8 November 2023
What a wonderful assembly we had last Friday. A fantastic range of achievements were shared, including:
- Mr Eddleston’s superb choir singing “Sitting on the dock of the bay”
- 1/2 Puggles sharing their wonderful push and pull discoveries
- 3/4B’s visually pleasing habitat dioramas and well-constructed haikus
- 5/6S’ combination of poetry and science – amazing integration!
Lifting the Lid on Healthy Minds
Tomorrow, Thursday November 9th, is our fundraising day for Term 4. The Community Connections leadership group are inviting students to wear a hat of their choice (the crazier the better!) to help raise awareness of Mental Health and to raise funds in support of research in this important area that affects 1 in 5 Australians.
Last Friday, November 3rd, Year 4 and Year 5 students participated in friendship workshops run by psychologist Lisa Ford. This is part of our Wellbeing focus to build student skills in developing and maintaining positive friendships, and to support students to grow their resilience when dealing with challenging social situations. We look forward to future workshops with Lisa in 2024.
Most students have completed their two PAT assessments (Maths and Reading). While the results provide valuable individual information, the findings are mainly used to identify trends in each year group to inform teaching and learning focuses for future years. Thank you again to Eldon Jenkin for coordinating this daunting process throughout the school.
Congratulations to the 36 students that represented our school last Thursday at the SPSSA Division B Swimming Carnival at the Aquatic Centre. There were a number of individual highlights and the school came sixth overall. This was a great result in Division B as we were generally competing against schools of a larger size. A personal highlight was watching certain student responses when they were asked to compete in extra races due to absences. Well done team – and thank you to Renee Britton for all the behind-the-scenes organisation!
Welcome back Mrs Waldon!
Mrs Waldon returns back to work today at a principal forum. We welcome her back to Albuera Street Primary tomorrow.
Safeguarding News update
If you have a garden, please bring a stem of something on Friday…
On the morning of Friday 10 November each class will be constructing two bouquets to lay at our Remembrance Day Ceremonial Service at Angelsea Barracks. It would be wonderful if each child could contribute a flower or stem of greenery from your garden, if you have one. Longer stems make it easier to construct a bouquet. Please don’t purchase flowers – we will have plenty of donations. If you are available to help with bouquet construction from 8.55-9.30am, please contact your child’s teacher. Thanks everyone!
Improving Access to Treatment for Children with Anxiety Disorders
Nut Allergy – Reminder
We have a number of students in our school who are allergic to nuts and nut products. Exposure to nuts can trigger an allergic reaction and be life-threatening for these students, so please avoid sending nuts or nut based products to school. We aim to keep our school as nut-free as possible to keep our students safe.
New online information hub for families
Some exciting news! The Department for Education, Children and Young People has recently launched a new online information hub for families with school-aged children in Tasmania. Our new website has information to help you navigate your child's education, from birth all the way up to 18 years of age.
Visit our new webpage at Welcome to your child's Tasmanian education - The Department for Education, Children and Young People Tasmania (decyp.tas.gov.au) (https://www.decyp.tas.gov.au/information-for-families-and-students)
Some of the things you’ll find include
- tips on how to support your child’s learning at home
- information to help you keep your child safe and well
- a guide to explore courses for the career they want
- school holiday and term dates.
We hope this website will be a valuable tool for you as you help your child navigate their education journey. We would love to know what you think of our new information hub for families. You can tell us by completing a quick survey on the webpage.
Launching into Learning
LiL will be on Thursday afternoon this year at 1.45 pm to 2.45.
For the reminder of the year LiL will be off-site due to pre-Kinder operating.
See Off-site flyer below;
Out-of-area expressions of interest for Kindergarten 2024 are now being accepted. Forms are available on the - Forms and Documents – on the side panel with this newsletter.
Kindergarten Enrolment Form
Recess: Sweet special Apple Cake
Savoury special Margherita “Pizza”
Fruit Muffin Mixed Berry
Lunch: Beef Ravioli in a light tomato sauce
(Vegetarian option available: Please text me on 0417 559 920 before 10:00 am Thursday)
Recess: Sweet special Apple Crumble
Savoury special Nachos
Fruit Muffin Blueberry
Lunch: Chilli Con Carne with rice.
(This is a mild chilli)
Thanks to all those people who have put their name forward. There are still openings, so if you can help let me know. 0417 559 920
Please remember to choose the correct order date on the Qkr! App.
Grade Prep/1C and Grade 5/6S
Halloween Buddies with P/1 Tassie Devils and 5/6S
Our 5/6S big buddies helped their P/1 small buddies to make articulated skeletons (NOT with 206 bones!) and/or haunted houses. They were tricky to make because of the fine cutting and having to poke holes through the paper. The Tasmanian Devils think they look cool and love to do activities with our big buddies. Buddy teachers like to get together too. Well done buddies!
Spring in the School Vegetable Garden and Garden Club
Well done and thank you to the three families who worked in the vegetable garden in the holidays to stake and install arches to be covered with bird netting. We also managed to install two more compost bins and weed and mulch all the garden beds. BIG thanks to: Tess, Adrian, Leah and Grace; Amra, Jennifer, Jay J, Joe Joe, May May and Somny ; Luke and Charlotte; and Mark.
On Mondays at lunch time students who choose to come to Garden Club have been busy watering, weeding, composting, planting more lettuces, harvesting seeds from finished plants, sawing and sanding timber for plant signs and sowing marigold, lettuce, chamomile and pea seeds. We love our new equipment purchased with a Woolworths/Landcare Grant. Well done Garden Club.
