2024 Class & School Operational Planning
Kinder Enrolments for 2024 are now being processed! If you have a child born in 2019, then they will start in Kindergarten next year. Please pick up an enrolment form from our School Office and families are encouraged to join in our Friday morning Pre-Kinder session between 9:00 and 10:30am.
We want to start a strong partnership with all of our families by focusing on the priority of being ‘ready for school’ and to ensure the ‘best start’ possible for every child when preparing for Kindergarten. Our final important ‘2024 Kinder Orientation’ session will be held on Friday 15 December.
Planning our 2024 Classes
Teachers will be meeting within the next fortnight to draft our class groupings for 2024.
Our goal is to create the most equitable classes possible by balancing a range of needs including both learning ability and social connections. Whilst parents have one child to consider (in a given class), we have approximately 350 children to consider, so decisions need to be suitable for the majority.
We have dedicated, hardworking teachers who are collectively responsible for all children. No matter what grade or class, each child in this school will be taught by quality teachers in a school culture of high expectations.
Please understand, your child’s current class teacher is in the best position to formulate classes and they will make the best decision for all children in the school. This includes making decisions based on the educational and social/emotional well-being of the majority of children.
Due to this we are unable to accommodate personal requests because accommodating everyone’s personal wishes will not support what is best for all children. Students will have the opportunity to write down friends that they would like to be placed with for 2024 and we will ensure that all students have at least one friend in their class.
If there is any special information that you feel is important for us to take into account before we start creating classes, please make contact with me (either in person, or by a phone call to school or thorough email email@example.com) by the end of the school day on Friday 17 November.
Important communication regarding all current enrolments - An essential piece of information that directly affects us finalising our 2024 classes, staffing and programs is having the most accurate information about our total student numbers.
If you know that you will be moving and not be enrolled at our school for 2024, then please either inform me directly or advise the School Office (6442 3377) now, as we urgently require this information prior to drafting 2024 classes. It greatly assists us to have the most accurate enrolment numbers to assist with forward class/school planning.
I thank you in advance, for your timely support of our important 2024 school planning processes that have now commenced.
School Athletic Carnival Results
Thank you to everyone who joined us to support yesterday’s School Athletics Carnival. In my welcoming comments, I encouraged ‘all’ to participate fully in the day’s events with a ‘personal best’ sporting focus.
Well done to everyone – such enthusiasm was clearly on display from all competing children, family spectators, Wynyard High School student helpers and all staff… with everyone aiming for and achieving a number of ‘PBs.’
A special ‘Thank You’ to our Education Facility Attendants for their huge efforts to prepare and set-up for the Carnival and well done to Mr George Hills for organising such a wonderful day!
The overall House results were:
4th Robbins with a total of 1308 points; 3rd Tasman with a total of1359; 2nd Bass with a total of 1374 points and 1st Flinders achieving the winning result of 1378 points.
From our school event, champion runners from Grades 3 to 6, will be selected to represent us early next year at the North West Primary Schools Athletics events at Penguin.
Table Cape’s Got Talent
On Wednesday afternoon this week, we were thoroughly entertained by our 6 Grand Final performances for this year’s TCGT: Grace C – singing, ‘Somebody You Loved’, Jaxx and Macy with a Rubiks Cube record challenge, Cooper dancing a contemporary rap to ‘Highs and Lows’, Sienna playing a piano keyboard piece, Addison dancing a Neo-Classical ballet piece, and Nikayla singing, ‘You Belong to Me’.
It was a special privilege to judge our Grand Final alongside Dawn Allen (previous TCGT Coordinator) and Lix Walker (Wynyard High). It was certainly an exceedingly difficult and extremely close result for our judging panel to award this year’s TCGT Winner… congratulations to Addison B!
A huge ‘congratulations and well done’ to every entrant in this year’s overall competition stages (class entrants, semi-finalists and grand finalists) – it takes great courage to step up and perform, and we have all really appreciated seeing such a variety of wonderful acts and talented children once again this year.
Many thanks to all staff who have supported children in TCGT and especially, Mrs Erin Munro for the overall coordination and Ms Sharon Neilson for providing encouragement and music. Remember, TCGT takes place every two years – so I’d encourage our future 2025 grades 3 to 6 students to start planning an act now!
Growing Up Program – Grades 3 to 5/6
This year Family Planning Tasmania will be delivering the Growing Up Program to our students from Grades 3 to 5/6.
The Growing Up Program (GUP) is Tasmania’s leading relationships, sexuality and protective behaviours program for students in Primary Schools.
It is facilitated by an experienced team of Family Planning Tasmania educators, is age and developmentally appropriate, sequential and evidence based.
