Dear Franklin Families,
Over the coming months you may see tv commercials, posters in our school and bus advertising. This is part of an awareness campaign, that is aimed at stopping offensive behaviour towards staff in Tasmanian schools. The simple message coming out of the Campaign is that disrespect in schools is crossing the line and that is not ok.
Our school is committed to providing a safe and secure workplace for all staff, as well as a safe environment for students to learn. We are working to eliminate any instances of offensive behaviour from adults directed towards school staff.
Most school community members respect schools and staff. However, at times schools deal with unacceptable adult behaviour, which may include aggressive, threatening, or violent behaviour. This can occur in the presence of students.
This Campaign has been developed by the Department of Education which included involvement from Principals, school staff and parents.
Some of the key messages from the campaign are:
- Everyone has the right to feel respected and safe at school, including school staff. It’s not just a courtesy, it’s the law.
- The best outcomes for children come when schools and parents work together respectfully.
- Respectful behaviour in our schools is everyone’s right and everyone’s responsibility.
If you would like to discuss any part of the campaign or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Have a great week
Over the last 2 weeks, it has been great watching the children engaging with the LiL/Kinder space. The bikes have been quite popular with many of the children enjoying speeding around the playground. The children have enjoyed exploring the cornstarch mud wondering why it looks hard but when they touch it is actually soft and runny.
On Wednesday the Kinders were lucky enough to explore the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. We had a guided tour, looking at their collections. We spoke about why collections are important and how we can learn from them. Our guide Richard, knew that we had been looking at butterflies, so he treated us to taking a closer look at a butterfly under a microscope. We were able to see the tiny scales on its wings and it’s long, curly proboscis, so clearly. Richard kept asking me how old they were and commenting on what an amazing group we had. Of course, I already knew this, but it is lovely for other people to recognise this and spend time with them.
We rounded the day off with a play at Mt Nelson park, where the grown ups got a good work out running them up and down the zipline!
Over the last two weeks Year 1 have been lucky enough to join the Kinders and Preps participating in gymnastics at the Kingborough Sports Centre. We were able to have a go at balancing, bouncing and swinging. It was great to practice our ability to sequence events and follow complex instructions and of course jumping into the foam pit was a lot of fun!
During our Inquiry into the night sky we have investigated different ways to illustrate our writing. Students have used legos, counters, tiles, fabric and paper among other things to represent their ideas. We look forward to sharing our stories with our Buddy class.
In numeracy we have been looking at ‘number of the week’ to help us build fluency and mental computation strategies. To help with our maths thinking we have looked at numberlines, place value, fractions, more than/less than, expanding and other ways to represent numbers. We’ve used blocks, 100’s charts, counters, playdough and whiteboards to problem solve our numbers.
We had fun on book day, dressing as our favourite book characters and writing and drawing all about them.
What a busy couple of weeks!
To finish our Language Inquiry, we had a fun and successful Friday afternoon outside working in small teams to gather ingredients, equipment and follow the steps in Maddi’s procedural text – How to make a Dirt Cake. Amidst lots of learning experiences involving the use of open number lines to help us solve subtraction problems, exploring repeated addition, arrays and time as well as literacy games to consolidate our learning, we have started our new Science/HASS based Inquiry. After a lot of curiosity and discussion around two images and making connections with them and other images, we have come up with some wonderings about water. To show our prior knowledge about where we think water comes from, we drew and painted pictures with watercolour. We have already touched on how the water cycle works and we will explore this further and answer more questions as we continue our inquiry learning journey. Our big idea Inquiry question is…How is water important?
In Maths we have been building on our understanding of fractions through hands on learning tasks. We have also been sharing problem solving strategies and using blank number lines to show our thought process when solving problems. In Literacy students have been producing wonderful pieces of writing through Writer’s Workshop and they have been encouraged to contribute to our whole class Seed Journal. We have also been noticing homophones and practising to spell and use them in correct contexts.
We have been developing our sense of social awareness throughout our inquiry and students have demonstrated they can be thoughtful, considerate, empathetic people. Students are working in pairs to make a ‘welcome pack’ to give to a refugee child who has recently arrived in Australia. At the end of the term, we will be donating our welcome packs to the Tasmanian Migrant Resource Centre and they will be passed on to refugees when they arrive.
We had a lot of fun at the Kingborough Sports Centre for the ‘come and try’ day last week. We tried Judo, Rugby Union and Ultimate Frisbee. Well done to everyone for participating and giving new things a go.
5/6 have had another couple of busy weeks with excursions to the ‘Come and Try’ day at Kingborough Sports Centre and a terrific STEAM Day at St James College in Cygnet. Our volleyballers excelled in the Huon and Channel Volleyball Carnival and our other students had a great day trying Judo, Rugby, Badminton and Ultimate Frisbee. On our STEAM Day excursion we participated in a wide variety of hands-on and creative activities including bridge building, Robotics, electronics, making balloon-powered cars, relief drawing and weaving. Congratulations to everyone for their enthusiasm and excellent behaviour.
