Term 3 Week 8 - 13 September 2023
Perth Primary School Calendar
From the Principal .......
The last few weeks have flown by with Book Week, Science Week and our annual Swimming and Water Safety Program filling up our school days. As the weather starts to warm up, a reminder to families that at the beginning of Term 4 students will be required to wear a hat. We do encourage students to have their hats in their bag for the last few weeks of Term 3 as we have had some sunny days where the UV reading has been quite high.
School Satisfaction Survey 2023
Every year the Department for Education, Children and Young People conducts a School Satisfaction Survey to find out what your child(ren)'s school does well and where it may improve. This is a great way for our school community to provide feedback to our school to support our ongoing improvement.
The survey is open from Monday 28 August 2023 until Friday 22 September 2023 and should take about 5 minutes to complete. You should have received an email via Schoolzine inviting you to participate in the survey. Alternatively, you can type the following web address into your browser https://ncv.microsoft.com/DaxZNdYnwi.
The survey is carried out on a secure website and all responses are anonymous and confidential.
All families in this school received the same survey link and no identifying information is collected. A summary of the survey results will be provided to schools. Responses from individuals or small groups will NOT be disclosed to any Department for Education, Children and Young People staff.
Please contact school if you require any assistance.
Sickness and Absences
As you have no doubt noticed, we have had a number of staff away this term. We rely on a small, but dedicated, group of relief teachers and teacher assistants who alongside our leadership team have been covering classes. We are seeing a wide range of sickness affecting our school community from colds, viruses, the flu and gastro. A reminder to parents that children should not return to school until at least 48 hours after their last vomiting episode. As a school, we are continuing to encourage regular hand washing and plenty of fresh air in classrooms and outdoor learning opportunities.
It was great to see classes working together to participate in learning during Science Week. Students were very engaged in lots of practical activities. Kinder Wyatte taught me that you can create an explosion with lemon juice and bi-carb soda! A big thanks to our teachers for the collaborative way in which they provided wonderful learning opportunities that related to the Australian Curriculum.
Sharing Learning Progress
Over the last couple of weeks, you may have started to see some more examples of your child’s work appearing on Seesaw. This term, teachers will be sharing evidences for numeracy, writing and science. Although there is some assessment and feedback provided on Seesaw, there are many other learning opportunities that go towards an on-balanced rating for your child.
Parent-teacher interview information has been sent via Schoolzine giving parents the opportunity to book a 15 minute conversation with teachers in Week 9. I encourage parents to attend these conversations as it is a great way to gain insight into not only academic progression but also your child’s social and emotional wellbeing at school.
Early in Term 4 we will also be starting to form classes for 2024, if you have information related to your child’s learning that you think would help support their class placement, the parent teacher conversation is a good place to discuss this with your child’s current teacher.
Swimming and Water Safety Program
Our Grade 3-5 students have recently completed their annual two week Swimming and Water Safety Program at Launceston Aquatic Centre. The program aims to ensure all Tasmanian students have a level of swimming that ensures that they will be safe around Tasmania’s many waterways.
It has been wonderful to see the growth and courage shown by our students. Many were apprehensive about the program to start but with support have shown significant improvement. I was lucky enough to be able to attend the program for a number of days and to see the enjoyment of particularly the less confident swimmers as they learnt new skills and gained confidence, was really rewarding. Thanks to Mrs Fleming for co-ordinating our program, it is always a very tiring fortnight!
Mobile Phones and Smartwatches
We are seeing an increasing number of phones and smartwatches at school. A reminder that it is a Department for Education, Children and Young People requirement that mobile phones (and smartwatches) are not used at school. Please remind your children that all phones are to be handed into the office in the mornings and smartwatches need to be on ‘school mode’.
Grade 3-6 devices
Starting in Term 4 we are very excited to announce that all Grade 3-6 students will be allocated an individual laptop to support their learning at school. This is an exciting opportunity for our students to gain access to learning in a technologically advancing world. Students and parents will be required to sign a new IT agreement which outlines the student’s responsibilities in terms of safe use of the laptop. When students enter Grade 3, they will be provided with a new laptop which will remain at school with them until they complete Grade 6.
Use of Schoolzine for class notices
It is our aim to reduce the amount of printing and paper use at our school. As a result, are now able to send notices via Schoolzine to individual classes. It is really important that parents and carers are accessing Schoolzine on a regular basis. Notices that require parent permission will still be sent in hard copy. If you need support accessing Schoolzine, please see Mrs Megan Cherry in the office.
Perth Primary School Association
Thank you to everyone for supporting our recent Father's Day stall. We have been able to raise just over $800.00.
Launching into Learning
Kindergarten Enrolment 2024
Term Dates 2023
Tuesday 25 July to Friday 29 September
Monday 16 October to Thursday 21 December
Qkr Helpful Hints
Helpful hints to assist parents in navigating the Qkr app, which is used to purchase your child's lunch orders, fundraising items and school clothing items.
If you have placed an order for your child and they are not going to be attending school, please log into the Qkr app and cancel the order before 9.00am on the canteen day. There will be a credit on your account to use at a later date.
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Perth Primary School Support Staff
School Social Worker
Speech and Language Pathologist
Thursday and Friday