GUP reflects the latest in sexual and reproductive health research, and aims to maximise learning outcomes, and increase positive communication between parents/carers and their child/children.
The program is aligned to the:
- Australian Curriculum
- Early Years Learning Framework
- Respectful Relationships Teaching and Learning Package
The ‘Growing Up Program’ (or similarly at TCPS, our previous program for years 3 to 6 was called, ‘All About Me’) is a key educational program that all schools provide each year to support every student’s growth, development, health, and wellbeing. Our GUP educators will encourage children to talk with families at home about what they learn.
Our program times are:
- Upper Primary Gr 5/6 program – (3 x 60 min session in class groupings and 1 x 30 min small group sessions) is scheduled from Monday 13 to Thursday 16 November
- Lower Primary Gr 3 and Gr 4 Program – (3 x 45 - 50 min session in class groupings) dates are from Monday 11 to Wednesday 13 December
- All parents/carers are invited to attend an in-person information session (relevant for all programs and grades) on Monday 13 November from 8:30 – 9:00am in our School Library
Please contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions.
Celebrating Student Success…
Kemp and Tarik competed in the ‘Tasmanian All Schools Championships’ held in Launceston in late October, and both achieved podium results!
They have now been selected to compete at the National All Schools Championships. Kemp has been selected for field events, shot put and discus, and Tarik for track events.
Outstanding achievements boys – you should each be very proud of your commitment, efforts and your high levels of sporting performance!
Student Bus Fare Increase for 2024
The full student bus fare will increase by 10 cents on 1 January 2024.
If you use cash for a single trip ticket, the new fare will be $2.00.
If you use a smartcard or purchase a 10-trip ticket, the new fare will be $1.60.
Smartcards like Greencard and Transportme can be topped up online. You can buy a 10-trip ticket for $16.00 from the bus driver.
It costs the same on every trip – it doesn’t matter how far, where, or when you go. Bus routes that travel only in a rural area, to the local school, don’t charge a fare.
Some students can travel or transfer between buses for free. You may be eligible for a Student Bus Pass for Free Travel if you are:
- Listed on a Health Care or Pensioner Card
- Travel wholly within the rural area where there is only a fare charging service
- Must use more than one bus between home and school and/or school and home
- Are under a Care and Protection Order.
The student fare last increased in 2022. This fare increase is set by government policy.
For more information talk to your bus driver, visit www.transport.tas.gov.au/student or call 6166 3343 (9am to 5pm weekdays).
(Newsletter article from Transport Services, Department of State Growth).
Please see Community News article for further information.
Fire Safety in Schools Program
A firefighter from the Tasmania Fire Service (TFS) will be visiting our school from Monday 20 to Friday 24 November to present a Home Fire Safety Program to our Prep to Grade 6 students.
Kindergarten students, whilst not receiving a structured lesson, can expect a visit from the firefighter who will leave some free fun activities for the students to complete.
The age-appropriate program is designed to raise fire awareness in children and includes fun in class activities, videos, activity books, giveaways and a new kids website www.tfskids.com.au.
Parents and other family members are also encouraged to participate by reading the information and assisting your child with the after-school activities.
The TFS aims to deliver appropriate fire safety education to every primary school child in Tasmania and is part of the TFS’s ongoing commitment to create a fire safe Tasmania.
Key Fire Safety Messages include:
- Wake up - Install a smoke alarm in every bedroom
- Plan and practice a home fire escape plan with the whole family
- In a fire crawl low and go, go, go to the nearest exit
- In an emergency call triple zero
- Keep flammable material at least two metres from the heater
- If your clothes catch fire, stop, drop, rock and roll
- Keep matches and lighters away from children
- Cooking - Turn it off before you turn away
- Cool a burn under cold water for at least 20 minutes
- Most house fires can be avoided. Make your home fire safe
- More information for parents, carers and teachers tfseducation.com.au
- Exciting new website just for kids tfskids.com.au
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Fire Safety Information for Families of Pre-School Age Children:
TFS receives regular requests from preschools and childcare centres asking for firefighters to visit and teach children about home fire safety.
TFS does not deliver structured fire safety programs to children below primary school age. This decision was made based on research conducted by the Mental Health Services of the Royal Children’s Hospital and the Metropolitan Fire Brigade in Melbourne. This research indicated that:
- Children under the age of five had low retention of the information they had learned; and
- In some children, the information had actually stimulated their curiosity about fire, and they had begun to play with fire.
TFS believes that parents and caregivers are the best people to make sure that very young children are safe from fire. To help with this, TFS has a fire safety website for parents, carers and teachers.