In class we have been continuing our Inquiry around Geography and extending our cultural understanding. We have also been developing our knowledge of fractions with the help of our Placement Teacher, Amanda Jackman, who has designed a sequence of engaging lessons using a variety of approaches. We have also enjoyed working with our Buddies in 2/3 Morgan colouring and creating JigSaw puzzles.
This term has been very full and we are getting close to the end with our Camp just around the corner. Thanks to everyone for a fantastic term of learning and sharing.
Japanese Anime and Manga have been the source of inspiration for our Art classes over the last couple of weeks. Our students are mostly very well informed about this element of contemporary visual culture and were excited about learning to imitate some of the features of Anime characters. After several workshops focusing on perfecting our skills drawing facial features, our artists were engaged in developing their own Anime characters.
FRANKLIN PRIMARY SCHOOL ASSOCIATION
The Association has been busy over the last few months with lots of behind-the-scenes things going on. The Quiz Night preparations are in full swing and the turn out is looking fantastic. There is still time to get your tickets and to shop for that perfect “fancy dress”. We have organised and hosted the father’s day breakfast and have been busy seeking donations for the quiz night and Christmas raffle.
As always, if you have any ideas, concerns, or feedback, please feel free to contact me at email@example.com and I would be happy to discuss.
Get a table of 8 together and join us for a quiz night that is all about 'Back to School'. See what you may have forgotten, find out what kids are learning these days, and most of all, have fun!
7pm Friday 24th September 2021
$10.00 per person
The Palais Theatre: 3388 Huon Hwy, Franklin
Maximum team size is eight per table. We'd love it if you could have at least a minimum of six per table. If you are an individual/couple etc. and don't have a team, please get in touch to discuss options.
If you are booking as a individual and not as a group booking(6 tickets/8 tickets eg) please include your team name or other team members names in the space provided so that we can seat you all together.
Get India Curry will be on-site from 6pm. Please come early, grab a bite to eat and a beverage or two, and calm your nerves before 'school' begins at 7pm.
BYO platters/food/nibbles/snacks for your table.
Alcoholic beverages will be available to purchase and as such this a strictly 18 years and over event. There will no admittance to anyone under the age of 18. Beer, wine and cider will be available along with a selection of soft drink. No BYO alcohol.
'Back to school'! Along with school inspired questions it is also the theme for you to find inspiration from to dress up! This is a fancy dress quiz night and prizes will be awarded for the best dressed person as well as for a best dressed table.
All appropriate precautions and measures will be in place and you will be required to check in upon arrival.
Father’s Day Breakfast:
What an amazing school community we have!! The Association put on a Father’s Day Breakfast last Thursday and it was wonderful to see so many dads, grandparents, uncles, and special people come and enjoy breakfast and spend time chatting to the children and staff.
A big thanks to our volunteers Heidi, Kate, Virginia, Katie, and Linda for the help on the day, as well as a big shout out to baker extraordinaire Lyn who made and donated the cupcakes!
The next meeting is being held on Monday 13th September 2021 at 3:15pm. Like always feel free to come along or contact a committee member if you have anything you would like to raise.
Meeting with the Student Representative Council:
I met with the year 5 and 6 SRC representatives this week to have a chat about how the Association operates, what roles people have and the plans for fundraising moving forward into term 4.
The SRC and I discussed how we could work collaboratively together about bringing the students ideas, wants and needs to the Association and what things the students would like to see happen within their own school environment.
I was impressed with the enthusiasm and leadership of the students and their willingness to work in their own time to achieve their goals of improving their school setting.
The Association has made a successful start on seeking donations for the quiz night and the Christmas Raffle and has already received some amazing and generous donations.
However, I know there are a lot of talented and creative people within our school community, and I am reaching out to ask if you would be willing to donate something towards the major fundraiser of 2021?
Any contribution would be gratefully accepted and in return we will promote your donation on the Facebook Page, newsletter, and raffle.
Please contact me either on the “school families and friends- Franklin” Facebook page or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange collection of your donation.
President of the FPSA
|Tuesday 14 September||2/3 Blue to Cygnet Tennis Club|
|Monday 20, Tuesday 21, Wednesday 22 September||5/6 School Camp|
|Friday 24 September||School Assocition Quiz Night 7pm at Palais|
|Friday 24 September||End of Term 3|
|Monday 11 October||Start of Term 4|
|Thursday 21 October||Hobart Show Day Public Holiday|
|Friday 22 October||Professional Learning Day For Teachers, Student Free Day|
|Monday 18 October||Start of Pre Kinder|
|Tuesday 26 October||Franklin Primary Athletics Carnival|
|Tuesday 2 November||Backup Day for Athletics Carnival|
|Wednesday 10 November||Huon & Channel Athletics Carnival|
|Thursday 18 November||Botanical Gardens Whole School Excursion|
|Thursday 2 December||End of Year Assembly|
|Monday 13 December||Year 6 Leaver's Dinner|
|Thursday 16th December||Colour Fun Run - Last Day of Term 4|