Welcome back to the last term of 2019. This is a very busy term with many extra curricula activities occurring such as, Learn to Swim for classes P-6. The dates have been put on the school calendar accessed from our website. https://glenhuonprimary.education.tas.edu.au/calendar. We also have our Athletics Carnival on 31st October. Some of the longer races will be held prior to the carnival. Your child will be in a house either Teal or Maroon. Our carnival is about participation. Participation points are given and can make a big difference to the outcome of the carnival. We have a beautiful shield to be presented to the House with the most points. Thanks to Dan Witts who donated the timber and is hanging the shields in our front office.
Next week we have several exciting things happening. On Tuesday morning the Hobart Hurricanes are coming to run our breakfast club. They offer this as part of their community work. The Hurricanes Breakfast club is themed on the below areas:
- Go: Fuelling foods, carbohydrates to help power you through the day.
- Grow: Strength foods, protein to keep your body growing and your muscles strong.
- Glow: Eat a rainbow of fruit and veggies, to get vitamins and minerals to keep your immune system strong.
We will follow this up with a short daily fitness session.
On Wednesday we have the Media Launch of the Disaster Resilience package happening at Glen Huon. The Minister for Emergency Services Mark Shelton will be present. Our Grade 5-6 students have been trailing the package with Lesley King the Project Officer for Disaster Resilient Schools which is part of the Community Development and Education Unit of the Tas Fire Service.
Welcome back for another wonderful term!
This term in Smarties our focus will be on messy, immersive play. We'll have painting days with huge canvasses, messy mud kitchen play, wet and bubbly water days and lots more!
On Wednesday we will begin our messy adventure with slime, water marbles and finger painting, as well as playing outside in the sandpit if the weather permits.
On Thursday we'll play in the mud and make collages from found objects. We'll be baking apple crumbles is the fire pit and talking about things we're thankful for.
On Friday we'll be making our own musical instruments, and playing in our very own band! We'll also be having fun on the balance equipment, working on our gross motor skills.
We hope to see you there!
Jess Black and Annette Carson
This Wednesday (tomorrow), we will start our Pre-Kinder sessions for all children starting Kindergarten next year. Sessions will run from 1:30pm to 2:45pm in the Kinder room, with our Kinder teacher Ro Jungmann supported by our lovely Teacher Aides, Mrs Carson and Mrs Watson. We're very excited and we have some fun activities planned!
Grade 5/6 have been looking at what comprises a proverb. We defined it as a condensed but memorable saying that embodies experiences that are true for most people. We looked at some we already knew and others we didn’t know. Here are a few that we didn’t know but filled in as best we could. We later learned what the proverb actually was. We had a good laugh and we hope you do too.
When the blind leadeth the blind … they run into a tree!
There’s no fool like … someone that got stuck in a well.
Don’t bite the hand that … bites back.
What’s good for the goose is … grass!
Laugh and the world laughs with you. Cry and … the world pities you.
A penny saved … is a good day.
Strike while … you still can.
People who live in glass houses … have no privacy.
Don’t cross the bridge before … checking for trolls.
Our Maths Groups are continuing on Tuesday and Friday this term. Today one group had to prove a solution to the following problem.
Some of us may recognise it as a Cartesian product situation… but there are multiple ways to convince me who had the most outfits.
I’d love to see your drawings, graphs and calculations.
Enjoy exploring the options,
The Grade 6’s were asked to prepare themselves for a fashion show. Every student was given 5 minutes to gather up clothing from their rooms and line up back stage.
Maddy found 5 skirts, two pairs of shoes and three tops to put in her case.
Kim grabbed two pairs of shoes also, along with two pairs or trousers and seven tops and jammed them in her bag.
Who would be able to make the most outfits?
Prove your response to convince me …
Stephanie van der Schans, AST/Numeracy.
Mental Health Week was held in Tasmania from 6-12 October. The theme for 2019 was ‘We all have a role to play’.
Mental health and wellbeing matters to all Tasmanians and the new theme acknowledges that as a community we can all be actively doing things every day to support our own mental health and the mental health of our friends, family and colleagues.
Here are some tips to help improve you and your child’s mental health.
Exercise- Physical exercise delivers oxygen to the brain. This can help to improve your memory, reasoning abilities and reaction times. 3-5 year olds should be physically active every day for at least three hours, spread throughout the day. 5 to 18 year olds should do at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day e.g. brisk walking, bike riding, skateboarding, dancing, football, netball, soccer, running, swimming laps. Adults- 30 minutes a day.
Take time to relax. Excess stress hormones can be harmful to the brain. Introduce regular mindfulness activities into your routine- try www.smilingmind.com.au for the whole family!
Take up a new hobby. Learning something new helps build neural pathways in the brain. Hobbies such as woodwork and sewing or activities like skipping require you to move both sides of the body at the same time, in precise movements. This can help to improve your spatial awareness and increase your reaction time.
Make healthy food choices-This improves quality of life and wellbeing. For example, eating foods that contain vitamin B such as wholegrain cereals, leafy greens and dairy is essential to brain health. For more information see www.eatforhealth.gov.au.
Get enough sleep- This is one of the simplest ways that you can protect the health of your mind. 3 – 5 year olds need 11 – 13 hours a night, 6 – 9 year olds 10 – 11 hours a night, 10 years: 9.5 hours a night, teens and adults: 8-10 hours
Get outside!-Whilst we need to protect our skin using Sunsmart precautions between September and April, the sun is the best source of vitamin D, essential for strong bones and overall health. It is important to maintain vitamin D levels all year round.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help-There is no shame in feeling stressed out, or low, and doctors are well used to dealing with such problems. If you are concerned about your own mental health, don’t even hesitate, visit your GP and explain to them how you are feeling.
Emma Middleton, Primary School Health Nurse Cygnet, Huonville & Glen Huon Primary Schools