Friday Notice 3 May 2019

What's happening in Term 2:


6 Monday: First Day Term 2 for Pre-Kinder
8 Wednesday: Littlies Environment Day
8 Wednesday: Biggies Environment Day
9 Thursday: Committee (Strategy) Meeting
9 Thursday: Kinder Environment Day
14 Tuesday: NAPLAN (thru to 20 May)
15 Wednesday: 1/2Middlies Environment Day
15 Wednesday: Littlies TMAG
15 Wednesday: Garden Market @ 3pm
15 Wednesday: Committee Meeting @ 7pm
20 Monday: Grade 3-6 Swimming Week 1
23 Thursday: Littlies+1/2Middlies: TSO @ 11.30am
25 Saturday: WORKING BEE
27 Monday: Grade 3-6 Swimming Week 2
30 Thursday: KInder Bike Day

3 Monday: Littlies+1/2Middlies Swimming Week 1
3 Monday: MusicaViva Gr3/4/5/6
4 Tuesday: 3/4 Middlies Overnight Camp - Levendale
10 Monday: Queens Birthda
y Holiday
12 Wednesday: Biggies Envrironment Day

12 Wednesday: Committee Meeting @ 7pm
12 Wednesday: Garden Market @ 3pm
13 Thursday: Kinder Environment Day
17 Monday: LIttlies+1/2Middlies Swimming Week 2
24 Monday: Census Reference Period thru to 2 Aug
21 Friday: Winter Solstice
26 Wednesday: Littlies Environment Day
26 Wednesday: 3/4Middlies Environment Day
27 Thursday: Kinder Environment Day
28 Friday: Alliance Franc
29 Saturday: Winter Disco


Gardening for the Fair

14 May, 1-3pm

We would love to see you and help Anne pot up some beauties for the fair
This raises lots of money for the school and is lots of fun
New families welcome

More dates: 11 June, 9 July, 13 August, 10 September, 8 October


Save the date:

Saturday 29 June


From Julie...

Welcome back to term 2. Only one camp this term but lots of Environment Days and swimming planned now that we have the two busses to get us out and about. Swimming for years 3, 4, 5 and 6 students starts on Monday 20th May and Prep, Year 1 and Year 2 starts on Monday 3rd June. Owen will send out more information about this soon.
We will be conducting the NAPLAN testing program online (except for year 3 writing which will be done on paper) with years 3 and 5 students each morning session between Tuesday 14th May and Friday 17th May. Please ensure students arrive at school on time each day so we can get underway in an efficient manner.  Students will need their own headphones for all online NAPLAN tests.
Thanks again to all those families undertaking Family Jobs so wonderfully. We really do appreciate your efforts. I met with Hannah and Isabelle today to plan for the forthcoming Working Bee on May 25th. Hannah will publish more information about this next week with a link to enable you to register your interest in particular jobs online.
Committee will be meeting on Thursday 9th May to discuss our 5 year strategic plan and how this relates to our more immediate planning. If you have ideas you want to share, then please talk with your Committee members.
Thanks also to those families who have made contact with Fair Fairy Ruth. If you have not had a chance then please contact Henrik’s mum to talk through what contribution you would like to make to the November Fair. The key to our ongoing success with the Fair is early planning so please talk to Ruth soon if you have not already done so. She is still looking for someone to run the milkshake and ice-cream stalls.
I hope you like the snaps of our students enjoying the music on the Green Space and up the trees. They look so at home in a tree! Interesting article about that below.

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Remi - for her consistent empathy she shows to all of her classmates. She always makes sure that their buckets are full and they feel loved.
Malachy - persistence and a great attitude in PE

Jamie - Always giving 100% and helping everyone


The Benefits of Climbing Trees

 Children respond to their parents’ fears and thus the attitudes of parents and caregivers will help to determine the activities that children choose to participate in, including outdoor play.  While parents understandably prioritise safety issues associated with outdoor play, what parents seem to be unaware of is that restricting outdoor activities also involves social and cognitive development risks. There are a wide range of benefits - physical, cognitive and general wellbeing – that come from outdoor play.
The term Nature-Deficit Disorder has been coined as a shorthand to describe the effects of this enforced alienation from nature, among them, children’s diminished use of the senses, attention difficulties and higher rates of physical and emotional illnesses. While Nature-Deficit Disorder is not a medical diagnosis, it provides a useful way to think about the problem that is presented and the possibilities for children when Nature-Deficit Disorder is reversed.
There is a growing body of research, which strongly indicates that the benefits of active outdoor play are profound. Reported benefits include:
  • Children who play outside every day have better motor coordination and increased ability to concentrate.
  • The outdoor environment allows children to move freely, placing fewer constraints on children’s gross motor movement and less restriction on their range of visual and gross motor exploration.
  • Greenery in a child’s everyday environment specifically reduces attention deficit symptoms. While outdoor activities in general help, settings with trees and grass are the most beneficial.
  • While outdoors, a child is more likely to encounter opportunities for decision making that stimulate problem solving and creative thinking because outdoor spaces are often more varied and less structured than indoor spaces.
  • Children are more likely to develop responsible attitudes toward risk if they have experience dealing with risky situations.
  • Much of play is social. As such, play promotes learning about vital social skills such as turn-taking, sharing, negotiation and leadership.
  • Free play has the ability to improve many aspects of emotional wellbeing, including minimising anxiety, repression, aggression and sleep problems.
  • Mood may be positively affected not only by the physical activity itself but also by exposure to sunlight if the activity occurs outdoors.
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. . . .The Benefits of Climbing Trees (continued)

Not allowing children to play freely and explore their outdoor environment results in a single benefit - safety. But this benefit can be outweighed by multiple risks – including compromised development, decreased physical exercise, increased obesity and limited spontaneous play opportunities. An alternative perspective to removing all risk from play spaces is that minor injuries like grazes, sprains and bruises are a universal part of growing up. But taking moderated risks, which sometime yield minor injuries, is essential to healthy development.

From the PlanetArk research- Climbing Trees: Getting Aussie Kids Back Outdoors




City to Casino Fun Run

The City to Casino fun run is on again this year on Sunday the 19th of May.

Any students or parents wishing to run can join in with the school group.  We will be running the 2.7km course which is open to children under 12 and their guardians.

We will be meeting in front of parliament house at 8:40am for a 9am race start.

To sign up for the run head to  During the sign up process you can join the school team by writing
 ‘The Cottage School’ in the school name box.

If you are have entered please email me at so we have an idea of numbers on the day.
Cheers Owen 


Thursday Morning Ride to School

Ride to school on Thursday mornings with Tom, Caroline, Henry and Gabi.

Any students, parents and teachers are welcome to join us at 8.00am sharp.

We leave from the start of the bike track next to the Caltex service station on Howrah Road.


ABC podcasts:
The Parenting Spectrum

This is a podcast about autism and family life.

Over the course of 8 episodes, the show will explore issues including safety, lack of sleep, finding the right school and how to help your child embrace their identity and prepare for adulthood. The podcast is hosted by Fiona Churchman, her partner Travis and their son Patch.

They’re going to have regular associated digital and social content throughout the series. 





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