It has certainly been a very eventful week at Goulburn Street Primary School! As you are aware I was made aware in the early hours of Thursday morning last week that a section of our roof had blown off due to high winds. We are very thankful that this occurred when the school was empty.
I can report that the whole area is being completely refurbished with a new roof, carpet, ceilings and lights. I can also confirm that the two classes will also receive brand new heat pumps as a part of restoration to ensure those classrooms are comfortable throughout the year, especially in the summer months when they previously got quite hot due to all day sun.
To ensure safety the western side of the school is currently out of bounds and students in the 5/6 classes are accessing there areas through the courtyard. A big thanks to all the staff and students for their support and flexibility in relocating 3/4 Smit to the Phoenix Centre and 4/5 Coe/Clifford to the Hall. I can confirm that we will be back to fully function by day 1 term 4.
A reminder that our school is a ‘Nut Aware’ site. We have many students who are severely allergic to peanuts and tree nuts, so it is critical as a community that we keep them safe by not brining nut products to school. I will be discussing this with students at the next assembly and will be putting up reminder posters around the school to ensure this critically important policy is adhered to.
Regards Mr Michael Park
On Saturday 7th September, 4 teams from Goulburn Street Primary competed in the State Final of Tournament of Minds.
Tournament of Minds is a problem solving programme for teams of students from both primary and secondary schools. Tournament of Minds aims to enhance the potential of our students by developing diverse skills, enterprise, time management, and the discipline to work collaboratively within a challenging and competitive environment.
GSPS entered one team in the Social Science category, one team in the STEM category and two teams in the The Arts Category. Our teams competed amongst 66 other teams from many schools across Tasmania.
All teams proudly represented our school and demonstrated their strengths of teamwork, leadership, organisation, creativity, humour and gratitude. The teams’ performances allowed for individuals to share their own personal strengths and skills and were most enjoyable to watch.
It is very pleasing to announce that the STEM and Social Science team came first in their categories and will now go onto the International Final in Hobart representing Tasmania. A fantastic achievement!!
We would like to take this opportunity to thank the parent facilitators for all their time, support and encouragement of their teams. A big thank you to Jarryd, Matthew, Ann, Alison, Sophy, Victoria, Hilary and Pragati.
Congratulations to everyone involved.
On Sunday 15th September, Goulburn Street Primary were represented by 16 grade 3/4 and 5/6 students at the Tasmanian Mathematics Relays.
In teams of four, students were asked to solve 20 mathematical problems of varying difficulty in a race against other school teams. Our teams did an exceptional job and with a bit more time would have scored even better. Unfortunately we can only provide staged photos of the event, because during the relays all that could be seen of the students was the top of their heads bowed over the problems!
Well done to all who participated and a special thanks to our parents who came along to support or be a marker on the day.
To continue their preparations for the DEC concert Grade five students have five band rehearsals that they are required to attend. Goulburn Street students are part of the band known as the Central Band. Rehearsals are held on Wednesday afternoon at New Town High School Music Block from 3.30pm until 4.30pm on the following dates. Please be there by 3.20pm.
September 4, 18
November 6, 20
Students wrote a reflection after the workshop, they shared some very heartfelt thoughts. Here are a selection:
“I think the best part was the concert at the end because it was just a little taste of what it might be like at the real DEC concert. My skills have improved dramatically” Kate
“I really enjoyed the workshop, I had heaps of fun. I learnt so much and I think I improved a lot” Ada
“I learnt that I should just try to play and not be scared to play. I learnt more of the songs. I ended up learning more because I tried” Gabi
“I found the band workshop fun and I think I learned a lot” Cameron
“It sounded really good with all of the other instruments playing at the same time” Jace
“I learnt how to play more fluently, it was fun learning new things” Ash
“The workshop was fun and I like all the pieces we played” Alex
“The best part of the workshop was playing at the end in front of the parents. It was cool because we had improved heaps” Xavier
“I learnt how to do lots of pieces and parts I did not know and how to count rests” Jorga
“It was a fun experience. I learnt the pieces better when playing as a whole band” Finlay
“I learnt the proper position to play in as a flute player in a band and how diverse the instruments are. The best part was performing with the whole band playing all of a piece for the first time” Kugendhar
“It felt great playing with other students as a whole band. I learnt lots and I can’t wait for the day” Georgina
“The workshop was a great experience and I improved lots” Alan
“It was loud, as I am used to playing by myself. It was really fun though and playing altogether the pieces sound very good” Rosie
“I think the best part was the concert at the end of the two days because the parents got to hear how we had improved” Imi
“The workshop was quite fun and amazing when we got to play the pieces” Vedanshi
“I learnt that there are so many band players and to just keep going if you make a mistake” Maude
“It was a very exciting two days and I wish it was on every week. I learnt how to play fluently” Jack
“Going to the band workshop was an amazing experience. At first all the different instruments played and practiced their own parts, but when they were all put together it sounded amazing” Mira
A reminder to parents/carers to notify the school office if their child is unable to attend school due to illness or any other reason.
- By phone (6234 1884)
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- A medical certificate is required if a child is absent due to illness for 5 days or more.
Signing Students in/out
To ensure we have an accurate record of student attendance in case of an emergency we ask that any student arriving at school later than 9.00am or leaving for any reason during the school day be signed in or out at the school office.
Duty of Care
Students are not to arrive before 8.30am and should be picked up by 3.10pm. This is for the students’ protection and safety as there are no teachers on duty prior to 8.30am or after 3.10pm.
School Volunteers – Working with Vulnerable People (WWVP)
All volunteers and helpers working within our school are reminded that they must have a current WWVP card.
To register go to the Department of Justice website and follow the instructions.
The registration approval process can take several weeks, so new parents to the school, are encouraged to start their application as soon as possible. If you have a card please check that it is still current. Registration requires renewal every 3 years.
Students with Dollarmite accounts are able to bank at school on Thursdays.
Uniforms can be purchased from the school office from 8.30am until 3.00pm daily
Students can but ice-creams, quelch sticks, Nippy milk and apples daily from our canteen operated by our students. Friday is lunch order day, students place an order on Thursday for Friday delivery. See our lunch order price list below.