“Austins Ferry is the best school,” as quoted by Will L!
This week is the completion of the Swim and Water Safety programme. From all accounts this has been successful with students enjoying the experience of learning outside their classrooms.
We have also celebrated Book Week with reading aloud, as well as mystery characters with staff and students sharing and discussing books and writing their own. It has been lovely to see such a large number of students attend the Book Fair – it is always a pleasure to see so many people enjoying books.
This week a letter regarding class placements for 2024 will come home. This is an opportunity for you to share your thoughts about classes for next year. As staff we consider all requests but it is not a guarantee that a placement will occur as there are many factors that are considered when working on class structures. Staff know your child(ren) and their needs, both academically, socially and their wellbeing and will use this information to make decisions based on their wealth of experience and knowledge.
Every year the Department of Education conducts a School Satisfaction Survey to find out what your child(ren)'s school does well and where there may be room for improvement. We would be grateful if you completed our online survey about Austins Ferry Primary School. Your feedback is very important to help us inform our school-planning and decision-making. The survey is open from Monday 28 August 2023 until Friday 22 September 2023 and should only take about 5 minutes to complete. Please provide you feedback by following the hyperlink below: https://ncv.microsoft.com/6d5rbS0Ato The survey is carried out on a secure website and all responses are anonymous and confidential. All families in this school have received the same survey link and no identifying information is collected. A summary of the survey results will be provided to schools but responses from individuals or small groups will NOT be disclosed to any Department of Education staff. Please contact your school if you require any assistance. We appreciate the time taken to fill in the survey and it will help guide our next steps at Austins Ferry Primary School.
We farewell Mr Patrick Curley this term. He has been an instrumental part of our school, particularly with all things musical. We thank him for his commitment and dedication to students and the way in which he has supported so many additional aspects of our music programme. I know that there are so many students who have benefitted from Mr Curley’s care and support and we wish him all the best with his future endeavours. As soon as we have a new music teacher, it will be communicated to our community.
We will also farewell Mrs Lauren Sackley on Friday as she begins maternity leave. Thank you Mrs Sackley for all that you have done for our students. Your caring and thoughtful nature has shown the students that you value them as individuals and know how important they are to us. We will welcome Mrs Sackley back next year.
Please remember that the door is always open for any questions, concerns or the sharing of good stories.
|Wednesday 30 August 2023
|Book Fair Stall Opens
|Friday 1 September August
|Book Fair Stall Closes
|Friday 8 September 2023
|Terrapin Puppet Performance
|Tuesday 12 September 2023
"Think You Know" Parent Info Session
|Tuesday 19 September 2023
|Years 3-6 Swim Trials
|Tuesday 26 September 2023
|Years 3-6 Swimming Carnival
|Friday 29 September 2023
|Last Day of Term 3
|Monday 16 October 2023
|First Day of Term 4
|Thursday 26 October 2023
|Student Free Day / Royal Hobart Show Day
|Friday 27 October 2023
|Student Free Day / Professional Learning Day
|Thursday 9 November 2023
|Inter-school swimming carnival
|Tuesday 28 November 2023
|Champs Swimming Carnival
|Friday 1 December 2023
|Thursday 7 December 2023
|Christmas Carols Event (TBC)
|Tuesday 12 December 2023
|Prep-Year 2 End of Year Assembly
|Thursday 14 December 2023
|Years 3-6 End of Year Awards Assembly
|Tuesday 19 December 2023
|Wednesday 20 December 2023
|Thursday 21 December 2023
|Thursday 21 December 2023
|Final Day for Students
STUDENT SIGN-IN / SIGN-OUT VIA KIOSK
Please ensure that upon a late arrival (after 8:50am) or return to the school after (after an appointment) students are singing in at one of the electronic sign-in systems (KIOSK). There are two systems across the school site – one at the main administration office and the other in the Early Learning Centre foyer. It is important that in the unlikely event of an emergency, our attendance records are accurate.
