From the Principal
We have just hit mid Term 3 and the sunshine and warmth have decided to finally join us again.It has been great seeing the kids, and teachers, out at break times making the most of it.With the weather improving, our students are now starting to get out and about in the community on excursions and other extracurricular activities.
Of the excursions that we have had, reports have come back that our students are extremely well behaved, mannered and thoughtful.We speak prior to each outing remembering that they are representatives of their family, their school, and God.We want to be known as a school that is raising children with Godly characteristics such as humility, patience, kindness among others and that they be respectful and well mannered to all those that they meet.
Our students have all settled well into the term and it’s a joy to see their progress from week to week. They have adapted extremely well to all the changes they have faced this year, their learning is at the heart of all we do.
We are looking forward to our working bee this Saturday and time we can spend with our school families. It’s not too late if you would like to come along,just let the office know.
Matthew 19:14 Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.
Whole School News
Please be reminded that when your child has updated vaccinations done to please send us through the relevant paperwork so that our records are up to date.
What’s Happening in Prep - 2
Students in Prep-2 may have been rather more persuasive at home as we have been focusing on how to try and persuade others with our words.It has been great to see the respect of each others opinions and thoughts throughout the class discussions.It is amazing to hear the thoughtful reasons as to why children have formed those opinions.Numeracy has seen the students develop a stronger understanding of place value and new strategies for addition with and without manipulatives.We have just begun a repeated addition (multiplication) and sharing/grouping (division) unit before heading into data representation and interpretation.In Science we have been investigating materials and their properties and why certain materials are used for some items and not others.We have also started some STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) afternoons that see students develops their creative thinking, collaboration and communication, problem solving, and critical thinking to name just a few.
What’s Happening in Grades 3-6
In Grades 3-6 this term we have lots of new and exciting things happening which you may have noticed. We have started STEM this term and each week the students work on a 'real world challenge'. So far they have made 'Skycars' and 'safety goggles' which they have loved testing out in the yard. The students are currently working on a design and will then build a mini-model for a new playground. We have started Music as part of our arts program this term and the students have been working on their own musical compositions in groups which they have then been performing to the rest of the class. They have been having a lot of fun with this and the pieces have been really creative! We have also introduced homework and the most important part of this is that you are noting down that your child reads for 15 mins every night. We have also began novel studies and the students are loving reading the books together in groups and then sharing their thoughts and feelings about the story. Our class is really settled working beautifully at this time of the year and we are looking forward to some exciting excursions coming up!
What’s Happening in High School
Our students have launched into a fresh new term with exciting units on Shakespeare, Australian history, investigating work places, and learning about genetics. We are also beginning Music this Semester under the expert supervision ofMiss Miller in Hobart. Our class is learning the ukulele and will be preparing several pieces of music which we hope we will be able to share with the school community soon. Our Digital Technologies class are working on proposing new and helpful apps. Our girls are designing an app to organise the many, many photos that we all take on our phones. In Health we are discussing relationships and how good and bad relationships shape our own identity. Victoria and Jess are solving Quadratic equations in Maths. In our Bible class we are reading the book ‘Stranger on the road to Emmaus’. Currently, we are discussing the events around Jesus’ death and His resurrection. Our students were reading and studying the Gospel of John and we are reading Ruth.
Dinesh has been working on a solubility investigatigation determining which substances are soluble or insoluble in water. In the second photo, he is preparinga suspension (water and soil) for filtration and in the last photo, Dinesh uses a decanting separation technique to separate a settled suspension of water and sand.
A reminder this coming Saturday the 1st of September is our first working bee for the year for families to participate in.
It is not too late if you would like to come along and help, please just email the office [email protected] or call 63268885 to let us know.
Crazy Hair/Hat Day
A fundraising day was held to raise money for the Cambodia Missions trip. The theme for the day was Crazy Hair or Crazy hat day. The students also enjoyed a fun Mad Hatters Tea Party at morning recess break. We had some very inventive hats and hair do’s and it was fun to see what they all came up with. We are pleased that we were able to raise $140.00 which was donated to the Safe Water programme for the trip to Cambodia in November.
Cambodia Missions Trip
We are excited to be a part of the nationwide ACC schools trip to Cambodia this Nov/Dec. We have one of our grade 10 students, Jessica Lund, heading off with 11 other students from around Australia as a part of the Samaritan Purse mission trip for this year. Jess will be accompanied by Mrs Janelle Richardson on the trip, along with 3 other staff from other campuses. One of the things they will be doing while in Cambodia is handing out the Christmas Child boxes which is amazing. We will be launching that here on Tuesday 21st August.
We will also be giving money to the Safe Water projects in the country. Our Term 3 fundraising efforts will be going towards these projects.
Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Collection
Following our visit from the Operation Christmas Child respresenative we are excited to launch our shoe box collections for 2018. There are several ways you can contribute this year.
1.Take a box home and fill it with all the items specified, include the $10 postage amount and return to school by Wednesday 26th September. Boxes can be collected from the office.
2. Bring along items we need to help fill boxes at school - a schedule is included for when to bring what items
Week 1 - 3-7 September
Something to wear - t-shirt, shorts, cap, beanie, thongs etc.
Week 2 - 10-14 September
Something to love - teddy bear, soft toy, dolls all the children love this
Week 3 - 17-21 September
Something for school - exercise book, pencils, sharpener & eraser, chalk
Week 4 - 25-28 September
Something to Play with - tennis ball, cars, skipping rope, yo-yo etc.
We will also be asking for monetary donations. Each box that is sent costs $10 to send overseas. If you would like to send in cash donations please bring them to the office as well.
Thank you so much for helping us bless the children who will receive these special gifts.
Our students recently participated in National book week with treasure hunts and activities.
The theme this year was ‘Finding your treasure’ this is a beautiful theme to explore and create with.
Prep - 2 spent some time making treasure boxes and then they had a treasure hunt outside to fill their boxes up.
Grades 3-6 spent some time out in the beautiful sunshine sharing their favourite books and doing some extra reading.
Town Hall Tour
On Thursday the 9th of August our Grades 3-6 class went on a tour of the Town Hall in Launceston.
We learnt about how the council conducts their meetings and the role of the Mayor. We also went outside and saw the new Civic Square area and got to meet Mayor Albert VanZetten which was great.
Two weeks ago on Tuesday the grade 3-6 students played Futsal against other Christian schools at the Elphin stadium which included Newstead Christian school and John Calvin. The futsal was great fun and it didn’t really matter if we won or lost, so long as we had fun. Some kids also met people from the old Seabrook school and convention, as well as cross country. Most of us hope that we can meet again and get to know each other better, as well as playing games and having fun. The 3-4 students played off for 5th place and 6th place and won, whilethe 5-6 students played off for 3rd and 4th places and were smashed although that didn’t really matter. So over all we had a great time and really enjoyed the day.
The High School students had their own competition day and that was on the Thursday they also had a great time mixing with other schools.
A big thank you goes out to Mr Daniel Coote from John Calvin School for organising the days.
Chevy Cooke Grade 5 student
Prep-2 Library& City Park Excursion
Our little class had their first excursion out and about today, they visited the Launceston Library and City Park. The children had a wonderful time learning about the library and then getting a great collection of books to bring back to school. Then they went and had morning tea and a play at City Park, including watching the monkeys in the park. What a great day it was to be out and about.
Commonwealth School Banking
School Banking happens every Tuesday and students are encouraged to bring their bank books in - hand in to their class teacher. There are some great rewards for students who participate in saving.
Movie Nights at Uniting Church
You are all invited to attend the movie nights at the Uniting Church over the road from the school. Please see advertisement below.
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