- Principal's Report
- Department of Education - School Intake Areas
- Launching into Learning - Marking Marks Exhibition
- Student Board Primary - Kindness Tree
- Student Board - Secondary Campus Update
- Primary Sports Update
- Ulverstone Soccer Club - Juniors & Seniors Night
- Forensic Science Year 9/10
- Photos of the Week
- Father's Day Stall
- Primary Campus Assembly - featuring 4F and 2M
- School Calendar
- MAST Boating Education Night
- Burnie Bikes
- Baseball Tasmania -
Last week we recognised the achievements of many of our students across grades 3-10 that had achieved well above grade level in subjects assessed against the Australian Curriculum. Congratulations to all of our students that have given their personal best and have been safe and respectful towards themselves and others across terms 1 and 2.
There is a clear link between the amount of time these students are at school, and their levels of achievement – We know every day matters. As of last week, there has been an increase in our school attendance of 1.1% compared to the same time last year. Whilst that may not sound like much, it actually means that there are 760 more instances where students have been present compared to the same time last year. To us, that is 760 reasons to celebrate students that are doing their best to get to school, 760 additional opportunities to build on to the learning from the previous day and 760 more times that students have built stronger connections with their peers and teachers.
Last year there were 3 students that hadn’t missed a day of school by the end of the year and currently 29 of the kinder to grade 10’s have been at school on time, all day, every day. My wondering is why this isn’t a higher number?
Research from around the world shows that students on average that are at school for longer; are healthier, live for longer, will earn a higher income from their job and will self-report being more happy than those that have had lower attendance.
I understand that this is not always as simple as it sounds, as illness and family situation can impact on this. A wondering I left our senior students with in assembly was, ‘What steps are you taking to support yourself, or encourage your friends in getting to school on time, and more often?’. If it means that the 21 year version of yourself could be healthier, have more money in the bank, live for longer and be happier, what advice would you be giving yourself or your friends?
Department of Education are seeking community input into the review of intake areas for Tasmanian Government schools. Any adjustment to intake areas would only apply to new enrolments from 2021 onwards. Neither current DoE students nor their siblings would be affected.
- Parents will still be able to apply to their school of choice, if capacity allows.
- The review will not change the way schools enrol students who live outside their intake area.
- The review will not affect students who are already enrolled in a school before 2021.
- If a child has a sibling already attending a school outside their intake area, then the child can enrol at the same school as their sibling.
Please complete the public survey by Friday, 27 September 2019 or email your feedback to email@example.com
For more information, visit the link below:
Two children from Launching into Learning have had their art work selected to be a part of the Marking Marks Exhibition. This exhibition is to be curated at The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery in Hobart and is showcasing the diversity of marks made by children aged birth to 4. Congratulations to Flynn and Jarvis on their wonderful art work. The exhibition opens on Wednesday 25 September.
Flynn, age 3
Feather painting on paper
Flynn dips the end of his feather into the black paint.
Circling with the feather, he watched as the paints starts thick and begins to fade towards the end of the lines.
He observes another child engaged in the same process and then dips again.
“It’s a spider web” he says.
“Spiders can live in spider webs.”
Pointing to the middle of the page, “that’s a spider, a BIG spider” he explains.
“A super dark spider. Me reckons it needs red eyes.”
I gather some red paint, present it to Flynn and he continues to dip.
“Finished!” he smiles.
Jarvis, age 3
Oil pastel with ink
Jarvis draws circles with the white oil pastel before quickly grabbing the red brush from the ink.
“I love red.”
I asked, “what’s happening?”
“Look” he exclaims as he notices the ink resisting the pastel.
He then adds more white as he has now realises that the ink is not sticking to the pastel and wants to try it again.
He adds yellow and then blue.
*gasps* pointing to the colours resisting.
He then puts his brush in all of the ink, wanting eagerly to see what colour they make together.
He adds more pastel, long lines this time.
As he watches it resist he yells “wahoo!”
Jarvis goes over and over the white pastel with ink as if to check his theory that the more ink he adds the better the chance of it sticking to the pastel. His theory proved wrong.
“What the heck? Look at that. Red and blue, red and blue. Lellow, lellow, lellow. Green and blue.” He talks me through the colours as he watches them merge together on his paper.
“Look at what I done, stick it up now!”
Last term, the Primary Student Board had the idea of making a ‘Kindness Tree’, which can now be found in the Primary foyer. We thought it was something we could get everybody in our school community involved in, and to further promote kindness. People are invited to write their acts of kindness on a leaf, along with their name, and pin them on our tree. So far, our tree is growing steadily, but we’d love to see more leaves added from across the school.
Throughout Term 2, the secondary Student Board successfully conducted 4 weeks of lunch time activities involving 3 point shoot-outs, Kahoot competitions, Musical Bingo and a movie later in the term when the weather was not as friendly. These activities were held every second week. These lunchtime activities were popular and provided activities to help fill in some cold and wet lunch breaks.
3 point shootout: students from grade 7-12 participated over the week with winners of each grade group receiving $5 canteen vouchers as prizes.
Kahoot: a mixed group of students from across the grades participated in a competitive manner with 2 groups receiving prizes of McDonald’s vouchers and chocolate for their efforts.
