Friday Notice 9th December 2016

Term 4 at a glance:


13  Tuesday  Leavers Day/Reports go home
14  Wednesday School Picnic
13  Thursday  Leavers Celebration @ 11am ALL WELCOME
15  Thursday    Last Day of Term 4 (12 NOON)
Working Bees 2017 - SAVE THE DATES:
Saturday 18 Feb 2017
Saturday 20 May 2017
Saturday 9 Sept 2017

Henry M, Rowen & Nick R (pic on right) all ready to race!

From Steve

Thank you if you helped to spread the word about our quest to employ a new TA for 2017.  At the close of application on Monday we had a healthy response of quality applicants.  A selection group is now undertaking the task of selecting candidates for interview.
On a glorious Tuesday, I joined a combined group of Littlies and Middlies for a bike day that took in the foreshore ride from the school to Geilston Bay and back again.  Along the way we gave cheery hellos to those sharing the path, received support for getting out there and being active, and of course spending some fun time in the parks along the way.
At our final Garden Market on Wednesday I managed to press gang some more parents into the voting process relating to the risk options for the Futures Project.  Thanks to everyone who participated in this exercise, and a reminder that a fully detailed options presentation will be provided at next year’s AGM for an informed vote.
On Thursday morning the fire alarms were activated using a special canister of smoke, supported by a strobing red light to simulate a fire.  Under the watchful eye of 3 representatives from the Tasmanian Fire Service, we conducted our emergency evacuation process as if a real fire were happening.  Hats off to the children and staff as everything went off seamlessly and we were given the nod of approval in advance of written verification.  We plan to have an early practice next year to keep us on our toes.
Today of course, many of you joined us for the concert, which I’m sure we all enjoyed.  Great to see a mix of the arts being presented, and our students displaying such confidence in their performances.
Of course next week is our final week of school, and plenty of things to achieve before midday on Thursday.  Adults and children alike are all starting to show some signs of tiredness so we need to make sure that eating well, sleeping well, minimum screen time and maximum family time are all in place.  In short, look after each other.



Maritime Museum School Holiday Program (click here)

Head Lice
Yes, those critters are here again. Please click
here to view a headlice treatment flow chart. It is very important that all lice and eggs are removed before children return to school. BE vigilant and check your child's head regularly!

Bupa KidFit Series 2017
Registrations are now open
Click here for details

The 3/4 Middlies Clan

Over past the three weeks our studies have been focused on the social structure, beliefs, customs and traditions of the Tasmanian Aboriginal people. In that time, researching with the children I have been reminded how closely our own school mirrors the clans and bands structure of Aboriginal society.  In winter time we huddled around the log fire, with parents and student collecting our wood. In the springtime, at the outside fire pot made by a parent, we have cooked, shared our stories, learned and grown together in the circle that is our hearth and heart, Sally’s Garden.
I shared a lovely picture book in the stone circle with the children last week , titled The Paddock.  The story tells the environmental changes through time of a paddock, a single plot of land somewhere in Australia. One element of the story told of how the indigenous inhabitants cared for and used the resources on this plot of land. Two consecutive pages of the story lead to an in-depth discussion for half an hour about the resource management techniques of the Tasmanian and Australian aboriginal nations and how these practices differ from our own. I was amazed at the children’s understanding, background knowledge, insight and sensitivity to the issues surrounding the cultural loss suffered by the Tasmanian Aboriginals.
Our recent Environment Day to the mutton bird rookery at Cape Deslacs further explored the management and harvesting of a resource by Tasmanian Aboriginal people and how seasonal changes affected the availability of food sources. Along the track we identified and consumed many types of bush tucker, including native spinach, wild cherry, sand fire and basket grass. At the end of the day we came back to Cremorne to sample some of the local seafood (pan-fried abalone on the menu) another food source collected from this region.
As the year ends, the clan changes. Some families and individuals leave to take new pathways and we hope they remember us and return to us. We thank them for building us, maintaining and making us a strong community. The photos I have selected are the 3/4 clan together and as it has been throughout the year.  We are cleverer and wiser when we work together.  Tom



Henry W has mislaid a brown Mont zip up jacket. Did you accidentally take it home with you or know where it is? If so, please pass on to Henry!

Last chance to purchase one. At only $20, they would make a lovely Christmas gift.  See Caroline at drop off or pick up if you would like one.
2016 Primary Schools Triathlon

Enjoy the action shots from the triathlon in today's newsletter.

Congratulations to the record number of students (25) who took part in the School Triathlon last Friday. Everyone had a great day representing The Cottage School in a fun and challenging environment. Special mention to Nate who filled in for the Grade 5 team when they were short a swimmer, after already doing his Grade 4 individual and team events.

Well done also to Meg, Lily, Emma & Gabe who have participated in the triathlon from Grade 3 to 6. Georgie

Water for a Village:

Amadeo (Arrigo & Federico's brother) had a big smile as he walked the last kilometre of his 100km walking project with Cottage School kids last Tuesday. Over November Amadeo has been researching wheelchair friendly tracks around Hobart, whilst raising money for the Hobart based charity, Water For A Village. Many of these walks have been shared by the kids at Cottage School. With a group of other children from Hobart, Amadeo has raised enough money to build a new well for a village in the Simien Mountains of Ethiopia. Amadeo wrote a walking installment of his 23 walks. Click here to see Amadeo's last chapter.

I wanted to let the students and teachers know that we are going to install a very special well in Ethiopia when I get there in February that will have been funded entirely by the children of Hobart including The Cottage School.  We think that as it comes just from the children, it’s an extremely special well.  And it even has a name – The Wishing Well.

Thanks so much for all your enthusiasm and support – it makes such a difference to the people and the children of the villages where we work. Depending on the weather, the well will be installed in February.  There will be information on the website and facebook when I have service to update.

Kindest regards,

Catherine Wheatley

Water For A Village

Garden Market
Our final Garden Market for the year was a beauty - the sun shone, the tables were laden and there were lots of delicious treats for the hungry Bike Day participants and other customers. Thank you as always for the ice creams, school garden kebabs and baked goodies. Recent Garden Market purchases have included watering cans for the school garden and a worm farm for Tom’s class. (Look out for worm juice for sale at future Garden Markets). And a special thank you to Daisy for making our gorgeous new Garden Market sign - it really captures the essence of what Garden Market is all about. Great work Daisy!

Jump Start: What a fabulous way to start the day!


Plant Stall Group

Plant Stall Lunch and
(-crack the whip) 
Final Potting Meet!!

Anne's Garden, 38 Alexandra Esplanade
Tuesday 13th Dec. 12-3

Bring  a salad vege or piece of fruit for the table!

Hope you can come,



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