29th July 2016

What's happening in Term 3:

3  Wednesday   Middlies 1/2 Environment Day
8  Monday   Start of Science Week
10  Wednesday   School Science Expo (1.30-3.30)
10  Wednesday  Garden Market
17  Wednesday   Committee Meeting @ 7pm 
23  Tuesday   Student first aid lessons (St Johns)
23  Tuesday  Garden Market @ 3pm
31  Wednesday   Kinder Environment Day

7  Wednesday   Middlies 1/2 Environment Day
7  Wednesday   Indigenous Book Swap
8  Thursday   Littlies P/1 Environment Day
10  Saturday   Working Bee
13  Tuesday   Biggies 5/6 go to Camp
14  Wednesday   Committee Meeting @ 7pm
15  Thursday   Biggies 5/6 return from Camp
17  Saturday   Bush Dance @ St Marks Hall - 3.30pm
20  Tuesday  Garden Market @ 3pm
21  Wednesday   Middlies 3/4 Environment Day
22  Thursday   PE Concert
23  Friday   Last day of Term 3

Middlies 3/4
Port Arthur Camp
(Saltwater River)

From Steve....

No doubt many of you will have taken advantage of the opportunity to meet with your children’s teacher to discuss matters pertaining to their reports, and that through these meetings you have furthered your understanding of how things are going at the half way mark of the year.  One aspect of the reports is the future focus, which identifies ways in which each child can contribute to advancing their achievements towards the end of the year.  The researcher John Hattie, identified that one of the critical factors of student improvement, was the support that parents gave their children in their learning program.  I already know that as parents you actively support your children, but my suggestion would be to place extra emphasis on the future focus.  I feel certain that this will have positive effects.


Wednesday afternoon must have been a difficult time for parents, as no-one managed to get along to our professional development of the Letters & Sounds program.  However, teachers and assistants have furthered their knowledge that the role of phonics plays in reading and spelling and are happy that we have an effective school wide practice in place.


I’m writing this notice from Launceston as I’m in the middle of a two day conference for the Association of School Business Administration.  I’m not used to sitting in one place for such long periods of time, but there is some very useful information, as well as contacts to be made, which I hope will prove to be beneficial to our small school.  See you on Monday.





A Poem about 'Despair' - a convict's life

The dark and dank taste of a revolting stench.
The pitch black light.
You have to resort to your other senses.

Sight is unavailable.

The food is dirty.
So is the water and the mouldy bread.
People get used to it.
They all get used to it
in the end.

The feel is all sadness.
No light enters like no happiness enters.
Isolation drives most people mad.
The world seems -

Upside down!
By Arrigo Ambrosino

Middlies 3/4 Camp at Port Arthur

In my mind I had a clear vision. We would be sitting in the solitary confinement cells at Salt Water River, the coal mines near Port Arthur. Each child in a cell; a candle burning, the light poor. Each child with their head stooped over a page, writing in role, of their wretched condition, their treatment, their dreams, their journey and circumstance as a Tasmanian convict in the 1830’s. How had their life come to this? Sometimes the reality matches the mental image. The kid’s poems were amazing; the connection they made with the historical figures we had been researching in many cases quite moving. We sat atop the ruins at the site and shared the poems aloud. It was the last day of camp. We were bathed in winter sunshine, biscuits perfectly rationed and hot savoury rolls made by Heather, packed and ready for lunch on the road.




Golden Handshakes:

Lachlan, Bill & Olivia - for problem solving cooperatively and taking on classroom responsibilities when rearranging the classroom.

Amia - for offering to help Lee, recognising that she was busy setting up the classroom.

Stella - for offering to clean up the mess that someone else had left in the Littlies classroom.

April - for her skills of working and playing with others. The language she uses and consideration she shows for others she works with.

Eliza - for doing really well in spelling

Tino - for a super great effort in all his learning

Phoebe - for always being respectful to others and herself 


A Wintery Garden Market by the Fire Pit...


Click on the cookbook link for one of Heather's cooked lunch recipes. The recipes will be updated regularly.


Lunch Time Clubs

Chinese Club
Soma Cube
Code Club
Chess Club
Dance Club


Cottage School Bush Dance

Dig out your dancing pants and pull on your blunnies.....
Get ready for a wild afternoon of dancing at the Cottage School Bush Dance, Saturday 17th September.

3.30pm for a 4pm start at St. Mark's Hall, Scott Street, Bellerive. We've got the 4 piece bush band 'As the Crow Flies' playing the music and Sarah Lewis calling the dances. St. Mark's has kindly allowed us the use of their children's playground for the afternoon and festivities will wrap up sometime around 7pm.

Bring a plate of food to share (please label ingredients and remember
'no nuts'). Tea and coffee will be provided.
BYO cup, water bottle, plate and cutlery.

Cost is $10 per family. Tickets are available now: Please see Skye Millar and Andrea Jackson. Tell your relatives and friends to buy a ticket too. This is an event our whole community will enjoy.

Garden Market Information

What a lovely pop-up market we had by the fire in Sally's Garden last Tuesday. This wouldn't have happened without the help of a few people - Andrea for suggesting the venue, Tom for setting & lighting the fire & organising wood, Bernadette for helping serve when there was a rush of people keen to make purchases (although everyone is always so patient and well mannered even when there is a bit of a wait). And a big thank you to Daisy for making the special ribbon bookmarks & helping to sell them. These were a very popular item and they all sold in record time to very happy customers!

As always the ice creams were popular as were the beautiful blueberry muffins, proteas, jonquils, garden greens, chai, soup and lemons.

Lets do it all again on Wednesday 10 August as part of the Science Expo - maybe we can have some special science themed food? Thanks from the Garden Marketeers

School Fair Update for 2016

We are looking for a volunteer to take over the Flower Stall from Gabrielle as this will be her last year. It is a relatively busy last 4 days leading up to fair day. Good verbal communication, a car with space for a lot of cut flowers, secateurs and general good fitness would all be advantageous. Gabrielle is keen to train her replacement.
Are there ladies or gents out there who enjoy the art of Home Brew???? Nicholas & Amanda Elder are also finishing up at the school this year and next year we will need a new Drink stall family. Last but not least - does anyone in the Cottage School community work for or have a contact within Cadburys Chocolate? Many thanks, Ruth
(Ruth is Henrik's mum - look for her at school or send an email to -

Plant Stall

Second Tuesday is coming up!

Potting Meet with Helen Williams to tidy up existing stock.

Tuesday August 9th

1-3pm in Anne's Garden, 38 Alexandra Esplanade Bellerive.

For those who can not attend, please stay tuned for a Sunday potting date, late August/early September!


Jane Patel

A friendly reminder that Cottage School is a nut free school and that NO products containing nuts should be brought onto the premises.



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