Friday Notice 4th November 2016

Term 4 at a glance:

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
23  Wednesday  Garden Market @ 3pm
24  Thursday  2/3/4 Return from Camp
25  Friday  Family movie night at school
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
7  Wednesday  Garden Market @ 3pm
9  Friday  School Concert
13  Tuesday  Leavers Day/Reports go home
14  School Picnic
15  Thursday    Last Day of Term 4 (12 NOON)
The Biggies first stop on their arrival in Canberra was to climb Mt Ainslie and take in the view.

Top Photo: The Biggies on the steps at the Australian War Memorial

Below: At the National Portrait Gallery

From Steve

Last Friday our 1/2 class worked with members of the Clarence City Council to assist with the revegetation of an area close to Bellerive Beach.  It was a terrific opportunity for the children to participate in caring for the coastal area, which we frequent a lot.  Their work has opened up some new opportunities for further collaboration between the school and Clarence City Council that will be of mutual benefit. There are some photos of the children planting at the dunes on the Council's Facebook Page.
A similar example of enacting our social responsibility and the school value of Enterprise, was the donation made by the 3/4's of $220.20 to the Salvation Army at this weeks Gathering.  The funds were raised last term with a ‘Jackets On’ potato lunch organised and run by the class.  Ian Hamilton representing the Salvation Army accepted the donation and spoke to the children of those in Australia and Tasmania who are less fortunate than us.  The money raised is enough to purchase 3 swags for the homeless in our state.
Prep/1 had an Environment Day which saw them walking into various sites in order to do some scientific work concerning water quality in our streams and rivers, all ably assisted by Gabrielle Balon.  On their Environment Day, the 1/2's walked a section of the Alum Cliffs and were joined by Hana and baby Ellie.  The Kinders took themselves down to the Rosny library to meet and listen to Mem Fox as she presented her new book, Ducks Away, and Ella (Olita's mum) kindly purchased a copy for the school at the same time.
The countdown is now on.  Only 8 more sleeps until the fair! 





Have any spare boxes? The plant stall would love to have them on fair day for plant sales!

The Biggies Canberra Camp

Gosh, what a good time it is to be a Biggie!  Our most recent highlight has of course been our inaugural five-day trip to Canberra, which began when Simon, Steve and I met our excited, but still sleepy students at Hobart airport at 5.30 last Monday morning. After a pleasant flight and check-in at our comfortable accommodation, we climbed Mt. Ainslie to orient ourselves with a magnificent outlook over Canberra and its surrounds, and Simon drove us around the city, taking in the sights from a different perspective.
On day two, we visited the Royal Australian Mint where we learned about the history of our currency and marvelled at the precision and robotics involved in the production of our coinage.  This was followed by a trip to the National Museum of Australia where a ‘potted history of Australia’, presented through an amazing audio-visual display in a circular rotating theatre began our self-guided exploration of this fascinating museum.
We spent many enthralled hours the following day at the Australian War Memorial; breaking up our whole day visit there with lunch at the Pod Playground and the National Arboretum. We listened to the poignant stories of individual men and women who served our country in the armed forces. We experienced simulated battle sequences through audio-visual displays and the reflective stillness that followed the moving ‘Last Post’ ceremony. After dinner we enjoyed a night-lights tour and a viewing of the city from high up in the Telstra Tower.
On Thursday, Tamsin, our knowledgeable guide at the National Portrait Gallery shared a variety of portraits with us; exploring the reasons behind their inclusion in the collection, the artist’s techniques and the stories of the sitters. We were even able to draw our own self-portraits in situ!  After lunch, we took a self-guided tour of the National Gallery Australia to see Sidney Nolan’s iconic ‘Ned Kelly Series’ as well as the Indigenous, European and American collections.  I was impressed by the children’s stamina and enthusiasm in exploring these galleries…it nearly matched my own!  The latter part of the day was spent at the New Parliament House, where we took part in a guided tour and, together with students from another small school from the North-West of Tasmania, a parliamentary role-play.  Cottage School was well represented in the roles of Prime minister, Clerk, Minister for Communications, and assorted other ministers and backbenchers.  We passed a Bill for free Wi-Fi on public transport!!  After our long day of focussing, we celebrated Lachie’s birthday with ‘frozen custard’ and a play at John Knight Memorial Park on our way back to camp.
The long anticipated visit to Questacon, the Science and Technology Museum, served as the grand finale to our trip, and it exceeded all expectations!  Most of the children conquered their fears and experienced the six-metre ‘free-fall’ slide, which was definitely a highlight! 
We kept our up traditions of camp plays and camp awards and on our final night, we played a great team quiz game; the questions relating to all the places we had visited.  The children were given the opportunity each day to make entries into their ‘Canberra journals’ that also held mementos such as plane tickets, brochures, memorial poppies, etc.
The Biggies were great ambassadors for our school through their curious questioning, their patient listening, their thoughtful gestures and their polite interactions both at our accommodation site and the venues we visited.   When, on Friday evening at Sydney’s departure lounge we communicated the news that our 9pm flight had been delayed by an hour, these very tired kids simply found a spot on the floor to settle into, pass around the coloured pencils, and illustrate a card for a fellow Biggie, celebrating each other’s input to the camp in the form of a camp award.  Just another very lovely ‘Cottage School’ moment! 

