Dear Franklin Families,
Thank you for your ongoing support as we continue to implement hygiene and physical distancing requirements in line with public health advice for schools. I would also like to draw attention to the very responsible approaches families are taking with keeping their children home if they show cold or flu symptoms. This is a very important part of ensuring that staff and students remain healthy during the winter term.
Due to the disruption caused by COVID-19 the Commonwealth Government has advised that there will be flexibility for 2020 mid- year reporting. The requirement to report A-E has been removed. Teachers are currently preparing to complete our mid-year reporting requirements Kindergarten to Year 6, which will take place through phone conversations. As everyone would appreciate the phone conversations between teachers and parents will provide a great opportunity to share information on academic achievements and the wellbeing of each individual child. Notes from all conversations will be recorded by teachers and filed for future reference. If a student has not returned to school after June 9 the conversation will focus on wellbeing and preparation for when the student returns to school in Term 3. For students with a Personalised Learning plan the conversation will focus on progress against individual learning goals and achieved outcomes rather that curriculum areas.
Have a great week.
We have been busy bees in the Kindergarten exploring owls. We have used this aspect of our inquiry to help build our oral language and storytelling skills. Our inquiry question is ‘how can we use the natural environment to spark our imagination and help us tell stories?’ We have drawn and retold adventures that our clay owls have had. Children have been retelling their favourite story, Owl Babies using concrete materials and this week we have had the puppet theatre out which they LOVE. A group of children even made tickets for the show. Writing which had a real purpose for them. They have been working and playing so beautifully together.
Settling back in, reconnecting, playing games, working together, problem solving, buddy reading and being creative through writing and art – a snapshot of our first four weeks back at school this term.
Grade 4/5 have been running their hearts out for the Franklin Primary Virtual Cross Country. The class has completed 140km as a team and they’re aiming to run the equivalent distance of Franklin to Launceston and back again!
5/6 Holmstrom have been working on some collaborative STEM challenges recently. Our latest challenge was to work together to build the tallest tower using marshmallows and Pasta. Our winning team, Alex and Lukas (pictured here enjoying the spoils of victory) did an excellent job of planning, engineering and building a very tall and stable tower.