Dear Franklin Families,
July 4-11 is NAIDOC week. National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee.
NAIDOC week is a time to recommit to that goal of learning about, and paying our respects to the experiences, histories and hopes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It is an opportunity for all Australians to come together to celebrate the rich history, diverse cultures, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the oldest continuing cultures on the planet. This year’s theme is Heal Country. It calls for all of us to continue to seek greater protection for lands, waters, sacred sites and cultural heritage. Although this week falls in the school holiday break, classes will plan for some activities next term.
We always encourage parents helping in classrooms because it offers benefits to all involved. Children benefit from the positive interaction with their own parents and in being able to participate in a wider range of experiences. Parents benefit from being able to observe classroom operation, their own child’s strengths, weaknesses, and social interactions. They know what is happening in the classroom, can be more involved with their children and support their learning.
However, in line with Department of Education policy, all parent helpers are required to have a current Tasmanian Registration to Work with Vulnerable People Card.
To apply go to : Registration to work with vulnerable people (cbos.tas.gov.au)
Currently the registration lasts for three years. Please let us know if you would like some assistance with your application.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish all our families a safe and happy holiday break. We look forward to seeing you all in Term 3.
Please remember that Monday July 19 is a student free day.
Have a great week
Group Photos – Special Order
Special orders for group photos are now open. If you would like to order a group photo please send your order to the school office by 23rd July.
Group Photos are $12
- Grade 6 Leavers
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- Whole School
"LiL has been busy as usual with the children enjoying painting, playdough, drawing and practising their fine motor skills through a range of different activities. We also made mini pizzas this week which was fun. Next week is our last group for the term and we will be meeting at Huonville Foreshore Park 9-11."
Kindergarten is a year of great learning, across many areas. There are big adjustments to be made and not all of them come easily to all children. We focus heavily on supporting and guiding children in our care through this very important year of schooling.
We create opportunities for the children to strengthen their skills in cooperation, empathy and to listen to other’s ideas, both inside and outside of the classroom. These are also great opportunities to develop their oral language skills. We work hard on being good collaborators and engage the children in many learning experiences that require them to work as a team.
In anticipation of our visit to Our Mates Farm this week, the children worked in small groups to create their own farms. We could hear them chatting about the different things that they needed on their farms such as, a dam, vegetable garden, pigs and an orchard. One group worked on a separate project whilst this was happening, where they created the most magnificent fairy home, which is something they had shown interest in after making our fairy garden. We worked alongside the groups and guided them through the collaborative process.
In Prep, the children’s fascination with spiders continues to grow. Through experimenting with loose parts and play materials several examples of different spiders and webs have emerged. When using bits and pieces collected from nature, the children informed me that more ‘furry pieces’ were needed so the spider was warm. This led to a group discussion about why some spiders have fur.
What do spiders do in winter? became our question to explore and we have made some really interesting discoveries. To wrap up our inquiry into belonging this term, the children and I are now considering how spiders belong with us? …
On Wednesday 23rd June, our class visited Our Mate’s farm to see farm animals. We also wanted to learn about the importance of native bees on the farm and then learn what happens in the hives at The Honey Pot in Huonville. We each looked at a photo of our trip and wrote about it in order of events. – Mrs Morgan.
Ava – We got to grab an apple each grown on the farm to feed to the pigs or eat the apple. We gave the pigs the apple core because the pigs like them.
Eliza – We walked up the hill with Matt and the dogs. Their names are Duchess and Princess. They are both girls. We walked up the hill because we were going to see the piglets. It was so exciting.
William – We saw sheep. Matt had about 30 sheep and they lose their wool naturally.
Aiden – We looked at the pigs and we fed them apples.
Amelia – We fed the mum pig some pellets before we saw the piglets.
Spencer – We had to go in groups of four to see the piglets because the mum was so protective of them. We followed Matt (the farmer) to pat the piglets.
Hunter – We went to see the baby pigs and they were so cute.
Molly – We got to pat the piglets and they were so soft.
Maddi – We saw heaps of chickens at the chicken coop. We all ran and tried to pat them.
Susannah – We washed our hands because we had been patting the animals and before recess. The water was cold.
Amatta – Matt showed us a poster that showed three of the native bees that were on his farm.
Thor – We saw Matt’s bee gear and he told us what the smoke does and how to get the smoker working.
Miah – We saw a bee hat. It was white and black.
