Friday Notice 25th November 2016

Term 4 at a glance:

30  Wednesday  Kinder Environment Day

2  Friday  Schools Triathlon Challenge (Gr:3-6)
6  Tuesday  3/4 Environment Day
7  Wednesday P/1/2 Bike Day PLEASE NOTE NEW DATE!
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)


Please bring a gold coin; a cushion and don't forget to invite an adult as well!

From Steve

On Monday our Biggies took full advantage of the great weather by heading up onto the mountain for a walk followed by a swim in the warmth of the afternoon at Longley Gorge.
This was followed by the 2/3/4’s heading off to their camp at Spring Beach on a perfect day, which they capitalised on by doing a walk and a swim on day 1.  On day 2 I received a text photo of the group standing at the summit of the Thumbs wearing suitable wet weather gear and a look of satisfaction on their faces.
Our focus value was shared with the school on Tuesday prior to the camp departure, and the focus is Curiosity.
Curiosity is being inquisitive and wondering.
Curiosity is poking around and figuring things out.
Curiosity is exploring with your mind and with actions.
On Thursday a meeting was held with members of the Marketing Sub-Committee to look at how to maximise enrolments of Pre-Kinder.  If you know of anyone who is considering our Pre-Kinder group for next year, please urge them to contact us asap.
Due to Simon’s intention to focus on business opportunities next year and as a consequence being unavailable for employment with the school, we are advertising a Teacher Assistant position in this Saturday’s Mercury.  While we acknowledge that replacing Simon is impossible, we are hoping for some quality candidates to fill the vacant position.
The Social Sub-Committee are looking forward to families enjoying the movie night scheduled for tonight at 6:00pm in the Biggies.  Another great way for some relaxed time together and enjoy the good things about our community.
You would have all received an email from me providing some details of the Futures Forum to be held next Tuesday at either 3:00pm or 5:00pm.  I look forward to seeing you all at one of the forums.  In parallel to the work being done with the options for future size and location of the school, Elly has continued to do work around the future governance options for the school.  This is nearing completion and should be available to Committee soon.
I’ve also made mention throughout the year, about the professional development around literacy that we have been involved with this year.  With one more meeting to go, it is worth pointing out that through funding being made available by IST, that teachers have been afforded some common planning time to work together in the implementation of the knowledge gained.



Five big golden hand shakes  to Tom, Henry, Raban, Bella and Tarquin for cleaning the bus after camp. It had travelled on a few dirt roads and was very dirty! :)

During this hectic time of year some things often get overlooked. Just a reminder that all fees should be paid by the end of the year unless you have signed an Instalment Payment Agreement or a Debt Payment Agreement!

Teacher Assistant
Position 2017
Click here for an employment package containing additional information. Applications close 4pm, 5th Dec. 2016

'Is Water Alive'

Where did the first water come from?

Why is water wet?

Can we make water?

How much water is there in the world?

Where do rivers start?

Inquisitive minds are fantastic and clever questions often inspire us to discover more than an answer. In Littlies “water” has become quite an inspirational theme that highlights the mystery of a substance that in our society we often take for granted. Water, the bond between humans and nature has the power to change everything --- grow a garden, create habitats, sustain life and carve landscapes. Littlies have been researching how all water on Earth is ultimately connected. Water has also brought a fortuitous connection with Amadeo and his mum Jane and their quest to raise money for a small Tasmanian charity called ‘Water for a Village’. This Australian-based organisation is run by Hobart couple, Catherine and Peter Wheatley and works towards building environmentally sustainable wells in The Simien Mountain villages of Ethiopia. All money raised goes directly towards building a well. Littlies and Middlies spent a morning session with Catherine learning about water collection in Ethiopia and seeing Catherine’s photos of how a water source is located, a well dug, pump installed and villages transformed. Catherine was amazed at the children’s responses and questions to her story. There is a link to the organisation’s website which has some very beautiful images and case studies. Littlies have inturn decided that they would like to join Amadeo and Jane as they aim to walk 100kms over November, and see how much money they can help raise to go towards a new well. The children have decided that our next environment day following Hobart Cascades and bike day along the river foreshore could be a gold coin donation event.  (


Our first Environment day for the term was a study of local water quality as we followed New Town Rivulet down stream from the edge of the mountain to its junction with the Derwent River. This journey was also our last chance to spend a day with our resident water bug expert, Gabrielle Balon. Collecting Macro Invertebrates is a simple water quality activity children can to do to see first hand how healthy a water system is. You don't need any high tech equipment to do this, it’s essentially fishing with teaspoons and highlights how natural ecosystems filter water, provide biodiversity and how quickly human activity affects water quality. Our final study will be mapping the Cascades through South Hobart to the city centre, paying respect to the traditional owners of this area, the Muwinina Tribe, and honouring their connection to the river Derwent and its estuaries.  Regards, Michelle

Littlies Environment Day following the New Town Rivulet downstream to the Derwent River.


3/4 Middlies at Gymnastics
Biggies Gymnastics


Post Fair Update

A massive thanks to the whole school community(grandparents & extended family included), Fair was a huge success and could not/would not have happened without the efforts of all. In spite of the cricket and parking issues several stalls broke records and the interstall rivalry was as hot as ever.

Monday the 28th is Donor Thank You Day- If families could please  bring in 1 cake each for the businesses that donated (almost $4000 of goods combined), Elisia and I will be doing the thank you very much round. We will be leaving from the school around 9.30am, if cakes contain nuts we will hand over in the car park.

Looking forward to another massive year in 2017 with more records, friendships, tears and laughter.
The ongoing Fair Fairy (Ruth - AKA Henrik's Mum)

2017 School Calendars

Caroline is still selling the remaining Calendars. They would make a great Christmas present for Grandparents/family etc. All groups have artwork included. A lovely gift for only $20.00.
We received a letter during the week from Rural Alive and Well Inc. Board thanking  Cottage School for our $700 donation following the devastating floods in northern Tasmania earlier in the year.

The Rural Alive and Well program is greatly benefiting rural families and donations like ours help to ensure that they are able to continue to deliver these vital service.


2016 Primary Schools Triathlon (next Friday 2nd Dec)

For those students entered in the please see details below and what equipment you will need on the right:

Proposed Schedule: 

7.30     Transition area opens for bikes
9.30     Transition area closes for bikes
10.00   Grade 3 Individuals
10.30   Grade 4 Individuals
11.00   Grade 5 Individuals
11.30   Grade 6 Individuals
12.00   Grade 3 Teams
12.30   Grade 4 Teams
1.00     Grade 5 Teams
1.30     Grade 6 Teams
2.00     Return to school
Equipment Needed:

Goggles (optional)

Bike Riders
T Shirt

T Shirt


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Bellerive, TAS  7018


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