If anyone would like to source or donate 10m x 15m of diagonal bird netting (black preferred but we’re keen for anything) that allows bees to get through to pollinate our veggies, or some money to go towards the cost of netting (up to $250), please let me know. If you’d like to help us in the garden on Mondays from 1:00 to 1:40pm then you are welcome to sign in at the office with a Working With Vulnerable People card and come to the garden. Special thank you to Janus Choi who often volunteers on a Monday at lunch time.
Prep/1 Jenkin (Wombats)
To Kiran for making great progress in writing.
To Hannah for being a contributor in our class.
To Bill for helping others in his class and being a leader.
Prep/1 Corrigan-Foster (Devils)
To Charles for working hard to improve his focus in maths.
To Isobel for tackling all situations with her quiet confidence and smile.
To Ken for making excellent progress with his learning.
Gr 1/2 Parker (Puggles)
To Leah for working hard to complete tasks on time. Great self-management Leah!
To Gregory for always being the person to offer to help others.
To Florence for having an excellent attitude to her learning
Gr 2 Baird/Adderton (Bilbies)
To Claire for excellent attitude towards all areas of learning.
To Max R for his strengths of love of learning fairness and humour.
To Paddy for a huge improvement in his self-regulation.
To Robert for working towards finding positive solutions in the classroom.
To Paul for teaching and sharing his strategies in fractions.
To Elizabeth for putting time and effort into all her school work and achieving positive results.
To Benedict for his enthusiastic contributions to discussions.
To Cari for settling so quickly into our class.
To Lucy for her excellent haiku poems.
To Abel for a great start to his learning at Albuera St Primary.
To Louie for displaying empathy and understanding towards a new student.
To Kira for demonstrating great detail and creativity within her newspaper writing.
To Luca for stepping up at the swimming carnival and filling where needed.
To Georgina for her increased and participation in class discussions.
To Jake for being a team player and his positive contributions to class life.
To Gemma for her continued high standard of work and her willingness to take on different responsibilities.
To Teddy for stepping up and supporting his team at the inter-primary swimming carnival.
To Santi for his inquisitive approach and willingness to go that next step in his learning.
This year as we are setting times available for the purchase of uniforms.
Tuesdays: 2.30pm to 3.00pm
Thursdays: 8.30 am to 9.15am
Orders can be made and paid for over the phone and be ready to pick up at an arranged time if the above times do not suit you.
Thank you to parents who have paid levies and to those who are making regular payments. Levies are now overdue, if you are experiencing difficulties with making payments, please contact Annette and discuss a payment plan. Payments can be made weekly, fortnightly or monthly.
- BPay, Service Tasmania, Eftpos
- Credit Card over the phone (6223 2268)
- Cheque payable to Albuera Street Primary School
- Levy Instalment Plan (Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 6223 2268)
It is a Department of Education requirement that all medications to be taken by students during the school day are to be passed into the office or teacher in charge of an excursion or camp. The medications require a signed doctor/pharmacist as well as parent permission form (these forms are available in the Forms and Documents panel in the newsletter or at the office). The medication is also to be in the original packaging so that staff know what they are administering. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.
Medical Action Plans
Every child at Albuera Street Primary with a medical condition needs to supply an updated medical plan to the school each year, especially those with Anaphylaxis and Asthma. Staff from Albuera have been trained in Anaphylaxis using EpiPens and also in Ventolin administration for Asthma. If you are new to the school and your child has a medical condition please come into the office and collect an appropriate action plan form, or if you just have questions please don’t hesitate to phone the school.
Vulnerable People Card Reminder
Sign In Requirements and Checks
New requirements for record keeping have been in effect from August 2018 which specifies that all sites are required to keep visitor sign in registers. All volunteers, external providers, contractors and visitors (where appropriate) must sign in using the visitor register.
A DoE site must request the RWVP card and perform a status check via the DoJ website each time someone presents at or attends a site in their respective capacity. The status check will return current information and indicate any conditions applying to a registration.
If a search fails to return information, this indicates a change in registration has occurred. DoE staff at the worksite must sign off on the visitor register to confirm that RWVP verification has occurred.
The Department requirement is that you must present your RWVP card EVERY time you sign in.
Information for those who need to apply for WWVP card
To volunteer at this school, you will be required to hold a “Registration to Work with Vulnerable People”. It is extremely important that parent helpers and volunteers are registered and Albuera Street Primary School is recorded in your application.
How to apply for a WWVP Card
Complete the online application form. This is available from the website at the link below:
Chose Department of Education from the organisation drop-down box and also select Albuera Street Primary School from the location drop-down box. Please remember each time to volunteer at the school you need to bring your card each time.
Parents/carers are reminded to advise the school office if their child is unable to attend school due to illness or any other reason.
- By phone (62232268) leave a message anytime on the answering machine.
- Email email@example.com
- Schoolzine – click on the absentee tab
A medical certificate is required if a child is absent due to illness for 5 days or more
After School Care
ASC is provided on site by Lady Gowrie Child Care Services (Ph: 6230 6806).
ASC is available from 3.00 pm to 6.00 pm each school day and 1.00pm – 3.00pm Thursday for Kinder.
Term Dates for 2024
Thurs 8th February – Fri 12th April (EASTER break – 29th March - 2nd April)
Mon 29th April – Fri 5th July
Mon 22nd July – Fri 27th Sept
Mon 14th Oct – Thurs 19th Dec