Friday Notice 10 March 2017

Term 1 2017 at a glance:

13  Monday Eight Hour Day Public Holiday
14  Tuesday  5/6 Environment Day
15  Wednesday  Kinder Environment Day
16  Thursday  1/2 Environment Day
23  Thursday  Prep Environment Day
23  Thursday  3/4 Environment Day
24  Friday Marc Armitage Conference
27  Monday  5/6 Camp Start
31  Friday  5/6 Camp Finish

5  Wednesday  Kinder Environment Day
7  Friday  Prep Bike Day
12  Wednesday  1/2 Environment Day
13  Thursday  5/6 Bike Day
13  Thursday  3/4 Bike Day
13  Thursday  Last Day Term 1
The plant stall Potting Tuesday are having their usual second Tuesday of the month potting session on 14th March at 38 Alexandra Esplanade from 1-3pm. Young children are welcome. Please see Caroline or Jane (

If students would like to buy a  new recorder at a discounted rate Shona has them available for $14.00 and cleaner mops for $ 2.50. See Shona

From George....

Steve Robinson's New Adventures...

I was saddened to hear from Steve that he has decided to finish his time with us at the end of the year. It will be the end of his three year contract, but I was very much hoping he would consider staying on. 

He has achieved a lot in in his time with our little school; being the first to step into the newly created School Leader role he has had to help shape it and work through how it functioned within our Governance structure. He has, as the title suggests, become our leader and spent many hours dealing with the day to day running of the school. He's achieved a great deal of improvements in both the academic and non-academic areas, but perhaps most importantly he has provided the support our teachers were desperately asking for allowing them the time to concentrate on teaching our kids. 

At the April Committee meeting we will be presented with options on what the School Leader role should look like going forward and although Steve's decision is disappointing, his decisiveness and willingness to make the call now allows us time to react accordingly.

I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank Steve on behalf of Committee and the school community for all he has done in his time with us and am pleased we still 'have him' for the rest of this year!!

So it's business as usual for now and with our new 5 year strategic plan nearly complete (soon to be distributed to the school community for your thoughts) there'll be plenty to keep us all busy!

All the best Steve on your next adventure which sounds both daunting and fantastic!

George Underwood - Committee President

Click on Calendar to view


From Steve.....

Our thanks for your patience with regards to the distribution of the Family Jobs.  We’ve finally got the list sorted and communicated to everyone, which in itself is no easy task, so thank you Annette.  It’s lovely to see parents diving enthusiastically into their new job and taking pride in their contribution.  We’re hoping that a few late enrolments will see us being able to farm out the remaining jobs on our list.
Some of you may be wondering why Skye is spending so much time at the school?  Towards the end of last year, careful consideration was given to the concept of having someone working with specific groups of children across the school that would benefit from some targeted support.  Skye is in a very good position to fulfil this role as her previous experience includes working with gifted and talented as well as catch up students.  Already the feedback of this initiative is extremely positive.
Our 3/4 students headed off to Georgetown on Tuesday for camp, and after having spent last night in Launceston, arrived back at school today.  Their camp allowed for traditional activities to develop independence, resilience and cooperation, combined with a curriculum focus of maritime history.  I’m sure that they’ll all have lots to share on their return.
For those who attended the AGM, you would remember that Selendah has stepped down from the position of Secretary and that the position is vacant.  We have been fortunate that Selendah has continued in the role for the start of the year despite her work commitments.  However, we really do need someone who can take over the role and be ready for the next Committee meeting in April.  Please consider this opportunity to participate and contribute to the important function of Committee and contact the President, George Underwood at the earliest possibility.


This week’s recipients are:-

Grace, Bill & Daniella: for the extra time and effort striving for their best in study.

Tate: For excellent time management in research work

Luca R: for great enthusiasm and independence on Environment Day

Sophie C: for being a kind and caring friend in Kinder

Poppy: for her beautiful, caring nature and showing empathy towards friends who are in need

Harrison: for looking after our classroom equipment, always pushing in chairs and checking that every thing is in order.

PHOTOS: Biggies out and about

News from Number 10...not Downing Street!

A new year, a new group, a new space and this week working with new TA’s; I feel like I’ve been professionally spring cleaned! The first teacher report of the year from the Biggies and I feel motivated and privileged to be working with a group with momentum, energy and a purpose to their learning.  Home work, dialogue with parents, conferencing and sharing ideas, taking on challenges, meeting time frames, doing more than is expected, taking pride in a job well done, showing responsibility and being flexible enough to cope with a timetable and calendar that has shifted and morphed.
The Biggies have been out and about in the first 4 weeks. We went to the Rosny Outdoor Education department for a session on how to use the Trangia stoves and an overnight trip to Fortescue Bay where we explored sunken ship wrecks, body surfed, trekked, camped and of course cooked pancakes on the fuel stoves! A comment from a parent who came on camp with us for the first time was, he couldn’t believe his son had been coming on these adventures for years and that they were so wonderful. He felt like he’d left it very late to experience the thrill of the adventure but appreciative of the opportunity to view and understand the personalities, strengths and attributes of all the children in the group.
The Biggies attended a day long leaders conference at the Hotel Grand Chancellor which has continued to feed into our unit for the term focusing on the attributes of a leaders and how to develop these skills and qualities and select from an increasing range of strategies to solve problems and respond to and direct their own learning.
If you would like some more details on the first month back in 2017 in the Biggies, please ask one of our students. They are approachable, communicative, articulate and boy do they love to chat!  Cheers, Tom


A letter from Catherine (Water for a Village)

At the end of last week The Wishing Well was completed and the children and adults of the village of Buyit Ras now have plenty of clean fresh water to use and it is very close to their homes.  Thank you so much to everyone for contributing so much and for making this village’s wish come true.  You have made a great difference to people who are just like us but who don’t have the opportunities that we do.

Next week I will be back in the mountains so that I can check on all the water sources that we have installed this time.  I will be in Buyit Ras where we will have an opening ceremony for the well and where I will read all the messages that have been sent from you to the village and when I have reception again, there will be some photos on facebook for you to see.

Once again – thanks so much.  It is an amazing gift that you have given a very beautiful little village.


For Water For A Village


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