Tathra Public School newsletter Term 1 week 10

Upcoming Events

Note: School Disco postponed from tonight to Term 2 Wednesday 17 May

Monday 3 April - Meals on wheels (Ministers for Community)

Tuesday 4 April - Girls PSSA Cricket knockout Bodalla

Wednesday 5 April - Student Parliament (years 2 - 6

Thursday 6 April - Pedlars Parade (whole school 12 noon)

Friday 7 April (Last Day Term 1)

  • Cooper's haircut! 9:15am
  • End of Term Assembly 12 noon (all invited)

Term 2

Monday 24 April – Staff Development Day

Tuesday 25 April - ANZAC DAY town service. Students invited to march.

Wednesday 26 April - Students return for Term 2

**Monday 1 May – School Cross Country Years 2 - 6 (**The note sent home last week had incorrect date)

Future Schools

Last week I was privileged to attend the Future Schools Expo in Melbourne with Mrs Megan Bobbin and Mrs Sally Beard. We saw and learned a lot from our three days of classes and workshops. We learned about the increasing importance of providing students with the opportunities to: get outside in the natural environment to learn, the development of physical and mental health and wellbeing, gardening - planting and growing food (we were reminded that many students grow up never having planted a thing in their lives), the learning of other languages and the significance of developing creativity through music, art and performance skills. We could see that Tathra Public School is providing many opportunities to develop the whole child and to prepare them for the future world where the skills developed through a range of learning opportunities are becoming more and more sought after in the job market. We are very lucky to have a school situated in such a wonderful landscape with access to national resources. A large focus of our learning was around the significance of Technologies education for the future.

One major take home message was that as technologies enrich and impact on the lives of people and societies globally, Australia needs enterprising individuals who can make discerning decisions about the development and use of technologies and who can independently and collaboratively develop solutions to complex challenges and contribute to sustainable patterns of living. Technology does not replace pedagogy but we, as educators, need to look at authentic ways we can develop digital citizenship in our students in a world where this is increasingly a highly sought after skill.

Technologies education describes two distinct but related subjects:

Design and Technologies, in which students use design thinking and technologies to generate and produce designed solutions for authentic needs and opportunities, and

Digital Technologies, in which students use computational thinking and information systems to define, design and implement digital solutions.

All young Australians should develop a critical appreciation of the processes through which technologies are developed and how technologies can contribute to societies.

Tathra Public School is looking at ways we can embed learning about and learning with technologies to better support students to critique, analyse and evaluate problems, needs or opportunities to identify and create solutions and to individually and collaboratively make informed and ethical decisions about the role, impact and use of technologies in the economy, environment and society for a sustainable future. We want to encourage students to be creative, innovative and enterprising when using traditional, contemporary and emerging technologies. This will be our challenge as we move into our next three year school planning cycle.

ANZAC Day Service 25 April 2017

On Tuesday, 25 April we commemorate ANZAC Day and this is a public holiday. We ask that students who can make it to this service meet the staff at the old op shop in Bega St and then march to the cenotaph opposite the newsagency. We meet at 7:35am. Children are asked to wear school uniform. The service should run for about an hour and a half.

The day after ANZAC day the students return to school from their Easter holiday break. The school will conduct a short ANZAC service as is our tradition. We ask that students bring in a flower from the garden (if possible) on the first day back to school, which will be added to our school wreath.

Stage 3 Rugby and Tag Gala day

Last Thursday, Stage 3 students attended the Rugby League and 7 a side League Tag gala Day in Bega. Bega Valley, Tathra, Wolumla and St Pats schools were involved. Tathra had one boys Rugby League team and three mixed Tag teams. The League team successfully made it to Cobargo where they will play other schools from around the area at another gala day in Term 2. The students report that they had good fun because “it was good meeting and playing with other students from other schools and a great chance to get out of school to play sport!” (Issy and Owen)

Stage 2 AFL Gala Day

Last Friday 56 Stage 2 students (6 teams) attended the AFL gala day in Bega. Four schools participated in the day - Tathra, Bega Valley, SCAC and Quaama. Mini-AFL matches were played. Mrs Hoare and Miss Fisher were thrilled with the behaviour and performance of our students who reported that they really enjoyed the day, even though they had to take shelter for 15 mins under the Bega bridge when there was a brief downpour! Well done Stage 2.

