- Penguin District School Calendar
- Principal's Report
- Information From Our School Nurse
- Launching into Learning
- Kinder H Veolia Visit
- Kinder H Book Week Dress Up Day
- 1-2M & 2P Hagley Excursion
- Year 7 Drama
- Photography Competition
- Launceston Sports Exchange
- Secondary Netball
- Plastic Bags Wanted
- Penguin History Group
- School Calendar
This week marks Teacher Assistant appreciation week across our schools. We know that working with young people is dynamic and ever changing – particularly in the role as teacher assistant! Our team of TA’s (as we affectionally refer to them as), work with our young people from our birth to 4 programs right through to supporting out students in catering and technology classes. Reading through their position description, simply doesn’t do their work justice! So to Renae Aherne, Chris Bugeja, Corrina Caberica, Sandra Clarke, Belinda French, Karen Helm, Katrina Olm, Belinda Jones, Jessy Jordan, Ben Keeley, Kae Keep, Bec Langham, Maree Lowrie, Marsha Lynd, Peter Martin, Lillie McPherson, Caitlin Overend, Leanne Ray and Sally Smith – in the words of one of our grade 3’s, as TA’s you are ‘Totally Awesome’. On behalf of the school community I’d like to thank our team for their support of our learners and the impact that they have, each and every day.
Mat Grining - Principal
Last Thursday, Nick from Veolia visited us in Kinder H.
He helped us wrap up our amazing inquiry journey into recycling, inspired by Mason from KH.
Nick talked to us about the “3 R’s”: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
He took us outside and showed us how to sort rubbish. We were very knowledgeable and helped him decide which bin to put items in.
Then Matty, the driver of the recycling truck, showed us how he collected recycling bins.
We were very excited to see it all in action.
Nick was very impressed by our Floor Book which described our journey, including setting up a worm farm in Kinder and introducing sorting bins: FOGO, lids, recycling and general waste.
It was a great incursion for Kinder H.
We couldn’t have hoped for better weather on Wednesday August 18 as we set out on our excursion. With a spectacular sun halo illuminating the way, we navigated (and narrated) our way to Hagley Farm School.
‘There’s a truck’, ‘There’s a cow’, ‘Did you see that tractor?’, ‘I’ve been there.’
After a slow meander through the countryside, our fabulous guides for the day, Tristan and Mike, met us at the bus. We listened with barely contained excitement to a quick outline of the day, before moving off for morning tea in the delightful playground and an opportunity to stretch our legs through climbing, jumping, sliding, balancing, and running.
2P and 1/2Mc were split into two groups to provide an opportunity for the classes to reconnect.
Each group was able to experience what life was like at school in the past. Taught by ‘Miss Grumpy’ or ‘Mr Grumpy’, the children quickly learnt that if a student dared to smile, talk, ask questions, make noises, get anything incorrect, have dirty hands or shoes, or do anything that the teacher did not ask or want them to do; they would be caned, or made to sit on the ‘dunce’ seat or have to put their nose on a red dot on the board!
Silence, perfection, conformity, cleanliness, and using your manners were essential in the classroom of the 19th Century. Fortunately for us, ‘Miss Grumpy’ didn’t need to cane anyone as the students in Group 1 were too well behaved. However, ‘Mr Grumpy’, apparently had a few ‘trouble-makers’ who weren’t so lucky. School is certainly very different in the present, where we greatly value curiosity, independence, initiative, laughter, discussion, wondering, self-directed learning and ‘messy’ play.
We were able to then use our mapping skills to locate different animals on a tractor ride tour of the farm. Stopping to feed the ducks and the sheep was a highlight for many of the children.
Finally, the groups visited the impressive museum and were able to interact with the artefacts there. The children were particularly interested in how clothes used to be washed, the basic furnishings families used, farming implements, and were also surprised by the time intensive labour required to undertake everyday tasks. A fantastic day was enjoyed by all.
Thank you to our wonderful parent helpers who joined us on the day and to Tristan and Mike for sharing their expert knowledge.
Creating Masks - Year 7 Drama
In Year 7 Drama we have been learning about masks and how they have been used throughout history to communicate and entertain. Our learning has taken us to ancient Greece and across the Torres Strait Islands. We have learnt about theatrical neutral masks and their use in performance and mime. Students have created and performed short neutral mask mimes. We are currently creating our own character masks which will then be used to develop new character mime skits.
Mr Davis and Miss Mott