- PRINCIPAL'S REPORT
- VALUES AWARDS TERM 1
- PARENT/TEACHER INTERVIEWS
- SCHOOL ASSOCIATION
- LIL (GUMNUTS)
- YEAR 1
- YEAR 2-3 BLUE
- YEAR 2-3 YELLOW
- YEAR 4-5
- YEAR 5-6
- UPCOMING EVENTS
- BULLYING PREVENTION FOR SCHOOLS
- SCHOOL LEVIES 2021
- HUON VALLEY SOCCER
- SKATE PARK COMPETITION
- HUON VALLEY THEATRE
- JURASSIC CREATURES
- BRICKS FOR KIDS HOLIDAY WORKSHOPS
Dear Franklin Families,
The National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence is Friday March 19. This National Day of Action provides a focus for schools and the wider school community, including parents and carers, to strengthen their everyday messages against bullying and violence.
Bullying is an ongoing and deliberate misuse of power in relationships through repeated verbal, physical and/or social behaviour that intends to cause physical, social and/or psychological harm. It can involve an individual or a group misusing their power, or perceived power, over one or more persons who feel unable to stop it from happening. Bullying can happen in person or online.
Bullying of any form or for any reason can have immediate, medium and long-term effects on those involved, including bystanders. Single incidents and conflict or fights between equals, whether in person or online, are not bullying.
Behaviours that do not constitute bullying include:
- mutual arguments and disagreements (where there is no power imbalance)
- not liking someone or a single act of social rejection
- one-off acts of meanness or spite
- isolated incidents of aggression, intimidation or violence.
However, it is important that these conflicts are addressed and resolved. This week classes will be discussing what bullying is, what to do if it happens and the importance of treating others with kindness and respect.
There are a range of resources available to help you and your child deal with bullying including:
Bullying No Way: https://bullyingnoway.gov.au/NationalDay
Parent Teacher Conversations
A reminder that our Prep to Year 6 Parent Teacher conversations will be held from Monday March 22 to Friday March 26. At this meeting you will have the opportunity to discuss how your child has settled into the new school year and talk about the best way to support their learning. Your child’s progress report which focuses on work habits and social skills will be sent home prior to this.
Online Bookings : We are using an online booking app to manage appointments for parent teacher meetings. Information is included in this newsletter. If you are having any problems with this please contact the school office for assistance.
2021 School Association Committee
The election of the School Association committee members was held at Tuesday afternoon’s AGM. Congratulations to Jess Watson - Chairperson, Mark Newcombe - Deputy Chairperson, Amanda Bennett -Treasurer, and Heidi Van der Reest - Secretary.
I would also like to acknowledge the outgoing Chairperson, Carolyn Irving and the Secretary, Rebecca Leaper and thank them for their wonderful support and ongoing commitment to working with staff to achieve the best outcomes for students and the Franklin Primary school community.
Have a great week
The Franklin Primary School Association AGM was held on 16 March 2021 whereby a new committee was elected.
Introducing the Franklin Primary School Association committee for 2021:
President- Jessica Watson
Vice President - Mark Newcombe
Secretary- Heidi van der Reest
Treasurer- Amanda Bennett
General members - Bec leaper, Lyn cotterill, Carolyn Irving and Virginia Newcombe.
Meetings are now held on Monday’s at 3:15pm in the school library.
With the next meeting being held on Monday 3rd May. All welcome to attend.
Please feel free to contact myself or another committee member if you have any questions or concerns ?
I would like to thank the outgoing committee members whose dedication and commitment to the School Association has not gone unrecognised and want to thank each and everyone of them for their hard work over the last few years.
And so, our line inquiry continues….
The children are now finding lines everywhere! Our line hunt around the school led to many discoveries, one of which being the playground equipment shaped like a spider web!
Way back in the beginning Elsie commented that we could use a line to measure things. So, we have been taking a closer look at measuring things using non-standard units. We worked in pairs to estimate (a new word we learned) and then measure how many blocks long we were. Mason was thrilled to discover that his estimation was correct.
I have been so pleased to see the children’s oral language skilled develop, with most children now joining in our discussions during morning circle time. Their confidence is building which is fabulous to see.
In Grade 1 Best we have been working hard creating Lego machines, practicing our letter/number formation and high frequency words, looking at part/part/whole relationships in numeracy with dominoes and solving puzzle problems.
