We are now into our second week of having all students back on site for their learning, which has been really positive, and although the restrictions continue to ease in line with the Government’s roadmap to recovery it is important that we all continue to adhere to those key measures relating COVID-19, including physical distancing where possible, effective hand hygiene and staying home if unwell.
I did flag in the last newsletter that we would be reviewing a range of activities, events, excursions and camps that would normally occur during terms 3 and 4 and provide information to our school community as to whether they would be cancelled or continue in line with restrictions that are in place relating to COVID-19. To this end a number of meetings of committees, sectional and senior staff will occur over the next week, with clarification being provided to the school community before the end of term.
I am also mindful that given the current situation some parents may wish to review and adjust the permissions provided at the start of the year when completing validation forms for their children. The section included below is a communique from the Department relating to this.
Communication for Parents/Carers–Minor Excursions and Aquatic Activities
At the beginning of the year all parents/carers had the opportunity to give permission for their child to participate in minor excursions without the requirement to sign a permission form for every excursion. Minor excursions include visits on foot or by vehicular transport to places of educational value within the local community that last for less than one day. A similar consent process was used for aquatic activities. With the changes associated with the COVID-19 pandemic we are providing the opportunity for parents and carers to change their preference that was provided at the start of the year for both minor excursions and aquatic activities. The school will ensure that relevant safety and health precautions will be implemented, including COVID-19 requirement, during the course of the excursion and aquatic activities. All other excursions including those with inherent risk will require you to sign a separate consent form prior to the excursion, as is currently the case. If you wish to change your child’s current permissions or would like further information please contact the school on 6491 8222. If we do not hear from you then the current permission arrangements will remain in place.
As previously indicated, in response to the unusual school situation of 2020 that has included Learning at Home, there have been changes to the regular reporting processes.
In line with guidelines from the Department of Education mid-year communication for P-6 students will provide an insight into your child’s progress so far this year in the key learning areas of English and Mathematics. Communication for students in Years 7-10 will provide insight into your child’s progress in English, Mathematics, Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) and Science.
The communication will indicate your child’s progress against the standard expected for their year level and shall include areas for future focus. It will also include a focus on your child’s general wellbeing at school.
Parents/carers will receive this communication through a telephone call from the class teacher if in P-6, or the class coordinators, if in Years 7-10. Parents may request more information or a return call from other teachers during this call.
Our teachers will endeavour to make contact with every family between the dates of June 22 and July 3 (end of term 2).
Class teachers and class coordinators sent an email early this week to all parents. Please respond to the email from class teachers/class coordinators directly if you wish to organise a specific day and time for this phone conversation to occur.
Farm Redevelopment / Achievement
In recent times the school farm has featured in the media, last week in the Advocate and over the next few days on WIN News, this is primarily due to the redevelopment occurring, but also the significant achievement of Farm Manager Derek Sands, who has managed to ensure our dairy enterprise has maintained milk quality, recently being ranked number one for milk quality from all Saputo suppliers in Australia.
24 August to
|Wellbeing Survey (Years 4 - 12)|
12.00 noon - 12.50 pm - Secondary
1.30 pm - 2.45 pm - Primary
|Thursday||10 September||School Cross Country|
|Monday||14 September||Fire Education Program (P-6)|
|Friday||18 September||Mountain Heights Sports Exchange (Queenstown)|
|Tuesday||22 September||Bravehearts (K-2)|
|Friday||25 September||Last day, Term 3|
|Friday||25 September||Science and Engineering Challenge (Marist College) - times TBC|
|Monday||12 October||Term 4 commences|
|Monday||26 October||Yr 10 Immunisation (if required)|
|Monday||26 October||Yr 7 Immunisation (HPV Dose 2)|
|Friday||30 October||Professional Learning Day (Student Free)|
|Monday||2 November||Recreation Day - Public Holiday|
|Friday||27 November||Devonport Show Day - Public Holiday|
|Monday||30 November||Inter-High Athletics Carnival|
|Thursday||3 December||Arts Concert (TBC)|
|Tuesday||8 December||Presentation Day Assembly (TBC)|
|Thursday||10 December||Year 10 Celebration Dinner (TBC)|
|Thursday||17 December||Students Last Day|
Canteen Menu -Term 3
- Updated fortnighly
Cancelling / crediting lunches
Please note that once your child’s lunch has left the canteen, due to health regulations it cannot be returned and we cannot issue a refund.
If your child goes home sick you are more than welcome to come to the canteen to collect your child’s lunch order.
If you need to cancel a lunch order in QKR – this needs to be done before 10.00 am on the day of delivery (you can cancel orders up to two weeks in advance), or you can contact the school office before 11.30 am.
You will then receive a credit (monies cannot be refunded) in QKR, that you can apply to future purchases.
