Dear Franklin Families,
As I mentioned in the last newsletter this term has provided teachers with different opportunities to engage in professional learning. Our early years teachers recently joined an online professional learning seminar delivered by Kath Murdoch. Kath Murdoch is an experienced author, university lecturer and education consultant who has worked with teachers all over the world with a particular focus on Inquiry based learning. Previously this type of professional learning would have been delivered from a venue requiring all interested educators to attend in person. In these COVID 19 times schools are increasingly benefiting from the delivery of high quality professional learning straight to the school, providing increased opportunity for groups of teachers to collaborate with their colleagues. Teachers are now continuing their commitment to improve their practice and knowledge of Inquiry based learning by working with Tasmanian education consultant David Gilkes.
Book Week is now the week of October 17 - 23. This is the second week back of Term 4 and it is also Show Day week. This year’s theme is ‘Curious Creatures, Wild Minds’. Student activities will be held to celebrate the importance of reading.
We have a staff member who has a severe allergic reaction to the plastic materials ooshies are made from. Therefore to minimise any risks, I ask that students do not bring ooshies to school.
Staff would like to wish the school community a safe and restful holiday break. We look forward to seeing everyone in Term 4.
We have now received the results for the Australian Mathematics Competition, and once again our students have performed at an outstanding level.
Alex.B who achieved a Distinction
Zak.K, Lachlan.M – Credit
James.S, Jai.L, Hazel.K, Oscar.W – Proficiency
Lukas.V, Magnus.S – Participation
Certificates will be presented early in Term 4.
Gumnuts have had a very busy end of term. Last week we attended Bush Kinder at the Sustainability Centre and explored uses for sticks, making boats that could float, splashing in puddles and making mud, mountain climbing, stick insects and how much energy is required to make a delicious Milo milkshake (thanks Mr Brown!).
This week, for the end of term we had some time at Gymnastics, where we could jump, climb, run, swing and balance.
Stay tuned to our Facebook page for our term 4 plans. Happy holidays!!
The end of term also brings to a close our cooking programme for this year in Kindergarten. We have had some eager cooks and diners in class and I am so proud of all of them for giving all of the dishes cooked a try.
For those of you who don’t know, children take turns in preparing and cooking a meal for themselves and their classmates once a week, during term 3.
They chop, grate, stir, set the table and help wash up. We have cooked many dishes over the term from pizza and salad rolls to chicken curry, where we even ground our own spices!
Whilst cooking with me they are developing skills in maths, fine motor, resilience and cooperation, just to name a few.
We set the tables up each week into a long table, like we’re eating at a restaurant. This time bring us together as a group and helps foster a positive classroom culture. The children thoroughly enjoy it.
It has been an absolute pleasure cooking with this bunch of wonderful children this term. Thank you Kinders!
1/2 M have been building our learning asset of being researchers. We discussed at length how we could find an answer to our Inquiry question, ‘What makes a great community?’. We collaborated to construct some interview questions, making sure they were suitable for getting the information we are looking for. We then set about interviewing our peers, school staff, friends and families to answer our question. We have already noticed some common ideas and opinions. If you would like to answer some of our interview questions to assist us, please email Ms Bec at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now that we have finished looking at the long /a/ sound, our current spelling investigations have been around the long /e/ sound, and the different ways we can represent that sound. We are getting very good at noticing this sound, recording words, identifying the sound within the word and then sorting our words into categories. During our writing time, some of us have been working on structuring a factual description. This includes using a title, introduction, characteristics and a summary. We have begun practising this skill by re-writing a factual description of a Wolf Spider.
As Term 3 draws to a close, we are wrapping up our Science Inquiry ‘How do living things protect themselves?’ by finishing our research and publishing our factual descriptions about our chosen animal. We each chose how to publish our research such as in the form of a poster, a Powerpoint or making a sculpture of our animal out of Modwrap. During this week, we will each present our new learning to the class. We have also been busy planning, drafting and publishing our recounts of our recent excursion to the Raptor Refuge where we learned so much about Tasmanian raptors, how they protect themselves as well as how people can and need to protect them. We loved it when the tour guide brought in her pet Masked Owl on her arm.
4/5 have been investigating how people impact the environment. They have been especially interested in waste management and pollution. This fortnight the students have enjoyed turning trash into treasure for their upcycling projects. Sienna is pictured with her creation, Jasper is showing off his pencil tin and Memphis has made a helmet out of boxes.
Students have also been working very hard researching ways we can positively and negatively impact then environment. They are all writing information reports and will be presenting their reports to the class this week. Makenzie is pictured presenting her information report.
Regrettably we have been notified by Bendigo Bank that all school banking is to be ceased immediately.
Bendigo are following instructions from their head office, they have informed us that the accounts can remain open for use by the Parent/Child.
The rewards system will no longer be running.
We are currently waiting on Commonwealth Bank to let us know if they will be continuing.
I would like to thank all the families who have participated in the School Banking Program and hope that students continue with their great savings in the future.
|End of Term 3||Friday 25th September|
|Start of Term 4||Monday 12th October|
|Bookweek||Monday 19th to 21st October|
|Public Holiday||Thursday 22nd October|
|Student Free day/Professional Learning Day for Teachers||Friday 23rd October|
|NAIDOC Week||Monday 9th to 13th November|
|School Photos||Tuesday 17th November|
Assembly Palais Kinder,Prep, Year 1-2 9:30 - 10:30
Year 2-3, Year 4-5, Year 5-6 11:30 - 12:30
|Thursday 3rd December|
|Leaver's Dinner - Year 6 (Held at the School)||Monday 14th December|
Big Day Out - Heriatage Park Year 6 Students
|Tuesday 15th December|
|Colour Run / Last Day||Thursday 17th December|