It’s been an unhealthy week with regards to staff and their children, which for them has required days away from school. However, we are fortunate to have a small pool of relief teachers who have covered the gaps well and allowed us to continue with business as usual.
Our new focus value of CREATIVITY was introduced this week.
- Creativity is being flexible with your thinking skills.
- Creativity is the availability to transcend the ordinary.
- Creativity is having original solutions to problems.
Environment Day took a twist on Tuesday, when as part of the Biggies History study, they sailed on the Lady Nelson and looked at Hobart from the perspective of the European settler. No reports of being sea sick but plenty of positive feedback.
Thanks to those parents that found the time to share our Science Expo on Wednesday. After the in character introduction by the Middlies 3/4 of an invention time line, students broke into four groups comprising different year levels, and then engaged in a particular science/engineering activity. During the course of the afternoon the mixed groupings built bridges, discovered why a lava lamp works, produced a range of peg vehicles, and manufactured ’spool bugs’. It was an afternoon that was certainly enjoyed by everyone present and we hope to do something similar in the future.
There hadn’t been too much to report with regards to the Futures Project, but I’m pleased to say that further progress is being made. Currently, an external adviser has been appointed to examine the current structure of the school in terms of how it is run, and to report back with recommendations. Also, interviews are being conducted with staff and certain Committee members to determine the effective contribution or otherwise that the role of a School Leader brings to the overall well-being of the school. These two aspects will help to determine some fundamental foundations for future considerations. Also, as a result of me attending the recent conference in Launceston, we have access to someone who can help us to fanatically model different proposed future options to ensure their viability. The wheels are still turning!
A thank you to those parents who without fail engage with their weekly family job in and around the school. Each individual contribution ensures that the school looks and functions every day as if we had an employed grounds person and cleaner throughout the week. Through this contribution, and with the student clean up every Friday, we are able to limit our expense to a cleaning service once a week. You do a great job and it’s certainly appreciated.