Friday Notice 16th December 2016

Term 1 2017 at a glance:


6    Monday  Staff only at school
7    Tuesday  First day Term 1 for students (K-6)
7    Tuesday 'Welcome to School' afternoon tea @ 2.30 (All welcome)
13  Monday  Public Holiday (Regatta Day)
18  Saturday  First Working Bee (8am-1pm)
20  Monday  First day Term 1 for Pre-Kinder
Working Bees 2017 - SAVE THE DATES:
Saturday 18 Feb 2017
Saturday 20 May 2017
Saturday 9 Sept 2017
Farewell to our Grade Six Leavers. Enjoy high school guys: You will all be great ambassadors for Cottage School!


22 Dec - 6 Jan
23 Jan - 27 Jan

From Steve

I have to start this newsletter by saying how much I enjoyed the concert last Friday as I’m sure you did too.  Wasn’t it great to listen to the music performances from across the school, and to hear those French accents as the children played out different scenarios.  And what about the Biggies play about Federation?  Truly a master class in playwriting and performance.  Well done and thankyou to all the students and teachers who made the concert such a success, and thank you to all the parents who made it along on the day.
The selection group have chosen a short list to interview for the Teacher Assistant position, and interviews will take place next Monday.
On Tuesday our Year 6 students enjoyed the traditional Leaver’s Day by heading to the Glenorchy Pool, Botanical Gardens for lunch, and the Climbing Edge for a final work out.  By popular request, the evening meal was held at a Chinese restaurant in town.
Thanks to the Social Committee for providing our BBQ lunch on Wednesday as part of the Picnic Day.  No one has a problem with putting away a snag or three!  Despite the fact that it was blowing a gale at school, Bellerive Beach was calm and sheltered.  So thanks to Georgie and the Year 6 leaders who organised and ran the events at the beach much to the delight of everyone.
The 2016 Year 6 Leavers Ceremony has seen a fine crop of individuals pass on from Cottage School to their respective high schools.  We have no doubt that they will go on to succeed each in their own way, and we look forward to inviting them back next year to play their part with the 2017 Year 6 transition program.  Our best wishes to each of them.
Of course by the time you all get to read this, it will be officially the end of the school year and the beginning of some great family time together.  A time to reflect on the past year and to make plans for the coming year.  A time to recharge the batteries, to wind down, or to get going.  A time to do all those things that there just doesn’t seem time to do, or to just do nothing at all.  But whatever you end up doing, we hope that you enjoy it and that you all keep safe and happy until we get back together in February.


End of year picnic at Bellerive Beach


A recent maths investigation by the grade 6 group in our Statistics and Probability Unit involved using the Maths300 resources.  When it came time for us to check our solutions against those provided on the website, we discovered our answers didn't concur.  This was a great opportunity for us to practice our communication skills and so, using the data projector, (so we could all see the email as it was being typed), as a group, we composed an email explaining our mathematical dilemma.  See our letter below...

Dear Doug,
We are Grade 6 students from The Cottage School in Bellerive, Tasmania. We use your maths program regularly and think it's a valuable learning tool. Currently we are working on the 'Take a Chance' investigation and we have a question for you!
Investigation sheet A: Question 3 reads, "How many ways can a 'between' of 0 happen? Explain." We think we have found an error in the answer given. Initially we agreed with your answer of 13 ways, when both 'end cards' show the same figure. However, now that we have looked more deeply into the problem, we think that there are more than 13 ways. When the two 'end cards' show, for example, Ace-2, it is not possible to place a card in 'between'. Following that pattern up to Queen-King, will give 12 more possible combinations, making a total of 25 combinations. Is there something that we have misunderstood?
We thank you for taking the time to read this email and hope to hear from you with an answer to our problem!
Warm regards, Meg, Eloise, Lily, Emma, Leo, Gabe, Lachie and Kath.

We were delighted to receive the response (see the letter on the right) from Maths300 and to receive a similar acknowledgement on their newsletter which is distributed to schools all around the world!!


Well done grade sixes!! Kath

Dear Meg, Eloise, Lily, Emma, Leo, Gabe, Lachie and Kath,
It has taken a little time, but Charles and I have finally been able to confer. We agree that you are absolutely correct in discovering and explaining the error in Question 3 of the Investigation Guide 1. My next task after writing to you is to correct the site.
We want to thank you so much for (a) finding the error and, especially, (b) for making the time and effort to contact us. Charles and I estimate that error has been in our work for about 20 years - mmm, that's before all but one of you was born, and no one has ever noticed it. Or if they have, they haven't contacted us.
Best of luck as you continue to learn to work like mathematicians.

Keep smiling,
Doug Williams, Maths300 Support.

Wheels for Wells

Wheels for Wells

On a hot Monday afternoon Tom and Bernadette's Middlies took to the streets with a plethora of wheels to add their support to Hobart's 'Water for A Village' charity. The Hobart children's 'Wishing Well' was just short of its $4000 target.
Many unsuspecting passers by were witness to a truly great event as rollerblades, scooters, skateboards, bikes and Ben's awesome 2 man Billy Cart, did laps on a 1km stretch of the Bellerive Biketrack. It was organised chaos at its very finest!

Thank you to the students for participating and for your very generous support at Christmas time, 'The Wheels for Wells' event raised a few bumps and bruises but more tremendously $303.00 to enable the viability of 'The Wishing Well' project. Well done everyone!!!

Grade 6 leavers after dinner.....


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