Term 2 Week 8 - 14 June 2023
Calendar of Key Events
From the Principal…..
Dear Parents and Carers,
In an effort to reduce our carbon footprint, we are trying very hard to limit the amount of paper we are using. You may have noticed that we are sharing many of our notices through this portal. It is very important that all our parents have signed up to Schoolzine to receive notices and information about our school. Notices that require parental consent will still be sent home in hard copy but all other information will be sent via Schoolzine. If you are having any difficulties accessing the app, please contact the office.
School uniform is an important part of belonging to a school. There are many positive benefits of wearing school uniform including building a sense of cohesion and all being part of the same team. It reduces difference amongst students from different socio-economic or cultural backgrounds and it is also an important safety measure to identify students outside of our normal school site learning program. We really encourage parents to ensure students are wearing school uniform as we are starting to see alternate jumpers and hoodies being worn in place of school uniform. We understand there are rare occasions when uniforms are unable to be worn for a variety of reasons, if this is the case, the office have plenty of spare jumpers and tops that we are happy to lend out to ensure that all students are dressed appropriately. We also have our new school beanies in stock which are a wonderful addition on a cold winter’s morning.
This term students in Grade 4 to Grade 6 were invited to participate in the annual Reader's Cup. Four teams took the opportunity to read the five books, discuss the themes, and participate in a forty five question quiz. Grit, collaboration, problem solving, and courage were developed over the term as students created a creative challenge with minimal adult support. The feedback from the participants after the school final indicated that students felt that had developed confidence in reading comprehension and learned teamwork skills that they will use in the future. We could not be prouder of the commitment the students have shown with reading the books and rehearsing at home and in break times. Congratulations and best of luck to the Super Readers who will represent Perth Primary at the inter-school competition on 15 June. A big thank you to Mrs Biffin and Miss Dick for their help with organisation and support of Reader’s Cup.
Northern Midlands Cross Country
On 2 June, our enthusiastic team headed off to Cressy for the NM carnival. After a cold start, it was a beautiful sunny day. We were incredibly proud of each and every runner who tried their hardest. We were ecstatic to bring home four shields on the day. A special well done to Rylah, Brayden, Armani and Seth for winning their respective races.
Student/Parent Teacher Conversations
Term 2 is the first major opportunity to discuss student learning and progress this year. As part of this process:
- Conversations will be held in Week 9. We encourage our Grade 3-6 students to attend these meetings along with parents. Information about booking these conversations has been sent via Schoolzine.
- Teachers are currently moderating work samples to prepare student reports using the 9-point scale aligned to the Australian Curriculum. These will be handed out at the conversations. We highly encourage all parents to make a time to meet with their child’s teacher.
- Teachers and students are working hard to finalise evidence of learning to be shared through Seesaw. This has been a steep learning curve for both students and teachers as we learn to navigate Seesaw as our online platform for sharing.
Speaker of the House visit
Last week we had a special visit from the Speaker of the House, Mr Milton Dick MP along with Mr Brian Mitchell MP to share the Parliament in Schools program. This was a very informative session for our Grade 5-6 students to learn about the role of parliament in Australia. Our Grade 5-6’s are visiting Parliament House in Hobart as part of their upcoming Term 4 camp, so it was great to get an understanding of the roles within our Government system.
Sickness and Relief Staff
As with most communities, there is a considerable amount of sickness going around. The impact of this for our school has meant we have had considerable student and staff absences. All schools are in the same situation and consequently, the pool of relief staff that we are able to engage is considerably diminished. We are in a position for teachers, where the pool of relief staff does not meet the current demand. As a result, our leadership team is having to cover classes where possible. When this is not a suitable option, we will be required to collapse classes. In this situation we allocate groups of 3-4 students to other classes around the school. Although this is not ideal, it is the current reality for the majority of schools in Tasmania.
The cooler months bring colds, the flu, COVID-19 and other illnesses. Being prepared is the best way to protect yourself and your family. A reminder that RAT tests are available at the school office.
Children are most likely to catch and spread the flu. Make sure your child has received their annual flu vaccine. This will boost their immunity against most likely circulating flu strains. It will also help stop them getting very sick.
If your child is at higher risk of becoming very sick from the flu, COVID-19 or other respiratory illnesses, make a plan with your healthcare provider for when your child becomes sick.
Protect others by keeping your child home if they are unwell, encouraging regular hand washing, and covering coughs and sneezes.
For more information visit the Department of Health website.
Thanks for doing your part to keep our school community safe, healthy and learning.
In finishing off, I am also extremely pleased to announce that I was the successful applicant for the substantive Principal position at Perth. I am very invested in our school and am excited to be able to continue the journey into the future alongside our school community.
Safeguarding Lead Appointed
Perth Primary School has recently appointed Jacinta Doran as our first Safeguarding Lead. Safeguarding Leads have been appointed in all Tasmanian state schools to help ensure all children and young people in Tasmania are known, safe, well and learning. Jacinta will support the wellbeing of all our students and help us all understand that keeping children and young people safe is everyone’s responsibility. Please support Jacinta in this new role!
For further information on Safeguarding in Schools please click here
Kings Meadows High School Invitation Grade 6 families
Kings Meadows High School are thrilled to be hosting the 2023 Grade 5/6 Challenge Days on Monday 19 and Tuesday 20 June. Information about the days will be provided by your child’s primary school. We would also like to extend an invitation for Year 6 families to join us on Tuesday 4 July (last week of term 2) for our first open night. On this night you will be able to learn more about KMHS. We will be providing a bbq and light catering during the evening. For attendance and catering purposes please let us know you will be coming by completing the form.
Launching into Learning
Term Dates 2023
Wednesday 26 April to Friday 7 July
Tuesday 25 July to Friday 29 September
Monday 16 October to Thursday 21 December
Perth Primary School Student Attendance Data
Nyah R, Willow J, Molly S, Kaleb L, Liam H, Edward R, Ronan C, Brea B, Torah W, Jaxson W, Kaylee W, Scarlett S, Lucas T, Rachel L, Arlo B, Chris C, Oliver K, Oscar Mc, Hugh Mc, Archie B, Mila C, Flynn R, Lucy B, Dallas E, Laylah R, Tex F, Seth D, Poppi T, Ebony B, Nate F, Lochlan W, Grace T, Lillian C, Sonny G, Harrison J, Archer S, Jayden A, Arthur B, Olivia D, Zaedyn D, Claire S, Lily C, Murphy D, Adrian S, Mrs Demeijer, Mrs JL, Mrs Tempest, Mrs Woods, Mrs Katasabiris, Mrs Richards, Miss Dick, Mrs Cherry and Miss Dargaville,
2023 PPS Support Staff
School Social Worker
Speech and Language Pathologist
Thursday and Friday