Musical Bingo: although experiencing a few technical hitches initially, this again was successful with approximately 25 students participating in a cooperative manner. Prizes of McDonald’s vouchers and chocolate were again allocated to the winners.
Movie: the movie Shrek was shown in the Drama room over 4 lunch times with an average of 40 students attending each day. Some students enjoyed singing along to the songs and there was even some dancing at one point! This was a really popular activity with student requests for another movie in Term 3 which we will organise.
Our major fundraiser for the term was our Red Day, held to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis and Muscular Dystrophy. Students and staff were encouraged to wear something red for a gold coin donation and we sold bags of red lollies at lunch time on the secondary campus (donated by Sally Stretton) for $1 per bag. With the combined efforts of the primary and secondary campus we raised $926 which was a fantastic effort. This money was split between the 2 charities with the money going to both the Tasmanian Cystic Fibrosis group and the Melbourne Muscular Dystrophy group as these are the foundations that directly support some of our PDS students.
During the term we had students from both the secondary and primary campuses attend a meeting with the Commissioner for Children & Young People (CCYP) as CCYP Ambassadors in Devonport. At this meeting they discussed some of the issues young people face and some projects that they will support throughout the year. They will attend another meeting in Term 3 in Burnie on 19th August and then a day session in October in Hobart. It is fantastic to have our student leaders involved in this initiative.
In Term 3, the secondary board will be looking to run the following activities at the secondary campus:
- Secondary social - week 6 where music students at PDS will have the opportunity to perform live as part of the entertainment. Information about the social will be sent out to families soon.
- Movie week: another lunch time movie will be shown later in the term for students.
- Footy/sports colour Day: to raise money for the Fight Cancer Foundation. Students will be able to wear clothing from their favourite sport team and we will run lunchtime sporting activities.
In Term 4 we are considering running a water-based activities day for MND and will look at the support from staff for another car wash to raise money to go towards the 2020 Relay for Life. Other activities will be brainstormed later in Term 3 in preparation for the final term of 2019.
Devonport Basketball Club Primary Basketball Tournament
All of our best wishes to all 30 students participating in this tournament over this weekend August 24 and 25.
PDS singlets will be distributed this week to all participants. Please ensure they are returned on Monday.
Sporting Schools – Introduction to Baseball – Free event
We would like to extend an invitation to all students from Prep to Year 6 to participate in a two-week Introduction to Baseball program.
Miss Goninon and Mrs Van Essen will be working alongside Mr Andrew Barton from North West Baseball to deliver two fun sessions at Penguin District School.
When: Tuesday 10 September and Tuesday 17 September.
Where: Dial Park and the Community Learning Centre
Time: 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
Please register your child online at the following link: https://forms.gle/aPS1tbFVGCKfsw8h9
Year 3 – 6 Swimming and Water Safety Program - September 2 - 13
Information will be sent home this week regarding the upcoming Swimming and Water Safety Program for the Year 3 – 6 students.
What a proud moment it was at the recent Year 5/6 Sports expo when the East Ulverstone Primary School Principal, Mr Simon Dent, recognised the spirit of sportsmanship between one of his students, Lincoln and one of our students Keegan.
From the way they celebrated each other’s successes and checked on each other if they had a ‘spill’ had Mr Dent thinking they were long time mates; but not so – just two young men demonstrating what sport is all about – being active, being mates and having fun.
Andrew, Beadon and Tahlia attended a training session, under lights, with the Ulverstone Senior Soccer players. Skills, games and excellent role modelling was presented by the Ulverstone players and followed by a BBQ and ice cream!
Our two Penguin Soccer teams participate in the Junior Roster organised by the Ulverstone Soccer Club. This roster runs over Terms 3 and 4 each Saturday morning and is supported by many families in our school community.
To register your interest for upcoming soccer events and rosters, please contact Mrs Van Essen.
Karina Van Essen
The 9/10 Forensic Science class has been looking at footprints this week. Students created footprints with mud and plaster cast then analysed and compared the prints to the shoe sole used. Indium (the science bunny) also got involved in the fun, creating her own rabbit prints before taking a little nap.
28 Aug 2019
9:00 AM to 12:30 PM
This year the Father’s Day stall will be held on Wednesday 28 August.
All gifts will be priced at $4.00.
We look forward to a successful day and thank you for supporting our School Community.
29 Aug 2019
1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
A primary assembly will be held in the Community Learning Centre at 1:30pm and will feature 4F and 2M.
All parents and members of the community are welcome to join us and celebrate our school acheivements.
Baseball Tasmania and the collective leagues within are proud to announce that a group of junior players from the Doncaster Dragons Baseball Club from Melbourne will be touring throughout Tasmania. The tour will be used as a baseball promoting roadshow with youth from Tasmania and the Doncaster team participating in skills sessions and games together, these events will be held in multiple locations. The tour is to be held during the upcoming October school holidays.
This is a massive opportunity for all juniors hoping to increase there skills to the next level. The event is open to all children between the ages of 9 and 16, younger children would be able to attend with discussion with organisers. Everyone is welcome to attend.
North West Tasmania Baseball
0455 969 511