to represent in the Devon vs Darwin Sports Day. Selected for Darwin Football Team: McMahon, Kemp, Parker and Scarlett. Selected for Darwin Soccer Teams: Kiera and Ridley. Well done to all our students achieving this representative success!
Finally, from the Darwin vs Devon Competition we had four students further selected to represent in their chosen sport in the North West vs Launceston Northern Sports Exchange. Congratulations to Parker, Kemp, Kiera and Ridley who were out today (15 September) competing in Launceston!
Ongoing Class Relief Challenges
Earlier this year, I shared about the current state wide challenges of relief availability in schools when a staff member is sick or absent. I too had a longer period away sick this year and really rely on my Leadership Team to continue to support and manage all school needs.
Unfortunately, this situation has continued throughout this term and has specifically been for some longer periods for some classes. Where possible, we are sharing key curriculum planning with our relief teachers, to ensure children continue to engage in their regular learning programs. We have great support from our grade teaching teams to collectively support all students in this way.
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; and if required for a number of days, the same relief 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; or if a relief teacher is 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 across the school by collapsing a class group. This means we will add a small pair/group of students (always with a friend) into join another class for a ‘Learning Adventure Day.’
Relief requirements 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.
- A reminder… that at all times, dogs are not allowed to be walked on our school grounds
- Just updating our families that we have inadvertently trialled monthly newsletters this term; however, from this, the outcome is that we will revert to fortnightly e-Newsletter editions
- Our caring thoughts…. Over the past month, members of our school community and our wider local community, have been deeply saddened by the loss of a family member, friend or relative. Whilst it is not appropriate for me to share more details, my reason for briefly referring to this difficult past month for so many of us, is to remind everyone to please look after each other and reach out to those closest for support if needed.
There is no doubt that having the love and support of family and friends is one of the most important ways that grieving people manage personal crises and tragedies. There are many ways you can be supportive and helpful to people you know who are grieving. Your care and support is very important, probably more important than you realise. No-one can take away the pain and sadness, but knowing that people care is comforting and healing.
Reminder to all families that it is a Department for Education, Children and Young People requirement that any children with Vomiting and Diahorreah need to be excluded from school for 24 hours after the last instance of vomiting or loose bowel movement. For example, if you child vomits or has a loose bowel movement and needs to be collected from school, they are then excluded for the remainder of that day and at a minimum, the next day of school. This requirement is to prevent the spread of diseases.