Cancelling an order in the QKR APP
|1. From the QKR menu select Activity tab|
|2. Select the item(s) you have purchased that you wish to cancel|
|3. Select the (-) button
Your device will show a message in red *1 x item cancelled $..... (inc. Tax) refunded as a credit note. The next time you order you will be able to use that credit.
The canteen menu is available for students and staff at Railton campus on Mondays Only. Items that cannot be ordered from the menu as they are unable to be transported:
- Hot Chocolate
Orders need to be received at the Railton school office before 10.00 am on Monday morning.
QKR Orders (Both Campuses)
To use the full menu you need to order before 10.00 am on the day of delivery.
Lunches can be ordered (and paid) for up two weeks in advance.
QKR Late Orders - Sheffield Campus only (10.00 am - 12.00 noon)
We now have a limited menu for orders received between the hours above.
Please use the "Late Orders and Payments" option only.
For orders after 12.00 noon please contact the school on 6491 8222.
QKR Set UP
Instructions on installing and setting up the app on your smartphone/device are below.
If you use QKR you can order (and pay) in advance for multiple students, multiple orders, and on multiple days.
We have put together some information to help support your child with their reading. Watch to the end to claim your reading pack!
One Breath Boxes
Board Game Library
Board Game borrowing library has now reopened.
Sheffield: Monday between 8:30 am - 9.00 am in the EC resource room.
Railton: See Kim in the office on a Tuesday to borrow your game.
Did you know we have learning packs made up for children to borrow to help consolidate skills they are working on in class? These skills may include; fine motor activities, letter formation, telling the time, times tables, handwriting, 12 piece puzzles, addition and subtraction, shoelace tying, scissor skills, number formation, identifying sounds when reading and problem solving with numbers. If you would like to borrow a take home pack to support your child’s learning, please get in touch and we will be happy to send some materials home with your child.
For further information, please contact Carly Sullivan 64918222 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to bringing you another exciting year of LiFT opportunities and working with you to enhance your child’s learning outcomes.
3/4A Nicholle Thomas
Some photos of work we have been doing in our class and in art class.
The shell pics are from specialist art class!
3/4B Clare Crowden
We have been learning about different types of poetry. Here are some examples of our haiku poems that we have written with a partner.
5/6B Eden Gerke
We tried our luck at some art work and it turned out really well! We were able to experiment with perspective and colour by creating the “Colour Wheel City” . We created buildings inside a circle to a vanishing point, and then creatively shaded them in to match the colour wheel. We went over the lines of the buildings/windows with black sharpie to make them stand out. Here are the finished results!
Do you want to be a part of creating incredible opportunities for young people across Tasmania during the Winter Holidays?
Camps Tasmania are running an Arts Camp this July for youth aged 10-15 y/o. Empowering young people to accept challenges, think for themselves, form friendships and develop skills in a welcoming, supportive and safe environment.
There are many benefits to attending Camps and can include the opportunity to develop self-confidence, resilience, independence amongst many leadership, communication and team work skills; all as I'm sure we can agree are very valuable life skills.
Through our Camp programs we encourage youth from all across the state to make new connections, try different activities & learn new skills, disconnect from technology and enjoy keeping active during the holidays and making new friendships.
To learn more about us: campstasmania.com.au
BAPTCARE - FOSTER CARE
BURNIE SAFE SPACE
If you know of anyone sleeping rough, the 24/7 Safe Space has opened at the Salvation Army building in Burnie. The 24/7 Safe Space can accommodate 20 people at a time and has staff to help connect people with additional services.
The Safe Space is located at 103 Wilson Street, Burnie and can be contacted via Karen Riley (Salvation Army) on 0409 626 266, Nathan Hughes (Salvation Army) Nathan.email@example.com, Housing Connect 1300 135 513, Doorways 6425 1499 or face to face at the Safe Space.
DEVON NETBALL ASSOCIATION INC
KENTISH HOUSE - AUGUST CALENDAR
SHEFFIELD CRICKET CLUB
TASMANIAN FIRE SERVICE
Student Interactive Fire Escape Plan
TICKET TO PLAY
Ticket to Play provides two vouchers up to $100 in value towards club membership for children aged 5-17 years and listed on a Centrelink Health Care or Pensioner Concession Card or in Out of Home Care. Learn more
- Ticket to Play now runs on a financial year, from 1 July 2020.
- Under the 2020-21 program, each eligible child can receive two vouchers worth up to $100 each – even if they had a voucher during the coronavirus period (between January and June 2020).
- Each voucher can be used at a different Approved Activity Provider, or both used at one Approved Activity Provider.
- For more information and to apply for a voucher, click here.
What about vouchers from the coronavirus period?
- Vouchers from the coronavirus period redeemed for seasons that are going ahead, should remain valid for registration – check with your Approved Activity Provider.
- All unredeemed vouchers from the coronavirus period are now invalid. Eligible participants can reapply here.
- For information and FAQs click here.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 1800 252 476 for information.