Tathra Public School newsletter term 1 week 11

Coming up

25 April – ANZAC DAY service Meet 7:35 outside old op shop.

26 April – First day back of Term 2 for students

School ANZAC service

27 April – Kezie Apps Stage 3 visit

1 May – Cross Country for 8+ year olds

Teacher, parent, students three-way interviews weeks 2 and 3 (see below)

Three way interviews Term 2

As part of our reporting to parents, we host three-way teacher, parent and student meetings each year. This year we have decided to hold these meetings at the beginning of Term 2 during weeks 2 and 3, so that students can discuss their goals for learning with their parents with teachers can share future learning directions. Parents need to book on line for dates and times. We are utilising an online booking system for our interview process. The website can be found at the link below. Bookings can now be made, using the Event Code nj3ax. It is quite an easy process. If any parents do not have internet access, we will be able to go online from school and book you in, just contact the office.

Available dates and times per teacher

Kinder – Mrs Mundy - Tuesday 2nd May – 3.30pm to 6pm; Wednesday 3rd May – 3.30pm to 6pm; Thursday 4th May – 3.30pm – 6pm

1 – Mrs Bobbin - Tuesday 2nd May – 3.30pm to 6pm; Wednesday 3rd May – 3.30pm to 6pm; Thursday 4th May – 3.30pm – 6pm

1/2 – Mrs Umback - Tuesday 2nd May – 3.30pm to 6pm; Wednesday 3rd May – 3.30pm to 6pm; Thursday 4th May – 3.30pm – 4pm

2/3 – Mrs Bond - Monday 1st May – 3.30pm to 6pm; Tuesday 2nd May – 1.00pm to 6pm; Wednesday 3rd May – 3.30pm to 5pm

2 – Miss McKay - Tuesday 2nd May – 1.00pm to 6pm; Wednesday 3rd May – 3.30pm to 6pm; Thursday 4th May – 3.30pm – 6pm

3 – Miss Fisher - Tuesday 2nd May – 3.30pm to 6pm; Wednesday 3rd May – 3.30pm to 6pm; Thursday 4th May – 3.30pm – 6pm

4 – Mrs Hoare - Monday 1st May – 3.30pm to 6pm; Tuesday 2nd May – 3.30pm to 6pm; Wednesday 3rd May – 3.30pm to 6pm

5 – Mrs Beard - Monday 8th May – 3.30pm to 6pm; Tuesday 9th May – 8.30am to 12 noon; Tuesday 9th May – 3.30pm – 6pm

5/6 – Miss Derwent - Monday 1st May – 3.30pm to 6pm; Tuesday 2nd May – 3.30pm to 6pm; Wednesday 3rd May – 3.30pm to 6pm

Our aim is to have as many parents as possible take advantage of this opportunity and share your child's learning journey with them.The details for this are included in the link below. We encourage all parents to make a time to see your child’s teacher. The education of your child is a three-way street.

Parents know their children best and as the first educators, need to be informed about how their children are going socially, academically and emotionally in the school setting. Students need to articulate their learning goals so they see the relevance of and the need to take responsibility for, their learning and teachers benefit greatly from the opportunity to meet parents 1:1 and share the information they have about each child’s learning needs before written reports come home at the end of next term.

Event Code nj3ax.

Cross Country Monday 1st May

The school cross country event held every year at and around Lawrence Park in Tathra is a fun event for all students 8 years +. This year Mr Moses has used latest technology to ensure our traditional course is actually 2km or 3 km in length! There will be no short cuts with Mr M in charge of organisation! As the traditional course was probably measured with a metre wheel, it is a little shy of what it should be. Mr Moses has redesigned the course to match the required distance of the event. It will be run in the opposite direction to the “olden days” with more of an uphill than downhill section. If children run a place, they attend the Zone carnival in Wolumla on 12 May.

NAPLAN – Year 3 and 5

The National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is run by the

Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) which is the independent statutory authority responsible for the overall management of the Australian National Assessment Program, in collaboration with representatives from all states and territories and non-government school sectors.

