Tathra Public School Newsletter Term 4 Week 10

In our last newsletter of the year I’d like to take the opportunity to thank all of you, our wonderful Tathra PS families, for your ongoing support of your children and our school. We wish Ms Kara Owen and her husband Ben much love. We can’t wait to hear the good news of the safe arrival of their little baby expected in 4 weeks!

Congratulations to our graduating Year 6 class who have celebrated their 7 years of primary schooling this week. It has been an emotional week for the students as well as for their parents and our staff! It is always sad to see them leave but wonderful too as we know they are ready to move onwards and upwards!

I’d like to acknowledge the families who are leaving us this year as their youngest child leaves TPS and thank them for their support of the school over the years, especially as members of the P&C and volunteers. Farewell to Catherine and Michael Clarke, Christine Gowing and Graham Scott, Leanne and Ben Shaw, Michelle and Dean Preo, Laticia Bataan and Bernard Groves, Lise Hetzel and Martin Threadgate, Julie Baggs, Graham and Donna Moore, and special farewell to Kate and Jamie Whitton who have moved to begin new jobs and lives in Sydney. Thank you to you all! You’ll be missed.

I’d like to conclude this newsletter with just a little excerpt from my farewell speech last night to Year 6.

In high school, you will continue to focus on your learning journey and your goals but the next 6 years of your life will be significantly about developing into the adult you want to become. The kind of person you want to be. My greatest wish for you is that your life will continue to include developing the awareness of yourself, to not be afraid to be yourself and to become kinder and more loving.

I know you will all strive for and achieve the big ‘growing up’ dreams of travelling, discovering, creating, innovating, making mistakes, falling in love, falling out of love, falling in love again, getting rich, getting famous, walking in the beautiful bush, paddle-boarding in the glorious waters (after first checking the depth) – but as you do all these great things I know you will do, I urge you to ‘err in the direction of kindness’.

Aesop the Ancient Greek story teller said “no act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted”. It obviously isn’t a new idea but the world always needs a little more of it and you will need it too. You will also need to give it away in large chunks.

One thing I know for sure is that being kind, including to yourself, will have a profound effect on your overall happiness in life. In this school where we have valued respect, responsibility and kindness you have strived to be the leaders and I’m proud of you and especially proud of how you have all grown and matured to be kinder and more loving.

Know that whether you’re 13 or 103, you’ll always be a Tathra Public School kid. All the staff you have met in your time here have contributed to your development; all the teachers you have had, the support teachers and the administration staff. All of these people have been part of your every day at school for a good part of 7 years! You’re the reason we all come to work every day and we’ll miss you.

On behalf of all the staff who’ve taught you, nurtured and encouraged you, I wish you a life full of kindness and love, great happiness, all the luck in the world, and a beautiful summer holiday.

Farewell. Year 6 2016!

Have a very merry Christmas and a wonderful break everyone!

See you on the beach!

Congratulations to our ten Year 6 prize winners this year

Respect - Gjumarrah Moore

Responsibility - Cody Preo

Kindness - Riley Shaw

Citizenship - Brodie Dixon

Sportsmanship - Jasmine Trickey

Sporting achievement- Nathan Jensen

Visual Arts - misty Threadgate

Performing Arts - Elka Clarke

Overall Effort and Achievement - Annabel Scott

2016 Dux - Tom Pouliot

Tom Pouliot, Dux 2016 with Mr Moses

Some Kinder reflections on their Learning Journeys this year!

Teachers Vs Student netball game!

The unstoppable Tathra Staff Netball team, 'The Chalkies' (Mrs Hoare, Mrs Umback, Mr Moses, Miss McKay, Mrs Navarrete, Mrs Bobbin and Mrs Beard) played the fabulous student team 'The Gems' (Chelsea Hoare, Mia Waugh, Candy Barnett, Riley Shaw, Jasmine Trickey, Leilani Crocker-Pajo, Dom Chandler and reserve, Brock Creary) today in an inaugural netball grudge match. The final score was Chalkies 19, convincingly defeating Gems, 5! The best team won on the day! Perhaps next year kidillos!!!!

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