We have officially reached the midpoint of the term and as always things are very busy at South, but particularly as we look towards the end of the school year. There has certainly been some fantastic learning occurring and great opportunities to engage in an array of activities and events.
We continue to liaise with Port and Star in transitioning our year 6 students who will have their full orientation days over the next couple of weeks. This is always an exciting time for our year 6’s filled with anticipation, nervousness and wondering. We are confident that our current year 6’s will embrace their new adventure as it arrives!
As I have said over the year we have been focused on improving our writing and reading. Our results have shown that we continue to make significant improvement across the school, and our mandated testing in NAPLAN and PAT has been outstanding. We are demonstrating some outstanding growth and median scores in reading and writing well above similar schools and in many areas, Tasmania. This can be attributed to our expert leadership team and dedicated teachers who are willing to engage with our ambitious improvement agenda. There has been a significant shift in how we undertake our literacy teaching over the past 4 years as we continue to build upon the world’s best practice in literacy teaching.
We are continuing to finalise our class and staffing arrangements for 2023. I can announce that we will have two Kinder classes next year with Ange Matthews and Sam Grace being the teachers. They will again be 3 full days on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Staffing and budget are dependant on enrolment numbers so it is essential we know how many students will be attending in 2023. If you know of any families who are planning to enrol South in 2023, please tell them to inform the school as soon as possible. Likewise, if your children won’t be attending next year, please inform us as soon as practicable.
|Wednesday 30 November||Continuing Esk Band Students Performance - Launceston City Park|
|Wednesday 30 November||Casual clothes day Prep-Grade 6 – grocery item donation for Christmas Raffle please|
|Thursday 1 December||Casual clothes day Kinder – grocery item donation for Christmas Raffle please|
|Thursday 1 December||Visit 4 - All Day Orientation for Grade 6 Students (Port Dalrymple)|
|Friday 2 December||Esk Band Performance at School|
|Thursday 8 December||Student Leader Speeches and Voting|
|Thursday 8 December||Poetry Slam|
|Friday 9 December||Christmas Parade & Carnival|
|Thursday 15 December||Presentation Assembly|
|Friday 16 December||5/6 Reward Afternoon|
|Monday 19 December||Whole School Picnic at George Town Pool|
|Monday 19 December||Grade 6 Leavers Dinner at 1069 Cafe|
|Wednesday 21 December||Students' Last Day of School for 2022|
|Wednesday 8 Februrary||Students' First Day of School for 2023|
We currently have a surge of COVID-19 cases in our shcool and community. COVID-safe behaviours remain an important part of taking care of each other. We all need to play our part to protect ourselves and take care of the people around us. We like to remind families of the importance of good hand washing techniques and staying home when sick. We are still supplying RATs to families, please contact the office if you need more.
Follow the link below for more information on what to do if you test positive to COVID-19.
What to do if you test positive to COVID-19 – Five simple steps | Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
Last week 3/4 Garwood had a visit from local author and poet ’Waldo’. Waldo shared some of his ballad poems from his book Waldo’s Wild Things. He also listened to student poems and shared more of his own personal poetry collection. Waldo is looking forward to visiting again to watch the Grades 3-6 Poetry Slam on 8th December.
|Amiah||Always offering to help others and for being a wonderfully supportive friend|
|Hudson||Doing an amazing job of writing numbers all the way up to 100! Well done Hudson!|
|Enoch||His amazingly creative writing. It's always exciting to read your writing Enoch, you have a great imagination!|
|Isabella||Showing kindness and empathy to everyone around her|
|Willow||Excellent improvement in her spelling and reading across the 2022 year|
|Rosie||Working hard to increase the length of her writing|
|Toby||Ongoing effort to improve the fluency in his reading|
|Esther||Her kindness, application to learning and her incredible ability to ignore distractions|
|Temprance||Her commitment to learning, persistence and always being a responsible class member|
|Isla||Her fantastic progress with writing and place value knowledge|
|Chase||Always bringing laughter, happiness and enthusiasm into our class|
|Reagan||Always carrying out her classroom jobs and responsibilities in a mature manner|
|Bentley||Supporting his classmates and always doing what he thinks is fair and right. Well done!|
|Caden||Working during our poetry unit to create some quality, humorous poems. Well done!|
|Rhianna||Working hard to master difficult division problems|
|Livinia||Having a growth mindset in all numeracy work|
|Alyrah||Having a growth mindset in all numeracy work|
|Tahi||Having a growth mindset in all numeracy work|
|Alyssa||Her positive approach towards all tasks. Alyssa has also developed excellent leadership skills over the year and is an asset as a sports leader|
|Paige||Her wonderful approach towards learning. Paige always demonstrates care, respect and trust regarding her relationships with others.|
|Eli||His excellent progress in our learning in measurement and overall commitment to maths|
|Coby||His consistent effort and application to learning in literacy|
|Noah||Quietly completing his school work|
|Aiden||Always putting effort into his mathematics work and attempting all tasks|