The Pod Playground which features giant acorn cubbies, nest swings and banksia pods

Nathan and Gabe at the Indigenous Gallery: Australian War Memorial

Olivia, Eloise and Bethany at the John Knight Memorial Playground

Eloise about to experience the six metre free-fall slide

Role play at Parliament House:The Prime Minister (Tate) and the Clerk (Gabe) look like they have done this before!

Biggies news continued...

….and the ‘warm-fuzzies’ have continued this week!  Today the grade six leavers spent the afternoon in a local café with four of last year’s leavers.  Johanna, Matt, Grace and Bella returned to share their stories and experience of the transition to high school.  It was so lovely to see them all again; confident, relaxed and happy to be making this contribution - and the grade six group really appreciated their candour and insights.  There was much laughter and sharing of 'hints' to managing high school life!  Among them was Bella’s fitting response to the question, “Is there anything that you wish you had known before you went to high school?” – “Yes, I wish I knew not to worry about going to high school”!!


Also....thankyou to Lily, Eloise, Bill, Emma and Meg for representing Cottage School at Marimba Mania on Saturday. It was a beautiful day with beautiful music to match. Shona

School Fair

Calling any young musicians! Can you play a groovy tune on your recorder? Do you know a great song with some cool chords to play on your guitar? Can you play another instrument? Do you sing?  If you are interested in sharing your music with our school fair community, I am happy to support a buskers corner just inside the entrance to the PCYC. We have a couple of young  violinists who are preparing a few songs, which we will play on the half hour, starting at 11am, then 11.30 and so on. There will be a keyboard set up, and room for guitar or other smaller instruments.  Apologies to the cool drumming kids in our school, as there will not quite be enough room for a drum kit! So dust off your instruments, dig out any cool songs you've learnt with Shona or Di, and come along and have a go!  It will be great to hear you!      
Anne (Daniella's Mum)


View from New Parliament House looking towards Old Parliament House, the War Memorial and Mt Ainslie.
Want to know what's happening at Rosny Linc in November?
Click here for more information!

Baby & Kids Market:
Click here for info. 

Antarctica - a new musical on until November 12th at the Theatre Royal.
Click here for more information.

Garden Market

Thank you Carolyn, Andrea, Susan, Harry and Junko for your help with the first Garden Markets of the term. Market customers have enjoyed scones, icypoles, date balls, muffins, prolific produce from the school garden and an indian feast of biryani, curry, papadams and raita - how good is that?


Funds raised from the markets have been spent on card games and 2 pogo sticks (to come) for the Middlies 1/2 and a special afternoon tea for the Grade 6 leavers with some of last years leavers who shared their experiences of high school.


Given that we are all busy with preparing for and recovering from the School Fair, our next market will be on Wednesday 23 November.


2nd hand clothes for Cottage School Fair

Keep in mind that clothes need to be in fantastic condition.


See Kristina ( Mahli , Gabe and Layla's Mum)
at school pick up or drop off!


Family movie night: Friday 25th November
Gold coin donation per person & a plate of food to share. Movie starts at 6.00pm!

FAIR: 1 week to go!

We will be doing some set up on Friday arvo 11/11. Please remember to check the board by the green space for details on Monday and Tuesday. Many hands at this time make light work.

We will complete set up Saturday morning from 7am! All families are asked to come and help out. Parking will be at a premium this day. Scott St will be a clearway past #12 and only 15 minutes (timed) between Clarence St and the PCYC. Council will have rangers booking people on the day who overstay. The Percy St car parks are 2 hour parking and will also be patrolled.

If anyone has a Ute and can help the Plant  stall move stock from Anne's garden to the PCYC on the morning, please let Jane P or Caroline W know.(Ruth:Henrik's mum)


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