Friday Notice (on a Thursday) 13 April 2017

What's happening in May:

1  Monday  Staff Only at School
2  Tuesday  First Day Term 2 (K-6)
7  Sunday  Manure Dig TBC
8  Monday  First Day Term 2 Pre Kinder
8  Monday  3/4 Environment Day
9  Tuesday  Prep Environment Day
9  Tuesday  NAPLAN commences
10  Wednesday  Kinder Bike Day
10  Wednesday 5/6 Wheels (lunch time)
10  Wednesday  NAPLAN
10  Wednesday  Committee Meeting @ 7pm
11  Thursday  NAPLAN
11  Thursday  P-2 Swimming Assessment Day (Oceana)
15  Monday  - 19 Friday inc.  3-6 Swimming Wk 1
17  Wednesday  1/2 Bike Day
20  Saturday  WORKING BEE 8am - 1pm
22  Monday - 26  Friday inc.  3-6 Swimming Wk 2
29  Monday  1/2 Environment Day
31  Wednesday  Kinder Environment Day
Drumbeaters concentrating!

Happy holidays everyone. See you back on Tuesday 2nd May for the start of Term 2!

From Steve....

It’s been a short but busy week that fittingly brings us to the end of Term 1.
Let me start by congratulating the Middlies 3/4 who showed true Cottage School spirit and determination when they undertook their Bike Day on what turned out to be a pretty ordinary Tuesday in terms of weather.  Once they left the school they didn’t turn back until their ride had been achieved.
On Wednesday the Middlies 1/2 took themselves off to TMAG and the Botanical Gardens where they immersed themselves in more opportunities to learn about and experience aspects of their unit study; Antarctica.
Thanks to those who came to school before pick up on Wednesday and support our very first Drumbeat performance.  Understandably we were a nervous bunch but I think that the culminating performance displayed some of the learning and fun that we’d had as a group over the past 10 weeks.
Today the Biggies took themselves and their bikes to Seven Mile Beach for a final hurrah and to celebrate their collective achievements for this term.  They certainly picked the best day in terms of weather.  Well done to them, and all of the classes for a great start to the year.
Today also sees us farewell Claire from the Middlies 3/4.  Claire has had a busy first term finding her feet in a new job, and along the way has realised that she hasn’t quite found the balance between work and home.  We wish Claire well with her quest for balance and thank her for being with us this term.  We are very fortunate to be able to employ Simon for term 2 in Middlies 3/4.
Finally, while everyone is enjoying a well earned break, and hopefully enjoying being out and about in some lovely Easter weather, we’d like to give best wishes and happiness to Lee and her partner Steve who are to be married on Saturday. 


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Helping Hands Fundraiser

This week your child came home with a print out of some helping hands.(Click HERE for a flyer if you didn't get one).

Our community minded family (Caroline, Mal, Henry and Gabby), came up with the idea of the children thinking of ways they could help out around their home, for the grandparents or the neighbours, to earn some cash to donate to a flood fundraiser. It's a bit like the 'Bob a Job' that we've done in the past. Generate some ideas with your child in order for them to earn their contribution. Good for them, good for the recipient of their efforts and ultimately good for those effected by the recent floods. Early next term we'll arrange a date for the whole school fundraiser. 

Many thanks, 3/4 Middlies

French News

Guten Tag, selamat pagi, ni hao, bongiorno, salut and howdy to all!

In the Biggies we have been exploring the origins of language, how new words may be formed  and comparing many languages.  We have tried to use different alphabets, including sign language,  examined Greek and Latin roots and mapped words across Europe. The students have shown great curiosity, initiative and flexibility in their approach to a range of activities and scenarios and have often found the words humorous and memorable.  Ask them what a Gummihandschuh is! and watch the clip about animal sounds around the world at

Meanwhile the Middlies have appreciated the lovely long end of summer while talking about the seaside and sea creatures in French.  We started with how to order icecream, covered phrases about how to protect ourselves from sunrays and things we like doing at the beach and we described the ways that different animals move. The older students will extend this with some work about coastlines that comes directly from the grade 3 syllabus in France, and will look at beaches in francophone countries around the world, including New Caledonia, which is the closest French-speaking place to Australia.

The Littlies are soaking up all the basics of French, enjoying games and songs and stories and developing some lovely accents.   Recently in an activity, when the children were pointing to objects of a nominated colour, I overheard one boy tell another, “I already jauned that.”  Wow, French words in English grammar patterns, how wonderful!

merci de votre attention, grazie, vielen Dank, ciao, terima kasih    from Kate


Potting Group Reminder:


Next Potting meet, Tuesday May 2nd. 1-3pm Anne's Garden.

Hope to see you there!



The skating day was a success. There were 30 kids and parents all having a great time - even Kate was spotted! There were kids on scooters, rollerskates and rollerblades having fun  and trying new things. Thanks to everyone who came and had fun together.

The Social Committee

Garden Market Greek Style


Golden Handshakes this week goes to:
The Garden Market Crew: The Greek Style Garden Market last week was quite a treat and it was obvious a lot of preparation had gone into it.
Well done guys!

This year's Manure Dig will be held on Sunday 7th May. Click HERE to read information about what is happening on the day. It would be great to see as many families as possible there.

Music News

SOME of the sounds heard from the Kinder room on Fridays this Term were…
Littlies: creating sound patterns, singing a round  about frogs, dancing and conducting a class orchestra.
1/2 Middlies: learning a rhyme with body percussion, a song and a dance about Antarctica.
3/4 Middlies:  zooming along on their recorders, creating sound stories and improvising some body percussion rhythms.
Biggies: investigating protest songs, playing Heart and Soul, improvising and learning a body percussion piece.
The 1/2  Middlies theme led  to a visit by Shona’s brother Dugald who wrote the music and made the puppets for the 'Antarctica' musical premiered at Theatre Royal last year. He brought his life sized adorable penguin and snow petrel puppets to demonstrate and discuss with all classes.
Happy Holidays to all, Shona

Shona's brother with the penguin he made for the Antarctica musical.


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