Dear Franklin Families,
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the families who attended the assembly on Thursday morning. Despite the challenges the weather provided, students performed to their very best and overall the assembly was a great success in the new venue.
A special mention to Mrs Cynthia Howard who has worked incredibly hard over the last month to support students and teachers with their individual musical items. We are pleased to confirm that Mrs Howard will continue to teach music at Franklin next year.
I think that it goes without saying that this year has been an incredible challenge for all of us. We have all had to step up. We have all needed to show courage and resilience as we navigated the COVID pandemic. I am proud of how we have all embraced these challenges and turned them into opportunities to learn from each other. 2020 has certainly shown us the importance of coming together as a community and celebrating the achievements of our students.
As this will be the final newsletter for the year I would like to wish everyone a safe, peaceful and happy Christmas holiday break. We look forward to seeing everyone in the New Year.
Linda Heerey and staff of Franklin Primary.
Changes to Term 1 dates, 2021.
Please be advised that there have been some changes to the Term 1 school holiday dates.
The end date for Term 1, 2021, has been brought forward to allow the school holiday period to commence immediately following Easter Tuesday.
This means that students will not have to return to school for three days between Easter break and Term 1 school holidays, which was previously the case.
The overarching reason behind this decision is to allow for greater learning continuity for students.
The new arrangements are as follows:
Wednesday 31 March
End of Term 1 (K-10)
Thursday 1 April
End of Term 1 (11 and 12)
Friday 2 April – Tues 6 April
Wed 7 April – Tues 20 April
Term 1 holidays (2 weeks)
Wed 21 April
Term 2 commences
With the school holidays falling directly after Easter, it will be an ideal time for your family to take advantage of the extended holiday period!
All Term dates for 2021 can be found on the Department of Education website at www.education.tas.gov.au/about-us/term-dates/term-dates-2021/
…And that’s a wrap! Gumnuts celebrated the end of our year on Monday with a party in the sunshine. We enjoyed some food and each other’s company for the last time this year. I have been so privileged to watch these children and families grow over the year. Parents and carers have made connections and children have made some beautiful friends along with becoming more confident.
Last week we were fortunate enough to visit Penny at The Little Seed, her lovingly built and maintained permaculture farm. It was a beautiful day, and she has a stunning place. We learnt so much, searched for garden helpers, picked some garlic and had a play. Thankyou Penny for having us, we all enjoyed it.
Many thanks to all the families for your patience and flexibility during our transition to LiL at home, and then back at school in sessions. It hasn’t been ideal but you have all handled it with grace and kindness. Thankyou for your incredible support throughout 2020. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all!
1/2M were lucky enough to fit in an excursion to the Hobart Rivulet track to read the recently installed story walk, “Muwinina Country” by Luana Townsend. The weather was perfect, and we even found an amazing willow tree which we could all fit under to eat. There were five chapters to the story, which retold the story of the muwinina people of nipaluna (Hobart), and their experience of British invasion.It made us sad to see their country taken over and the death of so many muwinina people. The rivulet was a very exciting place to explore and has been such an important place over time. We enjoyed exploring the banks and looking for fish in the rivulet.
Our Community building is well underway, it is a messy but fun experience! Lots of thought is going into the placement of facilities and buildings, which includes lots of listening, persuasion and negotiation.
We would like to take this opportunity to share our gratitude for our class and their families. Your support and communication during a very uncertain and difficult year has been greatly appreciated. Well done to all, we have made it to the end! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
As 2020 is quickly coming to a close, here is a snapshot of what we have been investigating and participating in during the last few weeks. We had fun using our thinking strategies in a STEM team challenge to build a large 3D shape out of newspaper and masking tape that Mrs Morgan could fit inside sitting down. In Writing, we continued working through the learning process of structuring an Information Report and then researching, planning, drafting, editing and digitally publishing our own individual information report on a topic of interest. We have displayed photos of some of our finished work. We also have been doing revision on sounds in words through team spelling games using mini whiteboards and buzzers.
From the start of the 2021 school year, the bus service operating from Huonville to Franklin Primary School (driven by Stan) will become fare paying, as determined by the Department of State Growth.
This means all students catching the Huonville to Franklin Primary School bus in the morning and return in the afternoon must either pay a fare or hold a Student Bus Pass for Free Travel, issued by the Department of State Growth.
Students who travel on a fare charging bus service may be eligible for a Student Bus Pass for Free Travel (Greencard) if they meet certain criteria. Applications are through, and eligibility is determined, by the Department of State Growth.
The current fare set by the Department of State Growth is $1.80 per trip. Tickets will be available from the driver in 2021. There will also be discounted tickets of 10 for $14.40 available from the driver in 2021.
More information about student travel (including fares and Bus Passes) is available from the Department of State Growth website:
You can apply for a Bus Pass for Free Travel with a paper application (available at the above link or Service Tasmania) or you can apply online through this link:
When applying for free travel (Greencard), you will need to select the current bus operator (O’Neill, SA & PM).
As it can take up to 4 weeks for your Greencard to arrive in the mail, please make sure you apply as soon as possible. Until you have received your Greencard, you will need to pay the fare from the start of 2021 school year.
General school bus service enquiries:
Phone: (03) 6166 3343
For bus pass enquiries:
Phone: 1300 135 513
I would like to invite you to the Huon Valley School Time Capsule Event.
Date: Wednesday 16 December
Time: 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Location: Huon Valley Hub, 23 Main St, Huonville.
At this event we will open the Time Capsule which was buried at the Huonville Foreshore in the year 2000.
We hope that you can join us, see what was put inside and take part in this moment in the Huon Valley's history
If you know anyone who contributed to the time capsule in 2000 and would like to attend, please pass on these details.
The contents will be displayed at the Huon Valley Hub over January, before high resolutions images will be taken and the contents returned to each school for Term 1, 2021.
We will provide some light refreshments and drinks for afternoon tea.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Youth Development Officer