Tathra PS Newsletter Term 1 week 4 2017

Tathra Public School Student Authors!

Last Saturday three of our Year 6 talented students, Ruby O’Leary, Daytona Porter and Samantha Meaker launched their very own published story books.

The book launch was coordinated by WebCaTs founder and teacher Judith Radin in partnership with the Sapphire Coast Learning Community Public Schools Talented Writers Program. In 2016, thirty-three talented author/illustrators across our school community were invited to take part in this mammoth project.

Judith was invited by local primary principals to work with students and their schools. Parents also made a contribution to various costs involved. Judith enlisted help from local Towamba teacher and artist Lucy Jurek-Macey who supported the students with lessons on illustration techniques and overall presentation. The project took around 15 weeks to complete.

Students were required to attend webinars at school and work on their projects fairly independently both at school and in their own time at home. I was involved in the project with the three girls and enjoyed very much watching their learning journey as they were challenged by the need to make some editing and redesigning decisions and looming deadlines. The absolute truth of the matter is that it really doesn’t matter how skilled or talented you are, if you don’t have the work ethic, organisation and the mind set to face the challenges, you can’t really achieve your goals. The girls really pushed themselves to complete this project. They are busy young things. They all had a lot going on at school during those many weeks as well as having a life outside school to juggle. I am really proud of the three of them. I’m sure they now agree that their hard work has paid off! What an amazing achievement. I can’t wait to see what else these girls are capable of. We hope to expand the creative and talented program later in the year.

Most of the 33 authors with Mayor Kristy McBain and teacher Judith Radin (back row)

Ruby’s book is called Just Imagine, Sam’s is called Lexi and Daytona’s is called Prince in the City. We have bought three copies for our school library! Congratulations girls!

Daytona, Ruby and Samantha

Parent Info night

Our staff have organised a Parent Information night for Wednesday 1st March. They would love to see you at the times suggested but if you will find it too difficult, please make an alternate time to meet your child’s teacher if you haven’t already done so. All teachers will have sent home an information letter before these meetings to briefly cover many of the areas that will be spoken about in more depth in these meetings.

  • Kinder: 3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Year 1 and 2: 4:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. (inc yr 2 from 2/3)
  • Year 3 and 4: 5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. (inc yr 3 from 2/3)
  • Year 5 and 6: 5:45 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.

Change to morning assembly

We are no longer holding a morning assembly at 9:15am before going into class in the morning. Instead children will be taught to go straight to their classrooms to line up when the bell goes. Teachers have found that assembly every morning is taking up too much of the teaching time and with so many special programs such as Sport, Japanese, Music, Science, Writing and L3 occurring in the mornings students are missing out on a bit of their allocated time due to the assembly. Instead messages will be delivered during eating time. Year 6 Senior Leaders will be given the task to run these short sessions every day giving them some added responsibility.

St George Illawarra Dragons Visit

The NRL, together with the St George Illawarra Dragons visited Tathra Public School on Tuesday.

Late last year we loved having a visit from local Kezie Apps who is the women’s NRL Player of the Year 2016. Kezie visted us in the last week of school and taught us a little of what kind of commitment and determination she has had to put into playing the game she has loved since she was a little girl growing up in Bega. Sadly she was unable to come back on Tuesday as she is injured! Kezie is a great inspiration and we look forward to another visit soon when she is recovered.

The focus of the talk from the NRL players from the Illawarra Dragons was on two main values that promote a respectful and successful team: They shared the following message:

1. BELONGING - Developing a sense of belonging and connectedness to your community is a key aspect of how you participate in your community or team. Our young people come from diverse cultures, abilities, social backgrounds, gender and religions. We are rich with diversity and it’s everyone’s right to feel included and welcome in their community.

2. CELEBRATING DIFFERENCES - Respecting and valuing diversity is important in Rugby League. If we look at our NRL teams, no player is the same. When the players have respect for their teammates, they are able to bring together their different abilities and experiences in a team to achieve common goals. We will use this message to encourage young people to respect others and appreciate the opportunities they have to work together in their school community.

Additionally, the players encouraged students to lead active lifestyles and provided information on how to register for the Tathra Junior Rugby League team in 2017. Their message was that participation in activities such as Junior Rugby League can further provide young people a place to belong, creating positive relationships and by providing a sense of connectedness.

The school has purchased with sponsorship from the St George Illawarra Dragons some Student Diaries for all Stage 3 students to help them organise themselves and which contain information about fitness and the importance of healthy diets and lifestyles.

Kezie Apps features on the front of the diary.

Head lice are breeding, so what to do about them?

Words of advice from Mrs F

Head lice are little wingless insects that live on the human head or on the hair. They are very common! I don’t believe there would be one school in the whole of Australia that would not have a case of head lice in any given week. They cannot fly, jump or swim and are spread by head to head contact. Primary school-aged kids get head lice because of the nature of t how close they like to be to one another when they converse and play.

Studies show that lice are rarely transferred from clothing, hats, furniture or bedding. Lice or eggs may be attached to strands of hair left on pillows, bedding or furniture, but this it is uncommon for them to continue to live. Despite this, washing brushes is a good idea and discouraging children from sharing hats is also sensible.

