Initially the plan was for this to be my final newsletter and for Mrs McKay to return to school on Monday 24th August. However in order to make sure that Mrs McKay is truly healed and well enough to be onsite without having another fall, it has been decided that she will extend her leave by another week. Mrs McKay will now be returning on Monday 31st August and I am sure everyone will be very excited to see her return. In the meantime, I am loving being a part of the Glen Huon Primary School Team.
A reminder that the Student Wellbeing Survey will be taking place for Grade 4-6 students next week. Information about this was sent home to families a few weeks ago. Parent School Satisfaction Surveys will also be coming home next week to each family. These are a great way of establishing our schools strengths, but also areas we need to improve on. I strongly encourage families to take the time to complete these surveys, which can be done on paper or electronically, and I thank you for your support in doing this.
A reminder also that our school day ends at 2:55pm. In previous years the school day has ended at 3:00pm, however due to industrial agreements regarding teacher instructional hours, the end of day was amended to 2:55pm.
New Kindergarten Update
Each week sees a little bit more progress on our new Kindergarten building. This week the bricklayers have been very busy indeed!
Prep/One are a busy and curious class and our room is always a hive of energy, learning, wondering and creating.
Last week we had a Maths Party which really showcased just how motivated and curious these children are.
We offered the class an array of maths based activities to explore and enjoy. There was a hive of activity in the classroom. Buildings were being built, calculators were out, there was a money game going on, a zip line of numbers 1-100 is currently under construction, there were simple addition sums being expressed using blocks, checked using calculators, children ordering numbers, children using the MAB blocks to represent numbers… you name it!
The adults in the room moved around and spent time talking with children as they engaged with the materials in front of them. It was just amazing to watch not only the discoveries the children made, but the peer to peer learning which was happening in the room.
At the end of each session we had discussions around what the children had noticed, learnt, wondered.
This week in Smarties we are focussing on the letter Gg - for good, giggle and go!
On Wednesday we are going to get grubby! We'll be playing with goo on the light table, sculpting with moon sand and, if the weather permits, we'll paint the footpath with chalk paints!
On Thursday we'll be roasting scrumptious potatoes on the campfire, playing in the mud and looking for minibeasts.
On Friday we'll get out the rainbow ring and the stretchy fabric and have some fun! We'll read a book about a family of goats and make our own goat friends to take home.
We hope to see you there!
Jess Black and Annette Carson
Our students are deeply focussing on understanding place value.
It is often described as knowing the value of a digit in various positions in a number…
But it is more than knowing the 5 in 15 020 is in the thousands place. It is also being able to rename a number in terms of its total of tens, hundreds, thousands etc.
Renaming numbers allows us to be so much more efficient with our calculations.
For example: The number 15 020 could be written as …
Being able to think of this number in all these ways means I can easily subtract one hundred to say I have 149 hundreds and 2 tens (14 920).
How many different ways could you describe 362 046?
What is 100 less than this number?
How many tens are there now?
What if you add 5000 more tens, how many thousands are there now?
Some cultures use these principles whilst using an abacus on its side to add or subtract easily.
To save space this abacus has been reduced to have 5 beads representing one on the top portion.
The number shown is one hundred and eighty two ones, or 18 tens and 2 ones.Can you see how I worked that out?
Dental Health Week, which took place in the first week of August, aims to educate Australians about the importance of maintaining good oral health in every aspect of their lives. Did you know……that tooth decay among children is on the rise with more than half of all 6 year olds having some decay in their baby and adult teeth, according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.
Tips for preventing tooth decay
- Brush twice a day using fluoride toothpaste. Brush your child’s teeth until they reach 7 years of age.
- Spit don’t rinse after brushing.
- Dental check-ups are recommended at least every 12 months.
- Consume no more than 6 teaspoons of added sugars per day.
- Clean between teeth once a day with dental floss.
Dental health is a free service for all children under the age of 18 years in Tasmania with a Medicare card. See below information for contact details to make an appointment.
With superficial similarities to Alice in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz, Spirited Away is a coming of age story and a voyage to understanding. Writer and director Hayao Miyasaki was inspired to create a story for the ten year old daughter of his friend, that was not just about the crushes and romance in the magazines she read. In doing so he created a film which speaks as eloquently to adult viewers as to children.
Inspired by the Shinto/Buddhist philosophy of Japan, Miyasaki brings to life the kami, or animistic spirits which are traditionally thought to inhabit the rocks, trees, animals and landscapes of the material world. A ten year old girl, Chihiro, is moving suburbs with her parents when they take a wrong turn and end up in a mysterious village. Her parents decide to eat at a restaurant with great smelling food and no staff but Chihiro goes off to explore. She is warned by a small boy that she is in danger but it is too late. Chihiro is spirited away into a realm of ghosts, gods and evil spirits.
Movie goers need to know that COVID has brought some changes to our Movie Nights, so here's what to expect:
Food and Drink
We will operate 2 bars (in the Hall and the Nonie Carr room) to facilitate social distancing
Unfortunately we still can't share food at interval, but of course bring your own food & nibbles if you like.
Sunday 6th September at the Franklin Palais.
Doors open 6.30pm
Film starts after 7.15pm but before 7.30pm