2021 School Satisfaction Survey for Parents
From Monday 23 August to Friday 17 September the annual survey will be open for parents to complete. This year it is being conducted differently with all members of the school community being able to participate online rather that a random selection. Please see communication below form the Department of Education.
We would really appreciate as many people as possible participating in the survey. Last year we only had 16 responses from parents, which makes it very difficult to gain on-balance judgements and make decisions regarding focus areas. Even if you think everything is going along well and you feel positive about new initiatives, we would still like to hear from you, as this reinforces what we are doing well.
We do take your voice and feedback seriously. Over the last few years, we have used the information to make some changes, these have included: posting more information about school priorities and classroom learning on Facebook and in the Newsletter; publishing a year calendar so parents/carers have more notice of events; where possible giving at least 2 weeks’ notice for upcoming events; and implementing Class DoJo in all grades to inform and involve parents/carers in their child’s education.
In the end, we all want our school to be the best place it can be and for our students to flourish.
Communication to Parents - Satisfaction Survey 2021
Each year the Department of Education conducts School Satisfaction Surveys in Tasmanian Government schools, to gain feedback on what you think our schools do well and where you think we may improve.
You can complete the online survey at any time until Friday 17 September 2021. Survey link: https://ncv.microsoft.com/3BpjoGoleo
All responses are anonymous and confidential with the survey carried out on a secure website.
Feedback is only accessible to the school principal and teachers and relevant Department of Education staff, in online summary report formats with no individuals or families identifiable.
For any assistance please contact Education Performance and Review by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SPS Little Big Shots
Over the next few weeks, we are going to be celebrating our students’ talents by holding our annual Little Big Shots. We have over 50 students from Grades 3-6 excited about participating in the lunch time heats. It is fantastic to see the variety of talents our students have, including singing, dancing, gymnastics, storytelling, drawing, instrumentals, comedy and sporting skills. We look forward to watching acts and then showcasing the finalist in a special whole school assembly at the end of the term.
All students participating have been given a roster and they are welcome to bring costumes and props on their day (Mrs Pearce will provide the music).
As mentioned on Facebook last week, we are seeing a growing number of students presenting at 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. For children who have had gastro or vomiting, they need to remain at home for at least 48 hours after their last symptom.
If we feel that children are too unwell for school, 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.
Kinder A have been learning about the animals that live in our environment and as part of this inquiry we have discussed the impact of rubbish on animals in our environment. We have read and viewed information about recycling and a station has been set up in the foyer to collect our waste for various recycling methods. One of our interests was in composting our food waste, we purchased a composter and with the help of Melissa our TA (who is a composting expert), we learned what happens to food waste and how with the help of worms it is processed into compost. We plan to use the compost on our garden beds when it is ready to use. We continue to explore the avenues of interest that have arisen from our original one. We have looked at maps as some children were interested in where animals live and this interest has turned into an interest in maps of Somerset and where we are on them. Some children have explored ways to depict their view of the world through art mediums.
Kinder B has been busy this term exploring all about Australian Aboriginal Culture, through stories, songs and dance. They have practised rock painting, cave art and shell stringing. They have tried drawing Aboriginal symbols and acting out sleeping in an Aboriginal gunya. They have used their spears and boomerangs to catch food in the river, sea and on the land and pretended to cook it on the fire. We have had some very fast kangaroos and pecking emus hopping through the classroom, slithering snakes and interesting lizards.
Kinder B has also been learning about recycling, reusing, composting and upcycling. They have been busy washing the hard plastics that we collect during recess and lunch times. With this plastic we have created an upcycling box and from the box the children have created their own unique masterpieces for our upcycle museum.
Kinder B has also been exploring the word measurement and looking at other words we use that mean measurement as well. We have found the tallest and shortest person in the class and made our bodies into the tallest, longest, widest, thinnest, shortest and smallest that we can.
The Student Assistance Scheme (STAS) is available for families who hold a Centrelink Health Care Card, Low Income Health Care Card, Pensioner Concession Card or Veterans Affairs Pension Card to assist with school levies.
Applications close on September 7th for 2021. If you would like to apply, follow the link below or call into the office to collect a form.