Head lice feed on human blood, several times a day! A head lice infestation is not the result of dirty hair or poor hygiene. Louse can breed in all types of hair no matter what length, how often it is washed or not washed and no matter what age you are. Only humans get head lice! Aren’t we lucky!!?!

Female louse lay eggs very close to the scalp on the hair shaft. The eggs can be very tiny and hard to see. Eggs hatch after 5-7 days leaving empty egg shells (called nits) glued to the hair shaft. These eggshells are more noticeable as hair grows. You may find them further away from the scalp on the hair shaft. These nits will have been there for days or weeks!

After hatching the nymphs run around partying on the head, drinking blood, leaving a little bite and growing from tiny little creatures to adults that can be the size of a big ant. The cycle continues. Louse lay eggs, they hatch, grow and lay more eggs.

Nymphs that emerge from egg shells take 7-8 days to grow to adult sized lice. They may take another 7 days to start breeding so it is super important to remove the live louse to stop them spreading. The time between when the egg is laid until the live insect dies is about 33-35 days! It is equally as important to get rid of all the eggs as they will hatch if you don’t!

Head lice do not cause disease however they can cause irritation, like a mozzie bite, resulting in a very annoying and incredibly itchy scalp. Kids who have head lice often can’t concentrate and feel quite miserable when the itching gets worse. Sometimes, the scratching of the scalp causes sores and these can get infected.

Despite thinking you can’t find any eggs when you go looking, if your child’s head is itchy there is a good chance there is louse hiding in that head! You may be surprised, once you start combing through the hair, to find not only eggs but lots of live lice that you didn’t see when checking the head. There will be big ones and little ones. There may be a veritable louse farm living on your child’s head. They are very fast and hard to spot.


Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) registered treatments are evaluated as both effective and (relatively) safe. To make sure the product you choose is registered with the TGA, check for the AUST-R number on the label. Choice Magazine suggests ‘products in lotion form seem to be more effective than shampoos.’ They also say ‘Herbal head lice treatments contain various combinations of essential oils and herbal extracts. Most haven't been clinically tested or independently assessed for effectiveness or safety. Many herbal ingredients have been shown to be effective in lab tests or small clinical trials (though not on children's heads).’

The best method I have found is the ‘white conditioner’ method – it is very effective - if done properly! The downfall is that the method is very time consuming and you have to have stamina, patience and a good sense of humour to get the job done - but it does seem to work the best.

The conditioner does not kill lice but stuns the live insects for about 20 minutes making it much easier to remove them – and the conditioner also helps you comb the hair with less knots and tears. It doesn’t kill the eggs so these must be removed. I think a dose of the TGA treatment followed by this method is pretty sound but if you don’t want to use chemicals at all this is the way to go.

You will need:

  • The cheapest white conditioner you can buy (you’ll need to use lots) and if you're of age and inclined maybe one (max two) standard glasses of white wine for you – but not in the a.m.)
  • a normal wide tooth plastic comb,
  • a long toothed metal nit comb
  • lots of white paper towel.
  • Essential to your happiness (and your child's) is YOUR attitude (I doubt you'll convince them they'll have fun during this) – this is going to test your stamina, strength, resilience and parenting skills!!

Sit your child down in front of a screen on a chair in front of you. Pretend this is a reward for you both (lol). Put on Frozen for the millionth time (or some other movie to keep your child’s mind off the task) or give them a book or an iPad and put on some of your favourite soothing music. Take a deep breath, try to be light-hearted and get down to business. Let it go, let it go…(I feel for you).

  1. Apply conditioner to dry hair covering all of the hair.
  2. Untangle hair with the normal comb and separate into sections (halve long hair down the middle and section off from there)
  3. Use the fine long toothed metal lice comb to comb through the hair in sections. The long toothed metal comb will remove nits and the stunned head lice. Wipe the comb on a white paper towel and check for any lice or nits (so satisfying when you get the mongrels). Keep combing the section until no more eggs/lice appear on the towel - then move onto the next section of hair.
  4. After the treatment your child can wash and dry his/her hair.
  5. REPEAT! I know this was an hour (if you’re lucky) of your life you’ll never get back but you have to persist; repetition is key to breaking the breeding cycle. Preferably do the same treatment every day or second day for 10 days until no nits and lice are discovered. Day 7 is the most important no matter what treatment you use. Definitely repeat 7 days after the first treatment. After 10 days do every second day or every third day. Do you want those critters dead or not?

We are told that lice are becoming resistant to conventional insecticides and resistance can vary region by region. Tathra lice seem pretty healthy!

Treating hair can be an expensive, time-consuming and frustrating exercise. So if it doesn’t appear to be working it could be because:

  • You're not using enough of whatever you are using to cover the scalp and hair or not combing through in sections and missing bits.
  • You're not repeating a chemical treatment after 7 to 10 days (to kill nits, which often survive the first application).
  • You’ve given up on the white conditioner method and have not repeated the treatment daily or every second day for the full 7-10 days (it is hard to keep the motivation and cranky kids are really annoying). Note: One - two glasses of white wine was all I suggested.
  • Re-infestation is occurring due to head-to-head contact with another infested person in your house, or a friend’s house or at school. Everyone has to help bust Nits!
There is nothing good about these suckers

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