Flynn – Native bees make honeycomb on the bars (in a Kenyan Top Bar Hive).
Jaxson – We looked at the Top Bar hives. We looked inside them.
Noah – We saw some dead bees from a hive. These were poisoned by chemicals (that they had accidently picked up somewhere outside the farm and brought into the hive).
Bianca – Matt sadly showed us what happens when poison gets in and showed us the damaged honeycomb with the dead bees.
Jake – We went on the bus to The Honey Pot to look at more bees.
Spencer – We listened to Jacqui talk about native bees (in Tasmania).
Noah – We saw bees (through the glass) making honey in their hive.
Maddi – We got to taste honey at The Honey Pot. Some people liked it and some people didn’t.
Hunter – We saw some candles with the hexagon pattern on it. They are made out of bee’s wax.
A huge thank you to the Tack family at Our Mate’s Farm and Jacqui at The Honey Pot. It was a fun and very active and informative excursion.
This term in 2/3 White/Witts our Fridays have been spent investigating Australia. We started with the question ‘Australia; What do we know?’ Students asked questions about animals and plants and had fun sharing stories about parts of Australia they knew, had visited, had lived in, would like to visit and had heard about. We chatted about whether Tassie was part of Australia and decided to make our own Australias! We used lego, boxes, collage, sewing, drawing and painting (and discovered sometimes when we use the window as a light source for tracing, things can go wrong!). Next, we will delve deeper into those things that make Australia unique.
Year 4/5 have been busy producing their inquiry projects and they are fantastic. Children have created information reports, plaster models, PowerPoints, class presentations, documentaries, and interviews. Students have all demonstrated their understanding of animal adaptations and threats to their habitats. All the teachers have been especially impressed by the dioramas made with the support of families at home. They are on display in our classroom and in the front office if you would like to have a look.
In maths we have been looking at the language in math word problems and knowing which operation to use to solve them. Students have been working together to document their working out and share it with the class. We have also been building our money math skills with our buddy class. In English we have been finishing off our information reports about endangered animals and environments.
We had an excellent time at the Woodbridge Marine Discovery Centre where we got to feed the animals, get up close to creatures in the touch tanks, investigate bioluminescence, drive underwater drones and look creature adaptations.
Welcome to the “Who are your Franklin Primary School Association representatives for 2021”
Heidi van der Reest- Secretary
I'm Heidi, and the current secretary for the School Association.
To start. Conor and I moved to Tassie and the Huon Valley roughly 14 years ago now, after meeting in a winery in Victoria (Conor is a Canadian and I am from South Australia) and luckily for us, we chose Franklin to set up our home and (fast forward a few years) raise our 3 children. Matilda and Riley both attend Franklin, with their younger sister, Imogen, joining them next year in Kinder.
Me. I love being outdoors, being active and participating in nearly any sport thrown at me. I love travelling and exploring and getting out and about and creating awesome moments and memories with my friends and family. I can't wait to head off overseas again once we can safely do so!
Me. Work. I joined Huon Aquaculture not long after moving to Tassie and am lucky enough to still be employed by them. 13 years and counting, and a hopefully a little while longer ?
To finish. I love our little school and look forward to seeing what the Association can do to make it even better. Personally I think we need a gym and a pool ? but not entirely sure where we could put them, so if you have any ideas, feel free to hit me up. Actually, feel free to speak to any one of us from the Association with any thoughts or ideas - we'd love to hear them ?
Franklin Primary School Association meeting:
The next school association meeting is being held on Monday 28th June at 3:15pm. Parents and guardians are strongly encouraged to attend to talk about what they would like to see happen within the school for 2021 and beyond! Alternatively, you can email your agenda item to the Associations secretary Heidi at email@example.com and we can raise it on your behalf and provide feedback.
The School Association is a great way to be involved with your child’s life at school and to bring about positive change and improvements.
Keep up to date with things that are happening via the Facebook group: “school family and friends- Franklin”.
END OF TERM FREE BBQ!!
The Franklin School Association is holding a “Thankyou to staff and students BBQ” on Thursday 1st July 2021, to say thanks for working so hard during Term 2!
Thanks to Woolworths Huonville who have kindly donated the bread, snags and veggie burgers, there will be no cost to students for the food!
A notice will go home next week for children to place their orders.
Thankyou to the amazing friends and family of Franklin Primary School, the 100 tickets for the iPad sold out! The prize will be drawn on Monday 28th June and will be announced on the same day! Goodluck ?