Dear Franklin Families,
As we head towards the end of Term 2, I thought it was important to update families on the expected easing of COVID-19 procedures in schools. Physical distancing and hygiene practices will continue to follow advice from Public Health and all activities will still be subject to venue density guidelines for adults only.
The following school based activities that will be changed in Term 3 are:
Parent Carer Stop, Drop and Go
In Term 3, Stop Drop and Go will move to the classroom door. Parents are now permitted to be onsite to drop and collect their children briefly in the classroom. Physical distancing requirements for adults remain in place. 1.5m physical distance must be remembered when moving around the school grounds. Please do not congregate in the school grounds after drop off and pick up.
I ask that families remember that the 8.30-9.00am time of the day is used by teachers to greet and connect with their students and prepare for the day ahead. This is a really difficult time of the day to have an extended discussions with families. If you require time to talk with the teacher about your child, please make an appointment to meet with them after school.
Please remember that the top carpark is for staff only and remains closed during construction of the new kinder.
As these events are affected by COVID-19 restrictions required for enclosed spaces i.e physical distancing (adults), assemblies initially may be held without parent and carers. We are currently exploring new ways of using technology to allow families to view assemblies.
Schools can now consider planning for excursions and off-campus activities. Students or staff that are unwell will not be able participate. Schools will continue to complete Risk Management Plans with additional consideration to venue density requirements, physical distancing and hygiene protocols.
Launching Into Learning Program
Now that restrictions are easing, LiL will be able to run onsite again from the beginning of Term 3. However, activities will be subject to venue density (adults only), physical distancing (adults only) and hygiene requirements (for both adults and children). All parents attending LiL will be required to complete a Health screening form. Information for Term 3 LiL will be sent out soon.
Year 5/6 Camp
Due to the high risk posed by overnight school camps, this year’s school camp for Year 5/6 students has been cancelled.
All visitors to the school site will be required to complete a Health Screening form. This is to enable contact tracing. Forms will be kept on file.
With the cold weather upon us it is important children are rugged up at school to enjoy their play time outside however non-school hoodies and jumpers are not part of Franklin Primary uniform. Please ensure your child wears a school uniform jumper or fleecy jacket. If they do not have access to one we have plenty of spares that can be borrowed from the school office. In line with the Department of Education Guidelines the everyday uniform must be worn to school.
Could parents please ensure that students wear appropriate footwear on days that they have HPE (Tuesdays). Runners, not gumboots, are the best option for students.
School Association meetings
Schools are now able to have onsite School Association meetings, once again, keeping a record of the visitors who have come onsite with a Health Screening Form. Physical distancing and hygiene protocols will need be followed. Online conferencing platforms are being considered.
From the beginning of Term 3, there will be a change in the recording for students who do not attend school due to general concerns relating to COVID-19. Formal procedures relating to non-attendance will be re-activated in and the system attendance alerts will also re-commence.
Please remember that if your child is sick, including having a cold, it is most important that they not come to school.
I’m very excited to announce to you all that Gumnuts will be returning in Term 3!
We are still bound by some restrictions, and this will mean that when we have to restrict the amount of adults in the Kinder at one time.
This means we will be running two sessions on those weeks, one 9am-10am and one 10:30am-11:30am. Booking in for these sessions is essential, and this can be done by calling the school office and booking into your chosen session.
Off-site experiences will be able to be attended by everyone.
Currently, the first week back in a Student Free Day on the Monday, so there will be no Gumnuts that day. Our first two sessions will be on site, in the Kinder.
Below are the first two weeks sessions that are available. Please call the school office on 6266 3216 to book in.
July 27th - 9am-10am & 10:30-11:30am
August 3rd - 9am-10am & 10:30-11:30am
I look forward to catching up with you all!!
What is an imagination? Have you ever stopped to wonder? I posed this question to the Kinders last week and their responses were truly amazing.
“I like my imagination because the pictures are always moving in my mind”.
“An imagination is something that you think is real, but really it isn’t”.
“An imagination is like a dream”.
Honestly, I could have stayed in that circle and listened to their thinking for hours. They had so much to say.
They were then asked to draw their imagination. There was everything from unicorns, forests and monsters to lemons and spuds! (as one child pointed out to me very matter- of- factly). They were really engaged with the whole experience which was wonderful. The next day, I presented them with a variety of skulls and in small groups they were asked what they noticed about the bones. More than one child seemed to need convincing that I hadn’t brought in a human skull for them to examine! They then used their imagination to draw the animal or creature they thought the skull belonged to.
The results were fabulous. They are such curious bunch which is what we love in our Kindergarten room!
The children and I have been delighting in Winter and all its wonder!
We have discussed and identified what the Winter months might look like, feel like or sound like, and then captured these beautiful words to use in our writing and further thinking.
We have observed the changes to the trees outside our classroom window and had a go at sketching these. I was lucky enough to find a Silver Birch branch which has become a new focus for observation. It has some lichen growing on it and this has led to lots of thinking and discussig as to why it might be there. We will continue to explore this further and might even look at some under the microscope.
Do you know how lichen is different to moss? …
We have been involved in a variety of Literacy and Numeracy learning experiences since returning to school this term. We have been investigating how words and sentences are structured (tense, plurals, adjectives, nouns, verbs etc.). We have also been looking at place value in Number and seeing that repeated addition is the same as equal groups and related to multiplication. We have recently been revisiting and practising our new skills by playing games in collaborative teams, having fun and helping and listening to each other.
Grade 4/5 have been investigating animals and writing their very own non-fiction book about animals. They have been focusing on researching animal diets, habitats, adaptations and offspring.
Another week, another STEM challenge in 5/6 Holmstrom. This week the teams needed to build the highest tower that could support a basketball for 30 seconds using only newspaper and masking tape. The teams demonstrated some terrific design skills and teamwork.
In Term 2 daily fitness for classes has been a little different. Each class was challenged to run around a course set by Mr Mitchell. The laps were counted, and the goal was to see which class could run the most kilometres. Congratulations Mr Holmstrom’s Year 5/6 who ran 246 kilometres. The distance from Franklin Primary to Launceston.