- PRINCIPALS REPORT
- GENERAL INFORMATION
- WELCOME BACK BBQ
- YEAR 1
- YEAR 2-3 BLUE
- YEAR 2-3 YELLOW
- YEAR 4-5
- YEAR 5-6
- HUON & CHANNEL ATHLETICS
- SCHOOL HEALTH NURSE
- SCHOOL ASSOCIATION INFORMATION
- SCHOOL ASSOCIATION ELECTIONS
- INSTALLING SZAPP
- INSTALLING QKR
- EMERGENCY FOOD RELIEF
- SAVER PLUS
Dear Franklin Families,
Welcome Back Everyone.
It was lovely to see current and new students return to school last week. They were excited to share how they spent their holidays and to return to learning routines in their new classrooms.
Teachers, teacher assistants, office staff, cleaners and grounds staff have been working hard to ensure the school was ready to welcome students on the first day. Thank you also to parents and carers for the way you supported children to return to school with a positive mindset and readiness to learn.
Last Tuesday teaching staff focussed on reviewing documents that will support our planning this year for the teaching of literacy skills across the school. Literacy skills are fundamental to a student’s ability to learn at school and to participate successfully in the community. Literacy involves students listening to, reading, viewing, speaking, writing, and creating digital texts for different purposes. Teachers will continue to plan collaboratively with our Literacy Coach, Mrs Leaman, concentrating on the importance of improving writing skills that enable students to communicate and share their thinking with others effectively.
Teachers are also spending time this week co-constructing class learning agreements about working together to ensure everyone can be successful learners. These are informed by our school values which are: Respect, Growth, Courage and Aspiration.
Lastly, I would like to acknowledge the amazing crew of parents who gave up their Saturday morning to help out with a working bee in the new kinder playground. A huge thank you Jess and Tyler Watson for organising equipment and to Kate & Glen Brown, Amanda & Neil Bennett, Virginia & Mark Newcombe, Eleanor & Mike Rix-Smith, Heidi & Conor Van der Reest, Daniel Hansen, Katya & Florian Bauer, Stefanie & Michael Bremer-Trainor, Rachel Maxfield and Ella Heather. Special mention to Cinnamon and Cherry for providing morning tea.
Have a great week.
Allergies and Medication Updates.
At Franklin Primary we have a number of students who have been identified as being at risk of anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis is an acute, severe allergic reaction requiring immediate medical attention. It usually occurs within seconds or minutes of exposure to certain foods. To minimise the risk for these students we seek support from parents and ask that nuts or nut-based foods are not sent to school.
To ensure the ongoing safety and wellbeing of our students we ask Parents/carers to:
- Provide school with all relevant current medical information on enrolment at the beginning of each school year and in the event of changed circumstances
- Provide an updated ASCIA Action Plan, signed by the treating medical practitioner every twelve months. This is a legal document and must not be changed in any way by a parent.
- Communicate with school staff early in the school year to develop the child’s Anaphylaxis Management Plan with input from the treating Medical Practitioner as required.
- Provide the school with a current EpiPen if the plan or medical records state the child is at risk of anaphylaxis
- Provide the school with the relevant completed Authorisation of Student Medication form for any prescription medication ( please ask at the school office)
Hats in Term 1
All students must always wear hats when outdoors in Term 1. Franklin is a Sun Safe school with a “No hat. No Play” policy. Please ensure that your children have a hat and that it is clearly named. Caps cannot be worn for sun safety reasons. Bucket hats are available to purchase from the school office.
We thank you for your support in keeping our students sun safe and sun aware.
To ensure the safety of our school community:
- All adults will be required to sign in for contact tracing and to include a contact phone number. Schools now have their own unique QR code so that the CHECK IN TAS APP can also be used. Please note that if someone is onsite briefly to drop off or collect their children, or for other brief purposes, they will not need to sign in.
- Tasmanian Public Health has eased restrictions to allow parents/carers and visitors to engage in many normal school-based activities. These activities will still be subject to physical distancing (adults only) and hygiene requirements (students and adults).
- Parents should limit their time spent on school grounds.
- Water fountains can be used and will be cleaned every day.
