Here is this week's snapshots from around the school.
2018 State Short Course Championships
Congratulations to Daniel Shilcock, Zoe Englert and Emily Kramer who participated in the 2018 State Short Course Championships. Over 300 swimmers representing 14 clubs from Tasmania and Victoria participated at the Hobart Aquatic Centre.
Glen Huon Primary has been invited by the Australian Academy of Science to share our work in Numeracy using the re-Solve learning materials. Stephanie van der Schans our AST and Numeracy specialist is going to represent us in Canberra this week. This is a celebration of learning for both our teachers and students. The resources have facilitated Mathematical Inquiries in our classrooms.
Ms van der Schans doing her stuff.
School Satisfaction Surveys - Student, Parent and Staff School Satisfaction Surveys
School Satisfaction Surveys for students, parents and staff are being conducted during August 2018 across Tasmanian government schools. The surveys provide an opportunity for students, parents and staff to give important feedback on what the school does well and where we can improve. Questions cover a range of topics about our school. All responses are secure and anonymous. Students (from Year 5 and above), parents and staff are invited to participate. Participating students are able to complete the survey during school time. Parents selected to participate in the parent survey will receive a letter in coming days. We encourage you to complete the survey to give our school a clear direction for future programs and services for students. Please contact the office if you wish to use a school computer to complete the survey.
Excursion to the Federation Concert Hall - Peter and The Wolf performed by the T.S.O
Last Thursday 9th August Grades Two through to Grade Six headed to Hobart to the Federation Concert Hall to a performance of Peter and the Wolf performed by the T.S.O and narrated by ABC radio personality Rick Goddard. For some of our students it was the first time they had been inside the Federation Concert Hall. The children were amazed and dazzled by the lights of the hall and the instruments and music played by the musicians of the T.S.O. Leading up to the excursion our music teacher Ms Kate Gray had introduced the children to the story and music of Peter and the Wolf. Well done Kate! The children were part of an enthusiastic audience and they were well behaved and represented our school well.
Here are a few of their comments about the performance.
Pie drive order forms were sent home last week. Thank you to those families who have already returned their orders. To make sure you don't miss out on these delicious, homestyle pies, make sure your orders and money are returned to the school office by Wednesday 22nd August. Pies to be collected at the school on 6th September between 2 pm - 4pm.
This year marks seventy years since the publication of Nan Chauncy's ground-breaking children's novel, 'THEY FOUND A CAVE'
At Huonville Town Hall from Wednesday, October 10, in three evening performances and three matinees, Huon Valley Theatre is presenting the premiere season of a play that we have adapted from this story of children evacuated to Tasmania during WW II. We expect the audience to be made up mostly of families with children between seven and thirteen years old, as well as older people who remember reading and loving the book as a child. Nan Chauncy is probably best remembered for her loving descriptions of the Tasmanian bush and its wildlife, but she also had a particular interest in Tasmania's Indigenous people. However in the 1940s and 1950s the prevailing belief among non-indigenous people was that Truganini had been the last indigenous Tasmanian. And this belief is reflected both in 'They Found a Cave' and in 'Tangara', Chauncy's poignant 1960 novel based on the 19th Century interaction between Indigenous and non-indigenous people in the Western Tiers area. Since that time there have been many developments in our knowledge of the first Tasmanians, including a recognition of their remarkable capacity for survival. So for our stage-adaptation we consulted with Nan Chauncy's daughter Heather, and with Tess Strong, of the South East Tasmanian Aboriginal Corporation (SETAC), and wrote a new ending to the story, in keeping with Nan Chauncy's obvious sympathies and our current understanding. We are writing to you today because our playwright and director, both retired teachers, think that a comparison of our contemporary stage-adaptation with the original story could have relevance for Senior Primary and Junior Secondary teachers as an English or History topic with their students. If your school is interested in taking part in this 70th anniversary celebration of Nan Chauncy's first book, we would be delighted to discuss this idea with any interested teachers, or perhaps to a selected class or two, at a mutually agreed time between now and Opening Night. Please reply to email@example.com