Reports and Parent Teacher
Today all students from Prep - 6 will receive their mid-year reports. These reports provide an overview of your child’s development and progress against the Australian Curriculum for their year level. We acknowledge that every child is unique and progresses at his/her own rate.
The format of this year’s report includes moderated assessments against English, Maths and Science for Grade 1-6 students. All students will receive a general comment focusing on social and interpersonal skills, progress across curriculum areas and future focuses. Each child has also created personal goals to support our whole school growth mindset focus.
It would be great if you could take time to discuss the report with your child, conveying your support and encouragement.
Please remember that Parent Teacher discussions will take place between Monday 24th and Thursday 27th June. These discussions are important as it gives teachers the opportunity to elaborate on your child’s progress and for you to ask questions. Please remember to book your meeting time using our new online portal or contact the school office if you are unable to do this.
On Friday 7th June we were very fortunate to have Jon Madin visit our school to run music workshops with our Grade 3/4 and Grade 5 classes. We ended the day with a whole school concert to celebrate the learning that occurred.
Jon Madin is a qualified teacher who tours the country with his unique hand- made instruments and marimbas. Some of his instruments encourage students to get their whole bodies involved in making music. His musical bikes involve a pedal-powered roller with levers that allow the rider to play a tune. His dingboxes, which contain aluminium pipe, cowbells, tambourines and Indian taxi horns, are played by jumping on them.
Once again this was a fantastic opportunity for our students who were intrigued by the ‘whacky’ instruments and did a fabulous job learning the songs in such a short time frame.
A big thank you to Mrs Matthews who organised the visit.
Please see a video below to view the fun.
We held our annual Brixhibition event on Wednesday 11th June. It was very well supported by our budding designers and builders in Prep to Grade 6. After a lot of deliberation, our three judges chose our grade winners and overall winner. Well done to everyone who entered.
Jake in Grade 2
Dear Parent/ Guardian,
Knowing our bodies
In Term 3 in line with the Australian Curriculum and the Department of Education, Tasmania, students will be learning about their own growth and bodies. This program will enable students to develop skills to manage their emotions, understand the physical and social changes and examine how relationships change over time.
As the School Nurse for Somerset Primary I will be delivering the program with support from the grade teachers.
The sessions will consist of age appropriate topics:
Kinder to Grade 2
- Knowing our bodies in relation to hygiene e.g. washing our hands, cleaning our teeth, brushing our hair
- Germs e.g. coughs and colds
- Healthy eating e.g. everyday foods and sometimes foods
- People to trust
Grade 3 and 4
- Body systems e.g. how they work and keeping them healthy
- Body parts e.g. their names and nick names
- Age appropriate pregnancy and birth
- Basics of puberty
- Personal safety
Grades 5 and 6
- Changes during puberty, including the physical, emotional, body image and social changes
- Conception, pregnancy and birth
- Health and hygiene, including the importance of exercise, washing, diet and water intake
- Positive relationships versus negative relationships including respect, cyber safety and having a safety network
- Girls only session regarding menstruation
If you have any questions about the program, please speak to your child’s teacher, notify the school office or contact me through the school on a Friday. I look forward to working with your child.
Primary School Nurse.
Somerset Primary School
At the start of the year all the grade 5s and 6s were asked if they wanted to be Junior Literacy Leaders. They had to be prepared to give up some of their own time before school or during breaks to help students with Literacy. It was exciting when nearly half of these students were prepared to give up their time to help others. From there, we have started a few initiatives such as reading in the library before school and helping with sound awareness in the younger grades. Here are some thoughts from a few of our Literacy Leaders when asked what they liked about being a Junior Literacy Leader.
Gybson: I like reading to the kids and seeing them have a good time.
Ren: I like teaching little kids how to read. It’s good fun. They need to know how to read and I’m helping them with their future.
Bella: I like seeing what books they like and helping them.
Chloe: You get to read to people and they actually listen.
Water was the first resource we focused on.
Facts we have learnt:
- 97% of water on earth is sea water
- 7% of the fresh water on earth is either trapped in glaciers or is under the ground
- Only 0.3% of earth’s water is accessible to us to use
Gina from Hydro Tasmania came to teach us about water catchments and how towns are reliant on water access to survive. She also talked to us about the water cycle.
We read the book ‘The Water Princess.’ It is a beautiful true story of how a young girl in an African village had to walk hours every day with her mother to collect clean water for her family to drink. We wrote letters to the main character Gie Gie.
Somerset Primary students in Grades 3/4 and 5 were very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with Jon Madin during their music lessons on Friday 7 June. Jon’s arrangements for Marimba feature in the music program thatour Grade 3-6 students engage with, so it is always exciting to meet the composer. Jon and his whacky instruments last visited SPS in 2017 so his return was met with excitement and intrigue at the new whacky instruments he brought with him.
Favourites included the musical bikes and the farty pumpers!
A whole school concert was held at the end of the day with those classes who had worked with Jon during workshop sessions presenting two songs each.
Our students had a fantastic time—you might be hearing stories at home of the whacky instruments they played during Music—and their participation, perseverance and demonstration of STAR Rules is a credit to our Somerset Primary School community.
Mrs Matthews, Music Teacher
|20 June||Reports come home|
|24-27 June||Parent/Teacher week|
|28 June||Guide Falls Farm excursion Grades 2A & 2B|
|5 July||End Term 2|
|22 July (Mon)||Professional Learning Day|
|23 July (Tue)||Term 3 begins for students|
|7 Aug||Grade 5/6 Sports day|
|9 Aug||Back up day 5/6 Sports|
|12 Aug||Book Week Begins|
|13-15 Aug||Book Fair|
|14 Aug||Book Week dress up day|