Friday Notice 18th November 2016

Term 4 at a glance:

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)
Caroline will be selling the remainder of the calendars at school.
Catch her at school most days (drop off or pick up) if you would like one!
The artwork is a selection from all groups and they look fabulous! School term dates are included and there is plenty of room to jot down appointments etc.
A bargain at just $20.00

From Steve

WOW!  Congratulations everyone for the massively successful Cottage School Fair last weekend.  I think that we really demonstrated our value of enterprise, in that despite the weather forecast and imminent parking problems, we acted with courage and used motivation, initiative and drive to see that the fair still went ahead in the manner befitting the degree of effort that lead up to the day.  And whilst it’s great to have broken yet another financial record, let’s not forget what it’s really about.  It’s about a community working together for a common goal.  It’s about being in a financial position to provide for the whole school things that may fall outside of the normal budget.  And it’s about promoting Cottage School to the wider community as an enduring educational option.
This week has seen our Prep/1’s heading off to camp at Orana, and for some it is their first overnight experience on a school camp.  Cloudy, cool weather has never stopped Cottage School kids from enjoying a dip in the ocean, and this group was no exception.  The Kinder group paid the camp a visit on Wednesday and thoroughly enjoyed their time and a sneak preview of what is in store for them next year!
Just some advance notice, that as part of our final piece of work with the UTAS Innovations Research Centre, we will be asking about 8 parents to sit down and be interviewed about the format for our mid-year reports.  Interested?
Thank you to the 33 families who responded to the 2016 Parent Survey, an increase of 3 from last year.  The data and an explanation of how to use it are available through the link.  Information will be used to determine whether we have achieved some of our 2016 School Improvement goals, as well as determining what areas we should seek to improve on in 2017. Click here to see the Parent Survey data.
Just a reminder to parents, that in the event your child will be late to school or not attending, that a call to the office is required in order that we can fulfil our mandated reporting obligations.   Thanks.



Above Photo:

Arthur (top):
Long-eared Bat
Phoenix (bottom):
Common Wombat

From the Kinder class

It has been a wonderful term in the Pre-Kinder classroom welcoming Matilda and Hugh. It has been delightful to watch the other children reach out to our newest members to support their transition into the group. Already I can see the children’s confidence developing as they prepare for Kindergarten next year.
This term we have also welcomed Harrison and his parents Aleksandra and Brendon to the Kindergarten and school community.
Our main explorations this term are around light, reflection and shadows. We began by reading Pat Hutchins’ book Goodnight Owl and questioned which sounds could be heard during the day and those heard at night. We then created two soundscapes to compare the busy, brash sounds of daytime with the soft, subdued sounds of night. Further work has investigated some of Tasmania’s native nocturnal animals using TMAG’s Field Guide to Tasmanian Fauna app. The children have made models of nocturnal animals using Magiclay which are displayed in the Kinder classroom. Next week we will explore reflections in mirror play. If you have any interesting resources to support this play, such as; mirror tiles, bike reflectors, magnified mirrors, please bring them along.

Tasmanian Pademelon

Tasmanian Devil

Pygmy Possum

Lulu (left): Eastern Quoll 
Poppy (right): Ringtail Possum

Harrison (left): Long-nosed Potoroo
Olita (right): Bennett's Wallaby
FRIDAY: 25th Nov.
Family movie night:  Starts at 6pm with Tom and Jerry and Oddball at 6.30. Bring a plate to share, a cushion or a blanket....and a parent!!!!
Tea, coffee and popcorn will be provided!.

Gabi (Littlies) has lost a necklace at school. It has rainbow coloured string with a clay flower on it. Please pass on to her if you find it.

Eastern Barred Bandicoot


Movember....please consider donating to this great cause!

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, Si

Want to join a Hobart Focus Group?
here for 'expressions of interest'
Just a reminder that we have children at the school who have life threatening allergies to nuts so  NO NUTS PLEASE!!!!!
The Biggies visited the Queen Victoria Home last Friday and presented a short concert. They did a great job and the residents enjoyed the items and the chat afterwards.


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Bellerive, TAS  7018


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