Welcome back to Term 3. We were very spoilt over the break with lovely clear winter days. I know I definitely took advantage of the weather and got away camping to recharge my batteries ready for another busy term.
It is fabulous to see all our students back into routine and settled into learning. Thank you to all parents and carers for supporting us with the current restrictions around physical distancing that are still in place.
Burnie Eisteddfod Poems
At the end of Term 2 a number of our classes entered poems in the Burnie Eisteddfod. Unfortunately due to restrictions the Eisteddfod could not proceed in the usual format but it was great that they kept the poem section open.
Our students did a wonderful job with us not only getting a number of place winners in each grade level but SPS winning the overall 1st place trophy. This is a great effort and is a wonderful example of our students living our values of BELIEVE – accepting challenges and embracing opportunities and DREAM – a culture of high expectations and high achievement.
Congratulations to all our students for their hard work and creative writing skills. In particular I’d like to acknowledge our super place winners:
Grade 1 - 1st place Nash, 2nd place Harrison, 3rd place Aleycia. An honourable mention also to Charlee and Marli.
Grade 2 - 1st place Lilly, 2nd place Jordan, 3rd place Tyler and Zach. An honourable mention also to Amber and Jaeden.
Grade 3 - 3rd place Sophi. A honourable mention also to Saxon, Rose and Seiarah
Grade 4 - 1st place Alyssa, 2nd place Melody, 3rd place Miller. An honourable mention also to Kaylen and Ava.
Grade 6 - 1st place Olivia and Jake, 2nd place Vanessa, 3rd place Imogen, Shukuya and Makydi.
Breakfast club is back on!! Every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
Canteen will be available on Thursdays and Fridays. The menu is the same as the end of Term 3. At this stage it is still only for lunch orders (not recess). Orders can be placed either via the app before 8am or at the canteen.
Congratulations to Hosea for winning 3rd prize in the NW Lego Competition. Every year Somerset Primary have put entries in this competition and this year is the first time one of our entries has received a prize.
This is another shining example of a student living the value 'Dream'.
Growing Up Program
Our Health Nurse, Mel, has sent home to each family an outline of the Growing Up program that students from Kinder to Grade 6 will participate in. Please ensure you have a read of the information sheet (it went home with the eldest child in each family) and if you have any questions contact the class teacher or Mel Gaul. Mel is in our school each Tuesday.
Grades 4 to 6 students will be participating in the Wellbeing Survey at the end of August/beginning of September. This is a great opportunity for these students to provide feedback to the school on what is working well for their health and wellbeing, and also for the school to plan further support where necessary. This year Somerset Primary has implemented the Zones of Regulation in response to students’ feedback about needing support for self-regulation.
Swimming and Water Safety Program (SWSP) – Grades 3-6
All Grade 3-6 students will participate in the SWSP from the 17th August until 28th August. This is a great opportunity for students to work on the school values of:
- To Dream – high expectations & achievement – for students that strive to improve
- To Believe – accepting challenges & embracing opportunities – I find this relevant for those students that may find swimming challenging and difficult. These students can embrace the opportunity to learn and improve, even in small steps. The reward for this mind-set is truly beneficial.
Please remember to return your child’s SWSP forms as soon as possible.
Just a reminder that reports have been sent home today. Please check your child's bag.
Here is a sample of some COVID 19 writing from 4A.
This year has been very hard with Covid-19, social distancing, home schooling, lockdown and isolation. I have played lots of outside games such as basketball, volleyball and soccer. When it rains I play the playstation 4, Minecraft and Crash Bandicoot. I have been cooking a lot with my Grandma. I have cooked cupcakes, bread, cakes and chocolate pudding. It has been fun to spend time with family more often and playing with my dog more. I am glad things are almost over so I can do things that I used to do.
When I was in isolation, I was writing letters to my best friend Chet who is in my class. We took photos of our letters and sent them over the mobile. I had more time to play with my brother. It was hard learning from home but when I got back to school it was a lot easier to learn. Some of the changes at school are that we can’t play in certain areas. We are washing out hands at least five times a day. It takes ages.
I am missing being able to do more stuff with my family at home, such as playing games, cooking, having my brother annoy me!
It has been really strange going through this experience.
Tiniest of fish, Brown scaly back, Shell of brown, With spots of black.
How calmly you swim, Across the sea, Of fish and sand, With such glee.
Your wide strong legs, So tough and grand, Their touch is smooth, So gentle in my hand.
There in the sea, Your fins will land, Beautiful turtle, On the sand.
4B have been developing our skills as researches, we have posed questions and collated information about how and why life changed over time for the aboriginals of Australia. In STEAM we worked collaboratively to build bark huts or carriers using only natural materials such as bark, sticks and string, just as the aboriginals would have. We have learnt about early explorers such as Captain Cook and how he claimed New Holland, (as Australia was called at the time) was ‘Terru Nullias’, meaning that no on lived in Australia. We created story maps to show his explorations. This was the beginning of change for the aboriginals as then England began sending convicts to this new found land. We have researched why convicts were transported to Australia and the life they lived in England and once in Australia. Our own convict journal entries reflect this. We also learnt how to draw ships from the first fleet. We hope you enjoy our work.
The following photos are from our STEAM Challenge: to build a carrier or bark hut with only sticks, bark and string.
Wednesday our Grade 6 students had a visit from staff at Burnie High to discuss this year's transition program to Grade 7. They were sent home with an information letter and a 2021 Enrolment Indicator form. If this could be returned to school as soon as possible to allow for the organisation of the program to continue. Copies of these forms are attached for you to download.
This year’s dental health message is about the harm sugar does to oral health. Nurse Mel will be heading into classrooms during Dental Health week to educate students on the 2020 focus on ‘how to get sugar savvy’ as well as educating on these key messages:
- Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
- Clean between your teeth daily using floss or interdental brushes.
- Eat a healthy, balanced diet and limit sugar intake.
- Visit the dentist regularly for check-ups and preventive care.*
*Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, children’s dental has only been available for emergencies. If you receive an eligible Centrelink payment and your child is between 2-17 years of age they may be eligible for the Child Dental Benefits Scheme at a private dental clinic. This allows them to a limit of $1000 of dental services every two calendar years for items such as x-rays, examinations, cleaning, fillings etc. Call your local private dental clinic for more information or to see if you are eligible.
Primary Swimming (3-6)
3 & 4 September
Fathers Day Stall -TBC
NWPSSA Cross Country
Cross Country - TBC
Back up Cross Country
End Term 3