Friday Notice 11th November 2016

Term 4 at a glance:

12  Saturday  SCHOOL FAIR (TOMORROW!) See you there!
14  Monday  Littlies Orana Camp begins
16  Wednesday  Kinders at Camp/Preps leave camp
17  Thursday  Grade 1s return from Orana
21  Monday  5/6 Environment Day
22  Tuesday  2/3/4 Spring Beach Camp Begins
23  Wednesday  Garden Market @ 3pm
24  Thursday  2/3/4 Return from Camp
25  Friday  Family movie night at school
28  Monday  P/1/2 Bike Day
30  Wednesday  Kinder Environment Day

2  Friday  Schools Triathlon Challenge (Gr:3-6)
6  Tuesday  3/4 Environment Day
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)

25th November
Family movie night: 

Gold coin donation per person & a plate of food to share. Movie starts at 6.00pm!
Cottage School 2017 Calendars will be available for sale at the fair or see Caroline (Henry and Gabi's mum). $20 each - cash only!

Top photo:
3/4 Middlies enjoying their Environment Day at Arm End.

From Steve

This week our students have again been out and about.  On Monday, the Middlies 3/4 had a wonderful Environment Day walking at Mortimer Bay, on Wednesday the Biggies enjoyed the best weather of the week during their Bike Day which was again in the Mortimer Bay area, and today Shona and the Biggies were joined by a number of other students when they performed some musical items for the residents at the Queen Victoria Nursing Home.
There are a number of pretty big-ticket items on the go at the moment, many of which were tabled in their current form at the Committee meeting on Wednesday.  The playground sub-committee has canvased all students with regard ideas for future development, and this will now inform the next stage of the planning.  The Futures Project has reached a stage where all the 9 options that were identified by the community at previous forums, have been put through an initial stress test to determine viability.  An opportunity to present this information to the community is being explored.  The review of the Supportive School Environment Policy has passed the initial stage where a proposed framework for students, parents and teachers was accepted.  This framework will now be elaborated upon and articulated within the review of the policy.
At our Wednesday staff meeting, teachers reviewed the student data that has been collected from our annual Progressive Achievement Tests.  Our initial review shows that there is much to celebrate across the school and that our whole of school professional development is paying dividends.  Teachers will where appropriate provide relevant information to children and parents through the end of year report.
Today we marked a minute’s silence and reflected upon our value of respect.  For the Biggies, it was an opportunity in their minds to revisit the War Memorial and the understandings gained from this experience.
I know that for many of you, today has been a very busy day as you prepare, cook, make and organise.  I hope that the day has also been enjoyable for you.  Come what may tomorrow, it will still be a Cottage School Fair that will be enjoyed by many and will see us all once again working side by side as a strong community.




Have any spare boxes? The plant stall would love to have them on fair day for plant sales!

3/4 Middlies 'Stay Classy'

We have really hit the ground running this term literally and metaphorically; as you can see from photos taken at the great gym sessions at Kingston.  We had a lovely Bike Day heading south from Mortimer Bay along the Tangara trails where we met a great flock of emus. We had an equally eventful Environment Day heading north from the same venue where we discovered treasure from the 1800’s at Maria Point, met a tiger snake, a monster blue tongue and battled an enormous full tide to return on our foreshore trail. Indeed, high tides have necessitated a great deal of collaboration and problem solving in order to achieve a group goal, as evidenced in the photo on Environment Day at Arm End, just before the end of term 3.
We completed the PAT tests! it is always exciting for the kids and staff to have the results and see their progression over the year.

In maths we began with a two week unit on codes and ciphers, where we encoded and decoded using a variety of techniques. We then moved to a study on naming, measuring and working with angles and we are preparing an instructional video on naming angles for the Middlies 1/2 as our assessment task.
We have just finished Wolf Brother, a much loved fictional work by Michelle Paver, that inspired many art pieces, including petroglyph style symbols to record a retelling of the story and haikus written from a variety of perspectives. We examined the tools and narrative techniques of the author and are now comparing these with the author Jackie French in her novel, The Dog Who Conquered a Nation, which seems equally compelling. This will lead us into our final units of work on Australian geography andinvestigation of Tasmanian aboriginal culture.
We have had a lot of children away on family holidays either side of the term break and it has been wonderful how they have picked up on the work the class are doing and made an extra effort in and out of class to complete missed tasks.
Time to knuckle down for the next instalment of term 4 with the Spring Beach camp just over a week a way. Please feel free to pop into the class for a visit to see some of our Wolf Brother responses on display.
From Tom, Sue and the 3/4 Middlies

Emus along the Tangara trail on Bike Day

Middlies 3/4 Gymnastics


It's that time of the year again and you've probably seen a few whiskers are starting to protrude along the upper lips of a few blokes around school! Once again we are supporting the Movember Foundation throughout the month by raising awareness of men's health issues within the Cottage School community and asking for donations to go towards the important programs and research that the foundation does both locally and globally. The Movember Foundation seeks to stop men dying to young through addressing the biggest health issues faced by men: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.
If you would like to donate to the cause or flick us some change for our feeble mo's there will be a cash donation box in the foyer of the white cottage along with some posters with more information. Electronic donations can be made directly to Simon's mo space or please support the Mobart Mo Bros - our very own local group of men's health ambassadors here in Hobart.
Please spread the men's health message this month by encouraging the important fellas in your life to talk about their health - both physical and mental, get them MOving or direct them to one of the MoBros at Cottage School for more info.

Cheers, SiMOn 
Australian Sports Camps: December & January School Holidays.
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The Middlies 3/4 collected lots of treasures from Maria Point (see photos above).

Gathering old china has become a bit of a Cottage School tradition!


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