Friday Notice 10 February 2017

Term 1 2017 at a glance:


13  Monday  Public Holiday (Regatta Day)
18  Saturday  First Working Bee (8am-1pm)
20  Monday  First day Term 1 for Pre-Kinder
22  Wednesday  First Garden Market for 2017 @ 3pm.
AGM Thursday 16th Feb 7pm:

ATTENTION ALL PARENTS, or members of The Cottage School Inc., the school AGM is this Thursday at 7:15pm in the Biggies classroom. All members (who ever nominated on their child's enrolment form) are asked to attend. This meeting is an important part of the school's governance process with a number of report's tabled including the auditor's report on the school's finances (which needs to be endorsed by members), sub-committees to organise, committee office bearers to vote on and this year an important decision to make regarding the Futures Project. It usually only takes about an hour or so, so please do what you need to do to be there.
Put your hand up on the night and get involved. Become a respected and much appreciated...
  • General Committee member
  • Office bearer - President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer
  • Sub-Comittee member (don't have to be a committee member to be on a sub-committee)
  • Policy and Procedures 
  • Finance
  • Work Place Health and Safety
  • Marketing and Communication
  • Social and Fundraising
  • Working Group member (formed for specific projects where necessary)
  • Playground
  • Parent Liaison
Working Bees 2017 - SAVE THE DATES:

Saturday 18 February
Saturday 20 May
Saturday 9 September


Click on each
link to view!

Futures Project A

Futures Project B

Futures Project C

Futures Project D

Futures Project E

Futures Project F

Futures Project G

Futures Project H

Futures Project I

Photo above from the Staff Retreat:
Enjoying playing the Wooden Djembe Drums

From Steve....

A very warm welcome back to our students and families for the 2017 school year.  It’s the Chinese year of the rooster, and all of the staff believes that there will be many positive things happening for us to crow about this year.  We look forward to your contributions in making this a positive, successful and happy year.
During the summer break teachers gave up 3 days of their holidays to attend a teacher retreat that allowed some focused discussions on school matters.  Time was also devoted to teachers sharing information about the new students that they would be welcoming into their classes this year.  This type of collaboration and professional dialogue by all teachers during the holidays is unheard of in other schools and continues to demonstrate the willingness of staff to go above and beyond for a school that they believe in.  Teachers have also spent some considerable time in setting up their new classrooms.  Apart from Kinder, each classroom has a different teacher in it this year, and the opportunity to clean up and re-invent has been taken with relish.  There’s a real air of excitement about this year and a commitment to continue as a school of excellence.  I’m looking forward to celebrating the wonderful experiences and achievements with you as the year progresses.
On Monday, the whole of staff participated in professional learning about the construction and use of student Individual Learning Plans.  These documents are constructed for the benefit of students who require additional support in order to achieve outcomes, and are a valuable resource for the people who are working with them.
Everyone loves the new green space surface.  A lot of work by the contractor went in to making the end product a quality finish and we look forward to many years of good service.  This is a direct benefit from the money raised at the last fair.  The playground committee has now committed to bringing the rest of the outdoor environment up to the same standard as the green space by the end of this year.
On Tuesday we introduced our first value of the year, EQUITY
  • Equity is addressing and overcoming disadvantage.
  • Equity is ensuring that everyone can succeed.
  • Equity is being tolerant and fair.
Thanks to the Social Committee for organising the Community Afternoon Tea.  A superb afternoon with a real blend of old and new faces.  A lovely way to start the year.
Each classroom now has a set of books about ‘bucket filling’.  These books are all about how as individuals we can add to other people’s well being and at the same time make ourselves feel good.  We’ve bought extra copies of the books so that parents can borrow for short periods and continue the discussions at home.  When borrowing one of the books, please fill out the library card and hand it to the teacher.
The AGM is always an important calendar date, and I would urge you to attend.  In particular, part of the agenda of the AGM will be used to allow members to vote on the future options of the school.  Unlike last years voting which was purely based on a risk analysis, this year you will have the full information that was used to generate each graph displayed before you.  This is a very important decision, because this year will see us determine the single preferred option for the future and a course of action developed.  For those who would like to access the information in advance, please access the provided links (above right).

