- Principals Message
- Tournament of Minds
- 2019 YOUNG ARCHIE ENTRANTS
- Wax Museum – Australian History
- Nature Play Visit
- Film Club
- 2/3 Shepherd/Mitchell Bonorong excursion
- Goulburn Street Primary School – Grade 6 Central Band Tour
- National Commissioner for Children’s Visit to Goulburn Street Primary.
- Gardening and Cooking
- Book Club - Issue 6
- Satisfaction Survey – Error in Parent Letters – Educational Performance and Review
- School Association T-Towel Fundraiser
- Little Athletics
- School Holiday Programs - Golf
- West Hobart Spring Garden Festival 2019
Without a doubt the highlight of the past fortnight at school has been the annual book week parade. The spirit and love of reading was certainly on display, with most of our students dressed as their favourite characters from their favourite stories. The theme of the week ‘Reading is My Secret Power’ was very poignant as reading is a critical skill that that supports lifelong learning and opportunities for the future. A big thank you to all the students, parents and carers for the effort put in to ensure that the event was a huge success.
Last Friday we completed our swimming trials for our year 3 to 6 students and now look forward to the swimming carnival this Friday 6 September from 9:30am to 12:30pm. I was thoroughly impressed with the participation, effort and support for peers shown by all students during the trials. I know it will be tight race between Oak and Phoenix, so parents, friends and families please come along and support our students do their best in the pool.
A reminded to all parents of students in year 3 and 5 that the NAPLAN results will be coming home with your child today. The results will give an indication as to how your child is comparing in comparison to other students in the state and Australia as a whole. Whilst NAPLAN is a good indicator of performance please remember that it is only one test on a given day and there are many other measures of performance used in schools to assess achievement. If you have any concerns with the results see your child’s class teacher in the first instance.
A big thank you to Leilani Ling and her colleagues from the NAB bank who have been supporting our school with sandwiches and snacks for students who sometimes do not have access to food at school. Having a bank of food in the office has been fantastic as we know that without food and nutrition it is very difficult for students to focus and be successful at school.
Regards Mr Michael Park
Portraits will be exhibited at the School of Creative Arts UTAS, Hunter Street,
Hobart; Thursday 5 to Sunday 15 September 2019.
Students and their families are welcome to attend the awards presentation on
Sunday 8 September 2019 at 11.00 am. Prizes will be awarded to the winners
of each category. Category winners will be notified by 4 September 2019.
EXHIBITION OPENING HOURS:
Monday - Friday: 9.00 am - 5.45 pm
Saturday: 10.00 am - 4.45pm
Sunday: 10:00 am - 3:45pm
3-4Smit and 4-5 Coe/Clifford will be holding their annual Wax Museum on Tuesday, September 10th from 9.15-12.15. The students have been learning about early Australian history and have begun preparations for the museum. The school community are all welcome to attend.
Kinder Barretto and Kinder/Prep Evans will be hosting a visit from South Hobart Primary School on Wednesday the 11th September. Our friends will arrive at 10am for a Natureland play session and depart at 1pm. Please ensure your child is dressed suitably for outdoor, messy play on the day. Parent help for the morning session would be greatly appreciated. Please see Melissa or Vanessa if you’re available to help out.
Our class trip to Bonorong Park was a huge success. We had a wonderful day feeding, patting and learning about the animals at the park. We also enjoyed a BBQ lunch. The sun shone brightly all day! Thank you so much to the parents who helped make the day a great success.
On Thursday August 8th the Grade six students who play woodwind instruments as part of the Combined Primary School Band Program went on tour with the Central Band. The students performed in concerts at Goulburn Street and Lenah Valley Primary Schools. The pieces they played were A Million Dreams, Get Back, Celtic Air and Don’t Know Why. Also included in the program were three pieces that they learnt last year, Star Wars, Bringer of War and Creatures in the Attic. Students had the option of sharing demonstration pieces in the concerts Penelope, Alex, Iggy, Gemma, Sahara and Azalea chose to prepare something to perform. The band’s conductor Mr Simon Reade commented to me that he was really pleased with all of the student’s demonstration pieces but was particularly impressed by Penelope and Ignatius’s performances. At each concert students were expected to set up and pack up all of the music stands and the percussion instruments. Students have been rehearsing the pieces that they played in the concerts since term one. I asked students to complete a reflection about the Band Tour, below are some of their thoughts.
Mrs Carolyn Cross - Instrumental Teacher
“The band tour was loads of fun because after we finished each piece you could really see the look of awe on the faces of the kids. The best part was hearing all the other demo pieces and playing my demo piece Careless Whisper” Iggy
“The best part of the band tour was Gemma’s demonstration and I liked playing A Million Dreams” Annabelle
“It felt good to play in the band” Sahara
“The best part of the tour was playing my demonstration piece” Gemma
“I really enjoyed tour because we got to do something with the music we’ve learnt rather than wait until the end of the year. The best part of the tour was playing my piccolo demonstration piece at Goulburn Street, it went surprisingly well” Penelope
“I liked everything about the performance, but I particularly liked playing Get Back” Felicity
“The best part of the day was when the band started to play all of the Preps and Kinders got really excited” Astrid
“I really enjoyed the band tour. It was a lot of fun performing and playing my demo. The day was great!” Veri
“I liked playing my demo piece You Are My Sunshine because I am the only Bass Clarinet player in the band and because I had been practising for a week and I could finally play it” Azalea
“Band tour was a great experience, I liked playing in front of my own school” Alex
Last week the National Commissioner for Children, Megan Mitchell visited our school. She worked with our Grade 6 Reps on her current focus – My Health Record. In groups there was lots of discussion and role play about this topic. Megan has visited a variety of schools across Australia and GSPS was fortunate to be the school selected in Tasmania. Megan commented on how engaged our students were and how quickly they grasped the understanding of how the My Health Record Works.
Recently students in Grade 3/4 and 4/5 have been using the fruits of our school garden and turning them into a meal for all to enjoy. Students have used the spinach to create pasta dishes and mini pizzas. Small groups have learnt different cooking skills and then the two classes have shared some cooking together.
The 2019 Satisfaction Survey parent letters contained the following sentence in error:
“All feedback goes to the school principal in a report with no individuals identified, and with all comments exactly as worded”.
This sentence should not have been included as the 2019 Satisfaction Survey does not contain an option for additional comments and therefore principals will not receive a report of collated comments.
A reminder to families who pre-ordered Goulburn Street T-Towels that they are available now from the office.
The school has paid for your pre-orders so prompt pick-up and payment would be appreciated. Thank you.