NAPLAN is an annual assessment for all students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. It tests the types of skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life. The tests cover skills in reading, writing, spelling, grammar and punctuation, and numeracy. The assessments are undertaken every year in the second full week in May. This year it will commence Tuesday 9 May with Language conventions and Writing. Wednesday 10 May is set aside for Reading and Thursday 11 May, for Numeracy.

As educators we view these tests as a snap shot of one day in a child’s learning journey. While much emphasis is placed on the results of these assessments in the media and in political rhetoric, we see the tests as just one window into a child’s learning journey. We can use the data to plan for future teaching and to address weaknesses and strengths that may be picked up in these tests but we do not give these assessments huge weighting. We encourage students to do their best and “show what they know” but we don’t wish to stress students out or make them feel that this test is more than it is – just a basic assessment of skills in English and Mathematics at one point in time.

At Tathra PS we are assessing our teaching and student understanding constantly through a variety of methods –goal-setting, pre-and post- testing, conversations with students, and observation and discussion during learning activities.

NAPLAN is not a summary of your child’s worth, his or her overall potential or abilities.

Congratulations Cooper

Cooper Finnegan in Year 3 has raised over $1500 for the Starlight Foundation. Today he had his haircut into a mo-hawk with a spider web design as chosen by his little cousin who won the raffle Cooper organised. It was fun watching his long locks get chopped away by Karen Levido from Bliss in Ttahra who donated her time for the cause. We are very proud of Cooper.

End of Term Awards

Congratulations to the following students for earning an end of Term award for their contribution to the school through their consistent demonstration of our school values of Respect, Responsibility and Kindness.

School Awards

Kinder – Maya Ovenden, Phoebe Nagle, Byron Schmidt

1 – Zak Smith, Rhys Salter, Angus Clark

1/2 – Lucy Beard, Cosmo O’Leary, Abi Neenan

2 – Cooper Connelly, Olivia Barker, Charlie Beard,

2/3 – Damien Hammond, Jade Potter, Mia Browne

3 – Addy Turner, Amelia Hodges, Henry Baxter

4 – Alfie Tait, Grace Hodges, Olivia Mozina

5 – Bailey Coleman, Lily Ellis, Luke Williams

5/6 – Jasmine Hibbert, James Dry, Casey Behrens

Citizenship Awards ($30 book voucher each donated by Tathra Op shop committee)

Stage 1 Chalia Kulanikoro

Stage 2 Cooper Finnegan

Stage 3 Haidyn Meredith

Pedlar’s Parade

What a fabulous day we had for the Pedlar’s Parade this year. This was definitely one of the biggest days ever with all grades chipping in to raise funds for K-2 resources. Thank you to Mrs Angela Mundy and all of our staff for the enormous amount of work gone into making this day so much fun and such a success. Thank you to the students who dressed up and parents and carers for helping out with costumes and items to sell. I was really impressed by the effort put into the costumes and the knowledge students had about the inspirational people they chose to be. I was very shocked, embarrassed but certainly very touched by the effort of the staff! I am one lucky lady to work with such wonderful people. What a great way to end the term for our school community. K-2 raised $2000 towards new resources.

Beach Sports

This term we held the inaugural Beach Sports for Stage 2 and 3 sport. The weather was beautiful nearly every Monday. Thanks to Mr Moses for earning his Bronze Medallion so this could happen and to all the Stage 2 and 3 teachers and weekly parent volunteers. Without you r support this would not have been such a positive program. We are so lucky to be situated near the beach and to be able to utilise the natural environment for our sport program once a year!

Girls Cricket

Congratulations to our Senior Girls cricket team who travelled to Bodalla on Tuesday to play Ulladulla.It rained for most of the game and the girls played exceptionally well, especially in the field. They lost by only 2 runs!! Well done girls.

Happy Holiday

The staff would like to wish our lovely students and their families a very happy and safe Easter holiday break. See you all back on Wednesday 26 April, rested and ready for Term 2!

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