CSPS Newsletter 8/12/2023
We are now heading towards the end of a very busy and exciting Term 4. I am pleased to share the 2024 staff list of teachers with you.
Kindergarten – Caitlin Ferguson
Kinder/Prep – Jess Wishart/Susan Andrews
Prep/One – Diana Ackerley
1/2 – Linda Flude/Emily Vince
1/2 – Alexandra Klonaris
3/4 – Claire Cotton/Annie Eastwood
3/4 – Shannon Milne/Annie Eastwood
4/5 – Adam Lockey/Brooke Innis
5/6 – Michelle Isaac
Music – Kate Gray
P.E. – Ben Latham
Indonesian– Zoe Sharman
Art – Emily Leaman
Library – Susan Jeffery
Support Teacher – Colette Sainsbury
Launching into Learning – Kirsten Hartel/Emily Vince
Quality Teaching Coach/Literacy Support- Jenny Neville
We will be farewelling some staff at the end of this year. Andrew Stocks is taking 12 months Long Service Leave and we wish him all the best for a well deserved break. Vic Eastman is also taking Long Service Leave from the beginning of 2024 with a view to retirement at the conclusion of her leave. Vic has been the Support Teacher at CSPS for the last 5 years, supporting students who have additional needs. We thank Vic for her dedication and hard work in supporting students and families. Amy Metcalfe has been with us this year, teaching a 3/4 class with Claire Cotton. Amy has also been working at South Hobart Primary School this year and will be taking up a larger role at that school in 2024. Amy has been a highly valued member of our staff team and we wish her all the best. Vince Anderson has been with us temporarily this year and has been a great asset on our 3/4 team. Vince is happily returning to relief teaching in 2024.
Class placements for students will be sent home with end-of-year reports next Friday 15th December. We have spent many weeks formulating balanced classes for 2024, taking into account academic, social and emotional needs of students. Changes to class placements will not be possible.
Year 5/6 Japanese Program
Our Year 5/6 students have been very fortunate this term to be selected to be part of a Japanese Program, involving a teacher from Hobart City High School working with our students and then our students visiting Hobart City High School for morning of Japanese cultural activities. The program has been a wonderful learning experience as well as giving our students some extra opportunities for experiencing high school life.
Congratulations to our 42 students who participated in the annual Schools Triathlon last week. It is always a testament to student courage and tenacity to see them swimming, cycling and running their way around the course. A special congratulations to Madeleine who won her individual event for the third time in a row.
Government House Art Project
It has been an absolute delight to work with a group of Year 3-6 students on the Government House Art Project. These students have planned, sketched and painted artworks based on photographs of various elements of Government House. The brief was to be creative and put a personal “spin” on their representations. As you can see, the results are quite remarkable. These paintings will shortly be given to Government House where they will be displayed, with some paintings to be selected to have a permanent place in the Government House art collection.
Our school has been very fortunate to enjoy ‘Snack Shack’ lunches once a term, for the past several years. A group of hard-working parents has made this possible and this has also been a fundraising venture for the School Association. We express our heartfelt thanks to all parents who have helped with Snack Shack and we hope that we will still be able to offer ‘special’ Snack Shack days from time to time.
We are very excited to announce that in 2024 we will be using ‘Lil Tuckers’ delivery service to provide a once-a-week canteen option for students. Parents will be able to make online orders using the Qkr App to order lunches for Thursday each week. We are sure that our students will love this option and that busy parents will like it too!
Pizzas on the Domain
Don’t forget our annual Pizzas on the Domain, organised by our hardworking School Association. Families are warmly invited to join together on Thursday 21st December, between 5:00pm and 8:00pm, on the Domain near the woodfired pizza ovens. Bring along a pizza or two to cook and enjoy as we celebrate the end of the year. A special guest for children will be in attendance.
With just under two weeks until the end of the 2023 school year, we remain focussed on supporting learning for every child, every day, making the most of every opportunity to learn.
We look forward to seeing many family members at our Celebration Assemblies next week and at our Leavers Assembly in the last week of term.
