The last fortnight has flown by and it is wonderful to see how well all students have adapted back into the old and new routines.
DROP OFF AND PICK UP
Thank you to parents for your support of our STOP DROP AND GO routines. The end of day pick up is improving with parents being patient and waiting for cars in front to merge out before moving into the bay. The biggest issue that is causing congestion is when parked cars try to reverse out stopping the flow of traffic. To prevent this, Mrs Lloyd and her ‘Old Bat’ will be on duty in the car park spaces asking all parked cars to wait until the traffic flow eases. We would appreciate your support with this. We are a big school and it is important that we all follow the rules to ensure an efficient and safe pick up for everyone.
Due to the interruptions of teaching and learning during the height of the COVID pandemic, the Department of Education have altered the mid-year reporting requirements. The new requirements state that before the end of July teachers will communicate with parents/carers each student’s wellbeing and level of learning. This can either be done via a phone or online conversation, or in writing. For students in Prep – Grade 6 this means an indication of progress against Maths and English with a description of working towards the standard, at the standard or above the standard in addition to future focuses.
In collaboration with most schools in the Burnie area, we have decided to go with an adapted written report. The report will go home with students on Thursday 30th July which is in the second week of Term Three. Please note there will not be any formal Parent Teacher Discussions.
This winter as we head into the normal cough and cold season, we need to be more vigilant about students and staff attending school unwell. If children are showing visible signs of persistent coughing, sneezing, high temperatures and infections then the best place for them to be is at home. This not only reduces the spread of cough/colds but also supports a quicker recovery.
If we notice children with visible signs of a cough or cold we ask for your support in collecting them from school when we call. Hopefully by all of us working together we can keep our school community healthy.
Communication for parents/carers – Minor excursions and aquatic activities
At the beginning of the year all parents/carers had the opportunity to give permission for their child to participate in minor excursions without the requirement to sign a permission form for every excursion. Minor excursions include visits on foot or by vehicular transport to places of educational value within the local community that last for less than one day. A similar consent process was used for aquatic activities.
With the changes associated with the COVID-19 pandemic we are providing the opportunity for parents and carers to change their preference that was provided at the start of the year for both minor excursions and aquatic activities.
The school will ensure that relevant safety and health precautions will be implemented, including COVID-19 requirement, during the course of the excursion and aquatic activities. All other excursions including those with inherent risk will require you to sign a separate consent form prior to the excursion, as is currently the case.
If you wish to change your child’s current permissions or would like further information please contact the school by phone or email. If we do not hear from you then the current permission arrangements will remain in place.
After the huge success of our ‘Somerset Primary Beanie Drive’ last year, our student leaders have decided to again offer our school community the opportunity to purchase a school beanie ready for winter. The cost of the beanies will be $8. However, if the student leaders manage to sell a significant quantity of beanies then the manufacturer will offer a discount on the price. Therefore this initiative is also being used as a potential fundraiser for our student leaders. Their goal is to sell as many beanies as possible to try and make some profit from the sale of the beanies to invest elsewhere in our school.
The beanies are navy blue and have the school logo embroidered on the front. During the winter months students are not required to wear hats so this is a great idea to help keep the kids warm, whether walking to or from school or in the playground at break times.
This is a one-time opportunity this year to purchase a school beanie. The beanies aren’t officially part of the school uniform, however, students will have the opportunity to purchase one through this wonderful student initiative. All beanie orders must be submitted by Friday the 3rd July (last day of term). No late orders can be accepted.
Somerset Primary School
School Photo Day is Wednesday 17th June. Envelopes went home with students on Friday 5th June.
You will notice there are a few changes this year.
Class photos will be a composite style this year, this will eliminate the need for students and staff to be grouped together in close contact. If you order online you do not need to return your envelope to school. If you are paying cash please return your order to the school office as soon as possible.
Sibling Photos – this year sibling photos can ordered and paid for online. You can collect an envelope from the school office. Sibling photos will be taken from 8.30am until 9.15am. Please line up outside the library with your children (adhering to physical distancing requirements) with your envelope (regardless of whether you are paying cash or paid online) and a staff member will direct you into the gym.
MSP will catch up sibling photos during the day for those students who are unable to have it done before school.
Congratulations to these awesome readers. They have reached some fantastic milestones with their home reading.
Celebrating 50 nights of home reading
Celebrating 100 nights of home reading
Remember that home reading is so much more than reading levelled books out loud. Home reading can be reading a picture book to or with your child, reading a recipe together, learning song lyrics or a nursery rhyme. It can be shared reading where you each take a turn to read a section or where the adult reads and the child joins in so you’re reading together out loud. Most of all, home reading should be enjoyable for everybody.
Since we have come back to school the children have loved listening to class stories again and we have been making lots of connections between the books we are reading and the children’s own experiences. Because of this interest we have been looking at the features of a narrative. We read ‘Cockatoos’ by Quentin Blake and retold the story with illustrations for the beginning middle and end. Then we read ‘Here Comes the Crocodile’ by Katherine White and drew about the characters, setting and problem. Next we are going to plan and write our own stories. Today we are featuring the work of Riley, Thorin, Ruby, Lili, Chloe, Owen, Hayden and Tiago.
