If you are the parent of a year 3 or 5 student you will soon receive your child’s NAPLAN results for this year. NAPLAN gives us as a school a snapshot into our academic state at the moment in time that it is undertaken. Overall, our results were pleasing, with gains made in student growth in our focus area in reading. We will use the overall school results to help set our priorities for next year, in combination with other data we will gather early next term. For parents it is important to remember that NAPLAN is a snapshot in time and the personal progress that a child makes against the curriculum as assessed by your child’s teacher is the most important academic marker over the year.
We have also begun a two week PBS focus on digital technologies including social media. There were some important messages that have gone out already in this regard via our Facebook page. I would like to reiterate that it is important that children only have limited time gaming and access to social media. We do see tired students who are gaming well into the night and fractured friendships due to misunderstandings on social media platforms. I would encourage all parents to be the gate keepers to these conversations and access to technologies- it is your job to make sure they are being used responsibly outside of school time. We will continue to work with our families to educate our children on being responsible users of digital technology at all times.
|Friday 10 September||Rain Day - Round 5 Winter Sport|
|Tuesday 14 September||Grade 6 visit to Port Dalrymple School|
|Thursday 16 September & Friday 17 September||Country Gold Carnival|
|Friday 24 September||Last Day of Term 3|
|Sunday 3 October||Day Light Savings starts - Clocks go forward at 2am|
|Monday 11 October||First Day of Term 4|
|Friday 29 October||Student Free Day (Professional Learning)|
|Monday 1 November||Recreation Day (Public Holiday)|
To our school community, thank you once again for supporting our Scholastic Book Fair.
Our total sales reached $3,122. The commission the school receives from holding the fair is 30% of sales in books ($433) and 25% in Scholastic rewards ($411) which can be used to purchase resources from Book Club and Scholastic Essentials.
A big thank you to Helen and Ros for their support during the fair, displays, sales, and assisting with setting up and packing up. To Sharon for her assistance on the door each day making sure the Covid regulations were followed. Sharee for helping with sales, Antonia for her help with admin and Janine for promoting the fair on Facebook.
Well done all, once again a great result!
Each fortnight we will be putting the spotlight on one our staff members, so you can
get to know our wonderful South family.
My role at SGTPS
Grade 5/6 Teacher & STEM Consultant
These are few of my favourite things
- My favourite sport is basketball having played since 10 years old and my favourite team in the NBL is the Perth Wildcats because that is where I am from. Likewise my favourite team in the AFL is the Fremantle Dockers because I was born in Fremantle.
- My favourite colours are purple and green.
- My favourite TV show is ‘Forged in Fire’
- My favourite book is The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings trilogy which I first read when I was in High School.
- I love dogs (I have 3 at the moment)
- I am not a fan of reality TV
- Can’t imagine being stuck on a boat for long periods of time like a cruise.
3 dogs, Desmo, Morton and Chi Chi (2 border collies and a kelpie)
What does he like to do outside of school?
For hobbies I love fishing, camping, 4WD’ing and reading about military history. I love being in my workshop and restoring old motorbikes and fixing things in general.
A few fun facts
- I have four children, 3 boys and a girl, ranging from 25 to 17 years old.
- I was in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) for 20 years as an aircraft engineer working on C-130 Hercules transport aircraft and the Boeing 707 Air to Air refuelling aircraft which also doubled as the governments VIP aircraft. This meant travelling with the 707 as part of the aircraft maintenance crew for several Prime Ministers.
- I played basketball for Victoria and South Australia in the annual Defence Force championships for 9 years and used to race a historic motorcycle (1974 Ducati 250cc) here in Tasmania.
|Elliana||Working cooperatively with others during science|
|Archie||Being kind, caring and supportive to other students|
|Madeline||Improvements in her reading and writing. Great Job!|
|1/2 Gilmartin - Hardinge|
|Chael||Having a positive attitude towards learning and listening to feedback to make improvements during his activities.|
|Ebony||Being an enthusiastic learner who does her best in all areas of her education.|
|Temprance||Learning some half-past times.|
|David||Making a conscientious effort to improve his handwriting.|
|Ella||Working hard in our current fractions unit. Well done!|
|Mahalia||Always accepting challenges in the learning environment and working hard to to overcome them!|
|Alyrah||Her incredible kindness, support and respect to her peers. Alyrah demonstrates care and empathy day in and day out.|
|Lilly Ann||Being more organised with her work samples and demonstrating resilience to overcome 'glitches'.|
|Charli||Always being kind, caring and sensitive to the feelings and thoughts of others|
|Kaiden||His dedication to improving his handwriting and his positive approach towards learning tasks, especially those he finds challenging. Keep it up!|
|Brianna||Her fantastic work ethic. Brianna consistently aims to complete her best work and acts upon advice to make improvements|
|Leilani||Treating everyone respectfully and with care. Leilani also has a positive attitude towards learning, making gains in all areas|
|Jay||For his awesome work as a sports leader and his rapidly improving academics|
|Sophie||Her commitment to helping out around the school across all grades|
The 5/6 classes would like to thank this week’s guest speaker, Will Baxter. Will attended SGTPS and fondly remembers friendships, lunchtimes, recesses, PE and hands-on activities. During primary school and early high school, Will felt despondent about learning with spelling and writing being especially challenging. When he received a diagnosis of dyslexia, he understood why he had struggled with certain subjects.
Will is now working his dream job managing the family farm as a fifth generation farmer, where he is embracing new technology . His journey to date has included working on remote, huge properties in South Australia and the Northern Territory, as well as properties in Tasmania. Will eventually continued with his education, going to University and despite his dyslexia achieved the dux for his course. Will has worked in Canada and travelled the world widely.
Will had some simple messages: have a positive work ethic, learn from mistakes, be truthful and most of all be kind.