When I wrote last week’s newsletter I had no idea that just a few hours later many of us would be scrambling to make it home safely, watching snow fall and getting to build snowmen in the backyard! Whilst it created a bit of disruption, I am very pleased that everyone was able to stay safe and perhaps also enjoy the novelty for a little while. That said, it was wonderful to welcome back some sunshine over the weekend.
Congratulations to Daniel in 4/5 Munson who today received Bronze and Silver Mathletics certificates in our Tuesday Morning Assembly. It is great to see that people are using this program at home. If you have not already got access and would like the details on how to do this for your child, please contact your child’s class teacher.
New Kinder building
Last week saw some big changes in our school grounds, with the removal of many truckloads of dirt and early this week, the pouring of footings for the new kindergarten building. Whilst there is still a long way to go, it seems that each day sees more and more progress, which is very exciting.
COVID-19 update – Physical Distancing for Adults
A reminder that whilst a number of the restrictions we had in place during Term 2 have been able to be eased somewhat this term, it is still very important that we ensure appropriate physical distancing of 1.5m between adults.
I know that many parents like to catch up with each other whilst picking up children at the end of the day and normally this would be fully encouraged and supported, however given the current climate, we ask that this be kept to a minimum and that distancing between adults is observed whenever possible. Whilst this doesn’t feel terribly friendly, it is important for us all to keep safe.
The Australian Mathematics Competition is run every year. Last Tuesday 18 of our enthusiastic students gave it their full concentration.
The last questions are always multiple steps.
I wonder how you would tackle this one…
How many three digit numbers
… that is between 100 and 999
Have digits that add up to eight.
To get you started, 134 is one because 1 + 3 + 4 = 8
I am so proud of you all and look forward to seeing your results. I plan to explore the questions together with you and any other enthusiastic Mathematicians in the next few weeks. So please bring along your attempts at this one.
Stephanie van der Schans.
This week in Smarties our letter of the week is Ff, for fish, fun and family!
On Wednesday in the Kinder we will be learning all about frogs, and making colourful fruit kebabs.
On Thursday in the bush we will be exploring and building, and making things out of clay - if we're lucky the winter creek will still be running, so do remember your gumboots!
On Friday in the Hall we will be playing with balloons, balls, bats and bubbles! Then we'll read a story about a friendly fish and make our own fish to take home.
We hope to see you there!
Jess Black and Annette Carson
Learning Destination for Children’s University
Venue: 72 Wilmot Road Huonville 7109
Here is the program for the monthly Children's University activities at the HUB.
Science Week Saturday 15 August 2020
HOT TIPS: Saving Energy at Home
Saturday 15 August 11 am – 12:00 noon
Learn how to save energy at home. Energy educator Matt Ruffin, will share how heat enters and leaves your home – and how to slow that down. Check out different kinds of insulation, draught sealing, double and triple glazed windows, insulating curtains and blinds and the comparative efficiency of different types of heaters and lighting! Be a super sleuth and check the energy used by different appliances. Save energy and earn pocket money!
Solar Cooking- Hot Stuff with Ass Prof John Todd
Saturday 15 August 2020 1-3 pm
There is far more solar energy reaching the earth’s surface each day than we use in our factories, homes and vehicles. But we are not very good at capturing this energy. Find out about a small but practical way of using solar energy. Solar cookers are a good, simple example of what we can do with solar. Led by energy expert, Associate Professor John Todd, learn how to make a solar cooking device that can prepare hot food without using a single watt of electricity or gas. Participants will have fun with different solar cooker designs.
Making Beeswax Wraps with Sharni Adderton.
Saturday 19 September 11:00-12:00pm
A practical workshop where you will learn how to avoid plastics and make your own beeswax wraps.
Permaculture: Grow your own seeds
Friday November 13 12:30-1:30 pm and 3:00-4:00 pm
Germinate your own seeds to start your own vegetable garden.
Friday 27 November 3:00-4:00 pm
Bicycles are the most energy efficient forms of transport. They give you freedom and fun! Find out how to look after your bicycle including how to fix a tyre.
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Year 1/2 are learning about Money. We will be recognising, describing and ordering Australian coins and notes according to their value. The children made a coin booklet and will be creating a class shop on Friday.
Families can help teach children about money by talking about everyday situations that involve money. Raising financially savvy children involves teaching them a variety of aspects from budgeting to planning, earning and saving. Besides giving them an understanding of the value of a dollar, teaching children about fiscal responsibility helps prepare them for life in the real world. Here is a good website with some tips about helping kids learn about money. https://moneysmart.gov.au/teaching-kids-about-money