UPDATING STUDENT DETAILS
It is vital for the school office to have updated details for all students. In the event of a medical issue or emergency event this information is crucial in the care and response that we provide for your child/children. Please ensure to update information with the office staff as required: emergency contact details, phone numbers, address details and any changes to your childs' medical needs eg. asthma, anaphylaxis.
Breakfast club is a free program located at kitchen/garden, near the ELC It is a great orogram for students who arrive early to school and wish to chat over breakfast. Opening hours are 8:00 to 8:30am. Doors will not open before 8am.
CANTEEN & QKR!
Please remember to place your canteen lunch orders through Qkr! prior to the 8:30am deadline.
KISS & DROP
A friendly reminder that the school Kiss & Drop zone is not for car parking - please do not leave your vehicle unattended in this zone.
OUTSIDE SCHOOL HOUR CARE & HOLIDAY PROGRAMS
Playtime Sports offer both after school care and school holiday care and operates out of our school gym. After school care is open every week day from 2:45pm to 6:00pm. School holiday programs operating hours are 7:30am to 6:00pm. Please direct all enquiries to Karen Morgan at Playtime Sports on 0407 199 160.
Kinder Johnston had a fabulous time dressing up for Book Week and enjoyed having our families read to us in the library.
The Book Week book we liked the best was ‘Lional and Me’, which is about two dogs celebrating inclusion and friendship.
We all drew a picture of our favourite ‘story dog’ from the classroom.
Our school recently celebrated Book Week for 2023! Prep Luttrell and Prep Lincolne invited special family members to our ELC Library to participate in a range of Book Week activities. We worked hard on special artworks and displays inspired by a range of shortlisted books from the Children's Book Council of Australia awards. We shared books that we wrote in class and we had fun retelling some classic tales we have been learning. We also drew pictures of our favourite book characters. Thank you to our special family members who came and made the afternoon a wonderful event all about reading - there were smiles on everyone’s faces!
In 1/2E Parker/Petraitis we have recently enjoyed reading some of the new books purchased by our school for Book Week. Book week is a great opportunity to engage with and enjoy books together.
One of our favourite books this year was 'Bev and Kev'. It is a story about a giraffe and a bird who become the best of friends, despite their size differences! We enjoyed creating a puzzle of Bev and Kev and have it proudly displayed on one of our Break-Out room doors. We worked with a partner to colour in just one part of the picture.
Here are some of our students dressed up on Book Week Parade Day!
Students have begun a unit of work called ‘Where in the World are we?”. We have begun learning about the 7 continents in the world. Did you know that Australia is both a continent and an island (the largest island in the world)?
We have a range of books, Atlases, puzzles, and a world globe on a table for us to look at, explore and wonder about lots of different places in the world.
Several weeks ago our Year 5/6 students had an opportunity to try Japanese calligraphy using ink, brush and pen. Four students had their work selected to represent our school in the state calligraphy competition organised by JATNET (Japanese Teachers’ Network of Tasmania). Congratulations to Heliya Hame, Talia Vega and Holly Palmer. An extra special congratulations goes to Jobe Rainbird, who not only represented our school but was awarded the position of First Place in the primary brush and ink category.
This was a wonderful opportunity for all our students and an exceptional achievement for Jobe and our school. Special certificates will be awarded in assembly.
To celebrate National Science Week here at AFPS, select students engaged in the Rabbit Robbers Challenge! Students were asked to solve a big problem we have in the garden – rabbits keep sneaking in and eating our veggies!
Students used their coding and technology knowledge to create devices to track and scare off curious rabbits. Using Grove Inventor kits kindly provided by the National Science Foundation as part of their school grants program, students coded and built these devices. We are now in the testing phase and we look forward to using these devices in conjunction with the 3/4 Submerged Inquiry.
National Science Week is all about celebrating the amazing things our students can do with science to solve problems in the community and you can see here that our Austins Ferry Primary School students are doing a terrific job achieving these aspirational goals.