Friday Notice 17 March 2017

Term 1 2017 at a glance:

23  Thursday  Prep Environment Day
23  Thursday  3/4 Environment Day
24  Friday Marc Armitage Conference
27  Monday  5/6 Camp Start
31  Friday  5/6 Camp Finish

5  Wednesday  Kinder Environment Day
7  Friday  Prep Bike Day
12  Wednesday  1/2 Environment Day
13  Thursday  5/6 Bike Day
13  Thursday  3/4 Bike Day
13  Thursday  Last Day Term 1

1  Monday  Staff Only at School
2  Tuesday  First Day Term 2 (K-6)
8  Monday  First Day Term 2 Pre Kinder

Does anyone have a storage space for fair shelving,? Elisia is unable to store the fair shelves due to renovations and needs to get them out ASAP! Contact Ruth or Elisia if you can help.
Due to the unavailability of the PCYC on the 11th, our school fair will be on the 4th November this year.
If all families can please confirm their stall allocations it would be greatly appreciated. New families or those who are unsure of what is involved please see Mel (Amy and Georgia's mum and Kinder TA) or Ruth (Henriks mum in the 1/2 class) for the fair jobs and what's involved documents.We had a great day last year despite some last minute logistical challenges and so so weather. Looking forward to doing it all again this year. Ruth and the fair fairies

From Steve....

Wow, what a week of warm weather.  The Biggies, Kinders and 1/2 Middlies have all been out on Environment Days this week to the Longley waterhole, Shag Bay and Risdon Brook Dam respectively.  They couldn’t have picked a better week.
Further work has been done towards completing the School Strategic Plan by George and myself which will be presented at the next Committee meeting in April for further input prior to release to the community.
Another teacher from the Hilliard Christian School has spent time in one of our classes, this time with Hana, to observe best practice in the delivery and organisation of the “Letters & Sounds” phonics program.  It’s great to be able to share our practice and be put forward as a school of excellence.
On Wednesday I had the pleasure of sharing my camp culinary skills with the Biggies (a Trangia master class!) It was all about creating a meal with the Trangia that would see them feeling happy and contented at the end of the day as well as having a balanced diet.  I’m impressed by their proposed meal plans and look forward to hearing how it all goes on their next camp.
Towards the end of last year, Committee looked at the then version of the Supportive School Environment Policy and determined that it should be not only updated, but reworked significantly to represent contemporary ways of working in the area of behaviour support that dovetailed with the school’s philosophy and ethos.  Committee has provided feedback to the document, the document edited, and ultimately endorsed by Committee.  It is a substantial document, which I would recommend that everyone reads through and understands.  The Policy will also be available on the Cottage School website next week.
And finally, the Futures Project now enters into Phase 4 requiring a more substantial analysis of the three options chosen by you the community.  Some of this work will be performed by an external organisation that will be overseen by a working party, including myself.  It would be beneficial if there were a couple of people who had experience in project management who were willing to pitch in every now and then and form the working party.  If you are in a position to be able to share your skill set then please let me know, it would be greatly appreciated.


Middlies 3/4 Camp

Middlies 3/4 Camp

Middles 3/4 returned, last week, from a wonderfully rich experience that saw us travel further north in Tasmania than any other Cottage School group. We set off last Tuesday for Low Head, primarily to visit the Bass and Flinders Centre in George Town. The centre bought the stories of Bass and Flinders vividly to light, a few hours in the museum was worth a month of classroom work. We got to climb aboard a replica of the Norfolk, that Bass and Flinders used to circumnavigate Tasmania. We got to lay on their bunks, listen to wild tales and meet Trim, Flinders’ now, world famous cat.

2 days in the Low Head Caravan Park gave us the opportunity to explore the east and west Tamar Valley. Highlights were the Seahorse Centre, Platypus/Echidna World and a fairy penguin tour.  We packed up our Low Head camp and had a night in Launceston’s Big4 park so that we could visit the Queen Vic Gallery and Cataract Gorge. A definite highlight , for young and old, was the jumping pillow!  We spent our last night the gorge having a bar-b-que and swim in the gorge pool. Our run home was punctuated by a stop in Oatlands at Annandale Farm to see a dairy in action. Fortunately we also saw a dog working sheep in yards and had a relaxing lunch at the homestead.

The children were just as I expected; engaged, enthusiastic, helpful and brilliant learners. They represented themselves, families and our school admirably. I can think of at least a dozen people who approached us asking where we were from and filling our buckets with compliments and acknowledgments. I’ve since heard that a group of travellers we met in the north were singing our praises on the east coast to Cottage School family. 

We arrived back exhausted, happy, emotional and with overflowing buckets. Huge congratulations to all the students who had to dig so deep to make the camp what it was. Thanks also to everyone who’ve helped to prepare the students along the way and through the years to be successful at camp, past teachers, families and friends.  My final thanks go to Georgie and Susanne, brilliant colleagues and the ‘happiest of campers’.   Cheers, Lee.
Golden Handshakes this week go to....

: for filling his friends' buckets by including everyone, having a go at everything and always smiling.
Lulu: for always helping her friends to be great learners by listening, being respectful and putting her best into all that she does.
Georgie & Susanne: for filling the buckets, hearts, tummies and minds of the Middles 3/4 on camp and for also being fantastic team workers and great role models.
Lee, Georgie & Susanne: for all the time, care and effort that went into camp (from the Grade 3/4 parents)
Middlies 3/4 Class: Handshakes to the whole group for being such enthusiastic, courageous and intrepid explorers, historians, scientists and travellers on our camp and for also going further north in Tasmania than any other group.

Garden Market News

A big thank you to everyone who helped in the set-up & clean up of our impromptu garden market on Wednesday. The 31 degree day made the icy poles & homemade lemonade very popular! Thank you also to those people who contributed produce from their own gardens and made food to sell. GM cannot operate without your support, so I would encourage all of you to contribute something from time to time... Anything is welcome as long it's NUT FREE & in keeping with the school's healthy eating policy.

I would like to say a very special thank you to Cathy Roberts who has been behind the scenes, quietly and reliably making the garden market icy-poles for a long time. It is now time to hand the job to someone else and Sian (Akira's mum) will be our new icy-pole maker.

The next Garden Market will be a GREEK theme, to be held on Wednesday 05 April. (Yes, Greek Easter is coming soon...) Again please BYO containers if you wish to purchase any take home food.  Thank you, Andrea (Miro's mum)

Community News

BELLERIVE JUNIOR SOCCER CLUB INC are having their AGM on Wednesday 22 March at 3pm in the Meeting Room, Bellerive Primary School. New committee members are very welcome. Information on registration for the 2017 season will be advertised shortly. The season is expected to start in the first week of May.

Community Sports Camps.

Click here for more info.


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Bellerive, TAS  7018


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