We have been learning about our feelings and emotions. We've explored the different ways emotions can make our bodies feel and discussed what we can do to help our bodies, feelings and emotions to be calm and ready to learn.
In Science this term we have been looking at minerals. We found out that minerals form together to make rocks. What super cool minerals can you find inside rocks you find? Keep your eyes out next time you go walking.
Crystal growing experiment. We grew our own crystals from borax.
From garden bed to fork. We have been researching which veggies to plant and grow in our new veggie patch. We can’t wait for them to grow so we can eat them!
Word of the day! We have had fun learning new words and using them! Watch out we might throw some super cool words into conversations from now on.
Can you use dilapidated in a sentence?
In Grade 6, we have been learning about reconciliation and it's significance to Australian history. Here are some of our understandings.
What is National Reconciliation Week about?
National Reconciliation Week is a time for all Australians to reflect on our shared histories with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and explore how everyone can contribute to achieve reconciliation. This week is important to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders because they were accepted by everyone. The week is framed by two major events in our journey to reconciliation. The successful 1967 Referendum on the 27th May, and the High Court Mabo decision on the 3rd June. The theme for this year’s National Reconciliation Week is In This Together, which means through any disaster Australia will always be united as one.
What is reconciliation?
According to Reconciliation Australia, reconciliation means “… A reconciled Australia is one where our rights as First Australians are not just respected but championed in all places that matter…”.
So basically, what I think it means is we should show respect towards the first Australians or Aboriginals.
More about Reconciliation Week (according to Reconciliation Australia)
Reconciliation is an ongoing journey that reminds us that while generations of Australians have fought hard for meaningful change, future gains are likely to take just as much, if not more, effort.
When is Reconciliation Week?
Thursday, 28 May 2020
Why is reconciliation important? (In my own words)
I believe it is important because it makes us think of the Aboriginals and that we should say sorry because we would not be here today without them.
What is reconciliation?
Reconciliation means a friendly relationship between people. Reconciliation is for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. Australia’s indigenous history is made up of devastating land separation, violence and racism. Over the last half a century, amazing steps toward reconciliation have been taken.
What is my understanding of National Reconciliation Week?
Reconciliation means to me a friendly relationship between people no matter what they look like or how they are. I think that it also means treating people evenly and respecting everyone.
How do we celebrate Reconciliation Week?
National Reconciliation week started in 1993 [International Year of the World’s Indigenous People] National Reconciliation week is a time to teach Australians about the history of Australian cultures. On National Reconciliation Week, some people….
- Display indigenous flags.
- Host a morning tea.
- Visit culture sights.
- Watch indigenous films and tv shows.
- Go on walks to symbolise the walk on the Sydney Harbor Bridge on May 28th, 2000.
I have seen many students and adults suffering with dry and sore hands lately. You are obviously doing a great job of keeping your hands clean, however, if our skin becomes cracked, not only can it become painful, but it becomes harder to keep our hands clean.
My advice is:
- Make sure that all soap is rinsed off properly – soap can dry the skin.
- There is no need to use alcohol gel right after a hand wash, they are both equally effective.
- Use a simple moisturiser, frequently.
- If your hands are cracked and painful, your local chemist will be able to help with some over the counter cream which should help clear it up.
Melanie Gaul, School Nurse
Dear Parents and Guardians of Somerset Primary School Students
Welcome back to Term 2.
As we prepare to head back to some kind of new ‘normal’ following COVID-19 restrictions, Hilltop Canteen Services are implementing some new requirements for canteen for the remainder of Term 2 & Term 3.
- Canteen will start back on Friday 12th June
- Canteen will be available on Fridays only for Term 2.
- A smaller menu will be available for LUNCH ONLY. No recess items available at this point.
- Online orders are our preferred way of ordering. This limits the handling of cash and streamlines the process much more efficiently allowing more time to prepare orders. Please sign up at www.quikcliq.com.au.
As an incentive to sign up and use online orders, all orders placed in the first 2 weeks of canteen returning will go into the draw to win one of 15 $5 vouchers to spend at the canteen. If you are unsure of how to set QuikCliq up, please call the number below and we can assist with the setup.
- If using Quick Click is not an option for you, please place your completed order in the box at the office. NO ORDERS will be allowed to be placed at the roll-a-door window.
- At the end of Term 2 we will reassess how we will be operating for Term 3.
- Canteen will operate with a maximum of 3 people in the canteen at any one time and all support will have completed the governments online COVID-19 Infection Control Training.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding canteen moving forward please do not hesitate to get in touch on 6433 3219.
Wishing everyone a safe return to school.
We only serve wholemeal or multigrain bread. Please specify which one you want.
Gluten free bread & wraps also available, surcharge of $0.50 applies.
Online: Quick Cliq – CUT OFF TIME 8 am
Old fashioned way: Please supply brown paper bags with your child’s name, class and order, with order total, and money included. Place in the canteen order box at office. Brown paper bags can be purchased from the supermarket
To get started please visit www.quickcliq.com.au to create an account and deposit money ready for purchasing (see flyer).
When placing an order make sure you confirm it. A confirmation email will come through if it’s been processed correctly.