Friday Notice 23rd September 2016

Term 4 at a glance:

10  Monday   Staff only at school
11  Tuesday   First Day Term 4 Students (K-6)
12  Wednesday   Committee Meeting @ 7pm
17  Monday   First Day Term 4 Pre Kinder
17  Monday  1/2 Environment Day
18  Tuesday  Kinder Bike Day
19  3/4 Bike Day
20  Thursday   SHOW DAY
21  Friday   NO SCHOOL
24  Monday   Biggies Camp (Day 1) Canberra
28  Friday  Biggies return from Canberra
29  Saturday  Marimba Mania @ Parl. House Gardens

2  Wednesday  1/2 Environment Day
7  Monday  3/4 Environment Day
9  Wednesday  5/6 Bike Day
9  Wednesday    Committee Meeting @ 7pm
12  Saturday   SCHOOL FAIR
14  Monday  Littlies Orana Camp begins
16  Wednesday  Kinders at Camp/Preps leave camp
17  Thursday  Grade 1s return from Orana
21  Monday  5/6 Environment Day
22  Tuesday  2/3/4 Spring Beach Camp Begins
24  Thursday  2/3/4 Return from Camp
28  Monday  P/1/2 Bike Day
30  Wednesday  Kinder Environment Day

2   Friday  Schools Triathlon Challenge (Gr:3-6)
6  Tuesday  3/4 Environment Day
7  Wednesday  P/1 Environment Day
9  Friday  School Concert
13  Tuesday  Leavers Day/Reports go home
14  School Picnic
15  Thursday    Last Day of Term 4 (12 NOON)
Have a great holiday everyone!
Students first day back for Term 4 is Tuesday 11th October

Thanks to everyone who attended the bushdance on Saturday. We had a great turnout and it was a lot of fun.

If you are missing any platters, plates or containers, please see Andrea (Cameron & Luka's mum).
Yep, that's her dancing with Gaby in the above photo :)

From Steve.....

Let me start with a thank you to Andrea and Skye for their organisation of the bush dance last Saturday.  This event was a rare opportunity for the community to get together for no other reason than to have a good time without the addition of a fundraising or task driven focus.  And for those who were free to make it along, it was a thoroughly enjoyable evening which got the blood pumping and the face smiling. Follow the link to the website for some great photos:
Thanks also to everyone for making Tuesday’s Canberra Garden Market such a success.  To see students and parents working side by side with their innovative products and wares for sale was absolutely delightful, and of course the support from community was terrific.  The combined sales saw a generous amount of $389.65 raised towards supporting the Biggies Canberra camp in October.

Once again a big thanks to Xiaoxin for yet another round of Chinese Club. Feedback from students is that they have thoroughly enjoyed learning another language and this was all topped off by some tasty Chinese treats in the last session.
One could be forgiven for thinking that a major accident had occurred at the school when an ambulance with flashing lights and siren blaring arrived at the school on Wednesday morning.  Rest easy.  It was Huw’s mum Lauren who had brought the ambulance for the Kinders as part of their investigation into services within the local community.  Who knows, we may have some future paramedics in our midst.
On the same day the Middlies 3/4 took themselves off to Arm End for their Environment Day where they visited the tomb of William Gellibrand, an industrious man who dug the vault and built the tomb well in advance of his own death! 
Our PE concert on Thursday was a treat to witness.  As you would be well aware, skipping has been the exercise of choice lately and it’s certainly added another dynamic to the playground.  Thanks Georgie for putting this together and keeping us all fit. Also on Thursday after school, a forum for the 2017 Kinder/Prep/1/2 parents was held allowing an opportunity to further explore the opportunities and challenges that may lie ahead under the new class restructure.
Today saw the Middlies 1/2 head off for a visit to the Aurora Australis as a result of a special invitation.  The tour allowed children to see the working and living conditions on board along with the purposes of scientific exploration and research.  The visit ties nicely in with their current project about continents.
Now that’s what I call an eventful week which caps off yet another busy term at Cottage School.  We’ve seen a lot of people succumb to the viruses that have been going around this term, and the term break has come at the right time so that we can all get our health and well being into order.  Be assured, Term 4 will be another cracker with lots of great things planned.  So enjoy the break, keep safe, get well and we’ll see you all on Tuesday 11th October.





Donations have been trickling in since our flood relief fundraiser, thank you to everyone who contributed, so it took us some time to get it to the right organisation. We sent $700.00 to RAW (Rural, Alive & Well)

What a great effort from such a small community. The organisation was chosen because of their commitment to the mental health and wellbeing of the Tasmanian rural community.
We also deposited $261.00 into the Indigenous Literacy Foundation after our book swap.

Every little bit does help, so thank you for your small and large donations.




The Biggies have had three fabulous trips to the city in the past few weeks to support our unit of inquiry into the establishment of the colony on Van Diemen’s Land.  Our first was a guided walking tour of the waterfront where we took part in the history game; “Colonial Quest” giving students an insight into the experiences of Hobart’s settlers and convicts, focusing on the period from 1804 – 1853: from the start of the British colony to the end of convict transportation. We were each given a character of the time; governor, merchant, free settler or convict with the aim of improving our situation in the colony.   At key locations we learned about the development of the settlement and made connections about how these developments would have presented opportunities and challenges to our characters. Our second trip involved us taking a collection of historic photos with us on a walking tour of the city and  trying to identify the locations and buildings depicted in the original photos.   We attempted to recreate the vista at each location and identify the changes that had occurred over time, as shown in these photos.  During our visit to TMAG, our guide used a 4 metre piece of string to represent the time span of the Indigenous presence in Tasmania compared to the 2cm section representing the time since settlement.  It was a powerful metaphor. We took part in a ‘hands on’ building of Hobart Town from the early days of settlement.  The students positioned tents on Hunter Island, the Commissariat Store, the Bond Store, the original hospital (on the site of the current one), gardens, bridges, piers and more on a huge floor plan of Sullivans Cove and the Rivulet mouth.  Combined with our sailing trip up the river aboard the Lady Nelson earlier in the term, our understandings throughout this unit have been really enhanced by the opportunities afforded through our Environment Day Program. 


City of Clarence Eisteddfod

Congratulations to Leo and Reily for competing in the City of Clarence Eisteddfod last week.
Well done for taking part boys and a really super result; first prize for their solo and their duet performances!

We look forward to hearing more of your music at the next school concert.


Re-enrolment Forms:

Just a reminder that all re-enrolment forms should be returned to Annette's office by 14th October.

Murray Street in 1886 & 2016

Pictured are Joey and his dad 'busting out some moves' at the bushdance!


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