Teacher Assistant Appreciation Week
Teacher Assistant Appreciation Week is held between the 30th August and the 3rd September. It is an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the wonderful work of teacher assistants, and the difference they make in the lives of children, teachers and the school community.
We have an amazing team of teacher assistants who go over and above to support our students and make SPS a special place. On Friday we invited them all to the staffroom to enjoy a special morning hosted by some of our Grade 5 students. A representative from each class read out a message of appreciation.
Our whole school
Want every single one of you to know
That you make every single day better
In so very many, special ways
You make us feel important
You love us just the way we are
You help us be our very best
You keep our teachers organised
You comfort us when we’re hurt
You teach us in the ways that suit us best
You know us so well
You care about our learning, our emotions, all of us
So today we want to show you
How appreciated you are
How much we want to thank you
And how lucky we are to have you
WE THINK YOU ARE TEA-RIFFIC!
We held our annual Book Week Parade on Wednesday 1st August. Once again, our students and staff were very creative in finding things from around their home for their favourite book character.
Please browse through our gallery below.
As the Principal of Somerset Primary, I feel very proud when I walk around our school and see students looking smart in our school uniform. However, lately there seems to be a growing number of students wearing hoodies or bright coloured jumpers and bottoms.
Wearing school uniform is important as it builds a sense of inclusion and belonging – we are all here together as part of a learning community. It also instils a sense of pride and willingness to demonstrate respect for our values and rules.
We would very much appreciate your support in ensuring that your children are in school uniform. We have attached our uniform policy to this newsletter for your reference.
If you require assistance with uniforms please contact our school office to discuss some options.
Based on the Cancer Council recommendations our new Sun Smart policy specifies that we need to commence wearing our approved wide brimmed school hats from the start of September. Even though it is still seems cold we need to follow these recommendations and those students who do not have hats will be asked to play in designated shaded areas.
Hats can be purchased from the school office for $8.
This week we have sent home a Uniform Order for 2022. Due to longer wait times for delivery at the moment, we would like to get these back a little earlier than usual. Please complete and send back to school with your deposit by Friday 17th September. Orders will be ready for collection on Book Sales Days in January 2022, date to be advised.
1A have had a busy term with Science Inquiry learning supporting everyday materials and how they can be changed in a variety of ways. We have been predicting and comparing how objects made from different materials can be physically changed. To support our learning, we integrated Geography and the learning of natural and constructed features of places and how they too can be changed and how they can be cared for.
Our investigation table is combined of loose parts for play and investigation. When students interact with loose parts, they enter a world of ‘what if’’ that promotes the type of thinking that leads to problem solving and reasoning. Loose parts enhance a student’s ability to think imaginatively.
Heidi – I created a cubby on the beach next to a rock pool
Albie- I created a rainstorm shelter with an entrance
Noah- A beach creation with a bird diving for a flathead fish
Isabella – I created a bear in a snow-storm with snowflakes
Brock – I created an ancient ruin on a beach with a cave
Rhyleigh - I am heading into the ocean
Jade - A wharf at the beach
Swimming Report by Grade 6 Newsletter Editors
From August 16th- 27th, Grades 3 to 6 went to the Burnie Aquatic Centre for school swimming.
In those two weeks students worked on different strokes and learned new things. A couple of times students were faced with different circumstances, for example not using goggles in the warmup because if you were stranded at sea you would mostly likely not have goggles on.
We went to interview some people about school swimming and this is what they said about the experience:
My favourite day of swimming was the last day because we got to learn water safety and hop in the boat. Something that I want to improve on is everything because no one is perfect, not even Olympic swimmers. My least favorited day was Monday week 1 when we were getting split into groups. Koby
My favourite day was Friday in the second week where we did our five-minute sequence and jumped in with our clothes on. I want to improve on my side stroke. Ella
My favourite part of swimming was the diving, I love diving. I learnt breaststroke and side stroke and it was fun. Mace
My favourite part was when we learnt breaststroke, it is my favourite stroke and I really enjoyed it. I learned how to swim with clothes on and it was fun. Freya
Overall, the two weeks were really enjoyable for everyone that went. Everyone came back with a smile on there face and learnt something new.
Campbell, Phoenix, Jessie and River (Grade 6 Newsletter Editors)
Monday 20th September
Tuesday 21st September for Kinder B
On Monday 20th September, Grade 6 students are organising a SAUSAGE SIZZLE day. On this day students may choose to purchase a sausage for lunch. Kinder B students will be able to order sausages for Tuesday 21st September. All money raised will go towards supporting the cost of the Grade 6’s Leavers Shirts.
The sausages will be $2.50 each. Sausages will be delivered to the classrooms at lunchtime. Each individual child needs to order sausages on a separate form. Forms are available from the school office.
If you have any questions please contact Mrs Barker at school.
Orders & correct money MUST be returned to the office by Wednesday 15th September.
Grade 6 team
The Cam Two and a Half Cross Country for Grades 3 to 6 will again be run jointly with Cooee Primary on Wednesday 15th September and will commence first thing in the morning at 9.15am. In the event of poor weather, it will be postponed until Wednesday 22nd September. The event will be held at school and the children will have the choice of entering:
- the medal event (this involves two laps of the course, double points for the school house, participation certificate, first to fourth placegetters certificate and will be in the running for the overall medallion)
- or the fun run event (this involves one lap of the course, participation certificate and single house points).
The Somerset Primary Cross Country for Grades Kinder to 2 will be held on the same day commencing after recess at 11.30 am and run on the school oval and surrounds.
As this is a school house competition all children participating will earn points for their house.
Cross country running is challenging, and the children will be encouraged to complete the course to the best of their ability. For this reason, all participants will receive a certificate of participation for completing the course.
Could parents pack a complete change of clothes including underwear and shoes for your child as some parts of the course will be wet under foot.
On the day of the cam two and a half we do require at least four parents to man checkpoints around the course (a WWVP card is required), could you please leave your name at the office, if you can assist.
This year parents will be able to attend the cross country, however, Covid 19 protocols will be in place. This includes:
- maintaining physical distancing
- parents/carers remaining in designated spectator areas
- signing in with the check in TAS app or sign in page, which will be placed outside for your convenience.
Physical Education Teacher