A very big thank-you to Bron Englert, Tanya Munro and Tania Steenholdt for the organisation of a very special NAIDOC week. The culminating activity of the yarning circle in the bush was amazing. We are very lucky to be able to work so closely together as a community. Our children were extremely engaged and involved with the activities and learnt so much about aboriginal culture.
We held a very special assembly this morning for the planting of the tree. It was a privilege to have Daryl and Laura Watson attend. The original tree was planted by Daryl's Great Aunt Millie Watson in 1912. The school captains spoke about the history of the tree and some Grade 4-5 students shared their reflections in relation to the tree. Every person on site then helped plant the tree by placing some dirt into the hole. We hope the tree is enjoyed by generations to come as generations past have done.
Our Robotics team participated in the First Lego League regional competition and won the Motivate Award. Congratulations to the team.
Well done to the Grade 3, 4 and 5 students who completed the Learn to Swim program over the last two weeks. It is interesting to note that Swimming Australia were sharing their concerns in to the news today in regards to the lack of swimming instruction being undertaken in Australia. Tasmania is very lucky to have this program supported by the Government. We are an island state surrounded by water and many enjoy the water for recreational purposes. We look forward to the school supported water familiarisation course for the P-2's in a fortnight.
We are gathering names of the people who wish to attend the Final Assembly on the 14th of Dec at Huonville Primary at 12.00. Please contact the office if you wish to attend.
I have made inquiries as to the cake stall at the car boot sale. Unfortunately we will not be able to proceed with the stall due to COVID restrictions.
A Musical 'Peace Child'
Performed by Glen Huon Drama Group
Rehearsals have been steadily progressing. We hope you have noted the dates in your calendar.
TUESDAY 8TH DECEMBER
WEDNESDAY 9TH DECEMBER
Pictured are most of our colourful and happy Mambican tribes, The Sotongis and The Wannakeekees. This is a family event.
Admit $3 ea
COVID regulations apply.
Thank you to parents and friends who have assisted so far, especially Dan Witts for building the village huts.
Welcome to week 6 of this final term!
On Wednesday we will be keeping cool with some water play, and having a go at screen printing - if you have some plain clothes or fabric you'd like to bring along we will make them bright and unique with stencils!
On Thursday we will be playing with clay, splashing in the water and roasting apples on the campfire, yum!
On Friday out letter of the week will be Q, and we will be learning all about Quolls! We will play with the parachute and sing and dance, read a story and make a quoll craft.
We hope to see you there!
Jess Black and Annette Carson
Class 1/2 can Trust the Count and Understand Place Value
In Class 1/2 we have been working on the big ideas in number.
Trusting the count is knowing that when you’re counting a set of objects, the last number you say represents the total number in the set. If you count a set of objects and then count it again, you’ll get the same answer…every time. If you move around a set of objects but nothing is added or removed from the set, you’ll get the same answer…every time.
There is a misconception that if a student can count to 100, they trust the count. This may not be true. For example, children who know the Alphabet song may not know the letter symbols that match. Students who can tell you a book by memory may not be able to read the words in the book. Students who can count may not know what those numbers mean.
Another misconception is that if a student can add small numbers, they trust the count. If a student is adding 5 + 8 but counts out 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11-12-13, they do not trust the count. They are recounting both numbers. If this continues, imagine the issues when adding 345 + 471.
Place value represents an understanding that 1 is not necessarily just 1, in the number 14 (for example), the 1 represents 1 ten. This idea is difficult for young learners to grasp. The idea ‘ten of these is one of those’ is the building block of the base 10 numeration system and having a strong sense of numbers 0–10 is a prerequisite for developing place value understanding. This means modelling, reading and writing the numbers to 10 using materials, words, diagrams and symbols as well as having mental objects for the numbers to ten.
Here is Class 1/2 working on trusting the count and place value.
The Department of Education recently announced that we would be expanding the Student Assistance Scheme for 2021.
Parents who have a current concession card as listed below can apply for dependent students for assistance under the STAS:
- Services Australia - Centrelink Health Care Card
- Service Australia - Centrelink Low Income Health Care Card
- Services Australia - Pensioner Concession Card or
- Department of Veteran Affairs - Pensioner Concession Card.
Please note that if you are already receiving student assistance you do not need to complete a form.
For 2021 a new on-line form has been developed to assist with processing applications for new applicants.
The online form can be completed here: http://stasonlinesubmission.education.tas.gov.au/
Once a validated form is completed the Department of Education will confirm the outcome of your application in writing, this process takes approximately 14 days.
We understand this online option may not be possible for all families, so if you require a hard copy form please contact your school or the Financial Assistance Unit on firstname.lastname@example.org or 1800 827 077
Time to observe some numbers.
How many ways can you rename them?
What do you notice about their quantity of tens ?
How many hundreds in each of the numbers ?
Here’s a challenge for you to solve.
One of these numbers is the odd one out.
It could be linked to the individual digits, their values, the relationships between the pairs of numbers within.
It is meant to be challenging, be persistent.
I’m happy to offer a prompt to keep you going if you have explored all your possibilities.
Stephanie van der Schans