- Students and staff who are unwell must not attend school
To ensure the safety of all students and parents at drop off and pick up times:
- A reminder that the top carpark is for Staff only.
- When collecting children at the end of the day please ask them to use the big gates on the basketball court as a meeting point not the entrance to the staff carpark.
- The entrance at Church Street is available for all parents to drop off and pick up children safely.
SCHOOL ASSOCIATION MEETING
The first meeting for 2021 will be held Tuesday February 23 @ 3.15 in the school library.
Please join us.
What a lovely start to the school year these little people have had. They have enjoyed meeting their classmates and exploring the new space.
A huge thank you to all of the amazing parents who helped with the working bee which now has our outside space looking more like a playground.
We can’t wait to share with you, all of our discoveries and wonderings throughout the year.
Preps have setted in well for the year and we have jumped straight in to exploring letters and their sounds. The blackboard has provided a newl way for the children to sign in in the mornings and begin to identify the names of their classmates as well. We have begun to do lots of singing and The ABC song is the current favourite, with the children jumping up when they get to the letter their name begins with.
This year in Prep we are using a class journal to share our thinking. We can write or draw in this together. The shared journal will help us to explore and develop different ideas and come to respect different opinions as we learn through inquiry.
During our first two weeks back in 2021, we played lots of social games to start off with to help us relax into being in a new classroom and interacting with our 2/3 teacher and classmates again. We have also been looking at how we can have a positive, safe and curious classroom by working in small teams to come up with some class rules together. We have also been revising what vowels and consonants are and their long and short sounds. We are practising to work in pairs, small teams and a whole class team to make our learning interesting and fun.
In 2/3W we have enjoyed settling into our new room. It is a beautiful, light-filled space, which we are gradually making our own. Our first week at school has involved lots of getting to know each other and playing games.
We have begun our inquiry into “how do people tell stories?” and have recorded our first thinking around this. Our next step is to explore the ways people tell stories and begin to look at why.
As part of our inquiry we will be going to see Hide the Dog at the Theatre Royal on March 19th. It is part of the Ten Days on the Island festival and is from the lutruwita/Tasmanian playright Nathan Maynard (pakana). Hide the Dog is a performance about saving the last Tasmanian Tiger.
Our specialist days are:
Monday – P.E
Thursday – Library and Music
We have also voted for our Term 1 class captains, congratulations to Willow and Noah!
It’s been great to see the 4/5 class eagerly return from school holidays and launch right into their learning.
We have had a brilliant time getting to know each other, sharing our ideas, and appreciating what makes us all unique. This has sparked our term inquiry, ‘how we change over time?’ Students are beginning to plan timelines of their life and will likely be coming home to do some research, so expect them to ask to see photo albums and quiz you on dates!
It has been fantastic to see how much our class loves reading and writing. We have written lots of great stories already and student have enjoyed sharing them with each other.
News Item 5/6 Holmstrom/Leaman
The 5/6 class has had an excellent start to the year, completing a collaborative artwork, writing about their hopes and aspirations, completing our first STEM challenge and working on a holiday recount for the “Franklin News”. We have also started our inquiry looking at our local community and its global significance.
This week saw the beginning of our art classes on Wednesday for some of the senior classes in the school. We began with a consideration of the colour wheel and worked to create labels for our art folders using primary and secondary colours.
Morning Coffee Parent Information Sessions at Franklin Primary 2021
We are excited to announce that on the last Tuesday morning of every month, our school nurse Laura we will be holding information sessions for parents on a range of important topics.
Where: Old Kindergarten Classroom
Date: Tuesday February 23
The theme for this session is: The importance of Physical Activity and options in the Huon area. Guest speakers invited including PCYC
All welcome to attend. To allow for COVID requirements please register your interest with the school office.
Come along and enjoy morning tea. Looking forward to see everybody. Younger children welcome.
Future sessions Include:
- Healthy eating and making a Japanese Bento box
- Love in a lunchbox easter treats
School Association Elections
This March at our AGM we will be establishing the School Association. As Returning Officer I am informing all families that nominations need to be in writing. Forms for nomination can be collected from the school office, they will also be sent home to all families. Nominations need to be in by Friday 26th February. We encourage as many families as possible to be involved in our School Association.