Around the School
I love heading around the school with the camera. Here are some shots of activity from this last week.
Fissure Sealant and Flouride Varnish Program
Glen Huon students who are around 6 and 12 are being invited to participated in the Fissure Sealant and Flouride Varnish Program. Notices went home yesterday for Kinder, P/1, 1/2, and Grade 5/6 - search school bags for these.
This week's letter focus is the letter Tt, for tiger, turtle, tomato and Tyrannosaurus Rex!
On Wednesday (9am - 11am in Kinder) we have a special treat for Dental Health Week - we will be learning all about how to look after our teeth, with our wonderful local Dental Hygienist, Megan! We will learn about brushing, flossing and what foods make our teeth happy, and Megan will be available to answer any oral health questions you may have.
On Thursday (9am - 11am in the bush) we will be splashing in the little creek, climbing on low ropes, weaving with natural objects, and warming up hot chocolate on our campfire.
On Friday (9am - 11am in the Hall) we will be working on our balancing skills with beanbags and balance beams and reading a story about trucks - then we'll make trucks out of boxes to take home for your teddies to ride in!
Don't forget that we have an excursion booked to go to the Marine Discovery Centre on Wed 5th September - let Mrs Black or the office know if you'd like to come.
Sessions are free and open to all children aged 0-5 and their families and carers.
Hope to see you there!
Jess Black and Annette Carson
We've been having a lot of fun at Bush Playgroup! Children and parents have loved splashing, digging, climbing, exploring and connecting with nature and each other.
Bush Playgroup is free and runs every week on Thursdays, and the first Saturday of every month, from 9am - 11am.
On Monday Grades 3-6 were lucky to have the Young Tassie Scientists visit and share their knowledge with us. We met a Biologist, a Doctor and a Geologist. Our Biologist put us through our paces with a vegetable/fruit guessing game. We then had to place the fruits and vegetables onto a plant diagram to show what part of the plant it belonged to. Some things were roots, others were the stem, flower or leaves. We even learned that when we are eating cinnamon we are actually eating the bark of a tree.
Our Doctor scientist was very interesting. She told us about many of our organs and their different functions. Grade 5/6 were most interested in the large and small intestines and learned that they have their name in relation to their circumference rather than their length, as the longest intestine is actually called the small intestine. We were interested to find out that all food (including chewing gum) only stays in the stomach for around three hours. Some things come out looking the same as they went in due to the body not being able to digest them eg: chewing gum. Ollie stumped our Doctor when he asked the question, “How many organs are inside the body?” That’s something students might like to find out and bring their answer to the 5/6 room for a grinner!
Lastly, our Geologist taught us that everything is made from chemicals – even us! Chemicals that are mixed with minerals form rocks. We heard about volcanic rocks and rocks that are formed underwater. We learned that the earth is approximately 4.6 billion years old according to scientists and that Tassie rocks are thought to be around 1.27 billion years old. There is also a meteor crater right here in Tassie that is very hard to get to but you can find it on Google Earth. It is called the Darwin crater.
Overall, we had a lovely morning and very much enjoyed our visit from the Young Tassie Scientists. They are a dedicated group of volunteers from UTAS that have inspired many of our children today.
Last Friday 3rd August marked 100 days of learning for our school this year. The 5/6 class thought it would be fun to surprise everyone on the day and come dressed as 100 year olds. Donning cardigans and canes they were out in force around the school to wish everyone a happy 100 days of learning. With the help of Emma Gill we made and served scones, jam and cream from the canteen at lunchtime. We also hosted a bingo game in the hall with some pretty fun prizes. During our lesson time we listened to music from a century ago and some even had a good old fashioned dance. We all agreed that being 100 days smarter is a lot of fun.
The Four Colour Theorem states
‘any map can be coloured in by using only 4 different colours so that no two ‘neighbouring states’ are the same colour.
Try to prove this theorem by printing out the following diagram or using the paint application on your computer to colour in all the sections so that no two same colours are touching.
You may need a few attempts…remember ‘mistakes are learning opportunities’, use them to modify the next attempt.
Enjoy the mindful colouring,
Stephanie van der Schans