Over the last two weeks, we have continued to be researchers and collaborators as we worked in pairs, small groups or on our own while exploring ideas. In English, we have been discussing the De Bono Six Thinking Hats and how there are different ways of thinking about a topic or problem. As we are focussing on Persuasive Text this term, we pretended that a group of parents wanted to chop the Big Tree down in our playground. We each shared our opinion of this then thought of different reasons, supported by facts, to persuade them to keep the tree or give valid reasons and facts in favour of chopping it down. In Maths, we are investigating word problems using money, place value and working out quick ways of counting a large number of objects by sorting into groups. Our Inquiry saw us being communicators and thinkers as we sorted all our new words that we gathered from our previous learning. We sorted and placed the words into our Word Bank based on their meaning or by the base word being built on with prefixes or suffixes.
In 2/3 Yellow we have been investigating teamwork. How do our individual strengths contribute to make a team work? How can we support our peers and be supported by them? 2/3 Yellow students decided that they would like to set up shops and this has become a great vehicle to look at these themes and ideas. We have worked together to set up a grocery shop, lolly shop, ice-cream shop, delivery firm and boutique food store; make stock and advertisements and reflected on how our team worked well or where we could develop. I’ve seen the creation of fridges, delivery vans, lolly pops, sushi, sausages, catalogues, and many signs. Students are investigating, writing in different contexts, money, shapes, construction and much more. They are loving it!
Year 4/5 have been having fun and working hard this fortnight. In Numeracy, students have been developing their multiplication strategies and multiplicative thinking. We have begun working on STEAM challenges and last week students harnessed kinetic and potential energy to create chain reactions. In Literacy, students continue to work on their persuasive writing skills through letters, posters, and advertisements. Their persuasive arguments and language choices are getting better and better each day. They have also been studying scripts, performing Readers’ Theatre plays and writing their own scripts.
Our inquiry investigations have led students to explore how industries in Tasmania have changed over time. The students have been eagerly researching and will communicate their understanding through film. All students are excitedly preparing, researching, planning, writing scripts and building props with their teams. We had a brilliant time at the Channel Museum on Friday. Students were taken on a guided tour by very knowledgeable staff/volunteers. The students were excellent researchers and asked the expert guides questions to gather valuable information for their film project.
Finally, a big congratulations to those students who participated in the Huon Channel Swimming Carnival. Mr Mitchell said you all had a great day and we’re all so proud of your efforts.
This week in 5/6 Holmstrom/Leaman we have been exploring emotive texts and emotive language as a literary device used in advertising and propaganda. We also constructed catapults for out STEM challenge and tested them for accuracy and distance. With Mrs Leaman, the class constructed an awesome marble run, while in our Inquiry, we have commenced some project work investigating the history and industries of local towns in our region.
After several weeks of hard work, we have now completed our dreamcatcher images. The results are terrific, and the students have worked really well on this project. This week we also worked on our collaborative artwork for Harmony Week, which will be collated and displayed in our school foyer when complete.
|Sunday March 21||Harmony Day|
|Saturday March 27||Earth Hour|
|Wednesday March 31||Students Last Day Term 1|
|Thursday April 1 - April 20||Easter Break / School Holidays|
|Wednesday April 21||First Day Term 2|
Invoices/Statements for Levies 2021 have been sent to parents and guardians.
We are asking parents to contact the office if you would like to set up a payment by instalment plan, with all debts paid by Term 4 2021.
Student Assistance Scheme (STAS)
The Education Department recently announced expanding the Student Assistance Scheme for 2021.
Parents who have a current concession card as listed below can apply for dependent students for assistance under the STAS:
- Services Australia - Centrelink Health Care Card
- Services Australia - Centrelink Low Income Health Care Card
- Services Australia - Pensioner Concession Card or
- Department of Veteran Affairs - Pensioner Concession Card
Please note that if you are already receiving student assistance you do not need to complete a form.
The online form can be completed here: https://stasonlinesubmission.education.tas.gov.au
Once a validated form is completed the Department of Education will confirm the outcome of your application in writing.
We understand this online option may not be possible for all families so if you require a hard copy of this form please contact the school or phone 1800 827 055.
School Business Manager
Huon Valley Soccer Club will be holding their registration day and first training session on Thursday 18 March beginning at 3:30pm at the Soccer ground in Heron St Huonville.
All players are welcome. Teams from Under 6 to Under 15 all have places available.
Saturday morning competition begins at the beginning of Term 2. Ticket to Play vouchers can be used to cover fees. Enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
Huon Valley Soccer Club