Click on Calendar to view

Free workshops for parents and carers of young people on the autism spectrum!
Hobart 28 Feb 2017
Click here for more information.

The first Garden Market for the year is on Wednesday 22nd February at 3pm.

Grade 5/6 Guitar Lessons: All Grade 5/6 families have been sent details about guitar lessons this year. Please make contact with Nick to arrange.

Did you miss getting a calendar at the end of last year? We still have some available for the going price of $10. See Caroline (Henry & Gabi's mum) if you would like to purchase one - a bargain! They have fabulous prints of the children's art work in them and make great presents!


Your Working Bee Coordinators for this year are:

Mel: Kinder Aide and mum to Georgia (3/4) and Amy (1/2) and

Isabelle: mum to Abigail (Prep).

Any queries about all Working Bees need to be directed to them.

First Working Bee for 2017

Our first working bee of 2017 will be on Saturday 18 February from 8am – 1pm. All families are expected to contribute 4 hours work (eg 1 adult x 4 hours or 2 adults x 2 hrs). It is a very social day and there is a real sense of satisfaction to see the school looking so well cared for at the end. Working together strengthens our school community and the working bees have a direct financial benefit – without them fees would need to increase to pay for this maintenance.
A list of working bee jobs is available via this link. A hard copy master list (including the usual few late addition jobs!) will be placed on the wall of the White Cottage on Tuesday morning (14 Feb). Please choose a job and write your name next to it. Please do not email Annette or the WB co-ordinators asking them to put your name down for a job as it might already be 'taken'.
Please bring a piece of fruit to share for morning tea and any (named) tools you will need to complete your job.
Working bees are not ‘optional events’ – they were part of the deal when you signed up for the Cottage School. While it is possible to do ‘catch up jobs’ after the day, these are time consuming to arrange/follow up and it is often not as efficient as if they were done on the day. If you are genuinely unable to attend the working bee due to work commitments or personal reasons please let one of the Working Bee co-ordinators know in advance and an arrangement will be made. If you are unable to attend and you are allocated a catch up job these will need to be completed within 4 weeks after the working bee ie by 20 March or you will be invoiced for the standard working bee payment of $120.

Children are welcome at working bees however please be aware that:
  • Children are not allowed inside the buildings unless they are in the company of an adult. Classroom resources (computers/stationary/games etc) are not to be used on the day.
  • You are responsible for the supervision and safety of your children. Please bear this in mind when you are choosing a job to make sure you are able to supervise them appropriately.
  • All working bee participants (both adults and children) need to be aware that on the day the school will be a worksite with various tools being used, large objects/equipment being moved around etc. This requires extra vigilance to ensure that we all remain safe.
  • Children should remain inside the school grounds at all times unless they are in the company of an adult.
Looking forward to seeing you all on Saturday 18 February. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any queries/concerns. Thanks, Mel and Isabelle (WB Coordinators).
Triathlon News:
Bupa Kidfit Triathlon Series is for children ages 7-15 years.
Triathlons are a good way to be active together in a friendly and supportive environment.

New Norfolk
Saturday 25th Feb
Sunday 26th Feb
Sunday 5th March
Blackmans Bay
Sunday 19th March

7/8 Years:

Swim 25m Cycle 1km Run 400m
9/10 Years:
Swim 50m Cycle 1.5 km Run 600m
11/12 Years:
Swim 75m Cycle 2km Run 1km

A rotary hoe. If you have one, can you please let one of the Working Bee Coordinators know before Wed. 11th as we may need to hire one.
A trailer that can be left at school for the whole day to be used for tip runs.
Wheelbarrows, brooms, rakes, shovels and mattocks. We always need extras so even if your job doesn't need them, lots of others will - especially wheelbarrows!


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Bellerive, TAS  7018


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