The end of the paper newsletter

As our families have email addresses and the School Stream app now to receive the newsletter we are no longer going to produce the paper newsletter. This is very costly and means that Mrs Waugh and myself both have to write separate newsletters every Thursday which is also unsustainable. The last paper newsletter will be sent home next week. If you don’t have the School Stream app, please download it free from your app store. If you can’t access the app, a copy of the e-newsletter will be sent to your email address. Please let the office know if your email address has changed recently.

Cooper’s Hair-raising Fundraiser

Year 3 student Cooper Finnegan has continued to fundraise for the Starlight Foundation. Donations are collected at the school office. For those who donate $5 or more, your name goes onto a ping-pong ball and placed in a huge bag. A ball will be drawn out randomly next week at the Pedlar’s Parade. The winner will get to choose Cooper’s hairstyle. Karen Levido from Bliss in Tathra has donated her time to cut Cooper’s hair, according to the winner’s preference, in front of the whole school on the last day of term, Friday 7 April at 9:15am!

What hair cut will you choose??

Pedlars Parade next Thursday (no canteen)

We hope you and the students are as excited as we are and it hasn’t been too stressful preparing costumes and goods to sell at the class stalls.

This year’s theme is to dress as an inspirational person from the past/present, including a name tag with your child’s costume would be a great idea e.g. not just a sporting hero but the name of the actual person.

If K-2 parents are dropping their food/goods off prior to school, please leave the items in your child’s classroom and attach a list of ingredients for food items.

What will be for sale?

  • K-2 parents will be providing goodies to sell.
  • 3-6 students have organised activities including; a sponge throw, guessing competitions, mini golf challenges, face/body painting and a disco.
  • Sausage sizzle $2.00 (sausage/bread/sauce) A big thank you to Mimosa Meats in Tathra for providing the sausages!


Although there will be food for sale, don’t forget to pack fruit and at least enough food for one eating break as the choices for sale (other than a sausage sizzle) will not be adequate ‘lunch’ food.

We ask that when sending money you avoid 5c, 10c and 20c pieces. (This is in an attempt to make transactions easier and to assist the volunteers when counting the money at the end of the day.)

Students will be responsible for their own spending money. All items will be selling for 50c, $1.00 or $2.00 and all funds raised will go towards improving the literacy/numeracy/STEM resources in the K-2 classrooms during 2017.

The Parade will begin at 12pm on the concrete area in front of the large steps. If you would like to assist your child in preparing their costume prior to the parade please meet your child in their classroom at approximately 11:30am.

Bus Passes

Sapphire Coast Buslines will be distributing bus passes during Week 1 and Week 2 of Term 2, 2017 to all eligible students.

If your child has started school, change to yr 3 or yr 7 or a change of address you will be required to update the details. These changes can be done by accessing Sapphire Coast Buslines website and following the links.

If you require any assistance please call 64956452.

Last Chance to get your tickets - drawn next Wednesday.

Bega District Band free concert

Sunday 2 April at 12:30pm

In the park on Andy Poole Drive, Tathra (near the Skate Park)

If your Year 3 - 6 child is interested in learning a brass instrument for free with the members of the Bega band who volunteer every Tuesday morning to run our school band program, please let the school office know! This is such a wonderful opportunity!

Gardening in our school this week!

Stage 3 Green Team

Tathra Moonlight Cinema

Tathra Surf Club - Easter Saturday 15 April @ 6:30pm - Paper Planes

Bega Valley Regional art Gallery - presents Archibald finalists

This touring exhibition is an opportunity to see all the finalists in the Archibald Prize 2016 - open now until 13 May!

The Archibald Prize is awarded annually to the best portrait, 'preferentially of some man or woman distinguished in art, letters, science or politics, painted by any artist resident in Australasia’.

The prize was first awarded in 1921. In establishing the prize, JF Archibald’s aim was to foster portraiture as well as support artists and perpetuate the memory of great Australians. Over the years some of Australia’s most prominent artists have entered and the subjects have been equally celebrated in their fields.

Bega Valley Regional Gallery is one of only six galleries outside of Sydney to host this Art Gallery of New South Wales touring exhibition. It would be a fantastic exhibition to visit with your children!

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