This term has been flying by in Kinder Ferguson and there has been lots keeping us busy. In the first half of this term we had an inquiry into farms. We have looked at and discussed eggs, where we had a range of different chicken eggs of varying colours, as well as a duck and a goose egg to examine. We also learnt about the chicken life cycle and the different parts of a chicken for both a hen and a rooster. We even had a chicken visitor, one of Mrs O’s bantam chickens!
We had a farm and farm shop set up in the dramatic play area where students had fun collecting the produce from the play farm to sell in the shop.
As part of our farm inquiry we looked at where different fruit and vegetables grow and where different items we buy from the shops come from, such as milk and bread. We read a book called “The ABC book of food” which showed us the journey of wheat to flour and then to bread. To continue this line of inquiry we made bread together in our class. Mrs O showed us how to ground down wheat grains to make flour and then we all joined in on adding the ingredients, mixing and rolling the bread dough to make bread rolls. At the end of the day we got to eat our rolls, yum, yum!
As a whole class our number focus this term has revolved around looking at “friends of 10” and thinking about how 10 can be made up of different parts. In our smaller groups we have had activities looking at recognising numerals up to ten, counting on from the bigger number and looking at skip counting and grouping by 10.
We also had an excursion to see the pantomime at the Playhouse Theatre with Ms Hartel, Ms Flude/Miss Vince and Mrs Ackerley’s classes. This year the pantomime was “Sleeping Beauty” and all the students’ loved the performance and were great audience members.
Students in Kinder-prep Hartel have been taking part in the Aussie bird count, the nation’s largest conversation event. First, we learned to identify bird species that call our school ground their home. The area birds live in is called a habitat. The trees around the oval and netball court as well as the grassy oval proved to be a habitat for many different bird species. We saw Magpies, Galahs, Eastern Rosellas, Noisy Miners, Silver Gulls, Cockatoos, Lapwings and on some days Welcome Swallows.
Some birds were hard to see but we could hear them high up in the trees: Swift parrots! These are small parrots that can fly very fast. The swift parrot is only found in southeastern Australia and only breeds in Tasmania during summer. It is a nomadic migrant and only settles in areas where their favourite food is available. The species is critical endangered and seeing the little bird every day this term felt very special.
Prep students often spotted birds after swimming lessons when we walked back to the classroom from the bus. Kinders and Preps also taught other students about bird identification when we conducted a bird count with our buddy class 1-2 Klonaris. We used our bird counting list to identify birds and used tally marks for easier counting. The aim of this projects was to build birdwatching and bird identification skills and learn about the importance of monitoring birds. We enjoyed contributing to an important citizen science project. Which birds do you knew? Take the quiz:
Sebby: A swift parrot is cute.
The kookaburra is flying with a pointy beak and brown hair.
The colourful rainbow lorikeet is looking at pink wiggly worms.
Lily: The fast swift parrot eats the pink slimy wiggly worms.
Alex: The fast and mad magpie swoops the frustrated man.
Japser: I never see a swift parrot. They are so fast.
Khylan: Rosella, big bird and little bird.
Tessa: Plover, I like when it says GO AWAY. It gets really, really mad.
Skye: Rainbow Lorikeet: I like this bird because it is like a rainbow.
April: I love the Magpie because he has black.
Charlie: I like the Galah because it has pink on its feathers.
Ekam: I like the Silvergul because I see them every day.
Ivy: Rainbow Lorikeet: I like it because it is rainbow.
Take the quiz:
Year 1/2 Flude Vince have had a busy term celebrating our learning and excursions.
We have been on a bush connections excursion with our buddy class 3/4 MC. We were looking at the environment and how we care for it when we are there and having fun with our buddies to end the year.
We celebrated learning with our afternoon of parents coming in and sharing our work with them. We shared some maths games, drawing with oil pastels, Lexia, work from mental maths and Science.
We went on a trip to the Sustainability Centre and explored the environment there. We even got to see baby possums in a nest.
Queens Donut Drive
Order some yummy donuts!!
A School Association Fundraiser to help in the purchase of new ipads for the students.
Order by Sunday 10th of December via Qkr!
Campbell Street Summer Vacation Care Program
Don’t forget to book in for the Summer Vacation Care program!