Early School Closure Wednesday 24th October
A hard copy letter will be coming home today with the eldest child in the family and it has this information on it.
Public Sector Unions have called stop work action from 3.00pm on 24th October 2018.
As a result of the number of teaching staff participating in this action, I am concerned that there will not be enough teachers on duty at the school to ensure adequate duty of care and supervision for students. I have therefore recommended that the school be closed for students from 1.30 pm 24th October 2018 and this recommendation has been approved by the Minister for Education.
The school will open as normal in the morning 24th October 2018. Students will be able to arrive at school as normal on this day.
If your child catches buses from school it is important to note that the bus companies will be running as per usual. There will be a limited number of staff on site to ensure those travelling on a bus are supervised whilst they wait for the bus. To help us ensure student safety, where possible, please make alternative arrangements for your child so they are able to leave when the school closes at 1.30pm.
I sincerely regret the inconvenience to parents and the disruption to the learning program for students; however, student safety is my primary concern.
Pre-Kinder: Changes To Time Tomorrow Only
Our Pre-Kinder session this week will be held from 11.30am -1.30pm. Please bring along a light lunch for the session.
Thursday is a publlic holiday for Hobart Show Day. Friday is a Professional Learning day for staff and a student free day. The staff will be working with all teachers in the Huon Valley on Strategies for Effective Spelling. This professional learning has been initiated through the Huon Valley Middle Years Literacy Project. The professional learning will be led by specialist Christine Topfer. Students will return to school on Monday 29th October. There will be a whole school assembly on this day.
Athletics Carnival 1st November
Please consider volunteering your time to help our program run smoothly. We strongly encourage our student’s families to help us out which will be greatly appreciated! This year we will trial filling volunteer spots by a roster so that each shift is no longer than an hour, meaning that everyone can also see their children participate.
Please take note of the volunteer sheet (will be posted on Facebook) https://www.facebook.com/GlenHuonPrimarySchool/ that lists time slots for various jobs and contact Emma Gill firstname.lastname@example.org to pop your name down. Any time you can contribute makes it much easier for our staff to run the day.
Thank you from GHPS
Around the School
Our robotics competition is coming up fast - November 2nd and 3rd - wish us luck! Robotics families, please check your bag today for permission forms, an itinerary and a list of things to pack. Please return the forms as soon as possible, ideally tomorrow.
Cheers, Jess Black
We only have Smarties on Wednesday this week, as Thursday is a public holiday and Friday is a student-free day.
On Wednesday we're learning all about fish!
We'll be meeting some beautiful goldfish, making some colourful fish to take home and creating a fun peg shark. We'll also cook some fish shapes biscuits, yum!
We have an excursion planned for a beautiful short bushwalk to a shallow creek in Sandfly (Northwest Bay River) on Thursday Nov 15th, save the date!
We hope to see you there,
Jess Black and Annette Carson
We have been learning about what the word persuasive means. Do you know what it means? It means that you are good at convincing someone to do or believe something.
We were challenged to convince Miss Oxley why it would be a good idea to have a zoo animal as a pet. Here are some of our ideas. Do they make you think that a zoo animal could make a good pet?
An elephant would be the perfect pet because they could pick you up with their trunks so that you could see or reach something that you couldn’t before – Ashlegh
A monkey would make the perfect pet because it could probably peel your bananas faster than you can so you get eat them faster – Jack
A lion would make the perfect pet because if you got wet they could dry you with their big fluffy mane – Lani
Lions can protect you because they are big and strong - Lewis
We are in week two of our Jump Rope for Heart Program. Our skippers have been hard at work learning new tricks and practicing their jumping to build up their stamina.
So far we have raised $117 for the Heart Foundation!
You can donate by going online to this website https://jumprope2018.everydayhero.com/au/GHPS
OR there is a cash collection jar in the 1-2 classroom.
Thank you for all those who have donated already and to all our skippers who have made this possible. We cannot wait to see if we can hit the $1000 donation goal.
Listen out for donation updates in our Tuesday morning assemblies.
Hello, I'm Jess Black - hopefully most of you know me from my role as Smarties teacher, robotics volunteer and mum of Isaac. I've heard there's some interest in getting the P&F up and running again, and I'm keen to help get that started. I have been involved in the P&F in previous years and after a break I'm feeling refreshed to get back into it!
I would love to hear from you if you're interested to know more or would like to get involved. The P&F traditionally runs fundraisers, including a school fair if desired, and decides what to spend the money we raise on. The P&F is also a space where you can raise issues and ask questions relating to school life.
The P&F is a subcommittee of the School Association, which is more involved in policy and procedures of running the school.
I've always run the P&F fairly low-key. We aren't required to have official positions like Chair or Secretary, and we just take basic minutes. In the past, meetings have been run after school drop off time from 9-10 about once a month on a day that suits most people - of course, we can consider other timing if most people want that.
I'll set a tentative first meeting for next Tuesday the 30th Oct at 9am - if you'd like to get involved please come along, and if that time doesn't suit you please let me know by email - email@example.com or phone 0408 579 858. Feel free to contact me with any questions or input, I really value everyone!
Hope to see you there, Jess Black
Hi I am Sam (Samantha Lapidge) I am the new School Health Nurse covering Emma. I will be doing the same role as Emma, if you would like to come and see me for anything please don’t hesitate to contact me. I will be doing the Kinder health checks for next year and will be sending the consent form home to those enrolling. I will be available on Tuesdays (except 24th October). I will be in on Wednesday 25th October.
Thank you to everyone who participated in Orangutan Day. It was very successful and we managed to raise $579!
We will adopt 4 or more orangutans and we hope to make a difference with this.
A huge thank you to everyone who baked for the canteen or gave extra donations. You have helped a lot!
Unfortunately, orangutans are endangered due to illegal logging of their forest homes in Borneo to put in palm oil plantations. One way we can support the orangutans is by not buying products containing illegal palm oil. To learn about the many products that use illegal palm oil please visit the orang-utan project’s website. https://www.orangutan.org.au/get-involved/palm-oil-resistance/
Evie, Freya, Imogen and Erin