Welcome to term 3! We have been lucky to have such glorious winter weather of late, and I hope families were able to enjoy some time outdoors over the term break. We have a busy ten weeks of school ahead and I'd like to emphasise how important it is that we all take care of our own health and wellbeing as we navigate these uncertain times across the country. Although Tasmania is in a strong position at present, we must continue to play our part and follow public health advice to keep our school and community safe.
The term began with a Student Free Day. Teachers used this time to further develop their own professional practice by working collaboratively to unpack the Department of Education's Pedagogical Framework. This is a guide for all Tasmanian schools that identifies the most effective teacher practices to have a positive impact on student learning. Opportunities for teachers to come together and spend uninterrupted time on professional learning plays an important role in whole school improvement.
Across the school students have settled well into class routines and are engaged in their learning programs. While learning will always have a strong focus on literacy and numeracy, it is always inspiring to see the diverse learning experiences students engage in across a K-12 school. During a visit to classes this week, it was interesting to see our early childhood students learning about old and new technologies, our primary learners creating some stunning artwork and discovering more about migration and immigration whilst Year 7 science students were focused on chemistry, conducting science experiments to test their hypothesis. Some of our senior students have been busy preparing for exams, while the 11-12 VET Ag students have been researching animal health practices, enabling them to vaccinate our dairy herd!
It is always pleasing to see our students having the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities. Winter sports are finally underway, with Sheffield students well represented in school and club based sporting teams including soccer, netball and boys and girls football. Not only do many of our students display athletic ability and skill, they have also been recognised as leaders and positive role models. A good example of this is provided by Jack DeBomford and Jack Ritter, both boys have been named as captains of their respective Latrobe football teams, a great effort boys. Our HPE team is currently planning the cross country event and our annual secondary sports exchange with Mountain Heights School. Information will be distributed about these events soon.
Work experience and work exposure
Transition programs are beginning with a number of upcoming events planned to expose students to the education, training and career opportunities available to them. Master Builders will offer an information session to students in the coming weeks and we have many of our Year 10 students beginning their work experience this term. We are very grateful for the authentic learning opportunities this creates with employers who are willing to provide this opportunity to our students. Thank you to Mrs Kerrigan and Mrs Huett, who put tremendous effort into coordinating these work placements.
School Farm Redevelopment
Progress at the farm is well underway with stage 2 taking shape. It has been pleasing to see many local contractors and past students of our school involved with this project. I have included some photographs and a video to provide an update. video link https://youtu.be/jlQ3NjR6yuU
While the farm is undergoing an overdue facelift our Farm Manager Derek Sands continues to provide an outstanding example of best practice in dairy farming for our students. For the second year in a row the Sheffield School Farm has been awarded a Dairy Australia Gold Medal for milk quality. This award recognises the top 100 dairies in the country, an outstanding achievement. Dairy Australia article can be found here https://www.dairyaustralia.com.au/farm/animal-management/mastitis/milk-quality-awards
Parents and visitors to the school
With some easing of government restrictions, we have been able to welcome parents and visitors back to our school site this term. To ensure the safety of our schools and community, it is important that we all adhere to the current requirements and preventative measures that remain in place.
- Hand hygiene - regular washing with soap and water or hand sanitiser
- Physical distancing of adults 1.5m
- Don't enter the school if you are unwell
- Keep your visit brief and don’t stay longer than necessary
If you need to be onsite for a purpose other than drop off or pick up, please contact the office to organise a suitable time to visit.
Visitors to the site must complete a Visitor Health Screening Form, you can print the form below and bring it with you, or complete at the school.
The Visitors Entering Classrooms poster (also below) has been displayed around the school as a reminder of these visitor guidelines.
School assemblies are scheduled for week 6, Thursday 27 August. More information will be shared closer to the events outlining the requirements for parents and visitors to the site.
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 email@example.com
We look forward to bringing you another exciting year of LiFT opportunities and working with you to enhance your child’s learning outcomes.
Attention: Parents and Carers of students in Years 4-12
The wellbeing of our students is important to us.
To get an understanding of how students across Tasmania feel about their own wellbeing, students in Year/s 4-12 at Sheffield School will be taking part in a wellbeing survey.
The Student Wellbeing Survey is part of the Department of Education’s Child and Student Wellbeing Strategy.
The details for the survey are:
When: 24 August – 18 September
Who: Years 4 -12
What do I need to do: You and your child don’t need to do anything. The survey will be done in class time and will not require your child to prepare in any way.
A letter with more information has been sent home with all Year 4-12 students, including Frequently Asked Questions and a form to sign and return to the school if you do not want your child to participate in the survey.
If you would like further information, please contact Mrs Davies on 6491 8222.
Thank you for supporting us to ensure that all our learners are safe, feel supported and are able to flourish, so they can engage in learning.
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.firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 email@example.com or on 1800 252 476 for information.